As Uganda struggles to save lives from an attack of COVID19, some Uganda Police officers are torturing, beating and shooting dead, civilians: 

8 May, 2020

Malik Fahad Jjingo

 

 

Good samaritans helping the injured woman onto a waiting vehicle that rushed her to hospital. PHOTO BY MALIK FAHAD JJINGO 

A trigger happy Local Defense Unit (LDU) personnel has shot dead a boda boda rider as he attempted to transport a pregnant woman on his motorcycle.

The incident happened at about 1.15pm along Elgin Street in Masaka Municipality.

According to the cctv footage from police, the yet to be identified LDU officer opened fire immediately after seeing the duo, a man and a pregnant woman sit on a motorcycle, which was parked outside Byansi Clinic.

 

CCTV managed to record all that what happened to these innocent civilians.

 

Mr Mathias Wamala, an attendant at Byansi Clinic, said the suspect trailed the duo to the clinic and back to where the motorcycle was parked. The motive of the shooting is yet to be known.

“A pregnant woman came with the deceased on a motorcycle and she entered the clinic, when she moved out to sit on the motorcycle, I saw an LDU officer following them with a gun, he approached the cyclist and shot him at close range,” he said.

The body of the man, soaked in blood was a few minutes later picked up by police and taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for autopsy.

 

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The Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake, who has been tortured by the police of Uganda for distributing food to the needy in the current lockdown:

May 7, 2020

Written by Yusuf Serunkuma

Francis Zaake

Member of Parliament Francis Zaake who has been hospitalized after receiving a beating from the brutal police force.

 

The 2000-2010 decade saw a surge of poor people into politics: unemployed and sometimes unemployable university graduates, endangered advocates, broke merchants, events clowns, etc.

With very few exceptions, all of these fellows have turned out as dishonorable. This is because they came to politics poor, and politics was seen as their escape from poverty.

I locate them in the 2000-2010 decade because this period was the height of structural adjustment, and general collapse of African economies. Then came Museveni who gave these loafers a chance when he locked those with jobs out of politics with the 2005 constitutional amendments.

Before I turn to Francis Zaake, one of few youngsters who joined politics with stable means of sustenance, let me spend a bit more time on the danger of poor people joining politics.

Yes, I am arguing that only those with rich legacies should govern – until large populations are lifted out of poverty. The next two paragraphs that follow are quite theoretical.

The Islamic tradition almost equated poverty to disbelief. Something like, poor people are incapable of faith. The pangs of poverty – a permanent condition of precarity – of insufficient material resources exposes the poor to indescribable stress, making religion a luxury.

So, the poor are more prone to theft, deceit, murder, and promiscuity – in pursuit of survival – in degrees that their rich counterparts may not. To this end, only the rich can afford  discipline, ethics, good behaviour, truthfulness, poetry, empathy and other values espoused by religion. [Quite diametrically opposite to Karl Marx’s claim that religion was the opium of the masses].

I can hear a reader jeering and tsk tsk that the rich are often arrogant and boisterous. Those are also poor people masquerading. Also worth noting is that the poverty discussed here is not simply a condition, which one can overcome overnight.

The type of poverty is cultures-cultivated through generations of penury; a poverty that becomes a mode of existence. This type of is extremely dangerous since even when a person improves their material conditions, they remain poor in their worldview. So, they maintain a deceptive, crude, thieving identity.

They are never straight with the truth, and are meek, and perpetually insecure. They are easily corruptible and can never stand up for what is right, simply because their lives are bereft of any ideals beyond materiality. When these poor land in things, they accumulate rather primitively.

Francis Zaake: In 2018The Observer’s Baker Batte Lule sat down this youthful MP for an interview. Among other things, a youthful exuberance bordering on recklessness had brought Zaake plenty of fame. Especially during the Togikwatako campaign, Zaake put up a spirited fight in parliament, heckling and pushing as Museveni’s surrogates pushed through this blighted amendment on day one.

On day two, Zaake’s name was among those MPs suspended. We recall that soon after the names of the suspended MPs had been read, Museveni’s elite protection unit (SFC) entered parliament, beating many of them to pulp as they shoved and pushed them out of the house.

But as soon as they entered, Baker Batte narrates, “Zaake and friends threw chairs, microphones, jumped onto tables with their attackers in hot pursuit. When nothing was left, Zaake removed his belt and shoes, throwing them at his attackers.” Like his gango, Bobi Wine, Zaake’s fame grew by leaps and bounds.

Not all young men act like this. Even at Makerere University, it is common to find children from poor homes curled up in their dormitories during protests while those of rich parents run the streets. Zaake was not simply acting out of youthful recklessness but, rather, pedigree.

Like Kiiza Besigye, Stella Nyanzi and Mugisha Muntu, children from rich parents have an acute sense of justice, which easily translates into fierce action. Simply because they have rich pedigrees. Baker Batte tells us that the young Zaake was “director in all his family’s businesses, his savings account, [by senior two]...already had Shs 105m.”

He would go on to open a thriving business, “a general merchandise wholesale shop in Mityana.” The story continues that “by the time he was in S4, he had bought his first car, a Toyota Landcruiser Prado.”

Now we know that some of our poverty-stricken politicians have bought their first cars from parliament monies, and have terribly weak souls – or no souls at all.

This young legislator while being hosted on one celebrity prayer show on one of Uganda’s TVs, openly pleaded to God to help Uganda by killing Museveni.

I learnt that during the deftly hushed passing of the Shs 304bn Covid-19 supplement in parliament, Zaake almost went to blows with some gluttonous NRM legislator.

This boldness is not typical of kids from poor backgrounds. Wealth has a way of instilling a straightforwardness which borders on recklessness. Like Stella Nyanzi, a boldness born of rich pedigree is Zaake’s crime.

If there is anything we can learn from the targeted arrest and torture of this youthful legislator during this Covid-19 period, it is that the pandemic has, ironically, offered a unique moment for incumbents to harness new powers. They will not only use it to settle old scores, but also open new frontiers of staying in power.

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The author is a PhD fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research.

 

Elective Politics is failing relief food distribution in the African country of Uganda:    

Businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba (2nd L) handing over food relief to Bushenyi District Covid-19 taskforce led by RDC Jolly Tibemanya (C) on Friday. PHOTO BY FELIX AINEBYOONA 

Businessman and the Bushenyi District National Resistance Movement (NRM) Chairman, Mr Hassan Basajjabalaba, has accused politicians in the district for failing distribution of relief food to the vulnerable people in the area.

Mr Basajjabalaba who was donating 20.5 tons of maize flour to Bushenyi Covid-19 taskforce on Friday, said him together with Bushenyi District Woman MP, Mary Karoro Okrut, Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi, and Igara East MP Micheal Mawanda; had mobilized to support residents of Bushenyi District with relief food, but their efforts are being undermined by self-centred people playing cheap politics.

“We decided that we should mobilize support for our people, we first brought 40 tons and now we have brought 20.5 tons of maize flour. Am requesting the RDC that we should not mix politics in this, we should give food to people who deserve it,” he said.

Mr Basajjabalaba said some politicians in the district are using the situation to front their political intentions to the extent of paying LC1s not to distribute food to people with different political views.

“Am told that some leaders who want to contest are giving LCI chairpersons Shs30,000 each not to distribute this food. I have already reported to Lt Col Edith Nakalema about the money being exchanged and if it is proved to be true then that will be unfortunate for them,” he said.

Mr Basajjabalaba said that some people are also rebranding relief food bags by removing the names of real donors and putting theirs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Museveni  of Uganda has allowed East African cargo trucks to keep entering the country of Uganda:

24 April, 2020

Written by URN


President Yoweri Museveni has said locking out cargo trucks from entering Uganda is not an option in the prevention of the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. 

 
 
Uganda's COVID-19 cases rose to 74 yesterday after 11 more truck drivers from Kenya and Tanzania tested positive. At least 19 of Uganda's latest 20 coronavirus cases have been imported into the country by truck drivers from neighbouring countries. 
This has led to many Ugandans who are now under the fourth week of lockdown to call for locking out truck drivers who have become the latest mass carriers of the virus.  
While flagging off vehicles donated by different people and organisations towards the fight against COVID-19, Museveni said Uganda being land locked can't afford to close its land borders and the solution lay in making sure that the truck drivers that are allowed in the country are free of the virus.
 
"We want to test these drivers before they come here. They should only be allowed to move when the results are released. I will detailedly address this matter on Tuesday," said the president.  
Museveni said Uganda's position that the Health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng presented to the East African Community ministers’ of health meeting, is relay driving where drivers take cargo up to their respective country exit points from where it is picked up by local drivers up to the final destination. 
"We started at the airport and we are now shifting to land borders. Tests have shown that we have problems with the truck drivers and at this very moment, the minister of Health is meeting line ministers of the different East African countries to map a way forward," said Museveni. 
 
Museveni also said another option includes deploying rapid testing at the border points so that drivers know their status before entering the country.
 
He said even regular testing Museveni said could be considered although he was quick to add this might be problematic because of overcrowding at the border, especially if drivers have to wait for their results before proceeding to their destinations. He also said they are still discussing whether to allow only one person in the truck.   
“We don’t need a turnboy because the roads in Uganda, and I hope in other countries are good. We have also got petrol stations every 15 miles. If we want one driver per vehicle, then this reduces the number,” Museveni said. 

 

He noted that the ultimate solution to the problem is to get a vaccine for the virus. 

“I have been discussing with our scientists and they are sure a vaccine can be developed. That’s the real answer, but that may take some months. Therefore, in the short run, prevention is the only way,” Museveni said.   

He thanked Ugandans for being vigilant and reporting any suspected coronavirus cases. He said with such an awaken population; the country will defeat the virus. He warned politicians to stop interfering in the efforts to defeat the virus. He singled out Acholi leaders who accosted the ambulance taking a truck driver who had tested positive to Gulu regional referral hospital.

“Entebbe hospital where these people are being treated is my neighbour just behind my fence but you haven’t heard me say I’m going to get the virus. We are tired of idiots; the people can be confined anywhere and the virus will not affect you. They must desist from interfering with the work of the health workers,” Museveni said.