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    How Journalist Agnes Nandutu Rose From 4th Spot In NRM Primaries To Claim 1st Position In Finals: The Incoming Bududa Woman MP’s ‘Spirits’ Aided Her To Beat Her Opponent Point-Blank!

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    Justine Khainza(L) and Agnes Nandutu (R)

     

    Renowned senior political reporter, Agnes Nandutu, is one of the four notable journalists who will represent their constituencies in the next legislative assembly, after impressively coming from down and behind to beat the incumbent and National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Justin Khainza, to the position.

    Before joining active politics, the now Bududa Woman Member of Parliament elect, hosted a popular TV talk-show dubbed ‘People’s Parliament’, which  saw her interact with different communities through ‘bringing the Parliament to the People’, in their villages, in a bid to help locals air out their grievances to the concerned leaders.

    Nandutu, a reporter with NTV, was initially trounced in the NRM primaries by the incumbent Khainza, but her conviction suggested she returns for phase two as an independent candidate, having come a distant last in a four-women race in the NRM primaries that Khainza literally swept.

    According to official results as presented by the NRM Electoral Commission, Nandutu came 4th after collecting only 2480 votes, 34012 less than Khainza, who got up to 34013 to clinch first position.

    The other contestants, Agnes Khainza and Jane Wakikona Namunane, got 26234 and 3820 in 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

    The result left only the incumbent Khainza and three other independent candidates against her in the race, two of who she had already beaten in the NRM primaries. They were Agnes Khainza Shiuma, Agnes Nandutu and Ms Esther Wetsetse Lois.

    During the elections however, another twist of events saw the Electoral Commission  disqualify both Agnes Khainza Shiuma and Esther Wetsetse Lois over discrepancies in names on their academic certificates. Giving Justine Khainza a step ahead of Nandutu.

    The EC acted following a petition filed by Khainza, who accused the duo of having been illegally nominated.

    She cited that the poll deeds of the two candidates, Ms Agnes Khainza Shiuma and Ms Esther Wetsetse Lois, which were intended to legitimize their names, were published after their nomination, something that is against the law.

    When Ronald Nsereko, the Bududa District Returning Officer, confirmed that that the two candidates had been disqualified and would therefore not appear on the  ballot, it must have felt like early victory for NRM’s Khainza.

    The above development then meant that the race would be between Khainza and Nandutu, a seemingly “tooth-less” competitor she had already beaten hands down.

    It felt more like the incumbent was in the race with herself. Political analysts predicted a sure win for the incumbent. The statistics highly suggested so. To vote Khainza out was unprecedented.

    Khainza had played her political cards right, but tactfully, little did she know that she had technically knocked herself out by throwing out the other two contestants, who would somehow have neutralised the race, like the case was in the party primaries.

    Khainza literally orchestrated her own failure; she set herself up for defeat by witch-hunting her opponents.

    Lawfully ousting opponents from a political race is an ace, but Khainza just threw her master card at the wrong time.

    The final tally of votes of the Bududa Woman Member of Parliament implied that Nandutu’s, Shiuma’s, Wetsetse’s and even the initial voters of Khainza in the NRM primaries turned out to shower the persistent journalist with votes. It was a vote of protest. It was more a vote of objection, than a vote of sheer choice.

    However, political pundits in Bugisu intimate that Nandutu’s spirits and the current political wave for change in Uganda could have played more in her favour than her political acumen, because Khainza is said to be some sort of ‘goddess’ in Bududa where she wields a lot of influence, especially amongst religious leaders, politicians and the locals.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    NUP Speaks Out On Bobi Wine’s ‘Fraudulent’ Academic Papers…

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    Bobi Wine (L) with lawyer Male Mabirizi (R)

    National Unity Platform Party (NUP) has spoken out on the fraudulent academic papers of their president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

    Earlier this week, Law Development Centre grade one magistrate Augustine Alule issued summons directing Kyagulanyi to appear in Court on 7th of October 2021 and answer charges against him.

    Controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi opened up a private criminal prosecution against Kyagulanyi over his academic papers.

    In his case, Mabirizi accuses Bobi Wine of fraudulently being admitted to Makerere university on government mature entry in October 2000 when he was not qualified.

    The maverick lawyer insisted that by the time Kyagulanyi  was admitted to study a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama at Makerere University, he was 20 years old yet the requirement for somebody to qualify for mature entry is 25 years and above.

    Mabirizi based on the evidence of Alfred Namaoh Masikye the academic registrar Makerere University who gave him certified copies which he tendered in to Court as evidence.

    The admission form which Mabirizi filed in Court indicates that Bobi Wine was born on 12th of February 1980 and studied from Kololo Senior Secondary School, Kitante Hill School and was admitted to the University when he was 20 years old.

    This is not the first time Mabirizi is challenging Kyagulanyi’s academic papers, in 2020, he filed private criminal prosecution charges against him at Buganda Road Court, Wakiso Chief Magistrate Court and all the files were taken by the Directorate of Public Prosecution but up to now the case has not yet kicked off.

    However, when contacted, Geofrey Turyamusiima one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers said that his client has not yet been served with Court summons.

    He also boasted that Mabirizi was wasting his time because Bobi Wine was travelling to America.

    But on Wednesday evening, Bobi Wine was blocked from entering US and was deported back to Uganda.

    Bobi Wine explained that his deportation was related to the new COVID-19 restriction in the US.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why I Was Blocked From Entering US – Bobi Wine

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    National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu

    National Unity Platform (NUP) party president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has revealed why the United States officials  blocked him from entering their country.

    In a post on his social media pages, Bobi wine narrated that he was blocked on Thursday morning because he failed to meet COVID-19 related requirements.

    “Yesterday, I left Uganda for the United States of America via Qatar, to attend our Diaspora events including the Uganda Action Day and our Convention, all scheduled this weekend. When I got to Doha in Qatar, it was noted that I was in South Africa less than two weeks back. Apparently, there are still Coronavirus related restrictions for anyone who has been in South Africa (and a host of other countries) from proceeding to the United States until after fourteen days. Unfortunately, we didn’t detect this earlier. Officials at Entebbe were also unaware of this restriction so they did not advise in it,” Bobi narrated.

    He added. “It is on that account that I had to cancel my onward travel to USA and return to Uganda this morning.

    This notwithstanding, the planned activities this weekend will proceed. There are several NUP leaders who are already in the US including Hon. Zaake Francis, Hon. Kayemba Solo and Chairman Nyanzi. Other NUP leaders are also on their way to take part in the activities. I will also be part of the event virtually, together with a team of leaders who are not able to travel for one reason or another.

    I apologise for any inconveniences this may cause to all of you who anticipated my physical presence at the Convention and other events. In the coming weeks, I’ll definitely be able to come for various interactions and events.”

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    NUP IN PANIC: MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Summoned Over Masaka Killings, Bobi Wine Worried…

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    Kawempe North MP Muhammad Ssegirinya (L) and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana (R)

    There is panic in National Unity Platform (NUP) camp after the police Criminal Intelligence Department (CID) issued summons to some of their members.

    In two separate letters dated 3rd September, signed by Paul Katto Tumuhimbise on behalf of the CID Director, Kawempe North Member of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya and Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana have been summoned to appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday 6th September 2021.

    “The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is investigating some murders that took place in Greater Masaka during the months of July and August 2021. This serves as summons for you to appear at Masaka Police Station on Monday 6th September 2021 at 1000 hours before D/SSP Moses Taremwa for a statement in respect to the said Investigations,” the letters read in part.

    Police in the Greater Masaka have so far recorded 28 deaths in the recent new spate of attacks from machete wielding goons in the area.

    The Minister of Information, Communications Technology, and National Guidance Dr. Chris Baryomunsi told the press on Monday that preliminary findings from ongoing investigations indicated that the criminals behind the attacks were sponsored by politicians to create fear within the population.

    On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni warned those involved in these killings and branded them as pigs.

    Commenting on the summoning of his men, Bobi Wine said, “As predicted, the Museveni regime has actualised their plan of implicating NUP leaders in the ongoing spate of murders in Greater Masaka. When mister Chris Baryomunsi alluded to this last week, it looked like an absolute joke,” he noted.

    He added, “But as we now know, anything is possible in Uganda. They will do anything possible and go to any extent to achieve their absurd objectives. In fact, there is no regime whose evil schemes can be as accurately predicted as that in Uganda. As we speak, Hon. Muhammad Segirinya (MP Kawempe North) and Hon. Allan Ssewanyana (MP Makindye West) have been summoned to appear before CID next Monday in relation to the ongoing spate of murders.”

     

    By Grapevine reporter

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