Kipoi granted bail finally

By Sania Babirye

The General court Martial sitting in Makindye has finally granted bail to the Former Bubulo West MP Tonny Kipoi Nsubuga and his seven co accused without any condition.
Kipoi has been on remand at Makindye Military barracks since the 21st of March 2018 after he was charged with offenses related to National security by the General court Martial.

While releasing him today, the seven member court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti was in agreement with Kipoi’s defense team led by Charles Ssekayita that it would be constitutionally right to release the suspects despite having no suruties since prosecution did not make a reply to Kipoi’s application in which he is seeking amnesty.

His co accused include Yusuf Kiisa, Rogers Mweru,James Shimali,Yunus Lamertga,Cassim Adams Mawa,Sergent Okeng and Ifosiga Saidi.

An as a result the army court gave the accused their temporally freedom and ordered that they each report to the court registrar every first Thursday of every month.

On the 18th of February this year, Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo denied bail to Kipoi because he was being tried in the army court and that he was charged with capital offenses related to National security.

His bail application was heard in his absentia after his lawyer Richard Iduli informed court that the UPDF had deliberately refused to produce Kipoi in court two consecutive times despite having served them to do so.

Iduli had asked justice Abodo to have the matter adjourned so that the army can be issued with a production warrant to have Kipoi produced in court, the judge ruled that it would be better to proceed with hearing of the bail application since the army has not responded twice despite being served with the production warrants twice.

Then Iduli asked court to grant his client bail on grounds that it is his constitutional right and the fact that he is being detained in an illegal detention of the army at Makindye military barracks yet he is not a soldier but a civilian.

Iduli further stated that his client’s arrest in Botswana on the 18th of March 2018 was illegal because their was no warrant of arrest issued nor any extradition proceedings conducted while being brought back in the country.

Iduli further stated that that the charge of offenses related to security is similar to the the offense offense of treason that he was already discharged of by the DPP and that the same DPP acted centrally to the constitution when he directed the army to have Kipoi tried in the military court.

He also said that his client should be given bail since he is already challenging the jurisdiction of the General court Martial to try him in the constitutional court .

Kipoi also presented two sureties including his uncle Moses Mpasa a retired civil servant and his brother Bosco Weiko to stand as his sureties to ensure that he returned court once granted bail and that he had a fixed place of aboard at Bukaso village 1 in Manafa district.

However prosecutions asked court to not grant bail to kipoi on grounds that he is likely to abscond bail since he is charged with a capital offense related to national security, his sureties are not substantial and that prosecutions is ready to try the case.

Kipoi was charged on the 19th of March 2018 jointly with 5 UPDF soldiers including Sgt. Yunus Lemeriga, CPL Rogers Mwiru, Sgt. Adams Mawa, Sgt. Albino Okenge and private Ddodola Ijosiga.

These however pleaded not guilty to the offense before the 7 member court chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti.

Kipoi is said to have committed the offenses between November 2012 and December 2013, while on diverse districts in Uganda, were he convened meetings to recruit soldiers with an intention of prejudicing the security of defense forces .

Kipoi was later remanded back to Luzira prison where he had been on charges of attempting to traffic 20 people from Bukedea district to the DR. Congo while his co-accused have been remanded to Makindye Military barracks.

But he was later transferred to Makindye military barracks.

In 2012 Kipoi was arrested and charged with treason and human trafficking after he was accused of recruiting youths from both Uganda and DRC as rebels to oust President Museveni, however he fled the country into Congo immediately after being granted bail.

His case was later referred before the General court martial and the army court in 2014 issued warrant of arrest for Kipoi’s head despite being on the run.

The parliament of Uganda also threw him out of parliament after he missed 15 sittings with out giving any justified reason for missing.

Kipoi who was extradited from Botswana in in 2018 where he is said to have fraudulently obtained money amounting to 111.6 million from two women in Botswanas ) while disguising as a native doctor whereas not.

Give adolescents more information about menstruation

By Alice Lubwama

Uganda will join the rest of the world on 28th of May, to commemorate the international menstrual hygiene day , the founder of So sure reusable sanitary towels in Uganda Sophia Grinvaids has asked Government to support adolescent girls especially those in rural schools to access reusable sanitary pads because there safe and cost friendly.

Grinvaids says it should be everyone’s responsibility to help the girls manage their menstrual periods as a basic need.

“Periods and managing them is not a luxury, it is a basic need and the United Nations has declared menstrual hygiene management as a human right and so, are we doing our part, as parents. Are schools doing their part not to only ensure that they access pads but to also know what is happening to them and they are prepared? Grinvaids said.

Grinvaids also the chief executive officer of Afripads Uganda limited calls for proper toilets with water were girls can bath and wash their pads in order to have proper hygiene.

The winner of this year’s so sure secondary school menstrual hygiene essay writing competition Kwanje Asunta appeals to fellow adolescent girls to always do exercises in order to manage menstrual pain.

Kwanje said that apart from the parents providing adolescent girls with sanitary pads during their menstrual periods they also need to give them information on how to manage the pain they experience.

Hope Nankunda Mwijuka from raising teenagers Uganda says that many girls were dropping out from school due to lack of sanitary towels and dealing with pain.

Nankunda calls for investment in the management of menstrual pain because it also stops girls from going to school.

“The schools which don’t provide opportunities for girls to involve in sports it becomes difficult for them to deal with pain, because sports help girls to manage the menstrual pain.” Nankunda noted

She has also called upon parents and care givers to support their daughters especially when they have begun their periods because sometimes you find a parent has daughters but doesn’t know if they are menstruating or not.

She further advises parents to help their daughters to menstruate with dignity so that they can stay in schools.

Nankunda noted that young girls between 13 to 11 years were also falling victims of teenage pregnancy because of looking for sanitary towels.

In a survey her organization raising teenagers Uganda carried out in some schools in Wakiso district to know why girls were missing in schools, many of them indicated that they would prefer staying home when they are in periods because they fear to be embarrassed by boys who make fun of them.

Indian investor found dead in hotel room

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is investigating the circumstances under which Indian Investor was found dead in his Hotel room at Speke Hotel Kampala.

The deceased has been identified as Anantha Narayam Ramesh, 53 year old working with Mahindra Consulting Engineers based in New Delhi capital of India.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Deputy police spokesperson Kampala metropolitan, the Indian business man arrived in the country on 5th May_2019 and booked at Speke Hotel where he has been residing.

Owoyesigyire adds that on Saturday morning police was called by the management of Speke hotel who had found him dead in his room 101.

He adds that central police station crime department is still analysing the footage from the Speak Hotel cameras to establish the exact cause of death.

Police has called on duty stuffs to record their statement on sudden death of Indian business man, those recorded statement are head of Security Speke hotel, Duty manager, room attendant who found the body , together with waiter and waitress in Speke Hotel restaurant.

According to documents found in Anantha Ramesh bag, he was supposed to fly back to India on Saturday aboard Emirates Airlines.

Owoyesigyire further explains that the preliminary postmortem report shows that he lacked oxygen because of the blood clot found in the lung.

Luke added that , they had informed the next of kin through the Indian embassy to claim the body for burial as investigation into the matter continue.

Police fires teargas and live bullets to disperse protesting traders

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is still engaged in running battles with traders in Kiseka market protesting the remand of Kyadondo East Mp Robert Kyagulanyi. Our reporter Robert Ssegawa has the rest of the story

Singer Bobi Wine was on Monday charged with disobedience of statutory duty and remanded to Luzira prison by Buganda road court chief magistrate Nahilya

The traders today, locked their shops and took to the streets demanding for the immediate release of the singer Bobi wine. Traders blocked the road around down town Kiseka market, burning old car tyres which prompted police to swing into action.

Police have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse traders. The military has been called in to reinforce the police in a bid to calm the situation.

Bobi wine will next appear in court on the 2nd of May.

There is also heavy deployment of men in the uniform in Natete and Busega roundabout after security got intelligence that a group of youth are planning to demonstrate.

Police trucks known as Mamba’s, are visibly parked at Busega roundabout, while police and UPDF men are foot patrol in area. Other security personnel have deployed on top different buildings in town.

According to Patrick Onyango the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson “deployment in different parts of the city is aimed at keeping law and order”.

Police denies paying ransom to tourists’ kidnappers

By Robert Segawa
The Uganda police force with other security agencies revealed that they are on an operation to get the armed Kidnappers of an American tourist Kimberly Sue Endecott and John Paul Mirenge the guide tour.

The victims were kidnapped Tuesday last week at Edward track Queen Elizabeth national park on tour trail where the suspects were asking for a ransom of 1.8 Billion shillings (USD 500,000) to release them.

Addressing the press at Naguru police headquarters the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the victims were rescued from the Eastern province of DR Congo in Kinshasha Sunday evening.

He adds that the Uganda police force is working hand in hand with the armed forces in DR Congo to see that the Kidnappers are arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.

Enanga stated that there was no ransom paid by Uganda police force and government as they don’t support the idea. He said that it was due to the intensified operation that the victims were released.

Some media reports claimed that USD 30,000 was paid as ransom to the kidnappers to let go of the victims.

He further adds that they are many armed groups along that area, believed to have been having a network locally within Uganda working with the gunmen to Kidnap for ransom.

Last week, the Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said that the incident occurred along Edward truck at Katoke gate in Kanungu district.

Namaye identified the victim as Kimbley Sue Endecott 35 years and John Paul Mirenge who is the driver of the tour car registration number UAR 777 E that had other tourists.

She says the Kidnappers left the car abandoned after taking the key leaving the other two tourist Martin Julius and his wife Barbell leaving them safe and take the two victim to unknown destination.

She added that the Kidnappers were using one of the Victims phone to ask for a ransom 500, 000 us dollars to have them released or not they forget them

Women’s rights advocates say a lot needs to be done

As Uganda joins the rest of the world tomorrow to commemorate the international women’s day, organizations advocating for the rights of women and children, say that although women in Uganda can cerebrate some achievements in terms of development, but a lot needs to be done to get them out of poverty.

Tina Musuya the executive director of center for domestic violence prevention note that women are still seen as second choice to men which has limited many to develop.

Musuya say that unless women have equal rights to property, they will never get out of poverty since it’s only their labour used on land.

“It is assumed that when bride price is paid in many communities, she is also part of the property of the man , that means she doesn’t have equal ownership rights, now the issue of women’s right to property is a big challenge.

Musuya also note that many women still experience interment partner violence, including sexual abuse, being beaten and others left with the burden of providing for all needs of the family even when their partners are working.

On leadership positions, she noted that women are still few in leadership positions and calls them to strive more and at least have 50% representation in the leadership roles.

The woman activist further said that although many women have tried to work but many are sexually abused from their work places.

The executive director High sound for children Hadija Mwanje also said that the rate at which men are denying their responsibility is high, where by many have left the burden of providing for the children to women.

Mwanje say that the focus should also go on the boy child in order to prepare them grow as responsible fathers and husbands.

Minister Muyingo worried about increasing school dropouts

By Daudi Zirimala
The State Minister for Uganda Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo is concerned about the reducing number of students finalizing the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE

Speaking during the release of 2018 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Examinations (UACE) results at President’s Office, Kampala, Muyingo said that its unfortunate that a number of students drop out after registering for UACE which has to be followed by stakeholders to find out the reasons why numbers keep on reducing every year.

According to UNEB a total of 99,672 students registered for 2018 UACE out of who 53,359 are males and 41,313 females across the 2,217 centres in Uganda.

UNEB executive secretary Dan Odongo said girls performed better, especially in arts subjects. However, Biology overall was the worst done subject.

Odongo, secretary says Girls constituted 41.4% of the candidates who sat for the exams.

“Whereas gender parity has been attained at UCE, at this level (UACE), the gap between males and females taking these exams is still wide with parity index of 0.7,” he said.

According to him, 98.5% of 101,269 candidates qualified for the award of UACE, including candidates who obtained at least one subsidiary level pass in a subject at principal level.

Results of 79 candidates from 24 centres have been withheld over malpractice and were seeking for assistance during the examinations, among other reasons,” she added.

History, Economics, Entrepreneurship Education, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Art subjects have shown better performance in 2018 than in 2017

41,296 female candidates were registered in 2018 as compared to 41,932 female candidates who were registered in 2017.

Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) chairperson, Prof Mary Okwakol says there is a possibility that female students took up vocational studies available to them in preference to the UACE level.

“We note improvements in Physics and biology at subject level but a drop of performance at principal level,” she says.

Prof Okwakol says candidature has reduced by 2.9%.
“This trend has been observed since 2014. Entry figures continue to show that overwhelmingly number of candidates is opting for humanity subjects,” she adds.

According to her, allowing malpractice in exams will lead to low quality of the country’s human resource.

Parliament moves motion to recall Gen Kyaligonza

By Patricia Osman

Parliament has this afternoon passed a solution to recall Major General Matayo Kyaligonza as Uganda’s ambassador to Burundi following the weekend scenario where he reportedly assaulted a female traffic officer Esther Namaganda together with his two body guards.
The motion was moved by Uganda Women Parliamentarians Association (UWOPA) chairperson Pamela Kamugo recommending that the appointing authority Mr. Museveni recalls Gen Kyaligonza as ambassador.
After heated the debate, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga adopted the motion and it now remains the pre-rogative of the appointing authority to recall Gen Kyaligonza or not.

Police officers demoted over participation in Arua saga

By Sania Babirye

The Police Disciplinary Court has recommended the demotion of five Police Officers in connection to last year’s chaotic Arua Municipality parliamentary by-elections.

While announcing the ruling at Arua Municipal Council hall this morning the Police Disciplinary Court Chairperson, Dennis Odongopiny said the officers were found guilty of negligence of duty.

He has now sentenced Superintendents of Police-SP Robert Junena Okia, the former West Nile Zonal Field Force Unit Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, the former West Nile Region Police Commander and former Arua DPC, Abbas Senyonjo to reduction in rank to Assistant Superintendents of Police.

The same court sentenced Senior Superintendent of Police, Edward Mugweri, the former West Nile Region Crime Intelligence Officer to reduction in rank to Superintendent of Police.
More than 4,000 residents of three sub counties in Bunyangabu district are living in fear of eviction from their homes by Mathias Kintu who says the land belonged to his late grandfather, Yohana Maingira.

However the occupants of the land have dismissed Kintu’s claims.

Now the Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister who also doubles as the Bunyangabu Member of Parliament promises to talk to Kintu to allow government to buy the land for the

FAO and Agriculture ministry to support fishing communities

By Daudi Zirimala
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), together with the Ministry of Agriculture, have today launched a pilot project, dubbed Integrated Livelihood Support to Fishing Communities around Lake Victoria will benefit groups of women and youths in rural poor fishing communities in Kalangala, Kalungu and Masaka districts, with an aim of empowering them to diversify their income sources in fishing and fishing–related activities.

The two-year Project, worth USD 277 000, will provide training and inputs to help beneficiaries to manage economically viable and sustainable interventions in their interest, including but not limited to aquaculture and value addition options for capture fisheries.

According to the minister of Agriculture,animal Industry and Fisheries Vicent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the project comes on the heels of MAAIF’s recognition of the enormous challenges affecting fishing dependent communities, especially women and youth.

He said that the groups have remained marginalized, poor and with limited sustainable sources of income, because of over fishing, decline in fish stocks, illegal fishing, poor fish handling facilities and increased post-harvest losses.

“Unfavorably high competition for fishing grounds, brought about by over capitalization of fishing has also contributed to this dire situation and address some of these challenges, the Government of Uganda instituted management reforms aimed at boosting fish stocks” says Ssempijja.

The project will support interventions aimed at promoting legal fishing methods and gears to vulnerable groups, providing non-fishing livelihood options, efficient post-harvest handling and value addition technologies, economic empowerment of women and youth through SACCOs, as well as building the capacity of the beneficiaries to sustain the benefits.

The FAO Country Representative, Antonio Querido, said that project beneficiary communities will be supported to boost their incomes through additional streams resulting from alternative livelihood options that are at the same time expected to reduce pressure on capture fisheries resources.

“It is our sincere hope that this project will contribute to addressing inadequate diversification of livelihood options among the rural poor fishing communities, especially women and youth, as well as improving the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises,” Querido said.

The fisheries sub-sector contributes about 12 and 3 percent to Uganda’s agricultural and national incomes respectively, demonstrating its huge potential to provide employment, income and food security.

Overall, the sub-sector contributes to the livelihood of nearly 5.3 million people while about one million people are engaged in capture fisheries and about half a million people are engaged in aquaculture. About 5,000 people are employed in fish industrial processing.

Over 1.2 million people are directly dependent on the fisheries sub-sector as their main source of household income.

Furthermore, fish forms an important part of diets, being a major source of critically required animal protein for about one million Ugandans. Through this intervention therefore, FAO and MAAIF will champion responsible and sustainable fishing while creating opportunities for women and youth in fishing communities to diversity incomes from fish-related activities.