Sick Gen. Tumukunde sent to Luzira

By Sania Babirye
Rtd.Gen. Henry Tumukunde has been remanded to Luzira prison by city hall court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise.

This is after Gen.Tumukunde was charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

He has however pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

On the treason charge, Prosecution states that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Television stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made utterances which were calculated to instigated the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause a unlawful change of government.

On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, its states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo,was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol . Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license

He has told court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired General .

Prosecution led by Viola Tusingwire has informed court that investigations into the said counts are complete and ready to bring witnesses on the 30th of this month for hearing.

Tumukunde has now been remanded to Luzira prison also until the 23rd of this month on the treason count, however court has explained that on that day, Tumukunde will not physically appear in court but will appear under the video conferencing link at Buganda road court on treason charges.

He will appear before city hall court again on the 30th of this month to start trial on unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition.

Treason, is a capital case bailable and tryable only by the High court .

The magistrate has also refused submissions from his defense team to grant him bail over ill health.

Court ruled that Luzira prison is well equipped to manage his poor health conditions.

Gen.Tumukunde however did not stand in the court docket because he was sick.

Gen Tumukunde was brought at court amidst tight security by counter-terrorism security personnel.

Only family members, his lawyers and state prosecutor were allowed to enter court and his nurse who brought a bucket with his medication in court.

Many journalists were blocked from accessing Court room as security locked all the entrances to the court room.

Tumukunde was assisted into the court room by two plain clothed detectives because he can not walk by himself.

Criminal summon issued against Bobi Wine

By Sania Babirye

Criminal summons have been issued against Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine after he failed to turn up in court this morning for mention of his case.

Bobiwine was to appear before Buganda road court grade one magistrate together with his four co accused but only his co accused appeared in court today.

However, his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa informed grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya that his client is currently out of the country on official duties.
The magistrate then issued criminal summons requiring the Musician turned politician and legislator to appear in court mot later than the 10th of July this year and also extended their bail up to then.

On the 2nd of May, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya granted bail to Bobi wine via a video conferencing system.

Bobi wine became the first person to be tried using the new technology that was launched by the chief justice Bart Katureebe on the 15th of April this year to allow judges to try inmates without necessarily being present in court but through a video link in Luzira prison.

Bobi wine was remanded to Luzira prison on 29th of this month by grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to offenses relating to disobedience of statutory duty .

The magistrate also failed to grant him bail and referred his bail application to the 2nd of May.

His lawyers led by Asuman told court that his sureties had been blocked to access court with some arrested and detained at Nagalama police station in Mukono in case of Hon.Francis Zaake while others had their documents like local council letters confiscated by police.

The magistrate then ruled that Bobi wine should be remanded briefly to allow his lawyers organize their sureties and the magistrate also advised them from bringing high profile suruties that attract too much attention.

According to the amended charge sheet tendered in court , Bobi Wine was surprisingly charged over offenses he committed in 2018.

The charges are apparently in relation to his protest over the now social media tax (OTT) which he is said to have allegedly committed on 11th of July 2018 at City square with in Kampala city.

Bobiwine is accused of holding a public meeting without giving notice to any authorized officer or police who would ensure that all participants of his meeting are unarmed and peaceful .

Prosecution states that the actions of Bobi Wine were contrary to sections 5 and 10 of the public Order Management Act of 2013.

Bobi Wine is charged with four others.

These include David Lule, Julius Katongole, Edward Sebuufu and Fred Nyanzi Sentamu, however, the four were charged in 2018 .

However before accepting to go on remand, Bobi Wine adressed and in his own words he said:

“Your honor I am confident because it is not me on trial but this court on trial because I have not committed any crime. I have not stolen public funds or killed anyone. I am here because I have spoken against this government and specifically president Museveni. Your honor i am here because i have spoken against unfair taxation so i am fighting for everyone and for you”.

Leader of opposition did also criticism reasons cited by state while objecting to the bail application of Bobiwine.

This is after state prosecutor Timothy Francis Amerit told court that sureties like Hon.Miria Matembe were insubstantial since she was of advanced age of 64 and not capable to feasibly compel Bobiwine to adhere to court orders.

However, the leader of Opposition said that it was ironical that the State recently just amended the constitution and lifted the presidential age limit to allow even a person of over 100 years to rule the country yet,the state is objecting a person of 64 years to only stand surety.

Katuntu given one more month to complete BOU investigations

By Alice Lubwama
The opposition side in parliament has finally agreed that Bugweri county MP Abdu Katuntu continue chairing the parliamentary committee of commissions statutory authorities and state enterprises till 15th of February when the committee will be done with the investigations into the closure of the seven commercial banks by the central bank.

The decision was made following a closed meeting between speaker kadaga and the leader of opposition in parliament Betty Aol Ochan over the matter.

Ever since kadaga announced that Katuntu would continue chairing the committee until the central bank probe is concluded, there has been a lot of bickering between the members of opposition them selves and exchanges between Kadaga and Aol.

The main opposition party in parliament FDC had made changes in the leadership of this committee, dropping katuntu as chairperson replacing him with Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyagwa.

In December last year, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga told parliament that she had requested the Leader of opposition in parliament to allow for the extension of Katuntu leadership for him to conclude the investigations because it had reached a critical stage where the changes would jeopardize them but the request was turned down by the leader of opposition.

Shortly after the meeting the Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan said that the decision was made in order not to water down the investigations that have been made by the opposition

Opposition parties positive about outcomes of a national dialogue

By Deo Wasswa

Members of oppositions are ready for  the proposed national dialogue by the inter religious council and elders forum aimed at addressing a number of issues in the country,

In the joint statement presented to the media, members of opposition say the dialogue is needed but should be genuine, well prepared and fruitful. The opposition parties that were represented by their party presidents in this meeting were, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), Democratic Party (DP), Uganda People’s Congress (UPC), People’s Progressive party (PPP) and The New Formation.

Former UPC president, Olala Otunu notes that they are engaging with the organizers of the dialogue adding that the government should do the same.

Speaking at Protea hotel, Kampala during a  press conference, Mugisha Muntu advised the government to respond positively regarding the dialogue.

According to him, if the government desires to see a smooth transition they should respond positively, if they want to continue on path of using force they would chose to do that.

In attendance was Norbet Mao, Alice Alaso, Wafula Ogutu, and Lubega Mukaku among others.

Kagaba asks the president to name and shame NGOs funding opposition

By Deo Wasswa

The Executive director of Anti – Corruption coalition Uganda, Cissy Kagaba says president  Museveni should not base on rumors that there certain NGOs that fund oppositions to fight government but rather do investigations and get facts.

Speaking to capital radio, Kagaba has noted that this is not the first time for president to say such a statement but he never names any of those organizations which indicates that he has no facts on the matter.

While addressing the nation over the weekend, Museveni said that there some local organizations that are funding activities of apposition members with an aim of removing the government in power

Opposition displeased with EC decision to leave civil servants out of LC elections

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party have expressed dismay over electoral commission’s move to halt all civil servants from participating in the forth coming local council election which they say, doesn’t only violates the laws of the country but also a sign of injustice.

While addressing the media  at the party headquarters  in Kampala, Nobert Mao the party president says that though the councils are important in national peace and security development but no to involve in civil servants who are to campaign on taxes of the nationals.

Mao has called upon all party members to get involved in the elections to over come what he called corrupt and fraudulent NRM cadres who have held these positions for almost 2 decades.
He says local council one letters are important in day to day daily activities , he asked Ugandans not to elect leaders who beat up their wives and those who cannot look after their families.

Opposition demand a commission of inquiry be put to investigate Kayihura

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change says president Museveni should institute a commission of inquiry to investigate former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura for the last 13 years he has been at the helm of police management.

Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson while addressing the media at party headquarters said the commission should be headed by a competent judge in order to probe crimes committed by Gen Kayihura during his tenure. Semujju noted that many people have been tortured, killed and others were wrongly detained thus need to be given a chance to explain themselves and pin him.

He added that Kayihura has been handling police office as a ruling party NRM cadre and commissioned arrest and torture and arrest of opposition members .
The party now wants Kayihura to be charged with all cases he committed while in office including intimidation, arbitrary arrests of opposition members during their peaceful demonstrations. Ssemujju also wants all the victims to be compensated by government over the sins of Gen Kayihura.

FDC postpones weekly prayers due to unavailability of religious leaders

By Wasswa Deo
Opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change has postponed the launch of their weekly prayers against the lifting of the age limit.
The party had organised to launch their weekly countrywide prayers at Najjankumbi against the lifting of the age limit today but were postponed to next week.
According to the deputy party spokesperson Paul Mwiru,the launch had been extended to next week after the religious leaders who were supposed to lead in prayers were unavailable

Besigye to be flown back To Kampala says Prisons boss

By Patricia Osman
Dr Kizza Besigye the FDC former presidential candidate has been flown in back to Kampala today from Moroto District where he was incarcerated since last week.
According to the prisons spokesperson Fred Baine Mayanja the transfer follows a formal request from Besigye’s doctors. Baine says Besigye’s Doctor wrote to the Commissioner General of prisons that his patient be brought closer to him for easy and closer management.
However there are contradicting reports that Besigye transfer was only prompted following a protest by angry locals demanding for the release of the FDC strongman and former party presidential flag bearer.
 This morning police reportedly fired teargas and live ammunition at the hundreds of angry protesters in Moroto. Besigye was remanded by the Moroto Chief Magistrates Court on Friday last week  after being charged with treason, following the appearance of a video footage of him being sworn in as President elect.
Besigye was airlifted to Moroto following his arrest on Wednesday after he beat police security and turned up in Kampala a day before the official swearing in of President Yoweri  Museveni.

What is Besigye’s view on JPAM?

On the Capital Gang this Saturday,

We shall be hosting Dr Kiiza Besigye. After a hectic campaign he won the vote to become Forum for Democratic party presidential flag bearer. He will probably win the head of The Democratic Alliance position as well. So what is next? Will he boycott elections if electoral reforms are not made? How does he handle those who opposed his position?

What is his response to Amanya Mushega’s open letter to him?

What is his opinion on the JPAM factor? Isn’t Amama stealing all the opposition supporters?

Listen to 91.3 Capital FM or stream live on capitalradio.co.ug on Saturday 12th.