Kazinda decries continued stay in prison

By Sania Babirye

The former principle accountant in the office if the prime minister Geoffrey Kazinda has informed Anti corruption judge Margret Tubulya that he will not be appearing in court anymore in the trial of his illicit enrichment case until determination.

Kazinda has stated that its unfair and unjust that the Inspectorate of government is using the said case to deny him his freedom yet even the constitutional court dismissed charges against him in relation to the said case.

The frustrated Kazinda says that for the past eight years since he was first charged in 2013, the IGG has failed to complete the said case denying him his right to speedy trial and justice.

And as a result, Kazinda has asked court to continue the case without his intake and deliver judgement.

However, the IGG says the case is its advanced stages and that if Kazinda is frustrated now, he can be given smoke time to rest in Luzira and then be able to attend court for his case.

IGG also says that despite last week’s ruling, court did not clear the said case against him.

This is the second time that court is freeing Kazinda but only to be remanded back for other pending charges.

IGG accuses Kazinda of amassing wealth amounting to 4.6 billion shillings which is not inline with his known income.

According to the IGG, Kazinda’s estimated income as a public servant from 2009 to 2012 was 83.7 million shillings.

The DPP has meanwhile withdraw about 73 charges of corruption Including forgery, causing financial loss and criminal conspiracy among others against Kazinda that had been slapped against him by state after the constitutional court cleared Kazinda on the said charges.

Kazinda has been in Luzira prison since 2013 when he was convicted on unlawfully possessing government stores and sentenced to five years and despite finishing the said sentence he is still held in prison due to pending charges that continue to be brought against him by the state.

By the time of his arrest on illicit enrichment charges, IGG found out that Kazinda had rented Constellation suites in Nakasero and apartments in Kampala for ten months at a cost of 210 million shillings, had a house and land at Kyadondo , Mengo West valued at 3.1bn, cars including BMW,Mercedes Benz, ML class, Dodge Saloon car all valued at 769 million shillings and diverting over 20bn government funds.

Nizeyimana fired over abuse of office

By Sania Babirye

The deputy registrar of the executive and bailiffs division of the high court Deo Nizeyimana has been interdicted for abusing his judicial authority.

According to the interdiction letter written and signed by the chief registrar Tom Chemutai dated 29th june 2020, Nizeyimana has been fired on he orders of the acting chief justice and also deputy chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi Dolo.

In the said letter, Nezeyimana is further accused of producing poor standard of work contrary to the judicial service Regulations and conducting himself in a manner prejudicial to the image,dignity and reputation of the service .

Evidence shows that on the 2nd of June 2020,Nizeyimana issued an ex- pate Garnishee order in a case between Total Uganda ltd and O A Basid ltd where the assistant registrar of the same court had issued an interim order of stay of execution in the same matter on the 2nd of October 2019.

Nizeyimana also is said to have issued the said order in defiance of the chief justice’s directives suspending execution proceedings inline with the National Directives to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The said order was also issued without notifying the respondent.

The chief registrar says his Nizeyimana has been forwarded before the judicial service commission for disciplinary action and ordered to hand over with immediate effect all government property’s and court files to the registrar of the high court.

The letter further states that Nizeyimana will be receiving half salary and is bared from leaving Uganda without the permission of the chief registrar.

Anti corruption advocates demand that COVID-19 funding be halted

By Deo Wasswa
Anti-corruption advocates have asked the government to halt funding of the various district Task Forces which are currently coordinating interventions of COVID-19 until they produce full accountability of the previous funds given to them.

According to them an estimated 8 trillion shillings have been realized to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in communities and to also provide food relief and other amenities required, but to their dismay little has been felt on the ground.

They also want the government to publish all received donations, grant and loans and show how they have been used and this information should be published in newspapers or government online platforms.

Currently, 657 corona virus cases have been confirmed in Uganda and 118 have recovered, since the government announced the first case on March 21 2020.

Kagaba demands legal action against implicated URA officials

By Alice Lubwama

The executive director Anti-corruption Coalition Uganda Cissy kagaba has asked government to take legal action against top Uganda Revenue Authority officials alleged to have been involved in financial abuse instead of just resigning.

This is after four top URA commissioners resigned last week for abuse of office.

Kagaba says if implicated these individuals should be apprehended but not just resigning.

The latest information indicates that they allegedly engineered a 195 billion shillings tax waiver in a multi billion deal involving the acquisition of Sadolin paints by Kansai.

Lt.Col. Edith Nakalema asks UCU students to be active in the fight against corruption

By Daudi Zirimala
The Head of the Anti Corruption Unit at State House Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has urged the students of Uganda Christian University in Mukono Municipality to get deeply involved in the fight against corruption as the vice is a moral and spiritual issue and requires people like them with the right attitude to wipe out the vice from the country.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema was delivering a lecture to both students and the staff of Uganda Christian University Mukono on the topic ‘Realizing Public Accountability in Uganda’s Public Service Delivery System-What is our role as Christians’

Nakalema who broadened the scope of corruption in all sectors and not focusing on only the embezzlement, exhaustively told the congregation that was on its daily lunch time assembly the forms of accountability that include among others financial, political, legal, and social accountability adding that all forms and levels of accountability are influenced by individual moral values that stem from the family, institutions, community, religion and government among others.

She informed them that government on its part has put in place interventions to curb corruption but it requires the responsibility and mandate of all Ugandans to combat the evil.

Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, therefore, urged students of Uganda Christian University in particular and all Ugandans to be the light of the world by denouncing corruption quoting from Mathew Chapter 15 verse16 that ‘let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise and glorify the Father in Heaven’.

Mayiga asks Museveni to check government officials in regards to corruption

The Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to focus his new anti-corruption fight on top government officials whom he says have entrenched the vice that is partly responsible for the raging poverty in the country.

Mayiga was addressing the Lukiiko sitting at Bulange Mengo. His statement was in response to President Museveni’s speech during the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party National Delegates’ Conference held over the weekend at Namboole international stadium.

In his speech, Museveni acknowledged that corruption was a big problem for Ugandans but hastened to add that it is easy to stop. He noted that his government had in the past tried to net the corrupt officers citing some in the Prime Minister’s office and others. The President named corruption, theft of government drugs, free education, house-hold incomes, illegal evictions and working on feeder roads as the priority areas on his government.

Now, Mayiga says there is need for the President to bring to book top corrupt government officials who seem to be untouchable. He observed that the NRM government has for the past 34 years devised ways to apprehend the corrupt but Ugandans are yet to be convinced by the results.

He says that for the government to succeed in its corruption fight there is need to net top officials like Ministers. Mayiga said that billions, which would help the country fight poverty among its citizens, are embezzled by the officials.

Ssenoga Kiligwajjo, the Representative of Gomba County in the Lukiiko noted that corruption and theft start from families hence the need for parents to ensure that they dedicate more time to teaching children about corruption tendencies.

A recent Corruption Perception Index, a global report by Transparency International, indicated that Uganda was progressing in the fight against corruption dropping 12 places from 149th position to 137 on a scale of 180 countries.

According to the report, Rwanda remains the least corrupt country in the East African region in position 51 followed by Tanzania in the 96th position with a score of 37 while Kenya and Uganda are tied together.

Burundi at 165 and South Sudan 179 remain the most corrupt countries in the region. To end corruption and restore trust in politics, Transparency International said that there is need to prevent opportunities for political corruption and to foster the integrity of political systems.

The global body also recommended governments to reduce the risk of conflict of interest, enforce campaign finance regulations in order to prevent excessive money and influence in politics, and strengthen election integrity by preventing and sanctioning vote-buying and misinformation campaigns.

~From Uganda Radio Network

Anti corruption activists charged and remanded

By Sania Babirye
Two out of the Seven youths who were arrested on Monday protesting want they termed as increased corruption in the country have pleaded guilty to the offense of disobeying lawful orders.

Nakiyimba Joan and Faridah Bikobele have appeared before Buganda road Court grade one magistrate Marion Mangeni who read to them the charge before accepting it.

However, their lawyer Eron Kiiza tried to ask the magistrate to read afresh the charge to his clients saying they had not properly understand the offense before pleading guilty.

But the magistrate declined his prayer maintaining that the convicts had properly accepted understanding the charge and chose to plead guilty.

The magistrate however adjourned the matter to the 23rd of January 2020 to rule on an objection by the defense from state to present the alleged exhibits including placards that the accused were carrying stating that they were disappointed with government’s failure to fight corruption.

According to Kiiza, star can not present evidence since the two had accepted the charge and that state can only present the alleged evidence when court starts hearing the case against the five remaining suspects who denied the offense.

Prosecution states that on the 13th of January 2020 at Entebbe road, in Kampala district, the suspects disobeyed lawful orders including section 5 and 10 of the 2013 public order management act by engaging in an illegal protest without notifying police.

Evidence further shows that the group was dressed in black with placards with writings” real anti corruption walk, black Friday” and when police led by the police officer in charge of operations at CPS Kampala Officer Ivan, to stop their protest and allow other road users to go on with their daily businesses, they declined leading to their arrests.

The group is said to have been detected by police from a CCTV footage showing them protesting which prompted police to swing into action and foil the said illegal protest.

The other suspects who pleaded not guilty to the said charge include Muzamiru Yiga, Ssemwanga Jackson, Ngoobi Saadi, Kemigisha Sharon and a one Ferdinand.

Meanwhile other 8 suspects who appeared before chief magistrate Stella Amabilisi have also further been remanded until the 28th of this month.

Activists arrested as they walk against corruption

By Deo Wasswa

Police have arrested over twenty youth activists who have been demonstrating this morning on streets of Kampala against the increasing corruption cases in the country.

The campaign dubbed; “The real anti corruption walk” was part of the relaunched black Monday, a citizen led campaign to fight against corruption.

The youth have been demonstrating while giving out black Monday flyers which portray different corruption scandals and government officials involved in these corruption cases.

The group led by The alternative social movement, Uganda poor youth movement and Red top brigade was takes to CPS.

Two magistrates face disciplinary action over corruption

By Sania Babirye

The Judiciary top Management has directed disciplinary action against two Magistrates and five support staff following the recent investigations by the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Task force.

The implicated staff are among those that appeared in last year’s media reports on corruption tendencies at selected courts arising out of investigations conducted by the Vision Group and the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe says his team reviewed the Report of the Task force in December 2019 and directed the Chief Registrar to charge the two implicated Magistrates and refer them to the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee.

Established under Office Instruction No. 4 of 2019 dated July 30, 2019, the Task force was mandated to investigate allegations of corruption published in the various print and electronic media during the period of June to July, 2019.

The implicated staff include two Magistrates, two Office Attendants, two Court Clerks and a Process Server, attached to the Magistrates Courts’ of Wakiso, Goma, City Hall, Mukono and Nabweru. The Permanent Secretary was also tasked to interdict the five support staff and take disciplinary action accordance with the Public Service Standing Orders.

“It is the disciplinary processes which will determine whether to forward the implicated officers to the Judicial Service Commission and Public Service Commission for further action,” said Justice Katureebe.

“This Task force interfaced with the media, reviewed media material and related documents, interviewed implicated individuals and conducted field visits in the process of executing this mandate,” the Report reads in part.

The report also highlights some of the other challenges affecting delivery of Judicial services, including poor infrastructure, inadequate security, inhumane sanitary conditions among others.

The task force was chaired by Dr. Immaculate Busingye, formerly Registrar Inspectorate of Courts who is now appointed as high Court judge.

Other Members included High Court Judges: Vincent Emmy Mugabo and Susan Abinyo, deputy registra Rosemary Bareebe, assistant deputy registra Ayebare Tumwebaze,
Patrick Barugahare who is the Principal Human Resource Officer, Solomon Muyita and Eva Kentaro Mugerwa an Advocate.

Police officers remanded to Luzira over corruption

By Sania Babirye

Two security guards attached to Mulago police have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly receiving a one million bribe to return exhibits to a suspect.

The suspects, Amos Mbwira and Reuben Gasaki have been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and charged with corruption.

They have denied the offense. Court refused to grant them bail on grounds that investigations are still ongoing

They will be returning to court on the 22nd of this month.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of October 2019, the suspects received the said money from a one Ibrahim Lubowa whose medical equipment had been confiscated by Mulago police.

Lubowa had allegedly given them the said bribe to give him back his medical equipment.