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Norther Corridor leaders say the Integration Projects initiative is designed to generate sustainable political will necessary to fast track the implementation of the projects identified

As they prepare to take on the NRM regime for the fourth time in next year’s general elections, order http://dakarlives.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-section.php leading opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] have amongst themselves another ‘tumor’ to take care of.

Kampala Woman MP Hon Nabila Naggayi Ssempala who is the only FDC MP out of the 9 representing Kampala district in the 9th Parliament, has turned the guns against her party.

Armed with a barrage of claims of irregularities within the party’s internal systems, the MP has launched an all out war against FDC on social media.

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Over the weekend while the party commenced its grassroots elections in the capital Kampala, she took to Facebook with a strong worded document condemning the manner in which the elections were organized.

She listed with figures, details of the anomalies that marred the voting process in the various divisions, in which some voters had been removed from the register while others were registered without their knowledge.

In Kawempe at Mbogo Play Ground she alerted, voting took place at night after the FDC electoral commissioners informed members about the tight schedule.

In the document she titled “PRESS RELEASE!!!!!! PRESS RELEASE!!!!!! PRESS RELEASE!!!!!! PRESS RELEASE!!!!!! IRREGULARITIES IN THE FDC GRASSROOT ELECTIONS IN KAMPALA!, Nabila termed the election exercise as ‘outrageous’ and that she would not stand it.

The post got outright negative reception from dozens of her followers, who accused her of washing her dirty linen in public.

She was questioned by supporters on why she chose to strip the rot inside the party on social media, when as a NEC member she had all the avenues at her disposal to bring it to the attention of the party leadership.

The same was echoed by the party spokesperson Mr John Kikonyogo who told us in an interview that the legislator was in fact shaming her own self as a party leader.

A vividly perturbed Kikonyogo told us, “I honestly don’t want to comment on what she says.”

But Nabila maintained, airing out her frustration was her right, before posing a question; “By the way, what is social media for? Are FDC issues private issues?”

And those who questioned her leadership ethics, she asked them to go and stand and get elected like her.

Like anybody else that airs out his/her opinion on social media, she said, democracy entitles her to hers. “That’s mature Politics!”

She said she wouldn’t be intimidated by anybody from telling the truth about how the party needed electoral reforms internally before demanding for national reforms in parliament.

“I’ll speak the truth! Electoral reforms are needed in the FDC! It’s not a privilege but a responsibility to clean up all political platforms! The same electoral reforms we need in the National Electoral Reforms are the same ones we demand in our parties!” she stressed.

Nabila’s unprecedented move is being interpreted as not only aimed at weakening the party, but also preparing the ground for her defection.

Her remarks over the weekend exhumed earlier perceptions that the MP had another leg in the ruling NRM party.

She has since 2010 been accused of being a mole within the opposition party. Earlier in 2011, the party President Col Kizza Besigye warned of “some officials who are FDC by the day and NRM during the night.”

This was after Hon Nabila initially rejected an appointment by the party to deputize Hon Odonga Otto on the Parliamentary Committee of Government Assurances.

The MP has also claimed more than once that she was being sidelined by some top party officials.

In the last party primaries, she accused the FDC leadership of trying to edge her out of the race in favor of Rashida Naluwoza, who she later defeated to carry the party flag in the Kampala Woman MP elections.

Sources inside the opposition party also tell us that in the recent Shadow Cabinet reshuffle by President Mugisha Muntu, Nabilah was not pleased when she was appointed the interim FDC spokesperson, [after Hon Wafula Oguttu was made Leader of Opposition] only to be dropped later in favor of John Kikonyogo.

Recently she called a press conference and announced intentions to stand for the party Secretary General, a few days after FDC strongmen Nandala Mafabi and Hon Chasiano Wadri made the same announcement.

Clearly aware that she stood not chance in this race, political observers believe her Saturday tantrums were meant to preempt her next move, possibly her exit from the party.

It is strongly held that by first undermining her party’s ability to hold a free and fair election, she would find a good excuse to cross the floor to the NRM, upon losing in the poll.

Party members however are concerned that her actions are weakening the current opposition fight for Electoral Reforms by making it look like the FDC leaders who have been at the forefront of this campaign, do not have the moral standing to demand for reforms.

“I think these are the women Napoleon Bonaparte said ‘Belong to the kitchen’. Nabilah truly looks disorganized and is hurting the party,” remarked one angry supporter Emmah.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Ugandan opposition leaders have finally agreed with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to form a joint alliance to remove President Museveni from power, troche http://construction-cloud.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-upgrader-skins.php ChimpReports can reveal.

This follows a series of secret meetings including one attended by leader of opposition in Parliament, cialis 40mg http://cssassociation.org/system/modules/frontend/modulecustomnav.php Wafula Oguttu in a foreign country towards the end of last week.

It is the same week that Mbabazi also travelled out of Uganda. On his return, dosage http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.json-api.php Wafula confirmed the development:

“You good people let me retire to my hard bed early this time. I am very happy… Just arrived home a while ago. Not from a bar. I never go there. But from a historical political meeting far away. Sorry, I will not tell you anything more about it. Wait for a communique soon. And besides, I am not the spokesperson for the just ended meeting. God is indeed great.”

On Monday morning, activist and lawyer, Godber Tumushabe, issued a press statement on behalf of the Secretariat for the Free and Fair Elections Campaign, saying “Over the last 4 days (June 4-7, 2015), political and civic leaders of political parties, pressure groups and eminent citizens met in a joint consultation to chart a new political path for our country.”

He said the leaders who are “concerned by the current political and economic gridlock in our country” were able to make “important decisions and reach a series of agreements” on how to chart a new direction for the good of our country.

He said the people of Ugandan and the international community should on Wednesday June 10, 2015 expect a communication on the outcomes of the meeting.

Tumushabe emphasised the consultation was convened under the auspices of the Free and Fair Elections Campaign which he said “brings together all democracy seeking forces in Uganda (seeking) to establish a credible electoral management system.”

This will be the first time that President Museveni is facing a united resistance from opposition forces in a presidential election.

Amama Mbabazi, who was toppled as Prime Minister and Secretary General of the NRM party over his alleged presidential ambitions, is expected to lead the opposition to challenge Museveni’s 27-year hold on power.

It remains to be seen if every opposition leader will join the anticipated alliance to challenge Museveni since previous attempts have crumbled over infighting, suspicion, intrigue, tribalism and infiltration by the state.

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze says the opposition’s campaign for political reforms is “something they have been rehearsing for some time to cover up their own inabilities of failing to win new political ground and therefore divert attention from the inevitable defeat that awaits them come 2016.”

Tumwebaze said the chorus for “electoral reforms” therefore, is the perfect scapegoat they can find.

“Politics like any other venture requires hard work and not just mere posturing. You cannot win an election that you have not mobilized for. Yet one critical component of successful mobilization is the ability of one’s message to resonate well with those you are courting and aspiring to lead,” said Tumwebaze.

2016 Battle 

However, Tumushabe said in his statement today that in spite of the calls to reform “our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans.”

He pointed out that “Ugandans are aware that the character of deceit and ignoring citizens is consistent with the character of the current regime. Until this time, the government has dishonoured the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups.

We are conscious that Ugandans here at home and abroad are depressed over the direction that our country is taking. We know that they are resolute in changing the course of direction our country is taking and are anxious to hear a message of unity.”
After keeping the nation guessing and security on tenterhooks for over six months, ask http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-includes/wp-db.php former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has finally declared his intention to contest for the highest political seat in the land come 2016.

In a 5-minute video released on YouTube at 4:30am, side effects http://chutneyrestaurant.ca/wp-includes/class-http.php Mbabazi did not mince his words, http://ccrail.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/google-analytics.php saying, “I will be seeking your vote, first within my party the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential elections.”

After being sacked as Premier and later toppled as NRM Secretary General, Mbabazi chose to take a low profile as he laid down a plan to challenge his once best friend and ally, President Museveni in the 2016 election.

Mbabazi held high profile positions in government after NRM seized power in 1986 including Attorney General, Director General, External Security Organisation, Minister of Security, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister.

He once was thought to have been Museveni’s preferred successor until last year when he was humiliated with a sacking as premier.

The declaration caught majority of Ugandans by surprise as the presidential hopeful departed from the traditional methods of using press conferences to make key announcements.

The pronouncement came just a few hours after Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga warned that “Police have received information that a group linked to former Prime Minister, Hon. Amama Mbabazi, intends to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda, tomorrow, Monday, 15th June, 2015.”

He added: “As we verify this information, this is to alert the general public that the Police has not been notified of such demonstrations as is required by the Public Order Management Act, and should, therefore, not be deceived into participating into them.”

Enanga said, “The demonstrations, if indeed, they are planned, are illegal. Therefore, whoever is involved in organizing the demonstrations, or intends to participate in them will be in violation of the law, and will face criminal sanctions in accordance with the law.”

Below is Mbabazi’s declaration in full:

My Declaration to the People of Uganda

My fellow Ugandans,

I greet you wherever you are.  It is a great privilege for me to address you.

I come before you today, to tell you that I will be seeking your vote, first within my party the NRM as its flag bearer; and later on in the whole country for President in the 2016 Presidential elections.

The coming election is about the future, about making Uganda work for everyone.

It is about reinvigorating our country and making it fit for the 21st century and beyond.

And it is about breathing new life into our system of government – a system that has become weak and inefficient.

We need to revive our mission to improve education, health and public services and ensure that they are delivered fairly and to high standards.

We need to restore our party, the NRM, and return to its roots – a genuine, accountable and democratic movement.

And we, as a country, need to rediscover our democratic principles.

52 years ago we gained our independence and Uganda has since achieved many things.

We have united the country and increased prosperity…

Attained a greater level of peace and security…

Greatly improved the provision of education and won the respect of the international community…

These are all achievements of which I am sure the men and women – who even before Independence envisioned what Uganda would look like as a self-sufficient nation – would be proud of.

We have too much to be proud of to allow anyone to belittle those gains.

Yet we still face many challenges. It is abundantly clear that what Ugandans want now, what you want, is not simply a change in leadership but a change of systems, a change in order:  The kind of change that will not only strengthen the gains of the last 52 years, but will enable the nation to rise above where it is today.

To bring about this change I believe we must focus on eight critical things:

Reviving Uganda’s democracy and institutions.

Transforming the economy and attracting heavy local and foreign investment.

Promoting equitable development where all communities and all regions of the country equally benefit from decisions made by the government.

Providing jobs that are fit for the 21st century.

Ensuring a greater level of accountability on the part of your leaders and making a stronger effort at fighting corruption at all levels…

Reinforcing observance of and respect for the rule of law while ensuring security for all.

Providing good quality healthcare.

Enhancing the quality of education and addressing the skills gap.

43 years ago as a youth and, later on, as a young idealistic lawyer with a hunger for justice I joined the struggle against the destructive forces that were threatening to derail the self-governing hopes and dreams of our new democracy.

That hunger still remains.

As most of you know, I have dedicated many years of my life to serving the people of Uganda. My loyalty is absolute.

It is to the people and Constitution of Uganda. It is to the founding principles of the National Resistance Movement and the values for which I fought as a young man and for which many lost their property, liberty and even their lives.

This is the most important election in a generation.

As a people we must choose between achieving success and true prosperity in the new global economy or nursing a tired nation – yesterday’s story.

You will be making a choice for your families, for your children and the generations to come.

In the coming days you will hear and read, in greater detail, more about my plans for Uganda’s future.

The future is not secured by what we do tomorrow; it is entirely determined by the decisions we make today.

You hold Uganda’s future in your hands.

So I want to urge you to take the first step – by choosing a fairer society and a democratic future.

A new age is upon us and upon this our focus must rest

Yesterday is gone and today’s challenges must have newer, better answers.

Uganda can work. Together, let’s make it work.
Ugandan opposition leaders have finally agreed with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to form a joint alliance to remove President Museveni from power, decease http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/session.php ChimpReports can reveal.

This follows a series of secret meetings including one attended by leader of opposition in Parliament, Wafula Oguttu in a foreign country towards the end of last week.

It is the same week that Mbabazi also travelled out of Uganda. On his return, Wafula confirmed the development:

“You good people let me retire to my hard bed early this time. I am very happy… Just arrived home a while ago. Not from a bar. I never go there. But from a historical political meeting far away. Sorry, I will not tell you anything more about it. Wait for a communique soon. And besides, I am not the spokesperson for the just ended meeting. God is indeed great.”

On Monday morning, activist and lawyer, Godber Tumushabe, issued a press statement on behalf of the Secretariat for the Free and Fair Elections Campaign, saying “Over the last 4 days (June 4-7, 2015), political and civic leaders of political parties, pressure groups and eminent citizens met in a joint consultation to chart a new political path for our country.”

He said the leaders who are “concerned by the current political and economic gridlock in our country” were able to make “important decisions and reach a series of agreements” on how to chart a new direction for the good of our country.

He said the people of Ugandan and the international community should on Wednesday June 10, 2015 expect a communication on the outcomes of the meeting.

Tumushabe emphasised the consultation was convened under the auspices of the Free and Fair Elections Campaign which he said “brings together all democracy seeking forces in Uganda (seeking) to establish a credible electoral management system.”

This will be the first time that President Museveni is facing a united resistance from opposition forces in a presidential election.

Amama Mbabazi, who was toppled as Prime Minister and Secretary General of the NRM party over his alleged presidential ambitions, is expected to lead the opposition to challenge Museveni’s 27-year hold on power.

It remains to be seen if every opposition leader will join the anticipated alliance to challenge Museveni since previous attempts have crumbled over infighting, suspicion, intrigue, tribalism and infiltration by the state.

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze says the opposition’s campaign for political reforms is “something they have been rehearsing for some time to cover up their own inabilities of failing to win new political ground and therefore divert attention from the inevitable defeat that awaits them come 2016.”

Tumwebaze said the chorus for “electoral reforms” therefore, is the perfect scapegoat they can find.

“Politics like any other venture requires hard work and not just mere posturing. You cannot win an election that you have not mobilized for. Yet one critical component of successful mobilization is the ability of one’s message to resonate well with those you are courting and aspiring to lead,” said Tumwebaze.

2016 Battle 

However, Tumushabe said in his statement today that in spite of the calls to reform “our distorted electoral management system towards and after 2011 general elections, and after five years of running government, the regime is now scampering and stampeding our parliament with last minute proposed reforms that do not meet the aspirations of Ugandans.”

He pointed out that “Ugandans are aware that the character of deceit and ignoring citizens is consistent with the character of the current regime. Until this time, the government has dishonoured the Citizens Compact on Free and Fair Elections and other proposed reforms advanced by other interest groups.

We are conscious that Ugandans here at home and abroad are depressed over the direction that our country is taking. We know that they are resolute in changing the course of direction our country is taking and are anxious to hear a message of unity.”
Northern Corridor member states have formed an authority to expedite implementation of infrastructure projects for the benefit of the people of the region.

The new body – the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority – will coordinate and follow-up implementation of projects in order of priority as agreed on by the member states.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta, this http://ccrail.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php Paul Kagame and host Yoweri Museveni resolved to establish the new Authority during the 10th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kampala, Uganda.

President Kenyatta expressed optimism that the new Authority will organize the implementation of the various outstanding projects.

“We have really made good progress. On the areas that we have not, I think with this new arrangement we should now be able to fast-track them,” President Kenyatta said.

He welcomed the private sector in implementation of the Northern Corridor projects, saying they have a great role to play in the initiative.

“I encourage our other partners to come on board so that we can increase the numbers and really push this integration agenda forward,” President Kenyatta said.

The leaders agreed that each of the Northern Corridor member states should appoint a person to work full-time in monitoring the status of implementation of projects.

President Museveni observed that some of the Northern Corridor projects were not moving as fast as targeted because some of the implementing persons were working “part-time”.

“The three of us have agreed that each country should appoint a senior person whose job will only be to follow up this integration process,” President Museveni said, noting that Kenya has already appointed former Cabinet Minister Joseph Nyaga.

President Museveni added: “We will also have a discussion with President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and President Pierre Nkurunziza on the same issue.”

The leaders also agreed to cluster projects where each country will be assigned specific tasks to undertake.

And in a communique issued at the end of the summit, the Heads of State affirmed their resolved to continue working together to deepen integration through fast-tracking implementation of projects.

They appreciated the commitment expressed by the private sector to partner with Governments of the Northern Corridor member states in the realization of the vision of transforming the regional economy through the Public Private Sector Partnership in the delivery of flagship projects.

The Summit welcomed the signing of the Agreement on Total Liberalization of Free Movement of Labour, Agreement on Total Liberalization of Free Movement of Services, Memorandum of Understanding with EPC for the Western and Southern routes of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Memorandum of Understanding on Foreign Policy Coordination as well as Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Security.

The Summit also launched the Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Web Portal that will facilitate communication and dissemination of information on the projects.

The Heads of State also considered and endorsed recommendations contained in the Ministerial report on NCIP.

President Kiir was represented by at the Summit by Defence and Veterans Affairs Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk while President Nkurunziza was represented by External Relations and International Cooperation Minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe.

Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, East African Community Secretary General Richard Sezibera and Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) Executive Secretary Donat Bagula attended as observers.

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