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    Let Us Now Unite And Work For Omoro: NRM’s Andrew Ojok Wins Omoro County By-elections To Replace His Fallen Father Jacob Oulanyah…

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    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Andrew Ojok Oulanyah was yesterday announced the Omoro County Parliamentary Seat winner with over 14,174 votes defeating 5 other contenders.

    According to the Omoro District Returning Officer, Moses Kagona, NRM candidate Ojok Oulanyah got the highest number of votes.

    Other candidates included; National Unity Platform (NUP) flag bearer Toolit Okecha who ganered 1,621 votes, Independent candidate Terrence Odong got 530 votes, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Justine Odong got 520, another independent, Jimmy Walter Onen got 95 votes and the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) flag bearer Oscar Kiiza managed to get only 60.

    Speaking shortly after the electoral commission declared him the winner, Andrew Oulanyah said he is happy to continue the unifying role of his late father.

    “This is a very important victory especially given the number of voters, it is a big statement. I want to thank all the candidates who stood, they gave an alternative. I want to thank the party and local leadership.  This election should unite us,” he said.

    “We need to come back together as leaders of Omoro,” he added.

    Earlier, the Electoral Commission chairman Simon Byabakama labelled the Omoro election the “most peaceful we have seen so far” however, the electoral commission has been heavily criticised by opposition political parties for failing to conduct a free and fair election.

    NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and their party candidate Simon Toolit Akecha had earlier alleged that “the state has yet again deployed SFC commandos to take over the broad day election thuggery in Omoro by-election.”

    He added that, “Our supervisors and polling agents in the Omoro County by-election who include Hon. David Kalwanga, Comrade Faridah Nabatanzi, Comrade Maiso Peter and other local agents have all been arrested by security operatives.

    “The Regime has now resorted to arresting our supervisors after failing to do the ballot stuffing in the early morning hours. By this, the regime hopes to easily rig today’s by-election.”

    In the same vein, FDC also cried foul over cases of bribery, intimidation and election violence during the election but nevertheless, the election contained and was generally peaceful according to observers.

    FDC party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat revealed last night that their offices in Opit had been raided, and said that the election had been turned into a military operation.

    The party also claimed that the NRM was using vehicles with hidden number plates to supply sugar, and bars of soap and bribing voters with money while terrorizing them and other opponents which the NRM Party dismissed until they delivered victory for their candidate whom the party had solely endorsed.

    Omoro County Parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of former Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah who had been the MP from 2001 to 2006 and from 2011 until he died.

     

    By Bobusiinge Monica

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Former Presidential Candidate Sent To Luzira Prison, Charged With Sectarianism…

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    Joseph Kabuleta

    Court has constrained from hearing bail application for National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) boss, Joseph Kabuleta and remanded him to Luzira Prison till 14th December, 2022.

    The former Presidential candidate was today presented before the Chief Magistrates court in Nakawa and charged with sectarianism.

    Court however constrained to hear his bail application and remanded him till 14th, December, 2022.

    It should be remembered that Kabuleta was picked from his NEED offices in Bugolobi on Monday and was arrested by a group of men dressed casually who drove him away in a drone.

    Police however revealed that it is alleged that on 30th May 2022 in Kampala District, Joseph Kabuleta and others held a press conference under their Political Party, National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), where they alleged that social service delivery in Mbarara is based on ethnic lines of the Tutsi, Bahima, Bakiga and Banyakore.

    “Kabuleta and others shall be charged with Promoting Sectarianism C/S 41(1) of the PCA CAP 120,” police said.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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