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UGANDA: MP Zaake drags police officers to court over torture allegations.

UGANDA: MP Zaake drags police officers to court over torture allegations.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has filed five charges against six officers he accuses of torture during his arrest in April this year.The officers include the Regional Police Commander Bob Kagalura, Mityana District Police Commander Mwine Mukono, one Amudan Twesigye and others involved in torturing him during his arrest on April 19, 2020 when he was arrested for allegedly distributing relief food to his constituents affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown. Through his lawyer, Mr Eron Kizza, the MP filed the case on Wednesday at Mityana chief magistrate court stating that he was subjected to torture by the officers from April 19 to 29."We have registered five counts; three of torture, one of unreasonable detention and another of disobedience of lawful orders," Mr Kizza said.Mr ...
UGANDA: MultiChoice reveals efforts to support global campaign on clumsy COVID-19 misinformation.

UGANDA: MultiChoice reveals efforts to support global campaign on clumsy COVID-19 misinformation.

CORONAVIRUS, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The MultiChoice Group has unveiled another initiative in the fight against COVID-19. The group has said it has become an official supporter of the United Nations’ global COVID-19 awareness campaign Pause which launched globally on Tuesday June 30. The aim of the Pause campaign is to highlight the dangers of sharing false information related to COVID-19. The campaign asks everyone to pause, think and take care before sharing information which could be inaccurate or misinformed and may have harmful effects. “We are in a moment of global reckoning as COVID-19 and its social and economic consequences challenge the world in unprecedented ways.Misinformation, hate speech and fake news are fueling and distorting all of these challenges and eroding the truth. We are very exc...
UGANDA: URA boss adjusts 200 employees.

UGANDA: URA boss adjusts 200 employees.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A month after four of its senior officials resigned, the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has shuffled 211 staff under its customs department.The customs department is responsible for collecting duties and taxes imposed on imported and less commonly exported goods. It also controls the flow of people, animals, goods and hazardous items in and out of the country. According to a memo from Mr Abel Kagumire, the commissioner for customs, 211 employees will have different positions within the department effective today. “Manager customs planning is tasked to facilitate this smooth deployment process before July 1, 2020,” the memo reads in part. Among those transferred are managers, supervisors and customs officers. The customs department was previously headed by Mr Dicksons Kateshumb...
UGANDA: Seven New cities created amid challenges.

UGANDA: Seven New cities created amid challenges.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The seven cities of Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal and Masaka kick off operations today, with both excitement and controversy over their leadership. District chairpersons and municipal mayors have spent the larger part of the last months, haggling over who should take over the interim leadership of the new cities. Whereas the Ministry of Local Government says interim leaders will be elected to run the new cities until general elections in February, the Electoral Commission (EC) says there will be no such elections. Away from the ceremonial preparations, the operationalisation of the new cities remains misty. There is also no budget to kick-start the city operations. The cities are contemplating using the limited 2020/2021 budgets initially passed for municipali...
UGANDA: President Museveni reassigns Lt.Gen.Gutti as army court boss.

UGANDA: President Museveni reassigns Lt.Gen.Gutti as army court boss.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni, who is also the commander in chief of the armed forces has reappointed Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti as the General Court Martial chairman. “I hereby require the General Court Martial to convene and exercise its jurisdiction as under sub section 2 of section 197 of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Act,” Museveni’s June,24, 2020 letter reads in part. The president has also reappointed 19 other court members who will soon be sworn-in. These include Maj General Joseph Arocha, Colonel Richard Tukacungurwa,( the Judge Advocate), Lt Colonel Medard Bagambe, Lt Col Raphael Mugisha (lead Prosecutor) Maj. John Bizimana(Secretary), Maj. Kamanda Silas Mutungi( Defense Counsel), Lt.Col.Betty Musuya Wanyera, Maj.Richard Turyahabwe,Capt.Glorious Natukunda, Capt.Paul Mugerwa a...
UGANDA: Parliament legal committee examines entities afflicted to the upcoming general elections.

UGANDA: Parliament legal committee examines entities afflicted to the upcoming general elections.

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
KAMPALA — The Parliamentary Legal Committee is interfacing with minister of constitution affairs, attorney general and electoral commission. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu, in his update to Parliament on the new guidelines said government is likely not to amend the guidelines unless the situation warrants. Their summoning follows the speaker’s directive to the committee to further interface with all entities concerned with the coming general election on the matter of revised road map. The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who chaired the Tuesday, 23 June 2020 sitting, directed the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to study the guidelines in consultation with Electoral Commission and report back to Parliament for wider deb...
BUSINESS: Electricity regulator ERA promotes Julius Wandera to first director of corporate and consumer affairs.

BUSINESS: Electricity regulator ERA promotes Julius Wandera to first director of corporate and consumer affairs.

Business, UGANDA
KAMPALA — The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has elevated Mr.Julius Wandera who has been the communications manager to the Director of Corporate and Consumer Affairs. Mr. Wandera becomes the first serve in the capacity of Director of Corporate and Consumer Affairs at the state-run electricity regulator. His appointment was announced by ERA on Wednesday July 1, 2020 in a public notice. “Mr. Julius Wandera becomes the First Director of Corporate and Consumer Affairs at the Electricity Regulatory Authority,” the notice posted on both Facebook and Twitter. Former Makerere Head of Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University Mr. George Lugalambi in a Facebook comment said Mr. Wandera deserved the elevation into the trailblazing position. Mr. Lugalamb...
UGANDA: BoU accuses Sudhir Ruparelia of stealing Crane Bank.

UGANDA: BoU accuses Sudhir Ruparelia of stealing Crane Bank.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Central Bank has insisted they will appeal the case against property magnet Sudhir Ruparelia to the supreme court after the same was dismissed in the Court of Appeal. Central Bank has sued Sudhir for accusing him of using his Meera Investments company to siphon Shs397b from the coffers of his own Crane Bank. However, Court led by Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo unanimously dismissed the case with costs after finding no evidence in Central Bank’s allegations. In a statement by governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile on Tuesday, the Central Bank insists that receivership does not take away the corporate personality of a company which includes the right to trace and recover assets and the right to sue for those assets. Central Bank maintains Sudhir wrongfully and illegally ...
BUSINESS: UNRA speaks out on Entebbe Expressway road toll fees collection.

BUSINESS: UNRA speaks out on Entebbe Expressway road toll fees collection.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has described as fake reports that they we’ve started collection of Toll fees to allow access onto the Kampala—Entebbe Expressway. Several online channels had on Tuesday June 30 indicated that UNRA was to commence collection of toll fees starting July 1. “Carry some money on you as you drive on Entebbe Expressway. The toll collection is effective Wednesday July 01, 2020…just avoid any embarrassment. On the other hand SGS will be carrying on Vehicle inspection on impromptu checks..so try to carry enough for that service too and get your sticker. Your vehicle must be fit enough to pass test,” the online posts alleged. But in public notice on Wednesday July 1, Mr. Allan Ssempebwa the Media Relations, Public and Corporates Manger at UN...
UGANDA: Why Pastor Joseph Kabuleta contests for presidency.

UGANDA: Why Pastor Joseph Kabuleta contests for presidency.

AFRICA, UGANDA
City pastor Joseph Kabuleta, has written to the Electoral Commission (EC), declaring his intention to stand for presidency in the forthcoming 2021 polls.The journalist turned pastor said Wednesday, in his letter dated July 1, 2020 and addressed to the chairperson of the EC, Justice Simon Byabakama that he’s seeking permission to embark on holding nation-wide consultations. "This is to notify you that, in accordance with the Presidential Elections Act 2005, our client intends to carry out nation-wide consultations. In his consultations across the country, he intends to hold meetings with religious leaders, security agencies, pressure groups, political parties, public, intellectuals, academia, civil society organizations, business community and other citizens of Uganda," Mr Kabuleta's la...
UGANDA: Government  to launch 7 new cities today.

UGANDA: Government to launch 7 new cities today.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The national launch is set to be held in Jinja presided over by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga. Speaking ahead of the operationalization of the cities, the minister for local government Raphael Magyezi said they are expected to be self-sustaining entities and raise their own revenue Magyezi adds that in the meantime no one will be allowed to sell, lease or exchange fixed public assets like land or motor vehicles until further notice. The new cities being operationalized are Arua ,Fortportal, Gulu, Jinja , Mbarara, Mbale and Masaka. The others are Hoima in 2021, Entebbe and Lira Cities which take effect 1st July, 2022. While Moroto, Nakasongola, Soroti, Kabale and Wakiso cities take effect on July 1st 2023.
ENTERTAINMENT: Lydia Jazmine Seeks Apology from TV Presenter who Trashed Her on National TV

ENTERTAINMENT: Lydia Jazmine Seeks Apology from TV Presenter who Trashed Her on National TV

Entertainment, UGANDA
Ugandan songstress, vocalist and fashionista Lydia Jazmine is the latest victim of online bullying, and has joined the list of internet users on social media campaigning against the vice. Ever since the 'Masuuka' hit maker raised eyebrows about her relationship with rapper Fik Fameica, she has been the center of criticism. In a post on her social media pages, she took issue with Star TV presenter MC Ibrah for always attacking her on his gossip show. Lydia Jazmine shared a video of MC Ibrah accusing her of getting pregnant for Fik Fameica and allegedly aborting it. She followed the footage explaining how the constant attacks have deeply affected her sick mother, family and friends. Lydia divulged that this has been going on for a long time, further noting that MC Ibrah has c...
UGANDA: LDUs’ incriminated of killing a 65-year-old man to face court martial

UGANDA: LDUs’ incriminated of killing a 65-year-old man to face court martial

AFRICA, UGANDA
Three members of the Local Defence Unit (LDU) who allegedly participated in the killing of a 65-year-old man in Oyam District have been arrested.The suspects are among five members of the LDU allegedly involved in the killing Francis Ogwang Munu. Ogwang, a resident of Amati village, Juma Parish in Kamdini Sub-county was allegedly beaten by five LDU personnel who were dispersing people from Amati Trading Centre in Kamdini in Sub-county on Saturday evening.Residents said that the LDU personnel, who were enforcing government directives to contain the spread of coronavirus, went to the trading centre at about 6:30pm and started beating people indiscriminately.Mr Kenneth Ojok said his brother, Ogwang, was beaten as he returned from a clan meeting. He said that Ogwang was rushed to a priv...
UGANDA: Netherlands donates vehicle, motorcycles to a Police Station in Kiryandongo district.

UGANDA: Netherlands donates vehicle, motorcycles to a Police Station in Kiryandongo district.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The Netherlands Embassy through the Refugee Law Project has Wednesday, July 1, 2020 donated an assortment of transport equipment worth $70000 to Panyadoli Refugee Police Station, Kiryandongo district. H.E Henk Jan Bakker, the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda handed over the items to AIGP Asan Kasingye at Police headquarters Naguru. They included a double cabin pickup and four motorcycles . While receiving the donation, Kasingye noted that the support will help the police to reach out to refugees in their settlement camps by increasing access to justice. “We shall now be able to address problems of GBV, Human Rights violations & delayed response to crime incidents,” he said. Kasingye thanked the Embassy for their continued support to the Uganda Police that ...
UGANDA: ‘The scientific general election will disadvantage women’, Women activists

UGANDA: ‘The scientific general election will disadvantage women’, Women activists

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
The Uganda Women’s Network (UOMNET) has called on the Electoral Commission to take into consideration the limited media outreach, especially in the rural parts of the country ahead of the 2021 elections. This followed the concerns that have been raised by different politicians and stakeholders regarding the virtual campaigns as the proposed primary mode of electioneering. While addressing the media on Monday in Kampala,the executive director UWONET, Rita Aciro, said given the fact that campaigns are going to be conducted primarily online inevitably raises the question of equal access to media platforms by political candidates. She said the fundamental principle defining credible elections is that they must reflect the free expression of the will of the people, and virtual campaig...
UGANDA: Gen Muntu runs for ANT flag bearer unopposed.

UGANDA: Gen Muntu runs for ANT flag bearer unopposed.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Maj Gen Gregory Mugisha Muntu has emerged unopposed as presidential flag bearer for the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party in the 2021 General Election after no rival showed interest in the post at the close of picking nomination forms on Monday. ANT electoral commission chairperson Dan Mugarura said by 2pm yesterday when the five-day process of picking nomination forms for the party’s presidential flag bearer ended, only Gen Muntu was on the list. Mr Mugarura said Muntu will be unveiled at the party’s delegates conference. “We have closed the process and that means he is alone in the race. He will still go through the necessary steps and on August 6, he will be passed by the delegates to represent the party as presidential flag bearer,” Mr Mugarura told Daily Monitor ...
BUSINESS: Stanbic Bank Uganda hosts inaugural Education Forum

BUSINESS: Stanbic Bank Uganda hosts inaugural Education Forum

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Stanbic Bank Uganda hosted its inaugural Education Forum which discussed how the private sector can support the government in enhancing education with a focus on skilling students. The forum which was organized under the theme, ‘What next for Uganda’s Education system; A private-public dialogue’,cited the need for stronger public-private partnerships in delivering the necessary reforms. Speaking during the forum at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Stanbic’s Chief Executive Anne Juuko said: “Stanbic’s core Corporate Social Investment is education with a focus on equipping students on life skills, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship skills. All our education programmes such as the Stanbic National Schools Championship are tailored to enhance creativity and build capacity among the lea...
UGANDA: Mob kills man accused of mauling 3 children to death, injuring 8.

UGANDA: Mob kills man accused of mauling 3 children to death, injuring 8.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
A mob has arrested and killed a Rwandan national, who is accused of hacking three children dead and injuring eight other people over yet to be established motive in Kyankwazi District in central Uganda.The suspect has been identified as Emmanuel Twagirayezu, who has been residing at Kagarama village, Butemba Town Council in Kyankwanzi District, fled at around 10am yesterday. Twangirayezu is alleged to have hacked Joel Tayebwa, 4, Nora Nakisindi, 3, and Joel Ninsiima, 9, in the neighbourhood.The spokesman of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Charles Twiine confirmed the lynching of the Rwandan national by the community saying the action happened before the police arrived at the scene.“Investigation into the mob action is still ongoing,” Assistant Superintendent of Police Twiine...
UGANDA: DP petitions the government to proclaim a state of emergency.

UGANDA: DP petitions the government to proclaim a state of emergency.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Democratic Party (DP) has challenged the government to declare a state of emergency with immediate effect saying that the current situation doesn’t favour free and fair elections given the fact that the country is still battling with covid19 pandemic. Speaking to the journalists at the party headquarters in Kampala, Fred Mwesigwa, the party presidential press secretary, noted that to prevent deaths which might happen due to COVID -19, it is the right time for the government to extend elections for six month as it looks for the vaccine and other preventive medicines. “The government insists that the threat of covid19 is so grave and that is why public gatherings, including religious gatherings, are banned. But the same government finds it unnecessary to declare a state of emergen...