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

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    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

    Contact: faruk.kirunda@statehouse.go.ug

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    How I Saved Gen Saleh From Being Punched By Dr. Kiggundu Over Greenland Bank Closure And Why M7 Banned Mambo Bado – Veteran Radio Talk show Host Nsereko Narrates …

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    Radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko. Inset is Gen. Saleh (top L) and President Museveni (bottom L)

    Veteran radio talk show host Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba has narrated how he saved now Operation Wealth Creation boss Gen. Salim Saleh from being punched by the late Dr. Suleiman Kiggundu over the Greenland bank closure.

    The CBS FM Radio presenter disclosed that, “For the last 26 years which I have spent here moderating political talk shows, I have seen a lot of things that have surprised me, but I will never forget the two talk shows which put me in tension. One was when I hosted late Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Salim Saleh over the closure of Greenland bank, and another is when I hosted President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Mambo Bado.”

    He revealed that in the early 2000s, the closure of Greenland bank was a very big topic of discussion since many business people both big and small were customers to the bank.

    Nsereko re-counted that as words filled with bitterness and anger were being exchanged between Dr. Kiggundu and Gen. Saleh’s camps, he was forced with approval from the producers of ‘Kkiriza oba ggana’ talk show to invite both Saleh and Kiggundu to a debate live on radio to explain their issues.

    Nsereko related that Gen. Saleh was the first to arrive at Bulange Mengo, the headquarters of CBS radio. A few minutes to 7pm, Dr. Kiggundu also arrived. But when he looked at Gen. Saleh he quickly lost his temper and started throwing strong abusive words at him.

    “Kigundu told me, Nsereko, I cannot sit in the same room with that man who has double standards, let me go. The man was very bitter and I understood his bitterness but to calm him down, I greeted him in Islam. I said, Dr. Salaam-Alaikum, let us enter the studio, he accepted and we entered the studio. We found Gen. Saleh already seated inside,” he said.

    He narrated that when Dr. Kiggundu looked at Saleh he lost his temper again and tried to punch him.

    “He grabbed him but I pleaded with him not to fight. When the talk show started, Dr. Kiggundu accused Gen. Saleh of betraying his loyalty because he supported them in the bush and even when they had just captured power, he kept on financially supporting them but it’s a pity that they paid him by taking his bank,” Nsereko divulged.

    Nsereko said that Dr. Kiggundu also accused Gen. Saleh of being bad hearted especially towards Baganda and that’s why he spearheaded the move to impoverish him and fraudulently took his bank.

    Nsereko said that in his defense, Gen. Saleh denied all the allegations insisting that it was Bank of Uganda that sold Greenland bank not him.

    Nsereko asserted that the second show that put him on tension was during the 2006 election.

    He narrated that because Besigye was breathing down President Museveni’s neck, towards the 2006 presidential elections, Museveni decided to appear on CBS’s Mambo Bado political talk show.

    By then, Mambo Bado was the hottest and most listened to political talk show in the country.

    Museveni complained that the show was full of opposition supporters who use the platform to abuse him. However, CBS radio management told him that they are not against him but his people don’t want to appear on talk shows to counteract opposition’s allegations.

    “President Museveni told me, ‘You have been telling me that my people fear these opposition people, now I have come to talk for myself’,” Nsereko quoted Museveni’s opening remarks.

    He said that after Museveni’s long submissions, he invited other people to counter his submissions and among them was a one Nakunda Muwanga who told the president that he is a dictator who is competing for president after tying the hands and legs of those competing against him.

    Nsereko narrated that Museveni was very bitter with Muwanga’s submission and a few days later, Mambo Bado talk show was banned by the Uganda Communication Commission.

    He added that Dr. Kizza Besigye, Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde, Gen. David Sejusa are the other prominent people who put him in a difficult position behind the microphone.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    CID Arrests 24: How They Robed Investors, Financed ADF Terrorism Activities In DRC And Uganda…

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    Some of the suspects

    Uganda Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has disclosed that the Directorate of Crime Intelligence (CID) has arrested 24 suspects who form part of a criminal network, involved in the financing of ADF terrorism activities, in the DRC and in Uganda.

    In a statement released today, Enanga said that, “those arrested are Kyeyune Isma alias Ismail alias Beckam alias Buguman alias Musilamu alias Mohammad a 30 year old, boda-boda rider and a resident of Bulaga- Nakabugo and Kinamundu villages in Wakiso District, who was recruited in the ADF ranks in 2021, by Adam Matovu alias Manhajji alias Musa Muko from Kalerwe.

    “The task team also arrested Musa Mubiru alias Musilamu alias Professor alias Sheikh alias Nathan; Kiiza Patrick alias Pato; Kinene Hamis alias Mis and Wadimba Jackson alias Sejusa. Together with others, they paid allegiance to the ADF and admitted to conspiring with others, to stage robberies of aggravated nature. The proceeds were being used to finance ADF activities (including recruitment of future terrorist fighter), and also cover welfare costs of families of ADF fighters.”

    He added that the two suspects were trained in combat and martial art skills from Kawempe- Ttula, together with Ajode, Musa Kabanda alias Musomesa and Mwebe, who were arrested recently from the ADF hub in Luwero.

    “During the disruptive operations, two notorious gang leaders, were fatally wounded, one while resisting arrest and the other during a foiled robbery. One of them was identified as; Tomusange Farouk alias Otto alias Juma Otti alias Ssebaduka Ramadhan alias Abdulaziz Nsubuga.

    “His gang participated in the robbery of Ugx 300m, from Mohammad Ahmed, a Somali businessman at Equatorial Hotel on 25.05.2020, they robbed Her Worship Gladys Kamasanyu at Green Hill Academy on 17.07.2021; robbed Ugx 400m from Lee Yin Tang, a Chinese Businessman along Nkurumah road, robbed JUWAN LAL, an Indian businessman on the 24.07.2022, along Mawanda road; on the 9.02.2021, they robbed 100.000 Euros from Kushamohan Konnakutty, an Indian businessman at the Jinja Road Traffic junction, among others,” he added.

    “The second gang leader, identified as Mugalu Ibra alias Nakwero, was shot dead during a foiled robbery at Old Kampala in Mengo on the 2.06.2022. The former convict was involved in the robbery of Ugx 150m and two mobile phones from Gitawu Abdallah, a Kenyan businessman along Apollo Kaggwa road; robbed USD 4500 and Ugx 20m, from KE QIU FANG MA LEE, a Chinese businessman; also robbed 3 separate South Sudanese business persons at Kawaala (USD 80.000); Bakuli Mengo (USD 30.000); Kasubi – Namungoona (USD 10.000).”

    Enanga divulged that the criminal gang network conducted effective surveillance against foreign businessmen transporting cash, whom they attacked at suitable get-away points.

    “They further utilized various methods of secret communication to conceal their criminal activities. Several exhibits of motorcycles, mobile phones and documents were recovered,” Enanga said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    EC’s Justice Byabakama Accused Of Meeting Bobi Wine’s NUP Leaders At Night…

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    NUP leader Bobi Wine (R) and EC boss Byabakama (L)

    Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) has been accused of meeting Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine’s top National Unity Platform (NUP) Leadership at night.

    Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo disclosed that EC should be investigated over allegation that on Tuesday this week, Byabakama met a team from Kamwokya led by David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary General.

    Ofwono added that EC’s behaviour in the ongoing fight between Bobi Wine’s Kamwokya based NUP and Moses Nkonge Kibalama’s Lubaga base over the ownership of the party is questionable and should be probed.

    He wondered why EC bosses were very fast to respond to Kibalama’s letter written to them over the new changes in the leadership of their party when it takes them years to respond to other political parties’ letters.

    Opondo was emphasising allegations made by Gideon Tugume, the Kibalama faction secretary for information on NBS tv’s frontline talkshow.

    Tugume claimed that they have enough evidence that before EC responded to their letter, they first met Rubongoya’s team at night.

    “The Electoral Commission acted on forgeries; we know the things that happened before that letter was released.

    “The good thing cameras are installed at EC, we challenge them to retrieve the footage captured on Tuesday night to dispel rumours that Rubongoya was not at their offices. What did they discuss at night?” Tugume challenged Justice Byabakama.

    He further challenged Justice Byabakama to make NUP’s constitution public like they do to other parties’ constitutions instead of hiding it.

    In defence of Bobi Wine’s NUP faction, Busiro East Member of Parliament, Medard Lubega Ssegona rubbished Tugume’s allegations and branded him a state mercenary.

    He explained that the only route Kibalama can use to take over NUP leadership is through a petition in Court which he vowed to challenge as a lawyer with the help of other party legal brains.

    On Wednesday, EC disowned Kibalama’s NUP faction insisting that Bobi Wine’s faction is the one that is legally recognised.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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