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    Uganda Will Host WC Qualifiers At Kitende – CAF Confirms…

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    St. Mary's Stadium, Kitende

    The Uganda National soccer team, The Cranes will not have to host the forthcoming Africa 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers away from home as earlier on feared.

    St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende is one of the 56 stadia approved by CAF to host the International qualifiers that will get underway in June this year.

    Apparently, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) had already contacted Tanzania, citing a possibility that the Kitende based Stadium would be left out.

    After a thorough inspection of the Stadium however, a detailed report was sent to CAF and FIFA who in return made an urgent follow up with yet another team for re-inspection before finally allowing Uganda to play home games at St. Mary’s Stadium.

    Uganda will therefore play three games at Kitende, first, hosting Mali on Matchday two slated for between 11th to 14th June 2021.

    Uganda will then play two more consecutive matches at home after Matchday three – Matchday four and five between 5th to 7th September 2021 and 6th to 9th October 2021 respectively.

    St Mary’s Stadium has hosted three high profile Caf engagements in the recently concluded AFCON 2021 qualifiers, the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup.

    Cranes hosted the last two matches of the AFCON 2021 qualifiers against South Sudan and Burkina Faso at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

    The Cranes are pooled in Group E alongside Mali and neighbours Kenya and Rwanda.

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    Go Slow On Mafias, They Will Destroy You – Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya Warns Nabbanja …

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    Former VP Gilbert Bukenya (L) and PM Robinah Nabbanja

    Former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has emphasized that the mafias in government are many ruthless and one could annoy them even by doing the right thing.

    Appearing on  NBS’ Morning Breeze, Bukenya advised Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to go slow while carrying out her duties or else she is annoying the mafias in government.

    Bukenya said that when he was still in government, he tried to raise the issue of mafias but he was ignored.

    “I pray for Prime Minister Hon. Robinah Nabbanja. I advise her to go slow because these people (mafias) are not ready to be disturbed,” Bukenya said.

    He added that the mafia group is big and it participates in corruption and they are ready to remove any tree however deep its roots are.

    “The mafia group wants to take over the country therefore it will try to destabilise anybody who is sincere to this country,” he stated.

    “I was ignored, but aren’t you hearing people talking about them now?” he asked.

    To prove that she is already being threatened, Nabbanja in July told journalists that she has started receiving death threats from unidentified people who were asking her to back off their deals.

    Bukenya warned Nabbanja to be careful while handling government business because the mafias are real and will not be stopped by anyone or  anything if they are pushing their deals through.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    M7’s Mailo Land Amendments Make Former Minister Nantaba Speak In Tongues As She Declares War On MP Tebandeke…

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    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s alleged mailo land amendments have taught former junior lands minister and Kayunga district woman legislator how to speak in tongues.

    Last month, Prime Minister and leader of government business Robinah Nabbanja confirmed that her government is set to start with the mailo land amendment in the eleventh parliament due to frequent land wrangles and evictions in the country.

    A number of leaders have taken sides with Buganda Kingdom protesting the move since they are the majority land owners in central Uganda.

    The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi even directed Buganda caucus legislators to fight tooth and nail to make sure that the amendment is not passed.

    However, junior lands minister Dr. Sam Mayanja is very sure that the amendment is going to be passed because the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party has the majority in the parliament.

    However, while appearing on radio Simba’s olutindo talk show, Nantaba, who has been at the frontline of the biggest land battles in Buganda especially in Kayunga failed to tell the country whose side she will take when the amendments are brought to the floor of parliament.

    “I’m still studying the situation because I’ve not yet read through the alleged amendment so I cannot answer that question on land amendment. I know everyone wants my answer on this issue,” Nantaba said.

    Talk show moderator Prossy Kyesswa pressed Nantaba to the wall to tell her voters whether she will support president Museveni or Kabaka Mutebi on the alleged bill but she discreetly kept on giving land history in the country which showed that she is between a rock and a hard place.

    Nantaba has been known for being an advocate for ‘bibanja’ owners and has fought many wars with land grabbers in Kayunga including loaded government officials.

    But now she has to decide on whether to support her Kabaka or her boss president Museveni.

    Nantaba has also declared war on her fellow member of parliament Charles Tebandeke.

    Nantaba accuses Tebandeke, the Bbale county legislator of working for her tormentors in Kayunga to dislodge her from parliament.

    “I know he wants me out of Kayunga politics, he has been going around telling people that I have not been helping them during trying times and spoiling my name,” the soft spoken Nantaba said.

    She warned Tebandeke that she has been winning all Kayunga battles so he should be ready for defeat.

    Next week, Nantaba will start defending her win in Mukono High Court where her win is being challenged by Harriet Nakwedde, Birungi Kobusingye Jackline Saako ne Nabadda Ritah.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    UMEME Is A Mistake – M7 Insists…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated that UMEME, a leading power distributer in Uganda is a mistake.

    According to Museveni, the country ought to get a quick way out of the UMEME “trap”.

    “The cost of electricity is distorted by the mistakes committed by some of our actors without my knowledge. Especially the mistakes of Bujagali and UMEME,” Museveni said as he addressed the nation at the Kololo Independence Grounds.

    The President faults UMEME for the increased cost of electricity and the disruptions in the industry sector.

    “The high cost is caused by these. We shall see how to get out of this mistake. We shall see how to get out of this mistake,” he insisted.

    The president believes that the government can get over UMEME to avoid other mistakes and use other means to distribute electricity to some industrial parks.

    “For some industrial parks, we shall supply power straight without going through UMEME,” he said. It is not yet even a month ever since Museveni castigated UMEME.

    It is the second time in just weeks that the president is hitting at the company for “failing industrialization” and as a result, affecting job creation because electricity tariffs were high.

    In his speech during Labour Day Celebrations at state house Entebbe, Museveni said;

    “They went behind and then brought something called UMEME. What is this for? A private company, looking for profits, you make it a middleman between the generation of electricity and the final consumers, including the factories which you want to create jobs. What’s this, what are you looking for?” the President furiously asked.

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