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I Would Have Done What Rukutana Did Had They Provoked Me – Otafiire Speaks Out On His Verbal Exchange With M7…

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Controversial former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Rtd. Maj. Gen. Severino Kahinda Otafiire has defended his colleague former Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana saying that he would also have reacted the same way if he was the one provoked.

Last week, Rukutana was captured on camera pulling a gun from his bodyguard and attacking his political rivals in Rushenyi County who were moving in a Toyota Rav4 after losing in a hotly contested National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries.

The incident later landed Rukutana into trouble.

He was charged in Ntugamo magistrates court with offences related to attempted murder, stealing a gun and remanded to Kitalya government prison.

Speaking on the matter, Otafiire revealed that his comrade was provoked and he supports what he did.

“No Rukutana is also a human being, he was provoked.  Why did those people block the road heading to his home? Let me tell you even if I was the one I would have done what Rukutana did,” Otafire said.

He added that the reason why he went to Mbarara police station was to visit his good friend who was in trouble not to save him as many claim.

He categorically denied allegations that he stood surety for Rukutana when police wanted to release him on bond, “I didn’t stand surety for Rukutana, noo, it’s not true and I didn’t negotiate his release.”

He also rubbished allegations that he tried to plead with President Yoweri Museveni to forgive Rukutana after directing police authorities to cancel the police bond which was first granted to him.

He clearly stated while on CBS radio that he didn’t make any phone call to Museveni because as a lawyer, he knows that Museveni is not a judge and was not at all connected to Rukuntana’s arrest.

He insisted that his friend didn’t shoot at anybody.

He said that Rukutana’s enemies will soon be exposed when the trial begins and that whatever he did, was in self-defense.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Is It Illegal For A Private Citizen To Discuss Political Issues With Veterans: Gen. Tumukunde Runs To Constitutional Court Challenging Judge Ssekaana’s Decision….

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Tumukunde (L) in court today

Former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has run to the Constitutional Court challenging High Court Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekaana’s decision favoring AIGP Grace Akullo the Director of Criminal Investigations in Uganda police.

Through his lawyers led by Anthony Wameli, Lt. Gen. Tumukunde wants the Constitutional court to interpret whether it was legal for the presiding judge to refuse to remove the Attorney General from his case so that he pursues Akullo in her personal capacity.

He insisted that he also wants court to pronounce itself on whether it is legal for the Attorney General to represent a public servant who has been dragged to court in her personal capacity.

The presidential aspirant also wants court to interpret whether it is illegal for a private citizen to discuss political issues with veterans as Akullo claims in her criminal summons he served him.

The former spy chief based his argument on an affidavit sworn by city lawyer Geoffrey Turyamusima who told court that he was present in court when the Attorney General represented Akullo when she was accused in her personal capacity of violating the human rights of a private citizen.

He added that the presiding judge based on the arguments of the Attorney General to dismiss with costs Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s application of a temporary injunction stopping the CID from summoning him to record statements on charges related to treason.

Lt. Gen. Tumukunde ran to Court challenging Akullo’s criminal summons issued against him where he is being accused of meeting security veterans and discussing political issues stealthily.

Court has not yet set the date to hear Lt. Gen. Tumukunde’s petition.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Don’t Worry My Girl You Will Be A Full Minister In My Next Cabinet – M7 Assures Embattled Former PPS Kamukama…

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President Museveni has promised his trusted former Principal Private Secretary (PPS)Molly Kamukama a juicy job in his next cabinet once he wins the 2021 election.

This website has established that over the weekend, Kamukama, who is the State Minister for Economic monitoring received a phone call from president Yoweri Museveni assuring her that she will retain her ministerial office in the coming 2021-26 government.

Museveni gave Kamukama an olive hand after losing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party flag Ms. Jennifer Muheesi with whom she was competing for the Kazo District Woman MP slot.

Credible State House sources told this website that Museveni also told his former PPS that he has directed the recount of votes in Kazo, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

“Tanga Odoi refused to announce me because I told him to first talk to the Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba when he wanted to see the president. Why should junior officers like Tanga meet the president when seniors are available? NRM’s Electoral Commission is under the Secretariat and I was doing my professional work,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

She added, “H.E, kindly prevail over Tanga so that he declares me, Katushabe, Rwakimaari, Kabasharira and Rwamirama.”

On the issue of staying in cabinet, Kamukama stated that the president assured her that she will be a full cabinet Minister in 2021 – 2026 whether she is an MP or not.

“I thank you Your Excellency for shaming these youth and Kazo self-seekers,” she boasted.

Ronah Ruranga Kemirembe defeated Kamukama with 13,288.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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BURNING OF MAKERERE IVORY TOWER: It’s Unacceptable, We Have To Establish Whether This Was An Accident Or Foul Play – Muhoozi, I’m Not Surprised, It Was A Matter Of Time – Lawyer Ssemakadde….

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It is a very dark morning for Makerere University and academicians as the iconic Main Administration Building also known as the Ivory Tower caught fire destroying valuable records and property to ashes.

The fire that started at around midnight quickly spread as far as to almost half of the building affecting several offices.

The fire brigade was on ground to fight the raging fire immediately but it was heavy sprouting from the right side of the Building.

“The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower,” the University tweeted.

The destruction according to the University Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe is unbelievable, but he gave assurance that they are determined to restore the building to its historic state in the shortest time possible.

The affected building also houses the offices of the Vice Chancellor and student records whereas the basement is full of archived files spanning the whole history of the institution.

According to the university, efforts to save the left wing of the building which houses the Human Resources and staff records of the university were being defeated by the highly powerful flames whose blaze was increased by the wooden furnishings.

This fire comes at a time when the university, like most education institutions, has been in lockdown mode since March 30, 2020.

Several Ugandans have expressed mixed reactions to what really caused the fires in a building that does not house Maama Naki’s kitchen in downtown Kampala. Below are some of the comments:

Briefly about The Ivory Tower

  • The Ivory Tower is perhaps the most iconic of all buildings when one talks of Makerere University.
  • The building proudly stands out as the most magnificent due to its unique early 20th century British architectural design. With its thicker walls and arch designed doors leading into the hundreds of rooms dabbing as offices, the main building is reminiscent of Makerere’s glory in the colonial days.
  • In this wonder of architecture is where Makerere University gets its endearment (or nickname); the Ivory Tower.
  • Constructed in 1930s, the T-Shaped main administration building was designed basing on the architectural design of Britain’s prestigious University of London.
  • Located in the centre and top of Makerere Hill ridge, the Main Building stands out as the most authoritative architectural piece at the university campus.
  • The Freedom Square and University Road are right in front of the main building in the east.
  • Erecting such an elegant state of the art building required so much sacrifice. According to writer Margret Macpherson, in her book: They Built for the Future, construction of the main building began in early 1930s and dragged on up to 1941 due to difficulties caused the Second World War.
  • The war interfered with importation of all construction materials that were to be shipped right from Europe. In fact, due to challenges posed by this war, especially scarcity of the much needed finance, other materials like doors were made locally in the Makerere College’s workshop. This is probably why the doors in the main building look dull in spite of the building’s spectacular exterior appearance.

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