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Stop branding Fellow Comrades as Spies, Focus on Our main Mission 2021

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Stop branding Fellow Comrades as Spies, Focus on Our main Mission 2021
Stop branding Fellow Comrades as Spies, Focus on Our main Mission 2021

The Ghetto President also known as Bobi wine has at the end sealed the allegations of ‘spies from NRM’ with the People power Brigade he leads . He said .. 

Comrades,

I bring you all greetings and inform you that we are doing well both in spirit and health. Our trip has been immensely successful and I look forward to giving you an update when we return tomorrow.

However, there is a matter which I feel cannot and should not wait. The continuous mudslinging of comrades and branding them spies and moles should stop.

Over the course of these two years, many of the comrades we work with in #PeoplePower have been branded spies or enemies planted by President Museveni amongst us.

I want to guide all of you comrades not to buy into such narratives which many times derail us and divert us from the cause. Yes, we are aware that many times dictators like Museveni are bound to compromise some of our colleagues. But first and foremost, what we are doing is not criminal.

Whatever we say in private, we also say publicly. We are on a mission to end President Museveni’s dictatorship and we are not shy about it. It is not a secret.

Many times, these narratives are sponsored by the regime to sow discord amongst us and discourage our people.

Our approach has always been that we do not judge people by what others say about them. We judge them by their actions. We shall see them by their fruits. Our strength lies in our unity, more so at this critical phase of the struggle.
#Mission2021

 

What if We let Bobi wine be the pilot without your Guns – Hajji Semwogerere Challenges Captain Mukula with a pilot story

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What if We let Bobi wine be the pilot without Gun - Hajji Semwogerere Challenges Captain Mukula with a pilot story
What if We let Bobi wine be the pilot without Gun - Hajji Semwogerere Challenges Captain Mukula with a pilot story

Ashraf Ssimwogerere’s letter to Capt Mike. Mukula

ASALAAM ALAIKUM WARAHMATURAHI WABARAKATUH.

A short letter to Capt Mike Mukula.

Dear captain, hope you are doing well. I thank you for appreciating and loving arts. You have always supported us.
Sorry for that saga of Brian White. He really owed you a lot of money. Let me hope you solve it good as you are politically from the same nest.

The other day when on CBS fm with Med Nsereko, you said that Hon Kyagulanyi doesn’t have experience to be a president. Using your profession Captain, you went on to compare Bobi’s political carrier with that of a pilot.

That if you are given a chance to choose a pilot to fly you to Arusha, you can’t go for a pilot who has just graduated and commissioned. But you would pick an experienced pilot. I completely agreed with you captain. However I remained with some questions, which I hope you will answer me and others to understand you better.
1. What if the experienced pilot has crash landed two aircrafts in the last six months.

2. What if this experienced pilot is occasionally drank?.
3. What if the experienced pilot was retired because of his age. But thru corruption he stubbornly refused because the manager of the aircraft company is his Muzukulu?.
4. What if the experienced pilot occasionally not only doses but sleeps in the cockpit?.

What if We let Bobi wine be the pilot without Gun - Hajji Semwogerere Challenges Captain Mukula with a pilot story
What if We let Bobi wine be the pilot without Gun – Hajji Semwogerere Challenges Captain Mukula with a pilot story

5. What if the experienced pilot wants to enter the cockpit with a gun?.
6. Having answered all the above, would you still deny a newly qualified pilot from your flying school to fly you to Arusha?.
I would be very grateful if my questions find you in good shape to answer.

Yours faithfully,
Hajj Ashraf Simwogerere.

Bring The US marine and we finish you ‘I hate Americans’ – Gen Elweru attacks the Americans

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Trump thanks troops on Afghan visit, says Taliban want deal

General Peter Elweru is the Commander in the Uganda army Forces who commanded the killings of more than 100 people in Kasese . He was promoted by the boss (president museveni ) for the work well done and ICC started the survey on this man.

GENERAL PETER ELWELU ATTACKS AMERICA!

General Peter Elwelu, the commander of UPDF Land Forces has bitterly attacked the United States of America,

“I am not an American and I will never be an American. I hate America! Let those Americans concentrate on their very many problems and leave us alone. We can do without America. Let the US Marines come to Uganda and I teach them a lesson”.

General Peter Elwelu was speaking yesterday at the function where General Yoweri Museveni was officiating at the opening of a building at Kalaki district in North Eastern Uganda!

Iraqi officials: 2 protesters dead in more violence

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Iraqi officials: 2 protesters dead in more violence

SAMYA KULLAB and MURTADA FARAJNovember 30, 2019

Anti-government protesters gather on Rasheed Street during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Anti-government protesters gather on Rasheed Street during clashes with security forces in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two protesters have been shot dead and at least 26 wounded in Baghdad and southern Iraq in continued unrest after Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced he intended to resign.

Iraq’s Cabinet said in a statement it convened an emergency session Saturday to discuss Abdul-Mahdi’s stepping down and approved the resignations of key staff. Experts said parliament must approve Abdul Mahdi’s resignation for it to be valid.

Security and hospital officials say two protesters were killed and 15 wounded early Saturday by security forces who fired live rounds at them in the holy city of Najaf, in southern Iraq.

The officials said at least 11 protesters were wounded near Baghdad’s Ahrar Bridge when security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

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Hong Kong elders, youths vow to keep up pro-democracy fight

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Hong Kong elders, youths vow to keep up pro-democracy fight

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of silver-haired activists joined young Hong Kong protesters for a unity rally Saturday, vowing that their monthslong movement will not fade away until there is greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

The rally at a park downtown was among several peaceful gatherings by protesters this week to keep up pressure on the government amid a lull in violence following a local election victory by the pro-democracy bloc and the gaining of U.S. support for their cause.

A local boys’ band belted out songs to tell protesters that “the whole Hong Kong is supporting you.” Speakers reminded the crowd that it wasn’t time to celebrate and that the fight for real autonomy must persist.

The protesters are angry over creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong that they say is eroding their rights promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

“The government wants us to desert the front-liners and young protesters, but we will stick with them,” rally organizer Tam Kwok-sun, 64, said to loud cheers from the crowd. “Sometimes their actions are violent and aggressive, but we are more unhappy with the government’s behavior.”

Since the unrest broke out in June, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles with riot police who have responded with volleys of tear gas and water cannons.

The occupation of several universities by protesters earlier this month after fiery clashes with police capped one of the most violent chapters in the turmoil, which has contributed to the city’s first recession in a decade.

Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, has appealed for the current calm to continue but has refused to bow to protesters’ demands, which include free elections for her post and the legislature as well as an independent probe into alleged police brutality.

“It’s still a very early stage of the revolution,” a masked activist, who gave her name as Mai, 26, said Saturday. “People are tired physically and mentally, so we are waiting for the right moment for a fightback.”

Hong Kong police have arrested 5,890 people as a result of the protests.

“The government is still stubborn. Every one of us, young and old, must contribute in our own way. The movement will not stop,” a woman, 63, who identified herself as Mrs. Tam, said as she distributed Japanese honey candies to slogan-chanting young activists at the park.

Protesters this week have urged Britain and other countries to follow U.S. footsteps in legislating laws to support its cause.

A new U.S. law prescribes sanctions on officials found guilty of human rights abuses and requires an annual review of a special trade status for Hong Kong. Another bans the export of certain nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police.

China has warned of strong countermeasures and Hong Kong’s government has slammed the U.S. move as unwarranted meddling in its affairs.

Chinese state media reported Saturday that Lee Henley, also identified as Hu Xiang and a citizen of an unidentified foreign country, was arrested on suspicion of “funding activities threatening China’s national security, including allegedly conspiring with foreign forces to support Hong Kong riots.”

The reports also said a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng Chu, was held for “allegedly spying and leaking China’s national secrets” and backing the Hong Kong protests. Beijing had confirmed earlier that Lee was held after he went missing during a trip to mainland China in August, but didn’t give details.

In August, a British Consulate employee in Hong Kong was arrested during a trip to the mainland and was freed 15 days later after confessing to soliciting prostitution. But Simon Cheng says it was a forced confession and that he was tortured by Chinese police and pressed for information about Hong Kong’s activists.

More rallies are being planned in Hong Kong for Sunday, including an anti-tear gas protest and a gratitude march to the U.S. Consulate.

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NY team helping immigrant runners realize American dream

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NY team helping immigrant runners realize American dream

NEW YORK (AP) — A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon — literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib — Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world.

A week later, the Ethiopian runner sat in Bill Staab’s Upper West Side apartment, smiling and nodding while Staab recounted details from his stunning podium finish.

“It’s a life-changer,” Staab said.

Staab, the 80-year-old president of the West Side Runners’ Club, has helped numerous careers during his 42-year term, making the American dream possible for immigrants from all over. A longtime running enthusiast who is retired from his career in steel sales and administration, Staab has become an indispensable organizer for runners from South America and Africa. He’s written hundreds of letters to support visa-seeking athletes, and he says he’s spent nearly $1 million of his own money on entry fees and memberships for West Side runners like Girma.

He doesn’t pocket the winnings — like the $61,000 earned by Girma, or the $10,000 that countryman Diriba Degefa Yigezu got for winning last weekend’s Philadelphia Marathon. Staab helps the athletes cash those checks and use the money to fund their travels or support others back home.

“When I came here, I didn’t have any family,” Diriba said. “This person helped me. That’s why I run for him.”

Girma’s success is a new level for West Side Runners. Prior to his breakthrough, he was “just another one of our runners,” Staab said — one of his “basically minor league racers.” Girma came to the U.S for three to four months at a time, and Staab would arrange near-weekly races for him across the country. He’d make $500 here, $1,000 there — his biggest payday was $8,000 — and he would send some of that back to his family, which is helping raise his 4-year-old daughter on their farm.

The routine was interrupted this year when one of Girma’s six brothers died. He cut short his spring U.S. trip and returned to Ethiopia. Instead of grinding through half-marathons and 10Ks, he trained at altitude in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

New York was Girma’s first race back in the U.S., and he posted a stunning time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds — more than five minutes faster than his previous personal best.

“If he had said, ‘I’m going to run 2:08,’ I would have said, ‘That’s crazy,’” Staab said.

Girma is thinking about putting the prize money into a house in Ethiopia. He’s been contacted by agents and sponsors about potential deals, and Staab is hopeful Girma will be approved for a green card — an important step up from his P1 athlete visa that will make living and competing in the U.S. easier. He’s eyeing the Boston Marathon for his next race, although it’s uncertain if he’ll crack the smaller field there. For now, he plans to spend time back home weighing his options. Among his goals: he wants to shave another few minutes off his personal best marathon time.

“Maybe 2:03,” he said.

Staab hardly envisioned a success story like that when he took over West Side Runners. Originally a small club of local athletes from the West Side YMCA, the team first went international in 1980 when Staab helped three Colombian runners enter the NYC Marathon. Word spread that Staab could connect international runners to U.S. races, and athletes from Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American countries followed. West Side Runners became a powerhouse at local competitions — and a strikingly diverse one racing against mostly white teams stocked with post-collegiate runners.

“The other teams laughed at us,” Staab said. “And then we began to beat them. Then they didn’t laugh quite so much.”

Staab, a former Peace Corps volunteer, turned managing West Side Runners into a full-time endeavor after retiring a decade ago. His commitment and capability struck some Ethiopian runners seeking a new team around that time, and now Ethiopians make up roughly a third of the club’s roughly 350 members. Some come to the U.S. for a few months at a time, and some longer. Staab used to let runners stay in his apartment, but his co-op board recently outlawed that. Many runners have friends to stay with elsewhere in the city, and some share small apartments in the Bronx.

They’re almost all full-time runners, with athlete visas that preclude them from taking on other jobs. Although they aren’t world-renowned, they can earn enough to cover expenses and send money home, mostly because Staab can get them into nearly any mid-tier race in the country.

It’s not a luxurious lifestyle. Diriba will end up running about 20 races this season — he might have completed more if not for an injury over the summer — and estimates he’ll make about $26,000. Barely enough to make rent in his shared Bronx apartment, but in Ethiopia, he says, “it’s a lot of money.”

Staab also uses the club to help runners get visas, estimating he writes about 100 letters per year to immigration vouching for potential racers.

One of those runners is Nuhamin Bogale Ashame. Formerly a junior world champion at 1,500 meters, Nuhamin fell off the international competitive scene due to injury but is trying to make her way back at longer distances. With Staab’s help, she’s raced everything from one mile to half-marathons in her first year in the U.S. The 26-year-old heard good things from other athletes about West Side Runners while she was in Ethiopia, and she hasn’t been disappointed by Staab.

“For Ethiopian runners, he’s like a father,” she said. “We love him.”

That much became clear to Staab last year, when 15 Ethiopian runners accompanied him to the hospital when he had to have a tumor removed from his bladder. Staab doesn’t have any family in New York, so his runners remained with him overnight.

“When I went back for another operation, the nurses didn’t remember me, but they remembered the Ethiopians,” he said.

Staab bemoans that the immigration process has become more difficult since Donald Trump’s election. He’s stopped trying to get visas for Mexican runners “because you’re not going to get them.” Even for the Ethiopians, Staab has had a harder time since Girma got his P1 visa in 2013.

“They’re from a shithole country, you know?” he said, wryly referencing Trump’s reported comments from last year about some African nations.

Still, most of Staab’s team members are immigrants. Their success is on display at his apartment, where dozens of trophies sit on a table in the entry. Runners often leave those prizes for him — they’d rather save room in their luggage for clothes, shoes and souvenirs, anyway.

“We’ve done well, but it’s a lot of work,” Staab said. “I’m kind of obsessed with it.”

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Hong Kong elders, youths vow to keep up pro-democracy fight

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HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of silver-haired activists joined young Hong Kong protesters for a unity rally Saturday, vowing that their monthslong movement will not fade away until there is greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

The rally at a park downtown was among several peaceful gatherings by protesters this week to keep up pressure on the government amid a lull in violence following a local election victory by the pro-democracy bloc and the gaining of U.S. support for their cause.

A local boys’ band belted out songs to tell protesters that “the whole Hong Kong is supporting you.” Speakers reminded the crowd that it wasn’t time to celebrate and that the fight for real autonomy must persist.

The protesters are angry over creeping Chinese interference in Hong Kong that they say is eroding their rights promised when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

“The government wants us to desert the front-liners and young protesters, but we will stick with them,” rally organizer Tam Kwok-sun, 64, said to loud cheers from the crowd. “Sometimes their actions are violent and aggressive, but we are more unhappy with the government’s behavior.”

Since the unrest broke out in June, protesters have disrupted traffic, smashed public facilities and pro-China shops, and hurled gasoline bombs in pitched battles with riot police who have responded with volleys of tear gas and water cannons.

The occupation of several universities by protesters earlier this month after fiery clashes with police capped one of the most violent chapters in the turmoil, which has contributed to the city’s first recession in a decade.

Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, has appealed for the current calm to continue but has refused to bow to protesters’ demands, which include free elections for her post and the legislature as well as an independent probe into alleged police brutality.

“It’s still a very early stage of the revolution,” a masked activist, who gave her name as Mai, 26, said Saturday. “People are tired physically and mentally, so we are waiting for the right moment for a fightback.”

Hong Kong police have arrested 5,890 people as a result of the protests.

“The government is still stubborn. Every one of us, young and old, must contribute in our own way. The movement will not stop,” a woman, 63, who identified herself as Mrs. Tam, said as she distributed Japanese honey candies to slogan-chanting young activists at the park.

Protesters this week have urged Britain and other countries to follow U.S. footsteps in legislating laws to support its cause.

A new U.S. law prescribes sanctions on officials found guilty of human rights abuses and requires an annual review of a special trade status for Hong Kong. Another bans the export of certain nonlethal munitions to Hong Kong police.

China has warned of strong countermeasures and Hong Kong’s government has slammed the U.S. move as unwarranted meddling in its affairs.

Chinese state media reported Saturday that Lee Henley, also identified as Hu Xiang and a citizen of an unidentified foreign country, was arrested on suspicion of “funding activities threatening China’s national security, including allegedly conspiring with foreign forces to support Hong Kong riots.”

The reports also said a Taiwanese man, Lee Meng Chu, was held for “allegedly spying and leaking China’s national secrets” and backing the Hong Kong protests. Beijing had confirmed earlier that Lee was held after he went missing during a trip to mainland China in August, but didn’t give details.

In August, a British Consulate employee in Hong Kong was arrested during a trip to the mainland and was freed 15 days later after confessing to soliciting prostitution. But Simon Cheng says it was a forced confession and that he was tortured by Chinese police and pressed for information about Hong Kong’s activists.

More rallies are being planned in Hong Kong for Sunday, including an anti-tear gas protest and a gratitude march to the U.S. Consulate.

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Albania’s search for quake victims ends; death toll up to 50

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Albania’s search for quake victims ends; death toll up to 50

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The search and rescue operation for earthquake survivors in Albania has ended, the prime minister said Saturday, with the death toll at 50 and no more bodies believed to be in the ruins.

Prime Minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital, Tirana, and about 900 in nearby Durres were seriously damaged in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake.

About 2,000 people were injured. One woman remained in a coma, according to health officials.

Preliminary figures estimate at least 4,000 people are homeless.

About 2,500 people from damaged homes have been sheltered in hotels. Others have been taken to neighboring Kosovo or have moved to eastern areas of Albania.

The prime minister has pledged all homeless will be in “stronger homes” in 2020.

The first seriously damaged building has been demolished, and a dozen others are expected to follow. Assessment experts from Greece, France, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia are involved.

A new draft law will sentence all investors, architects and supervisors to seven to 15 years in prison for violating construction norms. That and corruption in Albania’s burgeoning building industry have been blamed for much of the quake’s effects.

The government has set up financial compensations for families of the dead, including 1 million Lek ($9,000) per family, special pensions for elders and scholarships for children.

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Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

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Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month were repatriated to their home country on Saturday.

Photos by the official Vietnam News Agency showed the arrival at the Hanoi airport of 16 bodies and seven urns, which had been flown from London.

They were loaded into ambulances on a foggy morning for a trip to their hometowns in several provinces in northern and central Vietnam.

The bodies were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays, east of London. Police said the victims were aged between 15 and 44. While no cause of death has been officially established, the circumstances suggested asphyxiation.

The 31 men and eight women are believed to have paid human traffickers for their clandestine transit into England. Several suspects have been arrested in the U.K. and Vietnam.

Shortly after noon on Saturday, the body of one victim, 19-year-old Bui Thi Nhung, arrived at Phu Tang church in the village of Do Thanh.

More than 100 Catholic villagers and family members waited for the body’s arrival at a highway leading to the village. They held white flowers, standing by the side of the road as the ambulance carrying the body passed.

After 15 minutes at the church, the mourners moved to Nhung’s home nearby. One of Nhung’s nieces held her portrait to lead the procession.

Nhung’s coffin was placed in the middle of the living room of the one-story house, with the family weeping by the sides. Relatives and neighbors came into the home to place incense.

A funeral will be held for Nhung at her home on Sunday, followed by a ceremony at the church before the burial.

An initial batch of 16 bodies were handed over to their families on Wednesday, and funerals were held the following day.

The impoverished villages the victims hailed from have largely been left out of the economic development that has turned urban centers in Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi into boom towns, sending many on a risky journey looking for a better life abroad.

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Dutch police continue hunt for attacker who stabbed 3

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Dutch police continue hunt for attacker who stabbed 3

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police are continuing their hunt for an attacker who stabbed three youth on a street in The Hague that was crowded with Black Friday shoppers.

Police have yet to establish a motive. The victims were treated in a hospital and released late Friday.

Police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper said there were no updates in the investigation early Saturday.

The attack in the Netherlands came hours after a man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people in London, killing two, before he was fatally shot by officers. Police are treating it as a terrorist attack.

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