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Where Is The Report, You Spent A Lot Of Taxpayers’ Money – MP Nambooze Challenges Bamugemereire’s Land Probe….

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze Bakireeke has challenged the members of the Commission of inquiry into land matters led by Constitutional Court justice Catherine Bamugemereire to produce their final report which took billions of taxpayers’ money.

Appearing on NBS TV’s Barometor extra, Nambooze tasked Fredrick Ruhindi one of the seven members sitting on the land probe to explain to Ugandans why up to now they have failed to reveal to the country the results of their investigations.

“I know you’re a prominent lawyer Mr. Ruhindi but why do you always interpret laws to excite Mr. Museveni, he appointed you to that land commission, you took a lot of our money but up to now you have not produced the report, what were you doing all that time,” the nonsense MP asked.

In 2016, president Museveni appointed the commission of inquiry into land matters to investigate the rampant land evictions with the aim of solving the land problem in the country.

The commission took over three years investigating land matters and in their interim report recommended the restructuring and amalgamation of various government agencies that control land matters into two bodies, these include Land Authority and Conservation Agency.

The commission was expected to handover their final report to the appointing authority last year (2019) but it is still stuck on their computers.

When contacted on the matter recently, Byenkya told theGrapevine that the completion of their report was affected by lack of funds.

Byenkya explained that they have taken almost six months without receiving their salaries and allowances.

He however disclosed that the good news is the president directed the Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija to release money to the commission.

Suprisingly, justice Bamugemereire has already reported back to the court of Appeal while other staffs have already gone back to their government offices.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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I Swear Upon God It Wasn’t Me: Saleh Distances Himself From Ndeeba Church Demolition Before Kazimba…

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Gen. Salim Saleh, the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has distanced himself from the demolition of St Peters Church Ndeeba in Kampala.

There were media reports that had started linking Saleh as the invisible hand funding Dodoviko Mwanje, the man who facilitated the demolition of the church.

While addressing the House of Bishops led by Archbishop Stephen Kazimba at Kawanda Research Institute, Saleh said that he was saddened by allegations that he was behind the extinction of the church.

“I’m (always) here in Kapeeka, I haven’t got time to respond, I’m hearing Saleh you are grabbing land, am I a mad person to grab a church? So for that matter, I want to swear before you the Bishops and Archbishop that in the name of God I’m not involved in that church demolition issues,” Saleh assured the House of Bishops from the Anglican faith on Wednesday.

 

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I Want To Look At Bobi’s Academic Papers, Someone Born In  1982 Cannot Join Primary One At Two Years Of Age! – Mabirizi Questions EC Over Kyagulanyi Nomination…

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Contentious city lawyer, Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Electoral Commission to avail him with the academic documents of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) and National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

On Tuesday, The EC announced that Kyagulanyi was among 8 other candidates picked nomination forms to stand for presidency, taking the total number of applicants to 19, after 10 others collected theirs on Monday.

In a petition dated 10th/August/2020, Mabirizi wrote to the Electoral Commission secretary requesting for certified copies of Kyagulanyi’s nomination academic papers for the Kyadondo East by-election, in which the latter eventually emerged victorious.

The introductory part of the petition read; “I address you in my capacity as a civically active Uganda well aware of your constitutional duty as elaborated under Article 61(1)(d) of the Constitution to organize, conduct and supervise elections and referenda in Uganda and you indeed held a bye-election in Kyadondo East bye-election where Robert Kyagulanyi participated as a candidate and declared winner and now a sitting Member of Parliament.”

The lawyer noted that section 4(3)( C) of the Parliamentary Elections Act ,2005 provides that a person is only qualified to be an MP if that person has completed a minimum formal education of at least Advanced level standard or its equivalent of the Ugandan Education system, a fact he says he wants to prove.

Mabirizi persisted that the EC must have therefore have been availed with his academic documents to prove Kyagulanyi completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent before nominating him. Mabirizi now demands to have a look at the NUP leader’s papers.

“The required documents are required to satisfy my doubts that the said Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu possesses the said qualifications given that as per his details via the parliamentary website, he was born in 1982 and sat A- level in 1998. Implying that if the birth year is true, he sat A-level at 16 years, O-level at 13 years PLE at nine years and joined primary one at two years,” Mabirizi insinuated.

The lawyer insisted that his doubts can only be satisfied by looking at the academic documents tendered to the Electoral Commission in 2017 at nomination prior to the Kyadondo East by-election.

Robert Kyagulanyi is currently legally battling allegations of illegally obtaining, taking over and changing the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) into the National Unity Platform and later assuming it’s presidency.

The provocative lawyer has in the past been notably known to contentiously dare the head of state, the state itself and various state officials to legal battles in the courts of law. And for a traditional Muganda man who has petitioned his cultural leader before, Mabirizi’s latest move is significantly so typical of him. For many however, mostly Kyagulanyi’s fanatics have deemed his action as an attempt to seek relevance to shelter his ambitious political career, on a hint that he could vie for the upcoming 2021 general election.

 

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You Cannot Pay Katureebe For Doing Nothing – Mabirizi Challenges Former CJ’s Retirement Package, Stands In Matembe’s Way Back To Parliament….

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L-R: Matembe, lawyer Mabirizi and former CJ Bart Katureebe

Controversial city lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka has asked the East African court of Justice to stop the election of the five representatives of the elderly and the elections in the new 46 constituencies until his main suit is determined.

Mabirizi petitioned the regional court challenging the bills passed by parliament and accented to by the president during the COVID19 lockdown.

He insisted that all the bills which include the parliamentary elections Amendment bill which turned into an Act, the passing of the Uganda Administration of the Judiciary Bill which turned into Act, the passing of shs1.8trn supplementary budget on the 25th of June 2020, the Uganda Minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs making and Uganda parliament approval of the Republic of Uganda’s political parties and Organization Conducts of meetings and Elections Regulations 2020 and President Yoweri Museveni’s appointing of Dorothy Kisaka as the new Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) all contravene the constitution of Uganda and the East African Treaty.

Former ethics and integrity Minister Miria Matembe has declared interest to contest for one of the five seats to represent the elderly in the eleventh parliament.

She revealed that God told her to put all other assignments aside and go back to parliament to represent her fellow old people something that lawyer Mabirizi says is illegal.

In his petition to the regional court, Mabirizi claims that the decision of the parliament of Uganda and president Yoweri Museveni through assent, to commit colourable legislation by amending article 78(1) of the constitution, altering the composition of parliament as stated there under by creating the five seats for elderly persons through the parliamentary elections amendment bill 2020, are lawful and infringements on the fundamental and operational principles of the East African Community  which include good governance including adherence to the principles of democracy , the rule of law, accountability, transparency and the maintenance of universally accepted standards of human rights.

Mabirizi insisted that the bill was passed without quorum, public participation or debate and the bill for amendment of the constitution.

The controversial lawyer also challenges the passing of the Judiciary Administration bill 2020 because there was no quorum in the house.

“Section 29 grants retirement benefits to surviving spouses and dependent children of the deceased judicial officer for 15 years which defeats the principles of good governance, equity before the law and common sense,” Mabirizi stated.

He wondered in his petition why the retiring judicial officers are given salaries and other benefits equivalent to those of the serving judicial officers when the retired one is no longer working.

He also challenged section 20 which allows judicial officers to work in other institutions contrary to Article 128(1-2) of the Constitution since this creates a window for the president to compromise judges through such appointments.

Mabirizi insists that section 5(d) and 18-12 give the judiciary council a function to maintain ethics and integrity within the judiciary and set up an inspectorate of courts within the judiciary, contrary to Article 147(1)(b) of the constitution which prescribes one of the functions of the Judicial Service Commission as to receive and process people’s recommendations and complaints concerning the judiciary and the administration of justice and generally to act as a link between the people and judiciary.

He noted that the establishment of the judicial service in the new law contravenes Article 148 of the Constitution which provides that the Judicial Service Commission may appoint persons to hold or act in any judicial office other than the offices specified in article 147(3) of the constitution and confirm appointments in and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices and remove such persons from offices.

He further revealed that the new law creates the secretary to the judiciary to be appointed by the president under article 174 of the constitution contrary to Constitutional court decision which held that being an independent arm of government , the judiciary cannot have its secretary appointed by the president.

He further explained that it’s very clear in the constitution that parliament shall not pass any law to alter the decision or judgment of any court as between the parties to the decision or judgment.

In the same suit, Mabirizi also challenged the creation of the 46 new constituencies saying they were passed without quorum, without debate and without suspension of parliamentary Rules of procedures requiring debate which is contrary to article 63(2) of the constitution which requires the demarcation to be made by the electoral commission, article 63(3).

He added that the Constitution requires the electoral commission to review the division of Uganda into constituencies within twelve months after the publication of results of the census of the population of Uganda and may as a result redemarcate the constituencies.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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