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    If We Use Guns Museveni Will Be No More – Gen. Muntu



    Gen Mugisha Muntu has come out strong and warned President Museveni to heed to the pleas of the general public and warn police to stop using guns against the masses. Muntu who has been touring South Western Uganda warned that if they were to use guns, Museveni would have handed over long time ago and Uganda would be a prosperous, Stable and equitable economy. Below is muntu’s message to Museveni, Politicians and the general public:

    This week in South-western Uganda, people from all walks of life made their voices heard. It is obvious that the population is tired of Gen. Museveni’s highhanded and selfish hang onto power. The question that is being asked, is how do we achieve change? My response now, as it has been for a long time, is that change begins by getting involved.

    Criticizing from the sidelines won’t help. Calling each other names won’t help. And doing nothing certainly won’t help. We must each look for ways to get involved in the struggle. We must each do our part in building the country. From resolving to stand for an LCI position in your village to making the time to go and vote, we all have opportunities to join the struggle. I would like to also take this opportunity to honor and remember a young man who in the past days has been a victim of the regime’s excesses. Edson Nasasira was only 22 years old. He, like thousands of other residents in Rukungiri was participating in a peaceful, legal and patriotic act of civil activism. He was shot and killed by police, not because he was a suspect in the killings of women in Entebbe or the robbing of billions of taxpayers money.

    He was not caught supplying 350 pens to the Bank of Uganda at 125m shillings or illegally dispossessing a fellow Ugandan of land. Edson was simply participating in a rally that had been communicated to the police and at a venue that had been paid for. He was doing his solemn duty as a citizen and getting involved in a process of determining which direction our country should take. For this, he paid the ultimate price at the hands of a rogue police force whose constitutional responsibility it was to protect him.

    I have heard many people say, ‘let’s get guns and fight the regime’ or ‘since they are violent, let’s all be violent’. As one who has not only lived through war, but actively participated in it, I have seen first hand, the horrors that come with it. I have also seen comrades with whom we took up arms to fight injustice, develop a sense of entitlement and eventually become perpetrators of the injustice we so desperately fought to get rid of. It is this injustice that is responsible for Edson’s death. If military action was the silver bullet to achieving democracy, Museveni would have handed over years ago, Uganda would be a regional leader and Ugandans would be living in a properous, stable and equitable economy.

    The truth is, no one person can bring the change we all want. Politicians over the years have promised to deliver us from injustice and oppression, only to become the perpetrators of the same. Therefore, if we are interested in change, we as Ugandans must stop putting our trust in politicians and begin putting it in ourselves. We must stop looking for the change we want in others and be the change we want. And if young people today needed any more encouragement to do our part in building the nation, let us remember 18-year-old Aijukire Junior, shot in the stomach by police for participating in a legal rally. Let us think of Edson and the many that have been injured, maimed or killed by government over the past several years, for no reason other than simply standing up to let their voices be heard.

    May their deaths not be in vain, but instead spur each one of us towards doing something-however seemingly insignificant- to make Uganda a better place. Not all of you can join in rallies, but you can vote wisely. Not all of you can publicly speak out, but you can privately influence others. Not all of you can stand for leadership positions, but some of you can support those who stand. I have no doubt that if each of us pitches in, we can all build a Uganda in which the collective will of the people overwhelms the singular interests of individuals. That is the Uganda I have fought for in the bushes of Luwero, worked for in the army after 1986, recommitted to in the founding of FDC and sought in my position as party president. We will not stop trying to mobilize Ugandans around this vision.

    I hope you will join in too.






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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    You Used Me And Dumped Me – Abiriga Cries To M7



    By Jamil Lutakome

    Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga is bitter with president Museveni for jettisoning him after passing the Age Limit bill.

    Speaking to NBS, Abiriga revealed that president Museveni broke his heart after he refused to give him the huge sums of money he promised him.

    “When I was still an RDC, I meet president Museveni and explained to him how I used my money to solicit support for him.  He promised to refund all the money but up to now, he has never given me that money,” Abiriga cried.

    He further explained that when he started the Age Limit bill, he again reminded the president of his promise. Museveni assured him that he will pay him after the bill is passed. Abiriga says since the bill was passed, he has tried to reach the president but he never picks his calls.

    “I’m excluded in everything in the NRM party, those people who are near the president are telling him lies about me, that’s why he doesn’t pick my calls,” Abiriga grieved.

    Abiriga added that he now survives on loans and borrowing to cater for his extended family needs and his electorate. He says people think he got a lot of money from the president to blow the trumpet for the age limit bill which is not the case.

    Abiriga however boasted that he is glad that people in Buganda love him and wherever he passes, they sing praises to his name.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    Kitata Is Still Our Chairman – Tang Odoi




    By Mboowa Nathan 


    NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr. Tang Odoi has advised Rubaga NRM youths to stay calm and follow the right procedures if they are to impeach their leader Abdallah Kitatta. 

    Speaking about the fate of Abdallah Kitatta, who is the NRM Chairperson of Rubaga Division, Tang Odoi advised the youths to wait for investigations to be done. “Let them investigate, charge him in court and if he is found guilty, that’s when he can be suspended. Automatically the Secretary General of the party will write to the Chairman Electoral commission to organise fresh elections.”

    Tang further cautioned NRM leaders to always serve with integrity of the highest pedigree. Tang Odoi also noted that if Abdallah Kitatta is found guilty, he will also face the disciplinary committee of the party.

    Yesterday, NRM youths from Rubaga division gave an ultimatum of three days to their bosses to organise fresh elections in Lubaga after denouncing Abdallah Kitata as their chairman.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    M7 Defence Minister Almost Beaten At Parliament



    By Stella Mugoya

    Museveni’s defence minister Adolf Mwesige has survived the wrath of MPs the parliamentary defence committee.

    The fight was sparked off when the deputy chairperson of the committee, Kezakia Mbogo failed to manage the meeting in the accepted manner, after trying to protect the minister who was dodging some questions from committee members.

    It all started when MPs Ssekikuubo Theodore, Muwanga Kivumbi and Gilbert Olanya asked the minister to explain why Ugandan troops are still camping at the Congo-Uganda border. The MPs also tasked the defence minister to explain why the army is doing police work and why they are releasing criminals that are arrested by police. The minister refused to reply to the MPs questions which forced the committee chairperson to adjourn the meeting immediately without agreeing with fellow committee members.

    This sparked off a fight as MPs blocked the minister from vacating the room before answering their queries. They immediately stood up and locked the exit door shouting and ordering the chairman to call the meeting back to order so that the minister can answer them.

    “Tell us, when is he going to answer our questions, if not  we shall not allow him out. Let’s go back and sit, call the meeting back to order and let them all sit down. Afande, you are mature enough you can’t just push me. Just go back and sit and let the meeting be adjourned properly,” Ssekikuubo and Olanya geared on while standing  at the locked door.

    The minister tried to look for a way to escape but the biter MPs could not allow him access to the door. “Are you the sergeant at arms, let them settle first then we shall leave the door,”Ssekikuubo said while fighting fellow MP from Ntoroko, Rwenulikya Ibanda, who was trying to defend the minister.

    He added that,” These queries must be answered by UPDF, they must tell us but our chairman is here saying it isn’t of concern. We need to know who ordered the army to cross the borders.”

    The bitter MPs criticised their chairman for having a hidden agenda. “Chairman, if you have a hidden agenda in these matters, then we are opposing it,” Ssekikuubo warned.

    Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the committee members, expressed his bitterness at fellow committee member Rwenulikya Ibanda for trying to be a Judas. Kivumbi said that it was Ibanda who confessed, while they were compiling the committee questions, that as a boarder MP, he saw Ugandan troops in Congo, but after seeing the minister, he started changing his statements. “He is just hopeless,” Kivumbi blasted Ibanda.

    Olanya, a committee member, blasted the acting chairman saying, “We have a duty of protecting our soldiers and our country. I support the calling of a committee meeting to examine the role of the chairperson. Nabakooba had problems of managing this committee, she had challenges and we thought that since you are a senior member you could manage it better.”

    Kato Lubwama, who is also a committee member warned, “the biggest problem this committee has is some people who think they are bigger than others, all of us are MPs but it comes to a point when some members don’t want all of us to speak. Yes, you are a chairman but all of us are part of this committee. You must respect us and if we have a mandate to remove him let us do. Go back to school and learn these things.”

    Kezakia was acting as the chairperson of the committee since Nabakooba, who is the committee chairperson was not around.


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