Other party leaders speak out of DP coalition

By Robert Segawa
Following the formation of DP Bloc which was sealed by signing the Memorandum of understanding between DP and three other opposition political parties on Thursday, several political players have reacted.

The Democratic party, Social Democratic party ( SDP) , People’s development party ( PDP ) and Truth for justice ( TJ ) leaders appended signatures on an MOU agreeing to work together to strengthen the Democratic Party to lead the cause of Regime change.

Recently the president of SDP Mike Mabike, the president of PDP, Abed Bwanika, Lubega Walter Mukaku of TJ among others announced that they were returning to the Democratic party to be part of it’s rebuilding.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at Hotel Africana in Kampala DP president Nobert Mao announced that DP was no more disunited .
At the function, PDP president Abed Bwanika and Kyadondo East member of Parliament Hon Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine on top of calling for opposition unity attacked opposition player’s particularly the Forum for Democratic change ( FDC) and it’s former presidential candidate Col Dr Kiiza Besigye for working to undermine the opposition unity steering public debate.

The DP Bloc has since suggested the opposition election campaign strategy for 2021 dubbed “One to one model. On top of proposing to field a joint presidential opposition candidate against NRM, the strategy proposes opposition fielding joint candidate at parliamentary and local government levels depending on each parties strength.

Mukono Municipality MP, Hon Betty Nambooze, advised the opposition to desist from waging war against fellow opposition player’s and walk the talk of unity.

She urged the opposition not be diverted from the real enemy of democracy,who is Museveni and NRM and waste time in opposition in fighting.

Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda the opposition chief whip in parliament who doubles as FDC spokesperson, says FDC doesn’t have time to discuss the programs of other opposition player’s but they are concentrating on internal party programs intended at liberating the the country from dictatorship.

Meanwhile the NRM party spokesperson Roger’s Mulindwa disclosed that the opposition can attempt to form the coalition but at a certain point they will disagree

Mulindwa adds that the opposition is struggling to form a coalition against president Museveni and the NRM was a sign that individual players are weak to cause change.

He retaliated that as NRM they are just waiting for the right time to front their candidate and Ugandans will decide.

President of Justice Forum and MP Bugiri municipality, the opposition should stop labeling and smearing each other, but focus at United opposition which many Ugandans are yearning for.

He adds that it’s only United opposition which will deliver victory to Ugandans. He pledged that JEEMA will work with the DP block through constructive engagements along side other opposition player’s to achieve regime change.

The signing ceremony was among others attended by General Mugisha Muntu who is about to launch a new party Alliance for National transformation ( ANT), former DP president Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi who called for unity among the opposition.

DP, People power reveal plans to front single presidential candidate

By Robert Segawa
The Opposition Democratic party and People power pressure group have revealed that they have plans to engage Forum for Democratic Change and Dr Kiiza Besigye with the aim of fielding a single candidate topple dictator president Yoweri Museveni from power.

Dr Abed Bwanika a member of the opposition DP told the media today at DP offices in Kampala that failure by FDC to work with other opposition parties does not help Ugandans who are yearning for change.

Bwanika says Dr Kiiza Besigye and FDC have been given many chances but failing to deliver victories adding that its time to join other opposition parties to field joint candidates from all levels including one presidential candidate and single members of Parliament in area’s each party has a majority support.

He adds that the DP will front Hon Robert Kyagulanyi, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Hon Nobert Mao and urged FDC to bring its candidate such that a single candidate can be chosen by all opposition team to vote for a better candidate to stand against Museveni in 2021.

Bwanika call’s upon FDC and other political parties that this time the people of Uganda have no space for confusion,no body will confuse them, this time we stand for unity, United front so that we change Museveni’s government.

He further adds that Ugandans this time will know who works for Museveni and his NRM, because it’s now clear when people want to work together for a change and other party officials divert us.

Joyful Abed Bwanika adds that Ugandans will know who stand with them during 2021 campaign to host Museveni from power.

He urged other politicians and other players in DP Bloc to continue reach out to FDC officials at Najjanankumbi, to visit Dr Kiiza Besigye to inform them what people of Uganda wants this time a round.

He further urged DR Besigye to stop blackmailing him that he made a memorandum with the government saying that its Besigye who brought Museveni into power.

During the same press conference Democratic party has cautioned Ugandan citizens to continue mounting pressure on their leaders for the better change of the country as we near the general elections 2021.

The call has been sounded by the DP publicity secretary Kenneth Paul Kakkande during engaging the media at the party offices in Kampala at city house this morning.

Kakande says that political leaders too need to embark on a struggle away from internal wrangles but rather for the betterment of Uganda to see that Ugandans get a change of power on 2021 general election.

FDC dragged to court

By Sania Babirye
Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division by a disgruntled former National youth league chairperson Idi Ouma for allegedly replacing him without following the required procedures.

According to documents before court, Ouma claims that on the 8th of July 2015 he was elected as the youth league chairperson in an election conducted by the party Electoral commission Chairpersons Dan Mugarura and was to serve three terms.

However, through his lawyers of Semwanga and Muwazzi, Ouma alleges that his party surprisingly replaced him over under unclear accusations without even being given a chance to defend himself.

Ouma further claims that he only received a communication from the party National chairman Wasswa Birigwa that he had been removed from office by a meeting which sat on November 29th of November 2018 at the Party headquarters without his knowledge and was was not summoned to defend himself, which he says contravenes the Party youth League constitution.

Ouma says his removal was based on the allegations that he had joined another Political group and that he was no longer attending party meetings.

He now wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Mulindwa Walid who is said to have replaced him from executing the duties of the chairperson for FDC National Youth League.

He further wants court to declare that FDC has no powers to remove him from office and replace him with another person without following the constitution.

The case is yet to be allocated a judge for hearing.

FDC has been making changes in its leadership in which it is accused of dropping those whom they suspect of being sympathizers to former party leader Mugisha Muntu who recently formed his pressure group.

FDC asks Museveni to give a clear view on torture

By Robert Segawa

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged president Museveni to stop contradicting himself and pretending while addressing issues concerning torture.

FDC Spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that according to his statement on torture, the president encouraged security officers to shoot the rioters and use water canon on them which to Ssemujju portrays him as the beneficiary of torture.

He added that in his statement president Museveni defended those who torture people and also tried to please the public which he condemned.

FDC now wants the individual security officers who torture people to be dismissed with disgrace and charged in civilian courts starting with the Democratic Party activist Yusuf Kawooya tormentors.
Commenting about the 60 Ankole FDC leaders who defected to the New formation of Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Ssemujju said FDC is free entrance and exit before adding that they also launched a recruitment campaign in Teso  region and those who defected are also a target of recruitment.

NRM asked to be clear about their participation in the national dialogue

By Robert Segawa

Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has accused president Museveni for failing preparations for the much anticipated national dialogue.

The inter- religious council of Uganda IRCU recently started meeting different stake holders including political parties in country to consult about the forthcoming national dialogue.

The FDC party chairman Wasswa Birigwa while addressing the media at the party headquarters today said that ever since president Museveni was consulted on whether him self and his party the NRM are willing to participate in the dialogue they have never given a positive answer to that effect.

Birigwa adds that this is not good and could lead to more violence among Ugandans as many hold grudges against others due to the several difference s that exist between them.

He calls upon president to reflect on the importance of national dialogue to save our country.

Besigye speaks to journalist about current state of affairs

Former president of the Forum for Democratic Change party Dr.Kizza Besigye has said, their team led by Lord mayor Erias Lukwago will go to Gulu to join the rest to seek justice for detained members of parliament. ” We have seen photos of Hon.Zaake and we haven’t seen the rest but we ask that these members be taken to competent health facilities  either in the country or out of the country where they can attain better medical attention.” said Dr Besigye.

Besigye further explains that having these members tried in court martial which is subordinate to president Museveni is unrealistic.

He mentioned that the main inciter of violence is the ruling National resistance  movement junta and shouldn’t not transfer their responsibility to others.

Besigye also said that every thing happening shows the powerlessness of parliament which is supposed to  overlook all the other bodies in Government.

FDC reshuffles party leadership, Winnie Kizza dropped

By Patricia Osman
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has reshuffled its leadership at Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan is now the Leader of Opposition replacing Winnie Kiiza.
Ssemujju Nganda has been maintained as the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament and will be deputized by Hon Tonny Muhindo.
Buhweju county MP, Francis Mwijukye is now Commissioner of Parliament replacing Cecilia Ogwal of Dokolo.
Fungaroo Kaps Hassan is Committee Chairperson of Government Assurance while Nandala Mafabi chair Public Accounts Committee.
Hon Mubarak Munyagwa replaces Abdu Katuntu as the Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE  deputized by Hon Moses Kasibante among others.

Opposition demand a commission of inquiry be put to investigate Kayihura

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change says president Museveni should institute a commission of inquiry to investigate former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura for the last 13 years he has been at the helm of police management.

Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson while addressing the media at party headquarters said the commission should be headed by a competent judge in order to probe crimes committed by Gen Kayihura during his tenure. Semujju noted that many people have been tortured, killed and others were wrongly detained thus need to be given a chance to explain themselves and pin him.

He added that Kayihura has been handling police office as a ruling party NRM cadre and commissioned arrest and torture and arrest of opposition members .
The party now wants Kayihura to be charged with all cases he committed while in office including intimidation, arbitrary arrests of opposition members during their peaceful demonstrations. Ssemujju also wants all the victims to be compensated by government over the sins of Gen Kayihura.

Opposition asks government to construct new labs for UNBS

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged the government allocate more funds to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to save life of Ugandans that die and get disease such as cancer because of fake materials imported in the country.

The Deputy spokesperson Of Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Paul Mwiru while addressing journalists at party headquarters Najjanankumbi today said that UNBS  doesn’t have  good laboratories to check goods that imported in the country.

Mwiru adds that fake materials cost Ugandans much because they are not long lasting which he says affects economic growth in the country.

This followed the building that collapsed at Buziga Munyonyo and left unknown people trapped due to  fake building materials.

He calls upon Parliament to fulfill the 480 billion asked by UNBS to construct labs than giving them 6 billion that was a located to them in the next 2018/19  financial budget.

Lutaya released after he agreed to pay 35.5M in court

By Sania Babirye

The Jinja high court judge Eva Luswata has set free journalist  Simon Muyanga Lutaya after signing an agreement that he will pay the remaining 35.5 million shillings  in court costs  within a period of 12 months after court reduced his debt by 100, 000 thousand shillings.

Lutaya was this week  sentenced to six months at Kirinya prison after he failed to clear the 57 million shillings in costs after losing an election petition at the high court and court of appeal.
However his lawyers led by Erias Lukwago who secured a production warrant from the Jinja High court on Thrsday to have him produced in court today, have informed court that his political opponent who is NRMs  Kenneth Lubogo produced a video on social media denying to have ordered for his arrest.
It was later revealed that Lubogo’s former Lawyer Hassan Kamba  who is no longer representing him secured the warrant of arrest after Lutaya  failed to clear the total  costs by December 2017 after Lutaya managed to only pay six million shillings.
Meanwhile Lutaya’s team has also added another 4.5 million shillings that was collected from the public and will clear the remaining balance within a period of one year.
The judge  removed the ten million shillings from the initial 57 million  awarded saying it was unnecessarily added.
Lutaya dragged Lubogo to the high court after he lost the seat for member of parliament for Bulamogi constituency.
However he lost the election petition at the high court on the 19th of August 2016 and on the 22nd of November, the court of appeal dismissed his appeal and ordered him to pay costs at both courts to his rival.