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     Be Careful When You’re Criticizing Gov’t; President Museveni Warns Church Leaders During Commemoration Of Arch. Janani Luwum Day…

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    President Yoweri Museveni

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has warned all church leaders in Uganda to be careful whenever they are commenting about certain affairs in the country, cautioning them to always be balanced.

    Speaking during the commemoration of the Archbishop  Janani Luwum Day,  which was held at State House, Entebbe,  President Museveni wondered why church leaders are quick to criticize government but always turn a blind eye when some hooligans are terrorizing Ugandans, like was the case during the November 18-19 riots.

    “I only advise the church people to be balanced while speaking. You can criticise the government but how about those who are against the government? Women putting on yellow were undressed, I have not heard them say anything,” President Museveni said.

    Museveni noted that he is a Christian too, hence there is no reason why he should be at loggerheads with the church.

    “I was the head of scripture union at Mwiri and I tactfully withdrew. I wrote a motion that we must protest the words of Ian Taylor but the rest said we should not concentrate on earthly things. I was baptised by Archbishop Sabiti when my parents came from the old religion in 1947.  I was about three years, then later I worked with him. He told me he was already an old person when Europeans came to Ankole.”

    Speaking about Luwum, the President said that; “Archbishop Luwum didn’t die in vain. He took the path of martyrdom. Amin was very shallow. A person that kills except in war is very lazy. Killing people who are not armed and not attacking you is cowardice and laziness. Some people don’t know how to challenge the person against them by counter logic. It means the killer doesn’t have the confidence that he will win the argument.”

    He asserted that; “I don’t fear anybody, if you are wrong I will tell you. If you are confident about your position, there is no reason to kill.  We avenged the deaths of those who died in Amin’s regime. We now need to guard it. Some people want to disturb the peace we have, but nobody will disturb the peace of Uganda. We have a very strong army.”

    Commenting about Amin’s murderous regime, Museveni  noted  that; “There was no need for Amin to kill the bishop. Just ignore him or also criticise him. It was really the structure of the leadership that we had illiterate people like Idi Amin, what do you expect? Amin killed the likes of Ben Kiwanuka and Janan Luwum but we the freedom fighters avenged their deaths. I thank all the freedom fighters that avenged their deaths.”

    It should be noted that President Museveni has in the recent past been critical of religious leaders, especially Catholic priests, faulting them for turning Ugandans against the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government by continuously criticising the same during their sermons.

     

    Who Is Luwum

    Janani Jakaliya Luwum, born in 1922, was killed on February 16, 1977. He was the archbishop of the Church of Uganda from 1974 to 1977 and one of the most influential leaders of the modern church in Africa.

    He was arrested in February 1977 on orders of former president Iddi Amin Dada and died shortly after. Although the official account describes a car crash, it is generally accepted that he was murdered on the orders of then-President Idi Amin.

    Since 2015 Uganda has a public holiday on 16 February, to celebrate the life of Janani Luwum.

     

    By John Kenny Adeya

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    Former Chief Justices Katureebe, Odoki Meet Dollo, Other Supreme Court Justices  Over Justice Kisakye’s Confiscated File…

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    Justice Kisakye's misunderstanding with the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo came in light during Kyagulanyi's presidential petition withdrawal against Museveni's reelection

    Sources at the Kololo based Supreme Court have revealed  that two former Chief Justices have started mediating between eight Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye.

    Our sources stated that last month, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, the immediate former Chief Justice separately met Chief Justice Dollo at his chambers at the Supreme Court and they held a secret meeting which took almost three hours. Our sources intimated to us that two weeks later, another former Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki also met Justice Dollo, where after the two former Chief Justices met the eight Justices of the Supreme Court including Justice Robby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Paul Mugamba, and the issue at hand was the misunderstanding between them and fellow Justice Kisakye.

    It is not yet established whether the former Chief Justices also met Justice Kisakye. The misunderstanding came in light during the withdrawing of the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP)’s former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s victory.

    Justice Kisakye accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing her dissenting judgement after refusing him to vet her ruling. Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita rubbished Kisakye’s accusation stating that the problem was with her because she refused other justices on the penal from going through her ruling as the practice is, and or requires.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    NRM MPs Warned Over Sex And Booze At Kyankwanzi Retreat, Speakership Candidate Under Probe For Bribing MPS With Alcohol For Votes…

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    Some of the NRM cadres at the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership has warned the selected party members and the new elected Members of Parliament to avoid involving themselves in acts of indiscipline including having sex and getting drunk on alcohol during the ongoing party retreat at Kyankwanzi National training Institute.

    Speaking to the Grapevine, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communication and Public Relations revealed that they have already started investigating the indiscipline exhibited by their members during their trip to Kyankwanzi on Thursday evening where party members got drunk and started abusing each other on the bus. Dombo described the incident as “absurd” and revealed that investigations are on into the matter, warning that culprits will be punished.

    Sources in Kyankwanzi intimated to this website that there is a candidate vying for the office of the deputy speaker who bought expensive alcohol and wine, on it branded with her pictures asking them to vote for her.

    Dombo also said that all members who are going to attend the meeting will not be allowed to access their mobile phones until evening.

    He added that other members who are pregnant will not be allowed for exercising after classes and breast feeding mothers were not welcome because of the highly physical demands of the retreat.

    There have always been ugly reports from the previous retreats at Kyankwanzi where reports of alcoholism, explicit sex and NRM big wigs fighting for beds.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Rapper DMX, 50, Dies Of Heart Attack…

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    Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons music inspired countless fans across the world,

    US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

    The performer, real name Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

    In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end”.

    “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

    DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.

    He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

    The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.

    He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

    A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.

    According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

    “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” their statement continued.

    “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.

    “Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”

    Via BBC

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