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Lukwago: We are Considering Mass Testing for COVID-19 in Kampala

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Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, has registered concern regarding the increasing number of Covid-19 Community cases within the capital City.

Lukwago spoke at the induction of the Authority Councilors this Wednesday.

The officials were orientated pursuant to their roles, functions, responsibilities and the City governance structure in appreciation of the new KCCA legal regime (KCCA (Amendment) Act 2019).

The Lord Mayor said KCCA Cabinet is “considering mass community testing in Kampala” but also encouraged “voluntary testing” of people to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.

“Such an exercise can only be pulled off by empowering the village health teams,” said Lukwago.

“It is also important to equip the KCCA Health Centers to manage the rising number of community cases but there are budgetary constraints in pursuing this,” he added.

The Health Ministry recently expressed “concern” over the “rapidly increasing cases in Kampala” since the lifting of the lockdown restrictions.

“This is because the community is not following the standard operating procedures that include; hand washing, proper use of face masks and social distancing whenever in public places like workplaces, arcades and public transport,” said Health Minister Dr Ruth Aceng.

Meanwhile, Lukwago advised the Councilors to always observer decorum in all their engagements and inspired them to think of the Alderman Title being bestowed upon them after serving diligently.

The induction was facilitated by Mr Erias Mutumba, a Legal Senior Research Officer with the Ministry of Local Governance who emphasized the need of respecting the law to the letter but also working together as a team beyond political parties after being elected the Council.



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DCJ Decries Low Staffing as Masaka Appeal Session Kicks Off

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The Deputy Chief Justice, Richard Buteera, on Monday presided over the opening a Criminal Appeals session at the Masaka High Court.

The scientific session started off with a briefing session of the appellants at Masaka Main Prison where the Deputy Chief Justice led the panel of three other Justices, advocates and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system.

The DCJ informed the appellants that the main purpose of the visit was to explain to them the shift from the traditional physical appearance of the appellants before their lordships. He explained that submissions by appellants or their advocates, responses by the State and submissions in rejoinder were all on record.

He added that the court appearances were mainly for the advocates to highlight on the submissions earlier filed so that the Court could later write and deliver judgments.

He notified the stakeholders that the Court of Appeal has only 14 justices who were few compared to the workload they handle.

The justices at the commencement of the appeal session at Masaka High court on Monday

Adding that the Judiciary management was in consultation with the Executive and Parliament to ensure that there are regional of courts of appeal to handle the ever increasing appeals.

“Our cry is to have regional courts to handle these sessions. This will make it easier to handle these cases and it will also reduce delays in management of appeals.” The plan is to have a Court of Appeal in Masaka, Mubende, Gulu, Mbale, Mbarara and Jinja for the start before rolling it out to other regions.

The Deputy Chief Justice noted that the method of procedure by way of video conferencing was the best in the circumstances amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

The head of panel, Justice Cheborion Barishaki, on behalf of Judges, Stephen Musota and Muzamiru Kibeedi reassured the appellants that they are committed to deliver judgments within 60 days upon closure of the session.

He added that 41 appeals will be heard and determined. Of these, 22 are Aggravated Defilement, 14 for Murder, four for Aggravated Robbery and one for Rape. Justice Barishaki observed that as rape cases go down, the ones against Aggravated Defilement were going up which was not pleasant.

Justice Barishaki pointed out that the Masaka session had delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other constraints.

One of the appellants, Mbazira Joseph Bob, thanked the panel for the planned session but raised some concerns.

These included the fact that court proceedings and judgments are not availed to appellants on time and that cause listing at times does not follow the first in first out strategy.

The DCJ said the Judiciary alongside its JLOS partners such as the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution and Prisons were adopting a joint-cause listing process to ensure that the cases cause-listed follow the principle of first in and first out.

On her part, the Masaka Resident Judge, Victoria Nkwanga Katamba, welcomed the Session. She added that the workload at court is quite high and through their prison visits they have established that prison capacity is overwhelmed. She expressed gratitude for the session and undertook to use innovations such as sessions, Plea Bargaining and weeding out to reduce on the congestion.

The Officer in Charge of Masaka Main Prison, Deogratius Ogwabit expressed concern about the congestion in the Prison facility he heads adding that it was constructed to cater for 252 prisoners but  currently it accommodates  1,288 prisoners.

Of this number, 1,209 are male while 79 are female. A total of 589 accused persons are committed to the High Court for trial. The prison also had a total of 52 appellants of whom 41 had been cause-listed for hearing in ongoing session.

He went further and expressed gratitude for such sessions  which he described as useful especially in the process of decongesting the prison.

At the opening day, Eight cases were handled and the appellants were closely following via video conferencing Technology

 

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NGOs call for urgent aid as millions on brink of starvation | Human Rights News

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More than 250 NGOs have urgently called on international governments to increase aid and save more than 34 million people on the brink of starvation this year.

In an open letter (PDF) addressed to world leaders on Tuesday, groups working to fight against inequality said up to 270 million people are acutely food insecure with millions “teetering on the very edge of famine”.

“The combined impacts of conflict, climate change and inequality, coupled with the COVID-19 crisis, have led to an acute food insecurity situation around the world,” the letter, whose key signatories include Oxfam, Save the Children, and the International Rescue Committee, read.

“Needs already cannot be met, and we are increasingly likely to face multiple famines if we do not respond now,” the letter, which came in conjunction with the UN’s call for action to avert famine, added.

In a joint statement, the aid groups noted that a year on since the UN warned of “famine of biblical proportions”, donors have only funded five percent of this year’s $7.8bn food security appeal.

The statement said that the amount of additional funding called for by the UN’s World Food Programme amounts to $5.5bn, which is equivalent to less than 26 hours of the $1.9 trillion that countries spend per year on the military.

“The richest countries are slashing their food aid even as millions of people go hungry; this is an extraordinary political failure,” Oxfam’s executive director, Gabriela Bucher, said.

“They must urgently reverse these decisions. And we must confront the fundamental drivers of starvation – global hunger is not about lack of food, but a lack of equality.”

‘I thought about suicide’

While at least $5.5bn is needed in urgent food and agricultural assistance to avert the imminent risk of famine, millions more is needed to provide health care, clean water and other essential, basic services, the statement said.

At the end of last year, the UN estimated that 270 million people were either at high risk of, or already facing, severe levels of hunger. Some 174 people in 58 countries have reached that level and are at risk of dying from malnutrition or lack of food, the groups said.

They warned that this figure will likely increase in the coming months if no actions are taken, and noted that conflict is the biggest driver of global hunger.

Key conflicts in Yemen, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Northern Nigeria are forcing millions to the brink of starvation.

The joint statement included testimonies from people living in conflict zones and dire humanitarian conditions.

Fadya, from Lahj governorate in Yemen, recalled how she considered suicide “several times”.

“When humanitarian workers came to my hut, they thought I had food because smoke was coming from my kitchen. But I was not cooking food for my children – instead I could only give them hot water and herbs, after which they went to sleep hungry,” she said.

“I thought about suicide several times but I did not do it because of my children.”

The open letter further warned that funding alone is not sufficient.

“The situation requires urgent action, at a scale we are simply not seeing. If no urgent action is taken, lives will be lost.”

Countries need to take immediate political action to stop these conflicts from continuing, and need to address rising inequality, the groups said.

“It is imperative that we raise our collective voices to secure the international attention this cause deserves before it is too late,” they said in closing remarks.



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Mudoma to Replace Ministerial Positions with Commissions in Bugisu Cultural Institution

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Jude Mike Mudoma, one of the elected leaders of the Bugisu Cultural Institution (Inzu Ya Masaaba) has announced he will scrap off all ministerial positions and replace them with Commissions immediately after being gazetted as the next Umukuuka.

Following endless wrangles on the rightful next Umukuuka of Bamasaaba between two conflicting factions; one affiliated to the former cultural leader Bob Mushikori and another to the Chairman of the Board Stephen Mungoma, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of Gender, Labor and social development instructed them to reconcile and come up with one leader.

Tumwebaze ordered the two elected leaders; Mudoma of Mungoma’s side and John Amram Wagabyalire of Mushikori’s to hold roundtable discussions and decide on one leader whose name should be forwarded to the Ministry for gazettement.

However, Mudoma has come out to declare he is the rightful Umukuuka and the likely winner in this reconciliation drive.

Addressing journalists on Sunday, Mudoma said he plans to scrap off what he called redundant and dormant ministerial positions and replace them with commissions, “which will serve the people appropriately.”

“I am going to create 24 commissions and do away with the system of ministers, in the last regime they have been having 72 ministers in an institution where there is no money,” he said.

These Commissions, he said, are going to create “super human resource” and develop a working module.

“For example, Bugisu Coffee/Cotton Commission will organize Bamasaaba for growing high quality coffee and quantities which will lead to better market. This way, we shall have improved on social economic development of our people than appointing someone as a minister but they don’t have anything lined up for the people,” Mudoma said.

On optimism of becoming the next leader, Mudoma said he is the true elected Umukuuka according to the Laws governing the cultural institutions and the Inzu Ya Masaaba constitution because he followed all procedures “and the government should gazette me so I can start serving my people.”

“The Committee of the General Assembly made a consultation with all the Bamasaaba clans and a list of individuals with their qualifications was compiled. The list was then presented to the cultural council, the candidates were shortlisted and their names submitted to the general assembly for elections where I emerged the winner,” he said.

He told journalists that he was personally surprised to hear that another faction also emerged led by Wepondi after three months in office and even went ahead to elect Wagabyalire, “which has brought all these fights but I am the rightful Umukuuka III who started from grassroot up to General Assembly but I think politics has entered in our IYM issues,” he said.

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