Donors from Europe are behind the increased begging among the disabled people on Kampala streets.

Nokrach William Wilson
Hon. Nokrach William Wilson

Uganda Member of Parliament representing the disabled people William Nokrach has accused some donors from Europe to be behind the increased begging among the disabled people on Kampala streets.

Speaking to Honorable Nokorach at parliament, he alleged that according to his research, a donor who is getting funds from Europe accommodates some people living with disabilities at night and sends them on the streets during day time.

Nokrach the mp representing disabled people from northern Uganda in parliament also says that they have raised the issues with the authorities including security organs but nothing has been done.

The mp who speaks with pain, say it is very difficult to stop this business because the disabled people look at as means of survival.

 

 

 

“One time I visited them after evening work, I saw them drinking whisky, wines, eating very well.  So they look at it as a kind of employment, it is very difficult to stop it.

Nokrach said I think this donor is very aggressive he gets money for that project but we have never seen the project document but he is ever there with them, he sits around them during  dayand takes photos and they are taken back to Europe to raise money.

I asked the MP whether he had lost hope on the matter after raising it with the authorities including the ministry of gender and they did not take action.

This is what he said, I have not lost hope, am trying to think of what an be done so that they have something meaningful to do. It is not only resources, it is an issue of mindset because when they come here they get ready money which they cannot get easily while at home.

Early this year Government withdrew the Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014 from parliament on claims that a new draft Bill was at mature stages before the First Parliamentary Council and would soon be ready for tabling.

The PWDs bill was seeking for the elimination of discrimination against PWDs, encouraging all sectors of government and community to provide and include disability issues into all economic, political and
social development policies and programs.

The Supreme Court sets new dates for Age Limit appeal hearing.

By Sania Babirye
The Supreme Court has set the 15th and 16th of January 2019 to hear an appeal filed in respect of a  Mable Constitutional court ruling that upheld  Constitutional amendments which lifted the cap from the minimum and maximum presidential age – limit.
This is after today  the parties involved in this appeal held a conferencing hearing before a panel of 7 justices headed by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and presented to court the outcome of a meeting they had yesterday at the Ministry of Justice boardroom.
The Attorney General  William Byaruhanga who is the head of the bar has addressed  court that in yesterday ‘s meeting parties agreed to consolidate the 3 appeals into one because they all rise from the same judgement and address similar issues, that parties agreed on 8 issues to be determined by court and that lastly  parties opted to file written submissions following schedules given by court as opposed to oral submissions which consume time.
Among the agreed issues is one  whether the  4  Constutional court  justices who were part of the panel that  heard  the petition at Mbale committed procedural errors , whether they erred in law and fact to hold that the removal of the presidential and LCV officials  age -limit was not inconsistent with the Constitution .
Others are  whether the justices erred in law and fact to hold that the entire process of conceptualizing, debating and enactment of the age-limit law didnot contravene the constitution and whether or not the presence of violence in and outside Parliamnet during the debating of the Age -limit bill didnot contravene the constitution.
The Chief Justice has ordered  that  parties should  file and serve each other with  their  written submissions of not more than 50 pages  by not later than  31st /December/2018 .
After which ; the Justice  Katureebe  ordered that each party wil have an honour to adress and highlight its submissions on the 15th and 16th /January 2018 following which court will retire to write and deliver its judgement on notice .
However as it has become a  norm , one of the appellants lawyer Male Mabirizi had rejected one of the justices on the panel;  Richard Buteera but the Cheif Justice Katureebe was quick to a dress his fears saying justice Buteera is sitting on today’s panel for pre-trial purposes but Justice Eldard Mwangusya  who is currently out of the country is the one to sit on the quorum to hear the actual appeal .
Mabirizi also raised an application to summon the speaker of Parliamnet Rebecca Kadaga for cross-examination during the hearing but justice Katureebe informed him that there was no quorum to hear his application.
In court the appellants including Uganda Law society , 6 opposition MPs and Male Mabirizi and the respondent ;  AG William Byaruhanga together with his deputy Mwesigwa Rukuntana were present.

Start censuring the ministers who have failed on their duties – Hon. Ssekikubo

The Member of Parliament for Rwemiyaga county Theodore Ssekikubo asks parliament  to start the process of censuring the ministers who have failed on their duties.

This is after minister for Internal affairs Jeje Odong and his junior minister Kania Obiga failed to show up in the Parliament Defence Committee as officials from the police force had been invited to explain a number of issues in line with of expenditure of the budget as passed by parliament, violence in the country and general security in the country.

Courtesy Photo: Theodore Ssekikubo
Courtesy Photo: Theodore Ssekikubo

The MPs sitting on this committee said they could not go ahead to interface with the officials from police who are under the internal affairs ministry when their political heads had not appeared despite them being notified and invited for this same meeting.

The committee chairperson Doreen Amule had first insisted the meeting goes on considering the  fact that the witnesses had appeared but she was challenged by a number of MPs including Theodore Ssekikubo, Mubaraka Munyagwa, Donozio kahonda and Nakaseke woman MP Sarah Najjuma  going against the parliament rules of procedures.

Sekikubo explains that its becoming fond of several ministers to follow short of their duties as on several occasions fail to show up in parliament to answer particular issues hence it’s high time such ministers be censured.

Rakai school fire suspects 8 arrested.

By Alice Lubwama
Government has confirmed that eight people suspected to have caused the fire at St. Bernard secondary school have so far been arrested. On Sunday evening fire caught a senior three dormitory at St. Bernard secondary school in Rakai district leaving nine students dead while others injured.

Giving a statement on the fire that gutted the school  The state  minister for higher education John Chrystom Muyingo said that nine students have lost their lives (Update: 11 now confirmed dead) while nine students sustained injuries and receiving treatment at Manya , Kalisizo and Kitovu.

Muyingo also says that government  has given to given financial contributions to the families of the students of the children that were affected in the fire to assist them in paying medical bill and making burial arrangements.

Muyingo also says that they would like schools to equip their institutions with fire extinguishers and also equip them with techniques on how to combat fire.

However a number  of MPs mainly from the central region  are bitter why government had failed to bring out a report on the so many schools that have been burnt and students loosing lives.

Rakai woman Mp Juliet Kinyamata and Robinah Sentongo Kyotera woman MP said that they need a report to know the people behind these acts. ‘Don’t make us suspect that there are big people in government behind the fires, many schools have been burnt but no one is coming out to give a report. What is intelligence doing – she stated.

Democratic Party’s Deo Hasubi Njoki declines job offered by Museveni

The Democratic party Busia LCV by election candidate Deo Hasubi Njoki has declined the Uganda human rights commission Job offer by president Yoweri Museveni. Njoki who was nominated on 6th November on DP ticket and is backed by other opposition political parties as a joint candidate announced the the decision to day during the weekly party press conference in Kampala.

He confirms that he received the a copy of the letter which president Museveni addressed to the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga appointing him as the commissioner of Uganda Human rights commission.

Njoki says he wrote a letter to the party leadership informing them of what was going on.

He added that after consultations with the party leadership he has decided to turn down the offer of the job he would have preferred because that’s what he studied resolving to serve the people of Busia.

Njoki announced that he is returning to Busia to start campaign and DP will win the election.

The DP party president General Nobert Mao noted that the letter Njoki wrote to the party was linked to media by members of the party leadership and this resulted into bashing of the party including members of other opposition political parties.

DP Party President Nobert Mao - PHOTO BY Robert Segwa for Capital FM
DP Party President Nobert Mao – PHOTO BY Robert Segwa for Capital FM

He warned president Yoweri Museveni to leave DP and Njoki alone sighting that DP has invested heavily in Njoki. He noted that they are heading to Busia to and they will be Joined by other opposition leader’s in campaigns noting that they will win and Museveni will be ashamed.

The elections for Busia District LC V by elections are set for November 28th 2018. The campaign manager DP Florence Namayanja member of parliament Bukoto East assured for a land slide victory on 28th November as he called for further support.

Early this year Justice Andrew Bashaija nulified the election of NRM candidate Ouma Adea and ordered fresh elections for Busia LCV. This was after petition by Deogratious Nkoki DP candidate saying Adea was bared from holding public office for a period of 10 years when he was convicted by the anti corruption court for abuse of office and corruption.

Uganda’s Parliamentary committee scrutiny for the defunct banks kick starts

The parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises has today started scrutinizing  the closure of the  defunct banks by questioning the criteria which was used to close Teefe bank.

The committee chaired by bugweri county mp Abdul katuntu quizzed the officials of the central bank headed by the governor Tumusime Mutebile on how they could close this bank without knowing its liability and assets.

The auditor general in his report noted that some of the documentation of Teefe trust bank where denied to his office. The committee now discovers that this bank was closed without an inventory report, However bank of Uganda’s  deputy governor Louis Kasekende in response said that the law by then did not require them to fill an inventory
report.

“ The nature of documents required at that time did not include the inventory so we don’t have that inventory as of now.’’ `It is true that the Financial Institution statute specifically provides for it, but any institution that is acting prudently if you’re taking over a bank, you can’t move in an institution take it over without documenting what you’re taking over, Katuntu replied

The meeting has now been adjourned to Thursday this week to allow BOU reorganize itself and Provide to the committee the list of assets and liabilities that were taken over by the central bank at the time of dissolving the bank.

A special audit on the closure of Teefe Trust Bank and six others commercial banks by the central bank  was ordered  by the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) in November 2017.

The  committee ordered for  the  auditor after  discovering  that Bank of Uganda  had not  provided the liquidation agent and period for Teefe Trust Bank since it was closed 25 years ago, despite the BOU liquidating  the assets of the bank.

Teefe trust bank was closed in 1993, by the central bank as it was deemed bankrupt. The  special audit report of the Auditor General queried the mistakes  in the closure of Teefe Bank , International Credit Bank Ltd Greenland Bank ,  Co-operative Bank , National Bank of Commerce ), Global Trust Bank (2014) and recently Crane Bank Ltd.

The auditor also observed that there were no guidelines in place to guide the identification of the purchases of the defunct banks.

Pick pocketing: Police arrests over 300 suspects ahead of Christmas.

Over 300 suspects have been arrested in Kampala metropolitan during operations in different divisions of Kampala aimed at reducing crime on  streets  and make city peaceful during the Christmas festive. The operations are targeting criminals involved in pick pocketing, general thefts, vandalism on streets, pouring acid to motorist in traffic jam, drug abuse and injuring people in the many suburbs of Kampala.
These illegal and criminal activities disorganize and disrupt the smooth running of business in metropolitan area. The operation was carried out by the   divisions of Kampala metropolitan mainly, Katwe police, Kabalagala police, Central police station, Old Kampala, Jinja road, Wandegeya police.

These targeted black spots like Nakivubo channel, Namirembe road, Kisenyi, Katwe Kinyoro, Makerere Kivulu, Kinawataka, Murungo, Ndeeba as well as Kampala streets mainly where thugs used to open motorist cars to steal  different items like laptop, mobile phones and women hand bags. Those areas are commonly identified as the black spots and have always been regarded impassable both during day and night hours.

The operations were commanded by Deputy Kampaala Metropolitan Police Commander Denis Namuwoza who vows not to allow crime exist in city center during the festive season. He adds that most of the suspects were found in most frequented crime spots.

They were found in possession of marijuana, sharp knives, dangerous chemicals, metallic stones used to hit the victims before taking off with their valuables. The suspects are currently detained at different police division pending screening with help of area chairmen. They will later appear in court after screening.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that as the Christmas festive season approaches, all police divisions shall intensify operations in a bid to fight criminal activities in Kampala.

“Research has always shown that crime is always on the increase as festive seasons approach however we won’t  allow criminals to undermine the internal security and peace in Kampala,” says Owoyesigyire. He assured the general public of safety. He also reminded the citizens to take their personal security more seriously as the festive season approaches.

Besigye faults LDU recruitment process

By Moses Kidandi
Dr Kiiza Besigye has expressed concerns over planned assassinations that he says have been targeted at pinning the opposition leadership.
While Besigye addressed the media this afternoon  he said the recent shooting of Yasin Kauma the former driver of Kyadondo East member of Parliament Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu was  meant to kill the legislator  in order to implicate  and link Besigye to the killings.
About the recruitment of local defense units, Besigye has asked Parliament to intervene on the mode of recruitment which he says is going to cost tax payers  57 billion.
President Yoweri Museveni ordered for the recruitment of 24000 LDUs  in three districts of Mukono,Kampala and Wakiso which Besigye says is illegal.

Besigye explains that recruitment for village protection  is supposed to be conducted at village level and not by the UPDF which he says is going to absorb them into the reserve force according to the 2005 UPDF act.
He adds that the Presidents  intention of recruitment and training of LDUs  is not to control crime but to control politics. He says its a force meant to subdue people’s freedoms and will be under the S.F.C commando units according to his own intelligence.

Kampala Mayor Eryas Lukwago has also expressed concern over the recruitment of LDUs which process he says did not involve the local leaders in Kampala yet the process is meant to involve the leaders as stake holders.

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.