Letter From Kampala:
Mbabazi launches presidential campaign as Dr Obote’s eldest son joins the race ahead of younger brother Jimmy Akena

Dr  Kizza Besigye and his wife, Winnie, during a political campaign (File photo)

By Jessica A Badebye The “One People-One Uganda” slogan returned to the Ugandan political scene when former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Dr Kizza Besigye, launched his campaign as party flag bearer this week. This time round, police did not interfere with the peaceful rallies or the processions, instead they were there to show and guide supporters on the direction to take to avoid causing a traffic jam on major routes to the city centre but also guarding against vandalism of people’s shops. Besigye told hundreds of supporters that he will not stop challenging the current regime until the job of saving Ugandans from captivity which he started 15 … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM KAMPALA:
Mbabazi becomes victim of laws he helped set up as Mukulu warns his extradition from Dar may turn city into ‘Baghdad’

Dr Kiiza Besigye (blue shirt) being comforted at Kira Road police station in Kampala by Gen David Sejusa after his arrest last Friday.

By Jessica A Badebye The Uganda political scene was manifested with excitement characterised with arrests and detention of President Yoweri Museveni’s arch rivals for the most prestigious job in the country as well as hundreds of their supporters. Former Ugandan premier Amama Mbabazi and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Kiiza Besigye were arrested as they intended to seek public views and consultations on their presidential bid as flag bearers of their parties, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and FDC respectively. Last month the defiant Mbabazi vowed that nothing will deter him from pursuing his consultation plan scheduled to begin on 9th July with a meeting in Mbale district … Continue reading

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Who is killing Uganda’s Muslim clerics?

Sheikh Hassan Kirya who had police protection but was still assassinated just as has been the case with ten others since 2012. Who is behind these killings?

By Norman S Miwambo A tragic incident of Sheikh Ibrahim Hassan Kirya evokes memories of numerous horrendous assassinations and massacres of people of the Muslim communities in Uganda dating way back to 1979. Some faithful communities are under barricades in Uganda as the professional, systematic and skilled assailants continue to put leaders of Islamic faith out of action. Uganda Police Chief, Gen Edward Kalekeezi Kayihura has repeatedly issued statements and comments linking the assassinations to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group based in the eastern part of DR Congo. Appearing before the media on December 30, 2014, at Naguru Police Headquarters, a Kampala suburb, Gen Kayihura told the journalist: … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM KAMPALA:
Mbabazi’s presidential aspirations remain under scrutiny as Alliance prepares to decide flag bearers for the 2016 polls

Former Ugandan premier Amama Mbabazi took his campaign to the Voice of America but many at home down his sincerity after spending 30 years

By Jessica A Badebye Ex-Ugandan Premier’s bid for the country’s presidency continued to manifest in the capital Kampala, with many still analysing what Amama Mbabazi’s real intension is. Some Ugandans who spoke to The London Evening Post believe that Mbabazi the legislator for Kinkizi West and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni are only playing on their minds while his party, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has denied Mbabazi’s candidature. This was in retaliation to Mbabazi’s declaration to seek his party’s nomination as its flagbearer, challenging his party chairman President Museveni, contrally to the Kyankwanzi Resolution that affirmed the incumbent as party flag bearer in the forthcoming elections. The move was also … Continue reading

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Letter From Kampala:
As Mrs Museveni steps down from parliament, is State House her next target? Meet Kampala’s most feared police officer

Mrs Janet Museveni who is leaving parliament next year. Is she also eyeing the presidency?

By Jessica A Badebye Information on the retirement of Uganda’s Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Janet from active politics is what littered leading dailies in Uganda this week. Mrs Janet Museveni who also happens to be the wife of the country’s longest serving executive president, Yoweri, is also the Member of Parliament for Ruhaama Constituency in Ntungamo District, in western Uganda. In a statement to her constituents, Mrs Museveni thanked God for guidance during her tenure as a parliamentary representative of the people of Ruhaama. “I have sought God’s guidance and assurance about it. Therefore I now have no doubt at all in my mind that this is what God intended … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM KAMPALA:
MPs receive 40% pay rise, Sejusa splits opposition, Mukulu’s arrest tests Uganda-Tanzania relationship

Jamil Mukulu - The alleged leader of the Uganda rebel movement ADF now under arrest in Tanzania

By Jessica A Badebye It goes without mention that Ugandan legislators ushered in this week with hands wide open to receive their 40 per cent salary increase from their employer, the parliamentary commission. Sources at parliament say this came through a rigorous process intended to motivate the legislators and parliamentary staff ahead of next year’s general elections. “In order to maintain well motivated members and staff of the service, the Parliamentary Commission after a rigorous process, approved the revised mileage rates for members and an increase in staff salaries,” read part of the letter signed by the Clerk to Parliament Jane Kibirige to the Secretary to the Committee on Legal … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM KAMPALA:
Obote’s son AGAIN declines to stand for party leadership; Sejusa admits mistakes and begs forgiveness; ; Musumba and Kadaga – What’s going on between NRM and FDC?

(L-R) Jimmy Akena son of former Ugandan President Milton Obote, his mother Miria Obote and the outgoing UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu

By Jessica A Badebye Following protracted party internal disputes that left its leadership undefined, Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC) finally announced 12 June to elect a new party president this week. According to the party plan of events shared with the media, a new president will be elected during its Delegates Conference as the party prepares itself for the forthcoming elections. Former aspirant Jimmy Akena, son of the founding President Apollo Milton Obote has however distanced himself from the process saying the process being conducted to elect a new party leader is illegal and in contravention of the party’s constitution and the laws governing the country. Akena said he will only … Continue reading

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Letter From Kampala:
How Garissa attack is impacting on Ugandans

A noticeboard at the Garissa University College displaying photos of the Al Shabaab victims.

By Jessica A Badebye Fear and tension continues to engulf Ugandans living in the capital Kampala following the assassination of the Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Joan Kagezi and the massacre of 148 students of Garissa University in neighbouring Kenya. The Ugandan police, in addition to other government security agencies, have embarked on taking terrorism awareness activities to communities as well as schools in a bid to prevent the re-occurrence of the calamity that befell Garissa University College recently. They are also encouraging communities to awaken the neighbourhood watches that had died a natural death. Local council (LC) leaders have been advised to register all the residents in their villages … Continue reading

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LETTER FROM KAMPALA:
Kavuma confirmed as deputy CJ, Museveni called a ‘pathological liar’ and Mrs Mbabazi saved from embarassment by Museveni

Deputy Uganda Chief Justice Steven Kavuma on claims he didn

The last fortnight has seen several things take place in Kampala where a deputy Chief Justice has been approved by parliament despite attempts by the opposition to derail the appointment. We have also seen the country’s leader dubbed ‘a pathological liar’ by one of the very men who fought with him during their bush days as well as the debacle at the ruling party’s Women’s League conference where its chairperson was refused entry, only to be allowed in by President Museveni. Jessica A Badebye puts together these events in this week’s Letter From Kampala. Despite having rejoiced for getting a new chief justice three weeks ago, Ugandans were treated to … Continue reading

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Letter From Kampala:
As the Uganda Shilling depreciates, MPs are warned of consequencies of absenteeism in parliament

Inside view of Uganda

By Jessica A Badebye, Kampala – Uganda The Ugandan shilling hit a record 3,000 mark against the dollar this week trading at 3, 031 UGX (Uganda Shillings) a dollar (buying) and 3,041 UGX a dollar (selling) by close of business on 11th Wednesday, 2015. The depreciation has pounced on the Ugandan economy like a panther causing immediate public panic. Economic analysts say that if the shilling continues to depreciate at the rate it is doing, employers might have no option but be forced to cut down on jobs and there will be an increase in prices of goods and services so as to stay afloat. The business community in Uganda is … Continue reading

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