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How American Neo-liberal elites sophisticatedly use their intellectual antics to legitimize USA client state dictatorships : American neo-liberal elite Andrew Mwenda stealthily blames Museveni’s dictatorship on the opposition .




The American neo-liberal system has created media elites who disguise its evil support of dictators . These smart media elites have mastered the art of deception that if you are not very vigilant and critical, it is difficult for you to understand their skirmishes. In the article below Uganda media mogul Andrew Mwenda has written an article that seems to be objective , neutral  and balanced. In fact an un critical person can easily be confused to think that Mwenda is critical of Museveni’s dictatorship . 

In this article Mwenda is blaming Museveni’s dictatorship on the weaknesses of the opposition. In the article he is totally silent about the role of the USA in sustaining Museveni’s dictatorship. The purpose of this is to create the deception that Uganda’s dictatorship is purely a problem of the Ugandans hence hiding the role Museveni’s God’s father the USA.

Concluding his unnecessarily verbose article Mr.Andrew Mwenda   ridiculously concludes that the cause of Museveni’s long stay in power is the opposition’s underestimation of him.
Pretty smart isn’t it??


  Museveni shares a light moment with journalist Mwenda at a family function.


When Ugandans wake Up to the reality that it is the USA that is supporting Museveni's dictatorship in order to further its imperial interests. Check this article below

See, how the American neo-liberal elite Andrew Mwenda stealthily blames Museveni’s dictatorship on the opposition . Also see, how Ugandans expose Mwenda’s hypocrisy in the comments to the article   

What keeps Museveni in power

Friday, 12 April 2013 07:08 By Andrew M. Mwenda

How the President’s success in retaining power rotates around his obsessive focus on all threats to it.

A friend recently sent me a text message saying: “Man, what’s up with the Mbuya and Bombo attacks and an attempt on Kale. Ankunda’s answers in the Observer and Tinye’s incoherence don’t inspire confidence. I hope I am very, very wrong.” 

I told my friend that I too hoped he was wrong adding that initially I had thought it was an inside job by security organisations to create grounds for arresting opposition leader Kizza Besigye and charging him with treason and terrorism. I told him that I just cannot understand how any rebel would dare attack a UPDF military barracks like Mbuya unless they are suicidal.

My friend answered by asking me if Besigye is still a factor in Uganda’s politics. I told him that he was asking the wrong question. The right question should be: Does President Yoweri Museveni still consider Besigye a factor in Uganda’s politics? The answer to this is a big YES.

My friend retorted that he had met and had a conversation with Besigye’s wife, Winnie Byanyima, and she did not seem to think “there is any more headway.” I know Winnie as an incredibly astute analyst of Uganda’s politics. When she is not involved in a partisan fight but is slightly detached and analytical, she gives the best insights of anyone I have listened to. If she says there seems to be less headway for the opposition in Uganda today, she has her onions almost about right.

The most important thing is to understand Museveni’s mind. I get the sense that for whatever reasons, Museveni is terrified of Besigye. That makes the president overestimate Besigye and hence overreact to his every move – or even suspected move. And I think this has been Museveni’s greatest strength which the opposition is perennially blind to. 

I think one major source of the longevity in power is his obsessive sensitivity to threats to his power. He leaves nothing to chance, takes no risks at all and spares no effort to identify any real, potential or even imaginary threats to his power and nip them in the bud.

Thus our president will tolerate a lot of things in Uganda – public officials that loot the treasury with impunity, incompetent ministers and civil servants who delay dams and roads or build substandard or ghost hospitals and schools etc. Thus, public investments suffer from unnecessary gridlock, senseless public debates and eventually fail or succeed after a decade. 

However, if anything posed an existential threat to his power, Museveni will be quick, uncompromising and decisive. The lesson from this is built in the military doctrine of “identification and maintenance of the aim.” A successful commander must clearly define the aim and whatever he does must seek to achieve that aim.

The legendary Chinese military strategist, Sun Zhu, wrote in about 600 BC that wars are lost or won before they are fought. By this he meant that it is the planning, strategising, preparation, reconnaissance, training, logistical build-up etc. that determines the outcome. If your prior planning on all these elements is poor, it is very unlikely you can prevail in war. 

The modern equivalent of this Sun Zhu concept was stated by a business strategist I cannot remember. He argued that champions do not win the title in the ring; they are only recognised there. In other words, it is the effort put into training, studying the opponent and mastering his strength and identifying his weaknesses that win the boxing match.

This is exactly the experience I read about the boxer Joe Louis’ first match against German’s Max Schemeling in 1936. Louis had won all his previous 28 matches before he met Schmeling, now aged 30 and considered by critics to be on the downhill of his career. Louis thus underestimated Schemeling, spending more time playing golf than training (a mistake Mohammed Ali made against Joe Frazier in 1971 leading to his loss of the bout). 

On the other hand, Schemeling’s managers studied Louis’ boxing and noticed that whenever Louis sent a left hook, his right hand went down, thus exposing his jaw. Schemiling capitalised on this weakness and constantly jabbed Louis on the right. In the thrilling match in the Yankee Stadium in New York, Louis was stunned by this trick and was knocked out in the 14th round.

I recently watched a documentary on Real Madrid’s Ronaldo – one of the most naturally talented soccer players of all time. However, the documentary makers showed that he spends more time in training than other players. His managers have spent lots of time studying the shape of his legs and feet, the pace and flow of his hands and legs when he is running. 

They have also studied how he curves each of his feet when he is kicking the ball and the effect of all these on how the ball moves towards the goal. So they design his boots to reflect all these unique features thus giving him greater possibility and probability to score. The lesson I picked from the document is simple but powerful: Natural talent needs a lot of unnatural reinforcement to better its performance.

I suspect the opposition in Uganda has failed to make significant progress in their struggle to wrestle power from Museveni because of lack of proper assessment of their opponent. In every single election battle, he has overestimated their capacity to defeat him while they have underestimated his capacity to win.

They have therefore mobilised less ammunition than is necessary to shake his hold on power. On his part, Museveni leaves nothing to chance, using everything at his command – money, coercion, subterfuge, mass media, and technology.

I do not see this level of doggedness among those who organise resistance to Museveni. All too often, they seem comfortable to lie to themselves that he is weak and wobbly. They assume, quite wrongly, that the public is tired of the general corruption, incompetence, inertia, indifference, apathy and incoherence in his government. 

From this assumption, they proceed to project that the public is ready for change. Yet I sometimes feel that many of these dysfunctions are often functional for NRM’s politics. Nothing has been more crippling to the opposition than this constant underestimation of their opponent.

Comments on  article 

written by pqr, April 13, 2013

But Mwenda,you amuse! If M7 prints 2trillions of money to buy an election, how can that be seen as the opposition underestimating him? Where would you want them to get 2t from to counter him even if they take him seriously, which I think they do? If m7 empties the barracks on election day and deploys the army at polling centres, something you dont see in any other country, what would the opposition do even if they take M7 seriously, where would they get an equivalent militia even when their polling agents get arrested?

written by pqr, April 13, 2013
Lets take the last election for example, the opposition started calling for election reforms including changing the composition of the election commission more than 4 years before the election, which m7 ignored. What more serious can one be? What would you have wanted them to do? Kill Kingundu so you see they are serious? If M7 fills the tallying centre with CMI operatives with the consent of the same EC what would you like the opposition to do even if they were taking M7 seriously? I can go on and on...

written by pqr, April 13, 2013
But the point Iam making is that as long as M7 uses all the power at his disposal as you rightly stated, it does not matter how seriously you take him, it wont give you victory. Actually for M7 the more you show that you take him seriously the more brutal he becomes and the more illigality he commits against you because of fear. Thats why the 2001 when Besigye showed the serousness that shook M7, that year's elction was the most brutal election in the history of the country. Even when Winnie says there is no light at the end of the tunnel, she is just being realistic about a chance of removing a dictor from power using civil means.

written by Musinguzi, April 14, 2013
Andrew: In your apology for M7's overstay in power, you metion, as we know, that he will do anything to retain power but equally will close his eyes when public resources are being looted- that results in no service to the electorate.He looks on impotently. The question I should ask people like you is why does he need power, just for its sake? Why should you fight ferocious battles for a beautiful woman you cannot impregnate or satisfy due to your impotency? If she one day asked you what you want her for, what would be your response? The answer to this will help me understand M7's reasoning

written by kanimba, April 14, 2013
Dictators don't fall like ripe mangoes but they do eventually fall by their own deeds. M7's swipe at the ICC was an exposure of his inner most fears, because he is destined to end there and perhaps share a room adjacent to his adversary Kony. The is no way for M7 escaping ICC, his trail of atrocities, plunder of Congo, elimination of opponents and extra judicial murders have an open trail traceable by even the blind. Ugandans wont stand by M7 when this time comes, because his hand shake has extended beyond the wrist and elbows, it is now a wrestling match. Now that M7 is swimming against the ICC tide regardless of his destination, lets hope he has his cyanide handy, because the higher you climb the heavier the fall.
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Ugandan online media watch dog accuses Mwenda of playing double standards


By Team Investigator

On Tuesday 10 December, Andrew Mwenda appeared on NTV news night (as he usually does) to analyze the passing of South African icon Nelson Mandela. The bizarre aspect of it was that this time, he was not live from the television studio itself but appeared via Skype because he was out of the country.

Mwenda’s Skype appearance where he compared Nelson Mandela to Museveni has since left Ugandans puzzled as to why the NTV news team never brought in someone else to make the analysis about the fallen hero.

It has since emerged clearly that Mwenda was hired by the state to appear on the NTV program that is fully paid by the state to spin a positive analysis in favor of President Museveni.

We have been told that the state agents led by a youthful minister bought airtime on NTV and entered into a deal with the management to allow Mwenda who also had a separate arrangement, to spin emerging stories in favor of the Museveni regime.

We have been told that this program is designated as an advertorial is paid separately from what Mwenda gets as a guest speaker.

This explains why Mwenda is unnecessarily recycled even when it’s vivid that he is at times not required to appear on certain issues that require a technocrat. For instance viewers were surprised to see Mwenda talk about Umeme issues instead of an insider from the company.

But wonder no more, because Mwenda was paid to appear on that news segment.  Although it appears like a pain for the news anchors to engage the same person daily, they do it out of obligation because it reeks in millions from the state.

The Mega Deal
Our sources also intimated that Mwenda’s deal could have been much bigger than what is paid to NTV because he took his time before he agreed to whitewash President Museveni’s regime. A hitherto bitter Museveni critic, Mwenda engaged the state agents in protracted negotiations which took months.

Mwenda was tactical enough to impose an impression to Museveni’s agents that he was taking a greater risk by appearing to defend the Museveni regime everyday on national television.  He also cited the fact that the public was going to be hostile to his change of stance to the regime that he used to bash.

News of Mwenda’s defection to the Museveni camp started doing rounds during the controversial oil saga where some senior Ugandan ministers including the powerful Foreign Affairs Minister and in-law of President Museveni Hon Sam Kuteesa, Prime Minister Hon Patrick Amama Mbabazi and Internal Affairs Minister, Hilary Onek were implicated in taking bribes worth millions of dollars from an oil firm.

The report which was controversially read on the floor of Parliament by the young FDC MP Hon Gerald Karuhanga raised eyebrows but Mwenda was at the forefront of defending the culprits by alleging that the report was a forgery.

At that time, Mwenda was featuring on a morning radio show at one of Kampala’s based urban English speaking radios, Capital FM.

Mwenda’s views had a lot of effect on the general public that had been convinced about the veracity of the oil report and from that point on, some state agents started courting him to start doing some work for President Museveni.

It’s believed that Mwenda first refused to take part in the deal by arguing that his conscience was not clear about defending the criminal activities of President Museveni’s 27 year reign.

But he was reminded of the public relations work he was doing for Rwandese President Paul kagame. “Is Kagame more democratic than Museveni,” Mwenda was asked in one of the earlier meetings that took place in the late night at Serena hotel.

 But Mwenda reasoned that Kagame could be a dictator but he agreed to work for him because he was bringing benefits to the table. He was then asked to outline what the Rwandese President was delivering.

The Benefits
And out came the adverts which amount to more than 8 pages in every edition of The Independent monthly magazine which is owned by Andrew Mwenda himself.

It was at this point that the state agents calculated the amount of money Mwenda gets from Rwanda that they realized how much they would pay. With each color page rated at Shs8m, it means that Rwanda pays Mwenda about 48 million per edition of the paper.

Upon seeing that the figure was too big the state agents told Mwenda that they were back to consultations because the money involved was too much.

But having realized the PR work Mwenda has done for Rwandese President Paul kagame, some shrewd agents of the state that include a new youthful minister agreed to give Mwenda what he wanted.

After two weeks of consulting, the two parties met again at Munyonyo Resort Hotel where they agreed to strike a deal.

It was agreed that the state would hire a program that would feature at every news item of the night where Mwenda was supposed to be tasked by the news anchor about the socio economic and political questions of the day.

He was then briefed about the payment plan which was to be done on foreign currency account at standard chartered bank. Mwenda was also promised total immunity from state censorship of his newspaper, The Independent magazine.

It’s believed that the deal was too fat and juicy for Mwenda to refuse.
The PR Job
He has since been on NTV news night praising President Museveni and his policies including those he had opposed in the earlier days. And indeed during the Skype news analysis, Mwenda likened the Late Mandela to Museveni and also retracted his earlier opposition to presidential term limits by arguing that he had just realized that all the Asian tiger nations developed because of the leaders (he obviously quoted Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew) who had ruled for more than 30 years on the trot.

Mwenda also exposed his sellout status when  he said that ‘’there is no Muhoozi project in 2016 and that may be Janet Museveni would make a strong candidate if President Museveni is not contesting’’.

From that time people have been murmuring about Mwenda being a sellout but have had no concrete information to confirm their fears. We can now confirm that the man who vocally opposed Museveni’s regime is a hired gun who no longer speaks his mind.

He has also embarked on his job by attacking Museveni’s political rivals like ErIas Lukwago, Kiiza Beisgye and Gen David Sejjusa.

Mwenda who used to admire Kiiza Beisgye and Gen David Sejjusa (he used to host them often on KFM talk show with a lot of admiration) has now turned the guns against them castigating them for opposing Museveni.  

 The Facts
Mwenda has been a very close friend and consultant of Rwandese President Paul Kagame whom he has consistently whitewashed with intellectual arguments and defending polices and methods of work of the Rwandese government.

In turn, the Rwandese government has benefited from Mwenda’s propaganda which has portrayed President Kagame as a performer. Without the PR work of Andrew Mwenda, it is possible that Kagame would have appeared like a true despot.

But it has been paradoxical that while Mwenda has been praising Kagame, he has been hostile to President Museveni. He however used his close proximity with the Rwandese leader to reconcile him with Museveni.
 It’s not clear how long the PR project with the Ugandan government will run but rumors have put it at May 2016 immediately after the end of the presidential elections.

 But otherwise the deal seems to have changed the life of Andrew Mwenda to such an extent that he is always traveling on a daily basis-which is why he is now forced to work using Skype.

 Who is Andrew Mwenda?  
The name Andrew Mwenda needs no introduction.
He is one of the most notable and probably the most famous and experienced Ugandan journalists in the country having started work in 1994 with the Monitor newspaper. He prides in being one of the top 100 global thinkers and fellow of Stanford University. 

He however made his name by bashing the government of President Yoweri Museveni. He became very famous when he published the family tree of  Museveni and recounted the President’s relatives who have jobs in government. He also made a name when he famously called President Museveni a villager, a failure and coward who doesn’ t deserve to rule Uganda arguing that he (Mwenda) could make a better president.
This created a frosty relationship between him and the first family leading to his eventual dismissal from his former job at nation media group where he worked as a political editor at The Monitor newspaper and  talk show host at KFM radio.

Mwenda then accused President Museveni of having coerced the Agha Khan to expel him from the nation media group of companies; they have since had a love-hate relationship.

During the earlier days, Mwenda had cut a figure as a celebrated journalist who championed the cause of his countrymen by enduring  jail and harassment from the state for exposing the ills of Museveni’s government.
His shining star was always in tandem with the aspirations of the masses who considered him as one of the vocal voices for the voiceless Ugandans by exposing the rot in government. But having initially made a name out of bashing President Museveni and his family, he is now making another name by defending the same Museveni and his family that he used to despise.
Edited by Almeidah Karemani

Rwandan blogger challenges Andrew Mwenda’s  fallacious support of Dictator Kagame


by Jean Paul Ndindamahina on Tuesday, 13 March 2012 at 16:08 ·

In his speech, president of Rwanda Paul  Kagame  keeps urging Rwandan citizens  that they should be able to speak for themselves and not let the outsiders speak for them because they are the ones who know better of what works for them. Taking into account of the high level of lacking of free expression which exists in Rwanda, I did not pay attention to his message until now when our own rights are put into test by a person from outside of our own culture, who does know neither our past nor our struggle to freedom.

Andrew Mwenda is a Ugandan born journalist. In his recent publication in his own news magazine” Independent” , he published  the article “ Rwanda and its critics: Inside one nation’s struggle against deeply  entrenched  prejudice”  In this article he argues that  Rwanda’s critics to human rights abuse are unfair and baseless and what is done in Rwanda is normal compared to what is done in other countries,  giving UK’s recent phone hacking scandal as his own palpable example in his justification to Rwandan independent media  ban  making him believe that  Rwanda is prejudiced by the international organisation and media.

Although he is a man who is respected internationally for his work, Mwenda seems to be struggling to understand Rwanda and her citizen. Besides, he is a man who really should stop being a control freak. His own behaviour with his controversial journalism behaviour has led him to being arrested by the government of Uganda over his attitude to publish inflammatory and hash articles. Despite his past experience, he undermines his Rwandan journalist comrades by giving the same reason which was given against him when he was arrested back in his home country, Uganda.

He argues that what was done to English media naming the news of the world, would be a scandal if that would otherwise been done in Rwanda. Would this journalist so called Mwenda take into account the high level of democracy that British people enjoy, he would not have dared to compare any facts between Rwanda and United Kingdom. In UK, the justice system is independent and neither UK prime minister nor any Authority in UK can influence the court decision. No one in UK is above the law. Hacking inquiry in UK was carried out through the UK justice; the evidence presented in the court may have been too evidently clear rendering the world news defence become weak hence ending 165 years career.

UK’s phone hacking enquiry did not lead to all journalists of the news of the world being arrested before investigation. UK justice system sates that a person can only be arrested under section 24A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for an indictable offence. That is what was done in UK and the UK phone hacking inquiry is still in process and under investigation.

In Rwanda is a long history that a president is  the small god of our land. And that history of superiority Does not only start  with president Kagame, the dictatorship started a long time ago back in 1963 when the media had no other choice but to side themselves with the people on power. And, that behaviour in journalism has been taken granted by  every authority in Rwanda.

Before 1994, media was used to incite hatred which would in turn benefit people on power and that hatred led to Rwandan genocide. After FPR took over power, with aim of reconciliation, the Rwandan media changed its course from hatred publishing to whistle blowers.

In 2007, one of the British media acted as whistle blower for the government funds  which were believed to be mismanaged  and that led to UK judiciary investigating the accusation which led to the findings that the members of UK parliament were fraudulently  claiming government funds. This type of whistling is very dangerous in Rwanda. It cannot be done in Rwanda!

In 2010, two Rwandan journal Umuseso and Umuvugizi   were  banned for six months   even before the investigation of alleged offense was carried out. The journalists of  Umuseso and umuvugizi   were threatened  to be killed only because their published that government officials  were mismanaging  government funds. One Rwandan journalist  who worked for umuseso , after being interrogated for 8 hours, stated  in digital journal “Things are getting tougher here," the journalist said after his ordeal. "My heart quakes, but no one sees, and we can't sacrifice the values of liberty and free speech at the altar of state intimidation”

State intimidation is now the only problem in Rwanda where every citizen is in fear to say what is going wrong in his country. Rwandan citizens are living under the state of fear where they cannot express themselves freely.

In UK, every citizen is aware of his or her rights. It would be hard ,since the UK judicial is independent, for anyone to  infringe one’s rights. In UK  some citizen disagree with Prime Minister, but I have never seen anyone being arrested  or threatened with death  because  he or she is in disagreement with the authorities in UK.

Mwenda  may not know this but back in 2011, two Rwandan journalists were sentenced to 30 years in prison for commenting on President Paul  Kagame’s behaviour. They remain in prison under the false allegations.

There are so many things which are done in Rwanda but not in UK and vice versa. You may also complain why the picture of UK Prime minister is not hanged overhead in the court room. Would you answer these questions from one Rwandan citizen who posted on Facebook: “In courtroom, what does the President of the country's picture would represent? Is this a government institution? How an independent jurisdiction will post the Country President picture in the courtroom? Is that picturing "the justice logo in Rwanda? Why the Jurisdiction free system preferred to decorate courtrooms in that way? Is any other country which post Presidents pictures in the wall behind the Judges bench? It is as if "He is saying "guys don’t forget that I am here, I am the last to decide!! If any objections on it, please explain it to me”

What is done in Rwanda and not in UK is impartial justice, intimidation and barring political opposition. You should remember that it is not the first time, Rwanda is told to respect human rights and allow political opposition to work.

In 2010, Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said although Rwanda's economy has grown the political culture remains comparatively closed and the media restricted.

On April 21, Rwanda arrested Victoire Ingabiré Umuhoza and charged her with associating with terrorists and violating "genocide ideology" statutes, which define a speech crime unique to Rwanda.

Rwandan Police arrested Bernard Ntaganda, founder and presidential candidate of Rwanda's Parti Social-Imberakuri, on the morning of June 24th, 2010, after calling for a protest of the opposition's exclusion from the election, saying "Silence is acceptance”.

Mwenda , despite his arrogance of knowledge , he cannot give even one single example of  UK  or USA politician or  a journalist who is in prison because he or she expresses openly his or her own views  that different from those on power.

As the case stands, the world news was closed because it infringed others rights without their consent which is a punishable offense in UK judiciary system. Mwenda  should  know that UK protects its citizen from all crimes  including but not limited to that unprofessional behaviour  to hack phones for self-gain. Mwenda should also know that while he is welcomed in our country for different purposes ,  he must also remain professional and keep his biased views at a very low level  because  we, Rwandans want peace and democracy in our motherland and no one knows our rights better than we do.