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WE STILL NEED YOU HERE: Luzira Inmates Plead With Bobi Wine To Remain With Them For Another Two Days

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“I thank you for this opportunity to address court. It is not we on trial but the court. Whatever you decide isn’t my business. My business is the truth, what is morally right. If standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison, so be it. After all I have a lot of work to do, even here in prison,” this was Bobi Wine’s statement today during his live conferencing trial in Luzira.

Indeed, it seems Bobi Wine still had a lot to do in prison according to a prison officer at Murchison Bay prison where he has slept for three nights.

According to prison sources, Inmates at Murchison bay wing at Luzira prison asked Bobi Wine to at least stay with them for another two days.

Today, Bobi stood before Buganda Road court Grade 1 Magistrate Esther Nahirya, in a live video conferencing trial and he was granted bail. However, sources in Luzira prison told this website that officers at Murchison bay allowed Kyagulanyi to associate with all the inmates on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“He was allowed to talk to other inmates in the presence of our officers. Prison is not a force but a service to rehabilitate our inmates. Bobi Wine is not the first big important person to come and enjoy our services. General Moses Ali, former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya, General David Sejusa all enjoyed our services. We are not bad people because you never know what that person is going to be tomorrow,” one of the officers in the Murchison Bay wing told this website.

He narrated to us that on Monday evening, the situation at Murchison Bay wing was tense because inmates were tipped that Bobi was soon arriving. At 5pm, when news started circulating around the prison that Bobi was coming, the prisoners started chanting people power slogans and singing Bobi Wine liberations songs like Tuliyambala engule. “It was a very tense situation, we had to use inmate leaders to calm their friends down,” a Murchison bay prison officer explain to this website.

He told us that Bobi slept in the cells where new inmates sleep before being allocated a permanent cell the next day. On Tuesday morning, every inmate was asking where ‘omubanda’ was. While they were lining up for a head count, Bobi surfaced in the yellow uniform of the Uganda prison.

“There was some commotion and we had to calm the situation. Bobi was a good person, he explained to them to live in harmony because he is fighting for the freedom of Ugandans including the prisoners and officers. After the head count, inmates spent the entire day singing Bobi songs,” the source added.

He further told us that when the inmates were allowed to talk to Bobi, they explained to him the bad prison situation including the poor sanitation, accommodation, food and mistreatment from some prison officers.  Unfortunately, some inmates especially those who work around the prison did not get an opportunity to talk to Bobi and were heard pleading with him when they passed his block to stay with them for another two days so that he could talk to them because they had a lot to tell him. Bobi was remanded to Luzira prison on Monday evening on charges of disobedience of statutory duties contrary to section 116 of the Penal Code Act.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kittata Is A Bigger Threat To M7’s Seat Than Bobi Wine – Former State House Spy Reveals

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Former State House chief spy Charles Rwomushana has revealed how incarcerated boda boda 2010 boss Abdullah Kittata is a more deadly threat to president Yoweri Museveni’s chair than Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. 

The former Makerere university Guild President said that it was an intentional and well planned move by president Museveni to prosecute Kittata in the military army instead of trying him in the civilian’s courts even if he is a civilian.

“You people must understand that it is president Museveni who decides on who to charge in the court martial and before charging anyone he must be aware of the verdict. Don’t you ask yourself why Kyagulanyi was not charged in the military court even though they first showed us that he was found with guns? Where are the guns now? It was the president who ordered Kyagulanyi to be first tried in the court martial, however, after making some calculations, Museveni decided to discharge Kyagulanyi from the court martial to civilian court because he was not deadly,” Rwomushana said.

Rwomushana revealed that Museveni is very calculative because he understands that he cannot manipulate the civilian courts like he does in the military court. He said that they convicted Kittata as a way of punishing him over his involvement in some secret plans with embattled former Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura against Museveni’s chair. He explained that Museveni was very aware of the atrocities committed while Kayihura was manning police but he left him until he started conniving with other people to threaten his chair.

Rwomushana swore that the Museveni he knows cannot forgive Kittata, and his friends and relatives must expect more deadly things including more charges against the former boda boda patron. Rwomushana was appearing on BBS TV’s ‘amaaso ku ggwanga’ program.

Kittata was convicted on charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition including a golden pistol, he was sentenced to eight years in prison together with his body guard Sowari Ngobi.

By Jamil Lutakome

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You Cannot Meet M7 And Expect Things To Work Out , Even Meeting Him Alone Is Frustrating – Ssemujju Nganda

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The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Hon. Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has said that meeting president Museveni is a waste of time since things never work out.

During an interview with NBS TV,  Ssemujju said that dialogue with Museveni can never work because even  meeting him privately is frustrating . The Kira Municipality legislator said that the president has held the country in captivity and as FDC, they will try every avenue to free Ugandans from this captivity.

In his words, Ssemujju said, “we had a meeting with the Prime Minister Rugunda  and the agreement was that the police under Kayihura was misinterpreting the Public Order Management Act (POMA). The country is held captive by Mr. Museveni but as FDC, we are going to give everything a chance.”

Concerning the Inter Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD), Ssemujju said that as long as it’s doing what it’s supposed to do, FDC will be in support of it, “as FDC, we don’t want IPOD to be turned into a socialisation club, it was formed for a purpose and if it hasn’t met its purpose in 10 years then why should it continue?

As FDC, we can only collect views for FDC leaders and members but we can’t meet them because even a small meeting in a home is being teargassed. Give me one example of a meeting where Museveni has sat down with people and things have worked, even meeting him is frustrating.”

Yesterday, the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, held a meeting between secretary generals of political parties and government officials and called for ceasefire between political parties and government security agencies and promised a speedy implementation of the new Public Order Management Act (POMA), 2013 regulations.

Rugunda said that the new regulations will be tabled in parliament soon for approval and consequently implemented.

He said that political parties are supposed to notify police of their meetings and police is supposed to recognize receipt of notification in 48 hours.

IPOD is an umbrella of political parties with representation in parliament. These include the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), the Democratic Party (DP) Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Uganda Peoples’ Congress (UPC) and Justice Forum (JEEMA).

IPOD council chairperson, Gerald Siranda, who is the Secretary General of Democratic Party says political parties expect police to behave responsibly by following POMA. He warned that time for dialogue is about to end.

By Doreen Menezer

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They Are Registering Congolese, Rwandans And Tanzanians To Vote In Next Election – DP Vows To Investigate NIRA

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The Democratic Party (DP) spokesperson, Paul Kenneth Kakande has vowed that their party is going to start investigating the National Identification Registration Agency (NIRA).

While addressing journalists at the DP head office at City house in Kampala, Kakande said that many people who are not Ugandan citizens are being entered into the national data system which is regulated by NIRA to give them the opportunity to vote when it comes to election period.

“DP is going to investigate the act of non-Ugandans acquiring the National Identity Card which is meant to be for Ugandan nations only. It has come to our notice that there are non-citizens who are being entered into the national data system controlled by NIRA.

Kakande alleges that these people come from neighbouring countries of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. “The national data should be for Ugandans and a person to acquire the citizenship should follow the procedures, not using back doors. The issue of registering the citizens in the national data is going to lose sense,” he warned.

He went ahead and said, “we call upon parliament to look into the activities of NIRA especially as we approach the general elections. Non-citizens will end up voting in Uganda and this is being aided by District Intelligence Security Officers (DISO) and Resident District Officers (RDCs).”

Kakande also said that as the current leaders of the Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD), an organization of parties with members in parliament, bound together by a memorandum that was signed by different political parties which include DP, Justice Forum (JEEMA), Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and National for Resistance Movement (NRM), they are facing tremendous challenges.

“The FDC raised challenges about the conduct of one of the members IPOD who is the NRM party which were legitimate especially concerning police brutality on members of the opposition and those who disagree with the president about constitutional reforms, it seems the NRM party is not concerned about doing the proper thing.

The issue of constitutional reforms is very controversial and touchy but it’s being ignored by those in government who give excuses that there is no time, money but when it touches changing the constitution in favour of Museveni, the money is found,” he added.

He said that as a party, they believe that there is a deliberate effort by the NRM to use the Public Order Management Act (POMA) to molest members of the opposition.

He said that the as a party, which is also a member of IPOD, they can understand FDC’s position even though they still believe that they can have a last attempt to have a discussion on the way forward of the country.

“We are talking to the NRM which has proved to be the roadblock in these negotiations, we believe that tomorrow they will not blame us that we didn’t tell them when the time comes when those who talk now are shoved aside and Ugandans take over. They will not say we didn’t tell them because the writing is on the wall, you can see what is happening to Sudan, we call upon all stakeholders in IPOD to make sense in this organization,” Kakande said.

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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