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American Client states and the art of deception: Trying to Divert us from the Nebanda case using scare crows of Ebola and Political intimidation: Ebola suspected in Mubende district: Museveni summons NRM MPs to Kyankwanzi to frustrate a recall of MPs to debate the Nebanda saga

For the past several decades, a New World Order has been emerging. The model calls for most of the nations of the world to be divided into two parts - an elite class of political / economic "managers," which in most countries approximates about 20 percent of the population, and a "worker-serf" class, which makes up the remaining 80 percent of the population. The "managers" rule the country at the behest and in the interest of American corporate power, which itself is sustained by the machinations and intrigues of the CIA, which in turn is backed up by the guns of the American military. It is an Orwellian realm of "Newspeak" in which there is very little connection between perception and reality; where "freedom" means "slavery;" "democracy" means rule of the many by the few in the interest of corporate profits; and ORGANIZED religion is utilized as a significant and extremely consequential instrument of state control.For the eighty percent of the population which falls into the "worker-serf" category, it is a notably cruel and utterly despotic system. It's held together in two ways: first, by police forces given to fascist-like brutality, torture, terror, and, on extreme occasions, the use of death squads; and second, by an ORGANIZED religious system which has mastered "magic," "mysticism," and Pavlovian psychological techniques. S.R shearer

Museveni, wife Janet, PM Mbabazi and other MPs at Kyankwanzi. Photo by Mathius Mugisha


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Ebola suspected in Mubende district

Publish Date: Jan 11, 2013

By Francis Kagolo      

MUBENDE - Health state minister Sarah Opendi and other senior ministry officials dashed to Mubende hospital Friday morning following suspicions of an Ebola outbreak in the area.         

Mubende district health officer (DHO), Dr. Wilson Mubiru said two five-year-old children were admitted on Thursday night while vomiting blood – a symptom that was hurriedly linked to Ebola.     

The children were from different families.

Earlier rumours had put the number of patients admitted at the hospital to four and that three had died on spot.          

However, Mubiru and the hospital director Dr. Edward Nkrunziza told New Vision online that there were only two patients.    

Besides, the doctors have since called for calm, saying that it was unlikely for the patients to be Ebola cases.          

“We have forwarded blood tests to the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. Although we are yet to get the results, we highly doubt whether this is Ebola,” said Dr. Mubiru.          

Save for vomiting, Mubiru said the patients showed no other Ebola-like symptoms.          

Dr. Nkrunziza also explained that the patients’ condition had “significantly improved” at around 10am on Friday.          

The development comes as the health ministry is preparing to declare Luweero district Ebola-free on January 16, if no new cases are registered in the area.          

About five people died of Ebola in Luweero late last year.       

The declaration will follow the completion of the 42 days countdown period since the last patient was discharged from the isolation Centre.

The ministry has also just declared Kabale and Ibanda districts free of Marburg, another infectious viral disease.       

Health ministry Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago said his ministry is working with the Environment and Wildlife ministries to ensure that the animals and birds that spread both Ebola and Marburg disease are wiped out.

Museveni summons NRM MPs to Kyankwanzi

Publish Date: Jan 02, 2013

By Joyce Namutebi                                      
Ruling Party Members of Parliament are to go for a retreat at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi to assess the party's performance in regard to service delivery.

The meeting will be held from January 11 to 21, acting Chief Whip, Rose Namayanja said yesterday (Dec1).

            "We shall be scrutinising our performance in the various sectors." She said they expect the ministries to present status reports, which members will discuss.

 President Yoweri Museveni is expected to attend the retreat, she said.

Another source confirmed that they will be looking at implementation of the NRM manifesto "sector by sector."

Sources also intimated that the law makers would discuss issues to do with internal wrangles in the party, but this was denied by Namayanja.

NRM has for some time now been entangled in squabbles, with some MPs who do not toe the party line being labeled as rebels. The differences seem to have deepened following the death of Butaleja district Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda recently.

 Two NRM MPs, Chris Baryomunsi and Mohammad Nsereko were arrested after her death, but have since then been released.

Currently, MPs across the political divide are collecting signatures to have Parliament recalled from recess to discuss the arrest of their colleagues. But the NRM has opposed recall of Parliament.

The retreat, according to sources, will also discuss functionality of the NRM party structures. "Most of the structures are dead. The village, parish, sub-county organs are no longer in operation," one MP said.

Museveni will win and lose Nebanda debate
Thursday, 03 January 2013 23:15
Written by Odoobo C. Bichachi
So, President Museveni has told the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, that Parliament can only convene for a special sitting to discuss the arrest of MPs and scuttling of a parliamentary inquiry into the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nabanda OVER HIS DEAD BODY!

And for good measure, the President added that the consequences will be dire and no one should say he never warned them should the MPs dare go ahead with the so-called special sitting!

Well, well, well, in issuing this threat, the President is, of course, oblivious of the fact that many Ugandans, not just MPs, would – with the prevailing state of affairs in the country – be glad to jump over his dead body and perhaps chart a new political future for the country that now has the dubious distinction as a haven of corruption and bad governance, and whose citizens are living in poverty and deprivation while a few bulge with stolen wealth.

So, will the MPs call the President’s  words a bluff or will they back down in fear?

The Basamia say, “Obwalaba bw’ehere sibukayira engombe ohungwa amachi”, loosely meaning “the huffing, puffing and croaking of a frog/toad does not stop cows from drinking water in the pond”.

So, barring a political tsunami, the Ninth Parliament will in the coming days convene for the special sitting, MPs having collected the requisite signatures to compel the speaker to call the session.
Should that come to be, many parallels will be drawn between this special session and the sitting of the First Parliament on February 4, 1966 when the House debated Kabaka Yekka MP Daudi Ocheng’s Congo Gold Affair motion in which Prime Minister Milton Obote and Deputy Army Commander Maj Gen Idi Amin Dada were accused of profiteering from gold allegedly stolen from Congo and protecting each other.

Forty-seven years later, President Museveni and his Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Kale Kayihura, will likely face accusations on the floor of the House of complicity – by omission or commission – in scuttling investigations into the death of the Butaleja MP and a resolution could be made to have Kayihura sacked and prosecuted, just like a resolution was made then to have Idi Amin sacked and prosecuted. Amin was Obote’s “walking stick” then, just as Kayihura is Museveni’s “walking stick” today!

In 1966, this debate set in motion a series of political events that culminated in a constitutional coup that altered the political trajectory of the country. Obote and Amin had won the political stand-off. Whether Museveni and Kayihura will win the impeding stand-off and what the political landscape will look like after this titanic clash, is the question many Ugandans are pondering at the moment.

Usually events like this do not follow a known or agreed script; so, while the MPs could start off debating Nebanda’s death and the ignominious arrest of their colleagues Muhammad Nsereko and Chris Baryomunsi over the Christmas weekend, and the threats to the speaker and other MPs, debate could veer into “dangerous” territory with the MPs either moving to assert themselves over the executive or clipping the executive.

For Museveni, the quickest way against him is a unanimous resolution to re-impose term limits on the presidency which would automatically blow out his political life, scuttling his life-presidency project or a managed transition to his son whose meteoric rise in the army is already a subject of considerable speculation. So, what will Museveni do should MPs choose to put their foot in the President’s mouth?

Well, Museveni, despite proclamations to being a civilian president, is a soldier through and through and is known to quickly climb back into military fatigues whenever his political survival is credibly threatened, as it would be in this case. The President will, therefore, likely call the MPs to order by either ordering the Army to seal off Parliament so as to stop the “fools and idiots” daring to point a political finger at him or he will outright arrest MPs trying to debate in the House.

Either way, the face of this military operation will likely be IGP Kayihura whose scalp is equally on the line, or the commander of the Special Forces, Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba, whose “kingdom” is mortally threatened. But just like Obote and Amin won in 1966, the trinity of Museveni, Muhoozi and Kayihura may win over Parliament next week through blood and iron.

Yet like in the case of Obote, such victory is only temporary and in it usually is the seed that will destroy the current victors for it is usually the beginning of a near-religious resistance that cannot be defeated by guns or tear gas. Museveni knows it and that is why he is also going for the approach that has worked well for him before; the carrot.

So, by calling the NRM caucus to Kyankwanzi at the time when they are supposed to convene for this special session, Museveni is putting a blank cheque on the table, and knowing their blind love for money, they are unlikely to resist the sweet smell of these banknotes. So, in the end, there may be no crisis at all during or after the special sitting as it will remain an affair of the usual suspects – opposition and independent-minded NRM legislators.

Yet in many ways, it will still have set Museveni up for a grand fall, and Kayihura and possibly Muhoozi (should his Special Forces Command – SFC be used) for the future life as fugitives.

The author is a political and social critic. He is a former editor of Sunday Monitor and The Independent.

Museveni in 7 crisis meetings over Nebanda

Sunday, 13 January 2013 22:16

Written by Emma Mutaizibwa

An apparently panicky President held meeting after meeting in a bid to defuse a political rebellion from MPs over the Nebanda saga

Details have emerged of frantic meetings held by an apparently panicky President Yoweri Museveni with various groups, in  a bid to regain control of the political landscape, as his standoff with Parliament threatened to veer out of control.

The Observer has established as independent-minded MPs inched towards the number of signatures required to recall Parliament, Museveni hardly rested, determined that  there would be no special sitting to debate his handling of the investigation into the death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

The MPs want to use the special parliamentary sitting to discuss the events following last month’s death of Nebanda, a move the president roundly opposes.

The MPs accuse the executive of, among other things, undermining the doctrine of separation of powers. Since last month when the row  peaked, the president has held several meetings at his country home in Rwakitura and at State House Entebbe, aimed largely at torpedoing plans to recall the august House.

On December 31, at State House Entebbe, Museveni met the inner sanctum of the ruling party, including Vice President Edward Ssekandi, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah.

In that meeting, he made it clear the special sitting must not be held. “Don’t say I didn’t warn you,” reiterated the president who had earlier on reportedly retorted that Parliament could only be recalled over his dead body. Museveni reportedly said the recall can be stopped on grounds of a technicality.

Museveni had earlier on been told that some signatures on the petition had been forged while some lawmakers appended wrong dates on the petition and others upon persuasion wanted to remove their names.

However, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, in the meeting said she could not comment on the recall because she had not seen the petition at the time. Kinkiizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi, who was also present, told the president that it would be up to the speaker to decide. According to sources, the meeting ended prematurely though Museveni looked pensive. Three days later, on January 3, 2013, the president met NRM leaders from Butaleja district, at his country home in Rwakitura.

In the meeting, Museveni warned against fronting a candidate against whoever will be chosen as the ruling party flag bearer in next month’s by-election. Days later, he would score a coup of sorts when Florence Andiru Nebanda, a sister to the fallen MP, was among the six candidates nominated for ruling party primaries to choose a party flag bearer.

Museveni summoned another meeting on January 5, 2013 at State House Entebbe. Present were trusted lieutenants Frank Tumwebaze (minister for the Presidency) and Richard Todwong (minister without Portfolio), alongside other political leaders. He once again insisted there should be no recall. On January 8, 2013, Museveni met lawmakers from the oil-rich Bunyoro sub-region at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district. Most of the lawmakers from Bunyoro signed the petition.

Museveni, according to sources, is reportedly worried that this group is lately becoming increasingly critical of his government. But specifically, Museveni was enraged after receiving reports that several MPs from Bunyoro including Buyaga East MP Ignatius Besisira, Bugangaizi West MP Kasirivu Atwooki and Masindi Woman MP Jalia Bintu, had appended their signatures to the petition to recall the House.

In what sources described as a heated meeting, Museveni reportedly asked those who had signed the petition to withdraw their signatures. However, we understand, Besisira told him his conscience would not allow him to do so. But Museveni, who easily puts in long hours if he smells a crisis, was not yet done. The next day, he met MPs from Kanungu district, the district chairperson and about 80 councillors.

During the meeting, the chairperson Josephine Kasya gave a report on the state of affairs in the remote outpost, in which she cited the moribund state of roads, bridges and hospitals. However, Museveni sensed an opportunity to attack his critics. He said he had delayed to fix all the roads in the country because some leaders (referring to MPs) kept raising their salaries and when he wanted to cut them, they refused.

Attempting to justify why he wanted the lawmakers salaries reduced, Museveni said he earned a ‘paltry’ Shs 3.5m per month. However, Baryomunsi responded that going by Museveni’s political mathematics, MPs, too, earned only Shs 1.5m a month.

“Just like your Excellency you get facilitation to travel, we too get facilitation to do our work,” Baryomunsi added.

Citing the recent grand theft in the Office of the Prime Minister, the lawmaker instead, blamed under-development on corrupt government officials. Museveni had earlier told the leaders from Kanungu that he called them to explain circumstances that led to the arrest and detention of one of their MPs, Baryomunsi. He said the MP was causing the government problems by playing the policeman in regard to the death of Nebanda.

“He is causing problems for the government. Baryomunsi is even mobilizing people to demonstrate. This is unacceptable,” said the president while the MP vehemently objected to Museveni’s insinuations.

But some councillors demanded to know why some people had to be shot during the pro-Baryomunsi demonstration. They reportedly asked Museveni if his anger with Baryomunsi was the reason their people were shot. Though the minister without Portfolio, Todwong, told The Observer he did not have details of these meetings, he said on Friday that the process of recalling the House had fallen flat on its head.
“The process of recalling the House has been overtaken by events. Much as they have a constitutional right to recall Parliament, it must be out of national importance,” argued Todwong.

“Why does Parliament want to check the Executive but Parliament does not want the Executive to check Parliament? Besides, nobody in the Constitution is above the President in supremacy. The leadership of Parliament must take charge of these reckless MPs,” argued Todwong.

He claimed that the petition was flawed because some of the signatures on the petition were forged, others signed more than once and some MPs have expressed their wish to withdraw their signatures.

“The signature of the Kole MP Fred Ebil was forged; Hussein Kyanjo’s signature is different from the one he often uses; Patrick Nsanja did not sign and Godfrey Kiwanda [chairperson Buganda Parliamentary caucus] has signed the petition more than once,” said Todwong.

But Ndorwa East MP Wilfred Niwagaba told The Observer on Friday: “As far as we are concerned, we have submitted our petition to the speaker. We are waiting for her to announce the date of the recall.”

However, Niwagaba said the process of withdrawing one’s signature is superfluous.

“There is nothing in law that a signature can be withdrawn. It can only be withdrawn if it was forged. Let MPs stop behaving like charlatans,” said Niwagaba.
He also said that he found it baffling that Todwong could claim that Kyanjo’s signature was forged.
“It is up to Kyanjo to come up and say my signature was forged and this can be verified by a handwriting expert,” Niwagaba said.

Sources told The Observer that Museveni met with the speaker yet again on Thursday, as the House recall appeared to hang in balance.

Nebanda death: Cocaine, alcohol found

Publish Date: Dec 22, 2012

By Vision Reporter
Results just in from the Government chemist and a UK laboratory indicate that a lot of chemicals were found in samples picked from the fallen Butaleja woman Member of Parliament, Cerinah Nebanda.

A preliminary report released Saturday evening indicates that cocaine, heroin, alcohol and several other chemicals were found in the blood, gut and tissue samples picked after the postmortem.

The report released by the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng combined the postmortem examination carried out at Mulago hospital and toxicology test done at ROAR Forensics Ltd in the UK and the Government Analytical Laboratory in Kampala. The results of a third test, referred to as histology, done in Israel, are not yet ready.

Dr. Acheng said that the toxins or drugs were detected in Nebanda’s stomach contents suggesting that she may have taken them orally before her death. “The detection of the products and their breakdown substances in the blood and urine indicates they were absorbed and distributed in the blood stream to various body organs and eventually excreted in the urine,” she said. 

Other samples taken from wine that was found in her boyfriend’s residence, where she spent her last few hours, also had some traces of these substances.

The report explains that the various chemicals found in her blood could have reacted with one another to cause a deadly effect. ( Detailed explanation on chemicals to be published in Sunday Vision newspaper)

The results come in after a week-long of wrangles and uncertainty over what exactly might have killed or led to the detah of the outspoken Nebanda.

Meanwhile, the fallen legislator is to be buried on Sunday after a decision reached upon by her family.

Although the burial for the MP was slated to take place on Wednesday, Parliament on Tuesday stopped her burial after hours of a heated debate over who might have ended her life.

The significant findings as seen at autopsy were congested lungs with oedema and patchy consolidation. The pancreas had a dull outer surface and a haemorrhagic cut surface. The stomach mucosa was hyperaemic.

Significant toxins detected in urine, post-mortem blood, stomach content samples (and trace amounts in white wine) included ethanol (alcohol), cocaine (and its metabolites/breakdown products), morphine (and its metabolites/breakdown products), codeine, chloroquine, cocaethlene and dextromethorphan.

The fact that some of these toxins/drugs were detected in the stomach contents is an indication that they may have been taken orally prior to death.

The detection of the products and their breakdown substances in the blood and urine indicates they were absorbed and distributed in the blood stream to various body organs and eventually excreted in the urine.

The post-mortem report (by Prof Wabinga indicates that the needle puncture wound seen at autopsy was for administering medication).

Here below is a brief on the detected drugs and their effect:

Detected in trace amounts, is used for treatment of malaria.

Used as a cough suppressant as well as for pain relief. The patchy consolidation seen at autopsy is a sign of Bronchopneumonia which may present as cough. The deceased was probably on medication for cough (or pneumonia).

Alcohol (Ethanol)
Post-mortem findings are non-specific but include intense congestion of the gastric mucosa (reported as hyperaemia in this post-mortem), odour of alcholic beverages (probably the sweet smell reported at autopsy) and congestion of the organs.

Cocaine(and metabolites)
The effects on the body could be due to cocaine or its breakdown products. Post-mortem findings include pulmonary edema and congestion (as seen at autopsy). Chronic use of cocaine is associated with cardiotoxicity especially heart rhythm disturbances (which cannot be seen at autopsy with the naked eye).

Morphine/Heroin/Codeine (and metabolites)
Depress the central nervous system which may lead to sudden death resulting from respiratory depression, cardiac arrest, heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmias) or severe pulmonary oedema.

The observed pulmonary oedema and congestion, patchy consolidation of the lungs, dull pancreas, hyperaemic stomach at post-mortem may have an explained link to the toxicology findings. 

NB: The effects of the toxins/drugs discovered in the blood potentiate each other as do the adverse effects.

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng
Director General Health Services
Ministry of Health