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We Are Going To Organise IPOD And Fight The NRM Monster – FDC’s Mafabi Outlines His Party Goals As IPOD Chair…

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) General Secretary Nathan Nandala Mafabi has said that FDC has tried to recruit and organise IPOD members but instead of being recognized, they are teargassed.

“As FDC, we are the only party that is trying to recruit and organise IPOD but in the process, we are being teargassed,” Nandala, who was appearing on NBS Morning Breeze show said.

Mafabi warned that other opposition parties like Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and Justice for Uganda (JEEMA) are in a comfort zone.

“DP, UPC and JEEMA are comfortable and not concerned about what is concern on what is going on,” he added.

He further revealed that FDC’s major target as the chair party in IPOD is mainly to create unity among member parties and to stop monsters from misleading opposition members.

“There is no IPOD if one of the parties is not on board, no decision can be taken if one of the members is not on the table, so it’s our turn to unite everyone and work together. People fear Museveni but he is just a chairperson of NRM, the problem we get is that some of our party members are on the other side (NRM). We are here to tell that man who looks like a monster to stop what he is doing. These are the things we need to work on as IPOD,” Nandala said.

He insisted that FDC will ensure unity in the summit for a proper dialogue.

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Trump Turns Racial War Into A Social Media Battle After Warning To Shoot George Floyd Protesters….

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As the US state of Minneapolis burns during a third night of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, US President Donald Trump has threatened to call in the National Guard after labeling the protesters “thugs” and blaming the Mayor Jacob Frey of losing control over the city.

Trump has now turned what was a racial war into a social media war after the social media giant added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets after blaming him for promoting violence.

Twitter said Friday that President Donald Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence when he tweeted about protests over the death of George Floyd. The company, which is already embroiled in a dispute with the president over what is acceptable on the platform, did not remove the tweet but placed a fact check label on it.

In the tweet, Trump warned protesters that he is going to send the military to calm the storm in Minneapolis and shoot rioters who have started looting.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!,” the American President tweeted.

This tweet did not go well with twitter, they added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets warning that he had violated twitter rules against glorifying violence.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” a message from twitter attached to Trump’s message said.

A defiant Trump added, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”

He later turned guns on twitter bosses, “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!”

He tweeted, ““The President has been targeted by Twitter.” What about all of the lies and fraudulent statements made by Adam Schiff, and so many others, on the Russian Witch Hunt Plus, Plus, Plus? What about China’s propaganda? WHO’s mistakes? No flags?”

“Regulate Twitter if they are going to start regulating free speech.” Well, as they have just proven conclusively, that’s what they are doing. Repeal Section 230!!!” he said.

George Floyd who was killed by Mineapolis police officers

THE INCIDENT

George Floyd, an African American man who’d already suffered the loss of his job to the coronavirus crisis, died in police custody in Minneapolis this week. Video of the incident showed he was handcuffed and restrained by an officer who dug his knee into his neck for several minutes, while Floyd pleaded, saying he couldn’t breathe.

Floyd died at the hospital late on Monday after a white police officer, knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes as Floyd moaned and yelled: “I can’t breathe.”

A video of the incident shows Floyd pleading with police and eventually appearing motionless as the officer’s knee remained on his neck. Bystanders can be heard urging the officer to get off of Floyd.

In a news conference on Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined calls for the officer who pinned Floyd down to be arrested, asking: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?”

Protesters in Minneapolis

Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first Black police chief, swiftly fired the four officers involved, a move community leader acknowledged as “a win”, but said should only be the first step.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the FBI are both investigating the incident.

The Minneapolis Police Department said on Tuesday Floyd “physically resisted officers”.

However, another Security camera footage, obtained by CBS News, shows Floyd sitting on the ground with his hands behind his back and then walking with police out of frame.

It is unclear what happens between the time Floyd and police walk out of the frame and the time when a bystander’s video shows an officer pinning Floyd down to the ground with his knee.

WHAT DOES TWITTER SAY ABOUT VIOLENT THREATS?

According to twitter, Violence against an individual or a group of people or the glorification of violence is prohibited.

“Healthy conversation is only possible when people feel safe from abuse and don’t resort to using violent language. For this reason, we have a policy against threatening violence on Twitter. We define violent threats as statements of an intent to kill or inflict serious physical harm on a specific person or group of people,” they state.

They add, “We will immediately and permanently suspend any account found to be posting violent threats. In rare cases, we may not suspend an account immediately. For example, if the reported content is a form of hyperbolic speech. In such cases, we may require you to remove this content. We may also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can Tweet again. If you continue to violate this policy after receiving a warning, your account will be permanently suspended.”

However, even though Trump’s tweet violated the rules, his tweet fell in the category of public interest.

“Twitter generally actions Tweets that violate our rules. However, we recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern,” their policy statement states.

It adds, “At present, we limit exceptions to one critical type of public-interest content—Tweets from elected and government officials—given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements.”

 

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Police Investigating Mbale High Court Judge For Knocking Dead Traffic Officer In Seeta….

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Innocent Ayesigye (inset) and the Toyota Rav4 car that knocked him dead

Multiple Credible sources at the Uganda police department of criminal investigation have told this website that Mbale Resident Judge Jesse Byaruhanga is being investigated for knocking dead Innocent Ayesigye, a police traffic officer at Seeta Mukono and taking off.

Yesterday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told the Grapevine that they have arrested a one Police constable Alex Oduku and Aminsi Zimba to help in the investigation.

However, sources have told this website that Oduku is the bodyguard to Mbale resident Judge Byaruhanga and that he was in the vehicle registration number UAS 597U Toyota Rav4 and he was seen on the CCTV cameras and footage captured by an eye witness on the day of the accident.

Source further revealed that when police arrested Zimba, who is a personal driver to Byaruhanga, he told investigators that he was not the one who was driving the said car.

Byaruhanga has not yet been arrested but sources have intimated to us that he was seen at the police headquarters in Naguru on Wednesday and he talked some top police administrator to see how they can settle the matter without facing legal actions.

Detectives who are handling the matter said that UAS 597U is registered in the names of Charity Kamugisha, a staff of world vision Uganda.

Innocent Ayesigye a traffic police officer attached to Seeta Police station was on Sunday evening knocked down by a Toyota RaV4 registration number UAS 597U. The police officer was riding a motorcycle at Namanve along the Kampala-Jinja highway.

Efforts to speak to Byaruhanga were futile since his known phone numbers were off.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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SAY NO TO KUJOOGA! I’m Going To Lead The Battle To Save Kampala From M7 Take Over At The Expense Of The Urban Poor – MP Nambooze….

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Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireke has vowed to lead the battle to stop President Museveni’s takeover of Kampala.

In a post on her Facebook page titled ‘People’s Battle For Kampala n’emiriraano-2020….Temutujoga Kampala City Yaffe…. Tukooye Ejjoogo!’, Nambooze said that, “Mr. Museveni tried to win votes in Kampala and other Metropolitan constituencies but failed. He turned to buying off opposition political leadership of Kampala but the converts failed to influences masses to go with them, the opposition only became stronger.”

She added, “He moved Parliament to amend the Constitution to give himself a law granting him power over the City and brought around a callous woman Jennifer Musisi but the Battle hardened Lord Mayor Lukwago fought this move both legally and politically and soon Museveni got to acknowledge that he was failing….. He bought a machinery in the hence to opposition “Princess” Beti Kamya and a number of councilors to use their expertise in City Affairs made another move to amend the law to abolish the adult suffrage elections for the Lord Mayorship and other issues in relation to extend the boundaries to cover the neighbouring districts of Wakiso, Mpigi and Mukono but lost it in Parliament.”

Now Mr.Museveni through his Ministers has allotted to themselves powers over Kampala thanks to Covd19. Imagine a Central Government Minister taking over the role of assigning taxis stages. Why doesn’t Katumba Wamala if he is really organising public transport also call Gulu, Kabale, Arua, Hoima, Masaka, Mbarara taxis to register and be assigned stages by his Ministry?” Nambooze asked.

She said, “Since the unfortunate outbreak of Covd19, the junta moves day in day out to take over Kampala at the expense of the urban poor, the ordinary city dweller and it seems, they want to see how far they can go before they get anyone to challenge them.”

Nambooze disclosed that on Monday, she is going to address the press in her capacity as the Alternative Minister for Kampala.

“People’s Battle for Kampala 2020. Our Battle is legally correct and politically, socially and economically a must. Our right and justification to declare this battle is in Article one of the Constitution that provides that Power belongs to the People and they will exercise it through their democratically elected leaders,” Nambooze said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa




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