Friday, 28 February 2014

Gen Kayihura Pulls Out Rare Dance Strokes

The inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura shocked revelers and his junior police officers when he pulled out rare strokes on Thursday during the launch of community policing in partnership with leading Ugandan Artistes at Pearl of Africa Nursery and Primary School, Kabalagala, Kampala.

Kayihura dancing with Bobi Wine 
Kayihura dancing with Bobi Wine

Gen Kayihura was seen pulling out the youthful stokes when Jose Chameleone’s Badilisha and Tubonge songs were played.
The style of dancing and energy changed to a higher level when the ghetto gladiator hit the stage with his popular ghetto songs.
Kayihura and other Police officers prove to Chameleone that they are good at dancing Badilisha
Kayihura and other Police officers prove to Chameleone that they are good at dancing Badilisha
Thousands of people attended the free music show, where several musicians performed.
Police did not pay the artists any money. They performed freely for the public. The musicians were all calling for peace and stability in the country.

Japan promises won’t abandon Uganda over law

Kampala. Just days after President Museveni signed the anti-gay legislation into law, the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Junzo Fujita, said his government will not abandon Ugandans even as some donor countries threaten to withdraw aid.
Speaking after signing an agreement that will see communities in eastern and northern Uganda access a grant totalling to $203,183, about USh490m, through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) scheme, Mr Fujita said what matters is helping people in need and not the legislation.
“This issue (anti-gay law) and aid are different. In my own view, people are affected and they need safe water. We cannot close our eyes because of that issue (anti-gay legislation),” he added.
According to Mr Fujita, Japanese understanding of homosexuality is a little different from other donor countries like the US and UK. He was of the view that each country develops through some stage, and it is something that happens naturally.
However, he admitted that the signing of the legislation into law by the President earlier in the week has prompted agitation in the donor community.
“We are struggling with that issue together with other donor countries.
“But we are also consulting with our home government about it—whether to side with other donor countries or not.” He argued that like all other responsible countries, Uganda is bound to respect international conventions on human rights which it appended its signature to. Among the beneficiaries of the grant is the Pentecostal Assemblies of God based in Soroti. The project will construct 12 bore holes in order to improve access to safe water for over 17,000 people in Soroti District.

Former MP Kipoi arrested in DR Congo

Mr Kipoi

Former Bubulo West Member of Parliament Tonny Nsubuga   Kipoi has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mr Kipoi is currently detained in Kinshasa pending extradition to Uganda. Uganda Police through its Directorate of Interpol and International Relations made a formal request to their counterparts in Congo on February 26, 2014 for him to be arrested and extradited to Uganda. In July last year, Mr Kipoi appeared at the Chief Magistrates Court of Nakawa on charges of possessing a stolen Volkswagen car bearing Botswana Reg. No. B534 AHM.
He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. However, he later jumped the bail. Police say if all the necessary paper work is done, Mr Kipoi will be brought to Uganda to be prosecuted.
On Tuesday Mr Kipoi lost his seat after Parliament adopted recommendations by its Rules committee that he has missed 15 sittings of the House, without a clear reasons explaining his absence.
A report by the Rules, Privileges and Discipline committee ruled that MP Kipoi has defaulted on the voters in Bubulo West, who elected him to Parliament.
“That Kipoi be ruled to have ceased to be MP under Article 81(3) of the Constitution and rule 101 of Parliament. The process for his replacement be initiated in accordance with Article (81) 2 of the constitution, ”reads the Committee’s report.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulayah rejected pleas by some opposition MPs that deliberating on Kipoi’s absence amounted to sub-judice citing a petition in the Constitutional Court seeking to halt parliamentary investigations against MP Kipoi.
MPs opposed to the report also argued that their colleague was not given a chance to be heard, violating the rules of natural justice. Mr Odoi, however, referred to the report that made reference to several attempts made at reaching out to Mr Kipoi, which he did not respond to.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Pope to create 19 new cardinals, many from outside Europe

Pope Francis leaves after met cardinals during a second day of consistory to discuss family issues at the Vatican on February 21, 2014. After a two-day meeting with cardinals from around the world, Pope Francis will formally appoint 19 new cardinals for the first time of his pontificate on February 22. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
 Pope Francis leaves after met cardinals during a second day of consistory to discuss family issues at the Vatican on February 21, 2014. After a two-day meeting with cardinals from around the world, Pope Francis will formally appoint 19 new cardinals for the first time of his pontificate on February 22.

Pope Francis will create his first batch of cardinals on Saturday, with nine of the 19 coming from South America, Africa and Asia.
The new "princes of the Church" will be presented with scarlet-red birettas and gold rings at a grandiose ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica that Vatican observers say should help correct a perceived bias towards European cardinals.
Sixteen of the 19 cardinals are under the age of 80 and can therefore take part in the secretive conclave that elects new popes from among their ranks.
In an indication of the importance of the developing world for the Argentine pope -- a fierce critic of economic inequality -- half are non-Europeans, including five cardinals from South America, two Africans and two Asians.
"Becoming a cardinal is not a promotion, nor an honour or a decoration; it is simply a service which requires a broadening of the gaze and a widening of the heart," Francis said in a letter to each new cardinal-to-be, according to La Stampa daily.
Francis is keen to nourish faith in developing countries, to combat the decline of practicing believers in Europe, the Church's traditional power base.
The first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years will bestow the honour of the red cap on the archbishops of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Santiago in Chile, Managua in Nicaragua and Les Cayes in Haiti.
Aurelio Poli, 66, took over the post of Buenos Aires archbishop from Francis, who was a regular visitor to the city's slums before he became pope almost a year ago.
Chibly Langlois, 55, will be the Church's first cardinal from Haiti, one of the poorest countries of the world.
According to Vatican watcher John Allen, Francis is taking the idea of privileging the periphery even further, by choosing Haiti over the region's three Catholic powerhouses -- Cuba, Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic.
For Africa, the new electors will be the archbishops of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and Abidjan in Ivory Coast, while Asia will be represented by the archbishops of Cotabato in the Philippines and Seoul in South Korea.
The pope's choices echo his desire to emphasis the pastoral side of the Church -- choosing for the most part leaders engaged with the problems affecting their local communities rather than favouring administrative heads.
Only four are members of the Curia -- the Vatican's government -- including Italian Pietro Parolin, 58, the new secretary of state, as well as German Gerhard Mueller, 66, who heads the Vatican's doctrinal congregation.
Among the most prominent in the group is Britain's Vincent Nichols, the 68-year-old Archbishop of Westminster, who has been likened to Francis for his determination to speak out for the marginalised.
Just a week before the Vatican ceremony, he waded into British politics to condemn welfare cuts and is best known for winding up the Church's conservative arm in 2010 by defending London masses for gay and transgender Catholics.
Nichols will be joined by Gerald Lacroix, the lord archbishop of Quebec in Canada and one of the youngest electors to be chosen at the age of 56.
The oldest "new prince" will be Loris Francesco Capovilla, the 98-year-old former secretary to pope John XXIII, who will not be attending because of his reduced mobility but is likely to receive his red cap at home.

‘Rebel’ MPs thrown out of Parliament

(L-R) MPs Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Muhammed Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Theodore Sekikubo at the Supreme Court last year. The Constitutional Court yesterday declared their stay in Parliament illegal.
 (L-R) MPs Barnabas Tinkasiimire, Muhammed Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Theodore Sekikubo at the Supreme Court last year. The Constitutional Court yesterday declared their stay in Parliament illegal.

Court has ruled that the four NRM ‘rebel’ MPs are in Parliament illegally. This means they have been thrown out of Parliament and cannot be allowed to attend proceedings in the House.
They are: Mr Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Mr Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Mr Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East) and Mr Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga). Justices Richard Buteera, Faith Mwondha and Steven Kavuma ruled that the continued presence of the MPs in Parliament is illegal.
They faulted Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s decision to retain the MPs in Parliament when they had dismissed from the party upon whose mandate they were elected. However, justice Remy Kasule held that the MPs’ continued stay in Parliament was right. By the time we went to press, the judgment of Justice Nshimye Sebuturo had not been delivered. The Constitutional Court comprises a panel of five judges when it is hearing a constitutional case.
Their co-indicted colleague Vincent Kyamadidi (Rwampara) was suspended from the party for four months. The NEC decision followed recommendations by the NRM disciplinary committee that the legislators were ‘rebellious’.
The NEC meeting was presided over by the party chairman President Museveni at State House. The MPs challenged the party’s decision in the Constitutional Court but the NRM also filed a counter petition, seeking court to stop the MPs from attending Parliament until their main petition was disposed of.
In May, the court in a 4-1 majority ruling stopping the MPs from attending Parliament until their main petition challenging their dismissal from the party was concluded by the same court. In September, the NRM wrote to Ms Kadaga to expel the MPs from Parliament. In her address to Parliament on May 2, Ms Kadaga declined, saying the Constitution does not provide the expulsion of the MPs.
Kadaga’s position
She based her ruling on Article 83 of the Constitution which provides grounds upon which an MP can vacate their seat. “Honourable members, as you will note from the quoted Article of the Constitution and indeed from reading of the whole Constitution, there is no specific provision on the expulsion of Members of Parliament by their political parties leading to the declaration of their seats in Parliament vacant,” Ms Kadaga declared.
The NRM petitioned the Constitutional Court to nullify the Speaker’s decision to retain the MPs in Parliament. The affected MPs also appealed to the Supreme Court, which in October halted the removal of the MPs from Parliament until the main petition challenging the Speaker’s decision was disposed of in the Constitutional Court.
How it unfolded: Chronology of ‘rebel’ MPs-NRM battle
January 2013: It all started as corridor talk that the ‘rebel’ MPs would be subjected to disciplinary action by the NRM for openly telling off the President and party chairman, Yoweri Museveni.
A letter from government Chief Whip Justine Kasule Lumumba to the NRM secretary-general, Mr Amama Mbabazi, forwarding the names of five MPs to the National Disciplinary Committee, accusing them of breaching the NRM code of conduct confirmed the rumours.
The MPs are Theodore Sekikubo (Lwemiyaga), Muhammed Nsereko (Kampala Central), Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East), Barnabas Tinkasiimire (Buyaga) and Winfrey Niwagaba (Ndorwa). In a quick rejoinder, Mr Niwagaba would later say: “The complaints against us are misconceived, and invalid, both in law and fact. I have received the letter from the chief whip and I have treated it with the utmost contempt it deserves and put it in the dustbin of Parliament.”
February 2013
In the letter, Ms Lumumba outlined the particulars of alleged breaches and asked party secretary general Amama Mbabazi to forward the complaints to the disciplinary committee for more investigation and action. In response, Mr Tinkasiimire said: “This is a political witch-hunt. What wrong have I committed by fighting for the interests of Ugandans? Those people who want us expelled are the ones who should be dismissed.”
The MPs, alongside Rwamparara county representative Vincent Kyamadidi were to later seek a High Court order blocking the committee from handling the matter. Only Kyamadidi faced the committee, while the rest publicly ridiculed it, compelling the committee to decide their matter in absentia.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Nigerian student murdered in Ghana

A Nigerian citizen, and a 300-level student at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Godwin Ayogu,  was apparently murdered in the West African country, and his body was dumped by the roadside.

Ayogu was studying social sciences in the institution and was last seen on Tuesday afternoon, sources at the university said.

It was gathered that the deceased had planned to be in Nigeria on Wednesday to see his parents who live in Ketu area of Lagos, western Nigeria, but his body was found by the roadside where it was dumped.

The deceased was the first child of his parents.

The Michelle Obama swag in love-struck Dar

Vera Wang is a fashion icon who has dressed royalty and other women in high places, among them Michelle Obama. The designer’s profile rose even more among fashion enthusiasts in Africa, especially after she dressed the first black woman tenant of the White House.

Dar es Salaam. What are the chances that brides in wedding-struck Dar es Salaam and US First Lady Michelle Obama could have something in common? If you really want to know, look no further than the teeming second hand clothes markets in the city.
At the Kinondoni-Manyanya market in particular, one dealer likes to throw in the name Vera Wang, the famous fashion designer whose work, he says, is among his favourite.
But Amos Mtalima, 32, does not know who Vera Wang is nor does he dream of meeting her. All he cares about is that the name appears to move his merchandise fast.
Vera Wang is a fashion icon who has dressed royalty and other women in high places, among them Michelle Obama. The designer’s profile rose even more among fashion enthusiasts in Africa, especially after she dressed the first black woman tenant of the White House.
Mtalima is not entirely surprised when told exactly who Vera Wang is. He told The Citizen on Saturday:
“I knew she was a designer from the name tag on the clothes that we sell. I did not know, though, that she deals with such big people…only that many of our clients appear to like her label. For me, that was a cue to be on the look-out for a similar name tag whenever I go shopping.”
Mtalima is among the dealers now developing a niche selling second hand wedding gowns.
These are not quite the elegant dresses sold in high-end boutiques. You are more likely to find them hanging in stalls in not-so-clean surroundings.
Those who are familiar with the Kinondoni-Manyanya market will appreciate these dresses but, from a distance, a stranger would wonder if new brides could not do better. Yet local vendors are making a killing with second-hand wedding gowns. Reason? They are chic and cheap.
Mtalima has been selling these dresses for the past five years. The business is picking up rapidly, he says, with middle class trendsetters making up the bulk of new clients.
Word has spread so widely that boutique owners, even those serving the high end market, come calling.
When he started the business, the turn-out at his modest stall would be really low--mainly because of perceptions about second hand wedding clothes in those days. He adds: “Some considered them to be of use only to the underprivileged. Nowadays, I get orders from a wide range of customers, including those who call in advance for the right sizes.”

Cabinet approves Shs120b for UPDF in South Sudan

President Museveni (C), yesterday paid 

 President Museveni (C), yesterday paid a visit to the UPDF soldiers fighting in South Sudan.


KAMPALA- Cabinet has approved Shs120 billion in supplementary budget largely to finance the ongoing UPDF operations in South Sudan, according to highly placed government and security sources.
Ministry of Defence originally requested for Shs150 billion, a source said on condition of anonymity owing to the sensitivity of the matter.
“It is true we have a request for supplementary budget from the ministry of Defence for emergency operations,” said Finance ministry spokesman Jim Mugunga. “The approval process will follow laid down procedures which include both Cabinet and parliamentary approval.”
He declined to state the amount requested, its source or whether the Cabinet has given the green light to release the funds.
“This is news to me,” parliamentary Budget committee vice chairman, Remegio Achia, who flew back in the country yesterday, said.
This newspaper has been told that plans are underway to cut the allocations for the Water and Environment, Relief and Disaster Preparedness and Local Government ministries to raise the Shs120b.
There are also reports that Mr Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to Treasury, has already ordered permanent secretaries of the earmarked ministries to downsize their expenditure for the last quarter of the 2013/14 Financial Year.
“Leave me alone. Let me have my peace,” Mr Muhakanizi said when contacted over the military’s supplementary budget request, insisting the matter could only be handled by his line minister.
News of the approval of the Shs120 billion surfaces in the wake of revelations by South Sudan Defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, during a radio programme a week ago that: “We (government of South Sudan) are funding all activities of UPDF and SPLA.”

Student jailed six months for publishing fiancée's nude pictures online

The 21-year-old student who posted nude pictures of his former fiancée on facebook, in retaliation for being dumped by her, was yesterday jailed six months.
Henry Alibah, who posted the nude pictures on November 25, 2013, after a 10-minute ultimatum to the complainant had elapsed, looked shaken and bewildered after he was sentenced by the Accra Circuit Court.
Covering himself with a piece of cloth to conceal his face from cameras, the convict attempted to hit at photographers but the photographers ran for cover.
Alibah pleaded guilty to the charge of causing emotional, verbal or psychological abuse, contrary to Sections 1 (b) (iv) and Section 3 (2) of the Domestic Violence Act 737/07.
Passing sentence, the presiding judge, Ms Ellen Vivian Amoah, held the view that the action of the convict was pre-meditated and thus needed to be treated with all the seriousness it deserved to serve as a deterrent to others.
Citing numerous legal authorities from both Commonwealth nations and the United States of America (USA), Ms Amoah held that revenge pornography or involuntary pornography caused incalculable damage to the reputation of victims.
According to the court, there was the need to deter others who embarrassed, caused emotional pain, anxiety and stigmatised their targets by posting nude pictures which had the potential to go viral globally immediately after posting. Crime was pre-meditated
The victim had dated the convict for two years but ended the relationship three months ago. Alibah did not take kindly to the breakup and pleaded with the complainant to rescind her decision.
Realising she was not prepared to continue with the relationship, Alibah called her on November 25, 2013 and gave her a 10-minute ultimatum to change her mind or risk having her nude pictures posted on facebook.
He carried out the threat after the ultimatum had elapsed. He then added the caption, “Porn star, pay and f***”.
Alibah proceeded to attach his former fiancee's mobile phone number to the uploaded picture for interested persons to call.
Taking evidence into consideration and the fact that the convict had admitted wrongdoing, the presiding judge held that it was evident his action was pre-meditated. 
“He warned, waited and carried out the threat,” Ms Amoah opined, and indicated that it was important for the court to send the signal that such crimes would not be tolerated.
Describing the case as “novel but not new in other jurisdictions,” the court considered the nature of the crime, the punishment for it, the manner of the crime committed, age of the convict, being a first offender, the interest of the society, as well as the interest of the victim before passing the sentence.
Facebook, she said, had been widely used by people to connect in order to share information but indicated that others had abused it the world over by using it to intimidate and post nude and embarrassing pictures of their victims as forms of reprisals.
Cyber bullying, she indicated, was on the rise and had accordingly caused fear, scarred some victims for life, caused intimidation, emotional abuse, loss of jobs and other challenges for some other victims .
The court held that due to the immediacy with which facebook, which had 1.1 billion users in 2013, transmitted data, it was obvious the nude pictures of the complainant had been shared globally and even stored in some quarters.
Counsel for the convict, Mr Gad Cobbinah, announced his intention to appeal against the court's decision.

Breaking news11 dead as Libya military plane crashes in Tunisia

Grombalia (Tunisia)  - A Libyan army medical plane crashed south of Tunis early on Friday, killing all 11 people on board, Tunisian emergency services said.
"The plane crashed at 1:30 am (0030 GMT)... with 11 people on board -- three doctors, two patients and six crew members," spokesman Mongi El Kadhi said.
He said there were no survivors from the accident in the Grombalia area, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital.
"The whole plane was completely burnt out. The emergency services went to the crash site and recovered the charred bodies."
Shortly before the plane disappeared from radar screens, the pilot radioed the control tower at Tunis airport to say an engine had failed, emergency services told Drive Hot journalist at the crash site.
The aircraft crashed in a field on the edge of the village of Nianou but managed to avoid any houses, the journalist reported.
The Libyan flag was still visible on the tailplane amid the wreckage.
At daybreak, teams began searching for the aircraft's black box flight recorders in a bid to establish the cause of the crash.
There was no immediate word on the identities of the two patients on board or why they were being flown to Tunis.
The aircraft was a Soviet-designed twin-propeller Antonov-26, Tunisia's Mosaique FM radio reported.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Big brother Africa's Melvin Oduah, Actress Tana Adelana and OAP Kaylah to host Pearl Look 2014

The 2014 edition of the Pearl Look comes up on March 1st. This year's edition of the fashion and modelling competition is expected to have Fashion designer, Yvonne Nwosu, International Model; Jane Celiers and Celebrity Photographer; Reze Bonna as judges.

Big brother Africa's Melvin Oduah, Actress Tana Adelana and OAP Kaylah are expected to host the event with designers; Mon Ami, Frank Osodi, Weizdhurm Franklyn, Rough and Mikinda Couture are penciled to showcase their designs with special performances by Zambian act; Sulu from big brother Africa and various Nigerian acts.

The winner of the Best Runway model will go away with Free trip to South Africa, work permit with Ice Models Management in South Africa, a contract worth N2.5million Naira or more in a year and more prizes while the Pearl look beauty queen walks away with 1 Million Naira and other prizes.

Date: Saturday, 1st Of March 2014.
Time: Red Carpet @5PM. | Main Show starts @ 6PM
Venue: The Lagos Oriental Hotel, Lekki Expressway, Lagos.

Ticket Prices: VVIP 65K, VIP 15K, REGULAR 5K.
Tickets are available on the Website or Call 08098809090 | 07057111157

Pearl Look 2014 is powered By Tokad International and supported by Sky Vodka, Arik Air, Ice Model South Africa And Kg's Marine, Japan.




TZ sending troops to South Sudan

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe.PHOTO|FILE

Dar es Salaam.Tanzania will send a contingent of one battalion to the troubled South Sudan to be part of a UN peacekeeping mission. This becomes yet another addition to the country’s contribution to world peace under the auspices of the UN, for it also has troops keeping peace in Darfur in Sudan, DR Congo and Lebanon.
Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe said the government is sending troops in response to a request from United Nations secretary general.
He said the Tanzania Peoples’ Defence Forces (TPDF) troops will be off to Juba at the end of April. “Our country is dedicated to bringing peace and harmony in the continent and beyond, so we are gladly sending one battalion to restore peace as per the UN’s request,” said the minister. Meanwhile, the government yesterday made clear that it has no any conflict with Rwanda, but blamed the media for creating unnecessary tension among the two members of the East African Community.

Crisis As Kabale Runs Out of Fuel

A fuel crisis has hit Kabale district forcing transport fares to shoot up.
People line up for fuel today Morning at shell Kigezi  
People line up for fuel today Morning at shell Kigezi

A survey carried out by our reporter at various Fuel pump stations in Kabale shows that a liter of petrol goes for shillings 5000 up from 3800 shillings while on the black market it costs between 6000 and 7000 shillings. The affected pump stations are Agaba services, Kobil, Kabale, Gapco, and Shell Kigezi.
Information obtained shows that, most of the pump stations ran out of fuel on Tuesday evening. Jane Tindyebwa, the manager of shell Kigezi says despite the increased demand for fuel they don’t have any supplies.
Mark Niwagaba, the manager of Agaba Services fuel station says they have not been able to stock any fuel since it ran out on Tuesday.
He says they are currently stuck because of lack of fuel supplies from Kampala, despite the fact that they are willing to buy fresh supplies to meet their customer’s demand.
As a result, boda boda motorists in Kabale town have increased their fares by 500 shillings. The shortest distance out of Kabale town which would cost 2000 shillings now costs between shillings 2500 and 3500.
Mahad Issah, a boda boda motorist blames the fuel shortage on businessmen he accuses of hoarding fuel so as to increase their profit margin.
Windom Niwagaba, another Boda Boda motorist says they have been trying to cope with the high prices but it is unfortunate that the fuel is now where to be seen.
Taxi drivers are not happy with the state of affairs either. Andrew Byomukama plies the Kabale-Kasiizi route. He says the transport fare have shot up from shillings 8000 to 12000.
Christmas David, a driver along the Mbarara –Kabale Route says the fare from Kabale to Mbarara has increased from 15,000 to 20,000 shillings. He says many drivers have opted to park their vehicles.
Our reporter visited the usually busy Kabale taxi park on Thursday and found only a handful of passengers and travelers.

I Watch Soccer To Check Out Hunks – Zuena

Singer Bebe cool’s wife Zuena Kirema has voiced what most women refuse to acknowledge that the only reason she watches football is to check out hunks.

Zuena Kirema Bebe Cool's wife. 
Zuena Kirema Bebe Cool’s wife.

The gorgeous mother of three posted on her official Facebook page that; “Every time I check my FB wall people are talking about football. I feel like am missing out however much I try to concentrate I fail. If am not looking at the right hand corner counting time, I am busy checking out the hottest players.
Moses Ssali is my witness, my fellow ladies bail me out on this oba I just don’t have interest?

Mugabe turns 90 - with no idea of the secret to his longevity

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe eats ice cream after addressing  the crowd at his inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on August 22,  2013 at the 60,000-seater sports stadium in Harare. Mugabe will turn 90 with no idea of the secret to his longevity. PHOTO/FILE
 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe eats ice cream after addressing the crowd at his inauguration and swearing-in ceremony on August 22, 2013 at the 60,000-seater sports stadium in Harare. Mugabe will turn 90 with no idea of the secret to his longevity.

"I do not know how I have come to live this long," Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said a month ahead of his 90th birthday, which he celebrates on Friday.
Africa's oldest leader, he has outlived most of his younger siblings and most of his political foes.
"It is all God's will," he said at the burial of his younger sister Bridget who died aged 78.
Mugabe once quipped he would rule his country until he turned 100.
After winning a new five-year term last year, after more than three decades in power, he is not far from reaching that goal.
The country's new constitution could see the man who first came into office as prime minister at age 56, serve as president until he is 99.
After three turbulent decades at the helm of the former British colony, the firebrand leader has gone from a darling of the West to international pariah.
Mugabe swept to power in 1980 as an independence hero in the fight against white minority rule, bringing democracy to millions of black Zimbabweans, and was widely credited with health and education reforms.
He was also lauded for forging reconciliation between blacks and whites at independence -- having offered some key ministerial posts to moderate white politicians.
More praise was showered upon him for allowing Ian Smith, the white supremacist Rhodesian ruler who had jailed him for a decade, to stay on in Zimbabwe serving as a lawmaker.
But Mugabe's lustre quickly faded.
From crushing political dissent to ushering in disastrous land reforms that saw the economy crumble, many accuse Mugabe of turning the regional breadbasket into a basket case.
Born on February 21, 1924, at Kutama Mission northwest of the capital Harare, Mugabe was raised in a Catholic family and was described as a loner and a studious child.
After his father walked out on Mugabe's mother and siblings when he was 10, the young man concentrated ever harder on his studies, and qualified as a schoolteacher at the age of 17.
An intellectual who initially embraced Marxism, he enrolled at Fort Hare University in South Africa, meeting many of southern Africa's future black nationalist leaders.
As a member of various nationalist parties that were banned by the white-minority government, Mugabe was detained in 1964 and spent the next 10 years in prison camps or jail.
He used his incarceration to gain three degrees through correspondence courses, but the years in prison left their mark.
His four-year-old son by his first wife Sarah Francesca Hayfron died while he was behind bars, but Rhodesian leader Smith would not allow him leave to attend the funeral.
On release from jail in 1974 he became leader of the ZANU party, and left for neighbouring Mozambique from where his banned group staged a guerrilla war on white minority-ruled Rhodesia.
Economic sanctions and war forced Smith to negotiate, after which ZANU came to power in the 1980 election.
His initial period in office was based on public reconciliation, but Mugabe soon showed that his velvet glove cloaked an iron fist.
He put down a revolt among the minority Ndebele people with his North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade in a campaign that killed an estimated 20,000 suspected "dissidents" between 1982 and 1986.
Faced with angry war veterans, in 2000 he launched controversial land reforms, driving out white farmers and seizing their land in often violent rampages by his supporters.
Despite strong opposition to his rule, Mugabe retains the support of a significant proportion of Zimbabweans, who cherish his image as a freedom fighter.
Following the death of his first wife, he married his personal secretary who is 41 years younger than him. They have two sons and a daughter.
In recent years, Mugabe - one of the world's easily recognisable leaders with his philtrum-only moustache and thick-rimmed spectacles -- often embraced his new role as the antagonist of the West.
He uses blistering rhetoric to blame Zimbabwe's downward spiral on Western sanctions.
"If people say you are dictator... you know they are saying this merely to tarnish and demean your status, then you don't pay much attention," he said in a 2013 documentary.
He has told his critics to "go hang" and has vowed to forge ahead with his drive to empower blacks by forcing foreign-owned companies to cede their majority shares to locals.
Even as he turns 90, as he enters his 34th year in power, and his health is increasingly questioned, there is no hint of a succession plan in his party.
"The 89 years don't mean anything," said the iron self-confident Mugabe shortly before last year's election.
"They haven't changed me, have they? They haven't withered me. They haven't made me senile yet, no. I still have ideas, ideas that need to be accepted by my people."

EAC single tourist visa launched

East African heads (L-R) Rwanda’s Paul Kagame,
 East African heads (L-R) Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni in Munyonyo yesterday.

KAMPALA- Tourists visiting Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda will now need a single instead of multiple visas to tour the three East African countries.
This followed the launch of the East African Tourist Visa by the regional heads of states yesterday in Kampala where President Museveni, in his remarks took a swipe at the international community for contemptuously lecturing him on homosexual matters.
Mr Museveni said regional integration will not only provide formidable markets but also politically strengthen East Africa.
He gave an example of how the international community is mounting pressure on him not to sign the anti-gay Bill into law as a move by the Western powers to belittle weak nations.
“We (Uganda) are being given lectures on homosexuals because we are weak,” Mr Museveni said. He continued: “How can you start lecturing an old man with a bald head on how to run his home? This is my house I know how to run it—this is contempt.”
According to Mr Museveni, the strength of East Africans does not lie in the numerous tribes and religion but in the huge markets that the integration presents.
Together with President Paul Kagame and Uhuru Kenyatta, they launched the tourist regional visa that will reduce bureaucracies involved in getting multiple visas.
Burundi and Tanzania which were formerly left out of the regional infrastructure projects, were this time represented and in their communication they noted the need for all the EAC partner states to move on the same page.
“Burundi fully supports the integration infrastructure projects and it’s a right of Burundi to take an active role in this process. We need to be involved in all the technical and political decisions,” the second Vice President of Burundi, Mr Gervas Rufyikiri, said in his communication yesterday.
While the Tanzanian Vice President, Mr Mohammad Gharib Bilal, said his country though willing, will be observing the developments closely as it unfolds.
South Sudan, which has applied to join the EAC, called on the regional leaders to condemn the resumption of fighting in the world’s newest nation.
South Sudan Foreign Minister, Benjamin Marial Barnaba said more than 500,000 people have been displaced. And 800,000 have sought refuge in Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Mr Barnaba told the summit the Presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan should be appreciated and not condemned. International Community is opposed to UPDF continued presence in South Sudan where they have been fighting alongside South Sudan government forces.
President Kenyatta said the single regional tourist visa marks the beginning of free movement of goods and person in the regional.
The Rwandan President, Mr Paul Kagame whose country spearheaded the establishment of regional single tourist visa, said its launch was important illustration of commitment to integration process.

1,200 miss Kyambogo graduation

KAMPALA-The acting Vice Chancellor of Kyambogo University, Prof Elly Katunguka has regretted the errors that were committed in the compilation of students’ names who were supposed to graduation yesterday and today, promising that victims who fulfilled all the academic and financial requirements, but were erroneously left out will have a special graduation mid this year.
Special graduation
Speaking at the 10th graduation ceremony yesterday, Prof Katunguka said, although about 7,913 students were supposed to graduate, only 6,713 had been cleared by graduation time.
“We apologise for the error as an institution ,but we have agreed with the students that a special graduation will be organised for them soon,” he said.
Worst still, even those who graduated yesterday were upset by the university’s failure to provide them with graduation booklets and this momentarily forced them to interrupt the ceremony shouting “booklets, booklets ” in direct reference to graduation booklets provided to graduands before the ceremony.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Gossip:Tension At NBS Over Loswash

Snoops have established that there is increasing tension at Kamwokya based NBS Television over new incredibly curvy Pundonor Magazine host Agatha Atiti well known as Agatha Loswash.
According to sources at the station, other female employees feel Loswash is favoured by management because whatever she demands for, she gets it.
“Other employees especially babes feel sidelined since she joined the station, there have been several chances in her favour,” intimates the source.
Apparently experts believe that Loswash could be targeted because of her beauty since she gets more attention than the rest of the babes at the station.
The fact that Loswash is taking her fans on a boat cruise this Saturday has not helped the situation.
Before taking over Pundonor Magazine, she and Precious Mabel Twegumye were clashing over the program ownership but Loswash won the battle and took it over.


 Pastor Anthony Maina in hotel room

 pastor in Kenya, is out of a job after he was caught red-handed with a married woman in a hotel room.
The pastor of a church in the city of Embu, who was caught with the married woman on Sunday, addressed his congregation and asked for forgiveness.

Pastor Anthony Maina of the Kenya Assemblies of God Eastern Gate Church, arrived with his wife Beth, and two children, and said that he did not commit adultery with the woman when they were caught in the hotel room in the city of Karatina, Nyeri County.

“I'm here to tell everyone that I made a mistake, and I have sought God's forgiveness. The incident saved me because I would have committed more sins,” he said.

The church announced that it had suspended the pastor indefinitely.

“The pastor has committed a crime that goes against the teachings of God, and therefore, he can no longer serve in the church,” a spokesperson for the church said.

Beth said that she had forgiven her husband, saying that they have to come together and move forward as a family.

Facebook Buying WhatsApp for $19B,for more double click and read more.


Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.
The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook’s largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. But it is likely to raise worries that Facebook and other technology companies are starting to become overzealous in their pursuit of promising new products and services, said Anthony Michael Sabino, a St. John’s University business professor.
“This could be seen as a microcosm of a bubble,” Sabino said. “I expect there to be a lot of skepticism about this deal. People are going to look at this and say, ‘Uh-oh, did they pay way too much for this?”
Facebook, for its part, is taking the long view. WhatsApp has 450 million monthly users, 70 percent of whom use it every day. The service is adding a million new users a day. There are 19 billion messages sent and 34 billion received via WhatsApp each day, in addition to 600 million photos and 100 million video messages.
At this rate, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is confident the app will reach a billion users. Services that reach that milestone, Zuckerberg said in a statement, “are all incredibly valuable.”
It’s an elite group to be sure — one that includes Google (which owns YouTube), Facebook itself and little else.
Facebook said Wednesday that it’s paying $12 billion in stock and $4 billion in cash for WhatsApp. In addition, the app’s founders and employees — 55 in all — will be granted restricted stock worth $3 billion that will vest over four years after the deal closes.
The transaction translates to roughly 11 percent of Facebook’s market value. In comparison, Google’s biggest deal was its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, while Microsoft’s largest was Skype at $8.5 billion. Apple, meanwhile, has never done a deal above $1 billion.
Facebook’s $1 billion Instagram deal seems like a bargain in retrospect. Capturing mobile users — and young people — was a big reason behind Facebook’s 2012 purchase of the photo-sharing app. Even its reported $3 billion offer for disappearing-message app Snapchat pales in comparison. Snapchat spurned the bid.
The deal stunned Gartner analyst Brian Blau. “I am not surprised they went after WhatsApp, but the amount is staggering,” he said.
The world’s biggest social networking company likely prizes WhatsApp for its audience of teenagers and young adults who are increasingly using the service to engage in online conversations outside of Facebook, which has evolved into a more mainstream hangout inhabited by their parents, grandparents and even their bosses at work.
WhatsApp also has a broad global audience.
Zuckerberg said the service “doesn’t get as much attention in the U.S. as it deserves because its community started off growing in Europe, India and Latin America. But WhatsApp is a very important and valuable worldwide communication network. In fact, WhatsApp is the only widely used app we’ve ever seen that has more engagement and a higher percent of people using it daily than Facebook itself.”
Blau said Facebook’s purchase is a bet on the future. “They know they have to expand their business lines. WhatsApp is in the business of collecting people’s conversations, so Facebook is going to get some great data,” he noted

E. Africa leaders in Kampala for regional summit

Rwandan President Paul Kagame signs the visitor’s book after
 Rwandan President Paul Kagame signs the visitor’s book after arriving in Kampala for the East African Community summit yesterday.

Kampala- President Museveni has invited Tanzania and Burundi to a key regional integration summit in Kampala today (Thursday) to join President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.
President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi missed the last summit in Kigali while President Jakaya Kikwete was not invited, raising criticism that the so-called Coalition of the Willing (CoW) was driving a wedge between the East African Community member states.
A senior Ugandan foreign affairs ministry official said the invitation extended to Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete was a sign that the initiative “is undertaken in good faith to deepen, rather than weaken, regional integration” in the EAC.
Mr Premi Kibanga, a spokesperson for President Kikwete, said yesterday that the Tanzanian leader, who is preparing for a major constitutional summit in Dodoma next week, would send his deputy, Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, to represent him in Kampala. Ugandan foreign affairs ministry officials said they expected President Nkurunziza to attend or send representation.
President Kagame had arrived in the country by press time with Kenya’s President Kenyatta also expected.
The presidents are expected to launch an East African single tourist visa, part of a slew of reforms aimed at integrating the region’s economies.
Tanzania and Burundi are yet to sign on to the initiative, which will allow tourists to use one visa to travel across the three participating EAC member states.
The heads of state are also expected to formally launch the use of national identity cards as border-crossing documents, which started in January.
Updates on refinery project
The fourth Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit, which follows earlier meetings in Kampala, Mombasa and Kigali, is also expected to hear updates on plans to jointly develop an oil refinery in western Uganda, a crude-oil export pipeline, and a standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Kigali with a spur to Juba, South Sudan.
President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, which has applied to join the EAC, was also invited to the summit after attending the last one in Kigali.
Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda launched the Single Customs Territory during the last summit in Kigali. The heads of state are expected to receive updates on how the system, which allows for taxes to be paid once at the first port of entry into the region, and which went live in January, is operating.
Sticking issue of political federation
Pact expected. The presence of all five EAC member states might unlock a discussion on fast-tracking the political federation but it is not clear how much unanimous agreement will be reached in Kampala. A security pact is a likely step towards shared sovereignty while the more arduous discussions on political federation continue.
Critics. Political federation remains contentious. After featuring in the first two summits in Kampala and Mombasa, it appeared to fall off the agenda in Kigali, amidst complaints from Tanzania that the meetings were discussing a core pillar of EAC integration in the absence of two community members.
Tanzania is opposed to Uganda’s efforts to fast-track political federation alongside the establishment of the Monetary Union.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

German court jails Rwandan ex-mayor on genocide charges

Onesphore Rwabukombe  (partly hidden by microphone) awaits the final verdict at the courtroom in Frankfurt, Germany on February 18, 2014. PHOTO | AFP
 Onesphore Rwabukombe (partly hidden by microphone) awaits the final verdict at the courtroom in Frankfurt,

A German court on Tuesday sentenced to 14 years in jail a former Rwandan town mayor for ordering a massacre of hundreds of people in a church during the 1994 genocide.
The man, Onesphore Rwabukombe, 56, had since 2002 lived in Germany, where he had applied for political asylum.
The former mayor of the town of Muvumba in northeastern Rwanda was found guilty of aiding genocide.
Prosecutors had asked for a term of life in jail over the killings, while the defence had demanded an acquittal in the trial at the higher regional court in the western city of Frankfurt.
It was the first case heard in Germany related to the Rwandagenocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people, the overwhelming majority of them ethnic Tutsis, were killed between April and July 1994.
The three-year trial had heard more than 100 witnesses, and Germany had sent criminal investigators to Rwanda.
Germany has prosecuted suspected war criminals from the Nazi era and the former Yugoslavia for genocide but this is the first time it has tried someone for alleged links to the Rwandan bloodletting.
The Frankfurt court heard the case because Germany did not want to extradite the defendant to Rwanda, fearing he would not receive a fair trial, and as international courts in The Hague and Tanzania did not ask to handle the case.

Tough penalties loom as Museveni signs Anti-Pornography Bill into law,for me log on http//

Ethics minister Simon Lokodo addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday.
 Ethics minister Simon Lokodo addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday. Fr Lokodo said the President assented to the Bill on February 6.

Promoters of pornographic material could soon be in trouble after the President signed the Anti-Pornography Bill, 2011 into law. Publishers, broadcasters, film importers and exporters, artists, bar owners and internet café operators are the likely culprits.
Ethics minister Simon Lokodo announced the President’s assent to the Bill at the government Media Centre yesterday.
The announcement came on the heels of Mr Museveni’s indication at the weekend that he would soon sign the anti-gays Bill into law, provoking a backlash from the West where US President Barack Obama called the legislation an “affront to human rights” with potential to “complicate our valued relationship with Uganda.”
Fr Lokodo said pornography had pervaded the Ugandan society, becoming an insidious social problem that had eaten society to the “marrow.” He said children had become innocent victims. Other costs of the vice, he said, included the rise in HIV/Aids infections, murders, teenage pregnancies and school drop-outs.
Section Two of the law defines pornography as “any representation through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent show, information technology, or by whatever means of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of sexual parts of a person for primary sexual excitement.”
Under this definition, people who skimpily dress may fall prey to the legislation. “If your miniskirt falls within the ambit of this definition then I am afraid you will be caught up by the law,” the minister said.

The Anti- Pornography bill signed into law

Ethics and integrity minister Fr Simon Lokodo announced at the government Media Centre on Tuesday that the President has assented to the Anti-pornography Bill 2011 on February 6, 2014.
The law prescribes various penalties for publishers, broadcasters and internet café operators.
The law caused public excitement when it tried to determine the length of the dress for work and it was quickly dubbed the mini-skirt bill.
“This Bill will be operational within a matter of days, I have already prepared my statement for the Statory instrument and have consulted with the Solicitor general to help me with the proper legal drafting, it will be returned soon and I will just append my signature.” Said Fr. Lokodo.
“The police are already equipped with the parameters for determining those who offend the law; and these are already clear, the way in which one talks, dresses or walks which is deemed provocative or likely to cause sexual excitement.” He added, “Anything that provokes, stirs or creates unnecessary sensitivity..” he added.

Monday, 17 February 2014


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 Akwaihedi community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State has allegedly passed a law against the wearing of trousers by women.

A source said: “Anyone caught breaking the law will be molested and fined N50, 000 or be banished.”

The source added that but for the intervention of youths, female members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), posted to the community, would have been stripped.

A corps member, Grace Uduak, said she was shocked when the ruler slammed her for wearing the NYSC uniform. Another source, who preferred anonymity, alleged that 10 people had been fined by the community court.

The source said the situation was serious because policemen were not allowed to enter the community, as the monarch said the traditional court would handle domestic issues.

The law promulgated by the Igwe and the president-general of the town union, stipulated that no woman should wear trousers. Women are also forbidden from walking in public without covering their heads

Police bosses arrested after robbers gun down colleague

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi speaking
 Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi speaking to journalists in Kampala yesterday.

Kampala- Four senior police officers at Kajjansi Police Station have been arrested over operational errors that led to the killing of an assistant superintendent of police.
The four were arrested following the killing of Joseph Bigirwa, the officer in-charge of the station, who was on Friday shot by thugs as he was responding to a robbery of a petrol station and mobile money shop.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Andrew Kaweesi, the four officers failed to deploy and respond in time to the robbery thus placing their colleague in danger while the deceased committed operational misjudgment.
“I have taken action against the officers, they have already been arrested and detained. It was irresponsibility on their side and action will be taken. On the side of the OC, he misjudged the operation. If only he had called in for enforcement,” Mr Kaweesi said.
Police admit weaknesses
Police acknowledged that the killing in Kajjansi arose from operational errors and vowed not to rest until the thugs are arrested and brought to book. They also blamed the rising armed robbery cases on weak laws on prosecution of people found in possession of guns.
“Those days people found in possession of guns were tried at the court martial but now there are very weak guidelines to deal with such situation,” Mr Kaweesi added.
Bigirwa, who was buried in Bushenyi District on Sunday, was shot and died on the spot at around 11pm in Kajjansi Town on Friday night.
Shoot-to-kill policy back
Meanwhile, the police have again embarked on a shoot-to-kill move against armed robbers, barely a year after the force came under criticism over the method.
Mr Kaweesi, while addressing journalists yesterday, said he had ordered all police officers to shoot and kill armed robbers who failed to heed to a police warning that is only given once.
“If police officers give a warning and you (armed criminal) fail to stop or surrender, they will shoot and kill you because the law gives police the mandate and they shall not wait for you to kill them,” Mr Kaweesi said.

Awilo Longomba Set For Kampala Show

Congolese international artist Awilo Longomba who now lives in France is said to be coming to Uganda this year to attend one of Kabaka’s ceremonies.
Congolese Legend Awilo Longomba
Congolese Legend Awilo Longomba
He is the first International and African Artist to be officially chosen by the Buganda Government to come and entertain the Kabaka due to his collaboration and Broadcast he put up for CBS radio and Rasta Rob Mc in the 1990s
The former drummer in Viva la Musica and Nouvelle Generation music groups will fly in with his wife and musician Barbra Kanam.

Robert Mugabe pardons 2,000 Zimbabwe prisoners

PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | FILE Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks during a past rally.
  FILE Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks during a past rally. Drive Hot

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pardoned 2,000 prisoners, mostly women and juveniles in a move that should ease congestion in the country's jails, a government notice said.
The numbers of pardoned prisoners amounts to over 10 percent of the prison population, which stood at 18,460 last year against a holding capacity of 17,000.
Under the sweeping amnesty all females will go home, except those serving life terms, according to the clemency notice.
Mugabe also granted amnesty to prisoners aged 18 and under "irrespective of the offences they committed".
The pardon also extends to all terminally ill inmates, and those over 70 years-old.
Prisoners convicted of murder, treason, rape, carjacking, armed robbery, stock theft and those serving a sentence imposed by a court martial are excluded from the amnesty.
The country's constitution allows a president to extend amnesty to prisoners whenever he wishes.
More than 100 prisoners died last year in Zimbabwe's cash-strapped prisons, which have been hit by food shortages, according to a rights group citing prison statistics.
The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said prison officials had told a parliamentary committee that the prisoners died "owing to nutrition-related illnesses induced by food shortages and natural causes".
In 2009, the International Committee of the Red Cross had to step in with food, blankets and soap handouts to avert massive hunger and disease outbreaks.

Son of Zambian ex-president jailed two years for graft

Lusaka, Sunday. Zambian ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was on Friday sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption.
Andrew Banda, 53, was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a contract to build roads.
In passing the sentence, Magistrate Joshua Banda said he had considered mitigation presented by the defence that the accused was a first time offender.
But he said a “custodial sentence” was necessary and “therefore I sentence the accused to 24 months effective today, but both parties are at liberty to appeal.”
The court also found him guilty of failing to account for 360,000 kwacha, about 63,000 dollars/46,000 euros, found in his possession, which is suspected to have been proceeds of criminal activities.
Banda, a former deputy high commissioner to India and former first secretary at Zambia’s mission in Italy, is one of the many officials from Banda’s administration charged with graft, in a massive clean-up campaign launched by President Michael Sata after he came to power in 2011.
His father, the former president, is also facing corruption charges.
The Sata administration had also tried to implicate another of ex-president Banda’s sons, Henry.
It had reported Henry, who is based in South Africa, to Interpol, but it was unclear why.
No formal charges were laid, according to Banda’s spokesman Richard Elsen.

Rev Muranga detained over Shs40b Banana Project scam

Rev Muranga (L) being held at Parliament after
 Rev Muranga (L) being held at Parliament after failing to account for Shs40 billion before the Public Accounts committee yesterday. She was later set free.

Parliament- There was drama at Parliament when members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) ordered the arrest of the head of Presidential initiative on Banana Industrial Development, the Rev Florence Muranga, whom they accused of mismanaging a multi-billion anti-poverty project.
Trouble started after the Rev Muranga, who is accused of mismanaging more than Shs40 billion, refused to take oath with the bible and instead walked away on the committee.
When the out-going PAC chairperson, Mr Kassiano Wadri, insisted the Rev Muranga is put to oath, she said: “I rather lose my job than touch the Bible,” a book she said she respects so much.
“I rather go to prison; I respect my Lord so much that I cannot swear with the bible. I will be taking a risk,” she said yesterday.
After failing to explain why the banana project started without a feasibility study and to account for funds injected in it, Mr Wadri asked the Rev Muranga to “shame the devil” and tell the truth.
“The amount of money involved in this banana project would have run districts, the amounts are not small yet the project has a lot of flaws,” Mr Wadri said, adding, “Even if it requires us to wring our faces, we will do so, but Rev Muranga must answer the questions on this project. This is not a joking matter.”
Realising the Rev Muranga was determined not to take oath, Mr Wadri told her what she was doing was criminal, it’s contempt of parliament and her answers were suspicious and the only way to prove that she was telling the truth was for her to take oath.
Mr Wadri also reminded her that even if she ceases to hold office, she has to account for public funds.
In attempting to elude the swearing bit, Rev Muranga first begged the committee to allow her explain the Auditor General’s queries without necessarily taking the oath since she took one last year when she appeared before PAC.
However, Mr Wadri told her, “that was last year” and that the oath she took expired after which Rev Muranga stood up saying her Lord is bigger than the job.
Mr Wadri then asked the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Directorate (CIID) detectives attached to PAC to take a statement from her

Sunday, 16 February 2014

GOSSIP:Ex Wafagiyo Singer Edith Is Dead

Edith Mutoni, former singer with Wafagiyo is dead

Ex Wafagio Member Edith is Dead
 Ex Wafagio Member Edith is Dead

Edith Mutoni passed on yesterday morning at her home in Kasese
Edith has been ill for quite some time. It is rumored that he died of heart failure
Edith, a former girlfriend to raga star Coco Finger, made her mark with her group (Wafagiyo) song Mukidongo.
Her former manager Emma Carlos said Edith’s death was a bitter blow.
Former lover Coco expressed his sadness and told us that he would be connecting from Mbarara, where he has a show tonight, for burial.

Pastor arrested with 12 children

Police in Budaka District have arrested a pastor in connection with child trafficking.
Mr Martin Otim, the Budaka District police commander, said the suspect, a resident of Namakisyo village in Mugiti, Budaka District had collected 12 children. “The curious residents became suspicious,” Mr Otim said. He added: “They alerted the police, which intercepted 12 children on their way to an undisclosed location in Mpigi District.”
The suspect from Voice of God Church, was accused of registering children between the age of eight and 14 from the eastern region on promises of providing them with formal education.
Mr Otim said the children were intercepted at Bitu Trading Centre. He said the pastor was detained at Budaka Central Police Station on charges of human trafficking.
Matter under investigation
“We are still carrying out more investigations to establish the motive of this (pastor) for registering and taking these children outside the district,” Otim said. “These days, churches have turned into businesses. We suspect an ulterior motive,” he added.
Early last year, security agencies intercepted about 25 children on Buvuma Island on suspicion that they were being taken into rebel recruitment.

Museveni agrees to sign anti-gays Bill

President Museveni on Friday told NRM legislators at Kyankwanzi that he would assent to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by Parliament in December last year. The Bill seeks to make same-sex punishable by life imprisonment upon conviction.
President Museveni did not only agree to sign the Bill, he also warned that the promoters, exhibitionists and those who practice homosexuality for mercenary reasons “will not be tolerated” and “will be dealt with harshly”.
The President, who had earlier refused to assent to the Bill, changed his position after a group of 11 scientists from Ministry of Health and Makerere University, led by the director of planning and development at the ministry of Health, Dr Isaac Ezati (who represented Dr Ruth Achieng, the director general of health services), presented to him their findings on whether homosexual behaviour is genetic or not.
Presidential Advisor on Science Dr Richard Tushemereirwe told the president that homosexuality has serious public health consequences and should therefore not be tolerated.
A statement from the NRM Caucus Spokesperson Evelyn Anite reads: “The President made it clear that his work was done and that all he needed was for the scientists to sign the paper they presented since it would be a historical document forming basis for the signing of the Bill.”
Speaking after scientists presented their findings, the President, according to Information minister Rose Namayanja said if the scientists give him a signed copy of their presentation, he will do what he called “the historical job of signing the Bill” into law.
No further debates
After the President made his promise to sign the Bill, sources said the members moved a motion blocking further debate on the controversial Bill and immediately gave him a standing ovation, singing in Luganda: “Mzee Tajja Kugenda, Lwaki Agenda?” —loosely interpreted as “The old man (president Museveni) will not leave power, why should he?”
In a letter to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga dated December 28, 2013, Mr Museveni said it was the government’s job to “rescue” young people from being gay, and he accepted the premise that someone who lures a youth into “disgusting behaviour” should face life imprisonment.
However, initially he refused to sign the legislation on the basis that it was not properly passed in Parliament as there was no quorum.
External pressure
Government has faced pressure from the donor community to shelve the legislation, which was supported by radical Christian pastors and legislators. UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama threatened to isolate Uganda if the Bill is passed into law.