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    Bobi Wine Set To Summon NUP’s NEC Over EALA Elections…



    L-R: NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi, LOP Mathias Mpuuga, NUP boss Bobi Wine, SG Lewis Lubongoya and Kyagulanyi's brother Nyanzi Sentamu

    National Unity Platform (NUP) president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine is set to summon the party’s top organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC) over East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections.

    Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, NUP’s deputy spokesperson has told theGrapevine that the party will announce its position on EALA elections after NEC meeting.

    “We have the best candidates who can deliver charismatic leadership in EALA but the way things are going, NEC has to first discuss the matter before we decide whether to participate in those elections,” Mufumbiro says.

    He adds that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni himself has the right to determine who will represent Uganda in EALA either from NRM or from the opposition.

    Mufumbiro is very bitter with NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) decision to support only candidates from Democratic Party (DP) and Uganda People’s Congress (UPC).

    Mufumbiro insists that it was an abuse of the democratic process for the President to leave out the leading opposition political party in the country because of their differences in political ideology.

    On Monday this week, Dr. Tanga Odoi, NRM’s Electoral Commission chairperson revealed to theGrapevine that during the CEC meeting last week at State House Entebbe, chaired by President Museveni, the party’s chairperson, a resolution was passed that the NRM parliamentary Caucus should support candidates from DP and UPC.

    Odoi said that as NRM, they cannot support NUP because of its hostile behaviour towards NRM and for refusing to enter IPOD, a forum which brings together all political parties with representation in parliament.

    He added that they will not support FDC’s Harold Kaija because his party is not a good opposition party like UPC and DP, and because they also refused to attend IPOD meetings.

    Among the NUP members who have shown interest to stand for EALA include David Lewis Rubongoya, the party’s Secretary General and Julius Katongole, the party’s chairperson youths in Lubaga Division.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    M7 Urges Ugandans To Study European History



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Ugandans to study European history in order to gain relevant knowledge to develop the country.

    Museveni, who was represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, made the statement at a symposium to address the role of universities in responding to Africa’s problems and development needs. The symposium was held on March 30th at Makerere University.

    Museveni told Ugandans to study European history and get exposed to the world.

    “Have seen some people saying what is the use of studying European History. It is very important to study European History cause when you know about the world, it is like a laboratory. You can know how the world is and how society evolves,” he said.

    Museveni said Africans should borrow good ideas from the Europeans and have them implemented in their own countries.

    He also expressed his dismay with colonial influence that is washing away the African culture and values. He said Africans are buying ‘acids’ to bleach themselves due to colonial influence.

    Museveni further said that University education must help Africas regain their confidence.

    “The education system or university education must put confidence back into the African people,” he said.

    The president also urged universities to incorporate integration in the scope of what they teach to students. He said universities should not teach economics without integration or political science without regional integration.

    Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s vice chancellor urged the government to prioritise postgraduate studies, saying that these help countries transform faster.

    “Economies of countries are transformed much faster if you have a mass of PhD and masters’ graduates,” he said.

    According to Nawangwe, postgraduate students are able to conduct research that leads to national transformation.

    Makerere University will in the next academic year cut the number of undergraduate students to create space for postgraduate and PhD students.

    The institution has also called upon government to increase sponsorship slots for postgraduate students. This is aimed at turning Makerere University into a research led institution.

    By Nickson Maberi


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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Protest: Eight Remanded To Luzira Prison



    Court has remanded a total of eight youths to Luzira prison who were involved in a protest on Tuesday calling for the arrest of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.

    The eight were arrested along Ben Kiwanuka Street as they called for the arrest and persecution of those involved in the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal.

    These include Kawooya Sharif, Ssegawa Shafik, Bukenya Moses, Ndyasiima Nelson, Matanda Augustine, Nayebare Gilbert, Najjume Sanyu and Ssemakula Teddy.

    The eight, who allege to be victims of torture, were arraigned before court and remanded to Luzira prison till April 12th, 2023. The group is accused of assaulting a police officer ASP Flavia Musimenta.

    Police on Monday said it was concluding investigations of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.


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    Minister Rusoke Endorses ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ Campaign



    The Minister of State for Local Government Hon. Rusoke Victoria has endorsed the ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ campaign and urged Ugandans to rally behind president Museveni and make him president again in 2026.

    Rusoke said during the launch of the disbursement of Parish Development Model (PDM) funds to beneficiaries in Lwengo District that Museveni is the only leader that has shown love to the people of Uganda.

    Rusoke told Lwengo residents that by voting Museveni again in 2026, they will make it possible for him to continue with the implementation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto.
    The beneficiaries were selected from 43 out of 45 Parishes in Lwengo District.

    The ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ is a campaign manned by youth across the country with an aim of promoting Museveni’s 2026 Presidential candidature.

    Mr Kitatta Ibrahim Almalik, the Lwengo District LCV Chairman hailed the regime for remaining truthful to its core Ideological principles of Nationalism, Pan Africanism, Social Economic Transformation and Democracy.

    Kitatta said the Parish Development Model will help households overcome poverty through establishing income generating projects using the PDM funds.



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