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Museveni: Who deployed soldiers at Makerere?

President Museveni

President Museveni

For a week now, the army has waged a merciless attack against Makerere University’s student protestors in the full glare of cameras but President Museveni shocked his ruling NRM MPs yesterday when he said he was not aware soldiers had been deployed at the university.

Museveni said he learnt of the military deployment at Makerere during a briefing on Monday.

“The military is not trained to quell demonstrations, they are trained to kill. Those students are not enemies, they are young children, grandchildren who need to be guided to do the right thing,” Museveni said yesterday during a meeting with NRM MPs at the Office of the President Conference Hall behind the Parliamentary buildings convened to resolve the standoff between MPs and government over the distribution of hand hoes to farmers.

Museveni yesterday ordered the withdrawal of the military to allow police to take full charge of the situation. He also promised to send a team to Makerere to investigate the root cause of the protests.

The meeting at the Office of the President Conference Hall was also meant to update MPs on the general security situation in the country as well as the ongoing students’ strike at Makerere University in protest at what they call an unfair 15% cumulative increment in tuition fees, the doubling of functional fees, vice chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe’s highhandedness and the appalling state of halls of residences Museveni’s wife, Janet Kataaha, was meant to address the MPs on the strike but skipped the meeting.

She, however, circulated a statement on her social media platforms, justifying the military’s intervention to restore calm at the university. Since the protests broke out last week, the military and police launched a violent onslaught on the students. The situation got ugly when soldiers made night raids into students’ halls of residence, beat them up and destroyed property.

The raids have since drawn wide condemnation. For instance, the US embassy in Kampala issued a statement on Monday condemning the military’s brutality and urged government to allow Ugandans to peacefully exercise their basic rights.

“The U.S. Mission in Uganda is increasingly concerned about the violence at Makerere University in response to ongoing protests against the proposed tuition increases. Footage of security services attacking unarmed students in their residence halls and attacks on journalists covering the protests are especially disturbing,” partly reads the statement posted online by the embassy.

“This heavy-handed response by security services is uncalled for, and is a direct affront to the freedoms of assembly, speech and expression guaranteed by Uganda’s Constitution. We urge the Government of Uganda to allow all Ugandans to exercise their basic rights peacefully and without fear,” the Americans further said.

Museveni yesterday disagreed with statements by both his wife and the police that linked the strike to politics. He pointed a finger of blame at the breakdown in communication between the university’s administrators and the students’ leadership.

He told his MPs that he had spoken to the chairperson of the University Council, Lorna Magara and the guild president, Julius Kateregga, and urged them to resolve the issues through dialogue.

SHS 8BN FOR HOES

To resolve a disagreement between the MPs and ministers over the ongoing distribution of 18 million hand hoes, the caucus meeting agreed that the executive initiates a Shs 8 billion supplementary budget request for procurement of eight million more hoes.

Last week, a section of MPs criticized the manner in which the hoes were being distributed because many of them had been sidelined by ministers. This group had started collecting signatures for a parliamentary motion that would compel the executive to put the distribution of the hoes directly under MPs.

During the meeting, Museveni told the MPs that the second batch of hoes will be distributed to all the constituencies. He said technical people will be directly in charge much as MPs will be involved in the distribution. The hoes are being distributed in line with Museveni’s 2016 campaign pledge to boost food security and incomes for small landowners and gradually transform Uganda.

sadabkk@observer.ug

Comments

0 #21 Lakwena 2019-10-31 08:10
Quoting Akot:
Lakwena, thanks, but,

God will be there the moment Ugandans bring down the disgusting inhuman tribalistic system! ...

Why is Museveni chief tribal leader of Acholi he isolated, made UN confine in refugee camps, destroyed? ...

GO TO HELL with your chief Museveni!

Ugandans couldn't wait to go to hell with them, right?


Akot Lamera, you are right all the way. E.g., although the tribal leaders are civilians, why does Mr. M7 deployed soldiers as their bodyguards and escorts, not the police?

it is because, Mr. M7 perceives Ugandans as the enemies of all his life-presidency collaborators. Fortunately or unfortunately, they share Mr. M7's sense of vulnerability, insecurity and related existential anxiety.

In other words, military bodyguards gives our tribal leaders the false consciousness and confidence of indispensability: free money, food, shelter, transport, medical attention, etc.
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0 #22 miki 2019-10-31 10:24
Mr. President, you dont know who deployed those soldiers to Makerere University? I know. Some opposition kilelese or kipinga did.

This Kilelese must have paid these soldiers to brutalize these students so as to give your government a bad image problem.

Maybe even those pictures we have seen purporting beatings and tear gas are staged by the same kipinga opposition guys. The same bipinga who are paying these students to realise they are in pain and therefore riot, as the education minister so virulently told us in her missive laden with theology and dogma from the queen Janet Kataha version of the bible.

Never mind that some of her quotations rhyme with those in the king James version of the bible. How the hell do these students even dare to listen to these nugu-disturbed bipingamizi and even believe them about their pain? Lock this mwenge guy up! Problem solved.
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0 #23 miki 2019-10-31 10:38
Afterall this RIOT WEALTH CREATION, according to the education minister, How can the opposition dare create something similar to the official operation wealth creation?

Who do they think they are? How dare these students and their unemployed friends engage in this dubious riot wealth creation instead of the official one?

And how do these soldiers dare self-deploy to pick up free money from this riot wealth creation? And none of the beficiaries have formed an approved SACCO yet!
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0 #24 karemere 2019-10-31 12:43
Quoting Jama:
Who is the supreme commander? Don't deceive us that you have lost control .


You are possibly right. I say so, VERY WORRYINGLY, that: (a) if soldiers can be deployed without the president's knowledge, whoever is able to do so would definitely have ALSO THE POSSIBILITY TO EMPLOY HIMSELF AS OUR PRESIDENT through the gun.

(b) my best guess is that the president knows who deployed the soldiers at Makerere University (himself not excepted) & as usual, he is passing the hot potatoes to someone else to chew.
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0 #25 Kikomeko 2019-10-31 19:25
NRA at its Peak..Remember Ugandans you are regarded as Vultures or Bannanfuusi who do not Appreciate Bandits who sacrificed their lives to bring you Sleep..(kabulangane tulo)..All Monies intended to Develop your Country have been Stolen at all levels.

They Brought her to Education to milk the last Funds intended to furnish our University...Out of Shame She orders her Son to Kill and Maim Students as usual..No Case to Answer..GOD Presides in State House..
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