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Opposition Shouldn’t Celebrate Those Leaving DP – UYD Boss



Christopher Okidi, the leader of Democratic Party’s (DP) Youth Wing has rebuked their opposition counterparts for celebrating the recent defection of its members.

A group of eleven DP Members of Parliament (MP) including; Mukono Municipality Legislator Betty Nambooze and Busiro East’s Medard Ssegona crossed to newly formed National Unity Platform (NUP).

This has since sparked off debate with some analysts presupposing that DP’s political end is nigh even before the nation goes to the polls.

However, while addressing party members on Tuesday, Okidi said celebrating such a move was a mistake.

“I thought that was disappointing because if a person leaves the DP to NUP, that is an own goal. And I have never seen any football tournament where people celebrate an own goal,” he retorted.

Even then, he said, this was not the first time the party was facing a mass exodus of its members and as such members must focus on the noble goal of rebuilding their political organisation.

“This is not the first time DP is experiencing defections. In 1964, twenty members crossed from the Democratic Party led then by the leader of Opposition Basil Bataringanya,” Okidi argued.

“Only six remained in the DP and these were one, Boniface Byanyima, Patel, Alex Latim, Martin Okello and Gasper Oda,” he added.

Coincidentally, former Kawempe South MP Richard Sebuliba Mutumba said that he was approached to join unnamed political outfits but deemed it wise to remain in his mother party.

“I was once a whip of the DP. I could not spoil a party that I have built. How can I get a machete, bow and spear and downsize DP? As a student of institutionalism, what kind of courage can I sort of create that I participated in the death of DP?” he wondered.

To Okidi, this incident might be a blessing in disguise for members to re-organize without the usual headache caused by malcontents.

It is understood that the Party has now set its eyes on revamping its Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) mobilization wing after years of infighting.

Youthful faces that are likely to feature on DP’s ticket include Okidi himself who is eyeing the Gulu East Legislative Seat, Sumayiya Muwonge and Grace Lanyero who are targeting the Kampala and Omoro Woman MP seats among many others.

In the case of Muwonge, it remains to be seen whether she can outmuscle NUP’s Shamim Malende and Forum for Democratic Change’s (FDC) Stella Nyanzi.

Gashumba speaks out 

Meanwhile, speaking at the same even, political analyst Frank Gashumba dismissed fear that formation of the National Unity Platform (NUP) could deal a blow to other opposition parties in the forthcoming elections.

Gashumba said while a number of opposition politicians appear frightened because of NUP’s sudden appearance on the political horizon, its political candle looks dim.

For one, he pointed out that majority of politicians therein are only looking for political survival and not interested in transforming the organization into a formidable political vehicle.

“There is an MP who called me and asked me, ‘Gashumba how do you move with a Ganja taker?’ But now they are busy supporting the man they were calling a Ganja smoker,’” he pointed out.

“All these fools that are around him nowadays were calling him all sorts of names. They don’t want Bobi Wine; they are after lighting their political candle. They don’t love this country, they don’t like Bobi,”” said Gashumba.

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema



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.


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




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.      

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19




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.  

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