Shifrah Lukwago joins race for Kawempe North Parliamentary seat

By Sania Babirye

The race for Kawempe North parliamentary seat continues to get momentum with another politician seeking to contest for the seat on people power ticket.

The latest is former Kampala city speaker Hajjati Shifrah Lukwago joining the race.

Other aspirants who have already returned their forms at people power movement headquarters in Kamyokya include incumbent Latif Ssebagala, DPs and also former Kampala deputy lord mayor Erias Lukwago and KCCA lord Councillor Muhammad Segerinya.

However,People power announced that they will not be going through primaries but selection will be through consensus.

People power further revealed that if this consensus failed then they have no option but to have everybody contest.

Human rights activists ask parliament to check security agencies over continued violence

By Deo Wasswa

The Ugandan Parliament has been urged to convene an argent meeting involving all heads of government security agencies to ask them explain the continued misbehavior of security personnel against the innocent citizens especially during the covid19 lock down.

The press conference held in Kampala, organizations advocating for human rights say, the meeting should address how to bring the mater to an end.

The statement presented to the media by Sylvia Namubiru, the executive director of legal aids service providers network, an umbrella which brings together 55 organization has revealed some of these cases of abuse.

Among them include, The killing of Mr. Francis Ogwanga Munu, an elderly man aged 65 years was beaten in Oyam district on 27th June under the guise of enforcing curfew guidelines.

The case of Private Robert Muyaga who short his wife, Jacqueline Nagasha dead in Masaka town on allegations that she was having an extra Marital affairs with Francis Musasizi, the Lutovu B village chairperson on 08th may 2020.

On 30th April , a 25 year old deaf and blind Oloya Willis was shot in the leg by an LDU in Mugira west village, Ago district.

In Lagile Parish, Pader district, a police officer shot at three people killing one Odong Bosco on site.

On 7th July 2020, four LDU officers were under the spotlight for assaulting the Mityana Lc5 chairman , Joseph Luzige.
Another Victim of security torture is the late Emanuel Tegu, a veterinary student at Makerere university who was allegedly beaten by unidentified security operatives.

Eldery people seek representation in next parliament

By Sania Babirye

Older persons say they are hopeful that their concerns will be addressed timely following a resolution by cabinet to have them represented in parliament.

On Tuesday, cabinet resolved that there should be five representatives of the elderly above 60 years in parliament.

Joram Tibasimwa the chairman for the National Council of the elderly says that having representatives in parliament will allow parliament to quickly understand the plight of the elderly and address their concerns timely.

He says that the resolution is timely and they are ready to face the challenge since older people are still useful to this country.

He says that this will show the country that the elderly have positive contribution to the country something that has been lacking.

He also says that their needs like social protection had been ignored and that as Representatives of the elders, they will be advocating for such needs in Parliament to protect their well fair.

Equal opportunities commission vows to monitor loan’s scheme

By Alice Lubwama

The Equal opportunities commission has vowed to be keen on the beneficiaries of the loan’s scheme for the academic year
2020/2021 to ensure that the right students get the loans.

While presenting the 2020/ 2021 gender and equity compliance Ministerial policy statements to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga, the chairperson of the commission Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi said that they established that last year, Students from Eastern Uganda and people with disabilities did not benefit from these loans.

She notes that students from hard to reach areas ,islands and those with disability must benefit from the government loans.

In response, Kadaga asked the commission to be focus on the issue of people with disabilities saying many of those people are learned with all the needed qualifications but still denied chances of employment.

Basalirwa welcomes new court ruling

By Sania Babirye

The six members of parliament representing the newly formed municipalities whose seats had been ejected from parliament have welcomed today’s ruling by the supreme court that stayed their elections.

Hon.Asuman Basalirwa one of the Members of Parliament whose seat as Bugiri municipality legislator had been one of those that were nullified says following today’s ruling, they are going to execute their duties and represent their constituencies very efficiently.

Asuman told journalists that before the ruling, they had been executing their duties with uncertainty.

He says that with this ruling, their statues have been confirmed and will now work more effectively as they wait for the supreme court to determine their main consolidated appeal challenging the said constitutional ruling.

Kadaga asks government to review punishments for those moving during curfew time

By Alice Lubwama

The speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked government to consider other forms of punishment for the people who do not respect the curfew hours.

This was after some Members of Parliament raised concerns that many people are arrested and packed in cells including the disabled and elderly people.

The legislators are now wondering why the people are being encouraged to keep the social distance yet when arrested they are packed in one place.

Lwemiyaga county MP Theodre sekikubo says he has watched the lame being shipped to kitalya prison for moving past curfew time.

Sekikubo noted that people have been remanded in wheel chairs,which is a shame to the the country.” Yes we are under covid19 quarantine but we should not be seen to be heartless”.He said.

Parliament ordered to return COVID money

Source: URN

High court has ordered all Members of Parliament who benefited from the Shillings 10 billion for Covid19 activities to deposit it with the Parliamentary Commission, District or Covid19 National Task Force.

Justice Michael Elubu issued the orders Wednesday afternoon while delivering his ruling on an application filed by the Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament, Gerald Karuhanga contesting the manner in which parliament allocated the said money.

It came after the Parliamentary Commission through its lawyers led by Sitinah Cherotich agreed with Karuhanga that the money be returned through the three channels listed as long as it is under public control.

Karuhanga through his lawyer, David Mpanga proposed that legislators who received the money and don’t represent any District, return it to either the Parliamentary Commission or National Task Force, which will then channel it to District Task Forces.

Court also heard that the interim order issued by court on April 21st temporarily blocking the payment of the money to the legislators was overtaken by events since it was deposited on individual accounts of the legislators by April 17th 2020.

Mpanga stated that as long as the money first goes into public control, the merits of the main suit challenging the procedure leading to its allocation can be dealt with at a later stage. Shortly after the court directive Karuhanga told Journalists that he has now got some relief because the money will return in public control.

Background

Karuhanga petitioned court last week accusing Parliament breached its rules of procedure when it included the money in question into the report of the Budget Committee without the Consent of the Committee members. The Shillings 10 billion is part of the Shillings 304 billion Supplementary Budget that was approved by parliament on April 4th, 2020 to facilitate the Covid19 response.

Karuhanga alleged that Parliament deducted the 10 billion Shillings from the Health and Security budgets to distribute it among legislators to purportedly carryout Covid19 sensitisation activities yet the procedure leading to the same was marred with procedural impropriety.

Each MP pocketed Shillings 20 million. However, in his application Karuhanga argued that citizens were most likely to suffer from irreparable damage if Parliamentarians are not directed to return the monies to public accounts for proper usage. Some legislators had already vowed to return the money once it is deposited on their accounts.

On Tuesday, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said they would forward the returned money to districts where the affected legislators hail from. Last night, President, Yoweri Museveni also described the actions of the MPs who received the money as morally reprehensible; adding that they had entered a trap and the only way to get out of it was not to spend it.

Returned money will not go back to treasury – Kadaga

By Alice Lubwama

Speaker of Parliament Honorable Rebecca kadaga says that the 20 Million shillings returned to the Parliamentary Commission by some of the members of parliament in protest will be taken to their respective districts to support the District task force in the fight against covid19.

In her opening remarks today during the Parliamentary sitting, Kadaga said that instead of returning the money to the treasury, parliament decided to accord the money to the member’s respective task forces to aid in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

Some of the members who have returned the 20 million shillings include , Col.Fred Mwesigye Nyabushozi county ,Sheema district county MP Jacklet Atuhairwe,Mityana municipality mp Francis Zaake,Masaka municipality MP Matias Mpuuga and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu .

Two suspects to be charged with interrupting parliamentary business

By Robert Segawa

Police says two suspects apprehended at Parliament on Wednesday will be charged with three counts of Criminal trespass, Malicious damage and interrupting parliamentary business.

Police adds that one of the suspects is being held at Jinja road police station , while the other is at the central police station Kampala.

While addressing the journalists at CID headquarters Kibuli, Patrick Onyango Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says the duo has already recorded statements from which police established that they come in as harmless visitors.

The duo will soon have their files sent to state attorney for perusal before they appeared to city hall court.

On Wednesday evening business come to standstill in the Parliament when the two youth jump from visitors gallery to disrupt afternoon proceedings with leaflets read corruption starts from Parliament putting security to a test.

Attempt to censure Security Tumwine fails

By Edwin Muhumuza

The move to censure security minister Gen. Elly Tumwine has failed after majority of Members of Parliament declined to append their signatures on the motion.

With two days left, it would have taken a miracle for Kasambya MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa, the mover of the motion, to collect all the 150 signatures .

The visibly disappointed MP, accompanied by Mayinja county legislator John Baptist Nambeshe told the press this afternoon ,that he had withdrawn the petition after consultations with other that had signed.

What is shocking is that majority of opposition legislators have shown no interest despite the seemingly public show of support.

On 7th February 2020, parliament unanimously resolved that General Tumwine be censured and three days later the clerk wrote to all MPs informing members that a list had been placed at the south wing for members who wished to append their signatures.

With two days left, only 39 members of parliament have signed.

More than 200 people passed the resolution including opposition MPs, rebels MPs, and the entire human rights committee members.

“I have come to realize that in the 10th parliament actually most of honorable members, whatever they say in corridors and on the floor or even before cameras is quite different.

We have interacted with very many members of opposition and majority have not signed.

Ugandans have been claiming that opposition MPs sleep in state house, move at night and benefit from everywhere, I have to confirm that in Uganda we do not have opposition.

These are people who have been talking about human rights abuses every day and when you hear them speak , one may think the world is coming to an end.”

The reason legislators give for not signing is that they are interested in knowing the numbers of people that have appended their signatures first

Surprisingly only two members of the Human rights committee members have signed it yet it is them that that called for a resolution to punish General Elly Tumwine.

Those who have appended their signatures are Mbwatekamwa Gaffa (Kassambya County, NRM), Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga County, NRM), Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality, DP), Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West, DP), Moses Kasibante (Rubaga North, Ind), and, Abdullatif Sebaggala (Kawempe North).

Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, instituted an investigation into the alleged torture by Internal Security Organisation (ISO) after Mr Latif Ssebaggala (DP, Kawempe North), and Kassiano Wadri (Ind, Arua Municipality), alleged that ISO was running safe houses to torture people in Kalangala District and Kyengera in Wakiso.