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Panic In MP Kato Lubwama’s SOLIDA Camp, Bobi Wine’s People Power Finally Get Candidate To Oust Him

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L-R: Kato Lubwama, Bobi Wine and Mukasa

There is panic in the camp of incumbent Lubaga South Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Kato Lubwama after a number of SOLIDA members and area councilors fronted People Power diehard to oust him.

On Sunday evening, the Grapevine scribe landed on a group of Lubaga south councilors in a private political meeting at Javine hotel near Pope Paul hotel in Ndeeba, a suburb in Lubaga division, brainstorming on how to put him down.

The councilors in a meeting on Sunday

The Grapevine scribe established that the meeting was political after hearing voices of the members swearing that they are tired of Lubwama’s laziness in the August house. “We have to start looking for a formidable MP now otherwise we shall remain the same if we wait for Byamukama’s electoral Commission program,” one of the SOLIDA members was heard telling other friends in the meeting. One councilor we established as Hajjati Fuge, representing Busega parish in KCCA told friends that their constituency has lost out on many government programs due to lack of a vibrant MP.

She explained to her colleagues that they were expecting the construction and completion of the Nalukoloongo channel this political term of 2016-2021 but this has failed because of the area MP has failed to voice out their problems on the floor of parliament.

Mukasa with Mukono Legislator Betty Nambooze

Isaac, another councilor told colleagues that they are likely to lose their seats because voters are not happy, the voters blame the councilors for misleading them by recommending Lubwama. In the same meeting, one of the members whom we establish as Julius Katongole, a people power coordinate in Lubaga South revealed to his friends that as people power crusade, they are fronting a one Aloysious Mukasa to oust Lubwama from Lubaga South and they have already started drafting strategies to see that Lubaga South gets someone who will competently represent their interests.

Katongole told the over 30 councilors that what he wants from them is to join hands and liberate Lubaga South by supporting Bobi Wine’s diehard Mukasa.

“In the last general election, like other city constituencies, we voted leaders under the bandwagon effect without verifying them, someone of them told us to send them to parliament so that they can also eat. What do you really expect from such a leader?” Katongole said.  Katongole added that Mukasa, who they want to replace Lubwama, is a well-known businessman in the area who is not looking for a job like other leaders who won in the previous elections.

Mukasa chatting with some of the locals in Ndeeba

He added that as People Power Movement in Lubaga South, they are going to start moving from parish to parish endorsing candidates to stand on people power ticket, he warned councilors not to condemn him if the crusade drops them for not fulfilling the pledges they made in the previous term.

Katongole said that in July this year, the Lubaga South People Power wing is going to have a private political meeting with their national president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine, the Kyadondo East MP to discuss how they can politically take over Lubaga South from local level to parliamentary level.

Lubaga South is made of parishes of Najjanakumbi 1, Najjanakumbi 2, Nateete, Ndeeba, Busega, Kabowa, Mutundwe and Lubaga. Efforts to speak to MP Kato Lubwama were futile since he has been not picking our calls since Tuesday.

By Jamil Lutakome

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We Never Broke Any Law Because We Wrote To Police – FDC Speaks Out After Being Blocked From Holding Mbale Celebrations…

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party Deputy Spokesperson John Kikonyogo has wondered why Uganda Police stopped their celebrations yet they followed the law.

In a short interview with the Grapevine, Kikonyogo insisted that, “Police is now proving that it operates on Museveni’s orders but not on behalf of the ‘Bwanyinchiz’ (citizens).”

“We followed the law and wrote to police, we did not break any law, we urge our people to stay strong because the junta will have to eventually leave,” he said.

FDC party leaders attempted to hold a public rally in Mbale to celebrate their 15th anniversary but were blocked by police. Police said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola did not grant FDC permission to continue with their rally.

The leaders that were meant to address the rally include Hassan Birigwa (the FDC National Chairperson), Ms. Margaret Wokuri (the FDC Mbale chairperson), Mr. Jack Wamanga Wamai ( Mbale Municipality MP) among others.

However, the Elgon police spokesperson Mr. Robert Tukei, said that FDC celebrations were blocked because the IGP did not grant them permission to hold the rally. “They wrote to the IGP and attached a letter from the Deputy General Secretary notifying us that they were going to have a meeting today in Mpummude grounds, the IGP did not write back to them,” he said.

“There was also controversy over the venue, the Deputy Assistant Town Clerk of Northern Division had Okayed it but on Saturday the Town Clerk of Mbale Municipality wrote nullifying the offer, we couldn’t allow FDC to hold a meeting today,” he said. Mr Tukei noted that he had informed FDC officials to follow up their matter with the IGP before they are allowed to hold any rally at the grounds.

In Jinja, Besigye was arrested by Police and Army and taken to the notorious Nalufenya.
Police first fired teargas and bullets, to disperse the rowdy crowds and later called in the Army for reinforcement from Ghaddafi barracks.

By Josephine Kauma

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It Is Stupidity To Say That Bobi Wine Cannot Be President Because He Is Not A Military Man, Obote Commanded The Army But He Was Not A Military Man And They Respected Him – Matembe…

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Controversial former ethics and integrity minister Miria Matembe has warned that it is stupidity to say that Bobi Wine cannot be president because he does not command the military.

In an interview with Ono Bwino, a local Luganda investigative newspaper, Matembe attacked UPDF’s Sulaiman Serunjogi who came out during the ‘Afrika Kwetu’ trek and declared that as UPDF, they will not allow People Power strongman Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to be their Commander in Chief. Matembe reminded Serunjogi that the late Milton Obote commanded the army but he was not a military man but the military respected him. She noted that such stupidity has been brought by Museveni who militarized all the government institutions as a way of saving his seat.

Matembe also revealed that Museveni recalled his former Prime Minister from suspension which he had slapped on him. “Who told you that Museveni and Mbabazi separated, Mbabazi has been on suspension, now the big man has recalled him, he had to report,” Matembe said. 

To prove her argument, Matembe challenged us to show her any time we heard Mbabazi abusing Museveni like her and other collegues who left NRM, she said that, it’s a sign of respect.

She revealed that the Museveni/Mbabazi rift was a small separation after Museveni became furious with Mbabazi for declaring that he was going to challenge him in the internal NRM party primaries. He decided to fire him to save his presidential seat.

She told Ono Bwino that Mbabazi did exactly what Col. Kizza Besigye did in 2001 when he defied Museveni’s instructions of not standing against him.

Matembe said that it she is ok with Mbabazi working with Museveni because most of the politicians in the opposition are not working to liberate the country but are working to satisfy their stomachs.

She said that such greed is affecting their unity, that is why they are failing to even front one candidate to challenge Museveni.

Matembe said that these greedy opposition politicians are only thinking of protecting their current political offices instead of the country.

Matembe also blasted police spokesperson Fred Enanga for speaking nonsenses, “Really that man is stupid, how can he say that they have banned family meetings, so if he found me with my husband Mr. Matembe and family taking tea, they immediately arrest us!”

By Jamil Lutakome

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You Can’t Block Rebels From Attending National Conference – NRM’s Legal Director Warns Lumumba…

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National Resistance Movement Party (NRM) legal Director has warned Justice Kasule Lumumba the Secretary General of the party on blocking some party members from attending the National Conference.

In a letter dated 15th January 2020, Oscar John Kihika the NRM party legal director noted that the rebel legislators must attend the National Conference since there is no evidence showing that they were expelled from the party.

“As we are well aware, the 30 members of parliament were entitled to attend the upcoming National Conference by virtue of Article 11(2)(1) of the NRM constitution which lists them as members of the National Conference. To the best of my knowledge, these MPS have thus far not been dismissed from the NRM,” Kihika noted.

He advised the party secretariat to allow the rebel members to attend the National Conference because refusing them is illegal. On Tuesday, Lumumba told journalists at the party’s headquarters that they have already written to the police force informing them that the rebel legislators will not be allowed to attend their National Conference.

Kihika’s letter

She reasoned that they stopped them because they did not support the party’s decision in parliament to remove the age limit from the constitution.

She also said that the party has invited independent legislators who supported the lifting of age limit from the constitution because they showed them love in the time of need. The National Conference is expected to take place on 25th January 2020 at Namboole stadium.

By Jamil Lutakome

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