Capital FM launches the Big Wedding 2017 #TheBigW2017

By Annah Nafula

The Big Wedding 2017 edition has officially been launched. While speaking at a press briefing George Manyali the programs director of Capital FM Uganda said that couples can now send in their letter entries through emails and through direct letters to the Station.

Manyali said that the Big wedding is aimed at giving back to the Capital FM listeners who have continuously made Capital FM the number one station of choice.

A wedding that will cost not less than one hundred fifty million Ugandan shillings will be all expenses paid. “All we require from the couple is for them to be traditionally married and be voted the best in the letter contest.” Said Manyali.

The coordinator and show host of Big breakfast , Marcus Kwikiriza in the same meeting added that every year, they strive to make it bigger and better. “This year we plan to have something for each and every couple that will make it to the top five since we are making five years in this promotion.” said Marcus.

Marcus said as Capital FM, they try as much as they can to follow up on the couples and so far they are proud to announce a great level of success to all the couples that have so far been married. There have not been any divorces and he hopes none ever happens.

Capital FM partners with several other partners to ensure that they get everything they need for the couples dream wedding. The partners this year include RwandaAir which has promised to take the couple to their new destination; London, Grace Gardens, Kaka Catering Services, La Patiserrie, Le Petit, Village Globtek ,Club Beer, Pepsi ,UgaMarket ,Swahili beach resort, Wink Bar ,Pink, Coconut, Imara African Coffee Ras Bizz, Star times, Africa Wines Ltd, Brenda Maraka, Hair BY Zziwa and Igongo Cultural Centre and Country hotel

Luweero residents live in fear over letters posing death threats

There is fresh panic in Luweero district following new letters dropped by unidentified thugs threatening to attack residents. The copy of the letter URN has seen, threatens attacks on residents from Bamunanika in Bamunanika County up to Busula village in Katikamu Sub County.

The thugs ask residents to be ready, saying they will attack any time. Unlike similar letters dropped by thugs earlier, this time around the authors have provided a phone number for those who wish to join them. The mobile phone number is registered under the names of Francis Tanzekpwe.

Paul Luzinda, a resident of Lukowe trading center, says he picked the anonymous letter near his shop and decided to take it to Julius Owori, the Musaale Parish Internal Security Officer-PISO. Owori says he received two copies of the same letter from residents of Lukooge.

Paul Wataka, the Luweero District Police Commander has confirmed the development, saying they have launched investigations into the source of the letter. According to Wataka, they are not living anything to chance since the thugs have kept their word whenever they have threatened to attack.

About a fortnight ago, unidentified thugs dropped similar letters in Luweero town. The thugs asked residents near fuel pump stations and police stations to relocate to a distance not less than 500 meters to avoid being killed in attacks.

The anonymous letters first appeared in greater Masaka and Mbarara areas before they spread to other parts including Kampala, Wakiso and Luweero districts.

Just last week, unidentified thugs dropped anonymous letters at the home of the Vice President Edward Sekandi home in Masaka asking him to join the fight to
overthrow President, Yoweri Museveni.




Osama Bin Laden’s will found and made public

Newly released documents written by Osama bin Laden include the late terrorist’s will, personal letters and warnings to countries including the United States.

The documents show that he claimed to still be worth millions of dollars even as he struggled to remain relevant while his al Qaeda network splintered.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the newly declassified documents Tuesday. They were recovered during the May 2011 raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which he was killed.

His will, dated from the 1990s, was just one of many documents revealing that death never seemed to be far from bin Laden’s mind.

In it, bin Laden said that he had $29 million in Sudan that he wished to be used on “jihad for the sake of Allah,” while also directing a small portion of that figure to various family members. The whereabouts of the money are unknown.

And in a separate letter, from 2008, he wrote, “If I am to be killed, pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name.”

Bin Laden’s media savvy was also on display. In an undated letter where he wrote about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, he sought something of a media blitz to highlight his belief that the attacks were the precursor to the global financial crisis of the late 2000s.

He recommended that his lieutenants reach out to CBS, other unnamed American networks and the Islamabad bureau chief of Al Jazeera to pitch some type of anniversary special, recommending Robert Fisk, a journalist who had previously interviewed him, to moderate.

The financial hardships of al Qaeda also come through in the documents, with bin Laden suggesting a scheme that would extort money from other countries, Mauritania among them, in exchange for a promise from al Qaeda not to attack them in the future.

Bin Laden did express concern about attacking Iran and Turkey, however, because much of al Qaeda’s money traveled through those countries on its way to members of the organization.

Interestingly, bin Laden also appears to have considered moving from Abbottabad in January 2011, some five months before his eventual death, but apparently not because he believed he was being tracked.

A U.S. intelligence official pointed out Tuesday that bin Laden’s discussion about moving locations somewhere else in Pakistan means if the U.S. had waited much longer, it might have missed getting him at the compound — and that this new document is the first indication the U.S. had that he was thinking of leaving.

“If the raid took place much later, we could have missed him,” the senior intelligence official said.

Another intelligence official said there was no indication in the files that anyone in Pakistan knew bin Laden was there. He said that the al Qaeda leader seemed to be seeking to move because two couriers were complaining about being overworked and he was looking for a new arrangement.

The documents also showcase apparent differences with the current ISIS philosophy of establishing a caliphate as a base of operations. Bin Laden was reluctant to pursue a caliphate because of the difficulty in garnering popular support for it, along with the day-to-day burden of governing.

But his concerns were often more mundane, concerning the education of certain relatives and medical treatment of others.

In a letter dated less than three months before his death, bin Laden wrote that he preferred a female relative to visit a female doctor to describe an unidentified set of symptoms and said an x-ray or ultrasound should be obtained if the symptoms persisted.

In another letter, bin Laden expressed his gratitude that a brother of his was able to visit a dentist — something the most-hunted man in the world was unable to do.

Bin Laden also feared that one of his wife might have been implanted with a small tracking device in her tooth during a visit to a dentist in Iran, telling her, “The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli.”

The letters show Bin Laden to be paranoid regarding spy agencies tracking his movements, advising his subordinates to only travel on overcast days to avoid aerial surveillance and to dispose of suitcases that had been used to move money due to fears that the bags might contain tracking chips.

The more than 100 documents put out Tuesday are the second tranche to be released by the intelligence community and follow a rigorous interagency review process to determine which documents are ready for release to the public after being declassified and translated from Arabic.

“It’s important that the documents collected at bin Laden’s compound be made available to the public,” Brian Hale, director of public affairs for the Director of National Intelligence said in a press release accompanying the documents.

“This was no easy feat as members of the task force dedicated themselves over a long period of time,” he said.

The latest documents also shine a light on bin Laden’s concern over a growing divide between al Qaeda and its affiliates and his efforts to present the terror network as a unified organization.

In a letter to the people of Libya, bin Laden praised the overthrow of the “tyrant” Moammar Gadhafi but called for the country to unite under the banner of Islamic law, while warning the United States and other countries to stay out of Libya.

And in a different letter addressed to “Muslim brothers and sisters,” bin Laden wrote of the importance of avoiding indiscriminate Muslim deaths in jihadi operations and urged jihadis to be judicious in their use of human shields during operations.

He also wrote directly to the American people, telling them after President Barack Obama assumed office that attacks against the United States would persist as long as America supported Israel.

The intelligence community expects to release additional documents from the raid later this year after they have been declassified.