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Rukungiri: Ingrid Turinawe Refuses to Accept Defeat in FDC Primaries



FDC iron-lady, Ingrid Turinawe has said she won’t “hand over our party to the Junta” days after being defeated in the Rukungiri Municipality MP elections.

Turinawe and MP Roland Kaginda were upset by little-known Dr Warren Katoora Tumwiine, a medical doctor during this week’s polls.

Tumwiine polled 130 votes against Turinawe’s 65. Kaginda, the current MP representing the area, trailed with 62 votes.

In a statement issued after losing the race, Turinawe, an influential leader in Uganda’s largest opposition political party, said she would not concede the loss.

“The FDC we started and built is against voter bribery,” said Turinawe.

“Imagine someone coming from nowhere with sacks of money, pays envelopes of Shs 300,000, Shs 400,000, Shs 500,000 to individual delegates and they vote for him.”

Turinawe did not provide evidence to back her bribery accusations against Tumwiine.

“Nobody knows where this money came from. We will not accept to hand over our party to the junta,” said Turinawe, adding, “In town, People lined up along  the streets, in anger, in pain and in protest a matter that caused police to arrest me as I walked home.”

She previously served as Speaker of Rukungiri District Council.

However, FDC supporters in Rukungiri say Turinawe is rarely on ground, which has given his rivals an opportunity to floor her in elections.

“Tumwiine started his grassroots campaigns two years ago. Yet, Turinawe is only here in Rukungiri for a few party activities. She spends most of her time in Kampala. The tide has changed,” said Didas Muhereza, 43, a resident of Rukungiri Town.

Turinawe said people are “vowing not to vote for the so called flag-bearer who bribed a few delegates. Others are saying they will vote an NRM or an Independent candidate to protest against the few compromised delegates, while the biggest number say they will not vote.”

Winfred Kenyonyozi, 37, an FDC supporter in Rukungiri, said if Turinawe claims championing the ideals of democracy, she should accept defeat and support Tumwiine.

“How come Turinawe did not raise these issues of bribery before the election? If she starts fighting Tumwiine, FDC’s vote will be split in favour of NRM during the 2021 polls,” argued Kenyonyozi.

It is understood NRM is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to recapture Rukungiri from FDC. Rukungiri is the birthplace for Dr Kizza Besigye and presidential aspirant Henry Tumukunde.

On her part, Turinawe said the outcome of the FDC primary election “doesn’t represent the people’s will. They say a few compromised delegates won’t decide for them. I and my team will take a painful but bold decision which will be communicated soon.”

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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