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Shocking Revelations Of Sexual Abuse Of Nuns By Priests And Bishops

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Revelations that a prominent U.S. cardinal sexually abused and harassed his adult seminarians have exposed an egregious abuse of power that has shocked Catholics on both sides of the Atlantic. But the Vatican has long been aware of its heterosexual equivalent — the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops — and done little to stop it, an Associated Press analysis has found.

An examination by the AP shows that cases of abused nuns have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the sisters’ second-class status in the church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it.

Yet some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by the #MeToo movement and the growing recognition that even adults can be victims of sexual abuse when there is an imbalance of power in a relationship. The sisters are going public in part to denounce years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s.

“It opened a great wound inside of me,” one nun told the AP. “I pretended it didn’t happen.” Wearing a full religious habit and clutching her rosary, the woman broke nearly two decades of silence to tell AP about the moment in 2000 when the priest to whom she was confessing her sins forced himself on her, mid-sacrament.

The assault — and a subsequent advance by a different priest a year later — led her to stop going to confession with any priest other than her spiritual father, who lives in a different country. The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican. However, this week, about half a dozen sisters in a small religious congregation in Chile went public on national television with their stories of abuse by priests and other nuns — and how their superiors did nothing to stop it.

A nun in India recently filed a formal police complaint accusing a bishop of rape, something that would have been unthinkable even a year ago. And cases in Africa have come up periodically; in 2013, for example, a well-known priest in Uganda wrote a letter to his superiors that mentioned “priests romantically involved with religious sisters” — for which he was promptly suspended from the church until he apologized in May.

“I am so sad that it took so long for this to come into the open, because there were reports long ago,” Karlijn Demasure, one of the church’s leading experts on clergy sexual abuse and abuse of power, told AP in an interview.

The Vatican declined to comment on what measures, if any, it has taken to assess the scope of the problem globally, or to punish offenders and care for victims. A Vatican official said it is up to local church leaders to sanction priests who sexually abuse sisters.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the issue, said the church has focused much of its attention on protecting children, but that vulnerable adults “deserve the same protection.”

“Consecrated women have to be encouraged to speak up when they are molested,” the official told AP. “Bishops have to be encouraged to take them seriously, and make sure the priests are punished if guilty.”

But being taken seriously is often the toughest obstacle for sisters who are sexually abused, said Demasure, until recently executive director of the church’s Center for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the church’s leading think tank on the issue.

“They (the priests) can always say ‘she wanted it,’” Demasure said. Demasure said many priests in Africa, for example, struggle with traditional and cultural beliefs in the importance of having children. Novices are particularly vulnerable because they often need a letter from their parish priest to be accepted into certain religious congregations.

“And sometimes they have to pay for that,” she said. And when these women become pregnant?

“Mainly, she has an abortion. Even more than once. And he pays for that. A religious sister has no money. A priest, yes,” she said. There can also be a price for blowing the whistle.

In 2013, the Rev. Anthony Musaala in Kampala, Uganda, wrote a letter to members of the local Catholic establishment about “numerous cases” of alleged sex liaisons of priests, including with nuns. He was suspended until he issued an apology in May, even though Ugandan newspapers regularly report cases of priests caught in sex escapades.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, leader of the Ugandan conference of bishops, told the AP that allegations against individual priests should not be used to smear the whole church. “Individual cases must be treated as individual cases,” he said. The reports in the 1990s were prepared by members of religious orders for top church officials. In 1994, the late Sr. Maura O’Donohue wrote about a six-year, 23-nation survey, in which she learned of 29 nuns who had been impregnated in a single congregation.

Nuns, she reported, were considered “safe” sexual partners for priests fearing infection with HIV from prostitutes or other women.

The reports were never meant to be made public, but the U.S. National Catholic Reporter put them online in 2001. To date, the Vatican hasn’t said what, if anything, it ever did with the information.
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FULL 21-PAGE LETTER: I Can No Longer Work For You – Jennifer Musisi Resigns As KCCA ED

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The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Jennifer Musisi Semakula has resigned after seven years at the helm.

In a letter dated today 15th October 2018, Musisi told his boss that she can no longer work as ED and thanked him for giving her the opportunity.

Below is the full letter from Musisi.

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AG Byaruhanga, Petroleum Authority Boss Sekatawa Snub Court In The Shs 6bn Presidential Hand Shake Suit

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William Byaruhanga the government Attorney General and Ali Sekatawa the legal officer Uganda Petroleum Authority snubbed court in the Shs 6bn presidential handshake case. Brian Kabayinza a lawyer representing Sekatawa who bagged Sh242m in this cash bonanza after winning Oil cases against Heritage Oil and Tullow Oil told court that Byaruhanga and Sekatawa were unable to attend court as they were told.

He said that at night, Sekatawa informed him that he was summoned by the president to appear before him on the Petroleum issues that is why he couldn’t attend.

“My lord, since he is the legal officer in charge of the petroleum Authority in the country, Mr. Sekatawa the petitioner in this matter told me that he can’t come today because the president had summoned them,” Kabayinza told High Court Judge Andrew Bashaija who was presiding over the case.

He also informed court that even the witness who the petitioners has paraded to testify to court was also in the same meeting with the president. He said that Byaruhanga attended the presidential meeting because he is the official legal adviser to the government and prayed for an adjournment.

Stina Chrotic and Solomon Kirunda the lawyers representing parliament which is a defendant in this case were ready to squeeze and cross-examine Byaruhanga on why he abandoned parliament’s decision to adopt a report recommending the return of the Sh6bn presidential hand shake. The lawyers from both sides agreed to the adjournment of the matter.

The Judge adjourned the case to 26th February 2019. Sekatawa petitioned court for judicial review after disagreeing with the parliamentary committee on Statutory, Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) by then chaired by Abdul Katuntu findings and recommendations. The committee recommended that the 42 government officials should return the money and that the Inspector General of Government should investigate them further.

However, in his petition, Sekatawa, the former legal officer Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) says that the committee’s proceedings were conducted in a manner that contravened the principles of natural justice.  He stated that on January 19,2017, Mbarara Municipality member of parliament Michael Tumusiime moved a motion seconded by Anita Among (Bukedea Women MP) Elijah Okupa (Kasilo MP) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East MP) urging parliament to investigate the circumstances under which Sh6bn was paid to the 42 government officials.

Sekatawa says that Tumusiime’s actions were illegal because parliament relied on unauthorized documents from highly questionable sources; he says that no formal record existed before parliament from relevant government institution in regards to the allegations made in the motion and no verification was done of the same prior to passing the motion. He insisted that the motion was moved contrary to Article 163 of the constitution which specifically empowers the Auditor General to audit the public expenditures and report to the legislature.

“As a result, parliament and more specially COSASE did not have legal mandate or ability to investigate the financial expenditures of entities prior to their evaluation by the office of the Auditor General as envisaged by law,” Sekatawa stated in his affidavit.

ekatawa also attacks COSASE chairperson Abdul Katuntu (Bugweri MP) and his deputy by then Medard Sseggona Lubega (Busiro East MP) for having conflict of interest and thus conflicted on the matter since they were members of the legal committee and the parliamentary affairs committee which he says summoned the same government officers, queried expenditures on arbitration cases and eventually approved the budgets.

He added that COSASE didn’t give enough time to the beneficiaries of the presidential reward to be heard thus denying them right to a fair hearing which contravenes Articles 20(1)and 3,28(1),42 and 44 of the constitution.  Sekatawa says that during the course of the hearing, members of COSASE committee exhibited apparent bias. “This was evidenced in the manner in which they conducted the inquiry,” he stated. He also wants court to interpret Article 98 and 99 of the constitution on whether the president as a fountain of honour has discretionary executive powers to reward public servants. Among the beneficiaries of the bonanza included Uganda National Roads Authority boss Allen Kagina, Uganda Revenue Authority boss  Doris Akol,  Kampala  Capital City Authority Boss Jennifer Musisi and others government officials.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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INVISIBLE HAND: Bamugemereire Cries Out As Land Grabbers In Government Financially Starve Her, Deny Her Money

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It seems justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s commission of inquiry into land matters has started feeling the strong invisible hand of the land grabbers in government.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission admitted today that her commission is financially starved.

“What the public needs to know is that even though they have been calling us everywhere for the last four months, we cannot go there because we do not have any provision (financially), we have zero operational fund. Hence, it’s a difficult for us to move everywhere the public calls us. It’s painful to see our staff who are working for us not paid for that period, it’s painful,” Bamugemereire stated.

She revealed that for the last four months, the concerned people who are supposed to give the commission funds have failed to allocate money to facilitate the commission’s work.

She said that they have kept silent for all this time without money but they were touched when the residents of Mubende and Lusanja were brutally evicted from their land and their homes were demolished by greedy land grabbers and court bailiffs.

Bamugemereire stated that the commission has been investigating the land where people were evicted from and they advised court not to issue any order evicting locals because the commission had received the people’s complaints.

She noted that what surprised them as a commission is to see hooligans demolishing people’s house maliciously. Bamugemereire asked the judiciary and the Uganda police to come out and condemn whatever happened over the weekend when city tycoon Medard Kiconco and Court bailiff Moses Kirunda evicted people in Lusanja Nangabo county Wakiso District and the eviction which took place at Mubende District.

The commission also issued summons against Kiconco and Kirunda to appear before the commission this week to testify why they maliciously evicted innocent people from their land.  Bamugemereire’s remarks were supported by the commission’s lead counsel Ebert Byenkya who stated that due to lack of facilitation, the commission is now only handling cases which don’t need a lot of money like facilitating witnesses and complainants to come and testify before the commission.

He said that for the commission to conclusively investigate a matter, they have to call all the concerned parties to testify but some tell them that they don’t have money to transport themselves to the commission headquarters in Wandegeya Kampala.

He added that the commission also has to send its investigators to the ground to get evidence from on any matter and they need facilitation to do the work properly.

The Commission’s outcry for financial facilitation comes when government Ministers and officials threatened to fight the commission after it started investigating their involvement in deadly land grabbing deals and mismanaging of the public funds allocated to Uganda land fund which was supposed to buy land from land lords to benefit tenant.

Among the minister who declared war on the commission include, Betty Among (lands minister), Persis Namuganza (state minister lands), Matia Kasaija  (Finance minister), Hillary Onek (Minister for Disaster preparedness), Keith Muhakaniza among others.

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