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What is LEGAL is NOT what is JUST in Uganda today – Part I

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Museveni never broke a law in his entire career. That’s right – he found a perfect way to make it all legal: paying those who make the law, to make the law just the way he likes it; that’s an example. Then paying those who defend the law even more, to look the other way, do their job but not their duty; having political judges littered across the justice system is another example. Everything he has done is therefore perfectly legal, to him, because he made sure of that.

So, the young people of Uganda, with or without interest in the state, the law, or politics are equally baffled: What is the law supposed to accomplish? Is it meant to actualize man’s desires? Is it supposed to reflect peoples’ hopes, collectively? Or is it supposed to convey what God wants for man?

Museveni’s abuse of law-making is evidence that everything illegal can be made legal. More fundamentally; how can a leader be satisfied by this? Or does this perpetual injustice in fact explain why our leaders are in never satisfied –  having mistaken the purpose of the law – justice, and mocked God’s work expressed in the collective voices of the people? Maybe the religious leaders can interpret the purpose of the law to us, because the

A young Ugandan lawyer

A young Ugandan lawyer

politicians have failed flatly.

Ideologically, in terms of the state – how can the whole theory of law-making not have a tenet to self-correct when it’s being abused? An object can be self-aware and therefore self correct in computing theories – when a process is interfered with, the information is not committed. Didn’t the architects of law-making foresee a situation like this?

How can the people not be protected by law, against assault by leaders using the law, as they replace its natural purpose – justice, with a man-made purpose – legality? Do people make laws to govern them because they need legality? Or do they do people make laws because they want justice in the land, and in the whole world…

More than any other time in Ugandan history, the law has been thrown back at people spitefully, whenever a leader wanted to evade accounting to them; and whenever the wrath of truth has approached them; the law has been used as shield for thieves and liars – the Museveni government. In Idi Amin’s reign, history recalls, there was no law at all; it was publicly & popular set aside. So nobody was confused about how the country is governed; by decree. The enemy clearly identified himself – he saw no need to hide under any guises. So Ugandans fought him on this principle, and he lost after ruling for 9 years. Atleast he did not make farce out of the law.

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What is LEGAL is NOT what is JUST in Uganda today

But now we have one governing for 30 years, all the while making the people believe that this is their will – using the law of course. One must live in a twisted reality to think or believe that this is right.

In the end, it is the poor people who are destroyed- because they are the ones who hope the most for justice. The people’s sense of right and wrong as a whole can be distorted in this type of leadership, coming from their leaders. When things happen on the African continent, which the world thinks are bizarre, the world doesn’t stop for a second to recon how the continent has been led the bizarre path by its leaders.

We cannot realistically hold Zimbabweans to blame, or Ugandans to error, or Burundians to fault, or South Sudanese for adversity; for the poor state of their countries; the leaders there have conveyed man’s untruthfulness through the law, and man’s sinful nature to present legality as justice.

So, my appeal to fellow Africans, especially those who are in the employ of making illegal ideas legal, is that; you will

destroy yourselves first, by perpetually doing things you do not believe in; and after that you will destroy your families,  after losing the moral correctness that children perceive naturally from parents. And that is how our countries are destroyed.

Giving children sweets in exchange for their FREEDOM

Giving children sweets in exchange for their FREEDOM

Somehow God made it open for man to perceive the world independently; and somehow He speaks to man individually. So it’s not possible to corrupt everyone. That’s how our countries can be saved.

 

 

End- of Part I

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Opposition should protect its Own!

Birondwa Frank

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Opposition should protect its Own

A rare phenomenon exists in the groups opposed to the dictatorial regime in our country today, that makes them seem unfit for the great cause of liberation. Basic revolutionary code demands that a force must protect itself – its fighters, and those who support its cause, from the attacks of their common enemy.

But not Ugandan opposition groups. They view this – protecting the revolution, as the concern of each independent opposition group or person. This is also how they approach the task of liberating the country – going it solo!

They meet, “agree”, even “sign”… and yet before the sun goes down they lie, cheat and betray themselves.  Every day they say “all we want is to – overthrow this dictatorship, create authentic democracy and protect you.

Unless we believe that logic works the same way the chameleon works,  personally I don’t think protection, or democracy could come from one who does not stand on a principle for a full day!

It is because of believing such fallacies (misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning), that those who fought the 1980-86 struggle,  ended up creating bufere democracy and a mafia state 

We all know that the opposition parties/group/camps do not agree (consent), on pretty much anything, it doesn’t matter if they claim to agree, because the actions give it away, but the protection of revolutionary fighters like Nyanzi, and the supporters of the revolution – this is so pertinent that a mutual defense pact needs to be in place, for a common response against the strikes of the mafia regime, against them.

Protecting your own is a cardinal principle in revolutionary politics. Not only locally, but also regionally. The popular rebellion in Sudan North should by now have benefited from loud voices of support from Ugandan opposition.

How to do it – protecting fighters is protecting the revolution

The strategy of political opposition in Uganda should be broad in its coverage of political matters, and all inclusive in terms of its appeal.

Exposing the evils of the junta regime locally, regionally & internally

The opposition groups should seize every incident of the mafia and junta regime, each time they unleash terror against the citizens, killing of innocents, jailing innocents, and using the judiciary system as tools of political oppression. The opposition should seize each and every incident of these to decisively record, report and expose it across all corners of the country, the region and the international forums. This is a core function of peaceful opposition, and it should not be done without coordination of the groups, but all opposition players should have a common approach to exposing the regime. The junta regime loosing credibility locally, regionally & globally for its jailing opponents, activists, shutting businesses of those perceived to be not supporting the military junta in private sector, stiffing free speech by shutting newspapers and radios, and creating  sub-human conditions for citizens in hospitals, schools, jails – these serve as material to build the right momentum for popular liberation of the country.

Pinning down the Individuals who carry out injustice

The individuals within the junta regime who are the executioners and purveyors of injustice who carry out the matching orders from the political junta, against citizens, should be meticulously recorded in the black books of Uganda’s history.  Their names should be mentioned out out of the noise and cries they met on innocents, to be on the record as tools of political persecution, so that they may not escape justice when the junta can no-longer protect them. The opposition needs to be meticulous, thorough and scientific when pinning injustice to the real individuals who carry them out, and all their assistants – you cannot bring justice to a land without pinning the ones who committed the injustice. So all those members in the army, police, intelligence, judiciary and other areas of the junta state who are doing the work of political mercenaries should be well documented and exposed to the public, for the day of reckoning

Again this something that all political opposition would find common ground on, since they’re affected by it, so a common approach and efforts to doing it is the right answer to protecting themselves against the excesses  of the junta regime

It is not logical to say say: we’re going to win the coming election, if you cannot win personal freedom first. Obviously you’re not allowed to mobilise for the said election. If as opposition politician, your personal freedom is debatable, then by all means your mission is not winning elections, it is winning freedom!

Do not claim on the podium, to be the poster child of certain values, while in fact, there is no evidence of you having put such values in action

 

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Sudan: how doctors, journalists and lawyers organised a mass revolution

Birondwa Frank

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Sudan - how does the military help a civilian revolution

I have not studied the Sudan constitution to know what it says about the role of the military in the political process of Sudan, but it doesn’t matter now, because the only document that holds the blessing of the masses is “The Declaration of Freedom and Change”, which all the actors in the revolution have signed.

The declaration itself is the brainchild of Sudanese Professionals Association, an association that is itself composed of of Sudan’s largest professional groups – doctors, journalists and lawyers

The trouble with constitutions is that once they have been abused in peacetime, they cannot come into force in war time.

A pattern can be observed in the recent revolutions that have rocked Africa, where by when the masses rise, the the full risk of confronting a dictator, at the last minute the military generals who have all along stood by the dictatorship, somehow camouflage and “overthrow” the dictator

Take Sudan for example. The people paid with their lives, while these generals were looking; and then,

who served under the same oppressive the military

The real question is whether the military has a role at all in the political process – making and breaking of political leaders – or should this business be left to the people (electorate) and the Law (Judiciary)

Right now Sudan’s law is no where to be seen because – no one can enforce it!

When military and law enforcement agencies become entangled in the political process, they dilute their power in the eyes of natural Laws – they no longer have that authority because on one hand they have been execiting the political assignments of dictatorship, and when the people reclaim the political power, the military generals find themselves pants down, with the only option of becoming a chameleon in the face a real mass revolution

I have often wondered, did Obote, Amin etc have generals? How come they aren’t

So in what circumstances does a military man become the president, without being elected? If the protesters can stand in the line of military fire for months, unarmed, can’t they line up in the streets by the millions and choose a tentative president to take them through the transition period?

The Bashir regime has no legitimacy whatsoever now, and anyone who executed his bloody orders is as implicated as Bashir.

It is good the masses were quick to see through the scheme, but the entire concept of “a Military Council replacing Bashir” is a usurpation of a revolution, it should be thrown out entirely, because the Military Council has no legitimacy at this point.

The military is full of chameleons now, with every top officer looking for a way to escape justice for their roles in the dictatorship, in the face of a new government

If the masses had no idea how to form a new government, then they would not have gone in the streets to begin with – so this matter of government should be left squarely in their hands, because they started the revolution, they managed the revolution and therefore should own

It is shameless for a so called general, to come out at the last minute, wearing pips & uniform, with the idea that he is a president. This should be an electoral matter from start

The Military and Police are supposed to be one of most glorious institutions for a country, after the Judiciary. But the catastrophe of African armies is that at the basic level they see themselves as belonging to an individual. And the regimes make sure that a soldier is not exposed to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, is the foundation of military law

The ideological issue with the military involvement in the political process is that, you’re bringing a kind of weapon meant for the war theater (guns), into an environment meant for a different kind of weapon (words).

It is a statement that says – I’m not sufficient in the use of mind, so I need physical force in order to live in this environment. It is shows that in terms of civilization, these animals are not yet there – where ideas are the basis of livelihood

 

 

 

 

 

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