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    Don’t Be Like Past Armies That Were Founded On Sectarian Grounds Of Religion And Tribe – Museveni Warns UPDF

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    President Yoweri Museveni, has reminded soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) that as members of a Liberation Army, they should clearly differentiate themselves from the traditional tribal and colonial armies and always champion patriotism and nationalism on top of embracing and working for Pan-Africanism, socio-economic transformation of their society and defend Uganda’s democracy.

    The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Uganda Armed Forces made the remarks yesterday while addressing Officers and Men of UPDF at Nakasongola Army Barracks in Nakasongola District. He reminded them that unlike the traditional tribal army that mainly served the interests of the ruling royal class and oppressed the masses through enforcement of the feudal system of inequalities and the colonial army which served to entrench foreign and economic exploitation, a Liberation Army like UPDF on the other hand, should always work to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of the masses.

    Gen. Museveni, therefore, warned UPDF not to fall into the trap of the past armies especially the traditional armies and post-independence political Parties that emphasised identities of tribe, religion and sectarianism that made them weak leading to their easy defeat militarily and politically. UPDF, he stressed, must always work for unity.

    “Tribal Armies could not defend their societies against colonialists because they were weak and divided and as a result the whole of Africa was colonised by 1900, save Ethiopia. This should tell that being divided is counter-productive,” he said.

    “Even post-colonial Political Parties in Uganda failed because they were founded on sectarian grounds of religion and tribe that made them weak and collapsed in no time,” he added.

    Gen. Museveni advised the UPDF to always work for the good of Uganda and the unity of the African continent because it is through the unity of Africans that the safety and future of the African continent can be guaranteed and shield us from future neo-colonisation, domination and marginalisation.

    Regarding remuneration of the Army, the President said government would establish a Salaries Commission for purposes of regulating remuneration of all civil servants and remove salary disparities in the service.

    On the provision of education to the children of soldiers, the President said that he stood for free education for their biological children. He instructed the Commander of the Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi, to ensure that this arrangement is streamlined and adhered so that only biological children of soldiers access free education.

    The President advised the UPDF to focus more on preventive measures, personal hygiene, regular exercise and avoid promiscuity to ensure healthy life.

    On the way to Nakasongola, the President stopped in a number of places to interact with wananchi especially on the issue of enhancing their economic activities in order to be empowered the more to sustain the welfare of their families and chase away poverty. He also introduced State House, Comptroller, Mrs. Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye, to leaders of market vendors and assured them that she would soon return to assess the categories of the enterprises in their places of operation with a view to boosting the operations of market vendors so that they all enhance their income generating activities.

    The President told Kawempe Market operators in Kawempe Division that Mrs. Nakyobe Mbonye would work with them to resolve issues of the market land. He also stopped over at the Matugga – Ssemuto road junction, Bombo ku abiri Market, Luweero Town, Balikyejusa-Kasaala open market and at Kakooge Trading Centre. He highly commended market vendors for working hard to earn a living and to sustain their families.

    Source: UPDF Spokesperson

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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