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    Speaker Tells Minister To “Shut Up And Stop Telling Lies” – Kadaga, Nankabirwa War Escalates In Parliament…

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    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (L) and (R) is Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa

    The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has lashed out at government chief whip, Ruth Nankabirwa for “telling lies” about her.

    Apparently, Nankabirwa disclosed some information that the speaker believes could be destructive to her intentions to reclaim her seat as the speaker of Parliament.

    Nankabirwa said, “I belong to a WhatsApp group named 317. I’m the chair of the NRM caucus and that position makes me a member of the CEC. What I posted was a reminder of CEC position in 2016, where we convinced Hon Jacob Oulanyah to step down for Hon Rebecca Kadaga,”

    That revelation didn’t go down well with Kadaga who felt offended. She disclosed that Nankabirwa doesn’t sit in CEC, she is telling lies. This Minister is disseminating falsehoods, especially on social media.

    “Several MPs and I are appalled at vulgarisation of campaigns for the office of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Hitherto unheard of practices such as the printing of posters, T-shirts, distribution of pens, etc, are now taking centre stage,” Kadaga reported, noting that the Committee on Rules and Privileges should interest itself in such a kind of conduct.

    “Secondly, claims by one Minister that she sits on the NRM party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC), and that she was in attendance when certain national leadership positions were ring-fenced for particular individuals are false. She doesn’t sit in CEC. This Minister is disseminating falsehoods, especially on social media,” the speaker emphasised.

    She noted that it would be undemocratic to build a future Assembly even before it is elected.

    Meanwhile, other MPs were not afraid to publicly reveal their side.

    “Don’t ask me which team I belong to, I am very clear, I am team Kadaga. Anyone who thinks they will use CEC to bulldoze the Speaker, CEC does not support super-impose ideas on this Parliament. I don’t think anyone of us should accept to go that direction,” Asuman Basalirwa, Bugiri Municipality MP said.

    Kadaga reminded Nankabirwa that she does not speak for the Central Executive Committee (CEC) and neither does it bother the house in any way. “The decisions of CEC do not bid this House in any way; so stop bringing issues of CEC here,” Speaker Kadaga warned Nankabirwa.

    Kabula County MP, James Kakooza, raised concern over the conduct of some of the MPs whom he said are using “un-parliamentary” language in the contest for Speakership. He said that the MPs are tainting the image of Parliament

    One of the contestants for speakership, Hon. Ssemujju Nganda expressed concern that the house had totally gone out of order.

    “Madam Speaker, can you guide this House whether the rules of this house ( regarding conflict of interest) have been overthrown, and that a candidate can turn a session of Parliament into a debate to discuss her candidature,” Ssemujju questioned Kadaga.

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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