Power Struggle Threatens Somalia Security

The Big Brother Africa Hotshots’ nerves were frazzled last night after Biggie pulled his prank.

Of course, see they have no idea it’s a joke and despite all their speculation and talking about nothing else since the eviction show finished, none of them thought, even for a second, it was a prank.

Ellah and Idris continued seeking comfort in one another’s arms. The Ugandan beauty queen pulled all the right moves and before long she and Idris locked lips in a tender kiss.

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It remains unclear if they were just feeling vulnerable after hearing what Biggie had to tell them or it was pent-up passion that they finally decided to express.

Housemates soon sought solace with their favourite thing: food. However, their lips carried on flapping about being Hotshots and the imminent arrival of the ex-housemates.

The Hotshots were earlier left reeling after Big Brother’s announcement they would be competing against ten former Big Brother Africa housemates.

The new development brings a new twist to the whole game with housemates now facing tough competition from Uganda’s Denzel, Miss P, Elikem, Natasha, Leonel, Uti, Luclay, Feza, Sulu and Vimbai.

Now is the time for them to show Africa what they’re really made of and convince their fans to let them stay.

As a result of this twist, there will be no nominations this week, with the Hotshots thinking they’re all up for eviction.

Of course, we all know that it’s just a big prank on Biggie’s part, but the housemates don’t and it will be intriguing to see how they handle it and how they act towards each other with a new twist in the game. Will the Hotshots form a united front in a bid to keep themselves in the game or will they gravitate towards their fellow countrymen?

The ex-housemates will enter the house on Monday night, but before that the Hotshots will have to cope with the absence of Samantha and Mr. 265 and compete for Head of House.

One thing is for sure: this will be an exciting and unpredictable week. We might even see the Hotshots reveal a different side of their personalities.
Charles Odongtho has accused Andrew Mwenda of “intellectual dishonesty”, buy more about touching off a barrage of charges against the celebrated Independent Magazine boss and throwing into the open a secret war between the two top members of the Fourth Estate.

“I am amazed, page actually shocked, at what I now consider Intellectual dishonesty by my friend and journalism colleague Andrew M. Mwenda. He vehemently argued on NTV’s “newsnight” that as long as majority of Rwandans support President Kagame, he must remove the constitutional term limit and stand again to continue ruling that country,” submitted Odongtho who used to host Mwenda on the same Television programme.

“That some 2 million Rwandans will actually go to the streets to protest if Gen. Kagame does not. But early this year, Mwenda, as a petitioner against the Anti Homosexuality Act, severally argued on TV that in a democracy you don’t subject certain things to the desires of the majority decision. I argued in support of the MPs that the Constitution gives them the right to make laws for the good governance of this country. Mwenda refused saying the MPs and Ugandans like us are just ignorant, naive and bigoted homophobic, etc, etc …Is this a rational change of mind or Intellectual dishonesty!!! Or better still just forgetfulness to sustain a lie?” he added on his Facebook page.

Mwenda is yet to respond to the charge. He has previously refused to respond to Odongtho’s critical remarks.

However, it should be remembered that Mwenda caused Odongtho’s departure from NTV.

At one time, Mwenda clashed with Odongtho during the recording of the “newsnight” programme; with the former saying he needed enough time to explain his points.

Odongtho fired back, insisting he had to ensure the public is not misled by Mwenda and that he also sticks to questions posed to him.

Mwenda stormed out of the room and vowed never to return as long as Odongtho remained the host. Interestingly, Odongtho was replaced with Maurice Mugisha and now, temporarily, Simon Kasyate.

Observers say while Odongtho is more of a daring traditional journalist, Mwenda is a businessman with interests to protect and that the bitter clash was expected.

Hillary Kiirya, a former employee with Independent Magazine, commented: “Andrew is no longer a journalist but rather a businessman (Journalist cum Businessman). If you understand Luganda he is now a kind who says nfuunira wa? That is him today not the Journalist of those days that made some of us divert to Journalism far from what we were meant to do.”

Jo K Wazabanga advised: “I wish NTV management could engage an independent team/researcher like Synovate Group to carry out an opinion poll on that programme NTV’s “Newsnight” to gauge the public’s acceptability and response, I am sure it would be negative!! I too stopped watching it long time ago actually after Charles Odongtho left it!”

Peter Nyanzi, a journalist with Independent, was supportive of Mwenda: “I think people can now see why you (Odongtho) couldn’t work with Andrew on that show. How could even start comparing apples and oranges and insisting they should be eaten the same way?”

He added: “First Andrew had no problem with what the people of Burkina Faso did to refuse the removal of term limits. But he stated after talking to a cross section of Rwandans, he was sure Rwandans would do the opposite on Kagame. Second, term limits is not a human rights issue; the human rights issue is the people choosing who leads them and how they are governed. So only you can see the “intellectual dishonesty” in Andrew’s argument. But it is easy to know why anyway.”
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, adiposity Nicholas Kay, has expressed concern over Sunday’s outbreak of violence during preparations for the parliamentary elections in Somaliland.

Several bomb explosions occurred in the war-torn country yesterday, injuring several people.

There have been reports that some members of parliament may have been detained and that the violence has led to a number of casualties, Mr. Kay said in a statement issued to the press.

Mr. Kay, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), called on all parties to exercise restraint and fully respect the democratic process.

Somaliland has been making positive strides towards democratic elections. Violence risks setting these gains back, Mr. Kay warned.

The development signals the growing tensions in the war-torn country.

Chimpreports last week reported that Somalia Parliament was planning to table a parliamentary motion calling for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed and his government, a move that has sparked a political crisis in a country recovering from political turmoil.

Abdiweli is accused of failure to quickly transform the country’s development plans.

But observers cite the Premier’s decision to fire President Sheikh Ahmed Mohamud’s strong ally from Cabinet last month.

The president’s supporters decided to push for a Parliamentary motion to impeach the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

However, Somalia Parliament’s plenary session could not take off due to chaotic scenes masterminded by Abdiweli’s allies.

It is thought the fresh political wrangling could paralyse government operations.

The UK government last Tuesday said it was “deeply concerned that political instability risks undermining recent progress in Somalia, and delaying progress on vital political, security and development paths. “

President Museveni recently warned that the main challenge in Somalia today is clan-related issues.

The President made the remarks while meeting United States of America Commander of Africa Forces, General David Rodriguez at State House Entebbe.

“Discrimination over clans is wrong. In modern prospects, prosperity comes through cooperation. There is need to have trade as a prerequisite to prosperity,” he said.

President Museveni noted that there is need to address the youth of Somalia in patriotism and Pan-Africanism adding that the Somali youth in Uganda and in the US need to be sensitized over the dangers of sectarianism premised on clans.

Should the Prime Minister and the president fall short of finding a lasting political solution to their conflicts, a power struggle could destabilise the country which Ugandan combat forces have paid a huge price in terms of human life and resources to stabilise.

Uganda maintains forces in Somalia

The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) last week started sending another 2,754 fresh troops to Somalia under the command of a newly appointed Ugandan contingent commander to the African Union Mission to Somalia.

The troops under Uganda Battle group XIV is the seventeenth battle group Uganda is fielding to Somalia since 2007 and replaced Battle group XII which has been under AMISOM for a year and recently captured the last Al shabaab stronghold of Barawe.

Rodriguez congratulated President Museveni for his efforts in eradicating insecurity in Somalia.

He noted that the building of a national army in Somalia was a challenge. He, however, paid special tribute to the AMISOM member countries that have done a great job in Somalia.

UNSOM, established by the UN Security Council in June of last year, is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda, including the federalism process, review of the provisional constitution and elections in 2016.

It also works to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance.




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