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Stop Embarrassing Yourself, Learn How to buy Your Own Car And Pay Your Domestic Bills – MP Nambooze Stings Bagyenda

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke has blasted Bank of Uganda’s Justine Bagyenda to stop fighting over a government vehicle and learn that now that she is out of Bank of Uganda, she needs to learn to buy her own car, hire her own guards and pay her own bills.
In a post on one of his social media pages, the shadow government spokesperson told Bagenda to stop embarrassing herself. Below is her post verbatim:
Absolute power spoils absolutely….During the Xmas holiday….Mr Museveni drove around his private farm in a Presidential car completely fitted with a National flag…so the President of Uganda was touring Mr. Museveni’s farm….I understand Uganda government best veterinary Doctors work on Museveni’s farms as herdsboys !

I also hear there are some powerful people who have government employees,soldiers and policemen working as shamba boys,herdsmen at their private homes farms, businesses plus chuffering around their spouses and children in government cars. Their children are studying in foreign countries on scholarships,they don’t know what we go through to raise school fees. They converted public houses in Kololo into their private homes ,upgraded them using government facilities for no pay and Parceled out to themselves square mailos of land off Uganda’s public land.

When government employees are deployed to run private businesses of our big men and women they continue to pick government salaries and benefits and work as if they serve the public. When these people and their families travel out of the country for holiday they depend on our embassies and at times make ambassadors run into debts to pay their hotel bills,shopping and other luxuries. They pick official travel tickets and fly around the world in business class for free.

As they live such life, these people pour scorn on our people that they are poor because they do not work hard. With free labour and farm inputs they think farming is easy, with tax free businesses run basically as public enterprises they think businesses in Uganda is easy, with campaigns run by DISOs,RDCs,DPCs and an electrol commission that favors them, they think running for political offices is easy, because they serve in public offices were they owe no body accountability or hardwork they think being a civil servant is easy.

One day power vanishes, these special situations cease to be… Our great farmers loss the free labour,our great businessmen loss the tax free and exemptions,our great politicians lose the rigging machinery and the true Ugandan life sets in and they cant cope!

I saw this today, watching COSASE proceedings on TV and I saw how Bank of Uganda officials were trying to justify why Justine Bagyenda their retired and former employee has to retain the Official car, driver and guards. It set in my mind that the Billioneer Bagyenda has never learnt to buy her own cars and pay her domestic staff.

But Betty Nambooze knows to pay over ten people who are in her service, she knows how to buy her cars and fuel them, she knows how to own her houses and look after her big extended family. She has no pending accountability issues and serve without cheating the public. Ugandans pay her a salary and she is grateful and serves them with all her strength, she hussle and she has husled all her life….if God gives her good life, at clocking her retirement age, she will retire to her small house in Buvuma, write books and visit places to give speeches. She will bask in humble but joyful life with her grandchildren… That is her dream. I thank God that I have never had absolute power to spoil me absolutely.

One wise man said that the day you learn to fetch your water is the day you will learn to value every drop of water. To sister Justine Bagyenda, please Nyabo kindly learn that a car for a lady of your level costs about 200 millions( ours cost much less) and you need only 1,000,000/= to hire both a private guard and driver per month….. Stop embarrassing yourself and making headlines….Welcome to Uganda.

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KCCA Cabinet Suspends Trade Licenses, Market Dues And Commercial User Fees For 6 Months…

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Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) cabinet has resolved to suspend trade licenses, market dues and commercial uer fees up-to 31st December 2020.

The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago said that they arrived at the decision after a thorough assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic and its related effects and resolved that it is no longer viable to meet the KCCA Budgetary projections.

The total KCCA Budget is UGX521Billion and out of that, approximately UGX100Billion is expected to be generated from Local Revenue.

Lukwago said that because many city businesses are struggling, it may not be proper for KCCA to impose taxes during a time when many businesses are struggling.

Among the resolutions passed by the cabinet include:

  1. Trade Licenses be suspended up-to 31st December 2020 and this grace period will enable the business community to get back to business.
  2. Market dues be suspended up-to 31st December 2020. The Executive noted that majority of the urban poor ply their goods in the markets and they have equally suffered the consequences of COVID-19.
  3. Commercial User fees be suspended up-to 31st December 2020. There was a proposal by the Minister to re-introduce commercial user fees for the taxis and boda-bodas in the City. The KCCA Executive body resolved that it would be ridiculous to levy fees from these bodies which have been out of business since March 2020.

Lukwago said that the Cabinet Resolutions are going to be submitted in the Council by the Minister of Finance because the City Executive is duty bound to initiate policies and forward the same for the Council’s ratification in line with the law.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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Trump Turns Racial War Into A Social Media Battle After Warning To Shoot George Floyd Protesters….

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As the US state of Minneapolis burns during a third night of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, US President Donald Trump has threatened to call in the National Guard after labeling the protesters “thugs” and blaming the Mayor Jacob Frey of losing control over the city.

Trump has now turned what was a racial war into a social media war after the social media giant added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets after blaming him for promoting violence.

Twitter said Friday that President Donald Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence when he tweeted about protests over the death of George Floyd. The company, which is already embroiled in a dispute with the president over what is acceptable on the platform, did not remove the tweet but placed a fact check label on it.

In the tweet, Trump warned protesters that he is going to send the military to calm the storm in Minneapolis and shoot rioters who have started looting.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!,” the American President tweeted.

This tweet did not go well with twitter, they added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets warning that he had violated twitter rules against glorifying violence.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” a message from twitter attached to Trump’s message said.

A defiant Trump added, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

He later turned guns on twitter bosses, “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!”

He tweeted, ““The President has been targeted by Twitter.” What about all of the lies and fraudulent statements made by Adam Schiff, and so many others, on the Russian Witch Hunt Plus, Plus, Plus? What about China’s propaganda? WHO’s mistakes? No flags?”

“Regulate Twitter if they are going to start regulating free speech.” Well, as they have just proven conclusively, that’s what they are doing. Repeal Section 230!!!” he said.

George Floyd who was killed by Mineapolis police officers

THE INCIDENT

George Floyd, an African American man who’d already suffered the loss of his job to the coronavirus crisis, died in police custody in Minneapolis this week. Video of the incident showed he was handcuffed and restrained by an officer who dug his knee into his neck for several minutes, while Floyd pleaded, saying he couldn’t breathe.

Floyd died at the hospital late on Monday after a white police officer, knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes as Floyd moaned and yelled: “I can’t breathe.”

A video of the incident shows Floyd pleading with police and eventually appearing motionless as the officer’s knee remained on his neck. Bystanders can be heard urging the officer to get off of Floyd.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined calls for the officer who pinned Floyd down to be arrested, asking: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?”

Protesters in Minneapolis

Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first Black police chief, swiftly fired the four officers involved, a move community leader acknowledged as “a win”, but said should only be the first step.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the FBI are both investigating the incident.

The Minneapolis Police Department said on Tuesday Floyd “physically resisted officers”.

However, another Security camera footage, obtained by CBS News, shows Floyd sitting on the ground with his hands behind his back and then walking with police out of frame.

It is unclear what happens between the time Floyd and police walk out of the frame and the time when a bystander’s video shows an officer pinning Floyd down to the ground with his knee.

WHAT DOES TWITTER SAY ABOUT VIOLENT THREATS?

According to twitter, Violence against an individual or a group of people or the glorification of violence is prohibited.

“Healthy conversation is only possible when people feel safe from abuse and don’t resort to using violent language. For this reason, we have a policy against threatening violence on Twitter. We define violent threats as statements of an intent to kill or inflict serious physical harm on a specific person or group of people,” they state.

They add, “We will immediately and permanently suspend any account found to be posting violent threats. In rare cases, we may not suspend an account immediately. For example, if the reported content is a form of hyperbolic speech. In such cases, we may require you to remove this content. We may also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can Tweet again. If you continue to violate this policy after receiving a warning, your account will be permanently suspended.”

However, even though Trump’s tweet violated the rules, his tweet fell in the category of public interest.

“Twitter generally actions Tweets that violate our rules. However, we recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern,” their policy statement states.

It adds, “At present, we limit exceptions to one critical type of public-interest content—Tweets from elected and government officials—given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements.”

 

By Grapevine Reporters

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Police Investigating Mbale High Court Judge For Knocking Dead Traffic Officer In Seeta….

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Innocent Ayesigye (inset) and the Toyota Rav4 car that knocked him dead

Multiple Credible sources at the Uganda police department of criminal investigation have told this website that Mbale Resident Judge Jesse Byaruhanga is being investigated for knocking dead Innocent Ayesigye, a police traffic officer at Seeta Mukono and taking off.

Yesterday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told the Grapevine that they have arrested a one Police constable Alex Oduku and Aminsi Zimba to help in the investigation.

However, sources have told this website that Oduku is the bodyguard to Mbale resident Judge Byaruhanga and that he was in the vehicle registration number UAS 597U Toyota Rav4 and he was seen on the CCTV cameras and footage captured by an eye witness on the day of the accident.

Source further revealed that when police arrested Zimba, who is a personal driver to Byaruhanga, he told investigators that he was not the one who was driving the said car.

Byaruhanga has not yet been arrested but sources have intimated to us that he was seen at the police headquarters in Naguru on Wednesday and he talked some top police administrator to see how they can settle the matter without facing legal actions.

Detectives who are handling the matter said that UAS 597U is registered in the names of Charity Kamugisha, a staff of world vision Uganda.

Innocent Ayesigye a traffic police officer attached to Seeta Police station was on Sunday evening knocked down by a Toyota RaV4 registration number UAS 597U. The police officer was riding a motorcycle at Namanve along the Kampala-Jinja highway.

Efforts to speak to Byaruhanga were futile since his known phone numbers were off.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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