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    CJ Owiny Dollo Will Not Recuse Himself From Bobi Wine’s Court Case Against Museveni – NRM Legal Director Kihika Affirms…



    Oscar Kihika (L) right is Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo

    The National Resistance Movement (NRM) party believes lawyer Male Mabirizi’s petition to the Supreme Court asking Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo to quit the bench on grounds of bias will not stand, just like the earlier petition to amend the grounds failed.

    Male Mabirizi wrote to the Chief Justice (CJ) Owiny Dollo asking him to recuse himself from the panel of the nine Justices who are going to hear the presidential petition filed by National Unity Platform (NUP) former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

    However, the NRM legal director, Counsel Oscar Kihika, confidently contends that the Male Mabirizi petition does not meet the requisite standards.

    In his letter dated February 11th, 2021, received by the office of the Chief Justice Dollo, Mabirizi based on article 3 of the Constitution and paragraphs 1, 11(i), XXVI, XXIX(a) and (f) of the National objectives and Directives principles of state policy to protect the Constitution, promote Rule of law and fight abuse of authority.

    Mabirizi alleges that in 2006, Dollo, who was then a practicing private lawyer, was on the team of lawyers who represented President Yoweri Museveni against Dr. Kizza Besigye, Electoral Commission and the Attorney General.

    “Your participation erodes the confidence not only in you but the entire Judiciary because judgement must be rooted in confidence and confidence is destroyed when right minded people go away thinking ‘the judge was biased’,” he noted.

    Kihika however, reaffirmed that whatever happens in whichever way, the NRM is ready to take it on because the party’s legal team started preparations to defend President Museveni’s victory long before the petitioners filed their affidavits.

    While speaking to journalists during the party’s weekly media briefing on Sunday, Kihika said that it was because of this early preparation that they were able to win the first round of the petition where court squashed the petitioners’ attempt to amend their earlier filing.

    The Supreme Court, sitting in Kampala last week, refused former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s application to amend his suit by including new grounds.

    Justice Stella Arach Amoko, who read the unanimous ruling, dismissed Kyagulanyi’s application on grounds that the issues he intended to add to the petition had already been included in the original petition.

    The 9 justices of the Supreme Court advised Kyagulanyi’s legal team led to file evidence by affidavits to prove the grounds they raised in the original petition.

    Yesterday, the team representing President Museveni received affidavits to enable them resume their work in filing defense.

    Kihika told journalists that on Thursday the Supreme court in pre-trial conference gave the petitioners up to today (Sunday) to file their affidavits of the claims in which they challenge the 14th January presidential election results.

    “As you are already aware, on Thursday there was conferencing to set out the time table of activities in this petition. The Supreme court gave up to today 14th February 2021 for the petitioners to file their affidavits in support of the petition,” Kihika said.

    He further stated that the first respondent, who is the President, the second respondent in this case the Electoral Commission and the third respondent who is the Attorney General, have up to Saturday  February 20th, 2021 to file in all their affidavits in response.

    “We, the respondents, on the other hand, the court ordered us to file all our affidavits in response by next Saturday. But we continue to do our work in defense of this petition. But very crucially we are waiting to see how many affidavits are going to be filed today by the petitioners. The number of affidavits is the one that determines the volume of work that is on our hands,” Kihika added.

    Kyagulanyi’s petition filed on Monday February 1st, 2021, seeks annulment of the results of last month’s presidential election that handed incumbent Yoweri Museveni the victory, citing 26 grounds on which they base their petition, including ballot stuffing, intimidation of NUP agents and supporters, pre-ticked ballot papers, voter bribery and others.

    However, according to Kihika, the petition is based on hearsay and cannot stand in court.


    By Baron Kironde



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



    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 



    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



    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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