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Museveni Bought Me Using Actions After Being Frustrated By FDC – Betty Kamya

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Kampala minister Betty Kamya (62) has praised the president for luring him using actions unlike her former bosses in Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who always frustrated her efforts.

Kamya said this today at the thanksgiving event where she was celebrating her ministerial appointment and also fundraising for Mackay Church of in Nateete, a Kampala suburb, in the presence of the appointing authority who was the guest of honour.

“They say Museveni buys people, yes he buys them to his party using actions, He bought me using actions. (Before crossing over) I first asked myself, these people (in FDC) that I’m praising have always refused to give me what I want. I first asked them to allow me to be the party Secretary General but they frustrated me until I gave up.

When Dr. Kigundu gave up as party chairman, I told asked them to let me take his place, they refused to give it to me also. I asked myself why the people I’m praising are always pushing me away,” Kamya said.

Betty Kamya was named as the Minister for Kampala on June 6th 2016, replacing Frank Tumwebaze who was moved to the ICT ministry.

Before being appointed as minister, Kamya had quit FDC and formed the Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) where she was president, she even contested for president in the 2011 presidential elections under UFA. Kamya was expelled from FDC for deserting and being hostile to the party after blasting Besigye and other FDC leaders that they were worse than NRM.

During the event, president Museveni assured Ugandans that very soon they are going to win the battle against kidnaps and murders just like they have done to other problems that the country has previously faced.

The president said that so far, most of the suspects involved in Suzan Magara’s murder have been arrested, “there are a few who we are still looking for including one who is in South Africa. But most of them here have been arrested.”

During the fundraising, Kamya contributed her monthly salary of 30 million shillings towards the church, president Museveni pledged one billion shillings, Bryan White contributed 8 million, Tycoon Godfrey Kirumira 6 million and Ssebaggala contributed 1 million shillings.

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Electoral Commission Releases Local Council Elections Road Map Out

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Voters line up to vote

The Electoral Commission has released a road map for Local Council elections due in July this year.

These elections were meant to take place in November last year but they were halted by court cases filed by James Tweheyo and others who challenged the polls on grounds that they were going to leave out students who were eligible to vote because they were still in school.

However, the aggrieved parties settled their matters out of court and the cases were withdrawn giving way for the electoral process to continue.

Electoral commission has scheduled 22nd -25th June as the registration date for voters who missed out on last year’s registration, in their respective villages.

Nominations for women council leaders at parish level has been set to 27th June while elections will be held on 3rd July.

4th-5th July are nomination days for LC1 chairpersons, they will be allowed to hold campaigns for four days and there after the polling for the village chairperson will be held on 10th July. There are no education qualifications needed for the two posts, candidates are only required to be residents of the areas and citizens above 18 years.

The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Justice Simon Byabakama is optimistic that the prevailing act of kidnaps and murder will be fought through village leadership, he called upon Ugandans to take part in these elections.

Byabakama has further appealed to the public in areas that have been disturbed by the natural calamities like heavy rains, floods and mud slides to consider registering in areas where they have sought refuge if they are to participate in the election.

The voting is to be conducted in 60801 villages and is expected to employee 191,850 electoral officials with the exercise to cost UGX.22.1Bn.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Why Should The President Move With A Toilet Worth Billions And 30 Cars While People Are Dying In Hospitals – MP Tinkasimire Asks

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President Museveni infront of his moving toilet. Inset is MP Tinkasimire

Buyaga county member of parliament Barnabas Tinkasimire has warned the president and the government of Uganda to stop wasting money on unbudgeted business.

Tinkasimire said this while officiating at the 1st health financing conference in Kampala aimed at tackling sexual reproductive health problems and financing gaps for adolescents in Uganda.

Tinkasimire gave an example of the twenty nine million shillings which was given to each member of parliament to carry out consultations on whether Article 102(b) should be amended yet it is their work. Tinkasimire advised that this money would have been put in the health sector to save mothers and young girls who are dying in villages without drugs and basic health resources.

Tinkasimire also cited Ministers who drive luxury vehicles with lead cars, escorts and body guards who are paid by government, as another way in which public funds are wasted.

“We are looking for money to put in the health sector, there are things we can cut off to save a life, the convoy of the president is too much, how can one Person move with more than 30 cars with each car is using a lot of fuel while other people are starving and dying in hospitals without drugs? Putting that aside, the president moves with a toilet worth more than a billion shillings, these are the critical wastages we should cut off to save lives by put this money in the health sector,” Tinkasimire said.

Tinkasimire assured Ugandans that he will not support the increase of salary for the members of parliament if brought at the floor of parliament because MPs are the most well paid people in this country and they do a lot  of side businesses, “so the money they are proposing as increment should be put in the health sector.”

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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Museveni Meets UK Defence Forces Students: Talks To Them About Patriotism And Pan-Africanism

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President Museveni yesterday met students from the UK Dfence Academy at State House in Entebbe. Museveni who preached Patriotism and Pan-Africanism to these students wrote on his social media page, “Addressed students from the UK Defence Academy–Joint Services Command and Staff College, who are undertaking the Advanced Command and Staff Course.

I welcome these students, led by Colonel Martin Mackey, to Uganda. Our discussion centred on why Africa has lagged behind in development despite having a huge deposit of natural resources.

From my understanding and having been involved in issues concerning Africa, I have identified 10 strategic bottlenecks that have caused this lag. For our engagement, I focused on two main ones.

First is the issue of emphasising identity at the expense of interests. Europe at some stage had this problem, for instance the conflicts between catholics and protestants. But they were overcome.

Africa has had a number of bankrupt leaders who promote this kind of ideology and thus sustain this conflict. Identity is good, we should know who we are. But we must ask what our interests are.

Our interest should be prosperity through production of goods and services, which is more important and should override identity. To counter sectarianism, the NRM government promotes patriotism and Pan-Africanism.

The other bottleneck is the small fragmented markets which cannot sustain and stimulate mass production, creating a problem for the producers and service providers. Africa cannot, therefore, favourably compete with other continents.

However, we are gradually addressing these bottlenecks and in Uganda’s case, we shall in the next couple of years move into the middle income bracket.”

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