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Ssebuguzi Anselm: Bayindi can be a tribe in Uganda without complexes

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I have read views from different Ugandans about the proposed bill to recognize Indians as a tribe, both educated and non educated seem to have the same understanding of a tribe. And in my view, their understanding of ‘tribe’ is wrong.

One of them is Hon. Muhammad Nsereko who is a member of parliament, and I heard that he is as well a lawyer by education.

Hon. Muhammad Nsereko argues that Indians cannot be a tribe in Uganda because in India they already have over 365 tribes already, but let me help Hon. Nsereko and the scores of others who ignorantly think that a tribe is associated to one’s race and/ colour. 

First of all, the Indians proposed bill talks about Indians of Ugandans not Indians of India. The more than 365 tribes of Indian is a non issue in this case therefore.

Norbert Mao: An active boycott is imperative when elections become an empty ritual

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I have received a lot of feedback after declaring that President Museveni is doing everything to insure himself against the possibility of losing the presidential election and therefore Ugandans should seriously consider boycotting the presidential ballot. The purpose of the boycott would be to leave him to run alone probably accompanied by some Mickey Mouse candidates manufactured for that purpose. A boycott is a desperate and extraordinary measure of last resort. It means the situation is dire. Desperate times demand desperate measures.

Imagine a soccer match where two teams face each other. One team is the reigning champion. The other team is the challenger that the trophy has eluded for decades. The reigning champion is captained by a player who is also the referee. He runs around with a whistle in his mouth.

Interview: South Sudan?Where to from Here?

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An exclusive interview with Mabior Garang de Mabior, Spokesperson for the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO)

INSET: South Sudan is hurtling toward a November 12 deadline to form a transitional government to end 6 years of fighting that has killed over 400,000 and created 2.3 million refugees. The country descended into war on December 15, 2013, two years after becoming the world’s newest state. The conflict started as a dispute between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar over the party nomination of its presidential flag-bearer. A heated December 13 meeting of the party leadership failed to resolve the issue. Within a few days fighting broke out in the military between Kiir and Machar loyalists, effectively cutting it in half.

In 2015, the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), was brokered to end the fighting but it fell apart in 2016 after fighting recurred between forces loyal to the two principals. In September 2018, a Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was concluded to give peace a chance yet again. However, many of the issues that triggered the collapse of the ARCSS remain unresolved, chief among them the security arrangements. Fearing the likelihood of a repeat scenario, the opposition SPLM-IO called for a delay in installing the new government. President Salva Kiir however threatened to move ahead with the agreement with or without the opposition.

Peoples Gov’t lead by Kizza Besigye to petition ICC

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The Peoples Government plans to petition the International Criminal Court ICC against President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly committing crimes against humanity.

Addressing the media on Friday, at their offices on Katonga road, the Peoples Government Deputy President Erias Lukwago says that President Museveni in his individual capacity should answer cases related to suppression, torture and extrajudicial killings.

According to the Rome Statute, crimes against humanity include murder, extermination, enslavement, torture, enforced disappearance of persons and imprisonment among others.

Why NRM MPs in Mpigi set to loose their seats, MP Nakawunde may bounce back to 11th Parliament

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National Resistance Movement (NRM) area MPs in Mpigi district are set to loose their seats come 2021.

Minister for Trade, Industry and Co-operatives also Mawokota North MP hon. Ameria Kyambadde is faced with a tough race come 2021.

Minister Kyambadde become one of the most popular politician in 2010 thus defeating Mr Mutuluuza Calveri in 2011 to represent the constituency for her first term.

She maintained her seat in 2016, with a comfortable win past DP’s senior counsel Mayinja Tebusweke and Kansiime who was backed by Ameria’s foes inside her National Resistance Movement (NRM) party.

NRM mobiliser Barekye hunted for spying the party for Bobi Wine

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Kampala Central National Resistance Movement (NRM) cadre and mobiliser accused for spying his party for People Power Movement. Whisper Eye Reports

Barekye Wahabu a resident of Civic Centre in Kampala Central Division to face arrest.

Reliable source has revealed  to Whisper Eye how Barekye who is a trained NRM cadre joined People Power Movement months ago and continued to attend crucial NRM meetings.

Museveni assures Indians security after Uganda 2021 presidential elections

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Uganda president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has extolled the Indian community towards the economic growth of the country.

Mr Museveni and the first Lady Janate Kataha Museveni hosted the Indian community to Diwali dinner at State House Entebbe yesterday evening.

“I commended the Indian community for the enormous contribution towards Uganda’s economic development, says president Museveni.”

“Both before Independence and after the NRM/A protracted armed people’s struggle.” Mr Museveni added.

Uganda government under president Museveni returned all properties that were confiscated by previous regimes to Indians.

I will walk in Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s timeless virtues until Museveni steps down, says Bobi Wine

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I will walk in Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s timeless virtues until Museveni steps down, says Bobi Wine. Whisper Eye Reports.

People Power Movement leader also Kyadondo East MP Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu has vowed to defeat Mr Museveni in 2021 presidential elections.

Mr Wine on his travel to the US visited the burial place of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

The former Ghetto President refreshed his Uganda  presidential bid in 2021. Promising to walk through Luther’s foot steps as an icon of social justice.

Gov’t needs an additional UGX 11 Billion to operationalise Mbale, Masaka as new cities

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The government will spend an additional 11. 3 billion shillings to operationalize Mbale and Masaka as regional cities during the financial year 2020-2021.

This will be in addition to the initial budget of 130 billion shillings that was set aside for the operations of the 15 cities that were approved by Cabinet in May 2019, to be operationalized in a phased manner, over the next five years.

However, the decision is awaiting parliamentary approval. According to State Minister for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu, that the two cities were prioritized ahead of six others after the respective local governments confirmed readiness to operationalize them, and because of their strategic importance as the oldest towns in Uganda.

President Museveni directs against tabling Tororo, West Budama ‘Boundary Report’

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President Yoweri Museveni has advised against presenting findings by the committee tasked to establish the historical boundaries of Tororo and West Budama, saying it will escalate tensions.

There is raging dispute by some, of the boundary of Tororo and West Budama, pitting the Jopadhola who are majority in West Budama against the Iteso who are majority in Tororo County.

In June this year, Government constituted a 10 member team led by the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi to supposedly establish the boundaries with the hope of easing tension between the two communities. Parliament had set a debate on the report for Tuesday, and it was item 3 on the Order Paper.

Two Rwandan nationals shot at Uganda-Rwanda border

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There is increased tension along the Uganda-Rwanda border of Katuna, after Rwandan security officials shot two of their nationals who had crossed into Uganda to smuggle Irish potatoes.

The Monday evening incident happened 300 meters away from the Ugandan border. One of the two victims was identified as Jean Pierre Havugimana, 28, a resident of Kabaya village in Northern Rwanda. The other person could not be identified easily.

The two had reportedly crossed into Uganda through a porous border at Rushaki in Karujanga, Katuna town council. According to Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate, each of them was carrying 50 kilograms of Irish potatoes at the time they were shot at.

Havugimana fled back to Uganda. He was first admitted at Katuna community medical clinic and later referred to Rushoroza hospital in Kabale town for further treatment, while his colleague, was whisked away by Rwandan security.

Rwandan Kagame names new cabinet ministers

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President Paul Kagame on Monday evening reshuffled cabinet, making major changes in ministerial positions and senior government dockets.

The changes have seen Dr. Vincent Biruta appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, replacing Dr. Richard Sezibera.

Biruta has been Minister of Environment.

Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya bounces back into the cabinet and will replace Biruta in the environment docket.

Kagame military shakeup: Gen Kazura replaces Gen Nyamvumba

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President Paul Kagame has made sweeping changes in the upper echelons of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), appointing Gen Jean-Bosco Kazura as the RDF Chief of Defence Staff.

Kazura, who was also promoted to four-star General from Major General, replaces Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, who was last evening appointed to Cabinet and named Minister for Internal Security.

Nyamvumba had served as Chief of Defence Staff since June 2013. 

With military experience spanning three decades, Gen Kazura, 56, was until yesterday the Commandant of RDF Command and Staff College – Musanze.

UYD two rivalry factions set to resolve their sang

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Democratic Party  leaders have moved to strengthen their youthful political organisation and re consolidate their political bases in readiness to battle for Uganda’s political relevance come  in 2021 elections. Whisper Eye Reports.

According to reports on Whisper Eye desk Uganda young Democrats UYD ailing leaders in Brenda Nabukenya, Andrew Mugonza Katende Moses and the national DP youth Leader Okidi Chris plans are underway  this month on 7th November 2019 taking strides to solidify themselves, either recruiting new members and also emerge the new leaders with the old ones.

President Museveni calls upon Public Universities to promote science education, research

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President Yoweri Museveni has urged public universities to focus on promoting science education and research. He was presiding over the first graduation ceremony of 192 students from Lira University in Lira district

The students completed their studies in various academic disciplines including education, management science and health.

President Museveni cautioned Universities against offering some courses that only provide minimal solutions to unemployment.

MABIOR Garang: Machar ready to work with Kiir despite provocation

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SPLM-IO spokesman Mabior Garang de Mabior tells Fred Oluoch challenges that their leader faces ahead of establishment of Transitional Government …………………………………………

Now that Dr Riek Machar has turned down formation of transitional government before the outstanding issues are resolved, is there a chance that he could be isolated by the international community?

This question is misleading and is based on an assumption that Dr Riek Machar is not already isolated by the international community.

The SPLM/SPLA-IO leadership has been isolated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) mediation team because Dr Machar has been under detention without charges since October 2016, first in Pretoria, South Africa and currently in Khartoum, Sudan.