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Opinion: Where is Amama Mbabazi’s Money?

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral development has dismissed claims made by residents of Kiraira village in Kitoba sub-county, seek http://changescale.org/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar%202/src/admin-views/create-organizer-fields.php Hoima district, prescription http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-admin/includes/class-plugin-upgrader.php that government discovered oil deposits in the area.

The residents claim that officials from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral development conducted seismic studies in the area in 2013 and confirmed the discovery of oil deposits.

David Mwebembezi, order the Kiraira village chairman said officials from the Ministry of Energy early this year advised the residents to prepare for relocation.

He added that the officials said government was going to start the compensation process in 2014.

The chairman said no more information has been given to them since then in regards to compensation and this  has left residents in fear of sudden eviction.

Kabagambe Kaliisa, the Permanent secretary in the ministry of energy revealed that though commercial oil deposits were confirmed in the Albertine grabben, they have not surveyed any other areas in Hoima nor has the ministry made any pronouncement of oil deposits in other areas of Hoima.

Kabagambe advised residents to be cautious of masqueraders claiming to be officials from the ministry of energy. He said the perpetrators are interested in grabbing people’s land.
Independent Presidential Candidate Amama Mbabazi has defended himself against accusations of not visiting Lango during his time as Prime Minister, price http://cheapcouriercomparison.com.au/wp-includes/registration.php saying there was a Minister in charge of the area.

“I did not come here as Prime Minister because under the office of the Prime Minister there is a Minister responsible for the Northern region, http://corepr.pl/wp-admin/includes/translation-install.php ” said Mbabazi as he opened his speech at Alebtong on Tuesday.

“I nevertheless feel privileged to stand before you all today.”

Mbabazi’s statement comes against the backdrop of NRM officials’ claim that the former Premier was detached from the people he served.

Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo recently described as “totally false” claims by Mbabazi that as prime minister he neither had the powers enshrined in the Constitution nor enjoyed the confidence of the president to coordinate and effect implementation of government policy programmes.

Opondo further said as Prime Minister, http://darkriver.net/wp-includes/registration.php “Mbabazi remained a desk officer in Kampala in spite of a written directive by the president in 2011 that he should be an on the spot field person. There is no record on the itinerary of the prime minister between May 23, 2011 and September 18, 2014, when Mbabazi was sacked, that he ever made any official journey for duty in northern Uganda, Karamoja, Teso, West Nile or Luwero Triangle key areas that are under the docket of the prime minister’s office.”

Article 108 (2) of the Constitution provides thus The Prime Minister shall- (a) be the Leader of Government Business in Parliament and be responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of Government policies across ministries, departments and other public institutions and (b) perform such other functions as may be assigned to him or her by the President or as may be conferred on him or her by this Constitution or by law.

Mbabazi told the people of Alebtong that he would visit Abia War Memorial to “remember all those who have died from unnecessary violence and war.”

He said one of their campaign’s core principles in the ‘Go Forward Manifesto’ is a peaceful transition.

“We intend to achieve this as a team and ask that you too look towards a Uganda where we will all live in peace,” Mbabazi wooed Lango.
By Julius Peter Ochen

Whereas it does no harm people hiding their personal interests while rallying for their candidates, search http://clintonbrook.com/wp-admin/includes/credits.php I bet more than 87 percent of those following Rt Hon Mbabazi are merely chasing him for his alleged riches.

In their inner most conscience, site http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-admin/includes/media.php they know the man stands no chance of winning the forthcoming presidential election and therefore bears no future opportunities.

But what if the talk of Amama’s money is snake oil of the Go forward team propaganda? What if the camp is actually broke?

Since Mbabazi started unveiling his presidential ambition, order http://certoclear.com/wp-includes/class.wp-styles.php Ugandans have been fed with a lot of unverifiable materials of how the man has all the money he needs for his campaign, the most unsustainable propaganda a political camp can indulge in. But time is beginning to unfold the truth about the “containers of dollars” in Kololo.

From the start, Ugandans were told amongst other things that Hon Mbabazi procured 400 Toyota Premios for mobilization; to date, not even one has been revealed.

And again that Go Forward printed 40 million T-shirts from China that will pain the entire country orange. So far Go-forward has not distributed more than 200,000 T-shirts.

On the eve of The Democratic Alliance formation, team propaganda hewed yet another ruse that each of the executive members of TDA received state of the art Toyota V8 balloon worth not less than 380 million shillings, from Amama.

That their lives had since changed. This too was a tall tale. And further that, except Hon Mugisha Muntu, all presidents of subscribing political parties to TDA had received one billion shillings each from Hon Amama for their personal facilitation which was a hoax as well.

Relentless on their game, Mbabazi’s camp once more proliferated that when Besigye appeared before the panel of TDA, he said he had only four billion shillings at hand for campaign while Hon Amama said he had 400 billion shillings, and that should there be need for more, he would avail a similar amount or even more, sending a picture of how money is no problem to the Kololo based political camp.

The team also said, on the day of nomination, Ugandans will wake up to over 10,000 giant billboards of Amama both print and digital in all towns, municipalities and villages of Uganda with 24hours generators powering it. But we are yet to see one.

The denigrations are on and on and on but the truth of the matter is, either Amama does not have any money at all, or he sees no future of what he emotionally indulged himself in, and not willing to invest a coin.

Unlike FDC that spent about Shs 744m on nomination fee of their 248 MPs candidates, and NRM spending about shillings Shs 50m on each 112 district woman MP aspirants;  and yet another Shs 20m on each of the 274 constituency MP candidates, TDA flag bearers specifically those under Go-forward umbrella have not seen a coin to date.

About 7 of them failed to nominate due to lack of financial support from Amama’s camp. Even those who nominated from their own savings, have not got a cent for printing posters as all their request for support from Hon Amama are never responded to.

Frustrations have since mounted on their faces, with increasing resentment against the person of Amama for his treachery.

Further information is emerging that Go-forward is riding on a basic budget of Shs 3m per district, an amount which is below the budget for a town council mayoral contestants.

This revealing resource constraint further explains why Hon Amama is basically visiting municipalities only.

It also explain the mass migration of his secretariats who finally gave up on any hope of ever seeing his alleged coinage and possibly why Hon Beatrice Anywar is making desperate attempt to get back to FDC.

The Poor Youths camp is nearly extinct by defection to NRM as they waited fleece Amama’s money in vain. Even the 500 lawyers talk finally emerged as whoopla.

Much as African politics strive on propaganda, Amama certainly needs to review his money guiles if people can be given five hundred shillings and they shun his rallies. Time is not his best ally. May God bless Uganda.

The writer is a Public Policy analysis with interest in politics

Email: lla.juliuspeter@gmail.com

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