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    We Failed M7 Because We Refused To Steal – Muntu Attacks President For Calling Him, Besigye And Tumukunde Useless…

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    L-R: Mugisha Muntu, Besigye, Tumukunde and President Museveni

    Former army commander, Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu has trashed President Museveni’s statements that him, Tumukunde and Besigye failed to deliver during their stint with the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government.

    Gen. Muntu, President Yoweri Museveni’s bush war comrade and now Alliance for National Transformation Presidential candidate says his former boss has a sophisticated perception of success perhaps we’ll understandable to only himself.

    “Now Gen Museveni who is talking about us having failed him, if he calls remaining disciplined and not stealing people’s money failing. I don’t know what success looks like! We have withstood pressures and temptations and we have remained steadfast in the ideas that we were fighting for. To me, that is success. To him, that’s failure. I don’t know what success looks like in his eyes,” Muntu said.

    Museveni said Rtd. Colonel Besigye, General Muntu and General Tumukunde are useless “Tibaine Mugasho in Runyankore”. Apparently, one was previously the National Political commissar of NRM, another was his army commander for ten years and another was his chief of intelligence.

    “Gen Museveni is feeling the pressure, that’s why he is lashing out. But I don’t know what success looks like to him! As for us at Alliance for National Transformation-Uganda, we remain faithful to the values that we have held onto all this time,” Muntu further stated.

    Just a few days back, Makerere University senior lecturer Mwambutsya Ndebesa also questioned President Museveni’s conscience to surrounded himself with “useless people” as he termed Besigye, Tumukunde and Muntu.

    While hunting for votes in Rukungiri this week, Gen Museveni criticized his former army commanders, Henry Tumukunde, Mugisha Muntu and Kizza Besigye for failing to do anything for their respective areas when they were still serving in his government.

    Museveni who called the trio useless people, told them to stop shouting that he has failed.

    “You failed to show your usefulness when I am still around and you want me to leave the country into your hands! You want me to go and leave Uganda into your hands who I have seen are useless. Let me stay around until I see someone useful,” Museveni said.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    ‘Mailo Akenda’ Is Just A Fire Side Story: We Need To Save Peasants Who Own ‘Bibanja’ From Land Grabbers Who Have Insatiable Appetite For Land….

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    Hon. Dr. Sam Mayanja, Minister of State for Lands

    The comic in the absurdity of the ‘mailo akenda’ (9,000square miles) tale, lies in the attempt to hide the truth that the 9,000square miles was part of the land grabbing, it having been curved from the Kingdoms of Bunyoro, Ankole, Kooki in the 1900 Agreement which gifted to Buganda the counties of Buluri, Bugerere, Buyaga, Bugangasizi, Kabula, Mawogola, Kooki and part of Singo.

    The right people therefore to lay claim on the ‘mailo akenda’ are the people of Bunyoro, Ankole, and Kooki. Happily, the 9,000square miles (akenda) is now part of the Country’s public land where customary tenants till freely, and other Ugandans hold leaseholds on which they labour for their personal and the country’s advancement.

    Advancing the laughable ‘mailo akenda’ reasoning, resonates exactly with what happened in England after 1066 when William the Conqueror and his French Norman barons conquered England.

    They immediately divided the land amongst themselves while the local owners were designated peasants who had no rights to their own land. The Normans formed the British aristocracy who continue to this day.

    Those British landowning aristocrats who can trace their lineage to 1066 acquired that land in exactly the way the British colonialists gave out land in Uganda during the building of the Uganda colony. It was indeed a bribe, and a thank you for supporting the newly installed William the Conqueror as King of the new Kingdom of England. It is amazing to think that methods didn’t change in over 1000yrs. The British exported the idea to colonized Uganda.

    The case of the Banyoro in the counties of Buyaga and Bugangaizi is slightly akin to that of the mediaeval England. In those two counties, 2995 square miles, were allotted by the colonialists to the collaborators. The Banyoro were deprived of their traditional rights in land and became mere tenants compelled to pay feudal dues to Baganda mailo landlords.

    The Baganda in other areas who were not part of the collaborating group, worked for the newly created mailolanded aristocracy, just as the Banyoro were labouring for their Baganda chiefs.

    All in all, at the end of the land allotment bonanza, land in what came to be known as Uganda’s Kingdom of the Province of Buganda, was shared almost equally between the leading chiefs, relatives and friends on one hand and the Uganda Protectorate on the other. Out of a population of close to one million people, only 3700 were allocated land and the rest remained landless.

    They held bibanja at the mercy of both the newly created mailolanded aristocratic owners, and the Uganda Protectorate Government whose Crown land was really intended for alienation to non-Ugandans.

    Poverty currently chewing Buganda is largely due to the fact that since the land bonanza of 1900, almost none of all the allocatees or their successors have exhibited any enterprise or industry.

    They failed to turn their mailos into farms, or plantations. Instead, they became farmers of rent and sellers of land.

    Many of them have sold their mailo to the last decimal. In this selling spree, the bibanja holders are left to the mercy of the land grabbers who routinely evict them.

    In very many ways, the Buganda peasants have turned out worse off than peasants elsewhere in Uganda. This is due to the endurance of the customary tenure of land which has shielded them from the money bags of land grabbers with their insatiable appetite for land.

    The eviction of peasants from their ‘bibanja’ has been leading to the growth of a floating population of landless ‘peasants’ with no industries to absorb them in our condition. Peasants do not become agricultural labourers either because no farms have been developed or when they are, the jobs are reserved for the boys from ‘home’. This floating population will swell the urban slums to bursting point and the social consequences are too frightening to contemplate.

    The eviction of ‘muntu wa wansi’ (peasants) from his kibanja removes the only security he has been holding on since 1900.

    The ownership of the ‘kibanja’ had over the years offered him the ultimate security. The ‘Muntu wa wansi’ (Peasants) in Uganda holds no life insurance policies. They do not put anything on the side in social security funds. They work until they drop dead.

    There are a few lucky ones who manage to educate their children, who in turn support their parents when they begin to work but for most of them the only security is their bibanja.

    When therefore President Museveni proclaims that the time has come to give ownership in perpetuity to peasants on their bibanja tenure, he has actually given to the people of Uganda their core security-securing their future in perpetuity.

     

    Hon. Dr. Sam Mayanja

    Minister of State for Lands

    smayanja@kaa.co.ug

    www.kaa.co.ug

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    WHAT WE EXPECT: COVID-19 Taskforce Meets M7, Recommends Compulsory Vaccination Of Taxi, Bus Drivers, Teachers And Medics, Partial Release Of Some Sectors And Another 14 Days Lockdown Extension For Schools, Churches…

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    President Yoweri Museveni

    The Covid-19 National taskforce met president Yoweri Museveni yesterday at State House Entebbe ahead of his national address today evening and advised him on the way forward after the completion of the 42 days of lockdown.

    Sources who attended the State House meeting revealed to theGrapevine that a team led by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja gave the president a number of recommendations.

    These included compulsory vaccination of all taxi, bus drivers and their conductors, vaccination of all teachers at all levels and medics countrywide.

    One source added that the taskforce explained to the president that the group of people who they recommended for vaccination interact with so many people during the running of their day to day activities.

    It should be remembered that many of the medics especially those upcountry reported government officials especially RDCs to the Uganda Medical Association for harassing them and forcing them to be vaccinated.

    Some, especially those in upcountry health centres even took off and hid in the nearby bushes trying to dodge the needle.

    When contacted for comment, Kampala Metropolitan Affairs State Minister, Christopher Kabuye Kyoffatogambye, one of the members of the National Covid-19 taskforce confirmed the development and noted that those who will refuse to be vaccinated will not be allowed to work in Uganda.

    He added that a law is in process to legalize the exercise to control the spread of the virus.

    Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the senior minister for Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance disclosed that from this week, vaccines from different countries will be arriving in the country.

    He added that the government has released Shs. 150m to each district Covid-19 taskforce and Shs100m to each Municipality Covid-19 taskforce to fight the spread of the pandemic.

    Dr. Baryomunsi, who is also the spokesperson of the Covid-19 task force revealed that in today’s address, the president is expected to release some sectors from lockdown.

    Another source disclosed that other sectors, especially those that involve mass gatherings like schools, churches and others are expected to remain in lockdown for another 14 or more days.

    President Museveni is expected to address the country today (Friday) evening at 8:00pm.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Ssemujju Forced To Apologise To Minister Muyingo For Calling Him Mrs. Janet Museveni’s Personal Assistant..

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    Minister Muyingo (L) and MP Ssemujju Nganda (R)

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda was this afternoon forced to apologise to the State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysestom Muyingo for calling him Mrs. Janet Museveni’s personal assistant.

    It all started when Ssemujju raised a procedural matter over the continued absence of Mrs. Museveni in plenary sittings even when she is needed to explain to parliament what is going on in her ministry.

    Before completing his submission, NRM’s Chief Whip Thomas Tayebwa stormed the floor and informed parliament that Muyingo was on the way to parliament to answer all their questions.

    In response, a furious Ssemujju warned Mrs. Museveni to stop turning Muyingo, a respected Muganda into her personal assistant.

    Before completing his statement, Amongi intervened and told Ssemujju that Mrs. Museveni attends parliamentary sittings via zoom because it was passed by parliament that some members can attend plenary via zoom.

    She further directed Ssemujju to apologize to Minister Muyingo, for calling him a personal assistant to Mrs. Museveni.

    Amongi was supported by Tayebwa who insisted that Ssemujju’s statements should be removed from parliamentary record.

    Ssemujju succumbed to pressure and apologized to Muyingo.

    It should be remembered that when Rebecca Kadaga was still Speaker of parliament, she was summoned to State House for insisting that Mrs. Museveni appears on the floor of parliament to explain what was going on in her ministry.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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