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Furious M7 Vows To Deal With NRM CEC Members Who Used Foreign Funds, Directs Intelligence Agencies To Probe The Source Funds Used By CEC Candidates During Campaigns….

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During the meeting of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party top organ the Central Executive Meeting (CEC) at State House Entebbe, President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the party chairperson revealed that he has direct different intelligence agencies to investigate the sources of the huge amounts of money used by candidates in the recent CEC campaigns.

Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the party’s Director of Communications and Public Relations disclosed that their chairperson told them that he received a lot of complaints from different people including NRM members asking him to probe the huge amount of money used during CEC campaigns.

“It is true that matter of the expensive campaigns and the huge amounts of money used during the recent CEC campaigns was raised in our Monday meeting but our chairperson told us that he is still probing the allegation because the problem he had at that time was he did not have enough evidence implicating the culprits,” Dombo said.

However, other credible sources who attended the Monday meeting intimated to theGrapevine that President Museveni was very furious and warned all those who participated in the recent CEC campaigns that if he finds out that they used money from foreign countries, he is going to punish them legally.

Sources told this website that the furious Museveni wondered why one has to even take a loan or get money from foreign countries just to be elected to the CEC committee of the party.

Museveni was quoted telling his party members that they can serve their party and the country in other capacities other than CEC.

Museveni further told his party members that they should be patriotic to their country and make sure that they improve people’s standards of living instead of using money to bribe them to vote for them into political offices like becoming members of the CEC.

It should be noted that flight captain Mike Mukula, who was declared NRM Vice Chairperson Eastern Region petitioned Museveni asking him to probe the source of money used in the campaigns by some of the candidates especially his competitor Sanjay Tanna.

On Tuesday Sanjay Tanna who lost to Mukula also asked Museveni to probe the exorbitant wealth that Mukula poses.

Political analysts observed that the 2020 NRM CEC campaigns were the most expensive compared to the previous ones.

They predicted that the coming general elections are going to be determined by who has more financial muscles.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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WE DON’T WANT HIM HERE: Bunyoro Kingdom Rejects Police Boss Who Fired Tear Gas At Top Buganda Officials And Catholic Bishop Over Bobi Wine…

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Bunyoro Kingdom premier Andrew Byakutaga (L) and Alex Mwine (R)

The Bunyoro Kingdom administration has strongly rejected police boss who fired tear gas at top Buganda Kingdom officials and Catholics clerics ovbecause of the presence of National Unity Platform (NUP) party supreme leader Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

Bunyoro Kingdom premier Andrew Byakutaga protested the deployment of Alex Mwine as the new police commandant Hoima because of his questionable discipline.

“As the Bunyoro Kingdom, we have written to the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola requesting him to rescind the transfer of Mr. Mwine to Hoima and instead deploy befitting disciplined officers,” Byakutaga stated.

Mwine is accused of commanding police in Mityana to teargas and disperse mbogo clan meeting upon getting information that Kyagulanyi, who is one of the prominent members of the clan, was going to attend.

Among the top senior citizens who were affected include retired Masaka Diocese Bishop John Baptists Kaggwa and mbogo clan leader omuttaka Kayiira Gaajuule.

The ceremony was to commemorate the good work done by the mbogo clan in Buganda kingdom especially when Kayiira successfully served his king as the kingdom clans head.

Police bosses are currently on a tour publicly apologizing to everyone who was affected by Mwine’s lugubrious  actions, they have so far apologized to Buganda kingdom and the Catholic community.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I’m Like Jesus, If They Abused The Son Of God, Who Am I Not To Be Abused? – M7 Commissions Sugar Processing Plant In Atiak, Says He Is A Man On A Mission…

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commissioned Atiak Sugar Factory in Amuru District. The factory is owned by entrepreneur Amina Moghe Hersi, while government holds 41% shares through the Uganda Development Corporation.

Museveni noted that a country needs labour, natural resources, capital, knowledge and entrepreneurship to be industrialized.

He singled out entrepreneurs as the most visionary people who have the spectacles to see opportunities which others do not see, citing that the stock of entrepreneurs in Uganda is growing.

The president stressed that once a factory is in Uganda, it’s a Ugandan factory irrespective of ownership.

“I hear some Ugandans talk of Indian factories, those are in India not Uganda. Previously, some people in Acholi were opposing these developments. This is terrible. Why would you reject progress? When I passed here in 1968, all I saw was grassland, fit for grazing cows. Then Amina Hersi came with different spectacles and here we are,” he said.

“You saw me hold a bag of sugar in the factory there. That is Atiak sugar. There is Kakira, Lugazi, Kinyara and now we have Atiak sugar. This factory adds to our capacity to produce sugar for internal consumption and export,” he added.

The president disclosed that the sugar factory employs upto 2,000 workers and impacts on more than 20,000 people and their families, pointing that neighbours who have sim sim, malakwang, potatoes and other things have got market for their goods from the factory workers.

“In Rwakitura, I sell a litre of milk at Shs600 yet my friend Prof Nsibambi, who had a farm near Kampala, would sell at Shs1,200 because he had a big market. Therefore, when you get a factory like this, please support it. Even if it does not directly employ you, there are many spill-over benefits. The nearby shops, schools, and other facilities will all benefit,” Museveni said.

Atiak will mainly be using out growers as the fulcrum. Much of the sugarcane will be grown by the local people, and each of the families engaged will have five acres ploughed and planted for them by the factory. The families will then be tasked to look after the cane and will each earn Shs18 million after 18 months.

The president pledged government’s continued to support this project. Museveni revealed how Amina Hersi took him to River Aswa and explained how the people of Lamwo are growing so much sugarcane but have to move 175km to bring it here, citing the need to build a bridge that would help reduce the distance by 36km to the factory.

He confirmed that the bridge will be built so that the part of the project which is on the Lamwo side will be directly linked with the one on Atiak side to help save the farmers’ money in transport.

“I thank the people of Atiak and Lamwo for making Africa proud because they have showed that even rural areas can receive the message of development and are able to reject the message of liars and malicious leaders,” Museveni pleasurably commended.

“I thank Amina for being a freedom fighter, she is like her uncle Museveni who does not give up even when I am abused. If they could abuse Jesus, the son of God, who am I not to be abused? But Jesus had a mission and was not deterred even when he was abused. He fulfilled his mission. That’s the same with me,” he added.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Ugandans Should Brace Themselves For The Toughest Election Ever – Opposition Wingers Warn, Trash EC’s ‘Inconveniencing Reforms’….

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Upon releasing an improved roadmap to the 2021 General Elections, The EC has been faulted by several opposition parties and members for allegedly stressing their genuine efforts to attain power.

The EC spokesperson, Paul Bukenya in respect to parliamentary and local council elections confirmed that the roadmaps are out, adding that the stage is set for the next act which is the candidates reaching out to the voters.

“Next we have the presidential nominations and date for elections,” he said.

Parliamentary aspirants, mostly from the opposition wing have decried the measurably little time they’ve been officially allocated to converse for votes. They have accused the EC for conniving with the incumbent president and his government to favorably keep him in power by implementing adverse policies to specifically oppress those entities contrasting the current government.

DP president, Nobert Mao, projected that this, particularly is going to be a very intense political season, citing that it requires clarity on rules of engagement more so from key stakeholders like the EC.

“The purpose of an election is to give the voters a chance to choose. This period is very short if you are running for a presidential election. You must have very many speaking for you. It is going to put a lot of pressure on the EC too,” Mao stressed.

Mao says the EC has not done enough of it’s duty on civic education with a lame excuse of lack of funds.

Another opposition parliamentary aspirant, Odonga Otto to his disappointment asked, “How can the EC change the dates gazetted for nominations?”

“It looks like the size of the shoe is clear and also who should put it on is clear. The presidential race is tailored for one person. One of the players in the elections dismissed half of the EC commissioners, he added, in obvious reference to incumbent President Museveni.

He argued that no amount of specific civic education whatsoever will at the moment change voter bribery, but a law. He said, “I still think Parliament needs to change the law so that it is not the president that elects the EC leadership.”

“I was in the village for a week waiting to be nominated. They had to extend the nominations so that the NRM cleans its house, then they call themselves the Independent Electoral Commission, Otto angrily submitted.

EC publicist, Bukenya’s justification of the process was trashed by the Aruu county MP. “You are looking ugly. You are looking like a magician trying to explain a failed magic,” he said.

Veteran opposition singer, Salamu Musumba submitted that the EC is not in charge, but rather remote controlled by the state.

She added that the scientific elections will create anarchy, adding that it will be a jungle that all Ugandans must prepare for.

“We are not ready for democracy. This is like a supermarket where the highest bidder takes it all,” Musumba stated.

Uganda Media Center (UMC) boss Ofwono Opondo however refuted all such claims. He stated that there is no record that the NRM requested the EC to extend the date for nominations of the MP aspirants.

He mockingly asserted that any serious political party should have known that there are going to be elections in February, 2021, and should therefore have been organised regardless of the COVID19 consequences. “The opposition is just using this as an excuse to justify their weakness,” he said.

 

By Baron Kironde

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