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A True Champion Of The Downtrodden – DP Eulogises Seya, Even When He Left DP, He Remained Friendly And Supportive – Mao…

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The Democratic Party (DP), one of the oldest political parties in Uganda to which the deceased former Kampala Mayor, Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala alias Seya built his political domain around has sent out a heartfelt message of condolence to the fallen politician’s family.

Upon hearing the news of the passing of Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, a former DP member, party president Norbert Mao issued an official statement to the bereaved family.

“We are saddened by the death of Al Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala, former Mayor of Kampala City. We convey our condolences to you his family and indeed to the entire country upon this great loss,” part of the message read in part.

“We pay tribute to the late Haji Ssebaggala for his business acumen which saw him rise to be one of Uganda’s most enterprising and successful businessmen. We in the Democratic Party also celebrate his contribution in energizing the party at a time when parties were virtually banned,” Mao added, commending that Ssebaggala was a formidable Democrat who inspired and supported the Uganda Young Democrats in all their activities.

Mao, who was known to be regularly at logger heads for political differences with Ssebaggala says he had no personal issues with the late. He noted with a referential aspect that Ssebaggala’s brand of politics endeared him to those Frantz Fanon referred to as “the wretched of the earth”. “He mobilized the urban poor with a clear message of hope and inspired them to aspire to and fight for a better life. He was a true champion of the downtrodden commonly known as “omuntu wa wansi,” Mao said.

Mao revealed that even when Ssebaggala left the Democratic Party, he still remained friendly and supportive to the cause of Truth and Justice.

“There’s no better tribute we can give to Hajji Ssebaggala than to strive for an inclusive economy where no citizen is left behind. May Allah (SWT) judge him with Mercy as he approaches the Throne of Grace,” Mao mourned.

 

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WE DON’T WANT HIM HERE: Bunyoro Kingdom Rejects Police Boss Who Fired Tear Gas At Top Buganda Officials And Catholic Bishop Over Bobi Wine…

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Bunyoro Kingdom premier Andrew Byakutaga (L) and Alex Mwine (R)

The Bunyoro Kingdom administration has strongly rejected police boss who fired tear gas at top Buganda Kingdom officials and Catholics clerics ovbecause of the presence of National Unity Platform (NUP) party supreme leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

Bunyoro Kingdom premier Andrew Byakutaga protested the deployment of Alex Mwine as the new police commandant Hoima because of his questionable discipline.

“As the Bunyoro Kingdom, we have written to the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola requesting him to rescind the transfer of Mr. Mwine to Hoima and instead deploy befitting disciplined officers,” Byakutaga stated.

Mwine is accused of commanding police in Mityana to teargas and disperse mbogo clan meeting upon getting information that Kyagulanyi, who is one of the prominent members of the clan, was going to attend.

Among the top senior citizens who were affected include retired Masaka Diocese Bishop John Baptists Kaggwa and mbogo clan leader omuttaka Kayiira Gaajuule.

The ceremony was to commemorate the good work done by the mbogo clan in Buganda kingdom especially when Kayiira successfully served his king as the kingdom clans head.

Police bosses are currently on a tour publicly apologizing to everyone who was affected by Mwine’s lugubrious  actions, they have so far apologized to Buganda kingdom and the Catholic community.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I’m Like Jesus, If They Abused The Son Of God, Who Am I Not To Be Abused? – M7 Commissions Sugar Processing Plant In Atiak, Says He Is A Man On A Mission…

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commissioned Atiak Sugar Factory in Amuru District. The factory is owned by entrepreneur Amina Moghe Hersi, while government holds 41% shares through the Uganda Development Corporation.

Museveni noted that a country needs labour, natural resources, capital, knowledge and entrepreneurship to be industrialized.

He singled out entrepreneurs as the most visionary people who have the spectacles to see opportunities which others do not see, citing that the stock of entrepreneurs in Uganda is growing.

The president stressed that once a factory is in Uganda, it’s a Ugandan factory irrespective of ownership.

“I hear some Ugandans talk of Indian factories, those are in India not Uganda. Previously, some people in Acholi were opposing these developments. This is terrible. Why would you reject progress? When I passed here in 1968, all I saw was grassland, fit for grazing cows. Then Amina Hersi came with different spectacles and here we are,” he said.

“You saw me hold a bag of sugar in the factory there. That is Atiak sugar. There is Kakira, Lugazi, Kinyara and now we have Atiak sugar. This factory adds to our capacity to produce sugar for internal consumption and export,” he added.

The president disclosed that the sugar factory employs upto 2,000 workers and impacts on more than 20,000 people and their families, pointing that neighbours who have sim sim, malakwang, potatoes and other things have got market for their goods from the factory workers.

“In Rwakitura, I sell a litre of milk at Shs600 yet my friend Prof Nsibambi, who had a farm near Kampala, would sell at Shs1,200 because he had a big market. Therefore, when you get a factory like this, please support it. Even if it does not directly employ you, there are many spill-over benefits. The nearby shops, schools, and other facilities will all benefit,” Museveni said.

Atiak will mainly be using out growers as the fulcrum. Much of the sugarcane will be grown by the local people, and each of the families engaged will have five acres ploughed and planted for them by the factory. The families will then be tasked to look after the cane and will each earn Shs18 million after 18 months.

The president pledged government’s continued to support this project. Museveni revealed how Amina Hersi took him to River Aswa and explained how the people of Lamwo are growing so much sugarcane but have to move 175km to bring it here, citing the need to build a bridge that would help reduce the distance by 36km to the factory.

He confirmed that the bridge will be built so that the part of the project which is on the Lamwo side will be directly linked with the one on Atiak side to help save the farmers’ money in transport.

“I thank the people of Atiak and Lamwo for making Africa proud because they have showed that even rural areas can receive the message of development and are able to reject the message of liars and malicious leaders,” Museveni pleasurably commended.

“I thank Amina for being a freedom fighter, she is like her uncle Museveni who does not give up even when I am abused. If they could abuse Jesus, the son of God, who am I not to be abused? But Jesus had a mission and was not deterred even when he was abused. He fulfilled his mission. That’s the same with me,” he added.

 

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Ugandans Should Brace Themselves For The Toughest Election Ever – Opposition Wingers Warn, Trash EC’s ‘Inconveniencing Reforms’….

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Upon releasing an improved roadmap to the 2021 General Elections, The EC has been faulted by several opposition parties and members for allegedly stressing their genuine efforts to attain power.

The EC spokesperson, Paul Bukenya in respect to parliamentary and local council elections confirmed that the roadmaps are out, adding that the stage is set for the next act which is the candidates reaching out to the voters.

“Next we have the presidential nominations and date for elections,” he said.

Parliamentary aspirants, mostly from the opposition wing have decried the measurably little time they’ve been officially allocated to converse for votes. They have accused the EC for conniving with the incumbent president and his government to favorably keep him in power by implementing adverse policies to specifically oppress those entities contrasting the current government.

DP president, Nobert Mao, projected that this, particularly is going to be a very intense political season, citing that it requires clarity on rules of engagement more so from key stakeholders like the EC.

“The purpose of an election is to give the voters a chance to choose. This period is very short if you are running for a presidential election. You must have very many speaking for you. It is going to put a lot of pressure on the EC too,” Mao stressed.

Mao says the EC has not done enough of it’s duty on civic education with a lame excuse of lack of funds.

Another opposition parliamentary aspirant, Odonga Otto to his disappointment asked, “How can the EC change the dates gazetted for nominations?”

“It looks like the size of the shoe is clear and also who should put it on is clear. The presidential race is tailored for one person. One of the players in the elections dismissed half of the EC commissioners, he added, in obvious reference to incumbent President Museveni.

He argued that no amount of specific civic education whatsoever will at the moment change voter bribery, but a law. He said, “I still think Parliament needs to change the law so that it is not the president that elects the EC leadership.”

“I was in the village for a week waiting to be nominated. They had to extend the nominations so that the NRM cleans its house, then they call themselves the Independent Electoral Commission, Otto angrily submitted.

EC publicist, Bukenya’s justification of the process was trashed by the Aruu county MP. “You are looking ugly. You are looking like a magician trying to explain a failed magic,” he said.

Veteran opposition singer, Salamu Musumba submitted that the EC is not in charge, but rather remote controlled by the state.

She added that the scientific elections will create anarchy, adding that it will be a jungle that all Ugandans must prepare for.

“We are not ready for democracy. This is like a supermarket where the highest bidder takes it all,” Musumba stated.

Uganda Media Center (UMC) boss Ofwono Opondo however refuted all such claims. He stated that there is no record that the NRM requested the EC to extend the date for nominations of the MP aspirants.

He mockingly asserted that any serious political party should have known that there are going to be elections in February, 2021, and should therefore have been organised regardless of the COVID19 consequences. “The opposition is just using this as an excuse to justify their weakness,” he said.

 

By Baron Kironde

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