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Independent Aciro Lucy Otim bounces back as the Aruu County North MP

Aciro Lucy Otim, an independent candidate has bounced back as the Aruu County North Member of Parliament after she won yesterday’s by-election She was last evening declared winner by the Pader District Returning Officer Joseph Omona after getting sixteen thousand six hundred eight votes against her closest challenger NRM’s James Kidega who got 8,450 votes. The total number of votes cast for candidates was 25,804. The Democratic Party’s Bernard Ology came 3rd with 411 votes. The others in the race were Henry Komakech, David Ojera and Justin Oryema, all of them independents. The by election was organized after the Court of Appeal confirmed the High Court decision which nullified the election of Lucy Aciro on grounds that it did not …

EU Advises NRM Government To Welcome Dialogue

By Samuel Ssebuliba The European Union has advised government to focus on political dialogue now as a way of preparing the country adequately for 2021. The call comes a day after government distanced it’s self from reports of possible dialogue between president Museveni and his main opponent –Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Dr. Kiiza Besigye. Speaking to media at his residence today, the head of European Union delegation to Uganda Amb.Kristian Schmidt said there is no better time than now to talk about political dialogue. He said that the warring parties should not wait for political crisis to start talking about re-shaping Uganda’s political future. The European Union is meanwhile refocusing its energies on the future of the continent following …

Parliament Adopts Amendments To Communications Act

By Moses Kyeyune Parliament has adopted amendments to the Uganda Communications Act, 2013, to remove the requirement for Parliamentary approval of regulations made by the minister. The Principle Act under section 93 (1) requires parliament to approve all regulations prior to their implementation. Under the new arrangement, the minister is free to come up with regulations in the media industry without seeking approval of the House. The law however provides that parliament may revoke the regulations or any particular provision of the regulations that may be found to be inconsistent with the Constitution. What the amendments mean: The Act grants the Minister powers to make regulations relating to among other things: ees payable upon the grant or renewal of a …

Anti Terrorism bill passed amidst controversy

Parliament has passed the Anti-terrorism Amendment (bill) 2017 after stiff resistance from law makers from all political sides. The bill which aims at combating terrorism in all its manifestation has now been amended for the third time after other amendments in 2015 and 2016, which intended to define terrorism, acts of terrorism in line with the United Nation’s Convention against terrorism. Now, with the new amendments seeking similar adjustments and to provide an interpretation for who may qualify for a “suspected terrorist,” members including Dokolo Souths Felix Okot Ogong and Butambala County’s Mohammad Muwanga Kivumbi posed resistance on grounds that he amendment would give high end powers to the minister of internal affairs and in turn be used against persons …

Stella Nyanzi rejects disciplinary proceedings and suspension for insulting the First Lady

By Damali Mukhaye. Controversial Makerere University research Dr.Stella Nyanzi through her lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde has rejected the disciplinary proceedings and her subsequent suspension for insulting the minister of education and First Lady Janet Museveni. Dr. Nyanzi was officially suspended from the university after she was accused of using social media to insult and castigate the minister despite warnings against the same. In a letter addressed to Dr Nyanzi dated March 30th from the Director Human Resources, she was suspended from the university on half payments following a directive from the university appointments board and was advised to appear before the board for further disciplinary action. In response on behalf of Nyanzi, the Center for Legal Aid has written back to …