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Full Nomination Speech: Bobi Wine Promises 5Million Jobs, Pay Rise for Soldiers, Health Workers

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Fellow Ugandans, I bring you revolutionary greetings wherever you are, and thank you for the immense support you have offered us for the past three years amidst so many challenges!

I take this opportunity to announce that what we are witnessing right now is the launch of a very critical phase in our struggle to liberate ourselves from a dictatorship which has crippled our country for more than three decades!

A dictatorship which has strangled our economy with massive corruption, patronage, high cost of doing business, high cost of public administration, a sick healthcare system, a broken education system, etc etc.

For a very long time we have lamented about a government which works only for a few and excludes the majority. Today we close the book of lamentations and open the book of Acts; action that will put an end to the suffering, oppression and indignity of Ugandans.

Countrymen and women, I come before you not as the most experienced person, but as the most committed person, ready to lead the mission of turning a new page in the history of our country.

For the last 58 years, our nation has suffered so many problems, key amongst which have been dictatorships, each trying so hard to outdo its predecessors in violence, looting and plunder. We have not witnessed a peaceful transfer of power from one government to another.

Unfortunately, fifteen years ago, Gen. Museveni failed to resist the temptation that befalls all dictators, and removed term limits from our Constitution. Through greed, he denied our nation of an opportunity of experiencing a peaceful transition from one leader to another, from one generation to another.

And three years ago, this greed caused him to act in the most shameful manner, and the last safeguard in form of age limit was removed. Museveni, like Idi Amin declared himself president for life for our country.

Little did he anticipate that this generation would stop at nothing to put an end to his regime! And so today I have news for Gen. Museveni- since you have failed to control your greed and lust for power, our generation is determined to save you from yourself and stop your life presidency project.

The liberation and social economic transformation of our country cannot be achieved unless if we first remove the obstacle, and that is Gen. Museveni who has undermined all state institutions, and instead institutionalized corruption, sectarianism and all manner of human rights violations!

Fellow Ugandans, I am offering myself as a candidate for the highest office in our land as a representative of all the oppressed Ugandans.

My background is well known to all of you follow citizens. Born to hustling parents like most of you, raised in the ghetto and fortunate to rise to the top through talent and hardwork. It is this background that has enabled me to understand the struggles of common Ugandans.

Thirty five years feeding off the taxpayer and living in absolute abundancy, Gen. Museveni and his cronies are so detached from the common person. No wonder, they mock our people who they have impoverished, battered and suppressed.

That is why in this election, I am representing the weak, poor and downtrodden Ugandans. I am representing those who have been excluded by a system which only works for the few who have patrons in high places.

I am representing the over taxed business people; the parents who have sold their land to take their children to school but now the children cannot find jobs. I am representing the boda boda riders who are persecuted every side by the regime. I am representing those whose wives and mothers cannot afford maternal health, the business person who borrow at high rates, the local suppliers who are kicked out of government tenders because they know nobody in government.

I am representing the poor Ugandans who have lost land to powerful land grabbers. Yes, those who cannot get because justice under Museveni is for sale. I am representing the poor soldiers and police officers who are so oppressed, yet commanded to beat up citizens and protect the rich and mighty who continue to plunder our nation’s resources.

In this election, I am representing the hard working people of Busoga who have been deliberately kept poor by the NRM regime. I am representing the great people of Acholi whose land is being stolen by the regime and its operatives. I am representing the people of Lango who have been deliberately marginalized and disempowered for the past three decades.

I am representing the impoversihed people of Karamoja who are kept under the barrel of the gun as the gold, cobalt, copper, iron ores and other rare earth elements beneath their land are stolen with reckless abandon. I am representing the great people of Bunyoro who live in an oil rich region but to-date they have been kept in the dark on how this oil is being exploited and shared.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am representing the people of Ankole who are constantly accused of being beneficiaries of the present regime, yet most of them are as poor, as excluded and as oppressed as everybody else. I am representing the people of Bugisu whose past glory has been shattered by the present regime. Their cooperatives which kept them rich and productive were destroyed by the regime.

I am representing the people of Kigezi who work very hard but earn so little. I am representing the people of Bukedi who have been turned into beggars in their own country. I am representing the people of Buganda whose land has been grabbed and whose rights are trampled upon daily.

I am representing the people of Rwenzori who live in constant fear of a brutal regime; the butcher of their people in 2018 still fresh in their minds. In this election, I am representing the people of Tooro, whose youth are very hardworking, yet have no land, no capital and limited opportunities. These are the people I am representing in this election. The vast majority who are oppressed, yearning for freedom.

I am representing journalists who cannot practice their work without harassment by the regime. The health-workers who are paid peanuts for doing incredible work. Our teachers who work so hard and yet earn so little, in addition to being insulted by those who rule over us. These are the people I am representing and on whose behalf I run in this election.

I present myself not as a boss, but as a servant of you, the people!

While our detailed plan of action towards a new Uganda will be presented to you in our manifesto, allow me to state that we will run a people centered government which will focus on these areas.

1. I intend to increase the pay of the security forces.

The pay of our soldiers, police and prison officers is miserable and must be improved. If I become president, I will have the privilege to know what the classified budget really does. Such a huge amount of money will be used to improve the pay of our security forces so that they can live better lives. When I am president, the lowest paid soldier or police officer will earn 1 million shillings.

I will improve their housing and health care. Low ranking and middle-ranking officers must be as entitled to free, quality healthcare as the high ranking officers. Our government will find opportunities for the spouses of soldiers and police officers to ensure that they are each contributing to the livelihood of their families.

I also intend to streamline the promotion criteria in the armed forces and this will be based on merit, not technical know who. Never again will soldiers be forced to become police officers like we see today, because they had the option of joining the police but decided to join the army.

In our plan, the better option is not to recruit the army into the police but to help the police become better. The children of soldiers and police officers will be entitled to free education up to university level.

There is no greater sacrifice than serving one’s country in uniform and it will be our deliberate plan to ensure that our men and women in uniform live in dignity. We firmly believe that if we do so, our armed forces will in turn respect the rights of all citizens.

In the New Uganda, there will be mutual respect between those in uniform and the ordinary citizens of Uganda. If I become president, we shall introduce contract arrangements for security forces. In other countries, one can serve in the military and after an agreed time, be entitled to early retirement with benefits. This is something we shall explore, and we believe it will encourage more professionals to join the armed forces.

2. Health

In the New Uganda, there will be access to affordable quality health care for all Ugandans. This will be a priority in terms of budgetary allocations, effective supervision and improved pay for our health workers.

We shall implement the Abuja Declaration and ensure that we spend at least 15% of our annual budget on the health sector. We believe that a healthy population is a productive population.

In our government, the lowest paid worker should be paid at least 1 million shillings. In order to curb the number of mothers who die or get complications while giving birth, we shall establish a maternity ward at every sub-county in Uganda, and we shall do it.

3. Education

Our government will radically transform Uganda’s education. We shall pursue an ambitious, yet achievable policy of ensuring that all schools in Uganda are rehabilitated, adequately equipped and sufficiently staffed. Where there are no schools, we shall build them. The money we use to purchase teargas trucks, and that which Gen. Museveni spends on patronage is sufficient to build so many schools. We shall ensure that our education is not only theoretical but skills based. The focus will not only be on academics, but on arts, athletics and agriculture as well.

4. Employment and Job creation.

Our country is grappling with high levels of unemployment and our government will focus on creating a conducive business environment with clear focus on addressing power tarifs, lending rates and elimination of extortion by enforcement agencies.

These efforts will be supplemented by training in vocational schools. We will have a skills training centre at every sub-county in Uganda. We shall extend support to small scale industries in urban centers as well as finding markets for our products both at regional and global level. When we fix the loopholes and focus our energies, we shall be able to create more than five million jobs in our term of office.

5. Agriculture.

This remains the backbone of our economy even if it has not been given the due attention. Our government will zone the country and aggressively promote a cash crop and food crop for each zone. We shall revive the cooperative movement, so as to secure markets, negotiate prices and provide post-harvest technology.

We shall ensure access to proper inputs and promote good agricultural practices and value addition. We shall revamp coffee production and in this regard, our government will ensure that by 2025, Uganda exports 50 million bags of coffee.

6. Science and Technology

Our government will focus on promotion of Science and technology as a catalyst for economic growth and development. This will be done through allocation of funds to schools that are specifically for this purpose, establishment of innovation hubs in every sub region of Uganda among other things.

Our school going children should receive world class ICT training that is skills based to enable them to compete on the global labor markets.

7. Access to water and Electricity.

The vast majority of Ugandans have no access to clean water. Our government will ensure that every household has access to clean water. In terms of power supply, we shall ensure that more households are connected to the power grid. However, we shall also pursue a deliberate policy of ensuring that households in rural areas have access to solar power.

Fellow Ugandans, there are many other things we plan to do for our nation, some of which are entailed in our manifesto.

Gen. Museveni has destroyed so many dreams of Ugandans. But today we say to you, dare to dream again. We can and shall transform our nation. A nation that has been reduced into a laughing stock shall once again rise to the top and be the true pearl of Africa.

Nothing can defeat a people united by conviction. Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come. Our story as people power and NUP, and also my story as an individual is a story of commitment and resilience and a good example that challenges only strengthen the prepared.

Let’s come together under the umbrella of a new Uganda, then match forward to that new Uganda.

We know that Museveni prides in his record of rigging elections and that the electoral commission helps him in achieving that. Today, let me send a message to him and Mr. Byabakama, it is in your best interest not to interfere with the will of the people of Uganda. Should you be tempted to mess with Ugandans this time, the cost will be high.

To all Ugandans out there, we rally you to treat this not as a usual election but as a revolutionary election. The stakes are so high. The transition stares us in the face. We have entered the ring and we shall not come out. This is it.

It is a battle between the past and the future. The old and the new. Power is now in the hands of the people of Uganda and they can choose who to trust it with. For all those who have been waiting for the time, it is now.

Tusimbudde paka Entebe mu ntebe. This is a mission to Freedom.  We are removing a dictator.

People Power – Our Power

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Making sense of a thick neck Museveni cabinet

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President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

 

 

A thick neck isn’t defined by a certain measurement. Rather, it’s measured in proportion to the rest of your body in terms of height, weight, and composition.

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Accordingly, the same description can be said of the latest cabinet reshuffle by President Yoweri Museveni.

The naming of former Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence operative and a one term Education Minister Maj. Jessica Alupo, Vice President and Robinah Nabanja, the Kakumiro district Woman Member of Parliament as Prime Minister perfectly suits the above description.

Politically both ladies are suitable for their positions but will they match the game of the day?  A quick look at Maj. Alupo, she has been politically struggling to make a return from political oblivion after she was beaten by Violet Akurut who defeated in 2016 Katakwi district Woman seat, Alupo, apart from her spying skills, she hasn’t gained much experience that comes with job of Vice President. Yes, she could be loyal to her party but in terms of real state craft, Alupo can’t match the likes of Prof. Gilbert Bukenya and Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe. In picking Maj. Alupo, Museveni could have wanted to deflate Busoga politics by bringing in a Catholic and from Teso also in Eastern Region since the Teso overwhelming voted for him. Anyway, that said but what is the job of VP? And perhaps President Museveni wanted amuse the Iteso with presidency convoy that comes with VP status as described by Maj. John Kazoora in his book.

President Museveni talking to Akurut and Alupo at his campaign in Katakwi last year. (Picture by Godfrey Ojore /NV)

Enters Robinah Nabanja, the Kakumiro/ Kibaale iron lady, is a loyal servant of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) having started as a mobilizer, Resident District Commission to Member of Parliament, State Minister of Health in Charge of General Duties and now Prime Minister.

Nabanja is assertive and a go-getter. She is a mobilizer but little is known about her in matters of boardroom politics. The Office of the Prime is the second highest department in government after presidency, it is vital and coordinates key ministries and government agencies and therefore, with Nabanja being named PM, will she be up to the task given that the office she is given needs someone of a critical thinker and a leader?

The PM is the leader of government business in parliament and is mandated to coordinate all government interests. The previous PMs that have served in the same position have proven that indeed one must be equal to the task as demonstrated by late Prof. Apolo Nsibambi, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and Ruhakana Rugunda. But it is never too late, let’s accord PM Nabanja her time.

 

Rebecca Kadaga as 1st Deputy PM and Busoga politics

Rebecca Kadaga

The former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has been nominated as 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Affairs. She takes over the affairs of the East African region. The slot of 1st Deputy Minister has been unoccupied with Ministry of East Affairs being run separately. She is deputy to Nabanja. However, her appointment is surprising given that she is a former Speaker, could it be that it was her own downplaying of VP position that Museveni didn’t name her VP?

Still in Busoga, Museveni named former Gender State Minister Lukia Isanga Nakadama as 3rd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister Without Portfolio, she replaces late Kirunda Kivejinja a fellow Muslim. She is from the greater Iganga district and has wide network of Muslim networks. Political experts believe that the reentry of Isanga to cabinet as 3rd Deputy Prime Minister was to balance the politics of day given that Kadaga who previously served as Speaker had been reduced to 1st Deputy PM and remains a popular figure in the region.

Busoga further saw the entry of NRM Secretary General Justine Lumumba as Minister of General Duties office of the Prime Minister, Mariam Dhoka Babalanda as Minister of Presidency replacing a fellow Musoga Esther Mbayo.

Lukia Isanga Nakadama

 

Sanctions/ ICC factor and historical factors

 

With reported Untied States travel and economic sanctions looming on heads of individuals that were listed by United States government, President Yoweri Museveni hasn’t taken a gamble with those threats. And that is why is so.

General Elly Tumwine the outgoing Secretary Minister is among the names that were listed as to have violated rights of Ugandans during the just concluded elections. Coupled with arrogance in which he exhibited himself to the public, it was prudent that Museveni had to send Tumwine home though he has gone back to his docket of Senior Presidential Advisor on Security.

Gen. Elly Tumwine, security Minister.

Sam Kutesa He is another former Minister whose name has been soiled with bad scandals and publicity for a long time. Kutesa has maintained that he has been a target by his colleagues and detractors because of his closeness to the first family but that hasn’t helped as his name keep on coming in many alleged international scandals. However, sources say Kutesa had opted to retire from mainstream politics and this could be explained why he never contested for his parliamentary seat.

Sam Kutesa

Ruhakana Rugunda popularly known as Ndugu, is the outgoing PM who has finished his five years as Prime Minister smoothly. He leaves the show a clean as he came. He has been appointed as Special Envoy for Special Duties Office of the President. With Rugunda, Kutesa and Tumwine out, this leaves Museveni with only two historical in government and these are Major Generals Kahinda Otafiire incoming Internal Affairs Minister and Jim Muhwezi, Security Minister.

Former Prime Minister Dr Rugunda.

 

Entry of Gen. David Muhoozi the outgoing Chief of Defence Forces has been appointed new State Minister of Internal Affair, he replaces Obiga Kania who has been moved to Lands. Muhoozi’s appointment has received warm welcome among his peers who see him as clean and young man who is likely to being new energies with new strategies in government that is mostly dominated by the old guards.

Gen David Muhoozi

Muhoozi distinguished himself a strict observant of the law and that can explain why his name has never surfaced among those that violated human rights as alleged by US.

 

Kiryowa Kiwanuka also known as KK is another smart chap that comes in as Attorney General. He has previously played behind scenes in major legal battles regarding President Museveni and government.

Kiryowa Kiwanuka

So, the thick neck cabinet which has been named will be associated with power and strength. it is large enough but nothing much will be gotten out of it as described by the two individuals above (Vice President and Prime Minister).

 

 

 

 

 

 



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NUP endorses Nalukwago Judith as Makerere University Guild Presidential aspirant

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The National Unity Platform (NUP) has endorsed Judith Nalukwago as Makerere University Guild Presidential aspirant.

Nalukwago was endorsed shortly after the young Makerere strike machine; Obed Obedgiu Derrick opted out of the race. Obed announced that he will not be offering himself as a candidate in the highly anticipated Mak guild elections as the new election roadmap is yet to be released.

“Salutations to you friends, I shan’t offer myself as a candidate in the forthcoming elections as was the case earlier. Thanks to all and sundry for the unwavering support,” Obed wrote on Facebook.

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Although Obed had won the flag bearer primaries early before the closure of the University due to the Covid-19 pandemic break-up, he has decided to give way to the fellow people power member Judith Nalukwago to aspire and promises undying support for her.

In a series of posts on her social media handles, Nalukwago announced that she will be running for the position of Guild President. She says that the seat of the Vice Guild President offered her an opportunity to assert her beliefs and push more for affordable education and education reforms.

“The Vice Guild Presidency presented to me a great opportunity to assert those beliefs and push more for affordable education and address systematic injustice against students in general and women in particular. This struggle is always a work in progress,” Nalukwago said.

She added, “The task before us is an uphill one, but the power of our resolve will be the steam that gets our train moving. In the coming days, I will share broadly about this noble aspiration and what I have in plan for us all.”

Makerere University might get a female guild president after seven years. Anne Adeke Ebaju is the Youth Female Representative in Parliament.

The University now has four candidates in the race; Tumusiime Joseph (independent), Ogutti Aaron (independent), Muhwezi Maczxxon (NRM) and the only lady Judith Nalukwago (NUP). However the competition is between the NRM flag bearer and the NUP aspirant as they wait for the date of 30th March to decide the new elect Guild President.



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FDC’s Ibrahim Ssemujju Declares Bid for Speakership

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Kira Municipality Member of Parliament and opposition Forum for Democratic Change – FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has declared his bid to challenge incumbent Rebecca Kadaga in the race for Speaker of parliament.

Ssemujju, a vocal opposition strongman made his bid public on Tuesday March 9th while appearing on local television, NBS.

Ssemujju becomes the third person gunning for position after reports about deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya also planning to challenge his boss Kadaga.

This story is still being updated.

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