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    FDC’s Amuriat Unleashes How He’s Going to Execute Plan A, Releases Front Lineup Towards The 2021 General Elections…

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    Recently endorsed Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential flag bearer, Patrick Oboi Amuriat has assumed his obligatory responsibilities as party chief. With the consultation of the FDC leadership, Amuriat has assembled a formidable campaign team will well spelt out assignments for each individual.

    Amb. Wasswa Biriggwa who formerly contested against Amuriat for the party leadership before bowing out in the eleventh hour has been designated the Director General of campaigns.

    Hon. Roland Kaginda Mugume has bee named the National Field Coordinator.

    And Hon. Albert Okello Oduman has been assigned as the Executive Director- Campaign Bureau.

    Amuriat with high expectations of the selected team to help set up various fundraising platforms, also believes that the above instated leaders will set up a notable campaign bureau and campaign   structures. The FDC new chief general disclosed that the complete campaign team will be unveiled on Monday October 19th 2020 after the necessary approvals.

    “This being my first media briefing since I was elected FDC Presidential candidate, I want to begin by thanking the FDC leaders and supporters for entrusting me with the responsibility to lead them in the 2021 General Elections. I graciously accept this responsibility,” Amuriat said.

    He further said that he will advantageously utilise his 26 years public service experience to execute his calling. “The country is aware that I have been a Member of Parliament for 15 years. And during my tenure in Parliament, I served in many capacities including chairing the powerful Accountability committee on Commissions, Authorities and State enterprises (COSASE). I have worked with and under Dr.Kizza Besigye in many elections pre and post elections civil rights campaigns,” Amuriat stated, resurfacing his pure allegiance with the retirement colonel doctor.

    “This is not my campaign, it is a campaign of the deprived who want to free themselves, and it is a campaign to dislodge a 34 year old dictatorship. It is a campaign we will collectively execute. The FDC is present in every village in Uganda. It is these FDC leaders and supporters that will help me with this campaign,” he said.

    The FDC party president revealed that the party’s preparations for nominations of parliamentary candidates is in high gear. He intimated that the party has made full payments of requisite nomination fees to all eligible candidates who have expressed interest to contest. He instructed all FDC parliamentary candidates to only present themselves for nominations on the first day of the exercise (October 15th).

    Amuriat also announced that signatures to support the nominations of the FDC Presidential candidate are being collected in all districts of the country. He therefore instructed all FDC field officers to return signed nomination forms not later than end of this week.

    Amuriat also officially declared commencement of a country wide mobilization campaign on Saturday October 17th in which exercise he will interact with FDC leaders, supporters and nominated candidates. The exercise is expected to be concluded with a grand homecoming in Soroti . He however said that the detailed program will be issued in due course, as he intends to also visit cultural, religious, health and education institutions.

     

     By Baron Kironde

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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