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VJ Junior pornography case adjourned to July 11th

By Ruth Anderah Hearing of the case in which celebrated video jockey, Mary Smarts Matovu, aka VJ Junior is accused of selling pornographic material has failed to kick off this morning. This is after prosecution failed to produce witnesses as directed earlier. VJ Junior was on May 26th of May charged with selling pornographic videos before Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Jamson Kareemani and he denied the offence. Prosecution states that VJ junior on May 23rd 2017 while at Zai PLaza and Majestic plaza in Kampala sold pornographic movies to Detective Corporal Namugala Aisha and a one Frank Ntambi –and act that was intended to corrupt public morals. According to prosecution, VJ Junior’s action contrived  the Anti-Pornography Law. The case …

6 billion shilling presidential handshake final report expected today

By Moses Kyeyune Parliament’s Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises is today expected to table its final report on the 6 billion shilling presidential handshake. The report will entail observations and recommendations regarding the manner in which government officials received the money as a bonus payment for winning the Heritage litigation against Uganda in 2010. The committee chaired by Bugweri County MP Abdul Katuntu has since January his year been investigating the matter, with contradicting submissions from sections of government officials. President Yoweri Museveni, during an interface with the committee said that the payment was wrong and promised to ensure that it would be paid back. The final report is to be tabled to Parliament, this afternoon.

Visa free entry to Russia for Ugandan football fans

By Benjamin Jumbe Ugandan football fans wishing to watch both the FIFA Football World Cup 2018 and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia now have reason to smile after the Russian Federation waved Visa requirements for them. The foreign affairs ministry has confirmed receipt of an official communication, waving Visa requirements for spectators of the above events.  According to Margaret Kafeero, the foreign affairs ministry’s Public diplomacy officer, foreign citizens will enter and leave the Russian Federation with a personalized spectator card or “Fan-ID” attached, in hard or soft copies and a valid travel document without the Russian Visa. She says the period of the visa-free entry for the spectators of the FIFA confederations Cup 2017 is from June …

Government does’n have technology to detect or prevent online sexual exploitation

By Benjamin Jumbe The government does not have technological capacity to detect or prevent online sexual exploitation of children. Head of the counter human trafficking department and coordinator of the Sexual exploitation of children on line Moses Binoga says they are working on developing capacity to technologically detect these cases. He now says currently they are depending on members of the public who report such cases, making appeals to members of the public to support these efforts by reporting any kind of sexual exploitation of the children online. He however says through the working group set up to work on the issue, they have a draft national action plan to tackle the problem which is undergoing further consultation with relevant …

Speaker Kadaga demands update on simcard registration

By Moses Kyeyune The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has tasked government to update the country about the progress made in the registration of citizens for the National Identity Cards. Speaking last evening at the commencement of Parliament’s second session, Rt Hon Kadaga said many national IDs are lying idle at collection points because citizens are not aware of the guidelines to be followed in picking them. In May this year, President Yoweri Museveni announced that the deadline for simcard registration had been pushed to August, following pressure from parliament and other civil society actors. A national Identity Card is a requirement for simcard registration.