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    ‘We’re Not Safe, Can’t Even Bonk Because Police Camera Points Directly Into Our Bedroom’- Barbie Itungo Narrates Harrowing Tale Of 11 Days Tension Under House Arrest…

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    Bobi Wine's wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi

    The High Court On Tuesday January 25th, 2021, ordered the military and  vacate National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s home in Magere.

    The order was issued by Justice Michael Elubu, who ruled that Bobi Wine’s home was not a gazetted detention centre and  that if the state had any charges against him they should detain him at a police station, prison or other gazetted detention centres.

    It’s now two days ever since then and so we had to find out how the family is doing.

    The two, Bobi Wine and Barbie Kyagulanyi, who were traumatized by the 11 days of tension, intimidation and fear are apparently doing well, except they have certain concerns about their privacy and security.

    Speaking to NTV Uganda on Tuesday, Barbie narrated the traumatizing ordeal she went through during the days they were put under house arrest, revealing that they had to sleep in turns so as to ensure their safety.

    Barbie also narrates that ever since the police rained a CCTV camera that points directly into her bedroom, she and Bobi Wine have since been robbed of all privacy that a legally married couple must have.

    Here below is what Barbie says;

    “The soldiers came with mobile toilets, barricades and all sorts of trucks. At first we thought they were tightening security in the area because of the elections.

    But when they stormed our compound that was when we got to know that it was real!

    Our phones were switched on and confiscated, the CCTV cameras and TV networks were switched off too.

    When I tried to go down to the garden to get some food for my people, the soldiers stopped me. They said I couldn’t go to the garden. That was when I  knew that it was real.

    As night fell, our entire compound became filled with soldiers walking around, speaking loudly in a strange language, smoking cigarettes. It was so scary.  So we decided that we would sleep in  turns, so  as to ensure that they don’t harm us.

    Bobi Wine would wake up say at 3:00AM and tell me ‘Please you can also keep watch as I get some sleep.

    That was how it was for the 11 days we were under house arrest.”

    Speaking about the deprivation of privacy, Barbie said that “Privacy was taken away from us long ago. Right at the corner to our home there is a police CCTV camera pointed directed at our house. That camera is so long that it looks into our bedroom!”

    On whether she is happy now that the military have been ordered vacate, Barbie said that; “I’m not happy because they were not supposed to be here in the first place. In any case, if they had any charges against us this was not the place to incarcerate us. They should have taken us to court and to prison.

    Well, the mother of four apparently doesn’t feel safe even after the military withdrew from her home because she knows they are being watched and she is concerned about her privacy, especially because  of the CCTV camera and the helicopter that is always hovering around their home.

    She is however grateful to her husband for flying their kids out of the country because they would have become emotionally and psychologically traumatized for life.

     

    By John Kenny Adenya

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Maj. Gen. Takirwa Appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces…

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    Major General Francis Takirwa has been appointed as Deputy Commander Land Forces.

    President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) also promoted and appointed General Officers.

    Maj. Gen. Takirwa will deputize Maj. Gen. Muhanga Kayanja who was also appointed as Commander Land Forces (CLF) in October, 2022.

    He also appointed Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba as Acting Chief of Staff Land Force.

    Maj. Gen. Bakasumba has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF.

    Museveni has also promoted Brig. Gen. Bob P. Ogiki to Maj. Gen and appointed him 2nd Division Commander.

    Deputy Defence spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki congratulated the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotion and appointments.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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