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    International Political Funders Pressurize Bobi Wine’s NUP On Joining IPOD…



    NIMD's Executive Director Thijs Berman (L) and NUP boss Bobi Wine (R)

    The Netherlands Institute of Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and other international organisations that promote and strengthen democracy in the world have pressurised National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to change his mind and join the Interparty Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD).

    Thijs Berman, NIMD’s Executive Director revealed that he has written a letter to Bobi Wine seeking an appointment with his party leadership to discuss how they can join the IPOD, a political dialogue which brings together all political parties with representation in parliament.

    “Last week, we contacted NUP leadership and proposed even supporting young party members with training to enable them to join parliament and other positions. We hope that soon we shall receive a positive response” Thijs said.

    NIMD is the main funder and facilitator of the IPOD and Thijs told NUP leadership led by Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi, Muwada Nkunyingi, the shadow foreign affairs minister and also the Kyadondo East members of parliament and Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the party’s deputy spokesperson that the only way they can benefit from their funds is by joining IPOD.

    When contacted, Frank Rusa, IPOD’s Executive Secretary confirmed that talks are ongoing to convince NUP to join the IPOD.

    He explained that they want NUP to sign the new agreement with political parties with representation in the 11th parliament whose tenure ends in 2026.

    “We wish that this time they will accept and sign the agreement like President Museveni has already done on behalf of the NRM party and Nobert Mao’s Democratic Party. We are still waiting for Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) and Justice Forum(JEEMA),” he explained.

    In his European tour, Bobi Wine preached the gospel of peaceful political activism as a means to changing power.

    Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality Member of Parliament, who is also FDC’s spokesperson said that the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will sit on 12th of this month to discuss the way forward concerning their presence in IPOD.

    Joel Ssenyonyi, NUP’s spokesperson and also the Nakawa West MP insists that there are no plans for them to join IPOD.

    Ssenyonyi accuses President Museveni of using IPOD to clean himself after creating a lot of political dirt against other political opposition parties which are fighting his government.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border



    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”


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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder



    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”



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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security



    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”


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