10 February 2013

Uganda: Wolokoso - Mwijukye, Mugumya Barred From Butaleja By-Election

The rubble-rousing aides of Dr Kizza Besigye, Sam Mugumya and Francis Mwijukye, have been denied accreditation to monitor the Butaleja by-election in which FDC candidate Felistus Namwihiri is facing NRM flag-bearer, Florence Nebanda Andiru, a sister of the departed MP, Cerinah Nebanda, among other candidates.

In a message posted on his facebook page, Mwijukye said the Electoral Commission had threatened to cancel the accreditation of all FDC officials if the two young men were seen anywhere near Butaleja around election time.

However, EC Spokesman Jotham Taremwa said the commission had not barred the FDC activists. Instead, he said, maybe the police had. Wolokoso could, however, not establish whether the police was, somehow, in charge of the accreditation exercise.

Kibirige Mayanja based in Rwanda:

He came to prominence when he ran for president in the 1996 elections. After that, Kibirige Mayanja, who was then employed at Makerere University as director of Physical Planning, remained a constant fixture on the national political scene until recently when he suddenly vanished into oblivion, especially after relinquishing the leadership of Justice Forum, a party he founded.

Now our sources can reveal that Kibirige relocated to Rwanda where he is doing consultancy work for a number of institutions. An expert in producing strategic plans for tertiary institutions, Kibirige also did some work for the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) before going to Rwanda. Best of luck Bwana Kibirige!

EALA MP Sebalu buys Mercedes

Former Busiro East MP, Mike Sebalu, is reaping from serving at the East African regional assembly in Arusha for two consecutive terms. He recently purchased a Mercedes Benz ML 320 model and has been telling all and sundry how the car cost him a fortune.

Recently, Sebalu was seen alighting from the vehicle at Kati Kati restaurant, Lugogo, as he went to attend a meeting of the Kampala North rotary club.

Rurangaranga in early campaigns

The son of veteran UPC politician and a former minister in the Obote II government, Maj Edward Rurangaranga, has arrived in the country from the UK, to start early campaigns in his bid to wrest the Sheema South parliamentary seat from the incumbent, NRM's Yorokamu Katwiremu.

Edmund Rugangaranga told people he was meeting at Muhiito Church of Uganda in Kitagata Sub-county recently, that he would not repeat the mistakes he made in the 2011 elections.

"I launched my campaigns early because during the 2011 elections voters of Sheema South complained that I had joined the race late," he said.

Rurangaranga, who has lived in the UK for 20 years, lost to Katwiremu, having stood as an independent candidate.

Ssewungu was movie translator:

Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu, is a man of many talents. While featuring on CBS's popular talk show Kiriza oba Gaana (Take it or leave it) last week, he amused fellow panelists when he revealed that he used to translate western movies in video halls in Kalungu in the early 1990s.

He said he enjoyed translating action movies such as No Retreat, No Surrender, Commando and Blood Sport. The panelists, who included Godfrey Kiwanda, the Mityana North MP, noted that if Ssewungu had exploited his talents further, he would probably be amongst the most popular movie translators in the country, in the same league as VJ Junior and Jjingo of Kajjansi.

Given the unpredictability of politics, Ssewungu at least has something to fall back to if he does not get re-elected in 2016.

Ssemujju already plotting for 2016?

After coming under criticism for being a rarity in his constituency, Kyadondo East MP, Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, last week joined forces with his voters to clean up Kireka town.

With a spade in hand and sweating profusely, Ssemujju was seen de-silting some of the drainage channels in the town, under the close watch of policemen who had initially blocked the exercise, fearing it would be politicised.

The youth hailed their MP for joining the cause, saying the poor hygiene in Kireka was about to cause diseases such as cholera. They promised to shower him votes come 2016. But Ssemujju, a journalist- turned-politician, remains guarded about whether he will seek re-election or not.

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