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Public Transport Reopening Turns Bloody As Operators Question KCCA: If We Don’t Operate Within Kampala Should We Register?…

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One of the taxi drivers being loaded onto a police truck

Today, public transport was supposed to resume as per the presidential Covid19 directive.

However, things did not go well for 80% of the Taxi and mini bus operators who decided to hit the road.

Many public transport users were seen by the roadside and in different parks stranded because of the scarcity of commuters.

Many taxis that hit the road were impounded for failing to meet the new requirements.

Passengers stranded in the new taxi park

One of the requirements is all tax Operators in Kampala and the Kampala metropolitan area had to register their vehicle with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).

We managed to visit Namboole stadium where the exercise turned chaotic and bloody among the taxi operators in Kira, Kireka, Banda and Bweyogerere taxi park.

This was due to the miss information that tax operators who don’t operate from Kampala are free to work without registration and without following the route chart released by KCCA.

Traffic officers at Jinja road stopped all commuters without the KCCA requirements and asked passengers get out and find alternative means or look for vehicles with clear registration certificates.

Taxi operators rioting in Kireka

The drivers were told to go back home with their vehicles, those who refused were arrested and their cars impounded.

Chaos erupted at the Kira/Bweyogerere stage when drivers started throwing stones and sticks at police officers who were trying to disperse them.

Police later dispersed them with rubber bullets and teargas. Some drivers like Sarif Ntale, Fred Kisale and Jeremiah Kisuze were rushed to hospital with serious wounds.

The taxi drivers called upon KCCA officials to clarify on whether those who don’t work within Kampala are supposed to register and follow the route chart.

 

By Timothy Nyanzi

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NRM CEC VETTING:  Babu Finally Pulls Out Of Race For Kigongo…

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Like we told you yesterday, former Kampala Central legislator Capt. Francis Babu has pulled out the race for National Resistance Movement (NRM) 1st Vice Chairperson leaving incumbent Hajji Moses Kigongo unopposed.

According to the party chairman President Museveni, Babu pulled out of the race in good faith for the interest of the party.

“Over the last few days, I have chaired the vetting meetings by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to draft a shortlist that will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee for voting,” Museveni said.

He added, “As we conclude the process, Captain Francis Babu, one of our own long-standing cadres and a worthy contender, having expressed interest in the position of 1st Vice Chairperson and being seconded by CEC, has pulled out of the race in good faith, for the benefit of the party.”

“While I commend Capt. Babu’s exhibition of comradeship and solidarity, I congratulate all the participants in ongoing party activities. It is my pleasure to witness the hive of activity and the number of people involved in building cohesion and continuity. Long Live the National Resistance Movement,” he said.

 

By Grapevine Reporters

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Demolishing A Church Is A Curse – Museveni Vows To Help Ndeeba Church Retain Their Land….

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On his way to work today, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda for the very first time visited the site of the recently demolished St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
The President expressed his sorrow triggered by the ugly incident, and gave the church assurances that whoever is responsible will pay a hefty price.
Museveni stressed that the resolution to order the demolition of a church was extreme, he suggested that dialogue amongst the stakeholders would have been most appropriate to resolve the matter, however much the church could have been caught on the wrong side of the law.
“Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,” the president said, warning the general public against believing any false reports that the government is responsible for demolishing the said church.
Museveni revealed that he will very soon invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
He gave assurance that the Church will retain the disputed land at all costs, and an even better church shall be erected in the same place, publicly declaring that he has now personally involved himself in the bitter land wrangle.

 

By Baron Kironde

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Our Mass Defection Was A Collective Decision – MP Nambooze…

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has assured party members that they are still standing strong even after many of their senior members defected to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Party (NUP).

The studious politician likened DP’s current situation to a farmer who loses his crops, but remains with the seeds, hinting on replanting.

While appearing on the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS, Mao said the DP will utilise this uncertainty that has befallen their party to not only heal, but also renew and rebuild their DP house.

“DP will have to look inside itself and look for the reason as to why it has been resilient for 65 years. It is time for strategic reorientation, to look at our strengths rather than our weaknesses,” Mao said, emphasizing that they (DP) are so capable of rebuilding the party.

Mao stressed that trying times like now call for calmness, and that DP will now focus on its strengths and what has remained rather than lament on its weaknesses.

The lawyer also admitted that the MPs who defected might leave political wounds to the party, but added that they will heal and so will DP.

“They might leave scars, but they eventually heal. And gaps can always be filled. Every organization must have an inbuilt capacity to heal and renew itself.

Some people have lost both hands, but life doesn’t end there. Infact, you can find your purpose from there,” Mao said.

Betty Nambooze, one of the former key members who defected to NUP insinuated that they conveniently made the healthiest decision for them and their former party where they have been the trouble causers, adding that the transfer will now also give them an opportunity to go where they shall be utilized, because they are appreciated.

The Mukono Municipality lawmaker also revealed that their resolution to massively withdraw from DP to NUP was more collective than personal.

The outspoken journalist cum politician revealed that she could not follow her close colleague Erias Lukwago the Kampala Lord Mayor to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) because she has never fancied being a member of the Najjanankumbi based party.

She however said that she will support Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat, and not NUP’s Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon.

 

By Baron Kironde

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