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Spectre of Corruption Haunts Mbabazi Presidential Bid

Mbabazi continues to face questions about his past (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

73 UPDF and Police officers have completed a four month junior staff course at UPDF’s Junior Staff and Command College – Jinja.

The UPDF grandaunts from ranks of Captain to Lt Col, viagra 40mg http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-includes/rewrite.php including four females, thumb http://codefor.asia/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php and 10 Police officers from Assistant Superintendent of Police to Superintendent of Police completed the 23rd intake that the School has run.

They were passed out on Friday by the former AMISOM deputy force commander, http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-includes/pomo/translations.php Maj Gen Geoffrey Muheesi, who represented the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala

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Maj Gen Muheesi said training in the armed forces is getting better every other day with affiliation of military training schools to higher institutions of learning like Makerere University and the military training together with the police.

He said this would guarantee better quality personnel and ease of joint operations in the armed forces.

Gen Muheesi reminded the graduands the principles of good leadership and the characteristics of a commander of being exemplary, fostering communications, ability to listen to others, taking care of their soldiers and enforcing standards.

“When I talk about enforcing standards, it’s bringing a change, being serious with your work, leaving a better place than you found it. That’s what I mean,” he said, adding that officers should do exactly what they are supposed to do in a work place and desist from damaging their credibility.

“Credibility is everything. When you damage your credibility, it might never be repaired. Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep. You should be trusted,” Gen Muheesi told the graduands.

Col Godfrey Golooba, the Commandant of the college said part of the objectives of the course was to equip the students with good staff and command skills.

He told that their success as military officers heavily lies on personal commitment, determination, loyalty and discipline.

“Have integrity where ever you are and be knowledgeable in whatever you are assigned to do”. He said.

Capt M A Obete emerged best student at the course, whereas Capt RK Bamuro won the commandant’s research paper award and Superintendent of Police Iliga Dauda won the higher academic research performance award.
Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi has twice been asked to explain his alleged role in corruption deals including the controversial Temangalo land transaction with NSSF, price http://cinemalogue.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-site-settings-v1-2-endpoint.php raising fears that the widely-publicised scandals could undermine his credibility during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

Mbabazi appeared on BBC Focus on Africa and Chatham House this week where he was told to shed more light on his record tainted by allegations of graft.

In his defence, web http://codefor.asia/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-control.php Mbabazi told Chatham House that, buy “Until 2007, I was known as Mr Clean.”

He added: “Bribery accusations relating to my land ownership were found to be untrue.”

The Temangalo land scandal unfolded in 2008, with Mbabazi who was the Security Minister, Finance Minister (now presidential advisor) Ezra Suruma and businessman Amos Nzeyi being accused of piling undue pressure on National Social Security Fund (NSSF) top shots to buy their 411.44 acres land at a cost of Shs 11.2 billion (Shs 24 million per acre).

Then NSSF Managing Director David Chandi Jamwa claimed Mbabazi and Suruma had mounted overwhelming pressure on him to purchase the land at an inflated price compared to the market value of land in the Temangalo area.

This was in contradiction of his earlier statement that NSSF had willingly purchased the land to build 5,000 low-cost houses.

At the time, Brig. Henry Tumukunde, who was selling 1,000 acres of land in the same area but at much lower value, was barred from dealing with NSSF for unknown reasons.

Jamwa went ahead and introduced the purchase idea to the NSSF board of directors which had business associates to minister Suruma who was the fund’s immediate boss.

Suruma was understood to have had business interests in National Bank of Commerce where Amama and Nzeyi were shareholders.

The bank’s shareholders wanted money to keep the financial institution, which was shut down by Bank of Uganda, afloat.

To avoid conflict of interest, Jamwa was advised by his board to ensure Mbabazi, a government official, hands over powers of attorney to businessman Nzeyi for purposes of conducting business with NSSF.

An investigation by legislators later exonerated Amama but saw Jamwa and his deputy Mondo Kagonyera fired.

But Mbabazi believes he was a target of a smear campaign.

“Actually I was known as Mr. Clean until 2008 when the first allegations came and that was after we had been in power for 22 years,” he told BBC.

“These allegations began in 2008 and they were all handled by parliament, by all institutions of government that carried out investigations and they all turned out to be false,” he added.

While Mbabazi was exonerated, the scandal left him with an egg on his face.

He would later face questions over the plunder of donor support funds at the Office of Prime Minister where he was the political head.

He denied responsibility.

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo recently insinuated that Mbabazi could have to explain more on allegations of corruption during the hosting of the 20017 Commonwealth Meeting in Kampala.

CHATHAM HOUSE

Meanwhile, in London this week, Mbabazi told Chatham House that “87 of my supporters were arrested for having campaign t-shirts,” adding, “The dilemma for prosecutors is how to charge them.”

Police this week arrested and released several supporters of Mbabazi, saying they were holding illegal assembling and distributing campaign materials before the official launch of the general election exercise.

On claims that he is in advanced stage and unable to make a contribution to Uganda’s transformation, Mbabazi noted: “People think I am old but actually I am modern, and I would like transitional change to happen in Uganda.”

Mbabazi is known for using latest new media technology for communication. He declared his presidential bid on YouTube.

Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze this week wondered whether Mbabazi is from heaven.

“Is he new? He’s been part and parcel of the government architecture. He was a Prime Minister, he was the ruling party Secretary General, he served in various ministerial capacities and he had reasonable amount of influence to push policy, to reform it. The question is what is new that he has to offer now?” wondered Tumwebaze on BBC Focus on Africa.

During a presentation moderated by Muzong Kodi, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House, Mbabazi explained that “Uganda is a democracy, but intimidation and rivalry in its politics raises the question, what choice can Ugandans really make?”

Regarding unemployment, Mbabazi said, “The question of employability of Ugandan graduates is political. We need to create jobs, but also to build skills.”

Uganda has the world’s second youngest population. Over 80 percent of Ugandans are under the age of 24.

The former Prime Minister said NRM has achieved so much, but having a peaceful transfer of power is the one thing that could transform Uganda.

On the crisis in South Sudan, Mbabazi observed: “We fear genocide in South Sudan. Memory of the Rwandan genocide is strong in Uganda – we don’t want to see it again.”

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