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If Balaam Does Not Stop Masquerading As Government/State House Broker, He Will End Up In Prison Like Kitatta – Mirundi…

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Mirundi (L) and Balaam (inset)

President Yoweri Museveni’s adviser on media Tamale Mirundi has cautioned events promoter and also National Resistance Movement (NRM) diehard Balaam Bagaruhara that he will very soon find himself in jail for masquerading that he pays people on behalf of government.

Mirundi said that he suspects that Balaam is being used by mafias who are funding him to show the public that he is a very big man in government and connected to the first family.

“For me when I predict ten things I see atleast eight. I predict from here, that ‘bivulu’ man is going to be jailed. I used to warn my good friend Abdallah Kitatta who was masquerading like Balaam that he was going to be jailed,” he said.

He added, “I had never seen a civilian directing a presidential convoy or removing a microphone from the Inspector General of Police but Kitatta did it to Museveni and Kayihura. He thought that he was powerful, little did he know that he was slowly climbing the prison bus. Where is he now? Even Balaam is taking that route.”

He told Balaam to explain to the country where he gets the money that he is distributing to comedians and musicians in the name of the government when government accounting officers are denying releasing the money in question.

He gave an example of the money Balaam paid to Shanitah Namuyimbwa alias Bad Black yet the Ministry of Health had stated clearly that they have never dealt with her.

Mirundi insisted that the money Balaam gave to Bad Black was from the mafia to silence her.

He alleged that a lot of funds have been mismanaged and right now mafias are trying everything possible to hide their footmark using Balaam.

Mirundi added that it was the mafia who hired Bad Black to sensitize commercial sex workers to stay away from truck drivers during the fight against the spread of COVID19 pandemic yet they knew that local sex workers will not respect her words since she sells her goodies to the international market.

Mirundi further alleged that recently, the mafias sent Balaam to spy on city tycoon Sudhir Rupaleria because they know that he is not happy with them for leading to the collapse of his Crane Bank.

Efforts to speak to Balaam were futile since he did not pick our calls.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Government Did Not Create COVID-19, Parents May Lack Money But They Have Life – Education Minister Janet Answers Parents Who Say They Don’t Have Fees And Why They Had To Open Schools…

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The First Lady who also doubles and the education Minister Janet Museveni has answered parents and Ugandans concerning some of the most critical questions on re-opening of Schools for candidates.

Below is the conversation from the minister:

Good morning fellow Ugandans, I received a number of comments on the decision by the Government to re-open schools and I have replied some of them below:

Question: Denis Natukunda: With opening up of Candidate Classes ie P7, S4 and S6, what consideration has Ministry of Education put in place to address the gaps in syllabus coverage caused by COVID_19 since Late March to date. There will be no much benefits to Candidate’s due to the lost Education Calender in the Pandemic. Parents should think twice.

Reply: This is 2nd term to cover work for that period. The third term will be January to April and the syllabus will be covered

Question: Doreen Nakayiza: Ministry of education think about our children you are putting into your mess. Going for exams when In fact they are half baked. Syllabuses not finished, what’s the pressure for?? Can’t it be cancelled to a dead year country wide??

Reply: We considered declaring a dead year but realized, even next year COVID-19 may still be here, therefore, we decided to at least let the candidate classes go back late but prepare to finish. I request that you partner with us

Question: Emmanuel S Mukasa Omuzzukulu: Diffinitely many won’t be able to re-open,gov’t will grant them loans,some will fail to pay back,and proprietors will lose their assests. Govt will confiscate the schools

Reply: I am Sorry, the Government did not create COVID-19 so let us all try to do what we can. The government is only trying to save the situation.

Question: Andrew Akatuhurira: I’m personally disappointed with the first lady and ministry of education officials, why the rush,, already alot of time is wasted!! What will happen to other classes if candidates resume? Actually most teachers have resorted to other things than teaching.

Reply: I am sorry you are disappointed with me, just remember, like you, I have no power to control COVID-19 and this is what we can do at this moment

Question: Kinene Edwin Douglas: Now what were they hiding why were they downing the year plan , and now parents have to look for lots of money on short notice to take their children back to school because of poor planning and poor leadership of this country.

Reply: We were hiding nothing, we were hoping the COVID-19 Pandemic would clear and schools would open, instead it is getting worse, that is why we thought of trying with a small group first.

Question: Ocaya Innocent: Stress continues but it will be a dead year bcoz we are doing exams for this year next year but they should leave studies aside and first finish politics then studies next year bcoz we are tired of stress an no school has started making arrangements bcoz they are confused as everyday they are getting new confusing stories so I can now say they are more confused than students.

Reply: The year has been stressful admittedly, but this is the time both for politics and school. Let us agree to do it the best way we know how.

Question: Akugizibwe Irriplacible Mathius-Rutaaba Tha-Boss: Me am confused now. Then what happens to a senior one and five groups who had not covered even a what is History.
Are they going to senior two and senior six respectively??? Or they are going to wait for the now primary seven and four candidates to sit their papers and join them so they can now start together. The ministry must therefore come out with a substantial dossia

Reply: We are continuing with learning at home for S.1 to S.5 when S.6 moves on then S.5 will move to S.6 and when S.4 moves away S.1 and others all move on automatically.

Question: Lawrence Tamale: Well to avert the confusion we would have had S.4, S.5 and 6 till mid-November. Schools would ensure all the study material they need is given to them within that time for personal revision when they break off for holidays. In mid-November we would have S.1, 2 and 3 till mid-December and take them through the same. Immediately after candidates finish national examinations, these would also sit for promotional in February. Uneb marking can expedited so that by April, S.1 and 5 can start. I think this could solve the problem.

Reply: Thank you for your constructive ideas but since we are already set, let us have some confidence in this plan. With all of us giving it all our support it will work.

Question: Muwanguzi Edgar: Opening schools has no problem.
But financially both parents and some schools are highly strained.
1: what if the parent of that candidate is a bar attendant or operates a bar. Where will that parent take care of the child.
2: No explanation on the grant. All in all let us be on the move
I pray that everything comes to normal.

Reply: Thank you for a positive attitude, knowing that there is no one to blame for the mess that came because of COVID-19. Let us just agree to unite around this problem with God’s help we will overcome.

Question: Ampumuza Innocent: But why should schools open?
Some parents own bars, gyms and other businesses that are still unopen, so with this poverty where do the government expect the parents to get the school fees?

Reply: Schools are opening because there are many who want schools to open, please do understand that Government did not close these businesses in bad faith, it was to save the lives of many. And yes many lack money but they have life.

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How Does It Benefit Anyone To See Dead Bodies At A Polling Station Arising Out Of An Election? EC Boss Byabakama Warns On Violence And How New Digital System Is Going To Improve Voting…

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EC boss Simon Byabakama

The Independent Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) is in the process of acquiring a system that will be used on polling day which will efficiently identify a voter, rule out multiple voting and also have some level of connectivity, according to the commission.

The system will also enable the EC to ensure that any voter who is not clearly identified on the national voter’s register does not vote.

“We are plugging the possible loopholes that would have given rise to credible grounds to challenge an outcome of any election. We want to carry that forward to the 2021 general elections,” the EC chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, said, giving assurance that his commission is doing excellent work.

Byabakama cited the dire need for massive voter education nationwide. “Before a person becomes a meaningful credible voter, he/she must understand his/her rights, under the law and in the constitution,” he said.

“We need to redesign our curriculum and instill more of ‘Ugandaness’. Many Ugandans do not have a sense of ownership of their country. So the first task we have is to promote and inculcate ‘Ugandaness’ within our minds,” he added.

He however also noted that voter education that comes in the season of an election may not be so effective because the ground is already contaminated with so many actors, and everybody is pulling the voters in different directions.

“Just like in our case as the electoral commission who are supposed to carry out voter education, the question of resources is very critical. In a given financial year, the budget allocation for voter education is UGX 300million,” Byabakama added.

Byabakama decried the evident acts of violence in conducting the electoral process, saying it undermines a country’s democracy. He advocated for unity, as the only means to jointly have a violent free and credible election.

“All of us should say NO to violence and we should encourage our people to do to the same. The perpetrators of the violence that was in the NRM primaries were the people, the same people who are going to participate in the 2021 elections,” Byabakama stated, noting that the issue of whether or not the 2021 elections will be characterised by violence is entirely in the hands of Ugandan.

“How does it benefit anyone to see dead bodies at a polling station arising out of an election?” Byabakama asked, maintaining that nobody is supposed to threaten anyone not to vote for a particular individual because this is a right enshrined in our constitution. Anyone who intimidates or threatens a voter commits a criminal offence punishable by the law.

On whether or not there’s a likelihood that a local firm could print the ballot papers, Byabakama admitted that he doesn’t want to commit himself on that but what they (EC) will look at is the capacity of the firm and whether they are able to handle the volume of work.

 

By Baron Kironde

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M7 Will Not Be President Forever, Stop Paying Attention On Him, Focus On Life After Him – Bidandi Sali Advises Opposition…

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Veteran politician who served as a local government minister in Museveni’s government, Jaberi Bidandi Ssali has urged opposition parties to prepare for life after President Museveni, instead of prioritising targeting to oust him.

Bidandi, who is also the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) founder said that his observation is opposition political parties can not have a clear view in front because they are simply paying so much attention to incumbent President Museveni.

Narrating how the struggle to liberation cannot count, Bidandi expressively painted a picture of a movement holding onto power being battled by organisations fighting for leadership positions.

While appearing on NBS Television, Bidandi said political parties are mushrooming driven more by adventurousness and curious individuals with no proper establishment of structural organisation, but complex intentions.

“A political party back in the day was a political party. An administrative position in the party wouldn’t be held without training,” Bidandi said.

“Sadly, the country no longer has a group that bears genuine values of a political party. The National Resistence Movement is a mere ‘movement’ while the opposition parties as organisations fighting for leadership positions.

Bidandi recounted that back in the day money was not a focal factor in politics because it’s very dangerous as it corrupts.

“I don’t want to condemn any political party. There are always values acquired in leadership. As long as you don’t appreciate those values, then you are off-target,” he said.

“People behave like they will be in the positions they hold for life, which is not possible” Bidandi added, emphasising that the opposition ought to not only fight to oust President Yoweri Museveni but as well start thinking beyond removing him from the country’s top office.

 

By Baron Kironde

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