Uganda Beach Soccer League match day three has been postponed.

Due to luck of beach soccer pitches in the country and unrealized program congestion at Lido beaches this weekend , that has caused the postponement of Uganda Beach league matches for day three to enable beach volleyball championship to take place today.

The beach soccer league which was scheduled for Sunday 22 September 2019, the fixture that had five matches was rescheduled on Sunday 29th September at the same venue and fixture time also not changed.

The defending champion St Lawrence University is leading the table of eleven teams with 100% record from two games played.

The removed fixtures include :

  1. KIU vs Wolves( 1 : 00PM )
  2. Muteesa 1 Royal vs MS Sand Lions ( 2 : 00PM )
  3. Isabeti vs Talented ( 3 : 00PM)
  4. St. Lawrence University vs Mutoola BSC ( 4 : 00PM )
  5. Entebbe Sharks vs Buganda Royal ( 5 : 00PM ).

Ex Tunisia president Ben Ali dies in exile at 83.

 Tunisia’s ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali died in exile in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, days after a free presidential election in his homeland.

President Ben Ali fled Tunisia after citizens rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired the Arab Spring.4 hours ago

He had been in intensive care in a hospital for three months after battling prostate cancer for years. 

“Ben Ali just died in Saudi Arabia,” family lawyer Mounir Ben Salha told Reuters news agency by phone.

Tunisia’s foreign minister confirmed his death. 

Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 as his compatriots rose up against his oppressive rule in a revolution that inspired other Arab Spring uprisings abroad and led to a democratic transition at home.

On Sunday, Tunisians voted in an election that featured candidates from across the political spectrum, sending two political outsiders through to a second-round vote – something unthinkable during Ben Ali’s own era of power.

However, while they have enjoyed a much smoother march to democracy than citizens of the other Arab states that also rose up in 2011, many Tunisians are economically worse off than they were under Ben Ali.

While almost all the candidates in Sunday’s election were vocal champions of the revolution, one of them, Abir Moussi, campaigned as a supporter of Ben Ali’s deposed government, receiving four percent of the vote.

“Tunisians themselves – if this most recent election on Sunday is any indication – have moved on from the Ben Ali regime,” Leo Siebert from the United States Institute of Peace told Al Jazeera.

“Tunisia has firmly moved into democracy and to multi-party politics, and the death of Ben Ali spells kind of an important end for autocracy in Tunisia.” 

Little information has emerged on his life in exile in Saudi Arabia. Photos posted on Instagram in 2013 showed the former strongman smiling in striped pyjamas. 

His body was being transferred to Mecca, where he is to be buried Friday in keeping with his last wishes,  Ben Salha told The Associated Press.

Ben Ali promoted his country of 11 million as a beach haven for European tourists and a beacon of stability in volatile North Africa. It seemed as though he had offered his people a trade-off: There was a lack of civil rights and little or no freedom of speech, but a better quality of life than in nearby countries such as Algeria and Morocco.

A former security chief, Ben Ali had run Tunisia for 23 years, taking power when – as prime minister in 1987 – he declared president-for-life Habib Bourguiba medically unfit to rule.

In office, he sought to stifle any form of political dissent while opening up the economy, a policy that led to rapid growth but also fuelled grotesque inequality and accusations of brazen corruption, not least among his own relatives.

During that era, his photograph was displayed in every shop, school and government office from the beach resorts of the Mediterranean coast to the impoverished villages and mining towns of Tunisia’s hilly interior.

On the few occasions his rule was put to the vote, he faced only nominal opposition and won re-election by more than 99 percent.

In 2011, a Tunisian court sentenced Ben Ali in absentia to 35 years in prison on charges ranging from corruption to torture, and in 2012 a military court sentenced him to another 20 years for inciting “murder and looting”.

Ben Ali brooked no dissent or challenges to his authority during his 23-year rule.

The sudden end came for Ben Ali when a desperate vegetable seller in the humble town of Sidi Bouzid set himself alight in December 2010 after police confiscated his cart.

Mohammed Bouazizi’s funeral was attended by tens of thousands of furious people, sparking weeks of ever bigger protests in which scores of people were killed.

By mid-January 2011, Ben Ali had had enough and boarded a plane for Saudi Arabia, seeking refuge in a state that prized stability and which later worked to counter uprisings in Bahrain and Egypt.

His rapid departure sparked a string of similar uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa, toppling Egyptian and Libyan strongmen Hosni Mubarak and Moamer Kadhafi.

The turmoil triggered what was to become Syria’s devastating eight-year war.

Ben Ali’s rise began in the army after Bourguiba won Tunisia’s independence from France in 1956. He was head of military security from 1964, and of national security from 1977.

After a three-year stint as ambassador to Poland, he was called back to his old security job in 1984 to quell riots over bread prices. Now a general, he was made interior minister in 1986 and prime minister in 1987.

It took him less than three weeks to arrange a new promotion to the top job, bringing in a team of doctors to declare Bourguiba senile, meaning he would automatically take over as head of state.

His first decade as president involved a big economic restructuring – backed by the IMF and World Bank – and an annual growth rate slightly over four percent a year.

But critics said Tunisia was a police state where few dared challenge an all-powerful government. In a country where many had experienced life under democracy elsewhere, Ben Ali’s oppressive state was a reason to chafe.

Meanwhile, the elite were accumulating wealth in their extravagant seaside villas, Ben Ali’s early years of populist promises to the poor yielding them little. The lavish lifestyle of his wife, Leila Trabelsi and her clique of rich relatives, came to symbolise the corruption of an era.

Out in the provinces, in the shabby mining towns of the south and the rural villages without running water, anger was growing, leading to a small protest movement in 2008, sometimes called “the little revolution”.

Eight years on from the real uprising, conditions of life are still tough in those areas, with unemployment higher than in 2010 and public services having deteriorated.

National Security Council to decide Kayihura fate – Rugunda.

Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda has revealed that a top security meeting has been summoned to discuss the fate of former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura next week.

Rugunda made the revelation during Thursday’s plenary sitting in response to a directive issued by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to inform the nation on what Government is doing about Kale’s fate.

He said, “It is true that American Government has taken measures against General Kale Kayihura and these measures are being studied by Government and actually next week a meeting has been called of Ministers if possible for Defence, Security and Internal Affairs and Attorney General to give further examinations of this matter so that Government handles this matter from the position  of knowledge.”

It should be recalled that on Wednesday, Speaker Kadaga asked the Prime Minister to explain the recent United States of America indictment against former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura over accusations of corruption and abuse of human rights.

Last week, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed visa restrictions and economic sanctions to Kayihura and his family over alleged corruption and human rights abuses with the North American country statement noting that it was in possession of credible information that Kayihura was involved in torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, through command responsibility of the Flying Squad, a specialized unit of the Uganda Police Force that reported directly to him.

According to the indictment, Flying Squad Unit members reportedly used sticks and rifle butts to abuse detainees at the infamous Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.

The US Government further accused Kayihura of engaging in numerous acts of corruption including using bribery to strengthen his political position within the government of Uganda, stealing funds intended for official Ugandan government business, and using another government employee to smuggle illicit goods, including drugs, gold, and wildlife, out of Uganda.

Kayihura denied the accusations, saying he did most of his work with the US authorities especially the Federal Bureau of Investigations and taunted US of awarding him for his fight against terrorism, describing the allegations as concoction.

Kadaga’s directive followed a concern raised by Francis Mwijukye (Buhweju County) who wondered why Government is silent about Kayihura’s sanctions yet at the epitome of his career, President Yoweri Museveni praised Kayihura’s service describing him as a good cadre and questioned why the good cadre had been abandoned at such a time.

The National Security Council draws it powers from article 219 of the Constitution and the National Security Council Act that came into commencement in June 2000.

The National Security Council as an advisory body to the President on all matters relating to national security and other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto whise functions include; to inform and advise the President on matters relating to national security, to coordinate and advise on policy matters relating to intelligence and security, to review national security needs and goals, to brief the Cabinet regularly on matters relating to national security as well as to receive and act on reports from the joint intelligence committee.

The National Security Council is composed of; the President who shall be the chairperson, the Vice President, Minister for internal affairs, Minister r for finance, Attorney General, Minister responsible for foreign affairs, ; Minister for security and Minister for defence.

The Council also has other members who are ex officio members with no voting rights and these include; Inspector General of Police, Army Commander, Director General of Internal Security Organisation, Director General of External Security Organisation, director of the criminal investigations department, the Chief of Military Intelligence, the Commissioner of Prisons.

FDC warns police against interfering with their campaigns.

FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda addresses media at FDC headquarters in Najanankumbi on Monday (Photo/Courtesy)

The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has on September 9 cautioned Police as an institution and individual police officers against continued disruption of their activities.

While addressing the press at FDC headquarters in Najanankumbi, the party Spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda said police has continuously disrupted their activities even when they inform the law enforcement body in time.

“On Saturday Police violently dispersed our public rally in Mbale arresting the FDC President Hon. Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat and a number of our supporters. We had just concluded a meeting with FDC leaders in the area,” he said.

He added that, “Interestingly the same Police which we dully informed about these activities as the law requires, didn’t interfere with our Wednesday, Thursday and Friday meetings and rallies in Kasilo, Soroti and Kumi.”

According to Mr Ssemujju, the reason Mbale was disrupted was to kill the momentum they had gained after the Teso activities.

He further emphasized that as announced earlier, they will continue with their programme with or without Police clearance.

“This week, the FDC will be in Hoima to campaign for our Woman MP candidate Ms. Nyakato Asinansi Kamanda. And we will thereafter move to Kaabong in Karamoja where we are tussling it out with NRM for the district Woman MP,” Ssemujju noted.

He said all democracy seeking forces have been invited to join us in these campaigns and Police should be aware.

“While we will be glad to issue the said letters to all our colleagues who want to join us in these campaigns, we again want to caution Police against interfering with our campaign. In fact this is the first time that Police is asking for such letters,” he said.

Uganda is the safest place to invest your money, says Museveni.

Uganda is the safest place for any investor to inject their money and offers immense business opportunities, President Museveni has said.

The President made the remarks at a dinner he jointly hosted with the First Lady, Janet, for the business community at Westin Hotel in Cape Town.

“If there is a place where you can easily make money, it is Uganda.  The place is secure.  That is why we host 1.4 million refugees from the neighbouring countries,” he said.

The President made the remarks at a dinner he jointly hosted with the First Lady, Janet, for the business community at Westin Hotel in Cape Town. 

Mr Museveni is in South Africa to take part in the World Economic Forum on Africa, which is running under the theme “Shaping Inclusive Growth and Shared Futures in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. 

At the dinner, President Museveni highlighted three major aspects of doing business; production of goods and services, market for those goods and services and infrastructure to facilitate to link the producer to the market. 

The NRM government, said the President, had put in place enabling infrastructure to facilitate production of goods and services, adding that it had greatly lowered the cost of doing business. 

The President said Uganda’s population and hence market was growing, the country has an array of available and affordable raw materials, affordable and now surplus electricity, functional Internet services and other amenities like piped water. 

He urged the investors to seek opportunities in agro-processing, infrastructure, mineral extraction and tourism among other openings.  

Addressing the gathering, the First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, said the country is focusing on skilling the youth to enable them compete favourably in the job market.

PS Bigirimana dragged to court over judicial officer’s allowances.

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary Pius Bigirimana has on August 29, been dragged to court for allegedly reducing the allowances of judicial officers which had already been approved by cabinet.

An advocate and concerned citizen Hassan Male Mabirizi claims to be interested in a vibrant and functional judiciary has found Bigirimana’s decision as improper, irrational and illegal; hence petitioning the High court to quash it.

Mabirizi claims that he come across an internal memo dated 27th August 2019 by Bigirimana to all registrars, deputy registrars, assistant registrars and magistrates copied in to the chief justice, principal judge and chief registrar stopping the increasing of allowances of the officers.

The memo noted……”to correct the error and clarity that the monthly salary and judicial allowance entitlement are not one and the same. While salary may increase over time, this allowance is fixed as approved by cabinet”

However, in his application seeking to review the said decision, Mabirizi attacks Bigirimana who only assumed office late last month of stepping out of his mandate to attempt to correct a cabinet decision.

“As a Ugandan interested in Rule of Law and an independent functional, well facilitated and strong judiciary, the internal memo is outrightly illegal, irrational, unreasonable and beats common sense,” Mabirizi noted.

According to the court documents the permanent secretary to the judiciary has no powers to alter a cabinet decision which set the consolidated judicial allowance per month at the a rate of 30% of the monthly salary without cabinet sitting.

“I know that even if it was the cabinet to sit, it has no powers to vary the allowances of judicial officers to their disadvantage. I see that there is indeed no error as claimed by Bigirimana because going by the table, the cabinet approved a 30% consolidated allowance which changes with the change in the salary only that the first figure was computed basing on the then prevailing salary,” reads the court documents.

Mabirizi states that the internal memo undermines the independence of the judiciary and specifically the lower bench officers who are at the grassroots of adjudicating disputes in our societies.

He further states that it is fair, equitable in line with promotion of independence of the judiciary, accountability in public offices, transparency and promotion of Rule of Law that the application is allowed.

Mabirizi now wants the High court to quash this memo, prohibiting the Chief justice and the principle judge from acting on the same and compel public service pay the affected judicial officers their full salaries and allowances.

Mabirizi also seeks an order for damages for the inconvenience he has suffered as a result of Bigirimana issuing the said memo.

Bigirimana took over from now interdicted PS Expedito Kagole Kivumbi whom the Auditor General’s report of FY 2017-2018 pinned on numerous incidences of Financial management.

Kadaga honored for youth advocacy.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga receives the gift from Mr. John May .

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has been honored by the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards Program for her work in advocating for youth-related matters.

The Duke of Edinburgh International Awards Program team, led by the Secretary-General, John May, recognized Kadaga’s work in youth advocacy, saying it has been influential in fundraising for the program which currently benefits over 30,000 youths in Uganda annually.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in a brief meeting with The Duke of Edinburgh team.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards program founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, which has since expanded to 144 nations.

Thousands turn up for Rotary Cancer Run.

ASunday 25th August 2019, nearly 30,000 participants  gathered at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds for the 8th Edition of Rotary Cancer Run.

At least UGX 778 million has been collected in the 2019 Rotary Cancer Run.

According to Rotary’s Past District Governor  Stephen Mwanje, the government needs USD 5 million (18 billion shillings) to put up a specialized facility where all types of cancers can be treated with in the country as opposed to going abroad where it’s more expensive.

Mwanje, however, said that for this year alone, their target was to solicit 1 billion shillings but only 778 million has been collected countrywide.

The runners were flagged off by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.

The proceeding of the cancer run will go towards procuring for the construction of bunkers needed for the installation of linear accelerators at Nsambya Hospital.

A linear accelerator is a modern cancer treatment machine.

This year’s Run has attracted over 50,000 runners across the country to raise part of the approximately needed UGX18b to build the bunkers and equip them with linear accelerators.

Over UGX1.6b has been raised so far from the previous three runs since 2015.

Ms. Kadaga last month launched the 8th edition of the Rotary Cancer Run — breaking the ground for the construction of bunkers needed for the installation of linear accelerators at Nsambya Hospital.

The 8th edition was sponsored by the Parliament of Uganda, Centenary Bank and supported by New Vision, UAP Insurance, Liquid Telecom,
Uganda Petroleum Authority, Maad Advertising, Events Warehouse, and
Rwenzori Mineral Water among others.

The 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference unveiled.

The speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has briefed the public on the upcoming 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, which will get underway in Kampala in September.

Hon. Kadaga appealed to Ugandans to grab the prospective business opportunities.

While appearing on a local TV show, the Speaker confirmed that climate change will be top on the agenda for the upcoming 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary conference.

“The participants will engage debate on issues of climate change, innovations in parliaments, facilitation for persons with disability …” Kadaga said.

This is in line with the theme of the Conference: “Adaptation, engagement and evolution of Parliaments in a rapidly changing Commonwealth.”

The United Nations has raised a red flag on devastating effects of climate change in Africa, projecting that by 2080, a greater part of today’s vegetation cover would have 75 per cent of the continent’s population exposed to hunger.

Ms Kadaga said the conference is expected to attract 1,000 delegates from parliaments of member states.

“The conference draws together speakers of parliaments, clerks of parliaments, spouses and accompanying persons,” she said.

She emphasised that the conference is a good opportunity for parliaments from the 54 member states to engage and network.

Among other activities, the Conference will have a youth roundtable and a CPA lecture.

Deliberations will also discuss urbanisation, sexual harassment, separation of powers as well as post legislative scrutiny and CPA benchmarks for democratic legislatures.

Parliament recently commissioned a web portal to facilitate online application for the visitors, and has registered significant progress on confirmations.

She confirmed that guests will meet costs for their accommodations with Parliament only offering to negotiate with the selected 20 hotels to offer fair discount rates.

Parliament will provide transport and protocol services from the time of arrival to departure.

“We are providing chauffer driven cars with lead cars to speakers of national parliaments while other participants will be provided with shared transport,” said Ms Kadaga.

Asked about constant absenteeism by ministers and some MPs, Kadaga disclosed that “everyone should watch the space”.

“I will definitely take action in a bid to stem the habit,” Ms. Kadaga said.

Answering a question about what could be done about the huge number of MPs on the Independent ticket, Kadaga appealed for introspection by all parties, with regard to party primaries.

She said that many MPs were compelled to become independent due to real and perceived unfairness in the primaries.

She also echoed the message for value addition to agricultural produce as a panacea to rampant poverty in the countryside.

Kyangera safe house worse than Nalufenya, Evans Gabula told Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights

MPs, on the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, were on Thursday, August 22,  lost for words as a man shed tears while narrating how he was tortured for two months during detention in a safe house in Kyengera, Wakiso District.

Mr Evans Gabula told MPs that he was tortured at Kyengera Base 1 and 2 safe houses by security operatives after he refused to implicate former Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura on charges of abetting kidnap and failing to protect war materials.

“I have come appeal to this Parliament to save me because I have my rights and I have never done anything wrong in this country. People are committing heinous crimes in the name of providing security in this country,” Mr Gabula, who was accompanied by his lawyer, Mr Anthony Wameli, told the MPs.

He explained that the human rights violations in the safe houses are worse than what was in Nalufenya during the time of former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura.

“If you compare the torture at Nalufenya with what is happening in the safe houses, Nixon Agasiirwe would be an angel and Kaka would be the devil because what I went through is appalling,” Mr Gabula told the MPs.

He said the safe houses are being run by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) headed by Col Frank Kaka Bagyenda, whom he said visits during the night.

Mr Gabula claimed that students accused of participating in the burning of a dormitory at St Bernard SS Manya in Kyotera District in November last year are kept in the same cells with older women and men.

He alleges that detainees are not allowed to take a shower nor wash clothes while in the safe houses.

Mr Gabula said Col Kaka also deployed notorious criminals led by Mr Paddy Sserunjogi commonly known as, Sobi, to torture the detainees.

He said that he spent 72 days in the Kyengera safe house before being helped to escape by an officer.

Committee chairperson Egunyu Janepher Nantume said MPs will summon the ISO boss and the ministers responsible for security over the matter.

The revelation comes days after the president of the Uganda Law Society, Mr Simon Peter Kinobe, said that Col. Kaka, the Director-General of Internal Security Organisation (ISO), has no statutory mandate and authority to arrest or detain anyone in the country.

Mr Kinobe’s remarks come after ISO detained for four days Mr Patrick Mugisha, a lawyer in a safe house in Kyengera, on the outskirts of Kampala.

The Law society president accused Col Kaka of kidnapping Ugandans, arguing that Col Kaka under the law has no legal mandate to arrest anyone.

“We’re calling the arrests kidnaps because section 4 and 11 of the Security Act spells out the mandate of ISO, it says they have no authority to arrest whatsoever,” he said.

“The individual (Kaka Bagyenda) who carried this [Mugisha’s arrest] out does not have a statutory mandate to arrest. He can’t arrest as a private individual.

The arrest was carried out by CMI on instructions of Kaka. Counsel Patrick Mugisha was kept in a safe house in Kyengera which is not gazetted by law for purposes of detention. There’s no justification for impunity,” he added.

Mr Kinobe said holding people incommunicado takes Uganda back to the dark ages.

“The constitution of the Republic of Uganda has decreed that a person shouldn’t be held beyond 48 hrs. We have this particular article because of our very dark history where people used to disappear and never seen again. If insecurity is on the rise, don’t act with impunity, it means you act smarter.

Kaka has broken all these provisions, he keeps people in safe houses and holds them beyond 48 hours,” he said on Monday during TV show.

The Uganda Law Society in a strongly worded letter dated August 3, 2019, accused Col Bagyenda of usurping the powers of other security agencies and acting with impunity by kidnapping, intimidating, harassing and arresting lawyers without any reason.

“The ISO Director has now taken over the role of other security agencies and has turned ISO into a clearing agency for wealthy individuals to the detriment of regular citizens. Despite the lack of statutory mandate to arrest and detain, the same has continually detained citizens in places not gazetted by law and beyond the statutory period of 48 hours. The most notorious safe house used by ISO is in Kyengera protected by the military police under the command of the UPDF,” Mr Kinobe’s letter reads.