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{UAH} THE DEMOCRATS FOOLISHNESS OF WOMEN HAVE MORE VALUE IN SOCIETY CATCHING ON WITH SOCIETY -> Well if you have a son you might as well burry him today

‘It’s Become Increasingly Hard for Them to Feel Good About Themselves’

Sept. 22, 2021

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Thomas B. Edsall

Is there a whole class of men who no longer fit into the social order?

A decade ago, Marianne Bertrand and Jessica Pan, economists at the University of Chicago and the National University of Singapore, concluded in their paper “The Trouble With Boys: Social Influences and the Gender Gap in Disruptive Behavior”:

Family structure is an important correlate of boys’ behavioral deficit. Boys that are raised outside of a traditional family (with two biological parents present) fare especially poorly. For example, the gender gap in externalizing problems when the children are in fifth grade is nearly twice as large for children raised by single mothers compared to children raised in traditional families. By eighth grade, the gender gap in school suspension is close to 25 percentage points among children raised by single mothers, while only 10 percentage points among children in intact families. Boys raised by teenage mothers also appear to be much more likely to act out.

Bertrand and Pan focus on the crucial role of noncognitive skills, on how “factors such as study habits, industriousness and perseverance matter as much as cognitive skills in explaining occupational achievement.” Noncognitive skills, they write, “are not fixed but are in fact quite malleable, and can be shaped by early intervention programs.”

The effects on boys of being raised in a single-parent household are particularly acute in the development of noncognitive skills, according to Bertrand and Pan:

Most striking are our findings regarding gender differences in the noncognitive returns to parental inputs. Across all family structures, we observe that boys’ likelihood to act out is sharply reduced when faced with larger and better parental inputs. For girls, the relationship between parental inputs and behavioral outcomes appear to be much weaker. As these parental inputs are typically higher and of better quality in intact families, this largely contributes to why boys with single mothers are so much more disruptive and eventually face school suspension.

There are a number of research projects that illuminate the ongoing controversy on the subject of men and their role in contemporary America.

First, an excerpt from a 2016 paper by David Autor, an economist at M.I.T., and four colleagues:

In the United States in 2016, the female high school graduation rate exceeded the male rate by five percentage points, and the female college graduation rate exceeded the male rate by seven percentage points. What explains these gender gaps in educational attainment? Recent evidence indicates that boys and girls are differently affected by the quantity and quality of inputs received in childhood.

Second, part of a 2015 paper by Francesca GinoCaroline Ashley Wilmuth and Alison Wood Brooks, who were all at the Harvard Business School at the time of writing:

We find that, compared to men, women have a higher number of life goals, place less importance on power-related goals, associate more negative outcomes (e.g., time constraints and trade-offs) with high-power positions, perceive power as less desirable, and are less likely to take advantage of opportunities for professional advancement.

Third, a passage from an article by Colleen Flaherty, a reporter at Inside Higher Ed:

The study suggests that men are overrepresented in elite Ph.D. programs, especially in those fields heavy on math skills, making for segregation by discipline and prestige.

And fourth, a quote from a 2013 paper, “Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education,” by Autor and Melanie Wasserman, an economist at U.C.L.A.:

Although a significant minority of males continues to reach the highest echelons of achievement in education and labor markets, the median male is moving in the opposite direction. Over the last three decades, the labor market trajectory of males in the U.S. has turned downward along four dimensions: skills acquisition; employment rates; occupational stature; and real wage levels.

I sent the four references above to Arlie Hochschild, a professor of sociology at Berkeley and the author of “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” for her views. She emailed back:

Since the 1970s offshoring and automation have hit blue collar men especially hard. Oil, coal — automating, manufacturing, off-shorting, and truck-driving about to go down. Non-B.A. males are in an especially vulnerable place. I saw it in Louisiana, and again where I’m interviewing in Appalachia. It’s become increasingly hard for them to feel good about themselves.

In a 2018 essay in The New York Review of Books, “Male Trouble,” Hochschild described the predicament of less well educated men:

Compared to women, a shrinking proportion of men are earning B.A.s, even though more jobs than ever require a college degree, including many entry-level positions that used to require only a high school diploma. Among men between twenty-five and thirty-four, 30 percent now have a B.A. or more, while 38 percent of women in that age range do. The cost of this disadvantage has only grown with time: of the new jobs created between the end of the recession and 2016, 73 percent went to candidates with a B.A. or more. A shrinking proportion of men are even counted as part of the labor force; between 1970 and 2010, the percentage of adult men in a job or looking for work dropped from 80 to 70 while that of adult women rose from 43 to 58. Most of the men slipping out lack B.A.s.

While many of the men Hochschild writes about see a future of diminished, if not disappearing, prospects, men in elite professions continue to dominate the ranks of chief executives, top politicians and the highest-paying professorships.

Frances E. Jensen, chair of the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, taking a different tack, argues that boys’ brains mature more slowly than girls’ brains do, a difference that is particularly striking in the adolescent years. In a 2017 interview with the School Superintendents Association, Jensen stressed the crucial role the still maturing brain plays in the lives of teenagers:

Teens go through a period of increased emotional fluctuation and are like a Ferrari with weak brakes. The emotional center of the brain, the limbic system, which controls emotions, is fully connected, but the frontal lobe that sharpens critical thinking isn’t well-connected. That means the part of the brain that makes them pause and say to themselves, “Bad idea. Don’t post that on Facebook because it might hurt my chances of getting a job in the future” or “Don’t jump in the lake, there may be a rock,” isn’t mature.

The brain also becomes more efficient, Jensen said,

during a process called myelination. This is when a fatty substance called myelin grows slowly and wraps itself around miles of brain cells to better insulate them. Insulation makes the brain more efficient at sending and receiving signals. Myelination is a slow process that finishes in the mid-20s. Our brains have thousands of miles of networks and to insulate all of them with myelin takes over two and a half decades to finish.

Using M.R.I. images, Jensen continued,

you can actually see the brain is laying down a layer of myelin over time when looked at year over year. You can measure those layers and see a dynamic process where the insulation is sharpening the rapidity of our signaling from one part of our brain to another.

And then she added a crucial point:

In adolescence, on average girls are more developed by about two to three years in terms of the peak of their synapses and in their connectivity processes.

A major 2015 study, “The Emergence of Sex Differences in Personality Traits in Early Adolescence: A Cross-Sectional, Cross-Cultural Study,” on which Marleen De Bolle, then of Ghent University, was the lead author — with contributions from 48 additional scholars — described some of the consequences of differing rates of maturity and development:

Our findings demonstrate that adolescent girls consistently score higher than boys on personality traits that are found to facilitate academic achievement, at least within the current school climate. Stated differently, the current school environment or climate might be in general more attuned to feminine-typed personalities, which make it — in general — easier for girls to achieve better grades at school.

What are some of the other factors contributing to the differing academic performance of boys and girls?

In a 2019 paper, “Family Disadvantage and the Gender Gap in Behavioral and Educational Outcomes,” Autor and Wasserman, along with David FiglioKrzysztof Karbownik and Jeffrey Roth, conclude that:

Family disadvantage disproportionately negatively affects the behavioral and academic outcomes of school-age boys relative to girls. The differential effect of family disadvantage on the outcomes of boys relative to girls is already evident by the time of kindergarten entry, is further manifested in behavioral and educational gaps in elementary and middle school performance, and crystallizes into sharp differences in high school graduations by age 18.

“Parental investments in boys versus girls,” they write,

differ systematically according to family disadvantage. For example, parents in low-SES households, which are disproportionately female-headed, may spend relatively more time mentoring and interacting with daughters than sons.

In an email, Autor wrote that the downward trajectory of boys and men from single-parent homes should not mask the continuation of a very different trend at elite levels:

Even as one laments boys falling behind, one should not for a moment think that all is well with women’s status in higher education or the professions. In terms of major fields, fast-track careers, leadership positions, and prestigious branches of high-paid specialties, women are still not close to parity.

The consequences are depressing:

The stagnation of male educational attainment bodes ill for the well-being of recent cohorts of U.S. males, particularly minorities and those from low-income households. Recent cohorts of males are likely to face diminished employment and earnings opportunities and other attendant maladies, including poorer health, higher probability of incarceration, and generally lower life satisfaction.

I am quoting at greater length than usual from Autor and Wasserman because they have done the most thorough job of bringing meticulously compiled and compelling evidence to bear on male disadvantage. They warn that “a vicious cycle” may be emerging, “with the poor economic prospects of less-educated males creating differentially large disadvantages for their sons, thus potentially reinforcing the development of the gender gap in the next generation.”

With the onset of

lower marriage rates of less-educated males, their children face comparatively low odds of living in economically secure households with two parents present. Unsurprisingly, children born into such households also face poorer educational and earnings prospects over the long term. Even more concerning is that male children born into low-income, single-parent-headed households — which in the vast majority of cases are female-headed households — appear to fare particularly poorly on numerous social and educational outcomes.

There are other forces driving the vicious cycle, Autor and Wasserman write:

A growing body of evidence supports the hypothesis that the erosion of labor market opportunities for low-skill workers in general — and non-college males in particular — has catalyzed a fall in employment and earnings among less-educated males and a decline in the marriage rates of less-educated males and females. These developments in turn diminish family stability, reduce household financial resources, and subtract from the stock of parental time and attention that should play a critical role in fomenting the educational achievement and economic advancement of the next generation.

Why are boys falling farther behind than their sisters? Autor and Wasserman reply:

The absence of stable fathers from children’s lives has particularly significant adverse consequences for boys’ psychosocial development and educational achievement.

More specifically:

On a wide variety of self-control, acting-out, and disciplinary measures (including eighth-grade suspension), the gap between boys and girls is substantially greater for children reared in single-mother-headed households than in households with two biological parents.

Another reflection of this pattern, according to Autor and Wasserman, “is the growing divergence in high school girls’ and boys’ expectations of obtaining a four-year college degree.” Among cohorts of high school seniors interviewed between 1976 and 2006, “a gap opens between boys’ and girls’ expectations for B.A. attainment starting in the early 1980s and cumulates thereafter.” They add that “growing up in a single-parent home appears to significantly decrease the probability of college attendance for boys, yet has no similar effect for girls.”

It is not just fatherlessness, the two economists write. A key factor is that single parents — disproportionately female — are “more limited in the amount of time they can devote to child care activities.” If, then, “boys are more responsive to parental inputs (or the absence thereof) than are girls, it is possible that the gender gradient in behavioral and academic development could be magnified in single-parent households.” They cite a study demonstrating that single mothers “report feeling more emotionally distant from their sons and engage in disciplinary action such as spanking more frequently with their sons. These disparities in parenting are largely absent from dual-parent homes.”

Adam Enders, a professor of political science at the University of Louisville, sees the troubles of young white men in particular as an outcome of their partisan resentments.

“My take is that lower-class white males likely have lower trust in institutions of higher education over time. This bears out in the aggregate,” he wrote, citing a Pew Research Survey.

Part of the reason for this — at least among some conservative males — is the perception that colleges are tools for leftist indoctrination — a perception increasingly fueled by the right, including top Republican and conservative leaders. Indeed, there is a hefty split between Democrats and Republicans in their orientations toward the education system. Republicans became more negative than positive about education since around 2016.

Shelly Lundberg, a professor of economics at the University of California-Santa Barbara, does not dispute the data showing large gender differences in educational outcomes, but she has a different take on the underlying causes, focusing on “the concept of fragile or precarious masculinity, in which manhood (unlike womanhood) is seen as a social state that requires continual proof and validation.”

 

Social and cultural forces linked to gender identity are important drivers of educational goals and performance. A peer-driven search for masculine identity drives some boys toward risk-taking and noncompliance with school demands that hampers school achievement, relative to girls. Aspirations are linked to social identities — what you want and expect depends on who you think you are — and profound differences in the norms defining masculinity and femininity create a gender gap in educational trajectories.

Lundberg’s position that different norms define masculinity and femininity, Enders’s political take and the argument of Autor and other scholars that boys suffer more than girls in dysfunctional homes are most likely more complementary than conflicting.

The bigger question is how the country should deal with the legions of left-behind men, often angry at the cataclysmic social changes, including family breakdown, that have obliterated much that was familiar. In 2020, white men voted for Donald Trump 61 percent to 38 percent. Many of these men have now become the frontline troops in a reactionary political movement that has launched an assault on democracy. What’s next?

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"

 

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{UAH} As you go to bed , please remember "this" you don't need miles and miles of space but just inches.

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{UAH} Museveni reopens churches; bars still closed

President Museveni has allowed places of worship to reopen as government continues to ease Covid restrictions.

Since the closure of the places of worship, many have argued that it was wrong to keep them closed whereas places with huge crowds like markets, taxi parks and Kikuubo are open.

These insisted that President Museveni is being ill advised by scientists.

Speaking to the country on Wednesday evening, the president said the Covid transmission rate has gone down to an average of 124 cases per day from 1445 cases at the peak of the second wave in June.

"The daily average number of deaths has declined to six from 67 at peak of the second wave in June. Because of the tough measures we took, only 340 people are in hospital at one time. We now have spare capacity of hospital beds," Museveni said.

He consequently allowed churches, mosques and other places of worship to reopen but noted they will only accommodate 200 people at a time.

"The places of worship can now open with the limit number of worshippers at any one time to not more than 200 provided the place of worship can ensure physical distancing of two meters on either side and adequate aeration," Museveni said.

"There must be strict adherence to all SOPs at all times including hand washing or use of alcohol based sanitizer, temperature monitoring, and consistent wearing of face masks by all congregants including the choir and preachers."

The president said there should not be congregation for worship after curfew hours , adding that the 200 persons limited and all other SOPs should be respected even during special occasions like weddings, funeral services, and confirmation among others.

According to Museveni, the number of people attending weddings and funerals has been increased to 200 but under strict observation of SOPs.

Bars still closed

Bars and other places of entertainment were two years back closed as a measure to control the spread of the deadly virus that has ravaged the world.

Speaking on Wednesday, the president said these cannot be reopened now but will have to wait for at least 4.8 million people to be vaccinated.

"Bars are high risk areas where individuals have no sobriety to observe SOPs. You cant go to a bar and expect soberness. You can't find social distancing and putting on masks in a bar. Even walking is a problem (for drunkards).Because of that problem, they will be considered for reopening when we have vaccinated the six or so people in December," he said.

The president said curfew time remains between 7pm and 5am.

Museveni insisted that Covid is not a "serious" disease if people listened and followed advice by government and scientists.

"If people had not disobeyed in May and April, we would have avoided the first and second waves. We could have avoided the one in November when people were campaigning and holding rallies saying we are dictators telling people not to gather," he said.

The development of easing the Covid restrictions comes on the backdrop of an increased number of Ugandans who have been vaccinated against Covid.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that as of September, 20, a total of 1.77 million doses of the vaccine had been administered in Uganda.

However, of the 1.77 million doses, majority are first shots but with the increase in the number of vaccines that the country has received, more Ugandans are expected to get vaccinated.

President Museveni on Wednesday said by the end of December, Uganda will have received 12 million does of vaccines including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm and Pfizer that will cover over six million people in the country's efforts to fight the deadly virus.

Uganda aims at vaccinating 22 million people and to this, all people above the age of 18 will receive the vaccine.



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{UAH} PUBLIC MESSAGE: SAUDI NATIONAL DAY 2021

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On behalf of the family of His Excellency the late Al-Hajji Field Marshal President Idi Amin Dada (RIP) and the people of Uganda, I would like to wish the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Salman bin AbdulAziz, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the entire Royal Family, the Government and our Brothers & Sisters the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a Blessed & Happy Saudi National Day 2021.
With Gods will I pray for more cooperation, trade and greater bilateral relations between our two countries and our peoples, and I thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for all the assistance not only to our family for many years, but also all the immense aid, financial grants and development projects provided without fanfare to help all the people of Uganda regardless of faith or gender.

Signed: Mr. Hussein Lumumba Amin
Kampala Uganda.
Date: Wednesday 22nd Sept 2021

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{UAH} His Excellency Prophet Mohammad (RIP) was excellent at this pre-prayer activity

Nigerian Pastor, Omotoso Led Us In Prayer After Sexually Assaulting Me, Singer Tells Court

The witness, Hlubikazi Faleni, a singer, noted that she was kicked out of the mission house in Durban because she refused to continue massaging the pastor's feet and private parts.


BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORKFEB 05, 2021

An alleged sexual assault victim of Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso, has said that the pastor asked them to pray after he had molested her in his mission house in Durban, South Africa.

The witness, Hlubikazi Faleni, a singer, noted that she was kicked out of the mission house in Durban because she refused to continue massaging the pastor's feet and private parts. 

Omotoso, the senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church‚ Durban, South Africa, had been arrested on April 20, 2017, for rape and human trafficking.

The pastor and his co-accused, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho, face 63 main and 34 alternative charges related to contravention of the Sexual Offences Act. 

His alleged victims include girls as young as 13. 

The new witness, Hlubikazi Faleni, was called to testify in the Omotoso trial at the Port Elizabeth High court on Thursday, February 4.

According to the 26-year-old Faleni, during the alleged appointments, Omotoso would instruct her to massage his feet or private parts and force her to perform sexual acts on him.

Faleni, the state's sixth witness, told Port Elizabeth high Court Judge, Irma Schoeman, that she had no qualms with testifying in an open court as proceedings got under way. 

She recalled how she joined the East London branch of the Jesus Dominion International Church in 2009.

"I joined the church as a singer, under Pastor Mphathisi Mdyesha. Tim was the main man in the church. I first saw Timothy in 2009 in Port Elizabeth. I'm here today because Timothy Omotoso molested me," she told the court.

She told of how she met a woman called "Sindi" in 2011, before joining the musical group – Grace Galaxy in 2013.

"After I sang, he called me to his office in the church. He said I have joined the group now and should go to the house in Umhlanga. He paid for a cab for me to get to the house."

She said she arrived at the house and found about 25 girls, some who looked like they were still in their teens.

"I was surprised to see these young girls wearing short clothing in the house of the man of God," she added.

Faleni said "Fezeka" – who has since allegedly fled – Sindi and Sulani welcomed her.

"They told me how to behave in the house, to stay clean all the time; that I can't go to Omotoso without bathing first."

Faleni – who was travelling between East London and Durban told the court Omotoso paid for her travels. She detailed an encounter that took place during one of her trips to Durban.

"One evening, I was told by Fezeka that the pastor wanted to see me in his room. I went up to his room and when inside, he said I must lock the door."

He asked me, 'What would you like me to be to you?' I responded, 'I'd like you to mentor me, be a father figure to me because my father passed away a long time [ago]'.

She said he responded: "I'm not here to play a father figure role. What do you want me to be in your life?"

Faleni said she told him she would like him to be her musical mentor. He then allegedly told her:  "I don't like slow people. I can help you; you can be my girlfriend."

She said she told him again she would like him to be a mentor in life and music, to which he allegedly instructed her to "go and call Fezeka".

"I went down to find Fezeka. She asked me what happened. I told her and she told me, 'You need to be flexible, you need to listen to him (Omotoso)'" 

"I went back inside the room. He told me to lock the door; I did."

Faleni said she then went around the bed to kneel down in front of him. She said Omotoso then told her to get onto the bed.

"He told me to lay on top of a towel that was on the bed. He told me to remove my pyjama trousers, a three-quarter trouser, and lay on top of the towel on the bed when done.

"I did as he said. I got on top of the towel. Then he told me to remove my panties."

Faleni said it was then that she noticed he was naked from the waist down. He then climbed on top of her.

"He put his private parts in between my thighs, started satisfying himself until he ejaculated."

She said he then told me to wipe myself with the towel I was laying on top of, he told me to dress up and put the towel in a laundry basket that was in the room.

Before going to put the towel in the bathroom, he said we should pray, he started the prayer – 'God have mercy on us.'"

The trial continued today, Friday, February 5.

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{UAH} Today it is exactly 49 years since Amin murdered Chief justice Bendicto Kagimu Mugumba Kiwanuka. Last night i stopped at a point when Justice Benna Lutta had gone to the British high commissioner Sir Charles Slatter to help contact Amin and ask him to release the Chief Justice. Slatter told Lutta that he could not intervene in private affairs of Uganda. What caused Ben problems and probably led to his death, was the case of Daniel Stuart a British general manager of kakira sugar works whom the army had arrested. All judges refused to handle his case. Slatter approached Ben Kiwanuka and begged him to help. Kiwanuka handled the case and released Deniel Stuart. It is now the same Slatter saying otherwise. On failure to get local help, Justice Benna Lutta decided to fly back to Nairobi to seek any help he could get. He started with Attorney general Charles Njonjo. They later met president Kenyatta who in turn contacted presidents Mubutu of Zaire, Nimiery of Sudan and Sadat of Egypt. They

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{UAH} Pastor flees woman’s home naked when her husband arrives

Pastor flees woman's home naked when her husband arrives

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A police report says a prominent Florida pastor was forced to run out of a house naked after a woman's husband came home to find him having sex with his wife.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports police documents show a woman's husband found her in bed with Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons in the middle of the afternoon on Jan. 17. The woman told police that her husband yelled that he was going to kill Simmons, who fled the apartment naked and hid behind a nearby fence. The husband took the pastor's clothes, wallet and car keys and later agreed to return the items following negotiations with police.

Video posted online shows Simmons asking for forgiveness from his congregation at Tallahassee's Jacob Chapel, saying "you cannot defend sin."

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{UAH} LOL @ Uganda judges. 5 major criminal offenses, 1 year jail sentence

Congolese driver jailed for driving car without license plate

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2021

Muhammad Umaru in court for causing the death of NMG journalist through reckless driving. PHOTO/ BARBARA NALWEYISO

Summary

  • The driver was arrested and charged with six offences after knocking NMG-U journalist dead
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By BARBARA NALWEYISO

A Congolese driver who knocked a Nation Media Group-Uganda (NMG-U) journalist dead has been sentenced to one year after pleading guilty to the offence of driving a motor vehicle without license plate.

Muhammad Umaru attached to Kyaka II refugee camp in Kyegegwa District was also charged with five other offences (reckless driving, causing death through reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle without a valid driving permit, driving without third party motor insurance and driving a vehicle in a dangerous mechanic condition) which he denied.

Mubende Grade One magistrate, Marion Ninsiima who presided over court proceedings on Tuesday set October 5, 2021 when court would start hearing the other five offences.

The district state attorney, Mr Louden Twinomugisha told court that Umaru, 34, ran over Sabbiiti Magembe at Namagoggo village, South Division, Mubende municipality causing his death on September 16.

After being convicted with driving a motor vehicle without a license plate, Umaru asked court for a lenient sentence on grounds that he's a first time offender.

"I plead that the magistrate gives me a simple punishment since I don't have any criminal record," he said.

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The state attorney had asked court to sentence Umaru to two years or fine him Shs500, 000 for driving a car without license plate.

However, the magistrate sentenced him to Kaweeri government prison to serve one year and said prosecution of the other offences would commence on October 5.

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{UAH} Museveni Advisor Defects to Kyagulanyi’s Camp-she is nearing the grave!

Museveni Advisor Defects to Kyagulanyi's Camp

Dr. Sarah Muwonge Nkonge's nearly 15-year-political marriage to President Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa's National Resistance Movement (NRM) has come to a shocking end.

The former senior presidential advisor on Land matters announced her support for Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu's presidential bid at the weekend to the chagrin of NRM mobilisers who knew her as part of them.

Nkonge, an independent candidate for the Lwengo Woman parliamentary seat announced her defection on Saturday as she canvassed for support in Kingo sub-county.

She first dropped the shocker at Kabwaami A village where she appeared with a host of National Unity Platform  (NUP) and People Power coordinators before she sang praises for Kyagulanyi, the NUP leader.

"I regret why I joined NRM… while others who were cheated in the NRM primaries have been listened to, no one has picked interest in listening to me. Some have been compensated, others have been given job placements while I continuously get treated as an outcast," she said.

Nkonge has twice lost the NRM primaries to the sitting Lwengo Woman MP, Cissy Diniozio Namujju, allegedly unfairly, and has on both occasions stood as an independent.

After losing the September 2020 NRM primary poll, Nkonge made a futile attempt to move the High Court in Masaka to block Namujju's nomination as a parliamentary candidate on grounds that she lacks the requisite academic credentials.

Many looked at her an NRM-leaning independent candidate much as her campaign posters until the yellow background they had, disappeared completely.

Joseph Bukenya, the NUP candidate for Kingo sub-county LC-V councillor said that despite his party having an official candidate – Elizabeth Nakasagga in the race, he is backing Nkonge because "she stands a better chance."

"The most important thing is that she is not shy about her support for my president [Kyagulanyi]," Bukenya said.

Mathias Mpuuga, the NUP deputy president in charge of Buganda said that Nkonge had not formally communicated to the party leadership.

"Maybe she wants to seize opportunity to get support since we enjoy wide support in the district. We will wait to see how she plays her cards," Mpuuga said.

Bukenya said that several NUP/people power campaigners are already working for her and are waiting for Kyagulanyi to visit the district to formally introduce her to him.

Nkonge joined the NRM in 2005 as Museveni sought to defuse the growing influence of the newly formed Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) as the country transited to multi-party democracy.

Although she originally subscribed to the Democratic Party (DP), Nkonge became a key figure in Dr. Kizza Besigye's Reform Agenda pressure group under which he first challenged Museveni to the presidency during the 2001 elections.

At the time, Nkonge held the portfolio of  Kampala deputy mayor under the late Al-Hajji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala.

After Ssebaggala threw his weight behind Besigye's presidential bid, Nkonge nicknamed herself 'Nanyondo' to match Besigye's 'Ssenyondo' nickname he had picked from Kyotera where mechanics gave him a symbolic hammer to drive Museveni out of power.
 

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