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Jamilu Mukulu Returns to Court Today

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:40
Jamilu Mukulu Returns to Court Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

Former commander of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, Jamilu Mukulu, is expected to appear before Jinja Court today for trial of terrorism charges.

Mukulu who was arrested in Tanzania in April 2015 was first detained at Nalufenya Special Operations Command Centre in Jinja before being remanded to Luzira maximum prison where he has been since September 6, 2016.

Mukulu is facing a number of criminal charges including murder, treason, terrorism which he committed over two decades back when he was still a rebel leader.

He is facing these charges alongside his two accomplices Mohammed Matovu and Omar Abdullah Mutuka.

It is alleged that Mukulu masterminded the murder of about 80 students at Kichwamba Technical Institute in 1998.

Economist Tayebwa is dead

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:24
Economist Tayebwa is dead

Author of Various books on Economics and former Makerere University lecturer Bernard Tayebwa Mugisha has gone to meet his creator.

This website understands that the Author “Principles Of Economics” book died of kidney failure.

Tayebwa was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus and hypertension and he has been undergoing treatment at Mulago Hospital.

In August 2015, Bernard Tayebwa Mugisha was seeking financial support to get a kidney transplant in India.

He has suffered from diabetes and hypertension for about 15 years.

Who is Tayebwa?

Bernard Tayebwa 54, is the author of many publications including the popular A-Level economics textbook titled, “Basic Economics” which is used in East Africa and beyond.

Tayebwa taught Economics at Makerere University from 1988 to 2008 and worked as manager of Agribusiness Unit (ABU) at Uganda Cooperative Alliance.

He is also one of the founders and chairperson of Kibatsi Development Association (KDA) a community-based organisation.

WorldRemit, La-Cedri Forex Bureau launch instant money transfers to Uganda

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:04
WorldRemit, La-Cedri Forex Bureau launch instant money transfers to Uganda

La-Cedri Forex Bureau one of the leading Forex exchange and money transfer companies in Uganda has partnered with WorldRemit – the UK’s fastest-growing technology firm.

La-Cedri which celebrated 20 years in business recently has four branches spread all over the Kampala Central Business District at Grand Imperial Hotel, Nabugabo Road, Garden City Mall and Teddy’s Plaza.

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit, stated:

“We want to give people the power to share money anytime, anywhere. Gone are the days of queuing in line at a high-street transfer shop and waiting several days for a money transfer to arrive – now WorldRemit customers can send money with just a few taps on their smartphone. Our new cash pick up services in Uganda will allow people in the diaspora to send money to be collected as cash at trusted, dependable financial brands back home,”

WorldRemit has a presence in over 125 countries, offering Mobile Money, cash pickup, bank deposit and airtime.

The company has partnered with MTN allowing customers to send money directly to their phones.

Mobile money has become a game changer in the financial market and has revolutionised the way people send and receive money today.

For customers sending money using Mobile Money platforms, money is added instantly to MTN Mobile Money accounts, with transfers to Airtel Money and Warid Pesa accounts credited within two hours during local business hours (Monday-Saturday).

They also have a cash pickup option in with other partnerships with Shumuk Forex Bureau, Supergate Forex Bureau, La-Cedri Bureau de Change or UAE Exchange in Kampala.

Transfers are also possible to all banks within one working day and any branch of Diamond Trust Bank, Pride Microfinance or Ugafode Microfinance (and many more in the Xpress Money network).

Ebola vaccine gives 100% protection, study finds

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:57
Ebola vaccine gives 100% protection, study finds

An experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus was found to be 100% effective, according to a study published in The Lancet on Thursday.

The results offer hope of better protection against the disease that ravaged West Africa in 2014, killing more than 11,000 people.

“Ebola left a devastating legacy in our country. We are proud that we have been able to contribute to developing a vaccine that will prevent other nations from enduring what we endured,” said Dr. KeÏta Sakoba, the director of the national agency for health security in Guinea.

The vaccine

The experimental vaccine was given in 2015 to people in Guinea who were in contact with patients who had recently confirmed cases of Ebola.

A few months after the early trials, the World Health Organization said the preliminary results were an “extremely promising development.”

Initially, only people over the age of 18 were offered the vaccine and the participants receiving them were randomized.

But the process was stopped after initial results in order to get the vaccine to everyone in need of it.

The trial involved more than 11,000 people, according to the WHO who led the trial in conjunction with Guinea’s Ministry of Health.

When analyzing the results, the teams didn’t count people who got sick within the 10 days, as they were believed to have been infected before they received the vaccine. Waiting 10 days also gave volunteers time to build up an immunity after receiving the vaccine, according to Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the WHO assistant director-general and the study’s lead author.

Patients were either vaccinated immediately or after three weeks. As everyone had become eligible for the vaccine, the three-week group served as the control as they didn’t actually get the vaccine until it was clear that they were not infected (Ebola has an incubation time of two to 21 days), Kieny said.

Researchers followed up with immunized volunteers at their homes on days three, 14, 21, 42, 63 and 84 after receiving the vaccine.

A total of 5,837 people were given the rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine, and none had a recorded case of Ebola after 10 days or longer, the study says.

Among people who were not immediately given the vaccine, there were 23 cases.

Some people who had the vaccine reported headaches, fatigue and muscle pain. Two patients had serious reactions, including one who had an allergic reaction.

There are multiple strains of the Ebola virus, and this vaccine covers the Zaire group and offers cross-protection for similar strains in this group, Kieny said. But it doesn’t not confer protection from all strains of the virus, nor from the related, and lethal, Marburg virus.

Other vaccines are also being studied, Kieny said.

We won’t be defenseless

Ebola was first discovered in 1976, and before the 2014 outbreak, it typically hit isolated African communities — those outbreaks were much more manageable for medical teams to parachute in and treat patients.

But the virus reached cities in 2014, spreading like wildfire and catching the global health community off guard.

Ebola is highly contagious once patients are symptomatic, so as families and close-knit communities tried to care for sick loved ones, they risked infection themselves. A vaccine, however, can protect them.

“The principle is to stop transmission,” Kieny said. “So you are one step quicker than the transmission of the disease.”

To enable this, researchers doled out the vaccine to so-called “clusters” or “rings” — groups of people who had been in contact with an Ebola patient.

It’s the same strategy that was used to eradicate smallpox.

“The premise is that by vaccinating all people who have come into contact with an infected person, you create a protective ‘ring’ and stop the virus from spreading further,” John-Arne Rottingen of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, which has been involved in implementing the trial, told CNN last year.

The vaccine was developed in Canada but is now owned and manufactured by Merck, Sharp & Dohme. It’s currently being fast-tracked by US and European regulatory agencies.

A new vaccine takes about 10 years, on average, to become available, according to Kieny.

Merck has promised to ensure that 300,000 doses of the vaccine will be available in case of a new Ebola flareup. It will submit the vaccine for licensing by the close of 2017.

“When the next Ebola outbreak hits, we will not be defenseless,” Kieny said.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

Kabila to stay in power for one more year in unexpected deal with Congo leaders

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:48
Kabila to stay in power for one more year in unexpected deal with Congo leaders

The ruling government and the opposition bloc in the Democratic Republic Congo ( DRC) have agreed in principle to keep incumbent President Joseph Kabila in power until the end of 2017.

The unexpected deal was reached after at least 34 people were killed during anti-government protests earlier this week.

The unrest erupted after Kabila, who is bound by the constitution to step down as he has served two consecutive terms in power, refused to leave office when his term expired on 20 December.

According to the new agreement, Kabila will stay in power for one more year, but the country’s constitution will not be amended to allow the leader to further prolong his time in office.

“Kabila stays for one year,” opposition leader Martin Fayulu told Reuters. “He will not try to stand for a new term.”

Opposition leaders also explained that a prime minister will be named from the main opposition bloc and its leader Etienne Tshisekedi will oversee the implementation of the deal.

The agreement will require final approval by all the delegates at negotiations mediated by the DRC’s Catholic Church.

The government has not commented on the deal.

Earlier this year, the government postponed the presidential election – due to take place in November – to August 2018. Leaders claimed the vote could not take place as the country was not ready and more time was needed to revise voter rolls and raise funds.

UPDF effected High Court Ruling — Ankunda

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 08:38
UPDF effected High Court Ruling — Ankunda

The Uganda Defence Forces (UPDF), Spokesperson Lt Col. Paddy Ankunda is concerned about media reports alleging that the Institution disregarded a high court ruling in a case involving one soldier Cpl Majibu Ssebyara who was charged in the General Court-Martial with failure to protect war material contrary to section 122 of the UPDF Act 7 of 2005.

“The UPDF clarifies that it received a High Court ruling that stopped the General Court-Martial (GCM) from proceeding with the trial of the accused on grounds that he was tortured during investigations, says Ankunda who adds that;

“The GCM respected the ruling of the High court and stopped the trial of the accused on the said offence.

“The UPDF through the Attorney General has however appealed the High Court ruling on torture and so we are not obliged to comment on the ingredient of matter, because the matter is subjudice.”

Ankunda further clarifies that by the time of the High Court ruling, the accused had other cases, under investigations, to answer, notably the “offences relating to security” contrary to section 130 of the UPDF Act, to which he is being tried.

The current charges he is facing, therefore, are independent of the High Court ruling and we are equally not obliged to make any comment about its ingredients, since it’s before court.

No Money for January LC Elections – Kasaija

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 18:49
No Money for January LC Elections – Kasaija

Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija has said the ministry is not ready to add more funds to Electoral Commission to organize the January Local Council elections.

Minister Kasaija insists they only have Shs10 billion for the elections while EC says they need of Shs15 billion to be able to organize the elections well.

“It’s sh10b or nothing. I have nothing useful to add,” Kasaija said in response to a question by committee chairperson whether government was amenable to the idea of increasing the budget for LC polls from sh10b to sh15.9b.

He said the EC and other stakeholders should readjust and operate within the available resource envelope instead of tasking the government to add it more money.

Kasaija and technocrats from EC, and ministries of finance, local government and gender were today appearing before the local government committee over the local government amendment Bill, 2016.

Earlier, Leonard Mulekwah, the director operations at EC told lawmakers that sh10b was inadequate to conduct polls in over 50,000 villages in Uganda.

Mulekwah told lawmakers that sh10b was agreed upon on condition that the whole exercise – nomination, campaigns, and voting would take place on one day.

“We have to conduct these elections in line with multiparty requirements as ordered by constitutional court. I don’t think it’s possible to conduct nominations in one day which makes the figure of sh10b inadequate,” Mulekwah noted.

PHOTOS: Famous Cassablanca Bar Burnt To Ashes

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 17:43
PHOTOS: Famous Cassablanca Bar Burnt To Ashes

By Serestino Tusingwire

Fire has this morning gutted the Kansanga based Casablanca bar and restaurant, burning property worth millions to ashes.

The cause of the fire was not readily established. Management stated that no life was lost.

This website has learnt that the property destroyed in the fire include among others; 3 flat screens, 4 speakers, 1 base speaker, 7 sofa sets, 7 other chairs and 7 fridges.

Police has been able to reach the scene as soon as it could but the biggest part of the bar was already into flames.

“We have successfully put out the fire at Casablanca bar. Property has been destroyed but no fatalities or injuries have been reported,” Police tweeted.

The club which was set to host Uganda’s musical doctor, Jose Chameleone on 31st December, is in total loss.

 

Cranes Goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, To Set Up Goalkeeping Academy

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 16:41
Cranes Goalkeeper, Denis Onyango, To Set Up Goalkeeping Academy

By Serestino Tusingwire

The celebrated Uganda cranes goalkeeper, Denis Masinde Onyango has revealed his plans to start up a goalkeeping academy to help the young generation develop their talents.

Onyango believes this will help Uganda become one of the countries producing best goalkeepers even after his retirement.

“Without the youngsters, we are nothing as older people because they are the next generation and I don’t want the goal keeping department to go down after my retirement and I regret why I never helped the youngsters.” Onyango said.

The goalkeeping maestro who is currently ranked as the world’s 10th best goalkeeper said he is involving all the stakeholders to make sure his plans are fulfilled.

“I spoke to the national goal keeping Coach Fred Kajuba, FUFA president Moses Magogo and they are all willing to support the project.” Onyango said.

However, Onyango still has a challenge with getting the proper training ground, but assured the fans that he is engaging his professional club Mamelodi Sundowns for help.

High Court to Hear Mumbere Bail Application on January 9

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:27
High Court to Hear Mumbere Bail Application on January 9

By Serestino Tusingwire

The High Court in Jinja has set 9th January, 2017 as the date on which it will hear the bail application of the Rwenzururu king Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Through his lawyers from Alaka and Ochieng Company Advocates, the 64 year old King had listed ill health and advanced age among the ten grounds in his bail application.

He also claimed it is his constitutional right to apply for and be granted bail, adding that he will not interfere with investigations.

He noted he has a fixed place of residence located at Muyenga Cell, Nyakabingo II in Kasese and in Makindye Division-Kampala, plus substantial sureties who will undertake to bring him back as and when he is required in court.

He applied for bail shortly after being charged with treason before the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s court a few weeks ago.

Today, Mumbere along with 150 his royal guards have again appeared before the same court for further hearing of the charges; and the case has been adjourned to 12th of January on grounds that the committal papers are not yet ready.

Meanwhile, his lawyers accused the Police of violating the rights of the suspects and demanded to know the whereabouts of 14 other suspects that have never been charged before the court yet their names are on the charge sheet.

 

Makerere Graduation Set for February 21-24

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 14:22
Makerere Graduation Set for February 21-24

By Serestino Tusingwire

Makerere University management has set 21- 24th February 2017 for the 67th graduation ceremony.

The university Vice Chancellor, Prof John Dumba Ssentamu, while addressing journalists today at his office said the teaching staff must submit the students’ examination results by 16th January 2017.

“The graduation will take four days, 21-24th February. We are going to require all the staff to submit all the marks for all years by 16th January 2017.” Prof. Ddumba said.

The new dates come after the university was re-opened by president Museveni, with classes set to resume on 2nd January 2017.

Prof. Ddumba also cautioned students and lecturers to forget the tendency of reporting at campus after one week because they will be completing the semester.

“This time there is no time to waste actually, because they will be coming to complete the first semester which was interrupted by the closure of the university,” he said.

It’s worth noting that the university was closed on November 1 by the president following a strike by lecturers thus compromising its academic calendar.

 

Mumbere Case Adjourned Until 12th January

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:32
Mumbere Case Adjourned Until 12th January

By Serestino Tusingwire

The hearing of the case in which the Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere and 152 royal guards are accused of numerous offences in connection to Kasese clashes has been adjourned to January 12, 2017.

Mumbere and his royal guards were today appearing before Jinja magistrates’ court for mention of the charges they allegedly committed in late November during a clash with security at Rwenzururu palace.

The clash left over 100 people dead and many others injured.

They are currently battling charges not limited to; murder, terrorism, attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

State prosecutor asked court to adjourn the case for more two weeks saying that the committal papers are not yet ready.

When the charge papers are ready, court will commit the case to High Court since it is the one with jurisdictions to try suspects on capital offences.

Meanwhile, suspects have been further remanded to their respective cells.

Arms, Ammunitions Discovered at Nakasero Tabliq Mosque

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 12:48
Arms, Ammunitions Discovered at Nakasero Tabliq Mosque

In a rare operation that was carried out at Nakasero tabliq mosque on Tuesday morning, police discovered some firearms suspected to be used in killing of Muslim clerics.

Emilian Kayima, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman revealed that police discovered arms from the scene and seized some computers that will help them in investigations. Over 10 people were also arrested in the raid.

“The media has decided to term it as raid, but the Police applied the constitutional mandate of detecting and preventing crime to carry out an operation between 5:00am and 7:00am at Nakasero Mosque on Tuesday,” Kayima said.

“We found arms suspected of being used in the killing of Muslim leaders including 3 magazines, 138 rounds of ammunition, 1 bow and 7 arrows,” he added.

Since the murder of Maj Suleiman Kiggundu in late November, police has intensified investigations mostly targeting Muslim tabliq sect thereby nabbing over 12 people suspected to be in connection with the murder.

It’s worth noting that the Tabliq Muslim sect is under serious scrutiny following allegations that they are the mastermind of the continued killing of Muslim clerics in Uganda.

14 suspects of tabliq sect including their leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga are being tried in courts of law in connection to the killing of 14 Muslim clerics.

 

DP Leaders Split Over Selection of EALA Candidate

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:12
DP Leaders Split Over Selection of EALA Candidate

By Serestino Tusingwire

A row has erupted among top leaders of the opposition Democratic Party over the selection of party candidates for the forthcoming East African Legislative Assembly elections.

The row, which pits DP president Norbert Mao and the party’s national chairman Mohamed Baswale Kezaala follows a decision by the party National Executive Committee to endorse Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the incumbent as the DP candidate for EALA without going through primaries.

“Eventually, the NEC decided unanimously that Mbidde retains his seat for another term since it is the party decision to have the seating MPs exempted from the party primaries,” Mao said.

According to Kezaala ring-fencing party positions is against the DP constitution.

“We should have opened it up to the entire membership of DP not just restricting it to NEC members because DP is not a political party for the 40 NEC members only.” Kezaala said.

He added that Mbidde’s endorsement needs to be revisited in the next NEC meeting to maintain cohesion in the party.

However, Mao maintains that it was NEC decision and has to be implemented.

“That’s the decision of NEC and it has to be implemented. It’s okay to disagree with the decision but disobeying it has consequences.” Mao threatened.

Uganda, like four other East African countries has nine throats in EALA. NRM, the majority party in parliament sends six members; the remaining three are shared by the opposition and independents.

News members are due to be elected in May next year.

 

 

DP’s Siranda Vows to Perfectly Replace the Fallen Nsubuga

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 09:50
DP’s Siranda Vows to Perfectly Replace the Fallen Nsubuga

By Serestino Tusingwire

The newly appointed Secretary General of Democratic Party, Dr Gerald Siranda has vowed to fulfill the aspirations of the late Mathias Nsubuga as a way of wishing him safe rest.

Siranda believes Nsubuga was a man who believed in dialogue and wanted peaceful resolution of conflicts between the ruling party and opposition which will be his first task as a new leader.

“I am sure that I will carry on the duties that Nsubuga had begun, I also believe in conflict resolution, I believe in talking.” Siranda said.

Norbert Mao, the DP president while at the party headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday, appointed Dr. Siranda to take on the duties of Nsubuga as the mourning continues.

“We have announced that for the time being, the deputy secretary general will perform the functions of that office.” Mao said.

Siranda, who has been the party’s Deputy Secretary General will serve in an acting capacity for a period of one year until the DP party structures decide on a way forward.

“After one year, a period which we need for properly mourning the death of Mathias Nsubuga, the party organs will take measures to fill the vacancy.” Mao added.

 

Mumbere Returns to Court Today

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 08:56
Mumbere Returns to Court Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

The incarcerated Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere is expected to appear before Jinja Magistrates Court this morning for hearing of charges against him.

The Omusinga appeared before the same court on December 13 and was charged with a number of charges including treason, terrorism, murder and aggravated robbery among others.

He was later remanded to Luzira Maximum prison from where he spent the Christmas.

It’s worth noting that Mumbere was arrested at the end of November from his palace following the clashes between the royal guards and UPDF/ Police.

Mumbere alongside his 150 royal guards are accused of engaging government forces into a heavy gunfire that resulted to death of scores of people including police officers.

The state is expected to table all the evidence today as it requested for more time to finalise its investigations about the matter.

Andrew Mwenda Reacts To Accusations By FDC Supporters Calling Him Gay

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 18:21
Andrew Mwenda Reacts To Accusations By FDC Supporters Calling Him Gay

The Veteran journalist and Independent Magazine proprietor, Andrew M. Mwenda is experiencing one of his tougher times following a ‘cold war’ with FDC strongholds.

Recently, Mwenda was accused of being gay by some section of FDC guys following his comments on their leader Kizza Besigye.

He said Besigye supporters are the stupidest people he has ever seen simply because they keep complaining they have won elections in all the four occasions Besigye has stood for presidency without taking a realistic action.

He challenged them to take over power by force like the Tunisians and Egyptians did to remove incumbent presidents.

This prompted the supporters to react by calling him all sorts of names including rapist, gay and masturbator among other weird names.

In a dossier he has posted on his facebook wall this afternoon, Mwenda jokingly admitted to all accusations and went ahead drive his point home, repeating it for the second time that the supporters of Besigye are the stupidest he has ever seen in history of politics.

“Finally I have the attention of my FDC friends and allies after calling them mentally retarded. Since they have hit back at me with vitriol, its time to clear the air. They have accused me of being gay. I accept this honor. Not only that, to avoid all future exposes, let me also come clean and say all the evil about me: I am bisexual, transsexual, a defiler, a rapist, a serial murder and a cannibal – yes I test human flesh on occasion and it is salty I must say. Having come out of the closet on all my evil let me return to the subject. I think that Dr. Kizza Besigye, a personal friend of mine (unless he has lately changed) is actually a great man. He is principled (critics would say dogmatic), courageous (critics would say, reckless) and has great passion for the good of this country. I also recognize that he has made enormous sacrifice for the cause he so passionately believes in – democracy, freedom, human rights and prosperity for Uganda and its people. But I also think Besigye is deluded. And if anyone has made it difficult for Besigye to become president, the job he believes he is singularly qualified to handle, it is Besigye. Okay, I give it to you that Museveni has also put many roadblocks in his way. True. But that is what Museveni the evil dictator is supposed do. Besigye’s failure has been to do exactly what an opposition politician in a fledging democracy should do – outmaneuver his enemy. In fact, the things that bring Besigye the heroism he enjoys in the ranks of the opposition are the very things that make it difficult for him to take power. While I don’t believe he has ever won an election, I think he has always gotten a higher percentage than is often declared or Museveni (except for 2011) gets a higher percentage than he would otherwise get were there no rigging. Here is my point. Besigye appeals to the most passionate haters of Museveni by driving their hopes with his belligerence and charisma. But this advantage, for which you are willing to die for him, also turns away many independent minded, moderate Ugandans including NRM fence sitters who would otherwise want Museveni to retire. Thus, while Besigye is able to solidify his base, he does not grow his audience. Now I know that with time, as Museveni fatigue becomes more acute, many more Ugandans may become radicalized thus handing Besigye a decisive advantage. But we are yet to see this happen, the removal age limits may be the spark. However holding other factors constant, I suspect that Museveni prefers Besigye to other opposition politicians because of the point I have raised above. No wonder in the last election the Museveni machine devoted more of its efforts on destroying Amama Mbabazi than Besigye. It seemed to me that it was the intention of the NRM to make Besigye the principle opponent of Museveni not Mbabazi. Election statistics give credence to my argument. In 2011, voter turnout was at its lowest (58%) in spite of Museveni having high momentum and the president got 68% of the vote (5m votes) against Besigye’s 2m votes (26.1%). In 2016, the momentum was on Besigye’s side and voter turnout grew by 10% to 68%. Besigye’s vote grew from 2m in 2011 to 3.5 in 2016 i.e. by 75% while Museveni’s grew by 400,000 votes to 5.4m i.e. by less than 10% while his overall support fell to 60%. If we subtract the rigging Museveni’s vote was lower, may be 53% while Besigye’s could have been about 40%. Yet even then we should ask why the 32% did not show up to vote. In here lies the question the FDC radical faction that has captured Besigye and the entire party hates to address. The obvious reason was that while the opposition may have had a majority, it lacked the organization infrastructure to get such voters to the polling booth. This is most acutely reflected in the fact that FDC was only able to field 201 out of 290 candidates in directly elected MPs, 61 out of 112 Women MPs, 43 out of 112 district chairpersons, 520 out of 1,403 directly elected district councilors, and it gets worse the lower the levels of local government one climbs. Basically, FDC as an organization was not on the ground. If it had any support there were no structures to get it to the ballot box. I believe that about 30% of Ugandan voters support Museveni, about 70% I suspect would most likely not vote for him if properly organized. Besigye is excellent at mobilization; that is why even without organization he is able to get 3.5m votes. But he is abysmal at organization. In fact Besigye has killed the organizational growth of FDC by his dominant personality cult that has made him (like Museveni) a substitute for institutional development. Thus the party simply lacks the institutional infrastructure to rally real and potential voters to show up at the polling station. Why is FDC weak organizationally. It is true that Museveni has put a million huddles in the way of FDC organization. But the most successful political parties at fighting dictatorships that I now – ANC in South Africa is a good example – organized in spite of (and also because of) the millions of huddles placed in their way by a superior apartheid state. Uganda lacks the financial, diplomatic, institutional, and intellectual resources of the apartheid state. The failure of Besigye to dislodge Museveni is a failure of his leadership ability to surmount existing obstacles within the context of the strategy he adopted to gain power. He is my other point: although Besigye is subjectively Museveni’s biggest opponent, he is objectively the president’s best ally. Museveni needs Besigye for his political survival. Ironically Besigye also needs Museveni to remain politically appealing. Besigye has a powerful message that resonates with those tired of Museveni – radical change. Yet this message also carries risks, especially in the context where Museveni enjoys effective and personal control over the security infrastructure. For as long as Besigye is the opposition candidate, Museveni is able to rally the army, police and many other powerful interests in Uganda afraid of radical change on his side. Therefore the president needs Besigye to run against him to keep is creaky NRM coalition together. If Uganda is in a political cal de sac, it is not because of Museveni alone but the toxic combination of him and Besigye. The two are the problem and neither is the solution. Their competition is the factor that best mobilizes their fanatics for them. Without Besigye as his challenger, it is possible Museveni may fail to generate enough fear in his camp to fight hook and crook to retain the presidency. How about Besigye? Without him in the race there is a real possibility that while voter turnout would be low on both sides, Museveni’s rigging machinery can go to sleep. But there is a problem I raised in my podcast regarding Besigye and his fanatical supporters. If it is true that he has won all the last four elections, why has he not captured power? Why should FDC supporters continue to be called upon to sacrifice to elect a man who wins and remains on the streets? The day FDC leaders address this issue is the day they will overcome their party’s inability to gain power. Just like Museveni needs Besigye and vice versa I also notice that I need you my FDC friends to keep my candle burning. As a new year present, I hereby invite you to also become gay.”

 

Stella Nyanzi Takes On Andrew Mwenda For Calling FDC Supporters ‘Stupid’

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 17:39
Stella Nyanzi Takes On Andrew Mwenda For Calling FDC Supporters ‘Stupid’

The motor-mouthed journalist Andrew Mwenda and FDC supporters are currently in a war of words with latter calling the former all sorts of names including gay, masturbator, rapist and many other names of the sort.

This came after the Independent Magazine proprietor called Besigye supporters the stupidest Ugandans he has ever seen in history of politics.

Mwenda reasoned that if Besigye supporters were not stupid, they wouldn’t sit back and relax claiming that they have won elections in all four occasions Besigye has stood for presidency.

He challenges them to take over power by force Tunisians and Egyptians did, if they feel Besigye has been winning.

He argues that sitting back and relaxing makes them the stupidest in the political history.

However, the controversial academia, Stella Nyanzi became one of the Besigye supporters to react on Mwenda’s comments which he made while appearing at Kfm on Christmas Eve.

Nyanzi in her facebook post said that Mwenda is like a prostitute who moves with the highest bidder. She believes by saying all these, Mwenda is paying back to Museveni who bought him by cash to suppress FDC supporters.

Subsequent to insulting the masses who use Facebook in Uganda and denigrating Dr. Kizza Besigye along with his supporters, Andrew Mwenda was forcefully outed as having a US-based gay lover who recently dumped him for misappropriating investments. A lot of homophobic people in the opposition publicly ridiculed, shamed, insulted and threatened Andrew for being an exposed homosexual. The vitriol and hatred for homosexual people became the fuel for fighting a war of abusive words. Homophobia was mobilised by opposition stalwarts and hurled at a man who supports Museveni’s dictatorship.

I refuse to join the gay bashing. I refuse to use that particular weaponry of homophobic hate-speech in my fight against Museveni, his system and those who support its entrenchment in Uganda. I am totally opposed to Mwenda insulting masses of people for believing in Dr. Kizza Besigye. I am also totally opposed to the technique of publicly shaming and insulting him for being a homosexual. Although I hate Museveni’s gross mismanagement of Uganda and I am inspired by Besigye’s defiant opposition, I am not a homophobe. I refuse to reduce myself and my politics. Neither my stand against Museveni nor my love for Besigye justify homophobia.

If Mwenda is gay or bisexual, that is his private issue. It is not his homosexuality that insulted Ugandans, mocked Besigye, or called his supporters the most stupid people. It is not Mwenda’s homosexuality that stole our votes, misgoverned our resources, militarised our institutions, and sucked Uganda of its marrows. Instead, it is his cold calculated sycophancy, deep avarice and shrewd manipulation that make him spew non-stop shallow propaganda against Dr. Besigye and his supporters. Andrew’s loins are not the problem; his brain, soul, spirit and heart are the poisoned killers.

 

Property Worth Millions Torched In Mukono

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 13:56
Property Worth Millions Torched In Mukono

Property worth millions of shillings was on Monday evening burnt to ashes in a mysterious fire which gutted part of Kame Valley Market in Mukono town.

It is alleged that the fire spread from one kiosk to another thus setting part of the market on fire, but the root cause of fire is not yet known.

The kiosks that were destroyed include: restaurants, video libraries, saloons and motor vehicle tire outlets among others.

The fire that reportedly started at around 8:00pm went for close to 4 hours before it was contained at around 11:00pm.

Many traders were seen crying helplessly before fire fighting police came in to do something.

By the time the police arrived at the scene, it could do very little or possibly nothing because the fire had done enough to burn the biggest part of the market.

This prompted traders to start rebuking the fire fighting police for taking over an hour to reach yet it is a walkable distance to the scene.

Mukono District Police commander, Boniface Kinyera, is yet to comment pending further investigations.

Uganda’s Onyango Ranked Among World’s Top 10 Goalkeepers

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 10:46
Uganda’s Onyango Ranked Among World’s Top 10 Goalkeepers

By Serestino Tusingwire

Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Masinde Onyango has been ranked among the top 10 goalkeepers in the World in the year 2016.

The Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper is ranked 10th in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics with 5 points.

Onyango won the ABSA Premiership, the CAF Champions League with club Mamelodi sundowns and helped Uganda cranes qualify for AFCON 2017.

Onyango is also among the nominees in the CAF Player of the Year Awards for players based in Africa.

The year 2016 has been for Onyango to reap the seeds of success in his carrier as it put him a step forward.

Onyango is surprisingly ranked ahead of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech of Cech Republic and FC Barcelona’s German keeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen among other big names.

The Top 13 Ranked Goalkeepers in 2016 by IFFHS

  1. Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern München)                    156 points
  2. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus Torino FC)                          91 points
  3. Rui Patricio (Portugal/Sporting Portugal)                               50 points
  4. Claudio Bravo (Chile/FC Barcelona/Manchester City FC)   45 points
  5. David De Gea (Spain/Manchester United FC)                        37 points
  6. Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Club Atletico de Madrid)                       31 points
  7. Hugo Lloris (France/Tottenham Hotspur FC)                        29 points
  8. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid CF)                            18 points
  9. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Chelsea FC)                                  13 points
  10. Denis Onyango (Uganda/Mamelodi Sundowns)                    5 points
  11. Petr Cech (Cech Republic/Arsenal London FC)                      4 points
  12. Samir Handanovic (Slovenia/FC Inter Milano)                      2 points
  13. Marc André Ter Stegen (Germany/FC Barcelona)                 1 point

 

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