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Museveni hits at critics on corruption fight

By Moses Kyeyune. President Museveni has hit at critics who poke holes in his anti-corruption approaches, calling them sadists. Museveni was responding to public criticism that he had made many pronouncements to fight corruption, but the lack of political will and the belief that thugs hide behind him. He says that such claims are ungrounded because many people implicated in graft including politicians have been prosecuted. The President last evening launched an anti-corruption coordinating office, where the Corruption Monitoring Unit headed by Lt Col Edith Nakalema will sit.

Museveni asks Kutesa to explain “US Bribe”

By Moses Kyeyune. Uganda foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa will have to explain allegations of pocketing $500, 000 (Shs1.8 billion) in a US scam, President Museveni has said. Museveni was last evening addressing the media on matters pertaining the fight on corruption. This comes after US based court on Thursday convicted Patrick Ho Chi Ping, the man accused of compromising Mr Kutesa by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The convict allegedly offered the bribe and gifts to President Museveni through Kutesa, to secure support for China Energy Fund Committee, a Shanghai-based rising star of China’s energy industry. However, Museveni says that Kutesa, in his own confession said, the money was meant for charity, a matter that is being investigated by the government. Related Stories……….. US court …

US Ambassador Challenges government on Rights

By Ivan Ssenabulya. The US ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has challenged government to do more in protecting citizens’ fundamental rights. The ambassador says much as collective efforts are needed, it’s the state’s obligation to protect people’s rights. This was during a panel discussion in Kampala, organized by USAID as part of the International Human Rights Day celebrations. Among the discussants were players in the human rights circles and Lady Justice Lillian Tibatemwa.

#LakeVictoriaBoatAccident: 50 new survivors pick retrieved items

BY JOSEPH KATO, jkato@ug.nationmedia.com Police have revealed that more than 50 new survivors of the November 24 boat tragedy that killed 32 people have picked their items retrieved from Lake Victoria. The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says all the survivors were given their items after successfully identifying themselves and taken their belongings among others National IDs, ATM cards and handbags. Much as Eye witnesses put the number who were allegedly on the boat to more than 100, those who picked their items day said 87 people survived much as police only registered 37 survivors. Last week the police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, who was flanked by rescue and recovery operation spokesperson, Zurah Ganyana, said they had retrieved 27 handbags, …

I won’t discuss NBC issues – Mutebile

Central Bank Governor Tumusiime Mutebile

By Moses Kyeyune. The Governor Bank of Uganda Prof Emmanuel Mutebile has desisted from making submissions relating to the closure of National Bank of Commerce. The bank which was largely owned by big shots from Kigezi sub region including former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, businessman Amos Nzeyi and others. While appearing before the House Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Entities to respond to the inquiry into the closure of the National Bank o commerce, Mutebile says he had a conflict if interest having been a stakeholder in the bank. Mutebile also says that the process to close the bank was handled by his deputy, Louis Kasekende to have influence peddling. The committee is probing the manner in which …