Opposition demand a commission of inquiry be put to investigate Kayihura

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change says president Museveni should institute a commission of inquiry to investigate former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura for the last 13 years he has been at the helm of police management.

Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson while addressing the media at party headquarters said the commission should be headed by a competent judge in order to probe crimes committed by Gen Kayihura during his tenure. Semujju noted that many people have been tortured, killed and others were wrongly detained thus need to be given a chance to explain themselves and pin him.

He added that Kayihura has been handling police office as a ruling party NRM cadre and commissioned arrest and torture and arrest of opposition members .
The party now wants Kayihura to be charged with all cases he committed while in office including intimidation, arbitrary arrests of opposition members during their peaceful demonstrations. Ssemujju also wants all the victims to be compensated by government over the sins of Gen Kayihura.

Opposition asks government to construct new labs for UNBS

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged the government allocate more funds to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to save life of Ugandans that die and get disease such as cancer because of fake materials imported in the country.

The Deputy spokesperson Of Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Paul Mwiru while addressing journalists at party headquarters Najjanankumbi today said that UNBS  doesn’t have  good laboratories to check goods that imported in the country.

Mwiru adds that fake materials cost Ugandans much because they are not long lasting which he says affects economic growth in the country.

This followed the building that collapsed at Buziga Munyonyo and left unknown people trapped due to  fake building materials.

He calls upon Parliament to fulfill the 480 billion asked by UNBS to construct labs than giving them 6 billion that was a located to them in the next 2018/19  financial budget.

Lutaya released after he agreed to pay 35.5M in court

By Sania Babirye

The Jinja high court judge Eva Luswata has set free journalist  Simon Muyanga Lutaya after signing an agreement that he will pay the remaining 35.5 million shillings  in court costs  within a period of 12 months after court reduced his debt by 100, 000 thousand shillings.

Lutaya was this week  sentenced to six months at Kirinya prison after he failed to clear the 57 million shillings in costs after losing an election petition at the high court and court of appeal.
However his lawyers led by Erias Lukwago who secured a production warrant from the Jinja High court on Thrsday to have him produced in court today, have informed court that his political opponent who is NRMs  Kenneth Lubogo produced a video on social media denying to have ordered for his arrest.
It was later revealed that Lubogo’s former Lawyer Hassan Kamba  who is no longer representing him secured the warrant of arrest after Lutaya  failed to clear the total  costs by December 2017 after Lutaya managed to only pay six million shillings.
Meanwhile Lutaya’s team has also added another 4.5 million shillings that was collected from the public and will clear the remaining balance within a period of one year.
The judge  removed the ten million shillings from the initial 57 million  awarded saying it was unnecessarily added.
Lutaya dragged Lubogo to the high court after he lost the seat for member of parliament for Bulamogi constituency.
However he lost the election petition at the high court on the 19th of August 2016 and on the 22nd of November, the court of appeal dismissed his appeal and ordered him to pay costs at both courts to his rival.

FDC organizing parallel labor day celebrations in Njeru

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change party has reminded government on prioritizing the formulation of laws that protect workers.

During a press conference at party headquarters Najjanankumbi the deputy party spokesperson Paul Mwiru said its a disappointment for government to celebrate labor day tomorrow yet it has no goodwill to improve on the conditions in which workers are operating.

Mwiru said its high time the minimum wage bill was passed to protect workers from exploitation. Byte

Forum for democratic change party is also organizing parallel labor celebrations at Njeru municipality in Buikwe district where they shall launch an alternative labor policy.

Mwiru said they can not celebrate with government because they have a different policy on addressing challenges faced by workers.

NRM’s Ibaale loses defamation case against Katuntu

By Sania Babirye

The Court of Appeal has this morning dismissed with costs an election appeal by NRMs Daniel Ibaale  that was challenging the victory of  FDC’s Abdul Katuntu as the Bugweri  county member of parliament.

Three justices including the now out-going Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma , Remmy  Kasule  and Richard Buteera have unanimously  upheld   the Jinja high court decision  and confirmed that Hon. Katuntu is the validly elected  Member.

In a ruling read by the  deputy registrar Taddeo  Asiimwe,the  3 justices ruled that   Ibaale was seen leaving Ensulo lodge to go for nomination and this being a statement of fact, they is no way it could have  defamed   the candidature of Ibaale.

The justices also ruled that they could not order a recount because Ibaale did not prove enough evidence to warrant a recount.

The Court dismissed all the twelve grounds that Ibaale had  appealed  for, for  lack of merit and ordered him to pay Katuntu costs of the petition  for both in  Jinja High court  and court of Appeal.

In August 2016, Justice Margaret Mutonyi  dismissed Ibaale’s petition on grounds that it lacked merit  after he failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove his allegations including defamation.

However being dissatisfied with the ruling, he appealed in the court of appeal.

He accused the judge of not allowing him a chance to file responses to Katuntu’s evidence, were he accused Katuntu of uttering defamatory statements against him  during  campaigns.

Ibaale had also  alleged that Katuntu made defamatory statements to the effect that he was not fit for election as MP because he did not have a  home in Bugweri county Consistency and emerged out of a lodge to go for  nomination.

Ibaale had claimed that  the said words belittled him before the voters to the benefit of Katuntu who was over overwhelmingly  voted with a  winning margin of over 30,000 votes.

FDC postpones weekly prayers due to unavailability of religious leaders

By Wasswa Deo
Opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change has postponed the launch of their weekly prayers against the lifting of the age limit.
The party had organised to launch their weekly countrywide prayers at Najjankumbi against the lifting of the age limit today but were postponed to next week.
According to the deputy party spokesperson Paul Mwiru,the launch had been extended to next week after the religious leaders who were supposed to lead in prayers were unavailable

FDC promises to control Museveni’s appetite for power

By Wasswa Deo

Forum for Democratic  Change Party spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda has said that if Museveni has failed to control his appetite for power, they will help him to do so.

Addressing journalists at the weekly press conference, Ssemujju revealed that he is in consultation meetings with other opposition political parties, religious leaders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to come up with the applicable measures to prevent President Yoweri Museveni and his agents from amending the constitution, especially article 102 b, regarding the presidential age limit.

He noted that the party has already agreed that all members of parliament who will be found supporting the removal of Age Limit will become their target in the war to make them lose their positions in coming general elections 2021.

Ssemujju has appealed to the public also to join the struggle against lifting of the Presidential age limit and any other emerging plans by the ruling government  that continues to violate the National constitution.

FDC urges government to extend sim card registration deadline

By Robert Segawa
Forum for Democratic change party agrees with sim card registration but has urged the government to give citizens more time to register before switching off their phones .
The party spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that Parliament must not keep quiet when people’s freedom is being suppressed by individuals instead must do anything possible to ensure that those whose sims cards were blocked are unblocked.
Ssemujju highlighted  that many people use phones to get food and other necessities.
Last week government in its effort to tighten security in the country they blocked all sim cards which were not registered. The move has however seen registered and verified numbers switched off.
 He calls upon government to extend the deadline again to help people have their sim cards on as they are register.

FDC’s SIZOMU GERSHOM RABBI RETAINS SEAT

By Sania Babirye

FDC’s Sizomu Gershom Rabbi Wambedde has retained his Bungokho North Constituency seat in Mbale District.

This after three court of appeal justices led by deputy chief justice Steven Kavuuma upheld the Mbale High court ruling  that declared that he was the validly elected area MP.

While dismissing the appeal the Justices  ruled that the appeal lacked merit saying they did not agree with Mashete since Rabbi means “Teacher “of Jewish Law which  tittle the MP acquired but does not mean a king of Jews as he had alleged.

NRM’s Mashete Magomu Peter challenged his victory on grounds that the MP Sizomu Gershom Rabbi Wambedde being a cultural leader, (rabbi) king of the jews did not have the right to contest for a political position.

Mashete had also accused MP Rabbi of lacking the requisite academic qualifications for election  as MP of Bungokho North Constituency, having presented to the Electoral Commission verification letters from UNEB instead of his O and A level Certificates that he says we’re lost.

He has also been ordered to pay costs of the suit.

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FDC will organize LC elections if Government fails -Besigye

By Robert Segawa
The former presidential candidate for Forum for Democratic change Change Dr. Kizza Besigye says government must do every thing possible to organize LC elections if they fail FDC will lead the campaign.
During the press conference at his offices  in Katonga, Besigye said that absence of proper structures of LC I and II has been the center of problems in our country and so much must be done to organize elections to save lives.
Besigye adds that people must raise up again and claim for their power which has been grabbed and this will help them to be happy in their county.
Meanwhile Besigye has condemned the large scale land grabbing by people with authority in the government leaving the majority to suffer.
Besigye also mentioned the land grabbed by government during Chogm in 2007 like former Shimon primary school, Ministry of information land now Hilton hotel owned by Aya and many forest reserve .
He calls upon people’s not to fold hands when their land is being taken