Museveni signs controversial age bill into an Act, January 2, 2018
President Yoweri Museveni signed the controversial age limit bill into an Act after majority of NRM MPs voted to remove both the upper and the lower presidential age limit caps of 75 and 35 years, beyond or below which, respectively no individual would run for the position president in Uganda. Over 317 legislators voted for removal of age limit while 97 Voted against as two MPs abstained. The private members bill was drafted Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi and seconded by MP Moses Balyeku
Wilson Kyambadde, husband to trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde was released from Luzira Prison after spending six months there. On July 10 last year Mr. Kyambadde had been on July 10, 2017 sent to prison by the High Court after he failed to pay a debt of Shs1 billion to city businessman Amdan Khan. The businessman had accused Kyambadde of defrauding him in 2012 of US$300,000 (about Shs1 billion), as down payment claiming that President Museveni had given him a house and was selling it. But the house never existed.
Former Archbishop Nkoyoyo dead, January 5, 2018
Retired Anglican Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo passed on. The 79-year prelate died months after he had just returned from London for treatment in June 2017, he died at Kampala Hospital. Nkoyoyo, the fifth head of the Anglican Church (Church of Uganda), fell ill in November 2016 and was at one time admitted at a private hospital in Kensington Central London in December of that same year.
DPP clears former CPS boss Baguma of murder charges, January 10, 2018
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdrew all murder charges brought against the former Central Police Station (CPS) District Police Commander (DPC) Aaron Baguma, charged in relation to the murder of businesswoman Donah Katushabe. Superintendent of Police (SP) Baguma was facing the murder charges with among others, Muhammad Sebuwufu, a used car dealer, who was allegedly owed Shs9 million by Ms. Katushabe. While appearing before High court judge Justice Flavia Anglin Ssenoga, Principal State Attorney Alex OJok presented a letter signed by DPP Justice Mike Chibita withdrawing charges against SP Baguma.
Nabeta thrown out of parliament, January 12, 2018
The Jinja East parliamentary seat hitherto held by MP Nathan Igeme Nabeta was declared vacant by a panel of three appellant court judges. In 2016 Nabeta was declared as the duly elected Member of Parliament by the Jinja district returning officer Anthony Mwaita who would later be forced to resign after he postponed the declaration of the winner of the election. In their ruling he three appellate judges: Steven Kavuma, Richard Butera and Paul Mugamba ruled that Nabeta was wrongly declared MP in the 2016 elections and ordered for fresh elections which he lost to Paul Mwiru.
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda commissioned the new Cobalt- 60 radiotherapy machine at the Uganda Cancer institute (UCI) in Mulago. The Shs2 billion came in at the time when the old one had served over 22 years crashed in April 2016.
Singer Mowzey Radio dead Feb 1, 2018
Singer Mowzey Radia real name Moses Nakintijje Sekiboga died after being brutally beaten by the bouncer Godfrey Wamala aka Troy in De Bar in Entebbe. Radio died at Case Hospital where he had spent almost two weeks on treatment. His tormentor would on February 7, 2018 be remanded to Kigo Prison by Entebbe Magistrate’s Court.
Susan Magara body found, February 27, 2018
The body of Susan Magara, who had been kidnapped by goons demanding money from the father was found dumped along the Southern By-pass. Ms. Magara had been kidnapped while on her way home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division. Some of the individuals suspected to have killed the youthful lady are in jail while others are believe to be at large.
Cheeye is dead, March 1, 2018
Veteran journalist Teddy Seezi Cheeye passed on after he was knocked dead by a Boda Boda cyclist in Nakawa. A Nairobi-trained journalist during the 1980s, Cheeye was running the Confidential newsletter. Police would later arrest suspect identified Roger Kirya who was hiding in Mbuya after a serious manhunt. Cheeye, who served as the Director of Economic Monitoring in the President’s Office, had spent 10 years for embezzlement.
Former IGP Kayihura hands over to Okoth Ochola, March 15, 2018
Eleven days after being relieved of his duties as Inspector General of Police (IGP), General Kale Kayihura handed over office to his successor Martin Okoth Ochola. At a function held at Police Headquarters in Naguru, Gen. Kayihura, clad in full military attire, congratulated IGP Ochola and his deputy, Brigadier Sabiiti Muzeeyi. Kayihura said then that he was satisfied with his performance as IGP which, among others, included a drop in crime rates across the country.
MTN apologizes to Bagyenda over leaked Shs500m mobile money transactions, April 5, 2018
Mobile Telecommunication giants MTN apologized to former Executive Director in charge of Supervision at Bank of Uganda Justine Bagyenda over leaked account details of her mobile money transactions. Eagle Online exposed the account details of Ms. Bagyenda with particulars indicating that she had transacted ‘Shs500 million in three years on her mobile money account.
“We however, wish to clarify that the alleged incident of breach of confidentiality has been extensively investigated internally. The allegations of abuse and unlawful disclosure of confidential information relate to mobile money transaction records of Ms Justine Bagyenda. Reads the apology.
UK MP implores Museveni to quit, April 19, 2018
The United Kingdom Member of Parliament (MP) for Stockton South Dr. Paul Williams urged President Yoweri Museveni to leave power, saying that the Ugandan leader is ‘a barrier’ to development. Dr. Williams asked the UK International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt to use the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to tell President Museveni that it’s time to go. President Museveni is in United Kingdom for the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meetings (CHOGM)
Makerere University suspends Administrative Assistant over leaked sex video, April 17, 2018
Mr Edward Kisuze, a senior administrative assistant in Makerere University was suspended over allegations that he sexually harassed Ms. Njoroge Rachael Njeri. His suspension follows a viral picture of him purportedly licking Ms Njeri’s private parts in his office. The female had finished studies at the university and decided to leak the sex photos on social media, accusing the administrator of harassing her sexually.
Former Minister and Obote cousin Adoko Nekyon dead, May 4, 2018
Veteran politician Al Hajj Ali Akbar Adoko Nekyon passed on at Nsambya Hospital aged 86, reports indicated. A cousin to former president Milton Obote, Adoko Nekyon was the first post-Independence Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Tourism in the 1960s. He also served as Minister for Health and Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Services between 1988 and 1990, under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government.
IGP Ochola dissolves Flying Squad as Elly Womanya bounces back to CID, May 8, 2018
The Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth Ochola disbanded the notorious Flying Squad Unit of the Uganda Police. The officers in the unit had been under Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Herbert Muhangi, who now heads the Human Power Audit Department of Police.
MP Ibrahim Abiriga gunned down, June 8, 2018
Col Abiriga and his brother, who was doubling as bodyguard, Said Kango were showered with live bullets by unknown gunmen a few meters to his home in Kirinnyabigo, Kawanda the outskirts of Kampala.
MP Abiriga laid to rest as Museveni promises to end killings, June 11, 2018
The slain legislator for Arua municipality Rtd Col Ibrahim Abiriga was laid to rest at Rhino camp in Lukudu Village, Lower Madi Constituency.
Col. Abiriga and his brother, who doubled as his bodyguard, Said Kango were on Friday showered with live bullets by unknown gunmen a few meters to his home in Kirinnyabigo, Kawanda the outskirts of Kampala.
Confirmed arrested, June 13, 2018
The former Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura was arrested and detained at Makindye Military Barracks until he was produced before the Military Court Martial. He would later be given bail on account of his poor health. He was also accused of failing to protect war material by issuing arms to unauthorised persons including Boda Boda 2010 members led by jailed Abdallah Kitatta between 2010 and 2018. His case is still pending.
Museveni commissions , June 15, 2018
President Museveni and the deputy Premier of china Wang Yang commissioned 49.5 kilometers Kampala -Entebbe expressway that was constructed by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).
The construction of the ShsUS$476m expressway project began in 2012. Museveni said the expressway was part of the measures to de-congest the Central Business District to enhance trade movement through, within and out of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area.
Winnie Kiiza dropped as the LoP as Mafabi bounces back, August 3, 2018
Forum for Democratic Change has dropped Kasese Woman Member of Parliament Winnie Kiiza as the Leader of Opposition in Parliament in a reshuffle announced by party president Patrick Amuriat. MsKiiza was replaced by Gulu Woman MP, Betty AoL Ochan. Kira municipality MP Ssemujju Nganda has been maintained as the Opposition Chief Whip in Parliament.
The party also dropped Bugweri County MP Abdul Kamuntu and appointed Kawempe South legislator Mubarak Munyagwa to head Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) deputized by Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante.
Police confirms arrest of plus three MPs, August 14, 2018
Police confirmed the arrest of Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi and others following a scuffle in during the Arua municipality by-election where one of president Museveni’s motorcades was pelted with stones. The president was in the town to campaign for NRM candidate in the race to replace the late Ibrahim Abiriga. The Independent candidate Kassiano Wadri won the race even as the voting happened while he was in prison. Other MPs arrested then were Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, former MP Michael Mabikke, a one Fred Nyanzi, Wadri and others. The politicians would later be produced in court and then given bail.
Muhammad Kirumira shot dead, September 8, 2018
Former Buyende District Police CommanderMuhammad Kirumira was killed in hail of bullets alongside one Resty Nalinya by unknown assailants travelling on motorcycles as he proceeded to his home after attending a party of a senior police officer. He was driving motor vehicle UAJ 228V Toyota Corona. Some of the suspected killers of Kirumira are in jail as investigations continue.
KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi resigns, October 15, 2018
The Executive Director for Kampala Capital Authority, Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula resigned. Musisi would officially leave office on December 15, 2018. “This is to submit my resignation from the position of Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority with effect from December 15, 2018. Your Excellency, over the last seven and half years, we have made progress towards transforming Kampala and below are some of our performance highlights” Musisi wrote.
Gen. Museveni retires Gen. Sejusa from army, October 30, 2018
Former Coordinator of intelligence services Gen David Sejjusa aka Tinyefuza was cleared to retire from the army, UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki confirmed. Sejusa’s retirement was ordered by president Museveni. Sejusa is expected to be included on the list of retiring officers in 2019.
Uganda named among top four African places with rich tourist attractions, December 5, 2018
Uganda was listed among the four African destinations that have made it to National Geographic Traveler’s Cool List of 2019. The list has 19 places a tourist would not miss in 2019. The list, according to a US based magazine, places feature everything from futuristic cityscapes and modernist architecture to pristine rain-forest and rehabilitated wildlife. The magazine indicates that Eritrea, Kwazulu-Natal, Uganda and Zimbabwe make up the list which also looks at the destinations around the globe that will drive tourist numbers in the coming year, 2019. Other Places include: Setouchi, Antarctica, Pittsburgh, Corsica, Cambodia, San Miguel de Allende, West Yorkshire, Hong Kong, Guyana, Oslo, Bhutan, Dundee, Matera, Indonesia, and Sibiu.
EC to spend Shs868b in 2021 elections, December 11, 2018
The chairperson of Electoral Commission Justice Simon Byabakama confirmed that a total of Shs868 billion is required to conduct the 2021 general elections that will take place between 10th January and 8th February 2021.
Speaking at the launch of electoral road map, justice Byabakama said, there was a slight increase in electoral body’s budget by Shs368 billion due to continuous improvement in the electoral process, comprehensive voter education and sensitization of stake holders, inclusion of Supreme Court recommendations, price changes and exchange rate fluctuations.
He said their budget is also alluded to increase in the number of districts from 112 to 141, municipalities 80 from 39, sub counties 2000 from 1398, parishes 9500 from 7431, villages 65200 from 57, 842, polling stations 35,000 from 28, 000, Registered voters 19,400,000 from 15,277,198.
has a case to answer-Gen. Gutti, December 17, 2018
The chairman of Makindye General Court Martial (GCM), Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti ruled that the embattled patron for Boda-Boda 2010 Abdullah Kitatta had a case to answer in the criminal charges leveled against him. Kitatta was on Jan 20, 2018 arrested by a joint force of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and Internal Security Organization (ISO) and is currently facing five counts including failure to protect war material and being in unlawful possession of military stores contrary to the UPDF Act.
After the conclusion of prima facie session, court established that Kitatta, Sowali Ngobi, Ibrahim Sekajja, Joel Kibirige, Hassan Ssebata, Hussein Mugema, John Ssebandeke and Amon Twinomujuni have a case to answer. Gen. Gutti acquitted three of the suspects and these include Johnson Kayondo, Hassan Ssengoba, and Sunday Ssemwogerere on grounds that they were not involved in any activities conducted by the group.
Andrew Kitaka appointed Acting ED for KCCA, December 18, 2018
Minister for Kampala, Betty Olive Namisango Kamya appointed Eng. Andrew Kitaka Mubiru as the Acting Executive Director for Kampala capital city authority (KCCA).The appointment proceeds the resignation of Jennifer Musisi Semakula after serving for seven years since her appointment in 2011.