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HOIMA-Journalists and religious leaders critical of the government should from now on be ready for a showdown with security agencies, a Cabinet minister has warned.

Information and National Guidance Minister, Kabakumba Matsiko, said last week that the ruling NRM will no longer tolerate media houses, journalists and clergymen who incite the public into hating the government.
She sounded the warning shortly before inspecting the equipment for the Catholic Church-founded Radio Maria in Hoima on October 29. She pledged to contribute Shs 300,000 towards the purchase of a generator to run the station.

Matsiko said that media houses that incite their listeners face closure and their broadcasting licenses revoked, while offending journalists “will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with Uganda’s media laws.”

She further said that the media crackdown that started in Kampala in September with the closure of CBS radio, Suubi FM and Akaboozi, will spread up-country.

“It has started in Kampala and it is coming to Bunyoro. Government can no longer tolerate media that incite; incite the public to hate government at your own risk,” she warned.

She added: “All media content falls under my mandate, therefore make sure that your content promotes government programmes.”
She accused various media outlets, especially radio stations, of spreading a hate campaign against the government and certain individuals in the ruling party.

“Stick to your mission and vision and do not incite the public against their government and leaders,” Matsiko raged. She accused the closed three radio stations of coordinating the September 10-12 riots in parts of Buganda that erupted after the government blocked Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II from visiting Kayunga District to preside over a royal function.

Matsiko also warned religious leaders against participating in partisan politics. She said that the clergy who take sides in politics must also get ready for confrontation with security agencies.

“Religious leaders, reserve your political comments and sentiments; if you make a political statement, be prepared for the consequences,” she said.

Without mentioning names, Matsiko said some clergymen had overstepped their mandate of evangelism and started politicking.
“Leave politics to politicians, or be ready to bear the consequences,” she warned, as Msgr. Mathias Nyakatuura of Hoima Diocese listened.

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0 #1 Henry F Mulindwa 2009-11-01 19:07
Just as people have a right to love freely what they want,they have a right to hate what they do not want!The NRM govt is now on campaign to force all people love it!

NRM govt is at liberty to tell lies and no one is free to say it lied? Give me a break!We would rather die as free people than live as slaves of NRM and its mad dogs!If people hate you, either change your ways or leave before you are forced to. Anyone with a good head over her/his shoulder would see that! Not Kabakumba, Mbabazi and the whole clan of oppressors!
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0 #2 Willy Kaaro-Karungi 2009-11-01 20:07
Although it was long known that Museveni would rig the 2006 elections, nobody guessed the extent of the exercise's brutality. It is, however, already evident that Museveni shall not enjoy any smooth ride.

To signify the death of democracy, Kizza Besigye attended a funeral service as a first post election function. Already unrest is reported around the country. Over 400 prisoners including treason suspects have escaped from Arua with another 100 from Lango.

Several bombs have exploded around Kampala injuring scores of people including soldiers. A previously unknown group calling itself "KINNO KITWALA OMUNAKKU" has claimed responsibility.

Some people suspect it could be the work of the CMI wishing to incriminate Musevenis' political opponents. Already, the police chief General Kale Kaihura has said that all acts of violence shall be blamed on FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye.

Fears of a national revolt are growing by the hour. Within one hour of the Electoral Commission announcement of Museveni's fake victory, the British High Commissioner to Uganda held a meeting with FDC presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye to request him not to support any uprising. This was apparently in support of British interests but not in support of Uganda's democracy.
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0 #3 Wing Commander Kapenzi 2009-11-01 21:08
why do u give timeto these brailess school drop outs ? Who is Matsiko ? how far is she informed by freedoms of speech or experessions ,Opportunists like Matsiko are not helping m7 to rule till he is found dead in his hide out ,Uganda as before will fight for freedom , take it or not
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0 #4 Mayanja C 2009-11-02 03:46
Am still wondering Matsiko WHERE attended her basic and tertiary education from. Matsiko am reliably informing you that "man is a political animal" therefore all clergymen have political parties they support.

Secondly the Bible is full of politics (Read Kings and other chapters).so how can you limit clergymen from speaking against the crimes of your government.

For your information, even GOD blessess wars if it is for the right cause.

If the mission is to harrass clergymen because of exposing the rotten side of your government, then it should stop inviting the bishops, shiekhs and other religious leaders for your FAKE swearing in ceremonies.
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0 #5 ndembo 2009-11-02 04:50
It is self defeating to make political statements when at Church function too. How can This honarable be treated then? is it because the Church has no Mambas in black jackets?

Putting that a side, the honarable ought to know what politics means. Is it exclusive in Uganda? Are Clergymen not Ugandans serving Ugandans in a political environment?

Should they close mouth when pliticians mess up the lives of the people they are meant to preach too. No, the Msgr. Nyakatura ought to have responded in defense of his political rights as a political creature of high standing and respect in Hoima Diocese. Permit no intimidation clergymen.

No doubt Radio Maria is for peace as Maria heself is Queen of Peace and then where do we place any talk on Peace in an area like Hoima where politics are divisive??
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0 #6 Bernard Suubi 2009-11-02 07:22
I do not know how old Matsiko is. However, I want to assure her and all those who think like her that Uganda is not a personal property of M7 and his croonies for him and them to continue abusing Ugandans without consequences.

This country has had enough of dictatorship and Ugandans had falsely anticipated that this kind of primitive accumulative of power in the hands of one man, his family,cronnies and tribe had ended with the overthrow of Amin and Obote.

It looks pretty much like Ugandans will have to do it all over again, and no amount of the regime's intimidation and brutality will stop Ugandans from reclaiming their fundamental liberties and freedoms from the current fascist dictatorship!
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0 #7 Rev Amos Kasibante 2009-11-02 08:18
It was the Catholic Archbishop of Reciffe and Olinda in Brazil, the Most Reverend Oscar Camara, who said, "When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint; when I ask why the people are poor, they call me a Communist". In those days (1980's) in South America, Communist was equivalent to terrorist.

Here is another statement:

"They came for the Communists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a Communist; They came for the Socialists, and I
didn't object - For I wasn't a Socialist; They came for the labor leaders, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a labor leader; They came for the Jews, and I didn't object - For I wasn't a Jew; Then they came for me - And there was no one left to object".

Although often not acknowledged, the above poem came from a German Protestant Pastor called Martin Niemoller.

Some people think the author is telling his own account. Actually, no! He was among those who spoke out.

He was only referring to some ministers and clergy who kept quiet because they did not want to get into trouble with the church authorities, with the state, or with their congregations - who would accuse them of inciting the people to hate the government or for not being patriotic.
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0 #8 mulodo 2009-11-02 09:48
what waste fo space how can a whole minister make such a statement this confirms what we have told Ugandans all along about the ditatorial regime in place .Ugandans have a right not support what they think is wrong
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0 #9 Jude 2009-11-02 11:07
Now that the govt wants to hear only praises, they will soon come after some of us who post comments below articles. Kyoka Matsiko. Iam so sorry for her anyway. These guys have lost a sence of direction and think suppression is the answer.
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0 #10 Ndarubwene 2009-11-02 13:42
People like Mtsiko move with their own world in their heads. They are out of touch with the real world and that is why we should forgive them when they talk from their own imaginerly environment.

They assume politics is for NRM only; any other person who talks politics desrves to go to Luzira. They are just shadows of their originals.
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0 #11 John 2009-11-02 13:45
I Matsiko the godess of Bunyoro has commanded. No clergy should no about politics.
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0 #12 Ssebuwufu William Edward 2009-11-02 14:04
Kabakumba we have heard of higher degree dictators than you and your government. Remember that what ever you put forward remains in place and might be used against you one time.

I have not seen someone threatening religious leaders like your government is doing. Am sure soon they will be told to create St.Museveni day to show that they are not against his good government.
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0 #13 Wing Commander Kapenzi 2009-11-02 14:37
m7 you must reign in your half-wits like Matsiko , any attempt to intimidate the church in Uganda carries fatal results

Mr m7 tell that crazy Matsiko to take back her words or she will be added too on the list , For many Ugandans the church is bigger than your rotten NRM , last warning !
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0 #14 A K Mukasa 2009-11-02 16:55
"...Government can no longer tolerate media that incite; incite the public to hate government at your own risk." I hope she is not for real.

I know we live in a pseudo-democracy but the above statement takes the biscuit.

Why are we wasting the meagre resources we have holding elections when it is clear that those in charge are merely paying lip service to the whole concept of democracy. This is Stalinism in all but name. We are just going through the motions as dictatorship is now on the gallop and Ugandans are now caught in a Kafkaesque situation.

This regime is inherently oppressive using extensive government spying, extrajudicial punishment, and political "purging", or elimination of political opponents. The more unpopular the regime becomes the more brutal it is going to get.

I hope the donor community and all those who have Uganda’s best interests at heart wake up to this stark reality.

"Zimbabwe is a prime example of a “wait and see policy.”

A. K Mukasa.
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0 #15 Tina Atugonza 2009-11-03 10:03
Madam Matsiko,

Where is Life President Dr. Alhaji Salongo Iddi Amin Dada VC, DSO, MC, ...? Where is 'Life President' Dr. Apollo Milton Obote Opeto?? Where is 'Life President' Dr. Mobuto TseTseko Kuku Wazabanga ...?? Where is 'Life Chancellor' and Head of the Superhuman Race Dr. Adolf Hilter?

Where is 'Life President' Dr. Alhaj Saddam Hussein??? Where are they??? Show me where they are and I will you childish and daft you are for you to have uttered those reckless statements!
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0 #16 Willy Kaaro-Karungi 2009-11-04 10:52
Museveni NRM& came with hidden dubious draconian heavy handed agendas to suppressed all Luganda newspapers to close down in order to deny Baganda & Luganda current affairs, with Genocidal Projects.

It is so heartening that an established paper like Munno could fail, followed by
Where is Ngabo, Uganda Eyogera, Lipoota , Njuba Times, Ngoma, Saba Saba and many other Luganda papers. Had it not been Bukedde, Luganda would not have a daily in fact tehere is not even a weekly..

How do tell whether church leader,Opinion leaders,Traditi on Leaders, what to say or not. this is total madness. Church or Tradition it part & parcel of politics like tell them not to breath.
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