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    Nandala Unopposed To Serve For Fifth Term As The BCU Boss…

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    Budadiri East Member Of Parliament, Nathan Mandala Mafabi will continue as the Bugisu Cooperative Union (BCU) chairperson after Bugisu coffee farmers unanimously endorsing his stay for a fifth term now.

    When the time for voting came, one of the farmers passed a proposal seeking to extend the tenure of office of the 9-member board unopposed and the same was unanimously endorse by the farmers.

    This was during the annual general meeting held at the union headquarters in Mbale.

    Nandala becomes the first to benefit from the amendment of the cooperatives law to remove the term limit.

    Besides Nandala, who joined the union in 2008, the whole BCU board has been given another term in office, following the amendment of the Cooperative Act and term to 4 from the initial 2 years by Parliament.

    On Friday, BCU members who attended the Annual General Meeting of 2020/21 unanimously voted to return the board members, whose term expired last month. The delegates were drawn from Upper Central, Lambuli, Sironko, Bugusege, Lwakhakha, Lower central Zone, Manafwa, Rusty and Bubulo Zones.

    Peter Weduku from Bumayiza Primary Society under BCU, says that the current board has been effective and there is no justification why the members should vote for another board.

    Among the achievements registered by the board, there has been establishment of the BCU radio for farmers, paying farmers on time and punishing BCU staff accused of embezzling funds.

    Nandala Mafabi, the BCU Board Chairperson and MP Budadiri West promised to work hard such that the price of a kilogram of coffee returns at 10,000 Shillings. Mafabi told the members that the covid-19 pandemic affected the exports following the closure of borders.

    Nathan Egume, the State Minister of Cooperatives urged the Bamasaba to sell their coffee to BCU rather than to its competitors if BCU is to grow.

    Nandala’s re-election however comes at the time when the union is grappling with an Shs2.1 billion liquidity deficit and huge losses attributed to lack of internal controls, high operating costs, and a high staff to income ratio.

    The board is now seeking to borrow money from the microfinance support center to fix the liquidity gap.

    The union is also grappling with a high exodus of farmers who have resorted to dealing with multinationals. This is attributed to poor business acumen.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Where Did Our Data Go? – MTN, AIRTEL Dragged To Court Over Illegal Consumption Of Customer’s Data During Internet Shut Down…

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    Airtel Uganda Managing Director Manoj Murali (L) and MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte (R)

    Airtel and MTN, the top two Telecommunication giants in Uganda have been dragged to the High Court Civil Division over illegal consumption of customer’s data during the internet shutdown.

    Controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Male Mabirizi wants High Court Judge Boniface Wamala to declare that  the action of the respondents, to remove subscribers’ internet data bundles between 12th – 18th January 2021 yet social media platforms and the entire internet was shut down infringed on their rights.

    Mabirizi is also seeking for a permanent injunction restraining the respondents from any further or future consumption of his and other subscribers’ internet data bundles when social media platforms and the entire internet are shut down.

    He also wants the Court to issue an order compelling the Respondents to refund his and other subscribers’ internet data bundles chopped between 12th – 18th January 2021 when social media platforms and the entire internet were shut down.

    Mabirizi wants the Court to award general damages to him and other subscribers’ whose internet data bundles were consumed on the said days.

    Both telecommunication companies issued a statement noting that it was the government that issued a directive against them to shut down the internet over violence threats during the general elections. They however did not explain why most subscribers lost their data bundles during the days when the internet was totally off.

    Airtel and MTN have 14 days to file their defense.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Judge Who Awarded Tycoon Ham Kiggundu Shs120bn In Battle With DTB Bank Transferred To Remote Soroti City…

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    Businessman Hamis Kiggundu with his lawyer Fred Muwema. Right is Justice Adonyo

    Speculations have already started among the legal fraternity and the general public questioning why the Principal Judge Flavian Zeija, who is also the head of High Court judges transferred the soft spoken senior commercial judge Henry Peter Adonyo to remote Soroti city as the Resident judge.

    Justice Adonyo’s name dominated the news when he dismissed Diamond Trust Bank’s (DTB)  Shs120bn case with 8 percent  interest against controversial city tycoon Hamis Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises Limited on technicality.

    In his ruling to stay of execution, Justice Nzeija cited corruption in Kiggundu’s case and revealed that a number of people approached him asking him to name his price before making his ruling even though he didn’t mention which party tried to bribe him.

    Ham protested Justice Nzeija’s action to stay of execution and dragged him to the Judiciary’s disciplinary body, the Judicial Service Commission.

    In his ruling, Justice Adonyo stated that Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) Kenya where Ham borrowed Shs120bn was not licensed to carry out any commercial transaction in Uganda because it contravened the Financial Institutions Acts of both Uganda and Kenya hence lacked locus to sue.

    Adonyo agreed with Kiggundu’s lawyers led by senior counsel Fred Muwema that it was illegally for the bank to withdraw money from Ham’s account without his consent.

    During the same transfer, over 28 Judges were transferred to different stations, seasoned electoral petitions legal giant turned High Court Judge Musa Sekaana was promoted to head the Civil Division Court of the High Court in Kampala.

    Many observers welcomed the move stating that Sekaana’s experience is going to help especially at this time when Courts are waiting for electoral petitions.

    Sekaana represented a number of politicians including the independent Electoral Commission in the previous elections petitions.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How First Son Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Saved Kabushenga From Losing Juicy Job At Vision As CEO…

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    Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga

    It has been not an easy task for the first family to convince president Yoweri Museveni to renew the contract of Robert Kabushenga, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of vision group.

    Multiple credible sources have intimated to theGrapevine that for almost a year, Kabushenga has been running from one office to another pleading to those he thinks can convince President Museveni to renew his contract.

    “The man spent almost two days at Gen Salim Saleh’s home pleading to him to convince his brother to renew his contract until he told him that he had failed to persuade the old man,” one of Kabushenga’s best friends at vision group revealed.

    He added that Gen Saleh’s statements didn’t make the humble Kabushenga to give up.

    He decided to run to other first family members and the target was Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the first son, senior advisor to the president and also the commandant of the Special Forces Command (SFC).

    Sources revealed that several meetings were held between Kabushenga, Muhoozi and a one Alice Kaboyo, a close relative to Museveni on how they can convince the old man to renew Kabushenga’s contract.

    After several secret meeting, Kabs’ contract was renewed for two more years as the head of the vision group.

    Sources intimated to theGrapevine that even though Kabushenga’s contract was renewed, he was told that President Museveni is not happy with the way he has been running affairs at vision group.

    His peers advised him to make sure that by the end of the 2021 elections, the old man from Rwakitura is happy with his performance.

    Sources at vision group disclosed that for the last one year, since the expiry of his contract, Kabushenga has been a very frustrated boss, he has been spending much of the time out of office moving from one office to another in a bid to save his job.

    Recently, Kabushenga’s longtime enemy Joseph Tamale Mirundi who also doubles as the senior presidential advisor on media warned that Kabushenga should leave vision group.

    Mirundi has been moving from one radio station to another saying that Kabushenga refused to vacate office even though his contract expired and that President Museveni directed SFC commandos to go and evict him.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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