Man sues Meera Investments over accident

By Sania Babirye

Meera investments Ltd belonging to city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia has been dragged to the high court civil division by a pedestrian, Martin Yiga seeking 80 million shillings in compensation over alleged negligence after a metal from one of their building under construction fell and hit him.

Meera Investments Ltd is being sued alongside Vcon Construction Uganda Limited.

Yiga accuses the two companies of failing to seal off a construction site, forcing a metal to fall off and hitting his head, causing him soft tissue injuries.

Yiga contends that on the 26th of September 2020 while lawfully moving along Kiyembe Lane in Kampala city, he was abruptly hit on the head by a metal cut off which dropped from the company’s site between Market Street and Kiyembe Lane.

He claims that his injuries caused him over bleeding and was treated at UMC Victoria Hospital in Bukoto and although Vcon Construction company had promised to take care of him until he got better , thus has never happened.

Yiga further claims that his health has deteriorated and he has since started experiencing recurrent headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.

Yiga, who was discovered to have an injury on the skull, alleges that after he had brought the CT Scan results to Victoria Hospital, with hope of receiving further treatment, the medical personnel there reportedly told him to first go back and liaise with the company to be attended to.

He reportedly approached the said companies to obtain clearance for his treatment but in vain .

Yiga through his lawyers of Wetaka, Kibirango and Company Advocates now wants court to declare that the two companies are liable for the injury sustained on his head and they should be compelled to compensate him with 80 million shillings for the suffering he is going through.

The Acting Registrar of the High Court Civil Division Dr Alex Mushabe has already issued summons to the two companies giving them fifteen days to defend themselves on these allegations levied against them.

The Registrar indicated in his summons that failure to comply with the fifteen days’ deadline, court will go ahead and hear the case in their absence.

The National Physical Planning Standards and Guidelines of 2011, require that each building under construction to have a planner and it must at the same time be sealed off with writing indicating to the public that there’s construction going on as one of the safety measures.

Boda Boda rider sues government

By Sania Babirye

The government of Uganda has been dragged to court by a debt defaulter who was allegedly shot in the knee by security operatives during his arrest over the 50,000 debt

Joseph Musisi Bakabulende a former bodaboda rider, now wants court to order government to compensate him 2.7 million shillings over alleged negligence.

He says the said money was spent on treatment and transport plus general damages, interest and costs of the suit.

Through his lawyers of Kasumba , Kugonza and Co advocates, Musisi claims that on the 1st of December 2019 police constable Kweezira Simon together with CPL Kyesesa Eliphazi all attached to Nabbingo police station while affecting his arrest on allegations of failing to pay 50,000 shillings he borrowed from Semwanga Fred he was shot in the left leg by Eliphazi who fled immediately leaving him in pain.

Musisi, further claims that he was helped by good Samaritans who rushed him to Nabbingo Medical Center where he received first aid before being referring to Mulago hospital for further management spending there four months and was forced to run away from Mulago after they asked him for 2 million to operate on his knee which he did not have.

He says he is suffering since he was brought to his home with only pain killers to ease his enormous pain which are very expensive and sometimes not affordable as a result of the reckless action of the security operatives.

Musisi also claims that he had been granted the bodaboda Bajaj Boxer on a loan on the 26th of February 2019 from Ssemwanga George William at 5.5 million shillings but it was later repossessed while he was in Mulago for failure to clear the loan.

He says that he has tried to seek help from the said security operatives, filed a complaint at Nabbingo police and reached as far as reporting to the professional standard unit but all in vain hence forcing him to seek Court redress.

The attorney general has been summoned to file his defense within 15 days.

Ministry of health sets new guidelines for churches

By Deo Wasswa

Ministry of health says, churches will be subjected to limited number of attendants during church services once the president announces the reopening of places of worship as one of major guideline to avoid the spread of Corona virus.

According to Richard Okwi, head of social behavior change department and communications officer in charge of public health emergency at ministry of health, each service will comprise of 100 members, hence encouraging churches to consider conducting multiple services to cater for demand.

He made the remarks while facilitating a team of clergies under the Christian ecumenical council of Uganda on standard operating procedures that churches must undergo to avoid spreading of COVID-19 once they resume.

According to him, church programs will also not remain the same as overnights will be prohibited in order to comply with curfew guideline.

He adds that so far the ministry of health has met churches under inter religious council of Uganda, the Adventist, the Christian ecumenical council of Uganda and they yet to meet Muslim fraternity while training clergies on maters concerning with COVID-19 prevention and management.

One Saturday 19, September President Museveni will be addressing the nation on maters to do with COVID-19.

Buganda recieves her monumental Rolls-Royce

By Daudi Zirimala

The Central government has today returned to Buganda Kingdom the Vintage car, A Rolls-Royce Silver cloud that Sir Edward Muteesa II Rode as first President and Kabaka of Buganda.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at Uganda Museum, the State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi said that this is in fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Central government and Buganda Kingdom.

The Vintage Car was handed over to Prince David Wasajja on behalf of the Buganda Kingdom ending years of mistrust between the two agencies since the central government was claiming ownership of the car.

The vehicle, one of the listed Kingdom properties in government custody, was expected to be returned with the 82 land titles that were handed over to the Kingdom in 2015.

The Rolls Royce has been kept in the Uganda Museum for close to 40 years.

DPP asks Wakiso court to take over Bobi Wine case

By Sania Babirye

The Director of Public prosecutions has asked the Wakiso magistrate court to take the case in which city lawyer Male Mabirizi is accusing him of giving false information to the Wakiso district electoral returning officer in order to be nominated for the Kyadondo East MP East in 2017.

However, Mabirizi has objected to the DPPs request on grounds that the DPP has not given any reason to as why she should take over the case.

Court is yet to rule on the said application this afternoon.

In the said case, Mabirizi wants court to block Hon.Kyagulanyi from being nominated as a presidential candidate in the 2021 general elections and also be banned from active politics for a period of seven years if court finds him guilty of lying about his age.

In the said case, Mabirizi wants court to block Hon.Kyagulanyi from being nominated as a presidential candidate in the 2021 general elections and also be banned from active politics for a period of seven years if court finds him guilty of lying about his age.

Hr is charged with giving false information, obtaining registration by false pretense and uttering false documents.

Mabirizi says he has evidence to prove that Kyagulanyi lied that he was born in 1982 when he was actually born in 1980.

Mabirizi further accuses Kyagulanyi of falsely obtaining registration on parliamentary website through giving false information that he was born in 1982 and that he was 36 years of age where as not in 2017.

Security has also been beefed up at the court although Bobiwine did not show up.

This is the second case against Bobiwine allegedly lying about his age by Lawyer Mabirizi that the DPP wants to take over.

UTB in digital domestic tourism campaign

By Edwin Muhumuza

Uganda Tourism Board has launched an 8-week long digital campaign to promote domestic tourism dubbed ‘Take on the Pearl’.

Ever since the country was closed to visitors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector has suffered immense revenue shortfalls and unemployment a trend that is anticipated to reflect in the national revenue purse.

Uganda is the number one tourism destination globally and has year after year held that spot and in a bid to maintain it, domestic tourism is key in jump starting the sector in addition to putting a spotlight on some of the country’s prized tourist attractions.

The Uganda Tourism Board CEO, Lilly Ajarova noted the opportunity presented by the COVID-19 pandemic is to look inwards and therefore travel the country and close the seasonality gap that has been created.

‘’the campaign aims to both create awareness and also educate Ugandans on the various tourist spots around the country; with emphasis on What? When? How? Who? And Where to Travel,” Ajarova said.

According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) panel experts, domestic tourism will recover faster than international demand and will be a key driver for tourism recovery across destinations.

Additionally, the panel points to a start of the recovery of international demand mostly in 2021 noting that considerable challenges remain ahead, starting with the unknown duration of the pandemic and travel restrictions, in a context of global economic recession.

Speaking at the launch the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Mrs. Doreen Katusiime noted that the campaign will give Ugandans and opportunity to know their country.

The President of the Uganda Tourism Association, Pearl Horreau Kakooza said that the move is an indicator to the readiness of the tourism private sector to receive and serve Ugandans as they experience the country.

“Our fully trained Safari guides are available to show hidden gems of our beautiful Uganda. The hotels are now offering discounted accommodation; the tour operators are keen to advise Ugandans on where to visit as we start on the journey to “Take on The Pearl”, she said.

The take on the Pearl Digital Challenge will require participants to Post the contest photo on Visit Uganda social media pages every Friday, get people to respond with name of the place and the reasons why they want to go to that place, for a chance to win the trip.

Also People get their friends and family to come and like their comments, correct comment with highest likes by Tuesday of the following week is selected the week’s winner.

There will be 2 winners per week for 8 weeks and will be announced at the beginning of the week and shall take their trip over the weekend; Friday to Sunday.

According to UTB, What is more important to note is that UTB will not award the 2 winners but there will be a lot of giveaways, discounted accommodation and travel packages rates to enjoy in the course of the campaign.

“Known as the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda is located in East Africa and offers some of the continent’s most diverse wildlife viewing, dramatic landscapes, and immersive cultural experiences and warm people and hospitality.

Uganda is home to more than half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and trekking to observe these gentle giants in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s top bucket list travel activities.

Safari opportunities abound in savanna, forest, and wetland settings throughout 10 national parks, where visitors can come face to face with “The Big Five” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo – as well as giraffe, zebra, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, crocodile, and more than half of all bird species found in Africa.

Among Uganda’s extraordinary natural attractions are the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; expansive Lake Victoria, which forms the source of the Nile River; and Murchison Falls National Park.

Fitness practitioners ask Government to open their facilities

By Deo Wasswa

The Association of wellness health and fitness practitioners in Uganda has called upon the government to consider re-opening of fitness facilities. They claim that they have put in place measures to comply with COVID-19 guidelines

According to the association, since inception of the lock down, the facilities are not earning yet they are spending on rent and some bills.

They say the facilities are now constraining them financially . They fear that many of the facilities will close if government continues the shut down.

Dr. Christopher Mbowa, head of UPDF fitness department who is also the president of the association says things like keeping records, sanitizers, Gun Temperature among others have been put in place by members to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.

The association comprises of 110 fitness facilities only in Kampala and has embarked on the journey to register more facilities across the country in an effort of marking the industry more professional and sound.

Tumukunde’s case against EC, CID dismissed

By Sania Babirye

2021 presidential aspirant and former security minister Rtd.Lt.General Henry Tumukunde has lost a case in which he was seeking court to stop the Uganda police and Criminal Intelligence department boss Grace Akullo from violating his rights to liberty, free speech and association by allegedly threatening to arrest him due to lack of evidence.

Justice Musa Sekana has dismissed his application on grounds that Tumukunde failed to produce material evidence to prove that the defendants violated his personal liberties.

Justice Sekana also noted that the police has a right to investigate and detect crime and that if it ruled in Tumukunde’s favor, he will be interfering with police’s constitutional mandate to detect crime , preserve law and order and to protect lives and property.

The judge further noted that no case was made by Tumukunde against police and Grace Akullo to warrant court to issue an injunction since in his affidavit, Tumukunde only states that the said summons did not disclose any type of charge slapped against him.

He explained that it’s not clear whether Tumukunde was summoned to appear either as a suspect or a witness and thar the court can only extend its protective hand to a citizen who is being wronged or deprived of his property without following the law but rather not to issue orders that perpetuate a threatened crime which has been detected by police.

Although Tumukunde had asked court to award him 70 million shillings in compensation, the court has instead ordered him to pay costs to police and Akullo.

On the 27th of August, Tumukunde petitioned the high court seeking orders to stop the government from ever threatening to arrest him on grounds that the said arrests are in violation of his constitutional right to liberty and freedom of expression.

This is after Tumukunde snapped summons by the CID to appear at the headquarters in Kibuli on the 18th of August over allegations that he met veteran soldiers and held other gatherings in violation of the Standard operation procedures.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Tumukunde wanted court to issue a permanent order restraining the state from ever issuing him such arrest threats because bing a presidential aspirant, he is mandated by law to consult voters and gather signature
3/4 of signatures from at least 100 districts of Uganda in order to stand for presidency which will be interfered with by the said arrests .

He claimed that he did not break any law by meeting up with the army veterans because he duly picked nomination forms as a presidential aspirant and notified the Electoral commission of his intentions to consult and traverse the entire country looking for the required signatures.

Tumumunde noted that this was just to frustrate and suffocate his political ambitions by state because politicians from the ruling NRM party have on several occasions involved veterans in political activities and none of them has ever been summoned at CID.

Police to take man who took lifeless head to parliament for mental check

By Robert Segawa

Police has said they are going to check the mental status of the man who was arrested with a human head at parliament on Monday.

According to the CID spokesperson Charles Twine, investigation detectives are going to take Joseph Nuwashaba, 22 for check up to determine his mental status.

Twine added that detectives will also find out whether the suspect was working with other people and the other murders he could have participated in before the Monday incident.

Police noted that a DNA test has already proved that the head Nuwashaba was found with belonged to the headless body discovered in Masaka of a 5 year old Faith Kyamagero, a daughter to pastor Charles Ssenyonga of Kyamulibwa in Masaka city.

Twine noted that the parents also identified the head as that of Kyamagero and police has handed it over to them for burial.

Woman arrested for being in possession of US$24,300 counterfeit money

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala has arrested Maria Nakaweesi ,the proprietor of Maria’s Cargo after being found with counterfeit dollar notes worth shs90 million.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, Nakaweesi had earlier been reported to have been kidnapped .

Onyango said that the businesswoman was arrested together with Umaru Lutaaya, a special hire driver along Kayunga road in Mukono after intelligence information indicated that the two were found in possession of 243 notes equivalent to US$24,300( shs90 million.

The two suspects are currently detained at Mukono police station pending their arraignment in court.