Friday, 8 January 2021

When dictatorships lose any modicum of shame: When the UPDF was turned by Museveni into an institution of shame: whatever happened to the gun exhibits in Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi wine fabricated treason case

 

 

  The exhibits allegedly recovered from the Arua suspects

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF AMERICAN NEO-LIBERAL TYRANT YOWERI MUSEVENI : In order to cling to power at all costs Tiburaburwa Museveni has charged over 40 supporters of major presidential contender Bobi wine with possession of one bullet magazine: Museveni’s military has turned the Uganda police into a personal militarised institution and turned the inspector general of police into a ZOMBIE

https://watchmanafrica.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-beginning-of-end-of-american-neo.html

Now Bobi Wine gun exhibits 'go missing' 

  https://observer.ug/news/headlines/58621-now-bobi-wine-gun-exhibits-go-missing

There's uncertainty on the whereabouts of the two rifles and ammunition allegedly recovered by operatives of the Special Forces Command (SFC) from a hotel room occupied by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi in Arua last month. 

The guns were paraded in Arua and later used to justify the initial charge of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, for which Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine, was arraigned before the General Court Martial. The charges were later dropped, before the popular legislator was charged with treason alongside 32 others. 

According to a source in police, investigators in the cases related to the chaos that preceded the parliamentary by-election in Arua incident, have received neither the file nor the exhibits that were being used by the Army court in Gulu. 

"Up to now we are waiting for the file and the guns to be given to the investigators so that the case of being in unlawful possession of firearms can move forward," the source said.

One of the senior investigators at the Kibuli based Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) who spoke on condition of anonymity says none of the people investigating the Arua incident has had a glimpse on the paraded guns.

There are about five police officers in the entire force that have looked at the guns. That is the West Nile region police spokesperson Josephine Angucia and the suspended Regional Police Commander (RPC) Jonathan Musinguzi as well as the scene of crime officer in the region and two crime intelligence personnel," the senior detective said.

However, the spokesperson of the ministry of Defence and UPDF Brig Richard Karemire said, there was no way the guns could still be in the hands of the UPDF since the same exhibits are to be used in the treason case already before the Gulu Chief Magistrate's court.

"You can’t separate the guns from the file. The case has a file, so when you drop a case, you drop it together with the file…The investigation on the treason case continues. Definitely the police keeps the guns," said Karemire. 
 
Police in Arua town paraded two AK-47 riffles with 30 rounds of ammunitions each alleged to have been picked from Bobi Wine's hotel room at Hotel Pacific.  They also paraded a pistol with eight rounds of ammunition which belongs to newly elected Arua municipality member of parliament Kassiano Wadri, several mobile phones, red caps, T-shirts, among other items.

Two days later, Bobi Wine was charged before the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti with being in possession with warfare material a reserve of the armed forces.

 

Bobi Wine's possession of firearms and ammunition charges dropped

Bobi Wine faces treason charges

https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1483629/bobi-wine-wadri-charged-treason

By Robert Ariaka

Added 15th August 2018 03:43 PM

The Police spokesperson of north-western region, Josephine Angucia, says 35 people, including Bobi Wine and Wadri, are all under Police custody.

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Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi (aka Bobi Wine) is being held on charges of treason and inciting violence.

Bobi Wine was also Wednesday facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms.

Malicious damage to the motorvehicle belonging to the convoy of the President is another charge that the MP is facing.

The Police spokesperson of north-western region, Josephine Angucia, told reporters on Wednesday that Bobi Wine and Arua Municipality by-election candidate Kassiano Wadri were arrested on Monday and Tuesday respectively and they are currently under Police detention.

She said 35 people, including Bobi Wine and Wadri, are all under police custody.

"Kassiano Wadri was arrested with one pistol, which had 12 rounds of ammunition(...) It was found with him during the time of his arrest. He even confessed that he is licensed to have it.

 

"Investigations are ongoing, witnesses are making statements, a case file is in the process of being filed, and then later on, appropriate action will be decided," said Angucia (pictured).

 

Arua Police recovered two submachine guns and a pistol from Bobi Wine and Wadri.

The two submachine guns were found in a room at Pacific Hotel where the legislature was living.

One had 16 rounds of ammunition and the other 19. Police also recovered 46 white tablets suspected to be drugs.

 
Altogether, 75 rounds of ammunition were recovered. The pistol was found in Wadri's possession.

Other items found were three Ugandan flags, six red T-shirts, 10 smart phones, a GPR machine, a red jacket and red bags.

 

Arua Municipality went to the polls on Wednesday to find a replacement for MP Ibrahim Abiriga, who was murdered on June 8 on his way to his home.

As many as 12 candidates, including two independents, are vying for the vacant parliamentary position.

 Th crowded cast has seen Bobi Wine supporting Wadri in a race that also has NRM flagbearer Nusura Tiperu, FDC's Bruce Musema, Kennedy Madira of DP and JEEMA's Jaffar Alekua.

The other independent hopefuls in contention are Jackson Atima, Robert Ejiku, Francis Nyero, Sunday Anguandia, Alfred Nyakuni, Simon Avutia and Safi Bavuga.

 

Bobi Wine's possession of firearms and ammunition charges dropped

https://www.ugandaonline.net/2018238_bobi_wine_s_charges_dropped

23 Aug 2018 12:49 PM @ugandaonline

The Kyadondo East Member of Parlaiment Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi has had the possession of firearms and ammunition charges against him dropped, but re-arrested and straight on driven to the civilian court in Gulu where they read to him the treason charges. 

The Chairman of the Court Martial Lt. Gen. Gutti had this to say while dropping the charges'

"This court agrees that proceedings before this court be terminated and the accused be set free as it will be a double jeopardy to the accused persons if proceedings before this court continue. Accordingly, this court pronounces itself on the applications as follows;

  1. That continuing to try the accused persons on the same facts of another case in a civil court will cause injustice to the accused,
  2. That it is fair and equitable that the accused person be tried in a civil court where he should be charged with other suspects who are not before this court,
  3. This court hereby terminates the proceedings against Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi before this court, you are accordingly set free unless being held on other charges."

As Bobi Wine with the help of his brother Eddie Yawe and other colleagues made their way out of court, he was told by his lawyer Medard Ssegona that he was still under arrest and that, they were heading to another court. He asked him to be strong.

The Kyarenga singer who looked knackered as he walked with a single crutch was guided to a waiting white police vehicle that drove him to the Magistrate's Court in Gulu. In the police car, he was in the company of his dear wife, Barbie Kyagulanyi.

While in court, Bobi Wine tried to put on his red beret, but was stopped by the prison officers. The Magistrate who first claimed that Bobi was aged 22, but later admitted that it was a slip of the tongue read to him the treason charge. It is a capital offence and the accused was not allowed to enter into a plea, it was suggested that Bobi be remanded till August 30 when the other suspects would return to the very court.

His lawyer Medard Ssegona chipped with a prayer that the legislator be remanded to a hospital where he can receive treatment, plus other co-accused who were in dire need of medical attention to be referred to a private medical facility. "Fairness demands that you try a person who is in good health," Ssegona added.

In respect of his health, Bobi Wine and others in similar conditions were allowed to receive medical attention at their preferred medical facilities. The case was adjourned to August 30, 2018.

Bobi Wine was driven off in a prison's vehicle.

Bobi Wine as he was being transferred to the Gulu court from the Court Martial

The look on Bobi Wine after being told by his lawyer that he was still under arrest moments after being released from the Court Martial

Bobi Wine as he faced the Court Martial ad inset is Bobi after the Court Martial charges were dropped
Bobi Wine as he faced the Court Martial this morning and inset is the Kyadondo legislator leaving the Court Martial in Gulu after charges were dropped

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF AMERICAN NEO-LIBERAL TYRANT YOWERI MUSEVENI : In order to cling to power at all costs Tiburaburwa Museveni has charged over 40 supporters of major presidential contender Bobi wine with possession of one bullet magazine: Museveni’s military has turned the Uganda police into a personal militarised institution and turned the inspector general of police into a ZOMBIE

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Thursday, 7 January 2021

USA begins the year 202I in shame : When the Idiocy of Anti- Christ Donald Trump led to the death of innocent Americans : Guns out, windows smashed as Trump supporters turn Congress into battlefield: 4 dead after rioters stormed the halls of Congress to block Biden's win

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 Trump supporters protest as they storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. AFP photos

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US Capitol secured, 4 dead after rioters stormed the halls of Congress to block Biden's win

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/us-capitol-lockdown/index.html

Updated 0833 GMT (1633 HKT) January 7, 2021

 

(CNN)The US Capitol is once again secured but four people are dead -- including one woman who was shot -- after supporters of President Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, engulfing the nation's capital in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.

Shortly after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers "traitors" for doing their jobs. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked. Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, where he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.

An armed standoff took place at the House front door at about 3 p.m. ET, and police officers had their guns drawn at someone who was trying to breach it. A Trump supporter was also pictured standing at the Senate dais earlier in the afternoon.
A woman, who is yet to be identified, died after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds, DC police confirmed to CNN. More information on the shooting was not immediately available and a police spokesperson said additional details will come later. DC Police Chief Robert Contee said three other people died from medical emergencies during the riot.


Guns out, windows smashed as Trump supporters turn Congress into battlefield

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/guns-out-windows-smashed-as-trump-supporters-turn-congress-into-battlefield-3249574

Thursday January 07 2021
 By AFP

Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held Wednesday to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup.

Hours after an extraordinary rally by Trump seeking to overturn the election, a flag-waving mob broke down barricades outside the Capitol and swarmed inside, rampaging through offices and onto the usually solemn legislative floors.

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At least one person was shot and wounded and others injured inside the Capitol, an emergency responder said, with lawmakers evacuated and handed gas masks as police fired tear gas.

One Trump supporter in jeans and a baseball cap was pictured propping a leg up on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk, where a threatening note had been left, as throngs of others climbed onto risers set up for Biden's inauguration on January 20, holding a banner that read: "We the people will bring DC to its knees/We have the power."

Biden called the violence an "insurrection" and demanded that Trump immediately go on national television to urge his supporters to lift the siege of the Capitol.

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"Our democracy's under unprecedented assault," Biden said in his home state of Delaware.

"The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America," he added. 

"This is not dissent. It's disorder. It's chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now."

Trump soon afterward released a video on Twitter in which he called on his supporters to leave but stood by his unfounded claims of election fraud.

"We have to have peace. So go home. We love you -- you're very special," he said.

Sonya Fitzgerald, a 43-year-old Trump supporter from Florida, said on the Capitol steps: "You'll hear about this in the history books."


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 'Inciting a coup' 
The chaos at the Capitol came a day after Biden enjoyed a new triumph, with his Democratic Party projected to win two Senate runoff seats, handing them full control of Congress. 

For more than two centuries, the joint session of Congress has been a quiet, ceremonial event that formally certifies the election winner -- but Trump urged members of his Republican Party to reject the outcome.

"The President of the United States is inciting a coup. We will not be intimidated. We will not be deterred," tweeted Democratic Representative Karen Bass.

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

Representative Val Demings likewise denounced the storming of the Capitol as evidence of "a coup in progress" -- in words echoed by half a dozen lawmakers.

Representative Elaine Luria said she had to evacuate because of a report of a pipe bomb and said she believed she heard gunshots.

"I don't recognize our country today and the members of Congress who have supported this anarchy do not deserve to represent their fellow Americans," she said.

US allies also voiced shock, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denouncing the "disgraceful scenes" and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urging Trump backers to "stop trampling on democracy."

Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a nighttime curfew in Washington and sought help from neighboring areas, with Virginia sending its National Guard.

- 'Damage our republic forever' -
Biden is certain to become president, with Democrats already controlling the House of Representatives, but more than 140 Republican House members and a dozen Republican senators have sided with Trump in challenging the results even though no evidence of fraud has been proven in court.

Republican Senate leader Senator Mitch McConnell, closely aligned with Trump throughout his presidency, denounced the challenge in an impassioned address, noting that the results were not even close.

"The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. If we overrule them, it will damage our republic forever," said McConnell, who is set to lose his position of majority leader after Democrats' Senate wins.

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"If this election were overturned by mere allegations from the losing side, our democracy would enter a death spiral," said McConnell, who also accused Democrats of not accepting Trump's surprise 2016 victory.

Senator Chuck Schumer voiced alarm moments before protesters entered the Capitol, saying: "An element of the Republican Party believes their political viability hinges on the endorsement of an attempted coup."

But Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, pushed against Biden's certification by saying that many Americans did not accept the election results and needed an investigation.


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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they invade the Inauguration platform of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

"I would urge to both sides perhaps a bit less certitude and a bit more recognition that we are gathered at a time when democracy is in crisis," Cruz said shortly before the violence.

'We will never concede' 
Trump had urged his supporters to march to the Capitol in an angry, rambling speech outside the White House.

Trump warned "weak" Republicans not to certify Biden's victory and put direct pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, who ceremonially presided over the session.

"We will never give up. We will never concede," Trump told the cheering crowd, few wearing masks despite a spike in Covid-19 cases.

"I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do."

As Trump was still speaking and Congress opened the session, Pence -- dutifully loyal to Trump for four years and quiet since the election -- said he would not intervene.

Pence was rushed out of the Capitol and in a statement urged Trump's supporters -- some of whom have begun chanting against him -- to "stop now."

Thousands of Trump supporters headed to Washington at his urging in recent days, with downtown businesses boarding up in fear of violence.

"I can't say I respect our election process anymore," said Gail Shaw, 76, who drove down from New Jersey. "We will take our nation back."

Biden won in excess of seven million votes more than Trump in the November 3 election and leads him 306-232 in the state-by-state Electoral College count that determines elections.

 New mandate for Democrats 
The session of Congress comes one day after voters in Georgia apparently handed a pair of stunning victories to the Democratic Senate candidates over Republican incumbents.

The projected Democratic sweep means a 50-50 split in the Senate with Democrats holding the tie-breaking vote in Vice President Kamala Harris -- giving Biden much freer rein to carry out priorities, starting with accelerating Covid relief.

Raphael Warnock, the pastor at the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King once preached, was projected to defeat Republican Kelly Loeffler, a 50-year-old businesswoman appointed to the Senate in December 2019.

Warnock, 51, would be just the third African-American to win a Senate seat from the South.

In the other Georgia race, Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old video producer, was projected to defeat Republican David Perdue.

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 Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. AFP PHOTO

China goes online to mock 'beautiful sight' of US Capitol chaos

https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/world/china-goes-online-to-mock-beautiful-sight-of-us-capitol-chaos-3249666

Thursday January 07 2021
 By AFP

China's internet erupted in mirth at America's troubled democracy after supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol, comparing the chaos to the Hong Kong anti-government protests of 2019.

On Thursday morning, state media tabloid Global Times tweeted side-by-side photo comparisons of Hong Kong protesters occupying the city's Legislative Council Complex in July 2019 with Wednesday's Washington riots.

The latter saw hardcore Trump fans invade the US Capitol to protest the election defeat, taking selfies, scuffling with security and ransacking parts of the building.

"@SpeakerPelosi once referred to the Hong Kong riots as 'a beautiful sight to behold'," the Global Times said in the tweet, referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's June 2019 comment about Hong Kong's mass pro-democracy demonstrations, which were mostly peaceful at that time.

"It remains yet to be seen whether she will say the same about the recent developments in Capitol Hill."

China's Communist Youth League also described the unrest as a "beautiful sight" on the Twitter-like Weibo platform.

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The hashtag "Trump supporters storm US Capitol" pinballed across Weibo on Thursday, racking up 230 million views, as users compared the global support for Hong Kong's protesters with the outpouring of condemnation for the pro-Trump mob.

"At present, all European countries' leaders have shown double standards and condemned it (Washington rioting)," read one Weibo comment which gained over 5,000 likes.

"I don't know what kind of double-standard reports will be carried by Hong Kong or Taiwan media this time." 

"What happened in the Hong Kong Legislative Council last year is being repeated in the US Capitol," wrote another user in a comment with over 4,500 likes. 

While the tactics were similar, there are stark differences in the causes and motivations of the two legislature stormings.

Hong Kong protesters broke into their legislature to demand full democracy and halt an unpopular bill that was being pushed through by the city's unelected leadership.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city is not a democracy, the cause of years of popular protests. 

China has since responded with a crackdown, imposing a harsh security law on the restless city, arresting scores of critics and smothering dissent.

In contrast, those storming the US Capitol were trying to overturn the results of what has been declared a free and fair presidential election.

US President-elect Joe Biden said the US rioters were undermining democracy by trying to overturn Trump's defeat in November's election.