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    Uganda’s Parliament Is Green On Role Of EALA – DP’s Mbidde Speaks Out On Benefits Of Regional Body…

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    Deputy President General of Democratic Party (DP) and outgoing East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) member, Mukasa Mbidde has emphasized that Ugandans are tainted with power of bias which is hurting the progress of dialogue and substantial politics.

    Mbidde’s statements come at a time when Parliament is preparing to hold the EALA elections.

    The nomination exercise started last week when Parliament nominated 15 candidates.

    According to Adolf Mwesigye, the Clerk to Parliament, the gazetted candidates will be invited to appear for campaigns and voting that will take place on October 29.

    Appearing in a political interview yesterday, to give an analysis on the upcoming EALA elections, Mbidde revealed that Parliament did not know that they had a duty to vote until he went to EALA.

    “They were only giving political parties with the biggest numerical strength under the rules of procedure to appoint successful members to EALA,” he revealed.

    Mbidde adduced, “East African Community is not a country. These are all independent sovereign states that are talking for purposes of cooperating in areas that get agreed upon from time to time.”

    He disclosed that Uganda’s parliament is not aware of the role of the East African Legislative Assembly.

    He added, “Each time Uganda has an election, 80% of its members of parliament are ejected, and new ones are voted in. So, the members who get clearer knowledge about EALA find themselves ejected out of parliament.

    “You do not send delegates to be elected for EALA. You need people with the personal resolve to tell the leadership where it is going wrong.”

    Mbidde maintained that under the Common Market Protocol, one is free to move as a factor of production throughout the seven partner states of the East African Community by law.

    “In terms of practice, when the Common Market Protocol was signed, there were annexes that were addendums to the Common Market Protocol. Certain areas were reserved as still available for negotiation.”

    He further insisted that East Africa is not one country until they get to the fourth and last limb of integration, which is political integration.

    “The East African Community is working. Before the tripartite in the East African Community, containers would run from Mombasa to Uganda for a period of almost three months. It now takes three days.”

    He also insinuated that for those that continue to traverse the countries, once they begin using money without passing via forex bureaus, that is when some people will begin to know that the East African Community is working.

    Mbidde contended that they need a lot of further training adding that they do not have enough induction processes because the funding for the East African Community induction process is still low.

    “Popularly in the opposition, we believe that President Museveni doesn’t respect agreements. We also believe that he respects only those that picked up arms to fight,” he added.

    Mbidde also clarified that President Museveni never called him a good DP rather he said that, “this is not a bad DP.”

    “This is not a bad DP’ and ‘this is a good DP’ does not mean the same thing.

    He propounded that Ugandans are tainted with the power of bias, and this is hurting the progress of dialogue and substantial politics.

    He added, “From 1986 to 2005, we did not have anything to do with a political party. There was something called individual merit, where the opinion of an individual was sacrosanct.”

    Speaking about the cooperation agreement that was signed between DP and NRM, Mbidde imparted that the memorandum agreed upon by DP Secretariat with the NRM includes making sure that they take Uganda back to respect of fundamental rights, among other aspects.

    He said, “Recently, we celebrated Ben Kiwanuka. Ben Kiwanuka did all he could, including becoming the Chief Justice in a time when the government didn’t believe in the law. He was crucified and killed for it.

    “The genetic make-up of Ben Kiwanuka is what is lingering in the head of Norbert Mao. This is what makes him join a system that we yet believe will make him achieve what we want as DP.

    Mbidde concluded that the future of Uganda must be a free space where everybody is free to become a leader if voted for by the majority.

    “There must be freedom of competition. What we are supposed to enact are level-plane rules that make it possible for even the son of the President to lose an election.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Why M7 Appointed Trusted Brother Gen. Saleh To Command Fight Against Gunmen Attacks On Security Forces …

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    President Museveni and his brother Gen. Salim Saleh

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander in Chief has assigned his young trusted brother and special senior presidential advisor Gen. Salim Saleh to supervise the fight against gunmen who are attacking security installations and forces.

    Credible security sources have intimated to theGrapevine that Museveni was briefed by his confidant intelligence team that security agencies have failed to defeat the armed men who attack police posts and military barracks.

    Internal Affairs State Minister Gen. David Muhoozi briefed parliament that 22 suspects including UPDF soldiers and two police officers were charged before the court martial on offences related to the recent attacks on police stations and military barracks. The minister said that within a period of 12 months, 13 attacks have been reported, 15 guns were stolen and 6 of these have not yet been recovered.

    “According to available intelligence, the motives for these actions are acquisition of arms for subversive activities, as well as for other criminal ends other than subversion,” the minister said.

    However, the minister explained that some of the attacks were as a result of laxity in the security forces and sources have said that it is this laxity that has forced President Museveni to bring back Gen. Saleh after establishing that his security forces were carrying out uncoordinated operations against the said gunmen.

    Sources added that the big man was very bitter with some security bosses for giving uncoordinated statements, he gave an example of the statement issued by police identifying the gunmen as rebels which the army rubbished and insisted that the attackers are criminal gangs.

    Sources said that Museveni directed all security bosses that before an operation is carried out, Gen. Saleh has to be informed and if it is an emergency, he has to be briefed not beyond five hours after the operation.

    “You know these gangs have started using tactics which President Museveni’s NRA rebels used especially when they started attacking security installation with the aim of stealing guns, didn’t you hear that the attackers at Gaddafi barracks in Jinja first strangled the UPDF soldier before firing bullets on his dead body?” a source said.

    He added that Museveni wants Gen. Saleh to use the same tactics they have previously used to fight gunmen.

    Another source said that there is a sharp division within security agencies and the president wants Gen. Saleh to fix it and save the situation.

    Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the special presidential senior advisor on operation, has been the supervisor of all the operations in the country.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Has Bobi Wine Finally Made Up His Mind To Replace Mpuuga With Zaake? Battle For LOP Position Rages On, NUP Speaks out…

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    L-R: Mityana municipality MP Zaake, LOP Mpuuga and NUP boss Bobi Wine

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the National Unity Platform (NUP) Secretary General has rubbished allegations that his party president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has written to Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, appointing Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Francis Zaake as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament replacing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba.

    Rubongoya said that the aim of people who are circulating allegations that Bobi Wine has fired Mpuuga is to disorganise opposition legislators and NUP members at large which they cannot accept as NUP leadership.

    The allegation come at a time when Bobi Wine has just blasted some of his party MPs and opposition at large for not supporting Zaake when he was protesting on the floor of parliament over the kidnapping of opposition supporters especially in Buganda.

    Thomas Tayebwa, the deputy speaker of parliament early this week sent Zaake to the parliament’s disciplinary committee for violating his orders when he insisted on commenting on the ongoing kidnaps in the country even after advising him on the right procedure to follow.

    However, Bobi Wine claims that it was wrong for Tayebwa to frustrate Zaake and praised Makindye West legislator Derrick Nyeko, Kasanda South’s Frank Kabuye, Nakaseke Central’s Allan Mayanja and Kilak South’s Gilbert Olanyah who stood with Zaake when he was protesting.

    Sources inside NUP revealed that Bobi Wine is very determined to drop all the opposition leadership in parliament because they are not respecting his orders and are in bed with the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party which he says is betrayal.

    Sources added that apart from Zaake, other people who are being vetted to replace Mpuuga include Busiro East’s Medard Lubega Ssegona and Kasanda North’s Patrick Oshabe Nsamba.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Buganda Premier Mayiga In Panic Over City Businessman Who Wants To Finish Him…

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    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga

    Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango has revealed that detectives from Old Kampala police station have kicked off investigation against a controversial city businessman for inciting Kisekka market youths against Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

    In an exclusive interview with theGrapevine, Onyango said that on Monday morning, Old Kampala police received information about angry Buganda youths who were threatening to cause insecurity at Bulange building which houses Buganda Kingdom headquarters.

    Onyango said that his police quickly saved the situation and arrested some of the youths who led the attack.

    He explained that preliminary investigation show that there might be a big man behind the goons who were hired from Kisekka market to bring tension and panic at Bulange building and against the person of Mayiga.

    “They are going to be charged with the offences of criminal trespass and inciting violence. However, investigations are ongoing and we might charge them with other offences because we are still looking for that person who is behind them,” Onyango said.

    Detectives at Old Kampala police told theGrapevine that they suspect that there is a top city tycoon who facilitated these youths to attack Buganda Kingdom.

    He added that they might be the ones who forged the signature of the Buganda Kingdom King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was put on the letter suspending all works at all Kingdom institutions including clans headquarters, his palaces and at the Kingdom headquarters.

    In the forged letter, there were instructions directing UPDF and Uganda Police with immediate effect to stop providing security at the said Kingdom headquarters.

    Detectives added that the youths identified themselves as Kabaka Munyango and are the ones who normally escort Kabaka Mutebi when he is travelling internally.

    It is alleged the suspects wanted to stage a deadly protest against Kabaka as a way of provoking his security to fire bullets at them which would have resulted in bloodshed.

    The suspects were found with machetes and placards with writings pleading to Kabaka Mutebi to fire Mayiga over incompetence and corruption.

    Buganda Kingdom disowned the said letter insisting that it was not signed by Kabaka.

    However, sources within Mengo revealed that the letter was authored within Bulange by Mayiga’s enemies.

    Efforts to get a comment from Buganda Kingdom were futile as Noor Kiyimba, the Kingdom’s information and cabinet minister was not picking our calls by press time.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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