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H.E Bobiwine Response to Museveni’s Statement about World Bank Suspension of Loans to Uganda




Gen Museveni,

Your recent outburst about the World Bank withholding future assistance to Uganda is a clear indication of your ideological disorientation and policy nomadism that has characterised your four-decade rule.

You wasted twenty-seven pages trying to distort history and divert reality, that an average reader was left wondering who is (or has been) in charge of Uganda.

As usual, you took no responsibility for anything that has gone wrong, but blamed everyone else, including imperialists, neo-colonial agents, saboteurs, bureaucrats, technocrats, Cabinet, corrupt politicians, the media, etc. Yet you were quick to claim individual credit for supposed successes.

A careful analysis of your long quarrel reveals the four shaky and misleading grounds for your argument, and the inevitably wrong conclusions you draw. Evidence shows that apart from those you are blaming for Uganda’s failed socio-economic transformation, you are in fact the chief neocolonialist.

Here are four areas that expose the emptiness of your argument:


First, you repeatedly paint a false and incomplete picture of Uganda before 1986. According to your false narrative, Uganda was a failed state with every imaginable problem, and that 1986 was the year of redemption by the National Resistance Army.

Today’s school-going children and the youthful public in general must know that despite the serious damage that the violence (in which you had a major role), meted out against the quality of life, the State of Uganda owned a string of functional parastatals. It owned viable enterprises, and public infrastructure like district/regional referral hospitals, schools which were not only a source of national pride, but a launch pad for the kick-start that we so much needed. Your regime presided over the theft, and mismanagement of these assets in the name of privatisation.

To date, you cannot account for the demise of the country’s textile, public transport, food processing, leisure facilities, agricultural cooperatives, and manufacturing capacity that made places like Jinja, Bushenyi, Masaka and Mbale shining beacons of the potential that our young country possessed.

You have replaced Uganda’s public capital with miserable gimmicks like Operation Wealth Creation, replaced hitherto thriving agricultural cooperatives with non-starters called SACCOs.

The NRA is not and was never the innocent, well-meaning, and foresighted actor that you portray it to be. It was and remains – as NRM – a corrupt, violent force that has played a major role in the delayed socioeconomic transformation of Uganda. Neo-colonialism is alive and well under you, Sir.


Out of the nine men who have occupied the office of the President in the past 61 years since our supposed independence, you’re the undisputed champion of neo-colonial and neoliberal agendas.
It is under your regime that the sale of public service infrastructure – under the guidance and encouragement of the same World Bank that you are blaming now – occurred.

You have presided over the reckless liberalisation, extreme de-regulation, and sacrifice of our public sector at the altar of foreign interests. We can see through your hypocrisy.

Some of the sacrifices you have offered to the gods and goddesses of Bretton Woods include domestic investors like Sembule Electronics, the Dairy Corporation, and a promising number of locally owned banks. You replaced them with dubious foreign investors like Velupillai Kananathan, Rosa Whittaker, Kristian von Hornsleth, and Enrica Pinetti!

Instead of a local banking industry, we have a foreign-owned, extractive, and poorly regulated commercial banking sector that is designed to defeat local industry through unconscionable lending rates and anti-small and medium enterprise development.

It does not help matters that despite sound policy advice to the contrary, your government continues to borrow from commercial banks, which worsens the fate of the same private sector whose successes you continue to claim.

Under your regime, on the foreign policy front, our country has successively voted in favour of imperialist positions on matters of the so called Global War on Terror, international trade rules, agricultural policy, and education policy at the United Nations General Assembly.

You have excelled at reducing our gallant men and women in uniform to a mercenary force available to the highest bidder. Ugandan troops are doing the bidding of Western interests in several African countries under the contradictory and self-defeating banner of Pan Africanism.

Finally, the deliberate relegation of the critical sector of education to the World Bank and under-regulated, profit-driven private players has ensured that millions of young Ugandans will never access the affordable, state-funded, quality education that you and many in your generation benefitted from — despite your humble background. Show me a better neo-colonialist!


You pretended to take exception to the large debt burden Uganda has incurred, conceding that the borrowing has been counterproductive. But that statement is incomplete if you do not acknowledge the drivers of our debt burden.

Public sector inefficiency is a significant contributor. How is anybody supposed to take such a claim seriously when you preside over an extensive, taxpayer-funded patronage network that features over seventy ministers, hundreds of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), countless presidential advisors, ‘special’ assistants, and paramilitary outfits of every sort?And this is to say nothing about the mushrooming of electoral constituencies (or more accurately, gerrymandering) under your direction, which has ballooned the number of elective seats to the point that Parliament alone stands at more than 500 legislators from the initial 30.

On top of this, the Life Presidency you run is a colossal cost to taxpayers, not only because of the officially funded patronage network it enjoys, but also because of the fiscal indiscipline that fuels its regular supplementary (and classified) expenditure requests to Parliament. Budget cuts rarely affect the opulent lifestyle your clique lead, but they destroy critical sectors like public health and education.

Your prioritisation of regime survival has destroyed, among other things, the district, national referral hospital system, and public health infrastructure generally. As a result, the formerly reliable hospitals in Iganga, Itojo, Mbale, Soroti, and Lira are now moribund, understaffed and under-equipped death traps that you replaced with equally miserable health centres. Your salvation lies in the fact that the United States Agency for International Development subsidises your failures by supporting critical public health needs, including catering for our military’s health and medical needs. So who is the neocolonialist here?

The day you reduce on the size and cost of public administration, and use loans for productive purposes (not patronage) is the day your talk about public sector efficiency will be taken seriously by any right-thinking Ugandan.


The totality of the above-mentioned three loopholes in your approach to public affairs management is that you have denounced the ideas you preached about in numerous speeches, and wrote about in two books, especially What Is Africa’s Problem? You have also betrayed ideals of Chairman Mao Zedong whom you have always claimed to take as a role model on socioeconomic transformation and national independence. You accused others of intellectual shallowness and lack of ideology, yet you have been their chief agent in the Great Lakes region. What does that say about your own ideological (dis)orientation?

Moreover, you have erroneously conflated economic growth (which is about numbers) with economic development (which is about qualitative change and progress). This is akin to equating growth in terms of the number of years of a human being has, to maturity and responsible adulthood. Economic growth is a function of figures, so it does not tell the full story of wealth distribution and tangible improvement in quality of life indicators. Successive reports issued by the Bureau of Statistics sharply contradict your claims, and affirm the argument and policy propositions we as the National Unity Platform (NUP) have consistently argued.

Accordingly, it is the height of fiction and deceit, for you to make the deliberately false prediction that “in a few years” Uganda’s economy will hit the half-a-trillion dollar mark. A cursory look at the revenue collection challenges the URA has experienced over the past several quarters, and the high mortality rates of SMEs tells you everything you need to dismiss this baseless projection.

The truth is usually brief, so I need not elaborate these self-evident points in the same way you wrote nearly thirty pages to explain your ‘successes’ after almost 40 years in power! That you even had to ‘highlight’ for the country your supposed successes should tell you everything you need to know.

I will therefore conclude this way: based on the evidence I have adduced above, it is the height of irony and hypocrisy that you opened your statement with a Biblical reference from the Common Book of Prayer. I wonder whether you did not feel any sense of shame or contradiction in using that statement.

It is you, Sir, who has left undone what you ought to have done, and did that which you ought not have done. There is no truth in you. Just take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Tokyaswaala, oswaaza buswaaza!

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Hajj Ashraf Semwogerere pens down a letter to H.E.Bobi Wine and Mathias Mpuuga



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Asalaam alaikum.


The Cuban revolution.

General Arnaldo Tomás Ochoa Sánchez was chosen by Defense Minister Raúl Castro to become the head of Cuba’s Western Army. Since this branch of the military protects Cuba’s capital city, Havana, and its top leaders and installations, the position would have made him the third most powerful military figure on the island, after Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and General Raúl Castro (today Secretary general of Cuban Communist party.).

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What was expected to be a routine background check prior to the announcement of his appointment began to unravel, however, when at appointment, the government accused Ochoa of corruption, which included, but was not limited to, the sale of diamonds and ivory from Angola and the misappropriation of weapons in Nicaragua. As the investigation continued, links were found to other military and Ministry of the Interior officials who were engaged in even more serious crimes: taking pay-offs from South American drug-traffickers, including Pablo Escobar and General Manuel Noriega in exchange for letting them use Cuban territorial waters for drug drops and pick-ups.

General Raúl Castro, who was very close to Ochoa personally, later said he pleaded with Ochoa on a number of occasions to come clean and reveal everything so they could move forward. When Ochoa refused to cooperate, on June 12, the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces announced his arrest and investigation for serious acts of corruption, dishonest use of economic resources, and abetting drug trafficking.

When Ochoa sat before Fidel Castro in the President’s office, he humbly accepted to have betrayed the revolution and asked the commander in chief to do what was necessary to keep the revolution strong. Castro signed his death warrant.

At dawn on July 13, 1989, Ochoa was executed by a firing squad along with three senior officers of the Ministry of the Armed Forces and Ministry of the Interior , after a military court convicted them of drug smuggling.

Meanwhile, the Cuban revolution grew stronger despite the fact that their major rival United States was a superpower and a stone throw away from their island.


During the NRM/NRA bush war, several Kadogos mostly from Buganda were executed for just stealing chicken or Cassava of Wanainch. This was the bush war code of conduct. It acted as a deterrent to other rebel soldiers to instill discipline. Those who were around in 1986 when NRA stormed Kampala will tell you how well disciplined these soldiers were.

Today, there is a crisis in the NUP revolution. Where a high ranking Soldier like Ochoa of Cuba has betrayed the revolution. In the NRA bush language, the soldier has stolen from Wanainch.

For the Revolution to stand its time, I beg Honorable Mathias to act like Owekitiibwa and tell the principal to do what is necessary exactly like what Ochoa did. And to Principal Kyagulanyi, please do like Federal Castro. Please sign that warrant. The revolution is just beginning to keep its code of conduct. nobody should be above it. A revolution without discipline turns into banditry. What Dr Apollo Militon Obote had referred to NRA.

DP and FDC have a lot for reference.

Hajj Ashraf Semwogerere.

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Justin: Rt. Hon. Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign After Admitting Taking Irregular Service Award 500 Million



Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign by the NUP party to resign from the position of Commissioner of Parliament after admitting to having taken part in an irregular service award amounting to UGX 500 million.

Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign
Former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga

There is an ongoing online protest under the hashtag #UgandaParliamentExhibition. The protest aims at exposing the massive corruption, abuse of office and gross mismanagement of public affairs by the leadership of Parliament and other leaders.

Unfortunately, the protest has not only revealed grand corruption on the side of NRM leaders. Some leaders on the opposition side have had serious allegations of corruption leveled against them. Specifically, our former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and current Parliamentary Commissioner, Rt. Hon. Mathias Mpuuga alongside three other Parliamentary Commissioners have been accused of irregularly awarding themselves huge sums of tax-payers’ money on the pretext of “Service Awards”. Under the scheme, Rt. Hon. Mpuuga was allocated 500,000,000/= (Five Hundred Million Uganda Shillings).

On Wednesday 28th February 2024, the President convened an urgent meeting comprised of senior leaders of the Party including all Deputy Presidents and some of our senior legislators. At the meeting, Rt. Hon. Mpuuga admitted that he indeed took part in this wrong doing and apologised for the same. In light of this, he was strongly advised that the moral thing to do in the circumstances is to step down from his role as Parliamentary Commissioner with immediate effect.

The nation will recall that the values of the National Unity Platform are Discipline, Reliability, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Patriotism and Service. All actions of corruption and abuse of office go contrary to these values. They also go contrary to the Integrity Oath which every leader of the Party swore at the start of this term.

We therefore ask our leaders at all levels to do self-reflection and recommit themselves to these values and the Oath they took to shun and fight corruption in all its forms.

Mathias Mpuuga asked to Resign
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What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers



An in-depth analysis of What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers

Bobi Wine’s Meetings with Global Influencers:

Bobi Wine, the Ugandan people’s President, has recently embarked on a series of high-profile meetings with globally renowned figures spanning various domains. From policy makers and activists to iconic filmmakers and acclaimed actors, his interactions transcend mere celebrity photo opportunities and represent strategic strides towards amplifying his advocacy and the broader movement for social change in Uganda. These engagements come in the wake of the critically acclaimed documentary, “Bobi Wine The People’s President,” which has garnered significant acclaim and recognition on the global stage.

During the Cinema for peace awards where Bobi Wine the people’s president won the Best Political film of the year

The gripping documentary which unmasks and exposes Museveni’s repressive tactics to cling onto power also chronicles the remarkable journey of Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-politician, as he strives to dismantle Uganda’s brutal dictatorship under dictator Museveni’s oppressive rule. The film’s profound impact and resonance have propelled it to numerous accolades globally, including an Oscar nomination and the prestigious Best Political Film of the Year award at the Cinema for Peace Awards in Berlin, Germany. This recognition has undoubtedly elevated Bobi Wine’s profile, opening doors to a multitude of platforms and enabling him to meet and engage with influential figures from diverse spheres.

At the forefront of these engagements is Bobi Wine’s pursuit of visibility and outreach. By aligning himself with influential personalities, he taps into their extensive reach and platform, exposing his cause to new audiences that may have previously been oblivious to the challenges plaguing his nation under Dictator Museveni. Celebrities and renowned figures possess the power to captivate the masses, and by leveraging these connections, Bobi Wine can rally support from unexpected quarters, fostering a global consciousness about the dire need for reform in Uganda.

Moreover, the documentary’s success has facilitated Bobi Wine’s ability to forge vital relationships with key decision makers and fellow activists. With the documentary serving as a catalyst, he can engage in dialogues with policymakers and government officials, advocating for change at the highest echelons of power and pushing for legislative and administrative reforms that strike at the root causes of social injustices. Simultaneously, by collaborating with fellow activists who have been inspired by his story, Bobi Wine can strengthen the solidarity within the movement, sharing strategies, experiences, and amplifying their collective voice for change.

The engagements with iconic filmmakers and actors, many of whom have likely been exposed to Bobi Wine’s journey through the documentary, present a unique opportunity for him to leverage the power of storytelling and artistic expression. Through joint initiatives, public statements, and collaborative projects, these creative minds can shed light on the harsh realities of life in Uganda under the Museveni oppressive regime, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide. Their ability to craft narratives and evoke emotions can serve as a powerful catalyst for raising awareness and igniting a sense of urgency for action.

Significantly, the documentary’s success has also opened doors to invaluable resources and expertise that can bolster Bobi Wine’s activism. From logistical assistance to strategic guidance and networking opportunities, the connections he forges with influential figures who have been moved by his story can provide a range of opportunities that can sustain and propel the momentum of the people power movement.

What it means for Bobi Wine to meet Global influencers

Additionally, Bobi Wine’s engagement with global influencers extends beyond the confines of individual meetings. By cultivating long-term relationships and collaborations, he can tap into their respective spheres of influence, amplifying his message through joint initiatives, public appearances, and social media campaigns. This synergy can create a ripple effect, inspiring others who have been captivated by the documentary to join the cause and lending credibility to the movement’s objectives.

In the broader context, the success of “Bobi Wine: The People’s President” and the subsequent engagements with global figures represent a recognition of the interconnectedness of struggles for justice and human rights across borders. By aligning himself with like-minded individuals and organizations, many of whom have been moved by his story, Bobi Wine can foster a sense of global solidarity, transcending national boundaries and inspiring others to stand in solidarity with the plight of the Ugandan people.

Bobi Wine’s meetings with these global icons are not mere celebrity endorsements but calculated moves to expand his fight for social change in Uganda. By leveraging the influence, resources, and expertise of these individuals who have been touched by his remarkable journey, he can amplify his message, build solidarity, advocate for meaningful reforms, and inspire a global movement that demands justice and upholds the fundamental rights of all people.

What you need to know

  • – Yoweri Museveni has been president of Uganda since seizing power in 1986 after a five-year guerrilla war. He has ruled the country for over 38 years through a combination of political repression, constitutional amendments to extend term limits, and suppressing opposition.
  • – Uganda is essentially an authoritarian state with Museveni and his political party, the National Resistance Movement, dominating all branches of government and major institutions. Elections are marred by intimidation, violence, and lack of a level playing field.
  • – Political opposition, dissent, and criticism of the government are routinely suppressed through arrests, harassment, torture, and extrajudicial killings of opposition figures, activists, and journalists. Freedom of expression, assembly, and the press are severely restricted.
  • -The government has cracked down brutally on protests and the political opposition, including conducting a violent crackdown on supporters of Bobi Wine during the 2021 presidential election campaign in which over 150 people were killed.
  • – Human rights defenders, civil society organizations, NGOs, and activists face constant harassment, detentions, office raids and shutdowns by security forces under accusations of destabilizing the regime.
  • – Entrenched corruption, nepotism, and abuse of public resources are rampant within the government, security services, and the public sector, enriching Museveni’s inner circle and patronage networks.
  • – Uganda under Museveni, poverty levels remain high, and wealth is concentrated among the ruling elite. Health, education, and social services are poorly funded and inadequate for most citizens.
  • – Museveni wields control over the security forces through leaders loyal to him. The military and police are implicated in human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings, torture, and cracking down violently on dissent.

In essence, Museveni rules as an authoritarian leader, suppressing opposition, dissent, and civil liberties to maintain his grip on power, while also presiding over widespread corruption, economic inequality, and human rights abuses by security forces. This has fueled calls for democratic reforms by the opposition.


JBMuwonge – Social Activist

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