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    OPINION: Museveni Is The Chief Guarantor Of Justice In Uganda…

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    The principle of bail and the principal on bail; which way Uganda? To grant capital offender murderers bail or not? All murderers, obviously, deserve to be in jail or wherever their acts consign them to be.

    World over, from time immemorial, they have always faced the full wrath of the law. Taking another person’s life is the most abhorred of all human wrongs.

    A hurdle standing in the way of putting murderers where they belong, even before President Museveni pointed it out, has always been (unjustified) bail. Bail is a Constitutionally-guaranteed right, as of now, but has it served the purpose? Hasn’t bail for capital offenders worked to defeat justice, some of whom return to the communities and continue threatening or killing other people, to and or defeat justice by interfering with the due process of law? Others have disappeared in thin air, leaving the blood of their victims wailing in the wilderness.

    Uganda’s criminal justice system is premised on the “presumption of innocence” before trial and conviction but I think that this is confusing. Why arrest and arraign someone if he or she is innocent? Shouldn’t the process be that you “try someone” -using proper investigation tools-away from court so that by the time they are arrested and arraigned they have been found culpable beyond reasonable doubt, and are likely to be fully condemned? I am not sure how that would work but it seems the most plausible route to take other than pretending that someone in court is as innocent as one who is beyond suspicion and is, in fact, not a murderer.

    The court system is theatrical in a way that someone is caught in the act or seen clearly or tracked and placed at the scene of a murder, then in the courtroom the whole trail is sidelined and a game of dramatics starts, surprising the culprits themselves. Yes, investigators are sometimes not up to the task but if there is insufficient proof of someone’s involvement in a crime, then they should not be tampered with until there are concrete leads so that when that person is called to answer charges, the process is expeditious, thorough and conclusive.

    Nobody likes murderers; they are the worst human beings anyone can come in contact with. But they live freely with the rest of us in society, some of them unreformed serial offenders, even when they have previously been jailed.

    Corruption has also reared its devilish head in the bail process, turning it into a mockery where any payer gets his or her wish while their victims are locked six feet under with maggots. Many times, intelligence has foolproof leads on murderers but when presented to the open court system, all the ingredients are diluted. Compared to the number of dead bodies that are found strewn in many places, even counting those whose cases have come to court, we have seen too few of those involved nailed satisfactorily.

    I think this is why the president is frustrated with the whole bail thing because he is well informed. It’s also the underlying factor for the increase in cases of mob justice. Crowds of ordinary citizens have little expertise on assessing culpability and are beyond control but they act with finality. That’s the finality with which the court system should operate, bringing together all the professionals involved to outdo the “public court” in all aspects of delivering justice.

    It does not do rounding up people without undoubted justification. Since the victims are already dead and cannot be brought back to life whether their killers are found or not, the only rush should be about tightening the loose ends on cases until a point where there is predictability of the likelihood of securing conviction. Criminal cases do not expire and can always be followed up.

    I don’t know how the discussion on bail will go but if it requires a Constitutional amendment, then that can be attempted. Failing that, then reliance on proper gathering of evidence and non-interference in the case is the only way out to rid our communities and streets of people with blood on their hands. We live in fear daily because of not knowing which killer is in our midst and targeting us as next victims. Knowing Museveni, such fears of the people concern him. I watched a clip of him from the 1980s saying he could not tolerate the idea of a Ugandan being killed and there is no answer from the authorities as to who did. Apart from human authorities, we now have “scientific authorities” such as CCTV cameras, sniffer dogs and other modern ways of detecting criminals. How can we fail?

    Uganda is not a lawless state and the security agencies and courts are well aware of the legal width they enjoy in execution of their jobs. I believe that nobody who has committed crime and is wanted to answer for the same should be left scot-free. But at the same time, they should be handled humanely, with their rights, including legal representation and bail, respected. But the bail should be justifiable beyond reasonable doubt.

    The difference between what happens under NRM and previous regimes is that those who are called to face the law live to see tomorrow unlike back then when they were never to be seen again or given a chance to plead any charges such as the late chief justice, Benedicto Kiwanuka. Today, suspects are picked up and conveyed into lawful custody so as to contain them and acquire their innocence through a transparent process.

    Is there anybody out there who imagines that the current Chief Justice can ever be picked from his chambers like a grasshopper, treated to a one-man trial and executed for disagreeing with the president on anything, including on “bail politics”? Impossible!

    Museveni is the chief guarantor of justice, law and order. He cannot interfere with due processes or undo the good he has done or apply law indiscriminately. Whatever it is that he is advocating is for the good, wellbeing and lives of Ugandans.

     

    By Faruk Kirunda is Deputy Press Secretary to

    H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda.

    Contact: kirundaf2@gmail.com

    0776980486/0702980486

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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