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Be Careful Of People Like Tweheyo Who Will Betray You: FDC Warns Teachers Against New UNATU Leadership

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Tweheyo (inset) who FDC claims betrayed teachers

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) through their Deputy Spokesperson Mr. John Kikonyogo has advised teachers and the new leadership of the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) not to follow into the footsteps of Mr. James Tweheyo.

While addressing the media at the FDC head offices in Najjanankumbi, Kikonyogo said that Mr. Tweheyo was sent to State House to make sure that the teachers get better pay but he was instead offered a juicy job and he forgot them.

“This is the second time we see their leaders (teachers) going to the State House, some end up abandoning their cause of fighting for their members. A good example is Tweheyo who is now in State House with a good paying job. Just watch what those of Baguma (new leader) will do after visiting State House,” he said.

He added that the Teachers were supposed to carry out a strike yesterday but the leadership called it off after meeting President Museveni. “As FDC, we praise the teachers’ heroism because they are the only people who work for peanuts but are still working for their country,” he said.

He said that if FDC had won the 2016 elections, the teachers were going to be paid an average salary of Shs600,000 thousand which by now would have increased to over one million shillings. He blamed Members of Parliament for raising their salaries and giving an excuse of inflation.

“Teachers buy from the same shops as the MPs, why then should they raise their (MPs) salaries and fail to raise the teachers’. It’s touching our nerves as FDC, to see that teachers who teach our children cannot afford to take their children to good schools. This has caused some teachers to go to classes just to pass time because they cannot afford to help their own,” Kikonyogo said.

FDC ATTACK NFA, NEMA AND MINISTER KASAIJA

Kikonyogo also warned the minister of finance Matia Kasaija stop complaining about the economy because he sits on cabinet, which makes the most important decisions for the country.

Kikonyogo said that while in parliament, Kasaija said that the economy is not doing fine because of drought which is partly man made. Kasaija blamed National Forestry Authority (NFA) for giving away forest lands.

“For us we call NFA the national forestry give away authority, they give away the forests to other people to cut natural trees and plant their own. National Environmental Management authority (NEMA) which is responsible for protecting and preserving the wetlands is busy giving it away not only around Kampala but in the whole of Uganda,” he said.

“It’s useless to come and complain to us the citizens when you have a cabinet where you can sit discuss and advise each other. Minister Kasaijja should actually apologise to Ugandans,” he added

He advised Kasaijja to talk to his boss instead of complaining to Ugandans.

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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COVID-19 CASES RISE TO 44: 11 Watoto Choir Kids Test Positive With Coronavirus President Warns, “We Shall Crash Those Who Are Greedy For Power And Want To Distribute Food For Cheap Popularity”…

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President Museveni has warned that they will crush politicians who are greedy for power and want to seek cheap popularity in this Covid-19 trying time.

While clarifying on some of the directives issued yesterday, the president said that he will crash politicians who are greedy for power and want to use the opportunity of giving out food to the needy in this period to advance their selfish political ambitions.

“I call upon the different politicians who are busy making distributions of rations to our people, please you are creating a fertile ground for the spread of coronavirus. Put aside your love for popularity and politics and avoid calling people to gather in the name of giving them food. If you genuinely have a contribution to make, get in touch with the national task force that is in charge and we shall be grateful. In return, you can as well gain your popularity, we shall record your name and give you all the publicity you want, even if you want to sleep on TV. Most importantly God will recognise and reward you,” the president said.

Concerning the vehicles which were impounded yesterday after the presidential directive stopped all vehicle movements by 10:00pm yesterday, the president said that he did it on purpose and it was a sort of ambush so that people quickly follow the directive. He directed all police stations that had impounded these vehicles to release them.

“I direct police that if they impounded some vehicles in my ambush, they should be released, I’ve given them amnesty. They were right and you were also right. People were not given time to run left and right to beat the time,” he said.

The president insisted that the curfew from 7:00pm to 6:00am for the 14 days still stands and that the directives of not driving stand. He added that whoever wants to buy anything from the shop or supermarket should walk.

“There are many supermarkets, you will walk to the nearest. Also, the boda bodas can now come to the supermarket, pick something and deliver it at your door. What we are trying to avoid is introducing cars again, because it will be frustrating our initial objective. Bear with this for the bigger benefit,” he said.

The president said that some people were proposing mass testing but it is very expensive. “Mass testing is very expensive because each test costs 65 dollars so if you are to test 40 million people, that will be expensive and it doesn’t resolve anything that is why it is better to test those with signs,” the president said.

The president said that they are working with Ugandan manufacturers to manufacture some of the items used by medical personnel like gloves, masks, protective gears and others.

“I’m told that in upcountry areas some of the health workers are running away from the suspects, I think this is because they don’t have protective gears, but when they get the protective gears they will be ok,” he said.

On giving out food to Ugandans, the president said that they will only give food to the vulnerable groups others should buy their own food..

“We are also aware of our people that have been living hand to mouth. They have been feeding from the little income they get daily. Unfortunately these people have been most affected by our measures in trying to curb coronavirus spread. We also have the vulnerable groups that are deeply affected by this pandemic and the resultant measures. We shall identify them and support them until situation returns to normal. It could be for a month or so,” he said.

On closing hardware shops yet he okayed construction, the president said that only those who have stocked building materials should continue with construction, those who don’t have construction materials stop as his team studies the situation.

On the issue of the LC5 chairperson for Bunyangabu District, James Ategeka Mugarama who on Tuesday morning beat up Jane Asiimwe, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for reportedly grounding the government car which is allocated to his office, the president said that he will be arrested.

“He will be arrested; they are drunk with power or what? You don’t have the power to beat a Ugandan,” the president said.

NUMBER OF INFECTED RISES TO 44

The president said that today, they tested 176 and 11 tested positive. He added that incidentaly, the 11 new cases are all children of watoto choir who were from abroad but fotunately they were still in quarantine and had not mixed with the public.

The president said that this pushes the number of positive people to 44 and of the 44, 39 were in quarantine and only five had probably mixed with the population. These are the two chinese who escaped fro quarantine, the father of the 8-months-old baby in Iganga and the Adjumani case.

 

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General Kayihura Stuck In Nairobi Hospital Over Coronavirus After Major Stomach Operation…

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Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura is allegedly stuck in Nairobi where he had gone for a major stomach operation.

A close family member has told the Grapevine that the former IGP had a major stomach operation last week and was supposed to jet into the country this week but because of the lockdown by both countries, he is stuck in Nairobi.

The source told this website that their uncle was admitted to Nairobi hospital early this month after getting complications in his stomach which worsened by the day. He was flown to one of the major hospitals in Kenya because his doctors in Uganda could not handle his case.

“He is feeling fine now and if it was not for this coronavirus pandemic, we were expecting him this week but there is no person allowed to enter the country as a passenger,” Kayihura’s relative told us on phone.

President Museveni’s adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi reiterated our source’s claims concerning Kayihura.

The motor mouthed presidential adviser, who is a good friend to the former IGP told the Grapevine on phone that the General is now in good condition.

“Yes I talk to my friend General Kayihura and he is in good health now, he called me on phone and he told me that he doesn’t have any children in politics as I said earlier said in one of my radio programmes. He told me that he had undergone multiple operations and he is now feeling ok,” Mirundi said.

Sources in Kayihura’s family also told us that while working as IGP, he over worked and as a result of this his body weakened because he rarely rested that’s why he is always attacked by diseases.

Kayihura was fired from the office of IGP in 2017 and he was charged with treason related offences.

 

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It’s M7’s Illegal- Speech Orders Which Amount To Attempted Murder: Lawyer Mabirizi Dissects The Presidential Directives On Coronavirus….

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Maverick lawyer Male Mabirizi has weighed in on President Museveni’s directives calling them illegal.

The no nonsense lawyer who recently dragged the President to the East African court of justice for scraping Article 106(b) from the constitution says that President Museveni’s speech orders are illegal that is why he even filed a High Court Misc. Cause No. 70 of 2020.

Mabirizi says that his team is looking at other forms of legal remedies, “against the pouring illegal orders from the elderly ruler of this Pearl of mankind”.

Below is Mabirizi’s submission:

Fellow Ugandans and Comrades in the struggle for Rule of Law, I have since 18th March 2020 maintained that M7’s speech orders are illegal to which I even filed High Court Misc. Cause No. 70 of 2020 which Katureebe has ensured that it is not heard. I, with other willing comrades are looking forward to other forms of legal remedies against the pouring illegal orders from the elderly ruler of this Pearl of mankind.

Yesterday, M7 made several pronouncements among which he claimed that he was directing Uganda Police to arrest all politicians distributing food or driving people to hospitals and charge them with attempted Murder. That was ‘arbitrary governance,…by a totalitarian leader…(and somehow) mob rule.’ Because he was with Rugunda and team yet ‘the rule of law is hostile both to dictatorship and to anarchy.’

Article 213(3) of our Constitution provides that “The Uganda Police Force shall be under the command of the Inspector General of Police who shall be assisted by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in the performance of his or her functions.” Therefore, M7 has no powers to direct police on what to do in their day to day activities and the framers of this provision indeed wanted to avoid an instance like this where a politician in power uses the police to muzzle his/her opponents.

Article 120(3) states that “The functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions are the following— to direct the police to investigate any information of a criminal nature and to report to him or her expeditiously; to institute criminal proceedings against any person or authority in any court with competent jurisdiction other than a court martial;..” hence M7 turned himself into DPP whom he has refused to appoint ever since Chbita became a Justice of Supreme Court. I think his fear appoint a Director for Public Prosecutions is the independence given to him by article 120(6) that “In the exercise of the functions conferred on him or her by this article, the Director of Public Prosecutions shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.” In times like this where M7 is aware that except those eating from his regime, his support amongst Ugandans is dismal, he hates officers with such powers to be substantive but prefers to have make-shift officers who can be manipulated on a thinking that doing what M7 wants may earn them the position of DPP.

Further, in my opinion, any prosecution in absence of a DPP stands null and void because he is the only one empowered under the Constitution to initiate prosecution.

M7 did not cite any law under which the politicians would be charged with attempted murder yet he was addressing the nation and illegally directing the Police Force which both the Constitutional and Supreme Courts have found to be incompetent and partisan going by the way they harassed Ugandans in 2017 over the age limit removal

Section 188 of The Penal Code Act, Chapter 120 provides that “Any person who of malice aforethought causes the death of another person by an unlawful act or omission commits murder.” 204 provides “Any person who— (a) attempts unlawfully to cause the death of another; or (b) with intent unlawfully to cause the death of another, does any act or omits to do any act, which it is his or her duty to do, such act or omission being of such a nature as to be likely to endanger human life, commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life.” and 386(1) states that “When a person, intending to commit an offence, begins to put his or her intention into execution by means adapted to its fulfillment, and manifests his or her intention by some overt act, but does not fulfill his or her intention to such an extent as to commit the offence, he or she is deemed to attempt to commit the offence.”

So, from the above legal provisions, who is ‘doing any act or has omitted to do any act, which it is his or her duty to do, such act or omission being of such a nature as to be likely to endanger human life’? Is it M7 or the opposition leaders giving out food, relief items and rushing Ugandans to hospitals? Who is endangering the lives of Ugandans?

Comrades, it is M7 who is doing so. First, politicians have no duty to protect lives and improve welfare of Ugandans but the Presidential Oath in the 4th Schedule to our Constitution provides that “I,…swear in the name of the Almighty God….. that I shall promote the welfare of the people of Uganda. [So help me God.]” after which Article 99(3) states that “It shall be the duty of the President to abide by, uphold and safeguard this Constitution and the laws of Uganda and to promote the welfare of the citizens…”

On the other hand, Article 17(1)(c) provides that “It is the duty of every citizen of Uganda— to protect children and vulnerable persons against any form of abuse, harassment or ill-treatment;” It is the exercise of this duty for which M7 wants people to be charged with attempted murder.

So, is it God helping this aging former guerilla to make orders which will cause death of Ugandans due to failure to access food and medical attention or some evil spirits? Take an example of one of my burial village of Kasana in Mukono district. You branch off from Ndese-kayunga Road and drive several kilometres. For Museveni, he wants my aunt expecting birth to go to Mukono where his RDC sits, get permission and then go back and get a bodaboda to take her to Nakifuma Health Centre to deliver. So, if this aunt of mine dies, who should be charged for attempted murder? When a man dies because of a snake bite which cannot be cured because of lack of means of transport to the nearby Health Centre, who will be responsible for that? When my diabetic high blood-pressured father Bazinduse Lulibedda Mutumba Ganaafa dies because of lack of transport to Mengo Hospital, who will be responsible? I think it is M7 going by his oath of office and who abused his office in making such illegal orders. I know we cannot charge him while in office but he is aware that as soon as he ceases to hold that office, we can charge him, that is why he fought tooth and nail to amend our Constitution by force to try to rule for life but I am optimistic that the East African Court of Justice will sort this forceful Constitutional ‘Aggravated Robbery’ ‘sanitized and masked by Judicial Fraud’ presided over by his old friend Katureebe.

Fellow Countrymen and women, do not fear to save lives of others using all possible means in fear of illegal speech orders by a man who ensures that his milk and cattle business survives as he illegally locks-down all other essential businesses such as transport because under article 1 of our Constitution “All power belongs to the people who shall exercise their sovereignty in accordance with this Constitution” which Constitution tells you under article 3(5) that “Any person or group of persons who, as required by clause (4) of this article, resists the suspension, overthrow, abrogation or amendment of this Constitution commits no offence.”

I know there is much fear that giving your friend food, transporting a dying mother or an elderly to the hospital may lead to our arrest but my position is that as we take precautionary measures of not being illegally arrested by the junta forces, we must always remember the provisions of article 3(6) of our Constitution which provides that “Where a person referred to in clause (5) of this article is punished for any act done under that clause, the punishment shall, on the restoration of this Constitution, be considered void from the time it was imposed, and that person shall be taken to be absolved from all liabilities arising out of the punishment.” Meaning that the punishments will be void as soon as we recover from this draconian situation.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

MALE H. MABIRIZI K. KIWANUKA

31/3/2020

PS: However, we are still trying to look for the Attorney General, his deputy or anyone from his office to challenge Mabirizi’s submission. But if you are a lawyer who can ably defend the directives kindly send it to: grapevineug@gmail.com or designgallery.media@gmail.com…




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