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WHAT BOBI SAID AND THE PICTURES YOU MISSED: We Have Exposed Them, They Have Resorted To Extreme Violence And Want To Wipe Us Off The Face Of Earth – People Power Boss Unveils Regional Coordinators

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Today morning, Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine unveiled a list of leaders who are going to coordinate People Power activities across the country ahead of the Uganda 2021 General elections.

Bobi Wine with musician Ronald Mayinja

In the meeting, Bobi said that People Power has grown exponentially over the past two years and is now entrenched in every corner of the country.

“Museveni and his praise-singers dismissed us as inconsequential but people have continued to prove them wrong. He has been left exposed, and that’s why he resorted to extreme violence that was intended to wipe us off the face of earth,” Bobi said.

Some of the MPs led by Basalirwa, Zaake and Tinkasimire

He added, “I am not here because I am highly qualified or because I am a soldier or a professor, but because I am one of the Ugandans that want and deserve a better Uganda. We are just ordinary citizens who are motivated by the conviction that out country deserves better, and we know that People Power is stronger than people in power.”

Bobi Wine flanked by MPs Tinkasimire (L) and Kassiano Wadri (R)

Bobi said that all hotels in Kampala refused to host them that is why he had to hold the meeting at his home. “Each one of the hotels we went to they told us they couldn’t host us, even when we agreed to pay. This makes us sad because the moral fiber of our nation has been killed. How can a private hotel be compelled to reject a political meeting when at the same time the president is moving freely around the country, campaigning and holding rallies?” he said.

BOBI’S FULL ADDRESS
Fellow countrymen, countrywomen, ladies and gentlemen!

I recognise you all, in your respective capacities and greet you all in the name of the Almighty God, who has given us the gift of life, despite the numerous challenges in our country.

I also appreciate you all, people of Uganda, for your labors and sacrifices- for your hard work and resilience, in all corners of our country.

Despite the high taxes, unfair economic policies and massive corruption, you have continued to work hard, day and night to build yourselves, your communities and ultimately our country Uganda.

Let me also take this opportunity to appreciate the nation for the massive reception of our message of People Power for the past two years. I want to thank you all – dear compatriots, in all parts of our country for the positive reception you gave to our message from the time we set out. There are a few times in political history anywhere in the world, where movements such as ours gained ground in a society such as ours in a very short time. Indeed, when you go to any part of this country, whether urban or rural, you will find young men and young women asserting that people power is our power. You will find those who are educated and those who are not well educated rejecting intimidation and lies, and holding onto this timeless truth- that returning power back to the people of Uganda is the way forward for our country.

If you go to the North, South, East and the Central part of this country, you will find old men and old women in their houses and work places singing ‘olutalo nga luwedde, tuliyambala engule.’ From Karamoja to Kisoro, from Arua to Kapchorwa- the citizens are ready to work for and build a new Uganda.

As you all know, we did not set out as experts or even as experienced politicians. No! We set out as ordinary citizens, driven by deep love for our country. As men and women, not motivated by material gain but by a deep conviction that our country deserves better. We set out to tell the nation that people power is stronger than the people in power even when the people in power are determined to bring out gun power. And yes, we set out to make it clear that we were determined to not just be spectators as President Museveni and his cronies continue to loot our country- but to also make our contribution in redeeming our nation from the deep mayhem they have sunk it in.

And so country-men and women, you received our message and made it your own message. From the boda boda stages and taxi parks, to salons and markets, to schools and hospitals, churches and mosques- the People Power message has permeated our country in ways we had not anticipated. Yes we did not anticipate the quick reception, but we were never surprised because friends, what we say is the truth and the truth cannot be suppressed. Our message has been consistent – a message our bleeding nation needed to hear!

Well, at the onset, some people were skeptical. They thought it was an excitement bound to vanish in thin air- but you, the people of Uganda dismissed those who tried to dismiss our message. President Museveni and his praise singers dismissed us as inconsequential! But the people of Uganda have been there to prove them wrong!

And so when opportunity availed itself in Jinja, and Rukungiri, and Bugiri, and Arua, the people spoke in ways that neither bullets nor money could silence. President Museveni and his spin masters were utterly exposed and indeed naked. Neither bribes nor bullets could silence a people yearning for change. They spoke resoundingly and told President Museveni in bold letters that this is their time to decide the destiny of their country.
It was not surprising that like a leopard when surrounded and in great danger, President Museveni resorted to extreme levels of violence by which he clearly intended to wipe us off the face of the earth! It was under this context that Yasin Kawuma took a bullet for me and many of our brothers and sisters were tortured to near death. But we serve a living God. The God of ages enabled some of us to live to tell the story.

Filled with embarrassment and fear, unable to contain the crusading change, the regime decided to illegally stop by-elections across the country. They decided to murder, maim and arrest countless People Power supporters countrywide. But the people have pressed on! I salute the countless young women and men who despite the regime criminalising the red beret have continued to wear it- boldly pushing back against intimidation and in that way saying that this is our country!

And so, afraid of the influence of our message of redemption, the regime blocked our music shows and made it illegal for us to even attend church services across the country. The reason why we gather here at my home today in Magere, and not at one of the numerous hotels in Kampala, is because each of the hotels we booked for this event was ordered not to host us. Even when we booked and made payments, they were told that they could not host a People Power event!

Comrades, should this make us sad? Yes and no! Yes, because the moral fibre of our nation has been killed. How can we explain to our children, that a hotel in a country can be stopped from hosting an event of a political opponent? That President Museveni can go around the country campaigning, dishing out the tax payers money in bribes, hiring people to attend his rallies, and yet we cannot even be allowed to assemble in a private hotel? This is why we should be sad because of what has befallen our beloved country.

But in this is something to celebrate. This kind of persecution shows how much a regime which has been in power for 33 years fears a movement that has grown from the grassroots over only two years. It shows how much afraid of the people the regime is, and in that shows us how powerful we are as a people!

Therefore, despite all the challenges we have encountered ever since we started, there have been countless things to celebrate, key of which is a politically conscious population ready to kick Museveni and his cronies out of power come 2021. I have over the past year received countless people- men and women of all ages showing off their National IDs as the weapon they will use to change their destiny forever in a few months. Countless others have gone to the different points, endured long queues and a corrupt system, to be able to get their ID. We have made it fashionable to have a National ID. Above all, building on the effort of those we found in the struggle, we have exposed President Museveni to the core. His true colors as an intolerant power hungry dangerous despot have never been made clearer.

Therefore friends, all these are achievements to celebrate.

I must at this point acknowledge that we could never have achieved this alone. I must salute our brothers and sisters who came before us and started this cause. We owe a lot to people such as our elder Dr. Paulo Kawanga Ssemwogerere who recognised the monster in its infancy when everyone else was singing its praises. We owe a lot of gratitude to Dr. Kizza Besigye whose sacrifice and resilience emboldened a nation to rise up and stand. And of course senior comrades like Gen. Muntu, Miria Matembe, Nobert Mao, Yona Kanyomozi, Amanya Mushega and many others who have risen to the occasion to oppose the dictatorship. Ordinary activists such as Sam Mugumya who is still imprisoned in the DRC deserve to be mentioned and acknowledged. Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a highly accomplished academic has spent months in jail- because she dared to speak up in prose and poem! Nalongo Nana, disgusted by injustice decided to camp at the police headquarters. The gross violations meted out on her, leading to losing her uterus, have not killed her desire and courage. I could go on and on!

Their boldness in face of so much force is paving way for other activists. A courageous nation is being born- ready to reject injustice forthwith!

I have labored to remind us of where we have come from so that we understand the sacrifices made, the challenges ahead, but most importantly the opportunity we have.

As we gather here today, People Power has never been as strong. We have moved from when this was a mere idea to a powerful movement recognised everywhere in the world.

And so today, we choose to take one more step. Across the country, we have so many coordinators- men and women who have volunteered. There is no single day that you will tune in to a radio station and not hear someone calling in and introducing herself or himself as a People Power coordinator. Today we are taking the first step in crystalizing this effort. The men and women who we have introduced to you are people, devoted to our country’s redemption. These are people who have been doing work for many months now and will continue doing this work. Their first duty will be to coordinate all the other coordinators who we have across the country. Please remember that People Power is a common man, common woman’s front. We do not care how qualified those people are, the only qualification is patriotism and a deep belief in justice, fairness and equal opportunity in our country. As I did mention yesterday, God has never called the qualified. He qualifies the called.

Today as we leave this place, we shall be getting to work. When we set out we knew that this mission would involve three stages- awakening our people, awakening the leaders, and finally giving this a final push. I am happy to announce that the first phase was accomplished very fast. We are laboring to complete the second phase and certainly victory will be guaranteed.

Finally, let me remind all of us that People Power is a platform for change. We are not a political party- we are a revolutionary movement whose agenda is to end oppression in our country and establish a society which works for everyone. A country in which the citizen will be proud to be called Ugandan, a nation where you get a job because of merit and not because of who you know or where you come from. A country which works for all citizens and not a few people at the top. A country where a president does not shield the corrupt. A country where our men and women in uniform are not ordered to violate rights of citizens. A country where policemen and soldiers are paid well so that they can look after their families. A country where doctors and teachers do not go about begging because of low wages! Friends, a country which truly belongs to its people. The country that our grand parents dreamt of when they sang ‘oh Uganda the land of freedom, our love and labor we give.’

And so we are a platform that brings together patriotic citizens of all religions and all political affiliations. Citizens from all tribes- who speak different languages. We do not care which political party you belong to- we have a mission at hand to defeat a dictator. After that comrades, we can go back to our political parties and practice true democracy.

We have been speaking with all forces of change in this country. Because we deeply believe that we are stronger when we unite. A people united can never be defeated. We have made good progress, and we shall continue that effort right from here.

And countrymen and countrywomen, I will personally once again tell you of my willingness and readiness to lead you in that effort- the effort to usher our country into a new era of freedom and justice.

I thank you all for listening to me. God bless you. God bless Uganda.

PEOPLE POWER COORDINATORS PER REGION

Bobi also unveiled teams that will coordinate People Power activities in Kigezi,  Karamoja, Ankole, Greater Masaka, Greater Luwero, Teso, Lango, Bukedi, Rwenzori, Toro, West Nile, Kampala Metropolitan, Bunyoro, the Mabira Stretch among others. They include:

1. WestNile;

Hon Kasiano Wadri(Team Leader)

Hon James Acidri

Hon Oguzu Lee

Habib Asega

Asara Night

2. Acholi;

Hon Lucy Akello (Team Leader)

Hon Gilbert Olanya

Hon Anthony Akol

Olenga Anthony

Okema Santos

3. Karamoja;

Hon Adome Bildard (Team Leader)

Ayen Bonny

Lopolo Mukulu

Ponyu Badru

4. Lango;

Hon Jonathan Odur (Team Leader)

Moses Okot P’Bitek

Okello Blick

Isaac Okae

5. Teso;

Hon Susan Amero (Team Leader)

Elakuna

Ojangone Anthony

George Okoit

Amato Immaculate

7. Tooro;

Kakuru Thomas (Team Leader)

Innocent Tukundane

Medard

Hanifa Said

Nyakato Hassan

8. Ankole;

Hon Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Team Leader)

Kakama Moses

Lucas Muhangi

Muhanguzi Kateera Lubega Muzamir

Ayebare Jasper Musherura Daniel

Tuhimbise Rhoda

Byamukama Godfrey

10. Sebei;

Pastor Satid (Team Leader)

Chemonges Benjamin Kwoyen

Satya

Chemisto Kubai

11. Bunyoro;

Hon Barnabas Tinkasimire (Team Leader)

Nyakato Asinas

Amanyire Rogers

Asiimwe Grace

Atiki

12. Bugisu;

Hon John Baptist Nambeshe (Team Leader)

Anthony Wameli

Wetaka Abas

Sam Mali

Robinah Nadunga

13. Busoga;

Hon Asuman Basalirwa (Team Leader)

Hon Paul Mwiru

Mercy Walukamba

Bigirwa Moses

Basakana Hannington

14. Bukedi;

Hon Nabulindo Agnes (Team Leader)

Hon Catherine

Sanya Wycliff

Mukasa Abdullah

Yusuf Mutembule

15. Rwenzori;

Hon Winnie Kiiza (Team Leader)

Hon Robert Centenary

Wakibanahi Joram

Ndungu James

Musabingo

16. Kampala Metropolitan;

Hon Medard Ssegona (Team Leader)

Hon Wakayima Musoke

Naluyima Betty

Samuel Lubega Mukaku

Semugooma

17. Greater Luweero;

Hon Lutamaguzi (Team Leader)

Hon Brenda Nabukenya

Nanyanzi Shifa

Former Luweero Mayor

Sekabira Lawrence

18. Greater Mubende;

Hon Patrick Nsamba (Team Leader)

Hon Kalwanga David

Kawuma Digo

Kabuye Frank

Sumaya

19. Greater Mpigi;

Hon Muwanga Kivumbi (Team Leader)

Aisha Kabanda

Hillary Kiyaga(Hilderman)

Teddy Nambooze

Sadam Gayira

20. Greater Mukono;

Hon Lulume Bayiga (Team Leader)

(Mayor of Mbiko, Kiwanuka Abdullah

Patriko Mujuko

Simbwa

21. Greater Masaka;

Hon Mathias Mpuuga (Team Leader)

Hon Sewungu Gonzaga

Hon Florence Namayanja

Dr. Abed Bwanika

Katerega Muhammad

22. Youth Wing;

Hon Francis Zaake(Team leader)

Angella Namirembe(Deputy-Central)

Bosmic Otim(Deputy-North)

Sasi Marvin(Deputy-West)

Mariah Natabi(Deputy-East)

23. Institutions;

Roy Semboga (Team Leader)

Muhumuza Umaru

Milkah Nabacwa

Tunduru Jonathan

Magulu Mpagi

24. Women Wing;

Flavia Kalule (Team Leader)

Hon Robinah Ssentongo

Hon Anna Adeke

Nusifa Nakato

Aturinda Agnes

25. PWDs

Pastor Robert Mpala Isabirye (Team Leader)

John Luwago

Kisimizi Nuhu

26. Arts & Entertainment;

Nubian Lee (Team Leader)

Swengere

Ronald Mayinja

Flavia Namulindwa

27. Informal Sector;

Nyanzi Fred Ssentamu (Team Leader)

Nnazzinda Sifa

Okello Richard

Ande Kibirige

Muwanguzi Andrew

28. Diaspora;

Arao Ameny (Team Leader)-US

Belinda Atim-UK

Patricia-UAE/Dubai

Ali Mawale-SA

Pamela (Sweden)

Musician Mathias Walukagga

By Doreen Menezer

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Attorney General Defends Appointment of BOU D/Governor, DPP, URA And Prisons Boss During Lockdown In East African Court….

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L-R: URA's Rujoki, BOU D/Governor Dr. Antingi, prisons boss Byabashaija and the new DPP justice Abodo

The Government of Uganda through the Attorney General (AG) has defended the actions of President Yoweri Museveni to appoint the new deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Commissioner General of prisons and his deputy during COVID19 lockdown in the East African courts of justice.

In his response to the suit filed by city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, the Attorney General denied all the accusations and asked that the suit be dismissed with costs.

In his suit, Mabirizi claims that it was illegal for the president to appoint Jane Frances Abodo as the DPP when she is a judge at the High Court.

He protested that the appointment of Abodo will create unfairness against the accused because she knows all the judges and can easily access them something the accused cannot do.

Mabirizi further protested that by the time Abodo appointed the DPP, she was under the Judicial Service Commission yet the law is very clear that for a person to be appointed as DPP, they must be recommended by public service commission. He wants the regional court to declare that Abodo was illegally appointed.

The controversial lawyer also protested that the appointment of John Musinguzi as the new URA Commissioner General was illegal since his name was not recommended by the board to the president as required by law.

He also objected the appointment of the Commissioner General of prison Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and his deputy James Mwanje, the appointment of Dr. Michael Antingi Ego and the deputy Governor Bank of Uganda by the president during the COVID19 lockdown arguing that Ugandans were denied their right and opportunity to raise their complaints against the newly appointed public officials before being approved by parliament.

He asserted that because Ugandans were not allowed to move during the lockdown, when he attempted to go to parliament to raise his complaint against one of the appointees, he was seriously clobbered by security operatives in uniform at Wandegeya a Kampala suburb.

He added that he tried again to challenge the legal declaration of the lockdown without a legal statuary instrument signed by the Minister of Health but his case was removed from the court records on orders of Dr. Andrew Byabashaija the head of High Court Civil Division which was also illegal.

In their defense, the Attorney General insisted that the president has powers to appoint a person to hold or act in any office in the public service of Uganda at the rank of head of department or above including their removal.

He insisted that  Abodo was appointed by the president on the recommendations of the public service commission and with the approval of the parliament. He told court that the person is not qualified to be appointed DPP unless he or she is qualified to be appointed a judge of the High Court.

While defending security forces for stopping Mabirizi, the AG argued that the function of the security forces is to cooperate with the civilian authorities in emergency situations and by stopping Mabirizi, they were implementing the presidential directives against COVID19.

He told court that the President issued the directives to control the spread of COVID19 under the statutory instrument issued by the health minister under the public health Act.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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We Have Not Sent You: Buganda Youths Warn Promoter Abtex On Leading Demo To Gashumba’s Home Over Attack On Katikkiro Mayiga ….

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Kasolo Walusimbi (R) and Abtex (inset)

Buganda youth under their umbrella ‘Bazzukulu ba Buganda  international’ have warned events promoter Abbey Musinguzi alias Abtex on his planned move to demonstrate at the home of city businessman Frank Gashumba over his misunderstanding with Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga.

Speaking to his fellow Bazzukulu at Mengo, Kasolo Walusimbi, the chairperson of the association said that they will not accept non Baganda to be used by some kingdom officials to use Buganda Kingdom name to fight their personal battles.

He challenged Musinguzi to reveal the names of Baganda who asked him to fight on their behalf.

“We are tired of people who are facilitated by our oppressors to frustrate Buganda interests, we don’t agree with the way Gashumba responded to Katikiiro because he is a leader of the kingdom but we also condemn the way the Katikkiro attacks and embarrass Kabaka’s subjects publicly,” Kasolo said.

He further revealed that the reason why Musinguzi is fighting for Mayiga is he wants to be given back the contracts to organize the kingdom’s festivals like Enkuuka and Masaza cup tournament which were given to National Resistance Movement (NRM) party mobiliser Balaam Barugahara.

Kasolo added that the people of Buganda have suffered because of strange agreements signed between Mayiga’s administration and the central government without thorough consultation from Buganda people.

When contacted, Abtex rubbished Kasolo’s allegations adding that he is no longer interested in organizing Buganda festivals.

He said that since he is a Munyankole living in Buganda, he is grateful with Buganda hospitality and he cannot just sit down and look on when the likes of Gashumba are humiliating the kingdom’s administrators.

He declared a war on Gashumba to put him to order.

He revealed that preparations are in high gear to storm Gashumba’s home this Wednesday.

He boasted that he has worked so much for Buganda unlike people like Kasolo who want to make a name for themselves by attacking him.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…

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Mr. Jimmy Turyagyenda and the car which was burnt

Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.

There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.

The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.

Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.

Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.

Mr. Turyagyenda’s story

 

By Sandra Mukisa




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