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UVF Clears Air on Daudi Ochieng Saga

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:44

The Uganda Volleyball Federation (UVF) has finally issued a statement on the looming saga about volleyball player Daudi Ochieng rejoining Kampala Amateur Volleyball Club (KAVC).

While addressing the media on Thursday at the Uganda Olympic committee offices in Lugogo, UVF President Saddick Nassiwu indicated that the world volleyball governing body (FIVB) granted them the go ahead to allow Ochieng play for KAVC.

“With guidance from FIVB, we were advised that Daudi is free to play for any other club after his contract at Inatek in Rwanda expired in May this year,” said Nassiwu.

The saga stems from the fact that clubs in the national league and serie A division are protesting Kampala Amateur volleyball club.

According to Nassiwu, it is not that the federation is trying to favour KAVC but rather they are following the guidelines from FIVB.

“I want to make this clear that we are not in any way siding with KAVC as many people are perceiving it. We have no interest whatsoever but just trying to put everything in order,” he explained.

When quizzed about reports indicating clubs have threatened to pull out of the league, Nassiwu said they will stick to their earlier judgement.

“We are not doing this to please people. Because the majority are saying we should not allow Ochieng to play. We will not deviate from the FIVB guidelines to please people,” said Nassiwu.

Nassiwu said that if clubs fail to abide by the regulations the league will be suspense until an amicable solution is found.

Kiir, Machar ‘Peaceful’ Neighbors in Luxurious Nairobi Locality

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:36

The South Sudan President SalvaKiir and his arch rival Dr. Riek Machar have been revealed as peaceful neighbors in the neighboring Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The Sentry report which is a result of two years investigation into the young nation’s war, tracking the flows of billions of dollars between few powerful individuals as the population bears the burden was released on Monday by the Washington’s based Enough Project.

The report found out that senior government officials and military generals and their close family members have accrued wealth and are constructing lavish homes outside the nation and their family members are comfortably living in the neighboring countries.

According to the report both Kiir and Machar whose forces are battling each other in the frontlines in South Sudan, acquired homes in Lavington, one of Nairobi’s most upscale neighborhood.

The Sentry report says Kiir’s home in Lavington is a well-guarded compound, lined with a 10-to-12-foot cinderblock fence topped with two additional feet of taut, high-voltage wiring.

Machar and Kiir’s houses in Nairobi are separated by a short distance

It added that just inside the compound is a courtyard, flanked on either side by two relatively small structures that appear to be a large garage and a guest house or guard post.

“Just beyond the courtyard is the main home, an elegant, pale yellow, two-story villa with several balconies that appears to be well over 5,000 square feet. Behind the main house is a spacious, lush, and well-landscaped backyard.”

Meanwhile Machar’s family new home in the same area has a large backyard with a large stone patio and a teardrop-shaped, in-ground and a swimming pool.

“A source within South Sudan’s government confirmed to The Sentry that the Kiir and Machar homes in Nairobi were close to one another in Lavington.”

According to the report, the Nairobi residence is not Machar’s family’s only apparent home outside Juba. Several members of his immediate family reportedly occupy a large home in downtown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Sentry said investigators visited the home and spoke to a member Machar’s family, Gatluak Machar, who confirmed that the house was occasionally used by the deposed Vice President.

No Movement for Cranes in September Fifa Rankings

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:18

Uganda remained fixed on position 65 globally in the recent Fifa rankings released on Thursday 15th September despite picking a draw against Kenya in an international friendly and then defeating Comoros 1-0 to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.

Actually, in real sense the country has dropped a whole nineteen points from 525 accumulated in August down to 509 this month.

Surprisingly, Comoros national team has moved up three places and perched on 152 worldwide and 49 in Africa. Their global position is the beat they have ever attained in their history.

2017 Afcon qualifiers group D winners Burkina Faso have scaled up six spaces to 67th after their hard-fought 2-1 win over Botswana.

East Africa.
The Cranes who are 15th in Africa still lead the region followed by Kenya at 91. The rest of the CECAFA teams lie below the 100 point mark. They include Rwanda (107/33), Ethiopia (126/39), Burundi (129/40), Tanzania (132/42) and Sudan (135/44).

World cup Q group E  opponents.
Uganda’s opponents in group E, Ghana, Egypt and Congo are all lying in the top 8 in Africa and are 43rd, 53rd and 54th respectively.

Argentina and Belgium maintained their dominance in the world football while Germany traded places with Colombia in the third and fourth positions. Brazil closes the top five, joint with Colombia on fourth after climbing five places.

NRM Youth Storm Parliament in Protest of Kadaga’s Rejection of Age Limit Bill

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:17

A group of National Resistance Movement (NRM) youths from Makindye Division in Kampala have today stormed the Parliamentary building in protest against yesterday’s unprecedented decision by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to throw out the Age Limit Bill.

The constitutional amendment proposed by MP Robert Ssekitoleko sought to eliminate the age limit of judicial officers. It was however seen by many as a precursor to amend article 102 of the Constitution to remove the Presidential Age limit.

The Bill was yesterday blocked and thrown out of Parliament by Speaker Kadaga, who expressed fear that it was likely to cause a constitutional crisis.

Kadaga said, “There is no urgency in the Age Limit Bill. If I allow it now it will open opportunity to any member to bring any constitutional amendment.”

The youths however, led by one Mohamed Segendo, the Kivuye Vice Chairman NRM were unhappy with the speaker’s decision.

They angrily told reporters at Parliament that constitutional age limits are not good for countries like Uganda and must all be removed.

The youths said over time, their fellow youths have proven unable to occupy leadership positions and therefore the elderly who still have abilities should not be restrained by the law to provide leadership.

“The youth are full of pride and are unruly; they are the most corrupt and are not accountable. We still need the elderly for guidance,” Sengendo said, citing some of the youthful MPs who have not lived up to their expectations.

“We have therefore decided to come ourselves to petition the Speaker over our demand for removal of term limits,” Segendo said. “We are opposed to the Speaker’s decision to throw out Ssekitoleko age limit bill.”

The large group of protesters wanted to force their way inside the Parliamentary building but were blocked by security.

Only a few of them were allowed inside to present their petition to the speaker while the rest were  held at the National Theatre.

NEW FLAME! Kigongo’s Faridah Nakazibwe Hooks Another Man

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:43
NEW FLAME! Kigongo’s Faridah Nakazibwe Hooks Another Man

The wait it appears is over. Sexy Ugandan news anchor, Faridah Nakazibwe has finally found ‘Mr Right’ if a post and pictures shared on her fans page is something to go by.

Faridah who plies her trade with a Serena based local television on Thursday morning wrote a love poem on her page and accompanied it with pictures of her with this yet to be identified dude in what our experts have described as ‘Definition of love birds.’

The love birds it appears have been dating since Faridah broke up with Kigongo

 

This development comes months after she broke up with Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Vice Chairman, Moses Kigongo. Earlier, it was rumored that Faridah had dumped Kigongo for a much younger man identified as Ssali Omar. However, it is not clear whether the man in the picture with her is Omar. What is undisputed is that the curvy mother of two is in love!

The poem titled, “WHAT A SWEET FEELING BEING IN LOVE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON,
Belive Me or Not,” the  ‘Mwasuze Mutya’ morning Show host talks about how its good to “celebrate small victories with when you have been losing for such a long time.”

Below is the post

WHAT A SWEET FEELING BEING IN LOVE WITH THE RIGHT PERSON,
Belive Me or Not,
lt’s nice to have someone you can celebrate small victories with when you have been losing for such a long time.
It’s nice to have someone who can make you forget all the pain you have been through when their love comes at the right time.
To be loved by the right person genuinely and unconditionally is truly one of the best feelings in the world.

The older you get, the more you end up cherishing the small things in life.
You end up cherishing having someone worth waking up to.
You end up cherishing comfortable silences with deep talks and slow back rubs.
You end up cherishing making beautiful memories together.
You end up cherishing finally having someone who understands you on a level that no one else has before.
You end up appreciating the fact that even when you both disagree on certain things, your love for each other will always bring you both back to each other.
The older you get, the more you end up wanting the things out of life that money can’t buy…. like being in love with the right person.

Finally You deserve someone that makes you a priority and gives the effort to be with you, not excuses.
So my wishes for you is before the END of this year,God will turn thing Around in your life just the way he did it on me, its time for you to step up, Enough is Enough,Whatsoever been standing or holding you from getting Married or Making you not to have a Happy home, Allah the most gracious will deliver you in
Amen and Amen.

Kigongo and Faridah had a fling for a year

 

Faridah and Kigongo dated for close to a year and it is said that her relationship with the NRM strongman was the cause of the bitter divorce proceedings between him and his wife, Olive Kigongo. Moses has since moved on and found himself a new flame.

Omar (L) Faridah (C) and Madina (R)

 

Little is known about this dude though some reports indicate that he is a physician who works in the northern district of Gulu though he lives in Mbarara district, western Uganda. We have learnt from out sources that Ssali took Faridah to meet with his parents in Mbarara last December to meet his mother Hajati Madina (See Photo).

Blue, Yellow Pigs Takeover Parliament

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:15
Blue, Yellow Pigs Takeover Parliament

By Serestino Tusingwire

Police on Thursday morning arrested Joseph Mubiru and Ruta Ferdinand who claim to be members of the Jobless Brotherhood, after they had dropped 10 piglets at Parliament.

The piglets were in blue and yellow colours with names of some Members of Parliament who are blamed to be focusing on filling their own stomachs forgetting what took them to parliament.

According to another document dropped near parliament by the Brotherhood, all MPs are ‘one’ regardless of their political affiliations when it comes to issues of sharing money.

“There are blue and yellow piglets with names inscribed to show that the Members of Parliament are united when it comes to issues of sharing money. There are no efforts made to see teachers get good pay and hospitals are equipped with drugs but only money issues to MPs are debated,” part of the document reads.

The Parliamentary Director of Communication Chris Obore however described the act as an old trick of seeking public attention, stressing that the money for MPs was already allocated in the budget.

“The Health Ministry was given over one trillion, works and transport over 3 trillion, why is it that the Shs400 billion to parliament is becoming a big deal? It seems when people lack substantive ideas, they turn to such things,” Obore said.

The youths were protesting  the alleged Shs200m for cars and Shs68m for burials for MPs.

Museveni blessing to Uganda, says wife in birthday message

The Monitor - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:06
President Museveni turns 72 today. Mr Museveni who has been president since January 29, 1986 was born September 15, 1944 according to official records

SACCOs to get Shs3b in cheap credit loans

The Monitor - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:04
To promote financial inclusion in rural areas, government will provide low-priced credit worth Shs3 billion to 500 Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOs) in the country.

No More loans to Uganda – World Bank

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:03
No More loans to Uganda – World Bank

By Serestino Tusingwire

The World Bank has decided to suspend lending more money to Uganda over an outstanding debt.

According to Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s outstanding public debt is projected to hit a staggering $7.6billion by end of this financial year compared to $7.2billion, last year.

“The World Bank Group took a decision to withhold lending to Uganda effective August 22, 2016 while reviewing the country’s portfolio in consultation with the Government of Uganda,” the bank said in a statement.

The World Bank said it will continue to “actively work with the Ugandan authorities to address the outstanding performance issues in the portfolio, including delays in project effectiveness, weaknesses in safeguards monitoring and enforcement, and low disbursement.”

“The bank remains committed to work closely with the Government of Uganda, as well as with other stakeholders, to support the country’s development and ensure that all World Bank-supported projects deliver tangible and long-lasting results to all Ugandans, especially the poor and vulnerable.”

This is the second time in a space of less than a year that World Bank is withholding funding to Uganda, the first being in December 2015.

The move by the World Bank to withhold lending to Uganda is most likely to interrupt commercial and trade finance, through reduction of both Government and private sector access to foreign loans; and reduce foreign exchange flows to Uganda.

Dominican woman classified as man sues US prison

The Monitor - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:00
A Dominican woman wrongly classified as a man in a Miami prison and put in a cell with 40 male inmates is suing the authorities and seeking $750,000 in compensation

CECAFA W: Crested Cranes Make a Stake in Team of the Match Day

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:58

CECAFA women’s championship enters the last group games on Thursday and Friday in the respective pools. Eighteen goals were scored on Tuesday and Wednesday with tournament underdogs Zanzibar put on the firing squads yet again with the hosts firing nine to send the team packing. Kenya replicated their opening day form to thrash Burundi 4-0.

Rwanda yet again fell 3-2 despite coming twice from down confirming Tanzania and Ethiopia’s semifinal spot.

ChimpReports’ Fred Mwambu analyzes some of the best performers of the match day in summary.

Goalkeeper: Vivian Akinyi (Kenya)
The gangly huge Harambee starlets goalie maintained her dignity in between the sticks and finished her second 90 minutes unscratched though not very busy as such but was commanding and handled the Burundians with ease.

Defenders:

Dorcas Nixon Shikobe (Kenya)
If there is one centre back who traverses a larger part of the field and covers both her wingbacks in time of attack, then Shikobe is the option. Troubled Burundian forwards with her strong aerial ability and confidence on the ground with accurate tackles and passes.

Meskerem Kanko (Ethiopia)
Ethiopia brought a different style of passing play that aroused the crowds. Kanko started as a right back and was able to cover up the centre backs while offering options wide attack. Capped her game with a 69th minute winning header.

Joan Nakirya (Uganda)
Proved the coach wrong for benching her in the first game. Nakirya manned the right wing perfectly and was always ready to attack and fall back with ease. Assisted one of Ikwaput’s goals with a long pass.

Midfielders:

Fazirah Ikwaput (Uganda)
The dark skinned Olira attacker was a revelation of match day two and was arguably the ‘man of the match’. Contributed Nassuna’s opening goal with a marvelous dribble that forced Khatibu to handle the ball inside the box. Went on to score two goals.

Mary Kinuthia & Essy Akida (Kenya)
Combination of this duo was a total nightmare to the Burundians. Their runs, dribbles and quick passes were swift and well coordinated and had it not for unfortunate luck, the starlets would have bagged a hattrick each but were comfortable with one apiece.

Losa Abera (Ethiopia)
The jolly Dedebit attacker carried her scoring form to the regional platform with two goals and an assist. Was denied twice by the Rwanda keeper.

Laki Otandeka (Uganda)
Had a poor debut on day one but turned up with two goals on second appearance with a string of good performances.

Strikers:

Neddy Atieno Akoth (Kenya)
Spent 58 minutes on the pitch with two quick goals in the 30th and 46th minute. Statistics prove her the most lethal Kenyan forward on the day

Hasfa Nassuna (Uganda)
The first player to strike four in one game at this tournament. The dead ball specialist could have at least three more but was denied by the crossbar and missed two sitters inside six.

Special mentions to Jean Sseninde, Christine Wanyana, Helene Uwizeyimana (Tanzania keeper) and Solano Avillia.

Coach: Nantanda
Credits to her tactical changes from the starting team that lost to Kenya bringing in Ikwaput, Nakirya and Nambirige who all had sterling shows way above average

Match day two results
Burundi 0-4 Kenya
Zanzibar 0-9 Uganda
Rwanda 2-3 Ethiopia

Mulago to be turned into a ‘desert’ over Unpaid water bills

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:47
Mulago to be turned into a ‘desert’ over Unpaid water bills

By Serestino Tusingwire

Mulago National Referral hospital is on the verge of having a water supply cutoff due to an outstanding debt it owes to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).

The Corporation this week issued a one-week disconnection ultimatum over a Shs800m water debt owed by National Referral Hospital.

Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, the hospital director, yesterday said the hospital does not have that money to pay the Corporation but instead appealed to government for help.

“We don’t have the money to pay the water bill. Even if our water budget for the next quota is advanced, we shall not meet our debt because of a small budget,” Dr. Byarugaba said.

“Anything like a cut in water supply will have to affect Mulago and its entire campuses. But I believe that government has heard about this and will tell NWSC not to proceed with the disconnection,” Dr. Baterana added.

According to him, the new hospitals of Kiruddu and Kawempe officially opened without a budget, but depend on the Shs269m allocated to Mulago for water every quarter.

Once the disconnection is effected, about 2,000 in-and-out patients will be affected.

Mulago is among several government institutions whose water supply is to be disconnected due to nonpayment of outstanding debts.

Uganda Prisons Services and Ministry of Defence are in the same trap.

Afande Kirumira Transferred As Kayihura Reshuffles DPCs

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:47
Afande Kirumira Transferred As Kayihura Reshuffles DPCs

Uganda’s Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura has announced the transfer of 29 division and District Police Commanders across the country that have also affected popular police boss, Afande Mohammad Kirumira.

The list was issued by Okoth Ochola, the Deputy Inspector General of Police. “The transfer of the following officers take immediate effect,” reads the message in part.

According to the transfer list issued on Wednesday evening, Muhammad Kirumira, the Old Kampala Divisional Police Commander now moves to Buyende, the Kiira DPC Michael Kasigire has been transferred to Kiryandogo while Kenneth Muheirwe Muketu, the Buyende DPC moves to Kampala Metropolitan as Staff Officer Operations.

Kirumira is popular for his campaign against infamous thieving gang, Kifeesi.

In July, he busted a training “laboratory” for Kifeesi thugs in what was seen as a success against the rising crime in the city.

“We have busted a criminal lab called the Vimpire aka Malaalo Boxing Club located between Namungona and Lugala near Kigobe area. This place houses members of both Kifeesi and B13 thugs who spend their day time smoking marijuana and chewing mayirunji and training boxing. When they retreat, they enter video halls and spend time up to 7pm when they go to jammed places and snatch phones from innocent people,” Kirumira said after the operation.

NBL: Canons Out to Stop Titans

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:45

National Basketball League
Thursday, 15th September 2016
UCU Canons vs KIU Titans 8pm

After a shocking defeat to Falcons last Sunday, UCU Canons return to action on Thursday at the YMCA outdoor court against high flying KIU Titans in the university derby.

Canons will be aiming at halting the Titans’ impressive run that has seen them win 14 successive games in the regular season.

Nick Natuhereza charges lost 50-63 to a Stephen Omony inspired Falcons on Sunday and they will seek to bounce back against Titans who have been sublime form since losing the opening three games at the start of the season.

On the other hand, the Hamza Nyambogo coached side will be out for revenge against the Canons. Titans lost 3-2 in the semifinal series of last season and also lost to the Canons in their first round fixture.

The Kansanga based side survived a scare against struggling Our Saviour on Sunday needing extra performance in the fourth quarter to win 59-52.

With the regular season almost coming to an end, teams are fighting to get comfortable positions ahead of the playoffs. Titans lie 2nd on the logo with 31 points while UCU are 5th on 28 points.

Ivan Lumanyika and Suudi Ulanga who both feature for KIU Titans will be facing their former masters in today’s clash.

Birthday Wishes: President Museveni Turns 72 Today

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:41

President Yoweri Museveni is today September 15th marking his 72nd birthday.

The President is said to have been born on this day back in 1974 at the climax of the 2nd World War.

Although his exact remained a mystery for the greatest portion of his three decade reign as Uganda’s President — having denied knowledge of the date himself –; the president recently came out and put his birthday on September 15th.

Museveni is likely to mark the anniversary on foreign soil as he is attending the 28th IGAD Extraordinary Heads of State Summit in Somalia.

Among the people that woke up to wish his happy birthday included his wife Janet Kataha Musevei who tweeted, “Happy Birthday Kaguta Museveni. Thank you for being the man and the blessing you have been to our family and nation.”

Museveni’s age has been has been partly involved in a steadily emerging debate of whether or not he will present himself for another term in office come 2021.

Efforts are reportedly being made inside his ruling party to amend the national constitution to lift the presidential age limit, which as it stands now locks him out of the 2021 race.

One such purported endeavor was a proposed amendment to remove the age limit of Judicial Officers, which was deemed by critics as an intended precursor for the removal of the presidential age limit.

The proposed Bill by MP Robert Sekitooleko was thrown out of Parliament by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga yesterday.

DPC Kirumira Transferred to Buyende in New Police Reshuffle

Chimpreports - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:33

Old Kampala District Police Commander (DPC), ASP Muhammad Kirumira has been transferred to Buyende Police Station in the new police reshuffle conducted on Wednesday September 14th.

Kirumira who joined Old Kampala Police Station as a DPC in March this year has headed Nansana Police Station, Kasese, Bwera Police Station and was also an instructor at the Police Training School in Kabalye, Masindi.

In 2014, the ‘no nonsence’ officer claimed that armed thugs were being given protection by police bosses, in what he called a witch hunt by certain superiors. He was suspended and faced a disciplinary hearing where he was cleared of any wrong doing.

During his time at Old Kampala, Kirumira, cracked whip on petty thieves and notorious criminal gangs, recovering over 1000 stolen phones.

He will be replaced by SP Charles Nsaba from Nakasongola.

In the shuffle, Nagalama Police Station DPC, SP Boniface Kinyeera has also been moved to Mukono Police Station and will be replaced by ASP Jesca Naawe, from Entebbe.

Full List of Reshuffles.

ACP John Twinomugisha: From Eppu to Oil and Gas Protection Police as Acting CP, Oil and Gas operations.

SP MIcheal Kasigire: From Kiira Road to Nakasongola as DPC

SP Benard Katwalo: From Wakiso to Kiryandongo as DPC

SP Justus Tashobya: From Kiryandongo to Wakiso

ASP Jesca Naawe: From Entebbe to Nagalama as DPC

ASP Abbey Muwonge: From Katwe to Entebbe as OC Station

ASP Samuel Abwang: From PTS Kabalye to Nsangi as OC Station

ASP Bosco Patrick Obotol: From PTS Kabalye to Old Kampala as OC Station, Kawaala

ASP David Ndaula: From PTS Kabalye to Kasangati as OC Station

ASP Patrick Lule: From Nsangi to Amuria as OC Station

ASP Henry Buyondo: From Kasangati to Abim as OC Station

ASP Geoffrey Kabasa: From Koboko to Kisoro as OC Station, Kyanika

ASP Brenda Jurua: From Mbale to Directorate of L&E as Human Resource Officer

ASP Brian Nyehangane Tuhamire: From Kiwatule, Appointed as acting OC, Kiira Road Police

SP Hillary Mukiza: From Otuke to Kajjansi as DPC

SP Hashim Kasinga: From Kawempe to Otuke as DPC

SP Austin Peter Ocen: From Kakiri to Nsangi as DPC

SP Boniface Kinyera: From Nagalama to Mukono as DPC

SP Cosmas Ruganzu: From KMW Headquarters to Busoga North as Deputy RPC

SP Filbert Waibi: From PTS Kabalye to Kiira Road as DPC

SP Charles Nsaba: From Nakasongola to Old Kampala as DPC

SP Kenneth Muheirwe: From Buyende to KMP Headquarters as Staff Officer, Operations

SP Frantile Rwamusai: From Nebbi to Katwe as DPC

SP Faith Musalima: From HRM Police Headquarters to Directorate of CID as Human Resource Officer

ASP Mayani Wotwali: From Rukungiri to Kawempe as DPC

ASP Muhamad Kirumira: From Old Kampala to Buyende as DPC

ASP Fred Ahimbisibwe: From Mukono to Nebbi as DPC

ASP Richard Emuna: From Luweero to Rukungiri as DPC

ASP Henry Kisubi: From Nsangi to Kakiri as DPC

Muslims petition Kadaga over M7’s JSC appointments

Red Pepper - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:30
Muslims petition Kadaga over M7’s JSC appointments

By Serestino Tusingwire

Muslims have petitioned the speaker of parliament who also heads the parliamentary appointments committee to understand why they are not represented in the recently appointed judicial service commission.

The appointments committee convened yesterday (Wednesday 14th) to vet the eight members headed by High Court Judge Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito, but speaker told the house that she had received the petition from the Muslim community questioning the appointments.

“I received a petition from the Muslim community questioning the appointment of the commissioners on grounds that Muslims were left out,” speaker Kadaga said.

She said the petition is before the Committee on Equal Opportunities that is expected to file a report on the next course of action next month.

“I have referred the petition to the Committee on Equal Opportunities to study all the presidential appointees and give us an update,” Kadaga said.

The Speaker said the Appointments Committee often struggles to build consensus on Presidential appointments because “some communities are not represented.”

Justice Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito, the new JSC chairman and five commissioners including Ms Ruth Sebatandira  & Ms Norah Matovu Winyi (representatives of the law society), Ms Rose Nyakikongoro & Ms Amongin Aporu (representatives of the public), and Dr Laban Nnini Kirya (representative of the public service),  yesterday appeared before the Parliament Appointments Committee for vetting.

Ms Justin Mugabi was vetted as a member of the Electoral Commission.

The Supreme Court judge Faith Mwonda, who was appointed deputy chairperson to the Commission, did not appear for vetting and it was unclear why she missed the session.

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