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{UAH} AND THERE WALKS ONE CROCK OUT OF THE WATERS TO LAND

Angela Merkel turns down UN job offer

Former German chancellor says no to António Guterres’ proposal.

Merkel no longer wants to be involved in politics | Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

BY THIBAULT SPIRLET AND HANS VON DER BURCHARD

January 19, 2022 2:23 pm

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected a top United Nations job offer from U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres.

Merkel “spoke to the U.N. secretary-general on the phone last week, thanked him and told him that she would not accept the offer,” an official in the ex-chancellor’s office said Wednesday.

As reported last week by POLITICO’s Global Insider newsletter, Guterres wanted Merkel to lead a U.N. advisory board on global public goods, such as oceans and the ozone layer, one of his flagship reform projects to “identify global public goods and other areas of common interests where governance improvements are most needed.”

According to Guterres, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused global friction on issues ranging from human rights to disarmament, hence the need to revive multilateralism through the board.

When Merkel left office in December 2021 after 16 years leading Germany, she said she would no longer be involved in politics and intended to sleep and read.

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"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
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"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} Uganda bans women from occupying front seats in trucks

Uganda bans women from occupying front seats in trucks

By Daily MonitorJanuary 19th, 2022  2 min read
TrucksImage Credit: Pexels

Authorities in Lira City, in Uganda, have banned female market traders from sitting in the driver's cabin as part of the efforts to mitigate rampant road accidents.

The decision followed an accident that claimed the lives of nine people and injured 19 others in Agali Sub-county, Lira District, on January 10.

The accident occurred after a Fuso truck transporting traders and their merchandise got involved in an accident at Pii-awac swamp, seven kilometres east of Lira City.

The ill-fated vehicle was returning to Lira City from Ajuri weekly market in Abako Sub-county, Alebtong District, when the accident occurred.

Police attributed the accident to reckless driving, speeding and overloading.

However, female market vendors, especially those in the front cabin together with truck drivers, have also been blamed for numerous accidents on most of the roads in Lango Sub-region.

The female passengers are accused of wearing short dresses which expose their thighs, which distracts drivers thus resulting in road accidents.

Mr Patrick Opio Obote, the chairman of Lira City Mobile Market Vendors Association, said some of their female members dress indecently and demand to sit in the co-driver's seat

He said such women often claim that they do not want to sit behind the truck because of dusty roads.

"To reduce accidents, we have resolved that with effect from Monday, January 17, no woman shall be allowed to sit in front of any truck transporting traders from Lira City to any weekly markets," he said.

Ms Dorcus Adongo, a market vendor, said she has always seen her female colleagues struggling to occupy seats in the driver's cabin.

"These women always wear short dresses. Whenever they reach their destination at the weekly markets in the villages, they take the drivers away to the local bars where they offer them drinks and food," she said.

Mr Tom Adila, the chairperson of truck drivers in Lira City, said there are some drivers who are not disciplined and law-abiding.

He accused truck owners of employing unqualified people.

"They mostly employ their relatives in a bid to minimise the costs they would spend on paying qualified drivers," Mr Adila said.

The spokesperson for Lira Urban Transporters Association, Mr Bernard Anyeko Matsanga, said the implementation of the decision is now in full force.

"No woman is allowed to sit in front with the driver, even if you are the wife of the owner of the vehicle, we are not allowing you. Drivers are obeying all the directives and none of them is overloading or speeding. They are driving at normal speed," Mr Anyeko told Daily Monitor on Monday.

Mr Phillip Acaye, the deputy director of Traffic and Road Safety, said statistics recorded during the festive season between December 23 and December 25 last year, and from December 31 to January 2 this year, put North Kyoga region in the second region with the most accidents.

He directed traffic police officers to start using the CCTV cameras to monitor trucks and arrest all drivers who are violating traffic rules and charge them accordingly.

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{UAH} Toeing the party line continues to take precedence over conscientious governance in Tanzania - Str8talk Magazine

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{UAH} Dido Elizabeth Belle: The lucky slave in 1770s West Indies who became a British heiress - Str8talk Magazine

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{UAH} Melut County hires Ugandan teachers using its oil share - Eye Radio

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{UAH} PETER SIMON OKURUT BELIEVES IN SCIENCE Oh poor we that have a right from God to question it

Ontario reports highest daily COVID-19 deaths in nearly a year

 

Ontario is reporting 60 new COVID-19 deaths today, a new high during the Omicron wave.

Health officials say 4,132 people are currently in hospital with the virus, down from a pandemic high of 4,183 reported one day ago.

There are now 589 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, the highest since May and up from 580 yesterday. 

The province is confirming 5,744 new COVID-19 cases today but health officials warn the number of infections is likely much higher due to the province’s testing capacity and accessibility.
 

EM         -> {   Gap   at   46  } – {Allan Barigye is a Rwandan predator}

On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

 

{UAH} THEY ARE SET ALL THEY NEED NOW IS COLLIN POWELL

'Russia could invade any moment' – Blinken

An offensive on Ukraine could come at any point, Washington’s top diplomat warns

By Layla Guest

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken © Alex Brandon / POOL / AFP

Russian soldiers, tanks, and military hardware could begin pouring over the shared border with Ukraine with little or no warning, Washington’s top diplomat has told American embassy staff in Kiev as part of a whistle-stop diplomatic tour of Europe.

Speaking to officials in the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said “as you all know very, very well, we have been engaged in the past couple of months in an intense focus on Ukraine because of the significant buildup we’ve seen of Russian forces we’ve seen near the Ukrainian border.”

He claimed that Russia is amassing troops and weapons systems near the frontier “with no provocation, no reason.”

“We know that there are plans in place to increase that force even more on very short notice, and that gives Russian President [Vladimir] Putin the capacity, also on very short notice, to take further aggressive action against Ukraine,” Blinken claimed.

 

The diplomat also reiterated his support to staff working in the Eastern European nation. “I can imagine that this period is especially difficult, stressful, and maybe even scary,” he said. “We have your backs, as you’ve had ours for so many years.”

“We as a department in Washington are here for you and are very, very focused on the wellbeing, the safety, the security of our community here, including your families,” the official stressed.

Blinken’s remarks come amid concerns in recent months that Moscow is plotting to stage an invasion of its neighbor. Speaking at a briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the situation is now “extremely dangerous,” and at a point where Washington believes that “Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine.”

A report published earlier this week by The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, claimed that Moscow has started to evacuate its diplomats and their families from its embassy in Kiev and consulate in Lvov.

In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that “The Russian embassy in Kiev is working normally,” but did not comment on whether staff numbers were being cut.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations that it is planning to attack, with its press secretary Dmitry Peskov slamming them as “groundless” and manifestations of “hysteria.” The official also previously said that the movement of the country’s armed forces on its own territory is an internal matter and of no concern to anyone else.

Russian officials met with their American counterparts last week to discuss proposals for security guarantees they say would help reduce the risk of conflict, including barring Ukraine from joining NATO.

Jens Stoltenberg, the US-led bloc’s secretary general, has described the draft treaties put forward by Russia as unacceptable, saying that “the decision on whether Ukraine can join NATO will be taken by Ukraine and 30 NATO Allies alone.”

EM         -> {   Gap   at   46  } – {Allan Barigye is a Rwandan predator}

On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} JOHN NSAMBA THIS FREIGHT TRAIN IS APROACHING GET OFF THE RAILS SIR

Why Greensburg turned red in 2021

by Salena Zito, National Political Reporter 

 

January 19, 2022 07:22 AM

GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania — For the first time in Westmoreland County history, no Democrat was elected to a countywide office seat in the November 2021 off-year elections.

Not only did Republicans sweep all of the row office races here, they also won the district attorney and coroner races, ousting longtime officeholders that many in the community respected.

“They won a statewide Supreme Court seat and other judicial races, but they also won seats outside of the more conservative west in the Philadelphia suburbs in county government and for township supervisors, seats they had lost during the Trump years,” said G. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Millersville University and a frequent commentator on Pennsylvania politics.

It turns out this wasn’t an outlier. A full year's look by Gallup at political preferences in 2021 shows that they have undergone a dramatic shift away from the Democratic Party. Whereas a 9 percentage-point plurality perceived themselves as Democratic one year ago, Republicans had surged to a 5-point edge by the fourth quarter of 2021.

Both the 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter and the 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter are among the largest Gallup has measured for each party in any quarter since it began regularly measuring party identification and leaning in 1991.

Youngstown State University professor Paul Sracic said it is pretty unprecedented for a party to fall this far from grace in just one year. “This big party shift just doesn’t ever happen, and these numbers are just stunning.”

Sracic speculates the numbers just have to make Democratic strategists sick to the stomach. “It is hard to think of a worse-case scenario,” he said.

The former two-time Fulbright Scholar, an expert in modern American populism, said it is also fascinating that these voters are moving away from Democrats despite a tremendous amount of cultural pressure. “And that is an important nuance to include at looking at this historic shift.”

Sracic said the political and cultural messages from the Democratic Party are more often than not echoed by the entities that have outsize power in our culture, “such as Big Tech, academia, corporations, national sports organizations, the national news media, unions, and Hollywood. And these voters aren’t just pushing back from that pressure, they are rejecting it.”

These results are based on aggregated data from all U.S. Gallup telephone surveys in 2021, which included interviews with more than 12,000 randomly sampled U.S. adults. It is the same survey I watched carefully in 2016 in trying to calculate whether anecdotal reporting was reflected in the data available during that year’s presidential election.

These voters didn’t tell many how they were voting the 2016 cycle or in 2020 because of the cultural pressure that came from all of the entities Sracic mentioned. Former President Donald Trump won in 2016 in part because few saw it coming. He won more votes than anyone expected in 2020 for the same reason. Now, however, with him off the national stage, voters are less timid about saying how they feel.

“There is an underlying anger for a lot of voters that they can't say things that are considered taboo among the media and the ruling class, that they aren’t allowed to debate things like mandates, school choice, crime, etc. because when they do, a label is attached to them,” he said. "And I think what you are seeing is that breakthrough in this survey."

There are people skeptical of both sides, often referred to as swing voters, who were not in love with Republicans or Democrats but were willing to give Democrats a chance last year. When the Democrats were given that chance, they answered to a group of liberals, and that is forcing both centrist Democrats and swing voters to pick Republicans instead.

The other problem for Democrats in this survey that many folks won't pick up on is that it is not all ideologically driven. A large part of this is about simple competency.

A lot of people didn’t like Trump because they believed he was not competent — in particular on COVID. But in his place, they got a president in Joe Biden who has proven to be incompetent and negligent on COVID.

His COVID message is a muddled mess. The administration can't provide the promised at-home tests. They couldn't get our people out of Afghanistan safely. They said they wanted people to go back to school, but the schools are closing again.

Biden has not just been incompetent on these issues but outright negligent. And he is dragging his party down with him.

As much as we love to believe that we are either Left or Right in this country, many people do not view the world so ideologically. They don't like either party. But they do insist on competence.

For Biden to drag himself and his party out of this historic hole, he has to change his tack. It is probably too late to go back to his election promises of an ideologically moderate, relentlessly competent administration. Neither he, nor the staff who huddle around him, nor the Democratic leadership have shown any willingness to govern that way.

In their little world, they are doing just fine — except their world is becoming too small to form an electoral majority.

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On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} IF YOU ARE FLYING IN OR OUT OF UNITED STATES TAKE NOTE

Airlines worldwide rush to change flights over US 5G dispute

By Associated Press

January 19, 2022 2:23am 

 

An Emirates jetliner comes in for landing at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 11, 2019. Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports. AP

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Airlines across the world, including the long-haul carrier Emirates, rushed Wednesday to cancel or change flights heading into the U.S. over an ongoing dispute about the rollout of 5G mobile phone technology near American airports.

Dubai-based Emirates, a key carrier for East-West travel, announced it would halt flights to Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Jersey, Orlando, Florida, San Francisco and Seattle over the issue beginning Wednesday. It said it would continue flights to Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

In its announcement, Emirates cited the cancellation as necessary due to “operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the U.S. at certain airports.”

“We are working closely with aircraft manufacturers and the relevant authorities to alleviate operational concerns, and we hope to resume our U.S. services as soon as possible,” the state-owned airline said.

The United Arab Emirates successfully rolled out 5G coverage all around its airports without incident. But in the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration worries that the C-Band strand of 5G could interfere with aviation equipment.

Of particular concern in the 5G rollout appears to be the Boeing 777, a major workhouse for Emirates.

Japan’s All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. said in a statement that the FAA “has indicated that radio waves from the 5G wireless service may interfere with aircraft altimeters.” Altimeters measure how high a plane is in the sky, a crucial piece of equipment for flying.

“Boeing has announced flight restrictions on all airlines operating the Boeing 777 aircraft, and we have cancelled or changed the aircraft for some flights to/from the U.S. based on the announcement by Boeing,” ANA said.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

EM         -> {   Gap   at   46  } – {Allan Barigye is a Rwandan predator}

On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} 12 Police Officers Guarding Bagbin; For What? Protection? Against Who? - Nana Akomea Goes Wild | Politics | Peacefmonline.com

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{UAH} RUSSIA HAS CLOSED ITS EMBASSY AND CANADA HAS STARTED TO PLAN EVACUATIONS -> This would never happened under Trump yet here we are

Buchanan: Biden Should Declare NATO Membership Closed

TUESDAY, JAN 18, 2022 - 02:20 PM

Authored by Pat Buchanan,

In 2014, when Russian President Vladimir Putin responded to a U.S.-backed coup that ousted a pro-Russian regime in Kyiv by occupying Crimea, President Barack Obama did nothing.

When Putin aided secessionists in the Donbass in seizing Luhansk and Donetsk, once again, Obama did nothing.

Why did we not come to the military assistance of Ukraine?

Because Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We had no obligation to come to its aid. And to have intervened militarily on the side of Ukraine would have risked a war with Russia we had no desire to fight.

Last year, when Putin marshaled 100,000 Russian troops on the borders of Ukraine, President Joe Biden declared that any U.S. response to a Russian invasion would be restricted to severe sanctions.

The U.S. would take no military action in support of Ukraine.

Why not? Because, again, Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

Clearly, by its inaction, America is revealing its refusal to risk its own security in a war with Russia over a Ukraine whose sovereignty and territorial integrity are not vital U.S. interests sufficient to justify war with the largest country on earth with its huge arsenal of nuclear weapons.

This is the real world.

And as Ukraine is not a NATO ally, and we are not going to invite it to become a NATO ally, Biden should declare so publicly, urbi et orbi, to remove Putin’s pretext for any invasion.

Biden has already declared that we will not put offensive weapons in Ukraine. If, by declaring that we have no intention of expanding NATO further east by admitting Ukraine or Georgia, we can provide Putin with an off-ramp from this crisis that he created, why not do it?

Speaking last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “They must understand that the key to everything is the guarantee that NATO will not expand eastward.”

If what Lavrov said is true — that the “key” for Moscow, the crucial demand, is that the eastward expansion of NATO halt, and Ukraine and Georgia never join the U.S.-led alliance created to contain Moscow — we ought to accede to the demand.

If this causes Putin to keep his army out of Ukraine, admitting the truth will have avoided an unnecessary war. If Putin invades anyway, the world will know whom to hold accountable.

The purposes of the Biden declaration would be simple: to tell the truth about what we will and will not do. To remove Putin’s pretext for war. To give Putin an off-ramp from any contemplated invasion, if he is looking for one.

A Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war that would inevitably follow would be a disaster for Ukraine and Russia, but also for Europe and the United States. It would ignite a second Cold War, the winner of which would be China, to whom Russia would be forced to turn economically and strategically.

Thus, to avert a war, Biden should declare what is the truth:

“Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and neither we nor our allies have any intention or plans to bring Ukraine into NATO or to give Kyiv an Article 5 war guarantee.”

The same holds for Georgia in the Caucasus. We did not come to Tbilisi’s defense when it invaded South Ossetia in 2008 and was driven out by Putin. And we are not going to give Georgia any Article 5 war guarantee. Frankly, the time has come to declare that NATO will expand no further east and that NATO enlargement is at an end.

No more former republics of the Russian Federation — not Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus or Kazakhstan — will be admitted to a NATO alliance whose roster is restricted to present membership.

Indeed, if the purpose of NATO is the defense of Europe from a revanchist Russia, why would we extend NATO so far to the east that it provokes Russia into attacking its neighbors in Europe?

With Russia having issued virtual ultimata, our objective has to be to prevent a catastrophe war that an invasion of Ukraine would ignite.

Such an invasion of Ukraine, a country of more than 40 million, would inevitably end with Kyiv’s defeat. And the longer Ukraine resisted and the fiercer it fought, the greater the number of dead and wounded on both sides and the more enduring the hatred and hostility that would be created between them.

Already, Americans in official circles are reportedly discussing aid to Ukrainians in fighting a guerrilla war against Russian occupation troops.

There is another issue here, and that is the morality of not doing all we can to avoid an invasion and its consequent war.

Would it be moral for the United States to provide arms for a bloody insurgency if there were no realistic chance of quickly expelling the Russian invaders?

Given his problems in Belarus and Kazakhstan, Putin cannot be anticipating happily the military occupation of millions of Ukrainians.

Ending NATO enlargement could be a victory for all of us.

EM         -> {   Gap   at   46  } – {Allan Barigye is a Rwandan predator}

On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} CDC ADMITS CLOTH MASKS AREN'T EFECTIVE -> Peter Simon OKurut still believes in Science. Yayix

Rand Paul Wonders If YouTube Will "Kiss My... And Apologize" After CDC Admits Cloth Masks Aren't Effective

BY TYLER DURDEN

TUESDAY, JAN 18, 2022 - 06:30 AM

The CDC has revised its guidelines on masks, admitting that cloth masks do virtually nothing to stop the spread of COVID. The move prompted Senator Rand Paul to comment, reminding social media users that YouTube previously suspended him for saying the same thing.

The CDC announced that “loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection.”

Who would have known?

That’s only been common knowledge since the vey beginning of the pandemic.

“Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?” Paul tweeted.

A video Paul posted last year in which he dismissed cloth masks as an effective method of preventing the spread of COVID landed him a YouTube suspension, with the company claiming the content violated its policy on COVID-19 misinformation.

YouTube said that it was misinformation to suggest “that wearing a mask is dangerous or causes negative physical health effects’ or that masks don’t play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.”

While the CDC is finally admitting cloth masks are useless, it’s not part of a move away from masks. Instead, it’s intended to promote the use of stronger K95 masks that many find even more inhibiting.

The CDC notes that “well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s” provide more protection against the virus, and is now urging Americans to “wear the most protective mask that you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.”

Two months ago, The New York Times published an article citing “experts” who say mask wearing is now “normalized” and could remain in place permanently even when the pandemic ends.

Governments have been accused of obsessively pushing face masks as both a constant visual reminder for the pandemic, and as a “punishment” for those who continue to oppose restrictions and vaccine mandates.

EM         -> {   Gap   at   46  } – {Allan Barigye is a Rwandan predator}

On the 49th Parallel          

                 Thé Mulindwas Communication Group
"With Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja and Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda is in anarchy"
                    
Kuungana Mulindwa Mawasiliano Kikundi
"Pamoja na Yoweri Museveni, Ssabassajja na Dk. Kiiza Besigye, Uganda ni katika machafuko"

 

{UAH} IN DANGER AGAIN: Bald men being decapitated because of myth their heads contain gold

Police in Mozambique say the head of a bald man has been removed by criminals who wanted to sell it to a client from Mali.

When their customer disappeared, they left it in the central town of Muandiwa.

Some Mozambicans believe bald men's heads contain gold.

The first reports of bald men being killed for their heads in the country were back in 2017.

The trade in body parts is relatively common in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania where they are believed to bring fortune and luck in love.

The body parts of people with albinism are especially prized.

Source: BBC 



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{UAH} TOO EARLY: Corruption pops up its ugly head in NUP, shakes Bobi Wine’s credentials to fight Museveni’s vice

Ever since the National Unity Platform (NUP) kicked off the nomination exercise for flag bearers last month, there have been allegations of bribery and corruption in the party electoral process.

On several occasions, the NUP leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has accused President Yoweri Museveni of breeding corruption in Uganda little did he know that at one time, the vice will become the order of the day among his circles.

Speaking at a press conference last week, Bobi Wine admitted that there are some people within the NUP rank who had put the party flag on the market.

"We have had complaints and reports of extortion and I want to reassert this that the National Unity Platform flag is not for sale. We condemn corruption, we detest corruption, we fight corruption in the struggle just like the same way we are going to fight corruption when we take power," Kyagulanyi said.

According to NUP insiders, flag bearers are not chosen through an internal election like most political parties are doing but the party leadership leans more on family ties, money and friendship to handpick flag bearers.

The party insiders also revealed that friends and family of Bobi Wine or his powerful elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu or those with money bags can easily get or buy NUP's much-coveted flag.

They further say money easily attracts support from the party's top men for any bid for the NUP flag. In Lubaga South constituency where Aloysius Mukasa is competing for the NUP parliamentary flag with Lubega Mukaaku – the more moneyed Mukasa seems to curry lots of favour with the top party leadership.

"He has brought money to boost the party and our principal knows about it… So, when it comes to NUP issues, they will always favor him. There are many such guys who have money, which is creating confusion in NUP. As we talk now, NUP needs money and these are the guys who have it but the party has no capacity to scrutinize and investigate its source," one party official told the Observer newspaper during an interview.

In a phone interview with the local newspaper, Fred Nyanzi, NUP's secretary for mobilization, denied that he accepts money from aspirants in exchange for the party flag.

"It's not true that anyone who speaks to me gets the card, that's very wrong. As one of the elders in the party and with a lot of experience, I have got a duty of harmonizing aspirants before they go in that mayhem of elections," Nyanzi said.

He challenged the media to bring any evidence to show he is supporting Mukasa to get the NUP ticket in Lubaga South.

"Have you ever heard me say this is my candidate? Those are typical rumors which we can't base on. The problem with journalists is that you are looking for problems all the time; try to see the positive things too… My objective is to reduce friction from within so that we get the election without conflicts," Nyanzi said.

Last week, information this website received indicated that Bobi Wine had moved to trim the wings of the entire NUP Kampala Central Vetting Committee, nullified all their past decisions and declared all positions vacant.

"Among people seen as targeted by Bobi is his brother Nyanzi, JM Sebuufu, Ssemugooma, Panadol, Kyazike, Kalibbala and Bwambale," said a source who preferred anonymity.

He did that against time as the Electoral Commission's nomination window draws near. However, Bobi Wine advisers have told him to put his feet down and stop the growing impunity, bribery and corruption.

Reports indicate that to stand for MP on NUP ticket in urban centres where Bobi Wine is seen as popular, the aspirant parts with sh100 million. District chairmen and Mayors pay Sh50 million and sh25 million respectively. Councillors part with Sh10 million and sh5 million.

https://www.watchdoguganda.com/news/20200917/101046/too-early-corruption-pops-up-its-ugly-head-in-nup-shakes-bobi-wines-credentials-to-fight-musevenis-vice.html

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{UAH} WHY IS NUP DIVIDED?

WHY  IS NUP DIVIDED?

The divisions manifested in NUP today, crop from way back during the electoral period. Why not trail and navigate the solitude of a salient betrayal in the struggle.

At a time when every body was relieved and some mourning their political loss, Besigye's People's Govt and 11 other political groups had formed now the People's Front For Transformation and effected mobilisation through the Red Card.

The victorious LC3 chairpersons/Mayors and Metropolitan leaders requested to meet Bobi wine to discuss a few post electoral activities. He ccepted to meet the group invited them to his home in Magere.

Smartly and excitedly filled with anxiety to meet their principal, the group was disappointed because One by One Rubogonya, Eddie mutwe, Bobi young and Dan magic started entering into appearance and sat among them to await the grand arrival of the principal. It was assumed as though that may be these peregesi were on their own business but they were wrong. Not only disappointed and disgrantled the visiting political group requested kyagulanyi to dismiss ba-peregesi  because they were misplaced in such a meeting regarded as a strategy meeting.

Kyagulanyi informed them that they "either attend the meeting or get lost than  dictate who attends what in his expensive home." A factor that demoralised the group.

This also totally annoyed the NUP die hards who first complained for the long wait in the principal's seating room who had appeared from his bed room at 2:00pm instead of 10:00am without apology.

Shamelessly and unapologetic, Bobi wine demanded the team leaders (Muwanga kivumbi, MPUUGA and Hon Nsaba Patrick Oshabe) to lay down the reason why they came to meet him.

In response, with as though a faded mood of temper, they informed kyagulanyi that they need as NUP to have some activities to mobilise Ugandans. And these activities were to build NUP stractures. This would start would Buganda where they had won overwhelmingly victorious.

The idea disgusted Bobi wine and led to his objection. Before he could add anything, Rubogonya Lewis informed the group that the Secretariat would seat and determine why and how and when the Party will have party structure elections therefore it wasn't there business which they have failed to do to now.

To add salt to a bleeding wound, kyagulanyi instead suggested that the party starts stunt staging arrests and talk shows on local radios and televisions which would give them publicity and probably cover Besigye's Red card activity. This would also pull more funding from the diaspora.

Right now we have an upper hand and more vibrant in the opposition than Besigye. Let us keep the standard by public and in the news to cover him compeletey." Bobi wine grambled.

Shocked and disgraced, the group disagreed with the principal's idea and noted that this aimed at news making than mobilisation. Because of the disagreements, the meeting was postponed for two weeks.

Surprisingly, the next time they saw kyagulanyi was in Mbale flexing with police on camera. Many of them got fed up and realised that Kyagulanyi was not ready to be advised.

As a schemer and opportunist, Mpuuga Called for a secret meeting at his Buganda Office at Rubaga road which many MPS and Local govt elects attended.

Having heard what had transpired in the previous meeting at Magere, MPUUGA informed the Leaders that Bobi wine was not a politician but a ganja man. He had chosen his ghetto boys at the expense of the future of the party. He said that he would never listen to them since he would regard Danmagic stronger than an Mp. And noted that from experience, Bobi young  was more heard to the principal than an LClll chairman. A factor that deepened the divisions and widened the gaps to isolation from NUP activities by most of the leaders.

On another occasion Bobi Wine had invited the MPs to explain about the formation of the G20 group he regarded as a destruction of NUP internally. He immediately instructed the group to be disolved because all members are Buganda Caucus members and could have all work done through the Caucus.

However all most of the MPs disagreed with him and informed him. They defiantly informed him that the group doesn't intend to devide NUP but a protection against life time politicians like Mpuga MATHIAS, Nambooze Betty,  MELDAD Ssegona, Muwanga Kivumbi and others in the category.

The G20 group comprises of Abubaker Kawalya, Kirumira Hasan, Matovu Joseph, Aloysious Facco, Kalwanga, ssekitoleko, Ssekabira Denis, Tebandeke, Kagabo twaha, Kiyaga Hilderman, Kayemba solo, Lutaaya Geoffrey etc. They save 2 million among themselves among themselves every month and it will be shared in 2026, they visit each other per month and contribute 300,000 from each member. However it is also believed that the group is expecting a grant from Salim Saleh who advised them to form a rebel group as the NRM group to decide the party.

The divisionism also worked during the intended kyagulanyi Kayunga visit.  He added that all MPS including Mpuga should register and pay 200,000 for his fuel. A thing that didn't only scare off MPS but annoyed them and forced it to boycott the activity.

However, before he could know, Mpuuga was in Kayunga with a huge fleet of NUP MPS on his booked day of visit to the constituency to campaign for Nakwedde. In anger and further, he harrassed Mpuga in a 44minutes phone call which forced Mpuga to also fire back advising him to seek his guidance on such matters next time because now the MPs heard him more.

Another cause of the divisions in NUP were the disagreements on the continued rent fees paid to kyagulanyi. Nambeeshe had argued that the party had to divert iPod money and mp contributions and donor funding to creating a permanent home for NUP than pay 20milliom to the ingrate Bobi wine. However Bobi wine and the Secretariat disagreed with the Most MPS  led by Nambeeshe citing reasons such as that the party was young and premature for this and therefore they couldn't afford Nambeshe's expensive idea. An incident that strongly left the party decided along gain lines.

The origins of divisions in NUP also cross to the Diaspora. And in my next article I will give u a I detailed division and break up of kyagulanyi and his diaspora funders for failure to account for solicited funding and a plan to replace him with Mpuuga.


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{UAH} NUP Flagbearers Stranded as Corruption Scandal Hits Opposition Party

NUP Flagbearers Stranded as Corruption Scandal Hits Opposition Party

posted onDecember 23, 2020
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Flagbearers of the National Unity Platform (NUP) are stranded over lack of finances to facilitate their campaigns as promised by their party presidential flagbearer Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine. 

During the times of party Primaries and nomination, Bobi Wine pledged to fully facilitate NUP flagbearers by paying for them nomination fee to the Independent Electoral Commission for both Parliamentary and all local government seats. 

Whereas NUP fully paid nomination fee for all their flagbearers, campaign money that Bobi Wine promised them has not been released with only about 20days left to the January 14th general elections. 

According to inside sources, facilitation for NUP flagbearers has not been processed following a huge alleged corruption scandal where over $10m foreign donation has been swindled by top NUP officials. 
Apparently, part of the money was to facilitate all the Party activities ahead of the 2021 elections as each of flag bearer was expected to bag atleast Shs20m for the campaigns. 

According to records, EC nominated 4,955 NUP candidates as flagbearers for all elective positions with 182 for directly elected MP seat and 60 woman MP contestants and 47 district chairpersons. 

Other sources say that whereas the bigger chuck of money has been swindled, some of the money has been frozen in Bank accounts by government following non-compliance with the Anti-money laundering Act and Parliamentary Elections Act and the Presidential Elections Act which bars candidates contesting for presidential and parliamentary positions to obtain funding from foreign countries or institutions. 

In most parts of the country especially in Sebei, Teso, Bugisu and Busoga, NUP flagbearers have started defecting to other political parties citing lack of transparency, honesty and trust among party leadership. They say Bobi Wine promised them heaven on earth and has failed to live to his word by giving them campaign money. 

In Busia alone, 325 NUP supporters including flagbearers for Samia Bugwe North and Samia Bugwe South constituencies have all crossed to NRM. In Sebei, top regional NUP mobilizers also crossed to the ruling party while the same defections happened in the districts of Kumi, Amuria, Namayingo, Kamuli etc. 

Also in Bunyoro region, NUP flagbearer for Hoima East MP race Jackson Atugonza Jackson and flagbearer for Hoima woman MP Rachael Ainebyoona are among those who have officially crossed to NRM.

Background:

Last month, this website exclusively reported how top opposition politicians have reportedly been funded by foreigners to a tune of $10m (over Shs37bn) to facilitate them in the forthcoming general elections. 

It is alleged that, for the last 6months, 10million dollars were transported into Uganda at different intervals through various border points.
 
Impeccable sources told this website that the foreigners first sent in the country $1.2m and the second batch was $3m. Another $2.5m was later sent and the last batch was $3.3m.

The source of the money is reportedly from opposition politicians in foreign countries. The source of this money has been traced from countries like Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, USA and Ugandans in the Diaspora among others. It is said that South African based politician Julius Malema, the president of the Economic Freedom Fighters is among those bankrolling Ugandan opposition. It is alleged that Ugandan opposition received $30,000 from Malema while Bobi Wine's good friend, Babu Owino of Orange Democratic Movement in Kenya also sent in some unspecified amounts of money. 

However, the same source has informed us that whereas the opposition received up to $10m to facilitate their campaigns, the money has reportedly been swindled leaving the NUP flagbearers in tears with no money to finance their scientific campaigns. 

On the other hand, NRM has started financing their party flagbearers, according to NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba. NRM flagbearers for directly elected MP seats are slated to get Shs40m while Woman MPs will get Shs50m. 


https://kampalapost.com/content/nup-flagbearers-stranded-corruption-scandal-hits-opposition-party
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