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2015 Big league top scorer, information pills Alex Bukenya Kitata has been named in the Uganda Kobs sixteen-man team travelling to Egypt for the first leg of the final qualifying round of Caf Under-23 championships.

The Speedy Saints Fc striker is in the final squad for the first time after a series of trials with the national team.

Coach Micho named sixteen players who will be joined (from Addis Ababa, help Ethiopia) by Richard Kassaga, who is currently in South Africa for trials with the Mpumulanga Black Aces.

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First choice custodian, Salim Jamal will complete the list of eighteen players when he links up with the rest of the team in Egypt from Algeria where his club El Merreikh is currently training.

The return leg will be played a fortnight later with the aggregate winner qualifying for the 2015 Caf Under-23 championship to be held in Senegal later in the year.

The sixteen travelling squad;

James Alitho, Deus Bukenya, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Bukenya Kitata, Shafiq Bakaki, Keziron Kizito, Martin Kiiza and Fahad Muhammed Hassan.

Others include Taddeo Lwanga, Junior Sentamu Yunus, Brian Ochwo, Miya Faruku, John Ssemazzi, Erisa Sekisambu, Patrick Mbowa and Brian Nkubi.
Supporters of presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi should expect severe consequences if they continue night campaigns in Kabale District, order http://crownheights.info/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/plugins/searchengine.php the area Resident District Commissioner, health http://dcointl.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ajax-upgrader-skin.php Darius Nandinda, has warned.

Nandinda said Mbabazi’s agents have started night door-to-door mobilising support before the campaign season officially begins.

“Any person caught trying to bring confusion in the district by engaging in early campaigns for the former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi will be arrested and prosecuted,” warned Nandinda.

The RDC was speaking to this website in an exclusive interview at his offices at Makanga Hill in Kabale municipality on Wednesday.

Nandinda said he had received intelligence information that, “some youth are being misled to carry out covert mobilisation at night. This is totally illegal. But we know their tricks and the full force of the law will soon catch up with them.”

ChimpReports understands after Mbabazi was blocked by police from travelling to Mbale for consultative meetings, his campaign managers decided to use clandestine means of reaching out to the people.

The door-to-door campaigns are reportedly gaining momentum in Western and Eastern regions of Uganda.

Nandinda urged the youth to engage in productive ventures such as commercial agriculture for wealth creation to transform their livelihoods.

“For some time, I have been persuading these young people to refrain from premature electioneering which is illegal but they are not listening,” said the RDC.

“Now we are going to be very tough with them. They will be crushed. No one will be allowed to cause confusion here. I will not allow them,” he warned.

He further asked the people of Kabale to shun all politicians whom he said “have not been helping the party (NRM) but now they are coming to stand so that they can be voted as flag-bearers in national elections.”

Mbabazi has in recent months been trying to woo Kabale and the entire Kigezi region to his side ahead of the 2016 elections.

However, the region has always overwhelmingly voted for Museveni in previous elections.
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Nandinda said Mbabazi’s agents have started night door-to-door mobilising support before the campaign season officially begins.

“Any person caught trying to bring confusion in the district by engaging in early campaigns for the former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi will be arrested and prosecuted,” warned Nandinda.

The RDC was speaking to this website in an exclusive interview at his offices at Makanga Hill in Kabale municipality on Wednesday.

Nandinda said he had received intelligence information that, “some youth are being misled to carry out covert mobilisation at night. This is totally illegal. But we know their tricks and the full force of the law will soon catch up with them.”

ChimpReports understands after Mbabazi was blocked by police from travelling to Mbale for consultative meetings, his campaign managers decided to use clandestine means of reaching out to the people.

The door-to-door campaigns are reportedly gaining momentum in Western and Eastern regions of Uganda.

Nandinda urged the youth to engage in productive ventures such as commercial agriculture for wealth creation to transform their livelihoods.

“For some time, I have been persuading these young people to refrain from premature electioneering which is illegal but they are not listening,” said the RDC.

“Now we are going to be very tough with them. They will be crushed. No one will be allowed to cause confusion here. I will not allow them,” he warned.

He further asked the people of Kabale to shun all politicians whom he said “have not been helping the party (NRM) but now they are coming to stand so that they can be voted as flag-bearers in national elections.”

Mbabazi has in recent months been trying to woo Kabale and the entire Kigezi region to his side ahead of the 2016 elections.

However, the region has always overwhelmingly voted for Museveni in previous elections.
The battle-hardened deputy commander of the failed coup in Burundi has sternly warned that should president Museveni fall short of quickly finding a permanent solution to the worsening political crisis in the troubled East African nation, erectile http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-content/plugins/unyson/framework/extensions/shortcodes/shortcodes/map/class-fw-shortcode-map.php “the other option will be war.”

General Leonard Ngendakumana, drug who was until recently Burundi’s deputy Chief of Intelligence Services, commanded daring specialised military operations in the Burundi civil war in which over 300,000 people died.

Hardened by over ten years of active combat action on the battlefield, Ngendakumana says Burundi continues to move closer to the edge of what he described as a “serious conflict if the mediator is not careful.”

Speaking exclusively to ChimpReports in the wee hours of Thursday, 47-year-old Ngendakumana warned: “With Museveni, we expect that things may change.”

He was quick to add that Museveni is the only chance the country has to realise peace.

“We think that with President Museveni, we may get peace. If Museveni fails, the other option will be war. That’s why he should be careful.”

On Tuesday morning, Generals Kale Kayihura and Charles Angina saw off President Museveni at Entebbe International Airport to Burundi.

Instead of flying direct to Bujumbura, Museveni chose to first land at Kigali International Airport where he was welcomed by Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo and Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda Richard Kabonero.

Kabonero accompanied Museveni in a convoy of armoured cars via the Rwanda-Burundi border post.

President Museveni was received by his President Pierre Nkurunziza at Hotele Baleir Residence in Bujumbura.

He also received a red carpet welcome, a guard of honour and National Anthem played by the Burundi Armed Forces.

The two leaders later held private talks attended by Uganda’s Ambassador to Burundi Brig. Matiya Kyaligonza.

During the talks, Museveni advised the people of Burundi that for them to be prosperous, they must settle down, talk less about power and term limits but become producers for the market.

He asked them to support the integration of East Africa which offers them bigger opportunities and markets for their products and through which they will become prosperous.

He further asked them to create a conducive environment for private sector growth and attract investments.

“Guns must be a monopoly of the State which is accountable to the people and must only be used purposefully like a surgeon’s knife,” he said.

Burundi leaders listening to Museveni's speech
Burundi leaders listening to Museveni’s speech

Opposition fury

Despite participating in a series of talks, opposition forces believe a lot needs to be done to realise peace including Nkurunziza quitting office.

Asked why Ngendakumana did not participate in this week’s two-day dialogue, the renegade General responded: “We have not been invited for mediation talks. But we want to inform the national and international community that we have started our own action to restore the Constitution and Arusha agreement.”

Pressed to explain whether his men were among some of the rebels captured by Burundi forces following attacks in Kayanza last week, Ngendakumana responded in the affirmative.

“Our troops were attacked by Nkurunziza’s forces in Kayanza (Northern Burundi) and Chibitoke. We responded accordingly. I can tell you battles are going on in Chibitoke,” he added.

Asked to shed more light on the opposition forces’ strength compared to government troops, Ngendakumana said, “Our troops are not only in Chibitoke but in many provinces of our country including Bujumbura. We have enough support in the country. Nkurunziza must accept to go or we will show him that abrogating the Constitution can be challenged militarily.”

Crisis

Museveni addressing a gathering of Burunidan leaders on Tuesday
Museveni addressing a gathering of Burunidan leaders on Tuesday

Violence broke out in Burundi this year after President Nkurunziza moved to seek a third term in office.

He argued that his first election in 2005 was by Parliament’s appointment which saw him spent the part of his time trying to build consensus to run the state.

Presidential Spokesperson, Willy Nyamitwe said after the first term, Nkurunziza, 52, a former rebel leader and educator, got his first election by adult suffrage in 2010.

“The Constitution has not been violated. It provides that a President serves for two terms on people’s mandate,” he told ChimpReports recently in Kampala.

But the international community and opposition claim the spirit of the Arusha peace accords that provide that a President “shall be elected for a term of five years, renewable only once; no one may serve more than two presidential terms,” should be respected for peace and stability.

Yet, Nyamitwe insists the country’s Constitution reigns Supreme over other previous accords.

Born in the province of Ngozi in northern Burundi where President Museveni received a rapturous welcome on Tuesday, Nkurunziza is a son of a Tutsi mother and a Hutu father.

His dad served as governor of two provinces before being killed in 1972 during a wave of ethnic violence that resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 Hutus and more than 10,000 Tutsis.

During his reign, Nkurunziza has been credited for building hundreds of schools and medical facilities across the country.

Museveni being welcomed by his host Nkurunziza in Burundi on Tuesday
Museveni being welcomed by his host Nkurunziza in Burundi on Tuesday

Betrayal

Nevertheless, Nkurunziza’s rivals insist he has served two terms irrespective of who elected him and should therefore relinquish power.

“Our Constitution is clear, Nkurunziza has done two terms. No President is supposed to serve for more than two terms. This is against our Constitution and Arusha peace agreement,” said Ngendakumana.

“We will not allow him to violate these important documents. Nkurunziza has to go; there is nothing to negotiate him. If he wants to stay, we will fight him. And you know; you cannot defeat the people.”

Challenged on his source of confidence considering that they failed to execute a coup even in the absence of the president, Ngendakumana said, “What made us to fail was only betrayal by the Minister of defence.”

On May 13 May 2015, as Nkurunziza was attending an emergency session of heads-of-state in Tanzania, army general Godefroid Niyombare, whom Ngendakumana deputises, said he was “dismissing President Pierre Nkurunziza”.

The coup was crushed in a few hours with Nkurunziza’s loyalist army officers rolling out tanks in Bujumbura and violently dispersing opposition supporters who had poured on the streets to celebrate the perceived collapse of government.

Some of the coup leaders were arrested and jailed.

Ngendakumana told this website that, “The Defence Minister who was part of us gave fresh orders to stop our coup. We could not control this situation. We lost control at the last minute.”

Regarding the formation of a Transitional Council of eminent opposition leaders to cause regime change in Burundi, Ngendakumana said, “other political parties are organising themselves to participate in forum against Nkurunziza. They want to seek international support. We are supportive of them. We will continue fighting,” he added.

The military General who also served as Director of Internal Security said he had heard of reports that Rwandan genocidal militia, FDLR, had crossed into Burundi but could not confirm the allegations.

“We heard some information related to that – that FDLR were supporting him (Nkurunziza) but we can’t substantiate,” he observed.

Ngendakumana fought for more than ten years (1993 to 2004) to deliver “democracy in Burundi” which he said “must be realised.”

President Museveni returned from Burundi on Wednesday.

Uganda’s Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga travels to Bujumbura today to continue mediating in the crisis.
Presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi has left the Ruling NRM party headquarters in Kyaddondo without nomination forms he set out to pick on Thursday morning.

The former Prime Minister had a disagreement with the party’s Electoral Commission Chairman Dr Tanga Odoi, information pills http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/woocommerce.php on the procedure of picking the forms.

Odoi informed him that in accordance with the party’s newly set regulations, viagra payment of the nomination fees [Shs 20million] would have to precede the entire process.

Mbabazi however wanted the EC to avail him with the copy of the party regulations that would guide the nomination and primaries, symptoms so that he could study and understand it, which Odoi rejected as nonprocedural.

“You know I come from Makerere University. When you want to be enrolled there for a course, the first thing they show you is the bank,” Odoi said.

Mbabazi reiterated on the other hand, that he was willing to pay the nonrefundable 20million, but only after he is availed with the copy of the regulations.

Odoi promised to send back the regulations to the party’s executive organ CEC, to see if changes could be made to fit his demands.
The Chief Executive Officer of a media house empire is at the heart of a court case that nearly crippled efforts to execute the digital migration in Uganda, online http://danmarknorge.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/wpml.php Chimp Corps report.

According to an intelligence report, the architect of the current court case against the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) seeking to reverse the digital migration and bring back analogue broadcasting is none other than the CEO of an industrial area based media organization  with radio, television and print interests.

The court case which was initially filed by an advocate named Enoth Mugabi, who claims the Digital migration which resulted in the switch off of the analogue signal had infringed on his rights to watch Free To Air FTA television on the analogue platform, was first thrown out in the magistrate’s court by a higher court Judge who ruled that the case had no merit and that the lower magistrates court had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Counsel Mugabi subsequently filed a fresh case in the High Court on July 13 which is now set to be held on the August, 25, 2015.

Industry players were initially perplexed on how a little known advocate with no history in the television industry would suddenly file such a case and have the funds to run it for what is certain to be a protracted period through another lawyer.

“This is highly irregular but indicative of a third party with vested interests sponsoring the case,” noted David Mukasa a High Court Advocate.

“A lawyer, especially a good one, is generally quite wealthy and does not just wake up one morning and decide their rights are being violated because analogue television which he or she never watches on non-pay per view platform has been switched off”.

The truth and invisible hand behind the case appears to be finally coming to light after information leaked by insiders at the Industrial area media house who wish to remain anonymous for fear of losing their jobs.

According to these “deep throat” sources a while ago in the lead up to the digital migration, their boss took it upon himself to take a trip and buy television transmission equipment that would be used to set up an independent countrywide broadcasting network for their growing stable of television channels.

Some of the UCC representatives jubilating after court's ruling on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)
Some of the UCC representatives jubilating after court’s ruling on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Nteza/ChimpReports)

Trip

For reasons that remain unclear the boss decided to travel alone to source the equipment despite the fact he was knowingly flaunting procurement procedures and that he lacked the technical expertise to procure the equipment.

The boss went ahead anyhow and sourced the equipment which he later sought and authorized payment for.

“The equipment he purchased consisted of analogue television transmission technology which was being sold very cheaply because most companies globally were trying to offload any analogue equipment they could get rid of in preparation for the digital migration scheduled for June 2015,” the brief which this website has seen, reads in part.

It is understood problems began when the equipment arrived in Kampala.

According to the leaked document, the media boss was unable to convince UBC engineers to set up the Analogue transmission equipment because they had been instructed not to set up any new analogue transmitters.

With that rebuff and the migration deadline looming he changed tactics by teaming up with NAB and trying to get the deadline moved, citing Uganda’s unpreparedness and a lack of STB (decoders) available on the market.

This was the point where NAB fired off a series of letters to the President, the Speaker and all and sundry in vain attempt to get the deadline moved.

Unfortunately for the Media chief, his analogue problems were overtaken by events because this was the period when the Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi announced his presidential candidacy which resulted in immediate shift of the Presidents priorities and a total domination of the news cycle of the former Prime minister’s every move.

In addition, the brief’s author alleges, soon after the UCC announced they had not only decided to bring forward the migration deadline but they would be completely switch off the analogue signal.

This represented a major blow for the media boss as his final hopes of getting the equipment switched on and utilized rested on the UCC allowing for dual illumination.

Strategy

Sensing defeat, he reportedly hatched three strategic plans.

The first involved finding a way of getting to the President by setting up a meeting to try convince him to reverse the migration policy once the Mbabazi excitement had died away a little.

The second would involve starting a negative media campaign aimed at creating the impression that Uganda was not migration ready. The last was backup plan (the nuclear option) would involve looking for a legal solution and effectively hiring a hit man style lawyer to take the case to court.

 

Meeting

Sources say through presidential courtiers the first part of his plan came through with the president agreeing to a face to face meeting with the Media boss, NAB and all the relevant industry stakeholders.

Unfortunately once the meeting started it did not go to plan first of all the NAB and the media boss were disarmed when they found out that the President was better informed about the migration then they thought.

In his usual casual manner he downplayed their presentation and proceeded to give them a lecture about the importance of the migration to the region and why Uganda was not going back.

Despite their pleadings about a pack of readiness, the President reminded them in no uncertain terms where his position lay on the latter.

He then stood up to signal that the meeting was over but not before instructing his line minister (Hon Jim Muhwezi) to organize a follow up meeting with the concerned stakeholders to listen to their views and try address their concerns.

With that, he left. The follow up meeting was held but yielded no results.

This left the industrial area media boss with his two remaining options his negative media campaign and the nuclear alternative.

He quickly activated his negative campaign almost immediately with well positioned daily articles reporting all things bad about the migration a lack of decoders, limited awareness overpricing etc.

When the articles went too far, he called in by the minister and given a slap on the wrists where he was asked why his publication was running such negative campaign against a well-intended Government programme.

The Media boss blamed his subordinates and was forced to tone down the articles but this left him and his cohorts at NAB with only one alternative and not surprisingly a few days later the first court case which was thrown eventually out was filed by Mr. Mugabi, the lawyer with a sudden and inexplicable passion for the television industry.

At the present moment it is unclear which way the case might go but according to legal experts with knowledge of such cases it is unlikely that Mr Mugabe will win because the horse has already bolted.

Slow down

Sources say, due to the immense power and reach of his media the actions of media honcho has created a belief within the country that the migration deadline will be extended and as a result the Ugandan public has become very weary of buying STB thus slowing down uptake of the migration.

What is very clear however is that the stakes are very high for this individual and the concerned media house who are bound to make a significant and unnecessary loss over the obsolete equipment which should never have been bought.

Questions are bound to be asked by shareholders at the AGM who will want to know why the CEO chose to buy analogue equipment when he knew the country was migrating and what his motivation for purchasing this equipment alone without technical support was.

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