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EXCITED: Winfred Kiiza Successor Hon. Betty Aol Hits Back At Haters, Calls For Unity Among All Parties




The long awaited ‘nightmare’ of Betty Aol Ochan (Gulu Woman MP) taking over from Winfred Kiiza as Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) turned into reality when Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah confirmed her new appointment.

In the absence of Winnie Kiiza her predecessor who was not around to witness the horrific moment, Aol who was smiling from ear to ear wasn’t even patient enough to allow Oulanyah to complete his communication. She attempted to stand up and make a statement following her confirmation, the Deputy Speaker quickly reminded her to contain her excitement and assured her that her bridal moment will come.

Oulanyah’s pronouncement followed an announcement made by FDC Party President, Patrick Amuriat of changes into the minority leadership in Parliament. However, Oulanyah ‘rejected’ the appointments to the international bodies saying FDC will have to wait until the current members serve their tenures until they are withdrawn.

Shortly, the floor was Aol’s, she kicked off by thanking God for the blessings of being given the opportunity to serve as LOP. She then thanked her Party leadership for entrusting her with the responsibility of leading the opposition in the 10thParliament, she went ahead to accept the opportunity with the highest sense of responsibility.

With the aid of her written statement, Aol commended her predecessor for gallantly leading the Opposition with valour.

In her message, Aol called for unity among all parties saying if this is achieved, then it will give the Opposition the ‘credibility’ it needs to form a more formidable and respected force to push for development. Unlike the Opposition side that had gloomy faces, the NRM side kept clapping as Aol made her speech, a reaction that gave her the illusion that she was making a remarkable speech.

“It is evident that opposition is numerically small, while differences in opinion are healthy, we can’t afford to be divided,” Aol said. Aware of the fact that her appointment was met with so much criticism in Parliament, with many doubting her capabilities to take on the new role, Aol wasted no time at hitting back at her haters asking them to give her time to prove her capabilities.

She fired back: “We also need to understand that we need to effectively work together, we should respect each other. Every one of us is gifted differently and everyone has something to offer towards a better opposition.” At the Press briefing held at Party Headquarters in Najjanankumbi last week, FDC president Amuriat named Aol as the new Minority Leader in Parliament.

Semujju Nganda maintained his position as Opposition Whip, and will be deputized by Tonny Muhindo who replaced Roland Mugume. Francis Mwijukye was named as new Commissioner taking over from veteran politician, Cecilia Ogwal.

Betty Nambooze was nominated as member on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Busongora North MP William Nzoghu was elected as the new member on the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and Mbale Municipality MP Jack Wamai Wamanga will represent FDC at the African Caribbean and Pacific Parliament (ACP).

Who is Betty Aol Ochan?

  • Aol was born in 1958 and joined Parliament in 2006 on the FDC party ticket as MP for Gulu District.
  • Before that, she was the Local Councillor 5 for Gulu District between 1997-2006. Betty is a teacher by profession, having first attained a Diploma in Education from Makerere University in 1981.
  • She taught at Awere S.S 1985-1990 and Layibi College in Gulu between 1981-1985.
  • In 1995-1997 she worked at St. Mauritz Gulu as Program Officer.
  • She then joined ACORD-Gulu in 1990-1995


By Stella Mugoya



Why Didn’t You Stick To Cattle Keeping – Bobi Blasts Museveni For Telling Him To Leave Politics



Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has blasted president Museveni for telling him to leave music and stick to Music.
While addressing locals in Arua municipality, during the area MP Kassiano Wadri’s victory party, Bobi, who already declared that he is ready to stand against president Museveni in the 2021 elections, told him that he would also have stuck to cattle keeping.

“You said that I should stick to music alone but remember when you were my age, you did not stick to keeping cattle. When you were my age, you were busy interacting with cows and goats but at my age I have been interacting with the common people. How can you say you went to the bush to fight against oppression and to install democracy yet 33 years later you cannot have democracy in your own party?” Bobi Said amidst cheers from the crowd.

Bobi told them to have the same courage they exhibited during the Arua by elections come 2021 and exercise their rights.

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IS THIS THE TRUE BESIGYE? Amanya Mushega’s Letter Blasting Besigye Resurrects – Your Style And Content Of Leadership Raises Concern, Learn To Respect And Appreciate The Contribution Of Others However Small



As the battle on who will represent the opposition in the next general election rages on, with many people calling upon Besigye, who has stood for presidency on four occasions and failed, to rally behind Kyadondo Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, a letter written by Amanya Mushega has surfaced revealing Besigye’s true characters.

In the letter, which was written by Amanya Mushega four years ago, the FDC regional vice president for western Uganda asked Besigye to tolerate different points of view and genuinely welcome, respect, appreciate and accommodate those who hold a different point of view.

Besigye, Mbabazi and Mao in a TDA meeting before the 2016 elections

The opposition is currently split on who to front in the next general elections with many voices calling upon all opposition heads to rally behind one candidate who should stand against President Museveni. A similar feat was done in the 2016 elections under The Democratic Alliance (TDA) but Besigye jumped out of the TDA ship at the last minute and refused to rally behind the TDA candidate Amama Mbabazi. He later stood on the FDC party ticket and came out second with 3,508,687 votes to Museveni who garnered 5,971,872 votes. The TDA candidate Amama Mbabazi was third with a paltry 136,519. There are fears that this might happen again come 2021.

Below is Amanya Mushega’s letter:

Dear Col. (rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye,

In your interview with one of the local English papers, you insinuated that in my earlier interview with the same paper, l was trying to speak on behalf of president Mugisha Muntu, yet I am not his spokesperson, and that Muntu is competent to speak for himself.

I’m writing this letter to you directly to let you know that l gave my views in my personal capacity. I hold no position in FDC but l have views based on experience in leadership on a fairly long period of reading, observing and in some cases practices.

You stated that in 1999, you approached some of us to leave the Movement and when we failed; you decided to start the work of ‘heavy lifting’ to remove the dictatorship and that you left the Movement for that purpose.

For how long will this ‘heavy lifting be a personal obligation and mission? The fact is that you did not leave the Movement; you just run for the office of the President under the Movement system. There were some members who moved a motion that Mr President be declared a sole candidate in 2000. Some of those movers are now victims of that thinking, some of us openly opposed this move and argued that you were free to stand. We even advised against the efforts to have you arrested and victimised. Your ‘entasiima’.

By the way, to refresh your memory, just 10 years earlier in 1989, you led a team to draft a resolution for a constitutional amendment to extend NRM rule and hence the leadership of President Museveni for an extra five years which was passed.

Then you were the most trusted confidant of the NRM leadership. Only a sole voice, Omulongo Waswa Ziritwawula opposed this move and resigned his seat in Parliament in protest. If you had joined him to fight the nascent ‘dictatorship’, perhaps the course of history of this country would have been different.

We may recall that when the Constitution was being amended to remove term limits, there were many clear voices in and outside Parliament who opposed it and some paid and are still paying a price. Not everyone succumbed to money offers. This was before FDC was formed. And FDC was not founded by a single individual or group. It was a culmination of efforts by several groups and tendencies, to forge a common home for a common effort and purpose.

You may recall my long discussion with you in South Africa in 2004. Many others did visit you. Learn to appreciate that there were other strugglers before you then and there are many others now.

The issues that concern you that I raised in that interview and which l still hold were;

1. You had turned on your word as recorded live on NTV and many other forms of media.

2. That you had not supported your successor Gen. Mugisha Muntu

3. That you had set up parallel structures and centres of power.

I can now add that you don’t easily tolerate different points of view and you don’t genuinely welcome and accommodate those who hold a different point of view. Case in a point, during the Namboole delegates conference in 2010 that elected you for the second term as president, Hon. Wandera Martin was publically announced that he had been appointed unopposed as secretary for labour.

Later on at the first NEC meeting at party headquarters, a meeting you chaired, it was raised that actually there were other people who had been nominated but papers not presented. To cut the long story short, Wandera was dropped and replaced by another person. The real reason, he had supported Muntu. Wandera is alive.

My brother Besigye, you are free to change your mind and you are entitled to run again, but if you do so, say so and why, rather than attacking people who raise that issue as you did in the interview referred to above. You actually state in the same interview that you stood because of the trust voters have in you that is not transferable to another candidate of the same party.

You also pointed that there was a deficit in that trust in your absence and that there was insufficient resolve by leaders in your absence to fight for reforms. Did you really think through this? If you did and it’s true, then your style and content of leadership raises concern. Please learn to respect and appreciate the contribution of others however small or insufficient from your point of view.

If it’s personal to you as if new voters have not come on board and some in the old voters register passed on, then this is in itself failed leadership. When you stepped down, I told some leaders at that time that you had stepped down tacticfully in order to come back with a bang as flag bearer. So your coming back was not a surprise to me, what surprised was the spurious reasons you advanced.

You started a parallel sect dubbed ‘activists’ from the top to the districts level. I will not delve into its activities. My view is that a leader’s role is to reconcile and harmonise different points of view in order to advance a common goal and purpose. Styles of struggle will always be there in any organised society. We should also learn to tolerate different points of view and respond to them without insinuations.

Finally, let me make it clear to all concerned that whoever gets elected and in spite of the attacks and labels put against me by some of your ardent supporters and campaign handlers, we shall support the party and its leadership at all levels.

— Nuwe Amanya Mushega

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



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.


  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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