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    Museveni Bans Land Evictions In Uganda…

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    President Yoweri Museveni has banned all land evictions in the country that are carried out without the consent of the respective District Security Committees (DSC).

    In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja, using his powers under Article 98(1) and 99(1) of the Constitution that enjoins him to ensure good governance and protect the Constitution, the President directed that:

    “No eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the District Security Committee (DSC), chaired by the Resident District Commissioners /Resident City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs) and direct consultation with the Minister of Lands.”

    Museveni further warned that if this is not done and the illegal evictions go ahead, the members of the District Security Committee will all be held responsible and action will be taken against them.

    Faruk Kirunda, the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary confirmed the development. However, he noted that the directive excludes the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) representatives who may not be in the know of the substance of the issues involved.

    In the same communication, Museveni requested His Lordship the Chief Justice to prevail upon the Justices and Magistrates who violate the Constitution by illegally evicting people in collusion with land grabbers.

    He further directed the Minister of Lands to inform the Attorney General about such abuses by judicial officers so that legal action can be taken against them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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    Immigration Boss Loses Wife, All Her Siblings In Accident

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    An official of Immigration attached to Entebbe Airport is mourning the loss of his wife.
    The female adult is one of the four victims of Sunday accident at Kayabwe in which all occupants of the Toyota Fielder (UBL 270S) died. This was after the Toyota Fielder driver crossed to the opposite lane that had a bus (UAW 561P) belonging to Global Bus Company.

     

    The driver of the fielder and two occupants died on spot ( female adults) while one died on the way to Nkozi Hospital.

    By press time, the identities of the deceased persons had not been established.

     

    However, we have established that one of the female adults was the wife of Isaac Lweru, an Immigration Officer at Entebbe Airport.

    Faridah Nampiima, the Spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety Directorate attributed the cause of the accident to careless driving by the driver of the Fielder which was coming from Masaka and overtaking when she hit a hump and rammed into the bus and thus claiming four lives.

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    DTB Bank In Trouble For Selling Former Minister’s Contested Building To Masaka City Businessman…

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    Former Minister Muyanja Mbabali (R) at an NRM function

    Masaka city businessman Robert Ssekigye has threatened to take legal action against Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) if they fail to handover a building, he bought from them.

    Ssekigye told theGrapevine that he purchased Zamo building which is situated in Masaka city along Kampala Masaka Road from the bank after it was advertised in the newspapers.

    “I expect DTB to hand over the building to me. They should refund my money if they have failed to sort themselves out with Muyanja Mbabali,” Ssekigye threatened.

    Former state minister for investment Mbabali’s lawyer Patrick Mugisha admitted that he frustrated the move to sell off his client’s building explaining that the transaction was illegal.

    “We had initially secured a court order stopping them from proceeding with the entire transaction, but they remained adamant and sold the property,” Mugisha said.

    He explained that the building was wrongly attached by the bank because it was not part of the collateral which his client used to secure the loan which is in billions of shillings. He added that they have secured a caveat from the High Court stopping any transaction on the said building.

    This website has established that Mbabali lost a number of buildings including Nkozi Hotels in Mpigi district and other commercial buildings in Kampala and Masaka over loans that’s why he is fighting tooth and nail to save Zamo building which he claims was not on the list of the buildings which he used as security when securing the said loan.

    He further wants Court to force the bank to bring to court the accounts of all financial transactions and dealings belonging to his business firm MFK Corporation.

    On Thursday last week, Mastulah Naava, the Masaka City Deputy Resident City Commissioner in charge of Nyendo-Mukungwe Division saved Mbabali’s building when she stopped the attaching of the building.

    This comes after Charles Ssebambulide, the commissioner private security organisation and private firearms wrote to the Greater Masaka region police commander instructing him to supervise the deployment of HASH security company which was hired by the bank to provide security when the property was being attached.

    Banks through their agents first took over the building and changed the locks as they planned to hand it over to the new buyer.

    Naava told theGrapevine that they stopped the move because DTB bank didn’t follow the required procedure including providing a court order allowing the takeover of ownership of the building.

    DTB Bank was not reached for a comment.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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