President Museveni has warned the electorate against voting opposition candidates in the Kyadondo East by election.
NRM’s Sitenda Sebalu battles with FDC’s Katinti, Robert Kyagulanyi (Independent) and Nkunyigi Muwadda, in the by- election scheduled for Thursday.
Speaking during Ssitenda’s last rally on Tuesday, Museveni said it would be a mistake for the people of Kyadondo to vote independent candidates Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and Muwadda who he said are nonaligned.
“You don’t fall anywhere and you think you can do anything? This is not a theatre for playing,” Museveni said.
“Developing the country needs coming and working together under a certain umbrella.”
Museveni narrated that in 1971 he was 25 years and still energetic but run away from Idi Amin to Tanzania because he couldn’t defeat the then dictator alone and had to rally others so as to fight the war.
He said that because of coming together, him with friends formed a force that ousted Amin .
“These independents should be ignored. Vote for one with a clan in politics and that’s Ssebalu,” he added.
The president also warned voters in Kyadondo against voting FDC’s Kantinti whom he said is not known since he came to parliament.
“There is this one who has been here. I even dont know his name. Don’t vote for those people I don’t know because if you do so, you will have committed suicide. In our culture if someone commits suicide, we don’t cry for them.”
Museveni said that Wakiso has in the past voted for opposition MPs whom he said are only working towards bringing him down.
Of the 9 MPs in Wakiso district, only 2 Rosemary Sseninde(Woman MP wakiso district) and Dennis Galabuzi Ssozi(Busiro North) are from the ruling NRM party.
“You became ‘rebels’ and voted for opposition to oppose Museveni .They do nothing useful but try to stop Museveni and NRM.”
He said that the opposition MPs in Wakiso have failed to work with him to develop their areas.
According to the president, he would do his role of providing major infrastructure to all areas including those that voted for opposition but added that its their MPs to report to him the minor issues they want government to work upon.
“You have voted for opposition MPs for many years but you can now try to test one from NRM.”
“You need to liberate yourselves by voting for leaders who will work for you,” Museveni pleaded.
The seat fell vacant in April after Court of Appeal upheld the lower court decision that nullified the election of Kantinti as the Kyadondo East Constituency Member of Parliament.
Ministry of Lands has summoned government departments, ministries and agencies currently implementing major infrastructure projects to brainstorm on how to popularize the new amendments in Article 26 of the Constitution, which aim at easing the process of government acquiring private land for its important projects.
Under the new adjustments, government will be able to possess private land and proceed to use it whether or not owner is satisfied with with the offered compensation.
The Lands Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Savino Kasigaire last week called the heads of agencies for a meeting to devise ways of selling the amendments to the public.
Those summoned include the PS Ministry of Energy, the Executive Directors of KCCA, UIA and UNRA; Heads of the Standard Gauge Railway, UEGCL, UEDCL and the MD Rural Electrification Agency.
These today Tuesday, met at the Land Ministry’s boardroom to find ways of making the amendments “appreciated by the citizens.”
“There is need to prepare convincing information, education and communication materials that will be used for dissemination,” said the PS Kasigaire in the invitation letter.
The amendments which have since generated a lot of public outcry and condemnation from political and economic analysts, were adopted by cabinet recently.
The changes were made in Article 26 as follows:
3) “where the parties are unable to agree on a fair and inadequate compensation payable under clause (2)(b)(i), the government shall deposit in court or with any other competent authority the market value of the property as evaluated by the Chief Government Valuer and government shall take possession of the property pending determination by the court or other competent authority of the disputed amount of the compensation.
4) For the avoidance of doubt, the owner of the property shall not stop government from taking possession of the property where government has deposited the evaluated compensation amount referred to in Clause (3), but shall have a right to claim the disputed compensation amount that may be determined by the court or other competent authority.”
The amendment has attracted widespread criticism, with some leaders calling on citizens to reject them.
Former Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye after the amendments became public, launched a nationwide campaign dubbed “My Land, My Life,” in which he rallied Ugandans to stand against the changes.
Dr Besigye believes the amendments are the “final move by government on Ugandans after taking away everything that they own.”
But the Lands Minister Hon Betty Amongi says government is not deliberately trying to grab people’s land but to rid the bottlenecks in the implementation of infrastructure projects as the country races toward the “Middle Income Economy” goal by 2020.
Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) and Scandinavia Centre de formation sportis du Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding to uplift the game of beach soccer between Uganda, Congo and Rwanda and the region as a whole.
The agreement was reached on Tuesday morning in a press briefing held at Ethiopian Village in Kabalagala, Kampala.
Uganda Beach soccer association chairman, Deo Mutabazi believed the bilateral agreement will help in taking the game to greater heights.
“It is a great opportunity for the game of beach soccer. Such arrangements will help to promote the game throughout the region of East Africa,” said a delighted Deo Mutabazi.
Thierry Kasongo Paluku who the proprietor of the sports entity indicated beach soccer is a growing game that easily be developed.
“I’m pleased with the level at which the game has reached in Uganda. This can be spread across the region and that’s why we are partnering with the association here in Uganda,” he stated.
The deal will see UBSA receive administrative support, coaches and referees will move around the region in an exchange program, technical support, and above all financial support so as to set up infrastructures for the game.
In addition, the Rwanda Scandinavia formation du Sportis will help in facilitating the national team in terms of playing equipment, players wages and any other itinerary.
The agreement is expected to be put into practice with immediate effect starting August this year.
Beach soccer is one of the fastest growing games in Uganda since inception in 2008.
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