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Angola stadium stampede in Uige kills 17

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:51
Angola stadium stampede in Uige kills 17

At least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, local officials say.

Hundreds more were reported to have been injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain entry.

Some of those who fell became trapped and suffocated at the venue on Friday, a medical official said.

Witnesses said the crowd trying to gain access would have taken the stadium past its 8,000 capacity.

Santa Rita de Cassia were hosting Recreativo do Libolo in a first division league match.

“Some people had to walk on top of other people. There were 76 casualties, of whom 17 died,” Ernesto Luis, director general of the local hospital, told Reuters news agency.

Five of the injured are reported to be in serious condition.

Angolan and Portuguese media report that some of the dead are children.

A statement on Recreativo de Libolo’s website called it “a tragedy without precedent in the history of Angolan football”.

Supporter Domingos Vika, 35, said that the entrance was already overcrowded when more people began pouring in to the stadium.

“When they gave the opportunity for everyone to come in, we were all packed at the gate,” said Mr Vika, who left the venue with a broken hand.

Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has ordered an investigation into the incident, local media report.

The game ended in a 0-1 defeat for the home side, Santa Rita de Cassia.

@BBC Africa

Independent EALA Aspirants Accuse Parliament Of Ignoring Them

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:36
Independent EALA Aspirants Accuse Parliament Of Ignoring Them

By Serestino Tusingwire

Six aspirants contesting in the East African Legislative Assembly race on the independent ticket, are accusing authorities in parliament of delaying to nominate them.

The aspirants who addressed the media on Friday accuse parliament of marginalising them and favouring political party candidates.

“We are not happy that we are not yet nominated candidates yet we were the first people to submit in our nomination forms,” Twaha Ibanda, aspirant said.

The noted that the verification committee is not yet in place to verify their candidature which may delay the process.

Six of the 35 aspirants who handed in their papers to run as independent candidates also raised concerns about NRM elections that were marred with irregularities.

They hope that those problems do not spill off to the elections.

However, Parliament’s director of communications, Chris Obore told the aspirants to remain calm as they wait their turn to be nominated.

Man Arrested For Stealing Hospital Autoclave

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:48
Man Arrested For Stealing Hospital Autoclave

 

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi

Police in Arua have arrested a driver attached to Arua regional referral hospital over allegations of stealing an Autoclave machine which has for long, been used for sterilization in maternity ward.

Nathan Oluka was on Thursday picked by police flying squad from the hospital after a tip off by anonymous persons.

According to Josephine Angucia, the North Western police spokesperson, after his arrest, Oluka led police officers to drivers’ corner, a popular joint in Arua town where the machine was recovered.

Angucia said reports indicate that Oluka used an enclosed hospital vehicle to transport the autoclave to drivers’ corner.

“On interrogation, the suspect revealed that he was used by the assistant procurement officer of the hospital to transport the machine to drivers’ corner,” Angucia noted.

“We are now looking for the procurement officer. We shall arrest him to come and also help us in establishing the motive behind the whole matter,” she added.

The PRO said police fears that there is conspiracy in the offense, and as a result, any hospital staff, whose name pops up in the due course of the investigations, will be arrested.

Angucia observed that Oluka has been charged with theft of government property vide Arua CRB 426/2017.

“The suspect is currently with us at Arua CPS. We shall produce him in Court soon, after completing our investigations into the matter,” Angucia explained.

However, Angucia noted that this is not the first time police is registering cases of theft from the hospital.

She said last year, some medics were arrested for stealing government drugs while others stole hospital scraps for sale on different occasions.

When contacted for a comment on Oluka’s arrest, Dr. Bernard Odu, the Arua hospital director said: “He is now a criminal. That is no longer a management issue, so ask police.”

Lango EC Boss Arrested over Illegal Poll

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 12:25
Lango EC Boss Arrested over Illegal Poll

By Milton Emmy Akwam

At least six people including the electoral commission chairman that was heading the election of new Lango paramount chief have been arrested.

The arrest was termed by Police authorities as illegal and non compliance with Public Order Management Act of 2016.

Those arrested includes; Vincent I. Oling who’s the shadow Chairperson Electoral Commission of Tekwaro Lango, Okello Hamza, Lucy Awino both members, Joan Paco Oto, the former Lira RDC who’s a deputy EC Chairperson.

Others were Tom Anang Odur, a member and a former Kwania MP in the now Apac Municipality and Odongo Martin, the Clerk to Council.

These were arrested from Ireda parish, central division in Lira Municipality on Friday morning before they were whisked away in a waiting Police van that transported them to Lira central police station.

They were found entering results and ready to be announced, a statement Vincent I. Oling confirmed to journalists.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Police spokesperson confirmed the arrest to journalists in a press briefing from Lira CPS, an hour after the harvest.

“Six and many more still at large will be charged with convening an illegal assembly contrary to Public Order Management Act of 2016,” he said.

Items seized by Police during arrest includes; declaration of result forms, list of the electoral college who were supposed to vote and the letters addressed to RISO, all LC5 chairpersons across Lango Sub-region, RDCs in Lango, RPC for North Kyoga region, among others.

On Thursday evening, a security meeting involving members of the electoral commission chaired by Lira RDC also attended by RISO, RPC and DPC agreed to the halt of Friday poll as was scheduled.

The meeting resolved among key resolutions to stop forthwith the election until the commission put into writing reasons why they deemed the poll should be held.

Irene Ntale ‘Records’ Beef Song For Vinka

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:50
Irene Ntale ‘Records’ Beef Song For Vinka

Former Swangz Avenue singer Irene Ntale has reportedly checked into a studio to record a beef song for former manager Veronica Nakiyingi aka Vinka.

Out tipsters have informed us that the ‘He go down’ singer recently started her project in a yet to be identified studio in Kansanga.

Little known producer Eno is apparently the man behind the instruments as Irene moves to hit back at her former manager turned singer Vinka.

Even though the title hasn’t been revealed yet, out moles believe it’s majorly about Vinka and her double standards , having ventured into the same industry with her.

It should be noted that not so long ago, Vinka announced her singing intentions forcing Irene Ntale out of the label at which she had spent three years.

Recently, Vinka released her first single titled ‘Level’ which has been under scrutiny by fans, majorly because of her croaky voice.

 

Morgan Heritage Finally Confirms Kampala Show

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:46
Morgan Heritage Finally Confirms Kampala Show

Jamaican singing family Morgan Heritage has for the past few weeks been making rounds in the media for their forthcoming show in Kampala.

However, they hadn’t officially confirmed the show, until Tuesday evening when they unleashed official tour dates on their social media handles.

In a press release, the legendary family confirmed 13th April as the date they’ll be in Kampala for a reggae showdown.

The show, anticipated to be the biggest in 2017, will be held at Lugogo cricket Oval with a lineup of both local and international guest artists.

Among them includes fast raising crooner Jemere Morgan who is Denroy Morgan’s son is a grandchild of the legendary family.

 

 

Radio To Produce Gospel Album At Swangz Avenue

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:29
Radio To Produce Gospel Album At Swangz Avenue

Singer Moze Radio of the Goodlyfe crew is set to produce his maiden gospel album at the Muyenga based Swangz Avenue, we have learnt.

Sources inside the camp have confirmed to us that the singer and songwriter already penned an agreement with the label which will be responsible for producing and mixing it.

Moze Radio’s album

 

Titled ‘Kilimajaro’ the album is a solo project by the crooner, meaning he is and will remain part of the goodlyfe.

Speaking to Benon Mugumbya the producer and manager at the label, he told our moles that this is a one off, and there are no plans of officially signing him, yet.

All songs, according to our insiders were written by Radio, produced by Eli Arkhis and mixed by Benon at their Muyega based label.

The first song off this album to come out will apparently be titled ‘Yawe’

Gov’t To Carry Out Live­stock Cen­sus In Otuke District

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:49
Gov’t To Carry Out Live­stock Cen­sus In Otuke District

Gov­ern­ment has re­solved to carry out an im­me­di­ate live­stock cen­sus to rest ten­sions be­tween Karamajong herds­men and lo­cals in the neigh­bor­ing dis­trict of Otuke.

The res­o­lu­tion fol­lows com­plaints by Otuke dis­trict lead­ers over the il­le­gal set­tle­ment of the herds­men in their dis­trict in De­cem­ber last year.

“A cen­sus of all an­i­mals in each herd should be con­ducted with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, and the same will be re­peated at the time the herds­men will be go­ing back to Karamoja,’ reads part of a gov­ern­ment state­ment to Par­lia­ment.

The state­ment pre­sented by Moses Kizige, the min­is­ter of State for Karamoja Af­fairs on Thurs­day also high­lighted the need for prior con­sul­ta­tions among dis­trict lead­ers be­fore cat­tle move­ments are un­der­taken to avoid risks faced in Otuke to­day.

“The move­ments by the herds­men have put rea­son­able pres­sure on ex­ist­ing so­cial ser­vices like health units, sources of drink­ing wa­ter, food sup­plies and vet­eri­nary ser­vices.” said Kizige.

As a mea­sure gov­ern­men­t was un­der­tak­ing sys­tem­atic with­drawal of the herds­men from af­fected ar­eas.

On Jan­u­ary 10, 2017, Ms Sylvia Akello (Otuke Woman MP) rais­ing a mat­ter of na­tional im­por­tance said that the Kara­ma­jong herds­men be­sides de­stroy­ing crops were a se­cu­rity threat in the area since many were be­lieved to be armed.

How­ever, Kizige’s state­ment in­di­cated that such claims were mere ru­mors hyped by politi­cians in the af­fected ar­eas.

“The se­cu­rity re­ports re­ceived do not pro­vide ev­i­dence that the herds­men are armed with guns,” he said.

In De­cem­ber last year, an es­ti­mated num­ber of 5000 cat­tle keep­ers with about 10,000 lives stock moved from  Karamoja mainly from Kotido and en­tered Og­wete in Otuke dis­trict and some f theme moved fur­ther to Ageni Choko­bel and Mo­roto Parish in Al­be­tong dis­trict.

Other dis­tricts in­clude Abim, Alebtong and ar­eas of the greater Lango re­gion in­clud­ing Amuria.

This mass mi­gra­tion is largely at­trib­uted to low lev­els of rain­fall and the semi-arid na­ture of the Karamoja re­gion cou­pled with pro­longed dry spell that hit most parts of the coun­try.

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Lango Votes New Paramount Chief amidst Anxiety

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:22
Lango Votes New Paramount Chief amidst Anxiety

By Milton Emmy Akwam

The long awaited day for electing in the new paramount chief of Lango has arrived.

The ballot, according to organizers shall be held at Lango Cultural Foundation (Abila a’Lango) located in senior quarters, Central division in Lira Municipality.

Vincent I. Oling, the chairperson Electoral Commission says the voting will start with clan heads (Council of Owitong) voting those persons they think should be the next Paramount Chief.

Following, the first three nominees shall be candidates to be elected the next Won Nyaci (Paramount Chief) by the same voters.

His statement has sparked public concern with many questioning the accuracy, fairness of the poll since no candidate was made known to the locals.

“The new constitution gives no room for anybody to campaign because it’s not a political game,” Oling said.

The Karuma Peace Pact of 2015 came out with key resolutions among it was to elect the new Won Nyaci after two years.

Dr. Richard Nam, the Prime Minister Lango Cultural foundation says the Friday poll is null and void and will be battled in a Court of Law.

Nam and besieged Paramount Chief, Yosam Odur Ebii last week gave President Museveni a dossier on how some clan chiefs are planning to oust them.

Ben Ogwang Ocoo, an elder says Lango has never discussed key developmental issues but culture that does not benefit all people.

Ocoo asked both parties to first sort themselves out through harmony before rushing to elect new chief.

Eng. Michael Odongo Okune, Uganda Road Fund (URF)’s Executive Director is the only notable candidate sought to emerge as a winner.

Magombe Spit Venom over Allegations That He Belongs to Opposition

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:02
Magombe Spit Venom over Allegations That He Belongs to Opposition

Mbale: Vicent Magombe, a former aspirant for Mbale LC5 seat has spit fire on those who claim that he belongs to the opposition.

In his news letter released last week, Magombe accuse the current LC5 chairman Benard Mujasi and the district NRM chairman Muhamood Masaaba for being the masterminds in creating divisionism in the district politics and spoiling the name of Minister Micheal Werikhe.

Mujasi and Masaaba reportedly accused Welikhe for funding Magombe whom they claim he belongs to the opposition.

“The claim that Welikhe is funding me is baseless. Welikhe is my MP because I reside in Bungokho south, and we have worked together on various party assignments over the years but he is not funding me.” Magombe said in the letter.

He added that he a staunch NRM supporter having served it since 1982 and that those who are branding him as an opposition member have their own motives.

“I belong to NRM, I only decided to stand as an independent in the 2016 elections because my votes in the primaries were rigged and I was denied victory.” Magombe said.

Magombe therefore accuse Mujasi and Masaaba of hypocrisy, pretending that they are the best NRM supporters ever yet they have been occasionally supported different candidates against NRM flag bearers.

According to Magombe, during the L.C III elections for Bungokho sub-county, Masaba and Mujasi supported Washaki Ahamad the convert independent against Mabonga Robert who was the NRM flag bearer.

The two allegedly supported the Independent Karim Muliro against flag bearer Wakalawo Sam in Busano   L.C V Councilor race. The same applied in Bukonde sub-county when they supported Sulai Mumeya against the flag bearer Kahandi Hussein.

Magombe further accused the two for supporting FDC’s Muhamed Mafabi against NRM flag bearer Henry Manana in the District Speaker race.

Magombe asked that if Mujasi, Masaaba and others know themselves as best NRM mobilisers ever, how come Museveni lost against Besigye even at their own polling stations yet at his, Museveni won.

Check the table below.

 

NAME POLLING STATION S/C KIIZA BESIGYE YOWERI MUSEVENI Masaba Muhamood Nabumali School for the blind Nyondo 297 272 Benard Mujasi Busiu Township

A – M Busiu 195 85 Shiraku Moses Lumbuku P/S Busiu 294 80 Ahmed Washaki Shananda Bungokho S/C 166 119 Werikhe Michael Manyenya P/S Busoba 197 220 Watamba Steven Lwalela P/S Bungokho 227 271 Magombe V Bulugele Catholic Church Nambale 138 177   Source: Ec.or.ug. 2016 presidential election results Mbale District

 

 

MPs Ques­tion Health Min­is­ter Over Fam­ily Plan­ning For Pupils

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:41
MPs Ques­tion Health Min­is­ter Over Fam­ily Plan­ning For Pupils

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment have put gov­ern­ment to task to ex­plain a pro­posed plan to pro­vide con­tra­ceptives to chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posed Na­tional Pol­icy on Sex­ual and Re­pro­duc­tive Health by the Min­istry of Health, chil­dren as young as 10 years will ac­cess fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices as one of the means to re­duce early preg­nan­cies among ado­les­cents.

The pol­icy states that there is need to fo­cus ef­forts on de­lay­ing sex de­but and in­creas­ing con­tra­cep­tive use among sex­u­al­ity ac­tive ado­les­cents.

All ado­les­cents are el­i­gi­ble for the health ser­vices, In­crease age-ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion, ac­cess and use of fam­ily plan­ning among young peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 24 years.

Bugan­gaizi East MP, Ones­mus Twina­mat­siko raised the matter be­fore Par­lia­ment on Feb­ru­ary 9, 2017, ques­tion­ing the ra­tio­nale by gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce the plan.

Twina­mat­siko won­dered why gov­ern­ment wanted to tar­get girls, a move which could en­cour­age early sex.

“The pro­gramme by the Min­istry to in­tro­duce fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices to girls is so un­healthy,” he stated.

State Min­is­ter for Health, Dr. Joyce Moriku how­ever dis­missed the re­port in the me­dia, in­sist­ing that there was no plan in the off­ing by the min­istry to in­tro­duce con­tra­cep­tives to young girls.

“I will give a com­pre­hen­sive state­ment on this mat­ter next week,” Moriku pleaded

48 Nom­i­nated For EALA Seats

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:31
48 Nom­i­nated For EALA Seats

By Serestino Tusingwire

Par­lia­ment has re­ceived nom­i­na­tion forms from 48 can­di­dates vy­ing for nine slots at the East African Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

Ac­cord­ing to Chris Obore, Par­lia­men­t’s Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, by close of busi­ness on Feb­ru­ary 9, 2017, 38 can­di­dates vy­ing as In­de­pen­dents re­turned their forms to the of­fice of the Clerk to Par­lia­ment, Jane Kibirige.

The rul­ing Na­tional Re­sis­tance Move­ment (NRM) party, which elected its can­di­dates on Feb­ru­ary 8, 2017, had its can­di­dates Mary Mu­gyenyi, George Odongo, Paul Musamali, De­nis Na­mara, Rose Akol and Matthias Kasamba nom­i­nated.

The op­po­si­tion Fo­rum for De­mo­c­ra­tic Change (FDC) party nom­i­nated two can­di­dates. Flo­rence Ibi Ek­wau, for­mer Kabera­maido Woman MP, who came top in the par­ty’s elec­tion on Mon­day this week, was nom­i­nated by the FDC Pres­i­dent, Rtd. Ma­jor Gen­eral Mugisha Muntu while In­grid Turi­nawe was nom­i­nated by FDC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Nan­dala Mafabi.

The De­mo­c­ra­tic Party (DP) fronted Fred Mukasa Mbidde while Uganda Peo­ple’s Con­gress (UPC) nom­i­nated Chris Opoka.

How­ever, Lu­mumba lamented that NRM de­serves to take at least seven out of the nine slots, given its nu­mer­i­cal strength.

The two-day nom­i­na­tion ex­er­cise kicked off on Wednes­day, in which 57 In­de­pen­dents picked nom­i­na­tion pa­pers but only 38 re­turned them.

Obore said Par­lia­ment has drafted a roadmap which will guide the even­tual vot­ing of Ugan­da’s nine rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the re­gional Par­lia­ment.

On Tues­day Feb­ru­ary 14, the Speaker is ex­pected to ap­point a ver­i­fi­ca­tion com­mit­tee, which will be ap­proved by the House.

On Wednes­day Feb­ru­ary 15, the com­mit­tee will com­mence with ver­i­fi­ca­tion process of can­di­dates’ cre­den­tials.

On Mon­day Feb­ru­ary 20, the com­mit­tee will sub­mit ver­i­fied names of can­di­dates to the Clerk to Par­lia­ment, and on the same day, the nom­i­nees’ names will be dis­played.

On Tues­day Feb­ru­ary 28, nom­i­nees will hold cam­paigns in Par­lia­ment and later vot­ing will take place.

Par­lia­ment will on Fri­day March 3, pub­lish a list of the EALA MPs-elect while on Mon­day March 6, the Clerk will trans­mit names of the elected MPs to the Clerk to the East African Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly (EALA).

FDC, DP in Bitter Row Over EALA Slots

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:19
FDC, DP in Bitter Row Over EALA Slots

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Fo­rum for De­mo­c­ra­tic Change and the De­mo­c­ra­tic Party are reportedly in bitter row over the East African Legislative As­sem­bly seats.

The two have failed to agree on the candidates they should front to parliament for voting.

This comes on the heels of a letter writ­ten by the FDC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Nathan Nan­dala Mafabi to the speaker de­scribing FDC as the only of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion party in parliament.

“FDC is the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion of Uganda …” the let­ter reads in part.

The let­ter was in­tro­duc­ing two can­di­dates Flo­rence Ibi Ek­wau and In­grid Turi­nawe as the nom­i­nated choices for EALA.

How­ever, Nor­bert Mao, the DP Pres­i­dent re­acted with a bit­ter at­tack on the FDC as a party oc­cu­pied by self­ish in­di­vid­u­als.

“…with their self-con­ceited let­ter, they ego­is­ti­cally pre­sent them­selves as “the op­po­si­tion” in par­lia­ment…true they are the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion but the high­est num­ber of non-NRM mem­bers in par­lia­ment are in­de­pen­dents…,”  Mao in­di­cated in a re-bat­tle State­ment.

Mao also said that the mo­tive of FDC was aimed at rupturing the in­de­pen­dence of the party but would not suc­ceed since DP had learnt how to boldly ne­go­ti­ate for its in­ter­ests.

“This should ex­plain the des­per­ate tone of Nan­dala Mafabi’s let­ter on the EALA elec­tions…FDC will now have to learn Kennedy’s les­son that “we must not fear to ne­go­ti­ate and not ne­go­ti­ate out of fear,” State Mao.

However, Joseph Sewungu (Kalungu west) who dou­bles as the De­mo­c­ra­tic Whip in Par­lia­ment said that his party would not be dragged into un­clear fights for EALA po­si­tions since his can­di­date, Fred Mukasa Mbidde was al­ready nom­i­nated.

On Wednes­day Mbidde re­turned his nom­i­na­tion forms to the of­fice of the Clerk to Par­lia­ment and awaits nom­i­na­tion at the floor of par­lia­ment on vot­ing day, which is yet to be fixed.

It should be noted that Uganda sends 9 members to EALA and 6 of those come from the leading NRM party, leaving the opposition party with only 3 slots.

UPC presented one, DP one, and FDC two, which makes it four people vying for the three slots.

Rwamirama Cited In Shs80m Workman’s Compensation Scandal

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 10:18
Rwamirama Cited In Shs80m Workman’s Compensation Scandal

By Serestino Tusingwire

State Minister for Veterans Affairs Lt. Col. Bright Rwamirama has been named in Shs80 million workman’s compensation scandal.

The details of the irregular payment emerged as officials of the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.

The lawmakers were considering the Auditor General’s report of the 2014-2015 financial year.

Lawmakers asked the officials why Rwamirama got Shs80m as workman’s compasation as indicated in the ministry’s budget.

According to Kalungu West MP, Joseph Ssewungu, Rwamirama got the money in two installments; the first one being paid in September then another one in November, making a total of Shs80m.

Gerald Karuhanga, the PAC vice chairperson noted that Rwamirama had gotten an accident, but it was not clear whether he got any serious injuries.

The committee also wondered how Rwamirama who was the then minister for Animal industry was compensated when as an MP he is on medical insurance scheme provided by parliamentary commission.

It was also not clear what exactly the compensation covered.

Feast-show in SA Parliament as Zuma Addresses Nation

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:55
Feast-show in SA Parliament as Zuma Addresses Nation

Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma.

Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber.

Zuma had twice got to his feet but was shouted down by EFF MPs.

Outside parliament, police used stun grenades to disperse opposition and government supporters.

Zuma has been dogged by allegations of corruption and cronyism and widely criticised for his handling of the economy.

Previous addresses by him have been marred by MPs demanding his resignation.

As Zuma entered parliament in Cape Town on Thursday he was met by chants of “thief” by EFF MPs, who included their firebrand leader Julius Malema.

Members of the governing African National Congress (ANC) countered them by chanting “ANC, ANC”.

Amid raised voices and chaotic scenes, Speaker Baleka Mbete tried to deal with repeated interruptions and procedural questions.

Malema called Zuma “an incorrigible man rotten to the core”.

He also turned on the speaker, telling her: “Your conduct has failed you. You are irrational, impatient, partisan.”

Ms Mbete told the protesting MPs: “We have been patient with you, we have been trying to give you an opportunity to express yourselves but… it is being abused.”

Security guards were called in and the EFF members were forcibly ejected. Members of another opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, then walked out, saying President Zuma was unqualified to hold office.

A smiling President Zuma said “Finally” as he resumed his address, speaking about the economy and other issues.

@BBC Africa

Stop Commercialising Elections, M7 tells MPs

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:36
Stop Commercialising Elections, M7 tells MPs

By Serestino Tusingwire

President Yoweri Museveni has warned politicians against using money and telling lies while campaigning in search of votes.

The president who was addressing the NRM parliamentary caucus on Wednesday night said such bad practices paint a bad image of the election which could discourage Ugandans from voting.

“You should not allow any ‘pollution’ in this power, pollution ‘money, lies and corruption. Because if you allow being polluted, elections will lose meaning,” Museveni said.

“Election must be proper and credible, if u pollute them, it will be a problem for you,” he added.

However, the President’s critics have accused him of being at the forefront of monetizing elections.

They accuse him of bribing NRM members during the election of parliamentary speaker and deputy speaker in May 2016.

Museveni allegedly gave each MP Shs10m to vote Jacob Oulanyah

“That is not corruption, that is helping them to cope with the problems of the society,” Museveni said on that issue.

It’s worth noting that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Museveni issued over Shs2m to each and every village in the country disguising it as for ‘Operation wealth creation’.

This was however seen by opposition candidates as a way of bribing voters across the country to vote him during an election which he indeed won.

EALA Elections were Marred by Bribery and Intrigue – Odoi

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 09:08
EALA Elections were Marred by Bribery and Intrigue – Odoi

By Serestino Tusingwire

The NRM electoral commission chairman, Dr. Tanga Odoi has described the just concluded NRM primaries for the East African Legislative Assembly as having been marred bribery among candidates who were contesting, which he says is dangerous for the future of the ruling party.

“The only thing that I found is; a lot of interest but marked by money. You could not have election where MPs who are the political cream are said to have been bribed. To me that is the most embarrassing,” Odoi said.

He also accused some party members of deliberately orchestrating the chaos that was witnessed at State House Entebbe in the process of the elections.

The no nonsense Odoi also attacked the Banyenzaki for deliberately involving himself in bribing the members for votes.

However, Banyenzaki refuted the claims saying that if he was bribing members for votes, he would have remained in the race.

It should be noted that Banyenzaki was among the 7 candidates who pulled out of the race due to unclear reasons.

See more at; http://www.redpepper.co.ug/nrm-eala-candidates-finally-unveiled/

Six Netted in Armed Robbery in Kamwokya

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 20:14
Six Netted in Armed Robbery in Kamwokya

By Serestino Tusingwire

Six serial robbers have been arrested this afternoon trying to rob City oil fuel station in Kamwokya, Kampala.

The thugs have been identified by police as Kintu Douglas,27, resident of Nansana, Ogwal Nicholas 45, resident of Nakawa division, Baguma Francis 35, a mutooro and shoe vendor in Kampala too, Okello Robert 28, boda boda rider and resident of Mulimira zone, Lukwago Frank 27, a resident of Nansana and Tonny Nnume who was injured in the scuffle.

These have been arrested by the Flying Squad operatives after they drove into the Pump Fuel Station in a numberless Noah vehicle.

Police also recovered two AK47 guns and two pistols from the suspects.

According to Charles Oshel, a guard attached to Security Group Uganda (SGA), he received a tip off from his friend from the Criminal Investigations Department on Monday that some thugs had planned to rob the City Oil Pump Station using a vehicle registration number UAJ 546J.

Oshel says they laid a trap for the suspects but they didn’t show up as expected. According to Oshel, he received another call from his friend this morning warning about the planned robbery using a numberless vehicle.

Oshel immediately notified the City Oil management, which agreed with Police to deploy plain cloth officers. He says after around 1pm the suspects stormed the pump fuel station, prompting him to put the driver of their vehicle at gunpoint.

This however resulted to fire exchange between the thugs and police, injuring one suspect and an employee of city oil who was rushed to Mulago hospital in critical condition.

According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima, the thugs also had plans to rob Orient bank soon.

Madona Confirms Adoption of Malawi Twins

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:38
Madona Confirms Adoption of Malawi Twins

Pop Star Madonna has posted a picture on Instagram of the twin sisters she has adopted from Malawi, pointing out that the process is now complete and she is delighted to have them in her family.

“I am deeply grateful to all those in Malawi who helped make this possible,” she wrote.

The singer also appealed for privacy from the media during “this transitional time”.

She got permission for the adoptions by a court in Malawi on Tuesday.

She already has two children from the African country – David, adopted in 2006, and Mercy, adopted in 2009.

Less than two weeks ago, during a charity visit to Malawi, Madonna denied reports she had applied to adopt any more children.

But court papers on Wednesday revealed the singer felt duty-bound to adopt the four-year-old girls, named Esther and Stella, from an orphanage after discovering information about their backgrounds through her charity work.

Their mother died soon after giving birth, the papers show, while their father married a different woman, leaving only their grandparents who were overwhelmed by the prospect of having to bring up the twins and their siblings.

Judge Fiona Mwale said the singer was able to supply a loving home life for the twins in “a luxurious, spacious and comfortable abode in an affluent neighbourhood” of the US.

She said that although the 58-year-old performer was “above the age normally considered within the ranges of parenting”, she had supplied medical evidence to support her argument that she was in good health.

“Her charity work brings her into contact with orphanages… and it was as a result of this contact that she felt compelled to fill a gap in their lives and open up her home to them,” the judge said.

Closure Of World’s Biggest Refugee Camp Blocked By High Court

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 19:15
Closure Of World’s Biggest Refugee Camp Blocked By High Court

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government’s bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world.

A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year.

The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was tantamount to an act of group persecution.

The government says it will appeal against the ruling on security grounds.

It said that attacks on its soil by the Somalia-based al-Shabab group had been planned in the camp.

“The camp had lost its humanitarian nature and had become a haven for terrorism and other illegal activities,” Kenyan government spokesman Eric Kiraithe said.

“The lives of Kenyans matter. Our interest in this case, and in the closure of Dadaab refugee camp, remains to protect the lives of Kenyans,” he added.

Dadaab was set up in 1991 to house families fleeing conflict in Somalia, and some people have been living there for more than 20 years.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and lobby group Kituo Cha Sheria challenged the decision in court, saying it was discriminatory and contrary to international law.

“The government’s decision specifically targeting Somali refugees is an act of group persecution, illegal discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional,” Judge John Mativo said.

The orders are excessive, arbitrary and disproportionate, he said.

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