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    M7 Wants Age Limit Bill Passed Before Christmas: Opposition MPs Spitting Fire




    An NRM MP who is in support of amending Article 102 (b) has told the Grapevine that the president wants the amendment passed before Christmas.

    “The reason we went into recess is because the president instructed that there should be no business in the house until the age limit bill is passed. We shall comeback on 12th and hear from the legal committee then pass it on 13th,” he told us.

    He says that when parliament comes back from recess on 12th December 2017, the parliamentary Legal Committee will present its report from the investigations and thereafter on 13th December debate whether to pass I or not.

    It should be noted that in late October, MPs were sent back to their constituencies with 29m each as consultation money to find out whether voters support the bill or not. They came back on 28th November 2017 but surprisingly were sent back home by deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah to a 2 weeks recess term until 12th December.

    The chairperson of the Legal Committee Jacob Oboth Oboth has confirmed to us that they have done all the necessary consultations into the bill and that they are in the final stages and ready to present their report on the floor of parliament.

    “It’s only the Legal Committee that has been much involved with the Magyezi bill and it is now concluding. We have received all submissions and by the end of this week we shall have completed our work plan towards finalising our report,” Oboth said.

    Opposition MPs we met at parliament are spitting fire and warning that they are going to do everything in their means as per the constitution to stop the amendment.

    Dokolo South MP Okot Ogong says, “Articles 1,2,3,4,5 empower us to fight until death when defending the constitution if there is an attempt to amend it or overthrow it. We have a right to defend it and this is more or less what may happen.”

    Kasibante Moses (Rubaga north), who refused to disclose his weapons says, the bill has totally been rejected by most Ugandans who are the bosses that sent all MPs to parliament.

    “Whoever will vote in favor of the bill will actually be betraying the very people who sent them to parliament. We are very prepared than before. We are going to re-engineer and use every tactic possible to see that the bill is not passed. We shall not allow people to destroy Uganda when we are inside parliament because we pledged to serve the majority,” Kasibante said.

    Nambeshe John Baptist, an NRM rebel MP from Manjiya County Bududa District disclosed to us that the MPs have started receiving an additional 300M cash money on their accounts to support the bill and that’s why they are flying their wings high.

    “We are on the ground and they are underground because they are dead. They don’t know what they are doing. Their judgement has been corrupted by money. We have information that they have started issuing it out about 300M with 100M being paid and the other 200M to be cleared immediately after the bill is passed,” Nambeshe disclosed to us.

    He added that, “We have launched an extensive mobilisation and awareness campaign. We have met with quite a number of our colleagues and many of them are merely waiting for the day to vote against this bill.”

    Nambeshe also insists that the voting should not be a secret ballot. “We insist that voting should be done in the open and not in secret. This will enable everybody to see which member voted in support or against the bill. It will also expose all the moles who are hiding in us.”


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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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    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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