Standard Chartered Bank named best performing commercial bank

By Moses  Kidandi
Governor Bank of Uganda Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile has recognized Standard Chartered (StanChart) Bank Uganda as the Best Performing Commercial Bank in Government Securities for the month of May 2018.
The award was handed out after the Governor’s monthly meeting with the Uganda Bankers’ Association (UBA) – an umbrella body for commercial banks operating in Uganda. Governor Mutebile congratulated the StanChart CEO, Albert Saltson, upon this performance.

Gen. Gutti sworn in as head of Court martial

Lt.General Andrew Gutti has been sworn in today for another one year term as head of the General court martial .

The sworn in Ceremony has been presided over by new Judge advocate  col.Tukacungura Richard at the army court sitting  in Makindye.
Lt.Gen. Gutti  will embark on his new and last term after being recently re appointed by President Museveni to head the army court after his term in office expired in June this year.
Lt.Gutti was also sworn in along other 10 members  including  Col.Tukacungura who replaced Col. Gidion Katinda as the judge advocate, Major.Henry Serugo,Capt.Teopista Opal and Capt.Paul Mugerwa among others.
These vowed to be object, Impartial and discret in their line of duty.
After being sworn in,the group began doing their work ny hearing caes involving both civilians and soldiers after being on recess for one month which put all cases on hold.

Inter religious council warns public against corruption

By Wasswa Deo

Inter religious council of Uganda says, Ugandans who are against the lining up behind their local council leaders during forth coming elections, are not faithful and are involved in bribery.

Addressing journalists,  His Eminence, Shaban Mubajje, council president of inter religious council has noted that if somebody takes bribe from any candidate he or she will definitely fear the lining up approach  due to backlash.

He therefore calling up on Ugandans to fully take part in voting exercise by lining up at the back of those candidates whom they feel is worth to lead them

Public warned against using money lenders

By Sania Babirye

The Kabula county Member of Parliament  James Kakooza  has advised  his electorates and Ugandans at large  to  desist from  borrowing money from quark money lenders to avoid losing their property in unclear circumstances.

Speaking to the media in Lyatonde, Kakooza explained that the problem of quark money lenders is a big problem and  which needs massive sensitization.
He says that many desperate Ugandans in need of urgent loans find themselves running to such quark money lenders for a quick loan instead of using well established financial institutions and in the end many have lost their land, houses, and  money among other things.
Kakooza says people should stop using money lenders  and instead use  financial institutions like  banks that do offer genuine money lending services without any intention of wanting to take  peoples properties.
Kakooza is now appealing to the public to first consult their area local leaders  before borrowing money to not fall prey to quark money lenders.

Mao speaks out on UCC blocking VPN

By Robert Segawa

The opposition democratic Party President Norbert Mao protested against the Uganda Communications Commission banning Ugandans from using the VPN to access internet.

Mao said that UCC has no capacity to disconnect the or bare Ugandans from accessing the VPN because it is a private managed network which is used globally.

Mao indicated that instead of government imposing heavy taxes to the people it should invest more in production to increase its income.

Mao was addressing journalists at the DP offices in Kampala.

He also condemned the increased operational tax on mobile money noting that it has already affected the service providers which will also affect the country’s income in the short run.

Police calls upon drivers to vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force appeals to all members of the public especially travelers and motorists to be more conscious as they park their vehicles to see that they are fully locked.

The police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima told the press today at Central Police Station Kampala that the police was prompted to conduct an operation in Kampala metropolitan after getting concerns about criminals who snatch people’s properties during traffic jam in broad day light where more than 400 suspects were arrested and committed to courts of law.

He raises concern that members of public should be vigilant after realizing that criminals have been stealing motor  vehicle parts during traffic jam without intervening. He adds that the operations is still on going.

Hotel owners decry social media taxes

By Wasswa Deo

Members of Uganda hotel owners association are among Ugandans who continued to express their worry in doing business following the social media tax commencement.

Speaking during the official launch of 6th annual Uganda hotels and restaurant expo due to take place, between 6th – 8th September, the executive director of the association Jean Byamugisha has noted that this new tax is going to make the cost of doing business extremely expensive.

According to her, 80% of hotel business in Uganda thrives on social media especially in marketing sector.

The main objective of the Expo is to promote, network and provide that marketing platform for local business investments in hotel, restaurants, tourism among others

Security guards attacked by gangs with machetes

By Robert Segawa

Two security guards working with New Uganda Securiko Ltd in Mubende district are nursing grave injuries after they were attacked by robbers armed with hummers and machetes.

A gang of six thugs dressed up in black overalls are reported to have attacked Aponye Uganda Ltd a produce factory in Bakijulula village Southern division Mubende municipality with the aim of robbing money.

Norbert Ochom the Wamala regional police spokesperson says the thugs armed with hammers badly injured two security guards and robbed their gun loaded with four rounds of ammunition, mobile phones and one ATM card. The victims are Umar Ramadan a night watchman and Amuza Bagada a security guard with with New Uganda securiko Ltd.

Ochom however added that the thugs’ effort to Break into the factory strong room to steal money was disrupted by another security guard identified as Robert Mwesigwa who escaped during the attack.
He notes that police visited the scene and is pursuing the attackers with the view of apprehending them to face law.

Court sends extortionist to jail

By Sania Babirye

A 25 year old man Mugisha Ronald has been sent to jail for four years in Luzira prison for extorting over 16 million Ugandan shillings from desperate Ugandans promising to get them  jobs at Kampala based Serena Hotel.

While sentencing him, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Kamasanyu Gladys ruled that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence including evidence from some of the victims who pinned the convict over the charges of electronic fraud, obtaining money by false pretence and extortion among other charges.
The magistrate also explained  that the convict needs a deterrent sentence to send the would be future offenders including his co accused who are still at large from playing with  the hard earned money of many desperate and struggling Ugandans looking for jobs to better their lives and  for  tarnishing the image of Serena hotel since it never had jobs to offer.
Meanwhile state prosecutor Abdul Salamu Waiswa was happy with the punishment but advised Ugandans searching for jobs to always   first verify with alleged companies  to save them from being hoodwinked by extortionist.
Migisha is said to have committed the offenses between 2016 and 2017 in various places in Kampala in which his victims who were over 100 would give him between 5000 and 10, 000 after he promised to secure them the unavailable jobs.

Kabale District Chairman Beats up journalist for investigating him

By Moses Kidandi

The Kabale District Local Council 5 Chairperson, Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye is on the spot for allegedly slapping a radio journalist.

Arinitwe Emmanuel a journalist with voice of Kigezi says the genesis of the assault arose from a story he had earlier covered at the District Council meeting, during which the district councilors tasked Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye to explain what actions he had taken against the former Acting District Engineer, Mr. Kiganda James.

An investigation by district officials had unearthed that Mr. Kiganda James had embezzled about Ug.Shs. 40,000,000 (over USD 10,000) that was meant for the construction of 4 roads within the District.

When Mr. Kiganda was invited to appear before the council to explain the circumstances under which the said money had disappeared, he snubbed the summons prompting the Council to task the LC5 chairperson to initiate ways of recovering the money and ensuring that appropriate disciplinary and legal action is taken against Mr. Kiganda.

Mr. Keihwathe chairman  stormed the studio and beat up the journalist while ranting and hurling insults as to why they were publishing the information.

Robert Sempala the National coordinator Human Rights network for journalists says the actions by the chairman are part of the  numerous human rights violations in the form of intimidation, harassment and violence that media practitioners experience in their line of work .