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I Will Resign As FDC Electoral Commission Boss If They Put A Presidential Candidate Against Bobi Wine – Makerere Law Don Nsibambi

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Makerere University Law Don, Yusuf Nsibambi, who also doubles as the chairperson of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Electoral Commission has declared that he is ready to resign if his party makes a mistake and backs a presidential candidate against a people power candidate.

While appearing on ‘Kkiriza oba gaana’, a political talkshow on CBS radio, Yusuf Nsibambi revealed that 2021 is the only opportunity opposition has to take over power and they must use it carefully without bickering against each other. The Kampala land board chairman refuted rumours making rounds that FDC has already appointed people who are going to stand on their ticket. He said that its NEC, the top party organ which can make such a resolution not individuals as per the rumours. He said that he will be very furious if his party especially NEC decided to approve a presidential candidate to stand against the popular president produced by people power.

He called upon all leaders in opposition to join efforts and clean their house before 2021 because many people are now fighting for seats from Local Council level to parliamentary.vBobi Wine has already declared his intentions to stand against president Museveni in 2021.

Nsibambi also warned that many opposition members are already scrambling for places. He gave an example of Kawempe North where Muhammad Segirinya and Suleiman Kidandala, who are all from the opposition but are fighting. Another battle he mentioned is for the Kampala Lord Mayor seat which so far has the incumbent Elias Lukwago, Kawempe North Member of Parliament Latif Ssebaggala and PDP’s Abed Bwanika.

He warned that the opposition has to avoid what is going on in the Makerere Guild president elections where supporters of different candidates put on red colors and are claiming to stand on people power ticket but are fighting each other physically.

Earlier, Abed Bwanika confirmed that he was short listed among by the people power’s movement with Latif Ssebaggala to compete for Kampala lord mayorship.  He said that the people power movement made a resolution to put candidates on a very seat which is going to be voted for in 2021 general elections.  The three-time presidential candidate watered down DFC’S Kizza Besigye’s claim that he can win the 2021 election, Bwanika noted that Besigye is just over spreading historical propaganda which won’t matter in the coming elections.

However, the agriculture minister Vicente Bamulangaki Sempijja, who was also one of the panelists said that divisionism in opposition is going to help NRM defeat opposition in the 2021 elections.

He said that the bickering in different opposition camps shows that the gods are on their side and they are ready to receive their landslide victory in the next election.

He added that it a pity that old opposition politicians are just using  Bobi Wine’s popularity to achieve their failed political goals.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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IPOD Is A Complete Joke, You Cannot Have Your Foot On My Neck And Then Say To Me, ‘Lets Talk!’ – Bobi Wine Tells M7

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Kyadondo East Member of parliament, Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has said that Inter Party  Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) is a complete joke and a desperate attempt by Museveni.

The dialogue which was held yesterday at Protea Hotel in Entebbe with its chairman Hon Nobert Mao who is also the president of the Democratic Party (DP). Among the members who attended the meeting was the National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman president Museveni.

“The dialogue under the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) is a complete joke. It is a desperate attempt by Museveni and his regime to sanitise the impunity that he presides over in this country,” he said.

The people power revolution leader has encouraged his colleagues not to fall in Mr. Museveni’s tricks,” I encourage all friendly pro-change forces not to fall for this trick! How can we share a platform with a man who has the blood of our people on his hands and is not ready to admit and denounce it?”

He said that if they want to have dialogue with Mr. Museveni, he should first see them as Ugandans not as mere pawns on his chessboard.

“We have never been opposed to dialogue, but our stand has been and remains that it is only free people who can dialogue- PERIOD. If I am dialoguing with President Museveni, he must first of all see me as a citizen of Uganda with my full rights, and not as a slave or a mere pawn on his chessboard! You cannot have your foot on my neck and then say to me, – ‘let’s talk!'” he added.

Kyagulanyi added, “Citizens’ rights must first be respected and upheld. I say this well knowing that these rights are not a favor from any government- they are inherent!! Secondly, the people of Uganda are the true stakeholders and shareholders of this country. All leaders must never forget that. I always tell my friends that the PEOPLE ARE OUR FIRST AND LAST RESORT. Any dialogue that is worth its name must involve them and listen to them.”

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who are also members of the IPOD boycotted the meeting citing brutality and harsh treatment from the police, army and other security agencies.

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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You Have Been Eating IPOD Money Stop Pretending – DP’s Mukaku Tells FDC: M7 To Increase Political Parties’ Funding From 10 Billion To 35 Billion

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President Museveni’s government is set to increase funding for the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) from Shs10 billion to Shs35 billion according to Democratic Party’s (DP), Samuel Walter Lubega Mukaku.

While addressing the press at the party’s head office at City House today, Mukaku bragged that increasing IPOD funding is one of the biggest achievements they (DP) have achieved while chairing IPOD. He said that this new funding will also include all politicians even those who are independent like Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, who is also the leader of People power movement.

“Under the leadership of chairman Mao, we have fought to increase the funding of not only DP but all political parties which has been at Shs10 billion to 35 billion in the year 2019/2020,” Mukaku said.

He wondered that their colleagues have been eating this money but surprisingly today they are playing games claiming that they can’t be part of IPOD.

“Sitting with the enemy who has been adamant to agree with you and convincing him to finally accept to help your people and add a stone on the struggle after such a long time is a big success to us.

Under the agenda, we wanted to make sure that we amend the Public Order Management Act (POMA) regulations and so far, we have already sat the Prime Minister and Museveni down. DP is responsible for even those candidates who don’t have representation in parliament and can’t sit at the IPOD and our own rights are respected and granted. POMA is already adapting to the regulations that we proposed,”he said.

He added, “At IPOD, there is summit and council of Secretary General where the president with representations in parliament meet. FDC is tried to trivialise, comment and post funny pictures of our president that he looked idle while waiting for Museveni at his house when the truth was he was at Protea Hotel .

President Museveni delayed but the National Resistance Movement (NRM) gave an explanation to IPOD chairman who accepted it in good faith.”

He encouraged all politicians to join General Muntu during the launching of the alliance for national transformation (ANT).

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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M7 Scoffs At FDC: God Gives You Ability To Talk and You Say You Won’t, He Can Take Away That Gift…

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President Museveni warns forum for democratic change (FDC) saying if they don’t want a dialogue, he will go look after his animals.

Museveni said, “Joined leaders of the Democratic Party, the Uganda People’s Congress and JEEMA for the Inter-party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit at Portae Hotel, Entebbe.

We arrived at a raft of resolutions that should help strengthen our multi-party-political dispensation. The resolutions are about funding of parties, the question of independent candidates, conduct of public gatherings, among others.

DP President Nobert Mao was talking of political systems. Our perspective as NRM is that political systems are not an end in themselves. Right from 1912 when ANC was formed in South Africa, our liberation movements have had five aims.”

He added “These were to fight for independence, institute democracy, ensure prosperity of our people through market integration, enforce strategic security through political integration and support the fraternity of the African people.

Politics therefore for us is to articulate these aims, which are critical for the survival of the African race. It is these aims that by 1971 had pushed us to fight Idi Amin even before we had known he was killing people. He was blocking these aims.

Dialogue is a good method of resolving political issues and we believe in it. In 1979 when fighting Amin, we met in Moshi and through dialogue formed UNLF but some people did not appreciate and we had to start again.

If dialogue had been used, Uganda would have avoided many problems. The men who led Uganda to independence were all young except Nadiope and Balaki Kirya. They failed because of arrogance and inability to dialogue. It is amazing to see how they failed.

If I don’t want to dialogue when in politics then I should go to look after my animals. God gives you ability to talk and you say you won’t, he can switch off that gift. I take it as a Biblical command to talk to whoever wants to talk to me.”

He continued “I will conclude with some advice to the opposition. You can do a lot to change the lives of your people even when in opposition. I did a lot to transform the people of Ankole in the years when I was in opposition as a member of the Democratic Party.

I persuaded people to stop nomadism and go to commercial agriculture from subsistence farming. I was reported to the UPC government that I was misleading people to fence farms. But I explained myself to Vice President John Babiha, who gave me a go-ahead.

I am glad I was invited to this dialogue and met my fellow leaders. We can agree on points of convergence and move together, where we do not agree, we understand why.”

By Doreen Menezer

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