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    Amin Could Not Allow Courts To Work, It Was Wrong For Ben Kiwanuka To Work For Him As CJ- M7 Blames Former Chief Justice Ben Kiwanuka…

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    CJ Ben Kiwanuka (L), President Museveni (top R) and Idi Amin

    President Yoweri Museveni has blamed former Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka for accepting to work with Idi Amin.

    Museveni revealed that he doesn’t think it was correct for Benedicto Kiwanuka to accept to be Amin’s Chief Justice.

    “You couldn’t talk of judicial independence with Amin.  How can Amin say this and you come to the Supreme Court to say the other,” he added.

    Museveni made these remarks today at the fifth annual commemoration at the Judiciary Headquarters in Kampala. This year marked 50 years since the first Ugandan Chief Justice was last seen alive.

    He divulged that from the onset, it was clear that Idi Amin was not a person to be trusted but also to work with.

    “When Amin came in, we the political actors had a difference about Amin. Idi Amin didn’t understand anything and its why we had differences from the word go,” he explained.

    “He announced the coup at 3pm and 5pm we were meeting in Yona Kanyomozi’s house in Bugoloobi to fight Amin.”

    He contended that whereas Obote had his shortcomings, he was educated and could not behave as Amin.

    “I don’t think Obote would kill a civil servant. He would marginalize but not kill in that direct way. For us we had a different view that Kiwanuka shouldn’t have joined Amin. He was principled man but it was unfortunate he ended up with Amin,” he said.

    The president however hailed the late Kiwanuka for resisting Mengo chauvinism.

    Bulange Mengo is the administrative center for Buganda kingdom let by Kabaka Mutebi II.

    Museveni said that Kiwanuka opposed Mengo’s opportunism of pushing the tribal agenda, that is why when they came in, they took a national position.

    “We salute him for that. He however turned out to be a martyr in a situation he shouldn’t have been in, in the first place.”

    Chief Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo also hailed the late Kiwanuka noting that his being principled was not being a judicial officer only and not determined by the nature of the judicial officer he was but even as a young politician before Uganda getting independence.

    “He was principled enough to stand up and say Democratic Party was a national party. By nature he was a principled person. He was an advocate of the rule of law and respect for human rights to which he ultimately paid the price,” Dollo disclosed.

    “We should ask ourselves what we have so far done and what else we can do to uphold his values.”

    He furthermore termed him as a ‘martyr’ whose martyrdom was a consequence of his desire to have judicial independence at the time.

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao joined the President and  Chier Justice in appreciating Ben Kiwanuka’s hard work.

    Mao revealed that Kiwanuka served ideals not just his ambition but was also a very loyal friend.

    He added, “He championed independence of the judiciary. Everything comes at a price. Sometimes you don’t get everything you have paid for but there is nothing you get without paying for it. Today as we reflect on the life of Ben Kiwanuka, we ask ourselves what rule of law is.”

    Mao however asked government to help in efforts by the family and other well-wishers to have the remains of Kiwanuka recovered.

    “I ask on behalf of the Democratic Party for government to get involved in finding the remains of Ben Kiwanuka. We will be happy even when we just receive a tooth. We will at least be able to bury that tooth,” he vowed.

    He furthermore insisted that technology exists for example forensic archeologists and they know roughly where he would have been buried but need the support of government.

    It should be remembered that Benedicto Kiwanuka was the first prime minister of Uganda, a leader of the Democratic Party, and one of the persons that led the country in the transition between colonial British rule and independence. He was murdered by Idi Amin’s regime in 1972.

    It was on September 21, 1972 when Uganda’s first black Chief Justice was kidnapped from his court chambers in Kampala and four days later shot dead at State lodge Nakasero by President Idi Amin.

    This was revealed by the retired 71-year-old Superintendent of Police, Daniel Mulemezi, a resident of Kamuli District in eastern Uganda.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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