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Mirundi Reveals Why M7 Will Not Allow Boda Boda’s To Carry Passengers Very Soon….

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Tamale Mirundi (inset)

President Yoweri Museveni’s senior adviser on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed why his boss is taking his time on allowing boda bodas to carry passengers.

During his Covid19 address on Monday, President Museveni said that the Boda Boda business has a lot of problems.

Mirundi now says that for the last three years, Museveni has been assessing intelligence reports given to him on the operations of boda bodas in Kampala.

The former press secretary to the President said that Museveni’s decision to stop bodaboda cyclists from carrying passengers took him over 75 hours to think about.

“I remember the only thing that has ever taken the president such a long period of time to think about was when he was negotiating with Mengo government. When I looked at him (during the Monday address) he was very bitter. I am very sure he is not going to allow them to operate soon,” Mirundi said.

The veteran journalist said that Museveni got information that there are foreign enemies who are working within the bodaboda industry to disorganize the country which he cannot accept.

He added that Museveni also discovered that many of the boda bodas in Kampala are owned by his influential army Generals who are using the poor youth to protect their interests in government and they have been using them to blackmail the president.

The former Munno newspaper reporter said that the former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura used Boda Boda 2010 to blackmail Museveni and currently there is another General who is behind Century bodaboda who replaced Kitatta’s Boda Boda 2010. Mirundi disclosed that there is a strong President from a neighboring country who has a hand in Safe boda.

Mirundi warned boda boda cyclists that instead of threatening the government, they should devise means of cleaning up their trade or venture into other businesses.

However, concerning boda boda operation in Kampala, another veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda protested Museveni’s directive on boda bodas.

Mwenda said that boda bodas are the most convenient and effective means of public transport in the country.

“If the president is not willing to let boda bodas carry passengers, he should provide a solution on how the 1.2 million boda boda riders will earn. If not, he should find ways of allowing them to carry passengers while minimizing the risk of spreading COVID19,” Mwenda said.

He advised the government to consult people like him who are in the business of supporting unemployed youths to own assets like boda bodas.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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BURNING OF MAKERERE IVORY TOWER: It’s Unacceptable, We Have To Establish Whether This Was An Accident Or Foul Play – Muhoozi, I’m Not Surprised, It Was A Matter Of Time – Lawyer Ssemakadde….

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It is a very dark morning for Makerere University and academicians as the iconic Main Administration Building also known as the Ivory Tower caught fire destroying valuable records and property to ashes.

The fire that started at around midnight quickly spread as far as to almost half of the building affecting several offices.

The fire brigade was on ground to fight the raging fire immediately but it was heavy sprouting from the right side of the Building.

“The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower,” the University tweeted.

The destruction according to the University Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is unbelievable, but he gave assurance that they are determined to restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.

The affected building also houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor and student records whereas the basement is full of archived files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the university, efforts to save the left wing of the building which houses the Human Resources and staff records of the university were being defeated by the highly powerful flames whose blaze was increased by the wooden furnishings.

This fire comes at a time when the university, like most education institutions, has been in lockdown mode since March 30, 2020.

Several Ugandans have expressed mixed reactions to what really caused the fires in a building that does not house Maama Naki’s kitchen in downtown Kampala. Below are some of the comments:

Briefly about The Ivory Tower

  • The Ivory Tower is perhaps the most iconic of all buildings when one talks of Makerere University.
  • The building proudly stands out as the most magnificent due to its unique early 20th century British architectural design. With its thicker walls and arch designed doors leading into the hundreds of rooms dabbing as offices, the main building is reminiscent of Makerere’s glory in the colonial days.
  • In this wonder of architecture is where Makerere University gets its endearment (or nickname); the Ivory Tower.
  • Constructed in 1930s, the T-Shaped main administration building was designed basing on the architectural design of Britain’s prestigious University of London.
  • Located in the centre and top of Makerere Hill ridge, the Main Building stands out as the most authoritative architectural piece at the university campus.
  • The Freedom Square and University Road are right in front of the main building in the east.
  • Erecting such an elegant state of the art building required so much sacrifice. According to writer Margret Macpherson, in her book: They Built for the Future, construction of the main building began in early 1930s and dragged on up to 1941 due to difficulties caused the Second World War.
  • The war interfered with importation of all construction materials that were to be shipped right from Europe. In fact, due to challenges posed by this war, especially scarcity of the much needed finance, other materials like doors were made locally in the Makerere College’s workshop. This is probably why the doors in the main building look dull in spite of the building’s spectacular exterior appearance.

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Museveni Instructs IGP Ochola On Use Of Guns By Police Officers, LDUs And Private Security Organisations….

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President Yoweri Museveni has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to issue a guide to all police officers and Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel on how to use guns.

In a directive to Ochola written on 8th September, 2020, Museveni directed him to print the guide by not later than October,15, 2020 so that it guides security personnel on the proper use of firearms and how to disperse gatherings in accordance with the Public Order Management Act (POMA).

“I am writing to direct you to stop the random shootings by the LDUs and Police, all under the command of the Police. There was shooting dead of one person in Katakwi, one person in Bugiri, two people in Isingiro etc. Analysis of these shootings show that many, if not all, of the shootings were unnecessary,” Museveni said.

He added, “In Katakwi, civilians were fighting among themselves during the elections. Why shoot them? Why not scare them by shooting in the air or simply arresting them? It is said that in Bugiri, some members of the Public, stoned the armed personnel. That was bad. However, shooting to kill, should not have been the first option. They should have identified the stone thrower and arrested him for prosecution.”

Museveni guided that in all these incidents, the shooting should have been to disperse, by shooting in the air.

Museveni asked Ochola to follow the structure and sequence of the Public Order Management Act on riots which states:

(1) Shooting must only be on command and not by individual security personnel letting off guns.

(2) Secondly, the Standing Orders of riot control, should always be followed to the letter.

(3) These include the following steps:

(a) Diplomacy – telling them to disperse;

(b)Proclamation by using hand-held micro-phones to warn them to disperse;

(c) Inform them of your intention to use forceful means;

(d) Use non-lethal means like tear-gas;

(e) Using shields, fire live bullets in the air; and

(f) Only firing to disable if the rioters are charging forward unstoppably and endangering the lives of the security personnel, i.e. in self-defence.

“Nobody should be allowed to carry a gun anywhere in Uganda on behalf of the State and engage in dealing with the Public, that is not aware of these procedures. Each Police Post, must have a copy of these procedures and all the Police personnel and LDUs, attached to policing areas, individually, must be conversant, to the last letter, of those procedures,” he said.

He added, “UPDF Units, in case they need to support the Police, must first be educated about these procedures. Nobody should ever be deployed to deal with the Public if he/she is not first sensitized about these procedures. When UPDF is dealing with the terrorists, it, of course, follows the rules of engagement of war that are totally different.”

Museveni also directed on the use of guns in the hands of Private Security Organisations, “This now leaves the Private Security Organizations that are also armed. The Private Security Organizations are not mandated to deal with the Public. They are, mainly, hired to guard homes and properties against thieves and robbers.”

“The rules of engagement of these are clear: Do not allow break-ins into the properties you are hired to protect. Should Private Security Organizations be allowed to provide body-guards to people outside homes? I do not think, it is a good idea,” he said.

He added, “The Police leadership should discuss this and make recommendations. The IGP should issue operational procedures, in a booklet form, to Private Security Organizations for guarding homes and properties. The properties are different: homes, business premises, banks, farms etc. How do the Private Security Organizations guard each of those firmly but without the irrational use of fire-arms?”

The President directed Ochola to have the booklet with the instructions, procedures for using guns for Police, LDUs operating under the command of the Police in relation to dealing with the Public and the Private Security Organizations while guarding the different homes and properties by October, 15th, 2020.

 

By Grapevine Reporter

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