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War At Court Of Appeal: Justice Kakuru Allegedly ‘Throws’ Administrative Office To Deputy Chief Justice Dollo Over Infighting, Dollo Replaces Him With Justice Musota



Justice Kenneth Kakuru (R) with the Deputy Chief JusticeAlfonso Owiny Dollo (L)

The infighting, laziness and corruption at the court of Appeal, which also doubles as constitutional court has forced court of Appeal Judge Kenneth Kakuru to return the administrative powers to Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ)
Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo .

It should be remembered that immediately after being given the instruments of powers as the newly appointed Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ), Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo appointed justice Kakuru to help him with administrative powers to clean the rotten court of Appeal during the regime of retired Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma.

Sources at the Twed Towers based court told the Grapevine that last month, Kakuru returned these powers to Dollo after judicial officers at the division failed to cope with his style of work.

“We usually hold meetings every Monday and it’s in one of these meeting that justice Kakuru told the DCJ to stop forcing old and educated people to do small things like coming to court on time, handling court cases in time because many think that by forcing them, he is mistreating them,” a credible source at Twed towers revealed. Sources further told this website that by the time Kakuru returned the office to Dollo, many of the judicial officers were complaining of his working style including tasking them to come to office by 8am and leave at 5pm.

Some staff also claimed that Kakuru’s style of work blocked the routes they were using to get money to add to their monthly salaries. Court Clerks and other judicial officers are known for soliciting ‘extra money’ (the Ugandan way) from court attendants including lawyers to help them in filling cases and hiding files, some also work as brokers to connect judicial officers to court users.

Kakuru differed from his learned brothers Dollo, Cheborion Barishaki, Remmy Kasule and his learned sister Elizabeth Musoke in the landmark age limit judgment. Kakuru was also known for challenging soft spoken but controversial retired DCJ Steven Kavuma on the way he ran the court of Appeal during his tenure. Sources told this website that Kakuru one day confronted Kavuma that he was no longer going to attend his weekly administrative meetings because they were planning for a rotten fish and up to the time Kavuma left office, Kakuru boycotted Kavuma’s meetings.

When Kavuma left, Kakuru returned to office to clean the court of Appeal, at a time when the division was facing dangerous scandals including smuggling judgments which were not heard at all.

Habib Buwembo, the challenger of Lubaga South Member of Parliament Kato Lubwama’s academic papers forced Dollo to publicly apologise after accusing justice Cheborion Barishaki of coming to court to deliver a ruling in an application where Lubwama wanted court of Appeal to allow him to Appeal against high court judge Ouma Oguli’s ruling which stated that court had powers to proceed with electoral petition even though the stipulated time of six months has been expired.

Buwembo and his lawyer Isaac Semakadde insisted that the ruling was done without the hearing of the matter. Lawyer Male Mabirizi also petitioned the Judicial Service Commission alleging that justices Barishaki snatched his victory in the controversial Kabaka vs Male Mabirizi land case. Sources say that such controversial rulings were tarnishing Kakuru’s name and it’s the reason why he returned the office to the appointing authority.

The confused Dollo replaced Kakuru with newly elevated justice Steven Musota from the High Court civil division. Credible sources told this website that many lawyers who petitioned Dollo over Kakuru and do not trust Musota.

However, Dollo tried to explain to them that Musota can fit in Kakuru’s shoes. When the Grapevine contacted judiciary senior communications officer Solomon Muyita for a comment, he said that he was not aware that Kakuru had returned the office of administrator to the DCJ. He told us that what he knows is that Justice Kakuru went on leave. 

By Jamil Lutakome



We Have Given You Five More Days To Verify If You Are Eligible To Vote – EC Boss Byabakama…



The chairman Electoral commission (EC) justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama has revealed that the EC has extended the general national voters verification period for more other five days.

The voter verification exercise commenced on Thursday 21st November 2019 and was scheduled to stop on Wednesday 11th 2019 (tomorrow). However, the EC today revealed that the exercise will continue for more five days until Monday 16th December 2019.

Below is a statement released by the Uganda electoral commission:

The Electoral Commission is undertaking the update of the National Voters’ Register for purposes of the 2020/2021 General Elections. The general update exercise commenced on Thursday 21st November 2019 and was scheduled to close tomorrow, Wednesday 11th December 2019. However, due to higher numbers of applicants at the update centers since the beginning of this week, and requests from key stakeholders in the electoral process, the Electoral Commission has found it necessary and taken a decision to extend the update period, which was scheduled to close on Wednesday 11th December 2019, for five (5) more days, starting from Thursday 12th and ending Monday 16th December 2019, after which, there will be no further extension.

This exercise will continue to be conducted at update stations in each parish throughout Uganda, starting from 8:00am to 6:00pm, throughout the extended period, including weekends. Please note that the purpose of this extension is to provide an opportunity for eligible persons who have not yet registered to do so.

The general public is, therefore, reminded to carefully observe the following:

a) This is not a fresh registration of voters but an exercise to enable Ugandan citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and above and who have not yet registered to register as voters in order to participate in elections.

b)  A registered voter who wishes to transfer to new voting locations shall be able to do so during this period. Please note that such a voter who wishes to transfer to a new voting location must present confirmation that he/she originates from or is, at the time of application for transfer, a resident of the Parish of that (new) voting location. Such applicants should ensure they have details of their previous voting location.

c)  The Electoral Commission has availed the National Voters’ Register for each polling station at the Update center in each parish, so that existing voters check and confirm their registration status, that is, whether their particulars are well-captured.

Emerging Issues from the Update Exercise

The Electoral Commission has noted, with concern, reports of alleged extortion of money by some local leaders and update officials from applicants in order to sign on their applications before processing the applications.

This is illegal, and the Commission strongly condemns it. The Commission has provided all necessary forms (for application as a voter, or application for transfer) free of charge. The Commission calls on all officials involved in this update exercise to desist from any acts that may frustrate eligible applicants from exercising their constitutional right to apply for registration as voters. 

The Electoral Commission urges all eligible persons who are not yet registered as voters, and those who wish to apply for transfer of voting location, to use this opportunity, and do so, in order to participate in the General Elections. The Commission also appeals to eligible public servants and other (eligible) persons in formal employment to take advantage of this extension, particularly the weekend.

For God and My Country,

Justice Byabakama Mugenyi Simon

 EC Chairperson 10/12/2019.

By Josephine Kauma


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I’m Your Boss Now, Your Powers Have Been Trimmed, You Are A Ceremonial Mayor – Minister Kamya Tells Lukwago…



Controversial Kampala minister Betty Kamya has told the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago that his powers have been trimmed in the new law that president Museveni ascended to on 28th/November/2019.

While speaking to journalists today at the Media Centre in Kampala, the former Uganda Federal Alliance boss emphasized that Lukwago will be ceremonial and will report directly to her (Kamya) and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) speaker who will be elected among KCCA councilors.

“The Lord Mayor will be responsible for activities such as receiving visitors and other dignitaries among others,” Kamya said.

According to this new Kampala Amendment Act 2019, the Lord Mayor will no longer chair council meeting as it has been in the past, it will be done by the Speaker or his/her deputy.  There will also be the City Executive Committee in which the Lord Mayor will preside over the day to day business in Kampala.

Kamya also laughed at those who are taunting her that her powers have been reduced with the appointment of bummy musician Catherine Kusasira, Kamya said that her powers have actually been increased and her office streamlined within KCCA.

Kamya rallied Ugandans most especially the informal sector to take part in the ongoing verification of the national voters’ register.

“During the last elections (2016), 800,000 voters in Kampala didn’t turn up for voting since many of them were busy at work while others had registered in distant areas. This time I call upon every Uganda to check if they are fully registered to vote,” Kamya said.

Kamya advised those who can’t easily access their voting places to use this chance to change to nearby locations since the voting exercise always comes once in 5 years.

By Josephine Kauma and Ronald Kisekka.


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I Have Never Stolen Anything From Anyone That Is Why I Will Be The First To Stone A Corrupt Person – Physically Fit M7 Warns The Corrupt…



President Museveni has warned Ugandans who accept bribes that he will be the first one to stone anyone implicated in corruption tendencies.

The president made these remarks at a function organized by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema’s State House Anti-corruption unit after the anti-corruption walk that took place today morning.

The walk was organized to highlight the negativity of corruption and also to show the need to end the vice in Uganda. Museveni said he is ready to deal with Ugandans who practice corruption and pretend to be holy.

“Many people are corrupt but pretend to be holy. When you ask anyone who has never stolen, pick a stone and throw at the corrupt, I will be the first to pick it because I have never stolen anything from any one and I am not corrupt,” president said.

The President further revealed that even though he has never chewed a bribe, he is still not poor. “I am not corrupt and I am not poor,” Museveni said.

He further noted that corruption is both spiritual and moral and that it is a practice that makes someone a parasite. “A corrupt person is like a parasite that feeds on people’s blood, you earn what you have not worked for,” he said.

He warned those who got wealth through corruption to be kin because wealth from corruption does not last long. “It seems wealth from corruption does not stay longer, I have never seen corrupt people sustaining their wealth,” he added .

He further revealed that he knows some of the corrupt people but it’s not yet time for him to disclose them to the public.

“I know some of the corrupt people, I will not mention their names but I will expose them when time comes,” he promised.

He urged the public and the anti-corruption agents to corporate and fight against corruption in Uganda. “Corruption can be ended through unity of the public and the anti-corruption agents, we need to work together to end corruption in Uganda,” he said.

The President also took time to answer social media critics who question how he acquired his herd of cattle at his farm in Kisozi.

Museveni said, “I got them cows from my grand and God has kept them. UNLA soldiers wanted to steal the cattle but failed. They even blew up the house of my mother using an RPG but they didn’t steal them because they were hidden in the savanna.”

Museveni asked three government bodies including the Inspectorate of Government (IGG), State House anti-corruption unit and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to ensure that they don’t recruit employees only on the basis of qualifications but they should also consider their integrity.

By Josephine Kauma


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