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    Richard Mbulu: The Malawian Army Soldier Who Ended Uganda’s AFCON Dream, Aucho Urges Cranes Army To Shift Guns To World Cup…

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    Photo collage: Malawi striker in army service (top row), left bottom row is Mbulu in action for The Flames, and bottom right row is Uganda Cranes midfielder Khalid Aucho

    The game of football is undeniably a very great unifying factor world over. The Malawian national soccer side, the Flames sent the whole nation buzzing with excitement as the South African side qualified for the AFCON finals since 2010.

    The Malawi Flames beat Uganda to a narrow 1-0 win at Kamuzu Stadium, Blantyre city.

    Richard Mbulu’s headed-in goal as early as the 16th was enough to help the Malawi Flames to knock out the Uganda Cranes to qualify for January 2022’s delayed 2021 AFCON Finals in Cameroon.

    Motorists uniformly hooted in excitement allover Malawi. The soccer fans filled the cities and all towns in Malawi like there were no COVID19 restrictions. Infact, the Flames’ celebratory parade around Blantyre city was organised today morning, in conjunction with the state.

    It was also only Malawi’s 3rd time to qualify for Africa’s most prestigious tournament, and the cause for their wild celebrations is the same reason for Uganda’s sorrow, directed mostly towards the staunch soccer fans who passionately followed all the proceeds.

    Regarded a hero at the moment back home in Malawi, Mbulu literally buried Uganda’s hope of playing in the AFCON finals for a 3rd consecutive attempt.

    Mbulu, who plies his trade with South African club Baroka FC is also a trained army man back in Malawi.

    The 27-year-old corporal joined the Malawian military 7 years ago. He played for the Malawi Armed Forces College and was their top striker.

    Upto now, Mbulu remains a recognized Malawian soldier despite his active football career.

    “I am still a soldier, it’s not like I have retired. Whenever I go back home, I report to the military and they tell me what to do,” Mbulu narrated to a South African paper.

    “Even when I retire from football, I will be a soldier full time. I joined because my father is also a soldier, so that was my motivation,” Mbulu added.

    Mbulu’s sole goal for Malawi against Uganda was the 2nd of the only two times Uganda has conceded in the just concluded AFCON Qualifiers.

    Emmanuel Okwi, Fahad Bayo and Halid Lwaliwa, each only once found the back of the net for Uganda in their unsuccessful campaign, and they’ll have to try another time.

    Let’s Shift The Focus To World Cup – Aucho Urges Fellow Cranes Players.

    Meanwhile, the Federation of Ugandan Football Association (FUFA) has encouraged it’s players to raise up their heads and move on to the next step with the World Cup qualifiers due mid year around the corner.

    It’s perhaps the end of the road for Uganda in next year’s AFCON, but neither the end of life nor football.

    Suspended towering midfielder, Khalid Aucho urged his colleagues to stay focused and concentrated for the next test.

    “Hard luck my brothers, my country Uganda, let’s focus on world Cup qualifies in June. May Allah protect you and bless you more guys,” Aucho said.

    “And to the fans, thanks for supporting uganda cranes next time we shall make it as we have been doing it. Thanks alot,” he added.

    “FUFA has a lot to reflect on in all departments and the overall governance,” former presidential candidate and key opposition leader, Kizza Besigye who is a staunch football lover lover also advised before adding;

    “In both bad and good times, we’ve only the Uganda Cranes to back and we shall back it all the way. Thanks Onyango & Team.”

    Uganda will battle in group E with Mali, Kenya and Rwanda qualify for the first-ever World Cup in Qatar 2022.

    Cranes will therefore play four derby games against East African Countries on their world cup qualification journey.

    During the draws in Cairo, the Harambee Stars of Kenya and Amavubi Stars of Rwanda are the two East African teams drawn with the Cranes in Group E. West African giant Mali is the other nation in the group.

    None of the four teams has ever qualified for the final World Cup in history.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Former Chief Justices Katureebe, Odoki Meet Dollo, Other Supreme Court Justices  Over Justice Kisakye’s Confiscated File…

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    Justice Kisakye's misunderstanding with the Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo came in light during Kyagulanyi's presidential petition withdrawal against Museveni's reelection

    Sources at the Kololo based Supreme Court have revealed  that two former Chief Justices have started mediating between eight Justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Dr Esther Mayambala Kisakye.

    Our sources stated that last month, Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe, the immediate former Chief Justice separately met Chief Justice Dollo at his chambers at the Supreme Court and they held a secret meeting which took almost three hours. Our sources intimated to us that two weeks later, another former Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki also met Justice Dollo, where after the two former Chief Justices met the eight Justices of the Supreme Court including Justice Robby Opio Aweri, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Paul Mugamba, and the issue at hand was the misunderstanding between them and fellow Justice Kisakye.

    It is not yet established whether the former Chief Justices also met Justice Kisakye. The misunderstanding came in light during the withdrawing of the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP)’s former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine challenging president Yoweri Museveni’s victory.

    Justice Kisakye accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file containing her dissenting judgement after refusing him to vet her ruling. Judiciary’s Senior Communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita rubbished Kisakye’s accusation stating that the problem was with her because she refused other justices on the penal from going through her ruling as the practice is, and or requires.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    NRM MPs Warned Over Sex And Booze At Kyankwanzi Retreat, Speakership Candidate Under Probe For Bribing MPS With Alcohol For Votes…

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    Some of the NRM cadres at the NRM Kyankwanzi retreat

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leadership has warned the selected party members and the new elected Members of Parliament to avoid involving themselves in acts of indiscipline including having sex and getting drunk on alcohol during the ongoing party retreat at Kyankwanzi National training Institute.

    Speaking to the Grapevine, Emmanuel Lumala Dombo, the NRM’s Director for Communication and Public Relations revealed that they have already started investigating the indiscipline exhibited by their members during their trip to Kyankwanzi on Thursday evening where party members got drunk and started abusing each other on the bus. Dombo described the incident as “absurd” and revealed that investigations are on into the matter, warning that culprits will be punished.

    Sources in Kyankwanzi intimated to this website that there is a candidate vying for the office of the deputy speaker who bought expensive alcohol and wine, on it branded with her pictures asking them to vote for her.

    Dombo also said that all members who are going to attend the meeting will not be allowed to access their mobile phones until evening.

    He added that other members who are pregnant will not be allowed for exercising after classes and breast feeding mothers were not welcome because of the highly physical demands of the retreat.

    There have always been ugly reports from the previous retreats at Kyankwanzi where reports of alcoholism, explicit sex and NRM big wigs fighting for beds.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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    Rapper DMX, 50, Dies Of Heart Attack…

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    Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons music inspired countless fans across the world,

    US rapper and actor DMX has died at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

    The performer, real name Earl Simmons, had been placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

    In a statement, his family said he had been “a warrior who fought till the very end”.

    “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

    DMX, aka Dark Man X, was a leading hip-hop performer who collaborated with such artists as JAY-Z, Ja Rule and LL Cool J.

    He took his moniker from the name of a drum machine used in rap tracks.

    The chart-topping artist’s songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.

    He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX publicly battled substance abuse for years and spent several periods in rehab.

    A father of 15, he served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession and weapons possession.

    According to his family, DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

    “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” their statement continued.

    “We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.

    “Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”

    Via BBC

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