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    High Court Denies Dr. Kizza Besigye Bail, Questions Why His Wife Byanyima Was Added Among Sureties…

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    Besigye and Mukaku in the Dock while Byanyima looks on infront of the dock

    High Court has denied Four-time presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye and former Democratic Party (DP) mobiliser Samuel Lubega Mukaku bail claiming that their applications were brought prematurely before court.

    While delivering the ruling, from Justice Tadeo Asiimwe, court registrar, Didas Muhumuza, told the applicants that they should have filed this application before the Chief Magistrate before coming to the High Court.

    “Being dissatisfied with the decision, the applicants filed a fresh application for bail in this court by the law of notes of motion under Article 23(6) A and 28(3) A of the Constitution and Section 75(4) and Section 77(3) of the Magistrate Courts Act.

    “The applicants filed written submissions which were adopted on record and proceeded to present sureties which were not objected to and hence substantial”

    “Once bail is refused by the Grade One Magistrate, a new application is filed before the Chief Magistrate and once bail is refused by the chief magistrate, then a fresh application is filed before the High Court,” Muhumuza read Justice Tadeo’s ruling.

    The ruling further read, “In my opinion, Section 77(3) doesn’t create a concurrent jurisdiction between the High Court and the Chief Magistrate court as counsel for the applicants wants this court to believe.

    “The Rules of Procedure in the books of law are intentional to avoid unnecessary applications and to avoid opening flood gates of unnecessary matters moving in the High Court before exhausting the available remedies in the lower court.

    “Such procedures would lead to interfere with the judicial processes of the lower courts and inviting premature causes in the High Court and creating unnecessary backlog.

    “Therefore, the applicants should have filed this application before the Chief Magistrate before coming to the High Court.”

    He divulged further that there is also an option of returning to the Grade One Magistrate who is trying the case.

    “It is the filing of this court that this application was brought prematurely before this court and therefore there is no need to go to its merit,” he added.

    He ruled, “For the above reasons, this application is hereby dismissed, the applicants are free to file a fresh application to the Chief Magistrate court if they so desire.”

    Some of the people who attended Besigye’s bail hearing

    WHAT WAS SAID DURING THE HEARING

    Before the ruling was made, State Attorney, Wanamama Isaiah dissected Section 75 which deals with bail in the Magistrate court noting that where bail is not granted at section 75, the magistrate shall record the reasons as to why bail is not granted, inform the applicant of his or her point to apply for bail in the High Court as the circumstances may require.

    He also emphasized that the applicants have not availed their complaints to the Chief Magistrate and therefore he couldn’t have exercised his role on the matter.

    “In other words, the applicants should have come to this court with a ruling from the Chief Magistrate showing that they have been denied bail where there is a bail suit and that avail this matter with a right (to be ruled in this court).”

    BESIGYE LAWYERS

    Besigye and Samuel Mukaku’s lawyers, Samuel Muyizi, Bowe Ivan, Abdallah Kiwanuka and Earnest Kalibbala started by citing Article 23 of the Constitution which provides for the protection of the right to liberty.

    “The 1995 constitution is a culmination of Uganda’s troubles in case the forces of tillery, oppression and exploitation brought about by political and constitutional instability. This is why the preamble in the constitution is stated as it is,” Samuel Muyizi, who is Besigye’s lead lawyer said.

    Dr. Kizza Besigye (R) and Samuel Mukaku (L) in court today

    Justice Tadeo interjected Besigye’s lawyers and told them that they had nothing to present, and asked them to present their sureties.

    Muyizi then presented three sureties on Besigye’s side who included Deputy Mayor of Kampala, Doreen Nyanjura, Mugume Roland, Member of Parliament for Rukungiri Municiplaity and Winnie Byanyima, wife to Dr.Kizza Besigye.

    Justice Tadeo however questioned the presence of Byanyima among the sureities wondering how they added her on the list since she was not on the the original list submitted.

    Lawyer Bowe Ivan explained who Byanyima is and why she was added to the sureties.

    Bowe said that Byanyima is a partner to the accused person (Besigye), and the Executive Director for the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS since 2019 and also a former Member of Parliament.

    “The surety brought before this honourable court is credible and the fact that she is a partner to the accused, she has the capacity to remind the accused person of his obligations to attend this honourable court as and when he is required,” he said.

    He further added that there is no time on record that the surety has forgotten to advise the accused person of his obligation.

    Bowe’s partner Muyizi went ahead to introduce Mukaku’s sureties who included Dr. Lulume Bayiga and Daniel Onekari.

    Mukaku and Besigye were arrested for protesting over skyrocketing commodity prices.

     

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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