Justice Dollo asks judicial officials to be impartial

By Sania Babirye

The 3rd annual commemoration of Justice Benedict Kiwanuka has been scientifically held by the judiciary under the theme Benedict Kiwanuka promoting the rule of law in the new normal.

While speaking at the function held at the high court in Kampala, chief Justice Alifonse Owiny Dollo said that they commemorate the life of Justice Kiwanuka for the role he played in the independence politics of Uganda because he believed in democratic dispensation, ideals for which he was detained without trial during the Obote I regime.

Today marked exactly 48 years since Justice Kiwanuka was killed after becoming being dragged from his chambers at the high court headquarters in Kampala and his body has never been recovered.

Justice Dollo has called upon judicial officers to be impartial, selfless and matters in the course of Justice by abiding by their judicial oath just like Justice Kiwanuka every time they are confronted by a judicial decision.

He has also re echoed the need for the appointment of more judges to meet the increasing case backlog saying and increase its budget saying its not fair that the other two arms if government only complains on cases taking as long as 10 years without being concluded, yet they do not address their demands to enable speedy justice.

Justice Dollo says the Executive and Parliament must be asked what deliveries they have done to make sure that the judiciary effectively carries out its constitutional mandate.

He adds that as a third arm of government, the judiciary should also be treated equally and given enough disposable resources to carry out their constitutional mandate of delivering justice to all Ugandans instead of expecting them to do the impossible asking them to exert their pressure somewhere else.

Justice Dollo also revealed that during the lock down, the judiciary disposed off over 20,000 cases between March 2020 and August 2020 alone.

Students ask that media houses to allocate more study time

By Alice Lubwama

Makerere University College of computing and information science has urged the Government to put in place measures to support effective study and learning during the lock down and other future pandemics.

A survey conducted in four districts across all regions including Kyenjojo, Sironko , Mukono and Nakapiripirit, on how students were able to access study information during the lock down showed that 23.7 % students were mainly using print study materials, 34% used television while 51.5% used radios.

The survey also indicated that 84.9% indicated that the learning materials had inadequate content, inadequate explanations, subjects were not balanced and insufficient media time.

While releasing the findings, the head of department Library and information science Makerere University, Dr Joyce Bukirwa said that the main challenges constrained the students from accessing information, included lack of nearby libraries, high cost of data bundles and OTT tax, failure to find relevant information, insufficient lessons among others.

Bukirwa said that in order to overcome the challenges, the students suggested that the government should the cost of internet bundles and OTT. They also suggested that community libraries should be established for them to access the necessary information to supplement their studies .

Students, especially those coming from very rural districts want the lessons on radio and televisions allocated more time. They also would wish their parents reduce the domestic work to allow more time to study.

UWEC resumes business as government eases lock down

By Edwin Muhumuza

The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) is appealing to Ugandans to visit the National Zoo again following the resumption of business.

This latest development comes following the launch of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in a bid to ensure safety of visitors, wildlife and staff at the Center in the wake of the Corona Virus Pandemic.

Among the SOPs include; washing hands, disinfecting shoes and vehicles accessing national parks at every entrance and maintaining distance of two meters between visitors queuing up at all entrances.

During their launch, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife& Antiquities Col. Tom Butime Ateenyi, said that the move is a revelation of the health plan for tourism enterprises through coherent and well coordinated guidelines supported by well coordinated medical evidence to manage the pandemic.

The tourism industry has recorded fast growth rate in Uganda and generated 1.6bn in foreign exchange earnings in 2019 and the sector contributed 9% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and at least 1 in every 10 jobs globally was related to tourism prior to the pandemic.

The loss in tourism business occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the loss of jobs, capital flight, failure to meet obligations and fees, coupled with deterioration of properties.

“In response we have consulted widely and developed business continuity and sustainability plan to address some challenges strategically and action areas to include, the health and safety plan, financial recovery plan and thirdly the enhanced destination marketing to signal the reopening of our tourism” Butime said.

In the case of UWEC, it was an opportunity to improve and innovate on the product offer for the past four months.

According to the Executive Director ,UWEC ,James Muhanguzi, prior to the pandemic, money had been released to put in place the required infrastructure, to revamp the facility.

In 2019, a record 370,000 people visited the zoo, majority being Ugandans but that has not been the case this year since the lock down in March this year.

The chairperson Board of Trustees, UWEC, Hon. Flavia Kabahenda, noted that the center is a hub for domestic tourism and Ugandans are so excited and looking forward to associate with the wildlife again and bring nature back to them.

The Assistant Commissioner in charge of quality assurance, Liaz Vivian appealed to all managers of tourism enterprises to establish COVID 19 task force committees led by a team leader and for larger ones to have departmental focal points to help them in ensuring that the COVID 19 task force activities are adhered to, a management plan, mobilize resources so as to buy sanitizers, social distancing masks, hall markings, infrastructure ,document people with varying temperatures, training and availability of information for both customers and staff.

In attendance were tour agencies, associations, hotel owners, freight forwarders, performing arts among other stakeholders.

Kampala likely to face fresh lock down

By Moses Kidandi

The government of Uganda has revealed that it will announce a lock down on Kampala Central Business District (CBD) if people working and living in Kampala continue neglecting and ignoring Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that were issued by the Ministry of Health, in a bid to prevent the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19) in Uganda.

The revelation comes few days after Uganda registered two COVID-19 deaths.

The minister for Kampala Betty Amongi said that cabinet has resolved to institute a COVID-19 lock down specifically for Kampala, after observing that the city is increasingly becoming a hub for COVID-19 infections.

Amongi says that the said lock down will be effected in two weeks time, if nothing is done to help the situation.

The minister adds that the decision is based on advise from scientists who are warning that Ugandans in Kampala have continued to ignore Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)like wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and others.
She says Kampala will close down to save other parts of the country.

Lawyers with law chambers located in Arcades ask to be allowed to access their premises

By Sania Babirye

Uganda Law Society has petitioned the prime minister seeking permission to re-open law chambers located on various arcades.

According to the President Uganda Law society Peter Kinobe, despite president Museveni easing the ongoing lock down, many lawyers whose offices are located on the closed arcades cannot access their offices.

In the said letter addressed to the office of the prime minister dated 22nd June 2020, Kinobe says that these lawyers have not been able to practice law with out tools to use yet courts are in operation.

He says that as a result some members have been forced to go to court without case files which has made them to look unprofessional and unprepared before court and their clients.

Kinobe has now asked the prime minister to compel landlords that have law firms on their arcades as their tenants to give lawyers access to their offices in line with guidelines similarly to those given to malls and other opened businesses.

Seven penalized for drinking in bars during lock down

By Sania Babirye

The Luwero chief magistrate court has convicted seven men after finding them guilty of violating the presidential directives that were instituted to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The directives include social distancing and drinking in bars past the curfew hours.

The group including Sebyala Richard, Katumba Ian, Silvester, Damba Wilson and Mutagobya Fred from Kiwoko in Nakaseke have been ordered to do community service including planting trees at state house lodge in Luwero and at kiwoko sub county.

Sebyala, Katumba and Damba have also been ordered to pay a court fine of 200,000 shillings each after they injured a police officer and destroyed a police patrol car while resisting arrest while in bar drinking past curfew hours or in default serve one year in prison.

More than 6000 orphans in Mbarara to receive relief items from Prudential Insurance

By Deo Wasswa

Prudential Insurance Uganda has earmarked 300 million Uganda shillings to feed the most vulnerable and poor people who have been greatly affected by the on going lock down.

According to Apollo Makubuya, the board chairman Prudential Insurance, also a member on the Covid19 national task force, among the beneficiaries will be more than 6000 orphans in Mbarara town.

The contribution will be handed to the Mbarara district task force which later will distribute to the beneficiaries few days from now.

He however calls upon other companies especially in the insurance sector to continue extending food relief and other necessary support to needy people.

Local defense personnel shoot one dead while enforcing curfew

By Robert Segawa

A group of local defense personnel who were foot patrolling while imposing curfew have shot dead one and left other nursing bullet injuries in Kween district.

The deceased has been identified as Alfred Mwanga aged 46 year resident of Kapkwat village in Kapkwat Sub county.

According to the Sipi region police spokesman Fredrick Chesang, another person identified as David Chemusito 30 years of age also resident of Kamujong village was also been injured in incident and is currently admitted in Kapchorwa hospital.

He adds that police have launched investigation to arrest all culprit and bring them to book.