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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

US group, Bishop Tutu ‘compel’ Museveni not to sign anti-gay Bill: Pray for South Sudan, Museveni tells pastors: Museveni praised on Juba military intervention :9 UPDF soldiers killed in South Sudan, bodies returned

US group, Bishop Tutu ‘compel’ Museveni not to sign anti-gay Bill  


Posted  Tuesday, January 21  2014 at  02:00Kampala
President Museveni has for the second time in as many weeks not only reiterated his displeasure over the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which was passed by Parliament late last month, but also reaffirmed his earlier position that he will not sign the legislation into law in its current shape.
It is understood that several secret diplomatic maneuvers being facilitated by powerful organisations in the West, among them Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the vocal South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu have been applying pressure on President Museveni, compelling him to withhold his signature on the anti-gay Bill.
According to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) statement, Mr Museveni is quoted to have said he is planning to introduce a new legislation that will focus on protecting the minors from being sexually exploited.
“President Museveni pledged to reject the Bill as currently drafted, calling the legislation “fascist.” The President stated that he will consult with his party and plans to introduce a new piece of legislation aimed at protecting minors from being coerced into sexual activity,” the RFK press statement quoted the President Museveni as having said.
The delegation from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) met with President Museveni on Saturday at State House, Entebbe, to discuss the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Parliament on December 20, 2013.
This followed last month written request by Kerry Kennedy, president of the RFK Center, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the President expressing their concern over the Bill, appealling for further discussion on the matter.
However, the Presidential Press Secretary, Mr Tamale Mirundi refuted claims that the President’s position on the anti-gay Bill was as a result of sustained pressure from the powerful lobby groups from Western countries.
On Christmas Day Museveni said before assenting to the Bill, he would check “it is not right” then he would send it back to Parliament. Earlier in the year he told the NRM caucus that he had had a 45-minute telephone call from then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Bill.

Pray for South Sudan, Museveni tells pastors  

By Jessica Sabano

Posted  Tuesday, January 21  2014 at  02:00

President Museveni has requested pastors in greater Mukono to pray for peace in South Sudan to enable Ugandans regain their businesses and foreign exchange.
President Museveni said South Sudan has been a great market for locally produced goods, especially agricultural products, and that the country has been earning a lot of foreign exchange from it. However, the President said, since the civil war broke out, business has come to a standstill, causing unemployment and loss of foreign exchange.
This was in message read for the President by Mr Ronald Kibuule, the State minister for Youth Affairs, to pastors from the four districts of Mukono, Kayunga, Buikwe and Buvuma who had gathered at Summer Gardens in Mukono Town at the weekend to design means through which they will work collectively to promote, peace, love and unity amongst themselves and their followers.
The President urged born-again leaders in the area to sensitise their followers, especially the youth, on values of hard work, proper hygiene and good feeding to help reduce on the health budget as many diseases that affect people can be avoided.
He offered them Shs5 million to initiate income-generating projects to fight poverty.
The head of the organising committee, Pastor Samuel Lwandasa of Mt Lebanon church, praised the government for allowing freedom of worship in Uganda and said this has given the born-again Christians chance to exercise their rights and also contribute to development through uniting people and establishing schools.
Pastor Lwandasa said the pastors’ meeting shall be held every year to enable them scrutinise themselves and improve on their performance.

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Museveni praised on Juba military intervention 
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
Museveni praised on Juba military intervention

President Museveni
By David Lumu

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces has praised President Yoweri Museveni’s strategic intervention in Juba arguing that “he got it right again on South Sudan.”

Assessing the conflict dialects from the South Sudan government-captured Bor, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, said on his twitter handle that although skeptics might be pouring scorn on the UPDF presence in Juba, the military intervention will deliver peace in the war-prone country.

“I trust President Museveni on strategy, he got it right again on South Sudan,” he said.

“Skeptics will doubt our strategic decision to intervene in South Sudan but we are confident that’s the sure way to peace,” he added.

Ankunda said that UPDF is now patrolling Bor and hundreds of civilians have started to return.

“Hundreds of civilians beginning to return to Bor as UPDF patrols outskirt… UN staff in Bor open up on UPDF's professional entry into town, civilians begin returning to their homes,” he said.

Ankunda has also emphasized that UPDF soldiers on the mission in South Sudan are laughing at claims that 250 combatants from Uganda have been killed.

Ankunda’s remarks come shortly after the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma concluded visit to Juba on Monday.

In her remarks to both parties, the Chairperson insisted on the urgency for them to sign an agreement on the cessation of hostilities, so as to stop the senseless killings taking place in South Sudan and end the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in their country.

During her visit, the Chairperson met South Sudan president Salvar Kiir Mayardit as well as with the detainees at their detention venue.

9 UPDF soldiers killed in South Sudan, bodies returned 
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
9 UPDF soldiers killed in South Sudan, bodies returned

UPDF spokesperon Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda
By David Lumu

Uganda has lost nine soldiers in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the UDPF spokesperson, has said.

According to Ankunda, the exchange between rebels and the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) has also injured twelve Ugandan soldiers.

“Let there be no speculation any more. Uganda has lost 9 soldiers and 12 injured in South Sudan since December 23, 2013,” Ankunda’s twitter handle states.

“The 9 UPDF soldiers died in a rebel ambush at Gemeza a week ago,” he added.

Ankunda also said that the UPDF would not stay long in South Sudan and that the talk that the rebels led by Riek Machar have re-captured Bor, which the government of South Sudan with the help of the UPDF, captured on Saturday last week, is “false”.

“UPDF not intent on staying for long in South Sudan. Talk of Bor recaptured by Riek rebels all false. Tens of rebels surrendered in Bor this morning,” he said.

Quoting the Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Katumba-Wamala, Ankunda said that: “Let Riek Machar not use UPDF presence in South Sudan to snub dialogue.”

UPDF has not lost 250 soldiers - Ankunda 
Publish Date: Jan 20, 2014
UPDF has not lost 250 soldiers - Ankunda

UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda
By David Lumu

The army has dismissed as ‘a bad lie’ claims going round that UPDF lost 250 soldiers.

Ankunda, who is currently in Bor, a strategic town that was on Saturday captured by South Sudan government forces with the help of UPDF, said on his twitter handle that: “That UPDF lost 250 men and tanks [the claim that three tanks of UPDF have been bombed] is just a bad lie. I am in Bor remember!”

 That UPDF lost 250 men and tanks is just a bad lie. I am in Bor remember!

Describing the town of Bor as “looted clean”, Ankunda said that “upon detecting the advancing UPDF, rebels simply scampered for dear life and left Bor - memories of an ambush that killed their commander.”

Ankunda also said that Ugandans living in Bor were happy to see UPDF.

“Trapped Ugandans in Bor breathe a sigh of relief as UPDF cuts off the town. Clearly, the town of Bor was looted clean. Thank God the looters have been chased,” he said.

Ankunda also said that the rebel leader, Riek Machar lost a key Brigadier in an ambush gone badly at Gemeza.

The Month long conflict in South Sudan started in December 15 after President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar fundamentally disagreed on how to rule South Sudan.