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HIV/AIDS On The Rise Among Judicial Officers – PS Kivumbi Reveals, CJ Katureebe Narrates How His Daughter Was Traumatized By Shs13bn Toilet Allegations

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Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has narrated how his family members were traumatized by allegations that the toilet constructed at his home consumed shs13bn.

“I remember we were still in bed when one of our young girls came knocking on my bedroom door. She asked me, dad, where is that Shs13bn toilet that the media is writing about that they constructed for you. It’s not true as some newspapers alleged and even ran a cartoon that I use milk and honey to flash my toilet,” Katureebe said.

Speaking at the handover ceremony where Kagole Kivumbi was handing over the office of the Permanent Secretary to Pius Bigirimana, Katureebe cautioned top government officers from relying on whist blowers because many of them spread baseless allegations with the aim of tarnishing people’s names and weakening government organs.

“We cannot run a government on whistlers, how can someone run to PAC (Public Accounts Committee) with documents which officials in judiciary have never seen. You might think that your weakening judiciary but what I can assure you is this organ is still strong,” Katureebe warned.

He denied receiving unaccounted Shs2bn on his account as alleged in PAC, he said that for the entire period he has been in the judiciary his account has never received a deposit of Shs2bn. He clarified that the shs2bn was summed up from his allowances, that of his security and drivers and heaped on him.

He asked the investigating bodies to speed up their investigations and find out who mismanaged the public money. Katureebe also revealed that when he found out that his name was soiled intentionally, he looked for the auditor general who manufactured the report.

He said that the auditor general accepted the mistake and clarified that the said figures were not true.  Katureebe applauded former Permanent secretary and secretary to Judiciary Kagole Kivumbi for the good development he left at the judiciary. He said that in 2017, Kagole found all judiciary buildings smelling from the gate but he rehabilitated all toilets and buildings.

HIV AIDS AT RISE AMONG JUDICIAL OFFICERS

The outgoing Permanent Secretary Kagole Kivumbi revealed that the judiciary is among the top organs of government that has huge number of staffs who are HIV positive. He however emphasized that they have put in place a system to help people with HIV/AIDS but the amount of money they spend on them is huge. He asked Bigirimana to look into that issue. Kivumbi also encouraged judicial officers to stop living in denial but come out and announce their status so that they can start benefiting from the scheme. He cautioned Bigirimana on the judicial officers who are warming up for the shs20bn allocated to the building of the new supreme court building.

He advised Bigirimana to follow all the right procedures while procuring the building materials for the new supreme court.  He listed some of his achievements which included the establishment of court gardens at High Court Kampala criminal division. He highlighted that the judiciary no longer hires or rents places for its ceremonies and conferences. Kagole boasted that he also finished the implementation of electronic court records, payment of retirement packages to most of the judicial officers especially those who are going to retire in 2021.  He asked Bigirimana to keep on paying judicial staffs’ salaries on time because many of them are surviving on bank loans.

BIGIRIMANA COMES WITH STRONG ORDERS

In his opening speech to the heads of departments in the judiciary, Kagole’s successor Pius Bigirimana ordered judiciary staff that they must do physical exercise to keep fit and maintain healthy bodies.

Bigirimana decreed that every Friday, judicial officers must do road exercises without excuses. He revealed that he has been doing so at his former office as the permanent secretary Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development. However, he noted that for security reasons, the top justices have to report to his office and inform him early that they are not going to participate in the run so that their security may be catered for.

He promised to purchase exercise machines for judges who fear running outdoor. He further said that all judicial officers who are not staff will be given contracts, he asked senior judicial officers to help him achieve this because he needs time to study how things are done in judiciary. He warned that every coin that is going to be released must be accounted for.

“My expectation is that people who have been working here will be cooperative. I expect people to support me. A few things may happen differently but I request that whoever is here will look at these changes I am going to introduce and know that they are for the good of the people of Uganda,” Bigirimana pleaded.

By Jamil Lutakome

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INTERVIEW: If Museveni Was A Student Today, He Would Not Get A Degree, Most Heads Of Security Institutions Are Related Or From The Same Village – Besigye

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Four-time presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye has warned that the political and cultural injustice in the country will soon breed violence.

While appearing on NBS TV’S Morning Breeze today, Besigye who was hosted by Simon Kagwa Njala gave an example of the education system saying that it is in a very bad shape that if the president (Museveni) was a student today, he would not get a degree.

Besigye said, “I normally tell people that if Museveni had gone to school today, I mean if Museveni is a student today when he is President, he would not get a degree.

Because his father would never get 6M to pay at University to get a degree. I am sure Museveni would agree with me that the wealth of his late Father Kaguta would not afford him University education.”

The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party president also decried the high level of nepotism in the security system of the country.

Besigye said, “the security Institutions themselves are a problem. Most of the security challenges we have today are a problem of security Institutions themselves. There is a problem of nepotism where you find most heads of security Institutions are related or from the same village. That creates a security challenge to those in service, because, some will say, “let’s leave them with their thing.”

Below is an extract from the conversation between Njala and Besigye:

NJALA: What is the political barometer currently?

BESIGYE: There is one constant; the ever-mounting discontent in the country. Wherever you go, it’s pulpable, because everywhere, people’s lives are becoming more difficult. Those who used to say we sleep, no longer sleep.

NJALA: What does that spell for the opposition?

BESIGYE: There is nothing like Government and then opposition that you think contests for power, one wins and forms Government and the losers form opposition. What we have is a small group of people that dominates the rest.

The artificial categorization of our politics is deliberate to confuse those who are far and inside Uganda.

You are talking about 2021 elections, I was a candidate in 2016, and after elections, I was charged with treason for declaring myself winner. We are going into 2021 and that case has not been heard.

NJALA: Your views are not matching the sentiments where others like Gen. Muntu, Bobi Wine want elections.

BESIGYE: I myself have not said that people should not warm up for elections. I have said that if that election is not going to be of a type we want (free and fair), then we should warm up to it differently. We have an experience that since Uganda’s Independence, we have never conducted free and fair elections.

We celebrated 57yrs of Independence but we know every leader has come into office by force.

For the period under Museveni, courts have concluded that elections under Museveni have not been free and fair. This is the experience of elections in Uganda. We then need to ask ourselves whether elections should be the way they have been or we need new type of elections.

Then there is a question of legitimacy?

One, we have an illegitimate person who violated the Constitution by detaining his opponent to declare himself.

Two, this person who is in office illegitimately, has already illegitimately appointed the new Electoral Commission headed by Simon Byabakama. By the way, Byabakama was my prosecutor on very many funny cases.

Thirdly, this illegitimate president violently destroyed the Constitution and invaded Parliament with his troops in order to procure an amendment to allow him contest beyond 75yrs. Of all the people who have so far shown interest to contest for the presidency, only Museveni is already 75yrs.

Museveni would not have been a candidate if he had not destroyed the Constitution. Now he has already taken 30bn from the Treasury to go around the country looking for endorsement as a sole candidate for 2021.

That said, I cannot go to a Radio Station and talk on space I have hired.

I went to the bush to have free and fair elections, how can I not want elections, but we must declare what type of elections we must have. That is within our power.

We are not going to allow someone who rigged himself into office, violated the Constitution to contest again. That is within our power.

Ending ruling by the gun is not going to happen merely by throwing the ballot paper in a ballot box. This must be well understood.

The first tool people holding power use to subdue people is instilling fear in the public and terrorizing them.

The second tool they use is bribes and favours. Most people are impoverished and when they want to say something or appear critical, they are bribed into silence. Some members of the media too, who are critical in dissemination of information are impoverished and are used to distort information.

The third tool is divide and rule so that we cannot unite.

I am aware that even within the liberation forces, there is lack of clarity on the type of struggle we want. There are some who believe Uganda is democratic; that we have elections where people contest and win and others lose.

This position has been formed by many years of narrative that we need an election to choose a good leader to replace a bad leader. That is not the struggle I am in.

The struggle I know and understand is that we are looking for a better country and the first mission should be to recapture the country and then once we reclaim the country and have power over it, then we can choose and leaders and create the rules.

You asked about 2019 Year Of Action. I wish to report to you that we have been to all the regions of Uganda in the year. In one region, there were attempts to fail us but we managed to get over it.

We are only left with Kampala Metropolitan. We shall come here too. So, we have been out there taking actions geared towards freeing us. Now we are left with taking real actions to end this Junta.

ON SECURITY:

NJALA: Col. share your insights with us on security.

BESIGYE: There is absolutely no doubt that security has been mounting. Sometimes I marvel when the NRM Junta keeps it’s mantra “peace that was ushered in by NRM”.

Peace is not the absence of war. In Uganda, you cannot have peace without justice. The level of injustice in Uganda is way too much; social-economic injustice is unimaginable.

ON EDUCATION: Look at the state and quality of our education. Education is an equaliser. I normally tell people that if Museveni had gone to school today, I mean if Museveni is a student today when he is President, he would not get a degree.

Because his father would never get 6M to pay at University to get a degree. I am sure Museveni would agree with me that the wealth of his late Father Kaguta would not afford him University education.

We have also political and cultural injustice. Anywhere in the world, where there is political injustice, it breeds violence.

Secondly, the security Institutions themselves are a problem. Most of the security challenges we have today are a problem of security Institutions themselves. There is a problem of nepotism where you find most heads of security Institutions are related or from the same village.

That creates a security challenge to those in service, because, some will say, “let’s leave them with their thing.” So, you have problems in recruitment, training and deployment.

The guns that are used to commit murders are all from security agencies.

Then there is a regional security challenge because of Uganda’s aggression and military adventurism.

By Aine Cohen

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We Have Evidence, Museveni Is Using NIRA To Rig 2021 Elections – Mao

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Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao has accused president Museveni of trying to use the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) to rig the 2021 elections.

While addressing the press at the DP headquarters in Kampala, Mao said president Museveni is using different committees like the NIRA to register voters before the recommended time.

“Let me assure you, Museveni started rigging the elections long time ago. Our office has relevant confidential information about NIRA and he is using it to recruit carders who he will use to practice unfair electioneering in 2021,” Mao said.

He added, “the voters registration list was supposed to be presented by the electoral commission but Museveni decided to give all the responsibility to a committee he controls, so that he can do whatever he wants at any time.”

Mao wondered whether NIRA will be able to separate voters list from the normal registration list for all citizens.

“I wonder whether NIRA will separate the voters list from the normal citizen list that registers even children under 18yrs of age,” Mao wondered.

Mao advised Ugandans to wake up and defend their voice and votes come 2021 for a better Uganda.

“We don’t know whether the electoral commission is an independent institution but we need to defend our country and our vote,” he said.

Mao also introduced the new DP bloc plan where he emphasized that one opposition leader has to contest with the NRM party for president.

When he was asked their next plan if the ‘one on one strategy’ fails, Mao said, “if other parties refuse to cooperate with us, we shall continue moving on as DP but I call upon our fellow comrades to follow the one on one framework if we are to dislodge Museveni.”

By Josephine Kauma

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Those People Tried To Bewitch Us: Police Publicists Enanga Grilled For Grabbing Clan Land

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Soft spoken Uganda Police publicist CP Fred Enanga (46) has today told the commission of inquiry into land matters how his own Okabo clan members forcefully refused him to visit his ancestral home in Akokoro sub county, Apac district with a mission to grab their family land.

Smartly dressed in a blue suit, Enanga told Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s led land probe that his family has been victimized and psychologically tortured by other clan members led by his uncle Naphtali Enanga.

“My Lord, since 2015 I have never stepped foot at my ancestral home even though my wish is to see my family members on a monthly basis. My grandfather the late Enoci Okabo settled at Alia village where he was even buried in 1940’s after getting into a misunderstanding with his fellow family members over different grievances including witchcraft,” Enanga testified.

He said that his grandfather stayed on the land for a limited period of time and left it for wild animals. He later invited other clan members who had problems to come and stay with him.  He said that when his grandfather died, his father, retired superintendent of police George Echonga decided to implement his father’s dream of establishing a farmland on his 4 square miles of land.  He testified that in 1977, George Echonga used his two brothers Benjamin Enanga and Johnson Angala who were staying in Alia to help him submit his land title applications to Lango land commission to process for him a land title so that he could officially own the land because he was busy.

Enanga’s father (R) with his lawyer

However, Enanga faced a hard time when the commission’s lead counsel Ebert Byenkya tasked him to explain how his father could have applied for a land title in 1977 when it’s well known that by that time there was a land decree issued by the late Idi Amin, the former president of Uganda. Byenkya further quizzed Enanga to explain how Echonga applied for a land title in 1977 yet documents show that he only got it in 2018. He cited a lot of illegalities in the processing of the land title. The flamboyant lawyer tasked Enanga to explain properly how his father obtained the land because the commission had information that he only encroached on other people’s land and later declared it has his. 

He explained that its well known that most of the land in Lango is owned communally and Enanga used his office to influence and turn the land from communal ownership to mailo and later evicted other family members from their land.

Byenkya also blamed Enanga for using his office in police the embarrass his clan members including the clan head Mike Awitongo who was ordered by police officers to leave the clan meeting which he had summoned to mediate Enanga and his family members. 

Enanga denied all the accusations saying that when the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola summoned to the commission last year, the commission reported him to his boss as a land grabber. Ochola later summoned the Uganda Police Profession Standards Unit to investigate Enanga.

Enanga also submitted to the commission a report from the Police Profession Standards Unit exonerating him on all the accusations. He said that one of their auntie’s children have been stealing his father’s cows and goats and they were convicted by court and others settled the matter out of court. He added that some family members are using the matter to malign and spread baseless propaganda against him. Commissioner Robert Sebunya asked Enanga to negotiate with other family members because he is more educated than his colleagues.

By Jamil Lutakome

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