The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi has revealed that despite State Prosecution not having any thought of trying the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere in the General Court Martial, it is not out of the question.
Responding to a question during the Monday news conference, Kaweesi told journalists that although the crimes allegedly committed by the Omusinga have a connection with use of fire arms, they haven’t thought of trying him in the army court, but quickly added that this option is not entirely off the table.
“If our investigations go beyond certain limits, the DPP can advise to have him tried in the Court Martial, “Kaweesi said.
On last week’s re-arrest of the Rwenzururu king, Kaweesi said it was done within the law because it was in relation to other charges, different from the ones he had been granted bail for.
“Evidence has come in indicating he was having a hand in crimes perpetrated in early 2016 and these are charges we arrested him for on Friday. ”
Kaweesi said that on the amended charge sheet, Mumbere would be answering to charges related to murder and treason.
He said that before the end of this week, Mumbere will appear in court for fresh charges against him by the state.
“He had not been arrested for these charges but this week he will appear in court.”
Speaking to journalists on Friday, Kasese MPs led by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza blasted government for what they termed as curtailing their king’s freedom.
“After being embarrassed with the first tramped up charges, the state wants to get more embarrassed by arresting our king,”Kiiza told journalists.
Mumbere’s lawyers too were perturbed; “At first we thought they were trying to beef up security for him to be protected but realized it was not the case. Had they come with a warrant, it would be fine but they just grabbed him without any document, “Sam Muyizzi one of Mumbere’s lawyers told journalists on Friday.
Mumbere was arrested on November 27 together with over 100 royal guards after the UPDF and police overrun his palace.
Over 100 other royal guards were killed during the raid on the Obuhikira palace in Kasese town.
He would later be charged in the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s Court of terrorism, aggravated robbery, murder and treason among other offences.
Government has confirmed the outbreak of Pathogenic Avian Influenza commonly known as Bird Flu in districts of Entebbe and Masaka. This came to be known after mass bird death reports from those districts.
According to the minister for Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Ssempijja, the ministry was on 2nd January informed by Uganda Wildlife Education Center of a report of mass death of wild birds seen by fishermen at Lutembe beach at the shores of Lake Victoria.
He adds that another report was received on January 13th from Masaka district.
“UWEC communicated to Uganda government chemist and the commissioner of animal health of my ministry. We immediately sent a team to investigate the mass bird death together with a team from government chemist and UWEC” Ssemoijja said in a statement.
“The specimen unfortunately has turned positive to the very serious disease, the ‘bird flu’ which affects both humans and animals and which causes high number of deaths in both species,” he added.
Ssempijja explained that five domestic ducks and one hen specimen which were brought from Masaka tested positive to the HPAI. This diagnosis was undertaken by the National Animal Disease Diagnostics and Epidemiology Centre.
A National Taskforce which is multi-disciplinary with human and animal experts from government, agencies and NGO that is usually called upon to handle outbreaks of diseases that affect both humans and wild animals has been put in place to handle the disease outbreak.
The minister calls upon the public to report any cases of mass birds, animals, both domestic and wild at any government authority nearest to them, but especially the veterinary authorities; report any cases of sickness or death of human to the nearest human health facility or to the ministry of health.
Bird owners have also been advised to house them, avoid interaction domestic and wild birds and animals. People must also not touch or eat wild birds or other wild animals that are found dead, they should instead report to the nearest veterinary authority.
UPDF Captain Ronald Muhoozi and suspected city conman Sam Ssimbwa are set to appear in court on charges related to a fraudulent arms procurement deal.
Muhoozi is a former aide to Gen Salim Saleh, the overall commander of Operation Wealth Creation.
Defence officials say Gen Saleh was not aware about Muhoozi’ alleged dealings.
Addressing journalists on Monday at Naguru-based Police Headquarters, the law enforcement’s spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said the Director of Public Prosecution is ready for commencement of the trial.
“All the evidence has been assembled,” said Kaweesi.
“The suspects will appear before court this week,” he added.
ChimpReports last year broke news about the arms deal, leading to the removal of a powerful military general from office.
A Polish firm was conned of over 528,000 Euros (Shs 2bn) in an inexistent deal to supply military hardware to UPDF.
Gen Kale Kayihura would later lead a delegation of security operatives to Poland where the complainants recorded statements.
Kaweesi could not confirm whether any high ranking UPDF officer would face court in this case.
“Wait for charges but for now it’s only those two suspects,” said Kaweesi.
In an investigative report by this website last year indicated how in early 2015, a meeting was held at Bombo Army Headquarters Boardroom among UPDF officers and representatives of a Polish company known as BPM Poland located in Al Jerozolimskie, Warzawa.
The Polish contractors were instructed to arrange for the supply of Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) including Mambas and self-propelled artillery equipment yet no such deal existed.
The Polish contractors were later asked to send 528,000 Euros (Shs 2bn) to ‘Prima Investments Company’ to help in paper work and on receiving it, the Ugandan dealers switched off their phones.
The last King of Rwanda, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa has been laid to rest in Nyanza District, Rwanda, ending a difficult journey in exile.
The former King was deported to Tanganyika by the Belgian colonial government on 2 October 1961.
He later lived in Uganda, then Kenya, before settling in 1992 in the United States, where he passed away on 16 October 2016.
A U.S. court would later resolve a dispute in regard to the repatriation of Kigeli’s remains to Rwanda.
In what appeared a befitting send-off, Kigeli was laid to rest in Mwima, next to his brother and predecessor Mutara III Rudahigwa and Queen Rosalie Gicanda.
The function was graced by high ranking government officials and representatives from Uganda and DRC.
Uganda Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, Prince Wasajja who represented Kabaka Mutebi, Dignitaries from Ankole, Tooro and Bunyoro Kingdoms and Uganda Embassy Officials attended the ceremony.
Relatives of the deceased expressed their gratitude to government for financial support in the repatriation of Kigeli’s remains.
Some reports had indicated that President Kagame was quietly opposed to the return of Kigeli as a King of Rwanda.
It’s speculated that Kagame preferred that Kigeli returns as any other Rwandan but that the latter would receive government support.
It was understood that Kigeli’s advisors reportedly insisted on returning as a King of Rwanda despite the country being led by an elected president.
While there could have been some disagreements on how Kigeli would return to Rwanda, knowledgeable insiders told ChimpReports there was no lost love between the former Monarch and the current President.
King Kigeli, the last King of Rwanda had one of the shortest-lived reign before being sent to exile since 1960 when he was ousted by Rwanda’s first President Mbonyumutwa who then led a referendum to abolish the monarchy.
At the time of his death, it is no secret that Kigeli’s living conditions were a far cry from his brief prestigious past.
In “A King with no country,” the author Ariel Sabar described a King living in poor conditions in the United States and barely surviving on food stamps.
Odds were very high for Algeria’s desert foxes to reign over Zimbabwe’s Warriors in their opening group B game in the Africa cup of nations.
Surprisingly to many, the Warriors put up a sublime show and were on course to pick maximum points only to be disappointed by poor defending that allowed Riyad Mahrez to run through and shoot the equalizer with only eight minutes left.
The Foxes coach George Leekens acknowledges that the mistakes made in the first half cost his team dearly.
“This is just the first match and first matches are always difficult in any major competition,” Leekens said. “We had a bad first half and it affected our game plan.”
Zimbabwe came from behind and took a 2-1 lead through Nyasha Mushekwi and Kudakwashe Mahachi’s goals.
“There are no small teams here. We made mistakes in the first half that allowed Zimbabwe to play. The penalty was also a huge mistake.”
Leekens made only two changes in the second half pulling off Mokhtar Belkhiter for Mohamed Rabie Meftah just after the breather and later on El-Arbi Hilal Soudani for Rachid Ghezzal in the 78th.
“We resumed stronger in the second half and managed to equalize. Zimbabwe was always going to be difficult. We have one point and we will hope to have the three points in the next matches.”
The Algerians play Tunisia on Thursday 19th as Zimbabwe lock horns with Senegal
Kabarole leaders are calling on government to take over Masongora Primary school, which was built for the community by President Yoweri Museveni; for lack of teachers and funding.
Masongora Primary School is located in hard-to-reach Masongora Parish, Kabende Sub County in Kabarole district.
Kadidi Boke, the school head teacher says the school which started in 2003 has 340 pupils from P1-P6 and only 6 teachers, only two of who are qualified.
In 2014, President Museveni sent Shs160million to Kabarole district for the construction of a four-classroom block at the school and a four-stance pit latrine which was done.
The following year, the president sent another Shs260million for the construction of a three-classroom block, teachers’ quarters and a four stance pit latrine.
During a district leaders’ tour of the school to assess the work done on the weekend, the LC3 chairperson Kabende Mr. James Katushabe commended the district chairman and President Museveni for constructing a good school.
Howevwe, Ruta Gideon, the councilor Kasenda Sub County and Stella Kyorampe of Kijura Town Council asked the district chairperson through his office to write to the ministry asking government to take over the school.
They leaders said since the school has all the required structures, government can take it and send them qualified teachers who will improve the standards of education in the area.
In response, the district chairperson Mr. Richard Rwabuhinga revealed that they had written to the Ministry asking permission to use the existing staff and post seven teachers to Masongora.
Hurriken group leaders YMCA resumed their quest to crown the 2017 Pepsi national beach soccer champions by defeating MUBS 9-6 in a thrilling and explosive encounter on Sunday.
Ashadu Bugembe fired five times as Muwawu Faizal, Allan Zirimenya and Hamim Semakula added their names on the score sheet.
Still in Hurriken group, Roch Somoka was twice on target as defending champions Nkumba Select roved past Muteesa 1 Royal University Jessy Lukoki and Rica Byaruhanga also scored in the 4-1 win.
St. Lawrence extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 8-3 win over Real Galacticos.
The scholars went into the midseason break on top of the Monsoon table leading with 18 points, five ahead of KIU.
In the other game played, Stomers pilled more pressure on MS Sand Lions with a 3-1 result. The lions have won only one game since their promotion at the start of the season.
MUBS 6-9 YMCA
Muteesa 1 Royal Univ 1-4 Nkumba Select
Dalumba International 4-3 Talented
Stomers 3-1 Ms Sand Lions
Real Galacticos 3-8 St Lawrence
African Cup of Nations 2017
DR Congo vs Morocco
Stade de Oyem, 10pm
Democratic Republic of Congo start to the 2017 African cup of Nations has been marred by the news of players striking over unpaid bonuses.
The players on Friday agreed in unison not to train until their wages are paid which prompted Minister for Sports Wily Bakonga to fly to Gabon and meet the team.
The Leopards will now try to put their disarray aside as they kickoff the campaign against Morocco in a group C fixture on Monday at Stade de Oyem.
Florent Ibenge, the Congo head coach has built a strong side over the years since taking the role in 2014.
DR Congo will aim at bettering their performance at the last AFCON edition in 2015 where they finished third and the objective this time around is to win the coveted prize they last won in 1974.
The triumph at last year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Rwanda could be a factor to spur Congo in Gabon.
Despite missing Yannick Bolaise through injury and Bennick Adobe who turned down the call, Congo still has a star studded side across all the departments.
TP Mazembe’s shot stopper Vuni Ley Matampi, Norwich midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu, Jonathan Bolingi, Mobele Ndombe and Cedric Bakambu are some of the key players that will play for Congo.
Morocco on the other hand do not have as many stars as DR Congo but have the motivational factor in head coach Havre Renard.
The French tactician comes to Gabon with the lofty ambition of guiding a third different nation to winning the title.
Renard helped Zambia win in 2012 before guiding defending champions Ivory Coast in 2015.
Morocco come into the tournament with a seemingly depleted side after midfielder Younes Belhanda was ruled out with an injury.
Soufian Boufal and Nordin Amrabat who plays with Southampton and Watford respectively also declined national team calls.
Head to head
The two sides have met 12 times with the last coming on 09th January in a friendly game. Morocco won 3-0 in Rabat.
Played- 12 games
Congo – 2 wins
Morocco- 4 wins
Draws – 6
Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo)
The 25-year old striker who plies his trade with Spanish LA liga side Villarreal will lead Congo’s line of attack.
Bakambu was influential as Congo picked 5 wins in the qualifying campaign scoring 3 goals in the process.
Youseff El Arabi (Morocco)
Without midfielder Younes Belhanda, El Arabi will carry the task of leading Morocco in the forward positions.
El Arabi netted four goals during the qualifying campaign.
The Vice-Chairman of Uganda convention in UK has advised Ugandans in the Diaspora to take advantage of the conducive investment environment and incentives.
Mr. Bernard Robinson Magulu; CPA, FCCA, the Vice President of Uganda Convention in UK and Country Representative has advised Diasporans to utilise the current boost in the investment climate in Uganda:
Bernard appealed to Ugandans in the Diaspora to take advantage and target sectors like: Agriculture/Agribusiness & Agro-processing; Tourism; Minerals/Oil &Gas; and Science, Technology & Innovations (STI) including ICT.
He encouraged Diasporans to take advantage of the Industrial and Business Parks that Uganda Investment Authority (“UIA”) is setting up countrywide which aim to introduce new research technologies and subsequently increase revenue generation for Uganda.
He also urged the Ugandans in the Diaspora to setup business targeting industrial parks in their home regions. UIA also approved another four (4) regional science and technology industrial parks in Kyankwanzi, Rubirizi, Kamuli and Nebbi Districts to improve scientific and industrial innovations linked to major research institutions in the Country.
Quoting a recent interview by the Ag. Executive Director of UIA Mr. Byensi; Mr. Bernard Magulu affirmed that agriculture remains the major economic backbone of Uganda.
Indeed, there are many Government programmes geared at increasing productivity, for instance Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) project.
As these bear fruit, there is a big need to add value to the increased output, investment in agro processing for export and packaging.
Packaging is a very integral sector to competiveness in exports. Uganda has a very long list of exportable agro products.
Mr. Magulu also cited opportunities in the tourism sector potential where there is a potential in the creation of new tourism products, good affordable accommodation and all the other businesses that surround tourism i.e. crafts, culture (lifestyle experience, theatres, drama, food, etc.). Other sectors with viable areas of investment e.g. Logistics, food supply, waste management, etc.
In order for Uganda to improve its economic growth, a need to attract more investments in value addition to Uganda’s resources is crucial.
According to Mr. Charles Omusana Director Investment Facilitation, investors can now use the UIA electronic One Stop Centre, eBiz which has modules like the Business Registration System (BRS), the online application for an investment license (UIA), the online application for an environmental impact assessment (NEMA), the interface to the e-VISA to process online applications for Visas and special permits and passes, and the online application for the City Operators Identification Number (COIN).
The business registration process is now fully automated and an investor (both local and foreign) can apply to register a business online on the e-BIZ platform (www.ebiz.go.ug) thereby bringing all investor-related services under one roof.
By John V Sserwaniko
Until this week defense reshuffle, Charles Angina was the Deputy Chief of Defense Forces (CDF). Knowledgeable sources say the very prayerful General cordially worked with his boss CDF Katumba Wamala. As DCDF, Angina busied himself frequently visiting army installations talking to soldiers acquainting himself with their welfare concerns.
He would regularly share his findings with colleagues in top management meetings.
“He also liked routinely assessing the combat readiness of the forces within and outside Uganda in Central African Republic, South Sudan and even Somalia,” the source said.
It’s also true Angina’s simplicity made it easy for many ordinary soldiers to always confide in him personal problems. Many went to him for counseling and advice.
His undisguised love for prayer made for him enemies as critics saw him as turning the army office into a spiritual center of sorts.
“He is deeply spiritual and likes prayer. If he isn’t on duty at office or abroad, you will find him in his house in Kyambogo fasting and praying. He believes prayer is the best way to stabilize institutions,” said one of the many insiders we talked to for this article.
His dad died but mum lives in Magamaga in Busoga where Angina built for her. Angina regularly attends fellowship with friends at a house in Luzira where other officers like Ondoga also converge for spiritual nourishment.
The man from Serere also despises material things the very reason he owns no house in Kampala. The Kyambogo property where he stays with his spouse and kids is rented for him by the military. His only property is in Mbale which he bought from the Custodian Board.
Socially he has deep roots in Mbale where his father worked as a prisons officer. In Teso he belongs to a small community of Bakenyi which is always discriminated and despised by the mainstream Itesots. The Bakenyi famously engaged in fishing and lived on water areas of present day Serere district.
His wife is a Gishu from Mbale but has two children from his original marriage to an Iteso woman. His wife’s father was late Mukhana. Angina is also related to Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Mutebile because his wife’s mum was Mutebile’s sister.
As a young private, Angina was mentored by NRA legendary fighter/commander Chefe Ali who recruited him while serving as NRA’s Chief of Staff.
Angina, who went to school in Mbale, originally belonged to UNLA of Obote and was sympathetic to a faction of Obote loyalists that resisted Okello Lutwa even after the 1985 coup. This hardliners group was patronized by Col William Omaria.
Some remnants of this group even tried to fight NRA that eventually ousted Lutwa. It was in the midst of this confusion that Chefe Ali reached out and persuaded a number of these young UNLA officers to embrace NRA. Angina, who joined UNLA in 1984, had just returned from a Cadet course in Tanzania and his first army assignment was effectively under NRA closely supervised by Chefe Ali who first made him his IO (Intelligence Officer).
However, many Itesots hated him seeing his embracing of NRA as betrayal. Chefe Ali used younger Angina to lure many Itesot fighters to abandon groups like Peter Otai’s UPA to embrace Museveni’s nascent NRA. Musa Ecweru was among the many he recruited from rebel ranks to NRA.
This decimated the rebellion and initially made Angina hated by many conservatives in Teso community.
Angina, who got born again at a young age, has had a well accomplished army career notwithstanding the original hostility by Teso elders who loathed his soft spot for NRA.
For many Museveni years, the Itesots saw Angina as the highest ranking army officer from their place only 2nd to Gen Jeje Odong.
Even when he is officially barred, Angina has always been politically very engaged doing Museveni’s clandestine political errands.
Sometimes he would initiate his own political activities widely campaigning for Museveni, bolstering NRM teams, in parts of Teso and Bugisu.
“There was always a vacuum as the political heavyweights from these areas would primarily be campaigning for themselves. Angina always made use of the army logistics to fill the gap,” said a source.
He also partly got into problems after being accused of being the undeclared spy that would report to Museveni some of the Teso colleagues whose loyalty was doubted as in between JPAM and Museveni.
His reports resulted in some Ministers being identified and isolated resulting into political defeats in February 2016 elections. Some of these returned to haunt him in the subsequent defense elections of UPDF MPs whereby the much targeted Angina narrowly lost to newcomer Felix Kulaigye. His supporters blamed his humiliating defeat by Kulaigye on a campaign mounted by Jessica Alupo’s supporters and on the perceived corrupt in the Defense Ministry who always felt incorruptible Angina was reporting their deals to the President.
He conceded defeat and moved on. His best allies in Teso include Bukedea MP Anita Among and Parliamentary PR Director Chris Obore.
Broadly speaking, he has served the military in the following ways: When Chefe Ali, whom he served as IO left for other assignments in late 1980s, Angina stayed in Gulu serving as Brigade Commander.
Angina after Gulu was deployed in Kasese for anti-ADF operations. This was in mid 1990s. He was in charge when the Kichwamba massacre happened. Gen James Kazini, who had always had issues with his incorruptibility, rode on this to paint to the CiC as incompetent.
Kazini wondered why a serious commander wouldn’t prevent Kichwamba but Angina defended himself saying he was in Kampala attending to other high command errands.
The row with Kazini vanquished Angina for some time and he was put on Katebe for months until Museveni deployed him to DRC as a sector commander.
DRC is one mission Kazini closely supervised and was subsequently involved in directly. Inevitably Angina’s differences with Kazini only escalated.
Angina survived several assassination attempts blamed on the Kazini camp. There was the issue of looting timber and other natural resources in DRC.
Angina always reprimanded his men insisting the mission was ADF and not looting. This angered Kazini (eventually indicted in UN report) and Angina’s problems only escalated.
Besides the assassination rumors, Kazini was daily reporting him to Museveni as a bad operations commander. Feeling very isolated, Angina fled the DRC frontline and hid in his house in Mbale.
While there he linked up with childhood friend Deo Matsanga, a Museveni political activist, who linked him to James Wapakabulo. He had tried to reach Museveni through Mukula and Jeje Odong to report the Kazini mistreatment but the duo didn’t help him enough.
Wapa rang Museveni straight away saying “I have a commander here who badly wants to see you to share some information regarding the Congo operation.”
Museveni immediately granted the meeting and it’s said the intelligence he got from Angina partly contributed to Kazini’s eventual knifing from the office of Army Commander and eventual investigation by a committee that had Mbabazi, Sejusa and others over improper conduct.
For some time Angina refused to return to DRC claiming Kazini’s people would kill him. As he sort out Kazini, Museveni deployed Angina to Tanzania and later US as military attaché.
On return from US, Angina was made Chief of Staff after which he became Chairman Court Martial. From court martial he was re-appointed Chief of Staff in 2012.
Meanwhile he was also UPDF MP. In May 2013 he benefited from the dust Sejusa raised prompting Museveni to make a haste army reshuffle which saw Katumba Wamala become CDF deputized by Angina.
Angina replaced Gen Ivan Koreta. This has been Angina’s station until this week reshufle that saw him deployed as Gen Saleh’s deputy in OWC.
He has since gracefully taken the new assignment and close acquaintances say he is ready to work with enthusiasm like never before. Angina has also remarkably been close to Tamale Mirundi whom he would occasionally prompt to appear on Teso radios to detoxicate opposition propaganda there including in 2016 elections when Angina and others had to work real hard to prevent Besigye from sweeping this politically very volatile region.
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has appointed five directors to support the implementation of the association’s mandate of monitoring and regulating the exploration, development and production of petroleum together with the development and operation of pipelines and the refinery in Uganda.
In the appointments, former Assistant Commissioner for Refining, Dozith Abeinomugisha has been appointed Director for Exploration.
Former Principal Petroleum Officer for Planning, Peninah Aheebwa has been appointed Director for Technical Support Services.
Alex Nyombi has been appointed Director for Development and Production. He has been serving as the Licence Manager for the Kingfisher Development Area Area in the Directorate of Petroleum in Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development.
The appointees include Michael Otonga Ochan who has been appointed Director for Finance and Administration and Ali Ssekatawa who was appointed as Director for Legal and Corporate Affairs.
Mr. Michael Otonga Ochan and Mr. Ali Ssekatawa have been Commissioner Corporate Services and Assistant Commissioner Litigation respectively in the Uganda Revenue Authority.
The Chairperson of the Board of Directors for PAU, Dr. Jane N. Mulemwa, welcomed the newly appointed Directors and informed them that, in their new assignments, they will among others, have an important responsibility of ensuring that Uganda achieves the goal of its Oil and Gas Policy which is “to Contribute to the Early Achievement of Poverty Eradication and Create lasting value to society.”
Dr. Mulemwa also emphasized the need for the new Directors to be patriotic, accountable, transparent, team players and to work with integrity.
Mr. Ernest Rubondo, the Executive Director of PAU, explained that the process of recruiting the Directors was open and competitive and those appointed emerged the best candidates for the respective positions after a detailed evaluation and interviewing process.
The Board of Directors of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda oversaw the process of recruitment which started in September 2016 and approved the appointments at its 41st meeting held at the end of December 2016.
By John V Sserwaniko & Moses Semakula
Cynthia Mpanga: She is a young adult who works with Standard Chartered bank. She is rated highly by media people because she promptly gets back to you with very good answers. She is passionate and knowledge about the institution she speaks for. Her prowess was recently recognized when peers elected her to be president of PRAU under which they unite. At StanChart the communications department was recently boosted by the coming on board of Hellen Nangonzi.
Sam Apedel: He is a veteran editor from Sunday Vision who now oversees NWSC’s PR needs and is the man behind the entity’s improved image to the extent that today it’s a model of excellence when it comes to successful parastatals not only in Uganda but regionally. MD Eng Silver Mugisha’s team has done a good job and Apedel’s role is to ensure the values the entity stands for are well articulated to the public.
Jim Mugunga: He was originally a business reporter at Monitor newspaper and also reported politics at Parliament with peers like Pius Katunzi, Ofwono Opondo & Robert Mukasa etc. As a business reporter, he scooped the story of the Greenland Bank scandal having been good friends with its owner Kiggundu and bosses at BoU. After doing graduate studies abroad, Jim left along the newsroom to speak for the Ministry of Finance. He sits in Communications House in the offices of Privatization Unit but is always available to answer anything regarding the powerful men across the road in the Ministry of Finance. He is humble and respects his political and technical bosses at the Ministry. Once called upon he will cross over to the Ministry building at lightning speed. He is always available on phone and mail. He can even drive to the newsroom to drive the point home. He is parental and a mentor who never allows a scribe to leave his office without some professional advice. He would do even much better if Muhakanizi would logistically facilitate his office.
URSB’ Nangobi: She speaks for a fairly new agency mandated to handle all trade mark and business registrations in Uganda. Peers say she is very energetic and likes her work. She never misses taking a call from a journalist and always has her facts on her finger tips. She has fully studied her organization and its PR challenges in such a short time. She replies text messages and mails from reporters. She is a fast mover who will make you speak to the relevant manager even without appointment. She understands the truth that news is perishable and must be handled with the timeliness it deserves. Her other name is Provia and is one of the few PR persons without a lot of newsroom background.
UEGCL’s Simon Kasyate: He is a veteran journalist who likes Andrew Mwenda more than anything else. Critics accuse him of even trying to speak and behave like Mwenda who got him from the dust and turned him into a big media celebrity. Kasyate grumblingly left Daily Monitor where he started as a “Coffee Break” writer shortly after Mwenda’s acrimonious departure. He went to NTV as a reporter and news anchor where he left after quarreling with his Kenyan supervisor. He went to work with energy firm Eskom and now works with Uganda Electricity Generation Company Ltd (UEGCL) which has somehow tamed his appetite to talk to the media. Unable to do without media visibility, Kasyate ate a humble pie and returned to NTV uninvited and now co-hosts the Morning show which he uses to defend Museveni and his government image. He has also worked with the EU where he left after exhausting his unrenewable contract. Prior Monitor newspaper, Kasyate was an entertainment report for UTV and later on WBS. At EU, Kasyate picked a quarrel with Monitor colleagues who were making his work hard by writing stories hostile to government and attributing them to EU sources. Tabu Butagira was among those he picked bones with. He is forceful, eloquent and passionate about his UEGCL job.
Mak’s Ritah Namisango: She speaks for Uganda’s premier University and this Masscom graduate has held this job since the days of Prof Luboobi as VC having replaced larger than life Hellen Kaweesi. She is a survivor because when he became VC, Baryamureeba tried to oust her but failed. Instead it’s Baryamureeba who had to leave Mak and left Namisango intact. Namisango likes communicating by email and is available 24/7 including Sundays. She personally knows all scribes covering Makerere and their respective strong and weak points.
UCC’s Isaac Kalembe: He is a former journalist and works with UCC as a communications manager directly reporting to Fred Otunnu who is corporate affairs director. Kalembe is versatile and prompt when required to organize for scribes to meet and interview his boss Godfrey Mutabazi. Kalembe, who wedded recently, remarkably loves RP reporters because he finds them reliable & timely when it comes to running UCC stories.
OPM’s Julius Mucunguzi: He is a former daily Monitor journalist and benefited a lot from the Besigye 2001 story. He was the one assigned to cover candidate Besigye and was assured of the lead story every day through the campaign period. This gave him prominence that took him places until he found himself working with the Commonwealth secretariat in London whereafter he returned to Uganda to work as Communications consultant for PM Ruhakana Rugunda who is like his foster father. Mucunguzi is friendly, approachable and likes his job. He was inspired by Mwenda into journalism after Mwenda appeared to his High School and addressed that year’s S6 candidates. He liked the way Mwenda was a close friend to 1st son Muhoozi Kainerugaba. Mucunguzi is very effective using social media.
Sarah Kagingo: Peers at Kibuli Mosque where she prays from fondly refer to her as DIGITAL. This is because of the social media revolution she championed around the Presidency and personally took President Museveni to facebook and twitter and managed his personal accounts until envious colleagues ganged up and forced her out. Instead of giving up and feeling sorry for herself, Kagingo fell back on the good contacts she had made in the region as she moved with the President and started her own media/PR company called SOFT POWER with offices at Sheraton. It’s with this firm that she consults for some of the regional presidents who used to admire Museveni for having such a versatile lady on his team. In Uganda her clients include OWC headed by her other mentor Gen Saleh. She also does some work for Kibuli Muslims and Buganda kingdom.
OAG’s Gloria Namugera: This pencil-thin lady works for the Office of Auditor General as their publicist directly supervised by AG Muwanga’s deputy Keto Kayemba. The fact that this office has never been embroiled in any major scandal is proof Namugera is doing her job well. She has her reliable team of journalists in all major media houses. She also works well with Parliamentary reporters because her entity is part of Parliament. Just like NWSC’s Mugisha, Muwanga is a high performer which makes Gloria’s work easier.
NBL’s Sumin Namaganda: The former Monitor sub editor is the communications person for Nile Breweries and she is very good at identifying capable reporters to be on her media team which explains the good publicity for the brand she speaks for. It’s also true she speaks for a client who facilitates her adequately unlike people like Jim Mugunga who operate without any facilitation. Mugunga only gets a salary and airtime and nothing more. He can’t even take scribes out for dinner like Sumin does sometimes.
Abel Kyamutetera: He does a lot of digital communications for a number of brands including NSSF. He is a good writer and insightful on business matters and has a business magazine called CEO. Kyam started out as a business reporter at Monitor where he was helped to join by Alex Atuhaire who used to visit a lady that was a roommate to Kyam’s girl friend. After many years, Kyam left Monitor to work with ZK Advertizing after which he co-founded Fire Works where he employed many fellow reporters. He fell out with colleagues over the morality of the Pension scandal and is now studying law at Makerere University in his 2nd year. Kyam is wealthy, has mentored many and does charity during his free time. He is also very good at originating CSR ideas for his clients.
DTSV’s Tina Wamala: She does communications for Multi-choice Uganda which requires her to speak for DSTV and Gotv. She previously worked with Record TV where she was among the best presenters, which explains why she was easily snatched by prospects of better pay. Record TV had a reputation of not properly remunerating its workers. Wamala is completing her MBA at Makerere.
Vivian Nakalika: She is perhaps the youngest publicist for a government entity. Married to NBS’ Solomon Serwanja, Nakalika speaks for the Ministry of Health, a feat many think is too big for such a young girl. She replaced her good friend and mentor Rukia Nakamatte who was joining a UNICEF project. Nakalika is now having a good time because she works well with Minister Jane Ruth Aceng who was her personal friend during her days as a news reporter. She has also found favor with Dr. Diana, the new PS. There is also NBS news anchor Rukushana Namuyimba who manages communications for Vodafone telecom based in Kamwokya. She started out as a news anchor at Capital fm and later KFM. She also previously read news on NTV before being lured by NBS’ big pay cheque.
PBU’s Jackie Tahakanizibwa: She is the lady behind PostBank’s increased positive visibility. She previously worked with Monitor Publications as CSR manager. PBU MD Steven Mukweli is one of many clients she was working with on behalf of MPL. The babe from Toro is good at media management. She has identified a team of senior journalists who can never let her down because they understand the brand she works for. Because of her experience and results-oriented approach, the PBU BOD always endorses her proposals without hesitation.
EU’s Emma Gyezaho: He is one of the young Ugandans to have held the post of head communications European Union. A Makerere Masscom graduate of the early 2000s, Gyezaho started out as a reporter for Crown House-based Monitor FM which was managed by Mwenda. It’s in this news department that Kasyate, Mwanguhya Mpagi, Patrick Kamara and others used to work. Gyezaho was assigned the Parliamentary bit and was elevated to reporting for the Monitor newspaper following a vacuum the departure of the Observer team created. Despite having close connections to the 1st Family, Gyezaho used to write very critical articles in his weekly column called the press gallery. He used to sting many shady government officials and Amama Mbabazi suffered most. The way he wrote about JPAM revealed Gyezaho didn’t fear the mighty. His news reporting took no prisoners and many used to complain to his superiors in vain. He was briefly lured to join a new paper called Razor which folded and he returned to Monitor to write his critical pieces. After a brief stint, an opportunity came knocking to join the EU replacing Kasyate. Gyezaho applied and beat several others and took the job.
UPF’s Felix Kaweesi: He speaks for Uganda Police Force and Gen Kayihura brought him in after things had escalated for the UPF’s image following the brutal beating of Besigye supporters in Kalerwe and Entebbe road. The supporters were clobbered like snakes, attracting global outrage for the government. Fred Enanga who had spoken through the difficult campaign period was sidelined to give way for Kaweesi who has since tried to stabilize the image of the Force. Kaweesi is flamboyant and can authoritatively speak on almost everything given his closeness to IGP Kale Kayihura. He also understands the Force’s strategic positioning having serving held very senior positions. He also knows how to humble himself personally reaching out to key media personalities. Kaweesi is also very respectful and humbly told reporters when he came to office: “I’m not an authority on these [media] things. You are all colleagues and I’m here to learn from you.” He works very well with colleagues like Emilian Kayima in KMP which is unprecedented. Since the days of Nabakooba vs. Simeo Nsubuga, the national publicist and KMP publicist have always been at loggerheads.
UMC’s Shaban Bantariza: He speaks for the Uganda government and deputizes Ofwono Opondo as head media center. Bantariza is liked by the media center staff for reasons we don’t know. This sometimes makes his boss OO uneasy but life goes on. Shaban speaks very forcefully and takes no prisoners in his “tell it as it is” approach. He is also eloquent easily subduing adversaries during TV or radio debates. He previously spoke for the army, the UPDF.
Parliament’s Chris Obore: The tough man from Bukedea currently is the Director communications at Parliament and faces the dilemma of being boss to Hellen Kaweesi who considers herself more senior, more experienced and more qualified. Obore’s belligerent approach has enabled him to create breathing space for August House which is always prone to bad publicity. He has succeeded partly because he found his own reasons to justify the locking out of some of the scribes who considered themselves senior and critical enough to report the 10th Parliament. He ensured the place was full of less troublesome young journalists whose reporting can easily be controlled and kept under check. He has also strategically partnered with newspapers to publicize basic information about Parliament. He is also trusted by both the legislature leaders and executive. He also personally knows many of the people who supervise him having been a senior journalist before. He has refused to be blackmailed by critics who keep saying he is today less popular with the public than he was 5 years ago. To him the end must justify the means.
Judiciary’s Solomon Muyita: He previously worked as a court reporter for both Vision and Monitor. He was a few years ago head hunted by Secretary to Judiciary Dorcus Okalany who made him Judiciary spokesman, a role previously held by Erias Kisawuzi who has since become a disgruntled man. The truth is whereas he was good also: Kisawuzi was busy because he has other judicial roles as a judicial officer. Muyita has done so well that other MDAs have been considering persuading him with higher pay so that he quits to go and work for them but the man from Busoga seems to feel at home in the Judiciary where he was recently given additional role to speak for the newly created commission of inquiry into land matters. Muyita has done well because he personally knows the judges (had been court reporter) and the newsroom dynamics.
Dennis Obbo: He is the veteran publicist for the lands ministry and has lately been having good rapport with his new PS Dorcus Okalany. Obbo has outlived many Ministers and PSs in this sector and he therefore has good institutional memory of things.
EC’s Jotham Taremwa: Before joining EC, he worked as a communications manager at Parliament under both Kadaga and Sekandi. He was among those who worked under Kagole Kivumbi many years ago. Taremwa is media friendly and supervises a team of others including Paul Bukenya, his deputy. In the February 2016 elections, he exuded power and social media critics claimed he was more powerful than EC Chairman Badru Kiggundu because of the way powerful man Sam Rwakoojo trusted him.
UPDF’s Paddy Ankunda: He speaks for the Defense Ministry and UPDF. Despite being a Mukiga, Ankunda who strikingly resembles Robert Kabushenga, speaks fluent Luganda and this makes his work easier because many of the radios in Kampala run Luganda news besides the English bulletin. He is also a soldier at the rank of Colonel. He manages doing his job by ensuring he remains neutral even when there are things his superiors (the Generals) may not be unanimous about. He is very obedient to authority and ensures is on good terms with all his military and civilian bosses at Mbuya. Ankunda is eloquent though sometimes it isn’t easy speaking for such an intrigue riddled institution. He has regional deputies based in army Divisions but none nationally at Mbuya which makes his job quite hectic.
FDC’s Semujju Nganda: The Kiira Municipality MP Speaks for the FDC party, a job for which he was elected by party members. Though he is a Besigyeist, Semujju quickly adjusts to new situations and that is how he has managed to very easily work with Party President Gen Muntu whose candidature he didn’t support. Semujju speaks honestly and isn’t known to seek bribes. This has enabled him to consistently maintain his position on things. He loves his party and deeply understands the politics of Uganda having reported and edited politics at Monitor and Observer respectively. He is also very confrontational and won’t hesitate going physical if the situation demands so. His work is easied by the fact that listeners like his wit and has weekly programs on leading political talk shows on Radio Simba and Capital Gang where he reaches millions of people. He also has a weekly newspaper column. All these explain why he had no problem quitting CBS fm when Mayiga became Katikkiro and set hard political conditions for him. He left after telling moderator Med Nsereko: “I will return when there is a new Katikkiro.” Semujju also delegates colleagues like Harod Kaija and youth leader Mulindwa Walid whenever he is unable to show up.
CAA’s Igundura: He speaks for CAA and this is what we have known him for since when we were small boys. This explains the institutional memory he carries with him about CAA. Other key PR practitioners include NRM party’s Rogers Mulindwa, Sheila Kangwagye, BoU’s Xtine Alupo and LDC’s Hamis Lukyamuzi who was an administrator at the same institution but became PR practitioner out of necessity. This was after Justice Percy Tuhaise who used to speak for LDC left to become a Judge a few years ago. Lukyamuzi manages by being one who keeps his word whenever he promises journalists information. He operates without serious funding but keeps reporters happy because he treats them with courteousy which they reciprocate by supporting his work. In his world, there is nothing like closed secrets. He freely gives journalists all the information they need about LDC and his motto is “the people have a right to know.” There is also NMS’ Dan Kimosho who previously worked with Mulago hospital. Kimosho has always encouraged his boss Moses Kamabare to spare time to interact with key media personalities to deepen public’ understanding of the NMS mandate and the results have been spectacular.
The Ministry of Health in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to conduct a mass meningitis immunization in 39 high risk districts across Uganda.
According to a statement from the Ministry, the immunization process which is meant to prevent any outbreak will commence on January 19th and run up to January 23rd.
Uganda is one of the countries with highest rates of the meningitis A disease and also one of the 26 countries that lie within the extended meningitis belt of Sub-Saharan Africa, stretching from Senegal in the West to Ethiopia in the East.
Menigitis A is a bacterial infection that affects mainly people aged between 1 to 30 years. Though treatable, the disease can best be prevented through immunisation.
In Uganda, the most susceptible regions include West Nile, parts of Bunyoro, Acholi and Lango regions, Teso.
The areas in which the immunisation exercise will be carried out include; Arua, Zombo, Koboko, Adjumani, Nebbi, Maracha, Moyo, Yumbe, Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum, Lamwo, Nwoya, Pader, Agago, Omoro, Dokolo, Lira, Alebtong, Kole, Otuke, Amolatar, Apac, Oyam, Hoima, Masindi, Buliisa, Kiryadongo, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Soroti, Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripiriti, and Napak.
The campaign will officially be launched in Omoro District at Lalogi Grounds on Tuesday 17th January, with the Minister of Health expected to be the Chief Guest.
According to the statement, health officials have already been deployed in the specified areas to make sure the process goes as planned.
“The Ministry of Health and partners have deployed Medical personnel across the affected districts to oversee the success of the immunisation exercise,” read part of the statement.
“All persons and care givers are advised to go to the nearest health centres and other outreach immunisation posts in their districts for the the free vaccine. The vaccine is safe, effective and has been approved by the World Health Organisation. The vaccine will be administered by a trained health worker using a single injection on the upper arm.”
Security Operatives at the Uganda – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border town of Bunagana in the western town of Kisoro on Saturday night sized seven guns.
The guns were impounded at around midnight by police officers who were patrolling at the border.
Hajji Shafique Sekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says the weapons were found in a white a Toyota Premio registration number UAS 978B, .
The officers, he says, became suspicious after noticing concealed items in a dark part of the car.
The driver, on being questioned, leaped out of the car and fled.
Elly Maate, the Police Spokesperson for Kigezi Region says that six of the impounded Sub Machine Guns were fully loaded with ammunition while a PK Machine Gun had no ammunition.
Maate says that police also found half a liter of petrol and a liter of gun oil, which he suspects was to be used to clean the guns.
Police up to this point don’t know the intended destination of the weapons.
Maate says that although all the impounded guns appear to be from Uganda, security operatives have started investigating the matter to arrest the people behind the act.
Kisoro is currently experiencing rampant insecurity where several cases of gun-related murders and aggravated robberies have been reported.
This trend is said to have forced leaders led b the Kisoro District Chairperson Abel Bizimana, to demand for the transfer of all officers at Kisoro Central Police Station.
Locals and leaders claim that the officers have done little to fight insecurity in the district.
Senegal became the first team to scoop a win in AFCON 2017 tournament after all the first three matches ended in draws.
Senegal began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with victory over Tunisia in Group B. The game ended 2:0 in favour of Senegal.
Tunisia almost took the lead in the opening two minutes, but Ahmed Akaichi’s header skimmed the post and he smashed a shot narrowly wide.
In between, Senegal took the lead through Sadio Mane’s penalty after Cheikhou Kouyate had been hacked down.
Kara Mbodj powerfully headed in a second, and almost scored an own goal when his clearance struck the post.
Tunisia were guilty of missing plenty of chances, in particular Youssef Msakni, who headed wide from two yards out and shot straight at Abdoulaye Diallo in the second half.
Senegal’s victory put them on top of their group after Algeria’s surprising 2-2 draw against Zimbabwe.
In group A matches that were played on Saturday, Gabon drew 1:1 with Guinea Bissau while Cameron drew with Burkina Faso also 1:1.
Today evening, Ivory Coast will be playing Togo, while DR Congo will be playing Morocco.
Uganda will be in Action on Tuesday evening with Ghana.
SK13 are the champions of the 2017 Premier Classic Futsal Cup. The team overcame stiff competition from Elephants to emerge 3-2 winners in a tightly contested finals played at the Busega Futsal Arena.
The newly formed side crashed Sona FC 4-1 in the quarter finals through a hat trick by Bashir and one from Sempiija and further drubbed Gal Sports Betting 5-1 in the semis to set up a mouthwatering final with the Elephants.
Elephants road to the final include a 2-0 victory over Boxing Day champs, Brother Hood Futsal club and 3-1 against Seeta Galacticos. Henry Mwaromu grabbed a brace in the first and a goal against Seeta but his double in the final wasn’t enough to gift his team trophy.
Seven teams were involved in the three rounds knock out phase that kicked off from the quarter finals. Durban Futsal club failed to turn up thus Seeta Galacticos earned free points.
2017 Premier Classic Futsal Cup full results
Sk13 4-1 Sona
Express Red Army 0-2 Gap Sports Betting
Seeta Galaticos 3-0 Durban (W.O)
Elephants 2-0 Brotherhood
Sk13 5-1 Gal Sports Betting
Seeta Galaticos 1-3 Elephants
Finals: SK13 3-2 Elephants
Head of Oxfam International, Mrs Winnie Byanyima has dismissed claims by Hussein Lumumba Amin, son of deceased former high-handed ruler of Uganda, Idi Amin that the Byanyima’s greatly benefitted from some of his father’s economic policies.
Lumumba claims the Byanyimas, a prominent family in the western Mbarara district reaped from Amin’s infamous expulsion of more than 80,000 Asians from Uganda, shortly after taking power through a military coup in 1971.
Accusing these “sabotaging Uganda’s economy and encouraging corruption,” Amin chased the Asians from Uganda and redistributed their businesses and belongings that included 5,600 firms, ranches, farms, and agricultural estates, cars, homes and other household goods they left behind to a select Ugandans.
Lumumba claims among the beneficiaries of this move was the family of Mzee Boniface Byanyima, which he said was allocated one of the Asian business in Mbarara.
“I remind the Byanyima’s that they were one of the beneficiaries of Amin’s patriotic policies to uplift the economic well being of indigenous Ugandans when they benefitted from one of the nationalized Asian properties in Mbarara town,” claimed Lumumba in a Facebook post.
“That is how their late mother (RIP) became the first modern businesswoman in Mbarara (1974). Mzee Byanyima used to pick supplies for that business from Kampala.
“I know the family from where he used to buy his supplies. That business paid for the children’s education including Winnie who would go to study aeronautical engineering abroad with assistance from the Amin government.”
But this claim was last night dismissed as untrue; by Mrs. Byanyima who in a tweet clarified that the said business was solely, her mother’s initiative.
“I must correct this,” she tweeted, “Our mother opened her hardware shop in 1969, BEFORE Amin came to power. Never got Asian shop.”
I must correct this. Our mother opened her hardware shop in 1969, BEFORE Amin came to power. Never got Asian shop. https://t.co/Onb5ORM0Pf
— Winnie Byanyima (@Winnie_Byanyima) January 15, 2017
Mrs. Gertrude Byanyima passed away at Mulago Hospital in Kampala in November 2008, where she was rushed with a stroke.
Recently while dedicating to her late mother her honorary doctorate awarded to her by the University of Manchester, Mrs Byanyima recalled that her mother opened the hardware store in Mbarara town; not just a first business on the High Street owned by a woman, but the first owned by an African and not an Asian.
Commenting on the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena, allegedly by her nephew Matthew Kanyamunyu, whose trial has sparked a nationwide tribally charged debate, Mrs Byanyima called on Ugandans to keep tribal sentiments out of it.
She said, “I’m saying let’s not make this horrible criminal act an ethnic or political issue. It’s personal, painful and tragic.”
The family of murder suspect Mathew Kanyamunyu has sent its condolences to the relatives of Watmon Akena and expressed willingness to hold talks.
Mathew, his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu and Burundian national Cynthia Munwangari are being held at Luzira Prison in connection with Akena’s death.
It is alleged Akena was shot dead by Mathew in a confrontation outside a car bond warehouse in Lugogo, Kampala last year.
Appearing on the NTV’s Forth Estate last evening, MP Odonga Otto said Akena’s dad was ready to forgive the suspects but on condition of a confession.
In response, the soft-spoken Ssebunya said her family was willing to talk to Akena without conditions.
She said Mathew and Joseph remain suspects in the case.
According to Ssebunya, Mathew told her family members that “he did not do it.”
She, however, added: “We want to understand the Acholi culture and make necessary arrangements for the visit.”
The Kanyamunyus were raised by the Byanyima family of Ruti following their father’s death in 1978.
Ssebunya also defended Winnie Byanyima’s decision to stand surety for the Kanyamunyus, saying she was their ‘mother’