Museveni to Bobi Wine: You’re either uninformed or a liar

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President Museveni (L) and Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi. FILE PHOTOS

In his latest missive, President Museveni has reacted to the recent statements made by Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine.
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We shall not be spectators as our country is killed- Bobi Wine

Friday September 29 2017

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KAMPALA. After being hosted on Al Jazeera television last evening, Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Sssntamu popularly known as Bobi Wine has spoken out on what he feels about what happened in Parliament on Wednesday.

In a statement shared on social media, Mr Kyagulanyi said he will not sit back and watch as Uganda is plundered and destroyed.
“We shall not be spectators while our country is being killed, plundered and destroyed. We owe it to the present people of Uganda and the generations to come.
As Nelson Mandela said, 'When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw',” he said.

Below is the full statement

My muscles ache, my joints feel dislocated, the pain in my neck from the strangling is unbearable, my head hurts so bad ,my whole body is in terrible pain but my heart is as SOLID AS A ROCK.
Yesterday, I watched TV in amusement. In our absence from parliament, a few ministers and MPs were trying to lecture us about parliamentary decorum, civility, good manners, and about morality.

They wanted us to be look on and cheer them as they RAPED the Constitution! They wanted us to be gentle while some SOLDIERS dragged elected representatives of the people out of the parliamentary chamber like grasshoppers! They wanted us to sing melodies for Kibuule and thank him for defiling the sanctity of parliament when he entered with a GUN!

Let me ask those people a few questions. What is civil about raping the Constitution? What is moral about selling your conscience? What decorum is there in betraying the people who stood in the sun the whole day trying to elect you to represent them? HOW SHAMELESS CAN YOU BE??

Well, my message to them is this;
We shall not be spectators while our country is being killed, plundered and destroyed. We owe it to the present people of Uganda and the generations to come.
As Nelson Mandela said, “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

Gentleness has its place. Humility has its time. Decorum has its season. None of them is applicable in situations of INJUSTICE. No one would look on as their mother is being raped. Uganda is our mother and that's why we call her ‘Nyaffe.’ I shall never fail ‘to do all in my power’, to defend and protect the Constitution because that is what Article 3(4) of the Constitution demands of me.

I also want to remind those people that many years ago, President Museveni did not just use punches and kicks to fight what he thought was oppression. He used guns and led a war in which more than 800,000 Ugandans died.

In fact, in his book Mission to Freedom, Museveni writes on Page 2 that ‘The right of rebellion against tyranny has been recognized from the most ancient times to the present day by men of all creeds, ideas and doctrines. It is part and parcel of the notion of political liberty. It transcends any NARROW LAWS enacted by petty DICTATORS and DESPOTS …..rebellion against tyranny is not only a RIGHT, it is a DUTY for all oppressed people to carry out.”

Are we wrong therefore to throw a few kicks and punches in self-defence and in defence of our country’s Constitution? I don’t think so. Oppressed people shall not always be oppressed. Sooner than later, the people of Uganda shall defend their country.
WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!

, Mr Kyagulanyi criticised Mr Museveni and NRM MPs for planning to lift age limit to pave way for Mr Museveni who has been in power for the last 31 years run again.

But in a statement issued Friday evening, Mr Museveni says Mr Kyagulanyi, like many of his critics, is either uninformed about the NRM achievements or has chosen to lie to the nation.
“It is, actually, only in the last 31 years, especially after 2007 when we finally defeated the ADF in the Semliki valley, that Uganda has had peace for the first time in the last 500 years,” writes Mr Museveni.


Below is Museveni’s Full statement

H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

On Hon. Kyagulanyi‘s (Bobie Wine) statement

1st October, 2017

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Again, I congratulate our young friend, the Hon. Kyagulanyi, Bobie Wine, for his recent elections in Kyaddondo North. I also notice that he is quite active in sending out messages about what he thinks should be done in our country, Uganda. He had issued a statement some time ago in response to my article of 16th July, 2017 in the New Vision Newspaper. When we were at Makerere, he, again, was part of the group that tried to hijack the Mzee Mandela Memorial Day into an anti-NRM, anti-Museveni forum. I ignored them and focussed on Mzee Mandela and on Africa. I, nevertheless, noticed the indisciplined, uninformed but arrogant way in which that group was conducting themselves.

The Security Services have now shown me a statement ascribed to the Hon. Bobie Wine when the Age Limit Debate started recently. It is very good when the opponents of the NRM put in writing their views. We are, then, able to demolish them because the NRM, right from the 1960s as a Student Movement, is a solid force as far as both ideology and action are concerned. There is nothing we cannot answer because there is nothing we cannot address. Even when we under-perform, it is not for lack of knowledge but for lack of means or lack of devotion by our cadres.

In his latest statement, the Hon. Bobie Wine, referring to the NRM Caucus position on the issue of Age Limit, he shamelessly wrote: “They did this at a time when our Nation has been bleeding for the past 31 years. Our country’s former glory is all gone.”
The Hon. Bobi Wine, you are either uninformed or you are a liar, a characteristic you so liberally apply to me. Where was the “former glory” of our country when people had no salt, no sugar, no paraffin, no security of life or property?

It is, actually, only in the last 31 years, especially after 2007 when we finally defeated the ADF in the Semliki valley, that Uganda has had peace for the first time in the last 500 years. I have made this statement before and I, hereby, repeat if for the benefit of the Bobie Wines. Before colonialism, we had endless tribal wars; during colonialism, after alot of bleeding, there was, eventually, peace in much of Uganda, but not in Karamoja; after colonialism, there was chaos and collapse until the NRM restored stability to the whole country about 10 years ago, after we defeated ADF, Kony etc and disarmed the Karimojong.

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We shall not be spectators as our country is killed- Bobi Wine

Friday September 29 2017

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KAMPALA. After being hosted on Al Jazeera television last evening, Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Mr Robert Kyagulanyi Sssntamu popularly known as Bobi Wine has spoken out on what he feels about what happened in Parliament on Wednesday.

In a statement shared on social media, Mr Kyagulanyi said he will not sit back and watch as Uganda is plundered and destroyed.
“We shall not be spectators while our country is being killed, plundered and destroyed. We owe it to the present people of Uganda and the generations to come.
As Nelson Mandela said, 'When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw',” he said.

Below is the full statement

My muscles ache, my joints feel dislocated, the pain in my neck from the strangling is unbearable, my head hurts so bad ,my whole body is in terrible pain but my heart is as SOLID AS A ROCK.
Yesterday, I watched TV in amusement. In our absence from parliament, a few ministers and MPs were trying to lecture us about parliamentary decorum, civility, good manners, and about morality.

They wanted us to be look on and cheer them as they RAPED the Constitution! They wanted us to be gentle while some SOLDIERS dragged elected representatives of the people out of the parliamentary chamber like grasshoppers! They wanted us to sing melodies for Kibuule and thank him for defiling the sanctity of parliament when he entered with a GUN!

Let me ask those people a few questions. What is civil about raping the Constitution? What is moral about selling your conscience? What decorum is there in betraying the people who stood in the sun the whole day trying to elect you to represent them? HOW SHAMELESS CAN YOU BE??

Well, my message to them is this;
We shall not be spectators while our country is being killed, plundered and destroyed. We owe it to the present people of Uganda and the generations to come.
As Nelson Mandela said, “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

Gentleness has its place. Humility has its time. Decorum has its season. None of them is applicable in situations of INJUSTICE. No one would look on as their mother is being raped. Uganda is our mother and that's why we call her ‘Nyaffe.’ I shall never fail ‘to do all in my power’, to defend and protect the Constitution because that is what Article 3(4) of the Constitution demands of me.

I also want to remind those people that many years ago, President Museveni did not just use punches and kicks to fight what he thought was oppression. He used guns and led a war in which more than 800,000 Ugandans died.

In fact, in his book Mission to Freedom, Museveni writes on Page 2 that ‘The right of rebellion against tyranny has been recognized from the most ancient times to the present day by men of all creeds, ideas and doctrines. It is part and parcel of the notion of political liberty. It transcends any NARROW LAWS enacted by petty DICTATORS and DESPOTS …..rebellion against tyranny is not only a RIGHT, it is a DUTY for all oppressed people to carry out.”

Are we wrong therefore to throw a few kicks and punches in self-defence and in defence of our country’s Constitution? I don’t think so. Oppressed people shall not always be oppressed. Sooner than later, the people of Uganda shall defend their country.
WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!

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Rage and resignation as Uganda sees 'president for life'

Friday September 29 2017

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"He will rule for life," shrugged student and waiter Fahd Sabiti, a day after Uganda's parliament began scrapping presidential age limits, paving the way for Mr Museveni to win a sixth term in office.

Sabiti's ambivalence reflected the feelings of many Ugandans used to seeing President Museveni get his way after more than three decades in power.
"The opposition politicians who fought on Wednesday in Parliament are just noise-makers. They will fade away," said the 23-year-old business administration student as he took a break from waiting tables in an upmarket Kampala restaurant.

On Wednesday, brawls had broken out in parliament before opposition MPs were evicted by security officers as anger over the plan to scrap age limits boiled over.
Sabiti was equally dismissive of his fellow Makerere University students who sparred with police and soldiers in days of unrest leading up to the parliamentary vote that kickstarted the process of removing presidential age limits.

- 'You cannot fight Museveni' -
"You cannot fight someone like Museveni," said the young man who has known no ruler but the former rebel who seized power in 1986 and has held it tightly ever since.
"All the fighting, the tear gas and soldiers and Museveni just stays quiet. He stays above it all and their stones can't touch him."

In 2005, when the constitution was changed to remove term limits allowing Mr Museveni to run for a third, a fourth and -- last year -- a fifth term, Museveni insisted Parliament was making its own choices and he would abide by the will of the people.
He has taken the same line as the age limit debate has raged in recent days.

Nearly three-quarters of Ugandans are under the age of 30, so the overwhelming majority have only ever lived under Museveni's rule.
Soon after taking over he declared, "the problem of Africa in general, and Uganda in particular, is not the people but leaders who want to overstay in power."
Now aged 73, he reportedly wants the way paved for him to run again, by scrapping the constitutional clause barring over-75s from the presidency.

When opposition lawmakers disrupted parliament two days in a row this week, plain clothed security officers stormed in and dragged away protesting legislators. Some MPs and local press identified the officers as being drawn from the elite presidential guards and special forces.
Once the chamber was cleared, ruling party lawmakers overwhelmingly assented to the motion which will allow the tabling of a bill to amend the constitution.

Rage and resignation
Standing amid the hot fumes of Kampala's congested downtown, 48-year-old Solomon Owchi said he's seen it all before.
"Around the time I was born, Prime Minister Milton Obote abolished the constitution and sent a new one to parliament," said Mr Owchi, a driver.

In 1966 Obote abrogated the constitution Uganda had adopted at independence and loyal lawmakers rubber-stamped a new document which Obote had sent to their parliamentary mail boxes unseen. It became known as the "pigeon hole" constitution.

"Museveni was popular once and I think he has done a lot of good for the country, but the people now are frustrated. They are tired of seeing this again," said Owchi.
Owchi pulled a smartphone from his pocket and waved it in the air.
"In 2005 when Museveni got rid of term limits we didn't have this," he said.

An attempt by authorities to block coverage of Wednesday's parliamentary session and the ensuing brawl and vote failed because video clips were eagerly shared on social media, keeping people such as Owchi informed.

Eric Sakwa, a risk manager, had also followed events and, between lunchtime spoonfuls of mashed banana and boiled chicken, he worried about his country's future.
"In business we have this idea of succession planning, but there is no planning for Uganda's future. We are more-or-less stuck," said the 52-year-old.

"People who are democratically minded, they stay away from politics and instead work."
Sakwa sighed heavily and pushed away his half-empty plate. "After Museveni goes, there will be chaos."

It is true that there has been a spate of murders and other crimes some of whose perpetrators have not been brought to book. However, crime is not the same as war and terrorism – both being the big problems the UPDF has defeated. Secondly, some of the murderers of the young women have been arrested and charged in Court.
Examples are:
1. Nansana: 10 women were killed. 16 Suspects were arrested and charged in Court;

2. Kawempe: 1 woman was killed. 2 Suspects were arrested and charged in Court;

3. Entebbe: 11 women were killed. 13 Suspects were arrested and charged in Court;

4. Wakiso Bulago: 1 woman was killed. 2 Suspects were arrested and charged in Court.

Then, he lunges into social and economic issues. He writes: “Our children face an uncertain future where unemployment is the order of the day. The National Debt has turned us into slaves and the gun has become master.” There are three issues here: unemployment; the National Debt; and the gun. Yes, there is unemployment but the NRM, long ago, laid out the way to resolve it. It is through the four sectors: commercialized agriculture; industries, services; and ICT. As of today, commercial agriculture employs 9.6 million people; industries employ 1.2 million people; services employ 4.6 million people; and ICT employs 30,000 people from our country’s work force.

However, for these sectors to employ more people, produce more goods and services, pay more taxes, they need better infrastructure (electricity, roads, the railway, the ICT backbone etc.) Why? It is because better and cheaper electricity will mean lower costs for the producers in the four sectors. Lower costs will mean better profits for companies. Better profits for companies will attract more companies, thereby creating more jobs and producing more goods and services.

Does the Hon. Kyagulanyi agree with this diagnosis and prescription or does he not? If he does not agree, how else will he create jobs? Apart from attracting investors with their own money to invest in the four sectors, we also empower our own youth, with Government money, to enter into the four sectors. Kyagulanyi was in one of the sectors – music. Entertainment is part of the services sector. The funds that have been set up, if enhanced, can enable our people to enter into any of these sectors. The other sector is Public Service. This employs 415,000 persons. It is abit bloated, it could do with less.

What is amazing is the opposition, to which Bobi Wine apparently belongs, is always opposing new industries (e.g. sugar in Amuru, they delayed Bujagali dam in the 6th Parliament (1999) etc.) Recently, they have been opposing the Land Amendment Bill which aims at, on the one hand, quickening the process of getting land on which to build the very infrastructure (especially the roads, the railway and the electricity) that is crucial for attracting industries, services companies etc that are necessary for solving the unemployment problem and, on the other hand, stops the squandering of Government money in fictitious compensations.

How can you undermine the base of the industries and service companies that helps you to create jobs and then you claim to talk about jobs? Opposing the Land Amendment Bill also means that the opposition, to which Bobie Wine belongs, is in cahoots with the corrupt Government officials or the greedy private citizens who use land compensation to Kwaaya (loot) the Government.

In my radio talk shows recently, I quoted two examples. An example in Ntungamo, where the market price of land is between Shs.13m to Shs. 20m per hectare, but where one of the people demanded Shs.1.5bn per acre!! The East African electricity line project was delayed for 5 years!! In Kamwengye, the very important Nyakahita-Kazo-Ibanda-Kamwengye-Fort Portal Road (209.2 kms long), at a total cost of Shs.425bn, had to be diverted because one greedy claimant demanded Shs.1.2bn for a quarter of an acre when the fair compensation was only Shs.89m. This means that the Government will stop tarmacking roads, building power lines because of this kwaaya (looting) by the collusion of Government officials.

The opposition do not only oppose the infrastructure projects. They also oppose factories like the one of Amuru etc. How will they create jobs?

Then Bobie Wine talks of the Public Debt that has made “us slaves”. False, Mr. Bobie Wine. True, some of the debts are contracted carelessly by Civil Servants. However, two things. First, much of the debt has helped us to build roads – that is why Bobie Wine is able to zoom around the country in his vehicle with ease. Secondly, we are careful with the level of borrowing. When you include the borrowing for the Standard Gauge Railway and all the other projects, the debt level will not exceed 41.7% nominal debt to GDP. The danger level is 50% of GDP and we are far away from that.

Then Bobie Wine goes on to talk about the “Sale of Public Assets” – probably referring to privatization. Hon. Bobie Wine, this was good for the economy. It injected alot of efficiency in the economy. Look at transport, for instance. There were two Government Transport Companies: UTC and People’s Bus. They were dissolved. What has happened in the Transport Sector? Alot of private Bus companies have come up, alot of taxis, boda boda etc. Privatization created economic space for the private sector in the transport sector. The same for the hotels, education (allowing private schools), health (allowing private hospitals).

What is amazing is that Bobie Wine does not refer to East Africa, does not refer to the Great Lakes, does not refer to Africa. He seems not to be aware of the vital crucialness of regional integration. We cannot sustainably create jobs if we do not create more market space for our entrepreneurs. To see young people who are oblivious of this issue but in positions of leadership is not good for the country. We had a Pan-Africanist stand when we were in our early twenties. That is how we were able to push Uganda so far and for so long.

The Age Limit Debate is starting. I will give my views at the right time. What is not acceptable, however, is intimidation and violence. Those are fascist methods. Let everybody speak his mind freely and without threats. We shall confront and defeat anybody who intimidates or threatens our peace.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
Omugurusi/Jajja/Kwaro/A’bi/Papa Kus

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