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    Liberation Day: The UPDF Is Here For You, Not Against You- Gen. Matsiko Reassures Ugandans About A Secure Future…



    UDPF Chief Political Commissar Maj. Gen. Henry Masiko


    The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief Political Commissar, Maj. Gen. Henry Matsiko, has reassured citizens that the army is still for the people and not against them, as widely perceived by many people.

    Maj. Gen. Matsiko’s remarks came at a time when the nation is celebrating the National Resistance Movement/Army 25th Liberation Anniversary.

    The NRM/A Liberation Day is a public holiday in Uganda observed every January 26th. Also commonly known as National Liberation Day, the holiday marks the overthrow of the previous government by the National Resistance Movement on this day in 1986, led by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

    Gen. Matsiko said that; “The NRM Liberation Day is worth the effort and I’m therefore very proud to usher in the new era and how far Uganda has come as a nation.”

    The official function to celebrate was held at the State House Entebbe, today, where President Yoweri Museveni was the Chief Guest.

    “This year’s celebrations will run under the theme “Celebrating the 35th NRM/A victory day, a call to play our duty in securing our nation’s future,” Maj. Gen. Matsiko noted.

    However, Gen. Matsiko maintained that the UPDF is nonpartisan and national in character.

    “Technically, you can never have an army that is not political. You cannot think you will have an army that is aloof. We are truly still Constitutional and we observe our character. We are increasingly visible because the times demand so,” Gen. Matsiko noted.

    Commenting about the UPDF involvement in internal security,  Maj. Gen. Matsiko  argued that there is nothing being done that is outside the Constitutional framework.

    He said the generation today has reason to celebrate, more than even the people who fought, because not being there when an important event happens doesn’t make you detached from history.

    “Some of us were not there when Jesus was born but we celebrate Him because of His great works,” Maj. Gen. Matsiko said.

    “I wish to congratulate this generation that has witnessed progress. This generation is not detached from the bush war as many think. It is a product of that liberation,” he added.

    Mentioning some of the achievements since the inaugural celebrations 34 years ago, Gen. Matsiko noted that the six killer diseases that used to afflict Uganda children are no more.

    He narrated that when the National Resistance Army (NRA) entered Kampala, none of the people’s properties were touched. He recalled that it was rather a group of young, patriotic and motivated young Ugandans, not hooligans.

    He insisted that up-to-date the UPDF has a pro-people character. “Everywhere we have operated, people have not run away,” Gen. Matsiko said.


    By Baron Kironde



    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…



    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…



    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…



    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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