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    I Warned Parliament On Creating New Constituencies But Oulanyah Told Me Parliament Does Politics Not Laws – MP Nambooze…



    Mukono municipality Member of Parliament (MP) Betty Nambooze Bakireke has said that she warned parliament in 2015 about the creation of too many new constituencies but they turned a deaf ear.

    In a post on her Facebook page, Nambooze noted, “In 2015 I wrote a very extensive one-woman minority report detailing the procedure of creating constituencies for Parliamentary elections as laid down in the Constitution and other laws of Uganda… I cautioned Parliament about the illegalities we were committing in creating Constituencies.”

    Nambooze says her report was rejected by many NRM members including Eddie Kwizera who is now also a victim after being ordered by court yesterday to vacate parliament on grounds that he was elected in a nonexistent constituency.

    “Eddie Kwizera was in Parliament that time and he voted against my report. When he lost the elections in 2016, he became a litigation entrepreneur taking Government to court and conniving with the Attorney General Office to fleece Ugandans of billions of money awarded in costs,” she said.

    She further revealed that after rejecting her report, the deputy Speaker of parliament Hon Jacob Oulanyah told her that parliament is after politics but not laws.

    “The Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah invited me to his office and congratulated me upon writing what he referred to as a “master piece report” capturing all facts of law… He told me that the same was to be used in future by law scholars and it was important that such document goes on the Hansard. He however told me that in Parliament we were doing politics and not law and that is why in a session he was to chair that afternoon, my report was going to be over whelming rejected despite the fact that it contained the true position of the law,” she revealed.

    Nambooze further extended her sad feelings toward the Bugiri constituency legislator Asuman Basalirwa for being affected by the Yesterday’s court ruling that ordered him and five other legislators from different constituencies across the country to vacate parliament.

    “I Am sad that among the Members of Parliament unsettled by the judgment to make six MPs vacate office is my brother Hon. Asuman Basalirwa. I also know that this judgment is going to be appealed and legal minds will be engaged to determine the fate of the MPs in question. BUT the fact remains that, the Parliament of Uganda has been illegally creating Constituencies not only those six with the victimized MPs but many more others,” she said.

    “Ugandans who contests for these constituencies have no offence, they are third parties and only victims of the hopeless Ugandan legislature and Electoral Commission,” she concluded.

    By Josephine Kauma



    NUP Lead Lawyer Wameli Laid To Rest



    Members of the leading opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP) gathered at Namisidwa district March 5th to send off their fallen lead lawyer Anthony Wameli.

    Wameli, former NUP head of legal, succumbed to colon cancer and his body was returned last week from the United States where he died to be accorded a descent burial.

    Wameli’s body was returned nearly a month after his death amidst rumours that NUP had failed to aid his family return his body. Speaking to mourners on Friday March 3rd at NUP secretariate at Makerere Kavule, party president Robert Kyagulanyi cautioned members to desist from commenting before knowing the facts on ground.

    Wameli was a bold legal scholar who took up risky cases such as one of former head of the ADF terror group Jamil Mukulu. He was last year  recognized as the best human rights lawyer in Uganda by the Uganda Law Society.

    Mathias Mpuuga, the leader of Opposition (LOP) eulogised Wameli as one who withstood abuse in court to ensure justice does prevail.

    “We send-off a fine lawyer who calmly withstood the abuse in the general court martial to save innocent Ugandans whose rights were being violated,”Mpuuga said.

    NUP Lead Lawyer Counsel Anthony Wameli was announced dead on February 8th, 2023.


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    DPP Pushes For Amendment Of 48 Hour Rule, Capital Offenders To Spend More Time In Jail Before Prosecution



    The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is pushing for constitutional amendment of the 48 hour rule in order to buy more time for investigation of capital offences like terrorism.

    DPP Jane Frances Abodo, while speaking at the 10th annual conference of the East Africa Association of Prosecutors (EAAP), said that 48 hours are not enough to investigate offences like terrrorism and that the time should be enlarged  or else they will have no one arraigned before the courts of law.

    “You cannot say that within 48 hours, you can be able to actually do a meaningful investigation of a terrorism case and have someone in court…. otherwise we shall not have anyone in court. The 48 hour rule should be there but we are asking….can the time be enlarged in some cases, that we go to court and ask for enlargement of time…that we have ABCD to handle…we are not saying all offences but it will be a case by case basis and not generally,” Abodo said.

    DPP Abodo added that the 48 hours are impractible in some cases and can only be applicable when there are enough prosecutors to quickly investigate the cases.

    “The 48 hours is constitutional but it is impractible for us who are on ground. It is really impractible to do that in some cases…these are cases we are saying that we should be able to go to court and make an application for more hours to cover some ground investigations. We can keep the person beyond the 48 hours,” Abodo added.

    The minister of justice and constitutional affairs Nobert Mao said DPP is challenged with low pay of prosecutors and that arrangements to ament the 48 hour rule were ongoing.

    “The prosecutors are not well paid here in Uganda. We have tried to enhance the pay…Justice Abado has been pushing us concerning the 48 hour law because in Uganda we are not suppossed to keep you in custody for more than 48 hours. The minister of justice in me wants to amend the law but the human activist in me doesn’t want to amend the law,”Mao said.

    Article 23(4) (b) of the Constitution provides that “a person arrested or detained upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offense, shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than 48 hours from the time of hie or her arrest”.


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    M7 Vows To Deal With Leaders Mismanaging PDM Funds



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has vowed to deal with leaders that are mismanaging funds meant for the Parish Development Model (PDM).

    Museveni told a gathering at Kaunda grounds in Gulu city that he will be in direct contact with them incase their leaders are compromised.

    “In case the elected local leaders are compromised, I can meet with you directly like today. Therefore, the truth will come out, that’s why I came,” Museveni said.

    Museveni also noted that most of the farmers in the district had not yet benefitted from the Parish Development Model and that he had got reliable information which he will use to clean up the mess in PDM.

    “I’m very happy today. I have got some information which I wanted and I’m going to follow up and sweep the whole garbage. You have helped me to do my work. Thank you for being members of National Resistance Movement,” he said.

    Museveni also vowed to deal with pastoralists grazing livestock without  authorization.

    “Those Balalo are in disciplined. I’m going to write an executive order to deal with them. What they are doing is illegal and I will handle them decisively,” Museveni said.

    On his comment about the Apaa land disputes between Amuru and Adjumani Districts, Museveni said a judicial commission of inquiry will come and make recommendations.

    “The judicial commission will come and get facts, make a recommendations which will guide us. That is the latest position of the government,” he said.

    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja had recently told all Apaa land residents to vacate and prised that government would compensate them.



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