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CORRIDORS OF POWER

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th October 2009 03:00 AM

Musumba pleads
- Regional affairs minister Isaac Musumba surely loves the NRM government. He will praise it any time and expects the opposition to do the same. Discussing the accident in which the Leader of Opposition, Prof Ogenga Latigo was involved,

Musumba pleads
- Regional affairs minister Isaac Musumba surely loves the NRM government. He will praise it any time and expects the opposition to do the same. Discussing the accident in which the Leader of Opposition, Prof Ogenga Latigo was involved, Soroti Woman MP Alice Alaso thanked everyone but forgot to thank the Government. Not amused, Musumba demanded to know why Alaso had not thanked the Government. “Surely, Government played a big role. How could you thank everyone and forget Government?” he asked. Unfortunately, despite the reminder, Alaso did not mention the word government but instead said the Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi, had done that already.

Vigilant Kayihura
- Whereas other officers do not care about what their subordinates do while on the road, the Inspector General of Police Maj. General Kale Kayihura is a different boss. On Wednesday, he surprised onlookers when he stopped on Parliament Avenue and called two traffic officers on the opposite side of the road and demanded to know why one had a different uniform. “Why is your uniform not marked like this one?” Kayihura asked pointing at the other officer’s uniform. “Sir, there are many of us whose uniforms have not been marked,” the officer responded. After the explanation, Kayihura was overheard telling the officer to do what was necessary.

Mwesige queried
- Every Ugandan has a right to travel anywhere in the country. But some people, especially ministers, don’t seem to have such a privilege. This is what happened to local government minister Adolf Mwesige who was in Busoga. Debating the clashes between the Police, Army and the voters in Busoga during the election of the Kyabazinga, MPs put Mwesige to task to explain what business he had in Busoga at the time. “You were seen in Busoga on the day of the riot. You are neither a chief nor a Musoga, what were you doing there?” Simon Oyet asked. Mwesige was saved by Prime Minister Apolo Nsibambi who said Mwesige had been asked by the President to arbitrate between the conflicting parties.

MPs adamant
- Debating the President’s and Vice President’s emoluments Bill, many MPs refused to pass it. Reason? It never included the emoluments of the Speaker and his deputy. “We must fight for the Speaker because whereas, we ordinary members can manage life on the street, it is very difficult for the Speaker,” MP Odonga Otto argued. The Bill was thrown out.

CORRIDORS OF POWER

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