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    NAMBOOZE NARRATES HER PAINS: Religious Leaders, How Do You Continue Preaching That All Leadership Comes From God…Can God Have Sent To His People In Uganda This Group Of Corrupt, Deceitful And Barbaric Rulers?

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    Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke has narrated the terrible life she is going through as an MP, Woman and mother.

    Nambooze narrates: I sit in agony and pain after facing so many incidents of bizzare torture by the State security apparatus that has eventually brought me down in a wheel chair. With a permanently injured Spine,a shuttered catrilage of the left leg, deep and unhealing wounds at different points of my body, swollen feets and a life of ever looking in the face of danger as I continuously get to depend on an assortment of medicine to survive.

    With a big family to look after and a spouse who left work because of my poor health mine has become a very challenging life. Only about a dozen of colleagues have stood by me in this time of trial among them, my brother, friend and lawyer Erias Lukwago, Dr.Besigye, Maama Ssebugwawo and of course my family that remains the biggest pillar of support and love. I will also always remain in debt with the people of Mukono who elevated me to this position and have supported me amidst intimidation by the State.

    Am only lucky that an international human rights activist whom I have never had the opportunity to meet got to know about my case through my brother in USA and took great interest in it. This amazing lady went to the extent of petitioning the Common wealth through the British Parliament and MP Paul Williams in particular about my fate. Am grateful that my case has started attracting international attention. Most probably this great lady has been everywhere because of me, trying to secure for me justice and also to use my case to show the western world that Museveni changed the guns they equipped him with to protect their interests in the Great Lakes region into an instrument of coercion and torture onto Ugandans.

    Soon the Government apologists and spokespersons will label me a Lesbian and or an agent of foreign imperialists after all this seems to be their new line of approach to opposition politicians who are crying out for freedom. Yesterday I was honoured by a visit to my home by the BCC editor for Africa with a complete film crew….to our brothers and sisters in big democracies my case is an absurdity to the maximum…they can’t imagine that a legislator and a woman for that matter was dragged out of Parliament and tortured to near death and no one was reprimanded and citizens didn’t find that abominable and even others including the elite are so insensitive to the extent of pouring scorn on the victim.

    Suprising as this might be to a Muzungu , back home, I was denied by the Speaker even the opportunity to make a personal statement about my condition in Parliament. No Member of Parliament even among my friends has ever pushed for an explanation from government on what happened to me. When court summoned me to testify in the Constitutional petition on age limit after Government attorney Kahwa insensitively invited court to doubt that I was ever tortured,the only matter that interested their Lordships is that I had written a cheque to the Parliamentary commission in an attempt to return the 29 millions dished out to MPs in the Togikwatako period.

    His Lordship Kakuru took the drama a notch higher when he found this to be one of the “constitutional questions” to settle in his ruling and hence found me a liar…it’s now a decision of the Ugandan court of appeal that a cheque is not a legal tender in Uganda and that a person who issues a cheque to another is motivated by just an intention to defraud the recipient! His Lordship Kakuru never bothered to know my current state,wether the cheque was honoured or not, why Parliament refused to bank the cheque…he just used his privillaged position to worsen my situation… as a victim of torture to this magnitude I expected a little sympathy from Court; I received non.

    The trophy for indifference against me however goes to my political party DP and it’s dear leaders plus their newly found pal Dr. Bwaniika ….they didn’t only fail to raise this matter at any of their forums but they used my period of suffering to make a grand gathering in my constituency, say all bad things against me that could come to their mind and also installed my political heir. In addition the party official social media platforms are used by some members to torment me as a comedian, politician who has fallen from grace now surving on feigning sickness, But why should this suprise me, isn’t DP not a victim of political torture by Museveni itself?

    At a time like this, one would turn to our spiritual leaders ,yes…how do you continue preaching that all leadership comes from God…Can God have sent to his people in Uganda this group of corrupt, decitful and barbaric rulers ? It’s true that some brave priests have been to pray for me but the voice I hear from Rubaga and the mighty Catholic church as an institution has became so faint for me to comprehend what they are exactly saying about Uganda’s present state. Yet maybe I need not be disappointed…when the other day the Archibishop himself was crying out over harassment by Security Agencies to his person.

    So, in this situation, what does my country expect me to tell BBC….Am I still expected to have Uganda at heart, be patriotic and smile at the world cameras to invite tourists to Uganda? It’s so cruel to demand from me silence or even pretence; we have no one else to turn to apart from facing the West without blinking an eye and demand that we can’t anymore continue to pay the price for your interest in a Museveni Presidency, stop funding a regime that is killing and maiming Ugandans…we shall continue enlisting support of kind souls in the western world to make our voice louder…if this is what the regime mouth pieces call championing the foreign agenda and embracing homosexuality so be it.

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Former Presidential Candidate Sent To Luzira Prison, Charged With Sectarianism…

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    Joseph Kabuleta

    Court has constrained from hearing bail application for National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) boss, Joseph Kabuleta and remanded him to Luzira Prison till 14th December, 2022.

    The former Presidential candidate was today presented before the Chief Magistrates court in Nakawa and charged with sectarianism.

    Court however constrained to hear his bail application and remanded him till 14th, December, 2022.

    It should be remembered that Kabuleta was picked from his NEED offices in Bugolobi on Monday and was arrested by a group of men dressed casually who drove him away in a drone.

    Police however revealed that it is alleged that on 30th May 2022 in Kampala District, Joseph Kabuleta and others held a press conference under their Political Party, National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), where they alleged that social service delivery in Mbarara is based on ethnic lines of the Tutsi, Bahima, Bakiga and Banyakore.

    “Kabuleta and others shall be charged with Promoting Sectarianism C/S 41(1) of the PCA CAP 120,” police said.

     

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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