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Makerere University academic charged with cyber harassment for calling President Museveni a "pair of buttocks" is back is back in court 12 days after she was released on bail.

She was charged on April 10 with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011.
In the first count, prosecution alleges that “Dr Nyanzi on January 28, 2017 at Kampala District or thereabout used a computer to post on her Facbook page “Stella Nyanzi” wherein she made a suggestion or proposal referring to His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as among others “a pair of buttocks” which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.”

In the second count, prosecution states that Dr Nyanzi “between January 2017 and march 2017 in Kampala district wilfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, transmitted over the internet to disturb or attempted to disturb the peace, quiet or right of privacy of his excellency the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with no purpose of legitimate communication.

20 hours 39 min ago

RUKUNGIRI. A police officer attached to Bwambara Police post in Rukungiri District has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for shooting dead a suspect.
High Court judge Moses Kawumi Kazibwe convicted Edison Mwesigye after prosecution proved that he shot dead Emanuel Kabarebe in 2014.

The State Attorney Ms Aminah Nakasa told court Mr Mwesigye armed with an AK 47, in the company of another person still at large, went to the scene to arrest the suspect (now deceased) and they shot him as he resisted and fought them.
In defence, Mr Mwesigye told court that he shot at the deceased accidentally. He told court that a thread from his sweater pulled the trigger of his gun thereby releasing a bullet which killed Kabarebe.
“The death was purely accidental,” he said.
Following his plea, Mwesigye had his murder charges reduced to manslaughter.

Ms Nakasa had however, told the judge that Mr Mwesigye deserves a harsher punishment for the offence.
“Such sentence would restrain other security operatives with a similar intension of killing innocent people,” she said.
In his ruling, Justice Kazibwe said, “The state prosecution and the collaborated testimonies of eye witnesses show that the accused person committed the offence and I hereby sentence him to four years including the three years he has been on remand.”
Mr Mwesigye will spend the one year at Rukungiri government prison.

20 hours 41 min ago

Uganda missions abroad will soon start registering citizens in the diaspora for National Identification Numbers, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said.

Speaking to hundreds of Ugandans living in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday May, 21 2017, Dr Rugunda said government was aware of the challenges the diaspora is going through with registration for National IDs and decided to address their concerns.

The Prime Minister is in Boston for meetings to explore building partnerships with Havard University.

"I spoke to minister of state for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania who assured me that within a relatively short period of time, our embassies should be able to start registering Ugandans abroad for National Identification so that you can be able to validate your phone SIM cards, " The Prime Minister said during the event to celebrate the ordination of Rev Fr Godfrey Musabe Apuuli as the first Ugandan to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Dr Rugunda urged Ugandans in the diaspora to take advantage of that window when it opens up to register to enable them participate effectively in accessing services from Government.

The Prime Minister congratulated Rev Musabe and the Uganda community in Boston for keeping United and advancing solidarity.

Dr Rugunda invited them to continue boosting investing in Uganda, citing infrastructure, agriculture and agroprocessing as well as tourism as areas virgin to put their money.

The Prime Minister was accompanied on the event by Uganda's Permanent Representative at the UN ambassador Adonia Ayebare. - See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1453679/ugandans-diaspora-nat...

20 hours 44 min ago

“I don’t know how this rural Muhima boy born in an era without medicine and electricity raised to this situation where he is viewed as a hero?”
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Anthony Byanyima and Eng. Winnie Byanyima have eulogised their late father, Mzee Boniface Byanyima, describing him as a father, nationalist and man of integrity.

Antony, one of the six surviing children of Mzee Byanyima described his late father as an all-rounder, a husband, father, teacher, rancher and politician.

“I don’t know how this rural Muhima boy born in an era without medicine and electricity raised to this situation where he is viewed as a hero?” Anthony asked.

But he explained that there are special attributes he possessed that should have helped him rise to that level. He said the attributes were humility, generosity and truthfulness.

He noted that as a result of those attributes, prominent people including Presidents, tycoons, and religious leaders looked for him at his home in Ruti, Mbarara.

But he said Mzee Byanyima was uncomfortable being around prominent people.

“I never saw my father go to visit anyone who was not his relative. He enjoyed being in the company of the villagers and his relatives. In my memories, those were the moments when he was very happy and comfortable,” Anthony said.

He added that his father told him that the best power comes from beyond, not that people desperately fight for. “But what do we see today? People sell their houses to join politics,” he noted.

Byanyima made the remarks on Saturday while addressing mourners at a requiem mass of his dad at St. Paul Cathedral Namirembe. Mzee Byanyima died on Tuesday.

Anthony said that his father was also truthful to himself to easily change his position.

“But he was very tolerant that he even listened to the views of his workers at the ranch,” he said, “sometimes he was very tolerant and annoying.’

“He told me that everyone is entitled to his opinion. But what do we see today, families torn apart by politics,” he said.

Speaker after speaker praised Mzee Byanyima for the attributes and his contribution in building Uganda. In her eulogy, Winnie said her dad was a nationalist who loved the whole country.

She narrated one particular incident where Byanyima out of his special attributes saved his colleagues at Makerere University from an arson attack.

“Dad told me that one day his friend went out to drink and returned late in the night drunk before sleeping off. But in the night dad who was always sober woke up on smelling a stench of petrol only for the attackers’ who had already poured petrol on his friend’s bed to take off,” Winnie said. “My dad saved his friend’s life.”

She asked Ugandans including politicians to learn to embrace everyone like his dad was. “He also lived the truth and justice his party preached that he taught us to raise our voices in defense of our rights,” Winnie added.

But she noted that the current leaders in the country seem to have abandoned the truth. Byanyima also challenged the DP leadership to find their mission, determine who are excluded and fight for their rights as his dad would do.

“There are teachers who do not earn a living wage today but ministers and MPs swim in money. We also have women dying at birth every day when politicians are being flown out of the country for treatment,” he said.

In his sermons, the retired bishop of Mityana diocese Rev. Wilson Mutebi challenged Ugandans to use the talents like Byanyima for the benefit of the rest.

The function was attended by a number of dignitaries who included the former Forum for Democratic Change President, Kizza Besigye who is Winnie’s husband.

The Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura, Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. David Mohoozi, the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, former DP President Paul Kawanga Ssemogerere also attended. Byanyima will be buried at his home in Ruti Mbarara on Sunday.
- See more at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1453647/byanyima-muhima-boy-h...

20 hours 46 min ago

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