Journalists Slap Blackout on Police Activities

The latest FIFA world rankings have been announced and, prostate while there is no surprise as to who sits atop the pile, doctor there are, more about as usual, more than a few questionable choices on the list.

Somehow Uganda, dipped in inactivity after a wretched 2015 Nations Cup qualification (following yet another heart-breaking capitulation, thanks to a 2-0 defeat to Guinea) which saw them extend the 37-year absence from the continent’s biggest soccer showpiece, are ranked 76th (a place up) way above, CHAN 2014 winners Libya and African giants Morocco, who always outperformed Uganda Cranes both at club and international level.

In typically underwhelming news for Rwanda fans, the Amavubi are back in 72rd falling four places while Kenya, Tanzania and the DR Congo are 116th, 107th and 46th respectively.

World cup winners Germany and their final opponents Argentina sit at one and two respectively, with dethroned champions Spain just about scraping into the top 10 Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium while in Africa, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana Tunisia and Cape Verde Islands complete the top five.

Just in case you were wondering as to how the powers that be at world football’s governing body land at their decisions as to who should be ranked where, a handy little information table has been included below.

Former Prime Minister and presidential hopeful, cure Amama Mbabazi, buy has spoken out on leadership, viagra 40mg saying one does not fear to “stand alone.”

Mbabazi is selective with his choice of words, at times hitting at his opponents using metaphors.

In the wee hours of Tuesday, Mbabazi posted on his Facebook wall, which he uses to communicate with his supporters: “Unless you are willing to continuously stand alone, you do not deserve to be called a leader.”


The context of Mbabazi’s statement remains a puzzle for political observers.

But it is thought Mbabazi’s social media posts are intended to maintain and consolidate a close relationship with his supporters and at the same time assuring them he will not allow his political career to crumble without putting up a fight.

He added: “I am not as bothered as some of you might think.”

He could have possibly been referring to his sacking as Prime Minister by president Museveni and removal from the powerful position of the ruling party’s Secretary General.

It is understood that Mbabazi wants to stand against Museveni in 2016, a claim he has vehemently denies.

Mbabazi, a once strong ally and confidant of President Museveni, has been spending time with his grandchildren and reading law and political books at his residence in Kololo.

Last week, NRM NEC voted Mbabazi out of the Central Executive Committee on grounds that he was a divisive figure.

He fired back: “I have not been an NRM Member due to the posts available, but rather my capacity to serve people in whatever position, at anytime.”

Mbabazi concluded: “Will always respect people’s collective choice, a wise decision given our country’s political nature-democracy.”
Following the clobbering of WBS cameraman Andrew Lwanga by the Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye, sickness journalists under their umbrella body the Human Rights Network for Journalists have announced a blackout on all functions organized by the police force.

While covering a procession by the youth under the National Association of the Unemployed who were on route to the office of the police Chief Gen.Kale Kayihura in a bid to inform him of their intended activities throughout the country, about it Mwesigye unleashed wrath and terror on journalists and in the scuffle, case Lwanga was badly beaten to near death while others nursed wounds.

“I am going to shoot you if you don’t stop filming what is going on now,” said the DPC before clobbering the members of the fourth estate on Monday .

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Kampala, HRNJ National Coordinator Robert Ssempala condemned what he termed as terror acts by the officer of the force that is supposed to keep law and order whom he said turned out to break the law.

“It turned out to be an act of terrorism by such a high profile officer to beat up journalists who were only armed with cameras, pens and notebooks but went on to unleash wrath,” Ssempala noted.

“It’s something we have not seen in a long time as it was not an issue of mistaken identity but targeted incident by the Old Kampala DPC as it lasted for more than 10 minutes.”

Ssempala further condemned the inhumane manner in which the police officer bundled the journalist after the incident into his Toyota Mark II series and dumped him at the police station which according to him was unprofessional.

“Instead of taking him to hospital, you however squeeze him in the car and worst of all dump him at the police station instead of the hospital for first aid! The police force has for the last 4 years been the worst violator of journalists’ rights and it seems they are either not concerned or they are taking us for granted,” Ssempala fumed.

Journalists Announce Stringent Measures
According the Human Rights Network for Journalists National Coordinator, as drastic measure, the scribes have started a total media blackout on all police activities.

“This is going to continue until the officer faces punitive actions from the force. We know this is coming at a high cost to us but if we ensure a safe environment, this is the way to go.”Ssempala revealed.

“We demand that the Police Disciplinary Committee suspends the DPC Joram Mwesigye with immediate effect and commences investigations into his conduct.”

Ssempala further requested the police council to look into the increased police brutality over journalists adding that the journalists’ body will take a further step of petitioning the Internal Affairs Minister of the matter.

“We are instituting both criminal and civil suits against the DPC and his officers for assaulting journalists in broad day light as one of the ways we shall walk to freedom as the forth estate.”

The journalists’ coordinator however warned fellow scribes against what he termed as cutting back-door deals with the perpetuators which he said undermines justice.

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