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    OPINION: Ugandan Opposition Is Full Of Misguided Emotional Leaders – DP President Mao Says, Reveals How Vital It Is To Meet Museveni In IPOD…

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    DP leader Norbert Mao

    The Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao is of the opinion that Ugandan opposition politicians are a bunch of ‘misguided emotional leaders.’

    Mao, who says that DP had scorpions, crocodiles and snakes hiding within the party before they were exposed, disclosed that some opposition politicians are so sentimental to be leaders.

    Mao stresses that the Ugandan opposition is divided by a common enemy. He believes that opposition parties are being led by individuals who ride on their emotions to reach vital decisions for the very many diverse people they lead.

    To defend his decision, Mao has reproduced details of the Press Conference that started the flurry of activities that lead to the 3rd IPOD Summit to be held this Friday.

    The release contains the call for an IPOD Summit, according to Mao on behalf of the DP.

    Here below is the full Press Statement by DP President Norbert Mao released on the 16th February, 2021;

    The purpose of this press conference is to announce definite and constructive measures to express our ideas, concerns and hopes. Specifically we shall focus on plans for rebuilding our party and saving Uganda from fragmentation due to misrule and parochial differences.

    After an election season filled with frustration and disappointment, we have a choice between wallowing in self-pity and bitterness or picking ourselves up and moving forward with dignity, grace and hope.

    To all our members, supporters and well-wishers, I say there’s no time for licking our wounds. We have to regroup without delay and continue the pursuit of the objectives for which the Democratic Party was set up in 1954.

    Those who watched our efforts from a distance have the luxury of making comments – some well-meaning, some painful and even outright malicious. But only our close friends, family and the true believers of the party know what we invested in the race and how much it cost us physically, emotionally and financially.

    We are very proud of all those who lifted high the banner of our party. We salute your courage. Some of our members succumbed to pressures of propaganda and hate speech from our opponents and ended up betraying the principles enshrined in our party constitution and to which they profess allegiance.

    When circumstances demanded that they lead, they degenerated into blind followers of populism. Instead of fighting and risking to lose with honour and dignity, they instead resorted to forging opportunistic alliances based on the selfish and flimsy excuses. Unfortunately for some, even their resort to opportunism did not save them from defeat. They still lost, only that their losses were full of indignity, shame and dishonor.

    For those of us who stood firm to the end and still lost, our loss did not come at the expense of our dignity and honour. The founders of our party are looking down upon us from the high heavens with great pride. We did not dishonor them. We did not betray the party they sacrificed so much to defend and protect.

    We congratulate those who against all odds were able to win. You swam with sharks and you prevailed over the crimson tide of hatemongering, intimidation and baseless prejudice.

    For those of our candidates who were incumbent office bearers, there must be disappointment. To you I say don’t let your disappointment degenerate into bitterness and paralysis. You sought another term and we backed you because we believe you were doing a great job and deserved reelection.

    We are not going to let our frustrations keep us down. We shall get up, appraise our weaknesses and strengths and act on our findings. We will not imitate the path of others with whom we have no shared values and goals.

    You can’t want to win and at the same time persist in doing the things that can only lead to failure.

    Things haven’t worked out to our expectations but we’ll keep going. We will not focus too much on what has happened but what is possible. We shall be adaptable and study different scenarios.

    We are very proud of the decision we made to field candidates at all levels – presidential, parliamentary and local government. We resisted the pressures to surrender our right to think for ourselves and make decisions based on our values, conscience and convictions. As the saying goes, ‘only dead fish flow with the tide’. DP is alive and as ever will never be afraid to swim against the tide. Like our heroic leaders who stood firmly against prejudice in the 1960s we appeal to history to absolve us and make our tormentors pay a high price for their short-sightedness and misguided ambition and sense of entitlement.

    Everything possible has been done to destroy me and DP. Malicious smear campaigns have been orchestrated by a cabal of tribal enemies of DP. Our structures have been infiltrated and subverted. Our leaders have been blackmailed and intimidated to betray the party and many succumbed.

    But it has failed to destroy me. It has failed to destroy the party. The party is still standing. I’m still standing. We’re still standing. There’s nothing more anyone can do. We’ve hit rock bottom. The only way for us now is up. We can’t sink any lower.

    Call me crazy but one day DP will lead this country. And that day is not far off because Uganda yearns for a government whose foundation is Truth and Justice and only DP can offer that kind of government.

    Many have sought to dismember and destroy DP in order to build monuments to themselves on its ruins but none have yet succeeded and none ever will.

    When the waters in DP were stirred with a turbulent strife, caused by provincialist agitators, many thought that it was just about DP and Norbert Mao. Those of us who believe that DP belongs to the whole of Uganda were in contention with those of our members who believe that DP belongs to a section of Uganda.

    With the benefit of hindsight, we now thank those who troubled the waters in DP. Calm waters can be deceptive. A lot of deadly creatures hide beneath the calm surface. When the waters are troubled you get to see the deadly creatures lurking in the water. With the waters stirred, we were able to see the scorpions, crocodiles and snakes hiding among the fish and turtles.

    If 2021 has done anything, it has been a reality check. We can no longer deceive ourselves or each other. A moment of truth stares us in the face. We have gone through an empty ritual and called it an election.

    On 16th January, 2021 I issued a statement on the elections held on 14th January. The outcome of the presidential elections is now facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court and as an Advocate I won’t say much today. It is our expectation that the Supreme Court will carry out a thorough inquiry as required by law to determine compliance with electoral laws.  But I will say this: It would be an insult to our constitution and all the electoral laws to say the 2021 elections were free and fair.

    In line with our commitment to rebuild our party, I wish to make the following announcements:

    We shall focus on rejuvenating the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD). Almost 80 percent of Uganda’s population is below the age of 30. This majority is politically silenced, discouraged and marginalized due to pervasive commercialization of politics, nepotism coupled with tribal and cultural prejudice. The youth have been relegated to the role of disposable pawns and sit at the periphery of our political and electoral processes.

    We shall evaluate and appreciate youth contributions towards achieving a better Uganda for all now and in the future. We shall also promote critical thinking on how to include young people in active and meaningful politics. 2021 has made it clear that if you don’t allow young people the space to express themselves within the law, they will find a way to express themselves outside the law.

    We shall focus on the DP Women’s League

    We shall focus on training our leaders and members. Training is the best answer to meal card politics.

    We shall carry out a post-election assessment, put a mirror before our eyes and see ourselves the way we really are and focus on building a better party of true believers.

    We shall carry out an inspection of all our branches to determine their functionality after many of them were cannibalized by enemies of DP

    We shall compile a new membership register as a basis of rebuilding then party structures nationwide

    In terms of our constitutional framework these proposals and ideas will be thoroughly discussed at a party Management Committee meeting this week followed by a session of the National Executive Committee.

    Eventually the National Council will consider the recommendations from these organs and convene a National Policy Conference to facilitate further consultations.

    We shall evaluate and overhaul the administration of the party

    Finally, as DP we are extremely concerned with the reported cases of abductions, kidnaps, unlawful arrests, illegal detentions, torture and disappearances targeting opposition activists. These illegal activities are being blamed on the security organs of the Uganda government.

    To date, scores of opposition activists are in detention and face charges before the court martial which continues to deny them bail without any lawful excuse. As a party committed to non-violence, rule of law and constitutionalism, we condemn these illegal acts of state terrorism in the strongest terms.

    But we will not stop at condemnation. We believe that this is the time that the political parties have to take steps to end these troubling activities that flagrantly violate the rights of citizens.

    We call upon President Yoweri Museveni who is the current the Chairman of the Summit of the Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) to convene an Extraordinary Summit to discuss the reports of unlawful arrests, illegal detentions, malicious prosecutions, disappearances, kidnaps and torture.

    We believe that a frank discussion by responsible representatives of IPOD member party together with other non-member political parties that may be invited as observers will allow for a proper diagnosis of the problem and information sharing that will lead to solutions.

    I have consulted the leaders of three of the IPOD member parties namely; JEEMA, UPC and FDC and they agree that a high level meeting under the aegis of IPOD can be an important forum for dealing with mutual suspicions and ensuring that the armed forces adhere to the rule of law. This approach is definitely better than trading accusations and grandstanding in the media.

     

    Norbert Mao is a Ugandan politician and lawyer. He has been president of the Democratic Party (DP) since 2010, and he served as the Local Council 5 chairman for Gulu District.

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    Who Is Milly Babalanda? From Humble Village Girl To Minister, New Minister For Presidency Narrates Her Journey….

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    Hon. Milly Babalanda with President Museveni recently

    President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday evening named a new cabinet in which he appointed Mrs. Babirye Milly Babalanda as Minister for the Presidency.
    The appointment came as a miracle although not a surprise for the “humble village girl” from Kamuli.

    Our reporter caught up with Babalanda to speak about her new appointment

    Q: Congratulations upon landing this appointment!
    Babalanda: Thank you! I thank God, and His Excellency the President for this trust in
    me.

    Q: What is your background?
    Babalanda: I was born on 5th December 1970 to Mr. Sosani Magunda and the late Namuwaya Ruth of Nalinaibi Village, Nawantumbi Parish, Nawanyago Sub-County, Buzaaya County in Kamuli District. I am married to Pastor Samuel Babalanda of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I have two biological children.

    Q. How did you feel after receiving the news of your appointment?
    Babalanda: As a loyal, dependable, reliable and tested cadre who is a believer in God, this did not come as a surprise.

    Q. What do you mean by being a tested cadre?
    Babalanda: This is based on my background. I started off as a humble village girl from a very poor family in Nalinaibi in Kamuli district. My parents could not afford to pay for my education. Instead, I gambled my way out at all levels.
    This miserable background drew me to knowing and trusting God and to depend on Him for everything.

    I sat for my Primary Seven in 1985. I sat for my Senior Four in 1989 at Busoga High School in Kamuli where I did not perform well due to a difficult life.
    I became a village political mobilizer, gaining popularity amongst the villagemates who included the late Alhaji Kirunda Kivejinja and the Rt. Honorable Rebecca Kadaga. These two hail from my sub-county.
    I used to admire them to the extent of gaining their confidence and friendship. This interaction gave me a lot of hope and it was out of my determination that I secured an opportunity to attend a cadre-ship course at Kyankwanzi. I am cadre 31. Some of the products I was with in this training have served in positions as Ministers and RDCs. I did not get chance of deployment at this time. Instead, I remained in the village to change the mindsets of the communities.
    Overall, the Kyankwanzi cadreship training changed my life. Indeed, the engagement with Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga and the late Rt Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja was very productive for my political career.

    Q. How did you meet with the President? He has always praised you in public.
    Babalanda: I met the President in December 2010 in Jinja when I was a mobilizer in Kamuli. He picked interest in me basing on the submissions I made on matters of poverty alleviation in Busoga sub-region. He made a commitment to fund my initiatives.
    After the 2011 general elections, I received a telephone call from His Excellency appreciating my submission on poverty alleviation and also asking me if I could work with him in addressing the issue of chronic poverty in Busoga. I looked at this as a turning point in my life.
    We agreed to form Busoga Rural Development Agency – BRUDA which he funded. It was my first time to manage a big budget. I remember some individuals advising me to divert the money to other causes other than the issue at hand. They indeed tried to persuade me citing my impoverished background. I fervently prayed about this for three days and the Lord gave me Romans 10:11 which talks about the power of faith and belief in Him. I
    chose to be patient and focused.
    Around 2014, he appointed me as Deputy RDC Busia. Later in 2015, he deployed as the Assistant Head of the NRM National Chairman’s office at Mbuya, headed by Hon. Molly Kamukama Nawe. Later, after the 2016 elections he appointed me as Senior Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs and head of the NRM National Chairman’s office assisted by Mr. Kirunda Faruk. This is the office where I served until my appointment as Minister in Charge of the Presidency.

    Q. Why do you think the President chose you for appointment as Minister in Charge of the Presidency?
    Babalanda: I think the appointment was based on my character, method of work, loyalty and to assist him in implementation of the NRM manifesto.
    As you know, I have been heading his official political office. I have been key in taking record of his pledges, implementing programs, assessing manifesto implementation and coordinating his political activities. This has given me very good experience and as a member of the national task force, I think it was a good choice by the President to appoint a person who understands his political agenda at this critical time when we are talking of securing the future.

    Q. Is this office not too big for you?
    Babalanda: In the Book of John, Chapter 6:29 talks of our cardinal role as believers – to believe in the one He sent – and to leave everything else to Him. It reminds us that leaders are ordained by God.
    Leadership is all about sacrifice, understanding the interests of the appointing authority, understanding your roles and limits and respecting the team members. You don’t need to be a PHD holder to deliver. This is a political posting which takes passion and deep understanding of the mission at hand.
    My Ministry is quite diverse covering areas such as the Vice President’s Office, Security, Economic Monitoring, Patriotism, Anti-Corruption, Manifesto Implementation, Science and Technology, Uganda AIDS Commission, KCCA, RDC Secretariat and Presidential advisors.
    As a senior Presidential Advisor on Political Matters and Head of NRM National Chairman’s Office who has been working under direct supervision of the principal, I have gained enough exposure due to working closely with majority of the heads of government agencies. The only difference now is that I shall be their supervisor, if all goes well in the appointments committee.

    Q. What challenges do you anticipate in your new role?

    Babalanda: Being a cadre, I anticipate many expectations from our mobilizers.
    Secondly, ensuring that our Manifesto is implemented as planned and within the expected time frame is likely to be a challenge especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The fight against graft is an ongoing but quite challenging endeavor. Also, addressing the intelligence gaps in our security systems and the challenge of some sleepy RDCs.
    If all goes well, I will share my detailed work plan in tackling the above challenges.

    Q. When was your best moment in life?
    Babalanda: I can say that this was the time when His Excellency the President offered me parental advice to return to school to complete my education on 8th May 2016 at Rwakitura. Returning to class as an adult was not easy given my other pressing responsibilities. The day I presented my A’ level certificate with 13 points for admission to Bugema University completely washed away my sorrows and depression.

    Q. What comments do you have on the new cabinet where you are a member pending Parliamentary approval?
    Babalanda: I call upon my colleagues to understand the NRM priorities in our mission to secure the future. Our impact will be felt by our sacrifices and contributions. This is not a reward but a call for duty as servants of the people. The culture of in-fighting and cliques should end forthwith to promote teamwork. This is not a tournament but a service.
    It will be very sad if we fail our principal and the party leadership who sacrificed day and night to come up with a good Manifesto which gave us victory in the general elections.

    Q. Who is your role model?
    Babalanda: This is a challenging question to me. However, I admired the work methods of my supervisors at State House when I was a Senior Presidential Advisor. Madame Lucy Nakyobe and Gen. Nalweyiso Proscovia have had a great impression on me. Both ladies are scandal-
    free, practical, uncompromising and result- oriented. They are frank in their dealings with people. I enjoyed working with them and I hope to pick a leaf from their methods of work to guide my next step of service.

    Q. What is last message to the public?
    Babalanda: This commitment will be made after going through the appointments committee of parliament. Nonetheless, I promise to maintain my method of work, which is accommodative and principled.

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    Lawyer Mabirizi Parades 10 Witnesses To Pin Justice Sekaana Over Incompetence: Why Lord Mayor Lukwago, Journalists Top List…

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    Controversial City lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka has paraded ten witnesses to pin the head of the High Court Civil Division Justice Musa Sekaana over incompetence, misconduct and misbehaviour.

    Mabirizi dragged Justice Sekaana to the Judicial Service Commission accusing him of unfair treatment when he threw him out of court and even warned to cause his arrest blaming him for submitting rubbish that he is a biased Judge.

    This was after Mabirizi asked Sekaana to recuse himself from his case where he wanted Court to declare that Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama is illegally holding the office of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC).

    Mabirizi further claims that Byabakama declined to resign from the judiciary as a Judge of the Court of Appeal.

    Mabirizi insists that Justice Sekaana was incompetent when he declined to excuse himself from the case after admitting that he was still an Advocate, and has represented the Electoral Commission in several cases.

    Mabirizi said that this alone shows that Sekaana is biased and cannot deliver justice in a case against a former client.

    Sources at the Judicial Service Commission told theGrapevine that among the witnesses paraded by Mabirizi include Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago and a number of journalists who once covered proceedings where Sekaana represented EC.

    “He mentioned a number of people to support his case but much emphasis was put on the Lord Mayor because he was present in Court and he was on his side,” a source added.
    Mabirizi also protested and withdrew his suit where he was seeking a court order restraining the process of recruiting new judicial officers by Justice Benjamin Kabiito’s Judicial Service Commission until his main case challenging the process was determined.

    On February 1, 2021, the Judicial Service Commission issued an external advert in which it sought to fill positions at the Supreme court, justices of Appeal, High court judges, deputy registrars, assistant registrars, chief magistrates and Grade One magistrates, a process Mabirizi wanted to be declared illegal.

    Last week, High Court Judge Emmanuel Baguma declined to hear Mabirizi’s case and refered the matter to the deputy registrar to be allocated to another judge. Justice Baguma stated that he observed that a similar case was recently filed twice by Mabirizi on different occasions and also withdrawn twice in May 2021 after being allocated to Sekaana, who heads the civil division.

    He added he did not see any reason for withdrawing those cases and there were no minutes to show why the matters were withdrawn. He advised that the said file be given back to Justice Sekaana to avoid duplication which Mabirizi protested and withdrew his matter.

    Mabirizi told this website that he will never appear before Sekaana again.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How Does Rebecca Kadaga Be Answerable To Nabbanja? Mixed Reactions Over PM Nabbanja Appointment…

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    Hon. Robinah Nabbanja and Lord Mayor Lukwago

    The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has expressed dissatisfaction over the appointment of Robinah Nabbanja as the leader of government business.

    In the new cabinent list released yesterday evening, President Museveni appointed former state minister of Health for general duties, Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, Prime Minister, a move that has attracted both backlash and praise from a section of Ugandans.

    “With all due respect, you cannot choose Hon. Robinah Nabbanja to lead government business, that is rewarding mediocrity. How does Rebecca Kadaga(1st Deputy Prime minister) be answerable to Nabbanja?” Lukwago said.

    However, former Aruu County legislator Odonga Otto praised the appointment of the woman from Kakumiro saying the President made the right move.

    “Make no mistake, the choice of Hon. Nabbanja as Premier is no joke. Acting more often as a semi literate village belle, Hon. Nabbanja is a woman of action she will even remove food from a minister’s mouth if one is eating during work hours. Finally the ministers have got a watchwoman,”Otto tweeted.

    A one Deborah Haboya said, “Atleast not Nabbanja, there are much more smarter and intelligent women if at all Museveni wanted to please women.”

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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