Day 2: Museveni Warns Against Cliques At NRM State House Meet


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According to officials from the nonprofit organization Clitoraid, Dr. Marci Bowers, M.D., and Dr. Harold Henning Jr., M.D. were expected to perform surgeries at the new hospital and also train other surgeons to do it.

“Although the government has suddenly withdrawn its approval for surgeries to be performed there, this facility, once open, will provide free surgery for victims of female genital mutilation,” said Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, president of Clitoraid and spokesperson for the IRM.

“The procedure repairs the physical damage they endured. But this wonderful mission has now been stymied by the Catholic Church and its cronies, who are conducting a smear campaign against it for their own selfish motives.”

Boisselier said Clitoraid will seek immediate legal redress through the courts.

“In the meantime, the surgeries we had scheduled will still take place over the next few weeks, at another hospital in Bobo-Dioulasso,” she said. “We’re going ahead as planned.”

She went on to describe why the Kamkaso Hospital will not open on March 7.

“Although the request for licensure of the new hospital was submitted in 2011 and we received repeated assurances from regional and national officials that the hospital could open on March 7, the health minister of Burkina Faso has explained to a representative of AVFE, our local Clitoraid partner, that the license will not be approved for our scheduled inauguration date of March 7,” Boisselier explained.

“Nevertheless, we will go ahead with our inauguration ceremony as planned. And our surgical team will still operate on the patients scheduled for the procedure, but that will take place at another hospital.”

She said that an official source who requested anonymity told her that strong pressure from IRM detractors, especially the Catholic Church, was responsible for both the license refusal and the cancellation of the First Lady of Burkina Faso’s participation in the opening ceremony.

“By seeking to prevent our opening, the Catholic Church has become an accomplice of the criminals who mutilate the genitals of African women,” Boisselier declared.

“Along with its mission of restoring mutilated clitorises for FGM victims, Clitoraid’s Pleasure Hospital will be a strong deterrent to those who still practice this barbaric custom. They would stop making the excisions since it’s foolish to destroy something that can be readily restored.”

Boisselier said this stance taken by the Catholic Church against Clitoraid is hardly a surprise, given the Vatican’s record.

“Those blocking our opening are the same criminals who support pedophile priests and money laundering by Vatican banks,” she said. “And their directives against using condoms are responsible for thousands of unnecessary AIDS deaths in Africa.”

Boisselier said Clitoraid will take prompt legal action to open the hospital.

“This pressure to close us down will only delay the opening,” she said. “Our attorneys are already looking into various legal options and there will also be worldwide protests in front of Burkina Faso’s embassies.”

Catholic Church Pressure

As evidence of the pressures brought by the Catholic Church, Boisselier cited the following declaration made against the Kamkaso Hospital by Professor R. Marie Charlemagne Ouedraogo, a Knight of the French Legion of Honor and Commander of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a well-known branch of the Catholic Church.

“This is a big campaign of fraud organized by the sect of Rael with the complicity of certain doctors of Burkina Faso! The health ministry and the governor are beseeched to stop this poisonous campaign! Also, the complicit doctors will have to appear before the medical board very soon!”

“How can a doctor who performs these surgeries himself at very high cost to his patients accuse us of a fraudulent campaign when his rates are way too high for the poor women who planned to come to the Kamkaso hospital?” Boisselier asked.

“What is the real fraud here? Clitoraid offers free surgeries performed by competent volunteer doctors, and they follow a procedure that has been published officially by its originator, Dr. Pierre Foldes of France. It has already been performed on thousands of women.”

Boisselier went on to elaborate about what she considers the real reason for the smear campaign against Clitoraid and the Kamkaso hospital.

“The real reason for this delay in the hospital opening is clearly linked to the fact that this purely humanitarian project was initiated by Rael, spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement,” she said. “The people putting pressure against this hospital prefer to pursue a pseudo-philosophical vendetta for their own profit instead of thinking of the 80 women who will be in Bobo-Dioulasso to have their free surgery between March 3 and March 14.”

According to Boisselier, the surgeries will be done at the hospital of a doctor friend who will host Clitoraid’s medical team.

“Our surgeons are licensed to perform surgeries in Burkina Faso,” she pointed out. “The people responsible for these pressures against us should be ashamed. The Kamkaso hospital is the collective effort of thousands of people of various philosophical backgrounds. They have all contributed to restore the pleasure of life to thousands of women who experienced deep trauma.”

“To prevent them from receiving this voluntary and free help simply because the people offering it don’t believe in their god is outrageous. But this campaign against us is perfectly aligned with other misdeeds of the Catholic Church, which teaches that suffering is a source of awakening and ultimate spirituality.”

Boisselier explained that for Raelians, pleasure is the most beautiful source of fulfilment.

“We will continue doing our best to help FGM victims get their dignity back as women and enjoy their right to enjoy physical pleasure and fulfilment,” she said.

buy more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Sources told Chimpreports on Tuesday morning the party is discussing discipline, check internal cohesion and drawing strategies for the 2016 elections.

This follows the arrest of some of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s supporters who have reportedly been soliciting signatures to endorse him as the party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 elections.

There has also been a split in the NRM youth Wing, with some leaders backing Mbabazi against Museveni ahead of the national elections.

Mbabazi told press on Monday that as a loyal cadre, he would not contest against Museveni in 2016.

Sources said Museveni told the NRM leadership yesterday he would not tolerate the jostling for positions.

He said political manoeuvring and dishonesty leads to divisions and destruction of social cohesion.

It is also reported members want a candid discussion of the position of Secretary General being held by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

In May 2011, Mbabazi was elevated from Security Minister to Prime Minister.

Addressing the NRM caucus at State House, Entebbe in the wake of the cabinet reshuffle, Mbabazi said he would surrender his Secretary General position to concentrate of his premiership with the view of ensuring government projects are implemented.

It appears Mbabazi did not live to his promise.

Since 2011, a cross-section of party has been demanding that Mbabazi paves way for another member to take over the position since his office comes with heavy assignments which deny one enough time for party work.

Mbabazi’s rivals say because of lack of enough time for party matters, NRM structures have been inactive at a time the opposition is strengthening its foothold at grassroot levels.

“Amama Mbabazi is too busy with government work to concentrate on party activities. When Museveni appointed him Prime Minister, we agreed that he relinquishes the position of Secretary General but he later turned around, saying he was not willing to step down,” fiery NRM ‘rebel’ MP, Theodore Ssekikuubo, was quoted as saying a few weeks ago.

Mbabazi’s critics further note the failure to leave the SG post has divided the party into several camps, with many arguing that as 2016 comes closer, there is urgent need to breathe life into party activities such as mobilization and recruitment of new members.

Mbabazi’s views

On his part, Mbabazi has labored to explain that he is not dying to remain the Secretary General and that he would quit if proper procedures are followed to replace him. These include convening the NRM Delegates’ Conference.

Interacting with social media enthusiasts recently, Mbabazi explained: “I am the Secretary General (SG) of NRM by a process. I was elected by delegates. I got 6,000 votes. My being a SG is a result of a democratic process and this is not disputed.

He added: “Even in 2005, we talked about it in NEC and with the president. The position of SG especially in circumstances where the structure of secretariat is not full constituted, a lot of his time is required for bureaucratic work of the party.”

“The President and I have no difference. A Secretary General, as the position is, who performs democratic functions of the party, would have little time to do other things – which is true,” he noted.

Mbabazi said NRM can adopt another option of South Africa’s Africa National Congress (ANC) where the SG is a paid as bureaucrat to do the work of the party.

“But the SG of NRM is not like that. What we need to do is to revisit this position as NRM. Do we need an SG who is political or a bureaucratic one? If we choose to have a bureaucratic one we need to change constitution, have elections and even appoint fully paid bureaucrats for the secretariat like directors for mobilization, information, administration, finance, cadre identification and recruitment.”

This SG post, according to Mbabazi, would devote time to the party work.

Mbabazi maintained that if NRM was to win an election in 2016, the NRM would have to deliver public services with perfection.

“NRM was elected on a manifesto and promised service delivery. We shall be implementing its pledges. The PM does the work of coordination, monitoring and evaluation. It’s a full time job that needs a lot of attention. I am not dying to have both.”


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