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    Don’t Wear Red Berets If You Don’t Want To Be Charged In The Military Court – Odonga Otto Warns NUP Youth, Narrates His Ordeal…

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    MP Odonga Otto

    Aruu County Member of Parliament, Odonga Otto, has warned the youth, mostly those subscribing to the National Unity Platform (NUP), against inciting violence and deliberate defiance by wearing red berets.

    He claimed that the state, presided over by President Yoweri Museveni, has gone on rampage to ‘punish’ all those who oppose it, and sadly enough, the victims are empowering the alleged tormentors to justify their horrible acts through defiance.

    Otto, a former member of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, emphasised that being extremely defiant about every little aspect of life actually aids the state to justifiably “act with reason”.

    “I know you want to show resistance because you’re not contented. But please don’t wear red berets if the authorities say you shouldn’t. If you don’t want to be in trouble with the army, don’t put on that red beret. That is my free advice to the youth. You will be charged in the military Court Martial,” Otto said.

    The outgoing MP made the remarks while on NXT Radio, today, referring to the current mysterious disappearances of Ugandans, especially those presumed to be Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine supporters.

    The police have since confirmed that many of the missing people are in detention and some have been confirmed to be detained at Makindye Military Barracks and other barracks across the country.

    Narrating his own ordeal on The Big Talk show on NXT radio, Otto said; “The first time I was in the Court Martial, I found myself in the dock as a prisoner. We were representing Dr. Besigye, and they arrested us together with our client. I made a vow never to return to that court. Now I do everything I can to avoid it.”

    Otto put all the blame on President Yoweri Museveni, whom he faulted for being behind the abductions.

    “This is the only country in the world where the State gets annoyed. When the President is not happy, the military will react like it’s doing now,” the mortar-mouthed politician added.

    About the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit that was meant to resolve such concerns, Otto said the IPOD is window dressing. He described the summit as a perfect waste of time.

    “It is just a show. I sympathize with FDC, my former party. Showing up at IPOD would just make them look ugly. We need genuine dialogue with all players on board. We need church leaders, the judiciary, and all political actors involved,” Otto said.

    However, the director of Information and Publicity at the National Resistance Movement (NRM), MP Emmanuel Dombo, said that dialogue at the moment is the most appropriate action to be taken.

    “Politics is not done by bullets and guns. People must talk about politics and issues of governance. As human beings, why can’t we talk about issues that affect us?” Dombo stressed.

    On her part, human rights activist, Sarah Bireete, admitted that Uganda truly needs dialogue at the moment, but not one by IPOD.

    “Ugandans need dialogue but not one by IPOD. There are few Ugandans who subscribe to political parties. I know some parties have exaggerated registers,” she said.

    “We are a faith-based country. I think the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda is a better uniting factor for Ugandans instead of cultural institutions,” she added.

    By Baron Kironde

     

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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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