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LoP advises on allegations made against Parliament

March 1, 2024 5:10 pmLoP advises on allegations made against Parliament

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament (LOP) Mr Joel Ssenyonyi has asked Parliament and all MPs not to dismiss the allegations raised against the legislature during the social media exhibition, but rather use the opportunity to address some of the concerns highlighted.

Ssenyonyi who was giving a keynote address at the ongoing second East Africa Regional Parliamentary Monitoring Organisations Conference said such campaigns are eye-opening.

“People out there are saying, we must hold you accountable as Parliament and I would like to encourage colleagues and Parliament an institution where I work, let us not dismiss campaigns such as these ones,” said Ssenyonyi.

He added that such criticism helps bring to light areas that need to be cleaned up.

 

NUP's Kagabo not happy with party's decision on Mpuuga

March 1, 2024 1:24 pmNUP's Kagabo not happy with party's decision on Mpuuga

Butoko South Member of Parliament Twaha Kagabo has criticized a move by his party to ask former Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga to step aside from his role as parliamentary commissioner.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, Kagabo said the move is a clear indication that the party is not ready for national leadership.

“It is a sign to everybody that the National Unity Platform cannot take the stewardship of the country if they are failing to handle simple conflicts at the level of the party,” said Kagabo.

In a statement dated February 29th, NUP said it took the decision after the Nyendo Mukungwe legislator confessed in a meeting with top party leaders that he benefited from the questionable ‘service award’. The party alleges that Mpuuga received Shs500 million of taxpayers’ money.

 

Defence forces university in the offing

March 1, 2024 12:25 pmDefence forces university in the offing

The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), General Wilson Mbadi has revealed plans by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) to transform the current National Defense College – Uganda (NDC-U) in Njeru, Buikwe district into a defence forces university.

He made the revelation during the 13th annual Tarehe Sita thanksgiving meeting at Kololo ceremonial grounds presided over by President Museveni.

General Mbadi noted that the initiative is expected to cover higher education for soldiers’ children who now attain free education till Advanced level (A-level) in efforts to clear gaps in the force staff welfare.

He says they are currently liaising with the Ministry of Education and Sports to have the university in place in the next five years.

“An armed forces university for the same children’s free education. Our plan of transforming the NDC into a defence forces university at least within the next five years is on and engagements with the Ministry of Education and Sports are on as well. We have a vision to have a college that should offer focused/basic courses for these children mainly in science and some key social studies,” he noted.

 

Lawyers want jailed TikToker released on bail citing mental illness

March 1, 2024 9:16 amLawyers want jailed TikToker released on bail citing mental illness

Lawyers representing jailed TikToker Ibarahim Musana, also known as Pressure 24/7, have filed an application for a production warrant. The warrant would allow them to bring him back to court and apply for bail.

In a letter dated February 27, 2024, addressed to the Chief Magistrate at Buganda Road Court, the lawyers from Musoke and Marzuq Advocates claim that their client urgently needs bail. They argue that Musana, who was remanded to Luzira Prison on February 23, 2024, and is due to return on March 7, 2024, requires continued medical attention at Butabika National Referral Hospital for mental illness.

“We are aware that the accused is asthmatic and that at the time of his arrest, he was an out patient at Butabika Hospital battling against mental illness that he was due for review,” the document reads in part.

On February 23, 2024, Pressure was remanded to Luzira Prison on eight counts of promoting hate speech. Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf despite Pressure’s claims of mental illness and lack of awareness of any wrongdoing when creating and posting videos in which he verbally abuses several individuals, including the Kabaka of Buganda, President Yoweri Museveni, and Speaker of Parliament Anita Among.

The charges against him include hate speech and spreading malicious information, both contravening section 26(a) of the Computer Misuse Act of 2021.

When asked to plead to the charges, the TikToker caused laughter in the courtroom by stating he is “psychologically challenged” and was admitted to Butabika National Referral Hospital for mental health issues.

He further claimed to be possessed by the spirits of deceased Buganda kings, who allegedly ordered him to repair the Kasubi tombs, a task he lacks the financial means to undertake.

The troubled young man went on to say that, for the past two years, he has unsuccessfully attempted to contact the kingdom to explain his situation and the demands of the spirits, claiming to be a prince himself.

He then pleaded with the magistrate for forgiveness, promising to refrain from creating and posting similar videos in the future and to delete the existing ones from his TikTok page.

According to Prosecutor Joan Keko, between August 2023 and February 2024, in various locations within Kampala District, Pressure, using his TikTok account, shared information “likely to degrade or demean and promote hostility” against four leaders: Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, President Museveni, Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, and State Minister for ICT, Joyce Naboosa Ssebugwawo.

His arrest followed complaints filed by Buganda Kingdom officials after videos surfaced where Pressure referred to the Kabaka as a “thief,” among other insults.

NUP asks Mpuuga to step down over abuse of office

February 29, 2024 7:59 pmNUP asks Mpuuga to step down over abuse of office

The National Unity Platform (NUP) party leadership has asked former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mr Mathias Mpuuga to step down from his position as a Commissioner over alleged abuse of office.

In a statement dated February 29, 2024, NUP says Mpuuga has since admitted to engaging in corruption and abuse of office during his tenure, adding that he has since apologized.

The party alleges that Mpuuga received Shs500 million of taxpayers’ money as ‘service award’.

“On Wednesday, February 28, NUP president Robert Kyagulanyi convened an urgent meeting comprising senior leaders of party, including all deputy presidents and some of our senior legislators. At the meeting, Mpuuga admitted that he indeed took part in this wrongdoing and apologised for the same,” the statement reads in part.

This comes amid an ongoing online campaign led by concerned citizens under the hashtag #UgandaParliamentExhibition, who are protesting and exposing corruption within the 11th Parliament among other government agencies, ministries and departments.

UN chiefs call for urgent action against plastic pollution

February 29, 2024 5:51 pmUN chiefs call for urgent action against plastic pollution

 

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres has called for urgent action to end plastic pollution.
He made the remarks during the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) that opened in Nairobi Kenya on Thursday to discuss a global treaty to ban plastics around the world.

Guterres says such efforts are urgent because the planet is on the brink of collapse.

“A burning injustice, we must work together to combat this crisis to put the world on a sustainable path and development,” he noted.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom said UNEA-6 comes at a critical time for the health of our planet and the well-being of the human race.
He decried the fact that humans have plundered the environment in the name of progress.

“If our planet were a patient, it would have been admitted to Intensive Care. Vital signs are alarming, it’s running a fever with each of the last nine months the hottest on record,” he said.

Dr. Adhanom used the occasion to rally the delegates to support the One Health Approach in bridging human, animal and environmental health.

The assembly being held at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya aims to come up with a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.