The border between Uganda and South Sudan is secure. Government has downplayed fears that the fighting in South Sudan will create insecurity on the Ugandan side. On Monday, fighting was reported between government forces and soldiers loyal to former Vice President, Riek Machar. Defence Minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga says there is no cause for alarm since the fighting has been contained and no deployment is needed at the border. Kiyonga also urges Ugandan in South Sudan to avoid trouble areas until the situation normalises.
Embattled Bubulo West MP, Tony Kipoi faces extradition from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Government has already asked the DRC government to facilitate the transfer of Kipoi from Kinshasa, where he is reportedly receiving treatment. Kipoi who faces treason charges, is being probed by the Rules and Privileges committee of Parliament for absconding from duty for over 15 sittings. Appearing before the committee this afternoon, Defence minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga says the MP has to be brought back to face charges in court. However, Kipoi’s lawyer, Fred Mukasa Mbidde says extraditing his client would be illegal.
Plans to open Wandegeya market to vendors have hit a snag. This is after the vendors refused to sign tenancy agreements for them to occupy the market. A meeting convened this morning has now resolved that the market opens on the 22nd of this month. This has been done to give room to possible amendments in the agreements including reducing the daily dues charged on the vendors. KCCA director community development, Harriet Mudondo says they will continue to study complaints raised and come up with solutions. The meeting was attended by officials from the ministry of local government, KCCA, and representatives of vendors.
Police has arrested 95 suspected criminals. These were netted in an operation mounted in the central business area ahead of the festive season. Police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba says that screening of the suspects is ongoing and so far 18 have been set free. Nabakooba says that the operations will go on throughout the festive season.
The late Sam Njuba was a patriotic and distinguished politician. The Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi has lauded Njuba for his tireless efforts in fostering a peaceful political and legal path for many Ugandans. Moving a motion for a resolution of Parliament to pay tribute to the fallen FDC chairman this morning, Mbabazi says although Njuba was in the opposition, he was outstanding for his rationale on national matters. Seconding a motion , the leader of opposition Nandala Mafaabi described Njuba as a principled politician not easily swayed by money. Njuba has been laid to rest at Nangabo today Meanwhile parliament has also paid tribute to former Rwemiyaga county Mp and Former Buganda speaker, Fred Higiro Semajege