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Dr Kizza Besigye addressing residents of Buwangani town where their relief truck was blocked by police

Dr Kizza Besigye addressing residents of Buwangani town where their relief truck was blocked by police

Police on Sunday blocked opposition political party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) from delivering relief items to the Bududa mudslide victims.

The truck with a consignment comprising mainly of food items was intercepted in Buwangani town near the border of Manafwa and Bududa districts. Bududa district police commander Esther Adeke advised the FDC team led by former party president Kizza Besigye to deliver the supplies to the district disaster committee first that would then distribute the items to the victims depending on need. 

It took the intervention of Besigye, Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the incumbent party president and FDC secretary general Nathan Nandala Mafabi to secure the release of the relief truck held for more than six hours.  

About 60 bodies were recovered from Bududa after October 11 disaster when river Suume burst its banks triggering off floods that washed down everything in the path. Several people were left homeless and in need of essential items. Government emergency and relief response has been slow and inadequate, and even then, locals are accusing officials of misappropriating the little relief aid by selling it to the victims and traders. 

Betty Aol Ochan, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LoP) says the police was informed that FDC top party members were travelling to Bududa to take relief items to the affected people.

"We were cleared by Bududa police to go and deliver the relief items to the Bududa mudslide victims but I am shocked that our truck... has been intercepted,'' she lamented.

Aol explained that there was an allegation that the relief items donated to the Bududa victims were being sold cheaply to the people within the community. Samuel Wanda, a resident of Bududa town reinforced the allegation and advised that the items should be taken direct to the affected people to avoid diversion .

Speaking during the handover of relief items donated by FDC on Sunday at Bukalasi sub-county headquarters, Godfrey Wanasolo, one of the victims said most of the items like food, blankets, cooking oil, mattress, saucepans and cups don't reach the intended beneficiaries.

He explained that since the relief items are first given to the district disaster management committee to deliver to them, they disappear before getting to the victims. Matiya Namaleya and Annet Wekoya, both mudslide victims, said they have evidence showing that most of the items are sold off by the local leaders to traders in the neighbouring Bududa town council.

They want donors and government to deliver the relief items directly to the mudslide victims. She said items like blankets, jerrycans, posho are sold at night to the victims and traders wishing to buy cheaply.

Besigye explained that they donated the relief on humanitarian and not political grounds. But Wilson Watira, the Bududa district chairperson accused the FDC leaders for exporting the defiance campaign to the district when they refused to follow the right channels for relief distribution.

He explained that the purpose of taking items to the district disaster management committee is to record and check the quality and safety of the items before they are handed to the victims.

He also refuted claims by the mudslide victims that local leaders are selling the relief items, saying whoever has evidence should be present it to his office for investigations. Watira is the head of the district disaster management committee.

1 month 2 weeks ago

The opposition political party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leadership has told the people of Bududa to reject any plans by the government to relocate them from their area, saying this could be a plot to take over their land.

Party leaders including president Patrick Amuriat Oboi, Nathan Nandala Mafabi the secretary general, party chairperson Wasswa Biriggwa, Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan and former party president Kizza Besigye were in Bududa to deliver relief items to the October 11 Bududa mudslide disaster that killed over 50 people. 

Besigye said living around the mountains would not be a threat to the people if the government had put in place sufficient measures to conserve the mountains. He says there are many countries in the world which have mountains which are much higher than those in Uganda but they rarely face mudslide problems.

Besigye added that in the early 60s, the colonial government planned and put terraces in the mountains in Kabale district. He says that the same idea needs to be replicated in the Mt Elgon areas.

“They have stolen everything in the country and its only land that is left to steal. Relocating you from your land could be a ploy to steal that land.” Besigye said.

After the 2010 mudslide disaster in the same area that killed an estimated 300 people, government bought land in Kiryandongo in western Uganda to relocate the people of Bududa to avoid a repeat of the disaster. However the relocation did not materialise due to rejection by the locals and corruption by the officials in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) who were in charge of the relocation. 

When President Yoweri Museveni visited Bukalasi sub-county on October 14 after the mudslide, the chairperson of Bududa district, Wilson Watira told him to expedite the plans of relocating people to safer areas. Museveni apologised to the people of Bududa and said he'd been misled on the relocation of the people from the mudslide-prone areas. He however did not elaborate on how he was misled and by whom. 

Besigye asserted that the biggest problem in Uganda is the lack of systems that can preserve the environment. He says the mudslides would not have claimed lives if there were warning systems to alert people about any impending calamity. 

FDC president Oboi faulted the government for failing to conserve the mountains and hills in Bududa, exposing the population to landslides. He said the people of Bududa must stand against any plan to be relocated and fight for their land saying that they shouldn't leave their wealth behind.

"The mudslide that killed our people would have been avoided. These mountains here can be conserved but Museveni doesn’t want to conserved. He wants to force people of Bukalasa to leave their beautiful land, their fertile lands out of sheer negligence. For me, I think its a plan by Museveni to ensure that you people leave here but the question is, who does want this land to be left for? Mu dear people we have to stand firm, we have to protect our land.

1 month 2 weeks ago

President Yoweri Museveni has issued security guidelines to police and security agencies on how to manage and handle rioters, criminals, suspects. The president urged the police and other security to respect the rights of criminals but said they should be firm while handling rioters who disrupt business and traffic.

He went as far as saying that while shooting down of rioters may chase away tourists especially from the West, others from Russia, China and Arabia will gladly come into the country because it will be more stable.

Below is Museveni's statement 

Re: Guidelines on managing rioters, terrorists, criminals and looters and methods of arresting and handling suspects

I am writing to guide you and the public on the two issues of managing rioters, terrorists, criminals and looters on the one hand and on the issue of the proper methods of arresting suspects and handling them, while in custody, on the other hand.

The fundamental starting point is the NRA principle of being an army of the people, the masses (the farmers, the factory workers, the patriotic public servants and the Ugandans that are struggling to get a foothold in the emerging money economy) but also serving well the law-abiding foreigners that visit our country.

Each of these is like our father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter or grandchild if they are Ugandans. If they are not Ugandans, then they are our honoured guests – amafura.

These must never be beaten, pushed or be barked at for any reason. They should, if it is required, be advised (okuhabura) or be restrained if they are trying to go to an area where they are not supposed to be.

How do you advise? By talking politely to them. How do you restrain? By stretching out your arms, while your rifle is slung at the back (not pointing a rifle at the people), indicating to the crowd that they should not go beyond a certain point. Restraining members of the public from accessing certain areas can also involve barriers or ropes.

You should never push (kutsindika) people that are enthusiastically surging forward to show support for the NRM or the President.

You should never kuteera ebigaanja (hitting on the chest of an approaching person with open palms) any member of the public. Therefore, the bodyguards of public officials should strictly observe these rules. They are part of the NRA Code of Conduct. They are not a new composition. The law-abiding Ugandans will respond positively and co-operate. These are a consequence of our philosophy which says that the Africans are one big family.

The above are for the law-abiding citizens of Uganda or our guests. There are, however, rioters, criminals, looters, terrorists and traitors. Here we are guided by the legitimate aims of the security forces. What are these aims?

They are five and they are: protect the lives of Ugandans from the acts of the law-breakers; protect the property of the Ugandans; do not allow anybody to disrupt markets, centres of worship, legitimate political rallies, legitimate concert gatherings, etc.; do not allow anybody to use lies to incite the public with misinformation; and vigorously hunt and apprehend the suspected criminals. On these, there is no compromise. Why? It is for three reasons.

Number one – no Ugandan should lose his life or property on account of the acts of these criminals.

Secondly, the transport of Uganda, the markets of Uganda and any other legitimate and legal assemblies of our people should never be interfered with by these criminals.

Thirdly, the image of Uganda as a stable country, good for Ugandans, tourism and investments, should never be disturbed. Firm action against trouble-makers, if manipulated by the Press of those who seek hegemony over Africa, may worry the public and frighten away tourism from some of the areas.

This will be compensated for by tourists from China, Russia, Arabia, etc. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to threaten the lives of Ugandans or their property or the image of Uganda. In the end, the Ugandans will be very happy and so will the foreigners, investors and, eventually, the tourists from all sources. Uganda should not only appear to be stable. It should be stable.

Indeed, Uganda has been stable for a long time. It will remain stable. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to threaten life, property or orderliness (obuteeka) in Uganda. If you are a critic, do so truthfully and peacefully.

How, then, do you firmly and non-lethally control rioters? I think the use of water cannons is the best way – it is strong, non-lethal and not noisy; tear-gas, rubber bullets should be discouraged because they are noisy and, sometimes, they can affect unconcerned people.

All the Police forces in the world have shields and short sticks known as batons which they use to disperse hostile crowds. I have seen the Indian Police with long and knob-less (without eifuundo) sticks which they use to disperse crowds.

Which is better – the short stick or the long one and why? The Police leaders can guide us here. The water cannons, the shields, the short sticks and the long knob-less sticks are all to deal with crowds that are assembling illegally or are threatening to kill people or damage property. The role of the shields is clear. It is to protect the Police from being harmed by flying stones or other missiles (bottles, etc).

If, however, the rioters do not stop after the Police use of shields and sticks (whether long or short) and, if the water cannons that are very effective are not available, then, the Police can use live bullets by first firing in the air; but, if the rioters persist, the Police will fire directly at the rioters to protect the lives and property of the law-abiding citizens or protect themselves from the rioters.

Therefore, those who speak about this subject should know that rioters, under certain conditions, can be shot legally and can also be beaten legally and legitimately.

It is, therefore, a serious miscalculation by the opportunist and criminal leaders to manipulate young people into such situations. Why do they not send their sons and daughters to riot?

When it comes to suspected terrorists or murderers, running away from the arresting team is a serious mistake. You will be shot. Why? If the Police do not disable you or kill you, they may never get another chance to catch you so that you answer for your crimes.

In the meantime, the criminal may commit more crimes. Therefore, shooting a terrorist who is running away from the security forces trying to arrest him/her, is in order not to allow him/her to escape from the forum where accountability is possible (by being tried in the courts of law) and also to protect the public against further crimes.

On the side of the security forces, I am reminding you to never do the following:

(a) Push people who surge forward towards leaders out of enthusiasm (kutangirira); you should restrain them (kuzibira) but not push them;

(b) You should never bark at people (kubogolela); you should advise them (kuhabura);

(c) On rioters, you should use water cannons if they are available; if they are not available, you should use shields and sticks (short and long) as the Police will guide; tear-gas and rubber bullets are, of course, non-lethal but they are noisy; however, they cannot be ruled out;

(d) If the rioters persist and threaten life or property, you can use live bullets, first firing in the air and, eventually, if necessary, firing at the rioters;

(e) Once rioters are arrested or any other criminal, he/she should never be beaten by stick, fist or rifle butt. It is unfair, unnecessary and gives a bad image to the country.

It is not necessary because what you want is for this criminal to pay for his sins. How? By being tried and sentenced. You do not have to beat him or maim him.

He will be punished by being imprisoned or even hanged, if he is sentenced. You should, therefore, not play in the criminal’s hands by beating him/her so that he gains public sympathy.

In what capacity are you beating the criminal? Are you the punisher? You are not. Your job is to detect, investigate, arrest and interrogate the suspect by using the facts of your investigations. Even if the criminal denies, the facts will pin him down.

Constitutionally, the punishers of criminals in Uganda are the courts of law. Their punishments include long terms of imprisonment, fining wrong doers or even hanging them. Therefore, security personnel do not meddle and spoil the process. Just do your part.

(f)The arresting officers should always identify themselves so that the public knows that they are legal operators.

That is what I told all of you in my letter against torture of the 15th May, 2017. Therefore, the security personnel should be patient, restrained but also firm. If the criminal resists arrest, wrestle him down and handcuff him.

If he strikes you, strike back hard with fist until he stops attacking you. If he tries to use a knife, a gun, a club or any dangerous missile when you are in close proximity, shoot him so as to disable him.

If he is threatening to harm wanainchi or destroy property, shoot him after due warning. It is, therefore, not necessary to make mistakes. You can be firm and decisive without making mistakes.

Those who support rioters, tell them, not to endanger our people’s lives, not to endanger the lives of the security personnel and not to endanger our people’s property.

The security person who was seen using a rifle butt may have made a mistake. When I inquired, the concerned people told me that the suspect had bitten him (okuruma). That is very serious because some of the criminals have got infectious diseases.

Our officer can be infected in that way and that should be an extra charge put on him. The appropriate response would have been to box him hard so that he stops biting our officer.

That would be self-defence which is very legitimate. Hitting him with a rifle butt after he has stopped biting you, however, is both vengeance and also usurping the role of the punisher (the courts).

The involvement of the SFC, Military Police and CMI in handling law and order issues has been caused by the kawukumi (bean weevils) that had invaded the Police. Otherwise, they should not have been involved and they were never involved. I commend them because the main aims of the government were achieved: to protect the lives of Ugandans and their property.

The image of the country was somewhat affected. That, however, will be repaired. What is crucial is the country to be stable and not just to appear stable. Nevertheless, for logical and legal reasons, the army and the other security forces can, if required, backup the Police in Law and Order Management.

The non-Police security personnel, if they are to be involved at all, will be sensitized about the rational procedure. All I am saying above is simple logic of how to deal with friendly and hostile crowds, hostile individuals threatening the lives of Ugandans, the lives of the security personnel, the property of Ugandans, legitimate public gatherings and the image of Uganda as tourism and investment destinations and also the image of Uganda as a safe place.

These measures are not only rational but most of them are already part of the SOPs (Standard Operational Procedures) of the Police, part of the Police Act and also part of the UN Conventions. If they were not part of the law, we would have long ago made them so.

Indeed, the UN Conventions provide that if the non-lethal methods of the Police are not effective, then the following actions should be taken as is indicated below:

1 month 2 weeks ago

The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has expressed dismay at the approach used by the Commission of Inquiry into land matters to communicate its findings of judicial excesses in catalyzing land distress across the country.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission issued the statement on Friday, October 26, citing wanton abuse of the criminal justice system and connivance between judges and land grabbers.

"…The Commission of Inquiry has encountered a rising number of orders, rulings, judgments, and injunctions entered by judicial officers which have led to the eviction of thousands of bibanja holders or the giving away of land protected by gazette as a forest or wetland," the statement read.

She cited a recent judgment in which Justice Godfrey Namundi ordered that about one square mile that is part of Kajjansi central forest reserve belonged to Eria Mubiru, Vivian Keza and Peninah Busingye Kabingani, simply because they have land titles over the land.

"This ruling was made in spite of the fact that a copy of the Legal Notices gazetting the forest, dated 1932, 1948, 1968 and 1998, were tendered as evidence before the court. The judge declared National Forestry Authority (NFA) trespassers on the "forest reserve" because they had attempted to stop the encroachment," Bamugemereire said.

She added that the judgment carries the role of degazetting a central forest reserve - which role is the sole preserve of the parliament of Uganda and not the High court of the Judiciary.

Bamugemereire further noted up to four court orders which have been granted over Namanve forest reserve where titles were issued on an existent forest reserve. This triggered off a stand-off between Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) and National Forest Authority (NFA) rangers with private security guards deployed.

"In this case, the court directed the commissioner of land registration to create hitherto non-existent plots in the forest reserve. Some judges and high-level government officers have been named in this forest reserve grab," she said.

The Commission noted that speculators who get insider information on where future projects will be situated, desire titles in areas such as central forest reserves hoping to be paid astronomical compensation arising out the infrastructural project over such areas. The preceding area is one such area bringing a convergence of projects such as the Bukasa port, the Standard Gauge Railway, among others.

However, in a press release issued today, Katureebe raised concern with the mode used by the Commission to communicate matters concerning the Judiciary with the chief justice saying that the Commission's findings would have been communicated through an interim report to the president, and not a press release.

"The Judiciary, as well as the government, would have studied that report and taken appropriate action, including giving the officers mentioned in there an opportunity to defend themselves. Nonetheless, we will further study the press release and try to work on it appropriately. Any judicial officer found to have acted outside the law will be dealt with accordingly," said the chief justice.

The Judiciary further says that it takes the issues raised in the Commission statement seriously and would and that they would appreciate if the issues are properly investigated to establish the facts and make appropriate recommendations for a lasting solution.

In the same statement, Principal Judge, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, says that actions of a few judicial officers should not be used to brand the entire Judiciary a culprit.

"Lately, we are encouraging judicial officers to conduct judicial processes in a more transparent manner so as to enhance public trust and confidence in the Judiciary," said Bamwine.

1 month 2 weeks ago
A soldier attached to the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) is on the run after making off with Shs 400,000 from a mobile money agent in Bombo town council. The soldier, identified as corporal Tom Bingi is attached to Bombo military barracks in Luweero district.

Lt Colonel Deo Akiiki, the UPDF deputy spokesperson explains that Bingi escaped last evening after putting a one Hamza Jaffar, a mobile money agent at gunpoint before running away with all the money he had in his possession.
Akiiki explains that the soldier later fired several gunshots in the air to scare the public and later escaped with the gun and the stolen money. He says the search for the errant soldier is on.

Osman Kassim Ramathan, the LC III chairperson of Bombo says that residents attempted to chase the soldier up to Ndejje trading centre but they couldn't apprehend him because he was armed.

It's also reported that the UPDF is searching for another soldier who went missing with a gun last month from the Bombo military barracks. In 2013, private Patrick Okot Odoch, another soldier attached to Bombo military barracks escaped with a gun and shot ten people including his own colleagues in a local bar.

 
Okot Odoch was arrested and sentenced to 90 years in jail after found guilty of murder and attempted murder charges. During the same year, another soldier private Simon Peter Otenyan attached to the same barracks also shot two colleagues dead.

 

2 months 12 hours ago

Supreme court justice Prof Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza has lashed out at Ugandans who she said fail to make right choices while casting their ballots and expect the courts to do miracles for them. 

Speaking at a symposium organised by the Makerere University School of Law while marking 50 years of its existence, Ekirikubinza, who, for a long time worked at Makerere, said Ugandans have themselves to blame if their elected leaders act contrary to their aspirations.

 

“People fail to do certain things and want us to do what they failed to do at the ballot. You fail to elect quality legislators and you want court to do that for you. As citizens, you ought to do your job of electing quality legislators who will do quality work for you and not to seek to use the court system to achieve what your leaders have failed to do for you,” Ekirikubinza who was part of the nine judges who in 2016 unanimously decided to uphold the election of President Museveni said.

The former acting vice chancellor of Makerere University might also be part of the panel of judges that will hear the appeal against the passing of the Constitutional Amendment Act that lifted the presidential age limit from the constitution.

Although the Constitutional court quashed part of the provisions of the amendment; the most significant being the extension of the term of office of members of parliament by two years, court, it nevertheless said parliament acted within its powers to lift age limits on presidential candidates.

 

Ekirikubinza said she gets disturbed by critics of court decisions, many of whom, she said are not even competent to make the criticism.

“Some of the critics against court arise out of the fact that we have lawyers who don’t understand judgements and want to comment on them. The judgement is as good as the lawyers; we would want the Law School to come up as amicus curea [friends of court]” Ekirikubinza said.

Speaking at the same function, deputy chief justice Alphonse Owinyi-Dollo castigated those criticising the Constitutional court for upholding the amendment of the constitution. He said these critics fail to recognise that court saved Ugandans from MPs who wanted to usurp their powers by extending their term of office.

“Everyone talks about the age limit provisions that court upheld and no one talks about court’s intervention to stop parliament from allocating themselves power to extend their term. When you read the judgement, you will find out that the justices almost agreed on all grounds. There was only one dissent…it’s okay to tear our judgement apart but you must recognise the good things in it,” Owinyi-Dollo said.

He called upon Ugandans to start believing in the court system, arguing that, its the only way to attaining a full democratic country that believes in its systems. For her part, Lydia Namubiru, the executive director of Laspnet, a not-for-profit organisation with interest in human rights, legal and constitutional issues said, its high time Makerere University Law School taught students who are up to the challenges of the ever evolving world.

She said lawyers must work towards improving their image that has been badly damaged by their greed for money.

“If you put a lawyer and another person from another field, what would society choose? I’m very sure now people will say lawyers are useless. We need to go back and clean ourselves to improve our image,” Namubiru said.

The symposium was attended by prominent lawyers like Francis Gimara, Joe Oloka-Onyango, John- Jean Barya, justice Remmy Kasule among others.

2 months 12 hours ago

During its routine surveillance in Mbarara in March this year, the National Drug Authority (NDA) picked up about 48 vials of suspected falsified Hepatitis B vaccines from several health centres. The discovery triggered off a series of investigations in at least 18 drug outlets in western and central Uganda.

 

Releasing the investigation findings yesterday, minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng said the falsified Hepatitis B vaccines were subjected to tests and found not to be harmful to the recipients.  

“Chemical tests done on both samples (authentic and false vaccines), did not find any harmful active pharmaceutical ingredient that would be injurious to the recipient. Additional field monitoring confirmed no adverse drug reaction,” Aceng said.

Aceng said NDA has made efforts to monitor any side effects of the falsified vaccines, as well as the ones reported by the media, but so far none have been found.

“NDA has made efforts to monitor side effects amongst those who received the falsified vaccines, but none have been reported and identified. Other events reported in the media were investigated by NDA and found not to be related to the vaccine,” Aceng said.

 

Aceng also said that the potency levels in the false Hepatitis B vaccine had been reduced, meaning it might not have given effective immunisation.

“Given the reduced potency levels observed in the falsified samples, the falsified vaccine may not have elicited the expected immune response that is protective against Hepatitis B infection for the individuals who received this vaccine,” she said.

Aceng said the falsified vaccines had similarities with the government issued vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, prompting government to believe the vaccines were stolen and not manufactured.

“Given the similarities we believe that the falsified Hepatitis B vaccine was government-issued vaccine and was most likely diverted or stolen for sales to private health facilities,” Aceng said.

She said, among the differences in the vaccines was the labelling details, which had been deliberately altered.

“There was however some variation in labelling and related details, such as batch numbers, expiry date, colour, and design schemes. There was also a deliberate attempt to erase the inscription of “Government of Uganda, not for sale, for public use only”,” she said.

Aceng added that the lower potency in the falsified vaccines is most likely due to improper storage by the perpetrators, since no other similar vaccines had been coming in to the country.

“Although the active ingredient and in-vitro potency test showed some differences between the two samples, with the suspect samples returning lower specifications, the difference could have been in poor cold-chain-management of the suspect samples during falsification. This is because NDA did not identify any inlet of that vaccine into the country,” Aceng said.

Aceng said, cases of falsified vaccines are currently undergoing investigation, with one case already finished, which ended in a Shs 500,000 fine.

“NDA continues to work with the Uganda Police, on eight cases which are at various stages of investigation and court hearing,” she said.

The minister said that government is to suspend all private Hepatitis B vaccine camps, until they have been cleared.

“The ministry of Health suspended vaccination camps for Hepatitis B by private health providers. All private medical camps seeking to offer Hepatitis B vaccination must be cleared by the ministry of Health,” Aceng said.

She said, in order to improve the testing of vaccines, the NDA will advance the time on the construction of their own lab, as well as improve their presence on the borders.

“To reduce the infiltration of poor-quality medicines and health care products on the market, NDA is fast-tracking the establishment of its state-of-the-art microbiology laboratory that will significantly increase the scope of testing,” she said.

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2 months 12 hours ago

Social media platforms were on Saturday awash with reports that the MP, who last year moved an amendment to the Constitution to lift the presidential age limits had been poisoned and hospitalized. In a telephone interview with URN, MP Magyezi confirmed the he was in good health condemning the false reports about his life.

 

"It is all untrue, they are just lies. I am fine, I have no problem. There is no poison. I have talked to police and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and they are trying to find out who started this, am sure they will be arrested," said Magyezi in part.

He described the false messages as acts of criminality and a misuse of social media freedom. Earlier on in a brief statement parliament's principal information and education officer, Moses Bwalatum, urged the public to ignore what they described as 'false', social media reports indicating that MP Magyezi is unwell.

"Today [Saturday] being visitation day, he spent it at Mary Hill high school in Mbarara where his daughter studies. He's now back at home to his family," reads a brief message sent by Bwalatum on Saturday night.
 
Magyezi cited another Facebook message reportedly on Lands state minister Persis Namuganza page announcing his death. Magyezi says that the message indicates that some criminals have hacked into different social media pages with an aim of causing chaos and anxiety in the public.

 

Magyezi, became popular late last year when he sponsored the private member's bill that was passed to remove the presidential age limit. The amendment was later this year upheld by the Constitutional court ruling that approved parliament's passing of the Constitutional (Amendment) No.2 Act of 2017. 

Magyezi's bill was seconded by Kyaka South MP Jackson Kafuuzi, Jinja West MP Moses Balyeku and Amolatar Woman MP Doreen Amule.

Since his involvement in the 'age limit bill', Magyezi has on several occasions spoken out about threats on his life. In an earlier interview with URN after the Constitutional court ruling, the MP said that he still receives threatening messages on his phone. He, however, said that the court's decision to uphold his bill had taught him to continue standing firm by what he believes in.

Magyezi says that some of the people who sent him threatening messages had since apologized while police is still carrying out investigations into different international telephone numbers sending him threats.

2 months 12 hours ago

KYOTERA. Hundreds of people are heading to Kasasa grounds in Kyotera Town Council, Kyotera District to celebrate 56 years of Uganda’s independence.

Various guests including; ambassadors, ministers, religious leaders and Members of Parliament among others are already at the venue.

A fleet of yellow buses started as early as 7am to collect people from various villages around Kyotera and Rakai Districts leading them to the venue. Many people are still lining up along streets in Kyotera Town, waiting for free transport service.

Local musicians are keeping the audience entertained. Police have deployed heavily to secure the venue and its neighbourhoods.

According to the Kyotera District Police Commander, Mr Musa Kayongo, all the routes leading to Kasasa grounds are well secured to ensure sanity during the celebrations.

“We ask all our people to cooperate well with the officers because they are deployed to ensure their security," Mr Kayonga said.

Several routes leading to the venue are decorated with Uganda flags. In Kyotera Town and Kasasa Township, business people are going about their usual businesses.

Mr Moses Kiwanuka, a businessman in Kyotera Town says the prevailing poverty cannot allow him to take part in the independence celebrations.

“Poverty is biting hard and we no longer have time for such events. If I close my shop and go to Kasasa, who feed my family? We left such celebrations to civil servants,” he says .

56 years ago, Uganda’s first executive Prime Minister Milton Obote set four-fold priorities for an independent Uganda: political stability, safeguarding the economy, improving social services and building an efficient civil service. That was at Kololo ceremonial grounds in Kampala on the night of October 9, 1962.

This afternoon, President Museveni will, for the 33rd time, ascend the rostrum to speak to Ugandans as they observe the 56th anniversary of independence.

2 months 5 days ago

Tororo- Leaders of the Opposition Uganda People’s Congress in Tororo District Tuesday asked the ruling National Resistance Movement government to recognise their party for leading the country to independence under the leadership of the former president Milton Obote.

Speaking during the 56th anniversary of independence celebrations at King George Memorial Stadium in Tororo, the leaders said the struggle to attain independence was not as easy as it’s considered by some Ugandans.

The concerned leaders through the chairperson of the Women Council in the district, Ms Yedida Padde, appealed to the ruling government to be honest and give credit to UPC for its role in ending colonialism.

She said it’s sad that the NRM government is busy giving out medals to “even cooks” but has never bothered to recognise those who fought for independence.

‘’It’s unfair for government to be seen awarding medals to even cooks leaving out historical leaders who fought for independence. Much as you are in power, records show that UPC led the country to independence and it should respected,’’ she said.

‘’All of us once belonged to UPC or DP and formed NRM. Therefore, it’s only a fool that will never remember where she or he came from,’’ Ms Padde said.

The State Minister for Health, Ms Sarah Achieng Opendi commended the UPC leaders for raising their concerns saying the government has not forgotten about them.

 

2 months 5 days ago

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