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‘It’s an Old Trick’: Bobi Wine Blames Education Woes on Museveni; Issues Clarification



Presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) has come out set the record straight on the mismatches that have been cited in his academic credentials.

Bobi Wine has recently been accused of changing his age as well as his names, ostensibly to fit his political ambitions.

The claims were raised by self-styled city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, who went as far as making a formal request from the Electoral Commission for Bobi Wine’s academic papers.

Mabirizi pointed out that while the academic papers showed that Bobi Wine was 40 years old, his candidacy papers showed he was only 38.

As such the lawyer vowed to drag the Kyadondo East MP to court to “ensure that he doesn’t appear on the presidential ballot” next year, because of his dishonesty.

However, while addressing press today, Bobi Wine clarified that his age was altered during his primary school to allow him sit PLE exams prematurely.

Having been through six different primary schools, Bobi Wine says in 1992 his father owing to financial constraints, approached the Head teacher of Kanoni Primary School to allow his son who was in P6, to register for the PLE of that year.

“I therefore spent my third term of P6 in P7 and sat exams in 1992,” Bobi Wine told press.

“My father was advised that in order for my age to match that of other candidates including my brother Walakira, we needed to increase my age by two years and that is when my year of birth was altered.”

“I would later continue with this anomaly in my age throughout my education at S4, S6 and university.”

“It was at the point of getting my first passport in 2000 that I decided to correct this anomaly to reflect the real date of birth. I remember swearing an affidavit to reflect this change which is normally what is required.”

To those saying he cut his age by two years, the MP said he could not have been born in February 1980, just three months after his elder brother Julius Walakira.

Regarding the assertion by Lawyer Mabirizi that he changed his names from Ssetamu to Sentamu, Bobi Wine says he also rectified this back in 2017 by swearing a statutory declaration, on which basis he was nominated to run for parliament.


During his lengthy and impassioned address, Bobi Wine blamed his woes on President Museveni, who he said had deployed the same tricks against his other challengers including Col Dr Kizza Besigye.

Bobi Wine pointed out that in 2006, a one Hon Moses Kizige (MP Bugabula County) petitioned court challenging Besigye’s academic credentials

“Even though he had been Museveni’s qualified personal doctor in the bush, they claimed he had used another person’s marks to join Kitante Primary School in 1969,” Bobi Wine said.

“When fighting an enemy, Museveni deploys any tool available to him. He even mobilized people from Besigye’s village to claim that he had used another person’s papers. His intention is always not that these moves will succeed but to distract his challengers and keep them busy in courts of law and to embarrass them


Meanwhile, Bobi Wine also release names of people whom he claims approached him in 2017 to bribe him into joining the NRM.

These people he said, “reached out to me in a space of one week just after I won the Kyadondo East elections to give me part of the stolen billions in order to silence me. It was after I had made it clear that I was never going to be compromised by them that the changed tactics.”


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Opposition sidelined as Benin votes in presidential election | Elections News




With most rivals in exile or sidelined, Benin’s President Patrice Talon looks set to win a second term in office.

Voters in Benin are set to cast their ballots in a presidential election on Sunday, days after deadly protests against President Patrice Talon, who is heavily favoured to win a second term.

Talon, a cotton magnate first elected in 2016, faces off against two little-known rivals, Alassane Soumanou and Corentin Kohoue.

Opponents accuse the 62-year-old Talon of undermining Benin’s vibrant multi-party democracy by sidelining most of his main opponents.

Protests in several cities last week turned violent. At least two people died in the central city of Save when troops on Thursday fired tear gas and live rounds to break up protesters who had blocked a major highway. Five others were wounded.

In the commercial capital Cotonou, several people said they feared violence on election day.

“The events of these last days scare me,” said Christophe Dossou, a student. “I prefer to remain cautious.”

Benin’s President Patrice Talon denies targeting his opponents [File: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

Among the protesters’ complaints are Talon’s U-turn on a pledge he made as a candidate in 2016 to serve only one term, and changes he pushed through to election laws that he said were aimed at streamlining unwieldy government institutions. In practice, those reforms resulted in total control of parliament by Talon’s supporters and the exclusion of leading opponents from the presidential race.

One opposition leader Reckya Madougou was detained last month on accusations of plotting to disrupt the election, a charge her lawyer says is fabricated.

A judge from a special economic crimes court created by Talon also fled the country last week after denouncing political pressure to make rulings against the president’s critics, including the decision to detain Madougou.

Meanwhile, businessman Sebastien Ajavon, who came third in the 2016 presidential poll, was convicted of drug trafficking in 2018 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, while another potential rival, ex-finance minister Komi Koutche, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement. Ajavon lives in exile in France, while Koutche lives in Washington, DC.

Talon denies targeting his opponents.

He has campaigned on his economic record, which includes improvements to key infrastructure such as roads, water and energy supplies.

Soldiers stand in line to block supporters of the incumbent president during an electoral campaign rally at Abomey-Calavi, on April 9, 2021 [Pius Utomi Ekpei/ AFP]

Benin, a country of about 12 million people, became Africa’s top cotton exporter in 2018 and recorded average annual gross domestic product growth of over 5 percent before the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“What we did was not easy,” Talon said at one of his final campaign rallies on Friday. “We are strong and we know how to get it done.”

He said he expects a “knock-out victory” for which there would be no need for a runoff vote.

The United States, German, French and Dutch embassies as well as the European Union delegation in Benin all called on Friday for calm and for the vote to go ahead in a free and transparent manner.

“We urge all parties to express their perspectives peacefully,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. “We urge the electoral institutions and courts overseeing these processes and verifying these results to ensure these elections are conducted freely, fairly, and transparently.”

Results are expected to be announced on Monday or Tuesday.

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Trucks Traveling to Juba Get Military Escort




Government of Southern Sudan has agreed to provide full military security and safety to all road users including Ugandan cargo truck drivers plying Juba – Nimule highway starting this week.

This was reached during a meeting between South Sudan government and Ugandan authorities on Friday at Elegu One-stop Border point in Amuru district, Northern Uganda.

High level security officials from both countries met to deliberate on the deteriorating security along major highways in South Sudan in which eight Ugandan truck drivers have been shot dead by armed men in the past weeks.

The Sudanese high-level delegation was led by the country’s Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Johnson Juma, Inspector General of Police, Gen. Majak Akech, and Director-General of Internal Security, Gen. Akol Khor.

The Deputy Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority, Hon. Africano Mande was also present and four East African Ambassadors.

On the other side, Uganda’s delegation was led by Police Operations Director AIGP Edward Ochom, Director Crime Intelligence Col. Damulira among others high ranking officers.

“We have successively concluded our two days meetings with Ugandan authorities including the drivers who later agreed to resume the normal operation,” said South Sudan authorities.

“And as government, we assure them of full security on the major highways in the Republic of South Sudan and removal of the illegal road blocks and check-points for easy movement of trucks to Juba and others towns within the country.”

Last week, truck drivers from across the East African region protested the increasing insecurity in South Sudan, illegal taxes and also demanded for compensation of their deceased colleagues.

They parked their trucks at Elegu border and demanded for both governments to intervene before the situation deteriorates further.

In regards to compensation, Sudanese authorities agreed to pay for the victims but said that the process will be discussed through the foreign ministries of the two countries.

Although traders had also requested Ugandan authorities and in this case the UPDF to escort their goods to South Sudan, Lt.Col Deo Akiki said that “this can’t be a decision of UPDF. South Sudan is a sovereign State, therefore anything done on its territory at the moment has to be a bilateral matter beyond the two forces. It’s a government to government affair.”

ChimpReports understands that some trucks on Saturday left Elegu border for Juba under full security escort.

The post Trucks Traveling to Juba Get Military Escort first appeared on ChimpReports.

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21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang | China News




CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine.

Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.

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