FDC dragged to court

By Sania Babirye
Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division by a disgruntled former National youth league chairperson Idi Ouma for allegedly replacing him without following the required procedures.

According to documents before court, Ouma claims that on the 8th of July 2015 he was elected as the youth league chairperson in an election conducted by the party Electoral commission Chairpersons Dan Mugarura and was to serve three terms.

However, through his lawyers of Semwanga and Muwazzi, Ouma alleges that his party surprisingly replaced him over under unclear accusations without even being given a chance to defend himself.

Ouma further claims that he only received a communication from the party National chairman Wasswa Birigwa that he had been removed from office by a meeting which sat on November 29th of November 2018 at the Party headquarters without his knowledge and was was not summoned to defend himself, which he says contravenes the Party youth League constitution.

Ouma says his removal was based on the allegations that he had joined another Political group and that he was no longer attending party meetings.

He now wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Mulindwa Walid who is said to have replaced him from executing the duties of the chairperson for FDC National Youth League.

He further wants court to declare that FDC has no powers to remove him from office and replace him with another person without following the constitution.

The case is yet to be allocated a judge for hearing.

FDC has been making changes in its leadership in which it is accused of dropping those whom they suspect of being sympathizers to former party leader Mugisha Muntu who recently formed his pressure group.

Chief justice asks for powers to recruit new judges

By Sania Babirye

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe asks government to lift the recent ban it imposed on the judicial service commission regarding the recruitment of new judges and magistrates.

Katureebe says his courts are short of man power for effective and timely adjudication of cases .

He explains that the court of Appeal has only 11 active justices out of the required 15, the Highcourt has only 50 justices despite a resolution passed by parliament to increase the number to 82 and the lower courts still lack 56 Chief magistrates.

Katureebe has made the request while addressing judges attending this year’s Judge’s conference which is taking place at the Serena Hotel in Kampala where president Yoweri Museveni is the chief guest.

Katureebe has further explained that inadequate numbers of justices locks out the country’s economic growth in unresolved commercial and Land cases.

The Chief Justice has however reported to the president at the 21st judges conference that the Judiciary still has challenges in the adjudication of land cases . He cited , delaying cases involving the poor , mishandling of cases and lack of resources for locus visits.

CJ has therefore asked the president to facilitate the processes of formulating laws and policies regarding land evictions.

On the part of his judicial officers , Kautureebe has warned judges and magistrates to always be alive on the decisions they make regarding land deputes as these decisions have a remarkable impact on society.

He urged them to endeavor to visit locus and take courts to hear complaints on the ground as this might solve the problem of illegal evictions

Mbarara high school head charged with embezzlement

By Sania Babirye

The headmaster of Mbarara High School Benon Charlie Twinomujuni and the school Bursar Michael Namara have been charged with embezzlement before the High Court Anti-corruption division sitting at Kololo in Kampala.

The two men are appeared before Court’s chief magistrate Pamela Lamunu and denied the offense of embezzlement, causing financial loss and abuse of their office.

Prosecution states that Twinomujuni and Namara between January 2017 and February 2018 while performing their duties as Headmaster and Bursar respectively at Mbarara High School in Mbarara district, stole more than r 200 million shillings meant for various activities at School.

Prosecution adds that the duo in the same period at Mbarara High approved and withdrew 207,450,000 million shillings without any supporting documents and accountability, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interest of their employer.

They have been released both on a cash bail of 10 million shillings each and their five sureties ordered to execute a non-cash bond of 80 million shillings not cash.

The sureties include an Economist with Bank of Uganda as a director petroleum investment fund Paddy Turyamujuka.

They are to return to court on February 18th 2019 to set a hearing date since investigations are in advanced stage according to prosecution.

Kayihura’s case further adjourned

By Sania Babirye

The former Inspector General of police Gen. Kale Kayihura has today reported before the General court martial office of the registry in fulfillment of one of his bail conditions. General Kaihura was granted bail in August 2018 but the army court chaired byLt. Gen Andrew Gutti ordered him to report before court every Monday of every new month for his bail revision and extension.

Despite his appearance, General Kayihura will have wait a little longer for his trial to commence since no date has yet been set for his case because prosecutions is still investigating.

Mention of his case has further been adjourned to the 4th of February 2019.

Kaihura however avoided the media and used a secret entrance and heading straight to the office of the chairman before being whisked off again in a Ministry of Defence vehicle with an escort car .

On the 24th of August, Gen.Kaihura was formerly arraigned and charged after spending 76 days in detention at Makindye military barracks.
He pleaded not guilty to three counts relating to failure to protect war materials and aiding/abetting kidnapping of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda.
He was however granted bail on the 28th of the same month and ordered to report back to court today.
Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha states that between the years 2010 and 2018, Gen Kayihura allowed the issue of arms and ammunition to Boda-Boda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitatta , a person unauthorized to own a firearm.

In the second account Kayihura is charged with failing to supervise and ensure accountability for arms and ammunition he issued to specialized units under the office of IGP including Flying squad unit, specialized operations unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence Directorate of the police .

The Gen.Kayihura was also charged with aiding and abetting his junior soldiers to kidnap 3 Rwandan exiles , refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda. These are ; Lt. Joel Mutabaazi, Jackson Kaleemera and Sgt Innocent Kaliisa.

Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti who chairs the army court however released Gen.Kayihura on bail with strict conditions including restricting his movements to only Kampala and Wakiso districts.

He presented three sureties including including the deputy commandant of Land forced Maj. General Samuel Kavuma, Maj. General James Mugira who is the managing director of National Enterprises and the Entebbe Municipality member of parliament and also his cousin Rosemary Tumusiime.

He was ordered to not fly out of the country without the permission of the army court and report before the court registra once every month or failure to do so have his bail reversed.

Nigerian fraudster opts to compensate his victims

By Sania Babirye
A British of Nigerian origin Charles Lambert and his Kenyan counterpart Caroline Waithera Waweru who are charged with Giving false or misleading information have further been remanded to Luzira prison until the 21st of December 2017.

The two had returned before Nakawa court chief magistrate Agnes Alum for their bail applications hearing,however their lawyer Moses Mugabe informed court that they are in negotiations with the victims lawyer Waiswa Ramadhan of Katuntu and Company advocate to see how the suspects can compensate the victims they defrauded millions of shillings.

Lawyer Waiswa has revealed that they began with 50 victims but the number keeps on increasing and right now they stand at 200 victims.

He says that the negotiations are to see how Lambert will compensate them and how much and the particular time frame in which the compensation is to be done.
The Chief magistrate has welcomed the negotiations and advised both parties to involve prosecution in the process and return to court on Friday this week to inform her about the status of the negotiations.
Lambert the Chairman of the Developmental Conglomerate Ltd and Waweru the Director of the said Company were further remanded to Luzira prison until today after their lawyer Moses Mugabe failed to present bail application as scheduled.

Mugabe informed court that although he was meant to argue Waweru’s application, he instead presented Court documents for Charles Lambert forcing the magistrate to adjourn the case .

It is alleged that between October, 2017 and November 2018, in various parts of Uganda Lambert and Caroline disseminated misleading information to induce members of the public to purchase shares in his Company, knowing or having reason to believe that such information was false.

Court drags Youth activists case

By Moses Kidandi

Youth activists in Mbarara have pleaded with court for a speedy hearing. This was after court in Mbarara presided over Magistrate Sanyu Mukasa again adjourned the hearing of the case in which the three youth activists are accused of staging a mock funeral of President Yoweri Museveni on 12th of February 2019.

The three are 20-year-old Albert Nangumya, a former student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe, 26 and Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom.

They were found in possession of a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of President Museveni.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and those of several Members of Parliament?

According to police, the suspects were protesting against a ploy to amend the constitution to remove 102b presidential age limits.

The protestors were arrested in July 2017 and remanded for two weeks before being granted bail.

This is the fourth time that the case is being adjourned. The case was on 1 March 2018 adjourned to April 20th and adjourned further to today.

The reasons for the adjournment remain that the state needs more time to investigate the matter.

They say they have ran out of transport to move because the state is tossing them around.

One of the accused Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom says that the delays in the process of gathering evidence are confusing.

Two plead guilty for stealing ducks

By Sania Babirye
City hall court grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna has convicted two people for stealing three ducks belonging to their neighbor worth 160,000 shillings.
The convicts have been identified as 2e year old Gloria Munguli  and 23 year old  Timothy Eyenga both residents of Kyebando kisalosalo a Kampala suburb.
These were convicted on their own plea although one of them (Timothy) alleged to have stolen only one duck.
According to evidence before court, the convicts were arrested  early this month after they had cooked and  were about yo start enjoying the stolen birds that belonged to a one Isaac Mubiru
They have been  remanded to Luzira prison  until the  30th of this month when they re-appear  for sentencing.

Late Aronda’s widow appears before lands committe

By Sania Babirye

The widow to the former minister of Internal affairs Gen. Aronda Nyakayirima has today honored the summons by the commission of inquiry into land matters and appeared at its headquarters .

This is after  the commission chair Justice Catherine Bamugemeire issued summons requiring Linda Aronda  to appear not later than today thev16th of May to throw more light on  some land that the her late husband purchased  but has some contentions.
However,  despite appearing, Linda was not grilled publicly and the commission head legal lawyer Ebert Byenkya informed justice Bamugemeire that she was with the commission investigating team explaining some contentions on the said land that still remains  unrevealed publicly.
Some people had accused the family of evicting them on the unknown land but up to now the location of the land is still not revealed.

Court orders Basajjabalaba trial

By  Sania Babirye
City businessman Hassan Basajjabala  together with his brother Muzamir Basajjabalaba have been  ordered to be tried on their  corruption case that had been stayed before  the anti corruption court five years ago.
This is after Four out of the five justices of the constitutional court  refused  to drop the  charges of  conspiracy to defeat tax laws ,  forgery of a judicial document and uttering of a forged document .
The brothers had asked court to drop charges on grounds  that they would not get a  fair hearing  before  the Anti-corruption court.
However the four justices including solome bosa, Eldard Mwamgusha, Remmy Kasule and Apio Aweri  rule that  , there is nothing unconstitutional for the Basajjabalaba’s to   face trial  before the Anti-corruption court since the said charges fall under the ambit of  the Anti-corruption Act.
The justices have now ordered  the  Constitutional court registrar  to quickly forward the case  file back to the Anti-corruption  court so that the stalled trial can be tried and determined .
However the constitutional court has   ordered that the High court assess compensation for Basajjabala and his brother on grounds that the DPP and the Uganda police violated their fundamental  rights after they were arrested and charged   with similar offenses yet a lower court Buganda road court  had granted them bail on the same charges.
The constitutional court has explained that it was unlawful for state agencies to act in such a manner.
Basajabalaba  and his brother were charged with the offenses as directors of Haha group after they failed to  to pay a 20 billion shillings tax liability out of  a 142 billion shillings they had gotten as  compesabtion  r from government  for loss of contracts to manage city markets between 2010 and 2011.

Sexually assaulted Mak students urged to report to attain justice

By Patricia Osman
The Makerere University Academic Staff Association chairperson Deus Kamunyu is calling upon all students who have been sexually assaulted by staff to come out and report the matter adding that they will be helped to attain justice.
This after a female student exposed a senior administration assistant at the academic registrar’s office sexually assaulting her in his office on social media.
Edward Kisuze was who was immediately suspended is now being held at Wandegeya police station as investigations into the matter go on.