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Uganda Military Leaves Barracks, Massively Deploys On Streets

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Impeccable reports reaching Taarifa Political Desk confirm that Several Kampala city dwellers have opted to travel upcountry in fear of the unfolding situation as the military war machines begun rolling into the streets ahead of Thursdays Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

Monster military trucks never seen by most Ugandans, have been flagged off from their warehouses onto the streets and are already patrolling the entire capital city- this has left several people in panic.

A former coordinator of intelligence in Uganda, Gen. David Tinyefuza now a staunch critic of President Museveni has observed that pooling military tanks onto the streets is a grave mistake and a return into the past.

“This is exactly what Kampala was before I and General Museveni went to the Bush. We went to fight anarchy, unexplained disappearances of innocent and unarmed citizens and general lawlessness. Ugandans must not accept this situation. I therefore wish to call upon all of you Ugandans, young and old to stand and rise above this intimidation and go cast your vote. Other than installing fear tanks mean nothing, I once commanded them, Besigye Commanded them, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu did the same but now we dont have even a pistol. I hope that General Museveni realises that he is making grave mistakes and reverts some of these actions sooner than later.”

President Yoweri Museveni has also switched to his military uniform and warned that he will not allow anyone messing around with his country- according to him, the Opposition is clandestinely being funded by foreign elements whom he accuses of not being happy with his government’s progress.

Security agents have been arresting several opposition supporters and sending them into detention centres around the country. The government has also cut off internet and social media platforms. Smarter youths are employing other techniques to access social media using VPN.

However, ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba has warned Ugandans against the use of VPNS, “We have closed Facebook for a moment and whoever is using social media is against the laws of our country. I would like to inform you that even if you are using VPN, we are going to block all kinds of VPNs.”

Kavuma Baker, a Ugandan on Facebook social media noted, “You would at least have closed your eyes and leave this one because everybody predicted it and they already have un-lockable VPN!”

 

 

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Ugandan Court Lifts Opposition Leader Bobi Wine’s House Arrest

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A Ugandan court has ordered security forces to cease surrounding the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, whose house arrest since a mid-month presidential election has drawn international pressure, his lawyer said on Monday.

Troops have blocked the 38-year-old pop star-turned-politician from leaving his house in a suburb of the capital Kampala since he voted in the Jan. 14 election where he ran against long-serving incumbent President Yoweri Museveni.

“The judge ordered that the state and its agencies should immediately vacate his property and his right to personal liberty should immediately be reinstated,” lawyer George Musisi told Reuters.

Museveni, 76, who has been in power since 1986, was declared winner of the poll with 59% of votes versus 35% for Wine, who had for years denounced corruption and nepotism in his songs.

He rejected the result, alleging fraud which the government denies.

Musisi said the judge also ruled that if there were any serious allegations against Wine, he should be brought before a court or police.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango said he had no immediate comment as the ruling had not been received.

There was no immediate reaction from the government or confirmation from the court.

U.S. ambassador Natalie E. Brown had tried to visit Wine at his home, drawing an accusation of meddling and subversion from the Ugandan government.

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Uganda To Restore Social-media Sites On ‘Case-by-Case Basis’

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The Uganda government insisted, it will maintain a tight grip on social-media sites as it attempts to deal with the post election security situation.

Kampala authorities said they were still analyzing the situation and sites will be restored on “a case-by-case basis,” according to Information, Communication and Technology and National Guidance Minister of State Peter Ogwang.

The Internet cables in Uganda were plugged out just hours before the election day. Uganda closed social-media sites and blocked access to the internet on the eve of presidential elections on January 14.

Access to the internet was restored on January 18.

The government said it will maintain its shutdown of Facebook, Twitter and other social-media platforms until the government deems they’re safe from being used to inflame tensions, reported state owned New Vision newspaper.

Meanwhile, the opposition which lost to incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, have also swept the parliamentary seats for constituencies within the central region including the Mayor of the Capital Kampala.

However, for former presidential candidate in the just concluded presidential elections, Gen Henry Tumukunde, says the option of going to court to challenge the victory of NRM presidential candidate Museveni is still on the table.

Across opposition strongholds in Kampala, the reaction to President Museveni’s contested re-election has been muted, with his rival’s supporters too fearful — or dispirited — to take to the streets.

Analysts say, this could be the reason why government will maintain a grip on the internet until the anger in the opposition camp is over. The military is largely present and in-charge of security within the capital city which is also the main opposition stronghold.

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Singer Jose Chameleon Competing For Kampala Mayor Seat

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Uganda’s dancehall artiste Jose Chameleon aka Mayanja Joseph has this morning cast his vote in a tight race for the Kampala city Mayor seat. He is running as an Independent candidate without any affiliation to a political party.

“I have a big chance of winning this. At first, they disrespected artistes who joined politics but our music has done a good job. Get my songs and remove the beats and read the message you will realise we write with a purpose. We see different things happening to people. Unless they rig these elections, but people are ready and willing to vote for Mayanja because they have studied me and found out that I’m the right person. I can’t sing all these songs and still have a coconut head,” said Chameleone.

At around 9AM, the singer finished casting his vote at Mutungo Biina, Kaduuka polling station. He said he was confident that he will emerge successful at the end of the day.

Uganda is currently holding elections for the Lord Mayor, directly elected councillors and women councillors for Kampala Capital City Authority and the ten cities across the country.

Reports indicate that at all the polling stations, the turn out is still so low and some people place the blame on the dissatisfaction that came from the Presidential and parliamentary elections.

Incumbent Kampala city Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has attributed the low voter turnout in the district elections to what he believes were irregularities in the Presidential election that led to NUP’s Robert Kyagulanyi being locked up in his own home.

Another artist Daniel Kazibwe populary known by his stage name Ragga Dee is contending for the Mayoral seat on the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket. He cast his vote at Kizungu meeting point polling station in Makindye 1.

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