By Keefa Nuwahereza Hajji Haruna Ssemakula, a renowned businessman who is the proprietor of Hill Mineral Water, has vowed to ensure that residents in Mukono District get clean and safe water, electricity and better roads. Hajji Ssemakula, who is vying for the Mukono District LC V Chairperson seat in the 2021 general election, has revealed that he is ready to construct 62 boreholes, ensure roads and other infrastructure are improved to acceptable standards, on top of helping all families in villages around Mukono to have access to electricity. It should be noted that although he has since decided to join elective politics, Hajji Ssemakula is not only the proprietor of Hill Water Ltd, one of the leading mineral water brands in Uganda, but he is also a successful large
By Keefa Nuwahereza Renowned city tycoon David Katumwa Steele, who is aspiring for the Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament (MP) seat, over the weekend donated relief food to people in Nansana municipality, as one of the ways to help them cope up with the challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Our sources in Nansana reveal that the beneficiaries of Katumwa’s generosity were mainly teachers and pastors, since they fall in some of the hard-hit categories by COVID-19. The beneficiaries who were over 1000 also included elderly people and youth in the area. The packages that Katumwa distributed to the people of Nansana and Nabweru Divisions include Matooke, rice, meat, Blue-Band, chicken, sugar, among other niceties, which were delivered door to door. Howe
By Our Reporter Tensions were high Thursday in Cocody, as Ivorian police patrolled the streets of Abidjan after breaking up pro-Gbagbo demonstrations unhappy that the name of their leader had been removed from the electoral list. Earlier that same morning, the access to the Boulevard Latrille leading to the headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) was closed by the police. The same goes for the road to the Abidjan zoo which links the electoral institution The determined supporters of Laurent Gbagbo, from the hard wing of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) had set up road barricades to disrupt traffic and were dispersed - without major incident, by the security forces. Situational Background Three months before the next presidential election, Gbagbo, who was a...
By Elite Reporter Since he emerged as the head of the People Power pressure group in 2018, the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, has faced one critical test; whether he would convince the leaders of political parties to rally behind him as the sole opposition presidential candidate in 2021 or not. On July 22, 2020, he confirmed he has failed the coalition forming test when he announced instead that he has formed a political party, the National Unity Platform (NUP). According to many analysts, it was also the day People Power’s popular appeal evaporated. Emerging with a party showed that Bobi Wine has ability to be creative and spring a surprise; something that has so far lacked in the opposition. But his focus on forming a coali
By Elite Intelligence Unit Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, recently took over the leadership of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party as president. The party was previously headed by Moses Nkonge Kibalama, who said this was a merger between NUP and People Power at the party’s delegate’s conference on 14th July. However, a few days after Bobi Wine unveiling the NUP, several Members of Parliament that belonged to President Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) have since abandoned their party and joined NUP. These were unveiled at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya and they include: John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM, Manjiya County), Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (NRM, Kassanda County) and David Kalwanga (NRM, Busujju County). Other legislators
By Our Reporter Kampala Capital City Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago has ceremoniously quit Norbert Mao’s troubled Democratic Party (DP) and officially crossed over to Dr. Kizza Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC). Lukwago, who has been one of the longtime veteran DP members, crossed to FDC after developing misundertandings with Mao, who is the DP President General. FDC president Patrick Oboi Amuriat welcoming Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago to the party Patrick Amuriat Oboi (POA), who is the FDC president, unveiled Lukwago on Tuesday July 28th, 2020 at the Party headquarters in Najjanankumbi, where hundreds of both Lukwago and FDC supporters had gathered to welcome him. However, Lukwago’s joining FDC comes at a time when there is word going around that the party is conside
By Keefa Nuwahereza The death of Dr Kizza Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) looms nearer every day, as more Members of Parliament and other renowned political figures continue to defect to Rtd. Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu’s Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party. The most recent defector is Kasese District Woman MP Winnie Kiiza, who announced that she quit elective politics fifteen years after she entered the House. However, although Kiiza claims to have quit elective politics, credible sources reveal that she has since crossed over to former FDC president Muntu’s ANT. Kiiza, who is a former Leader of Opposition, said she ‘will remain active with the forces of change’ but will not offer herself for political positions in the 2021 general el
By Elite News Reporter Police in Nabisaalu zone, Makindye Division, Kampala, has arrested His Worship Bosco Lusagala, the Makindye Division Deputy Mayor and a People Power top coordinator, over distribution of essential goods to his hungry electorates. We have talked to His Worship Mayor Haji Ali Kasirye Nganda Mulyannyama over the matter, who confirmed the arrest. Hon. Lusagala, a renowned Democratic Party (DP) youth leader, was in the company of Jackline Nakajubi and Tony Muhumuza, both coordinators of opposition People Power movement when he was allegedly caught red-handed by Police giving handouts that included sugar, posho, beans and soap to residents of Nabisaalu Zone,. The police said this act is in contravention of the presidential directive barring politicians...
By Keefa Nuwahereza As the 2021 elections loom nearer, several politicians are defecting from their parties while others are joining political blocs so as to garner support from voters ahead of the elections. This website has learnt that two legislators who include Hon. Paul Mwiru, of Jinja Municipality and Hon. Gerard Karuhanga, of Ntungamo Municipality have Tuesday officially joined Rtd. Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu’s Alliance for National Transformation. The two are legislators with a clean record who bring to the Alliance Values and those are the leaders the party intends to shall keep attracting In his welcome message to Hon. Mwiru Hon. Karuhanga to the ANT, George Muhimbise, a member of ANT, wrote thus; “I interacted with Hon. Mwiru Paul in 2010 when he accompanied
By Patrick Odongo Lango Many new political parties that sprung up to ride on the democratisation waves that swept the world in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, invariably had a single agenda: to end one party rule and dictatorship. Those who succeeded, like in Zambia, Kenya and Ghana, to mention but three, changed their fortunes forever; but those who failed, like in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Tanzania, have been struggling to stay alive. That is the risk that all one-issue agenda parties face; lacking ideological coherence to define broad policy agenda; once their single objective eludes them for long, their members get disillusioned, they fragment and diminish. In contrast, parties with clear ideological moorings and broad policy agenda tend to be more resilient and adapt...