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The edge of the Fula-Fula cemetery in Maluku, on the outskirts of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where government officials say 421 bodies were buried during the early morning hours of March 19, 2015.
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Following today’s declaration by former Prime Minister, stuff side effects http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/functions.global.php John Patrick Amama Mbabazi to stand for presidency in the forthcoming elections, viagra we bring you a chronology of events that followed his sacking to date.

June 15, 2015

After keeping the nation guessing and security on tenterhooks for over six months, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi finally declared his intention to contest for the highest political seat in the land come 2016. (Read More)

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June 10, 2015

Former Agriculture Minister and Kabale Woman MP, Hope Mwesigye revealed that presidential hopeful, Amama Mbabazi would sign the document containing resolutions of the newly-created Democratic Alliance, an opposition coalition that seeks regime change in Uganda.

Mwesigye, who is a sister of Mbabazi’s wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi, added that the powerful former NRM Secretary General was out of the country but that, “we will soon sign the protocol.” (Read More)

June 6, 2015

The Military raided the office of Amama Mbabazi`s daughter, Nina Mbabazi following months of speculations within the security circles of the pending arrest of the former.

The office of Nina located at Kajonkya Street, Bukoto was marauded by about half a dozen mean-looking redtop military police officers led by one, Col. Kanyesige according to the group leader of Mbabazi`s NRM Poor Youth, Adams Luzindana.

“They came and forced their way into Nina`s office in Bukoto yesterday without any official notice,” Luzindana told ChimpReports. (Read More)

Jun 2, 2015

Mbabazi skips NRM registration exercise. (Read More)

June 1, 2015

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Publicity Secretary, Wafula Oguttu confirmed that the political organisation was in talks with former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi as the opposition plans to field a joint candidate against President Museveni in the 2016 elections. (Read More)

May 20, 2015

Mbabazi made a surprise entry into the parliamentary committee that was discussing electoral reforms. Mbabazi surprised Members of Parliament as he strolled into the committee room where FDC President, Mugisha Muntu, Dr. Kiiza Besigye, Erias Lukwago and other opposition members interfaced with the Parliament’s committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that is currently scrutinizing the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2015. (Read More)

Apr 27, 2015

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi vowed to continue pursuing his political ambitions, irrespective of the resolution taken by the NRM party leadership at Kyankwanzi unanimously endorsing President Museveni for re-election in 2016. The Kinkiizi West MP reiterated that the Kyankwanzi resolution was “just an opinion.” (Read More)

Apr 25, 2015

Amama Mbabazi made a triumphant entry at Makerere University College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) conference hall in a surprise move that stunned security and excited students.

The former Prime Minister was the chief guest at the handover ceremony of the 80th Guild speaker, Chak Benson to his successor Jothan Burobuto Yamulebire at the higher institution of learning.

When asked about his alleged 2016 presidential candidature, Mbabazi re-echoed the famous intellectual statement that: “Intelligence is knowing what to do, and wisdom is knowing when to do it.” (Read More)

Mar 23, 2015

At least 11 supporters of Amama Mbabazi were arrested in Wandegeya and at the U.S. embassy in Nsambya, Kampala, where they had gathered to participate in a marathon aimed at popularizing the former Prime Minister’s perceived 2016 presidential candidature. (Read More)

Feb 9, 2015

Mbabazi did not attend the NRM annual retreat at National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi. (Read More)

Jan 12, 2015

Police swung into action, arresting 6 supporters of former NRM Secretary General Amama Mbabazi as they held a second round of protests in less than 7 days.

The youth led by Habib Mboowa had planned to hand over chicks to the President as part of his retirement package, stressing that its time he relinquished power for failure to address their problems.

“The only aspect that the president has always boasted about is security but of late things have become worse with the killing of Muslim clerics. The NRM government has failed to address problems affecting youth,” Mboowa explained. (Read More)

Jan 9, 2015

Amama Mbabazi was kicked out of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the party he and President Museveni founded about 40 years ago. (Read More)

Jan 8, 2015

Majority of NEC members rejected the appointment of Amama Mbabazi as a member of the Central Executive Committee.

Mbabazi was among five nominees for election to membership of CEC.

These included Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Amama Mbabazi, Amelia Kyambadde, Dorothy Hyuha, Singh Katongole, Sekamatte Dr. Crispus Kiyonga. (Read More)

Jan 8, 2015

The petition by a one Benjamin Alipanga seeking a temporary injunction halting the ascending to power of the newly-appointed NRM Secretary General, treasurer and their deputies until his main application is disposed of by court failed, the Constitutional Court ruled.

“I have carefully considered the submissions of both sides plus evidence brought to me,” said the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma as he prepared to give his judgement. (Read More)

Dec 14, 2014

The embattled NRM Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi stormed out of the Central Executive Committee meeting held at State House, Entebbe.

This was after CEC voted to have an appointed Secretary General of the party. The meeting earlier held discussions on whether an SG should be appointed or elected by delegates. (Read More)

Dec 8, 2014

Police nearly arrested former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi in Mbarara District. Mbabazi, who was flanked by his iron-lady Jacqueline Mbabazi, made a surprise appearance at Kakyeka stadium for what was labelled “Western Media Awards.” (Read More)

Dec 6, 2014

National Resistance Movement (NRM) chairman and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refuted allegations that the forthcoming National Delegates Conference would be discussing the position of Secretary General and former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. (Read More)

Oct 19, 2014

The reign of Amama Mbabazi as the ruling NRM party’s Secretary General (SG), was finally brought to an end by what officials described as “overwhelming pressure” from the political organization’s second highest ranking organ – the Central Executive Committee. (Read More)

Oct 17, 2014

The ruling National Resistance Movement party Central Executive Committee sat for 11 hours with a single item on table, the conduct of the embattled Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, who faced the heat from all directions. Chaired by party chairman and founder, President Yoweri Museveni, the meeting which sat at State House Nakasero started at 11:30am till 10:20pm and all the entire members who attended were allowed to make contributions. (Read More)

Oct 6, 2014

Amama Mbabazi officially handed over office as Prime Minister to his successor  Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at a function held in Kampala. (Read More)

Sep 29, 2014

The ruling National Resistance Party Chairman, President Museveni told caucus members that the party constitution gives him powers to even perform Secretary General’s (SG) responsibilities.

Addressing the caucus at State House Entebbe, Museveni assured the members that “there was no and there never be any administration gap in the biggest party that had consolidated power for over 28 years.” (Read More)

Sep 29, 2014

A top secret intelligence report into the clandestine operations of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to take over the highest and most coveted political office in the land in 2016 has was published by ChimpReports.

The damning dossier shed ample light on the covert and mysterious work of Mbabazi’s wife Jacqueline in mobilizing support for her husband as the much-anticipated polls drew closer. (Read More)

Sep 23, 2014

Chimp Corps exclusively reported that the Minister in charge of mobilization, Richard Todwong was determined to keep Mbabazi away from his office at NRM after being sacked as Prime Minister.

The NRM Caucus sitting that April at State House Entebbe had directed that the youthful Todwong takes over management of the NRM’s secretariat, but working under Mbabazi. (Read More)

Sep 21, 2014

A team of highly-trained intelligence operatives has been rolled out to maintain a close eye on sacked Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and his closest allies, ChimpReports exclusively reported. (Read More)

Sep 19, 2014

President Museveni sacked Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and replaced him with then Health Minister Hon Ruhakana Rugunda in a single-position reshuffle. (Read More)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) authorities should promptly and properly exhume a mass grave that may contain the bodies of people forcibly disappeared or executed by Congolese security forces, ambulance http://cuveeboutiquespa.com/site/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-hooks.php Human Rights Watch said today.

On June 5, story 2015, the families of 34 victims filed a public complaint with Congo’s national prosecutor requesting justice and the exhumation of the mass grave in Maluku, a rural area about 80 kilometres from the capital, Kinshasa.

Local residents, opposition leaders, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO), and human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, have raised concerns about a March 19 night-time mass burial, in which government security forces participated, on the edge of Maluku’s Fula-Fula cemetery.

The government has neither exhumed the gravesite nor revealed the identities of those buried there, according to human rights group.

“Two months since the discovery of the mass grave in Maluku, Congolese authorities have yet to provide clarity about who is buried there,” said Ida Sawyer, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Families of victims of human rights abuses have a right to know if their loved ones are among those buried in the grave.”

The authorities should immediately conduct a proper exhumation with the assistance of international experts, Human Rights Watch said.

It further said foreign governments and the UN should support the investigation, including by providing forensics experts to help exhume the bodies and conduct DNA testing.

The unusual circumstances of the burial heighten concerns that the cemetery is being used to hide victims of government abuses, Human Rights Watch said.

A woman from Maluku told Human Rights Watch that at about 2 a.m. on March 19, as she was walking home from a night vigil at her church, she saw a large dump truck enter the Fula-Fula cemetery. She said that more than a dozen men in military uniform were in the truck, as well as some in civilian clothes, and that a large white tarpaulin covered the truck’s contents.

A man who has a farm next to the cemetery said that at about 5 a.m. on March 19 he saw a large dump truck and people shovelling soil at the edge of the cemetery.

When returning to his home that morning, men he believed were intelligence officers stopped him and asked him what he had seen at the cemetery.

In the days and weeks that followed, unidentified men came to his home on at least four occasions and later came to his workplace and accused him of having “divulged the secret” about the mass grave. In early April, he received a call from an unidentified man who said: “You, just wait. You’re going to die.”

The discovery of the mass grave came in the context of increasing political tensions and a worsening crackdown on activists, political leaders, and others who have opposed attempts to allow Congo’s President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond late 2016, when his constitutionally mandated two-term limit ends.

On April 3, Evariste Boshab, Congo’s vice prime minister and interior minister, announced during a meeting with other senior government and security officials, Human Rights Watch, a MONUSCO representative, and Congolese journalists, that 421 bodies had been buried in a mass grave.

He said the burial was a “normal procedure” and that the bodies included indigents whose families could not afford burial, unidentified bodies, and stillborn babies.

But Congolese Red Cross officials and hospital and morgue employees told Human Rights Watch the burial was not normal procedure. They said it is common practice for stillborn babies to be buried within a day or two, often in designated areas in hospital grounds, or by the families themselves in cemeteries.

Indigents and unidentified bodies are usually buried during the day in low-cost caskets in a dignified burial in one of Kinshasa’s cemeteries, if no one claims the body following a public announcement.

Boshab said in the meeting that if there were any doubts about who was buried in the site, the bodies would be exhumed.

Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, also present at the meeting, echoed Boshab’s commitment to exhume the bodies if there were any remaining doubts.

Ghislain Mwehu Kahozi, a public prosecutor who is leading a judicial investigation into the mass grave, told Human Rights Watch on May 11 that 12 families of people allegedly killed or forcibly disappeared by security forces in 2013 and 2014 had filed individual legal complaints calling for an exhumation of the bodies. He said his team was working to confirm the allegations before making a decision.

The prosecutor said the site was well protected. However, Human Rights Watch visited the site on the afternoon of May 11, and found the area deserted and unguarded. The site was marked off with rudimentary wooden fencing and police tape, unlikely to deter anyone intent on tampering with evidence.

“The growing number of legal complaints from family members whose loved ones have disappeared highlights the urgency of exhuming the mass grave,” Sawyer said.

“The Congolese government should make good on its promise to exhume the bodies and properly protect the grave until that occurs.”

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