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Kyankwanzi: AU Diplomat Michael Katungi Joins Politics

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The African Union diplomat and security policy analyst for Uganda, Michael Katungi attached to AU headquarters in Addis Ababa has announced that he is returning to join politics.

Katungi announced Monday that he intends to stand for Butemba Constituency in the forthcoming general elections.

According to him, he has amassed a lot of experience which can enable him to contribute to the community in Butemba both socially and economically.

“I have always been a passionate advocate for economic inclusion and improving

household income for all Ugandans for over 20 years,” said Katungi.

“I feel my experience and attained skills are an essential tool to empower and uplift the communities of Butemba constituency and Kyankwanzi district to ultimately improve their household incomes and join the rest of the country as we march towards a middle-status country,” added the diplomat.

He has been involved in defence, security, and diplomacy at the national, regional and

Continental political arena for many years

He said that Kyankwanzi district part of Lukoola (Luwero Triangle), has always remained a cradle of Resistance Movement and being a strong supporter of the NRM revolution. That’s why he has chosen to settle and contribute to the community both socially and economically through farming and various charitable ventures.

It is noted that some challenges facing the area include among others the low prices of agricultural produce, poor livelihoods which are impaired by bad roads, water scarcity, lack of hospitals, ethnic contentions, and high illiteracy rates.

“I experience these challenges first hand and relate to every negative sentiment that arises out of these problems and I have noticed that this has led the community to believe that this is their normal life and that development is out of reach for them,” noted Katungi.

“I have learnt that immediate intervention is required to change mindsets for the community to realise that progress and development that favours even the lowest income household in the community is possible.”

Katungi revealed that he has nurtured strategic connections and a resourceful network of individuals, organisations and government agencies through his service that he intends to leverage upon to realise the district’s development plan which aims to increase average household incomes and improve the quality of life of the people of Kyankwanzi district.

He will be battling the incumbent Kamusiime Pentagon.



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Security Takes Over All Rooftops of Tall Buildings in Kampala

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Security forces will be taking over rooftops of all tall buildings in the Kampala Metropolitan Area including Archades, malls, apartments among others.

The move which was announced on Wednesday afternoon is aimed at strengthening security in the presidential elections slated for Thursday January 14, 2020.

An agreement between the Police and building owners was reached after a meeting between the two parties.

Police says that rooftops were used as command posts for riots that took place in November 2020 following the arrest of National Unity Platform – NUP Presidential candidate Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi.

This security measure is an addition to the many others which include heavy deployment of mambas, LDU and police officers across the country.

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City Pastors, Prophets Pledge Support to Museveni

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City Pastors from over 10 churches in and around Kampala have prayed with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe. They also pledged their support for him in the upcoming Presidential elections due this Thursday.

The Pastors who each commands a following of over 20,000 Christians were accompanied to the meeting by Mr. Balaam Barugahara an NRM supporter and promoter.

Among the Pastors that attended the meeting were; Pr. Wilson Bugembe, Brother Ronnie Makabai, Pr. Mondo Mugisha, Pr. Bugingo Aloysius, Prophet Elvis Mbonye, Pr. Judith Ssozi, Pr. Eunice Akoth, Pr. Osinde among others.

The men and women of God pledged their full support and that of their followers for the President and NRM party in the forthcoming general elections.

They prayed for peace during and after elections and put Uganda in the hands of God during this season.

President Museveni promised to support the organized groups in their churches who have formed SACCOs with an aim of starting up small business to improve their house hold incomes.

“We have given support to Catholic Church, like Bishop Odama’s project in Northern Uganda, so we shall support you too,” he said.

After the meeting, President Museveni and the Pastors prayed together for peace.

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Fear as Gunmen Ambush Minister Kasirivu, Bullets Fired at his Car

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State Minister for Vice Presidency Dr Baltazar Kasirivu-Atwookihas Wednesday morning survived an assassination after he was ambushed by gunmen a few kilometers from his home.

Kasirivu who was driving from a radio show at Emambya FM in Kakumiro town, Kakumiro District was attacked at Kakora Village, Nyalweyo Town Council in Kakumiro District and took fire from his attackers.

According to local publisher Daily Monitor who spoke to the minister, eight bullets pierced through his vehicle but he was able to survive and go unharmed together with his driver.

“They almost finished our lives. As we were approaching my home at a swampy place, unknown people who were armed with guns opened fire on us,” he reportedly said.

“As gunfire raged, I told the driver to speed off and that is how we escaped unhurt. I don’t know who was behind this attack but I have informed the police. It was a miracle for me to survive,” he said.

Dr. Kasirivu who is also the Bugangaizi Member of Parliament is still in the race seeking to extend his leadership for another term.

He said that he suspects the attack to be politically motivated ahead of Thursday elections.

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