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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.