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    Besigye Is A Joke – Museveni’s Press Secretary Don Wanyama Warns On ‘Tubalemese’

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    Senior Press Secretary to President Museveni, Don Wanyama has blasted Besigye’s new ‘Tubalemese’ and said that it is bound to fail and join the long list of Besigye and Opposition-engineered campaigns that suffer a stillbirth immediately after their launch.

     

    Below is what Don Wanyama wrote:

    Raila Odinga, Kenya’s opposition leader who lost in the country’s presidential elections last year to President Uhuru Kenyatta, says he will swear himself in as the “people’s president”, although he has postponed the so-called swearing-in several times.

    Asked by the media whether his new claim that he will swear himself in on January 30th should be taken seriously, this is what Odinga had to say, “We now have a plan. It is not about carrying the Bible alone. We must have a plan after the Bible. We don’t want to be like Kizza Besigye, who took oath without a plan.”

    Shortly after, Odinga’s on-and-off ally, Miguna Miguna, who recently contested the Nairobi gubernatorial seat and lost, while appearing on a Kenyan TV show, said, “Raila is not Besigye. Anyone dreaming that Raila is Besigye is deluded.”

    In the build-up to the Ugandan 2016 presidential elections, as our generally disorganised Opposition was trying to cobble a united front to face President Museveni, one of their key advisers was Raila Odinga. In fact, he hosted the now-buried Democratic Alliance comprising Besigye and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi at his Karen home in Nairobi—and reportedly coached them on how to defeat President Museveni.

    With this background, one would generally expect Odinga and his allies to be a little respectful when talking about their friend Besigye. Instead, they have turned him into the butt of their jokes, making fun of the video released by FDC in May 2016 where Besigye reportedly swore himself in as president. In their eyes, Besigye is now the poster child of political cluelessness. Odinga and group believe Besigye has no plan—and seeing how well connected the two groups are—we would be at pains to disagree with them.

    When Odinga’s remarks about Besigye went public, several Ugandans, feeling slighted, mainly from a nationalistic front, feebly took to social media to try and rebut the sting. However, I noticed nearly all went mute shortly after. This is why.

    Last Thursday, a few days after the Odinga comments, Besigye addressed the press, announcing a new campaign dubbed “Tubalemese”. If there was ever need for evidence of Besigye’s political cluelessness, here it was. The campaign, reportedly aimed at isolating NRM MPs who voted for the recent constitutional amendment and gradually collapsing the NRM government, has ingredients like boycotting businesses of NRM supporters.

    It is no surprise that those who were trying to defend Besigye in face of the Odinga attacks immediately retreated after the announcement of the “Tubalemese” campaign. It is the most laughable anti-government crusade ever.

    To understand its comic effectiveness, one needed to look at the cast of those accompanying Besigye at the presser. Ken Lukyamuzi was the other key speaker, backed by Lord Mayor Lukwago and Hon Mubarak Munyagwa. Recently-elected FDC president Amuriat Oboi was relegated to the margins, perhaps confirming claims that he is a mere Besigye puppet. That the TV humour show “Point Blank” drew most of its Friday content from this press conference says a lot about its seriousness.

    “Tubalemese” is obviously bound to fail and join the long list of Besigye and Opposition-engineered campaigns that suffer a stillbirth immediately after their launch on TV and getting a few headlines with an accompanying picture in the print media.

    A few weeks ago, the same group launched “Kogyikuteko”, apparently a sequel to the failed “Kogyikwatako”. If you look back, you will notice this heap of failed campaigns has others like “Red Tuesday”, “Black Friday”, “Blue Thursday”, “Defiance”, “No Reforms, No Elections”, “Walk to Work”, among others. One could easily think the most active unit of the Opposition is the department of creative slogans!

    On the Thursday, while Besigye and company were posturing with empty threats and getting their few minutes of fame on TV, a parliamentary by-election was happening in Ruhaama County in Ntungamo District. The FDC did not even bother to field a candidate (or perhaps no one of the over 70,000 voters was willing to be an FDC flag-bearer) in the election that was won by NRM’s Moses Kahima.

    A few weeks ago, another by-election in Igara East in Bushenyi had seen the NRM-leaning Independent Michael Mawanda (who by the way voted YES on amending Article 102) win the seat, where the FDC candidate garnered a paltry 497 votes, placing her in tight competition with the 589 invalid votes.

    This begs the question;  when Besigye and his cast of actors sit in Kampala and claim to speak on behalf of “the people” while announcing these dead-on-arrival campaigns, which people do they have exactly in mind? Is it Ugandans or some other forces whom they could be hoodwinking to bankroll their activities? Indeed, the joke is on Besigye and the Opposition.

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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    You Used Me And Dumped Me – Abiriga Cries To M7

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    By Jamil Lutakome

    Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga is bitter with president Museveni for jettisoning him after passing the Age Limit bill.

    Speaking to NBS, Abiriga revealed that president Museveni broke his heart after he refused to give him the huge sums of money he promised him.

    “When I was still an RDC, I meet president Museveni and explained to him how I used my money to solicit support for him.  He promised to refund all the money but up to now, he has never given me that money,” Abiriga cried.

    He further explained that when he started the Age Limit bill, he again reminded the president of his promise. Museveni assured him that he will pay him after the bill is passed. Abiriga says since the bill was passed, he has tried to reach the president but he never picks his calls.

    “I’m excluded in everything in the NRM party, those people who are near the president are telling him lies about me, that’s why he doesn’t pick my calls,” Abiriga grieved.

    Abiriga added that he now survives on loans and borrowing to cater for his extended family needs and his electorate. He says people think he got a lot of money from the president to blow the trumpet for the age limit bill which is not the case.

    Abiriga however boasted that he is glad that people in Buganda love him and wherever he passes, they sing praises to his name.

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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    Kitata Is Still Our Chairman – Tang Odoi

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    By Mboowa Nathan 

     

    NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr. Tang Odoi has advised Rubaga NRM youths to stay calm and follow the right procedures if they are to impeach their leader Abdallah Kitatta. 

    Speaking about the fate of Abdallah Kitatta, who is the NRM Chairperson of Rubaga Division, Tang Odoi advised the youths to wait for investigations to be done. “Let them investigate, charge him in court and if he is found guilty, that’s when he can be suspended. Automatically the Secretary General of the party will write to the Chairman Electoral commission to organise fresh elections.”

    Tang further cautioned NRM leaders to always serve with integrity of the highest pedigree. Tang Odoi also noted that if Abdallah Kitatta is found guilty, he will also face the disciplinary committee of the party.

    Yesterday, NRM youths from Rubaga division gave an ultimatum of three days to their bosses to organise fresh elections in Lubaga after denouncing Abdallah Kitata as their chairman.

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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    M7 Defence Minister Almost Beaten At Parliament

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    By Stella Mugoya

    Museveni’s defence minister Adolf Mwesige has survived the wrath of MPs the parliamentary defence committee.

    The fight was sparked off when the deputy chairperson of the committee, Kezakia Mbogo failed to manage the meeting in the accepted manner, after trying to protect the minister who was dodging some questions from committee members.

    It all started when MPs Ssekikuubo Theodore, Muwanga Kivumbi and Gilbert Olanya asked the minister to explain why Ugandan troops are still camping at the Congo-Uganda border. The MPs also tasked the defence minister to explain why the army is doing police work and why they are releasing criminals that are arrested by police. The minister refused to reply to the MPs questions which forced the committee chairperson to adjourn the meeting immediately without agreeing with fellow committee members.

    This sparked off a fight as MPs blocked the minister from vacating the room before answering their queries. They immediately stood up and locked the exit door shouting and ordering the chairman to call the meeting back to order so that the minister can answer them.

    “Tell us, when is he going to answer our questions, if not  we shall not allow him out. Let’s go back and sit, call the meeting back to order and let them all sit down. Afande, you are mature enough you can’t just push me. Just go back and sit and let the meeting be adjourned properly,” Ssekikuubo and Olanya geared on while standing  at the locked door.

    The minister tried to look for a way to escape but the biter MPs could not allow him access to the door. “Are you the sergeant at arms, let them settle first then we shall leave the door,”Ssekikuubo said while fighting fellow MP from Ntoroko, Rwenulikya Ibanda, who was trying to defend the minister.

    He added that,” These queries must be answered by UPDF, they must tell us but our chairman is here saying it isn’t of concern. We need to know who ordered the army to cross the borders.”

    The bitter MPs criticised their chairman for having a hidden agenda. “Chairman, if you have a hidden agenda in these matters, then we are opposing it,” Ssekikuubo warned.

    Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the committee members, expressed his bitterness at fellow committee member Rwenulikya Ibanda for trying to be a Judas. Kivumbi said that it was Ibanda who confessed, while they were compiling the committee questions, that as a boarder MP, he saw Ugandan troops in Congo, but after seeing the minister, he started changing his statements. “He is just hopeless,” Kivumbi blasted Ibanda.

    Olanya, a committee member, blasted the acting chairman saying, “We have a duty of protecting our soldiers and our country. I support the calling of a committee meeting to examine the role of the chairperson. Nabakooba had problems of managing this committee, she had challenges and we thought that since you are a senior member you could manage it better.”

    Kato Lubwama, who is also a committee member warned, “the biggest problem this committee has is some people who think they are bigger than others, all of us are MPs but it comes to a point when some members don’t want all of us to speak. Yes, you are a chairman but all of us are part of this committee. You must respect us and if we have a mandate to remove him let us do. Go back to school and learn these things.”

    Kezakia was acting as the chairperson of the committee since Nabakooba, who is the committee chairperson was not around.

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