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Why Do You Want To Blackmail Our Party? FDC Is Not TDA – FDC Supporter Fires At Kampala Woman MP Nabillah…

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Nabillah with the EOI forms that were rejected

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson, Boniface Toterebuka has refused to accept Kampala Woman legislator Nabillah Naggayi’s nomination forms seeking to carry the party flag in the mayoral race for the upcoming General Election.

Nabillah, who had expressed interest in contesting for Kampala Lord Mayorship picked the forms sometime back but returned them past the deadline of July 14.

She returned the forms today, Wednesday, July 15 2020 only to be told by the EC team led by Toterebuka that she was late.

She is now the fourth MP whose nomination forms have been thrown out by FDC EC.

However, some FDC diehards have attacked Nabillah for trying to blackmail their party.

“If Hon. Nabillah Naggayi Ssempala missed the deadline to return Expression of Interest (EOI) Forms for nomination as FDC candidate for Kampala Mayoral Seat, does that mean FDC EC has rejected her or her forms?” Ronald Muhinda, a staunch FDC supporter asked.

“If the deadline had expired, does that mean the Expression of Interest forms she brought were valid? NO!

The validity of the EOI forms was up to 5pm on 14th July 2020. So, what was Nabillah looking for at Najjanankumbi after expiry of the deadline for presentation of EOI forms? Blackmailing the party?” Muhinda asked.

“But why would the FDC potential candidate return EOI forms 20hours after the deadline? What would be the implications of accepting her forms hours after expiry of deadline? Should FDC behave like TDA which accepted nomination forms of someone hours after deadline and outside working hours?” Muhinda said.

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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These Meal Card Seekers Are Not Interested In Removing M7, But Only After Preserving Their Political Positions – Social Media Critic Narrates How 17 MPs Had To Take Bobi Wine’s Bait…

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Some of the MPs who crossed to NUP

Social media critic Tom Voltaire Okwalinga has narrated how Democratic Party (DP) members especially those from DP Block had to swallow Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s bait and join his National Unity Platform (NUP) party.

In a post on his page, Okwalinga notes that, “The country of Uganda is dead as far as political dispensation is concerned. Uganda was on the verge of collapse and total political death, and the coming of Bobi Wine and his people power on the scene accelerated the demise of the pearl of Africa. Bobi Wine has proved that he is a shrewd human being, who like M7, would go to any length to achieve his personal goals, disregarding the consequences that his actions may have on the general population of Uganda.”

He adds, “His latest episode was to carry out a successful blackmail mission, in which many politicians in Buganda fell victim to this device and ended up in political quandary, out of which Bobi Wine emerged from the shadows to claim he coulfd save them from.”

“The major victims of the Bobi Wine blackmail machinery are politicians from the DP in Buganda plus a few individuals from the FDC party in the same region. The message was clear without uttering it loud: “You either join my group, or I deploy my people power boys to stand against you and you will stand no chance” This bloodless political coup to swallow and destroy the DP  worked perfectly well, and as we all know Ugandan politicians are only after retaining their seats, the DP politicians had to take the Kyagulanyi bait and they are flowing to him in hundreds.”

He says, “In this foul game that is devoid of commitment or loyalty, but is rather based on pursuit of individual gains, the defecting members  gain by avoiding to have Kyagulanyi boys contest against them, while Kyagulanyi himself gaind a political clout of starting a political party, and in its infacy swallows among others a 64 year old political establishment, DP.”

“The question that remains is whether these young Kyagulanyi boys, most of whom had positioned themselves to contest for these positions around Buganda, will accept this arrangement that shuts them out, or if they will rebel against the NUP and front themselves as independents. Are we about to see an explosion of dissent shortly after their primaries are concluded? Are the DP members of regions like Acholi going to see the defection of Baganda DP members to Kyagulanyio as a tribal detest against their son Mao and vote for other parties like FDC and NRM in protest? All in all, this trend has shown that the politicians in Uganda are about securing meal card to positions of power with total disregard of how the public views them and their reputation.”

He adds, “It is for this very reason I understand that Dr. Besigye has refused to offer himself for yet another Museveni organized election, for he found it was going to be impossible to organize these meal card seekers to eject M7 before the sham election is held. These people are not interested in removing Museveni, but only after preserving their political positions , and nobody is ready to make sacrifice, that brings liberation to the entire population, the liberation is for their pockets.”

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17 MPs Join Bobi Wine’s NUP Party…

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17 current Members of Parliament and prominent members of Democratic Party (DP) block have today joined National Unity Party (NUP) led by Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

During the unveiling meeting held at NUP headquarters in Kyadondo, the party leader Kyagulanyi unveiled; Hon. Mpuuga Mathias, Hon. Medard Lubega Sseggona, Hon. Betty Nambooze Bakireke, Hon. Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, Hon. Joseph Ssewungu Gonzaga, Hon. Allan Sewanyana, Hon. Veronica Nanyondo, Hon. Moses Kasibante, Hon. Sempala Kigozi, Hon. Florence Namayanja and Hon. Robina Sentongo.

The legislators were joined by Wakiso District Chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika, Dr. Abed Bwanika, Hon. Michael Mabikke, musician Jose Chameleon, among others.

Welcoming the members to NUP, Kyagulanyi said, “We received over one hundred eminent leaders into the National Unity Platform.”

He added, “It was a great honor to we unveil six of the national leaders of the National Unity Platform. These are Dr. Lina Zedriga Waru (Deputy President, North), Hon. Jolly Mugisha (Deputy President- West), Hon. Mathias Mpuuga (Deputy President- Central) and Hon. John Baptiste Nambeshe (Deputy President- East), Mr. David Lewis Rubongoya (Secretary General) and Ms. Aisha Kabanda (Deputy Secretary General). I congratulated these leaders. I am very confident in their abilities to move this revolution to the right direction.”

“We paid our respects to our fallen comrades, who paid the ultimate price for the freedom of this nation. May we all continue to pray that their souls rest in peace. May we never betray their memory,” he said.

 

By Grapevine Reporters

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INSIDE NRM CEC VETTING: Why Top Party Officials Want To Drop Hajji Nadduli, Babu, Hajji Lukenge And Mafumo…

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L-R: President Museveni, Capt. Babu and Hajji Nadduli

Multiple credible sources who attended the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Central Executive Committee (CEC) vetting meeting have told theGrapevine that controversial senior presidential adviser Hajji Abdul Nadduli, presidential adviser Hajji Asimwe Lukenge and Kefa Mafumo are set to be dropped from contesting to become members of the top party organ.

This website has established from sources that in a vetting meeting that took place at State House Entebbe on Tuesday, where some of the members were following proceedings via zoom, the three failed to convince other CEC members and President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the chairperson of the party that they have something to add on the ruling party, even though other sources we talked to cited legal issues.

One of the sources revealed that all candidates were given between four to eight minutes to present their case before the party top members and many of them resorted to praising their chairperson instead of campaigning and telling the committee what they are going to do for the party.

Hajji Nadduli for a long time has been representing Buganda region on CEC, Mafumo, who works in the State House political wing wanted to become the next CEC member representing Eastern Uganda to replace Captain George Mike Mukula. Hajji Lukenge who wanted to be the next National vice chairperson of the party replacing Hajji Moses Kigongo also failed to convince the committee.

When contacted on the matter, honorable Emmanuel Dombo Lumala, NRM’s Director of Communication and Information confirmed the development but noted that it’s not yet official that Naduli and others were dropped because they are still making consultations.

“The chairperson of the party is still consulting and he has written to the Attorney General for legal advice. He will be the one to come up with the final decision which will be announced publicly by the Secretary General of the party,” Dombo stated.

He explained that the reason why Nadduli was rejected was because he is still a public servant.

However, this website has also established that one of the party lawyers Kiryowa Kiwanuka reasoned during the vetting that it’s illegal for someone to stand in partisan politics when he or she is still a public servant.

Kiwanuka’s reasoning didn’t augur well with most of the candidates who are still public servants and it’s the reason why the chairperson decided to seek guidance from the Attorney General.

In the same development, theGrapevine has also established that Museveni pleaded with Captain Babu to leave Hajji Kigongo to continue serving as the party Vice Chairperson.

When asked on this matter, Dombo said that in his capacity as the chairperson, the President can talk to his members and persuade them on anything that is good for the party.

“He cannot announce in public that someone should leave the race for another, that’s not democracy but he can find ways to talk to his members as the chairperson and I think that’s what he is doing now,” Dombo noted.

Efforts to speak to Captain Babu were futile since he was not picking our calls.

However, last week, he told theGrapevine that he is not willing to leave the race in favor of Hajji Kigongo. He also rubbished claims that he has a personal vedanta with Hajji Kigongo since he snatched his wife in late 1980’s.

“This is not personal, it’s about our party NRM, I wanted to bring back our previous glory by removing leaders who add nothing to its development,” Babu said. The party’s scientific delegate’s conference is stated to take place between 18th and 20th of this month.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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