Buganda Passes Ugx 7.4billion 2018 Budget

Buganda Kingdom has passed a Ugx 7.4billion Budget to facilitate the kingdom’s operations during the Financial Year 2014/2015. The estimates reflect a decrease of UShs5.5 billion from the ending financial year whose budget stood at Shs12.9Billion.

The Kingdom’s Finance Minister Eva Nagawa Mukasa noted that this financial year budget income is to be raised from seven key aspects which include Buganda Land Board, Schools, Kingdom Ministries and   Companies, Tenants, Grants and payments from central government.

According to estimates presented to the Buganda Lukiiko at Bulange-Mengo, Buganda Land Board will generate Shs1.4billion, Shs229million Schools is expected from schools while another 278milllion is expected from Kingdom Ministries. Tenants will contribute Shs538million to the treasury, 350million is expected from grants while Shs588million will be collected from the Kingdom’s companies.

Also in the budget is an estimated Ugx 4billion from Central Government.

Nagawa explains that Buganda Land Board is likely to collect money from the installations that were recently returned to Buganda from central government.

The Kingdom will during the year concentrate on Development aspects citing completion of Kasubi Tombs, Masengere Building, Construction of a Museum, cleaning Kabaka’s Lake and to streamlining Kingdom operations.

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Kivumbi Visits Hospitalised Ugandan Legislator.

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Hon Abacanon Charles and his wife with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

Abacacon GutomoiHon Abacacon Charles Angiro Gutomoi, MP Erute County North Constituency, Lira District on FDC Ticket. Was Involved in an accident on 30th May 2018 at Karuma on Gulu-Kampala Highway
He is apparently in a private room at Mulago  National Referal Hospital being taken care of by his wife.

HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin paid visit to him at the hospital on Friday last week and shared his grief for the condition he is in.

Mr. Todt , the United Nations Secretary -General Special envoy for Road Safety recently expressed concern over the alarming rate of accident deaths on Ugandan roads adding that road crashes cost the Government of Uganda Shs.4.4 trillion (US$1.2 billion) annually which, he observed, represents 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“On average, Uganda loses 10 people per day in road traffic crashes, which is the highest in East Africa,” said Mr. Todt as he handed over the report on Uganda to President Museveni.

There apparently no hospitals to receive and treat accident victims on major highways in Uganda puting the lives of citizens in danger. Recently UPDF Helicopter was used to air lift accident victims comprising of civil servants on the same highway to Kampala where they were treated.

Meanwhile another opposition Ugandan politician Betty Nambooze Bakireke on Mukono North is being hospitalised in India following back injury she sustained during the removal of presidential age limit debate at Uganda Parliament. The government has spent more than 500 million Ugandan Shillings so far on her treatment.

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Hon Abacanon Charles with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

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Hon Abacanon Charles and his wife with Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin

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Uganda President M7 Persuades Citizens on Social Media & Mobile Money Tax.

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Following massive uproar against newly introduced Uganda tax on use of social media and mobile money transactions, the president has reached to citizens to explain the tax. HICGI News Agency brings you Museveni’s message.

Dear Ugandans,
Greetings. I am using social media to share with you the reasons for the social-media tax and the mobile money tax.

Our budget for this financial year is Ug.Sh 32 trillion. The taxes collected from within Uganda and the other fees for this financial year will be Ug.sh.17.5 trillion. The balance (the difference) is handled by borrowing from outside the country, Ug.Sh 8.3 trillion, as well as borrowing from within the country, Sh 7 trillion. We, then, also get grants from outside to the tune of Sh280bn i.e 0.28 trillions.

Why do we have to borrow or beg from outside or even borrow from within? We do so because many people who are supposed to pay tax do not pay the tax. How do we know this? We know this by using the standard measurement used all over the World. This is the GDP: tax ratio. This means the amount of taxes paid compared to the size of the GDP, the size of the economy.

In 1991, it was only 4% of GDP. When we formed the URA, it rose to 12% and it has stagnated there for a long time. Last financial year it rose to 14.2%. In other countries in Europe, the GDP: tax ratio is 30% or more. The avarage GDP: tax ratio in Africa is 18% . Why is the GDP: tax ratio in Uganda so low? The following are the reasons:

(a) telephone companies have been under-declaring calls until recently when we acquired machines to see the telephone calls ourselves. Big shame to the culprits;
(b) Many of the people who should be paying taxes of incomes from rent do not pay or underpay;
(c) Many citizens are still in subsistence agriculture (okukolera olubuto kyokka, Itiyo pi ikeni ) and informal sector (juakali) and I always oppose taxes on those sectors (gonja roasters, mchomo sellers, mechanics, carpenters etc); in any case, it is difficult to know how much they earn;
(d) Absence of scanners on the borders allows false declarations of goods in containers. The URA now has 4 scanners only. I have directed them to buy enough scanners to cover all entry points by land, water and air; and
(e) Slowness in introducing electronic stamps to the goods imported from outside at the factory level.

We, therefore, end up getting revenue from consumer taxes on mainly luxuries; income tax; profit tax; and import tax on consumables minus the production inputs only. That is why we end up with the low GDP: tax ratio of only 14.2% and have to borrow or beg, yet our economy is growing.

Coming specifically to the social media and mobile money taxes, Ugandans need to ask the following questions:
1. Do you send social media messages to Facebook or whatever for free or do you pay?
2. Do you send mobile money for free or do you pay?
3. If you pay, whom do you pay?
4. Do you pay in dollars or in local shillings?
5. If you pay in local shillings, do the ones you pay, most of whom are foreign companies, take money out of Uganda in local shillings or in dollars?
6. If it is dollars, who earned those dollars?

Let us answer the last question first. Those dollars are earned by us who produce coffee, tea, the milk products, by our gold, by our tourism, by our processed fish , by our manufactured goods (e.g cement, textiles, soap, mattresses, cooking oil, etc).

Therefore, some of us, myself included, either earn the dollars or save the dollars by producing products instead of importing them, but some of our countrymen donate those dollars back to the foreigners by chatting endlessly on the social media. Is this correct or fair? Is it good for our country?

Mobile money transfer is, of course, different from the social media chatting. Social media chatting is a luxury by those who are enjoying themselves or those who are malicious.

Mobile money transfer, on the other hand, is a useful service. Since the informal sector (juakali, mchomo selling etc) is never taxed and I am always against those direct taxes on those sectors, is it too much for users of the mobile money senders and receivers to also make a modest contribution to the development of their country? The 1% was a miscommunication. The actual figure was 0.5%, half of one percent. That is what we should debate, on the mobile money.

As to social- media tax, all the moral reasons are in favour of that tax. The social – media users have no right to squander the dollars I earn from my coffee , my milk etc by endlessly donating money to foreign telephone companies through chatting or even lying and, then, they are allergic to even a modest contribution to their country whose collective wealth they are misusing.

The same with those who engage in games betting. They bet in local shillings. Since, however, our economy is an open one, the foreign owners of betting machines rush to the forex bureaus, buy dollars, the ones I earned , so as to externalize them. This is what affects our shilling.

The importers of foreign luxury goods- wines, whiskies, artificial hair, furniture, textiles, shoes etc, goods that can be made here, also squander our dollars. Fortunately, on account of our campaigns, the import bill has decreased from US$ 7 billion to US$ 5 billion. That is not enough, however.

There are no taxes on agricultural products, no taxes on machinery for factories or agricultural machinery , no taxes on raw- materials , no taxes on scholastic materials, no taxes on medicine, no tax on exports, no graduated tax etc. Most of the inputs in wealth and job creation are not taxed because we want people to engage in production. The essentials are never taxed.

This is to clarify that there is no tax on mere depositing of money on a mobile phone account. That confusion should be clarified. The half -percent tax, not 1 percent, is only on the sender and the receiver of money through mobile money. Discuss this.

I congratulate our Science team for demonstrating that we now have the eyes to see all the goings on in the telecommunication and financial services. No more games.

This capacity will be extended to deal with the criminal pigs that have made it a hobby to kill Ugandans. They will pay. I am, however, interested in a rational and honest dialogue, especially on the half -percent tax on mobile money sending and receiving.

Signed
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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Uhuru Kenyatta Hosts 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

East African Leaders recently met in Nairobi, Kenya for the 14th Summit of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects. President Uhuru Kenyatta was lauded by his counterparts for hosting them and for his passion for a strong East Africa.

“I am happy that a dream that we started with our political elders; Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Mzee Milton Obote is coming to fruition. Things are beginning to move.” Said President Museveni.

President Museveni also adds that Uganda has woken up and is reaping fruits. For example, we are now producing 2.5 billion litres of milk while consuming only 800 million litres. The surplus 1.7 billion litres are consumed by our regional neighbors.

If it was not for this East African market, Uganda’s milk industry would have collapsed. It is the same case with maize. Whereas Uganda is producing five million tons annually, it only consumes one million tons, the rest being exported to our neighbors.

Museveni  also apologized to the people who have been affected by the Uganda Revenue Authority’s half-a-day work schedule and has directed that URA works 24 hours a day to make business easier, especially at the border points.

The electricity line to Rwanda through the Mirama Hills is now 75 percent complete. The target is to ensure that it is ready for commissioning by October this year.

He also appreciated President Uhuru for working on Kisumu port. Water transport makes business cheaper. He also disclosed that Uganda is undertaking a project near Entebbe to improve water transport network and so is Rwanda in ensuring connectivity through the Kagera River.

Museveni challenged the technocrats to study how developing this water transport network can help the region exploit the Muko iron ore deposits using the gas under Lake Kivu.

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Dr Apostle Paul Victor from India in East Africa again.

He shook Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania & Kenya last year- Since Thursday Night 21st June 2018, he has not rested. Dr Apostle Paul Victor on Friday Ministered at a Business Club Fellowship- Acrobatic Mission Fellowship of Mr. Najja Nsubuga Musoke which conveyed in muyenga at the home of a Member Mr. Denis and latter at Deliverance Church in Kasanga in the Overnight. On Friday he spoke to Married Fellowship at Deliverance Church in Makerere and then in Men’s Fellowship at Jokers Hotel of Pastors Mark & Mrs Kigozi. On Sunday he ministered at Pastor Grace Mwesigwa in Bweyogerere and Deliverance Church Kansanga and he will be ministering at Pastor Sarah Kawesa of Yesu Akwagala Ministries. The International Pastors Fellowship created by Heal The Planet Global Organisation-HTP encourages pastors around the world to connect. www.healdeplanet.org

Last year Dr Paul ministered at Ps Irene Manjeri’s Bethel Healing Centre, Rubaga Miracle Centre, Deliverance Church and many others.

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HTP President Kivumbi Earnest Benjamin with Dr. Paul Victor

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Indian Televangelist Dr. Apostle Paul Karl Victor Sr tonight at Bethel Center of Ps Manjeri.

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URA Holds 2018 Nationwide Budget Breakfast.

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One event. Five locations.

Last week on Monday 18th June 2018, Uganda Revenue Authority held a National Annual Budget Breakfast that attracted thousands gathered at different locations in the country.

This year’s budget annual post budget breakfast themed #KnowYourBudget18 occurred in five towns namely Masaka, Jinja, Kampala, Arua and Fort Portal.

There, thousands of people “hungry” for information about the 2018/19 amendments, opportunities therein and others over the past five years, gathered.

Presiding in Jinja, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga said local manufacturers and traders ought to be supported.

“Let us help regularise what they are doing. Let us support people in small scale businesses to exist lawfully…….,” she stated.

Apart from enabling proprietors derive a livelihood, she argued, small scale traders offered essential services to communities.

Citing fuel traders in rural areas, Kadaga said motorists now do not have to travel long distances in search of fuel.

Looking at her as she spoke, were over 1,400, who sat in a gigantic marquee at the Source of The Nile Hotel, one of the five venues of post budget meetings.

Presenting the opportunities in the 2018/19 budget, Assistant Commissioner Enforcement, Agnes Nabwire disclosed that taxes (import duties) on motor boat ambulances, maternity kits, racing motor bikes and rally cars plus tourist vans were scrapped.

And to stimulate local production, some items had their taxes raised from 25% to 60%. Among them are toilet paper, toothbrushes, packed water, exercise books, soap, blankets and chewing gum.

URA Commissioner Tax Investigations Department, Patrick Mukiibi urged participants to formalise their businesses by, among others, registration.

The Vice President, Edward Ssekandi echoed Kadaga’s comments on local manufacturers and investors whilst addressing participants in Masaka.

“We must not frustrate the investors because we are also beneficiaries of the infrastructural development and business,” he stated.

Following concerns about a proposed industrial park in Masaka, Ssekandi reassured participants that the project had not been abandoned.

In Kampala, Government announced a three-pronged approach to as it moves to maintain a stable macro-economic environment.

“First, the central bank will continue with inflation targeting, which for month, has been maintained at nine percent. As government, we shall continue encouraging the Bank of Uganda to maintain the economic fundamentals through a robust monetary policy,” the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury stated.

Government, Patrick Ocailap disclosed, would continuously recapitalise Uganda Development Bank and support its recapitalisation from foreign sources. This would enable the financial institution to offer credit to entrepreneurs below the commercial rate.

Additionally, Government would capitalise the micro support finance centre to facilitate lending to saving and credit cooperative societies and other microfinance bodies at lower interest rates.

“Once the monopoly of commercial banks is broken, there should be no reason we continue to have high rates in this economy. Our aim is to have a reasonable lending rate so that we can have more people access credit for enterprise growth,” Ocailap explained.

Organised for the fourth time, the events kicked off with opening speeches, presentations on tax policies (customs and domestic taxes).

Participants thereafter had the opportunity to respond to the presentations, asked questions an offered feedback.

Among the participants were Ministers, Members of Parliament, Resident District Commissioners and the clergy to name but a few. At each of the five venues, hundreds of people attended from beginning to end.

Monday (June 18, 2018) was the fourth time that URA organised #KnowYourBudget meetings. And it was the second time that people in the countryside benefitted from the meetings.

 

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A brainchild of URA, they were launched to sensitise the public on tax policies of an impending financial year. Each year the fora are spiced to ensure that the public walk away with knowledge on how to boost their businesses.

The gist this year were the opportunities for business growth and investment the Government has created over the past five years.

URA Annual Breakast 2018

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URA Unveils 2017-2018 Budget

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Museveni Addresses Parliament on Security

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President Museveni has Addressed a special sitting of the Parliament this afternoon on the question of security. This was in respect of his request to the Speaker of Parliament for a platform to deliver the address. Several MPs from across the political divide have attended.
 
After offering a historical and geographical perspective of Uganda and the region’s security, He announced 10 measures the government will undertake to check insecurity in the country.
 
1. All legally held guns will be finger-printed. When this happens, once a cartridge is fired, we shall be able to tell which gun discharged the bullet. If any legally-held gun is used in crime, we shall trace it, this includes guns in private hands but licensed by the police.
 
2. Every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have electronic number plates with an electronic signal, installed at cost of the owner. However, we shall protect people’s privacy.
 
Our concern will only be with vehicles or pikipikis seen in an area where crime is committed. If one attempts to interfere with the number plate, the central monitoring unit will be notified.
 
3. Hoods for motorcycle riders is banned. Police will charge anybody covering themselves that way. Riders will also have to wear helmets with illuminated numbers both at the front and back.
 
These helmets will be registered and details captured in the central monitoring hub. I encourage the National Enterprises Corporation and our private sector here to manufacture these helmets here. We should not spend money importing them.
 
4. Installation of cameras on town roads and streets and along highways. Potentially the criminal or enemy can evade other forms of detection except the optical; eye, camera and telescope.
 
If necessary, the cameras will have thermal sensors. If criminals try childish games of covering their heads, they will be seen at the command post.
 
5. Modern foresinc laboratory. I thought the national ID project should have done this. We shall capture thumb prints and DNA of criminals so that we can trace once blood is left at the crime scene.
 
Even other elements like sweat, saliva, hair will also be analysed. If you want our country to be peaceful, why fear to offer DNA for storage. Support me so that we stabilize our country.
 
6. Speed of response and how quickly we arrive at the scene. I have directed the police to revive the 999 and reform the Flying Squad. It should be a real flying squad. We are providing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones) and light helicopters.
 
7. The enemy can also use drones to promote crime. The defence committee has authorised 30 UAVs. We have 130 applications while 500 have been impounded. They were being smuggled into the country. The responsible minister will bring a law to regulate use of these drones.
 
8. Misuse of social media. Criminals use social media to threaten violence and create panic. We are going to acquire capacity to quickly locate criminals abusing social media. The government does not want to block these sites but we shall pick out the jiggers. We won’t cut the entire foot.
 
9. Acquire more scanners under the Uganda Revenue Authority to check all containers coming into and exiting the country. Criminals hiding guns as cargo will be grabbed. The Era of weak or non-existent state authority ended.
 
10. Back to the army. Our strategy is a small, professional, well-equipped army, backed with a large reserve force. Our military capacity is robust created over last 50 years. We have capacity to defend Uganda.

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Uganda’s 2018-2019 Budget

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Delivered at the Meeting of the 3rd Session of the 10th Parliament of Uganda on,
Thursday, 14th June 2018 at the Kampala Serena International Conference Centre
By Hon. Matia Kasaija (MP)
Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Madam Speaker, the Financial Year 2018/19 Budget has been
formulated based on the socio-economic achievements made in
the recent past, and the challenges that we still face today. The
right policies that the National Resistance Movement (NRM)
Government has consistently developed and implemented
over several years have led to key socio-economic development
gains. Click here to download PDF of full Government of Uganda Budget Speech for Fiscal Year 2018-2019_1

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President Museveni’s Angry & Sad Message over MP Ibrahim Abriga Brutal Killing.

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FROM PRESIDENT MUSEVENI TO FREEDOM LOVERS AND PAN-AFRICANISTS

Again, I express my deepest felt condolences for the peace-lover, Hon Ibrahim Abiriga, killed by criminals on Friday evening. As the investigations are still going on, we cannot rule out personal motives for the murder.
However, there is high probability that this killing was a political assassination because of his commitment to the NRM. If that is the case, the killers have miscalculated and shown their bankruptcy. Why kill somebody because you do not agree with him? Why don’t you defeat his ideas with your “better” ideas?

Assassination means that you are already defeated. Your ideas cannot compete with ideas of the victim in terms of development. That is why you decide to kill him or her. That will not help you. Others with the same ideas will continue.

However, assassination never saves the dictators from their doom. The assassinations of Dr. Mondlane and Samora Machel , did not save the Portuguese from total defeat. The assassinations of Herbert Chitepo, Ruth First etc, never saved the criminals of White South Africa and Rhodesia from their eventual defeat.
Amin, by killing Ben Kiwanuka, Bataringaya, Bananuka, Balufuywa, Major Katabarwa etc could not save himself from his eventual defeat.

When the NRM had taken power, some anti-democracy elements targeted and killed the first elected RCs/ LCs, especially in Busia and Teso to stop the people from joining the RCs/LCs. Scores of LC chairmen in Busia and Teso were killed. This, however, could not stop the defeat of FOBA (Force Obote Back – a group of some of the UPC supporters) from defeat.

Kony and ADF were famous for attacking soft targets – unarmed or unprepared people -rather than attacking military barracks or convoys. This did not stop Kony and ADF from being defeated.

Assassins are cowards. They attack soft targets. They do not attack military targets which is the work of the brave. That is why they are called terrorists. We defeated all the terrorists in the rural areas: Kony, ADF, UPA, FOBA, Itongwa, the Karimojong cattle rustlers, etc. That is why there cannot be a revival of terrorism by criminals using the forests or the bush.

How about the killings in the towns in recent times? Taking advantage of the huge success by the Ugandans of buying more cars, more boda bodas, building more hotels, building more shops and trading centres, and building more houses and having large numbers of our people in the towns, since 2012, they started on a series of killings and now more recently, kidnappings.

Initially, the Police used the old Police methods of relying on eye witnesses etc. The criminals are using simple techniques to defeat this. They use jacket hoods (kwebika ku mutwe), not to be seen properly. They also bend the registration plates of the “pikipikis” so that they are not properly read.
Due to the laxity in UCC, there was also the problem of people owning phones with false names.

The criminals take advantage of large numbers of cars, boda bodas, mobile phones and people, to do bad things and escape rapidly without being identified clearly and quickly using the old methods. That is why, following the killing of Kaweesi, which came following the killing of the Moslem Sheikhs, Joan Kagezi etc, I ordered to put emphasis on upgrading our technical means of monitoring crime in the towns and along the highways. Having to buy these items from outside takes time. Nevertheless, we are now moving.

The following are the technical solutions we shall acquire to monitor crime in the whole country, starting with the towns:
1. Cameras, mounted along the streets and highways, assisted by cameras by individuals, at their own cost, on their business premises and homes;
2. Improved forensic capacity of the police;
3. Electronically monitored devices mounted on all cars, other auto-mobiles, boda bodas, that are not removable from the platform that will help us to know where a particular vehicle was at a particular time; this will be done by vehicle owners at their own cost; and
4. Other technical means that I do not want to go in here.

We had delayed to go into acquiring these capabilities because of doing other priorities, especially: Defence , the roads, electricity, schools, health and the ICT backbone. Everybody can see what has been done. Since , however, we are now forced by criminals, we have already started diverting reasonable chunks of money to close this gap in the anti-crime infrastructure. We shall defeat these criminals in the towns as we defeated the others in the Bush. If it is ADF doing it, we shall do something about it. If it is other groups, we definitely will cater for that also.

Our society has enjoyed a lot of freedom and a laxed way of life: trans-nights, drinking at all hours, gambling, freely bringing money and taking it out, preaching everything and everywhere, travelling out of and into the country, writing and broadcasting everything and everywhere, etc etc.

Some people tell me that NRM should be stricter and try to regiment the country more. I have never been entirely convinced about this line of thinking. I prefer to teach by example rather than coercion. I prefer relying on the Policeman of the mind rather than the Policeman of the body, except for criminals.

Now, the criminals think that they can use this freedom to undermine and discredit the NRM. They are wrong. The NRM has got a lot of capacity. I only need focus from our MPs so that we budget adequately for the anti-crime infrastructure and for wealth and job creation ahead of consumption and administration.

The killers of Joan Kagezi, the Sheikhs, Kaweesi, Susan Magara and now, Abiriga, will then be defeated wherever they are. They have doomed their future by voluntarily putting themselves in the same category as Kony and the like. Their future is doomed. We need to just expose them and punish them.

Again on the assassins, pigs, cowards. Can these pigs ask themselves one question: “Why doesn’t NRM assassinate its opponents? Is it because we do not have the guns or the capacity?”
“Why did we oppose the assassination of Oyite Ojok in the Nile Mansions in 1980-81?” The answer to this is the difference between freedom fighters and fascists and pigs.
It says in the Book of Matthew 7:6: “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine lest they trample them under their feet , and turn and tear you in pieces.”
It also says in the Book of Proverbs Chapter 2 verse 14: “Ziryabareeba ababikora, naabo ababishemererwa” – (Woe to those who find joy in doing evil and delight in the perversity of evil).

As we improve our technical capacity in the towns, the sub-committee of National Security, under the Chairmanship of CDF, yesterday decided to recommend to me the call-up of some reserves to deploy wherever criminals may manifest themselves.
Remember, we have a reserve of 12 million men and women. Our reluctance to call-up more man-power is because of trying to avoid costs so that we invest in developments.
In the State-of-the-Nation address, I pointed out the work done on the roads and electricity. We shall have to decelerate on some of those projects so that we up-grade the security infrastructure and also, for a limited period, call up more man-power.
Therefore, the cowardly pigs that shot Abiriga at leisure without any equalizing fire being directed at them, will next time get a more balanced equation.

I must also comment on the slow response of the police in the Kawanda area. There are 14 police personnel at Kawanda Trading Centre operating in squads. If they were ready and on stand-by, they could have rushed and blocked the few exit points from that area for the criminals. That is something the police in the whole country need to study. Prepared squads should be ready to move in a minute to respond or to block the exits of these criminals.

Hon. Abiriga was known to me as a very loyal NRM cadre. I did not know that He was such a good mobiliser. My visit to the area of Kirinyabigo and Kawanda – Kaayi yesterday, showed me how much the people loved him on account of interacting well with them and, especially, the children.

Collective security is better than individualized security of single bodyguards, sitting in the same vehicle with the principal. The individualized body-guarding helps against the low capacity criminals like the ones of Masaka.

However, for the organised criminals, armed with rifles, collective security with cameras, patrol cars, foot standing patrols and other technical solutions are the way forward.

As you can see in the cases of Kaweesi and Abiriga, sitting with bodyguards (even if they are many) in a single soft skin vehicle, of whatever type, without vigilance of observing whether you are being followed by suspicious people, is not a solution. The enemy can, by surprise attack all of you, without giving you a chance to respond. If we try to have follow cars etc, the cost may be prohibitive. That is why collective security, which is possible, is superior.

Down with the pigs. Down with the parasites. Abiriga has joined the glorious list of our warriors who fell in the struggle: Martin Mwesiga, Mwesigwa Black, Valerian Rwaheeru, Kagina, Musisi and numerous others that contributed to the victory of the NRM and the people of Uganda.

Yoweri K. Museveni
Gen(rtd)
President of the Republic of Uganda
June 10th, 2018.

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Burrial of Abiriga

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Trump meets North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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  •  History made: President Trump and Kim Jong Un have concluded their historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
  • Soon: Trump is expected to speak with reporters at 4:00 p.m. Singapore time

Trump says Kim promised to destroy a missile engine testing site

President Trump says Kim Jong Un told him that North Korea is destroying a major missile engine testing site.

“North Korea is already destroying a major missile engine testing site,” Trump said.

The commitment was not included in the joint declaration the two men signed, but Trump said: “We agreed to that after the agreement was signed.”

Trump also outlined the agreement that he and Kim signed earlier. He said Kim reaffirmed “his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

“We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible,” the President said.

Trump said Kim “wants to do that.”

“This is not the past,” he said. “This is not another administration that never got it started. And therefore never got it done.”

President Trump is speaking to the press after his summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. He took the stage after a well-produced video about Kim’s unique chance at changing North Korea’s path forward.

Trump said it was “a tape” that was given to Kim’s representatives and it “captures a lot. It captures what can be done.”

Trump said that the day was spent with “very intensive hours” with Kim that resulted in a “comprehensive document.” He says that he delivered a message of “hope… and peace.”

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit

 

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building cam promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in the joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and the security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
Sentosa Island
Singapore
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