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The Curse of Dominion Theology: How Pentecostals in Uganda are trying to take over Kampala Capital city from Muslims by hook or crook. Born again KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi shuts down KCCA offices after court ruling that reinstated Al.Haji Elias a Muslim mayor of Kampala City

What is dominion theology?


This refers to ‘’the belief that we (mankind) have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming ourselves and all societal institutions, through subduing and ruling the earth by whatever means possible, including using technology, science and psycho-social engineering; and then and only then will a “Christ” manifest his presence on earth.

Al Dager in his book VENGEANCE IS OURS: The Church In Dominion (Sword 1990) lists two further definitions of Dominionism:
A basic premise of dominion theology is that when Adam sinned, not only did man lose dominion over the earth, but God also lost control of the earth to Satan. Since that time, some say, God has been on the outside looking in, searching for a “covenant people” who will be His “extension” or “expression” in the earth to take dominion back from Satan. According to the dominionist interpretation, this is the meaning of the Great Commission.
Some teach that this is to be accomplished through certain “overcomers” who, by yielding themselves to the authority of latter-day apostles and prophets, will take control of the kingdoms of this world. These kingdoms are defined as the various social institutions, such as the “kingdom” of education, the “kingdom” of science, the “kingdom” of the arts, and so on. Most especially there is the “kingdom” of politics and government. (Dager, p. 44)
THE DOMINION MANDATE
Dominion theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs:
1) Satan usurped man’s dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve;
2) The Church is God’s instrument to take dominion back from Satan;
3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken dominion by gaining control of the earth’s government and social institutions. (Dager, p. 87)

SYMPTOMS of DOMINIONISM
What follows is a comprehensive list (although not complete!) of potential things to watch for that indicate that a particular teaching may be Dominionist.
1. Bypasses the Cross
  • De-emphasizes the Gospel of Salvation.
  • Substitutes the Gospel of the Kingdom, or embellishes the Gospel of Salvation with the addition of the kingdom message.
  • Teaches Jesus didn’t quite defeat Satan on the Cross, He didn’t get the whole job done – the church must finish the job – the onus is on man.
  • Emphasizes Old Testament Law and Covenants, works and deeds, and minimizes (or even mocks) salvation by faith through grace.
  • Ignores, slides over, sidesteps, gives lip service to, or otherwise disregards the fact that Jesus saves us from OUR SINS! The biblical teaching of the utter depravity of man is bypassed, minimized, neglected, missing totally, or mocked.
  • Jesus is seen as corrupted. He becomes a nebulous touchy-feely fellow, the object of our “passion,” a “god within,” a “force,” a “story,” a “king,” a “liberator from oppression,” one of many “christs.”
Jesus’s role as Savior and Redeemer is diminished and truncated, and His work is unfinished – and
  • therefore the church on earth must make up for His lack.
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Dominion theology and the taking over  of  Kampala city by Pentecostals

Dominion theology is the thinking that the church must take over all institutions of the state,  by force if necessary  if Jesus is to come back. This simply means Jesus will not be able to come back before the church takes over all social institution structures. Recently Dr.Myles Monroe told Christians at a jubilee convention in Kampala that they should not pray to go to heaven but should instead pray that heaven comes down the earth. According to Dr.Myles Monroe  the gospel is not about salvation or being  born again but rather about the kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom means that Christians should dominate the earth. Dominating the earth means acquiring a lot of material wealth such as cars, houses, jets,  businesses and social institutions but Jesus said categorically that his Kingdom is not of this world(John 18:36).

From Uganda to South Africa : Dr. Myles Monroe infests Africa with blasphemy and dominion heresy on his so called African tour



Dr .Myles Munroe’s Uganda tour to Uganda: An exposition of the ecumenical and apostate state of the Ugandan Church


 

The Pentecostal church in Kampala has made an alliance with Museveni’s dictatorship in order to take over the capital city. After failing to take over the leadership Kampala city, Museveni used the members of his party who are the majority in parliament to come up with the so called KCCA act. The purpose of this act was to usurp the power of the people in Kampala who have for a long time in a row voted opposition politicians as mayors of Kampala city. The KCCA act water down the position of the mayor of Kampala city  and created the office of the executive director who is an appointed head of the city. The new KCCA executive director Jeniffer Musisi is a Pentecostal who believes that God has ordained her to change Kampala city. Some Pentecostal pastors are telling their congregations  that God has given Pentecostals the city and should support Jennifer Musisi. Pentecostals are now fighting against the current Muslim Mayor using the state coercive machinery. 



The funny thing is that the current Lord Mayor of Kampala city who is a Muslim has done everything  possible to fight for the rights of the poor people in Kampala however the Pentecostal born again executive director Jennifer Musisi who should love the poor just like the Lord Jesus Christ,  has harassed the poor and continues to harass the poor to stop doing business on the  streets. Many businesses  of the poor in Kampala have been demolished in the names of keeping the city clean. Of course,  we all need a clean city and Jennifer as a person is a very good manager but chasing  the poor from Kampala without giving them an alternative is an attack on the gospel and the lord Jesus Christ.  



Recently the  Muslim  lord mayor Elias Lukwago was impeached from mayorship through a well orchestrated government plot . The Lord mayor went to court to stop this act of impeaching him. Court issued an order stopping the impeachment of the mayor but the government used the police  to block the mayor’s lawyer from delivering a court order. The lawyer was manhandled and assaulted by police and when the supporters of the Lord Mayor protested, they were tear gased and even beaten by stick wielding men called kiboko squad(Cain squad). This  criminal squad is an extra-constitutional organ. How can born again people get involved in such criminality. Where is Jesus in all this?



Slowly but steadily the hunger against the Pentecostal church in Uganda is building because of dominion theology . If Pentecostals continue support an oppressive regime because of dominion theology, they might be physically  attacked when Museveni leaves power.  

Musisi shuts down KCCA offices after ruling



KCCA executive director yesterday
KCCA executive director Thursday announced the closure of City Hall. Photo by Faiswal Kasirye 

By  ANTHONY WESAKA

Posted  Friday, November 29  2013 at  02:00


Kampala- City Executive Director Jennifer Musisi last evening announced that KCCA will be shut down today, following yesterday’s events after the High Court granted ousted Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago a lifeline in office.
Mr Lukwago later announced he will return to office this morning, and is expected to be accompanied by several opposition political leaders.

 


Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has been kicked out of office. In a special council meeting on Monday chaired by the Minister in charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Frank Tumwebaze, 29 councilors voted in favour of removing Lukwago. Only three councilors were against.


 Erias Lukwago swearing in with a Koran as Kampala's first Lord Mayor at Mayor's gardens Kampala on 19 May 2011   


But at a hastily convened press conference at 6.30 pm, Ms Musisi, who heads the technical wing, said:“Already, since the decision of the learned judge earlier today, there have been efforts to mobilise the public to invade City Hall, supposedly to re-instate Erias Lukwago into office. Obviously this poses a serious risk to the staff and property of the authority that I am empowered to protect and safeguard”.


After the impeachment, councilors and supporters jubilated. They denounced Lukwago as arrogant and disrespectful.



JEREMIAH 1: 19: "They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you," declares the LORD."
Executive Director Jennifer Musisi during the imeachment of  mayor Lukwago
She added: “Unless the safety of our staff and government property under our custody is assured, it’s difficult for our operations as the implementing arm of KCCA to continue blindly in the face of these increasing threats. Consequently, we are shutting down the technical operations of the authority until further notice,” Ms Musisi told a press conference at City hall.
 Police officers manhandle City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s lawyer
 Police officers manhandle City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka after he came to serve a court order to Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze, who was conducting a KCCA council that later impeached the mayor yesterday. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa 

She said the decision had been taken after threats to road sweepers, and registered cases of assault against the city authorities enforcement officers, and building inspectors – all at after incitement of political protagonists.

 
 Lukwago and the KCCA executive director, Jennifer Musisi shakes hands after the swearing in ceremony of the Lord Mayor

It is not clear when the KCCA operations will resume but the decision by Ms Musisi is bound to create a major problem in the city with lack of services. It is also bound to be interpreted as a veiled snub to Mr Lukwago’s triumphant entry into city hall tomorrow.

 
The decision means that nobody will be allowed to access City hall, there will be no work carried out by the workers like sweepers, revenue collection and garbage collection.

KCCA suspends operations 
Publish Date: Nov 28, 2013
KCCA suspends operations

The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority, Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula reading out the statement before journalists at KCCA Kampala. PHOTO:Ronnie Kijjambu

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By Andante Okanya and Juliet Waiswa

The management of Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA)  has decided to halt all its technical operations, citing  threats to technical staff.


The decision was announced at a press conference called on Thursday by the KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi at City Hall in Kampala. It takes immediate effect.




Caricatures of the KCCA fracas by Ugandans 


 PRESS STATEMENT

   
   

PRESS RELEASE  
28TH NOVEMBER 2013  
SHUT DOWN OF OPERATIONS BY KCCA

Management of KCCA has been compelled to enforce a shutdown of all technical operations of the Authority. 
 This  decision  comes    against the backdrop of several months of protracted politicking that have severely hampered our ability to deliver services to the people of Kampala. Since March 2013, we have been caught as pawns in the tensions of the political push and shove of the City; we have been embroiled in separate, lengthy and tiresome processes before various organs and therefore have hardly had time to do our work of delivering services to the City.  
The above, coupled with the ensuing political controversies and violent reactions by the public on matters relating to the office of the Lord Mayor have created a hostile working environment that has put the lives of our workers in danger. 
To-date, KCCA sweepers on the road are molested in the course of their work; our revenue collection teams, enforcement officers, cleaners and Building Inspectors have been assaulted many times at the incitement of political protagonists. Our garbage trucks have been damaged, and with the growing levels of threats our staff have become apprehensive over their safety in the course of their work. The incidents in which our officers have been repeatedly attacked in the course of work are well-documented. Already, since the decision of the learned Judge earlier today, there have been efforts to mobilize
the public to invade City Hall supposedly to “reinstall” Elias Lukwago into office! Obviously, this poses a serious risk to the staff and properties of the Authority that I am empowered to protect and safeguard. 


 

Unless the safety of our staff and Government property under our custody is assured, it is difficult for our operations, as the implementing arm of KCCA, to continue blindly in the face of these increasing threats. Consequently, we are shutting down the technical operations of the Authority until further notice. For God and Our country 

Ugandans caricature the Kampala city fracas

High Court grants Lukwago relief 
Publish Date: Nov 28, 2013
High Court grants Lukwago relief

Erias Lukwago jubilates after court ruling. PHOTO/Abou Kisige
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By Anne Mugisa and Hillary Nsambu 
     
                                                                                                                              
The High Court has granted Erias Lukwago a temporary injunction against Kampala Capital City authority (KCCA).

Justice Yasin Nanzi said in his ruling On Thursday that he was convinced by Lukwago’s lawyers that their application for judicial review has good chances of succeeding in Court. Lukwago through his lawyers applied for a judicial review of the proceedings and findings of the tribunal that recommended his removal from office.

Giving his reasons for granting the injunction, the judge said that Lukwago has a status quo to protect as Lord Mayor and that his main application for judicial review raises serious triable issues  which have a probability to succeed.

A smile at last. PHOTO/Abou Kisige 

The second reason is that denial of the application means that Lukwago could suffer irreparable injury because he is a mayor elected through universal adult suffrage. And that since this was not a business; no monetary compensation can be awarded to put him in the same position of mayorship.


“Since there is a main application pending, it is important to grant the stay until the application is disposed of…,” Nyanzi ruled. He also granted Lukwago the costs of the case.

The ruling was greeted with jubilation from Lukwago’s supporters who jammed the Court corridors leading to the Judges chambers where the ruling was delivered.

The Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, reacted to the ruling wondering how the injunction would be implemented.

“While I respect the ruling of Justice Nyanzi giving an order to me to stop the convening of a KCCA meeting as well as implementation of the tribunal report until an administrative review application is heard, I am only wondering how practicable this ruling is? How do you implement an order that seeks to stop an activity that has already taken place?

Both his interim order given today and the earlier one purported to have been given on Monday and which was served to the AG in court at 10 O’clock exist after the authority meeting of 25 November 2013, had taken place. So what then do these orders intend to stop? I have accordingly written to the attorney General to seek his guidance on the matter,” Tumwebaze said.

Lukwago was impeached on Monday by a vote of 29 to three Councilors of KCCA. The same day the Court had heard an application for an interim order to stop the impeachment process.

However, while Lukwago’s lawyers are saying they secured the order and served it on the Council during the impeachment session, the Attorney General says that he was never served and that he was the right person to be served.

He also insisted that by the time that order was secured, the meeting and vote to remove Lukwago had already taken place.

The Electoral Commission had been notified that the Lord Mayor’s seat was vacant and asked to commence preparations for a by-election to replace him.         

His lawyers had secured an interim order Monday morning to stop Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) councilors from removing him.

But the Attorney General said by the time Lukwago’s team secured the interim order, the authority had already taken the decision.


Kiboko squad: Rights body tasks Gov’t to act 
Publish Date: Nov 29, 2013
Kiboko squad: Rights body tasks Gov’t to act

UHRC boss Medi Kaggwa
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By Pascal Kwesiga                      

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) is concerned about the “growing level of lawlessness” fuelled by the re-emergence of the infamous Kiboko squad and police brutality.


The concern was voiced following violent scenes involving the civilians, police and stick wielding men that followed the impeachment of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago by councilors on Monday.


The High court on Thursday granted Lukwago an application for an injunction to stop Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) from acting on the tribunal’s recommendations to impeach him, until a judicial review sought by him (Lord Mayor) to quash the proceedings and recommendations of the tribunal takes place.

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Addressing a press conference in Kampala on Friday, UHRC chairperson Med Kaggwa tasked the government to explain the re-emergence of the notorious stick wielding men who masquerade of law enforcers in riots during which they usurp the mandate of the police.


“We are concerned about the re-emergence of the stick wielding men who seem to be operating alongside the police. We strongly condemn the involvement of unlawful militia groups in keeping law and order,” Kaggwa said.



Kiboko Squad hitmen ready with their sticks during one of the  demonstrations in the city


The police have repeatedly disowned the Kiboko squad militia although they are usually seen operating alongside them in breaking up riots in the city. Kaggwa also took a swipe at civilians for taking the law in their hands saying “The incidents of lawlessness by some members of the public in Kampala and its suburbs following the impeachment of the Lord Mayor is uncalled for. Citizens should refrain from taking the law in their hands and any grievances should be settled in a lawful manner.”



Members of the Kiboko Squad punish one of their victims. - See more at: http://www.independent.co.ug/cover-story/1769-kiboko-squad-revealed#sthash.2Gg7pvhJ.dpuf
Members of the Kiboko Squad punish one of their victims. - See more at: http://www.independent.co.ug/cover-story/1769-kiboko-squad-revealed#sthash.2Gg7pvhJ.dpuf

Members of the Kiboko Squad punish one of their victims


The UHRC boss, who castigated the police for the indiscriminate use of tear gas, observed that the preventative detention and arrests of opposition leaders violates the inherent right of free movement inscribed in the constitution.

Kiboko squad resurfaces in city chaos



Some members of the Kiboko Squad speak to police officers in Nakulabye
Some members of the Kiboko Squad speak to police officers in Nakulabye yesterday. Left, Dr Kizza Besigye is arrested last week. Photo by Abubaker Lubowa 

By  Dear Jeanne & Abubaker Lubowa

Posted  Tuesday, November 26  2013 at  02:00Kampala- Protests broke out in and around the city yesterday, following the manner in which the ruling NRM party, aided by the police, was removing the Lord Mayor from office.
The authorities had anticipated a backlash to their actions. And so, the police working alongside unidentified club-wielding individuals dressed in civilian clothes deployed heavily in and around town.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi last evening said: “Appropriate deployment was made due to intelligence information that there was mobilisation of political activists who have mobilised youth to cause confusion in the city.”
Mr Ssenkumbi, however, did not say exactly which activists were involved in the purported plan to unsettle the city.
 A protester in Uganda is helped by friends after being beaten up by security forces during the 'Walk to Work' protests in Kampala.
 Victim of Kiboko Squad

When the news spread around town that the councillors had voted, in disregard of a court injunction, to remove Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago from office, the morning calm was soon broken in downtown Kampala.
Traders closed their shops in the hotbed Kisekka Market area. Stones flew from all directions but it was not clear who was hurling the missiles.
Police under the command of operational commander, Kampala Metropolitan North, Mr Sam Omala, responded in force, lobbing teargas canisters and dispersing the gathering crowds.
A few kilometres away in Nakulabye and Kasubi city outskirts, spontaneous protests which saw an attempt to block the Makerere Road attracted a quick reaction from the police.
Separate units of police deployed with teargas as others rushed the protestors, indiscriminately whipping anyone not quick enough to get out of the way.

At around mid-day, chaos erupted again but this time with more vigour than before as the crowds resorted to burning tyres.
In Kisekka Market, it was only the heavy downpour that finally brought the protests to an end.
The return of club and stick-wielding musclemen, reminiscent of the State-associated ‘Kiboko Squad’ militia left the authorities struggling to explain themselves. According to Ms Judith Nabakooba, the police spokesperson, the individuals were not Kiboko Squad members but rather civilians.
“I am informed that those people with sticks were civilians who organised themselves to prevent chaos in their markets but they were not Kiboko Squad members. We, however, condemn their actions of using sticks to cane people,” Ms Nabakooba said.
Ms Nabakooba did not say how and why these individuals were working hand-in-glove with the police.
In 2011, a police inquiry headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola was set up to investigate the activities of the Kiboko Squad. In its report, it indicated that the ‘squad’ was established by a group of businessmen in Kampala, with intent of securing their businesses in times of riots.
The team concluded that the ‘squad’ is illegal and must be disbanded. It also recommended the arrest and prosecution of its members who had assaulted opposition supporters

In February 2011, Juma Ssemakula the self-proclaimed leader of the group was arrested but released by police without any charge.

The group was once again spotted in 2012 during the Bukoto South by-election in Lwengo when it re-emerged and caused chaos.


Plainclothes Paramilitary Beat Kampala Protesters

Glenna Gordon

Glenna Gordon

Posted: May 21, 2007 06:18 PM

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The day before April 17, they were called. The orders were vague, but orders are to be followed. They were to report to Kampala's Central Police Station the next morning for a job that would take some hours.
They arrived at Kampala's Central Police Station, were photographed and identified, and given breakfast of bread and milk tea.

"We were taken to a room down stairs and given sticks to beat whoever was violent," said one member of the Kiboko Squad, who refused to reveal his name. His large body dwarfed the purchased-on-a-budget metal chair in a small take-away eatery. Sweat emanated from every pore of his shaved skull, collecting in his temples, dripping off his sizable earlobes.

"We didn't aim at beating just anyone, but in case they were a suspect, we just beat them," he continued.
"I don't know where they got the sticks from," said a second Kiboko Squad member. A boxer by trade, his strength was written all over him -- as was the reason behind his recruitment -- his biceps burgeoned from beneath the edges of his mesh florescent yellow tank top. He also refused to give his name.

"They told us not beat up the leaders of the Opposition [Political Party] but small people because they were causing the chaos," said the second squad member through a translator.

Just a few days earlier, a riot in the city lead to the death of five people -- four Ugandans and an Indian who was lynched by a mob. President Museveni planned to give away a quarter -- 7,100 hectares -- of Mabira Forest to an Indian firm called Metha to grow sugar cane. Some members of Cabinet and Parliament opposed the decision, and the conflict took on the additional dimension of party politics as well as racial undertones.
A primarily online and SMS campaign was launched, and over 10,000 people gathered causing chaos in Kampala.
They couldn't allow this to happen again. Not with the Queen of England planning to visit in November. The historic CHOGM conference is expected to bring an unprecedented number of dignitaries, boost the Ugandan Shilling and increase tourism.

Museveni refused to back down on the Mabira Forrest give away. Another demonstration was planned.
Phone calls were made. A Kiboko Squad formed.

The next day, the day canes ruled Kampala, the Kiboko Squad gathered: they were a group of plain-clothes civilians who roamed Kampala Road indiscriminately beating people with sticks to effectively quell the demonstration.

They came from the Taxi Park, the busy hub of transport. They came from the ranks of the Police, a khaki colored menace known for a low number of reported incidents of torture and a high number of reported torture victims. They came from the boxing ring near the poorest of poor parts of Kampala. They came from Kampala Road, where they stood guard at ATMs and directed traffic. They came from previous paramilitary squads, last years' Black Mambas.

The Kiboko denied doing harm to anyone but thieves.
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However, they indiscriminately caned anyone how crossed above Kampala road. Among the injured were several journalists. They moved as a trained and prepared unit around the streets, inspiring fear in civilians. Every time the crowd dared above Kampala Road, the main thoroughfare, the Kiboko launched into action. They chased civilians away, beating whoever was unlucky enough to fall within reign of their sticks. The men with canes effectively cowered the crowd, reigning them back like cattle.
Someone nicknamed "Backfire," who has been previously identified by the Ugandan press as Juma Semakula, ruled the group. However, Mr. Semakula was unwilling to comment for this article, as were most of the squad members.

"It's private," one member after another repeated upon a request for an interview.

They performed crowd control until people slowly went back to whichever corner of the city they had come from, and then the Kiboko walked down to the end of Kampala Road, sat one of the few grassy medians in the city, smoked cigarettes and threatened the journalists until they left.
They later dispersed into the city, slipping back into their ordinary jobs. Waiting to be called upon again should the occasion arise.

Without uniforms licenses or badges but with clear direction and coordination, the rag-tag bunch inspired fear in many a Kampala citizen.
Currently, the Ugandan Human Rights Commission is investigating the semi-vigilante group and will release a report at the end of the month.

Though the exact genesis of the Kiboko Squad remains hazy, the first member said in defense, "Police officers could be stoned by the public, or maybe a police officer can get annoyed and triggered to take the life of a culprit. So the Kiboko solve this problem. We came to agree that it was better to use sticks and whips than tear gas and live ammo. Someone came up with the idea of forming a small group of whippers who can beat up those strikers."

One Squad member identified DPC Emmanuel Muheirwe as the source of his order call to order, who has since denied association with the paramilitia. The same member also implied that nothing ended with Muheirwe.

"Suggestions always come from the top brass," he said.
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President Museveni, though he denied ordering the squad's creation, approved of its activities. When asked about the Kiboko during a meeting of Asian Business Men after the riots, Museveni said, "I salute the Ugandans who stood by justice and opposed the criminals." With this statement, he effectively endorsed the paramilitary squad -- regardless of its genesis -- and the pseudo-lawlessness that cowered Kampala citizens April 17.

Squad members, however, agreed the civilians were not randomly targeted, and insisted they only went after criminals. "We didn't do any harm. No one was seriously beaten, except for one thief trying to steal a motorcycle and a phone," he said. "He was given twenty strokes, but he was a thief."

Additionally, he insisted, "We were not terrorizing Kampala, only protecting the property of some rich people around. One man with an internet café gave a member a Ush 50,000 note ($23). That's not terrorism. We kept peace. People who don't want peace say we are terrorizing."
Members of the squad insisted they were also there for general security, "because people become ruthless, so we were to beat them and scare them. We were there to prevent hooliganism," said the second squad member.

"We were whipping thieves out of the area," the first man corroborated, claiming he was not paid for his duties but performed them anyway out of civic grace.
The other Kiboko Squad member also claimed to work without pay. He said, however, "I enjoyed the work because in one way or another I was trying to create peace."


Police deploy at Lukwago, Besigye homes 

New Vision, Publish Date: Nov 29, 2013
Police deploy at Lukwago, Besigye homes

Embattled Mayor Erias Lukwago

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By Steven Candia and Juliet Waiswa            |

The police have sealed off the residences of the embattled city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and former FDC president Dr. Kiiza Besigye to forestall chaos in the city in what they termed as preventive deployment. 


Police said they had no option but to deploy at the residences of the two opposition politicians in Rubaga division in Kampala and Kasangati in Wakiso district following their alleged insistence to march to city with crowds to access City Hall following a court interim injunction that granted the ousted mayor relief.


The police said the insistence by the opposition politicians coupled with an earlier announcement by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) director, Jennifer Musisi, that City Hall will be closed today (Friday) was a recipe for chaos and mayhem in the city, which they can not allow to happen.


“The deployments are preventive. To prevent un-necessary chaos from occurring in the city,” Ibin Ssenkumbi the Kampala police spokesperson said in a telephone interview.


Police, he said, had deployed because of the latent tensions in the city, sparked by the antagonism by the factions. The Lukwago group, he said, had vowed to access City Hall by all means and had reportedly mobilized huge crowds to make a gallant entry in the city and City Hall in particular, in stark contradiction of Musisi announcement. Attempts to dissuade the opposition politicians from the plans, he said, were in vain thus the deployment.


“We see an aspect of confusion which may lead to the destruction and injury of people. We advised them (opposition) to review their plans and reach an amicable understanding but they insisted so we decided to deploy. Attempts to get comment from Lukwago were futile as his phone was permanently busy.


Sources said police deployed under the cover of darkness and the two politicians woke up to find their movements had been curtailed.


Justice Yasin Nyanzi of the High Court on Thursday granted Lukwago a temporary injunction against Kampala Capital City authority (KCCA).  In his ruling, Nyanzi said an interim court injunction issued on Monday by acting registrar of the court, Fred Waninda, still stands.


Nyanzi said the interim injunction would be in place until Lukwago’s main application seeking a judicial review of the KCCA tribunal report is determined.



The tribunal headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire had among others, found Lukwago guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct. The tribunal was constituted by Kampala Minister Frank Tumwebaze, following a petition by 17 councilors.


City Hall remained closed on Friday and inaccessible to the public and the staff following heavy police deployment there. Police deployed heavily both within and outside the Hall, denying any one access even the staff, leaving many members of public desperate and stranded.


Even those trying to access the KCCA clinic for the yellow fever vaccine were denied entry as the KCCA court also remained closed, causing a paralysis. The paralysis in City Hall began to manifest in the city with many roads dirty and littered, having not been swept as garbage skips began to pile up, polluting the atmosphere.


Musisi on Thursday evening after events at the High Court announced that KCCA will be shut down on Friday till further notice, citing threats to technical staff.