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    Age Limit Judgement Postmortem: Tempers Flare, Judges Named Wolves, Snakes, NRM Cadres And Terrorists

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    After the learned attorney general introduced the bar, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe immediately explained to the nation why the panel delayed to deliver the judgement in the stipulated time of 60 days.

    Katureebe said that Ugandans must bear with them because they are also human beings who fall sick. He said that he was a victim because he travelled abroad for medical attention. Katureebe revealed that when he was abroad, he went through five operations of his eye. He further stated that though the sickness delayed him to quickly write his judgement, he managed to finalise it. He added that after delivering the judgement, he has to travel back for more operations.

    Katureebe’s sickness was witnessed when he failured to read his judgement and asks Justice Elidad Mwangusya to read it for him, he only signed on it. Katureebe’s decision rubberstamped and endorsed president Museveni’s life presidency. The chief justice dismissed the appeal filed by lawyer Male Mabirizi, six opposition members of parliament led by Kasese district women Member of Parliament Winnie Kizza and Uganda Law Society.

    JUSTICE STELLA ARACHI AMOKO

    She was the first out of the seven justices of the supreme Court who heard the controversial age limit appeal to deliver her judgement. She said that the appeal raises over 116 grounds which she examine to establish whether article 102(b) was legally lifted from the Constitution. She rubbished Mabirizi’s appeal that the Constitutional court didn’t determine the petition in the stipulated time of 60 days. The justice said that it’s true the Constitution stipulates that as soon as the Constitutional court receives the Constitutional petition, it must leave other matters and handle the Constitutional petition speedily. The justice said that the petitioners must understand that the justices are human beings and they were handling huge booklets of submissions from both parties. She said that the petitioners were asking too much from the court even though it’s out of time. She said that Mabirizi’s complaint lacked merit and it was baseless. She agreed with the Constitutional court on not allowing Mabirizi to sit on the bar. Amoko said that Mabirizi is not an advocate so he is not qualified to sit with practicing lawyers. She rubbished Mabirizi’s claims that he was not given enough time to elaborate his submission. She said that Mabirizi was allowed to cross examine all the witness and according to the Constitutional court proceedings, Mabirizi was even allowed to make rejoinders even though the learned deputy Chief Justice indicated it ib his final remarks. The justice also examined and dismissed Mabirizi’s complaint that the Constitutional Court intentionally refused to summon the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga for cross examination. Justice Amoko said that it’s not a big issue for court to summon Kadaga since other witnesses like UPDF commander Gen David Muhoozi and other government officers were cross examine. She said that it was an over sight for court not to summon Kadaga. She further resolved that the Shs29m given to members of parliament was not collected from the consolidated fund but it was from parliament. She explained that whenever there is a need for Members of Parliament to go to their voters and seek their opinion on a matter, especially concerning the amendment of the Constitution, members are facilitated as it was done during the amendment of article 102(b).

    She also rubbished claims that speaker smuggled the age limit bill on the order paper. She said that the speaker has powers to amend the order paper. She agreed with parliament on not allowing people from accessing parliament during the passing of the age limit. Amoko said that there was tension in the parliament and refuted claims that people were denied access to parliament since according to the parliamentary Hansard, there were members of public who were in the gallery. On the matter of tabling the age limit bill without the members of the opposition, the justices said that there was nt reason given by the members of opposition why they left parliament, and there was no evidence that the bill was passed without quorum. On the issue of NRM party members being allowed by the speaker of parliament to cross to opposition and sit on the side of the opposition, she said that the speaker has powers to allow any member of parliament to sit where he/she wants him to sit. She said that it was a temporary order because when opposition members came back to parliament, they freely accessed their sits. On the question of violence, Amoko said that the 25 members parliament who were suspended by the speaker intentionally refused to leave the house which forced her to adjourn for 30 minutes. She said that during adjournment, strangers entered parliament and started beating honourable members of parliament including those who were not suspended. She noted that the violence in parliament was caused by those very MPs. She cited the testimony of Gen David Muhoozi in the Constitutional court who admitted that it was the UPDF personnel who intervened after being asked by parliamentary police for assistance.

    ELIDAD MWANGUSYA

    He allowed the appeal and he was among the 3 justices out of the 4. He established that the speaker of parliament Kadaga suspended the honourable members of parliament without giving a reason why she suspended them. He further established that it was illegal for the president to sign the bill into law without examining whether the certificate of compliance was qualified. He said that it was illegal for MPs to be beaten, illegally detained and after released without any charges slapped against them.

    OPIO AWERI

    He dismissed the appeal noting that the bill which was signed into law didn’t have financial implications. He added that shs29m given to members of parliament to go and consult from their electorates was not from the consolidated fund. Aweri noted that violence in parliament was not a very big issue and didn’t have any effect on the passing of the age limit bill. In his judgement, he said that the legislators who were seriously beaten should sue the government and be compensated for the violation of their human rights.

    PROFESSOR LILIANA TEBATEMWA

    She allowed the appeal and establish that the Magyezi bill was not on the order paper. She cited the question raised by honourable Winnie Kizza, the former leader of opposition who asked the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya weather the Magyezi bill was on the order paper and the speaker denied knowledge of it. She said it was illegal for the speaker to send the bill to be signed by the president into law without the proper certificate of compliance.

    BOBI WINE ALIAS ROBERT KYAGULANYI

    He is the member of parliament representing people of Kyadondo East and head of people power movement. He said that what the opposition leadership can do after the supreme Court decision is to appeal to the general public. He said that supreme Court is not the highest court in the land but it’s the people. He added that the people right now hold the powers on how they want the country to be governed. He said Ugandans must stand up and fight for their country.

    RED CAP BANNED FROM COURT ROOM

    There was tension inside the supreme Court room when two people power supporters in the red caps tried to access the courtroom. A three-star police officer ordered police personel to remove the caps from the people who were putting them on. Silently, the officer talked to the young men and they surrendered their caps to police.

    BETTY NAMBOOZE

    Member of parliament representing people of Mukono municipality. She cursed justice Amoko saying that she insulted MPs who were badly beaten during the passing of the age limit bill. She noted that for a respected justice to say that it was the MPs who caused violence in the parliament was an insult. She noted that the only remaining option for the opposition is to appeal to the highest court of the land which is the public.

    ERIAS LUKWAGO

    He is the Lord Mayor of Kampala city and also the lawyer representing the six opposition members of parliament. He said that it’s too sad that the only remaining organ of government has also died. He noted that the judiciary failed the test of restoring democratic governance in Uganda and decided to side with the oppressors and it’s regrettable for justice Katureebe to lead the burial of the independence of Uganda’s judiciary

    MALE MABIRIZI

    He is an appellate in the determined matter. He said that the four justices who dismissed his appeal are wolves who decided to bury their country and go with oppressors. He said that Ugandans have tested the credibility of the judiciary and now understand that they also cannot help them. He asks Ugandans not to lose hope even though they lost the age limit battle because the regime has been weakened. He boosted that God is with Ugandans and he has already started punishing all the people who are with the oppressors. He cited the chief justice who now cannot see and wondered how he wrote his judgement.

    NOBERT MAO

    He is the democratic party president. He said that he was very embarrassed with the judgement of the four supreme Court Justices because they sided with the regime oppressors, he branded them as terrorists.

    MWESIGWA RUKUTANA

    He is the deputy Attorney General of the government of Uganda. He said that the judgement was very good with a lot of reasoning and was balanced. He congratulated the four justices who dismissed the appeal saying that they showed that the judiciary is independent.

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    I Want My Child; Mother Cries Out To Majambere To Release His Son Who He Abducted, NRM Diehard Denies Allegation, Vows To Drag NUP To Court…

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    Nambazira Sauda (R), the mother to Godfrey Kirumira and Majambere

    A mother has cried out to National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporter Kamuntu Majembere to fight with fellow old men and bring back her child.

    Nambazira Sauda, the mother to Godfrey Kirumira, 17, wept while asking Sam Majembere alias Empologoma ya NRM to bring back her child who he kidnapped.

    Appearing at National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters in Kamwokya Kampala, Sauda, with tears rolling down her eyes disclosed that on 5th, November, 2022, her child was kidnapped in a drone and taken away by Majambere.

    “The kids he was playing with that day came running to me and saying ‘mummy mummy’ Majambere came with other men and slapped Godfrey. He fell to the ground and they carried him away to a waiting drone and took him,” Sauda narrated as she cried.

    She added, “Majembere, you killed my child, you killed my 17-year-old child, you should have fought with your agemates and left my child.

    “I don’t even know how exactly he killed my son. Majambere give me my son at least I bury him myself. But why don’t you fight those who fought you not my little boy. Please give me my child, I’m in a lot of pain.”

    Embattled Sauda adduced that Majembere picked her son at 8:30 pm in a lot of pain.

    “At least you would have just slapped him and told him to sit down and asked him whatever you wanted, he would have obeyed but you shouldn’t have taken my son in that kind of bitterness.”

    She cursed, “May God do the worst to you Majembere that you will also die badly just like you killed my son but please give him to me so I can bury him. I no longer eat or even drink because of my child.

    “But you are a big man, how do you not know the people to fight with. What exactly did you want with my son. I will never forgive you.”

    MAJAMBERE VOWS TO DRAG NUP TO COURT

    When theGrapevine spoke to Majambere concerning the allegations, he denied them insisting that at the time they claim that Godfrey was abducted, he was in hospital receiving treatment after succumbing to injuries from angry mob at the burial of late Jakana Nadduli.

    “I am even at my home right now but I want you to know that I’m not a police officer neither am I an army officer. We have already seen the intentions of NUP. Recently they got accident victims and took them to Kenya and claimed they were tortured by government,” he told theGrapevine.

    Majambere however vowed to drag the deceased’s mother and the whole NUP leadership to court for accusing him of what he has no clue about adding that his lawyers are already working on it.

    He added that NUP just wants to kill him that is why they are now falsely accusing him.

    Majambere also denied allegations that he had a gun at the burial of late Jakana Nadduli noting that there is no way he would have had a gun and not shot at those who beat him up that day.

    “They have managed to fail me here in Uganda and so am going to go (to another country) and leave them that’s if they don’t kill me before I leave. Uganda has become a bush let me first run away and find protection.”

    Asked if he has managed to talk to his boss, President Museveni concerning the threats on his life before he runs out of the country, Majambere contended that President Museveni has never been his boss because he (Majambere) doesn’t work in security.

    “I just support NRM and I will never betray it even when NUP comes and attacks me and kills me, let them do so but as for me, I can never denounce NRM. And I’m not ready to do what they (NUP)  want me to do for them.”

    Majambere revealed to theGrapevine that there is something Bobi Wine asked him to do and he refused.

    He however refused to elaborate more on their chemistry and what separated them.

    This comes at a time when a number of opposition members have been abducted and taken by unknown men in drones, the recent being Sheikh Yahaya Mwanje and former presidential candidate, Joseph Kabuleta.

     

    By Kalamira Hope and Sengooba Alirabaki

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    NRM HOUSE ON FIRE! Speaker Among Directs Minister Otafiire To Beef Up MP Begumisa Security Over Minister Kawooya Death Threats…

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    L-R: Minister Hanifa Kawooya, Begumisa and Speaker Among

    Annet Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament has directed Internal Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire to beef up the security of Mary Begumisa, the Ssembabule district woman Member of Parliament (MP) and her family over several death threats from health junior minister Anifa Kawooya Bangirana.

    Among told parliament that on several occasions, Begumisa has been in her office kneeling and pleading with her to give her an opportunity to raise her matter on the floor of parliament against Minister Kawooya until Thursday morning when she blamed her for being compromised to deny her the opportunity to raise her matter.

    “She cried and also said that I was also compromised not to allow her to speak, I said no this house is yours, you come and speak whatever you want to speak.

    Last week I thought that this issue will be resolved when I told the government chief whip and the Leader of the Opposition to resolve the issue of Hon. Namugga because it is the same issue but nothing has been resolved,” Among said.

    Among was responding to Begumisa’s submission during which she accused minister Kawooya of harassing her, her family members and her supporters because they are against her move to subdivide Ssembabule district to create another district.

    Begumisa told parliament that Kawooya told her supporters that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed cabinet to divide Ssembabule into two districts in the interest of implementing the ongoing Parish Development model as a tool to fight poverty in the region.

    She explained that those who protested her move are being imprisoned while others are on the run including Begumisa’s husband who is always hiding in her car.

    However, Among told parliament that minister Kawooya doesn’t have powers to create new districts because even the local government minister does not have such powers.

    She added that it was resolved to halt the creation of new administrative units like the one Minister Kawooya is fighting for.

    She directed with immediate effect the minister of lands to go to Ssembabule district to stop the demarcation of the boundaries which is allegedly going on because it is illegal.

    Justine Kasule Lumumba, the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister’s office, on behalf of the government promised that Begumisa’s security will be beefed it up. She advised women leaders to stop fighting in public because it is shameful.

    She promised to talk to Minister Kawooya.

    Lumumba asked the speaker to also give Kawooya the opportunity to defend herself concerning the allegations brought against her.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Minister Betty Among Successfully Kicks Byarugaba Out Of NSSF; Patrick Ayota Eats Big, Replaces Former Boss…

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    Minister Amongi (L) and former NSSF boss Richard Byarugaba (inset L) and his successor Patrick Ayota (inset R)

    Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Betty Among has succeeded in kicking out National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Director Richard Byarugaba.

    According to a July 22 letter, Betty Amongi, the co-political overseer of the Fund with Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, noted that under the Public Service Standing Order and NSSF Human Resource Policy, Mr. Byarugaba should have automatically retired on clocking 60 years.

    “You have, however, not officially retired although, by law, your retirement is mandatory and automatic upon attainment of the retirement age of 60 years,” Amongi wrote to Byarugaba.

    She further warned that all actions he takes now, on behalf of the Fund are not protected by any law and can be challenged.

    “This is dangerous for the operations of the Fund and I cannot continue to put the Fund at risk without addressing the matter.”

    The Chairman NSSF Board of Directors, Patrick Ocailap also released a letter appointing Patrick Ayota as Deputy Managing Director.

    “In accordance with Section 39 and 40 of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Act (Cap222), as amended, the Board of Directors submitted its recommendations to the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development (the Minister) for the appointment of a Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director,” the letter read.

    “This is to inform NSSF members, stakeholders and the public as follows; Patrick Ayota has been appointed Deputy Managing Director for five-year period with effect from 30th November 2022.”

    Ocailap added that the processes leading to the appointment of the Managing Director have taken longer.

    “In the interim, the Deputy Managing Director will caretake this office until these processes are concluded.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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