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Former LRA abductees petition Parliament

Former LRA abductees have petitioned the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya over poor living conditions. Under the Lango Youth Former LRA Captives/ Returnees’ Association, the over 470 members say they have been neglected by government. Led by Phillips Ogile, they say they are living impoverished lives, while many are redundant and have resorted to drinking alcohol. They now want parliament to influence government to extend help to them. The association chairperson Daniel Okello also cites stigma in society. He says the group is also set to hold a thanks giving service for their colleagues who perished during the LRA war on the 13th of April. Deputy speaker Oulanya has promise to forward their petition to the relevant committee.

Tumukunde fate for next month

The fate of embattled former spy Chief Henry Tumukunde will be decided next month. The General Court Martial set April 4th to deliver judgment on whether or not to convict him. This is after the judge advocate Maj Augustine Bwegendaho advised court to critically evaluate available evidence before making a final decision. Brigadier Tumukunde is accused of spreading harmful propaganda while on a radio talk show in 2005. Tumukunde also faces another charge of conduct prejudicial to order and discipline. He is also said to have attacked the current government for alleged failure to promote what it stood for when it opted for the bush in 1986. He appeared today before a panel of seven members chaired by Brigadier Fred …

Pope Francis, the new leader of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis

  Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new Pope. The first Latin American and the first Jesuit to be pontiff, he will call himself Francis. The new pope will be the first pope to hail from the Americas. The new pontiff will replace Benedict XVI who stood down last month for health reasons. Pope Francis was greeted by crowds in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square after his election. Appearing on a balcony over the square, he asked the faithful to pray for him as he begins this new journey. He also prayed for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI He is now leader of the 1.2 billion catholics world over.    

First lady appears before PAC, denies accusations

The minister for Karamoja Affairs and First Lady Janet Museveni continues to be queried by the Public Accounts committee of parliament regarding her role in the OPM scam. She has defended the Program on cattle branding, saying it was successful and that it should continue. She says over 80,000 cows have so far been branded. She however says she is not in position to tell whether or not there was value for money since she does not handle money. Earlier she denied using Karamoja money to finance her travel. Mrs Museveni has explained that though her trips to Karamoja involve a huge entourage they do not affect the budget for Karamoja in any way since they are funded by the …

Basajjabalaba granted bail

City Businessman Hassan Basajjabalba has been granted bail. Hassan Basajjabalaba and his brother Muzamir Basajjabalaba, the director of Haba group of companies face charges of defeating tax laws. They are charged with 3 counts of defeating tax laws, forgery of judicial document and uttering a false document. The Anti-Corruption Court Judge Catherine Bamugemereire has released the two brothers on grounds that the constitutional provision that says that a once a lower court grants someone bail, it cannot be cancelled on committal had been contravened. She adds that the accused were not given a chance to be heard before their bail was cancelled. The judge said the duo will not be required to pay more bail money after they paid 50 …