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    EALA SAGA: Bobi Wine To Crack Whip On Defiant Legislators Who Secretly Voted; FDC Bitter; NUP Is Filled With Comedians Posing As Politician…

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    FDC's Salaam Musumba and NUP principal Bobi Wine (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leadership has revealed that disciplinary action is going to be taken against their party legislators who defied their own resolution and participated in the controversial East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) election.

    On Wednesday, Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) announced that a resolution was taken during the NUP parliamentary caucus stopping their party members from participating in EALA election citing biasness from the majority NRM party.

    However, Kazo County Member of Parliament Dan Kimosho claims that a number of NUP legislators participated in the EALA elections.

    Without mentioning names, Kimosho insisted that secretly, NUP legislators voted for their friends in the race that is the reason why the number of the voters who participated in the EALA elections are not tallying as expected.

    According to Annet Anita Among the Speaker of Parliament, who was the returning officer for EALA elections, 495 legislators out of the 529 eligible voters  participated in the EALA elections, a number which was contested by some of the candidates who participated in the election.

    Earlier, Aringa South member of parliament Alioni Odria stormed the parliamentary lobby with boxes claiming that they contained stuffed ballot papers.

    He asked the speaker to explain who had put those ballot papers in the boxes before the time for voting.

    Deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa clarified that her boss Among allowed legislators with emergencies to vote and go early.

    A finger is being pointed at Butambala Woman Member of Parliament Hajjat Aisha Kabanda, who also doubles as NUP deputy Secretary General was seen at parliament early in the morning attending plenary.

    However, her Butambala male colleague Muwanga Kivumbi rubbished the allegations that Kabanda participated in the voting.

    He explained that after passing the Human organ transplant bill, Kabanda drove to her constituency to attend a burial.

    Joel Ssenyonyi, the Nakawa West Member of who also doubles as the NUP spokesperson challenged Kimosho to table evidence pining NUP legislators.

    “Parliament has cameras, let those claiming that NUP members of parliament participated in those shoddy elections retrieve the footage and show the public those said NUP legislators,” Ssenyonyi insisted.

    He praised NUP legislators for taking a wise decision not to participate in such elections because they have exposed that rigging is real and it is everywhere including in parliament.

    He added that as of now, the entire parliament is embarrassed because of the rigging.

    Kivumbi assured the public that investigations have kicked off and any of their own MPs who will be found guilty of participating in the said elections will be subjected to the party’s disciplinary organ for disobeying the party’s resolution.

    According to the results announced by Speaker Among; Rose Akol got 422 votes, Dennis Namara got 415 votes, James Kakooza got 405, George Odongo got 403, Paul Musamali got 401 votes and Mary Mugenyi got 367 votes and these are the six candidates fronted by NRM party. Others are Veronic Kadogo who got 383 votes and Jacquiline Amongin who got 338 votes both independents. Democratic party’s Dr. Gerald Siranda, the only opposition candidate, obtained 233 votes.

    FDC BLASTS NUP DECLARES THEM A PARTY OF COMEDIANS

    Salaam Musumba, the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Vice President Eastern Uganda has blasted NUP declaring Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s political party, a party for comedians.

    She told theGrapevine that the kind of politics NUP is playing is backward and puts the entire opposition in a bad light, because it makes people think that all opposition members in the country are comedians.

    Musumba claims that NUP party leaders take ill political decisions just for cameras and to be seen that they have made something which adds nothing to the ongoing struggle to oust president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    She explains that when NUP took over the opposition leadership in the country, FDC decided to give them space to work for Ugandans but up to now they have nothing to show apart from playing politics of comedy and exciting people.

    “They have promised Ugandans a lot and we gave them space to execute what they have promised but nothing has come out. Those NUP people are nothing because they haven’t even reached 10% of what FDC did when they were leading the opposition in the country,” she boasted.

    She praised Bobi Wine for making a good manifesto which members of FDC admired because it made Ugandans vote for them but they have failed to execute it.

    FDC leadership are very bitter about NUP’s decision to pull out of the EALA elections when their candidate Harold Kaija was counting on them because of their numbers in the house.

    Recently, NUP and other opposition political parties agreed to work together and support each other which Kira Municipality member of parliament and also FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda noted that it can only work on big issues of fighting Museveni.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Maj. Gen. Takirwa Appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces…

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    Major General Francis Takirwa has been appointed as Deputy Commander Land Forces.

    President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) also promoted and appointed General Officers.

    Maj. Gen. Takirwa will deputize Maj. Gen. Muhanga Kayanja who was also appointed as Commander Land Forces (CLF) in October, 2022.

    He also appointed Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba as Acting Chief of Staff Land Force.

    Maj. Gen. Bakasumba has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF.

    Museveni has also promoted Brig. Gen. Bob P. Ogiki to Maj. Gen and appointed him 2nd Division Commander.

    Deputy Defence spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki congratulated the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotion and appointments.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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