Court of Appeal upholds the election of Mary Babirye Kabanda

By Sania Babirye

The court of Appeal has upheld the election of Mary Babirye Kabanda as woman member of parliament for Masaka.

Justice Remy Kasule, Richard Buteera and Elizabeth Musoke of the court of appeal this morning unanimously dismissed a petition filed by NRM’s Freda Mubanda seeking to nullify the election on grounds that she lacked evidence to prove her claims of electoral mal practices, alleged ballot staffing, voter bribery and falsification of results.

The Justices have also ordered Mubanda to pay Kabanda both the high court and court of appeal costs of the suit.

Mubanda had alleged that on the 18th of Feb 2016 during voting Hon.  Babirye through her agents distributed salt, money, exercise books and sugar as an inducement to bribe voters to elect her.

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KCCA enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles

By Robert Ssegawa

Kampala capital city authority enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles in a morning crackdown on tax defaulters.

Simon Kabanda the head operations KCCA said today’s in the City Center, Wandegeya and in Kamwokya saw 14 taxis and 16 special hire cars impounded for lack of o KCCA stickers to confirm that they had paid the authority dues.

He says some drivers managed to clear dues using Pay way and   salvaged their vehicles. The rest of impounded vehicles have been taken to KCCA parking lot..

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KCCA impounds public passenger vehicles over tax defaulting

By Robert Ssegawa
Kampala Capital City Authority enforcement team has impounded 30 commercial salon vehicles in a morning crackdown on tax defaulters.
Simon Kabanda the head operations KCCA said today’s operation in the City Center,  Wandegeya and  in Kamwokya saw 14  taxis and 16 special hire cars impounded for lack of o KCCA stickers to confirm that they had paid the authority dues.
He says some drivers managed to clear dues using Pay way and   salvaged their vehicles. The impounded vehicles have been  taken to KCCA parking lot..

President Museveni not interested in succession and removal of age limit talk

President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed calls to discuss the removal of the age limit from the constitution and his succession, saying it’s not the right time.

Recently, a section of the media carried reports showing that some legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party were planning to table a resolution pushing the removal of tap limits.

President Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo also wrote to the media calling for debate on the political transition, economic reforms and internal democracy in NRM. Now, president, Museveni has distanced himself from talk of the removal of the age limit, saying he isn’t interested in the matter.

Museveni will be above 75 years at the expiry of his current term, which makes him ineligible to contest for presidency without the removal of the age limit from the constitution.

Addressing journalists at Kawumu State Lodge in Luweero district on Tuesday evening, Museveni said he is only concerned about the future of Africa and what should be done but not small things like age limit.

Abdul Nadduli, the Minister Without Portfolio agrees with Museveni, but warns him to reign in on his family members and relatives, saying they may lead to his downfall.

But the Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao will not have any of this. According to Mao, Museveni is interested in the removal of the age limits to allow him become president for life.

He argues that NRM has no alternative to succeed Museveni that is why they are plotting to remove the age limit to enable him stand again.

According to Mao, Ugandans should continue discussing the political transition and avoid being diverted by Museveni that he isn’t interested in the matter.

He notes that Museveni duped Ugandans that he was not interested in the removal of term limits from the constitution but turned around to bribe MPs to pass the proposal.

 

 

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Security is tightened to keep away kifeesi

By Robert Segawa

Preparations to send off former AIGP Andrew felix Kaweesi at his ancestral home in Kitwekyanjovu Lwengo district are under way. Most of the guests across the country arrived amidst down pour.

The mass is expected to be led by Archbishop Masaka diocese Bishop Baptist Kaggwa. Mourners who have arrived are being served with food and beverages as they wait for mass to begin.

After the mass the Kaweesi’s body will be laid to rest at 2 pm. Security at all angles is very tight as they expected some Kifeesi to disrupt the burial.

 

20 students die while swimming in a storm in Ghana

Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in Ghana caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming.

Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident, in which large falling trees trapped daytrippers in a pool at the bottom of the Kintampo waterfalls, one of the highest in the country, in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Surrounded by mahogany trees and sunbirds, the three-stage waterfall is about 70 metres high, and its pool is often found full of people cooling off in the spray.

At least 12 of the dead were pupils of Wenchi secondary school, about an hour’s drive from the falls. The headteacher, Foster Boateng, told local media they had been on a trip to the northern regions of the country on Sunday.
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“We decided to finish it all at the Kintampo waterfalls, so some of the children decided to taste the swimming aspect of it,” a Ghanaian news website quoted him as saying.

“The trees started coming down, so in an attempt to escape some of them fell and they were trapped by the trees. Those who succeeded in climbing the staircase up to pack into the bus got trapped … by other trees that had fallen down.”

The national fire service spokesman, Prince Billy Anaglate, said 18 people were killed at the scene and a further two died in hospital. Eleven people were being treated for their injuries, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

As well as the 12 school pupils, two university students and four other visitors to the falls were among the dead.

A witness told Ghana’s Starr News radio: “A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crushed the revellers … We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The bodies of the dead and the injured were brought home to Wenchi, about an hour’s drive from the falls, which are on Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Nana Kwadjo Bekoe, a blogger from Wenchi who had been at the school, said the atmosphere there was “very mournful” and students and teachers were deeply upset.

“Parents were at the hospital to identify their loved ones who passed away in the accident. The rest of the students who sustained various degrees of injuries were admitted to a different hospital,” he said.

 

 

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Four arrested for illegal possession, gun hidden in motorcycle cushion

Gulu police are holding four men for illegal gun possession and poaching.

The suspects are Lenox Ojok, Solomon Nyero, Steward Kibwola, and Samuel Kinyera, all residents of Nwoya district.

The suspects were picked up by Police Flying Squad from Gulu town over the weekend while attempting to sell 12 Kilograms of ivory they extracted from an elephant they killed from Murchison Falls National Park.

They were also found with a number less motorcycle and an AK47 Rifle registration number 56-119173755, with a magazine with live ammunition.

The weapon had been hidden inside the cushion of a motorcycle registration number UDG 902 K. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson, says the suspects will face other charges on advice of Resident State Attorney after intelligence linked them to robbery as well.

 

 

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Flying squad shoots one dead in Mityana

Three police officers attached to the Police Flying Squad have shot dead a 3-year-old-child and injured two other people in Mityana district. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in Buluma village in Butayunja Sub County in Mityana district.

According to information obtained by URN, the officers raided the village on the invitation of a resident only identified as Kulumba after he was accused for possessing witchcraft.

When the officers arrived on the village, they reportedly attempted to make arrests, but residents put up resistance prompting the officers to open fire.

In the process, the officers shot dead 3-year-old Viola and injured her mother Dina Nabakooza and another resident identified as Ivan Kito. The officers fled the scene shortly after shooting their victims.

The Wamala Region Police Commander, Fred Kidima rushed to the area and apologized to the residents. He explained that the officers will be apprehended and arraigned in court for murder and attempted murder.

He however, didn’t disclose the identities of the irate officers. Joseph Luzige, the Mityana LC V Chairperson, also rushed to the area and appealed to the residents to stay calm as police hunts the suspects.

Police has handed over the body of the deceased to Mityana hospital for postmortem while the injured were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital for treatment.

 

 

 

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Preparation of Kaweesi requiem mass underway

By Robert Segawa

Various dignitaries have started arriving here at Rubaga cathedral for the requiem mass of fallen police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi expected to kick off any time. Among the dignitaries are honorable ministers, ambassadors, religious leaders and senior police officers.

The mass is expected to be presided over by the Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga

The body has already arrived at church being brought by Aplus funeral managers and later lifted by AIGPs amidst tight security.

After the service the body is going to be taken to Kyazanga in Lwengo district where he will be laid to rest tomorrow at 2pm.

 

Museveni asks citizens, security personnel to be vigilant

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to condemn the manner in which Andrew Felix Kaweesi and many more Ugandans have been killed.

In a press statement from State House, the president has directed immediate installation of security cameras in all major cities and a long highways a project that he says was stalled by paying attention to improving roads and electricity.

The president also  has also called upon security personnel and all citizens to be vigilant and on the look out for the thugs who have habitually used motorcycles to kill people.

Earlier today, the nation watched in shock graphic  images of assistant inspector General of Police and police spokes’ person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi lying in a pool of blood, where it is said that unknown gun men shot him, his guard and driver to death.