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    RUKUNGIRI BY-ELECTION: Stop Giving Orders, Rukungiri Is Not Your Home – Tanga Odoi Blasts LOP Winnie Kiiza



    Today May 29th 2018 is the last day for the campaigns for Rukungiri Woman MP by-election, a race where two of Uganda’s most influential political parties, FDC and NRM lock horns for the woman MP seat.

    NRM returned Winfred Matsiko while FDC returned Betty Muzanira, who took Matsiko to court in the first election and court presided over by Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dolo and Justice Paul Mugamba nullified Matsiko’s 2016 election.

    As the final day of voting draws near, the chairman National Resistance Movement (NRM) electoral commission Dr. Tanga Odoi has advised the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza to go back to his home district and camp there instead of giving directions in Rukungiri where she has now spent almost a week trying to mobilise support for Betty Muzamira.

    Addressing the media this evening at the party headquarters at Kyadondo road in Kampala, Tanga assured all NRM supporters that they are going to win with a big percentage of up to 61% because this time they are more than ready to protect their vote.

    “We saw what happened in the Jinja by- elections , we are not going to allow this to happen again in Rukungiri. We are ready to protect this vote from tonite, our team has gone to meet the chairman of the party, there is no time for fan fair, it’s a must win for NRM,” Tanga charged.

    However, Tanga also warned the opposition to stop misleading people of Rukungiri, Tanga says that some opposition leaders there have started telling people that catholics should vote for Catholics and protestants vote for protestants.

    “We are not voting for the pope, this should not be a religious fight, we are looking for a member of parliament, let’s just go for a real fight and see who takes it,” Tanga warned

    People of Rukungiri will vote in a by-election on Thursday 31st May 2018 and the heavy weights are NRM’s Winnie Mastiko and FDC’s Betty Muzamira.

    NRM chaiman President Yoweri Museveni today held five rallies at 1. Bwambara S/C 2. Bugangari S/C 3. Ruhinda 4. Buhunga S/C and Rukungiri. Municipality. He will wrap up the campaigns with a radio talk show.

    NRM candidate Winfred Matsiko with president Museveni


    Former FDC Presidents Rtd Gen Mugisha Muntu and Dr Kizza Besigye, current FDC president Partrick Amuriat Oboi, leader of the opposition in parliament Winnie Kizza and Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi are among several opposition leaders in Rukungiri for the final day of campaigning for Betty Muzamira.

    In his address, current FDC president Partrick Oboi Amuriat called upon all the people of Rukungiri, whether NRM or FDC or any other party, to all vote for Betty Muzanira (FDC candidate) as a vote of no confidence to those who touched the constitution.
    Kyagulanyi asked the youth to come in numbers and vote for the FDC candidate because she will be one of the few voices with the same thinking as the people who voted against lifting age limit.
    Gen Mugisha Muntu asked the voters not to fear the army deployed in the district as they can even be defeated with their uniforms and ammunition.
    Dr Besigye called on voters to vote in numbers and make sure they suppress any ridging that may come.

    FDC candidate Betty Muzanira

    By Mboowa Nathan


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    Parliament Commemorates Late Speaker Jacob Oulanyah



    Parliament held a special plenary on March 23rd to commemorate the life of fallen speaker emeritus Jacob Oulanyah.

    Parliament set aside March 23rd (Oulanyah’s birthday) as a day to remember his life and service to parliament and Uganda at large.

    During plenary, minister of ICT Chris Baryomunsi said the late speaker was eloquent, punctual, smart, intelligent and was always there for others.

    Minister of health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng also acknowledged that Oulanyah was significant in the growth of Uganda’s health sector. Aceng said the late speaker would spare time and explain to people health issues.

    Hon. Lillian Aber (Woman MP Kitgum) said Oulanyah would do the right and was an inspiration. Aber added that Oulanyah always wanted to see each system effective.

    Hon Ssemujju Nganda spoke of the late as a very selfless man that always settled disputes with every one.

    “I want to thank the late Jacob Oulanyah even when you had trouble with him, he took it upon himself to reach out to you to resolve the matter,” he said.

    Speaker Jacob Oulanyah died on March 20th last year and was replaced by Anita Among. Oulanyah served as deputy speaker twice before being voted as speaker of Parliament.


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    Commonwealth Lawyers Caution M7 On Dismissal Of Justice Kisakye



    Lawyers under the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) have protested the removal of Justice Esther Kisakye from office.

    In a written statement by the association, the Commonwealth Lawyers have called upon president Museveni to carefully consider the implications of Justice Kisakye’s dismissal.

    The lawyers say that judges should only be subjected to suspension only when they are incapable or if they misbehave.

    “Judges should be subject to suspension or removal only for reasons of incapacity or misbehaviour that clearly renders them unfit to discharge their duties,” part of the statement reads.

    The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) last month recommended the removal of Justice Esther Kisakye from office and have her probed over her misconduct and attack on chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo.

    Justice Kisakye’s troubles began following the 2021 election petition by National Unity Platform president Robert Kyagulanyi in which she gave a dissenting opinion from other judges.

    Justice Kisakye in her ruling said Kyagulanyi had not been given enough time to present his case.





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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal: Speaker Among Returns 500 Iron Sheets



    Speaker of parliament Anita Among has revealed that she has bought 500 iron sheets to compesate those meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja that were misallocated  by the minister of Karamoja affairs Hon. Goretti Kitutu.

    Among told parliament on March 15th that she bought the iron sheets because she does not want to be accused of grabbing iron sheets that were meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja.

    Speaker Anita Among is among the government officials who were cited in the Karamoja iron sheet scandal. Among is reported to have received 500 pieces of iron sheets. However, Among claimed she did not request for the iron sheets but admitted that she saw them in her district Bukedea.

    Other government officials that received the iron sheets include vice president Jessica Alupo, minister Rose Akello, Agnes Nandutu, prime minister Robinah Nabbanja, minister Amos Lugolobi, finance minister Matia Kasaija, Minister Maria Goretti Kitutu, government chief whip Denis Obua among others.

    The Karamoja iron sheet scandal sparked off when family members of minister Goretti Kitutu were found in possession of iron sheets meant for the vulnerable in Karamoja region. Minister Kitutu told the committee on presidential affairs, during the probe, that she was not guided thus misallocating relief items meant for Karamoja.



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