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    Bobi Wine Shouldn’t Have Withdrawn The Presidential Petition; That’s Nonsense, Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo Did Nothing Wrong- Retired Judge Prof. Kanyeihamba Says…

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    Bobi Wine (L) and Prof. George Kanyeihamba

    Retired Judge Prof. George William Kanyeihamba has described Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s decision to withdraw the presidential petition he had filed in the Supreme Court as nonsense.

    Bobi Wine on Wednesday this week filed an application seeking court’s leave to allow him withdraw the petition he had filed challenging President Yoweri Museveni’s reelection in the January 14th  presidential election, citing bias and conflict of interest on the side of some Supreme Court judges.

    However, Prof. Kanyeihamba is so unhappy with the National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, saying that he advised Bobi Wine not to withdraw the petition and he ignored the advice.

    Kanyeihamba, who was speaking during an interview on CBS FM, Friday, said thus; “I didn’t like it at all. He should not have withdrawn the petition. He did a very bad thing.”

    Commenting about the Supreme Court rejecting more evidence from Bobi Wine’s lawyers, Kanyeihamba said; “The judges were right to make that decision, because Article 104 of the Constitution gives them the power to do so. That’s nonsense. I have told you Article 104 makes it clear. Even if I was one of the judges I would have rejected the additional evidence too. His lawyers should have advised him accordingly.”

    When asked about the conditions surrounding the petition and the political persecution that  Bobi Wine and his supporters have been subjected to ever since he filed the petition, Kanyeihamba said “I told him not to withdraw the petition without consulting me. You cannot make up your own court or say I don’t want  judge so and so to handle my case. That can never happen. Because it means that if you decide who should handle your case or withdraw it, it means you’re biased too. Do you know that I’m a constitutional lawyer? I voted for Kyagulanyi, he knows it that he’s my good friend.  But I told him not to withdraw the petition and he went ahead to do so!”

    Probed about the fact that it’s Kyagulanyi’s constitutional right to withdraw any case he has filed, Kanyeihamba insisted that whatever the matter might, what Bobi Wine did was very bad.

    “What he did was so, so bad. I wanted him to come  to me I give him advice on how  to win  the petition,” the retired Judge said.

    Asked to comment about the political persecution that Kyagukanyi and his supporters are facing and the alleged bias on the side of Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo, Kanyeihamba  said that; “Excuse me! That’s nonsense! You mean I had not thought about all that before? But court  has not been given time to think about that. The Electoral Commission was not in charge. It was the police in control all throughout. But you can only say that in court.”

    He added; “You should let the courts speak. Not you to decide that court is biased; who are you?   For me I totally have no problem with the Chief Justice. He recently told us that he is not biased,  who are you to disagree with him? Why are you becoming a judge to judge judges on the panel.”

    When Kanyeihamba was asked about allegations of Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo holding a private meeting with President Museveni in lieu of Bobi Wine’s petition, the retired judge trashed the allegations, noting that it is tantamount to judging someone without giving them a fair hearing.

    “You can’t hang a judge without hearing him first. Who are you? Are you God? People don’t think about what they are doing. Do you how many times we met the President during the 2011 petition? Did you people want the Chief Justice to ignore the President when he calls him to talk to him? And when the president calls you to discuss matters which he wants, do you just jump out? Ask yourself; what did the Chief Justice promise Museveni? Nothing! There is no law in the Constitution which says that when there is a petition, the President is not allowed to talk to those involved. No way. This is a man who gave us an indication of his independence. Recently he said that we made a mistake as Ugandans to remove term limits; is that man a puppet to the President? No! In my opinion many of those judges were going to support Kyagulanyi. You don’t know how courts work. You don’t know how judges work. Nonsense!”

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

     

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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