Members of Parliament from the National Resistance Movement party who have been pushing for investigations into the Shs6bn oil cash bonanza on Tuesday rejected food at State House Entebbe.
According to sources that attended the closed door sitting, the MPs who have even formed a group calling for action against the Presidential handshake beneficiaries, maintained that the Legislature must probe the matter and either exonerate or hold the recipients responsible for the money they shared.
“We refused to eat food there (State House) and strongly maintained our earlier stance that Parliament should go ahead with its investigation. NRM is against any form of corruption and it was clearly stated in our manifesto,” one of the majority members who refused to eat said.
MPs told Museveni that they are not against him or the beneficiaries but that the processes through which the deal was pursued were questionable and need to be probed.
“We made it clear to him that we have nothing against him and instead we are protecting his name that is already being misused by some people. No one is against (Doris) Akol and the rest who took the money but the procedures leading to handshake leave a lot to be desired,” another NRM MP against the handshake said.
The President had told the MPs that they are among the many people who are maligning and demonizing the beneficiaries who ought to be thanked for doing a good job to recover over 700million dollars in tax arrears to oil companies Tullow and Heritage.
The president appealed to them to probe the matter in good faith if need be. The motion to formally launch an investigation into the matter is expected to be moved on the floor of Parliament tomorrow by the Mbarara Municipality MP, Michael Tusiime who is also an NRM member.
African Cup of Nations 2017
Uganda 0-1 Ghana
Andre Dede Ayew has given Ghana the lead against Uganda in a group D game played at Stade Port Gentil.
Ayew scored from a penalty after a clumsy challenge on Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan in the forbidden area.
Uganda had the first shot on target as early as the fourth minute when Mawejje disposed Arrison Afful but his feeble shot was easy for Razak Braimah to collect.
Two minutes later, the black stars too had a chance but Thomas Party failed to find the target firing wide.
A poor clearance by goalkeeper Dennis Onyango almost cost Uganda in the 13th minute but Hassan Wasswa was quick to clear out of danger.
From then onwards, Ghana became dominant enjoying majority of the possession.
Asamaoh Gyan had two successive headers but failed to hit the target.
Christian Atsu who was lively throughout the first 45 minutes kept troubling Ochaya and had a shot on goal but Onyango was in the right position to collect it.
Isaac Isinde gave away a penalty after losing possession to Gyan and Andre Ayew converted from the spot kick to give Ghana the lead.
Uganda had two chances towards the end of first half with Miya hitting the woodwork while Isinde had a chance to head home at the death of the clock.
Police in Mbarara are searching for the body of a 25year woman who is said to have drowned herself in River Rwizi yesterday.
Police is being helped by the family members and locals of Katete cell, Mbarara Municipality to retrieve the body of the young woman.
According to relatives and eyewitnesses, Diana Nyamwiza who hails from Rugaga Sub county, Isingiro district but was visiting her older sister in Katete; went to the Hospital yesterday for a blood test, but the results shocked her.
On being told that she was HIV positive, they say, Nyamwiza at around 11:00am went to River Rwizi, undressed and left her clothes on the bank and threw herself into the river.
Ibin Ssenkumbi, the Rwizi region police spokesperson they were yet to locate her body in the river.
In another development Police in Mbarara also arrested a 52 year old man, saving him from a mob after his daughter stabbed a teenager with a knife after developing a fight over tap water.
Innocent Mutabazi was saved from the angry residents in Karaama cell, Mbarara municipality after his daughter Catherine Turyahabwa 19, stabbed Vicent Kawa aged 17 in the back.
According to Ssenkumbi, Mutabazi was attacked by the angry mob accusing him of helping his daughter escape after committing the crime.
Vicent Kawa is in critical condition at Mbarara regional hospital nursing wounds as the police is still hunting for Catherine.
MTN Uganda, in partnership with aYo, have Tuesday announced innovative mobile based micro-insurance products, Recharge with Care and Send with Care.
The two are the first products launched by aYo – a joint venture between MTN and MMI Holdings – announced in September last year; aYo was formulated to have a strong focus on delivering micro-insurance solutions across the African continent.
aYo Recharge with Care offers MTN pre-paid customers an easy way to get free hospital or life cover. Whenever you load MTN airtime, you will receive 30 days’ free cover. To sign up, simply dial *296# and choose the cover you prefer: MyHospital or MyLife.
Adding aYo Send with Care to MTN Mobile Money transfers means that, in the unfortunate event of your passing or should you be hospitalised for a night or more, aYo will pay triple the amount you sent to your beneficiaries, either in one lump sum or in 12 equal monthly instalments, depending on your cover level. All you have to do is dial *165*1*4# to start Sending your money with Care.
“We are very excited to bring two very innovative products to our customers in Uganda. aYo helps you look after your loved ones, and we even reward you for doing so. If you interact with either of our products on a regular basis, we give you bonus value which, when it grows to UGX2,000, can be cashed out to your MTN Mobile Money wallet, used to buy more cover or MTN airtime,” said aYo Uganda Marketing Manager, Thomas Sekanwagi.
Commenting on this new partnership, Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer at MTN Uganda said: “We are delighted to partner with aYo to launch yet another set of products that further expands and strengthens our bouquet of mobile financial services offerings. Send with Care adds a further layer of security and customer-facing benefit by adding cover to funds sent using MTN Mobile Money while maintaining the convenience that has become a core feature of Mobile Money itself.”
“We are also very excited about Recharge with Care because for the first time, we are able to offer free cover and consequently, peace of mind, on all airtime recharges on the MTN network,” he concluded.
Edwin Kwesiga, Chief Executive Officer at aYo Uganda commented: “aYo is delighted to partner with MTN on this exciting venture. This partnership gives us an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the value of life and healthcare cover to their subscriber base. This will be achieved by building innovative products closely aligned to the real life and healthcare needs of the Ugandan consumer and will be backed by an awesome customer experience.”
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has told Members of Parliament of the National Resistance Movement to consciously debate the controversial Shs 6bn Presidential Handshake Cash ‘in good faith.’
On Tuesday morning Museveni met NRM MPs in a closed door meeting at State House Entebbe and opened up on the matter for the first time since it dominated public debates and news for the last two weeks.
According to the President, MPs just like many in the country have been maligning and negatively attacking the beneficiaries of the handshake that include his three trusted ladies steering sensitive authorities.
The Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority Doris Akol was the person behind the Handshake initiation and approval according to the documents that were first obtained by ChimpReports.
Others who took the money are KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Ssemakula Musisi, Uganda National Roads Authority Executive Director Allen Kagina and others.
“I have been quietly following the debate and how people are condemning my ladies and some other good people who helped us recover the money from the oil companies. Parliament is free to carry out its constitutional mandate but the debate should be in good faith,” Museveni said according to a source who attended the meeting.
The President also told MPs that good people like Akol, Kajina and Musisi are very few in Uganda and should not be demonized for taking the Shs6bn that he approved.
“I would like to let you honorable members know that honest people are very rare to find in this country. Let us not roast these ladies who have stood the test of time.”
The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa who is the Chairperson of the Caucus told Journalists at Parliament after the State House meeting that Museveni elaborated to MPs that he was not arm-twisted to approve the handshake.
“The President clearly told us that he was not pressured or forced to give out the handshake but he had also personally recognized the extraordinary effort by the team that made Uganda succeeded in getting the money from Heritage,” Naknkabirwa said.
In a bid to continuously bring down the burden of malaria, the Ministry of Health is set to distribute 4million mosquito nets in northern Uganda in the first phase of the Mass net campaign.
Under the Campaign, one mosquito net will be given per two people in a house hold.
“The government of Uganda is yet taking another National universal coverage long lasting insecticide treated nets distribution campaign thought out the country but first phase will be in regions with high prevalence” the Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said.
The districts in the first phase will be Adjumani, Agago, Alebtong, Amuru, APAC, Arua, Gulu, Kitgum, Kaboko, kole, Lamwo, Lira, Maracha, Moyo, Nebbi, Mwoya, Omora, Otuke, Oyam, Pader, Yumbe and Zombo.
Dr Acheng added that the first phase will begin on the 17th January and end on 17th February making it four weeks of coverage.
“Today l have flagged off 243 sub country supervisors ,22 district supervisors and 22 district coordinates for the 1st phase of the LLIN campaign. They will monitor and do house hold sensitization household net distribution “
While addressing the media at the flagging off Ceremony (Ministry of Health headquarters) Dr Acheng added that they have trained the supervisors and hope they will do their job well.
“Funding for the mass campaign has been fully secured from the Government of Uganda and Global Fund Against Malaria ,TB & HIV “
The first mass net campaign in Uganda took place in 2009/10 targeting women and children who are the most vulnerable group for malaria.
The campaign will be phased in six waves across the country beginning with Northern Uganda then the Eastern, Western and central region.
Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga says she doesn’t regret her decision to suspend Parliament last week despite criticism from other organs of government.
The speaker said this during a meeting with her counterpart of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Speaker Daniel Kidega on Tuesday.
Kidega commended Kadaga for standing her ground and ensuring that the independence of Parliament is upheld.
“We want to congratulate you for the stewardship of the legislature of this country. We also congratulate you for defending the space of Parliament in the governance process,” Kidega commended the Speaker.
He added that, “We as an assembly do believe in the principle of separation of powers and as a young assembly we do emulate good practices from our mother national Parliaments.”
Kidega’s reaction followed an order issued by Deputy Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma barring Parliament or any institution from probing into the payment of oil tax cash deal amounting to Sh6Bn by top Government officials.
However, the order caused uproar in Parliament, prompting Kadaga to suspend Parliament’s business until court order had been vacated.
In her response to the remarks made by her counterpart, Kadaga expressed relief that finally the order was repealed, which she said was a success on her side.
“On the issue of the independence of institutions, I will never relent on that one because that is what the constitution guaranteed that each of us should have space,” Kadaga assured.
She added, “They have revoked their orders and that’s why I have recalled the house. Some people were asking ‘why is she doing this! No no! What I ordered they have done it so tomorrow we shall sit.”
African Cup of Nations 2017
Group D: Uganda vs Ghana
Stade Port Gentil
Ghana’s head coach Avram Grant has named the team that will start against Uganda as the two sides lock horns on Tuesday at Stade Port Gentil in Gabon.
The Black stars begin their campaign with a group D fixture against boggy side Uganda.
Grant has opted for an all attacking starting lineup with three forwards in Asamoah Gyan and the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre Dede.
Goalkeeper Braimah Razak starts ahead of experienced Fatau Dauda who was a late inclusion into the squad.
Diminute defender Harrison Afful starts at the right back position while Abdu Baba Rahman completes the fullback positions occupying the left side.
Leicester City’s Daniel Armattey starts ahead of Jonathan Mensah in defence and he will partner John Boye to try tame Cranes captain Geoffrey Massa and Miya Farouk.
Mubarak Wakaso is joined by fast winger Christian Atsu in the midfield while Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey also gets a slot in the starting lineup in a 4-3-3 system.
Asamoah Gyan will lead the line of attack while Jordan Ayew and Andre Dede Ayew will play behind him as the supporting cast.
The newly appointed Chief of the Defence Forces in the UPDF, Gen. David Muhoozi has heaped praises onto his predecessor, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala.
President Museveni early last week made a reshuffle in the army, appointing Gen. Muhoozi as the new CDF replacing Gen. Katumba Wamala who was appointed State Minister for Works.
Speaking at the piping ceremony of the newly promoted officers at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters at Mbuya on Tuesday afternoon, Gen. Muhoozi said his predecessor is a hard-working man whose leadership has moved the army to greater heights.
“The Commander in Chief could not have found a better person to lead the army than the distinguished Gen. Katumba Wamala,” he said.
“We are grateful for your exemplary service you have offered to the UPDF.”
Asked to comment on the increased number of UPDF officers involved in dubious deals that on many occasions have tarnished the name of the army, Gen. Muhoozi said that these are some of the challenges that come with new technology but said he would not tolerate any officer involved in such deals.
“Those are some of the challenges of growth and modernization but the most important aspect is having the capacity to identify and bring them to book,” he argued.
“It has not just begun today and I pledge to deal with them. The UPDF does not have a place for wrong doers.”
He said that first on his agenda in the new office will be working on accommodation for the soldiers, discipline and management of the force since the entire country is now at peace.
Asked whether it was a deliberate move by President Museveni to get rid of aged officers, the new CDF said that the UPDF is made up of officers from the UNLA, NRA and that in the army service; when others join others go out.
“People serve and move to other fields as deemed fit.”
The outgoing CDF, Gen.Katumba Wamala said it was a happy moment for him to be leaving the mantle of the army in the hands of young blood that he said are capable to steering it.
“You should stay focused on training of the soldiers and I am sure you are capable of leading the UPDF.”
On being promoted, the first female Major General of the UPDF, Proscovia Nalweyiso said it was an honor from the Commander In Chief to recognize her distinguished service.
“I implore all women out there never to fear but rise up like I did and joined the bush war. They can reach greater heights like I have done,” Nalweyiso said.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has Monday released its roadmap for nomination of members that will represent the party at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
FDC has not been represented in the current term for EALA after the party chose to boycott the previous 2012 election exercise citing failure to abide by the rules governing EALA elections.
Uganda’s current representatives include NRM MPs Dora Byamukama, Daniel Kidega, Margaret Zziwa, Bernard Mulengani, Mike Kennedy Sebalu and Nusura Tiperu, opposition’s Fred Mukasa Mbidde, Chris Okumu Opoka and Susan Nakawuki.
The decision taken by FDC was seen as a big mistake that the party blindly committed and in avoidance of the same, the party spokesperson, Ibrahim Semuju Nganda told the media that the party has written to the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga seeking for clear guidelines on the forthcoming elections.
“The party Working and National Executive Committees recently held a meeting, we decided to write to the Speaker to inform us when the EALA elections shall take place, how it will be conducted and as FDC we want to know the number of slots that we have,” Nganda said.
Nganda noted that in the mean time, the party has released the road map which interested members must follow to be nominated for the seat.
According to the program, interested members shall pick nomination forms starting 19th January throughout the week, while the official nomination shall be held on January 24 and 25.
“The nominees will later appear before the party’s National Executive Committee who will vet and choose the best candidate or candidates on February 9; who will be forwarded for the final vote before Parliament,” Nganda said.