Bull Dozer Fight: We Will Simply Defeat You – Muhoozi Warns Bobi Wine

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Muhoozi-Bobi

“I told you my young brother, that you can NEVER intimidate us. We are much stronger than you can ever imagine to be. If you want to fight we will simply defeat you. We want peace! But if you attempt to fight us then Bring it on,” Gen Muhoozi tweeted on Tuesday.

His warning was directed towards presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine urging him not to attempt or even think about fighting President Yoweri Museveni and the regime at large because they will put him to his rightful place.

Muhoozi who also doubles as a Senior Presidential Advisor on Special Operations said the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader should know that they are stronger than what he thinks.

The warning comes shortly after Bobi Wine’s earlier assertion that he was going to end President Yoweri Museveni’s dictatorship rule by hook or crook.

“What we have observed today is a new beginning which is going to see the end of dictatorship that has crippled our country. I want to tell Mr. Museveni that since you have failed to control your greed for power, our generation is here to save you from yourself,” Bobi Wine said on Tuesday after being nominated to run for President.

“I come before you as the most committed person to lead this liberation. Fellow Ugandans, I present myself as a servant, not a boss. We are going to run a people-centered government,” he added.

You Coward Go Hang, Ugandan on Twitter Mock Muhoozi Over Bobi Wine

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Muhoozi and Bobi wine in the past. What went wrong?

Pictorial: President Museveni Nominated, NRM Manifesto Launched. What Next?

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President Museveni and mama Janet

“I, Justice Simon Byabakama, declare Yoweri Kaguta Tibuhaburwa, a duly nominated presidential candidate for the 2021 general election.,” announced the Electoral Commission chairman.
Soon after his nomination President Museveni sound a strong warning to those threatening violence with a node on Ugandans to be mindful of COVID-19 pandemic.

“I hear people saying all manner of things that I’m already president and want to come back, they are planning all sorts of stupid things to disrupt the process. You’ll bring yourself problems, we shall deal with you. Nobody should be intimidated by these crooks,” he said.

He added that, “No one is better than us when it comes to fighting and fighting weapons. NRM fought to bring peace and so we don’t play. I would like to encourage everybody to maintain peace. If you want to bring chaos here, you will regret it. We don’t play.”

COVID-19: Stakeholders Resolve to Promote Safe Participation in the 2020/2021 elections. Here is How they Plan to do it.

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EC Chairman Justice Simon Mugenyi Byamukama during the dialogue

Kampala – Wednesday, 16 September 2020: Key stakeholders in the electoral process have resolved to promote safe participation in the 2020/2021 General Elections in the COVID-19 environment. This was one of the outcomes of the elections stakeholders meeting which was held at Serena Hotel as part of the commemoration of this year’s International Day of Democracy annually celebrated on September 15, 2020.

Under the theme ‘COVID-19 – a Spotlight on Democracy’, this year’s celebration and dialogue was viewable to the public via Zoom and NTV television. Chaired by the Electoral Commission (EC), with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the ‘Strengthening Electoral Processes in Uganda’ (SEPU) Project, the dialogue was centered around promoting awareness of EC Guidelines and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on the conduct of election activities amidst the pandemic.

The SOPs, which are in alignment with regulations issued by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health, are key in promoting safe participation in the electoral process by protecting the health of the citizens as they exercise their democratic rights and safeguarding democracy in Uganda under the veil of COVID-19. The main objective of the regional stakeholders meeting was to promote awareness on the SOPs and ensure informed, safe and enthusiastic participation in the electoral process.

The SOPs are further designed to achieve the following:

  1. Promoting safe participation in electoral processes;
  2. Promoting the rule of law and protecting individuals and communities before, during and after the elections;
  3. Facilitating safe exercise of democratic rights, duties and responsibilities during the electoral process despite the COVID-19 environment;
  4. Promoting alternative non-contact means for engagement and information dissemination; and
  5. Promoting use of media (traditional and new/digital) for communication;

Speaking during the stakeholder’s engagement, Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, the Chairperson, Electoral Commission, underscored the need for a safe conduct of elections whilst protecting people’s lives, “We are also mindful of the need to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all stakeholders during the electoral process. This explains why we issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide the conduct of election activities under the Covid-19 environment. The SOPs incorporate measures and guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Health and the outcome of consultations made by the Commission with various stakeholders in the electoral process to prevent and combat person-to-person, person-to-object and object-to-person spread of the COVID -19 during the conduct of election activities.”

Collective responsibility to enforce SOPs

Similarly, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Ms. Elsie Attafuah called for strict adherence to the SOPs, “Here in Uganda, the Electoral Commission, a key partner of the United Nations, has undertaken extensive consultations with stakeholders and as a result the Electoral Commission has issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide the safe conduct of election activities in a safe and healthy environment under the COVID-19 dispensation…Of concern, however, is that what we have witnessed in some of the activities in this electoral period, is a mixed level of adherence to the guidelines across the board including some open flouting of the SOPs.”

Ms. Attafuah also highlighted the importance of streamlined cooperation from all stakeholders. “The challenge is, therefore, in adherence and in enforcement, and this is not the responsibility of the EC alone or of the Government alone. This is a whole-of-society responsibility, and we need a whole-of-society approach to deal with COVID-19 here in Uganda. All stakeholders and all members of the public must appreciate the importance of implementing the SOPs.”

In a statement about the International Democracy Day, the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango emphasized the need for peaceful elections, “As the country moves forward with general elections preparations and other relevant processes to ensure human development and social stability, it is also important to continue all efforts from national institutions, civil society, and international partners, among others, to ensure that all such efforts are conducted in a peaceful environment.”

As part of renewed efforts to promote adherence to the SOPs, engage with key electoral actors including field election officials and strengthen preparations for the nomination process beginning on 21 September 2020, key regional stakeholders meetings are being planned. They will be held on 17-18 September in the 12 electoral regions of Uganda.

Kanyamunyu Trial Adjourned Indefinitely but is Mato-Oput the Way Out?

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Kanyamunyu goes traditional accepts Mato-Oput traditional means of healing to unwind Kenneth Akena’s shooting nightmare in a special exclusive event at Ker Kal Kwaro.

The trial of murder key suspect Mathew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari has been adjourned indefinitely after presiding judge Stephen Mubiru returned back to his duty station as Gulu resident judge.

Kanyamunyu and Munwangari are accused of shooting dead child rights activist, Kenneth Akena in 2016 after he reportedly scratched Kanyamunyu’s vehicle around Lugogo in Nakawa Division. 

After hearing of the 13th prosecution witness, the trial of the suspects which was part of a special criminal court session presided over by justice Mubiru was this afternoon adjourned indefinitely after the session came to an end. Mubiru, now returns to Gulu to handle cases within his jurisdiction. 

As a result, the trial will now be pushed to another convenient session whose dates are not yet fixed, a development which might require that the trial starts afresh. John Paul Akena, one of the brothers to the deceased said that the adjournment spells doom because to them, it tantamount to the denial of justice. He, however, hastens to add that the family will continue waiting with hope for justice.   

Before the adjournment, the state prosecutors led by Jonathan Muwaganya presented their 13th witness; detective assistant inspector of police Steven Walimbwa who was the investigating officer in the alleged murder. 

He said that on November 12, 2016, he got instructions from his boss, detective assistant superintendent of police Godwin Agaba, the head of the Criminal Investigations Department at Jinja Road police station requiring him to go to Norvik hospital and take Akena’s body to the City Mortuary for postmortem. 

Walimbwa said the examination was done by two doctors and he witnessed a projectile being removed from Akena’s rectum and seven mops. He told the court that while there, detective Seargent Haruna Mugisha took pictures of the events in the presence of the deceased’s brother. 

He added that later, he went to Wandegeya police station where fellow detectives handed to him some exhibits including Kanyamunyu and Akena’s cars, two mobile phones, a bunch of keys, a knife, a right-handed shoe, black dress and navy blue trouser with its coat.

The court further heard that Walimbwa got an order from the directorate of public prosecution to release the car to Kanyamunyu which was done in May 2018.  Walimbwa narrated that he wrote to the commissioner in charge of private firearms in the ministry of Internal Affairs seeking to find out whether Kanyamunyu could have ever acquired a license to possess a firearm.  

But the commissioner in charge of firearms reportedly wrote back saying that they didn’t have any record indicating that Kanyamunyu has ever applied for a gun or been licensed to have one.

New UNDP Programme Hinges on the Aspect of Inclusive Development Uganda.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has approved a new country programme for Uganda that will focus on promoting inclusive governance, inclusive and sustainable growth, sustainable management of natural resources and resilient development.

The new Country Programme Document (CPD) for Uganda was approved by the UNDP Executive Board chaired by its President, H.E. Walton Alfonso Webson, during its 7th meeting of the second regular session that convened in New York from August 31 to September 4, 2020.

The UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, presented the CPD to the Board, highlighting the key priorities it is premised on. She said that Uganda has made significant progress and with over 75% of population under the age of 35, the nation had a huge potential to grow.

She explained that the conducive climate and environment for sustainable tourism and agriculture are major enablers to stimulate growth, building on robust industrialisation and local economic development strategies that exist. “Uganda’s CPD will power economic transformation that benefits all citizens,” Ms. Eziakonwa told the Board. “Building on these advantages, UNDP will focus on broader integrated transformational areas,” she added.

Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Adonia Ayebare, said the Government approves of the new UNDP programme for Uganda and pledged Government’s support during implementation.

“I am pleased to confirm that the new UNDP Country Programme for Uganda aligns to the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and responds to our development priorities,” Dr. Ayebare said. “I would like to confirm the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Uganda to continue collaborating with UNDP during the implementation phase of the new Country Programme,” he added.

Dr. Ayebare said the CPD is aligned to the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Uganda that is due to be signed by His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni on September 9, 2020 and responds to Uganda’s development priorities. He commended the longstanding partnership between the Government of Uganda and UNDP and acknowledged the support provided by UNDP to the development of the third National Development Plan. 

On her part, the RBA Director Eziakonwa commended Uganda for being one of the countries that took quick and aggressive measures to respond to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

UNDP adopted a three-pronged approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing particularly on the most vulnerable and for business continuity purposes. It is helping Uganda to protect people from the pandemic and its impacts, to respond during the outbreak, and to recover from the economic and social impacts of the crisis.

As part of the COVID-19 response, UNDP is supporting Government business continuity through provision of digital and virtual communication platforms to sustain delivery amidst restrictions on movement and physical interaction and is sustaining supply chains for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and connecting them with consumers online to sustain livelihoods by addressing the current market challenges while boosting online trading and marketing, e.g. in its partnership with JUMIA.

UNDP in partnership with Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited launched the Youth4Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship Facility designed to spur impact-driven entrepreneurship, foster innovation, and leverage business solutions to address the youth unemployment challenge; and enable MSMEs recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

UNDP also provided technical leadership to the first UN-wide, comprehensive assessment of socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 in Uganda which generated understanding of the socio-economic situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda and identified potential entry points for response, recovery and resilience building.

Additionally, UNDP is supporting activation of the National Emergency Coordination and Operations Centre (NECOC) to provide a robust whole-of-government platform to anchor Government’s preparedness and response plan and to promote inclusive and integrated crisis management and multi-sectoral responses.

In agreement, Dr. Ayebare welcomed UNDP’s COVID-19 response saying that support for e-governance in Uganda was critical and has enabled 70% of government institutions to function virtually which is ensuring business continuity following the COVID-19 lockdown.

On her part, the UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Elsie Attafuah commended the Government of Uganda for partnering with UNDP over the years, “I commend the people and the Government of Uganda lead by His Excellency the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for allowing us to partner with them in support of the country’s development agenda. The new CPD is yet another opportunity for us to address evolving development bottlenecks to Uganda’s transformation journey.”

She added, “I am glad our CPD is aligned to the recently approved third National Development Plan, the Uganda Vision 2040 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and prioritises responses to the COVID-19 to help the country build forward better from its effects of the pandemic.” She also noted that, Uganda’s CPD is amongst the few in the world and first to be developed in Africa in 2020 concurrently with the development of the National Development Plan, the UN Sustainable Development Co-operation Framework, and the UN Socio-Economic assessment of Covid-19 and related recovery planning, thereby, positioning the Uganda CPD as providing a timely, bold and robust integrated development offer in support of national development efforts.

New Programme Priorities:

Inclusive governance: The Country Programme will support strengthening of inclusive governance, with emphasis on public sector reforms to strengthen institutional coherence and building an institutionalised e-governance system in the public sector for effective coordination, transparency and accountability. The previous programme will be leveraged to improve the quality of democracy by supporting the electoral cycle for transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, and promoting electoral reforms in the post-election period. The functions of Parliament and the Judiciary will be enhanced.

The national infrastructure for peace, security, alternative conflict resolution and management will be strengthened, including with traditional, cultural and religious leaders and the creative industry[SE1] , to promote dialogue.

Inclusive and sustainable growth: UNDP support will focus on addressing constraints to build robust and integrated value chains in the agriculture, tourism and mining sectors. The focus will be on correcting structural constraints, emphasizing local economic actors, micro, small and medium enterprises in commodity and service lines, and covering youth, women, people with disabilities and refugees.

Working with other actors, UNDP will advocate for sustainable and inclusive business models, digitize value chains, enhance digital skilling, promote financial inclusion, attract private capital, de-risk financing, incentivize innovation and provide a strong catalyst to advance the manufacturing agenda and youth employment.

Equitable growth and sustainable management of natural resources: Uganda’s economy is largely natural resources-based. Consequently, UNDP will invest in sustaining development gains and strengthening resilience by protecting the ecosystem. This will entail strengthening capacities for robust environmental governance and management of natural resources. Support will focus on integrated sustainable land management and restoration of degraded landscapes, including incentives for ecosystem strengthening in refugee settlements and host communities.

UNDP shall promote access to affordable renewable energy options in underserved rural and urban communities; strengthen resilience to climate and disaster risks to address drivers of disaster uncertainty; and strengthen risk governance institutions, laws and policies.


Pictorial: Gulu Ki COVID-19

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Moments through the lens on how Gulu is copying up with the burdent of COVID-19 photo by Pat Robert Larubi with support from Northern Uganda media Club.

Norway gives NOK 25 million (approximately $2.7million) to support UNDP in the Strengthening of Electoral Processes in Uganda

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The Norwegian Government has committed NOK 25 million (approximately USD 2.7 million/UGX 10 billion) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s election support project “Strengthening Electoral Processes in Uganda” (SEPU). UNDP is working with UN Women, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in implementing SEPU.

As a response to the Electoral Commission’s invitation to the United Nations (UN) to support the 2020/2021 elections in Uganda, the UN deployed an electoral needs assessment mission in March 2019.

The mission recommended UNDP to develop an integrated electoral assistance project to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Electoral Commission and other institutions with an electoral support mandate, such as the Police, Judiciary, media, civil society and political parties. Voter education, stakeholder engagement, peace building and promotion of electoral participation for women, youth and people with disabilities are also important components.   

 “Through the Norwegian support to the UNDP Project “Strengthening Electoral Processes in Uganda”, our aim is to assist and support Ugandan institutions, the civil society and political parties in ensuring fair, open and peaceful elections in 2021.

Joining forces with the UNDP and building on its experience in electoral support, is particularly important today given the additions challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic”, says the Norwegian Ambassador to Uganda, Elin Østebø Johansen.

On her part, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Elsie Attafuah, highly commended the Norwegian government for the invaluable support and the exceptional leadership of H.E. Elin Østebø Johansen in promoting democratic governance processes and mobilising donor support for the project during this crucial period in the history of the country.

She noted that, the Uganda elections support project is part of UNDP’s global mandate to strengthen democracy and governance processes in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular SDG16 on promoting peace, justice and institutional capacity strengthening.

Ms. Attafuah further said UNDP’s electoral support is informed by the understanding that elections are critical building blocks for consolidating democracy, nurturing peace, stability and sustainable development.

“This project will seek to build the capacity of key electoral institutions, enhance electoral transparency and promote dialogue to build public and stakeholder confidence in the electoral process”, she pointed out.

The total budget of SEPU is USD 10.5 million (approximately UGX 39 billion). It will be implemented over a period of two years, spread between 2020 – 2022. Other donors to the SEPU project are Austria, Denmark, Sweden and UNDP, who have collectively pledged an amount of USD 7 million to the project.

Uganda is expected to hold its 4th general election between 10th January and 8th February 2021.

Debate to Keep Pregnant Girls in School Split Leaders. Sex NOT on Lockdown as Teenage Pregnancy Soars.

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Daily Monitor I #N24NewsUpdates – Ministry of Education officials and political leaders disagreed at a breakfast meeting on Tuesday on whether to allow pregnant girls at school.

Ms Rosette Nanyanzi, the technical advisor on gender in the Ministry of Education, told the meeting that they want pregnant girls to continue their studies.

She urged schools to help such girls to access antenatal care till they deliver and also allow them sit final examinations.

She said this is in accordance with the ministry’s new guidelines on prevention and management of HIV/AIDs, retention of pregnant girls and re-entry of child mothers in schools.

“Like it is the case always for the young fathers to continue with their education, especially after impregnating the girl child, it should also apply to the girls,” Ms Nanyanzi said.

She added that pregnancy among school girls has been worsened by the lockdown instituted to curb the spread of Covid-19.

However, some political leaders at the meeting, organised by the Ministry of Education, objected.

Mr Kenneth Lubogo, the Bulamogi County MP, said although pregnant girls have a right to stay in school, it poses a moral dilemma.

“Stopping a pregnant girl child from continuing with school is not a punishment. This serves to teach the rest that what she got herself into was not good at an early age,” he said.

“The best I can do as a parent if my child got pregnant at school, is discontinue her first,  orient and help her go for antenatal check-ups. After birth she has to breastfeed the baby and when she is ready to go back to school, I take her back,” said Ms Akello Lucy, the Amuru District Woman MP said.

“First and foremost monitoring the feeding of these pregnant girls in school may be difficult. Is the Ministry of Education ready to meet the alternative balanced diets for these girls yet some schools still have restrictions on what kind of food you are supposed to carry for children in school?” she queried. 

“The new guidelines seem to burden the schools yet they have little to do with children engaging in early sex. The guidelines should spell out who is taking on which responsibility,” she added.

Bunya County East MP, Mr Waira Majegere warned that the new guidelines are likely to turn schools into antenatal centres given the ministry’s suggestion to have health teams and counsellors to assist the pregnant girls at school.

The legislators also want the Ministry to come up with an affirmative action to banish from teaching, the teachers who engage in sexual activities with students. They said this would deter others who want to take the same path.

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In 2016, Ministry of Education conducted a study on linkages between pregnancy and school dropout among 2,147 girls from 173 schools in 13 districts. The study established that more than 76 per cent of the girls had dropped out of school before transitioning to secondary and 54 per cent had engaged in early sex.

 According to the study, the highest factor driving young girls into early sex was the need for material benefits, especially for those from poor families and this accounted for 38 per cent.

Article 30 of the Uganda Constitution says all persons have a right to education.

Coronavirus: Denmark Injects US$1 Million in Cash Relief for Refugees in Kampala.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received US$1 million from the Government of Denmark today to assist refugees in Kampala struggling because of the socio-economic impact of lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19.

WFP began delivering cash assistance to an initial group of Kampala-based refugees on 5 June. Thanks to this contribution, WFP can continue rolling out assistance in coming weeks. Each refugee receives the equivalent of three months’ worth of cash—with this funding supporting almost two months of that.

“The people of Denmark are aware of how desperate the situation for refugees living in Kampala could become without assistance,” said Henrick Jespersen, the Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of Denmark in Uganda. “We hope that this contribution can help stem the dire economic situation of refugees in Uganda’s capital while acting as a symbol of our solidarity and partnership with the people of Uganda and its government during this global crisis.”

Jespersen acknowledged the strategic and effective measures that the Government of Uganda have taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in the country while at the same time continuing its progressive refugee policy. “The way you welcome your neighbours in your country is a testimony to Ugandan hospitality and is what makes Uganda the leading country in the world in delivering on the global Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework,” he said.

Kampala hosts over 81,000 refugees who sought refuge from conflicts in neighbouring countries. Unlike refugees in designated refugee settlements in Uganda, refugees in Kampala are not normally given food or cash assistance from WFP because they can access markets and services.

Before the pandemic, most refugees in urban centres worked day-by-day in the informal sector for instance as casual workers and were expected to be self-sufficient. COVID-19 and measures to contain its spread however forced tens of thousands out of work and deeper into hunger and poverty.

In a WFP survey in April, 87 percent of refugees said that the pandemic had negative impacts on their livelihoods, with at least 50 percent saying they had lost 75 percent of their income due to lockdowns. Refugee families headed by women, the elderly and the disabled were hardest hit.

Market food prices in Kampala increased by as much as three percent in the first week of the lockdown, making it even more difficult for people to afford enough food for their survival.

“This is an unprecedented emergency and as such, WFP came up with innovative ways to reach those most in need,” said El-Khidir Daloum, Country Representative for WFP in Uganda.

“Despite this global health emergency, the basic needs of refugees in Uganda remain and, in many cases, have deepened,” he added. “We were ready to help when the Government asked for our assistance with Kampala-based refugees. We are extremely grateful to those new donors who came forward to support this urban response.”

WFP’s cash assistance is delivered through mobile phones, which means people don’t have to gather in large crowds. WFP works with the Office of the Prime Minister and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to check the identities of Kampala-based refugees. WFP’s cash assistance complements cash transfers by UNHCR to help refugees meet their non-food basic needs.

“With or without COVID, our approach to the way we respond to refugees will not change,” said Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness and Refugees Musa Ecweru. “When people have food in their bellies, they are more likely to cooperate with government safety guidelines. Generous donations from the Government of Denmark and assistance from WFP is actually keeping both refugees and Ugandans safe from COVID-19.”

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.