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#AgeLimitPetition resumes this morning, MP Nambooze expected

By Ruth Anderah. Hearing of Age-limit petition resumes this morning at the High Court in Mbale town. Today the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukuntana representing government is expected to make more submissions convincing court why the presidential age-limit law should not be declared null and void. This is after last week the five justices on the panel tasked Rukuntana to explain why government financially facilitated a private members bill which is contrary to the law. The justices also wondered why government picked interest in a private member’s bill to the extent of withdrawing 13 billion shillings from the Consolidated Fund which was shared among-st MP’s for purposes of consulting their electorate on the same. The ten summoned government officials including …

Bobi Wine case pushed to June

By Ruth Anderah.  The case in which Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu commonly known as Bobi Wine filed before the High Court over a ban imposed on his musical shows by the Uganda Police force has been pushed to June 4th this year. The adjournment follows his lawyer’s failure to appear before Court to argue the suit that filed on 19th October 2017. Bobi Wine contends that all his adult life he has been earning a living through live music performances until on 8th /October 2017 when police banned his shows while quoting security concerns something Bobi Wine claims is in blunt-ant violation of his right to work  and freedoms to speech, liberty  and movement. Through renowned Human rights lawyer Ladislous Rwakafuuzi, Bobi Wine says he has since lost 300 million shillings for …

Over 1600 workers sacked

By Ssebuliba Samuel. In Kenya about 1,620 employees of listed banks in Kenya were retrenched in the past one year, a report has shown. According to a financial report released by Cytonn Investments, the staff were retrenched following closure of 39 bank branches across the country during the 2017 financial year. Among the institutions which disclosed the number of employees laid off are Equity Group which led with 400 retrenchments, Barclays Bank (301), Standard Chartered Bank (300) and KCB Group (223). According to daily Nation the figures could be higher given that data was unavailable from some of the banks affected. This report show that this measure was necessitated by a tough operating environment that was brought about by the …

Uganda demands recovery of raided cattle by armed South Sudan

By Scovin Iceta. Ugandan officials are still demanding for recovery of the animals that were raided over the last two months from locals in Moyo district. Earlier attempts to recover the animals failed as the UPDF soldiers and policemen were engaged in clashes with the armed men in which a UPDF soldier was killed. Williams Anyama, the Moyo district Chairman says over 830 animals were raided in the past two months in Lefori and Moyo Sub-county. The UPDF 4th division commander, Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye says a meeting between leaders from Uganda and South Sudan was held and it was agreed that the two governments focus on ensuring cross border security. He however warns that should there be another raid of cattle …

Government’s move to host 500 asylum seekers welcomed

By Benjamin Jumbe. Government’s move to host 500 asylum seekers expelled from Israel has been welcomed by some international relations experts. Addressing journalists in Kampala last week the minister of state relief, disaster preparedness and refugees Musa Ecweru confirmed that Israel had indeed requested that it relocates 500 Eritrean and South Sudan refugees to Uganda. This move has however sparked debate with some sections accusing government of having a hidden agenda in allowing such a deal. However speaking to KFM Ambassador Harold Acema said hosting this group would not be a problem. He further allays fears of the number increasing the burden on the already stretched country’s economy, arguing that their welfare will be a responsibility of the UN.