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    UPL Clubs Chairmen Speak Out On How FUFA Wanted To Utilize Them In Nakiwala’s ‘Selection’ Process… 

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    Police FC chairman, AIGP Asan Kasingye (L) and FUFA 3rd Vice President, Hon Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi

    Uganda Premier League (UPL) clubs chairmen have finally spoken out on their decision to avoid FUFA elections in which their representative to the federation’s Executive Committee was elected.

    On Saturday, May 15, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) conducted elections to pick the person who represents Uganda Premier League (UPL) and FUFA Big League (FBL) clubs on the federation’s executive committee.

    Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi stood unopposed for the spot and predictably retained her position as the FUFA third Vice President for the period 2021-2025.

    Only three UPL clubs (Villa, Express, and URA) were represented, as up to 13 were absent, citing various reasons ranging from miscommunication to disrespect.

    For starters, the notice calling off the elective congregation was shared on Friday, and a change of venue was communicated later in the day at 5:40 PM, not even 24 hours before the Saturday morning election date.

    Police FC chairman Asan Kasingye affirmed that he did not vote for his club’s representative to FUFA because he could not attend an event that he was not invited to.

    “This election thing is news to me. I never got the invitation, otherwise, I would have loved to go and vote,” Kasingye explained.

    Not to differ so much from Kasingye, Diana Nyago, the Busoga United chairperson says she was infuriated by the whole arrangement.

    “In whose interest can only three out of 16 clubs elect a representative for the remaining thirteen? That is impunity,” Nyago strongly stressed her concern.

    She raged on; “It is clear they ring-fenced the position for a particular person but no one owns football in this country.”

    Nyago says she and other club chairmen are keeping a close watch over the federation to see how far they can go with their preferential treatment towards members.

    Ronnie Mutebi, the Bright Stars chairman does not dispute Nakiwala’s representation of his club among others, but advised accordingly;

    “Our representative Nakiwala has a very big task to unite all the clubs that have long been divided to be ruled by the federation.”

    “She should now tell us her programs because she never asked us to vote for her, so she never explained what she was going to do for us,” Mutebi said.

    “And besides, clubs are now too busy closing in on their season targets to engage in a sham election,” he added.

    Hassan Lule, the Wakiso Giants chairman says he made it to FUFA House – Mengo but did not participate because he was late.

    “I made an effort to reach on time, but the voting had already taken place, and within 30 minutes after 10:00 AM, the elections were done,” Lule narrated to Football 256, blaming FUFA for issuing out short and inconvenient notice.

    “We are not club chairmen because we are idle. We have other businesses to take care of,” Lule expressed his frustration further, arguing that things have got to be done professionally like FUFA always emphasizes.

    “First of all, the elections were just a formality. If elections are to happen, give people time, let the candidates convince the voters,” he added.

    Wakiso Giants patron Musa ‘Atagenda’ Ssebulime, like his chairman, feels that the federation greatly undermines clubs.

    “Some people just want to sit in Mengo and decide for us all, because how do you expect someone to honour without fail an invitation notice of fewer than 24 hours?” Ssebulime pondered before stating that he would not even attend a voting function where the winner has been decided.

    Many of them (clubs chairmen) were not even interested to discuss the topic; Onduparaka’s Benjamin Nkakuni, Mbarara City’s Mpaka Mwine, among others chose not to comment about the matter.

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    Museveni Bans Land Evictions In Uganda…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has banned all land evictions in the country that are carried out without the consent of the respective District Security Committees (DSC).

    In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, using his powers under Article 98(1) and 99(1) of the Constitution that enjoins him to ensure good governance and protect the Constitution, the President directed that:

    “No eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the District Security Committee (DSC), chaired by the Resident District Commissioners /Resident City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs) and direct consultation with the Minister of Lands.”

    Museveni further warned that if this is not done and the illegal evictions go ahead, the members of the District Security Committee will all be held responsible and action will be taken against them.

    Faruk Kirunda, the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary confirmed the development. However, he noted that the directive excludes the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) representatives who may not be in the know of the substance of the issues involved.

    In the same communication, Museveni requested His Lordship the Chief Justice to prevail upon the Justices and Magistrates who violate the Constitution by illegally evicting people in collusion with land grabbers.

    He further directed the Minister of Lands to inform the Attorney General about such abuses by judicial officers so that legal action can be taken against them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ministry Of Education Releases Phased School Opening Program….

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    The Ministry of Education has released a phased school opening program following the President’s directive.

    President Museveni opened schools in the country after being on lockdown for over two years due to the Covid pandemic.

    He said that schools will resume on January,10 2022 but in a phased manner.

    “We have engaged different stakeholders including KCCA, Wakiso, Mukono and Mpigi district local governments, security and the Ministry of Works and Transport before coming up with a phased reopening program,” the ministry statement read in part.

    “All learners in day schools shall report on Monday, January, 10, 2022 for class. All learners in boarding schools in Wakiso, Mpigi, Mukono and Kampala shall follow a staggered reporting plan with effect from Monday,January, 10,2022 and no boarding student in the concerned districts shall report for school earlier than January,10,2022,” the Ministry of Education further noted in a statement.

    “For those in Mpigi and Wakiso districts, the reporting dates for boarding students in A’level and those in lower primary (boarding) will be January,10 whereas those in O’level, P.5, P.6 and P.7 (in boarding) will be Wednesday January,12,2022.”

    The Ministry of Education also added that students in international schools should also comply with the program and should not open earlier than the set January,10 date as indicated by the president.

    According to the statement, Kampala and Mukono students specifically boarding students in A’level and lower primary are expected to report on Thursday, January,13.

    “It is the responsibility of learners’ respective parents or guardians to ensure that the learner is provided with a mask to wear when travelling to school while using public means,” the statement reads.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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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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