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    NRM Is A Freedom Fighting Movement Trying So Hard To Become A Political Party – Prof PLO Lumumba…

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    Prof PLO Lumumba appearing on the NBS Frontline show

    Distinguished Kenyan lawyer, Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has stressed that it is about the right time the National Resistance Movement (NRM) headed by Yoweri Museveni took charge of the East African agenda to ensure that not just Uganda but the whole region moves in the right direction.

    Speaking on the NBS Frontline show, Lumumba stressed that the common problem of Africa is that countries around the continent are all poorly governed.

    “I believe that this is the time I would love to see a President Museveni looking towards East Africa integration,” Lumumba said adding that upto now, he only sees the NRM as a freedom fighting movement trying so hard to become a political party.

    “It is time that President Museveni takes on the East African agenda as the eldest in the region,” Lumumba emphasised.

    Referring to deceased Tanzanian leader, Lumumba noted that John Pombe Magufuli came and captured the hearts of Tanzanians and Africans of goodwill.

    He added that even after Magufuli’s death, he will still be remembered as an iconic Pan Africanist who showed the world that Africa can develop and it can be done with the very African natural and human resources.

    “If you have a leader with a vision, you will see change within a short time. The beauty of Magufuli is that he came from a political party with a tradition. I hope the next Tanzanian President may have a different approach but with the same vision and direction,” Lumumba stated.

    “The word democracy must be unpacked. Democracy is a buffet of ideas. I don’t expect that democracy in Uganda must be the same in Tanzania. Politics has become an enterprise. A typical Parliamentarian who didn’t have a house, car, or Rolex watch will have them within a year. This is why politics has become cutthroat where throats are actually cut,” he added.

    “We now have thieves. A friend of mine told me there is no corruption in Africa but theft and I agreed with him,” he added.

    To disagree with Lumumba, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo argued that all MPs who have ill-gotten wealth are the ones that buy their way to Parliament. “In this country, we have people who say they want to be a minister, and indeed by next year, they are. They instead chase their petty issues instead of doing the work,” the government spokesperson explained.

    Lumumba further stressed that any administration needs a responsible opposition to force results. Ha advised that It is up to the people of Uganda through their Constitution to create funds for the opposition.

    Lumumba added that the problem with many African countries is if you have an alternative idea, you are immediately mistaken for an enemy by the government. He labeled it “sad and political immaturity

    He noted that in many African countries, it is as if the opposition is dealing with a different country, and the ruling party is also dealing with a different party.

    The government spokesperson partly agreed Lumumba’s claims on mishandling the opposition, but added that they (opposition) concentrates more on perceived failures of the government in power instead of formulating alternative policies.

    “I admit the failure of the NRM to handle the opposition by arm twisting them. We have begun funding the opposition but they are a typical African opposition with bad manners, they mishandle the money. The opposition in Uganda has lost it for a long time,” Ofwono Opondo stated.

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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