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    Minister Nakiwala Was “Smuggled” Into FUFA Leadership By Magogo – Delegate Reveals…

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    Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi addressing journalists

    A delegate from the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has revealed, and explained how Minister Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi was unlawfully re-elected into leadership.

    Hon. Nakiwala is a prominent politician and businesswoman, who was once Express FC chairperson between June 2016 to Feb 2018.

    Apparently, Nakiwala was on Saturday morning (May 15th, 2021) re-elected unopposed to retain her position as the FUFA  third Vice President for a period 2021-2025.

    In her position, Nakiwala, who is also currently the Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs in the Cabinet of Uganda will continue to represent Uganda Premier League (UPL) and FUFA Big League (FBL) clubs at the FUFA Executive Committee.

    One of the members of the electoral college- a UPL club representative who directly took part in the election cited foul play in the build up towards the polls.

    “First of all the road map for 2021 FUFA Elections does not include elections of FUFA Big League Delegates and Professional League Vice President,” the delegate who preferred anonymity explained.

    He added that regardless, the letter adjusting dates for nominations of FUFA Big League Delegates and VP was slated for 7th May, but an email and letter was shared with the electors on Monday 10th, a day to the deadline of nominations on Tuesday.

    “Then, the notice for calling of Elective Congregation was shared Friday, 14th May at 1:00 pm, not even 24 hours before the Saturday morning election date,” the club official further narrated to a local sports website, Football 256.

    In the Saturday election, 14 of the 16 FBL clubs were present except only two (Maroons and Tooro), as the UPL had only three UPL clubs represented (Express, URA, and Villa) to vote Nakiwala back as the representative of the 32 teams of Professional league which includes the UPL and FBL.

    However, referring to the FUFA Statutes Article 8: Elections of the 3rd FUFA Vice President, Section 3; “Only 1st Division clubs may nominate a candidate for the position of 3rd Vice President representing Professional Clubs to the FUFA Executive Committee”

    And although the Electoral College for electing the FUFA VP for Professional Leagues is made up of the 14 FBL Clubs and 16 UPL Clubs, the FBL Clubs do not have the privilege to nominate one.

    Nakiwala’s re-election is a matched smart move aimed at improving ‘some specific people’s status in FUFA leadership, according to Ismael Dhakaba Kigongo, the Head of Sports at Nation Media Group – Uganda, who is also an auspicious politician.

    Metaphorically explaining, Kigongo said that it is nothing so logical but pure politics!

    “She (Nakiwala) has to get her back scratched in return for having scratched theirs too,” Kigongo said.

    To be more specific, he further noted that in the past, FUFA president, Moses Magogo practically required Minister Nakiwala’s presence at the Mengo based institution, and now the latter definitely needs the former.

    Now keen football followers are not only concerned, but totally confused over the same.

    They have understably failed to understand high rate of a new ‘unopposed trend’ currently at FUFA, doubting whether or not actual elections are even conducted.

    For the record, electoral candidates have gone unopposed in the same FUFA institution for over 30 positions.

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Museveni Bans Land Evictions In Uganda…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has banned all land evictions in the country that are carried out without the consent of the respective District Security Committees (DSC).

    In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, using his powers under Article 98(1) and 99(1) of the Constitution that enjoins him to ensure good governance and protect the Constitution, the President directed that:

    “No eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the District Security Committee (DSC), chaired by the Resident District Commissioners /Resident City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs) and direct consultation with the Minister of Lands.”

    Museveni further warned that if this is not done and the illegal evictions go ahead, the members of the District Security Committee will all be held responsible and action will be taken against them.

    Faruk Kirunda, the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary confirmed the development. However, he noted that the directive excludes the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) representatives who may not be in the know of the substance of the issues involved.

    In the same communication, Museveni requested His Lordship the Chief Justice to prevail upon the Justices and Magistrates who violate the Constitution by illegally evicting people in collusion with land grabbers.

    He further directed the Minister of Lands to inform the Attorney General about such abuses by judicial officers so that legal action can be taken against them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ministry Of Education Releases Phased School Opening Program….

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    The Ministry of Education has released a phased school opening program following the President’s directive.

    President Museveni opened schools in the country after being on lockdown for over two years due to the Covid pandemic.

    He said that schools will resume on January,10 2022 but in a phased manner.

    “We have engaged different stakeholders including KCCA, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi district local governments, security and the Ministry of Works and Transport before coming up with a phased reopening program,” the ministry statement read in part.

    “All learners in day schools shall report on Monday, January, 10, 2022 for class. All learners in boarding schools in Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono and Kampala shall follow a staggered reporting plan with effect from Monday,January, 10,2022 and no boarding student in the concerned districts shall report for school earlier than January,10,2022,” the Ministry of Education further noted in a statement.

    “For those in Mpigi and Wakiso districts, the reporting dates for boarding students in A’level and those in lower primary (boarding) will be January,10 whereas those in O’level, P.5, P.6 and P.7 (in boarding) will be Wednesday January,12,2022.”

    The Ministry of Education also added that students in international schools should also comply with the program and should not open earlier than the set January,10 date as indicated by the president.

    According to the statement, Kampala and Mukono students specifically boarding students in A’level and lower primary are expected to report on Thursday, January,13.

    “It is the responsibility of learners’ respective parents or guardians to ensure that the learner is provided with a mask to wear when travelling to school while using public means,” the statement reads.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Go Slow On Mafias, They Will Destroy You – Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya Warns Nabbanja …

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    Former VP Gilbert Bukenya (L) and PM Robinah Nabbanja

    Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has emphasized that the mafias in government are many ruthless and one could annoy them even by doing the right thing.

    Appearing on  NBS’ Morning Breeze, Bukenya advised Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to go slow while carrying out her duties or else she is annoying the mafias in government.

    Bukenya said that when he was still in government, he tried to raise the issue of mafias but he was ignored.

    “I pray for Prime Minister Hon. Robinah Nabbanja. I advise her to go slow because these people (mafias) are not ready to be disturbed,” Bukenya said.

    He added that the mafia group is big and it participates in corruption and they are ready to remove any tree however deep its roots are.

    “The mafia group wants to take over the country therefore it will try to destabilise anybody who is sincere to this country,” he stated.

    “I was ignored, but aren’t you hearing people talking about them now?” he asked.

    To prove that she is already being threatened, Nabbanja in July told journalists that she has started receiving death threats from unidentified people who were asking her to back off their deals.

    Bukenya warned Nabbanja to be careful while handling government business because the mafias are real and will not be stopped by anyone or  anything if they are pushing their deals through.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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