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INTERVIEW: If Museveni Was A Student Today, He Would Not Get A Degree, Most Heads Of Security Institutions Are Related Or From The Same Village – Besigye

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Four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has warned that the political and cultural injustice in the country will soon breed violence.

While appearing on NBS TV’S Morning Breeze today, Besigye who was hosted by Simon Kagwa Njala gave an example of the education system saying that it is in a very bad shape that if the president (Museveni) was a student today, he would not get a degree.

Besigye said, “I normally tell people that if Museveni had gone to school today, I mean if Museveni is a student today when he is President, he would not get a degree.

Because his father would never get 6M to pay at University to get a degree. I am sure Museveni would agree with me that the wealth of his late Father Kaguta would not afford him University education.”

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president also decried the high level of nepotism in the security system of the country.

Besigye said, “the security Institutions themselves are a problem. Most of the security challenges we have today are a problem of security Institutions themselves. There is a problem of nepotism where you find most heads of security Institutions are related or from the same village. That creates a security challenge to those in service, because, some will say, “let’s leave them with their thing.”

Below is an extract from the conversation between Njala and Besigye:

NJALA: What is the political barometer currently?

BESIGYE: There is one constant; the ever-mounting discontent in the country. Wherever you go, it’s pulpable, because everywhere, people’s lives are becoming more difficult. Those who used to say we sleep, no longer sleep.

NJALA: What does that spell for the opposition?

BESIGYE: There is nothing like Government and then opposition that you think contests for power, one wins and forms Government and the losers form opposition. What we have is a small group of people that dominates the rest.

The artificial categorization of our politics is deliberate to confuse those who are far and inside Uganda.

You are talking about 2021 elections, I was a candidate in 2016, and after elections, I was charged with treason for declaring myself winner. We are going into 2021 and that case has not been heard.

NJALA: Your views are not matching the sentiments where others like Gen. Muntu, Bobi Wine want elections.

BESIGYE: I myself have not said that people should not warm up for elections. I have said that if that election is not going to be of a type we want (free and fair), then we should warm up to it differently. We have an experience that since Uganda’s Independence, we have never conducted free and fair elections.

We celebrated 57yrs of Independence but we know every leader has come into office by force.

For the period under Museveni, courts have concluded that elections under Museveni have not been free and fair. This is the experience of elections in Uganda. We then need to ask ourselves whether elections should be the way they have been or we need new type of elections.

Then there is a question of legitimacy?

One, we have an illegitimate person who violated the Constitution by detaining his opponent to declare himself.

Two, this person who is in office illegitimately, has already illegitimately appointed the new Electoral Commission headed by Simon Byabakama. By the way, Byabakama was my prosecutor on very many funny cases.

Thirdly, this illegitimate president violently destroyed the Constitution and invaded Parliament with his troops in order to procure an amendment to allow him contest beyond 75yrs. Of all the people who have so far shown interest to contest for the presidency, only Museveni is already 75yrs.

Museveni would not have been a candidate if he had not destroyed the Constitution. Now he has already taken 30bn from the Treasury to go around the country looking for endorsement as a sole candidate for 2021.

That said, I cannot go to a Radio Station and talk on space I have hired.

I went to the bush to have free and fair elections, how can I not want elections, but we must declare what type of elections we must have. That is within our power.

We are not going to allow someone who rigged himself into office, violated the Constitution to contest again. That is within our power.

Ending ruling by the gun is not going to happen merely by throwing the ballot paper in a ballot box. This must be well understood.

The first tool people holding power use to subdue people is instilling fear in the public and terrorizing them.

The second tool they use is bribes and favours. Most people are impoverished and when they want to say something or appear critical, they are bribed into silence. Some members of the media too, who are critical in dissemination of information are impoverished and are used to distort information.

The third tool is divide and rule so that we cannot unite.

I am aware that even within the liberation forces, there is lack of clarity on the type of struggle we want. There are some who believe Uganda is democratic; that we have elections where people contest and win and others lose.

This position has been formed by many years of narrative that we need an election to choose a good leader to replace a bad leader. That is not the struggle I am in.

The struggle I know and understand is that we are looking for a better country and the first mission should be to recapture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose and leaders and create the rules.

You asked about 2019 Year Of Action. I wish to report to you that we have been to all the regions of Uganda in the year. In one region, there were attempts to fail us but we managed to get over it.

We are only left with Kampala Metropolitan. We shall come here too. So, we have been out there taking actions geared towards freeing us. Now we are left with taking real actions to end this Junta.

ON SECURITY:

NJALA: Col. share your insights with us on security.

BESIGYE: There is absolutely no doubt that security has been mounting. Sometimes I marvel when the NRM Junta keeps it’s mantra “peace that was ushered in by NRM”.

Peace is not the absence of war. In Uganda, you cannot have peace without justice. The level of injustice in Uganda is way too much; social-economic injustice is unimaginable.

ON EDUCATION: Look at the state and quality of our education. Education is an equaliser. I normally tell people that if Museveni had gone to school today, I mean if Museveni is a student today when he is President, he would not get a degree.

Because his father would never get 6M to pay at University to get a degree. I am sure Museveni would agree with me that the wealth of his late Father Kaguta would not afford him University education.

We have also political and cultural injustice. Anywhere in the world, where there is political injustice, it breeds violence.

Secondly, the security Institutions themselves are a problem. Most of the security challenges we have today are a problem of security Institutions themselves. There is a problem of nepotism where you find most heads of security Institutions are related or from the same village.

That creates a security challenge to those in service, because, some will say, “let’s leave them with their thing.” So, you have problems in recruitment, training and deployment.

The guns that are used to commit murders are all from security agencies.

Then there is a regional security challenge because of Uganda’s aggression and military adventurism.

By Aine Cohen

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Makerere University Set To Re-open On June 20th For All Final Year Students – VC…

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Makerere University (MUK) has tentatively set Saturday, June 20, 2020 as the date on which the University will be reopened to final year students.

In a letter from MUK Vice Chancellor (VC) to college principals, deans and heads of departments, the date was suggested by MUK Covid19 Response Task Force in a meeting hels on May 25.

“Following the pronouncement by the President of the Republic of Uganda H. E. Y. K. Museveni that universities would open only for final year students, the Makerere University COVID-19 Response Task Force at its meeting held on 25th May, 2020, came up with the following guidelines in preparation for the re-opening,” the VC’s letter reads in part.

The VC adds, “Dates for re-opening: Saturday 20th June, 2020 and close 7th August, 2020. This will include teaching and end of semester.”

The VC says the university will use between June 20 and Aug. 27 to teach and conduct exams, get data for the final year students among other activities.

He instructed deans of schools to provide lists of all final year students, including their phone numbers, names of schools that have been conducting lessons online and time remaining to complete the course content and content that’s left to be covered for those that were not teaching online.

By Sandra Mukisa




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Chief Justice Katureebe Cited In The Resignation Of UJOA Vice President To Benefit From The Judiciary Administration Bill Before Kadaga…

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The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has been cited in the resignation of Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) Vice President Sheila Gloria Atim.

In her resignation letter dated 28th April 2020, Atim stated that on the matter of principle, she is unable to continue to serve as the vice president of the current Executive Committee under the presidency of Mbarara Resident Judge Tadeo Asiimwe.

“I believe that at all time, it is UJOA members wishes in line with the UJOA mandate that should guide the Executive Committee in its actions.  I find I am unable to continue implementing that mandate in the current UJOA Executive Committee. I hereby offer to you my resignation as vice president UJOA as required under Article 17 of the Articles of Association of UJOA,” Atim stated.

She indicated that the gist of her resignation is about the recalling of a letter dated 16th of March 2020 authored by the Association’s Assistant General Secretary and herself to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga guiding her and Members of Parliament on legislating the Judiciary administration bill, which will give powers to the judiciary to manage their finances.

In the letter written to speaker Kadaga, UJOA cited two landmark decisions of the Constitutional Court regarding the doctrine of separation of powers and independence of the Judiciary that could affect the contents of the Administration of Judiciary bill.

The two cases cited were Krispus Ayena Odongo Vs the Attorney General and that of the Uganda Law Society VS the Attorney General, in both cases, the rulings clarified matters that include the meaning of independence of the Judiciary and principle of separation of powers.

They also clarified on the office of the Chief Justice as the administrative head of the judiciary, a self-accounting organ, the constitutionality of and complexities involved in the existence of the office of the secretary to the judiciary to the judiciary visa viz the financial autonomy and independence of the judiciary.

According to the letter received by the office of the Speaker of parliament, both constitution court judgments were attached on the letter.

In her resignation, Atim claims that without the recommendation of the UJOA, the Association president Asiimwe through Daniel Bwambale the treasurer again wrote to the speaker recalling their letter.

The letter indicated that the recall was done to enable parliament handle and first track the bill. He said that the Chief Justice as the head of the judiciary was going to communicate to the speaker regarding the passing of the bill.

Multiple credible sources we spoke to revealed that Asiimwe acted on the directions of the Chief Justice to recall the said letter because it was going to delay the passing of the bill which he wanted passed before next month.

Sources intimated to the Grapevine that Katureebe wants to benefit from the bill since it gives retired justices a huge retirement package which includes, monthly salaries, allowances, cars, security and houses. When contacted for a comment, Asiimwe said that, “it’s not my policy to communicate anything on WhatsApp. I can’t add my voice to rumours,” he said.

Efforts to speak to Asiimwe for more were futile since he was not picking his known telephone numbers. However, Solomon Muyita the senior Communication’s officer Judiciary refuted claims that Katureebe pressurizes Asiimwe to recall the controversial letter. Muyita said that UJOA is very different from judiciary even though many of the judiciary staff are members of UJOA. He said that Katureebe cannot be involved in UJOA work and asked the UJOA administration to resolve their grievances without dragging in the outgoing Chief Justice.

 

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FIFA, Museveni Mourn Uganda Cranes Longest Serving Captain Jimmy Kirunda…

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The late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

President Museveni has mourned former Uganda Cranes captain and Manager Jimmy Kirunda.

In a post on his Facebook page, Museveni said, “I have learnt about the death of Jimmy Kirunda, perhaps one of the greatest footballers our country has produced. We all remember the major feat when he captained the national team to the Africa Cup finals in 1978. We shall miss him. Condolences to his family and the football fraternity.”

Kirunda was pronounced dead on Monday, 25th May 2020 moments after collapsing  in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo hands an award to the late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

Museveni was joined by the President of Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Gianni Infantino who sent a message of condolence to Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), the family of the late Jimmy Kirunda and the entire Ugandan football fraternity.

In a message delivered through the FUFA President Moses Magogo, Infantino expresses his sympathy to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), and to Jimmy’s family, friends and loved ones.

“I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player and coach, Jimmy Kirunda. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss affecting Uganda football,” Infantino says.

Jimmy Kirunda (2nd L) in the Uganda Cranes team. (Photo: FUFA)

He adds, “During his playing career, Jimmy captained Uganda’s national team during ten years, and participated in three CAF Africa Cups of Nations in 1974, 1976 and in 1978, where the Cranes reached the final, their best performance until today. During his time with the national team, he also won five CECAFA Cups. At club level, he will be remembered for his career at Express FC and KCC FC, where he notably won three league titles and two Uganda cups, SC Villa, where he added one league title and one Uganda Cup to his trophy room, as well as Abu Dhabi Sports Club in the UAE.”

“After his retirement, he managed different clubs in Uganda, as well as the national team between 1989 and 1996, winning three CECAFA Cup titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Uganda football legend, longest serving national team captain, considered as one of the greatest African players of his generation, defender with style, class and elegance, but also top scorer of the national league, his legacy and achievements, and in particular his friendly personality, his leadership and his human qualities will not be forgotten, and he will be truly missed,” he says.

According to the family, Kirunda’s burial will take place on Wednesday, 27th May 2020 at 2PM at his ancestral home in Mayire, Bulesa – Kyadondo.

Jimmy Kirunda (left) conducts one of the numerous pre-match customs as a Uganda Cranes captain (Photo: FUFA)

WHO IS JIMMY KIRUNDA?

  • Jimmy Kirunda was born in 950 to late Henry Kirunda and Constance Nawalu at Mulago, a famous footballing hub in Uganda.
  • He held his elementary education at Mengo Primary School, Naggalama and later Old Kampala SSS.
  • Kirunda joined Mulago FC in 1965, before moving to Express, KCC and Sports Club Villa.
  • He played professional football at Abu Dhabi sports club in 1979, a year after skippering the Uganda Cranes to the AFCON final in Ghana.
  • Three league titles with KCC FC and one with S.C Villa in 1982 where they went the entire season unbeaten are just a few of many accolades the former Cranes team manager amassed in his career.
  • He captained Uganda for ten years and played in three Africa Cup of Nations (1974, 1976 & 1978)
  • He won the CECAFA Cup with Uganda (1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 & 1977)
  • As Cranes Team Manager, he won three CECAFA Cup titles (1989, 1990 & 1992)
  • He won three league titles with KCC (1976, 1977 and 1981) and two Uganda Cups (1980 & 1984)
  • He also won a league title with Villa (1982) and one Uganda Cup (1983)
  • His brothers William Kityo and Dick Bintanula played for KCC and Mulago respectively.
  • He top-scored the league in 1978 with 32 goals
  • He coached three clubs (Bell, Buikwe & Cooperative)
  • He returned to football in 1987 and featured for his Ngeye clan team
  • Worked at FUFA Secretariat in the office of former FUFA President Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa and current FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on football matters before retiring in 2015.




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