MPs reject Ssebaggala’s Ministerial Appointment

Several Members of Parliament have rejected the appointment of former Kampala Mayor Alhajji Nasser Ntege ssebagala as Minister without Portfolio. Ssebagala is among the ministers that have been vetted today. Sources in the Appointments Committee say several members questioned his credibility, given his criminal record and academic qualifications. Sebaggala spent at least an hour before the committee compared to the average 5minutes which the other appointees spent. However speaking shortly after the committee appearance, Ssebaggala insisted that he has got the necessary academic qualifications for his new appointment. The same committee yesterday rejected the appointment of Henry Kajura as Public Service Minister given his advanced age, now at 77. Vetting has been extended to tomorrow given the slow start it …

Muzoora case handed to Interpol

Government says it has referred the case of the death of Col. Edison Muzoora to Interpol. Col Muzora was killed by unknow people and his body dumped at his home in Bushenyi over the weekend. Muzoora, 58, had spent about nine years in exile after falling out with the NRM government. The inspector general of police Major General Kale Kayihura says though Muzora was laid to rest yesterday, investigations into his death continue. Maj. Gen. Kayihura says investigations so far indicate that Kazora did not die from within the country and that his death was not natural. Story by Patricia Osman

Civil Society questions MPs’ pay

Civil society organizations have asked government to put in place an independent body charged with regulating emoluments of Members of Parliament. Currently, the MPs decide their salaries and allowances and now want to be given 190 million Shillings for purchase of luxurious cars hardly a month after they assumed office. Thy earn an average of 15 Million Shillings per month which they want raised to 19million Shillings, in addition to other allowances and privileges. The communications officer, Uganda Debt Network Walter Akwat says, such an expenditure is unjustifiable to the population which is struggling amidst hard economic times. Akwat proposes that the ministry of finance should be empowered to make the final decision on proposals made by a different body …

Vetting of ministers continues

Parliament’s appointments committee continues with the vetting of new ministerial appointees. Those vetted today include new justice minister Kahinda Otafire, Kidhu Makubuya who is now general duties minister and the Karamoja affairs minister Janet Museveni. Others include Irene Muloni, Jesca Alupo, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga, finance minister Maria Kiwanuka and Agriculture minister Buchanayandi Tress. First to be vetted were the three nominees for the position of Deputy Prime Minister. They include Hon. Eriya Kategaya, Henry Muganwa Kajura, and Moses Ali for first, second and third Deputy Prime Minister respectively. Speaking shortly after appearing before the committee, the nominees dismissed as irrelevant concerns about their advanced age. The energy minister Hon. Muloni has pledged to ensure that the revenues generated from oil …

Journalist Kalyegira charged in Court

Veteran Journalist Timothy Kalyegira has been in charged with criminal libel in Court. Kalyegira has this afternoon appeared before the Kampala City Council Magistrates’ Court. He is alleged to have defamed President Museveni in articles that appeared on his on-line publication, the Uganda Record last year. Kalyegira says his troubles arise from articles about the July 11th bomb blasts that killed at least 80 people, in which he accused the government of falsely blaming the Alshabab for the attack. He appeared before Grade II Magistrate James Wambeya who said he does not have jurisdiction over the matter and remanded Kalyegira to Luzira prison until Monday next week. He said the Court’s Grade I magistrate Juliet Atanga, who is to handle …