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FDC To Organise Country Wide Protests Against Dictatorship – Amuriat

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The president of Forum for Democractic Change Patrick Oboi Amuriat have warned police to stop harassing opposition leaders.

Amuriat, who was accompanied by the party deputy spokesperson Mr. John Kikonyogo and other members said this at a press conference held today morning at the party headquarters in Najjanankubi a Kampala suburb.

The FDC boss warned that if police do not stop mistreating them, they will mobilise protests across the country.

Amuriat narrated, “We published a country wide mobilization program that would take us nearly two months. This program was handed to the police authorities in line with the requirements of the Public Order Management Public Act.

As a law-abiding party, we set out to carry out our work because we never knew that our work will affect the public peace and order but our rallies and in-door meetings have stopped and stopped violently.

FDC would like to cite the interference by the police in Mubende district where we had a meeting 27th march 2019. The house of our chairman in one of the sub counties was surrounded and the playground taken over by the police.

FDC rallies were continuously stopped by the police On 28th last Month, we went out on a scheduled meeting in Kaliro district, all sorts of military hardware was brought to the villages in kaliro to stop us from talking to the people, common villagers were teargassed and other dangerous substances in water was sprayed on them.”

“Though FDC was able to communicate to the people, it took a short while though we were supposed to spend the whole day.

In Soroti, the leaders of the FDC were stopped to attend the training of our leaders in Teso sub region. An indoor meeting on the 30th was raided by the police with teargas and pepper spray intended to harm the official members.

We went to ishaka on the 3rd April, although our indoor meeting went on, our rally was again interfered with and during that time, the members who were in church were affected by teargas thrown there by the police officers. This was an assault on their religion because they were peacefully worshipping in church.

On the 4th April, while at Rubanda, we were attacked again by the same partisan police under the instructions of the dictator.

 The police under the orders of the RDC in Kabale switched off the radio station, we consider this as a violation of the rights of people to information and midway into the program we couldn’t communicate to the people of Kabale, Kigezi, Ankole and the surrounding areas.

On the fifth of April, the venue for our meeting was sealed off, we were not allowed to go to the venue of the meeting in the cultural social center in Mbarara and we had to make emergency arrangements for our meeting to go ahead. when we attempted to address our people, we were again attacked with teargas, dirty and dangerous water was sprayed on people, they were beaten and physically harmed,” Amuriat added.

He said, “Just a day before yesterday, when were in Kira radio station, the police raided us and switched off the radio violating people’s right to information and freedom of speech. We were forcefully wound up and many of our supporters got injuries from teargas and beating.

I am taking you through all this to demonstrate the impunity by the junta that has become so intolerant of dissenting views.

So as a party, we would like to state as follows; with or without the police approval, our activities are going to go ahead. The program which is with the police and the media is going to be implemented even if the police interferes with it.

Our call to the citizens of Uganda is for them to rise against the exercise of the police to rise up against the dictatorship in Kampala. Our call to the police is for them to exercise restraint because as individuals, they will personally be punished for the wrong doings.”

Amuriat warned that they are going to call upon the international community to place sanctions against the dictatorship in Kampala.

FDC also plans to organise country wide protest against the Public Management Order Act.

By Evelyn Musimenta

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I Don’t Enjoy Being Teargassed – Besigye Blasts Critics, Asks Mbabazi To Stop Hiding Behind Doors And Curtains, Tells Bobi To Learn From His Political Experience

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Opposition strongman Dr. Kizza Besigye has blasted former presidential candidate Patrick Amama Mbabazi on his last statement that he is politically selfish.

Veteran journalist Simon Kaggwa Njagala who had hosted Besigye on NBS TV’s famous morning breeze show tasked him to explain to the nation why he is selfish and why he thinks that without him no one can lead the opposition. Njala cited statements made by opposition leaders like Mbabazi and members of the DP block.

The four times presidential candidate asked Mbabazi to stop banding him as a selfish politician when he is hiding behind doors and curtains. He tasked him to come out and publicly tell Ugandans who are yearning for change that Besigye is politically selfish then Ugandans decide.

“I have no problem with anybody to lead the struggle and I have never fought for positions.  So, whoever wants to be a leader of the struggle should come and leads us. I don’t enjoy being teargassed and shot at with bullets, I am not really anxious to be in teargas. I have never seen    Bwanika in the heat of things, I have never stopped them,” Besigye said. 

The defiant man from Rukungiri revealed that he is not politically the same as Museveni as many people claim including people in the opposition.  He said that even though he is battling with treason charges, president Museveni must also be charged with treason charges because he has committed a lot of atrocities. He cited a situation when Museveni ordered military personnel in the broad day light to attack the Members of Parliament who did not support the lifting of age limit from the constitution.  The former political commissioner in the NRA government insisted that what Museveni did was a sign of dictatorship and even his predecessor, the late Milton Obote never did such when he was abolishing the constitution through the pigeon hole constitution and MPs were not beaten.

Besigye (L) with Bobi Wine (R)

Besigye also reacted to the bitter statements issued by people power leader and Kyadondo East Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine that it’s not democratic for someone to stand four times for presidency and later claim that election cannot remove a dictator from power.  Besigye said that all the new opposition members should learn from them and clearly understand why veterans stand for presidency many times.

“The struggle today is not a struggle for leadership, we have nothing to lead, we have to first regain the country. The struggle is to end the rule of the few. This struggle is not my struggle but a struggle must help all Ugandans to regain freedom and control of their country,” Besiggye said.

He noted that the reason why he is challenging Museveni’s 2021 presidential bid is that Museveni uses his executive powers to frustrate other candidates. He gave an example of the last election where he was arrested in the middle of his campaigns. He advised other opposition members to understand the difference between winning an election and taking power. He cited the 2016 elections which he said he won but was denied victory and not allowed to even challenge Museveni’s claimed victory in courts of law because he was put under house arrest.

By Jamil Lutakome and Evalyne Musimenta

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Abtex And Bajjo Are Conmen, They Want Bobi Wine To Fall Into M7’s Trap – Tamale Mirundi: Some People Have Been Paid To Be Stupid – Abtex Fires Back

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L-R: Events organisers Abtex and Bajjo with Mirundi

President Museveni’s former Press Secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has warned Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine to be careful while dealing with people like events organisers Abtex and Bajjo claiming they are conmen.

While speaking to Sanyuka TV’s Uncut, Mirundi cautioned Bobi Wine to be careful because the two events managers especially Abtex will fail him. He added that the two are claiming that they are putting up Bobi concerts yet in actual sense they are trying to lure him into a trap by getting money from Museveni.

In his words, Tamale Mirundi said, “the one who stopped Bobi Wine from singing is the one who will allow him sing again so, now they have not allowed him to sing. Secondly, Bobi said he wants to be president, he is not a candidate now. The law allows a candidate to stage rallies but that will be in 2021 when the year is ending, they will give them three months. He is not a presidential candidate now. He is the Kyadondo east Member of Parliament meaning he is not allowed to stage rallies,” the presidential adviser on Media warned.

He continued, “thirdly, the government said Bobi Wine turns his concerts into political rallies, this man who puts on a hat (Abtex) has over failed Bobi Wine, I wish some people attack him because they are playing Bobi. If those men just come up and say that they are going to share the money they get from Museveni with Bobi wine, he will have fallen because he will have deceived his fans, people will think he is a thief.”

ABTEX FIRES BACK

When the Grapevine contacted Abtex, he told us that people like Mirundi have been paid by the state to be stupid.

“People saying such things have been paid to be stupid. Right now, Bobi Wine has put a lot of pressure on Museveni, He never expected a young man like Bobi to put him under a lot of pressure, he was used to the Maos and Besigyes. I cannot at the moment present myself as the person trying to fight Bobi Wine. When Bobi entered politics, he wanted to leave stage performances, I personally convinced him to keep performing on stage. Tony Sempijja, who is an NRM mole took some events organisers to President Museveni who gave them over 1.8 billion, now, me and Bajjo never went there. I personally fought enemy forces to make sure that Bobi performs at the Kabaka’s enkuuka fete. How can a man who did all that fight his own creation. Right now, they have hired bloggers and people like Mirundi to spoil our names. We were arrested and caged with Bobi Wine because we were fighting hard to make sure that his Busabala concert stands, how them can one say that we want his downfall?

We don’t want any compensation from president Museveni, we just want him to allow Bobi to sing and hold his concerts,” Abtex said.

He added that they have hired the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago to handle their court case in which they have taken government to court for stopping Bobi’s shows.

Bajo told us to give him 10 minutes

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You Succeeded In Removing Age Limit But You Will Not Cheat Death – Mao Stings President Museveni

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The Democratic Party president who also doubles as the chairman of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), Nobert Mao has stung president Museveni over the amendment of article 102(b) of the constitution.

While addressing the press at the DP headquarters at City House in Kampala, the DP boss said, “according to article 126, Judicial power is derived from people and shall be exercised by the courts established under this constitution in the name of the people and in conformity with the law and the values, norms and aspirations of people.”

“The colonization of the Supreme Court reflects the colonization of Uganda and the division in the country which was evident in the supreme court. The supreme court has now put the last nail in the coffin of the 1995 constitution, one of the main problems we have here in Uganda now will be the peaceful transfer of power,” Mao said.

He said that him and the likes of Abed Bwaniika were young during Idi Amin’s regime and that they have never seen peaceful change of power.

Mao told president Museveni that he might have succeeded in lifting the age limit cap off the constitution but one thing he (Mao) is sure of is that he will not escape death.

“We grew up seeing wars following the disputed 1980 elections, then we witnessed 20 years of war in northern Uganda which drained Uganda’s economy, billions of dollars were spent on that war, services to other parts of Uganda couldn’t be given and Uganda paid the price as a whole,” he added.

“We had all our hopes on term limits which we thought would allow a peaceful transition but we lost that in 2005 and we remained hopeful that we had the age limit which also was recently removed. Naturally, we don’t want to take up arms but that doesn’t mean we can’t but all this is based on choice,” he said.

He further said that in the various meetings they have held, the talk about taking power through the use of arms usually ends with question marks.

“If we take power by force, why would we listen to anybody? There would be no reason, that’s why we want Ugandans to be part of the struggle so that we don’t black mail them. When people are involved, we will not start saying that we liberated them and asking questions like where were they during the liberation. Our struggle is about breaking the cycle of unconstitutional changes of government,” Mao said.

He said following the supreme court ruling, citizens now have no protection against a life presidency.

“We have not lost hope we are now going to appeal to the people’s court and Museveni this time won’t bride or intimidate us. We are encouraging the determined youth whom we meet in different societies who are ready to shape their own future. And that if we stand in their way, they will push us aside which I think is in their rights. Why does Museveni want to be a life time president? What does he fear?” Mao asked.

He added that he once heard president Museveni saying that after the age of 75, someone starts to diminish and becomes confused, why then does he want to sink with the country. Mao said that as DP, they are determined to put alternatives which Ugandans can trust who will take the country forward.

“We want to present an alternative team which Ugandans can trust. NRM is not a party but an eating house and all those who are there don’t believe in what is going on, they are all with us and we blame the opposition for not uniting and by appearing extremely disorganized.

Museveni’s power is based on gun power and ours is based on people power, let us see which is more powerful between gun power and people power. Guns were invented by the people and Ugandans should stop fearing them but believe in themselves, I urge leaders to unite,” he added.

By Evalyne Musiimenta

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