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Mbabazi Supporters Petition NRM to Dismiss Museveni

A supporter of Mbabazi's presidency being arrested by police in Kampala in September 2013 (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Following the current strife at Igara Growers Tea Factory in Kyamuhunga Bushenyi district where farmers have gone up in arms with the factory Board over management’s denial to present an audit report, adiposity visit http://dentistryatthepark.com/wp-includes/admin-bar.php Leaders from the tea growing districts of Bushenyi and Buhweju have called upon the government to establish tea regulatory body in a bid to save the industry.

The Igara west Member of Parliament, http://centruldedic.ro/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ssh2.php Raphael Magezi said that the private members bill has already been drafted together with the Buhweju Member of Parliament Ephraim Biraaro and that it will be tabled before parliament supporting the idea of establishing the Tea Authority.

During an interview with Chimpreports this week, Magezi said the bill is to push for establishment of Uganda Tea Authority just like Uganda Coffee Development Authority, Cotton Development Authority, Fisheries Authority and Tobbacco Authority because there’s a need for a body that will help in regulating the entire tea production in the country.

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“We need to see in place the appropriate standards in tea production, research, processing because if it has worked in Kenya and Rwanda our neighbours have achieved it, why not Uganda? Also, an auction center for tea in Uganda would boost our marketing thus promoting harmony among the players. It could also act as a mediator between farmers and factory management bodies,” Magezi added.

He held that Bushenyi district has 5 tea factories in the sub county of Kyamuhunga, something that is threatening to raise quarrels if there’s no government regulatory body in place to provide seedlings and fertilizers to farmers.

The Buhweju County Member of Parliament, Ephraim Biraaro said the tea industry has for a long time been conducted by a club of volunteers but this time they want a body to regulate it.

“It does not sound good to find that the tea industry is depending and surviving on the mercy of farmers who can’t regulate themselves in that regard,” said Biraaro.

The legislators say they have got the report submitted to the legal department of Parliament which is which will scrutinise the motion.

“In the next 3 weeks, we will be able to present this motion in the parliament. We shall also request parliament to grant us a leave to enable us present a private members bill of establishment of Uganda Tea Authority,” added Magezi.

The Bushenyi district LCV chairperson, Mr. Willis Bashaasha said “just like in the sectors of coffee and cotton production, we should also intervene in the tea sector by establishing a tea authority which will regulate and market tea manufactured in Uganda.”

He said the tea industry which is the major source of income in the area is on verge of collapse due to falling prices thus big losses for farmers.

“For the case of Igara issue where disagreements have rocked the industry, there’s a need for transformation of the industry from being a company to being a cooperative society where shareholders have much bigger say and this will  help us to deal better with governance issues,” added Bashaasha.

He pointed out that the formation of cooperative societies and a regulatory body will improve quality and marketing of the product thus creating vibrancy among farmers and management bodies.

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Uganda, stuff http://citizenspace.us/wp-content/themes/twentytwelve/page-templates/full-width.php losing finalists in 1978 will have to wait for 2017 to realize their dream of participating at the continent’s flagship event since making their last appearance 36-years ago after losing to Guinea two goals to nil.

The loss blew up Uganda’s chances for qualification and plunged the nation in grief.

Thousands took to social media to express their frustrations with the Uganda Cranes which needed a draw to end 36 years of pain.

It was tough for the Cranes as they lost their captain Andrew Mwesigwa through a red card in the second half as it made matters worse for a team that went into the game needing just a draw to qualify for the finals to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea next year.

Ugandans called for more training facilities and identification of more talented players to boost the Cranes team.

Meanwhile, buy http://cinemalogue.com/wp-includes/theme.php Ghana and Guinea booked their places for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 after convincing wins on Wednesday.

The Black Stars beat neighbours Togo 3-1 in Tamale whilst Guinea accounted for Uganda 2-0 in Casablanca to claim the two automatic slots in Group E. Ghana finished on 11 points, http://degrisogono.com/wp-includes/class-wp-dependency.php one more than Guinea leaving Uganda and Togo with seven and six points respectively

The Togolese reduced the deficit two minutes from recess through Jonathan Ayite but Ghana captain Emmanuel Agyemang Badu took the game beyond the visitors on 68 minutes with a shot that deflected off a Togolese defender.

Elsewhere in Casablanca, a goal in each half from Ibrahima Traore and Seydouba Soumah ensured victory for Guinea against 10-man Uganda, who had Andy Mwesigwa sent off on the hour mark.

Traore opened the scores on 23 minutes before Soumah netted the winner on 62 minutes from the spot.

Ghana and Guinea are thus the 11th and 12th team to qualify for the final tournament.
The NRM internal power struggles are not about to end with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s supporters under the NRM Poor Youth Forum petitioning the ruling party to dismiss their chairman, help http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-post-jetpack.php President Yoweri Museveni.

In a letter to Al Hajji Moses Kigongo, http://collegeofchaplains.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.raw.php the party’s chairperson disciplinary committee, http://colosseo.com.br/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/menu/edit-languages.php Mbabazi’s supporters claim Museveni has misused his office of national chairperson by failing to give clear guidance to members and that she should be investigated for forming cliques and promoting intrigue.

“During the month of Februarys 2014 during the retreat of NRM parliamentary caucus at Kyankwanzi, leadership institute, the chairman was at ”a watch” as members of parliament were violating and breaching the NRM constitution passing a resolution of endorsing Mr Museveni as the NRM party sole candidate for presidential elections 2016,” the petition reads in part.

“The resolution was illegal, null and void because it contravened with Article 39(1), 35 and 39 (2) of the NRM constitution. The chairman is aware of all these constitutional articles, but the party constitution was breached under his chairmanship. He failed to give a clear guidance to members of Parliament,” the statement, signed by Shakur Walusimbi and Kato Isa, reads in part.

The latest development comes at a time of heightened political tensions within NRM with fears that Mbabazi is quietly supporting the youth groups to embarrass ad humiliate Museveni.

While Mbabazi has denied reports he wants to contest in the 2016 presidential elections, he is yet to distance himself from the actions of his supporters.

Mbabazi, who was recently sacked as Prime Minister before being forced to take leave as NRM’s Secretary General, maintains he is energised by the support of those who spot presidential attributes in his personality.

The NRM Poor Youth, who have been in and out of jail for engaging in activities thought to be undermining President Museveni, said “the chairman (Museveni) using the NRM parliamentary caucus has usurped all the powers of other party organs like National Conference, National Executive Committee and CEC among others.”

The NRM poor Youth's petition seeking Museveni's dismissal from NRM

Part of the NRM poor Youth’s petition seeking Museveni’s dismissal from NRM

In their petition which Chimpreports has seen, the youth claim the national chairman has failed to ensure work on the construction of the “movement House” is expedited.

They further argue that Museveni has failed to perform party activities diligently as he is too busy with state and government work.

The youth further allege that Museveni has deliberately weakened the party and prefers having a weak and poor NRM.

“This is why NEC, CEC and DEC and others their powers have been usurped by the caucus that can easily be manipulated.”

The youth recommended that Museveni “should be dismissed as NRM national chairman of the NRM party and be held solely responsible for wrongs committed against NRM” and that “he should not participate whatsoever in managing, organising and chairing the NRM delegates’ conference of December 2014 as recommended by CEC.”

They also want Museveni to appear before the disciplinary committee “and investigations be carried out against him and be given an opportunity for a fair hearing.”

The youth said Museveni should also step aside to avoid influencing the outcome of the hearing and that Speaker Rebecca Kadaga takes charge in managing the forthcoming delegates’ conference.


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