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    Bobi Wine In Talks With M7 Over Presidential Petition Withdraw Costs, Protests Justice Byabakama’s Procedure To Hire Kampala’s KAA Advocates…

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    NUP Principal Robert Kyagulanyi and President Yoweri Museveni (R)

    Medard Lubega Sseggona, the lead counsel to National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has revealed that they are in talks with president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s lawyers over Supreme Court presidential petition withdraw costs.

    Ssegona told the nine justices of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo that they kicked off the talks on the matter today (Friday) morning.

    “My lords, today morning, we talked to lawyers of the 1st Respondent about the costs but they were not as positive yet,” Ssegona said.

    He submitted to Court that he knows very well that it’s very clear in the laws and regulations of the presidential petition that whenever the petitioner seeks to withdraw his petition, he or she has to bear the costs of the respondents.

    He further told the Court that its explanatory that the withdrawal of the petition means that the 1st Respondent (Museveni) won the 2021 presidential elections and no one is challenging his victory.

    Sseggona explained that the petition was filed in Court by his client on behalf of many Ugandans for the good of national democracy and good governance and he must not be punished.

    He insisted that the petition was a public interest matter.

    He pleaded with Court that it will be unfair for them to use their powers to slap costs on his client, who is a normal Ugandan, to foot the legal bills of a declared president of the Country.

    On the side of the 2nd Respondent (Electoral Commission), Ssegona protested the prayer for costs made by Commissioner Stephen Tashobya in his affidavit supporting the withdrawal of the petition.

    In his affidavit, Tashobya told the Court that they incurred huge costs to hire Kampala’s top law firm, Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) that is why the petitioner has to foot the legal bills.

    In his submission, Sseggona told Court that there was no proper procedure followed by the Electoral Commission when hiring KAA as required by law.

    He insisted that the Electoral Commission is a government institution which needs to follow the public procuring procedures.

    In his response, Edwin Karugire, Museveni’s lawyer told Court that due to the scandalous behaviour of the petitioner, he has to pay them costs.

    He told Court that Bobi Wine exhibited an errant behaviour against the judiciary when he said that it is not independent, biased and incompetent yet it has saved him several times when he ran there for justice.

    He cited the Moses Kibalama case and the case where court directed security to leave his home after the elections.

    Karugire told court that with all those successes Bobi Wine continues to attack the Judiciary yet he failed to prosecute his petition which means that he is a bad loser.

    KAA’s Elison Karuhanga rubbished Ssegona’s submissions that the Electoral Commission didnt follow the public procurement procedures when hiring them.

    He branded Bobi Wine’s lawyer Ushaka Ssekajja as ignorant about the public procurement thus he cannot give advice to the Court.

    He also supported Karugire’s submission that Bobi Wine has been a scandalous litigant who must be punished with costs due to his intentional public attack on judiciary without following the necessary procedures stipulated in Court rules.

    William Byaruhanga, the Attorney General who represented the 3rd Respondent asked court to find ways of handing reckless petitioners of the presidential petition since this is a very serious matter. He agreed with fellow petitioners not to object to the withdrawal of the petition which Court allows.

    On the issue of Costs, Justices Stella Arach Amoko who read the ruling stated that it will be noticed in the detailed ruling. Bobi Wine withdrew his petition citing unfairness of the judiciary after they declined to accept his additional evidence and amendment of his petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Justice Minister Mao To Meet Security Council Over Drone Abductions And Kidnaps…

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    Minister Norbert Mao

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao revealed that he was appointed as Chairperson of cabinet committee on human rights.

    Mao made these remarks today while appearing at the 27th joint Government of Uganda-Development Access to Justice Annual review at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

    Speaking at the event, Mao revealed that he has been tasked with his committee to look into the recent rise in cases of alleged kidnaps and abductions of people, mostly those leaning on the political opposition.

    He said, “Myself and the Attorney General have been asked to meet the security council over the increased reports of abductions and kidnaps.”

    Mao vowed to reach out on all people with missing relatives or friends to give them more information about the disappearance of their people.

    “Once we have got the details, we shall be presenting them before the Security Council.”

    He added that the committee will institute a human rights desk where all complainants of missing persons will be reported for response.

    Mao adduced that once it comes to their attention, they have the capacity to trace that person using their cameras.

    “The issue shouldn’t be politicized because it is sensitive and touches people’s lives. If it’s true they are abductions, these may be conducted by disgruntled people within government with the view of tainting its good image.”

    Mao contended that they will ensure that they do better so that when they come back for the 28th time they give themselves marks.

    According to Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, this year’s review is being held against the background of a challenging year. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had probably challenging phenomenon, socially, economically and politically.

    He said, “Most specifically, the pandemic created unprecedented challenges and demands on access to justice community, but also tested the resilience and resolve of our coordination and collaboration model.

    “Our theme of the day is aligned with the national vision 2040 that seeks to consolidate the principles of governance, including constitutional democracy, protection of human rights, the rule of law, govt effectiveness and citizens participation in development processes.

    “President Eisenhower once said, peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Let’s remember the need for both peace and justice, not just one of them.”

    Kiryowa further emphasized that all people with missing persons should report to them for a proper follow-up because they can’t act on allegations without facts and that he can’t follow up a case basing on rumours posted on social media.

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    Kabaka Mutebi’s Siblings Hire M7’s Lawyers To Battle City Businessman At Supreme Court Over Juicy Mutungo Land….

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    The Administrators of the Estate of Sir Edward Walugembe Muteesa II, the former King of Buganda have hired President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni lawyers to battle city businessman Dr. Muhammad Buwule Kasasa at the Supreme Court over the juicy Mutungo land.

    theGrapevine has exclusively learnt that Kabaka Mutebi’s siblings led by Prince David Kintu Wasajja, Princess Dorothy Nassolo, Princess Sarah Kagere, on behalf of their family have instructed K&K Advocates, a law firm owned by President Museveni’s son-in-law Edwin Karugire and the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to proceed with the appeal after losing at the Court of Appeal.

    Last month, three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Christopher Gashirabaki, Justice Elizabeth Musoke, who has since been promoted to the Supreme Court and Justice Eva Luswata dismissed the appeal from the royals and declared Kasasa as the owner of the said land.

    The contested land is measuring 640 acres situated at Mutungo, Luzira hill in Nakawa Division Kampala district on Kyadondo Block 237 plot 39, 29, 48, 56, 67, 59, 69, 81, 82, 88, 111, 112, 114, 115, 142, 148, 150, 335, 97, 70, 138, 131, 154, 155, 178, 179, 388 and 410.

    Buganda royals claim that Kasasa grabbed their father’s land when he was exiled by former president Milton Obote in 1966 Buganda crisis.

    However, Kasasa has evidence that he bought the land legally from the bank after it was mortgaged by the registered owners then Lake View properties limited who bought the land from Muteesa himself during his broke days in exile in UK.

    theGrapevine has also established that Kasasa, through his lawyers of SK Kiiza & Company Advocates has protested the royal’s move to hire Museveni’s lawyers to present them at the Supreme Court citing conflict of interest.

    The lawyers claim that K&K Advocates cannot represent the petitioners when Attorney General Kiwanuka, a senior patner in the law firm, is a party in the appeal.

    The Attorney General was sued jointly with Kasasa and lawyers insist that his law firm cannot represent the other party.

    “We are of the strong view that as much as a party is at liberty to choose a lawyer, K&K Advocates is not a suitable law firm to represent parties who are at the same time suing the government through the Attorney General. Definitely, Kiryowa Kiwanuka the Attorney General would be conflicted in this matter,” Kasasa’s lawyers protested.

    Kiwanuka was not reached for a comment because he was not picking our calls by press time.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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