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

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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to the international bodies saying FDC will have to wait until the current members serve their tenures until they are withdrawn.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

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The Glass Window They Broke Is Not Armoured: Bobi Wine, Kassiano Supporters Stoned My Convoy, We Reject Such Acts And We Will Punish The Organisers – Museveni

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President Museveni has rebuked opposition leaders whose supporters tried to stone his convoy. Museveni says that his security team did not react with fire after being attacked otherwise if they had intervened, people would have died because his security team only had live bullets.

PRESIDENT’S FULL STATEMENT ON MONDAY INCIDENTS IN ARUA TOWN

Countrymen, Countrywomen and, especially, Bazukulu (grandchildren)

I always insist on singling out the grandchildren because I want them to be conversant with our rich experiences spanning a period of 58 years. I understand that some of our people were worried about the endless criminal acts of elements of the Opposition, including the incidents of Arua on Monday.

The elements of the Opposition, including Kassiano Wadri, Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and others, who stoned our convoy, including my vehicle.

The stones they threw broke the rear glass window of the car where we transport luggage. That window glass is not armoured. There was no harm to the old man with a hat.

It is a big shame to have such confused people who want to use violence to intimidate Ugandans. Nobody has a right to intimidate any Ugandan by word or action.

Fortunately, my convoy did not react with fire in response to this attack. This was because we were not equipped for anti-riots. Our intervention could have resulted in people’s death because we only had live bullets.

Unfortunately, this crowd, with a tinga tinga (a grader), apparently continued to the town where they attacked people who were coming from the NRM rally.

They injured quite a number of people with stones. It was in those scuffles that one of the attackers was shot dead. This is due to the weak management by the Police and the criminal behaviour of some of the Opposition leaders.

Why take supporters in processions through congested streets? The legal thing is to go for the rally at the agreed venue and, after the rally, everybody disperses to his/her home.

Processions are illegal and the NRM leaders should not be part of them because they inconvenience the public.

Some leaders have been acting with impunity and it has caused the death of one in Bugiri and, now, one person in Arua. These acts are strongly rejected and will be punished according to the law. Anybody who organizes such groups is responsible for their misconduct.

We went to the bush to fight for the right of making political decisions by Ugandans without intimidation by word or action. Anybody who threatens this will have himself to blame.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President

Museveni’s car being brought to Kampala

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Kadaga Rejects New FDC PAP Appointments

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has rejected some of the new appointments that were last week made by the President of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Patrick Amuriat Oboi for failure to satisfy the available rules of Procedure.

The FDC president appointed Busongola North MP, William Nzoghu to the Pan African Parliament (PAP) replacing Prof. Ogenga Latigo as well as Buhweju County MP, Francis Mwijukye to replace Cecilia Ogwal as Parliament commissioner.

The appointments were read to the house last week and the Deputy Speaker promised that guidance will be given after legal interpretation on when the appointments will take effect.

During her communication to the house, Kadaga noted that these changes cannot be effected since the positions are capped with term limits.

The composition of the Parliamentary Commission is provided for in section (2) of the Administration of Parliament Act and Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament to include four bench members of Parliament, section 2 (c) of the Administration of Parliament Act which require that the four MPs serve for a period of 2 and a half years.

In such a situation the appointment of Mwijukye cannot be take effect since Hon. Cecilia Ogwal has not served her two and half years in office.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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STATEMENT: We Have Bobi Wine And Other Opposition MPs – Police Spokesperson Kayima Speaks Out After Arua Police Claimed They Didn’t Have The Kyadondo MP

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Uganda Police has finally accepted that they are holding Kyadondo East Member in Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

According to a statement from Kayima, police is holding Bobi Wine and other opposition politicians to help them with investigations regarding yesterday’s incident.

Arua police has said that don’t have Kyandondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in its custody. Earlier today, West Nile Police spokesperson Josephine Angucia said that they don’t have Bobi Wine.

Police opened fire on a group of Wadri’s supporters after they failed to give the right of way to President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy. In the scuffle, Kyagulanyi’s driver Yasin Kawuma was shot dead and five others sustained injuries. Below is Kayima’s full statement….

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