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    Tick Any Opposition Candidate To Deny M7 The Required 51% To Force A Re-Run – Besigye Advises Bobi, Amuriat & Muntu Voters…

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    Four time presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye has had a meeting with leading opposition guns aimed at toppling Yoweri Museveni from the country’s presidency, a position he has held for 5 successive terms, now seeking for the 6th.

    Dr. Besigye has urged Ugandans to vote for any opposition candidate and protect their votes in order to deny President Museveni the required 51%, and force a re-run.

    Besigye made the statements at a joint press conference held at Hotel Africana today hosted by opposition presidential candidates Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine, Patrick Oboi Amuriat and Mugisha Muntu.

    Besigye, who has stood for presidency on four occassions noted that although he had faced violence at the hands of security officers on several campaign trails over the years, the violence that was meted out to opposition candidates this time was unprecedented.

    “Some people get discouraged when they see the forces of change not presenting one person, but that should not be the issue. Everybody should cast and protect their votes,” Besigye said, urging Ugandans to massively vote and guard their votes jointly, regardless of their political affiliations.

    It’s two days now to the country’s highly anticipated general election due Thursday this week. The opposition candidates have united forces with a purpose of stopping Uganda’s longest serving president.

    The National Unity Platform presidential candidate Bobi Wine said that in Uganda, standing against President Museveni is the biggest crime. He decried the harassment he has suffered at the hands of security officers right from the day of his nomination.

    “It is unfortunate that as all these things are happening, the EC is silent and instead blaming the victims,” Bobi Wine said.

    Bobi Wine asked his supporters to use cameras on their phones to take photos and videos of any irregularities and send to the UVote application that he recently launched, against EC chairman Byabakama’s directives.

    “Do not pay attention to Mr Byabakama’s illegal pronouncements. You’ll not be breaking any law by staying at the polling station,” Bobi Wine said.

    Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Patrick Oboi Amuriat in his speech said that the onus in now on the Electoral Commission to ensure that the voting process is free and fair because they are united to expose any irregularities. “I want to tell the EC that if they cannot organise a free and fair election, then they are a useless organization,” Amuriat said.

    The Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) presidential candidate Gen Mugisha Muntu said that as candidates, they have done their part and now it is time for Ugandans to play their role in shaping a better future for their country.

    Muntu said that many Ugandans are already discouraged from participating in the voting because of the violence that has dominated the campaigns but urged them not to give up at the final lap.

    “Regardless of what you see, let not all the problems you see around discourage you from going to the polling station. Go and cast your vote, guard it and leave the rest to us,” Muntu said.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    NUP Accuses Police Of Stealing Bobi Wine’s Cassava From His Magere Garden, Minister Anite Insists, If The ‘Magye’ Let Kyagulanyi Out, He Is Going To Break The Law…

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    Minister Anite and Bobi Wine (R)

    National Unity Platform (NUP) bosses are accused policemen of stealing cassava and other food stuff from the garden of their president in Magere Wakiso district.

    Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP vice president Buganda and also the Masaka Municipality member of parliament elect disclosed that he was briefed by lawyers who visited Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine that policemen deployed at his home are stubbornly tampering with his personal properties.

    “I was told that even those policemen reached an extent of uprooting cassava from our president’s garden. They are using his water, electricity and other stuff but why don’t you people declare that Kyagulanyi is under detention and tell us the charges you have against him” Mpuuga said.

    He added that Kyagulanyi told his lawyers that life is not easy because he, together with his wife, were denied access to their garden.

    However, State Minister for Privatisation and Investment Evelyn Anite rubbished the claims that policemen are stealing Kyagulanyi’s cassava and insisted that this was propaganda spread by NUP leadership to put police and other security agencies in bad light.

    “What is happening to Hon Kyagulanyi is in his own interest to protect him from breaking the law. The people who keep peace and order have been restraining him to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you let Kyagulanyi out, he is going to break the law and spread COVID-19,” Anite disclosed.

    “I said, nobody will intimidate us, rob us of our peace and stability when we have the ‘magye’ (Army). Today they are on the streets to protect the sovereignty of the country and it is a constitutional mandate given to the ‘magye’.” the State Minister said.

    High Court Judge Micheal Elubo is set to give his ruling on a Habeas Corpus application filled by Kyagulanyi’s lawyers led by Medard Lubega Ssegona.

    Kyagulanyi’s lawyers are told court that their client and his wife are under illegal detention and security should bring him in Courts of law to be charged formally.

    However, the Attorney General insists that Kyagulanyi is not in detention but security agencies are giving him protection and preventing him from causing chaos.

     

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    Top Muslim Cleric Accuses Ministers Who Lost Of Resorting To Eating Instead Of Serving, Advises  Museveni On Buganda Voters…

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    President Museveni and Hajji Nsereko Mutumba (R)

    Top Muslim cleric Hajji Nsereko Mutumba has accused the ministers who lost elections in the 2021 general elections of turning public offices given to them by the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni into their private offices.

    He also advised the president elect on how to win back the hearts of the voters in Buganda who overwhelmingly voted for Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and candidates on the National Unity Platform (NUP) party.

    Below is Hajji  Mutumba’s opinion.

    Now that Ugandans have chosen their leaders, I believe congratulations are in order, not only to the winners, but to all Ugandans who turned up in large numbers to vote peacefully.

    Congratulations also go to the Uganda Electoral Commission (EC) and the security forces that worked hand in hand to ensure that Ugandans exercise their constitution rights without fear.

    Special congratulations go to Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni upon his re-election as the President of the Republic of Uganda.

    Let the election results be a lesson to both winners and losers. To the losers, it is time to reflect on what went wrong and rectify it, so that you can do better in future. To the winners, the electorate expects better service delivery.

    You have been chosen to serve not to eat. One of the reasons why a total of 26 ministers, including the Vice President were rejected by the electorate was due to their failure to deliver services.

    They lost touch with the wananchi and turned public offices into private spaces. They resorted to eating instead of serving. They abandoned the President’s ongoing nationwide war against poverty and promoted their personal interests during the campaigns.

    Their arrogance created a huge barrier between the wananchi and the President’s office, leading to NRM’s poor performance in most parts of Buganda.

    The poor performance by both the President and NRM in Buganda should not be ignored or downplayed. Buganda remains central to Uganda, as the largest and most influential region especially in regard to its historical and key role in shaping the politics of Ugandan.

    If Uganda was a person, Buganda would be the head. I therefore call upon the President to ignore elements that are downplaying NRM’s poor performance in Buganda. NRM needs Buganda and Buganda needs NRM.

    There should therefore be concerted efforts to re-engage Buganda with the aim of covering the fault line that is developing between the two entities. The success of this initiative will depend on who the President picks in his next cabinet.

    The President should also revive direct communication with wananchi through the PIN initiative that used to be headed by Maj. Samuel Kamya Ssebyatika.

    Through PIN, it was easy for the wananchi to meet or pass on key information to the President. The channel was dropped after Hon. Karooro Okurut left the Security Ministry. This basically cut off the wananchi from the President, denying him valuable information from the grass-root.

    It is therefore not surprising that NRM performed poorly in areas like Luwero where it needed to do better or even win. Therefore, going forward, the President should seriously consider meeting grass root cadres directly as he used to do in the past whenever he visited a particular place.

    He should also instruct the Security Minister to revive and facilitate the PIN initiative. Many cadres and veterans are demoralized because some of his current handlers either deny them access or do not pass on their information to him.

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    M7’s Gov’t Dragged To Regional Court For Trying Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li In Military Court…

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    L-R: Nubian Li, lawyer Mabirizi and Eddie Mutwe

    Controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has challenged president Yoweri Museveni’s government in the East African Court of Justice for trying civilians supporting National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in the general Court Martial.

    In his petition, Mabirizi claimed that it was unlawful and an infringement on the fundamental and operational principles of the East African Community to try civilians in a military court.

    “Subjecting non-members of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces to military tribunals undermined their inherent right to fair hearing since as non-members of the Force, it is not possible to know the usages and practices of the tribunal to enable the accused properly follow the proceedings and to defend him/herself,” Mabirizi stated.

    He insisted that Court Martial is not a Court of Judicature and was established to try military men and trying civilians in it undermines the principle of Rule of Law since the Uganda Constitution has never envisaged that non-members of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces should be subjected to martial law.

    Early this month, 49 supporters of Bobi Wine who included his private body guard Eddy Mutwe and private assistant Nubian Li were charged with unlawful possession of an AK47 gun which violates military law under section 119(1)(h)(1) of the UPDF Act of 2005.

    Mabirizi further challenged the deployment of the military during 2021 general elections and the switch off the internet and mobile money services.

    He also wants the regional Court to declare Uganda’s 2021 general elections illegal because it was presided over by the illegal chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission.

    He insisted that Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama didn’t resign as the Court of Appeal Justice before taking over the position of the chairperson of the electoral commission.

    The Government of Uganda through the Attorney General is not yet put in his defence.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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