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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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    OPINION: Bobi Wine’s NUP At Crossroads As Internal Strife & Looming Split Paves Way For Gen. Museveni To Reclaim Buganda…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset is President Museveni. On the left is the writer George Mubiru

    Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s personal pursuit of excellence may have inadvertently fueled National Unity Platform (NUP) vanity, creating internal tension.

    The “fearfully high standard” alludes to the challenging expectations one imposes on oneself, potentially resulting in moments of self-loathing when those standards aren’t met. It explores the complex relationship between personal aspirations, the emotional toll they can take and NUP’s aspirations as an institution.

    The young party has no chance of resurrection. Tireless efforts of displacing Hon. Mpuuga has completely buried it with least chances of remaining the chief opposition party ( something Bobi Wine feels comfortable to settle down for) come 2026.

    The storm has erupted through out Buganda and angered the staunch Buganda traditionalists and elite politicians whose mirror is Mpuuga. Bobi wine has  created a small group within NUP that believe in kleptocracy, an egocentric virtue which can not mirror out political, social and economic inclusiveness of all Ugandans.

    Bobi Wine and his small group in NUP that seems to feel satisfied with polluting the masses and hoodwink them in order to exploit, impoverish, repress and lie to make money. This is exhibited in his previous calls on the public to riot and reckless utterances of politics of identity to gain sympathy. He has on several occasions attempted to slash social and economic programs extended to the wanainch from western countries and the global economy. They worship Money and opposition power supremacy.

    When more than three thirds of the current NUP Members of Parliament continue to fume over Bobi wine’s poor administration of the party, it has opened the eyes of majority ugandans that the cardinal intention of NUP is not removing Gen. Museveni from power, but to make money.

    There is continuous accusations and counter accusations with in the party at a prime time NRM is reorganizing itself through structures to massively win the forthcoming polls. For example, Hon Abed Bwanika has on several occasions castigated NUP’s secretary general for calendistinely working for NRM and called upon him to resign. He has also accused NUP top leadership for placing homosexuality on its high agenda, something which is morally unacceptable to Uganda’s customs and culture.

    The internal strife has further been worsened by another persistent battle for the true ownership of the party between Bobi Wine and the Kibalama group. This has recently failed the approval of pro Bobi Wine’s new NUP constitution by the electoral commission.

    Various NUP MPs, have on several occasions come out to condemn their party of extortion and continuous money demands. They have expressed regret of landing into the wrong hands of the NUP leader. Others have fallen out with their party on refusal to implement dirty missions which could lead the country and wanainch into turmoil as revealed by hanji katerega when he recently appeared for an interview.

    What is the implication of the  Mpuuga-Bobi Wine-Kibalama fight?

    1. The young party has split into two groups and this division has left Bobi Wine and his group with out the capacity to bridge it. It should be remembered that the same happened to Busoga, the only sub region Bobi Wine won outside Buganda and currently there and two parallel groups; one led by Moses Bigirwa and another by Andrew Kaluya.
    2. NUP has lost its only remaining strong hold of Buganda. Hon Mpuuga is seen as the leading politician in greater Masaka and therefore perceive the allegations against him as witch hunt by Bobi Wine.
    3. A looming political party or pressure group by the elite politicians and majority NUP members of parliament is on the cards. This will be the last straw in the back of NUP. Some people especially the youth, well knowing that NUP cannot cause the change they desire, will definitely follow the new anticipated wave.
    4. President Museveni and the NRM will gain back it’s support from Buganda because of consistence and good will to the country. People would rather revert to NRM for stability. I prophesize victory for Gen. Museveni and the NRM in Buganda come 2026.

    Gen. Museveni is like a cliff. He can’t betray the mission he accepted from the people of Uganda as a revolutionist and freedom fighter. He stands firm and tames the fury of the water around him and strikes with a win.

    He once said; “All those in NUP are my children. You will see. I’m in there, everywhere and work with my children. Kyagulanyi’s group, I will finish it. You just wait. I work from underground as you’re up there shouting oye! Oye! Oye!”

     

    The writer, George Mubiru, is a researcher, political analyst & Ass. RCC JINJA City.

    Tel. 0754877595

    Email: georgemubiru93@gmail.com

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    Mukono Municipality In Crisis After NUP Mayor Nkoyoyo Is Admitted To Mulago Hospital Without Money For Treatment…

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    Bedridden Mukono Municipality mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo. Inset is the area MP Betty Nambooze

    Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has confirmed that the Municipality’s mayor Erisa Mukasa Nkoyoyo has been admitted to Mulago Specialised Hospital.

    Nambooze explained that last week, she went to hospital to check on him and discovered that his health condition was worsening.

    She said that Nkoyoyo needs very expensive medicine which he has to buy from one of the big pharmacies near the hospital because inside the hospital the medicine is not there.

    She added that because of the expensive medicine, Nkoyoyo is buying it in piecemeal which places his life in more danger.

    She disclosed that the Municipality has no money for his treatment.

    Few months back, theGrapevine reported how Mukono Municipality town clerk Majeran Luboyera and other technocrats rushed Nkoyoyo to Butabika mental hospital but he was later discharged.

    Friends and family members cited witchcraft in Nkoyoyo’s sickness claiming that his political competitors who want his office come 2026 are the ones who want him dead.

    Luboyera confirmed that Nkoyoyo’s absence has created a leadership crisis in the Municipality because currently, it is like the Municipality has no mayor.

    Since the day Nkoyoyo decided to attend the local government retreat at Kyankwanzi leadership training, National Unity Platform principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) him a betrayer.

    The party leadership stopped Nkoyoyo from attending the said retreat but he defied them and attended.

    Nkoyoyo later explained that his decision was based on his hunger to develop the Municipality and they could not achieve the development they wanted without working together with the ruling party.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    RDC Mbabazi, Sseninde In Secret Tug Of War Over NRM Ticket For Wakiso District Woman Legislator…

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    Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde (R) and Justine Mbabazi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine can exclusively reveal that Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde and Justine Mbabazi are in a secret fight over the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ticket for Wakiso District Woman Member of Parliament.

    In the 2021 parliamentary election, Sseninde was defeated little known Betty Naluyima who held the National Unity Platform (NUP) ticket.

    After the defeat, President Museveni dropped her as the junior Minister for Education.

    However, because of the good relationship Sseninde has with the first lady maama Janet Kataha Museveni, she was appointed as a Director at NRM Secretariat in charge of mobilization.

    When theGrapevine asked her whether she is coming back in elective politics, she only responded with “don’t wake them up”.

    We have established that she is making clandestine mobilization to contest for the same seat come 2026.

    But political observers in Wakiso told theGrapevine that Sseninde is going to find a hard task to secure the NRM ticket because Mbabazi is also interested in the same ticket and she is also doing clandestine mobilization.

    “Mbabazi is on the ground, she always stands with people when it comes to the situation of challenges, especially on the land issues. Minister Sam Mayanja has also helped her to popularize herself because whenever he goes for a land matter, he has to go with her and praise her before the public as a very hard working lady and an NRM cadre,” one of the political observers said.

    However, Sseninde is also not sleeping. She is using her position NRM director Mobilisation to hit two birds with one stone.

    She is popularizing President Museveni’s achievements across the whole country and at the same time doing ground mobilization among the locals in Wakiso district.

    Others interested in the seat are Rose Kirabira, Sylivia Namutyaba, Naluyimba is also coming back among others.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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