Mbale: Uganda Christian University guild election results have been nullified.

The Guild Election results of Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus have been nullified by the Electoral Appeals Board Committee. Yonasani Bululu won the 2nd November election r defeating his rival Jacqueline Ajego who   petitioned the Guild Electoral Commission citing irregularities during the elections.  Guild’s Returning Officer, Martha Apio explains.

For the first time since its creation, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated 37 billion shillings to divisions in the 2019/20 financial budgeting process.  The division mayors have been lobbying for creation of budget votes for their areas as a process of implementing section 31 of KCCA 2010 Act which establishes the office of division town clerk.

A 32-Year-Old Security Guard has pinned his former best Friend Emmanuel Eguki for defiling his 10-year old daughter.  The father, whose particulars have been  withheld to protect the daughter’s identity told the High Court Criminal Division sitting in Kampala that he was staying with his best friend and daughter at the time the incident happened, two years ago.

53year old boda boda man has been charged and further remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defiling an 11year old grandchild .Plugensio Ssebandeke denied aggravated defilement offence before High Court Judge Jane Frances Abodo.

 

Hearing of the rape case of a Makerere University lecturer Prof Christopher Bakunetta set.

By Sania Babirye
The High court in Kampala has fixed 20th/November to start hearing a case in which a Makerere University lecturer prof Christopher Bakunetta is charged with raping his female student . This is after Prof. Bakunetta has pleaed not guilty to rape charges before Justice Jane Frances Abodo.
Court has heard that Bakunetta a professor of ziology at Makerere University on the 29th/March 2016  had carnal knowledge of his a 22 year old female student without her consent .
Prosecution states that the victim was a first year student at the University and was renting on Bakunetta’s garage with in the Makerere  University premises. Bakunetta who is out on bail is among the 50 sexual offenders   to be handled in a  special session at the Highcourt that has been   set up to dispose -off cases of sexual and Gender based violence.
The judiciary has set up 13  sessions in selected Highcourt circuits and magistrate courts are to  run from today until 15th/December for purposes of  helping survivors access justice and reduce  on the over 1000 sexual cases which are logged into the system with the oldest being registered in 2013.
However due to a delay in trying these suspects,  court has heard that 2 of them  died while on remand at Luzira prison while seven of them have since jumped bail.
The High court in Kampala has fixed 20th/November to start hearing a case in which a Makerere University lecturer prof Christopher Bakunetta is charged with raping his female student .
This is after Prof. Bakunetta has pleaed not guilty to rape charges before Justice Jane Frances Abodo.
Court has heard that Bakunetta a professor of ziology at Makerere University on the 29th/March 2016  had carnal knowledge of his a 22 year old female student without her consent .

Kampala tycoons fight: Traders shuts-down business due to closure of Arcades.

BY ROBERT SSEGAWA

Business has been paralyzed in the city center following the closure of several arcades belongs to two worrying land Lords. The closure of buildings forced the traders to conduct their businesses from the city streets protesting the closure of buildings where they have been operating from.

Some of the several buildings closed are Naiga arcade, City Plaza, Atlantic textile, Zai Plaza, Money center, Jesco arcade, Nabukera and many more arcades on different streets of Kampala belongs to two property Mogul Drake Lubega and Manisulu Matovu alias Young.

According to Joel Matovu a trader operating business on money center, they got shocked to day morning to find their place of works Arcade locked with several padlocks without giving them reason why the building is closed. Traders have blocked road like Market Street road in a protest saying unless their building opened they will not vacate the road, and others were seen holding placards stopping motorists from using the road wants government to intervene because for the trader’s they paid their rent dues.

This also prompted the police to deploy heavily down town for any possible out come.

Drake Lubega and Maninsour Matovu Alias young agrees to close all their building in protest accusing the government failure to resolves the conflict of light full owner of a land that houses Qualicel arcade and Nabukera arcade that Charles Muhangi also claim that the land belongs to him.

 

This comes after the office of the Solicitor general issues two conflicting letters to both parties of Drake Lubega and Charles Muhangi confirming each the ownership of the land that housing the two arcades Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera.

This week on Monday , Charles Muhangi produced court order to police asking force the force to evict the Manager of Lubega and Young amidst live bullets.The two business men Drake Lubega and Young both accusing Charles Muhangi of planning to grab their buildings.

According to Issa Ssekito the Kacita spokesperson blames the government for failing to resolve the matter of that land that lasts for 13 good years.

Fire outbreak: Fire burns four relatives in the house.

By ROBERT SSEGAWA

Four people from the same family perished in a fire that gutted their house in Nabutiti zone in Kansanga a suburb of Kampala. The deceased have been identified as Twasirye Annet 35 years wife to Bagyenda Ronald of Mukono, her three children namely Akankwasa Elijah 10 years, Chakwa Musa 5years and a six month old baby only identified as Rebecca .

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased slept immediately after having their supper and left the candle wax burning that set fire on mattresses that spread all over the house.

Owoyesigyire adds that the fire brigade and rescue service were called in to extinguish the fire but by the time they arrived the four had already died in the inferno.

Fire fighters only managed to save the building. bHe further blamed the residents of Kansanga in Nabuti zone for building in road reserve which frustrated fire fighters since their failed to reach the scene on time due to the many structures built in the road.

The defiance Secretary for Nabuti zone Denis Kato descrimed the late Twasirye Annet as a person who has been very cooperative in community and a law abiding citizen.

Kato also urged the members of the community to stop leaving burning candle wax with children unattended to avoid such similar incidents from happening. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary and police have launched their investigation into the matter.

Women root for more leadership positions to rid Africa of corruption

By Edwin Muhumuza

Legislators meeting in Kigali, Rwanda want African governments to give women more leadership positions as a solution to corruption. They say women tend to behave more honestly than men and are concerned about fairness in their decisions.

Several studies suggest that women are less corrupt, and that companies with a higher number of women in decision making perform better in terms of resource management and maintaining a zero tolerance level for corruption,” said First Lady, Mrs Janet Kagame, who opened the 11 th Pan African Parliament Conference on the Rights of Women.

She said that women’s leadership as proactive and social agents of change is the game changer in the fight against corruption in Africa.

Alhagie Mbow, a legislator from The Gambia, reinforced the assertion that women’s leadership is crucial in combating corruption and bolstering African economies.

The latest research by Virginia Tech says that a greater representation of women in government is bad news for corruption,” he said adding that, “If we want to eliminate corruption in this continent, we need to empower women more by giving them positions of leadership. Women empowerment is not just about giving women basic positions but positions such as being heads of state, ministers of finance, ministers of energy, because these are positions where they can make an impact.”

The study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization by Virginia Tech in June 2018, spanned 125 nations worldwide, and established that corruption is lower in countries where there are a greater number of women in political leadership.

Responding to the findings, Uganda legislator Hon. Babriye Veronica Kadogo, observed that indeed corruption is a cancer affecting development because it affects all sectors. She noted that women are affected the most because corruption affects service delivery especially in the areas of health, infrastructure, education, water, sanitation, and other social sectors, which mainly affect women and children.

The legislator however sought to be provided statistics to support the proposition of the piety of women in leadership.

The discussants have talked about women not being corrupt but they have not given us statistics,” she said adding “What is the percentage of women compared to men who are corrupt because if the statistics indicate 40 per cent then it is high. And who are those women who are corrupt? The majority are rural women and that means it’s the elite and those women here that are corrupt.”

With regard to corruption being exacerbated by low levels of women’s empowerment, Kadogo said Uganda has programmes of empowering women, especially those in rural areas to equip them with capital and entrepreneurial skills.

During the debate on the gender dimension in the fight against corruption, members pointed out that the increasing incidences of electoral corruption had the potential to undermine the effectiveness of women in the fight against corruption. Some legislators also questioned the assertion that women were less corrupt arguing that they participated indirectly through agents or benefited from proceeds of corruption.

Conference Recommendations

Hon. Anifa Bangirana Kawooya, who is also the 3 rd Deputy Chairperson of the Pan African Parliament Women’s Caucus, presented to participants the conference recommendations and way forward, which included among others that African parliaments should advocate for gender mainstreaming in all governance and developmental initiatives in order to ensure that women are given leadership positions and that women empowerment is given priority. That African Union member states should be encouraged to ratify and domesticate AU instruments on gender equality and the fight against corruption. They also recommended to African countries to introduce values of anti corruption in their school curricular.

Involve local government in implementing SDGs says UNDP boss

By Moses Kidandi

The United  Nations Development program has advised the Government of Uganda to involve local government leaders in implementation of the UN sustainable development goals.

The call was made by UNDP resident representative to Uganda , Rosa Malango in a speech at the launch of the National sustainable development goals roadmap at the office of the Prime Minister conference hall.

Rosa Malango says Uganda is at take off stage of implementing the key SDGs like gender equality, poverty eradication, reduction of inequalities and industrialization with consumption among others.

Rosa says it’s important to involve local Governments since they are more closer to the local population.

The roadmap is to create an enabling environment for delivering of sustainable development goals

 

Budget meetings stall at KCCA after Musisi’s resignation announcement

By Robert Segawa

The Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago advised that the budget process of the authority be stalled after the resignation if the executive director Jennifer Musisi.

This was after Musisi’s resignation notice to president Museveni which will take effect on 15th December 2018.

Speaking during the on going council meeting at city hall,  Lukwago said they are supposed to meet with technical wing next week to kick start the budgeting process for the financial year 2019_2020.

He says that now the meetings can’t proceed without the authority having both the substantive executive director and deputy.

He notes that the deadline for handing in the budget is 15th November but the ministry of finance unlikely to give them extra time.

Jennifer Musisi wrote her resignation letter to the president last week. Since then, there has been mixed reactions on Musisi’s contribution towards her seven years on job as KCCA top boss. She stated that one of the reasons she has thrown in the towel is lack of political will by the people of Kampala to embrace change.

The Lord mayor has also come out to openly express happiness about this her move.

New campaign aimed at reusing trash

By Moses Kidandi

Environmentalists have launched a fresh campaign dubbed clean Uganda aimed at renewing commitment by communities to have proper sanitation across the country.

The campaign is aimed at turning waste generated in communities into proper use as a better way of preventing littering.

The targeted forms of waste  include organic waste, plastic waste, metal waste and others that can be re used to generate money in communities in form of recycling.

the campaign that is targeting community leaders is  targeting communities to embrace use of organic waste which is generated daily organic waste has been targeted to be re used in gardens both in forms

The campaign being piloted in Fort  portal municipality and later to other towns is targeting to have municipalities and communities embrace good sanitation and cleanliness by 2021.

Kenneth Tumusiime a waste management consultant is now urging religious leaders, political leaders to encourage communities to use garbage as a resource for their personal use.

UBA wins best social banking award for Leo-chat banking

By Edwin Muhumuza

UBA Uganda has been crowned the winner of the Digital Impact Awards Africa (DIAA) Social Banking award for its ground breaking Innovation -LEO Chat banking. This at an event held at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

The 2018 Digital Impact Awards (DIAA)  recognized and rewarded individuals and organizations that continue to spearhead the use of digital tools to enhance financial and digital inclusion while leading to economic transformation, across Africa.

UBA Uganda led the social banking category, where the bank was recognized for the innovation of the first banking chat bot in Uganda and the World.

UBA’s chat bot LEO impressed the judges, for bringing banking services to the apps where consumers didn’t have these services.

This award is for the teams that have worked so hard to bring LEO to life. We are grateful to the customers that voted for UBA. In line with our Customer First philosophy, we shall continue using technology to innovate products and services that empower customers and make banking more convenient.” said Johnson Agoreyo, MD/ CEO, UBA Uganda.

The application called LEO enables customers perform ordinary banking transactions such as account opening, funds transfer and airtime purchase while providing access to customer service on social media sites such as Facebook and Whatsapp.

Congratulating UBA Uganda on the award, Emeke E. Iweriebor, CEO UBA East and Southern Africa said “Technology has remained central to United Bank for Africa’s business strategy, as we continue to enhance our product offering beyond brick and mortar locations, deploying lifestyle banking technology, to serve our customers.This accolade, is therefore a testament of our pledge for excellence in line with our vision, to be the undisputed, leading and dominant financial services institution in Africa”.

With the increased demand of convenience by customers and the growth in the use of social media, LEO is a necessary and welcome innovation.

According to a statement from the website,United Bank for Africa (UBA) is one of Africa’s leading financial institutions, with operations in 20 countries and 3 global financial centers: London, Paris and New York and has evolved into a Pan-African, provider of banking and related financial services through diverse channels globally.The bank continues to expand the retail and commercial playing field in Uganda by delivering unique financial products and solutions of UBA Plc as an African brand.

More Bagandas attain their land titles in new ‘Kyapa Mungalo’ campaign

By Daudi Zirimala

Over 60 people from Buganda Kingdom have received their land titles on  kingdom land in  a campaign dubbed Kyapa Mungalo in a bid to strengthen their tenancy on land.

Speaking to the beneficiaries at Buganda Land Board offices in Ndejje Lufuuka Wakiso district,the area member of parliament Makindye Municipality Sempala Kigozi urged tenants in Kabaka`s Land not to be deceived by false propaganda on Kyapa mungalo intended to divert people’s attention and grab their land.
He says many people who have embraced this campaign have gotten their land titles which have enabled them to develop their land through getting development loans in  commercial banks.
Over 1000 people on Kabaka`s have already got their land titles through Buganda Land Board ever since Kyapa Mungalo campaign was launched by the Kingdom’s premier Charles Peter Mayiga.