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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Top Party Organ NEC Over Troubled MP Kagabo Who Returned Shs.40m Alleged Bribe…

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    National Unity Platform (NUP) supreme leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned an emergency meeting for the top party organ the National Executive Council (NEC) over troubled Bukoto South legislator Dr. Twaha Kagabo who returned the alleged Shs40m bribe.

    Multiple credible sources in NUP revealed that the meeting is expected to take place on Tuesday evening at Bobi Wine’s Magere home.

    “The meeting was first summoned on Saturday when the principal had just arrived but he was engaged with other programmes and postponed it to Tuesday evening,” NUP inside source told theGrapevine.

    Sources said that Bobi Wine wants to sit with other party leaders to strategies on how the party’s leadership in parliament will handle Kagabo’s issue especially at this critical time when Parliament’s Rules and privileges Committee, chaired by senior lawyer Abdul Katuntu has kicked off investigations over the matter.

    Two weeks back, Annet Anita Among, the speaker of parliament referred Kagabo to Katuntu’s committee accusing him of being used to fight political wars by accusing her of giving him the Shs.40m bribe.

    The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Beti Kamya is also investigating the matter and Kagabo, a suspect on bail, was directed to report to the IGG’s office everyday to understand how far the investigations into his matter have reached.

    Narrating how he got the money, Kagabo alleged that he received a phone call directing him to go to speaker Among’s Nakasero home to pick his gift.

    He added that when he reached the premises, he was given Shs.40m as a token of appreciation from parliament leadership.

    It should be remembered that Bobi Wine directed his party legislators to return the money to the office of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba after confirming that all his MPs had received the money.

    However, when Kagabo returned the money to Mpuuga’s office, he advised him and even gave him security to protect him, to return the money to where he picked it from.

    However, he was arrested on the way by parliamentary police and taken to IGG’s office.

    NUP sources revealed that Bobi Wine was very bitter with Mpuuga for failing to mobilize other opposition Members of Parliament to escort Kagabo to return the money to the office of the Speaker.

    “The principal was very bitter with Mpuuga, he blasted him on phone since he was out of the country when Kagabo returned the money. He now wants Mpuuga to explain to NEC how he is going to help Kagabo,” a source said.

    However, other sources in NUP revealed that Kagabo’s move was intended to expose other party legislators and their leaders before the public as corrupt and it was Bobi Wine behind the whole move.

    Sources added that unlike the impeachment of Francis Butebi Zaake, this time around, Bobi Wine wants NUP legislators to put up a spirited fight to save Kagabo.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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