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    More Confusion In DP, MP Ssebamala Declares Himself President General, Replacing Mao…



    MP Sebamala (L) with Norbert Mao recently (R)

    Uganda’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party (DP), is now embroiled in confusion after Bukoto Central Member of Parliament (MP), Richard Sebamala declared himself the acting party president general.

    Speaking exclusively to theGrapevine, Sebamala revealed that as a senior member of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), he cannot just look on like other party leaders yet there is a leadership vacuum at the top.

    He explained that when Nobert Mao signed an agreement with president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and accepted the ministerial job as the minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs, it meant that he is no longer the party president.

    “We don’t have a president general and Secretary General because Dr. Gerald Siranda also joined the NRM. Unfortunately, we don’t have any person to summon NEC to discuss the crisis in our party. So now, I am going to be the acting president general and summon NEC so that members denounce Mao and Siranda,” Sebamala said.

    Buikwe South MP Dr. Phillip Lulume Bayiga has also declared himself the party’s acting Secretary General.

    However, when contacted, DP’s Attorney, Eria Luyimbazi Nalukoola insisted that whatever is being done by Lulume and Sebamala is aimed at diverting their members from debating fundamental issues affecting  their party right now.

    Opio Okoler, the DP spokesperson said that NEC is expected to sit in August 2022, even though the party does not have money right now.

    He explained that according to DP’s Constitution, the President General and Secretary General are the ones who are supposed to summon NEC.

    Last week, Mao advised DP members who are contesting the cooperation agreement he signed with President Museveni and want him to step aside from the party leadership to talk to him instead of just pushing him away because whatever he did is supported by the party constitution.

    He explained that they should tell him softly that as a minister he has a lot of work to do which will affect his work as DP president general.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    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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