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NATIONAL DIALOGUE: Otafiire Was Not Speaking For NRM, We Will Meet With Other Parties And Our Chairman Museveni Will Open The Dialogue – Lumumba

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The Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Justine Kasule Lumumba has said that gone are the days when leaders from different parties couldn’t sit on the same table to discuss issues of national importance.

Speaking about the National dialogue, at the NRM party Secretariat headquarters at Kyadondo Road in Kampala today, Lumumba blasted the minister of Justice for his comments regarding National Dialogue.

Otafiire recently said that the Dialogue is useless and the NRM was not going to be part of it. Lumumba said that they are ready to work together with other parties for the betterment of the country especially on the political arena .

“Otafiire said what he thought, they were not the words of the party, the chairman of the party Yoweri Museveni is going to launch the dialogue come the 21st of  November and the party decision is very clear, we are part of the dialogue, we have to decide for our country,” Lumumba said .

Party members during the press conference today

The Secretary General of the Democratic Party (DP), Gerald Siranda said that National Dialogue is a signal that the leaders can work together for a better Uganda because everyone was first born a Ugandan before they become affiliated to any political party.

“It’s we the leaders and political parties that can drive this, we have to be in the driving seat. The church will come in later and other participants,” Siranda said.

However, FDC’s Salam Musumba refused Kasule Lumumba’s idea that all  IPOD members should visit the President at State House. Musumba said that they have to meet him at the party headquarters as it has been happening with other political party leaders.

The chairman of IPOD who is also the Secretary general of UPC,  Ebiru Fred, said that they will deliver FDC’s idea of not meeting the Chairperson of the NRM party at state House.

 

By Nathan Mboowa

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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End Of The KCCA Road For Musisi As  She  Finally Hands Over Office Today

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KCCA outgoing Executive Director Ms. Jennipher Musisi (Left) with President Museveni

Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) Executive Director Ms Jennipher Musisi has this morning handed over the office official to the Minister of Kampala, Hon Betty Olive Namisango Kamya.

Ms.Musisi who ends her seven and half tenure as the KCCA director, leaves her office following today her resignation notice she wrote to president Museveni informing him about her resignation two months ago that takes effect today, December 15th. In her resignation letter, Ms. Musisi cited lack of political support and low funding among other reasons as the major factors that led to her resignation. In her words Ms.Musisi said, “When given an opportunity to make a difference, let your existence matter by leaving things better than you found them.” She also informed journalist’s earlier that she has achieved a number of things in the city ranging from infrastructure, healthy, education among others asserting that the authority will thrive even when she departs.

Ministry for Kampala Hon. Betty Kamya thanked the outgoing executive director of the commendable job done and insisted that she had receive the office ceremonially and await further instructions from the president on what to do. she also informed Ms. Musisi that president Museveni had not yet technically accepted her resignation and to this effect he had not yet appointed her replacement. On the 15th October 2018, Ms. Musisi submitted her 21-page resignation notice to President Yoweri Museveni Monday indicating that she would step down on December 15, 2018. In her letter to the president,Ms. Musisi highlighted a number of challenges in the management of Kampala. Key among them was the unceasing bickering between the political and technical wing of KCCA. “One of the challenges has been to reconcile the competing interests between political perspectives/ decisions and the strategic plans of the KCCA technical team. Consequently, it has increasingly become difficult to achieve set targets,” Musisi said.

She equally pointed out the inadequate political support to the efforts of the KCCA technical team to transform Kampala, a result of which many planned city improvement plans have not received political support and Musisi acknowledges that KCCA is unable to fully meet the government and public expectations in city development programmes and service delivery demands due to inadequate funding.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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New Formation Unveiling Delayed Until Next Year – Muntu

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General. Mugisha Muntu addressing a conference at Hotel Africana in October

New formation Leader Gen. Mugisha Muntu has said that the New formation party won’t be unveiled on the 25th December as early anticipated.

Gen. Muntu through the party social media page this morning, said that process involved could go up to the 31 st of December this year as most of the requirements had yet not been finalised by the electoral commission. He said further that other processes like unveiling the party name, symbols, policy platforms and other things required by the party could be done after electoral commission finalized.

A copy of the press statement realised this morning

On the 25th of September 2018, Gen. Muntu announced that he had parted ways with Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) after two months of national wide consultations and exit speculations.  Gen Muntu took that political direction after he lost the FDC party presidency to Mr Amuriat in November 2017 and ending speculation about his fate.

By Remmy Atugonza

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