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Finally, Law On Property Sharing Between Boyfriend And Girlfriend Upon Separation In Final Stages

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The law on property sharing within cohabiting relationships (boyfriend/girlfriend) is in its finals stages, awaiting tabling on the floor of Parliament for legislation.

Spearheaded by the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC), the proposed legislation seeks to draw modalities on how property acquired among couples that aren’t legally married, but have been living together, will be shared upon demise of the relationship.

Led by Vastina Rukimirana (Chairperson ULRC) the officials of the Commission had appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to present their 2018/2019 Ministerial policy statement.

Among the activities to be undertaken in the coming year is the development of legislation to govern sharing of property in cohabitation relationships.

Rukimirana told the Committee that following consultations undertaken on the Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009, the Commission was advised to strike out the controversial clauses, if the Bill was to see the light of the day.

It should be recalled that the matter on property sharing was a subject of contention during the consideration of the Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009, but the clause on property sharing received a cold shoulder from MPs.

Clause 127(1) of the Bill states that where a spouse acquires property before or during the marriage and the property does not fall within matrimonial property as defined in section 115, but his or her spouse makes a contribution towards the improvement of that property, be it monetary or in kind, the spouse shall acquire a beneficial interest equivalent to the contribution she or he made.

Still clause 141(1) notes that upon separation of the spouses, matrimonial property shall not be divided between the parties but a court may order that the spouses share any income that may accrue from the matrimonial property.

The other point of contention was marital rape that received fierce reception from the male MPs in the 9thParliament. This prompted Parliament to facilitate each MP with Shs5M to consult their voters on the matter.

During the Committee session, Oboth Oboth MP (West Budama County) narrated his ordeal during the consultations on the Marriage and Divorce Bill in his constituency.

He said the locals rejected the proposal in the Bill to outlaw marital rape saying the electorates argued that in the japadhola culture, they know they can never get anything (sex) on a silver platter and warned Parliament against ‘Americanising’ their culture.

The Commission revealed that following the protest against the Bill, there was an agreed position to strike out the contentious clauses and rename the bill; Marriage Bill.

Wilfred Niwagaba, the Shadow Attorney General welcomed the development saying tabling the Bill of such nature is long overdue explaining that couples in cohabiting relationships (who are the majority in Uganda) need this Bill the most.

“The law on sharing of property is long overdue if we actually kill the phobia around the Marriage and Divorce Bill. Most women are used and abused and at the end, they walk out empty handed,” Niwagaba said.

In their budget proposal, the Commission is seeking for Shs6.5Bn that would be used for printing the 7thedition of the Laws of Uganda, both principal and subsidiary laws.

However, the money hasn’t been provided for in the upcoming budget despite the fact that the Commission is lagging behind by three years to undertake this exercise.

In the 2018/2019 budget, the Commission budget proposal is Shs18.58Bn, of which Shs5.397Bn (wage), while Shs12.823Bn for non-wage recurrent expenditure and Shs366.450Bn for development expenditure, with the above allocation including Shs6.5Bn for printing the revised editions and Shs800M to translate and print translated constitution in Luganda, Leb-Acholi and Kiswahili.

However, the Ministry of Finance has only provided Shs17,262,947,000Bn.

The Commission also intends to translated the Constitution into Leb-Lango and Rufumbira with the Commission informing the Committees that the Attorney General has been threatened with law suits, if the constitution isn’t translated in other languages as required by law.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Petitions High Court To Review Her Offensive Communication Case

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Embattled Makerere University researcher fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi has petitioned the High Court civil division in Kampala to review the proceedings of Buganda road magistrate court claiming they are biased.

Sources have confirmed that Nyanzi’s file was called by High Court after Nyanzi, through her lawyer Isaac Semakadde challenged the biased manner and procedures used by the trial Magistrate Gladys to set a date for the final ruling of Nyanzi’s case.

She further claims that the magistrate refused to summon the complainant who she offended to testify in court.   The file has not yet been allocated to a judge for review.

It should be remembered that Nyanzi applied to court to summon president Museveni to come to court and testify on how he was offended by the posts she put on her social media pages.

She also wanted court to allow her summon her witnesses through media, all her prayers were dismissed by the magistrate who set 1st August for the judgment. Nyanzi is battling with offensive communication and cyber-crime offences. 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Ugandans Should Start Telling More Lies: Nambooze Attacks Museveni For Calling Buganda Katikkiro Mayiga A Liar

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze has rallied Ugandans to start telling more lies because the word has changed meaning and government officials are calling the truth lies and lies truth.

During his address to the nation yesterday evening at State House Nakasero, a furious Museveni warned Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga to stop uttering nonsense concerning the registration of coffee growers.

“About the licensing of coffee, there is no license, this Katikkiro was telling lies. I sent a message to someone that this Katikkiro should stop this nonsense. He was lying, and he should stop. There is no licensing, what is happening is registering and the reason for registering is exporting,” Museveni said.

The president said that he was the one who ordered his cabinet minister of agriculture Vincent Sempijja to go and explain the Katikkiro what the government wants to achieve by registering Coffee farmers.

The president said as a cattle keeper from Ankole, he has been registered and they have their chairman.

It should be remembered that the Katikkiro, during the Buganda budget reading on Monday cautioned government the new laws which the government plans to slap on coffee growers in the country are in bad faith. It should be noted that coffee is one of the popular cash crops grown in Buganda region.  

In the same address, the president told security organs to stop arresting people for annoying him.

“I don’t mind being annoyed. I have no problem with being annoyed. That was a colonial law that I used to hear about. The bigger issue is telling lies, inciting and sedition. Those are the areas of substance that police should concentrate on,” Museveni said.

WHY ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CALLING TRUTH LIES?

Mukono municipality legislator betty Nambooze Bakireke has attacked the president for calling Buganda Premier Chales Peter Mayiga a liar.

Through his Facebok page, Nambooze said, “At State House last evening Mr.Museveni called the Buganda Katikiro a lier and a perdon who speaks rubbish…. His I mention was to belittle the Katikiro for he Insisted that his interpreter Rose Namayanja gives his word their true meaning in Luganda. Mr.Museveni said that farmers are to be registered because foreign buyers if coffee want to trace the coffee bean right from the farmer…so because of this what the Katikiro is saying are lies and Nonsense!”

She adds, “In Parliament, State Minister Mutuuzo on the floor of Parliament said the same things about me… she said that I am a liar when I say that Ugandan girls in the Middle East are being enslaved. She justified her submission with telling Parliament that these girls bring in 600 million dollars in the economy annually…so because of this, I who was talking about their plight was a liar and speaking Nonsense.

I therefore wish to inform Ugandans who care for our country to start telling the lies and nonsense like the Katikiro….. The two words changed meaning, they mean to oppose policies, actions and laws that disfavor Ugandans by exchanging their rights with foreign interests.”

By Jamil Lutakome

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Don’t Be Stupid, You Are Fools To Think That Bujjingo’s Followers Will Run To Your Churches – Mirundi Blasts Pastors Kiganda And Bugembe, Reveals Shocking Information About Teddy

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Self-claimed media consultant Joseph Tamale Mirundi has blasted and warned pastors under the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal churches to stop celebrating house of prayers ministry international senior pastor Aloysius Bujjingo’s woes.

Mirundi said that born again pastors must learn that the reason why people are still at Bujjingo’s church is because of the miracles Bujjingo performs and his preaching and the day they discover that he no longer performs to their expectations, they will leave on their own.

“I was suprised to see the likes of pastor Bugembe, David Kiganda cerebrating the troubles of their fellow pastor Bujjingo stupidly, thinking that they will get his followers.  They don’t know the reasons behind Bujjingo’s problems, it’s a big scheme that can only be understood by us who eat enough food,” the celebrated political analysts stated. 

He wondered why Bishop David Kiganda sided with the mafias who want to put Bujjingo down yet he also once tested the bitterness of these mafias when he was embarrassed in public that his wife was snatched by a chapatti maker which was not true.

He insisted that the scheme to put Bugingo down was planned by mafias because of his steady progress spiritually and economically which made him a political threat to those who are fighting to succeed President Museveni.  A bitter Mirundi blasted the women who participated in the demonstration against Bujjingo saying that they were just hired as machineries to humiliate the man of God. 

He boasted that through his Mirundi Internal Security Organization (MISO), he has collected enough evidence pinning Naluswa that she was cursed by her father after conspiring with her mother to harass the old professor until he died.

The former press secretary to the president further blasted journalists who were beaten at Salt Media based home at Lugujja in Lubaga division, he branded them as machineries hired to tarnish Bujjingo’s name like they did to him during his tenure as the President’s press Secretary.

“I was accused and called all sorts of names, that man Kulubya of Bukedde even called me a mad,” a bitter Mirundi said.  The cerebrated journalist warned that if journalists don’t stop being used, the public will continue beating them up.  However, Mirundi blamed Bujjingo for miscalculating and always responding to his enemies.  He predicted that Bujjingo will not lose the battle though he must be prepared for the war if he is to decisively defeat his enemies.

By Jamil Lutakome

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