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    It’s Just A Flu, Let’s Leave With It  – Trump Urges Americans To Learn To Live With COVID19 Instead Of Closing Down Country…

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    American President Donald Trump

    American President Donald Trump has compared COVID to the flu and told Americans to live with it.

    In a tweet sent from the White House residence, where he returned Monday night, he claimed that ‘many people’ die every year from the flu and said: ‘Are we going to close down our country?

    ‘No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!’
    The tweet vastly overstated flu deaths, which averaged between 12,000 and 61,000 each year in the last decade – but spelled out his new determination to move past COVID and urge the country to live with it, while he is himself treated with experimental drugs by his own personal physicians.

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    The tweet also underplayed the scale of COVID deaths. More than 210,000 Americans have died of COVID so far and the rate is now going back up, not down.

    Trump also claimed that COVID is ‘in most populations far less lethal.’

    CDC recently warned that COVID has a much higher mortality rate among the general population, and particularly among people with age and weight-related co-morbidities – which includes Trump himself, who is obese and 74.

    Communications Director Alyssa Farah told reporters at the White House Tuesday morning that: ‘I anticipate you will hear from him at some point today.’

    It’s unclear if the president will make a speech, post another video online or have a press conference.

    But Trump did make it clear he’s ready to get back on the campaign trail and debate Democratic rival Joe Biden.

    ‘I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!,’ he tweeted.

     

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    Before 9PM, Be Home! – Police Intensifies Curfew Enforcement After Detecting “India’s” COVID-19…

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    Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga

    The Uganda Police Force spokesperson, Fred Enanga has warned the general public against breaching the set regulations aimed at curbing the deadly Covid -19.

    Enanga has revealed that the Joint Security Agencies have heightened enforcement of the Covid-19 measures , including the nightly curfews, due to the emergence of a dangerous and more transmissible strain of Covid-19, similar to that in India,

    According to the Ministry of Health, there is evidence of the new Covid-19 strain in the country, and yet only 387,027 people have been vaccinated as of 5/05/2021. This is not encouraging, because many people are complacent and continue to go about their daily businesses and activities, without face masks, social distancing and or observation of proper hygiene of washing hands with soap.

    As a result, the Police force has tasked all Territorial Commanders, to conduct heightened and stricter enforcement operations during the curfew and the other Covid-19 protocols.

    Therefore, all non-essential movements during the curfew timings of 9pm- 5.30am, are restricted.

    “We believe this will help reduce the reckless and risky interactions at night which increase opportunity for disease transmission,” the police spokesperson said.

    “We have intensified inspections, checks and raids to counter all violations and defaulters of the curfew and Covid-19 SOPS. Our areas of interest include; bars operating illegally, places of entertainment, gatherings of more than 200 people (except under very exceptional circumstances by the MinistryofHealth),” he added.

    Also target are motorists, who are not observing the load capacity of 70% , especially in taxis, mini buses, buses and salon cars. All boda bodas and passengers outside the 6pm limit, will be countered.

    To avoid disruptions and inconveniences, Police has encouraged the public and all motorists to abide by the health and safety SOPs from the Ministry of Health and ensure they are in their homes by 9pm.

    “Lets not wait until either ourselves or our loved ones are hospitalised for Covid-19, for one to start getting more vigilant,” Enanga said, adding that;

    “Therefore, all persons found breaching the Ministry of Health SOPs and the curfew timings, will be subjected fines, penalties and or court action. All motorists outside the essential category, caught in the curfew will have their movements disrupted and motorcycles or motor vehicles impounded.”

    Enanga reiterated that the public should know that the measures above are aimed at slowing the spread of a very contagious virus.  He said, “Even though some people are frustrated due to Covid-19, fatigue, it is crucial to take the threats of COVID-19 seriously and not let our guards down.”

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    NEMA Was Right: Judge Finds No Fault In Hoima Sugar Being Allowed To Grow Sugarcane On Bugoma Forest Land…

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    Justice Musa Ssekana (L) and Sheila Nduhukire

    The Certificate of approval granted to Hoima Sugar Limited for the proposed Kyangwali mixed land use in the disputed part of Bugoma Central forest reserve in Kikuube District was legally issued, the court has confirmed.

    Kampala High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana dismissed cases in which Civil Society Organisations were challenging the legality of the Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) approved by National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) for sugarcane growing.

    “The complainants in order to attract the attention of the public and also to justify their existence as bodies concerned with environment protection and awareness are trying to make all sorts of unsubstantiated allegations to win public sympathy. Courts of law are strictly guided by the law and sensationalism should never be used to sway court in any matter. The key stakeholders were consulted and they made written representations but the applicants seem to argue as if no consultation was ever made before the certificate of approval was made,” the judge ruled.

    The court observed that NEMA sent a copy of the ESIA to National Forestry Authority (NFA) and other stakeholders who made comments to the entire project and which comments were addressed before the approval of the project.

    “The different stakeholders were consulted before the certificate of approval of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report was approved. The standard of consultation under the particular statutory context was satisfied since it is a general principle of fairness that the consulted party is able to address the concerns of the decision-maker. The concerns of the stakeholders and especially the National Forestry Authority and Wildlife Authority were considered and this evidence is clearly set out on the court record,” the judge ruled.

    Three conservation organisations; Water & Environment Media network (U) ltd (WEMNET-U), National Association of Professional Environmentalists (Nape) and Africa Institute for Energy Governance (Afiego) had petitioned the court in two separate cases which were later merged into one by court.

    Through their lawyers, the organisations were seeking for a court declaration that the approval of the Environmental and Social Impact (ESIA) Statement and the Nema issuing of the Certificate of Approval of ESIA Certificate to Hoima Sugar Limited for the Kyangwali Mixed Land Use Project was marred by flaws, procedural irregularities and without due recourse to the relevant provisions of the laws and regulations.

    They contended that the NEMA’s decision to issue a Certificate of Approval was illegal and procedurally improper for not conducting a public hearing and or allowing public participation in decision making.

    They argued that the process denied the interested parties including themselves a chance to effectively put forth their views aimed at protecting their rights to a clean and healthy environment.

    The judge observed that it appears the complaints were premised on distorted facts and the NGOs attempted to suppress the real facts in order to make ‘flowery’ case in court by exaggerating that the entire forest is being cleared for sugarcane planting or that 5000 hectares (21 square miles) of the forest is being cleared for sugarcane growing.

    “This is not true and it is an alarmism since out of the entire leasehold certificate of title issued to Hoima Sugar Limited, they are supposed to plant sugarcanes on 2,393.8483 hectares against a total area of 5,579 hectares which is less than half. Secondly, the Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is still intact and Hoima Sugar Limited has been directed to undertake enrichment planting covering an area of 3.8919sq miles and must carry out regulated activities,” Justice Ssekaana ruled.

    Justice Ssekaana also ruled that the court is satisfied that the community was duly consulted and heard their views about the project and the court is not persuaded by the complainant’s argument that the people consulted were few in absence of any evidence to the contrary.

    “The law does not require consultation of everybody in the community and this would definitely be an impossibility to achieve. The law does not prescribe or set any standard procedure and number of people to be consulted. The court would be wrong in setting a standard for the decision-maker to satisfy for the hearing of the views of the community about the said project. The court would leave the discretion to be exercised by the decision-maker on whether the community is satisfactorily consulted,” the judge ruled.

    According to the court decision, Nema Executive Director was not bound to hold any public hearing premised on rules since there was no controversy and there are no trans-boundary impacts.

    Justice Ssekaana argued that the NGOs’ argument that there is a controversy in ownership of the land as well as a pending Appeal against the decision of the High Court is extremely weak and the executive director should not be used as a court on legal matters which are pending in the Court of Appeal.

    The court observed that NGOs are increasingly relying on public interest standing or Public concern standing to challenge governmental action and this preferred from individuals who are merely interested in personal fame.

    “The public bodies should not be disrupted unnecessarily, to the disadvantage of other members of the public, by having to contest discreditable proceedings. The courts should reserve their power to interfere with the working of public authorities to those occasions when there is a claim before them by someone who has been adversely affected by the unlawful conduct of which the complaint is made,” the judge ruled.

    Justice Ssekana advised that Public interest litigation should not be used for personal or political gains or for mere publicity or for other oblique reasons. Such public interest matters should be done by persons having expert knowledge in the field after making proper research especially if it is concerned with issues of constitutional law. He said it is true that public interest litigation has been abused and is increasingly used by advocates for publicity and or seeking prominence in the legal profession and it is now ‘Publicity Litigation’.

    Yet, according to the judge, it is supposed to be a special type of litigation which is essentially meant to protect basic human rights of the weak and disadvantaged who on account of poverty, helplessness, or social and economic disabilities could not approach the court for relief or for upholding the rule of law and constitutionalism or where a matter of grave public concern is involved.

    The Court is charged under the National Objectives and Directive Principles of State policy in the Constitution to provide sustainable development and public awareness of the need to manage land, air and water resources in a balanced and sustainable manner for the present and future generations.

    On the issue of conducting consultations, the judge held that a consultative meeting that exceeded the 85 people was conducted and that there is no legal provision that indicates any numerical requirement regarding the minimum number of people to be consulted.

    In the statement issued on Saturday, Hoima Sugar Limited welcomed the decision saying that it is a great milestone which will boost sustainable social economic transformation of Hoima and Uganda as a whole.

    “This will be through job and wealth creation; both directly and indirectly, tax revenue remittances to the national treasury, improvement of social amenities such as schools and health facilities among others,” the company said in a statement.

    On August 14 2020, Nema issued an ESIA certificate to Hoima Sugar Limited for the mixed land use on 21.54sq miles that is valid for the five years but to be revised upon request or when the project area conditions change.

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    Mayiga Tells M7 To ‘Repent And Behave’ In New Term As He Recounts How Gen Sejusa’s Operatives ‘Rained Blows’ On Him In 2008…

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    Kattikiro Charles Peter Mayiga (L) and President Yoweri Museveni

    Buganda Kingdom Premier, Charles Peter Mayiga has pleaded to president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to repent and avoid acts of violating human rights including kidnap of his political opponents, torture and imprisonment of his political rivals in his coming 6th term.

    Speaking to the newly elected political leaders from Butambala district, Mayiga said that such actions put the entire country in panic and tension if natives live in fear of what will happen to them the next day.

    He added that the action does not only stop the natives but also has a big impact on the country’s development because so many of the serious investors don’t want to invest their money in an unstable country which has no respect for human rights.

    The flamboyant Makerere University-trained lawyer narrated to the leaders of Butambala how he was inhumanely manhandled in 2008 with fellow Buganda Kingdom officials.

    “Don’t you remember when I was arrested with Owekitiibwa Medard Lubega Ssegona, now the Busiro East Member of parliament and Honourable Betty Nambooze of Mukono Municipality? by the way it was not even an arrest it was a kidnap,” Mayiga recalled.

    “Ugly men grabbed me like a chicken thief, they started pulling my neck tie. I removed it otherwise they might’ve easily used it to kill me. I told my brother in law,” he narrated, further revealing that when they put him inside the car, they started beating him, pulling his suit to cover his face, handcuffed him, put his head in the middle of his legs and the man was still beating him until he (Mayiga) asked him why he was beating him when he was in such a helpless situation.

    “So such inhuman treatment is not acceptable. And I ask the president, because I heard that he is going to swear-in next week to fight and put a stop to such things,” he said.

    Sources in the security circles told this website that the arrest and brutalization of Buganda officials in 2008 was commanded by Gen David Sejusa, the former cordinator of the intelligence agencies on charges of treason and terrorism.

    On the current situation, Mayiga explained that as a trained lawyer, he knows that a person is innocent until proven guilty and wondered why someone should be tortured even before being taken to Court to prove their case against him.

    He cried out to Museveni to find ways of releasing Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine’s supporters who are rotting in Kitalya prison on politically related cases because it is giving his government a bad image.

    Mayiga also asked the elected leaders to help him in the fight he started as Buganda premier to fight poverty in Buganda by mobilizing people in Buganda to participate in doing works which are bringing income in their pockets.

    Mayiga asked leaders to mobilize people to do agriculture because it’s one of the factors to fight unemployment in Buganda and Uganda at large.

    Hajjat Aisha Kabanda Nalule, the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy secretary General on the same event promised the premier that they will make sure that they will prioritize the fight for Buganda’s interests whenever it comes on the floor of parliament, besides fighting for improvement of education and the health system in Butambala and Uganda at large.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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