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No Body Is Going To Intimidate Us Not Even Mr. Museveni – DP Block Joins FDC To Warns Police

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Democratic Party (DP) Senior member Samuel Walter Lubega has warned that they will not give in to intimidation from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party who are using the help of police.

Lubega, who was accompanied by Hon Florence Namayanja, the Bukoto East Member of Parliament and other members in the DP block said this at the party’s weekly briefing at City Hall in Kampala.

“As we prepare to deal with our own problem, our own dictatorship, we must know that we should never give an opportunity to anybody to hijack the revolution. As we prepare the community to ‘kwebeleramu’, it’s also important as leaders to know that we must not also give an opportunity to have Muhoozi to hijack the revolution.” Lubega said after thanking the people of Sudan for showing president Omar al-Bashir the exit door.

“The people of Sudan were clear headed on what they wanted, they wanted a complete revolution and made sure that no one hijacks it,” he said adding that this should be a lesson to Ugandans who want change.

Lubega also blasted the police for intervening in the opposition political parties activities. He gave an example that police has stopped most of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) meetings but allowed NRM members to enjoy all the political space.

“The brutality of police around the country on the opposition shows that they don’t understand the Political Organizations Act . We were the first victims when we were in Jinja for the reunion. Police used the Act as an excuse and told us that we must seek permission yet the Act does not talk about seeking for their permission, we just have to inform them as a registered political party. It is their role to provide security whether its DP, FDC or any other political parties in the country as the law clearly states. They want to let the NRM enjoy the political space and therefore kill all other political parties and actors as we move towards the general election, it is an abuse and it’s criminal,” Lubega said.

“We want to inform the regime and president Museveni in particular that should you make competition impossible, you are progressively making it inevitable for a violent revolution. Ours is people led and we are already creating party blocks to participate in elections with very clear choices,” Lubega added.

Hon Namayanja listed various activities which the party plans to do to strengthen the block.

“As DP, together with other stakeholders, we held a retreat last week and a number of issues were agreed upon. A Political Action Committee which has already swung into action was formed and activities have already started.

We are not going to be intimidated and we will not fall back. We are proceeding with our activities as agreed. On 22nd, we will be in greater Masaka. On the 20th, we are reaching out to other political parties in order to engage them in a one to one model. We are engaging other parties to see their strength vis-à-vis ours so that we can proceed. On the 28th of April, the DP parliamentary group will sit and discuss a number of issues and the meeting will be chaired by the DP whip Hon. Joseph Gonzaga at parliament,” Hon. Namayanja said.

By Evelyn Musimenta

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Do You Want Us To Kneel Before You And Ask For Permission? People Power Fires Back At Enanga After Police Tasks Them To Write Formally Instead Of Dumping Their Consultation Letters At Police…

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Police spokesperson Fred Enanga has advised presidential hopeful who also doubles as the People Power boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine to formally inform police and all the law enforcement forces instead of dumping his letters at their station.

On Sunday 16th February, Bobi Wine announced that he is resuming his consultations on Monday 24th February and his first meeting is scheduled to take place at Pope Paul memorial hotel in Ndeeba, Rubaga division, Kampala.

While addressing the press on Monday at police headquarters at Naguru, Enanga said that Bobi Wine just dumped his letter at police without giving a clear description of his meetings.

“Yes we received the letter informing us about Hon Robert kyagulanyi’s consultation meetings; the letter indicates that his (Bobi Wine) first meetings will be held at Pope Paul’s Memorial Hotel, but the way he informed the police was informal, you do not have to just dump the letter,” he said.

He added that in the last meeting that Bobi Wine held with the Electoral Commission (EC) officials at the EC offices, Bobi Wine and other stake holders were guided to formally communicate to EC and police and after call a   meeting to harmonise the positions of all parties involved.

Enanga said that instead of following the agreed procedures, Bobi Wine decided to kick off his meeting without agreeing with other parties which contradicts with the agreement he made at EC.

“His delegation made 10 points on how his consultations will be streamlined and we all agreed that anyone who is planning to consult should approach the police and layout his or her arrangement but not to dump and go,” Enanga insisted.

Last month, all Bobi Wine’s consultation meetings were blocked due to allegations that they lacked clear description and clearance from the law enforcement bodies.

However, when the Grapevine contacted People power spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi to comment on the above allegations from Police, Ssenyonyi denied working against the law and revealed that police is looking for ways of blocking their meeting.

“What I can say is that police is only forging all possible tricks to block us from conducting our meeting, they told us to forward our plans earlier and we did it. When they say that the means of communication we used was not formal, do they want us to go kneeling to prove to them how serious we are? Ssenyonyi asked.

He further added that they agreed on organizing their meetings in a closed place something that they did.

“In the meeting, we agreed that police should not block us with stupid reasons and that is what they have started now, our letter was accompanied with clearance receipts of the venues, we are going to meet in a closed place, what do they want us to do?” Ssenyonyi asked.

“I urge Enanga to let us do our consultations because we are doing everything within the law,” Senyonyi added.

By Josephine Kauma

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Mao Enemies Are Using Money From M7 To Oust Him – Mao PS Mwesigwa…

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Democratic Party President Norbert Mao’s Press Secretary Fred Mwesigwa has fired back at the party organizing secretary Sulaiman Kindandala over the claims that he is the boss of the party.

Mwesigwa says that Kidandala should not come out and claim himself the boss after failing to comply with the DP party constitution and failing to maintain the party principles.

“With Kindandala’s indiscipline, he cannot be the boss of our DP party. If he cannot protect the party constitution and principles, how can he be the boss?” He asked.

On Friday, while at the new party headquarters in Nakulabye, Kidandala was given an indefinite suspension from the party for antagonizing the party president and failing to follow the party constitution by organizing his own elections.

In defense, Kidandala said that the manner in which Mao and his followers ousted him was improper and unlawful. He insisted that he is still in charge of the party elections because the meeting that ousted him occurred past 10:00pm and the members who attended it were intimidated through the huge deployment of the military that Mao brought in.

Kidandala said that his tormentors are fighting him because he supports People Power.

“Honorable Babirye Kabanda moved a motion in NEC which declared Hon Kyagulanyi the person DP must work with and that’s why I’m in People Power serving the interests of my party DP,” Kidandala asserted.

In response, Fred Mwesigwa says that Kidandala wanted to create his own party within the existing DP party. He further accused Kidandala and Lubega Mukaaku of being bribed by Museveni to spoil the party.

“Recently, the NEC issued registration forms in White color that were signed by both the party Secretary General Gerald Siranda and him (Sulaiman Kidanda) as indicated in the party constitution, but what Kidandala did later was to introduce his own registration forms in green color signed by only him,”Mwesigwa told the Grapevine.

“Kidandala was given money together with Mukaaku to destroy the party. That is why Mukaaku now wants to stand against Mao. But their plans will not go through because DP is strong with Mao,” he added.

He further urged all DP members to consider only the white registration forms that are approved by the party NEC.

By Josephine Kauma

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I’m Ready To Be The Next President – Miria Matembe Joins List Of M7’s Successors…

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Former Minister for Ethics and Integrity Miria Koburunga Matembe has openly expressed her interest in becoming the next president of Uganda.

Speaking to a group of women in a symposium organized to empower women under the theme, “Re-imaging leadership in the 21st century” in Kampala, Matembe said that she has gone through all the lower levels of leadership and now dreams of sitting in the biggest office in the country while serving as the president.

Miria Matembe has been one of the strong proponents for women’s rights in Uganda. In 1995, she was a member of the Constitutional Commission that created the Ugandan Constitution. She was the former chairperson of Action for Development, Uganda’s leading women’s advocacy organization, an organization she co-founded. For over two decades beginning in 1989 she was a member of Uganda’s parliament. She worked as Minister for Ethics and Integrity from 1998 to 2003, after which time she became a member of the Pan-African Parliament representing Uganda.

Matembe is now the chairperson of a Non-Government Organization Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) that advocates for free and fair elections and democracy in the country.

“I came to the political scene in 1986, I served as a village secretary, went to district level, I rose to parliamentary level and used to challenge fellow male Mps who used to intimidate me whenever I could raise my points at the floor of parliament. This gave me courage and empowered me,” Matembe said.

She added that what made her to stand strong was the help from God and her respecting characters.

“I am a God fearing person, that made me serve a lot in the political system. God provided support and he is still there for me and with his revelation I will stand as a president,” she added.

The CCEDU boss urged Ugandan women in the symposium to stand and contest at all political levels.

“All ladies are capable and can lead others, if given a chance, stand and contest. Politics is for all Ugandans despite of our gender status,” she said.

By Josephine Kauma

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