FDC asks Museveni to give a clear view on torture

By Robert Segawa

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged president Museveni to stop contradicting himself and pretending while addressing issues concerning torture.

FDC Spokesperson Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said that according to his statement on torture, the president encouraged security officers to shoot the rioters and use water canon on them which to Ssemujju portrays him as the beneficiary of torture.

He added that in his statement president Museveni defended those who torture people and also tried to please the public which he condemned.

FDC now wants the individual security officers who torture people to be dismissed with disgrace and charged in civilian courts starting with the Democratic Party activist Yusuf Kawooya tormentors.
Commenting about the 60 Ankole FDC leaders who defected to the New formation of Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu, Ssemujju said FDC is free entrance and exit before adding that they also launched a recruitment campaign in Teso  region and those who defected are also a target of recruitment.

NRM asked to be clear about their participation in the national dialogue

By Robert Segawa

Opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has accused president Museveni for failing preparations for the much anticipated national dialogue.

The inter- religious council of Uganda IRCU recently started meeting different stake holders including political parties in country to consult about the forthcoming national dialogue.

The FDC party chairman Wasswa Birigwa while addressing the media at the party headquarters today said that ever since president Museveni was consulted on whether him self and his party the NRM are willing to participate in the dialogue they have never given a positive answer to that effect.

Birigwa adds that this is not good and could lead to more violence among Ugandans as many hold grudges against others due to the several difference s that exist between them.

He calls upon president to reflect on the importance of national dialogue to save our country.

Besigye speaks to journalist about current state of affairs

Former president of the Forum for Democratic Change party Dr.Kizza Besigye has said, their team led by Lord mayor Erias Lukwago will go to Gulu to join the rest to seek justice for detained members of parliament. ” We have seen photos of Hon.Zaake and we haven’t seen the rest but we ask that these members be taken to competent health facilities  either in the country or out of the country where they can attain better medical attention.” said Dr Besigye.

Besigye further explains that having these members tried in court martial which is subordinate to president Museveni is unrealistic.

He mentioned that the main inciter of violence is the ruling National resistance  movement junta and shouldn’t not transfer their responsibility to others.

Besigye also said that every thing happening shows the powerlessness of parliament which is supposed to  overlook all the other bodies in Government.

FDC reshuffles party leadership, Winnie Kizza dropped

By Patricia Osman
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change has reshuffled its leadership at Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan is now the Leader of Opposition replacing Winnie Kiiza.
Ssemujju Nganda has been maintained as the Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament and will be deputized by Hon Tonny Muhindo.
Buhweju county MP, Francis Mwijukye is now Commissioner of Parliament replacing Cecilia Ogwal of Dokolo.
Fungaroo Kaps Hassan is Committee Chairperson of Government Assurance while Nandala Mafabi chair Public Accounts Committee.
Hon Mubarak Munyagwa replaces Abdu Katuntu as the Chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE  deputized by Hon Moses Kasibante among others.

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