Museveni is not BLOOD-THIRSTY – Don Wanyama to Karamagi

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Following the Arua incident on Monday which left the driver of Bobi Wine dead, Lawyer Andrew Karamagi wrote a worded letter to the Press Secretary to the President Don Wanyama, ‘‘ ……While you go about your daily job of defending the indefensible, please rest assured that empires far greater than Museveni’s Junta have collapsed and are now in the dung heap of history, enveloped by infamy and disgrace. Don’t follow this corpse to the grave my brother.’’

Wanyama writes back.
Dear Andrew Karamagi,
I saw the note you wrote to me. I should have responded much earlier but there were more important issues to attend to. Now that I have a few minutes to spare, let me address some of the issues you raise.
You write, “My friend Yasiin Kawuma’s life was brutally ended last night in the same way that many innocent Ugandan lives have been ended by your blood thirsty master, Yoweri Museveni”.

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It is sad that a life was lost. My sincerest condolences to Yasiin’s family. I pray his soul finds eternal repose.
Whereas you are entitled to your opinions and diction, any sane reader will know that to describe President Museveni as “blood-thirsty” is a falsity. It is nowhere close to the truth.
I will not bore you with a lecture on this country’s political and military history, which I know you are very conversant with, but if you chose honesty above political expediency and populism, you would know who the real blood-thirsty leaders this country has had.

But I know it is not lost to you that there was a time when this country was a slaughter field. When the institutions of State mandated to protect and safeguard lives, became the very tools of destruction and mayhem.
These were not cases of indidividual errant officers or men, no. This was state-orchestrated violence against its own citizens. The result? In a period of two decades (1966-1986), over 500,000 Ugandans were killed, with millions others displaced, turning into refugees in the region and beyond.
I see that your write-up is littered with anectodal references to your experiences. Allow me let you know that I know the ignominy of living in exile and being a political and economic refugee, for my family was one. Speak to any Ugandan family or adult that has been through this and they will tell you that it is a situation one should never find themselves in.

Uganda today is not El Dorado nor is it Disneyland but neither is it the hopeless, basket case that had become the laughing stock of the continent.
The man you call “blood-thirsty” while ascribing other expletives, is the one behind this country’s turn-around. There are two key markers to this line; peace and stability, plus economic progress. Like they say nowadays, if you know, you know.
I will not respond to each specific election violence case that you raise but I could see an attempt at creating the impression that elections today are all about about guns and violence. Perhaps it is a question of coincidence that wherever you have been, there have been incidents of violence.

But I can tell you that I have personally observed hundreds of elections in this country, since 1996, which have passed peacefully without incident. Several of them, like the Bungokho North (my home constituency) parliamentary one in 2016, were won by an opposition candidate.
There could be areas of improvement but by far and large, elections today are a reflection of a people’s will and choice. For someone like you who claims to be a democracy advocate, I expect you to make this admission though I know you will not. Like your friends in the opposition, you only agree with results when they go your way but will raise hell when you lose.
About Arua. I urge you to read President Museveni’s statement that he’s put out this morning

Whereas the President has chronicled what transpired, and the fact that had his bodyguards responded with fire after the Bobi Wine crowd stoned his convoy there would have been worse casualties, what he has not stated is the increasingly disturbing behaviour of Bobi Wine.
There is no doubt he’s a possessed attention-seeker, perhaps stemming from his music background. One would conclude that he is suffering from political arrivalism. When you make childish confrontations the mainstream of your political agenda, then you will have the unfortunate incidents like we saw in Arua on Monday.
I guess by now you have seen your opposition colleague, Salaam Musumba’s lamentations about Bobi Wine’s behaviour. He led his group to take over an FDC rally venue in Mvara SS, obstructed them in Ediofe and later tried to disrupt a rally addressed by Dr Kiiza Besigye at Arua Primary School.

It is the same group he led to confront and stone the President’s convoy as it made its way out of Arua town. He then led the same group to cause mayhem in the middle of town, targeting supporters of other political camps.
From your writing, I notice that you have a relationship with him. Please tell Bobi Wine that his tactics are now known. He might have caused a death in Bugiri and won a sympathy vote, and was perhaps hoping to do the same in Arua, but it won’t be long before he is exposed.

As a text technologist, did you notice that his tweet about Yasiin’s death had a celebratory tone to it? It was more like, yes, I have caused another death and my political capital will rise?!
The bottom line though is that Bobi Wine is not above the law, even when he might hide in a ceiling.
I am surprised that your piece did not condemn this kind of political impunity.

Let me conclude with this. Learn that Uganda is under a multi-party dispensation and what we have is a marketplace of political ideas. Not everyone will toe your line. And when they do that, it is not because they have sold souls to anyone.
But since you believe one can’t hold or support a position until they have been paid, can I know how much you were offered for yours? How much have your funders in the civil society and the opposition offered for you to speak for them?

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    There are key areas that we need to put into consideration.

    1. *Arua prison*(where Kasiano rally was)
    2. *Arua Hill ps*(where M7 rally was)
    3. *Ediofe Rd*(where a clash between kasiano and M7 supporters clashed)
    4. *Adumi Rd*(Pacific hotel where bobi wine was and death occurred)
    5. *Pokea ps*(where M7 plane was waiting to take him back to Kampala)

    *LET’S GO*

    M7 rally ends at the same time with kasiano rally at around 6:00pm, they all start moving. M7 supporters and convoy head towards pokea ps where his plane was waiting to take him back to Kampala but had to go through Ediofe rd. Ignoring the fact that there was a shortcut for them through pakwach rd..

    Kasiano supporters leave arua prison where they had their rally towards kasiano headquarters and also had to go through Ediofe rd.

    The two groups meet along Ediofe rd where a reported clash must have occurred. It was around 6:30pm.

    The driver was shot dead at a few minutes to 7:00pm at Adumi rd where hotel Pacific is located. He was shot while seated in the car that was waiting outside the hotel to take bobi wine back to Kampala.

    The distance between Ediofe rd where supporters clashed and Adumi rd where the killing occurred is about 5km.

    How long did the supporters scuffle take?

    Why wasn’t the shooting at Ediofe rd or even along the way? But only to take place at the entrance of Pacific hotel in a parked car.

    Okay if it was a stray bullet as police claims, where was the shooter? Was the shooter at Ediofe rd or at Adumi rd?

    Here comes the main question, where were all the political actors when the incidents occurred? I understand that from police reports, all were picked from Pacific hotel, on which account are the allegations of stoning M7 car based?

    Am not even ruling out the possibility of the car being stoned, where was the car stoned from? Do we have any visible evidence of the broken glass or even any car surroundings to show that the car was hit in arua,

    May we assume that no journalist not even an individual took a single photo a part from Don Santana?

    Mpulira nkooye okutayipinga ebibuuzo ebitagwa..

    For God and his people!!!


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