Moush Dismissing the NRM propagandists.
Karamoja sub-region remains one of the areas with highest military deployment. The number of UPDF soldiers almost equals the number of civilians in the region. Our survival as NUP team entirely depended on how adaptive we could be in the midst of extreme persecution.
A week to elections, my counterpart supervising Southern Karamoja was arrested together with his team, the entire network of agents went into panic mode and disarray. They hid and disguised, I had to rush to Moroto to see if I could save the situation, I managed to beat the security and we met in the bushes to forge a way forward.
Thank God, the remaining team led by Lukwago Ashiraph and Emmy Katongole was still strong despite the scary environment.
The detained team remained in custody till 13th Jan and upon release,they were instructed never to set foot in Karamoja.
No sooner had they left Moroto than the security got knowledge that I was in the district with agent letters and other polling materials. The hunt for us ensued, they were looking for someone with a long beard. We hid in a Kazigo for as long as possible….I left Moroto at 4AM only to meet a blockade at Nadonget. The car was searched, i was donning NRM attire, the police was confused.
By the grace of God I was let go, I had to cover the entire 9 districts with 19 constituencies.
No sooner had I left Moroto,than I got a phone call telling me about the arrest of the remaining team…the agent letters and money were confiscated. This was a huge blow, they were detained in a military barracks.
Meanwhile in Lango,Acholi, West Nile and Western Uganda our teams were being arrested left right and center, Ainebyona the Diaspora leader wasn’t spared too. Basically the past election was purely a silent military mission.
The team in Moroto was released on 14th at mid day after so much ballot stuffing had already been done. We tried to raise money and find letters again. It was a toll order but salute to the team, we managed to accomplish the task.
The RDCs were so busy, in this sub-region, an RDC is like a military general. He moves with a battalion. They managed to create an environment that makes opposition politics a taboo in the region. NRM should be ashamed to claim victory or legitimacy, I can testify that without guns and bribery, NRM can’t be bowed to. It’s basically “raping” us.
Let NRM pride in murder, bribery, brutality and other horrors but not in winning an election. Without such, NRM is a shadow.
I will give another account of the horrors of this regime being committed in the entire sub-region. Aluta continua.