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ASHAMED: MPs Throw Activists Who Attacked Them For Being Many In Parliament

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There was drama in Parliament when MPs on the Finance Committee threw out a group of Civil Society activists from Tax Justice Alliance Uganda after they criticized the size of the current Parliament saying it is bloated and is affecting public expenditure.

This was during the scrutiny into the Excise Duty Amendment Bill (No.2), where Government is proposing to reduce the tax on mobile money from 1% to 0.5% on mobile money withdrawals before the Committee of Finance.

The Activists dreadful moment started when the team tabled their presentation highlighting the effects of the Shs200 daily tax Social media, something the Committee rejected stating that the subject isn’t part of their menu.

The team rejected the 0.5% tax on mobile money and advised Government to look at other avenues of generating income by reducing expenditure.

“Public administration expenditure particularly the oversize cabinet, bloated Parliament, extensive network of presidential advisors and presidential assistants and a host of quasi-public service appointments such as RDCs  undermine efficiency,” one of the activists said.

The statement enlisted anger from MPs, the Chairperson, Henry Musasizi asked the team to speak on the subject matter remarking: “Don’t ask me for time and tell me this Parliament is useless, if it is useless, why did you come? Good thing you withdrew it, otherwise, it was going to be used against you. You should know your audience.”

In their statement, the activists pointed out that the tax introduced are symptoms of Uganda’s ailing economy and goes beyond the face value, an argument that was rejected by some MPs who wondered how activists expect Government to run the country if they are the same people criticizing the new tax proposals.

The activists agreed to withdraw their statement and bring to Parliament a new proposal, but the MPs forced them to go out with their copies without leaving any piece of paper from their proposals behind.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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The Glass Window They Broke Is Not Armoured: Bobi Wine, Kassiano Supporters Stoned My Convoy, We Reject Such Acts And We Will Punish The Organisers – Museveni

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President Museveni has rebuked opposition leaders whose supporters tried to stone his convoy. Museveni says that his security team did not react with fire after being attacked otherwise if they had intervened, people would have died because his security team only had live bullets.

PRESIDENT’S FULL STATEMENT ON MONDAY INCIDENTS IN ARUA TOWN

Countrymen, Countrywomen and, especially, Bazukulu (grandchildren)

I always insist on singling out the grandchildren because I want them to be conversant with our rich experiences spanning a period of 58 years. I understand that some of our people were worried about the endless criminal acts of elements of the Opposition, including the incidents of Arua on Monday.

The elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned our convoy, including my vehicle.

The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm to the old man with a hat.

It is a big shame to have such confused people who want to use violence to intimidate Ugandans. Nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action.

Fortunately, my convoy did not react with fire in response to this attack. This was because we were not equipped for anti-riots. Our intervention could have resulted in people’s death because we only had live bullets.

Unfortunately, this crowd, with a tinga tinga (a grader), apparently continued to the town where they attacked people who were coming from the NRM rally.

They injured quite a number of people with stones. It was in those scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead. This is due to the weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.

Why take supporters in processions through congested streets? The legal thing is to go for the rally at the agreed venue and, after the rally, everybody disperses to his/her home.

Processions are illegal and the NRM leaders should not be part of them because they inconvenience the public.

Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and, now, one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct.

We went to the bush to fight for the right of making political decisions by Ugandans without intimidation by word or action. Anybody who threatens this will have himself to blame.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President

Museveni’s car being brought to Kampala

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Kadaga Rejects New FDC PAP Appointments

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected some of the new appointments that were last week made by the President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Patrick Amuriat Oboi for failure to satisfy the available rules of Procedure.

The FDC president appointed Busongola North MP, William Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) replacing Prof. Ogenga Latigo as well as Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye to replace Cecilia Ogwal as Parliament commissioner.

The appointments were read to the house last week and the Deputy Speaker promised that guidance will be given after legal interpretation on when the appointments will take effect.

During her communication to the house, Kadaga noted that these changes cannot be effected since the positions are capped with term limits.

The composition of the Parliamentary Commission is provided for in section (2) of the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament to include four bench members of Parliament, section 2 (c) of the Administration of Parliament Act which require that the four MPs serve for a period of 2 and a half years.

In such a situation the appointment of Mwijukye cannot be take effect since Hon. Cecilia Ogwal has not served her two and half years in office.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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STATEMENT: We Have Bobi Wine And Other Opposition MPs – Police Spokesperson Kayima Speaks Out After Arua Police Claimed They Didn’t Have The Kyadondo MP

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Uganda Police has finally accepted that they are holding Kyadondo East Member in Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

According to a statement from Kayima, police is holding Bobi Wine and other opposition politicians to help them with investigations regarding yesterday’s incident.

Arua police has said that don’t have Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in its custody. Earlier today, West Nile Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia said that they don’t have Bobi Wine.

Police opened fire on a group of Wadri’s supporters after they failed to give the right of way to President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy. In the scuffle, Kyagulanyi’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead and five others sustained injuries. Below is Kayima’s full statement….

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