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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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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.

By Sandra Mukisa

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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.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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