Sekandi is new Vice President

News coming in from the NRM Caucus in Entebbe indicates that former speaker Edward Sekandi has been approved for the position of the country’s Vice President. Sekandi’s nomination has already been approved by the members. Security minister Amama Mbabazi has been proposed for the position of Prime Minister. Sources at the meeting say the names were proposed by President Museveni after which, members nominated and seconded them. Sekandi replaces Gilbert Bukenya who was asked to resign this week. Amama Mbabazi may on the other hand be asked to quit his position as NRM Secretary General.  The President is expected to name the rest of his cabinet soon.  Story by Olive Eyotaru/Ben Jumbe

Police commander suspended

The Officer in Charge of the Kasangati police station has been suspended. Collins Mukite has been suspended over alleged neglect of duty for reportedly failing to deploy officers in the area last week. Collins who was in charge of deployment and commended the operations in Kansangati last week is said to have absconded from duty leaving no one in command. The Deputy Police spokesperson Vincent Sekate has confirmed the suspension. Mukite has overseen the deployment in Kasangati and also commanded the operations involving the FDC Leader Col. Kizza Besigye. Story by Osman Patricia

Opposition to name leaders tomorrow

The election of a new Chief Whip and Leader of opposition in Parliament has been pushed to tomorrow.  Forum for democratic change leader Dr Kiiza Besigye was expected to name a team of leaders who will head the opposition in the 9th parliament today, but the outgoing chief whip says more consultations are still being carried out. Hon. Kasiano Wadri says there are a number of issues that must be resolved before a final list is named. The position of the leader of opposition fell vacant after Prof. Ogenga Latigo who led the team in the 8th Parliament lost his seat as Agago county MP. Those in the race for the leader of the opposition include Terego county MP Kassiano …

Hooting campaign kicks off

The hooting campaign has kicked off; with car horns heard ringing in the air in the city centre and other parts of the country. Our reporter in the city centre says several owners of private cars, taxi drivers and bodaboda riders have participated in the campaign.  The campaign called by the Activists for Change is part of the activities organized to call the attention of the government to the increasing cost of living. It comes on the heels of the Walk to Work protests in which at least 10 people lost their lives. The Drive, Ride and Hoot campaign kicked off at 5.00pm and was supposed to go on for 5minutes. Pedestrians were also seen blowing whistles and vuvuzelas on …

Vice President in Court over election petition

The Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya Balibaseka has today appeared before court in a petition challenging his election as Busiro North MP. He was sued by one Hussein Kasta Bukenya who claims the elections were marred by various irregularities. Kasta Bukenya is seeking court orders nullifying the Vice President’s election and wants fresh polls held. He accuses the Vice President of voter bribery, intimidation and alleges that he took up his party symbols on Election Day. He also accuses the Electoral Commission of omitting one of his names on the ballot paper, creating confusion among the voters. Bukenya and his accuser appeared before high court Judge Musoke Kibuuka who adjourned the case until 6th of June.This was done to allow …