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

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    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 

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    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

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    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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