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    OPINION: Museveni Should Re-engage “Mozambique Style” In His New Term Of Office –  Faruk Kirunda…



    Faruk Kirunda

    I take this opportunity to congratulate H.E President Yoweri Museveni upon acceding to a new term of office. As someone who is inspired by Museveni’s great works and legacy, I look forward to a much more successful tenure than before. There is hope for a secure future for all Ugandans to look forward.

    As Museveni embarks on the new term in office, I wish to advance the view that for him to score highly, he should revert to the “Mozambique model” of leadership. For the uninitiated, Mozambique is that Southern African country where, in the late 1960s, the revolutionary Museveni with fellow young compatriots went for induction in revolutionary politics and military training.

    It is from there that they gained high level perspectives on the problems of Africa and crafted their own interventions for Uganda. Those ideals were to come in handy when Idi Amin Dada grabbed power from Obote in 1971. It was as if the gods had already told Museveni that there would be a “vacuum” in Uganda soon and he should prepare to play a major role.

    And so when Amin found his way in power, Museveni (and others) determined that Uganda deserved better and took him on militarily although they did not score early success until, after years of systematically wearing out the regime, defeated him in 1979. Later there was the 1981-86 war which sealed the liberation struggles in Uganda.

    Now we are under a functional democracy where power changes periodically through elections. We have just been through an election and for me I consider it an opportunity to start on a new slate. In this fresh term, Museveni should revert to the revolutionary methods learnt during his sojourns in Mozambique on the way to staging the most glorious people- entered struggle that Africa had ever seen.

    Many had tried before and failed; others tried after and failed, including our own Joseph Kony and groups such as UNITA of Angola. Others succeeded by “borrowing” tips from the  FRONASA-NRA’s story. Museveni is the top most, if not only surviving, senior leader of the forces that defeated Amin. The rest such as Oyite Ojok, Tito Okello, Obote and senior commanders of the Tanzanian army who assisted the effort, are all no more.

    Therefore, it is him that has the best point of vantage on Ugandan affairs viewed from his basic revolutionary stand point. It is his job, before it is for anybody else, to apply that instinct and zeal to achieve the major mission of the time and that is providing leadership that is efficient and works for the common man. Museveni is the only politician I know who is elite and deeply intellectual but who understands and relates with the common person like he is one of them.

    Despite his high rank, he fits in with the lowest Ugandan with great ease, unlike those holding lower postings who behave as if they live on Mars and the rest of the people live on a wretched planet. I know that for the liberation wars to succeed, Museveni applied clarity of purpose and mission (Vision), clarity of command and control, and involvement of the people as the owners of the struggles. Ugandans have consistently supported Museveni in his quest to implement his revolutionary programme. They have done it again.

    However, that relationship is disrupted by negative forces exploiting the cover of democratic license to defeat the logic and rationale of leadership. These forces lack attachment and with the revolutionary struggles anchored in  Mozambique and can, therefore, barely understand where Uganda is and where it is headed.

    That is why it is my plea that Museveni dusts his notebook from Mozambique and act by its rules. It is the only way to extract real value from the new term. Decisive execution of policy ideas is the way to go.In so doing, it requires that NRM-the leadership and membership-reconsiders the “resistance” aspect contained in its name.

    They (we) should resist any tendencies that limit the fulfillment of the pact with Ugandans! We should resist inefficiency, resist corruption, resist unnecessary expenditure, resist delays in  decision making and service delivery and resist any attempts to roll back achievements registered through the sweat and blood of our compatriots.

    It is incredible that we have projects that take 20 to 30 years without being completed when almost all factors are in place. People think that government is nonexistent or has totally failed yet the problem at times is “too much government”-that is to say, government is so present that there exist so many layers of administration through which orders have to seep before they reach the last point of implementation, the great “virus” called bureaucracy which causes compound system failure.

    As the president hinted during the retreat with new MPs at Kyankwanzi, in the new term of office, he should bite. The Constitution empowers him to take extraordinary leverage for the good of the country. He should bite if biting is what is needed; he should whip if whipping is what it takes.

    Whoever will find himself or herself aggrieved should blame their own shortcomings for failing to read the times. Uganda of 2021-2026 and onwards cannot be the same as Uganda of 2021-2016 going backwards.

    Museveni has previously stated that he has no friends. Indeed, his friends should only be those who complement his efforts in transforming the lives of Ugandans. Extra baggage should be discarded. In choosing his cabinet, for instance, only performers should be identified. There shouldn’t be anything like loyalty or interest groups fronting their people for appointment. Appointees should be those well-versed with dockets where they are deployed.

     If they fail to impress, they, too, are discarded without much wait. There are many competent Ugandans to fill those positions who can fit in with the “Mozambique model”.

    The author is a Presidential Assistant in Charge of Media Management.



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



    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



    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



    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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