The Observer (Kampala)

17 February 2013

Uganda: Wolokoso - Obbo, Kagame in Sharp Exchange Over Third Term

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame spent most of his time on Valentine's day not frolicking in such fantasies but rebutting reports in cyber space over whether he plans to stand for a third term in 2017.

Senior journalist Charles Onyango-Obbo wrote on his Twitter account: "Debate starts in Rwanda whether President Kagame goes for a third term."

Kagame then answered back: "How does anyone get what was in the open, so wrong...the discussion was about how do we effect change [that's bound to happen]."

But Obbo responds: "I guess the eyes of the world are now on you, on this." He also suggestively writes that perhaps this could be a good excuse to start the debate on whether Kagame will step down in 2017 or run for a third term.

Obbo says although the president is against the third term, he knows a number of Kagame's allies who want him to stand again. Till the debate ended, Kagame remained elusive on whether he would stand in 2017.

Cop fails to identify Minister Ecweru:

Flamboyant State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru last week faced the wrath of a policeman who had failed to identify him during the trial of former minister Capt Mike Mukula at the High court.

The cop, whose indentify is still unknown, shoved the minister away from the front seats meant for VIPs. He had inadvertently mistaken Ecweru for an ordinary man on the streets who had come to commiserate with Mukula. But some lawmakers witnessed the melodrama and immediately alerted the policeman, who later became remorseful for his over-zealousness.

Brig Tumukunde supporters plan more protests:

Supporters of beleaguered former spy master Brig Henry Tumukunde, who recently stormed the General Court Martial in Makindye, have vowed not to rest until he is set free.

Tumukunde has been on trial since 2005 over charges of spreading harmful propaganda.

Legions of his supporters from Rukungiri and other pockets of the country, have promised to turn out in big numbers on the streets of Kampala to vent their anger towards the regime. Many of his supporters believe the state is delaying the judgment, because there is no evidence against the former CMI and ISO intelligence Tsar.

Youth eyes premier Kajura's seat:

Young Turk Ronald Rwahwire Kato has thrown down the gauntlet and is ready to challenge the deputy premier, Henry Muganwa Kajura, if the ageing politician does not retire in 2016.

Though Kajura has promised to retire, it is not yet clear whether the politician will keep his word, having reneged on it in 2011. Rwahwire is a law student at Islamic University in Uganda. Of recent he has been frequenting Hoima, organizing football tournaments and grassroots development projects.

However, the word on the grapevine is that Kajura is fronting the Kampala central division chairman Godfrey Nyakana to replace him. Nyakana will anchor his support on the family legacy.

Kagingo appointed as president's media aide:

Former Makerere University Guild President Sarah Kagingo is breathing a sigh of relief after she was appointed to the role of special presidential assistant in charge of communication at State House.

In 2012 Kagingo unsuccessfully contested for a seat at the regional assembly in Arusha on the ruling party ticket. Before her new assignment, Kagingo had become a fervent social media exponent of the president's positive views and this could have endeared her to the powers that be.

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