Rwanda PL Kasirye’s Strike Insufficient; Otema Picks Win for Musanze

Muslems countrywide have been asked to maintain the spirit of togetherness in the forthcoming 2016 general elections despite the fact politics has a tendency of creating divisions.

While leading the Eid Adhuha prayers at Kibuli mosque, this web Acting Mufti Sheikh Muhamood Kibaate advised Muslims to actively participate in the coming elections at all levels.

“We should vote wisely and carefully and take heed not to get divided by political parties because we are all brothers and we shall stay together even after the elections, more about ” he said.

Muslims during the Eid Prayers
Muslims during the Eid Prayers

Kibaate further called upon all able Muslims to sacrifice animals immediately after prayers.

“Don’t sacrifice animals for the sake of getting sauce but you should sacrifice out of love for Allah. It’s allowed for everyone in a family to sacrifice his or her own animal if there is that ability, capsule ” Kibaate said

Among the politicians who attended these prayers was Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who has informed Muslims he is training no militia group as seen in the news.

He noted that his youth vigilante group was put in place to protect him and the other opposition leaders once attacked by government in next year’s elections.




The Secretary General of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, there Justine Kasule Lumumba has praised opposition FDC for refusing to allow Hon Amama Mbabazi to carry The Democratic Alliance’s flag in the 2016 elections, abortion saying is a “traitor” and unreliable politician.

The opposition parties and pressure groups coalition (TDA) last night failed to agree on a single candidate in the upcoming presidential elections.

FDC National Chairman Wasswa Biriggwa told the nation that they rejected Mbabazi due to his past record associated with high profile corruption scandals.

“We as FDC wanted someone who represents rule of law and accountability but Mbabazi did not embody this,” said Biriggwa.

The TDA would later release a statement after the Wednesday meeting, saying parties had fallen short of reaching consensus.

“The Summit of TDA has not arrived at a consensus on a TDA Joint Presidential Candidate. We have not been able to build consensus on either Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi or Col (Rtd) Dr. Kizza Besigye,” the statement read in part.

It emerged from the meeting that the FDC and the Conservative Party strongly rejected Mbabazi who was a darling to other parties mainly the Democratic Party under Norbert Mao who was earlier in the race but stood down in favor of the former Prime Minister.

Lumumba speaks out

In a phone interview with ChimpReports on Thursday morning, Lumumba said the FDC and CP were very right to reject Mbabazi.

“If he (Mbabazi) can betray a person like President Museveni who has been his friend for the last 43 years, how about those TDA he only got acquainted with after being dropped from government?” Lumumba wondered.

Mbabazi was considered the closest confidant of president Museveni until early 2014 when an intelligence report by State House indicated that the former who was also the NRM Secretary General was clandestinely using his positions to amass support to wrestle power from the latter.

The NRM leaders eventually met at Kyankwanzi where they agreed on a sole candidature of President Museveni.

Lumumba said she has since learnt how Mbabazi operates.

“He (Mbabazi) always wants to be master of clandestine methods. It is just good other parties realised it earlier and saved their little credibility by rejecting him,” Lumumba added.

Lukyamuzi expressed shock that Mbabazi thought he would secure the backing of the opposition yet his ‘Go Forward’ lacks a Constitution, a minimum requirement of a political group.

“We don’t know who vetted him to lead that amorphous group,” said Lukyamuzi.

TDA resolved that Dr Kizza Besigye and Mbabazi stand as presidential candidates.

It remains to be seen if a divided opposition can overwhelm the sitting ruling government.
The Minister for Presidency, price Hon Frank Tumwebaze has slammed the opposition, and saying their failure to field a joint candidate against President Museveni in the 2016 election exposes their greed for power and lack of a systematic plan to transform the country.

He also described the collapse of The Democratic Alliance as an “added advantage to the NRM.”

The Alliance on Wednesday said they had fallen short of reaching consensus with FDC accusing Mbabazi of having a record tainted with corruption scandals.

“It is clear the opposition has never had a cause; it is simply anti-Museveni, ” said Tumwebaze.

“The little anti-Museveni bloc is even now going to be shared among the groups which cannot even agree among themselves,” the Minister told ChimpReports in an interview on Thursday morning.

“They have exposed to the nation their equal power angry instincts and obsession that drive them but not the heart to make Uganda consolidate what has been achieved so far and the vision for greater strides.”

At the beginning of TDA in April this year, Hon Tumwebaze said the group lacked a transformative ideology, adding its evolution rotated around personal hate of President Museveni.

However, TDA spokesman, Hon Wafula Oguttu who is also the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, said the two candidates will give Museveni a run for his money.

“Now there is big possibility for the opposition to defeat Museveni in 2016, in a well-coordinated joint strategy whereby Go Forward Pro Change Movement will concentrate on reducing his NRM votes while opposition Parties will consolidate their traditional votes as both groups woo the 42 percent of voters who stayed away in 2011,” said Oguttu.
Ugandan-born striker Peter Otema gave Musanze fc their first league victory as they defeated David Ndihabwe’s Gicumbi Fc  at home in the second matchday of the Rwanda premier league.

In the other match David Kasirye’s beautiful 88th minute strike was not enough to save Rayon Sports, order falling 2-1 to AS Kigali at home in Muhanga. Kigali got their double through Midfielder Rodriguez Murengezi’s 39th and 74th minute goals.

Debutants Rwamagana fc capitalised on home advantage to edge struggling Enticelles side by 2-0 as Marines brushed off Sunrise by a solitary goal.

Current top scorers chart has Rodriguez Mugerenzi, information pills Peter Otema and David Kasirye all setting the pace with two goals in as many matches.

Actiom resumes on Friday with champions APR Fc travelling to Kicukiro stadium to take on Table leaders Police Fc.

Match Day Three Fixtures
Friday, 25-Sep-15
Bugesera FC vs Espoir FC (Nyamata)

Police FC vs APR FC (Kicukiro)

Saturday, 26-Sep-15
SC Kiyovu vs Amagaju FC (Mumena)

Mukura VS vs Rwamagana City FC (Muhanga)

Etincelles FC vs Rayon Sports FC (Tam Tam)

Sunday, 27-Sep-15
AS Muhanga vs Musanze FC (Muhanga)

Gicumbi Fc vs Marines (Gicumbi)

AS Kigali vs Sunrise FC (Mumena)

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