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Our Lawyers Locked Their Clients Files In Arcades – Uganda Law Society Cries To Covid19 Survivor PM Rugunda, KACITA Warns M7….

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ULS boss Kinobe (L) with PM Rugunda (R)

Uganda Law Society (ULS) has cried out to Covid19 survivor Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda over closed city arcades.

In the letter signed by Simon Peter Kinobe, the ULS president told Rugunda that most of their members have been humiliated in court because of going there without case files of their clients.

“We bring to your attention that some of our members have their law firms in arcades. Therefore these members have not been able to practice the law without tools to use and yet courts are in operation. Some members have reached an extent of appearing before court without case files which has cast them in bad light as unprofessional and unprepared before officials in courts and before their clients,” Kinobe writes.

In further requested the Prime Minister who is also the head of the National Taskforce in the fight against Covid19 to direct landlords of these arcades where lawyers have law firms to allow them access their offices following the guidelines put in places by the Ministry of Health.

ULS letter comes on the heels of a warning from Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) to the president.

KACITA warned the President that the more he keeps the arcades closed the more the pandemic will spread.

Issa Ssekitto, the publicity secretary of the association told theGrapevine that their members are now left with the option of operating their businesses by the roadside which is a more dangerous.

He explained that as the leaders of the traders, they mobilized their members to keep a social distance when operating their businesses in arcades and they were sure that if opened, they were going to respect this and other Covid19 SOPs but now that the President extended their stay in lockdown, they have nothing to do apart from leaving them to look for all methods to survive in this crisis.

Sekitto explained that when most of their members spent months at home without working because of the lockdown, they ate their capital, that is why they are now struggling to come back.

Yesterday, President Museveni directed the national taskforce in the fight against Covid19 to sit with traders and see how they can solve the arcade issues and how they can open them.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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ANOTHER VIDEO OF MINISTER ACENG’S SUPPORTERS: Bobi Wine Brands Health Minister A Liar After Sharing Another Video Of Her Supporters In Procession…

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Another video of Uganda’s Health Minister, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has surfaced on social media showing her supporters in a procession.

Yesterday morning, pictures were circulating on social media showing the minister appearing to be addressing people without social distancing while some were not wearing masks, drawing criticism.

This attracted a lot of criticism from the masses with many Ugandans attacking the Minister for failing to practice what she is preaching.

In response to the criticism, the Minister said that she neither abandoned the social distancing rules put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus, nor was she campaigning as alleged.

“My attention is drawn to social media posts of pictures of me meeting crowds with no social distancing and no masks and even alleging that I was holding a political rally.I would like to reiterate that I was not holding a political rally. I was launching the distribution of face masks in Aromo Sub county and training people on how to properly use the masks on Friday 10 July 2020,” Aceng, who declared that she would be contesting for the Lira Municipality MP seat said.

Today morning, Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine shared a video of another procession by the minister’s supporters.

“This video shows a procession organised by Ms. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health, who is running for Woman Member of Parliament, Lira District on NRM ticket. Some of the people in the video are not wearing face masks. There is no social distance whatsoever. This is just one of the other gatherings she has convened from the time she announced her candidature. This is the same person who has signed regulations banning boda boda operations, religious gatherings, arcades’ operations, schools, etc,” Bobi Wine said.

He added, “While this was going on in Lira, Ugandans who gathered around a radio station in Jinja to merely wave at me were tear gassed, and others brutalised for ‘violating COVID regulations’! As the regime pushes for what they call a scientific election, NRM politicians across the country are organising public rallies and other gatherings. The same way they brutalised Hon. Zaake for giving food assistance to starving residents, while NRM politicians held rallies to distribute food.”

“There has never been a more shameless, more hypocritical, and more crass regime than the NRM regime. They are pathetic liars, always doing the opposite of what they preach.

I call upon all Ugandans to reject the nonsense of a scientific election. We must also stand in solidarity and reject the continued violation rights of citizens to earn a living in the name of enforcing COVID regulations!” he said.

This video shows a procession organised by Ms. Jane Ruth Aceng, Uganda’s minister for health, who is running for Woman…

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I Want Shs.10 Billion: New Details Emerge Why Gashumba Has Decided To Drag Army Bosses To Court Over His Arrest And Detention….

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Lt. Col. Akiiki and Gashumba (R)

Kampala businessman and Sisimuka Uganda boss Frank Gashumba through his lawyers of Kaganzi & Co Advocates and M/s Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates has threatened to drag the Deputy Spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Deputy Director of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Brigadier C.K. Asiimwe to court over his wrongful arrest.

It should be noted that in 2017, Gashumba was arrested and detained by the Military Intelligence after he went to CMI headquarters in Mbuya to check on his brother Innocent Kasumba alias Simon Mutabazi who had earlier been arrested for allegedly impersonating the Ministry of Defence officials.

He was later arraigned in court but Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate, Ms Stella Amabilis, dismissed the charges of fraud, forgery of documents and unlawful possession of drugs against Gashumba citing ‘lack of prosecution’ after the state failed to present a single witness but kept on asking for an adjournment.

In a letter dated Monday 29th June 2020, Gashumba wants Akiiki and Assimwe, in their personal capacity to Pay him UGX 10,000,000,000/- (ten billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury they caused to him during his arrest, detention and prosecution.

“On Monday, 30th October 2017 you wrongfully arrested our client at CMI offices in Mbuya; where he had gone to check on his brother; who you had arrested and kept incommunicado from Saturday. 28th October 2017. Our client’s arrest was allegedly premised on accusations that he had committed several crimes whose details you did not bother to disclose to him at the time of his arrest,” the letter reads in part.

He adds, “Despite the false nature of these allegations/accusations, you kept our client and his brother incommunicado and in illegal detention without producing them in a court of law beyond the 48 (forty eight) hours prescribed under the laws of Uganda During this time, you visited upon our client several other gross violations of his inherent fundamental human rights, including; carrying out an illegal search of his home and office premises, photos of which were taken and wantonly released to the press and published.”

“In further unmitigated and deliberate violation of our client’s inherent fundamental human rights, on Wednesday 1st November 2017 you wrongfully/illegally paraded our client and his brother while barefooted and in handcuffs, before the media/press. During this press briefing/public shaming exercise which was broadcasted live on major TV stations and online, several false allegations of commission of crimes were levelled against our client and the press was presented with several items and false claims to the effect that our client was using these items for criminal activities. Premised on your fore mentioned actions, our client’s photos and stories about him; with several unfounded and false allegations of criminal activities, were run by several print, radio, television and online media. These false allegations/accusations finally culminated in an ill-fated, spurious criminal court case vide Chief Magistrates Court of Kampala Buganda Road Criminal Case No. 925/2017 which was rightfully dismissed on the 7th day of November 2019.”

Gashumba says that the actions of the accused were deliberate, malicious and intended to dehumanise and irreparably tarnish our client’s good reputation in every sector of his livelihood.

“Consequent upon your fore mentioned acts and omissions, our client has suffered and continues to suffer gross injustice, severe damage to his good name/reputation, public shame/ridicule, untold mental anguish and significant economic loss, which you are jointly and severally liable to remedy.

Our client therefore demands that you immediately undertake the following remedial actions; Pay to our client the sum of UGX 10,000,000,000/- (fen billion Uganda Shillings) as compensation for the loss and injury caused to him by your fore mentioned actions/omissions,” he says.

Gashumba on Thursday released a statement in which he accussed Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Brig. C.K. Asiimwe of assuming the roles of judge, jury and executioner and causing terrible injuries to his livelihood and societal standing.

“The duo conspired and abused their esteemed positions in our country’s military institutions to torment me without any basis in law or fact, contrary to the constitutional and statutory mandate of these public bodies,” he noted.

When theGrapevine talked to Denis Nyombi of M/s Denis Nyombi & Co. Advocates, he said that they were instructed by their client to drag Akiiki and Assimwe to court.

However, a source close to Frank Gashumba disclosed to theGrapevine why Gashumba has decided to run to court now.

“It hurts Frank when people refer to that incident like Katikkiro Mayiga did and call him names. He now wants to clean up his image because everything that was done was illegally planned. That is why his accusers could not produce the evidences that they paraded before the media in court and that is why the case was dismissed. If indeed they had the evidence, why didn’t they produce it before the magistrate?”

Another source close to Gashumba disclosed that, “Frank and another big person (names withheld) in the Ministry of Finance we chasing a big deal in Sudan. The deal was about to mature, so this person decided to use some officers to have him inside the coolers for a week because by that time, the deal would have matured and he would be out. And indeed, he lost the deal.”

When we contacted Lt. Col. Akiiki for comment, he told us that he was busy but promised to get back to us. We could however not get to Brig. Assimwe for comment.

Gashumba and his brother upon arrest

GASHUMBA NARRATES ORDEAL:

On Monday, October 30, 2017, I learnt that my brother, Innocent Kasumba, had been abducted from his residence in Buziga and was in detention at the CMI Headquarters. I made my way there to establish the reasons for my brother’s predicament, only to be arrested and detained on the apparent orders of the aforesaid Brig. Asiimwe.

The following morning, I was transported to my home in Ggaba by over ten heavily armed and menacing operatives in a manner that is reserved for hardened criminals and terrorists of international infamy.

In combat style, the operatives took positions around my home. Without warrants, they entered and ransacked every room as they searched high and low for undisclosed items. Several photographs, including those of some members of my household were taken, ostensibly for “evidence gathering.

The same horror was visited on my office in Industrial Area that same morning where upon arrival, the entire floor that houses my working space was cordoned off, preventing others from accessing or leaving their suites on the floors above and below. Box files, computer drives and documents were rummaged and sequestered, upon departure. Curiously, a photojournalist from Vision Group appeared and enthusiastically took pictures of the surreal scene. Throughout this ordeal, I was bound by handcuffs which were not removed even when I sought to ease myself. I spent the night in detention at the CMI cells in Kireka. No access had been granted thus far to my lawyer or any of my family members.

The following day, at 1.00PM or thereabouts, my brother and I were handcuffed and spirited by a double cabin truck to the UPDF General Headquarters in Mbuya. Shortly before arrival, the accompanying operatives ordered us to take off the bathroom sandals we were wearing and disembark the vehicle, barefooted. We were led to a room where a forest of microphones and an array of flashing cameras were waiting, as journalists and reporters accosted us with questions and all manner of commentary. The aforesaid Lt. Col. Akiiki addressed the live press conference and showcased an assortment of items purportedly recovered during the warrantless searches of my house and office the day before—among them passports, stamps and marijuana—none of which I had ever seen. We were under unequivocal instruction not to utter a single word to the press corps or anyone else for that matter.

Having been charged, tried, convicted and sentenced in the media without so much as a hearing, we were whisked back to the detention facility in Kireka. Five days later, on Friday morning, in a spectacular reversal of the rules of criminal procedure, due process and natural justice, my brother and I were taken to the Central Police Station (CPS), and after two or so hours, arraigned at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court.

An astonishing twenty-eight (28) counts were proffered against me and bail was thereafter granted. To say that I was dumbstruck by these prejudicial actions is an understatement. Amongst the bail terms was a fortnightly appearance which I have honoured no less than twenty-two (22) times.

For all the theatrics that the authorities engaged in during my arrest and detention, including the alleged recoveries of items at my residence and office, no single witness or material evidence has ever been presented or adduced by the prosecution. Inevitably, the case was dismissed on November 7, 2019. With the benefit of hindsight, it is more than apparent to me and any observer that the events narrated above were orchestrated to embarrass, demean, and demonise me in the court of public opinion. Consequently, not only have I suffered mental anguish and derision but have also lost out on numerous commercial undertakings and incurred financial loss. Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki and Brig. C.K. Asiimwe assumed the roles of judge, jury and executioner and visited these terrible injuries to my livelihood and societal standing. The duo conspired and abused their esteemed positions in our country’s military institutions to torment me without any basis in law or fact, contrary to the constitutional and statutory mandate of these public bodies.

 

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Katureebe Starts Enjoying Retirement, Receives Two Posh Brand New Cars, Lawyer Vows To Challenge Retired CJ’s Benefits In Regional Court…

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Retired Chief Justice (CJ) Bart Magunda Katureebe has started enjoying his juicy retirement package as stipulated in the Judiciary Administration Law 2020.

In the new law, the retired CJ is supposed to be given a brand-new car worth shs400m, retire with his salary, medical allowances, security and other privileges.

Even before a month elapses since the day President Yoweri Museveni signed the Judiciary Administration bill into law, Katureebe has started receiving his benefits, on Thursday, he was seen being driven in a Land Cruiser VX V8 registration number UG 0859J and pickup UG O647J for his sharp shooters.

Credible sources at the Supreme Court in Kololo where both vehicles were later packed told theGrapevine that the old vehicles were ‘dumped’ at the High Court criminal division which is also the headquarters of the judiciary as they wait for the new Chief Justice.

However other credible sources in the office of the Permanent Secretary and secretary to judiciary told theGrapevine that Katureebe’s old vehicles were given to junior judicial officers because many CJs don’t want to use their predecessors’ vehicles.

“When a Chief Justice is appointed, he must be given new convoy, it has been the trend, even Katureebe refused the vehicles which were used by Benjamin Odoki,” the source explained.

This website further established that surprisingly, the retired Principle Judge Yolokam Bamwine is still using his old car and the current Principle Judge Flavian Zeije is also using his old car which he was driving when he was a High Court judge.

In the same development, controversial lawyer Male Mabirizi has vowed to challenge the Judicial Administration law in the East African court.

Mabirizi insists that during the passing of the said law, there was no required quorum.

He says that the law is illegal and breaches Uganda’s muster law the Constitution as well as the principles of good governance including Rule of Law, Democracy and universally acceptable standards of Human Rights.

He explains that section 21(2) which grants a retired Chief Justice monthly retirement benefits equivalent to the salary payable to a sitting Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice and other benefits payable to retired senior judicial officers as per the new law contravene the principle of good governance since it does not make common sense for a country to spend on a retired public servant as if he is active.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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