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    NUP To Challenge NRM Kayunga Victory In Court…

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    The National Unity Platform (NUP) has vowed to challenge Andrew Muwonge’s Kayunga victory in court.

    On Friday morning, Kayunga district election returning officer Kyobutungi Jennifer declared National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate Andrew Muwonge as the winner against NUP’s Harriet Nakwedde with 31830 votes. NUP’s Nakwedde garnered 31308 votes.

    NUP now says that having gathered all evidence in terms of Declaration of Results forms and tape recordings, they are now ready to go to court.

    While addressing the press at the NUP offices in Kampala, Nakwedde disclosed that her victory was robbed and that NRM’s Muwonge was just appointed as the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Kayunga District and not duly elected.

    “Our work was simple, to go to the people of Kayunga and ask them to vote for us they turned up in small numbers due to intimidation and they voted for the umbrella,” she said.

    She added,” Now we have undressed the police and EC, we are now coming for the judiciary. We want to expose your nakedness. We have all the evidence and we are bringing it to you.”

    Najja Nassiff, the Speaker of Wakiso District disclosed that they added their results within two hours using a computer system and went to EC to observe their tallying.

    “We realised that they were simply subtracting our votes and giving them to Muwonge,” he said.

    The Speaker of Wakiso District who was the head of NUP coordination team in Kayunga  said that although there was a lot of ballot stuffing in the morning, by close of the day, they were ahead of the NRM candidate by 15000 votes.

    He added that even after the declaration, the NUP team was not given the final tally sheet.

    NUP General Secretary however told the press that today morning (Monday), they wrote to EC requesting for the tally sheet but they were told that the Commission offices were closed  for Christmas.

    The EC Spokesperson Paul Bukenya however confirmed that NUP was not denied the final tally sheet.

    “I don’t know why they don’t have it but it was issued. It is a public document and it was issued. It is dated Friday and it is available,” Bukenya said.

    NUP President Robert Kyagulanyi said that he is looking forward to exposing the judiciary again having pulled out of the January Presidential Election petition before the Supreme court.

    “This is another opportunity to expose the judiciary the same way it was in January,” he said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Katanga Residents, Leaders Plead For Protection After Makerere University Threatens To Evict Them…

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    Bagonza the chairperson Busia zone

    Residents and leaders on the disputed land in Katanga suburb, Kawempe Division have appealed to authorities to protect them from threats of eviction by Makerere University.

    Led by the local leaders of Busia and Kimwanyi Local Council areas in Wandegeya Parish, the residents said that they are legally occupying their binanja after the High Court declared them bonafide occupants on the contested land.

    In 2015, High Court Judge Owiny Dollo, now the Chief Justice ruled that the Katanga Valley land was occupied by four family members and based on their licenses, they are now bonafide occupants whose rights are well protected under the laws governing ownership of land.

    In his ruling, Justice Dollo noted that the four families are Jonathan Yosamu Masembe, Bulasio Buyisi, George Kalimu and Samalie Nambogga.

    They were battling with Makerere University and the Commissioner for Land registration over the cancellation of their Land titles and ownership of the land by Makerere University.

    Makerere University disagreed with Dollo’s judgment and appealed the ruling in the Court of Appeal. The appeal is pending hearing and determination.

    It is alleged that Makerere University has on several occasions run to various offices asking for help and permission to destroy buildings and evict more than 50,000 residents including bibanja holders without following the due process of the law.

    In a joint statement, leaders led by the chairman of Busia Zone, Abdu Ssekajja, asked the authorities to restrain Makerere University authorities to desist from misleading the public about their stay on Katanga land.

    “We have read reports and statements calling us land grabbers but I want to put the record clear that we are binanja holders and the court ruled that we are occupying this land legally,” Ssekajja said.

    He further appealed to Makerere University authorities to prosecute their appeal rather than resorting to illegal means.

    According to Ssekajja, before making his ruling, justice Dollo visited the land and interacted with all parties before making his decision which remains in force until a higher court rules otherwise.

    He told reporters at their Local Council Offices in Katanga that all Makerere University has to do is to follow the legal procedure in order to resolve the dispute.

    His remarks follow an outcry in the media by Makerere University authorities who appealed to the government to come to their rescue and save their 10-acres of land in Katanga.

    In October last year, the High Court had to stop security agencies from arresting Katanga land occupants led by Pastor Daniel Walugembe in regards to the same dispute.

    Kampala City lord Mayor Erias Lukwago also asked Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) technical wing to halt the impending evictions in Katanga near Wandegeya to stave off what he described as undesired consequences.

    In a September 2nd, 2021 letter to the KCCA Executive Director, Mr. Lukwago warned that it will be a glaring breach of law for the physical planning directorate and the building control board to issue demolition orders and approve plans submitted by Makerere University before the Court of Appeal pronounces itself on the matter.

    “I am utterly shocked at the way KCCA management team gets embroiled in matters involving flouting of court orders” Lukwago noted.

    Lukwago said that matters concerning Katanga Valley land have been a subject of protracted legal battles stretching from 1993 to date.

    On September 15, Internal Affairs Minister, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire, directed the Inspector General of Police to guide members of the force to refrain from interfering with court orders not only in Katanga land matters but also in matters of similar nature.

    “Where a party is aggrieved, he or she should not use the Police force and the police force should not allow it to be used to defy a court order. The only course of action such a party should take should be to move to court to make a ruling on the matter,” Gen Otafiire wrote.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Drama In Makerere Medical Student Murder Trial, State Asks Judge To Throw Lawyers Alaka, Ochieng Out…

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    There was drama today at Mukono court during the hearing of a case in which Mathew Kirabo is on trial for the murder 19-year-old Makerere medical student Desire Mirembe.

    It all started when state prosecutor Ainebyona Happiness complained to the trial judge His Lordship Henry Kaweesa Isabirye about the new advocates who joined the defense team.

    Happiness expressed her dissatisfaction at the presence of counsel Caleb Alaka and counsel Evans Ochieng who joined Counsel Charles Dalton Opunya and counsel Ali Hassan Kato as defense lawyers.

    Happiness read to court the law which defines the act that was being done by the defense lawyers and asked the judge to guide her on that matter.

    “The Advocates conduct regulations 2 of the advocates Si267-2 indicates that no advocate shall represent any person without receiving instructions from that person,” she stated.

    This was however challenged by defense lawyer Dalton Opunya who claimed that regulation 2 of the advocates professional conduct Si267-2 allows the authorised agent of the accused person to allow other lawyers to participate.

    “My Lord, we were instructed to handle this matter. We agreed that I get other lawyers to assist us. I believe unless guided otherwise that I am authorised to add in lawyers with regulation Si267-2. We pray that the court continues with the current setup of four lawyers of the accused,” Counsel Opunya said.

    When the judge made a ruling on that matter, he said that the two counsels joined not as fully instructed counsels but as assistants.

    “I therefore instruct for purposes of this case and in the interest of proceeding forward that the two lawyers only play a peripheral role of assisting both counsels Opunya and Kato,” Judge Henry Isabirye ruled.

    The two counsels consented to the ruling.

    When the case proceeded, the judge asked the defense counsels to put their submissions in writing. They asked for more time.

    The judge later granted them more time to put their submissions in writing and also serve the State. He also gave State the whole day tomorrow upto 4:00PM to serve the defence counsels.

    The judge adjourned the matter to 28th, January, 2022 for a ruling of whether or not the suspect, Kirabo, has a murder case to answer or not.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Bobi Wine Blames Government For Failing To Help Fallen Local Investor Sembule…

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    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has blamed government for failing to help local businessman Christopher Sembuya when his business empire was collapsing.

    Kyagulanyi, who was one of the many politicians who witnessed Sembuya’s burial at Kikwayi village, Buikwe district begun with giving a brief background about Sembuya who passed away last week.

    Works and Transport minister Gen. Katumba Wamala laying wreath on Sembuya’s casket

    Sembuya understood the dynamic of doing business in Uganda and championed indigenous banking, industrialisation and broadcasting in Uganda.

    Sembuya started Sembule Investment Bank (now Bank of Africa), Pan World Insurance which turned into Lion Assurance and Cable International Television which then turned into WBS Television.

    Some of Sembuya’s family members paying tribute to the fallen investor

    The deceased also co-founded Sembule Group of Companies in 1971 and was proprietor of Sembule Steel Mills which was the first Ugandan founded company to manufacture steel products such as wire mesh and nails.

    According to Kyagulanyi, by 2000, Sembuule was a leading brand name in Industrialization across East Africa.

    Some of the prominent politicians who attended Sembuya’s burial

    Kyagulanyi also noted that when Sembule’s businesses ran into a financial trouble beginning around the 1990s and were eventually put under receivership, government still did not help.

    “It is a pity that until his death 2022, Mzee Ssembuya was still seeking government help of about Shs.18billion to revive his business empire,” the NUP president said.

     

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