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Kadaga to block OTT For MPs

By Moses Kyeyune. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has vowed to reverse the decision by Parliament’s Contracts Committee to award contract to MTN Uganda to supply Over the Top Services (OTT) for MPs. The Speaker had made the remarks today shortly after a meeting with journalists at Parliament. She says the deal will have to be scrutunised afresh on the basis that MP’s should be in position to pay for the services as part of their legislative duties. Kadaga says that the widely report move was by Parliaments Contracts Committee and not the Commission which she heads. The commission is also slated to have a press conference this afternoon.

Former VP Gilbert Bukenya’s wife files for divorce

By Ruth Anderah. The wife to former vice president Gilbert Bukenya Balibaseka has petitioned the high court Family division seeking to disolve her marriage. The wife is  accusing Bukenya of deserting their marriage by engaging in various endless adulterous relationships. Margaret Mary Musoke Bukenya married Bukenya on September 21st 1974 and had three children aged between 37 and 45. According to documents before court, Margaret claims that in the course of the Marriage, Bukenya has deserted her at their family matrimonial home and instead engaged in endless instances of adultery and infidelity and subjecting her to endless acts of emotional distress and abuse. These include  Bukenya having several affairs which have highly been publicised in the media much in her …

Mobile phone thief sentenced to Community service

Mobile phones

By Ruth Anderah. A 21 year old man has been convicted and sentenced to five hours of community service over a theft of a mobile phone. This after Briton Kasasira a resident of Masajja in Kampala pleaded guilty of stealing a Samsung J5 phone worth 650,000 shillings. While sentencing him, Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza ruled that the suspect is a first time offender who did not waste courts time and seemed remorseful. He has now been ordered to clean Buganda road court offices for five hours, failure to do so serves 6 months imprisonment in Luzira prison. Prosecution states that on January 28th 2019, the convict robed the said phone from a one Hafiswa Husina while …

Speaker Kadaga wants private companies out of labour export market

By Moses Kyeyune. The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has challenged the government to ring-fence exportation of labour to eligible government agencies and not the private sector. This, she said, is the only way out to curb the rising cases of human trafficking. Kadaga has been officiating at a workshop on modern slavery at Golden Tulip Hotel, in Kampala. The remarks by the speaker come amidst public unrest and concerns of rights abuse suffered by Ugandan domestic workers, especially those in Oman, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. The workshop that pulled different stakeholders was meant to deliberate on proposals to be contained on the Anti-Slavery Bill 2018. The private members bill is moved by Soroti Municipality MP, Herbert Ariko …

Deported Magara killer detained at SID Kireka

By Ritah Kemigisa. Patrick Kasaija, the suspected Susan Magara Killer who was yesterday deported from South Africa is currently detained at the Special investigations department (SID) in Kireka. The police spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan area Patrick Onyango says he has been allowed to access his lawyers and arrangements to interview him and also investigate his defense in the alleged murder are already in place. He says the case file will be forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for perusal and probable sanctioning thereafter. Kasaija commonly known as Pato was yesterday extradited from South Africa by the South African Police service through the help of the Interpol police in Pretoria. Kasaija is accused of masterminding and …