High court wins people’s choice award for court ruling made about missing baby

Ugandan High Court decision has won the People’s Choice Gavel at the 2017 Gender Justice Uncovered Awards for advancing the rights of women and girls.

The annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards are hosted by Women’s Link Worldwide, an international organization to shed light on the positive and negative impacts court decisions have on the lives of women and girls around the world.

In January, Justice Lydia Mugambe rules on the case of a missing baby from the national referral hospital Mulago. She ruled that a public hospital’s negligence resulting in the disappearance of a couple’s baby resulted in psychological torture for the parents and violated their rights to health and access to information. The couple was also granted compensation of 85 million shillings.

In an online process, Justice Mugambe’s decision garnered 3,829 votes to beat 17 other rulings that were nominated for the best judicial decision from all around the world.

“The court decision stood out because it recognized the need to not only address the human rights of the couple who were parties to the case, but also the failure on the part of the state of Uganda to fulfill its obligation of the right to health”, said Lydia Muthiani, Women’s Link attorney.

According to Women’s Link, Justice Mugambe’s decision specifies that a woman’s inability to access sufficient antenatal care demonstrates a failure on the part of the State to fulfill its obligations under the right to health. It also points out that States also have an obligation to devote special attention and resources to women whose circumstances make them vulnerable and those who suffer from multiple forms of inequality.

The Court also pointed to overburdened hospital staff which led to errors as another example of the failure to comply with obligations under the right to health.

A social justice advocacy organisation, the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and the parents of the child sued the attorney general and executive director of Mulago hospital for unlawful disappearance of their baby.

“We applaud the Judiciary for upholding health and human rights of Jennifer Musimenta and her husband Michael Mubangizi,  at a time when they had no recourse for justice”, said Moses Mulumba Executive Director, CEHURD.

“This award comes at a crucial time (because) the ruling required the Uganda Police to make a report on the where about of this couple’s child within six months but we are yet to hear from them,” he added.

Other rulings from African Courts that have won an Award:
The High Court of Tanzania  takes the Bronze Gavel (court ruling with a positive effect on women and girls’ lives) for its ruling instructing the government to ban child marriage and set the legal age for marriage at 18 for both sexes.

The Golden Bludgeon (court ruling with a negative effect on women and girls’ lives) went to the High Court of Kenya for its decision to acquit a man for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, on basis that girls often make false reports of non-consensual sex.



Shell Gas prices sliced ahead of Tokosa food festival

By Annah Nafula

Shell cuts prices of cooking gas, a move, Uganda’s Country sales manager, Edward Walugembe says is intended to make cooking gas affordable to all Ugandans.
While speaking at the launch of the Third edition of Tokosa Food festival on Wednesday, Walugembe highlighted that Shell gas is committed to protecting the environment with their environmentally friendly products.

Walugembe says the third edition of the Tokosa food festival will be a pure culinary celebration involving partners like Coca cola Uganda, UBL, and DSTV. “We have many chefs lined up to share their recipes which people can follow and perfect for the 20th May cook off.” He adds.

This year, Shell Gas has identified Blessed Child foundation as the beneficiary partner, who will get 10% of the total event proceeds in addition to a full kitchen make over. The Blessed child organization takes care of children living with Cancer.

Walugembe says with the proceeds of last year, Shell gas was able to install and provide gas for Blessed child organisation for the whole year and provide food stuff for the children living with cancer.

This year’s Tokosa event is slated for 20th May and will be held at Legends.


By Alice Lubwama

The Uganda prisons service has accused the judiciary of making the bail fees unaffordable for the poor to access justice.

While speaking at the report dubbed justice delayed is justice denied in Kampala, the prison service spokesperson Frank Baine said that the bail should be intended to protect a right to bail but not to defeat it.

Baine adds that people have now resorted to mob justice because they have lost trust in police and the judiciary.

Police intervenes in the Park yard traders’ demonstration

By Robert Segawa

Businesses has today morning been paralysed after park yard traders demonstrated , dismissing Kampala minister’s directive to have them out of  their area of operation with in 30days.

Police intervened  arresting some of the traders who are thought to be ring leaders of the demonstration.  The demonstration got violent as traders had began pelting stones at police officers, injuring some of them.

Early this week minister Betty Kamya passed a 30 days ultimatum asking the traders to leave the space for developer  Ham so he can build standard structures .

Many shops along  Nakivubo Mews, Channel street, Nakivubo road  and all roads around  park yard remain closed.

NSSF recovers 1.8Bn shillings through online whistle blowers page

By Wasswa Deo

The ongoing whistle-blower campaign by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has recovered over Shs1.8 billion .

Last month, the NSSF unveiled a new web-based whistle-blower platform for aggrieved employees to report employers who fail to remit their contributions to the Fund, as required by the law.

The Head Marketing and Communications, Barbra Teddy Arimi, says, up to 90% of the cases received were through the NSSF Whistle-blower platform, hence it is one of the Fund’s most effective tools to increase compliance levels and recover billions of employees’ contributions meant for their retirement.

According to her, more than 25,000 employers are meant to pay NSSF contributions. However, 12,000 of these are not complying and of the 13,000 who are complying, only 8,900 are consistently remitting NSSF contributions for their employees.

A total of 149 cases received over the last 4 months, January recorded the most cases at 55, followed by October (27).

She added that this is a continuous campaign, urging employees to continue being vigilant and speak out to ensure that their employers remit their savings to the Fund.

No one will derail parliament- Obore

By Patricia Osman

The director of communications and public relations of Parliament Chris Obore says no one will derail parliament form discussing or debating on the issue of 6bn shillings oil bonanza.

His comments follow an interim order by the Constitutional Court stopping MPs, any person or authority from inquiring or investigating the bonus payment of shs 6 billion to senior government officers.

However Mr. Obore says the matter can only be determined by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga. Obore says that the matter is of public interest adding that speaker will guide the MPs on the matter.

Meanwhile the Public Accounts Comitte chaired by Ntungamo municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga and Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises committee chaired by Bugweri County legislator Abdul Katuntu have already expressed interest in investigating the case.

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By Kizindo Lule

The public is advised to avoid shaking hands following the outbreak of Red Eye disease in the northern district of Gulu.

The disease has so far affected 798 people in the district with most affected in Gulu main prison, Pece prison, Gulu remand home and Gulu Main police station.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Vivian Nakaliika says people should also wash hands with soap to avoid contracting the disease.

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Uganda Police and NWSC champion the green environment campaign

The Uganda Police Force Kapchorwa area officers and the Municipality leadership joined NWSC for a tree planting activity at Kapchorwa Boma Grounds.
The exercise is part of NWSC’S ongoing campaign to green the environment.
Speaking at the tree planting activity spearheaded by the Young Water Professionals Uganda Chapter, NWSC MD Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha urged Ugandans to give back to the environment by planting trees and protecting water sources.
“Issues of climate change can no longer be left to the experts only. We all have a part to play.,” Dr.Eng Silver Mugisha.

Masaka MP loses seat

By Sania Babirye

The High court in Masaka has nullified the election of Amos Mandela as the Buyamba county Member of Parliament.

Former Makerere guild president Ivan Bwowe sued Mandela on grounds that he did not possess the required qualification, and used forged academic papers for nomination.

The court ruled that both his O and A level transcripts had different names one in the names of Majara Amos while another had the names Amos Madala.

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Political wrangles are the major causes of low revenue- minister

By Robert Segawa.

Minister for Kampala Betty Namisango Kamya has advised Kampala Capital City Authority division chairpersons to put a side political difference and work for the betterment of Kampala city.

Kamya made the remarks while opening a revenue mobilization workshop at Royal Suite hotel Bugolobi.

The minister said that its time for divisional chairpersons and councilors to forget their political party differences and focus on a point of serving the people of Kampala who elected them.

She noted that Kampala political wrangles are the major causes of low revenue returns by bringing street vendors because they voted them and yet they do not pay taxes to the city authority.

Sam Sserunkuma the director revenue KCCA also explained that Kampala politics which started in April last year to February this year hindered KCCA from meeting their revenue collection target of Ug120bn leading to collection of only Ug80bn.

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