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The Democratic Party's (DP) president, Norbert Mao wants Police Chief, Gen. Kale Kayihura to name and shame politicians allegedly working with criminals.

On Monday, Kayihura told the media that Police received intelligence indicating that some of the panga-wielding thugs who have been terrorizing the central region are linked to some politicians.

Kayihura, without mentioning names, said after failing to win politically, they had resorted to destabilizing the security in the country through instilling fear and creating outrage among the populace by facilitating the attacks.

On Monday, 30 suspects in the attacks were paraded at Katwe Police Station in Kampala.

While addressing journalists at the party's headquarters in Kampala, Mao asked Kayihura to stop “making sweeping statements” but instead take action against those involved.

"I think Police and the intelligence organs are not serious. Let Kayihura arrest those involved. They know these people but are just playing these games of Tom and Jerry," he noted.

He wondered why the responsible authorities are not arresting the culprits if they know them, yet more people continue to lose lives and property.

Mao said as the opposition, they have heard discussions and ruled out violence in all their struggles.

"But who said iron bar hitmen belong to opposition? That is why we do not want such accusations if they cannot arrest those involved. They have all the machinery but have failed to protect people," he added.
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14 hours 47 min ago

MPs on the commissions of state authorities and state enterprises are scheduled to meet President Yoweri Museveni today (Wednesday) as they conclude investigations into the payment of the sh6b oil bonus.

The meeting is scheduled to take at State House in Entebbe.

According to the officials who appeared before the committee chaired by Abdul Katuntu and a number of documents tabled, the reward was reportedly initiated by Museveni a $404m case against against Heritage Oil was won in London.

During her appearance before the commission, URA commissioner general Doris Akol told the members that before the team won the case in London, President Museveni promised that he would "thank them” if they won the case.

"When we won, the Attorney General wrote reminding the President of his promise," Akol said.

Akol’s predecessor, Allen Kagina, told MPs that when the team won the case, Museveni invited them to Rwakitura and appreciated them for the job well done.

After the meeting, the officials reportedly reminded the President of his promise. Information to the committee indicates that the President however directed Akol to recommend an appropriate reward for the team.

Museveni further reportedly recommended that the list be expanded to support staff and all those that were involved. The list came to 42 officials.

In June, 2015, Akol wrote to President Museveni suggesting a number of rewards including cash amounting to sh6b. She said of the total amount, sh2.3bn would be deducted as tax and the net sum of sh3.6bn would be given to the team as a take home package.

She justified the cash reward saying it would enable the beneficiaries use the funds for something tangible for example leave a legacy to remind them and their offspring of their contribution to the nation.

“Your excellency, for instance, the recommended amount could enable one to either acquire a decent plot of land, pay a deposit on mortgage or perhaps facilitate finishes on home construction" she wrote.

Five months later in a letter dated November 16, the Museveni wrote to Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, informing him that government had won the case and that there was need to release the money.

"I met with a team of officials that handled the case and they requested to be considered for a reward in appreciation for the work done. Given the amount of money that was recovered for the government, I agreed that government pays them some money as a token of appreciation," wrote Museveni.

Although Kasaija later directed Akol to get the money from the available resources, the MPs have since raised a number of issues regarding the legality of the payment.

They have also vowed not to approve the supplementary budget that was requested by the Finance Ministry to replenish the sh6b that was paid out.

The MPs have also questioned the criteria used in selecting the 42 officials and other issues regarding the utilization of the oil funds.

There are also questions concerning whether the team deserved the reward after investigating their role in the case.
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14 hours 48 min ago

KAMPALA- The Criminal Division of the High Court has directed  Luzira Prison authorities to produce remanded Makerere University Research Fellow, Dr Stella Nyanzi on Wednesday to have her grievances heard.

Dr Nyanzi is among others challenging the earlier decisions of Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda for allegedly siding with the state to have her first subjected to a mental examination before her bail application could be considered.

“You are hereby directed to produce the above named Stella Nyanzi for her case on the 26th day of April at 9am before Justice EK Kabanda without fail,” a directive to Luzira Prisons leadership by Assistant Registrar of the court, Mr Emmanuel Baguma reads in part.

The directive of the court has been specifically sent to the Superintendent of Prisons, Luzira Women Wing.

Dr Nyanzi’s application for review is expected to be heard by Justice Elizabeth Kabanda at  9 am.

She is facing cyber related crimes slapped against her about two weeks ago by the State for allegedly referring to the person of President Museveni as a “pair of buttocks” on her social media posts.

The State says that Dr Nyanzi’s reference to the person of the President is offensive.

Core to Nyanzi’s application for revision today is that on April 10 this year, Magistrate Ereemye, erroneously and injudiciously, sided with the State and refused to hear her bail application

Dr Nyanzi also faults the magistrate of having remanded her to Luzira Prison awaiting the determination of her mental status instead of hearing her bail application.

“In effect, the learned chief magistrate has thrown into indefinite limbo a bundle of our client’s constitutionally guaranteed rights to liberty, presumption of innocence, presumption of sanity and a fair and speedy hearing before determination of her civil rights and/or criminal charges contrary to the very important duties cast on him as a judicial officer,” Dr Nyanzi’s lawyer stated in her application for revision.

In a related development, the same court is today also expected to hear Dr Nyanzi’s bail application in which she seeks to regain freedom.

14 hours 50 min ago

KAMPALA- The Court of Appeal  is expected to deliver its judgment Wednesday in an election appeal that will determine whether opposition Forum for Democratic Change’s Apollo Kantinti remains in Parliament or is kicked out.

Mr Kantinti is the MP for Kyadondo East constituency in Wakiso District.

“Take notice that the above matter has been fixed for judgement/ruling on the 26 day of April 2017 at 9:30am. If no appearance is made on your behalf by yourself or someone authorised to act for you, the judgment/ ruling be held in your absence,” reads in part the judgment notice of the court to concerned parties.

Mid last year, High Court judge Isabirye Kaweesa, nullified Kantinti’s election and ordered the Electoral Commission to organise fresh elections in his constituency.

Justice Kaweesa while kicking out Kantinti out of Parliament, observed that there was non-compliance with election rules during the February 18 parliamentary elections that saw MP Kantinti declared winner.

The judge went on to fault the Wakiso District returning officer, Ms Sarah Bukirwa for disfranchising voters and also failing to secure custody of election materials.

The High Court ruling followed a successful petition by NRM's William Sitenda Sebalu who was the runner up in the February 18 election and lost to Kantinti by a small margin of 326 votes.

Mr Sebalu had in his petition sued Kantinti, the Electoral Commission and Bukirwa for conniving to commit several election irregularities which he said affected the quality of the election in Kyadondo East in a substantial manner, hence the nullification of the same by the court.

But being dissatisfied with the ruling of the High Court, Mr Kantinti appealed against the same before the Court of Appeal that will determine his appeal today.

The returning officer declared Mr Kantinti the winner of the Kyadondo East constituency with 9005 votes and Mr Sebalu as runner up with 8679 votes.

14 hours 51 min ago

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