UPC Predicts Tougher Times For Journalists Ahead Of 2016

By Moreen Namutamba

Forum for Democratic Change leaders in Busoga region have launched massive campaign to flash the ruling National Resistance Movement out of the region.


The group led by the FDC chairman Buyende district, about it Dr Dominic Wakabi held a press conference in Jinja today and spelled out their courses of action to frustrate the ruling party.


At the press conference convened at the Jinja town hall, order Dr Wakabi accused government of playing politics of deception and manipulation, web and that programs like Naads and Prosperity for all had not done much in transforming the Basoga.


He further accused government of turning Busoga region into the country’s hub of poverty and underdevelopment.



Dr Wakabi also dismissed assertions that the appointment of the Bugiri woman MP, Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, as the new NRM Secretary General would add support to NRM in the region.


The continuous challenge like poor health, unemployment, poverty, poor roads and dictatorship, he said had pushed the people to demand nothing less than change of government.


“As FDC leaders from this region we have set plans to flash off NRM out, and revamp the fallen Busoga from the problems affecting us,” he said.


While Busoga region over the past elections had proven President Yoweri Museveni’s stronghold, political analysts there hold that 2016 might be tricky, thanks to such issues as the recent highly contested election of the area King.


The famous February 2013 Kyankwanzi resolution is also said to have been unwelcome in Busoga, as many were looking at Kamuli Woman MP Hon Rebecca Kadaga as the potential replacement of President Museveni.


Meanwhile at the conference, Jinja District FDC Chairman Mr Abubaker Maganda , vowed to deal with  NRM leaders who threaten voters to vote NRM .


Maganda added that the party would soon launch into regional tours, campaigning against the NRM.


NRM chairman Jinja district, Mr Majidu Dhikusoka, said the opposition leaders were free to carry on with their campaigns as long as they remained peaceful.


UPC Predicts Tougher times for Journalists a head of Election year 2016


As many Ugandans have come out to condemn the illegal and brutal assault of journalists who were early this week covering a demonstration of the group of Unemployed youth, here opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has urged journalists to stay on course.


“We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the journalists who were clobbered by the former Old Kampala Police Station DPC, ambulance Jorum Mwesigye early this week,” said UPC vice president Joseph Bossa while addressing a weekly press briefing at Uganda House in Kampala.


Bossa noted that it was a primitive act for Mwesigye to beat up innocent journalists who were executing their obligations of collecting and passing on information to the public.
“We urge all journalists not to give up but continue courageously working despite all threats from the current regime; this country belongs to all of us.”
Bossa anticipated that journalists might continue to face tougher times during this political year 2015 as the country is nearing to the general elections in 2016.
The two journalists Andrew Lwanga of WBS Television and John Ssettimba of Bukedde Television were covering a demonstration by a group of unemployed youths who were reportedly heading to the police headquarters in Naguru to petition the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen. Kale Kayihura.
They were intercepted and dispersed by police along Namirembe road at around midday.
Lwanga sustained injuries on the head and was on Monday afternoon admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital and has currently been transferred to St. Francis Nsambya hospital while Ssettimba had his trousers ripped during the scuffle.


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