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Mabirizi Seeks Referendum To Abolish Kabaka Over Torture Allegations Of Locals On His Land By His Agents BLB, Kasibante Brands Him Mentally Ill

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City controversial lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Electoral Commission boss Justice Simon Byabakama to organize a free and fair referendum to abolish Buganda kingship for torturing people who reside on Buganda land.

In a letter dated 25th of November 2019, basing on article 5(4) of the constitution and section 11 of the Referendum and other provisions Act,2005, Mabirizi writes that the Kabaka of Buganda is a traditional and cultural leader.

He further notes that the people of Buganda entrusted their cultural and traditional properties (including land) to him (Kabaka) but he has betrayed their trust and become the owner of the said properties. Mabirizi insists that the Kabaka through his agents in Buganda Land Board (BLB) forcefully collects exorbitant  sums of rent, registration fees from his subjects who are tenants on the official mailo which is a breach of their contract. He adds that the Kabaka has also failed to account for the huge amount of money collected from his subjects and the money he receives from the central government on behalf of Baganda which he is personally enjoying with his close family members, his cabinet ministers and other Buganda kingdom officials.

He cited a scenario when High Court judge Patricia Basaza Wasswa ordered the Kabaka to produce his books of

accounts and all the official Buganda land titles he has on behalf of the Baganda. Mabirizi says that the Kabaka refused to comply and decided to appeal against the ruling because he doesn’t want his subjects to know how he spends their money he collects from the properties he keeps on their behalf. Mabirizi told this website that he has evidence that the people of Buganda are tired of the way Kabaka Mutebi and some of his subjects are running their kingdom.

He says they only think about money rather than taking good care of his subjects like his father the late sir Edward Mutesa did. The flamboyant lawyer wants the people of Buganda to vote on whether the Kabaka should be abolish and his powers trimmed further so that he becomes a ssabattaka, a title he held in 1993 before his coronation.

Mabirizi’s letter to EC

Mabirizi wants justice Byabakama to reveal to him the number and identities of voters in Buganda so that he can start collecting signatures from the Baganda who want the king to be abolished. He noted that the reason why he wants the Electoral Commission to avail to him the identification of Buganda locals is to compare it with the signatures he is going to receive from the field. According to the law, for the Electoral Commission to organize a referendum, Mabirizi has to collect signatures of 1/3 of the total number of the voters in Buganda. Mabirizi is also still waiting for the hearing date of his application he filed in the Supreme Court where he is challenging the new door to door collection of rent from tenants on Buganda’s official mailo by Kabaka’s agents BLB. Efforts to speak to Buganda kingdom were futile since ‘Owekitiibwa’ Noah Kiyimba, the spokesperson of the kingdom was not picking his known phones.

Mabirizi should be taken for mental checkup – MP Kasibante

Lubaga North legislator Moses Kasibante has said that city lawyer Male Mabirizi is mentally ill and needs to check in at the emergency section of Butabika for medication.

In a post on his Facebook page, Kasibante said that Mabirizi’s attack on the Kabaka clearly shows his mental state. The former CBS presenter blamed Mabirizi’s mental illness on Makerere University school of law. Kasibante says that MUK school of law only based on pre entry examination while admitting Mabirizi instead of checking his mental illness before allowing him to study law.

Kasibante wrote, “I think on top of the pre entry exams for admission to the law course at Makerere University, applicants should also be subjected to a thorough mental health examination!.”

Mabirizi who is now days very active on social media jumped out the ‘kamooli’ and rubbished Kasibante’s abbuses. Mabirizi told Kasibante that legal issues are only argued before a judicial official not in the bar. The youthful lawyer assured Kasibante and Buganda diehards that the referendum must take place and the Baganda peasant’s voice must be hard loudly against what he called Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s harassments.

A number of people reacted on Kasibante’s post with some supporting him while others were supporting Mabirizi and asking for accountability and transparency at the Mengo establishment.

James Kabengwa says: At the back of mind of Mabirizi is to call for a more transparency and accountability. However his approach is wrong especially when he calls for the abolition of an institution aged 900 years. That’s where he has only lost it. On calls to mental tests, I think Kasibante Moses you are wrong. Mabirizi is one of the lawyers who follow the law to the dot.

Diana Babirye Semwogerere says: He is delusional in his capacity as a lawyer, quiet honestly I think the law has run him mad. He needs mental evaluation.

Turyasingura Julius writes: But the issue is, he is he following the constitution of republic of Uganda ?

Exp Kakande writes: Mabiriizi is free to express his opinion. If Buganda officials have decided to eat with them then we shall also stand with Male Mabiriizi.

Jaabir Bwambale says: Mabirizi Male what did kabaka really did to you???? I believe you might be having some misunderstandings with him!!!

Henry Brian Namuyimba Ssembatya says: Mabiriizi is a dimwit. He is dreaming . Buganda is a rocky Kingdom. Whoever surfaces to trot it down will instead crumble. I curse Mabiriizi and his back stage friends into this .

By Jamil Lutakome

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Makerere University Set To Re-open On June 20th For All Final Year Students – VC…

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Makerere University (MUK) has tentatively set Saturday, June 20, 2020 as the date on which the University will be reopened to final year students.

In a letter from MUK Vice Chancellor (VC) to college principals, deans and heads of departments, the date was suggested by MUK Covid19 Response Task Force in a meeting hels on May 25.

“Following the pronouncement by the President of the Republic of Uganda H. E. Y. K. Museveni that universities would open only for final year students, the Makerere University COVID-19 Response Task Force at its meeting held on 25th May, 2020, came up with the following guidelines in preparation for the re-opening,” the VC’s letter reads in part.

The VC adds, “Dates for re-opening: Saturday 20th June, 2020 and close 7th August, 2020. This will include teaching and end of semester.”

The VC says the university will use between June 20 and Aug. 27 to teach and conduct exams, get data for the final year students among other activities.

He instructed deans of schools to provide lists of all final year students, including their phone numbers, names of schools that have been conducting lessons online and time remaining to complete the course content and content that’s left to be covered for those that were not teaching online.

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Chief Justice Katureebe Cited In The Resignation Of UJOA Vice President To Benefit From The Judiciary Administration Bill Before Kadaga…

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The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has been cited in the resignation of Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) Vice President Sheila Gloria Atim.

In her resignation letter dated 28th April 2020, Atim stated that on the matter of principle, she is unable to continue to serve as the vice president of the current Executive Committee under the presidency of Mbarara Resident Judge Tadeo Asiimwe.

“I believe that at all time, it is UJOA members wishes in line with the UJOA mandate that should guide the Executive Committee in its actions.  I find I am unable to continue implementing that mandate in the current UJOA Executive Committee. I hereby offer to you my resignation as vice president UJOA as required under Article 17 of the Articles of Association of UJOA,” Atim stated.

She indicated that the gist of her resignation is about the recalling of a letter dated 16th of March 2020 authored by the Association’s Assistant General Secretary and herself to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga guiding her and Members of Parliament on legislating the Judiciary administration bill, which will give powers to the judiciary to manage their finances.

In the letter written to speaker Kadaga, UJOA cited two landmark decisions of the Constitutional Court regarding the doctrine of separation of powers and independence of the Judiciary that could affect the contents of the Administration of Judiciary bill.

The two cases cited were Krispus Ayena Odongo Vs the Attorney General and that of the Uganda Law Society VS the Attorney General, in both cases, the rulings clarified matters that include the meaning of independence of the Judiciary and principle of separation of powers.

They also clarified on the office of the Chief Justice as the administrative head of the judiciary, a self-accounting organ, the constitutionality of and complexities involved in the existence of the office of the secretary to the judiciary to the judiciary visa viz the financial autonomy and independence of the judiciary.

According to the letter received by the office of the Speaker of parliament, both constitution court judgments were attached on the letter.

In her resignation, Atim claims that without the recommendation of the UJOA, the Association president Asiimwe through Daniel Bwambale the treasurer again wrote to the speaker recalling their letter.

The letter indicated that the recall was done to enable parliament handle and first track the bill. He said that the Chief Justice as the head of the judiciary was going to communicate to the speaker regarding the passing of the bill.

Multiple credible sources we spoke to revealed that Asiimwe acted on the directions of the Chief Justice to recall the said letter because it was going to delay the passing of the bill which he wanted passed before next month.

Sources intimated to the Grapevine that Katureebe wants to benefit from the bill since it gives retired justices a huge retirement package which includes, monthly salaries, allowances, cars, security and houses. When contacted for a comment, Asiimwe said that, “it’s not my policy to communicate anything on WhatsApp. I can’t add my voice to rumours,” he said.

Efforts to speak to Asiimwe for more were futile since he was not picking his known telephone numbers. However, Solomon Muyita the senior Communication’s officer Judiciary refuted claims that Katureebe pressurizes Asiimwe to recall the controversial letter. Muyita said that UJOA is very different from judiciary even though many of the judiciary staff are members of UJOA. He said that Katureebe cannot be involved in UJOA work and asked the UJOA administration to resolve their grievances without dragging in the outgoing Chief Justice.

 

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FIFA, Museveni Mourn Uganda Cranes Longest Serving Captain Jimmy Kirunda…

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The late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

President Museveni has mourned former Uganda Cranes captain and Manager Jimmy Kirunda.

In a post on his Facebook page, Museveni said, “I have learnt about the death of Jimmy Kirunda, perhaps one of the greatest footballers our country has produced. We all remember the major feat when he captained the national team to the Africa Cup finals in 1978. We shall miss him. Condolences to his family and the football fraternity.”

Kirunda was pronounced dead on Monday, 25th May 2020 moments after collapsing  in Bwaise a Kampala suburb.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo hands an award to the late Jimmy Kirunda (Photo: FUFA)

Museveni was joined by the President of Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Gianni Infantino who sent a message of condolence to Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), the family of the late Jimmy Kirunda and the entire Ugandan football fraternity.

In a message delivered through the FUFA President Moses Magogo, Infantino expresses his sympathy to the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), and to Jimmy’s family, friends and loved ones.

“I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player and coach, Jimmy Kirunda. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss affecting Uganda football,” Infantino says.

Jimmy Kirunda (2nd L) in the Uganda Cranes team. (Photo: FUFA)

He adds, “During his playing career, Jimmy captained Uganda’s national team during ten years, and participated in three CAF Africa Cups of Nations in 1974, 1976 and in 1978, where the Cranes reached the final, their best performance until today. During his time with the national team, he also won five CECAFA Cups. At club level, he will be remembered for his career at Express FC and KCC FC, where he notably won three league titles and two Uganda cups, SC Villa, where he added one league title and one Uganda Cup to his trophy room, as well as Abu Dhabi Sports Club in the UAE.”

“After his retirement, he managed different clubs in Uganda, as well as the national team between 1989 and 1996, winning three CECAFA Cup titles in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Uganda football legend, longest serving national team captain, considered as one of the greatest African players of his generation, defender with style, class and elegance, but also top scorer of the national league, his legacy and achievements, and in particular his friendly personality, his leadership and his human qualities will not be forgotten, and he will be truly missed,” he says.

According to the family, Kirunda’s burial will take place on Wednesday, 27th May 2020 at 2PM at his ancestral home in Mayire, Bulesa – Kyadondo.

Jimmy Kirunda (left) conducts one of the numerous pre-match customs as a Uganda Cranes captain (Photo: FUFA)

WHO IS JIMMY KIRUNDA?

  • Jimmy Kirunda was born in 950 to late Henry Kirunda and Constance Nawalu at Mulago, a famous footballing hub in Uganda.
  • He held his elementary education at Mengo Primary School, Naggalama and later Old Kampala SSS.
  • Kirunda joined Mulago FC in 1965, before moving to Express, KCC and Sports Club Villa.
  • He played professional football at Abu Dhabi sports club in 1979, a year after skippering the Uganda Cranes to the AFCON final in Ghana.
  • Three league titles with KCC FC and one with S.C Villa in 1982 where they went the entire season unbeaten are just a few of many accolades the former Cranes team manager amassed in his career.
  • He captained Uganda for ten years and played in three Africa Cup of Nations (1974, 1976 & 1978)
  • He won the CECAFA Cup with Uganda (1969, 1970, 1973, 1976 & 1977)
  • As Cranes Team Manager, he won three CECAFA Cup titles (1989, 1990 & 1992)
  • He won three league titles with KCC (1976, 1977 and 1981) and two Uganda Cups (1980 & 1984)
  • He also won a league title with Villa (1982) and one Uganda Cup (1983)
  • His brothers William Kityo and Dick Bintanula played for KCC and Mulago respectively.
  • He top-scored the league in 1978 with 32 goals
  • He coached three clubs (Bell, Buikwe & Cooperative)
  • He returned to football in 1987 and featured for his Ngeye clan team
  • Worked at FUFA Secretariat in the office of former FUFA President Dr. Lawrence Mulindwa and current FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo on football matters before retiring in 2015.




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