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VIDEO: President Museveni Tours Buckingham Palace, Dines With The Queen

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President Yoweri Museveni has held various meetings with several leaders at the sidelines of the CHOGM 2018 including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with whom he held a productive meeting, the two leaders talked about strengthening the relationship between the United Kingdom and Uganda. The two leaders agreed to cooperate in tackling regional problems together.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) is held every two years to enable leaders of the commonwealth countries come together to discuss global and commonwealth issues, and decide on collective policies and initiatives.

The Commonwealth of Nations is a voluntary association of 53 sovereign state. Nearly all of them are former British colonies.

The President also held a meeting with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi with whom he discussed bilateral issues between the two countries.

Earlier, the President was welcomed on arrival at the Buckingham Palace for the official opening of CHOGM and later at St. James Palace, by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May.

The President alongside other Commonwealth leaders was hosted to a reception by Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at the St. James Palace.

The President and other leaders were later hosted to a grand dinner by Her Majesty the Queen at the Ballroom, Buckingham Palace.

Today the President joins other Heads of State for a retreat at the Windsor Castle. Later President Museveni is due to hold a bilateral meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Earlier during the opening session, the UK Prime Minister Theresa May thankedHer Majesty The Queen for her generous invitation into her home, the first time the full Heads of Government meeting has been there in almost forty years.

President Museveni with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

“I am also struck by the number of Heads of Government we have assembled here today – a powerful demonstration of our commitment to revitalize the Commonwealth, and to tap into its vast potential.And that vast potential has been clear at the forums this week. Our Commonwealth family has spent the last four days sharing perspectives and finding ways to make a real difference to people’s lives. I think I speak for everyone around the room when I say that we have all been inspired by what we’ve seen and heard, particularly from our young people,” she said.

President Museveni with UK Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Theresa May

President Museveni with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

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How Gen. Saleh, Capt. Mike Mukula’s Undercover Mobilization Skills Forced Former Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza Out Of Kasese Politics…

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L-R: Gen Saleh, Winnie Kizza and Capt. Mukula

On Tuesday afternoon, the country was shocked with the announcement from fearless Kasese district woman Member of Parliament Winnie Kiiza that she had retired from elective politics.

In her statement, Kiiza stated that for the 23 years she has been in politics serving her country in different political offices, she is contented with what she has done.

General Mugisha Muntu, the former President of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) who is now in Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) appointed her as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

A number of political commentators gave their opinion on what they think caused Kiiza’s decision to exit elective politics.

Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality legislator boasted that as a well-trained investigative journalist, she smells a rotten rat in Kiiza’s resignation especially at this time when the country is preparing for the general election in 2021.

Charles Rwomushana, a presidential aspirant and a political analyst said that Kiiza’s exit might have been fueled by the political turmoil in Kasese and the stormy internal politics in FDC party.

Rwomushana added that Kizza is not in good books with Patrick Amuriat’s leadership at Najjanakumbi.

However, close friends to Kiiza who are conversant with politics in Kasese have told theGrapevine that their friend held lengthy consultations with various stakeholders before deciding to quit.

Kiiza’s friends revealed that she calculated and discovered that she will face an uphill task winning the over 30 aspirants who want her seat given that National Resistance Movement (NRM) popularity is also growing in the area.

A credible source within Kiiza’s camp revealed that NRM has seriously penetrated the area since the 2016 elections.

Others disclosed that FDC in Kasese is sharply divided with many seeing Kiiza as a traitor for dumping Besigye and crossing over to Muntu’s ANT.

Political analysts told this website that immediately after the 2016 General elections and the attack on the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, the king of Rwezururu, President Yoweri Museveni dispatched Captain Mike Mukula the party Vice Chairperson Eastern Region to handle the hot Kasese politics.

Source told us that Museveni was very happy with the way Mukula successfully put former Leader of Opposition and veteran celebrated journalist Wafula Oguttu out of action politically.

Mukula was very instrumental in helping Solomon Silwanyi who overwhelmingly defeated Oguttu in Bukoolo Central.

Sources added that Museveni was also very happy with Mukula’s zeal when he politically neutralized Ogenga Latigo also a former Leader of Opposition in the 8th parliament.

Sources explained that Museveni also based on the friendly relationship between Mukula and Lt. Col. Charles Kamya, the Omudinga wa Obundingiya bwa Bamba.

There has been bad blood between Mumbere and Omudinga which led to loss of lives in their tribal fight in 2016.

Mukula was instrumental in making sure that the two tribal leaders unite.

It was established by this website that Mukula is respected in Rwenzori region because of his fight to restore peace in the region after doing a lot of undercover mobilization for his party which threatened Kiiza’s political future.

On Monday, Mukula welcomed hundreds of opposition mobilizers from greater Rwenzori region who defected to NRM from different political parties and pressure groups at the party headquarters on Kyadondo road Kampala.

To help Mukula, Museveni also assigned his brother Gen. Salim Saleh to clean his name and the NRM image in Kasese.

Gen Saleh through Operation Wealth Creation injected billions in Kasese for investment and structural development.

Credible sources told this website that, Gen. Saleh and Mukula have been meeting a number Kasese mobilizers to see how NRM can sweep the region in the coming general elections.

MUKULA TEAM TURN GUNS TO KAMPALA

Steven Kabuleta, the NRM deputy chairperson Nakawa Division exclusively told this website that they are preparing to unveil a number of strong supporters from FDC and People Power.

He stated that they were thinking of unveiling them at once but because of the COVID19 pandemic they will unveil them in small numbers.

“I thank Captain Mukula for the tactics he taught us on how to convince other people to join our party. By the close of this week, you will see another team of big fish from other parties join us,” Kabuleta said.

When contacted, Mukula admitted that he has been receiving a lot of phone calls from different opposition members who want to join NRM.

Mukula added that most of those people are coming from Kampala and Busoga regions.

“Our mobilizers on the ground are doing a commendable job to ensure that in the remaining months to the elections, the party gets more new members on top of maintaining the old ones,” Mukula explained.

When asked about the claims that General Mugisha Muntu’s ANT is a division of NRM, Mukula rubbished the allegations saying that both parties have different political ideologies, he blamed FDC for being behind the rumours.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Why Do You Want To Blackmail Our Party? FDC Is Not TDA – FDC Supporter Fires At Kampala Woman MP Nabillah…

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Nabillah with the EOI forms that were rejected

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, Boniface Toterebuka has refused to accept Kampala Woman legislator Nabillah Naggayi’s nomination forms seeking to carry the party flag in the mayoral race for the upcoming General Election.

Nabillah, who had expressed interest in contesting for Kampala Lord Mayorship picked the forms sometime back but returned them past the deadline of July 14.

She returned the forms today, Wednesday, July 15 2020 only to be told by the EC team led by Toterebuka that she was late.

She is now the fourth MP whose nomination forms have been thrown out by FDC EC.

However, some FDC diehards have attacked Nabillah for trying to blackmail their party.

“If Hon. Nabillah Naggayi Ssempala missed the deadline to return Expression of Interest (EOI) Forms for nomination as FDC candidate for Kampala Mayoral Seat, does that mean FDC EC has rejected her or her forms?” Ronald Muhinda, a staunch FDC supporter asked.

“If the deadline had expired, does that mean the Expression of Interest forms she brought were valid? NO!

The validity of the EOI forms was up to 5pm on 14th July 2020. So, what was Nabillah looking for at Najjanankumbi after expiry of the deadline for presentation of EOI forms? Blackmailing the party?” Muhinda asked.

“But why would the FDC potential candidate return EOI forms 20hours after the deadline? What would be the implications of accepting her forms hours after expiry of deadline? Should FDC behave like TDA which accepted nomination forms of someone hours after deadline and outside working hours?” Muhinda said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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Capt. Mukula Laughs At Bobi Wine’s Presidential Bid, Reveals How He Lured DP, FDC And People Power Supporters To Defect To NRM….

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The National Resistance Movement (NRM) Vice President Eastern Region Captain Mike Mukula has been praised by the newly appointed Directors to the party secretariat for his unique political and leadership skills.

Hajjat Madina Naham, the new Director for Finance and Administration told theGrapevine that when she was growing up, Mukula inspired her to join politics especially the NRM party because of his zeal, determination and love towards the development of the NRM party.

“I appreciate the mentorship I received from Captain Mukula and I am here now to serve my party together with him. I want to serve our supporters as a Director for Finance and Administration wholeheartedly. I call upon all our supporters to fully back our president and other lower level leaders,” Naham said.

She revealed that Mukula was very instrumental and guided her when she defeated opposition candidates in 2016 general elections in Koboko where she has been the NRM chairperson.

Jacqueline Kyatuhaire, the newly appointed NRM Deputy Treasurer praised Mukula for his charismatic leadership which has been a uniting force in the party.

Matthias Kasamba, the Director for Mobilization, Recruitment and Cadre development also praised Mukula for the wonderful job he has been doing for the party which has led to the weakening the opposition in Eastern Uganda.

In his moving speech, Mukula welcomed the over 200 defectors from different political parties and pressure groups who willingly decided without being forced to join the mighty NRM party.

The defectors were from districts of Kampala, Wakiso, Butaleja, Bundibugyo, Kasese, Soroti and the greater Karamoja region.

“On behalf of the Chairman of the NRM party, the President, I want to assure you that this is the beginning. It’s a big statement to see a person like Honorable Migrate Namagembe from Wakiso who in the 2016 General elections gathered a lot of votes as a candidate for woman MP on the FDC ticket.

When you see the top executive members of the FDC party from Bundibugyo transporting themselves to come and join NRM, it’s a big statement,” Mukula said.

He added, “When you see gallant leaders from Karamoja greater region travelling for two days on their own to the NRM headquarters, it’s a big statement, and there are so many people we have been receiving from our competitors in the coming general elections.”
The flamboyant flight captain boasted that NRM is not just a party for ideas but a transforming party that has reformed governance in the country.

He reminded the gathering, the moving statement made by NRA Commander Yoweri Museveni when he captured power on the 26th of January 1986 when he said that, “This is not just a mere change of guard but it’s a fundamental change.”

He said that since 1986, Uganda has been a stable country and because of this, NRM government has extended this stability to other countries like Somalia and South Sudan.

He asked the new members to be patriotic, pan Africanist, Social economic transformationalist and democratic because that is what NRM is about.

He said that as a party, they still have challenges like the rampant corruption, unemployment and poverty which has worsened with the COVID19 pandemic.

He insisted that such challenges are going to be history when Ugandans vote them back to the office in 2021.

He revealed that this time as a strong NRM party leader, he doesn’t want to hear allegations of cheating and being cheated especially now that he has managed to convince opposition mobilizers around the country to join them.

He predicted that this time around, opposition will not raise 36 members of parliament.

He encouraged the new members to stand for any political office of their choice because NRM’s goal is to build a strong Uganda.

Mukula asked Ugandans to vote only tested leaders and urged the new supporters to recruit their colleagues they left in other parties.

Mukula laughed at People Power movement lead by Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

He warned Ugandans who are being misled to think that they are going to stand on people’s power ticket that they are going to regret in future.

When asked about the skills he used to fish opposition strongman like Hajji Yusuf Mutambuli an Advocate of the High court and a former Vice President of the Democratic Party, Mukula revealed that the biggest reason why opposition members defect is because of internal fights within oppoition.

He gave an example that many FDC members who defected to NRM because of the divisions that led to the splitting of the party between Besigye diehards in FDC and Muntu supporters who decided to start their own party.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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