I will develop Makindye Sabaggabo to city says MP aspirant Kyazze Frank

The former KCCA FC and Uganda cranes player Kyazze Frank who is the NRM flag bearer was dully nominated on Thursday October 2020 at around 2:00pm.

Kyazze who has competed for the same position since 2011 is one person who helps every needy in many aspects in the constituency as long as he is approached.

Kyazze vowed to put his emphasis on empowering the youth and women in Makindye Sabagabo Municipality if is given a chance to represent the area in the country’s national assembly and promised to also develop the municipality to the level of a big city if he is trusted by the voters this time.

Kyazze who was dully nominated on the Thursday 15th October 2020 at Wakiso district Electral Commission urged voters to acess all the candidates well instead of votting parties for the good of the area.

Hon. Kyazze while addressing the media after nominations he also promised to continue helping the people of Makindye Sabagabo Municipality has he has been doing for the past decade.

Former Uganda international Frank Kyazze has also promised to table issues of retired national teams players in parliament.

Kyazze was second in the past two general elections for the parliamentary seat of Makindye Municipality and now the favourite in the forth coming Parliamentary general elections come 2021.

“Many players who played during our generation are living a sorry state, but if sportsmen can get a strong voice especially in parliament, something can be done.

“Personally, I am standing for MP Makindye Municipality and I think I can use this platform to bring all sportsmen together and we see how we can lobby support.”

Kyazze, a former KCCA FC and SC Villa star, revealed he has accorded support to a few stars he has traced.

“The president recently put aside funds to pay some sportsmen that have excelled but the retired players have not got that money because no one is caring to make a follow-up,” he added.

“I played football to a greater level, and there is no way I can forget all those people we went through the same struggle.

“At the moment, there are many players that I am looking after, some of my friends always give me updates about the players’ welfare and I support accordingly.”

Kyazze also explained how Ugandan talented stars can bring national development.

Despite being favourite, Kyazze will face stiff challenge from the Incumbent Kigozi Ssempala (Independent), Sserukenya David(NUP) and Haji Ssebandeke from the incumbent party (DP), among others.

Ssebaggala “Seya” finally laid to rest

Hon. Allan Ssewanyana (C) in white at the burial Kisaasi on Sunday 4th October 2020(Photo/Courtesy)

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni yesterday Sunday October 4th 2020 paid tribute to the fallen former Kampala City mayor and adviser to the president, Al Haji Nasser Ntege Ssebaggala”aka Seya” during his send-off at his parent’s home in Kisaasi, a Kampala suburb.
Mr Museveni in his condolence message read out by the second deputy Prime Minister Ali Kirunda Kivejinja amid booing from the people power mourners, described Ssebaggala as one of the pioneers of entrepreneurship in the country.

“On behalf of government and on my own, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family. Uganda has lost a great entrepreneur. He was among the first Ugandans to establish big enterprises. He devoted his prime years of life to serve Ugandans. We pray that his outstanding service will be a form of inspiration to most Ugandans,” he said.

Ssebaggala, 72, succumbed to cardiac arrest at Kampala International Hospital (IHK) on September 26, but he could not be buried immediately in accordance with the Islamic faith because the family had to wait for his children who were abroad. His family said he fell in his bathroom in Munyonyo on September 7 and was taken to IHK with abdominal complications.  

The deceased had stated in his will that his children abroad should attend his funeral. Majority of them arrived last Thursday.
Earlier, Ssebaggala’s children eulogized their father and sought forgiveness from thousands of mourners for the delayed burial, contrary to Islamic culture of burying the dead immediately.
“On behalf of my late father, I want to request anybody with any sentiments about him to bury them. A lot has been said for breaking the Muslim norms but it’s us speaking, the reason for the delay,” one of Ssebaggala’s sons spoke to mourners.

He added: “His wish was stay for three days, however, we couldn’t make it [back to Uganda] within the three days for burial due to the Covid-19 restrictions. That is why we extended it to seven days. I pray and beg that you bury whatever hatchet you have against him today.”
Half way the tributes, the function turned political when the current Kampala District Woman MP. Nabilah Naggayi Sempala was invited to eulogize the deceased.

Ms. Naggayi, who recently left Forum for Democratic Change party (FDC) to join National Unity Platform (NUP) headed by Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine, instead turned the burial ceremony into a campaign.

“The wave of the political change that is being brought about by Kyagulanyi, we the women should be given a chance because we are able. I will serve you as I have always been doing,” Ms Nabilah said amidst chants of NUP slogans of “People Power, Our Power”.
Shortly after MP Naggayi, Mr Kyagulanyi took the microphone and spoke of Ssebaggala as his father in many aspects including politics.

Other dignitaries attended the burial include Makindye west MP. Mr. Allan Ssewanyana, David Kalwanga, Kenny Lukyamuzi among others.

Katumwa Sports Centre injects 5m into 2020 Ug Ludo Super League

Uganda Ludo Federation (ULF) has brought on board Katumwa Sports Center who has bought all the trophies, medals, other rewards and purchased all the tents and chairs to be used at the venues where the games will take place, worthy Five million Uganda shillings (5,000,000/=) .

Director David Katumwa promise more support towards the sport if they use the first support well.

“Ludo in Uganda is blessed that it has Hussein Kalule, an ambassador who is also the Africa Ludo President. We need professionals in this game just like we have seen in other games as Football, Netball and Basketball.” Katumwa said.

The Uganda Ludo Federation (ULF) has officially released the 2020 activity calendar on Friday, February 14, 2020.

This was during a well-attended press briefing held at Centenary Park in the heart of Kampala City.

The briefing was graced by the ULF president Hussein Kalule, flanked by members of his executive committee, club representatives, the media and a special guest, entrepreneur David Katumwa Steele of the Katumwa Sports Center.

Kalule who is also the president of the Africa Ludo Federation (ALF) noted that the year-long calendar has been released early enough to help the clubs prepare adequately.

“Our year-long calendar has been released to enable us the smooth running of the calendar as we are looking to a run a more professional league.

” Each of the clubs in the super division has been tasked to have a women side. We have also spread wings to the universities” Kalule noted.

He anticipates a very competitive league owing to the expertise of the players in the different

Kalule also confirmed that Uganda will host the 2020 Africa Ludo Federation summit in the coming months.

The Ludo administrators have devised means of spreading the game to universities, Secondary Schools and other higher learning institutions with Makerere University, Buganda Royal Institute, Kyambogo, UCU, YMCA and Ndejje University first on board.

The 16 clubs in top flight:

There are 16 clubs in the National Ludo super league. Defending champions Kamwokya Corner are joined by Bassajja Bayiiya, Buloba A, Dembe Vegas, Nansana Galaxy, SilverSports, Nansana All Stars, Kisansa Kireka, Kazo Hill, The Homiez, Kings, Property Saints, Entebbe Gerenge, Nakawa Market, Busega and Ntinda Market.

The winning club will take home Shs 4M, gold medals and a glittering trophy.

The runners up will pocket Shs 2M, silver medals with Shs 1M for the bronze medals.

Meanwhile, the Uganda Ludo Federation officially launched their website; africaludofed.org/Uganda.

Uganda Ludo Super League 2020 (Match Day 1 Fixtures):

Sunday, 8th March 2020 (10:00 AM):

  • Basajja Bayiiya Vs Buloba A
  • Dembe Vegas Vs Nansana Galaxy
  • Silver Sports Vs Nansana All Stars
  • Kisansa Kireka Vs Kazo Hill
  • The Homiez Vs Kings
  • Property Saints Vs Entebbe Gerenge
  • Nakawa Market Vs Nakawa Market B
  • Ntinda Market Vs Kamwokya Corner

Previous Uganda Ludo Super League winners:

  • 2006 – Kazo Central Ludo Club
  • 2007 – Kazo Central Ludo Club
  • 2008 – Kwagalana Ludo Club
  • 2009 – Natete United Ludo Club
  • 2010 – Katwe United Ludo Club
  • 2011 – Nansana Galaxy Ludo Club
  • 2012 – Dobbi Sports Ludo Club
  • 2013 – Did Not Happen
  • 2014 – Mweludde Mukono Ludo Club
  • 2015 – Gerenge Entebbe Ludo Club
  • 2016 – Kwagalana Ludo Club
  • 2017 – Kawanda Ludo Club
  • 2018 – Nansana All Stars Ludo Club
  • 2019 – Kamwokya Corner Ludo Club

Maj Gen Benon Biraaro succumbs to colon cancer

Former presidential aspirant, Gen.Benon Biraaro has passed on, the MS News has learnt.

Biraaro succumbed to cancer of the colon at Kampala Hospital. The general has been battling the illness for more than a year and he has sought treatment abroad. In a press statement, the hospital said Biraaro had been admitted there since February 6.

We would like to pass our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the nation at large,” read part of the statement.


Born on March 1, 1958, Biraaro joined the National Resistance Army bush war in 1982 straight out of Makerere University and by 1984, he had risen to the High Command and National Resistance Council and by 1986, he was the deputy to President Museveni’s Principal Private Secretary.

He was then posted to Kitgum as the special district administrator until 1987 before being sent to Kyankwanzi where he served as deputy commandant of the National Leadership Institute.

Biraaro served as the commanding officer of the 97th battalion in Eastern Uganda which helped end the insurgency in Teso sub-region.

He later served as the commander of the military police, appointed the representative of the office of the Inspector General of Government, served as a member of the Adhoc committee on human rights before he became the director of training in the UPDF.

In 1998, Biraaro commanded the Ugandan contingent to the Democratic Republic of Congo, before becoming the commander of the Infantry division in Western Uganda.

He was later appointed the deputy chief of staff in the UPDF, the fifth highest-ranking office in the Ugandan army and later served as the commandant for the Senior Command and Staff College in Kimaka.

Biraaro also served as the chief of the Strategic Planning and Management Unit of the Peace and Security Council at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia.

He attended an officers’ courses in the United Kingdom, Nigerian Defence Academy, Fort Leavenworth, USA , Nasser Military Academy,Egypt and the Master in Global Security Studies at Cranfield University in the UK.

In 2013, Maj. Gen. Benon Biraaro retired from the active service of the army together with Brig. Benard Rwehururu, the Ssabanyala Maj Baker Kimeze and Lt. Patrick Kasumba at a colorful function held at Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya graced by the then Chief of Defence Forces, Gen.Katumba Wamala.

In 2016, Gen.Biraaro stood for the February 18 presidential polls under the Farmers’ Party where he lost to the incumbent, President Museveni and from then he retired to his private business.

Kampala criminal gangs have been cleaned up , says Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said that security agencies have helped to clean out criminal gangs in Kampala and the surrounding areas.

In a statement issued on Sunday, November 3, 2019, the President said that the vigilance of the security forces has paid off.

“The criminal groups, in recent times, had killed people in the areas of Kampala-Entebbe, Ntungamo, Lyantonde and the Kisoro areas. I have not yet received the report for Kisoro. However, for Kampala Metropolitan, Ntungamo and Lyantonde, the gangs have been wiped out. These gangs had killed 13 people, injured 2 and robbed sh. 24 million in total,” he said.

“20 of these groups have been arrested, 8 charged in Courts of law, four guns have been recovered, and sh.10million and 3 motor-cycles have also been recovered,” he added.

The President’s remarks come after the police launched an operation dubbed ‘Tokoora’ intended to rid the city and surrounding areas of criminals.

Here is the full statement bellow:

Fellow Ugandans and, especially, the Bazzukulu

After some weeks of absence. This time, I will, again, address you on the issue of combating crime because crime was appearing, again, after we had suppressed it with Operation Wembley in the year 2002.

The criminal groups, in recent times, had killed people in the areas of Kampala-Entebbe, Ntungamo, Lyantonde and the Kisoro areas. I have not yet received the report for Kisoro.

However, for Kampala Metropolitan, Ntungamo and Lyantonde, the gangs have been wiped out. These gangs had killed 13 people, injured 2 and robbed sh. 24 million in total.

20 of these groups have been arrested, 8 charged in Courts of law, four guns have been recovered, and sh.10million and 3 motor-cycles have also been recovered.

Those who steal phones and motor-cycles sell them. The racket of the phone and car thieves have also been broken. As a consequence, 208 suspects have been arrested, 2,524 mobile phones, 141 motor-cycles, 25 TV sets and 280 laptops were recovered.

Within this period, on account of the prompt response of the Police and quick reporting by the Wanainchi, three robberies were foiled. One robber in Kitezi was killed by the Police, one was injured and arrested and one was arrested in Nsangi.

Let us look at case by case.

Ntungamo District:

On the 10th, 16th and 24th of October, 2019, the criminals attacked: Ruhara Trading Centre; KK shop in Ntungamo Trading Centre; and Katojo Trading Centre. On the 10th of September, at around 19:40 hours, about 6 robbers that had masked their faces, with 2 SMG guns, attacked Ruhara Trading Centre. They robbed a total of sh.6 million from a one Kataiha and Baizire. They fired shots that left cartridges (ebishuuku), the Police of Kiziinga responded but the thieves had left.

On the 16th of September, 2019, at KK shop in Ntungamo Town at 20:30 hours, masked men, with a gun, robbed sh. 4.5million from Kakuru. They also robbed people that were nearby. They injured a one Kato. The Police responded but the robbers had fled on motorcycles. However, cartridges (ebishuuku) were recovered.

On the 24th of September, 2019, the robbers, at 20:00 hours, attacked Katojo Trading Centre and robbed money and mobile phones from people and injured Turyasingura who, later, died. Ntungamo Police was informed and they responded and arrested Kalanzi: who was part of the robbers. It is from Kalanzi and the clues that were on him that the Police came to know that the robbers of Ntungamo were the same that had killed Nabaasa in Rubaga and had robbed in Bulaga (Mityana) where they also killed Mutyaba Hussein, a Boda boda rider that was among those pursuing the robbers after the robbery. What is most annoying is to find out that most of these suspects were former remandees who were released from jail in May 2019.

Those arrested in this gang include:

Kalanzi, Nkurunziiza, Nuweagaba, Tumwine, etc. The killer gun SMG-No 1968XU2687 was captured from Ssekandi Yassin of Nalukolongo with 11 bullets. They had cut off the wooden butt, to make it easy to fit in the laptop bags.

Therefore, the robbers and killers of Ntungamo, Rubaga, Bulaga, were the same people and most of them have been arrested and the gun recovered. The trigger point for the success in Ntungamo, was the vigilance of the DPC who deployed an ambush party at Kyamate that led to the capture of Kalanzi.

In the case of Naggirinya, most of the suspected killers have been arrested. They are: Kasolo Lubega, Kalyango, Kisseka, Kateregga, Mpanga, Okiri Raymond. The other suspects not arrested but known are: Kisusu Isaac and a one Fred.

There were a number of murders in Lyantonde district – part of the 13 murders mentioned above. In Lyantonde, a total of 6 people were killed and sh. 7 million robbed. All the killings in Lyantonde and the robberies were by gun No. 4813402 with 29 bullets. It was being used by army deserters and other soldiers still in service to steal money but also settle personal scores. Rwabagabo, one of the people killed, was a father of two of these killers. He was killed with his wife, a step- mother to these killers. Kankunda and Katsigaire are suspects that are still at large. Those arrested include: Kakuru Benon, his brother Mwebaze Nathan, Ninyesiga etc. The gun was robbed by Kakuru Benon from an LDU in Bundibudgyo for these purposes of robbing and killing. All the killings, according to forensic analysis, were by the same gun, as far as the killings of Lyantonde were concerned. Once forensic studies (studying the Bishuuku) showed that it was one gun, the Police were able to use human intelligence, to identify the criminals.

On account of some seriousness of the Police, some robberies have been foiled. In Buloba, the thieves came to Mmacks maize milling factory. They found a sleepy security guard, whom they tied and robbed his gun and started stealing money and items in the factory. However, one of the workers rang Buloba Police station, which promptly responded. The Police shot one of the robbers, Tamale Joseph, who was also captured. The security guard’s gun was recovered. The rest will be captured.

In Kitezi, four robbers attacked a home of Sserwadda at Lusanja. The owners of the home rang the Police of Kitezi, which responded promptly and found the thieves still struggling to break into the house. Led by ASP Omara, the Police shot dead one of the robbers and the 3 others went with injuries. The dead thief, had some clues on him that will help the Police to get the rest.

In Nsangi, the villagers saw people with a suspicious bag. They rang Maya Police Station which responded and arrested Kyazze Abdallah with an SAR gun No.11002647-101858, with 3 bullets. Kyazze was part of a group from Katwe on a mission of robbing.

You all can see that what was missing was vigilance by the public and the Police and increasing the speed of responding by the Police. The cameras helped in a few cases. Forensic analysis of cartridges helped in all of them. Police dogs, helped a bit in the Ntungamo incidents. It is easy to defeat these criminals as I said from the very beginning.

You can see, how the criminals are trying to use our good roads and the good telephone system to move from Kampala and commit crimes in Ntungamo or any other far corner of Uganda. I will not use permanent road-blocks to catch them. It disturbs Nalumanya and Ssalumanya (the ones who are guilty and the ones who are not guilty). I will always use the technology of jigger extraction. You do not hurt the toe because there is a jigger there. You patiently pull back the skin, until you extract the jigger itself and reward it with fire with little damage to the toe.

I will say more next week.

Yoweri K. Museveni

Magogo suspended for two months, 10,000 CHF fine for being guilty of unlawful world cup tickets sale.

The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has ratified the plea bargain entered into by Mr Moses Hassim Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, and the chairperson of the investigatory chamber.

An investigation into Mr Magogo was opened on 23 July 2018 related to the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

In accordance with art. 67 par.1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the parties have mutually agreed on the following sanctions:

  • A fine of CHF 10,000.
  • A two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. 

The suspension became effective upon the validation of the agreement by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber on 10 October 2019.

The petition was filed on 30th May 2017 to the FIFA Ethics and Integrity Committee, accusing the person of Magogo for violation and breach of the FIFA statutes, code of ethics and disciplinary code, under the articles 13, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

For every FIFA World Cup tournament, a particular number of tickets is allocated to each federation prior to the championship.

In Uganda’s case 177 tickets were allocated for 2014 world cup Brazil but none was sold here.

This Code of Ethics was adopted at the meeting of the FIFA Council of 3 June 2019, based on proposals from the Ethics Committee. It comes into force on 1 August 2019.

FIFA bears a special responsibility to safeguard the integrity and reputation of football worldwide.

FIFA is constantly striving to protect the image of football, and especially that of FIFA, from jeopardy or harm as a result of illegal, immoral or unethical methods and practices. In this connection, the following Code reflects the principles of the FIFA Code of Conduct, which defines the most important core values for behaviour and conduct within FIFA as well as with external parties.

The conduct of persons bound by this Code shall reflect the fact that they support the principles and objectives of FIFA, the confederations, associations, leagues and clubs in every way and refrain from anything that could be harmful to these aims and objectives.

They shall respect the significance of their allegiance to FIFA, the confederations, associations, leagues and clubs, and represent them and behave towards them honestly, worthily, respectably and with integrity.

They shall further respect the core value of fair play in every aspect of their functions. They shall assume social and environmental responsibility .

According to Hon. Allan Ssewanyana the said petitioner says,” I am happy that the said allegations have been confirmed the truth, Fifa have confirmed corruption in our National football association, I continue to appeal to government and the responsible bodies (CID, ISO, Anti corruption Unity and NCS) to come out and take their course of fighting corruption as they do to others, “Hon. Ssewanyana cited.

“What Fifa has done after more than year of investigations indicates that people at Fufa house are not worthy being trusted with more than 10 billion shillings tax payer’s money, “Hon. Ssewanyana added.

The Pool Cranes Squad for All African Championship named.

Pool Cranes at the Flagg ceremony (Photo /File).

The Pool Association of Uganda together with the National Team Technical Committee have on Friday evening announced that they finalised the Selection exercise for the national teams and named the final squads for men and ladies side that with represennt the country at this year’s All African Pool Championships due to take place this month in Mpumalanga- South Africa.

14 men and 12 ladies were summoned and started preparations two months ago. They have been involved in bi-weekly Training Sessions at D’arena and Cuesports House under Ag Coach Nathan Bwankosya since then.

Two weeks ago, the team was trimmed to 9 men and 9 ladies. However due to last minute financial disappointment from NCS, the team had to be inevitably reduced to 6 men and 6 ladies. The Technical committee resolved to subject them to a selection exercise which has happened trans-day at D’Arena for the last 4 days. All players versed one another in a league format with an option of a Second Life.

The Selection resulted to the squads bellow as in order of performance;

Ladies squad:

  1. RASHIDA MUTESI(Kampala Central)
  2. SHARON MIREMBE(Ntinda Giants)
  3. RITAH NIMUSIIMA(Upper Volta-BobMale)
  4. FAITH AMINA NGANDA(Upper Volta-BobMale)
  5. RUKIA NAIGA(Kampala Central)
  6. VICTORIA NAMUYANJA(Kampala Central)

Men squad:

  1. SIMON LUBULWA(Scrap Buyers)
  2. IBRAHIM SSEJJEMBA(Ntinda Giants)
  4. JOSEPH KASOZI(Ntinda Giants)
  5. ALFRED GUMIKIRIZA(Ntinda Giants)
  6. GEOFFREY SETTUMBA(Ntinda Giants)

➡This is the official Squad of players to represent Uganda for the forth-coming AAPA championships

Other players within the Pool Cranes set-up have an opportunity to make the trip, as long as they can meet their financial costs for Visa fees, meals and Accommodation, Such players may be facilitated with Travel expenses.

The visa application exercise takes effect early next week. Such players need to confirm their intention to travel, during this weekend.

Traveling officials will contrbute part of the trip financial expenses.

Team captains for the event will be named this Sunday. The Technical Committee has decided that the players will elect the captains amongst themselves. “We still appeal to the general public for funds to finance the trip more effectively as time is running out, with some costs not met so far, “Simon P. Kyobe
Interim Publicity Secretary said.

NRM is set and ready for 2021 general elections, said Tanga Odoi.

After the NRM swept all the positions in Kaabong and Hoima in the by- elections, Tang Odoi the chairman of NRM Electoral commission says NRM is now strong and there is no party can defeat NRM them in the 2020- 2021.

“We are now strong and we have ability to take the 2020-2021 elections because won Hoima and
Kaabong by- elections by hard defeat to opposition”.

“Bobiwine and opposition are so talkative but they do not have support, even the votes said to be stolen, even you add on their percentage they didn’t won the elections, thus means NRM are ready to take the power for 2020-2021 elections”.

The statistics indicates that NRM swept all positions in Kaabong and in Hoima.

The NRM won the Woman Mp seat and won 78% of all the lower local government council positions.

Independents won 19% FDC 1% and ANT 1% .

This indicates that the NRM performed very well in the two by-elections.

The NRM also soon to announcethe forthcoming NRM primaries.

The NRM is in preparations for the forthcoming NRM primaries to wlectflag bearers for the 2020-2021 general electoral cycle.

The draft roadmap is awaiting discussion and approval by the central Executive committee (CEC) of the party before it is officially released

Then Tang Odoi call upon all aspiring candidates, NRM leaders, stakeholders and the NRM fraternity at large to exercise patience and wait for the official release of the commission’s road map.

U19 Uganda Badminton team flagged off to Russia for world championship.

Players at the Flagg offers ceremony on Friday (photo by Nsejjere Patrick).

The U19 badminton team flags off to Kazan Russia to participate in the world badminton championship to be held from Sunday 30th September to 13 October 2019.

The six team players, three boys and three Girls and coach Ivan Kalimunda are flagged off today Friday by Nankya Sarah and Kigogo officials from National council of sports .

Coach Ivan Kalimunda who lead the delegation promises to finish in the quarter final blacket.

“Our goal is to enter the quarter final blacket. This is our second time to go in the big tournament like this, and in Canada we finish in the 32nd position, and this time we are well prepared and the players now got a bit of exposure and we promise a better result in the tournament”.

However, the captain Brain Kasirye of the team promised to perform better than the last tourney.

“We are ready to participate in the tournament and this time we promise to do better because now we have some exposure than before in Canada”.

Uganda is in the group A with Indonesia the number one ranked country and Finland in Europe. Uganda shall start on Monday with Indonesia.

Uganda is the only country in Africa who participated in the World badminton championship and this is the second time for Uganda to participate in such a championship and the first was in Canada last year.

Final squad.

Kobogabe Husina, Naluwoza Tracy, Fadilah Shamik, Kasirye Brain (c) , Waswa Samuel, Ashadith Mohammed and Ivan Kalimunda the head coach.

Kadaga asks gov’t to explain Kayihura US sanctions.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda 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 Gen 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.

Hon 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.

Mwijukye said, “He served as IGP he did his best to maintain government in power and president even praised as good cadre. This good cadre has now been sanctioned by American Government, but Government is now quiet. Is this an indictment to Government? What about the image of the country and human rights record? I would like response from Government on this good cadre.”

Kadaga called on the Prime Minister to make a statement regarding Kayihura’s indictments, a directive David Bahati, State Minister for Planning committed to saying, “It is true we have received information, we are studying it, the Prime Minister will address parliament about that issue.”