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    Full Report:  Human Rights Watch Report Pins Security Forces



    A report by Human Rights Watch has pinned security forces especially police for being in the lead on violation of human rights of Ugandans.

    The report notes, “The police unjustifiably block, restrict, and disperse peaceful assemblies and demonstrations by opposition groups. Police killed at least two people in Rukungiri and one in Amolatar while using excessive force to disperse what they deemed “illegal rallies.”

    The report also pins government for consistently using a variety of laws to curtail media freedom and free expression.



    The government of President Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, continues to violate free association, expression, and assembly rights.

    Protests over constitutional amendments that would entrench the power of the ruling elites—one to remove the presidential age limit, allowing Museveni to run for office in 2021, and another to dramatically ease government’s ability to acquire land without meaningful advance consultation and adequate compensation—met with heavy-handed partisan response from police.

    Security officials’ continue to use excessive use of force with impunity, for example there was no investigation into the November 2016 military and police assault in Kasese that left over 100 people, including children, dead.

    Freedom of Assembly

    The police unjustifiably block, restrict, and disperse peaceful assemblies and demonstrations by opposition groups, relying on the vague and overbroad 2013 Public Order Management Act (POMA) which grants police wide discretionary powers over public and private gatherings.

    In July, police arrested and detained 56 members of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) for three days on charges of holding an “unlawful assembly” at a private home on the outskirts of Kampala. Police also arrested and detained members of the opposition Democratic Party in July and August as they prepared to address the public to oppose the draft constitutional amendment lifting the age limit of presidential candidates. In contrast, in August and September police in Arua, West Nile and Kabale escorted demonstrators advocating in favor of the constitutional amendment.

    In September and October, police arrested several prominent opposition leaders and protestors in several towns during protests againt the lifting of presidential age limits. Police killed at least two people in Rukungiri and one in Amolatar while using excessive force to disperse what they deemed “illegal rallies.” And yet, in October, police charged opposition leader Kizza Besigye and two colleagues with murder, assault, inciting violence, and unlawful assembly for the deaths of protestors in Rukungiri.

    Freedom of Expression and Media

    The government consistently uses a variety of laws to curtail media freedom and free expression. Government regulatory bodies, particularly the Uganda Communications Commission, applies laws and broadcasting guidelines selectively to arbitrarily shut down radio stations and curtail speech critical of the president or the government.

    After parliamentarians clashed during age limit debates in September, the commission issued a directive banning any live broadcasts of the controversial issue. Police arrested four journalists in Lira for providing coverage of public protests and two Kampala-based editors were charged with offensive communication in October for their newspapers’ ongoing reporting.

    Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a research fellow at Makerere University, faced charges of “cyber harassment” and “offensive communication” in April for Facebook posts challenging the president and his wife, the education minister, for failure to fulfil a campaign pledge to provide sanitary pads to school girls. Nyanzi spent more than a month in prison before being released on bail; charges remain pending.

    Television journalist Getrude Tumusiime Owitware received threats online and was later abducted and beaten by unknown assailants, after posting on social media in support of Nyanzi’s campaign. Owitware was later found at a police station in Kampala. No one had been arrested at time of writing for her abduction and beating.

    Journalists, at times, were interrogated and faced charges of criminal defamation, which remains law, despite a 2014 ruling from the African Court on Human and People’s Rights that such laws are an unnecessary restriction on free expression.

    Extrajudicial Killings and Absence of Accountability

    The government refused to investigate the conduct of its forces during military and police operations at the palace compound of the region’s cultural institution and other locations in Kasese, western Uganda from November 26 to 27, 2016. Over 100 civilians were killed including at least 15 children, in operations the government argued were required to curtail activities of the institution’s royal guards.

    In March, the police increased previous figures they claimed were inaccurate, stating the death toll was 103. Without credible independent investigations, the true death toll remains unknown. Witnesses report government-orchestrated efforts to silence them from speaking about the events on November 27.

    At least 180 people, including six children, face murder, treason, and terrorism charges, among other crimes, for the November violence, including deaths of 14 police. Charges remain pending.

    Government spokespeople argued Uganda “does not lack independent investigative capability”, but deflected calls for such investigations into the role of government forces in the killings of civilians in Kasese, arguing that there could not be interference as the matter was before a court and therefore sub-judice, or pending litigation. However, none of the ongoing prosecutions involve soldiers or police.

    Illegal Detention and Torture

    Police and prosecutors consistently failed to investigate cases of illegal detention and torture of suspects and did not charge a single security personnel under Uganda’s Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act.

    Human Rights Watch and other organizations have documented numerous instances of mistreatment and torture, particularly in Nalufenya police post in Jinja, eastern Uganda over several years. Suspects are often held at the post for periods well beyond the 48 hours, permitted by law. Defendents arrested after the Kasese violence and detained in Nalufenya showed clear signs of mistreatment and torture during court hearings. The magistrate ordered an investigation, which remained pending at time of writing.

    In May, defendants charged in the March murders of police commander Andrew Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard also had visible injuries and complained in open court of severe beatings by police in Nalufenya. In July, the high court ordered medical examinations of 19 suspects. Photos later emerged of the mayor of Kamwenge, in western Uganda, bearing horrific injuries which he said resulted from beatings by police investigating the same murders.

    Freedom of Association

    In September, police raided three nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) offices, alleging “illicit financial transactions” and “subversive activities” and froze bank accounts. The organizations publicly opposed amending constitutional limits on presidential age. The raids were widely seen as part of a crackdown on civic activism opposed to the change.

    The 2016 Non-Governmental Organisations Act includes troubling and vague “special obligations” of NGOs, such as a requirement that groups should “not engage in any act which is prejudicial to the interests of Uganda or the dignity of the people of Uganda.” Another provision criminalizes activities by organizations that have not been issued with a permit by the government regulator, fundamentally undermining free association rights. A separate provision allows imprisonment for up to three years for violating the act.

    Police failed to make progress on accountability for over two dozen break-ins at NGO offices, all known for work on sensitive subjects—including human rights and corruption. In two instances, guards were killed, but no one was arrested.

    Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    Same-sex conduct remained criminalized under Uganda’s colonial-era law, which prohibits “carnal knowledge” among people of the same sex. Concerns remain that the 2016 NGO law effectively criminalizes legitimate advocacy on rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

    In August, activists canceled Pride celebrations in Kampala and Jinja after the minister of ethnics and integrity threatened organizers with arrest and violence.

    Police failed to end the practice of forced anal examinations of men and transgender women accused of consensual same-sex conduct. These examinations lack evidentiary value and are a form of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment that may constitute torture.

    Lord’s Resistance Army

    The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) remains active in central Africa, but allegations of killings and abductions have reduced. In May, the Ugandan military withdrew its forces mandated to fight the LRA in Central African Republic. (See Chapter on Central African Republic.)

    The trial of former LRA commander, Dominic Ongwen—charged with 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity as part of attacks on internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, including murder, enslavement, sexual and gender-based crimes, and conscription of child soldiers—continued before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Warrants for four other LRA commanders have been outstanding since 2005; three are believed dead. Joseph Kony is the only LRA ICC suspect at large.

    In February, prosecutors in the case against former LRA fighter Thomas Kwoyelo, charged before Uganda’s International Crimes Division (ICD), brought 93 counts including wilful killing, taking hostages, and extensive destruction of property under article 3 of the Geneva conventions and Uganda’s penal code. Kwoyelo has been imprisoned since March 2009 and the start of his trial has been postponed numerous times.

    Key International Actors

    The United States and European Union publicly raised serious concerns over the disproportionate use of force by security forces in Kasese and repeatedly called for independent investigations. European Union member states also offered to support witness protection and evidence protection for investigations into the Kasese violence but the government declined. The US also criticized the government’s curtailing of dissent on the constitutional amendment as “heavy-handed.”

    The US ended providing military advisors and support to Uganda’s army for the counter-LRA operations but continues to provide significant funding for logistics and training to the African Union Mission in Somalia, where Uganda contributes troops.

    The US provides over US$440 million annually to support Uganda’s health sector. US President Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, which stops organizations from supporting safe abortion care, negatively affecting Ugandan organizations working to clarify the legal status of abortion services.

    In August 2016, the World Bank suspended new lending to Uganda due in part to weaknesses in social safeguards monitoring after allegations emerged that workers on a bank-funded road project sexually abused children. In May, the bank resumed funding, arguing improved compliance.


    Source: HRW


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    Fired Buganda Ministers In Trouble As Concerned Baganda Petition that They Be Investigated Over Mismanaging King Ronnie’s Money For Treatment…



    Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi

    The Dust has not yet settled concerning Buganda ministers who mismanaged King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s money for treatment.

    Baganda under their umbrella body the Olukiiko lw’Abazzukulu Buganda International (Buganda Kingdom Grandchildren Council) have petitioned owekitiibwa Patrick Luwaga Mugumbule, the Kingdom parliament speaker to establish a select committee to investigate some of the fired Kingdom ministers and Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga for looking on over allegation of mismanaging billions of shillings which were supposed to cater for King Mutebi’s treatment.

    In their letter dated 30th August, 2023, Mubiru Njuuki the Secretary General of the association informed the Kingdom speaker that as members of the grass root organisations, they are being ridiculed and publically embarrassed by other members of the public who are accusing them of being hypocrites when they criticize President Yoweri Kaguta Musevenni government officials who are named in corruption and other scandals but keep a blind eye and deaf ear when it comes to their own leaders in Buganda Kingdom who they instead cover up for.

    He explained that since 2021, when Kabaka Mutebi traveled to Germany for treatment, they have been hearing rumors that there is infighting among Kingdom leadership over the money from the Central government which was supposed to cater for Kabaka’s treatment.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine in a phone interview, Njuuki insisted that president Museveni was touched and very worried with the health condition of his longtime friend Kabaka Mutebi and he directed his handlers with immediate effect to make sure that State House releases funds to facilitate his treatment abroad.

    He added that arrangements were made and Kabaka traveled to Germany and a few days later, funds were released from State House and deposited on the Kingdom Bank Accounts to facilitate Kabaka Mutebi’s treatment in German.

    He alleges that when the money reached the Kingdom bank accounts, a decision was taken by top Kingdom leaders, some of who were fired in the recent kingdom cabinet reshuffle, that they share the said deposited money because the Kingdom’s treasury had footed Kabaka’s medical bills.

    Njuuki claims that it was because of the said money that infighting occurred among some of Kabaka’s who thought that they were cheated.

    In his letter, Njuuki claims that at Bulange, there are leaders who are facilitating and fueling youths on social media to make insulting statements against elderly Buganda leaders telling them that they have nothing to tell them because they have expired.

    He explained that this is a very bad move which adds nothing to the Kingdom’s growth. He thus pleaded with Mugumbule to establish a committee to investigate the allegation.

    When contacted for a comment, Owekitiibwa Israel Kitooke Kazibwe, the Kingdom’s information minister explained that the issue of mismanaging money which was supposed to cater for Kabaka’s treatment is very technical and he needs guidance from his bosses above.

    He pleaded with youths to stop insulting people of old age that is why the kingdom Premier Mayiga is always pleading with youths not to use social media in a bad way but use it positively.

    Kazibwe promised to engage the Kingdom speaker on how he was going to handle the petition and brief the Kingdom on any development.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    REVEALED: 30-year-old Investor Injects Billions In First Ever International School In Masaka…



    On the Matanga hill in Masaka city is seated a 10-acre world class Hill View primary school Matanga with international standards and educational services despite teaching a local curriculum.

    The school which is yet to celebrate its one year anniversary has been an academic hub in Greater Masaka and the country at large due to its balanced curriculum which offers all-round well balanced education to children from different backgrounds.

    Our in depth research has proven that in just a space of a few months, the school proprietor has invested over 2 billion Shillings in the school in terms of educational services and infrastructure.

    Who is behind this mega project?

    Our investigations have revealed that 30-year-old Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu alias Mwana wa Taata, a Buganda based journalist, life coach and business man who mainly deals in hardware stores, all the way from Busubi Village Lwengo District is the proprietor of Hill View Primary school Matanga.

    Our team contacted the proprietor Ssentongo Fredrick Lugonvu, a humble and down to earth soft speaking gentleman and throughout our eight minutes conversation with him, he remained lip tight on whether he owns the multibillion school.

    However this was not shocking due to his nature of being a reserved person whose strength and weak points are hard to determine.

    We made an impromptu visit to the school and the first impression at the gate gives you a clear picture of how an international school must be. With unmatched conducive environment and well set up infrastructures, the school is seated on Matanga hills with a cool breeze from Lake Birinzi.

    After introducing ourselves we were directed to the office of the public relations officer of the school who took us through what makes the school stand out among other schools in the area and the country at large.

    A humble and jolly but equally principled PRO Nambaziira Mariam told us that the school is systematically run starting from the School management committee, head teacher and his deputies, heads of departments, Heads of section, non-teaching staff and the pupils’ leaders.

    She told us that the question of ownersip doesn’t arise since he is not involved in the day to day running of the school.

    She however revealed that at the grand opening of the school on 30th November 2023, the owner will be made known to the public.

    What makes Hill View Primary school Matanga unique?

    Pupils are only required to clear school fees and their personal necessities because other requirements like; school uniform, mattresses, basins, jerry cans among others are provided for by the school.

    We noticed that Hill View Primary School Matanga provides a balanced nutritious diet to the pupils. It also offers co-curricular activities especially; games, sports, aerobics, music, dance and drama with each item having its independent facility.

    As we toured the school, we found a new three stored flat building being erected.

    What is its capacity?

    According to Nambaziira, more structures are to be set up and once completed, the school will accommodate about 3000 boarding ambassadors as they are referred to in their school language.

    To have a virtual view of this impressive paradise, you can visit; website at


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    War On Kyabazinga’s Queen Intensifies After Gabula’s London Based Woman Blasts Mutesi For Snatching Father Of Her Kids…



    Inebantu (Queen of Busoga) Jovia Mutesi (R) and King William Gabula Nadiope IV, the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom

    A Ugandan medic based in London has blasted the newly unveiled Inebantu (Queen of Busoga) Jovia Mutesi for snatching the father of her kids King William Gabula Nadiope IV, the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom.

    According to the video posted by TikToker Sky Soljah Uganda that is making rounds on social media, a woman claims that she has been in a love relationship with Nadiope since 2015 and they have children.

    She claimed that she has been sending money to Kyabazinga and taking care of him.

    She alleged that it is a pity that Gabula used part of her money to enjoy life with Mutesi in Dubai and other cities.

    She added that Kyabazinga told him that elders and other leaders in Busoga Kingdom are pressuring him to get married to Mutesi and she gave him the green light because as an African woman, she knows very well that the King always marries many wives.

    She said that she has been silent for a longtime even though she knew everything that was going on.

    However, she disclosed she was provoked by Mutesi who sent her people to insult and abuse her.

    She revealed that Gabula has a number of wives including the one in Canada but all of them respect her because they know what she means in his life.

    She challenged Gabula’s close relatives to come out and give light on her love relationship with their king since they have also been receiving expensive items and money from her.

    She boasted that Mutesi is going to be a housewife because their husband will always to fly to London to enjoy life with her and their children.

    She insisted that Mutesi and Busoga Kingdom cannot maintain Gabula’s life given that every week he uses Shs500k for saloon, Shs600k for massage, Shs600k for special medical treatment and she has been giving him this money since 2015.

    She advised Mutesi to respect her and recognise her as Gabula’s first wife.

    She warned her and other people who are threatening her life that they cannot scare her because she is a British citizen and has already reported the threatening messages they are sending to her.

    She also threatened to spoil the coming wedding between the two which is expected to take place in November 2023.

    She blasted Nadiope for being a smart wire who uses women.

    When contacted over the matter, Andrew Ntange the spokesperson of Obwakyabazinga told theGrapevine that a decision was taken not to comment on the matter to preserve the institution.

    “We don’t want to appear to be on the defensive. It’s negative energy!” Ntange stated.

    Last week, a delegation from Busoga Kingdom led by Princes Arnold Nadiope and Joseph Muvawala the Katukiiro (Prime Minister) of Busoga officially received Mutesi from her parents Stanley Bayole, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Bulambuli and Rebecca Nakisita Bayole at the function which took place at Mutesi’s home in St. Mulumba Village, Kyebando parish in Mayuge district.

    Mutesi is an Old girl of Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga before joining Makerere University where she pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics.

    At Makerere, she slept in Olympia hostel in Makerere Kikoni.


    By Grapevine Reporter


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