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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to the international bodies saying FDC will have to wait until the current members serve their tenures until they are withdrawn.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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Disgruntled Official Spills JEEMA Dirty Secrets: Party Is Rotten Beyond Redemption

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JEEMA President H.E Asumani Basalirwa

In a 1040 words dossier, Abdunoor Kyamundu Sentongo the spokesperson for the party has exposed the extent to which intrigue and rot has gotten to the core of Asuman Basalirwa’s Justice Forum Party (JEEMA). The strongly-worded dossier, similar to the stinger Besigye authored before leaving NRM in 1999, is reproduced in its original form.

VERBATIM;

WE WON’T ALLOW ANY BODY TO TAKE JEEMA BACK 

Bugiri election didn’t only bring *power power* excitement in the country, it also brought with it unnecessary expectation in JEEMA due to the material gains that come with a party’s presence in Parliament. This has exposed their greed and dictatorship to a level no one ever thought of them.

The Secretary General now wants to run the party as if it’s his family business and he is the only director with all the veto powers on everything. The JEEMA secretary general has heightened the campaign to fight people who do not share his line of thinking and who cannot bow. He is stuck in the self-glorification moods of how he is a founder of JEEMA and anybody who is outside that circle must simply salute him. He assumed veto powers over every decision that

various organs of the party take even over the party president himself.

Although the JYL chairperson is an elected position, the party president took a decision to appoint Youth league leadership as we lobby for funds to organize a youths delegate’s conference that will bring in elected leaders. The SG disregarded the president’s appointments and appointed his parallel team claiming that the president did not consult him.

We looked in JEEMA constitution cover to cover to find a close that requires the president to consult the Secretary General before making any appointments. In fact the secretary general is a position appointed by the party president

Recently when JEEMA got readmitted to IPOD, Mr Kateregga without consulting the party president or any organ of the party selected IPOD representatives. This angered many including the party president who called for an urgent meeting to air out his dissatisfaction and assert his position. His team was dissolved in a compromised position.

When we were organizing the swearing in ceremony of the party president as elected Member of Parliament for Bugiri municipality, the Arua incidents happened and Bobiwine’s driver was shot dead. We had planned to bring his electorate to Kampala to grace the function and then have a luncheon at One love beach Busabala. The SG called me to call off the event. I explained to him why we cannot call it off and in his usual way of belittling everyone barked at me, that "as a secretary general, I have cancelled the event, it will not take place. When I consulted the party president, he gave me a go ahead to organize the function. Mr. Kateregga then actively demobilized people against coming to the function including the party chairman who was personally dissuaded by this folk. Just recently, his veto powers were exerted again during the IPOD summit selections. A meeting sat and set quotas for various organs of the party and it remained with the leaderships of the various organs of the party to file their lists to be compiled into a final list. In Mr. Kateregga’s dictatorial management style, the party organs that submitted the lists were not wiser to his extent that he decided to re-do the lists with the help of his best friend, the JEEMA finance secretary who admitted reorganizing the lists disregarding what was done by various organs of the party.

What brings the above impunity is a belief of self-entitlement, self-glorification, and arrogance limited knowledge on the running of political parties as opposed to limited companies that he seems to know most. I think Mr Kateregga in his mind asks where was Basalirwa when we were starting JEEMA?

Secondly, I also think it is his limited conceptualization of political parties and political organizations act that he is bragging to his presumed cronies that he is going to expel me, the youth leader and all those opposed to his inefficiency. Mr. Kateregga sees JEEMA as a private business that should be run on the whims of the Directors. Political parties are national assets and should be run by majority members; decisions.

There is also a narrative recently propagated by the Secretary General being the official spokesperson of the party. Whereas under the JEEMA constitution, the SG is stated as the official spokesperson of the party but the current SG is so incompetent and with very limited capacity and knowledge to do such a complex role that is why I assumed the role to help the party advance. He can’t bring out a single press statement he has issued for the last three years he

has held that office.

When I had just assumed the office of JEEMA publicity Secretary, the SG told me of how the media hates JEEMA that government warned them against reporting about us. I told him it is because there is nothing to write about us that we think the media is against us. I thank God that our publicity team has broken that thinking.

Today, when JEEMA has an activity, we are covered by a minimum of 25 media houses. We now have weekly radio and TV appearances where we don’t even pay a coin. We are only limited by the human resource to appear on talk shows.

Because of media coverage and our continuous appearance in mainstream media, very many people now want to join JEEMA and it’s is the reason the SG has remembered that he's the party official spokesperson which he never realized three years ago. But even this issue should be put to context. The S.G. is the supervisor of all departments of the party, why is he insisting on being spokesperson and accounts?

Fundamentally, we are hurt by such individuals who think they can render our efforts useless because of their senseless wars to get at certain individuals. Many resourceful people have either exited the party or are silent about party activities because of Mr. Kateregga Muhammad’s funny tendencies. I conclude by telling members that we are not about to succumb to such circusm. We invest in the party our limited resources and time because we subscribe to the ideology of its founders and that is where our loyalty lies. Individuals should drop egos of self-entitlement.

Abdunoor Kyamundu Sentongo is the publicity secretary of the Justice Forum/JEEMA (Contact. 0701756756)

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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End Of The KCCA Road For Musisi As  She  Finally Hands Over Office Today

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KCCA outgoing Executive Director Ms. Jennipher Musisi (Left) with President Museveni

Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) Executive Director Ms Jennipher Musisi has this morning handed over the office official to the Minister of Kampala, Hon Betty Olive Namisango Kamya.

Ms.Musisi who ends her seven and half tenure as the KCCA director, leaves her office following today her resignation notice she wrote to president Museveni informing him about her resignation two months ago that takes effect today, December 15th. In her resignation letter, Ms. Musisi cited lack of political support and low funding among other reasons as the major factors that led to her resignation. In her words Ms.Musisi said, “When given an opportunity to make a difference, let your existence matter by leaving things better than you found them.” She also informed journalist’s earlier that she has achieved a number of things in the city ranging from infrastructure, healthy, education among others asserting that the authority will thrive even when she departs.

Ministry for Kampala Hon. Betty Kamya thanked the outgoing executive director of the commendable job done and insisted that she had receive the office ceremonially and await further instructions from the president on what to do. she also informed Ms. Musisi that president Museveni had not yet technically accepted her resignation and to this effect he had not yet appointed her replacement. On the 15th October 2018, Ms. Musisi submitted her 21-page resignation notice to President Yoweri Museveni Monday indicating that she would step down on December 15, 2018. In her letter to the president,Ms. Musisi highlighted a number of challenges in the management of Kampala. Key among them was the unceasing bickering between the political and technical wing of KCCA. “One of the challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/ decisions and the strategic plans of the KCCA technical team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets,” Musisi said.

She equally pointed out the inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA technical team to transform Kampala, a result of which many planned city improvement plans have not received political support and Musisi acknowledges that KCCA is unable to fully meet the government and public expectations in city development programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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