DPP takes another Mabiriizi case

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road court has allowed the Director of Public Prosecution to take over a case in which city lawyer Hassan Male Mabiriizi is accusing Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine for allegedly lying about his age despite Mabirizi contesting the take over.

Grade one Magistrate Stella Amabiris ruled that the DPP has all the powers to take over any case at any time as he and does not need permission from court to take over any private case of his interest .

The magistrate has further stated despite the DPP taking over a case, it does not amount to abuse of legal provision services.

Meanwhile, Mabirizi had also asked court to summon Hon.Kyagulanyi however, this request was also declined on grounds that the case has been taken over by the DPP and ordered Mabirizi to avail all his alleged evidence in form of documentation to the DPP to help her prosecute the case.

Speaking to the media, Mabiriizi stated that he is dissatisfied with the court’s decision and that he will be appealing in the high court.

Mabiriizi is accusing Bobi Wine of making a false declaration before the passport control officer and obtaining false registration on the parliamentary website that he is 38 years a born of 1982 yet he was born in 1980 which makes him 40 years.

Mabiriizi is basing his claims on academic documents obtained from UNEB and Makerere university all indicating that Bobi Wine was born in 1980 not 1982.

This is the second case against Bobiwine allegedly lying about his age by Lawyer Mabirizi that the DPP has taken over.

Bobiwine is charged with giving false information.

Court sets 16th October for NUP ownership ruling

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Musa Sekana has set the 16th of next month to deliver his ruling in case challenging the new ownership of Nations unity platform party currently owned by Bobiwine.

This is after Moses Nkonge Kibalama the founding member of the then NURP party and his then secretary general finished being cross examined on their alleged retraction of their first affidavits in which they claimed that the party was illegally registered and transferred to Bobiwine.

Kibalama and Simba while being cross examined by defense lawyers including Medard Ssegona on his retraction informed court that they participated in forgery when they presented documents that were forged to EC to have the party transferred to Bobiwine and registered by EC.

These accused their lawyers of misleading them into signing over affidavits which they did not understand.

Kibalama had also informed court that he did not understand the circumstances leading to Jim to be summoned in court today and that his personal freedom and liberty has been curtailed by organisations he does not know.

He also revealed to court that the chief of Defense forces David Muhoozi asked him to meet him in his office and talk about matters surrounding the new party ownership two weeks ago as he was driving in his car and currently he has know control over himself.

Kibalama further revealed to court that he came to know about the summons when some one he doesn’t know sneaked a paper into a room he was being kept in and asked court for intervention to regain his freedom.

Kibalama was later whisked away from court by security operatives who had earlier claimed that they were unaware of his disappearance.

Meanwhile Bobiwine has asked the country to pray for Kibalama whom he says has lost his freedom.

Bobiwine says Ugandans must demand for Kibalama’s freedom whom he says is clearly under detention by the army and everything he says is not out his will.

Bobiwine also claims that Kibalama told him that he can not freely speak and that the video of him claiming to want his party back was not of his will.

Bobiwine also claims that Kibalama confessed to him that he was tortured and lost a nail under the security operatives.

Sylvia Muwebwa summoned by Anti corruption court

By Deo Wasswa

The anti-corruption coalition Uganda (ACCU) has urged the anti-corruption court to keenly follow-up the summons made to Ms Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi, the chairperson of equal opportunities commission on alleged corruption scandals.

According to Cissy Kagaba,the executive director Anti-corruption coalition Uganda, most corruption related cases are dismissed from court due to lack of evidence.

“I think it is important that if anyone is summoned obviously they have to appear, but what we want is to ensure that justice prevails considering the fact we have a robust legal and institutional framework, we really hope that all the relevant evidence will be adduced.” said Kagaba.

Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya issued a criminal summon to Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi to appear on September 30th to plead to the charges.

It is alleged that Ms Ntambi’s negligence led to gross mismanagement of the commission’s funds between July 2018 and April 2019.

Ms Ntambi now joins nine other suspects from the same commission, According to the charge sheet presented before the court in Kololo,

The nine senior officials were charged last year and are now out of prison on bail.

The charge sheet states that the officials face 25 corruption-related cases ranging from causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption and abuse of office.

Security heads called to train their officers in human rights observance

By Alice Lubwama

The African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victim has called upon heads of security agents mainly Uganda Police and Uganda Peoples Defense Forces to ensure that their officers are trained in human rights observance as a way of reducing the cases of violence leading to torture, as the country approaches the next election.

Addressing the media in Kampala today the program officer center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims Kagoye Alex, said that the cases of torture victims tend to rise during the election period as was evidenced in the recently concluded NRM primaries calling for protection of Ugandans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

The center also urged the security agents to further investigate the errant officers and ensure that they are prosecuted individually as perpetrators of torture.

Kagoye said that although the prevention and prohibition of the torture act was enacted eight years ago, they are yet to see individuals prosecuted especially security officers who are the main perpetrators of torture.

“But we are glad that there cases of individual cases of security officers in court like in the case of honorable Zaake where individuals will be held accountable,” Kagoye said.

The organization also wants the electoral commission to invest in civic empowerment about the roles and responsibilities during after the election period to reduce to reduce on the possible cases of violence leading to torture.

They further urge Government to respect the decision of the constitution court on the public order management act and facilitate freedom of peaceful assembly in addition to complying with its state obligations under the African charter and other regional and international human rights instruments.

The chief executive officer African center for treatment and rehabilitation of torture victims Samuel Herbert Nsubuga appealed to the president to appoint the chairperson of the human rights commission, saying that since the demise of the late chairperson Maddie Kagwa the tribunals cannot sit to handle the cases of torture.

Tony Elumelu named in “TIME 100” list of the 100 most influential people in the world 2020

By Edwin Muhumuza

The Time Magazine named Tony O. Elumelu, one of Africa’s leading investors and philanthropists, in the 2020 TIME100, the annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The list, now in its seventeenth year, recognises the activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Mr. Elumelu, who is one of only four Africans on the 2020 list, is recognised for his track record of business turnaround and value creation, and economic empowerment of young Africans.

Tony Elumelu is the Chairman of United Bank for Africa, a top Pan-African financial services group, operating in Uganda and 19 additional countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, France, and is the only African bank with a commercial deposit taking licence in the United States. The bank provides corporate, commercial, SME and consumer banking services to more than 21 million customers globally. United bank for Africa has been offering financial services in Uganda for the past 12 years.

Mr. Tony Elumelu is the most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. In 2010, he created The Tony Elumelu Foundation(TEF) ,the philanthropy empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation across all 54 African countries.

Since inception, the Foundation has funded just under 10,000 entrepreneurs and created a digital ecosystem of over one million as part of its ten year, US$100m commitment through the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Over 600 Ugandan entrepreneurs have benefited from this Foundation.

Self-funded, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its unique ability to identify, train, mentor and fund young entrepreneurs across Africa, with institutions such as the UNDP, the ICRC and leading European development agencies.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation will celebrate 10 years of impact in November and its mission continues to be inspired by Mr. Elumelu’s economic philosophy of AfriCapitalism which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.

Government hands over ambulances to Uganda Red Cross

By Moses Kidandi

Uganda Red Cross Society with support from the Government of Uganda has received 10 ambulances to support emergency response activities along major highways in Uganda. The selected highways are also considered hot spot areas that are prone to accidents and the ambulances will support emergency evacuations.

Through the annual budget appropriation to Government ministries and departments, the Uganda Red Cross in the year 2019 /2020 received funding worth 9.35bn shillings through the Ministry of Health. Part of this funding was allocated towards construction of a Health Center III in Bunambutye to support the families relocated from Bududa (on going), while the remaining funds were directed towards procurement of ambulances, Blood Mobilization and relief nonfood item kits to respond to disaster affected families.

While commissioning and handing over the ambulances, the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda noted the work done by the Uganda Red Cross as part of their mandate as stipulated in the Red Cross Act as an integral part of the deliverable by the office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health.

The permanent secretary in the ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine says Uganda Red Cross will work closely with the Ministry of Health and support district Health Operations.

Atwine says the ambulances services will run in close coordination with the Ministry of Health, the Police rescue and response unit and the Red Cross teams, we will be able to bridge the gap and reduce fatalities that were arising from delayed response due to lack of emergency rescue vehicles and teams.

Uganda Red Cross Secretary General Robert Kwesiga says communities need these ambulances to help in the quick evacuation of accident victims and other emergency cases than never before. We therefore say Thank you to the Government of Uganda for your support and we pledge to continue serving Ugandans as per our mandate.

Uganda Red Cross will deploy 10 ambulances, with committed staff and trained response and rescue teams to support the ambulance operations.The ambulances will serve at the highways of with two based at the Uganda Red cross HQs – Jinja highway, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale highway, Kampala – Gulu highway, Mbale – Soroti highway, Kampala Hoima highway, Kampala – Fort portal highway, and Kampala – Lira highways.

Rhino Fund Uganda-Captain Joseph C.Roy conflict finally resolved

By Annah Nafula
The infamous long lasting dispute between Capt. Joseph C.Roy and Rhino Fund has finally come to an end.

This after a series of meetings with some chaired by the president Yoweri Museveni however the deal cracker was chaired by Tourism wildlife and antiquities minister, Hon Butime where the two parties came to an amicable agreement which ultimately ensures the continuance of the flagship project; the rhino breeding program and safety of Rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

According to The chairperson of Rhino Fund Daudi Makobore, they are grateful and relieved at the outcomes of these meetings.

He adds that now all parties are all looking forward to a positive relationship and eminent growth of Uganda’s rhino population which will ultimately lead to a secure release of Rhinos into National parks. `

Rhino Fund Uganda executive director Angie Genade expressed joy about this milestone, she said, this resolution means that the termination that was earlier handed to them is terminated.”

She adds that it was also did agree that Captain Joseph C.Roy continues to carry on his businesses on the sanctuary to be able to generate income for himself , which she says is a win-win situation for both parties.

Ministry of Tourism WildLife and Antiquities says the dispute arose way back in 2017 when Rhino Fund Uganda (RFU), a non-government organization, partnered with Capt. Roy of Ziwa Ranchers (ZR) to import the rhinos on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Uganda. Capt. Roy offered his 16,000ha piece of land to act as a sanctuary to the rhinos for a period of 30yrs with effect from October 2002.

Indeed, there was a reintroduction program that saw two rhinos instituted at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, and six at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (ZRS) in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

However, in October, 2017 the cordial relationship that existed between Capt. Roy and RFU became constrained, threatening the existence of the rhinos at the sanctuary, thus calling for government mediation. These issues went as far as Capt. Joseph Roy giving management of Rhino Fund Uganda a letter terminating their earlier agreement on this piece of land.

Fun Factory in new COVID-19 awareness hit

By Daudi Zirimala
Twaweza Uganda has teamed up with popular comedy outfit, Fun Factory to release a song Titled Yambala Mask which loosely translates to wear your mask, the song promotes messages about protecting yourself and your loved ones against the Corona virus.

According to Twaweza communications manager Martha Chemutai the song’s lyrics are in six languages – Luganda, Runyakitara, Kiswahili, Lusoga, Lingala and Luo – and encourage everyone to wear a mask so as to prevent the spread of the virus and protect their loved ones while drawing attention to the seriousness of the virus and highlighting its symptoms.

She noted that in a campaign dubbed Together against COVID-19, they are supporting government efforts by translating critical public health messages from the Ministry of Health into music and comedy so the messages reach the general public and stick.

Click Link to find song:

Leader of opposition demands for thorough investigations into Makerere fire

BY Alice Lubwama

Opposition leader in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan has called for thorough investigations into the cause of the fire that destroyed property at Makerere University .

The fire whose cause is still being investigated by different teams from KCCA, Police fire and forensic department started Saturday night and it took police two days to stop.

While on her fact finding visit to Makerere university, she said that police this time should investigate and produce a report and if there was any ill motive in the fire outbreak, the culprits should be arrested, prosecuted and punished.

Meanwhile Aol has appealed to the government to urgently reconstruct the Makerere Ivory tower to continue keeping the pride of Makerere University.

She says the tower has been acting as a historical and tourist building for the University across the world.

She has also appealed to the government to set up an Independent Ministry of Disaster and Preparedness separate from the office of the prime minister to address such emergencies in the country.

Aol says on many occasions the government is held at ransom and in panic when disastrous incidents like mudslides, Corona virus and fires happen.

“Its’ now time for the country to have a ministry in charge of disasters and have a proper work-plan and budget for such calamities rather than asking for supplementary budgets from parliament.” Aol said

Nyanzi granted bail by Busia Police

By Sania Babirye

Busia magistrate has granted bail to FDC’s Stella Nyanzi and her two co accused.

Grade one magistrate Keibei Kitrotich released Nyanzi with her aid Roy Rugumayo and Derrick Yona on a one million shilling cash bail.

However, Nyanzi who is FDCs Kampala Woman MP candidate says she will not take plea to the said charges unless president Museveni and the Kabaka of Buganda are also charged since they recently returned from Kenya and Tanzania.

The are charged with committing an act likely to spread COVID19.

These were arrested on the Saturday the 19th of September at the Busia boader on their way back in the country.

These had traveled to neighboring Kenya .

Nyanzi also says her car and driver are still missing and has called her prosecution as political persecution.

She says her right to participate in FDC political activities is being abused by the rulling government.

The case has been adjourned to the 22nd of october 2020.