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OPINION: NRM CEC Resolution On Queuing Is Good For Transparency And Empowerment – M7’s Advisor On Political Affairs



President Museveni's Advisor Political Affairs Milly. B. Babalanda

On February 16, 2019, the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the political party leading Uganda, agreed to recommend to all party structures the adoption of voters lining up behind candidates as a mode of election in all internal party elections. The switch over from the secret ballot was adopted after reports that the NRM register had been infiltrated by non-party supporters. There were also fears that previous chaotic scenes witnessed in the highly competitive primaries are a result of the ease with which the party’s electoral officials got compromised.

Secret ballot had become a cover for clandestine acts of fraud and cheating, thereby compromising the standard of leadership and causing some members to lose trust in the party’s organizational abilities and commitment to democracy, albeit there being no guarantee of better methods in opposition parties.

And because NRM is always ahead of the pack, it is in a comfortable position to review its own processes which have a ripple effect on the general elections. CEC has acted earlier enough in relation to 2021 and within a reasonable timeframe since the last major Constitutional changes that took place five years ago. The previous changes were carried out to streamline administrative and electoral structures during which process the secretariat was overhauled. The primaries of 2015 were problematic but still better than those of 2010.

Fallouts from primaries tend to give rise to discontent, forcing some losers to go independent, which disadvantages NRM in its stronghold areas in favour of the opposition. Infighting becomes the order of the day as egos take over. The problem of clique formation has been thriving on unreliable secret balloting that is, moreover, costly. It is only in NRM where adult universal suffrage works and because of the surging numbers, logistical challenges always threaten to “tip the boat”. Candidates themselves experience difficulty meeting campaign costs like printing posters. Those who lose the elections cannot stomach a double loss will cry foul and stretch their luck as independents or defectors. With a “one person, one vote” model, there will be no such grounds. Underhand practices like voter bribery will not exist when everybody has to bear witness and true allegiance publically.

It is unimaginable that NRM would have failed to recommend and adopt such a revolutionary method after it rendered wonders during the grassroot Local Council elections last year. Despite skepticism and ill-will from sections of opposition, civil society, media and common rumormongers, the nationwide exercise by the Electoral Commission (E.C) was conducted in total dignity and tranquility.  There were no, or negligible, malpractices. Where they arose, they were resolved quickly and amicably. Society is more cohesive than ever before and the elected executives are now adding value to governance, all at a minimum cost.

While NRM won those elections, endorsing the method is less about gaining advantage than delivering a dependable election where Ugandans stand up for themselves as opposed to shielding behind mere pieces of paper. Why should a Ugandan fear to be seen exercising their right? Whose interests would they be serving? The lies from weak groups intended to discourage confidence among voters cannot work in an enlightened generation.

What C.E.C has done is to further empower members of NRM- to be bold, liberated and with a clear conscience about their belonging and political choices. There is a lot of intimidation from opposition groups especially “people power” and FDC, and others who are generally hateful.

NRM members do realize that they are the majority; we won the 2016 and previous elections at all levels; there is no need to be cowed or intimidated into silence by provocative and undisciplined minorities. Lining up will boost morale among members generally. Young people, with all their energy, will campaign for and vote party candidates having witnessed their emergence from a clean internal process. Losers will concede, support the winners; hug each other and both will walk home like friends. There will be colour, there will be singing, there will be dancing, there will be collective victory!   That is how elections should be!

NRM is blessed to have President Yoweri Museveni as its National Chairman because, honestly, which party wouldn’t wish to be led by him. Apart from being hard working, he possesses immense critical thinking and problem-solving skills that span all the significant subjects any one could think of. He is always on point, as they say. Most of the ideas NRM relies on to address internal problems have his thumb print, either at brainstorming level or endorsement. Such ideas continue to balance NRM’s boat as it sails towards becoming one of the most influential and organized parties in the world.


The author, Milly. B. Babalanda, is a Presidential Advisor Political Affairs and Personal Assistant to NRM National Chairman



Mafias Chased Us From Government, They Are Now Killing Themselves With Their Guns Over Money And Power – Mirundi…



President Museveni’s former press secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed that there are many signs showing that the mafias in president Museveni’s government are fighting each other over money and power.

“You know we intellectuals have information that mafias are fighting each other that is why dead bodies are now being thrown on the streets. Mafias here are very deadly and I’m telling you Uganda will end up like Somalia, they are going to kill themselves,” Mirundi, who was hosted on Pearl FM radio on Saturday said.

He noted that the mafias in Museveni’s government first fought and chased all the people who were loyal to Museveni under the guise of preventing them from stealing tax payers money. Mirundi said that by the time Museveni supporters like him, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago were kicked out, the mafias were working together.

Mirundi however said that their tormenters have now developed misunderstanding over money and power that’s why they are fighting each other.

The self-claimed media consultant and private investigator further revealed that the mafias in government have guns which they are using now to kill themselves, he gave an example of the gruesome murder of Joshua Nteyireho Ruhegyera and Mary Tumukunde who were gunned down on Entebbe express highway. Mirundi rubbished the arrests made by Uganda police and other security agencies over the current string of murders and kidnaps adding that the arrested suspects never committed these crimes.

By Jamil Lutakome


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I WANT HER TO VOMIT MY LAND: Mulago Hospital Doctor Drags Former Minister Maria Kiwanuka To Land Probe For Grabbing Her 9 Acres Of Land In Munyonyo…



L-R: Nabukeera and former minister Maria Kiwanuka

The troubles befalling former finance minister who is also the general manager of Radio one, Akaboozi kubiiri Maria Rhoda Nabasirye Kiwanuka keep pilling each day.

A senior Mulago hospital doctor has now dragged her to the commission of inquiry into land matters for grabbing their 9 acres of land in Munyonyo Kampala.  Rhone Irene Lubega Nabukeera testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that her father the late Solomon Lubega Byatike Matovu (60) bought 9 acres of land on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 from prince Alfred Kigaala, a son to fallen Buganda King, Sir Daudi Chwa in 1964.

“According to the agreement we found at the department of mapping and surveying in Entebbe, our father fully paid the money for the land and lodged a caveat on it to stop unscrupulous people from selling it again, unfortunately, he died before transferring the land into his names,” Nabukeera said.

She told the commission that as a family, they knew that their father left land in Munyonyo but they did not have the documentations until 2006 when a one Yusuf Mukasa, a friend to their late father brought to them the documents.

She said that they went to the registrar of land titles in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development to find out the status of their late father’s land. She narrated that at the ministry of lands, they were told that the ministry cannot locate their land because it was still in folios even though it was still caveated. They further advised them to consult Entebbe department of mapping and surveying.

She testified that at Entebbe, they carried out an investigation and found out that their land was subdivided was currently on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 and 433. Their findings further revealed that the land was registered in the names of Ambrose Wafumba in 1975.

Nabukeera with her lawyer before the commission

They further discovered that the land was transferred from Wafumba and registered in Alima investments Uganda limited which is owned by Maria Nabasirye Kiwana  Kiwanuka, Margate Kiwana, Nakato Mbekeka, Margate Ndibalekera and Janet Nkabidwa, the shareholders of Alima investments. She revealed that efforts to speak to the owners of Alima investments limited were futile and they decided to use legal means. However, every lawyer they approach for assistance abandoned them. Nabukeera revealed that they discovered that there was an invisible hand influencing lawyers to abandon them.

However, Nabukeera found a tough time when commissioner Dr. Rose Nakayi, a Makerere University law don tasked her to present evidence that the land in question was sold to her father.

Nakayi, basing on the documents before the commission told Nabukeera that the land was owned by King Daudi Chwa on behalf of Buganda so his son Kigaala had no powers to sell it.

In response, Nabukeera insisted that the land was given to Kigaala by Chwa so he owned the land in his personal capacity.  She further testified that even her late mother Dorothy Nasolo benefitted from that land as a daughter to king Chwa.

Former Buganda minister Robert Sebunya supported Nabukeera that the said land was owned by King Chwa in his personal capacity not a king. 

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission promised Nabukeera that very soon, Maria Kiwanuka and others will be summoned to explain how they got the contested land.

Maria Nabasirye Kiwanuka is still battling with her husband’s son Sebuliba Kiwanuka who dragged her to the high court civil division accusing her of fraudulently changing the administration of their father’s companies including Oscar industries limited. Sebuliba asked High Court judge Musa Sekana to issue an order to have his father Mohan Kiwanuka’s mental status examined claiming that her step mother Nabasirye is using him to sign strange documents giving her powers to administer his properties.

By Jamil Lutakome


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WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE: Kayihura In More Trouble, US Stops Him Or Any Of His Family Members From Stepping On US Soil Over Nalufenya Torture House…



The United States has issued an order stopping former Uganda Police Inspector General of Police Gen.Kale Kayihura from stepping on US soil.

A letter from the US secretary of State, states that the former police chief was involved in serious human rights abuse and corruption. 

“Specifically, the Department has credible information that Kayihura was involved in torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through command responsibility of the Flying Squad, a specialized unit of the Uganda Police Force that reported directly to Kayihura.  

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.  In addition to the public designation of Kale Kayihura, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Angela Umurisa Gabuka, his daughter, Tesi Uwibambe, and his son, Kale Rudahigwa,” the letter reads in part.

Kayihura was fired as Police chief by President Yoweri Museveni last year and has since faced several charges in the military court. He is currently out on bail.





Public Designation, Due to Gross Violations of Human Rights, of Kale Kayihura of Uganda

The Department is publicly designating Kale Kayihura, the former Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force and its commanding officer from 2005-2018, under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights.  Specifically, the Department has credible information that Kayihura was involved in torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through command responsibility of the Flying Squad, a specialized unit of the Uganda Police Force that reported directly to Kayihura.  The Treasury Department is concurrently designating Kayihura pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.  The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.  In addition to the public designation of Kale Kayihura, the Department is also publicly designating his spouse, Angela Umurisa Gabuka, his daughter, Tesi Uwibambe, and his son, Kale Rudahigwa.

In Executive Order 13818, the President declared a national emergency with respect to serious human rights abuses and corruption globally, which constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.  Through this E.O., the President has authorized the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of State to impose economic sanctions and visa restrictions, respectively, on persons determined, among other things, to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse or corruption.

These actions against Kale Kayihura underscore our concern with human rights violations and abuses in Uganda, as well as our support for accountability for those who engage in such violations and abuses.  We call on the Ugandan government to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly.


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