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KYAGULANYI TRIUMPHANT AT KYADONDO EAST RACE

Robert Kyagulanyi emerges triumphant in attainning the Kyadondo East seat which had gone blank when court nullified Apollo Kantinti’s victory in 2016 elections as the constituency MP due to anomalies found by the electoral commission.

After tallying up the votes from the 93 polling stations across the constituency, Electoral Commission returning officer Francis Nkurunziza, announced the final results and declared Kyagulanyi winner at 9.42pm local time.

Bobi Wine garnered a winning 25,659 votes, Ssebalu got 4,566 votes, Kantinti attained 1,832 votes, Nkunyingi had 575 and Kayongo received 377 votes.

The number of valid votes was 32,999, the invalid ones were 311 and 41 votes were spoiled. The total number of votes cast was 33,310.

“The first thing I want to do is to reconcile the leaders of Kyadondo East,” said Kyagulanyi, after being declared victor. “I want politics to bring us together,” he said, just like music does.

The running candidates were Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu locally known as Bobi wine (stage name) for he is a renown singer, NRM flag bearer Sitenda Ssebalu, Forum for Democratic Change flag bearer Apollo Kantinti, Sowedi Kayongo and and independent Nkunyingi muwada.

KYAGULANYI CASTING HIS BALLOT

In the morning, elections had moved on smoothly and Kyagulanyi the musician and businessman  with his wife barbie cast in their ballots at magere polling station as well as urging people to exercise their right to vote as per the local constitutional provision.

while Sitenda had bragged with confidence about his soon assumed to be victory; “I am confident that i am going to win with the majority. I can’t give percentages because i have no basis”.

Candidate Muwada Nkunyingi caused a commotion after finding out that his name was missing at Kiteezi’s register and advised to look for it elsewhere. This reaction attracts the heavily deployed police who later detained him. He received injuries to which he was hospitalized.

As for Apollo Kantinti, he was not eligible to vote from Kyaddondo East because he is registered to vote in Mukono, but can stand.

Anti-riot police steps in to quell riotous situation at Kasangati Resort. Security personnel were seen  arresting people and chasing them away but they stayed claiming to guard their votes.

The new Kyadondo East MP in waiting has recieved congratulation messages from Dr. Kizza Besigye, The Executive Director, Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo also tweeted: “So @HEBobiwine is beating everyone @NRMOnline @FDCOfficial1 hands down in #KyodondoEastByElections, Congs although still early.”

It should be recalled that the MP i waiting faced some challenges with security personnel. A scene too familiar to ignore when on the last campaign day (Tuesday), people in kyadondo went in a frenzy when the police came and arrested Robert Kyagulanyi and and detained at Kasangati police station and later driven by dusty road to Kiira police station because the excited crowd hurled stones and demanded the immediate release of their candidate.

Frank Mwesigwa, the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander, told reporters that they had not arrested the renowned musician, underlining that they were instead “engaging him” on campaign guidelines as regards his final rally.

“We have agreed on a new venue in Bulamu, Gayaza. His earlier venue violated the Electoral Commission campaign guidelines and he risked being disqualified,” he said.

 

 


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QATAR TO MEET DEMANDS IN 10 DAYS

Through mediators from Kuwait, demands have been laid on Qatar to be met in 10 days. The gulf region have come up with 13 ultimate grievances as a price to uplift the economic and diplomatic blockade earlier imposed.

Doha is given an onus to entirely close down Al Jazeera network, halt cooperation with Iran, remove Turkish troops from Qatar’s soil, end contact with groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and submit to monthly external compliance checks. Qatar has been given 10 days to comply with the demands or prepare for unspecified consequences. It’s been over a fortnight since Saudi Arabia and the other nations leading the blockade – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed both economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar. The later was accused by Dubai for funding terrorist that that fronted violence within the gulf region for decades.

DOHA PORT

Though the embargo has yielded less economic effect on Qatar, (a rich in oil and gas state), if it yields to the grievances, they can cause raze on it’s the foreign policy.

Already over 15,000 Qatari camels have been deported from Saudi Arabia such a strong message that strains the relationship of Doha and Dubai. Qatar has become reliant on Turkey and Iran for food imports since the embargo was imposed on 5 June and insists with its huge wealth it can survive the embargo for an indefinite period. The trade embargo include;  on air, sea or land traffic to and from Qatar.

Just as consequential in the short-term is the air embargo. The three Gulf countries imposing the blockade have all called a halt to their airlines’ flights to and from Qatar, including Saudia, Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai, Air Arabia and Gulf Air; Qatar Airways has in turn stopped flying to destinations in those countries. “It would be wiser that [Qatar] deal seriously with the demands and concerns of the neighbours or a divorce will take place,” said Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of United Arab Emirates.

“Qatar faces a choice of either stability and prosperity or isolation, he said, adding: “Perhaps the solution is in parting ways.” Trump said that Arab leaders he met in Saudi Arabia last month had urged him to challenge Qatar, which they accuse of backing extremist groups and cosying up to Iran. “So we had a decision to make: do we take the easy road, or do we finally take a hard but necessary action? We have to stop the funding of terrorism,” he said. “The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

The US state department issued a stinging rebuke to Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies saying they had failed to come up with a justification for the embargo they imposed on Qatar earlier this month. This amnesty international claimed to be a violation of human rights, watch: Amnesty International slams embargo for rights violations (2:20)

AL-JAZEERA NEWSROOM

Qatari-funded media network Al Jazeera has hit back at Arab states’ calls for it to be closed down. The demands were an attempt to “silence freedom of expression“, it said. Al Jazeera said, “We assert our right to practise our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fearmongering,”.

Al Jazeera called on its peers in the industry, media institutions and other international organisations to reaffirm their solidarity in defending media freedom wherever it may be.


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UGANDA TO GET 358.2 MILLION DOLLARS

REFUGEES FROM SOUTH SUDAN

On attendance of the solidarity summit  at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala, foreign countries pledged to draw financial assistance to the Ugandan government to support refugees. The sum of money totaled to 358.2 million dollars falling short of 2 billion dollars initially targeted.

The summit under the theme “shoulder to shoulder” was hosted by HE President museveni Yoweri and co-host the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres on 22nd-23rd of June 2017.

Mr. Guterres in congruence with other leaders applauded Uganda for it’s hospitality towards the refugees. “Solidarity is not a matter of generosity; it is a matter of justice. It is essential to recognize these efforts and support Uganda. If the efforts are not sustainable, then it will be dramatic,”.

The Summit was attended by Presidents Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia, Mohammed Abdullahi of Somalia, South Sudan’s Vice President, James Wani Igga, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, and representatives and dignitaries from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), China, Kenya, Tanzania, the United Kingdom (UK), Iceland, Sweden, Japan, Germany and Ethiopia, among others.

Uganda is the first African country with an influx of 1,271,000 refugees from mostly South Sudan, Somalia, Congo, Eritrea, Rwanda, Etiopia and Burundi which has created immense pressure on the available resources.

In his statement, HE Yoweri appealed to the international community to aid Uganda to reward hosting communities especially with infrastructure development. In particular the construction two main roads: Moyo-Yumbe-Koboko, in the neighbourhood of the famous Bidi Bidi camp in Yumbe district that is hosting 272,168 refugees today; and Kabiingo-Rugaaga-Magabi-Rakai that starts from the famous Nakivaale Refugee Settlement camp that looked after the Rwanda refugees between 1960 and 1994 and is still hosting different waves of subsequent refugees.

” The Uganda government will, eventually, do these roads.  If, however, the International Community was to expedite that process and we informed our people in the areas, they would understand that their hospitality has not been in vain” said president Yoweri Museveni.

it is not such a difficult problem to absorb or co-exist with refugees from within Africa because the entirety of the African population is comprised of only 4 linguistic groups.  These are: the Niger-Congo group of languages, the Nilo-Saharan, the Afro-Asiatic and the Khoisan.

But with a huge migration of refugees comes inevitable challenges. These include; food inadequacy, shelter challenges, water provision, energy, clothes and household equipment, health care in terms of treatment and immunisation.

The president condemned the “man made crisis” which have diligently caused an increment in people fleeing from their countries to others in such of safety and peace. Not deflecting from other leaders, most people flee from terrorists, civil wars and incompetent governments.

“Bad politics,the ideology of sectarianism, utilizing the pseudo-ideology of opportunistically exploiting identity of religion or tribes is behind most of these crises,” he said.

The President informed the Summit that Uganda has discouraged rural migration of refugees beyond their gazatted resettlement areas due to the sensitive nature of some of the tribes, but that fortunate refugees who have capital and skills, can relocate to the urban centers and participate in the town service works.

Some refugees come with skills that could prove useful in this country just like America, a Jewish scientist from Germany created an atomic bomb in which the US benefited. So in the same manner Uganda welcomes refugees with skills as an avenue to rebuild and remodel their lives in exile or new homes.

In 2o16, The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) had allocated US$18 million to Uganda for support to internally displaced persons, refugees and host communities as part of its first allocation round from the underfunded emergencies window.

European countries like Denmark offered 40 million and Netherlands pledged 5.5 million. India committed to offer 1 million.Austria promised 2 million, China 500,000 and Ireland 2.3 million Euros. Many other countries pledged and the total pledges amounted to 358.2 million dollars.

 The president shared a memory of the 1797 succession war between two princes: Semakokiro and Jjunju. This conflict had led to the dispersing of some baganda faction who resettled else where and are now part of  six districts in the East African countries of today.


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TALES OF ALACHY (A PAIL OF WATER)

For three weeks, tension had rose in Kwamwelo village. This struggle was affiliated to a trench whose sole purpose is to transport water to a bigger channel at the side of the road.In his early thirties, a young man four feet in height had vowed to frustrate tranquility within the province.

Alachy, for that he was called under the incitement of his kindred procured to (fend off) prohibit people from pouring anymore water from this community trench.

As a matter of fact whoever fell prey to the deceit of courage attempting to dispose water was often chastised or at times released at the mercy of deride.

This was proudly executed with an aid of a reliably presumable grotesque scowl face.

Alachy had succeeded in constructing his home which stood plump facing his childhood home. Just abreast the latter was the famous trench enclosed in a grove of homes thus crowding the area.

His household argued that other people took delight in dumping debris in a trench as well as human waste which blocked the flow of water. They happened to be closest to the trench hence were most affected with the stench of stagnant contaminated water, let alone bitten most by the egregious mosquitoes.

One afternoon, the sky turned grey and the nimbus clouds cuddled in enormous clusters boldly overshadowing traces of the sun lustres. The sky let out a querulous thunder as well as flashes of light before a brusque uproar pour of rain came tumbling to thrust the earth and swelled the trench

After hours, the rain subdued. A chilled air had put Alachy in a jolly warm mood. Something hardly ever seen. Perhaps it was the love of a woman that had touched his hard heart transforming him from the inside out. Such envisage was reflected when he smiled from the eyes forming benign facial features.

It was not mistaken. The way he caressed her shoulder and spoke to her softly, she blushed and shied. Reluctantly withdrawing her hands from his. Tender eyes wondered off from their prized jewel only to take a glimpse of a young Jolie holding a pail of water walking towards the trench two yards away.

Abruptly, his demeanor adopted a hideous bitter truculent mood. He started clamoring in a tremulous voice to the young girl. leaving his beloved behind, “gwe…….gwe…….gwe” he cried as he ran towards Jolie.

To his dismay, as soon as he approached, with blatant impudence Jolie let out the water in a trench. Furious and overwhelmed, Alachy was left in a dilemma. “This girl had displayed unfeigned insolence” he thought and continued,”and definitely deserved a beating”. “If I dare to lay a hand on her, I’ll have to face the big man but I don’t want to be caught in cross fire with him, who knows what he’s capable of”

Still in turmoil and anger, he involuntarily grabbed the pail away from her. Jolie on the other hand just walked away silently but confident triumphant in the fact that she was immune to Alachy’s threat because the poor guy was simply afraid of her dad.

Well, her cards were played right. For about an hour or so, Alachy met Jolies brother and handed him the pail he’d confiscated.