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AUDIO: Bebe Cool Touts NRM Achievements in New Museveni Campaign Song

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Dancehall sensation and Tuberculosis awareness ambassador Bebe Cool has released a new song calling on Ugandans to vote President Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in the 2021 elections.

Dubbed “Mumwongele akalulu”, a Luganda phrase meaning add him the vote, the song flaunts most of the achievements realized by the NRM since they took power after the January 1986 military coup.

Among the top achievements is the spirited fight that the government put up to reduce the HIV/AIDS related deaths which were a big threat in the early 80’s.

Bebe Cool further highlights other developments that have been realized in different sectors including health, education, infrastructure development, peace and stability among many others.

And having highlighted all that the NRM has done, Bebe Cool goes further in the song to call upon Ugandans to give Museveni another term saying he is tried and tested and can deliver for all Ugandans.

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Bobi Wine Petition Takeover: Court Advises Mayambala to Hire Lawyers, File Formal Application

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Former presidential candidate Willy Mayambala has been advised to seek the services of a lawyer to enable him file a formal application to take over a presidential election petition that has been abandoned by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

The advice from the Supreme Court follows a letter written by Mayambala on Thursday seeking to be guided on how he can take over the petition which Kyagulanyi was withdrawing from the court.

The National Unity Platform (NUP) lost interest in the petition after failing to submit several affidavits which they had collected from various parts of the country as proof that the election cycle was characterized by violence, bribery, alteration of results, and intimidation among others.

Kyagulanyi also cited the abduction and torture of witnesses, interference with his privacy by security operatives whom he said were working on the command of President Yoweri Museveni and the Attorney General who are the first and third respondents to the petition.

However, the registrar of the Supreme Court Harriet Nalukwago Ssali said that Mayambala needs to follow procedures laid out in the Presidential Elections Act to inherit the petition.

Section 61(2) of the Presidential Election Act provides that on hearing of the application for withdrawing, any candidate who might have been a petitioner in respect of the election to which the petitioner refers may apply to the court to be substituted as a petitioner for the petitioner who desires to withdraw.”

The registrar advised Mayambala to seek the services of a lawyer with a view of filing a formal application. But Mayambala told URN that he had not yet seen the letter, and could not comment further on the matter or even engage any legal teams beforehand.

Mayambala who polled the least votes in a race that attracted 11 candidates had previously said that he was happy with the outcome of the January 14, 2021, general elections that saw the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni announced the winner with 68 percent. He said that he had no intentions of challenging the Electoral Commission results issued by Justice Simon Byabakama.

When Kyagulanyi filed his application for withdrawing on Wednesday, a panel of nine Supreme Court Justices led by Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo advised him to submit an affidavit from one of his lawyers supporting the withdrawal. The Registrar of the Supreme Court will now publish a copy of the application in the Uganda Gazette, in line with the laws governing the withdrawal of presidential election petitions.

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21 Newly Elected MPs Under Police Investigation Over Altered DR Forms

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The Criminal Investigations Department is investigating 21 newly elected Members of Parliament for allegedly altering declaration forms and forging academic papers.

A senior detective at CID headquarters Kibuli says that the electoral and political offences department headed by Henry Mugumya is investigating MPs from 11 districts.

The source has named some of the districts whose elected MPs risk being arraigned before courts of law. Some of these districts include, Kween, Wakiso, Namayingo, Namisindwa, Kikuube and four others from the West Nile sub-region.

“Investigations have started with 21 MPs while six others are pending. The MPs are major members of the National Resistance Movement-NRM which is being accused by the electorate and rivals of forging academic papers and bribing presiding officers who altered results on DR forms. There is already evidence to support these allegations,” CID source said.

When contacted, Mugumya declined to give details saying information regarding all the electoral and political offences of the recently concluded general elections will at an appropriate time be shared through the police spokespersons.

A CID source further revealed that all investigations commanders in districts where elected MPs are being probed have been warned to dare not succumb to bribes. It is alleged that some of the MPs have learnt about the on-going investigations and are attempting to frustrate the process.

“Our team has submitted some DR forms to our Directorate of Forensic Science and some politicians were declared winners with altered results. Our team will get reports from document analysts and prosecutors will use them as evidence,” the source said.

The Electoral Commission spokesperson Paul Bukenya said they have no business with investigations being done by a recognized agency like CID. Bukenya adds that DR forms are public documents that can be used by any person at any time.

Sources said at least 200 DR forms for the various electoral process are being examined by Directorate of Forensic Science-DFS based at Naguru police headquarters. DFS is headed by Superintendent of Police –SP Andrew Mubiru.

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Willy Mayambala Seeks to Inherit Bobi Wine’s Election Petition

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Former Independent Presidential candidate Eng. Willy Mayambala has written to the supreme court seeking to inherit Bobi Wine’s election petition.

Bobi Wine – real names Robert Kyagulanyi had lodged a petition challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s win in the January Presidential elections, a petition which he later made a U-turn and decided to withdraw.

He claimed that the supreme court was too loyal to the ruling National Resistance Movement and was incapable to deliver justice hence choosing to withdraw his case from there and take it to the court of public opinion.

According to Kyagulanyi, his witnesses are being abducted, tortured, harassed, and intimidated by state security operatives at the watch of President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and Attorney General, the first and third respondents to the presidential elections petition respectively.

He also argued that the organs of the state like the Uganda Police Force and National Identification of Registrations of Persons Authority -NIRA, are being used by the respondents to investigate and infringe on his privacy and that of his witnesses.

But Bobi Wine’s application hearing was adjourned by court which told him to have it published in the Uganda Gazette before the hearings commence.

Barely a day after the adjournment, former candidate Willy Mayambala has written to the supreme court seeking to be guided on how he can inherit the petition.

“I write to object the withdraw of the Presidential election petition formerly lodged by Hon Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu against the several defendants as outlined in his petition,” Mayambala wrote in a letter dated February 25th, 2021.

“I as well write to express interest in taking on the presidential petition and seek to inherit the petition from Hon. Kyagulanyi Sentamu and seek to be guided.

“What are the necessary procedures, What is exactly required of me to inherit this petition, is there any chance that new evidence can be presented to your honorable court?” Mayambala further wrote.

“I wish to reaffirm that I, Presidential Candidate Willy Mayambala have great interest in the presidential petition going on and being listened to by the honorable court. Please grant me necessary permission to go on.”

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