By Serestino Tusingwire
Former Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has vowed to unseat the incumbent Daniel Kidega despite her case battle in the East African Court of Justice.
The court early this month delivered a judgment in the case in which Zziwa was challenging her removal from office, declining to grant the orders to reinstate her to the position of Speaker.
The Court also declined to grant her orders on damages in form of loss of earnings of a salary of USD 6,700 per month and housing allowance of USD 3,000 per month, plus other allowances and financial benefits.
It however declared that the sitting of the Assembly on 26th November 2014 presided over by a temporary Speaker, contrary to the Treaty and the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly was unlawful and violated Article 56 of the Treaty.
Now, while addressing a news conference in Kampala recently, Zziwa, said she wants to resume business and serve for the remaining four months.
“I was unlawfully evicted from office as EALA speaker; I now want my office returned to me and serve for these remaining four months,” Zziwa said.
The current EALA term ends in June this year with new members expected to be elected by March.
Tanzania’s government has stopped 40 privately run health centers from providing Aids-related services, accusing them of catering to homosexuals, reports AP news agency.
Gay sex is criminalised in the country and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
The government believes that non-governmental organisations are using some health centers to promote gay sex, AP reports Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu as saying.
The health minister also announced that the government was expanding HIV/AIDs services at 3,000 other health centers across the country, AP adds.
AP goes on to say in September, the government temporarily suspended HIV/AIDS outreach projects targeting gay men.
A South Sudanese minister has resigned from the country’s unity government to rejoin the rebel movement led by the former Vice-President Riek Machar.
He has resigned today morning citing frustration with the unity government’s inability to tackle the country’s problems.
“I have officially resigned from the position as the Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development in the so-called partial Government of National Unity with effect from 17 February, 2017,” he said.
The Gabriel Duop Lam, was appointed labour minister last year as part of a peace deal.
He initially did not join Machar when he fled the country following days of fighting in the capital, Juba, last July, but has now changed his mind.
“I reaffirm my full allegiance and commitment to the SPLM/SPLA-IO under the wise leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon,” said Duop.
The defection follows the recent resignation of a senior general, Thomas Cirillo Swaka.
As many business moguls continue to invest in broadcast/radio business, many youths in Uganda have gotten opportunities to showcase their passion for radio presentation and production.
This website has managed to interact with Najib Kibuuka aka Dr. Kats, a renowned radio presenter and producer at the Namanve based 103.4 juice fm who shared with us his experience in radio.
According to him, his love and passion for radio presentation and production came when he was still 8years. Though he had no opportunity to access any radio station at that age, he kept pushing it on until he finally got a chance.
“I grew up with the dream of becoming a radio presenter and I could not wait growing up and put my dream to life,” Dr. Kats said.
Dr. Kats came on the limelight when he joined Juice fm and started presenting the most loved Musical show dubbed ‘Ssandabula’.
Ssandabula is a rare musical show that happens every week, Monday to Thursday; and Saturday from Midnight till dawn.
The self proclaimed best spin dokta in the country, put his media passion to life four years back when he joined Dembe Fm.
Currently, he owns a recording label based in Kitende opposite St Mary’s Kitende where he produces sound music for different artistes in Uganda.
He has co-worked with big producers like Barbie Jay and Man Pollo Beats who produced Sheeba and Aziz Azion’s hit single ‘Omulembe’.
He has produced songs for artistes like ‘Ssandabula’s hit maker Chemical Karim, Nafat Silver and Mariam Macqueen.
Dr Kats’s dream is to build a legacy in Uganda where he owns the biggest recording label that promotes raw talent to another level.
He currently eyes a Tv job in any of the top Television stations in town.
By Serestino Tusingwire
The Makerere University vice chancellor Prof John Dumba Ssentamu has said that it is too late for the university to add the names of students who are missing on the gradation list.
This follows the student’s guild council announcing that they are going to stage a demonstration after the 400 students who are eligible to graduate were nowhere to be found on the graduation list.
Speaking to journalists this morning, Dumba confirmed that it is true some students are missing on the gradation list but they do not reach 400 in numbers as alleged.
He however noted that it is too late to add the missing students on the final list because the deadline for handing in their marks ended on Monday and the final graduation booklet is already out.
“I don’t think there is any way we can still add these people to the graduation list, because the matter is already out of our hands since graduation booklets are already out,” Dumba said.
He noted that despite the fact that there are students missing on graduation list, if they really have their marks clear, they will still get their transcripts.
The 67th graduation ceremony kicks off on Tuesday next week and ends on Friday.
The president of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino has confirmed a two-day visit to Uganda.
Infantino who was elected to office in 2016, has embarked on meeting FIFA Member Associations around the globe to share ideas on football development projects.
The invitation was presented to Infantino by the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo some time back.
In a confirmation letter to FUFA President and signed by FIFA President, the visit will cover two days 25th and 26th February, 2017.
Part of the letter reads;
‘I am very pleased to confirm my visit. I will be arriving in Entebbe on 25th February 2017. I have no doubt that this visit will help us to lay foundations for further cooperation and to share our personal visions for the continued development of our sport in your country’
FUFA President who is in Doha for the FIFA Executive football Summit said;
‘Football needs such contacts for the sport to grow. Ugandan football will not be the same after his visit. It is a great moment in Ugandan football’
Rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) killed 32 civilians last December after clashes with a rival faction, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
The Union for Peace in the Central African Republic (UPC) is said to have rounded victims up and executed them.
HRW says it is concerned UN peacekeepers could not stop the atrocities.
UPC is a splinter group formed from the Seleka movement which briefly seized power in March 2013 after a coup.
The Seleka group was itself then ousted, leading to a wave of violent reprisals against the Muslim population by the Christian anti-Balaka militia.
UPC fighters killed 25 people in the central town of Bakala on 12 December after calling them to a school for a meeting, HRW said.
They had earlier killed seven men who were returning from a nearby gold mine, it added.
“These executions are brazen war crimes by UPC fighters who feel free to kill at will,” said HRW’s Lewis Mudge.
“The group is carrying out its killing sprees with no fear of punishment, despite the presence of United Nations peacekeepers.”
Thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the CAR since 2013.
More than 12,000 UN peacekeepers are deployed in the country.
Their presence is credited with helping to reduce violence that at its peak in 2014 had led to fears of possible genocide.
However the country remains plagued by insecurity and has seen a resurgence of rebel factions.
UN troops have been accused of sexually abusing children and some central Africans have called for them to withdraw, saying they are failing to protect civilians.
Portuguese state prosecutors are bringing corruption charges against Angola’s vice-president Manuel Vicente.
The attorney-general’s office says that Vicente paid $810,000 (£650,000) in bribes to shut down corruption investigations that he was facing.
The alleged bribes were made to Portugal’s former public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, who also faces charges as part of “Operation Fizz”.
Vicente’s lawyer has denied the allegations, Portuguese media report.
Vicente served as head of Angola’s state oil company Sonangol from 1999 until 2012, a hugely influential position now occupied by the president’s daughter Isabel Dos Santos.
Until news of the corruption scandal emerged last year, he had been strongly tipped as a potential successor to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola since 1979.
The original corruption investigation, halted in 2012, focused on the origin of money Vicente used to buy a luxury apartment in Lisbon, local media reported.
The vice-president’s lawyer, Rui Patricio, said his client had not been notified of any charges being brought against him, describing the move as a “procedural violation” which “invalidated the legal process”, local media report.
Portuguese prosecutors say they intend to notify the vice-president of the charges via the Angolan authorities.
Angola has branded previous attempts by Portugal to investigate Vicente as “revenge by the former colonial master” and “neo-colonialism”.
Angola’s political and financial elite have in recent years invested hundreds of millions of dollars in Portugal, Angola’s former colonial ruler.
The investments have largely gone into buying up property and Portuguese companies.
Members of Parliament from Kasese district have questioned the continued security deployments in and around the home of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere in Kampala.
The king was recently released from prison on bail with some conditions attached.
According to Winnie Kiiza, the Kasese district woman MP who doubles as the leader of opposition, the king is being treated as a prisoner in his own home, with his visitors denied access.
“We are disappointed by the way our king is being handled. What I saw there is that its as if our king is living in a barracks,” Ms Kiizza wondered.
This came on the heels of the botched visit by the five MPs who had gone to check on their king who was released a few days ago. They were stopped on the gate by security personnel who are on guard and didn’t even have a glance at him.
The MPs have also questioned the continued alleged arrest of their people in Kasese for what they say are unjustified reasons.
Burundians who fled their country to Uganda in 2016 due to unrest that was in Burundi have vowed not to return home saying the country is not yet safe.
On Thursday, the refugees that are camping in Nakivale in Insingiro district staged a simple demonstration after receiving reports that their government wants them return home.
However, Burundi’s home affairs’ minister, Pascal Barandagiye, and the country’s ambassador to Uganda, Jean Bosco Barege managed to talk to them and convince them that the country is now settled.
“We are not forcing any one to go back home, but we are telling them that the situation in Burundi is now stable,” Barege said.
He added that whoever is ready to return home, the government of Burundi is ready to welcome him or her.
The unrest broke out in April 2016 when Burundians opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza took to the streets to protest.
The Office of the Academic Registrar at Makerere University has released the graduation schedule and the lists of graduands for the university’s 67th graduation ceremony.
The ceremony will be held from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th February 2017. The Schedule for the four day ceremony will run as follows;
Tuesday, 21st February 2017
College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT)
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)
College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS)
College of Education and External Studies (CEES)
Wednesday, 22nd February 2017
College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS)
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio-security (CoVAB)
College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Thursday, 23rd February 2017
Makerere University Business School (MUBS)
Friday, 24th February 2017
College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS)
School of Law
Graduands, distinguished guests and the entire congregation shall be seated by 8:30am. The Chancellor, Professor Ezra Suruma will then constitute the congregation for the 67th Graduation Ceremony at 9:00am.
A total of 14,895 graduands will be awarded degrees and diplomas at the four-day ceremony to be held at the university’s Freedom Square.
Uganda’s renowned comedian Anne Kansiime has refuted claims viral allover social media platforms that she has been arrested in UK trying to smuggle drugs.
The Metro-uk website this afternoon broke the news that Kansiime has been arrested at London Heathrow Airport with 2kgs of cocaine which she was trying to smuggle using two coffee bags placed in two suitcases.
However, when contacted on the matter by this website, the police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kawesi said that Kansiime is in Uganda not in UK as claimed and so the claims are not true.
Kansiime had earlier been contacted by howwe.biz and this is what she had to say;
“Am safe. Am not in prison, I am actually at National theatre preparing for my tonight’s show. There is no problem. Haters are the ones trying to come up with such stories. I will come up with an official communication on my page as soon as I can’, she said.
Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa, famous for his protest at the Rio Olympics, has been reunited with his family for the first time since going into exile.
He crossed his wrists over his head as he took silver in the marathon in a gesture against the Ethiopian government’s treatment of Oromo people.
Afterwards he refused to go home, saying his life might be in danger.
Now in the US, it is the first time he has seen his wife and two young children for at least six months.
He told the Associated Press news agency that the decision to leave his family behind had been a necessary risk.
“Putting them potentially in harm’s way was a good lesson for a lot of people that you need to sacrifice in order for you to win some concessions and change your situation,” he said.
“In that sense, it inspires people to fight for their rights and resist the government in Ethiopia.”
In September the athlete left Brazil for the US, where he is staying on a special skills visa.
His family arrived with visas as well, AP reports.
Feyisa became the first Ethiopian to finish in the top two of a men’s Olympics marathon since 2000, claiming silver behind Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge.
After his political protest, Ethiopian officials denied he was in danger, saying he would be welcomed home from Rio as a hero.
At the time, Feyisa said he had relatives who were in prison and if they talked about democratic rights they would be killed.
He is from Oromia, home to most of Ethiopia’s 35 million Oromo people, the country’s largest ethnic group.
A wave of anti-government protests began in the region in November 2015 with people complaining about social and political marginalisation.
During the protests and police crackdowns, they used the symbol of crossing their arms above their heads to mark their defiance.
In October, a six-month state of emergency was imposed in Ethiopia to deal with the unprecedented anti-government unrest.
A Kenyan couple who spent just $1 (£0.80) on their wedding renewed their vows in a lavish Valentine’s Day ceremony funded by well-wishers.
News of their budget wedding last month went viral on social media and many Kenyans offered to help.
At their first wedding, Wilson and Ann Mutura wore jeans and T-shirts and two steel circles served as rings.
Kenya media estimated their second wedding party cost $35,000 at an upmarket venue in the capital, Nairobi.
The BBC’s Peter Mwai in Nairobi says as the couple had already officially tied the knot, they exchanged new rings at the Valentine’s Day ceremony.
However, some Kenyans online have been questioning why the organisers spent so much money on the party instead of supporting the couple financially.
But Aaltonen Jumba, from Slique Events Planner Ltd – the main organiser of the event, said they had already been helped and this was about the romance.
“The couple have already been supported by others financially. Different people gave different things at different levels. They have been given a greenhouse farm, a honeymoon and have been promised money to start a business,” he said.
“Since that has been taken care of, why not give them the wedding they never had. Everyone needs that dream wedding,” he added.
Jumba said it was hard to say exactly how much was spent on the wedding ceremony as different service providers had contributed in kind and money had not changed hands.
Following its crane bank take over recently, DFCU bank has received a loan of $50 million (Shs179.25 billion) from Arise, an investment company based in Cape Town.
Dfcu Bank recently concluded an agreement with the Bank of Uganda to purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of Crane Bank Limited (CBL), which was under receivership.
The acquisition of CBL will allow dfcu Bank to diversify its service offerings to its clients and make banking more accessible to the public.
According to Arise Chief Executive Officer, Deepak Malik, the money is to help dfcu recapitalise after taking over the country’s biggest bank, Crane bank.
“The facility was availed on commercially-agreed terms, to enable commencement of the recapitalisation of dfcu Bank in the short term, while complying with regulatory capital thresholds” he said.
While giving his comments on the deal, dfcu Bank Managing Director, Juma Kisaame said; “The acquisition gives us the impetus to achieve our strategic objective of building a robust retail operation with multiple delivery channels whilst consolidating our position as a key player in the SME market segment.”
He added that this will also support their goal of promoting financial inclusion in Uganda.
Arise is a leading African investment company that partners with sustainable, locally-owned Financial Services Providers in Sub Saharan Africa.
The company was founded by three cornerstone investors namely Rabobank, Norfund and FMO and currently manages assets in excess of USD 660 million and is operational in over 10 countries.
Arise officially launched in South Africa on 2 February 2017 and its aim is to grow its current assets in excess of USD 1 billion.
By Serestino Tusingwire
Uganda could face sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council if it does not amend the Anti-Terrorism Act before the end of February.
State Minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania told the parliamentary committee on defence and internal affairs, that senior Ugandan officials could also face travel bans of prominent politicians and funding frozen from the World Bank and IMF if the amendments are not passed.
Kania wants parliament to pass the anti-terrorism amendments bill 2017 by 28th February.
“If the banks had denied international transactions with their colleagues outside, we are going to cause a very huge problem for this country in addition to the delay,” Kania said.
Uganda passed the anti-terrorism law in 2002 after the twin bombing in the US on 11th September, 2001.The law has since been amended twice in 2015 and 2016.
The UN Security Council through the financial action task force wants the new amendments to criminalize the funding of terrorism and also restrict international travel for people planning, preparing and participating in terrorism activities.
However, some committee members objected to the clause in the amendments covering suspected terrorists thinking that government could use the law to intimidate or harass the opposition.
If Uganda does not comply and pass the law by 28th February, its commercial banks could be blocked from transacting outside Uganda, funding and technical support by donors including the World Bank and IMF could be frozen and travel burns imposed on Ugandan top political leaders.
By Serestino Tusingwire
Former Deputy Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi, has told a parliamentary committee that they did not do extraordinary work in the oil tax cases to deserve a share of the so-called Shs6 billion Presidential handshake.
“When I was acting as deputy attorney general supporting this team, I really don’t think there is anything extra-ordinary that I did to deserve a share,” Ruhindi said.
He added that; “Whenever they would be in London, I would be here in Uganda coordinating their activities, ensuring they are well.”
Ruhindi made the remarks while appearing before the parliamentary committee investigating the cash payout to 42 government officials for their role in the tax cases.
Solicitor General Francis Atoke who bagged 129 million shillings as a reward for hard work also told the committee that he did not do anything extra-ordinary other than putting more time beyond normal working hours in the course of these cases.
“I don’t remember anytime in London that I went to bed before 3 am trying to do research,” Atoke said.
The committee resumes on Friday with more officials from the office of the Attorney general’s office chambers explaining the individual roles in all tax cases.
By Serestino Tusingwire
In the last four days several police and army barracks as well the government prison in Luzira have been undergoing water crisis after their taps were disconnected by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation.
NWSC says it has no more money to purchase chemicals for water purification and it already owes its suppliers a lot of money.
Officials worry that if the situation is not rectified soon they might be forced to pump untreated water, which might have serious health implications for the public.
“We have issues to do with chemicals, indeed if we don’t get money, then we shall be prompted to supply untreated water despite the dangerous it can cause,” an official said.
According to the company’s director of commercial and customer care George Okol, the crisis stems from the government’s failure to pay its arrears in water bills amounting to Shs25 billion shillings accrued from the police, prisons and the army.
It is revealed that Police owes NWSC Shs8billion, prisons 6billions, army 11billions and Mulago owes it 1.5billions.
Kampala capital city authority technical wing has insisted that the Lord Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago will not be paid his emoluments until the high court clears him.
This followed the authority council writing to the executive director Jenifer Musisi last month instructing her to pay Lukwago’s emolument since November 2013 to May 2016 when he was impeached from office.
While presenting the report from the technical wing today, the deputy ED, Andrew Kitata said Lukwago will only be paid his money after the court has cleared him.
Kitata explained that as the technical wing, they cannot release money until court orders them to do so.
He however added advised Lukwago to remain patient as they await the final decision from court.
It Should be remembered that Lukwago was controversially impeached from the office of the lord mayor in November 2013 on allegations that he was incompetent. His salary and other benefits were there halted.
Its from this point therefore that after resuming his office for the second term, Lukwago wants all the money that was supposed to be paid to him by then get paid to him now since the high court didn’t find him guilty of the alleged cases.
A non-profit organisation has petitioned the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga challenging the high tuition charged by government aided schools.
The Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER) collected signatures from over 100 Ugandans both at home and abroad before petitioning parliament.
It has urged parliament to make an inquiry into the rising school fees charged by government aided secondary schools across the country.
The organisation’s Programs director Angella Nabwowe Kasule says that many children risk losing their right to education as a result of the high tuition and other fees charged by schools.
“Some children mostly those from humble families are on verge of missing out on education because their parents cannot raise the school fees charged by some government schools these days. Something has to be done about it,” Kasule said.
Meanwhile the Speaker has promised to follow up the petition saying that many children have dropped out of school and that most of the fees charged by the schools are unnecessary.