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    REPORT: Some Are Bragging That They Can Do Anything In This Country And No One Will Ever Touch Them – It’s A Year Now, MPs Speak Out On Attack By Presidential Guards

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    Today, 27th September 2018 marks a year when parliament history was provoked by a gang of security operatives attacked, beat up and brutalized members of parliament.

    A joint force comprising of the presidential guards, the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers and police officers attached to parliament forcefully pulled out several legislators who were opposed to lifting of the age limit bill from the chambers of parliament.

    Our reporter approached some of the legislators who still lament the pain they went through and the shame that Uganda was exposed to in front of the entire world.

    In the scuffle that lasted for more than an hour, at least 30 security operatives in plain clothes poured into the chambers to pick at least 25 MPs who were named and suspended for three weeks by speaker of parliament , Rebecca Kadaga.

    Theodore Sekikuubo (Lwemiyaga)

    The attack and the process by which the age limit bill was passed had far reaching implications, apart from the physical brutality and the emotional distress it caused to members.

    “It was a harbinger of the constitutional amendment that brought in the lifting of the age limit in our constitution. Now that has gone on to be devil to all MPs because the sanctity of parliament was destroyed. The beating of MPs has caused bad blood and mistrust because we do not know when it is coming up next because once a precedent is set never in the history of this country has it ever been witnessed where military officers would forcefully enter parliament, beat, wrap up and cause brutal damage on MPs. We still leave under the shadow of that brutal attack on the constitution of parliament there are still open wounds as we speak now.

    We are not satisfied with how the matter was handled like the voice aired by the speaker in her communication to the president, we want to see those who were responsible brought to book.

    We wanted to stop the entire resultant process that was a fraud up to now say for one leg of the extension of term of MPs and president to seven years that has been successfully litigated but the rest of the damage still remains intact.”

    Gilbert Oulanya (Kilak County)

    Since we were brutalized and tortured, and 25 of us were suspended from parliament, I really feel that kind of feeling is still in people’s hearts. When the NRM was making changes in the party they had to throw away all those who voted no. This is a clear indication that NRM party are totally against what happened with the age limit voting. Nsereko Muhammed and Hon. Cidi Dowila were thrown away from chairing committees.

    To our dismay up to now we have not seen the report on who attacked parliament, no serious investigation has taken place so it seems they were ordered not to with their investigation.

    They are at large very happy in fact one of them some month ago when he got me in Gulu, he was bragging to me how they came to parliament and attacked us and the man was jazzing that for them they can do anything in this country and no one will ever touch them after all the president is behind them.

    Sekabiito Joseph (Mawogola)

    No implication because I don’t think that it has any positive impact on Uganda’s politics but the lesson learnt is we need to understand each other before any action and we need patience and tolerance  since we come from different backgrounds and serve different constituents. Some of our colleagues are still in hospitals because of that attack.

    After passing the bill, it was consented to but right now it’s in court and we are just waiting for the final verdict of court and until there’s an election we cannot say that there is any impact

    Until when our president becomes the candidate in 2021 but as of now, we are just a formidable force of 317 who said yes.”

     

    By Stella Mugoya

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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