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We Are Monitoring How You Treat Bobi Wine – US Senators Warn Museveni

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Five very influential United States Senator who sit on the committee of foreign relations have warned president Museveni that they will closely monitor how Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu will be treated when he returns home.

In a statement titled “Senators condemn democratic backsliding in Uganda”, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) warned President Museveni and the Ugandan Government to adhere to the rule of law, and respect freedom of expression, press, and assembly granted by the country’s constitution.

(L-R) U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, Chris Coons, Ben Cardin and Cory Booker

Below is their message: “As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are gravely concerned about the continued deterioration of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in Uganda.  The actions of the Government of Uganda towards its critics—protesters, opposition supporters, and parliamentarians like Members of Parliament Frances Zaake and Robert Kyangulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine—are unacceptable. Likewise, we are extremely troubled by the beating and arrest of journalists during these events, and by reports that foreign correspondents are being denied accreditation to work in Uganda.

“We call upon the Ugandan authorities to conduct a credible investigation into the murder of Yasin Kawuma, and into the reports of beatings, torture, and the use of lethal force on civilians by security forces during the Arua Municipality by-election campaign and subsequent protests, and to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.  It is critical to Uganda’s democracy that Parliament is respected as an independent institution of the government, and that Members of Parliament can execute their mandate without threat or interference.  We strongly urge President Museveni and the Ugandan Government to adhere to the rule of law, and respect freedom of expression, press, and assembly granted by the country’s constitution. As Bobi Wine and Francis Zaake return to Uganda after medical treatment, we will closely monitor their situation, and that of those who face charges alongside them.”

The statement from the senators

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Besigye Announces New Cabinet Without Bobi Wine, Appoints Lukwago As Vice President, Vows To Kick Museveni Out Of State House By The End Of This Year

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Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president who also doubles the president of the people’s government president, Dr. Kizza Besigye has today announced his cabinet ministers including a number of politicians without Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

While addressing a number of politicians from different political parties at Wasswa Brigwa’s beach in Busabala, Wakiso district, Besigye announced the Lord mayor of Kampala district Ssalongo Erias Lukwaago as his vice president in the people’s government.

Besigye also announced a number of activities aimed at forcing president Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party out of State House before the end of this year.

“This is the right time for this man to go. This strategy is aimed at taking over State House and this is the real time,” Besigye said.

Before announcing the cabinet ministers, Besigye said that his cabinet will not work alone. All government business will be done by a number of people and their job will be to set up standards of leadership. He also added that there will be a presidential council which will be advising and managing all political matters.

Among those appointed in the presidential council include Amb. Wasswa Birigwa, the Chairperson, Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, Hon. Ken Lukyamuzi the man and Hon. Betty Aol Ochan.

Other Cabinet and State Ministers are:

1.Vice President: Ssalongo Erias Lukwaago

2.Prime minister: Hon.Salam Musumba

Deputy:  Ibrahim Semujju

3.Speaker: Oduma Okello

Deputy: Cissy Nabatanzi Ssempa.

Ministers and State ministers accordingly.

4.Presidency: Wafula Ogutu

State:  Francis Mwejukye

5.Internal Affairs: Ingrid Turinawe

State: Mubarak Munyagwa selunga

6.Finance: Nandala Mafaabi

State: Wilberforce Kyambadde

7.Local government: Nabbosa Joyce sebugwaawo

State: Harlod Kaija

8.Trade and industry

State: Kasibante Moses

State: Kaginda Mugume Roland

9.Works and Transport: Akolo Frank

State: Hon.Onzug

10.Information Kampala.Nambooze Bakireke

State: Okello Kennedy

11.Youths and Sports: Allan Sewanyana

12.Tourism: Doreen Nyanjura

13.Water and Transport: Ann Adeke.

In his speech, the Lord mayor Erias Lukwaago said that this is the right way to go. Lukwago warned that the opposition should prepare well knowing that they can win Mr. Museveni even if an election is held today.

However, Lukwago said that he doubts if Museveni can accept to hold an election unless he is put under some pressure.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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MP Kyanjo Rushed To India With Level Four Cancer, Cautions Opposition – Don’t Cry, Keep Strong, One Soldier Down Should Not Break The Struggle, Never Sell Out To The Enemy, Keep Fighting

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Former Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo has today been rushed to India for medication after he was diagnosed with cancer at Level Four.

Kyanjo, who was once a very vibrant shadow minister in charge of the Presidency graced the 8th and 9th Parliament. During his five years in the 8th Parliament, the Makindye West legislator was one of the most vibrant politicians through the now banned open air live broadcast radio debates popularly known as Bimeeza. He had metamorphosed into one of the finest and some would say hardest hitting legislators Uganda has known.

Kyanjo recently travelled to South Africa and London hospitals where doctors told him his condition could have been caused by any of three factors, an inheritance of the disease, effects of a serious accident or poison.

Since returning in 2014, Kyanjo has kept a low profile while receiving serious treatment from local doctors.

Different opposition members have come out to commiserate with the soft-spoken legislator.

Harold Kaija, the FDC deputy Secretary General said, “We shared an emotional talk this morning and his message was; “Don’t cry, keep strong. One soldier down should not break the struggle. For that loss does not in any way strengthen the enemy. He will collapse. I know that many people are hungry for property like land and arcades. They will go with nothing. I only ask u that never sell out to the enemy, keep fighting.”

Hon. Kyanjo is my idol, friend, mentor and Big brother. I ask God for once, pliz give us a MIRACLE. Give Kyanjo more life to see the change he worked for.

Colleagues let’s put him in our prayers and show him love. I am broken but the good thing is that he is strong amidst the pain he is going through.”

Mukono municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke said, “Put a prayer through for Hussein Kyanjo… God Lord, do us a miracle… The great soldier leaves today for India after being diagnosed with Cancer….Let this medical journey be done triumphantly…..I know that in most cases….the darkest hour of the night is the first hour of the new day. I have talked to Kyanjo and though he is in pain he sounded firm,strong and trusting in Allah the most gracious.

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it is hard to know what to say. That’s okay… but Experts tell us that the worst you can do is to say nothing. If you are open and honest with the person you love, a simple text message or short email may remind them that they are in your thoughts. Let’s kindly show Kyanjo love at this greatest hour of test in his life. Lord hear us.”

 

By Doreen Menezer

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As Opposition Members Fight Among Themselves, Museveni Is Laying Strategies For 2021, Meets Kabaka

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As Bobi Wine, Besigye and his other rivals are busy forming reunions and fighting amongst themselves, President Museveni has started laying strategies for 2021.

President Museveni met the Kabaka at his palace in Banda, Nakawa Division.

“I paid a courtesy call on my brother, His Highness Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, at his palace in Banda, Wakiso District. I thank him for the invitation.

We held a cordial meeting where we agreed that all pending issues involving the kingdom’s property, land and financial arrears be resolved soonest. I thank the Kabaka for the hospitality extended to my entourage and myself,” the president wrote on his social media pages.

During times like these (towards the elections) president Museveni normally meets traditional leaders. Recently, he held a meeting with the Omukama of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru IV..

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