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Produce proof of request for deployment, govt is asked

  Parliament’s defence and internal affairs committee has directed government to produce a letter from the South Sudan requesting for the deployment of UPDF soldiers.  The resolve was reached as the committee discussed the status of forces agreement reportedly signed between government and the Salva Kiir-led government. Committee members say the agreement is not detailed on the fate of UPDF soldiers in South Sudan, who will fund and pay the soldiers, as well as compensation. MPs including Saleh Kamba, Ibrahim Ssemujju and Simon Mulongo say the agreement needs legal interpretation, as well as details from the army on whether the presence of UPDF is duly ratified. Yesterday, President Museveni revealed that a number of UPDF soldiers had died in battle …

MP Kasibante sent to Luzira

Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante has been remanded to Luzira prison for jumping bail. Kasibante appeared this morning before Mwanga II Court Grade One Magistrate Suzan Abinyo for hearing of the case. He was arrested on Monday this week and held at various police stations until this morning when he was produced in court. This magistrate denied him bail on grounds of inadequate time to hear from his sureties including MPs Medard Ssegona, Mathias Mpuuga and Betty Nambooze who had been presented by Kasibante’s lawyers. He is expected to reappear in court on January 17th for further hearing of the case.  

Olympic Baton received at Bulange, Parliament

The Queen’s baton has this afternoon been received by the Speaker of Parliament. It was handed over by the Commonwealth Federation of Uganda led by Dorcas Inzikuru and William Blick as well as Education and Sports Minister Jesica Alupo. The speaker promised that parliament would make a contribution to the facilitation of Uganda’s Olympic team. Earlier this morning the baton was taken to Buganda Kingdom where it was received by Princess Joan Nassolo. The baton was flagged off by the Queen on October 9th , 2013 and will travel through all countries and territories of the Commonwealth over 288 days before concluding its journey at the opening of the games in Glasgow on July 23rd. The 2014 Commonwealth Games will …

Onegi Obel must face trial over Shs.8bn loss

The Constitutional Court has directed the Anti-Corruption Court to try former National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board chairman Onegi Obel. He had gone to the Constitutional Court challenging his prosecution under the Anti-Corruption Act of 2009 for offenses allegedly committed between 2003 and 2005. Onegi-Obel contended that the Anti-Corruption Court, which was formed in 2009, did not have the powers to try crimes committed before it came into effect. However, the five judges led by Remmy Kasule have unanimously agreed to dismiss the petition with costs on grounds that Obel’s grievances were already determined in the cases of the former National Forestry Authority boss Damien Akankwasa and former Hoima mayor Francis Atugonza. Obel faces charges of causing government financial loss …

AG wants Justice Yasin Nyanzi off Lukwago’s case

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at High Court

The Attorney General has asked the presiding judge to disqualify himself from Erias Lukwago’s case. The Attorney General represented by Martin Mwangushya has asked High Court judge Yasin Nyanzi to step aside because he is likely to be biased. Mwangusha argues that Nyanzi gave the interim order reinstating Erias Lukwago as lord mayor following his impeachment. The case has been adjourned to January 24th. The embattled lord mayor is challenging his removal from office. Lukwago through his lawyers wants a report that the tribunal set up quashed and declared as a nullity. He says it is based on irrationality, biased and against the principals of natural justice. Earlier, a group of Lukwago’s supporters pounced on a man they suspected to …