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Parliament discusses Katwe fracas

Government has denied reports of using grenades or any other firearms to disperse a rally called by the opposition at Katwe early this week. The opposition Activists Change rally that was to be held at Katwe was dispersed by the Police, who warned that the rally could easily cause chaos, disrupting business and traffic. Teargas was fired to disperse the rally, with some members of the opposition and police officers sustaining injuries. State internal affairs minister James Baba says the 4 police officers were injured, adding that they fired teargas after being attacked. Baba however maintained that no live ammunition was fired and denied reports that any one sustained grave injuries as was reported. The opposition MPs however maintain that …

Marriage and Divorce Bill tabled

  The Marriage and Divorce Bill has been presented to Parliament this afternoon, for the first reading. The bill seeks to regulate establishment of marriages but also provides for their dissolution. Among other provisions, the proposed law prohibits widow inheritance, provides that bride price is not compulsory and allows women to divorce impotent men. The law also seeks to recognize cohabitation in relation to property rights but does not recognize same sex marriages. The Marriage and Divorce Bill states that matrimonial property, household items acquired before or during marriage are supposed to be shared upon dissolution of marriage. The proposed law which attracted a lot of public debate has been referred to the legal affairs committee for further scrutiny.  

MPs petition over Tullow deal

Members of parliament pushing for total transparency in the oil sector are to petition the UK and French parliaments over the Tullow-Total deal. This follows reports of Tullow’s sale of its 67% stake to French oil company Total and Chinese CNOOC. The multi-billion shilling deal has been welcomed by some analysts saying that it paves way for commercial oil and gas production which is expected to commence in small amounts next year. However, the MPs led by Ndorwa West’s Wilfred Niwagaba have told journalists at parliament that there are already signals that this is a bad deal in which gov’t is reportedly bound to lose 10.5tn shillings. He adds that it was irregular for such deals to go ahead before …

Passengers stuck as bus drivers strike

Transport along the western and northern routes has this morning been paralyzed by a strike by bus drivers. Operators of 4 bus companies plying these routes are protesting the decision by the transport licensing board to suspend buses that get involved in accidents. The affected bus companies include Allied and Kalita Bus Companies among others. Early this week the transport licensing board suspended buses belonging to Kalita bus company from operating after one of their buses was involved in an accident. This is the second incident since this year began were the transport licensing board is suspending buses after getting involved in accidents. The bus owners however say that the transport licensing board should only suspend a particular bus that …

KCCA’s George Agaba back to jail

Kampala former physical planner George Agaba has been further remanded to Luzira prison until 7th March this year. This is after the prosecution informed court that investigations into the matter are in final stages. Agaba appeared together with his body guard Satos Macmot before Nakawa Court Grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu for mention of the case. George Agaba and his co-accused are alleged to have shot dead one John Onyango on 22nd January at Luzira port bell during a KCCA eviction exercise that turned bloody.