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PHOTOS: How Lwanga Was Murdered

South Sudan rebels have renewed calls for the withdraw of Ugandan forces from South Sudan, nurse dosage http://celiac-disease.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-list-table-compat.php raising fears the rebels could  use such an opportunity to launch a full-scale war to topple President Salva Kiir.

Dr Riek Machar’s spokesperson, about it http://cromatest.mx/components/com_k2/templates/register.php James Gatdet Dak, http://denafilmax.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/select.php said in a statement on Tuesday that the presence of UPDF in the war-torn country was entrenching what he described as Kiir’s “dictatorship.”

“Well, we want to say that Uganda’s influence on the South Sudanese politics from the onset is partly responsible for grooming the dictatorial tendencies developed by President Salva Kiir in the government and in the ruling party (SPLM),” said Gatdet.

“Also Uganda’s military interference in the capital, Juba, and Bor in January and beyond has not resolved the problem or stopped the violence, but unfortunately only succeeded in increasing the death toll, prolonging and spreading the war and the suffering of the people of South Sudan. So there is nothing to be enthusiastic about or give credit to,” he added.

The rebels’ response was triggered by media remarks attribute to Uganda’s State Foreign Minister Henry Okello Oryem, saying the Ugandan army would not withdraw from South Sudan until they are replaced by an IGAD regional force.

Gatdet said this, if confirmed, “this is against the provisions on foreign troops’ withdrawal as stipulated in the IGAD-mediated Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COH) and its implementation matrix signed between the two warring parties on 9 November in Addis Ababa. In addition, there is no need and it is not wise to deploy regional forces and regionalize the war.”

Uganda maintains a robust contingent of battle-hardened soldiers including Special Forces in South Sudan which were deployed there last year following the breakout of war in the youngest nation in the world.

The Ugandan soldiers have since earned praise from regional bodies and South Sudanese for stopping a possible genocide by blocking Machar’s rebels from crossing Bor to Juba.

But Gatdet seems to have been infuriated by comments attributed to Oryem in which the minister said Uganda’s military interference averted collapse of Salva Kiir’s regime in Juba, and that Machar’s rebels and Salva Kiir would have annihilated everyone in the capital and in the end Machar would have “governed no people” because only “birds, cats and dogs” would be running on the streets of Juba.

Gatdet fired back: “Hon minister Oryem, who hails from Northern Uganda, should have been the one to give credit to Dr. Riek Machar because he understands that Cde Dr. Riek Machar is a visionary and peace-loving person and leader.

He mediated the peace talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA between 2006 and 2008. Northern Uganda is now peaceful because of that effort. Hon Oryem himself was part of the government’s delegation at the talks in Juba under the mediation of Cde Dr. Riek Machar and he was actually the deputy leader of the delegation which was led by the current newly appointed Prime Minister, Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.”

He added: “We in the SPLM/SPLA do not hold any grudges against the government and the people of Uganda, but would want to see the current leadership in Uganda play an impartial positive role to help end the war in South Sudan. Uganda should reverse the approach of taking a military side, which has proven unhelpful and problematic.”

Oryem recently said African Union may consider slapping sanctions on Machar if he does not cooperate in the peace process mediated by IGAD.

While Machar and Kiir last weekend resolved to end hostilities, fresh fighting resumed in the country hours after the leaders’ new peace deal.

President Kiir told the United Nations in September that his Government is deeply committed to “talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in the history of our young country”, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin.

He said Member States had no doubt watched in shock and disbelief as fighting erupted last December, “which was plotted by my former Vice-President [Riek Machar] who wanted to seize power by force”.

“He was too impatient in his thirst for power and did not want to wait for the general elections, which were scheduled to take place in 2015…” said Kiir, adding, “the failed coup and the rebellion that followed resulted in the loss of too many innocent lives, destruction of properties, and damage of community relationships.”

But Machar maintains the war was imposed on him by Kiir who was desperately trying to suffocate reformist voices within the ruling party ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.
South Sudan rebels have renewed calls for the withdraw of Ugandan forces from South Sudan, viagra order http://dailyampersand.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-base.php raising fears the rebels could  use such an opportunity to launch a full-scale war to topple President Salva Kiir.

Dr Riek Machar’s spokesperson, viagra James Gatdet Dak, try said in a statement on Tuesday that the presence of UPDF in the war-torn country was entrenching what he described as Kiir’s “dictatorship.”

“Well, we want to say that Uganda’s influence on the South Sudanese politics from the onset is partly responsible for grooming the dictatorial tendencies developed by President Salva Kiir in the government and in the ruling party (SPLM),” said Gatdet.

“Also Uganda’s military interference in the capital, Juba, and Bor in January and beyond has not resolved the problem or stopped the violence, but unfortunately only succeeded in increasing the death toll, prolonging and spreading the war and the suffering of the people of South Sudan. So there is nothing to be enthusiastic about or give credit to,” he added.

The rebels’ response was triggered by media remarks attribute to Uganda’s State Foreign Minister Henry Okello Oryem, saying the Ugandan army would not withdraw from South Sudan until they are replaced by an IGAD regional force.

Gatdet said this, if confirmed, “this is against the provisions on foreign troops’ withdrawal as stipulated in the IGAD-mediated Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COH) and its implementation matrix signed between the two warring parties on 9 November in Addis Ababa. In addition, there is no need and it is not wise to deploy regional forces and regionalize the war.”

Uganda maintains a robust contingent of battle-hardened soldiers including Special Forces in South Sudan which were deployed there last year following the breakout of war in the youngest nation in the world.

The Ugandan soldiers have since earned praise from regional bodies and South Sudanese for stopping a possible genocide by blocking Machar’s rebels from crossing Bor to Juba.

But Gatdet seems to have been infuriated by comments attributed to Oryem in which the minister said Uganda’s military interference averted collapse of Salva Kiir’s regime in Juba, and that Machar’s rebels and Salva Kiir would have annihilated everyone in the capital and in the end Machar would have “governed no people” because only “birds, cats and dogs” would be running on the streets of Juba.

Gatdet fired back: “Hon minister Oryem, who hails from Northern Uganda, should have been the one to give credit to Dr. Riek Machar because he understands that Cde Dr. Riek Machar is a visionary and peace-loving person and leader.

He mediated the peace talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA between 2006 and 2008. Northern Uganda is now peaceful because of that effort. Hon Oryem himself was part of the government’s delegation at the talks in Juba under the mediation of Cde Dr. Riek Machar and he was actually the deputy leader of the delegation which was led by the current newly appointed Prime Minister, Hon Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.”

He added: “We in the SPLM/SPLA do not hold any grudges against the government and the people of Uganda, but would want to see the current leadership in Uganda play an impartial positive role to help end the war in South Sudan. Uganda should reverse the approach of taking a military side, which has proven unhelpful and problematic.”

Oryem recently said African Union may consider slapping sanctions on Machar if he does not cooperate in the peace process mediated by IGAD.

While Machar and Kiir last weekend resolved to end hostilities, fresh fighting resumed in the country hours after the leaders’ new peace deal.

President Kiir told the United Nations in September that his Government is deeply committed to “talk peace with the rebels to close this dark chapter in the history of our young country”, so the difficult mission of socio-economic development could begin.

He said Member States had no doubt watched in shock and disbelief as fighting erupted last December, “which was plotted by my former Vice-President [Riek Machar] who wanted to seize power by force”.

“He was too impatient in his thirst for power and did not want to wait for the general elections, which were scheduled to take place in 2015…” said Kiir, adding, “the failed coup and the rebellion that followed resulted in the loss of too many innocent lives, destruction of properties, and damage of community relationships.”

But Machar maintains the war was imposed on him by Kiir who was desperately trying to suffocate reformist voices within the ruling party ahead of the 2015 presidential elections.
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The simple and corporate launch was attended by the crème de la crème of Nigerians in Uganda with the Chief Guest being the Nigerian ambassador to Uganda, approved http://dangerdame.com/wp-content/themes/genesis/lib/classes/sanitization.php Ambassador Cornelius O. Oluwateru.

While people made merry, our ChimpLyf Corp was able to have an exclusive interview with the ambassador about the two new brands and the relationship between Nigeria and Uganda socially and in business. Below are the excerpts;

ChimpLyf: Being the Ambassador of Nigeria in Uganda, how do you find the people of Uganda?

Ambassador: The people of Uganda are so good and friendly. Their hospitality is so great. That is why you find people from different countries here. There are also many Nigerians here which shows how welcoming you people (Ugandans) are.

ChimpLyf: How would you describe the relationship between Uganda and Nigeria?

Ambassador: The relationship is so good both socially and in business.

ChimpLyf: What is your take on bringing Nigerian brands to Uganda?

Ambassador: It is a very good thing as it will bring the two countries together. It will strengthen our ties. For example, these two brands are so popular in Nigeria, it was a very good idea to introduce them to Ugandans and I’m so sure they will love them so much. I have been taking Star beer for a long time and it is my favourite.

ChimpLyf: Are there any Ugandan brands in Nigeria?

Ambassador: Not yet, which is surprising. All I can advise business people is to do marketing research and take their products to Nigeria because the market is guaranteed. For example, Dr. Saali is in Nigeria trying to take his products there and I am sure he will do well.

ChimpLyf: What do you advise Ugandans that want to take their brands to Nigeria?

Ambassador: I advise them to do so. All this will help keep the good relationship between Uganda and Nigeria. It will help harmonize the two countries.

Photos by, Michael Nteza

The Ambassador (L) with a friend at the function

The Ambassador (L) with a friend at the function

 

 

 

 
A dark cloud symbolising grief, ask http://chipinhead.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/sharedaddy/sharedaddy.php anguish, capsule http://copdx.org.au/wp-includes/class-wp-query.php shock and uncertainty hovered over Christ the King Church in Kampala on Tuesday as hundreds of distressed mourners attended the requiem mass of the Late Charles Lwanga one of the city businessmen killed by thugs.

The service attracted high level government officials including Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, http://clovellysurfclub.com.au/wp-content/plugins/wp-e-commerce/wpsc-includes/currency.helpers.php city business men as well as friends and relatives of the deceased.

Rev Fr Nicholas Lawrence Kayongo, who led the service, called upon all Christians to always be prepared to meet the Lord by living a righteous life.

With tears rolling down her cheeks uncontrollably, the deceased’s widow Ritah Lwanga described her late husband as a caring, loving, smart and humble man “who never hurt me but enjoyed making me smile every time.”

She eulogised her late husband: “I met Charles in 2007 when I was still a student at Makerere. Due to his overwhelming love for me, in 2008, I introduced him to my parents. We lived a happy life and early last year (2013) he asked me to walk down the aisle with him which we fulfilled on December 14 2013.”

The casket containing Lwanga's body lays in church

The casket containing Lwanga’s body lays in church

Murder in the city

Ritah also recounted the last days of the city businessman.

“The day my husband was killed was like any other at our home in Kulambiro, Kisaasi, Kampala. He did a lot of house chores at home. I was impressed by his energy. He told me he was happy to do what he was doing,” added Ritah.

In the evening, Lwanga visited his construction site near Kisaasi before returning home.

Ritah said she told him of her plans to visit her sister as he would be away in a sauna.

“On my return, I waited for Charles in vain. He took longer than usual to return home. I tried to ring him but the phone was permanently busy. I started fearing for the worst,” said Ritah as mourners listened attentively, with chins resting in their palms.

The widow (Left) being comforted by her sister

The widow (Left) being comforted by her sister

“So I tried to reach out to her sister at around 12.00am who was not aware about his whereabouts. A night passed without tracing Charles. On Monday morning, I was joined by my relatives to hunt for him. Fortunately, we found the car in which he was travelling at Police. I thought my husband had been arrested for driving while drunk,” added Ritah who was evidently overcome by grief.

“I asked the Police officers what had happened to my husband but I did not get a clear answer. My heart felt so heavy. I was extremely worried. After pleading for sometime, a police officer confirmed my fears, saying, ‘the driver of that car is dead’. I felt like the world was crumbling under my feet. It was the worst day of my life.”

One of the deceased’s relative identified as Justus informed mourners they received information from Boda Boda riders at the scene where the late was shot that two men were pursuing Lwanga on a motorcycle and that as soon as they shot him they took off.

VP Kiwanuka Sekandi (R) was one of the mourners at the church service

VP Kiwanuka Sekandi (R) was one of the mourners at the church service

Police later rushed Lwanga Mulago Referral Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ssekandi promised to make a speech at Lwanga’s burial on Wednesday.

The deceased, who was in his early 40s, was the proprietor of Elegant Fashion shop on Mabirizi building in Kampala.

He is survived by a widow and five children.


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