State wants Tumukunde’s case against CID boss dismissed

By Sania Babirye

The state has asked the high court to dismiss an application in which 2021 presidential aspirant Tumukunde filed in the high court civil division seeking to stay proceedings against CID boss Grace Akullo before high court Judge Musa Sekana and have the case forwarded before the constitutional court for interpretation.

Appearing before Justice Musa Sekana, the attorney general has sworn an affidavit through state attorney Emelda Adong asking court to dismiss the said application in grounds that it has no grounds for any constitutional interpretations.

The attorney general States that the said application is an abuse of court process because it has no value and lacks purpose since he is legally allowed to represent government and its institutions and servants by the constitution of Uganda.

He has also asked Justice Sekana to order Tumukunde to pay him costs to the said suit.

The application arose after Justice Musa Sekana dismissed an application in which Tumukunde through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli wanted court to remove the attorney general from representing CID boss Grace Akullo since he had sued her in her individual capacity.

Tumukunde wants the constitutional court to interpret if a government lawyer has powers to represent anyone being sued in his her individual capacity despite being a civil public servant

He also wants court to interpret whether the Attorney General was legally right to refuse from representing Akullo who was being sued in her individual capacity.

Tumukunde further wants the constitutional court to interpret if Justice Musa Sekana was right to refuse to summon Grace Akullo from appearing in court and defend herself on allegations of violating his constitutional right to liberty and free expression and also refuse to drop the government lawyer from the case and only remain with Akullo.

In August this year, Tumukunde dragged the CID boss and the attorney to the high court accusing her of violating his constitutional right to liberty and free expression.

This is after he was summoned to appear at the CID headquarters on the 17th of August to to be grilled why he was meeting veteran soldiers.

He then went to court seeking those summons to be quashed because they were in violation of his constitutional rights.

He asked justice Sekana to drop the attorney general from the case and remains with only Akullo which court declined to grant and instead ordered both parties to fine their written submissions so that he ruled on the application on the 23rd of next month.

UPDF denies social media reports about peace talks with LRA

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has revealed that it is not yet time to talk about the request for peace talks by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) with the government of Uganda.

There were social media reports the previous week indicating that the leadership of the Lord Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony had requested for the peace talks with the government

While addressing the media at Uganda Media Center Lt Col Deo Akiiki the Deputy UPDF spokesperson noted that he can neither confirm nor deny the request for peace talks by Lord Resistance Army because they have not yet received confirmation from the government.

In a related Development Lt Col Deo Akiki revealed that the UPDF will maintain it’s deployment on the Western Boarder of Congo due to the ongoing military attacks by the Congo Militia in Eastern Congo.

Judiciary hires lawyer for Kazinda

By Sania Babirye

Anti corruption court Judge Margret Tibulya has Appointed lawyer Anthony Wameeli on state belief to represent former principle accountant in the office of the prime minister Geoffrey Kazinda in his illicit enrichment case .

Wameeli is going to represent Kazinda after he lost interest in defending himself in a case that has taken 8 years to be determined last week informed presiding justice Tibulya that he is frustrated wit the slow pace at which the IGG was denying him a fair hearing and asked court to determine the case with out his defense saying he will not be appearing in court any more.

However, Justice Tibulya ordered the judiciary to find him a lawyer so that she can hear and dispose off the case as soon as possible which the judiciary was able to fulfill today.
Justice Tibulya has now given Wameeli team two weeks to analyse the case records and he says that he will be meeting his client to see if he still wants to produce more witnesses for his defense or wants to sum up the case and court deliver its judgement.

The said case is the last case still pending in court against him and it has seen him still held up in Luzira prison despite being set free by the court of appeal and recently the constitution court .
The case has been adjourned to the 28th of August .
Kazinda had 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 8 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.

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.

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.

Boda boda riders drag government to court

By Sania Babirye

Bodaboda riders under their umbrella organization the National federation of professional cyclists Network(NFPC) and four others have dragged government to the high court over their continued ban from carrying passengers during the ongoing partial lock down.

Through their lawyers of Anthony Wameeli and company advocates, the cyclist say the decision by government to not allow them from carrying passengers is not demonstrably, justifiably in a Democratic society and in fringes and threatens their economic right to carry out their lawful occupation trade or business.

These also accuse government of stopping them to carry passengers without giving them another alternative for their well fair

These have now asked court to compel government to immediately allow people engaged in the bodaboda business to carry passengers and cargo again.

River Nyamwamba bursts again, government sends team to assess situation

By Robert Segawa

A team of experts from the office of the prime minister and other humanitarian agencies led by Kasese municipality member of Parliament Robert Centenary have been airlifted to Kasese district to assess the damage caused by the flush flood before possible interventions are made.

This comes after three Rivers Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani, and Mubuku burst it’s bank last night affecting several house holds, infrastructure,and businesses affected.

According to police, some houses have been washed a way by water, Kilembe mines hospital mortuary and pharmacy have also been washed away and now joint force police and UPDF embarked in evacuating patients,and people to safer places like schools where they will provide them essential items like food and shelter.

Activist Kirabo asks government to check food mobilization and distribution structures

By Deo Wasswa

The slow pace of distributing food to the vulnerable and hungry Ugandans in the on going lock down has been attributed to government’s unpreparedness to address food insecurity across the country.

Agnes Kirabo the Executive Director Food Rights Alliance a civil society organization, says the Covid19 situation is an eye-opener that Uganda government has never had proper food mobilization and distribution structures.

Kirabo notes that government has in the past only focused on food distribution to refugees and never envisaged what happens to its own citizens in a wake of a crisis.

Kirabo, a food rights activist reechoed the unfortunate move of privatization of national food reserves,saying such a move threatens the country’s food security and the entire economy.

She also continues to urge government to learn to reserve food for its population in preparation for unforeseen circumstances like drought.

Kirabo’s comments come after several Ugandans both in rural and urban areas have vehemently expressed urgent demand for food to survive during the Covid19 lock down.

Janet Museveni encourages more girls to offer sciences

By Deo Wasswa

The minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has urged teachers to encourage female students to offer science subjects. 2019 UACE results indicated a drop in the transition UCE to UACE especially for females in sciences. The first lady says this is regrettable because government through ministry of Education and Sports is investing heavily in provision of teaching and learning materials and laboratories.

A total of 104,476 candidates registered for the examination from 2298 centers of which 43625 were female
An analysis of the overall candidates’ performance in examination shows that a very high percentage of candidates 98.6% qualified for the award of UACE.

At the minimum two principals level required for University admission, 65723 candidates 63.6% qualify. More candidates have qualified for tertiary level admission, compared to 2018
Female candidates although fewer, performed better than their male counterparts at all levels.
The failure rate among female candidates is also lower (0.9%) than for the male (1.7%).

In terms of percentages, Female candidates have performed better than their male counterparts at all principal level pass (A-E) in Arts(Humanities) Mathematics, physics and Agriculture . Male candidates were better in Chemistry , biology, Art and General paper.
Whereas Mathematics, Physics, chemistry and Biology are compulsory subjects at UCE, the number of students, both male and female , who opt for combinations at UACE with above subjects is very low.

Good performances were exhibited by candidates from mainly the traditional government schools and some private schools.
These candidate demonstrated adequate knowledge of subject matter and were able to handle tasks that required high order skills.
Their work in the practical examination papers also showed ability to manipulate apparatus , take accurate recordings of data and interpret the data

UNEB has withheld results of 126 candidates . The most common forms of examination breaches have been external assistance, substitution of scripts, smuggling of unauthorized material into the examination room and impersonation . Principal mathematics, biology and chemistry were the subjects mainly affected

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

Civil society organizations aim at tackling income inequality

By Deo Wasswa

Non-governmental organizations which includes, OXFARM and Uganda women’s Network demand that government works on Tangible and deliberate actions to build a people centered economy that works for all.

According to the two organizations, this will address the increased income inequality where the country is dominated by few rich and the rest of bigger percentage is extremely poor.

According to Ritah Aciro, the Executive Director Uganda women’s Network,the government will need to put in place policies where rich people pay their fair share of taxes, investing in appropriate infrastructure that will lead to reduction and redistribution of unpaid and domestic work between men and woman, girls and boys, the state and private sector.

The two organizations’ voices come in line with the ongoing World Economy Forum meeting In Davos –Switzerland where the world leaders are meeting to engage on political, business, cultural aspects to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Stella Nyanzi earns big behind bars

Makerere researcher Stella Nyanzi is UGX50Million richer after High Court Civil Division awarded her the hearty sum for the violation of her rights by the government.

The award stems from an application challenging the infringement of her fundamental human right when the government secretly placed her name on a “no-fly list” and confiscated her passport.

Nyanzi was blocked from leaving the country on March 19, 2017, to attend a scholarly conference in Amsterdam. By the time of the action, Nyanzi had already checked in at Entebbe International Airport, but she could not get clearance from the immigration desk.

During the time police said it was investigating a possible case of offensive communication and cyber harassment against Nyanzi and she was required to assist police investigations, according to a letter from the Makerere University Vice-Chancellor.

In a subsequent complaint to Joseph Obwona, the Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Stella Nyanzi indicated that her passport and boarding passes had been confiscated making her unable to travel. She demanded in vain to be removed from the no-fly list prompting her to run to court for redress.

In her application, Dr Nyanzi sought special damages for the infringement on her rights, lost transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking.

In a judgment delivered on Monday, Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo found the state in breach of article 24 of the constitution, which provides for respect to human dignity and protection from inhumane treatment. She added that the act of preventing Dr Nyanzi from travelling was an unnecessary interference with her right to enter and leave the country at will.

She added that the decision to block Dr Nyanzi was meant to embarrass her because she was eventually cleared to travel, although it was late for her to catch the flight.

She issued orders restraining the government from preventing Dr Nyanzi from leaving the country or embarrassing her at a port of entry or departure. Justice Wolayo however, declined to grant the applicant special damages on transport, visa fees, air ticket and hotel booking since her lawyers from the Centre for Legal Aid dropped the prayers during the hearing.