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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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How Can He Ignore Us: If He Does Not Meet Us We Are Quitting NRM – Kampala NRM Leaders Warn Museveni

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President Museveni, inset is Nyakana (L) and Uhuru (R)

Leaders of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Kampala district are very bitter with their Chairman who also doubles as the president for ignoring them during his recent meetings with different business groups in the city, who he has been giving money.

Credible sources from within the party who asked the Grapevine to conceal their identity have assured us that a section of leaders who include the NRM chairman Kampala Central Salim Uhuru and Godfrey Nyakana, the NRM chairman of Kampala district wrote to the president requesting to meet him or else they leave the party.

According to the source, the two leaders are bitter with  their chairman for ignoring them when he visited their areas .

“How can the president and the chairman of the party lock us the leaders out while doing such activities, this means he doesn’t trust us. Does he think we can’t give out this money to our people, what was so difficult? We are the leaders and we know these people very well, he would have involved us,” the NRM source quoted one of the disgruntled leader.

They have also accused Museveni of giving out money to thugs ‘bayaye’ and fake NRM supporters who lied to him that they have SACCOs where he put the money yet in actual sense they we duping him.

Recently, President Yoweri Museveni traversed Kampala Central business areas meeting different groups of people giving them money to boost their businesses and SACCOs.

However, some people complained that they made them register but they have never seen the SACCOs as well as the money that the president gave them .

On contacting the Nrm Chairman of the central region Salim Uhuru, he denied the allegations of quitting the party. He however said they were not happy with the way their chairman was doing things.

“We needed to be involved in all the activities of giving out money to SACCOs because we know these people. People around the president don’t want to tell him the truth, so he ends up making mistakes. But we are solving this out in the party, we can’t just expose that to the media now,” Uhuru said.

However, he insisted that the president would have involved them and tasked them to give money to the real people and real SACCOs in Kampala because they know them.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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THANK YOU UPDF: Men Who Tortured DP Man Were Sent By Enemies Within To Tarnish The Name Of NRM Govt – Minister Tumwebaze

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The Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze has said that the five security officers who tortured and brutally arrested Yusuf Kawooya on Thursday in broad day light were enemy collaborators.

Thrugh his twitter handle, Tumwebaze says that their key mission was to tarnish the name of the current regime in power and give credence to the anti- government propaganda.

He thanked the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) leadership for tracing and bringing the culprits to book.

“I thank the leadership of UPDF for tracing & bringing to book those characters. I insist those fellows must be enemy-collaborators plotting within to tarnish the name of NRM & give credence to anti-govt propaganda. Let’s be aware & expose enemy agents,” he tweeted.

Yesterday, the army court arrested and charged the five operatives. They pleaded guilty to the offences and asked for a lighter sentence.

On Thursday afternoon, at the junction between Colville Street and Portal Avenue adjacent to Theatre Labonita and Christ The King Church, at around 01:20pm, five security operatives armed with guns brutally arrested a one Yusuf Kawooya and tossed him into a waiting PSV Matatu Reg. No. UAF 325S.

Yusuf Kawooya, the man in the video is aged 43 and resident of Bulamu Village in Gayaza. Kawooya is said to be butcher in Kitintale, a Kampala suburb and also a political activist who is a member of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD).

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Ugandan Legislators Rally Global Legislators To Oppose Gay Debate At IPU Meeting

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Legislators from across the world attending the 139th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva have opposed plans by pro-gay nations to introduce the LGBT agenda. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and describes particular groups within the gay community.

Representatives from the pro-gay nations had moved an amendment of the IPU rules to have debate on the rights of homosexuals even after objections from mainly Muslim and African members.

The proposal moved by the IPU Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights is meant to be considered on Wednesday, 16 October 2018 during the IPU Assembly sitting but members of the committee decided to introduce amendments to rules that could make it impossible for the General Assembly to change or debate anything passed by the standing committee.

The Committee on Democracy and Human Rights chaired by B. Tshireletso (Botswana) reported that the proposal had got overwhelming support in the Committee, ‘hence the decision should be adopted without debate in the Assembly’.

This prompted the current IPU President, Gabriela Cuevas Barron to propose that members lobby and campaign in order to vote on a question whether the Assembly can change the work plan and agenda of the Standing Committees.

Members of the Uganda delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, rallied many legislators in different geopolitical groups to support the motion, which could allow the Assembly to amend many issues in the committee report that had already been adopted by a smaller group of pro-gay supporters.

President Gabriela Cuevas Barron informed delegates that the results of the vote on the motion would be followed and no further motion will be allowed.

Following the vote, 671 MPs voted against the proposal with 120 abstaining throwing the Ugandan MPs in jubilation for their stand against any gay debate in the Assembly.

Hon Latif Sebagala (Kawempe North) thanked the Speaker for lobbying other speakers to support the motion and also thanked countries that stood firm and supported the motion to allow the Assembly to amend the committee reports.

“We are very grateful to all IPU countries that have supported this; we knew about these back-door plans and I informed the Parliamentary Union Islamic Conference.  We all agreed that we should fight this item,” Ssebaggala said.

Hon Akamba Paul (Busiki County) referred to the vote as a first win in the battle that they came ready to fight. He thanked the Asian community that stood with the African majority to fight LGBT issues that have often been smuggled onto the IPU agenda.

“Article 1 clause 2 of the IPU statute talks about defending and promoting only those rights that are accepted universally and issues of LGBT community as you can see have been widely opposed. IPU should restrain itself from such useless debates,” Akamba said.

Hon. Mwijukye Francis (Buhweju County) called upon legislators to always pass laws and vote on issues that will help their people and also promote their cultures. He thanked all the legislators who voted in favor of the motion and called them the true leaders who respect the laws of God and the Constitution of the IPU Parliament.

“We shall continue to fight the LGBT issues on the international level until people here appreciate that same sex is inhuman and anti-culture,” he said.

The delegation from Uganda comprises of Hon. Osoru Mourine (Arua Municipality), Hon. Sebaggala Abdulatif (Kawempe Division North) Kabagyeni Rose (Kisoro District) Anyakun Esther (Nakapiripirit District), Akamba Paul (Busiki county), Mwijukye Francis (Buhweju county).

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