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    The State Is Mandated By Law To Use Violence- Ofwono Opondo  Speaks Out On Abductions, Human Rights Abuses In Uganda Ahead Of IPOD Summit…

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    Norbert Mao (L) Ofwono Opondo (C) and Nandala Mafabi

    The government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, who is also the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Council, has said that the state is mandated by law to use violence on its citizens.

    Opondo, who was giving his remarks about today’s Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD)on NBS TV’s Frontline show last night, asserted that under some circumstances government is allowed to use violence.

    “The State is allowed by law to apply violence. There is no group that President Museveni and the government don’t reach out to,” Opondo said.

    Speaking about the continued abductions of Ugandans by state security agencies, Opondo noted that the matter is being dealt with by the police and Ministry of Internal Affairs and that a list of those arrested had been released by government.

    “The list of the missing persons has been read by Jeje Odongo. We are sure it will be resolved,” Opondo said.

    “We are used to the antics of FDC. I don’t think it will take them far. They will realize the train is moving. The fact that people break the 10 commandments doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go to church. It is the same thing with the IPOD summit,” the government mouthpiece noted, in reply to the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party’s refusal to attend the IPOD summit.

    Opondo challenged the FDC Secretary  General MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi, who claimed that their party leader  Patrick Oboi Amuriat could not sit with his tormentor (President Yoweri Museveni) on the same table, to provide proof that indeed Amuriat has ever been tormented or tortured by Museveni.

    “Let Nandala show us a video of President Museveni shooting a teargas canister. There is a record that this government dialogues. When we fail, we try again. That is how we have managed to build Uganda in the last 35 years and are the longest-serving government through dialogue,” he asserted.

    However, Nandala, who was also a panelist on the show, insisted that Amuriat cannot meet a person who brutalized him.

    “You want Amuriat to go and meet a person who beat him properly,” wondered Nandala, who added that; “The day Ofwono Opondo doesn’t have a  job, I am telling you he will cry like a baby. You are talking of dialogue when people are in prison, kidnapped, and dying. I think we must be realistic in this country.  The dialogue is for who? The kind of dialogue we want is not the one structured at IPOD.”

    Nandala further asserted that; “I thought Mao who has attended summits would be the best person to advise the IPOD.  The reason why they are so desperate to go there is to meet the NRM Chairman who is also the President. IPOD was formed for inter-party dialogue. We hoped that the elections would be free and fair. Those who participated in the unfairness should go and attend the summit.”

    But Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao deferred from Nandala’s opinion, noting that IPOD is not all about President Museveni meeting opposition politicians but aims at forging a way forward for Uganda’s future.

    “I want to assure the public that the IPOD is not a bilateral meeting between Museveni and the opposition. The media is responsible for making it appear so,” Mao said.

    He added that; “A tortoise can’t move forward unless it sticks its head out. It is risky, its head might be cut off but it must. I believe people can talk. What IPOD is doing is trying to build a bridge over stormy waters. Even if you die in the process, let the bridge be built.”

    The DP stalwart explained that; “There must be pressure on all fronts, citizens must be involved. IPOD is not the only way but some people can use it. If one strategy has not worked, you must look for another one. The IPOD members should take IPOD seriously including the NRM. When there is darkness, even a cigarette can provide light. I am not going to exaggerate the importance of IPOD.”

    President Yoweri Museveni is set to hold this IPOD summit later today at Kololo Independence Grounds, which he will preside over as Chairperson.

    However, the FDC party has since been joined by the JEEMA party on refusing to attend the summit, although other parties like the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) of Rtd. Gen. Mugisha Muntu, National Unity Platform (NUP) of Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, have not yet expressed their interest  or disinterest in the summit.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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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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