The in-fights within the Forum for Democratic Change party could undermine the good work of Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).
Just months after assuming the office of Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Ms Betty Aol wants to assert her powers but the assertion could as well undermine the already fragile internal politics within the FDC given that just months, former party leader, Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu and a host left for a new party.
Ms Aol wants to have control of the party wing at parliament and that means she must have troops that are loyal to her but at whose expense does she serve? Is it for the party or the country that pays her and her colleagues? Basing on the above, Ms Aol ought to appreciate the played by other players before she was named in as LoP. Her current showdown with the Speaker over whether to extend the tenure of COSASE is basically looking at two people, Abdu Katuntu and Anite Among.
The party differences shouldn’t be dragged to parliament at the expense of national interests. The recent change of Commissioners in parliament from being appointed by party to election could justify why party interests should suffocate national interests. Ms Aol, named Kawempe South legislator Mubarak Munyagwa as the chairperson of COSASE with Rubaga North’s Moses Kasibante as his deputy, However, the changes are good for the operation of the party and opposition in general as they show maturity and rotation of leadership roles. Nevertheless, Ms Aol should not be used to target moderates that don’t entirely agree with the status quo at Najjanakumbi.
Why would LoP refuse to grant extension of time for the committee to accomplish its work even after the Speaker of Parliament has requested? The Katuntu, Anite Among plus other committee members should be granted an extension to finish their work without necessarily indulging the Munyagwa committee into affairs they didn’t start.
Could FDC be playing in the hands of Bank of Uganda? The acts of LoP can indirectly mean that as a party, FDC isn’t interested in positive results but just having another of their own to steer the committee. The fact is that Abdu Katuntu like any other person has short comings but those short comings shouldn’t be used to purge him and his committee at the crucial time.
Despite the two sides having arguments over the extension of the committee, Katuntu has emerged as one the best level coolheaded legislator in handling matters related to investigations and whether the executive and parliament implements or doesn’t, that is none of his business because his is to see through the inquiry and make recommendations. Yes, Munyagwa isn’t being loathed because of him being a failure but it isn’t good for him to start from nowhere especially on a matter like BoU probe. Katuntu is leading the probe into BoU’s closure and sale of seven commercial banks following an Auditor General report that pointed and possible corruption among BoU officials and beneficiaries of the takeovers.
The banks are Teefe bank, International Credit bank ltd, Greenland bank, The Cooperative bank, National Bank of Commerce, Global Trust bank, and Crane bank. The probe discovered that some banks were sold via mobile phone, using archaic laws and passing on “confidential information to would be buyers. In the case of Crane Bank, Shs478 billion was spent by BoU to keep the bank operational for three months before it was taken over by Dfcu Bank. The same bank needed a capitalisation of Shs157 billion.
Whether Katuntu or Munyagwa, what is needed is fine report at the end of the day.
The National Unity Platform (NUP) has endorsed Judith Nalukwago as Makerere University Guild Presidential aspirant.
Nalukwago was endorsed shortly after the young Makerere strike machine; Obed Obedgiu Derrick opted out of the race. Obed announced that he will not be offering himself as a candidate in the highly anticipated Mak guild elections as the new election roadmap is yet to be released.
“Salutations to you friends, I shan’t offer myself as a candidate in the forthcoming elections as was the case earlier. Thanks to all and sundry for the unwavering support,” Obed wrote on Facebook.
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Although Obed had won the flag bearer primaries early before the closure of the University due to the Covid-19 pandemic break-up, he has decided to give way to the fellow people power member Judith Nalukwago to aspire and promises undying support for her.
In a series of posts on her social media handles, Nalukwago announced that she will be running for the position of Guild President. She says that the seat of the Vice Guild President offered her an opportunity to assert her beliefs and push more for affordable education and education reforms.
“The Vice Guild Presidency presented to me a great opportunity to assert those beliefs and push more for affordable education and address systematic injustice against students in general and women in particular. This struggle is always a work in progress,” Nalukwago said.
She added, “The task before us is an uphill one, but the power of our resolve will be the steam that gets our train moving. In the coming days, I will share broadly about this noble aspiration and what I have in plan for us all.”
Makerere University might get a female guild president after seven years. Anne Adeke Ebaju is the Youth Female Representative in Parliament.
The University now has four candidates in the race; Tumusiime Joseph (independent), Ogutti Aaron (independent), Muhwezi Maczxxon (NRM) and the only lady Judith Nalukwago (NUP). However the competition is between the NRM flag bearer and the NUP aspirant as they wait for the date of 30th March to decide the new elect Guild President.
The Uganda National Examinations Board – UNEB has revealed that academic documents submitted by Kawempe North Member of Parliament elect Muhammad Segirinya are not authentic.
This followed a request for verification of the said documents by former Kawempe North MP contestant Sulaiman Kidandala who lost to Segirinya in the recently concluded general elections.
Kidandala is challenging Segirinya’s victory on grounds that he was not qualified enough to run for the position which he won by landslide.
“The certificate serial numbers U1884798 and A0964827 whose copies you submitted for verification are NOT authentic documents issued by the board,” UNEB wrote in a letter to Alaka & Company advocates, the law firm representing Kidandala.
The two certificates for both Ordinary and Advanced level, according to UNEB were all not for Segirinya as they indicated.
“Candidate U005/054 (2007) is Nampiima Sarah who sat at Mengo Secondary School NOT Segirinya Richard sitting at Pimbas Secondary School.”
“Candidate U0053/754 (2009) is Nabadda Maureen who sat at Mengo Secondary School not Segirinya Richard sitting at Pimbas Secondary School.”
According to the Ugandan Constitution, for one to be allowed to contest for MP, they must possess a Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education – UACE certificate or its equivalent.
This, if it holds in court would directly annul Segirinya’s election as MP.
The Mbale City Woman MP-elect, Connie Nakayenze Galiwango has finally filed defense before the Mbale High Court in response to the 123 affidavits earlier submitted by Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, who is challenging her victory citing discrepancies in the electoral process.
Galiwango defeated her competitor, Wanyoto, with a range of over 20,000 votes, after scoring 40,702 votes (53.2%) against Wanyoto’s 25,276 votes (33%) in the January 14th elections.
Other candidates in the race were; Robinah Masibo from the National Unity Platform party (NUP) who garnered 6565 votes, Maimuna Nambuya with 1852 votes, Shadia Luwungule, who had lost in the NRM primaries got 1382 votes and Racheal K Nansubuga trailed with 643 votes.
Wanyoto, on March 2, filed 123 affidavits, which she said contained all the evidence that are enough to nullify Galiwango’s victory and order for vote recount.
She told reporters in a press conference that her victory had been robbed by Galiwango whom she accused of ordering the brutalization of her (Wanyoto’s) polling agents.
“My polling agents from Bugema, Nakaloke, and Bukasakya and Bungokho-Mutoto sub counties were beaten by the supporters of Nakayenze and my declaration forms destroyed. I can’t accept the results and we are going to Courts of Law to challenge this because I believe that I won the race but the Electoral Commission declared a wrong person,” she said.
Speaking to journalists after filing the defense, Galiwango noted that she is ready to face all the 123 witnesses who claim that she rigged the polls.
“I pray God helps me so I can see those people. That day, I want to look into their eyes and see them giving evidence against me, because it is like somebody finding you with your hen and claims that it is theirs,” she said.
“I am happy my lawyers and I read all the 123 affidavits and responded to them and we are now ready to face the Court. I saw some people citing bribery, I am ready to see someone testifying that I or my agent gave them the money,” Galiwango added.
She called upon the people of Mbale City whom she referred to as “my energy” to walk with her as they defend their victory since “it is you the people of Mbale who voted for me and therefore the petition is against you too.”