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Kasirye Ggwanga Speaks Out: I did Not Refuse To Salute Muhoozi, I’m Sick

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Major General Kasirye Ggwanga has blasted and distanced himself from media reports that he refused to go to the army pipping ceremony yesterday because he had previously vowed never to salute a junior officer.

Speaking to Makindye Division Mayor Ali Nganda Mulyanyama, Gwanga clarified thus, “Those distributing those rumours lack what to do. I’m a senior officer in the army and I know that in the army they don’t salute individuals but they salute ranks. So even if an officer is younger than you, you are supposed to salute the rank not the person.”

Kasirye Gwanga (middle) during his prime days in the army. Right is the CDF Gen. David Muhoozi

Gwanga added that the reason why he didn’t go for the pipping was that he was sick. “I was sick that is why I didn’t go and UPDF are the ones who are treating me.”

Media reports quoted Gwanga in one of the interviews he did sometime back saying that he cannot salute juniors who entered the army after him. It should be noted that according to Gwanga’s statement, Gen David Muhoozi the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) is a junior officer to Gwanga.

On March 4th, President Museveni promoted the no nonsense now Major General Kasirye Gwanga and also retired him. Among those promoted include two major generals, five brigadiers and 55 colonels.

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ABIRIGA BURIAL: We Are Coming For You: Museveni Warns People Who Make ‘Kelele’(Noise) On Social Media, Wants Boda Boda Cyclists To Wear Helmets That Shine At Night

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Calls for a crackdown on social media platforms dominated the speeches Monday afternoon during the burial of Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother Saidi Butele.

The call was first made by Kasule Lumumba, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General who asked the president to do something on people who post hate messages on social media against government and NRM leadership.

“Your excellency, people now compose songs with hate messages and they are thrown all over media. People are now sending out audio voices in the media, because of this computerization, people are misusing it. There should also be a way of taming the hate campaign that goes on in the media, the hate campaign is to the NRM leadership, you and your fellow leaders you lead with this country, in the party and in the country. There is no hate campaign to the opposition.

In other countries like china, social media is controlled but they are developing. When you go to Sudan, you cannot access Facebook because they have censored it. So, your excellency, this business of liberalizing must be controlled. The peace is being abused, we need a control measure to stop some of these. People throw anything (on social media),” Lumumba reported.

In response to Lumumba’s cry, Museveni said that he has also seen some of these statements relating to the death of Abiriga and other issues in the country but warned that this must be stopped.

Museveni said that, “We need to control this ‘kelele’(noise) of fools on radio and social media. We need strong laws and if it means legislation, we can do it.”

The president also addressed the security situation saying that there is no big security issue but rather a few loose ends that need to be tightened.

The President also opened war on the boda bodas saying the loopholes in the business are responsible for the unnecessary murders. He added that government is going to ban hooded jackets so that it makes it easier to see people’s faces when a search is mounted.
“Why do we allow people putting on hoods, we are going to burn the covering of your heads even when driving or on a bike,” Museveni said. Museveni also decreed that helmets worn by motorcycle riders and boda boda cyclists will have to be numbered and must shine at night.

Assassins who were moving on two motorcycles showered Arua Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Abiriga’s car with bullets on Friday Evening near Energo fuel station in Kirinyabigo, Kawanda, Wakiso District killing him and his brother who doubled his bodyguard Saidi Butele instantly. The duo have been buried today in Arua.

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Every Ugandan Who Owns A Car Or Motocycle Will Be Required To Buy And Install A Tracking Gadget – Museveni

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President Museveni inspects the scene of crime where Abiriga was killed from

HEROES DAY ADDRESS: President Yoweri Museveni has said that every car owner is going to be required to install a special tracking gadget in their cars or motorcycles so that government can monitor their movements as a way of curbing the rampant murders.

President Museveni said this today during the Heroes’ day celebrations at Birembo sub county in Kakumiro district. “Some stupid people think that they will kill people to soil the name of government but we shall work on them. Whoever kills people will also pay with their life,” Museveni said.

“In Kampala, because of the development we have had, we have a problem of killers like these ones who killed Abriga. We are going to introduce tracking devices in all cars and motorcycles.

We shall ask Ugandans to do somethings, but don’t say that we are mistreating you. We shall have these gadgets in all cars and motocycles so that everywhere they go , we can know. So, these people killing our citizens will be tracked. But people will have to pay for this equipment not government. When you buy a car or motocycle, it will be mandatory to have it installed,” Museveni added.

On why this year’s celebrations were held in Birembo, Museveni said,  “The story of Birembo, started when our force, attacked Kabamba. The purpose of attacking Kabamba was to get weapons from government. And we managed to get more that 600 rifles. After overrunning Kabamba, Saleh moved west, as if he was going to Kyaka and then tuned north through Kyegegwa through Hapuyo fighting all the time. I had separated from them at Kyamusisi because you should remember that we walked from Matugga all the way up to Kabamba and back. But when we got to Kyamusisi, I saw that the group was too big so I divided them into two, Saleh went with 700 and I remained with 800, occupying the enemy. We fought with the enemy in Kagembe. After Saleh had attacked and captured the guns, we communicated and I came with the other big force to carry the guns, because the problem was who would carry the guns. We came from from Kagali in Kiboga area, crossed at Sinde, Kyamusisi through Butorogo, then we crossed at a place called Nkondo, eventually we got to Kasambya and communicated with Saleh. I found out that they were camped in the valley near Nkuse river. I met them there and told them this place is very dangerous, you are in the valley, and you have got a lot of luggage, If the enemy comes and finds us in the valley, it will be difficult for us to get out. That’s how we got from the valley and camped at Birembo to cook, eat and move.

But as were still preparing, a big force from Mubende and Kakumiro attacked us, for the whole day, they were trying to overpower us but we defeated them. The main problem was to keep the guns we had smuggled from Kabamba, we lost three soldiers here but two died along the way. The enemy was badly beaten, he couldn’t overpower us. In the night, we moved out as if we were going to Kikwaya and after one kilometer, we turned right, there was a small road going through very high vegetation of reeds. Eventually we ended up at Nkooko and camped at Ntwetwe where our friend Kigongo gave us the maize of the cooperative, we paid him but told him to go and tell the UPC that we had stolen the maize. That is the Birembo story.”

 

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Put Kidnappers On Firing Squad – Top Sheikh Asks Government

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A top city sheikh has asked members of parliament to come up with a bill which permits that all people convicted of kidnap are put on firing squad.
Sheikh Sulaiman Guggwa, the leader of the working Muslims told the congregation at Faibah mosque in Kampala that if the National Resistance Movement (NRM) doesn’t do what former president of Uganda Iddi
Amin did to criminals especially traitors, Ugandans will continue suffering at the hands of kidnapers.
Guggwa said that nowadays people are no longer acting like humans because they see everything including evil acts as a source of earning money. He warned that if the government remains seated, many Ugandans will die.
“What’s wrong with putting that criminal (kidnapper) on firing squad at city square surrounded by Ugandans who will witness their death? These people are inhuman, how can you cut off your fellow child’s finger, breast and private parts and to make matters worse kill her. Even in the ancient religious wars Allah preached to his fighters not to kill women, but these fools are killing them like chicken,” Guggwa said.
He asked MPs to do what their fellow MP Rapheal Magyezi did by tabling a private members bill that will handle such people.

The Sheikh also warned Ugandans who are kidnapping themselves to stop the habit, he called upon government to create more jobs for the population because such acts are partly as a result of unemployment.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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