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We Will Not Attend The Next IPOD Summit – FDC Vows

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Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has vowed that they will attend the next Inter Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) summit which will be held on Wednesday the 15th May 2019 in Lira.

The party spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda revealed today that they will not attend the next IPOD summit because they are still under siege by the security agencies and that their rights of association and assembly are still curtailed.

“We are still under siege by various security agencies. Our legitimate rights to associate and assemble are still curtailed and the situation has even gotten worse. We cannot speak to lower FDC leaders on whose behalf we transact business. Who therefore shall we be representing at these summits?” Semujju asked during a press conference at the FDC head offices in Najjanankumbi.

He said that as a party, they have agreed and asked for both political and constitutional reforms as IPOD members before and the National Resistance Movement(NRM) said that there was no time to process them. He added that five years later, these records are not being processed but instead NRM has illegally changed the constitution to remove yet another safe guard against life presidency.

“There is no favourable atmosphere in the country for a meaningful dialogue. We call upon religious leaders and the elders who are organizing similar engagements not to engage in futility.

Restoration of citizens’ rights and freedom is a more urgent matter than sensitization events in big hotels. The FDC will continue carrying out mobilization and sensitization of citizens,” ssemujju said.

FDC WARNS UPDF AND POLICE NOT TO INTERFERE IN THEIR CIVIL CAMPAIGNS.

During the same press briefing, Nganda warned the UPDF, police and other security agencies not interfere and disrupt their legitimate civil campaigns.

“We would like to warn the UPDF, Police and other security agencies not to interfere with our legitimate civil campaigns. We will hold individual police and UPDF officers accountable for all the abuses they have occasioned on our leaders and citizens,”he said.

In his words, Ssemujju also warned citizens not to be used because they will end up following dictatorship to the grave.

“We continue to warn some selfish individuals who are inciting the state to clamp down on citizens who are freely exercising their rights. The self-styled group of traders from Kampala who want demonstrations and processions banned are especially warned. Don’t accept to be used. Don’t follow the dictatorship to its grave,” he cautioned.

He congratulated People power for joining Dr. Kizza Besigye, in the need to rally citizens to claim their power and rights first, before engaging in elections after  suffering  the brunt  of the dictatorship.

He said that the campaign under defiance label is aimed at sensitizing the citizens about their individual vulnerability and collective strength to overcome it.

“Citizens are mobilized and empowered to rise up against this wanton abuse of their resources and their rights. They are taught and led in various campaigns to reclaim their power.

We call upon all democracy seeking forces to support these civic campaigns. The FDC doesn’t have to initiate or lead these campaigns. We will be glad to participate in such campaigns initiated by others,” he added.

He also gave updates on their meeting in Buikwe, he said that the UPDF and  the police blocked the meeting by firing bullets and teargas at citizen.

“Police also sealed off the FDC headquarters over the weekend and held our leaders captive. Nobody was allowed to leave until after seven. We condemn these abuses and we shall hold the commanders of these operations responsible,” he said.

By Evelyn Musiimenta

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What I Want Bobi Wine To Do – Besigye Reveals Why He Regularly Meets People Power Boss….

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Bobi Wine (L) at Besigye's home last week

Finally, four-time presidential candidate Rt. Col. Kizza Besigye has cleared the air on the frequent discussions he is having with People Power movement boss Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

The Former Forum for Democratic (FDC) party president revealed that they have held a series of meetings with Kyagulanyi to see how easily they can oust President Yoweri Museveni from power as a united force.

“You know very well that honorable Kyagulanyi is my village mate he just crosses from Magere and comes to Kasangati, we always meet, unfortunately in our last meeting, our photos leaked to you (media). We have to join all forces of change together to oust the junta. Ugandans have to regain power to control their country,” Besigye said while appearing on Olutindo program on radio Simba.

He revealed that the reason why they always meet is to come up with a single statement to Ugandans who have been yearning for change for a long time.

He disclosed that he is happy that very soon, this is going to happen.

Besigye praised Kyagulanyi for his effort and collaboration to see that they join hands to force change together.

When contacted for comment, the leader of the informal sector in People Power Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu said that their movement welcomes the initiative of all forces of change coming together.

He however insisted that all the other forces of change should stand behind their candidate Kyagulanyi in the 2021 General elections.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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10 Years From Now, Buganda Kingdom Will Be No More, Officials Have Sold It To M7 For Riches, Titles And Cars – Mirundi

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Mirundi and Bugnda Katikkiro Mayiga (inset)

President Museveni’s adviser on media Tamale Mirundi has predicted that Buganda Kingdom will be no more 10 years from now.

Appearing on NBS TV, the controversial NRM diehard pointed out that the Kingdom has for several years lost track and is quickly becoming irrelevant in the political, Social and economic affairs of the country.

He explained that for the 34 years of President Museveni’s rule, he has silenced the once mighty Kingdom officials with goodies such as expensive cars, convoys for officials like the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga and other officials and prestigious irrelevant titles.

Mirundi said that even the return of Kingdom assets and Land commonly referred to as ‘Ebyaffe’ has led to dubious dealing within Buganda Kingdom which has weakened the Kingdom.

Mirundi said that the Buganda officials always think of their stomachs and pockets before thinking of the Kingdom and its people.

Mirundi added that Buganda politicians including Members of Parliament are no longer interested in paying allegiance to Mengo due to its deteriorating position in Uganda Politics.

The motormouthed Mirundi prophesied that it is going to take Buganda kingdom another 40-50 years to get back to its former glory. He gave an example of the return of the Tutsi to Rwanda after 40 years, the changes that led to Germany being United after 50 years and the fall of Soviet Union after 70 years.

 

By Ronald Kisekka




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SAY NO TO KUJOOGA! I’m Going To Lead The Battle To Save Kampala From M7 Take Over At The Expense Of The Urban Poor – MP Nambooze….

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Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze Bakireke has vowed to lead the battle to stop President Museveni’s takeover of Kampala.

In a post on her Facebook page titled ‘People’s Battle For Kampala n’emiriraano-2020….Temutujoga Kampala City Yaffe…. Tukooye Ejjoogo!’, Nambooze said that, “Mr. Museveni tried to win votes in Kampala and other Metropolitan constituencies but failed. He turned to buying off opposition political leadership of Kampala but the converts failed to influences masses to go with them, the opposition only became stronger.”

She added, “He moved Parliament to amend the Constitution to give himself a law granting him power over the City and brought around a callous woman Jennifer Musisi but the Battle hardened Lord Mayor Lukwago fought this move both legally and politically and soon Museveni got to acknowledge that he was failing….. He bought a machinery in the hence to opposition “Princess” Beti Kamya and a number of councilors to use their expertise in City Affairs made another move to amend the law to abolish the adult suffrage elections for the Lord Mayorship and other issues in relation to extend the boundaries to cover the neighbouring districts of Wakiso, Mpigi and Mukono but lost it in Parliament.”

Now Mr.Museveni through his Ministers has allotted to themselves powers over Kampala thanks to Covd19. Imagine a Central Government Minister taking over the role of assigning taxis stages. Why doesn’t Katumba Wamala if he is really organising public transport also call Gulu, Kabale, Arua, Hoima, Masaka, Mbarara taxis to register and be assigned stages by his Ministry?” Nambooze asked.

She said, “Since the unfortunate outbreak of Covd19, the junta moves day in day out to take over Kampala at the expense of the urban poor, the ordinary city dweller and it seems, they want to see how far they can go before they get anyone to challenge them.”

Nambooze disclosed that on Monday, she is going to address the press in her capacity as the Alternative Minister for Kampala.

“People’s Battle for Kampala 2020. Our Battle is legally correct and politically, socially and economically a must. Our right and justification to declare this battle is in Article one of the Constitution that provides that Power belongs to the People and they will exercise it through their democratically elected leaders,” Nambooze said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa




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