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

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    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.

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    Panic In UPDF As Furious M7 Gives Gen Okidi’s Team Two Weeks To Give Him Detailed Report On Why Army Helicopters Are Crashing…

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    One of the army helicopters that crashed recently

    A furious President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is the Commander-In-Chief has ordered Maj. Gen. Charles Okidi’s team to present to him a detailed report on why Uganda People’s Defense Forces(UPDF) helicopter crashed in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) and killed the country’s soldiers including a Ukrainian national who was the pilot.

    Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the incident explaining that as usual when such incidents happen, the president orders for investigations.

    According to Reuters, more than 22 UPDF soldiers have died in two separate helicopter crash incidents inside DRC where the country’s commandos are fighting the deadly Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists who have been frequently killing Ugandan and Congolese nationals.

    However, Gen. Kulayigye rubbished Reuters reporting on the number of UPDF soldiers who have died in the incident but confirmed that Yury Vyshykvy, the Ukrainian national who was the pilot of the Russian made Mi-17 died on spot and together with two Congolese nationals.

    Sources in UPDF have revealed that president Museveni has directed that the concerned persons should inform the deceased’s next of kin over the death of their people.

    Mi-17 crashed few minutes after delivering food and medicine consignment to the UPDF commandos who are fighting ADF terrorists in Eastern DRC and a number of causalities were rushed to Bombo Military hospital for further medical attention.

    Sources in UPDF disclosed that the president wants to establish why the forces’ newly acquired military helicopters are crashing.

    The DRC accident happened a day after another Mi-24 also crashed in Fort Portal.

    Fortunately, no person died in that particular accident.

    Sources noted that like other military helicopter accidents, Gen Okidi’s report will not be made public but will be given to the assigning officer.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    We Don’t Want A Country Where People Are Being Picked Up By Drones And No One Is Held Accountable – Muntu Warns On Rampant Broad Day Light Kidnaps…

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    Mugisha Muntu

    Former presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned on the rampant abductions that have taken lead in the country.

    Muntu statement was premised on the rising cases of gunmen picking civilians off the streets or their homes in drones.

    Muntu emphasized that they don’t want a country where people are being picked up by drones and no one is held accountable, and the government doesn’t speak out even when issues are raised.

    “What we see currently on the surface of things seems to be calmness, but beneath is a situation that we all need to focus on.”

    He explained, “We have two forms of fear. One is the fear that is deeply engraved in the minds of those people in power. They fear relinquishing power, and therefore, it drives them to do the things they do.

    “Unfortunately, in this country, we have never had a peaceful transition, which is abnormal, and therefore, we need to focus on where we are heading. It is not too late.”

    Muntu insisted that they need to use the platforms where they can speak and break the culture of impunity that keeps growing.

    “The principle of separation of powers in institutions is not working. Parliament is just a shadow of what Parliament is supposed to be. On the surface you might think that there is peace but below, the situation is worrisome,” he intimated.

    He added that sectarianism is a symptom of a larger problem.

    “If we want to have fairness, we have to ensure that whatever we practise, is rooted in these values of fairness, justice and equity, among others.”

    Muntu made the remarks at Golf Course hotel today during a Public Dialogue under the theme ‘Ending Secretarianism and Tribalism.’

    Today, a man in civilian attire accompanied by the three men wearing military fatigue and armed with assault rifles kidnapped Mr. Rafik Khan, a car dealer at Kireka C in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District at 5pm.

    Residents and Mr. Khan’s colleagues looked on helplessly as the armed men dragged the businessman into a waiting Toyota Probox car.

    This is on the heels of over 15 NUP supporters who have recently been arrested from various parts of the country by men moving in drones.

    Democratic Party president, Nobert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hailed Muntu for taking a strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands.

    He argued that as they discuss the framework for the truth and reconciliation process, they must agree on what truth and reconciliation are not.

    “I have to give credit to Gen. Mugisha Muntu because of his militant and strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands,” he adduced.

    He maintained, “Let me state what the truth and reconciliation process is not. It is not good to be confused about the aims of the truth and reconciliation process.

    “The truth and reconciliation process should not conduct a formal legal process and should not duplicate the work of criminal investigations, initiate court actions, among others, on matters already covered by other organs.”

    Mao noted that however, there are some trends that will lead them to conclude that colonialism played an important role in the false start that Uganda made as they headed towards independence and the years after, adding that he doesn’t believe that all the blame goes to the colonialists.

    “The North is seen as the “underprivileged backyard”. As Uganda went to independence, historical accidents disarmed the north of their fears that they had a position in an independent Uganda.”

    He propounded, ” Therefore, even a Munyankole that has made money is seen to have been corrupt. An Acholi who hasn’t killed anybody when they go to Luwero will be a suspect.

    “There was perceived dominance of the North, Baganda, and western Uganda. This was looked at as a problem that should be seen through sectarian lenses.”

    Mao therefore emphasized that a national truth and reconciliation process is the only thing that can salvage this country.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Fights In Bobi Wine’s NUP: KCCA Councillor Cited In Kyagulanyi, MP Kagabo Disturbing Leaked Audio Recording…

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    Hakim Kizza, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Secretary for engineering and technical services, who is also the Lubya Parish representative in Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s city council has cleared the air on the allegations that he has a hand in the leaked disturbing audio recording where embattled Bukoto South Member of Parliament Twaha Kagabo is revealing secrets about NUP party and his principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    In the leaked audio, Kagabo is heard confessing to a friend via phone that he is not in NUP because he loves the party so much but he is there because of the political wave.

    He added that many NUP legislators are not happy with Bobi Wine’s leadership style but they have nothing to do because he is popular.

    The recording was leaked a few days ago when Bobi Wine had just praised Kagabo for being a patriotic legislator and very loyal to the party after he accepted his mistake and returned the controversial Shs.40m bribe.

    It should be remembered that Bobi Wine ordered his party legislators to return the Shs.40m bribe which he alleged was given to MPs at the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among’s home in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb.

    Dr. Kagabo returned the money and accused speaker Among of giving it to him. Suprisingly, he later refuted his early statements against Among and apologised to her.

    Days after apologising and being forgiven by the Speaker, an audio leaked of him blasting Bobi Wine and NUP.

    Kagabo supporters now accuse councillor Kizza of playing on Kagabo’s intelligence and releasing the shocking audio of him blasting his party boss.

    Sources in Bukoto South told theGrapevine that Kizza had intentions to contest for the area parliamentary seat but he was frustrated by NUP leadership in Kamwokya who gave the party ticket to Kagabo.

    Sources added that when Kiiza decided to contest on an independent ticket, he was advised to try another time because it was going to be hard for him to defeat Kagabo who was already armed with a NUP ticket and money.

    He later accepted defeat and stood for KCCA councillor representing the people of Lubya Parish.

    Sources further narrated that Kagabo used a lot of money to get the NUP ticket after first battling for it with Dr. Abed Bwanika who was later forced to shift to Kimanya-Kabonera.

    Sources said that from then, Kiiza has been on ground, which he admitted when contacted.

    “I’m not new in that constituency, he found me there but he used money, but I remained with my people,” Kiiza said.

    He however denied allegations that he was behind the leaked audio recording.

    Kagabo and Kizza’s political fight is one of the many political fights in Bobi Wine’s NUP party.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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