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14 KCCA councilors remanded for inciting violence

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14 KCCA councilors remanded for inciting violence At least 14 ‘Lord’ councilors of Kampala Capital City Authority including the Speaker Zahrah Luyirika, and her deputy have been sent on remand on charges of inciting violence.

 

The others are: KCCA Deputy Speaker Nasuru Masaba, Gadafi Jafari Kamya, Morshin Kakande, Charles Mpindi, Paul Kato, Richard Ssembatya, Moses Katabu, Winnie Nansubuga, Aksam Ssemakula, Morsh Africkan Ssendi, Fausta Bitaano, Faisal Kibirige Ssebayiga and Rose Kigozi.

 

The group was on Friday arraigned before Buganda Road Magistrates Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Sanula Nambozo who read to them one offense of inciting violence.

 

Court has heard that on February 3rd 2022, the 14 Lord Councilors and others still at large incited members of the public to demonstrate violently against the officials of KCCA by reason of their office to remove street vendors from the streets of Kampala city.

 

According to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the crime was committed along Allen road in Kampala district.

 

But the group which appeared in court wearing white t-shirts with a picture of a hawker being removed from the street and inscription “Omutembeyi Simuyekeera” meaning a hawker is not a guerrilla, denied the charges.

 

Through their lawyers led by Erias Lukwago who also happens to be their political head as the Lord Mayor and Kenneth Paul Kakande, they asked to be released on bail on grounds that the charges against them are bailable and that they are representatives of thousands of people in Kampala to the KCCA.

 

Lukwago noted that KCCA is in the process of discussing its budget and the Speaker and her Deputy are among the accused persons and therefore if remanded, there will be a crisis and the Council will be nonfunctional.

 

He added that the councilors were subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment in the course of effecting arrest which is a violation of their fundamental rights. According to Lukwago, all the accused persons were beaten, humiliated, had their clothes torn and many need to seek medical attention to examine the extent of the injuries suffered.

 

 

They presented 30 sureties who included fellow councilors, relatives and friends whom they told court were substantial.

One of them identified as Bitaano presented an exceptional ground for having a baby who is breastfeeding and is only 6 months.

 

However in response, the prosecutor asked court for more time to respond to the documents presented by sureties saying that time had gone since it was already 6pm past the court working time.

 

Lukwago asked court to dismiss the prayer by the prosecutors as it was “aimed at defeating justice” for they are the ones who delayed court saying they first went to City Hall Court thinking that it was where the accused persons would be charged, only to bring them to Buganda Road Court when it was late in the afternoon.

 

But in her ruling, the Magistrate agreed with the prosecutors and said she equally needed more time to write her decision.

 

The councilors were accordingly sent on remand to Kigo and Kitalya mini max prison until February 9th 2022.

 

Trouble for the councilors started on Thursday when they went to Allen street and started protesting against KCCA’s intensified operations against street vendors and hawkers in Kampala under their Smart City Campaign aimed at decongesting the city.

 

The operation has since left some vendors jobless due to confiscation of their goods and others are trading from Usafi and Segawa market where they complain of poor sales.

 

As a result, the Councilors laid a protest saying that the actions to remove vendors was illegal because in 2017, the council resolved to allocate Sebana Kizito road, Allen road, and Kafumbe Mukasa road to street vendors to operate but the technocrats wing ignored it.

 

It is against this background that the councilors who all belong to the National Unity Platform political party protested and were arrested and held at Central Police Station in Kampala where they spent a night to be produced in court where they have been charged amidst tight security.

 

 

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Fille trashes MC Kats’s wedding suggestion.

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As it stands, Fille Mutoni seems to be not fully convinced to legalize bonk sessions with boo, MC Kats as she’s into something else, not wedding!

A few days ago MC Kats told whoever cared to listen during an interview that all set to walk longtime baby mama, Fille down the aisle. In a very buoyant mood, Kats confirmed that preparations for the wedding in the coming month are underway!

To spice it up, the veteran city events Master of Ceremony also informed the public that a tax will be levied on every guest who will attend.

Kats revealed that the delay in formalizing their relationship was due to their desire to achieve certain life goals before considering marriage.

“It has taken some time, but we felt it was essential to accomplish other significant milestones, such as building our homes. With God’s grace, we’ve managed to achieve some of these goals, and now it feels like the right time,” MC Kats explained.

However, Fille is not fully invested in the wedding circus! She maintains that she fancies a peaceful marriage over the wedding and actually labels taata Abbi a muyaaye who is peddling lies for intentions known to himself.

Watch the video below as Fille trashes MC Kats’ wedding talk.

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Medical schools advised to build health facilities on their premises.

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After the increase in medical schools in the country which has led to the overwhelming  numbers of medical students who need medical facilities to practice from, which  hospitals are not enough to accommodate them.

The Head of Private Medical Schools and Chairman of the National Medical Schools Quality Assurance Committee Dr. John Wakida advised medical institutes to build hospitals in their schools to enable trainees to do their training  because of the shortage of the training hospitals.

He was speaking at St. Francis school of health sciences  in Namataba, Mukono district, at the celebration of St. Francis day

Dr. Wakida said they want to ensure that the country produces quality medical officers who can professionally fight the diseases that are emerging every day.

The principal St.francis school health professionals institute, Namataba of the school, Kiwanuka Bbosa, said we are now in the process of building a hospital at the school to solve the problems they have been having in getting their children to practice.

Rev. Fr. Father JC Sserwanda from Namagunga Parish who led the mass today urged students to avoid sexual acts that may land them in trouble and mess up up their education.

“Don’t be diverted by men and sugar mummies which pliz be focussed on your studies because your parents sacrifice a lot to inject money in you” Sserwadda noted.

Father Sserwadda further commended the institute administration for being focussed and put in proper usage of the money that runs the institute since its infancy stage.

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M7 meets Nexus Green Officials, discuss solar projects.

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President Museveni yesterday (August 15th, 2023), met and held discussions with a delegation from Nexus Green led by their chairperson, Baroness Sandip Verma who is also the former UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development.The Nexus Green group briefed the President on the status of several projects that are ongoing in different parts of the country among which include a solar-powered irrigation, a Lopei Multipurpose Dam as well as a collaboration with the Ministry of Defence on a solar-powered project among others.

Mr Museveni in his remarks said irrigation supported by solar-powered water pumps is very crucial since it would prolong the growing time of crops in Uganda.“Instead of having two seasons we can have four seasons,” said the President.“Although we get a lot of rain, sometimes it delays but solar-powered water pumps remove all this, that is why they are very important,” he added.The president has been emphasising the use of irrigation to boost production and stabilising agriculture in the country as well as enabling the manufacturing of solar-powered water pumps to ensure the realization of both sustainable irrigation and agro-production.On her part, Baroness Sandip Verma thanked the President for his continued support to see the company yield tangible progress with some of the projects ready for commissioning.She also revealed that they are already setting up a factory that will manufacture solar-powered water pumps locally.

In their continuous bid to support green energy and E-mobility, the delegation also informed President Museveni that under their Green Hub Kampala Project, they are in a plan to start making environmentally friendly electric motorcycles that are suitable for Uganda’s terrain.In response, H.E Museveni said, “For the cars, we are making but for the bikes, you can manufacture.”The meeting between President Museveni and the delegation from Nexus Green Ltd took place at State House Entebbe.Nexus Gree Ltd is a Ugandan-based solar energy company supplying, manufacturing and delivering affordable solar-powered solutions designed for over 458 million people in East Africa.

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