Museveni to blame for appointing sleepy MPs

Nakaseke south member of Parliament Lutamaguzi semakula says the president should take the blame for appointing sleepy ministers.

Speaking during the sixth Presidential Investors Round table on Thursday, president Museveni described his ministers as sleepy and selfish people who only think about themselves.

Lutamaguzi however say that the president should not blame the ministers for none performance since he appoints them depending on his personal interest not on their capacity to serve the country.

“In fact we had advised him to stop appointing ministers depending on tribes and religion, you appoint them depending on their capacity.’’

The members of parliament say that the president should even reduce on the number of ministers for effective service delivery.

“However much blame game nothing much will change, the status quo will remain, poor service delivery, bigger number of ministers, Resident District Commissioners,bigger number of parliament ,until when Ugandans sit down with their president and ask him the reason to why he appoints a big number of people who cannot serve well.

The legislator adds that Uganda was gifted with funny people including ministers, who parades women that he is promoting curvy bums, going to villages searching for women with big bums that they are going to promote tourism and people are looking on including the president.
“We have another one called Lokodo who is after Nyege nyege , I was asking myself what is Nyege nyege, we should not have such ministers in our country. Lutamaguzi said.

President Museveni to compensate Buganda for the loss of Muteesa house

By Daudi Zirimala

President Museveni has directed the ministry of Finance to include money in the 2020/21 budget to compensate Buganda kingdom for the loss Muteesa house in London which was sold by government.

According to president during this financial year 2020/21 government will also return other assets that belonged to the kingdom including land compensation on Kampala road where King Fahad building sits.

The president pledged this while visiting the king of Buganda his Majesty Ronald muwenda II at his palace in Banda a Kampala suburb where they discussed so many issues that will foster the relationship between central and Buganda governments respectively.

Museveni has also pledged to give back all land titles that belongs to Buganda Kingdom in the shortest time possible. President was flanked by the attorney General William Byaruhanga however in presence were the kingdoms premier Charles Peter Mayiga among others.

President MUseveni advises troubled Libya to build a national army

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Yoweri Museveni says building a national army is one the key solutions to the problems in troubled Libya.

While meeting the visiting Afro-Arab Youth Council delegation, at Stat house Nakasero the president who is the Patron of the Council noted that “The problems in Libya can be solved through the building of a National Army where they incorporate both the old and new members of the forces.”

He is also proposing that elections should be held where all the Libyans will participate fairly, as the leaders under the African Union continue to search for a lasting solution to the Libyan conflict.

The delegation led by Mr. Abdulhadi Elhwig was in the country to consult with their patron as they prepare for the 3rd General Assembly of the Afro-Arab Youth Council Summit. This is schedule to take place in Kampala in August this year more than ten years since the 2nd General Assembly of the organization was held in Kampala in 2008 that was attended by former Libyan President, the late Col. Abu Minyar Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr. Elhwig, saluted President Museveni for his e immense support to the group and for accepting to host the summit again in Kampala this year.
Libya plunged into a crisis during the Arab spring protests in 2011 which led to civil war and the subsequent overthrow and assassination of Col. Gaddafi on 20th October the same year in Sirte.

The proliferation of armed groups in the once stable Maghreb country led to violence and instability that continues to plague Libya, resulting in death of tens of thousands of people as well as casualties. The crisis also saw the crumbling of the Libyan economy mainly driven by oil.

DP launches strategy to dislodge Museveni

By Robert Segawa
Dubbed one on one strategy the Democratic party bloc today announced that it will be the platform to dislodge president Museveni in the next elections.

The strategy which clusters opposition political parties per their regional strength follows the research the party allegedly carried out recently concluding that it’s the only through way to dislodge Museveni from power.

At a press conference addressed by representatives of DP , PDP, SDP, justice forum at the DP headquarters this afternoon, the strategy was unveiled by DP spokesperson Kenneth Paul Kakande, Dr Abed Bwanika, Michael Mabike, Walter Samuel Lubega among others.

Last week the Democratic party president Nobert Mao introduced former DP members from PDP, SDP, justice forum under their new umbrella DP block.

Abed Bwanika explained that they will be able to field candidates in the regions depending on each parties strength. he noted that DP will filled candidate in Buganda, Acholi, Busoga, Sebei and parts of Westnile. He said FDC is fielding candidates in Kigezi, Ankole, Toro, Bunyoro and parts of Teso.

He further added that UPC is fielding candidates in Lango, Karamoja, and parts of north Eastern Teso. While Mugisha’s party will field candidates in westnile, And Rwenzori Subregion.

According to Bwanika, in area’s where the parties have fielded joint candidates performed well compared to area’s where all had separate candidate.

He announced effective next month the DP UYD reunions will resume with Jinja and Kampala on fast schedule, then proceed to other area’s of the country including Karamoja, before proceeding to the Diaspora in London, America and other area.

MPs ask president to take action on his promises

By Alice Lubwama

A section of lawmakers have asked president Museveni to stop making blanket statements out of pressure and instead taken action against wrong people.

The attack comes after the president issued guidelines to security operatives on how they should treat suspects during arrest.

Some MPs including Ibrahim Kasozi  for Makindye and Sylvia Akello Otuke woman MP district say that the president should first take action against security officers who have  inflicted torture on civilians in broad day light , before he makes any statement.

However opposition chief  whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Ngada wonders how the president can justify for shooting a person as being arrested.

Ssemujju also Kira municipality MP   note that  president Museveni only issued this statement because of the prevailing pressure from the public  against the acts of torture by the security organs.

The President’s directives were contained in a letter he authored on 28th of this month  detailing the guidelines to be followed by all security agencies in dealing with riot incidents, political events as well as arrest of suspects.

President called for the use of water cannons arguing it is the best way since the method is strong, non-lethal and not noisy. He further advised for usage of shooting of the suspects among other guidelines.

Recently there has been a video circulating   on social media showing armed men brutalizing a civilian on the streets of Kampala in broad day light.

President calls upon EU to support relocations

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged the European Union to support Uganda’s efforts to relocate people from wetlands and forests and avert environmental degradation and landslides.

The President and the European Union delegation held their annual political Dialogue meeting in accordance with article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership agreement and forms part of regular political dialogue between Uganda and the EU on global, regional and national issues.

The European Union Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici who led the delegation had earlier condoled with the President and the people of Uganda following the landslide disaster in Bududa district in which over 55 people are confirmed to have perished and hundreds displaced. He said the EU has already availed maps of Mt. Elgon from their world satellite to gather more information.

The delegation included Heads of Missions of Austria H.E Gunter Engelits, Belgium H.E Hugo Verbist, France H.E Stephanie Rivoal, Ireland H.E William Carlos, Italy H.E Domenico Fornara, Germany H.E Albrecht Conze, United Kingdom H.E Peter West, Poland H.E Jacek Bazariski, Czech Republic H.E Pavel Rezac, Netherlands H.E Henk Jan Bakker, Sweden H.E Per Lindgarde and Ms. Majbrit Holm Jacobsen the Charge De Affairs of the Danish Embassy.

The President and the Ambassadors talked about regional issues such as security in South Sudan, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo, climate change, trade and investment climate among others.

President Museveni called upon the ambassadors to encourage their companies to invest in Uganda citing that there is need to create employment for the youth. He assured them that he is handling the issue of the Uganda Investment Authority to stop the infighting for investor confidence.

The EU delegation commended President Museveni and the government of Uganda for the commitment towards finding peace in the region to facilitate trade and development and hospitality towards the refugees.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa, Minister of Finance Matia Kasaijja, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Minister of Security Elly Tumwiine, National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justice Kasule Lumumba and other senior government officials.

Museveni urges Ugandans to utilize their human resources while they live

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Museveni, has  challenged Ugandans to be very conscious of their health issues to live longer so that they exploit fully their talents, knowledge and other human resources before passing on.
The president made the remarks today during a funeral service of Yona Namawa Waphakhabulo  who succumbed to a bacterial infection that attacked his heart before spreading to his lungs.
A funeral service was held on Friday at All Saint’s Cathedral Nakasero in Kampala and it was led by Rev. Canon  Godfrey Byarugaba.
“I always have problems at funeral functions like this one. People repeatedly say God called the person that has died. I am not happy about it. Has God run short of company,”  the president said.
Mr. Namawa  passed on at Platinum Medical Centre in Kampala last Monday aged 46 years old.
He was son to former Parliamentary Speaker, late James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo and Ambassador Angelina Wapakhabulo.

Museveni urges Nyenga residents to vote for the party not individuals

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people of Nyenga Division in Buikwe District to always vote for the Party instead of individuals to avoid regrets in the future.
The President made the remarks while campaigning for Yassin Kyazze the NRM flag bearer in the July Mayoral elections.
He says  it is important for the people to always look at the strength of the Party rather than individuals who, on their own, cannot do much for their people.
“Look at the Party because it has the capacity to solve people’s problems” he said.
According to the president, who is also the chairman of the ruling  NRM party,  government has managed to keep peace in the country adding that such a task is not an individual’s work but for all Ugandans.

President Museveni endorses new O’level curriculum

The Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Dr Grace Birungi is optimistic that the new O’level curriculum will reduce learners load.

Dr Birungi says overlapping and repeated content has been merged and irrelevant content dropped because the curriculum was content heavy, sometimes beyond the capacity that O’level students could handle. Dr Birungi says the content in the new curriculum will be commiserating to the age level of students.

President Museveni last week gave a nod to the new O’level curriculum. Salient changes in the new curriculum include merging subjects such as Principles of Accounts and Commerce into Entrepreneurship while Technical Drawing, Wood Work and Metal Work have been merged into the newly-introduced subject – Technology and Design.

The number of O-Level subjects has been reduced to 20 from 32. The approved subjects include; English language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Religious Education, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Languages, Local Languages, Kiswahili, Information Communication and Technology, Nutrition and Food Technology, Technology and Design, Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama), Fine Art, Physical Education, Agriculture and Literature in English.

Dr Birungi says the new curriculum will bring a huge relief to O’level learners who are young and still growing. There is no reason, she argued why these children should be given too much content.

She says the new curriculum does not mean current teachers will be dropped and new ones hired. The current teachers will go through rigorous training in the next two years before a new curriculum is rolled out in 2020.

Dr Birungi says there will be no back and forth movements in the new curriculum development since it has been approved by the president. The president had rejected an earlier curriculum in December 2016. She said NCDC got good advice in 2016 which helped them in the revision of the curriculum that has been accepted.

A continuous competence assessment based on skills attained in subjects taught from Senior One to four has also been introduced in the new curriculum. The continuous assessment will account for 20 percent of the O-Level final score at senior four.

Dr Birungi made the remarks at Uganda Media Centre today while addressing journalists on the revival of African Curriculum Organisation conference which will be hosted by Uganda from 28th to 31st. The conference will bring together and unite continental curriculum experts in a bid to improve education in Africa and share good practices.

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Fundraising for Museveni retirement package put on hold,there are no signs of him leaving

Opposition leaders in Ankole have suspended the fundraising drive for President, Yoweri Museveni’s retirement package.
Mweteise Bintabara, the Kiruhura District FDC Chairperson, announced the suspension of the fundraising drive at Grand Holiday hotel in Mbarara town on Monday.
He explained that they took the decision to suspend the drive, which started on October 4th 2017 and had already Shillings 8 million after learning that Museveni isn’t about to retire.

According to Bintabara, they will return the money to the contributors since they recorded the details of each contributor.

Bintabara says initially, they thought the architects of The Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017, which seeks to scrap article 102 (b), which caps the president’s age at 75 years were pushing their personal interests only to learn Museveni is behind the move.

He says the statements attributed to Museveni following the NRM caucus last week are a clear indication that he isn’t willing to retire.

Wilberforce Ongomu Ahimbisibwe, the former Rwampara County FDC parliamentary candidate, says many people had shown interest in contributing towards the cause. He says they thought it wise to suspend the campaign and look for other options.

Daniel Kafureka, the Mbarara District FDC General Secretary says it is  unfortunate that Members of parliament from the ruling party have failed to explain  to the president the need for him to relinquish power and give Ugandans a gift of a peaceful transition.

Kafureka says the time is now for the president to listen to the cries of Ugandans at the grassroots rather than connive with members of parliament whose only interest to get money from him.

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