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Former MP Kipoi Losses Constitution Petition In Treason Case After His Lawyer Failed To Renew Practicing License…

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Embattled former Bubulo West Member of Parliament (MP) Tonny Kipoi has lost his constitution petition in the constitutional court after his lawyer failed to renew his practicing license.

Kipoi through his lawyer Rtd. Maj. Ronald Iduli challenged section 119 of the UPDF Act which allows the court martial to charge any civilian found in possession of firearms.

In his petition, Kipoi claimed that the said article undermined the independence of judiciary especially the criminal system.

However, when the matter came up for hearing, Jeffrey Atwiine, the principle state Attorney who was representing the state first applied for extension of time to file his defense which Iduli accepted.

Iduli also applied for an adjournment to respond to the defense of state which the panel of five justices of the constitutional court led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru objected to.

Immediately, Kakuru insisted that counsel Iduli was operating illegally since he did not have instructions to represent Kipoi.

In defense, the soft spoken lawyer from Busoga, insisted that he had instructions to represent his client and that he frequently talked to him.

Justice Kakuru seemed not to be convinced with Iduli’s explanation; he told him that his client was released from prison after agreeing with the state to be given amnesty.

Iduli asserted that even though his client was given amnesty, the charges against him are still pending in the Court Martial and he was is still on bail.

Justice Steven Musota raised another matter of Iduli’s practicing license and tasked him to produce it. Iduli laboured to convince the justices that the law council had not yet renewed their practicing licenses because of the COVID19 pandemic, he even showed court evidence that he had applied for the renewal of his practicing license.

Justice Musota tasked Iduli to tell court how long he has been in practice to which he replied eight years.

It should be remembered that Iduli was a defense counsel in the military court martial before being forcefully retired from the force.

The justices adjourned the matter for twenty minutes and when they come back, they dismissed it on grounds that the lawyer who represented the petitioner didn’t have a practicing license.

A bitter Iduli insisted that he is going to appeal at the Supreme Court because it was an error for justices to dismiss his client’s matter without giving him an opportunity to look for another advocate who has a practicing license to represent him as indicated in section 15(a) of the Advocates Act.

It should be remembered that Kipoi was arrested from Botswana and he was extradited to Uganda on charges of treason after being found in possession of firearms.

State alleges that while in Botswana, Kipoi tried to solicit for funds and firearms to wage a war on President Yoweri Museveni with a mission of overthrowing him.

He was charged in the military court martial but later released on bail.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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BURNING OF MAKERERE IVORY TOWER: It’s Unacceptable, We Have To Establish Whether This Was An Accident Or Foul Play – Muhoozi, I’m Not Surprised, It Was A Matter Of Time – Lawyer Ssemakadde….

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It is a very dark morning for Makerere University and academicians as the iconic Main Administration Building also known as the Ivory Tower caught fire destroying valuable records and property to ashes.

The fire that started at around midnight quickly spread as far as to almost half of the building affecting several offices.

The fire brigade was on ground to fight the raging fire immediately but it was heavy sprouting from the right side of the Building.

“The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower,” the University tweeted.

The destruction according to the University Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is unbelievable, but he gave assurance that they are determined to restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.

The affected building also houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor and student records whereas the basement is full of archived files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the university, efforts to save the left wing of the building which houses the Human Resources and staff records of the university were being defeated by the highly powerful flames whose blaze was increased by the wooden furnishings.

This fire comes at a time when the university, like most education institutions, has been in lockdown mode since March 30, 2020.

Several Ugandans have expressed mixed reactions to what really caused the fires in a building that does not house Maama Naki’s kitchen in downtown Kampala. Below are some of the comments:

Briefly about The Ivory Tower

  • The Ivory Tower is perhaps the most iconic of all buildings when one talks of Makerere University.
  • The building proudly stands out as the most magnificent due to its unique early 20th century British architectural design. With its thicker walls and arch designed doors leading into the hundreds of rooms dabbing as offices, the main building is reminiscent of Makerere’s glory in the colonial days.
  • In this wonder of architecture is where Makerere University gets its endearment (or nickname); the Ivory Tower.
  • Constructed in 1930s, the T-Shaped main administration building was designed basing on the architectural design of Britain’s prestigious University of London.
  • Located in the centre and top of Makerere Hill ridge, the Main Building stands out as the most authoritative architectural piece at the university campus.
  • The Freedom Square and University Road are right in front of the main building in the east.
  • Erecting such an elegant state of the art building required so much sacrifice. According to writer Margret Macpherson, in her book: They Built for the Future, construction of the main building began in early 1930s and dragged on up to 1941 due to difficulties caused the Second World War.
  • The war interfered with importation of all construction materials that were to be shipped right from Europe. In fact, due to challenges posed by this war, especially scarcity of the much needed finance, other materials like doors were made locally in the Makerere College’s workshop. This is probably why the doors in the main building look dull in spite of the building’s spectacular exterior appearance.

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Museveni Instructs IGP Ochola On Use Of Guns By Police Officers, LDUs And Private Security Organisations….

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President Yoweri Museveni has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to issue a guide to all police officers and Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel on how to use guns.

In a directive to Ochola written on 8th September, 2020, Museveni directed him to print the guide by not later than October,15, 2020 so that it guides security personnel on the proper use of firearms and how to disperse gatherings in accordance with the Public Order Management Act (POMA).

“I am writing to direct you to stop the random shootings by the LDUs and Police, all under the command of the Police. There was shooting dead of one person in Katakwi, one person in Bugiri, two people in Isingiro etc. Analysis of these shootings show that many, if not all, of the shootings were unnecessary,” Museveni said.

He added, “In Katakwi, civilians were fighting among themselves during the elections. Why shoot them? Why not scare them by shooting in the air or simply arresting them? It is said that in Bugiri, some members of the Public, stoned the armed personnel. That was bad. However, shooting to kill, should not have been the first option. They should have identified the stone thrower and arrested him for prosecution.”

Museveni guided that in all these incidents, the shooting should have been to disperse, by shooting in the air.

Museveni asked Ochola to follow the structure and sequence of the Public Order Management Act on riots which states:

(1) Shooting must only be on command and not by individual security personnel letting off guns.

(2) Secondly, the Standing Orders of riot control, should always be followed to the letter.

(3) These include the following steps:

(a) Diplomacy – telling them to disperse;

(b)Proclamation by using hand-held micro-phones to warn them to disperse;

(c) Inform them of your intention to use forceful means;

(d) Use non-lethal means like tear-gas;

(e) Using shields, fire live bullets in the air; and

(f) Only firing to disable if the rioters are charging forward unstoppably and endangering the lives of the security personnel, i.e. in self-defence.

“Nobody should be allowed to carry a gun anywhere in Uganda on behalf of the State and engage in dealing with the Public, that is not aware of these procedures. Each Police Post, must have a copy of these procedures and all the Police personnel and LDUs, attached to policing areas, individually, must be conversant, to the last letter, of those procedures,” he said.

He added, “UPDF Units, in case they need to support the Police, must first be educated about these procedures. Nobody should ever be deployed to deal with the Public if he/she is not first sensitized about these procedures. When UPDF is dealing with the terrorists, it, of course, follows the rules of engagement of war that are totally different.”

Museveni also directed on the use of guns in the hands of Private Security Organisations, “This now leaves the Private Security Organizations that are also armed. The Private Security Organizations are not mandated to deal with the Public. They are, mainly, hired to guard homes and properties against thieves and robbers.”

“The rules of engagement of these are clear: Do not allow break-ins into the properties you are hired to protect. Should Private Security Organizations be allowed to provide body-guards to people outside homes? I do not think, it is a good idea,” he said.

He added, “The Police leadership should discuss this and make recommendations. The IGP should issue operational procedures, in a booklet form, to Private Security Organizations for guarding homes and properties. The properties are different: homes, business premises, banks, farms etc. How do the Private Security Organizations guard each of those firmly but without the irrational use of fire-arms?”

The President directed Ochola to have the booklet with the instructions, procedures for using guns for Police, LDUs operating under the command of the Police in relation to dealing with the Public and the Private Security Organizations while guarding the different homes and properties by October, 15th, 2020.

 

By Grapevine Reporter

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