By Alice Lubwama
Legislators on the human rights committee of parliament have tasked the minister of justice and constitutional affairs Maj. General Kahinda Otafiire to explain the continued trial of civilians in the Military court martial.
He was appearing before the committee chaired by Mitooma woman MP Jovah Kamateeka to brief the members on the extent of implementation of the recommendations of the Uganda Human Rights Commission Annual reports.
Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya demanded the minister to explain why government has continued to charge civilians before military court martial despite recommendations by the commission that they should be tried in the civil or criminal courts.
But the minister defended the move saying that most of the civilians prosecuted in the military court commit offenses under the military criminal code.
By Sania Babirye
The High court in Masaka has nullified the election of Amos Mandela as the Buyamba county Member of Parliament.
Former Makerere guild president Ivan Bwowe sued Mandela on grounds that he did not possess the required qualification, and used forged academic papers for nomination.
The court ruled that both his O and A level transcripts had different names one in the names of Majara Amos while another had the names Amos Madala.
Supporters of Charles Ngabirano, the Rwampara County NRM parliamentary candidate, have assaulted his rival, Vicente Kyamadidi. The angry supporters roughed up Kyamadidi at Mwizi Sub County this afternoon.
He sustained bodily injuries. It took the intervention of anti-riot police to rescue the legislator. The attack on Kyamadidi came when he followed Ngabirano accusing him of hiding a box with pre-ticked ballot papers in his vehicle.
Dan Ruhemba, the Mbarara District Returning Officer, told URN that he had dispatched a team to investigate Kyamadidi’s claims and ascertain what happened. He however, says they anticipated chaos and deployed heavily in the constituency.
Similar incidents of violence were also reported in Rushasha Sub County in Isingiro district involving the supporters of Nathan Byanyima, the Independent Bukanga county parliamentary candidate and those of his NRM rival Stephen Kangwagye.
It is alleged that Kangwagye’s supporters attacked those of Kangwagye leading to skirmishes.