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Court Saves Oscar Industries Tycoon Kiwanuka From Forced Mental Check-Up In Butabika Hospital

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High court judge Musa Sekana has saved Oscar industries tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka Musisi from forced mental check-up at Butabika hospital as his son Jordan Sebuliba Kiwanuka had asked.

In his ruling today, High Court Civil Division Judge Sekana stated that for a court to order someone to go for a forced mental checkup, they must not only base on mere political, social and economic allegations but court must do its own inquiry.

“Court should be mindful before arriving on the decision to force someone for mental illness examination because it amounts to torture,” the judge stated.

He added that court does not only base on medical evidence tabled before it by the applicant.

Kiwanuka’s son Sebuliba (in white shirt) with his brother at court today

According to Sebuliba, Kiwanuka was examined by London based Neurologist consultant Dr. F. Maniyar in United Kingdom and the doctor declared him mentally ill in the presence of his second wife Maria Kiwanuka, the former finance minister.

However, when the judge analysed the doctor’s report, he concluded that the doctor couldn’t declare Kiwanuka an idiot or someone who is mentally disturbed because his report indicated that he still had to carry out more examination on Kiwanuka before declaring him mentally disturbed.

Sekana further based on the submissions of the respondents led by Francis Buwule, Kiwanuka’s family lawyer that Dr. Maniyar wrote to them denying Sebuliba’s allegation.

He explained that court also carried out its own inquiry due to the sensitivity of the matter by cross examining Kiwanuka for over 45 minutes (30 minutes in the presence of the lawyer and 15 minutes without lawyers) and discovered that the man was in his right mental state.

The youthful judge also indicated that Kiwanuka told him during cross examination that his son only wanted to administer his estate which he toiled for all his life when he is still had energy.  He further indicated that Kiwanuka told him that his disagreement with his son started when he registered his second wife, Maria Kiwanuka as the Managing Director and his lawyer Francis Buwule as the company’s secretary taking on from his son Sebuliba.

Kiwanuka’s lawyers at court

In the ruling, the judge stated that Kiwanuka told court that his son mismanaged his business and even refused to give him the rent he corrected from his properties in Kampala’s posh suburbs of Muyenga.

The judge stated that court also based on the affidavit of Kiwanuka’s son Sabri Kyamukungubya who told court that his father is still capable of running his businesses which include 33 limited companies and reviving those which are struggling. 

“It will be absurd if this court allows a businessman to lose his property on allegation that he is mentally ill because of family misunderstandings,” the judge stated. He dismissed the application and ordered each party to bear its costs and pleaded with both parties to settle their misunderstanding amicably because they are one family.

However, Patrick Arunga told this website that they didn’t agree with the judgement and they are going to appeal.

By Jamil Lutakome

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We Have Given You Five More Days To Verify If You Are Eligible To Vote – EC Boss Byabakama…

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The chairman Electoral commission (EC) justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has revealed that the EC has extended the general national voters verification period for more other five days.

The voter verification exercise commenced on Thursday 21st November 2019 and was scheduled to stop on Wednesday 11th 2019 (tomorrow). However, the EC today revealed that the exercise will continue for more five days until Monday 16th December 2019.

Below is a statement released by the Uganda electoral commission:

The Electoral Commission is undertaking the update of the National Voters’ Register for purposes of the 2020/2021 General Elections. The general update exercise commenced on Thursday 21st November 2019 and was scheduled to close tomorrow, Wednesday 11th December 2019. However, due to higher numbers of applicants at the update centers since the beginning of this week, and requests from key stakeholders in the electoral process, the Electoral Commission has found it necessary and taken a decision to extend the update period, which was scheduled to close on Wednesday 11th December 2019, for five (5) more days, starting from Thursday 12th and ending Monday 16th December 2019, after which, there will be no further extension.

This exercise will continue to be conducted at update stations in each parish throughout Uganda, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, throughout the extended period, including weekends. Please note that the purpose of this extension is to provide an opportunity for eligible persons who have not yet registered to do so.

The general public is, therefore, reminded to carefully observe the following:

a) This is not a fresh registration of voters but an exercise to enable Ugandan citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and above and who have not yet registered to register as voters in order to participate in elections.

b)  A registered voter who wishes to transfer to new voting locations shall be able to do so during this period. Please note that such a voter who wishes to transfer to a new voting location must present confirmation that he/she originates from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the Parish of that (new) voting location. Such applicants should ensure they have details of their previous voting location.

c)  The Electoral Commission has availed the National Voters’ Register for each polling station at the Update center in each parish, so that existing voters check and confirm their registration status, that is, whether their particulars are well-captured.

Emerging Issues from the Update Exercise

The Electoral Commission has noted, with concern, reports of alleged extortion of money by some local leaders and update officials from applicants in order to sign on their applications before processing the applications.

This is illegal, and the Commission strongly condemns it. The Commission has provided all necessary forms (for application as a voter, or application for transfer) free of charge. The Commission calls on all officials involved in this update exercise to desist from any acts that may frustrate eligible applicants from exercising their constitutional right to apply for registration as voters. 

The Electoral Commission urges all eligible persons who are not yet registered as voters, and those who wish to apply for transfer of voting location, to use this opportunity, and do so, in order to participate in the General Elections. The Commission also appeals to eligible public servants and other (eligible) persons in formal employment to take advantage of this extension, particularly the weekend.

For God and My Country,

Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon

 EC Chairperson 10/12/2019.

By Josephine Kauma

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I’m Your Boss Now, Your Powers Have Been Trimmed, You Are A Ceremonial Mayor – Minister Kamya Tells Lukwago…

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Controversial Kampala minister Betty Kamya has told the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago that his powers have been trimmed in the new law that president Museveni ascended to on 28th/November/2019.

While speaking to journalists today at the Media Centre in Kampala, the former Uganda Federal Alliance boss emphasized that Lukwago will be ceremonial and will report directly to her (Kamya) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) speaker who will be elected among KCCA councilors.

“The Lord Mayor will be responsible for activities such as receiving visitors and other dignitaries among others,” Kamya said.

According to this new Kampala Amendment Act 2019, the Lord Mayor will no longer chair council meeting as it has been in the past, it will be done by the Speaker or his/her deputy.  There will also be the City Executive Committee in which the Lord Mayor will preside over the day to day business in Kampala.

Kamya also laughed at those who are taunting her that her powers have been reduced with the appointment of bummy musician Catherine Kusasira, Kamya said that her powers have actually been increased and her office streamlined within KCCA.

Kamya rallied Ugandans most especially the informal sector to take part in the ongoing verification of the national voters’ register.

“During the last elections (2016), 800,000 voters in Kampala didn’t turn up for voting since many of them were busy at work while others had registered in distant areas. This time I call upon every Uganda to check if they are fully registered to vote,” Kamya said.

Kamya advised those who can’t easily access their voting places to use this chance to change to nearby locations since the voting exercise always comes once in 5 years.

By Josephine Kauma and Ronald Kisekka.

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I Have Never Stolen Anything From Anyone That Is Why I Will Be The First To Stone A Corrupt Person – Physically Fit M7 Warns The Corrupt…

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President Museveni has warned Ugandans who accept bribes that he will be the first one to stone anyone implicated in corruption tendencies.

The president made these remarks at a function organized by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema’s State House Anti-corruption unit after the anti-corruption walk that took place today morning.

The walk was organized to highlight the negativity of corruption and also to show the need to end the vice in Uganda. Museveni said he is ready to deal with Ugandans who practice corruption and pretend to be holy.

“Many people are corrupt but pretend to be holy. When you ask anyone who has never stolen, pick a stone and throw at the corrupt, I will be the first to pick it because I have never stolen anything from any one and I am not corrupt,” president said.

The President further revealed that even though he has never chewed a bribe, he is still not poor. “I am not corrupt and I am not poor,” Museveni said.

He further noted that corruption is both spiritual and moral and that it is a practice that makes someone a parasite. “A corrupt person is like a parasite that feeds on people’s blood, you earn what you have not worked for,” he said.

He warned those who got wealth through corruption to be kin because wealth from corruption does not last long. “It seems wealth from corruption does not stay longer, I have never seen corrupt people sustaining their wealth,” he added .

He further revealed that he knows some of the corrupt people but it’s not yet time for him to disclose them to the public.

“I know some of the corrupt people, I will not mention their names but I will expose them when time comes,” he promised.

He urged the public and the anti-corruption agents to corporate and fight against corruption in Uganda. “Corruption can be ended through unity of the public and the anti-corruption agents, we need to work together to end corruption in Uganda,” he said.

The President also took time to answer social media critics who question how he acquired his herd of cattle at his farm in Kisozi.

Museveni said, “I got them cows from my grand and God has kept them. UNLA soldiers wanted to steal the cattle but failed. They even blew up the house of my mother using an RPG but they didn’t steal them because they were hidden in the savanna.”

Museveni asked three government bodies including the Inspectorate of Government (IGG), State House anti-corruption unit and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to ensure that they don’t recruit employees only on the basis of qualifications but they should also consider their integrity.

By Josephine Kauma

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