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    Tycoons Basajjabalaba And Ntaganda Pinned For Stealing Luzira Prison Graveyard Land And Wetland




    Bob Wafula, prisons officer number 8307 and chairperson Luzira parish village 9 in Luzira prison yesterday told Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe that the only confidential government burial yard in Luzira was grabbed, titled and is currently owned by private individuals.

    “My lord, land grabbers are not only grabbing Luzira wetlands but they also grabbed our prison burial ground yard,” Wafula testified. His testimony forced Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the land probe to ask: “Do you have burial grounds within Luzira prison?”

    Wafula, whose body language clearly showed that he did not want to reveal more information to the public said that the matter of the burial ground yard in Luzira prison is confidential. “My lord, this is a security matter and I pray that I reveal this information in-camera (without journalists) because the burial ground matter is confidential,” Wafula asked.

    His prayer was allowed by Bamugemereire who told him that if he wants to reveal more information on how the confidential prison burial ground was grabbed by land grabbers, the commission will gladly listen to him. Wafula told the commission that the people who grabbed this land used drones to demarcate and plot the land. “My lord, the drone put us on tension, you know we are protecting a very sensitive installation which keeps criminals, there is also quality chemicals company which makes drugs. We saw that drone and within one week I was receiving phone calls that the prison land was titled and that it belongs to some individuals,” Wafula revealed.

    It should be noted that within Luzira prison, there is a piece of land which is heavily guarded where inmates who are sentenced to death are buried. Sources within the prison told this website that recently, these grounds were leveled and its now not easy to recognize that these were burial grounds.

    Wafula added that the people who grabbed Luzira land were supported by Kampala District Land Board, Uganda Lands Commission and NEMA because whenever he went to their offices to file his complaint that the wetlands were titled, the officials in these offices only laughed at him. He wondered how KDLB and ULC could give leases in the middle of the wetlands yet they knew that it’s a protected area owned by government.

    He also revealed that the exercise of titling Luzira wetland started in 2013 when officials from UETCL told the community that government was going to pass through Luzira wetlands the power line from Namanve. He said that the speculators connived with KBLB, ULC officials to create land titles because they were targeting government compensation.

    The commission also learned that the claimants include city tycoons Hassan Basajjabalaba, Ephraim Ntaganda and others who are claiming for over Sh600bn from government. They ran to court and secured a court order stopping the construction of the power line until government compensates them.


    By Jamil Lutakome



    NUP Lead Lawyer Wameli Laid To Rest



    Members of the leading opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP) gathered at Namisidwa district March 5th to send off their fallen lead lawyer Anthony Wameli.

    Wameli, former NUP head of legal, succumbed to colon cancer and his body was returned last week from the United States where he died to be accorded a descent burial.

    Wameli’s body was returned nearly a month after his death amidst rumours that NUP had failed to aid his family return his body. Speaking to mourners on Friday March 3rd at NUP secretariate at Makerere Kavule, party president Robert Kyagulanyi cautioned members to desist from commenting before knowing the facts on ground.

    Wameli was a bold legal scholar who took up risky cases such as one of former head of the ADF terror group Jamil Mukulu. He was last year  recognized as the best human rights lawyer in Uganda by the Uganda Law Society.

    Mathias Mpuuga, the leader of Opposition (LOP) eulogised Wameli as one who withstood abuse in court to ensure justice does prevail.

    “We send-off a fine lawyer who calmly withstood the abuse in the general court martial to save innocent Ugandans whose rights were being violated,”Mpuuga said.

    NUP Lead Lawyer Counsel Anthony Wameli was announced dead on February 8th, 2023.


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    DPP Pushes For Amendment Of 48 Hour Rule, Capital Offenders To Spend More Time In Jail Before Prosecution



    The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is pushing for constitutional amendment of the 48 hour rule in order to buy more time for investigation of capital offences like terrorism.

    DPP Jane Frances Abodo, while speaking at the 10th annual conference of the East Africa Association of Prosecutors (EAAP), said that 48 hours are not enough to investigate offences like terrrorism and that the time should be enlarged  or else they will have no one arraigned before the courts of law.

    “You cannot say that within 48 hours, you can be able to actually do a meaningful investigation of a terrorism case and have someone in court…. otherwise we shall not have anyone in court. The 48 hour rule should be there but we are asking….can the time be enlarged in some cases, that we go to court and ask for enlargement of time…that we have ABCD to handle…we are not saying all offences but it will be a case by case basis and not generally,” Abodo said.

    DPP Abodo added that the 48 hours are impractible in some cases and can only be applicable when there are enough prosecutors to quickly investigate the cases.

    “The 48 hours is constitutional but it is impractible for us who are on ground. It is really impractible to do that in some cases…these are cases we are saying that we should be able to go to court and make an application for more hours to cover some ground investigations. We can keep the person beyond the 48 hours,” Abodo added.

    The minister of justice and constitutional affairs Nobert Mao said DPP is challenged with low pay of prosecutors and that arrangements to ament the 48 hour rule were ongoing.

    “The prosecutors are not well paid here in Uganda. We have tried to enhance the pay…Justice Abado has been pushing us concerning the 48 hour law because in Uganda we are not suppossed to keep you in custody for more than 48 hours. The minister of justice in me wants to amend the law but the human activist in me doesn’t want to amend the law,”Mao said.

    Article 23(4) (b) of the Constitution provides that “a person arrested or detained upon reasonable suspicion of his or her having committed or being about to commit a criminal offense, shall, if not earlier released, be brought to court as soon as possible but in any case not later than 48 hours from the time of hie or her arrest”.


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    M7 Vows To Deal With Leaders Mismanaging PDM Funds



    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has vowed to deal with leaders that are mismanaging funds meant for the Parish Development Model (PDM).

    Museveni told a gathering at Kaunda grounds in Gulu city that he will be in direct contact with them incase their leaders are compromised.

    “In case the elected local leaders are compromised, I can meet with you directly like today. Therefore, the truth will come out, that’s why I came,” Museveni said.

    Museveni also noted that most of the farmers in the district had not yet benefitted from the Parish Development Model and that he had got reliable information which he will use to clean up the mess in PDM.

    “I’m very happy today. I have got some information which I wanted and I’m going to follow up and sweep the whole garbage. You have helped me to do my work. Thank you for being members of National Resistance Movement,” he said.

    Museveni also vowed to deal with pastoralists grazing livestock without  authorization.

    “Those Balalo are in disciplined. I’m going to write an executive order to deal with them. What they are doing is illegal and I will handle them decisively,” Museveni said.

    On his comment about the Apaa land disputes between Amuru and Adjumani Districts, Museveni said a judicial commission of inquiry will come and make recommendations.

    “The judicial commission will come and get facts, make a recommendations which will guide us. That is the latest position of the government,” he said.

    Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja had recently told all Apaa land residents to vacate and prised that government would compensate them.



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