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It Is Bobi Wine’s Time To Lead But He Must Reconcile With Besigye Supporters Or He Will Be Defeated – Nambooze Warns, Tells Mao To Quit As DP President…

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Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke has urged the Democratic Party (DP) president General Norbert Mao to quit the party presidential seat because he has failed to settle the internal conflicts within the party for the past 10 years.

While appearing on TV today, Nambooze proposed that the party (DP) should present someone else who is capable of changing the party’s strategies and is yearning for change.

“If Norbert Mao is fair to himself, I don’t expect him to stand this year. He has led us for 10 years and that is enough, we need someone who will change everything in Democratic Party,” she said.

When asked which political party she belongs to, the minister of information in Besigye’s People’s Government said she belongs to DP but believes in People’s Government. She said that People’s Government is an open government that supports anyone who yearns for change and was not formed to fight people power movement as others think.

“People’s Government represents all political opposition members who have been in politics in the last decade. Partly, the People Power movement is built on the need to change the status quo in the opposition. There is a need for change in opposition as well. It is normal that the People Power movement comes to us before they go to Museveni because the opposition has not had the chance to elevate some people into better positions (this space is occupied by NRM), we shall have a generational conflict,” Nambooze added.

She revealed that by 2020, everyone will know the true meaning of People’s Government.

“You will understand what People’s Government is all about, you will continue to think we are against people power but by April 2020, everybody who had doubts about People’s Government will get to know,” she revealed.

When asked her take on the current political status where the red color is increasingly used and the word people power is booming more than other opposition parties. Nambooze said red color is booming because it was used by freedom fighters during the ‘Togikwatako’ saga but not because of Bobi Wine.

“People Power is the ‘Togikwatako’ crusade that was started by Ugandans in and outside parliament to challenge the continued rule of Museveni. People Power took up all the slogans and colors and in one way or another, we had to find the spirit, but not Bobi wine,” the Mukono legislator said.

She further cautioned people power boss Robert Kyaguilanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to reconcile with Besigye’s supporters if he wants his victory to be strong in the coming 2021 elections.

“Bobi Wine represents the biggest group of people and the challenge is to go out and offer leadership to them. It is his time to lead. He must move very fast to reconcile with the voters of Besigye otherwise he will be defeated,” she warned.

By Josephine Kauma

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How LDUs Are Killing More Ugandans Than Covid19: Is M7’s Good UPDF Now Turning Into A Force Worse Than His Predecessors Because Of LDUs? Top Human Rights, Security Experts Speaks Out….

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Since the liberation war in the bushes of Luweero Triangle, President Museveni has always stressed the need to have a professional disciplined army that respects the rights of the citizens.

Numerous stories have been told by those who fought with the old man with a hat of how officers who infringed on the rights of citizens were punished and even killed.

The President has on several occasions warned that the UPDF and other security forces must not replicate the atrocities committed by armies of past regimes.

However, with the incorporation of the LDUs in the UPDF as a reserve force, the good image is slowly being tainted with dirt and blood and the indiscipline of the LDUs is eating into police and the once cherished UPDF.

theGrapevine takes a deep look into what went wrong.

LDUs AS RESERVE FORCE

In March last year, president Yoweri Museveni the Commander in Chief (CiC) of the armed forces passed out over 6,436 Local Defense Unity (LDUs) to beef up police, army and other security agencies in the fight against the rampant crime around the country.

In 2018, in his security address to the nation, Museveni ordered the recruitment of over 24,000 LDUs to fight urban crime and most of them were deployed in urban centers especially in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono.

However, president’s dream of fishing out criminals in the society has turned into a nightmare and innocent Ugandans are losing their lives and hundreds have survived with serious injuries.

The situation worsened when the president declared a curfew and lockdown among other directives to fight the deadly COVID19 pandemic.

Many LDUs knowingly or unknowingly misinterpreted the presidential directives.

President Museveni passing out LDUs

LDUs HAVE KILLED MORE UGANDANS THAN COVID19

According to investigations made by this website, LDUs have killed more Ugandans than Covid19 in the months of March, April, May and June.

Uganda currently has 977 Covid19 positive cases with no death and over ten deaths as a result of LDU brutality with many causalities.

Most Ugandans we have talked said that you have 99.9% chances of surviving death if you contract Covid19 but 1% chance of surviving if you meet an angry LDU officer.

Most of the affected people are boda boda riders, pregnant women and people in upcountry areas.

On May 8th, an LDU officer killed a man and a pregnant woman in Masaka Municipality along Elgin Street.

On May 12th 2020, an LDU officer shot dead 46-year-old Alfred Mwanga of Kapkwata village in Kapkwata Parish in Kapkwata Sub County in Kween District and injured David Denis Chemusto.

On 7th July 2020, UPDF 5th division Court Martial sentenced an LDU officer Pte. Jolly Thomas Opoka to life imprisonment for killing Francis Ogwang, a 65 year old man.

Recently in Lukaya, an LDU officer hit a boda boda cyclist with a gun killing him instantly.

Today, during the opening of plenary, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Betty Awol Ochan disclosed that LDUs killed one person in Oyam, one in Kasese and one in Agago.

Female youth MP Anna Abaju Adeke revealed that Emmanuel Tegu, a third-year Veterinary Medicine student of Makerere University was allegedly beaten to death by LDU officers even though police denied these allegations.

Among those who have survived the wrath of these LDUs with serious injuries include; Ali Waswa a journalist with vision group based in Mbarara was badly beaten by UPDF soldiers and LDUs attached to Makenke in Mbarara district.

Ms. Olivia Pita, a resident of Moyo district sustained deep wounds on her forehead after being beaten by LDUs. She claims that she was found burning rubbish in her home.

Beatrice Kabatembuzi, a resident of Kanara Town Council in Ntoroko district claims that she was beaten by LDUs when they found her cooking food on her verandah.

On Tuesday, Mulengeranews reported that Soroti Resident judge Wilson Masalu Musene and David Wangutsi, a High court judge of the commercial court admitted that they were beaten by LDU officers.

On Tuesday evening, Joseph Luzige, the Mityana district chairperson was humiliated and insulted by LDU officers for trying to stop them from beating a boda boda rider who was carrying a pregnant woman.

These are some of the cases that have seen the light of day, but many go unnoticed.

Security expert Egesa

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

To establish how deep this rot is, this website went an extra mile and talked to prominent human rights defenders and security experts.

Celebrated private investigator and security expert David Fredrick Egesa, he revealed that recruiting LDUs was a wrong project.

Egesa guided that the president was supposed to first weigh his decision of deploying people who are not well trained in society.

Egesa said that LDUs were supposed to cook food for UPDF not to put on their uniform because they even lack the basic law.

He insisted that the country is sitting on a time bomb, “LDUs will one day exchange bullets with police because each of them thinks that they are superior to the other.”

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo told theGrapevine that you cannot divorce the actions LDU from UPDF because it’s under its command.

He insisted that whatever LDU is doing is supervised by UPDF and one time a top commander of UPDF told them to kill Ugandans because they were trained to kill.

Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

“LDUs are mere sub-contractors of the UPDF on serious crimes which would have been committed by the army. In every election cycle we have paramilitary groups that commit the same crimes, we had crime preventers do the same crimes, there is a pattern here of the use of paramilitary groups to collude elections, from Kiboko squad, crime preventers now LDUs and they all come during elections. You cannot look at LDUs in isolation but in the context of being used as a paramilitary group sub contracted by the state to carry out violence,” Opiyo noted.

He bears the same opinion with Constitutional lawyer Peter Walubiri who stated that UPDF which is essentially president Museveni’s NRA has been leaving a deceptive life and what the LDUs are doing is to show the true character of the UPDF.

He insisted that NRA from the days of Luwero, Teso insurgency, Congo have been implicated in human rights abuses including torture and murder.

“When you read reports from human rights Commission and Amnesty international for the past 30 years, you will see that all these things are not new. Who killed people in Kasese? Who killed people when Buganda Premier Walusimbi was stopped from going to Bugerere in 2009? It wasn’t LDUs but UPDF. People have been tortured in safe houses, Kireka Special Investigation Units and Nalufenya by the military,” the soft spoken lawyer said.

Veteran investigative journalist Stanley Ndawula wondered why LDU was put under the command of a professional army of the UPDF, he explained that some of the LDU commanders are disgruntled and drunkards who are excited because they are getting a lot of money through extortion.

He prayed to the appointing authority to disband LDU and allow police to take over their duties before the two groups exchange bullets.

He noted that he witnessed a scenario where an LDU officer took over the command of an operation from a DPC including the suspects they had come to arrest.

Journalist Stanley Ndawula

UPDF SPEAKS OUT

Efforts to speak to Major Bilal Katamba the spokesperson of the LDUs were futile since he was not picking our calls or responding to our messages.

When we contacted, UPDF spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire did not pick our calls while his deputy Lt. Col. Deo Akiika’s phones were off.

However, on the Mityana incident, Brig. Karemire released a statement today regretting that the incident happened.

“The UPDF regrets this gross act of indiscipline that is not characteristic of the UPDF as a people’s army. We wish to restate that discipline remains a core value and bedrock on which the UPDF was founded. Anyone who deviates from this will always be punished according to the established laws. There are examples to prove this in the recent past like a soldier in Kasese was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment and an LDU personnel were yesterday sentenced to life imprisonment all because of unprofessional conduct.

We therefore strongly condemn this act meted out against one of our senior civilian leaders,” Brig Karemire said.

He added, “The UPDF wishes to reiterate its full commitment and loyalty to the people of Uganda and will always remain subordinate to the civilian authority as provided for under Article 208 of the Constitution.

There is no need to lose heart over these incidents.  A comprehensive review of these deployments to enforce anti-COVID 19 measures is soon to take place and we expect better results.”

Speaker Kadaga

SPEAKER DIRECTS MINISTER TO EXPLAIN

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga today directed the Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odong to explain to Parliament and the country, the circumstances surrounding the death of Emmanuel Tegu, a third year student at Makerere University, allegedly killed by LDUs.

“You would imagine that the University is a safe place for our children to be but this has happened. Secondly, I think it’s time Government explained to Ugandans what they have done to the LDUs who have beaten and killed people – because the reports are there,” she said.

She added, “We want answers. Why is it that no LDU has been prosecuted? What action has been taken against these LDUs? We want answers from the Minister of Internal Affairs by Tuesday next week.”

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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I Warned Katureebe On The Consequences Of LDUs, They Are Now Killing Ugandans, Beating Up Judges And Insulting Leaders – Lawyer Mabirizi….

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LDU officer beating up a local trader (Courtesy photo)

Revolutionary lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has revealed that he warned judicial officers on the consequences of incorporating Local Defense Unity (LDU) into the security system but they decided to rule otherwise without thinking that they will one day also become victims.

Mulengeranews recently revealed how Soroti Resident judge Wilson Musalu Musene and his counterpart David Wangutsi, a judge of the High Court Commercial Division were badly beaten by LDUs in Mbale town for violating the presidential curfew directive.

On Tuesday evening, social media was awash with a video of LDU personal and army officers insulting Joseph Luzige, the chairperson of Mityana District. Luzige who is a member of the ruling NRM party was accused of trying to stop security officers from beating a boda boda cyclist who was carrying a pregnant woman.

LDUs have of late been accused of killing innocent Ugandans under the guise of implementing presidential directives in the fight against COVID19.

In an exclusive interview with this website, Mabirizi disclosed that that he smelled a rotten rat and collapse of the rule of law when security operatives stormed parliament and beat up members of parliament who were against the lifting of the age limit that is why he ran to court to guide the nation.

He explained that unfortunately, the courts of law presided over by the eminent members of the society led by retired Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe ruled that it was not illegal for security men to raid parliament and beat legislators.

“On 15th January 2019, during the hearing of the age limit case, I warned Katureebe and his six other justices of the Supreme Court that the consequences of upholding collapse of rule of law through failure to nullify a law passed through UPDF violence would be indiscriminative because judges would also fall victims one day,” Mabirizi explained.

He added that he reminded Katureebe the scenario where former Chief Justice Ben Kiwanuka was killed from his office and in Ghana and in Nigeria where judges were arrested from court.

“I told them that the effects of their ruling will be like a hailstorm ravaging a village, it does not discriminate among pagans, Christians or Muslims and here we are, judges and district chairpersons are being battered,” Mabirizi noted.

He explained that when president Museveni officially incorporated LDUs into the national security organizations, he ran to the High Court again and challenged this decision because it was illegal.

“LDUs were going to turn against Ugandans and legally there was no law one could use to challenge their acts,” Mabirizi said.

The maverick lawyer explained that to his surprise, his case was dismissed after High Court judge Musa Ssekana reasoned that LDUs are members of the reserve forces without being gazetted.

Mabirizi insisted that if Ugandans keep on folding their hands without legally challenging the behavior of security agencies, Uganda is going to turn into a lawless country.

When contacted, Joseph Luzige said that he was degraded and humiliated before his people and he expects that disciplinary action is taken against the culprits.

The former Democratic Party strongman wondered why security personnel are behaving in a hostile way yet they are answerable to civilians who are paying for the facilities they are using and their salaries.

He noted that before he was insulted, he was trying to save a boda boda man who was carrying a pregnant woman from being thumped by these security personnel.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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Balaam Asks For Shs.1billion From Kabushenga Led Kampala Sun For Portraying Him As A Fraudster And Extortionist…

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It seems the troubles of Robert Kabushenga led Vision Group are not about to end.

This is after events promoter and National Resistance Movement (NRM) party diehard Balaam Barugahara threatened to sue them if he is not compensated with Shs.1bn.

Through his lawyers of Isabirye and Company Advocates, Balaam claims that, Vision Group, through its weekly newspaper the Kampala Sun defamed him when they alleged that he was muscling Uganda Cranes players for a share of money allegedly paid to them by President Museveni.

“Needless to say, that the publication was false, baseless and not with any truth but has none the less damaged the reputation of our client in a manner that is irreparable, as when construed and contextualized in its natural, and ordinary meaning, or by innuendo, said article is understood to mean and to suggest that Mr. Balaam Barugahara, our client, is a criminal, an immoral and indefensible man,” Balaam’s lawyers stated in their letters.

They insist that the Kampala Sun article under the headline ‘Balaam harasses Uganda Cranes over Sevo Cash’ negatively impacted on the integrity of their client, demeaned his reputation in his capacity as a businessman and a family man in the eyes of reasonable Ugandans, East Africans, Africans and the world at large to the extent of him being viewed as a fraudster and extortionist.

“In addition to causing him to limit his interaction with his peers, contemporaries, business partners and colleagues in order for him to avoid the contempt and ridicule that he suffers when amongst them, this emotional suffering has caused him to suffer stress and affected his moods and behavior in a depressing manner,” the lawyers added.

They claim that because of such suffering, their client demands a public apology for the claimed false story and compensation of Shs.1bn.

They gave vision group only three days from yesterday to do so.

Last week, Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) suspended Urban TV’s Scoop on Scoop gossip show after socialite Sheilah Gashumba petitioned the commission over defamatory statements from the show host Tina Fierce against her. Urban TV is another Vision Group product. Sheilah also asked for Shs.400 million compensation.

 

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