Police to take man who took lifeless head to parliament for mental check

By Robert Segawa

Police has said they are going to check the mental status of the man who was arrested with a human head at parliament on Monday.

According to the CID spokesperson Charles Twine, investigation detectives are going to take Joseph Nuwashaba, 22 for check up to determine his mental status.

Twine added that detectives will also find out whether the suspect was working with other people and the other murders he could have participated in before the Monday incident.

Police noted that a DNA test has already proved that the head Nuwashaba was found with belonged to the headless body discovered in Masaka of a 5 year old Faith Kyamagero, a daughter to pastor Charles Ssenyonga of Kyamulibwa in Masaka city.

Twine noted that the parents also identified the head as that of Kyamagero and police has handed it over to them for burial.

Lyomoki pledges to continue sleeping at Parliament

By Edwin Muhumuza

Workers MP Sam Lyomoki has vowed to continue sleeping at parliament until when amendments in the NSSF amendment bill 2019 are passed.

Sam Lyomoki notes that even though the speaker refused to listen to his concern over the delay to pass the bill, when she said that the ministers for finance were not around, he has again promised to sleep at parliament if the minister of finance doesn’t table the amendments on the floor.

Some of the amendments in the new 2019 NSSF amendment bill which were passed by the parliamentary committee of fiancé which MPs ask parliament to pass they want workers to access 20% of their midterm NSSF savings for all those who have saved for at least 10 years and when they are 45 years and above.
The parliamentary committee on finance report on the above bill notes that people with disabilities who lack gainful employment or fail to generate income, and are unable to make contributions to the Fund for a period of not less than one year, would also be allowed to access up to 75% of their contributions upon application.

Recently when members of the parliamentary committee on finance met President Museveni over the matter, he advised them to critically analyse their proposals so that they are based on fact and not sentiments.

He also plainly rejected changes in the NSSF Amendment Bill 2019 intended to allow members mid-term access to their savings, saying it would collapse the National Social Security Fund.

Since then the fate of the bill has not been clear and has attracted concerns from other stakeholders.

This afternoon, the visibly angry legislator slammed the table in expression of his disgust in the speaker and the minister of finance, noting that even though parliament has gone into recess, when it resumes business, he will not allow any issue to be debated on the floor until the NSSF amendment bill is sorted.

He in fact wants the speaker of parliament to question the minister of finance and economic planning Hon. Matia Kasaija to delegate the responsibility of re-tabling the bill to one of his state ministers if he is absent.

Meanwhile, the Workers MP, has refuted allegations that he is politicking after his move to sleep at parliament attracted criticism adding that such critics have a low level of thinking because since it is election time he would have been campaigning but instead has chosen to become the workers’ mouthpiece in parliament.

Mukitale wants candidates to raise debate on why Uganda has failed to reach middle Income status

By Alice Lubwama

Bulisa county legislator Mukitale Birahwa appeals to candidates aspiring for all leadership positions to use the campaigns to raise debate on why the country has failed to meet the middle income status.

Mukitale says that the Government of Uganda through the ministry of finance promised that the country will be able to attain middle income status by 2020 but with COVID 19 pandemic it’s not possible.

He now wants those who want to be elected into leadership in the forthcoming elections to give solutions on what should be done to sustain the economy.

The World Bank clas­si­fies coun­tries with Mid­dle In­come Sta­tus as those whose cit­i­zen’s av­er­age in­come is be­tween USD 1,000 to 12,000.

According to the State of Uganda Population report 2019, more than half of the population is younger than the age of 15 and this translates into a high dependence ratio. This in turn places significant pressure on families which would have spent on profitable ventures that would have increased the country’s GDP growth rate.

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.