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    Produce Evidence That M7 Paid And Ordered Mr. Chebukati, To Rig Kenyan Elections In Favour Ruto – Presidential PS Dismantles Munyagwa’s Lies About President Museveni…

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    Faruk Kirunda and former MP Mubarak Munyagwa

    On October 9, 2022, former Kawempe South MP, Hon. Mubarak Munyagwa Serunga, while appearing on “NBS Eagle” programme made various allegations targeting the person of the President and I wish to respond accordingly;

    Hon. Munyagwa, for reasons best known to him, stated that H.E the President paid and ordered Mr. Wafula Chebukati, the Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of Kenya to rig the recent General Elections in favour of H.E Dr. William Ruto.

    First of all, Hon. Munyagwa should produce empirical evidence to prove his allegations. How did the President do as claimed and how come that it is Hon. Munyagwa who claims to know about it? Was he (Munyagwa) involved? How much money was involved, how was it transmitted, and so on? Secondly, after the Kenya elections, there was a petition filed by the Raila Odinga side in the Supreme Court. Did this issue arise in the proceedings? Why didn’t Munyagwa present it and adduce the accompanying evidence to benefit the Kenyan people and the cause of democracy? What is the benefit of going on TV and “gossiping” about it? I call upon the Government of Kenya, that of Uganda and Mr. Chebukati not to take this allegation lightly.

    It must be subjected to legal scrutiny. The allegation depicts Uganda meddling in the Kenya elections. If this gets into the ears of those who lost the election, it can start a dangerous response from them which may culminate into civil strife and destroy the much-fostered efforts for East African Integration. Could this be one of the aims of agents like Munyagwa? This is the potential effect of this propaganda and it should not be taken lightly. The former MP should be granted or invited to a forum where he should substantiate his allegations.

    However, the continuous silence by some of our leaders on such sensitive issues is what is causing this unfounded propaganda to be fanned to grow beyond caution. The Government actors should not first wait for His Excellency the President to rise up against such propaganda.

    They should wake up and defuse these negative claims from elements such as Hon. Munyagwa whose motives are suspected to be seeing Uganda being isolated and the East African unity collapsing. Uganda is land locked. We need Kenya as much as we need all our neighbors.  By saying what you say, Hon. Munyagwa, you should know that you are endangering your brothers and sisters who are doing business with and through Kenya. These remarks do not help Uganda and neither the future of our Integration.

    Hon. Munyagwa also claimed that H.E the President forced the Kenyan President, Dr. William Ruto, to talk about removing borders among the East African countries during the 60th Independence Day celebrations yet countries like Rwanda and Tanzania are against the move; this is a straightforward matter. When you talk of the East African Common Market, and generally East African Integration, you are actually talking about opening borders. When you talk of the Standard Gauge Railway, the East African Oil Pipeline Project and many such others you are indeed talking about opening borders. Unless it is the language Dr. Ruto used that you did not understand.

    All the East African Presidents are supportive of Integration. Hon. Munyagwa should take time off and understand the mission and objectives of Integration.

    But the claim is also an insult to the leader of a sovereign country. Is Hon. Munyagwa averred that Dr. Ruto, a holder of a PHD- and a veteran leader at various levels- has no mental capacity to grasp the concept of Integration on his own and address it accordingly?

    Even if it were true that some countries are opposed to Integration, does that stop others from vouching for it? If Munyagwa is opposed to the idea of Integration, why doesn’t he say so other than riding on imaginary schisms among partner states? From the preceding issue and this one, I can now tell that his hatred for President Museveni clouds his judgment in every matter and he is now extending it to perceived “friends” of the President. “Babies” such as Integration should not be politicised; they should be rallying points for all of us as Africans.

    Hon. Munyagwa alleged that the NRM Government has been killing innocent Ugandans ever since it took over power in 1986. I need to pose this question to Hon. Munyagwa: What are these killings you refer to? To the best of my understanding of this subject, we have not seen people paraded for killing. There has never been an order to kill innocent people. Can Hon. Munyagwa names those innocent victims and when and where they were killed and by whom? Why would the Government kill innocent citizens who are the bedrock of its support and for whom the NRA/NRM bush war was fought?

    The NRM Government only confronts criminal elements. In 2012 during the Hon. Cerina Nebanda (R.I.P) saga, H.E the President came out and stated the Government’s position; he said that the Government has killed people but those actively involved in criminality and who cannot be subdued any other way. That is the practice world over. No Government spares armed adversaries that pose danger to the general population. There is no deliberate action to kill innocent Ugandans as alleged. The NRM does not believe in killing innocent Ugandans.

    To prove this, even the aggrieved parties from Kasese who went to the ICC alleging murders of innocent civilians could not prove their case and this case against the Government of Uganda was dismissed.  Hon. Munyagwa should serve the high cause of justice and provide a list of “innocent Ugandans”  killed since 1986.

    During the same programme, Hon. Munyagwa alleged that H.E the President wants to take control of the coffee business from Ugandans, yet it is the only business they are remaining with to earn a living: first of all, the President has come out, specifically on the Vinci coffee deal to state clearly his position. It is not true that the President is taking up people’s coffee farms. It doesn’t make sense even thinking about that possibility in practical terms. The President is merely advocating for extraction of maximum value from our coffee through aggressive marketing and must-do processing as opposed to exporting it raw and, in effect, exporting jobs and money to non-coffee producing countries. Has Hon. Munyagwa took interest to know how much we earn selling unprocessed coffee and how much we spend buying imported products processed from coffee?

    The President’s aim is to have our coffee fetch more on the global market so we earn big as a country and as farmers. Our farmers do not have the capacity to individually add value to coffee. That is why it should be a collective Government effort.  President Museveni is visionary and considerate enough to determine that the Ugandan farmer has been cheated enough and that the unfair balance of coffee trade must end if we are to secure the economic near future of Ugandans.

    By and large, value-addition should be a hallmark of the economic outlook for leaders who are looking ahead. Many of us would like to copy the transformational efforts of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania. However, we only end at appreciating the output and effects of such movements like Ujamaa but we do not interrogate how they did it.

    President Museveni does not own coffee farms and neither is he interested in becoming a coffee businessman; he is only providing visionary leadership in what is best to promote the coffee industry in Uganda as a modern economy. Can Hon. Munyagwa names any farmer whose business the President has taken over or threatened to take over?

    Also, the former legislator alleged that the President has divided Ugandans along tribal lines and favoured those from Western Uganda, especially through appointments to key Government positions; this allegation has been overused by politicians but they have failed to justify it among the people. Is there any leader that has galvanised Ugandans and erased sectarian lines in considering Government appointments.

    Uganda before Museveni was sharply divided along tribal lines. May be Munyagwa is still caught in the hangover of those Governments where people from different ethnicities could not cross paths and the country was on the verge of genocide. It’s that disunity that made the country ungovernable for past leaders; it is the prevailing unity that has earned H.E the President the love and support of Ugandans to keep him in power. What is Hon. Munyagwa talking about? People are working together, intermarrying and seeking leadership in any part of the country. It’s the work of all leaders to speak the language of unity and be seen working for harmonious co-existence.

    Is there anybody in Uganda who speaks the language of togetherness like President Museveni and acts accordingly? You have heard him explain his dairy farm economics; stating how his fellow Banyankole do not need milk from his cows because they have their own while non-cattle keepers would need that milk. So, if he discriminates against them, where will he sell his farm products?

    You have all heard the President speak as many dialects as he can muster and elaborated how the closeness of terminologies indicates a common ancestry. Funny enough, even the passion with which he advocates for E.A and, indeed, African Integration, speaks of a man who harbours total disdain for thinking and acting along ethnic lines. Does Hon. Munyagwa thinks that Ugandans cannot see through his startling contradictions when these issues are placed side by side?

    On Government appointments, wherever the President makes appointments, the final decision to confirm such appointments lies with Public Service and/or Parliament, depending on which docket. All Ministers, Commissioners, heads of certain organs like Police, Prisons, Diplomats, etc, are vetted and approved by Parliament. Is Parliament composed of people from one region only? What did Hon. What did Munyagwa do about it when he was still a people’s representative? Also, looking at the three arms of the state today, in the Executive, after the President himself, the Vice President is from Katwakwi in Teso; the First Deputy Prime Minister is from Busoga, the 2nd Deputy from West Nile while the 3rd Deputy is also from Busoga. Only the Prime Minister is from Bunyoro, yet also going by the name “Nabbanja”. How do we classify her if we go by names as some people do?

    The Judiciary is headed by Chief Justice Owiny Dollo from the North; the Speaker of Parliament (Legislature) is from Teso. Police is headed by IGP Ochola. Is he from Western region? These are just examples that Hon. Munyagwa and those who think like him claim to be blind to. Many times, H.E the President makes appointments (especially political ones) based on recommendations by leaders from the different regions or interest groups. Shouldn’t we say that leaders from regions that Mugwanya has in mind have failed to recommend their people for consideration? Attempts to divide Ugandans with such talk will not succeed.

    Hearing Hon. Munyagwa airing such allegations on public media made me worry for the future of Africa at large if these are the leaders we are supposed to look up to, to carry on from today’s elders. Are we safe with them in charge of our affairs? There is no way I would stand aside and look as these allegations are left to stand as if there is no Government.

    Here, I need to appeal to moderators of media channels to act professionally at all times. Commentaries and debates that aim at injuring our national security, character assassinating personalities and serving to destroy the gains we have made as a country should not be entertained in public media.  Individuals that aim to sow seeds of hatred and discord using  their networks should be stopped. Radios exist to inform, educate and entertain; let these functions be promoted and upheld at all times. Programmes should be scripted as opposed to participants waking up from nights of heavy partying to go on air and speak anything that crosses their mind.

    Yes, there is democracy and human rights for everyone but there is also rule of law and personal responsibility for one’s sayings and actions. Let us use our media space responsibly! By the way, how does the former MP feel when he launches such attacks on the head-of-state but freely goes home and lives a normal life? What does that say about Museveni’s Uganda?

     

    Faruk Kirunda is the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary

    Contact: faruk.kirunda@statehouse.go.ug

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Maj. Gen. Takirwa Appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces…

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    Major General Francis Takirwa has been appointed as Deputy Commander Land Forces.

    President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) also promoted and appointed General Officers.

    Maj. Gen. Takirwa will deputize Maj. Gen. Muhanga Kayanja who was also appointed as Commander Land Forces (CLF) in October, 2022.

    He also appointed Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba as Acting Chief of Staff Land Force.

    Maj. Gen. Bakasumba has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF.

    Museveni has also promoted Brig. Gen. Bob P. Ogiki to Maj. Gen and appointed him 2nd Division Commander.

    Deputy Defence spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki congratulated the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotion and appointments.

     

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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