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More MPs Back Lwanga’s Proposal To Have Tithe Deducted Directly From Salaries

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Dr Cyprian Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese

Busia Municipality legislator Hon. Geoffrey Machon and Kalungu West legislator Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu have backed the idea by Dr Cyprian Lwanga, the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese of deducting tithe directly from Christian’s salaries.

“Tithe is very important in church that is why every year we come together and head to Namugongo, that is why you see churches and mosques being constructed every day,” Macho said.

Kalungu West MP Sewungu, a staunch catholic said that it’s within the Catholic doctrine to abide by all orders from the Holy See.

“In some of those churches in the village, it is hard to raise Shs20,000 in those offertory baskets, and when the Pope says something, no one argues with it, so if they say they are going to deduct from the salary, I can’t respond to that,” Hon. Sewungu said.

The legislator added that Dr. Lwanga isn’t the first man of God to find himself in the eye of the storm over tithe remarks. Sewungu said that in February 2018, Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Center Cathedral asked President Yoweri Museveni to consider allocating 10% of government’s annual budget to the Church as a tithe offering to God adding that this act would be critical in putting an end to the country’s perennial dependence on other countries and world bodies for development.

Kayanja at that time requested the president to give 10% of the National Budget to the Church given that he (Museveni) is a believer who was entrusted by God to carry out the biblical duties in the country.

While addressing congregants over the weekend at Rubaga Cathedral, Lwanga expressed concerns over the failure by many Catholics, who have been found of ‘cheating’ God by abdicating their religious role to pay tithe, saying this has slowed the pace at which the Church carries out its work.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Police Extends Zaake’s Criminal Summons After He Fails To Turn UP.

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Police at the Crime Investigations Department (CID) Kibuli has today extended the criminal summons of Mityana Municipality MP Hon. Francis Zaake Butebi after his lawyer Nicolas Opiyo informed them that his health condition was still poor and he couldn’t make it.

Counsel Nicolas Opiyo told this website that police had accepted the terms and agreed to extend his criminal summons to the 3rd of December.

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake told this website on Sunday that he had been summoned to appear before the police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Kibuli on Wednesday to be questioned on possible charges of escaping from police custody and treason.

Mr. Zaake further told this website that he had received the summons and would turn up for questioning. He however, described the act of the police as “reckless and traumatising” because he was still recovering from “physical and psychological wounds” that he suffered during the chaos that happened in the lead up to the Arua Municipality by-election in August.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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REVEALED: How NRM Mobiliser Maama Kisanja Connived With Senior Lands Officials To Grab Land From A Full Village

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Luella Ataro being grilled by the commission

The Commission of inquiry into land matters has unearthed how a racket of ministry of lands officers connived with NRM mobilizer Peninah Kalenge Busingye alias Maama Kisanja and her daughter Natasha Kalenge to grab villages in Namavundu sub county Wakiso District.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission revealed that the Commission has established that the entire fraudulent transaction of the land was masterminded by senior officers in the ministry of lands.

She wondered how the entire process was worked on during the festive season of 2016. She gave an example that on 29th December 2016, the senior Registrar land registration Luella Ataro approved to the Commissioner land Registration to issue a special certificate of land title to Peninah Kalenge without making due diligence.

Bamugemereire added that in the same period, Ataro sent request to Dr. Joseph Batume, the Wakiso District staff surveyor for a deep plan on the controversial land and asked him to issue instruction to survey the land.  She disclosed that Batume immediately responded to all the requests without ascertaining them. She further revealed that Ataro also didn’t follow the normal procedure that when someone applies for special certificate of the land title, the registrar has to wait for 30 days after an announcement is done in the national gazette.

She said that within five days, before Ataro received the application for the special certificate of the land title, it was already issued in the names of Peninah Kalenge. She showed Ataro an application made by Natasha and her mother which read that the land title was misplaced and they needed a special certificate of the land title for the immediate transaction on the land.

She said that Ataro, Batume and Venansio Ajero, the Wakiso District cartographer were the beneficiaries of the Shs4.7bn Natasha allegedly used in the process of obtaining the title fraudulently.

Bamugemereire was supported by Ebert Byenkya, the Commission’s lead Counsel who revealed that immediately after issuing the special certificate of land title, sub divisions were done and over 60 other land titles were fraudulently created.

He said that Ataro also issued a special certificate of the land title well knowing that all the plots which were created in 1999 on the mother certificate of the land title were made in handwriting.

He added that Ataro headed the entire scum from the Ministry. After reporting the loss of the certificate of the mother title; fraudulent plots were created in the kalamazu when they were not indicated in the title made in 1999.

He said that the new plots created by Ataro were measuring over 184 hectares in the names of Kalenge. In her defense, Ataro told the Commission that she was not aware of the scum and she got to know about it last week when she met Natasha. She said that Natasha told her that the special certificate of the land title she processed for her had problems.

Commissioner Mary Ochan asked her to tell the Commission where she met Natasha and what they were planning to do.

Ataro said she found Natasha in the office of Vaniey Lutaaya, a government surveyor.  She said that on 29th December 2016, the date she issued a new special certificate of the land title to Kalenge, she was in office on orders of the permanent secretary Ministry of lands and whatever she implemented, she was following the information given to her by Wakiso District land office.

On the issue of not following the 30 days announcement in the gazette, she said that it was an oversight and asked for forgiveness. She told the Commission that her powers in the land registration department in the ministry of lands were reduced from approving the issuing of land titles and now she is only handling the Complaints desk in the department.

Commissioner Robert Ssebunya told her that she masterminded the whole scum and put the suffering of poor Ugandans on her. Ataro told the Commission that she is going to write to the Commission land registration to cancel the certificate of the land title because it was issued fraudulently.

She said that she is going to tender in her letter tomorrow Wednesday and she will copy in the Commission to fulfill her commitment.  Justice Bamugemereire also ordered Ataro to bring to the Commission her passport.  The Commission also grilled Wakiso District staff surveyor Joseph Batume who issued the instruction to survey the land which does not exist.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Supreme Court Sets Date To Determine Speaker Kadaga’s Fate Over Age-Limit Removal

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The Supreme Court has set the date to hear an application filed by City Lawyer Male Mabirizi seeking Court to order Rebecca Kadaga the speaker of parliament  to appear before the Court for cross-examination.

According to the statement issued by Opefeni Ogwadiya, the registrar supreme Court, the seven justices are set to kick off the hearing on 12th December 2018.  In his application, Mabirizi challenges the decision of the five justices of the Constitutional Court headed by Alfonso Owinyi Dolo who reject his application for Kadaga to appear before the Court for cross examination.

He stated that during conferencing on the matter in the court of appeal, he asked Dolo, who was chairing the process that he wanted Kadaga to appear in the dock. He further stated that Kaahwa Christine the acting Director for civil litigation in the chambers of the Attorney General told Dolo to give him more time to file the affidavit of the speaker who was out of the country.

Mabirizi said that with such submission, he thinks that the court was going to allow him crossexamine Kadaga because she was at the center of controversy which Dolo rejected.  He said that he was only served with affidavits of Jane Kibirige the clerk to parliament, UPDF commander Gen David Muhoozi and Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to the treasury.

“That consequently, before hearing of the Constitutional petition, intended to examine the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga so that the court can be able to ascertain her true role in the entire process relating the constitutional amendment Act 2 of 2017,” Mabirizi stated. The court will first hear this application before the main appeal in January 2017.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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