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Mbabazi: I Am Ready for the Struggle

Joshua Nahamya

Patients and doctors at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital are worried over the loss of lives caused by load shedding at the medical facility.

The hospital’s director, page http://cccnt.com.au/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribeeventsoptionsexception.php Augustine Omongin told ChimpReports on Wednesday that over 7 premature infants died this week in a thermostat due to power problems.

Principal hospital administrator, symptoms Charles Tumusiime said the frustrating situation increased mortality rates, leading to tension and unease.

“Premature babies need high temperature to keep them warm.  We also need 24/7 power supply to our operating theatres.”

He further said the hospital officials indulged the RDC, Nickson Kabuye and other stake holders of Mbarara district who promised liaise with UMEME in providing consistent electricity to the regional referral hospital.

The doctor further said enough power supply in the complex surgery, theatre and heap replacement laboratories is needed to save peoples’ lives.

The referral hospital serves the entire country but was put up specifically for the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kiruhura, Ibanda and Isingiro.

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The hospital serves as the teaching hospital for Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

Tumusiime said stake holders intend to name the facility a national referral hospital basing on its quality, experienced medical students produced from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, existence of a City scan laboratory dealing with cancer patients and acting as a referral for critical cases from Buhinga and Kabale referral hospitals.
Brig Lul Koang, treatment http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_basic_gallery/module.nextgen_basic_gallery.php who has been the military spokesperson of South Sudan rebels since the war broke out in December 2013, page http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/class-walker-nav-menu-checklist.php has broken ties with the movement led by Dr Riek Machar.

Koang confirmed abandoning Machar’s rebellion on Wednesday in Nairobi.

He said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

Koang further said Machar “harbours dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

Observers say the latest development is a huge public relations blow to Machar’s movement which had earlier been perceived as coherent.

It also brings to the fore the tribal divisions that are quietly tearing apart a once formidable rebel movement that nearly toppled President Salva Kiir in 2013.

In a damning statement, store Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Intel

Intelligence reports indicate that a few days before he chose to quit, Brig Koang held talks with South Sudan Army Chief, Gen Paul Malong Awan in Nairobi.

Sources said Machar learnt about the engagement thus quizzing his spokesperson on his intentions.

Koang reportedly told Machar that one of the rebel commanders, Gen Taban Deng Gai is “already eating together with the government officials in Nairobi and Khartoum. Why ask me?”

Early this month, an article rebuking Koang was circulated on social media. It questioned Koang’s military experience especially on the battlefield, painting a picture of cowardly officer.

It is suspected the dossier was authored by Koang’s bitter rival, Mabior Garang.

The rebels’ spin-doctor had as well struggled to cope with long term disagreements with Mabior, head of information desk for the SPLA/M-in opposition peace talks.

It is understood the duo has been at bad terms considering that Koang’s activities are not facilitated yet Mabior continues to enjoy a plush lifestyle in Nairobi and Ethiopian luxurious hotels.

The two officials last year fought over how to run the rebels’ website.

While Koang may not immediately return to the mainstream SPLA, he does not seem to have the potential and resources to start a new rebel group to fight President Salva Kiir’s government.

A highly placed security source says the former South Sudan ambassador to Washington, Ezekiel Lol, recently returned to Nairobi with a pretty American lady whom she suggested should be appointed the spokesperson of the rebel group.

It is reported that Machar bought the idea with the view of popularising the movement’s goals in the eyes of the international community.

However, this did not go down well with Koang, who had served for one and a half years without pay or reward.

The source further said Koang was not being fully supported in terms of logistics such as computers, access to internet and accommodation yet his colleagues enjoy the niceties of luxury five-star hotels in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.

Selfish

But Koang today said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honoured.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”

The infighting among rebels could vindicate Kiir’s recent statement in United States that Machar no longer has control over his commanders.
The leaders of South Sudan Lou-Nuer community in Canada and United States of America Wednesday night held what they described as an “extraordinary emergency meeting” following the defection of the rebels’ spokesperson Brig Lul Koang and several Neur commanders.

Koang yesterday said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising South Sudan, more about http://compagniedoucefrance.fr/media/widgetkit/widgets/slideshow/styles/downtown/template.php ” adding, http://cdaink.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-roles-endpoint.php the rebel leader “harbours dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, http://clintonbrook.com/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but would form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Realizing that the move meant a huge public relations blow to the rebel group, its supporters in the Diaspora have since revealed that Koang’s “defection to President Salva Kiir Mayardit had nothing to do with the Lou Nuer community affairs.”

Samuel Majok Ruea, the chairperson of Lou Nuer Emergency Committee, told ChimpReports on Thursday morning: “We, the Lou Nuer community in Diasporas and the Lou Nuer Community in Bieh State made consultations with our current Commissioners and our newly appointed Military Governor, Col. Koang Kerjiok from the ground and we denied Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s claim of forming a new movement. An opportunist person like Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang will not be allowed to use our Lou Nuer community name as his for his own personal interest”

They further distanced themselves from Koang’s new rebel group.

“We did not agree with Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang to form a new movement. We would like to inform the general public that Lou Nuer community would never ever betray the Nuer community interest globally. Lou Nuer community is still part and parcel of the SPLM-IO led by the Commander-in Chief Charismatic and Visionary Leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.”

Koang’s resignation brought to the fore the tribal divisions that are quietly tearing apart a once formidable rebel movement that nearly toppled President Salva Kiir in 2013.

In a damning statement yesterday, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

But the Diaspora leaders said they are “Pro White Army, Pro Freedom Fighters, Pro SPLM-IO and we will never give a consent to an opportunist who wants to use our community name for his/her personal interest period.”

But Koang today said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honored.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”
The leaders of South Sudan Lou-Nuer community in Canada and United States of America Wednesday night held what they described as an “extraordinary emergency meeting” following the defection of the rebels’ spokesperson Brig Lul Koang and several Neur commanders.

Koang yesterday said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising South Sudan, try http://cyancdesign.com/wp-includes-1212/rewrite.php ” adding, approved http://ddmdevelopment.com/wp-includes/class-wp-admin-bar.php the rebel leader “harbours dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, http://danzaebano.com/components/com_k2/templates/generic_search.php Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but would form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

He said the new group wants talks with Juba to establish a state for the people of Greater Akobo (Greater Luo-Neur).

Realizing that the move meant a huge public relations blow to the rebel group, its supporters in the Diaspora have since revealed that Koang’s “defection to President Salva Kiir Mayardit had nothing to do with the Lou Nuer community affairs.”

Samuel Majok Ruea, the chairperson of Lou Nuer Emergency Committee, told ChimpReports on Thursday morning: “We, the Lou Nuer community in Diasporas and the Lou Nuer Community in Bieh State made consultations with our current Commissioners and our newly appointed Military Governor, Col. Koang Kerjiok from the ground and we denied Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang’s claim of forming a new movement. An opportunist person like Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang will not be allowed to use our Lou Nuer community name as his for his own personal interest”

They further distanced themselves from Koang’s new rebel group.

“We did not agree with Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang to form a new movement. We would like to inform the general public that Lou Nuer community would never ever betray the Nuer community interest globally. Lou Nuer community is still part and parcel of the SPLM-IO led by the Commander-in Chief Charismatic and Visionary Leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon.”

Koang’s resignation brought to the fore the tribal divisions that are quietly tearing apart a once formidable rebel movement that nearly toppled President Salva Kiir in 2013.

In a damning statement yesterday, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

But the Diaspora leaders said they are “Pro White Army, Pro Freedom Fighters, Pro SPLM-IO and we will never give a consent to an opportunist who wants to use our community name for his/her personal interest period.”

But Koang today said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honored.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”
Former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi on Thursday morning stopped short of announcing his 2016 presidential bid, viagra buy http://cellulitzwalczyc.xyz/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-widgets.php telling a group of the NRM Youth members that he will never “abandon” the “struggle” to liberate Ugandans from poverty and abuse of human rights.

“I have been in the struggle for a long time to improve the well being of people and it’s a life time commitment, order http://chancellorinsja.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php ” said Mbabazi.

“I will never go on holiday with my commitment for the struggle. I don’t want anyone’s permission, http://cstaab.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php ” said the former NRM Secretary General who was toppled by party delegates during a conference in Kampala in December 2013.

Mbabazi expressed shock upon being informed by NRM Poor Youth Group that they were reportedly being harassed by the establishment for supporting his perceived presidential ambitions.

“Intimidation is not right. You can intimidate or eliminate individuals but their ideas will stand,” said Mbabazi in a calm but assertive tone.

At around 6:00am today, a group of NRM Poor Youth led by a one Isa Kato, gathered in Kololo before walking to Mbabazi’s plush storeyed residence.

In the spotless clean gardens, the youth sat on chairs as they waited patiently for Mbabazi to emerge from the beautiful residence.

After about five minutes, Mbabazi joined his visitors for the meeting.

Mbabazi meeting the youth in his compound
Mbabazi meeting the youth in his compound

Isa who led the NRM Poor Youth Group started off by introducing his colleagues before pulling out a document which the described as an “endorsement certificate,” urging Mbabazi to firmly stand against Museveni in the 2016 presidential race.

“We endorse you as our president because we know you will win,” said Kato, adding, “We need a leader who is concerned about his people.”

He also revealed that, “The President (Museveni) has fought us but he can’t manage us because we sent you to save us.”

Several members of the NRM splinter youth group have been arrested and others jailed for holding pro-Mbabazi protests in Kampala.

Police says political assemblies in the heart of the city disrupt traffic flow and business.

Isa told Mbabazi that the latter had worked with Museveni for a long time thus accumulating enough political “experience to take us forward.”

He added: “We looked around and saw you have the record to lead us come 2016″.

Mbabazi's wife Jacqueline and some of the youth in the group photo
Mbabazi’s wife Jacqueline and some of the youth in the group photo

Mbabazi stance

In his introductory remarks, Mbabazi said he got a “message that poor youth were coming by but I didn’t know who was coming. You didn’t need any invitation to come but when you come without notice you find us unprepared.”

Mbabazi said he had not been “commenting on those issues (seeking presidency). I have made a few comments but chosen not to speak about them because when I speak I want to be purposeful.”

He further maintained his stance that as a “strong member of NRM, I subscribes to what party says. I believe in organisation if you are to succeed.”

Mbabazi stressed that it would be “inappropriate to declare my position now. There is a song that speed kills. Don’t rush things.”

Perhaps realising that his visitors were slowly getting disappointed, Mbabazi tactfully changed his tone.

He expressed his pleasure at the preparedness and organisation of the youth group which had even mobilised journalists to cover the function.

The once powerful NRM functionary said the youth should “organise so that when time for action comes, you are well prepared.”

 

Mbabazi welcomes his guests in Kololo
Mbabazi welcomes his guests in Kololo

He also spoke out on youth calling him ‘Your Excellency’, saying, “I don’t think we have rules on who to be called which title.”

Mbabazi further disclosed to his guests that, “I am available to play any role to promote the rights of our people”, in response to calls to stand for president. He said he was impressed “by your confidence in me.”

Mbabazi urged the youth to refrain from acts of violence, saying, “When you are fighting for rights do so in accordance with the law. When I do act, I follow the law.

“Rights not fought for are rights not achieved,” he emphasised.

Mbabazi and Jacqueline exchange pleasantries with the youth
Mbabazi and Jacqueline exchange pleasantries with the youth

Mbabazi, who participated in the NRA war that saw Museveni seize power in 1986, also tackled the issue of poverty, insisting “it’s the responsibility of government to address high poverty levels in Uganda. It is a problem we must fight.”

He admitted that poverty has hit the “crisis level” in Uganda.

Isa’s team included Siraje Kaisaka, Benjamin Cheimo, Steven Okwaimungu, Ben Ssebuguzi, Bashir Kazibwe and Reagan Barigye.

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