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    Not Every Error Requires Legal Punitive Action; UPDF Spokesperson Defends First Son Muhoozi…

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    First Son Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba and UPDF spokesperson Brog. Felix Kulayigye

    Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Spokesperson, Brig. Felix Kulayigye has insisted that not every error requires legal punitive action.

    Brig. Kulayigye’s statements follow First son and former Commander Land Forces Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s uncontrolled tweets which angered Uganda’s neighbours in the East.

    In an interview on NTV’s on the spot, Kulayigye noted that one thing he has learned about Uganda’s middle class is that they are quick to compare things even when the ingredients of the issues at play are different.

    He added that when Gen. Tumukunde came out of jail and out of court, he was promoted two ranks from Brigadier to General but no one talked about it.

    Brig. Kulayigye insisted, “Not every error requires legal punitive action. You can use legal methods or administrative methods.

    “Already administrative actions have been taken. You are entitled to your judgement but like Jesus said let whoever has not erred be the first (to cast a stone).”

    Yusuf Serunkuma, a scholar who was part of the discussion also revealed that Muhoozi’s readers, those who read his tweets are too serious yet he was trying to be humorous which is a dilemma.

    “I think Muhoozi was trying to be funny. He could be a terrible comedian.”

    He added, “I think Muhoozi suffers another handicap-his failure to distinguish between him as an individual and the office he handles.”

    Brig. Kulayigye however assured him that for them in the UPDF, they did not take the tweets seriously.

    He divulged, “No general has the power to declare war on another country. It is the president and parliament. Gen Muhoozi knows it.

    “There are only three people whose statements commit the institution: the commander-in-chief, the Chief of Defence Forces and the Spokesperson. Our statements make or break.”

    Kulayigye further assured Serunkuma that if those tweets had been on his (Kulayigye) Twitter handle, tanks would have rolled on the border.

    Serunkuma however disagreed with Kulayigye insisting that this is Museveni’s son and he is being treated differently.

    “You can joke about so many things but with the nature of the jokes he has been tweeting for a long time, it should be criminal in that position to joke like that.”

    He adduced, “Muhoozi must have known this was coming. So, he then goes on rampage in the sense that he attempts to lighten the way events are going to happen by taking us on a rollercoaster of supposedly humorous jokes.”

    Kulayigye assured Serunkuma that UPDF is strong because even when a General errors, they have a mechanism within to deal with these issues.

    “Diplomatically, what Gen. Muhoozi did was an issue but in the military when you attack the Commander in Chief in uniform it is the worst, it is sacrilege.”

    Serunkuma insisted, “I want us to sympathise with Mr. Museveni for dealing with a stubborn son. You cannot be as punitive and lethal against your own son as a father.”

    “Gen Muhoozi’s crime is being the son of the President.”

    Brig. Kulayigye added, “Gen. Muhoozi introduced and trained the paratroopers in this country. He built the presidential guard brigade into the Special Forces Command we have today. Do you want to remove that contribution from him?”

    Serunkuma, laughed at Kulaigye for trying to argue for the presence of order (in the army) even if the public does not see this order.

    He suggested, “What we saw two days ago is someone can be taken from a position and rewarded at the same time.

    “I think Dad and son are hooked on the idea that you have to have control of the military to take over and became president.

    “Muhoozi stands a chance if he held a coup against his dad. I think the chances of doing so are becoming slimmer because he lost the largest wing of the UPDF so he is not likely to retire soon.

    “The public perception we have is that Muhoozi is daddy’s boy so he has to be able to shade off this perception. I think even in the military they do not see him as a man who can stand on his feet. That is Muhoozi’s major dilemma.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

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    Maj. Gen. Takirwa Appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces…

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    Major General Francis Takirwa has been appointed as Deputy Commander Land Forces.

    President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) also promoted and appointed General Officers.

    Maj. Gen. Takirwa will deputize Maj. Gen. Muhanga Kayanja who was also appointed as Commander Land Forces (CLF) in October, 2022.

    He also appointed Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba as Acting Chief of Staff Land Force.

    Maj. Gen. Bakasumba has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF.

    Museveni has also promoted Brig. Gen. Bob P. Ogiki to Maj. Gen and appointed him 2nd Division Commander.

    Deputy Defence spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki congratulated the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotion and appointments.

     

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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