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Lukwago Will Make A Good President – Besigye…

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As the 2021 general elections move closer, political camps are making prior preparations to the event, and most of them have either already fielded, or at least fronted a suitable candidate for that cause.

The key opposing party since 2015, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), has not yet made it clear on who will carry their Blue flag to the presidential race. The clock is ticking, and FDC is seemingly fast running out of time to find a replacement they consider suitable for the task.

Amidst all the speculation, Besigye hinted on Erias Lukwago making a good president for Uganda. He admitted he is impressed with the Lord Mayor’s consistency and clarity in his political pursuits, qualities he says matches their ambitious motives as the the opposition.

“Erias Lukwago is clear on what the struggle is and he commits unwaveringly to it, he has been in Kampala fighting for ordinary people, people being thrown out of markets and chased off the streets. We like those attributes in the leadership of the FDC,” Dr Kizza Besigye said.

On whether he will stand again in the coming elections or not, Besigye who has contested in each election since 2001 said it does not necessarily require an election to acquire freedom, he stressed that the fight is about every Ugandan and not just him, appealing that the strategy should therefore be to prepare to fight under all all circimstances, with or without an election. The aggressive politician vowed to fight for freedom that he stands for, until it comes, or he dies.

“The so called independent electoral commission was seeking money from Mr. Museveni, the ruling NRM’s sole candidate, and if the same mere candidate in the race can dismiss senior staff of the electoral commission amidst an already ongoing electoral process, do you think that the elections will be fair,? Besigye asked, adding that freedom of the oppressed opposition and all Ugandans will not be dependant on what he referred to as the Byabakama-Museveni roadmap, but rather called on his counterparts to establish a self navigated roadmap to freedom.

“We do not have the option of giving up this fight to liberate our country,” the retired army general said, noting that freedom never really comes freely.

Besigye emphasised that if the cause is just, it can only be delayed but not phased out.

Besigye believes people are being misdirected to believe that they will be participating in choosing the leader of their country which he said is an already captured state.

Besigye exclaimed how Uganda’s leadership is not even about a certain tribe like it widely is perceived, but rather about a single family which owns this country like King Leopold owned the Congo.

“They have used guns and controlled the mind through the media, that is why he calls us bazzukulu (grandchildren). I am not your muzzukulu. Your job is to serve me. You are my servant,” the four time presidential aspirant ranted, accusing Museveni of running the country like his own family.

“I don’t believe 80 percent of Ugandans like NRM, and it is another lie to say that those who have captured us are letting us have a multiparty dispensation,” Besigye stated, disregarding opinion poll results recently released by Reasearch World International.

By Baron Kironde

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

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If You Love NUP Let Us Work Together And Deliver Kampala Victory To Kyagulanyi – Ssebaggala Challenges Rival Chameleone…

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Latif Ssebaggala (L) and Chameleone (R)

Latif Ssebaggala, the sitting Kawempe North legislator who will not contest for that same position this time is now beaming with joy after being selected to carry the National Unity Platform (NUP) flag for the Kampala Mayoral race.

“Fellow comrades, as you all might be aware, I was declared the official flag bearer of the National Unity Platform for the position of Lord Mayor of Kampala City,” Ssebaggala said.

“I am charged, energized, hungry and ready to hand over the city of Kampala into the hands of NUP led by Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi,” he added.

He thanked the members of the vetting committee who he said took their time to ensure that NUP has the strongest candidate at each position.

“Indeed, I have all the qualities of a selfless leader that will enable me to take charge of this magnificent city,” Ssebaggala boasted, adding that his track record speaks for itself.

Ssebaggala called upon loyal National Unity Platform members that weren’t selected to be flag bearers to team up with the official candidates for the good of NUP and for the good of Ugandans.

He urged mostly those who were dropped by the vetting process to put their differences aside and work together with those who got the ticket for a strong NUP victory.

“This war we are fighting is far bigger than all of us. Let us not lose sight of the overall mission which is to dislodge this NRM dictatorship,” Ssebaggala said.

“My brother and comrade in NUP Mr. Joseph Mayanja, let us work together,” he added.

The experienced politician challenged Chameleone to soldier on in solidarity if he indeed shares the passion to push the National Unity Platform to greater heights and to also make sure Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi and all NUP candidates in various positions win over Kampala and Uganda at large come 2021.

“Hand in hand, victory verily belongs to those that believe in it the most and believe in it the longest,” he emphasised.

Ssebaggala revealed that he will in a few days inform the people of Kampala on his campaign plans and strategies and how he hopes to traverse for votes throughout the city.

“We shall also be giving you information on the nominations programs and the so many activities we have lined up for this campaign season,” Ssebaggala said.

Ssebaggala also revealed that he will unveil his coordination teams in various divisions, launch the Lord Mayorship coordination offices and also launch his campaign manifesto in due time.

 

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Schools, Airport, Places Of Worship And Sports Freed Under Strict Guidelines As Mass Gatherings Are Still Prohibited, And Bars Remain Closed…

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President Yoweri Museveni has okayed and confirmed the reopening of Schools starting 15th October, 2020 for only the finalists (P.7, S.4, S.6 and finalists in tertiary institutions, Colleges & universities).

He added that other students will wait till early next year for a properly weighed up decision.

“We have decided to reopen schools for the candidates including P7, S4, S6 and finalists in universities and tertiary universities. We believe that the number of these is small,” Museveni said.

While addressing the nation at State House, President Museveni lifted the restrictions on border districts, and flagged green the opening of open air activities of sports provided there are no spectators. “We must learn to have games without spectators. Players should be tested 72 hours before the games,” Museveni said.

Museveni also revealed that The International Airport and land borders will now be opened for tourists provided they test negative, and they don’t mix with Ugandans.

Below is the President’s speech in part of some of the relaxed restrictions:

Given this avoidability vis a vis the virus, provided the SOPs are strictly followed at the group and personal levels, the virus could and can be contained. Therefore, my job today is to, again, emphasize the two tasks: for group behavior and for individual behavior. With this emphasis, it is now time to, further, relax the
restrictions as follows:

• We have decided to re-open schools for the candidate classes of P-7, S-4, S-6, finalists in tertiary colleges
and finalists in Universities. Why? Number one, we think that it is safe because the finalists in each learning institution are a much smaller number compared to the total enrollment in these Centres. Indeed, the total number of finalists is 1.2million learners out of the total of 15million, less than 10%.

Therefore, each group of finalists will have bigger space for socialdistancing – whether they are in day schools or boarding schools. If they follow the SOPs, they will be safe. Moreover, the cost of waiting any further, is quite high. Why? It is because of the jam that will be created in terms of the usual transition from the Primary School, Lower Secondary schools, Higher Secondary Schools, tertiary colleges and Universities, respectively. If the batch of 2020 do not move on, what will happen to the batch of 2021? Can we afford to have two batches in 2021? The answer is a clear: “no”. Fortunately, it can be done safely if people follow the SOPs. A solution for the nonfinalist learners will be found by January 2021. International schools that have got less numbers, can engage the Ministry of Health on the way forward. The Schools will open for finalists on the 15th of October, 2020. We are aware of the dilemma of
the Private Schools that were operating on money from Banks etc.

We have tried to help the teachers in Private schools by giving them a Ushs. 20BN (twenty billion shillings) grant for their SACCO. We shall continue to study and see how the Government can affordably, further, support these Ugandans – the teachers. The schools will now open in the limited way pointed out above. If for some reasons, there are private schools that cannot re-open on account of the obvious disruption of the business of the Private Schools, the Ministry of Education is already directed to expand the number of secondary schools.

We were assuming a secondary school enrollment of 2 million learners (the current number is 1.6 million learners). If we take one classroom and one teacher to cater for 50 learners, we need 40,000 classrooms and 40,000 classroom teachers. If you assume a school of two streams per class up to S.4 and then a science and an Arts class for S.5 and S.6, each will be having 12 classroom units. This will, therefore, mean about 3,340 schools to accommodate the 2 million secondary school learners. The Government already has 1,267 Secondary Schools and we are planning to build 374 new ones. I direct the Ministry of Education to study the number of community schools that the Government can take over in the areas that do not have Government Secondary Schools. If the worst came to the worst, the Government should have the capacity to absorb into Government schools all the learners and even teachers that are shed off by Private Schools on account of the financial difficulties facing private schools, precipitated by the Covid-19 crisis. The Minister of Finance should also meet the owners of the Private Schools and see how the Government could come to their aid. The Government should not only think of rescuing the learners and the teachers and remain oblivious of the plight of those Ugandan entrepreneurs that invested in private schools because they did not know that a terrible disease would come from bats in distant China and cause so much chaos. Can UDB help? What is the magnitude? The Government plan for distance learning, through the provision of 9 million radio-sets, is on course. The money is available. That route of alternative learning will continue to be consolidated, not only for dealing
with the present crisis, but also for the future. That strategy may have some advantages such as democratizing access by all to good teachers etc.

• The International Airport and Land borders will now be opened for tourists, coming in and going out, provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and provided the tour operators ensure that the tourists do not mix with the Ugandans. How will this be done? The tourists will be driven straight from the Airport to their destinations or to designated transit hotels that are set aside for that purpose. Business delegations should also
be handled in the same way by the Local Partners. The returning Ugandans, who have negative PCR results, will
be allowed to go home. The Ministry of Health will only get their addresses for follow up.
• Restrictions on movements on border districts are hereby lifted.
• Curfew, from 2100 hours (9 p.m.) to 6 a.m., will be maintained; but for the boda bodas, their movements must
always end at 1800 hours (6 p.m).
• The places of worship, should open with the following precautions:
• Individual prayers or confessions with priests or counseling with the necessary SOPs.
• Prayers and fellowships whose numbers do not exceed 70 and by observing all the other SOPs.
• Night prayers and transnights are not allowed.
• The regular large gatherings of prayers and preachings of Sundays and Fridays will be considered at a later
stage, depending on how the disease will be evolving; but the rule of the number of 70 and not more can be
used on the Fridays and Sundays.
• There should be no Sunday School for children. Let the enemy first go away before the children are involved in this congregating (okwerundaana).
• Open air activities of sports will re-open provided there are no spectators and the players are tested for Covid-19, 72 hours before. This test will expire in 14 days. Hence, the Sportsmen will have to repeat the test.
• Sportsmen and women should remember that masks should not be worn, when you are engaged in
strenuous exercises.
• With tournaments, teams should be quarantined for the whole season of the competition.
• Indoor sports activities, including gyms, remain closed. Why? It is because the virus spreads more in enclosed spaces.
• Casinos, gaming centres and cinemas remain closed. Why? It is because those activities are in enclosed spaces and are not compatible with social distancing.
• Bars shall remain closed. Why? It is because bars, apart from many of them being in enclosed spaces, which phenomenon favours the rapid spread of the virus, are not known for sobriety and lack of sobriety is not compatible
with health safety through the observance of the health SOPs.
• Hotels will continue operating following the SOPs agreed with the Ministry of Health.
• Restaurants should continue to emphasize the takeaways. Indoor restaurant services should be minimized and follow the SOPs.
• Mobile Markets, monthly cattle auction and produce markets, should remain closed as the Ministry of Health
continues to develop SOPs.
• Mass gatherings are still prohibited. Some people have been trying to use the recent NRM elections to justify their own misbehaviours. Lining behind candidates, is not the same as holding public meetings. Lining behind candidates would have been done scientifically (social-distancing), if the organizers had been serious. With public meetings, however, there can be no social distancing, rationally.
• Our Bamasaaba grandchildren that are engaged in Imbalu in these months, have SOPs from the Ministry of Health
that were agreed with the Cultural Institution. There should be no processions dancing Kadodi – that is dangerous
congregating. The Security forces, especially the Police, should monitor those activities. Cases of Covid-19 have
gone up in Mbale recently. They are now 107 and 5 deaths have occurred in that area.

 

By Baron Kironde

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