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    WE ARE SORRY: UN Human Rights Office Apologises To Government Of Uganda Over Bobi Wine Supporters Who Disrupted AG Kiwanuka’s Submission…

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    AG Kiwanuka defending the Ugandan government over torture allegations, Inset is the UN letter apologizing over the protesters who stormed the room

    The office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations has written to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government apologizing over National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters who disrupted Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka’s submission before the committee against torture in Palais Wilson in Geneva.

    In a letter dated 16th November, 2022, seen by this investigative website, the UN extended its regret to the Ugandan government over protestors who claimed that they were human rights activists and interrupted the proceedings of the commissioners.

    In their letter, the UN said, “The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents its compliments to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Uganda to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva and has the honour to refer to the Permanent Mission’s Note Verbale, GVA-UN/TECH/52, dated 11 November 2022, concerning an incident that took place in the context of the examination of the second periodic report of Uganda at the 1954th meeting of the Committee against Torture in Palais Wilson on 10 November 2022.

    “The office of the High Commissioner notes that the persons in question had been duly registered through the usual registration process to attend the meeting as observers and they went through a standard X-ray security check for any metallic objects prior to entering Palais Wilson, which did not disclose any reason for security concern.

    “As with all registered non-governmental observers, they had also been duly informed that, while the meeting in question was public, only representatives of the State party and members of the committee were entitled to take the floor.”

    The office explained that when the protests started, the UN staff present in the room immediately informed the UN Security personnel of the disturbance in the room and the audio input to the audio-visual webcast feed was muted.

    The office added that the security personnel moved in and urged the protesters to cease their actions and ordered them to move out of the room.

    The letter further reads, “The Office of the High Commissioner has the honour to respectfully advise that, immediately after the start of the protest, staff present informed UN security personnel of the disturbance in the room, cut the audio input to the audio-visual webcast feed, and moved to urge the protesters to cease their action and distance themselves from proximity to the podium.

    “The first security officer arrived from Palais Wilson’s external security pavilion to the conference room located at the end of the East Wing of the first floor of Palais Wilson approximately two minutes after the beginning of the protest, and immediately moved to remove the individuals in question from the meeting room. Security personnel confiscated the protest materials the individuals in question had improperly deployed, before removing the individuals from Palais Wilson premises and revoking their access badges.”

    They added that feasible steps have been taken to ensure that there is no future repetition of such an incident, with respect to any State party delegation.

    “The office of the High Commissioner reiterates its sincere regret that the events in question took place and expresses its continuing appreciation for the constructive engagement of the Government of Uganda with the United Nations treaty bodies and with the office itself.”

    The letter was a reply to a protest letter from Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the incident where Bobi Wine supporters stormed the committee room shouting on top of their voices and accusing AG Kiwanuka of spreading lies that there is no human rights violation in Uganda.

    The protestors told the committee members that in Uganda, opposition supporters are being abducted, tortured and kept in safe houses for a long period before being subjected to military court.

    Bobi Wine later praised the protestors for the courage they exhibited in telling the world that Uganda is bleeding. He advised the UN Human Rights committee not to be blinded by AG Kiwanuka’s submissions.

    However, AG Kiwanuka rubbished the allegation and explained that in Uganda, all security personnel are personally held responsible for violating human rights and a number of them have been subjected to disciplinary action.

    He added that the government has even gone an extra mile to compensate victims of torture.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Who Are The 26 Corrupt High Profile Public Officers Set To Vomit Shs.18.2 Billion? Parliament Tasks Minister…

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    Mityana District Woman MP, Joyce Bagala

    Members of Parliament have moved a motion that Anti-corruption day funds should be earmarked to victims of corruption.

    Appearing before Parliament during plenary that was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, Mityana District Woman Member of Parliament, Joyce Bagala noted that a lot of statistics on money purportedly tracked down, saved and sometimes recovered is not backed by faces that allegedly stole such funds.

    Bagala contended that the minister reported investigation of 26 high-profile cases.

    “We need to know who these high profile public officers are and what was the outcome of the reported investigations warranting recovery of shs18.2 billion,” she said.

    Bagala’s statements follow a report from the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rose Lilly Akello who noted that the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has investigated 26 high-profile cases and directed the recovery of Shs.30 billion, 86 cases were prosecuted and 34 convictions secured whereas the Auditor General made audits which led to recovery of shs.175 billion.

    She added that the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the police has registered 318 cases and through prosecutions and recovered Shs.615 billion.

    This comes ahead of the International Anti-Corruption day set to be held on Friday December, 9, 2022.

    During plenary today, Mityana Municipality Woman MP however insisted that the shs.452 million earmarked for the International Anti-Corruption Day should be re-channelled to victims of corruption.

    “The victims of corruption are mothers who die during childbirth due to inefficiencies in the health sector public schools without toilets and communities without clean water. The activities of the anti-corruption day would make sense by thinking of those affected by corruption.

    Kazo County MP, Dan Kimosho asked whether they can look at a sector approach and see what cases are investigated and what is done against the officers.

    “We cannot keep carrying the burden for the corrupt. Whoever comes here should be specific and not demoralize those who are working hard,” he said.

    Ntoroko Constituency MP, Gerald Rwemulitya also urged people fighting corruption to be free and bold adding that there are people shielding the corrupt.

    He propounded, “You here, ‘call from above, he is from my region & religion’. This vice has no side. We need to start attaching property of the corrupt.”

    Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga however moved a motion that the shs.452 meant for marking the anti-corruption day should be channelled to ‘the victims of corruption in Ibanda District’.

    He wondered why they should put this money to tents, balloons and chairs and yet victims of corruption are around.

    The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Rukia Nakadama however revealed that preparations for the anti-corruption day commended earlier, insisting that preparations are already in high gear and some activities have already taken place and so if there is need in the near future, they should come early.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Maj. Gen. Takirwa Appointed Deputy Commander Land Forces…

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    Major General Francis Takirwa has been appointed as Deputy Commander Land Forces.

    President Yoweri Museveni who also doubles as the Commander in Chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) also promoted and appointed General Officers.

    Maj. Gen. Takirwa will deputize Maj. Gen. Muhanga Kayanja who was also appointed as Commander Land Forces (CLF) in October, 2022.

    He also appointed Maj. Gen. Jack Bakasumba as Acting Chief of Staff Land Force.

    Maj. Gen. Bakasumba has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF.

    Museveni has also promoted Brig. Gen. Bob P. Ogiki to Maj. Gen and appointed him 2nd Division Commander.

    Deputy Defence spokesperson, Col. Deo Akiiki congratulated the General Officers upon their well-deserved promotion and appointments.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    FOR PRAISING M7: Medical Association President Steps Down To Allow Independent Investigations..

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    Dr. Oledo praising President Museveni at Kololo Grounds

    The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr. Samuel Oledo, has stepped aside to allow independent investigations, according to Dr. Luswata Herbert, the Secretary General.

    Last week, during the Patriotism and Youth Investment symposium, Dr. Oledo appreciated President Museveni for the great job when he decided that all scientists must be paid well.

    “We request that you increase the salaries of our brothers and sisters in uniform, the soldiers, Uganda People’s Association (UPDF) prisons, and others.”

    He went ahead and knelt before Museveni and asked him to stand again 2026.

    This has since been condemned by a number of people who have termed his acts of kneeling as disrespectful to the profession and asked that he should resign.

    On 4th December, 2022, UMA released a statement disassociating themselves from the actions of their President Dr. Dr. Samuel Oledo and his Kololo team.

    Their statement read, “Uganda Medical Association is non-partisan and therefore does not participate in political activities of a partisan nature. The current U.M.A President attended the particular meeting in his personal capacity but not as U.M.A and
    his communications at that meeting were not representing the official position(s) of UMA.

    “Uganda Medical Association dissociates itself from any and all partisan political actions or acts, and is constitutionally required to do so. U.M.A is committed to remain neutral to and to serve all Ugandan doctors and persons from all the political dispensations of, and in Uganda and globally.”

    Dr. Oledo’s team of medical personnel with President Museveni

    Today morning, Democratic Party member and Buikwe South Member of Parliament, Lulume Bayigga said that Dr. Oledo should be brought to book.

    Lulume made these remarks while appearing on NBS’ Morning Breeze today following an incident where Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president, Dr.Oledo Samuel was seen kneeling before the president and asking him to stand again in 2026.

    Dr. Lulume noted that when they were in medical school, they were taught to be respected professionals and serve their country by treating people.

    “The engagement we wanted the UMA president to be part of would be to advocate for the improved welfare of the medics to serve the country better,” he said.

    Dr. Lulume added that the people who followed Dr. Oledu were not from Uganda Medical Association, and that’s why Dr. Mirembe is distancing herself from the act (endorsing President Museveni).

    Dr. Joel Mirembe, a doctor at the UMA noted that they are not against Dr. Oledu and just like the UMA statement noted, whatever he did, he did it in his own capacity and so they are here to protect the Association.

    He adduced, “It is sad that the doctors leadership body is invited to discuss a topic of political succession. That is where the issue is.

    “We have reached out to Dr. Oledu and he is okay and safe. He hasn’t commented about his action, he seems not concerned about what is happening.”

    Dr. Lulume however insisted that UMA will continue with its aspirations because it is Constitutional but what Oledo did scandalized the whole Association, and he must be brought to book.

    “Impeachment is one of the reprimanding measures, but the doctors will take the decision.”

    Dr. Mirembe adduced that Dr. Oledo is the President of the Uganda Medical Association, but what he did was embarrassing and wrong for the profession.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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