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Corridors of power

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th January 2009 03:00 AM

Bad behaviour
Whereas Ugandans in the diaspora are worried that they are being discriminated against back home, some MPs are worried that once foreigners with Ugandan citizenship are given a state job, they could “bring bad behaviour” in t

Bad behaviour
Whereas Ugandans in the diaspora are worried that they are being discriminated against back home, some MPs are worried that once foreigners with Ugandan citizenship are given a state job, they could “bring bad behaviour” in the country. Debating the Immigration amendment Bill 2008, Ugandans living abroad said in its current state, the Bill prohibits them from becoming presidents and, therefore, should be reviewed. But Kibedi Zaake argued that he was worried that given the recent trend where people have adopted foreign cultures, a foreigner elected as president might start advocating homosexuality. “What if the person sympathises with homos? He could start advocating the practice immediately he assumes office,” he said.

No beggars
This is a warning to people who intend to go to the Youth MP, Mariam Nalubega asking for money. She does not entertain such people. Addressing a Girls2 Leaders conference at Pope Paul Memorial centre last week, Nalubega said she does not entertain dependency. “My contact is open to everyone but please don’t contact me for money because I don’t encourage dependency. Contact me on programme issues,” she warned. Now at least everbody knows.

Lukwago worried
MPs never cease to amuse. On Tuesday, Kampala Central MP Erias Lukwago could not hide his concern about the legal committee’s composition. On entering the committee room, Lukwago, who thought he was very late, was surprised to find only Henry Banyenzaki, Wilfred Nuwagaba, the clerk and the committee chairman Stephen Tashobya. He immediately asked whether it was a Kabale issue. “Is this a Kabale committee? I can see Banyenzaki, Nuwagaba? Ok at least the chairman is …. ,” he said before Nuwagaba laughed off the matter, asking: “Kabale issue or Bakiga?”

NRM position
President Yoweri Museveni is a very humorous man. He knows how to lighten the mood especially when he knows that his audience is tired. Celebrating the 23rd National Resistance Movement (NRM) anniversary on Monday, Museveni amused people when he said as a party, there is no way he could exalt the rebel leader Joseph Kony by calling him ladit (your highness). “How can you call a killer ‘owekitiibwa’? (Honourable). It is good as the NRM party, we have never sent people there to call him that,” he said, sending the audience into laughter.

Corridors of power

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