BLACK MONDAY MOVEMENT ACTIVISTS DIVIDED OVER DONOR FUNDS

This is a copy of Nuwagaba’s confession published by Chimp reports

Confession: How Bishop Niringiye’s Anti-corruption Crusade Landed Him Into Captivity

By Vincent Nuwagaba

I find the 2013 Uganda quite humorous, quite enthralling but also bemusing as much as it is amusing.

Since 2008, the government has treated me as a ball to be kicked by any policeman; it has taken me to be a drum; it has turned me into a punching bag. The reason has been simple: I speak too much and what I speak is too true to be fathomed. In fact, I have been portrayed as a problem everywhere. My colleagues in the human rights fraternity have ignored me; some of them have gullibly and naively concluded that I am mentally disabled never mind that the so-called experts have also declared me to be a genius.

Why do I begin with these opening remarks? On Monday February 4, I was arrested together with Bishop Zac Niringiye as we distributed the Black Monday Newsletter that chronicled corruption scandals by politicians and civil servants in the “visionary NRM government under the visionary leader” His Excellency Yoweri Museveni.

As we drove in Bishop Niringiye’s vehicle towards our next stage, we were blocked by the police patrol vehicle. Soon, I saw very many policemen armed to the teeth cocking their guns and I realized we had been arrested. While it may have come as a shock to the venerable Bishop, I found it quite usual and deep in my heart I was happy that the police had played into our hands.

A few minutes later, SSP Sam Omala ordered Bishop Niringiye to lower the window glasses. We were told to go to Wandegeya for a chat with the police and we obliged and we went in the company of two uniformed police officers both of them Cadet Assistant Superintend of Police.

As we reached Wandegeya, we found some students had also been arrested and they were asking why they were being subjected to anguish and torment. As I spoke in defence of the students, Bishop Niringiye rebuked me and told me he was going to chase me. At that point the man of God didn’t realize that he had already been arrested and he didn’t know that being soft with the police wouldn’t help him at all.

Minutes after arriving at the police city lawyer my friend Nicholas Opiyo arrived but he alone can tell the ridicule he was subjected to by SSP Omara and the Wandegeya Police station OC CID. Poor Nicholas and Zac thought they were going to use civil means with the police that has no scintilla of civility never mind that it is by law supposed to be a civilian force.

Our lawyer Nicholas Opiyo was reinforced by another prominent lawyer Deo Nkunzingoma, president Uganda Law Society. Because I am very close to Nicholas Opiyo and very close to Deogratias Nkuzingoma, I was tempted to think that they were there primarily because of me. In a short while, both the lawyers and my co-suspects became uncomfortable with me. Why? Because I never beseeched the police, I told them off and when the OC CID attempted to beat me, I told him that I would send him to his creator if he dared to touch me.

Inevitably, I was looked at as a spoiler and separated from the other suspects. I called my own lawyers – Asuman Basalirwa and tried getting in touch with Norbert Mao. Not because I despise Nicholas Opiyo for I know he is one the most brilliant young lawyers in Kampala but because he failed to understand one thing: that political questions are best answered with political solutions.

As a human rights defender and scholar I refuse to accept one thing. I will never negotiate with anybody when I know he or she is wrong. I will never sweet-talk anybody doing wrong. My approach works very well. My brains are superb and they never lie to me. This explains why I am now a free man but Bishop Niringiye is a captive because he still has to report to police on February 14. This explains why I never stepped in police cells but Bishop Niringiye and others did. This explains why I stayed in my shoes, stayed with my phone and all possessions but they rest had them removed.

The Black Monday architects are not entirely clean

Sadly, our society is entirely rotten. There’s stinking corruption in Civil Society Organisations more than in government agencies. And the reason is simple: because all government institutions are kaput, no efforts have ever been made to unearth corruption orchestrated, perpetrated and perpetuated by CSOs. I can state without any contradiction that most noise makers in civil society organizations are stinking rich not because of hard work but because they pilfer donor funds which are meant to benefit the ordinary citizen. And because the so-called activists know me, they don’t allow me closer to them. That’s why I am the only activist who earns no coin from the donors.

Definitely, there’s a lot of money for the Black Monday campaign. The organizers are not ready to account to anybody. I wonder how and why they should address press conferences without our knowledge; they meet the police without me even when I am at the venue; they address joint press conferences with the police without our mandate. Is civil society synonymous with NGOs? No. Are civil society members employees in the NGOs? An empathic no. To NGO Forum, HURINET, Uganda Debt Net Work (UDN), Anticorruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU), DENIVA, Leonard Okello, Bishop Zac Niringiye, and Jackie Asiimwe, among others, corruption cannot be fought using nontransparent means. As you put to task the thieves to account, you also must account for the funds that use in the Black Monday Campaign. At least, I know for sure that you are not using your own money. I also need a vehicle, I need money, I need newsletters and all other paraphernalia to enable me in the campaign. I am the only person who dovetails with the unemployed youths and students in universities and other institutions of learning. I can give several reasons to buttress my argument if you dispute my assertion.

What shocked me is that after the release of Bishop Niringiye from the cells, virtually all the activists were less enthusiastic about the release of the students who incidentally had been recruited by Dr Niringiye into the campaign. I told the police leadership – ACP Tanui, the Regional Police Commander that I would mobilize students from Makerere to torch the police station if the students were not released after Dr Niringiye had been released. They were actually released after they had seen go to Makerere University to do the mobilization.

I embrace the Black Monday campaign simply because the issues raised are legitimate not that I agree with the architects. I believe that after successfully burying political corruption, it will be easy to put an end to corruption in NGOs and trade unions. I have resolved never to step in police cells again and never to be beaten by the police again until I have ousted Museveni’s regime using brain power. To successfully fight mediocrity, corruption and social injustice, you must consult me. I never joined anyone among the Black Monday activists in the fight against Museveni’s dysfunctional regime but they have all joined me. They cannot claim to be my leaders in the anticorruption crusade.

Mr Nuwagaba is a human rights defender

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Parliament Recall: Kadaga Denies Succumbing To “Unbearable Pressure”

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga (below) has denied reports she was under fire to reject the recall of the House to discuss the aftermath of Butaleja MP Cerinah Nebanda’s mysterious death.

She last week threw out a petition of legislators who wanted an early discussion on President Yoweri Museveni’s Christmas Eve speech in which he described MPs who attributed Nebanda’s death to government as “fools and idiots.”

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Kadaga, in a statement issued on Thursday, notes with “concern the misreporting in a number of media houses, and the unfortunate remarks and statements made by some Members of Parliament,” following her decision not to recall MPs from recess.

“Much as the Speaker in a self explanatory letter to the lead petitioners dated 15th January 2013 explained the background against which her decision was made, miscommunication from different quarters has persisted as to why she did not recall the House to sit,” the statement reads in part.

According to Kadaga, this “miscommunication” is based on the premise that the Speaker erred in basing her decision on withdrawal of signatures by a number of Members of Parliament from the petition.

Additionally, it has been insinuated by some sections in the public, that the Speaker, in making her decision, succumbed to unbearable pressure from the executive.

Kadaga says this is ”absolutely false and wrong.”

Below is the statement from the office of Parliament’s public relations:

As previously explained, the Speaker in making a decision regarding the petition to recall the House, relied on the provisions of Article 95(5) of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and on Rule 20 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Uganda. The signatures had fallen from 127 to 116 which is below the Constitutional requirement.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker took into consideration precedents set in the Parliament of Uganda regarding petitions to recall Parliament.

Also considered, was the decision made by the former Speaker Rt. Hon. James Wapakabulo (RIP) on Tuesday 17th February 1998 on the matter touching on the withdrawal of signatures from a petition presented to the Rt. Hon. Speaker under Art. 118 of the Constitution.

Indeed the Rules of Procedure are clear on the issue that was then before the Speaker [Rule 96(7)]. That petition and the petition under Art. 95(5) are distinguishable.

The Petition that was handled by the late Rt. Hon. J.F Wapakabulo was a document in transit to H.E. the President. It was not intended for any action by the Speaker other than transmission.

In his own words on 17th February 1998, at page 3447 of the Hansard, he said “The Constitution says the Speaker is just a post office”. Indeed Rule 96(7) is specific on the issue of censure, that signatures may not be withdrawn.

This is different from the situation under Article 95 where the final recipient is the Speaker, to whom the letters of withdrawal and indeed of allegations of forgery were directed.

On the matter regarding the withdrawal of signatures from a petition to recall Parliament, unlike the petition brought under Art. 118 of the Constitution, the Rules of Procedure are silent.

Rules of procedure

As the Speaker stated in her communication to the petitioners, “The Rules of Procedure, relating to the recall of Parliament do not specifically provide for the issue of the withdrawal of signatures. The rules are silent on the issue.”

Furthermore, the Rules of Procedure in Rule 8 state that where no rule exists and no precedent has been set, the Speaker will, in her wisdom, “decide with due regard to the practices of the House, the Constitutional provisions and practices of other Commonwealth parliaments in so far as they may be applicable to Uganda’s Parliament.”

It is against this background therefore, that the Right Honourable Speaker, on realizing that the petitioner’s signatures fell short after the withdrawals, made a decision not to recall Parliament. It should also be noted, however, that there is an opportunity for the interested Members of Parliament to raise the issues in the petition for debate in Parliament when it reconvenes next month.

Additionally, the Right Honourable Speaker will make a detailed statement on this matter, when the House resumes business.

The public should recall that in the past, where petitions which fulfill the requirements and conditions of the Constitution and Rules of Procedure have been presented to the Speaker, the House has been recalled.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker would like to reassure Ugandans that the Parliament of Uganda remains committed to championing the doctrine of the separation of powers and of the Rule of Law.

ROW BETWEEN MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND NATIONAL MEDICAL STORES HIGHTENS OVER FRAUD

MINISTRY HALTS PAYMENT OF NMS FUNDS
Alex Nsubuga 13th January 2013
The row between the Ministry of Health and National Medical Stores has hightened after Bank of Uganda intercepted a fradulent payment of over 6 billion shillings for drugs supplied under Malaria Control Program.
In December 2012, the Director of Payments and Settlements in Bank of Uganda, Joyce Okello halted the transfer of over 6 billion shillings to National Medical Stores for the payment of drugs for treatment of malaria after discovering fraud in the transaction.
This comes amidst reports of increased corruption cases in which Government has lost billion of shillings through fradulent deals in various Government Departments.
The row is between Ministry of Health officials led by Permanent Secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago and National Medical Stores management headed by Moses Kamabare with each party accusing the other of masterminding the fraud.
Dr. Lukwago said that his ministry has halted any further payment to National Medical Store until they publically apologize for initiating the deal in which Government would have lost funds placed under the Global Fund.

Dr. Lukwago said that the controversial deal was initiated by officials within the National Medical Stores management.

Although, Dr. Lukwago said that he used the recent Christmas Holiday to verify the transaction, the fraud was only detected by officials from Bank of Uganda.

He asked for the review of management systems at National Medical stores to reduce the powers of its General Manager.

However, the General Manager for National Medical Stores, Moses Mamabare said that they will not apologize since the deal was initiated from the ministry.

The spokesperson for National Medical Stores, Dan Atwijukire Kimosho downplayed the reports that they are at conflict with Ministry of Health over the matter.
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He said that they are waiting for the Police to conduct its investigations despite reports that NMS Board is engaged in crisis meetings into the matter.

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DR ONZIVUA RELEASED

20th December 2012

Dr. Sylivesta Onzivua who was arrested with body samples of the fallen Butalejja woman MP, Celina Nebanda at Entebbe Airport has been released on Police bond.

Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba told CBS that Dr. Onzivua was released this morning after carrying out consultations with various stakeholders.
Parliament on Tuesday directed for the immediate release of Dr. Onzivua as part of the conditions to be fulfilled before the burial of Hon. Celina Nebanda.
However, Police had preferred charges of abuse of office against Dr. Onzivua on grounds that he was never sanctioned to take the samples to South Africa by his bosses.
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MP NEBANDA’S DEATH: MUSEVENI INSTITUTES A CABINET COMMITTEE TO CORDINATE INVESTIGATIONS

President Museveni has called for a crisis cabinet meeting in Entebbe to discuss the ongoing impasse over the investigations into the death of Hon. Celina Nebanda.
 
The crisis meet which is underway at State House Entebbe comes after cabinet failed to reach a decision on the wayforward during one of its weekly morning meetings under Premier Amama Mbabazi’s chairmanship held today at Parliament.
 
A minister who did not want to be disclosed said that cabinet briefly talked about yesterday’s Parliament’s directives towards Nebanda’s death.
 
Before cabinet could complete today’s business, President Museveni called for another special meeting at Entebbe.
 
The Minister added that Museveni has instituted a committee to coordinate the investigations and resultant findings to avoid creating public anxiety.
 
“We want coordinated statements about this whole thing. We have had problems especially politicians seeking to get political capital out of Hon. Nebanda’s death,” the Minister added.
 
Meanwhile, Hon. Nebanda’s step father, Fred Mukasa has revealed that one of their relatives flew to UK with police detectives working on the investigations this morning without the family’s consent.
 
Mukasa told Journalists at the family home that Ronald Hasacha Wandera flew to London with Detectives who had body samples of the deceased.
 
The family has however clearly made it known that they wont accept the results from these UKL based investigations.

 

CABINET PLOTS NEW PLAN TO PROMOTE BIO-SCIENCES AMONG CHILDREN

The Ministry of Education and sports has developed a new proposal to promote bio sciences among children at both pre and post primary levels.
This is part of the new Education Sector strategic plan for 2015 to 2025 which aims at changing the lower education curriculum to reduce on the content taught and increase on its relevance to students in the current market demands.
The Minister of state for Higher education, Dr. J. C Muyingo said that the proposal which is before cabinet came after they carried out a labour survey market among 100 commercial farmers that Ugandan students need Generic and bio sciences skills which they can use after school to earn a living rather than being jobless after studies.

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Under the new arrangement, lower secondary education curriculum will also help pupils to develop and appreciate their agricultural potential as early as they are still in lower secondary classes.
She added that the old lower secondary curriculum was a colonial education system which is not entirely applicable now after 50 years of Uganda’s independence.
Muyingo added that in the new curriculum, students after finishing university education will be able to apply their skills and knowledge and be job creators through sectors like agriculture unlike the old curriculum where students leave university when they cannot write even a job application letter.
The new curriculum which is funded by World Bank and government will be rolled out in schools in 2015
“For children to engage in agriculture and understand it as part of their life where they can build and develop skills and abilities to improve their future, it is necessary to continue their exposure to agricultural techniques and skills throughout their education. Equally important is the need to adapt the educational system to reflect changes in the agricultural sector especially pertaining biosciences issues.” Muyingo said in an exclusive interview.

Muyingo also revealed that his Ministry has asked all schools to establish School Gardens to educate their students about a set of life skills that goes beyond the classroom.

“One model to achieve early engagement is by having a school Garden.
In countries like, United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Ecuador, South Africa and Kenya, schools use school gardens in various guises. School gardens come in many forms, from a plot of land in the school courtyard, to the children visiting and working in a broader community garden, to planting crops in a sack, a tire, or some other vessel. These gardens can use as many or as few resources as the community has to devote to them. The sack gardens especially require very few resources and can be cultivated in schools with little arable land and in urban areas. Students can also bring the sack garden model back home to their families to improve the family’s income and nutrition by encouraging use of new seed varieties that can bring high-yield, high market value, pest-resistant, and high
oil-content varieties.” He noted
The Deputy Director of National curriculum Development centre, Grace Baguma said that Children who participate in school gardens learn not only about growing plants, food, and trees and the agricultural techniques that go along with this but also about nutrition, food preparation, responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.
“As students get older, they can also use the garden and the produce it generates as a way to learn about marketing, economics, infrastructure needs, and organizing a business.” She noted.

WHY LAND EVICTIONS ARE ON INCREASE DESPITE NEW LAND LAW

TITLE: LAND EVICTIONS ON INCREASE DESPITE NEW CONTROVERSIAL LAW

TENANTS CRY FOUL

ALEX NSUBUGA

In 2010, Government passed the controversial land amendment law with the view of addressing the poor relationship between tenants and land lords.

President Yoweri Museveni signed the act on January 6th 2010 after Parliament hurriedly passed it two months before. The Bill was passed after an acrimonious five-day debate that divided the House along party lines and characterized by a lot of blackmail by MPs.

Museveni who assented to the bill from his country home in Rwakitura hailed the new Land law saying that it would protect people from the then increasing evictions.

Prior to the enactment, Buganda Kingdom and the Church were some of the institutions that had vehemently opposed the land amendment bill on grounds that it was idle and uncalled for. The opposing institutions also claimed that the land bill would not solve the problems of land evictions especially in Buganda.

The new land legislation was intended to protect the tenants from illegal evictions by landlords.

But in Masaka, Kiboga, Wakiso, Kyankwanzi and other districts, reports about conflicts between the landlords and tenants are increasing at an alarming rate.

Here is a comprehensive audio story about the increased land evictions despite the new land law.

Land evictions Part 1

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