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Sierra Leone’s Kei Kamara: ‘Not about sport right now’



Former Sierra Leone international striker Kei Kamara plays for MLS side Colorado Rapids

Ex-Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara feels the campaign for social justice is more important than sport in the United States at the moment.

He was talking as his Major League Soccer (MLS) side Colorado Rapids decided not to play against FC Dallas in protest against the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin near Milwaukee.

“It’s not about sport right now,” Kamara, 35, told Newsday on the BBC World Service.

“We don’t want to distract from what attention should be on, which is injustice happening to the black community.”

“So we want to make sure that we stand in solidarity for that, and make sure that we’re not just going on TV playing sports and people are watching and taking their minds off something bigger that’s happening in the country.”

It was part of a wider walkout by teams in various sports across the USA on Wednesday.

The sporting walkout began with basketball as the NBA postponed Wednesday’s three play-off games after the Milwaukee Bucks called off their fixture in protest.

In baseball, three MLB games were called off after teams decided not to play, and five MLS matches have been postponed.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka pulled out of a WTA match on Thursday with a strong statement saying there were more important things to deal with than watching her play tennis.

Organisers of the Cincinnati event later postponed all matches on Thursday in support of the campaign “against racial inequality and social injustice.”

A point backed up by Kamara: “It’s not about soccer or basketball or the rest.”

“And we have to follow also the NBA players who are standing in solidarity.”

Workers remove items from the Milwaukee Bucks' bench area after they boycott an NBA play-off game
Balls and towels were removed from the Bucks’ bench area

“It’s very powerful (the Bucks’ walkout). Their platform is bigger than ours but when they stand for something that we also believe in as black players… there’s no way we can go in the other direction.

“We cannot stand behind closed doors. We are in support what the NBA did and they empowered our voices at the same time to say this is something we can stand for today as professional athletes together…

“Enough is enough. We’re professional players and black players and the rest of our brothers and sisters are standing together to say it’s not just about sports.

“Right now football is really just a game. It’s not life, and life is what is more important right now.”

He is also confident that sports working together can make a real statement.

“Sports is the most powerful tool around the world. Sports has the platform to stand together… during the pandemic everyone was talking about how they missed sports,” the former Norwich City and Middlesbrough forward pointed out.

“People want to watch TV but when you do that it stimulates your mind and takes you away from what’s really happening, so right now if we play these games it’s taking away from what’s really happening.

“We don’t want those things to be forgotten about.”

Kamara added that he and other sportspeople are already thinking about what they can do next.

“It’s something we have to go sleep on tonight and then have more conversations in the morning to see how we go forward,” he explained.

“And see what the league does too because this is something the MLS has to take a stand with us in knowing where the players’ mindset is.”

Kamara is also concerned about the mental health of the players who are not focussed on their sport because of everything that is happening.

In June Kamara and his family joined in the protests in Colorado over the death of George Floyd as he was being arrested by police.

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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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