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    Make A Choice Between Belonging To DP Or Crossing To NRM; Lulume Tells Party Spokesperson Opio…



    MP Lulume Bayiga (R) and DP Spokesperson Opio Okoler (L)

    Buikwe South Member of Parliament (MP) Lulume Bayiga has tasked DP Spokesperson, Opio Okoler to make a choice between belonging to them or crossing to National Resistance Movement (NRM).

    Appearing on a political show today, 28th, August, 2022, Lulume, a long time Democratic Party (DP) member  noted that he holds the Party card, lives and breathes DP, that is why he cannot allow to be homeless politically.

    Lulume’s argument comes after a cooperation agreement that was signed last month between DP president Nobert Mao and NRM chairperson, President Yoweri Museveni.

    It is from that agreement that saw Mao win himself a juicy position of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

    The agreement however did not amuse some DP members who since then have been showing their discontent.

    Lulume has today asked the party spokesperson, Opio Okoler to choose between belonging to DP or NRM.

    Opio however defended himself noting that he doesn’t even reach Mao’s bedroom.

    “I want to first clear the air; I don’t reach Hon. Mao’s bedroom. A situation is being created out of nothing, and the DP legislators should arrest their fears, ” he insisted, adding that the arrangement between DP and NRM is just a cooperation agreement.

    He added, “We (DP) are to cooperate with NRM in formulating laws that will usher in a transition government because, like it or not, a transition is coming. The second area of cooperation is moving the country into a national dialogue.”

    He however asserted that the members of the Democratic Party will have the liberty to elect their position regardless of the agreement.

    Okoler revealed that he was the first person to talk to Mao about the agreement.

    “I asked him whether it was true, and he said yes. He told me President Museveni called him a year ago and wanted to offer him a job.”

    Okoler also explained to him (Lulume) that, in as much as the President General has signed committing the party, that doesn’t leave members of the Democratic Party without options. There is an alternative of ratification.

    Lulume however trashed the explanation insisting that everybody is entitled to saving their political skin.

    He propounded, “I was asking the Speaker to intervene to ensure that the Attorney General gives his view on some hanging things, whether we can be bound by an agreement we didn’t consent to.

    “The DP political future is on the line. This is the party I know and have promoted. A party of values. We are fighting for it. It can’t die,” he vowed.

    Okoler however went ahead to explain more to his counterpart emphasizing that the agreement was not made between the government and DP but rather between NRM and DP.

    He contended, “The only difference between Hon. Norbert Mao and Hon. Lulume Bayiga is that they sit in different arms of government.

    “Nobert Mao, the President General of the Democratic Party, has not crossed to NRM. Hon. Lulume, you know very well how members of DP lose their membership.”


    By Kalamira Hope



    M7 Urges Ugandans To Study European History



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Ugandans to study European history in order to gain relevant knowledge to develop the country.

    Museveni, who was represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, made the statement at a symposium to address the role of universities in responding to Africa’s problems and development needs. The symposium was held on March 30th at Makerere University.

    Museveni told Ugandans to study European history and get exposed to the world.

    “Have seen some people saying what is the use of studying European History. It is very important to study European History cause when you know about the world, it is like a laboratory. You can know how the world is and how society evolves,” he said.

    Museveni said Africans should borrow good ideas from the Europeans and have them implemented in their own countries.

    He also expressed his dismay with colonial influence that is washing away the African culture and values. He said Africans are buying ‘acids’ to bleach themselves due to colonial influence.

    Museveni further said that University education must help Africas regain their confidence.

    “The education system or university education must put confidence back into the African people,” he said.

    The president also urged universities to incorporate integration in the scope of what they teach to students. He said universities should not teach economics without integration or political science without regional integration.

    Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s vice chancellor urged the government to prioritise postgraduate studies, saying that these help countries transform faster.

    “Economies of countries are transformed much faster if you have a mass of PhD and masters’ graduates,” he said.

    According to Nawangwe, postgraduate students are able to conduct research that leads to national transformation.

    Makerere University will in the next academic year cut the number of undergraduate students to create space for postgraduate and PhD students.

    The institution has also called upon government to increase sponsorship slots for postgraduate students. This is aimed at turning Makerere University into a research led institution.

    By Nickson Maberi


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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Protest: Eight Remanded To Luzira Prison



    Court has remanded a total of eight youths to Luzira prison who were involved in a protest on Tuesday calling for the arrest of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.

    The eight were arrested along Ben Kiwanuka Street as they called for the arrest and persecution of those involved in the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal.

    These include Kawooya Sharif, Ssegawa Shafik, Bukenya Moses, Ndyasiima Nelson, Matanda Augustine, Nayebare Gilbert, Najjume Sanyu and Ssemakula Teddy.

    The eight, who allege to be victims of torture, were arraigned before court and remanded to Luzira prison till April 12th, 2023. The group is accused of assaulting a police officer ASP Flavia Musimenta.

    Police on Monday said it was concluding investigations of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.


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    Minister Rusoke Endorses ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ Campaign



    The Minister of State for Local Government Hon. Rusoke Victoria has endorsed the ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ campaign and urged Ugandans to rally behind president Museveni and make him president again in 2026.

    Rusoke said during the launch of the disbursement of Parish Development Model (PDM) funds to beneficiaries in Lwengo District that Museveni is the only leader that has shown love to the people of Uganda.

    Rusoke told Lwengo residents that by voting Museveni again in 2026, they will make it possible for him to continue with the implementation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto.
    The beneficiaries were selected from 43 out of 45 Parishes in Lwengo District.

    The ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ is a campaign manned by youth across the country with an aim of promoting Museveni’s 2026 Presidential candidature.

    Mr Kitatta Ibrahim Almalik, the Lwengo District LCV Chairman hailed the regime for remaining truthful to its core Ideological principles of Nationalism, Pan Africanism, Social Economic Transformation and Democracy.

    Kitatta said the Parish Development Model will help households overcome poverty through establishing income generating projects using the PDM funds.



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