YONASA: We are Revolting Against Bad Governance

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Faizo Sseruwagi, another member of the pressure group, says they are unhappy with the current Government because it paying more attention to opposition leaders other than fellow NRM members who spent sleepless nights campaigning for NRM candidates in the previous elections including Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The banned Youths for National Salvation-YONASA, has distanced itself from any rebel activities. 




YONASA is a pressure group, which was founded by mostly NRM Youths in Masaka district in March this year, seeks to promote accountability and respect for human rights and fight corruption, bad governance and killings.

 
The group is currently comprised of 600 members. The number is expected to group since the group is still registering members across greater Masaka region. However, security has blocked the activities of the group and declared the ongoing recruitment of more members illegal.



Joseph Ssekasamba, the Masaka Deputy Resident Commissioner, says security is monitoring the illegal activities of the group closely. Vincent Birimuye, the General Secretary, Youths for National Salvation, says they are not about to take up arms against, President Yoweri Museveni. 


According to Birimuye, they are only revolting against the continued violation of the rights, which forced Museveni into the Luweero bush war. He says they want an end to the continuous killings that have rocked the country over the years and theft of public funds with impunity.
 
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Augustine Bukululu, the pressure group Chairman says they are also identifying educated youths who can take up leadership at all levels from old people. Bukululu also says they want to pressurise the ruling NRM government to announce the successor of president, Yoweri Museveni.
 
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Faizo Sseruwagi, another member of the pressure group, says they are unhappy with the current Government because it paying more attention to opposition leaders other than fellow NRM members who spent sleepless nights campaigning for NRM candidates in the previous elections including Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.


Sseruwagi accuses Museveni of neglecting them. Joe Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, says they will deal with the group should they violate the law.

 

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.