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    The Media Is Favouring Bobi Wine – Hon. Ssemujju Says Press Is Playing An Imbalanced Role In The Electoral Process….

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    FDC spokesperson Semujju Nganda

    Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has initiated that the media is effectively playing an imbalanced role as far as promoting a free and fair election is concerned.

    As the 2021 general elections edge closer, The Kira Municipality MP has presented proof that media is prioritizing some other political candidates at the expense of others who deserve the same and equal treatment.

    “The Media today has candidates,” Ssemujju stated, revealing that the coverage of Bobi Wine and his campaign is not extended to other candidates.

    Semujju who is fully trained journalist and active politician says the media has poorly leveled the ground. He said; “As you fight against the interference of the State, you also need to have internal mechanisms to stick to journalism. Now like objectivity and balanced reporting, I sometimes don’t see that in many newsrooms. ”

    Semujju empasised that the journalists themselves should understand that there are basic and necessary things their job requires them to do the moment they assign themselves to such a sensitive role in society.

    Semujju who has had countless encounters with various arms of government admitted that the media and judiciary are sometimes are very difficult institutions to criticize. He lightly recalls how he has had his problems operating outside the boundaries.

    Veteran journalist and senior editor, Charles Bichachi argued that the Media Council is trying so hard but all in vain to regulate a very changed environment using a very old law. Bichahi further opined that the Ugandan media is the least regulated media amongst all it’s neighbours.

    “We need to understand where this is coming from and why it is coming now. There is an attempt by the State to tighten its control on the media,” Bichachi revealed.

    Bichahi projected that the Media Council is going to come out to give a new directive, on realising that its directive has run into a stone wall.

    Political reporter, Canary Mugume also supplemented that his mind still insists that the Media Council is not properly constituted. He opined that it should atleast have council members of about 13 people.

    “Towards every election, every government para-statal, ministry, and anyone around the president will seem to be acting towards State survival, and so does the Media Council. It’s hard to affect their resolutions,” Canary added.

    Mugume said for instance that unlike with other candidates, whoever covers the President must go for a COVID test, send the names before the campaign and must be accredited and that is what the council want to make for every campaign.

    “They want to get to a point to decide who can cover who. If you are not in control of everything, anything can go out of hand,” Canary who has covered the president a numerous number of occasions stated.

    Popular political show host, Joseph Sabiti also says that the media has got to be first fixed for a free and fair election, as an enhancement to see that the nation is also fixed.

     

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    THIS IS WAR! Don’t Think You Are Big Because You Are Wearing A Colonial Wig On Your Head – Bobi Wine Stings D/Speaker Tayebwa, Applauds Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (R) and D/Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (L)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) leaders have stung Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa noting that he is seated with his ‘idiotism and emptiness.’

    Their statements follow a scuffle that happened on Tuesday, 29th, November during plenary where Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament, Francis Zaake fell out with Tayebwa.

    Appearing at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, Kampala, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine furiously noted that they are not stupid and that history will tell.

    “Hon.Zaake, wherever you are I want you to know that me as an individual am proud of you, NUP is proud of you and all Ugandans. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of Parliament. Thank you for not shutting up. Thank you doing what exactly you were elected to do,” he said.

    Bobi Wine added, “To all of you leaders, we are elected to represent our people, stop this nonsense of talking about policy, there is no policy in Uganda. The only policy is to maintain the freedom of our people. We have been reduced to seeking rights to be human beings. We don’t have the right to be a human beings.

    “To you leaders, before you discuss anything else, before you talk about how much money they are going to give to Roko, before you discuss how much money is going to be stolen, before you discuss the increment of the Members of Parliament, let us discuss about the liberty and freedom and the human rights of our people.”

    Bobi Wine adduced that he was in shock of how he saw Tayebwa respond to Zaake’s issue that he raised during plenary.

    He divulged, “But on the other side, I shouldn’t have been shocked because this very Tayebwa Thomas, on the 28th, August, 2020, he was filmed torturing an employee of UMEME who caught him stealing power.

    “So to you Mr.Tayebwa wherever you are, we are not fools, you can pose off, you can feel so powerful, with that stupid colonial wig on your head. But we want to tell you that you are being watched and history will treat you exactly the way you treated Ugandans.

    “To all our fellow leaders, what should be priority now, are our leaders, they are abducting our people and killing them and you know that, that should be on your lips and all TV stations and radios.

    NUP deputy spokesperson, Waiswa Mufumbiro also sarcastically noted that now that Tayebwa is happy, he should take his family for holiday.

    “Some of you behave like you have habits of eating dead people. People like Tayebwa, I think you find fun because you beat up a person, I think you even eat dead bodies,” he said.

    Mufumbiro contended, “You give ultimatums because you are working for someone who compelled to cross from your former ideologies to necessitate yourself to feel comfortable in that small position of robbery and thuggery where you are seated with comfort of maximum idiotism and you think that your going to shape this country with your emptiness, Mr.Tayebwa. We know you have no respect for humanity but it is very unfortunate.”

    TAYEBWA SCOFFS AT ZAAKE

    During plenary yesterday, Zaake raised an issue of increased abductions where he cited Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure.

    He said, “Mr.Speaker I raise on a procedurial matter under Rule 78B and C, Rule 85 and part 5 of Appendix F of the Rules of Procedure which requires us as MPs to base our conduct on full publication of the public interest.

    “The abduction of citizens especially here in the Central Region has reached a crisis level. The victims are mostly supporters of the Opposition.”

    He further cited cases of former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta and Sheikh Ramathan Yahaya who were arrested on Monday in broad daylight by armed men.

    He added, “For 24 days now, NUP supporter, Kavuma Jamshid who also doubles as my president’s bodyguard was also abducted with three other youths and only this month alone, 100s of youths have been abducted and are nowhere to be seen.”

    It is here that Tayebwa stopped Zaake from speaking and asked him to sit down so he could be guided.

    Zaake however insisted and kept speaking until the microphone was turned off. He later caused commotion in Parliament.

    “If you (Zaake) want to do drama, go and do it in your constituency, you can’t do it on this floor. If you want pictures of people holding you up and how you were arrested to use during campaigns, we can organise for you, we are near national theatre,” Tayebwa warned.

    The Deputy Speaker later adjourned the session and ordered it to resume after 30 minutes.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Former Presidential Candidate Sent To Luzira Prison, Charged With Sectarianism…

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    Joseph Kabuleta

    Court has constrained from hearing bail application for National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) boss, Joseph Kabuleta and remanded him to Luzira Prison till 14th December, 2022.

    The former Presidential candidate was today presented before the Chief Magistrates court in Nakawa and charged with sectarianism.

    Court however constrained to hear his bail application and remanded him till 14th, December, 2022.

    It should be remembered that Kabuleta was picked from his NEED offices in Bugolobi on Monday and was arrested by a group of men dressed casually who drove him away in a drone.

    Police however revealed that it is alleged that on 30th May 2022 in Kampala District, Joseph Kabuleta and others held a press conference under their Political Party, National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED), where they alleged that social service delivery in Mbarara is based on ethnic lines of the Tutsi, Bahima, Bakiga and Banyakore.

    “Kabuleta and others shall be charged with Promoting Sectarianism C/S 41(1) of the PCA CAP 120,” police said.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Parliament To Censure Minister Namuganza On Grounds Of Indiscipline…

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    The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline Hon. Charles Onen (L) tables the committee report on Hon. Persis Namuganza (R)

    Parliament is set to censure State Minister, for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Persis Namuganza on grounds of indiscipline.

    Appearing before plenary today, the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, Charles Onen tabled a committee report on the alleged misconduct and misbehaviour of Persis Namuganza.

    This comes after reports from the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline indicating that Namuganza attacked Parliament that it is powerless and does not have the powers to censure her.

    Namuganza’s attack came in relation to her involvement in the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    Parliament indicted Namuganza in May 2022 following a report by the Adhoc Committee on Naguru-Nakawa land where she was faulted for falsifying a presidential directive that saw Uganda Land Commission allocate land to certain entities.

    MPs during the plenary that sat on 13th, July 2022, noted that Namuganza went on and ridiculed Parliament and its leadership in relation to the findings of the committee.

    Bukooli County Central MP, Hon. Solomon Silwany however noted that such an attack on the leaders of Parliament affects the integrity of Parliament.

    “She should explain her conduct to us on why she would go out on social media and TV and bash the way Parliament is working,” he added.

    Namuganza however denied allegations and tasked her accusers to table evidence pinning her.

    Mr.Onen informed Parliament today that it is alleged that Hon Namuganza also went on media questioning the powers and integrity of the presiding officers to form Adhoc Committees to investigate the Nakawa-Naguru land allocation.

    “In its observation, the Committee found that the conduct and behaviour of Hon Namuganza constitutes gross misconduct and misbehaviour and is not befitting of a Member of Parliament, more so a Minister,” he said.

    Mr.Onen further revealed that the Committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline recommended that the House invokes Article 118(1) (b) of the Constitution and Rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure to censure Hon Persis Namuganza.

    Efforts to reach Namuganza were futile as she failed to pick up our phone calls.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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