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.

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 leader of the land commission in Uganda, M/s Bamugemereire has agreed that there is real corruption in the courts of law:

 

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, who also

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, who also chairs the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters. FILE PHOTO 

A Court of Appeal judge has in a no-holds-barred missive exposed the rot in courts and Judiciary, offered evidence on how judges connive with land grabbers, and lashed out at what she called the “wanton abuse” of criminal justice system.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, who also chairs the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters has condemned “bogus judgements and orders” in the eviction of bibanja holders, and warned that if the Judiciary, the third arm of the State, “does not rise to the occasion, it will be captured wholly by land grabbers and used as a catalyst of untold social distress arising from pressure on land”.

Justice Bamugemereire’s verbal assault on the abuse of courts at a news conference on Friday, came four years after Anup Singh Choudry, a retired High Court judge also complained about corruption in the ‘temple of justice’ and accused senior lawyers and judges of conniving with the Attorney General’s office to defraud “impoverished” Ugandans.

Call for action
The judge called for stern action against a racket of ‘mafias’ in the country’s judicial system.
Criticising judges, Justice Bamugemereire said her team encountered a rising number of orders, rulings, judgments and injunctions entered by judicial officers which have led to eviction of thousands of bibanja holders [bona fide tenants] or giving away protected land like forest reserves and wetlands countrywide. She has recommended an urgent review of all judgments issued by the courts on matters of land.

Judiciary’s senior communications officer Solomon Muyita told Sunday Monitor that the Judiciary’s top management would convene soon next week to respond to Justice Bamugemereire’ s concerns. 
He said the meeting will come up with possible solutions, adding: “There has been engagements before and the Judiciary also appeared and gave their position on some of those issues.”

 

Bamugemereire’s full statement:

 

Date: October 26, 2018

 

Press release on the presenting role of the judiciary in catalysing rising land distress, grabbing of protected and fragile areas causing landlessness and a state of lawlessness.
The commission of inquiry has recently been faced with a number of developments on land for which a deserving press brief needs to be given. Notably, in the process of inquiring into the effectiveness of law, policies and processes of land in Uganda, the commission of inquiry has encountered a rising number of orders, rulings, judgments, and injunctions entered by judicial officers which have led to the eviction of thousands of bibanja holders or the giving away of land protected by gazette as a forest or wetland.

In a recent judgment, arising out of Civil Suit 885 of 2017, Justice Godfrey Namundi, on June 28 2018, ruled that about one square mile that is actually part of Kajjansi Central Forest Reserve belonged to Eria Mubiru, Vivian Keza and Peninah Busingye Kabingani, simply because they have land titles over the land.
This ruling was made in spite of the fact that a copy of the Legal Notices gazetting the forest, dated 1932, 1948, 1968 and 1998, were tendered as evidence before court. The judge declared National Forestry Authority (NFA) trespassers on the “forest reserve” because they had attempted to stop the encroachment, and awarded costs of the suit plus general damages of Shs200m against NFA. This judgement carries the import of degazetting a central forest reserve. Degazetting is the sole preserve of the Parliament of Uganda and not the High Court of the Judiciary of Uganda.

Relatedly, up to four court orders have been granted over Namanve Forest Reserve where titles were issued on an existent forest reserve. As a result of originating summons No. 9 of 2014, up to 50 private security guards were deployed on the land triggering a stand-off between UPDF [Uganda People’s Defence Forces] and NFA rangers. In this case, the court directed the commissioner of land registration to create hitherto non-existent plots in the forest reserve. Some judges and high-level government officers have been named in this forest reserve grab. The commission notes that speculators who get insider information on where future projects will be situated, desire titles in areas such as central forest reserves hoping to be paid astronomical compensation arising out infrastructural project over such areas. The preceding area is one such area bringing a convergence of projects such as the Bukasa Port, the Standard Gauge Railway, among others.

Further, more than 12 square miles of Bugoma Central Forest Reserve have been handed to Hoima Sugar Works through a ruling of court that reversed the cancellation of title to the land by the commissioner of land registration.
The commission continues to investigate sand mining in Lwera where individuals collude with officials from National Environmental Management Agency (Nema). Nema grants licences to mine the sand. The individuals then use these licences to apply for lands titles whose issuance contravenes the law as they are made over gazetted areas. Such activities have threatened fish breeding areas of Lake Victoria whose effects can be potentially catastrophic.
Multiple evictions in Entebbe, Wakiso, Mityana and Mubende [districts] have all been authorised by judicial officers. Some of these matters are under investigation by the commission.

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The claim for Shs 600b on Isimba rock where a very expensive hydro-electric dam has been built should not be paid out:

 

Legal opinion. Solicitor General Francis Atoke

Legal opinion. Solicitor General Francis Atoke (right) testifies before the land commission in Kampala yesterday. He is flanked by director for legal advisory services in the Attorney General’s office Christopher Gashirabake. PHOTO BY RACHEL MABALA 

By EPHRAIM KASOZI & JALIRA NAMYALO

Kampala. The claim by 13 people seeking compensation of about Shs600b for the rock on land the government bought from them for construction of Isimba power dam has no merit, the Solicitor General has said.

“If these people were compensated under the Land Acquisition Act and they accepted the payment, then their rights on the land were relinquished. They bought from other people; what if those people also come back and make fresh demands, the claims will not end,” the chief legal adviser to government, Mr Francis Atoke, told the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters yesterday.
The Ministry of Energy had petitioned the commission challenging demand by the 13 claimants who are seeking compensation for sand and a rock on 28.5 acres they had sold to government.

The commission is investigating Shs600b claim for the rock and sand reserves on the disputed land in Kayunga District where Isimba hydro-power project is being constructed.
“Our opinions are given basing on request made to us and they are general interpretations,” Mr Atoke testified.
It is alleged that the disputed claim is based on a February 2016 Solicitor General’s opinion which recommended that the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) compensates the project-affected persons for their property, including rock and stone.

However, in his testimony, Mr Atoke attributed the claims to contradictions between sections of the Mining Act and Article 244 of the Constitution regarding definition of rock and stone. “We need to bring the matter to the attention of the Constitutional Court for declaration so that there is no ambiguity on what a rock is,” Mr Atoke said.
He said the claims for compensation for the rock are new based on people’s different interpretation of the law.
“Before these claims, no claim or payment has ever been made for rocks or stones whatever the definition is. It does not mean that it is illegal if nobody has ever made it. It has been brought to somebody’s attention,” he added.

Mr Atoke said the Solicitor General’s opinion can be reviewed based on correctness and facts provided.
He blamed government agencies for not providing the entire documents while seeking his legal opinion. Mr Atoke said the Solicitor General’s office only learns about such a case later when it is before an inquiry body or a court of law.
Flanked by Mr Christopher Gashirabake, the director of legal advisory services, Mr Atoke protested the ongoing investigations citing the subjudice rule which bars discussion of a matter still pending determination in court.

“When I raised this issue, I was very much aware of the terms of reference of the commission. I was also very much aware of the cases we have in court and I was mindful of the fact that there are certain defences that we want to use in these cases. If they come out in the open, we may be alerting the other party,” he said.
However, the commission’s lead counsel, Mr Ebert Byenkya, said one of their mandates is to assess the legal and policy framework on government land acquisition.
“The matters in litigation are personal and narrow. We are not discussing the merits and demerits of the cases and the size of the claims,” Mr Byenkya said.

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The problems caused by the long-term stay of staff in the affairs of the National Bank of Uganda:

Mutebile Vs Kasekende and Bagyenda:

7 April, 2018

 

By Haggai Matsiko

 

 

 

 

Kampala, Uganda

 

Mr Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, 69, the Governor and his Deputy, Mr Louis Kasekende, 59, have until recently been seen as major pillars of Bank of Uganda (BoU).

One has been credited for building the foundations upon which the other was supposed to continue pushing sound policy for the country’s economy. But the two are now involved in a perilous fight that is wrecking the institution with major implications for the economy.

The fight has become so intense that President Yoweri Museveni was on March 26 forced to call a meeting of the feuding camps and crack the whip.

The Independent has learnt that the meeting which started at 3pm at State House Nakasero was attended by Mutebile, Kasekende, former BoU Executive Director Supervision Justine Bagyenda, the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja, and a few members of the parliamentary committee Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

“I hear Bagyenda does not want to go,” Museveni reportedly said with his characteristic laugh even before the meeting started. That set the tone for the meeting.

Museveni then warned the officials that he was tired of seeing BoU matters in the press.

Until the meeting, it appeared that the IGG might launch an investigation into BoU with Kasekende as a key witness regarding recent job reshuffles Mutebile made that have shaken the bank at its core.

The reshuffle, which affected over 50 top officials of the Bank, including nine executive directors, 13 directors and 24 assistant directors, followed a host of internal scandals at the bank.

The most controversial was the takeover and sale of Crane Bank to DFCU Bank. But there are bungled recruitments, collapse of critical banking sector systems, suspicions of officials colluding with private banks that were allegedly costing the bank billions and undermining its roles, bungled procurements, corruption cases, and mismanagement.

Now, however, the any IGG investigation might either take a different course or not happen at all.

Sources who attended the Museveni meeting say he poured ice on it.  At one point, he reportedly, turned to Mulyagonja and asked: “I thought transfers were internal matters of an institution, why are you interfering?”

Mulyagonja said she had received several complaints including from “a senior credible person” who she was willing to disclose only privately to the President.

People who attended the meeting assumed Kasekende is the person Mulyagonja spoke about. This is partly because, The Independent has learnt, that although Mutebile has indicated the IGG cannot interfere in BoU affair due to constitutional protection of central bank independence, Mulyagonja  on March 16 summoned three top managers of the central bank; Louis Kasekende, Executive Director Administration Solomon Oketcho and the Bank Secretary, Susan Kanyemibwa. It is not clear how they have responded to the summons.  But it is the inclusion of Kasekende that raised major questions at the bank.

Until now Kasekende has remained largely silent as Mutebile appeared to be dealing with intransigency from Bagyenda.  However, insiders now say Kasekende has been at the centre of the fight, which has reduced the bank’s topmost leadership into eating each other like grasshoppers suffocating in a polythene bag.

Kasekende, as a deputy governor, has been seen to stand with Mutebile, whose health has been shaky for years. Now, however, as Mutebile struggles to ward off the IGG, sources in the bank claim he can no longer count on Kasekende. If Kasekende is seen to cooperate with the IGG, it will be a major sign.

But when Mutebile got a turn to speak, he said he initially responded to the IGG’s letter in the hope that she would at most investigate issues surrounding the reshuffles. He said he was taken aback when the IGG, in later correspondences, appeared to have formed opinions.  He said the IGG correspondence led him respond the way he did – defiantly.

Kasekende exposed?

Throughout the meeting, Kasekende was dead quite, a source who attended said. Another said he was ignored.

Shining the spotlight on Kasekende in this saga is based on his known closeness to Bagyenda whose removal in the reshuffle led the IGG to intervene.

In Uganda, the political party of Forum for Democratic Change is planning a Public Defiance Movement. Such a political proposal is suicidal:

Mr Teddy Sseezi Cheeye

 

 

13 December, 2017

 

By Teddy Seezi Cheeye

 

In “Measure for Measure” William Shakespeare warned that “some rise by sin and some by virtue fall”.

In the  FDC presidential elections held at Nambole stadium on November 24, 2017, Major General Mugisha Muntu lost  because he is known as Mr Nice Guy, while the winner, Patrick O. Amuriat, won because he is seen as the symptom of  emerging “political thugocracy” (coined by The Economist magazine, March 15,2014, page 50).

On NTV Frontline, November 23, 2017, Miria Matembe told viewers how she once asked Amuriat whether he was the one leading thugs who were attacking her group. On the evening of final campaigns for the FDC presidency, Major General Muntu, a very conscious man, revealed that Amuriat has a group of thugs answerable to him.

Nabilah Naggayi, one of the top FDC leaders, speaking to NBS TV at Namboole, said Dr Kizza Besigye’s support for Amuriat was well known and wondered why Besigye had never supported Mugisha Muntu.

The Sunday Monitor, November 19, 2017 (page 15) published an article wondering: “will Besigye unseat Muntu through Amuriat?” What emerges is a party brewed in the pot of conspiracy theories.

Unfortunately, the FDC Defiance Camp has a big dose of political hucksterism. Their reasoning is that when dealing with a dictator like President Yoweri Museveni, there is need to apply force because Museveni does not respect election results.

Accordingly, every time Dr Besigye has won presidential elections, Museveni simply chiseled himself on the presidential seat.

Therefore, Muntu’s gentlemanly approach lacks what is required for the FDC to get into power. It is surprising that Dr Besigye has decided to take a risky defiance journey to State House. In our view, Besigye is donating himself to the very dictator he demonizes.

Has Besigye forgotten Museveni’s warning in 1988 to the type of opponents he says “will find themselves six feet in the ground”? Has Besigye forgotten what is happening to Jamil Mukulu in Luzira Upper prison?

The FDC Defiance camp wrongly believes that it can pull off the Arab Spring type of revolution. But the concrete realities on the ground are different. In those Arab states (Egypt and Tunisia), there existed a strong middle-class with aspirations of becoming leaders too.

In Uganda, an infant economic and political middle-class was destroyed through externalization of Uganda’s economy. The millions of unemployed youths, many of them living below poverty levels, are not yet ready to aspire to become political leaders.

They can participate in hourly agitation or, at most, in a day’s verging demonstration, but not in a highly-protracted organized national insurgence that requires years of underground planning.

Using defiance to get political power can easily go beyond Dr Besigye’s control and slide back to the uprising days of Force Obote Back Again (FOBA), Joseph Kony and Alice Lakwena. At this point, Museveni would be too happy to brand FDC a terrorist group and then mercilessly crush it.

When Zimbabweans learnt that Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), had hired British assassins to kill President Robert Mugabe, they abandoned him, and it gave Mugabe a chance to brand MDC a terrorist group.

Consequently, the state machinery flagged Tsvangirai, went after MDC supporters, killed some of them and destroyed their properties. In the end, Tsvangirai, a former prime-minister, has become politically irrelevant in Zimbabwean political affairs. It appears that Besigye and Amuriat are unknowingly leading FDC innocent supporters to the MDC fate as well.

Indeed, Amuriat’s maiden statement warning that “we are not going to massage the dictator, but deal with him head-on”, sounds more like drumming for war than a mission statement of democratization.

Apostle Paulo asked the Galatians: “You foolish Galatians, who bewitched you? (Galatian 3:1NIV). Even now, one may be tempted to ask: “You foolish opposition, who bewitched you? Why are you splitting? Why are you inciting people for war?

Ugandans are clamoring for peaceful democratic change of leadership, not for another uprising/insurgence, or coup. FDC’s ostracism of General Muntu means it has squandered its political capital.

The author is the publisher of Uganda Confidential.

 

 

 

 

In the Ivory Coast, ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity by the Country's Judiciary:

By AFP

Added 29th March 2017

The former first lady Simone Gbagbo. Photo/AFP

 

An Ivory Coast jury on Tuesday acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life.

"A majority of the jury declared Simone Gbagbo not guilty of the crimes of which she has been accused, pronounced her acquittal and ordered that she be immediately freed if she is not being held for other reasons," said the head of the country's top criminal court, judge Kouadjo Boiqui.

Once dubbed Ivory Coast's "Iron Lady," Gbagbo, who was not in court Tuesday, is already serving a 20-year sentence for "endangering state security."

The prosecution in summing up its case against the 67-year-old wife of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday had called on the jury to find her "guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes and sentence her to life imprisonment," said prosecutor Aly Yeo.

He described her as a shadowy figure who orchestrated attacks on her husband's opponents.

"After her spouse came to power, she started to impose herself as the real head of Ivory Coast, the army, the police and gendarmerie," Yeo said.

Laurent Gbagbo is on trial for crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and persecution, having been handed over in November 2011 to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The ICC also wanted to prosecute his wife and issued a warrant for her arrest, but Ivorian authorities refused to hand her over, insisting she would receive a fair trial at home.

60 days to appeal

The judge on Tuesday said that the parties had 60 days to appeal the verdict which the jury reached after deliberating for six hours.

The head of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), former prime minister Pascal Affi Nguessan, welcomed the court decision and said he looked forward to "the release of other political prisoners".

The FPI said it saw the decision as "a readiness to move to reconciliation".

Following the 2010 presidential elections, some 3,000 people died in five months of unrest in the cocoa-rich west African state after Laurent Gbagbo, who lost to current Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, refused to step down.

The prosecution charged that Simone Gbagbo had headed a crisis cell -- "a genuine decision-making body" that allegedly coordinated attacks by armed forces and pro-Gbagbo militias.

The evidence came from documents found in the home of the presidential couple when the pair were arrested on September 11, 2011, he said.

"She replied to correspondence from arms dealers offering weapons and combat helicopters," said Yeo.

She was accused of distributing arms to militias backing her husband following his election defeat.

In one case, she allegedly played an indirect role in the shelling of a market in Abobo, a Ouattara stronghold in the economic capital Abidjan, in November 2010.

 

UGANDA GETS SHS 1.6 TRILLION GLOBAL FUND MONEY AGAIN:

January 4, 2017

Written by JONATHAN KAMOGA

Very sick patients in Uganda, laying on nice beds. They have lost all hope of recovering from what seems to be treatable diseases these days.

 

The Global Fund has given Uganda Shs 1.6 trillion to contribute to the fight against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria and to build resilient health systems.

In a statement last week, Prof Vinand Nantulya, a member of the strategy committee of the Global Fund board, said the new grant covers a two-year allocation period from 2018 to 2020.

Nantulya noted that HIV/Aids has been allocated Shs 920.2 billion, TB got Shs 75.9 billion while Shs 677.9 billion will go towards the prevention and treatment of malaria.

“This news comes amidst fears that the Global Fund may cut or drastically reduce its aid to Uganda after a November 2015 Global Fund audit revealed millions of unspent monies,” Nantulya, also the chairman of the Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund, said in the statement.

“Fortunately, subsequent investigations revealed that although funds absorption was below par, there was no evidence of fraud.”

 

In November 2015, ten years after Uganda was shaken by the Global Fund corruption scandal involving about Shs 124 billion, an audit report by the office of the inspector general based in Geneva, Switzerland, revealed another plunder of Shs 13.1billion in inflated costs for anti-malaria drugs and lack of accountability.

Subsequently, Global Fund threatened to withdraw aid to Uganda with a warning letter sent to the responsible ministries. The Geneva-based Global Fund had, in 2005, suspended its grants to Uganda after an investigation uncovered evidence of “serious mismanagement” of funds.

However, support to Uganda was reinstated in 2009. Since then, Global Fund has committed Shs 2.8 trillion to the fight against the three diseases in the country. The new allocation brings the total of Global Fund’s support to Uganda since 2009 to about Shs 4.5 trillion.

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In Uganda CIID military officers have been arrested over bribery:

By Joseph Eigu Onyango 

Posted  Sunday, September 20  2015 

 

UGANDA, Kaberamaido; Two police officers of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) at Kaberamaido Central Police Station have been arrested on charges of soliciting a bribe from suspects who had been detained.
Mr Juma Hassan Nyene, the police spokesperson for East Kyoga region, identified the officers as CID officer Stephen Oselle and his deputy, Detective Assistant Inspector of Police Mr Richard Obace.
According to Nyene, the two officers demanded a bribe of Shs50,000 from suspects Robert Okello and Michael Eucu, who had been detained over land cases but later released on police bond. 
However, Mr Nyene said, upon being granted the police bond the two detective officers demanded a bribe of Shs50,000. 
Mr Nyene told the press on Friday that the officers were trailed by officials from Teso Anti-Corruption Coalition (TAC) who followed the case and worked jointly with the Police Standards Unit officers in East Kyoga region.

Challenges
“In our region here, members of Teso Anti-Corruption Coalition have helped the Uganda Police Force by picking rotten apples from the basket within the police,” Mr Nyene said.
He noted that the arrest of the officer in charge of CIID and his deputy will help police clean up their own dirt in Kaberamaido District.
The advocacy officer of Teso Anti-corruption Coalition (TAC), Mr Peter Eceru, however said although they are doing great work of exposing corruption in the sub-region, they are disappointed with the slow investigation and prosecution of cases by both police and the office of the Inspector General of Police.
“In most cases, we report cases to police and IGG’s office but they take long to be investigated and obviously block arrests of the suspects involved in corruption to appear in court,” Mr Eceru said.
Mr Eceru was addressing the press on Friday at Church of Uganda Medical Centre. 
He highlighted 53 corruption related complaints their office received last year during the Anti-Corruption Caravan and Anti-corruption week that started from Karamoja sub-region and passed through Teso sub-region.
Mr Eceru said the cases involved loss of Shs1.2 billion of taxpayers’ money through fraudulent payments for shoddy works and false accounting. 
He said Katakwi District had the highest number of cases reported where the district lost up to Shs840m in payments for shoddy and uncompleted works.

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    A Shell filling petrol station on the streets of Kampala,
    Uganda

The management of Vivo Energy previously Shell Uganda has blamed the Shs 1.4bn fuel fraud on portable point-of-sale machines and fuel dealers.

Appearing before the commission of inquiry this morning, Shell Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs Vivo Energy Stephen Chomi and Smart Card manager Florence Namulinda denied that Shell was involved in the multi-billion scam.

Shell Uganda was contracted to supply fuel to Uganda National Roads Authority across the Unra's 22 countrywide substations country. It later emerged that Shell Uganda had on various occasions invoiced Unra even for no fuel supplied.

It also emerged that some of the smart cards issued to Unra were being used simultaneously in various parts of the country. Dennis Owor, then Internal Audit Manager (Unra) was discovered, that between July 2012 and April 2013, Shell Uganda had over-invoiced Unra by Shs 1.4bn, an amount, the authority duly paid.

The agreements made between Unra and Shell included a clause stipulating the smart fuel cards were limited to a specific geographical zone, time zone, daily usage limit and specific products among others.

Chomi also explained that the multiple fuel billing on the smart cards was a result of the transfer of some of the point-of-sale machines from one location to another.
 
"The card-reader machines that are used to effect these transactions are portable. It turns out that a machine which is normally in Arua happens to be in Kampala and a transaction is carried out on that machine. The statement that will come out at the end of the month will read that as from Arua because the machine is allocated to Arua when it actually happened in Kampala. So it possible."

Earlier, Owor, Unra's auditor told the commission that at one time in 2013, one fuel card was used to withdraw fuel in Gulu at 10.30am and at 10.35am - five minutes later, the same card was used to withdraw fuel in Kampala.

 

Asked how this was possible for the same machine and card to be used upcountry and within minutes in the city several kilometers away, Chomi said 

“Am not suggesting that that is the case. The explanation I offered am speaking in broad terms. I have to be broad because I don’t the details of a particular transaction."

Documentary evidence before the commission indicate that on various occasions, Shell invoices exceed the set limit of approximately 5000 litres.  

For example, in July 2012 the Masaka fuel card which had a limit of 6000 liters was invoiced for more than 11,000 liters of fuel. Namulinda failed to explain how the dealers supplied fuel above the fuel card sealing.

"Honestly I want to believe that whatever was on the card, was a limit that was set against a request.", she said before head of the commission of inquiry, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire interjected saying.

"We want to believe that Shell did not at any one point issue beyond the limit requested. The question is: you have a limit requested for a particular month of 100 litres why did Shell or Vivo for that matter allow that limit to be exceeded in that given month. I will give you an example. February 2013. Mbarara on February 4 2013 alone takes 4000 litres at a particular second 11.38."

Namulinda responded saying "I don’t know about that. Because to the best of my knowledge all the limits that are set are upon request. About the transaction I can not fully respond to that because am not physically there or recipient to information that has been relayed after a transaction has taken place."

Unra is faulted for failing to carry out due diligence to ensure that the invoices were reconciled to the work station fuel consumption as well as the set monthly consumption limit.
 
While the agreement mandates Shell to issue the authority with a driver pin to be used to verify withdraw of fuel at the fuel station as well as the access pin issued by the operator, Unra officials were never given a driver pin.
 
“…. use of the card shall be enabled by the entry, by an operator of a specified Shell Service station, of the Access Pin and finally authorized by Entry, by the card holder or user of the driver pin…. ,” reads the agreement in part.
 
The entire fraud is estimated to have cost government Shs 14bn.

In the Parliament of Uganda there are many Members of Parliament who have failed to pay their debts. They may end up in the correctional institution (Prison) of Luzira.

Written by Deo Walusimbi

As moneylenders plead with speaker to help recover Shs 1.5bn

before their parliamentary term ends.

Two loan firms, Kenloy Investments Ltd and Nibya group of companies, worried that they may not recover close to Shs 1.5bn from 21 MPs and 44 parliament staff, have petitioned Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

For the loan firms, there is relatively a small chance that the highly-indebted MPs will pay up in the next 12 months before their term in the 9th parliament expires.

Kenloy Investments and Nibya Group wrote to Kadaga seeking her intervention in their bid to recover about Shs 1.5bn from 21 MPs and 44 parliament employees who they refer to as “bad debtors.” The moneylenders want parliament to cut the MPs’ salaries at source and remit the money to them.

“There was a proposal that parliament would stop deducting emoluments from members of parliament and other staff members,” Kenloy’s Manzi Tumubweinee wrote to the speaker on March 17.

“A group of financial services providers approached the parliamentary commission and this decision was temporarily waived. Unfortunately for us, we were skipped and no deductions were made in our favour for months of January and February 2015, thus there was an accumulation of unpaid arrears,” Tumubweinee continued.

“We would, therefore ,  request that the deductions be made in the month of April 2015 so that those who owe us can finish before the end of this financial year 2014/2015.”

MPs owe Kenloy Investments Ltd Shs 990.5m while parliament staff owe the lending firm Shs 441.7m, bringing the total to Shs 1.4bn as at March 17. Rev Fr Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity minister, and Henry Banyenzaki, his Economic Monitoring counterpart, who owe Shs 140.2m and Shs 23.5m respectively, are some of Kenloy’s big debtors, according to an attachment to Tumubweinee’s letter.

Other MPs being pursued by Kenloy include Bugweri’s Abdul Katuntu (Shs 31m), Jie’s Abraham Lokii (Shs 243.8m), Nalule Sofia Jjuuko (Shs 139m) and James Kakooza (Shs 48.5m).

More MPs indebted to Kenloy are: Frederick Mbagadi (Shs 41m), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Shs 32.8m), Wamakuyu Mudini (Shs 69.6m), Joseph Ssewungu (Shs 12m), David Muhumuza (Shs 28m) and Bukoto South’s Mathias Nsubuga (Shs 45m).

Others are: Joseph Balikudembe (Shs 11.2m), Aja Baryayanga (Shs 30m), Yahaya Gudoi (Shs 9.1m), Beatrice Mpairwe (Shs 17.3m), Baker Ssali (Shs 5.5m), and Cyrus Amodoi (Shs 550,000).

Some MPs owe money to both Kenloy and Nibya Group. The latter is seeking to recover Shs 111.6m. Nibya Group’s debtors include David Muhumuza (Shs 8m), James Kakooza (Shs 25.8m), Joseph Balikudembe (Shs 26.5m) and Joseph Ssewungu (Shs 5.2m).

Others are Micah Lolem (Shs 5.2m), Nakato Kyabangi (Shs 33m) and Haruna Kasolo (Shs 7.9m).
In response to the moneylenders’ request, the authorities at parliament have indicated they can’t do much to compel the “bad debtors” to repay their debts. 

NOT HELPFUL
“As parliament, we have nothing to do for those moneylenders because their arrangements with MPs and staff were informal,” a parliamentary commissioner who declined to be named, said.

“What can we do now?” the commissioner asked. “The deal might be between the chief accountant [of parliament], the moneylender and MP/staff, but it’s informal,” the commissioner added.

Meanwhile, some debtors have complained that the moneylenders are fleecing them.

“Moneylenders have been exhibiting dishonesty when it comes to dealing with MPs to the extent that they can revise the interest rates midway the loan repayment period without even involving you,” an official attached to the parliamentary commission told us.

“Many MPs have been made to pay higher amounts of money than what they borrowed and some MPs plan to sue these money-lending institutions,” the official added.

 Kenloy’s Tumubweinee, a former MP and minister himself, denied being dishonest in his dealings with MPs.

“That statement [dishonesty] is reckless because I have never increased any interest rate and as far as I know nobody ever changes the interest rate when you have agreed, and I think it’s the banks which change interest rates over inflation,” he said on Tuesday.

Asked what he will do next now that the parliament commission has declined to help him, he said: “There are many options.”

MPs are some of Uganda’s highest-paid public officials, with each earning at least Shs 20m every month. Press reports actually indicate that this has been enhanced to higher figures.

However, constituents expect their representatives to help them solve their day-to-day financial and other demands, thus leading many lawmakers into debt.

In fact, Kenloy and Nibya are only two of the many money-lending companies doing brisk business with MPs, not to mention commercial banks. With the term of the 9th parliament about to end and MPs in campaign mode, the moneylenders are perhaps right to be concerned about their money.       

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Would Libya have been better off if Muammar Gaddafi had been captured?

Three years after his death brought an end to more than 40 years of autocratic rule, experts assess its continuing impact.

 for the Washington Post

Guardian Weekly0Libya Muammar Gaddafi

Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi, pictured in Rome in 2009.

Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

On 20 October 2011,

Muammar Gaddafi was killed. While the interim Libyan government initially said he was killed in an exchange of gunfire, a Human Rights Watch investigation a year later could not reach a conclusion as to the exact circumstances of Gaddafi’s death, but suggested he may have been summarily executed.

It was an undignified and horrific end, but many would argue it was what Gaddafi deserved. He had led oil-rich Libya as an autocrat for almost 42 years, quashing all opposition with brutality and funding international terrorism. As Libya had become swept up in the Arab spring, Gaddafi lashed out, labelling his enemies “rats” and killing and injuring thousands of his own people.

Gaddafi’s death was a landmark, but three years later, it cannot be convincingly called a good one. Three years on, Libya is still as much of a mess as ever. Fighting is split among Arab nationalists, Islamists, regional militias and more.

Recently Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have intervened militarily, while the country’s largely impotent government-in-exile had to hold its meetings aboard a car ferry.

Given such a situation, it’s not unreasonable to wonder what might have happened if Gaddafi hadn’t died. Mary Fitzgerald, an Irish journalist based in Libya, raised this question on Twitter last week. “Three years ago today Gaddafi died a gruesome death,” she wrote. “Many Libyans say they would have preferred to see him face justice in a courtroom.”

It’s an important question, not just for Libya, but also for the region and even the wider concept of international law. Christopher Chivvis, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, says such an outcome had been possible: while Nato did intervene in Libya, it did not intend for Gaddafi to die, and there were hopes that another country might be willing to take him as an exile (none was). “In the end, he was killed by his own citizens,” Chivvis says. “Not surprisingly, given how he had ruled them.

If Gaddafi had faced trial, be it in the International Criminal Court or elsewhere, Libya may have had a chance at peace and reconciliation after the end of his regime. It could have been a vital state-building exercise for a country that had existed for more than four decades under Gaddafi’s highly personalised, sometimes eccentric style of governance. Given the fractured nature of Libya today, some wonder whether a trial could have offered something to unite the country’s disparate forces. But it’s hard to say for sure, and other, less desirable outcomes were also possible. A high-profile trial in a post-conflict environment, says Tamara Cofman Wittes, director and senior fellow at the Centre for Middle East Policy at Brookings, can just add to grievance and polarisation depending on the local context and also on how well the trial itself is handled.

Wittes points to the problems in the trial of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late dictator. Libya’s interim government began its trial against Saif al-Islam earlier this year, but it has been criticised by a number of international actors for how it has handled the case: Human Rights Watch has accused the Libyan government of failing to provide adequate legal representation to the defendants in the case, for example.

And while the ICC charged Saif al-Islam along with his father in 2011, it has been unable to compel the Libyan government to allow it access – just one of many challenges to the ICC’s legitimacy in recent years. “It is hurting it,” John Jones, Saif al-Islam’s British lawyer, told Time magazine last year. “It makes the ICC look spineless and toothless.”

Ultimately, Libya’s state today is about more than one man, and many feel that the western governments who were eager to get Gaddafi out failed to help Libya stabilise after his death.

“Would Libya be better today if [Gaddafi] were still alive? Probably not,” Chivvis says. “But the real issue is why the international community, after a seven-month air campaign, neglected post-conflict reconstruction.”

“When Gaddafi died, Libya actually had, by the standards of most post-conflict states, pretty good chances of making a smooth transition to peace and stability,” Chivvis explains. “It had wealth, was near Europe, had neighbours who were headed in the same direction, and it’s people had not, unlike Bosnia, for example, fought against each other in internecine civil war.”

He adds,

“This is what is so tragic about the situation today.”

Engeri bankubakyeyo (Rich Ugandan Exiles)gye beepikira abawala ba kuno:

Jan 17, 2015

 

Bya JOSEPHAT SSEGUYA NE MARTIN NDIJJO

ABASAMA (Ugandan Citizens, Summer tourists) bazzeeyo batenda naku za ggandaalo lya 2014 era bagenze bakkufu. Ne baana bawala abali ba ssente abamu tebatomye kubanga waliwo ababaze ku ssente z’abasama oluvannyuma lw’okubatega obumasu ne bubakwasa.

Abasama bavawa

Abasama be Bannayuganda bankubakyeyo ababa bakomyewo okuwummulako okulya ennaku enkulu n’abenganda zaabwe. Abamu baba baleese buyambi bwa bantu baabwe, okukola bbizinensi kyokka abalala baba bazze ‘kujooga’ ng’enjogera bw’eri nga kitegeeza okukola kyonna ekisanyusa omuntu. Mu Uganda kyangu okujoogeramu olw’ebintu obutaba ku buseere nga gye babeera mu mawanga agaakula omuli Amerika, Bungereza, Canada kati n’abe South Afrika baafuuka basama.

Katsha De Bank Katumba ow’e Sausi ne Shakirah Kayihura e Kololo. Kigambibwa Katumba yeeraga naye talina ssente. Baamugoba mu Rich Gang lwa butaweza kawumbi ku akawunti.

Bakkuseeki

Abasama b’e Sausi bajoogedde ku bawala ne bamenya ne likodi y’okubanywesa nga bwe babagabana.

Babaddenga bava mu bbaala emu nga badda mu ndala okukeesa obudde n’okusula mu woteri ez’ebbeeyi. Webabeera tebabula kubanga bwe bajja wabaawo ebbugumu ne baba ng’abalimu amasannyalaze agasika abaliwo okubeyunira na ddala abawala abali ba ssente.

Mu bano mwe muli abeeyita aba Rich gang ekibiina ky’abagagga omuli Ivan Ssemwanga, King Lawrence ne Cheune (Kyeyune) abagambibwa nti be basinze okulaga n’okuyiwa ssente mu naku enkulu.

Obukodyo obusikiriza abawala

Basooka ne basonda ssente bwe ziwera ne bazitemaatema bwe banaazisaasaanya. Bepikira abawala be baagala okuganza ne bewera nti, ‘nze gundi ku mulundi guno tampona.’ Basinga kwesunga basereebu era bano babasibirako n’essente ekibaleetera okuwa obujulizi nti be bepikira babamaze. Waliwo basereebu abaluguddemu omuli bano;

Stellah ng’ali ne Cheune owooluganda lwa Ssemwanga. 

Phina Masannyalaze

Ken Muyiisa ow’e Sausi yamwagala mu 2009 n’amuzaalamu omwana kyokka n’amusuulawo.

Juliana Kanyomozi 

Kigambibwa nti, King Lawrence owa Rich gang yamuganza mu 2013 ne basula mu woteri ya Serena kyokka Lawrence ne yewaana n’atuuka n’okussa ebifaananyi by’engoye ku mukutu gwa yintanenti ezigambibwa nti Juliana ze yali ayambadde bwe baali mu woteri.

Cindy Ssanyu

Yaganza Ken Muyiisa mu March wa 2013 amangu ddala nga yaakawukana ne Phina kumpi era mu ngeri ya joogo kubanga abayimbi bombi baali ba mukwano.

Bafuna batya abawala

Bateetako ba ‘Agenti’ abanoonya abawala be basibiddeko ssente oba okubafunira ennamba za ssimu. Bakola bingi okubatengula omuli bino;

Baleeta mmotoka ez’ebbeeyi

Ezimu bajja nazo nga ku zo omuwala kw’akomya amaaso n’amanya omusajja amukwana ky’ali.

Bakasuka ssente

Bwe batuuka mu mabaala nga tebanawa na bawala be bakwana ssente, basooka kuzikasuka mu bantu ne bazirwanira. Olwo buli muntu ali mu bbaala na ddala abawala obwongo bwabwe babussa ku basama bano nga kumpi babasinza businza era abamu ku be baba tebanakwana bewaayo na ddala nga batuula okumpi n’ememeeza ezikasuka ssente.

King Lawrence yeefunidde Agatha ne banyumirwa obulamu.

Bagula omwenge gwonna mu bbaala

Balaba waliwo abakyagaanye mbu olw’okuba bo tebasituka abasama ne bagula omwenge gwonna mu bbaala buli alimu anywere bwereere olwo buli omu n’asituka ne batandika kulwanira mwenge.

Abamu ku bawala abacakadde nabo 2014;

Stella Nantumbwe 

Ono ye yali nnalulungi wa Uganda owa 2013/2014. Oyinza okulowooza nti ku mulundi guno buli omu abadde yesunga kucakalako naye. Ku kabaga ka Rich gang ku Silk liquid e Bugoloobi mu December wa 2014, yasoose kutuula ku mmeeza eyamutegekerwa Omusama w’e Sausi, Adams Ddumba kyokka nga buli lw’asituka wabaawo abalala abamusalako. Kyeyune yatuuka n’okwewuunya ng’alaba Adams ali bulala ne Stella n’agamba nti, ‘Bannange, ono wange naye abantu bansobedde…!” Yayanguwa mangu n’amumugyako ne batuula mu kasonda wabula gye byakkira ate ng’azzeeyo ewa Adams olwo Kyeyune n’anoonya balala.

Cheune n’omu ku bawala Bannayuganda abaabadde mu Ambiance

Barbara Kimbugwe

Olwalaba ku Ivan mu kabaga k’Abamerika ku bbaala ya Ambiance, yasituka mu ntebe gye baamuwa n’alumba emmeeza ya Ivan era we yamalirako ng’oyinza n’okulowooza nti ye yali omugenyi wa Ivan omutongole. Ne mutowe yasitukirako era Ivan agenda okukasuka ssente n’okugula omwenge gwonna mu bbaala nga Barbra ekintu akiri wakati.

Kyeyune

Alina omuwala gwe yagwako ekiyiifuyiifu mu kiro kya Ambiance ono nga takkiriza muwala mulala kusembera webali era bannyuka naye kyokka ng’ate yali yegwanyiza ne Stella.

Agatha

Agatha mukozi wa ttivvi emu mu Kampala. Mu kabaga ke kamu ku Silk Liquid e Bugoloobi, Agatha  yasooka kukola bwa kalabaalaba wa mukolo kyokka obudde gye bweyongera akazindaalo yakassa ku bbali n’ayingira wakati mu bavubuka anyumirwe.

Olw’endabikaye esikiriza ne ffiga, King Lawrence  yatandika okumwepikira era baamala ebbanga ddene nga bazina bombi.

Desire Luzinda.

Ng’oggyeeko okumusasula okuyimba ku kabaga kano e Bugoloobi, y’omu ku bafunye mu basama. Mu njogera eyekisaazisaazi, ku lunaku olwo Lawrence ne Ssemwanga baasooka kumugamba ng’ebitone bye bwe bibakolera era okukakkana nga bamuyiiridde ddoola.

Lawrence yategeeza nga Luzinda bwe bamuwadde omutwalo gwa ddoola kyokka maneja wa Luzinda, Sam Yiga kino n’akiwakannya ng’agamba nti baamuwa ntono ate ezisinga zaali za ddoola emu, ttaano, kkumi ne abiri.

Ivan Ssemwanga ne Stellah Nantumbwe eyaliko Miss Uganda ate n’akiikirira Uganda mu Big Brother omwaka oguwedde. 

Byatandika ddi

Enkola y’abasama eno tetandise kati.

Okuviira ddala mu myaka gye 2000 bankuba kyeyo bangi na ddala abava mu Amerika ne Bungereza babadde batera okukomawo ne ‘babba sho’ kyokka kati oyinza okugamba nti guno mulembe gw’abava e ‘Sausi’ abayiwa ssente ng’abatazeetaaga.

Edda sho baazibbiranga mu bintu ng’okuvuga mmotoka ez’ebbeeyi okugeza Sengo eyatwalanga abayimbi ebulaaya okuyimba era omu ku bagambibwa okuba nti be basooka okuleeta mmotoka y’ekika kya Hummer mu Uganda.

Basaze n’ensalo kati bepikira n’abe Kenya.

Agamu ku mawulire ‘agokya’ ku mikutu gya yintanenti okuli; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram n’emirala mu kiseera kino lwe lutalo olugenda mu maaso wakati wa King Lawrence ne Huddah amu ku bawala abasinga okulya obulamu mu Kenya.

Entabwe yavudde ku King Lawrence okuteeka ebifaananyi bye n’omuwala ono ku Facebook nategeeza nga gye buvuddeko bwe yamusasudde omudiddi okwesanyusamu naye ekintu ekyasanudde Huddah namuddiza omuliro ng’amuyita omuvubuka omuyaaye ayagala okumuzimbirako erinnya.

Wadde Huddah akiriza okusisinkana Lawrence agamba nti kino kyabaddewo gye buvuddeko e South Africa gye yabadde agenze okuwumulako era nti ng’ali ku wooteri ye King Lawrence yamutuukirira n’amusaba okwekubya naye ebifanaanyi n’amusaba ajje ne mu Uganda abeerewo ku kabaga ka Rich Gang Huddah natalabikako era agamba nti kirabika kye kyanyizizza Lawrence eyali asuubiza banne okumulaba ng’ali ne sereebu Huddah olwo natandika okumusalako ebigambo. Kyokka Lawrence wadde tayogera ssente ze yamusasula agamba nti alina bwino akakasa kino.

 

 

MPs order Gen Aronda to arrest officers in pension bribe scandal

                 CIID director Grace Akullo appears before MPs

PHOTO BY Geoffrey Seruyange

By Yasiin Mugerwa 

Posted  Friday, April 24  2015

PARLIAMENT, UGANDA:

MPs yesterday questioned the head of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Ms Grace Akullo, and Internal Affairs minister Aronda Nyakairima about allegations that bribery of police officers led to the collapse of the pension scam case.

Lawmakers on the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee asked Ms Akullo to explain why her directorate submitted two conflicting reports to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) which they said caused the case to be dismissed.

Mr Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda (Kyadondo East), Mr Odonga Otto (Aruu County), Mr Theodore Ssekikubo (Lwemiyaga) and Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala) also asked Ms Akullo about the two police officers she accused of writing one of the disputed reports behind her back.

Daily Monitor on Wednesday ran a story quoting Ms Akullo stating that two detectives; Mr George Komurubuga and Mr Moses Kato took bribes and caused the collapse of the case where nine suspects were charged with masterminding the plunder of at least Shs165b belonging to pensioners.

MPs demand
The MPs demanded that the two police officers named in the scam be arrested to which Gen Nyakairima promised to take action. 
The MPs also decried the apparent lack of interest in theft of pension funds; in-fighting and corruption at CIID before they resolved to summon Gen Kayihura to explain what is going on.

“What happened to the police officers who took bribes to kill the pension case when our people are dying without getting their pension money? And why did CIID issue two reports to confuse DPP? This is a scandal and as a committee we need answers,” Mr Ssemujju said.

Accusing the two named officers of indiscipline, Ms Akullo said the pension scam was investigated by 15 police officers and that the only report she issued was the one sent to the DPP last year. She said it was “a complex case” and that the other report was written behind her back.

“The dismissal of the case was not because of the two reports or lack of evidence and it’s going to be reinstated at an appropriate time,” Ms Akullo said. “It was an act of indiscipline, it’s the mandate of the CIID to send reports to DPP not any other officer,” she added.

She said she learnt about the second report from the media and that nobody informed her that there was another report other than the one she signed. She said she gave a comment to Daily Monitor because she wanted to clarify the issue of two reports.

“I confirmed that there was a second report and that nobody is allowed to send reports to DPP. It’s the two officers who came to my office and I suspect them…,” she said.

In a separate statement issued yesterday, Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura acknowledged that there could have been shortcomings by the police in the investigations but dismissed claims that the police entirely failed on its part thus leading to the collapse of the case.

He said the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) of the police throughout the investigation received and investigated such allegations of bribery, and played a commendable role in protecting the investigation.

The two named officers have since denied any wrong doing and insisted that they too have a story to tell. DPP Mike Chibita told MPs on Wednesday that strange things happened in the pension scam and vowed to reinstate the case.

A Magistrate in Uganda has returned Shs30 million that she took from her family.

 

 

By BETTY NDAGIRE

Posted  Thursday, May 14  2015 

 

KAMPALA-UGANDA:

At  Moroto in Karamoja, a Grade One Magistrate accused of stealing two deceased soldiers’ money has refunded more than Shs30m to their beneficiaries.

Ms Grace Balintuma, a sister of the deceased soldiers, returned the money in question after Buganda Road Court allowed the family to settle the matter out of court.

“This is to acknowledge receipt of Shs32,706,450 as being refund money for the late Capt Charles Kalemera’s children from Ms Balintuma,” a document signed by the deceased’s children, reads in part.

Ms Balintuma, according to court documents, was in the process of transferring Shs14m that was meant for her other late brother, Lt Herbert Mujuni, onto her account.

According to minutes of a family meeting, Ms Balintuma’s troubles stem from an incident where Lt Mujuni fell sick and was admitted to Mulago hospital with a kidney problem.

“Kalemera’s children went to Bombo Barracks to inquire about gratuity to assist them in buying drugs for Lt Mujuni. Upon reaching Bombo Barracks, it was established that the gratuity of their late father (Capt Kalemera) was processed and deposited on an account in the names of Ms Balintuma in Housing Finance Bank,” the minutes reads.

“That for Lt Mujuni, Shs14,212,414 was on process and was to be deposited on the same account. They had no money, so they convinced doctors to treat him but he died later in 2003.However, Mulago hospital and Mei Medical Centre remained demanding over Shs1.9m as hospital bill,” the minutes adds.

It further reads: “That they held a family meeting in January, 2014 and all the children told their aunt, Ms Balintuma, to apologise to them and end the matter. In this meeting, she accepted to give them their late father’s gratuity she received. But she had not paid it.”

Ms Balintuma was charged with two counts of theft and intermeddling in property of a deceased person contrary to the Administrator General’s Act. The State prosecutor, Mr Peter Mugisha, had lined up seven witnesses.

Prosecution contends that the accused committed the offences when she was a magistrate at Buganda Road Court about three years ago.

The case

The prosecution states that on October 22, 2009, at Housing Finance Bank in Kampala, the accused, while working at the court, stole more than Shs32m belonging to Capt Karemera.

It is further stated that Ms Balintuma appropriated Capt Karemera’s property without authorisation of the Administrator General.

The charge sheet also states that the implicated magistrate, between November 2004 and June 2012 at Housing Finance Bank, meddled in the property of the late Lt Mujuni and on August 16, 2013 stole more than Shs14m belonging to the deceased.

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