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    Kadaga, Oulanyah Fighting In Public For Speakership Is Embarrassing NRM – Lumumba Calls For Order…

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    The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) top leadership has developed special interest in the ongoing heated battle for who will preside over the next Parliament.

    Four candidates so far have expressed interest, two from the opposition, and two of NRM’s own. DP’s Richard Ssebamala, FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda and the current deputy speaker, Jacob Oulanyah all want to unseat Rebecca Kadaga who is so determined to retain her position as the speaker of Parliament.

    Ssebamala is the latest to join the race, and holds very minimal relevance to the post. Ssemujju is vocal and well versed with parliamentary matters, but is still considered the black horse in this race dominated by Kadaga and her deputy, Oulanyah.

    Whereas the position is strictly only elective by the members of parliament, NRM has intervened to express how important it is that members of their party remain united for a purpose.

    NRM has demanded that Kadaga and Oulanyah should therefore refer to each other with respect and decorum.

    The two have continuously accused each other, with each one of them trying to imply that the are by far the better candidate for the prestigious post.

    Since the general elections were conducted, the jostling for the position of the Speaker has reached unprecedented levels, hitherto unheard of! Various aspiring members for the position have constituted teams, either openly or privately to canvas for support.

    “The senior members of parliament know that the rules of parliament require of each member to relate with respect. The NRM code of conduct even goes much further to set standards and specify prohibited conduct. When these two are read together, they do not leave any room for guesswork in as far as relating with decorum,” a stern warning to Kadaga and Oulanyah from NRM partly read.

    NRM revealed that it has always been the procedure in the past, that the Central Executive Committee of the their party normally provides guidance to the NRM MPs.

    “Once the modalities for providing such guidance are concluded, the concerned members will be notified. This is a long old tested method of work that is applied world wide, with the appropriate modifications,” the NRM Secretary General, Kasule Lumumba added.

    Kadaga: Oulanyah Is A “Dirty Little Coward”, Oulanyah: Kadaga Is A “Smart Big Liar”.

    Apparently Speaker Rebecca Kadaga revealed that his deputy, Jacob Oulanyah made a distress call to her in the US to come back and take charge of a messy parliamentary floor during the controversial age limit bill in 2017.

    Kadaga made the remarks yesterday Speke Resort Munyonyo as she launched her campaign bid for a third term as Speaker of Parliament, emphasising why she thinks she’s better than all her rivals including her current deputy, also a member of her NRM party.

    “There are those liars in NRM who say I don’t like NRM, how was the situation during the age limit debate? I was in America when my Deputy called me and said there was something he couldn’t handle, I came, straight into fire as my Deputy ran away,” Kadaga said in reference to her Speakership opponent, Oulanyah.

    “I heard that I made a call to the Speaker and told her, “Mummy come and rescue me.” Truth is I had a meeting with the Speaker that day and we discussed that I postpone the debate on the age limit. I did not run, I have dealt with more difficult situations,” Oulanyah explained, stressing that she has nothing against Kadaga, except with how they do work.

    On December 20, 2017, Kadaga notably presided over the bill eliminating the presidential age limit that would enable the incumbent president, Yoweri Museveni to run another term in office.

    The Ugandan Parliament passed an amendment to the Constitution which, among other measures, aimed to eliminate the requirement that candidates vying for the presidency be under 75 years of age.

     

    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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