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.


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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.

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.

 

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