Museveni Welcomes 400 Opposition Defectors in Kaberamaido

Civil society activists and human rights defenders have cited that that there’s a close linkage between poverty and human rights.

Many observed that most Ugandans live in abject poverty and continue to be deprived of their inherent socio-economic and cultural rights like education and health.

Ms. Angella Nabwoowe a Programs Manager at Initiative for Social Economic Rights observed that education is a public good but majority Ugandans can’t access to quality education.

She made the remarks during the launch of the ‘Human Rights and Poverty’ report by Foundation of Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) at Hotel Africana on Wednesday.

“Privatization of education has spoiled the system and sidelined the poor. One should take his children to private schools only if he can afford but not because the public institutions are failed, more about ” she exclaimed.

She noted that school dropouts are on the rise in Northern Uganda and kids resort to going to schools where World Food Program provides lunch.

The report indicates that 10% of Uganda’s population is living in chronic poverty with focus not only on income but access to education and health services.

It advocates that the human rights articles need to be integrated in the country’s legislative instruments. Other issues addressed in the report include female genital mutilation, human trafficking and low access to credit services by the poor.


The head of European Union Delegation in Uganda H.E Kristian Schmidt criticized government’s move to equip farmers with tools yet massive land grabbing is persistent in the country.

“Increased respect for Human Rights is a powerful recipe for eliminating extreme poverty. This report gives a voice to the poor, ” he added.

However Dr. John Sekamate from National Planning Authority underscored the role of government in wealth and job creation saying the private sector must take lead role.

He said that government is drafting a local content policy for investors to earmark jobs for Ugandans in industries established by foreign investors.
President Yoweri Museveni’s recently appointed task force code-named D7 was on Tuesday launched at Kabale Municipal Stadium.

The task force that is led by tycoon and self acclaimed King Caesar Augustus Mulenga was launched by the state minister of finance and planning David Bahati who represented the Prime Minister Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda.

D7 was appointed by the President and NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni following a meeting he held with a number of leaders from the Kigezi region on November 24th at Gulu State Lodge.

Its main purpose in the south western region is to demobilize the support of the former NRM Secretary General Hon Amama Mbabazi in all the districts in the region including his own Kanungu.

The team is led Caesar Augustus Mulenga who is deputized by the Kabale LC5 Chairman Patrick Besigye Keihwa. Others are George Owakukiroru the former Rukungiri district speaker, price Frank Byaruhanga, sickness Amos Hakizimana, Grace Nyakwenegura senior presidential adviser, Canon Josephine Kasya the Kanungu LC5 boss, John Kamara Bufumbira North MP  Fidelis  Kanyamunyu among others.

Members of the D7 Task Force
Members of the D7 Task Force

Speaking at the launch, Mulenga said that the first phase of the NRM’s revolution in the country has been finished and that the country is going into the second phase of eradication of poverty.

“If you want to fight poverty and keep the peace that we have in Uganda, you must join us and vote for president Yoweri Museveni in the coming elections,” Said Mulenga.

He then injected in the campaign Shs 300 million that will help them traverse the Kigezi region and Ankole. The team, he said will hold campaigns in Kabale, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Kisoro, Mitooma, Isingiro and Ntungamo.

Minister Bahati said at the launch that Ugandans needed to take note of the impossible promises made by presidential candidates on the opposition side, and realize that they have nothing to offer to the country.


President Yoweri Museveni received a total of 425 defectors from the main opposition parties in the eastern district of Kaberamaido on Wednesday.

The defectors from the Uganda People’s Congress party and Forum for Democratic Change who crossed to the ruling NRM party promised to support and mobilize for Museveni in the 2016 national elections.

The president was in the area for a third rally at Kaberamaido Township primary school playground. Museveni who wants to retain his seat on NRM ticket held four rallies in Amuria and Kaberamaido districts yesterday where he continued preaching wealth creation and his party`s manifesto.

The converts in Kaberamaido were presented to the president by the NRM Deputy National Treasurer, and Dr. Kenneth Omona who hails from the area and serving as the area Member of Parliament in term ending in May 2016.

Dr. Omona said the 425 have seen the light and decided jump in the yellow bus that they believe is the real deal as far the development of Uganda is concerned.

“Before us here are hundreds of converts from UPC and FDC who have realized what is good for our country and decided to enter the bus, purchase ” Dr. Omona said while presenting the defectors.

Meanwhile President Museveni was also handed a gift of a goat by the NRM supporters who turned up in big numbers at the same rally in Kaberamaido.

At the rally where the crowd loudly complained about the harassment by fishery officials and security on Lake Kyoga, ask Museveni ordered the Resident District Commissioner of Kaberamaido and the Chief Administrative officer to make sure the issue is immediately addressed. The president however warned the locals to stop catching immature fish.

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