Our president is indeed a man of solid vows…

Compiled by Stephen Twinoburyo

Our president is indeed a man of solid vows… and we are a vowed nation.

• New Ugandan Leader Vows to End Terror: “No regime has the right to kill any citizen of Uganda. No regime has got a right to beat a citizen of Uganda,” Museveni said. “As for the killing, this is absolutely out. You soldiers kill a citizen, we kill you. Any individual, any group or persons who threaten the security of our people should be smashed without mercy. The people should die only from natural causes beyond our control, but not from fellow human beings.” – Washington Post, 30 Jan 1986.

• Museveni vows to take coffee war to Nestle on Agoa’s backMuseveni said Uganda would take on Nestle by using the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which gives African exports duty-free access to the US market, to sell to US consumers. Asked later exactly how he would do that, Museveni said: “That is my secret.” – IOL (S.A.), 12 Jun 2002 [WEF].

• Museveni vows to end poverty – New Vision, 13 Jan 2006.

• Museveni Vows to Reduce Poverty: Poverty will be greatly reduced by the year 2015, President Yoweri Museveni has promised – New Vision, 25 Oct 2009.

• I will stop corruption, President promises – Daily Monitor, 26 Oct 2010.

• Museveni vows to fight corruption: “In the coming five years, corruption will stop. Don’t fear these local thieves (corrupt official and leaders). I will not tolerate anybody who doesn’t adhere to the laws. Anybody who is corrupt, we should fight,” said Museveni [after his swearing in] – Bulawayo24, 26 Feb 2011.

• Uganda’s Museveni vows to quash food price protests: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday warned he would not allow protests against food and fuel price rises led by opposition leader Kizza Besigye. – Reuters, 16 Apr 2011.

• Museveni vows to crush corruption. – New Vision, 19 Jan 2012.

• Museveni meets donors, vows on corruption – New Vision, 19 Nov 2012.

• Museveni vows to fight corruption in 2013 [New Year message] – New Vision, 01 Jan 2013.

• President Yoweri Museveni, who is on a poverty eradication drive in Luwero district, has vowed to make Luwero Triangle, a model zone where the rest of the country can learn modern commercial agriculture from. “I want to make Luwero distric a model zone in Uganda as far as creating wealth is concerned. I will establish a barracks in every Saza to ensure the implementation” – New Vision, 11 Jul 2013.

• Museveni vows to jail critics of army on Naads: Mr Museveni said the soldiers have a clean record as far as corruption is concerned, adding that he does not want to hear anybody associating them with it. “These soldiers know they have to be disciplined. I do not want to hear anybody saying they have taken bribes because those who do will be arrested and taken to prison,” he said. – Daily Monitor, 19 Nov 2014.

• Museveni vows to arrest errant politicians. – NBS, 19 Aug 2015.

• Uganda’s Museveni vows to pull out of “partisan” ICC. – Sudan Tribune, 14 Feb 2016.

• Museveni vows to crush protesters: Mr Museveni told those who want to protest his victory to do it in their homes or playgrounds but not on the streets, vowing that those who will fail to heed will be crashed. – Daily Monitor, 04 Apr 2016.

• Sixth term: Museveni lashes at ICC, vows to fight corruption – The Observer, 13 May 2016.

• President Museveni vows to lower electricity tariffs. The President emphasised that “this tariff is only for manufactures and maybe people in the hotel industry and not for preachers at night, Nsenene (grasshoppers) hunters and dancers in night clubs.” – ESI Africa, 17 Oct 2016.

• Museveni vows to limit freedoms on booze, gambling. He noted that it’s that freedom which Ugandans are enjoying that is luring Kenyans to flock the country to have a test of it…. “I think I need to revise some of these laws,” he said. The President said he feels sad to hear a cross section of Ugandans complaining that they lack freedom when Kenyans come to Uganda to enjoy it. – New Vision, 10 Dec 2016.

• President Museveni vows on corruption, “its an open war” – State House Uganda, 13 Apr 2017.

• Museveni vows to clean police – NBS, 02 Jun 2017.

• Museveni vows to make Uganda Airlines a success. – NBS, 04 Jun 2017.

• Museveni Vows to Fire Striking Doctors and Recruit New Ones. – ChimpReports, 16 Nov 2017.

• Museveni vows to jail rogue security chiefs. – Daily Monitor, 15 Feb 2018.

• Museveni vows to crack whip corruption – NTV, 16 Apr 2018.

• ‘Down with the pigs’: Museveni vows to eliminate assassins of Ugandan MP – Africa News, 11 Jun 2018.

• Museveni vows to crash criminals destabilising Uganda. For the first time in the last 500 years, Museveni said Uganda is now enjoying total peace within all its borders thanks to his National Resistance Movement government. – The Observer, 21 June 2018.
2018 – 500 = 1518.

It’s safe to say Uganda had last had peace in 1517.

If we assume Uganda got peace in 1986, then we subtract another 32 years and it would then even be safer to say the country had last had peace in 1485 AD. That was even before Vasco da Gama hit the Southern African shores.

• President Museveni has vowed to get rid of the current Electoral Commission which he accused of being corrupt, and said he will replace it with cadres of his ruling NRM party. “The Electoral Commission is full of rotten people,… I am going to get rid of them [EC]. Why should we suffer with corrupt election officials when NRM has got so much manpower?” – Daily Monitor, 28 Aug 2018.

• President Museveni has vowed to re-activate bush war tactics to deal with criminals and mafia in Uganda – PML Daily, 09 Sept 2018.

• Museveni vows to sack incompetent officials – NTV, 11 Sept 2018.

• Museveni vows to make Kampala a safe city within 9 months – KFM, 17 Sept 2018.

• Museveni vows to sack corrupt officials, again.. – NTV, 13 Dec 2018.

If he vows to himself to rule us for the rest of his life because we are good vowees, won’t we be grateful?

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Posted by on December 21, 2018 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


Our president is indeed a great philanthropist..

Compiled by Stephen Twinoburyo

Our president is indeed a great philanthropist that donates without bound.

Our president is indeed a great philanthropist that donates without bound.

Since the cheques featured in almost all these donations bear Bank of Uganda (BOU) headings (Central Bank for those who don’t know what Bank of Uganda is), are signed by two other people (presumably BOU officials) and are delivered by Pres Museveni physically or in his name, I’m mathematically trying to figure out whether Mr. Museveni is a sum, multiplier, divider or subtractor of the two variables – the people and BOU (the republic).

Topic Exercise:

1. Prove that,

Probability {(These Donations)n(Absence of Corruption/Misuse)} = 0.

i.e that the two events are mutually exclusive.

2. Taking X to represent accountability, solve:

(X/billions + billions) = billions

3. Seeing that several of the recipients receive the cheques while wearing the president’s party colours, determine the suction coefficient between the party and Bank of Uganda.

You may use the following to find your answers:

• President Yoweri Museveni has donated Shs 500 million to Old Taxi Park Taxi Operators Association. Museveni also donated Shs 100 million to the Nakasero Market Main Sacco and promised to give each small Sacco in the area Shs 10 million. – The Observer, 05 Oct 2018

• Museveni advises youth to develop saving culture, donates Shs260m – Daily Monnitor, 17 Nov 2018.

• President Museveni Donates Equipment to Youth: President Yoweri Museveni this afternoon launched a donation drive, giving out cash and equipment to select youth groups in Kampala and Wakiso district. – NBS, 13 Sept 2018.

• Museveni donates Shs100 million to Paimol Martyrs Shrine – Daily Monitor, 21 Oct 2018.

• President Yoweri Museveni has donated an assortment of 40 vehicles to different beneficiaries. The pledges included station wagons, buses, trucks, tippers, minibuses, saloon cars, single and double cabin pick ups and tractors – ChimpReports, 29 Aug 2018.

• Museveni donates Shs500m to Uganda Martyrs University – PML Daily, 10 Nov 2018.

• Museveni donates 200 million to St Henry’s collage – KFM, 12 Nov 2018.

• President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has donated a vehicle to the Seventh day Adventist (SDA) Archbishop – New Vision, 17 Sept 2017.

• President Yoweri Museveni has donated a new Pajero car to Bishop Leonard Sserwadda, a leader of the new South Buganda Diocese Pentecostal Church to enable him travel in his Diocese to fulfill evangelization work – SpyUganda,10 Dec 2018.

• President Museveni donates (Shs 20) millions as Moroto Catholics celebrate 50 years – Uganda Vanguard, 23 Aug 2018.

• H.E the president Of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has donated 25 billion Uganda Shillings to the Walimu Sacco – The Cooperator, 07 July 2018.

• President Museveni Donates Cash And Equipment To Kkubiri Furniture Makers. The president donated donated common user machines worth Shs294 million to the group and Shs100 million for their SACCO operations. – NhillFilms, 25 July 2017.

• Museveni donates bus to SC-Villa at 40 celebrations – Eagle, 31 July 2015.

• President Yoweri Museveni has donated $300,000 to the ‘Meles Foundation’ which was established in honour of Ethiopia’s late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi. The Foundation was officially launched at ceremony held at the African Union (AU) headquarters.. – Uganda Correspondent, 08 Apr 2013.

• President Museveni donates Shs20M to Pastor Mutebi of Entebbe Miracle Centre Church – The Campus Times, 12 Oct 2014.

• President Museveni donates ambulance to Semuto health Centre – KmaUpdates, Apr 2018.

• Uganda President Yoweri Museven has donated $200,000 (Sh440 million) for the victims of last week’s earthquake in Kagera Region. – The Citizen (Tz), 18 Sept 2016.

• President Museveni has donated $200,000 (about Shs600m) towards the construction of a school in Rwanda. According to a State House statement, President Museveni made a cash payment of $100,000 (about Shs300m) with the balance of $100,000 (about Shs300m) to be paid later – HelloUganda, 08 Mar 2018.

• Museveni donates Sh320m towards re-construction of 1961 cathedral (In Soroti) – Uganda Christian News, 03 Oct 2017.

• President Museveni donates 46 heifers to Zombo youth leaders – West Nile Web, 08 Jun 2018.

If he donates himself to rule us for the rest of his life because we are good donatees, won’t we be thankful?

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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


Our president is indeed a great giver (or blesser as they say in S.A.)…

Compiled by Stephen Twinoburyo.

As you can see, a lot of the giving reported below happened this year. We have indeed be very blessed in 2018. If we were to include all the blessings of the other years, we wouldn’t have hands big enough to carry them.

• Museveni gives Kampala NRM youth Shs 2.5bn – The Observer, 09 Nov 2018.

• Museveni gives All Saints Shs500 million…. Mr Museveni while handing over Shs50m in cash said he had only come with the little amount because he did not know the magnitude of the work – Daily Monitor, 05 Nov 2018.

• Museveni gives Uganda Cranes $1 million AFCON qualification bonus –, 22 Nov 2018.

• Museveni Gives Nine Landcruisers To Busoga King, Chiefs – The Ugandan, 09 Nov 2018.

• Museveni gives out shs100 million to Bobi Wine”s Kamwokya ghetto youths – Nile Post, 24 Sept 2018.

• President Museveni gives Nakaseke residents land titles – NTV, 16 Dec 2018.

• Museveni gives Shs2b to city traders, mall owners – All East Africa, 07 Oct 2018.

• Museveni gives Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) Shs20b – Igihe, 26 Nov 2016.

• Museveni Gives Egyptians Land to Start Electricity Distribution Company – Chimp Reports, 26 Jan 2018.

• Museveni gives (musician) Radio of Radio & Weasel 30 Million Shillings – Pulse Live, 31 Jan 2018.

• President Museveni Gives FUFA UGX 660M To Prepare Cranes For Game Against Ghana –, 01 Oct 2016.

• President Museveni gives Kyebambe Girls School Shs 300m – The NRM National Chairman, 02 Dec 2018.

• Museveni gives Kipsiro house and sh20m (for winning gold at Commonwealth games) – Jamil Forums, 19 Oct 2010.

• Museveni Gives Out Heifers to All Youth Leaders – Kampala Post, 02 Feb 2018.

• Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni handed over a plain white sack containing a personal cash donation of 250 million shillings ($100,000) to a local youth group. The donation (which also included a truck and 15 motorbikes for good measure) was broadcast on national television –, 23 Apr 2013 (feature photo).

• Museveni gives out sacks of cash: Just over two weeks ago, while touring eastern Uganda, President Museveni donated approximately $100,000 to the youth of Busoga region. That adds up to 250 million Uganda shillings – The East African, 04 May 2013.

• Museveni Gives Shs 200m Cheque To Market Vendors – Journalism@mak, 31 Aug 2016

• Museveni Gives Shs 360 Million To Church That Kept His ‘Date Of Baptism’ Records: Museveni praised the church for keeping records, which even hospital of birth did not have – The Tower Post, 08 Aug 2017.

• Museveni gives 300 land titles to Nakaseke tenants, warns judiciary, police, RDCs and other public officials over land – UBC, 18 Dec 2018.

• Museveni gives Shs 500 million to Sseninde Foundation at graduation – UBC, 15 Dec 2018.

• Museveni gives Shs500m to Archbishop Lwanga’s Sacco – Daily Monitor, 18 Apr 2018

• President Museveni has for the second time extended the lifespan of Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led land probe, and directed Finance Ministry to give the commission an extra Shs7.8 billion to complete business – Daily Monitor, 26 Apr 2018.

• Museveni donates Shs5 billion to 110 groups in Rukungiri – Daily Monitor, 16 Apr 2018.

• President Yoweri Museveni has given permission to the health ministry to purchase diagnostic medical equipment worth €49m, from Philips Africa (Pty) Ltd, a Dutch company based in Johannesburg – New Vision, 09 Sept 2017.

• President Yoweri Museveni has given sh10m to the parents of the late Edson Nasasira Kakuru who died on Wednesday when the Police was dispersing an FDC gathering in Rukungiri at Rukungiri main stadium – New Vision, 20 Oct 2017.

• Museveni Dishes Out 400m to Mityana Dioceses, Urges Christians’ to Emulate Jesus – SpyReports, 27 Oct 2018.

• [While meeting Kampala traders and taxi operators] He [Museveni] admitted he had ‘deserted’ his supporters in Kampala for the last 20 years after they elected mayors belonging to the Opposition political parties… The President, however apologised for abandoning them for that long and promised to pay back for the lost time by contributing to improving their household incomes. The President moved with his finance minister, Matia Kasaija, who excited the traders whenever he was introduced, calling him the ‘money bag’….he assured them that since he is still alive, they should count their financial problems sorted. – New Vision, 06 Oct 2018.

If he gives himself to rule us for the rest of his life because we are wonderful receivers, won’t we be grateful?

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Posted by on December 19, 2018 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


Our president is indeed hard-working… to create order.

Compiled by Stephen Twinoburyo.

• Museveni orders Uganda traffic police off highways (and orders a new unit based in State House to handle the matter) – Daily Nation, 16 Dec 2018.

• Museveni orders officials to buy locally made products (and threatens to sack govt officials caught importing locally manufactured products) – Daily Monitor, 02 Nov 2018.

• President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the army to protect Chinese companies – BBC, 15 Nov 2018

• President Yoweri Museveni has ordered all illegal gold miners from the neigbouring countries like Congo and Tanzania to leave the gold mines in Mubende district and return to their countries – The New Vision, 17 Nov 2018

• Only employ scientists for planning jobs, Uganda’s Museveni orders (govt ministries) – The East African, 12 Sept 2018. ~ [I’m now hopeful for a job]

• Museveni directs Uganda tax agency to monitor all calls, money transactions (so as to properly tax telecomms companies) – Business Daily, 28 Nov 2018.

• Museveni Orders Army Snipers to Guard Ugandan MPs – The Monitor, 12 Jul 2018

• President Museveni orders boda bodas and cyclists off the new Jinja bridge – Galaxy FM, 18 Oct 2018.

• President Museveni orders Auditor General to investigate Kutesa – NTV, 11 Dec 2018.

• Museveni Orders Appointment of Bigirimana on (electricity power utility) Umeme Board – Chimp Reports, 10 Oct 2018.

• President Museveni orders diversion of road funds to help hunger victims – Daily Monitor, 12 Dec 2016.

• President Museveni orders Makerere university to suspend 10% fees increment policy – CampusMagUg, 23 Aug 2014.

• President Museveni orders indefinite closure of Makerere University – Journalism@mak, 02 Nov 2016.

• President Museveni Orders for Payment of Arrears of Striking Public Universities’ Staff -NBS, 17 Aug 2016.

• Museveni orders refund of mobile money ‘error’ tax – The Observer,13 Jul 2018.

• President Museveni orders security officers to shoot suspicious boda boda riders following them – Capital Radio, 20 Mar 2017.

• President Museveni orders Electronic Tracking devices for all boats on Lake Victoria – Region Week, 26 Nov 2018.

• President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the sacking of a ministry of health official over alleged bribery – KFM, 22 Aug 2014.

• Museveni orders sacking of URA staff over Shs4b tax row (The officials of the tax collection body reportedly blocked a Chinese investor from bringing equipment into the country over non-payment of taxes) – Daily Monitor, 22 Aug 2018.

• Museveni orders (police chief) Kayihura to fire police ICT director – Sunday Monitor, 18 Feb 2018.

• Museveni orders Justice Bamugemereire to investigate Wakiso land – NTV, 16 Oct 2018.

• Museveni ordered all government ministries and agencies to henceforth procure all their internet services from Uganda Telecom (UTL) – The Observer, 29 Jan 2018.

• President Museveni Orders AUC Mining Company to Relinquish 30 Percent of Mubende Gold Mines to Asms (Artisan miners) –, 05 Jun 2018.

• Museveni halts Lwera evictions, orders cancellation of titles – New Vision, 08 Oct 2018.

• Museveni orders for new salary scale for public officers – New Vision, 20 July 2017.

• President Museveni has ordered the police chief to withdraw the Field Force Unit from Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) area and instead deploy the General Duties Department – Daily Monitor, 14 Sept 2016.

• President Museveni has ordered the removal of royalties on gold in order to limit the amount of gold that is smuggled through Uganda unprocessed – Daily Monitor, 22 Feb 2017.

• President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development Irene Muloni to immediately suspend three top engineers – New Vision, 18 Dec 2018.

If he orders himself to rule us for the rest of his life because we are unrulable by any other person, will we blame him?

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Posted by on December 19, 2018 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


LA, the Jozi of California

By Stephen Twinoburyo

Having lived in Johannesburg (Jozi as we call it) for many years and now finding myself in Los Angeles (LA), both large cities in their regions, I cannot help but draw parallels between the two.

Both cities have got large black African and foreign national populations. For Jozi, the foreigners come mainy from the rest of Africa through South Africa’s northern border while for LA they come mainly from the South American countries through the US’s southern border. In California, Spanish is the second language to English, being found on major official documentations and signage in leading stores next to English. I’m told chances of getting a job in California are enhanced if one is able to speak both languages the same way it used to be with English and Afrikaans in South Africa.

Next similarity – fear of crime in both cities. I have been advised by a number of people not to venture into LA on my own. The dangers one is warned of in LA are similar to those we used to hear of in Joburg. I have encountered people who live just outside the city and never want to venture into the city just like there are people in Sandton or Midrand that would never wish to step in Jozi. I have been told there are guys in LA that can shoot for no reason and that I could be attacked for being in the wrong place, being in the right place at the wrong time, saying the wrong thing, saying the right thing to the wrong people, being different or even wearing a different colour. This is how Joburg used to be and though some of those things still remain, it has greatly changed. Outside LA, one usually gets the impression that the city is a no-go area and with my Jozi backround, I know very well what this means.

When one visits LA, there is that inner feeling that one may see a film star just like people come to South Africa and ask where Mandela is. The truth of the matter is that LA is so vast, everybody minds their own business and super stars are seen by people who move around their circles. Similarly, people in Jozi hear of Mandela the same way people in LA or London do.

As for infrastructure – roads, highways, shopping malls, shops, suburbs, airports e.t.c, it’s the same in both cities except that they tend to be so big in LA due to its size. Motorists drive on the left in South Africa and on the right in California, something I am with much difficulty getting used to, but the rules are pretty much the same – with one notable distinction, one can turn right at a red traffic light in California (and I guess the rest of US) if it’s safe to do so. Also people respect traffic rules to the dot because traffic fines are given without mercy and are unflatteringly steep.

The other area one would be concerned about in a city is service. When one is being given a service in LA, they are attended to more than they are in Jozi and service is given with more courtesy. One enjoys the service they are given. Public transport is almost equally poor in both cities and is despised as much in LA as it is in Jozi. London is miles ahead of both cities in terms of public transport and the help one would get in moving around the city. If one asks how to get around in Jozi, he will be directed – but in the wrong direction. In LA, the most likely answer will be ‘I dunno’, with a shrug of the shoulders. In both cities, people know very little beyond their areas of operation.

People around LA will advise you to go to places like San Diego, San Francisco and of course Vegas but never LA. Las Vegas….. everybody asks ” you haven’ been to Vegas…? Meeeen…. you gotta go to Vegas!” Indeed I will, and that will be my story for another day.

As somebody who hasn’t watched many movies in my life, I’m struggling to understand the accent of especially African Americans due to the speed of the words. While being dropped at a shopping mall this morning, I was told by the friend who dropped me that the area is called ‘Sanita’. It’s when I looked at the signage later that I realised it is Santa Anita. Right now as I’m writing this story, I’m at Sanita.


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Lessons for Uganda from South Africa’s Defiance Campaign

By Stephen Twinoburyo

The post-1948 period in South Africa saw the African National Congress (ANC) abandoning its traditional reliance on tactics of moderation such as petitions and representations. The 1950 -1952 period in particular saw the reshaping of opposition to apartheid and culminated in the Defiance Campaign, the largest scale non-violent resistance ever seen in South Africa and the first campaign pursued jointly by all racial groups under the leadership of the ANC and the South African Indian Congress (SAIC).


On 6 April 1952 while white South Africans celebrated the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape in 1652, Africans and Indians boycotted the day and instead held rallies in major cities under the theme “A National Day of Pledge and Prayer”.

Sunday 22 June 1952, a “Day of the Volunteers” was held and Volunteers signed the following pledge:

“I, the undersigned, Volunteer of the National Volunteer Corps, do hereby solemnly pledge and bind myself to serve my country and my people in accordance with the directives of the National Volunteer Corps and to participate fully and without reservations to the best of my ability in the Campaign for the Defiance of Unjust Laws. I shall obey the orders of my leader under whom I shall be placed and strictly abide by the rules and regulations of the National Volunteer Corps framed from time to time. It shall be my duty to keep myself physically, mentally and morally fit.”

On 26 June 1952, the Defiance Campaign was officially launched where the first group of volunteers, including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu, defied apartheid laws in Johannesburg and other major city centres. During the campaign more than 8 500 people went to jail for defying apartheid laws and regulations. The resultant repression by the apartheid government only contributed to building momentum for the campaign as more and more resisters joined the struggle. The Campaign generated a mass upsurge for freedom and the ANC’s membership rose by tens of thousands. Nelson Mandela, President of the ANC Youth League, was appointed Volunteer-in-Chief of the Campaign.

SA Defiance Campaign Pic 1

It was during the Campaign that the late Chief Albert Luthuli was deposed from the chieftancy to which he had been elected, for refusing to obey the orders of the regime to dissociate from the ANC. He was elected President-General of the ANC in December 1952 and earned the respect of world opinion for his steadfast resistance to apartheid until his mysterious death in 1967

The Campaign led to the foundation of the Defence and Aid Fund for South Africa by the late Reverend Canon John Collins in London and the American Committee on Africa by the Reverend George Houser in New York, initiating the international solidarity movement with the South African struggle.

The Defiance Campaign and the subsequent bus boycotts and other acts of non-violent resistance in South Africa were an inspiration to the black people in the United States in launching the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

SA Defiance Campaign Pic- Martin Luther

Although the campaign did not immediately overturn apartheid laws, it was successful in making the United Nations recognise that the South African racial policy was an international issue, saw the movement of the ANC from moderation to militancy, demonstrated the potential power of African leadership, organisational skills and discipline, and marked the beginning of non-racial co-operation in the resistance to apartheid. As the apartheid regime cracked down on the Defiance Campaign, its brutal nature became more noticeable to the rest of the world. This Defiance Campaign planted seeds that bore the fruits of freedom in the later years.

A major tactic employed by the resisters was choosing to be imprisoned, rather than paying a fine, after arrests. This allowed demonstrators to burden the government economically, while giving them a theater to voice their opinions on apartheid when they were tried in court.

Seeing what is happening in Uganda, more especially the manner in which the 2016 presidential election was conducted – described by EU and Commonwealth observers as falling below key democratic benchmarks, I think it is high time that Ugandans took a leaf from South Africa’s struggle history and in particular the methods applied to help the country to freedom. During President Obama’s last State of the Union address, he rightly said that America cannot put out all the world’s fires wherever they flare up – and definitely cannot physically uproot every dictator in the world. We should realise that much as America will issue statements expressing “grave concern” at human rights violations, they can only support local people who are advancing freedoms of their nations on their own and America should not be expected to do the job them.

M7 posters burnt

Protesters burning Museveni’s posters in Kampala

After every election, Ugandans will lament, a few will be shot, opposition leaders will be arrested but eventually life will go back to normal with the hope that things will change after 5 years but it’s an illusion that such will ever happen. Instead repression at the hands of Museveni’s government increases. The bottom line is that Ugandans will have to rise up and take the destiny of their country in their own hands.



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Posted by on February 20, 2016 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs


Can Uganda’s 2016 Elections Produce a Legitimate Outcome?

By Stephen Twinoburyo

At the time Museveni changed the constitution, he had so much credibility and was highly respected both within and outside the country.

Him and the country had so much to lose and many people (including Mandela) begged him not to change the constitution. After the constitution was amended, I told people that if Museveni was willing to sacrifice all that to meet his personal ends, nothing else was going to convince him to leave presidency. Uganda has never been the same and 20 years on, we are still stuck in the same mired gutter.

We have been going through the motions of elections, often with torture, terror, blood and questionable results, to legitimise his incumbency. Ugandans need to accept that elections under the current leadership will never reflect the will of the people. From where I stand, the 2016 elections and the conduct of the electoral commission, the president, the military heads, the police boss and any NRM zealot that holds any office of some sort, make the 1980 elections look too good.

Besi Arrest

Below is an amazing statement by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission about the main opposition leader. How will such a man act impartially towards the candidate?

Kiggundu on KB

There is a big difference between winning an election and being declared the winner. Sadly in Uganda, the declaration is everything.

From the results already declared, at a polling station in Museveni’s home area, he is reported to have got 760 votes, his main rival, Kiiza Besigye, got 2 votes and all the other candidates got nothing. It’s interesting however to note that the number of votes cast reportedly exceeds the names on the voters, register by 325. Maybe this gives meaning to the joke that always makes rounds after every presidential election that in that area, even cows vote.

Another bizzare thing is that in the Kampala and Wakiso area, where the electoral commission is headquartered, almost all the polling stations opened late and it took more than 8 hours for voting material to get to some polling stations. Is it a coincidence that this densely populated area happens to be the opposition stronghold?

We are of course being asked to respect and accept the result that will finally be announced by the Electoral Commission chair. That’s indeed a big ask considering what’s been happening. Listening to results is one thing. But respecting and accepting them is another. If the 1980 elections could not be accepted, I wonder how much more these should. If I stand out to say I don’t accept and respect the outcome of an electoral process out of the way it has been managed, I’m at liberty to say so.

Elections have become the best gift to have come into the hands of African dictators. They give legitimacy to their repressive and corrupt regimes, and endlessly keep them in power.

If Ugandans rejected the 1980 outcome, they can still reject this one if they believe it does not represent their will. It doesn’t mean they have to go to the bush like Museveni did or act violently but they can still reject an outcome that does not represent them. I am ready to be counted among those who stand and will stand against any unfairness and injustice of the electoral process.

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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Stephen Twinoburyo's blogs