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EXCLUSIVE: FDC Top Shots Woo Eng Winnie Byanyima to Stand for President

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A group of senior Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leaders are persuading Eng Winnie Byanyima to challenge President Museveni in the 2021 general elections.

The officials, led by party president, Patrick Amuriat, believe Byanyima, who is currently serving as Executive Director of UNAIDS, stands a better chance of defeating Museveni.

This was after Dr Besigye stepped out of the race, saying he would rally behind any candidate willing to “liberate Uganda.”

Besigye said the current Electoral Commission chaired by Justice Simon Byabakama is too partisan to deliver a free and fair election.

FDC officials who talked to ChimpReports said the wooing of Byanyima “has been on for the last two months.”

This group says Byanyima would easily win the hearts of women and the fence-sitters who have not been voting in the last three elections to support her against Museveni.

Byanyima, according to her supporters, would as well use her international network of friends and allies to raise resources and also exert pressure on the Electoral Commission to deliver a relatively free and fair election.

Efforts to obtain a response from Byanyima were still futile.

Asked to comment on this matter on Thursday at FDC headquarters in Najjanankumbi, Amuriat responded: “The Chairman of FDC EC (Toterebuka Bamwenda) is the best person to answer that question.”

Toterebuka declined to comment on the topic. “No comment,” he said.

But several insiders admitted that without Besigye on the ballot paper, Museveni would win with over 80 percent of the vote.

“Other presidential hopefuls such as Robert Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) and Mugisha Muntu lack the infrastructure, financial muscle and charisma to put up any serious challenge against Museveni,” said a high ranking FDC official who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

“That’s why we said, if Besigye is not returning, let’s us support Byanyima because she has a national appeal. She is presidential material. But it became a family issue. Besigye and even Byanyima’s close relatives don’t want to see her return to Uganda’s politics. That’s the challenge we have,” the source observed.

Process

Currently, FDC has already closed the process of picking nomination forms for the 2021 presidential elections.

FDC chairperson Wasswa Biriggwa and Amuriat recently picked the forms from the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi.

They are required to return these forms by August 26.

This literally means that even if some FDC leaders want Byanyima to stand on the FDC ticket for president, the process would not be in her favour.

However, there is another window which can be exploited by Byanyima’s supporters.

For example, if Biriggwa and Amuriat fail to return the nomination forms, the entire nomination process would be reopened for every FDC member including Byanyima.

This would give Byanyima, who has since returned to Geneva after a grueling 3-day hiking trail in France, an opportunity to fly to Uganda to pick the nomination forms from Najjanankumbi.

Who is Byanyima?

Ms Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament.

She led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus, championing ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county’s 1995 post-conflict constitution.

A world recognized expert on women’s rights, she founded the still-thriving civil society organization Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE). She has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program.

Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan and other countries emerging from conflict.

She co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and chaired a UN-wide task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals, and on climate change. She has served on numerous global boards and commissions including the African Capacity Building Foundation and the International Centre for Research on Women.

She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester).



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.

Background

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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