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I Am Still Bitter With M7: Speaker Kadaga Reveals Wars She Has fought With M7 Ministers

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Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament who also doubles as the Speaker of parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has revealed that she is still bitter with president Yoweri Museveni over the way he handled the aftermath of the age limit debate.

Kadaga made this shocking revelation when she appeared on ‘Negwozadde’ political talk show on Top Radio hosted by senior journalist Dunstan Busuulwa.

The no-nonsense legislator said that as a speaker of parliament, she was shocked by the way security personnel entered parliament and started beating honourable members who were debating the age limit bill.

“I was very surprised to see such thing happening to my honourable members. I am their leader that’s why I wrote to the head of state and Commander in Chief to explain how those strangers entered parliament and, on whose orders,” Kadaga said. She revealed that the way the president answered her letter was not satisfying and she is still very bitter and needs a better explanation.

She said that as a speaker, she never called for any assistance from the strangers who entered parliament.

However, Ahmed Kagoya the sergeant at arms testified before the Constitution Court that sat in Mbale, over Age Limit bill that he wrote to police to add him more officers to monitor members of parliament who were likely to cause chaos.

He stated that he never wrote to the army especially the Special Forces Command (SFC) which allegedly beat MPs.

Kadaga further revealed that she has fought many wars on their (MPs and Ugandan’s) behalf. She mentioned a scenario when a Museveni security officer and the defense Minister stormed her officer and stopped her from speaking about the Impetuous behaviours of the army.

Kadaga said that the minister was stopping her from commenting on the way UPDF soldiers were beating fishermen on Lake Victoria. She boosted that she chased away the minister and warned him never to come back to her office. She said that she also advised the Minister to discipline officers who are caught harassing and killing Ugandans on the lake.  Kadaga again bragged that she ordered the Information and Technology Minister Frank Tumwebaze plus officers from Uganda Communication Commission to bring back the airtime scratch cards.

“I don’t know why those people (Ministers) are defying our orders as parliament but what I can tell Ugandans is that very soon I am going to summon that Minister again for explanation,” tough speaking Kadaga said. She noted that parliament is closely following the IGG’s investigation on corruption allegations against Godfrey Bagirana the police Director of Engineering and Logistics. There are claims that Bagirana mismanaged the money allocated to building Natete police station. On the issue of dropping Lubaga North Member of parliament Moses Kasibante from the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), Kadaga said that according to the parliamentary rules, the speaker is the head of all independent members of parliament. She said that on that note, she is the one who is supposed to allocate an independent member which committee to sit on.

When moderator Busuulwa asked her whether she will stand for president, she refused to answer the million-dollar question.   Kadaga flanked by Nakaseke south member of parliament Lutamaguzi Ssemakula also warned voters to stop sending incompetent MPs to parliament who don’t how to handle national issues.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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People Power Is A Bastard Child Of Defiance – Mwenda Attacks Bobi Wine/Besigye In New Rant

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Journalist Andrew Mwenda has attacked Bobi Wine’s people Power Movement and baptized it as the bastard child of Kizza Besigye’s defiance in his latest rant.
Through his Facebook page, Mwenda said that Bobi (who he kept referring to as Bobby ) and his People Power Movement lack vision to lead this country.
Below is his rant verbatim:

Last week, it became apparent that the initial news that a one Michael [K]alinda aka Ziggy Wyne had been kidnapped, eye yanked out, fingers chopped off and face burnt using a flat iron were exactly that – a hoax. Ziggy had a nasty motorbike accident at 7.30pm on July 21. People around the accident scene picked him up and took him to the nearby Hope Clinic. The nurse at the clinic referred him to Mulago for urgent medical attention.

But the first version of the story was more appealing for two reasons. First, it fitted the narrative about the state in Africa – as being brutal, violent and cruel to its citizens. It is a story Western media and human rights organizations (and naively followed by us African elites) love to embrace and tell in their everlasting (perhaps unconscious) desire to project Africa as the “heart of darkness.” Second, it provided political fodder for opposition politicians like Bobby Wine to project himself as the champion of human rights and democracy against the forces of tyranny.

However, the indefatigable Canary Mugume of NBS, then Tom Malaba of Daily Monitor, and other reporters went to the scene of the accident and interviewed eyewitness who told the story of what actually happened. For this, these reporters, but most especially Canary, became a victim of the most savage hate-filled personal attacks from supporters of People Power. Incidentally, none of Canary’s critics made any effort to challenge the facts he told.

Later I visited Mulago and talked to the doctors. Ziggy was brought to Mulago by a “good Samaritan” who said the victim had been involved in a traffic accident and was admitted at about 9.30pm as an unknown person and given the code name “Zulu.” Ziggy was treated, fed, bathed and given fresh clothes; the ones he was wearing at the time of the accident were taken and washed. On July 24th, his family came. He recovered and was discharged on July 28. He was given medicines to stop convulsions. He was later readmitted on July 31; doctors suspect he was not taking his medicines. However, the convulsions he suffered as a result of not taking his medication are the most likely cause of his death.

Yet in spite of this mountain of evidence Bobby Wine went to Mitooma to bury Ziggy and maintained the claim that Ziggy was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. He felt no responsibility whatsoever to provide any evidence to back up his claims. For him, the death of Ziggy only serves an opportunity for him to score political points. This crass political opportunism excites the passions of the hoards that see him as a messiah but shows how he lacks basic human decency and ethics even in the face of the death of one of his “close friends”.

Throughout last week, the journalists who told this truth but most especially Canary, became victims of cyber bullying by supporters of People Power. Rather than respond to the facts adduced by the journalists, the supporters of People Power hurled insults, abuses and false accusations that them. One wonders what sort of government Bobby Wine would preside over given the quality of people he has mobilized to his cause. We must remember that People Power is not supported only by lumpens. Some very smart Ugandans also do. The actions of its supporters demonstrate that behind its madness lies a clear strategy.

People Power is a movement without a cause except to grab power. It seeks so exploit the anger many Ugandans have at the state of affairs of in our country in order to gain power. But it has neither facts not a vision to justify its reckless pursuit of power. So its strategy is to deny all facts and insist that everything is subjective and relative; to dismiss all evidence as forged if it does not promote their political agenda; and to argue that every argument that seems to favor President Yoweri Museveni and his NRM is not based on conviction but has been paid for. It is interesting People Power resembles the Donald Trump movement in the USA although Americans who support it are anti Trump.

As Winston Churchill said, truths is incontrovertible: malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it. But in the end, it is there. Over the last decade, there has been a huge shift in government budgeting from consumption to investment – in roads, dams, power lines, water pipes, hospitals and schools. Defiance and its bastard child, People Power, hate to hear this. They know that the good things happening in our country are contrary to their political interests. Therefore they insist that there is nothing good being done. All there is are the bad things they complain about – which also happen – and which are driving people’s momentary anger.

Hence, they exaggerate the level of decay, disregard and deny all the improvements in the country and intimidate those who stand by the truths. They insist that everyone in Uganda should accept their gross distortion of reality. They do not seek to r persuade anyone to their point of view. They believe in using cyber bullying against all who disagree with them. This way they seek, like the European fascists of old, to rally everyone behind their cause by sheer use of psychological terror.

The aim of this strategy is obvious: bully everyone to believe change is urgently needed to rescue Uganda from catastrophe. They don’t want people to question the change they propose or ask for their alternative policies or even question their intolerant behavior. To question their lack of policy alternatives and the crudeness of their methods is evidence of having been bribed by Museveni.

For them politics in Uganda is a clash between good (People Power) and evil (Museveni); that these are the only alternatives available to us; that to say there is a third or fourth alternative is disguised support for Museveni; that for anyone to prove they support change in Uganda, they must hold fanatical, unthinking and unquestioning support for People Power. Many young people have been pushed into this because to do otherwise is to get ostracized from your circle of friends.

We are told that if Defiance and People Power supporters exhibit intolerance, we should not blame them because that is only an inevitable result of Museveni’s politics; that when People Power and Defiance use violence, intimidation, cyber bullying, blackmail, character assassination and insults against opponents, this does not reflect on the nature of government they will run; that Uganda needs change and it does not matter which methods are used or the behavior of the groups who bring it about. That lies, slander, cyber bullying are “weapons of the weak” fighting to end tyranny.

Lacking a serious policy alternative and being largely composed of the worst elements of our society, People Power needs to sell change as an emergency. This way it can avoid questions about its competence and values. That is why those who try to raise these questions are subjected to physical and psychological terror. This is why it has positioned itself in religious garb as a kind of holly spirit movement.

Yet Defiance and its bastard child, People Power, have failed to subdue the spirit of our nation. Increasingly many journalists like Canary and many others are finding the courage to stand up for the truths and defend it against this demented cult. The story of Ziggy Wine is one such example. These are the journalists who have chosen to swim against the tide of popular rhetoric and self-righteous indignation common among sections of our society today. They have chosen to defend right when it is miscalled wrong, to fight vices such us intolerance, radical extremism, blackmail, slander etc. that are presented to us as virtues.

Everyday, multitudes of elite Ugandans are coming out to say that politics must be about values and must be based on decency. That the role of our leaders should be to articulate these values and impart them on their followers by leading by example; that leaders should not pander to the worst instincts in their followers but try to appeal to the better angels in them. These developments will continue to expose pseudo democrats who, in their genuine opposition to Museveni’s corruption and incompetence, have turned a blind to the forces of evil fighting him.

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You Must Have Undergone A Brain Transplant Of Rolex Made Of 99% Rotten Eggs – Mao Blasts AG Over Electoral Reforms

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Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao has blasted the Attorney General Hon. William Byaruhanga over the Electoral reforms he tabled before parliament on Thursday.

Mao says that Byaruhanga must have undergone a brain transplant before tabling the Bills containing the so-called electoral reforms!

“I’m sorry to say that our otherwise brilliant Attorney General must have undergone a brain transplant before tabling the Bills containing the so-called electoral reforms! It is an omelette (rolex) made of 99% rotten eggs. Doesn’t address core demands for free and fair elections.”

The electoral reforms presented by Byaruhanga consolidate a resolution by the ruling NRM decision to bar candidates from running independent of their party after losing a primary.

The set of the five reforms have major focus on independent candidates and how they qualify to run for office as President, Member of Parliament (MP) or district leader.

The bills include the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2019, and the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill 2019.

Others include the Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2019, the Political Parties and organizations’ Bill 2019, and the Local Governments Amendment Bill 2019.

Under the Political Parties and Organizations’ Bill, 2019, political parties are not allowed to have links with pressure groups.

The Bill also proposes that no candidate shall run independent of a party after participating in a party primary, yet at the same time, those elected as independents shall have a right to enter into alliance with any political party of their choice upon joining Parliament.

Below are some of the highlights from the bill:

1. Independent Presidential candidates from forming alliances with any registered political party.

2. Gov’t want’s Cameras & Phones not to be allowed in voting areas

3 . Allow EC to gazette restricted voting areas

4. Political parties shall not have any links to pressure groups.

5. To stand as an Independent, you must have ceased being a member of a political party for at least one year. The political party must consent to your leaving the party.

6. Political parties barred from having links with Pressure groups

7. Candidates barred from becoming independents after participating in a party primary

8. An ex-party member can run as independent one year after quitting their parties.

9. Declaration of results shall be made to five people

10. Upon election as independent, a member is free to ally with a party of their choice

11. Independent presidential candidates barred from any alliance with any political party.

12. Candidates must disclose funding sources within 14 days of nomination.

14. Security personnel (police and military) to be allowed to vote at least five days to polling.

By Doreen Menezer

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People Power Should Be Banned – Betty Kamya Stings Bobi Wine

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“I agree with that gentleman (Ntare) petitioning court to declare People Power unconstitutional. They aren’t registered anywhere yet they want to continue operating and disrupting peace.”

These were the words of Kampala Minister Betty Olive Kamya today morning when she appeared on Dunstan Busulwa’s Top Radio and advocated for the banning of People Power and People’s Government saying the two political organizations are culpable for inciting violence against the NRM government and its officials.

“What’s the legal status of their existence? How does the state and its lawful organs relate with them without being legally defined as who they are? Who are they answerable to?” Beti Kamya asked while responding to Busulwa’s question on what she thinks about Mr. Adens Ntare Rutaro’s Constitutional Petition No. 2 of 2019 that calls on Court to declare People Power and People’s Government unconstitutional and unlawful entities and subsequently direct a ban on them.

Once that prayer is granted, the implications will be that whoever operates under the auspices of PP or People’s Government will be legitimate target for harassment including detention by the police and other security agencies under the guise of enforcing a court decision.

Kamya says the two (People Power & People’s Government) should be banned because besides propagating violence, their activities undermine the spirit of multipartism which Uganda adopted in 2005 as the chosen system of government. She holds her former close ally Kizza Besigye liable for using the People’s Government to kill off FDC which she says is no longer vibrant because its leaders have all been stampeded into People’s Government.

NTARE’S PETITION

Ntare is petitioning against four respondents who include the AG whom he faults for merely looking on as the two groups commit illegal and treasonous activities. The other respondents include Dr. Kizza Besigye the head of People’s Government, Bobi Wine the head of People Power Movement and his publicist Joel Senyonyi.

According to the court papers, Ntare (petitioner) particularizes himself as a voter from Ruhaama Ntungamo district. He is represented by two city law firms namely M/S Newmark Advocates and Owoyesigire Muhereza & Co Advocates.

By Doreen Menezer

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