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LETTER: Kayihura Takes On Kabushenga’s New Vision Over ‘Did Kayihura Kill Kaweesi?’ Story, Asks For UGX300 Million For Every Bad Story Written About Him

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Former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has told Robert Kabushenga’s Vision group to apologise and pay him damages worth UGX300 million for every defamatory story they have written about him.

Through his lawyeers of Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), the former police chief says that, “Our client has taken note of a deliberate and sustained campaign by your media organisation against him. Your news organisation has been at the forefront of a malicious, false and defamatory propaganda campaign targeting our client. You have accused our client or insinuated that he is guilty of a number of heinous crimes and in particular of the brutal and tragic murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi. You have published these insinuations with malice and in the full knowledge that the allegations are false.”

Kayihura’s lawyers further states that: “On independence day, 9th October 2018 you ran a huge headline in the NewVision to wit; “DID KAYIHURA KILL KAWEESl” and stated that there was evidence including a purported voice recording and the testimony of number of witnesses which indicate that our client was part of the plot.

You published a number of allegations which you knew by then to have been false, fabricated and thoroughly discredited including the fake audio. On 10th October 2018 you, still fully aware of the false and discredited allegations maliciously ran a heading to wit; “Kayihura explains why Baroza scooped Kaweesi’s blood” and even went as far as alleging that our client had been interrogated on camera and had also “recorded a statement.” Our client has never recorded any statement in respect of the said allegations and that claim was totally created by your newspaper.”

“The campaign has therefore presented our client as a cold-blooded murderer, a traitor and was intended to ensure that all right-thinking members of society shun him.

It has caused great pain and anguish to his family, friends, relatives and associates. The effect of the campaign has been to clearly lower our client’s estimation among right-thinking members of society. In light of the foregoing, our client has given us express and unequivocal instructions to demand that you unequivocally apologise to him in your

newspapers for the deliberate, sustained and malicious campaign that you have engaged in.

Further, our instructions are to demand as compensatory, aggravated and general damages a sum of UGX 300 Million for every story run in NewVision, Saturday Vision, Sunday Vision, Bukedde and all corresponding digital platforms. Further, a similar amount paid for the slander on Bukedde FM and NewVision TV (an online station).

Our client has instructed us to inform you that if these demands are not met in reasonable time, and in any event not later than seven days from the date of this letter then he reserves the right to take legal action against you at your cost, peril and embarrassment,” Kayihura’s lawyers add.

Below is the full letter:

By Remmy Atugonza

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MP Kato Lubwama Rallies Musicians: We Will Only Support New Regulations If Some Rules Are Removed

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Rubaga South legislator Kato Lubwama, who also doubles as the shadow minister for culture and performing arts has warned that musicians and artists will only support the new proposed regulations by the Ministry of Gender if they remove a section of rules that will squeeze artistes.
“For the past two days, I’ve been reached by several media & people is seeking for my comment on the intended regulation of artists. To say this loud and clear, I don’t support it in its current form.
Artistes in Uganda have single-handedly managed to grow art in the country without any help from government. It is thus disturbing to learn that the only time government has come out, it is with such regulations which threaten the future of art in the country,” the comedian turned MP said.
He added, “Much as there are a few positive rules in it that I agree with, majority are against the future of art in Uganda. The good thing is it is still just a draft which can be changed subject to our contributions.
I urge all of my colleagues in the art industry to come out and contribute towards this law because it will be us who will be affected once it is enacted into law.”

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We Must Act Against This Foolery, Soon They Will Force Us To Sing Songs In Praise Of The Regime Or Throw Us In Jail: Bobi Wine Condemns New Regulations On Artistes

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Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known by his stage name as Bobi Wine has hit out at the new regulations on artistes.

Bobi Wine, who is currently in Kingston, Jamaica warned that, “music is under fresh attack. The cowardly regime is bringing up new laws and regulations to gag artistes in the hope that they can kill and stop the music. They are so scared of arts. They don’t know what else to do, except try to silence the hundreds of singers, producers, poets, comedians, cartoonists and other entertainers who are raising voices against the oppression, suppression and exploitation of the Ugandan, by a small clique of individuals who rule over us. I have said to them before and say this to them again- you cannot kill the music. Just address the injustices we are singing about. If you do not, you should expect another song of the same kind, from another artiste of the same mind.”

He added, “I have been speaking to my fellow artistes to speak up against the injustices before it is too late. I have told them to defend the entertainment industry before it is too weakened to defend them. I have told them time and again that an attack on Bobi Wine’s music is an attack on all of us because injustice again one is injustice against all! I have not tired to explain to them that when injustice is not fought when it is a seed, it will be harder to fight when it is a tree. Today, the injustice is growing and growing. They started by banning songs which they were uncomfortable with from playing on radios and TVs. Most artistes kept quiet! Then they bought off artists to sing for them, while intimidating those who did not. Most artistes kept quiet! Then they banned our shows and concerts because we sang songs of freedom. Most artistes kept quiet! Now they have brought stupid regulations which among others give powers to the government to decide what an artiste sings where and when. If artistes do not speak out with one voice now, it won’t take long before they are forced to sing only songs in praise of the regime or be jailed like it was under Mobutu in Zaire!”

He rallied his fellow artistes to, “act now.” Adding that, “even when I am away, I must commend all artistes who are already raising voices against the foolery. I am very proud of the artistes who are taking leadership and mobilizing others to resist this attack.

Seeing the freedom artistes have in Jamaica makes me long for that day when our country will be free from the shackles of oppression. On that day, music will be free. Ugandan artistes will be free to imagine, dream and create. On that day, when the struggle is over, Ugandan artistes will wear the victors’ crown in new Uganda. Instead of being fought by the government, they will be supported to create and perform. And for this reason, we do not give up the struggle.”

 

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In a 14 Page Document, Government of Uganda under the ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development are in the process of forming laws that are going to govern the Entertainment Industry. The regulations are aimed at guiding Uganda’s Entertainment Industry including how Artistes, Promoters and Venue owners do their Buisness. Among the proposed regulations include:

1- Every Artist shall need a License to operate in Uganda.

2-Its Illegal to Practice Public Entertainment when you have no License from the Ministry

3- No Artist shall shoot a Music Video without Permission from the ministry of Labor

4- An artist will not perform in more than one venue unless the next performance is 4hours after.

5- Artist performance time shall not be less than 60minutes and not more than 120minutes.

6-No Artist will perform abroad unless you have permission from the ministry.

7-No Indecently dressed Artist will be allowed on stage.

8-Every Event promoter must provide a hygiene kit to each performing Artist at an Event.

9- Any artist who uses Vulgar language on stage will have their license cancelled

10- An artist who takes drugs ( Marijuana cocain etc) before his performance commits an offense and will be punished

11- An artist found in un hygienic condition will not be allowed to perform on stage.

12- Any artist who performs abroad without a license shall be disqualified as an artist for a year.

13-There shall be a censorship board to filter Entertainment content and ensure discipline among the artists.( This shall have a disciplinary committee)

14- Every Artist will have to register their works with Ministry of Gender.

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Police Stops Today’s Kololo Juma Prayers

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Police has stopped today’s Juma prayers that were to be held at Kololo Airstrip.

In a letter signed by police public relations officer CP Fred Enanga, the organisers have been warned that the prayers will not take place because it was not cleared by the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), the supreme Muslim body legally mandated to oversee all activities of the Muslim faith.

In the letter, Enanga advises the organisers to secure another date upon harmonising their request with UMSC.

Kawempe North legislator, Hajji Latif Ssebaggala, the Imam of Parliament organised the national religious activity to show the Muslim community’s displeasure over what they call mistreatment from police and security organs.

“Our Muslim brothers and sisters are arrested, detained, incarcerated and remanded in the police custody, military prisons and safe houses even after being proved innocent by the courts of Law,” Ssebaggala said.

Concerning the cancellation, Latif said that, “Our continued efforts to hold a National Jummah Day have been frustrated by the Uganda police as well as a few enemies of Unity amongst Ugandan Muslims.

In a letter dated 17th, January 2019, Uganda Police raises concern that the body which is Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (OLD KAMPALA) legally mandated to oversee the activities in relation to the Islamic Faith in Uganda IS NOT aware of this event despite the fact that we wrote several letters to them and they acknowledged having received all the letters informing them about this Prayer event.

So, in accordance to the above reason, there will be no National Jummah Day on Friday 18th Jan 2019 as we have been denied access again for the second time to access Kololo airstrip.

We being peace loving Ugandans decided to accept the decision by the security forces and abide by their resolution.

The struggle to fight for equality for Muslims is far from over. I have presented these issues on the floor of parliament and to various stakeholders…. We shall overcome one day!

The journey of uniting Ugandan Muslims won’t stop here! we shall continue pushing for Unity because it’s the wisest way towards major achievements among Ugandan Muslims.”

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