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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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Besigye Announces New Cabinet Without Bobi Wine, Appoints Lukwago As Vice President, Vows To Kick Museveni Out Of State House By The End Of This Year

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Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president who also doubles the president of the people’s government president, Dr. Kizza Besigye has today announced his cabinet ministers including a number of politicians without Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

While addressing a number of politicians from different political parties at Wasswa Brigwa’s beach in Busabala, Wakiso district, Besigye announced the Lord mayor of Kampala district Ssalongo Erias Lukwaago as his vice president in the people’s government.

Besigye also announced a number of activities aimed at forcing president Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party out of State House before the end of this year.

“This is the right time for this man to go. This strategy is aimed at taking over State House and this is the real time,” Besigye said.

Before announcing the cabinet ministers, Besigye said that his cabinet will not work alone. All government business will be done by a number of people and their job will be to set up standards of leadership. He also added that there will be a presidential council which will be advising and managing all political matters.

Among those appointed in the presidential council include Amb. Wasswa Birigwa, the Chairperson, Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat, Hon. Ken Lukyamuzi the man and Hon. Betty Aol Ochan.

Other Cabinet and State Ministers are:

1.Vice President: Ssalongo Erias Lukwaago

2.Prime minister: Hon.Salam Musumba

Deputy:  Ibrahim Semujju

3.Speaker: Oduma Okello

Deputy: Cissy Nabatanzi Ssempa.

Ministers and State ministers accordingly.

4.Presidency: Wafula Ogutu

State:  Francis Mwejukye

5.Internal Affairs: Ingrid Turinawe

State: Mubarak Munyagwa selunga

6.Finance: Nandala Mafaabi

State: Wilberforce Kyambadde

7.Local government: Nabbosa Joyce sebugwaawo

State: Harlod Kaija

8.Trade and industry

State: Kasibante Moses

State: Kaginda Mugume Roland

9.Works and Transport: Akolo Frank

State: Hon.Onzug

10.Information Kampala.Nambooze Bakireke

State: Okello Kennedy

11.Youths and Sports: Allan Sewanyana

12.Tourism: Doreen Nyanjura

13.Water and Transport: Ann Adeke.

In his speech, the Lord mayor Erias Lukwaago said that this is the right way to go. Lukwago warned that the opposition should prepare well knowing that they can win Mr. Museveni even if an election is held today.

However, Lukwago said that he doubts if Museveni can accept to hold an election unless he is put under some pressure.

 

By Mboowa Nathan

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MP Kyanjo Rushed To India With Level Four Cancer, Cautions Opposition – Don’t Cry, Keep Strong, One Soldier Down Should Not Break The Struggle, Never Sell Out To The Enemy, Keep Fighting

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Former Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo has today been rushed to India for medication after he was diagnosed with cancer at Level Four.

Kyanjo, who was once a very vibrant shadow minister in charge of the Presidency graced the 8th and 9th Parliament. During his five years in the 8th Parliament, the Makindye West legislator was one of the most vibrant politicians through the now banned open air live broadcast radio debates popularly known as Bimeeza. He had metamorphosed into one of the finest and some would say hardest hitting legislators Uganda has known.

Kyanjo recently travelled to South Africa and London hospitals where doctors told him his condition could have been caused by any of three factors, an inheritance of the disease, effects of a serious accident or poison.

Since returning in 2014, Kyanjo has kept a low profile while receiving serious treatment from local doctors.

Different opposition members have come out to commiserate with the soft-spoken legislator.

Harold Kaija, the FDC deputy Secretary General said, “We shared an emotional talk this morning and his message was; “Don’t cry, keep strong. One soldier down should not break the struggle. For that loss does not in any way strengthen the enemy. He will collapse. I know that many people are hungry for property like land and arcades. They will go with nothing. I only ask u that never sell out to the enemy, keep fighting.”

Hon. Kyanjo is my idol, friend, mentor and Big brother. I ask God for once, pliz give us a MIRACLE. Give Kyanjo more life to see the change he worked for.

Colleagues let’s put him in our prayers and show him love. I am broken but the good thing is that he is strong amidst the pain he is going through.”

Mukono municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireke said, “Put a prayer through for Hussein Kyanjo… God Lord, do us a miracle… The great soldier leaves today for India after being diagnosed with Cancer….Let this medical journey be done triumphantly…..I know that in most cases….the darkest hour of the night is the first hour of the new day. I have talked to Kyanjo and though he is in pain he sounded firm,strong and trusting in Allah the most gracious.

When someone you love is diagnosed with cancer, it is hard to know what to say. That’s okay… but Experts tell us that the worst you can do is to say nothing. If you are open and honest with the person you love, a simple text message or short email may remind them that they are in your thoughts. Let’s kindly show Kyanjo love at this greatest hour of test in his life. Lord hear us.”

 

By Doreen Menezer

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As Opposition Members Fight Among Themselves, Museveni Is Laying Strategies For 2021, Meets Kabaka

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As Bobi Wine, Besigye and his other rivals are busy forming reunions and fighting amongst themselves, President Museveni has started laying strategies for 2021.

President Museveni met the Kabaka at his palace in Banda, Nakawa Division.

“I paid a courtesy call on my brother, His Highness Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, at his palace in Banda, Wakiso District. I thank him for the invitation.

We held a cordial meeting where we agreed that all pending issues involving the kingdom’s property, land and financial arrears be resolved soonest. I thank the Kabaka for the hospitality extended to my entourage and myself,” the president wrote on his social media pages.

During times like these (towards the elections) president Museveni normally meets traditional leaders. Recently, he held a meeting with the Omukama of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru IV..

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