ll infected are Ugandans who traveled from Dubai. This brings to nine the number of cases Uganda has confirmed, a day after President Yoweri Museveni announced closure of the borders to human traffic.
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Coronavirus: latest global developments
Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
– More than 360,000 cases –
At least 16,146 deaths have been recorded since the virus first emerged in December, according to an AFP tally compiled at 1900 GMT on Monday based on official sources.
More than 361,510 declared cases have been registered in 174 countries and territories.
Italy has most deaths with 6,077, out of 63,927 declared infections.
Mainland China has 3,270 deaths out of 81,093 cases.
The third worst hit country is Spain with 2,182 fatalities and 33,089 cases, followed by Iran with 1,812 fatalities and 23,049 cases, France with 860 deaths and 19,856 cases, and the United States with 499 deaths and 41,511 cases.
– 1.7 billon confined –
More than 1.7 billion people have been asked to stay home in over 50 countries and territories around the world, including 700 million people in India alone.
France announces new restrictions, with Prime Minister Edouard Phlippe saying confinement could last “several more weeks”.
Italy, which is also in lockdown, bans domestic travel and shuts down a range of industries.
South Africa announces a three-week national lockdown from Thursday, while the Netherlands extends a ban on public gatherings until June 1.
– Trump fears for economy –
However, US President Donald Trump warns against the economic shutdown caused by mass quarantine measures, tweeting “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”
– Global ceasefire call –
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appeals for an “immediate global ceasefire” to protect vulnerable civilians in conflict zones from the pandemic, saying: “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.”
– Economic rescue plans –
Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers say they are ready to support the most vulnerable countries.
EU finance ministers suspend rules on running public deficits in the bloc to allow member states to spend freely to tackle the crisis.
The German government agrees hundreds of billions of euros to cushion the impact of measures to contain the coronavirus.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the world economy is facing more “severe” economic damage from the pandemic than the 2008 financial crisis.
– Pandemic ‘accelerating’: WHO –
The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the pandemic is clearly “accelerating”, but says it is still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak, urging countries to go on the “attack”.
– Clinical trials –
China has started the first phase of a clinical trial for a novel coronavirus vaccine.
Russia has started to test a vaccine on animals.
A group of European countries launch clinical trials to test four experimental treatments, while Canadian researchers start to study the use of a powerful anti-inflammatory drug to reduce the risks of COVID-19 pulmonary complications and death.
– Border tightening –
Hong Kong has banned all non-residents from entering.
The United Arab Emirates will suspend from Wednesday, for two weeks, all passenger flights, including transit.
– Olympics: not ‘feasible’ –
World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe calls for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed, writing to the International Olympic Committee holding the Games in July 2020 is “neither feasible nor desirable”.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledges for the first time that a postponement could be “inevitable’.
Uganda has confirmed her first case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the health minister Jane Ruth Aceng has announced.
Dr Aceng said the confirmed case is a 36 year old Ugandan male who arrived from Dubai, on Saturday March 21 2020 aboard Ethiopian Airlines at 2:00am.
During the screening process at the airport, Dr Aceng said the patient’s temperature was 38.7— prompting the health teams to isolate him at the airport for further follow up.
Subsequent temperatures taken at intervals of 30 minutes and one hour remained the same.
He was evacuated to Entebbe Grade B Hospital for further follow up where a nasal swab was taken for analysis.
“The confirmed case presented with high fever and poor appetite. He is not coughing neither did he have flu. However, the persistent fever prompted the health workers to isolate him.”
“His nasal swab samples was sent to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) for analysis. Results from UVRI showed the sample is positive for COVID-19.”
The patient has had travelled to Dubai on the March 17, 2020 for business purposes.
At the time of his travel, he was in good health. He is a resident of Kibuli, Kagungulu zone, Kampala.
To date, Dr.Aceng said a total of 1,827 travelers including Ugandans and others travelling back home have been identified as coming from high-risk countries for purposes of follow up.
About 827 are completing self-quarantine while about 1,000 are under quarantine.
She reassured the general public that all measures were undertaken to identify this case at the airport and isolate him in a timely manner.
“The passenger manifest has been retrieved and all contacts are known as we are in position of the passports of all the travelers that came on that plane.”
Uganda has suspended all incoming and outbound commercial passenger flights effective Sunday, March 22 at midnight for at least 30 days.
Addressing the country, President Yoweri Museveni said starting 12:00 am on Sunday 22 March 2020, no passenger planes or human movement will be allowed into or out of the country.
He said only Cargo planes and their crew will be allowed in Uganda as the country gets into total shutdown to prevent the Coronavirus.
Uganda is yet to record any case, with neigbhours Kenya, Tanzania, DR Congo and Rwanda all already fighting to contain the spread.
“Due to the indiscipline of certain people in our efforts to curb COVID-19, we have decided to prohibit all incoming passengers into the country by air, water or road,” Mr. Museveni said.
He added that: “No person Ugandan or otherwise will be allowed to enter Uganda by land, water – except drivers of cargo vehicles. No buses minibusses, salon cars, boda boda, pedestrians on foot, people on bicycles. Nor will they be allowed to exit by these means.”
The ban, to begin on 22nd March also applies to Ugandan citizens trying to return home.
The disruption to air travel is also certain to ripple through economies, causing widespread damage to hotels, car rental companies, and restaurants.
BREAKING: Government of Uganda bans all passenger flights from entering Uganda. Only cargo and UN planes will be allowed to land.
All travelers entering Uganda through buses have been banned as well, effective March 22. Uganda hasn’t registered any corona virus cases.
The critiques of M7’s Govt are still pressing it hard for it to do what is right. As we speak now all ugandans who were directed to pay for their own quarantine are now releived as the govt is now succumbing to the pressure from the people power activists whoa are not at ease in this difficult time the country is in right now.
The govt has pledged to pay for the quarantine but it will not refund all the money they had individually paid.
Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”
special, “Biography: Kenny Rogers,” had been announced by A&E earlier this month, set to air April 13. The special is said to be largely built around footage from the all-star salute Rogers received in Nashville on Oct. 25, 2017, just a couple of months before his final concert appearances. Among the guests who joined him for that sentimental sendoff at the Bridgestone Arena were Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, the Flaming Lips and the Judds.
Rogers’ signature song “The Gambler” was added to the National Registry in 1978. It was the most recent of a lifetime of honors bestowed on the singer, which included induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, three Grammys and six CMA Awards.
Rogers was one of the progenitors of country-pop crossover at the superstar level. “I came into country music not trying to change country music but trying to survive,” he said in a 2016 interview with CMT.com. “And so I did songs that were not country but were more pop. Nowadays they’re not doing country songs at all. What they’re doing is creating their own genre of country music. But I told somebody the other day, country music is what country people will buy. If the country audience doesn’t buy it, they’ll kick it out. And if they do, then it becomes country music. It’s just era of country music we’re in.”
After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records.
His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray.
Country historian Bill C. Malone noted that Rogers’ ingratiating style “has been the chief source of his immense success. Rogers is a consummate story-teller, with an intimate and compelling style that almost demands the listener’s concentration. When his husky tenor voice slips down into a raspy, gravelly register, as it sometimes does, Rogers pulls the listener even further into his confidence.”
Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.
Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.
Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley.
His early professional career was stylistically eclectic. While in high school, he formed a rockabilly group, the Scholars, who recorded for Carlton Records, a local label. After a brief stint at the University of Houston, he played bass with the jazz groups of Bobby Doyle and Kirby Stone.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1966, he joined the folk-pop unit the New Christy Minstrels, a group that also numbered such performers as Carnes, the Byrds’ Gene Clark, “Eve of Destruction” vocalist Barry McGuire and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Jerry Yester among its members at one time or another.
With fellow Minstrels Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Thelma Camacho, Rogers founded the rock-leaning group the First Edition in 1967. Fronted by Rogers (whose name would be appended to the act’s moniker in 1969), the group notched two top 10 pop hits: “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (No. 5, 1968), a version of Mickey Newbury’s slice of pop psychedelia, and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” (No. 6, 1969), Mel Tillis’ downbeat song about the faithless wife of a handicapped Vietnam vet.
The First Edition’s fortunes began to wane in the early ’70s, and Rogers signed a solo deal with UA in 1976. He struck almost immediate pay dirt with “Lucille,” an absorbing vignette about a barroom encounter with a disillusioned woman and her estranged husband. The number became Rogers’ first No. 1 country hit and reached No. 5 on the national pop chart. It also scored Rogers his first Grammy, for best male country vocal performance.
Rogers also partnered with longtime female star West, and the duo racked up three No. 1 country singles for UA and then Liberty in 1978-81: “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” “All I Ever Need Is You” and “What Are We Doin’ in Love.”
He notched five more No. 1 solo country singles by the end of the decade. The biggest of these were the Grammy-winning “The Gambler” (also No. 16 pop in 1978) and the backwoods narrative “Coward of the County” (also No. 3 pop in 1979). They pushed the albums “The Gambler” and “Kenny” to No. 12 and No. 5, respectively, on the pop album charts. Each inspired a popular TV movie; Rogers would portray Brady Hawkes, protagonist of “The Gambler,” in a series of telepics that ran through 1994.
On the heels of a No. 1 greatest hits set in 1980, Rogers’ hits of the decade for Liberty and RCA found him moving increasingly into pop terrain and focusing on romantic balladry. “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” (the latter one of many duets with frequent partner Parton) solidified his standing as country’s biggest crossover attraction; his rendering of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton ruled the country chart and rose to No. 6 on the pop chart. In all, he recorded 23 top 10 country hits during the decade, five of which crossed to the pop side.
Though it failed to even dent the pop charts, “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” Rogers’ duet with singer-pianist Ronnie Milsap (and a remake of a duet by former bandmate Kim Carnes and Barbra Streisand) became Rogers’ next-to-last No. 1 country single in 1987. It also reaped a Grammy for best country vocal duet performance.
Like many another star of his era, Rogers began to fall out of fashion in the ’90s, as a younger generation of country musicians flexing a less countrypolitan style supplanted him. He made his last toplining appearance in a pair of telepics as reformed gambler Jack MacShayne in 1994. In 1999, he notched a final No. 1 country hit, “Buy Me a Rose,” with Billy Dean and Alison Krauss.
In the new millennium, sporadic releases on a number of independent labels and majors Capitol Nashville and Warner Bros. Nashville performed respectably on the country album charts but produced no major hits.
From the ’90s forward, as he maintained a busy touring schedule, Rogers increasingly turned his attention to various entrepreneurial enterprises, opening a chain of fast-food chicken outlets, Kenny Rogers Roasters, and a Sprint car manufacturing firm, Gamblers Chassis.
He issued a memoir, “Luck or Something Like It,” in 2012, and a novel, “What Are the Chances,” in 2013. That same year, he was the recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. He received a similar honor from CMT with its Artist of a Lifetime Award in 2015.
Always active on the road, Rogers announced his retirement in September 2015, not long after a widely aired commercial for Geico insurance saw him reprising “The Gambler” for comedic effect.
At the Oct. 25, 2017 tribute concert in Nashville, Rogers joined in jocular exchanges with some of the homage-payers, notably Parton, who quipped, “I want to see what condition your condition’s really in.” They reprised their recorded duets of “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and “Islands In the Stream,” and Parton additionally sang him her own signature song, “I Will Always Love You.”
Footage of the 2017 concert was filmed by Blackbird Productions but went unseen until it was set for inclusion in the A&E “Biography” special airing in April.
“I hope my fans understand that I’m a father first and a singer second,” Rogers said about his planned retirement from touring, in a 2016 interview with CMT.com, mentioning at that time that he had 11-year-old twin boys with his wife, Wanda Miller.. “As it turns out, I’m missing some very great parts of my boys’ lives. I know as well as anybody else how that time gets away from you. And I don’t want to miss it. I just worry about how much longer I’m going to be here, and I want to have time to spend with them. It’s pretty simple.”
Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.
GREAT MINDS AT WORK “MP Robert Kyagulanyi asks government to suspend the social media and mobile money taxes for the next 30 days to allow the public transact through those platforms and avoid the use of paper money and access information easily…. @Parliament_Ug”
First case of Corona Virus By a Ugandan registered in Rwanda
The first recorded Ugandan national to test positive for coronavirus since the outbreak in China has been identified in Rwanda, their Ministry of Health confirmed.
The Ugandan national was part of the four additional virus cases to be identified on Sunday which brought Rwanda’s total confirmed cases to five having confirmed their index case on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
In a statement accessed by Nile Post, the Rwanda Ministry of Health identified the Ugandan as a “22 year old man with Ugandan nationality who arrived in Rwanda from London on 15 March 2020.”
The other three cases included a 34 year old Rwandan man who arrived from South Sudan on 6 March, 2020, His brother, a 36 year old Rwandan who arrived from Fiji via USA and Qatar on 8 March 2020 and a 30 year old Rwandan man in Kigali with no recent travel history.
The ministry of Health also announced that all the confirmed cases are stable and receiving treatment in isolation from other patients.
They said that they were tracing contacts for further containment of the virus.
Rwanda on Saturday had announced that all religious activities were to be carried out from home, placing a temporary ban on places of worship, gatherings and advised employers to guide on their employees on how they can work at home where possible.
Rwanda became the second East African country to confirm a case after Kenya.
Uganda remains with no confirmed case of the coronavirus as per the Ministry of Health at the time of writing this report.
Elsewhere, coronavirus that start in the Hubei Province, Wuhan city in China has so far spread to over 100 countries with 169,373 cases worldwide and over 6,475 deaths as of March 16,2020.
I want to condemn in the strongest terms, the violence meted out on the #PeoplePower supporters in Kyambogo University today, by the police and military police. As can be seen in these pictures, some NRM supporters were seen removing our candidates’ posters and replacing them with theirs! Although security officers saw this conduct, they could not even attempt to stop or apprehend them! Later, they descended on our multitude of supporters who were peaceful, tear-gassed them and as I speak many are admitted in different hospitals! It is very shameful and annoying at the same time. While this is happening, the pressure is still mounting on our candidates to stop identifying with us.
Too bad for them, we are resolved. We shall march on and on until victory is won!
WHY MUSEVENI FEARS BOBI WINE AND HIS PEOPLE POWER REVOLUTION MOVEMENT.
People Power has got an online based publication (TPA) The Peoples Agency which has assassinated all main political characters within the regime.
There are no available strategies to counter TPA website because majority of internet users in Uganda use VPN.
All secrets of the party and Your Excellency have been excavated to the bone marrow.
The People Power movement has deeply anchored in the entertainment industry.
People Power has carefully avoided double standard politicians.
People Power gets valid insidious intelligence information from online media (TPA). This puts people Power at the advantage of operating at par with the Secret Service.
People Power gets a lot of airplay on credible international radios and Televisions.
The People Power Strategists have escaped all the set traps to commercialize the People Power activism. All proposed and applied efforts have ended futile.
Gen Salim Saleh’s strategy of using Team Kavuyo has boomeranged on the regime. Kidnap, torture and kill is denting NRM image. Social media cannot be controlled neither can the presence of phone camera’s.
TO: THE PRESIDENT
FM: SPECIAL OPS SFC
DT: 16th AUG 2019
SB: SUCCESSION BATTLE REPORT (Summary)
According to Your Excellency, the following topics were given by you to conduct research to aid your decision starting on 1st September 2019 all through until after 2021 General Elections.
Identify any presence of a subterfuge
Identify the individuals behind subversive tendencies
Identify the key opposition figures
Assess the strength of People Power
Spot out the weaknesses of the regime
Individuals eyeing the presidency within government and in the opposition
Each topic has been deeply explored and a summary report here is written in the simplest form accounting for each and every point listed in the research finding.
IDENTIFY ANY PRESENCE OF A SUBTERFUGE
Your Excellency, after a detailed analysis of the research findings, there is a very strong subterfuge running within the regime and it further rents Your Excellency and controls the environment around you. This group has two ambitions namely; to accumulate and control wealth in the country; and then take power from Your Excellency as a measure to protect their primitively accumulated wealth.
How the Subterfuge Operates
They control the investors both foreign and domestic. Note that every investor is processed by this group to get a visa, work permit and investors license. They use them to launder money as well hide their stolen money.
No individual from the public or private sector, be it a foreigner or a national, from security or civilian meets Your Excellency without the knowledge of this group. They not only identify that individual but also seek to know the reason for anyone meeting with you.
This group controls the National Planning Authority as well as the Ministry of Finance, Planning and economic Development. This gives them an upper hand to have fore knowledge on all sectors worthy investing in. So this group prepares in advance to position their companies to supply to the government without any potential competitors.
This group controls all ministers, NRM MPs, heads of institutions, agencies and parastatals. All the names forwarded for vetting in ISO are of their taste and interest and therefore serve their agenda rather than that of the country or Your Excellency.
Contract peddling is what they do best. No one gets a government contract without their approval. For contracts they are not positioned to take by themselves, they act as commission agents.
The group employs all forms of strategies to control all major sectors of the economy. The most challenging one is penetration of the informal sector running the markets, transport, car bonds, auto garages and medium sized shopping arcades.
The group has capacity to cause insecurity, scarcity, and disease aiming to make money out of the problem. They brought the seat belts project, followed by the top light project for all taxi operating vehicles, speed governor project, the periodic vehicle checking project, Boda boda hit squad, Kifesi, Solar battery theft for street lights, theft of transformer oil, foot and mouth disease for cattle, denial of medical supplies to the hospitals, failure of the girls’ sanitary pads project, etc…
NOTE: all the above are inciting the people against the regime but the group is not using political lenses to assess the impact their actions create on the political ground. They have stretched through all institutions of government to make an outlook of a stronger government running in a weak government. They operate in your name Your Excellency.
IDENTIFY THE INDIVIDUALS BEHIND SUBVERSIVE TENDENCIES
These individuals are distributed in three levels namely; the Echelons, the Masters and the Puppets.
People Power is a unique version and outfit which requires a different interpretation and counter approach. Like religion, People Power is an idea capable of asserting itself anywhere and anyhow to whomever even to the least expected.
NRM is built on “strongman” principle contrary to People Power which is built on populism and socio-political fatigue the youth are experiencing today. The following factors apply;
All NRM MPs are scared of losing seats in their constituencies to the explosive and blossoming People Power wave. This has made many MPs to make secret courtesy calls and visits to Bobi Wine. This is a threat to the anticipated NRM success.
Majority of NRM mobilisers are disgruntled following unfulfilled pledges from the previous campaigns.
People Power has got an online based publication (TPA) The Peoples Agency which has assassinated all main political characters within the regime. There are no available strategies to counter the website because majority of internet users in Uganda use VPN. All secrets of the party and Your Excellency have been excavated to the bone marrow.
The People Power funders are not known yet but internal funding signatures are clearly visible. The worst threat is when Ugandans fund the struggle a move which opens gates for a civil unrest and a possible civil war.
The People Power movement has deeply anchored in the entertainment industry. This industry for the last two and a half decades has been a resort for the youth to offload their stress and frustrations and also a safe haven for them to flee from politics. People Power has taken to them the politics a move NRM had never experienced or prepared for.
People Power has carefully avoided double standard politicians. It is evident that People Power gets valid insidious intelligence information and shares similar information to online media (TPA). This puts people Power at the advantage of operating at par with the Secret Service.
People Power gets a lot of airplay on credible international radios and Televisions. The opposite is true to the extent that pro-regime airplay is mainly on UBC which is long forgotten by Ugandans.
The People Power Strategists have escaped all the set traps to commercialize the People Power activisms. All proposed and applied efforts have ended futile.
The west seems to be providing technical intelligence support. Reference to the WSJ documentary exposing government surveillance techniques to the People Power leadership using Huawei.
It is therefore noteworthy stating that the People Power rates at 45% strong even when all means to suppress, constrict and deny political space to People Power activities have been employed maximally. A leveled political ground shall simply humiliate the regime to senselessness.
SPOT OUT THE WEAKNESSES OF THE REGIME
NRM is suffering from political inertia
Corruption has eaten the regime to the core
Gen Salim Saleh’s strategy of using Team Kavuyo has boomeranged on the regime. Kidnap, torture and kill is denting NRM image. Social media cannot be controlled neither can the presence of phone camera’s.
Labor export and commercialization of human body organs is denting the face of the regime across the world.
Unfair trade and taxation has made the regime unpopular in the business sector
Personnel deployment in government has created an outlook of extreme tribalism, cronyism and nepotism.
The reckless utterances of Bush war Generals like Kyaligonza Matayo, Elly Tumwine, Peter Elwelu, Kasirye Gwanga and Otafire are bringing to youth at loggerhead with NRM.
Escalating levels of insecurity has decreased people’s trust in the regime and regime credibility is fast-falling
Poor services delivery at local and central government is backtracking NRM’s fame.
Chinese anti-social behavior reflects back to the regime that brought them. They torture, rape, pay miserably, abusive, and predatory in trade. The public do not trust them. They have taken over market of their previous customers. In trade; Chinese are the manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers leaving Ugandans out of the business chain.
Land grabbing is a reason NRM has lost popularity in both urban and rural areas.
Tribalism is practiced by top NRM cadres and they do it in the open.
Bush war veterans in thousands are disgruntled and they are willing to support the opposition to remove your Excellency either conventionally through elections or unconventionally through an armed struggle.
Gross loss of confidence from the general public due to privileged treatment of foreigners at the expense of Ugandans.
Backlog of unfulfilled political pledges by your Excellency. The conspirators have done this deliberately in the craft of Molly Kamukama, Edith Nakalema and Proscovia Nalweyiso.
It is noteworthy stating that NRM is at the weakest.
INDIVIDUALS EYEING THE PRESIDENCY WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND IN THE OPPOSITION
Your Excellency, we report first; Muhoozi Kainerugaba whom you pointed out by yourself to be your favorite successor.
The following are within government but running parallel arrangements and ambitions
Odrek Rwabogo fronted by Your Wife Kataha Janet
Sam Kahamba Kutesa – Second in line
Janet kataha – Third in line
Henry Tumukunde – Fourth in line
Frank Tumwebaze –Fifth in line
Denis Namara – sixth in line
From the Opposition
Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu– national and International favorite
Kiiza Besigye – Second in line
Mugisha Muntu – third in line
AmamaMbabazi – Fourth in line
Jacqueline Mbabazi – Fifth in line
Olara Otunnu – sixth in line
Norbert Mao – Eight in line
We considered only those willing to lose the last drop of blood fighting for your Excellency. 10 out of the 24 names you put forward for vetting passed. These are;
The subterfuge is too strong to undo. It has extended through and across all sectors of the economy and the key players in it are untouchable or if touch, they have capacity to bring about undesirable paradigm shifts.
The list of individuals behind subversive tendencies is not conclusive. The research as directed by Your Excellency stopped at key individuals with power, influence and key roles in holding the regime together and up in power.
The list of the key opposition figures is not conclusive but limited to the boundaries of your request as per the research paper provided by Your Excellency.
The strength of People Power is shapeless like an amoeba. Your Excellency, we are at crossroads and all options available are new and different from all our experiences. All the previous strategies tested on People Power have only proved to be fighting with shadows. People Power is ghostly and ghostly strategies involving research psychology can be effective.
The weaknesses of the regime are severe but we still depend on the fact that information flow in rural areas is relatively slow. We can still lean on rural support to maintain power. We need to concentrate on the drawing board to fill the gaps with effective counter-strategies.
Individuals eyeing the presidency within government and in the opposition are limited to the scope provided by Your Excellency. There are more people in the same vestibule but those mentioned can have a significant impact.
The next cabinet reshuffle should serve to disintegrate the subterfuge conspiracy. Some members should have to be deleted from the list of ministers and be reappointed to positions that force them to undo their previous pursuits.
NRM MPs participating in the conspiracy should be threatened by aligning another candidate for support by Your Excellency. This shall signal to them that you have detected their disloyalty.
Before Your Excellency, everyone has a price. The support staff of the key opposition figures can be compromised with relatively large sums of money (Ugandan standards) to keep flowing insidious intelligence to SFC Special Ops. We shall consistently counter all forms of moves the opposition makes. They shall not have an equivalent financial muscle as Your Excellency.
People Power is significantly strong. Once we drop the Salim Saleh’s Team Kavuyo strategy and simply adopt what the Chinese promised to supply; “A chemical agent that permanently weakens the immunity and muscles of the human body”. All that remains is coming up with a strategy to administer it massively to People Power assemblies and rallies.
It shall be expensive because it involves having a sickly population which cannot work but instead exert pressure on the hospitals there by escalating the health budget. The problem is spilling the secret to western powers that can cause UN sanctions because such a chemical is classified under (WMD)
The regime weaknesses cannot be fixed in this remaining time but with enough of spin doctors, sophists and propagandists, we can control the media hype to deny space for the regime weaknesses to be heard on any media platforms.
There is need to maximize efforts to promote Muhoozi Kainerugaba above all else. This shall call for an enormous budget. There is need to use people publically known to have high credibility targeting both opposition and NRM cadres.
There is need to amend the constitution granting the president a right and powers to appoint a successor to complete his term in office without going back to the polls. This shall pave way for Muhoozi Kainerugaba to be tested as a president without the hustle of canvassing for votes. This needs to be handled with maximum care. Special Ops Team would suggest this be done in 2022 rather than 2020 as earlier suggested by Your Excellency.
There is need to reward loyal cadres ahead of campaigns as a motivation and a strategy to attract new carders. Majority left volunteering for the regime due to unfulfilled presidential pledges and unpaid debts.
The race 2021 is not limited to Ugandans alone but international powers involved directly and by proxies. Where need arises; Your Excellency needs to rely on Russia and China to balance the power from the Western powers. The succession battle is in high gear and all sectors are actively struggling to get visible to the public.
In order to expect the best, we should prepare for the worst as early as yesterday.
Under international law, freedom of expression is also protected on the internet and mobile devices. It stands to reason then that the same rights enjoyed offline should be enjoyed online.
There are also protections in Africa. For example, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights provides that every individual has the right to receive information and to express and disseminate opinions within the law.
The African Commission has also acknowledged the importance of freedom of expression in the digital space. African nations are required by regional law to guarantee the right to freedom of information and expression on the internet.
But these rights aren’t always protected. Take the case of Uganda. Its Constitution protects freedom of expression and the courts have expanded this to include free speech expressed via new forms of technology.
Yet freedom of speech and expression is not a reality in Uganda. The government continues to use domestic laws on electronic communication to crack down on citizens, activists and politicians who criticise the president on the internet.
This is unfortunate. Digital activism in the political sphere is critical. It enables government critics and political activists to hold the government to account. This is clear from the way in which digital platforms like Facebook have been used by opposition politicians. For instance, Robert ‘Bobi Wine’ Kyagulanyi often shares his message on social media when he is barred from traditional media platforms.
Activists in Uganda who use social media find themselves vulnerable to action by the state on a number of fronts.
The first is the country’s defamation laws. While courts in Kenya, Zimbabwe and elsewhere on the continent have held that criminal defamation laws are unconstitutional, in Uganda the state continues to take a hard stance. In 2013 for instance, security minister Muruli Musaka announced the creation of a social media monitoring centre. The aim, he said, was
to weed out those who use it to damage the government and people’s reputations.
Then there is the Computer Misuse Act, under which charges such as cyber harassment and offensive communication can be brought. This has happened frequently against online activists.
For example, in 2016 Swaibu Nsamba Gwogyolonga, a political activist, was arrested and charged with offensive communication. The charge was brought because of a picture he’d posted on Facebook of President Yoweri Museveni lying dead in a coffin.
And in 2017, David Mugema and Jonah Muwanguzi were arrested and charged with offensive communication for posting a song on their social media platforms calling for the resignation of President Museveni.
The most notorious use of these provisions was the recent conviction of Stella Nyanzi. The Makerere University lecturer and human rights activist has a considerable social media following.
She was charged with the offence of cyber harassment after writing a caustic Facebook post in which she called the president “a pair of buttocks” and the first lady “empty-brained”. She subsequently wrote a poem lamenting the fact that the president’s deceased mother had not aborted him.
By using laws such as the Computer Misuse Act, the Ugandan state has criminalised criticism of the president. This runs contrary to the country’s Constitution.
Other laws like the Anti-Terrorism Act are also used to limit freedom of expression. The Act allows the security apparatus to intercept private communication without a warrant while investigating terror activities.
The fear is that the state will brand activists who use social media platforms as terrorists so that it can put them under surveillance.
More than that, the Regulation of Interception of Communication Act allows bona fide interception of communication in connection with the provision, installation, maintenance or repair of a telecommunication service. Ugandan internet service providers are required to ensure that their telecommunication systems are technically capable of supporting lawful interception without it being detectable by users. This is an outright breach of privacy.
The Uganda Communications Act is also problematic. In the run-up to the presidential election in 2006, for example, the government used the provisions of the act – which are to monitor, inspect, licence, supervise, control and regulate communications services – to block access to Radio Katwe because the online station was critical of the president.
The other way in which activists are barred from using social media platforms, and the internet, is through shut downs.
Museveni has on several occasions shut down the Internet and blocked access to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
The Ugandan government has also introduced a social media tax. The idea was initiated by Museveni, who argued that Ugandans were using social media platforms to gossip. The tax was meant to
raise resources to cope with the consequences.
In today’s Internet era the right to freedom of expression, with all its attendant benefits to democracy, is best exercised online. Any limitation or infringement of this right should be viewed circumspectly. These efforts by the Ugandan government to limit online freedom of expression should be resisted as much as possible.
Additional research was done by Solomon Rukundo. He holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Uganda’s Law Development Centre