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Museveni vows to catch Okwalinga

In a thinly veiled warning to critics, President Yoweri Museveni used a notable inaugural presidential media roundtable discussion last week to announce that government has acquired the technology to catch Voltaire Okwalinga alias TVO, the notorious but anonymous Ugandan social media critique of his ruling NRM.

“You know we are now ready. We have the technology, we shall go for Okwalinga. If he is in Uganda we shall get him and if he is out, we also know what to do with him,” the president said, wearing his trademark derisive smile.

President Museveni addressing media owners and editors last week at State House

The president also warned that going forward, social media will be closely watched.

“We shall control it; we shall know who is spreading the bad message and we shall get him,” he said while meeting media owners and managers at State House Entebbe last week.

The meeting was held under the theme, ‘The role of the media in nation-building: Aligning the media with government’s agenda 2040.’

Okwalinga who remains anonymous has been leaking a series of government secrets through his Facebook account TVO. Once, Robert Shaka, an IT savvy person, was arrested on suspicion of being Okwalinga.

But the case did not proceed for lack of evidence. The president also said his government will ensure that social media is not used by people to spread “hate” campaigns similar to those which were propagated by Radio Television Libre de Milles Collines in Rwanda.

Radio Milles Collines was largely blamed for inciting genocide against the Tutsis and moderate Hutus in 1994.

Although the theme of the dialogue was on how to align the media with government agenda 2040, President Museveni spent a great deal of time explaining how for 300 years Africa was insulated from colonialism by the treacherous terrain and presence of mosquitoes.

Mr Museveni said when quinine was discovered from Latin America, the Europeans were able to enter and colonise Africans.

And this was facilitated by the spread of religion and divisions among African leaders. He said, however, that the meeting was not intended to urge media houses to influence and improve the public perception of his government.

“This meeting is about patriotism and pan-Africanism,” he said, adding that the media had not shown concern for pan-Africanism in its reporting. He said if Africa is not united and careful, it might find itself wiped out like the Red Indians who have been relegated to tourism sites in North and Latin America.

“One day the entire Africa may be completely occupied by Chinese. Chinese would now be the new Africans.”

Andrew Mwenda of the Independent (C) with The Observer's Business Development Director Pius Katunzi (R) and editor Robert Mukasa

The president appeared startled when he was informed that there are 279 FM stations in the country and some of them are owned by politicians.

“How do they survive?” he asked. “Should politicians own radios? Should partisan radios be licensed, Mutabazi tell us [referring to the executive director, Uganda Communications Commission] ?” he probed.

Later it was agreed that that question could not be resolved at the meeting and it was referred to the adhoc committee on media relations with government which is yet to be formed. This committee is supposed to report back in 30 days.

“I never started an NRM newspaper, TV or radio, not because I cannot afford but it is because it is not right. The Gospel of St. Matthew 23:23 says: “They left undone what they ought to have done and did what they ought not to have done and there is no truth in them,” he explained.

However, later the president urged the media to be part of the social transformation of the society and work for the development of Uganda.

“Otherwise, you will be like a parasite (enkwa). If your interests are inimical to the interests of the organism, then you are a parasite (enkwa).”

Comments

+7 #1 Wazza 2018-05-16 10:22
Rubbish! just empty threats, apart from corruption and crippling the economy, your government has no capacity to implement your threats.

If you have failed to track criminals through telephone unbillable events, you cannot track one on social media. Yes its possible but your government will still the resources to implement it
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+4 #2 Wooden K. 2018-05-16 11:01
I greeet you Mr.President .

You are right about catching those who spread bad message and hate.

But before you use your super technology to catch Okwalinga , there is this Tamale Mirundi to catch.

This man is n TV and Radios 24/7 spreadng bad message and hate you see

In case your people have told noticed it , Tamale Mirundi is worse than Okwalinga . Tamale Mirundi does not only reveal secrets about how your State House operates , he damages the reputation of many of your assistants.

Tamale Mirundi is a very dangerous spreader of hate. The other day , he was on Radiomocking & singing about the assasination of Katikkiro Nsibirwa.

His implied message was that even Katikkiro Mayiga should be "pa pa " like Nsibirwa.

Sir , if you can`t controll those who spread hate and angage in vicious rumour-mongering (in your name) DO NOT tell us about Okwalinga.

I thank you Sir !
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+6 #3 Lakwena 2018-05-16 11:04
In other words, when it comes to spreading “hate” campaigns similar to those which were propagated by Radio Television Libre de Milles Collines in Rwanda ..."; we have a president who is more than often beside himself.

E.g., on 1st of May 2018, Mr. M7, as a head of State Commander in Chief, spread hate campaign against Ugandan doctors, by declaring them "enemies" of Ugandans/state.

Besides, in as far as the 1994 genocide in Rwanda was concerned, Mr. M7 cannot extricate himself for being the invisible that triggered bloodbath.

Mr. M7 was directly responsible for training, arming facilitating and cheer-leading the RPA/F into invading Rwanda in 1990, which infuriated the genociders.

In other words, if he had not done what he did, aganst international law; there would have been no genocide in Rwanda.

In Luweero and Western Uganda, Mr. M7 also spread hate campaign against Obote and the people of Northern Uganda, etc.
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+9 #4 Lakwena 2018-05-16 11:09
It was Mr. M7's hate campaign that in November 2016 got the people of Kasese massacred.

Mr. M7 must give us a break with his satanic and opportunistic quotation of the Bible.
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+4 #5 Remase 2018-05-16 15:26
A picture tells a thousand words! Look at that picture! Bakuute ku matama! Why?

M7 akwasa enaku! Look at how worried everybody is! A look of hopelessness that is based on what M7 is talking about.

There is absolutely no sense and hope in what M7 is talking about other than maintaining the status quo.

That is what worries the listeners! If the listeners are that worried, how about us, who are reading, that nonsense? Well, let's heed to Akot's call.

Unity is the answer to M7's life presidency which has let us where we are today, a total mess!
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+4 #6 Mubiru 2018-05-16 19:30
Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, efficiency etc can't exist in a country where people are appointed not because of competence or qualification but because of tribalism and nepotism.

Bwana Museveni wasted time asking Mutabazi any question regarding the Communications department he supposedly heads..

This is the man who was hysterical bleating about the urgency and importance of registered phone numbers to eradicate murders and other criminality.

The poor Ugandans lined up come rain come sunshine for the registrations etc. Murders with impunity and abductions which were supposed to be confronted and eradicated with Mutabazi's empty pronouncements have even taken an unprecedented turn when killers use phones to demand payments from the dead persons' relatives for recouping their air time they used in contacting them before they killed the poor unlucky victims!

What a country. Mutabazi and co are just looking!
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+3 #7 Fuller 2018-05-16 20:42
Ok! Time will tell. But Okwalinga is not the problem.

Government is the problem.
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+1 #8 Mary Serumaga 2018-05-17 14:26
During the bush war there used to be a newsletter in circulation with messages from the NRA.

I saw a copy or two back in the day.
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+2 #9 Jama 2018-05-18 17:37
Who is filled with hatred than one ,with blood stained hands?

Who is filled with hatred than one who persecute members of a particular religion on a false pretext of fighting terrorism. Who is more rancorous than someone who gives priority to his tribe when it comes to state nominations?

Who is more rancorous than one who combats freedom of expression?

After uprooting some articles out of the constitution and vote rigging the liberator is not satisfied. Its now a menacing language being projected at those who denounce his authoritarian drift. We maybe heading towards a north Korean type of regime.
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0 #10 Lakwena 2018-05-21 10:09
Quoting Mary Serumaga:
During the bush war there used to be a newsletter in circulation with messages from the NRA.

I saw a copy or two back in the day.


Mary, in order shame the Devil who is masquerading as God, do not leave us in suspense.

In other words, the truth must be told: what message did the NRA newsletter circulate?
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