Category «National News»

Police ordered to confiscate all betting machines in rural areas

By Damali Mukhaye. The speaker of Parliament hon Rebecca Kadaga has instructed police to grab all the betting machines that will be found operating in rural areas. This followed a complaint from the mayor of Nakawa division Ronald Balimwenzo that school going children have continued to bet their money meant for school fees. According to Kadaga, after Parliament crashed with the ministry of finance on the same, they agreed that casinos should be allowed to operate in Kampala and municipalities only amidst high taxation at 45% to discourage the low income earners from participating. She notes that betting machines therefore are not allowed to operate in villages since it is for rich people who settled in town thus police should …

Kabafunzaki Committed to the High Court for trial

By Ruth Anderah Suspended Labor and Employment Minister Herbert Kabafunzaki will stand trial before a Judge in the High court. Kabafunzaki is battling corruption charges together with his Personal Assistant Brain Mugabo and a private business man also minister’s relative Bruce Lubowa. The decision by the  Director of Public Prosecutions came as a surprise to the accused and their lawyers as the case had been fixed for hearing today before the chief magistrate. State prosecutor Barbra  Kauma has informed presiding chief magistrate Agnes Alum that   given the circumstances surrounding this case and the status of the accused persons , a judge would be in the best position to conduct this trial. Kabafunzaki is indicted for  soliciting and receiving a 5 …

Bank of Uganda defends self over Semwanga Burial

By Ruth Anderah The Central Bank has presented a written defence in Court against accusations that it never took any legal action against members of the Rich Gang Team, a group best known for the flamboyant lifestyle of its members. The group was created by deceased South African businessman Ivan Ssemwanga. At Semwanga’s burial in Kamuli district recently, the group reportedly threw an unspecified amount of money of different currencies in his grave, before and after the casket was lowered. In Its defence filed at the Civil Division of the High Court, Bank of Uganda says it cannot take any legal action against these youths because the Penal Code Act only criminalizes the melting down, breaking up, defacing of silver …

KCCA Minister speaks out on tuku tuku after Museveni’s directive.

By Mukhaye Damali The Minister of Kampala City Authority Beti Kamya has said that she is set to meet the president in two weeks’ time and furnish him with the right information about the law barring three wheel carts commonly known as Tuk-tuks from operating in the city. Yesterday, at the last leg of campaigns for the Kyadondo Eat Parliamentary race, the president while canvassing votes for the NRM flag bearer Sitenda Sebalu, announced that the Three wheel cart owners should continue operating normally in the city, contradicting KCCA’s position on the matter. Kamya says the President made the pronouncement because he was ambushed by the cart owners and he did not have much of an option. Kamya has been …

Makerere University guild not satisfied with VC search.

By Mukhaye Damali Makerere University  Guild have showed their  dissatisfaction by Vice Chancellor search committee decision by denying them a chance to meet VC candidates before final vetting is done. This comes at a time when Senate is expected to vet the 3 candidates including prof Edward kirumira, the principle of college of humanities and social sciences, prof Barnabas Nawangwe the current Deputy vice chancellor finance and , Prof Venacious Baryamureeba the former presidential candidate and VC to pick two suitable candidates and forward to council that will in the end forward them to the Chancellor prof Ezra Suruma to pick one candidate as new VC. The current VC Prof Edward Dumba Sentamu tenure ends on the 31st of August …