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Mbabazi’s Jagged Road to State House

Hon Amama Mbabazi and his wife Jacqueline entertain their youthful supporters at  their home in Kololo

The recently rolled out campaign to sensitize and support Ugandans in the fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases [NCDs] finally reached Gulu district in northern Uganda.

The sensitization program by the Uganda Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance [UNCD] was warmly welcomed by mainly women at Bardege Health Centre III where many of them were screened for breast cancer, visit this blood pressure and diabetes and other heart diseases.

At the event as has been the case elsewhere, UNCD donated to the health facility new machines to be used in the screening for the killer diseases.

“The BP machine we had here at Barndege Health Center was down, and now that we have a new one, we expect the number of people testing for NCDs to raise and I encourage all those people who have been fearing to test for NCDs to come and know their status to allow them get the right medication at an early stage,” said Deputy Nursing Officer Walter Kinyara.

Mr Auk Mike one of the UNCDA board member  looks on as Barndege nurses screens women of blood pressure

Mr Auk Mike one of the UNCDA board member looks on as Barndege nurses screens women of blood pressure

Mr. Auk Mike one of the UNCDA board members asked the Gulu residents to make use of the blood pressure machine that was donated to Barndege health 111.

“We’re here to encourage all the mothers in Gulu district to teach their children and their husbands always to test for non-communicable diseases to help them live a better life. UNCDA is moving in many districts to rescue all the mothers who are still ignorance about NCDs and with our campaigns we intend to roll out to some of the districts in Uganda,” he said.

Mr. Auk also cautioned the residents against excessive drinking, cigarette smoking and consumption of junk foods.

“This Health camp has helped us to teach both women and men Gulu district how to check themselves for breast cancer because men and women because both as susceptible,” Molly Grace Apio the campaign coordinator said.

She urged the women to test for cervical cancer every year which said could easily be transmitted by the especially promiscuous spouses.

By Linda Kabuzire

Christine Muyama, prescription the National coordinator Uganda scaling up Nutrition, this site has said that according to indicator data from Unicef, and WHO and World Bank, Uganda’s national GDP is lowered by 5.6% because of under nutrition levels.

Furthermore, Uganda is one of the 47 countries in the World that have overlapping under five stunting, Anemia in Women of reproductive age and adult over weight.

This was revealed during the Launch of the Global Nutrition Report and chart that took place In Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Launched globally last year, the Global Nutrition Report is the first report to compile comprehensive data on the status of nutrition around the world and highlights progress in combating malnutrition, identifying gaps, and proposing solutions.

The event which brought together 40 participants from Scaling up Nutrition networks across Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi brought to Light that across East African countries, stunting (short height for age due to chronic malnutrition) ranges from  1 in every 3 children to as high as 1 in every 2.

Christine Muyama said that even with the government’s intervention to scale up nutrition, malnutrition still remains high in the country hence the government’s consideration of drafting a policy to address malnutrition as it is one of the major causes of deaths in children under five years

“The government intends to ensure that each household grows food stuff not just for commercial purposes but also for home consumption,” She added

“Good nutrition is the bedrock of Human well-being as it allows brain functioning to evolve without impairment and immune systems to develop more robustly. For young children, good nutrition status averts death and equips the body to grow and develop to its full potential.”

“We are facing a chronic emergency that will not wait for our attention. For the healthy future of our Countries and communities, we must act now and encourage the governments of our region to make political and financial commitments that match the scale of the challenge set before us,” said Dr.  Aristide Madagasha of the Burundi Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network (SUN CSN).”

Participants in the East Africa launch compared the report’s findings to the region’s status, and are to plan action to ensure East African governments increase commitment and accountability for nutrition.

“Most East African countries are not on track to meet globally?agreed World Health Assembly targets on nutrition. The East African community must make new and ambitious financial and political commitments to ensure we do not fall behind in efforts to defeat malnutrition,” said Dr. Million Shibeshi of the Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition ? Scaling up Nutrition (ECSC?SUN).
Heaven knows when former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi first conceived the idea of challenging his boss President Yoweri Museveni in an election; but when he did mull it over with family and close confidants, online he got overwhelming support.  Mbabazi says his supporters across the country too were insistent they had seen great leadership qualities in him and kept pushing.

His journey to the State House however, more or less officially started Monday June 15 when he sounded the declaration in a YouTube video; exactly six months after he was thrown out of the NRM leadership by the national Delegates conference in Nambole.

On hearing the announcement which had kept everyone on their toes for months, the population was immediately thrown in frenzy, NRM members were baffled, the opposition as well, security organs went on standby and President Museveni was angry.

Museveni, who had just landed from an AU Summit is South Africa [he said he got the news of the declaration while he traveled back] immediately called his media team and filmed a 17 minute response, before summoning Mbabazi and Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda for a late night meeting.

What transpired through Monday sent a vivid message to former Premier Mbabazi that his venture in challenging President Museveni might not be a walk in the park. He now realizes that all bounds will be stretched and the regime will stop at nothing in curtailing his ambitions in a number of ways.

Social media trolls

Amama Mbabazi made his announcement via his social media sites YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and indeed social media did hit right back. All of Monday and Tuesday, social media forums were awash with messages, opinions and videos critical of the former NRM SG’s candidature.

Chimpreports understands that a ferocious army of bloggers and social media pundits has been deployed to water down Mbabazi’s candidature and the 8-point program so to speak, he enlisted in his declaration.

Indeed through Monday the squad was at it uploading edited pictures, videos and cartoons, implicating Mbabazi in all sorts of criminal acts and corruption charges.


On Twitter, the battle was sparked by government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo who slammed Mbabazi, describing him as a man who won’t add value to the transformation of Uganda. “There is corruption and Amama Mbabazi is among those accused – Temangalo, CHOGM,” charged Opondo.

Criminal Charges

President Museveni Monday evening summoned Mbabazi to State House, where he according to our sources quizzed him about a letter he allegedly forged, containing derogatory and sectarian remarks by the President.

Museveni revealed that two suspects in police custody had provided ample and “possibly implicating” evidence pinning Mbabazi and his close associates for masterminding a smear campaign on social media aimed at tarnishing the president’s reputation and undermining his achievements.

“The police will have to look into it. People must be interviewed,” the president warned.

Reports from last evening’s meetings indicate that the outcomes were not encouraging and the two parties did not reach agreement especially on Museveni suggestion that Mbabazi drops his presidential bid.

This stalemate is likely to incense the President to take further action against the adamant Mbabazi.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day government owned New Vision reported that the ruling NRM party was considering punitive action against its former SG, while Daily Monitor quoted Police as announcing plans to summon Mbabazi for some questioning.

Naughty DC

Once he hangs on up to the October National Delegates Conference, Mbabazi will be facing and campaigning before the same delegates that unceremoniously hounded him out of the party Executive on December 15 last year.

The very party leaders that convicted him of ineptitude as the party SG [even when he had delivered consecutive victories in the previous general elections], he will beg support to carry the party’s flag in year’s elections.

Mbabazi has in mind, borrowing from the December 2014  experience that he would need a lot of representation at the conference, [most of his supporters were reportedly locked out in the previous conference], but also a sizable financial muscle to win the delegates’ sympathy.

Some political observers now suggest that aware that he stands no chance before the delegate’s conference, Mbabazi thought upon losing in the primaries would have had a relatively strong ground to jump onto the newly formed Opposition coalition, the Democratic Alliance.

While he was out of the country a week ago, Mbabazi’s close confident and in-law, Hope Mwesigye attended the inauguration of the alliance and gave her word to the opposition leaders that he would consider joining the coalition.

Opposition distrust

However, the opposition path is also not clear, if the emerging sentiments, reservations and hooded mistrust are anything to go by.

While addressing the media on Monday, FDC President Gen Mugisha Muntu said Mbabazi’s decision to announce his contest in the NRM Primaries would diminish his chances of carrying the opposition flag in the 2016 elections.

This he said it would be even more unlikely if Mbabazi lost in the October NRM primaries.  Earlier last week while appearing on a local FM hours after the launch of the Democratic Alliance, Former FDC President Col Kizza Besigye said while Mbabazi was welcome in the coalition, he was not fit to be trusted with the flag.

Reflecting on the persecution that he [Besigye] and the opposition has suffered in the past at the hands of Mbabazi, he stated; “There are no permanent enemies in this area of struggle. Anybody can change. We should not be prejudiced. In principle, I would find no difficulty in supporting people who have been causing problems in the past, and in this country there are very few people without such baggage, but if we can of course avoid people with a lot of baggage, why not?”

Mean Police 

Hours before Mr Mbabazi made the pronouncement on Monday, police came out with a stern warning against his supporters that were slated to stage demonstrations in Kampala, Municipalities, and other major towns in Uganda,

Arrests have since been reported in various parts of the country of Mbabazi supporters who are being accused of pinning his presidential posters before the election campaigns.

Heavy deployments have also been witnessed in Kampala, Mbabazi’s home district of Kanungu, Kabale, Mbabara Masaka and many others.












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