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Kayihura supporters besiege Makindye court

Former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura

Hundreds of people have turned up at the Makindye Magistrate’s court to express their solidarity with the Inspector General of Police General Kale Kayihura.

According to our reporter on the ground, some of the placards-holding supporters of the IGP have turned rowdy, chasing away perceived opponents of the police chief.

Already, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and city lawyer and president of opposition JEEMA party are at Makindye, where the security has been tightened ahead of the expected arrival of the IGP and his co-accused. General Kale Kayihura, was dragged to court by a group of 20 lawyers, for allegedly failing to superintend his subordinates who were involved in beating the opposition Dr Besigye’s supporters and bystanders, on July 12 and 13.

This was after Dr Besigye had been released on bail from Luzira prison, where he was held for two months on treason charges.

Two days ago, while addressing a presser at his Kasangati home Besigye said that time has caught-up with Gen Kayihura and others who have been traumatizing him, his supporters and innocent civilians, as witnessed by the indictment of the General.

“Things have changed; I am out of court and Kayihura is in,” the retired army colonel said.

Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon another group of placard-holding supporters of the IGP staged a demonstration around Parliament, temporarily paralyzing activities around the house.

Story evolving

President flees after snakes invade office

President George Weah

Snakes have been found in Liberian President George Weah’s office, forcing him to work from his private residence, the BBC reports.

Press secretary Smith Toby told the BBC that on Wednesday two black snakes were found in the foreign affairs ministry building, site of the official office.

All staff have been told to stay away until 22 April.

“It’s just to make sure that crawling and creeping things get fumigated from the building,” Mr Toby said.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the office of the president, so it did an internal memo asking the staff to stay home while they do the fumigation,” he said.

“The snakes were never killed,” Mr Toby said. “There was a little hole somewhere [through which] they made their way back.”

Police and presidential security were seen guarding Mr Weah’s residence in the capital Monrovia. A fleet of vehicles including escorts jeeps were parked outside.

Mr Toby said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs started to fumigate on Friday.

“That building’s been there for years now, and [because of] the drainage system, the possibility of having things like snakes crawling in that building was high,” he said.

The president is definitely returning to his official office on Monday after the fumigation whether or not the snakes are found and killed, Mr Toby said.

Police Give Safety Tips for Easter Season

CP Enanga

By Fred Enanga

Before you embark on your journey, ensure the security of your home is guaranteed as a MUST. Most burglaries and household thefts are frequent during the holidays, as criminals target homes without residents, as easy targets. We therefore, advise as follows;

1: Not to leave security lights on, since it can easily alert criminals of absence.

2: Where possible install a timer

2: Activate your alarm. Install one if you do not have

3: Only inform someone you trust about your going away and when they should expect you back

4: Be alert while driving, watch out whether, you are being followed and be vigilant when stopping at traffic lights or streets

5:If you suspect that you are being followed, please go to the nearest police station or busy area and seek for assistance.

6: Always keep your valuables in the car boot and ensure the doors are locked and windows closed.

7:Also leave ample space between you and the car in front of you in order to escape or maneuver should you need to

8: Remember to pay close attention to your surroundings, even, when close to your house. If you see something suspicious, please drive away instead of stopping and immediately alert the police.

9: Be vigilant when stopping in-front of your gate and waiting for it to open or be opened.

10: Always ask security to escort you home or alert the police.

Road users “drive safely or risk the consequences.

Remember it only takes a split second, for a tragedy to occur on our roads. We therefore, urge you to drive responsibly this Easter for everyone’s sake.

Always ensure you double check your vehicle before taking the family on road trip, whether you are driving a short or long distance.

Map out your trip; allow plenty of time to get to your destination, including rest stops. Avoid last minute hassles and take regular breaks [at least every two hours] and pull over for a power nap as soon as you feel tired or fatigued.

Share driving responsibility if possible

Don’t drink alcohol, not even small amounts, before or during a long trip

Stay within the speed limit and always choose an appropriate speed for the driving conditions, whether, city, country roads or night time driving.

Be vigilant and plan your journey. Also make sure you have emergency contacts details handy.

Make sure all passengers wear appropriate seat belts including children

Make sure all luggage is properly secured and will not become a projectile in case of sudden braking

Avoid all road side distractions

If driving refrain from using your cell phone, even if its hands free.

Be careful if pulling over or parking

Give trucks / Lorries /buses, plenty of room, remember they take long to stop than a car.

Keep headlights on for the entire trip

Drivers need to give cyclists enough room when overtaking

All pedestrians to remain vigilant and not get distracted by friends or mobile devices. And for them to wear highly visible clothing and walk against the traffic flow.

Marine safety:

Our police marine unit has come up with initiatives reminding all marine users, to be conscious of their safety, when out on the waters, this holiday season. Since most accidents that occur on the waters are avoidable, with careful planning and preparation.

All boat owners must ensure their boats are inspected and also educated about compliance and safety requirements

Our marine rescue teams will be on standby for any search and rescue operations, some of the messages people can expect include;

Check your boat service engine, and be aware of old fuel which can get mixed with plenty of water. Don’t take the risk

Check you have all the minimum safety gears, required for the waters, you will be in.

Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum, be responsible, stay sober

Check the condition of life jackets. Each person on board must have one and they should be the appropriate size and design

Plan your voyage. Tell someone where you will be and when you intend to return

Observe the “rules of the road” when navigating in the waters. Never anchor in shipping channels and give large vessels a clear path. They cannot and will not alter course to avoid you.

The writer is the Spokesperson of the Uganda Police

Ugandan striker Umar Kasumba intensifies Golden Boot race in Kenyan Premier League

Umar Kasumba

Ugandan striker Umaru Kasumba rescued a point for Sofapaka against Kariobangi Sharks in stoppage time, cancelling out George Abege’s early goal as both teams shared spoils in a match played on Thursday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

The result saw Sofapaka go top of the table but level on points with Bandari (45) who they edge on goal difference.

Kasumba’s late strike meant he moved his tally to 11 goals in the Kenyan Premier League this season from 24 games so far.

The Ugandan target-man is now one goal behind joint leading scorers Allan Wanga of Kakamega Homeboyz and Ulinzi Stars’ Enosh Ochieng.

Sofapaka’s next game is against Sony Sugar on 21st April.

Kasumba featured for SC Villa Jogoo and Police FC before making a move to Sofapaka in Kenya.

In February this year, Kasumba was named the month’s best footballer in the Kenya Premier League.

His target is to win the golden boot this year and get a call up to the Uganda national team, The Cranes.

Control your sexual desires and stop defiling children- Arch bishop Stanley Ntagali warns parents in Easter message

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop Church of the Province of Uganda.

The Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali has urged on parents to control their sexual urges and stop defiling children during and after Easter festivities.

In his Easter message to Ugandans, Ntagali urged couples to stay faithful in marriage, noting that, “We have not only been set free from the slavery of sin, but we are also free to live in the power of Jesus’ resurrection.”

“Parents I tell you that you no longer have to be enslaved to your selfish decisions. When you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you can walk in the power of his death and resurrection.”

He said Jesus’ death and resurrection give the faithful power to exercise self-control. “You are no longer a slave to your sexual instincts and desires,” he said.

He urged parents to utilise their time meaningful and give undivided attention to their children, saying that parents often leave the house before the children are awake and return home after they are asleep.

“We all know what it is like to attend the burial of a man in our community and for children from other women to appear at the burial asking for support. Most of the time, his wife and her children never knew about these other women and their children.”

He said children are being raised by house helpers who may not share parents’ values. “Children get concerned and think they are the ones who have caused their parents to neglect them. But, that’s not true. It’s their parents who have chosen their own selfish interests and neglected their children.”

“Step-parents I have something for you. There are good step-parents in Uganda but however some of you force your partner to choose between you or the child. The children suffer by being sent away to be cared for by a relative or a stranger who considers the child only as cheap labour to fetch water and firewood. Many of these children end up being trafficked into sex slavery,” he said as he wished Ugandans a joyful Easter Holiday.

PM and entire government of Mali resign

Mali’s prime minister and his whole government have resigned, four weeks after a massacre of some 160 Fulani herders by an ethnic vigilante group which shocked the nation.

“The President accepts the resignation of the Prime Minister and that of the members of government,” a statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said.

It gave no reason for the departure of Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, but legislators had discussed on Wednesday a possible motion of no confidence in the government because of the massacre and failure to disarm militias or beat back Islamist militants.

The March 23 killings by suspected hunters from the Dogon community on Ogossagou, a village in central Mali populated by rival Fulani herders, were bloody even by the recent standards of Mali’s ever-worsening violence.

They followed a deadly assault by jihadists on an army post that killed at least 23 soldiers, also in Mali’s central region, which was claimed by an al Qaeda affiliate that counts many Fulani herders in its ranks.

Malian authorities have detained five people suspected of taking part in the massacre. But they have not yet succeeded in disarming the militia that many believe organised it, despite pledges by Maiga and Keita to do so.

The largely Saharan nation has been in turmoil since a rebellion by Tuaregs and allied jihadists took over half the country in 2012, prompting the French to intervene to push them back the following year.

IHK join hunt for missing doctor

Missing Dr Catherine Agaba

International Hospital Kampala (IHK), has joined the hunt for its staff Dr Catherine Agaba who went missing on April 13, 2019 though the hospital’s management say she applied for her annual leave which was granted four days earlier.

According to IHK management, Dr Agaba applied for annual leave on Tuesday April 9, and that was the last they heard from her. The hospital confirms that Agaba is a medical officer at the facility.

“We appeal to anyone who has any useful information regarding her disappearance or whereabouts to report to IHK Human Resource Office or the nearest Police Station,” a statement from IHK posted on social media reads.

Agaba first practiced at Nsambya Hospital from October 2016 to October 2017, before moving to IHK. She graduated at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Another person, a seven year old Ssenyondo Suudayisi has been missing since for a month now. The child reportedly disappeared from his parents in Kikajjo-Masaja, Makindye on March 17

UPL: Express FC seek league double over KCCA

KCCA-Express

Express FC are looking for a rare league double against KCCA FC and seek to become the first side this season to beat Mike Mutebi’s team home and away.

The Red Eagles edged the Kasasiro Boys in the first round game in style at Wankulukuku. They won 3-2 with goals from former KCCA player Michael Birungi, Eric Kambale and Disan Galiwango. Allan Kyambadde and Allan Okello scored for KCCA.

Coach George Ssimwogerere will be leading his charges to a very difficult stadium where the hosts have lost only a single game this entire campaign.

“It’s a big challenge but when two big teams meet each other very many things change so we hope they are very ready and we are very ready so the team which will follow their coaches’ instructions or follow their game plan will win the game.” said Ssimwogerere according to the Express fc website.

The hope of Express will be vested in Michael Birungi, Brian Umony and Disan Galiwango to look for the goals.

A win for KCCA may seal this season’s title at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo with three games to go if Vipers falter against the Tax Collectors today at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.

Team news from Express FC; Captain Isaac Mutanga comes back after missing out on the s SC Villa game due to an injury leaving Striker Tony Odur the only one who will be out due to an injury.

Express are 11th on the 16-table log with 33 points and look to be safe from the red zone while KCCA top with 56 points, 6 ahead of title challengers Vipers.

The game will be played on Saturday 20th April and will be live on Sanyuka TV. Kickoff is 4pm.

Matchday 27 fixtures:

Tuesday 16th April

Villa 0-0 Ndejje University, 4pm, Nambole

Kirinya Jinja SSS 2-0 Paidha Black Angels, 4:30pm, Jinja

Friday 19th April

Vipers SC v URA, 4pm, Kitende

Bright Stars v Police, 4:30pm, Mwererwe

Saturday 20th April

Nyamityobora v Maroons, 4pm, Kakyeeka

Onduparaka v BUL, 4pm, Arua

Tooro United v Mbarara, 4pm, Kavumba

Museveni survives as Supreme Court quashes age limit appeal

Judges giving their rulings.

President Yoweri Museveni can now contest in the 2021 presidential elections after The Supreme Court on Thursday evening in the unanimous decision of 4-3 dismissed the appeal on the removal of the upper age limit of 75 years for anyone to participate in the presidential elections.

Justices Barti Katurebe, Stella Arach Amoko, Justice Rubby Opio Aweri and Jotham Tumwesigye upheld the ruling of the Constitutional Court which in July 2018 dismissed the consolidated petition that was seeking for the reinstating the 75 year cap beyond which no one can run to become president of Uganda.

On the other hand, Justices Justice Paul Mugamba, Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza and Eldad Mwanguhya dismissed the ruling of the constitutional court on the matter.

Justice Mugamba said: “The Constitutional Amendment Act 2018 is hereby struck down for having been passed in violation of the Constitution and the rules of procedure of Parliament.”

He ruled that the absence valid certificate of compliance showed that there was nothing (bill) valid to ascend to by the President.

He said there was evidence on record that some MPs opposed to age Limit amendment were unlawfully blocked. This was most unfortunate.

“The Speaker did not have justification of prioritizing the Magyezi motion which was hastily introduced onto the order paper,” he said.

Justice Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza said: “I find that under no circumstances should a Speaker forward a bill to the President with full knowledge that it contains provisions passed in contravention of the Constitution.”

She added that the Amendment Act fails and was enacted without strict compliance with Parliamentary rules. She says the principle of severance does not apply in the instant case because the entire process was so flawed that the entire Act is unconstitutional.

Sher ruled that the Speaker has no power to unilaterally determine the contents of the order paper.

Justice Mwanguhya said: “Interference of the UPDF (SFC) in parliamentary proceeding was unconstitutional. The unconstitutionality of the acts deviates the process.”

She blamed the Inspector General of Police who, through a memo from AIGP Asuman Mugenyi, restricted consultations by MPs. She says the presence of UPDF soldiers in actively removing MPs from the Chambers violated the sovereignty of Parliament.

Justices who upheld age limit removal

“On the issue of amending article 102(b), I am in agreement with my learned friends that amending article 102(b) does not destroy the basic features of the constitution since the people still have the power to choose who they want to rule them,” said Justice Stella Arach-Amoko.

While concluding her ruling she said: “I will, therefore, dismiss the consolidated appeal and the parties shall bear their cost.”

Article 102 (b) of the Constitution does not form the basic structure doctrine. The article is, not among the entrenched provisions of the Constitution, she said.

Justice Arach-Amoko also dismissed petitioner Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka’s preliminary objections regarding claims he was unfairly treated by being asked not to sit at the bar with practicing counsel.

She further ruled said: It is a notorious fact that Mr Mabirizi is not a practicing advocate and has not been called to the bar, therefore he couldn’t have sat with advocates.”

She also ruled that Parliament acted within its powers by amending article 102(b) saying it does not violate the basic structure doctrine and is within the mandate conferred upon it by the Constitution & as representatives of the people.

However, she agreed with the consolidated petition which said that the extension of the term of the current Parliament and Local Councils is null and void from the onset, saying a Private Member’s Bill cannot introduce charges on the Consolidated Fund, by way of the referendum it imposes.

She said that it violated article 93 of the Constitution which restricts Private Member’s Bill on introducing Bills or amendment Bills that will impose charges on the Consolidated Fund otherwise than by reduction.

She also said Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had authority to amend the order paper to allow MP Raphael Magyezi’s private members bill that thought the removal of the presidential age limit. She said the speaker is in charge of the House and its order of business

Justice Arach-Amoko could also not agree with petitioners, saying the MPs ejected from the House during debate on upper age limit removal were so ejected on the basis of their own lack of decorum. She added that whereas the security services were justified in removing the MPs from Parliament, the force used was not justified.

Justice Jotham Tumwesigye dismissed most of the allegations by petitioners and in his ruling said judges in the Constitutional Court did not err in their ruling.

In the second session that resumed at 2pm, Justice Rubby Opio Aweri dismissed the appeal on removal age limit

He disagreed with the petitioners on Shs 29 million for consultation to MPs, saying it was appropriated by parliament. The petitioners claimed it was sort of a bribe and unconstitutional.

Justice Aweri also ruled like Justice Arach that Article 102 did not fall under the basic structure of our constitution so it could be amended by parliament.

He said opposition MPs behaved inappropriately during the age limit removal debate leading to violence. “I rule that those MPs who were assaulted like Hon. Nambooze should sue government…,” he said.

He dismissed the appeal while agreeing with the Attorney General on all grounds and says the Constitutional Court rightly applied the principle of severance.

In December 2017, lawyer Male Mabirizi petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the process through which Parliament passed the controversial Bill on the amendment the Constitution to remove the presidential age limit.

That came after in December 2017 voted by majority of 317 MPs against 97 to change the Constitution and remove the 75-year age limit on the presidency and to extend the term of president and Parliament from five to seven years.

The Constitutional Amendment Bill of 2017 was assented to by Museveni to become law, which allows him to stand for another term and more.

Mabirizi filed the suit against the Attorney General (AG), who is cited as the respondent in the case.

Mabirizi, who filed the suit in his own capacity as a concerned citizen, contended that the actions of Parliament to consider and grant leave to Mr Raphael Magyezi (Igara West MP) to table a Private Member’s Bill when the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Opposition Chief Whip and other opposition MPs were not in Parliament was in contravention of the Constitution.

Court charges two over kidnap of American tourist, Ms Kimbley Sue Endecoff

Tourists in one of Uganda's national parks.

Kanungu Chief Magistrate’s Court has charged two people over the kidnap of American tourist, Ms Kimbley Sue Endecoff and her drive, a senior game guide Jean Paul Milenge Romezo at Katoke gate in Queen Elizabeth national park.

Mr. Byaruhanga Onesmus, 43 year old former convict, resident of Kisamba Cell, Southern Ward, Kanungu Town Council and Nyanga Cell of Kihiihi Town Council, have been leveled with three counts of Aggravated Robbery and Kidnap, abduction with intent to procure a ransom.

They are alleged to have played a supportive role, of surveying the movement of the American Tourist, from Bwindi National Park to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and furnished the kidnapping team to their local criminal gang, with information that facilitated the kidnapping of the two.

Prosecution avers that the two and other at large, used the victim’s cellphone to demand a ransom of US $500,000, equivalent to Shs1.85 billion.

The former convict is also accused of planning and carrying out typical kidnappings, aggravated robberies and the murder of a resident in Kanungu Town Council.

Kim Endicott of Costa Mesa, California and Jean Paul Milenge were later released by their abductors after an intensified search by security agencies and negotiating with the kidnappers.

The charging of suspects follows USA President Donald Trump’s advises to Uganda to capture culprits implicated in the kidnap. “Uganda must find the kidnappers of the American Tourist and guide before people will feel safe in going there. Bring them to justice openly and quickly,”

It’s a tie as Supreme Court decide on age limit removal appeal

Supreme Court

The ongoing Supreme Court ruling on the removal of the upper age limit for anyone contesting as president of Uganda now stands even, with two judges agreeing with the Constitution Court which okayed the amendment in July 2018 while the two have nullified it.

In the first session, Justice Stella Arach-Amoko said: “On the issue of amending article 102(b), I am in agreement with my learned friends that amending article 102(b) does not destroy the basic features of the constitution since the people still have the power to choose who they want to rule them,” said Justice Stella Arach-Amoko.

While concluding her ruling she said: “I will, therefore, dismiss the consolidated appeal and the parties shall bear their cost.”

Article 102 (b) of the Constitution does not form the basic structure doctrine. The article is, not among the entrenched provisions of the Constitution, she said.

On the other Justice Eldard Mwanguhya while giving the different merits of the petition said: ‘Prayer for nullification is allowed, I order that each party meets its own costs.’

However, Mwanguhya upheld the Constitutional Court’s decision to decline to summon and cross examine Speaker Kadaga, saying since there was sufficient material on record to deduce an informed decision.

He ruled that the actions by Police to restrict MPs’ consultation was unconstitutional, and also quashes the extension of the terms of Parliament and Local Councils including an amendment proposed by MP Nathan Nandala Mafabi to introduce presidential term limits.

Mwangusya on suspension of MPs; he said, the rules of procedure clearly show procedure to challenge the suspension. The members should have taken the procedures because the court cannot intervene.

In the second session that resumed at 2pm, Justice Rubby Opio Aweri dismissed the appeal on removal age limit

He disagreed with the petitioners on Shs 29 million for consultation to MPs, saying it was appropriated by parliament. The petitioners claimed it was sort of a bribe and unconstitutional.

Justice Ru Aweri: also ruled like Justice Arach that Article 102 did not fall under the basic structure of our constitution so it could be amended by parliament.

He said opposition MPs behaved inappropriately during the age limit removal debate leading to violence. “I rule that those MPs who were assaulted like Hon. Nambooze should sue government…,” he said.

He dismissed the appeal while agreeing with the Attorney General on all grounds and says the Constitutional Court rightly applied the principle of severance.

In her ruling, Hon. Lady Justice Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza contends that the age limit only applies at the time of elections and not when one is already in office.

Reading her judgment, she said the power to amend is not the same as the power to rewrite the constitution. The power to replace is with the people and not with the people’s representatives

She also said amending article 102b and didn’t violet the basic structure of Uganda’s Constitution…

She said: “The order of business at a particular sitting of Parliament will have to be done by the Business Committee of Parliament acting as a whole and not any of its Members acting unilaterally.”

Justice Paul Mugamba is meanwhile reading his judgement, with two more remaining to do so including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

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