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    I Will Just Call And Text Voters To Avoid Trouble With Police – Presidential Candidate Mayambala Reveals New Campaign Strategy…

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    Independent presidential Candidate Willy Mayambala

    Independent presidential Candidate Willy Mayambala has tasked the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) to provide him with phone details of Ugandans so that he can contact them directly for votes.

    Mayambala says since he does not have enough resources to traverse the whole country, he will directly call or send text messages to people asking them to vote for him.

    “I was trying to study the law and I identified that there is a provision that allows a presidential candidate to access any government data. I will pass by NIRA today and ask for the phone numbers of Ugandan,” Mr. Mayambala said.

    Mayambala adds that his new strategy will also help in enforcing the COVID19 Standard Operating Procedures which among others include, avoiding crowds.

    Mayambala has now asked all Ugandans to welcome this strategy and also keep safe.

    Of all the duly nominated candidates, Fred Mwesigye and Willy Mayambala have not been seen campaigning anywhere in public.

    24-year-old John Katumba and Nancy Linda Kalembe, the only female candidate have both been sparsely campaigning.

    Former Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, former army commander Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao, Joseph Kabuleta Kiiza have had a relatively calm approach to the process.

    The presence of musician Robert Kyagulanyi, incumbent Yoweri Museveni and Patrick Oboi Amuriat has been felt the most.

    At one time, one voter who appended his signature to endorse Katumba’s nomination expressed disappointment saying the presidential hopeful is full of drama that may demoralize his supporters.

    Katumba recently asked journalists to deliver his message to the people of Acholi after he failed to physically travel to the area for campaigns. He had explained during a phone interview that once elected, his government would build more schools, health centres and an urban city for the Acholi community.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    How KCCA Deputy ED Luyimbazi Survived A Punch From City Cleaner After His Boss Kisaka Ran Into Hiding…

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    KCCA cleaners protesting for their pay. Inset is D/ED Emg. Luyimbazi (L) and his boss Dorothy Kisaka (R)

    Hakim Kizza the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Councilor has narrated how city cleaners on Monday caught the City Hall city leadership off guard during their deadly demonstration.

    The cleaners are demanding KCCA to pay them their salaries for five months.

    Kizza says that security first stopped them from entering City Hall where they wanted to meet Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago, Executive Director Dr. Dorothy Kisaka and other leaders over their salaries.

    Lukwago found them demonstrating with placards outside City Hall gate and when security cleared the way for him to enter, he refused insisting that the cleaners should also be allowed to enter so that their matter is settled from inside with the leaders.

    Lukwago was finally allowed to enter with the cleaners who were singing his name ‘Omuloodi abeewo’.

    When he entered, they moved directly to the City Hall Council hall.

    Lukwago immediately summoned Eng. David Luyimbazi, the Deputy Executive Director to talk to the cleaners because he was told that the Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka was not in her office.

    Other sources claim that when Kisaka got information that the livid cleaners had raided City Hall to demand for their pay, she ran into hiding.

    Sources allege that since President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni renewed Kisaka’s contract, she spends very little time in office.

    She is always in Busoga attending Kyabazinga’s functions.

    Others allege that she is looking for a constituency in her home area in Busoga.

    When Luyimbazi was given the opportunity to talk to the angry cleaners, he told them to register with 7 hills, a limited company which was given the tender to clean all the five Divisions making up Kampala city.

    Luyimbazi told them that they will only be paid after accepting to join 7 hills.

    The angry cleaners started shouting on top of their voices with some women crying accusing Luyimbazi and Kisaka of plotting to eat their money.

    They started throwing empty water bottles at Luyimbazi and his bodyguard immediately forced him to move out of the room through the back door as some peeved cleaners tried to jump to beat him up.

    In one of the ugly incidents, the police bodyguard intercepted a body built cleaner who threw a punch at Luyimbazi when he pushed the KCCA D/ED down to dodge the blow.

    When theGrapevine contacted Eng. Luyimbazi, he confirmed whatever happened but advised the cleaners to take his advice if they still need to work with KCCA.

    He confirmed that by next week, they will be have paid all those demanding from KCCA.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    INSIDE STORY: How Bobi Wine Threatened To Demote Defiant Elder Brother Nyanzi As Fight To Money, Power Deepens In NUP…

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    Bobi Wine (R) with his elder brother Fred Nyanzi (L)

    Tempers flared as Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) the Principal of the National Unity Platform (NUP) threatened to demote his elder brother and also the party Chief Mobilizer Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu (Chairman Nyanzi) as fight for money and power deepened.

    On Wednesday morning, a furious Bobi Wine abruptly summoned a high level meeting at his office at the party headquarters in Makerere Kavule.

    The meeting was attended by Joel Ssenyonyi the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Chairman Nyanzi, David Lewis Rubongoya the party Secretary General and other NUP select officials.

    Immediately when Bobi Wine entered the party headquarters, security was beefed up commanded by the foot soldiers who were joined by Habib Buwembo a celebrated political activist who recently crossed from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) to NUP.

    Sources disclosed that Bobi Wine summoned the meeting after being briefed that Nyanzi had summoned a meeting of all NUP councilors in Kampala at all levels including those who lost in the 2021 local council elections in Kampala city.

    According to sources, the meeting was supposed to take place at the party headquarters and the main agenda was to strategise on how to win Kampala Lord Mayor Seat come 2026.

    Like we reported few days back, Nyanzi has started meeting city tycoons asking them to financially support his coming Lord Mayor bid.

    Bobi Wine was also given the entire report attached with evidence of tycoons his brother was meeting some of who are known NRM supporters and have been in Lukwago’s bad book.

    “What I can assure you is that the meeting took almost 5 hours and it seems Chairman Nyanzi stormed out of it after disagreeing with some of the decisions,” a highly placed source inside Bobi Wine’s office told theGrapevine.

    Sources claim that Bobi Wine directed Nyanzi with immediate effect to stop his clandestine mobilization for Lord Mayor slot explaining that his actions are putting the party in bad light and some party members have started early campaigns.

    Nyanzi first denied the accusations that he is campaigning. He argued that he is streamlining KUNGA and other party grassroots mobilization drives.

    He told his brother that he’s not ready to stop because their competitors like President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s NRM are already in the field.

    “I heard the Principal telling him that they can even remove him from that office of the Chief Mobilizer. Then after a few minutes, I saw Nyanzi storming out of the meeting,” a source said.

    While talking to his people, Nyanzi assured them that even if NUP denied him the Lord Mayor ticket, he will contest on an independent and win the slot because he has enough experience.

    He boasted that he is the one who nurtured and modeled Bobi Wine the politician.

    However Nyanzi is very sure that with his contacts in the NRM where he was once a member before 2021, will give him an upper hand to defeat Lukwago.

    Even though Nyanzi stormed out of the meeting, Bobi Wine, Rubongoya, Ssenyonyi remained in the meeting and they came out very late in the evening.

    When the meeting ended, they drove to Lungujja to comfort the family members of the late Daniel Bbosa Lwamwo, the Endiga clan head who was assassinated on Sunday.

    Sources said that after the meeting, Nyanzi briefed some of his people about what took place but assured them that come what may, he is going to be on the ballot for Kampala Lord Mayor come 2026.

    NUP insiders disclosed that Bobi Wine is under pressure from a section of the party leaders especially those from DP Block including the former Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga who are provoking him by making statements that he has turned their party into a family affair and his close family members are the ones making critical decisions for the party.

    “They are provoking Bobi Wine to order for disciplinary action against them by making public attacks on his personality. Unfortunately Nyanzi is only after money and power without understanding the situation his brother is going through,” a NUP source said.

    Bobi Wine was also briefed that early this week, Nyanzi held a private meeting with Florence Namayanja Mukasa the city mayor of Masaka city who is fighting to make sure that Mpuuga is defeated come 2026.

    Bobi Wine was told that Nyanzi and Namayanja are the ones behind Alice Nannungi who is already in the field de-campaigning Mpuuga.

    Sources divulged that because of the Namayanja/ Nyanzi meeting that took place at Kyebando a Kampala suburb, Mpuuga’s henchman Abed Bwanika was forced to come out publicly accusing Bobi Wine of building family rule in NUP like President Museveni is doing in NRM and in government.

    Mpuuga’s camp is very sure that the ongoing Uganda Parliament Exhibition on social media is targeting him as a person and his people in parliament and it is clandestinely facilitated by Bobi Wine himself and Ssenyonyi his henchman.

    In the same development, NUP announced that because of corruption in parliament, Mpuuga was dismissed from the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner after accepting that he pocketed over Shs500m which was given to him by the parliamentary leadership.

    The money was given to Mpuuga thanking him for being a good Leader of Opposition but Bobi Wine insists that the money was a bribe.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    OPINION: Uganda’s Political Transition Is Secure: Things Of “Who Comes Next In The Political Queue” Do Not Put Money In Anyone’s Pocket Or Bring Food On Any One’s Table…

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    President Museveni after meeting DP boss Nobert Mao (L). Inset is the writer Faruk Kirunda

    I admire and respect the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Mr. Nobert Mao, whom I first knew as a firebrand Guild President at Makerere University and later Member of Parliament for Gulu Municipality, LC 5 Chairman and DP President General.

    Joining Cabinet as a Minister despite being a DP leader speaks of his willingness to mend fences for the sake of peaceful co-existence and harnessing President Yoweri Museveni’s policy of working with all regardless of political and other differences.

    Minister Mao’s DP is a key player in Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), a body uniting political parties with representation in Parliament, boycotted by some other parties powered by radical isolationism. His advocacy for a transition can be understood from his “outsider” background but he is now best placed to work from within to cause the change he pushes.

    However, I belong in the category of those who believe that there is no controversy around transition, and duly conclude that there is no need to lose sleep over it. Our Constitution provides for transitional procedures which align well with the democratic dispensation we enjoy.

    Most times when someone talks about transition-or succession-the focus is on the Presidency. Reason being that Uganda has had President Museveni in power since 1986. To me, every five years there is a transition, except that the same person is reelected President.

    Each successive term of the President is unique from the preceding one since the mandate is different. Besides, every five years, we have a new cabinet, a new Parliament, new Local Councils and so on. This is a constructive transition!

    About transition at Presidential level, if an incumbent loses elections, the winning candidate takes over, simple! All one needs is a 50% plus 1 (one) to win. If there has been no transition (at all), the challenge is on opponents of President Museveni for failing to defeat him. It’s not his challenge. Every leader seeks to maintain advantage over competitors. That’s the nature of politics. Ugandans reserve the power to cause a power shift and the legal regime provides for that.

    There is no need to panic or be anxious for change; it cannot be forced. It’s okay to talk about it but sometimes such discussions divert us from things that should really interest us.

    We should work more for “economic transition” than discussing political transition which is guaranteed under the Constitution. Ugandans are grappling with great need to take the next step economically while the Government is all out to devise methods to enable the people to join the money economy.

    Economic transformation is the main challenge of our times which we should address with all our might, mind and will. Things of “who comes next in the political queue” do not put money in anyone’s pocket or bring food on any one’s table. Instead, they mislead Uganda’s to think that a new Government would put free money in their pockets or put food on their table as if by magic.

    Transition and succession talk gives confidence and relevance to the President’s opponents but nobody knows who may win the next general elections. There could be surprises, including people that currently have less say in politics.

    Those obsessed with the two ideas may feel a sense of entitlement to benefit from the transition directly, looking at positions and roles, but that is not in the interest of the Ugandan that needs support to grow his or her agricultural enterprise or small shop. Let’s prioritise economic transformation and service delivery. The politics will sort itself within the democratic allowance in place.

    We can discuss the process and how to improve it but transition as a subject matter is, in my view, redundant and over pressed. The transition fanatics have a chance to mobilise for the change they want, that’s opponents of the President have always come up to challenge him, because they are aware that the transitional infrastructure is in place, expect that they fall short on defeating the incumbent.

    President Museveni has created a platform for people to grow their potential unlike in the past when potential successors were eliminated. If anybody is meant to be the one to take over, he or she will not fail to find a foothold. If there is anyone to thank for the “transitional space” in place, it is President Museveni, as opposed to being a stumbling block to the same.

    Or maybe they want him to hand power to another person who is not elected by Ugandans, just for the formality of seeing power change hands. The President has never said he cannot hand over to someone else if defeated or if he chooses not to contest elections again, but who is that person for whom a red carpet must be laid when it costs blood and sweat to put us back on course?

    Our Constitution does not leave room for speculation and at the appointed time, there will be a transition on all fronts as and when Ugandans are satisfied with the conditions and contenders in place.

    For now, can “alternative leaders” justify themselves by promoting Government’s transformation programmes and fighting corruption, crime; promoting unity and harmonious co-existence, etc? The question that should attract our attention is: “Transition to do what?” Transition for the sake of it did not help Uganda at its hour of greatest need in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    We had leaders lasting only months, what did that benefit us? On the contrary, we were greatly stabilized until a stable Government took over, steering us through turbulent seas until now when we have regular free and fair elections.

    Let’s consolidate that without losing sight of the most pressing objectives and needs of the people-they need jobs, they need capital, they need industries to add value to their produce and earn higher profits, they need better health care, roads, schools and so on.

    I wish to allay the fears of all Ugandans that the question of transition is already answered within our Constitutional framework as well as in our democratic practice. Let’s play our part within the democratic calendar in place!

     

    Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary

    Contact: kirundaf2@gmail.com

    0776980486/0702980486

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