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Security And Media Are Complementary, They Both Exist On The Frontline- Rugunda

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Security Minister Gen.Elly Tumwine, Internal affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odong, Prime minister Rt.Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and The minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs Hon Dr. Lt Col Bright Rwamirama during the dinner

The Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr Ruhakana Rugunda urged both security forces and media to know their roles in Uganda’s development process. He noted that Security forces and media can either save the country or destroy it if the two don’t mature in the way they serve the nation. “Security forces and the media are complementary since both can exist on the frontline with guns and pens,” Dr Rugunda said. The PM was presiding over the Senior Security Leaders and Media Executives End of Year Dinner 2018 held at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs General Headquarters(MODVA HQ) in Mbuya On Thursday evening.

Rt Hon Dr Rugunda urged the media to avoid confrontation publications and focus on issues that can transform Uganda, Africa and the world. He also urged both the media and security forces to work together by creating more interactions to galvanize a common understanding between where the country came from, where it is and where it is supposed to be. “Having a common ideological base will make us move the country forward because we are at the take-off stage that requires all of us to play our roles,” Dr Rugunda noted, adding that security remains a cornerstone in providing an environment for the work of the media and vice-versa.

The Security Minister Hon Gen Elly Tumwine who hosted the dinner noted that security starts with oneself and spreads out and that no government can eliminate all negativity thus necessitating the presence of security forces. He observed that choosing to go with negativity or positivity is one’s choice because the world moves with quality and value rather than numbers.

Gen Tumwine further said that the media nowadays is the biggest threat in the world and implored the military to understand the relationship between the two for national development to take root. “You cannot ignore media these days, most especially social media,” he notDiner LP

Security minister Gen. Elly Tumwine addressing senior security officers and media executives during the Dinner

 

The Minister of State for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs Hon Dr. Lt Col Bright Rwamirama on behalf of the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesigye, applauded the joint partnership between the security forces and the media fraternity, most especially when dealing with issues that address national development and prosperity. He said Uganda is currently more peaceful, respects media freedoms and more stable because of the close partnership between security forces and the media. Hon Rwamirama called upon media to stop doing it alone and rather interact with Ministries, Departments and Agencies to improve the performance of the country.

The chairman of National Broadcasters Association Dr. Kin Kaliisa commended security forces for stabilizing the country. He requested the media to appreciate the role of security forces whenever success is achieved and often provide room for interaction in case of discrepancies.
“As media we should not feel ashamed to appreciate what security forces have achieved and we should aim at working together to achieve the general objective of transforming the country,” Dr Kaliisa said.

The chairman of the Uganda Media Council Mr Paul Oketcho lauded both security and media for being disciplined in performance of their roles; which has led to the stability of the count photo

Senior security officers and media executives pose for a group photo

The first senior security leaders and media executives end of year dinner 2018 was attended by Cabinet Ministers, Senior Security Chiefs and Members representing media houses, among others.

By Remmy Atugonza

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ALL EVIDENCE PINS HIM: State Asks Court To Convict Tycoon Sebuufu On Murder Of Businesswoman Katushabe

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Businessman Sebuufu (L) with the late Katushabe (R)

State prosecutor Michael Ojoko has asked High Court Judge Flavia Senoga  to convict pine car bond proprietor Muhammad Sebuufu and six others for killing city businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe.

In their final submission today, Ojoko told court that the prosecution has proved that Sebuufu and the co-accused murdered Katushabe. He submitted that Sebuufu planned the murder of Katushabe because two days before the murder, he kidnapped Katushabe from her home in Bwebajja, Wakiso district. Sebuufu also sent his security assistant Shaban Oduutu  to open a car theft case  number SD-54-17-10-2015 at Kampala central police station.

Ojoko told court that Sebuufu’s mission to open up this case was to prove that Katushabe was a thief who stole a vehicle from Pine car bond and it was the reason why they killed her. He further said that Sebuufu never followed the case he opened. Ojoko cited the testimony of Specioza Nyanza a police officer who commanded the arrest of Katushabe. Specioza told court that during the deceased’s arrest, she was fine and did not look sickly as the defendant claimed. Ojoko revealed that it was after the deceased was beaten and tortured at pine that she died. The pathology doctor William Mutumba indicated in his pathology report that Katushabe died because of blood tumors.

He said that the tumor was as a result of torture and constant beatings. She further explained that even the laboratory tests indicated that the blood found on the wall in Sebuufu’s office was corresponding with that of Katushabe which proves that she was murdered in Sebuufu’s office.

He explained to the presiding judge that even though the trading license found in Sebuufu’s office was not in his names, there were witnesses who pinned him that he used that office to torture Katushabe. He submitted that Peter Tumusiime, the lawyer who was sent by his boss Annet Kobusingye, a lawyer to Katushabe told court that he found Sebuufu and five well-built men beating Katushabe who was undressed and on handcuffs.

He added that it was Sebuufu who called Kobusingye, the lawyer to the deceased ordering her to bring his balance of Shs9m which Katushabe owed him after the purchase of a Toyota Premio car. He added that Sebuufu even warned her that if she failed to raise the money, he was going to kill Katushabe which he did. He said that it was the first time for Kobusigye to talk to Sebuufu so there was no reason why he would have deceived court. Ojok told court that the phone communication showed that Sebuufu was at pine by the time Katushabe was murdered not at Mwanga 11 court as he claimed.

He said that the conviction of Sebuufu will save the public from people who are killing others unlawful. The case is still on ongoing.

By Jamil Lutakome

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If My Client Is Killed In Luzira Prison Lt. General Gutti Will Be Answerable – Kittata’s Lawyer Bangs Tables

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Lawyer Shaban Sanywa who is representing embattled bodaboda 2010 patron Abdullah Kittata has warned that if his client dies in Luzira government prison Lt General Andrew Gutti, the chairperson of the Makindye based court martial will be answerable.

Sanywa first protested state prosecutor captain Samuel Masereje’s submission. Capt. Masejere submitted that Kittata must be remanded to Luzira or Kigo  civilian prisons because the threats against his life were no more and his case reached an end.

However, Sanywa challenged Masereje’s arguments saying that his client should be left in Makindye Military prison because he is safe there. Sanywa revealed that there are people who are targeting Kitatta’s life. He cited two people who were arrested at Makindye Military prison trying to poison Kittata.

Even though Sanywa put up a spirited fight to have his client remain in Makindye prison, General Gutti turned a deaf ear and remanded Kittata to Luzira prison. Earlier, court was told that the three witnesses who were summoned by defense lawyer Sanywa to come and testify on Kittata’s side refused to honor the summons. Sanywa told court that he had served three witnesses but they intentionally refused to appear in court.

Later, Sanywa told the media that if his client dies in Luzira prison, the court martial boss Lt. Gutti will be answerable.

The suspects include Private Kenneth Okello, the officer in charge of Old Kampala police Armory, Sgt Allan Matsiko, the second body guard to Kittata and Vine Tea Hotel manager where Kittata arrested from with guns by military police. Kittata and nine others are facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and military gears which the state says they are a monopoly of only defense force.

By Jamil Lutakome

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The Blind Cannot Lead The Clear-Sighted; Kyagulanyi Is Lost And Blind – President M7’s Office Responds To Bobi Wine Over Arua Jibe

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The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) through the office of the party chairman who is also the president have responded to Bobi Wine over his attack on President Museveni.

While in Arua yesterday, During the area MP Kassiano Wadri’s thanksgiving ceremony, Bobi told president Museveni that his days are numbered. He warned the president to stop telling him to stick to music because he didn’t also stick to cattle keeping.

In a message on their page, the president’s office said, “Kyaddondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine), has been quoted as saying that the days of the National Chairman of NRM, President Yoweri Museveni, are numbered. The MP was speaking in Arua over the weekend.

In making the statement, the MP forgot to say that so many detractors have predicted doom and wished the NRM National Chairman ill luck for longer than anyone can remember but he has broken all records conceivable to be who and where he is. Only God can number his days.”

They added, “Instead, it is Kyagulanyi’s days that are numbered. Why? He attempted to jump into the deep end without any iota of intellectual and ideological propulsion leading to shameful spectacles such as the failure to define “fiscal policy concepts” as the world recently witnessed on live TV that left the MP with egg on his face. In comparison, when National Chairman Museveni was breaking his teeth in mainstream politics, he was so sophisticated in his ideas that Ugandans didn’t believe he was one of them. They were used to mediocrity and incoherence. When, eventually, he proved that his ideas were not meant for America or Europe but for Uganda, they embraced him and have never looked back since.

Ugandans expect no less a level of grasp and articulation of ideas decades on. Museveni’s being 33 years in power is not accidental but incidental to personal preparation and natural endowment.

When he told Kyagulanyi to concentrate on music, National Chairman Museveni was advising the manic junior politician against parading himself cluelessly in elevated circles of leadership without first garnering minimum thought and grasp of concepts, let alone articulating them to publics. High level leadership is far detached from music, comedy and social scandal. Any budding leader with hope of building a career to talk of would take such counsel in good faith and learn from the best.”

“The blind cannot lead the clear-sighted; Ugandans are clear-sighted, Kyagulanyi is lost and blind.
In Luganda they say: Nantabulirirwa asabala gwa bbumba (He who is hard of hearing takes the clayey path-and sinks in the marsh-despite being warned).

In Runyankole they say: Obinga ibiri, imutsiga (He who chases two animals in one go loses both). That’s the unfolding story of Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine!” they said.

By Doreen Menezer

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