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    A Tale Of Two NUP Party Headquarters; NUP MPs Told To Report To Lubaga Not Kamwokya; They Are Masqueraders Being Used By The State – Bobi Wine’s Group Warns…

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    Bobi Wine and his Kamwokya Headquarters (top) and Kibalama's new headquarters in Lubaga (bottom)

    Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) has blasted Moses Nkonge Kibalama’s group for trying to steal the party.

    In statement released today 21st June, 2022, NUP Spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi noted that Kibalama and his group are masqueraders.

    “We have seen reports of some people masquerading as leaders of NUP. Previously, the same people told court that the State had coached them to tell lies against the legitimate leadership of NUP,” Senyonyi’s statement reads in part.

    He added, “It is clear the State continues to use them in the hope that they will undermine the leadership of NUP and throw the party into disarray. These attempts are futile, and they will in no way derail us.

    “We call on the public to treat these masqueraders with the contempt they deserve. We also send a stern warning to these masqueraders, the full wrath of the law will be unleashed on them over their fraudulent tendencies.”

    Earlier today, Kibalama’s NUP addressed the press at their new party headquarters in Lubaga Division where they vowed that they had finally divorced their marriage with the Kamwokya group.

    According to Kibalama’s leadership, they held a delegates’ conference on 27th May 2022 at A4D Hotel in Mbalala, Mukono district in accordance to the NUP Constitution Article 11(4) subsection (1) where they took over the ownership of the party.

    During the meeting, Moses Kibalama Nkonge was elected new party leader ending Bobi Wine’s rule at the helm.

    The group said that the agreement they signed with Kyagulanyi’s group on 10th July, 2020 ended.

    They insisted that they have written several letters to Kyagulanyi’s group on the matter which have went unanswered.

    “Our party has decided, we no longer want to deal with them (Bobi Wine’s group). We have now elected new leadership and the Kamwokya based leadership should report to CEC as early as yesterday. Kyagulanyi knows very well what is in the aggrements including his brother Fred Nyanzi,” Kibalama said.

    The Secretary to the Kibalama NUP party Gideon Tugume told the media then that the meeting also resolved and seconded Bobi Wine to be appointed as the party’s foreign Affairs Secretary because he knows how to mobilise for funds especially from abroad.

    The Kamwokya based leadership was told to hand over all NUP Materials and instruments.

    Tugume advised NUP Members of Parliament to report to their Lubaga offices because that is where the newly elected leadership now sits.

    “This is not a game, these boys have since failed to respect the party leadership and this is the right time to act. The parliamentary committee members and leader of opposition will remain till their terms of office end,” Tugume said.

    He added that Kibalama’s NUP will soon be joining IPOD.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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