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    It’s My Choice To Support Bobi Wine: Cranes Star Aucho Speaks Out, Says He Had Briefly Gone To Check On His Kids When He Got The Suspension Notification…

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    Uganda Cranes combative midfielder, Khalid Aucho

    As Uganda Cranes is preparing for two crucial AFCON Qualifiers against Burkina Faso and Malawi due next week, they will miss the services of super efficient, hard tackling midfielder, Khalid Aucho in the middle of the park after he was dismissed by the football governing body, FUFA for misconduct.

    FUFA say…

    According to FUFA, Aucho refused to board the official means of transport organised to pick him from Entebbe International Airport to the team camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel-Kisasi.

    FUFA says that Aucho had not even reported to camp since his arrival in the country, but the soft spoken player told theGrapevine that it was only a few hours since he landed into the country and needed some necessary private time before he reported to the camp.

    Aucho has faulted the FUFA for suspending him just less than five hours after landing into the country yet other players have spent 12, and even over 24 hours in the Uganda without reporting to the camp.

    Aucho explains why and how;

    Aucho says he landed at Entebbe Airport towards 3pm, and less than 4 hours later, he got an e-mail notification of his suspension.

    “I reached at a half past 2, then I told the person they had sent to pick me that I was not feeling well and immediately needed to see a doctor to ascertain why my body was not functioning well,” Aucho narrated.

    “I knew I had to go to camp, I mean, that’s why I traveled here in the first place, but I also needed to atleast briefly see my family. I have to see my kids to bless me whenever I’m home because I take so much time away from them,” he added.

    “I’ve accepted their decision and I’ll take it in good faith. I wish them good luck in the two games. But FUFA should also normalise respecting players because it’s we the players who sweat out there. You just can’t tarnish my hard earned name like that. I don’t think I’m indisciplined as they’re claiming,” he said.

    “Even if it means never playing for the national team ever again, it’s okay with me because atleast I’ve served my country enough now and I can retire from international football knowing I stood for the truth,” he emphasised.

    Aucho said that maybe he’s being witch-hunted for another reason, explaining for such a case that he’s not the most indisciplined player on the team.

    “I had just spent 4 hours in the country and I’m punished severely? Yet some players have spent 12 and others over 24 hours but they haven’t been penalised or anything,” he stressed.

    Is Aucho’s suspension political?

    There are also other serious allegations that Aucho’s woes on the National team stem from him politically disagreeing with the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo. Reports indicate that Magogo, who is a staunch cadre of President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling NRM government is so pissed with Aucho for openly supporting a one opposition candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in the just concluded general elections.

    On the matter, Aucho unapologeticcally stated that he has every right to support whoever he wants.

    “Even if I openly supported Bobi Wine for presidency, it’s my constitutional right. Like I can support any football club of my choice. It’s just a matter of choice. I still didn’t do anything wrong” Aucho insisted.

    What next for Aucho?

    Aucho said he will go back to his Egyptian club Misr El Makkasa and carry on with bussiness as usual.

    “I will go with what the federation has decided, I will go back to my club and work because it’s my job and it’s what pays me,”

    “Maybe they’re mistreating me because they have got better players and now they don’t need my services anymore,” he added.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Former Chief Justices Katureebe, Odoki Meet Dollo, Other Supreme Court Justices  Over Justice Kisakye’s Confiscated File…

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    Justice Kisakye's misunderstanding with the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo came in light during Kyagulanyi's presidential petition withdrawal against Museveni's reelection

    Sources at the Kololo based Supreme Court have revealed  that two former Chief Justices have started mediating between eight Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye.

    Our sources stated that last month, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, the immediate former Chief Justice separately met Chief Justice Dollo at his chambers at the Supreme Court and they held a secret meeting which took almost three hours. Our sources intimated to us that two weeks later, another former Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki also met Justice Dollo, where after the two former Chief Justices met the eight Justices of the Supreme Court including Justice Robby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Paul Mugamba, and the issue at hand was the misunderstanding between them and fellow Justice Kisakye.

    It is not yet established whether the former Chief Justices also met Justice Kisakye. The misunderstanding came in light during the withdrawing of the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP)’s former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s victory.

    Justice Kisakye accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing her dissenting judgement after refusing him to vet her ruling. Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita rubbished Kisakye’s accusation stating that the problem was with her because she refused other justices on the penal from going through her ruling as the practice is, and or requires.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    NRM MPs Warned Over Sex And Booze At Kyankwanzi Retreat, Speakership Candidate Under Probe For Bribing MPS With Alcohol For Votes…

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    Some of the NRM cadres at the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership has warned the selected party members and the new elected Members of Parliament to avoid involving themselves in acts of indiscipline including having sex and getting drunk on alcohol during the ongoing party retreat at Kyankwanzi National training Institute.

    Speaking to the Grapevine, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communication and Public Relations revealed that they have already started investigating the indiscipline exhibited by their members during their trip to Kyankwanzi on Thursday evening where party members got drunk and started abusing each other on the bus. Dombo described the incident as “absurd” and revealed that investigations are on into the matter, warning that culprits will be punished.

    Sources in Kyankwanzi intimated to this website that there is a candidate vying for the office of the deputy speaker who bought expensive alcohol and wine, on it branded with her pictures asking them to vote for her.

    Dombo also said that all members who are going to attend the meeting will not be allowed to access their mobile phones until evening.

    He added that other members who are pregnant will not be allowed for exercising after classes and breast feeding mothers were not welcome because of the highly physical demands of the retreat.

    There have always been ugly reports from the previous retreats at Kyankwanzi where reports of alcoholism, explicit sex and NRM big wigs fighting for beds.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Rapper DMX, 50, Dies Of Heart Attack…

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    Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons music inspired countless fans across the world,

    US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

    The performer, real name Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

    In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end”.

    “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

    DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.

    He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

    The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.

    He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

    A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.

    According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

    “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” their statement continued.

    “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.

    “Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”

    Via BBC

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