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Doctors Task MPs To Block NDA Directive Stopping Them From Administering Drugs To Patients



Dr. Nandawula Kanyerezi Mutema

Medics have asked Parliament to intervene and block the move by the National Drug Authority (NDA) of stopping them from dispensing drugs to patients.

Doctors under the Uganda Medical Association led by the Chair, Drug & Therapeutics Committee, Dr. Nandawula Kanyerezi Mutema made the move while appearing before the Health Committee of Parliament chaired by Micheal Bukenya.

The group revealed that in May this year, the Secretary NDA issued a circular directing that private hospitals and medical centres should “only stock a limited number of emergency medicines as shall be published by NDA and refer their patients to the nearest pharmacy to have their medicines properly dispensed in accordance with the law”.

Dr. Nandawula told the committee members that the move by NDA pushed by Pharmacy owners is only aimed at enhancing business growth of pharmacies but affecting the safety of the patients and their ability to access safe medical care, medication and health maintenance.

The doctors said that the NDA has taken it upon themselves based on misinterpretation of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act Cap 272, section 31 (3) to determine that all private medical practitioners cannot have medicines in their premises to dispense and will have to work with an emergency medicine list drawn by them and otherwise refer all patients to retail pharmacies to get their prescriptions filled.

“This is clearly a misrepresentation of the Act and of what medical practioners do. Medical practitioners do not stockpile, retail or wholesale drugs; they have drugs in their medical facilities to treat patients under their care,” Nandawula said.

“Limiting private hospitals and medical centres to an emergency drugs list is unconstitutional as it infringes on the rights of the practioners to practice and the rights to the patients to comprehensive health care.”

Nandawula noted that worst of all NDA is blind to the fact that these days, “Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and in most cases dispensing non-medical staff running most pharmacies have taken the liberty to diagnose, prescribe, dispense and follow up on the unassuming patient that walks through their doors.

The Committee Chairperson and Bukuya county MP, Michael Bukenya noted that the committee will meet all stakeholders on the matter and later make recommendations to the whole house to take a final decision.

By Stella Mugoya


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REVEALED: How NRM Mobiliser Maama Kisanja Connived With Senior Lands Officials To Grab Land From A Full Village



Luella Ataro being grilled by the commission

The Commission of inquiry into land matters has unearthed how a racket of ministry of lands officers connived with NRM mobilizer Peninah Kalenge Busingye alias Maama Kisanja and her daughter Natasha Kalenge to grab villages in Namavundu sub county Wakiso District.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission revealed that the Commission has established that the entire fraudulent transaction of the land was masterminded by senior officers in the ministry of lands.

She wondered how the entire process was worked on during the festive season of 2016. She gave an example that on 29th December 2016, the senior Registrar land registration Luella Ataro approved to the Commissioner land Registration to issue a special certificate of land title to Peninah Kalenge without making due diligence.

Bamugemereire added that in the same period, Ataro sent request to Dr. Joseph Batume, the Wakiso District staff surveyor for a deep plan on the controversial land and asked him to issue instruction to survey the land.  She disclosed that Batume immediately responded to all the requests without ascertaining them. She further revealed that Ataro also didn’t follow the normal procedure that when someone applies for special certificate of the land title, the registrar has to wait for 30 days after an announcement is done in the national gazette.

She said that within five days, before Ataro received the application for the special certificate of the land title, it was already issued in the names of Peninah Kalenge. She showed Ataro an application made by Natasha and her mother which read that the land title was misplaced and they needed a special certificate of the land title for the immediate transaction on the land.

She said that Ataro, Batume and Venansio Ajero, the Wakiso District cartographer were the beneficiaries of the Shs4.7bn Natasha allegedly used in the process of obtaining the title fraudulently.

Bamugemereire was supported by Ebert Byenkya, the Commission’s lead Counsel who revealed that immediately after issuing the special certificate of land title, sub divisions were done and over 60 other land titles were fraudulently created.

He said that Ataro also issued a special certificate of the land title well knowing that all the plots which were created in 1999 on the mother certificate of the land title were made in handwriting.

He added that Ataro headed the entire scum from the Ministry. After reporting the loss of the certificate of the mother title; fraudulent plots were created in the kalamazu when they were not indicated in the title made in 1999.

He said that the new plots created by Ataro were measuring over 184 hectares in the names of Kalenge. In her defense, Ataro told the Commission that she was not aware of the scum and she got to know about it last week when she met Natasha. She said that Natasha told her that the special certificate of the land title she processed for her had problems.

Commissioner Mary Ochan asked her to tell the Commission where she met Natasha and what they were planning to do.

Ataro said she found Natasha in the office of Vaniey Lutaaya, a government surveyor.  She said that on 29th December 2016, the date she issued a new special certificate of the land title to Kalenge, she was in office on orders of the permanent secretary Ministry of lands and whatever she implemented, she was following the information given to her by Wakiso District land office.

On the issue of not following the 30 days announcement in the gazette, she said that it was an oversight and asked for forgiveness. She told the Commission that her powers in the land registration department in the ministry of lands were reduced from approving the issuing of land titles and now she is only handling the Complaints desk in the department.

Commissioner Robert Ssebunya told her that she masterminded the whole scum and put the suffering of poor Ugandans on her. Ataro told the Commission that she is going to write to the Commission land registration to cancel the certificate of the land title because it was issued fraudulently.

She said that she is going to tender in her letter tomorrow Wednesday and she will copy in the Commission to fulfill her commitment.  Justice Bamugemereire also ordered Ataro to bring to the Commission her passport.  The Commission also grilled Wakiso District staff surveyor Joseph Batume who issued the instruction to survey the land which does not exist.


By Jamil Lutakome


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Supreme Court Sets Date To Determine Speaker Kadaga’s Fate Over Age-Limit Removal



The Supreme Court has set the date to hear an application filed by City Lawyer Male Mabirizi seeking Court to order Rebecca Kadaga the speaker of parliament  to appear before the Court for cross-examination.

According to the statement issued by Opefeni Ogwadiya, the registrar supreme Court, the seven justices are set to kick off the hearing on 12th December 2018.  In his application, Mabirizi challenges the decision of the five justices of the Constitutional Court headed by Alfonso Owinyi Dolo who reject his application for Kadaga to appear before the Court for cross examination.

He stated that during conferencing on the matter in the court of appeal, he asked Dolo, who was chairing the process that he wanted Kadaga to appear in the dock. He further stated that Kaahwa Christine the acting Director for civil litigation in the chambers of the Attorney General told Dolo to give him more time to file the affidavit of the speaker who was out of the country.

Mabirizi said that with such submission, he thinks that the court was going to allow him crossexamine Kadaga because she was at the center of controversy which Dolo rejected.  He said that he was only served with affidavits of Jane Kibirige the clerk to parliament, UPDF commander Gen David Muhoozi and Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to the treasury.

“That consequently, before hearing of the Constitutional petition, intended to examine the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga so that the court can be able to ascertain her true role in the entire process relating the constitutional amendment Act 2 of 2017,” Mabirizi stated. The court will first hear this application before the main appeal in January 2017.


By Jamil Lutakome


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I won’t Give Up – Lukwago Nearly Cries After His Salary Compensation Case Was Push To 2019



Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago nearly broke down in tears after the Civil Division of the High court today failed to deliver a ruling in the case in which he wants government to pay his salary arrears for the time he was wrongly impeached and thrown out of office.

Lukwago, who had appeared before court expecting judgment in his favour was disappointed when the court clerk informed him that the judge will only be available next year.

“I am extremely disappointed because we are talking about a case of many years since the previous term of office 2011- 2016 and has been running through several judges including the retired deputy chief Justice Steven Kavuma.  Justice delayed is justice denied. We must receive justice when it is still sweet, but we have walked and walked court corridors and several courtrooms seeking justice,” a disappointed Lukwago told media.

He said that he will remain patient although this could not mask his disappointment. He added that his hands are now tied and all he can hope for is for justice to be delivered-in his favour.

Mr. Lukwago on 15th of March 2017 took KCCA to court, together with the Minister for Kampala, Ms Beti Kamya, the executive director, Ms Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula and the Attorney General in what seems to be a last resort after claiming for his emoluments amounting to Shs563 million without much success.

Mr. Lukwago was appointed Lord Mayor on March 14, 2011 after he garnered 64 percent of the votes cast and took oath on May20, 2011.

In November 2013 after a trial before the tribunal chaired by justice Catherine Bamugemerierwe, Lukwago was impeached through a process presided over by the then line minister Frank Tumwebaze by the Registrar Fred Waninda and Justice Yasin Nyanzi.

In defiance, Mr. Tumwebaze went on with presiding over the impeachment and the same was declared null and void by Justice Lydia Mugambe who also condemned Mr. Tumwebaze, Musisi, the AG and the Electoral Commission which had begun preparing a by-election.

Mr. Lukwago says that to date, Justice Mugambe’s order has never been set aside and that the 21-day single judge interim order by the deputy Chief Justice, Justice Steven Kavuma expired.

“The applicant has been subjected to psychological torture, mental anguish and emotional stress for which the first respondent [Kamya] is vicariously liable. The orders are necessary for the ends of justice to be met,” Lukwago’s plaint goes on.


By Remmy Atugonza


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