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    I Repent For Not Killing Murderers – Museveni

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    President Yoweri Museveni has repented for failing to sign death sentences for some criminals especially those who take away the life of others. Museveni was answering back to Civil society groups that have come up in arms and attacked him over his comments regarding the re-instatement of the death penalty.

    Speaking at the annual judges conference, at Speke Resort Munyonyo today, Museveni said, “some NGOs are against the death sentence. They say they don’t want the death sentence. I don’t know which reason they are giving. However, in a society like ours, which is pre-industrial, if you want to bring chaos, remove the death sentence. For us in our society, we believe in the law of Moses that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. If you interfere with that, you will see the instability that you will cause here.

    In fact, I’ve been making a mistake of not signing the death sentences. I’m now repenting completely of that mistake.”

    Regarding the challenges that the judiciary is facing, Museveni told the judges that, “normally we talk of the independence of the Judiciary, which is one of the principles we fought for. However, we should add “independent and relevant” Judiciary. It would be a disaster if the Judiciary is not linked to aspirations of the population.

    For example, as you aspire for international best practices, you must be aware that societies like the United Kingdom went through the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago. Here in Uganda and Africa you are dealing with pre-industrial societies.

    I am happy with innovations of the Chief Justice, especially those to do with barazas (community engagements). The Chief Justice, who is a good Christian, must be picking a leaf from Jesus, who humbled himself and came down to earth for us sinners.

    On the issue of resources, we need a frank discussion. Uganda had collapsed. It was a failed state, like Somalia. Luckily, our NRM/A liberation struggle succeeded and we began the journey to economic recovery.

    In making demands, we should know that Uganda is just recovering. We can look at the issue of wastage that the Chief Justice said. But some of this wastage is covered by the Constitution.

    For example, the Constitution gives Parliament powers to determine its emoluments. If they pass a Bill twice, even if I don’t assent, it becomes law. They constitutionalised lack of coordination.

    I urge the other units of government to borrow a leaf from the Army. We have defended the country even with very scarce resources. We have never gone on strike to demand better pay. We die so that there is peace. And not just peace in Uganda but regional peace.

    The Asian countries we see developing have made similar sacrifices. They were frugal, they were not gomandising like us here.

    We shall work with everybody to deal with wastage and corruption. But currently, I can’t, for example, stop a Parliamentary committee from traveling abroad to benchmark. I can try with the Executive.

    Besides wastage and corruption, we have undercollection of taxes due to under investment in infrastructure. The telecoms for example under-declare the volume of international calls and pay less tax.

    In the face of a limited workforce, my advice to the Judiciary would be to prioritize the type of cases to expedite. Cases of murder, rape, homicides, commercial cases should be given priority. If we have a backlog, let it be for cases like divorce.”

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    KEEP YOUR MONEY; We Shall Not Accept Homosexuality, Lesbianism And Abortion – First Lady Slams European Funders Over LGBT…

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    Minister Kataha Museveni (L) and deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa (R)

    First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataha Museveni has slammed European funders over LGBT and asked them to keep their money if it is one of the conditions to fund Uganda.

    It should be remembered that during the recent 61st session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly and 42nd Session of the ACP-European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) in Maputo, Mozambique on 31st October 2022, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, who represented Uganda warned delegates that there is need for the Contonou Agreement to broadly define human rights in relation to homosexuality.

    Tayebwa told members who attended that the agreement contained clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

    “We have discovered that with the Post Cotonou agreement, there are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he said.

    He insisted, “We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

    Appearing at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds today, as the chief guest at the National Conference on Ethics and Morality, Hon. Janet Museveni noted that they must stand up and let the world know who their God is, what determines their perspectives and who they follow.

    She revealed, “Why do we say we will not allow homosexuality and lesbianism in our society, we follow a living God who gives us the moral perspectives to live by.

    “It does not matter, those who threaten us that they won’t give us money can keep their money, God will provide for us.”

    At the same conference today, Tayebwa recalled the contentious discussion on LGBT at the recent Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African, Caribbean and Pacific states and European Union (ACP-EU) in Maputo.

    He disclosed that when he went to Maputo, he was shocked to find all kinds of people from everywhere, private jets had landed, the issue was to lobby ACP-EU to pass a resolution that to access the next European funding to African, Caribbean and Pacific states, they must acknowledge LGBT.

    Tayebwa propounded, “They were saying we must acknowledge LGBT and also amend our laws to allow it, they were also saying we must provide money for abortion in the budget, that if you don’t have money we shall provide it to you. That’s when some of us said no.

    “What is unfortunate is that some people look at our stand on LGBT as abnormal, a certain European MP said to me ‘we can see you are spreading hatred’. Then we have the problem of fear, some people warned me that I could be denied Visa to certain countries,” Tayebwa said.

    By Hope Kalamira

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    University Professor Who Sexually Harassed Student Handed Over To CID..

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    Dr. Nafiu Lukman Abiodun

    Kabale University Professor, Dr. Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, the Head of Department of Economics and Statistics at the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences has been cited for sexual harassment of female student.

    Addressing press on Monday, 21st November, Police mouthpiece, Fred Enanga revealed that the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) Headquarters, has instituted inquiries into the alleged acts of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional negligence, by Dr. Nafiu.

    Enanga’s concern follows the recent incident of physical assault and harassment of a female Makerere University student by her lecturer, identified as Dr. Benard Wandera, of the College of Humanities and Social sciences, which occurred on the 18, November, 2022, during his lecture in the Frank-Kalimuzo Central Teaching Facility.

    “As police, we take all reports of harassment seriously and we will ensure that the matter, which generated public debate after the video footage went viral is thoroughly investigated and justice accorded to the victim,” he said.

    The police mouthpiece added that a copy of the footage has been retrieved for further analysis and the victim has also been identified and arrangements are in place for the victim to record her statement.

    He adduced, “We are happy that the University took administrative action, through the immediate suspension of the lecturer and the composition of an investigation committee alleged acts of assault, harassment and willful professional misconduct by the lecturer. The priority of the university or college should remain the protection of both its students and employee community.

    “We also want to use this opportunity to call upon any university or college student, who has experienced any forms of abusive behavior, physical misconduct, sexual misconduct or any other form of inappropriate behavior, by a lecturer, university or college staff or fellow student, that the Directorate of CID, through its various departments of SGBV, General Crimes, provide a range of support for victimized students to get justice.

    “We strongly believe tough sanctions against abusive lecturers, will provide a campus environment that is full of respect, human dignity and an environment where everyone, can thrive in their academic, professional and personal pursuits. In addition, it will prohibit abusive Lecturers, Professors and other staff from finding new jobs in other Universities.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Ministry Of Education Orders Early Closure Of Schools To Curb Ebola…

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    Education minister Janet Museveni

    Ministry of Education and Sports has ordered early closure of schools to curb ebola.

    Speaking to press on Tuesday, Ministry of Education noted that cabinet considered and approved a proposal from Ministry of Health to reduce Third term by two weeks so as to decongest schools that are likely to increase vulnerability of children to EVD infections.

    “Closing schools earlier will reduce areas of concentration where children are in daily close contact with fellow children, teachers and other staff who could potentially spread the virus,” State Minister for Primary Education, Dr. Moricu Kaducu said.

    She added, “Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary schools will close for Third Term holidays on Friday 25th November 2022.

    “The District /City/Municipal Education officers and head teachers should take note and act accordingly.

    “The schools will be required to conduct final/promotional exams a little earlier effective next week. Schools should communicate and prepare learners mentally and physically to adjust to this change in the school calendar.

    “Upon completion, children will be required to immediately return safely to their homes in a staggering manner to avoid congestion and congregating. The school administration will also be required to decontaminate all school facilities and make them safe for children’s return next year 2023.

    “The Ministry of Education and Sports together with Ministry of Works and Transport will issue guidelines on measures to follow during transportation of learners in order to avoid congestion at bus and taxi parks.”

    Dr.Moricu also revealed that on 26th October 2022, Ministry of Health confirmed that there were six cases in school-aged children who attended classes at three different schools in Rubaga Division of Kampala.

    “One of the children died from the disease and 170 contacts were identified from these cases. Among children, a total of 23 cases had been confirmed, of which; 8 had died while 5 had fully recovered and 16 were under isolation by 4th November, 2022.”

    It should be remembered that the Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on 20 September 2022 after a case was confirmed in Mubende Regional Referral Hospital.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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