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    Why Didn’t The CDF Also Apologise For The Nov. 18-19 Deaths? MP Ssemujju Demands Answers From Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki…

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    MP Ssemujju Nganda (L) right is Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki

    Kira Municipality Member of Parliament, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, has faulted the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) for allegedly torturing Ugandans with impunity, yet they are meant to defend and protect them.

    Speaking on NTV’s ‘On The Spot’ talk-show last night, Ssemujju, who was discussing the current state of security in Uganda and the recent incident of security officers brutalizing journalists, tasked the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs Deputy Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, to explain why the army takes selective and varying action on some related matters like violence, blaming it all on the Commander in Chief (CIC) General, Yoweri Museveni.

    “When you have a president who doesn’t want to leave power and his last resort is the military, I don’t know how many apologies you’re going to make. Even next week you’ll make one,” Ssemujju provocatively stated.

    His remarks came after the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. David Muhoozi, apologised for the violence meted on journalists near the United Nations Human Rights offices by the Military Police on Wednesday.

    “How does a small matter like journalists following Robert Kyagulanyi turn into a military operation?” Ssemujju asked.

    “When you see them beating journalists, then you know the worst is to come. What was problematic about yesterday is that they were beating journalists as journalists recorded it,” Ssemujju said.

    He also accused the army of arresting civilians for political issues, charging them with military offenses and detaining them for months.

    “Why didn’t the CDF also apologise for the murders that happened on November 18th and 19th,” Ssemujju Nganda demanded to know, to which the army spokesperson responded that they couldn’t, as a defence force, own up actions they were responsible for.

    “It is a matter of investigations. Some of those murders are not necessarily by security forces,” Lt. Col. Akiiki said.

    “But you said 23 were hit by stray bullets. You killed people and said that those were stray bullets,” Ssemujju further countered.

    Ssemujju claimed that there is absolutely nothing different between the UPDF and other armies that this country has seen.

    “The reason we pick you from society and train you is because we are entrusting you with our power. The guns you hold are ours. The moment you turn those guns on us, you are no different from other criminals,” Ssemujju said.

    The Kira Municipality MP also alleged that military officers tore down his posters in his constituency the night before the President commissioned the Kira- Kasangati Road, wondering why they would do that.

    However, Lt. Col. Akiiki insisted that incidents of journalists being beaten happen during the election period and will therefore fade away.

    “We are an institution of above 50,000 and therefore you cannot be sure when an issue will arise. We have accepted that it is wrong and have apologised. We have offered to pay for the medical bills of those journalists,” he said.

    “In our (Military) training curriculum, we are going to include training on media matters, how to handle journalists,” he added.

    “We have people from the elections period currently going through the legal process. If somebody is arrested and is not produced anywhere, you are allowed to demand that to be done,” he advised.

    Akiiki recounted that for the last 36 years, Uganda has been held together by the security, by UPDF. He recalled that the UPDF have fought many insurgencies and protected the country leading to its transformation, both in stabilizing security and  economically.

    “We are not from Mars, we are human beings and therefore are prone to mistakes. What we do after such mistakes is important and we have taken action to right the wrong,” he revealed.

    He also urged citizens to applaud the institution of the army for taking such a robust decision like disciplining those officers who were involved in beating journalists.

    “We (UPDF) are a pro-people army, despite a few errors that have happened,” he insisted.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Bobi Wine Summons NUP Legislators To Strategise On How To Save MP Zaake…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine (L) and Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake

    National Unity Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has summoned his party legislators to strategise on how to save Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake from angry parliamentary leadership.

    According to credible sources in NUP, the meeting is expected to take place next week at their party headquarters in Kamwokya.

    Last week, Bobi Wine blasted his legislators for not giving enough support to their own (Zaake) when he was protesting deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa’s ruling stopping him from debating the ongoing abduction of people especially in Buganda.

    “I want to salute Hon. Francis Zaake and tell him that as an individual, I am very proud of him. NUP is very proud of you and Ugandans that were abducted are very proud of you. Thank you for not conforming to the nonsense of parliament, thank you for not shutting up, thank you for doing exactly what you were elected to do,” he said.

    Even though Bobi Wine praised Zaake, Tayebwa referred him to the parliamentary disciplinary committee and the hearing of his matter kicked off on Tuesday.

    However, sources in NUP revealed that Bobi Wine wants his legislators to put up a spirited fight to frustrate the move of disciplining Zaake.

    These were days after the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among warned Zaake that parliament will take criminal action against him to recover the institution’s properties he declined to return after being removed from the position of the parliamentary commissioner.

    Among told parliament that Zaake declined to return the parliamentary car even though he has been informed in writing to return it

    Former Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa advised Bobi Wine to investigate Busiro East legislator Medard Lubega Ssegona who was acting as the Leader of Opposition on the day Zaake protested because he was the one who stopped other opposition legislators from joining Zaake and telling him to move out of the plenary.

    One of Bobi Wine’s Personal Assistant Julius Katongole said that the motive of the meeting that Bobi Wine summoned is not to condemn or attack anyone but it is about guiding them on how to work together and use parliament to fight president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s bad acts against poor Ugandans.

    He rubbished allegations making rounds that Bobi Wine summoned the legislators to introduce to them their new parliamentary leadership after firing Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba from the position of Leader of Opposition in Parliament.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic At KCCA As M7 Directs Minister Magyezi To Investigate RCC Burora Claim On Misuse Of PDM Cash…

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    Lubaga deputy RCC Burora (L) and Minister Magyezi (R)

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed in writing the local government minister Raphael Magyezi to investigate the allegation made by Lubaga Division Deputy Resident City Commissioner(RCC) Anderson Burora against Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) on mismanagement of the government Parish Development Modal cash.

    Minister Magyezi confirmed the development and said that the president directed him to present his findings to cabinet by the coming Monday so that the ministers discuss the matter.

    He said that the president was very concerned with the allegation made by Burora and praised him for standing his ground and speaksoff to the alleged government officials.

    Magyezi told theGrapevine that the president wants other Resident District Commissioners (RDC) to do what Burora did to inspect government projects for the good of the country.

    Last week, Burora suspended the operations of Parish Development Model citing irregularities in implementing the program by allocating the funds to people who are not supposed to benefit from it.

    “We have seen lists bearing names of people who are well off, who own cars, are salary earners and those who own big shops being fronted for Parish Development Model. The project was intended for the 39% population that lives hand-to-mouth, not those who surpassed that level,” Burora said.

    However, Aisha Nabisere, the KCCA Parish Development Model coordinator rubbished Burora’s allegations insisting that he was spreading falsehoods.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lord Mayor Lukwago Reveals How KCCA Bosses are Conniving With City Tycoons To Swindle USD100M Hiding Under President’s Directive On Markets…

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    Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago has narrated how top Kampala Capital City Authority(KCCA) bosses are conniving with city tycoons to swiddle USD100M under the guise of implementing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s directives on city markets.

    Lukwago said that he has landed on clandestine plans designed by KCCA technical wing bosses and ministers to procure 10 acres of land in Kampala Central Division at a price of USD100m which is very high.

    He revealed that the said land that is situated in Kisenyi parish belongs to John Bosco Muwonge, a city businessman who they want to front to built a public market as Museveni directed.

    Last month, Museveni met KCCA bosses and directed them to build at least two public markets in all the five Divisions that make up Kampala city.

    Lukwago said that without following the legal procedures, some fraudulent city businessmen have started approaching KCCA to offer their land to be purchased for the market with big commission offers to some KCCA bosses.

    Lukwago insists these businessmen want to sell their land to KCCA at a high price without following the legal requirements and it is the reason why he has summoned the city council meeting to discuss the matter next week.

    When contacted, Joseph Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA State Minister rubbished the accusation, and asked Lukwago to prove his allegations with evidence.

    “For me, I don’t know how to execute deals but I know Lord Mayor Lukwago is an expert in making deals,” Kabuye said.

    Businessman Muwonge was not reached for a comment.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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