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    People Must Reclaim Their Power By Action; Besigye, Bobi Wine, FDC And Other Leaders In Opposition Sign Joint Statement On Finding Alternatives To Dislodge Museveni…

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    Besigye (2nd L) and Bobi Wine (R) addressing the press together with other opposition members

    Opposition leaders from different opposition parties led by; National Unity Platform (NUP), Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) and JEEMA have signed a joint opposition statement about the alleged election malpractice in the country.

    During a joint opposition press conference at Hotel Africana today, Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, who was the first speaker, started by analysing the Soroti by-elections where he noted that what they witnessed in Soroti is despicable.

    “On the eve of elections, over 100 leaders who had been deployed to man the electoral process were arrested and detained,” he said adding that some were detained as far as Dokolo and Bukedea district, including the party President.

    Lukwago added that various polling stations were raided in Soroti; there was open bribery, agents were picked and returned after the conclusion of the voting exercise only to sign the declaration forms.

    He contended, “At some polling stations, the residue material was pre-ticked in favour of Herbert Edmund Ariko.

    “The criminality that was committed in Soroti East was done before cameras. There was no shame at all on the part of the regime to orchestrate this broad day thuggery.

    “We reject the results of the Soroti East by-election, and it doesn’t reflect the will of the people.

    “It does not in any way meet the standards of the Constitution, and as we said earlier on, it is a mockery of democracy.”

    He further noted that going forward, they insist that the provisions of Article 3 give them a clear way forward on what they should be doing.

    “We state that what happened in Soroti is treasonable.”

    Speaking at the conference, four-time candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye agreed with colleagues noting that Uganda is in the middle of one of the worst social-economic crisis and almost every person, save for those whom they united to work against, is in a crisis of survival.

    He added, “As people are starving, nearly UGX 2 billion has been appropriated to be spent on one family of Mr. Museveni.

    “The struggle that the country must undertake is to regain power and influence. To shift power from those who captured it to those who don’t have it.

    “Elections will not shift power from those who captured it with guns to the people of Uganda.”

    Besigye disclosed that all the things that were done in the Kayunga, Omoro, and Soroti East by- elections were illegal and it is not that there is a bad Constitution or bad laws, it is that there is impunity.

    “Those with power override whatever law is there. They do what they want.”

    Besigye roared that the way to get back their power is to unite all of them and the population to be rallied together.

    He maintained, “Once that happens, I’m very excited that I can see it now beginning to happen.

    “Even if we said that let all of us do this, this regime has no capacity to stop it.

    “The people must reclaim their power by action.”

     

    Besigye also noted that he is very excited with the unity because they are witnessing all true patriots.

    NUP president, Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine also roared that they cannot pretend not to see that Museveni organizes elections, but in real sense, organizes a fight where he is over-equipped, and they (opposition) are zero equipped.

    He noted, “I want to send messages to three types of people. First, my fellow leaders from different political parties and formations.

    “I think the time has come to change our message and be more realistic to the electorate.

    “We go into the elections promising change, even when we know that when one becomes an MP, under the Museveni regime, apart from agitating, we can change very little.

    “It is my considered view that our message is more of a revolutionary message.”

    Bobi Wine stated that he thinks the election should be more for sensitization than for winning.

    “In any case, we know that Museveni decides days, sometimes months, who the winner will be.”

    He divulged that they have made it easy for Museveni by fighting each other which has changed their targets from the enemy to each other.

    Kyagulanyi insisted that this country is bigger than their political parties and the mission is bigger than building their political parties.

    “In any case, one would argue that there are no political parties in Uganda because we do not operate like political parties.”

    He added that political parties are recognized in a democracy, but in a country where one cannot even organize as political parties, they cannot boast of being political parties.

    “Therefore, we are all slaves. The more we fight against each other, the more we prolong it for Museveni,” he said.

    He vocalized, “We leaders have made an effort to unite for a common cause, but we are only leaders, and if you don’t follow us where we are going, we won’t succeed. Please get involved.”

    Among other leaders who addressed the press was Bugiri Municipality member of parliament, Asuman Basalirwa who also noted that his presence is to confirm that as Justice Forum fully supports the statement that has been read and signed by leaders of political.

    “We commit to fully abide by the letter and spirit of the document,” he confirmed.

    Basalirwa added that it is now absolutely clear that Mr. Museveni and the NRM are provoking Ugandans.

    “When you see what happened in Soroti, Kayunga, and Omoro, it is total provocation. These provocations are deliberate and are intended to send a message.”

    In conclusion, Leader of Opposition (LOP), Mathias Mpuuga explained that the representation of the different political party leaders summarizes the sentiments of the people and the frustrations of the leaders.

    He stated, “Sometimes you can be joined together by your goals but also your frustrations.

    “We are not aliens in this country. All of us have the capacity and ability to make this country a better country. We can summon our little energies to make them bigger by working together.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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