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    MPs COVID-19 CASH: I Will Sue Banks That Interfere With MPs Accounts – Kadaga Warns….

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    The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has warned banks that they will be sued if they interfere with the MPs’ Shs.20 million COVID-19 cash.

    While presiding over plenary today, the speaker warned, “I want to warn the banks that are interfering with the accounts of MPs. You will be sued.”

    Kadaga first told the house that she held a meeting with the President and the Prime Minister on the money advanced to Parliament and they set guidelines for MPs on how to use the money.

    “We agreed on how best the activities of Parliament can be incorporated in those being implemented by the gov’t structures. MPs will join & be incorporated in the district COVID19 taskforces as members,” Kadaga said.

    She added, “The MPs will spend the funds advanced by the commission on the interventions meant to support the national response to COVID19 in districts.The needs of one district may not be the needs of another. Each district will determine how to use the funds.”

    On accountability, Kadaga said, “Accountability of this money shall be made to the accounting officer of Parliament with the copy to the chief administrative officer of the district. MPs will adhere to the govt  guidelines on COVID19 & shall not distribute food & organise meetings.”

    There was a heated argument in parliament between the Speaker, Attorney General and MPs over the court order that stopped Parliament from issuing the Shs.20 million to each MP.

    The Attorney General, Hon William Byaruhanga said that the Clerk to Parliament had presented evidence to him showing that the Shs10 billion was paid on 17 April and yet the court order was issued on 21st April 2020.

    The Attorney General informed the House that any money spent after the 21 April 2020 amounts to contempt of court.

    However, the speaker defered with him saying that the court order was issued after the money had already been sent and its decision cannot be binding on members who are not part of the suit.

    “By interfering with the Shs10 billion, the judge is interfering with the whole supplementary of Shs304 billion. That means it is all under injunction. It was all in one bill,” Kadaga said.

    Kadaga said:

    I & most MPs have disagreed with the Attorney General’s view that none of the lawmakers can use the 20m/- on their bank accounts.

    (1). From a legal perspective, none of the MPs were party to the suit.

    (2). Touching of MPs bank accounts was not part of the prayers in court.

    (3). The Supplementary Budget is not passed in isolation; it is a whole.

    Going by logic, the judge is indirectly ordering  whoever got part of the 302bn/- Supplementary Budget (President’s Office, Health Ministry, Judiciary, etc), not to expend any shilling from thereof.

    (4). The judgement was not on MPs’ bank accounts.

    (5). We’ve always complained about poor legal representation by the Attorney General.

    (6). The cash was wired on 17th April while the suit was filed on 21st. I therefore beg to differ.

    (7). Under our rules of procedure, any MP who loses a motion against a majority is obliged to stand up in the House & complain. But not to rush to court to overturn Parliament’s majority vote. The MPs who rushed to court, flouted our rules.

     

    By Sandra Mukisa

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    We Are Not Surprised, Bobi Wine Reacts As Gov’t Shuts Down Human Rights Office; Blames Regime For His LGBTQ Photoshopped Pictures

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    The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert  Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is unhappy with the decision by government to terminate the operations of the offfice of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR).

    The ministry of foreign affairs said last week that it will not be renewing the mandate of OHCHR due to the strong government commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, the prevailing peace throughout the country, presence of  strong national human rights institutions and a vibrant civil society with capacity to monitor the promtion and protection of human rights in the country.

    Bobi Wine says he is not surprised by the move, further alleging that the regime has in the past closed Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Facebook and DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) due to ‘growing international condemnation’.

    “In the face of growing international condemnation and isolation, tyrant Museveni has in the past responded by shutting down NGOs, Facebook, DGF and declaring several international staff persona Non-Grata (unwelcome) or deporting them,” Bobi Wine’s comment reads in part.

    OHCHR in 2021 condemned the brutalisation of journalists who had gone to cover Bobi Wine’s petition to OHCHR  after the 2021 general election. These were brutalised during a crash between police and NUP supporters.

    Bobi Wine has also come out to comment on pictures that have been circulating on social media portraying him as an LGBTQ advocate. Bobi Wine says the pictures were photoshopped by regime propagandists.

    “Over the past weeks, paid regime propagandists have photoshopped  these images and shared them widely to drive their known agenda. Please ignore them and treat them with contempt,” he said.

    Bobi Wine says while his supporters are ‘abducted’ and accused of computer misuse and offensive communication, regime propagandists are at liberty to fake anything against the opponents. He further stated that no amount of lies or  blackmail will deter him in his quest for a better country (Uganda).

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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