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    We Shall Recruit New Judges To Address Case Backlog – President Museveni Assures CJ Owiny Dollo…



    President Yoweri Museveni (L) and Chief Justice Owiny Dollo


    President Yoweri Museveni has seconded Chief Justice Owiny Dollo’s proposal to have a Chief Magistrate per district.

    President Museveni noted that even in the 2021-2026 manifesto of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), he promised to recruit more judges to address case backlog. He affirmed that this shall be handled in this five-year term.

    Presenting at the opening of the new law year 2021, Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo revealed that the judiciary was heading for a crisis with the election petitions in the magisterial areas.

    “It took the immediate and kind intervention of the Judicial Service Commission to assign 15 Magistrates and accord them the status of acting Chief Magistrate to be able to handle these election petitions,” the Chief Justice revealed.

    President Museveni disclosed that with regard to the 2020 achievements of the judiciary, he was impressed that the judiciary registered substantial results in case of disposal even with the COVID19 pandemic.

    “The Administration of Justice Act is now in place and I am confident that with it, the judiciary is given a platform to perform better than before. I would want to see a corrupt-free judiciary,” Museveni said.

    “The government is interested in seeing commercial cases especially those involving investors resolved quickly. Cases involving corrupt officials should also be prioritized,” the president added.

    President Museveni also revealed that he is happy with the Judiciary’s innovations such as hearing of cases using technology like video conferencing. He said he fully supports the plans of the Judiciary to automate the courts.

    Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, also disclosed that last year was an unusual one for everyone including lawyers across the world. He said that wasn’t because the courtrooms were shut down but the businesses which are the oxygen of the legal business were affected fundamentally.

    “I am aware that our colleagues in private practice were hard-hit by the pandemic but we are thankful that the situation seems to be moving towards gradual normalcy. Throughout the most difficult phase of the lockdown, the bench remained resilient by keeping open for critical and urgent matters especially those that touch on personal liberties,” Byaruhanga said.

    “I want to remind my colleagues to always remember their cardinal role which is to represent the interests of our people with the utmost fidelity and a sense of duty to society. Unprofessional tendencies don’t do any good to a profession that’s already under pressure,” he added.

    Minister Ephraim Kamuntu also insisted that the judicial challenges still remain reducing the backlog of cases, enhancing the level of public trust in the judiciary and improving equal access to Justice besides improving adherence to the rule of law.


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    We Are Not Surprised, Bobi Wine Reacts As Gov’t Shuts Down Human Rights Office; Blames Regime For His LGBTQ Photoshopped Pictures



    The president of the National Unity Platform (NUP) Robert  Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is unhappy with the decision by government to terminate the operations of the offfice of the United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR).

    The ministry of foreign affairs said last week that it will not be renewing the mandate of OHCHR due to the strong government commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, the prevailing peace throughout the country, presence of  strong national human rights institutions and a vibrant civil society with capacity to monitor the promtion and protection of human rights in the country.

    Bobi Wine says he is not surprised by the move, further alleging that the regime has in the past closed Non Government Organisations (NGOs), Facebook and DGF (Democratic Governance Facility) due to ‘growing international condemnation’.

    “In the face of growing international condemnation and isolation, tyrant Museveni has in the past responded by shutting down NGOs, Facebook, DGF and declaring several international staff persona Non-Grata (unwelcome) or deporting them,” Bobi Wine’s comment reads in part.

    OHCHR in 2021 condemned the brutalisation of journalists who had gone to cover Bobi Wine’s petition to OHCHR  after the 2021 general election. These were brutalised during a crash between police and NUP supporters.

    Bobi Wine has also come out to comment on pictures that have been circulating on social media portraying him as an LGBTQ advocate. Bobi Wine says the pictures were photoshopped by regime propagandists.

    “Over the past weeks, paid regime propagandists have photoshopped  these images and shared them widely to drive their known agenda. Please ignore them and treat them with contempt,” he said.

    Bobi Wine says while his supporters are ‘abducted’ and accused of computer misuse and offensive communication, regime propagandists are at liberty to fake anything against the opponents. He further stated that no amount of lies or  blackmail will deter him in his quest for a better country (Uganda).


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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener



    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.



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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 



    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP


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