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    Speaker Among Served With Court Summons As Lawyer Warns MPs On Scraping Private Prosecution…

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    Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among

    On 30th August 2023, the Office of the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among received Court Summons informing her that Kumi Chief Magistrate will kick off the hearing of criminal charges instituted against her on 27th September 2023.

    According to the summons seen by this reporter, the Chief Magistrate will hear the application filed by city lawyer Male Mabirizi challenging the actions of the Kumi Resident Senior State Attorney (RSSA) to take over his criminal case against Among and other 23 suspects.

    Mabirizi based on Section 48(1) of the Magistrate Courts Act which states that, “Where the person summoned is in the active Government service. Summons shall ordinarily be sent in duplicate to the head of the office in which that person is employed”.

    Last month, Mabirizi instituted criminal charges against A1. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, A2. Among Annet Anita, A.3 Tayebwa Thomas, A4. Achieng Jane Ruth, A5. Ogwang Peter, A6. Mbayo Esther, A7. Michael Mawanda Maranga, A8. Magogo Moses, A9. Kabanda David, A10. Kimosho Dan, A11 and Igeme Nathan Nabeeta, A12.

    Other included; Amongin Jacqueline, A13. Achayo Juliet, A14. Muwuma Milton, A15. Namujju Cissy, A16. Amooti Bright, A17. Auma Hellen, A18. Isiagi Patrick, A19. Rwakajara Arinaitwe, A20. Tanda Odoi, A21. Derrick Orone, A22. Bagaruhare Balam Ateenyi, A23 Kyeyune Haruna Kasolo, A24.

    In his private prosecution charge sheet, Mabirizi claims that on Monday 14th August, 2023 at Kachumbala Mission Health Centre II Play Ground, Kachumbala town, Kachumbala Sub County, Bukedea district, the accused persons with others still at large under an unlawful society called MK Movement/ MK Army organised, managed and addressed a political gathering and made public political statements and performed political activities which were believed to constitute charges of managing unlawful society contrary to Section 56(1), 56(2)(a)(v) and 57 of the Penal Code Act, Cap 120.

    Mabirizi further slapped the accused persons with charges of holding out as being a member of an unlawful society contrary to Sections 56(1)(a)(v) of the Penal Code Act.

    He also charged them with the offence of Conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Sections 180 of the UPDF Act 2005 and 390 of the Penal Code Act.

    Other charges are uttering a speech likely or calculated to encourage the support of an unlawful society contrary to Sections 56(1), 56(2)(a)(v), 58(c) of the Penal Code Act.

    The accused persons are also charged with the offence of scandalous conduct by officers, Conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline, Disobedience of statutory duty, Common nuisance and Conspiracy to commit misdemeanors.

    In the same development, Mabirizi has also warned Among, her deputy and Members of Parliament not to participate in the move to scrap Private Prosecution from the laws of Uganda.

    Last week, parliament granted Paul Akamba, the Busiki County MP leave to introduce a private member’s bill, seeking to end private prosecution in Uganda and have it reserved only for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Inspector General of Government (IGG).

    In his argument, Akamba pointed out loopholes in the 52year old Magistrates Courts Act Chapter 16 that commenced in January 1971 that gives private individuals in Section 42 (1)(c) the right to make a complaint as provided in subsection (3) and apply  for the issuance of a warrant or a summons in the  Magistrates Act in section 42(3).

    He insisted that reliance on the magistrate alone and local chief of an area can’t be equated to the arms of the two offices (the DPP and IGG) that work together with other security agencies for collection of water tight evidence.

    He added that the DPP’s take over or discontinuation of private criminal proceedings is intended to guarantee the credibility of process.

    Akamba was supported by human rights lawyer Asuman Basalirwa who is also the Bugiri Municipality MP who seconded the motion.

    Basalirwa argued that the framers of the constitution did envisage that matters of prosecution are a preserve of the DPP and although there are provisions under the same constitution that allow private prosecutions, ultimately, the same constitution allows the DPP to take over all private prosecutions.

    Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuzi protested the move by the speaker granting Akamba leave to present the said amendments noting that they should first give them time to come up with a legal opinion.

    However, in his letter, Mabirizi cited Rule 127 of Rules of Procedure of Parliament, 2021 provides that, “A Bill, Motion or amendment shall not be introduced in the House which is… likely to result in the derogation from the enjoyment of any of the particular human rights and freedoms specified in article 44 of the Constitution”.

    He added that the Speaker of parliament who presided over parliament which granted Akamba leave to introduce the amendment is very biased since the presiding officer (Speaker Among) is facing Criminal Private Prosecution at Kumi Chief Magistrate’s Court.

    He further noted that other top legislators and ministers who supported the move to grant Akamba leave like Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, Basalirwa, Mathias Mpuuga are all facing private prosecution at City Hall magistrate’s court; that is the reason why they are supporting the said amendments.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Leaders Of Traders Panicking After M7 Directs Investigation Over Allegations Of An Invisible Foreign Hand Fueling Their Strikes To Sabotage Economy…

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    L-R: Some of the leaders of traders: Godfrey Katongole, David Kabanda and Thadeus Musoke

    Kampala Metropolitan Senior Minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has exclusively confirmed to theGrapevine that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the country’s intelligence organs and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to investigate the alleged invisible hand behind traders’ leadership.

    She explained that preliminary investigations have established that some leaders of traders who are advocating for endless strikes are biased in their decisions because there is an invisible hand pushing them with an agenda of sabotaging the country’s economy and creating an ungovernable situation.

    “We know whatever they are planning. Our people are on ground, so they should stand warned,” Kabanda said.

    She revealed that President Museveni was shocked to establish that in Kampala city alone, traders have more than 30 associations and each one of them has command.

    This has created suspicion and the need for an investigation to establish their true motives.

    The development comes at a time when traders are threatening to go into a two months strike without opening their shops in the city center if president Museveni doesn’t address their demands including the banning of the Electronic Receipting and Invoicing System (EFRIS).

    On 7th May 2024, Museveni directed Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to sit down with leaders of traders and sort out their differences.

    The President guided that once these leaders and URA agree, they should make a joint report which they should read to him and other traders on 20th of June 2024 at Kololo independence grounds.

    However, before that meeting, Minister Kabanda has disclosed that Museveni is set to meet leaders of traders in the State House to have some issues sorted out noting that government is doing everything in its power to make sure that what happened on 7th May 2024 never happens again.

    She explained that it was bad for traders to shout at the President and embarrass senior government officials to the extent of accusing some of corruption insisting that traders’ behavior sent a warning signal to government that there must be an invisible hand influencing and facilitating them.

    theGrapevine has established that the leadership of Kampala City Traders Association(KACITA) led by Thadeus Musoke Nagenda, Federation of Uganda Traders Association(FUTA), Katukazane Shoe Dealers, Kampala Arcaders Advocacy Forum, United Arcarders Traders Enterprenuers Association,  Uganda Needy and Squatters Association have resolved to join hands and strategise on how to come up with a common voice before the President.

    Highly placed sources in intelligence have revealed to theGrapevine that all eyes are on David Kabanda who is being investigated for working for some opposition bigwigs who promised him support in the coming elections.

    Sources said that Kabanda wants to become the city councilor on Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s council.

    However, veteran journalist and the Senior presidential advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi advised Museveni not to take lightly statements made in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that King Charles’s leadership should influence regime change in Uganda.

    He explained that the western powers are going to use all the available means to sabotage Museveni’s leadership insisting that there is invisible hand in traders’ frequent strikes.

    But a section of KACITA leadership told theGrapevine that there are people in President Museveni’s government who are facilitating the creation of endless traders associations with the aim of benefiting from them and fighting the unity among traders.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    INSIDE STORY: How M7 Grilled CMI Boss After His Wealth Shocked Him…

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    Before President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni made the latest changes in the top command of military intelligence agency where he changed from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) to Defence Intelligence and Security (DIS), he was shocked at how one of the top commandant was accumulating a lot of wealth in a very short period.

    Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda recently revealed that Museveni was shocked recently while driving in a certain part of the country when he saw a mega farm sitting on land measuring more than one and half square miles.

    Ssemujju narrated that the farm was newly established with modern equipment and thousands of very expensive breeds of cattle which forced him to ask his private operatives to investigate which tycoon owned the farm

    He was shocked to learn that one of the CMI commandants is the owner of the farm.

    Ssemujju disclosed that immediately, Museveni summoned the said CMI boss and quizzed him on where he got all the money he used to establish the said modern farm at his young age.

    Ssemujju explained that Museveni was very bitter with the said senior operative and accussed him of mismanaging public funds which are supposed to be used in gathering information to protect the country and its citizens.

    He added that because the seasoned operative was aware that before Museveni summoned him, he had made thorough investigations and was equipped with information, he decided to tell him the truth to survive.

    The senior operative told the President how he got the billions he used to buy the land, compensate the tenants who were occupying it, modernizing it and buying high breed cows from a Chinese.

    “He told him that he got the man from a Chinese investor. The president is very aware that most of his government officials get rich from getting bribes from investors and other corruption deals. So don’t be deceived that he can fight corruption because even in the case of that military officer, he left him to go without directing any prosecution against him,” Ssemujju said while appearing on Radio Simba’s Olutindo program hosted by senior political journalist Peter Kibazo.

    On several occasions, Museveni has disclosed that that he knows how his government officials are getting bribes from Chinese investors.

    Ssemujju explained that when Museveni’s government officials get information that a certain person is deployed in an office which is well facilitated with billions money, they make sure that they fight him and that is what they did to former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura and others because they controlled fat budgets.

    He revealed that even with the ongoing political turmoil against Annet Anita Among, there might be government officials fueling her troubles because she had become a threat to their political careers much as there are those also who want to be speakers of parliament.

    He confirmed that like Mbabazi and Kayihura, Among is currently the second most powerful person in the country next to President Museveni which has fetched her trouble.

    “They only fear Gen. Salim Saleh because he is a brother to Museveni but if it was not so, he would have also been fought like Kayihura, Mbabazi and others,” Ssemujju said.

    He made the statements days after the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates issued sanctions against Among on allegations of corruption.

    President Museveni directed the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka to follow up the allegation and force the United Kingdom government to provide evidence.

    The Office of the Inspector General of Government confirmed that Among did not declare the alleged properties in the United Kingdom and United Arabs Emirates.

    Among also assured the country that she owns nothing in the foreign countries claiming that western countries are targeting her because of the Homosexuality law.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Lawyer Kalali Justice Nkonge Clash Over Court Case File…

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    Lawyer Steven Kalali (R) and High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya (L)

    Controversial lawyer Steven Kalali has clashed with High Court judge Alexandra Nkonge Rugadya over a Court Case File.

    The disagreement resulted from Kalali’s prayer where is was asking the presiding officer not to kick off his case because she was not going to conclude his entire case.

    He submitted that Justice Nkonge is set to retire early this year and the time she has left in public service is to clear the cases on her desk not to get fresh files like his.

    However, the judge disagreed with Kalali insisting that she has to hear the matter at all cost which forced Kalali to threaten to file a recuse application against her.

    This is not the first time that a retiring judge feel bad when asked to leave the matter to another judge because of their remaining time in the public service.

    Justice Joseph Mulangira faced off with lawyers led by Arthur Ssempebwa of Katende Ssempebwa and Company Advocates in the divorce case filed by city Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo of House of Prayers Ministries International against their client Teddy Naluswa Bujjingo.

    Justice Wilson Musane Musene was forced by the principal judge to hand over the office and officially go into retirement.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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