KABAKA DRAGGED TO COURT BY HIS SUBJECT

By Edwin Muhumuza

The Kabaka of Buganda  Ronald Muwenda Mutebi 11 has been dragged to the Highcourt -Civil division  by his subject over his newly launched scheme of “Ekyapa mu ngalo” which is translated as Tittle in the Hand for  any occupant on the Buganda land who purchases a 49 year old lease.

City lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka who has other  land scheme  related pending cases against Kabaka is seeking an injunction against the implementation of the “Ekyapa mu ngalo” scheme saying him and many other Baganda whose interests he represents will suffer  irreparable damage and loss since they are required to pay a certain amount of fee to obtain these  releases.

Mabirizi alleges that since the Kabaka is just a mere trust of the said land it is unlawful for the Kabaka to collect ground rent (Busuulu) from all settlers of the official mailo land under the guise that he is the Land lord.

Mabirizi is seeking court to block the kingdom from collecting Busuulu and leasing out the land until his main case challenging the process is heard and disposed of.

This comes after the Kabaka through his Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga announced yesterday that every person who is settling on the Kabaka land should process a 49 year old lease and secures a tittle from the kingdom.

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MPS GRILL GENDER MINISTER OVER LIFTING A BAN ON LABOR EXPORT TO MIDDLE EAST WITH OUT CONSULTING PARLIAMENT

By Alice Lubwama

Legislators on the committee of foreign affairs chaired by Bubulo west MP Rose Mutonyi have tasked the minister of gender Janet Mukwaya why she lifted the ban on the export of domestic workers to the middle east, without consulting parliament.

In 2014, parliament passed a resolution, demanding Government to ban the export of labor in foreign countries following concerns that the workers especially girls and women are sexually harassed and tortured.

Mps Atkins Katushabe, Bukonjo west, Latif Ssebagala Kawempe North and Wamai Wamanga Mbale Municipality say that Government has put in place a bilateral arrangement for labor export rather living the innocent Ugandans in the hands of private labor companies.

The minister of gender, labor and social development Janet Mukwaya says that she lifted the ban on export of maids to Middle East following a cabinet directive.

Mukwaya response comes after serious interrogation from MPS on foreign affairs committee on why she lifted the ban without consulting parliament.

Minister Mukwaya explains that although the ban was lifted no recruitment has been made to Saudi Arabia and Jordan until some conditions are fulfilled.

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UPDF WITHDRAWS FROM THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

By Moses Kidandi

The UPDF has begun withdrawing from the Central Africa Republic where it has since 2012 been part of the African Union Regional Task Force.

The first batch has been received this morning in Gulu by the Chief of Staff Land Forces (COS-LF) Brig Katsigazi Tumusiime and 4Div Commander Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye.

Brig Katsigazi says the decision to withdraw was premised on the realization that the mission to neutralize the LRA has now been successfully achieved.

He says the UPDF operations have contributed significantly to the restoration of peace and tranquility in big areas of the Central Africa Republic (CAR).

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Hon. Oryem Henry Okello calls on Japan for support

By Tukundane Yonna

Minister of State for International Affairs Hon Oryem Henry Okello met with the Ambassador of Japan H.E. Kazuaki Kameda at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two discussed bi-lateral and multilateral issue of mutual concern including the reform of the UN Security Council and also discussed ongoing projects in Uganda in the area of infrastructure cooperation.

Hon Okello expressed the need for early reform of the UN Security Council, pointing out the apparent lack of progress at the United Nations.

At the end of his Presidency of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Hon Sam Kutesa had successfully introduced a draft decision that included a negotiating text that would, for the first time, form the basis of future discussions on Council reforms that were mandated by the Summit of world leaders in 2005.

The decision, dubbed “Kutesa Consensus” by some, was a significant step towards beginning talks on the long-stalled reforms process in the 70th session of the Assembly, on the basis of a negotiating text, following seven years of Inter-Governmental Negotiations that had been conducted without the basis of any text. The text articulated positions of UN member states on Security Council reform and options for expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories.

Hon Okello called for Japan’s support for the African Common position as a basis for negotiations as well as the ongoing Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN)

 

TEENAGE MOTHERS ASKS GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THEM BACK TO SCHOOL

By Alice Lubwama

A group of young girls some of which are teenage mothers  from different parts of the country led by Nabukenya Sofia  from Kampala youth advocacy network have handed over a petition to the state
minister for housing Dr Chris Baryomunsi  calling Government to end teenage pregnancy in the country.

The petition was given to Government during a function were none governmental organization plan international launched the campaign dubbed LETS CHANGE THE STORY. The campaign is aimed at ending   teenage pregnancy through increased quality of sexual reproductive health information and access to services by influencing Ugandans budgeting process.

Some of the girls mainly from Northern Uganda said that many have dropped out of school because their parents cannot afford to buy them sanitary towels; they have also asked Government to support those teenage mothers who are ready to go back to school.

FINANCE MINISTER EXPLAINS THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE LC1 ELECTIONS.

By Alice Lubwama

The ministry of finance has explained the postponement of Local Council 1 elections that where scheduled for early this year.

The directive was issued by cabinet yesterday citing lack of funds for the elections.

Addressing the media, minister for finance Matia Kasaijja said that the money which was meant for the election was reallocated to avert a food crisis that hit the country at the beginning of this year.

Kasaija however says that all avenues are being made to see that the Electoral Commission organizes the elections not later than December this year.

The Electoral Commission had earlier asked for 15 billion to hold these elections with voters lining up behind their preferred candidates.

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PASSING THE NATIONAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIO SAFETY BILL,2 012 LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED-HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS.

By Edwin Muhumuza

Human Rights Activists have raised concern regarding the human rights issues that arise from the National biotechnology and bio safety bill, 2012.

The bill in its current form stresses the primary obligation of the state to provide an adequate level of protection in the safe transfer, handling and use of GMO’s on health and sustainable use of biological diversity especially of indigenous and local communities.

The Uganda Human Rights Network(UHRC) is concerned with various aspects of the Bill including: provisions on public awareness, food safety and security, clear safety standards, fair and equitable sharing of benefits, inadequate proportionate based reviews and minimal representation of the ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries.

While they appeared before the parliamentary committee on science and technology, Members of parliament  questioned the applicability of having the country divided into different zones to accommodate genetically modified organisms citing the lack of uniformity in public preferences to genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) even in planned gazetted areas.

The head of monitoring and supervision, Patricia Nduru noted that such an issue would have to be subjected to a Human Rights assessment.

There has been ongoing public debate and controversy regarding the extent to which the National Biotechnology and Biosafety law provides an appropriate legal and regulatory framework to protect Ugandans from possible adverse effects of GMO’s

The advancement of modern biotechnology has been popularized as a powerful tool in alleviating poverty and enhancing food security.
However, it presents a wide range of socio economic concerns and biosafety risks that require an effective legal regime.  Currently the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill before Parliament is set to be discussed in the house any time.

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WORKERS THREATEN TO STRIKE OVER PENSION BILL

By Edwin Muhumuza

Workers representatives have issued a 40 day ultimatum to Minister of Finance Hon.Matia Kasaija to withdraw the pension sector bill.

The chairperson of NOTU, Mr Wilson Owere says that the bill presented by the minister seeks to deprive NSSF of its status, rendering it a failed state parastatal that would lead to loss of workers savings .

He adds that a sit-down strike and a boycott of Labor Day celebrations is due if their concerns are not heed by 1st May 2017.

This was as officials from the ministry of finance appeared before the committee of Finance to discuss amendments to the pension reform bill.

In an exclusive interview with Mr.Were he expressed disappointment in the minister of finance over defying the president even when he was not satisfied with it.

His views stem from a clause that seeks to repeal the NSSF Act to purportedly liberalize the pension sector, a move that workers say is tainted with injustice owing to the fact that there already some existing pension firms and would thus see the downfall of NSSF.

Citing, former Uganda Commercial Bank, Uganda Railways Corporation, Uganda Airlines all that collapsed with the advent of liberalization in the early 90’s.

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STREAMLINE ANTI-TERRORISM LAW-PARLIAMENT URGED

By Edwin Muhumuza

Parliament has been urged to stream line the anti-terrorism law. This was as officials from the financial intelligence authority appeared before the defense committee.

Led by executive director, Syney Asubo, concerns were raised over repetition and inter-twining of other related laws as hindering the monitoring of financing terrorism and other crimes.

Money laundering is the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of proceeds of criminal activities by making such proceeds appear to have been derived from a legitimate source.

Asubo, also refutted claims that the law was targeting opposition politicians following concerns from sections of the public regarding its timing.

The anti-money laundering law provides that persons who convert, transfer or transport property suspected to be proceeds from crime, or assist another person to benefit from such transactions, are liable to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 15 years or a fine not exceeding sh2b or both.

Apart from criminalizing money laundering, the law also provides for specific measures to detect and deter money laundering and to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of offenders.

The Act also makes it mandatory for accountable persons, banks inclusive, to declare any suspicious transactions.

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LORD MAYOR DEMAND’S 563.4MILLION SHILLINGS EMOLUMENTS AND SALARY ARREARS

By Sania Babirye

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago drags Kampala Minister Beti Tirwomwe Kamya, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority Jennifer Musisi, Attorney General and KCCA to the Higjcourt seeking orders compelling them to release his accumulated emoluments and salary arrears.

Lukwago is demanding for a total sum for 563.4million shillings for 30 months from the period December2013 to May/2016.  Lukwago also wants court to declare the conduct of the respondents in continuing to freeze his emoluments without justification, as improper in law, and further orders be made  to pay him damages for the psychological torture, mental anguish and emotion stress he has suffered.

The matter has been allocated to Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa. Lukwago was elected  Kampala Lord Mayor on 14th /March/2011 and took oath of Office on 20/May/2011,  diligently executed his obligations amidst challenges, until May/2013 when some Authority Councilors, together with then Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, commenced impeachment proceedings against him. Lukwago was impeached  on grounds of alleged  incompetence, abuse of office and misconduct.

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