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Baryomunsi Eyes NRM Western Region Vice Chairmanship, Warns Gen Kyaligonza

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State Minister for Housing, Chris Baryomunsi has announced plans to contest for the position of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Western Region Vice Chairperson.

He made this prompt announcement on Monday July 27, 2020 at a Press Conference that was held at Parliament.

It is understood that the briefing was held a short while after the minister who also doubles as Kinkiizi East Legislator tendered in his nomination forms to the party headquarters in Kampala.

Speaking yesterday, Baryomunsi said that his candidature was underpinned on the need for adequate representation of this vast region that comprises of Ankole, Kigezi, Tooro, Bunyoro and Rwenzori.

While this position qualifies one to sit on the Central Executive Committee (CEC), he said that the incumbent had miserably failed to represent the region’s interests.

“Look at areas like Kigezi and Tooro the tourism potential there. The hard work exhibited by Banyakigezi and the beauty of Ankole. When you look at Bunyoro; issues of oil and land rights in Kibaale,” Baryomunsi illustrated.

“All these issues have to be brought to the table for discussion and my feeling is that our representation has not been very adequate,” he opined.

Furthermore, Baryomunsi added that he was motivated to run for this coveted post because of his inherent mobilization skills and leadership credentials that the NRM critically needs at this time.

“I have been at the fore front of championing some of the causes of NRM. And therefore I am tested, experienced and I am sure nobody doubts my ability to really mobilize for the party and also do party work,” he chest thumped.

At this point in time, Baryomunsi added that there was need for the party to blend its ranks with youthful leaders like him for purposes of continuity.

“I am not aged in that bracket but I am also not a youth. So I am in between there. So with in my party I act as a bridge between the past and the future in terms of representation,” he elaborated.

That said, Baryomunsi retorted that as far as he knows, the law does not bar anyone from concurrently serving the party on top of being a minister and Member of Parliament.

He, however, asked journalists to interrogate as to whether it is legally right for a public officer such as an ambassador to run for the same seat.

“So I will still be vying for the position of MP Kinkiizi East. This position of NRM Vice Chairperson is like volunteering in the party. It’s not a paid position, not a salaried position,” he responded.

Asked whether he was not afraid of running against the temperamental Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, Baryomunsi disclosed that this position is not carved out of metal.

Even then, he vowed not to wither in the event that the bush war general unleashes violence saying he knows how to deal with such characters.

“At what level will he become violent to me? If he becomes violent, I am not violent but I know how to manage violent people. So that one cannot scare me at all and we don’t need violent people to be in positions of leadership within the party,” he concluded.

In the last polls held in 2016, the incumbent bullied President Yoweri Museveni’s Son in Law Odrek Rwabogo for vying for the same position on grounds that he was under-qualified for that post.

 



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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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