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We Must Vigorously Oppose The Movement Political System, The Leadership Structure Of The Ugandan Parliament Is Wrong – Besigye

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Four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye has told Ugandans that the leadership structure of the Ugandan Parliament is wrong, illogical and untenable. Besigye says that even the provisions of the law on which it’s based were lifted from the pre-1986 times, when the country had a parliamentary system.

“Uganda’s Constitution provides for a directly elected president. A person can become a presidential candidate and get elected, when he/she subscribes to no political party (Independent). Hon. Amama Mbabazi was such an Independent candidate in 2016 presidential elections. If he had become president as an “Independent” candidate‪, he would have formed government. Similarly, a presidential candidate from a party that doesn’t win majority seats in parliament can be elected president. The law allows a president to appoint Cabinet Ministers who are not MPs. In that situation, which party in parliament would form the Official Opposition?” Besigye said through his Facebook page.

He added, “In a Parliamentary System (Westminster) of government, there are elections for MPs only and then the party with majority MPs forms government (chooses a Prime Minister/President). The Party with most members outside government becomes the Official Opposition and forms a Shadow Government.

If, at any time, the government party loses its majority in parliament (alone or in coalition with others), then it ceases to be in government and another party that has a majority forms the next government. That’s why the Official Opposition has a Shadow Cabinet; it’s a government in waiting.”

He continues, “Where the President is directly elected (referred to as a “Presidential System”), he/she forms government regardless of the majority party in parliament. That’s why, in a presidential system, the leaders in parliament (after the Speaker) are referred to as Majority and Minority Leader. These are the floor leaders of the two sides of parliament. They’re chosen by party organs before the commencement of a new parliament. They’re spokespersons of their respective party policies.

When Minority Leader’s party holds the presidency, the Minority Leader may be the Chief Spokesperson of the government.

After last year’s mid-term elections in the US, Republicans lost the majority they held in the House (Congress). Consequently, today, the Speaker and the Majority Leader &Whip of the House are Democrats, while the Republicans chose the Minority leaders.

Another contentious issues in Uganda Parliament relates to Independent MPs. “Independent” MPs are elected as individuals and assume their parliamentary seats as such. Each Independent MP has a different political platform from any other Independent MP.

They cannot, and should not, form a common platform in parliament, without forming and registering a political party that defines their platform. They’re individually free to ally with any side of the house on any issue at hand.

What is surreptitiously and ominously being introduced in Uganda Parliament are elements of the rejected and untenable “Movement Political System” that sought to diminish the benefits of political organisation and multipartism.

All pro-democracy activists in the Uganda parliament must vigorously oppose these ominous plots and also take proactive steps to amend the current structure of parliamentary leadership.”

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People Power Is A Bastard Child Of Defiance – Mwenda Attacks Bobi Wine/Besigye In New Rant

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Journalist Andrew Mwenda has attacked Bobi Wine’s people Power Movement and baptized it as the bastard child of Kizza Besigye’s defiance in his latest rant.
Through his Facebook page, Mwenda said that Bobi (who he kept referring to as Bobby ) and his People Power Movement lack vision to lead this country.
Below is his rant verbatim:

Last week, it became apparent that the initial news that a one Michael [K]alinda aka Ziggy Wyne had been kidnapped, eye yanked out, fingers chopped off and face burnt using a flat iron were exactly that – a hoax. Ziggy had a nasty motorbike accident at 7.30pm on July 21. People around the accident scene picked him up and took him to the nearby Hope Clinic. The nurse at the clinic referred him to Mulago for urgent medical attention.

But the first version of the story was more appealing for two reasons. First, it fitted the narrative about the state in Africa – as being brutal, violent and cruel to its citizens. It is a story Western media and human rights organizations (and naively followed by us African elites) love to embrace and tell in their everlasting (perhaps unconscious) desire to project Africa as the “heart of darkness.” Second, it provided political fodder for opposition politicians like Bobby Wine to project himself as the champion of human rights and democracy against the forces of tyranny.

However, the indefatigable Canary Mugume of NBS, then Tom Malaba of Daily Monitor, and other reporters went to the scene of the accident and interviewed eyewitness who told the story of what actually happened. For this, these reporters, but most especially Canary, became a victim of the most savage hate-filled personal attacks from supporters of People Power. Incidentally, none of Canary’s critics made any effort to challenge the facts he told.

Later I visited Mulago and talked to the doctors. Ziggy was brought to Mulago by a “good Samaritan” who said the victim had been involved in a traffic accident and was admitted at about 9.30pm as an unknown person and given the code name “Zulu.” Ziggy was treated, fed, bathed and given fresh clothes; the ones he was wearing at the time of the accident were taken and washed. On July 24th, his family came. He recovered and was discharged on July 28. He was given medicines to stop convulsions. He was later readmitted on July 31; doctors suspect he was not taking his medicines. However, the convulsions he suffered as a result of not taking his medication are the most likely cause of his death.

Yet in spite of this mountain of evidence Bobby Wine went to Mitooma to bury Ziggy and maintained the claim that Ziggy was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. He felt no responsibility whatsoever to provide any evidence to back up his claims. For him, the death of Ziggy only serves an opportunity for him to score political points. This crass political opportunism excites the passions of the hoards that see him as a messiah but shows how he lacks basic human decency and ethics even in the face of the death of one of his “close friends”.

Throughout last week, the journalists who told this truth but most especially Canary, became victims of cyber bullying by supporters of People Power. Rather than respond to the facts adduced by the journalists, the supporters of People Power hurled insults, abuses and false accusations that them. One wonders what sort of government Bobby Wine would preside over given the quality of people he has mobilized to his cause. We must remember that People Power is not supported only by lumpens. Some very smart Ugandans also do. The actions of its supporters demonstrate that behind its madness lies a clear strategy.

People Power is a movement without a cause except to grab power. It seeks so exploit the anger many Ugandans have at the state of affairs of in our country in order to gain power. But it has neither facts not a vision to justify its reckless pursuit of power. So its strategy is to deny all facts and insist that everything is subjective and relative; to dismiss all evidence as forged if it does not promote their political agenda; and to argue that every argument that seems to favor President Yoweri Museveni and his NRM is not based on conviction but has been paid for. It is interesting People Power resembles the Donald Trump movement in the USA although Americans who support it are anti Trump.

As Winston Churchill said, truths is incontrovertible: malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it. But in the end, it is there. Over the last decade, there has been a huge shift in government budgeting from consumption to investment – in roads, dams, power lines, water pipes, hospitals and schools. Defiance and its bastard child, People Power, hate to hear this. They know that the good things happening in our country are contrary to their political interests. Therefore they insist that there is nothing good being done. All there is are the bad things they complain about – which also happen – and which are driving people’s momentary anger.

Hence, they exaggerate the level of decay, disregard and deny all the improvements in the country and intimidate those who stand by the truths. They insist that everyone in Uganda should accept their gross distortion of reality. They do not seek to r persuade anyone to their point of view. They believe in using cyber bullying against all who disagree with them. This way they seek, like the European fascists of old, to rally everyone behind their cause by sheer use of psychological terror.

The aim of this strategy is obvious: bully everyone to believe change is urgently needed to rescue Uganda from catastrophe. They don’t want people to question the change they propose or ask for their alternative policies or even question their intolerant behavior. To question their lack of policy alternatives and the crudeness of their methods is evidence of having been bribed by Museveni.

For them politics in Uganda is a clash between good (People Power) and evil (Museveni); that these are the only alternatives available to us; that to say there is a third or fourth alternative is disguised support for Museveni; that for anyone to prove they support change in Uganda, they must hold fanatical, unthinking and unquestioning support for People Power. Many young people have been pushed into this because to do otherwise is to get ostracized from your circle of friends.

We are told that if Defiance and People Power supporters exhibit intolerance, we should not blame them because that is only an inevitable result of Museveni’s politics; that when People Power and Defiance use violence, intimidation, cyber bullying, blackmail, character assassination and insults against opponents, this does not reflect on the nature of government they will run; that Uganda needs change and it does not matter which methods are used or the behavior of the groups who bring it about. That lies, slander, cyber bullying are “weapons of the weak” fighting to end tyranny.

Lacking a serious policy alternative and being largely composed of the worst elements of our society, People Power needs to sell change as an emergency. This way it can avoid questions about its competence and values. That is why those who try to raise these questions are subjected to physical and psychological terror. This is why it has positioned itself in religious garb as a kind of holly spirit movement.

Yet Defiance and its bastard child, People Power, have failed to subdue the spirit of our nation. Increasingly many journalists like Canary and many others are finding the courage to stand up for the truths and defend it against this demented cult. The story of Ziggy Wine is one such example. These are the journalists who have chosen to swim against the tide of popular rhetoric and self-righteous indignation common among sections of our society today. They have chosen to defend right when it is miscalled wrong, to fight vices such us intolerance, radical extremism, blackmail, slander etc. that are presented to us as virtues.

Everyday, multitudes of elite Ugandans are coming out to say that politics must be about values and must be based on decency. That the role of our leaders should be to articulate these values and impart them on their followers by leading by example; that leaders should not pander to the worst instincts in their followers but try to appeal to the better angels in them. These developments will continue to expose pseudo democrats who, in their genuine opposition to Museveni’s corruption and incompetence, have turned a blind to the forces of evil fighting him.

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You Must Have Undergone A Brain Transplant Of Rolex Made Of 99% Rotten Eggs – Mao Blasts AG Over Electoral Reforms

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Democratic Party (DP) President Norbert Mao has blasted the Attorney General Hon. William Byaruhanga over the Electoral reforms he tabled before parliament on Thursday.

Mao says that Byaruhanga must have undergone a brain transplant before tabling the Bills containing the so-called electoral reforms!

“I’m sorry to say that our otherwise brilliant Attorney General must have undergone a brain transplant before tabling the Bills containing the so-called electoral reforms! It is an omelette (rolex) made of 99% rotten eggs. Doesn’t address core demands for free and fair elections.”

The electoral reforms presented by Byaruhanga consolidate a resolution by the ruling NRM decision to bar candidates from running independent of their party after losing a primary.

The set of the five reforms have major focus on independent candidates and how they qualify to run for office as President, Member of Parliament (MP) or district leader.

The bills include the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2019, and the Parliamentary Elections Amendment Bill 2019.

Others include the Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2019, the Political Parties and organizations’ Bill 2019, and the Local Governments Amendment Bill 2019.

Under the Political Parties and Organizations’ Bill, 2019, political parties are not allowed to have links with pressure groups.

The Bill also proposes that no candidate shall run independent of a party after participating in a party primary, yet at the same time, those elected as independents shall have a right to enter into alliance with any political party of their choice upon joining Parliament.

Below are some of the highlights from the bill:

1. Independent Presidential candidates from forming alliances with any registered political party.

2. Gov’t want’s Cameras & Phones not to be allowed in voting areas

3 . Allow EC to gazette restricted voting areas

4. Political parties shall not have any links to pressure groups.

5. To stand as an Independent, you must have ceased being a member of a political party for at least one year. The political party must consent to your leaving the party.

6. Political parties barred from having links with Pressure groups

7. Candidates barred from becoming independents after participating in a party primary

8. An ex-party member can run as independent one year after quitting their parties.

9. Declaration of results shall be made to five people

10. Upon election as independent, a member is free to ally with a party of their choice

11. Independent presidential candidates barred from any alliance with any political party.

12. Candidates must disclose funding sources within 14 days of nomination.

14. Security personnel (police and military) to be allowed to vote at least five days to polling.

By Doreen Menezer

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People Power Should Be Banned – Betty Kamya Stings Bobi Wine

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“I agree with that gentleman (Ntare) petitioning court to declare People Power unconstitutional. They aren’t registered anywhere yet they want to continue operating and disrupting peace.”

These were the words of Kampala Minister Betty Olive Kamya today morning when she appeared on Dunstan Busulwa’s Top Radio and advocated for the banning of People Power and People’s Government saying the two political organizations are culpable for inciting violence against the NRM government and its officials.

“What’s the legal status of their existence? How does the state and its lawful organs relate with them without being legally defined as who they are? Who are they answerable to?” Beti Kamya asked while responding to Busulwa’s question on what she thinks about Mr. Adens Ntare Rutaro’s Constitutional Petition No. 2 of 2019 that calls on Court to declare People Power and People’s Government unconstitutional and unlawful entities and subsequently direct a ban on them.

Once that prayer is granted, the implications will be that whoever operates under the auspices of PP or People’s Government will be legitimate target for harassment including detention by the police and other security agencies under the guise of enforcing a court decision.

Kamya says the two (People Power & People’s Government) should be banned because besides propagating violence, their activities undermine the spirit of multipartism which Uganda adopted in 2005 as the chosen system of government. She holds her former close ally Kizza Besigye liable for using the People’s Government to kill off FDC which she says is no longer vibrant because its leaders have all been stampeded into People’s Government.

NTARE’S PETITION

Ntare is petitioning against four respondents who include the AG whom he faults for merely looking on as the two groups commit illegal and treasonous activities. The other respondents include Dr. Kizza Besigye the head of People’s Government, Bobi Wine the head of People Power Movement and his publicist Joel Senyonyi.

According to the court papers, Ntare (petitioner) particularizes himself as a voter from Ruhaama Ntungamo district. He is represented by two city law firms namely M/S Newmark Advocates and Owoyesigire Muhereza & Co Advocates.

By Doreen Menezer

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