Mabirizi wants Kasaija and 3 three others arrested for personation

By Sania Mabirizi

City lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka has instituted private criminal proceedings against four former minister including Matia Kasaija,Edward Katumba Wamala, Abubakar Jeje Odongo and Benny Namugwanya Bugembe and wants court to issue an arrest warrant against them.

Mabirizi is accusing the former Ministers of personation after they allegedly continued to carry out government duties as official ministers despite their terms in their respective offices including that of Minister of Finance, Internal affairs, works and Transport and Minister For Kampala having expired on the 12th of May 2021.

In his letter addressed to Chief Magistrate Buganda Road Court dated 17th May 2021, Mabirizi, is accusing the former government officials of continuing to impersonate themselves as ministers and wants court institute criminal proceedings against them.

In his affidavit to support his private prosecutions against the four, Mabirizi claims that on the 12th of May 2021, the five year term of of Cabinet expired, and accordingly, all minister’s offices became vacant, but in the 14th of May 2021, Gen.Katumba Wamala held press conference at the Uganda Media Centre in an official capacity as minister for works.

He also accuses Kasaija of speaking to the press on the same day at the same government media center as minister for Finance, while, on the 15th of May, Jeje Odongo allegedly personated the minister of Internal affairs and officiated at the taking of office of the new Executive Director, National Identification and Registration Authority.

Mabirizi further alleges that on the 14th of May 2021, Namugwanya had a press conference and personated the Kampala minister ,where she gave updates on the swearing in of new Kampala Capital City Authority elected leaders.

Mabirizi claims that as a civically active Ugandan who has been closely following the Constitutional, Hunan Rights and Rule of Law trends in Uganda, he knows that the above actions by the said former ministers constitute offences of impersonation, contrary to section 38(1) of the Penal Code Act, for which the accused should be charged and tried.

He adds that the said alleged offences were committed in Kampala Capital City Authority in Central Divison, within the criminal Geographical jurisdiction of the Court.

However, it remains to be seen if state will allow him to privately prosecute the said Government officials since it keeps on taking over all his privately instituted criminal proceedings including that of Ministee Kutesa in which he allowed a family to fly back into the country during the Lock down among others.

Other privately instituted criminal cases by Mabirizi that have been taken over by state include that against Chief Justice Alifonse Owinyi Dollo for allegedly bullying a fellow supreme Court judge Esther Kisakye in the concluded Presidential election petition filed by National Unity Platform Party President Robert Kyagulanyi and his case against Kyagulanyi over his academic transcripts.

However, after state taking over the said cases, many do not get to be prosecuted but state just loses interest in prosecuting them.

Acholi ministers demand 726UGX compensation for their lost cows

Two ministers; Hillary Onek and Henry Oryem Okello, are demanding 726 million Shillings as compensation for 1,210 head of cattle lost to National Resistance Army (NRA) fighters during the bush war.

A dossier of the Acholi War Debts Claimants Association, a loose coalition comprising of 22,000 members, indicates that Henry Oryem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs is seeking additional funds for 182 goats taken alongside his herd of 640 head of cattle.   Each animal is valued at 600,000 Shillings.

The document is however silent on whether the government officials are claiming livestock owned by their parents or not. It says Henry Okello is a member of the association from Lapana village in Pugoda parish in Namokora Sub County, Kitgum district.

Eng. Hillary Onek Obaloker, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Refugees and Relief, on the other hand was registered as a claimant in Lanywang West Village, Labigiryang parish in Palabek Kal Sub County, Lamwo district.

The Acholi War Debts Claimants Association was formed by 14 people in July 2005 to seek compensation from government for the property and livestock lost during the NRA-led rebellion which ended in 1986. Government has already agreed on an out-of-court settlement of 1.4 trillion Shillings in compensation for property and livestock lost during the war.

The claims are based on the fact that NRA soldiers who had just come to power in 1985, looted about 500,000 head of cattle, 12,000 goats, 2000 sheep and 200 pigs and destroyed a number of properties.

However, Joseph Ojara, a retired veterinary officer and member of the association in Gulu district says government facilitated many claimants to fraudulently inflate the number of their livestock by ignoring veterinary records of the last animal census conducted in 1989.

At least 10 billion shillings has been advanced to members through two different sets of leaders; Eng. Noah Opwonya and Norbert Adyera. In 2016, government conducted fresh verification of members in a bid to ascertain the extent of the claims.

But Dr Fredy Oyat, another member of the association says the silence on findings of the verification exercise is worrying. He appealed to government to make its findings public to facilitate payment of members.





Sanction absent ministers.

By Alice Lubwama

The leader of government business in parliament General Moses Ali calls for sanctions against ministers who absent themselves from parliament without the knowledge of the Government chief whip.

This comes after members of parliament complained that the ministers are never in parliament to attend to their concerns.

Moses ALI who is also 1st deputy Prime Minister says all ministers and members of parliament  should not miss parliament unless with the permission of the speaker.



By Patricia Osman

Ministers recently appointed are currently taking oath at State House in Entebbe.The occasion is being presided over by the appointing authority President Yoweri Museveni.

The Vice President, Hon. Edward Ssekandi and the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhankana Rugunda were the first to take oath this morning.

First deputy Prime Minister Kirunda Kivejinja then followed. The ceremony is still ongoing. Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says the function is expected to end this afternoon after which the outgoing Cabinet and state Ministers are expected to handover to the new office-bearers.

He adds that the Prime minister has been directed to work closely with the head of public service to harmonize all government departments to avoid wasteful expenditure.


Ministers who kissed cabinet goodbye

Over 30 Ministers were dropped as President Yoweri Museveni named a new cabinet. Most of the dropped ministers are former members of parliament who lost seats in the just concluded general elections.

Below is the list of dropped Ministers.

1.Jessica Alupo- Minister of Education

2.Henry Kajura- Minister for Public service

3.Rebecca Amuge OtengoMinister of State for Northern Uganda

4.Rose Akol-Minister of Internal Affairs

5.Abraham Byandala- Minister of Works

6.James Baba-State minister for internal affairs

7.Dr Cripus Kiyonga- Minister of Defense

8.Maria Mutagamba- Minister of Tourism, wildlife and antiquities

9.Tarsis Kabwegyere- Minister of General Duties office of the prime minister

10.Tress Buchanayandi- Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries

11.Daudi Migereko- Minister of lands,Housing and Urban Development

12.Engineer John Nasasira-Minister for ICT

13. Henry Banyenzaki – Minister of State for Economic Monitoring

14.Vincent Nyanzi- Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office 

15.Sam Engola- Minister of State for housing

16.Barbara Nekesa Oundo- Minister of state for Karamoja affairs

17.Christine Amongin- State Minister for Teso affairs

18.Fred Ruhiindi- Attorney General

19.Asuman Kiyingi-State Minister for regional cooperation

20.Zerubabel Mijumbi Nyiira –Minister of State for Agriculture 

20.Kamanda Bataringaya-Minister of State for Primary Education

22.Fred Jachan Omach- Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development

23.Aston Kajara- Minister of State for Privatization

24.Caroline Okao Amali- Minister in charge of micro-finance,

25.Lukia Isanga NakadamaMinister of State for Gender and Culture

26.Sulaiman Madada-State Minister for Elderly and disabled

27.David Wanendeya – Minister of state for trade

28.Flavia Nabugera Munaaba- Minister of State for Environment

29.Sarah Opendi- State Minister for Health

30.Thembo Nyombi- State Minister for ICT

31. Mbaguta Ssezi- Minister of Public service




New ministers announced

President Museveni has made a cabinet reshuffle appointing Kirunda Kivendinda as a new 3rd deputy prime minister of East African Affairs. He replaces Eriya Kategaya who died in March 2013.

Bukedea woman MP rose Akol has been appointed minister of internal affairs replacing the Late Aronda Nyakairima. Former minister Mike Kafabusa Werike bounces back in cabinet as a new minister of state for industry replacing James Shinyabulo Mutende who died in October this year.