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    The Umbrella Ballot Revolt Continues: An Imprisoned NUP Candidate Won An Election Last Week, 2 Other NUP Detained Candidates Are On The Ballot Paper Today…



    John Bosco Sserunkuma (L) Bobi Wine (C) and Muhammad Nsubuga

    Away from the presidential elections in which the National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine came second behind the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the fanatic “umbrella gang” is not done yet.

    They believe they were cheated and are now protesting on the ballot paper. The reverent Bobi Wine supporters have vowed to tick any NUP candidate that appears on the ballot box.

    The NUP supporters have churned up a religious movement of sorts advocating for every tick on the ballot paper to count for the umbrella symbol regardless of whom and why.

    The devout NUP voters are so determined to prove a point that they can  easily vote a dead man if his picture appeared on the ballot paper on the same row with the umbrella symbol of the newly formed party.

    One of the imprisoned NUP members who was arrested in Kalangala on while Bobi Wine’s presidential campaign trail had contested for local council elections and went on to win even in his absence.

    John Bosco Sserunkuma, was announced the winner in the Nansana westward, Nansana Municipality local council elections in Wakiso District, despite being in jail.

    Sserunkuma obtained 2,343 votes while his main challenger Kibirige Kasule, of the Democratic Party got only 480 votes.

    Sserunkuma celebrated his victory in prison since he was last seen free in December last year before his arrested in Kalangala District.

    Meanwhile, two other NUP party candidates contesting to become Division Councilors in Kampala, will not vote in today’s local government council elections.

    Like Sserunkuma, they were also arrested in Kalangala district in December last year where they had gone to be part of Bobi Wine’s campaign trail.

    Muhammad Nsubuga is contesting as a divisional councilor to represent Makerere III parish in Kawempe Division while Jamirah Namwanje is contesting for the position of Councilor in Bwaise II.

    Namwanje and Nsubuga were remanded to Kitalya and Kigo prisons respectively after they were allegedly found in possession of four rounds of ammunition of an AK 47 gun.

    Nsubuga’s father, Mutebi Nsubuga, says that although his son is still in detention, they continue canvassing support for him. He is confident that his son will be victorious in the elections.


     By Baron Kironde



    M7 Urges Ugandans To Study European History



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged Ugandans to study European history in order to gain relevant knowledge to develop the country.

    Museveni, who was represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, made the statement at a symposium to address the role of universities in responding to Africa’s problems and development needs. The symposium was held on March 30th at Makerere University.

    Museveni told Ugandans to study European history and get exposed to the world.

    “Have seen some people saying what is the use of studying European History. It is very important to study European History cause when you know about the world, it is like a laboratory. You can know how the world is and how society evolves,” he said.

    Museveni said Africans should borrow good ideas from the Europeans and have them implemented in their own countries.

    He also expressed his dismay with colonial influence that is washing away the African culture and values. He said Africans are buying ‘acids’ to bleach themselves due to colonial influence.

    Museveni further said that University education must help Africas regain their confidence.

    “The education system or university education must put confidence back into the African people,” he said.

    The president also urged universities to incorporate integration in the scope of what they teach to students. He said universities should not teach economics without integration or political science without regional integration.

    Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Makerere University’s vice chancellor urged the government to prioritise postgraduate studies, saying that these help countries transform faster.

    “Economies of countries are transformed much faster if you have a mass of PhD and masters’ graduates,” he said.

    According to Nawangwe, postgraduate students are able to conduct research that leads to national transformation.

    Makerere University will in the next academic year cut the number of undergraduate students to create space for postgraduate and PhD students.

    The institution has also called upon government to increase sponsorship slots for postgraduate students. This is aimed at turning Makerere University into a research led institution.

    By Nickson Maberi


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    Karamoja Iron Sheets Protest: Eight Remanded To Luzira Prison



    Court has remanded a total of eight youths to Luzira prison who were involved in a protest on Tuesday calling for the arrest of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.

    The eight were arrested along Ben Kiwanuka Street as they called for the arrest and persecution of those involved in the Karamoja Iron Sheets Scandal.

    These include Kawooya Sharif, Ssegawa Shafik, Bukenya Moses, Ndyasiima Nelson, Matanda Augustine, Nayebare Gilbert, Najjume Sanyu and Ssemakula Teddy.

    The eight, who allege to be victims of torture, were arraigned before court and remanded to Luzira prison till April 12th, 2023. The group is accused of assaulting a police officer ASP Flavia Musimenta.

    Police on Monday said it was concluding investigations of ministers involved in the Karamoja iron sheets scandal.


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    Minister Rusoke Endorses ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ Campaign



    The Minister of State for Local Government Hon. Rusoke Victoria has endorsed the ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ campaign and urged Ugandans to rally behind president Museveni and make him president again in 2026.

    Rusoke said during the launch of the disbursement of Parish Development Model (PDM) funds to beneficiaries in Lwengo District that Museveni is the only leader that has shown love to the people of Uganda.

    Rusoke told Lwengo residents that by voting Museveni again in 2026, they will make it possible for him to continue with the implementation of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) manifesto.
    The beneficiaries were selected from 43 out of 45 Parishes in Lwengo District.

    The ‘Jajja Tova Ku Main’ is a campaign manned by youth across the country with an aim of promoting Museveni’s 2026 Presidential candidature.

    Mr Kitatta Ibrahim Almalik, the Lwengo District LCV Chairman hailed the regime for remaining truthful to its core Ideological principles of Nationalism, Pan Africanism, Social Economic Transformation and Democracy.

    Kitatta said the Parish Development Model will help households overcome poverty through establishing income generating projects using the PDM funds.



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