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    FDC EALA Candidate Narrates How Premier Nabbanja Tried To Compromise Him With M7 Meeting, Vows To Challenge Election Results In Court,….

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    FDC's Harold Kaija

    Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is set to petition Court challenging the outcome of the recent East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections citing a number of illegalities.

    Harold Kaija, who was a contestant in the recently concluded elections revealed that immediately after the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among, who was the EALA returning officer declared the nine elected legislators to represent Uganda in the Regional parliament, a decision was taken to challenge the results in the country’s Constitutional Court or at the East African Court of Justice.

    He added that the reason why FDC participated in the said election, which National Unity Platform (NUP), the leading opposition party in parliament boycotted, was to gain satisfactory evidence which they can base on when petitioning Court to declare fresh elections.

    Kaija, who is FDC’s deputy Secretary General claims that the regulations which are supposed to be followed during EALA elections were not followed.

    He insists that opposition in parliament were not given the opportunity to be represented in the regional parliament claiming that all the candidates elected are NRM and NRM leaning.

    He gave the example of Dr. Gerald Siranda, the Democratic Party (DP) candidate whose party signed a cooperation agreement with NRM.

    FDC wants the country’s Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to tell judges what criteria they followed to elect two candidates who stood on independent ticket.

    Kaija added that the elections were full of corruption and vote rigging with the number of votes which were cast not tallying with the number of people who were supposed to vote.

    He further revealed that Members of Parliament were asking for money from candidates and he narrowly survived being compromised by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.

    Kaija narrated that when he entered Nabbanja’s office to ask her to vote for him, she listened to him and praised him for having a good agenda for the region.

    However, she set tough conditions for him.

    He explained that Nabbanja tried to sweet talk him into accepting his offer to take him to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the chairperson of the NRM party so that he can give him his blessing and also order NRM legislators to vote for him.

    Kaija said that Nabbanja’s offer was too good to turn down but he had to choose between being a EALA legislator and losing his personal integrity.

    “If the voting was on Wednesday, I would have won because of the support which I had. I’m sure Museveni made phone calls to his members of parliament ordering them not to vote for me at the last hour,” Kaija stated.

    He praised the 99 legislators who voted for him adding that many of them were from NRM and independent because his party FDC has 33 legislators in parliament.

    On Thursday, Rose Akol, Dennis Namara, James Kakooza, George Odongo, Paul Musamali Mwasa, Mary Mugenyi all of the NRM, Veronica Kadogo and Jacqueline Amongin on the independent ticket and Dr. Siranda from DP were elected EALA legislators.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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