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NABAKOOBA NE KIVEIDINDA YOU DONT NEED TO LOOSE SOMEONE TO UNDERSTAND THE PAIN YOU GUYS YOU ARE GIVING OTHERS , BUT HEY SOMEPEOPLE NEED TO GO THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE
Written by Edris Kiggundu
Friday, 29 April 2011 23:14
What started as widespread condemnation over the manner in which FDC President Dr Kizza Besigye was arrested on Thursday degenerated into running battles yesterday as police and other security agencies battled protesters in Kampala, its suburbs and various parts of the country.
This inspired sporadic riots in Rukungiri, where Besigye hails from, Jinja, Mbale and Masaka as people there took to the roads. Literally for five hours (9am to 1pm), there was an unofficial curfew over Kampala, as security agents blocked people from entering the city centre from the neighbouring suburbs, while those caught up in the chaos had nowhere to run.
Matters were complicated further when security ordered commuter taxis to vacate the old taxi park, leaving many people stranded. Traders locked their shops and for a moment Kampala was a ghost city.
Real action started at 9am at Kisekka market when the youth blocked Kyaggwe Road with boulders and went ahead to burn car tyres. Military police quickly moved in to quell the uprising, but the angry youths threw stones at them, forcing them to fire tear gas and, in some instances live bullets, to crush them.
The chaos later spread to almost all other city suburbs. In Kireka the protesters momentarily overpowered the police. They blocked the roads that lead to Namugongo town and Kamuli trading centre. Similar riots engulfed Kyaliwajjala, Najeera, Kamwokya, Kawempe and other suburbs.
At Namasuba, along Entebbe Road, angry youths disarmed a military man before bludgeoning him to death. An eyewitness told The Observer that the soldier was beaten to death with all manner of objects – sticks, metals, stones.
At Makerere University, military police moved in swiftly to stem an uprising by the students. All the gates leading to the university were closed as soldiers patrolled the vast institution. In Mitchell Hall, the students hurled stones at them, forcing the officers to shoot tear gas into some of the rooms.
In Rukungiri town, FDC supporters blocked the two roads that lead out of the district – Ntungamo and Ishaka roads – and marched through the town to show their displeasure at Besigye’s inhumane treatment. Police, however, used minimal force to disperse the demonstrators who were described as peaceful.
In Masaka, the riots were crushed before a lot of damage could be done. Around mid-day yesterday, police dispersed youths who had lit a bonfire in the middle of the road that leads to Kyotera town.
Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the architects of Activists for Change (A4C), the pressure group spearheading the walk-to-work campaign, told The Observer that even the risk of death will not deter them.
“Ugandans are overcoming intimidation and they are ready to pay any price for the liberty of their country,” Muwanga said.
He said the pressure group had singled out security officers who are perpetuating violence and will deal with each of them.
Muhoozi in charge
By and large, yesterday’s riots were quelled by the army and the military police. The police, while involved, played a peripheral role.
The commander of the Special Forces Group (SFG), Lt Col Muhoozi Kainerugaba (who is President Museveni’s son), made an appearance at Kisekka market and took charge of the operations.
He was seen commanding men in plain clothes. A videographer with WBS TV who tried to capture these events had his camera briefly confiscated before he was ordered away, together with other journalists.
Police spokeswoman, Judith Nabakooba, declined to comment about the army’s involvement in yesterday’s events when The Observer reached her.
‘Besigye deserved it’
As the violence escalated, Kirunda Kivejinja, the minister of Internal Affairs, told journalists at the Media Centre that the media had misreported the events surrounding Besigye’s brutal arrest on Thursday.
“The police had heard intelligence reports that Dr Besigye wanted to divert through Makerere University to attract university students to improve his crowd to greater chances of causing chaos,” Kivejinja said, reading from a statement.
The minister added that security was justified to use the kind of force they employed to arrest Besigye because the FDC president was holding a hammer and warning police officers: “I will hammer you!”
Kivejinja turned hostile when journalists, especially the international media, tried to challenge the government’s version of events, at one point retorting that “they are bedfellows with Besigye”.
A week ago, after a rubber bullet hit Besigye’s finger as police dispersed crowds along Gayaza road, Kivejinja told journalists that he (Besigye) was feigning the injury.
“He says they hit his finger, but I see his entire arm wrapped up in a bandage. Maybe he even bit his finger,” Kivejinja said then.
The violent arrest of Besigye on Thursday provoked angry reactions from his supporters across the country. Many self-confessed NRM supporters were also outraged.
TV images of his car window being broken into, of him being sprayed with pepper and of him being bundled under the seat on the floor of a police pickup truck like a chicken thief, drew tears from many viewers.
A government minister who was scheduled to appear on a radio talk-show at one of the FM radios said before he entered the studios: “This is unacceptable. Police should not handle anybody like that even if it is Besigye.”
Parliament, including NRM MPs, condemned the actions of the security operatives.
Deaths According to Kivejinja, by yesterday evening, two people had been confirmed dead and 127 injured. Police had also arrested 360 people in connection with the riots.
Uganda Red Cross Society secretary general, Micheal Nataka, told journalists at Mulago hospital that ten people sustained live bullet wounds. He said the injured included a ten-year-old child and a pregnant woman identified as Patricia Namugomya.
However, unconfirmed reports indicated that at least five people had died, including two security operatives at Namasuba, two people at Katwe and one at Kisekka market.
According to a statement released by the US embassy, the American government condemned the escalating violence in the city, calling for dialogue between the government and the opposition.
“The United States calls on all protesters to refrain from violence, obey the rule of law, cease all destruction of property, and avoid harming others… Above all, Ugandan authorities must avoid using excessive force against civilians in this situation. Constructive dialogue is needed now,” the statement read.
written by Twalaba dda , April 30, 2011
Hon. Minister, Kirunda Kivejinja, you happen to share a name (Kirunda) with one of Obote’s henchmen, Luwuliza Kirunda.
Just have a glance at his ending and have a chat with your innermost self; let it come to your realisation, that your end will not be very different. Luwuliza could detain Ugandans at will, with no proper constitutional channels followed. Perhaps he even had more powers than you do today. Your age should command wisdom.
written by R. Zikulabe/ Belgium , April 29, 2011
You are an election thief as the Ugandan courts of law ruled and you do not even spare the area where you were born.
It is on record that you opened up even “safe houses” in your born village. Time is near and you will end like the many of your likes _”in jail”. Remember Kale Kanyaihura & the police is under your command as Minister for Internal Affairs.
By early morning today, an uneasy calm had returned to most parts of the city, but the situation was still tense.
Opposition shun Museveni meeting
OPPOSTION parties have boycotted a meeting convened to plan for dialogue between the opposition leaders and President Yoweri Museveni regarding the current protests over the high commodity prices.
The meeting, which was convened on Friday in the VIP room of Serena International Centre, was only attended by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and the Conservative Party (CP), according to the Government’s Chief Whip, Daudi Migereko.
“It is very unfortunate that these opposition parties did not turn up. These things happen in politics. We shall continue engaging them,” Migereko said.
The meeting had been scheduled to take place under the framework of the Inter-Party Forum for Dialogue, which brings together all the parties represented in Parliament.
But FDC, UPC, JEEMA and DP boycotted the meeting, which was a follow-up on the President’s request to hold talks with the opposition on Tuesday (May 3, 2011).
Meanwhile, the Activists For Change (A4C) pressure group behind the walk-to-work campaign rejected the meeting with Museveni, regardless of the conditions set. Other opposition leaders are ready to meet Museveni, provided he accepts to hold the dialogue on the terms they set.
Asked for an update on their plans to meet Museveni, Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the architects of A4C, said: “That is rubbish. There is nothing we can get from a meeting with Museveni, except a cup of tea, photo opportunities and maybe his usual lectures which are usually out of touch with reality.”
Kivumbi warned that any opposition leader who dares meet Museveni would be treated as a traitor.
“If any opposition leader makes a blunder and meets Museveni, we shall have nothing to do with him, except to isolate him.”
Kivumbi said they had for a long time observed the behaviour of President Museveni and had discovered that he had no respect for opposition leaders.
“The actionable points of what needs to be done are clear and it is the Government that has the monopoly of implementing them. Government should just apply the solutions to the problems causing this crisis to show their seriousness,” Kivumbi said.
But in a joint statement issued on Friday, UPC, JEEMA, and DP leaders set several conditions for the dialogue with the President which include having the meeting chaired by a neutral person, the need for Museveni to apologise to the nation over the way the security forces have mistreated people, the need for the President to personally apologise to Dr. Kizza Besigye over the humiliating way he was arrested, the need for the resignation of internal affairs minister Kirunda Kivejinja, Police IGP Kale Kayihura, and Kampala Metropolitan Regional Commander, Grace Turyagumanawe.
The opposition leaders also demanded that before they meet Museveni, security operatives like Gilbert Arinaitwe, who vandalised Besigye’s car and sprayed pepper into his eyes, be apprehended and brought to book.
The statement was issued by JEEMA chairman Kibirige Mayanja, DP secretary general Mathias Mpuuga and UPC president Dr. Olara Otunnu.
On whether the Government will accept the conditions set by the opposition which have to be fulfilled before they meet the President, the Government Chief Whip, Daudi Migereko said, “IPOD had a framework under which dialogue should be held. Giving ultimatums and conditions for dialogue is outside the IPOD arrangement.”
Published on: Saturday, 30th April, 2011
KATI BULI YENNA GWEBASANGA BAYOOLA BUYOOZI ABAMUBABAJJA NA MUMAYUMBA
AGOBA MUSAJJA MUNNE ALEKAMU AGAMUZZA
Abeekalakaasi 100 bayooleddwa e Katwe
Abaduukirize nga bayamba omukyala eyayisiddwa obubi tiyagaasi.
ABANTU abasoba mu 100 be baayooleddwa poliisi y’e Katwe nga kigambibwa nti beenyigidde mu bikolwa by’okwekalakaasa nga bookera ebipiira mu nguudo wakati, okuziba amakubo n’okukuba abaserikale amayinja n’emmotoka zaabwe.
OC atwala poliisi y’omu katale k’e Katwe wansi, Sgt. Michael Okema yategeezezza nti abamu baasangiddwa n’obusaale nga kiteeberezebwa nti baabadde babukozesa mu bikolwa eby’okwekalakaasa nga nabo baagombeddwaamu obwala.
Ezimu ku mmotoka z’abantu ba bulijjo zaakubiddwa endabirwamu n’amayinja ne bazaasa era abamu bagguddewo emisango ku poliisi e Katwe eduumirwa DPC (ASP) Lauben Wasiima.
Omumyuka w’akulira bambega ku poliisi eno, Bernard Odyeke yategeezezza nti poliisi y’oku Ssaawa ya Kkwiini baakutteyo abantu 69, poliisi y’omu Ndeeba baggyeyo 7, e Nateete 18 okusinziira ku OC waayo Vincent Mwesigye, e Nyanama ne Kikajjo baabadde 20, e Katwe wansi 12 n’abalala.
1. Ivan Menya
2. Isama Sserugga
3. Alex Mpungu
4. Joseph Lukyamuzi
5. Vincent Muwonge
6. Faroul Busingye
7. Micheal Lubega
8. Alifan Koepeti
9. Charles Wamala
10. Aoron Tukwasibwe
11. Brian Kitali
12. Godfrey Kalamagi
13. Emma Kato
14. Alex Kigongo
15. Leonard Mugisha
16. Abdallah Kiwanuka
17. Joseph Namwasi
18. Sula Kabonge
19. Paul Ssenyonga
20. Charles Wamala
21. Kalifan Kikomo
22. Said Ssemyalo
23. Abedi Kimera
24. Amon Ssekyanzi
25. John Mulada
26. Shaban Masembe
27. Zaid Mukasa
28. Hamis Ssembajju
29. Godfrey Matovu
30. Bosco Bukenya
31. Joseph Ssenga
32. Wilson Ssenyonjo
33. Lawrence Ssebuuma
34. Livingstone Busuulwa
35. Richard Bongole
36. Ssalongo Bwekwaso
37. John Kimbugwe
38. Zaid Mukulu
39. Mubaraka Ssekandi
40. Pison Kafumisi
41. Innocent Ssenyonga
42. James Sserubiri
43. Ibra Mutebi
44. Tonny Ssemmombwe
45. Sulaiman Kanzi
46. Joseph Mugabe
47. Bashir Kalungi
48. Jimmy Walugembe
54. Fred Sseggane
58. Jamiru Musinguzi
59. Annet Nakku
60. Ronald Ssentongo
61. Usamu Kateregga
62. Enock Nuwagaba
63. Ivan Ssenkubuge
64. Henry Kasozi
65. Sternly Mwanje
66. Fred Kasibante
67. Ibrahim Ssebaggala
68. Joseph Ssegawa
69. Kassim Ssenabulya
70. Ivan Mpiima
71. Mustapher Lukenge
72. Joseph Ssekiziyivu
75. Lawrence Kasule
76. Godfrey Ssuuna
77. Samuel Kasibante
78. Ibrahim Muye
79. Moses Kalyango
80. Frank Mutyaba
David Smith in Kampala guardian.co.uk, Friday 29 April 2011 16.47 BST Article history
A Ugandan protestor shouts near a burning barricade in Kampala after Ugandan opposition leader Kizze Besigye was arrested for the fourth time this month.
Riots have swept across Ugandan’s capital, Kampala, in the biggest anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa so far this year.
Security forces have launched a brutal crackdown, firing at unarmed civilians with live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas. Two people have been killed, more than 120 wounded and around 360 arrested. Women and girls have been among those beaten, according to witnesses.
Two weeks of growing unrest – triggered by rising food and fuel prices – have gained fresh impetus after the violent arrest of the opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Thursday. Critics say President Yoweri Museveni, in power for 25 years, is losing his grip. They claim his wildly disproportionate crackdown on Besigye’s “walk to work” protests smacks of panic and is sowing the seeds of popular revolt.
“I thought the police were going to kill me,” said Andrew Kibuuka, 18, after police beat him with heavy sticks. “I [told] them I’m harmless but they just carried on. I did nothing to provoke them. They beat me because I was running away.”
Some point to the political earthquakes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, and wonder if the aftershocks could reach tyranniessouth of the Sahara. Already there are pockets of unrest from Burkina Faso to Senegal to Swaziland. Even South Africa, reputed anchor of the continent, is tormented by deadly protests over poor public services.
In Uganda there is an inchoate revolution struggling to be born. Protests have spread to several towns, leaving seven people dead and hundreds in jail. The riots, in which roads have been barricaded with burning tyres and vehicles pelted with rocks, mark a new level of defiance. Facebook and Twitter, which the government unsuccessfully tried to block, are reverberating with dissent. Museveni’s heavyhanded attempts to put out the fire only appear to be fanning its flames.
The subversion here began on 11 April with nothing so spectacular as an act of self-immolation: rather, a defeated politician and half a dozen allies walking down a street. The walk to work campaign is intended to highlight the soaring food and fuel prices, which leave many Ugandans unable to afford public transport.
If Besigye, who has lost three elections to Museveni, had been ignored the protest might have fizzled out. But instead riot police blocked the group, used teargas and arrested him. At a stroke this waning establishment figure was reborn as a hero of resistance.
Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, an MP-elect for Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change, recalled the innocuous beginnings of walk to work. “We never intended to have a Tahrir Square to remove Museveni,” he said. “We just wanted a reawakening of the people. We started walking, the simplest thing on Earth, and Museveni said you can’t.”
At the third protest Besigye was hit in the hand by a rubber bullet. Images of him with hand bandaged and in a sling gave the opposition a publicity coup. With each walk he has attracted more followers like a pied piper.
Nganda, who was jailed for five days for taking part in a walk, said: “When you start a campaign you never know what the response will be. I didn’t know we’d have any people following; nobody knew. Museveni’s brutal reaction is what raised its profile beyond our expectations. It’s dominating the media, the opposition, even Museveni himself.”
The 37-year-old said Ugandans would prove as determined as their north African counterparts. “I don’t think when the Tunisians started they knew it would be the end of Ben Ali, or when the Egyptians started they knew they would get rid of Mubarak. Nobody can be sure what shape it will take in Uganda but we are going to continue until Museveni leaves.”
Besigye, 54, who was Museveni’s doctor during the bush war against the former president Milton Obote, was detained again in Kampala on Thursday after police smashed their way into his vehicle and shot pepper spray into his eyes, potentially causing permanent damage to his sight.
An hour earlier he had admitted he was hesitant to draw comparisons with Egypt and Tunisia. “The only parallel goes to the extent that people are discontented with what is going on and their governments are non-responsive,” he said. “There is a loss of trust between the regime and the people. I think that is the only parallel I can see. How this popular discontent is channelled is always governed by the unique qualities of governments.”
Asked if he was prepared to die for the cause, Besigye said: “I am not setting out to become a martyr of anything. I am simply asserting my citizen’s rights, which are inherent, which are not offered by the state and which I am determined to defend at all costs.”
Commodity prices could be the spark in a Ugandan tinderbox of resentment over corruption and neglected public services. Museveni has refused to copy neighbouring Kenya by cutting fuel taxes while his recent re-election campaign is estimated to have cost $350m (£210m) with a further $1.3m allotted to his inauguration ceremony, and the bill for new military fighter jets stands at $740m.
Public anger was burning on a street where no car was safe from flying stones. Robert Mayanja, a self-described activist, said: “What they are doing now shows that Museveni rigged the last election. If you look at Uganda, why should we vote for him after 25 years? We have high prices, we have hospitals without medicine.”
Mayanja, 31, said a repeat of the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia was “definitely” possible. “What we are seeing here are people who are not armed but are taking a stand against armed forces,” he said. “People are ready. It’s just a question of time.
“We know they are going to arrest many people and put them in torture chambers. We know this regime has expired. These are the signs.”
In Ntinda district angry youths shouted and hurled stones and chunks of concrete at passing cars. On one corner a man ran up to a passing council vehicle and smashed the driver’s window with a rock, raising cheers from onlookers.
A teacher, who gave his name only as Nixon, 32, said he could not imagine an Egypt-like revolt in the short term. “But in the long term I believe it can happen,” he said. “The military is still strong and many of the soldiers are unwilling to turn to the side of the people. But in time they might get tired of beating the people.
“I really look forward to it. As your friends are beaten and arrested, the professionals need to come out and organise the people.”
A young population often seen as politically apathetic has reached unexpected levels of activism. People who used to bolt at the first whiff of teargas are losing their fear. But there are serious doubts over whether a critical mass of Ugandans have the will or the means to drive out a the president who retains a vice-like hold on the military and police.
Rosebell Kagumire, a journalist blogging and tweeting the political crisis, said: “Most people on Twitter are anti-Museveni but there is not a firm opinion on what to do now. They don’t expect him to go anywhere soon. He owns the army and his government won’t stop at anything.
“It’s hard to get people to believe going to the streets will change anything, especially when they know the government is prepared to kill half of them. Ugandans have not reached that level yet.”
Museveni, whose election victory has been denounced as fraudulent, is confident he can avoid the fate of Arab leaders. “Nobody can take over power through an uprising,” he said recently. “Whoever thinks like that, I pity such a person.”
His spokesman, Tamale Mirundi, added: “In Tunisia and Egypt democracy was lacking; in Uganda we elect our leaders at every level. The president organised and campaigned in transparent elections. Besigye cannot say he was cheated and that is why he is jumping on oil prices.”
Mirundi played down the power of the internet. “Go to the villages. How many people can access Facebook? Very few. Who knows Facebook? Very few. Facebook cannot create a politician in our country. Facebook cannot create a problem.”
Yet every day in Uganda, and elsewhere in Africa, new people are connecting and interacting for the first time. “Uganda is sitting on a time bomb,” tweeted Richo Nuwagaba . “It’s just a matter of time. I am scared
Arinaitwe: God’s faithful who nearly killed Dr Besigye
Written by Gaaki Kigambo
Friday, 29 April 2011 22:55
As the public continues to express outrage at how the plain-clothed man, who has since been identified as Gilbert Bwana Arinaitwe, almost single-handedly assaulted Dr Kizza Besigye in a manner only the extremely sadistic would apply to their worst enemies, many of his family members are beside themselves with fury, embarrassment but also surprise.
Someone relatively close to some of these family members has told The Observer that the Arinaitwe they saw on television fly-kick Besigye’s car window at Mulago roundabout, hammer it with the butt of his pistol and spray him incessantly as if, as one person commented on the popular social networking site Facebook, he were spraying cockroaches or some other irritating vermin, is not the Gilbert they know.
The Arinaitwe they know – and who is mostly known by his family name, Bwana – is a very calm, collected, soft-spoken and rational man. They couldn’t imagine that he is capable of such degree of anger and violence that shocked the public beyond belief.
A number of people The Observer spoke to, who know and have interacted with Arinaitwe, describe him in much the same way.
“I was mostly annoyed to see that he was doing all he was doing while laughing,” said someone who has interacted with him a number of times.
Nobody at this moment is able to explain how that transformation could have happened, but some within his family are beginning to think it could be a consequence of serious indoctrination he might have undergone when he joined the police.
The first born of his mother (his father, who died when Arinaitwe was still young, had another wife), Arinaitwe, who is about 31 years old, was born in Kampala and grew up around Kamwokya.
His ancestral home, however, is in Kabale, among the well-known Bwana family. His uncle, Maj Victor Bwana, was part of the 1981-86 guerrilla war that brought President Yoweri Museveni to power. Maj Bwana, who died around 1988, was a close friend of Dr Besigye, whom the nephew nearly killed on Thursday.
Arinaitwe went to Buganda Road Primary School, after which he joined Bugema Adventist School and, later, Uganda Christian University, Mukono, where he graduated in 2006. After searching for a job in vain for two years, Arinaitwe joined the police.
“There was a sense that he joined the police because he couldn’t find a job,” an acquaintance of his told The Observer.
This, however, needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as it runs counter to the respect and connections his family is reputed to have within the government, in which some of his relatives are employed.
Nonetheless, this acquaintance further says that upon completion of training, he was first posted to police headquarters in Nsambya, where he did not stay long before he was attached to the security of Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre.
Arinaitwe is a member of this church, along with several other senior and middle level police officers like spokeswoman, Judith Nabakooba, and is said to have been part of the investigations into allegations of sodomy against Kayanja.
Arinaitwe became Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in September 2007. His current rank is Assistant Superintendant of Police (Officer’s File No. A/1089) officially in the Criminal Investigations Directorate – Homicide, although he is currently with the Kireka-based Rapid Response Unit.
That in the short time (less than three years) he has been a police officer, he was found competent enough to lead the arrest of the country’s leading opposition politician is telling of the real nature of ideological orientation and transformation that the Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Kale Kayihura, is overseeing in the Uganda Police Force.
In a February interview with The Observer, Kayihura said, among the things he was proud of as IGP is that: “The image of the police is changing. It is getting closer to the people.
It was a remote institution, station-based just out to arrest and brutalise and not be helpful to the people. That perception is starting to change. The officers are responding to this transformation. It was difficult [at the beginning].”
It is not known whether Arinaitwe was officially withdrawn from the pastor’s security (one member of the church told The Observer he is still a part of it) although he is currently known to be a detective attached to the Rapid Response Unit.
This force, which is under the police, has undergone several metamorphoses from the frightening ‘Operation Wembley’ squad that shot alleged robbers on spot, to the Violent Crime Crack Unit – which was Wembley in everything but name – to its current RRU, which has also been fingered for its terror, torture and wanton abuse of people’s rights.
An avowed evangelical Christian, Arinaitwe, whose name is a direct Runyankore translation of Emmanuel, which means God is with us, perceived his recruitment into the police as a calling from God to evangelise the force and win over souls to him.
Speaking assuredly at Mbarara Pentecostal Church sometime in 2009 with the kind of rhetoric only common with radical evangelicals, he is noted to have said that Uganda, under God’s direct watch and unction, was undergoing serious transformation.
He challenged his listeners to remain steadfast in their faith and hope for the country and ensure they are a part of it. Arinaitwe is part of a cabal of radical evangelicals who were openly recruited into the Uganda Revenue Authority to supposedly clean up the rot in this institution and clandestinely into the police on the recommendation of top placed people in government.
Arinaitwe’s evangelical community, however, are ashamed by his brutality and they are saying as much in comments posted on Facebook.
In one of many comments on his Facebook wall, Pastor Michael Kyazze of Omega Healing Centre wrote: “The guys dragging KB [Kizza Besigye], who claim to be born-again, are used to terrorise Ugandans.”
Arinaitwe is married to Ms Beatrice Nagawa, an advocate.
Name: Arinaitwe Bwana Gilbert/ Arinaitwe Bwana Stephen became Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in September 2007.
Rank: Assistant Superintendant of Police
Officers File No: A/1089
Department: Criminal Investigations Directorate – Homicide but currently with Rapid Response Unit
Computer No: 233553 (Old) C14409022966
Salary: Shs 473,789 per month
Account No: 8020033837
Marital Status: Married to Ms Beatrice Nagawa, a lawyer and advocate.
Besigye flown to Nairobi for more treatment
Written by Hussein Bogere & Gaaki Kigambo
Friday, 29 April 2011 23:08
Dr Kizza Besigye was last night flown out to Nairobi for further specialised treatment after his health failed to improve following his savage arrest on Thursday.
It is ironic that the man, who left Nairobi and his burgeoning medical career 30 years ago to go to the bush to fight for democracy and the rule of law, should be flown to the same city after suffering shocking brutality from the very government he helped bring to power.
Besigye found himself face-to-face with death after a security man, Gilbert Bwana Arinaitwe, smashed his car window and sprayed a can of liquid pepper into his eyes. Besigye was then dragged out of the car and bundled onto a waiting police pickup truck before being whisked off.
According to his sister, Dr Olive Kobusingye, Besigye’s sight and hearing have been impaired. The flight was, however, not as straightforward as can be imagined. According to one of the people close to Besigye, his family was first involved in lengthy talks with the government.
“We wanted a private charter at our cost, but we were denied that. We had to settle for the Kenya Airways flight,” a family member, who declined to be named, told The Observer.
At Entebbe Airport, Besigye was held for more than 40 minutes as security agents apparently awaited “orders from above”.
He was cleared to travel less than 30 minutes before departure time. Apparently, Besigye, a former personal physician to President Museveni, had to wait until, literally, the last minute, for the President’s permission to leave the country in a bid to save his own life.
Ingrid Turinawe, who was travelling with Dr Besigye, told journalists the ambulance carrying Besigye was blocked by airport staff, who said they were under orders not to allow him proceed. She said the police then moved in and ordered that the ambulance be moved to the lower parking yard.
“We had all the paper work and the air ticket, then some staff of the airport came to us and said they had received orders that Dr Besigye was not allowed to fly.
Then security came in and forced us to move to the lower parking yard, where we are,” Turinawe told The Observer as the flight’s scheduled time of departure edged closer.
“Our prayer is that if they are not allowing him to fly out, they should, at least, allow us to take him back to Kampala so that if he is to die, he doesn’t die from here.”
She said doctors were attending to him in the ambulance. Asked to describe his condition, Turinawe said Besigye was unable to see or talk.
“His eyes are damaged; he cannot see and he cannot talk. He is generally weak.”
Dr Olive Kobusingye, Besigye’s younger sister, and Edith Byanyima, his sister-in-law, were seen pacing around the airport ahead of the flight.
Saoked in pepper
During his arrest, security operatives in plain clothes led by Gilbert Bwana Arinaitwe sprayed Besigye – and the people travelling with him in his car – incessantly with tear gas and pepper from hand-held dispensers, particularly targeting the face.
Besigye’s minders – bodyguards and driver – were brutally beaten and kicked after being blinded by pepper and tear gas, and later remanded to Luzira prison. We could not ascertain, by press time, their condition or whether they had received appropriate medical attention.
Effects of pepper sprayDepending on the brand, an OC [Oleoresin Capsicum] spray (pepper spray) may contain water, alcohols, or organic solvents as liquid carriers; and nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or halogenated hydrocarbons (such as Freon, tetrachloroethylene, and methylene chloride) as propellants to discharge the canister contents.
Inhalation of high doses of some of these chemicals can produce adverse cardiac, respiratory, and neurologic effects, including arrhythmias and sudden death.
During the past decade, OC sprays have become popular with law enforcement and corrections personnel as non-lethal deterrent agents. But, there is no real scientific basis for the claim that OC sprays are relatively safe.
In fact, a number of reports have associated serious adverse results, including death, with legitimate use, as well as misuse and abuse, of these sprays.
Exposure to OC spray may occur through skin or eye contact, or inhalation. Once inhaled, it can be expectorated or ingested. With acute exposure, there is rapid onset of constitutional symptoms including nausea, fear and disorientation.
Eye symptoms – Common ocular symptoms associated with OC spray exposure include redness, swelling, severe burning pain, stinging, conjunctival inflammation, lacrimation, blepharospasm and involuntary or reflex closing of the eyelids.
The ill effects of OC – Dermal exposure to OC spray causes tingling, intense burning pain, swelling, redness, and, occasionally, blistering (capsaicin alone causes redness and pain).
Capsaicin amplifies inflammation by releasing substance P from the skin and nasal mucosa. Multiple exposures of skin or mucous membranes over a period of seconds or minutes exaggerate the response.
Capsaicin augments allergic sensitization and worsens allergic dermatitis. Exposure may diminish sensitivity to heat- or chemical-induced pain, thus increasing the risk and severity of skin burns.
Capsaicin powerfully stimulates heat receptors, causing reflex sweating and vasodilation.
(Information on effects of pepper spray was obtained from Internet sources)
Abo bebamu kabaana abazirise bebakasukidde teargas mu mayumba mbu bagoba abatambula ku nguudo
Matia Kasaijja singa mwaana wo gwebakubye ebyaasi nobwongo nebabuyiwa wandibadde tovevenga eri bantu kyolina okubulira abantu ge mazima nti gavumenti yo nzibi ate batemu, ba demostrator be mwekwaasa nga mu batemula batambula kugenda kukola basigale nga bakyaawa emisolo kwemugejedde , kwemutoola ezibagulira emundu teargas no kusasula abatemu bammwe okubatta mukyabatta nga bagenda okukola bwebanasalawo okutuula mumayumba gaabwe nebatakola munabakima yo ?kino mukijjukire omwaavu tafugika ate power eri mu bantu Mukama bwanabavaamu mujja kwevuma banyammwe ababazaala
WE SHALL OVERCOME
Baby shot dead, Besigye jailed
Residents of Masaka hold a bleeding baby called Gift, who was shot as security operatives dispersed people who were demonstrating in the Walk-to-Work campaign on Thursday. The two-year-old infant, who was shot in the head and chest, was pronounced dead by doctors at Masaka Hospital shortly after. STORY ON PAGE 2. PHOTO BY MICHAEL J. SSALI
By Michael J. Ssali (email the author)
Posted Friday, April 22 2011 at 00:00
The unexpected finish to two-year-old Juliana Nalwanga’s life was sharp and brutal. Two of many bullets fired by security forces dispersing protestors in downtown Masaka town, yesterday ripped through her head and chest.
Part of her brain spilled on the forehead as blood streamed all over the body. Within minutes, the toddler, fondly called Gift, was kicking in the air, gasping for breath where acrid and suffocating teargas smell dominated. Moments before, she was a lively kid running in the family compound satisfied after breakfast.
The mother, overcome by sorrow, looked on helplessly at the way state actors’ excessive use of force was snatching a precious life – and with it the family’s dreams. A rush by sympathisers to resuscitate the infant bore nothing. Quickly, they put her in a vehicle for emergency treatment at Masaka Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.
Baby Nalwanga becomes the fifth person allegedly killed by security forces since the opposition-led ‘Walk-to-Work’ demonstration over escalating food and fuel prices began on April 11. Yesterday, seven people were seriously injured in Masaka, two of them policemen. A total of 30 people were arrested.
Police last night tried to explain away Nalwanga’s death, saying “stray bullets” hit her as security forces shot in the air to scare protestors who had barricaded all access routes to Masaka town.
Asked how high the police fired the bullets since the baby killed was hardly a metre-tall, Mr Noah Sserunjogi, the Southern Region police spokesman, instead said: “We are still investigating.”
The Police Professional Standards Unit (PSU), he said, had taken over the matter and the unit’s regional head, Mr Peter Wasswa, would lead the investigations.
According to Mr Sserunjogi, opposition supporters, mainly from the crowded Nyendo/Ssenyange Division, used boulders, metallic pieces and torched logs as well as car tyres to obstruct traffic flow on the Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara highway and the town’s inter-connecting roads.
Masaka Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. John-Baptist Kaggwa, last evening demanded that state actors that order and shoot at demonstrators must be held to account.
The prelate, in his Easter message, said: “The ongoing violence between security forces and civilians must be condemned together with all those that give the orders and the others who obey the orders — to hide the truth.”
Whoever instigated yesterday’s violence has likely sparked off a situation that might spiral out of control because people could become “ungovernable” if there is no restraint in brutality unleashed on them, he said.
“People should be handled with respect, dignity, and with love. They should be told the truth and in a convincing manner. But violence, tear-gas, rubber-bullets, beatings and kickings will not solve the issues.”
Activists for Change (A4C), a non-partisan platform, called on Ugandans to walk to their work places every Monday and Thursday to show displeasure with government officials and extract intervention necessary to tame the double-digit inflation.
Uganda’s key development partners and human rights activists across the world have condemned the way in which particularly three-time presidential contender, Kizza Besigye, has been manhandled by soldiers and police during forcible arrests. “Open dialogue is far more useful than imprisoning people,” Bishop Kaggwa said.
Mr Matia Kasaija, the state minister for Internal Affairs, yesterday described the killing of the infant as “terrible” but blamed lawless demonstrators.
He said: “Police never moved in until they were invited by the rioters – so who is to be blamed first? Is it the one who comes to put down the riot or the one who caused the riot in the first place?”
The government has maintained failed crop yields due to drought and surge in global oil prices stirred the inflation, and there is nothing it can do to mitigate peoples’ suffering.
Masaka was calm earlier in the day, but suddenly erupted into chaos after news of the re-arrest of Dr Besigye trickled in. Nyendo Division is an opposition stranglehold.
Unlike previously when he was granted bail, court yesterday remanded Dr Besigye to a civil prison in the sparsely populated Nakasongola District where his Democratic Party counterpart, Norbert Mao, was relocated to early Thursday from Luzira. Masaka town was last night under a security lockdown.
What will m7 do if people dicide not to go to work is he going to send his police to get them out of their houses byforce?, or are they using these tricks to get money disguise it as bail?
Mao arrested, Nambooze in prison
Thursday, 14th April, 2011 E-mail article
Nobert Mao arguing with the Police on the streets of Gulu town yesterday
By Vision Reporters
FORTY eight people, including three children of a nursery school, were injured as the Police battled crowds to quell the walk-to-work demonstration yesterday.
The Uganda Red Cross evacuated the 48 from various suburbs of the city as the protest against the rising fuel and food prices spread.
Red Cross assistant director of communications Catherine Ntabadde said the teary children from Safari Kindergarten in Gayaza were rushed to Mulago Hospital. She said three of the injured suffered bullet wounds. They included Dr Kizza Besigye, whose palm was hit by a bullet. He was evacuated to Kampala Hos¬pital.
The other two, Ntabadde said, were an unidentified seven-month pregnant woman whose stomach was hit by a stray bullet, exposing her bowels. She was rushed to Mulago. Another unidentified man was hit in the thigh.
The other 41, comprising nine students of Wampewo Ntakke Secondary School near Gayaza in Wakiso district, chocked on tear gas and were rushed to hospital.
Most of the victims were in Kasangati, where the Police intercepted Besigye, and in Kawaala.
Red Cross said 12 other people were taken for medication in Masaka, Jinja and Makindye.
Judith Nabakoba, the Police spokesperson, said four Police officers and a soldier were injured in the chaos.
The officers sustained minor injuries and were discharged after treatment, while one Police officer suffered head injuries and was admitted to Mulago along with a soldier whose leg was fractured.
Several politicians were arrested and charged in different courts.
Former JEEMA leader Mohammed Kibirige Mayanja and his successor, Asumani Basalirwa, were arrested for allegedly holding an unlawful assembly in Kawempe.
The duo was in the com¬pany of DP’s Sulaiman Kidandala and Muwanga Kivumbi.
They were intercepted at the Gayaza Road roundabout where Mayanja and Basalirwa were arrested and the crowd dispersed.
In Mukono, Mukono North MP Betty Nambooze was arrested at Kirowooza, 3km from her residence, charged with unlawful gathering and remanded at Kauga Prison.
She appeared before Mukono magistrate Ruth Nabaasa who remanded her until today.
Budadari East MP Nandala Mafabi, Kumi county MP Patrick Amuriat, DP spokesperson Mwaka Lukutumoi, FDC’s Maj. Ru¬baramira Ruranga, IPC pub¬licist Margaret Wokuri and three others were arrested along Jinja Road. They were charged in Nakawa Court with holding an unlawful demonstration.
“I have a right to use any means to go to work. There is no way you can stop me. Allow me to go, I am rush¬ing to Parliament to chair a meeting,” Nandala told the Jinja Road Police Station boss, Denis Komugisha.
At the Makindye Chief Magistrates’ Court, Kampala Lord Mayor-elect Erias Lukwago and FDC eastern region vice-president Salaam Musumba were charged with disobeying Police orders. It is alleged that Musumba, plus others still at large, disobeyed a Police officer. The duo pleaded not guilty and were each released on a court bond of sh2m (not cash).
At Entebbe Court, MPs Beatrice Anywar and Issa Kikungwe were charged with obstructing traffic. They were granted a cash bail of sh1m.They were intercepted at Kajjansi, while walking to Kampala from their homes in Entebbe.
REPORTED BY HENRY MUKASA, HENRY SEKANJAKO, HENRY NSUBUGA BRENDA ASIIMWE, NICHOLAS KAJOBA
Gbagbo captured by Ouattara forces
Forces loyal to Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara say they have stormed the bunker where Laurent Gbagbo has taken refuge and have captured the former law professor.
Ouattara’s forces said they stormed the bunker after the incumbent president refused to surrender himself and sign a document recognizing Alhassane Ouattara as the president of Ivory Coast.
A Ouattara spokesman on Wednesday said that President Ouattara has given an order that Gbagbo is to be kept alive so he and his men can stand trial for the crimes they have committed.
On Monday, U.N. and French forces attacked Gbagbo military camps, the presidential palace, and his residence. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said the attacks were meant to stop Gbagbo forces from using heavy weapons against civilians.
Gbagbo supporters said the attacks amounted to an assassination attempt.
Hundreds of people are reported to have died in the cocoa producing country since the post election fighting began in December, including many civilians.
The United Nations says up to 1 million people have fled their homes since violence began in December. More than 100,000 have fled to neighboring Liberia, with smaller numbers going to Ghana.
Omwana w’omwami ampangira abatemu kyokka ne battamu ye
NG’OMUYIGGO guwedde, tuba tukkirira ekibira, omwana w’Omwami omu n’ayimirira n’atubuuza nti, ‘Kazzi mmwe temwazze na mafumu?’
Ko ffe: Nedda anti naawe walabye bwe mwatusanze mu kkubo nga tuva kunyumyamu.
Ko ye: Ye bannange, mundabidde ku muggo gwange?
Ko ffe: Tetunnagulabako.
Ko ye: Owa kale, si nsonga ogwo gunfudde ndifuna mulala. (N’ankyukira) Ggwe nno wabadde ogaana, gy’ofunye si nnyingi okusinga ey’abalina emiguwa ey’endola nnyini, nze nno n’okumpaako! Awo ffenna nga tuseka, naye nze nga mmanyi nti mbadde ngiguzeemu obulamu.
N’ayongera nti; ‘Ye sso mmwe nga muli ba kyewuunyo. Muddira alina ennyama y’ava emabega ate atalina n’akulembera! Yiino nno mugisibye kisaazisaazi egenda ewenena ate n’obudde buzibye. Olwo bw’egwa mutegeerera ku ki? Alina ennyama bw’akulemberamu, bw’egwa, ava emabega ayinza okugiraba oba okugirinnyako ne mugironda. Ffenna ne tuseka nga tulowooza tuseka na munnaffe.
Mikolo eyali yeetisse ennyama olwakulemberamu, mutabani w’Omwami n’agamba nti, ‘Ye nga bannaffe sikyabawulira. Batulese simanyi! Mwanguweeko tubatuuke.
N’adduka akapempenu, naffe tuba tusaayirira, ennyama yaffe n’esowottoka n’egwa, ne tussa ekitereke ne tukinyuunyuula. Tuba tusirikka mu kakubo, ne tusisinkana abasajja babiri ne tubeegattako ne tugenda nga tulojja. Naye tuba tumalako tuti ekitundu eky’ekitosi, ne tuwulira ng’omuntu akaaba nti, ‘Nfudde nnyabo!
Ne tuyimirira akakuukuulu ne tubuuzaganya nti, ‘Kibadde ki ekyo? Nze nawulira ng’ekinyonyi ekikaaba era n’omusajja omulala bw’atyo, ate omusajja omundi ne Mikolo bo baawulira ng’omuntu. Twalabula Mikolo agende mpola nga yeekengera sikulwa ng’agwa ku nsolo. Tuba tutambuddeko akabanga nga n’omwala tugusomose, Mikolo n’abuuka era n’ettu ly’ennyama ne ligwa. N’atugamba nti, ‘Bannange nninnye ku muntu, nninye ku kugulu kw’omuntu!’
Omusajja n’agenda ng’awammansa emikono n’ebigere. Twagenda okuwulira ng’agamba nti, ‘Wuuno muntu ddala n’okwokya akyayokya naye temukyali kakuba! Awo nga tudduka, bwe tukuba n’enduulu. Bwe twatuuka ku kyalo, ng’eng’oma zirawa, anti tezirawa ng’umba, ng’abantu beesomba, ng’emimuli baleeta nga tuddayo mu kibira.
Twagenda okulaba ng’omulambo gugudumadde awo ku mabbali g’ekkubo. Effumu lyamufumitirwa ku kkono ne limuyita mu mutima ne ligguka ku ddyo era yagwa nga yeevuunise. Okugenda okumugalanjula, nga ye mwana w’Omwami eyabadde atukuba oluboozi!
Enkeera Omwami yatuyita tumunnyonnyole enfa y’omwanawe kubanga yagamba nti ffe twasigala naye era ng’alabika ng’ayagalira ddala omusango okugussa ku ffe. Kyokka olwokuba si ffe twaziga ensolo ate nga tetwalina mafumu mu kuyigga nga baatugwikiriza mu kkubo, ebyo bye byatuwonya. Era abasajja bali ababiri be twali nabo, baatuwolereza nnyo. Ebigambo ebituufu ndowooza byali bwe biti: Omwana w’Omwami omu ye yaziga engabi, mpozzi n’ateesa n’omwami oli agambe nti y’agizize tuleme kwekengera. Anti oluvannyuma Meeya yatutegeeza nti omusajja oyo mu ttuntu ku olwo yatutumira omuntu tugende naye wamu n’amafumu gaffe tugende naye mu kuyigga. Naye omuntu gwe yatuma n’asanga nga tetuliiwo. Ogwo gwali mukisa gwaffe kubanga tetwandiremye kugenda naye kubanga bulijjo twayigganga naye. Kyokka yakola bubi okutulyamu olukwe era yasaanira okufa obubi.
Twagenda okutuuka ku kizigo nga baategese dda engeri gye bananzitamu, kye baava bansaba nsaggule ku kizigo banneewubize okwo banfumite. Era nga babadde balemeddwa okunzitira ku kizigo ne bateekateeka okunzita nga tuddayo. Baddira abaali ab’okundasa ne babakweka mu kibira ne babategeeza nga bwe banaabatemyako nga bayitawo, bano abateeze balyoke banzite. Ndowooza baabagamba nti nze nali nja okukomererayo, omufu kye yava anjagattajagatta nsigale emabega. Mpozzi nno abassi bwe baalaba omwana w’Omwami ng’agenda atinattina ate ng’emabega tebawulirayo ajja mulala, ne balowooza nti ate banaamulinda kutuuka mitala? Nga bagamuyiira ng’afa, anti gy’otega amaggwa, bwe bakugoba gye bakulaza.’
1. Ebizibu ebimu bye tusanga mu bulamu ffe tubyereetera. Lambulula ng’osinziira ku Zinunula Omunaku.
2. Laga obukodyo Kawere bw’akozesa okutuukiriza omutwe gwe yawa akatabo.
Published on: Saturday, 26th March, 2011
COLONEL Gaddafi has suffered a devastating blow after one of his sons was killed by a defecting Libyan pilot, reports said last night.
Khamis Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator’s sixth son, was said to have suffered fatal burns in a kamikaze attack by the pilot.
Originally ordered to launch an assault on rebels in the town of Ajdabiyah, the pilot is said to have defected in mid-flight on Saturday night.
Turning his plane around, he is reported to have deliberately flown into Colonel Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound in the country’s capital, Tripoli.
It is the same compound that British forces attacked with devastating accuracy on Sunday night, when half of the key administration building – the nerve centre of Gaddafi’s regime – was turned into a smoking ruin by a cruise missile.
The £300,000 Tomahawk missile is said to have been fired from the Royal Navy’s Trafalgar class submarine HMS Triumph in the Mediterranean.
Absolutely not. It is not allowed under the UN resolution and it is not something I want to discuss any further
Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Sir David Richards
Khamis, 27, runs the feared Khamis Brigade, which has been at the forefront of attacks on rebel-held areas.
Websites linked to the Libyan opposition and other Arab media reported yesterday that Khamis had died in hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The three-storey Bab al-Aziziya complex is highly symbolic because it was attacked in raids ordered in 1986 by US president Ronald Reagan. In rebel-held Benghazi, Abdul Salam said: “I would embrace his death.
“Gaddafi has killed many sons of people in Benghazi. If his son is dead, he will understand their suffering.”
Foreign journalists were taken around the Libyan leader’s smouldering headquarters, where they were shown remaining pieces of cruise missile.
Just wondering why are you all bending backwards to expose each and every thing happening in Buganda while you keep mum to whatever is going on in your homeland, why don’t you write about your weired customs too where you drink malwa in a pot with small dead body in it, You may end up being called Nakamwa ntette nti mwajja kulya mmere nakubala baana
When witchcraft curses backfire
What started as a joke for Jackie* has turned into a living nightmare for her. It all started when her close friend Nakato started planting seeds of doubt in her about her husband’s loyalty. Nakato convinced Jackie that the only way she could keep one step ahead of him was to charm him so that he would not be able to have sex with any other woman other than her. After giving it a lot of thought, Jackie decided to give it a try, after all, no harm could come out of it.
The witchdoctor asked Jackie for a couple of things, her husband’s unwashed underwear inclusive. After performing the rituals, the magician gave her some portion to add in a glass of juice with instructions to serve her husband in not less than 12 hours then bury the underwear at the door step of their house. The magicians also told her that in the event of his passing, she should unearth the underwear and have it buried with him. True to Nakato’s advice, her husband developed a new type of “appetite” for her.
Things went on well for the next six years until her husband was killed in a road accident while she was on a business trip in Tanzania. because he was a Muslim, burial had to take place immediately and by the time she got back three days later, it was too late to do anything about the buried underwear so in a guilt panic, she unearthed the underwear and threw it away.
With time, the memory of charming her late husband faded until one year later when she got a boyfriend. On their first night, everything went well until her boyfriend woke up screaming at the top of his voice in agony. He left her that very night saying that a ghost had warned him off his wife. From that time onwards, the ghost keeps visiting Jackie at night and copulates with her in a very painful way. She can never have a relationship with any other man because every man she has sex with gets the same warning from the ghost.
Cynthia* also laments how witchcraft backfired. She wanted to tame her boyfriend Sam so that she could convince him to marry her in as short a time as possible. After visiting the witchdoctor several times and giving Sam a lot of portions mixed in his food and juices, she witnessed change and eventually they got on together.
When Cynthia raised the idea of getting married, Sam was more than willing to go and visit her parents and start making preparations for the wedding.
Things were going so well for Cynthia that when one of her friends complained about her man giving her headache, she could not resist the urge to boast about how she managed to tame her man.
Unfortunately, the friend revealed to Sam what Cynthia had done. Sam confronted Cynthia and they went together to the witcdoctor who reversed the effects of the charm. Of course after he was sure the witchcraft was gone, he pretended to forgive Cynthia and called for a joint family gathering to celebrate their upcoming union. It was there that he broke it off with Cynthia in front of everybody. Cynthia couldn’t live with her self and a few months later, tried to commit suicide.
Unfortunately, she was unsuccessful and was sent to the mental asylum from where she has recently been released
By Anne M. Mpaulo