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    The Blood Of Terror Victims Is In The Hands Of African Leaders….

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    The leadership question in Africa is under serious test as agents of instability raise their operational status on our beloved continent. Africa’s future lies in the hands of the present generation of Africans with leaders as the vision bearers of our collective responsibility. But are we ready for the challenge?

    Africa is weak because of poor leadership and, to make matters worse, disunity among leaders. Foolhardy groups like ADF, Boko Haram, are capitalising on that to claim a presence. It’s one thing to have people holding portfolios as Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings, Supreme Leaders, and so on, but it is another thing to rate them worthwhile in the face of pending business.

    Take the case of the reign of terror and insurgency that is now a common feature all the way from the tip at Cairo, through North Africa (Sudan), the Sahara region, West Africa (Nigeria, Mali,, Burkina Faso, etc) through Central Africa (Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic), East Africa (Uganda, South Sudan), Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia) on to Southern Africa (Mozambique).

    This corridor of terror which runs longer the River Nile could lead to the gate of disintegration of this great continent as opposed to “Integration” that pure Pan-Africanists preach. When any one country is under attack, the whole of Africa is under attack. That is why we should not take chances even when incidents are isolated and not full throttle rebellions or groundbreaking (literally) revolutions as in Libya.

    Leaders who have abandoned the pro-people, Pan-African agenda are to blame for the security challenges threatening us. Are we selling off Africa, like one singer sang? For how long are we going to plead with leaders to understand that Africans must put aside their differences on account of a common ancestry and work together to solve African problems with African solutions? What business does an African have fighting or sabotaging a fellow African? Is there a greater ideology than African brotherhood/sisterhood-the DNA bond? Why are some of our brothers and sisters buying into abnormal ideologies that rub the soul of the motherland the wrong way?

    It all has to do with the caliber of leaders in place; leaders who refuse to acquaint themselves with the common origins of our peoples, who shy away from diagnosing problems and proposing solutions with urgency, aware that while being part of the global geo-political economy, we are severely weighed down by the injustices occasioned by foreign interference and the chronic syndrome of thinking small. Some of the African leaders think small, happy to be demigods in tiny fiefdoms, misleading their people farther away from the correct path to full actualization.

    Then we have those who vie for or assume power without an agenda, including those who are imposed by outsiders.

    In the early and latter years of Independence, our leaders were inexperienced and could be excused on those grounds, but today, experienced and solid leaders are fought and undermined where they should be utilised for institutional memory while the new breed comes in with a mind bending towards untenable nationalism. In short, colonial boundaries have occupied the mindset of many of our leaders. They cannot think beyond serving their time in office and retiring to win accolades of false praise from those least concerned with what matters most. They are more concerned with how they look in the eyes of outsiders than how they look at the head of a heap of avoidable and defeatable challenges.

    They are no longer interested in security and promotion of common interests. They are back to the fold of African chiefs of the colonial era who sold off their own people into slavery for the price of mirrors and tunics. Leaders should revise notes and read speeches made in their forums in the last 15 years, pick out the resolutions reached that have not been implemented and do the needful. That is the only way to get back on track.

    The practice of attending meetings and conferences as a routine, discussing issues for the cameras without follow-up plans and implementation schedules is coming back to haunt us and must be rejected.

    Uganda has been at the forefront of advocating for unity of purpose in resolving concerns arising on the African continent, with the security aspect featuring prominently as an invaluable social overhead for all other developments to take root. Instability is a great destroyer and inhibitor of progress, and possibly the last stroke employed by our enemies.

    Looking at the attacks that have happened in Uganda recently, where does ADF derive the confidence to attack a militarily-assured country like ours if not exploiting the indifference of regional leaders to the threat posed by small groups riding on the back of sleeping elephants? There is no regional non-state armed group that can operate and survive in Africa today except with the indifference or collusion of regional actors. I believe the same at the international level. Terrorism exists because leaders are failing to speak one language in word and act. Our people’s blood is on their hands. It’s the greatest betrayal.

    My Leader, President Yoweri Museveni, can be vindicated on many fronts. He has consistently preached a message of the need for Africa to form a strong continental bloc to combat against any threats to the individual and collective sovereignty and stability of African states. Without a strong defence mechanism across borders, all other endeavours are seriously endangered. Are we waiting for a continental crisis before doing something?

     

    Kirunda Faruk is the Deputy Presidential Press Secretary

    Contact: faruk.kirunda@statehouse.go.ug

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    Justice Kisaakye Drags Boss Chief Justice Dollo To Court, Narrates How She Has Been Tortured Since She Ruled In Support Of Bobi Wine Election Petition….

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    Justice Esther Kisaakye (L) and CJ Owiny Dollo (R)

    Supreme Court Justice, Dr. Esther Kisaakye Mayambala has dragged his boss the Chief Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo (respondent No.1) to court.

    Kisaakye Mayambala has also dragged the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius Bigirimana (respondent No.2), Judiciary Commissioner Human Resource, Apophia Tumwine (respondent No.3), Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa (respondent No.4), Judicial Service Commissioner (respondent No.5) and the Attorney General (respondent No.6) to court.

    A letter from the Registrar Court of Appeal tasked Dollo and his co-accused that, “Take notice that the Petitioner Justice Dr. Esther Kitimbo Kisaakye, JSC has filed a Petition against you in this Court. You are hereby required to file an answer within seven (7) days after the Petition has been served on you.”

    “Should you fail to file the answer on or before the date above mentioned, the Petitioner may proceed with the Petition, which may be determined in your absence. Given under my hand and Seal of this Court this.”

    KISAAKYE NARRATES ORIGIN OF HER WOES

    In Her petition, Justice Kisaakye disclosed that her woes started when she decided to write and deliver her own ruling in the Presidential Election Petition of 2021, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert vs. Yoweri Museveni Tibuhaburwa, Electoral Commission

    & Attorney General.

    She noted, “Your Petitioner notified the 1st Respondent and all other empanelled Justices of the Supreme Court that she was writing and would deliver her own Ruling in the Recusal Application together with her reasoned Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 and 5 of 2021.

    “Following the withdrawal of Presidential Election Petition No. 1 of 2021, the Court then fixed 18th March 2021 as the date for the delivery of all the reserved reasons in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 and that from 18th March 2021 until the date of filing this Petition, the Respondents have jointly and severally engaged in unconstitutional acts and omissions which are inconsistent with and contravene the Constitution as outlined herein under.”

    Kisaakye narrated that, “on 18th March 2021 the day set for delivery of final detailed

    rulings in all Miscellaneous Applications arising from the said Presidential Petition, Court was convened and the majority reasons for the decisions were read by three Justices who were part of the majority.”

    Kisaakye added that when Court was adjourned for 30 minutes, during the adjournment, Dollo asked her for copies of her ruling.

    She says that she told him and the rest of the Justices that due to tight timelines within which the Court was working, she had not been able to complete typing of her Ruling and as a result her consolidated Rulings were partly typed and partly hand written. ‘

    “Your Petitioner (Kisaakye) informed the 1st Respondent (Dollo) and other Justices of the

    Court that there was no constitutional or legal requirement imposed on her to share her reasons before delivery since the Court had already made all its decisions and issued the respective summary Rulings in all the Applications under reference,” she said.

    She added, “During the adjournment, the 1st Respondent (Dollo) then directed your

    Petitioner (Kisaakye) not to deliver her Rulings on grounds that your Petitioner (Kisaakye) had not shared with the 1st Respondent and other Justices of the Supreme Court her detailed reasons for the respective Rulings which had been earlier reserved by the Court, as stated herein before.

    “Your Petitioner (Kisaakye) maintained that position throughout the rest of the interaction with the Chief Justice and other Justices during the adjournment. She also informed the 1st Respondent (Dollo) and other Justices of the Court that she would go ahead and deliver her reasoned Ruling even though they had all declined to return to the Court.

    “That following the 1st Respondent’s unconstitutional directive and the decision by 1st Respondent (Dollo) and the refusal of all other Justices of the Supreme Court to return to the Court, your Petitioner (Kisaakye) proceeded back to the Court Room to deliver her Ruling.

    “As your Petitioner (Kisaakye) returned to the Court to deliver her Rulings, the armed police officers attached to the 1st Respondent ran ahead of her and collected your Petitioner’s Files along with those of other Justices.

    “That during the adjournment, your Petitioner’s files containing her consolidated reasoned Rulings were confiscated by armed police officers on the directives of the 1st Respondent and they were handed over to the 1st Respondent.

    “That subsequently, the lights and public address system in the Court tent which had served as the Court room were switched off and the Court room was locked up on the Orders of the 1st Respondent.

    “That your Petitioner was compelled to use a duplicate file to deliver part of her Consolidated Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4 & 5 of 2021 and she set the 19th day of March 2021 at 11:00am for delivery of her Ruling in Miscellaneous Application No. 3 of 2021.

    “That thereafter, your Petitioner repeatedly requested the 1st Respondent and the Registrar of the Supreme Court to return her confiscated Rulings and Files to enable her to issue her full Rulings of the Applications but the 1st Respondent has continued to keep your Petitioner’s files since March 18th 2021 and has adamantly refused to return them.

    “Your Petitioner also repeatedly requested the 1st Respondent and the Registrar of the Supreme Court to fix a date for delivery of her Ruling in Miscellaneous Application No. 3 of 2021 but the 1st Respondent refused the Registrar of the Supreme Court to fix a date for the Petitioner to deliver her said Ruling on grounds that the Court was functus officio. The 1st Respondent further directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to close the File.

    “That since 18th March 2021 to the date of filing this Petition, the 1st Respondent has continued to confiscate Your Petitioner’s Rulings and files and has obstructed your Petitioner from issuing her full reasoned Rulings in Miscellaneous Applications No. 1, 4, & 5 of 2021 to the parties and the public and from delivering her Ruling in Miscellaneous

    Application No. 3 of 2021.

    “That as a result of the 1st Respondent’s said actions, the Supreme Court of Uganda has not released its full reasoned Rulings in the said Miscellaneous Applications to the parties and the people of Uganda.

    KISAAKYE NARRATES HOW SHE HAS BEEN “TORTURED”

    Kisakye narrates that since then, Dollo and Bigirimana have made her life hard.

    She adds that Dollo refused to allocate her work since then and Bigirimana refused to give her driver and bodyguard their leave allowances.

    “That your Petitioner duly completed her leave and resumed her duties on 27th June, 2022 but the 1st and 2nd Respondents turned around and accused your Petitioner of having been away from office without official leave (AWOL) since September 2021.

    “The 2nd Respondent (Bigirimana) has also refused to pay the allowances for Your Petitioner’s driver and body guard and your Petitioner contends that the 2nd Respondent’s omission to pay the leave allowances for the Petitioner’s driver and body guard is discriminatory, amounts to victimization and is inconsistent with and in contravention of articles 21 (1) & (2), 22, 26, 28(1) 40(1) (6), 42, 40 (1) (c), 128(1 ), (2) & (7) and 173(a) of the Constitution,” she says.

    She adds, “That since Your Petitioner returned from her leave on 2th June 2022; she has since been omitted from Supreme Court duty rosters and cause-lists despite informing the 1st Respondent, the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court and the Registrar that she is available and ready to work.

    “That following the indefinite closure of the operations of the Supreme Court on 30th May 2022, the 1st Respondent directed that there would be a Justice on duty every week but your Petitioner has been excluded from all duty rosters released by the Registrar of the Supreme Court since 30th May 2022.”

    Kisaakye says that her research assistant was also withdrawn and transferred to Jinja.

    She narrates, “That on 7th July 2022, your Petitioner’s Research Assistant (who had been recently appointed as Magistrate Grade I in accordance with Judiciary policy) was summarily removed from the Petitioner’s chambers by the 4th Respondent and redeployed in Jinja with the knowledge of the 1st Respondent.

    “That in contrast, the Research Assistants of all other Justices of the Supreme Court who had also been appointed as Magistrates Grade I, were retained by the respective Justices of the Supreme Court where they had been serving prior to the appointment.”

    Kisaakye adds that Bigirimana even denied her a letter of undertaking when she asked for a salary loan from the bank.

    “That on 22nd June 2022, Your Petitioner applied to the 2nd Respondent for a letter of undertaking to her bankers for a salary loan top up, and the 2nd Respondent declined to write the said letter of undertaking on grounds that your Petitioner was under investigations by the 5th Respondent,” she says.

    She contends that Dollo, Bigirimana and the Attorney general removed her from the judiciary payroll.

    “That on an unspecified date, the 2nd Respondent purportedly acting under Article 164(1) of the Const1tut1on gave instructions to the judiciary staff responsible for processing Judges’ salaries not to process your Petitioner’s salary and benefits with effect from July

    2022.

    “That your Petitioner was consequently removed from the Judiciary and Government payroll and was not paid her salary and benefits for July and August 2022 to her great financial and social embarrassment, general inconvenience, mental anguish and adverse publicity and institutional ridicule.”

    SETS TOUGH TERM FOR DOLLO AND TEAM

    Kisaakye wants court to compel Dollo, Bigirimana and other respondent to;

    Immediately reinstated as the administrative Justice of the Supreme Court by the 1st Respondent.

    The Petitioner be included in the Supreme Court duty rosters and cause lists and be allocated work to do.

    The Petitioner be refunded with the cost of buying a pair of reading glasses and the expense incurred for the eye surgery in the United States of America.

    The 2nd Respondent pays interest at 25% per annum on the Petitioner’s salary and allowance for the period when the said salary and allowances were unconstitutionally withheld by the 2nd Respondent and also pays all the Bank penalties incurred by the Petitioner to her bankers when her salary was not remitted to the Bank to service her salary loan with compound interest thereon at 2S°/c, per annum from the time the penalties were incurred till payment in full.

    The Respondents jointly and severally pay General Damages to the Petitioner with interest thereon at 25% p.a from date judgment till payment in full for;-

    1. Damages to her judicial, professional and personal reputation from 18th March 2021 till the filing of this Petition.
    2. Pain, suffering and mental anguish suffered from 18th March 2021 till the filing of this Petition.
    3. Damage to her credit worthiness with her bankers for the delayed payment of her salary loan instalments.

    Kisaakye also wants the respondents to jointly and severally pay the Costs of the petition.

     

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    I’m Going To Celebrate My Rank Down On Kampala Road – Muhoozi Vows After His Father Promotes Him To Rank Of General…

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    The First Son Muhoozi Kainerugaba welcomed the rank of General given to him by his father President Yoweri Museveni.

    “I thank Ugandans for loving me. I will wear this rank, we celebrate and work continues!” Muhoozi tweeted.

    “We are going to have a celebration down Kampala Road for this rank. I thank my father for this great honor!” he added

    President Museveni, who is Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), also dropped Muhoozi as Land Forces commander.

    In a statement released today by UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, Muhoozi will continue with his duties as Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations

    The statement reads, “H.E the President and Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces has promoted and appointed General Officers as follows: Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba promoted to General and continues with duties as Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

    “Major General Muhanga Kayanja promoted to Lieutenant General and appointed Commander Land Forces. The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and UPDF fraternity congratulate the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotions and appointments.”

    Muhoozi’s promotion and demotion follows uncontrolled tweets from him with one stating that his army would capture Kenya within two weeks.

    “It wouldn’t take us, my army and me, two weeks to capture Nairobi.”

    “I’m happy that members of our district in Kenya, have responded enthusiastically to my tweet. It’s still two weeks to Nairobi,” he sarcastically said.

    Muhoozi further provoked tweeps that they (Kenya and Uganda) are going to be one country. Any war against them will end quickly.

    “The borders that were established by the colonisers mean nothing to us, revolutionaries. Nairobi.”

    His tweets forced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clear the air on how they conduct the country’s foreign policy.

    According to a statement dated October, 4th, 2022, Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that the debate on social media in respect to the relationship between Uganda and the brotherly neighbour, the Republic of Kenya, (initiated by Muhoozi), should not be taken seriously.

    “The Ministry wishes to emphasize that the Government and the people of the Republic of Uganda treasure the existing strong bilateral relations between the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya based on our shared history, common values, mutual respect, trust and the desire to build a unified East African Community,” the statement read.

    “To this end, the Government of the Republic of Uganda wishes to reiterate its commitment to good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence and cooperation.”

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs further clarified that the Government of the Republic of Uganda does not depend on social media sources in dealing with other sovereign Governments.

    “The Government of the Republic of Uganda, therefore, wishes to reiterate its cordial relationship with the Republic of Kenya and assure the people and the Government of the Republic of Kenya of our harmonious relationship that we value.”

    Minister for Security, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi has distanced himself from the matter noting that he doesn’t want to talk about media reports because it is not authentic and not worth the energy to talk about it.

    “Someone asked about media reports (Gen Muhoozi’s tweets) and I don’t even remember what it was about but I don’t want to talk about media reports. It is not authentic and not worth the energy to talk about it. I have no comment about that.”

     

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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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