Sunday August 31 2014

Ugandan politicians to hold debate amid UNAA split

By Stephen Kafeero


Ugandan politicians will go head-to-head during a one-off debate at this year’s annual Uganda North American Association (UNAA) convention.

Not only will the key players from across the political divide argue their party’s case, UNAA members will get a chance to face their political representatives from Uganda, ask questions and engage directly with them at an event to be held at Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, Califonia from August 29 to September 1.
However, another parallel convention organised by the breakaway UNAA Caucus is taking place from August 28 to 31.

The future of the organisation looks bleak but this has not deterred the likes of Uganda’s premier Mr Amama Mbabazi, former Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mr Nandala Mafabi, senior presidential adviser on political affairs, Mr Moses Byaruhanga and East African Legislative Assembly MP Fred Mukasa Mbidde to head to the US to take part in the crossfire. The UNAA Political Forum will be moderated by Daniel K. Kalinaki, Nation Media Group’s managing editor for regional content.

The show will discuss, among others, the anti-homosexuality law focusing on whether Uganda plans to kill homosexuals, the Ebola crisis in parts of Africa and what the Ugandan government is doing to protect its citizens.

Other issues to be discussed include poor healthcare in government facilities - few doctors, poor facilities, supplies stolen and corruption in government, the ageing government officials and the forthcoming 2016 presidential elections.

Some of the UNAA trustees: Dr Sarah Matovu, analysts Dr Muniini Mulera and Dr Opiyo Oloya, Mr James Serumaga and Mr Alexander Zabasajja have already resigned.
The UNAA Caucus group led by the trustees who resigned, accuse Mr Kwesiga’s leadership of corruption, lack of accountability and using the annual conventions to engage in personal financial gain. Mr Kwesiga denies the accusations and maintains that the disagreements will not affect the organisation’s operations.