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Outcry over roads in Karamoja

A group of NRM MPs from Karamoja region have threatened to quit the party over the poor state of roads in their constituencies. This comes as parliament continues to review the budget frame work paper whose recommendations will be sent the president for approval before the reading of the national budget next month. Addressing the media at parliament this morning, the MPs led by the group’s chairman also Dokoth East MP Samson Lokeris have pointed to the many roads that have remained impassable despite being allocated funds over the last financial years. Lokeris cites the Moroto road which was budgeted for in the financial year 2011-2012 but has never been reconstructed. He is now appealing to president Yoweri Museveni who …

Vice President’s convoy in accident

2 people have died instantly in an accident involving the Vice President’s convoy. The accident which has occurred this evening at Sasira in Nakasongora, along the Kampala-Gulu highway has claimed the life of the head of the Vice President’s security only identified as Captain Nekandi plus a police officer who is yet to be identified. The driver of another car in the convoy identified as Corporal Mohammed Kayira was also badly injured and has been rushed into an unknown hospital. The police spokesperson for the Central region Lamaka Kigozi says investigations have kicked off to establish the actual cause of the accident. The President’s deputy press secretary Lindah Nabusayi says the Vice President Kiwanuka Ssekandi has escaped unhurt and is …

Terry Kahuma fights interdiction

Interdicted Uganda National Bureau of Standards Boss Terry Kahuma has gone to court, challenging his dismissal from office. Kahuma says the investigations on which his sucking was based were illegal and wants to be reinstated into his office. In the petition filed before court, Kahuma accuses Trade Minister Amelia Kyambadde, of having unlawfully instituted a probe into the affairs of UNBS, leading to his dismissal. Kahuma was interdicted after 10 years of service as the standards bureau’s executive director, over reported insubordination and working against the interests of UNBS. He says the findings of the probe are not in anyway linked to the reasons given for interdiction. Through his lawyers of Muwema Mugerwa Advocates, Kahuma also says he was condemned …

UPC faction declares takeover

A group of UPC Party members opposed to the current leadership have stormed the party headquarters, and announced a full take over. Led by MPs James Akena, Ayena Odongo and Edward Rurangaranga among others, they forcefully took over a press conference that was being addressed by an envoy in the party president’s office Okello Lucima. Addressing the press, Rurangaranga announced they will also hold a delegates conference on the 27th of this month, regardless of whether or not it’s approved by Party President Olara Otunnu. Rurangaranga also announced that the group will now take over the party offices until the delegates’ conference is held and new leaders are elected. He says they have powers as founders of the party to …

Buganda riots ruling for Monday

High Court Judge Ralph Ochan has pushed the ruling on the terrorism case against the 11 Buganda riot suspects to Monday next week. The judge was today expected to rule on whether or not the suspects have a case to answer. The suspects face charges of terrorism and are accused of burning Nateete Police Station, 25 cars and motorcycles which were parked at the station in 2009 during the Buganda riots. The riots erupted after gov’t blocked the Kabaka of Buganda from visiting Kayunga district citing security reasons. The prosecution presented 11 witnesses and asked court to order the accused persons to defend themselves. Defense lawyers Apollo Makubuya and Medard Segona however asked court to acquit the suspects, saying the …