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    M7 Finally Calls Bamugemereire On Phone Over Attorney General Rukutana’s Abuses, Orders Her To Recall Him For Questioning, Issues Arrest Warrant To Rukutana’s Henchman



    Credible Sources in the Commission of Inquiry into land matters have told the Grapevine that the Commission’s chairperson justice Catherine Bamugemereire finally talked to president Yoweri Museveni the appointing Authority.

    “She has been talking to the president, no one can interrupt the chair’s attention in the middle of the hearing apart from the president.  From yesterday, the judge has been waiting for the president’s call. She has many matters to report to him,” our source revealed. He said that Molly Kamukama, the Private Secretary to the president reported to the judge that the president received her letter where she asked the president for guidance after clashing with Attorney General Mwesigwa  Rukutana, who was dismissed and discharged from the commission’s record. Kamukama told the judge that the president wanted to talk to her on phone.

    On Thursday, when the commission was handling the Kamwonkya land scandal, the judge told the public and the commission’s Assistant lead Counsel Andrew Odit that she was expecting a very important call from a very important person in the country within ten minutes. She told him to keep it in his mind. Within eight minutes after Bamugemereire’s pronouncement, her phone rang. She immediately adjourned the hearing and moved out at a very high speed. After 30 minutes, Odit told the public that the hearing was adjourned to Monday. Our source revealed to us that the judge and the president talked about a mountain of issues including giving her new instructions on the Mutungo land saga. We were told that some of the instruction given to Bamugemereire include summoning Rukutana back to the Commission to testify.

    Bamugemereire told the president that Rukutana intentionally disrespected the commission and provoked them to avoid questions fired at him by Ebert Byenkya the Commission’s lead Counsel concerning his legal opinion concerning the payment of shs26bn to city businessman Dr Muhammad Kasasa on Mutungo Land.

    Bamugemereire reported to the president that the commission has been investigating the manner in which the government acquired the 640 acres of land on Kyadondo Block 237 plot 56,49 and 27 measuring. Bamugemereire explained to the president that in 2009, government fully paid shs2.4bn to Kasasa but the commission wanted to get his legal opinion on another shs26bn payment to Kasasa.


    Earlier, the judge issued an arresting warrant against Sabastian Ruta Ngambwa the alleged henchman to Mwesigwa Rukutana. Odit reported to the judge that Ruta Ngambwa, a director with Prime Real Estate Properties limited has jumped three witness’s summonses where he is supposed to submit to the commission all the documents that lists the names of tenants, he claims to have paid during the evictions in Bukusukuma sub county Nasana municipality. “My lord, this is now the third time Mr. Ruta Ngambwa is refusing to honor the commission’s summons. My lord does hereby issue a warrant of arrest against Mr. Ruta Ngambwa,” Odit prayed. Bamugemereire agreed with Odit and issued the arresting warrant against Ruta Ngambwa. The judge ordered police to arrest Ruta.

    “This is a warrant of arrest, under section 9 of the commission of inquiries act, any and every police officer to arrest Ruta who was supposed to provide documents to the commission,” the judge ordered. Ruta Ngambwa is alleged to have been used by Attorney General to grab over 630 acres of land in Buso, Buwaga, Makenke in Nansana municipality, Wakiso district. Ruta is also accused by the family of late Joseph Katerega for grabbing their 235 acres of land in Buwaga.


    By Jamil Lutakome



    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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