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Police in Bugweri district shot and killed a young man while quelling a protest in Nawangisa A village. The deceased has been identified as 25 year-old Matia Isooba, a resident of Nawangisa.
 
Police rushed to disperse the angry residents when they blocked the busy Iganga-Tororo highway on Saturday afternoon to protest a decision by the chief administrative officer, Jonathan Mukose to shift Nawangisa health centre II to Minani village and elevate it to a health centre III.

The protesters put up resistance and started pelting the police officers with stones forcing them to respond with fire. Isooba was hit in the lower abdomen killing him instantly. The deputy police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango told URN on phone that Isooba was hit by a stray bullet.

 

"Police had to come in and in the process they were confront by angry residents who started pelting them with stones. In the process of officers seeing some of their colleagues bleeding because they were injured they started firing in the air. A stray bullet caught him in the stomach." Onyango said. 
 
He explains that 18 police officers were injured by the stone-throwing protestors and are nursing wounds in their homes. He however, said they have started investigating the incident.
 
Yazid Menya, the Nawangisa A village chairperson who led the protest expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of the district to relocate a health facility from his village, saying it promotes unfairness in the new district. 

"This is a new district and we expected equal distribution of resources but this decision is totally unfair to our parish, which has three villages and 1500 people," Menya says. 

Residents claim Minani village already has a health centre III, arguing that establishing another health centre III in the same village will jeopardize service delivery in others.

2 months 5 days ago

Naome Kibaaju, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party candidate has won the Sheema North parliamentary by-election.
 
The Sheema district Electoral Commission returning officer, Deborah Asiimwe declared Kibaaju winner at about 9:10pm on Monday night.

Kibaaju garnered 11,326 votes representing 60.3 per cent while Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Guma Nuwagaba garnered 7,322 representing 39.0 per cent. The invalid votes were 123 accounting for 0.7%.
The Electoral Commission chairperson justice Simon Byabakama commended the candidates and their electorate for being peaceful during campaigns and voting day. He said both voters and candidates exhibited a high degree of maturity during and after the exercise.

Shortly after being declared winner, Kibaaju said she will focus on reuniting people who could have been divided by elections and before she embarks on developmental projects.
 
Kibaaju noted that Sheema North is struggling with lack of clean water and electricity, which she says will be top on her agenda. Her rival Nuwagaba couldn't be reached for comment on the poll results.

Marshal Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi region police spokesperson, said they didn't register any serious incident during the polls. He commended residents for being peaceful and cooperating with security.
 
The Sheema North parliament seat fell vacant mid this year after the former legislator Dr Elioda Tumwesigye opted to contest for the newly created Sheema municipality parliamentary seat.

2 months 5 days ago

Kampala- Luweero Diocese Bishop Elidard Nsubuga is pushing for a mixed use of prayer and medicine to achieve total healing for patients.

Bishop Nsubuga told health workers at Luweero Health Centre IV on Wednesday that the full healing of patients can only be achieved by the merciful intervention of God who blesses the efforts of health workers.

“We need to allocate time for spiritual counseling and devotional prayer hour at our health facilities. We need to encourage the patients to understand that God is the chief healer. A spiritual counsellor is best suited to offer the message of hope and prayer for particular patients.

The Church is ready to support medics in realising a holistic healing,” he said.

“You will always receive patients who are depressed and counselling could be the first option,” Bishop Nsubuga told the health workers.

He said a spiritual counsellor plays an important role through selected application of a timely message of hope in the life of a patient.

In response, Dr Sarah Ogobi, the officer-in-charge of Luweero Health Centre IV, told the bishop that her staff have already embraced a holistic management approach for ailments.

“The counselling unit at the facility is active with the staff now fully participating in the devotional prayers organised by the chaplaincy which was established by Luweero Diocese,” she said.

Overwhelmed
Luweero Health Centre IV, which government has lined up for elevation to a district hospital, is overwhelmed by the patient turnout with more than 200 mothers delivering at the facility per month on average.

Similarly, its outpatient department, laboratory, eye clinic and the sickle cell clinics register large patient turnout daily.

“The large numbers we receive call for a holistic management approach, which we are now implementing. Our services will be made better when government fulfills the upgrade to a hospital,” Dr Ogobi said.

The 2014 National Population and Housing Census puts Luweero District population at 456,958, with 27,506 of the residents walking nearly five kilometres to access medical care at the nearest public health centre.
Another 2,534 of the residents lack toilet facilities, exposing them to diseases related to poor hygiene such as cholera, food poisoning and diarrhoea, among others.

2 months 1 week ago

President Yoweri Museveni dished out more than Shs 3 billion to traders in downtown Kampala on Friday during his tour of the area. 

The donations are even likely to increase once the details of smaller Saccos are fine-tuned and submitted to the President's Office for consideration. Museveni promised the traders even more money and more goodies - literally promising to solve all the financial problems raised by the traders.

 

This was Museveni's first tour of downtown since the commencement of elective politics in 1996, almost 12 years after he assumed power. Museveni bluntly told traders that they had abandoned him by electing opposition politicians and he'd abandoned them in return. 

Who got what? 

Museveni visited six groups during the the tour that started at about midday and ended at 7:00pm. At Nakasero market where Museveni addressed the first rally, he donated Shs 100 million to the traders' main Sacco and promised a further Shs 10 million for each small Sacco. 

This reporter was told that there are over 20 smaller Saccos - meaning that the president will hand out more donations in excess of Shs 200 million. From Nakasero, Museveni proceeded to the Old Tax Park where he announced a donation of Shs 500 million to the taxi operators main Sacco. He also promised to donate Shs 10 million for each small Sacco. 

 

There are over 30 small Saccos, so Museveni will give out extra Shs 300 million to Old Taxi Park based Saccos. The president's third stopover was Owino market where he also donated Shs 500 million to the main market Sacco and promised another Shs 10 million to each small Sacco. The president was told that there are precisely 97 small Saccos, which will fetch Shs 970 million extra cash.

In Owino, the president promised to pay the Shs 4.5 billion debt that traders owe to DFCU bank. Government, he further promised, will help traders to develop the market. Museveni then headed to Qualicel Bus terminal where he met groups of traders from various arcades. He launched Kampala Acarders Advocacy Forum (KAAFO) Sacco and blessed it with a donation of Shs 100 million. 

Museveni further promised to fund 10 women from Kampala Women Traders Development Association (KAWODTA) who requested for financial support as they plan to go for a study trip in Turkey. 

Museveni's penultimate mini rally was at the market of disabled traders situated on the edge of New Taxi Park. Disabled traders under Kampala Association of Disabled Traders Company Limited are consumed and locked up in a land row. He didn't make any donations here. 

Kiseka market, the famed opposition arena, that has, for many years been seen as a fermentation ground for opposition protests in Kampala was where Museveni held his last rally. Throngs of people lined the aisles of Nakivubo road and cheered Museveni as he entered Kiseka. 

Here, Museveni donated Shs 250 million to each of the Saccos belonging to the two rival groups in the market. As at the preceding mini rallies, he promised Shs 5 million to each of the small Saccos in the area. He was told that that there are over 40 small Saccos in Kiseka.
 
Kampala politics
 
Museveni told traders that they decided to vote for opposition politicians first; Nasser Ntege Sebaggala, then John Ssebaana Kizito and now Erias Lukwago as city mayors. Museveni used various proverbs to explain Kampala's political dilemma.

 

For instance, Museveni referred to a Runyankore proverb at various rallies that goes; "amazi kugagira ngu otanyoga, oti nanye naba ntine nziro." This is loosely translated to mean that "when water rejects you, you in return say you had no dirt that warranted a shower."

To pronounce his return to downtown, Museveni referred to another Runyankore proverb which says; "ekyitita muhima tikyimaraho ente ze." This literally means that "what can't kills a cattle herder, can never kill all his cows."

Museveni said he had finally come to see people who have been politically rebellious for a long time. Museveni said traders should pardon him for abandoning them, but hastened to argue that they should also ask to be pardoned since they were the first to abandon him when Uganda opened the curtains for elective politics in 1996. 

Markets 
 
Museveni chided traders for electing "useless" politicians who later came to haunt them by selling markets to private investors and city tycoons. Museveni told traders at Nakasero market that politicians who they elected sold markets and never shared proceeds with them. 
 
Since 2011, when Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) replaced the defunct Kampala City Council (KCC), traders have been labouring to regain control of markets and market land.

From Nakesero market to Owino, Old Tax Park, traders are entangled in deep seated conflicts over ownership, eviction threats and struggles to acquire land titles among others. Almost, all these markets are saddled in litigations. 
 
Explaining the philosophy of markets, Museveni likened them to nurseries, where traders start horning their business skills. And when they feel, they have graduated from informal trading; Museveni argued traders leave market stalls to other people who want to join. He reiterated several times selling these markets, was a big mistake.

2 months 1 week ago

President Yoweri Museveni has donated Shs 500 million to Old Taxi Park Taxi Operators Association. Museveni who is touring and addressing mini rallies in downtown Kampala announced the donation as he addressed the taxi operators.
 
He promised to donate Shs 10 million to each small association once documents are submitted to his office. The rally at the Old Taxi Park was the second following another at Nakasero market on Friday morning.

Museveni also donated Shs 100 million to the Nakasero Market Main Sacco and promised to give each small Sacco in the area Shs 10 million.
 
He is scheduled to visit Owino market, Kiseka market and disabled traders market among others. Museveni key message to traders is that they had abandoned him by deciding to vote opposition politicians.

He promised to help the traders reclaim their market land, which had earlier been sold by the defunct Kampala City Council officials. Lately, Museveni has been in an avalanche of dishing out cash to poor city youth who seem to form the core of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi support base.

2 months 1 week ago

The Anti-Corruption court has ordered for the arrest of suspended Assistant Commissioner of Police (ASP) Siraje Bakaleke for defying court summons.

This was after Bakaleke failed to turn up today to answer charges related to conspiracy to defraud, kidnap and abuse of office where he is jointly accused with eight others.

 

They include Paul Wanyoto Mugoya a lawyer, Nabeta Samuel Mulowooza, the managing director of Eye Power Engineering Company and police officers Robert Munezero, Innocent Nuwagaba, Robert Ray Asiimwe, Junior Amanya, Babu Gastavas and Kenneth Zirintuusa.

These were all in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. Grade One magistrate Moses Nabende ordered for the Bakaleke's arrest at the request of state prosecutor Harriet Angom.

Meanwhile, all his co-accused were granted bail of Shs 7 million cash while their sureties were each bailed at Shs 150 million non-cash. Bakaleke and eight others are accused of allegedly extorting Shs 1.4 billion from two South Korean nationals Park Seunghoon and Jang Shingu Un.

 

The two came to Uganda looking for gold amounting to $1.5 million, early this year. However, they were arrested from Acacia Mall in Kampala; where they were due to meet their lawyer Paul Wanyoto. Reports indicate that on the day of the meeting, the dealers were surrounded by security operatives, put at gunpoint and asked to hand over the money in their possession. 

A total of Shs 1.4 billion was handed over to the police officers before the two South Koreans were arrested and detained at Katwe police station.

They were later told that they were facing terrorism charges and would be deported. It later turned out that the deployment had been sanctioned by Bakaleke after a tipoff from the lawyer who indicated that two of his clients were involved in dubious activities and he had a suspicion that they were financial terrorists.

The police officers reportedly bought two air tickets with Emirates airlines using some of the extorted money. Bakaleke has since applied to Civil Division of High court seeking orders to halt this trial in the Anti-Corruption court on grounds that the DPP needs to first complete investigations before sanctioning charges against him.

2 months 1 week ago

President Museveni has issued a new list of Resident District Commissioners and their deputies.

“In Exercise of Powers conferred on the President of Uganda by Articles 99 and 203 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint the following persons as Resident District Commissioners and Deputy Resident District Commissioners, respectively,” reads the statement which accompanying the list.
Below is the full list;

 

RESIDENT DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NAMES

DISTRICT

1.

MPIMBAZA HASHAKA

ABIM

2.

TABAN DATA PETER

ADJUMANI

3.

NGOMPEK LENOS

AGAGO

4.

OMARA JOSEPHINE

ALEBTONG

5.

EYALO LILLIAN

AMOLATAR

6.

ADIAMA EKJU JOHN ROBERT

AMUDAT

7.

ISEET JULIAN FEDE

AMURIA

8.

AUMA LINDA AGNES

AMURU

9.

AKELLO BEATRICE

APAC

10.

NAHORI OYAA

ARUA

11.

MARTIN OROCH

BUDAKA

12.

WATENYELE JOHN NABENDE

BUDUDA

13.

MUGABI MARTIN

BUGIRI

14.

BISOBORWA PETER

BUHWEJU

15.

KAGAYI JANE FRANCIS

BUIKWE

16.

WALUGEMBE RAMATHAN

BUKEDEA

17.

 

DR. SAZIR NSUBUGA MAYANJA

 

BUKOMANSIMBI

 

18.

 

CHESOL TOM

 

BUKWO

 

19.

 

PAAK PETER PAX

 

BULAMBULI

 

20.

 

ASIIMWE AMOS

 

BULIISA

 

21.

 

KAKWENZA GRACE

 

BUNDIBUGYO

 

22.

 

TIBEMANYA JOLLY

 

BUSHENYI

 

23.

 

CAPT. CHRIS MIKE OKIRIA

 

BUSIA

 

24.

 

SEGAWA JIMMY EBIL

 

BUTALEJA

 

25.

 

HAJJI SEBYALA BADRU

 

BUTAMBALA

 

26.

NABIRYE AGNES

BUVUMA

 

 

27.

 

OGWANG ADYERO

 

BUYENDE

 

28.

 

EGOLE LAWRENCE

 

DOKOLO

 

29.

 

SABIITI RUTH KASHAKA

 

GOMBA

 

30.

 

CAPT. OKOT LAPOLO

 

GULU

 

31.

 

KISEMBO SAMUEL ARAALI

 

HOIMA

 

32.

 

AKATUHEBWA ELIASTO

 

IBANDA

 

33.

 

KWESIGA EVA NALONGO (MRS.)

 

IGANGA

 

34.

 

MUHANGI HERBERT

 

ISINGIRO

 

35.

 

SAKWA ERIC

 

JINJA

 

36.

 

NANDINDA DARIUS

 

KABALE

 

37.

 

ASIIMWE STEPHEN

 

KABAROLE

 

38.

 

ONYA AKONAPESA EDWARD

 

KABERAMAIDO

 

39.

 

AACHILA JOHN REX

 

KAABONG

 

40.

 

RUTERERAHO LILIAN

 

KAGADI

 

41.

 

MUGUME APOLLO

 

KAKUMIRO

 

 

 

42.

 

KIKOOLA DANIEL

 

KALANGALA

 

43.

 

BILLY JANAT MULINDWA

 

KALIRO

 

44.

 

TUKAIKIRIZA CALEB

 

KALUNGU

 

45.

 

MPIIMA FARIDAH

 

KAMPALA

 

46.

 

DDUMBA MOSES

 

KAMULI

 

47.

 

MUCUNGUZI GODFREY

 

KAMWENGE

 

48.

 

SENGOOBA SSEKANDI SHAFIQ

 

KANUNGU

 

49.

 

CHERUKUT EMMA ROSE

 

KAPCHORWA

 

50.

 

LT. WALUSIMBI JOE

 

KASESE

 

51.

 

BWALATUM MICHAEL

 

KATAKWI

 

52.

 

KIKOMEKO MWANAMOIZA

 

KAYUNGA

 

53.

 

MBABAZI DEBORAH

 

KIBAALE

 

54.

 

MAWIYA LULE UMAR

 

KIBOGA

 

55.

 

NAJJUMA JULIET SENKOOLE

 

KIBUKU

 

56.

 

MUHINDO AMINADABU

 

KIRUHURA

 

 

 

57.

 

DEBELE PETER

 

KIRYANDONGO

 

58.

 

MUGISHA PETER

 

KISORO

 

59.

 

OMARA CHRISTOPHER

 

KITGUM

 

60.

 

KAWOOYA ISAAC

 

KOBOKO

 

61.

 

OLWENY OMARA JOHANNAN

 

KOLE

 

62.

 

LOGILO PETER NGOROK

 

KOTIDO

 

63.

 

KATO MATANDA HUSSIEN

 

KUMI

 

64.

 

BULWANIREGHA DENIS EPHRAIM

 

KWEEN

 

65.

 

KABOYO DAVID

 

KYANKWANZI

 

66.

 

KAWAMARA MISAKI

 

KYEGEGWA

 

67.

 

BWEBALE APOLLO

 

KYENJOJO

 

68.

 

KIDEGA JAMES

 

LAMWO

 

69.

 

ODONG MILTON

 

LIRA

 

70.

 

KABUYE NICKSON NUWAGABA

 

LUUKA

 

71.

 

NAMULINDWA PHEOBE

 

LUWERO

 

 

 

72.

 

JUUKO KASIITA APOLLO

 

LWENGO

 

73.

 

KAMWINE CATHERINE

 

LYANTONDE

 

74.

 

WASHAKI AHMED

 

MANAFA

 

75.

 

SOET ESTHER

 

MARACHA

 

76.

 

SSENTONGO HERMAN

 

MASAKA

 

77.

 

NYAKAHUMA GODFREY

 

MASINDI

 

78.

 

SHILAKU JAMES

 

MAYUGE

 

79.

 

OGAJO BARASA

 

MBALE

 

80.

 

MAJ. JAMES MWESIGYE

 

MBARARA

 

81.

 

NASIIMA ADA

 

MITOOMA

 

82.

 

CAPT. YAHAYA KAKOOZA

 

MITYANA

 

83.

 

PETER KEN LACOP

 

MOROTO

 

84.

 

KOMAKECH WILLIAM

 

MOYO

 

85.

 

BYABASHAIJA ROSE MANDE

 

MPIGI

 

86.

 

NYAKWEERA BAGUMA

 

MUBENDE

 

 

 

87.

 

BAMWINE FRED

 

MUKONO

 

88.

 

MODO DAVID LAMRTO

 

NAKAPIRIPIRIT

 

89.

 

NAYEBARE KYAMUZIGITI

 

NAKASEKE

 

90.

 

MUGANGA DAN

 

NAKASONGOLA

 

91.

 

OPIRA SYLVESTER

 

NAMAYINGO

 

92.

 

SEMPALA AMOS KIGOZI

 

NAMUTUMBA

 

93.

 

LUBEGA ABUBAKER

 

NAPAK

 

94.

 

LABEJA BOB WILLIAMS

 

NEBBI

 

95.

 

ONORIA AMBROSE

 

NGORA

 

96.

 

BIRYABAREMA ELAIJA

 

NTOROKO

 

97.

 

BAKUNDA GEORGE

 

NTUNGAMO

 

98.

 

AKELLO AGNES EBONG

 

NWOYA

 

99.

 

AKANYE SUSAN

 

OMORO

 

100.

 

ABAK ROBERT

 

OTUKE

 

101.

 

AKULLU GILLIAN

 

OYAM

 

 

 

102.

 

DUSMAN OKEE

 

PADER

 

103.

 

KYEYUNE SSENYONJO

 

PALLISA

 

104.

 

MUBIRU CHARLES

 

RAKAI

 

105.

 

RWAKIFARI PETER

 

RUBANDA

 

106.

 

NAKAMYA HARRIET

 

RUBIRIZI

 

107.

 

KAGUTA DAN

 

RUKUNGIRI

 

108.

 

BUSINGE HARRIET

 

SEMBABULE

 

109.

 

OKISWA GEOFFREY

 

SERERE

 

110.

 

KYERERE FRANK

 

SHEEMA

 

111.

 

LULABA ISAAC

 

SIRONKO

 

112.

 

TUKEI WILBERFORCE

 

SOROTI

 

113.

 

OWOLE NIXON

 

TORORO

 

114.

 

KIRABIRA ROSE NALONGO

 

WAKISO

 

115.

 

ANDAMA RICHARD

 

YUMBE

 

116.

 

MUHINDO PULKERIA

 

RUKIGA

 

 

 

117.

 

TOKO SHUAIB

 

PAKWACH

 

118.

 

NDISABA FATUMA

 

BUTEBO

 

119.

 

MAJ. RTD. DAVID MATOVU

 

KYOTERA

 

120.

 

KIAGAI MOSES WAMOTO

 

NAMISINDWA

 

121.

 

ASIIMWE JANE MUHINDO

 

BUNYANGABO

 

122.

 

KAJOINGE ANDREW KIWANUKA

 

ZOMBO

 

 

 

DEPUTY RESIDENT DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS

 

 

NAMES

DISTRICT

1.

HELLEN PULKOL

ABIM

2.

MUGWERI MOSES

ADJUMANI

3.

AKWETEIREHO JONATHAN

AMOLATAR

4.

KEDI RONALD ONGODIA

AMURIA

5.

KOMAKECH SALIM

APAC

 

6.

ALICE AKELLO OPIO

ARUA

7.

BAKALE SADIQ

BUGIRI

 

8.

HUDU HUSSEIN

BUIKWE

 

9.

HANIFAH KALADI

BUKOMANSIMBI

 

10.

MUHANGUZI UMAR

BUNDIBUGYO

 

11.

LOY NAMARA

BUSHENYI

 

12.

KALIKWANI PAUL

BUSIA

 

 

 

13.

ELIJAH MADOI

BUTALEJA

 

14.

KIGONGO JUMA

BUVUMA

 

15.

OREE TONNY

GULU

 

16.

TABARO RICARD

HOIMA

17.

 

BASHONGOKA MARY

 

IBANDA

 

18.

 

NAKAMANDA PAMELA WATUWA

 

IGANGA

 

19.

 

TUSIIME GIDEON

 

ISINGIRO

 

20.

 

ABEL BAKUNDA

 

JINJA

 

21.

 

RUGAJU GAD

 

KABALE

 

22.

 

BANDEBA FESTUS

 

KABAROLE

 

23.

 

ODONGO SAMUEL

 

KABERAMAIDO

 

24.

 

MODO AUGUSTINE

 

KAABONG

 

25.

 

NANYANZI SARAH

 

KALUNGU

 

26.

 

HAWA NDEGGE

 

KAMPALA (CENTRAL)

 

27.

 

NABUKENYA DEBORAH MERCY KITYO

 

KAMPALA (KAWEMPE)

 

28.

 

KAGOLOLA IBRAHIM

 

KAMPALA (MAKINDYE)

 

29.

 

BURORA HERBERT ANDERSON

 

KAMPALA (NAKAWA)

 

30.

 

SENTAMU KABUGA DANIEL

 

KAMPALA (RUBAGA)

 

31.

 

MBETEGYERIZE GODFREY

 

KAMULI

 

32.

 

NYAKATEMBA REUBEN

 

KAMWENGE

 

33.

 

EMMY NGABIRANO

 

KANUNGU

 

34.

 

TWOYEN KENNETH CHEMONGES

 

KAPCHORWA

 

35.

 

SENKUNGU TEOPISTA

 

KALANGALA

 

36.

 

MASEREKA JOSHUA

 

KASESE

 

37.

 

ENOMU VINCENT

 

KATAKWI

 

38.

 

MUKOSE JAMES

 

KAYUNGA

 

39.

 

NANSHEMEZA CAROLINE KASHAIJA

 

KIBAALE

 

40.

 

KAGAMBI DOREEN KEITA

 

KIBOGA

 

41.

 

KAMUKAMA NICHOLAS

 

KIRUHURA

 

 

 

42.

 

NUWAGABA MOSES

 

KISORO

 

43.

 

AMULI KASUGGA

 

KITGUM

 

44.

 

BERU ABBEY

 

KUMI

 

45.

 

DENIS NZAIRWE

 

KYANKWANZI

 

46.

 

ANKUNDA SHARON

 

KYEGEGWA

 

47.

 

KAHONAHO ISAAC

 

KYENJOJO

 

48.

 

LWOROMOI TROBISCH

 

LIRA

 

49.

 

KAGAIGA MIRIAM

 

LUWERO

 

50.

 

NALUBEGA MARIAM SEGUYA

 

LWENGO

 

51.

 

TIITWE RHODAH KAGAAGA

 

LYANTONDE

 

52.

 

EMMY KATERA TURYABAGYENYI

 

MBARARA

 

53.

 

OKWI GILBERT

 

MANAFA

 

54.

 

CAPT. JOHN KADDU

 

MASAKA

 

55.

 

BAHEBWA LONGINO

 

MASINDI

 

56.

 

MITAALA EMMY

 

MAYUGE

 

57.

 

LILLIAN NAKAWESA

 

MBALE

 

58.

 

KASORO WILLIAM

 

MITOOMA

 

59.

 

ISHA NTUMWA

 

MITYANA

 

60.

 

ACHAM PROSCOVIA

 

MOROTO

 

61.

 

GORE GRIFFIN

 

MOYO

 

62.

 

BASUUKA HELLEN NSEREKO

 

MPIGI

 

63.

 

KIIZA EVELYNE TINKAMILILWE

 

MUBENDE

 

64.

 

BWABYE RICHARD

 

MUKONO

 

65.

 

AJILONG MODESTA

 

NAKAPIRIPIRIT

 

66.

 

AHARIKUNDIRA AFRICANO

 

NAKASEKE

 

67.

 

MAJID DHIKUSOOKA

 

NAMAYINGO

 

68.

 

ADYANGO RACHAEL

 

NEBBI

 

69.

 

KANYAMAHANE ISAIAH

 

NTUNGAMO

 

70.

 

AWANY ANDREW

 

PADER

 

71.

 

EMOKOL J.P. ONYANGO

 

PALLISA

 

72.

 

MUHINDO JUSTINE MUTABAZI

 

RAKAI

 

73.

 

BITARUHO FRANCIS

 

RUBIRIZI

 

74.

 

KEMIGISA GRACE MASIKO

 

RUKUNGIRI

 

75.

 

KINTU MUSOKE

 

SEMBABULE

 

76.

 

MAGUNDA GEORGE

 

SIRONKO

 

77.

 

EKOOMU JOHN STEVEN

 

SOROTI

 

78.

 

WERE YAHAYA

 

TORORO

 

79.

 

HAJJI NJUKI NOOR MBABAALI

 

WAKISO (ENTEBBE)

 

80.

 

MBABAZI JUSTINE

 

WAKISO (KASANGATI)

 

81.

 

SEKASAMBA JOSEPH

 

WAKISO

(KIIRA)

82.

 

ICHOGOR CHARLES

 

BUKEDEA

 

 

 

 

1.

 

ASIIMWE MARTHA

 

 

SECRETARIAT OF RDC’S

2.

 

TWEHEYO JAMES

 

SECRETARIAT OF RDC’S

3.

 

SR. AKIROR MARY GRACE

 

SECRETARIAT OF RDC’S

 

SIGNED this 30th day of September, in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen.

 

 

 

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

2 months 1 week ago

Detectives on Wednesday raided Ms Edith Byanyima’s home in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb where a search was conducted for about four hours.
Her lawyers told this reporter that police officers led by Detective Assistant Superintendent Godfrey Kutesa, confiscated 24 red napkins found in her home.
Ms Byanyima’s lawyers told journalists that she has been using the napkins as materials to teach some girls how to knit.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, who doubles as Ms Byanyima’s lawyer told journalists that police accused her of being in possession of ‘illegal material’ before they confiscated the napkins.
"These are just cowards. How can you say that having red napkins is illegal?" Mr Lukwago wondered.

After the search, detectives did not say anything to journalists.

A police detective talks to Kampala Lord Mayor

A police detective talks to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago (L) at Ms Edith Byanyima's gate in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb. PHOTO BY ANDREW BAGALA

Mr Francis Bwengye, another lawyer said the detectives didn't have a search warrant and therefore, his client declined to sign a document the officers presented to her.
When contacted on phone, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire said he was still at another event and would get back to this reporter when the event was done.
Edith is a sister to Winnie Byanyima, the wife of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

2 months 1 week ago

In a letter to all FDC members, party secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi issued a two weeks’ ultimatum: Choose between FDC and former party president Mugisha Muntu.

Mafabi said the party is going to carry out a membership audit following the dramatic severing of ties between them and the group led by Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu. Muntu, once a party president for five years, quit FDC last week following what he called irreconcilable differences.

 

Muntu later announced a pressure group, The New Formation,’ a precursor to a yet-to-be-formed party that will be announced before the end of this year.

“The party has been informed that…Mugisha Muntu, former party president, has renounced his membership to the party. He has also announced the formation of a political entity known as the New Formation in preparation for a political party. Some members have expressed an intention of pursuing alterative political direction. Following these political events in the party, it has been decided to undertake a membership audit at all leadership and elective levels,” Mafabi’s letter reads in part.

“This is to request all party leaders and elected officials on the party mandate to indicate to the party in writing whether they are still members of the Forum for Democratic Change within fourteen days; non-response will be treated as renouncement of membership.”

 

Following Muntu’s walk-out, a number of FDC members have announced they will also be leaving the party. However, many of those who have declared their intension to leave, like the party vice president for Eastern Uganda, Alice Alaso, don’t hold any elective position in the country, which makes it easy for them to publicly ditch the party.

However, although some MPs like Paul Mwiru, Winnie Kiiza, Herbert Ariko and Elijah Okupa, among others have said in the past they are allied to Muntu, they are yet to declare publicly that they have left the party. If they did, they would forfeit their positions in parliament.

The law prohibits change of parties before at least one year to the next general election. Mafabi’s threat of a non-response being tantamount to a renunciation of membership may not come to much in terms of ejecting the Muntu-leaning MPs from parliament.

Going by the Supreme court ruling in the Theodore Ssekikubo, Muhammad Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Barnabas Tinkasiimire versus the NRM, court ruled that an elected MP cannot lose his/her position by simply being expelled from a party.

Therefore, FDC might not benefit much from expelling those members who don’t respond to this ultimatum. Kennedy Okello, Kampala Capital City Authority lord councillor for Nakawa division who is also the FDC chief whip in the KCCA council, said the party is right to call for an audit.

“If the secretary general in his wisdom has realised there is need to do an audit of his members, we must comply. Secondly, this was actually a National Executive Committee resolution and as a party member, I can’t be defiant because this gives basis to reorganise ourselves. We should not be under any illusion that we are with somebody yet they are not with us. We must know which gaps we have and, therefore, fill them appropriately moving forward,” Okello said.

Addressing a weekly press conference at the party’s headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday, FDC spokesman Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda also called on members who feel they don’t want to belong to FDC anymore to come out and say it instead of sitting on the fence. 

“It is good for everybody,” Ssemujju said.

 

2 months 1 week ago

After a successful reunion rally at Masaka’s Liberation Square on September 28, DP leaders trooped into Maria Flo hotel with Gen Mugisha Muntu, former FDC president, and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in tow to put more flesh to a plan to build a unified opposition force against President Museveni in 2021.

In speeches before an ecstatic crowd at the Liberation Square that lasted more than 10 hours, politicians called for a united front to end Museveni’s 32-year-old grip on power.

 

It was the first outing for Muntu, coming three days after he announced his walkout on FDC and formation of New Formation pressure group. It was also Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi’s first rally since he was brutally arrested in Arua on August 13 with 33 others ahead of a vote to fill the Arua municipality seat in Parliament.

Police and army had earlier deployed heavily as word made rounds that the youthful legislator was on his way to Masaka for the DP meet. As the army and the police intensified their patrols and presence at the venue, a convoy of yellow NRM buses drove past. Some saw the drive-by as an act of provocation, choreographed to give reason for security forces to pounce and disperse the gathering.

The deployments increased upon Kyagulanyi’s arrival. Police drove water cannons and teargas trucks into formation and closed off all access roads to Masaka Liberation Square.

 

Majority of DP leaders are convinced Kyagulanyi’s unbridled People Power movement offers a good opportunity for the 64-year-old party to reassert itself on the national political stage, but the president general thinks otherwise.

“Let’s not claim to own supporters; what we have is a mass of Ugandans tired of President Museveni’s government. We still have people for example in Gulu who say it should be Norbert Mao and no-one else, you’ll get the same voices from Ntungamo saying it should be Mugisha Muntu, yet those in Buganda feel it should be Bobi Wine,” Mao said.

Mao agreed with most speakers that opposition forces need a common strategy and DP must have a huge imprint on the political scene.

“Muntu is talking about a new formation but there is a chance for him to be part of the old formation [DP], Bobi Wine has repeatedly said that his background is DP. What DP needs to do is to reach out to all the forces of change and convince them to work with DP,” said Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga.

To Mpuuga, Kyagulanyi’s rising star offers DP a chance to achieve what it has craved over the past 64 years, a view also shared by former DP president general, Dr Paul Kawanga Simogerere.

NEW DP

While others appeared to be looking firmly at the 2021 elections; Masaka Woman MP Mary Babirye Kabanda’s focus was on the final year of the 10th Parliament. Kabanda said the DP leadership should work towards snatching the current opposition leadership from FDC by taking full advantage of Muntu’s departure from Uganda’s biggest opposition party. She suggested that DP snaps up the pro-Muntu FDC MPs.

About 26 of the 37 FDC MPs are said to be leaning toward Muntu’s New Formation unveiled on September 27 at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Under Article 83(2a) of the Ugandan Constitution, the 26 MPs will be free in January 2020 to defect from FDC and join any political party of their choice.

 

If the 26 FDC MPs agree to join their 15 DP colleagues, DP would replace FDC as the main opposition party in parliament and would be free to name the opposition leadership.

Interviewed, Muntu said that much as he believes that by 2020 they will have built a strong coalition of opposition forces, the focus is not about forming the shadow cabinet in parliament.

“Our focus is on forming government in 2021; we are building this unity to give us capacity to remove this regime,” Muntu said.

There is word that Muntu’s engagement with DP could lead to DP being rebranded and renamed the New Democratic Party (NDP) but Muntu told The Observer that his engagements are not limited to only DP, but all opposition political groups.

“We are talking with DP, Hon [Asuman] Basalirwa’s JEEMA, Bobi Wine, CP and all the other opposition forces, and the engagements are about forming a strong coalition ahead of the next general election,” Muntu said.

Speaking in Masaka, former UPC president Olara Otunnu said it should be Kyagulanyi to take the lead but Muntu said their talks hadn’t tackled the issue of leadership yet.

“We haven’t talked about leadership positions; as of now, we are focusing on building the infrastructure that will take us to 2021. It doesn’t matter who leads the coalition, what matters, is how we galvanize the support,” Muntu said.

OPPORTUNITY

Kyagulanyi declined to be interviewed but said in his speech to the gathering that he had learnt to always do whatever he has to do whenever an opportunity avails itself.

“There must be a reason why I left that seat [in the car where Yasin Kawuma [my driver] was shot dead in Arua]. There must be a reason why my life was spared; I don’t think it was just a coincidence. There must be a reason why I did not die as a result of the vicious torture I was subjected to, there must be a reason why I did not die in the several military prisons I was taken to. It is for that purpose that I will seek to do anything whenever I get an opportunity,” Kyagulanyi said.

Earlier in the week at a press conference at his Magere home in Wakiso district, Kyagulanyi did not speak directly about his presidential ambitions like he did in Masaka.

“While I am willing to take on the mantle and play my part in this struggle, we must understand that I cannot do it alone; neither can Hon Mao, Dr Besigye nor Gen Muntu. No political party or political leader or organization will achieve this victory alone; we must work together as Ugandans,” Kyagulanyi said.

Before his speech, Kyagulanyi sat quietly under the tent, occasionally checking his phone but evidently overwhelmed by the praise heaped on him by his senior political colleagues.

sadabkk@observer.ug

2 months 1 week ago

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