Tumwebaze: Democratic Alliance not a Threat to NRM

Presidency Minister, Frank Tumwebaze

China Southern Airlines, erectile this site China’s largest carrier, page is set to officially introduce its operations this Thursday 11th June 2015 in Kampala to support its newest East African destination route via Nairobi.

The Chinese airline will ply the Guangzhou-Nairobi route three times a week, sales starting August. The carrier will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday flights between the two cities using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft which can carry 217 passengers.

In Uganda, the Airbus will land at Entebbe International Airport on August 5th for its official unveiling before proceeding to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

China Southern has been operational since 1988 with the main hub in Guangzhou, and two others in Beijing and Urumqi. It is a 4 star airline according to Skytrax and a member of the sky team alliance for 15 years.

The move is seen as a big step forward in boosting trade and bilateral relations between Uganda and China.

The Uganda-China business deals are estimated in billions of dollars.

Hundreds of businessmen travel to China for merchandise while Chinese corporations continue to ship in equipment and skilled labour for multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects.

In March, China and Uganda signed multi-billion dollar cooperation deals including an agreement on the upgrade and expansion of Entebbe International airport, the E-Government ICT National Transmission Backbone project phase 3, construction of an industrial skills training and Production centre and concessional loan agreements worth 1.2billion US dollars at a colourful ceremony witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni and President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President Museveni said then that China and Uganda have policies to promote a win-win situation between the two countries, adding, “China has successfully experimented with economic zones and industrial parks and stands ready to share experiences without any reservations.”

According to a statement released by the Airline Head office in Guangzhou, their service will enable the business community with direct dealings in China to travel faster at a lower rate.

The airline has promised to introduce direct flights from Entebbe to Guangzhou in a few months.

China Southern Airlines promises to deliver safe and reliable air travel, with value for money.

The General Sales Agent (GSA) Marketing Officer in Kampala; Ms. Becky Nampamba confirms that the official launch ceremony in Kampala will be graced by the Senior Vice President of China Southern and a host of high ranking executives from China, Nairobi and Dar-as-salaam where its operations are already established.

The Airline boasts of having China’s highest safety record with a fleet of over 200 Airline carriers.

Besigye at launch of The Democratic Alliance in Kampala on June 10, 2015

Besigye at launch of The Democratic Alliance in Kampala on June 10, 2015

FDC strongman, this Dr Kizza Besigye has described as a big milestone, the new alliance formed by opposition political parties in the country.

On Wednesday morning opposition political parties unveiled ‘The Democratic Alliance’ a platform  where they  are set to front joint candidates in the forthcoming general elections in a bid to unseat the current NRM government.

Speaking at the function held at Hotel African in Kampala, Besigye said that the alliance comes at a time when the country is facing a challenge of leadership at all levels.

He said Ugandans leaders think they are bigger and mightier than the people they lead.

“We have a leadership problem at all levels and positions – be it in the church where the leaders consider themselves as being special leaving out the common good which is the people,” said Besigye.

“The new alliance is therefore a big milestone as all parties have come together for the common goal and I am now sure hope is coming,” Besigye said.

According to the opposition strongman, Uganda’s problems stem from the colonialists’ divisive reign but quickly that “it’s high time the people did something as far as solving their own problems is concerned.”

Opposition leaders show unity to challenge the NRM government in the 2016 general elections

Opposition leaders show unity to challenge the NRM government in the 2016 general elections

Besigye said there is need for reforms which would help the country start moving in the right direction.

“The next thing we should do is not letting Ugandans down. We should not go to elections before the desired electoral reforms are put in place,” he advised.

“It’s good almost all political parties have come together for the alliance but it’s high time we made sure all the desired reforms are put in place before the elections.”
Presidency Minister Frank Tumwebaze has scoffed at the creation and aspirations of opposition joint platform, order The Democratic Alliance, and saying, it’s doomed to fail.

“That’s not new and it can never be a threat to NRM,” said Tumwebaze on Wednesday afternoon after being contacted by ChimpReports for a comment on the birth of the opposition coalition.

“The fact that an alliance is formed on an ad hoc basis only aiming at fighting an individual called President Museveni without  any other substantive and principle-driven interests  for the parties to coalesce on, makes  their whole move hollow,” he added.

The alliance vowed to form a transitional government of national unity comprising 21 cabinet ministers after defeating the NRM government in the 2016 elections.

They would later submit their electoral reforms to the reigning Parliament for endorsement.

The new alliance, which comprises opposition groups, civil society members and religious leaders, also agreed to field joint candidates in electoral positions ahead of the 2016 polls.

But Tumwebaze expressed pessimism about the coalition’s ability to achieve its objectives, saying it is out of touch with the common man.

“They did it last elections with IPC but it even collapsed before the campaigns could end. Elections are not worn by schemes and conspiracies but rather by superior ideas sold in manifestos. Whether an alliance or no alliance, any political group can win power if it addresses what the citizenry wants,” said the Minister.

“The problem with Ugandan opposition as well as those political contenders that fall out with NRM and eventually join them is that they don’t stand for the people’s interests. They instead want to use the people to buy into ‘their own’ political outfits mainly for self power ambitions. This is where President Museveni and NRM beat them,’” he added.

The Inter Party Cooperation (IPC) crumbled in 2011 over power struggles, suspicion and tribalism.

But DP National Chairman, Mohammed Kezaala today said, “In the past we didn’t know much about ourselves that much. From 2011, we have been in talks and we understand each other very well.”

Dr Kizza Besigye it’s incumbent upon the alliance to ensure free and fair elections in 2016.

The Kibaale County MP is a harsh critic of the opposition and has repeatedly rebuked their strategy of taking power from the ruling party.

Tumwebaze said the opposition groups and civil society members are “dreaming of civil disobedience in Uganda” as alternative route of capturing power.

“Unlike in those countries where civil disobedience mainly and solely driven by the citizens themselves has caused regime change, the Ugandan situation is different.  It’s the opposition leaders that desperately try to mobilize people to go on the streets without success,” said Tumwebaze.

Nevertheless, JEEMA president, Asuman Basalirwa maintains “The entire country is demanding political reforms for free and fair elections,” which “Museveni’s government has remained reluctant” to deliver.

He further stated that “due to the arrogance of the current regime that has reached the tipping point,” the opposition decided to improve its organisation ability to win power by forming the Democratic Alliance.

On his part, Tumwebaze said, “Citizen Disobedience is never coached. It becomes instant and is always unstoppable. And it’s always as a result of long time people’s anger derived from the conditions they live in. If their livelihood conditions are unpleasant, automatically the citizens will rebel without being induced or lured by any other external force.”

Tumwebaze did not spare Civil Society members aligned to the opposition.

“That is why Besigye and team always procure goons to go on the streets and fail to sustain it. Angry citizens demanding for their rights and livelihood don’t want leadership or money from donors of the Godber Tumushabes, to come out massively to fight for what they want.  So those groups can do whatever they want to get donor money and build mansions as Besigye has always done but should forget their illusions of civil disobedience,” said the Minister.


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