The State witness in the loss of pension in Uganda fears to come to court. The Judge is not happy about it:

Prison warders escort former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy

Prison warders escort former Public Service permanent secretary Jimmy Lwamafa (R) and former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey (L) to the Anti-Corruption Court for a hearing of their case recently. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA

By BETTY NDAGIRE


Posted  Tuesday, December 22   2015 

Kampala, UGANDA:

The Anti-Corruption Court Judge Lawrence Gidudu yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the State’s failure to present a witness to testify against key suspects in the Shs88 billion pension scam.

The suspects include former permanent secretary in the ministry of Public Service Jimmy Lwamafa, former Principal Accountant Christopher Obey, and former director research and development Stephen Kiwanuka Kunsa.

Hearing of their case was set to proceed with submission by the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Ms Adah Kabarokole Muwanga, but she failed to show up before court on grounds that she was unwell.

This is the second time she failed to show up.

This second instance annoyed Justice Gidudu who proposed they deal with her (Muwanga’s) testimony, saying her absence was a sign that she might never appear.

However, the prosecutor, Ms Ms Barbra Kawuma, pleaded with court to avail her another chance to be heard, arguing that Ms Muwanga’s evidence is crucial for their case and being a civil servant, she has obligation to show up to testify and court should be granted another chance.

Postponement

Consequently, the judge allowed prosecution until January 8, 2016, and threatened to reconsider releasing the suspects on bail.

Justice Gidudu explained that in criminal law, when suspects are on remand, their trial should be speeded and that if the prosecution is continuously dragging its feet, then he will be obliged to release the suspects on bail.

Currently, prosecution is left with six witnesses who should testify before the end of February 2016, for court to rule on whether, the suspects have a case to answer.

The suspects have been on remand since August this year and two different judges have on two different occasions, denied to release the suspects on bail, agreeing with the prosecution that once out of jail, they will jeopardise investigations like they did in the initial pension case of Shs165 billion that was dismissed.

The trio is accused of fraudulently budgeting for over Shs88 billion of civil servants’ pension contribution to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) well knowing that civil servants don’t contribute to NSSF.


bndagire@ug.

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Sidney Asubo is the Financial Intelligence Authority ED


Uganda’s Financial Intelligence Authority has formally begun preliminary investigations that will dig up details of the 57 people linked to Uganda, with secret accounts in HSBC, a Swiss bank.

Speaking to The Observer yesterday, Sydney Asubo, the FIA executive director, said the investigations will look into who these people are, how they are linked to Uganda, and if they are hiding illicit money.

Asubo added that while it is not illegal to have foreign bank accounts, the money laundering law empowers FIA to investigate any suspicious money. Early this month, HSBC’s secret files of over 100,000 clients were leaked to French authorities who also distributed them to different media outlets.

The leaked files reveal that 57 out of the 100, 000 clients have links to Uganda, and they hold a stash of $89.3 million (about  Shs 255.6bn) in the bank. One of the clients, whose association with Uganda is closer, has about $8.8m (about Shs 25.1bn).

Details from the leaked files show that 212 bank accounts were opened by people with links to Uganda, of which 83 accounts were opened between 1972 and 2006, and 50 of those accounts were active in 2006, which was an election year.

“We have to find all the illicit money wherever it is, whether within Uganda or out of Uganda,” he said, adding that in case it is discovered that the money is illicit, any individual or institution responsible will face the law.

Asked about the status of the inquiry, Asubo said they were in the preliminary stages of the investigations.

“We have written to Swiss authorities and we hope to update you if any substantial details are found,” he said. FIA will be assisted by other state organs such as the external security organisation and police.

In 2012, Parliament established an inquiry into allegations that senior government officials had received bribes from oil companies to swing oil contracts in the bribers’ favour. In its report to Parliament, the probe team said it could not pin the government officials because the countries, Switzerland inclusive, where the accounts of the said transactions took place, refused to cooperate with the team.


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Commissioner for Land Registration department Sarah Kulata

The commissioner for Land Registration department, Sarah Kulata has denied responsibility in the Shs 26bn loss made by government in the fraudulent compensation of more than 180 people alleged to own land in wetlands and forest reserves.


In 2013, people were issued with land tittles and later compensated by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA). Evidence before the commission of inquiry into mismanagement, abuse of office and corrupt practices in UNRA; indicates that the land registration department went ahead to issue land tittles in wetland and forest reserves without consultation with environmental body, NEEMA or the National Forest Authority (NFA) who are legally the custodians of wetlands and forest reserves respectively.


Kulata however told the commission on Friday while being interrogated by the lead counsel Andrew Kasirye that the role of her office was recording land titles as issued by the district Land boards and thus the blame should be put on the district land officials at Wakiso.


"The people who collected the money should pay it back. My lord, commissioners I earlier stated that the controlling authority is the owner of the land. [in] land registration, the registrar is at the tail end of the process of titling. Squarely put the blame on the district land board, the controlling authority", she said.

Kasirye interjected asking: "What is the purpose of having a registrar? A registrar is skilled in matters of land law. Are you suggesting to this commission that being at the tail end, your officers are mere rubber-stamps. Should we recommend that we remove them?".

The 1995 constitution puts all wetlands and forest reserves in custody of government for the people of Uganda. A gazette notice was issued in February 2013 and most of the controversial land tittles were issued between March 2013 and December 2014.


The Legal Affairs director Christopher Gashirabaki had earlier informed the commission that following a gazette of land to be covered by roads, UNRA takes charge and no land tittles can be issued to the alleged owners. However, the Land Registration department went ahead to issue land tittles and leases in the said areas.


Among those given the leases and claimed compensation is Minister of Land, Housing Development Daudi Migereko for his land in Munyonyo. The Minister had in February written to all stakeholders halting further activities on the land. He is set to appear and give details to claims of influence peddling, ownership of illegal land tittles in the Express Highway land etc.


When asked if her department took dual diligence to verify the titles, Kaluta said "My lord, commissioners, land registration is a process where the department of land registration is at the tail end. There is another department of administration which does supervising, monitoring and guiding controlling authorities. I believe the department of land administration must have informed the controlling authority audibly."


Kulata is to appear again on Monday to answer on fraudulent compensation in the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road project as well as avail more details in relation to the Kampala Entebbe Express Highway compensation.

The World Health Organization is asking a refund of shs 1.2 billion from the Uganda Health ministry because of dodgy mismanagement:    

In charge. Dr Diana Atwine. FILE PHOTO

In charge. Dr Diana Atwine. FILE PHOTO 

Kampala. Authorities at the World Health Organisation (WHO) have ordered Ministry of Health officials to refund Shs1.2b aimed at improving healthcare services in the country.

The money meant for boosting health service delivery chain in the various districts, remains unaccounted for. 
Sunday Monitor understands that the political leadership in the ministry asked for more time to look into this matter as pressure mounts from WHO over the missing funds.

Pressure from WHO 
Speaking during a meeting of district health officers and district education officers organised by the Ministry of Local Government in Kampala on Friday, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine, confirmed that “the ministry is being asked to refund Shs1.2b to the World Health Organisation because it has not been accounted for right from the districts.” The PS talked of lack of accountability for funds disbursed to districts to deliver health services and reprimanded district leaders on the abuse of government vehicles.

Dr Atwine threatened to recall all vehicles used by district health departments across the country “because they are being seized by politicians and Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs)” and revealed that she had already recalled one vehicle from Kole District.

“I have already signed a letter to recall the health departmental car for Kole District because it had been grounded after its battery was removed to be used in another car. I am going to recall more cars because they are not being used for doing health work,” Dr Atwine said.

The PS said the car being recalled from Kole District was donated by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI). 
She said health service delivery in districts is being hampered by politicians who use the department’s cars to do their errands, adding that Kole district is doing badly in immunisation.
“These cars must be recalled and I am not apologetic. So the CAOs must take charge of the equipment and vehicles given to their districts,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Mr Benjamin Kumumanya, who convened the meeting, said the blame for abuse of government vehicles meant for monitoring of health service delivery in the districts should be placed on the CAOs, who he said have for one year failed to declare the status of government fleet in their districts.

“About a year ago, we wrote to the CAOs to provide statistics for the vehicle fleet so that we know which district is lacking what vehicle but instead of giving us data, they are quiet,” Mr Kumumanya said.
Mr Kumumanya, who conceded that most of the local governments do not have enough vehicles, explained that “the issue of transport is being debated at the central government level.”

He revealed that currently, the ministry is processing the procurement of cars and motorcycles for production departments for all districts and sub-counties.
Mr Kumumanya also emphasised the need for district education officers and district health officers to inspect and monitor schools and health facilities to ensure effective service delivery.

Private schools
The PS asked the local governments to ensure that no more private schools open for business before being fully licensed by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The director of education services in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ms Kedress Turyagenda, who represented the PS, Alex Kakooza, asked the district education officers to develop strategies for working with key stakeholders to get good results in government schools.

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In Uganda, the Youth group welcomes the government Auditor's report on the dodgy sale of Crane Bank by the Bank of Uganda:

September 21, 2018

Written by Baker Batte

Youth Power Research Uganda Ltd address the media

The Youth Power Research Uganda Ltd address the media

 

A group of youths have praised the Auditor General’s report for implicating Bank of Uganda in the fraudulent sell of Crane Bank to DFCU bank at a paltry Shs 200bn despite of having assets worth more than Shs 1.5 trillion.

Youth Power Research Uganda Ltd (YOPRU) say they're happy with the Auditor General's report because it gives confidence to potential investors that there are woking institutions in the country incase of any redress.

A report sent to parliament last week has mind-boggling revelations such as the payment of over Shs 12 billion to lawyers and consultancy firms that handled the sale without proper procedures.

The report also indicates that there were no minutes to show how Bank of Uganda arrived at DFCU bank as the best bidder to buy off Crane Bank that had been under the central bank receivership for three months.

“We are happy because our investors have a place to go when their hard earned capital is defrauded by selfish government officials. The Auditor General has delivered on his mandate by releasing a report about the irregular shutdown of Crane Bank by Bank of Uganda -  of which we have been repeatedly demanding agencies like the Auditor General and Inspectorate of Government to produce and deliver justice,” Ben Ssebuguzi, the YoPRU leader said.

He was addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday.

“The more we have rigorous systems that settle disputes for investors, the more we attract investments in our country hence more employment for our youths and more taxes to our government,” Ssebuguzi added.

He said their work as YOPRU is to act as a cushion to investors in circumstances where they feel that they have been ripped off. In such circumstances, Ssebuguzi said, they help alert the president and other accountability government departments through writing to them to take action.

“We do this with passion because we found out that investors need to have people to advocate for them just like we have human rights bodies that defend human rights victims.”

bakerbatte@observer.ug

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet power unlimited on the continent of Africa: Total Republican power without Presidential Term Limits.

Written by Richard M. Kavuma

Created: 07 April 2016

 

On October 25, the people of Congo Brazzaville voted, in a referendum, to change the country's Constitution to abolish the two-term limit on President Sassou Nguesso.

As RICHARD M KAVUMA writes, this is becoming a very African story. In Part 1 of a four-part series examining the origins and future of term limits in Africa, the author says the story is a familiar tale in Uganda, where President Museveni is now in court, accused of stealing last month's elections, 30 years since he took power, and 10 years since Uganda abolished term limits.

 

GOODBYE: Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete greets

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (R) shortly

before handing over power last year. Looking on

is Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni (2nd R) and Rwanda’s

Paul Kagame (L)

 

For four years, the catchphrase of Uganda’s civil society and opposition leaders was electoral reforms. The issue had united usually politically-shy nongovernmental organisations, religious leaders and opposition politicians into a vocal movement that traversed the country preaching clean elections to secure Uganda’s future.

Among the key reforms demanded was the restoration of presidential term limits in the Ugandan Constitution. But when parliament, dominated by President Museveni’s National Resistance Movement, voted on the reform proposals, the issue of the presidential term limits had been thrown out.

This was a huge disappointment for the broad movement that had toiled through police arrests and tear gas in a bid to ensure that power passes from one leader to another peacefully.

“I felt defrauded as a Ugandan and I felt that these MPs were an unserious lot,” says Job Kiija, the coordinator for citizens mobilization at the Uganda National NGO Forum. “It showed connivance between parliament and the executive to disregard the citizens’ concerns.”

Dr Zac Niringiye, a retired Anglican bishop who is now a fulltime political activist, looks back on the development as a lost opportunity.

“All dictators have now realized that term limits are their enemy; so, they are trying to do away with them,” Dr Niringiye says.

 

“Term limits are a very necessary check to the abuse of power and personalization of the state.”

 

AN AFRICAN STORY

Yet Uganda’s experience with presidential term limits is becoming all too common in Africa. Starting around the early 1990s, several African countries introduced presidential term limits in their Constitutions.

They hoped this would avoid a repeat of decades of decadent rule, characterized by civilian dictatorships and military coups. But within a decade, when term limits were supposed to start working, leaders started to fight them.

Between 1990 and 2009, some 24 (or 80 per cent) of presidents who reached the end of their tenure toyed with the idea of removing term limits. Of the 24, nine (38 per cent) abandoned the idea. Fifteen drew up legislation to change their Constitutions. And of these 15, at least 12 (80 per cent) succeeded, while only three (20 per cent) failed.

In Uganda’s case, the Constitution was amended in 2005. It meant that in 2006, instead of retiring after his second elective term, President Museveni ran for the third term. He has now ruled Uganda for nearly 30 years, and on November 3, 2015 he was nominated to run for his fifth term in next February’s elections.

In changing the Constitution to hold onto power, Museveni is not without company. On October 25, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville organized a referendum and Congolese voted for the constitution to be changed to allow him run for a third term.

Next door in Rwanda, parliament recently backed a move to amend the Constitution and allow President Paul Kagame to run for a third term. And further down in Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza has thrown his country in turmoil after going for “a third term”, which ended with his controversial election in July.

IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE

A closer look at what happened in Uganda in the three years leading up to 2005 shows that the demise of term limits follows a similar pattern. As soon as (sometimes even before) a leader is elected for his second term, faint noises start filtering in from the president’s circles calling for a change in the law to allow such an ‘excellent’ or ‘rare’ leader to continue being voted in office.

The proponents of the change will argue that the president in question had done a lot to transform his country and that it would be madness to lose such a leader. Later, they will argue that how come that countries like Britain and Germany do not have term limits yet they are democratic role models.

These small groups will soon become bigger and bolder, often confronting the president and ‘begging’ him to support changing the law so that he can continue serving his country.

Meanwhile, the president will do everything to come across as uninterested. As the debate gathers steam, the opposition, civil society organization, independent newspapers and donor countries will condemn the proposal. This will force the president to say that the matter of term limits will be decided by “the people” of his country and they alone.

This will work like an invitation by the president for the third term plans to be intensified. While groups supporting the third term are free to operate, the state machinery can often be deployed to counter or block civic campaigns against the removal of term limits. Any serious opponents of the term limits change will be over-whelmed by state patronage, including money or promises of political position.

Finally, a law will be drafted and MPs – usually a majority from the ruling party will pass the law removing term limits.

“As you remember, parliament at first rejected the proposal to bend the rules for President Museveni and he maneuvered somehow,” says Job Kiija, recalling what happened in 2005. “And Shs 5 million [about $1,430] each was given to a certain class of members of parliament that would then vote to remove the term limits.”

CAMPAIGN IN VAIN

Following the 2011 elections, a movement of Ugandan civil society, religious and political leaders started a campaign for the restoration of term limits, launched on March 25, 2012 in the western Ugandan town of Masindi.

“The presidential term limits are merely a step to achieve democracy and without them, the president has a blank cheque to rule forever,” Dr Niringiye said at the launch of the campaign, whose secretariat was coordinated by the NGO Forum’s Job Kiija.

Activists told the country that term limits were necessary because the longer a regime stays in power, the more it gets preoccupied with regime survival and regime survival comes at a cost.

“You have [leaders] becoming experts at corruption, at abusing public service, abusing service delivery, and that has a ripple effect on the ordinary Ugandans in terms of how their taxes are used,” Kiija says.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Ugandan police fought the campaign. For the very first meeting, the venue was surrounded and people were forced to stay away. In other towns the meetings were totally blocked, the police claiming that the organizers had no permission to hold the meeting.

After more than a year of traversing the country, the activists, including members of the ruling party, teamed up with MPs to draft a bill seeking reinstatement of the presidential term limits. In the end, the issue was incorporated into a series of electoral reforms demanded by the campaign for free and fair elections, which were presented to parliament in May 2015.

But parliament, dominated by Mr Museveni’s party, ignored the proposals in a decision three months later. Speaking in Kampala a day before the parliamentary decision, President Museveni told journalists that there was no need for term limits, which US president Barack Obama had called for during his recent visit to Kenya.

“If I am in power for a long time being elected by the people, that shows that I am a very popular person doing the right thing and I have no apologies to make to Obama or anybody else,” Museveni said at a joint press conference with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta, who is in his first term and whose country only allows two terms, agreed with Museveni.

“We have seen leaders who have been there for a long time being voted out. We have seen leaders who have been elected for a short time also voted out,” Kenyatta said.

“Popularity is a matter of how you deliver on your promises to the people who gave you the opportunity. Let us focus more on the democratic principle and the right of people to choose their leaders through the ballot.”

Africa’s longest-serving leaders

 

 

Leader

Country

Years

1

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angola

36

2

Teodoro Obiang Nguema

Equatorial Guinea

36

3

Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe

35

4

Paul Biya

Cameroon

32

5

Denis Sassou Nguesso

Congo Brazzaville

31

6

Yoweri Museveni

Uganda

30

7

King Mswati III

Swaziland

29

8

Omar al-Bashir

Sudan

26

9

Idriss Deby

Chad

25

 

Countries that have removed term limits

 

Country

Year of removal

Namibia

1998

Guinea

2001

Togo

2002

Tunisia

2002

Burkina Faso

2003

Gabon

2003

Chad

2005

Uganda

2005

Algeria

2008

Cameroon

2008

Senegal

2008

Niger

2009

Congo

2015

 

Countries that tried and failed to abolish

term limits

 

Country

Year of attempt

Zambia

2001

Malawi

2002

Nigeria

2006

 

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Owa Uganda Revenue Authority alaze entegeka y’okulwanyisa enguzi:
 
Nakawa | Nov 11, 2014
 
 EKITONGOLE kya URA kyafunye   Kaminsona Genero omuggya, Muky. Doris Akol, eyalondeddwa okudda mu bigere bya Allen Kagina eyawummudde oluvannyuma lw’okumalako ekisanja kye kya myaka 10. Ahmed Mukiibi  amubuuzizza ku nteekateeka empya z’aleeta.

Okoze mu URA emyaka 19, era obadde ku lusegere lwa  Kagina ebbanga lyonna,  bipya ki by’oleeta?

Kirungi nti okulondebwa mu kifo kino, mbadde mu URA okumala emyaka 19. Tuzze tukola ebintu nga tubikolera wamu ne Muky. Kagina, tuzimbye omusingi omulungi, tugenda kwongera ku musingi ogwo tulabe  ng’ebintu bye tuzze tukola tubyongerayo mu maaso. Eyo mu  maaso tujja kwetunulamu tulabe oba waliwo ebintu bye tulina okwongeramu, oba waliwo ekintu kye tulina okuggyawo nga tukiggyawo, ekikulu kwe kulaba nti ekitongole kituukiriza obuvunaanyibwa bwakyo.

Abasuubuzi abamu beemulugunya ku nkola empya eyitibwa, Single Customs Territory (SCT), URA gye  yaleese okusolooleza emisolo ku mwalo e Mombasa mu Kenya  ne Dar es Salaam mu Tanzania mu  kifo ky’okugisolooleza e Nakawa ne ku nsalo za Uganda. Abamu bagamba nti enkola eno eyamba basuubuzi abanene era balina n’okutya nti ebyamaguzi byabwe bigenda kweyongera okubulira mu kkubo wakati wa Mombasa ne Malaba

Enkola eno yatandika omwaka mulamba  oguyise,  yaleetebwa oluvannyuma lw’okukizuula nti engeri gye twali tukolamu emirimu gyaffe eky’okusolooza emisolo ku nsalo  yalimu ebirumira bingi ebyali bikosa abasuubuzi  mu ngeri ey’okubalwanyisa   ku nsalo nga balinda ebyamaguzi byabwe okukeberwa n’okugerekerwa emisolo. Twasalawo nti okuva ebyamaguzi byonna lwe bituukira ku mwalo  gumu e Mombasa, lwaki tuyimiriza ebyamaguzi mu bifo eby’enjawulo; okupima ebyamaguzi, okupima ttuleera kwe bitikkiddwa, okukebera empapula, okubifunira zibbondi ez’enjawulo e Malaba , Busia, Kampala n’ebirala. Enkola empya eya CST, y’engeri empya ebyamaguzi  gye bisasula emisolo gyonna omulundi  gumu ku mwalo. Bwe bituuka ku nsalo, biyitawo butereevu ne bigenda mu maduuka oba mu sitoowa za bannanyini byo.

 

Ekimu ku birungi ebiri mu nkola eno,  bwe budde empapula z’ebyamaguzi bwe zimala okukolwako nga buvudde ku nnaku 19  ne budda ku nnaku nnya (4) zokka ng’ebyamazi biwedde okukolwako. Kino kirungi eri URA n’abasuubuzi.

Enkola eno etwanguyirizza emirimu kubanga abantu baffe  bakola ku bantu bangi mu kaseera katono, olw’ensonga nti  obudde obwetaagibwa okukola  ku muntu omu bubeera butono,  n’olwekyo obusuubizi  bwanguwa ku ludda lwa bakasitooma baffe. Ekiva mu kino, z’ensimbi abasuubuzi ze basaasaanya  mu kuleeta ebintu okukendeera  kubanga babeera tebeetaaga kusasula za bbondi,  osasula  bbondi emu yokka ey’ebyamaguzi  byo okuva ku mwalo okutuuka  ku sitoowa yo.

Naye abamu ku basuubuzi bagamba nti enkola eno enyigiriza ab’ebintu ebitono

Enkola ya SCT, terina w’ekwatira ku bunene oba obungi bw’ebyamaguzi. Buli musuubuzi, ebyamaguzi by’aleeta oba bingi oba bitono, byonna bituukira  ku mwalo e Mombasa,  ne biyisibwa mu mitendera gye gimu. Oba konteyina emu, oba muli bameka mu konteyina emu, kasita ebintu bituuka e Mombasa,  bikolwako omulundi gumu ne bijja e Kampala.

Abamu ku basuubuzi beemulugunya nti enkola ya SCT ebanyigiriza kubanga  mu nkola enkadde babadde n’obudde obumala okunoonya ssente ez’emisolo  ng’ebyamaguzi byabwe  bwe biva e Mombasa okuleetebwa e Nakawa

Enkola ey’okusasula ssente tekyuse, okufaanana nga bwe gubadde emabega, bw’oba olina ssente  ng’osasula ebintu byo ne bijja n’obitwala mu dduuka, naye singa  obadde tolina  bulungi ssente, ebyamaguzi obireeta  ne bigenda mu ‘Warehouse’ ng’era  bwe kibadde,  bw’ofuna ssente  n’osasula  ne bigenda mu maduuka sso si kugamba nti    kaakati mu nkola ya SCT, ssente zirina okusasulirwawo

Abasuubuzi balina okutya nti ebyamaguzi byabwe bigenda kweyongera okubulira ku kkubo kubanga URA  tejja kubirondoola nga bw’ebadde  ekola mu nkola enkadde.

Sisuubira nti ekyo kijja kubeera bwe kityo olw’ensonga nti tulinawo enkola eyitibwa “Electronic Cargo Tracking Systems’, gye tweyambisa nga tuli wamu ne bannaffe mu Kenya. Era tulina entegeeragana  eyitibwa Joint Enforcement Team (JET) wakati wa Uganda, Kenya ne Rwanda okulaba nti ebyamaguzi bya Uganda bituuka mu Uganda n’ebya Rwana bituuka e Rwanda nga tweyambisa ssiiru  ezissibwa ku konteyina okukakasa nti tewali  azeemoolerako nga tezinnatuuka ku bannyini zo. Ekirala ebyamaguzi bino bibeera mu yinsuwa n’olwekyo singa wabaawo akabenje oba obuzibu byonna, Abasuubuzi tebasobola kufiirwa.

 

Abasuubuzi beebuuza lwaki URA tekyafaayo kubatuukamu okubasomesa ebikwata ku misolo nga bwe yali enkola emabega?

 Emisomo gy’ebyemisolo tubadde tetusomesa  buli muntu omulundi gumu wabula tubadde tusalawo nti kati ka tusomesa ab’ebidduka, ababazi b’ebitabo, balooya. Engeri gye tubadde tusomesaamu tugenze twesanga nga si buli omu aganyulwamu  n’olwekyo kati twagala emisomo  gibeere nga giganyula abantu abatuufu mu kiseera ekituufu. Kye twagala kati kwe kussaawo enkola ng’abantu abalina kye baagala okumanya oba okuyiga  babeerako awantu we bagenda ne bafuna amawulire ago gennyini ge beetaaga. Twagala n’okussaawo enkola nga bofiisa baffe   bagenda mu basuubuzi gye bakolera  babayigirize ebikwata ku bizinensi zaabwe.

Abasuubuzi  beemulugunya ku miwendo gya ddoola  URA gy’ekozesa mu kisolooza emisolo nti eri waggulu okusinga ku bbeeyi eri mu katale.

Emiwendo gya ddoola URA gy’ekozesa si y’ekigereka wabula  ffe emiwendo tugoberera egibeera mu katale. Okugeza tufuna  emiwendo  nga bwe gikyusekyuse mu myezi esatu egiyise  ne tugabizaamu ne tufuna gye tukozesa okumala emyezi esatu egijja mu maaso. Naye ddoola bw’erinnya  mu katale ne ddoola ya URA nayo erina okulinnya, naye oluusi weesanga ng’emiwendo gya ddoola gye tukozesa giri wansi okusinga n’egyo egiri mu katale.  Kati mu kiseera kino ddoola  ya URA eri ku 2,673/- sso nga mu katale ebbeeyi eri waggulu. Waliwo ebiseera ebimu ddoola ya URA bw’ebeera wansi okugeza nga mu 2010, waliwo ddoola lwe yalinnya n’etuuka mu 3,000/- kyokka nga mu URA ddoola yaffe eri wansi.

Abasuubuzi bagamba nti 'netiwaaka' ya URA esusse okuvaavaako  ate kibafiiriza ssente. Munaakisalira magezi ki?

 Neetiwaaka okuvaavaako kisobola okubeera nga neetiwaaka ya URA y’eriko obuzibu era kino kibaawo  ng’ebyuma byaffe bifunyeemu obuzibu.;  nga kivudde ku kkampuni ez’ebyumpuliziganya  eziwa URA  omukutu kwe tukolera  nga kino kifaanana  nga bw’okuba essimu n’ekugamba nti teriiko  kyokka ate bw’oddamu n’ogikuba ng’eyitamu. Naffe mu URA obuzibu obwo tufuna kompyuta zaffe ne zigaana naye ng’obuzibu si bwaffe wabula bwa kkampuni ezituwa omukutu. Engeri eyookusatu, netiwaaka okugaana  esobola okuva kw’oyo yennyinni  ali mu ‘Internet Café’ oba ku kompyuta ye  nga talina  ‘Data’   amala oba nga kompyuta ye terina maanyi gamala kumaliriza  kuyingiza bintu byonna tusobole okufuna mu URA.

Ekyokuna , bwe bumanyirivu kubanga ffenna tugezaako okuyiga okukozesa kompyuta, ffenna tekwenkanya bumanyirivu mu byakompyuta. Kye mulina okumanya nti tewali nkola  etuukiridde wabula tukola ekisoboka okulongoosa.

Mu kiseera kino URA etaddewo  ddoola obukadde 14 n’emitwalo 23 (eza Uganda obuwumbi nga 37 okugula ebyuma ebipya  okussaawo   kye tuyita ‘Seconds Data Center’, era tusuubira ebyuma bino  bigenda kubeera biwedde okuzimbibwa mu December. Abasuubuzi bagenda  kufunawo enjawulo mu mpeereza yaffe okutandika n’omwezi gwa March 2015. Tuteekateeka  okusomesa abasuubuzi bonna ku pulogulaamu eno nga tujja kusookera ku basuubizi 1,000 tubabangule ku nkozesa ya pulogulaamu eno.

 

Abamu ku bofiisa ba URA  balwawo okusalawo ku nsonga ez’emisolo, nga bamanyi ekituufu era  kino kikosezza abasubuuzi ne bafiirwa ebiseera ne ssente.

Abakozi baffe balina obusobozi n’obuyinza okusalawo, tebeetaaga kusooka kugenda waggulu okufuna olukusa. Obuzibu oluusi bujja ng’ekintu oli ky’amuleetedde kibulamu oba empapula oba nga waliwo ebitatuuse bulungi ofiisa waffe  n’abaako by’abuuza. Ekyo bwekibaawo, kiyinza okutwalibwa nti oli agaanyi okusalawo naye  oluusi wabaawo oli n’agaana okusalawo, ekyo tukimanyi kiyinza okubaawo era tugezaako abakozi baffe okubagamba  bali okuwa bakasitoma empeereza ennungi.

Tulina n’essimu  ze twassaawo abantu okukubako  okutuusa okwemulugunya kwabwe. Essimu ezo ziri: 0417 442222 ne 0800 117000.

Waliwo ebigambibwa nti abamu ku bakozi ba URA beeyingira mu kulya nguzi, olina ntegeka ki okumalawo omuze ogwo?

Nga bw’omanyi  ensi erimu abantu ab’emize  gyabwe naye mu URA tulina enkola zaffe  n’amateeka ge tugoberera  nti singa wabaawo omukozi yenna  aloopebwa, tumunoonyerezaako  ne tumusimba mu kakiiko akakwasisa empisa era bwe gumusinga tumugoberawo era abakozi baffe bakimanyi. Kimanye nti bw’oba toloopye, tetuyinza kumanya. Enguzi abeerawo wakati w’abantu babiri, agisaba n’agigaba.  Waliwo emirindi egimu, nga ssente ezigerekeddwa ziri waggulu, omusuubuzi n’azza omukozi waffe mu kyama,  asobole okusasula ssente entono, ekyo kikyamu.

Abasuubuzi  b’engatto  za NIIGIINA beemulugunya ku misolo gya URA  nti gisusse okubeera  waggulu ekivuddeko bakasitooma baabwe abaali nga bava e Burundi ne  Congo okuddukira e Rwanda, emisolo gye giri wansi.

Ekiri ku NIIGIINA gy’emiwendo gyazo kwe bazigulira ebweru n’emiwendo gya ddoola. Abamu ku basuubuzi bayinza okuzireeta nga doola eri wansiko ate abalala ne bazireeta nga ddoola eri wagguluko, kuno kw’ogatta ebbeeyi kwe baasuubulidde,  kubanga oluusi  wabaawo obutoogera mazima ku miwendo emituufu , ne beerabira nti naffe mu URA tukola okunoonyereza kwaffe  ne tuzuula emiwendi emituufu kwe tusinziira okubagerekera emisolo.

 

WEDNESDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2014

The often-criticised government effort to fight corruption has received a slight nod of approval from development partners.

 

Speaking at the launch of National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2014-19 at Hotel Africana yesterday, Geraldine O’Callaghan, the governance and security team leader, at the Department for International Development (DFID), said development partners are increasingly supporting government anti-corruption agencies but a lack of political will from government threatens to undermine it’s positive achievements.

She said: “What do we mean by government’s lack of political will? The government is not adequately using tools at its disposal to fight corruption by exposing, prosecuting and sanctioning corruption; it is about the government enabling the anti- corruption institutions to work properly…and not interfere with the due process.”

“This is a collective responsibility of all arms of the state; Parliament and Judiciary should show their commitment to the fight against corruption,” she said.

O’Callaghan added that for the three years she had stayed and worked in Uganda, there was a number of issues that have critically proved the government has showed some political will in fighting corruption; which include the setting up of anti-corruption agencies.

“The government has also increased funding to anti-corruption institutions, passed the Money Anti-Laundering Bill, and approved the Leadership Code Amendment Bill, these issues have been high on the agenda of government and development partners following the Office of the Prime Minister’s corruption case,” she said.

She said the Leadership Amendment Act would help restrain corrupt public officers and also push public officers to declare their assets and unexplained wealth. She said government needs to be commended for passing those laws.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said the fight against corruption requires a collective effort from the public, private sector and the government.

“From the very beginning before the NRM government captured power in 1986, we have been fighting corruption, No. 7 of NRM’s 10-point programme is the fight against corruption. We have put in place institutions and leadership to fight the vice, we also realised that we had some legal weaknesses but we have worked on them,” he said.

Lokodo warns

Rev Fr Simon Lokodo, the minister of state for Ethics and Integrity, warned the public and development partners against what he termed as apportioning “blanket blame on government for lacking political will to fight corruption.”

“Let’s get another way of blaming government for corruption…if Lokodo is corrupt, let it be Lokodo but don’t blame everybody in government,” he said.

 

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In Uganda, Kagadi district officials have been arrested for mismanaging public funds:

 African administrators continue to go to prison for misuse of public funds

By Alex Tumuhimbise

Police is investigating several government officials in Kagadi district over allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds.

Daily Monitor reporter has established that police operatives from the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) from Kampala have pitched a camp in Kagadi district to investigate different district officials over mismanagement of public funds that were meant for construction of roads in the district.

Kagadi District Police Commander Mr. Remeo Ojora Oneck said Kagadi District Finance Officer, Mr. Vincent Natugonza was arrested alongside other officials by a team of crime investigators lead by a one Mr. Joseph Ojinga. He was later released on police bond.

‘‘So many people were arrested including; the finance officer, chairman construction committee, the district engineer among others. They were later released on police bond,’’ Ojara said.

The team had by Friday spent three days in the district majorly targeting the office of the Chief Administrative Officer and District Education Officer.

When contacted, Albertine Regional Police spokesperson Mr. Julius Hakiza confirmed that investigations are ongoing adding that many officials who fall culprits will be arrested and tried.

Kagadi Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Salim Komakechi confirmed the arrest of some officials adding that investigations into the alleged scandals have been going on since October this year.

Efforts to get a comment from Kagadi District Chief administrative officer, Mr. Mahaba Malik on how much money was allegedly mismanaged by the suspects were futile because he is currently hospitalized in Kampala.

Kagadi district was operationalized on 1 July 2016 after it was curved off Kibaale district.

POLITICAL CORRUPTION BIG TIME IN NAIROBI, KENYA,

 

03 September, 2017

In the Diamond Trust Bank of Uganda, the Bank Manager has disappeared with Shs345M of the national bank's money, after Locking Her Juniors in the bank: 
M/s Regina Kiguli

All is not well at Diamond Trust Bank, both at the headquarters and at Malaba Branch where their Manager, Mrs. Regina Kiguli Ahumuza has made off with over UG345M, the Investigator exclusively report.

From Police fresh investigations, we have gathered that Regina went ‘missing’ on Friday (11th November 2016) after she locked all colleagues and her juniors in the banking hall before she made off with the loot.

Police have since arrested, detained and questioning Peter Ddungu, 28, the Customer Service Supervisor and Christine Nabulime, 29, a teller, to help with the tender investigations.

Ddungu told police that it all started when he received a customer who wanted to withdraw UG13M. On consulting Regina he was informed that the Bank Coffers were empty. After about an hour, another client came to withdraw UG5M but again Ddungu received the same answer from his manager.

Concerned and confused in same measures, he reportedly sent an email to the headquarters and following the same, an investigation and audit team were immediately sent in from Kampala. The teams have so far established the loss to the tune of UGX345M.

The officer in Charge at Malaba police station, Barnabas Tusingwire confirmed the fraud and called on the public to report Regina on sight. He revealed that more staff members are to be questioned.

An insider at the Bank told the Investigator that Regina fled on a speeding Bodaboda with some cash in a black polythen bag. She reportedly left her bag in office, probably to disguise her intentions. Tusingwire said Nabulime and Ddungu have been transferred to Tororo Central Police Station for further questioning and investigations.

 

“No economic sector will be allowed to seek a loan unless counterpart funding is secured. In fact, I will not sign any more loans until I am assured that money for counterpart funding is available.”

Talking about the negotiations he had with the World Bank, finance minister Matia Kasaija said that the development partners are greatly concerned about the delayed utilization of money borrowed.

Mr Matia Kasaijja, the Minister of Finance in Uganda.

 

“Their biggest concern is low absorption for loans," he said when asked.

About a month ago, the Word Bank suspended support to Uganda and this has put the implementation of the country’s 2016/17 budget at stake since World Bank is one of the major sources of funds for the country’s budget.

In a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said Uganda has in the last seven years lost about sh92b due to delayed utilization of borrowed money.

The other key concern of the World Bank, according to Kasaija, is the need for the Ugandan government to put in place safeguards on social and environmental concerns.

On the measures the finance ministry intends to implement to convince the World Bank to suspend the suspension, Kasaija said: “I have already warned managers of various government entities to ensure there is timely absorption for the funds.”

He said low absorption of loans is very common in agencies where there are incompetent managers.

“I have to tell you that there are non-performing managers who need to be replaced. Something has to be done about them."

On what his ministry plans to do regarding delayed implementation of loans arising from failure of government to provide counterpart funding, the minister said: “No sector will be allowed to seek a loan unless counterpart funding is secured. In fact, I will not sign any more loans until I am assured that money for counterpart funding is available.”

Kasaija and the secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi spent the whole of last week in Washington DC, USA negotiating with the World Bank to lift the ban on Uganda.

The talks however ended without the bank accepting to lift the suspension as the delegation from Uganda had requested.

“We were well received but suspension is yet to be lifted. The discussions are still going on. Soon they will also send a team to come to Uganda,” Kasaija told New Vision.

Muhakanizi recently admitted before parliament's  public accounts committee (PAC) that Uganda is the worst performer in the utilization of borrowed funds in the East African region.

Uganda’s public debt has been sporadically rising in the recent past and has now reached about US$10b.

After making research on contradictory reports about Uganda’s indebtedness, Uganda Debt Network (UDN) carried out research and established that the country’s total public has now reached US $11b.  

If the Standard Gauge Railway loan of US$12.5b materializes, it means Uganda will have exceeded the 50% ceiling of the ratio of public debt to its GDP of about US$27b.

 

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So then who is going to pay for those expensive World Bank loans, that have not been able to be accounted for by this long serving government of Uganda, before new loans are again secured?

 

In Uganda, Government Election handouts continue: The scourge eating the economy as a General Election of 2016 aproaches:

 

President Museveni (L) hands over Shs250 million to

Busoga youth chairperson Sanon Bwire recently.

The gesture attracted criticism, most of it, in social media.

FILE PHOTO  

By Ismail Musa Ladu

 

Posted  Tuesday, November 10  2015 

The earnest obligation to vote seems to have lost meaning with many turning the civic duty into a season of cash bonanzas.

Last week, the Electoral Commission completed nomination for the 2016 presidential candidates but the scenes in some camps at party rallies tells of a deeper rot that has dug deep into society.

The election period, according to a Democracy Monitoring Group (DEM Group) report, is usually heavy on cash handouts with reports of wide spread bribery patronising the season.

The report, on Money in Politics, shows pervasive vote buying but warns of skewed outcomes that do not reflect the will of society.

DEM Group, whose objective is to help create a free and fair election, stresses that the use of money has “become a culture with voters becoming accustomed to receiving bribes in exchange for votes”.

But all this, analysts say, could be the work of a rotten society that has willing vote sellers and buyers as both seek to gain from each other.

However, the report also cites the failure to deliver service and the stinging poverty that continues to squeeze voters with no end in sight.

This is particularly not surprising since a large percentage of the electorate is extremely poor and vulnerable to monetary handouts.

But besides cash handouts voters have also been compromised with petty handouts that are largely consumptive and have no long term impact on their lives.

All this is conduct that is contrary to the electoral law but seems to have grown unabated.

Interviewed for this article, Venansius Baryamureeba, an Independent presidential candidate for the 2016 elections, said politics has been highly monetanised and candidates need to spend heavily in order to win an election.

He says, Shs15m a day in the life of a presidential candidate, for instance, is just but a drop in the ocean.

Therefore, it could be for this reason that winning a political office has become a do-or-die affair where people are willing to do anything to gain an edge.

But such deluded activities, Gerald Karuhanga says lack logic and blinds voters into making inept and unwise decisions that cannot impact their future.

Karuhanga, who is a Youth Member of Parliament for western region, believes that for any elective office such MP, people should only spend the bare minimum and not the huge sums of money that have become to characterise elections.

Baryamureeba just like Karuhanga believes the huge sums of money spent during election are not only despondent but have created voter apathy and are a danger to the economy.

The money, which in most cases is unaccounted for, has spill over economic effects, which according to Fred Muhumuza, creates problems for the economy because it is “consumptive rather productive”.

“During elections inflation tends to skyrocket, which creates problems for the economy”, Muhumuza, an economic analyst with KPMG, says.

The inflation, he says, has a far reaching impact that not only slows down economic growth but has the potential to wipe out gains.

But the irony, according to Muhumuza, is the source of huge sums of money, which he says could be diversions from productive projects to aid short term political gains.

The impact is usually immense and to Yona Kanyomozi, a veteran politician, the repeat of the 2011 mess could come back to haunt the country.

After the 2011 electoral period, inflation rose to more than 30 per cent with allegations that Bank of Uganda had issued promissory notes to fund election activities of the ruling NRM party.

“For sure we should brace for the worst after the election. And just like how it has always been, everybody will feel the impact,” Kanyomozi says, highlighting an already fluid economy that is chocking on rising inflation, high interest rates and the relatively weak Shilling.

But for Julius Mukunda, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group coordinator, economic challenges are usually anticipated but sometimes, “It could be too late do anything”.

However, the Central Bank has been fighting a growth in inflation which last month grew to 8.8 per cent.

The 8.8 per cent is above the Central Bank target of 5 per cent.

The election, Mukunda says, is likely to condemn many, especially those who will use large sums with a view of appealing to voters.

But beyond inflation, is the fear of depleting the national treasury, which Julius Kapwepwe, the Uganda Debt Network director of programmes believes could be orchestrated by people in government.

Kapwepwe says it will be dangerous for government to “borrow to take care of political promises made during these campaigns”.

However, the claims that the Central Bank prints money to fund the NRM, according to Louis Kasekende, the Bank of Uganda deputy governor are merely but allegations because “I also ask myself where they get the money from”, warning that those speculating must “be careful”.

“As far as we are concerned enforcement of rules is a must. And the Central Bank does not finance any election,” he said at a recent function in Kampala.

What is recommended

According to the DEM Group report and expert analysis, there is need for transparent in the manner of election financing.

This should be done in the manner that campaign contributions are disclosed and accounted for every after election period. This will encourage accountability, which unlike today closes out the need for transparent practices that encourage free and fair elections.

But beyond accountability and transparency, voters should be taken through civic education to strengthen their civic knowledge as a long term strategy that could protect the public from manipulation. Leaders should also be held accountable to fulfil election pledges and this should be used as a benchmark for their return to office.

 

Burundi in Africa is on the brink of a civil war as this country's leader refuses to give up state power:

By AFP 

With a president who won't go and an opposition determined to blow the final whistle, battle lines are being drawn ahead of elections in the central African nation of Burundi.

Determined to stay put despite a two-term constitutional limit, President Pierre Nkurunziza stands accused of trying to sideline political challengers ahead of the June vote, with measures including arrests, harassment and a clampdown on free speech.

But with the opposition and civil society groups mobilising, disapproval from the influential Catholic Church and even a split within the ruling party, there are worries the landlocked country is on the brink.

On top of that, Burundi is still recovering from a brutal 13-year-long civil war that ended in 2006 and is part of a region beset by genocide and rebellion.

"It's the first time in Burundi's history that there has been such a polarisation" of national politics, said Julien Nimubona, professor of political science at the University of Burundi. He said both camps appear to see violence as a solution.

"There will be more of a cost for him and the country if he stands than if he doesn't," the professor warned.

Recent months have seen the crisis over Nkurunziza's expected candidacy worsen.

In mid-February, the lakeside capital of Bujumbura, where grinding poverty is the norm for many, was gridlocked by a huge demonstration in support of a popular government critic and journalist who was arrested after implicating government agents in a murder case.

The march served to galvanise calls in Burundi to "stop a third term", a campaign that has since been joined by the Catholic Church — which declared it had concluded the president had to go after two terms.

But Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel leader and born-again Christian, is fighting back. He sacked his powerful intelligence chief and two deputies after sources said the general wrote to the president asking him not to run again.

According to several stop state officials, the question has prompted a "real uneasiness" and even "a crisis" within the ruling CNDD-FDD party, as no other clear successor is in view. At the same time, the opposition says it will not repeat its 2010 boycott of the polls, and analysts say they have every chance of causing an upset.

"We are in a context where the internal revolt is intensifying," a Bujumbura-based diplomat said, commenting on tensions with both the CNDD-FDD and the powerful armed forces.

Burundi's constitution allows a president to be elected to two five-year terms, but Nkurunziza argues he was only once directly picked by the people — as Burundi's parliament chose him for his first term, beginning in 2005.

It is now up to his party to choose him as their candidate and for the constitutional court to validate it. On this, Interior Minister Edouard Nduwimana has appealed for "patience".

Although Nkurunziza, a football-mad father-of-five, is the latest in a long line of African leaders who have tried to stay put, his opponents may be encouraged that the tide is turning.

In one example, Burkina Faso's former president Blaise Compaore was chased out last year after he tried to bend the rules in his favour.

Key donors are also critical: speaking last week during a UN Security Council visit to the country, US ambassador Samantha Power described Nkurunziza's ambitions as "extremely divisive" and "very destabilising".

Implicitly telling him to bow out gracefully, she called on Burundi's leaders "to make decisions on the basis of what is good for the people of Burundi and for peace."

On the streets of the capital, the tension is palpable — with anger brewing over alleged repression but also inflation, corruption and poverty.

Hidden from view but not from conversation are the Imbonerakure, the CNDD-FDD's youth wing who rights activists allege have been secretly armed and trained in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo — reviving among some observers bad memories of the lead-up to the 1994 genocide in neighbouring Rwanda.

"Certain people seem to be drawn into a logic that the worst will happen. There is an increase of electoral tensions in both camps, and the mood for a riot in Bujumbura," said Thierry Vircoulon of the International Crisis Group, a conflict-prevention think-tank, suggesting the CNDD-FDD could steer the country off its current drift to violence by choosing an alternative candidate.

Burundi on the brink as leader refuses to budge - Africa - nation.co.ke 

 

WORLD IN POVERTY BUT IN RELIGION

Posted on 17th January, 2015

"Wano mu Uganda, okulya enguzi tekuva ku kusasula bubi bakozi." Museveni awade amagezi:

By Musasi wa Bukedde

 

Added 5th December 2018

 

President Museveni nga ayozayoza abakwata abali benguzi

 

 

Museveni yagambye nti obuli bw’enguzi buva ku bantu butaba na mwoyo gwa ggwanga  n’asasba abantu okutwala eky’okulabirako ky’eggye lya UPDF eritalya nguzi.

 

Bino yabyogedde  mu Imperial Royal Hotel mu Kampala ku mukolo gw’okukuza emyaka 25 bukyanga kibiina kirwanyisa nguzi ekya ‘Transparency International’ kitandikibwawo.

Gyabadde ku mulamwa : Abantu okwetaba mu kulwanyisa enguzi ly’ekkubo ly’okulakulanya Uganda’ . Era Museveni yagambye nti enguzi nnyangu okuwangulwa.

 

Yagambye nti gavumenti ewadde abali b’enguzi naddala abakozi ba gavumenti ebbanga erimala ne beeyanika bumwaanyi. Yagambye nti mu 1986 NRM teyasobola kuleeta nkyukakyuka mu bakozi ba gavumenti nga bwe yakola mu magye y’ensonga lwaki ebitongole bya gavumenti birimu enguzi obutafanana magye.

 N’agamba nti kati gavumenti erina abantu abamala beesobola okulondamu abakozi era abali b’enguzi bangu okusitukirwamu. N’agamba nti enguzi tevudde ku nsasula mbi mu bakozi ng’abamu bwe balumiriza n’agamba nti singa bwe guli ebitongole nga KCCA, bank of Uganda, URA ebisasula obulungi tebwandibadde balya nguzi.

Ssentebe w’ekibiina kya Transpartency International yagambye nti kikakata ku buli munnansi okulwanyisa enguzi. Pulezidenti naye yawereddwa ekirabo ky’okulwanyisa enguzi.

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Abantu ba Uganda bawa enguzi okufuna okuyambibwa mu malwaliro, mukufuna service mu governmenti. Amagye tegetaaga kuwa nguzi okufuna ebintu ngabino. Amagye gabifuna mubujjuvu munkambi mwegabeera enkya ne ggulo ssawa 24 nga gali ku standby okukuma ensi.

 

Bukya kibiina kino kitandikibwawo nga buli omu bwakiriza nti waliwo enguzi mu Uganda, kyakakwata abali benguzi bameka kakati emyaka 20? Era bibonerezo ki ebiwereddwa abali benguzi bano?

 

 

 

 

 

Mu Uganda Bayungudde abaserikale 1,650 okukuuma abaana baleke okubba ebigezo:

By Herbert Musoke

 

Added 14th October 2017

 

EKITONGOLE kya UNEB kisindise abaserikale n’abalondoola ebigezo by’omwaka guno 1,650 okwetooloola eggwanga lyonna okukakasa nga tewali n’omu yeenyigira mu kubba bigezo ebyatandise eggulo ku Lwokutaano.

 

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Abayizi nga bakola ebigezo

 

EKITONGOLE kya UNEB kisindise abaserikale n’abalondoola ebigezo by’omwaka guno 1,650 okwetooloola eggwanga lyonna okukakasa nga tewali n’omu yeenyigira mu kubba bigezo ebyatandise eggulo ku Lwokutaano.

Dan Nokrach Odongo, omuwandiisi wa UNEB agamba nti baakwataganye ne poliisi n’ebawa abaserikale abagenda okubeera mu yunifoomu ne leeya okulondoola ebifo byonna omukolerwa ebigezo obutabeerawo bubbi bwonna.

“Tulabula abazadde, abayizi, abakulu b’amasomero n’abasomesa obuteetantala kubba bigezo kuba tulina abaserikale abamala okuketta n’okukwata omuntu yenna aneenyigira mu kubba ebigezo. Nga bulijjo omuntu yenna anaakwatibwa mu kubba ebigezo tujja kumusazaamu”, Odongo bw’agamba.

Ebigezo bya O-Level (S4), byatandise ku Lwokutaano nga October, 13 n’okubuulirira abayizi ku masomero gonna olwo ku Mmande nga October, 16 batandike okutuuka nga November, 20.

 an dongo akulira Dan Odongo akulira UNEB

 

“Abakulu b’amasomero temulina kulekera basomesa mulimu gwa kubuulirira bayizi kuba babeetaaga. Mu ngeri y’emu n’abazadde abasobola mwandibadde mwenyigira mu kubuulirira abayizi bammwe kuba waliwo ensobi ze bakola olw’obutababuulirira bulungi”, Odongo bw’agamba.

Abayizi 326,149 be bagenda okukola ebigezi bya UCE, nga ku bano 165,397 balenzi ate 160,752 bawala. Abayizi 151,894 bava mu masomero ga gavumenti (USE) ate 174,255 bavudde mu masomero ga bwannannyini. Bonna bavudde mu masomero 3,568 ate ng’abayizi ku mitendera gyonna okuli P7, S4 ne S6 bali 1,073,715 omwaka guno.

ACP Godfrey Maate akola n’ekitongole kya UNEB agamba nti, poliisi ekwatagana bulungi n’ekitongole ky’ebigezo era nga bagenda kukuuma ebigezo okuviira ddala ku kitebe kya UNEB okutuuka mu bifo we bikolerwa n’okuzza empapula z’abayizi ze bawandiiseeko.

“Tugenda kukakasa nga tewabeera kubba kwa bigezo kwonna era tulabula abazadde, abasomesa n’abayizi okwewala abafere abagenda okutandika okubategeeza nga bwe balina empapula z’ebigezo ate nga balimba ekigenda okubafiiriza”, ACP Maate bw’agamba.

Era agumizza amasomero mu masoso g’omu byalo omuli n’ebizinga nti, bagenda kuwaayo ebikozesebwa bya poliisi omuli mmotoka, pikipiki n’ennyonyi (namunkanga) za poliisi okuyamba mu kutambuza empapula z’ebigezo okubituusa mu bifo ebiyinza okukaluba okutuukamu.

Odongo atangaazizza ku bibadde bitambuzibwa nti UNEB yakyuusa obubonero kw’egabira makisi ng’okugaba D1 omuyizi alina kufuna 90 ku 100 ate afunye wansi wa 50 ku 100 abeera agudde n’agamba nti UNEB egenda kusigala ng’ekozesa enkola enkadde gy’ebadde egoberera.

 

 

 

Pope demands Philippine leaders end 'scandalous' poverty: 

 

Pope Francis leads a mass for local Catholic leaders at Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015.

Pope Francis is on a five-day visit to the Philippines.

Posted  Friday, January 16  2015 

IN SUMMARY

It is his second trip to the region in five months, signalling the importance the Vatican places on Asia's growth potential for the Church

  

Pope Francis on Friday demanded leaders in the Philippines end "scandalous social inequalities", hitting out at corruption in a nation where tens of millions of Catholics endure brutal poverty.

The pontiff made the comments in his first speech of a five-day visit to the Philippines, after an electrifying welcome on Thursday enhanced the nation's reputation as the Catholic Church's vibrant Asian bastion.

Francis, a revered figure for most Filipinos, took immediate aim at the nation's elite who have for decades enjoyed the spoils of power while the vast majority lived in poverty.

"It is now, more than ever, necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity and commitment to the common good," the pope said in the speech at the presidential palace.

He challenged "everyone, at all levels of society, to reject every form of corruption, which diverts resources from the poor".

The 78-year-old pontiff, seen by many around the world as a bold reformer compared with his predecessor, said the "great biblical tradition" obligated everyone to hear the voice of the poor.

"It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities," he said.

Graft fight

Francis had moments earlier met President Benigno Aquino, who has waged a high-profile campaign against corruption since coming to power in 2010 that has seen his predecessor and three senators detained.

Aquino also orchestrated the impeachment of the Supreme Court's chief justice on corruption charges, and he has won international plaudits for his efforts.

But critics of Aquino, the son of democracy heroine Corazon Aquino, have accused him of focusing his anti-graft campaign only on opponents and not allies.

They also point out his family has for decades been one of the elite.

And, despite Aquino presiding over some of Asia's strongest economic growth, his time in office has failed to make a major dent on poverty.

About 25 million Filipinos, or one-quarter of the population, live on the equivalent of 60 cents a day or less, according to the latest official poverty surveys.

The poverty has forced more than 10 million Filipinos to head overseas in search of a better life.

Typhoon survivors

Francis said one of the main purposes of his trip was to visit survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, which left 7,350 people dead or missing in 2013.

He will spend Saturday in areas of the central Philippines that were devastated by the typhoon, which smashed into coastal communities with the strongest winds ever recorded on land.

"In a particular way, this visit is meant to express my closeness to our brothers and sisters who endured the suffering, loss and devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda," he said.

While in Tacloban, the pope is expected to get some first-hand experience of the tropical storms and typhoons that claim hundreds of lives each year in the Philippines.

 

Uganda Wildlife Authority officials are under police investigations over extortion

 

Bubulo East MP Simon Mulongo

Bubulo East MP Simon Mulongo addresses residents of Mukoto

Sub-county in Manafwa District last week. The residents accused

rangers in Mt Elgon National Park of extortion.

PHOTO BY MOSES OKEYA 

By Yahudu Kitunzi

 

Posted  Friday, April 10   2015 

 

MANAFWA. BUGISU, UGANDA:

 

Police in Elgon region have launched investigations into allegations that Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) officials extort money from residents seeking to farm in the Manafwa section of Mt Elgon National Park.

Mr Jacob Opolot, the regional police commander, said the Force will take action against implicated officials.

“We have reports that UWA officials have been extorting money from local communities around Mt Elgon for five years now. We are investigating the allegations and soon those implicated will be arrested,” said Mr Opolot.

His remarks came at last weekend’s meeting between UWA officials, district leaders and Manafwa residents.

Residents said UWA officials extort money from residents and cut down crops of those who refuse to comply.

Residents speak out

The Mukoto Sub-county chairperson, Mr Wilson Wepukhulu, said: “UWA officials used to move around collecting money from residents. I reported the matter to the office of RDC for intervention, although they have responded, it’s too late.”

However, Mr James Okware, the UWA senior warden in-charge of conservation at the national park, dismissed the allegations of extortion.

 

The Catholic Pope's visit will cost the Ugandan taxpayer Shs5 billion, about

(5 million dollars)

 

Pope Francis meets President Museveni

Pope Francis meets President Museveni at the Papal Building in the Vatican,

Rome, last year. The Pope told President Museveni he is willing to visit

Uganda and officiate at the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of

Uganda Catholic Martyrs at Namugongo this year.

 

FILE PHOTO 

By Mark Keith Muhumuza

 

Posted  Friday, April 10  2015 

 

Kampala, UGANDA:

When Pope Francis announced he would visit Uganda later this year, there was an aura of excitement. However, his visit will come at a cost to the taxpayer.

In the Budget Framework Paper submitted to Parliament last week, preparations for the Papal visit are expected to cost Shs5 billion in the next financial year.

The implementing authority for this visit will be the Office of the President. Although no further details have been given at this stage regarding the cost, papal visits often pose logistical nightmares to a government on issues regarding security, accommodation, the influx of international media and public relations.

That, however, according to the Ministry of Finance officials, would fall in the current financial year. There is no budgetary allocation for the papal visit in the current Budget meaning there would be a need for a supplementary Budget request.

The details of the preparations for the papal visit will be included in the ministry policy statement for the Ministry in charge of the Presidency. By yesterday, they were yet to table this statement. It is, however, expected that by next week, Parliament committee will sit to discuss these statement and final expenditure on the visit will be contained in the same policy statement.

The Vatican is yet to confirm when and how long Pope Francis will be in Uganda as his itinerary has not been announced. The Catholic Church in Uganda, has however, been lobbying to have the papal visit take place in June, during the Uganda Martyrs’ Day celebration.

Additionally, when President Museveni visited the Vatican at the tail end of 2014, he requested Pope Francis to come and celebrate Martyr’s day in Uganda.

This would be the third Pope in history to visit Uganda, after visits by previous Popes; Paul VI who visited Uganda in 1969 and Pope John Paul II in 1993.

Philippine visit

In his last visit to a foreign country, Pope Francis spent at least five days in the Philippines in January 2015. About 50,000 police and troops were sent on the streets of Manila, the capital, to provide security where at least 6 million people showed up to catch a glimpse of the Pope.

It is estimated that $4.8m (Shs14 billion) was spent by the Philippines government on the five-day visit.

Other preparations ahead of papal visit

The Uganda Tourism Board has asked residents surrounding Namugongo Martyrs shrines to consider earning from ‘homestay’ services so as to earn money off pilgrims. A homestay is a form of tourism that allows a tourist to immerse themselves into a country’s hospitality, languages, cultures, lifestyles and tasty cuisines, among others.

Hosting a homestay participant also allows the local family to earn income. To minimise difficulties, most homestay arrangements involve a contract or written agreement between the host family and the tourist.

mmuhumuza@ug.nationmedia.com 

 

In Uganda, the National Energy Distribution Company, Umeme, in its shareholders nomination meeting, has rejected a senior civil servant, over incessant corruption:

May 17, 2018

Written by URN

A senior government official Mr Pius Bigirimana

Umeme shareholders have rejected ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana as one of its board of directors. 

The shareholders, at their annual general meeting held at Sheraton Kampala hotel voted by a simple majority against the inclusion of Bigirimana on the board for the next one year.

Bigirimana had been nominated by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) as a non-executive director of Umeme. NSSF is the biggest shareholder in Umeme and is partly under the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

 

Other nominees included Anthony March, Andrew Buglass, Stephen Emasu and Riccardo Ridolfi. After the nominees presented their credentials, they went out to allow for a vote, after some shareholders refused to endorse them without a vote. After a simple vote, the shareholders accepted all other nominees except Bigirimana.

They now join the board led by Patrick Bitature with members Gerald Sendaula, Florence Namatta Mawejje, Pieter Adriaan Falling, Selestino Babungi, the managing director, and Florence Nakimbugwe Nsubuga. Directors who resigned from the board are Charles Chapman, a founding management director of Umeme, Stuart David Michael Grylls, Christopher Nicholson and Adrian Mucalov.

A source that attended the meeting told URN that the shareholders rejected Bigirimana because they were uneasy about his tainted image over alleged corrupt practices. When URN arrived at the venue of the closed meeting, Bigirimana was moving out, apparently soon after being rejected.

Commenting on the rejection of Bigirimana at a press conference on the sidelines of the meeting, Bitature said it was the voice of the shareholders who have the powers to appoint the directors. Bitature said some shareholders opposed the nomination of Bigirimana but declined to divulge the reasons. 

He said if NSSF, which appointed Bigirimana, if aggrieved it can still demand for a poll, by virtue of its shareholding power. Meanwhile, the shareholders approved a dividend of Shs 7.5 per share, and Umeme will role out Shs 12 billion to its shareholders.

In 2014, Bigirimana launched an anti-corruption book, Corruption; A Tale of Two Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing but was accused by legislators and some members of civil society of failing to take responsibility when over Shs 50 billion of donor money meant for Karamoja and post-war reconstruction of northern Uganda was stolen under his watch at the Office of Prime Minister. 

Last week, Bigirimana also came under scrutiny before the land probe commission after he reportedly requested and received Shs 504 million from the Land Fund in 2016 for 50.5 acres of land on plot 5 Bulemeezi, block 103 that had been encroached on by squatters despite not qualifying for the compensation. 

"Because you knew it was not a normal transaction, you knew Mr Bigirimana that you did not qualify why didn’t you return that money to government. We know you as a corruption free man, zero corruption. That is the concept that you [portray] but am a bit out for whether you stay in honour of that in view of these transactions that you have made", said land probe commissioner Robert Ssebunya. 

The commission's lead counsel Ebert Byenkya said that Bigirimana's documentation is covered in inconsistencies and that he did not qualify for compensation. According to Byenkya, the first registration dated May 14, 2004, was in the name of Joseph Nsubuga, the administrator of the late Nsubuga and the second registration of Fenekansi Kalyesubula strangely captured for a previous date of May 13, 2004. Bigirimana's registration on the land title is April 19, 2008. 

Bigirimana told the commission that he never paid attention to the dates, triggering questions on the intent of the purchase of the said land and a debate on how government officials are conniving to swindle resources set aside for the common man. Bigirimana pleaded that he never got to know that he did not qualify for the compensation but if the commission thinks he did not qualify, he is ready to follow their recommendation. 

Recently, in an interview with CBS radio after being ordered to vacate Nommo gallery, Security minister Gen Elly Tumwiine branded Bigirimana and secretary to the treasury in ministry of Finance, Keith Muhakanizi as "thieves".

“Both Pius Bigirimana and Keith Muhakanizi are thieves, I told them point blank in their faces, they are the thieves in prime minister’s, they are accounting officers according to section 55 of the finance act, if you lose money, you are held responsible,” Gen Tumwine said.

Bigirimana's Gender ministry had demanded that Tumwiine starts paying rent for using Nommo gallery but Tumwiine argued, saying the gallery was given to the artists by then President Milton Obote and that its not government property. 

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, the Inspector General of Government is trying to find out how a Bank of Uganda official has managed to accumulate so much wealth under the nose of a very long serving Governor of this National Bank:

Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja. FILE PHOTO 

 

22 March, 2018

 

By Solomon Arinaitwe

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Ms Irene Mulyagonja, yesterday interrogated Ms Justine Bagyenda, the Bank of Uganda executive director for commercial banks supervision, over illicit accumulation of wealth.

Ms Bagyenda was thrown into the eye of the storm after a whistleblower petitioned the IGG to investigate her over accusations of amassing wealth.

Although Ms Bagyenda’s leaked bank accounts, which showed that she was holding billions of shillings in fixed deposits was not included in the whistleblowers petition, sources close to the meeting told this newspaper that the IGG questioned her on the same.

Diamond Trust Bank and Barclays Bank have since issued public apologies over the leakage of Ms Bagyenda’s account details and threatened disciplinary action on their staffs.

Sources at the Inspectorate told Daily Monitor that, Ms Bagyenda was asked to explain sources of the money that she accrued on several bank accounts and how she accumulated the wealth that is attached to her name but she failed to furnish the Inspectorate with evidence detailing how she has amassed the wealth under her name.

According to sources, she tried to explain but there was no documentary evidence to back her income and assets details. She promised to furnish IGG with additional documents detailing how she got the various assets.

Ms Mulyagonja yesterday confirmed that Ms Bagyenda was interrogated over potential illicit accumulation of wealth but declined divulging the next course of action following yesterday’s interview.

“We are doing an income, assets and liabilities verification in line with the Leadership Code Act,” Ms Mulyagonja said.

Mr Dickwitington Kimeze, a concerned citizen, through his lawyer, petitioned the IGG on August 6 2017, claiming that he had information about properties belonging to Ms Bagyenda.

The petitioner claimed that Ms Bagyenda owns various prime properties, including condominium plans at Makerere Hill Road and Sunderland Avenue in Bugolobi and plots of land at Kimera Close and Balikudembe Road.

Mr Kimeze tipped the IGG that Ms Bagyenda may not have officially declared the same properties to the IGG as required under the Leadership Code Act.

If Ms Bagyenda is found to have breached the Leadership Code Act, the unexplained properties may be confiscated by the government.

Section 5 of the Leadership Code Act states that a leader who commits a breach of the code under subsection (7) shall have the excess or undeclared property confiscated and forfeited to the government.

Although Ms Bagyenda was not readily available, when contacted, Ms Ali Munira, the spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government, also confirmed that Ms Bagyenda was interrogated by the IGG. She however, declined to divulge details of the interrogation on grounds that the inquiry may be compromised.

“Yes I can confirm that she was here. Definitely it was to do with the matter under investigation [the alleged accumulation of wealth]. We cannot specifically say what the interview was about because that will not help but it was part of the process of the investigations we are conducting,” Ms Munira.

Leadership Code

The Leadership Code Act demands that a person shall within three months after becoming a leader and thereafter every two years, during December submit to the IGG a written declaration of the leader’s income, assets and liabilities.

Section (7) of the Leadership Code Act: Where a declaration is made by a leader in respect of himself or herself or any person under this section, where the leader or that person is found to be in possession of assets and income disproportionate to the known source of income which he or she cannot satisfactorily account for, the leader shall be taken to have breached this Code.

sarinaitwe@ug.nationmedia.com

How Museveni trapped the corrupt Finance ministry officials over bribes

 

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.  

KAMPALA. Ministry of Finance employees who witnessed the arrest of two of their senior colleagues that the President has accused of pocketing bribes from investors, have described the Monday episode as “one of a dramatic scene only seen in a detective movie."

According to eye-witnesses, at about 3pm on Monday, a group of seemingly “mean-looking security men” disembarked and immediately sealed off all exit avenues at the Ministry of Finance headquarters.

Some appeared clad in police uniforms and others in plain clothes as business suddenly grounded to a standstill as visitors and staff entering the Ministry of Finance building on Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road in Kampala, were caught in the muddle.

Others who tried to exit the building were blocked from inside and were left puzzled during the operation that lasted nearly three hours.

For fear of infiltration, the President according to State House sources, did not involve many people in the plot to trap the two senior officials, Mr Charles Ogol, the principal finance officer, and Mr Geoffrey Turyamuhika, a senior economist who had reportedly asked for a bribe.

When the President received the complaint from yet-to-be identified investors, he asked them [investors] to comply with the two officers but asked them to give him all the information that could lead to the arrest of the two men. The President is said to have immediately notified the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura about the mission with stern instructions to ensure the suspects are “caught red-handed.”

The investors, according to officials in the Ministry of Finance, gave unspecified amounts of dollars to the two suspects who work in the Aid Liaison Department of the ministry.

But before they left the office, security operatives cut off the premises, rounded up the suspects, handcuffed them and impounded the dollars as exhibits.

“It was like a detective movie,” one of the sources in the ministry of Finance said of the Monday drama.

As soon as the IGP got the confirmation from his men, he called the President to deliver “the good news” and planned to have a face-to-face meeting at State House the next day.

But the meeting, according to sources, was choreographed in the prism of “public relations” since the two men (Kayihura and the President) had previously discussed the nitty-gritty of what has been dubbed, operation Kisanja hakuna mchezo.

However, because of the significance of the operation, it’s not yet clear whether Finance minister Matia Kasaija, his deputies and Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, knew about it.

When contacted yesterday to comment on claims that the Ministry had turned into “a den of thieves” picking bribes from investors, he simply said “that’s a police matter” and declined to elaborate.

Realising that the news of the arrest was spreading like wildfire, the Finance ministry spokesperson, Mr Jim Mugunga, issued an impromptu statement, confirming the news.

The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that during the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2017, police conducted an operation at the Ministry of Finance offices….two members of staff were apprehended and are currently in detention in relation to an ongoing investigation.”

He added: “Since the incident, however, access to and from our offices, which had been temporarily limited, was restored and normal services continue unhampered….as a Ministry, we remain committed to uphold the highest level of service and professionalism and will cooperate with the police in this matter that affects the two members of staff to its logical conclusion.”

In the afternoon, State House issued a statement indicating that President Museveni had met the IGP and congratulated the security forces for successfully arresting Mr Ogol and Mr Turyamuhika, “who were involved in the act of taking bribes from investors.”

“I have told you, in this ‘Hakuna mchezo’ period of no more jokes. Anybody involved in the act of asking for bribes will be handled harshly under the law,” remarked the President.

In the meeting with the IGP at State House Entebbe, Mr Museveni reportedly noted that taking bribes has become a habit in Public Service and particularly Ministry of Finance, and Economic Planning. He said people, such as the two officers who have been arrested, and who take bribes, do not care about the country but only themselves.

Confirming the narrative from the sources, the President reiterated that the two officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning who have been arrested, will appear in court for trial very soon because they were caught red-handed.

Museveni on corruption

Warned. Speaking at the commissioning of Riham factory in Kawempe Division, Kampala last week, the President lashed out at such workers likening them to ‘rebels’ he fought in the early 1980s that led him into power in 1986. He said: “… industries like this one owned by this young man (Hariss International Ltd, director, Mr Yasser Ahmed) add value to local and imported raw materials and create jobs. There are some civil servants who solicit for bribes from investors and end up blocking such investments. So join me and we fight these fellows who are denying you jobs,” he said. “There are government workers who delay development work. In the new government, that will not be there. Before, we had a few educated workers and would not dismiss these people but today that has changed,” a statement by the Presidential Press Unit quoted Mr Museveni as saying at the Labour Day celebrations held at Duhaga Senior Secondary School in Hoima District on May 1, 2016.

Facts. “I have some information about government people who have been asking for favours from investors and this must stop or else people will be embarrassed. What I am talking about are facts and it is a great shame… You should not ask for favours from investors to pay school fees for your children or do this and that. If you have problems, call a clan meeting and solve it as a family but not through corruption,” Mr Museveni said as he closed a two-day Cabinet Retreat on September 2, 2016.

Voices

“Why don’t we start with the big fish? These are small fish. To make meaning of the action, they should start with the big ones. There are many reports, like those who ‘ate’ kilometres of roads in the Uganda National Roads Authority report. This report implicated big people in the government but the corrupt have never been tried.”

Cissy Kagaba, the head of Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda

“I am just surprised that he (Museveni) is waking up. We have had investors who have left the country because they have been asked to pay bribes. The President takes long to act on evidence that is provided to him. The President should investigate and arrest those around him in State House because the major culprits might be around him.”

Crispy Kaheru, Coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda.

 

In Uganda, a professional Accountant in the administration of Mubende hospital, has stolen cash to the tune of 200 million shillings: 

MONDAY JANUARY 9 2017

 

 The African Jail in Uganda

UGANDA, KAMPALA. Three former senior accountants of Mubende Referral Hospital have been sent to jail and ordered to refund Shs200m to the government.

The Anti-Corruption Court sentenced the former Senior Accountant, Mr Henry Okori Okumu to two years’ imprisonment, Mr Kasangaki Aston Kyomya, principal accounts assistant to three years and Mr Peter Okot, senior accounts assistant to four years in prison.

The Kololo based Court also ordered Mr Okumu to refund Shs30 million, Mr Kyomya Shs20 million while Mr Okot was ordered to refund to government Shs150 million.

The court decision came after the trio were convicted of embezzlement, causing financial loss to government, abuse of office, false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.

Justice Lawrence Gidudu held that Shs29, 300,000 and Shs193, 794,494 was inflated and stolen from a combined total of 85 cheques which were clearly tampered with by way of altering the initial figures and words to read higher amounts.

“…I find the two (Okumu and Kyomya) guilty of theft of the money. Accused 2 is responsible for Shs29.3 million from a total of 10 cheques and accused 3 (Okot) is responsible for Shs193 million from a total of 75 cheques,” ruled Justice Gidudu adding that it is not in dispute for Mr Okot to be charged with false accounting since he was the accounts clerk at the rank of senior accounts assistant.

The judge also observed that the three convicts acted with impunity when they despised Doctor Nkurunziza as accounting officer and had no respect for him to the extent that they would do as they pleased in matters of finance.

“I also note that while the convicts were employed to safeguard public resources, they turned around and did the opposite. They took advantage of a weak governance structure that did not even have a board to govern the hospital. They also took advantage of a hopeless internal audit system that allowed them to falsify payments and forge accountabilities,” Justice Gidudu added.

He said, “…theft of funds meant for Medicare which exposed patients of Mubende Referral Hospital to great danger. Stealing from a person who is already sick is in a way quickening that person’s death.”

Evidence

Court heard that the three convicts while acting as back agents would alter figures and words on cheques to inflate the final amount which they would steal.

According to the judgment, in some cases they would forge the signature of the accounting officer and cash cheques or transfer money illegally for their benefit.

Court held that Mr Okumu was culpable as head of accounts for approving illegal payments to suppliers not prequalified to supply goods to the hospital thereby causing financial loss and abuse of office.

Justice Gidudu ruled that Mr Kyomya was guilty as bank agent for stealing money on inflated cheque payments and signing a forged inter account transfer in which a total of Shs67,645,628 was paid to illegal suppliers and abuse of office.

“Accused 3 (Okot) is held culpable for stealing the money on inflated cheques, posting false entries in the cash book and abuse of office,” added Justice Justice Gidudu.

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

 

The UBC Land deal does not to want to go away:  The buyer, M/s Muhangi, wants her money refunded because the Parliamentary committee is wasting her time ‘chasing wind’:

By Moses Walubiri

Added 3rd August 2016 

 

Burahya County MP Margaret Muhanga who paid sh10b in cash to acquire a piece of land belonging to Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) has scoffed at her colleagues investigating the matter.

“Hey stay cool. The Supreme Court, the highest in the land already made a ruling on the UBC land and Parliament cannot overturn it. Period,” Muhanga said on Twitter a day after she was grilled by the House committee on state enterprises.

The committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu is scrutinizing the Auditor General’s report for 2013/14.

The committee is investigating the alleged fraudulent purchase of UBC land in Bugolobi a Kampala suburb.

Muhanga told a committee that she bought the land from court bailiffs at a cost of sh10b which she paid in cash.

Muhanga listens to a question from MP Nandala Mafabi during the hearing at Parliament. Photos by Maria Wamala

 

According to Muhanga, the money was raised through the sale of cows, goats and donations from family members.

Asked whether the sh10b was withdrawn from a bank, Muhanga responded: “It was in my house. I paid cash and I was given a receipt.”

The committee gave Muhanga up to Friday to produce a land title but she insisted that she had no title, arguing that it was cancelled by the Supreme Court.

"You see, we are moving back and forth on this matter. This matter was concluded by the Supreme Court – the highest court in this country. Then, where does anyone – whether Auditor General or parliament come in?" Muhanga said.

 "You mean parliament can overturn a Supreme Court ruling? I don't know, just educate me," Muhanga said

The Supreme Court has since cancelled Muhanga's land title citing irregularities in the process that saw UBC sell its land.

The claim by Muhanga that she raised such colossal sums from selling goats and cows has spawned a heated and, a tad sarcastic debate on social media with some impugning the veracity of her statement.

The transaction that saw Muhanga acquire the land in question is eerily complicated.

 By an agreement dated 14th February, 2011, UBC, at sh11.5b, sold the land in question to Haba Group – a company belonging to property mogul, Hassan Basajjabalaba.

Three months later, Haba Group sold the land in question to Deo & Sons properties Ltd for sh22b. 

Surprisingly, then UBC Managing Director, Paul Kihika wrote a letter terminating the sale agreement to Haba saying the sale flouted provisions in the UBC Act.  

The land was sold without prior explicit permission of minister of information as required by the UBC Act.

When Haba filed a case challenging cancellation of the sale, court upheld UBC's objection to the sale and dismissed the suit.

Dissatisfied, Haba lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal. However, before the case could be disposed of, the parties – UBC, Haba and Deo & Sons entered into a consent judgment in April 2013 to amicably settle the matter.

In this arrangement, Haba and Deo & Sons executed a deed of assignment to SINBA (K) Ltd.

Subsequently, SINBA (K) Ltd applied for execution of the consent decree and a warrant of attachment of the land was issued to Twinamatsiko auctioneers who proceeded to sell the land to Muhanga.  

UBC later successfully challenged sale of its land in the Court of Appeal and attempts by SINBA, Haba and Muhanga to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court proved futile. Muhanga is now claiming refund of her sh10b. 

Margaret Muhanga 

When the parliamentary committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) opened an investigation into the mismanagement at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), particularly the illegal sale and transfer of the public broadcaster's land, many people familiar with the transaction began to question why Parliament was spending time digging up an issue already decided by court. But SULAIMAN KAKAIRE has found that the critics of the parliamentary investigation might be mistaken.

 

This ongoing parliamentary probe into the land transaction involving Burahya MP Margaret Muhanga Mugisa, businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba and UBC has been expanded to focus not only on the substance of the transaction (fraud) but on whoever participated in the fraud and walked away scot-free.

Whereas the High court, Court of Appeal and Supreme court have investigated the fraud and set aside the whole transaction, the two courts did not make a finding on the role played by individuals who executed the preordained scheme since this was not an issue before court.

It is under this pretext that Cosase, a committee mandated with monitoring the management and performance of government entities, is conducting the probe based on the auditor general’s financial audit report on UBC (UBC) for the year ended June 30, 2015.

According to a brief prepared by the technocrats, to facilitate and guide discussions of members in the investigation, the committee has to establish whether the management of the agency is in line with sound and prudent business management principles and practices.

 

APPROPRIATE ACTION

“If there exists some instances of mismanagement and fraud; and if so, who are the persons responsible? And to recommend appropriate action to be taken against such officers. Why it was possible for the irregularities raised by the AG’s report to occur; and whether there are now prudent and effective systems in place to avert such irregularities in future,” the brief seen by The Observer partly reads. 

As regards the land scandal, one senior member of the committee, who declined to be named, said their investigation is meant to establish how the transaction originated, who approved it and when, why it could not be detected by some institutions like Uganda Revenue Authority and the land registry.

“We have to investigate and make a finding on all these issues. Thereafter, we shall send a report back to parliament and if it agrees with us, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Inspector General of Government will take over from there to have these individuals prosecuted under the Anti-Corruption Act,” the member said.

We understand that three former UBC top managers were charged in the Anti-Corruption court in connection with the land scandal. They include Chris Katuramu, Edward Mugisa Mugasa and Emmanuel Emoru.

Indeed, this is the reason why the committee has invited the respective individuals that were involved in the management of UBC at the time of the scandal.

Following the July 20 letter written by Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu to Winston Agaba David, the UBC managing director, inviting the management of UBC to attend the committee proceedings, Agaba wrote to Paul Kihika, the former UBC boss, reminding him that; “the proceedings shall dwell on the queries raised by the office of the auditor general for financial year  2013/14 in which you were the acting managing director of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.”

Others invited to attend the proceedings include former managers at UBC; Ruthra Kamukama (Finance and Administration Manager), John Patrick Kateba (accountant), Ephraim Nyangire (acting risk and internal audit manager) and Eliud Atwine (transport officer).

 

TITLE SURRENDERED

Speaking to The Observer on Saturday, Katuntu said the intention of their investigation is to answer things that court did not or put in effect what court could not.

“If you look at the list of witnesses, some of them were not in court. Even those that went to court were not penalised for their actions because that was not the subject matter before court,” he said.

On Saturday, the committee received a copy of the certificate of title for the land under dispute. According to Katuntu: “This title was not in the hands of UBC; but after this investigation, the title has been surrendered. Those are some of the things the investigation has achieved and can achieve.”

The committee received the title from Margaret Muhanga’s lawyers at around 8pm on Friday. It is not clear, what prompted Muhanga to surrender the title at such a time. When asked, Katuntu said; “She [Muhanga] was responding to the instruction of the committee. Whether there is a hidden agenda, I can’t speculate but the committee was interested in the title because court had ordered that the title should be delivered to UBC but this had not been complied with. So, we did work that ideally should have been done by UBC.”

Bugweri MP Abdu Katuntu shows the UBC land title after it
was returned by Margaret Muhanga’s lawyers on Friday

Although the title was delivered, it was not clear whether Muhanga would get back the money. In an interview with The Observer, Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Sseggona, a member of Cosase, told us that as far as he knows, no money moved from Muhanga to UBC. “There is no evidence to that effect. If she said to have paid 10bn, then there is need to prove that and if not, it points to the fact that maybe she was a mere conduit,” he said.

For his part, Lubaga North MP, Moses Kasibante, another member of the committee, disclosed that by claiming that the money she paid was got from selling goats, it was intended to shield the fact that she did not pay that money.  “If she had claimed to have got the money from the bank, it could have been easy to find out, how he got it; from who? and during what time was the money paid?” Kasibante.

But why is it important to know whether Muhanga paid money or not? Sources on the committee have told us that the intention of this is to establish whether she was a proxy or not, and if she was, who then was behind the scheme. “This is part of the reason that the land title has been surrendered to stop the pursuit. There is information that the investigations were leading to some top people in government,” said one source.

Well, it may be the wish of the culprits that the committee puts the matter to rest since the title has been surrendered but Katuntu insists that appropriate action will be taken at the end of the investigation. “We have to recover all the land that was illegally transferred from UBC. We shall do this for all government entities,” he said.

The Observer understands that the committee has requested for the list of all UBC property that was transferred or sold to private individuals and it intends to put the registrar of title and Uganda Revenue Authority officials on the spot to answer queries regarding some of these transactions. For the registrar, the committee is interested in knowing how two certificates of title could be issued within an interval of three minutes.

According to the brief seen by The Observer, the committee is to investigate a query raised by the auditor general questioning the size of UBC’s assets, debts and the corporation’s outstanding obligations amounting to Shs 30.8 billion. They include trade creditors (Shs 12bn) and other creditors (Shs18.8bn). According to the AG, all trade creditors (Shs12bn) were not adequately-supported by source documents like invoices, contracts completion certificates and agreements.

 

 

The committee is also investigating why 247 staff have no valid contracts and others have expired contracts as far back as 2009.

“Further, a review of the UBC staff and the salary structure revealed that the salaries, terms and conditions of service of the corporation were last set in 2005 at the inception of UBC and have become outdated and inadequate contrary to the UBC Act that mandates the board of directors to determine from time to time the structure of staff levels and terms and conditions of service.

 

skakaire@observer.ug

 

 

 

In Uganda, Shs100m for youth projects has been stolen by government officials:

By Yasiin Mugerwa

Posted  Saturday, April 16  2016 

 

UGANDA, Kampala:

A leaked report by the Ministry of Gender reveals key youth ventures where millions of shillings have been plundered in direct theft or through collusion with relatives of the culpable officials. 

The ministry’s report titled “Status of Problematic Youth Projects” implicates community development officers (CDO) in charge of the Youth Livelihoods Programme (YLP) in districts.

The report says government has recovered some money as investigations are still ongoing. About Shs100m has been stolen by those directly in charge and other districts leaders.

The report cites Kibuku District where members of Goligoli Youth Improved Goat Rearing Project in Kagumu Sub-county withdrew Shs3m and shared it. Only one member of the group bought “some goats”. The other half (Shs3m) is said to have been taken by one of the group leaders (names withheld) who is currently on the run. The matter was reported to police and investigations are ongoing.

In Katakwi District, an official of Usuk Sub-county colluded with his son who works with Koritok Produce Buying and Selling, to hijack a youth project worth Shs10m.

The LC3 official, according to the report, was arrested by police on the orders of the Resident District Commissioner. So far Shs7m has been recovered.

In Bundibugyo District, government has failed to trace the beneficiaries of more than Shs8m and Shs12m under Nyahuka Central Unisex Salon Group and Bundukuyali I Cloth Designing and Tailoring Project.

This group was selected by the Town Council authorities but the ministry team verifying the projects could not find this group and it appears non-existent. The case is being handled by the RDC.

Also in Bundibugyo, 12 members of Bundikahungu V Unisex Salon Youth Group in Nyahuka Town Council received Shs8m from government but when the ministry visited, the group members did not know that their project had been funded yet the money had been withdrawn by unknown people. The police are pursuing the culprits and have the money recovered.

In Mubende, a community development officer and focal point person with YLP is implicated in manipulation and tricking some groups in the district and taking money from them by promising to pay back with a high interest.

This case, according to the ministry’s report, has been categorised as “general abuse of office and corruption by a district officer”.

When contacted at the weekend, both the Youth minister, Ms Evelyn Anite, and the Permanent Secretary, Mr Pius Bigirimana, confirmed the report findings.

The minister said the projects status report was compiled by the ministry’s technical team as part of its monitoring and evaluation docket.

“As a ministry, we are not sleeping, we are following every coin given to the youth groups in the various districts,” Ms Anite said. “We don’t want any corruption in the youth project. We want transparency and accountability.”

Asked what the classification of districts as “hotspots” means, Mr Bigirimana said, “prosecution of the culprits named in the report is going to take place because they have been identified with the help of the police and the geographical information system (GIS) maps we developed as a monitoring and evaluation tool”.

“They can afford to hide but let them know they cannot run away because we know the people we gave the money and who signed for it. Every coin must be recovered. We have recovered most of the stolen funds and we are continuing to pursue the culprits. Let them know this is not business as usual, whoever get the youth money must account for it,” Mr Bigirimana added.

However, even with the abuse of youth funds in some districts, MPs led by Ms Betty Ocan Aol appreciated the programme rollout unlike the Youth Venture Capital Fund, which ministry officials described as “a dead body”.

The hotspots

The districts include Mukono, Mityana, Kampala, Wakiso, Buikwe, Lwengo, Ssembabule, Kalungu, Mubende, Kalangala, Mayuge, Kamuli, Busia, Tororo, Kibuku, Kumi, Napak, Pallisa, Alebtong, Otuke, Adjumani, Apac, Pader, Isingiro, Ntungamo, Rubirizi, Kamwenge and Ntoroko.

ymugerwa@ug.nationmedia.com

Ugandan Government Officials took Shs3b in bribes on a Chinese rail building project deal - The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works explained:

 

Mr Charles Muganzi who was the PS when negotiations for the deal

were initiated in 2012, first requested journalists to be expelled from

the proceedings before delving into details of how money

exchanged hands. 

 

By Solomon Arinaitwe & MERCY NALUGO

 

Posted  Thursday, January 15  2015

 

Sixteen government officials shared $1m to influence the award of the $8.5b (about Shs22 trillion) tender to build the Standard Gauge Railway line, the ongoing inquiry into the controversies surrounding the deal heard yesterday.

Mr Charles Muganzi, the former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works, named officials he said pocketed bribes from one of the Chinese firms fighting for the coveted deal.

Mr Muganzi, who was the PS when negotiations for the deal were initiated in 2012, first requested journalists be expelled from the proceedings before delving into details of how money exchanged hands as different government officials canvassed support for either China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) or China Harbour Engineering and Construction Limited (CHECL).

Mr Muganzi’s revelations come days after President Museveni told the inquiry that officials who have taken bribes from the deal will be exposed when the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Justice Irene Mulyagonja begins prosecuting the culprits.

Though Mr Muganzi declined speaking to journalists after, Mr Kafeero Sekitoleko, the Nakifuma County MP, who is chairing the committee, later confirmed that Mr Muganzi revealed officials from several government ministries.

“We have the names but they have been given to us in confidence and they are protected by the law that they can be heard confidentially. Our interest is getting information. Let us get to the root of the matter. If some people are not free to speak in front of the cameras [media], why don’t they get the benefit,” Mr Sekitoleko asked.

The government initially signed a memorandum of understanding with CCECC but this was later controversially cancelled by the Works state minister, Mr John Byabagambi. 

The deal was then awarded to CHECL, triggering a court suit that is still on-going.

Meanwhile, the committee proceedings might run into trouble if the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, agrees with a group of MPs who want the committee disbanded, accusing it of bias.

MPs under their umbrella organisation, the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC-Uganda Chapter), have written to Ms Kadaga protesting the conduct of the probe committee.

In a January 14 letter, the MPs specifically contest why President Museveni directed the committee members to secretly interview Ms Rosa Whitaker, the former Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa.

“What has come out in the media has left us MPs and the public at large baffled by the manner the committee is handling its business which is improper and not in consonance with our rules of procedure,” Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga wrote in the letter.

“We are, therefore, requesting that the committee, particularly its leadership be reconstituted if the report is to be credible and for the reputation of the August House,” reads part of the letter to Ms Kadaga.

However, Mr Sekitoleko hit back at his colleagues, saying they may be in alliance with the MPs who petitioned Parliament to probe the deal but are worried that the committee’s report my not favour them so in protesting to the Speaker now, they “are preparing the masses to believe their story.”

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

 

Govt warns corrupt officials on new Shs740b health grant

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Finance minister Matia Kasaijja

L-R: Finance minister Matia Kasaijja, Global Fund’s Linden Morrison,

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, and Health minister Elioda Tumwesigye

interact after signing the Shs740b grant in Kampala yesterday.

PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA 

 
By EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA

 

Posted  Friday, June 26   2015 

 

Kampala.uGANDA:

 

Finance Minister Matia Kasaija used yesterday’s signing ceremony of the new $226 million (about Shs740 billion) Global Fund grant to warn corrupt government officials who might be tempted to swindle the money, saying the law will catch up with them.

Mr Kasaija, whose ministry is one of the principle recipients of the grant, said all accounting officials should refrain from diverting the funds meant to offer care and treatment for HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis patients in the country.

“Government will ensure that these funds are used and accounted for under the new Public Finance Management Act, and I am warning accounting officers that anyone who is involved in messing up this fund will be laid off as you have seen in the media where some have already been dismissed,” said Mr Kasaija.

The ministry of Finance is the principal recipient of $176 million (about 570 billion) meant for the support of Uganda’s fight against HIV/Aids together with another $21 million (Shs68b) intending to support the country’s prevention of TB, $14 million (Shs46b) for health systems strengthening.

The Aids Support Organisation (TASO), which is the second principal recipient of the funds, will receive $6 million (Shs19b) for the beefing up HIV/Aids response in the non-public sector. The grants are an additional to the $148m (Shs480b) malaria grant which was signed in December last year.

Speaking as the chief guest, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda appreciated the Global Fund for its continuous support towards the health of Ugandans.

“We will provide the leadership and governance required to ensure programmatic and financial accountability and credibility to all our development and implementing partners,” Dr Rugunda said.

On behalf of Global Fund, Mr Linden Morrison, the head of the Grant Management Department, said: “We want vigilance in management of the resources to ensure the programmes receive the desired goals through saving the lives of children, mothers and contributing the economic development of this country.”

The Minister of Health, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye also reiterated that he will provide transparency and accountability of the funds as the line minister.

Breakdown of the shs740b funding

Shs570b

Amount to go to the Finance ministry for the fight against HIV/Aids

Shs68b

Amount to support the country’s prevention of tuberculosis

Shs46b

Amount allocated for health systems strengthening.

eainebyoona@ug.nationmedia.com

 

This Global Manager is not considering the pain the developed countries are going through to pay their taxes in aid projects in third world countries. They do not gain much from prosecuting officials who steal these funds. Now that Uganda is going into a commercialized national election this fund should have been delayed until after the on coming election violance.

 

The Uganda National Road Authoritiy in Uganda is under Police investigations:

Ms Mary Kuteesa (L), the assistant lead council to the UNRA commission

helping Mr Ronald Luberenga (R), the head of MAPCON Consultants,

to go through documents during hearing yesterday.

PHOTO BY MICHAEL KAKUMIRIZI 

By EPHRAIM KASOZI

 

Posted  Wednesday, July 15  2015 

KAMPALA. The commission of inquiry into the alleged mismanagement at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) yesterday handed the managing director of a consulting firm to police over alleged fraud.

The commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire directed police detectives to take over investigations into the alleged fraud against Mr Ronald Luberenga, the managing director of Mapcon Consultants Limited, in connection with valuation and compensation of people affected by the construction of the 92km Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road in Hoima District.

Mr Luberenga appeared before the commission and testified that his company did not pay any tax to government during the contract period of 12 months although the company was paid up to 70 per cent of the amount.

“We did not pay any corporation tax except the withholding tax by UNRA of six per cent,” he said.

The commission heard that up to date, the compensation exercise is not complete due to pending appeals and protests while huge sums of money was allegedly paid in compensation of ‘ghost’ land owners. 

Mr Luberenga also told the commission that Mapcon submitted its final reports for the affected people in 2013 contrary to the documents indicating that the final report was submitted to UNRA in June.

The testimony comes hardly a week after local leaders from villages that were affected by the road construction accused the firm of allegedly defrauding them during the compensation exercise.

Local council leaders testified that officials of Mapcon, which was hired to handle valuation and compensation of the affected people, under valued their property leading to underpayment.

The evidence given before the commission will form the basis of the report after inquiring and investigating into the alleged anomalies in UNRA.

The commission

The commission is mandated to investigate and inquire into the procurement and contract management processes by which UNRA awarded contracts for national road works. It also seeks to investigate and inquire into the acquisition of land by UNRA and generally to examine the basis and methodology employed by the Authority to compensate land owners and persons affected by national road works.

ekasozi@ug.nationmedia.com

 

Mr Robert Kyagulanyi known as Bobi Wine has dismissed the long serving President of Uganda, Mr Museveni's promise to fight corruption as political propaganda.

Mr Robert Kyagulanyi at a press conference in Magere, Kampala, Uganda 

11 December, 2018

 

By Abubaker Lubowa for the Monitor newspaper, Uganda

 

 

Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi has scathingly reacted to President Yoweri Museveni’s latest promise to fight corruption, saying the head of State has lacks the will to decisively tackle the vice.

On Monday, Mr Museveni while officiating at the Anti-Corruption week at Kololo Independence Grounds said his new plan is to confiscate property of public servants who steal public money.

“All property belonging to corrupt officials will be confiscated. But I will first get first-hand information before confiscation of the property and I will order organisations fighting corruption to avail me with more details of stolen money,” Mr Museveni said.

However, Mr Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine, said in a statement he circulated on his social media platforms that Mr Museveni has no capacity to clean the mess since he’s presiding over the worst corrupt systems.

“It is because of that corrupt system that hospitals have no drugs. That schools are rotting. That the levels of unemployment are sickening. That we have no public transport,” Mr Kyagulanyi said in the statement. “That our infrastructural projects are inflated, costing many more times than they do in other countries, and yet we end up with shoddy works. That our nation suffers and bleeds.”

He said as far as fighting graft is concerned, Mr Museveni has always shot himself in the foot by appointing, reappointing and elevating corrupt and compromised people in public office.

 

Below is Mr Kyagulanyi’s statement that has been slightly edited

So today President Museveni has asked Ugandans to listen to him as he announces new measures against corruption. What a joke!

After 32 years of empty promises, he is promising yet again!

How can we depend on the man who created the mess to clean it up?

How can a man who has created and presided over one of the worst corrupt systems talk about fighting corruption? How can a man, who goes around bribing citizens with sacks of public funds purport to fight corruption? How can a man, who was only last week linked to receiving a bribe of $500,000 in a United States federal court, say anything about fighting corruption?*

What can a man who has established, nurtured and supported political and economic corruption talk about combating corruption? A man who bribes MPs to pass decadent laws?  A man who only two weeks ago admitted while in Kenya, that he bribes Ugandans, so as not to lose votes?  A man who treats our nation's treasury as if it's his own purse? A man who treats Uganda's natural resources as his own?

It is because of that corrupt system that hospitals have no drugs. That schools are rotting. That the levels of unemployment are sickening. That we have no public transport. That our infrastructural projects are inflated, costing many more times than they do in other countries, and yet we end up with shoddy works. That our nation suffers and bleeds.

If corruption in Uganda is a baby, President Museveni is its midwife. If it is a football game, he is a striker. If it is a song, he is the producer. If it is a building, he is the chief architect. And yes, if it is a plant, he is that fertile soil that has enabled it grow, blossom and flourish! He has appointed, reappointed, and elevated the corrupt and most compromised people in public office, and protected them.

Mr President, you have no moral authority to say anything about fighting corruption. You are not just part of the problem – you are the biggest stumbling block in any effort to rid this country of corruption, patronage and abuse of public funds.

* There is no evidence that Mr Museveni expected, solicited or received such money. Both the President and Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa were not defendants in the case and were not called to testify.

Editor.

 

 

 

 

 

The Immigration boss Mr Godfrey Sasaga

The directorate of citizenship and immigration control failed to exhaustively account for over Shs 52bn advanced for the purchase of the biometric kits to be used in the national identity card enrollment project.

 

Appearing before the parliamentary public accounts committee (PAC) today, immigration officials said the procurement process was ‘hijacked’ by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) who should explain better how the money was spent.

 

At least Shs 52bn was spent on the purchase of biometric kits and other equipment. They included laptops, cameras, finger print scanner, signature pads among others. In his FY 2014/15 report, the auditor general, John Muwanga noted that the providers of the kits presented a lump sum figure of Shs 52.2bn as opposed to the unit cost of each kit.

 

"This made it difficult to make a comparison of the bids. Further, it was not possible to compute the liquidated damages as a result of late delivery of 3246 spare batteries and 3258 USB hubs", the auditor general's report notes in part.

 

Godfrey Sasaga, the director citizenship and immigration distanced his team from the purchase of the biometrics kits, saying the procurement was hijacked by ISO following a cabinet resolution that reasoned that the issuance of the national IDs was a national security matter.

 

PAC chairperson, Angelline Osegge tasked the immigration officials to name the items in the kits in vain.

 

“Whether it is technical or scientific, there is no product called a ‘kit’. Here you were buying an item. The item constituted a kit, so [you should] have included the prices of items in that kit. Now, what you have given us does not even give us that information”, said Osegge.

 

“I think that is where the procurement problem was and I admit there was that kind of gap in all this information [provided]”, Sasaga responded.

 

Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo municipality MP accused the immigration officials of providing the committee with incomplete documents.

 

“No, no. No. This is very embarrassing because you can imagine item A; laptop Poland 4,258, unit price [not] included. Finger print scanner unit price [not] included, signature price [not] included - nothing. You don’t want anybody to know the unit price of any these items”, Karuhanga charged. 

 

MPs blamed the immigration official for negligence for alleged failure to pay attention to costs of particular items, which could have cost taxpayers loss of money.

 

“You’re the accounting officer, you sign off this money. So for you, what were you signing off for?” Karuhanga asked.

“For a kit!” Sasaga answered.

“A kit?!”, asked Karuhanga. 

“Yes” Sasaga answered in the affirmative.

“Even if they gave you an empty box? For you are just interested in a kit”, Karuhanga further prodded.

“The kit had components in it. The problem and I agree with you, is that at the procurement level…” said Sasaga before he was cut short in his submission.

 

“Mr Sasaga we are talking about Shs 52bn, so you ought to have been interested in what was in this that we are paying for” Karuhanga said.

 

PAC chairperson Osegge noted that ISO doesn't have the prerogative to flout procurement laws, saying they will not hide under classified expenditure. 

 

Karuhanga said according to the documents before the committee, the procurement process was handled by Deborah Katuramu, the secretary in the Office of the President and Dan Mugisha, the ISO contract manager. The committee said it would resolve on how to proceed on the matter.

 

 

 

Ex-Internal Security Ogarnization staff ordered to account for Uganda currency shs 6.9bn

(about 1.6 million dollars):

Publish Date: Dec 24, 2014

 

                  Justice Irene Mulyagonja
 
She advises that three former ISO staff should submit accountability for the sh6.9b. 
 

 By Chris Kiwawuloment (IGG) has ordered the directors of Uganda Veteransof Ial Organisation (UVETISO) to account for sh6.9b of the sh10b benefits eceivy the majority of intended beneficiaries.

 

Justice Irene Mulyagonja, in a fresh order, has said three former ISO staff; Jeff Kiwanuka, Jamal Kitandwe and Bernard Kamugisha, who represented over 500 ex-ISO staff, should submit accountability for the sh6.9b to the finance ministry by January 17, 2015.

 

“In the event that the signatories to the UVETISO account fail to account for the monies by that date, the Director of Public Prosecutions should initiate an investigation into the loss of the said amount (sh6.9b) with a view of prosecuting the signatories to the account for the theft and/or diversion of public funds or other appropriate offences,” the IGG recommended.

 

Over 1,000 ISO staff were retrenched in 1993 without being paid terminal benefits. Five hundred of them sued the Government, which subsequently agreed to pay sh39.18b to them.

 

Court had initially awarded the retired soldiers sh72.4b, but the Government, through the Attorney General, negotiated with them and they agreed to take sh39.18b, which the Government was to settle in its entirety.

 

The initial sh10b was released to UVETISO, but the IGG halted further payments after some would-be beneficiaries alleged mismanagement.

 

A big part of the money was reportedly taken by the lawyers, according to the IGG.

 

Mulyagonja also directed that no further payments should be made to Matovu and Matovu Company Advocates, who represented the ex-ISO staff in the case. She noted that the bigger number of the 1,078 beneficiaries of the judgment in High Court Civil Suit did not bind themselves to pay any fees to the advocates.

 

“It was also manifestly unfair and illegal for the self-appointed representatives of the beneficiaries to pay almost 70% of sh10b to advocates and other persons as expenses without consulting and getting the written consent of all beneficiaries. They, as a result, deprived the beneficiaries of a large portion of their benefits in the judgment,” the IGG said in an interim report released Monday.

 

 Kiwanuka, Kitandwe and Henry Waibale (now deceased) were originally representing the group of over 500 retired soldiers in the court case that took over 10 years.

 

On winning the case, however, Kiwanuka and Kitandwe were joined by Kamugisha with whom they formed a company called UVETISO, on whose account in Crane Bank the first installment of sh10b was remitted.

 

The sh10b was remitted to the UVETISO account on June 18, but sh2.5b was withdrawn in cash on that very day and another sh2b was withdrawn the following day.

 

By August 15, there was only a balance of sh31.7m on the account.

 

This prompted some of the former ISO staff to petition the Attorney General, IGG, ISO and the office of the Minister for the Presidency seeking their intervention.

 

On August 22, the IGG wrote to the finance ministry, stopping further payments, setting up a stage for a clash with the Attorney General, who questioned legality of the IGG’s order halting of the payments.

 

Kiwanuka, Kitandwe and Kamugisha also petitioned court, which halted the IGG’s investigations.

 

Due to the court’s decision to halt her investigations, the IGG asked the Auditor General and ISO to carry out a physical verification of the former ISO employees entitled to terminal benefits, including establishing those who are deceased and the legal representatives entitled to receive the benefits on their behalf.

 

The IGG further asked that the finance ministry directly pays the terminal benefits to entitled and verified beneficiaries as well as legal representatives of the deceased beneficiaries identified after verification.

 

In her interim report, the IGG criticized the courts for the increasing tendency to issue orders halting investigations into alleged corruption.

 

 

Lira municipality town clerk, Daniel Christopher Kaweesi and the principal finance officer, Patrick Awio have been arrested over alleged financial mismanagement.

 

The arrest follows a directive by the Local Government Accounts Committee of parliament to whom the duo failed to present credible accountability for more than Shs 224m spent in the financial years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015.

 

They were summoned to respond to queries in the Auditor General's report for the two financial years for funds that were not adequately accounted for.  The report indicates that up to Shs 78.3m was not accounted for by Lira municipal council during the financial year 2013/2014.

 

It further indicates that another Shs 146m was not accounted for in the financial year 2014-2015.  Of this, the committee heard that Shs 130m was paid out as compensation to Joseph Olet, a resident whose house at Ojamma village was erroneously razed during a community road opening.

 

Kaweesi told the committee that Shs 6m was used to compensate Sarah Ebong, who was arrested and tortured by municipal law enforcers in 2007 and Shs 10m was paid to David Okello, the interdicted Lira municipality council inspector of schools.

 

But the alleged beneficiaries Olet and Ebong denied receiving payments from the council.

 

Committee chairperson, Winifred Kiiza ordered for their arrest and investigation by the police. She also ordered for the arrest of Okello, the indicted inspector of schools, to explain how he spent Shs 10m advanced to him.

 

Mansur Suwed, the central north regional police spokesperson says the two officials are still held at Lira police pending investigation into their case.

ENGUZI MU BAVUGANYA GOVERNMENT YA UGANDA

Posted on 22nd November, 2014
Aba Bbanka Enkulu(Bank of Uganda) batunudde ebikalu mu Palamenti:

By Kizito Musoke

 

Added 13th November 2018

 

ABAKULU okuva mu bbanka enkulu batunudde ebikalu mu kakiiko ka Palamenti akavunaanyizibwa okulondoola emirimu n’ensaasanya mu bitongole bya gavumenti aka COSASE, ababaka bwe babatadde ku nninga okuleeta lipoota eraga ebintu bye baasanga mu Teefe Trust Bank nga tebannagiggala mu 1993.

 

 

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Gavana wa Bbanka Enkulu, Mutebile (ku ddyo) n’omumyuka we Louis Kasekende nga bali mu kakiiko ka Palamenti aka COSASE.

 

ABAKULU okuva mu bbanka enkulu batunudde ebikalu mu kakiiko ka Palamenti akavunaanyizibwa okulondoola emirimu n’ensaasanya mu bitongole bya gavumenti aka
COSASE, ababaka bwe babatadde ku nninga okuleeta lipoota eraga ebintu bye baasanga mu Teefe Trust Bank nga tebannagiggala mu 1993.
 
Gavana wa Bbanka Enkulu, Emmanuel Mutebile n’omumyuka we, Louis Kasekende be baakulembeddemu abakulu abalala nga bannyonnyola engeri bbanka omusanvu
gye zizze ziggwalwawo okuli; Teefe Bank (1993), International Credit Bank Ltd (1998), Greenland Bank (1999), Co-operative Bank (1999), National Bank of Commerce
(2012), Global Trust Bank (2014) n’okuguza Crane Bank (CBL) eri DFCU bank (2016).
 
Bbanka ya Teefe gye baasookeddeko okubuuliriza nga lipooti y’omubalirizi w’ebitabo bya Gavumenti yalaga nti Bbanka Enkulu mu kugiggala teyalina biwandiiko biraga bya bugagga bya Bank gye baggalawo.
 
Akulira okulondoola emirimu mu bbanka z’ebyobusuubuzi, Tumubweine Twinemanzi yakkirizza nti kituufu ebiwandiiko tebaabirina.
 
Ssentebe w’akakiiko, Abdul Katuntu kino yakiwakanyizza n’asaba omu ku babalirizi b’ebitabo aba Bbanka Enkulu okunnyonnyola era n’ategeeza nti kye baabadde nakyo
si kye kiwandiiko ekituufu.
 
Ababaka okwabadde Moses Kasibante (Lubaga North), Medard Lubega Sseggona (Busiro East), Joseph Ssewungu (Kalungu West) baategeezezza nga bwe bataabadde bamativu ku ngeri bbanka ya Teefe gye yaggalwamu.
 
Dr. Kasekende yabaanukudde nti mu kiseera ekyo mu tteeka kyali tekibakakatako kubeera na kiwandiiko kiraga ebyali mu bbanka gye baggaddewo n’agamba naye amabaluwa baagalina kwe basinziira okuggala bbanka ya Teefe.
 
BANNAMATEEKA B’OBWANNANNYINI BABANJA BBANKA ENKULU BUWUMBI
Ababaka era beekebezze ebiwandiiko ebyaleeteddwa bannamateeka ababanja nga biraga nti babanja ssente ezisoba mu buwumbi 25 ze beeyambisa okuwolereza Bbanka
Enkulu.
 
Kampuni za bannamateeka kuliko; Masembe, Makubuya, Adriko, Karugaba & Ssekatawa (MMAKS Advocates), Bowman’s Uganda, Cohen and Collins Solicitors and
Notaries and Sebalu & Lule Advocates.
 
Ababaka ba Palamenti baagala kampuni za bannamateeka balage obukakafu nga ddala basasula omusolo gwa VAT kuba ssente ze babanja ziyitiridde.
Corruption worse in opposition than in govt - says Rutabasiira:

Publish Date: Aug 03, 2012

            The 28 year ruler of Uganda, President Museveni

 

 

By Vision Reporter

 

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the Member of Parliament for Kampala Central Muhammed Nsereko is free to join the opposition if he so wishes.

 

Museveni said the NRM fought for freedom and that is why nobody has died because of opposing government.

 

“The NRM government fought for freedom that is why nobody has died from opposing government and that is why there is peace in the whole country. So many FDCs have crossed to NRM including Onzima from Maracha, Rebbeca Otengo of Lango, Agnes Akiror of Ngora and Caroline Okao of Aleptong,” he said adding that, “If Nsereko wants to change sides he is free to do so but he will be disciplined. There are some members of parliament who lost their seats because of that although it happened towards the end of the Kisanja. People can change sides but they must follow the law, lose their seat in parliament and go for by-elections. When we were fighting the bush war some people would run away but we would recruit more.”

 

Muuseveni was reacting to questions from radio journalist Thembo Mathias of Messiah Radio and Masereka Bernard of Guide Radio in Kasese during a prerecorded interview at State House in Entebbe, in which they wondered why an NRM member can come to the district to campaign for an opposition candidate. MP Nsereko has claimed he would travel to Kasese, an NRM stronghold to de campaign his party candidate.

 

On the issue of Obusinga, Museveni said it was the NRM government that championed the return of Kingdoms to Uganda, adding that the issue in Kasese was delayed because there were local differences among the people of Kasese. 

 

“I heard Besigye telling lies that he is the one who returned Obusiga. Besigye was a student here in the 70s when we were fighting Idi Amin, why didn’t he bring the Obusiga that time or restore the Kabaka of Buganda or the other kings?. Kingdoms in Uganda were bought by NRM, nobody else. Besigye was a junior member in NRM. He joined in 1982 and he left to form FDC. He was not there when NRM started and he left,” he said.

 

On the issue of corruption, the Museveni said while there may be some corruption among NRM members, the problem is widely spread and is worse in the FDC.

 

“There is a lot of corruption in FDC as well. Bihande is or should be out of parliament by now and we should be having another by election in Busongora East. Stealing small money meant for the constituency, what would happen if he is a minister,” he said. The Anti-Corruption Court recently convicted Bukonzo East MP Yokasi Bihande Bwambale of embezzlement of the CDF worth shs20m.

 

“We have provided institutions like the police and IGG etc institutions that follow up those who steal Money. The IGGs office was not there before it was started by the NRM government,” he said.

 

Museveni said there is no way an opposition Member of Parliament working for the people because there is nothing they can do.

 

“All the big projects are done by government whether there is an opposition or not. MPs can help with smaller things which the National Planning System may not address quickly including following up on issues like compensation, monitoring programmes etc but former MP Winnie Kiiza has never raised them because she is not in NRM. Adding that members of parliament are supposed to follow up projects and remind government on various issues.

 

“Kiiza has never invited me to Kasese instead she invites Besigye. Besigye has no control of the money of Uganda, so what value is she to Kasese. But Muhindo will be a member of this family and we shall be able to assist her and she will be able to seek our advise,” he said.

 

He emphasised various projects in the district including the rehabilitation of Hima Cement, improved road infrastructure, the upcoming Kasese Central market worth 12bn shillings and the upgrading of Kasese Airfiled that is due to be implemented. He also said government was considering implementing a cotton stabilisation fund to control cotton prices and that the Drug monitoring unit of State House is going around the country to address drug thefts.

 

He urged the people to elect NRM flag bearer Rehema Muhindo a former district councillor 

 

 

The Uganda urban authority- KCCA, and a very rich International Chinese Company, Huawei, have clashed over solar street light technology:
Publish Date: Jul 11, 2015
KCCA, Huawei clash over solar street lights
KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi during the launch of the
street lighting project.

 

By Nicholas Wassajja and Juliet Waiswa

 

KAMPALA Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Huawei Technologies Uganda a Chinese company have disagreed on the maintenance of solar street lights that were donated to Uganda by Government of the Republic of China.   

 

KCCA officially received the solar street lights in July last year as a result of notes signed by Uganda and China in 2012 on the initiation of the solar street demonstration project aiding Uganda.

 

However, the 98 lights stopped working nearly one year after installation on Kabaka Anjagala Road, Usafi Car Park, Nsambya Road, Mbogo Road and State House Close.

 

KCCA deputy Spokesperson, Robert Kalumba told New Vision that when the consignment which came with a one year warranty started getting faulty, it kept on giving excuses until they (KCCA) decide to launch a technical investigation on what the problem was.

 

Huawei is in charge of installing and maintaining the project on behalf of the Chinese government.

 

Kalumba said, “As we speak now, the lights don’t work but when our engineers made an inspection, they discovered that the solar batteries were of poor quality and couldn’t sustain charge for a long period of time and a component called the invertor was designed for domestic utilization.”

 

He added that the entire solar systems including the panels were not accredited by any regulation standards body and they didn’t meet international standards.

 

Kalumba noted that, “according to Huawei the donation costs $8000 per panel but our team has since established that you can get more superior solar panels with even embedded cameras at $3000 each.”

 

The donation which was expected to be a direct answer to perpetual load shedding in Kampala is said to have cost over $800,000 an equivalent of Shs3bn.

 

“we have decided to remove all of them and I can assure you that before Pope Francis’s visit in November, we shall have finished installing new durable solar lights,” Kalumba highlighted.

 

Asked whether discontinuing the project will not dent the Uganda-China relations as far as the 2012 notes signed are concern, Kalumba said the donation is not part of that government program.

 

Allan Kyobe the public relations officer Huawei Uganda, dismissed allegations that they refused to maintain the lights is.

 

He said, “We have been in touch with KCCA over the project but it’s only the batteries that have a problem and we are trying to have it rectified.”

 

Kyobe confirmed that with a letter dated 9th July, 2015 to KCCA, Huawei committed to reinstall the street lights with new batteries with work to be completed by 29th July, 2015.

 

Stanley Chyn, the managing director of Huawei Uganda said, “Maintenance works began two months back with a troubleshooting process; we have already started replacing the lights with new batteries which are being monitored every day from 7:15pm to 5:00am.”

 

“Our maintenance works are part of the extended warranty period to KCCA to enable us address the solar street lights diligently with approximately 50 lights’ batteries being installed in the ongoing maintenance works,” he adds.

 

According to Peter Kaujju, the authority spokesperson, KCCA is on the move to install more 500 solar street lights in the Central Business District (CBD) as an effort improve on the city’s security and cut on the cost of hydropower charges.

 

He also disclosed that negotiations are on-going with the private sector to provide additional solar lights in exchange for street pole advertising rights.

 

With KCCA’s monthly bill of sh80m to UMEME, Of the 1,200km road network in Kampala only less than 15% (115Kms) has street lights and currently with less than 8% properly functioning.

 

 

                       This is the new boss of the Uganda Revenue Authority in Uganda

 

As the heat from the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections starts to cool off, the taxman has realised a sh194b deficit for the first nine months and is coming to collect from small business owners. It’s time to buckle up.

Import and export volumes declined from January to March 2016 wiping away gains that had been registered in the first six months of the 2015/16 financial year. The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) must now collect sh3.3 trillion in the next three months.

In efforts to collect the largest amount of taxes in URA’s history, Dickson Kateshumbwa, the acting Uganda Revenue Authourity (URA) Commissioner General has urged Ugandans to insist on receipts for all purchases; he explained that small business owners will be required to present copies of receipts issued and received during tax assessment.

The tax register had about 780,000 businesses at the end of August 2015 according to the URA. The taxman is looking to expand the tax register in efforts to finance Uganda’s ambitions of joining the league of first world nations by 2040.

The taxman has silently been mapping out small businesses such as bars, garages, the fishing community, hardware stores and maize mills around the country that may not require a TIN but should pay taxes to URA since 2015.

“We have undercover officials that are estimating the average revenues of small businesses by area, and street. We will then formulate tax brackets for them. By mid- October, our officers will be moving to collect taxes from them,” Jolly Kaguhangire, the URA assistant commissioner for service management revealed last year.

Henry Saka, the URA commissioner for domestic taxes added: “Many Ugandans simply open up businesses without being aware of their obligations such as paying for licenses and taxes. Sometimes, informal business owners wrongly assume that they are not supposed to pay taxes to the URA after they pay local government taxes.”

She noted that the project is expected to deliver taxes from at least 80,000 small businesses by the end of the financial year 2015/16. Though the informal sector employs between 70% and 80% of the total working force, its contribution to taxes is dismal.

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