Obalanga LRA War Victims Unhappy

 
 
 

 

AMURIA

The war victims in Obalanga Sub County - Amuria district have accused the government of failing to fulfill promises made since 2003 when they lost their dear ones massacred by LRA rebels.

During prayers at the Obalanga LRA war victims' mass grave site attended by hundreds of Christians on Friday, the aggrieved people demanded answers from their leaders on governments' position. About 365 people were buried in the mass grave between 2003 to 2004.

Stephen Okuko, former abductee and a resident of Obalanga says the ongoing trial of Dominic Ongwen is not his concern but the government should take its responsibility of compensation.

In the context of transitional justice, members of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) present in the function also punched holes in parliament and government's failure to pass a transitional justice policy.

Jackson Odong, the manager conflict, and Transitional Justice and Governance - Refugee Law Project says lack of transitional justice policy in Uganda makes it difficult for appropriate justice mechanisms to be deployed.

Odong explains that Uganda could borrow a leaf from other countries like Rwanda, Argentina, and Northern Island that have been devastated by conflicts but are struggling to overcome the past by supporting the affected citizens.

According to Odong, the government should embrace the transitional justice policy framework to develop Obalanga war survivors.

Hon. Julius Ocen, the Kapelebyong county Member of Parliament presented a memorandum of Obalanga Women Victims Peace Initiative and Justice comprised of the widows.

Musa Ecweru, the state minister for disaster and refugees preparedness who represented the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Rwahakana Rugunda however, unveiled the monument in recognition to efforts of the Arrow boys' militia group that fought alongside UPDF soldiers to flash out the LRA rebels led by Joseph Kony.

The high poverty level among some of widows present during the celebration, however, compelled Hon. Musa Ecweru to single-handedly give out money of Twenty Thousand shilling notes to the desperately looking women.

He also pledged to forward the alarming situation of the Arrow boys to the minister in charge of the veterans' affairs.

 
 

Abireebe In Trouble For Threatening Internal Auditor

 
 
 
 

LIRA

Lira Municipality Town clerk, Assy Abireebe is in trouble for allegedly threatening the Municipal auditor, Nelson Okello.

In his recent audit report carried out in the last quarter of the 2017/2018 financial year, Okello unearthed that a total of Uganda shillings 18 million was missing from the municipal account.

Okello in his internal audit report revealed that the municipal authority had requested money three times for the same event using three different vouchers amount to a total of Uganda shillings 18 million.

He notes that the municipal sports department headed by Ronald Omara, was only given about Uganda shillings 9 million to manage the sports gala in Kalongo, Pader district on August 11th, 2017, but not the whole 18 million which was requested was released for the event.

The Uganda shilling 18 million in question was earmarked to facilitate the sports team of Lira municipality to the annual urban tournament.

According to Okello, he conducted the audit following a complaint from Omara who had questioned why he was only given about Uganda shillings 9 million yet the authority had requested for Uganda shillings 18 million which was subsequently released.

Okello further detected the said money was drawn from the municipality bank account number 01053552823645 using payment vouchers PVS04318 and PVS04584, respectively.

He now says his life is at risk following the threat issued by the Municipality town, Abireebe, a claim he has denied.

In his June 5th, 2018 letter to Abireebe explained how he is so uncomfortable with the statement uttered by the town insinuating a possible threat against his life.

Okello claimed Abireebe during the Audit exit meeting a few weeks ago urged him to ensure his audit report is exclusive of the detected possible fraud to protect the image of the institution.

He says Abireebe further cautioned him "Those who ever tried to fight corruption have either been eliminated or sacrificed".

Both Municipality town clerk, Abireebe and his deputy, Patrick Ogweng have been made to write statements at Lira Central Police Station in regards to the case of threatening violence filed by Okello.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga regional police spokesperson confirmed they are investigating Abireeebe over alleged threatening violence against the internal auditor.

Abireebe has denied the allegation of threatening Okello adding he is equally a committed partner in combating corruption as the accounting officer.

 
 

UPDF Colonel Evicted from Lwengo Wetland

 
 
 

 

LWENGO

The Environment Protection Police Unit has evicted a Uganda People's Defense Forces- UPDF officer from a wetland in Kyazanga Town council, Lwengo district.

Col. Ryan Byamugisha, attached to Kasijjagirwa armored brigade had planted eucalyptus forest, banana and maize plantations on Kaku wetland.

Godfrey Mutemba the Lwengo district Senior Environment Officer who led the operation to restore the wetlands, says Byamugisha together with several other encroachers had deliberately declined to vacate the wetlands despite repeated notices issued to them.

Harriet Nakamya, the Lwengo District Resident Commissioner, says the all encroachers should vacate the wetland before they are forcefully evicted.

Siraje Kazibwe, the Kyazanga Town council representative for Kitooro ward who is among the encroachers has criticized the district authorities for not sensitizing the community before the eviction exercise.

Kazibwe claims that the evictions are a ploy by the district authorities to grab peoples land.

 
 

EC Reviewing Petitions Against Njeru Municipality Candidates

 
 
 

 

BUIKWE

The Electoral Commission is reviewing two petitions challenging the candidacy of persons contesting for the mayor's seat in Njeru Municipality.

One of the petitions was submitted by Amos Kivumbi, a candidate for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change against Yasin Kyazze, a nominated candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement - NRM party.

Kivumbi says Kyazze was erroneously nominated to contest for the seat because he is not a registered voter in Njeru municipality. According to Kivumbi, the person whose names appear on the National Voters Register and against whose National Identity Card the candidate was nominated is Yosiya and not Yasin Kyazze.

"The National Identification Number-NIN CM8405210HF1C which was used when nominating Kyazze shows that he does not or did not qualify to be nominated since is not a registered voter in Njeru," a petition submitted to the Electoral Commission reads.

But Kyazze maintains that he is a registered voter in Njeru municipality, adding that his challenger is only fearing tight competition.

The electoral commission is also reviewing another petition by Francis Wandera, a registered voter in Njeru municipality who is challenging the eligibility of one of the other candidates in the race Diana Kangyenyi Mutasingwa. Wandera says Mutansingwa is under the age of 30 that is required under the Local Government Act.

Jotham Taremwa, the Electoral Commission spokesperson says the petitions are all under review. He says the commission has already listened to the parties involved and the decision will be communicated to the parties.

Njeru Municipality became operational in the 2016/2017 financial year but has operated without a mayor for the last one year. Six candidates were nominated last week to contest for the seat.

They are Yasin Kyazze, the National Resistance Movement party candidate, FDC's Amos KIvumbi, Diana Kagyenyi, Ceaser Kalema, Joseph Opndo Opondo and Azizi Junju, all independents.

 
 

RDC Reshuffle Received With Mixed Feeling In Karamoja

 
 
 

 

MORORTO

The reshuffle of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) sanctioned by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Friday has been received with mixed feelings in Moroto district.

In the reshuffle across the Karamoja sub-region, only Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza retained his duty station in Abim district while old faces were returned to their previous stations.

Those returning after brief deployment outside include Peter Ken Lochap, the Moroto RDC transferred to Jinja last year, David Modo of Nakapiripirit from Kotido and Peter Logilo of Kotido from Kaabong district.

Napak district has received a new face, Abubaker Lubega while Godfrey Aluma, previously in Nakapiripirit district has been deployed in Amudat. The new list of RDCs also contains Moroto district chairperson, Andrew Napaja as a new RDC for Kaabong. However, Joseph Osoto Opio of Moroto, David Ssempa of Amudat and Nahaman Ojwe of Napak have been dropped in the reshuffle.

When PRIME RADIO took to the streets on Friday to find out about the reshuffle of RDCs, many people showed less concern about the changes while others expressed dissatisfaction.

Jackson Angella Adome, an elder and NRM cadre in Rupa sub-county said that although he is happy with the return of Lochap to Moroto, there is nothing much to celebrate. He claims that some of the changes are politically motivated.

Simon Nangiro, a member of the opposition in Moroto says he is less concerned. " Now, what do you want me to say. You know NRM is disorganised. These are things you can't tell" Nangiro said on phone.

Joseph Lomonyang, the district chairperson Napak who doubles as the regional chairperson for Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) in Karamoja expressed surprise after hearing about the reshuffle. " But is it true? Maybe we shall discuss tomorrow when I settle, " said Lomonyang.

Andrew Napaja, the Moroto district chairperson whose name appears as RDC Kaabong says he can't serve two positions. "You know I am the chairman; I can't again be the RDC. There should be some mistake, '' Napaja said on phone. Don Wanyama, the Senior Press Secretary to the President said that some of the errors especially on Napaja's name will be rectified.

 
 

Namibia 55 Uganda 6 In Rugby World Cup Qualifier

 
 
 

 

KAMPALA

Giants Namibia humbled Uganda Rugby Cranes 55-6 in the first game of the Africa Gold Cup/2019 World Cup qualifier game played in Windhoek on Saturday.

It only took seven minutes for the Namibian team to put points on the scoreboard after brilliant play from the right wing to the left found right flanker Janco Venter who scored their opening try and Cliven Loubser made no mistake from the spot.

Namibia picked another try once again in the 12th minute through Johann Greyling who was too strong and fast. Venter converted from the spot.

Uganda had a chance of bringing themselves back into the game when the referee awarded them a penalty in the 16th minute but a poorly taken penalty by their scrum-half Aaron Ofoyrwoth kept the scoreline the same.

In the 18th minute, the Welwitschias scored their third try of the match from a lineout after a brilliant driving maun saw their hooker Orbet Nortje add to their score once more with Loubser scoring the conversion to make the score 21-0.

Before the halftime break Namibia's team captain Johan Deysel score one more try for his team in the 27th minute but Loubser miss from the spot.

Uganda was once more given a penalty in the 34th minutes and James Ijongat made no mistake as he added his team's first points on the scoreboard. The halftime score was 26-3 in favour of the home team.

In the second half, it was still a one-way affair as the Namibians ran in five more tries compared to their opponents who only scored a penalty.

Namibia's tries in the second half were scored by hooker, Louis van der Westhuizen who scored two tries, left flanker Wian Conradie scored one, Greyling scored his second try of the match, while full-back Chrysander Botha who made his 50th cap on the day also added to the scoreboard with his try in the 66th minute of the match.

Ijongat scored his second penalty for the Rugby Cranes while Ofoyrwoth missed a penalty once more in the second half.

Namibia is chasing a sixth successive qualification for the World Cup and a spot in Pool B alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy.

In the second game played Morocco managed to pick a 23-23 draw away to Zimbabwe. Uganda's second game will take place July 7th away to arch-rivals Kenya. The game will also be the second leg of the regional Elgon Cup.

 
 

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