Gen.Gutti sworn in for his third term

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The Army court judge advocate Lt. Col Gideon Katinda has for the third time sworn in Lt. Gen.Andrew Gutti as the general court martial chairman.

In July 2017, Gutti was sworn in for the second time after taking after he was appointed by President Museveni as the army court chair for the second time following his first appointment in 2016 when the then, court chair Gen.Levi Karuhanga suddenly past on.

In may this year, the general court Martial went into recess after his three term expired until in June this year when President Museveni re- appointed him for another term.

He was re- appointed with other seven reserve members and officers of the court.

The newly appointees will begin work with over 300(350) cases that have stalled since the court went into recess .

The re-appointed officers of the court include Maj General Joseph Arocha, Lt Colonel Medard Bagambe, Captain Wilfred Karugwara, Lt Faridah Amooti Kiiza, Warrant Officer, Chrysostom John Kisembo, Colonel Richard Tukacungurwa, while Judge Advocate,Lt Col Raphael Mugisha was also re-appointed as the Lead Prosecutor, Major Samuel Masereje and Captain AB Katushabe were re-appointed as alternate prosecutors and Maj Major John Bizimana as the Secretary, and Major Kamanda Silas Mutungi as the Defense Counsel.

Meanwhile the re- appointed reserve officers include Brigadier George Etyang, Lt Col Henry Nevatone, Lt Col Sadler Katono, Lt Col Lydia Nandundu Lt Henry Bunalema, Lt Fatuma Njutti and Warrant Officer Paul Katende.

Those who were kicked out include Colonel James Rubahika, Lt Colonel Henry Serugo, Lt Colonel and Frank Tumwesigye while Major Sarah Navuga, Major. DM Karyabashisha, Captain Teopista Grama Opar and Captain Paul Mugerwa were also dropped.

The army court is a military court or a trial conducted in such a court and is empowered to determine the guilt of members of the armes forces subject to military law and sentences them accordingly if found guilty or try prisoners of war for war crimes and anyone who is on trial war crimes or try civilians who violate martial law.

The General Court Martial is established under the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Act, 2005.

Some of the civilians who have been tried and convicted by the army court include NRM bodaboda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitata who is serving 8 years in prison after he was found with a gun, bullets and arm uniforms that are a monopoly of the army.

President Museveni takes Operation wealth Creation to Bukwo

By Moses Kidandi
President Yoweri Museveni has thanked the people of Sebei Sub-Region for massively supporting and voting the NRM government.

The President was addressing a public rally in Kamet Sub-County, Bukwo District during his current countrywide drive to sensitize wananchi on wealth creation to combat household poverty.

President Museveni said that one of the reasons why there was an increase in the population of Sebei Sub-Region was because NRM had improved the health of the people by advocating for good health practices like immunization. He also noted that there was notable progress in the education sector in Sebei region as 183,000 pupils have been enrolled in 214 primary schools. He added that this was so because of the Universal Primary Education programme brought by NRM.

On infrastructure, President Museveni said that although there had been delays in construction of the road, it will be done soon. He, however, advised them to wholesomely engage in wealth creation activities as they await for the building of roads in their area.

He explained to them that development is for everybody but wealth creation focuses on an individual who must struggle to increase his/her household income.

NRM demands for dismissal of rebel MPs petition against Museveni’s sole candidature

By Sania Babirye
The ruling party NRM has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss with costs a petition filed by 11 of its Members of Parliament who are opposing a resolution by CEC to front their party chairman President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as a sole candidate for the 2021 presidential elections and beyond saying it has no grounds for any constitutional interpretation .

The NRM MPs who are challenging President Museveni’s sole candidature include :Theodrehe Sekikuubo, Monicah Amonding , Barnarbs Tinkansiimire , Jonh Baptist Nambeshe , Patrick Nsamba , Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Samwuel Lyomoki, Akello Sylvia, Susan Amero, James Acidri and Moses Adome

However, in an affidavit filed by Oscar Kihika who is the party’s director of legal service, the NRM party alleges that the said petition does not raise any issue that can be interpreted constitutionally

Through their legal team represented bu K&K advocates, the NRM party further claims that the resolution bu CEC to recommend President Museveni as a sole candidate is not a constitutional or matter of judicial interpretation that can be decided by any court but its a political matter.

The NRM party also insists that they did not stop any member from expressing their interests in holding the party flag for the presidential position despite CEC’s resolution since its not the final stage of a national election .

The NRM party further claims that it’s the duty of the National delegates conference -(which is the party’s supreme organ) to elect a presidential candidate to be sponsored by NRM from a list of members forwarded by the National Executive council .

The party has also described the ground of the said Mps wanting court to declare the said resolution null and void on grounds that they were prevented from attending the said meeting submitting that their abscess does not invalidate the sole presidential candidature resolution nor is it a matter of Constitutional interpretation.

These now want the constitutional court to dismiss the said petition because it’s baseless, an abuse of court process as it specifies no particular act committed by its CEC that infringed on the Constitutional right of any MP.

They add that the said petition is a disguised move to challenge their party’s alleged non-compliance of political parties and organizations Act; yet such grievance can be addressed through other remedies other than through courts of laws.

The constitutional court has now set the 13th of this month to hold a conferencing meeting and also issues criminal summons to both parties so that they can decide and agree on the issues that must be tried before a date is set for hearing of the case.

On the 30th of April this year, the said MPs dragged their party to the Constitutional challenging a resolution by the party’s central Executive commitee that endorsed the sole candidature of their party President Museveni for the 2021 presidential elections.

The aggrieved rebel MPs want the constitutional court to declare the resolution null and void.

These filed their petition through three law firms of Caleb Alaka, Wilfred Nuwagaba and Baririre Muhangi and company advocates.

On the 19th of February this year, CEC declared President Museveni who has been the party chairman for the past 35 years as their sole presidential candidate at chobe safari lodge in Nyoya district .

However, according to the MPs the resolution that took four days blocked and suffocated the interests of other would be individuals in the party who have aspirations to become presidential candidates in the coming General elections.

Worker’s MP Sam Lyomoki says he has aspirations of contesting for the seat of the President and that President Museveni’s sole candidature was done in total disregard of his aspirations.

He further says that his party was aware of his presidential intentions since he officially communicated to the Secretary General of the party on the 19th of January 2019.

The MPs further claim that CEC had no mandate to declare president Museveni as a presidential candidate for the 2021 elections in the middle of this term (2016-2020) because it’s (CEC) 5 year tenure of office is due to expire in July 2020 and therefore have no business in the next coming elections .

The MPs claim that instead grass root elections within the party had to be conducted from which CEC would recommend the successful candidates to the National delegates conference

The MPs further want court to intervene in the internal governance of their party which they contend is not Democratic at all because their party’s Secretary General Kasule Lumumba unfairly blocked them from participating in the parliamentary caucus retreat at Kyankwazi where the sole candidature resolution was adopted .

They then asked the Constitutional Court to declare as unconstitutional all the CEC resolutions including baring them from attending the said retreat and pay them costs for this petition.

This is the second time the NRM party is dragged to court over declaring president M7 as a sole presidential Candidate for his party.

In 2017, party supporter Benjamin Alipanga also dragged his party to the constitutional court over President Museveni’s sole candidature, however, his case was later overtaken by events forcing him to withdraw it.

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NRM’s Sulaiman appeals his nullification

By Sania Babirye

National Resistance Movement’s Hashim Sulaiman has filed a notice of appeal challenging the nullification of his election as the Nebbi Municipality member of parliament.

On the 2nd of this month, the Lira High court justice Ojuko Anthony Ojok threw Sulaiman out of parliament and ordered that electoral commission to hold fresh elections on grounds that he engaged in electoral Mal-practices and did not have the requisite academic qualifications since he lacked the advanced A level certificate.

Justice Ojoko ruled that the MP had rigged the elections and did also use academic documents of another person to be nominated.

Sulaima’s victory was challenged by his rival opposition Forum for Democratic Change candidate Robert Onega who accused Sulaiman of having rigged the elections and that he did not have an A level certificate in August 2018 .

While nullifying his election, the judge relied on the evidence presented by Onega including Sulaiman’s family relatives who testified before court and revealed that he never completed A level.

The relatives had also informed court during trial that Sulaiman was then known as Okethrwong Achima but not Sulaiman .

However, Suleiman has revealed that his lawyers have filed a notice of appeal to challenge the nullification.

The electoral commission declared Sulaiman as the winner of the Nebbi Municipality Member of Parliament seat with only a margin of 124 votes against FDCs Onega .

However, being dissatisfied, Onega petitioned the high court on grounds that the elections were not free and fair.

“We are deeply concerned that there were a lot of irregularities like voter bribery, assault, use of faulty bio metric voter verification system, intimidation of my voters, failure to provide light during vote counting and uttering false academic documents,”

Onega filed his petition through his lawyer, Erias Lukwago.

In his petition he stated that there was connivance between Sulaiman and the Electoral Commission to disable and use faulty bio metric machines during the polls which gave a chance to non-registered voters to vote.

Sulaiman had stated after the verdict that he will be appealing the decision of the high court.

Kitata to be sentenced tomorrow

By Sania Babirye

The former leader of the bodaboda 2010 leader Abdullah Kitata and his bodyguard detective constable Ngobi Sowali have been found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms.

These have been convicted by the seven member of the army court led by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti.

However, the Same court has acquitted seven of his co accused and set them free.

While convicting them, the army court ruled that prosecution led by Major Raphael Mugisha proved all the required ingredients to warrant a conviction of the accused.

The army has relied in four prosecution witnesses and exhibits including a golden pistol, an SMG gun and 50 rounds of ammunition that were found with Kitata at Vine hotel in Wakaliga and arm uniforms that were recovered from their offices.

His lawyer Shaban Sanya has now asked court to hand them a non custodial sentence since they have families with school going children, with Kitata having more than one wife and the sole bread winner

Sanya also says that Kitata is suck with diabetes and that he has been working for the government including being the chairman if NRM in Rubaga division.

He further says that they have been in remand for one year and four months and are now reformed and that the guns they have been found of unlawfully possessing them have never been used in any criminal way and that all the accused have been obedient through out trial.

Sanya further says that the alleged guns were also issued to them by those in charge of them .

Gutti has now adjourned the case to tomorrow for sentencing.

NRM boasts of implementing 62% of its manifesto

By Patricia Osman
The ruling National Resistance Movement Government has boasted of achieving 62% implementation of its 2016-2021 manifesto.
This was revealed by the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda while launching the NRM manifesto week running from 9-23rd May under the theme Taking Uganda to Modernity through Job Creation and Inclusive Development.

This Sunday May 12 will mark three years since President Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) assumed the mantle of leading the affairs of the State and Government following the February 18, 2016 general elections.
During this week the party takes stock of what has been achieved so far, the challenges encountered, steps being undertaken to address those challenges, and the roadmap to accomplish the remaining tasks.

While addressing the media at the Uganda Media Center, the Prime minister also leader of government business Dr. Rugunda says three years into this term of office, the NRM party is on course, making steady progress, to achieve the targets they set together with the people of Uganda and as a party they are convinced that with the momentum so far generated, they are set to achieve most of the targets in the Manifesto in the remaining 2 years.

Dr Rugunda points out some of the successes so far achieved including commissioning of Isimba Dam, revival of Uganda airlines, commissioning of the neonatal and women specialized hospital, commissioning of the Nile Bridge and Entebbe express high way.

Others are industrialization, where he boasts of how the party Chairman Yoweri Museveni has over the past months been seen launching and opening several factories that produce goods ranging from food products to agricultural inputs and other essentials.

He says besides producing goods and services, these industries employ many Ugandans, utilize local raw materials and pay taxes into our national treasury.

In the education sector, Rugunda says money was mobilized and Government policy of establishing government aided secondary school for each sub county is on target.

The NRM is also continuing to prioritize investments in agriculture as the backbone of the economy with provision of pesticides, seedlings and extension services to farmers.

“The recruitment of extension workers in particular will provide farmers with the knowledge and skills to handle their activities professionally and with a business mind.
Through Operation Wealth Creation, seedlings of cocoa, citrus, tea, mangoes, oranges and apples have been distributed,” he said.

“Good work is also being done on increasing coffee production. For example, coffee exported has grown from 3.5 million bags last year to 4.1 million bags to date, bring in USD 490 million, “he added.

All is not rosy however as the Prime minister said they are faced with some challenges in implementing of the Manifesto.

“Delays in acquisition of land for flagship projects across sectors is a big challenge. Compensation is expensive and sometimes delays project executions hence derailing the efforts of those that would want to invest in different sectors, “said Rugunda.

He also singles out corruption adding the fight has now been upped by the re-enforcement of the recently establishment State House unit led by Lt Col Edith Nakalema.

Ugandans should wait anxiously as in the course of next week, different sector Ministers will be informing Ugandans about what is happening in their dockets in line with the Manifesto.

NRM rebel MPs challenge Museveni’s sole candidature

By Sania Babirye

Eleven NRM Members of Parliament have dragged their party to the Constitutional challenging a resolution by the party’s central Executive committee that endorsed the sole candidature of their party President Museveni for the 2021 presidential elections.

The aggrieved rebel MPs have today petitioned the constitutional court to declare the resolution null and void.

Some of the MPs include Theodre Sekikubo, Barnarbs Tinkasiimiire , Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, Monicah Amonding , John Baptist Nambeshe, Patrick Nsamba, Samuel Lyomoki, Sylvia Akello.

Others are ; Susan Amero, James Acidri and Moses Adome Bildard.

These have filed their petition through three law firms of Caleb Alaka, Wilfred Nuwagaba and Baririre Muhangi and company advocates.

On the 19th of February this year, CEC declared President Museveni who has been the party chairman for the past 35 years as their sole presidential candidate at chobe safari lodge in Nyoya district .

However, according to the Mps the resolution that took four days blocked and suffocated the interests of other would be individuals in the party who have aspirations to become presidential candidates in the coming General elections.

Workers’ MP Sam Lyamoki says he has aspirations of contesting for the seat of the President and that President Museveni’s sole candidature was done in total disregard of his aspirations.

He further says that his party was aware of his presidential intentions since he officially communicated to the Secretary General of the party on the 19th of January 2019.

The MPs further claim that CEC had no mandate to declare president Museveni as a presidential candidate for the 2021 elections in the middle of this term (2016-2020) because it’s (CEC) 5 year tenure of office is due to expire in July 2020 and therefore have no business in the next coming elections .

The Mps claim that instead grass root elections within the party had to be conducted from which CEC would recommend the successful candidates to the National delegates conference

The MPs further want court to intervene in the internal governance of their party which they contend is not Democratic at all because their party’s Secretary General Kasule Lumumba unfairly blocked them from participating in the parliamentary caucus retreat at Kyankwazi where the sole candidature resolution was adopted .

They have now asked the Constitutional Court to declare as unconstitutional all the CEC resolutions including baring them from attending the said retreat and pay them costs for this petition.

This is the second time the NRM party is dragged to court over declaring president M7 as a sole presidential Candidate for his party.

In 2017, party supporter Benjamin Alipanga also dragged his party to the constitutional court over President Museveni’s sole candidature, however, his case was later overtaken by events forcing him to withdraw it.

NRM boss calls for urgent meeting on sugar bill

By Alice Lubwama

The ruling NRM Party Chairman Yoweri Museveni has called for an urgent caucus meeting to discuss the contentious sugar bill, ahead of today’s debate.

The meeting is currently taking place at office of the president near parliament.

Parliament passed the sugar bill in 2018 where they lifted the zoning policy thereby opening space for more sugarcane growers to sell to willing customers.

But the president declined assenting to the bill warning that this will put the sector at risk.

The Busoga lukiiko on Monday petitioned the speaker Kadaga over this bill ,calling parliament to stand ground on earlier decision to leave the out growers to sell the sugar cane to willing buyers.

The MPS voted against zoning saying I t allows one manufacture to monopolies sugarcane production in an area which would lead to unfair prices to farmers and curtail out growers.

Busoga katukiro (prime minister ) Joseph muvawala while handing over the petition to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday said that the assertion by sugar investors that zoning will cause low supply to sugar factories is not true since much sugar cane is supplied by out growers to factories.

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga on receiving the petition she castigated the members of the trade committee of parliament for adding their views in the sugar bill report, noting that they went beyond what the president asked to review.

The Deputy Chairperson of the NRM caucus Solomon Silwanyi say that the Nrm members need to have a consensus on the matter before the debate.

Mbale NRM Women edorse Museveni’s sole candidature

By Moses Kidandi

Women of the ruling National Resistance Movement in Mbale district have endorsed the sole candidature of the president Museveni as their flag bearer in the 2021 elections.
The endorsement comes barely two months when the Central Executive committee and the NRM MPs recommended that President should not be competed against in the NRM flag bearer elections.

The NRM women in Mbale through their leadership of the women league and Women council reached the resolution during their meeting at Mbale district Headquarters that Museveni be their candidate for 2021 elections and beyond as the Members of CEC resolved in Chobe.

Mwesigwa Harriet a member of the women’s league in Mbale District who read the resolutions to the chief guest said that the NRM women are in conformity with the resolutions made by CEC and confirmed by the NRM legislators.

In their resolutions, the women also asked for a visit to the president and that Mbale host next year’s international women’s day celebrations.

Hajati Jamila Naleba, the chairperson Mbale District women’s league said that Museveni’s government has fronted the women’s needs in all avenues and cant allow to see him just leave.

She adds that women have been able to enjoy the liberty and freedom in museveni’s regime unlike the previous regimes.

Lydia Wanyoto Mutende, the chairperson of the NRM National Women’s league said that the women seconded the motion because they have achieved in the NRM government under the stewardship of President Museveni.

Robina Nabanjja, the Commissioner of Parliament commended the women for endorsing the resolution saying that Museveni will not go anywhere since no one brought him.

She castigated the opposition for fighting against them saying that they are not ready to lead the country.

President Museveni will stand for the sixth time in 2021 general elections if at all NRM delegates conference clears him as a party’s only presidential candidate.

Recently the National Association of Districts and lower local government councils under the Uganda Local Government Associations gave a green light to president Museveni sole candidature

MP Tinkasimiire bitter about parallel caucuses in the NRM

By Alice Lubwama
Buyaga west legislator Barnabas Tinkasimire blames the NRM party for creating parallel caucus within the main ones with a purpose of dividing members not to push for the issues affecting their regions.

Tinkasimire who is also the chairperson of Bunyororo parliamentary group noted that what was done by the NRM parliamentary caucus last week was malicious and intended to weaken regional caucus.

The lawmaker however says , that his party will not achieve much from replacing him with Hon Mukitale Birahwa the Bulisa county MP because he cannot even make a decision.

“they replaced me with Hon Mukitale but I don’t see any difference between me and Mukitale at least for me I can make a decision what about this one who is totally confused who can’t make a decision how is it going to help them.” Say Tinkasimiire

Although the NRM parliamentary caucus said that the parallel bodies were created to lobby programs and projects from government to benefit entire kingdoms, Hon Tinkasimire allege that the main agenda of creating this caucus with the main one was to divide a united group.

“For me am not going to raise a fight in my region, I will allow him to carry on because what I was pushing was the agenda of Bunyoro and I expect the new chairperson to do the same.” Tinkasimire noted

The NRM Caucus which met in kyankwanzi resolved to elect new chairpersons for all regional caucuses led by mps who are not royal to the party position including the recent presidential age limit amendment.

Apart from dividing the Buganda parliamentary caucus , the NRM caucus also created a parallel caucus within the Bunyoro parliamentary caucus , voting Bulisa county mp Mukitale Birahwa as chairperson replacing Barnabas Tinkasimire.

The mp however warns the Nrm leaders not to dare him in 2021 general elections because he will defeat them badly.

“I will remain a member of parliament for buyaga west and wait for them , I know they will come again to fight me but I will give them another dose as I did in the last election , I will pound them badly.” He added.