ECOWAS issues an ultimatum to Jammeh to leave office before noon today

Mr Jammeh has been given until noon on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed regional forces.

Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline passes.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) is acting in support of Adama Barrow, who was sworn in as the new Gambian president on Thursday.

His legitimacy as president, after winning last month’s election, has been recognised internationally.

Last-ditch mediation talks, led by Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, are due on Friday morning.

Chairman of the Ecowas commission, Marcel Alain de Souza, said that if the meeting with Mr Conde proved unsuccessful, militarily action would follow.

“If by midday, he [Mr Jammeh] doesn’t agree to leave The Gambia under the banner of President Conde, we really will intervene militarily,” he said.

Ecowas said that its forces had encountered no resistance after entering The Gambia on Thursday.

Troops from Senegal and other West African countries crossed into The Gambia after an initial deadline for Mr Jammeh to stand down passed with his resignation.

Mr Barrow, who remains in Senegal, has said that he will not return to Gambia’s capital, Banjul, until the military operation had ended.

The threat by the West African regional bloc Ecowas to remove Mr Jammeh by force is supported by the 15-member UN Security Council, although the council has stressed that a political solution should be the priority.

A Senegalese army spokesman, Col Abdou Ndiaye, told the BBC that troops who were now in The Gambia were prepared to fight if necessary.

“It is already war, if we find any resistance, we will fight it,” he said, adding: “If there are people who are fighting for the former president, we will fight them.”

But Col Ndiaye said the main goal of Ecowas was to restore democracy and to allow the newly-elected president to take power.






By Moses Kidandi

The National Resitance Movement has proposed the amendment of the Electoral laws governing the LC1 Elections to include the Election of women councils.

Local council Elections still hang in balance because the president has not singed the Amended laws and the new commission appointed by the president has not been constituted.

Speaking at the ongoing 4 day retreat of the National resistance movement (NRM) the NRM secretary General  Kasule Lumumba says she has written to cabinet and the Electoral commission seeking the inclusion of women councils in the upcoming Elections.

The Electoral commission had demanded for over 16 billion shillings to facilitate the Election of LCs after the government declined to provide funds to facilitate elections by secret ballot.

Photo: ChimpReports

Black Monday campaign is back

By Deo Wasswa

In a bid to strengthen the fight against theft of public resources in the New Year, Civil society organizations have announced a resumption of Black Monday campaign starting next week.

Richard Sewakiryanga the executive director Uganda NGO forum noted they have registered success through sensitizing the public about  grand   corruption  in  the country which enabled the citizens to shunning them  and voted them out of offices in last year’s general elections.

He has urged all Ugandans to wear black every Monday as well as attending some of black Monday activities especially prayers.

Photo: Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness & Enabling

Maj Gen David Muhoozi appointed the new CDF

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni has made appointments, transfers, and promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces as follows:

Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, who has been the Chief of Defence Forces, has been seconded to the Government and appointed as Minister of State for Works.

Maj Gen David Muhoozi, who has been the Commander Land Forces, is promoted to the rank of General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces.

Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, who has been the Joint Chief of Staff, is promoted to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence of Forces.

Lt Gen Charles Angina, who has been the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, is appointed the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation.

Brig Peter Elwelu, who has been the 2nd Division Commander, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed the Commander Land Forces.

Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been the Commander Special Forces Command, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

Lt Col Don Nabaasa, who has been the Commander 1st Battalion of Special Forces Command, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Acting Commander Special Forces Command.

Maj Gen Sam Turyagenda, who has been the Commander Air Forces, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Air Forces matters.

Brig Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, who has been the Deputy Commander Air Forces, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Air Forces.

Brig Charles Otema, who has been the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, has been promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed General Officers Commanding the Reserves.

Brig Charles Bakahumura, who has been the Chief of Military Intelligence, is appointed the Chief of Logistics and Engineering.

Lt Col Abel Kandoho, who has been a staff officer under the office of State Minister for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Chief of Military Intelligence.

Brig Sam Okiding, who until recently was the Contingent Commander of UPDF Forces in Somalia, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and remains substantive commander of Field Artillery Division that he commanded before going to Somalia.

Brig Gavas Mugyenyi promoted to Maj Gen and remains in command of Air Defence Division.

Maj Gen Nakibus Lakara, who has been the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation, goes back to headquarters for redeployment soon.

Photo: Daily Monitor

Gambian president of 22 years concedes to Adama Barrow

The Gambia’s president of 22 years Yahya Jammeh will be replaced by a property developer, Adama Barrow, after losing the general election.

Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, has agreed to accept defeat, said electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie.

Before announcing the final result, Mr Njie appealed for calm as the country entered unchartered waters.

The Gambia has not had a smooth power transfer since independence in 1965.

Mr Njie said that Mr Barrow had won Thursday’s election by more than 50,000 votes. He runs a property company which he founded in 2006.

A devout Muslim, Mr Jammeh, 51, once said he would rule for “one billion years” if “Allah willed it”.

“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Mr Njie told reporters.

Mr Jammeh’s defeat has been greeted with astonishment in The Gambia, where most people expected him to win. He has served four terms as president but now this unpredictable and ruthless man is to be replaced by a property developer.

Mr Jammeh’s 22 years in power have brought repression and intolerance to this tiny seaside nation, popular for cheap holidays in the sun.

He has been tough on journalists, the opposition and gay people. He also said he could cure Aids and infertility.

During the campaign, the country’s mostly young population seemed to be yearning for change, said the BBC’s Umaru Fofana in the capital, Banjul.

The economic challenges the country faces have forced many to make the perilous journey to Europe, with some drowning on the way, he said.

Human rights groups have accused Mr Jammeh, who has in the past claimed he can cure Aids and infertility, of repression and abuses.

Several previous opposition leaders are in jail after taking part in a rare protest in April.

Observers from the European Union (EU) and the West African regional bloc Ecowas did not attend the vote.




Jacob Zuma survives a vote of no confidence for the third time

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma burnished his credentials as the country’s political survivor-in-chief by avoiding a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

It’s the third time Zuma has faced such a vote in less than a year. There were 214 votes against the motion, 126 for and 58 abstentions.
The motion was always unlikely to pass as the ANC had called on its members of parliament to back the President.
The pressure to stand down stems from a corruption report released late October by the public protector that alleges wide-ranging corruption at the highest levels of government including Zuma.
Zuma denies the allegations.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) brought the motion of no confidence to parliament.

Trump orders his supporters to stop harassing minorities

Donald Trump on Sunday told his supporters to stop harassing minorities, in his first televised sit-down interview since becoming President-elect.

“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”
Trump directed his comments to his own supporters whom Stahl said have written racist slogans or chanted degrading messages — particularly in schools. It was a powerful appeal to a nation ripped apart by the divisive 2016 campaign. Trump’s election has left Democrats angry and many minorities fearful about the future.
Yet Trump also criticized the protests that have broken out in cities across the United States since his defeat of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
Trump said he’s seen “a very small amount” — including “one or two instances” — of racial slurs being directed at minorities, particularly in largely white schools, since his election.
“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,” Trump said.
As for anti-Trump protests, Trump said, “I think it’s horrible if that’s happening. I think it’s built up by the press because, frankly, they’ll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could’ve been there before. If I weren’t even around doing this, and they’ll make into an event because that’s the way the press is.”

New survey reveals MPs spent close to 25BN UGX in the recent elections

A new survey has revealed that close to 25 billion Shillings was spent by Members of Parliament during the just concluded parliamentary elections.

The report released by the Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a non-government election watch organisation, in Kampala today states that 24.7 billion Shillings was spent by 113 MPs out of 185 MPs interviewed during the survey.  There are more than 400 legislators in the Ugandan Parliament.

Henry Muguzi, ACFIM national coordinator, presented the findings conducted by telephone between September 16 and October 7 2016. The findings indicate that the mean expenditure for NRM MPs interviewed is 233 million Shillings, 187 million Shillings for opposition MPs and 189 million Shillings for independent MPs.

Muguzi says that the highest declared spending by a single candidate was one billion Shillings while the lowest was ten million Shillings. The report does not however state which area the MP who spent one billion Shillings comes from.

“This report indicates that elective politics in Uganda has been commercialized and that credible people are scared of joining elective politics,” Muguzi notes.

Cissy Kagaba, the Executive Director of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda says that such expenditures undermine democracy. She adds that leaders elected into political office now seek personal interests and work towards recouping what they spend during campaigns.

“Commercialization of politics has deprived Ugandans of capable leaders in Parliament. It results into demand for higher pay by legislators since they want to recover their money spent on campaigns” Kagaba says.

The report comes on the heels of an earlier report released by ACFIM on campaign financing detailing funds spent by presidential candidates during the 2016 campaigns.

NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni spent 27 billion Shillings, Amama Mbabazi spent 1.3 billion Shillings, FDC’s Kizza Besigye spent 976 million Shillings, Prof Venansius Baryamureeba 95.7 million Shillings, Dr Abed Bwanika 34.3 million Shillings and Joseph Mabiriizi spent 26.4 million Shillings.


Melania Trump Copies Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech, diction too

The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation “just really absurd.”

“To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,” Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
At least one passage in Trump’s speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump’s address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady’s own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago.
Manafort said the words Melania used were not “cribbed” but are common words.
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values. She cares about her family,” Manafort said. “To think that she’d be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy.”
Manafort: Plagiarism accusations are crazy 01:30
The East Wing and White House declined to comment on the plagiarism story Tuesday.
Manafort said attacks on Trump’s speech are due to Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, being “threatened” by Trump.
“This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work,” he said.
The controversy quickly overshadowed the speech, which was to have been her introduction to voters. It focused on her immigration to the US and her love for her husband.
A Republican operative familiar with how the campaign was handling the speeches said a number of senior aides had a role, edited Melania’s speech, suggested changes and provided guidance. Manafort told CNN’s Phil Mattingly earlier Tuesday that he wasn’t involved in drafting the speech and served solely in a sign-off role.
The Trump campaign released a statement on the speech after the similarities were uncovered, but the statement did not mention the plagiarism charge.
“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success,” according to Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser.
Earlier in the day, Melania Trump told NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I read once over it, that’s all, because I wrote it … with (as) little help as possible.”

Here is Trump, on Monday:

“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son,” Trump said.
And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

And here is Obama, on August 25, 2008:

“And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”

The reaction:

“(To be honest), I was more offended by just about every other speech than Melania’s plagiarized paragraphs,” former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau jokingly tweeted as the accusations went viral hours after Trump’s address.
Journalist Jarrett Hill seems to have been one of the first to notice the similarities on Twitter.
He’s a big fan of the Obamas, and told CNN over the phone that one particular line from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech really spoke to him: “To know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
When he heard Melania Trump start saying “the only limit to your achievements,” he knew something was wrong.

The FDC shadow cabinet list out

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party National Executive Committee-NEC has unveiled a thirty man shadow cabinet.

The shadow cabinet comprises of 18 FDC party members, seven Democratic Party (DP) members and five independent Members of Parliament.  It is based on a list presented to NEC by General Mugisha Muntu, the FDC party president and Winnie Kiiza, the Leader of Opposition in parliament.

In the cabinet, Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Ssegona is named new Justice and Constitutional Affairs shadow Minister while Ndorwa West MP Wilfred Niwagaba, an independent candidate was appointed  shadow Attorney General. The finance docket is handed to  Anthony Akol, the Member of Parliament for Kilak North.

National Youth MP Anne Adeke is the Youth and Children Affairs shadow minister. Masaka municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga will be in charge of the Presidency, Nakawa division MP Micheal Kabaziguruka in charge of Kampala Affairs and Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi in charge of Internal Affairs.

Also appointed is Soroti Municipality MP Herbert Ariko,  as Public Service shadow minister, Amuru Woman MP Lucy Akello as the Gender, Labor and Social Development, Kabweri County MP Francis Gonahasa as the Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries, Jonam County MP Emmanuel Ongiertho as shadow minister for Education, Kilak County MP Gilbert Olanya as Defense and Security shadow minister, Bukonjo West MP Godfrey Katusabe as  Foreign Affairs shadow minister and Kyadondo East MP Apollo Kantinti as Information and Communications shadow minister.

Makindye West MP Allan Ssewanyana was also appointed Sports Minister.

Busongora North MP William Nzoghu is  the Shadow Minister for Works, Maracha County MP Lee Oguzu is the shadow minister for Technology, Kasese Municipality MP Robert Centenary is the shadow minister for Tourism, Mityana North MP Francis Zaake, the shadow minister for Industry, Kapelebyong County MP Julius Ochen, the shadow minister for Health and Bungokho North MP Rabbi Gershom Sizom, the shadow minister for Disaster Preparedness.

Gulu Woman MP Betty Aol Ocan will be in charge of Special Regions Affairs while Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze maintains her post as the Local Government Minister.

Others are Bukoto East MP Florence Namayanja  (Water),  Erute North MP Aba Gutomoi (Lands), Makindye East MP Ibrahim Kasozi (Trade), Nwoya County MP Simon Oyet (Energy), Rujumbura County MP Fred Turyamuhweza (Housing), Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante (EAC) and Torchi County MP Peter Okot (Science).

Party president Mugisha Muntu told URN that the party found it’s self in a complicated situation where government keeps expanding ministries beyond what is recommended in the constitution.  Muntu however noted that the party’s NEC decided to maintain 21 shadow cabinet ministers.

Winnie Kizza, the Leader of Opposition in parliament says the appointed members will be a voice of the people of Uganda in parliament. She however notes that Uganda People’s Congress is not considered on the shadow cabinet since they are already engaged in the government cabinet.