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We Are Not Rebelling Against Our Bosses – UJOA Defend Themselves On Suing PS Bigirimana, AG Advises Him To Reinstate Allowances For Judicial Officers…

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The chambers of the Attorney General, a chief government legal adviser has advised the Permanent Secretary to judiciary Pius Bigirimana to reinstate all the consolidated judicial allowances which he revoked when he took over office from his interdicted predecessor Kagole Kivumbi.

The Attorney General’s advice was delivered on 22rd of November this year by Esther Nambayo, the chief registrar in a meeting with executive members of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) at the High Court criminal Division building in Kampala.  Bigirimana removed the consolidated judicial allowances from the judicial officers claiming that they were receiving them in error which forced them to protest against the move and file a Civil suit against him in the high court civil division.

Nambayo told UJOA officers that the prime minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda also directed the Attorney General to look into Bigirimana’s claim that there were errors committed when computing the 30% consolidation allowances to judicial officers which he was trying to rectify.

“The clarification on this matter would come from the Attorney General,” the minutes from the meeting read in part. On the issue of the selective payments to some judicial officers, Nambayo said that it’s not only affecting the lower bench but the problem cuts across because the Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katurebe also complained about it. She said that Chief Justice complained that he received housing allowance on his pay slip yet he stays in a government house and the money doesn’t even get to his bank account.

He advised lower judicial officers that when they experience such issues, they should always follow up with the human resource department. According to the minutes exclusively seen by theGrapevine, Geoffrey Kaweesa, the UJOA president told Nambayo that their association is not trying to rebel against the judiciary top management.

“UJOA is a channel that addresses judicial officers’ grievances as outlined in its objectives while advocating for an improvement in judicial officers’ welfare, terms of service and work environment. UJOA and the judiciary have the same goals,” Kaweesa noted. Kawesa asked Nambayo to establish a human resource manual that will guide top management while transferring judicial officers to avoid their executive members being transferred to upcountry areas. He also tasked Nambayo to explain to the judicial officers the difference between her office and that of the Permanent Secretary to the judiciary and where to take their complaints. He further wondered why some judicial officers are not referred to the Judicial Service Commission but are sent to the internal disciplinary committee.

Kaweesa also asked the Chief Registrar to apply for free sim cards for judicial officers as it was done at the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) where all staff were given Africell sim card lines for easy internal communication. He said that such an initiative will limit complaints of lower judicial officers using pseudo names to insult their superiors on main judicial social media platforms. It should be noted that UJOA members recently complained against removing them from the main judicial social media platform before the Chief Justice.

By Jamil Lutakome

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

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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…

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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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‘KASUKAALI’ AGAINST FIRE: No One, I Repeat, No One Can Silence Me, On Matters I Know Well, Facts, And What I Stand For! – Govt. Spokesperson Warns Bobi Wine Supporters…

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The deputy government Spokesperson Rtd. Col. Shaban Bantariza has warned Ugandans who are threatening him over his ‘Kasukaali’ (sugar) comments.

Recently, Bantariza was quoted in the media allegedly telling NRM leaders in Kampala at a meeting at Nakivubo Blue Primary School playground that if Bobi Wine thinks that he has ‘Kasukaali’, the NRM has fire and they will respond to him with the same fire if he continues with his activities which Bantariza said are aimed at distorting peace in the country.

Today, Bantariza, who claimed that his message was somehow distorted took to twitter and warned those who are hurling threats and insults at him.

“Masses”, you said? (laughs) For me, if you didn’t know, no one, I repeat, no one can silence me, on matters I know well, facts, and what I stand for! Social media “masses” are a small minority, but since politics is like money, every cent counts! Let me burn down dt can of worms!” Bantariza responded to a one Ugandan Panther who has earlier threatened him that, “Shameless arrogant out of touch @Bantariza opened a can of worms and is facing the wrath of the mases… too blind to notice and apologize boosting with 3guns against 44m Ugandans. The worst is yet to come after the ignorance you displayed.”

Here are some of the exchanges between Bantariza and Ugandans who were angered by his comment:

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