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UGANDA:  “Why I chose ANT ahead of NUP”, Hon Wadri.

UGANDA: “Why I chose ANT ahead of NUP”, Hon Wadri.

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
Arua Municipality MP, Kassiano Wadri, has explained why he decided to join the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) and not the National Unity Platform (NUP) which is headed by Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. Speaking after he was unveiled by ANT, Wadri said he initially identified with People Power (which later morphed into NUP) because it was a movement which was a home to all those aggrieved by the current political state of affairs. However, he said, he decided to join ANT because he found its values and mission more alluring. Kyagulanyi vigorously campaigned for Wadri during the Arua Municipality by elections in 2018. In fact, days before the election, they were brutalised by security operatives. Some people had naturally expected him to join Kyagulanyi’s party. ...
UGANDA: NRM party supporters in Bududa complain of missing names in party registers

UGANDA: NRM party supporters in Bududa complain of missing names in party registers

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
A section of the National Resistance Movement Party members (NRM) in the three sub counties of Bumayoka, Bushiyi and Kuushu town council in Bududa district have protested over absence of their names in the party registers. Residents say their names have been deleted something that infringes on their rights yet they subscribed to the party and are still members. The NRM electoral commission updated the registers between March 11th- 17 in preparation for the election of NRM primaries which have started. However, a number of voters said that their names were missing from the NRM registers. They said they lodged the same complaint at the NRM office in Bududa but did not get clear information. Hanington Mayoka from Bumayoka sub county said they will not allow this to go on yet t...
UGANDA: Rwomushana, MP Kakooza arrested after political talk show on NBS TV.

UGANDA: Rwomushana, MP Kakooza arrested after political talk show on NBS TV.

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
Former government spy and Presidential hopeful Charles Rwomushana and Kabula County Legislator James Kakooza were on Tuesday night intercepted and arrested by Police personnel. The duo was part of a crew that was hosted for the Barometer program on NBS TV which airs every Tuesday. They were in a panel discussion together with Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze and National Unity Platform member Fred Nyanzi. “NBS TV is under siege right now. They have blocked all the Barometer guests from leaving the station. Charles Rwomushana and MP Kakooza arrested,” a witness at the station confirmed. The message was later confirmed by Rwomushana, using his social media platform. “Arrested at NBS TV,” Rwomushana said. “Hon James Kakooza let free, the others surrounded by police,” h...
UGANDA: Lukwago pledges to promote FDC interests

UGANDA: Lukwago pledges to promote FDC interests

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said he is not joining the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party for self-interest but rather to strengthen his cause for liberating the country. “I am not here for political scheming and for those who are speculating, please leave me out of this. I am not in FDC for a meal card. I am here to serve my new party,” Mr Lukwago said after he was unveiled as a member of the opposition party at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi in Kampala on Tuesday. Mr Lukwago said he was only in the party to strengthen his bond with patriotic members of the FDC with whom he has over the years fought to liberate Ugandans from the dictatorship. He thanked his former party Democratic Party for giving him a platform to showcase his leadership attribu...
UGANDA: Bobi Wine launches NUP membership cards, to cost UGX1000Shs

UGANDA: Bobi Wine launches NUP membership cards, to cost UGX1000Shs

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kyadondo East legislator and presidential hopeful, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine has launched membership cards of his new National Unity Platform (NUP) party. The membership cards, according to the party spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi will go for shs 1000. Party president Robert Kyagulanyi said that a few weeks ago, their People Power movement was criticized by some politicians and members of the public for being disorganized but he is immensely proud of the new structures and organization that they have embarked on. “Others went to the extent of advising us to get a centre number since the 2021 elections are seen as a democratic examination,” “It is my pleasure to re-announce to them that yes, we have a centre number and we have a home. The National Unity Platform,” ...
UGANDA: Police deploys at FDC Headquarters as  Nambooze, Lukwago join party.

UGANDA: Police deploys at FDC Headquarters as Nambooze, Lukwago join party.

AFRICA, UGANDA
There is a deployment of police personnel outside opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC party offices in Najjanankumbi, Entebbe road. At about 10:00am, police personnel deployed outside the premises, but stayed on alert as activity continued at the offices where the party is expected to unveil a presidential flag bearer. Also expected at the premises today is the unveiling of four prominent politicians including Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze, Lubaga North MP Moses Kasibante. Also rumored to join the trio is Makindye legislator Allan Ssewanyana. Highly placed sources told The Nile Post that the party has been in talks with the politicians, who have an attachment to DP, to formally have them on board. The talks, we have ...
UGANDA: Lukwago, Nambooze likely to be unveiled as FDC members

UGANDA: Lukwago, Nambooze likely to be unveiled as FDC members

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Mukono Municipality MP, Betty Nambooze could be officially unveiled as members of the Forum for Democratic Change any time from today, sources within FDC have told The Nile Post. Also on the list is Rubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante. Highly placed sources told The Nile Post that the party has been in talks with the politicians, who have an attachment to DP, to formally have them on board. The talks, we have been told, picked up intensity last week. Sources said that senior FDC officials led by the party president, Patrick Amuriat, are in the thick of the negotiations. We have also been told that former FDC president Dr Kizza Besigye is playing a big role. “They are about to join us but I can’t tell you with certainty. Things can change,” sai...
UGANDA:  Speaker Kadaga nominated for NRM Vice Chairperson seat

UGANDA: Speaker Kadaga nominated for NRM Vice Chairperson seat

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga was on Monday nominated for the position of 2nd National Vice Chairperson (Female) of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Kadaga was nominated by Local Government ministe Raphael Magyezi and seconded by Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde and Nakapiripirit Woman MP Anyakun Esther. Her nomination for the position effectively opens up a tough contest with her rival, State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza who has also expressed interest in the same position. Kadaga and Namuganza’s conflicts started in 2018 at a function to launch boreholes in Namuganza’s Bukono Constituency, Namutumba District, where the minister reportedly told off Kadaga and Busoga king Gabula Nadiope to concentrate on ‘fighting jiggers in Kamuli’, whi...
President appoints Former opposition mayor as a minister

President appoints Former opposition mayor as a minister

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- President Yoweri Museveni has appointed former Deputy Lord Mayor, Sarah Kanyike as State Minister for Disability and Elderly designate. Ms Kanyike has been Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s deputy and she had earlier been appointed as secretary for  Gender designate at city hall. “Notice is hereby given that the appointments committee is scheduled for Tuesday July 28, 2020 at 10 am in the conference hall A basement floor parliament house to interact with Ms Sarah Kanyike, the presidential nominee  Minister of State for Disability and Elderly” reads a memo from Paul Wabwire, Deputy Clerk to parliament on behalf of Clerk to Parliament. Ms Kanyike has been Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago’s deputy and she had earlier been appointed as secretary for Gender designate at city...
UGANDA: President Museveni unopposed for  NRM party chairman seat

UGANDA: President Museveni unopposed for NRM party chairman seat

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
The ruling NRM party Electoral Commission has declared President Museveni as a sole candidate for the seat of the party national chairman after his contender failed to fulfill requirements. “I can declare to you and to Ugandans that NRM has one contender for national chairman and that is Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” the NRM Electoral Commission chairperson, Dr.Tanga Odoi told journalists on Thursday. Former Makindye East MP John Ssimbwa had expressed interest in challenging the incumbent but according to Tanga, the former legislator never showed seriousness in what he was doing. “He didn’t commit himself even by paying expression of interest fees. We don’t deal with political realities like that. You can’t come to politics when you are ready.” Dr.Tanga Odoi said he would move the ...
UGANDA: Bobi Wine unleashes new political party

UGANDA: Bobi Wine unleashes new political party

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
The People Power political movement leader and Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine has unveiled the National Unity Platform (NUP) as his new political party ahead of the 2021 general election. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony on Wednesday at Kamwokya Bobi Wine said that for long, their supporters and several leaders have been asking them about the symbol they intend to use in the upcoming elections. “Although many political parties and organizations had reached out to us, our first and most important criteria was to identify a political formation which shares the objectives and values that we share as well,”Kyagulanyi said. “Therefore, I stand before you to announce that we’re unveiling the National Unity Platform as the political wing of the People Powe...
UGANDA: Mukula answers to Bobi Wine accusations on Mbale Meeting.

UGANDA: Mukula answers to Bobi Wine accusations on Mbale Meeting.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, UGANDA
Ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party vice chairman for Eastern Region, Mike Mukula has responded to People Power pressure group head, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine over allegations that he held a meeting in Mbale without following Special Operating Procedures against COVID-19. Yesterday, Bobi Wine accused Mukula of violating standards by holding a meeting of NRM members in a church in Mbale. Mukula has however refuted the claims by Bobi Wine, further indicating that his meeting followed all required procedures including seeking permission from police and deploying a full-time doctor at the venue. “We have had excellent consultations in Mbale City for Bugisu regional Dec NRM meeting in accordance with approved guidelines passed by parliament to brief the le...
UGANDA: Jeema unveils logo

UGANDA: Jeema unveils logo

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
The Justice Forum (Jeema) yesterday unveiled a new party logo and announced that they will not field any presidential candidate in the forthcoming elections but will rather rally behind People Power flag bearer Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine. “We are here today to officially unveil our new symbol, which will appear on [the ballot paper],” party secretary general Muhammad Kateregga said at the party headquarters in Mengo, Kampala, yesterday.He said the previous logo was unclear for the electorate. “Our candidates have been complaining that the symbol we were using is not visible and could easily be mistaken to be a football. That is why we decided to change the symbol and put the map of Africa in red colour in the middle so that it can easily be seen by everybody,” he added. M...
Kenya: President Kenyatta confirms the rank and dignity of senior counsels

Kenya: President Kenyatta confirms the rank and dignity of senior counsels

AFRICA
Nairobi, Kenya --- On 20th of July 2020, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya set his hand and sealed to issue the letters of conferment bestowing the rank and dignity of Senior Counsel to twenty-four (24) eminent and distinguished Advocates of the High Court of Kenya. The Presidential Prerogative to confer the rank and dignity of Senior Counsel is set-out under the Advocates Act. The rank of Senior Counsel is conferred in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Senior Counsel, to Advocates of the High Court of Kenya who have distinguished themselves by rendering exemplary service in the legal and public service arenas. The Advocates who by dint of the Presidential action will be added to the Roll of Senior Counsel are: OM Parkash Nagpal, Stephen Kalonzo Mu...
Emotional Kanye West launches his presidential campaign

Emotional Kanye West launches his presidential campaign

INTERNATIONAL
United States rapper and fashion designer Kanye West broke down in tears on Sunday at a rally to launch his surprise campaign for November's presidential elections. Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked "security" and with 2020 shaved onto the back of his head, 43-year-old West gave an hour-long rambling speech in which he ranted about abortion and pornography, and argued policy with attendees. West told the audience at a wedding and convention venue in Charleston, South Carolina, how he had wanted his wife, Kim Kardashian, to get an abortion when she was pregnant with North, their oldest daughter. He then revealed his father also had wanted to abort him. "My dad wanted to abort me. My mum saved my life. There would've been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy," West sai...
President Trump accuses Obama and Biden of spying on his administration

President Trump accuses Obama and Biden of spying on his administration

INTERNATIONAL
Washington, U.S. --- Donald Trump has again accused former President Barack Obama and Joe Biden of spying on his administration, which has never been proven. The president claimed if he were to pull a similar stunt then he would face "50 years for treason". This comes as Mr Trump's interview with Fox News Sunday is set to air. Host Chris Wallace challenged the president on his coronavirus response by playing clips of him saying the virus would soon disappear. To defend himself, Mr Trump said he would "be right eventually" about the virus going away. The US reached 140,000 Covid-19 deaths this weekend. The interview also addressed Mr Trump's commitment to defending the Confederate flag. He told the Fox News host the flag was not a symbol of racism but instead a wa...
Bobi Wine reveals why he is running for President

Bobi Wine reveals why he is running for President

AFRICA
While appearing on the Council Yaife Political talkshow that airs on 87.7 BABAFM every Saturday from 10am -12pm hosted by Kalyowa Atanansi, Kyaddondo East Legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine shared 5 basic reasons as to why he is vying for the top most office in the country come 2021. Below are the basic reasons much as there are other reasons; Rule of Law and Respect for Human Rights: He said even coming to to Babafm was a tag of war because security forces didn’t want him to be hosted that’s why many were seen outside around the radio premises. He added that Security operatives should know that they are civil servants and have to do what is right. Constitution gives freedom of expression, freedom of association and other freedoms, so people shouldn’t be persecute...
People power pressure group extend deadline for nomination due to overwhelming numbers

People power pressure group extend deadline for nomination due to overwhelming numbers

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- Yesterday was the deadline for taking back nominations forms for whoever wants to be backed by the pressure group.  Big-name opposition politicians that include; Muwanga Kivumbi, Medard Ssegona, Seeya Nasser Ssebagala and Francis Zaake have already picked their forms, and they seem ready to challenge fellow politicians in their mother parties. A series of local celebrities have also picked forms and these include; Jose Chameleone, Khalifa Aganaga, Katongole Omutongole, Mathias Walukaga, Dr Hilderman and Victor Kamenyo among others. Joel Ssenyonyi, the People Power spokesperson revealed that over 5000 candidates across the country striving to take up different elective offices have picked forms. He said the party administration will keenly vet all candidates and c...
President Kenyatta commends progress in South Sudan peace process despite Covid-19 disruption

President Kenyatta commends progress in South Sudan peace process despite Covid-19 disruption

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 15th July 2020  –President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended parties to the South Sudan peace process for the progress achieved in recent months despite the health and economic difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The President underscored the setting up of the executive arm of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the agreement on responsibility sharing at state level as well as the appointments of state Governors as key success indicators in the peace process. "I wish to note that in the last five months, we have witnessed a positive political momentum in the South Sudan peace process.  "Through significant compromises made by the parties, a number of important milestones and breakthroughs have been achieved," President Kenyatta sai...
Former RDCs request for pension

Former RDCs request for pension

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- Former Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over what they described as “poor welfare” after their service. The petition comes after parliament enacted the Administration of Judiciary Act which allows the Chief Justice and and their deputy to retire with all the benefits while justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal will enjoy 80% of their current benefits while in retirement. Led by Thomas Okoth Nyalulu, the former RDC’s who served in Arua and Paliisa demanded for a legal instrument that provides for monthly housing, health, transport and security allowances among others. They requested that parliament should enact a legal instrument in which former RDCs and their deputies...