Two officials that were last year demoted at Kabale University have won a case they filed challenging the termination of their contracts.
Kennedy Rwaboona Misindo, formerly working as the university secretary and William Kururagire the former director of finance defeated the university at the Kabale High Court yesterday.
The duo sued the university administration over their appointment to serve in junior positions while they had contracts in senior positions running up to July 2017.
On 26th September, 2016 the Kabale university council chairman Manzi Tumubweine issued appointment letters to Rwaboona as deputy dean of students and William Kururagire as the university bursar, which they considered demotion from university secretary and director of finance respectively.
In his ruling on Thursday, High Court’s Justice Moses Kawumi Kazibwe concluded that the termination of the contracts was in breach of the Employment Act and the Kabale University human resource manual.
He added that the posting of the applicants to lower positions was unfair, irregular and illegal as the two were denied a fair hearing by Kabale university appointments board, contrary to the dictates of the rules of natural justice, the Employment Act and the human resource manual.
The judge made an order for reinstatement to the duo, quashing their appointment to the lower positions.
He further declared that the applicants are entitled to their due benefits under the employment contacts scheduled to expire on the 31st July 2017.
Speaking to our reporter after the ruling, Rwaboona said: “…justice has been done and I hope some people will learn from it.”
“We are ready to go back to our offices as ordered by court; but if the university administration is not ready for that they are to pay us in accordance with the contract.”
Buganda Road Grade one magistrate Joan Aciro has dismissed a case where former UPC President Dr Olara Otunnu was accused of defaming President Yoweri Museveni
Otunnu was dragged to court on allegations that on 16th January 2013, during his weekly news conference at Uganda House in Kampala, attacked President Museveni saying his regime had orchestrated a lot of political assassinations.
The magistrate ruled today that prosecution in this matter brought only one witness, who was never cross examined and therefore his evidence was not enough to prove a prima facie case against the accused
“The only prosecution witness brought to court was Gideon Tugume a journalist working with Top Television. He appeared once in court and although prosecution was put on notice to bring him for cross examination, they failed to reproduce him. His testimony therefore was of no value on court record,” she ruled.
The magistrate further pointed out that Tugume in his testimony had informed court that he captured Otunnu making the defamatory statements but didn’t produce in court any record to prove this; yet court couldn’t only rely on only witness allegations.
“Court can’t order the accused to defend himself because prosecution failed to prove a case to answer against him. Basing on Section 127 of the Magistrates Act this court acquits the accused.”
Olara Otunnu through his lawyer Asuman Basalirwa after the ruling vowed to sue the state over malicious prosecution which made him lose a lot of time and resources attending the proceedings.
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The State Minister for economic planning, David Bahati shocked MPs on Parliament’s Budget Committee as well as the whole nation when he stated that government is planning to construct Kabale International Airport at a cost of only UGX298 million.
“Government is partnering with the British Establishment to construct Kabale International Airport at Ugx 298 million,” Bahati said.
He was appearing before the committee on Tuesday to explain the status of recommendations made by Parliament on the UGX30trillion Budget Framework Paper for 2017-2018.
Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the Buyaga West County MP instantly opposed Bahati’s statement saying that he couldn’t expect to hear something unrealistic from the mouth of the minister.
“How can the minister make such a blatant lie to the committee, how can an international airport go for that money, is it a house?” Tinkasiimire asked.
Okin Ojara (Inde-Chua County) tasked the minister to lay before the committee evidence showing government’s undertaking with Britain, but Bahati failed to provide the evidence.
The committee therefore asked the minister to avoid brief case dealings whose agreements risk tax payers’ money, since the matter under consideration was at the center of national interest.
Later, Bahati told journalists that the matter of the airport was a complex matter to quickly be understood by the legislators on first mention.
He said that the UGX298 million is for preliminary undertakings to be commenced in July this year, ahead of negotiations with the British Export Bank, the main funders of the airport, whose deal is yet to be concretised.
“We shall arrive at the final figures (costs) at the end of the negotiations and parliament will be duly informed,” Bahati said.
Makindye General Court Martial Chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti yesterday sentenced a 38 year old woman to 40 years in prison for brutally killing her husband.
Elizabeth Kyomuhangi had recently been convicted and sentenced together with two others on the same crime by a Divisional Court Martial.
Kyomuhangi and her co-accused Lance Corporal Griffin Rubihira and Jeremiah Ainembabazi were found guilty for the murder and handed a 40 year jail term each.
She is said to have hired the two UPDF officers to take out her husband in cold blood.
She appealed the sentence to the General Court Martial, claiming among others that she was convicted on non-circumstantial evidence which included that of her 5 year old son, who she said wouldn’t comprehend the importance of a court oath.
She also claimed that she was tried in English, which she didn’t understand and that the 40 year jail term was harsh to her and her family.
In his ruling, the General Court martial chairman agreed that the child’s evidence was unreliable but noted that there were several other convincing testimonies.
The Judge also noted that during the trial, Kyomuhangi was asked a number of questions in English which she answered ably, and therefore the language could not have been a problem. The accused herself is a teacher.
Chairman Gutti therefore upheld the 40 year sentence, citing Kyomuhangi’s heartless murder of the father of her children.
“You betrayed your husband like Judas Iscariot,” the Chairman ruled, before sending her back to Luzira Prison.
By Milton Emmy Akwam
LIRA: Chinese firm whose name is yet to be disclosed has been contracted to take up the long awaited construction of Akii Bua Olympic Stadium in Lira district, this website has exclusively learnt.
Speaking to this website in an exclusive interview at Lira district Chambers on Thursday afternoon, Omara Apita, the Commissioner for physical planning in the Ministry of Education and Sports said whereas 17 firms bided for the multibillion stadium construction, the President has given his views and wants the contract to be won by a Chinese firm.
“This is a big project to the people of Lango and Uganda at large. Being a presidential pledge in 2010, His Excellency wants quality work and his trusts are more in Chinese firms,” Omara said.
So far, Shs1bn has been allocated by the line Ministry to the cause and of that, shs575m has been used on preliminary works at the site.
Among works done so far are the creations of access road like Okello Degree Road, bush clearing, maintenance of drainage channel, among others.Apita and team from Lira district during a tour of the project site on Thursday
Akii Bua Olympic stadium, according to government officials will be Uganda’s third stadiums after demolished Nakivubo and Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
Its estimated capacity is 35,000 seats with all required amenities. In financial year 2017/2018, officials say the artistic impression of the stadium should be out, following the announcement of the qualified firm to take up the construction project in due course.
Following that, the actual construction work, taking possible 5 years should commence in financial year 2018/2019.
George Okello Ayo, the Lira District LC5 Vice Chairperson asked the Ministry to release more funds to the project, saying that project is a good gesture to the people of Lango sub region.
On April 19, Paul Wanyoto, a city lawyer, was in a jovial mood as he prepared to hang out with friends at a stag party.
He would later settle for about four to six shots of Double Black mixed with a Coca Cola at Mask Lounge, a nightclub in Bukoto, Kampala.
“A few hours later, I develop a tummy ache and then got into nausea and diarrhea on Thursday Night into Friday,” recalled Wanyoto, who nearly lost his precious life.
“I managed it with Flagyl and ignored it as I was part of the organising committee for a friend’s wedding on Saturday,” he added.
“So I hard-lined with flagyl and Imodium through the wedding.”
On Sunday (April 22), Wanyoto consulted Dr Stone Luggya, a friend who practices medicine at Mulago and Nakasero Hospital.
The doctor advised Wanyoto to “drink a lot and have as much food” to see if there would be any reaction.
“I did and a few moments later, I vomited blood. …lots of clotted blood and collapsed,” recalled Wanyoto.
He was then rushed to Nakasero, a high-end medical facility and admitted under emergency.
Wanyoto’s colleagues realised he had held medical cover under Jubilee Insurance and called a one Ashey and a one Gerald who told them Jubilee would not meet his bills at Nakasero and should go to Norvik Hospital or some other named medical facilities they preferred.
“They blatantly assured my contacts as I was unwell that I should have never gone to Nakasero if I was to benefit from my policy,” said Wanyoto.
Luckily, his sister Lydia Wanyoto had come to see him at Hospital where she took over the bills and made sure deposits were made to ensure his admission.
But Jubilee’s refusal to help their insurance patient has triggered a lawsuit.
Gerard, a senior official whom Wanyoto’s friends spoke to, received a phone call from ChimpReports on Friday morning.
He responded: “I am busy.”
Asked to present Jubilee Insurance’s side of the story in regard to Wanyoto’s complaint, Gerard switched off his phone.
This development could as well blow the lid off the agony insurance patients endure during emergency moments.
According to the documents obtained by ChimpReports, Wanyoto took out a one-year Medical Insurance Policy with Jubilee Insurance effective May 9, 2016.
In the suit, Wanyoto’s lawyers said he “encountered a medical emergency (upper GI Bleeding)” which was covered under the policy and was admitted for four days at Nakasero Hospital.
The lawyers further stated that the insurance policy makes “no reference to a list of hospitals to which our client or any policy holder has to attend in order to benefit from the policy.”
The policy defines a hospital as an “institution which is legally licensed as a medical hospital under the laws of that country in which it is located and which must be under the constant supervision of a registered and qualified physician medical practitioner.”
Legal experts say the best practice is an insured person notifying the insurer who then contacts the hospital to confirm that they attend to you and then bill them.
The insurers’ role is to pick bills and not to choose hospitals, experts tell this investigative website.
“If the Insurance Regulatory Authority can’t regulate them, we shall regulate them through court process,” said Wanyoto.
Ugandans in general do not take health care seriously and those who take out these policies are under corporate companies so they can’t enforce their rights as they see the insurance from their employer as a favor.
Many of the Insurance patients derive their insurance cover by virtue of their employment.
And quite often the employers in conjunction with the Insurance companies behind the backs of these employees cut deals as to where these employees should go for medical services.
Our investigations show that some turn around and pick kick backs.
This means that the employee does not have a direct Insurance Policy with the Insurance Company but the employer.
“So your boss turns up and gives you a medical card and also hands you a list of hospitals to attend. You take that as the gospel truth. You don’t look at the Policy,” said an insurance expert who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.
“You can’t even question why you can’t go to a certain hospital.”
However, for Wanyoto’s case, it’s Private Individual Policy whereby he doesn’t have to seek permission from anyone to interrogate its execution.
Insurance usage in Africa is relatively low not due to cost or affordability but trust or the lack thereof as evidenced by the general attitude towards insurance.
According to Uganda Insurers Association (UIA) reports, Uganda’s penetration stands at less than 1 percent.
Interestingly, Wanyoto said he had already written to Jubilee Insurance to renew his policy.
Asked why he wanted to stick to an insurance company he accuses of not being up to the mark, Wanyoto responded: “I want to compel them to do the right thing. Where we go wrong as a society is to run away from playing our part because we are angry.”
He added: “I want to put them on the right course, renew new my policy and then have them respect the Policy. If I just run away, they will have achieved in cheating me, angering me and having me run away without me having a chance at compelling them to do the right thing not just for me but the public.”
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By John V Sserwaniko
After many months of uncertainty, the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led Commission of Inquiry into land matters in the country is finally starting work. And Justice Bamugemereire has just confirmed as much in a phone interview with this Red Pepper website.
She says that on Wednesday there will be a public ceremony to formally flag off the Commission’s work that will include conducting public hearings for three months from the day of first hearing. According to Lands Minister Betty Amongin, the Commission will (after the last hearing) have another 6 months to prepare their final report.
The three months period will be used for the public to volunteer information and documentation aimed at enabling the Commission arrive at conclusive findings on how to tame rampant land grabbing, evictions and the resultant bloodshed.
Stung by rampant land evictions, land grabbing, falsification of titles and fraud in land-related transactions that have for years been reported to him almost daily by delegations from different parts of the country, President Museveni last December named the seven (7) member Commission of inquiry.
“Hundreds of citizens had been to State House complaining of persistent ineptness and anomalies in the process of land administration, titling and acquisition,” said an influential Museveni aide adding that Bamugemereire had specifically been assigned this role because of the courage and steadfastness with which she conducted business on earlier two inquiries.
These are KCCA and UNRA. Without elaborating, Amongin maintains that the flamboyant Bamugemereire “did a very good job despite intimidation.” The Commission should have commenced work, including public hearings, much earlier on but didn’t because of the financial constraints with PSST Keith Muhakanizi maintaining there was no money.
Without making any direct reference to the funding issue, Justice Bamugemereire confirms they are finally ready to start work and in her estimation, the first public hearing will be conducted most likely in the first week of May. Already the Commissioners have moved in at their secretariat based at the new Public Service Building near Wandegeya-based Ministry of Health.
It’s the new building directly opposite Col John Mugyenyi’s property that used to house UNRA headquarters. Yesterday (Thursday) was the Commissioners’ first day at office operating in this secretariat ahead of the formal launching ceremony next Wednesday. Amongin or Premier Rugunda will preside over that event in order to raise the inquest’s profile. Some government officials want the President to preside over to signal the seriousness government is attaching to this probe.
We were unable to confirm Museveni’s coming as sources close to him maintained it was too early to confirm. There will also be a media event on Tuesday at the same secretariat to set pace for Wednesday’s bigger more public ceremony.
Besides Justice Bamugemereire, the other Commission members include Owek Robert Sebunya (also presidential advisor on Buganda), Mary Oduka Ochan, Joy Habasa, Makerere land law don Dr. Rose Nakayi, ex-AG Fred Ruhindi and ex-Hoima LC5 Chairman George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.
The team will be assisted by a technical team headed by seasoned judicial officers Olive Karazarwe (as Secretary) and Dr. Douglas Singiza. Herbert Byenkya will be Lead Counsel while Judiciary PR maestro the indefatigable Solomon Muyita will oversee the communications aspects of the inquiry. Line Minister Amongin hopes the inquiry report will guide future legislation on land acquisition and management.
The terms of reference, which are reflective of the commission’s mandate, include: inquiring into laws, processes and procedures by which land is administered and acquired in Uganda; inquiring into the role of Baguma Isoke-led Uganda Land Commission in management & administration of public land; reviewing the effectiveness of regulatory bodies (like NFA, NEMA, UWA etc) in preservation of wetlands, forests & game reserves; soliciting views on the role of large land-owning tradition, cultural & religious institutions; assessing the efficacy of the legal-policy framework guiding land acquisition by government and identifying, investigating and inquiring into the effectiveness of the land dispute resolution mechanisms among others.
Africell has unveiled top artistes Sheebah, Bebe Cool, David Lutalo and Ziza Bafana as their ambassadors for their new campaign SWIFT bundle.
The four artistes are said to have been paid Shs400m. Each artiste bagged Shs 100m from the Telecom Company and promotion started on Friday at Guvnor where Africell held the SnapChat party, and will run till the end of the year.
The artistes will be required to rally subscribers to join the SWIFT bundle with hashtag #DontBeCheated which hails telecom subscribers to place their money with the right bundles. The swift bundle combines snap chat, instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
The high Court in Kampala on Thursday dismissed the case filed by football worrying faction led by Dan Walusimbi against the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) led by Engineer, Moses Magogo.
Her Lordship Basaza Wasswa in the Civil division at Twed Towers ruled that Walusimbi and company had no justifiable reasons against Fufa and thus were only trying to sabotage.
According to the judge, the certificate of incorporation that had been issued to Walusimbi’s faction by Ministry of Lands was later cancelled and thus, they had no ground to challenge the credibility and legality of FUFA under Moses Magogo.
Walusimbi has over the years challenged the legality of FUFA indicating the football governing body should not be run as a limited Company but rather a company under trust.
Fufa on the other hand deny the allegations indicating the limited company (scoreline) within Fufa is just a business arm of the Federation.
Fufa legal lead counsel Ambrose Tebyasa noted after the court ruling that after cancellation of the certificate of incorporation, Walusimbi had no grounds to challenge FUFA.
“At first, Justice Steven Musota upheld the certificate but after revision from the Ministry of Lands, their certificate was cancelled because they were not the right people to govern football in Uganda,” he said.
“They lodged cases against Lawrence Mulindwa, Moses Magogo, Edgar Watson and others but court today has made the ruling which dismisses all their allegations,” Tebyasa added.
Synopsis of the Saga
The 2014 Sports Act that was meant to shape the sports sector called for the re- registration of all Federations and Associations through the National Council of Sports.
One of the key requirements for registration was a certificate of incorporation from Ministry of Lands. But because FUFA under Magogo hesitated the move at first, Walusimbi was witty enough to get the certificate from Ministry of Lands.
NCS now was faced with the challenge of which group to award the certificate of registration because Fufa led by Magogo had all the other requirements but the certificate of incorporation while on the other hand, Walusimbi only had the certificate.
The two sides sought for justice in courts of law until Thursday when a ruling was made in FUFA’s favour.
In the past six months, Walusimbi and group have attacked the Federation headquarters in Mengo indicating the people at the helm are occupying it illegally and need to be banished a thing that has led to arrest of several people including ex internationals like George Ssemwogerere.
The opposition strongman Col. Dr Kizza Besigye has called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura over failure to manage security in the country.
Addressing journalists at his office at Katonga on Thursday, Besigye said that after the outcry of increasing insecurity in the country with hit-men terrorizing people across the country; Kayihura paraded suspects yet it is unacceptable in the constitution of Uganda to parade suspects who have not been proven guilty.
He noted that president Museveni earlier also revealed that there is organized crimes within the security organs which Kayihura has failed to streamline arguing that there are suspicions that some crimes are organized by police personnel.
He therefore urged him to realize that he has totally failed to manage the country’s security and resign before he gets fired by his boss (president Museveni) which will leave him more humiliated.
Shocking information indicates that SK Mbuga’s wife, Vivian Birungi is pregnant with her second child.
Sources close to the couple revealed that Birungi is around four months pregnant and she is so much excited.
It should be noted that she gave birth to a baby girl in August last year before her wedding in December.
Vivian is currently in Sweden where she operates her businesses.
Other sources confirmed that Vivian knows that Mbuga loves kids so she is trying to keep him close.
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