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NUP Vetting: Elections Committee Rubbishes Mabike’s 96% Score Allegations

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The National Unity Platform party Elections Management Committee (NUP-EMC) has responded to allegations made by Hon Michael Mabike that he scored over 95% during the vetting and group study process to secure the party ticket for the Makindye East MP seat.

The flag was given to Mabike’s contender, Fred Nyeko whom the Committee says scored 78%.

During an interview with one of the local media houses, Mabike claimed that he scored 45/50 at the vetting committee session and 48/50 from the group study, giving him an upper hand of getting the ticket.

Mabike also blamed the party secretary General, David Lewis Rubongoya, for dictating on who gets the card especially in the central region.

“We shall not leave NUP to die and just run away from Bobi Wine when we know the major problem disturbing the party and that is the said Secretary General,” he said.

However, in a statement that that NUP released on Sunday, Mercy Walukamba, the NUP-EMC Chairperson said that Mabike scored lower than his competitor.

“Ordinarily, we don’t release candidates’ scores to the public, however, given his continuous statements intended to discredit our process, we hereby clarify that Mabike scored 22/50 before the vetting Committee and 37/50 from the group study totaling to 59%,” Walukamba said in the statement.

She added, “His competitor, who secured the card, scored 78%.”

Walukamba further noted that the Secretary General, whom Mabike is accusing of dictating the vetting process, just received the results from the committee for consideration by the Executive Board.

“The original forms showing the marks which each candidate obtained bearing signatures of the Committee members are available. It’s there for not true that his results or those of any other candidate were tampered with,” she added.

She advised all aggrieved candidates to petition the Executive Board for possible redress instead of making noise on media with an aim of looking for public sympathy and tarnishing the name of the Committee.

A number of candidates who did not get the party endorsement have also since accused the committee for being inconsistent, corrupt with elements of favoritism.

This has led to the birth of independent candidates, the latest being the MP of Rubaga North, Moses Kasibante who declared his Independent candidature after losing the ticket to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Speaker Abubakar Kawalya.

 



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City lawyer Ssemakadde summoned by CID over alleged offensive communication

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Ugandan satirical lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde has been summoned by Uganda Police over alleged offensive communication to the prejudice of Hon. Justice Ssekaana Musa.

According to a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, its conducting inquiries into alleged offensive communication of Ssemakadde.

The self-proclaimed ‘Legal Rebel’ is required to report at the CID headquarters for an interview and statement recording on Monday, February 28, 2022.

The summon further instructs currently Hon. Muhammad Nsereko’s strongest tormentor to particularly show-up to the Officer in Charge of Cyber Crime D/ASP Kayiza Henry at 10AM.

It should be recalled, Ssemakadde recently requested the Chief Registrar to avail him with a record of proceedings of this year’s Judges’ Conference to enable him decide the next course of action.

This sparked-verge from the resolution by the judges as they complained of being cyber bullied by some lawyers.

The judges identified lawyers Male Hassan Mabirizi and Ssemakadde particularly whom they accused of making cyberbullying-like statements on social media against judicial officers.

This comes to life just a day after lawyer Male Mabirizi was sentenced to 18months in jail over contempt of court.

Full statement:

Invitation for an interview and statement recording vide CID headquarters GEF 136/2022. The subject matters refer; The Directorate of Criminal investigations is conducting inquiries into alleged offensive communication to the prejudice of Hon. Justice Ssekaana Musa. You are required to report to CID Headquarters on February 28, 2022 at 1000hrs and you will particularly report to Officer in Charge of Cyber Crime D/ASP Kayiza Henry on telephone number 0714401470 who will guide you on what is required.

We will keep you posted



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FDC activists win Bank of Uganda pig case by simply keeping quiet

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FDC activists Augustine Ojobile and Robert Mayanja

Buganda Road Magistrate’s court has acquitted two opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) activists Augustine Ojobile and Robert Mayanja of common nuisance charges.

FDC deputy chief administrative officer Ojobile and Mayanja have been acquitted by the grade one magistrate Fidelis Otwao on charges stemming from their protest held in November 2018 when they carried pig heads to the central police station (CPS) in Kampala protesting the rot in the Bank of Uganda that had reportedly resulted into the closure of a number of commercial banks in the country for many years.


According to them, corruption at the Central bank had been the sole ingredient for the closure of commercial banks in Uganda over the years because it reportedly mismanaged them and made erroneous decisions that led to their closure.

With fresh pig heads tied around their necks and stinking blood oozing across their white T-shirts, Mayanja and Ojobile walked through the streets of Kampala to the police in a protest that was spearheaded by their pressure group known as the Jobless Youth.

One pig head had a placard bearing the name of the former and late BOU governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and the other of his former deputy Louis Kasekende.

The protest at CPS came a few days after another that was staged at the Central bank where two piglets were dumped bearing the name of Juma Kisaame (a Muslim), the former managing director of DFCU bank. 

As a result, the duo was arrested and taken to Buganda Road court on charges of common nuisance and the prosecution adduced evidence from five witnesses who included police officers and Muslims who were reportedly angered by the protest.

According to the witnesses, the actions of Mayanja and Ojobile were annoying to the people whose names were mentioned and tagged on pig heads, and the smell that was coming out of the fresh pig heads was most likely to result in injury to a considerable number of the public by affecting their health, and the protest affected businesses since some shops allegedly had to close to see what was happening outside due to their commotion.

But when Mayanja and Ojobile were asked to defend themselves over the allegations, the duo that didn’t have legal representation chose to keep quiet as their defense and let the court make its decision based on what the prosecution witnesses had testified to.

In a judgement read today Friday by Otwao, he indicated that the evidence from the prosecution witnesses is wanting because none of the people alleged to have been annoyed by the actions of the activists testified in the case or recorded a statement with police.

According to Otwao, the testimonies were based on what the witnesses were feeling as individuals and that there were no abusive statements on the pig heads that the prosecution had indicated which would cause annoyance, save for putting the names of people only. 

As such, the court has ruled that such testimonies cannot be relied on to convict a person because the prosecution has failed to prove that there was common injury, danger to the public or destruction of property.

Consequently, the magistrate has acquitted the duo and directed that each of them starts the process to seek a refund of the Shs 500,000 that each had paid to be released on bail.

The activists have welcomed the ruling saying that the court has recognized that the citizens have a right to protest peacefully.

The pig protests have been commonly used by activists who subscribe to this group known as the Jobless Brotherhood which has since rebranded to the “Alternative”.

In 2016, their members including Luta Ferdinand who is now facing trial in the court-martial on different charges, and Joseph Lukwago were arrested for dumping piglets at parliament protesting the Shs 200 million given to each MP for buying personal cars.



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Saudi Arabia executes 81 people in a single day | Death Penalty News

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The death penalty applied for a range of charges in the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom’s modern history.

Saudi Arabia has executed 81 men over the past 24 hours, including seven Yemenis and one Syrian national, on charges including “allegiance to foreign terrorist organisations” and holding “deviant beliefs”, state news agency Saudi Press Agency said, in the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history.

The number dwarfed the 67 executions reported in the kingdom in 2021 and the 27 in 2020.

“These individuals … were convicted of various crimes including murdering innocent men, women and children,” SPA said on Saturday, citing a statement from the interior ministry.

“Crimes committed by these individuals also include pledging allegiance to foreign terrorist organisations, such as ISIS [ISIL], al-Qaeda and the Houthis,” it added.

Some travelled to conflict zones to join “terrorist organisations”, according to the SPA.

“The accused were provided with the right to an attorney and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process,” it said.

“The kingdom will continue to take a strict and unwavering stance against terrorism and extremist ideologies that threaten the stability of the entire world,” the report added.

The men included 37 Saudi nationals who were found guilty in a single case for attempting to assassinate security officers and targeting police stations and convoys, the report added.

Saudi Arabia’s last mass execution was in January 2016, when the kingdom executed 47 people, including a prominent opposition Shia leader who had rallied demonstrations in the kingdom.

In 2019, the kingdom beheaded 37 Saudi citizens, most of them minority Shia, in a mass execution across the country for alleged “terrorism”-related crimes.

Saudi Arabia’s human rights records have been under increasing scrutiny from rights groups and Western allies since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

It has faced strong criticism of its restrictive laws on political and religious expression, and the implementation of the death penalty, including for defendants arrested when they were minors.

Saudi Arabia denies accusations of human rights abuses and says it protects its national security according to its laws.

SPA said the accused were provided with the right to a lawyer and were guaranteed their full rights under Saudi law during the judicial process.



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