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    Moles In Opposition, Plot To Assassinate: Things That Had Hidden In The Dark Are Now Being Proclaimed In The Open – Mao

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    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs who also doubles as President General of Democratic Party (DP), Nobert Mao has assured the public that they (DP) will not declare total war because it is not worthwhile.

    Addressing journalists at party headquarters in Balintuma yesterday, Mao revealed that he wouldn’t have wished to be alive at a better time than “this one, insisting that it is a season of revelation.”

    “Things that had been hidden in the dark are now being proclaimed in the open. Oh my God, it is such a joy,” he said.

    He revealed, “I want to acknowledge that we have disagreements in the party but how do you solve disagreements? Through the party Constitution. I wish to warn those DP members who actually think the party doesn’t have a Constitution. The people who go around saying that the DP offices are now a barracks, when they came here they found not even a scout, I have my bodyguards that I was given even before I became a minister.”

    “Why was I given bodyguards, because some people recorded a video saying they were going to kill me. If you warn me that you are going to kill me, I am not interested in being a martyr because I think God sent me on earth to solve the problems on earth, when my time comes I will join them (martyrs).”

    Mao further insisted that they have refused to be provoked and that they will not allow themselves to be provoked.

    “We held a very fruitful meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and I can tell you that the largest majority of our members support the direction we have taken. There is a noisy minority which we cannot even count on our fingers and of course, they have their allies in the media.”

    He wondered which party doesn’t have wrangles, adding that even Religious institutions have wrangles.

    He, therefore, vowed to stay on track with the decision they have taken because it is correct.

    Mao revealed that the more power one has, the more humble he becomes.

    “People ask me, one time you declared a one man’s war what happened? Again, when you have too many guns, you become a peaceful man because you realise that it is not necessary and i think the most combatted people are the most weak and powerless. The more power you have, the more humility.”

    Mao also maintained that the challenges they face as a party must make them better not bitter and that there is a difference between those who believe in Mao and those who believe in other leaders.

    “Am not paying rent in some people’s brains but I leave there 24 hours. What a privilege. You roam in one’s brain but yet you don’t pay rent there. Some of you are asking, I have been a bit quiet about my haters, a man said if he has six hours to cut a tree, he will spend four hours sharpening his axe, and I pity those who try to cut down a big tree with a blunt axe because it is a very difficult task,” he emphasized.

    Mao further revealed that following resolution, he expects to meet the President of Uganda to brief him and then he will go to Parliament and make a Ministerial statement then they get to work on some issues.

    He noted, “Most of the proposals are already on my desk and I think 90 percent of what Ugandans want depends on the Constitution. Even yours of Uganda Journalist Association (UJA). You fail to manage your elections and for the musicians who always sing about our elections, how come they haven’t sung about their own sham election.

    “Land, our country is a country of lots of peasants, how can we protect the security of tenure? Devolution, giving power back to smaller units, sharing power between the National government and lower units. The debate on federalism has got to be resurrected. DP believes in federalism and as DP and a leader, it is my duty to promote it.”

    Mao, however, insisted that he is not in DP to take anything because he has given a lot to DP and that it has also given him a lot which is not in material sense but because he believes in what DP believes in, having a Government whose foundation is truth and justice.

    “Why do you think those echoing us cannot dare debate us? Because they have no issues, what we have done is unprecedented. In consultation with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) with whom we have a corporation agreement, I believe we shall make public a signed document. But the document you people have is the same document, it only doesn’t have the signatures.”

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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