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For Now, We Cannot Commit Ourselves On A Single Presidential Candidate, Talks Between Besigye And Bobi Are In High Gear – Nambooze

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Several meetings have been held between four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye and People Power strongman Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine on how to front one opposition candidate to compete with incumbent president Yoweri Museveni in the next elections according to the shadow information minister Betty Nambooze.

In a press conference held today at Fairway Hotel in Kampala, Nambooze told journalist that right now, they cannot commit themselves on a single presidential candidate in 2021 because the situation doesn’t allow them. 

The former journalist said that both Besigye and Bobi are not allowed to consult their supporters through radio station, televisions and they are not allowed to carry out public consultation through political rallies.  However, Nambooze noted that Ugandans must not lose hope on the issue of fielding a single candidate because both principles are in discussion and both are on the same level without one being on the upper side. She revealed that the discussions are chaired by People’s government Vice President who also doubles as the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and they have reached a promising stage.

“As you might be aware, for some time now, the two principals have been holding talks to answer the demand and request by various people in Uganda who want to see a close working relationship between them as people and political organizations,” Nambooze noted.

She said that the people’s government is still engaging other stake holders to see that president Museveni’s government is gone before or after 2021.

Nambooze also supported Bobi’s crusade of mobilizing Ugandans to register and obtain National Identity Cards so that they can vote in 2021 general elections.

In the same press conference, the newly appointed spokesperson of People Power political movement Joel Senyonyi confirmed that there are negotiations going on between Besigye and Bobi Wine and very soon, they are going to sign a pact. Both camps asked their supporters to work together and avoid attacking each other because both parties are targeting the same goal of overthrowing Museveni.  Last week Besigye, his Vice President Erias Lukwago and Nambooze visited Bobi Wine at his Magere home where the two discussed a number of political, economic and political issues.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kittata Is A Bigger Threat To M7’s Seat Than Bobi Wine – Former State House Spy Reveals

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Former State House chief spy Charles Rwomushana has revealed how incarcerated boda boda 2010 boss Abdullah Kittata is a more deadly threat to president Yoweri Museveni’s chair than Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. 

The former Makerere university Guild President said that it was an intentional and well planned move by president Museveni to prosecute Kittata in the military army instead of trying him in the civilian’s courts even if he is a civilian.

“You people must understand that it is president Museveni who decides on who to charge in the court martial and before charging anyone he must be aware of the verdict. Don’t you ask yourself why Kyagulanyi was not charged in the military court even though they first showed us that he was found with guns? Where are the guns now? It was the president who ordered Kyagulanyi to be first tried in the court martial, however, after making some calculations, Museveni decided to discharge Kyagulanyi from the court martial to civilian court because he was not deadly,” Rwomushana said.

Rwomushana revealed that Museveni is very calculative because he understands that he cannot manipulate the civilian courts like he does in the military court. He said that they convicted Kittata as a way of punishing him over his involvement in some secret plans with embattled former Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura against Museveni’s chair. He explained that Museveni was very aware of the atrocities committed while Kayihura was manning police but he left him until he started conniving with other people to threaten his chair.

Rwomushana swore that the Museveni he knows cannot forgive Kittata, and his friends and relatives must expect more deadly things including more charges against the former boda boda patron. Rwomushana was appearing on BBS TV’s ‘amaaso ku ggwanga’ program.

Kittata was convicted on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition including a golden pistol, he was sentenced to eight years in prison together with his body guard Sowari Ngobi.

By Jamil Lutakome

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You Cannot Meet M7 And Expect Things To Work Out , Even Meeting Him Alone Is Frustrating – Ssemujju Nganda

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The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has said that meeting president Museveni is a waste of time since things never work out.

During an interview with NBS TV,  Ssemujju said that dialogue with Museveni can never work because even  meeting him privately is frustrating . The Kira Municipality legislator said that the president has held the country in captivity and as FDC, they will try every avenue to free Ugandans from this captivity.

In his words, Ssemujju said, “we had a meeting with the Prime Minister Rugunda  and the agreement was that the police under Kayihura was misinterpreting the Public Order Management Act (POMA). The country is held captive by Mr. Museveni but as FDC, we are going to give everything a chance.”

Concerning the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), Ssemujju said that as long as it’s doing what it’s supposed to do, FDC will be in support of it, “as FDC, we don’t want IPOD to be turned into a socialisation club, it was formed for a purpose and if it hasn’t met its purpose in 10 years then why should it continue?

As FDC, we can only collect views for FDC leaders and members but we can’t meet them because even a small meeting in a home is being teargassed. Give me one example of a meeting where Museveni has sat down with people and things have worked, even meeting him is frustrating.”

Yesterday, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, held a meeting between secretary generals of political parties and government officials and called for ceasefire between political parties and government security agencies and promised a speedy implementation of the new Public Order Management Act (POMA), 2013 regulations.

Rugunda said that the new regulations will be tabled in parliament soon for approval and consequently implemented.

He said that political parties are supposed to notify police of their meetings and police is supposed to recognize receipt of notification in 48 hours.

IPOD is an umbrella of political parties with representation in parliament. These include the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the Democratic Party (DP) Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).

IPOD council chairperson, Gerald Siranda, who is the Secretary General of Democratic Party says political parties expect police to behave responsibly by following POMA. He warned that time for dialogue is about to end.

By Doreen Menezer

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They Are Registering Congolese, Rwandans And Tanzanians To Vote In Next Election – DP Vows To Investigate NIRA

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The Democratic Party (DP) spokesperson, Paul Kenneth Kakande has vowed that their party is going to start investigating the National Identification Registration Agency (NIRA).

While addressing journalists at the DP head office at City house in Kampala, Kakande said that many people who are not Ugandan citizens are being entered into the national data system which is regulated by NIRA to give them the opportunity to vote when it comes to election period.

“DP is going to investigate the act of non-Ugandans acquiring the National Identity Card which is meant to be for Ugandan nations only. It has come to our notice that there are non-citizens who are being entered into the national data system controlled by NIRA.

Kakande alleges that these people come from neighbouring countries of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. “The national data should be for Ugandans and a person to acquire the citizenship should follow the procedures, not using back doors. The issue of registering the citizens in the national data is going to lose sense,” he warned.

He went ahead and said, “we call upon parliament to look into the activities of NIRA especially as we approach the general elections. Non-citizens will end up voting in Uganda and this is being aided by District Intelligence Security Officers (DISO) and Resident District Officers (RDCs).”

Kakande also said that as the current leaders of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), an organization of parties with members in parliament, bound together by a memorandum that was signed by different political parties which include DP, Justice Forum (JEEMA), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and National for Resistance Movement (NRM), they are facing tremendous challenges.

“The FDC raised challenges about the conduct of one of the members IPOD who is the NRM party which were legitimate especially concerning police brutality on members of the opposition and those who disagree with the president about constitutional reforms, it seems the NRM party is not concerned about doing the proper thing.

The issue of constitutional reforms is very controversial and touchy but it’s being ignored by those in government who give excuses that there is no time, money but when it touches changing the constitution in favour of Museveni, the money is found,” he added.

He said that as a party, they believe that there is a deliberate effort by the NRM to use the Public Order Management Act (POMA) to molest members of the opposition.

He said that the as a party, which is also a member of IPOD, they can understand FDC’s position even though they still believe that they can have a last attempt to have a discussion on the way forward of the country.

“We are talking to the NRM which has proved to be the roadblock in these negotiations, we believe that tomorrow they will not blame us that we didn’t tell them when the time comes when those who talk now are shoved aside and Ugandans take over. They will not say we didn’t tell them because the writing is on the wall, you can see what is happening to Sudan, we call upon all stakeholders in IPOD to make sense in this organization,” Kakande said.

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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