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Former OPM Accountant,Kazinda is finally a free man

Former OPM Accountant,Kazinda is finally a free man

AFRICA, CORRUPTION, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA - The Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala has been directed to discharge the former Principle Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Geoffrey Kazinda of all offenses leveled against him. The Constitutional Court has also issued an order permanently prohibiting the state from using any process of court to initiate and prosecute Kazinda for any offences founded on the same facts in connection with his former employment. A panel of five justices led by Stephen Musota has also granted all the declarations Kazinda sought in the petition. Others on the panel were Kenneth Kakuru, Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Cheborion Barishaki, and Ezekiel Muhanguzi, who is now a Supreme Court Judge. A panel of five justices led by Stephen Musota has also granted all the declarations Kaz...
UGANDA: Former BoU ED Bagyenda arrested

UGANDA: Former BoU ED Bagyenda arrested

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Days after the Director of Public Prosecutions indicted Mr. Bernard Sekabira, Bank of Uganda’s Director for Financial Markets for prosecution, it has emerged that former Executive Director for Supervision Justine Bagyenda faces arrest too. The DPP wants police to arrest and search the homes of both Sekabira and Ms Bagyenda, saying evidence on the record indicated they were involved in fraudulent transfer of certificate of tittles belonging to the former clients of defunct banks. In a letter dated July 7 to CID boss Grace Akullo, the DPP has sanctioned the arrest and seizure of all relevant documents belonging to Ms. Bagyenda on obtaining a court order. “Obtain a Court Order to search and seize all relevant documents, computers from offices and or homes of the suspects f...
UGANDA: Discussions on Judiciary Act kick off

UGANDA: Discussions on Judiciary Act kick off

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The Judiciary Terms and Reference Committee discussed the operationalization of the Administration of Judiciary Act and the roadmap to its actualization. During the meeting on Wednesday at the Judiciary headquarters in Kampala, the Chairperson of the Committee, Court of Appeal’s Justice, Geoffrey Kiryabwire, commended the members’ hard-work, which earned them a new tenure. “…Top Management also extended the tenure of this Committee on terms and conditions of service to the 23rd of January 2023 to oversee the operationalization of the Administration of Judiciary Act,” he said. Justice Kiryabwire, said Statutory Instrument No. 2 of 2020 signed on May 29 gave the 11-member committee a new lease of life. It’s members include Justices; Remmy Kasule, Peter Adonyo, Margaret Ti...
UGANDA: Government Advices against travelling to Rwanda

UGANDA: Government Advices against travelling to Rwanda

AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
Kampala/Kabale- The Minister for Presidency, Ms Esther Mbayo, has warned Ugandans against going to Rwanda after incidents of shooting to death of suspected smugglers. In an August 4 leaked letter titled; ‘Border incursion by Rwandan security forces on Ugandan territory’ by Ms Mbayo to Resident District Commissioners, she told Ugandans that it is too risky for them to travel to Rwanda. “A directive to you all the RDCs, especially those in the districts bordering Rwanda, to inform the Ugandans of the criminal Rwanda government policy of shooting smugglers that are not armed, although what they are doing is illegal.Ugandans should stop going into Rwanda or those who go should do so at their own risk,” the letter reads in part. Efforts to get a comment from Ms Mbayo about the letter ...
BUSINESS: Parliament of Uganda passes Coffee Bill.

BUSINESS: Parliament of Uganda passes Coffee Bill.

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Parliament has passed the National Coffee Bill 2018, into law, rejecting the arrest of coffee farmers that neglect their coffee farms. Clause 54 (d) of the Bill provided for arrest of coffee farmers for neglecting their coffee plantations. The MPs also rejected a clause on de-registration of the coffee farmers for neglecting their coffee farms.  Passed into law on Wednesday, the MPs however approved the registration of all coffee farmers and dealers for licensing before they can grow or deal in buying and selling of coffee.  According to the new law, the move to register and license farmers is to establish farmers' data to know the number of farmers involved in coffee farming, to ensure comprehensive planning for coffee farmers by the government and traceability of...
UGANDA: Bobi Wine questioned on acquisition of NUP

UGANDA: Bobi Wine questioned on acquisition of NUP

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
A group of people claiming to be some of the founders of the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party(NURP) have petitioned the Electoral Commission challenging the acquisition of their party by Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobi Wine. Two weeks ago, Bobi Wine unveiled the National Unity Platform (NUP) as his new political party ahead of the 2021 general election which had metamorphosed from the National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURDP). The Kyadondo East legislator was subsequently endorsed as the new party leader. However, the group through its lawyers has written to the Electoral Commissioning challenging the entire process that saw their party change hands. “Under section 4 and 21 of the political parties and organizations ...
ENTERTAINMENT: Ykee Benda named Victoria University ambassador

ENTERTAINMENT: Ykee Benda named Victoria University ambassador

Entertainment, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Uganda Musicians Association (UMA) acting president Ykee Benda aka Wycliffe Tugume has been appointed as the brand ambassador for the City Mogul owned Victoria University. Tugume who is also the Mpaka Records boss said he is happy and excited to announce that he is the new face of the prestigious University. “Before I even go ahead to congratulate myself, let me tell you that Victoria University has made a 50% discount on all courses. I have achieved a lot because of the education I got and it has always been a dream to work with an education institution and see how lucky I have got to work with such a caring University, God is really amazing,” he said. The singer added that this has come in handy especially for the youth and he rallied them to utilize the opportunity t...
UGANDA: MPs drop request  for funding new cities

UGANDA: MPs drop request for funding new cities

AFRICA, UGANDA
Members of Parliament have blocked a motion for a resolution of Parliament authorizing the ministry of Finance to re-allocate funds for the operation of cities and Terego district. The legislators argued that it would be wrong to allow the minister to re- allocate resources for the cities yet they lack the legal regime that authorizes their operation. The 15 new cities that were recently approved by Parliament are; Masaka, Jinja, Mbarara, Mbale, Nakasongola, Kabale, Moroto, Soroti, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Hoima, Wakiso, Entebbe and Fort portal. Out of the 15 new Cities, 10 became operational on the 1st of July 2020 with others expected to start in the subsequent coming years. But for these new cities to get resources, legally the ministry of Finance has to be authorized by Parliamen...
UGANDA: Jamil Mukulu’s  bail withdrawn

UGANDA: Jamil Mukulu’s bail withdrawn

AFRICA, UGANDA
Mukulu’s lawyers did not advance any reason for withdrawing the application but last month Mukulu asked Okalany to recuse herself from the matter alleging that she is biased against Muslims. Former Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel leader, Jamil Mukulu had sought for bail pending trial but his lawyers Anthony Wameli and Geoffrey Turyamusiima on Thursday told court presided over by High Court Judge Susan Okalany that he had instructed them to withdraw it. Photos by Ivan KabuyeThe 56-year old Mukulu had sought for bail pending trial but his lawyers Anthony Wameli and Geoffrey Turyamusiima on Thursday told court presided over by High Court Judge Susan Okalany that he had instructed them to withdraw it. "My Lord, this application is coming up for hearing and we were served with state o...
2021 ELECTIONS: How Regions in Uganda might Vote

2021 ELECTIONS: How Regions in Uganda might Vote

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
The opinion poll released yesterday by the Research World International shows that the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party and the Opposition are gaining but also losing support in some regions. The NRM support in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions, which had previously been supporting the Opposition, is increasing. According to the poll, Mr Museveni has 65 per cent in Lango and 58 per cent in Acholi Sub-region which until 2006 strongly voted for the Opposition.In the previous elections, Mr Museveni won in Lango with 58 per cent but the polls show the support has increased by 7 per cent. Buganda, Sebei, Busoga and Bugisu which have always supported President Museveni, are now gravitating towards the Opposition. These regions, however, remain highly contested in the po...
UGANDA: Remnant Namaganda joins race for Kampala Woman MP under NUP

UGANDA: Remnant Namaganda joins race for Kampala Woman MP under NUP

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
KAMPALA – As the race heats up in the run-up to the 2021 elections, motor mouthed remnant Agnes Namaganda has vowed to beat any candidate to the Kampala Woman MP seat on the National Unity Platform ticket, a political vehicle of the People Power movement. “I am only affiliated to People Power and it’s new outfit, National Unity Platform (NUP) and I have never been a member of any other party,” Namaganda tells PML Daily. She will have to tussle the flag from People Power strongwoman Shamim Malende, a well established insider in the outfit. However Ms Namaganda, known for fearlessly defending Prophet Elvis Mbonye may not be afraid of the challenge after all.She said: “I picked my Expression of Interest forms from NUP offices about three weeks ago and I am only waiting for the Elect...
UGANDA: Government cannot intervene in landlord-tenant rent discussions – Nankabirwa

UGANDA: Government cannot intervene in landlord-tenant rent discussions – Nankabirwa

AFRICA, UGANDA
GOVERNMENT chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa has confirmed that government cannot stop landlords from demanding rent arears for the months traders have spent in the lockdown. This is after the Kampala Central MP Mohammad Nsereko told parliament that landlords in Kampala have locked shops demanding for rent arears contrary to the president's directive which restrained them from evicting tenants. Nankabirwa in response informed parliament that the president cannot stop landlords from demanding their money instead government can organise soft loans for traders to pay the arrears. Meanwhile, schools under their association national private schools' association are opposed to de-registration of centre numbers for schools which misappropriate students' examination fees as proposed in the Ugan...
UGANDA: Another Man Sets Himself on Fire in Kampala

UGANDA: Another Man Sets Himself on Fire in Kampala

AFRICA, UGANDA
Old Kampala Police are investigating an attempted suicide by burning of Edgar Kyamunywa, 40, a resident of Masanafu Zone Bukulugi. The incident happened on Wednesday evening at around 9pm. Deputy Kampala metropolitan spokesperson ASP Luke Owoyesigyire revealed that victim  was later rushed to the hospital at Kiriddu, but in critical condition.“Police have kicked off investigations into the matter to ascertain what exactly made him attempt suicide.However, some of his children have intimated that he had promised to burn himself in front of a gate of a woman who had continuously rejected him for a boyfriend”he said. This makes it a second incident of suicide by burning this week for reason connected to rejection.Police however, advised Ugandans to remain calm whenever they are...
HEALTH: Uganda Gov’t sued over fake Life Guard condoms in store

HEALTH: Uganda Gov’t sued over fake Life Guard condoms in store

HEALTH, UGANDA
At the end of last year, the National Drug Authority recalled at least 70 percent of over one million batches of Life Guard condoms from batches 19040205 and 19050105 which were already on the market but were defective. In the latest suit, Enforcement of Patients and Health Workers Rights(EPHWOR) says condoms are subject to mandatory analysis before release to the market by the National Drug Authority but worried some people may have contracted HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections by using the defective condoms which are on the market. “For the one month the condoms were in public use, three Ugandans who have deponed affidavits including Joseph Kintu (contracted HIV/AIDS), Sulaiman Balinya(contracted gonorrhea) and Birungi Joyce( got pregnant) after using th...
ENTERTAINMENT: Artist Spice Diana breaches presidential guidelines

ENTERTAINMENT: Artist Spice Diana breaches presidential guidelines

Entertainment, UGANDA
Spice Diana is living a life full of her true colours of late. From social media outbursts with fans to ignoring presidential directives of social distancing and wearing a mask while in public.The singer is no longer humble and laid back, these days what the fans get is a buffet. Amidst a Facebook uproar as her fans reacted to Box fashion, she spared time to join Bishop Arnold Muwonge for a charity drive in Katanga slum.The two, who last week donated food and other basic needs to the late dancer Sylvia Nandudu's children in Kansanga this time around, went to Makerere parish where they left smiles on the children's faces .Spice Diana supplied household items and food relief such as posho, matooke, sugar, rice, basins, cups, plates without wearing a mask. There was even a demonstration foot...
UGANDA: Kyagulanyi rebukes new poll results

UGANDA: Kyagulanyi rebukes new poll results

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA — National Unity Platform (NUP) leader Robert Kyagulanyi popular name Bobi Wine has denounced a new poll by Research World International, a local polling firm describing the results as sponsored to show President Museveni is still in control. Bobi Wine says the “fake” opinion poll is  state sponsored to condition Ugandans to a Museveni “win” and pave way for him to rig the elections in advance. “Whenever, we approach elections, he sponsors fake organisations to release fake opinion polls giving him an upper hand so as to pave way for his rigging machine, Bobi Wine wrote on Facebook. In the widely critised poll —conducted in March and released in August by Research World International, Museveni leads at 47 per cent with Bobi Wine coming second at 22 per cent and FDC s...
UGANDA: Man kills relatives steals chicken,  radio

UGANDA: Man kills relatives steals chicken, radio

AFRICA, UGANDA
LIRA- A 33-year-old man has been detained for allegedly killing his two relatives who had accused him of stealing their radio set and a chicken in Lira District. It is reported that the attacker on Tuesday hacked his uncle, Jackson Olong. After cutting Olong into pieces, he attacked Olong’s wife and slit her throat. He accused the two of tarnishing his name by claiming that he had stolen their property. The gruesome murder took place at Ayitunga Village, Te-oburu Parish in Agweng Sub-county at about 9pm on Tuesday. The victims had accused the suspect of selling the radio and the chicken to buy alcohol, according to Mr Marino Ogwang, the Agweng Sub-county chairman.   “His uncle had been complaining that he stole his radio set which was his only source of news,” Mr Og...
UGANDA: Kadaga, Muntu hold closed-door meeting

UGANDA: Kadaga, Muntu hold closed-door meeting

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga held a closed-door meeting with the former Army Commander, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, and top leadership of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT). The meeting that was also attended by Jinja East Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Mwiru, happened in the Speaker’s Chambers at Parliament yesterday. Journalists were not allowed to attend the meeting.But, speaking shortly after the meeting, Gen Muntu, the presidential flag bearer for ANT, and the party’s acting national coordinator, Ms Alice Alaso, said their meeting was only a courtesy call. “It was a courtesy call on the Speaker but also to announce ourselves as a political party that is now represented in Parliament. We thought it would be important for her to know the party that is behind...
UGANDA: Former IGP’s Mother passes on.

UGANDA: Former IGP’s Mother passes on.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
KISORO – Catherine Mukarwamo, the mother of Gen Kale Kayihura, has died at the age of 92. Mukarwamo was the first-born child of Nyamihana, a former chief of Nyakabande Village. Nyamihana was also the father of Justice Joseph Mulenga Nyamihana, who served as President of the East African Court of Justice and died on 29 August 2012. Details of the burial arrangements are yet to be communicated. Gen Kayihura’s father John Komuluyange Kalekezi, one of the Ugandans who fought for the African Great Lakes nation’s independence, which occurred on 9 October 1962, died in an airplane crash in Kiev, Ukraine on 17 August 1960, when the former police chief was only four years old. Kayihura married Angella Kayihura, a Kenyan of Rwandese descent. She is the granddaughter of Rudahigwa, the la...
UGANDA: Makerere University fragments 20 Courses

UGANDA: Makerere University fragments 20 Courses

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Makerere University Council has scrapped a total of 20 courses bringing the number down to 62.  A number of courses scrapped are humanity courses such as social sciences. The intention is to improve the quality at the university and spur research.  According to Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the director of quality assurance, the university wants to increase the percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from 35% to at least 40% of the total enrolment. “We are going to be research-led and focus more on graduate training. Our curriculum is going to face more in the direction of science and technology to the level of about 40%. The country will not thrive without these disciplines,” Ssembatya said. He added that a number of courses are going ...