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    We Are Not Looking For A Generational Leader, Let Us First  Shift Power From Gun Men To People – Besigye…

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    Four-time presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye has emphasized that the change the country urgently needs right now is not of a generational leader, but involves shifting power from gunmen first.

    In an interview yesterday, Besigye noted, “There is a new generation who claim to want a generational leader. This is not about generational leader, we are not looking for a generational leader,” he said.

    Besigye revealed that they are not fighting to change a leader, but rather fighting to change power.

    “Therefore, those who are talking about generational leader, they are the ones trying to confuse people. Because whether old or young, when the procedure is the same, things can’t change.”

    He made it clear that transition is removing power from gun owners and giving it back to the people.

    “Everybody must understand that the struggle we are undertaking is a struggle to shift power from gun men, those who control power by force and giving it to the population. It is not a struggle of generation from old generation to young generation.”

    He asserted that, “Today, there is no judicial power, that is why running to court is problematic because you go to court when it is not your court. It is a court of Mr. Museveni, he is the one who appoints all these people to serve him.

    “And the courts will serve those who have power, but if people have power, they will serve the people, if the generals have power, they will serve the generals and that is how institutions work.”

    Besigye however maintained that currently, it doesn’t matter which party leads because political parties are democratic institutions that function in a democratic environment, and they cannot function in an environment of state capture.

    “State capture also captures the parties. That is why I was saying that all these parties will be captured. Just like Akena captured Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and handed it over to those who captured the country, Mao captured Democratic Party (DP) and handed it over to those who captured the country,” he stressed.

    Besigye insisted that because the country is captured, parties cannot survive where there is a state capture.

    “And not only parties but also organisations. That is why you see even civil society organisations captured. So, the question is how to free the country from capture,” Besigye said.

    Besigye opined that the way to get out of captivity is through a struggle.

    “Just like one that removed us from colonial rule. An election was not organised by the British to determine whether we should be free or not, no, we struggled until they realised they could not hold power anymore and that is what we must do.”

    Besigye detailed that there are three steps that those yearning for change have to go through to win freedom.

    He stated, “First, everybody must understand the situation of captivity and so the first task we all have is to awaken peoples’ consciousness for them to understand the situation they are in and how it is not about to improve.

    “The second thing is to organise so that we can have a network of leaders through which we can communicate so that if there is anything that we need to do, it is easy for everybody to get the message quickly.

    “And the third step is action. And then the transition is over.”

    “Whether it is NRM or DP, whoever is freely elected becomes the leader of the country and under the law, controlled by the people because it is the people who have put him into power. So leaders become servants not owners,” Besigye said.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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