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



    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



    Gloves Off As Prime Minister Nabbanja Declares War On Minister Lumumba Over UN Trip…



    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja (R) and minister Kasule Lumumba (L)

    Furious Prime Minister who also doubles as the Kakumiro district woman Member of Parliament Robinah Nabbanja Musafiiri has declared a war on Justine Kasule Lumumba the minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister over the recent trip to United States of America to attend the United Nations Assembly.

    Nabbanja revealed that she was surprised to see Lumumba attending the Assembly meeting because she was not given permission from her as the leader of government business who is responsible for giving ministers and government officials permission to travel abroad.

    She explained that she kept quiet while in US. However, when they immediately landed at Entebbe, she issued a directive not to refund any money to Lumumba and the people she travelled with because they traveled on their own.

    “She will not bring here her fighting practices she has exhibited where she came from. We don’t even have that slot of the minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister. I directed that she should not receive a refund for the money she used in that trip,” a furious Nabanja told CBS radio.

    She added that she was told that Lumumba was part of the delegation that went with Jessica Alupo the vice president whom Nabbanja said does not have authority to ask because she is her boss.

    She however explained that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni gave her the green light to travel to the UN Assembly.

    Nabbanja noted that for her to travel to the US to attend the UN Assembly, she first received a special invitation from the UN and report to the president who allowed her to travel.

    She said that while in the US, she meet a number of investors on the sideline of the UN Assembly who picked interest to invest their money in Uganda.

    She added that she also met some of the top leaders of the World Bank who promised her that very soon, they are going to lift the ban they slapped on Uganda because of the Anti-Homosexuality Act passed by the parliament and signed by President Museveni.

    Nabbanja denied allegations that she travelled with a huge delegation including his physical trainer.

    She divulged that she traveled with only five people and among them was his bodyguard, protocol officers and others.

    She threatened to take legal action against the Monitor Publication adding that some papers are used to fight her by publishing malicious stories which put her in bad light before right thinking members of socity.

    “They wrote that I stole Shs9bn which was allocated to teach youths how to drink coffee, yet the money was misused before I was even appointed a prime minister. Enough is enough, I’m going to act against them and you will hear the results,” a furious Nabbanja threatened.

    She explained that her predecessors used to travel abroad with huge delegations but they were never publicised as it was done to her.

    It is on this note that she alleged that her enemies are using the media to put her down but vowed to go down fighting.

    Hamson Obua the government Chief Whip in parliament revealed that during the NRM parliamentary caucus meeting at State House Entebbe, Nabbanja and Alupo were given the opportunity by the president to clear the air over the huge delegation they both traveled with to UN Assembly. They both denied the allegations.

    theGrapevine has established that there has been a silent war between Nabbanja and Lumumba with the Prime Minister accusing Lumumba of disrespecting her and backbiting her.

    Before being appointed a minister, Lumumba, who was the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Secretary General had a bad working relationship with Dr. Tanga Odoi the party Electoral Commission chairperson.

    theGrapevine made efforts to get a comment from Lumumba over her boss’ allegations against her but her known phone numbers were not going through.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Brig. Gen. Ddamulira Advised To Clear Air On Allegation Of Shielding Criminal Gangs To Avoid Ending Up Like Gen. Kayihura…



    Criminal Intelligence boss Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira

    Uganda’s representative to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) James Kakooza has advised the nonsense police’s Director for Criminal Intelligence Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserujogi to come up openly and clear the air on allegation made against him of shielding criminal gangs in Kampala city and Metropolitan areas because he fears a nasty ending like former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura.

    Kakooza revealed that when Gen. Kayihura was at the helm of police leadership, allegations were made against him that he used criminal gangs to solve political questions.

    Kakooza narrated that he severally pleaded with Kayihura that if the allegations are true, he should stop because it was soiling his name.

    He added that Gen. Kayihura’s enemies based on his cooperation with criminal gangs to fabricate criminal allegations against him including pinning him over his involvement in the high level murders in the country.

    He stated that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni based on the said allegation to fire Kayihura from police leadership and ordered for his arrest and prosecution in the court martial.

    “If president Museveni didn’t handle Gen Kayihura’s issues with maturity and experience, he would have ended up being sentenced to death or life imprisonment because the allegations placed on him were very treasonous. So my young brother Brig. Gen. Ddamulira should come out and clear the air on those allegations put against him,” Kakooza stated.

    He added that Brig. Gen. Ddamulira’s statement will not only cleared him but it will also clear the good name of the UPDF institution.

    Kakooza’s advice comes days after Kira Municipality legislator and also the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda accused Brig. Gen. Ddamulira of shielding criminals that beat up FDC delegates and stole their belongings both at Busabala and Katonga where they had gone to attend the Extra-Ordinary Delegates Conference summoned by party national chairperson Wasswa Birigwa.

    The Observer newspaper journalist Baker Batte also accused the criminal gang of stealing his brand new laptop.

    However, while speaking to theGrapevine, Batte confirmed that his latotop was recovered by Katwe police even though they have not yet handed it over to him.

    The ghetto leadership in Kampala city, Mukono, Wakiso districts also issued a statement asking Ssemujju to apologize to Brig. Gen. Ddamulira for tarnishing his name that he is shielding criminal gangs in the city.

    Shafik Kalyango, the coordinator ghetto structures, John Lukuse and Geoffrey Nsamba who were arrested by police for terrorising FDC delegates.

    They confessed that they are members of the ghetto structures which is supervised by State House, Brig. Gen. Ddamulira and officials from the ministry in charge of Kampala Metropolitan whose objective is to turn them into good citizens.

    Kalyango added that they are mobilizing the ghetto youths who have not yet joined their structures to avoid being used by the politicians to fight their battles against their political enemies and among them are those who beat FDC delegates and journalists.

    Ssemujju admitted to having seen Kalyango’s letter on social media even though it he not yet been officially served.

    He appreciated the efforts made by Brig. Gen. Ddamulira to organise youths in the city.

    He added that officially, Brig. Gen. Ddamulira denied having knowledge of the criminals hired by the Najjanankumbi FDC camp of party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi the Secretary General.

    Ssemujju however noted that there are elements in security circles who are working with criminal gangs in the city.

    He pleaded with Brig. Gen. Ddamulira to use his office to tame them because they will wreak havoc in the country.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    DP Fights Deepen As Legal Advisor Declares Mbidde A Bush Lawyer Over Party Court Defeat…



    Lawyer Erias Nalukoola (R) and DP national vice president Fred Mukasa Mbidde (L)

    Furious Democratic Party (DP) legal advisor Erias Nalukoola has declared his party national vice president Fred Mukasa Mbidde a scrubland lawyer who lacks authority to challenge his understanding and interpretation of the laws of the land.

    Nalukoola was responding to Mbidde’s statements where he accused him of causing the party’s defeat in the Civil Division of the High Court by Ben Kiwanuka, who petitioned Court after the party leadership denied him the opportunity to compete for the position of the party Secretary General in the recent party delegates’ conference held in Gulu district.

    Mbidde explained that the party top leadership didn’t give instructions to Nalukoola to represent the party in the said suit insisting that he is responsible for the party defeat.

    He added that even though Nalukoola is the party’s chief legal advisor, it doesn’t mean that he automatically has the right to represent the party in all legal duties since the party has the right to hire a private law firm to represent them after assessing the gravity of the matter and establishing that their in-house legal officer cannot hold it successfully.

    Mbidde revealed that the party leadership including Norbert Mao, the party president general who also doubles as the Constitution and Justice minister in president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government declared the elections made at the party delegates conference in Gulu illegal.

    He assured party members and supporters that the party leadership is going to study the judgment and establish whether they appeal it or not because most of them are proven lawyers.

    However, in response, Nalukoola blasted Mbidde and warned him to never again compare himself to him when it comes to matters of law and interpretation.

    He challenged him to table solomonic cases he won in courts of law like he has been doing.

    He wondered why Mbidde who studied law at a mature age after studying other inferior courses at Makerere university can compare himself to him who directly from Kawempe muslim Secondary School went to Makerere University school of law and passed with flying colours and followed them up with a successful practice.

    Nalukoola who was hosted at Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s CBS radio talk show revealed that when the judgment was delivered via email, Mbidde was among the DP top leadership members who stormed his office at Masengere building seeking for help to interpret the judgment but he was busy.

    When Nalukoola’s secretary advised him to wait for him because he was very busy, he instead decided to go.

    He explained when Kiwanuka petitioned Court against DP and served as the party legal advisor, he directly discussed the merits of the case with Dr. Gerald Siranda the party Secretary General who was among the witnesses who swore affidavits defending the case and was in the know of whatever was going on.

    He boasted that DP partly succeeded in the judgment even though they were ordered to pay part of the costs Kiwanuka used in the entire case.

    He advised Mbidde and his group who signed an agreement with president Museveni to buy a cock and take it to his father thanking him for producing and educating a bright son who helped their party and the country at large.

    Nalukoola pleaded with Mbidde to concentrate more on the agreement he signed with Museveni instead of advising him on DP issues which are less of his concern.

    By Grapevine Reporter


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