MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason and unlawful escape from prison while on his hospital bed at Kiruddu hospital.
His lawyer Asuman Basalirwa tells Capital radio that his client has now been given bond for a month adding that he will travel to India tonight for further treatment. Zaake who is being accompanied by his wife and brother is said to have refused to sign on the bond papers.
He is to appear before the commissioner electoral crime at the CID headquarters on the 3rd October 2018 for further mention of his case. The ailing legislator presented two sureties including Mukono south MP Johnson Muyanja and Mityana LC5 Chairperson Joseph Luzige.
Reporter Patricia Osman

Justice Barishaki kicks off judgment on the age limit

By Sania Babirye
Justice Barishaki is delivering his judgement on the MPs extension of their term of office from five to seven years and that of local government councils.
He is quoting the a legislative history of Uganda and the Uganda Constitutional commission of 1995 report by  Prof.Sempebwa   for proper guide line.
He says he takes the recommendations into account for proper guidelines.
He states as a result public participation is very important for proper affairs of the country.
Sepebwa report explains that peoples  views on the enlargement of term of MPs and LG officials is an indirect way of holding office without consent and will  from people since the first contract was to hold office for only 5 yrs.
On the historical parliamentary chaos, he observes that these events rolled out because the members of parliament did not listen to the speaker as the head of the house.

Justice Barishaki further rules that the attorney general failed to adduce any evidence to prove that their was public participation   which is key to any constitutional amendment  since no referendum was held there by parliament exceeding its authority to extend  its term of office for more 2 years from five to seven.

He adds that parliament tried to evade the people’s powers and the amendment and its sections are null and void.
The extension was selfish and is against the principles of   good governance.
He adds that if it was dine in good faith it should have been made in the coming 2020 general elections.
Justice Cheborion has ruled that the speaker of parliament acted within the law  when she suspended the opposition MPs from the house and that if they had respected the speaker when she called the house to order the violence inflicted on them by military police would not have happened.
Justice Barishaki further rules that  even though Mps have a right to participate in each and every debate, the speaker had the  powers to throw out an  MP who conducts himself In manner that disrupts debate.
Mps had started throwing chairs and parliament staff had been injured, an MP had entered the chambers with a gun .therefore Cheborion rules that the involvement of army was justified since it was a state of emergency.
He says that the MPs engaged in misconduct and the military police had to be called in to assist the parliament security that had been overpowered by the rioting MPs at the invitation of the speaker.
He however says that the military police used excessive force and the process subjected the MPs to inhumane and degrading treatment.
He also rules that the Mps arrest and detention was uncalled for since the speaker only ordered that they be removed from the chambers of Parliament.
He rules that parliament was not besieged as alleged by the petitioners since the military police was only there at the invitation of the Sergent of arms  to contain the riot.
Judge says no evidence to show that the said directive or violence on the MPs affected country wide consultations which would lead to the nullification of entire bill.
On the private Members bill to be funded by government: Justice Barishaki has ruled that it did not have a financial implication on the consolidated fund  and that the bill was budget neutral.

He explained that it is not unconstitutional for a private members bill to be funded by government and just because it had the name Rapheal Magyezi  bill it did not make it a private bill .
Justice Barishaki has also explained that the 29 million shillings that was each given to MPs for consultation did not have a financial implication since the clerk of parliament testified that it had been budget for by parliament.

Museveni urges Nyenga residents to vote for the party not individuals

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people of Nyenga Division in Buikwe District to always vote for the Party instead of individuals to avoid regrets in the future.
The President made the remarks while campaigning for Yassin Kyazze the NRM flag bearer in the July Mayoral elections.
He says  it is important for the people to always look at the strength of the Party rather than individuals who, on their own, cannot do much for their people.
“Look at the Party because it has the capacity to solve people’s problems” he said.
According to the president, who is also the chairman of the ruling  NRM party,  government has managed to keep peace in the country adding that such a task is not an individual’s work but for all Ugandans.

Buganda caucus to oppose land amendment bill

By Daudi Zirimala

The Makindye Municipality legislator, Ssempala Kigozi says they foiled the planned deal by government to bribe members of parliament to pass the proposed forceful acquisition of land in land amendment bill.

Speaking to the Baganda of Buganda Bulange ,Kigozi said that the proposed land amendment bill will be soon back in parliament but as the Buganda caucus they have vowed to oppose the bill.
He has rallied the masses to support their Members of Parliament to oppose this bill on land because it’s a sinister move to forcefully make Ugandans landless.

DP refutes NRM claims that opposition killed Abiriga

By Robert Segawa

The  opposition Democratic Party (DP),  has dismissed talks within the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and president Museveni for accusing the opposition for the gruesome murder of the Arua MP, Ibrahim Abiriga.

The NRM strong man was gunned down on Friday evening by unknown assassins on his way back home and this has since sparked off fear within the different leaders in NRM.

During a press briefing at DP offices the party President Nobert Mao says that the kind of talk by members of the NRM is cheap politics and should not continue because it will only cause an unhealthy debate in the country. .
Those with such talks are kind of people who don’t know the kind of contest we are in; obviously we launched the K’ogikwatako campaign from here, Abiriga was our political opponent, we disagreed strongly with his support for Article 102 amendment and even those who voted for amendment remain our political opponents but killing is not one of our method,” Mao said.

Mao said that from the on set, the Democratic Party is a non-violent organization which can’t inolve itself is killings and murders. “We have stated before that our organisition is a non-violent organization, so if tomorrow I am killed, will it be NRM? That kind of debate is extremely unhealthy and I call for maturity within the NRM, there is even no basis for us to be suspected,” Mao noted.

Lukwago, Betty Kamya fail to agree outside court

By Sania Babirye
The case between Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and Kampala minister Betty Kamya  is to undergo a full trial after minister Kamya refused to honor a possible out of court settlement.
 On the 24th of April, High court judge Heneriata  Wolayo has advised both Kamya and Lukwago to exhaust all avenues of a possible out of court settlement.
Justice Wolayo also appointed Christopher Rukyekerere to mediate between both parties and inform her about the progress of the mediation today.
However Rukyekerere has today informed court that the case should go for a full trial since minister Kamya refused to even show up for the mediation meetings.
He explained to lawyers McDusman Kabega and Lukwago that that the actions of minister Kamya proves that he will not reach an out of court settlement and the only solution is to send the file back to the judge for a full trial.
The court has now set the 12th of July to commence hearing of the case.
Minister Kamya has also been summoned to appear on that day in court to be cross examined for allegedly passing off as the KCCA head well as not since she was not the one the voters elected.
Lukwago accuses minister Kamya of  interfering in his executive powers by  illegally passing-off as  the political head of the city well as not.
According to  Lukwago  his mandate to serve as the duly elected Lord mayor for Kampala City  has been usurped by Kamya who even took a decision  on the
23rd  of  January 2018  to suspend council meetings where deliberations and decisons  on how to govern the city are made .
According to  documents before court, Lukwago claims that  Kamya  stalled the council meetings on grounds that they  are illegal and nolonger  relevant to the city a decision that Lukwago describes as irrational and unreasonable .
Lukwago is  now   seeking  orders to  quash   Kamya’s decision regarding the legality of Council meetings and another   decision that subjects  all his travels as the Lord Mayor to a ministerial permit.
Lukwago says   such decisions  are an  infringement and abuse of his rights and freedoms .
Lukwago is also  seeking  orders to compel Kamya to put in place a metropolitan physical  planning committee  as required by the KCCA Act arguing that the absence of this  committee negatively  impacts him in the performance of his   execute  duties of developing  and strategizing  for the city.
Through his own  law firm of Lukwago and company advocates, Lukwago contends that unless court intervenes and restrains Kamya from making such irrational decisions and passig-off as the Lord Mayor , the sovereignty of the people of Kampala will be put in jeopardy and  hence forth affect  the social contract he made with his voters in May 2016 .

Banyoro gather for the Empango celebrations

By Moses Kidandi

Hundreds of people from Bunyoro and other parts of the world have turned up in Hoima for the 24th anniversary celebrations of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom known as Empango.

The celebrations traditionally known as Empango are being observed under the theme; ‘Transforming Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom’. The ceremony is being held at Karuziika palace in Hoima to mark 24 years since the Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru ascended to the throne.

Empango which is the first ritual the Omukama performs as he is crowned is used by the Omukama to make important pronouncements to his people.

Bunyoro Kingdom covers the districts of Hoima, Masindi, Kibaale, Kiryandongo, Kagadi, Kakumiro, and Buliisa.

Legislators join mobilization for signatures against new taxes

By Deo Wasswa

Hon. Mbwatekamwa Ggafa(Bwamba county),Hon. Sabiiti Denis(Rubanda west), Hon. Florence Namayanja(Bukoto east),  Honrable Baseka(Ntenjeru south) Fred,  Hon Ajilo Maria Goreth(Kaberamaido) and Honorable Semuli Anthony (Mubende municipality) are some of members of parliament who have signed the pledged book to oppose the new proposed  taxes  on mobile money.

The campaign which has been launched officially today at Hotel Africana seeks to collect 250 signatures from  members of parliament to reject this tax which is likely to affect a bigger percentage of Ugandans if it’s adopted by the government.

However , during the launch some Members of parliament have advised the proprietorship of the campaign, the civil society budget advocacy group to mobilize them selves and walk to parliament to convince other members of parliament to join the campaign.

Julius Muhinda, the national coordinator, Civil society budget advocacy group says they have started mobilizing Ugandans to out their members of parliament on pressure to reject this form of tax.
He says within two weeks,  they except to collect at least  100 signatures  from members of parliament.

Zuma faces 16 counts of corruption, he calls in political conspiracy

After the 75-year-old’s 15-minute appearance at the High Court in Durban, the case was adjourned until 8 June.

He faces 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering, which dogged his presidency and were reinstated in 2016.

Mr Zuma, who was forced out of office in February, denies any wrongdoing.

His supporters descended on the city to rally for him, while his critics think court action is long overdue.

After the hearing, Mr Zuma addressed the crowds who had come to stand alongside him at the court in his home province.

“I have never seen it before where someone is charged with a crime, those charges are dropped and then years later those same charges are re-instated,” he said, speaking in Zulu. “This is a just a political conspiracy,”

He then led the crowd in song and dance.

~BBC

Parliamentary committee advised to leave Kadaga-Namuganza feud to Museveni

By Edwin Muhumuza

NRM chairman Eastern Region Mike Mukula has told the parliamentary committee on rules and discipline that the scuffle between lands minister Persis Namuganza and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga should be left to the party.

The Former Soroti Municipality MP was appearing as witness in a scandal that has shocked the country and heightened ethnic tensions in Busoga region.He said the matter is now being solved by the party chairman Yoweri Museveni.

Deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah directed the committee chaired by Kalaki MP Clement Ongalo-Obote to investigate the two powerful women from Busoga sub-region after Ngora MP David Abala raised a procedural matter, that the conflict as captured in the media was irritating and required explanation.

Kadaga and Namuganza’s conflicts started early this month at function to launch boreholes in Bukono, where Namuganza reportedly told off Kadaga and Busoga king Gabula Nadiope to concentrate on ‘fighting jiggers in Kamuli’, which to her are a serious threat than ‘poking their noses’ into Namutumba affairs.

The Bukono County MP,  shed tears last week while appearing before the Committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges over her rivalry with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga,saying that her life is in danger, after the Speaker allegedly ‘declared war’ on her.