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Lord Mayor Lukwago appoints members of KCCA Public Accountants Committee (19.12.2016)

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Opinion: We can now see that the Movement has lost touch with Kampala as the Hon. Kamya decree gets into action!

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The proof is there now in the streets of Kampala, that the Police are following the decree of Honourable Beti Kamya from 19th October 2016 and taking down the street vendors around Old Kampala and areas around.

“It was an afternoon of bullets, injuries and arrests as law enforcement officers proceeded to implement orders by Kampala minister Beti Kamya to get the vendors off the streets  Amidst the show down, a number of arrests were made and many left in tears as they saw their means of livelihood taken away from them” (NBS TV Uganda, 25.10.2016).

That they are shooting at innocent civilians because of the words of a State Minister who hasn’t confined her actions through proper process in Kampala Capital City Authority or by any  other leadership. The rules of law are apparently not important because the Honourable can just write a decree and the whole ballad of Police Brutality comes stepping on the doors, citizens, people and ordinary vendors who have been trading in the districts for years on end.

“Police and KCCA officers in running battles with street vendors as they try to enforce gov’t directive to get vendors off the streets, in Kampala” (NTV Uganda, 25.10.2016).

So a Government Decree or Directive doesn’t need any more procedure or decision making in the Parliament, not in the City Council of anywhere else. So the Carte Blanche for Central Government is now that loyalists of the Regime can do as they please. Which is a dangerous sport; if Hon. Beti Kamya find’s it illegal to catch grasshoppers because she hates the taste. Then the electric fetchers are illegal to put-up and the ones that before traded on that can lose all their livelihoods. Just like the men and woman today who we’re torn-out of their trading area and have to from now-on if it persist get enough cash to facilitate inside some market-hall or shops that takes rent. That means the former vendors has to gain capital to rent or buy plots to set-up shop. Something the state doesn’t facilitate. Not even through the SACCO’s which delivers empty 30 years promises that are viable as many of the UPE schools in the northern districts of Uganda or even just up-country; barely walls and books, just a teacher or two who hasn’t gotten a pay-check in months. That is the lovable system and their respect of their citizens.

The Movement have lost all touch with the grassroots and the citizens… when they are even barring the streets for their own benefits as the major banks fails to pay off debts made by the Presidential Election Campaign. The fall of Crane Bank, who is now under management of Bank of Uganda, the Cairo Bank is also on the steps to become controlled by the Central Bank as well. That shows the fragile monetary policies and the weakness of the fiscal policies in general by the Movement, as the self-centred organization it is.

We can also question the financial situation in the Republic of Uganda as the World Bank has suspended their agreed loans for infrastructure projects of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). So, the same Government who has issues with Multi-National Organization is now targeting street vendors for their trade. That Hon. Kamya has made ordinary citizens criminals for activity that has happen for decades and never been sanctioned.

The Issue I have is that this hawkers, street vendors as they have been there for so long. Not like the government and KCCA has ever done anything for them, but they at least has created to the economy. I am sure by my recon that many sells the Airtime that these big-tax paying cell-phone corporations and the communication industry like MTN, Airtel, Uganda Telecom and all of them needs to keep the citizens occupied with talking and texting each other.

So the needs of public aren’t necessary in the present time and the needy that do what it takes to survive aren’t good enough for the protection of the Police or the KCCA. The Government who has a fragile economy attacks those with the weakest economy and are the entrepreneurs that the Government have been bragging about. The Entrepreneurial Spirit as they we’re entitled to this in February and the Government men we’re all smiles.

This doesn’t matter now, the boda-boda’s, the newspaper sellers and the others who sell used clothes to live even. These people all of sudden doesn’t count by the Hon. Kamya decree they are useless and illegal. Not with an act or a new law, but a directive that set the standard. This behaviour is now the common grounds.

The Hawkers and Street Vendors might create noise and be hassle now and then. They might be distracting and even creating garbage, but nothing that the KCCA has been having issues with before. These sanctions are coming decades after the free market and liberty that came with the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) ushered in by the current President Museveni in the 1980s.

The President has eaten a long while on these sellers and their trade, but now it is not enough. He needs are now for the foreign investors and bigger investments that capitalize more cash-flow from the banks and donor-community that he needs.

So the acts from the KCCA shows the systematic issues that are in Uganda now, together with the wish of splitting Kasese District, because the Ugandan Government has forgotten why they are there. They are not there for the MPs or the Government Officials, but they are there for the people and the citizens. The shooting of the families and street vendors, scaring them of their corners and everything… because a non-voted and non-discussed decree from Hon. Kamya that put this into order.

This is not news in some regards, but the reality is that the Movement has clearly forgotten why they exist and why they are there. Not for the sake of being there and earning monies of the budget or the tax-payers money. They are there for the common-man and to provide for them. Instead they are doing the same like they are doing to the Opposition, using live-bullets and arresting them for being there.

The Decree or Directive is only to show force and strength, the mentality is that sooner the Government has to live by the acts of aggression against civilians something that now will be with them. Not only against political opposition and supporters, but trading civilians who has done legitimate trade in Central Business District and now all of sudden been sanctioned by the regime. They been reasons for the giant companies and importers getting more units sold and the little tax-base that Uganda Revenue Authority has.

So this combined is a strange effort to consolidate the trading of Kampala and make sure the government earns their tax. That the Government and the Movement didn’t’ think about it… or question it boggles me, but the selfish principals of Hon. Kamya is evident as she wants to better than the ones before. An also show the Lord Mayor Lukwago that her words are law while his are worthless, like the acts today show. Peace.      

Footage: “Vendors at the old taxi park in Kampala went haywire as KCCA evicted them today. Police fired live bullets to disperse the angry rioters” (Daily Monitor reports)

Opinion: Hon. Beti Kamya clearly is ready to override the Democratically Elected Leadership of Kampala in her ways of clearing the streets!

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I know you’re a former opposition leader who now so loyal to Museveni that its disgust me. Not like Hon. Nsereko who we’re a rebel NRM and turned back to former allies. That is different. You we’re supposed to question the leadership of the Movement and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. You called him even at one point heartless and ignorant of other leaders in the land.

Therefore it’s ironic today that you’re now running wild on the Street Vendors of Kampala, abolishing them without procedure, because your words as a honourable and State Minister have the Authority to control the Capital without question. I am sure Dr. Jennifer Musisi going to question you, though she is loyal to the same master as you are. Than there the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who is not just a shambolic or a symbolic figure to stand beside the Baganda Caucus and in the Kampala Capital City Authority. Though you wish so, because all of a sudden your words are platinum and are so unique that they can decide the fate of all people of Kampotholo. I am right ma’am?

Just because you make a decision on the 19th October to:

“As part of our effort to improve Kampala City, all illegal street vending activities will not be allowed to continue because they affect trade and cause a security threat, congestion of streets and walkways. They prevent normal operation of licensed business and also create unfair trade competition. They cause littering in the city and make it impossible to maintain and clean the roads and walkways. The KCCA has identified several vending facilities in markets in and around the city as an alternative to vending on the streets. A number of these markets are not fully occupied. The street vendors are advised to take advantage of these markets and work together with KCCA in case they need their conditions in such markets considered or reviewed for purposes of enhancing their business. The street vendors are advised to register at the available markets with the management of the said markets in order to be allocated space. Government therefore directs all street vendors to vacate the streets, road reserves, open spaces, road carriageways and sidewalks forthwith” (KCCA, 19.10.2016).

As you continued on ploughing your way on the 22nd October:

“Yesterday, I met with some leaders of many vendors’ groups and advised them to form SACCOs through which Government can channel financial support that can help their members settle in other places. The Minister of State for Microfinance has been informed of this need and has promised his readiness to visit and inspect existing SACCOs or to help compliant groups to form SACCOs.  As you all know, H.E. the President is very keen to support organised groups. Street vendors and hawkers operating in Kampala Business District are advised to get stalls in markets around Kampala, especially in USAFI & Wandegeya markets where space is currently available. I am aware that H.W. the Lord Mayor has invited the Authority for a meeting on Monday 24th October, 2016 to discuss matters of trade order in the city. I wish to recommend to them that among other measures they will discuss, to consider significantly reducing market rates for vendors in those markets in order to make them affordable to street vendors” (KCCA, Beti Kamya, 22.10.2016).

So I am sure some of Gen. Salim Selah’s ghost money and ghost companies can help out fellow street vendors who struggle to cigarettes, New Vision and napkins. They all can afford to pay to fees to stay into facilities that you now offers and that people will not pop-by other buyers in the meanwhile as you are taking the poors livelihood, because your words matter more than to those who are struggling day-to-day to make enough, but you’re now eating on Mzee’s plate so you have forgot how that was. Certainly the words of you shouldn’t need to be discussed as this is pleasing you and not the people, the street is their boulevard and their place as they cannot afford mansions and big houses in the suburbs like you do. The street and alleys might be their social place and where they naturally congregate because they doesn’t can afford big space, living room or a balcony where they can chill-out like you. That might seem noisy, but the poor-man’s balcony and living-room is the corners. I know your never thought of that did you State Minister Kamya? That didn’t even flinch in your mind?

“I have already made a directive, the council doesn’t discuss the minister’s directive, they simply have to comply” – Beti Kamya on NBS TV on the 24th October 2016.

She proves that she doesn’t care about other than her orders, she is the new Queen of Kampala, she will even order around Dr. Jennifer Musisi as she put the directive and the Lord Mayor, Mayor’s of Kawempe, Nakawa Makindye and so on just has to comply with the will of Kamya; her words is partly law. So the discussion today we’re not needed, the elected leadership of Kampala is totally useless if she can just do as she likes without any consideration of other voices or elected leaders. Is that what she is saying that she is a midlevel-leader who put out decrees on the streets, on the trees and on the markets… when done so the citizens has to comply that her word is the LAW!

If so than the KCCA machinery is a fraud, is a fake and is worthless system of procedure that only complies with the implicated fractions that has no voice and not worth the house they are meeting in. They could just be home and take the pay-check from the KCCA and spend it on Mango’s and Nile brew while waiting for next election in 2021. That is what Hon. Beti Kamya initially saying without saying. Because she doesn’t have the heart to say it, because of her ego and her merciless loyalty to Museveni, now!

We all could see this coming, Hon. Frank Tumbewaze might be spiteful and be conning as can be, but he impeached the Lord Mayor for his sake and for saving grace of the Executive Director Musisi. Now Kamya want to jump that score this time and decree her way away from City Hall, City Authority and all the elected leadership. Since she believes as Minister she is the Queen, the Jean d’Arc of Kampala for showing her diligence to her splendid well-paying Master Museveni. Peace!

Statement on Trade and Law Enforcement in Kampala Capital City (19.10.2016)

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The Ministry of Kampala Capital City is aware of the grave status of trade disorder in Kampala Capital City which has culminated in traffic congestion, noise pollution, indiscriminate parking, unfair trade practices and competition. This has led to insecurity and violence on the streets of Kampala, particularly between the shop traders and street vendors.

Kampala Capital City is governed by the Constitution, Kampala Capital City Act, 2010 and the KCCA administers and enforces several Ordinances and bylaws including, the Kampala City (Maintenance of Law and Order) Ordinance, 2006, the Local Governments (Kampala City) (Street Traders) Bylaws, the Local Governments (Kampala City Council) (Licensing of Trade Persons) Ordinance, 2006 and these laws govern trade order.

We have received and discussed several petitions, views and concerns of various stakeholders and met with the political and technical leaders of Kampala to address the issues of trade order in the city. The Ministry has conducted a tour of the city, particularly the Central Business District and witnessed directly what the absence of trade order has reduced Kampala City to. We have received and considered various suggestions on how to resolve the street vending question and the Ministry has directed the Kampala Capital City Authority to provide medium and long term strategies on the improvement of trade order in the city.

Kampala Capital City Authority shall embark on an exercise to restore trade order, traffic order and development control in the city. (Page One)

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KCCA division mayors complain of being rendered powerless (Youtube-Clip)

Mayors of the five divisions in Kampala are crying out, saying they have become lame ducks, with no powers and funds to implement programmes in their areas. KCCA councillors and technocrats have been accused of failing the division mayors by delaying to pass the relevant regulations to empower them to exercise their devolved powers. This has crippled effective planning and service delivery. The concerns were raised during a KCCA council meeting which accepted to address the demands of the division mayors in consultation with the minister for Kampala” (NTV Uganda, 2016)

Opinion: The Kampala Conundrum with Musisi, Kamya, Lukwago and even Katongole!

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As the NBS Frontline tonight shows is the bitter fight of political power in Kampala. Something that President Museveni wants to see. He wants the city to be in a limbo and less results of progress as the Opposition. The citizens of Kampala votes for opposition leaders and he doesn’t have loyalty amongst them. He even tried to bring a populist in Ragga Dee aka Daniel Kyeyune Kazibwe. This backfired!

Well, today wasn’t a new show as the one of called amends with Kampala politics didn’t get that. The other ghost in the room where the Presidential Advisor for Kampala Singh Katongole; whatever he does he does inform the President and might advise him on the potholes in Nakawa or so. But if it is a job just giving to loyalist of Museveni and live the good life like “Minister without Portfolio” than the people of Kampala and the whole Republic is being fooled to pay taxes to pay for job; which initially isn’t a job. Why hire Mr. Sing Katongole into a job if there aren’t any work, aye?

All of this is happening after, the aftermath of General Election of 2016, where the Kampala and Wakiso voter was discarded and disfranchised during the Presidential and MPs vote; as the Electoral Commission wasn’t delivering voting material on time and wasn’t interested in giving the locals any time to vote after the “sudden” screw-up from the Dr. Badru Kiggundu Commission this instance.

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With this in mind you already have a hostile environment between the Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Dr. Jennifer Musisi who has always liked to be selected and handpicked by Museveni to an honourable position. Well, because she doesn’t have the heart to be elected by a constituency. Uganda Federal Alliance President and MP Betti Kamya who talked briefly and went in on the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago like he was his pupil; since she just continued where the other. Before he had the ability to address her over a stream; this happens because NBS TV wouldn’t like to have the two politicians in heavy discussion. Since NBS had already the natural moderator in Norbert Mao there in the studio.

Hon. Betti Kamya want to lead the ship since she has a cabinet position, that she was given when she wanted to give up her faith in real politics and lose her credibility to suck-up to President. Many might say it in nicer words, but she came from the desert and into a feast. Therefore she acts fierce and force likes the NRM mouthpiece Ofwono Opondo who had to give in his sentiments. An when a so-called opposition sounds like a “semi-automatic Opondo” it is time to give in the UFA party and call it “NRM-Light”.

Also Betti Kamya wants to continue the depressive train of dissolution of the Cabinet Minster running Kampala; because of the way Hon. Frank Tumbewaze impeached the Lord Mayor and went full front political battle where he with the mercy of his Executive used the NRM machinery and court trials to demote the opposition Lord Mayor of Kampala.

There already an issue of who does what on the top of the hierarchy of the Capital City in Uganda, as the Executive Director of KCCA Musisi feels she has reasons to run and appointed to work for the city. The same is with the Cabinet Minister of Kamya now who feels she has special place as she is a Minister and Parliamentarian who are appointed to oversee the City. Whatever the Presidential Advisor of Kampala does or don’t is not really the question as he hasn’t made a word in public since the appointment Mr. Katongole. Lastly it is the elected and not appointed by Presidential decree, Lord Mayor Lukwago. He also should have a place and also authority, not only these who are selected and handpicked by the Central Government to run and oversee the city.

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There are many hands, there are even more constituencies and Local Councillors who has agendas down to the grassroots where the citizens live day to day. All the leaders on top will have egos, but also certain degree of righteous reason to work and hopefully live-up to the potential of their positions.

There we’re talk of making amendments to the KCCA act last year that we’re shuffled, the newly elected Cabinet Minister Kamya want to review it and put into Parliament again. KCCA Act of 2010 says this about the Mayor: “The functions of the Lord Mayor are to (A) be the political head of the Capital City” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 9). So whatever role the other positions says the current law is clear on this point as the KCCA shall be judiciary and policy maker. Then about the Executive Director the law says: “(2)The executive director shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Public Service Commission” (…) “(3) A person shall qualify to be appointed executive director if he or she is of high moral character and proven integrity, and is qualified to be appointed a Permanent Secretary in Government Ministry” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 17). The importance of the Executive is that the President appoints and that the person is qualified to an extent. The role of Executive Director does this: “to be the head of the public service in the Authority and to head the administration of the Authority, including divisions and wards” (…) “to be responsible for the management of all public funds of the Authority and accountable to Parliament” (…) “be responsible for coordination and implementation of national and council policies, laws, regulations, byelaws, programmes and projects” (…) “advise the mayor and Authority on Government policy” (KCCA ACT 2010 Part III Section 19). With this law text proves that the Head, the Lord Mayor are the Political Head, but the Executive Director are the one that implement and advise the mayor. That means that this law has by some definition done what can be seen as a coup d’état of any elected Mayor of Kampala.

The Coup d’état is that the Lord Mayor Lukwago can be advised by Executive Director Musisi after the KCCA ACT of 2010 can act as proprietor of the City without a doubt. The Political Head isn’t directed by this to do anything in particular other than run the KCCA meeting as funny laughing secretary of KCCA, being the ceremonial leader of the city and monitor, but the implementing factor is Musisi. This is the coup of Parliament in 2010. We can now see that this law hurts the ones that are not loyal to Museveni and his NRM; who could before get somebody who we’re a gullible leader as Lord Mayor who could just creep around and grabbing brown envelopes instead of working!

The reason for the trouble is the many hands and the evident program to silence the Lord Mayor who seemingly getting elected somebody who is opposition. Something Museveni doesn’t accept therefore they did this to control the area and make sure the NRM got their way. So the Musisi, Kamya and Lukwago fighting will continue and if he get impeached or tried to get him to vacate the office during the 10th Parliament term. Please, don’t be surprised as one of the longest parts of the KCCA ACT 2010 is actually Part III Section 12 that should show what was important for the legislators at the time. It is 2 pages long! Show’s the valid grounds for usage of this part of law compared to the rest of the law.

So the conundrum for Kampala continues and will be like this as long as Museveni and his Regime keeps the capital run like this. He wants in-fighting to weaken the leadership so he can control it with strawmen instead of elected men or woman. They can be corrupted something that is harder for a elected man who feels responsible for his constituency and the citizens as the rigged leaders and corrupt leaders are loyal to head whom pays them. Peace.  

NRM proves their control with two cases today: One with Lumumba’s planned power and promotion of Ruhindi for the EC!

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The NRM and President Museveni cannot help himself to centralize the power around his loyal men and woman who he knows he can corrupt. This can be done by money and they’re not getting trouble as Mzee hides the issues of this corruption. Therefore the Kyankwanzi words of Museveni that he would fight corruption are three-decades in and useless uttering of hot-air. As seen by the recent actions, only today alone. Take a look!

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First NRM Case- Secretary Justine Kasule Lumumba order:

“One of the resolutions read thus: “The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, and relevant Ministries, shall submit loan requests one month in advance to the Prime Minister and the Secretary General for inter-sectoral scrutiny before loans are contracted, to confirm that the said loans are aligned to the NRM Manifesto, and the Strategic Guidelines and Directives.” (…) “The NRM leadership and the Secretariat shall be involved in all aspects of policy formulation and implementation, and in the national budgeting process,” agreed the ministers and permanent secretaries” (…) “Further, the Kyankwanzi meeting also agreed that “The National Development Planning processes, policy formulation and implementation, budgeting, among others shall faithfully reflect and embody the NRM Manifesto 2016 – 2021, and the Strategic Guidelines and Directives issued by the President to Cabinet” (TheInsider.co.ug, 2016).

The Secretary General that took over for Amama Mbabazi wants to flex more after the General Election and Campaign period where she promised to kill the ones going against the NRM Organization and Party. As the NRM we’re destined to run the country. This is again proving that the NRM EC and NRM NEC doesn’t have it in them to fulfil the forms after the General Election where they we’re questioning her leadership abilities. Now months after this grievances are left behind. She is suddenly a controlling mastermind that is loyal to Museveni and therefore deserves the nudge of checking the transactions of the Ministries and Parliament budget; as the small loans in the Public Finance Management Act Amendment of 2015, could let the Ministries when needed short term loans take them from Bank of Uganda without the permission of the Parliament. Now the shortcut of the laws is taken one step back, but will be transparent through the leadership and Secretary General of NRM Lumumba. This proves the impunity and disregard for the Parliamentary procedure of procurement. The Ministries when needed loans have to go to Lumumba for their debts and the need for new fiscal funds to finance their work; that is just so accountable as she can accept monies for her friends and NRM loyalist, but from others she can discard. As the request are deemed in her hands, not in any other. NRM will control the requests for loans for the ministries before the PFMA 2015; that is just showing how democratic the NRM have become over the years.

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Second NRM Case- Fred Ruhindi to take EC Commissioner’s seat:   

“According to credible sources, Ruhindi, a former Attorney General and Minister for Constitutional Affairs will replace Eng. Badru Kiggundu whose tenure reportedly ends at the end of this month” (…) “The soft-spoken Ruhindi lost the Nakawa seat to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Michael Kabaziguruka, and has since then withdrawn to private life” (Kawalya, 2016).

The Hon. Michael Kabaziguruka who are still detained for treason as he was plotting to get rid of President Museveni; the man who brought the Attorney General position in Parliament to an end. Therefore the resurrection of the Museveni loyalist wouldn’t be surprising as the resurface of Gen. Kahinda Otafiire in the cabinet as the other loyal cadre lost both the NRM Primary and the General Election this year. President Museveni has a way of paying back to loyal man. If he would give this role to Fred Ruhindi it would be fitting to have a blind “yes man” as the Electoral Commission leader, as the EC have failed and lost so many NRM MPs after the election as the EC didn’t vet and check the credentials of the candidates properly before running the ballot. Also the frauds of the election have also been very evident therefore many reasons for the President to change leaders of the EC before next election to not lose face again. With the fraudulent recent election has backfired and somebody has to fall on their sword; luckily for the Ugandans not the head-honcho, but the puppet filling in the forms for the Mzee. Peace.

Reference:

Kawalya, Shawn Davis – ‘Ruhindi tipped to replace Kiggundu at EC’ (08.08.2016) link: http://eagle.co.ug/2016/08/08/ruhindi-tipped-replace-kiggundu-ec.html

TheInsider.co.ug – ‘NRM gives Lumumba powers to approve gov’t loans’ (08.08.2016) link: http://www.theinsider.ug/nrm-gives-lumumba-powers-to-approve-govt-loans/

Ninth day of Presidential Rallies in Uganda + More NRM Primaries and Statements on Yesterday’s UPF actions in Kampala

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There been yet another day with rallies and promises and quotes from the presidential candidates. I will not have quotes from everybody. This here will be a quick one. Since this is become normally. There will be more side-notes. There been coming new press-releases and statements worth mentioning some more information on the NRM Primaries that just continues. Also reactions to yesterday’s actions in Kampala; Take a look!

Quote of the Day:

“Lukwago, Ssewanyana are to be held accountable for attack on Delta TV Journalist, Police prefer charges” – CP Fred Enanga of the Ugandan Police Force.

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NRM Rally today: 

NRM have rallies today in Arua, Maracha and Koboko.

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FDC set to have rallies today in Luuka and Kaiiro.

Dr. Kizza Besigye 17.11.15

A proof of humility and endurance towards his fellow comrades:

“The Kamuli district Chairperson and FDC National Vice Chairperson Hon Salam Musumba lost a grandmother yesterday. As a sign of comradeship ,Dr Besigye today first went to pay his last respects to the late before embarking on his mobilization tour for Busoga” (Reported from Moses Byamugisha).

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Dr. Kizza Besigye saying in Luuka:

“We will reduce the size of government. To allow us locate money to benefit citizens. We will reduce the number of ministers from the current 80 to 21 ministers” (…)”Busoga has been poor because it has been loyal to Museveni dictatorship”,

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“Dr. Kizza Besigye talked about tackling poverty, investing in agriculture, improving our agriculture and invest in our infrastructures. He will be in Kaliro later in the day. #‎PeoplePower. Kigwa Leero” (Reported from Harold Kajja).

Go-Forward crowds getting ready in Fort Portal: 

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Go-Forward is set to have rallies in Kabarole – Fort Portal today.

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Amama Mbabazi said this today:

“My response to that is always, all executive power is vested in the President, have I ever been President?” (…)”My only plea to you is to give me the mandate to lead you into a peaceful transition next year”.

Jackie Asiimwe-Mwesige said at Go-Forward rally:

“Bukenya and Akena…. Birds of the same feather? Their names even rhyme”.

TIC Candidates:

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Maureen Faith Kyala and Joseph Mabirizi is supposed to hold campaign rally in Kampala today.

PDP rally: 

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Abed Bwanika the People’s Development Party will hold campaigns in Abletong and Otuke today.

Professor Baryamureeba will be in Abletong and Kole.

Gen. Benon Buta Biraaro locations are unknown.

Kenneth Mwehonge coordinator the Uganda Coalition for Access to Essential Medicines (UCAEM) statement today:

“ARV Shortage, more people need the drugs, but the budget allocation seems to have stayed the same” (…)”At least 8 districts affected. The problem with procurement, but funding”.

Go-Forward Coordinator:

Dick Kizza in Sembabule had it house set on fire last night by some suspected arsonist.

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Human Rights 17.11.15

Side-Note – NRM Primaries:

Chua East: State Ministers of Foreign Affairs Oryem Okello won over the other candidates are now the NRM Flag-Bearer.

Rubanda West Constituency the incumbent Minister Banyezaki lost his candidacy to Eng. Denis Sabiiti. Banyezaki has claimed after: “a total sham and marred by massive rigging. The tally was like this:

“Eng.Sabiiti got 13,798 votes.Hon Banyenzaki got 11,874 & Moses Kamuntu got 5,363 votes” (912CroozeFM).

In Kaiiro where the NRM Primaries we’re held 5 Supporters was taken into custody after inciting violence, they found pangas and spears.

Lwenga NRM voters boycott the NRM Woman MP internal election over this NRM Primaries.

In Masaka the new flag-bearer for NRM there is 72 year old Ms. Freda Kase Mubanda.

The 30 aspirants of Isigniro District who lost in the NRM Primaries have to decide to stand as independent candidates and support Amama Mbabazi in the General Election.

Side-Note 2 – Dr. Kizza Besigye Statement on KCCA ACT and UPF actions yesterday:

“Dr. KIZZA BESIGYE’S STATEMENT ON KCCA AMENDMENTS.

I was made aware immediately by my aides of the sad events that happened in Kampala yesterday, well that was quite obviously expected”.

“In the course of this electoral process, we are going to have similar incidents because!, first of all, we have in place an incompetent and partisan Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission has already made blunders and caused confusion by dancing to the tunes of the dictatorship, its evident they are preoccupied with changing the rules of the game in the middle of the game”.

“The changing of the electoral laws in the middle of the election is illegal, hence the Electoral Commission has become a willing partner in commission of these illegalities. Therefore for the electoral commission to issue a statement stopping the nomination and election of the Lord Mayor on mere speculation that the laws are being amended is utterly disgraceful and questionable. The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was duly elected but the dictatorship and police have in most cases with violence obstructed him from serving the people who elected him”.

“Therefore in accordance to the philosophy of my campaign of wining by defiance, I not only condemn the actions of the Executive, the Electoral Commission and the Police who continue to commit crimes, but will shall rally the citizens to resist them”.

“The attack on journalists is deplorable and criminal act ,it must stop. The perpetrators must know that they will be answerable individually or collectively. In the demonstration of civil disobedience through the now empowered citizens the Junta was able to rescind their intention to block the nomination of Lord mayor Lukwago. I recognize that the refusal by the Lord Mayor and his supporters to surrender to the dictator is the first victory of our strategy of winning by defiance and not by compliance”.

“Therefore in winning by defiance and not compliance , I urge whole the forces of pro-democracy, pro- change and above all the people of Kampala to turn up and offer massive support to the Lord mayor Erias Lukwago as he goes in for his nomination tomorrow the 18th November”.

“We shall move on with the strategy , sensitize the whole country and we shall ultimately liberate ourselves. For God and my country.

Dr. Kizza Besigye”.

Side-Note 3 – UPF Statement today:

“Good afternoon,

A few pointers here in regards to the officials that we have and what they wear:

We have 5 different uniforms in active use : the olive green, white, blue camouflage, navy blue, and black.

Khaki uniform is used by general police officers

White uniform is used by traffic police officers

Blue camouflage is used by the field force unit

Navy blue is the marine unit

Black is worn by the Counter Terrorism Unit

If you need any of these services – do get in touch with us”.

Side-Note 4 – The Media Council of Kenya on shooting yesterday:  

Press statement on shooting of a journalist by Ugandan Police

Nairobi, November 17, 2015

The Media Council of Kenya strongly condemns the alleged shooting, by police, of a journalist in Uganda.

The journalist, Isaac Kugonza, working with a private station, Delta TV, was on Monday allegedly shot on the head and is fighting for his life in Mulago National Referral…

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The Media Council of Kenya strongly condemns the alleged shooting, by police, of a  journalist in Uganda. The journalist, Isaac Kugonza, working with a private station, Delta TV, was on Monday allegedly shot on the head and is fighting for his life in Mulago National Referral hospital. From press reports, Isaac is the third journalist to be shot while covering political events in less than two months. Others who were shot last month are Matovu Enock of NTV and Ivan Vincent Mukisa of Radio One. It’s astonishing and disgraceful for the government of Uganda and President Yoweri Museveni’s regime in particular. It is a sad period for the journalism fraternity in the region. We urge Ugandan authorities to investigate and bring to book those behind this cowardly act. For democracy to prevail, journalists should never be intimidated or harassed in their line of duty. Such acts undermine freedom of the media and democracy in the region.

Haron Mwangi,PhD Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Council

Side-Note 5 on Cabinet Reshuffle:

PO/31

13th November, 2015

Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga

Speaker of Parliament

KAMPALA

RE:   APPOINTMENT OF THIRD PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTERS

I write to request you to, as required by Article 113 and 114 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, approve the following persons that I have appointed to the respective positions in Government:

  1. Mr. Kirunda Kivejinja –        Rt. Hon. 3rd Deputy Prime

Minister and Minister of East African Affairs;

  1. Madame Rose Akol –        Minister of Internal Affairs;
  1. Mr. Werikhe Kafabusa –        Minister of State for Industry

I forward their names to you for scrutiny and approval.

Yoweri K. Museveni

P R E S I D E N T

Copy to    Rt. Hon. Prime Minister

IGP Kale Kayihura letter to Hon. Amama Mbabazi (OPS/175/219/01) – “Launch of the Presidential Campaign Manifesto” (31.10.2015)

Amama Mbabazi 311015

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