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    OPINION: Stay Away From Bad Politics And Influences – An Open Letter To My Brother Ojok Oulanyah…



    Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah was sworn in today before the State of the Nation Address. Inset is Mr. Faruk Kirunda

    I take this opportunity to congratulate you upon winning the Omoro County Parliamentary by-election. You emerged best from among several capable men.

    You won candidates who were older than you because the people of Omoro saw that you could best fit in your father’s shoes. Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah departed too early when he still had a lot of promise. He was popular, intelligent and loyal to his people and friends. You come as a “resurrected” version of him. Try to measure up as much as you can!

    The country was touched when your father passed on and he was mourned widely in Uganda. Now the people of Omoro have consoled you with their votes to complete the tasks he left. That can be intimidating and inviting at the same time; intimidating because Rt. Hon. Oulanyah was a more senior and experienced leader than you but inviting because nothing beats service to the people.

    It’s the height of leadership and service to humanity.

    Being a young man, know that you represent your peers in whatever you do. Behave well like you father who was God-fearing, patriotic and who never felt shy to ask for forgiveness whenever he felt he had made a mistake. He was true to himself and others, during night and day. I believe you knew him more than most of us did but that is how I personally regarded him.

    You should be an example to young people to learn from the best when they take up responsibility; put the country first! You should take time to learn and consult on the best parliamentary practices to make your mark. Don’t just stand to be seen but to speak wisdom and ideas! Pick inspiration from H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museven who was a great friend and icon to your late father. H.E Museveni welcomed your father to NRM and supported him in his quest to seek and become a top leader in the country. He also stood by him  during the time of his illness and remained a friend till the end. Even now, he remains a friend of the Okori family and, I am sure, will always be close to advise you whenever need arises.

    Remember the President’s words when he was campaigning for you; he reminded you that you’re the serving to complete the term of your father after which if you performed well, the people of Omoro would elect you in your own right as Andrew Ojok. Make sure that you check well the programme of your father and what he intended to do for his people and make sure you fulfill it. This will keep his legacy alive through you and make him proud in his eternal rest!

    The President, during your campaigns, taught the people of Omoro on how to emerge out of poverty, using different sizes of land for production and wealth creation. Omoro and Acholi at large are very fertile places. There is peace after the defeat of LRA; people have rejected sectarianism. The people now vote for developmental and transformational leadership. So, your joining national leadership at this time is not by coincidence but a calling to accomplish and participate in changing the lives of the people and taking Uganda to the next level.

    Being the newest Member of the Parliament (MP) means that people are looking at you with a keen eye to make a significant contribution in the eleventh parliament. Some are skeptics while others are wellwishers. Whoever they are,  you should hit the road running, as they say, so that you cement your name among the promising leaders of Uganda!

    Uganda is gifted with a significant young population. The problem is that many lack patriotism and the will to play a positive role in transformation. Please, mobilise those young people to be patriotic, to shun corruption and to stay away from bad politics and influences.

    As you take up your seat in the August House, remember those who abandoned you when you needed them most. Now that you have won, they will try to claim you and divert you from the interests of the people who voted you. Don’t be shy to reject them but also try to talk to them to change their political motivations.

    I urge you to join President Museveni in battling corruption, tribalism and extravagance. You are emerging on the national scene at a time the country is battling many challenges including the after effects of Covid-19 which have put “lockdown and curfew” on aspects of the national and global economy. Uganda is affected and prices of basic commodities are high. Ugandans are struggling to cope.

    Hon. Ojok, I urge you to aggressively promote the President’s campaign on Ugandans becoming producers rather consumers. Over reliance on imported goods whose prices we cannot control will be the death of Uganda if we are not careful and focused. Your constituency is known for producing soya beans and other agricultural “gold”. Encourage your people to produce more so that they have what to eat, some for the market and some to add value to and for processing.

    You come at a time Parish Development Model (PDM), the newest Government anti-poverty dose, is being rolled out. Make this programme work for Omoro so that your people can enjoy the benefits of electing you through Government economic programmes in addition to your own initiatives.

    I wish you the best in your service, my brother Andrew!


    Mr. Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary





    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …



    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…



    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…



    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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