Dr Cypriano says AIGP Kaweesi is the 5 security officer to be gunned down.

By Robert Segawa.

The archbishop of Kampala archdiocese Dr Cypriano Kizito Lwanga has condemned the current wave of gun shootings in the city that have claimed the life of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi , his driver  Godfrey Wambewo and a body guard Keneth Erau.

Dr Lwanga made his remarks while speaking as a main celebrant during the requiem mass for Kaweesi who was brutally murdered by unknown gunmen travelling on a motorcycle near his home in Kulambiro- Kisasi a Kampala suburb.

According to Lwanga, AIGP Kaweesi is the 5th security officer to be gunned down in broad day light in Kampala in a space of five month.

The archbishop explained that currently the country is facing various assassinations including iron hit bar men, gun shots, and character assassination which he says contravene the biblical 5th commandment.

He urged all the wrong doers including Kaweesi’s killers to stop shedding blood, repent and come for reconciliation.

Dr Lwanga described Kaweesi as an officer who loved his faith, a devoted Catholic and an inspiring officer who inspired hundreds of other fellow officers. He also reminded crime preventers to know their duties of detecting crime other than fueling crime.

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FDC fails to secure a single seat at the East African Legislative Assembly.

By URN

For the second consecutive time opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party failed to secure a single seat as Parliament voted nine legislators to represent Uganda at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

Both Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) and the Democratic Party (DP) managed to retain one seat each, with the ruling NRM party making using its numbers in Parliament to send all its six legislators through.

Courtesy of its numerical strength in Parliament, NRM candidates Paul Musamali, Rose Akol Okullu, George Odong, Mathias Kasamba, Denis Namara and Mary Mugyenyi will be joining the Arusha-based assembly in June.  These will be joined by incumbents including DP’s Mukasa Fred Mbidde, Christopher Opoka of UPC as well as Independent Candidate Suzan Nakawuki.

In the results announced by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga this evening, former internal affairs minister Akol Okullu topped the list of 47 contestants with 370 votes.

Akol was followed by former Kakuuto County MP Mathias Kasamba who garnered 359 votes. It was an NRM affair as Paul Musamli got 350 votes followed by George Odong with 346 and former Agriculture minister Mary Muguenyi with 341 votes. Denis Namara, another NRM candidate got 329 votes.

Incumbents Mukasa Mbidde and Nakawuki got 308 and 298 votes respectively, leaving FDC’s Ibi Ekwau in 10th position with 179 votes. Ingrid Turinawe, another FDC candidate, who was heckled throughout her campaign speech earlier in the day, got 25 votes.

There were eight invalid votes.

KATUNTU DISAPPOINTED WITH UGANDA LAWSOCIETY

By Alice Lubwama

The parliamentary committee investigating the presidential hand shake is disappointed with NGO s and Uganda Law Society for failing to turn up before the committee to have an input on the issue.

The chairperson of the committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises Hon. Abdul Katuntu says they had given all stakeholders an opportunity to bring their views before the committee instead of discussing the matter on the social media.

Katuntu say that it is absurd for the people who always pretend to be so much interested in public affairs, to turn down an opportunity where they will go on record.

 

COUNTRIES INTERESTED IN THE UGANDA OIL

Happening at Munyonyo Common Wealth resort this week is the 13th Northern Corridor Integration Project (NCIP) summit.  The invited countries who will attend are Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan the core members of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects.

Observers such as Tanzania and Burundi have been invited including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia for showing interest to participate in the NCIP summit meetings.

The meeting will also be attended by, the East African community which is representing the Transit Corridor Authority. Invited are members of the sector from both Uganda and members states.

This summit has number of projects in discussion building on the last summit that was on December 10th 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Northern Corridor Projects cover, the standard gauge railway, ICT, the oil refinery development, political federation, financing and private sector participation which are coordinated by Uganda on behalf of the other members of the northern corridor.

Energy generation and inter connectivity, refined and crude pipe lines, human resource capacity building, commodities exchange, land are being coordinated by the republic of Kenya.

Rwanda coordinate a number of clusters including; immigration, trade, tourism, labor and services, single customs territory, defense cooperation, peace and security cooperation and the airspace.

The expected highlights at this summit include signing of MoUs such as; on the northern corridor integration projects with the northern corridor technology alliance. This will be the northern corridor alliance working with the private sector alliances.

Second is the data accessing framework, adoption of the broad band strategy. The northern corridor countries have been having one area network charge on the voice and SMS. We hope that upon signing, we will have uniform rates to be charged by operators. This is significant because the voice and SMS rates across the region has been uniform and having the same apply to data will be a great achievement given the fact that data consumption has increased as people use applications such as WhatsApp.

There will be considerations for adoption of succession to mutual defense pact, mutual peace and security pact by the other member states, endorsement of conflict resolution mechanism in the northern corridor investment project countries and single customs territory by strengthening for infra-regional trade expansion among others.

Also to note is that the northern corridor integration project has attracted significant participation by Ethiopia and DRC. Ethiopia is more interested in Standard gauge railway as well as energy. DRC is interested in the standard railway plus the oil pipeline and gas.

Tanzania and Burundi have become more regular in attending these meetings an indicator of the achievement in first tracking from a slower case by the East African Community.

IN COURT: NRM’S SIMON PETER SSEMATIMBA

The victory of NRM’s Simon Peter Ssematimba as MP –elect representing Busiro South Constituency has been challenged before the Kampala High Court by his political contender Stephen Sekigozi.

Sekigozi accuses Ssematimba of fraudulently procuring his nomination for the election when he lacked proper qualification papers.

He adds that Ssematimba used forged qualifications allegedly obtained from a University in the USA to get a certificate of equivalence from the Uganda National Council of Education (NCHIE) which he presented before the Electoral Commission for nomination.

High court registrar Alex Ajiji has ordered Ssematimba, the Electoral Commission and the NCHIE to file their defense within 10 days. The case is before Justice Lydia Mugambe.

FDC PRAYERS: 12 PUPILS SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL

Citizens parents primary school in Makindye division suspends 12 of its pupil for one week for participating in FDC prayers held at Najjanankumbi.

The director of the school Haruna Nambale former councilor in Makindye on NRM ticket says he was all surprised to be informed that his pupil were dressed up in school uniforms neglecting schools and instead going to participate in players.

Nambale who was at school said this act of politicizing education must be discouraged because at school we don’t believe in dividing pupil we are handling pupils of different political parties  those believing in NRM, DP,FDC,  and others.

He adds that those did it they have done it illegally and he will punish the parents by suspending the children for a full week.


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NEMA impounds over 18000 kgs of Polythene

The National Environment Management Authority -NEMA has started the process of safely disposing off over 18,000 kilograms polythene bags impounded in recent operations.

Epsilon Uganda Limited, a local waste management company is handling the incineration process conducted in Zirobwe, Nakasongola district. The exercise, expected to last one week, starts today.

This follows a directive banning the use, sale and distribution of polyethylene material below 30 microns as one of the mechanisms to protect the environment against degradation.

NEMA led an operation from April 2015 to confiscate polyethylene material and bags from traders who had initially defied the ban. The operation targeted industries, supermarkets, shopping malls and street traders across the country.

State Minister for environment Flavia Munaaba says that the company is using a new technology that incinerates the polyethylene at high temperature in order to limit any possible danger to the environment. She says the incineration will be done in sequences following the size of career bags recovered.

She was addressing a press conference at the media centre in Kampala.

Munaaba equally appealed to the general public to embrace use of alternative bags instead of the polythene bags stating that it is for the protection of the environment.

She also warned factories against engaging in more production and trade polyethylene bags commonly referred to as Kaveera and advised them to engage in the production of other plastics that are not prohibited.

NEMA records indicate that up to 39,000 tons of polythene-related waste is dumped in the environment yearly in the country and yet most of them take years to decompose.

However, Even with the ban, many retail shops still have polythene bags and are profiting from them.

Aidah Nakabugo, a shop attendant states that no better option has been identified by the Government or NEMA on the materials.  She states that although paper bags work, they have not provided the much needed alternative.

 

 

 

 

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SSEJUSA HAS SPOKEN

Hearing of the case in which the former intelligence coordinator  General  David Ssejusa  is suing the  Army Commissions and Promotions Board of deliberately refusing to retire from him has finally  kicked  off today before  the High Court judge Margaret Oguli Oumu.

Ssejusa insists that he is not a serving army officer since he no longer receives a salary from the army. He also alleges that his gun was withdrawn from him by the army and he has not been deployed anywhere.

General Sejusa is facing charges of   conduct prejudicial to good order when he is still a serving army officer, absence from parliament without leave and engaging in politics among others.


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Dr. Kiiza Besigye arrested.

Opposition FDC leader retired Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye has been arrested and taken to Nagalama police station.

Besigye was on his way to attend free my vote Prayers at FDC headquarters in Najanankumbi when he was blocked by police from accessing town at the Mulago round about in the morning.

Police towed away his vehicle with Besigye locked inside and took   him first to Kiira road police station and later transported him to Nagalama.

Police says the massive numbers of supporters who were escorting Besigye were bound to cause chaos in the city.

Uganda police was helped by unknown Men in a vehicle Noah UAT 018C, having paper spray and electric cables to disperse the masses, especially Boda boda operators.

Kiiza Besigye was scheduled to attend the black Tuesday prayers organized by the forum for democratic change but did not make it to Najjanankumbi following a prolonged standoff at Mulago round about that resulted into his arrest.

The forum for Democratic change FDC launched National prayers for freedom and peace in the country last month following Besigye’s house arrest after the February 18th election.

Police had asked Besigye to proceed to Najanankumbi without a procession of supporters who were following him. Besigye accused police of participating in carrying out political injustices.

 

POLICE DEPLOYMENT IN GAYAZA

Police has deployed at Gayaza road ahead of a planned procession by Dr. Kiiza Besigye to the FDC Headquarters for prayers.

The forum for Democratic change FDC launched National prayers for freedom and peace in the country last month as Besigye was incarcerated at his Kasangati residence following the February 18 general elections.

The prayers are meant to pray for freedom in Uganda, for those in prison and those that are undergoing political injustices.

This will be the first time for Kiiza Besigye to move freely since he was put under house arrest.


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