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    Bobi Wine To Head Referendum Against M7’s Life Presidency




    By Hadadi Mubiru


    Some opposition members of parliament and those in NRM against the amending of article 102 (b) have devised a new plan to stop what they call Museveni’s trick to rule for life.

    Plan A was to stop Magyezi from tabling his bill which failed. Plan B was sensitizing the masses on the contents of the motion and its dangers, including composing songs against the amendment like ‘freedom’ by Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi, which worked for some time but the NRM machinery managed to get a solution for it and it’s slowly dying out. Plan C which involved wearing red ribbons, is still on up to now but is not very effective.

    Now, in looking for an effective strategy, some opposition members, in a low-key meeting, have agreed and elected Bobi Wine to lead the drive of collecting 2 million signatures to satisfy the requirements necessary to cause a referendum vote on whether or not the presidential age limits should be lifted. Bobi Wine and Abed Bwanika asked for permission from the Electoral Commission to subject Magyezi’s motion to a referendum. They were given letters giving them permission to go ahead and collect the necessary signatures by EC chairperson Justice Byabakama.

    We have learnt that Bobi Wine, Bwanika and others met on Monday this week, with a team of lawyers led by lawyers from Nalukoola and Kakeeto advocates at Pope Paul in Ndeeba where Bobi was chosen to lead the signature collection drive.

    “Next week, the opposition members in support of having a referendum are going to hold a press conference where they will give more details on how they are going to do it,” a member who attended the meeting told us.


    Section 11 of the Referendum and Other Provisions Act 2005 stipulates that a referendum shall be held if a petition is made in writing, in the case of a national referendum, by a registered voter and in the case of a referendum in a particular part of Uganda, by a voter registered in that part of Uganda.

    Part (b) of this section says that the petition has to be supported, in the case of a national referendum, by at least one tenth of the total registered voters from at least one third of the districts of Uganda; and in sub-clause (ii) in the case of a referendum in a particular part of Uganda, by at least one third of the total registered voters in that part of Uganda.

    The referendum law operationalized Article 225(1) of the constitution, which directed that parliament shall by law make provisions for the right of citizens to demand the holding by the Electoral Commission of a referendum, whether national or in any particular part of Uganda, on any issue.

    It adds in sub-article (3) that where a referendum is held, the result shall be binding on all organs and agencies of the state and on all persons and organisations in Uganda. A national referendum was last held in 2005 in which Ugandans were asked whether the country should revert to a multi-party political system of government after years of being under the unwieldy, some say oppressive, ‘broad-based Movement’.



    Religious leaders through their umbrella body, The Inter Religious Council were the first to proposed a referendum. Opposition leader Dr. Kizza Besigye in responding to them warned that all elections in Uganda, for as long as Museveni’s future is on the line, will be skewed in his favour and a referendum wouldn’t be different.

    Besigye was supported by Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda who said if Ugandans were allowed to choose in a truly free and fair environment, a referendum would have been the best way to decide the age limits question but this is not the case.

    JEEMA’s Asuman Basalirwa warned that in the current setup, there is no guarantee that what people will decide (in the referendum) will be respected.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    You Used Me And Dumped Me – Abiriga Cries To M7



    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




    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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    M7 Defence Minister Almost Beaten At Parliament



    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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