Police blame Kisenyi fire on radiation

By Robert Segawa

Fire guts number of cassava and maize mills in Kisenyi, down town Kampala destroying property worth billions of shillings.

According to director fire and rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the fire started from make shift structure that houses the mills and spread to Salabed building the stores of Salabed shipping cargo.

20 maize and cassava mill machines were destroyed in the fire, stores of car engines belonging to Salabed shipping cargo, tonnes of maize floor shops and other expensive properties destroyed.

According to Mugisa, fire was too big to be contained within short period of time and fire brigade will maintain its presence at the scene until they assured nothing can re-ignite any other fire.

Sserwadda Richard the chairman of produce dealers attributed the cause of fire on land wrangles between the two tycoons.

He appealed to ministry of disaster and preparedness to come to their rescue.

The police fire department says there is no death or injuries recorded so far in the Kisenyi fire .

He says the fire was fueled by radiation from the compact make shift ‘. He says investigation is underway to establish the cause of fire.

Ministry of lands official arrested for issuing land titles in wetlands

By Sania Babirye

The land commission of inquiry chair Justice Catherine Bamugemeire has ordered for the immediate arrest of the senior registrar  of  titles in the ministry of lands and urban development Lwera Atalo Bwogere for issuing titles in wetlands.

Atalo who was appearing before the seven member commission was arrested and taken to Wandegeya police station after justice Catherine Bamugemeire accused her of giving contradicting evidence regarding issuing of  land  titles in wetlands especially in Wakiso district.

On Thursday, the commission discovered that land titles were issued in Kijabijo wetland under her order however Atolo angered justice Catharine Bamugemeire when she alleged that she was not aware that the land was a wetland while she was issuing the said land titles.

37 year old Atalo  has been working in the ministry for the past 12 years and before she became a senior  registrar of titles  she was stationed at Wakiso district.

The said titles are said to have been issued between 20th  January 2016 to 8th February  same year.

Man accuses city tycoon Ntaganda of stealing forest

By Sania Babirye

City tycoon Ephraim Ntanganda has been accused by a 79 year old man of stealing his  forest  amounting to five hectares found in Wakiso district.

Dezidelio Kasujja revealed this while appearing before the land  commission of inquiry being chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemeire.

He has told  the commission that Ntanganda connived with the NFA Executive director to clear his forest containing 150 bee hives and 12 acres of  Eucalyptus trees in march 2016.

Kasujja has further told the commission that  on that fateful day Ntaganda who was escorted by police men dressed in uniform brought in tractors to clear the forest found in Kajjansi in his presence.

After the incident Ntanganda  is alleged to have sold off the trees and the bee hives and bared him from trespassing on the former forest.

Kasujja has now asked the land prob to visit the locus for  more clarity.

In March 1997 Kasujja is said to have acquired the virgin forest for  re development from the National Forestry Authority .

Ntanganda is expected to take a stand this afternoon to defend himself on the said allegations.

Internal affairs expecting new stock of passports in July

Internal Affairs Minister Jeje Odongo has told Parliament that the new stock of ordinary passports is expected to arrive in a month’s time.

Minister Odongo’s revelation on Wednesday followed a heated debate on his statement to parliament communicating the low stock levels of ordinary passports as per the 13th June 2017 ministry’s press release.

In his statement, Odongo attributed the shortage in ordinary passports to the yet to be realised migration from machine readable passports to the E-passports which had been planned for April 3, 2017. He now says that East Africa Member States have now extended the deadline to December 2017.

“In view of the above, it was logical to procure reasonable quantities to avoid financial loss due to over stocking of a passport that is about to be replaced,” said General Odongo.

He added that his ministry was also experiencing an unprecedented increase in the demand for ordinary passports especially from Ugandans seeking employment abroad from 450 to 700 daily applicants.

He however said that his ministry was already taking the necessary steps to ensure that the required stock levels are replenished.

Odongo told parliament that the Attorney General William Byaruhanga has already cleared a new agreement to enable the Internal Affairs ministry replenish the stock of ordinary passports in one month.

The minister’s comments on the new stock of passports, however, came after legislators led by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had faulted government for what they called incompetence and poor planning. They also noted that the development was financially nonviable to the country.

Masaka Municipality MP Mathias Mpuuga said it was the first time he was listening to a General make a confession of incompetence before parliament.

“Could you tell parliament why we should not hold you responsible for incompetence and mismanagement? The minister is telling us he has failed at his duties,” said Mpuuga.

-URN

 

Court will be delivering Kabaka’s appeal ruling at 4pm

By Sania Babirye

High court Judge Patricia Wasswa Bassaza has set this eveening to deliver a ruling on whether or not to allow the  Kabaka of  Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi to appeal against  her decision in which she compelled the Kabaka to  disclose particulars  of bank accounts  to one of his  subject  Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka.

This afternoon Justice Basaza concluded hearing the application where Kabaka claimed to be aggrieved by the order.

  Christopher Bwanika representing the Kabaka told court that the order issued on the 5th  of June 2017 forcing the Kabaka to disclose financial statements at Stanbic and Bank of Africa in the names of Buganda Land Board where monies collected from occupants of the kingdom land is banked is unfair.

Justice Bassaza also ordered that Mabirizi be availed with   particulars of all the  occupants before 30th  of June for inspection and internalization  so that he can prepare his case in which he is challening the Kyapa Mungalo.

The Kabaka  is seeking permission from justice Basaza to challenge  her orders before the Court of Appeal since he does not have an automatic right of Appeal unless he is allowed by her.

According to the Kabaka the right to privacy of his other occupants who voluntarily registered and  do not wish their affairs  to go public  will be violated since they are even not parties interested in this case if he is not allowed to appeal.

Bwanika further explains that Mabirizi has neither  brought evidence to show that any tenant  has been coarsed or threatened  in any form to register nor any evidence showing that himself is a tenant who has been given authority to lawful represent others.

Mabirizi says  the Kabaka should not impose  registration  fees ranging from shs100,000  to Shs 600,000 on his occupants settling on the kingdom’s land because it belongs to the public and the Kabaka us just a trustee.

VJ Juniors’ case hearing fails to start as state fails to produce witnesses

By Sania Babirye

State has this morning failed to present witnesses to testify against  Prominent Ugandan Video Jocker  Mary Smart Matovu commonly known as  ‘VJ Junior who is charged with selling pornographic movies.

Buganda road court chief Magistrate Jamson Kareemani had set today to commence hearing of the case however state attorney  Harriet Nakigozi asked  for an adjournment to prepare her witnesses to come to court.

The magistrate has now adjourned hearing of the case to the 11th of July 2017.

VJ Junior was charged on the 26th of may 2017 with  selling pornographic movies alongside his colleague Geoffrey Bbosa .

He was arrested on the 23rd of May by CIID Police officers from Kibuli on the directives of State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo on allegations that he was   producing and circulating pornographic movies a charge he denies .

He was however granted bail by the same court.

Prosecution states that VJ junior on 23rd may 2017 at Zai PLaza and Majestic plaza sold pornographic movies to detective corporal Namugala Aisha and a one  Frank Ntambi an act intending to corrupt public morals .

Travis Kalanick resigns as Uber CEO

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned, capping a series of controversies that have rocked the world’s largest privately backed start-up.

The company confirmed Mr Kalanick’s departure from the top executive’s role on Tuesday, after the New York Times reported major backers including Benchmark Capital demanded he resign. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of directors, the newspaper said.

While Uber has become the world’s most valuable start-up, it has been dogged by drama including allegations of sexual harassment and the use of software to bypass regulators.

The resignation of the man who founded Uber in 2009 comes after a series of controversies shone a light on problems with the famously aggressive start-up’s culture and governance.

As Uber’s public face, Mr Kalanick has embodied its success. Earlier this month, he told staff of plans for a leave of absence, handing the running of the company over to a management committee. It followed the sudden death of his mother in a boating accident.

In a statement reported by the New York Times, Kalanick said: “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight.”Despite recent turmoil, Uber’s business is growing. Revenue increased to $3.4bn (£2.7bn) in the first quarter, while losses narrowed – though they remain substantial at $708m.

The company’s board said:  “Travis has always put Uber first. This is a bold decision and a sign of his devotion and love for Uber.

“By stepping away, he’s taking the time to heal from his personal tragedy while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history. We look forward to continuing to serve with him on the board.”

-Telegraph

UNICEF receives 8Bn to help with the growing refugee crisis in Uganda

An emergency nutrition and education response to the refugee crisis in Uganda by the UN Children’s Agency-UNICEF has received a boost of 8 Billion Shillings thanks to the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

More than 950,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda since the start of the conflict in from South Sudan in December 2013, driving the refugee population in Uganda to 1.3 million people. At least 750,000 of these arrived after July 2016.

“With over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda every day, Uganda is now host to the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world,” Isabelle D’Haudt, ECHO’s Humanitarian Advisor for Uganda said in a statement issued this morning.

The ECHO contribution will enable UNICEF to provide nutritional screening for all children at refugee entry points, appropriate treatment and care for severely malnourished children, Vitamin A micro-nutrients and deworming medicine for children, and iron/folate supplementation to pregnant and breastfeeding women. The nutrition intervention is estimated to reach nearly 200,000 beneficiaries.

A recent food security and nutrition assessment conducted in the refugee hosting districts shows high malnutrition rates, stunted development due to chronic malnutrition and high levels of anemia among children and women.

Similarly, in the education sector, in both early childhood development (ECD) centers and primary schools, there are vast needs ranging from inadequate classrooms, teaching materials and latrines, among other needs.

“Considering 60 percent of all South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are under the age of 18 and 56 percent of the population in all South Sudanese refugee-hosting districts in the country are children, children are the face of the South Sudanese refugee crisis in Uganda,” Aida Girma, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda said.

For education, UNICEF will construct seven new ECD centres as well as upgrade 15 ECD centres from a temporary to semi-permanent state, which will provide multi-sectorial quality early childhood development to around 5,000 young children.

As at May 2017, UNICEF’s response to South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Uganda has supported more than 135,000 children with vaccinations against measles, over 70,000 children with vaccinations against polio, nearly 185,000 people with clean water and 9,000 severely malnourished children with therapeutic feeding treatment.

More than 12,000 children who have been separated from their parents and families have been supported with family tracing and reunification services, while another 85,000, children and adolescents have had an opportunity to access education and nearly 50,000 young children to access critical Early Childhood Development services.

 

 

-URN

Court acquits NRM’s communication officer Mulindwa

By Sania Babirye

Masaka court grade one Magistrate  Byarugaba Adams has dismissed an assault case against NRMs communication officer Rogers Mulindwa.

Mulindwa had  been battling  offenses of malicious damage to property and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he was dragged to court by Eddie Bindhe a local journalist attached to Uganda Radio Network (URN).

While dismising the case the magistrate noted that there was no evidence enough to prove the alleged charges since even the doctor who examined the victim  Dr Ssenyonjo Mbazira Francis  failed to remember the exact body parts he was injured.

The journalist had accused Mulindwa of strangling him but he failed to even produce a single witness out of the  6 he claimed to have witnessed the incident in court  nor did he provide  court with exhibits of broken glasses, or a video footage  among others.

Court further wondered how an incident of such a nature involving high profile politicians would not be covered by any of the 12 local journalists who were present on top of the Hotel denying knowledge of the incident.

It was alleged that  on May 12, 2015 at Garden Courts Hotel during an NRM leaders’ meeting presided over by the Rt. Hon Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Mulindwa strangled Bindhe damaged his glasses and caused bodily harm.

Labaratory assistant arrested for failure to account for missing HIV testing kits

Remmy Yesiime, a laboratory assistant attached to Kabira health center III in Mitooma district is in trouble for alleged theft of HIV testing kits.

Yesiime was picked up on Monday following an impromptu inspection conducted by Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Resident District Commissioner in response to complaints by residents.

According to Ngabirano, during the inspection, Yesiime failed to account for more than 500 HIV testing kits delivered to the facility. He explained that the number of people tested at the facility is far less to the missing kits.

Yesiimye acknowledge the disappearance of the HIV testing kits but denied knowledge of how they left the facility. He was locked up at Mitooma Central Police Station pending investigations into the matter.

Henry Mugarura, the Mitooma District Police Commander, says Yesiimye is being held misuse of office and theft of government properties under SD Reference number 05/19/06/2017.

Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Resident District Commissioner, says they are determined to get rid of health workers misusing their positions at the expense of residents.

 

-URN