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    Kadaga Plotting To Beat Our MPs Again-Mao




    By Otim Nape


    DP President Norbert Mao says Ugandans shouldn’t trust Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga anymore on protecting their MPs against being maimed by SFC and other security forces. In a very controversial Sunday newspaper article written by Mao himself, the DP president says Kadaga is double-faced and warns her against trying to dupe the population that she is independent whereas not.

    Mao says that Kadaga is clearly on the side of the dictator and not the people. “You can’t purport to be on the side of our MPs while hosting planning meetings aimed at terrorizing them. That’s the height of duplicity and hypocrisy,” Mao asserts in his opinion article. He adds: “Kadaga must end her acquiescence in executive overreach. You can’t sell your integrity and keep it. As the French say, “Couloir le  beurre et l’argent du  beurre.” You can’t want the butter and also the money from (selling) the butter.” Mao says its “futile to expect to placate the terrified MPs and also the overzealous security apparatus at the same time.” Mao says that to redeem her battered public image, Kadaga must ensure police is divorced from administrative work of Parliament such as clearing visitors coming to Parliament.

    He says staffers like receptionists have been rendered redundant because everything at Parliament including clearing visitors is being done by Police and other security agencies. He urges the Parliamentary Commission to help Kadaga in demanding that the administrative function is returned to Parliamentary staff as police concentrates on securing the entire place. He says before she demands that all police officers at Parliament are boldly identified with tags, Kadaga should ensure the public can freely access Parliament to express themselves in support or against a given government policy.

    He gives his own experience saying he has thrice been brutalized and forcefully turned away from Parliament by marauding police officers simply because he has the word Kogikwatako inscribed on the cover of the back tyre of his vehicle. He says even documents which are critical of government can’t be allowed to be delivered to any office at Parliament. To him all this is proof that “Parliament has become a military garrison”. He also claims that even when she clearly knows that the M7 regime is determined to smuggle in SFCs to once again maim the MPs during the tomorrow Monday debate, Kadaga continues to dupe the public that its only police that will be in charge.

    Mao categorically makes his point thus; “The Museveni regime has perfected the art of going around the law. All the operatives in the civilian clothes and the SFC will simply adorn police uniforms inscribed with fake names and fake identities. In other words, cosmetic changes will be made to appease the Speaker’s ego but substantially, the Parliament will remain a garrison. And the aim of this militarization is not the security of Parliament but rather to create the climate of fear.” Mao, who is a well experienced legislator, says its foolhardy for Ugandans to be led to think that Kadaga is innocent in all these machinations by the M7 military establishment.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    You Used Me And Dumped Me – Abiriga Cries To M7



    By Jamil Lutakome

    Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga is bitter with president Museveni for jettisoning him after passing the Age Limit bill.

    Speaking to NBS, Abiriga revealed that president Museveni broke his heart after he refused to give him the huge sums of money he promised him.

    “When I was still an RDC, I meet president Museveni and explained to him how I used my money to solicit support for him.  He promised to refund all the money but up to now, he has never given me that money,” Abiriga cried.

    He further explained that when he started the Age Limit bill, he again reminded the president of his promise. Museveni assured him that he will pay him after the bill is passed. Abiriga says since the bill was passed, he has tried to reach the president but he never picks his calls.

    “I’m excluded in everything in the NRM party, those people who are near the president are telling him lies about me, that’s why he doesn’t pick my calls,” Abiriga grieved.

    Abiriga added that he now survives on loans and borrowing to cater for his extended family needs and his electorate. He says people think he got a lot of money from the president to blow the trumpet for the age limit bill which is not the case.

    Abiriga however boasted that he is glad that people in Buganda love him and wherever he passes, they sing praises to his name.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    Kitata Is Still Our Chairman – Tang Odoi




    By Mboowa Nathan 


    NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr. Tang Odoi has advised Rubaga NRM youths to stay calm and follow the right procedures if they are to impeach their leader Abdallah Kitatta. 

    Speaking about the fate of Abdallah Kitatta, who is the NRM Chairperson of Rubaga Division, Tang Odoi advised the youths to wait for investigations to be done. “Let them investigate, charge him in court and if he is found guilty, that’s when he can be suspended. Automatically the Secretary General of the party will write to the Chairman Electoral commission to organise fresh elections.”

    Tang further cautioned NRM leaders to always serve with integrity of the highest pedigree. Tang Odoi also noted that if Abdallah Kitatta is found guilty, he will also face the disciplinary committee of the party.

    Yesterday, NRM youths from Rubaga division gave an ultimatum of three days to their bosses to organise fresh elections in Lubaga after denouncing Abdallah Kitata as their chairman.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    M7 Defence Minister Almost Beaten At Parliament



    By Stella Mugoya

    Museveni’s defence minister Adolf Mwesige has survived the wrath of MPs the parliamentary defence committee.

    The fight was sparked off when the deputy chairperson of the committee, Kezakia Mbogo failed to manage the meeting in the accepted manner, after trying to protect the minister who was dodging some questions from committee members.

    It all started when MPs Ssekikuubo Theodore, Muwanga Kivumbi and Gilbert Olanya asked the minister to explain why Ugandan troops are still camping at the Congo-Uganda border. The MPs also tasked the defence minister to explain why the army is doing police work and why they are releasing criminals that are arrested by police. The minister refused to reply to the MPs questions which forced the committee chairperson to adjourn the meeting immediately without agreeing with fellow committee members.

    This sparked off a fight as MPs blocked the minister from vacating the room before answering their queries. They immediately stood up and locked the exit door shouting and ordering the chairman to call the meeting back to order so that the minister can answer them.

    “Tell us, when is he going to answer our questions, if not  we shall not allow him out. Let’s go back and sit, call the meeting back to order and let them all sit down. Afande, you are mature enough you can’t just push me. Just go back and sit and let the meeting be adjourned properly,” Ssekikuubo and Olanya geared on while standing  at the locked door.

    The minister tried to look for a way to escape but the biter MPs could not allow him access to the door. “Are you the sergeant at arms, let them settle first then we shall leave the door,”Ssekikuubo said while fighting fellow MP from Ntoroko, Rwenulikya Ibanda, who was trying to defend the minister.

    He added that,” These queries must be answered by UPDF, they must tell us but our chairman is here saying it isn’t of concern. We need to know who ordered the army to cross the borders.”

    The bitter MPs criticised their chairman for having a hidden agenda. “Chairman, if you have a hidden agenda in these matters, then we are opposing it,” Ssekikuubo warned.

    Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the committee members, expressed his bitterness at fellow committee member Rwenulikya Ibanda for trying to be a Judas. Kivumbi said that it was Ibanda who confessed, while they were compiling the committee questions, that as a boarder MP, he saw Ugandan troops in Congo, but after seeing the minister, he started changing his statements. “He is just hopeless,” Kivumbi blasted Ibanda.

    Olanya, a committee member, blasted the acting chairman saying, “We have a duty of protecting our soldiers and our country. I support the calling of a committee meeting to examine the role of the chairperson. Nabakooba had problems of managing this committee, she had challenges and we thought that since you are a senior member you could manage it better.”

    Kato Lubwama, who is also a committee member warned, “the biggest problem this committee has is some people who think they are bigger than others, all of us are MPs but it comes to a point when some members don’t want all of us to speak. Yes, you are a chairman but all of us are part of this committee. You must respect us and if we have a mandate to remove him let us do. Go back to school and learn these things.”

    Kezakia was acting as the chairperson of the committee since Nabakooba, who is the committee chairperson was not around.


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