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Mafias Chased Us From Government, They Are Now Killing Themselves With Their Guns Over Money And Power – Mirundi…

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President Museveni’s former press secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed that there are many signs showing that the mafias in president Museveni’s government are fighting each other over money and power.

“You know we intellectuals have information that mafias are fighting each other that is why dead bodies are now being thrown on the streets. Mafias here are very deadly and I’m telling you Uganda will end up like Somalia, they are going to kill themselves,” Mirundi, who was hosted on Pearl FM radio on Saturday said.

He noted that the mafias in Museveni’s government first fought and chased all the people who were loyal to Museveni under the guise of preventing them from stealing tax payers money. Mirundi said that by the time Museveni supporters like him, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago were kicked out, the mafias were working together.

Mirundi however said that their tormenters have now developed misunderstanding over money and power that’s why they are fighting each other.

The self-claimed media consultant and private investigator further revealed that the mafias in government have guns which they are using now to kill themselves, he gave an example of the gruesome murder of Joshua Nteyireho Ruhegyera and Mary Tumukunde who were gunned down on Entebbe express highway. Mirundi rubbished the arrests made by Uganda police and other security agencies over the current string of murders and kidnaps adding that the arrested suspects never committed these crimes.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Why We Are Not Opening Churches – Pastors Bujjingo, Bugembe, Watoto Reveal Wrong Is Allowing Only 70 Congregants, Ask President To Review Decision….

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Pastors Bujjingo (L) and Bugembe (R)


In his address on Sunday 20th this month, President Yoweri Museveni eased the lockdown restrictions on the places of worship by allowing churches to open, but with strictly not more than 70 people per service besides keenly following the SOPS put in place by the ministry of health to avoid the spread of the virus

To some churches in the country, this was news to rejoice about, it sounded like a total opening for them since there are churches whose following does not exceed or even reach 70 members. But for churches with a big following, it is still tricky to figure out how they will deal with their number with everyone attending the service.

House of Prayers Ministries International (HPMI) Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo thanked the President for re-opening churches but pleaded with him that the number of 70 members discriminates worshipers and because he cannot discriminate them, Canaan land will remain closed.

“Officials inspected our church and advised us that we can have a service of 8000 people per service with each person spaced 3 meters from the other on the 8.5 acres of land. The good thing is our church is not enclosed, it’s in tents and the aeration is good like the president advised,” Bujjingo said.

“We don’t want people to leave their homes and get problems at Canaan land because of the stampede when they are struggling to be among the first 70 people. The turn up at HPMI for our lunchtime services alone is over 2000 worshipers. That is why we have agreed with the elders not to have lunch hours and Sunday services for now,” he said.

Bujjingo disclosed that security at Canaan land alone is composed of 30 people and when you add the workers who take care of the place and the washrooms, the number goes to 100, “On that number, I’ve not included the choir, ushers and the elder’s team.”

Bujjingo told all believers that all HPMI services will still be conducted on Salt TV, Salt Radio, Salt Media app and all the other online media platforms as they continue discussions with the President and other stakeholders on the number.

Worship House lead pastor, Wilson Bugembe announced to his flock that there will be no attendance for church service. He urged his church members to instead stay home and catch the Sunday service on-line, and on air (Social media and TV/Radio)

“Dear Worship House Family, we are opening soon. Wait a little. We apologize. We are yet to open but Not this Sunday. For better planning and your own safety plus the 70 number we were given, we kindly ask that you all wait a little longer as we pray and plan better,” Bugembe wrote.

“Please stay online and on TV for this Sunday. We apologize for we know how we are all excited to come back to church. We miss you all. We shall inform you as soon as possible,” he added.

Pastor Julius Rwotlonyo, the associate team leader Watoto also made it clear that they will have no physical services at any of their locations but will continue to gather as a church family online and on air as they pray for more favourable conditions.

“Our desire is to ensure that all of our church members have a meaningful experience in our church services, while we observe national guidelines for the health and safety of our congregation and volunteer teams. With the restriction of a maximum of 70 people at a celebration service and no in-person children’s church services, we will have no physical services at any of our locations but we will continue to gather as a church family online and on-air as we pray for more favourable conditions,” he said, adding that their pastoral team is discussing ways that their gatherings in various communities can resume.

Church of Uganda Archbishop Stephen Samuel Kaziimba wondered how the churches will split thousands of worshippers into small congregations of 70 people spread across the different services on Sundays.

“It will be impossible for the entire congregation to be able to gather in different groups of 70 people for a corporate worship service. My own cathedral, for example, averages 4,000 people on a Sunday. To cater for all the 4,000 people in groups of 70, we would need to schedule 57 different worship services, which is simply not practical,” the Kaziimba told journalists this week at his residence in Namirembe, Rubaga Division.

On march 25th the president declared a lockdown on places of worship as a measure to avoid the spread of the virus in the country and since then, churches adapted the use of social media to spread the gospel to different people.

With the help of different media houses, mega churches have gradually embraced the trend of non-pysical gatherings, and have been having their services aired out on different TV and radio stations so that all Christians and church members of different churches are reached out to in this pandemic.

 

By Baron Kironde



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How Former Kampala Mayor Al-Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala Died…

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Former Kampala Mayor Al-Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala (2006-2011) alias Seya is dead.

It is alleged the Seay, a presidential adviser fell in his home in Munyonyo on Monday night on 07 Sept 2020,  he was rushed to IHK hospital, Muyenga with abdominal complications.

At IHK, he was diagnosed with intussusception; a condition in which one segment of intestine inverts within another, causing an intestinal obstruction (blockage).

He was subjected to an emergency surgery which was successfully performed by Dr. Kiyingi but he did not recover well, a few days ago he put on exygen and today he was pronounced dead.

At the time of his death, Seya had announced that he had joined Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party and had expressed intention to stand for the mayoral position on NUP ticket.

Seya was born on 15 November 1947 and following the expulsion of Asians by Idi Amin in 1972, Nasser Ssebaggala acquired a supermarket called UGANTICO on Nkrumah road the lower entrance to current CHAM towers on Kampala Road, the main thoroughfare in Kampala.

His business interests grew over time. In 1998, he began his political career by running for the position of Mayor of Kampala. Ostensibly a member of the Democratic Party, Ssebaggala won the first direct elections for mayor of Kampala in 1998, beating two government-sponsored candidates.

However, he was arrested in the United States two months later, in June 1998, on eight counts of fraud and lying to U.S. customs officials. In February 1999, he received a 15-month sentence but was paroled in December 1999. He returned to Kampala in February 2000 to a warm welcome and considered a bid in the 2001 presidential elections.

In mid-December 2005, he broke with the Democratic Party (DP), after he came third in the party presidential primaries, which was won by Ssebaana Kizito, and registered himself as an independent.

A week later, he reversed himself, withdrawing his candidacy and announcing his support for Ssebaana. When he lost the Democratic Party nominations to Norbert Mao in 2010, he quit the DP and formed his own party.

 

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Government Did Not Create COVID-19, Parents May Lack Money But They Have Life – Education Minister Janet Answers Parents Who Say They Don’t Have Fees And Why They Had To Open Schools…

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The First Lady who also doubles and the education Minister Janet Museveni has answered parents and Ugandans concerning some of the most critical questions on re-opening of Schools for candidates.

Below is the conversation from the minister:

Good morning fellow Ugandans, I received a number of comments on the decision by the Government to re-open schools and I have replied some of them below:

Question: Denis Natukunda: With opening up of Candidate Classes ie P7, S4 and S6, what consideration has Ministry of Education put in place to address the gaps in syllabus coverage caused by COVID_19 since Late March to date. There will be no much benefits to Candidate’s due to the lost Education Calender in the Pandemic. Parents should think twice.

Reply: This is 2nd term to cover work for that period. The third term will be January to April and the syllabus will be covered

Question: Doreen Nakayiza: Ministry of education think about our children you are putting into your mess. Going for exams when In fact they are half baked. Syllabuses not finished, what’s the pressure for?? Can’t it be cancelled to a dead year country wide??

Reply: We considered declaring a dead year but realized, even next year COVID-19 may still be here, therefore, we decided to at least let the candidate classes go back late but prepare to finish. I request that you partner with us

Question: Emmanuel S Mukasa Omuzzukulu: Diffinitely many won’t be able to re-open,gov’t will grant them loans,some will fail to pay back,and proprietors will lose their assests. Govt will confiscate the schools

Reply: I am Sorry, the Government did not create COVID-19 so let us all try to do what we can. The government is only trying to save the situation.

Question: Andrew Akatuhurira: I’m personally disappointed with the first lady and ministry of education officials, why the rush,, already alot of time is wasted!! What will happen to other classes if candidates resume? Actually most teachers have resorted to other things than teaching.



Reply: I am sorry you are disappointed with me, just remember, like you, I have no power to control COVID-19 and this is what we can do at this moment

Question: Kinene Edwin Douglas: Now what were they hiding why were they downing the year plan , and now parents have to look for lots of money on short notice to take their children back to school because of poor planning and poor leadership of this country.

Reply: We were hiding nothing, we were hoping the COVID-19 Pandemic would clear and schools would open, instead it is getting worse, that is why we thought of trying with a small group first.

Question: Ocaya Innocent: Stress continues but it will be a dead year bcoz we are doing exams for this year next year but they should leave studies aside and first finish politics then studies next year bcoz we are tired of stress an no school has started making arrangements bcoz they are confused as everyday they are getting new confusing stories so I can now say they are more confused than students.

Reply: The year has been stressful admittedly, but this is the time both for politics and school. Let us agree to do it the best way we know how.

Question: Akugizibwe Irriplacible Mathius-Rutaaba Tha-Boss: Me am confused now. Then what happens to a senior one and five groups who had not covered even a what is History.
Are they going to senior two and senior six respectively??? Or they are going to wait for the now primary seven and four candidates to sit their papers and join them so they can now start together. The ministry must therefore come out with a substantial dossia

Reply: We are continuing with learning at home for S.1 to S.5 when S.6 moves on then S.5 will move to S.6 and when S.4 moves away S.1 and others all move on automatically.

Question: Lawrence Tamale: Well to avert the confusion we would have had S.4, S.5 and 6 till mid-November. Schools would ensure all the study material they need is given to them within that time for personal revision when they break off for holidays. In mid-November we would have S.1, 2 and 3 till mid-December and take them through the same. Immediately after candidates finish national examinations, these would also sit for promotional in February. Uneb marking can expedited so that by April, S.1 and 5 can start. I think this could solve the problem.

Reply: Thank you for your constructive ideas but since we are already set, let us have some confidence in this plan. With all of us giving it all our support it will work.

Question: Muwanguzi Edgar: Opening schools has no problem.
But financially both parents and some schools are highly strained.
1: what if the parent of that candidate is a bar attendant or operates a bar. Where will that parent take care of the child.
2: No explanation on the grant. All in all let us be on the move
I pray that everything comes to normal.

Reply: Thank you for a positive attitude, knowing that there is no one to blame for the mess that came because of COVID-19. Let us just agree to unite around this problem with God’s help we will overcome.

Question: Ampumuza Innocent: But why should schools open?
Some parents own bars, gyms and other businesses that are still unopen, so with this poverty where do the government expect the parents to get the school fees?

Reply: Schools are opening because there are many who want schools to open, please do understand that Government did not close these businesses in bad faith, it was to save the lives of many. And yes many lack money but they have life.


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