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Three administrators of Masjid Noor located on William Street Kampala facing charges related to castration of a man have been denied bail by the Buganda Road court chief magistrate.
Appearing before chief magistrate Jamson Karemani the suspects; Hamiisi Matovu the administrator of the mosque, Manisil Lubwama the Mwalimu and Musa Husaifa have been denied bail on grounds that they are highly influential persons at the mosque where Yahaya Segujja was castrated, and therefore have the capacity compromising justice.
These are facing one count of performing acts intended to cause grievous harm on another person, which they have denied.
Prosecution contends that in October 2014 at Masijid Noor, the three men and others still at large with intent to maim disfigure or disable unlawfully wounded Yahaya Segujja’s genitals.
Court yesterday further remanded them back to Luzira prison until the 29th of this month when their case comes up for hearing.
Peter Kimunda, the former Director Internal Audit, Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has pinned the former Minister of Works Eng. Abraham Byandala for having ordered Eng. Ssebuga Kimezze to sign the Katosi Road contract with the nonexistent EUTAW Construction Company limited, which was still being investigated hence causing government a UGX 25Billion loss.
Kimunda, the third Prosecution witness in his testimony before Anti Corruption Court judge Justice Lawrence Gidudu, revealed that he got to know about EUTAW after receiving a preliminary copy of the Due Diligence report investigating on EUTAW, which among others advised the Acting Executive Director UNRA Eng Kimezze not to sign the contract pending further investigations.
“I advised the Acting E.D not to sign the contract with EUTAW because the report clearly pointed out that upon investigation, it was found that the list of directors who were supposed to represent the company in signing of the contract didn’t appear on the online list of Directors for EUTAW Construction Company Mississippi,” he said.
Kimunda adds that Eng. Kimezze proceeded to inform the minister about the recommendation but during their conversation on the phone, Eng Kimezze was heard asking the minister to put something into writing.
“A few hours after the telephone contact, the letter of which I was copied to came into office from minister of works Eng. Byandala ordering Eng. Kimezze to sign the contract.”
The witness added that he had earlier received a number of documents in support of the signing of the contract and these included payment documents, requisition by EUTAW of payment guarantee from Housing Finance Bank Limited, verification of guarantee by the bank and a letter from Director Finance and administration Joe Semugoma showing that the guarantee had been verified.
“I received the documents as one of my duties to ensure that the right procedure has been followed before the Executive Director approves payment. I thereafter stamped them and forwarded them to the office of the E.D.”
The contract for upgrading Mukono Katosi road was thus signed on 15 November 2013 by Eng. Kimezze Ssebuga the acting ED UNRA with Marvin Baryaruha as a witness while on EUTAW’s side Richard Plat signed with Apollo Senkeeto. The total amount for the contract was 24.8bn shillings.
Further hearing of this case was adjourned to 21st June
A week after reading of the budget for the 2016/17 financial year budget, there’s continued mixed reactions from sections of the public, private sector, the opposition as well as civil society on its implications to the country’s socio-economic transformation.
While there have been slight increments in sector allocations compared to the previous financial year, issues regarding growing reliance on foreign loans, priorities and poor implementation continue to dominate the debate.
Manufacturers on Thursday expressed discontent over the continued importation of manufactured goods that would otherwise be produced here.
Speaking during the dialogue organized by Civil Society Budget Allocation Group (CSBAG), Godfrey Ssali the Policy Analyst and Advocacy Officer at Uganda Manufacturers Association said that government still lacks the will to efficiently utilize public resources.
“The budget has been read but we need to begin seeing government walking the talk. We can’t still be at a level where we are importing hoes to distribute to farmers, scholastic materials and uniform for the army. All these things can be produced locally,” Ssali said during the dialogue held at UMA Hall.
Ssali also criticized the move to increase the size of government; Cabinet and Members of Parliament which he said indicates lack of a will to deliver services to Ugandans.
He pleaded for the recapitalization of the Uganda Development Bank so as to support the local industry. “Private companies like Roofings should be using locally generated tax revenue other than going to foreign banks for loans,” he added.
On his part, Dr Asuman Gulooba of National Planning Authority said that the new budget is far from realizing the national vision of middle income status by 2020 due to wrong priorities.
“Many sectors and MDAs (Ministries, Departments and Government Agencies) still don’t have strategic plans while others are not consistent with the National Development Plan II. Out of 17 sectors, only 8 have developed strategic plans and of these, only 4 were coherent with our plan.”
He hinted on Uganda’s high domestic borrowing and a very low tax to GDP ratio compared to regional counterparts like Kenya stressing the need for URA to increase compliance in tax payment.
Kenneth Mugambe the Director of Budgeting in the Ministry of Finance who represented government blamed accounting officers for poor planning and making requests for supplementary allocations for their own selfish motives.
He however mentioned that government has cleaned up 90% of the payroll to reduce salary related supplementaries.
President Yoweri Museveni has rescinded his decision and withdrawn one of the Uganda People’s Congress members appointed to Cabinet recently.
ChimpReports has learnt that after intensive pressure from the National Resistance Movement officials from Lango sub-region, Museveni decided to withdraw the name of the State Minister for Fisheries
designate, Ruth Acheng.
Acheng who is also the former woman Member of Parliament for Kole district did not appear before the house’s Appointments Committee on Thursday which was the last day for vetting of ministerial appointees.
Sources in the Appointments Committee told ChimpReports that the Government Chief Whip, Ms. Ruth Nankabirwa tabled a letter from the President who is also the appointing authority, saying the designation of Acheng had been cancelled.
“The Government Chief Whip surprised us with a letter from Museveni indicating that Ruth (Acheng) is no longer a minister designate,” asource from the committee said.
This website understands that NRM MPs from Lango together with former ministers met Museveni at Entebbe State House on Wednesday and Thursday, where the decision to strike Acheng off the list was made.
The team according to sources told the President that they were not expecting harmonious working relationship with the UPC members appointed to cabinet.
“We clearly told the president that things were not going to be good. Working with UPC first of all undermines us the NRM members and secondly they will not respect us,” a source who attended the State House meeting with the president said.
In the recent ministerial appointments, Museveni appointed the UPC party president’s wife Jimmy Akena as the minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development while Acheng was given Fisheries.
Two other opposition members including Betty Kamya and Democratic Party member Nakiwala were also appointed ministers of KCCA and state for Youth respectively.
The appointment of opposition members to Cabinet dominated the last NRM Caucus meeting at State House.
NRM MPs questioned why the president who is also the Chairman of the party left them and picked
the opposition members.
Amongi, Kamya and Nakiwala were nonetheless approved by the Appointments Committee for their respective positions.