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.

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 

 

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