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Barbara Allimadi: FDC is Extremely Intolerant

Allimadi (2nd left) led group of Ugandan women who stripped to their bras to protest against the alleged assault of Turinawe in 2012

Government has promised to enhance the salaries of non-teaching staff at public universities in the next financial year 2016/17.

The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda held a meeting with representatives of government and the leadership of Non-Teaching Staff of Public Universities on Wednesday.

In the meeting, visit this http://comoconquistarumamina.com.br/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-pure.php the Premier made a kind call to the striking staff to end the on-going industrial action.

In his statement, http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/stats.php Dr. Rugunda stated that government appreciated the concerns raised by the Non-Teaching staff and agreed to address the matter as follows:

“To ensure equity in the salary enhancement across categories of staff in Public Universities, http://cstaab.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php Government will with effect from next FY 2016/17 enhance salaries for the Non-Teaching Staff.”

The statement further read “Salary arrears arising out of non-payment of enhanced salaries in the FY 2015/16 shall be paid in a phased manner starting in FY 2016/17 and ending in FY 2017/18.”

The leadership of the non-teaching staff of public universities who attended the meeting appreciated the offer from government. They committed themselves to consult their membership for ratification and would report back to Government by Monday 17 August, 2015.

Non-teaching staff in the various public universities went on strike beginning Monday 3rd August putting activities at hold.

The action would later affect mostly the first year students enrolling for Year One who couldn’t access their Admission letters.

Since the first few weeks of the semester are meant to have the new students register, this strike will go a long way in hampering on the normal university calendar.

Resulting from the same nationwide strike, Makerere University council on Tuesday resolved to push forward the opening date for Semester One from 15th to 22nd August 2015
Barbara Allimadi, buy information pills http://checkhimout.ca/wp-includes/registration-functions.php the famous FDC activist who led the widely-publicised strip protest campaign against the arrest of Ingrid Turinawe in Kampala, http://companyimpact.com/components/com_weblinks/router.php has now blasted the same political party members of being “intolerant”, adding, “As Ugandans, we shouldn’t fool ourselves that people will behave any differently when they get power.”

The below-the-belt attack on Dr Kizza Besigye’s strategists confirms widely-held reports that the presidential hopeful continues to surround himself and nurture extremists.

It all started Wednesday with FDC’s Deputy Secretary General [in charge of administration] Mr Harold Kaija revealing that Allimadi was contacting several party delegates on a landline phone asking them to shun Dr Besigye.

The former FDC president is contesting against Muntu as the party’s flag-bearer in the 2016 presidential elections.

“We request whoever knows her, to tell her to leave our internal process. We shall not tolerate her blackmail on the candidature of Dr Besigye,” Kaija blasted the powerful female activist on Facebook.

The remarks touched off a political firestorm with Besigye’s supporters joining Kaija to condemn what they described as Allimadi’s shameful acts.

Allimadi is remembered for leading a group of half-naked women to the Central Police Station to protest against the manner in which the then FDC’s women’s league chairperson Ingrid Turinawe was disgracefully manhandled by policemen during a political activity in 2012.

Following Kaija’s remarks, Allimadi fired back, urging him to present evidence to back his claims.

On Thursday, Allimadi, whose father, Otema Allimadi was Uganda’s former Prime Minister, renewed the fight.

The popular activist, who is said to be in Gen Mugisha Muntu’s camp ahead of the delegates conference, explained that she was compelled to respond to accusations against her “…only for the sake of people who believe in me and what I stand for.”

She further praised her fans for “all the messages of encouragement in the face of such hostility from people I have struggled for.”

Allimadi pointed out that, “It’s quite telling when people who claim to be pro-democracy activists…are the same people who are so intolerant of other people’s views.”

She said such people “are so quick to make judgement based on rumours,’ emphasising, “None of them have come forward to substantiate their grave accusations that I was blackmailing Dr. Besigye…and they claim to offer a better alternative for the country – I shudder…”

Allimadi urged acceptance of divergent views in the party.

“I may not support your candidate, but I don’t hold your choice against you…opposing views should not equate to enmity…As Ugandans, we shouldn’t fool ourselves that people will behave any differently when they get power…”

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