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Dialogue Can’t Stand In This Lawless Government – Mao’s DP Pulls Out Of Much Anticipated National Dialogue

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DP President Norbert Mao

Democratic Party (DP) has pulled out of the long-awaited National Dialogue due to be launched on November 21.

DP President Norbert Mao told journalists this morning at the breakfast meeting at Sheraton Kampala hotel that Democratic party could not pretend to be having a dialogue when the government was promoting lawlessness.

“The lawlessness in government means undermining the environment that would be vital for constructive dialogue. We cannot pretend to be going for a national dialogue when the right to organize it was being effectively undermined,” Mao said.

Early this month, Opposition parties tabled seven demands that must be addressed by the conveners of the talks as a precondition for their participation. The delegation was Led by former Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party president Olara Otunu, the five political party leaders and other Opposition actors issued a statement reiterating the need for the National Dialogue to address what they called a “national crisis.”

Some of the issues listed included mutual respect, with the Opposition leaders insisting that the dialogue must be based on a clear agenda and guarantees of mutual respect for the outcomes of the talks.

The Opposition wanted clarification on the agenda of the dialogue, composition of the participants, modalities of convening and arrangements of independent financing of the dialogue.

They also asked the organisers to guarantee how the outcome of the dialogue will be implemented and secure guarantees from government that it will first end acts of political repression, persecution and impunity and also show immediate guarantee of freedom of political activities.

Mr Mao warned that: “The current sabotage of Opposition events by security officers is a sign that government is not willing to listen to the views of the Opposition and we cannot sit at a round table with government which is intolerant and continuously torturing and brutalising Ugandans.”

Mr Mao also insisted that as long as the framework and parameters for convening the dialogue are not clear enough, it is a waste of time for DP to attend the National dialogue.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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NRM Appoints New Buganda Caucus Members, Fires Former Chairman For Opposing ‘Kisanja’

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MP Kakooza (L) MP Nsubuga (R)

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has appointed Hon James Kakooza as the new Buganda Caucus Chairman replacing Muyanja Ssenyonga who some party members have for long accussed of opposing the party chairman’s long stay in power including the amendment of Article 106 (b) of the constitution.

The new committee will be tasked with lobbying programs and projects from Government to benefit the entire Buganda Kingdom and liaise with Mengo establishment to give support to Kingdom programs set to benefit the Region.

The MPs appointed the new committee in Kyankwanzi National Leadership Institute (NALI) on Sunday evening. They harmoniously reached the position to have Kabula Constituency Legislator Hon James Kakooza as their Chairperson deputized by Hon Hajat Syda Bbumba from Nakaseke South Constituency.

Hon Muyanja Mbabaali (Bukoto South) was elected Treasurer, Hon Kasozi Muyomba (Bukoto Mid-West) is the General Secretary and Hon. Simeo Nsubuga (Kasanda South) voted Publicity Secretary.

The MPs also unanimously elected Chief Whip and Kiboga District Woman Representative Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu as an Ex-Official on the Committee while Bukuya MP Dr. Michael Bukenya Kyabikoola is a Committee Member. Hon Sam Kuteesa Kahamba was elected Patron.

Speaking after elections Hon Simeo Nsubuga clarified that the leadership of Buganda Parliamentary Caucus still exists comprising all MPs from Buganda regardless of their political affiliation.

ELECTED EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  1. Hon James Kakooza: Chairman
  2. Hon Stda Bbumba: Vice Chairperson
  3. Hon. Muyanja Mbabaali: Treasurer
  4. Hon Kasozi Muyomba: Secretary
  5. Hon Simeo Nsubuga: Publicity Secrerary
  6. Hon (Dr). Michael Bukenya: Committee Member
  7. Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa: Ex-Official.
  8. Hon Sam Kuteesa Kahamba Patron

 

 

 

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They Are Planning To Kill Opposition Big Wigs In 2021 Elections – Lord Mayor Lukwago

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Kampala city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has revealed shocking secrets behind the 6,239 Local Defence Unit (LDU) passed by President Yoweri Museveni on Friday at Kaweweta Military training school.

While appearing on ‘palamenti yamwe’ program, a political talk show on CBS radio, Lukwago said that the purpose of the LDU is to kill opposition strong candidates in 2021 general election.

“Mr. Museveni has prepared well for the 2021 General Election and I can predict that most of us will be killed during the campaigns, he is training Entarahamwe to kill us like what they did in Rwanda during 1990 war,” Lukwago said.

He said that Museveni is living in fear of the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on the age limit bill which might not be in his favour that is why he is increasing on the number of soldiers in the military.

Lukwago also revealed that Museveni is now fidgeting with the constitution to see how he can overcome the deadly 2021 elections because all the signs show that he is likely to lose.

The Lord Mayor predicted that the NRM caucus sitting in Kyankwazi are going to come up with recommendations to amend the constitution  and these recommendations shall be tabled before parliament by  General Kahinda Otafire after the supreme court judgement. Lukwago said that among the suspected recommendations from the Kyankwazi NRM caucus will include eliminating voting of the president by the general public. Instead the president will be voted by parliament.

He called upon his comrades in the opposition to avoid bickering with each other and fighting for their selfish interest. However, Lukwago’s allegations were challenged by PDP President Abed Bwanika who has also declared to stand against him in 2021. Bwanika said that Lukwago’s allegations are aimed at stopping Ugandans from preparing for 2021 general election. Bwanika said that what Lukwago and his colleagues have always said that every time there is an election. He called upon Ugandans to get their National identity cards and prepare to elect their leaders in 2021.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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I Will Resign As FDC Electoral Commission Boss If They Put A Presidential Candidate Against Bobi Wine – Makerere Law Don Nsibambi

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Makerere University Law Don, Yusuf Nsibambi, who also doubles as the chairperson of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Electoral Commission has declared that he is ready to resign if his party makes a mistake and backs a presidential candidate against a people power candidate.

While appearing on ‘Kkiriza oba gaana’, a political talkshow on CBS radio, Yusuf Nsibambi revealed that 2021 is the only opportunity opposition has to take over power and they must use it carefully without bickering against each other. The Kampala land board chairman refuted rumours making rounds that FDC has already appointed people who are going to stand on their ticket. He said that its NEC, the top party organ which can make such a resolution not individuals as per the rumours. He said that he will be very furious if his party especially NEC decided to approve a presidential candidate to stand against the popular president produced by people power.

He called upon all leaders in opposition to join efforts and clean their house before 2021 because many people are now fighting for seats from Local Council level to parliamentary.vBobi Wine has already declared his intentions to stand against president Museveni in 2021.

Nsibambi also warned that many opposition members are already scrambling for places. He gave an example of Kawempe North where Muhammad Segirinya and Suleiman Kidandala, who are all from the opposition but are fighting. Another battle he mentioned is for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat which so far has the incumbent Elias Lukwago, Kawempe North Member of Parliament Latif Ssebaggala and PDP’s Abed Bwanika.

He warned that the opposition has to avoid what is going on in the Makerere Guild president elections where supporters of different candidates put on red colors and are claiming to stand on people power ticket but are fighting each other physically.

Earlier, Abed Bwanika confirmed that he was short listed among by the people power’s movement with Latif Ssebaggala to compete for Kampala lord mayorship.  He said that the people power movement made a resolution to put candidates on a very seat which is going to be voted for in 2021 general elections.  The three-time presidential candidate watered down DFC’S Kizza Besigye’s claim that he can win the 2021 election, Bwanika noted that Besigye is just over spreading historical propaganda which won’t matter in the coming elections.

However, the agriculture minister Vicente Bamulangaki Sempijja, who was also one of the panelists said that divisionism in opposition is going to help NRM defeat opposition in the 2021 elections.

He said that the bickering in different opposition camps shows that the gods are on their side and they are ready to receive their landslide victory in the next election.

He added that it a pity that old opposition politicians are just using  Bobi Wine’s popularity to achieve their failed political goals.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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