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Don Wanyama Refutes FDC Allegations that Museveni Controls the Electoral Commission

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Senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama has vehemently dismissed allegations made by the opposition Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) that President Museveni has control over the elections governing body, the Electoral Commission.

Addressing the media at party headquarters on Monday, the FDC spokesperson who doubles as opposition Chief Whip in Parliament, Ibrahim Semujju Nganda alleged that failure by the senior Commissioners at the Electoral Commission to contract a German company called Veridos to print ballot papers for the 2021 general elections was behind their departure.

Although Semujju alleged the Commissioners who included the EC Secretary Sam Rwakojo, spokesperson Jotham Taremwa and the head of procurement Godfrey Wanyoto among others were sacked on Museveni’s orders, the Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama last week said that the Commissioners applied for early retirement.

“We told the country that Mr. Museveni had taken over the electoral process. He had personally contracted a German company called Veridos to print ballot papers yet as we told you last time, the Electoral Commission invited suppliers and the suppliers submitted their bids,” Semujju said.

“At the conclusion of that process, the Electoral Commission submitted as is required under the law bids to Solicitor General for clearance before contracts are signed. It is at that stage that Museveni struck and then he took over the process. Since then, it is now Museveni running the electoral affairs at State House. The people at Electoral Commission are just watching,” Semujju alleged.

Semujju further alleged that the same German company, Veridos was contracted to supply voter verification machines.

However, Byabakama last week said that no company has been contracted to do the job.

Chimpreports has on Tuesday contacted senior presidential press secretary Don Wanyama to respond to allegations by the FDC that “Museveni controls Electoral Commission,” from State House.

Wanyama had no kind words for the FDC.

“That is hogwash, it is total nonsense. The President does not control the Electoral Commission. The Electoral Commission’s roles and functions, jurisdiction and oversight are spelt out in the Constitution. So it is not enough to just come out and make wild accusations,” Wanyama said.

“What the opposition is trying to do is, as usual, to prepare Ugandans for their imminent loss in the coming election and they are looking for all excuses,” Wanyama told Chimpreports on Tuesday evening.

He added, “they (FDC) have failed to go out and tell Ugandans what they want to do. They are now sitting in Kampala and trying to get whatever excuses they can. So, that is total hogwash. The President (Museveni) does not control the Electoral Commission. The Commission does its work independently.”

Wnyama went ahead to argue that the accusers should have concrete evidence if they are to come out with such an allegation.

“Do not let these people get away with wild allegations. Where is the evidence? Can they table it? Do they have any documentation to that effect? Don’t just let them malign another party because they are weak, because they can’t do any mobilization. They have nothing to tell Ugandans,” Wanyama concluded.



Source – chimpreports.com

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema

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When court sat on Friday to hear the Kiggundu’s application to stop independent audit, he did not have a written application, and Justice Henry Adonyo instead ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer Fred Muwema to go make a written application seeking court to dismiss the audit and return to court on September 30 for a hearing of the application. But this adds more pressure on Kiggundu who is choking with the loans.

On 31 August, the judge ordered the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to carry out and independent audit into the accounts of the businessman and financial statements exchanged between the two parties, and present a report to court.

When asked by journalists why he has filed for an application seeking dismissal of the audit, Fred Muwema had this to say. “We are saying that let the validity and legality of those credit facilities (loans) be decided first before you can audit” He said.

The ruling on the application of the main suit to determine whether the businessman owes loan arrears to the bank is set for 5th October 2020, after which a date for hearing of the case will be set.

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Hamis Kiggundu through his companies Ham enterprises and Kiggs International (U) ltd sued DTB branches in Kenya and Uganda for deducting money from his accounts something which the bank contends and said they only acted as per the loan agreement of deducting 30% from Kiggundu’s accounts to recover the credit facilities rendered to him between February 2011 and September 2016

But Court documents filed by the bank in their defense shows that Kiggundu, between February 2011 and September 2016, was granted various credit facilities by the said DTB Banks.

First, via Ham Enterprises Limited, Kiggundu obtained a loan of $6,663,453 and another Sh2.5bn from the DTB (U) to finance his projects in the real estate business.

Later, according to New Vision, he got a facility worth $4.5m through Kiggs International (U) Limited from DTB (K) and mortgaged his properties, which include Plot 328 located at Kawuku on Block 248 Kyadondo, three plots that include 36, 37 and 38 on Folio 1533 Victoria Crescent II situated in Kyadondo and land on Makerere Hill Road on LRV 3716 Folio 10 Plot 923 Block 9.

Documents show that as of January 21, 2020, Kiggundu was in default on payment obligations of $6.298m on the loan facility of $6.663m, as well as sh2.885b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b and the temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b.

The banks say that Kiggundu was in default on the payment of another $3.662m out of a total loan facility of $4m and another $458,604 on a loan facility of $500,000, as of January 21, 2020.

The DTB consequently served him with a demand notice to either pay up or lose the assets that he submitted as collateral security. The bank threatened to attach a plot on Makerere Hill Road and other prime commercial properties.

Analysts says that Kiggundu’s lawyer is playing delaying tactics aimed at stopping the independent audit as ordered by the court earlier. Kiggundu had wanted court to believe his own audit of loan transactions, but that would amount to injustice to the banks that gave him money-DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya.

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Minister Rukutana charged with attempted murder, remanded

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The state minister for Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district.

Rukutana appeared before Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others. The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama. 

It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.

According to the Judiciary public relations officer, Jameson Karemani, Rukutana has not taken a plea of these charges against him since they can only be tried by the chief magistrate who was not in court today.

As a result, the magistrate decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.      





Source – observer.ug

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19

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Lira district headquarters have been closed after one staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

On Monday morning, district staff were blocked at the gate with only the deputy chief administrative officer, his secretary and the receptionist allowed access to their offices. 

Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, the deputy chief administrative officer says that only heads of department will be allowed at the headquarters while the rest will work from home. He adds that the restriction will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“You see corona is not a joke. We have taken a step at fighting it and that is why you are seeing the staff outside. Even in my office here I do not want people to come if there is anything we can discuss on the phone.”

Francis Okello Olwa, a senior community development officer who doubles as the district spokesperson says that the entire district offices will be fumigated and closed for two days.

Health authorities in the district are planning to take samples from all the staff because they could have interacted with the one who tested positive. Currently, there are 19 COVID-19 patients under treatment at Lira regional referral hospital.     

On Sunday four health workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus.  





Source – observer.ug

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