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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 21:08 IAN ORTEGA
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Forum for Democratic Change Party President, General Mugisha Muntu has stepped aside from his position as he prepares to contest as the flag bearer of the Uganda's leading opposition party. Gen. Muntu's announcement comes day after former party president, Kizza Besigye picked nomination forms thus announcing his return to compete against Muntu. There have been mixed opinions about Besigye's return as many think he's turned on his word. Others however say, Besigye's return is indicative of the party's failure to groom new cadres.

 
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:32 IAN ORTEGA
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Sheikh Hassan Kirya, a Kibuli Muslim Faction Spokesman has been shot dead in Bweyogerere. According to onlookers, Sheikh Kirya was shot by two men on a bodaboda that had been trailing his car. His death comes at a time when many prominent Muslim leaders have died in a similar manner. Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura has continuously blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for the murder of these clerics. Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Uganda's Muslim Tabliq group, and 17 others are currently facing charges related to the murder of these Muslim clerics.

 
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:06 IAN ORTEGA
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Health Authorities in Liberia are reporting a new Ebola case. This follows from the corpse of a 17 year old boy that tested positive for Ebola. Liberia had been declared Ebola Free by the World Health Organization after it completed the mandatory 42 days without an Ebola case. The revelation of this new Ebola case has thrown authorities in a panic as they try to establish all the people with whom the teenager came in contact before his death.

However, the head of the Country's Ebola response told the press that there was no need for pandemonium and citizens should go on with their normal business. "There is no need for pandemonium; people should go about their normal business," he reportedly said, adding that the Ebola testing of the man's corpse was "a success story for our surveillance system."

 
Sunday, 28 June 2015 23:13 By Independent Reporter & Agencies
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Relations between Rwanda and the United Kingdom have come under pressure following the arrest of Rwanda’s intelligence chief, Karenzi Karake, in London.

Gen Karake, 54, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on June 20 and remanded in custody. He was arrested by Metropolitan police officers under the European Arrest Warrant.

Gen Karake is director general of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

Nicknamed KK, the Rwandan government hails him as one of the people who stopped the genocide. He went on to be deputy commander of the country’s first UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur before returning to his role as spy chief.

Karake is wanted in Spain for war crimes. He is accused of ordering massacres while head of military intelligence in the wake of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Gen. Karake is also accused of ordering the killing of three Spanish nationals working for Medicos del Mundo.

 
Sunday, 28 June 2015 22:37 By Flavia Nassaka
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Is it what Uganda really needs?

Nelson Kajura likes his job as a primary school teacher. But at Shs250,000 per month it does not pay enough to cater for his family of six  in an urban area. The ever increasing rent and prices of commodities and services also eats into the real value of his pay cheque.  As a result he has to find ways to complement his meagre earnings. He devotes his weekends, when he would be expected to rest or revise his work and prepare lessons for the next week, to working as an emcee at ceremonies like weddings and birthday parties. As a result, his productivity is quite low.

Teachers in Uganda are not unionised workers, but it is for people like Kajura who earn far less than is adequate to sustain them that National Organization for Trade Unions (NOTU) has been pushing the government to revise and implement a minimum wage policy.

 
Thursday, 25 June 2015 19:51 IAN ORTEGA
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Rwanda's Chief of Intelligence, General Karenzi Karake has been granted conditional bail by the Westminster court in London. Following a European Arrest Warrant, Gen. Karenzi had been detained at London Heathrow Airport on Saturday as he boarded a plane back to Rwanda. In its judgement, court said Gen. Karenzi would be freed once a bail of $1.6 million is paid and other bail conditions have been met. Among the war crimes that Gen. Karenzi is accused of by a Spanish court include giving orders of massacres in the wake of the 1994 genocide. Gen. Karenzi is also accused of ordering the killing of Spanish aid workers in 1997.

Earlier in the day, President Kagame had launched a scathing verbal attack on the UK Government and other Western governments accusing them of double standards, arrogance and contempt. According to the BBC Newsnight programme, the intelligence chief was in the UK to meet the head of Britain's foreign intelligence, M16. Gen. Karenzi will be required to report daily to Police until he's vindicated and will be expected to reside at the high commissioner's house or at a house rented by the Rwandan embassy.

 
Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:49 IAN ORTEGA
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At the swearing in of the new Education Minister in Rwanda, Dr Papias Malimba Musafiri, President Paul Kagame used the moment to speak out on the arrest of General. Karenzi Karake in UK. In his speech to Parliament, President Kagame described Gen. Karenzi as a freedom fighter. His words came at a time when countrywide protests are taking place around the country, as a stance against the arrest of Gen. Karenzi.

President Kagame noted that UK had a "legal obligation" not to arrest Gen Karenzi Karake, but chose to use its laws "selectively".  He continued; “the arrest of Gen Karenzi Karake is Britain's show of absolute contempt for Rwandans and Africans.” The President called upon the citizens to keep calm despite the anger of being pushed to the wall. “No decent human being, Rwandan, African, can ever accept the absolute contempt that has been shown to Rwanda,” he added on.

Gen. Karenzi has been in detention since Saturday. He’s been held at the Belmarsh High Security Prison a facility for the most dangerous criminals, war crimes suspects and convicts. Gen. Karenzi will be produced in court this afternoon at the Westminster court in London.

Excerpt of Speech:

“We don’t have the power of wealth, of military strength, of technology. But we have the power of the spirit. We have the power that comes from the anger of being held in contempt. The power that comes from anger of being insulted. The power that comes from the anger of being pushed against the wall. Because when that happens, and you are left with nothing else, building on that spirit, you come back in full strength.
We have the power of resilience. We have the power that derives from the anger of the attempt in history to wipe us off the surface of the earth, and we refused to go.
People may think they can put us down, but they’ll never take us out. We must and we will prevail.”

- President Kagame speaks on the arrest of Lt. General Karenzi Karake at the Swearing in ceremony of Minister of Education, Members of Parliament and High and Supreme Court judges.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:24 IAN ORTEGA
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I refer to your letter on the above subject, dated 16 June 2015, giving notice of proposed public meetings under section 5 of the Public Order Management Act, 2013 in which you provide a programme for country-wide consultation in various parts of Uganda between July and August, 2015 as an aspiring candidate under s.3 of the Presidential Elections Act, 2005.

I, also refer to the two letters from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission to you, dated 18th June 2015, and 22nd June 2015, respectively on the above mentioned subject matter. I, further, refer to legal opinion of the Attorney General of Uganda on the matter contained in a letter to me dated 18th June 2015.

The purpose of my request for the opinion of the Attorney General, was, mainly, for guidance on whether or not the public meetings that you intend to hold are lawful.

In that regard, and as advised by the Attorney General, I had to, first, establish whether, as an aspiring candidate for President for the 2016 general elections, you have been sponsored or endorsed by a political party or political organisation or are independent of a political party or political organization. Note that in your above mentioned letter to me, you were not clear on the matter.

Subsequently, I established from the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission that you are aspiring as a Presidential candidate under NRM.

I, also, sought and got the position of the NRM. I refer to a letter from the Secretary General of the NRM to me and copied to yourself, dated 20th June 2015 stating the party position on the matter.

From the letter, it is clear that your party has neither sponsored nor endorsed you as an aspirant within the meaning o the NRM Constitution and law, and that you have no lock stand to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag bearer of the NRM Political Organisation and/or presidential aspirant, and that your aspirations are illegal. (Not p.3 of the above mentioned letter)

Accordingly, in view of the above, your programme of public meeting are not cleared by the Police, and cannot go ahead as intended until, as requested by the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, you first “harmonise the position in your letter of introduction to the Electoral Commission and that of your party-the NRM” (Note the letter from the Chairperson, Electoral Commission to yourself dated 22nd June 2015).

There are other issued relating to the requirements under the Public Order Management Act which I will communicate to you, after you have showed evidence to the Police that your intended public meetings are lawful.

For avoidance of doubt, I have attached the above mentioned references.

Gen Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police.

 
Friday, 19 June 2015 09:29 HAGGAI MATSIKO and IAN ORTEGA
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Renegade Gen. David Sejusa has been arrested and detained at Jinja Road Police Station in Kampala. The station DPC, Joel Aguma, declined to reveal why Sejusa was arrested when contacted for a comment. Sejusa’s arrest comes almost six months after he returned from exile in London.

Gen.Sejusa at Jinja Police station on June 19

However, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, has explained that Gen. Sejusa was arrested for holding an illegal assembly. Enanga said that at about 11:00 am, Sejusa emerged at Mapeera House on Kampala Road with a group of youths who were joined by boda boda cyclists.

“They started a procession, which we discovered had no objective. They had not notified police and were disrupting traffic along Jinja Road and causing disorder,” Enanga said, “That is why we had to come in and restore order.” By press time, Gen. Sejusa had already recorded a statement but was still in detention.

 

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