The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has tasked government to update the country about the progress made in the registration of citizens for the National Identity Cards.
Speaking last evening at the commencement of Parliament’s second session, Rt Hon Kadaga said many national IDs are lying idle at collection points because citizens are not aware of the guidelines to be followed in picking them.
In May this year, President Yoweri Museveni announced that the deadline for simcard registration had been pushed to August, following pressure from parliament and other civil society actors.
It’s worth noting that national Identity Card is the only requirement for simcard registration.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s justice minister said on Monday that his government would not admit an independent investigation into violence in its Kasai region which has been called for by a top U.N. human rights official.
The U.N. Human Rights Council is likely to vote this week on whether to authorize such an investigation into violence that has killed hundreds in central Congo since last August, including two U.N. experts who were murdered earlier this year.
“Carrying out an investigation that excludes the Congolese authorities would be unacceptable. It would be as if we were not an independent country,” Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told reporters in Geneva.
U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein called on the Council to mandate an investigation after Congo missed a deadline to agree to investigate alleged massacres jointly.
“That would be a pity, for the simple reason that if a resolution is voted for and doesn’t take us into account, implementing it will be difficult,” Thambwe Mwamba said. “Do you want experts to go into a foreign country without reporting to the national authorities?
“How will they get visas? How will they get access to the countryside? The best way would be to go towards a solution that is acceptable for everyone … If you think you can do the investigation without us, go ahead.”
He said it was baseless to suggest that Congo had not met a June 8 deadline set by Zeid, since it had presented its roadmap for investigating on May 24 in Kinshasa. Zeid has said the government’s response “falls short”.
Some legal proceedings had already begun, Thambwe Mwamba said, including the trial of people suspected of killing U.N. sanctions monitors Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, an American and a Swede who disappeared in March and whose bodies were found two weeks later in a shallow grave.
About a dozen suspects were identified from a video of the murders, and the four principal suspects have been arrested, Thambwe Mwamba said. The others are still being sought.
Last month a military prosecutor said two militia men had been arrested, and denied that Congolese forces were involved.
“We have deployed the whole arsenal to establish responsibility – who committed the act, who ordered it, are there politicians at the provincial or national level who could have played any sort of role?,” Thambwe Mwamba said.
The minister also said Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who has been abroad since he was accused of plotting against the state a year ago, was free to come back to Congo whenever he wants, although he would have to face justice.
Thambwe Mwamba added that Katumbi could be barred from standing for election because Congo’s constitution does not permit dual nationalities.
Thambwe Mwamba also commented on a lawsuit against him in Belgium, which accuses him of involvement in the downing of an airliner in 1998, with the loss of 40 lives. He said he was unfazed by the lawsuit, and was very happy to respond to the court through his lawyer, and would not invoke diplomatic immunity.
Members of Parliament have asked the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga to order for an investigation into the conduct of two junior ministers entangled in a public spat.
The fights between State Minister of Lands, Persis Namuganza and State Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Aidah Nantaba were a center of debate during the plenary sitting on Tuesday June 20, after Kasilo County MP, Elijah Okupa, raised the matter.
Rising on a matter of national importance, Okupa told legislators that Namuganza was recently quoted on a local TV calling her predecessor in her current position a prostitute.
The legislator said it was an embarrassment to the Executive, headed by President Yoweri Museveni, to have colleagues in cabinet engaged in cat fights.
Okupa further pointed out that being MPs, Namuganza and Nantaba placed the institution of Parliament in bad light. He ordered that the Rules, Privileges and Discipline committee, which is tasked with handling indiscipline issues among MPs, handle the case of the ministers.
“Honourable Namuganza must tell us where she was prostituting with her fellow colleague,” Okupa demanded, prompting other MPs to support him.
Last year, Nantaba accused her counterpart of sneaking into Kayunga district to handle land wrangles, which she said was a ploy to back land grabbers.
Namuganza however denied this, saying she had been sent on assignment by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to handle land wrangles reported to her by one of the MPs from Kayunga.
During a meeting between MPs from Buganda region and the Lands Ministry in February this year, the two ministers exchanged words before legislators.
A number of legislators including Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto and Kalungu West MP Joseph Ssewungu pinned Namuganza for severally abusing Nantaba on different radio stations and newspapers, which they termed as disrespectful and a cause for disciplinary action.
The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa told the House that a subcommittee, headed by First Deputy Prime Minister, General Moses Ali, was already in place to handle cases of indiscipline within cabinet.
Nankabirwa assured the legislators that the Nantaba-Namuganza feud is currently being handled by the committee.
Kadaga directed that recordings implicating Namuganza is given to Parliament before a decision on whether the Rules committee should probe the matter further.
The Government Chief Whip Ruth Nakabirwa has distanced herself from knowledge of any directive, compelling all citizens to acquire sim-cards of Uganda Telecom, the national telecommunications company.
Nankabirwa said that there had been no cabinet decision passed on the same.
“I at least attended all the previous three cabinet meetings and it was not discussed, maybe it was a different forum,” she said.
The Government Chief Whip was responding to public concerns against the directive allegedly communicated by Ms Evelyn Anite, the Minister of State for Investment.
“It is going to be compulsory for Ugandans to hold a UTL line (sim-card) just as it is for you to have a national ID,” the Minister is quoted to saying. “You must have a Ugandan line…that is the spirit of patriotism.”
However, Ms Nankabirwa said she would not delve into matters outside her docket.
“I don’t think am in position to really give you the update, because I am not in charge of the docket I don’t know whether they presented to cabinet,” said Nankabirwa.
Evelyn Anite is the current junior Minister for investment and is also known for taking on daring missions, to the surprise of not only the inner circles of the ruling party but also the entire nation.
In the run up to the 2016 general election, Anite took a swipe against Amama Mbabazi, the then NRM Secretary General, thwarting his presidential bid from within the party. She accused him of nursing selfish ambitions before she proposed Museveni’s sole candidature.
The government-backed Bana Mura militia in Congo has committed horrific crimes in ethnically-motivated attacks in the past few months, including cutting off toddlers’ limbs and slicing open pregnant women, the U.N. human rights chief said on Tuesday.
“Refugees from multiple villages in the Kamonya territory indicated that the Bana Mura have in the past two months shot dead, hacked or burned to death, and mutilated, hundreds of villagers, as well as destroying entire villages,” he said.
“My team saw children as young as two whose limbs had been chopped off; many babies had machete wounds and severe burns,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Congolese security forces and a militia fighting them have killed at least 3,383 people in the central Kasai region since October, the Catholic Church said on Tuesday, in the most detailed report to date on the violence.
Church officials, citing their own sources in the remote territory bordering Angola, said the army had destroyed 10 villages as it sought to stamp out an insurrection.
They also accused the Kamuina Nsapu militia of killing hundreds of people, destroying four villages and attacking church property in a campaign to drive out central government troops.
No one was immediately available to comment from the militia or Democratic Republic of Congo’s army, which has dismissed accusations of excessive force in the past.
The clashes have triggered fears of a wider conflict in the central African giant, a tinderbox of ethnic rivalry and competing claims over mineral resources. Wars at the turn of the century killed millions and sucked in neighbouring countries.
The church’s report will carry considerable weight in a country where about 40 percent of the population identifies as Catholic.
Fighting surged in Kasai in August when the army killed a chief who had been calling for central government forces to quit the region, saying it should be left to local leaders.
The violence has stoked political tensions already heightened by President Joseph Kabila’s decision to stay in power beyond the December 2016 end of his mandate. Kasai is an opposition stronghold.
The U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva is due to decide this week whether to authorize an investigation into the Kasai violence. U.N. investigators say they have discovered 42 mass graves.
A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling a baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook.
The man posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him.”
It prompted other social media users to demand his arrest for child abuse.
He was charged with endangering the baby’s safety following his arrest on Sunday, police said.
The child was dangled out of the 15th-floor window of an apartment block in the capital, Algiers, news site Al Arabiya reported.
The man, who is a relative of the child, denied he put his life at risk, saying the image had been altered by social media users, Algeria’s privately owned Ennahar TV reported.
“The picture was taken in a balcony with protective barriers. These were removed,” he was quoted as saying.
The child’s father urged the court to forgive the man, saying he had just been playing a game.
However, the judge ruled against him, saying the picture was clear and the child’s life was in danger.
Articles shared on social media about the incident got thousands of mostly angry reactions, BBC reports.
Many Algerians insulted the man, and praised the authorities for arresting him and sentencing him, she adds.
Earlier reports incorrectly described the convicted man as the child’s father.
A Ugandan service where you can get law advice through texts and Facebook messages has won a €75,000 ($84,000; £66,000) Belgian innovation prize.
BarefootLaw started in 2012 and now responds to over 30,000 legal questions each month. Ugandans can ask lawyers questions on SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and email.
They are hoping to expand to more face-to-face services in places that aren’t connected to the internet.
BarefootLaw was one of three winners of the King Baudouin African Development Prize, who all won the same prize money.
Another joint-winner, Farmerline, makes software for small-scale farmers across 10 countries to keep them informed on the market prices for their crops.
And the third joint winner, Kytabu, developed an android app for students across East Africa to rent digital textbooks.
The chair of the King Baudouin Foundation, Thomas Leysen, said the winners have “set a new precedent on how technology can change lives across Africa”.
At least 10 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu that targeted a government building in the southern district of Wadajir, a government official said.
It is reported that a vehicle laden with explosives was rammed into a security barrier outside a government building thus exploding and killing nearby people, injuring others.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab said in a statement carried by the SITE intelligence agency that they were behind the attack.
“More than 10 persons died, 20 others were wounded. The explosion destroyed the building of Wadajir District headquarters. More than 10 cars were destroyed in the explosion,” Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesman for the Mogadishu mayor, said.
Al-Shabab wants to force out African Union peacekeepers, topple the government and impose its strict version of Islam.
Proline director Mujib Kasule has threatened to petition FIFA over alleged electoral fraud and malpractices in the FUFA presidential elections.
“We are going to collect all the necessary information concerning the elections and state of the game. Am here to fight for all the stakeholders of the game,” Kasule said today at a press conference in Kampala.
Kasule was disqualified from the presidential race for reportedly failing to fulfill the requirements stipulated ahead of the June 16 deadline to file nomination documents.
FUFA Electoral Committee chairman Samuel Bakiika said Kasule lacked certified academic documents from UNEB, signatures from executive committee members, passport size photographs and letters of recommendation from the club and football associations.
The only candidate nominated so far is the incumbent president, Moses Magogo which means he is set to retain the seat for another five-years term unopposed.
The state minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr. Simon Lokodo, has bashed struggling celebrities for their continued release of nude pictures and sex videos hoping to climb back to fame.
Lokodo made the comments regarding the recently leaked sex video of veteran singer, Angela Kalule.
“It seems it has become a norm amongst forgotten artists to use nudity as a ladder towards their return to stardom but serious action is to start with Kalule,” Lokodo said.
In the private video, Kalule is seen professing her undying love to her partner before exposing her aging boob and bum.
Kalule contends that an unknown person hacked into her phone and leaked the video before she reported the case of theft of the phone to Police
However, according to Fr. Lokodo, the video was intentionally leaked by the singer to revive her music career.
Kalule under her Kangie Band has for a while long struggled to register a hit on the music charts following her hit ‘Katikitiki’.
Lokodo also cited Desire Luzinda’s case in 0ctober 2014 when the singer was accused of leaking nude pictures of herself before later releasing the song ‘Ekitone’ which enjoyed a lot of airplay.
The minister has instructed security organs to conduct thorough investigations into the matter and promised to take serious action as per the law.
A number of celebrities over the years including Fabiola, Hellen Lukoma, Zari Hassa, Brenda Nambi, Cindy Ssanyu, Maureen Namatovu (2007 Big Brother) have had nude images of the leaked.
The FUFA Electoral Committee is set to continue with the electoral exercise this week as the First Division Clubs (Azam Uganda Premier League clubs) go to polls on Saturday 24th June.
The 16 clubs have already started the process by submitting names of their voters who will elect the 3rd Vice President to the FUFA Executive Committee.
‘All clubs got the communication notifying them of the exercise. We are glad that the lists of voters from the clubs were submitted to the FUFA Electoral Committee’ said Sam Bakiika-the FUFA Electoral Committee Chairman.
Aspiring Candidates will pick nomination forms today (Tuesday 20th June) and return them on Wednesday (21st June) while declaration of candidates is set for Thursday 22nd June.
‘The election of the 3rd Vice President will be conducted on 24th June, 2017.
Bank of Uganda has warned that if government does not stick to its agreed projected borrowing from the domestic market, it will undermine the efforts of reviving the economy.
This was during the press briefing in which the BOU announced a cutting of the central bank rate a benchmark against which commercial banks set their own interest rates 10%, the lowest it has ever been.
“With domestic inflation pressures remaining subdued, and giving the continued weak prospects for economic growth, the bank of Uganda judges continued easing of monitory policy is appropriator,” the governor bank of Uganda, Emanuel Tumusiime Mutebile remarked.
This therefore means that banks are expected to follow by continuing to lower their interest rates with the lowest known rates of borrowers at about 19%.
According the the Executive director, Researc Bank of Uganda, if the government is borrowing in the range of range of 15-17%, it automatically means that the banks will prefer to lend money to government than private individuals.
Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng has called for a policy to have all couples screened for sickle-cells disease before they marry.
“Before marriage, every couple must screen for the sickle-cell gene. You cannot see and identify carriers of the gene, so it is important that we screen,” Acen said.
Dr. Aceng was speaking during the national commemoration of World Sickle Cell day in Kamuli district under the theme “break the silence.”
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga who was the chief guest at the event said Parliament would work to have special consideration given to sicklers in educational institutions.
“We shall do everything possible to ensure that the effective facilities are available so that the people can use them for screening,” Kadaga promised.
The national sickle-cell coordinator in the ministry of health, Charles Kiyaga said a research conducted in 2014 shows that 7% of Ugandans have sickle-cell disease. He says every five years, at least 20,000 children die of the disease across Uganda.
Buganda road court presided by Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda has today halted government’s move to subject Dr. Stella Nyanzi to psychiatric tests to ascertain her mental status, pending disposal of her petition challenging the Mental Treatment Act of 1938.
Chief Magistrate Ereemye ruled that he could not render Dr. Nyanzi’s petition useless, since she was not challenging her cyber-harassment trial, but had to allow the constitutional court exercise its jurisdiction and resolve the question of whether the compulsory subjecting of suspects to the Mental Treatment Act, enacted during colonial era, is still relevant.
Magistrate Ereemye also declined to cancel Dr.Nyanzi’s bail on grounds that she defied the subjudice rule by attacking Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya who kept turning up in court not ready to proceed.
The magistrate ruled that athough the language Dr. Nyanzi used was kind of “hard”, he did not find the said posts to be subjudice nor were they discussing the merits of the case before court, but that they were a manifestation of dissatisfaction on the part of the court user, and rather an opportunity for all the parties in the case to re-examine how they conduct public affairs.
Dr. Nyanzi’s trial on charges of offensive communication and cyber-harassment against the person of the President will now continue on 21 July 2017 before Buganda road court.
A report by the Uganda traffic police indicates that a total of 1,153 accidents were recorded around the country between May and June this year.
The report further indicates that 223 people lost their lives in these road accidents, and several others survived with grave injuries.
In May alone, the number of accident victims was 877. Of those, 170 died and 707 sustained injuries.
Traffic police spokesperson Charles Ssebambulidde told the media at a briefing at the police headquarters in Kampala on Monday that most of the fatal accidents were recorded in Kampala metropolitan area.
“Most of the accidents involve bodaboda’s and pedestrians in Kampala. This is because motorists don’t respect pedestrians,” Ssebambulidde said.
In 2016, highways had become a death trap. The Kampala-Masaka high particularly was labeled a black spot after an estimated 300 people lost their lives in a period of six months.
The commission of inquiry investigating land management and administration in Uganda has heard that KCCA has failed to preserve land meant for a cemetery in Bukasa in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district.
It is reported that out of the 50 acres of land that was bought by the Kampala City Council to be used to burry unclaimed bodies, only six acres are left. The rest of the land have either been leased out, rightly sold off or grabbed.
While appearing before the commission, acting director of physical planning in Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Mark Bwambale and KCCA land manager Dickson Akena found difficulty explaining the parceling and leasing of the Bukasa cemetery land.
“We admit that there has been very stunt information regarding this particular land. That’s why there are so many issues of encroachment, but as KCCA we are very committed to securing public land that falls in the arms of wrong people,” Akena said.
The commission heard that whereas KCCA is mandated to manage and oversee public cemeteries in the city, a lot of the land has ended up being sold to private people.
The commission chaired by Justice Bamugemereire also heard that KCCA failed in its mandate to preserve this land and instead allowed Wakiso land board to give titles to public land.
The hearing was adjourned to a yet to be known date when the KCCA officials will present a detailed information about the status of city cemeteries.
Urban division councilors at Kampala Capital City Authority turned rowdy during a council meeting on Monday when a debate about the KCCA Amendment Bill was brought on the floor.
The councilors kept heckling the speakers who were discussing the devolution of power to divisions and salary increments to councilors.
Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was forced to end the council meeting prematurely after he failed to rein in the councilors and bring the proceedings to order.
The disruption started after State Minister for Kampala Affairs Benny Namugwanya presented the contentious KCCA Amendment bill to a packed council meeting at City Hall.
She suggested a 30% salary increment for urban councillors and a 20% increment for the Lord Mayor, division mayors and their deputies. Namugwanya says councillors have persistently been demanding for a pay raise.
When the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, called for a session to discuss the KCCA bill, urban division councillors who were sitting in the gallery disrupted their colleagues who were making the presentation bringing the discussion to a halt.
Lukwago blames all this to the Minister for Kampala, Betty Kamya whom she accuses of hiring some councilors to purposely cause chaos in the city hall and make sure the bill is passed without fail.
The majority of members in the KCCA session are from the opposition and if the bill is brought back for debate they will likely reject it but if t remains in parliament which is largely dominated by the NRM then they will pass it into law but the introduction of the salary emoluments may have brought more division than ever.
A KCCA division councilor currently earns Shs3.5 million. If the 30% increment is approved they will be earning a salary of Shs4, 550,000 plus a sitting allowance of Shs200,000 and transport allowance of Shs100,000.
Authority Councilors currently earn Shs3, 450,000 monthly. They will be earning Shs4.4 million, a sitting allowance of Shs200,000 and transport allowance of Shs100,000 if their pay is increased by 30%.
A Deputy Division Mayor gets Shs8.2m, which will increase to Shs9.8 million if their salaries increase by 20%. Division Mayors earn Shs10.7M that will increase to Shs12.9M. Deputy Lord Mayors earn Shs11.5M which will increase to 13.8M
The Lord Mayor earns Shs16m and when the 20% increment is added he will earn Shs19.2m. Members of parliament representing constituents in Kampala all had their opinions regarding the bill with most bent awards rejecting it. In 2015, the bill was introduced at a time when the political atmosphere was tense ahead of the elections. It was consequently shelved and has now been brought back with new proposals to devolve the functions of Urban Division Councillors, raise salaries and separate powers of leaders within KCCA.
While the divisions grow deeper at City Hall, Kampala residents may have to wait longer for the delivery of social services by the Authority.
Watch this space
Buganda Road Court is today set to decide whether or not to cancel Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s bail and send her back to Luzira prison on remand.
Dr. Nyanzi, a Research Fellow at Makerere University has gained fame for expressing her frustration with the government using explicit language on social networking site Facebook.
She is expected before Buganda Road Court Chief magistrate James Mawanda Ereemye.
This is after the Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya asked court to cancel Dr. Nyanzi’s bail saying she had abused one of her bail terms by posting a comment on her face book page attacking the prosecutors handling her computer misuse case, by describing them as “people wearing unfitting Chinese coats and underwear”.
Magistrate Ereemye is also expected to determine whether or not to suspend hearing Nyanzi’s criminal case until the Constitutional court pronounces itself on a petition she filed challenging the Mental Treatment Act.
The Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday remanded a man to Luzira prison for defaming the head of a Pentecostal church in Kampala.
The court ordered Joseph Mukasa to be remanded until the 6th July when his case will come up for hearing.
Mukasa was arrested last month for defamation. He accused Bishop Patrick Makumbi, of the International Gospel Healing Centre in Lweza, of performing fake miracles and defrauding his congregation.
The presiding Grade One Magistrate, Allan Gakyaalo fixed Kato’s case for hearing on the 6th July this year and ordered Bishop Makumbi to come along with his witnesses.
Mukasa was charged with defamation on the 5th of this month but he pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution led by Happiness Ainebyona states that between February and March 2017 while speaking on various local Radio and Television stations within Kampala, Mukasa uttered statements to the effect that Bishop Makumbi had stolen and eaten his genitals.
These statements, according to prosecution were made with an intention of ridiculing and defaming the profession of Bishop Makumbi within the minds of right thinking members of society.
Kato’s relatives had declared him missing 2 weeks ago only to learn that he had been sent to jail over defamation.