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‘Maama Mabira’ in confusion after failing to get an NRM flag

‘Maama Mabira’ in confusion after failing to get an NRM flag

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The ruling NRM party figuratively picked up Beatrice Anywar, rocked her like strings and played her all day long like Toni Braxton’s “Spanish guitar”. The Kitgum Municipality MP reached the polling station only to find that she is not on the NRM voters register. She didn’t register and has no party card, a development she blamed on mafias. Anywar has declared she will run as an independent since NRM is fronting candidate against her. Anywar is bitter that the party she has been serving is now against her and disappointed that President Museveni nolonger pick her calls. Speaking to media Friday, Mama Mabira as she is popularly known, claimed that NRM, a party she has served diligently and sacrificed so much for, has now turned against her. The former Forum For Democratic ...
Simeo Nsubuga vows to contest as an independent candidate after losing in NRM primaries

Simeo Nsubuga vows to contest as an independent candidate after losing in NRM primaries

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Incumbent Kassanda south legislator and age limit proponent, Simeo Nsubuga has disputed the concluded NRM primaries saying they were rigged in favour of his opponent, Michael Muhumuza. According to Simeo, his opponent Muhumuza connived with Asian business magnate and land grabber Abid Alam to defeat him in the polls. Speaking at a press address he hosted at his Kassanda residence, Simoe vowed not to relent as he would return as an independent candidate. “I put my life at stake for the NRM party. You all saw what I went through during togikwatako,” Nsubuga opened up. “I have been the power point of the NRM. My exit will affect the NRM as a party,” he adds. Ever since veteran journalist, ‘Kyuma kya Yesu’ strangled Simeo Nsubuga, life has not been the same for the troubled legislator. ...
What next for Agnes Nandutu after losing in NRM primaries?

What next for Agnes Nandutu after losing in NRM primaries?

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Renowned senior political reporter at Serena based Nation Television(NTV), Agnes Nandutu is one of the veteran journalists that had sought to elevate their status to the next legislative assembly come 2021. The moderator and speaker at NTV’s People’s Parliament sought to make her dream a reality when she a month back expressed interests in vying for the Buduuda district woman MP position under the ruling NRM party ticket. It is not quite clear why of all parties Nanduttu chose to contest under NRM regardless of the fact that this incumbent regime has for a while tormented and taunted journalists of her own career. Despite all this, a determined Nanduttu touched down her heels, folded her trousers to tussle it out with the incumbent Justine Khainza. In the hot contest, Nanduttu strived ...
Minister Kabasti yet again to win Sekikubo, rejects results

Minister Kabasti yet again to win Sekikubo, rejects results

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National Resistance Movement- NRM Electoral Commission officials in Sembabule district have found a hard time to present results from the parliamentary party primaries. Three top contenders for parliamentary party tickets in the district have rejected the poll results saying they are doctored. They are the Works State Minister, Joy Kafura Kabasti, Vincent Kimbugwe and Jovanice Twongyeirwe. According to the results issued by Robert Ssesanga, who oversaw the polls in Lwemiyaga county, Kabatsi lost to the incumbent Theodore Ssekikubo who collected 12,179 against 5,645 votes. In Mwaogola county, Vincent Kimbugwe suffered defeat to Oswaldo Byuma who polled 34,994 votes against 1,135 while Jovanice Twongyeirwe was beaten by Mary Begumisa in the race for the NRM party ticket for Sembabu...
Belarusians want democratic country & ‘excellent relations’ with Russia – blocked opposition presidential candidate Tsepkalo

Belarusians want democratic country & ‘excellent relations’ with Russia – blocked opposition presidential candidate Tsepkalo

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Free elections should be held in Belarus under international supervision and the country should remain a close ally of Russia. That's according to Valery Tsepkalo, one of three high-profile men barred from last month's election Along with Viktor Babariko and Sergei Tikhanovsky, Tsepkalo tried to run for president, in opposition to the long-time incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, but authorities prevented his nomination. Eventually Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Sergei's wife, made it onto the ballot paper and her campaign was assisted by Tsepkalo's spouse, Veronika, and Babariko's campaign manager, Maria Kolesnikova. According to Tsepkalo, it is important for the Belarusian opposition to ensure that the Russian government "does not try to show Belarusians that it opposes the expectations o...
Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

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The election season has seen plenty of drama from those interested in the ruling party tickets and one of them that caught our attention was from Jinja Municipality West as Member of Parliament Moses Balyeku took time off and made chapattis while searching for votes. The gesture to win people’s trust and don thatomuntu wawansi coat had some buy it while others simply ignored the stunt ahead of the elections. Eric Katamba posted pictures of the MP with a caption. “Keeping up with Uganda’s politicians” and comments poured in. Ivan-BK “But why? See him all struggling to fit in. He wud hav jst eaten a rolex.” @kingdomhrt1 “Try to visit us too we shall make u wash utensils and change our bby diapers… ffe tetusaaga.” Joe “It is this season that we all ‘became one’. They...
Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

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State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been arrested over violence he orchestrated in the Rushenyi County primaries for the ruling NRM party. Following his defeat to Naome Kabasharira, Rukutana turned chaotic and in the scuffle, he grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards and shot two people who were rushed to hospital in critical condition. Minister Rukutana appearing a in a video holding a gun to threaten supporters of his opponent in Ntungamo earlier this week “Police in Ntungamo has this afternoon arrested and detained Rukutana together with his three bodyguards following a shooting incident in which one person was seriously injured,” deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye said in a statement. According to police, the minister and his ...
NRM flag-bearer aspirant dies in a fatal accident on the elections day

NRM flag-bearer aspirant dies in a fatal accident on the elections day

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JINJA – Stephen Wakko, a Kigulu South NRM flag-bearer aspirant has been declared dead according to James Mubi the Police spokesperson in Busoga Region. Hon. Stephen Waako who has been the diocesan lands and estates officer has passed on this morning after being involved in a fatal accident in Kakira. Additionally, Kigulu south primaries have been postponed following the tragic death of one aspirant. Details to follow
NRM MP primaries:  Aspirant’s car burnt to ashes in Nakaseke

NRM MP primaries: Aspirant’s car burnt to ashes in Nakaseke

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A vehicle belonging to Nakaseke South MP aspirant Charles Kawuma Nsereko Basajjassubi, a member of the National Resistance Movement [NRM] party, was set ablaze on Tuesday night from a parking space within Nakaseke town council. Nasur Lubowa, one of the area residents says that they got a notification from a security guard that the car was on fire. However, it was too late to save it. Nsereko’s campaign manager Joshua Zaake says that they have been using the car to transport campaign posters and campaigners to the rallies. Zaake says that he has previously been intimidated by supporters of Arthur Nkalubo, a challenger within the NRM camp and incumbent MP Luttamaguzi Semakula. Zaake explains that he has received reports that a group of about 20 people participated in the act in ven...
Officials in NRM investigated over theft of party election funds

Officials in NRM investigated over theft of party election funds

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The police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has started investigating the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party officials over an alleged theft of money meant to facilitate its candidates who stood for the just concluded special interest group’s elections. Sources in police said NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba wrote to the Force and called for an investigation against the party district secretaries who allegedly pocketed the money that was supposed to facilitate its flag bearers in the youth, the elderly and People with Disabilities (PWDs) positions. Mr Emmanuel Dombo, the director for communication in the party, told journalists at the weekend that they had provided Shs5,000 as facilitation to every party flag bearer who participated in the special interest...
New reports suggest that Alexei Navalnyan, an opposition strong hold in Russia was poisoned

New reports suggest that Alexei Navalnyan, an opposition strong hold in Russia was poisoned

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the same type of Soviet-era nerve agent that British authorities identified in a 2018 attack on a former Russian spy, the German government said Wednesday, citing new test results. The Berlin hospital treating Navalny said he remains in serious condition, though his condition is improving. The facility said that it expects a long recovery, and it still can't rule out long-term consequences from the poisoning. The government said that testing by a special German military laboratory at the hospital's request showed "proof without doubt of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group." "With this, it is certain that Alexei Navalny is the victim of a crime," Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "He was meant to be silenced a...
former KCCA director Jennifer Musisi in trouble for swindling over Shs100b

former KCCA director Jennifer Musisi in trouble for swindling over Shs100b

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Following a report from the Capital City Public Accounts Committee showing how Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) lost a huge sum of money, theLord Mayor Erias Lukwago and his team of the city Executive Committee want Parliament to summon former executive director of KCCA Jennifer Musisi and the former director Legal Charles Ouma over the said swindled money amounting to Shs.100bn. While presenting the report, Bob Kabaziguruka, the CCPA Chairperson said that by KCCA delivering and supervising sub-standard work, the roads will not last as planned. “KCCA paid for concrete bedding for culverts and it is clear that we paid money to a contractor for concrete bedding but the contractor laid compacted murram, “ said Kabaziguruka. Lukwago said that when the report is laid before Parli...
Police reveals why it blocked Chameleone’s meeting

Police reveals why it blocked Chameleone’s meeting

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Yesterday, the Kampala Mayor aspirant, Joseph Mayanja popularly kown as Dr. Chameleone had organised to open his political offices around Balintuma Road in Old Kampala however their meeting was called off by police with tear gas. The police said that Mr. Mayanja had erected nine tents and mobilized people to attend in large numbers. Chameleone (centre) arriving at venue where he had planned to open his offices shortly before the police called off the gathering Police also noted that Chameleone had also planned and hired a brass band to lead their procession from Namirembe upto the venue. “We talked to the organizers to put in place all the necessary SOPs of the Ministry of Health,They refused to comply,” said SP Patrick Onyango. Mr. Onyango said that Chameleone went ahead t...
Bobi Wine furious about MP Tayebwa’s conduct in Busaabala

Bobi Wine furious about MP Tayebwa’s conduct in Busaabala

AFRICA
The National Unity Platform party president, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has today condemned the attack meted out on Umeme staff members a couple of days ago in Busabala. As a long time resident of Busabala, Bobi says land ownership has shifted from the poor to the ill intentioned wealthy who positioned themselves in that area upon the construction of the Entebbe Express highway. Bobi says most of the Museveni government ministers and officials have forcefully occupied the Busabala stretch and directed the original habitats to vacate. Harsh laws have since been imposed and one could be easily shot or fed on the dogs in case he or she ‘trespasses’ on the land owned by this Mafia clique. Bobi confesses to be receiving routine phone calls from the Busabala people decrying t...
Kanye West has qualified to appear on the ballot paper

Kanye West has qualified to appear on the ballot paper

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Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Virginia’s presidential ballot in November, according to state election officials. Elections officials confirmed Friday evening that West will appear on the ballot as an independent after verifying he submitted 5,000 petition signatures from Virginia voters. Last week, West tweeted that he had qualified for to appear on the ballot. Since then, officials have been validating his paperwork, including verifying that West’s operation filed at least 200 signatures from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. It wasn’t immediately apparent what impact West’s presence on the ballot might have in Virginia or whether he has any intentions of campaigning in the state. An email and phone call to the address and number listed ...
Bobi Wine distances himself from change of birth details on the Parliament website

Bobi Wine distances himself from change of birth details on the Parliament website

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Kampala, Uganda --- The Kyadondo East MP, the leader of NUP and a Presidential aspirant in the 2021 general elections, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has dismissed claims that he allowed the Parliament to change his death of birth details on the Parliament website. It is noted that on Friday, the Parliament website updated the date of birth of the NUP president from 2/December/1982 to 2/December/1980. Bobi Wine later via his social media handles noted that he wasn't aware of that and that he was also surprised to see it. He said that he talked with the Parliament IT department about it but said that they also claimed not to know about it. "This morning, my attention was drawn to an alteration in my information on the website of Parliament. My year of birth was altered from 19...
Amuriat takes on Birigwa in battle for FDC flag

Amuriat takes on Birigwa in battle for FDC flag

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On Wednesday 26th August 2020, the Party registered a landmark achievement of deepening democracy within the Party rank and file, and the general political spectrum. Two Candidates returned nomination forms to the Party Electoral commission at a colorful function presided over by the Party Electoral commission Acting chairman Hon. Boniface Toterebuka Bamwenda at the FDC Party Headquarters Najjanankumbi – Kampala. Two fine Party leaders; Owek. Amb. Wasswa “Rocky” Ssekyondwa Biriggwa the Party National Chairman and Hon. Eng. Patrick Amuriat Oboi the Party President were dully nominated to tussle it out for the Party Presidential flag bearer of 2021 General elections. In FDC we not only talk about democracy or refer to it in our literature references but we practically walk the talk...
U.S. top General assures congress that military won’t intervene in upcoming elections

U.S. top General assures congress that military won’t intervene in upcoming elections

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Washington --- America's most senior general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, told members of Congress that the military will not play a role in November's election and won't help settle any disputes if the results are contested. "The Constitution and laws of the US and the states establish procedures for carrying out elections, and for resolving disputes over the outcome of elections ... I do not see the US military as part of this process," Milley said in a letter released on Friday responding to questions from two members of the House Armed Services Committee. "In the event of a dispute over some aspect of the elections, by law U.S. courts and the U.S. Congress are required to resolve any disputes, not the U.S. Military," Milley added. "I believe deeply...
Brig. Byekwaso rules out Besigye’s appeal for a military coup against Museveni

Brig. Byekwaso rules out Besigye’s appeal for a military coup against Museveni

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has ruled out any possibility for the army officials to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni’s government. Yesterday, a former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye predicted that the army would plot a coup that will see an end of President Museveni’s rule. Besigye, citing other countries where armies have mutinied or joined masses to overthrow their leaders — the latest being Mali two weeks ago, — said such was the likely end of President Museveni’s reign. “Today you are talking of Museveni having strong military intelligence; but before you talk about intelligence; look at all these LDUs he is passing out daily. They have no food…Their expectations are high but he has nothing to give to them.Dictators own security apparatus, but in the...
NRM MP arrested for holding massive rally amid COVID-19

NRM MP arrested for holding massive rally amid COVID-19

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The Police in Kisoro district have arrested a Member of Parliament for allegedly holding rallies without following the Ministry of Health directives that curb the spread of COVID-19. A Police statement said Sam Bitangaro, the MP for Bufumbira South, was arrested on Friday evening following a rally he held at Kabindi Playground in Nyarusizi sub-county. The Police said the rally "attracted many people and failed to observe social distance". "The DPC of Kisoro, Christopher Ruhunde, directed Nyarusiza Police Post to swing in action and disperse the rally. However, due to bad terrain of the area, Police responded and found when the gathering had already been done," Police said. "The DPC then detailed more personnel on the ground who prevented further gatherings at Buhangura, Karamb...