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    Besigye, Lukwago Launch Scathing Attack On Muhoozi Succession; ‘Muhoozi Is The Most Reckless Four Star General’ – Lord Mayor, Besigye Vows Never To Salute Him; Opposition Warned, ‘M7 Is Like An Old Snake, He Is Now Shedding His Skin.”

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    Erias Lukwago (R) Lt. Gen. Muhoozi (C) and Kizza Besigye (L)

    Dr. Kizza Besigye, the four-time presidential candidate and his People’s Front for Transformation (PFT), a political pressure group has declared war on the now unstoppable Muhoozi succession project.

    Addressing PFT supporters today as keynote speaker, under the theme “Transition not Succession” at JEEMA offices in Mengo, Besigye revealed that the country is at a very critical moment and Ugandans must think deep on how to overcome this crisis.

    “This country is divided into two countries, those who have been advised to eat cassava and those who are celebrating birthday parties because they captured power,” Besigye said.

    He asked Ugandans to use the opportunity given to them by Muhoozi to declare his succession to his father as null and void and re-capture the power which was taken from them by president Museveni through amending the national constitution.

    He explained that he is not challenging Muhoozi to replace his father but what he is challenging is the circumstances through which he wants to succeed him.

    He revealed that when president Museveni discovered that nature had caught up with him and that he is going to lose power, he crowned Lt. Gen. Muhoozi as his successor as if Uganda is a family affair.

    He narrated that Museveni has been trying to hide the fact that nature has caught up with him that’s why he is always making pressure ups and running inside State House until he discovered that nature cannot be defeated.

    “You can laugh seeing him struggling to stand up from the chair, never joke with nature and we should use this opportunity to recapture our country,” Besigye said.

    He insisted that when they captured power in 1986, the first thing they did was to issue Legal Notice No.1 to change the country’s constitution, to recognise NRA as a national army since when they were in the bush, they were called terrorists.

    He added that after issuing Legal Notice No. 1, they agreed that after 10 years, they should return power to civilians because it was the reason why many of them left their well-paying jobs to go and fight a war which was very difficult.

    He apologised to Ugandans saying he did not know that they were fighting for Museveni to establish his Kingdom and he now wants his son to forcefully succeed him in a shabby way because of the wealth his family has accumulated.

    He claimed that Museveni intentionally impoverished Ugandans by weakening all lines which they were using to get money so that he can turn them into beggars.

    He insisted that Museveni not only captured Ugandans but also government institutions to the extent that he now controls Courts, parliament, non governmental organisations, religious leaders and cultural leaders.

    Besigye further revealed that Museveni has captured the national army and he is using it to crush those threatening his government and many military officers are living in captivity.

    “For me I struggled for ten years to be retired from the army but my friends are still in captivity. My friend Gen. Sejusa cannot even leave his home and other ordinary military officers are suffering from there,” Besigye said.

    He added that Museveni even captured all the opposition political parties and he is using them to influence the project for his son to succeed him.

    I CANNOT SALUTE GEN MUHOOZI

    Besigye warned that even though he retired from the army at the rank of the Col, he cannot salute Lt. Gen. Muhoozi bacause he is not his calliber in army professionalism.

    “Even me who retired on the rank of Col, I am better than Muhoozi professionally and I cannot salute him,” Besigye said.

    He said that in all his life, Gen. Muhoozi thinks that his father is everything and Ugandans are their savants that’s why he is disrespecting the army profession.

    He predicted that if Muhoozi was not Museveni’s son, he would have been court martialed like him who just authored a private document and sent it to him privately pleading to him for a transition which they promised Ugandans when they were fighting in the bush.

    However, he said that he does not blame Muhoozi for what he is doing because he doesn’t understand the other life since he has grown up in a State House which he thinks is his home.

    He narrated that when they captured power, Muhoozi was in exile, when he returned, he went to Kampala parent’s school, a school for rich people and he never tested the real life a common Ugandan goes through that’s why he thinks that youths in Uganda are faced with sports and entertainment problems.

    Besigye was supported by his deputy and also the Kampala City Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago who branded Muhoozi the most reckless four-star general he has ever seen.

    He warned Ugandans that if they allow Muhoozi to take power, Uganda will be like North Korea under president Kim Jong-un.

    He insisted that other than being President Museveni’s son, and having knowledge on how to operate a gun, Muhoozi lacks credentials to run this country.

    “This country is at a crossroads and what is going on is total madness. We are at the apex and instead of discussing fundamental issues we are fighting each other,” he said.

    Lukwago added that people in the opposition are fighting for their political party leadership and who will stand for presidency in 2026 while president Museveni whom he branded as a warlord is shedding his skin to give power to his son.

    He encouraged Ugandans to use article 3 of the Constitution which allows them to use everything possible to protect the country’s constitution.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How I Saved Gen Saleh From Being Punched By Dr. Kiggundu Over Greenland Bank Closure And Why M7 Banned Mambo Bado – Veteran Radio Talk show Host Nsereko Narrates …

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    Radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko. Inset is Gen. Saleh (top L) and President Museveni (bottom L)

    Veteran radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba has narrated how he saved now Operation Wealth Creation boss Gen. Salim Saleh from being punched by the late Dr. Suleiman Kiggundu over the Greenland bank closure.

    The CBS FM Radio presenter disclosed that, “For the last 26 years which I have spent here moderating political talk shows, I have seen a lot of things that have surprised me, but I will never forget the two talk shows which put me in tension. One was when I hosted late Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Salim Saleh over the closure of Greenland bank, and another is when I hosted President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Mambo Bado.”

    He revealed that in the early 2000s, the closure of Greenland bank was a very big topic of discussion since many business people both big and small were customers to the bank.

    Nsereko re-counted that as words filled with bitterness and anger were being exchanged between Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Saleh’s camps, he was forced with approval from the producers of ‘Kkiriza oba ggana’ talk show to invite both Saleh and Kiggundu to a debate live on radio to explain their issues.

    Nsereko related that Gen. Saleh was the first to arrive at Bulange Mengo, the headquarters of CBS radio. A few minutes to 7pm, Dr. Kiggundu also arrived. But when he looked at Gen. Saleh he quickly lost his temper and started throwing strong abusive words at him.

    “Kigundu told me, Nsereko, I cannot sit in the same room with that man who has double standards, let me go. The man was very bitter and I understood his bitterness but to calm him down, I greeted him in Islam. I said, Dr. Salaam-Alaikum, let us enter the studio, he accepted and we entered the studio. We found Gen. Saleh already seated inside,” he said.

    He narrated that when Dr. Kiggundu looked at Saleh he lost his temper again and tried to punch him.

    “He grabbed him but I pleaded with him not to fight. When the talk show started, Dr. Kiggundu accused Gen. Saleh of betraying his loyalty because he supported them in the bush and even when they had just captured power, he kept on financially supporting them but it’s a pity that they paid him by taking his bank,” Nsereko divulged.

    Nsereko said that Dr. Kiggundu also accused Gen. Saleh of being bad hearted especially towards Baganda and that’s why he spearheaded the move to impoverish him and fraudulently took his bank.

    Nsereko said that in his defense, Gen. Saleh denied all the allegations insisting that it was Bank of Uganda that sold Greenland bank not him.

    Nsereko asserted that the second show that put him on tension was during the 2006 election.

    He narrated that because Besigye was breathing down President Museveni’s neck, towards the 2006 presidential elections, Museveni decided to appear on CBS’s Mambo Bado political talk show.

    By then, Mambo Bado was the hottest and most listened to political talk show in the country.

    Museveni complained that the show was full of opposition supporters who use the platform to abuse him. However, CBS radio management told him that they are not against him but his people don’t want to appear on talk shows to counteract opposition’s allegations.

    “President Museveni told me, ‘You have been telling me that my people fear these opposition people, now I have come to talk for myself’,” Nsereko quoted Museveni’s opening remarks.

    He said that after Museveni’s long submissions, he invited other people to counter his submissions and among them was a one Nakunda Muwanga who told the president that he is a dictator who is competing for president after tying the hands and legs of those competing against him.

    Nsereko narrated that Museveni was very bitter with Muwanga’s submission and a few days later, Mambo Bado talk show was banned by the Uganda Communication Commission.

    He added that Dr. Kizza Besigye, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Gen. David Sejusa are the other prominent people who put him in a difficult position behind the microphone.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    EC’s Justice Byabakama Accused Of Meeting Bobi Wine’s NUP Leaders At Night…

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    NUP leader Bobi Wine (R) and EC boss Byabakama (L)

    Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been accused of meeting Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine’s top National Unity Platform (NUP) Leadership at night.

    Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo disclosed that EC should be investigated over allegation that on Tuesday this week, Byabakama met a team from Kamwokya led by David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary General.

    Ofwono added that EC’s behaviour in the ongoing fight between Bobi Wine’s Kamwokya based NUP and Moses Nkonge Kibalama’s Lubaga base over the ownership of the party is questionable and should be probed.

    He wondered why EC bosses were very fast to respond to Kibalama’s letter written to them over the new changes in the leadership of their party when it takes them years to respond to other political parties’ letters.

    Opondo was emphasising allegations made by Gideon Tugume, the Kibalama faction secretary for information on NBS tv’s frontline talkshow.

    Tugume claimed that they have enough evidence that before EC responded to their letter, they first met Rubongoya’s team at night.

    “The Electoral Commission acted on forgeries; we know the things that happened before that letter was released.

    “The good thing cameras are installed at EC, we challenge them to retrieve the footage captured on Tuesday night to dispel rumours that Rubongoya was not at their offices. What did they discuss at night?” Tugume challenged Justice Byabakama.

    He further challenged Justice Byabakama to make NUP’s constitution public like they do to other parties’ constitutions instead of hiding it.

    In defence of Bobi Wine’s NUP faction, Busiro East Member of Parliament, Medard Lubega Ssegona rubbished Tugume’s allegations and branded him a state mercenary.

    He explained that the only route Kibalama can use to take over NUP leadership is through a petition in Court which he vowed to challenge as a lawyer with the help of other party legal brains.

    On Wednesday, EC disowned Kibalama’s NUP faction insisting that Bobi Wine’s faction is the one that is legally recognised.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Prime Minister Nabbanja Orders ISO To Deal With Striking Arts Teachers As UNATU Instructs Lawyers On Education Ministry Statement…

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    PM Robinah Nabbanja and UNATU boss Filbert Baguma

    The Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has issued moving orders to all Internal Security Organisation (ISO) operatives to deal with striking arts teachers who refused to obey President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Nabbanja disclosed that all ISO operatives all over the country have been instructed through their bosses from Kampala  headquarters to make sure that no unpatriotic teacher is playing with the President’s directives to end strikes.

    Yesterday, President Museveni’s government, through Catherine Birakwate, the Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary issued a statement directing teachers either to go back to class and teach or resign from public service.

    The statement followed an emergency meeting summoned by President Museveni in State House Entebbe which was attended by the Vice President Jesicca Alupo, Minister of Education and Sports  Janet Kataha Museveni, Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija, Minister of Public Service Muruli Mukasa and other officials from their respective ministries.

    The meeting resolved that Arts teachers should wait for the coming financial year when government will increase the salaries of all government workers.

    Nabanja told theGrapevine that government is going to make sure that the President’s directive is implemented and that no one is defy it.

    “This time is not for joking, this is a government in power and all ISO operatives are directed that from 24th June, 2022, they should be moving around their jurisdiction inspecting all government schools and recording those teachers who think they are bigger than government,” Nabbanja said.

    She added that government is not going to look on as innocent young Ugandans are suffering without studying because of selfish people among teachers under their umbrella body, the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU).

    “When you see them opening their eyes wide you may think that they are fighting for a common teacher, but no, they should know that they are not the only people who studied education.

    There are many young people who are unemployed and want to be employed by this government, if they cannot wait for government to fulfill their promise in the coming year, let them go,” a furious Nabbanja said.

    She pined UNATU bosses of misleading teachers especially Filbert Baguma, the Union’s Secretary General.

    Nabbanja said that people like Baguma are seeking to benefit personally from teachers strikes.

    Nabbanja insisted that government is going to increase the salaries of its employees in the next fiscal year, “this financial year we have started with scientists.”

    However, Baguma insists that the strike is still ongoing. He warned government, especially people like Nabbanja, to stop using threatening language.

    He rubbished Birakwate’s statement that the teacher’s industrial action is illegal.

    He pleaded with teachers not be intimidated. Baguma revealed that they have instructed their lawyers to study Birakwate’s impugn statement.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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