MPs ask president to take action on his promises

By Alice Lubwama

A section of lawmakers have asked president Museveni to stop making blanket statements out of pressure and instead taken action against wrong people.

The attack comes after the president issued guidelines to security operatives on how they should treat suspects during arrest.

Some MPs including Ibrahim Kasozi  for Makindye and Sylvia Akello Otuke woman MP district say that the president should first take action against security officers who have  inflicted torture on civilians in broad day light , before he makes any statement.

However opposition chief  whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Ngada wonders how the president can justify for shooting a person as being arrested.

Ssemujju also Kira municipality MP   note that  president Museveni only issued this statement because of the prevailing pressure from the public  against the acts of torture by the security organs.

The President’s directives were contained in a letter he authored on 28th of this month  detailing the guidelines to be followed by all security agencies in dealing with riot incidents, political events as well as arrest of suspects.

President called for the use of water cannons arguing it is the best way since the method is strong, non-lethal and not noisy. He further advised for usage of shooting of the suspects among other guidelines.

Recently there has been a video circulating   on social media showing armed men brutalizing a civilian on the streets of Kampala in broad day light.

President calls upon EU to support relocations

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has urged the European Union to support Uganda’s efforts to relocate people from wetlands and forests and avert environmental degradation and landslides.

The President and the European Union delegation held their annual political Dialogue meeting in accordance with article 8 of the Cotonou Partnership agreement and forms part of regular political dialogue between Uganda and the EU on global, regional and national issues.

The European Union Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici who led the delegation had earlier condoled with the President and the people of Uganda following the landslide disaster in Bududa district in which over 55 people are confirmed to have perished and hundreds displaced. He said the EU has already availed maps of Mt. Elgon from their world satellite to gather more information.

The delegation included Heads of Missions of Austria H.E Gunter Engelits, Belgium H.E Hugo Verbist, France H.E Stephanie Rivoal, Ireland H.E William Carlos, Italy H.E Domenico Fornara, Germany H.E Albrecht Conze, United Kingdom H.E Peter West, Poland H.E Jacek Bazariski, Czech Republic H.E Pavel Rezac, Netherlands H.E Henk Jan Bakker, Sweden H.E Per Lindgarde and Ms. Majbrit Holm Jacobsen the Charge De Affairs of the Danish Embassy.

The President and the Ambassadors talked about regional issues such as security in South Sudan, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo, climate change, trade and investment climate among others.

President Museveni called upon the ambassadors to encourage their companies to invest in Uganda citing that there is need to create employment for the youth. He assured them that he is handling the issue of the Uganda Investment Authority to stop the infighting for investor confidence.

The EU delegation commended President Museveni and the government of Uganda for the commitment towards finding peace in the region to facilitate trade and development and hospitality towards the refugees.

The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kuteesa, Minister of Finance Matia Kasaijja, the Attorney General William Byaruhanga, Minister of Security Elly Tumwiine, National Resistance Movement (NRM) Secretary General Justice Kasule Lumumba and other senior government officials.

Museveni urges Ugandans to utilize their human resources while they live

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Museveni, has  challenged Ugandans to be very conscious of their health issues to live longer so that they exploit fully their talents, knowledge and other human resources before passing on.
The president made the remarks today during a funeral service of Yona Namawa Waphakhabulo  who succumbed to a bacterial infection that attacked his heart before spreading to his lungs.
A funeral service was held on Friday at All Saint’s Cathedral Nakasero in Kampala and it was led by Rev. Canon  Godfrey Byarugaba.
“I always have problems at funeral functions like this one. People repeatedly say God called the person that has died. I am not happy about it. Has God run short of company,”  the president said.
Mr. Namawa  passed on at Platinum Medical Centre in Kampala last Monday aged 46 years old.
He was son to former Parliamentary Speaker, late James Francis Wambogo Wapakhabulo and Ambassador Angelina Wapakhabulo.

Museveni urges Nyenga residents to vote for the party not individuals

By Gloria Nakiyimba
President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people of Nyenga Division in Buikwe District to always vote for the Party instead of individuals to avoid regrets in the future.
The President made the remarks while campaigning for Yassin Kyazze the NRM flag bearer in the July Mayoral elections.
He says  it is important for the people to always look at the strength of the Party rather than individuals who, on their own, cannot do much for their people.
“Look at the Party because it has the capacity to solve people’s problems” he said.
According to the president, who is also the chairman of the ruling  NRM party,  government has managed to keep peace in the country adding that such a task is not an individual’s work but for all Ugandans.

President Museveni endorses new O’level curriculum

The Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) Dr Grace Birungi is optimistic that the new O’level curriculum will reduce learners load.

Dr Birungi says overlapping and repeated content has been merged and irrelevant content dropped because the curriculum was content heavy, sometimes beyond the capacity that O’level students could handle. Dr Birungi says the content in the new curriculum will be commiserating to the age level of students.

President Museveni last week gave a nod to the new O’level curriculum. Salient changes in the new curriculum include merging subjects such as Principles of Accounts and Commerce into Entrepreneurship while Technical Drawing, Wood Work and Metal Work have been merged into the newly-introduced subject – Technology and Design.

The number of O-Level subjects has been reduced to 20 from 32. The approved subjects include; English language, Mathematics, Geography, History, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Religious Education, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Languages, Local Languages, Kiswahili, Information Communication and Technology, Nutrition and Food Technology, Technology and Design, Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama), Fine Art, Physical Education, Agriculture and Literature in English.

Dr Birungi says the new curriculum will bring a huge relief to O’level learners who are young and still growing. There is no reason, she argued why these children should be given too much content.

She says the new curriculum does not mean current teachers will be dropped and new ones hired. The current teachers will go through rigorous training in the next two years before a new curriculum is rolled out in 2020.

Dr Birungi says there will be no back and forth movements in the new curriculum development since it has been approved by the president. The president had rejected an earlier curriculum in December 2016. She said NCDC got good advice in 2016 which helped them in the revision of the curriculum that has been accepted.

A continuous competence assessment based on skills attained in subjects taught from Senior One to four has also been introduced in the new curriculum. The continuous assessment will account for 20 percent of the O-Level final score at senior four.

Dr Birungi made the remarks at Uganda Media Centre today while addressing journalists on the revival of African Curriculum Organisation conference which will be hosted by Uganda from 28th to 31st. The conference will bring together and unite continental curriculum experts in a bid to improve education in Africa and share good practices.

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Fundraising for Museveni retirement package put on hold,there are no signs of him leaving

Opposition leaders in Ankole have suspended the fundraising drive for President, Yoweri Museveni’s retirement package.
Mweteise Bintabara, the Kiruhura District FDC Chairperson, announced the suspension of the fundraising drive at Grand Holiday hotel in Mbarara town on Monday.
He explained that they took the decision to suspend the drive, which started on October 4th 2017 and had already Shillings 8 million after learning that Museveni isn’t about to retire.

According to Bintabara, they will return the money to the contributors since they recorded the details of each contributor.

Bintabara says initially, they thought the architects of The Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2017, which seeks to scrap article 102 (b), which caps the president’s age at 75 years were pushing their personal interests only to learn Museveni is behind the move.

He says the statements attributed to Museveni following the NRM caucus last week are a clear indication that he isn’t willing to retire.

Wilberforce Ongomu Ahimbisibwe, the former Rwampara County FDC parliamentary candidate, says many people had shown interest in contributing towards the cause. He says they thought it wise to suspend the campaign and look for other options.

Daniel Kafureka, the Mbarara District FDC General Secretary says it is  unfortunate that Members of parliament from the ruling party have failed to explain  to the president the need for him to relinquish power and give Ugandans a gift of a peaceful transition.

Kafureka says the time is now for the president to listen to the cries of Ugandans at the grassroots rather than connive with members of parliament whose only interest to get money from him.

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Tooro Queen mother warned against evicting people from land

President Museveni has warned Best Kemigisa, the Queen Mother of Tooro Kingdom against carrying out illegal land evictions.

Museveni issued the warning while appearing on Voice of Tooro radio station in Fort Portal on Wednesday night as part of his nationwide campaign to explain the proposed Constitutional amendments on land.

The warning stems from complaints from some callers against the Queen mother. Steven Mugurusi, a resident of Kitumba requested the President to reign in on Kemigisa. In his response Museveni directed Kemigisa to stop the evictions, saying they are contrary to the law. “The law is very clear; no one should be evicted from their land. That person (Kemigisa) should stop,” Museveni said.

Kemigisa has in the past come under criticism for evicting families using Uganda Peoples’ Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers attached to the security detail of King Oyo. Some of the families are in Kitumba and Kidukuru villages in Fort Portal. Last year, Kemigisa threatned to evict more than 70 families from a piece of land measuring 25 acres in Kitumba. She said that she wants to use the land to construct a school.

Museveni also said that should the evictions persist, the actions of Kemigisa should be brought to the attention of the local leaders in the district and action taken. “It’s good you have told me who is evicting people from their land. This should stop and the leaders in the district should take note and do something”, Museveni said.

In May, Tooro Elders under their umbrella, Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro petitioned the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission over Kemigisa’s actions. On the controversial leasing of crater lakes to Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited by Kabarole district local government, Museveni said that the investor should have thoroughly consulted the community surrounding the lakes before restocking the lakes.

“The fishermen have been using the lakes for a long time, they should have been consulted before restocking started. I don’t see any problem with both parties sitting to find an amicable solution”, Museveni said. Kabarole District Local government in 2015 allegedly leased twenty crater lakes to Ferdsult Engineering Services Limited to restock them with Fish.

This prompted Kichwamba Sub County residents to challenge the matter in court. In June Fort Portal High Court Resident Judge, Justice Anthony Ojok Ayuko cancelled the deal citing irregularities. Ferdsult and Kabarole district local government have since appealed the judgment.

 

 

 

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Justice Owiny set to replace Justice Steven Kavuma

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo as the Deputy Chief Justice.

In his August 18 letter to the Speaker of Parliament, the president also appointed Justices Paul Mugamba and Richard Buteera to the Supreme Court bench.

“This is, therefore, to forward to you their names and Curriculum Vitae for parliamentary approval,” the president concludes his letter.

The letter is copied to the Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission.

If approved by Parliament, Justice Owiny-Dollo will replace Justice Steven Kavuma who retired in April having served in the position for two years.

In May last year, Justice Owiny-Dollo convicted seven men behind the July 11, 2010 terror attacks in Kampala that claimed the lives of 74 people.

The double bombing targeted two venues the Ethiopian Restaurant and Kyadondo Rugby Club as revelers watched the World Cup Final match between Spain and the Netherlands.

Five of the convicts were sentenced to life imprisonment while the two received 50 years each. Thirteen others were acquitted.

It was the calm demeanour with which Justice Owiny-Dollo handled the highly sensitive case that endeared him to many. The men could have faced the death penalty, the maximum for terrorism, but Owiny-Dollo said he did not believe it would act as a deterrent.

 

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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.

Democratic Party applauds the COSASE report

By Robert Segawa
Democratic Party  hails Abdul  Katuntu’s  COSASE report saying that unlike other committees, this report has pinned government officials who always solicit public resources even when they are well paid.

During a  press conference at City house party president Nobert  Mao  said that the committee’s recommendation to block president Museveni from getting a supplementary budget to refund the handshake was among the best ideas.

Mao congratulated the house over the recommendations and they agree with the findings. He therefore calls for the office of the IGG to take up the report and  implement as per law.

He adds that even power sharing in signing of Government  documents within ministries as per the report will minimize mistakes like minister Saida Bumba did when she signed on documents which she didn’t read through an act indicating that she could even have signed her resignation letter if it had been tabled before her.