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    Abiriga’s Notorious Quotes: “Tell Me, From Here Where Am I Going? In The Grave. I Always Tell My People, Your Permanent House Is Down, Seven Feet!”

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    Hon Ibrahim Abiriga was loved by many and hated (especially during the age limit debate), in the same proportion. He was one of the proponents of amending Article 102 (b) of the constitution which drew many haters on his side. However, Abiriga’s words were always funny and even his haters, after listening to them, laughed.

    Few would hate Abiriga forever and when he attended parliament, journalist found it easy to get a newsworthy bite from him, for the evening bulletin which is very rare from an NRM MP. Here are some of his famous quotes:

    “I was badly off. Should I have kept urine on myself? What is the problem with that?” Abiriga on Urinating in public.

    “It is true he (president Museveni) likes me but those sorrounding him don’t want me, they don’t want me near him. You have seen this issue of Togikwatako. We started it but now they are telling lies. They are not reporting what is on the ground. People are fighting me slowly, by slowly in what we call in USSR, cold war!”

    “Everything on me has to at least have yellow if it is not fully yellow. The plate I use, the cups, my bed is yellow, house and everything must be yellow. I have just returned from DR Congo where I landed on very good yellow undergarments so I was forced to buy all the 20 left in the shop.”

    “Museveni is only compared to angels not local politicians”

    “I was told that I never suckled my mother’s breast because I rejected it completely so it was just poured out.”

    My colleagues from army side are calling me they are happy, they say what I have started (Age limit Bill) is good and should continue with it.”

    “I was saying to the President to give us medals, a very powerful medal of NRM because we deserve it, we stood firm to say Yes in front of the speaker for the Age Limit Bill”

    “We can extend the term of office to 10 years,” Abiriga warned judiciary

    “Tell me, from here where am I going? In the grave. I always tell my people that no matter how good your storied houses and golden houses are, those are not yours. Your house is down. Seven feet. That is your house. Permanent!”

    “I see it is good, we don’t want to go two terms, to go and ask for votes, the term of seven years is enough. Five years is too short.”“I see it is good, we don’t want to go two terms, to go and ask for votes, the term of seven years is enough. Five years is too short.”

    “Abiriga means hunger. During that time, people survived on sim-sim and groundnuts paste mixed with water.”

    “I am a social person who associates with everybody regardless of political affiliation and age. I only believe in the supreme and true God, Allah who created all of us. I am currently married to one wife even when the Quran allows me to marry up to four because I may not be able to satisfy them sexually just like the Quran qualifies it. I don’t want to commit a sin which I can avoid.”

    “Many Ugandans think and believe that President Museveni has ruled for so long and yet he is a savior sent by God. We can’t afford to just push him out.”

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    FDC’s Amuriat Narrates How Besigye Forced Him To Meet Bobi Wine At Minister Ssebugwawo’s Home Before 2021 Elections…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) withDr.Kizza Besigye (R).Inset is Eng. Patrick Amuriat the FDC Najjanankumbi faction boss

    The president of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Najjanankumbi function Patrick Amuriat Oboi has narrated how four times presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye threatened him hence forcing him to meet National Unity Platform(NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) before the 2021 general elections.

    Amuriat revealed that Besigye summoned him together with Nathan Nandala Mafabi the party Secretary General and Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo the former party vice president in charge of Buganda for an emergency meeting and because of the respect they have for him, they all attended the meeting.

    In the meeting, Amuriat claims that Besigye told them that he had made a political calculation by then and discovered that the only person who can bring political change in Uganda and overthrow Museveni’s government is Bobi Wine.

    He added that Besigye told them that FDC has to work with Bobi Wine and use his political base which is full of youths to force Museveni out of power.

    Amuriat disclosed that he did not allow them to give their side of the story.

    “Let me speak about this for the first time, Dr. Besigye told us that his proposal is not negotiable and we should follow what he was telling us to do. My friend Nandala Mafabi protested but Besigye told him that he does not care about his protest and if he declines to meet Bobi Wine, it is going to be the end of his cooperation with him,” Amuriat said.

    He further revealed that the meeting took place at Nabbosa’s home.

    Amuriat added that he pleaded with a furious Nandala to join themand they meet Bobi Wine as Besigye had asked them but he refused arguing that Besigye wanted to sell their party to Bobi Wine.

    Amuriat said that because of the respect he had for Besigye, he decided to meet Bobi Wine who also came at Nabbosa’s home.

    During the meeting, Besigye repeated his political calculations asking Bobi Wine to feel free and work with FDC which Bobi Wine accepted.

    However, he asked Amuriat why he was silent for the entire one and half hours without submitting anything or telling them whether he and his party were ready to work together.

    He told them that since he is just a president of the party, he needs time to consult his party leadership.

    He said that when he told other party members of what had happened in the meeting, they all advised him to concentrate on planning for his party because they were going to field a presidential candidate in the 2021 presidential race.

    “I was not surprised when Besigye, the person I campaigned for all the four times he stood for presidency and even lost my parliamentary seat refused to campaign for me in 2021,” Amuriat said.

    When I went to campaign in Kira municipality, our former party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda hid from me. Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago also did the same thing. I was told that they hid because they feared to associate with me to annoy Bobi Wine,” Amuriat added.

    He confirmed that he felt betrayed by his party members who decided to hide from him at the time when he needed them most.

    He further said that they openly welcomed Lukwago with open hands after he assured them that he was coming to their party with over 100,000 supporters from Kampala city and Buganda region and it was on this basis that they appointed him the national vice chairperson in charge of Buganda replacing Nabbosa who had joined NRM government as a minister.

    “Some of our members were scared with Lukwago’s coming to our party. They warned me that he was bringing trouble. But I don’t listen to them because it was a small issue. Little did I know that the man was coming to weaken our party,” Amuriat said.

    However, in defence, Ssemujju said that Amuriat threatened his political victory when he decided to drive him to the nomination place at Kyambogo knowing well that his voters were supporting Bobi Wine and didn’t vote for any candidate associated with other presidential candidates.

    “People all the way were laughing at me asking what thing I was driving but I stood my ground for the good of my people. Even at the polling station, only me and my wife Faridah were the only ones who voted for Amuriat,” Ssemujju said.

    He added that all their troubles with Amuriat and Nandala started from the dirty money he claims they picked from President Museveni to fight Bobi Wine in the 2021 general elections which Amuriat denied.

    Ssemujju and other FDC members at Katonga faction are currently on countrywide tours consulting their party members on the way forward after disagreeing with Amuriat’s Najjanankumbi faction.

    Chances are very high that Katonga function is going to establish a new political party which they plan to use as a vehicle during the coming 2026 general elections.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    OPINION: Does the opposition in Uganda ever learn from history? 2026 Coming Too Early For Warring Opposition Parties…

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    Does the opposition in Uganda ever learn from history? Counting from 1996, through 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, 2021 and now on to 2026. The supposedly long-awaited transition from President Yoweri Museveni has eluded its promoters and will continue to do so into the future going by what’s unraveling right before our eyes.

    It’s a fact that 38 years for President Museveni in power is thanks to his ingenuity, tact, will power, performance, organisational capacity and divine anointing. On the other side of the political coin is the “shortness” of his opponents in the same categories. The opposition has told too many lies about their capacity and President Museveni’s standing with Ugandans. Time is catching up with them!

    Current happenings inside the main opposition parties, namely; FDC and NUP are giving us an early glimpse into what to expect in the near future. If it’s not splitting into splinter groups, it will be implosion or both, and there is no way that assures the concerned parties of success in any endeavor. Even without looking at elections, operating a healthy, functional and cohesive political organisation is an achievement, which comes with benefits in terms of competitiveness in the field of play.

    Presently, FDC is a shadow of its former self. First, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu who had been its chief organizer and president at some point, defected to start his own party, ANT. He took with him some of FDC’s big wigs and members.

    As he departed, he prophesied that time would, contrary to accusations leveled against him, expose the real moles in his mother party.

    Then last year, time matured! After a hiatus in which he feigned lack of interest in public activity, including boycotting contesting in the 2021 elections, Besigye emerged at the head of a faction based at Katonga road (in Kampala) crying foul that the party he once headed and on whose ticket he contested for President four times, had been infiltrated and that the incumbent party President and 2021 presidential flagbearer, Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Secretary General, Nandala Mafabi, knew something about the development.

    He exposed the behind-the-scenes of the party’s 2021 elections status which by no chance could have allowed the party to fare any better. The formerly most powerful opposition party was upstaged by the new NUP which currently has majority members in the House.

    Amuriat himself came third while President Museveni won comfortably.

    Besigye didn’t campaign for Amuriat, and when last year he came out on why he didn’t feature on the campaign trail, the excuse was that “dirty money” had come into the party and he didn’t want to associate with it.

    Nevertheless, with or without whichever money, FDC slipped in its rankings and as we talk, it will only be a miracle if it doesn’t split into two-Besigye is consulting on how to form a new party. But the bad blood is literally boiling between his supporters and those of the Najjanankumbi faction. The other day they fought during the burial of activist Sarah Eperu in Ngora.

    Daily, they are exchanging bitter words and accusations, all the while exposing their dirty linen which can only leave party members embarrassed and regretting their choice of belonging. Going into 2026, it means that what was left of FDC supporters in 2021 after the emergence of NUP and ANT will again be shared between Besigye and whoever remains of the official party will front.

    On the other hand, NUP which displaced FDC is equally in turmoil, with the membership split between party president, Kyagulanyi Sentamu (Bobi Wine) and former LOP, Matthias Mpuuga. The latter is “accused” of benefiting from a service award and he has stood his ground and defended himself. A defector from DP, Mpuuga was already targeted by the radical wingers in NUP apparently for being moderate in his approach.

    Without elders at hand to mediate some of these differences, NUP will struggle to survive an internal split. At a time when building structures and setting a clear policy agenda would help set its roots, the quarrels and fights will certainly do the opposite.

    Why is money such a disorganising factor in these parties? It has to do with absence of a strong programme and ideology to unite members and to sell to Ugandans. Absence of ideas creates room for shallowness, gossip, intrigue, suspicion and faultfinding which recipe is disastrous for any organised group. If the trend continues, we know who will not make much of 2026.

    President Museveni prophesied and warned us about the functionality of political parties in societies still on the mend. It’s a dangerous game which creates fertile ground for dividing our people. If members of the same parties are hard on each other as we see in NUP and FDC, how hard are they on those belonging to other parties? Why can’t we learn from the post-independence era and the errors of political groups which worked for narrow interests as opposed to national causes?

    At various intervals, there have been attempts to build coalitions and unifying pressure groups. On each occasion, I have predicted that such coalitions cannot hold since there is nothing in common between the allying partners except fighting to remove President Museveni from power.

    Every single time they try and fail the public loses trust in them and retreats to the President’s side. As we talk, the fights in opposition parties are benefitting NRM. I have personally received lines of defectors approaching me to take them to the President, some with sensitive and intriguing secrets indicating why they are running away from sinking ships.

    2026 is coming too early for warring opposition parties. Time will reveal it!

     

    Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Press Secretary to the President of Uganda

    Contact: kirundaf2@gmail.com

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    War For Kampala Lord Mayor Seat Deepens As NUP’s Mulyanyama Takes Advantage Of Lukwago’s Sickness And Asks Voters To Senf Him Into Retirement…

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    Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago (R) with his nemesis Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama (inset)

    During Eid prayers at Kibuli, Kampala city Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago pleaded with the Muslim titular leader Dr. Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu to intervene and stop fellow politicians who are using his sickness as a political weapon to de-campaign him.

    Lukwago said that his political enemies have been moving around asking Kampala voters not to vote for him come 2026 claiming that he is a sick man who need to take a rest from politics and who no longer has the energy to fight President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Lukwago’s close friends told theGrapevine that the man from Kabungo in Kalungu district pleaded to Prince Nakibinge to talk to National Unity Platform’s Makindye Division mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama who is moving around at public functions telling voters not vote Lukwago come 2026 because Kampala struggles need energetic people like himself.

    Mulyanyama not only stopped voters but also assured KCCA football club leadership that very soon, he is coming back into the leadership ranks of club leadership as the club’s patron because when one becomes the Lord Mayor, he automatically becomes the club patron.

    When contacted, Mulyanyama boasted that he is bad news to Lukwago and he is giving him sleepless nights. He advised him to retire or else he will not manage the political pressure he is exerting on him.

    “You know, nowadays since I declared my interest to stand for Lord Mayor seat, he no longer responds to my greetings. But I will not be scared of his intimidation and his cries for sympathy to the public. I’m telling you come 2026, I will ask him to retire,” Mulyanyama boasted.

    He challenged Lukwago to tell the public the right disease he is suffering from claiming that when he was in Nairobi hospital in early this month, he said that he was suffering from a back bone but when he returned, he showed the public that the pain was in his neck that is why he always covers it.

    He told Lukwago that Kampala voters will no longer fall prey to his political tricks of hoodwinking them to vote for him as a way of sympathizing with him without examining his previous performance.

    Lukwago is under pressure because Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu, David Lewis Rubongoya the Secretary General of the National Unity Platform (NUP) and others have declared interest to contest against him.

    Since 2011, Lukwago has been Kampala city Lord Mayor and he still wants to be voted back in office come 2026.

    Lukwago rubbished Mulyanyama’s allegation that sickness has weakened him and he no longer has energy to fight for the people of Kampala.

    He also boasted that the people of Kampala know the qualities they want in a Lord Mayor and because he has them all, he is going to use them to defeat all his opponents come 2026.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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