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Day May 1, 2010

FDC on Media, CHOGM &PAC, and Wafula Ogutu to retire from politics in 2016

Dear Ugandans,

I would like to inform you that FDC is for a strong, free press.FDC shall scrap all the repressive media laws. FDC will set up a media Fund to assist small media houses that need support to borrow from or apply for grants. FDC will invest in modern priting presses in the regions to print newspapers and books for private publishers.

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FDC will create many jobs in the media industry. At least I will ensure that that is achieved before I retire from politics in 2016. I am a strong advocate of a free press and I have a proven track record on that. You can be sure that among other objectives, I will fight for media freedom and development during FDC government.

You cannot develop a country today and build democracy without free and responsible media. And you cannot have a responsible media when it is not economically empowered.

Secondly, I read the report on Museveni meeting PAC and I was not surprised by the outcome. If PAC did not have quite serious bwino to put president Museveni  in a tight corner, he would have defended his gang of thieves and dismissed the Nandala team. Ever since he lied to the country in his election manifesto in 2001 that he was standing for his last term, I no longer believe anything the President says. I see them as nothing but lies or half truths or misinformation or pure propaganda.

On CHOGM,he addressed the country as the CEO  of government and chief custodian of our funds in 2007 saying he wanted about Shs 142 billion for the three day Conference. We as FDC  raised  queries  that that was a lot of money to waste when hospitals had no drugs and schools had no text books. As usual NRM used their numbers in Parliament and had their way. The President said we were just suffering from “nuggu”.

A few months later the govt returned to Parliament and asked for more money moving the total to Shs  about 230 billion . Again they had their way. That is the last time they went to Parliament.

They then went into overdrive, in spending spree, each minister, official and some of the President’s close relatives stealing as much as possible from the poor citizens. It was intense robbery by just a few closely knit families. By the close of the day, a whole shs 600 billion had been gobbled. That means that about shs 370 billion was spent by a government he heads without approval from Parliament. And he says he did not know! Surely the President should have some modicum of respect for the citizens and ability to tell the truth from lies.

As CEO, he should first take political responsibility, apologise for spending Shs370 unconstitutionally and explain to us, the shareholders of Uganda company, what value we got from the Shs 600 billion and what is on the ground to show for it. He is justification that CHOGM has since attracted tourists is simply hooey.

You cannot be an honest and clean person yet all your friends and associates are thieves.  If president Museveni  means what he is saying, let him send all  the officials  pinned by PAC on forced leave as they wait for court proceedings.

Wafula Oguttu

FDC Spokesperson

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