Coutry martial

Makindye based Army General Court Martial following the expiry of the contracts of the court members

Business is at stand still in the Makindye based Army General Court Martial following the expiry of the contracts of the court members. The one year contract of the court officers led by their chairperson Lt. General Andrew Gutti expired on June 9th, 2020 bringing work to a halt.
The other court members include Maj. General Joseph Arocha, Lt Colonel Medard Bagambe, Captain Wilfred Karugwara, Lt. Faridah Amooti Kiiza, Warrant Officer I. Chrysostom John Kisembo, Colonel Richard Tukacungurwa, the Judge Advocate Lt. Col Raphael Mugisha, the Lead Prosecutor Major Samuel Masereje, Captain AB Katushabe, Major John Bizimana, the Registrar and Defense counsel Major Kamanda Silas Mutungi.
The reserve court members are Brigadier George Etyang, Lt Col Henry Nevatone, Lt Col Sadler Katono, Lt Col Lydia Nandundu, Lt Henry Bunalema, Lt. Fatuma Njutti and Warrant Officer Paul Katende. Major Bizimana, the General Court Martial Registrar confirmed the expiry of the contracts of the court members saying they have since stopped working pending communication from the Commander in Chief President Yoweri Museveni.
The team whose contracts were renewed in July 2019 has been able to conclude 46 out of the 91 cases that were registered in their previous term. This means 45 cases are pending hearing before the same court. Bizimana defended their performance saying they were affected by the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
He explained that their target has always been to conclude 100 cases but they haven’t been able to achieve it. Human Rights lawyer, Eron Kiiza said that the delayed appointment of a new team weeks after the expiry of the contracts of the panel undermines the rule of law, administration of justice and threatens the Constitutional right to an expeditious trial.

U.N. chief regrets Somalia envoy expulsion will send replacement

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will appoint a new envoy to Somalia, a U.N. spokesman said after failing to convince the country to retract its decision to expel the current representative over accusations of interference.
Since Somalia’s foreign ministry declared late on Tuesday that U.N. envoy Nicholas Haysom “cannot work in this country,” Guterres has spoken twice with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.
“The Secretary-General deeply regrets the decision of the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia,” Haq said. “The Secretary-General has full confidence in Mr. Haysom.”
Haq noted that the doctrine of persona non grata does not apply to United Nations personnel.
“At the same time the Secretary-General is totally committed to ensuring that the needs of the Somali people are at the forefront of the work of the United Nations in Somalia,” Haq said. “Therefore, he intends to appoint in due course a new Special Representative for Somalia.”
The U.N. Security Council is due to discuss the developments behind closed doors later on Friday, diplomats said.
The United Nations is a major backer of Somalia, a country that has lacked strong central government since 1991. The government’s decision on Haysom could intensify a confrontation between Mogadishu and the semiautonomous regions.
Haysom had raised questions in a letter on Sunday about the involvement of U.N.-supported Somali security forces in the arrest of a former militant of the Islamist al Shabaab group who was blocked from running in a regional election.
Haysom, a South African, told the Security Council on Thursday that the allegations of interference by the federal government in the regional election and the violence that followed the former militant’s arrest “does not bode well for the upcoming electoral processes in other regions or for the 2020 national elections.”
Somalia’s U.N. Ambassador Abukar Dahir Osman told the Security Council that the Somali people wanted “Somalia leading international support, not international support leading Somalia.”
“Somalia distinguishes between the institutions that we are part of and individual conduct that’s had detrimental effect on our fragile nation,” he said.

Two Gabon Coup Plotters Killed

Two soldiers who took part in Monday’s attempted coup in Gabon have been killed, the president’s office says.
They were shot dead after security officers stormed the national radio building which they had taken over. Three others are under arrest.
The junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years.
“The situation is under control,” the presidency’s statement said.
Coup leader Lt Kelly Ondo Obiang was on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed, reports Radio France Internationale (RFI).
“The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal”, said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, a spokesman for the government of the central African country.
Mr Mapangou said that the army generals, civil society and opposition leaders mentioned in the rebels’ statement as potential supporters would be investigated.
What is the opposition’s reaction?
The main opposition group, The Coalition for the New Republic, denied any link with the rebel soldiers.
One of its leading members, Paul-Marie Gondjout, told the BBC that soldiers and the police were searching vehicles on main roads in the capital, Libreville.
“We see order, but we don’t know what is going on,” Mr Gondjout said.
He added that with President Ali Bongo out of the country since October when he suffered a stroke, his deputy should be sworn in as head of state.
“The country needs to be run and we have no government, no head of state,” Mr Gongjout said.
President Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009. He narrowly won re-election in 2016 in a poll marred by violence and accusations of fraud.

Police Nabs 42 in City Swoop

Police is holding 42 suspects who were picked from two hot spots in the city center.
The operation was carried out in Arua Park, Kisenyi bus terminal and Nebbi Park and the operation was the joint one where Updf and police all participated in arresting the criminals.
Luke Owoyesigire confirmed the arrest saying that those arrested are going to be  charged with different charges ranging from frequenting areas of smoking opium’s and marijuana , found with suspected items like phones, televisions among others.
Owoyesigire added that others will be charged with being in possession of drugs like marijuana, others are to be charged with opium smoking.
The spokesperson added that their arrest came after police got information from local leaders of the affected areas that they no longer sleep because they made their life hard.
The 42 will be charged in court tomorrow Tuesday.

Air Force Hosts CDF'S End of Year Children's Party

Uganda People’s Defence Air Force has hosted Chief of Defense Forces end of year party at Entebbe cricket oval grounds.
The colorful ceremony was graced by Spouses, Officers, Air masters and children from Uganda Peoples Defence Air Force Entebbe under the theme “Stable Family: A foundation of force efficiency and effectiveness”
The CDF Gen David Muhoozi who was the chief guest, begun the day’s activities by inspecting the stalls manned by UPDAF and SFC soldier’s spouses. He was motivated and inspired by the products exhibited and called upon them to work harder and transform their way of living.
The General was welcomed by Members of the Patriotism club of Airforcce Secondary School Entebbe who participated in different kinds of entertainments with other groups.
Others were; Air Force Primary school, Sparrow entertainers, Air force secondary school, UPDAF spouses and SFC Spouses
In his welcome remarks the Chief of Staff Airforcce (COS-AF) Brig James Birungi appreciated the strategic leadership for allowing UPDAF to host this year’s children’s party. He acknowledged the work done by the committee in making sure the function is colorful.
In his remarks the CDF informed the guests especially the UPDF fraternity and their spouses that the party was a good cause and that the function is now an annual event which was started by his predecessor Gen Katumba Wamala.
He appreciated all the arrangements done by the committee and promised much support to ensure the end state is achieved. “This is the best party so far I have attended congratulations to UPDAF for this arrangement” He observed.

Chief of Defense forces Gen David Muhoozi dribbling the ball before the childrens’ opening match

He further quoted a statement by his HE Gen Yoweri Museveni where he said “a stable family makes a stable society and in the end a stable nation”.
He emphasized that the theme for the day was in line with the words of the president and encouraged the UPDF to have stable families that makes their duty performance effective and efficient.
This can be achieved by having children and our spouses knowing God and doing the right thing even when their husbands are duty bound.
The CDF acknowledged the good Job done by the UPDF spouses while their husbands are at work. He contributed 5 million shillings to the entertaining groups who made the function more colorful and encouraged the parents and schools where the groups come from to work selflessly and make them great men and women in future.
The General called for a moment of silence in prayer for those who perished in a boat cruise on Lake Victoria recently and sent his condolences to those who lost their dear ones.
He wished the UPDF officers’ men, spouses and the entire countrymen and women a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year
The CDF later launched Sports activities that included Football and Netball with Airforcce children playing against SFC children in the respective games.
SFC children won in football with 5 goals to 2 for the Airforcce children, while Airforcce girls won SFC girls in net ball.
The function was concluded by giving out gifts to children who excelled in different areas of sporting.
The party was characterized by lots of eats, drinks, singing, dancing, poems, acrobats, sports, bouncing castles for children as they celebrated the end of year 2018.
In attendance was; the Deputy Commander Airforce.Maj Gen Garvas Mugenyi, the Commander Air Defence Maj Gen Sam Okiding, Camp Commandant Brig Kakari, Commander SFC Brig Don Nabasa, RDC Entebbe Hadji Noor Njuki Mbabali, Ass town clerk Entebbe Local leaders, Religious leaders, Officers and men of UPDF among others.

Chinese Businessman convicted As US Court Tightens Noose on Kuteesa In Bribery Scandal

A former Hong Kong politician faces jail time in the US after being convicted of scheming to offer millions of dollars in bribes to African leaders, through contacts made at the United Nations.

Patrick Ho Chi-ping, 69, was on Tuesday found guilty by a federal jury in New York on seven of eight counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering. He was acquitted on one count of international money laundering.

The maximum penalty for each charge ranges from five to 20 years in jail.

Ho, who pleaded not guilty, will be sentenced on March 15.

The seven-day trial began a year after Ho was arrested at JFK Airport on November 18, 2017.

His lawyers branded the case a bribery trial “with no bribes.” They did not dispute that Ho had made the payments, including giving $2 million to the President of Chad in gift boxes, but told the court the payments were documented, charitable donations intended to foster goodwill for the Chinese energy conglomerate he represented.

Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Patrick Ho now stands convicted of scheming to pay millions in bribes to foreign leaders in Chad and Uganda, all as part of his efforts to corruptly secure unfair business advantages for a multi-billion-dollar Chinese energy company.

“Ho’s repeated attempts to corrupt foreign leaders were not business as usual, but criminal efforts to undermine the fairness of international markets.”

The Chad case

A Harvard-educated eye doctor married to a Taiwanese actress, Ho was Hong Kong Home Affairs secretary from 2002 to 2007.

After leaving office, Ho became secretary general of the China Energy Fund Committee, an NGO which had consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The NGO was fully funded by CEFC China Energy, a Shanghai-based multi-billion-dollar conglomerate whose founder, Ye Jianming, was rumored to have ties to the Chinese government.

Officially, the NGO’s mission was to serve as “a high-end strategic think tank” on energy. In reality, Ho used the United Nations to befriend world leaders and strike deals for CEFC China Energy.

In the first scheme, Ho engineered a meeting in the Sahara Desert with Idriss Deby, the President of Chad. He subsequently offered Deby $2 million to secure oil rights from the Chadian government in 2014.

Ho orchestrated the Chad bribery attempt through Cheikh Gadio, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, who had a personal relationship with Deby. Ho and Gadio met through the United Nations.

Gadio was also arrested last year but charges against him were dropped after he agreed to testify against Ho. Gadio told the court that Deby had felt insulted and disrespected by the bribe.

“Why do they believe all African people are corrupt?” Gadio said, quoting Deby’s reaction after finding money in the boxes.

Last year, the government of Chad said in a statement: “Faced with this umpteenth false allegation, the government of Chad formally refutes this shameful fabrication.”

The Uganda deal

In February 2016, Ho met Sam Kutesa, the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Uganda, who had recently completed his term as President of the UN General Assembly.

In New York, the pair discussed forming “a strategic partnership” between Uganda and CEFC China Energy for various business ventures. A $500,000 payment was subsequently wired to Kutesa through the New York banking system.

The government of Uganda had said in a statement that it was “erroneous” to say Kutesa was involved.



Police join Campaign to End violence Against Women Rights

Much as the law enforcement teams have always been on a rough end of the stick, yesterday marked a heavy turnout by the Uganda Police Force, safeboda drivers, ordinary motorcycle riders, U.N delegates and well-wishers for a “Safe Ride to End Violence Against Women and Girls” campaign aimed at helping spread the message of solidarity in fighting violence against women.
As part of the event, a number of citizens participated in a walk aimed at sensitizing Ugandan communities, protesting the sexualized violence and discrimination against women plus educating the masses about the best sexual violence prevention strategies.
The U.N. Women, a United Nations Organization dedicated to promoting gender and equality sponsored the today’s walk as part of the 16 days of activism to End Violence against Women.
While addressing the activists, the Acting Commissioner of Police In-charge of Child and Family Protection Unit Maureen Atuhaire said that riders are champions in the struggle to end violence against women in the society.
Ag. CP. Atuhaire said that Gender Based Violence is perceived as a global burden, the most wide spread and socially tolerated of human rights violations cutting across all boarders, race, class, ethnicity and religion.
In Uganda, the recent police report shows that Gender Based Violence remains a strenuous burden.
According to 2017 annual crime report, a total of 15,325 cases of Domestic Violence were reported and investigated, 14,895 cases of defilement were investigated compared to 17,395 cases in 2016, thus giving a decrease of 14% while 1,335 cases of rape were investigated compared to 1,454 cases in 2016 hence a decrease by 10.6%.

Minister Tumwebaze Launches INDOJA-U Association

Minister of Information Technology and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze has this morning launched Independent Online Journalists’ Association Uganda (INDOJA-U).
Independent Online Journalists’ Association Uganda (INDOJA-U) which is the first of its kind in Uganda is an association that brings together all online journalists in Uganda under one umbrella.
The magnificent and pompous launch took place at Hotel Africana Kampala.
Mr Tumwebaze in his speech appealed to journalists not to fall for schemes by politicians who use the media to revive their political relevance.
“Members of the press should not be used by politicians in their intrigue wars and infighting. You should rise above that level,” Tumwebaze urged.

Minister Tumwebaze giving his speech at Hotel Africana

He also encouraged the association to ensure they feed their readers with quality and verified information.
“Today, there’s nobody with a monopoly of gate keeping. There’s nothing like an Exclusive story anymore. For you to be relevant, you must show the difference between general publishing and quality assured content on your platforms,” Tumwebaze said.
Tumwebaze also pledge to loby from government in order to help online newspapers to be able to get business in form of adverts from government.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi warned that the authority shall be keen to make sure compliance with laws is followed strictly.

UCC ED. Godfrey Mutabazi giving his remarks

“Digital transformation has come with emphasis on individual freedoms, however what’s of concern to us is – this freedom should be exercised with regard of other people’s freedoms. The media should be responsible without being forced by law,” Mutabazi said.
Mr Andrew Irumba the association president also in his remarks said they were inspired by the desire to stop fake news and professionalize the industry.
“In the wake of the largely unregulated media, the advent of fake news and inaccurate reporting, we realized the need for an Association to self-regulate and lead the way in professionalizing the media,” Irumba said.
He added, “The Association seeks to build a professional, independent media that also defends the rights of journalists in Uganda.
The founding members of INDOJA-U include yours SpyReports, The Investigator, Business focus, Soft power, Grapevine and TheSpyUganda.

UNBS Head of Security Iduri Arrested For Stealing Impounded Products

Detectives at central police station cps Kampala are holding head of security officer at Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and his junior over allegations of stealing products which the company impounds from the field.
The arrested head of security has been identified as David Iduri and his junior identified as Tom Anyuyo who are being detained at cps Kampala.
According to our source, Iduri’s arrest came after police through its intelligence arrested a guard also attached to UNBS for stealing over 80 iron bars which UNBS had impounded from the field for not meeting their standards.
After the arrest of the guard, he pinned Iduri his boss whom he said that he had stolen most of the materials and decided to give him the remaining.
UNBS public relations officer Godwin Muhwezi Bonge confirmed the arrest of Iduri and his junior but couldn’t confirm the charges being placed against them.
“It’s true our staff have been arrested and are now with police at the central police station Kampala but I can’t confirm to you which charges have they been put . I will get back to you if I get all details”.
Luke Owoyesigire the police mouth piece for Kampala metropolitan also confirmed their arrest saying that the two were arrested by police on allegations of stealing materials which are always impounded by UNBS staff.

Tycoon Shumuku’s police file Disappear from court

Police files in which businessman Shukla Babubhai Makeshi is accused of fraud have gone missing, Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday heard
Mr Mukesh the executive director of Shumuk Aluminium Industries Limited is charged with 13 counts ranging from forgery, uttering false documents and conspiracy to commit a felony all contrary to the Penal Code Act.
The state prosecutor Miriam Njuki informed court that there’s no police file so she did not know how far police had gone with inquiries before she asked for an adjournment.
The trial magistrate Stella Amabilis adjourned to December 14, with an order that the file be brought to court on that day.
Mr Mukesh was last Thursday delivered to the court holding cells by DPC Jinja Road Police Station Mr Jackson Mucunguzi but released on bail after the charges against him were read in court.
Prosecution contends that Mr Mukesh and others still at large on or about April 17, 2015 in Kampala District, with intent to defraud or deceive forged a letter for official hand over of Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, a Kampala suburb.
The letter is purported to have been signed by the deceased Consular of Pakistan Islamic Republic in Uganda Bonny Katatumba.
It is alleged that the accused forged signatures of Anne Grace Katatumba, Angella Katatumba, Rugirwa Katatumba, Ian Katatumba and ASP George William Karyegira.
Prosecution further states that Mr Mukesh and others still at large in November 6, 2017, in Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kampala, uttered six false documents as purported official handover letters of Hotel Diplomate.
On the count of conspiracy to commit the offence, it is alleged that in April 2015, in Kampala business centre, Mr Mukesh conspired to commit forgery and uttering false documents for official handover of Hotel Diplomate.
This is not the first time Mr Mukesh name is mentioned in property wrangle cases with the Katutumba family.
In 2016, Mr Mukesh sued three traders over impersonating Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and defrauding him of $125,000 (about Shs419m).