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    MAN CITY vs LIVERPOOL: Today’s Winner Will Most Likely Win The League.

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    City's Sterling goes physical with Liverpool's Gomes

    Manchester City’s home date with Liverpool will most likely almost decide the season, with the last two English champions in for another projecteion of leading aonther title charge.

    The two teams haven’t lost a lot of games over the last few years so they know that the importance of the three points in this one is massive.

    It’s going to be very competitive between City and for Liverpool. It will look as though everything up to now has only been a warm-up of sorts for this game. This might most likely be a free scoring game as both sides are yet to fix their defensive worries, contrary to extremely lethal attacking prowess.

    The 2020-21 EPL season has so far become so unpredictable, an implication that this is not quite the top-two battle we have become accustomed to seeing between these two sides in recent years, but they remain the favourites for the Premier League title and, even at this stage of the campaign, today’s match could prove to be important in the race.

    If Liverpool wins, they will go eight points clear of the team they usurped as champions last season – a significant gap to make up on a team as consistent as the Reds even with a large portion of the campaign still to play.

    For Man City however, a home win would make it advantageous, as they would move to within only two points of Jurgen Klopps’s side with a game in hand, it would turn out an encouraging and motivating element for the Cityzens considering they have suffered such an uncharacteristically inconsistent start to the season.

    Liverpool, who brought their 30-year wait for top-flight glory to a close in 2019-20, have made their way back to the top.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have not been at their consistent best this season, but will still have to prove a point against their new arch rivals in City.

    City, who have also struggled for consistency out of the blocks, sit five points off the pace in 10th – although they do have a game in hand.

    City go into it after beating Liverpool 4-0 last year but they’ll know that wasn’t the typical Liverpool side, they’d already wrapped up the league by then.

    Both sides face some important selection decisions heading into a crunch clash, with untimely injuries working against them.

    Dropped points at Leeds United and West Ham United, as well as their chastening 5-2 home defeat to Leicester City, stand out as poor results, but Liverpool have not been immune to such setbacks either – notably their 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

    Man City are unbeaten in eight games across all competitions and have won their last three without conceding, most recently cruising past Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

    It is the first time since September of last year that Man City have kept three consecutive clean sheets, while since their 5-2 defeat to Leicester they have only conceded three times in their eight outings.

    Manchester City Premier League form: WLDWDW
    Manchester City form (all competitions): WWDWWW

    Liverpool Premier League form: WWLDWW
    Liverpool form (all competitions): DWWWWW

    Manchester City probable XI:
    Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling

    Liverpool probable XI:
    Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane; Jota

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    Internet Access Granted! Social Media Still Blocked, But Who Will Pay For The Losses – Ugandans Demand Answers From Gov’t…

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    Internet in Uganda is now finally accessible, and the shutdown has ended. The shutdown that had entered its fifth day was suspended just today before midday.

    Social media access will however remain blocked. And one can only acquire such services if aided with Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).

    The internet was abruptly shut down on Wednesday night January 13th with just hours to go to polling stations for last Thursday’s general elections.

    That was shortly after Facebook had apparently suspended hundreds of pro-government Ugandan accounts.

    President Yoweri Museveni, while commenting about Facebook’s drastic decision, said there was no way anyone would come to Uganda and decide what was good or bad for Ugandans.

    Until yesterday, the Prime Minister of Uganda Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda could not commit to a date when the internet shutdown would finally be lifted. The only thing he was certain of was that the government was reviewing the security situation before restoring the internet.

    Government offered no prior notice on the intended shutdown and it remained uncertain when the shutdown would be lifted, until at around midday.

    Before the country was hit with a complete internet shutdown, there was an earlier attempt by government to block Google Play Store and Apple’s App store, and a ban on all social media platforms.

    According to government, the rationale for a complete internet shutdown was to deter spread of misinformation and anticipated internal and external influences on Uganda’s electoral process, which is reasonably understandable.

    Ugandans are however bitter with the government’s mode of execution. Citizens demand a clear explanation about the manner in which the internet shutdown was effected; they feel it leaves much to be desired on the question of accountability of government to the Ugandan people and the validity of government’s rationale for this shutdown.

    ‘Netizen’ Ugandans are bothered that if at all a complete internet shutdown was necessary and whether or not it was effected in a proper manner, the most important issue is that who will be held accountable for the adverse impact of this shutdown? People are counting losses!

    Leading telecommunication Networks MTN Uganda and Airtel on their part justifiably stated that they suspended access to social media platforms for their customers in Uganda as a response to a directive issued by the government through the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

    The internet shutdown has clearly affected businesses, professionals and people in employment in their day today work.

    Ugandans are now angry that the government should not assume the good will of the people of Uganda without any sense of accountability economically, more so given the current state that the country is just recovering from the COVID-19 hard blow that left many businesses without life.

    It should be noted that the government is already getting a backlash from within, after the Ministry of Health blaming the internet shut down for frustrating its efforts to update Ugandans about the number of infections, recoveries and deaths as a result of COVID-19.

    Officials  from the Ministry contend that they last issued updates about COVID-19 on January 13th  before the internet was shut down and ever since then Ugandans have been kept in the darkness about the efforts to fight the pandemic, which is likely to bring about disastrous  repercussions.

     

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    ‘I’m Going To Court Because The Election Was Rigged’- NUP’s Bobi Wine Announces Plan B As U.S Condemns Army Violence…

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    Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine, the leader of National Unity Platform (NUP), has declared that he will go to court to challenge president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s victory in the January 14th presidential election.

    Speaking to the press on phone Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest since Friday January 15th, 2021, said that he is ready to drag the Electoral Commission (EC) and Museveni to court  challenging the latter’s victory.

    According to election results announced by the E.C chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama on Saturday January 16, 2021,  president elect Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, of the National Resistance Movement  scored 5,300,831 votes (58%)  whereas his nemesis Bobi Wine polled ,119,965 votes (34.62%).

    They contested together with other candidates that include Alliance for National Transform (NUP)’s Mugisha Muntu Gregory, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Patrick Amuriat Oboi,  Democratic Party’s Norbert Mao, plus independents who included Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Nancy Kalembe, John Katumba, Willy Mayambala, Joseph Kabuleta and Fred Mwesigye.

    However, Bobi Wine insists that these are sham results, because they differ greatly from those compiled by NUP polling agents across the  country which indicate that he won president Yoweri Museveni by far.

    “I therefore take this painful but nonetheless inevitable leadership decision of urging you to desist from any form of violence as we prepare to challenge the election outcome & its glaring imperfections through the courts of law for the sake of our longterm victory & for Uganda.

    “We are going to audit because on account of the removal of the internet there was no immediate transmission of the voting patterns from polling stations,” Bobi Wine’s deputy Mathias Mpuuga said on Sunday during a press briefing at the NUP headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala.

    In support of Bobi Wine’s position, his fellow presidential contender Rtd. Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu has since joined him in rejecting the election results and vowed to combine forces in challenging Museveni’s victory in court.

    “It’s time to turn the page and engage in the next stage of the struggle. We will not live like serfs in our own country,” Mugisha Muntu said on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

    “These results are completely fabricated,” he added.

    Prior to the election last week  the government ordered telecommunication companies to shut down the internet on the eve of the polls, and the blackout remained in place till Monday when internet was switched back on.

    In Kampala, shortly before the results were announced, security forces poured onto the streets of the capital in large numbers, while others raided and sealed off Bobi Wine’s home to  block anyone from leaving or accessing the residence.

     

    U.S Condemns Army, Police Brutality

    Meanwhile, the United States of America has condemned the police and army brutality  meted out unto Bobi Wine and his supporters, saying it is “deeply troubled” by events in Uganda, noting that voters cast their ballots in an environment of “intimidation and fear”.

    “We are deeply troubled by the many credible reports of security force violence during the pre-election period and election irregularities during the polls,” Morgan Ortagus, the State Department’s spokesperson, said in a statement late on Saturday.

    “We strongly urge independent, credible, impartial, and thorough investigations into these reports and that those responsible be held accountable.

    “We condemn the continuing attacks on political candidates and urge the government to respect their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of expression,” Ortagus added.

    It should be noted too that both the U.S. and Britain expressed concern over the validity of the election results, noting the internet blackout throughout Uganda since before the Election Day.

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    ‘You Must Pay For Your Sins’ Tycoon Balaam Insists Pastor Mondo’s Shs5Bn Fraud Court Case To Proceed Even If He Meets  President Museveni

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    President Yoweri Museveni’s chief mobilizer, also prominent events promoter cum city businessman Balaam Barugahara has revealed that controversial city pastor Franklin Mondo Mugisha’s case in which he, together with others at large, allegedly fleeced over Shs5Bn from unsuspecting Ugandans will proceed even if he meets the president.

    Exclusively speaking to the Grapevine on Wednesday January 13th, 2021, Balaam insisted that the recent meeting between Museveni, Makerere Kikoni based House of Prayer Ministries International pastor Aloysius Bugingo, Nansana’s World Ministries church pastor Wilson Bugembe, Evangelical Truth Ministries (ETM)’s Brother Ronnie Makabai and others a few days ago was not about discussing Mondo’s case, because he has to pay for his sins should he be found guilty.

    “The meeting was not about Court cases. If you commit your cases, face the law but don’t drag the President into your court matters. It should be the Court to determine Pastor Mondo’s fate,” Balaam, who was replying to questions about Mondo’s fate and word that he want to reach out to president Msueveni to intervene in his case, said.

    Mondo is facing a five billion fraud case in the Anti-Corruption together with singer Maggie Kayima, pastor Siraje Ssemanda of Bombo Revival Church and singer Catherine Kusasira.

    Prosecution alleges that the said suspects together with others at large fraudulently obtained the said money from fellow religious leaders  and unsuspecting Ugandans after they purported to be operating on behalf  of President Museveni, First Lady Janet  Kataha Museveni and Gen. Salim Saleh, whose names they used to hoodwink their victims that they would secure them government contracts and jobs, until they were busted by the State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

    Balaam added that he accepted to mobilize support for President Museveni so that he could win tomorrow’s presidential elections and urged all Christians to mobilize for his support in their respective churches.

    He insisted that it’s not illegal for religious leaders to mobilize support for Museveni because he has seen a lot of Catholic priests, especially those from Masaka district, mobilizing support for National Unity platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine and nothing has been done to them.

    He however refuted claims that pastors were given bags of money to facilitate their mobilization efforts for president Museveni.

    “All those men are very rich, they are driving very powerful vehicles, for how much can they be bought,” Balaam asked.

     

     

    By Arilabaki Sengooba

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