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Bobi issues statement on Karamoja iron sheets bonanza



National Unity Platform party president Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert has today issued a statement on the scandal that struck the office of the Prime Minister which oversaw the illegal allocation of iron sheets to cabinet ministers and local government officials.

In his statement published this afternoon, Bobi exposes the rot in the NRM regime that seemingly condones corruption. Below is his statement;


I am disturbed but not surprised by revelations implicating high-ranking officials in the stealing of iron sheets that were intended for distribution to the poor people of Karamoja.

The iron sheets, kept under the charge of the Prime Minister, were meant to support the livelihoods and social infrastructure of people in Karamoja recently affected by famine and state-sponsored insecurity. Instead, they were shared on WhatsApp by well-placed thieves in Government.

It is reported that between 25th January and 8th February 2023, about 6000 of the iron sheets were shared among beneficiaries including the Vice President; the Speaker of Parliament; the Prime Minister; the First and Third Deputy Prime Ministers; the Government Chief Whip; the MINISTER OF ETHICS AND INTEGRITY; the State Minister for Finance; the State Minister for Refugees; the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs; the State Minister of Agriculture; and the State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs, among others. Two of these individuals, including the previous Speaker of Parliament, have confirmed sharing in the loot!

The current Speaker, Anita Among, claims she was unaware the iron sheets might have been stolen but that she nevertheless ordered for their distribution to schools in her home district, Bukedea; a district she certainly knows is located outside Karamoja sub-region. Other beneficiaries reportedly used the iron sheets to construct cattle sheds, while others simply took and sold them off! You may recall that last year when we took food relief items to the people of Karamoja, it is these same people who said that we were just looking for cheap popularity and that there is no famine in Karamoja!

The most shocking part of this saga is that it is filthy-rich individuals in Government who stole relief items meant for some of the most vulnerable people in our country; people already struggling to stay alive in one of the most deprived regions on the continent.

Our brothers and sisters in Karamoja have endured years of neglect, marginalization and oppression by dictator Museveni’s regime. The last thing they needed at this time was having to endure such callousness and greed! We must all condemn it in the strongest terms possible!

We all know that the regime will protect and not take any punitive measures against this criminality. If the perpetrators have any shame left, the best thing for them to do would be to resign but of course we all know that they won’t because if they resigned, it would destabilise dictator Museveni whose only agenda at the moment is to keep in power.

I urge all of us who believe in change to think deeply about this scandal and double the efforts we have been expending towards creating a more just and equitable society where everyone has access to the resources they need to live a dignified life. Otherwise, incidents like this will keep happening until we accept our collective responsibility to put an end to the Museveni dictatorship.

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Sad; NUP abducted Councillor held incommunicado for 25 days now



Today marks 25 days since this comrade Muwanga Owen Martin was abducted by the military! He remains under incommunicado detention. He is an elected Councillor in Kyengera, and impassioned activist. Ironically, he was taken away by heavily armed operatives moving in a drone UAL 119V as he returned home after the screening of the Documentary about the gross violations of human rights. Although the police spokesperson admitted that he is in the custody of ‘security’, he has neither been produced in court. His family, lawyers, doctors, and friends have all been denied access to him. Today, our legal team will be asking court to issue a Habeas Corpus order for his release. Very sad state of affairs! #BringBackOurPeople

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Bobi Wine outraged by rampant poverty in Oyam



President Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine was today outraged by the obscene poverty in Oyam District and Northern Uganda at large.

Bobi had gone to drum up for support for the NUP candidate Daniel Okello who is tussling it out with four other candidates.

In his message, Bobi expressed his disgust at the NRM regime which he says has impoverished the people of Northern Uganda.

Bobi Wine statement;

We spent the day in Oyam North Constituency preaching the message of liberation to our people there! The population in Northern Uganda has been deliberately impoverished and subdued. The levels of poverty are unbelievable. It was very painful seeing old people asking us if we moved with some food because they are starving! The NRM machinery only comes around during elections. It is then that these people get to see the “government” through the long military convoys driving around regime officials! It is during elections that these people are bribed with as little as 500 Uganda shillings and given new empty promises.

Well, we made several stop-overs around the constituency with our comrade Daniel Okello, and yet again reminded these people about the extent of the problem our country faces and everyone’s duty to deliver our nation from this mess. I am grateful to our people for the overwhelming reception, despite all the intimidation and military deployment everywhere! Uganda will be free!

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MP Zaake to be heard today



Parliament retrieves Zaake’s govt car
Mr Francis Zaake, the Mityana Municipality legislator. PHOTO/FILE |

The Constitutional Court will today begin re-hearing the 2022 impeachment case of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP), Francis Zaake.

Zaake petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking its declaration to, among other things; overturn his controversial removal from the position of commissioner of parliament for allegedly insulting Speaker Anita Among on social media.

This was after Zaake and his lawyer complained of a delayed judgment on June 5 before the court’s administrator Justice Geoffrey Kiryabiwre who informed them that court suffered manpower shortage on quorum following the promotion of Justice Steven Musota to the Supreme Court.

Justice Musota was among the five justices who heard Zaake’s petition in June 2022.

Other justices are; Catherine Bamugemereire, Christopher Izama Madrama, Muzamiru Mutangula Kibeedi, and Irene Mulyagonja.

In his petition, Zaake details the events that took place prior to his alleged removal.

He also claims that each member of the parliament’s committee on Rules, Privileges, and Discipline, who participated in his removal, received a kick-back of Shs6 million.

A total of 155 MPs voted to remove Zaake from the position after being found guilty of disparaging the speaker.

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