Byandala has a case to answer says Anti-corruption court

By Sania Babirye

Anti corruption court Justice Lawrence Gidudu has ruled that the former works minister Abraham Byandala and his six  co accused have a case to answer in the Mukono- Katosi road saga in which government lost over 24.7 billion shillings in shoddy upgrade work.

According to  Justice Gidudu, the Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja proved a pr-mafacie case against the accused after presenting 23 witness.

Justice Gidudu has explained that Byandala and others authored documents and that they must individually explain why the authored them,  including the now minister without portfolio explaining to the tax payers why he did not take due diligence before signing off the  contract to a fake company costing the nation billions of shillings.

The IGG thorough her attorney Sarah Birungi charged Byandala  with Abuse of office , causing government a financial loss and disobedience of  her orders to stop the works on the Mukono-katosi -Nyenga road.

She accuses the former works Minister to have defied the order and instead influenced  the procurement process  and proceeded  to sign  the contract to an incompetent company  ETAW.

In his written submission, Byandala had claimed that he had the mandate  to give policy directives as a minister however Justice Gidudu has ruled that Byandala must explain whether  in his policy directive, it involved  directing UNRA to sign a contract to a ghost company.

Byandala’s co accused include the former Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officials Berunado Ssebbugga, Joe Ssemugooma, Wilberforce Senjako and Marvin Baryaruha.

These are  charged with Abuse of office and negligence of their official duties resulting into the loss and must explain to whom they paid the  money to construct the road since EUTAW has never been seen at the site .

Others include  city businessman Apolo Senkeeto who has been ordered to defend himself against  allegations of theft and obtaining the contentious 24.7 billion  shillings  by falsely representing himself as the president of ETAW -Uganda, the ghost   company.

The last suspect is Isaac Mugote of   Housing Finance Bank who has been ordered to explain why he failed to verify the securities presented by ETAW before releasing out the money which  securities would have been a fall back position to government after investigations revealed that the company is non-existent.

However Byandala and his co accused maintained their innocence and had asked court to find a case of no answer against them on grounds that prosecution had not adduced  sufficient evidence to warrant their defense .

The accused are facing  24 counts of abuse of office,disobedience of lawful orders,influence and peddling,obtaining money by false pretense and embezzlement among others.

According to the IGG,on the 14th of  November  2013  Byandala ordered the signing of a contract between UNRA and Etawu, a construction company before due date for construction and upgrading of the road leading to the loss of  24.7  billion shillings to a company that was not qualified.

Capital FM partners with Abryans to bring you the biggest fashion event in Uganda

Capital FM is the official radio partner of the 2017 Abryans Style and Fashion Awards 2017.

Wordsmiths from the golden literary eon coined the notion that; ‘class gravitates towards class.’ And they were right. Because indeed, with affluence comes pride. Such was the case when Uganda’s finest English Speaking radio station, Capital FM (on frequency 91.3,) together with its sister radio, Beat FM, joined the list of sponsors at the forthcoming Abryanz and Style Fashion Awards (ASFAS.)

During a mini press brief about the partnership on Thursday, Capital FM General Manager Peter Mungoma referred to the ASFA’s as a phenomenal venture.
“We are excited to be part of a ceremony that attracts a youthful audience. The ASFAS resonate with our audience, the youthful population that loves style, fashion and flamboyance. We will thus use this opportunity to help the continent celebrate the individuals that have flourished in the different institutes of fashion,” relayed an ecstatic Peter Mungoma.

The mini press brief that took place at the Capital FM premises at Kisementi also had celebrated TV and radio presenter Katongole Omutongole, currently of Beat FM, relay his excitement about the new partnership.
“Beat FM is undoubtedly the best Luganda speaking radio station in the country right now. And even when our audience is not exactly the type you’d call fashion savvy, they are excited and willing to learn about trends. They will be excited to learn about fashion and be in an environment full of people that exude such oomph. It is an opportunity we won’t take for granted,” explained Katongole.

Capital Fm joins a list of sponsors like Ciroc Premium Vodka, NTV, , KCCA, Bell Jamz, Uganda Police, Pemba Sports Africa, Sky Beach Freedom City, Fenon Events, Joram Model Management, MuleyiPr that are supporting the process of organization of the forthcoming Abryanz Style and Fashion awards that are due for 8th December 2017.

 

 

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE DIVIDED ON DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

By Edwin Muhumuza

Former Leader of opposition in Parliament and MP Agago North Ogenga Latigo says the committee on rules, privileges and discipline cannot investigate the actions of legislators because it illegal.

The move by the speaker to direct the committee to investigate the conduct of legislators opposed to lifting the presidential age limit from the constitution has been faulted by former leader of opposition Ogenga Latigo. He says conditions under which it was instituted are wrong since the speaker abandoned the house.

This following the nasty scenes that rocked the house last week in which Special Forces raided parliament to evict members of parliament on the directive of the speaker who had instructed the Sergeant At Arms to take action.

However in their first sitting,the parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline is divided on how to investigate the conduct of legislators who sang the national anthem in protest of plans to lift the presidential age limit from the constitution after the speaker had suspended 25 of them.

Members submissions were laced with  political undertones of witch hunt based on party lines. The chairman, Hon Kenneth Obote Oboth cationed members to put political differences aside to investigate an incident that has cast the speaker Rt.Hon.Rebecca Kadaga in wrong light and even parliament.

He reiterated that it was not time to go deep into the technicalities of the matter at this stage noting that they would go ahead to come up with a list of legislators to face disciplinary action based on CCTV footage of that day with focus on how members behaved .

Former KCC employee sues KCCA boss over unpaid salary

By Sania Babirye
The   executive Director of Kampala Capital  City Authority( KCCA)Jennifer Musisi has been summoned by the high court in Kampala on allegations of illegally terminating an employee without paying his 1.9 nillion shillings in  emoluments in 2012.
According to  documents before court Musisi is being sued by a one Patrick Kisoke  a former clerical clerk with the dissolved  KCC.
Kisoke claims that he worked as the Kampala City Council clerical  clerk from 1999 until July 2012 when his services were terminated  by  Kampala Capital City Authority on grounds that his office had been abolished by the new statute.
Kisoke  however is alleging that his termination was irregular because his letter was backdated to read that the defunct  KCC had retired him and therefore he is a stranger to KCCA  yet in actual sense he is sure that the office of the clerical clerk is still in existence.
Kisoke is now accusing the Executive Director of having a personal grudge against him to the extent of even refusing to instruct the public service ministry to process his retirement benefits.
The high court deputy Registra Sarah Langa has now given Musisi and the attorney General 15 days within which to file their defense.

Shops down town open to business amidst “togikwatako” tension

Streets in Kampala’s central business district (CBD) are bustling with activities despite public anxiety and heavy deployment over the upcoming presidential age limit debate in parliament.

With the deployment of police and the military in several strategic locations, speculation was rife that people would keep off the Central Business District in anticipation of demonstrations over the proposed move to remove Article 102(b) of the Constitution.

The motion for the amendment of the Article, which caps the presidential age at 75, is expected today after a failed attempt last Thursday. Amid the anxiety, various political groups and civil society organizations are mobilizing supporters to come out and challenge the planned amendment.

Last week, when the matter was expected in parliament, police engaged demonstrators in running battles, paralyzing business in several areas. But shops in Kampala are all open with business going on normally. Taxis and other motorists are also operating normally.

Jacob Okoku, a resident of Kireka, says he had feared to go to the city centre but is surprised with the calmness.

The Constitution Square in the centre of Kampala has been declared out of bounds for unauthorized personnel. The Square, usually a target for demonstrators, is closed to the public with tapes blocking all entrances.

While the police and military are stationed in the middle of the Square, crime preventers are manning the entrances, turning away people. Armored vehicles and fire engines are on the ready, in anticipation of any riotous developments.

Noah Bukenya, a boda-boda cyclist at the Square, told URN that the crime preventers started their operations in the wee hours of the morning.

Anti-riot police is also deployed at the Democratic Party (DP) headquarters at City House. A police patrol pickup full with heavily armed policemen is parked at the entrance to the DP offices as other police men are positioned around the building.

DP coined the anti-age limit removal campaign slogan, Kogikwatako, which has since caught on with different ethnicities coining their own versions.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, says the deployment is in response to, as he put it, “what’s going on in the country”.

City House also houses the offices of the youth wing of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

 

-URN

Kanyamunyu applies for Bail for the forth time

By Sania Babirye

Mathew Kanyamunyu Muyogoma who is charged with the murder of Kenneth Akena a social worker at Lugogo in Kampala in 2016 has applied for bail for the fourth time.

This is after his three other bail applications were  declined with the recent being on the 23rd of August this year when high court judge Yasin Nyanzi ruled that he did not have exceptional circumstances including old age and poor health that are the main conditions for bail to be granted.

In the fresh bail application before high court criminal division, Kanyamunyu still claims that bail is his constitutional right and the notion of presumption of innocence until proved  guilty.

When High court Judge Yasin Nyanzi declined to grant him bail he advised him  to apply for bail as many times as possible but under a different judge since circumstances which the judge  based on to deny him bail have never changed since then.

With this new application, the application will either be heard by justice  Wilson Kwesiga or Anglin Ssenoga.

Prosecution   states that  on the 12th of  November 2016 along Jinja High way in Kampala opposite  the Uganda Manufacturer’s Association  (UMA) , with malice a fore thought, Kanyamunyu shot at Kenneth  Akena who later died from Norvik hospital in Kampala.

Akena is said to have accidentally scratched Mathew Kanyamunyu’s  car but when he got out to apologize Mathew Kanyamunyu who was in the car with his girlfriend allegedly pulled out his missing gun and shot him three times in the stomach.

He died at Norvik Hospital where Kanyamunyu who claims to have been trying to save him as a good Samaritan after he was shot had taken him for medication.

Akena  however is said to have left a dying declaration saying he was shot by Kanyamunyu.

Serena Williams unveils Baby Alexis to the world

Twelve days after being born in a West Palm Beach, Florida, hospital, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. has made her debut to the world in an Instagram post and accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.

The video goes far beyond your average “Hello, world“ first glimpse at a newborn; it cuts together home video and social-media posts from Williams‘s entire pregnancy, including what looks like a Snapchat selfie from the Australian Open in which Williams, clutching her winner’s trophy, writes, “No one knows I’m 8 weeks pregnant.“ As she told Vanity Fair for the August cover story, Williams took the pregnancy test in January just to prove to her friend that she wasn’t pregnant, and on seeing the positive result thought, “Oh my God, this can’t be—I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open? I had planned on winning Wimbledon this year.”

Williams won the Australian Open, with only her sister Venus, two friends, a doctor, and her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, aware of the pregnancy. When she announced it months later she somehow found a way to surprise people once again with her strength. And she plans to do it again soon, too; she told Buzz Bissinger that she plans to be back on the court in January.

The video ends with all the usual newborn baby stats about baby Alexis, who is named after her father in a way typically reserved for boys (though no surprise that Serena Williams’s daughter is already breaking barriers). Weight: 6 pounds and 14 ounces.

-Vanities

Bobby Brown sues TV over misrepresentation in daughter’s biopic

Bobbi Kristina’s estate has joined forces with her father Bobby Brown to stop TV One from airing a biopic about his daughter’s short life.

The 48-year-old had already filed suit in a Manhattan Federal Court, claiming the portrayal of him as a bad dad is defamatory.

Bobbi Kristina’s estate has now joined the lawsuit, alleging the biopic violates her right to privacy, which it claimed survived her death at age 22, TMZ  revealed on Tuesday.

CPR performed by her fiance Nick Gordon kept Bobbi Kristina alive and she was placed in a coma for six months until doctors determined that her brain was irreversibly damaged.

 She died in hospice care in Duluth, Georgia.

An autopsy revealed Bobbi Kristina drowned after consuming alcohol, cannabis and a prescription medication used for anxiety or sedation.

Three years earlier her mother Whitney Houston drowned in a bath in her Beverly Hills hotel room, aged 48, due to drug intoxication.

Bobby Brown, who now shares three children with wife  Alicia Etheredge, has already claimed in his lawsuit the movie falsely shows him as violent toward Whitney.

It also suggests that Bobbi Kristina witnessed the alleged abuse. He also claims scenes show him as an unloving father.

The estate and Bobby want more than $2 million in damages and they want the judge to stop TV One airing the show next month.

TV One isn’t backing down. It ‘stands by the film and its representation of this period in Bobbi Kristina’s life,’ the production company said in a statement to E! News.

~Daily Mail

Mwanje and others return to court for trial over Kigundu

 By Sania Babirye

The former acting Amir of Nakaserero Mosque  sheikh  Yahaya Ramathan Mwanje and seven others have been committed to the international crimes division of the high court to be tried over murder and terrorism charges.

This morning senior prosecutors Lillian Omora and Jonathan Muwaganya informed Buganda road  court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani  that the Director of Public prosecutions Mike Chibita has directed them to have the accused committed after completion of investigations.

 On the 6th of this month Sheikh Mwanje and his first three co accused  were charged afresh with Murder, Terrorism and aiding a terror group ADF after the DPP withdrew his first murder charges that Sheikh Mwanje and three others were already being tried in the high court.

The process was to allow state to add four more suspects and slap fresh charges of Murder, Terrorism, and aiding a terror group  on all the suspects so that the entire group can be tried together.

The new suspects  are part of the 14 people  who are also charged with the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

They include Yusuf Nyanzi,  Kalyango Jibril, Balyejusa Noordin and Bruhan Balijusa.

Other suspects include 43 year old bodaboda rider  Buyondo Muhammad a resident of Nsanji, 37 year old Sendegeya Abdul Wahab a bodaboda rider in Kyengere Nsanji and a 43 year old  business man in Masanafu  Sekandi Musa.

According to  the new charges Sheikh Mwanje and his co accused with others still at large,  on the 26 of November 2016 at Masanafu trading center Rubaga division murdered Major Muhammad Kigundu and his body guard  sergeant Stephen Mukasa.

The state further says that the suspects between 2010 and 2017 within the different district in the country aided and abetted terrorism by way of recruitment and  rendering support in form of training ADF members .

Meanwhile Nyanzi and Kalyango are  separately  charged with belonging and confessing to belong to ADF between 2010 and 2012.

The chief magistrate has however bared them  from  pleading to the new charges since they are capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

They have all been remanded to Luzira prison until the court will finally set a date for hearing of the case.

Mwanje  was arrested in November 2016 and detained  at Nalufenya until January 2017 when  he was finally charged.

Heavy rain in Isingiro washes homes and livestock away

Hundreds of people are homeless in Nyamiyanja and Birere Sub counties in Isingiro district following heavy rains that have been pounding the area since Sunday. The rains have destroyed several homes, several acres of banana plantations and livestock.

The rains also washed away Kishuro and Katanoga bridges and devastated Nyamiyanja gravity water flow scheme. The most affected are Eijugangoma, Nyarwenshama, Twamagondo and Nyakibare in Nyamiyanja Sub County where several crop gardens were destroyed completely.

Joseph Besigye, the LC 3 chairperson, Birere Sub County, says the displaced people have taken refuge in churches and schools. According to Besigye, they are still assessing the magnitude of the destruction before deciding their next course of action.

Jeremiah Kamurali, the Isingiro LC V Chairperson, says they are concerned over the disasters, which he blames on environmental degradation. He says there is need for residents to adopt modern farming methods to avert future challenges.

 

-URN