Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Bravo! Democratic Party Defence Force

Recently, a group of youth allied to the Democratic Party announced the formation of the Democratic Party Defence Force (DPDF) whose mandate is to arrest the Kiboko Squad, providing security at all D.P rallies and preventing dissident D.P leaders from using the official party name and symbols at unofficial gatherings. The emergence of DPDF demonstrates civil action to combat state inspired and condoned violence and is in answer to Professor Mahmood Mamdani’s question that, “What should people do when their leaders fail to deliver as expected?” The answer is that they do the needful themselves.

DPDF comes in response to the illegal and inhuman militias operating in Uganda known as the Kalangala Action Plan (KAP) and the Kiboko Squad, both of which are sympathetic to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). KAP was founded and is commanded by a Presidential Assistant while Kiboko Squad was founded and is run by a Kampala city goon. Whereas KAP is a seasonal force only operating during elections, Kiboko Squad seems to be the NRM’s regular armed force specializing in battering opposition supporters whenever they demonstrate in town.

Although Government has denied supporting and knowing of Kiboko Squad, there is ample evidence to prove otherwise. These club wielding youth were first seen in around 2007 during the Bugweri County by-election between NRM’s Al-hajji Kirunda Kivejinja and FDC’s Abdu Katuntu. They were later seen coming from the Central Police Station which Mr. Kivejinja heads as Minister of Internal Affairs to brutally disperse peaceful demonstrators protesting the then proposed sale of Mabira forest. In January 2009, I attended a course at the National Leadership Institute-Kyankwanzi, where our military instructors praised this rag-tag group boasting of having found a “cure” for Kampala hooligans. Last month, they dispersed an FDC rally together with the Police with the Inspector General himself in attendance. Thereafter, the group’s leader, speaking as proudly as Lucifer dared the Police to arrest him! No arrests have been made yet.

Unless countered, this squad will grow into a terrorist organization like Kenya’s Mungiki that started as a small group hired and used by politicians to bump off fellow their politicians, under the idle watch of Government. Mungiki is now a robust, well organized team with a leadership structure, having the capacity to paralyze the national transport system. On 5th January 2010, I witnessed a violent land eviction exercise which the local people believed was conducted by them. Incidentally, they were a large group of about 30 energetic young men carrying huge clubs on a mission to evict a fairly old woman and his teenage nephew living in Kitisuru estate, Nairobi.

Therefore, the coming of the DPDF as a civil response against State inspired and condoned violence is a welcome move. I urge other political parties to emulate D.P and form their own defence structures. Swahili speakers say that, “dawa ya mwoto ni mwoto.” Literally meaning that, fire for fire. Probably thereafter Government, with all its might and machinery, will be forced to act in fear of anarchy. If nothing is still done, then we ordinary citizens can count on them for help.

Although I am well aware that this isn’t healthy for democracy, I have nevertheless through learning and experience, had the benefit of noting that society actually develops and matures through conflict. If the State is unable to ensure order through civilized methods, even with all the taxes we pay, then it is high time somebody else did it. This is part of what is generally known as people-led development.