Uganda Police sabotages FDC women march to Parliament

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Police have today dispersed members of the Women League of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change who were attempting to march to Parliament to petition Speaker Rebecca Kadaga over the continued brutality by police against opposition politician. About 30 women converged at FDC offices in Najjanakumbi, on Entebbe Road to prepare for the march. Ms Anna Adeke, the national youth female MP said the protest was to express their dissatisfaction with security forces torment Ugandans and their resolve to side with the ruling National Resistance Movement party yet they are…

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Mugabe declared ‘national hero,’ Zimbabwe awaits return and burial

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Zimbabweans on Saturday mourned the death of their country’s founding father Robert Mugabe but confusion swirled about when his body would be returned from abroad or when he would be buried, two years after he was toppled in a coup. Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment. He was one of the most polarising figures in African history, a giant of national liberation movements on the continent but whose 37-year rule finally ended in ignominy when he was overthrown by his own…

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African Union welcomes Sudan civilian cabinet, lifts suspension

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The African Union (AU) on Friday lifted the suspension it had placed on Sudan, following the establishment of a civilian-led government in the Eastern Africa nation. Sudan’s membership was suspended in June following the violent dispersal of a main protest site in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum during which opposition medics said dozens of people were killed and amidst a standoff between ruling military men and civilian opposition. But after the military and civilian parties and protest groups signed a three-year power-sharing deal in August, Sudan named Abdallah Hamdok as…

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MUNYAGWA: “I cant be bribed by Kitaka”

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PARLIAMENT- Kawempe South Member of Parliament, Mr Mubarak Munyagwa has confirmed meeting Eng Andrew Kitaka, the acting Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) but refuted claims that their conversation was rotates around the ongoing probe into the authority. On Monday, photos of Mr Munyagwa and Eng Kitaka went viral on social media platforms with reports saying the two discussed how to strike a compromise on the on-going probe into KCCA staff appointments by the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE). Mr Munyagwa chairs COSASE. COSASE…

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Cross border activities to resume as Uganda, Rwanda sign pact

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President Yoweri Museveni has thanked his Angolan counterpart, Joao Manuel Lourenco, for overseeing a reinforcement process that has culminated into Uganda and Rwanda signing a pact to improve their political and economic relations. The President was today (Wednesday) speaking in the Angolan capital Luanda, shortly after President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and himself signed a memorandum of understanding meant to resolve tensions existing between the two countries. “I thank President Lourenco and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for coming in so that we share the information we had and ensuring…

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Reprimand Gen Tumwine – Parliament

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Parliament has recommended that Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine, be reprimanded for breaching the privilege of a Member of Parliament and disrespecting the legislature. This follows a recommendation by the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline, which observed that, “from the conduct of Gen. Tumwine, the Committee finds that he actually assaulted Hon. Cecilia Ogwal.” The committee’s recommendations follow an inquiry ordered by the Speaker into allegations that Gen Tumwine attacked the Dokolo Woman MP, Hon Cecilia Ogwal on 23 July 2019 after the plenary sitting. It was alleged that…

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Disunity as Governor Mutebile’s brothers fight for Kabale Municipality MP seat

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The battle for the Kabale Municipality parliamentary seat is set to become a family affair after two siblings of Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusime-Mutebile indicated that they are ready to go neck to neck in a bid to win people’s mandate come 2021. Maj Gen Timothy Sabiti Mutebile and his young brother Joseph Mutebile, who are young brothers of Governor Mutebile, have started a war of words two years to the 2021 elections. Maj Gen Sabiti Mutebile retired recently as the commander of the engineering Brigade in the Uganda…

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“Mafias want to finish my life”, Anite

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Minister of State for Privatisation and Investment,Ms Evelyn Anite has said there is a plan by mafias in government to kill her. Addressing the press Monday morning at Ministry of Finance headquarters in Kampala, Ms Anite said that there was a plan to remove her from the Uganda Telecom (UTL) battle and to end her life. “The plan by the mafias is to take Anite out of the picture, I might die but history will judge them. You know the mafias, they are the ones who have been blocking the…

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President Museveni receives H.E. Abdel fattah of Sudan

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President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his gratitude to learn that the situation in Sudan is now normalising following the agreement reached between the Military Council and other groups in Khartoum. “I had a good briefing from His Excellency. I am very happy now the Military Council has agreed with the groups. I encourage the Sudanese to agree because this type of agitation is very dangerous. It scares away business and it scares away investors,” he said. The President made the remarks after meeting the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council,…

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British Prime Minister announces resignation

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7 after failing to convince MPs to support her Brexit deal. “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said in a statement outside her Downing Street residence. The move follows a mutiny in the cabinet and the Conservative Party over her Brexit strategy. May was meeting the head of the governing party committee in charge of leadership…

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Gen. Muntu launches his party Alliance for National Transformation

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Eight months after quitting the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the party’s former president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, yesterday launched his Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party and unveiled a 17-member leadership structure. The launch of the ANT at Kampala Serena Conference Centre was attended by various Opposition leaders and parties who included Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao, Conservative Party president John Ken Lukyamuzi, Uganda Peoples Congress president Jimmy Akena and the People Power movement leader Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine. There were about 20 MPs including two former…

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Parliament To Pay Social Media Tax (OTT) And Provide Free Data For MPs

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Parliament has awarded MTN a contract worth 197 million to provide monthly 5GB data worth 30,000shs and OTT worth 6,000 for each MP per month. This means parliament will spend Shs 197.8m annually on social media tax and data bundles Airtel Uganda and Africell Uganda did not succeed  during the preliminary stages of the restricted domestic bidding process. Robina Nabanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP and member of the Parliamentary Commission defended the move, saying it is right for the house to pay for the legislator’s OTT and provide them data since…

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“Prepare for transition”, Gen. Muntu tells government

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Former army commander, Maj Gen Mugisha, whose new Opposition Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), was recently registered by the Electoral Commission, has told the ruling National Resistance Movement not to waste time harassing change-seeking opposition politicians but prepare for an inevitable political transition. Gen Muntu said the government should learn from the current wave of change where citizens in different African countries are rising up to get out-of-date regimes out of power. Gen Muntu was on Tuesday speaking at ANT head offices in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb. “When time for…

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Kadaga directs on continued Apaa land conflict

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Office of the Prime Minister to intervene in the reported displacement of people of Apaa, Amuru district by unknown militia. This comes after the MPs: Hon. Lucy Akello (Amuru District) and Hon. Lilly Adong (Nwoya District) sought immediate government intervention to solve the ongoing havoc meted on the people of the area by unknown militia from Adjumani district. The MPs raised the issues during Wednesday’s sitting, forcing the Speaker to ask the Prime Minister for an explanation during the Thursday sitting.…

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MP drops Bill to regulate religious organisations

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Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM, Manyija County) has withdrawn his proposal to introduce the Religious Organisations’ Bill 2019 intended to regulate religious organisations in the country. Nambeshe on Wednesday first moved a motion seeking leave of Parliament to present the Private Members’ Bill, a required of the Parliament Rules of Procedure. Rule 121 provides that a Private Members’ Bill shall be introduced first by way of a motion to which shall be attached the proposed draft of the Bill. On Wednesday, Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, deferred taking a vote on…

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MPs want airtime scratch cards revived

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Legislators have asked the Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, to explain the failure of telecommunications companies to reinstate the use of airtime scratch cards. Last year the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had set July 10, 2018, as the deadline for the use of airtime scratch cards and move to the use of electronic airtime. In a statement to Parliament in August 2018, the Minister promised to convince UCC to reconsider the decision and have both options of airtime scratch cards alongside the e-airtime. Then,…

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Government given up to April to table electoral reforms

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Parliament has given Government up to the end of April to table electoral reforms. The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, gave the ultimatum following a statement by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, during plenary sitting on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Otafiire said that in order to address matters relating to elections in Uganda, it is necessary to handle the matter in a chronological manner, beginning with the review and amendment of the Constitution concurrent with the process to amend the electoral laws. “Within the next…

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EAC commended for boosting regional economies as President Museveni hands over to Kagame

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East African Community leaders have lauded the regional body for the role it has played towards improving the economies of member countries. Regional leaders who met in Arusha today for the 20th Heads of State Summit of the EAC said integration policies resulted in many achievements including the construction of several inter-country link roads, implemented a credits transfer framework for East African Universities, set up several One-Stop Border Posts as well as implemented projects in water and health provision. At the summit, Rwanda President Paul Kagame took over as the…

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