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We Are Fade Up: KCCA PAC Members Vow To Resign Over Salaries

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Minister Benny Namugwanya

Members on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) have threatened to resign over delayed salaries.

The members claim that they have not received any salary since February. The members add that to date they have even never been told how much salary they are supposed to earn.

The five-member committee is appointed by the Lord Mayor to serve for five years but are eligible for reappointment for only one more term. The current committee is headed by Bob Kabaziguruka while others include Pontian Kaweesa, Ms Maria Nabbanja Ssentamu, Ms Betty Bainomugisha Ntuhe and Mr. Michael Tugyetwena.

Section 58(13) sates that the expenses of the city’s PAC are charged on the consolidated fund, but it doesn’t stipulate how much members should earn.

When contacted, the state minister for Kampala Affairs, Benny Namugwanya said, that the matter was presented to Public Service ministry and the ministry was still reviewing the salary structure as directed by the President that’s why the process delayed.

She also begged the PAC members to be patient saying the salary review exercise has been completed.

However, the Principal Communications officer at the ministry of Public Service, Joseph Ngobi punched holes in the Minister’s Remarks saying that, the ministry of public service has not yet received any communication from KCCA in regards to the salary of the PAC committee members.

“ I have consulted with the responsible officers in the ministry but they are all saying there is no communication to that effect,” Ngobi said.

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PHOTOS: Eyewitnesses Narrate How Afande Kirumira And Woman Were Gunned Down

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News coming in indicates that unknown gunmen have allegedly shot former Buyende District Police Commander (DPC) Muhamad Kirumira alias Mwoyo gwa Gwanga.

Kirumira was shot with a woman (who some eye witnesses claim was the wife) in Bulenga a Kampala suburb as they approached their home. He was driving home in his Toyota car registration number UAJ 228U, the woman was seated in the front seat while Kirumira was in the driver’s seat. They were coming from a friend’s function in Seguku.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants were moving on a bodaboda. They parked infront of Kirumura’s car and fired live bullets at the car, they later drove off to mityana.

Another eye witnesses told the Grapevine that the two people who shot Kirumira were traveling on a Bajaj boxer boda boda and they were putting on black jackets, he says when they had the bullets, they tried to take cover.

Kirumira and the woman have been rushed to hospital.

We shall keep you posted…

 

By Adadi Kanyike

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GRAPEVINE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Arsenal Looking for First Win, Can Balotelli Save Viera’s Nice, Real Madrid Looking At Bale To Close Ronaldo Gap + Serie A and Bundesliga

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English Premier League
2:30 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City
5:00 Bournemouth vs Everton
5:00 Huddersfield vs Cardiff
5:00 Arsenal vs West Ham
5:00 Southampton vs Leicester
7:30 Liverpool vs Brighton
Sunday
3:30 Watford vs Crystal Palace
6:00 Fulham vs Burnley
6:00 Newcastle United vs Chelsea
Monday
10:00 Manchester United vs Tottenham

Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action, The GrapeVine will be providing you with all you need to know about every fixture, with team news, provisional squads. Premier League champions Man City travel to Wolves in Saturday’s early kick off.

Wolves vs Manchester City

Adama Traore could be handed his full Wolves debut when they host Manchester City on Saturday.

The £18million record signing was a half-time substitute in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester and would be expected to replace Helder Costa. Leander Dendoncker is close to full fitness after his move from Anderlecht in the summer but is unlikely to start and Ivan Cavaleiro (back) is out.

Provisional squad: Patricio, Ruddy, Norris, Doherty, Dendoncker, Bennett, Batth, Enobakhare, Hause, Boly, Coady, Gibbs-White, Jota, Otto, Saiss, Neves, Costa, Moutinho, Vinagre, Bonatini, Traore, Jimenez.

Goalkeeper Aro Muric could be on the Manchester City bench as the champions travel to Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Montenegrin, who is yet to play for the first team, was recalled from his loan at NAC Breda this week after regular number two Claudio Bravo ruptured an Achilles tendon.

Midfielder Fernandinho has recovered from a minor knock but playmaker Kevin De Bruyne (knee) and Danilo (ankle) are out.

Provisional squad: Ederson, Muric, Grimshaw, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Zinchenko, Sterling, Sane, D Silva, B Silva, Foden, Diaz, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus. Arsenal and West Ham meet at 3pm on Saturday in a London derby at Emirates

Arsenal vs West Ham (3pm)

Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Premier League clash with West Ham on Saturday. Unai Emery has lost his first two matches in charge of the Gunners but has no new worries ahead of the London derby.

Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Sead Kolasinac (knee), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) are missing, while Lucas Torreira pushes for his first start in midfield.

Provisional squad: Cech, Leno, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Mavropanos, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Nelson, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette, Aubameyang

West Ham are set to be without captain Mark Noble for the trip to Arsenal. The long-serving midfielder has been unable to train this week due to a back injury. Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini are long-term absentees.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Adrian, Fredericks, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Balbuena, Rice, Cresswell, Masuaku, Obiang, Wilshere, Sanchez, Antonio, Yarmolenko, Snodgrass, Arnautovic, Perez, Hernandez, Anderson.

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Liverpool vs Brighton 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has to decide whether to name an unchanged side for their third Premier League match of the season.

The Reds boss may be tempted to make changes at full-back after criticising Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson’s performances in Monday’s win at Crystal Palace, while there could be an option for Jordan Henderson to make his first start of the season in midfield.

Defender Dejan Lovren is not expected to return from a pelvic problem until after next month’s international break.

Provisional squad: Alisson, Clyne, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Fabinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Shaqiri.

Liverpool and Brighton – Key match stats . Liverpool have won their last five matches against the Seagulls in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding just five. Brighton have lost seven of their nine league trips to Anfield (W1 D1), with their only victory coming in March 1982 when Andy Ritchie scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.

Liverpool scored nine goals against Brighton in the Premier League last season (5-1 away, 4-0 at home) – they’ve only scored more times against an opponent twice previously in a single Premier League season (10 v Norwich in 2012-13, 11 v Ipswich in 2001-02).

Brighton have scored three own-goals in their last three matches against Liverpool, two of which came from Lewis Dunk (in February 2012 and December 2017); the other was scored by Liam Bridcutt in their 6-1 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012. In all competitions, Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost his last 12 away matches against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ teams, seeing his teams scoring three times while conceding 38 goals in those games.

Lewis Dunk is a major doubt. The centre-back faces a late fitness test on an ankle injury suffered against Manchester United on Sunday, with summer signing Leon Balogun ready to deputise.

Captain Bruno (hamstring), winger Jose Izquierdo (lack of fitness) and forward Florin Andone (groin) remain sidelined for the Seagulls, while striker Tomer Hemed joined QPR on loan on Thursday. Provisional squad: Ryan, Button, Steele, Bernardo, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Schelotto, Suttner, Bissouma, Stephens, Propper, Kayal, Knockaert, March, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Murray.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost all five of his Premier League matches against Liverpool, with his sides conceding at least four goals in every game (2-5, 0-5 and 1-5 at Norwich, 1-5 and 0-4 at Brighton).

Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 22 Premier League games at Anfield (W14 D8), keeping a clean sheet in the last six. The Reds last kept seven consecutive home shutouts in the top-flight in February 2007 (nine) under Rafa Benítez.

Brighton haven’t won any of their last 14 Premier League games on the road (D4 L10), with the Seagulls failing to net in 10 of those matches, including at Anfield in May (0-4).

Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 44 Premier League goals, (33 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other player in this period.

Following his goal against Crystal Palace, Liverpool’s James Milner extended his current record for the most Premier League games scored in without losing any of them (48 games: W38 D10 L0) – he is also one goal away from reaching 50 in the competition.

Newcastle vs Chelsea 

Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden is out of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea as he begins a three-match ban.Hayden was sent off for a challenge on Josh Murphy after being introduced as a substitute in last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cardiff and will miss out, as will loan signing Kenedy, who is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Full-back DeAndre Yedlin is fit after missing the trip to Wales with a knee injury, but Javier Manquillo (calf) continues to be assessed and Florian Lejeune (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Provisional squad: Dubravka, Darlow, Yedlin, Dummett, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Fernandez, Schar, Shelvey, Diame, Ki, Ritchie, Murphy, Atsu, Perez, Rondon, Muto

Eden Hazard is in line for his first start of the season when Chelsea head to Newcastle on Sunday. The Belgium World Cup star has come on as a second-half substitute in both matches so far, but boss Maurizio Sarri says he is now ready to play around 60 minutes. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas looks set to miss out again with a knee problem.

Provisional squad:  Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Moses, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi.

 


Spanish La Liga
7:15 Deportivo Alaves vs Real Betis
9:15 Atletico Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano
11:15 Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
Sunday
7:15 Espanyol vs Valencia
11:15 Sevilla vs Villarreal
11:15 Girona vs Real Madrid
Monday
9:15 Levante vs Celta Vigo
11:00 Athletic Bilbao vs SD Huesca


Barça love a late show

Real Valladolid v Barcelona
Alavés scrapped admirably, but in the end Barcelona did what they do best. Two late goals put gloss on the scoreline – and gave this column a nice winner – but really they might have been home and dry long before that, the woodwork and some wayward finishing having let their visitors off the hook a few times.
To look at Ernesto Valverde’s squad is to see an embarrassment of attacking riches: Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Arturo Vidal only made cameos off the bench, while Rafinha and Malcom didn’t feature at all. If they ever need a super sub, they should be well covered.
What Real Valladolid would do for even a quarter of that depth. They lost a good chunk of their firepower when Jaime Mata left for Getafe (he scored 35 of their 78 goals in segunda last term) and look undercooked in other areas. A draw at Girona was a decent enough way to return to the big time, but they’ll be well aware that a long season awaits.
They did, however, keep a clean sheet last Friday night, and can be expected to defend in numbers again here. Given that Barcelona can take a while to get going, we’ll return to an angle that served us well last season: backing the second half to produce more goals than the first.

Madrid can grind out a win

Girona v Real Madrid
If this is to be the Gareth Bale era at Real Madrid, things got off to an encouraging start last weekend. It was the Welshman’s goal, struck powerfully at the first time of asking, that put paid to Getafe’s resistance, securing all three points for Julen Lopetegui’s side.
It was not an all-singing, all-dancing display from Madrid. But the mood at the Bernabéu has been so doom-laden that the result was paramount: fluency and philosophy can come later. (You could actually argue that this find-a-way pragmatism has been their default setting for some time, of course.)
Next up is a trip to Girona. This fixture proved to be a banana skin last season, Madrid slipping to a 2-1 defeat at the Montilivi, but the Catalans no longer have the element of surprise on their side. Girona performed above all expectations in their first season in the top flight, but there’s a good chance of a sophomore slump in 2018/19. Mastermind coach Pablo Machín was poached by Sevilla in the summer and the jury is out on whether replacement Eusebio Sacristán will be the right fit.
Given Girona failed to find a way past Valladolid on opening weekend, and have now scored just once in their last five home games in La Liga, Real Madrid will want another clean sheet here. They barely conceded a chance against Getafe (0.2 xG against), so the play is to back them to win to nil.

Levante looking to double up at home

Levante v Celta Vigo
Levante were among the standout performers in Jornada 1, clobbering much-fancied Real Betis away from home. José Luis Morales understandably hogged the headlines after his wonder goal, but it was also a solid team display from the Frogs, who have come on leaps and bounds under Paco López.
There’s good reason to think they’ll make it two wins from two against Celta Vigo on Monday night. Levante only won two of their first 14 home games last term but that all changed when López arrived: they picked up five victories in a row to end the season, beating Sevilla and Barcelona. They’ll want to maintain that run, making the Ciutat de València a real fortress.
Celta started their campaign with an underwhelming draw at home to Espanyol and have not been good travellers in 2018. They have lost seven of their last away matches in La Liga, drawing the other and scoring just three times in that run. They’ll be fine this season but Levante have their tails up and look good value to win this one.


Italian Serie A
7:00 Juventus vs Lazio
9:30 Napoli vs AC Milan
Sunday
7:00 SPAL 2013 vs Parma Calcio 1913
9:30 Genoa vs Empoli
9:30 Frosinone vs Bologna
9:30 Fiorentina vs Chievo
9:30 Inter vs Torino
9:30 Cagliari vs Sassuolo
9:30 Udinese vs Sampdoria
Monday
9:30 Roma vs Atalanta


San Paolo spectacle

Napoli v Milan
After last week’s postponement, Milan start their 2018-19 campaign with a tough trip to Naples to face their old player and Coach Carlo Ancelotti. Napoli have early season momentum after their dramatic win at Lazio, and victory here would set them up perfectly for another run at the title.
Napoli still look short of numbers for a realistic season-long tilt, but that won’t affect their early form, and with Dries Mertens left out last week, Ancelotti has already shown that he will try and use his squad sensibly. Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne came up trumps for him last week, and Ancelotti seems happy to allow his players to maintain a Maurizio Sarri style: high intensity, high energy, it worked last week.
Milan have gradually started to sort out the off-field issues which have plagued them in recent years, and have recruited well this summer too. Gonzalo Higuain will start against his old club, and it would seem that Tiemoue Bakayoko will go straight into the team after his disappointing experience with Chelsea.
Everything points towards goals at the San Paolo on Saturday night, though. This is a fixture which has traditionally thrown up high-scoring games, with 33 goals in the last nine meetings here, and with Napoli capable of ripping it up against an open-looking Milan, and the Rossoneri fresh from a week off and with a serious attacking threat of their own, expect Napoli to win a high-scoring game. These two teams have had more shots at goal than any other Serie A sides in 2018, and that’s a trend that’s set to continue.

Juve-Lazio rarely dull

Juventus v Lazio
The Cristiano Ronaldo show moves from Verona to Turin this Saturday afternoon, and Max Allegri will be looking for a more convincing performance from his team after Federico Bernardeschi’s last minute heroics grabbed them an opening day win against Chievo.
Ronaldo didn’t get on the scoresheet at the Bentegodi, and will be desperate to score a first Serie A goal this weekend as Lazio come to town. More pertinently, we’ll learn a lot more about the strengths and weaknesses of Allegri’s team, particularly defensively.
Lazio led against Napoli, before being beaten by an excellent comeback, and Simone Inzaghi will be keen to get the kind of result that gets rid of last season’s hangover. And remember that Lazio won here last season, as well as beating Juve in the Italian Super Cup.
Ciro Immobile showed all of his quality for that opening goal against Napoli, and the difficulty for him against Juventus will be getting the kind of support that he needs to trouble Allegri’s back four in the way that Chievo did. He was isolated on occasion in that opening game, and needs Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto to play closer to him.
Juventus look set to be an entertaining team to watch this season, and with Lazio proving once again last week that they struggle to be in a dull game.

Toro can add to Inter trouble

Inter v Torino
Three of the big Serie A teams managed to find a way to win last week, but as has happened so frequently in recent years, it was Inter who fluffed their lines, going down at Sassuolo and putting themselves under instant pressure.
This week won’t be easy either, as they face a Torino side who battled hard against Roma last week and were unfortunate to lose, having a goal (correctly but narrowly) ruled out for offside, and missing one or two good chances before succumbing to Edin Dzeko late on. They may be destined for another mid-table finish, but they’ll be a handful, with Andrea Belotti looking back to his form of two seasons ago, and Iago Falque in able support.
Luciano Spalletti remains a fine Coach, but one who needs to work out the identity of his best team, and once his players have settled into the season, they’ll find their rhythm. Lautaro Martinez was poor against Sassuolo for example, but as a young player he’s allowed a poor performance, and it’s Mauro Icardi who Inter will look to for goals once again.
Walter Mazzarri is an expert as setting teams up for games like this, and he’s no lover of Inter, having spent a disappointing spell with them four years ago. Torino will be organised and fired up, and Inter look too short to win this one, especially given the fact that Torino have won three of their last seven Serie A games against this weekend’s opposition.


Germany Bundesliga
14:30 Hertha Berlin vs Nuernberg
14:30 Freiburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
14:30 Fortuna Duesseldorf vs Augsburg
14:30 Wolfsburg vs Schalke 04
14:30 Werder Bremen vs Hannover 96
17:30 Borussia M.Gladbach vs Bayer Leverkusen
Sunday
14:30 Mainz 05 vs VfB Stuttgart
17:00 Borussia Dortmund vs RasenBallsport Leipzig

Expect some derby fireworks

Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen
Both Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen ended the last campaign with heavy hearts. Gladbach missed out on European qualification entirely after a season of inconsistency and underachievement, while Leverkusen suffered a late collapse and missed a Champions League spot on goal difference. A Rhineland derby is the perfect way to make an early statement.
Gladbach boosted their attack over the summer by grabbing the excellent Alassane Plea from Nice, and he banged in a hat-trick on his competitive Foals debut, an 11-1 win over Hastedt in the DFB Pokal. With Lars Stindl and Raffael also in the squad, Gladbach have some exciting attacking options.
Bayer have retained their best attacking players this summer, with Julian Brandt and Leon Bailey both signing new contracts. Kevin Volland will hope to give Germany coach Joachim Loew a nudge with another effective season in front of goal, while teenagers Kai Havertz and Paulinho should catch the eye.
Recent meetings between these sides have been a lot of fun. Three of the last six league derbies between them have featured at least four goals, and you have to go back four-and-a-half years for the last time there was a league game between than that featured fewer than two goals.

Hannover can continue winning run

Werder Bremen v Hannover
After successfully avoiding the drop last term, both of these clubs go into this season with confidence. Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt hopes to survive his second season in charge, unlike his predecessors Alexander Nouri and Viktor Skripnik, but he must deal with the loss of influential midfielders Thomas Delaney and Zlatko Junuzovic. The arrival of Davy Klaassen after a disastrous spell at Everton should help to mitigate those losses, and midfield workhorse Maximilian Eggestein (who covered more ground than anyone in the league last term) should have another season of improvement.
Hannover have been boosted by the decision of coach Andre Breitenreiter to extend his contract, and they have won every game they have played in pre-season. They followed up that encouraging sequence by destroying third-division Karlsruhe 6-0 in the DFB Pokal. Hendrik Weydandt, who was plucked from Germania Egestorf after scoring 15 goals in the Regionalliga, scored twice on his debut.
Werder haven’t yet lost a home game under Kohfeldt, but Hannover have looked razor-sharp recently, and have the quality to get a result.

Stuttgart to bounce back from cup horror

Mainz v Stuttgart
Having finished last season with an extraordinary 4-1 win at Bayern Munich, a result that saw them end up seventh in the Bundesliga table, Stuttgart started this campaign with a hugely disappointing defeat at third-division side Hansa Rostock in the DFB Pokal. Despite dominating possession, VfB moved the ball too slowly, and lacked penetration in attack. In defence, Holger Badstuber was made to look slow and ponderous.
However, there is still plenty for Stuttgart fans to be optimistic about. New signing Nicolas Gonzalez looks very sharp in attack, World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard is staying (at least for now – he’ll probably sign for Bayern in 2019), and the return of Daniel Didavi should prove to be a big plus if he stays fit.
Mainz battled against relegation throughout last season, and they showed admirable faith in homegrown coach Sandro Schwarz, even when times were tough. That faith could be tested again this term – sporting director Rouven Schroder has taken a chance on a clutch of promising youngsters like Lyon striker Jean-Philippe Mateta and Metz defender Moussa Niakhate. Although a similar gamble paid off in the form of Abdou Diallo last summer, he has now moved on to Borussia Dortmund, and the loss of striker Yoshinori Muto and midfielder Suat Serdar weakens the squad.
Stuttgart were excellent in the second half of last season, with nine wins from Tayfun Korkut’s 14 league games in change. They were especially good on the road, and have won five of their last six road matches in the top flight. Even though they won at Erzgebirge Aue in the DFB Pokal, I think it might take Mainz a while to settle down this season, so I’ll back Stuttgart with a bit of insurance.


French Ligue 1
6:00 Paris Saint Germain vs Angers
9:00 Montpellier vs Saint-Etienne
9:00 Nantes vs Caen
9:00 Nice vs Dijon
9:00 Amiens vs Reims
9:00 Toulouse vs Nimes
Sunday
4:00 Lille vs Guingamp
6:00 Bordeaux vs Monaco
10:00 Marseille vs Rennes

Nice are one to oppose

Nice v Dijon
Nice are odds-on to win this weekend yet it’s difficult to justify their price of 1.91 given the way these two sides performed on the opening two weekends.
Nice lost 1-0 at home to promoted Reims before earning a point without impressing versus a mediocre Caen side (1-1) last weekend. There was some good news for Nice supporters this week when Mario Balotelli confirmed he would be staying but you have to wonder whether last season’s 18-goal top scorer’s focus will be right at the end of a summer where he’s been linked with a move to Marseille. In any case, the Italy international is absent through suspension this weekend.
Dijon have a 100% record having won at Montpellier (2-1) a fortnight ago before outplaying Nantes (2-0) to deservedly claim another three points last weekend. On the back of those victories they’ll travel to the Allianz Riviera confident of picking up at least a draw, and as a naturally attack-minded side will have one eye on getting all three points.
Dijon are 4.60 to win. You can back Dijon Draw No Bet at 3.35 but we prefer a lay of Nice so that both the draw and a Dijon victory will pay out.

Strong squad makes St Etienne a play

Montpellier v St Etienne
Montpellier’s poor home record makes this game a good opportunity to oppose the hosts at Stade de la Mosson.
Since the start of last season Montpellier have won just five of 20 home matches (W5-D9-L6) and they began the new season with a 2-1 defeat in front of their own fans a fortnight ago. It’s quite obvious that Michel Der Zakarian’s 5-3-2 formation doesn’t naturally lend itself to the possession-based football that’s often required to win home games. This makes it relatively easy for opposing sides to avoid defeat when they travel to this pretty corner of the south of France.
Even if Montpellier had a better home record St Etienne would still be a handful. On paper only the Big Four (PSG, Lyon, Monaco, Marseille) have better equipes-types (as the French call Best XIs) than St Etienne, whose starting line-up includes some highly experienced performers (Stephane Ruffier, Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Perrin, Yann Mvila, Wahbi Khazri, Remy Cabella).
Given Montpellier’s home woes and the talent in the visitors’ ranks it’s surprising St Etienne are 3.30 underdogs. The big price on les Verts hands us a good opportunity to support St Etienne on the DNB (Draw No Bet) market.

Two attack-minded sides should deliver goals

Toulouse v Nimes
Newly promoted Nimes have caused a sensation since joining the top flight, winning their opening two games and scoring seven goals in the process.
Manager Bernard Blaquart insisted they’d continue employing the same attacking brand of football that saw them win promotion last season and he’s been true to his word.
Nimes scored three times in the final 15 minutes to come from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at Angers on the opening weekend and followed up with an even more impressive 3-1 victory over Marseille last weekend in which they played some tremendous, high-tempo football and were better than l’OM all over the pitch from start to finish.
Blaquart’s remarkably open tactics point towards goals this weekend, especially as Toulouse ought to be equally happy to contribute to an entertaining encounter. Having returned this summer for his second spell as manager, manager Alain Casanova focused the club’s summer transfer policy on buying players that would add craft and guile in the opposition half. He’s determined that Toulouse play more attractive football than they did in his first spell at the club, and if that means that a defence that lost goalkeeper Alban Lafont (Fiorentina) and centre-back Issa Diop (centre-back) over the summer concedes a few extra goals, so be it.


Scottish Premiership
5:00 Kilmarnock vs Hearts
5:00 St. Mirren vs Livingston
5:00 Hibernian vs Aberdeen
5:00 St.Johnstone vs Dundee FC
Sunday
2:15 Motherwell vs Rangers
5:00 Celtic vs Hamilton Academical


Netherlands Eredivisie
7:30 De Graafschap vs FC Groningen
7:30 Ajax vs FC Emmen
9:45 PEC Zwolle vs PSV Eindhoven
9:45 NAC Breda vs Excelsior
Sunday
1:15 Willem II vs Heracles
3:30 FC Utrecht vs VVV-Venlo
3:30 SC Heerenveen vs Feyenoord
5:45 AZ Alkmaar vs Vitesse


Turkey Super Lig
7:15 Ankaragucu vs Trabzonspor
9:45 Goztepe vs Fenerbahce
9:45 Kayserispor vs Yeni Malatyaspor
Sunday
7:15 Sivasspor vs Kasimpasa
9:45 Konyaspor vs Bursaspor
9:45 Besiktas vs Antalyaspor
Monday
7:15 Istanbul Basaksehir vs Akhisarspor
9:45 Galatasaray vs Alanyaspor


Portugese Liga NOS
6:30 Portimonense vs Santa Clara
9:00 Benfica vs Sporting CP
11:00 FC Porto vs Vitoria de Guimaraes
Sunday
6:00 Vitoria de Setubal vs Nacional
6:00 Feirense vs Boavista
8:30 Tondela vs Rio Ave
10:30 Braga vs Aves
Monday
10:15 Moreirense vs Belenenses


Russian Premier League
2:00 Ural vs FK Akhmat
4:30 Rubin Kazan vs CSKA Moscow
7:00 Spartak Moscow vs Dinamo Moscow
Sunday
2:00 FC Orenburg vs FC Krasnodar
4:30 FC Ufa vs Zenit St. Petersburg
7:00 Lokomotiv Moscow vs Anzhi Makhachkala

NOTE: The time for all games has been converted to East Africa Standard Time.

 

 

 

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

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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

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