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What You Missed During Age Limit Case: Gov’t Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo Reported For Leaking State Secrets, East African Court Directs MP Nambooze And Others To Pay Billions To Gov’t…

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Government spokesperson who also doubles as the Executive Director of the media center is in trouble after being accused of giving vital government secrets to non-government officials.

During the proceedings of the Age limit in the East African courts of Justice, Attorney General William Byaruhanga was shocked to learn that much of the evidence the applicant, city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi based on was given to him by Ofwono Opondo.

“My Lords Mr. Mabirizi based on baseless evidences which he claims was given to him by a one Ofwono Opondo,  it’s not true, he is  just targeting our officials who are holding sensitive offices on behalf of the Ugandans,” Byaruhanga submitted.

In his submission, Mabirizi told Honorable Lady Justice Monica Mugenyi, Honorable Justice Dr. Charles Nyawello and Honorable Justice Charles Nyachae of the East African Court of Justice that when he was hosted on NBS TV to discuss the Supreme Court judgment on the Age limit Appeal, he met Ofwono who boasted that there was no way he was going to defeat the ruling NRM party when most of the justices on the panel were their cadres.

The flamboyant lawyer revealed that Ofwono also told him that Justice Jotham Tumwesigye, one of the justices who ruled in the favor of the Attorney General was his boss at the NRM secretariat when he was the Director legal.

Mabirizi further told court that Tumwesigye’s judgment was biased given his closeness to the beneficiary of the lifting of the age limit from the Constitution since they went in the same school and he worked in his government.

He added that it was unethical for retired Chief Justice Bart Katureebe to preside over the age limit case well knowing that he is a close friend to president Museveni having worked in his government as the Attorney General and a Minister who at one time traveled in the same vehicle with Museveni to Tanzania.

He also told court that Justice Arach Amoko was also compromised since her husband was appointed by Museveni as an ambassador.

Lawyers Ssemakadde (L) and Mabirizi

“In the instant case, none of the Justices made an affidavit to rebut the evidence and I have not seen any averment by any other person to controvert my evidence,” Mabirizi insisted.

He further accused the Constitutional court of treating him like an alien before them, he gave an example of statements from the acting Chief Justice who bragged during the hearing of the age limit case that his court was not going to be the first to breach the rules of procedure.

Mabirizi said that in the same court, he was prevented from asking Gen. David Muhoozi, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief of Defence Forces questions especially on who commanded the historical attack on Parliament during the age limit debate.

He also pined the Constitutional court for allowing defective affidavits on the court record.

He said that the Supreme Court also extended time for filling submissions without his application and input.

Mabirizi also told court that he was humiliated when he was told to sit in the dock as if he was attending a criminal trial and when the matter went to the Supreme Court, they assigned him an isolation desk contrary to article 21(1) of the constitution which guarantees equality before and under the law.

He added that the Supreme Court even denied him Shs.20m awarded to each petitioner yet article 126(2) of the constitution requires compensation to be done irrespective of whether a party is represented or not.

He told court that during the delivering of the judgement, the then Chief Justice was suffering from infirmity of the body after losing his sight and was on his way to surgery.

He insisted that there was judicial fraud where after obtaining a majority of 4-3 stating that the constitutional court erred in law in applying the substantiality test, thereby winning the appeal, the Chief Justice announced the opposite declaring him the loser.

“My lords, this is the gravest injustice I have ever seen and heard of. Although a party can agonize over an unfair decision, it is beyond agony for the same court to refuse to declare a party’s win. I have demonstrated how the entire appeal rested on substantiality test and winning it meant winning the appeal but the Chief Justice chose to swindle my win,” Mabirizi stated.

Mabirizi asked the regional court to declare that the decision made by the Ugandan courts violated the East African treaty and declare it false.

However, the Attorney General who represented Ugandan Government insisted that Mabirizi only lacks experience on how court proceedings are handled that’s why he accuses judicial officers of being biased.

He said that the reason why he was evicted from siting in places where Advocates sit is because he didn’t go to Law Development Center for a certificate of legal practice.

He asked court to punish Mabirizi for insulting Uganda’s judicial officers and also dismiss his case with costs.

Earlier, the court dismissed with costs a case where Ugandan lawyers led by Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze the spokesperson of the people’s government, Kira Municipality legislator Ibrahim Semujju Nganda and others were also challenging the lifting of the age limit in the East African court of Justice.

Donald Omondi Deya, a celebrated Tanzanian lawyer who was representing the petitioners, told court that he was withdrawing his petition because his clients lost interests in it. He prayed to court to withdraw his case without costs but Attorney General Byaruhanga insisted that the government lost a lot of money because of the case and wanted to be compensated.

Mabirizi tried to plead to court not to slap costs on Members of Parliament because they brought the matter as a public interest litigation but not commercial. However, court agreed with the Attorney General and the matter was dismissed with costs.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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M7 Demonstrates He Is Still Fit To Run Uganda, Increases Push-ups From 30 To 40….

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President Yoweri Museveni has released another video exhibiting his physical abilities in a 40 push up challenge.

Leading by example, Museveni initiated the challenge as a means to facilitate the ‘Stay home, Stay safe’ campaign which encourages Ugandans to observe the Standard Operating Procedures as a way of combating the COVID19.

“Just like I have always advised, even at your own home, you can stay safe, and remain fit and healthy,” Museveni stated.

From releasing a hip hop rap song, to trotting all the way to the podium at his addresses, Museveni is so peculiar with pulling off humorously controversial stunts. This is the second video of that sort, having released another of the same kind earlier on this year in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similar to the first, in the video, the head of state is caught on camera running around his office barefoot in a sleeveless shirt and trainer pants. The only difference is this time round, the pushups were a bit proper than the in the first attempt.

The incumbent president capitalised the moment to remind Ugandans how fit he is to run in the next election.

“After work last night, I challenged my Bazukulu (grandchildren) to an indoor work-out. We did Forty Push-ups,” Museveni said on his official social media platforms.

After work last night, I challenged my Bazukulu to an indoor work-out. We did Forty Push-ups.

Just like I have always advised, even at your own home, you can stay safe, and remain fit and healthy.

Posted by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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Former MP Kipoi Losses Constitution Petition In Treason Case After His Lawyer Failed To Renew Practicing License…

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Embattled former Bubulo West Member of Parliament (MP) Tonny Kipoi has lost his constitution petition in the constitutional court after his lawyer failed to renew his practicing license.

Kipoi through his lawyer Rtd. Maj. Ronald Iduli challenged section 119 of the UPDF Act which allows the court martial to charge any civilian found in possession of firearms.

In his petition, Kipoi claimed that the said article undermined the independence of judiciary especially the criminal system.

However, when the matter came up for hearing, Jeffrey Atwiine, the principle state Attorney who was representing the state first applied for extension of time to file his defense which Iduli accepted.

Iduli also applied for an adjournment to respond to the defense of state which the panel of five justices of the constitutional court led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru objected to.

Immediately, Kakuru insisted that counsel Iduli was operating illegally since he did not have instructions to represent Kipoi.

In defense, the soft spoken lawyer from Busoga, insisted that he had instructions to represent his client and that he frequently talked to him.

Justice Kakuru seemed not to be convinced with Iduli’s explanation; he told him that his client was released from prison after agreeing with the state to be given amnesty.

Iduli asserted that even though his client was given amnesty, the charges against him are still pending in the Court Martial and he was is still on bail.

Justice Steven Musota raised another matter of Iduli’s practicing license and tasked him to produce it. Iduli laboured to convince the justices that the law council had not yet renewed their practicing licenses because of the COVID19 pandemic, he even showed court evidence that he had applied for the renewal of his practicing license.

Justice Musota tasked Iduli to tell court how long he has been in practice to which he replied eight years.

It should be remembered that Iduli was a defense counsel in the military court martial before being forcefully retired from the force.

The justices adjourned the matter for twenty minutes and when they come back, they dismissed it on grounds that the lawyer who represented the petitioner didn’t have a practicing license.

A bitter Iduli insisted that he is going to appeal at the Supreme Court because it was an error for justices to dismiss his client’s matter without giving him an opportunity to look for another advocate who has a practicing license to represent him as indicated in section 15(a) of the Advocates Act.

It should be remembered that Kipoi was arrested from Botswana and he was extradited to Uganda on charges of treason after being found in possession of firearms.

State alleges that while in Botswana, Kipoi tried to solicit for funds and firearms to wage a war on President Yoweri Museveni with a mission of overthrowing him.

He was charged in the military court martial but later released on bail.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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SHOCKING: How Power Struggles At Coffee Dev’t Authority Are Spelling Doom For Millions Of Coffee Farmers And Exporters In Uganda…

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UCDA officials Perez Bukumunhe (L), Emmanuel Iyamulemye (R), Edmund Kananura (top middle) and Andrew Lajul Kilama (bottom middle)

As the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) board prepares to reinstate Kilama, information has emerged showing that his removal is just a tip of the iceberg of the intrigue at the Authority which spells bad news for millions of coffee farmers and exporters in Uganda.

During their board meeting sometime back, the directors of UCDA voted to renew the contract of director quality assurance Kyerere Kananura Edmund because his performance was very good.

The same meeting chaired by board chairman Perez Bukumunhe blocked the contract for board secretary and director corporate services by the names of Andrew Lajul Kilama. This happened because the UCDA MD Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye Niyibigira had recommended termination for Kilama and renewal for Kyerere Kananura for another five years.

UCDA board minutes signed by John Nuwagaba show that Kilama’s contract couldn’t be renewed because a private HR consultant called Coach Peter Kimbowa had assessed his performance and advised it was not good. In the end, Kilama was chased from UCDA forcing him to go to court to challenge his removal from the job. His case number was 270 of 2019 and at the end of it all, Judge Moses Sekana decided the case in favor of Kilama and directed UCDA to give him back his job and pay him costs for the time he lost.

 

As the UCDA board prepares to reinstate Kilama, information has emerged to show that his removal is just a tip of the iceberg because there is a lot of intrigue at UCDA which is very bad news for millions of coffee farmers and exporters in Uganda.

The MD Iyamulemye is accused of fighting Kilama for all these years because they both competed for the MD job which went to Iyamulemye. In one of his petitions to the board, Kilama pointed out that Iyamulemye has always been fighting him and that he even caused UCDA’s organizational job structure to be changed for his post to change from director finance and administration to something less powerful.

He says the MD made him Director corporate services and the power to control procurement was taken away from him. He adds that when time came for staff performance appraisal forms to be filled to prepare for new contracts, the MD subjected him to a different appraisal method different from other employees and the aim was to fail him.

He says Iyamulemye doesn’t want him in the organization because he fears he will once again compete for the MD post like he did last time. Kilama had many times presented his performance appraisal forms for assessment but the MD would allegedly sit on them and make sure time runs out and he fails to save his job of board secretary and director corporate affairs. Iyamulemye later accused Kilama of refusing to sign his part on the performance appraisal forms yet in actual sense it’s the MD who kept absenting himself saying he is very busy with other office work.

 

As such there are lots of political fights inside UCDA because staff are split into two camps one supporting Iyamulemye and another for Kilama who court says must get back his job because there was wrongful dismissal. But the fight hasn’t been very easy for Kilama because Iyamulemye is very connected to powerful offices. Some days ago, media reports showed that many UCDA bosses had left the company because they don’t like to work with Iyamulemye who is a very tough boss.

The senior staff members who have left UCDA because of the bad working environment have been many e.g. Admin manager Micheal Mugenyi, Strategy & Business development director Norman Mutekanga, Bradford Ochieng who is these days the deputy ED for Uganda Tourism Board.

Samson Omwa was director business strategy but he also quit when things became too hot. Samson Akankiza who is now the Deputy MD for Diary devt authority was also working with UCDA as project manager but he left because he realized Iyamulemye wasn’t comfortable with him in the company.

 

By Grapevine Reporters

 

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