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    We Are Not Going To Pick Up Guns Like Museveni Did; FDC Chairman Birigwa Speaks On New Marriage With NUP/Opposition…



    Mr. Birigwa (far R) with opposition leaders Bobi Wine and Besigye at Hotel Africana on Monday

    The National Chairman for Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) and former Manager for Uganda Coffee Marketing Board,  Ambassador Wasswa Birigwa has said that they are not going to use guns to dislodge President Museveni.

    Amb. Biriggwa made these remarks while speaking to theGrapevine in an interview over Monday’s joint statement from major opposition political parties.

    On Monday, 1st August, opposition leaders from different opposition parties led by National Unity Platform (NUP), Forum for Democratic Party (FDC) and JEEMA signed a joint opposition statement reproving what they called election malpractice and impunity from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in elections.

    Mr. Birigwa started by explaining the difference between their political agreement and the one Nobert Mao signed with President Museveni.

    He disclosed that;  “We (opposition) are not the state and we are not giving away ministries neither are we giving away escorts.

    “There is no power exchanged, we are simply citizens of Uganda who happen to be owning different entities for example, political parties, that are in opposition. So, there is no relation at all to what was signed between Mao and Museveni.

    “As far as what took place on (Monday), we have been discussing for many months about joining hands in order to get power from Museveni using peaceful means.”

    He further noted that they are not interested in becoming violent although they have a right to, according to the constitution, in Article 3.

    He added, “We have decided that the gun cannot resolve our differences, we have to do peaceful mass mobilisation.

    “We decided to come together with a common strategy after realising that elections only cannot deliver us to Canaan (the promised land).

    “We want to participate in elections but now that we have realised we won’t be allowed to, we have decided we shall only go there to sensitize the population regarding the crisis we are in.”

    He divulged that in their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), they have agreed as opposition to stop attacking one another and work together.

    Mr. Birigwa clarified on statements made by Hon. Ssemujju Nganda, the Kira Municipality MP, that each party will submit their own candidate during elections and by-elections.

    Mr. Biriggwa explained, “Most people were saying that if we combine and bring one candidate, we will win Museveni. But I think you saw the Soroti East by-election, we still didn’t win. If these people are determined to deny you the votes, they will do so. They don’t care, they know there is no law that can touch them.”

    When we asked him how different this new agreement is given that previously, many opposition alliances have flopped, Mr. Birigwa said, “There are two things that happen in someone’s life, one, the timing, which also comes from the conviction in particular. For example, Hon. Kyagulanyi and his party realised that it was useless to continue thinking that elections can be fair and democratic. Yet on our side as FDC and PFT, we realised this long time ago that there is simply no way you can remove Mr. Museveni’s regime through an election.”

    Mr. Biriggwa added that it is impossible to keep using the same tactic and expect different results.

    “We have changed the strategy and the way we are going to go for elections is not to win but sensitize our people and awaken them.”

    He also called upon the army to go back to the barracks and let citizens decide for themselves their future leadership.

    “They can’t be fighting people and kicking them with their boots yet the people are the ones who pay for those boots.”

    “Demonstration don’t lead to violence. Violence comes when you stop the demonstration which is under the Constitution. The regime is the one breaking the law. All we have to do is to notify the authority of the police (as per the constitution) that we shall be walking from one area to another so that they give us security,” he said.

    He emphasized that the law states that they should inform (police), which they have always done but the demonstrations always get nasty when police starts teargassing people who later have to run into hiding and destroy people’s shops.

    “But if we were allowed to walk through without any confrontation from the army, the leaders would be able to control the situation.”

    When we asked him whether the statement that they signed is targeting the 2026 general election, Mr. Birigwa said, “This is a revolution that is going to take a month, a year and it could even take years. Time is on our side. It is not on the side of the regime, so we are not speaking in terms of 2026.”

    On why some opposition political parties like Gen. Muntu’s Alliance For National Transformation shunned the new opposition marriage, Mr. Birigwa disclosed that political parties are governed differently.

    “I know some of the political parties are not ready to join. In the same way if you remember when People’s Front for Transition (PFT) was starting, what happened is, JEEMA, the DP Bloc, FDC and People’s government quickly joined.

    “We invited others like NUP but they decided not to join saying they were working on something and they didn’t have enough resources at that time. But they promised that time will come when they will join and so we waited, and now, here we are working together although they are not part of PFT. So, it is best if one makes a decision out of goodwill when the time is right.”

    Mr. Biriggwa revealed that the marriage will enhance working together but it doesn’t take away anything from the parties.

    “This is not even about parties or individuals; this is for everyone to benefit.”

    NUP’s General Secretary, Lewis Rubongoya has also told theGrapevine that they didn’t sign a cooperation agreement but they signed a statement condemning the rigging of elections.

    He however refuted allegation that they had pressure from the donors to work with other opposition political parties that is why they signed the agreement.

    “This is about Uganda and fighting for our country. No one has to be involved in order for us to work together,” he said.


    By Kalamira Hope



    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..



    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.


    By Kalamira Hope


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    Justice Minister Mao To Meet Security Council Over Drone Abductions And Kidnaps…



    Minister Norbert Mao

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao revealed that he was appointed as Chairperson of cabinet committee on human rights.

    Mao made these remarks today while appearing at the 27th joint Government of Uganda-Development Access to Justice Annual review at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

    Speaking at the event, Mao revealed that he has been tasked with his committee to look into the recent rise in cases of alleged kidnaps and abductions of people, mostly those leaning on the political opposition.

    He said, “Myself and the Attorney General have been asked to meet the security council over the increased reports of abductions and kidnaps.”

    Mao vowed to reach out on all people with missing relatives or friends to give them more information about the disappearance of their people.

    “Once we have got the details, we shall be presenting them before the Security Council.”

    He added that the committee will institute a human rights desk where all complainants of missing persons will be reported for response.

    Mao adduced that once it comes to their attention, they have the capacity to trace that person using their cameras.

    “The issue shouldn’t be politicized because it is sensitive and touches people’s lives. If it’s true they are abductions, these may be conducted by disgruntled people within government with the view of tainting its good image.”

    Mao contended that they will ensure that they do better so that when they come back for the 28th time they give themselves marks.

    According to Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, this year’s review is being held against the background of a challenging year. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had probably challenging phenomenon, socially, economically and politically.

    He said, “Most specifically, the pandemic created unprecedented challenges and demands on access to justice community, but also tested the resilience and resolve of our coordination and collaboration model.

    “Our theme of the day is aligned with the national vision 2040 that seeks to consolidate the principles of governance, including constitutional democracy, protection of human rights, the rule of law, govt effectiveness and citizens participation in development processes.

    “President Eisenhower once said, peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Let’s remember the need for both peace and justice, not just one of them.”

    Kiryowa further emphasized that all people with missing persons should report to them for a proper follow-up because they can’t act on allegations without facts and that he can’t follow up a case basing on rumours posted on social media.

    By Kalamira Hope


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    Kabaka Mutebi’s Siblings Hire M7’s Lawyers To Battle City Businessman At Supreme Court Over Juicy Mutungo Land….



    The Administrators of the Estate of Sir Edward Walugembe Muteesa II, the former King of Buganda have hired President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni lawyers to battle city businessman Dr. Muhammad Buwule Kasasa at the Supreme Court over the juicy Mutungo land.

    theGrapevine has exclusively learnt that Kabaka Mutebi’s siblings led by Prince David Kintu Wasajja, Princess Dorothy Nassolo, Princess Sarah Kagere, on behalf of their family have instructed K&K Advocates, a law firm owned by President Museveni’s son-in-law Edwin Karugire and the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to proceed with the appeal after losing at the Court of Appeal.

    Last month, three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Christopher Gashirabaki, Justice Elizabeth Musoke, who has since been promoted to the Supreme Court and Justice Eva Luswata dismissed the appeal from the royals and declared Kasasa as the owner of the said land.

    The contested land is measuring 640 acres situated at Mutungo, Luzira hill in Nakawa Division Kampala district on Kyadondo Block 237 plot 39, 29, 48, 56, 67, 59, 69, 81, 82, 88, 111, 112, 114, 115, 142, 148, 150, 335, 97, 70, 138, 131, 154, 155, 178, 179, 388 and 410.

    Buganda royals claim that Kasasa grabbed their father’s land when he was exiled by former president Milton Obote in 1966 Buganda crisis.

    However, Kasasa has evidence that he bought the land legally from the bank after it was mortgaged by the registered owners then Lake View properties limited who bought the land from Muteesa himself during his broke days in exile in UK.

    theGrapevine has also established that Kasasa, through his lawyers of SK Kiiza & Company Advocates has protested the royal’s move to hire Museveni’s lawyers to present them at the Supreme Court citing conflict of interest.

    The lawyers claim that K&K Advocates cannot represent the petitioners when Attorney General Kiwanuka, a senior patner in the law firm, is a party in the appeal.

    The Attorney General was sued jointly with Kasasa and lawyers insist that his law firm cannot represent the other party.

    “We are of the strong view that as much as a party is at liberty to choose a lawyer, K&K Advocates is not a suitable law firm to represent parties who are at the same time suing the government through the Attorney General. Definitely, Kiryowa Kiwanuka the Attorney General would be conflicted in this matter,” Kasasa’s lawyers protested.

    Kiwanuka was not reached for a comment because he was not picking our calls by press time.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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