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I Will Support the Candidate Who Wants Liberation – Besigye



The four-time presidential contender Dr Kizza Besigye has said in the 2021 election, he will rally behind a candidate who is after “liberating Uganda.”

Besigye, the toughest challenger of President Museveni so far, announced this week that he will not contest the 2021 vote.

FDC party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi and party National Chairman ambassador Wasswa Biriggwa have since picked nomination forms to hold FDC flag in 2021 presidential race.

Despite Amuriat and Birigwa picking nomination forms, Besigye recently formed a coalition dubbed “united forces of change” with Kyadondo East MP and presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu who currently looks to be a formidable opposition contender,

This left many confused as to who will Besigye support in the next election.

While appearing on NTV on Thursday night, Besigye said he will offer his support to any candidate who are after “liberation.”

“I can tell you without the slightest fear of contradiction that I will support all candidates that advocate to the people of Uganda, the urgency of liberation,” he said.

Asked who he will support between Bobi Wine and perhaps FDC party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi or FDC national chairman Ambassador Waswa Birigwa, Besigye was unclear.

“I don’t support people who are competing. Are we fighting to change leadership or to change a system? I will without any hesitation support the right message, what I consider to be a message that is aligned to what I believe will cause change in our country and that is telling the people of Uganda that we must all unite to get ourselves out of prison. That is the most urgent thing so that we have control over our money, our decision making, our justice system and so on,” said Besigye.

Besigye revealed that one of the reasons as to why he chose not to contest the 2021 vote is because he believes in unity and therefore did not want to compete against other change seeking forces.

“All of us are talking about freeing ourselves. Why then must you break up the power that we have. Unity is a lot of power. That is why I did not want to be a candidate because then I would be one of the competitors,” he said.

Besigye disagreed with some people’s opinions that he feared he could score less than Bobi Wine.

“I have absolutely no intention of persuading Ugandans about what it is that advised my departure beyond what I have said. They (Ugandans) are entitled to their interpretation and their own opinions. It will be extremely wrong, missing the point to think that this is about Kyagulanyi or any of us. Absolutely not. This is about everybody,” Besigye noted.

Furthermore, the four time presidential candidate dismissed the opinion that him not standing as FDC presidential flag bearer marks the disintegration of the party.

“I have not heard that for the first time, about FDC dying. When I stepped down as party leader in 2012, that was the question, that FDC is going to disintegrate. When I first contested with Muntu, people said, you are going to break up the party. We contested, we went to Namboole, we had elections and FDC became stronger.”

Mugisha Muntu has since left FDC and started his own party, the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).

Muntu’s defection was however followed by a number of FDC top shots including former leader of opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, former FDC Secretary General Alice Alaso among others who have joined ANT.

Despite the defections, Besigye insisted that FDC will be stronger, largely attributing to Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who recently joined FDC from DP.

Despite his decision not to contest the 2021 presidential election, Besigye vowed never to leave what he termed as “struggle to liberate Uganda.”

“I am not going to contest elections but I will fight for my freedom as vigorous as ever, may be even more. Let me be abundantly clear. I have always said that I came into politics to advance freedoms and rights. That we are all equal under the law, that we have equal opportunities.”


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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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