New inter religious alliance to promote family planning

By Alice Lubwama

Representatives of different religious organizations have launched an interfaith alliance which will coordinate faith based organizations that will promote family planning.

The launch was done at the end of the two day national family planning conference which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The alliance will also be used to mobilize funds to support family planning services and building capacity for religious leaders as family planning champions.

The Catholic Church was represented by sister Jacinta Mukamalimpa from Kyenjojo diocese, the Anglican Church was represented by Bishop Amos Magezi of North West Ankole diocese, while the Pentecostal church was represented by Pastor Joseph serwadda and Sheik Mohammadali Waiswa the deputy mufti Uganda Muslim supreme council represented the Muslims.

The deputy mufti Uganda Muslim supreme council Sheik Muhammadali Waiswa said that although it is a taboo to talk about family planning within the Muslim community, with the continuous mobilization and sensitization of the people by the religious leaders, the Muslim community is now receptive to family planning and now regularly access the services.

Speaking on behalf of the Pentecostal churches, the Presiding Apostle of Born Again faith, Pastor Joseph Serwadda said that the Bible supports planning; it’s the reason why a number of people in the old testament got children at the late age. Serwada further said that Family planning is Godly but it should be managed by the people who understand it.

Reverend Moses Semugooma who represented the Anglican Archbishop elect Bishop Stephen Kazimba Mugalu who is also a family planning champion said that the religious leaders need to support the family planning services so that mothers can get information to make the right decision.

Semugooma noted that if the leaders come out openly to speak about family planning, they will have a healthy population who will support the church.

He revealed that the Anglican Church has already committed to promote health and through Mityana diocese, the church supported the district local government to develop the family planning implementation coasted plan now being used as reference point for the entire country.

“It was Mityana diocese church of Uganda through faith for family heath initiative and population action international that came out to support the district to have the family planning implementation coasted plan. He emphasized.

Speaking at the same function ,the executive secretary of the catholic medical bureau Dr Ronald Kasyaba said that there are scriptural references that support the catholic church on family planning but the deference has been on the methods used.

However, he said that the church is now coming out strongly to do the promotion of the effective modern methods that are consistent with the doctrine of the Catholic Church, like standard day’s method, lactation amenorrhea method for breast feeding mothers and the 2day method. “There is no choice the priests should talk about the benefits of family planning, but we are not teaching them to practice and tell the people which method they use but tell them where to go. He said.

The board chairperson of Faith for family health initiative Jackie katana said, there was need to engage the religious leaders to spread the gospel on family planning services after a study on the status of family planning indicated that communities were not getting the right information and counseling on services.

She has however urged the ministry of health to target the resource allocation to demand generation and community mobilization.

MPS castigate labor export companies engaging in sell of human body organs

By Alice Lubwama
Iganga municipality Member of Parliament Mugema Panadol wants Government to develop interest in the operations of a labor exporting company known as Shukran Habib consultants, saying it could be dealing in selling of human body organs.

Mugume told parliament that his suspicion comes after the death her constituent whose body has just been returned from Saudi Arabia without the private parts.
Laying pictures of the body of one Julie Kisakye before parliament, Mugema narrated that the death certificate which accompanied the dead body indicated that she had died from cardiac failure and heart related issues but when the body was examined, it all had burns , the head was shattered, one of the breasts and the labia tibia had been removed.

Masaka municipality legislator Mathias Mpuuga warned that if the issues of labor export in Uganda are not handled well, it will be their biggest failure as leaders.
“We shall never be forgiven if we do not tackle the root cause of this problem, isn’t it time madam speaker that parliament moves to investigate this problem and solve it once and for all because it is no longer labor export, there is a bigger problem and we are grossing over it.” Mpuuga said

Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante said that it is paramount that the minister of gender comes up with a comprehensive statement explaining how Uganda has been corresponding with other countries were Ugandans are sent.

Mbale municipality MP Wamai Wamanga blamed Government for not taking the matter serious, “We summoned the minister of Gender and labor before the committee of foreign affairs and we told her about the testimonies of the girls who had returned from those countries but the minister could not accept , she told us how she shares food with them while in Saudi Arabia .
He asked Government to act and rescue her people from slavery similar to how Nigeria went and rescued its people from south Africa,but this government is just looking on when people are suffering in the middle east yet people leave this country because they have nothing to do.

In response, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that the government of Uganda does not have missions in every country and admitted that monitoring from a far is still a challenge.”But we shall have a formal discussion.” She said

Now, the minister of Gender and social development Janat Mukwaya has promised to investigate the matter and make a comprehensive report to parliament.

MPS castigate labor export companies dealing in human organs

By Alice Lubwama
Iganga municipality Member of Parliament Mugema Panadol has asked Government to develop interest in the operations of a labor exporting company known as Shukran Habib consultants, saying it could be dealing in selling of human body organs.

Mugume told parliament that his suspicion comes after the death her constituent whose body has just been returned from Saudi Arabia without private parts.

Laying the pictures of the body of one Julie kisakye before parliament, Mugema narrated that the death certificate which accompanied the dead body indicated that she had died from cardiac failure and heart related issues but when the body was examined, it all had burns , the head was shattered, one of the breasts and the labia tibia had been removed.

Masaka municipality legislator, Mathias Mpuga warned that if the issue of labor export in Uganda is not handled well, it will be their biggest failure as leaders.

“We shall never be forgiven if we do not go to the root of this problem, isn’t it time madam speaker that parliament moves to investigate this problem and solve it once for all because it is no longer labor export, there is a bigger problem and we are grossing over it.” Mpuga said

Rubaga North member of Parliament Moses kasibante said that it is paramount that the minister of gender comes up with a comprehensive statement explaining how Uganda has been corresponding with other countries were Ugandans are sent.

Mbale municipality mp Wamai Wamanga blamed Government for not taking the matter serious saying,”We summoned the minister of Gender and labor before the committee of foreign affairs and we told her about the testimonies of the girls who had returned from those countries but the minister could not accept , she even told us how she shares food with them while in Saudi Arabia .” Wamayi asked Government to act and rescue her people from slavery as Nigeria went and rescued its people from south Africa,but this government is just looking on when people are suffering in the middle east .

In response the speaker Rebecca Kadaga said that the government of Uganda does not have missions in every country that is why monitoring from far is a problem. Kadaga promised that there will be a formal discussion on the issue.

However the minister of Gender and social development Janat Mukwaya promised to investigate the matter and make a comprehensive report for parliament.

Minister Rwamirama applauds Koreans for their peace keeping efforts in South Sudan

By Alice Lubwama

The Government of Uganda has commended the Korean Government for contribution towards the relative peace in South Sudan.

While officiating the cerebration’s of the National foundation day and armed forces day for the Republic of Korea, the minister in charge of veterans affairs in the ministry of defense Bright Rwamirama said the Korean forces have greatly contributed to the peace keeping operation in South Sudan by repairing peace roads which will have significant impact in lives of south Sudanese and the economy.

The Korean Embassy in Uganda has gathered Koreans in Uganda to celebrate this important day as it is also celebrated in their home country. This year’s celebrations were held at the Sheraton, Kampala Hotel.

Uganda hosts Africa’s largest refugee population about one and a quarter million people, with two-thirds fled conflict in South Sudan.

About National Foundation Day in Korea
Go-Joseon (also called Choson) or Old Korea (2333 – 206 BC), was the first Korean kingdom. According to legend, it was founded in southern Manchuria in the basins of the Liao and Taedong Rivers.

The legend goes that Prince Hwan-ung had left heaven to rule the earth. In the kingdom, there was a bear and a tiger who prayed to the prince that they wanted to become human. He said that if they stayed in a cave for 100 days only eating mugwort and garlic they would become human. The tiger got bored and left, but the bear completed the 100 days and became a beautiful woman. She and Hwan-ung bore a son called Tangun Wanggom, When Tangun grew up, he built a city at the present site of Pyongyang (now the capital of North Korea) and called his new kingdom Go-Joseon, meaning ‘morning freshness’.

Judging from Chinese records, the state of Go-Joseon as a political entity could be described as a kingdom at least by the beginning of the 4th century BC. This roughly coincides with the advent of the Iron Age in Korea.

Go-Joseon went into a period of decline, but it was revived in the 2nd century BC as Wiman Joseon.
Some Korean records combine Wiman Joseon, Gija Joseon, and the initial Go-Joseon as periods of one Go-Joseon

Parliament’s store keeper convicted of stealing a DVD set

By Sania Babirye

A civil servant working as a permanent staff at parliament has had his 8 month jail sentence for stealing a DVD video recorder squashed by the high court in Kampala.

Ochen Peter who was a store keeper had been convicted of stealing the said DVD worth 800,000 shillings and ordered to serve 8 months in Luzira prison and ordered to refund the said money.

However, being dissatisfied with the lower court judgement, he appealed both the conviction and sentence maintaining that he was innocent .

Ochen had stated that on the alleged day of 2nd May 2019 when the alleged theft took place, he was at Mulago hospital caring for his son who had been admitted at the hospital.

Ochen had also presented admission letters and a discharge form that showed the admission and their discharge on the 7th of May five days after the said theft took place.

However, the lower court dismissed his evidence saying that he was the one with access to the store were the said theft took place.

And today, high court judge Yasin Nyanzi was in agreement with Ochen that evidence adduced showed that he was indeed at Mulago hospital nursing his son who was had testified in court that his father was at hospital that day taking care of him and could not leave his sick sin at 11pm in the night alone at the hospital to go to Parliament to steal the said DVD .

Justice Nyanzi has also faulted the security at parliament of failing to at least show Ochen at parliament premises that day as alleged.

In conclusion, Justice Nyanzi observed that Ochen was never at Parliament that day and that indeed state failed to link the convict to the scene of crime.

He is also concerned with the convict that he was not the only person with access to the said room since other people including his supervisor had access too.

He then squashed both the conviction and sentence and set Ochen free ordering that being a public servant, the said illegal conviction should not have a baring to his job .

Man accused of rape sent to Luzira prison

By Sania Babirye

A man who used a knife to rob and after rape a woman has been remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspect has been identified as Sentongo Ramathan.

He was arraigned before Kampala high court judge Yasin Nyanzi and he denied the offense of rape and aggravated robbery.

He has now further been remanded to Luzira prison until 26th of this month for trial to commence.

Prosecution states that in the month of January 2015, at Wandegeya Katanga zone in Kampala district, Sentongo Ramathan and others still at large robbed the victim names disclosed 4,500,000 Ugandan shillings before raping her on Knife point.

Raila, Museveni meet, discuss socio-economic development issues

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni and former Kenyan prime Minister Raila Odinga have agreed to work together to boost agricultural crop production through the application of phosphates that are produced in Tororo.

The use of phosphates is meant to supplement compost and organic manure that is in use in Uganda as the country enjoys favorable climatic conditions of two rain seasons.

Mr. Raila Odinga who visited the President also discussed with him matters related to socio-economic as well as political development in their respective countries.

The President informed his guest that Uganda has registered systematic political growth characterized by affirmative action for marginalized groups like the women, youth and the disabled.

Bobi Wine fails to show up in court again

BY Sania Babirye

Prosecution with it’s four witnesses have been left puzzled in court today after Kyadondo East Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu for the third time failed to turn up in court for his illegal protest case over OTT in July 2018.

On the 16th of August, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Katty Joan Acaa adjourned the matter to today because state did not have any witness available in court to testify on top of Bobi wine also being absent and adjourned the hearing to today .

However, today state led by Kyomugisha Barbra came ready to pin Kyagulanyi and his other co accused over the charge only for his lawyer Abdullah Kiwanuka informing court again that his client was again away in Kenya on official duties.

The prosecution witnesses that were ready to pin Kyagulanyi include ASP Bakaleke Joseph, corporal Joram Ndyahabwe,ASP cadet Ojakola Ochan and ASP Kulaigye Edgar who are all police officers .

And as a result, the magistrate has given Bobiwine one more chance and adjourned the matter to the 28th of October warning Bobiwine to not miss again or faces being Issued with a warrant of arrest.

Bobiwine is jointly charged with his brother Fred Nyanzi, his body guard Edward Sebuufu aka Eddy Mutwe, Julius Katongole and David Lule

In July this year, further criminal summons were issued against Bobi Wine after he failed to turn up in court. The magistrate also ordered the state to avail the defense team with all their alleged evidences against the accused including the alleged exhibits . On the 2nd of May, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya granted bail to Bobiwine via a video conferencing system.

Bobi wine became the first person to be tried using the new technology that was launched by the chief justice Bart Katureebe on the 15th of April this year to allow judges to try inmates without necessarily being present in court but through a video link in Luzira prison.

Bobi wine was remanded to Luzira prison on 29th of this month by grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya afrer he was charged and pleaded not guilty to offenses relating to disobedience of statutory duty .

The magistrate also failed to grant him bail and refereed his bail application to the 2nd of May.

His lawyers led by Asuman told court that his sureties had been blocked to access court with some arrested and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono in case of Hon.Francis Zaake while others had their documents like local council letters confiscated by police.

The magistrate then ruled that Bobi wine should be remanded briefly to allow his lawyers organize their sureties and the magistrate also advised them from bringing high profile sureties that attract too much attention.

According to the amended charge sheet tendered in court , Bobi Wine was surprisingly charged over offenses he committed in 2018.

The charges are apparently in relation to his protest over the now social media tax (OTT) which he is said to have allegedly committed on 11th of July 2018 at City square with in Kampala city.

Bobiwine is accused of holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer or police who would ensure that all participants of his meeting are unarmed and peaceful .

Prosecution states that the actions of Bobi Wine were contrary to sections 5 and 10 of the public Order Management Act of 2013.

However before accepting to go on remand, Bobi Wine addressed and in his own words he said:

“Your honor I am confident because it is not me on trial but this court on trial because I have not committed any crime. I have not stolen public funds or killed anyone. I am here because I have spoken against this government and specifically president Museveni. Your honor i am here brcause i have spoken against unfair taxation so i am fighting for everyone and for you”.

Leader of opposition did also criticize reasons cited by state while objecting to the bail application of Bobiwine.

This is after state prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that sureties like Hon.Miria Matembe were insubstantial since she was of advanced age of 64 and not capable to feasibly compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

However, the leader of Opposition said that it was ironical that the State recently just amended the constitution and lifted the presidential age limit to allow even a person of over 100 years to rule the country yet,the state is objecting a person of 64 years to only stand surety.

Other opposition politicians like Allan Sewanyana criticized what they called a move by the judiciary to impose the video link conferencing for his bail application.

Ssewanyana claimed that the judiciary had violated the procedures of the video conferencing since it was the suspect who requests it through its lawyers but instead, the judiciary imposed it on Bobiwine without allowing him to give his opinion on whether he wanted his application to be heard via a video link.

Meanwhile Hon. Kyagulanyi Robert also did address court for the second time before the court pronounced itself on his bail application.

In his own words, Bobiwine said: “I thank you for this opportunity to address court. It is not we on trial but the court. Whatever you decide isn’t my business. My business is the truth, what is morally right… If standing for what is right is going to keep me in this prison, so be it. After all I have a lot of work to do, even here in prison”.

His legal team led by Asuman Basalirwa asked court to grant him a non cash bail on grounds that Bobiwine willingly subjected himself to the legal process and that he is neither on criminal summons or warrant of arrest.

Basalirwa also argued that the charges preferred against Kyagulanyi did not involve any violence because the main reason he was arrested even the state realized its significance and revised the OTT tax which means he was on the right cause for everyone including state.

He added that that Hon .Kyagulanyi was a peaceful man and had never been convicted of any offense under any courts of law and that through his music career, he had been helping police to fight crime.

He added that Hon.Kyagulanyi was a family man with four children and a young wife and that he was not a flight risk because he is an MP representing the people of Kyadondo East on top of being a sole bread winner for his tender family.

Asuman Basalirwa also presented three sureties including Hon.Miria Matembe whom he said is a personal friend of Bobiwine in the struggle,42 year old NRM Member of Parliament for Kasambya county Hon.Mbwa Tekamwa Dog and Hon.Nsamba Patrick of Kasanda East who is Bobiwine’s neighbor and also a colleague.

In reply prosecution objected to Bobiwine’s bail application on grounds that his sureties were not substantial.

State prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that one of the Surety Hon. Miria Matembe was of advanced age of 64 and therefor not feasibly capable to compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

Amerit also objected to the two MPs on grounds that the two MPs were are equals to Bobiwine and as a result had no legitimate authority over him including forcing him to return before court among other grounds.

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Youth committed to free trial

By Sania Babirye

Two youths who were arrested for allegedly stealing two hand watches and two pair of shoes from road passers using a hummer have been committed for trial in the high court.

19 year old Michael Nabuka and 25 year old Brian Kimera have been committed by City hall court grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza.

This is after state informed court that the Director of public prosecutions has completed investigations into their case and wants them committed for trial

Some of the evidence which the DPP intends to adduce against the accused show that on the 14th of July 2018 at Kyamuka zone Kyebando in Kawempe division, the two accused persons with the help of a hummer robbed Cosmas Mukalazi and Christopher Mubiru of their watches and shoes.

Prosecution further states that the victims who owns a joint shop that deals with electronic on the same date around midnight while going home they landed in a gang of 6 men who attacked them beat and hit them with a hummer on their heads and lost consciousness.

It’s alleged that upon regaining consciousness they noticed that their shoes and watches which they were put on were robbed.

These have now further remanded to Luzira prison until when the high court will fix a date for trial .

MP Baryeku mentioned in fraudulent land transaction case

By Sania Babirye

As efforts to uncover the mess into the fraudulent land transaction on plot 24 Kyabazinga way in Nalufenya in jinja district continues, the acting commissioner for lands registration has asked the ongoing land probe commission for more time to solve the discovered mess.

The contentious land called Tirupati land was fraudulently sold by the Jinja land board to businessman Thurmmar Jay Magnalal Patel to build a shopping mall at 7.5 billion while the Jinja municipal council had released the same land to Tirupati development for construction of a public recreation center.

While appearing before the commission, Robert Opiyo has asked justice Catherine Bamugemereire heading the seven member commission of inquiry into land matters to give him up to tomorrow to put into place measures of cancelling of the freehold title acquired for the said land to Jinja municipal council.

The commission had learnt from the jinja land board chairperson Ndiko Ngobi that some member of the Jinja district land board received a bribe and connived and fraudulently transferred the land ownership to Magnalal concluding that the said land transfer was illegal.

She also informed the commission that she declined a 50 million bribe to engage in the said fraudulent land transfer.

Other persons implicated in the said bribery allegations include the member of parliament for Jinja municipality Moses Balyeku who is said to have tried to bribe a land officer of Jinja one Fred Waiswa with a piece of land to put aside the current running lease and instead process for him a freehold land title and Titus Kisambira the chairperson of Jinja district.

Justce Bamugemereire has now ordered Opio to come back tomorrow with a full progress and that those fraudulent officials on the Jinja land board found to have participated in the said transaction will be recommended to the IGG for the law to take its course.