Mbabazi mends rift with Tinkasimire, backs teachers strike   


Mbabazi congratulates the couple (Photo by Daily Monitor)


Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, has asked Ugandans not to make the same mistake once more of voting leaders who promise but never deliver.

He was the chief guest at Buyaga West MP, Barnabas Tinkasimire’s wedding that took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Muhoro, in Kibaale district.

Accompanied by his best man, Theodore Ssekikubo and Wilfred Nuwagaba was the organizing committee chairperson of the event, Tinkasiimire walked Sandra Tusiime Abwooli down the aisle on Saturday.

Amama was received to the podium with chants from the audience confirming that they want him to run in 2016 general elections.

In his usual calm manner, Amama asked teachers who are currently on strike not to give in to government threats until their demands have been met.

“If you teachers decided to let the struggle go, it is upon you,” he said, clarifying that the government had agreed to increase teachers’ salaries by 50 per cent and there is no reason why the remaining 10 per cent should not be given.

When the Uganda National Teachers’ Union (UNATU) announced a countrywide strike, government paid 40% of their salaries promising to clear the balance in the next financial year.

Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said government did not have money and would not raise teachers’ salaries.

When UNATU insisted on the strike, head teachers (three so far) were arrested and others intimidated to ensure teachers return to school.

“You have waited for weeks and weeks but you now wait for days without anything being done for you,” Mbabazi reminded teachers.

He said it was a similar case where government makes promises to the electorate and never fulfils them yet people continue to vote for such a government.

He used an example of such a pledge made by government tarmac the Kigumba- Kyenjojo road which led to the arrest of three journalists in Masindi district.

“Use this as a lesson next time you are voting.”

He promised to help Tinkasimire in the fight for the tarmacking of Kigumba-Masindi-Kyenjojo road because Bunyoro region is rich in oil and needs better transport networks.

He further pledged to mend ties with the MP who was chased from parliament with other colleagues popularly known as rebel MPs; Theodore Ssekikuubo (Lwemiyaga), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Muhammad Nsereko (Kampala Central).

Mbabazi was then the NRM Secretary General when the MPs were kicked out.

“I can now confidently say I am with them (rebel MPs) and will support them,” Amama said, adding that the rebel MPs still have a right to be registered in the ongoing NRM registration exercise.

He promised to go to court on their behalf if need be.

Meanwhile, Niwagaba is ready to come on an independent ticket if things don’t go as expected.


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