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    Why Age Limit Debates Will Cause War Btn M7 & Kadaga



    By Otim Nape

    Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga’s insistence that MPs consult widely on MP Magyezi’s proposal to delete Article 102(b) has reportedly attracted strong supporters from many senior cabinet ministers.

    Led by Amelia Kyambadde the senior ministers recently told cabinet there weren’t ready to return to exile in case tempers flare up as a result of the masses being excluded in the consultations. It has reliably been revealed that NRM leadership at Kyaddondo has been uncomfortable for the so-called mass party NRM to exclude the masses in deciding such a very important political decision. All that consensus notwithstanding, Kadaga’s position runs counter to what Kaguta M7 the President wants. During the NRM Caucus meeting three weeks ago at the OPM building, M7 told MPs to avoid consulting big groups and the general public arguing that will financially expose them to the endless expenditure. Reliable sources as the meeting say M7 went as far as saying that, for purposes of seeming to have consulted a crowd, Gen Kayihura’s crime preventers can be called in to constitute an audience for the Tugikwateko MPs. ‘Please just go and meet NRM structures and some few other leaders and don’t plan to spend beyond transport refund, a plate of food and a drink’ M7 advised his MPs on the day Kinkizi West  MP James Kaberuka walked out protesting the chasing away of Sekikubo and other rebel MPs. M7 firmly chased from the meeting calling them spies for the opposition. As we all know, M7’s advice to the NRM MPs runs counter to the much publicized plea Kadaga made to the MPs as she dispersed the House late last month. She has since been away trotting the globe and on return, her first public engagement was last Friday in Bukomansimbi where she insisted MPs must consult widely and the entire public without segregation. This means everybody must attend these consultative meetings including the MPs’ opponents.  Besides fear to face the hostile public that is against Magyezi’s proposal, the MPs also rightly realize consulting big groups requires money much more than the 29m M7 provided. It will no doubt expose them to financial problems because, besides eating the food, drinking the soda and getting transport refund, the crowd will still make financial demands on them. Some MPs have been hiding away from their own voters because they still have pending campaign debts and pledges they have never delivered upon.


    Kadaga in Bukomansimbi-

    Kadaga had been invited by Bukomansimbi North MP Ruth Katushabe to fundraise for the construction of Lusaka Health Center III in Bigasa Sub County. ‘I ordered those MPs when the Bill was tabled to go and consult their constituents on the matter before it is brought back on the floor of Parliament. Those were my instructions’ Kadaga said. She was categorical in admonishing her own NRM Party MPs like James Kakooza, Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa and others who have been calling a few relatives, friends and bootlicking-supporters to what they are calling consultation meetings. She said this is wrong because 102(b) is a very important issue concerning all Ugandans and not only those whose loyalty MPs are very sure of already. James Kakooza’s issue is even worse because on Saturday evening, having failed to get more people who believe in his Tugikwateko message, the Kabula MP collected 12 supporters mostly LC3 Chairpersons and relatives and locked them up in his residence and had what he called consultations. The other NRM members and the general public wanted to be consulted and stormed his home but were repulsed by 30 policemen who were guarding the entrance. The meeting was at night and to ensure maximum secrecy, the MP switched off power and they deliberated in total darkness. His voters are very bitter and have petitioned the Speaker saying they have been excluded. The first time, three weeks ago, Kakooza tried to have a public rally chaos ensued as his own voters chased him like boda thief while chanting Togikwatako. In Kiboga the selected LC3 and LC5 councilors whom Nankabirwa met at her home told her it was risky for them to sit in a meeting when the general public is excluded because they are going to be accused of having been paid money by the government chief whip something that doesn’t augur well with their re-election. On coming under pressure from voters quoting Kadaga’s renewed campaign to have legislators consult widely and publicly, the under-fire NRM MPs have petitioned M7 through Nankabirwa calling on him to re-assert his authority against Kadaga.  This clearly makes the titanic political clash between M7 and Speaker very inevitable. Notwithstanding the September 27thincidence when SFC came into chambers and dragged out MPs and Kadaga was widely condemned, the Speaker can still redeem her image as a very independent leader of Parliament and she is clearly determined to do exactly that. Yet there is no way she is going to do that without crossing M7’s red line on many things. Its public knowledge that in dispersing rallies of especially MPs who are for Togikwatako, police has the backing of M7 to fire so many bullets to violently break up those gatherings. Police also ordered that MPs can’t attend consultation meetings outside their own constituencies and basing on that, the Leader of Opposition which is a very big office in the Parliamentary business was humiliated and assaulted when she went to Mbale to attend MP Jack Wamai’s consultation meeting. Basing on all these painful experiences, including Kasubi where she was almost shot in broad day light, Winnie Kiiza the LoP has spoken to Kadaga urging her to protect MPs who are conducting public consultations as per her directive. Today Monday will effectively be Kadaga’s first day in office since returning from overseas and it’s widely expected she will be formally communicating to IGP Gen Kale Kayihura directing him to rescind the anomalous Asuman Mugyenyi directive prohibiting joint rallies. She will also be directing him not to interfere in parliamentary business by leaving MPs to consult the way they deem fit. On facing this difficult dilemma, Kayihura will be running to M7 for guidance and he will most likely have hard choices to make-take M7’s word and risk losing the very important Kadaga partnership that has lasted years. The IGP will most likely choose the former and M7 being the belligerent actor he is sometimes, will most likely find the most appropriate forum to answer Kadaga for interfering in police work. This could be a cabinet meeting, caucus meeting or public rally. You can be sure MPs will be mobilized to fight back defending their speaker Kadaga and that way, battle lines will once again be drawn with M7 diehards mostly NRM MPs openly making personal attacks on Kadaga while those for Togikwatako will be the proxies out to defend Kadaga. Other loud-mouthed Musevenists like Ofwono Opondo, Andrew Mwenda, David Mafabi and others will join the fray which will only make the M7-Kadaga relationship more complicated. The public will most likely side with Kadaga which will regain for her the much needed legitimacy and some irresponsible media outlets will once again poison the relationship further by insinuating Kadaga wants the presidency herself. Mind you Kadaga hasn’t declared her support for Tugikwateko and will most likely remain vague throughout (skipped last week CEC meeting). Worse still, she may surprise everyone showing her reservations about the Magyezi bill. She can be that unpredictable sometimes. But what we know so far is that Kamuli voters, at least in Buzaaya County whose MP Isaac Musumba completed his consultations, overwhelmingly rejected life presidency and that is something that can shield Kadaga never to openly embrace the Magyezi proposal.



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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    You Used Me And Dumped Me – Abiriga Cries To M7



    By Jamil Lutakome

    Arua Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga is bitter with president Museveni for jettisoning him after passing the Age Limit bill.

    Speaking to NBS, Abiriga revealed that president Museveni broke his heart after he refused to give him the huge sums of money he promised him.

    “When I was still an RDC, I meet president Museveni and explained to him how I used my money to solicit support for him.  He promised to refund all the money but up to now, he has never given me that money,” Abiriga cried.

    He further explained that when he started the Age Limit bill, he again reminded the president of his promise. Museveni assured him that he will pay him after the bill is passed. Abiriga says since the bill was passed, he has tried to reach the president but he never picks his calls.

    “I’m excluded in everything in the NRM party, those people who are near the president are telling him lies about me, that’s why he doesn’t pick my calls,” Abiriga grieved.

    Abiriga added that he now survives on loans and borrowing to cater for his extended family needs and his electorate. He says people think he got a lot of money from the president to blow the trumpet for the age limit bill which is not the case.

    Abiriga however boasted that he is glad that people in Buganda love him and wherever he passes, they sing praises to his name.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    Kitata Is Still Our Chairman – Tang Odoi




    By Mboowa Nathan 


    NRM Electoral Commission boss Dr. Tang Odoi has advised Rubaga NRM youths to stay calm and follow the right procedures if they are to impeach their leader Abdallah Kitatta. 

    Speaking about the fate of Abdallah Kitatta, who is the NRM Chairperson of Rubaga Division, Tang Odoi advised the youths to wait for investigations to be done. “Let them investigate, charge him in court and if he is found guilty, that’s when he can be suspended. Automatically the Secretary General of the party will write to the Chairman Electoral commission to organise fresh elections.”

    Tang further cautioned NRM leaders to always serve with integrity of the highest pedigree. Tang Odoi also noted that if Abdallah Kitatta is found guilty, he will also face the disciplinary committee of the party.

    Yesterday, NRM youths from Rubaga division gave an ultimatum of three days to their bosses to organise fresh elections in Lubaga after denouncing Abdallah Kitata as their chairman.


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    ARTICLE 102(b)

    M7 Defence Minister Almost Beaten At Parliament



    By Stella Mugoya

    Museveni’s defence minister Adolf Mwesige has survived the wrath of MPs the parliamentary defence committee.

    The fight was sparked off when the deputy chairperson of the committee, Kezakia Mbogo failed to manage the meeting in the accepted manner, after trying to protect the minister who was dodging some questions from committee members.

    It all started when MPs Ssekikuubo Theodore, Muwanga Kivumbi and Gilbert Olanya asked the minister to explain why Ugandan troops are still camping at the Congo-Uganda border. The MPs also tasked the defence minister to explain why the army is doing police work and why they are releasing criminals that are arrested by police. The minister refused to reply to the MPs questions which forced the committee chairperson to adjourn the meeting immediately without agreeing with fellow committee members.

    This sparked off a fight as MPs blocked the minister from vacating the room before answering their queries. They immediately stood up and locked the exit door shouting and ordering the chairman to call the meeting back to order so that the minister can answer them.

    “Tell us, when is he going to answer our questions, if not  we shall not allow him out. Let’s go back and sit, call the meeting back to order and let them all sit down. Afande, you are mature enough you can’t just push me. Just go back and sit and let the meeting be adjourned properly,” Ssekikuubo and Olanya geared on while standing  at the locked door.

    The minister tried to look for a way to escape but the biter MPs could not allow him access to the door. “Are you the sergeant at arms, let them settle first then we shall leave the door,”Ssekikuubo said while fighting fellow MP from Ntoroko, Rwenulikya Ibanda, who was trying to defend the minister.

    He added that,” These queries must be answered by UPDF, they must tell us but our chairman is here saying it isn’t of concern. We need to know who ordered the army to cross the borders.”

    The bitter MPs criticised their chairman for having a hidden agenda. “Chairman, if you have a hidden agenda in these matters, then we are opposing it,” Ssekikuubo warned.

    Muwanga Kivumbi, one of the committee members, expressed his bitterness at fellow committee member Rwenulikya Ibanda for trying to be a Judas. Kivumbi said that it was Ibanda who confessed, while they were compiling the committee questions, that as a boarder MP, he saw Ugandan troops in Congo, but after seeing the minister, he started changing his statements. “He is just hopeless,” Kivumbi blasted Ibanda.

    Olanya, a committee member, blasted the acting chairman saying, “We have a duty of protecting our soldiers and our country. I support the calling of a committee meeting to examine the role of the chairperson. Nabakooba had problems of managing this committee, she had challenges and we thought that since you are a senior member you could manage it better.”

    Kato Lubwama, who is also a committee member warned, “the biggest problem this committee has is some people who think they are bigger than others, all of us are MPs but it comes to a point when some members don’t want all of us to speak. Yes, you are a chairman but all of us are part of this committee. You must respect us and if we have a mandate to remove him let us do. Go back to school and learn these things.”

    Kezakia was acting as the chairperson of the committee since Nabakooba, who is the committee chairperson was not around.


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