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    Among’s Regime Questioned; We Are Unapologetic About Appointing CJ Dollo’s Daughter And Oulanyah’s Son – Parliament Speaks Out On Allegations That NRM Mafias Are Rewarding Their Families, Favoured Relatives And Cronies….

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    Speaker Anita Among

    The Director for Communications at Parliament, Chris Obore has confirmed to theGrapevine in a WhatsApp message that it is true they inducted new staff.

    “I unapologetically confirm that the daughter of the Chief Justice, Owiny Dollo and the son of the late Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah are among them,” he confirmed.

    Obore added that the two are qualified and are Ugandans too who were not recruited by their parents but by the Parliamentary Commission which is vested with that authority through an Act of Parliament.

    “We have looked through the entire list and cross checked with Ministry of Internal Affairs and found out that all the new staff are Ugandan citizens,” he added.

    This is after journalist, Agather Atuhaire questioned the regime os the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anita Among for inducting 49 new members into the Parliamentary staff yet there was no advert for these jobs anywhere.

    “They include the daughter of CJ Owinyi Dollo (the one she is always saying she is happy to give work), the son of Late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, the wife of former Minister of State for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda, two other relatives of Parliamentary Commissioner and Zombo woman MP Esther Afoyo-Chan (who already had 5 siblings employed in Parliament), among others.”

    The journalist adduced that there has been an increase of over 200 members of staff (both on contract, Permanent and pensionable) since she assumed office.

    She revealed, “Some of these people are on the payroll without doing any work while others have literally no work to do. An acquaintance recently said he never knew that someone can earn so much for so little work.

    “Then there are people she doesn’t like but she cannot fire who are on “katebe” but also earning of course. They include directors and staff at other levels.”

    Atuhaire was joined by opposition  Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) who disclosed that NRM mafias are rewarding their families, favoured relatives and cronies.

    “(President) Museveni and his sleeping cabinet and institutions, none can publish a known process regarding recruitment. The ethical process will only happen when Ugandans unite to subdue the junta that is holding power.”

    Four-time presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye however revealed that government is to borrow US$ 464 million from ‘money lenders’ to support, among others, opulent State House expenditure of Shs.2 billion per day.

    “This is during Uganda’s worst Failure To Thrive crisis. These are the National Economy Committee members to approve it.”

    Besigye complained further that they are borrowing huge amounts from ‘money lenders’ to pay for all the sleaze.

    “Meanwhile, kids are out of school for lack of fees, healthcare in total shambles, some parts totally inaccessible due to broken/lack of bridges and bad roads.”

    It should be remembered that a few days ago, government proposed to borrow €455.03 million (about Shs 1.7 trillion) from Standard Chartered Bank to finance the country’s development and infrastructure budget for the FY 2022/23.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

     

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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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