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    Why Mwenda is angry with MP Bobi Wine



    By Otim Nape

    Motor-mouthed Andrew Mwenda yesterday came up with the facebook rant blasting Kyaddondo MP Bobi Wine Kyagulanyi Sentamu. Mwenda’s facebook message went as this;

    So Bobi Wine issued a “letter to Young Ugandans” in which he claims that colonialism marked Uganda’s golden age. This is the problem with President Yoweri Museveni’s critics – always ignorant and emotional and their arguments always lack substance in both matter and manner. I really don’t want to defend Museveni because I personally disagree with him on many issues. For example his alliance with multinational capital has led him to a blind and naive embrace of foreign investors, a keenness to control inflation at 5% and an obsession with international competitive bidding. This may have given Uganda allocative efficiency (good for the short term) but it has undermined structural transformation that lies at the heart of development. I will address Museveni’s deficiencies another day – how his policies have benefited international capital and displaced or stifled the growth of local (Ugandan) capital. As a result they have kept our country as an agricultural nation with little manufacturing.

    Bobi Wine with other MP’s at a tokikwatako Rally recently

    The real danger to Uganda today is not Museveni but an extremist and fanatical wing of the opposition led by FDC cult leader and opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, and lately joined by Bobi Wine. These are emotional desperadoes without any clue of where Uganda has come from, where it is and where it should go. Let us address Bobi Wine’s hare brained uninformed assertions. He claims that colonialism left behind a well functioning education. In 1961, only 343 students were unrolled in S5 and S6 in a country of 7m people. If such a rate was maintained Uganda today would have 2,225 students in A Level. We have 235,000. And he claims colonialism was the golden age of Uganda.

    Bobi Wine also claims colonialism left behind great infrastructure. In 1960, Uganda had only 268km of tarmac after 72 years of colonial rule. The short lived DP government led by Kiwanuka added 210km in one year. Obote added 1,000km in eight years 1962-71. In spite of his government incompetence and corruption, Museveni has in the last 8 years added 4,000km of tarmac. So what is this Bobi Wine really talking about? This “leader” of the youth of Uganda even claims that under colonial rule a child in a rural primary school would fairly compete with one in the city. But there were no schools in rural areas under colonial rule. If he meant in towns outside of kampala, he should check the 2016 PLE results.

    The ten best performing districts or towns in order of their performance were: Fort Portal, Entebbe, Ntungamo, Rukungiri, Jinja, Kabale, Masaka, Mbarara, Lira and Masindi. Many of these are far away from Kampala, a city that is not one of them. Many Ugandan elites are lazy. They don’t want to read and know about their country. They prefer to sit in their homes and imagine things and then hope that such imagination is reality. In the modern age of science, it is sad that those who want to replace Museveni think that they can rely on hallucinations to inform public policy. Our country deserves better. Bobi Wine may be a good singer and dancer. But his “letter to young Ugandans” shows that he lacks the basic competences to even manage a village.”


    There are three main points we like to make about this facebook rant by Andrew Mwenda. The reason he is suddenly against Bobi Wine isn’t very hard to understand. Being a Kaguta Museveni supporter, Mwenda expected Bobi Wine to be antagonistic to Kizza Besigye and Erias Lukwago and other established Museveni opponents. This is the reason he originally praised Bobi Wine adding he was a very good grass root mobilizer unlike Besigye. Mwenda kept saying Bobi Wine won because he had proper structures in the villages of Kyaddondo unlike Besigye who concentrates on defiance without proper planning. Mwenda and his protégés like Simon Kasyate posted many things on fb all clearly aiming at creating a rift between Besigye and Bobi Wine.

    Mwenda must be disappointed that hasn’t happened and instead Bobi Wine has gone ahead to show loyalty, respect and comradeship for Besigye, Lukwago and other strong Kaguta M7 opponents.  This is the reason he is angry and out to destroy Kyagulanyi. But will Mwenda succeed? We think no and the reason is simple-Kyaddondo residents didn’t vote Kyagulanyi because they were thinking he was very good at analyzing with figures and facts.

    In his fb rant, Mwenda blames Kyagulanyi for writing articles devoid of historical facts and figures. Mwenda also says Kyagulanyi (the man he previously praised as an emerging leader) is therefore so incompetent and incapable of leading a village. There is one thing the likes of Mwenda forget. In places like Kyaddondo, the angry voters don’t elect MPs because they are very articulate with figures or anything like that. These are protest voters out seeking someone who will stand up to Kaguta M7 regardless of whether he makes good points or not. Simply put-one doesn’t have to be very good for them to elect him. You only have to consistently say no to Kaguta M7 without ever contradicting yourself. If at all Bobi Wine’s countrywide popularity, that has clearly become evident to Kaguta M7, will only wane the moment people feel he is compromising on opposing the Kaguta M7 regime. It won’t have anything to do with the poorly written articles and social media posts (as Mwenda called them) because that is not what draws crowds to him. We had Nasser Sebaggala who was much worse in both form and substance but people stuck to him. He only lost the crowd the moment they felt he had been politically compromised. Sebaggala never lost his appeal because he was a poor public speaker or posted stuff on social media that was devoid of substance as Mwenda wants us to believe. It was because voters felt he had abandoned views he previously espoused. So it’s very unlikely that Mwenda’s facebook rants (purporting to expose inconsistencies) will in any way diminish Bobi Wine’s support and appeal to the public. This is something we believe must be well known to Mwenda and his ilk. At a personal level, Mwenda must also be envious seeing Kaguta M7 publicly responding to Bobi Wine’s utterances, something he rarely did to Mwenda when he used to criticize him while still an active journalist at Daily Monitor.


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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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