Category: Politics

Eastern Youth MP to be thrown out of Parliament over Absenteeism

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has issued a warning to Ishma Mafabi, the Eastern Youth MP over perpetual absenteeism from parliament.

Kadaga made the warning know on Thursday during the afternoon plenary session saying that the member poorly attended the previous 2nd and 3rd sessions of Parliament without the mandated authorized leave of the Speaker.

She added that the MP has not also attended the ongoing 4th session that started on 1st July 2019 which has so far had 35 sittings. A session of parliament has 12 months and it is in tandem with the financial year which for example running between 1st July 2018 and 30th June 2019.

“I have established from the records of attendance of Members of Parliament that you have not attended any sitting of the House this session. In the circumstances, I know that your continued absence from the House is in contravention of Rule 111 (6) of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament,” reads part of Kadaga’s letter to Mafabi.

Rule 11(6) prohibits MPs from absenting themselves from 15 normal sittings of Parliament during any period when Parliament is continuously meeting except with the permission of the Speaker.

Kadaga warned Mafabi and demanded him to attend the next sitting of Parliament scheduled for Tuesday 17th September or he risks a disciplinary process.

When contacted, MP Mafabi said that he had been held up by personal issues promising to meet the Speaker as soon as possible to offer an explanation.

“I have been handling some personal issues, of which I was supposed to. write to the Speaker but I didn’t. However, I have an appointment with her tomorrow and I will explain everything,” said Mafabi.

Both Speaker Kadaga and Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah have previously warned legislators on rampant absenteeism from Parliament business and on several occasions suggested different measures meant to stop the practice.

Some of the measures undertaken were the introduction of a registration book for the afternoon plenary session and later an electronic system for members to use for voting and to help detect their attendance through clocking in and out of the Chamber.

Kadaga also at some point suggested that the Parliamentary Commission reverts to the previous payment system for MPs which is tagged on their attendance. Kadaga previously described the action of MPs signing for allowances,even when they have not attended plenary and committee sittings as lack of ethics and integrity and an act of corruption.

The Speaker says MPs should live as leaders and people of integrity and not to be seen involved in corrupt tendencies

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BUDUDA: Wakikona donates to landslide Victims, Applauded.

Bududa District Woman Member of Parliament hopeful Jane Wakikona has donated to victims of Bukalasi landslide victims.

According to Bukoma Paul a youth leader from Nabweya, Bududa who led the team which delivered the items on behalf of Wakikona says they delivered clothes collected under Youth Pilot Project(YPP) a collection of ten youth led groups across the country with the funding from First Lady Janat Katha Museveni.

He asked the victims support Jane Wakikona in the coming elections. Speaking to our reporter, Bukoma explains that YPP is to recruit 6.75Million youths across the country before June 2020 to mobilise for president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Rogers wandulu from bushiyi sub county applauded Jane Wakikona for lobbying for the victims. He says the clothes were timely as most victims were lacking what to put on. He asked Bududa youths to back Jane Wakikona in Bududa Parliamentary elections.

Wandulu described the sister to the former minister Wakikona as experienced, exposed and mature with the zeal to represent the people of Bududa district.

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DONE: Mbale FDC Mobilisers released on bond

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) mobilisers in Mbale have been released on bond following their arrest yesterday during FDC demos in Mbale.

The Namakwekwe NRM Councilor Bukoma Sowedi, Siraji Wabondo and Mukhonya Dan were charged with assault and malicious damage. They are reportedly arrested for stoning OC Operations’ vihecle as police were in running battles with supporters who had gathered to welcome FDC national leaders.

Besigye was supposed to address a rally at Mpumudde grounds in mission cell in Mbale town.

Margaret Wokuri Madanda the Mbale FDC Chairperson says police should learn to protect Ugandans. She explains that there was no need for arrests yesterday.

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FDC Demands unconditional release of Mbale Mobilisers

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) is demanding for the unconditional release of supporters arrested during FDC demos in Mbale.

The arrested include Namakwekwe NRM Chairman Bukoma Sowedi, Sowali Wabomba and Mabuya Dan. The three were reportedly arrested for stoning OC Operations’ vihecle as police were in running battles with supporters who had gathered to welcome FDC national leaders.

Besigye was supposed to address a rally at Mpumudde grounds in mission cell in Mbale town.

Margaret Wokuri Madanda the Mbale FDC Chairperson says several opposition supporters have been locked up over 24hours with no charges preferred on them. According to Wokuri, government should release the opposition supporters and also come out clearly on the arrests.

However, Mbale district Woman Member of Parliament Connie Nakayenze Galiwango blamed Mbale police for being unfair. According to Nakayenze, Police released FDC Party President Patrick Amuriat Oboi yesterday night few minutes after his arrest and kept on holding the Mbale residents.

Fred Ahimbisibwe the Mbale District Police officer in response told the legislator that Amuriat is a national leader.

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Former Budadiri West MP dumps NRM, Joins opposition

Former Budadiri West Member of Parliament David Livingstone Giruli crossed to the Forum for Democratic Change(FDC) the leading opposition party in Uganda.

Giruli who was defeated by the incumbent Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala-Mafabi twice in 2001 and 2006 general elections says there is no need for him to continue supporting the National Resistance Movement(NRM).

Giruli who was part of the 6th Parliament explains that he decided to leave NRM because he has seen same leaders right from 1986 adding that there is need for change. Giruli urged youths to join the quest for change adding that current systems can not favor them.

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi welcomed Giruli with FDC party card. Nandala appreciated Giruli for seeing what he called light. The FDC Secretary General was engaging his electorates in a consultative meeting at Kibira Primary School in Sironko Town Council. Nandala confirmed that he has welcomed over 80 new members in less than two weeks.

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Speaker Mbale bids farewell to his voters

Muhammad Mafabi the Mbale district speaker told his voters that he will not run for the position in 2021 because he believes in progressive politics.

Mafabi says he will be consulting his voters for the next step. Mr Mafabi says he has not disappointed his voters and would wish to work with them in what he termed bigger posts.

Mafabi has serving his second term as speaker for district council and his third term as councilor representing the people of Bubyangu sub county.

During a one on one session on Elgon fm talkshow, Mafabi said he was awarded as the best councillor in Mbale council in his first council, and he was awarded as second best speaker in Uganda in his second term in council where he served as speaker, and still awarded as best speaker in the country by ACODE a non governmental organization. Mafabi explains that he is contented and would wish to create gaps for youths.

Muhammad Mafabi also said he is inspired by DP President Norbert Mao and Budadiri West MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

The people of Bubyangu sub county received this farewell message with mixed reactions as some of them wondered who would replace him.

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SIRONKO: MP Nandala to Engage Residents of Sironko Town Council .

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi will on Saturday 31st August 2019 be in Sironko Town Council to sensitize residents and interact with various area leaders on development projects in his constituency.

The Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary General is scheduled to also meet leaders and residents in a meeting at Kibira Primary School.

Wangwe Geoffrey the FDC chairman of SIRONKO Town council says Nandala will on Saturday 31st August, 2019 will meet political leaders, religious members and all residents of Sironko town council and neighboring sub counties in a rally at Kibira Primary School at 1pm.

Mr. Nandala will on Saturday again do a radio program on Elgon FM 101.4 from 7-10PM.

According to Herbert Musinga the FDC chairperson for Nalusala Sub county, MP Nandala visit is hinged on discussing development issues throughout the constituency. The FDC mobilizer also said that residents will be given chance to interact with their legislator. He adds that it’s an opportunity for local leaders to table the community concerns before the

MP Nandala while at a sensitization campaign in Buwalasi Sub County in Busamaga Secondary School noted that he intends to improve their living conditions through sensitization, education and empowerment as they prepare for 2021

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SIRONKO: MP Nandala to Sensitize Buyobo and Bunyafwa sub counties

The Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi will this weekend be in Buyobo and Bunyafwa sub counties to sensitize residents and interact with various area leaders on development projects in his constituency.

Googo Amnon the chairman LC. III of Buyobo sub county Sironko says Nandala will on Saturday 24th August, 2019 meet political leaders, religious members and all residents of greater Buyobo sub counties in a rally at Buyobo Primary School at 1pm before addressing another rally on the 25th August at Maaga trading centre in Bunyafwa sub county at 1PM

Honourable Nandala will on Saturday again do a radio program on Elgon FM 101.4 from 7-10PM.

According to Muhammad Wazangilo the district councillor for Bunyafwa sub county in Sironko, MP Nandala takes development meetings to Buyobo and Bunyafwa. Wanzagilo the Sironko District leader of opposition says its an opportunity for leaders and residents to table development concerns before the MP urging them to come early and inform others.

MP Nandala while at a sensitization campaign in Buwalasi Sub County in Busamaga Secondary School noted that he intends to improve their living conditions through sensitization, education and empowerment as they prepare for 2021


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Avoid Alcohol Addiction, Nandala Tells Residents

BY KAPEWO PAUL
Sironko-
Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi has urged people to avoid being addicted to alcohol.


Nandala made the call yesterday at Bumausi Primary School in Nalusala Sub County, Sironko District while meeting residents on development-oriented issues, as he carries out consultative meetings in the entire constituency of Budadiri West.


Nandala told the residents that alcohol addiction leads to poor planning as most of the hard-earned money is most times wasted. He lashed out at the government for not taking appropriate action against manufacturers of alcohol in sachets.


Nandala wants local governments to pass by-laws that will ban the sale of alcohol in sachets like it has been done in Districts like Gulu and Lira.

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SIRONKO: Nandala takes development meetings to Mafundu, Nalusala sub counties.

Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi will on Saturday 17th August 2019 be in Mafudu and Bukhulo sub counties to sensitize residents and interact with various area leaders on development projects in his constituency.


The Forum For Democratic Change (FDC) Secretary General is scheduled to also meet leaders and also make rally at Mafundu Primary School in Mafundu sub county and neighboring sub counties in lower sironko.

Job Busiima the FDC chairman of Mafundu and Bukhulo sub counties in Sironko says Nandala will on Saturday 17th August, 2019 will meet political leaders, religious members and all residents of greater Mafundu and Bukhulo sub counties in a rally at Mafundu Primary School at 1pm before addressing another rally on the 18th August at Bumausi Primary School in nalusala sub county.

Mr. Nandala will on Saturday again do a radio program on Elgon FM 101.4 from 7-10PM.

According to Herbert Musinga the FDC chairperson for Nalusala Sub county, MP Nandala visit is hinged on discussing development issues throughout the constituency. The FDC mobilize also said that residents will be given chance to interact with their legislator. He adds that it’s an opportunity for local leaders to table the community concerns before the MP

Nandala while at a sensitization campaign in Buwalasi Sub County in Busamaga Secondary School noted that he intends to improve their living conditions through sensitization, education and empowerment as they prepare for 2021. He urged residents to come for the meetings and share ideas on how to develop their areas.

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