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    ‘Bobi Wine’s Plan B Scared Us’- Premier Rugunda, Foreign Affairs Min. Kutesa Tell Ambassadors, Media Why They Switched Off Internet During Presidential Elections…

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    The Prime  Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has Wednesday January 20th, 2021 held a joint press briefing with the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Hon. Sam Kutesa, during which they addressed ambassadors and the media about events that unfolded  prior to, during and after the presidential and parliamentary elections on January 14th.

    Chief among the issues that premier Rugunda and Minister Kutesa addressed during the press briefing was the internet shutdown across the country during and after the elections, National Unity Platform  (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s rejection of the election results, his continued house arrest, heavy deployment armed soldiers and the high-handedness that security forces  have exhibited on some opposition politicians throughout the electoral process.

    However, what characterised the address was  the Premier and Kutesa’s continued intonations about Bobi Wine’s purported ‘Plan B’, which they said prompted security forces to step up deployments across the country and to put him under house arrest.

    Commenting  about Bobi Wine’s rejecting the election results and vowing to challenge National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s presidency in court, Kutesa noted that;

    “Uganda since the pandemic has prioritized human rights. The government of Uganda developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) given the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates were also supposed to follow Ministry of  Health guidelines.

    Unfortunately, some of the political leaders who lost in the election have continued to make inflammatory statements aimed at inciting people to violence.”

    He added that; “Also some of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter unfairly shut down Government of Uganda and NRM Online party accounts leaving accounts of the other political actors active. Despite all this Government managed to preserve peace in the country.

    We asked Facebook and Twitter to restore the closed Government of Uganda and NRM Online party accounts but they didn’t heed. In response we shut them down to ensure equity.”

    About Bobi Wine’s Plan B

    Although Minister Kutesa didn’t explain exactly what he meant by the phrase ‘Plan B’, he insinuated that Bobi Wine and his NUP supporters had planned to stage violent demonstrations across the country after rejecting the election results, reason  why he (Bobi Wine) is currently under detention at his home in Magere.

    “When campaigns kicked off, the Electoral Commission (EC) noted with concern the non-compliance by some of the candidates with the laid out campaign guidelines and SOPs. Although several engagements were made with the said candidates, there was no improvement,” Kutesa told the ambassadors and journalists at the presser.

    U.S Ambassador to Uganda H.E Natalie Brown (R) interacting with other diplomats after the presser

    He added that; “From the beginning of the campaigns some candidates talked about Plan B which was to commit violent acts. Against this background, the government of Uganda deployed the army in Kampala and its surrounding areas because it was a threat to our democratic process.”

    It should be noted that Bobi Wine is under house arrest after security personnel cordoned off his home on Thursday January 14th, shortly after he and wife Barbra Itungo Kyagulanyi had voted.

    Bobi Wine and  his wife  have since been denied access to lawyers, relatives, colleagues and friends, both local and international.

    Among the high profile people that have been blocked from visiting Bobi Wine by security personnel deployed by government at his home is the United States ambassador to Uganda H.E Natalie E. Brown, who was denied access to his residence on Tuesday.

    Commenting about Bobi Wine’s house arrest on Tuesday, Police Spokesperson SSP Patrick Onyango said that the police had decided to put the NUP presidential candidate under preventive arrest after they got intelligence that he and his supporters were planning to stage violent demonstrations in various cities across the country.

     

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    We Are Not Surprised, Bobi Wine Reacts As Gov’t Shuts Down Human Rights Office; Blames Regime For His LGBTQ Photoshopped Pictures

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    The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert  Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is unhappy with the decision by government to terminate the operations of the offfice of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR).

    The ministry of foreign affairs said last week that it will not be renewing the mandate of OHCHR due to the strong government commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, the prevailing peace throughout the country, presence of  strong national human rights institutions and a vibrant civil society with capacity to monitor the promtion and protection of human rights in the country.

    Bobi Wine says he is not surprised by the move, further alleging that the regime has in the past closed Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Facebook and DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) due to ‘growing international condemnation’.

    “In the face of growing international condemnation and isolation, tyrant Museveni has in the past responded by shutting down NGOs, Facebook, DGF and declaring several international staff persona Non-Grata (unwelcome) or deporting them,” Bobi Wine’s comment reads in part.

    OHCHR in 2021 condemned the brutalisation of journalists who had gone to cover Bobi Wine’s petition to OHCHR  after the 2021 general election. These were brutalised during a crash between police and NUP supporters.

    Bobi Wine has also come out to comment on pictures that have been circulating on social media portraying him as an LGBTQ advocate. Bobi Wine says the pictures were photoshopped by regime propagandists.

    “Over the past weeks, paid regime propagandists have photoshopped  these images and shared them widely to drive their known agenda. Please ignore them and treat them with contempt,” he said.

    Bobi Wine says while his supporters are ‘abducted’ and accused of computer misuse and offensive communication, regime propagandists are at liberty to fake anything against the opponents. He further stated that no amount of lies or  blackmail will deter him in his quest for a better country (Uganda).

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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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