Top 5 Uganda government hoaxes

For the military dictatorship it’s crucial they control the media to suppress real news about their crimes. Unfortunately we have to maintain this list of government hoaxes ourselves, because factchecker sites like pesacheck are not interested.

  1. Announcement of 189 al-Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia

Around 22 January Lt.Col Akiki of the UPDF shared a press statement about successes in their fight against al-Shabaab. Many influential media houses ran the story, such as Al Jazeera. A week later the story had to be withdrawn

Full story is here:

Pesacheck was not interested in this story.

2. On 27 December Kasirye Ashraf was shot in the head by security forces.

Frank Senteza rushed to assist him. He was knocked dead by a military vehicle, but the UPDF spokesperson claims he jumped off a speeding car.

An overview of various lies spread by Ugandan government on this matter can be found here:

Pesacheck was not interested in these lies. Interestingly enough, they did run a factcheck whether Ashraf Kasirye is alive, but this is not debated at all!

3. On 3 August 2021 Fred Lumbuye was arrested by Turkish authorities.

According to Ugandan authorities, he was transferred to Uganda, and then to Gulu, as shown by various screenshots taken by Hillary Taylor.


On 8 September the Observer ran the following article:

On 11 September we submitted this article as fake news to Pesacheck. Their response “Your request is outside our verification scope”. Again, Pesacheck doesn’t want to verify Uganda government lies.

The truth is that Fred Lumbuye never left Turkey. On 19 October he was released from detention and he remained in Turkey.

4. Fake Declaration of Results form posted by Electoral Commission

On March 1st the Electoral Commission posted on Facebook & Twitter that a DoR posted by NUP was fake, and they posted the ‘Genuine’ one.

However, professor of democracy Nick Cheeseman soon discovered inconsistencies in the DoR posted by the EC. The votes don’t add up. This even led to a publication in the Continent on 6 March.

The EC never released the results of any investigation. Pesacheck never wrote about the fake DoR shared by the EC.

5. New Vision falsely announced that Eddie Mutwe is going to marry.

After we pointed out this hoax to Pesacheck, they decided to publish:

This list is not even complete, but for sake of time we limit the list to 5.

What is proven is that Uganda government institutions are a large producer of fake news. In case 1 & 2 it were the security forces that spread the fake news. Also the Lumbuye lies (case #3) were spread by the army. In case #4 it was the Electoral Commission that spread a fake Declaration of Results.

Fact check organisation Pesacheck, for unknown reasons, does not want to factcheck most of these lies. (only #5)

How the European Union helps the dictatorship

After the elections of 14 January members of European parliament were disgusted by the rigging of the elections and the violence of the dictatorship. With over 90% mayority they past a resolution calling for an investigation and to take measures against individuals involved in Human Rights violations.

The European commission and the European governments did nothing.

Instead the Italian ambassador had dinner with the biggest human right violator (known at the International Court of Justice in The Hague).

This should be of no surprise to us. It’s the policy of the European Union to maintain warn relations with the violent junta in Kampala.

On 20 November 2020 the Ugandan security forces killed more than a 100 innocent unarmed Ugandans (official death toll: 54) after Bobi Wine had been incarcerated in Luuka. The EU had to come with a statement

The EU called for an independent investigation. “to ensure justice for victims and avoid impunity for the perpetrators”

Nothing happened.

On 8 January, when it became more clear that the government were going to use massive violence during the elections the EU issued another statement.

Moreover, the Ugandan government should ensure law enforcement and security agencies exercise restraint when safeguarding the security of all citizens, including electoral candidates and their supporters, in line with national laws, Uganda’s international human rights commitments and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, while at the same time ensuring the protection of democracy, the robustness of its institutions and rule of law.

What EU was afraid off happened; the security agencies exercised enormous violence. On top of that, EU observers were not given visa.

The EU said nothing. Instead, the head of European delegration told Daily Monitor how well organised the elections were. The EU had to correct that statement.

On 31 May the BBC published a disturbing documentary called “Three killing in Kampala”. outlining how innocent and unarmed Ugandans were killed in a killing spray.

The EU had to come up with another statement.

On 20 August the Ugandan government announced the closure of some 50 NGOs. Yes, indeed the EU came with a statement!

What do all these calls & statements and petitions by the European Union have in common?

Nothing happened.

The EU barked softly and didn’t bite. The dictatorship knows he has nothing to fear from Europe. If he crosses the line, they will just issue another statement.

Kasirye Ashraf took the bullet that should have killed Bobi Wine.

27 December 2020 was a deep black day for National Unity Platform, for democracy and journalism in Uganda. An article by UNN on the observer also describes what happened:

We spoke to Ashraf, who has fortunately recovered, and asked him what happened.

Nico: Who shot the canister at you?
Ashraf: Enock Abaine Assistant Commissioner of Police. By that time he was the RPC- Regional Police Commander of Masaka Region
Nico: Was he shooting at you or at Bobi Wine?
Ashraf: I was seated behind Bobi wine. He was standing in front of Bobi wine. The car skipped a bit and Bobi wine fell slightly. The Bullet came to my face
Ashraf: That’s my Answer.
Nico: Not teargas canister but bullet?
Ashraf: If it was a Canister, it would have blusted my Face. The injury would be worse. It was a bullet.

Looking at movie material from the events we indeed do not say any smoke, that would indicate teargas.

This is the suspected shooter Enock Abaine, Assistant Commissioner of Police. Enock Abaine has committed multiple crimes against opposition members.

According this article from Ekyooto ( he shot and killed in 2017 a Besigye supporter. After the protests in November against the arrest of Bobi Wine he went to the house of Mathias Mpuuga and destroyed the residential gate with a crane. He tried to get to Mpuuga, but the latter was able to protect himself.

After the 27 December events the UPDF made a statement, and we want to take a closer look at it.

The UPDF makes 4 statements here that are false.

  1. “They defied the route plan agreed upon to Kyotera district”

We asked Sharaf about this.

Nico: What do you know about Enanga statement “they defied the route plan agreed upon to Kyetera”
Ashraf: I don’t know anything about it. However, all along they wanted us to use remote roads. Hardly to reach. The same thing happened. They never wanted us to use the main tarmaced road.

Ashraf statement is consistent with multiple affidavits by NUP officials and reports by journalists that security forces constantly tried to hinder the oppossition campaign by leading them off the main roads.

2. UPDF claims they shot a cannister. We have shown above no smoke can be seen. Ashraf was hit by a bullet, as he has declared above.

3. “The force would probe the incident”

To probe an incident you need to interview witnesses. We asked Ashraf about this.

Nico: Has the police investigated the incident, as they claim they would do?
Ashraf: No. To my knowledge, they haven’t. But if you ask them. They will say m, the investigation is ongoing.
Nico: If they investigate they would interview you (in a nice way)
Ashraf: They haven’t
Nico: Or any other witness that was around. I suppose they didn’t interview those either.
Ashraf: No one..

4. “We do appreciate the critical role journalists play”

In the movie ‘Targeted’ the African Institute for Investigative Journalistm explains how journalists are systematically targeted, attacked and wounded by security forces.

The false statement by Enanga is not supported by any facts.

These 4 lies are not the only UPDF lies of 27 December. After Ashraf was shot, Frank Senteza rushed to assist him. He was knocked death by a military vehicle, but the UPDF spokesperson claims he jumped off a speeding car.

It’s now more than a half year after the tragic events. How is Ashraf doing now?

Ashraf: I am fine. On treatment taking for almost two years.. I have a surgery on my skull next year. If I get avenues to get it.

Nico: The doctor recommends you to wear the helmet?
Ashraf: Yes. Air entering my head directly affects me. I feel too much headache. And also Wind on the injury a real hustle in my life. And protection. Nothing should tap my wound.
Nico: Understood
Nico: So you wear it all the time?
Ashraf: All the time. But I want to buy Head protectives. I couldn’t get them in Uganda. Some people promised to get them for me in USA

The reason for doing this factcheck is this article by Pesacheck that we will further discuss in another article:

IMF loan to Uganda should be cancelled

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,

Managing Director

International Monetary Fund

1900 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20431

June 07, 2021

Dear Ms. Kristalina Georgieva,

Ugandans and friends of Uganda beseech you and the entire management of the International Monetary Fund to decline approving the proposed $1 billion ECF to Uganda due to its long-standing failure to account for public funds. In addition, the Ugandan regime is now considered illegitimate by most Ugandans.

On January 14, 2021, dictator Museveni lost a Presidential election — 54.19% to 34.83% per independent tallies — to principal challenger, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (aka Bobi Wine), though Museveni’s handpicked electoral commission declared him winner. The fraudulent declaration is currently being challenged in the East African Court of Justice with supporting evidence that was declined by a partisan Uganda Supreme Court.

It would be unconscionable for the IMF to allocate more funds to a regime so riddled with endemic corruption that the almost $1 billion that IMF, World Bank & other international donors allocated to Uganda in 2020 for Covid relief was either embezzled or misdirected towards military suppression of opposition political party supporters.

Some covid funds were channeled to Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa’s two daughters’ company which was awarded a contract to deliver Oxygen to Uganda’s hospitals, but failed to do so.

Meanwhile, Ugandans died (in 2020) and continue to die (June 2021) of Covid-19 due to lack of oxygen in hospitals.

Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa has himself been implicated in various corruption scandals in Uganda. And, in 2018, he was indicted in New York for accepting a bribe from a Chinese businessman in exchange for facilitating Chinese investment interests in Uganda.

As this letter to Senator Coons from the New York Bar Association indicates, World Bank Covid relief money to Uganda was also misappropriated: 2020812-UgandaWorldBank.pdf

New York Review of Books article on how Covid relief funds were likely redirected towards military suppression, including during the November 18, 2020, protests: In Uganda, Another Museveni Crackdown | by Helen Epstein | The New York Review of Books (

More Press stories on Covid-19 related Corruption in Uganda

According to the June 1, 2021, IMF press release 21/152’s FAQ section on the Staff Level Agreement on a three-year $1 billion Financing Package to Uganda:

“The Program’s transparency and governance reforms will build upon the improvements launched by the government’s new leadership code – which requires government officials to disclose their assets, incomes and liabilities, and clarifies sanctions in case of false reporting.”

The “new leadership code’ is a smokescreen. Runaway corruption in Uganda is not due to a lack of a leadership code. Uganda has had a leadership code act since 2002,

but it has had no effect on corruption because corrupt officials are intricately linked to Museveni and his kin. Museveni also fuels corruption by openly bribing members of parliament whenever he wants to pass controversial legislation such as the removal of the age limit clause from the constitution in 2017.

There is no new substantive leadership code. Museveni simply just announced a “leadership-code tribunal.” Experience shows that such announcements are merely stratagems that Museveni uses to appear to be addressing international and domestic calls for action.

According to the press release’s FAQ section:

“The [Uganda] Government has already completed the audit of COVID-19 spending for FY 19/20, which is expected to be published in the coming days. Some aggregate procurement reports have already been published and individual procurement contracts will also be published in the next few days.”

Question: Why did the International Monetary Fund reach an agreement with the Ugandan regime on the ECF before publication of its audit of Covid-19 spending? And why only FY 19/20? Much of the Covid-19 related fraud transpired in FY 20/21 (1 July 2020 – June 30, 2021)?

The Political and Human Rights situation in Uganda

Beyond financial and economic aspects, the dire political and human rights situation in Uganda is enough reason to hold off on approving the ECF to the Uganda regime which is considered illegitimate by most Ugandans — outside of a tiny business elite and regime beneficiaries. Aware of the population’s sentiments, General Museveni has since the election in January 2021, escalated abductions, torture, and murder of opposition party supporters in a bid to eliminate evidence of his electoral fraud — and to cower the population into not protesting it. On November 18, 2020, during the campaign period, Ugandan security forces shot dead more than 100 citizens protesting the arrest of Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, though the officially acknowledged count is 54 people.

BBC documentary on the November Killings committed by Uganda Security Forces

Thousands of political prisoners — including 17 of Honorable Kyagulanyi’s campaign team arrested on December 30, 2020 — are languishing in prisons and ungazetted detention centers. Scores have either been maimed, killed or both. The scale of the abuses is reminiscent of the worst of Idi Amin.

Several international media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The BBC, and The Guardian have in recent months reported the Ugandan regime’s gross human rights abuses.

New York Times


Washington Post


The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and the US State Department have also published reports detailing the abuses.

In 2016, the Uganda army killed more than 100 people, including women and children in the Kasese region on the orders Museveni.

And for over two decades, Museveni’s regime committed “a silent genocide” in Northern Uganda under the guise of fighting Joseph Kony:

Unfortunately, the abuses are still ongoing as of June 2021:

Many Ugandans are seeking refuge in Kenya, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania.

Uganda has also been implicated in instigating and exacerbating conflicts in neighboring countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, leading to deaths of millions of people.

Given the documented lack of accountability and poor human rights record in Uganda, we humbly request that the International Monetary Fund refrains from approving the pending ECF to the country until the fiscal, political, and human rights situation clears. Continued donor funding gives Museveni license to continue misallocating funds while suppressing and killing Ugandans with impunity. Moreover, the anticipated oil production by Total on which the IMF partly bases its argument for Uganda’s ability to pay back is still being contested by international environmental organizations and by Ugandans concerned about the associated pipeline’s effects on their land, lakes, rivers, and the climate.

In cases of humanitarian aid, international agencies such as USAID, DANIDA and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (@FCDOGUK) should facilitate Ugandans directly through carefully vetted CSO’s, cultural, and religious institutions — with no ties to the regime.

We are following closely and anxiously await your response on this matter.


Ugandans, Friends of Uganda


The People Power Movement in Diaspora

G7 Global Online Protest

In the weekend of 11-13 June the presidents of the G7 countries USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy & Japan are meeting in Cornwall UK.

Comrades from the UK are going to the venue where the conference is held to protest against the continous financial and military support of dictator Museveni.

In particular we are trying to convince these 7 most important shareholders of the IMF to not give a loan of 1 billion USD that they have planned to do.

The IMF did not do a proper due diligence of the loan; they did not visit Uganda. If they had visited Uganda they could have seen with their own eyes that a Worldbank Covid19-relieve loan of 300M USD that was given last year has not come to the benefit of Ugandans, but the money has gone to security forces.

We have been able to create a formidable lineup of speakers for this event.

  • Matthias Mpuuga (speaker of the opposition in the Ugandan parliament)
  • Kakwenza (author of Banana Republic & the Greedy Barbarian, FDC member)
  • David Lewis (secretary general of NUP) will be interviewed by Milton Allimadi (professor of African studies)
  • Joel Isabirye (director of Market Intelligence Group). He made the last reliable survey among Ugandans.
  • Robert Amsterdam (lawyer of Bobi Wine)

Eurovision demonstration

On 18, 20 & 22 May the Netherlands are hosting the Eurovision Song Contest. The festival is a celebration of (white) European comradeship. Why else would white colonies like Israel and Australia be participating but other countries not? It’s not co-incidental that all of these countries support the Museveni regime militarily and financially.

France — Teargas

Israel — Guns & training

Russia — Fighter jets

United Kingdom — Training

Netherlands — SUVs & other vehicles

Europe — Money

While the Euroguns countries celebrate their comradeship by having a competition of their musicians, our musicians are in jail, tortured, or under house arrest. Our musician presidential candidate was attacked with a vehicle sponsored by the Dutch government. Although it was reported in the Dutch Volkskrant newspaper, all 150 white Dutch MPs ignored it. Most European governments have congratulated Museveni with rigging elections after he has thrown 1000 of opposition members into jail.

Uganda has been under dictatorship for 35 years, just like Belarus. However, the Belarus struggle is reported every week on the news, but Uganda, as most African news, is a backpage story reported once a year.

There will be hundreds of journalists reporting on the Song Contest, so this festival is a perfect location to explain them about the Ugandan catastrophe, sponsored by their countries.

The song contest is both an online and offline event, and so is our demonstration. Where people from nearby Chapters such as Netherlands, Belgium & Germany are present physically, Ugandans from other parts of the world join online. Especially through Twitter, we will directly address organisers, journalists & artists.

Our request to the organisers: Play a Nubian Li song

Our request to the journalists & artists: Come to our stand to be informed & tweet about it.

Our request to the Western world leaders: Stop funding the Ugandan dictatorship.

Pesacheck factcheckers are a joke

Pesacheck is an East-African fact checker organisation. It had already struck me that many of the fact-checks they were doing were totally irrelevant or biased towards the Museveni dictatorship.

For example, they factchecked a tweet with 40 retweets that a voter got tortured for not voting Museveni. Actually, it was a photo from Ghana. Factcheck succeeded.

However, no reference is made to the fact that disappearances and torture happen on a large scale. This has been documented by Al Jazeera. None of the real Ugandan torture stories have been factchecked by Pesacheck. An outsider is left with the impression that in general the stories about torture in Uganda are false.

On 31 March they published the following factcheck:

Obviously it’s a great idea to double check such an important statement. Let’s look at the reasoning provided by Pesacheck.

Basically Pesacheck is saying; the EC is the authority for elections, whatever they say about it is true. Well, this does not meet their own principles 2.1.

I do agree that reputation can be a part of your analysis. However, the Electoral Commission does not have a good reputation at all. Just some examples:

  • In 2016, the European Union observation mission stated that the EC is not sufficiently independent from the Ugandan government.
  • The EC chairman spoke out publicly against the National Unity Platform
  • National Unity Platform and FDC were not able to campaign. Complaints were dismissed.
  • EC has never investigated the hundreds of polling stations in 2016 and in 2021 that have a 100% voter turnout; where even dead people have voted.
  • On March 1st the EC published a DoR that is highly suspicious and likely the result of fraud. The EC has never given any further comment.

Interestingly, none of these five items have been the subject of any factcheck by Pesacheck, or are they mentioned anywhere in their analysis.

My conclusion is that the Pesacheck factchecks are a joke. Especially dictator Museveni is having a good laugh.

Press coverage of rigging, kidnapping, torture & killings.

We have collected an overview of independent resources about the situation in Uganda. 

Military beating up journalists

Violent Election


Report Bruce Afran:
Africa News:

Kidnappings, torture, killings

Human Rights Organisations


Supreme Court Petition

U.S States Department Warning

COVID19 Status Uganda

Rigging of the 2021 elections

On 16 January the Electoral Commission announced the results that president Museveni has requested for. In this blogpost we will be explaining how they rigged the election.

As a scientist I request that the reader asks him or herself a number of questions.

  1. Why would the Ugandan government shutdown the internet if it wants to organize transparent elections?
  2. Why were voters chased away from polling stations if the government is confident they have the majority?
  3. Why were agents from NUP & other parties chased away?
  4. Why were agents hunted down, tortured and their copies of DORs destroyed?
  5. Why weren’t opposition parties allowed to campaign?
  6. Why weren’t opposition parties allowed access to radio & TV?
  7. Why were so many journalists & election experts expelled from the country?
  8. Why did the military & police had to intimidate their own people on a day that is supposed to be the celebration of democracy?
  9. Why weren’t observers from European Union not invited like in 2016?
  10. Why is Electoral Commission announcing the president to be the winner without providing a breakdown of how they got to that result?

There are many, many more questions to ask yourself, but a very important one is:

Which country in the world has voted for 35 years for the same person to be president, given that the country is one of the poorest of Africa?

Starting with the last question; there is simply no democratic country in the world that voted for 35 years for the same president, even if it’s a rich country. According to Freedom House, an organisation that rates countries across the globe for amount of Freedom, Uganda scores 34/100; it is qualified as “Not free”.

Another fundamental question:

Why is Ugandan government organising elections at all?

Uganda doesn’t organise elections because Museveni believes in democratic elections. Museveni came to power through a war after he had lost elections. The book “How to rig an election” by Nic Cheeseman explains a lot of reasons why dictatorships organise elections. One is justification. Using elections they can justify their power.

When you are popular, then having elections does not cause any problems. But Museveni has lost a lot of support of Ugandans in recent years. And with the rise of Bobi Wine they found a favorite candidate of their own generation. Talking to Ugandans it was clear to me that Kyagulanyi had a lot of support; I rarely encountered a Museveni supporter. But as a scientist I know the danger of bias… [still typing]