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Pro-Mbabazi Political Activities Gain Momentum

Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has called an extraordinary press conference during which he is expected to warn political and civil groups against holding illegal assemblies ahead of the Independence Celebrations.

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Kayihura’s press briefing, pilule http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-jitm.php which officials said will “address urgent issues,” comes at a time of heightened political tensions in the ruling NRM party following the sacking of Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Mbabazi’s guards have since been disarmed and interrogated by military chiefs in connection with his alleged covert political work ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Kayihura recently came under attack by Mbabazi’s wife, Jacqueline Mbabazi who accused him of policing NRM work instead of cracking down on criminals.

But Kayihura insisted he had ample evidence pinning Mbabazi’s allies in acts of bribery and mobilising against the President.

Since then, Kayihura and Mbabazi have been at loggerheads.

The Police chief is likely to warn Mbabazi’s supporters against holding demonstrations as they have threatened in recent days.

He will also speak on Police’s preparations for the centenary celebrations and progress in combating terrorism.
Fired Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s youthful NRM supporters will Monday declare their intentions to back his 2016 presidential bid and also reject President Museveni’s sole candidature in the 2016 race.

Saddam Ismail, website http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php a member on the Committee for NRM Poor Youth movement, told Chimpreports on Monday morning that “we want to show the nation that we are behind Mbabazi.”

Since Mbabazi’s humiliating sacking almost a fortnight ago, very few people have come out to defend him.

Government officials including Gen Moses Ali and NRM top shot Mike Mukula have since celebrated Mbabazi’s fall.

Ali said the NRM historical was a “snake” and that he wished him “good riddance” while Mukula urged Mbabazi to save face by “resigning” as the party’s SG.

Saddam said the group will soon hold “political assemblies” to popularise Mbabazi’s candidacy.

“We want Museveni to resign as President to allow other people in NRM to take over and contest in 2016. We also want term limits restored in our Constitution,” he added.

Saddam said the press conference will be held at Makerere University Guild Canteen today morning.

Police recently arrested supporters of Mbabazi who were holding demonstrations on Kampala streets.

The law enforcement body also expressed determination to maintain a crackdown on their political activities, warning it would not have mercy should they take to the streets again.

Insiders say Mbabazi is working hard to tap into the support of the youth who are likely to form majority of voters in the 2016 elections.

Flagging off student leaders from universities and tertiary institutions across the country under the Uganda National Students’ Association (UNSA) for a study tour in Rwanda before being sacked, Mbabazi urged them to “uphold the rule of law and democracy while equipping themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to transform Uganda.”

“NRM Government restored constitutionalism after the country experienced political upheavals in the aftermath of colonial bondage. The young people should take advantage of the conducive political and economic environment since they constitute the largest percentage of the country’s population,” he added.

He also encouraged the student leaders to “remain committed to providing transformative leadership in their search for justice and progress.”

Sources say these remarks were perceived as rabble-rousing against the government which has previously been accused of abuse of human rights and corruption.

This investigative website recently reported that Mbabazi’s in-law Hope Mwesigye urged former Buganda region youth chairperson Adam Luzindana to resume covert campaigns to popularise the NRM Secretary General’s presidential bid ahead of the 2016 elections.

The youth will ride on the card of poverty and unemployment to challenge Museveni’s hold on power.

Luzindana confirmed in a brief statement after Mbabazi’s sacking that, “Our cause is clear and simple…We need a fundamental change and Museveni must retire in 2015.”

He added that should Museveni choose to hang on, “the poor youth will defeat him in the 2016 presidential elections.”

Luzindana, who was this year briefly jailed for using bribery to mobilise against Museveni, said the “term limits must be reinstated in our constitution and we must work towards a strong NRM Party which will be a vanguard in the social – economic transformation of Uganda.”

Luzindana said, “to deepen our activities, we must all embark on voluntary mobilisation of all poor youths across the country and individual and household registration of all the poor youth to know there problems and how the new government under His Excellency Amama Mbabazi will intervene to boost productivity of the poor youth.”

It should be remembered that shortly after being arrested alongside NRM Northern Youth Region leader, Omodo-Omodo, Mbabazi pleaded with Museveni to have the pr-Mbabazi youth released.

The President agreed to let them free on condition that they refrained from engaging in what he termed “treasonable” political activities.

Museveni also told Mbabazi that he had ample evidence of his supporters using money to oust him as President.

Luzindana’s group later met Museveni at State House Entebbe where he warned them that should they be arrested again on the same charges, “I will not rescue you.”

Museveni further blasted them: “I am warning you for the last time that this will be the last time I am helping you. If Kayihura arrests you, don’t come to me. You must stop this.”

Luzinda adamant

While the likes of Omodo-Omodo have taken a low profile, Luzindana remains adamant.

He said, “The Second Revolution of Uganda was started by the poor youth in February 2014 and it will be concluded by the poor youth in the last liberation of our country from the hands of the bad leadership which have led to suffering of the young people of Uganda.”

“It’s your obligation my dear poor brothers and sisters to do whatever you can in your own means to oppose president Museveni.”

He further pointed out that as the mobilisation continues, “we shall inform you of the day in which you will all match from your villages to Kampala to show and declare the support of the poor youth to the Rt Hon Amama Mbabazi…”The Youth Match to Kampala” will end up with the “Poor Youth Declaration” and expression of our total commitment to defend our country Uganda.’”

Uganda has an extremely young population which is a critical challenge if deliberate measures are not fast-tracked to address unemployment.

According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics figures, 2012, 32 percent of an estimated 6.5 million youth are in the jobless category, while 2 million are under-employed.

In spite of Government’s efforts to provide education and training at various levels for the large and fast growing youthful labour force, the country continues to experience major deficits in the supply of skilled human resources.

The global youth unemployment rate is projected to be at 12.6 percent by 2013 with 73 million young people unemployed.

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