The AIGP, Felix Kaweesi has been burried at Kitwe Kyanjovu amidst demands from mourners for Police to bring the culprits to book.
AUDITOR GENERAL UNCOVERS ROT IN NAKIVUBO STADIUM MANAGEMENT
The Auditor General has uncovered rot in management of Nakivubo stadium leading to loss of over 900 million shillings.
This is contained in the latest Auditor General’s report to the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee for the 2012/2013 financial year.
According to the report, the rot emanates from the Ministry of Education and Sports failure to appoint a substantive Board of Directors with the approval of Cabinet to supervise the operations of the Stadium management as required by the Government standing orders.
Sources said that lack of the Board of Directors had led to mismanagement of Stadium assets and properties contrary to the Principles of good corporate governance which require that there is separation of Board and management responsibilities.
The report noted that the Board Chairperson and two members of the board are signatories to the Trust bank accounts and are involved in the day-today operations of the Trust contrary to the stipulated Government standing orders.
The Auditor General’s report further shows that for example, it was the Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Stadium’s Board who approves payments without any further scrutiny from her superiors leading to fusion of responsibilities.
The Auditor General has asked the Ministry of Education and Sports to take up the matter to ensure that the board‟s functions are divorced from the routine
operations of the Trust and perform their rightful obligation of providing strategic
Other issues uncovered by the report include
Despite the Stadium’s Board of Trustees signing a memorandum of understanding with Uganda Revenue Authority to clear its tax arrears of 865 million shillings plus penalities by May 2015, no sufficient evidence was shown to the Auditors to prove payment of the debt in installments as earlier agreed.
The report further indicates that there is a risk that the stadium’s assets could be attached by URA to recover the taxes.
The Auditor General has also faulted the Stadium’s Management of failing to provide key strategic policies like on management of fixed assets, risk management, fraud control and revenue and debt management policy that would enable the entity to operate efficiently
Absence of policies implies that management actions are not properly guided and may negatively affect the operations of the Trust.
The Auditor General John Muwanga’s report further notes accuses the stadium Management for failing to provide tenancy agreements and the list of all the tenants operating from the stadium’s space.
Other issues uncovered include the over expenditure of Stadium resources to cover expenses on Board meetings, transport costs and administration allowances worth 134 million shillings above the budgeted for allocations in the period under review.
The report notes that information on the Stadium’s ledger books are written in pencil by the Accounts Assistant which provides an opportunity to alter the data for other interests.
However, one of the named culprits, Hajjati Minsa Kabanda said that the report was made using false assumptions.
She said that it could be the work of Political opponents fighting the stadium management and the Ministry of Sports.
Efforts to talk to the Stadium Admnistrator, Mr. Lwanga Yusuf have proved futile.
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
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.”
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.
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.
Cue in Dan conflict
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.
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.