Court acquits NRM’s communication officer Mulindwa

By Sania Babirye

Masaka court grade one Magistrate  Byarugaba Adams has dismissed an assault case against NRMs communication officer Rogers Mulindwa.

Mulindwa had  been battling  offenses of malicious damage to property and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he was dragged to court by Eddie Bindhe a local journalist attached to Uganda Radio Network (URN).

While dismising the case the magistrate noted that there was no evidence enough to prove the alleged charges since even the doctor who examined the victim  Dr Ssenyonjo Mbazira Francis  failed to remember the exact body parts he was injured.

The journalist had accused Mulindwa of strangling him but he failed to even produce a single witness out of the  6 he claimed to have witnessed the incident in court  nor did he provide  court with exhibits of broken glasses, or a video footage  among others.

Court further wondered how an incident of such a nature involving high profile politicians would not be covered by any of the 12 local journalists who were present on top of the Hotel denying knowledge of the incident.

It was alleged that  on May 12, 2015 at Garden Courts Hotel during an NRM leaders’ meeting presided over by the Rt. Hon Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Mulindwa strangled Bindhe damaged his glasses and caused bodily harm.

Raw deepens in UPC as elders accuse Akena of secretly dealing with NRM

By Robert Segawa

The conflicts in Uganda People’s Congress party have deepened after a section of the Akena’s leadership team today morning attacked him and demanded that he resigns.

The party members accuse their leader of conniving with ruling NRM party .

While addressing the media at melting pot, Moses Higenyi Kemba the UPC administrative secretary  expressed disappointment saying he regretted campaigning Jimmy Michael Akena as the party president in 2015. He further claims that Akena lied to Ugandans about being a staunch UPC . Higenyi said that he was shocked to hear that Akena as an individual received over 6BN as bribery by the ruling NRM and Museveni.

Higenyi says that as a party they are pro- structured dialogues involving all shareholders but not individuals. He adds that if Akena begins to openly denounce and challenge NRM,  as party they are willing to work with him . The party elders however have requested Higenyi to begin an ousting campaign of Akena he doesn’t change.

Furious Higenyi says that Akena’s actions of secretly working with NRM  are evil and unacceptable.



By Sania Babirye

The court of appeal has overturned the decision by the Soroti high court that had nullified the election of NRMs Serere County MP Patrick Okabe over lack of the requisite academic papers and non-compliance with the law.

Three court of appeal justices led by the  Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma,  Cheborion Barishaki and Alfonse Owiny-Dollo have ruled that the petitioner  Josep Opio Linos from  UPC party did not have the capacity within which to challenge Okabe’ s victory since there is no evidence that he was  validly elected as a candidate to contest in the concluded elections .

The justices have also ruled that Opio did not have the required 500 signatures from voters to challenge the elections.

The justices have further ruled that there is evidence that Opio’s nomination was rejected by the returning officer after finding out that his 2 nominees were not registered voters.

That even though Opio appealed to the Electoral Commission, there is no minutes on court record showing that the 5 members of the commission sat and either unanimously or by majority vote decided to nominate him.

In conclusion the justices have ruled that the election petition was not valid to be considered in the High court.

In September 2016 Justice Billy Kainamura nullified Okabe’s victory on grounds that he used different names on his academic papers during his senior four at Ayer secondary school where he used Ocen Oliba Patrick while on his nominations he used Patrick Okabe.

UPC’s Opio had also accused EC of omitting his name on the ballot papers denying his supporters a right to vote a candidate of their own choice.

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5 NRM youth wing members sentenced to a fine of 3million shillings each

By Sania Babirye

Five members of the ruling National Resistance Movement youth wing have been sentence to a fine of 3 million shilling each for assaulting three journalists and maliciously damaging their properties during elections.

The convicts are Robert Tibamanya, Lule Wamala, Arnold Mubiru, Joshua Kuteesa, and Hassan Wasswa

Entebbe court grade one magistrate Masitulah Mulondo also handed the convicts a 30 day community service to clean the court premises for two hours every day for maliciously damaging cameras belonging to journalists.

The magistrate further ruled that if the convicts fail to honor their sentences they should be imprisoned in Luzira for up to six months.

The assaulted journalists are Kigongo Ssebalamu, Ssempijja Godfrey both of Vision Group and Kakooza George William of Central Broad Casting Services.

She noted that the punishment will serve as a deterrent to other would be offenders because it is the role of the judiciary to correct such behavior.

She emphasized that it was unlawful and centrally to section 336 and 236 of the penal code act for the convicts to beat the journalists with the intention of stopping them from covering the elections yet the victims were just doing their work.

The five committed the offense on 4th of March during the elections for National Youth, Elderly and People with Disabilities.

They were arrested in August 2016 in Entebbe but denied the charges.

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Involve people in the redevelopment; Tumushabe

By Patricia Osman
Policy analyst Godber Tumushabe is advising the government to always involve residents in decision making when planning any redevelopment processes.
Responding  to the recent eviction of over 1000 vendors form park yard market in Kampala,Godber says redeployment usually  come with hard decisions however these should be made transparent and fair.
While deliberating on the Capital Gang show on Saturday, Tumushabe said, “as a country we should be brutally honest with ourselves as we assess the issues affecting this country.
During the same show gangster and legislator, Abdu Kantuntu expressed his disappointment saying these markets were formerly created for poor people but now the capitalist NRM is selling all these markets off  to rich developers. Whom he expresses fear that they are upto make profit through rating these arcades that are being built in the City.
Katuntu also adds that redevelopment should come with transparency. The process should be done in light and the developers should be clearly known by the people.

Despite our political views I had a working relationship with Tito Okello – Museveni

By Kidandi Moses
President Yoweri Museveni has described former President General Tito Okello as a man who used to work for consensus and harmony.
Museveni made the remarks at a ceremony where he joined the people of  Acholi Sub-Region in Northern Uganda to pay tribute to  General Tito Okello Lutwa.

General Okello Lutwa served as President of Uganda from July 1985-January 26 1986. He died on 3rd June 1996 aged 82 years.
President Museveni further disclosed that despite their political differences, he kept a good working relationship with General Okello Lutwa, which he noted, later laid a foundation for the new generation.
The memorial service was organized to celebrate the lifetime contributions of the late Gen. Tito Okello Lutwa at Lapana village, Namukora Parish, Chua East Constituency in Kitgum district.

NRM day celebrations to be held in Masindi

By Moses Kidandi
The venue for the  victory celebration of the National Resistance Movement is Masindi. The Party will be celebrating their recent win in the presidential elections on the 26th January which is also the NRM day.

This year’s celebration will be observed under the theme, “Uganda’s success under NRM leadership is shared victory.”

The function will be held at Golf course Masindi and will be presided over by His Excellncy the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

This year will mark, 31 years of NRM in power. The NRM has been in power since 1986.


NRM shines in newly created Rubanda District

National Resistance Movement party candidates have swept the polls in the newly created Rubanda District. NRM’s Prossy Mbabazi Akampurira was declared Rubanda woman MP, elect with 32700 votes.

Her closest rival, Independent candidate Hilder Kabarungyi Karuhize polled 19486 votes, Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate Vastine Katushabe came third with 3670 votes. Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, the NRM candidate took the LC V chairperson seat.

He got 32,890 votes ahead of his independent rival, Stephen Kasyaba Ampeire who polled 28,845 votes. FDC’s Joseph Ruhangariyo came third with 1172 votes, while independent candidate, Nelson Habasa trailed the pack with 316 votes.

Ismail Atwijukyire, the Rubanda District Returning Officer, declared the polls results in the wee hours of this morning amidst tight security. Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, says the heavy deployment was meant to maintain peace.

Joseph Nguza Biribonwa, the Deputy Electoral Commission Chairperson, says the exercise was peaceful.  He asked the winners to work together if they are to realise development in the new district.

Shortly after being declared elected, both Prossy Mbabazi Akampurira and Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema promised to advocate for the improvement of education, health and road sectors in the district.

None of the losers of the polls has commented as they were away from the polling center during the declaration of the poll results.


KAGADI: The attempt to set ablaze a radio station

By Robert Ssegawa.

Security has been beefed up in the five newly created districts where polls has been held some arrests were made in Kagadi after report of voters bribery.

In Kagadi NRM flag bearer Steven Kasingabwe is facing stiff competition from independent candidate Yosiya Ndibwami and FDC Peter Byahangire for the district chairperson post.

While the district Woman MP is two horse race race between NRM Jenipher Mbabazi and FDC Magreat Naziwa Rujumba.

In Kakumiro district voters choose between NRM flag bearer Ssemanda Apuli and Independent candidate Bazala Lawrence for district chairperson.

3 campaign agents of Yosiya Ndibwami an independent candidate for Kagadi district chairperson were arrested last  night and detained at Kagadi police station after were found bribing voters with sugar and soap.

Also in police cells at Kagadi is Arinaitwe Ismail over Arson attempt.

OC Kagadi police station Ayesige Joseph identified the suspect as Ismail Arinaitwe who alleged to set a blaze FM radio station belongs to Buyaga west MP Barnabas Tinkasimire.

He will appear in court after investigation.


NRM party registrar arrested

From URN

The National Resistance Movement party registrar in the western district of Rubanda has been arrested for altering results from the party primaries held yesterday.

Nicholas Ngabikyire  submitted results from the Rubanda woman flag bearer’s race indicating that Prossy Akampurira had garnered 4779 votes followed by her rival Hildah Kabarungi Karuhize with 3277 votes, which was challenged.

A vote   recount gave Akampurira 3888 votes instead of 4779 votes and Kabarungi 3797 votes as opposed to the 3277.