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 Soroti high court decision that had nullified the election of Katakwi district woman MP Violet Akurut.
Three court of appeal justices led by deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma ruled that the lower court trial judge David Wangutusi applied the law wrongly when he treated the MP as a public servant for failing to resign her position in the Human rights commission 90 days before she presented herself for nomination.
The justices ruled that Hon Akurut is not a public servant as it had been stated because she is not an employee of the Human Rights Commission and commissioners are not public servants.
The court has now reinstated her as the district woman MP and ordered the petitioner to pay her costs of the suit.
In July 2016 the MPs victory was cancelled on grounds that she never resigned her public service position as a commissioner with the Uganda Human Rights Commission after a voter a one Simon Peter Emorutu challenged her victory and ordered for fresh elections.
The pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency in a decisive victory over the far-right Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, and vowed to unite a divided and fractured France.
Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 65.1% to Le Pen’s 34.9%, according to initial projections from early counts.
His victory was hailed by his supporters as holding back a tide of populism after the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s victory in the US election.
Addressing thousands of supporters in the grand courtyard of the Louvre, the vast Paris palace-turned-museum, Macron said he would defend France and Europe. He said Europe and the world are “watching us” and “waiting for us to defend the spirit of the Enlightenment, threatened in so many places”.
He promised to unite a divided and fractured France, saying: “I will do everything to make sure you never have reason again to vote for extremes.”
Speaking of his meteoric rise and victory that was not forecast even a year ago, he said: “Everyone said it was impossible. But they didn’t know France!”
President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed calls to discuss the removal of the age limit from the constitution and his succession, saying it’s not the right time.
Recently, a section of the media carried reports showing that some legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM party were planning to table a resolution pushing the removal of tap limits.
President Museveni’s son-in-law, Odrek Rwabwogo also wrote to the media calling for debate on the political transition, economic reforms and internal democracy in NRM. Now, president, Museveni has distanced himself from talk of the removal of the age limit, saying he isn’t interested in the matter.
Museveni will be above 75 years at the expiry of his current term, which makes him ineligible to contest for presidency without the removal of the age limit from the constitution.
Addressing journalists at Kawumu State Lodge in Luweero district on Tuesday evening, Museveni said he is only concerned about the future of Africa and what should be done but not small things like age limit.
Abdul Nadduli, the Minister Without Portfolio agrees with Museveni, but warns him to reign in on his family members and relatives, saying they may lead to his downfall.
But the Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao will not have any of this. According to Mao, Museveni is interested in the removal of the age limits to allow him become president for life.
He argues that NRM has no alternative to succeed Museveni that is why they are plotting to remove the age limit to enable him stand again.
According to Mao, Ugandans should continue discussing the political transition and avoid being diverted by Museveni that he isn’t interested in the matter.
He notes that Museveni duped Ugandans that he was not interested in the removal of term limits from the constitution but turned around to bribe MPs to pass the proposal.
Moroto Woman Member of Parliament, Annie Logiel, is dead.
Matheniko County MP Dr John Baptist Lokii says that Logiel passed on at 1am after suffering complications of the brain. He says the MP had gone for the second brain surgery in Denmark as a result of brain tumor.
Moroto Resident District Commissioner Peter Ken Lochap expressed shock over the demise. He described the deceased a peace loving leader who united the Bokora of Napak and Matheniko of Moroto during the warring times.
Annie Logiel, 47, joined Parliament in 2016. She is a trained nurse and founder of Karamoja Traditional Healers Association that largely earned her popularity in Moroto. The late is survived by a son and daughter.
Makerere University has postponed 42 examinations scheduled for Thursday this week to mark Janani Luwum Day.
Government gazetted February 16 as a public holiday in memory of the life and works of Archbishop Janani Jakaliya Luwum, of the Church of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire, who was killed in February 1977.
In a February 9 circular released by Alfred Masikye Namoah, the Makerere University Academic Registrar, all examinations scheduled for Thursday this week have been postponed until Monday February 20.
“Thursday 16th of February, 2017 will be a Public Holiday in memory of the Late Archbishop Janani Luwum. The examinations which had been scheduled to take place on Thursday 16th February, 2017 have been postponed to Monday 20th February, 2017 at the same venues and time,” said Masikye.
Abaasi Kizito, the students Guild Information Minister said they had received the communication on postponing of the paper earlier today and as students’ leaders they had not taken a position to it.
“We have not yet pronounced ourselves on this issue since the guild has not sat. But as you can see this is an inconvenience. It disorganises us because people had different programmes and we have a short break.”
Owen Natukunda, a third year student of Social Sciences blamed the university for not having planned for it earlier.
“You cannot tell me that the Academic Registrar has just known it today that on Thursday 16th was a public holiday. This is some sort of disorganisation by our administrators and it is inconveniencing.”
Natukunda wondered why the administrators did not let students do examinations even on a public holiday since the university is operating under abnormal circumstances. The end of semester one examinations are usually done between November 30 and December 20, but a two-month closure of the university caused the postponement to February.
Three years ago, President Yoweri Museveni declared February 16 ‘Janani Luwum Day’ for people to celebrate his life.
Luwum is the second African Archbishop of the Province of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Boga Zaire and the second Bishop of Kampala Diocese, 1974-1977.
37 members of parliament with pending election petitions in the Court of Appeal are pushing for the release of their vehicle cash. The MPs have petitioned the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga demanding the release of their money. Each MP in the 10th parliament is entitled to Shillings 150 million for the purchase of a vehicle to facilitate their movement in the constituency. On October 11, 2016, parliament disbursed Shillings 43.2 billion to the law makers to procure vehicles.
Each MP received Shillings 100 million on their personal bank accounts. Earlier on, the Parliamentary Commission resolved not to disburse money to all legislators with election petitions until they are cleared by court to avoid cases where parliament is forced to release more cash once such a legislator is kicked out by court and replaced by another person. However, in their January 12, 2017 petition to the speaker, the petitioners demand for the release of their vehicle cash.
“We the under signed members of the 10th Parliament of Uganda, hereby log in a petition to your attention and the entire Parliamentary Commission over a matter of failure to transfer funds for purchase of vehicles as duly assigned”, reads the petition seen by URN. Adding that, “It’s also clear that half of the Members of Parliament who still have pending court appeals have been paid.”
They also claim that ex officials who are already provided for by their sector dockets and do not represent any constituency have been paid the vehicle money. They question the criteria used to pay out the vehicle cash. “Rt Hon Speaker, it should be noted among members who lost their cases at High Court and now in Court of Appeal; some have been paid whereas others have, the same applies to that won cases at high court and were appealed against. Therefore we are puzzled on the criterion of selection”, they said.
Peter Ogwang, the Usuk County Member of parliament who also doubles as Parliamentary Commissioner, says parliament used different approaches to arrive at, which MP receives the vehicle cash first. “We began with the new MPs following alphabetical order because some of the new MPs were facing transport challenges. The other MPs will also be catered for because the money is available”, Ogwang said.
He also confirmed that some of the MPs facing election petitions have received the vehicle. They asked the Speaker to authorize the transfer of funds meant for purchase of vehicles to their respective accounts so as to enable them acquire the vehicles like any other member of the 10th parliament. “We pray that you resist any attempts by any authority wishing to detract you from effecting these payments as this has direct bearing on the performance of the 10th parliament and precedent for future challenges against any member of parliament,” they said.
Chris Obore, the Director of Communication and Public Relations in Parliament, told URN that the Parliamentary Commission halted the payment following public complaints. “Some few MPs with petitions had earlier received cash as was the case with the previous Parliaments. But their payment elicited complaints forcing the Commission to review the matter. The Commission will examine the petition of unpaid MPs with Court cases and make a decision”, Obore said.
He confirmed that two or three MPs with election petitions have received the vehicle money. Patrick Okabe, the Serere County MP is one of the legislators battling a petition in Soroti High Court for alleged lack of academic papers. “We can’t wait forever for the court cases to be disposed of yet we are still having the mandate of our people who badly need us to serve them. How do they expect us to travel to our constituencies?” he said.