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    Court Gives Tortured Mityana Municipality MP Zaake Powers to Prosecute Top Police Officers…



    Zaake (L) with one of his lawyers Basalirwa (R)

    Mityana Chief Magistrates Court has given powers to tortured Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Butebi Zaake to go ahead and privately prosecute top senior police officers who tortured him.

    Zaake applied to court to privately prosecute SSP Bob Kagarura (the police commander Wamala Region), D/ASP Musa Walugembe (police officer in charge of special investigation unit Kireka –Kampala), D/SSP Elly Womanya (the commandant special investigation unit Kireka), Hamdan Twesigye (police officer working with Special Investigations Unit –Kireka) and SP Alex Mwine (Mityana district police commander).

    In his affidavit, the people power movement diehard alleged that in April 2020, he was brutally arrested from his home in Mityana Municipality and taken to different police stations and security safe houses where he was brutally tortured.

    According to the summons seen by this website, the trial is expected to kick off on 5th August 2020 at Mityana Chief Magistrate courts.

    Zaake boasted that he has paraded a number of witnesses to pine the errant officers.

    He narrated that he spends sleepless nights waiting for the day he will see his tormentors in the dock. He added that he is very sure that justice will be served.

    Zaake was arrested by police on charges of violating the presidential directives to fight Covid19 pandemic after being arrested distributing food to his voters around Mityana Municipality allegations that Zaake strongly denies.

    Zaake insisted that the errant officers picked him from his home and he was not distributing food.

    President Museveni condemned the selective arrest by security agencies after his Minister and senior party members were found guilty of Zaake’s alleged crime but walked away scotch free.

    Ugandan laws permit private prosecution even though the Director of Public Prosecution has powers to take over any criminal case at any particular stage before the judgment.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Don’t Celebrate Small Victories They Are Giving You – Bobi Wines Tells Brother And Bagala; Court Orders Retrial Of Nyanzi’s Petition…



    Bobi Wine and NUP's Joyce Bagala (R) and Fred Nyanzi (L)

    Court of Appeal has ordered for retrial of the election petition filed by Fred Nyanzi Sentamu, the brother to National Unity Platform (NUP) boss Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine against Muhammad Nsereko.

    During the January 2021 elections, Nsereko and Nyanzi were battling to represent the people of Kampala Central in parliament, Nsereko polled 16,998 votes, while Nyanzi garnered 15,975 votes.

    Nyanzi ran to the High court challenging Nsereko’s victory.

    During the hearing of the petition, Nsereko contested Nyanzi’s petition on grounds that it was illegal since he was never served.

    Joyce Bagala (in red) celebrates her court win

    Nsereko even refused to turn up in Court claiming that he was not aware of any case filed challenging his victory.

    Court later dismissed Nyanzi’s entire petition ruling that he never followed the due process of filing a petition which involved serving Nsereko.

    Nyanzi ran to the Court of Appeal to challenge the High Court decision.

    Today, the three judges of led by Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire ordered Nyanzi to serve Nsereko afresh and the petition be heard afresh by a different judge.

    They added that Nyanzi adduced sufficient evidence proving that Nsereko made it hard to be served with the said election petition as the law required.

    Fred Nyanzi addressing journalists after court gave him renewed hope

    This is a mini victory for Nyanzi who follows his NUP colleague Joyce Bagala in jubilation for winning her election petition against lands senior minister Judith Nabakooba.

    Today, the Court of Appeal confirmed Bagala as the Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana.

    Meanwhile, NUP boss Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has advised Bagala and Nyanzi not to celebrate the small court victories because their victories were snatched from them in the first place.

    “Don’t be so quick to celebrate when they give you the small victories, they are the ones that stole your big victory in the first place. They are not independent.  Be woke,” Bobi Wine tweeted.


    By Kalamira Hope


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    NUP’s Bagala Defeats Minister Nabakooba – Court Confirms Her As The Duly Elected Mityana Woman MP…



    MP Joyce Bagala (L) and Minister Nabakooba (R)

    Court of Appeal has confirmed Joyce Bagala of National Unity Platforms (NUP) as the Woman Member of Parliament for Mityana.

    Bagala garnered 64,633 votes throwing out Nabakooba who scooped 48,322 votes in the January 2021 elections.

    However, Bagala’s election was challenged by the Minister of Lands and on 22nd October, 2021, Mityana High Court ruled in favor of Nabakooba and ordered for fresh elections on grounds of bribery and intimidation of Nabakooba’s agents.

    Justice Emmanuel Baguma ruled that he found enough evidence Nabakooba’s petition to prove that Bagala through her Agents, with her knowledge and consent or approval committed the electoral offence of bribery.

    Bagala, through her lawyers of Lukwago and Co. Advocates quickly rushed to the Court of Appeal to challenge the Mityana High Court decision.

    Today, after being declared winner, a joyous Bagala told the press that she hopes that Nabakooba is calm and knows that she was defeated fair and square.

    “I have been telling you we won this election, and after winning the election, someone petitioned and said we come to court, we came and I have again defeated that person,” the former NBS TV news anchor said.


    By Hope Kalamira


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    Stop Intimidating Arts Teachers, You won’t Militarise Education Sector – MP Mbwatekamwa Goes Wild Over his Boss’ Orders…



    MP Mbwatekamwa Gaffa

    Igara West Member of Parliament (MP), Gaffa Mbwatekamwa has trashed his party Boss’ orders to Arts teachers who are striking over salary increment.

    Yesterday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party boss executed the legal advice given to him by government’s chief legal adviser Kiryowa Kiwanuka, the Attorney General, concerning the ongoing arts teacher’s strike.

    Museveni asked Kiwanuka to advise him and other members in the meeting on how to legally solve the matter because for him, he is thinking of firing them from their jobs immediately because he is tired of unrealistic demands from unpatriotic government workers.

    In a story that theGrapevine filled yesterday, it indicated that Museveni was happy about Kiwanuka’s submission hence asking the Ministry of Education and Sports Permanent Secretary, Catherine Birakwate, to write a warning letter to all striking teachers.

    Birakwate told the striking teachers that whoever feels that they cannot wait for the next financial year when government will budget for the money to increase their pay should resign.

    However, during a meeting in Parliament today, on salary enhancement of Arts Teachers, Mbwatekamwa assured arts teachers that nobody should intimidate them.

    “Why are you intimidating the arts teachers? Nobody should threaten you, teachers. We are with you. You can’t militarise the education sector. Go back to the bush if you want to apply that militaristic approach,” he said.

    Mbwatekamwa further noted that if they (government) think that the country is based on science, then let them apply the same policy to the health workers since they were the first to go on strike.

    He also assured the arts teachers not to be scared because they shall continue fighting with them.

    “If they want let them bring a supplementary budget, we shall support it,” he added.

    He furthermore posed a question why they are still subjecting learners to answer questions in English arts subjects are not important.

    Meanwhile, Rubaga North MP Abubakar Kawalya, who is a member of the Presidential Affairs Sectoral Committee, also sided with Mbwatekamwa insisting that they can’t accept directives from people who don’t practice the profession.

    “We are not going to accept this impunity. If need be, we legislators need to come together and chase the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports.

    He also revealed that the divide and rule game is one all dictators worldwide play.

    “They have now embarked on our schools to promote divide and rule.”


    By Hope Kalamira


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