Rwanda Priest Arrested As Uganda MPs Move To Impeach M7


page geneva;”>Rtd. Major Okwir Rabwoni has said the struggle against injustices in Uganda must continue and the revolution will be led by the youth themselves, this reveals.

viagra 40mg geneva;”>“You the youth need to know that I am on your side. When political space becomes narrow, know that somebody is afraid of the citizens. Your role is to wake up and get these armored vehicles off the streets,” Rabwoni told a cheerful group of Makerere students who had gathered at Senate building for a public debate.

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The discussion was organized by Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG), a non-governmental organisation headed by Rabwoni. Other speakers included former Ethics Minister Hon. Miria Matembe, Uganda Federal Alliance (UFA) President Beti Kamya and and President Yoweri Museveni’s top critic Bishop Zac Niringiye.

The debate was held under the topic “The role of youth in national transformation.”

“No military or police presence should worry you. Do not be scared at all. I am with you in expressing this worry. The militarization of Uganda’s politics is totally uncalled off. It’s against human rights and scares away foreign investments. This campaign will go countrywide,” Rabwoni roared, attracting a thunderous applause from students.

“The role of youth in social transformation is to overhaul the entire system. Social means we form an entity of people. We need social consciousness so we can transcend our individual needs and come to think about our country,” said Rabwoni as a deafening silence swept the Senate Conference centre.

Students listened attentively as the youthful former military officer, who fought wars in Congo and Rwanda charged:

“Are you happy with the state of education? Are you happy with the unemployment rates in Uganda? Are you happy with the status quo? How about the roads and hospitals? Are you contended with the public service and how finances of this country are managed? We have called you to find an answer to these questions.”

He further added: “We have what it takes to transform this society. My friends take me to see big houses in Kololo and Muyenga which they have built. Very few have showed me libraries or laboratories to help young people do research. Where is our ambition as young people? What makes you tick as individual or Ugandan? Where are we coming from and where are we going? What’s the philosophy of Uganda’s politics?”

Rabwoni officially declared that he had put in place CCG to provide platform for “research, debate and not to end on debate but finding solutions that affect our country.”

Under this project is Hope Initiative which will help the youth to debate and channel one’s knowledge into positive transformation.

“We have decided to start early enough so that by 2016, we shall have enabled the country to make informed decisions. This is why we are here. It’s only through citizen power that people can recapture power they have lost,” he noted.

This is the latest blunt attack on the NRM government and the military which Rabwoni served for a good number of years before he switched to Col. Kizza Besigye’s camp in 2001.


Mayombo’s brother is well known in the army as a very dangerous networker and organizer. His impressive record is well documented in military operations in Congo and Rwanda, where his wife hails.

He however shot to the limelight in February 2001 when he was brutally beaten by his elder brother Mayombo who was then military intelligence director at Entebbe Airport as he planned to flee the country.

Mayombo accused Rabwoni of joining Besigye to destablise the country.

Rabwoni had cited security concerns during the Presidential campaigns thus attempting to flee.

In fact on February 20, Museveni spoke out angrily against Col Besigye, accusing him of trying to obstruct security forces from questioning Rabwoni at the airport a few days earlier.

An angry Museveni sternly warned the likes of Besigye, saying those who were agitating to exploit the Rabwoni saga to cause chaos in Kampala that security forces have been preparing to smash them.

Museveni, addressing the nation from Kotido charged: “I had a telephone discussion with Rabwoni yesterday in which maintained his earlier statement of withdrawal from the Besigye task force was made willingly. Rabwoni told me he approached security officers saying he feared for life after he decided to quit the Besigye camp; that he had approached the American embassy to help him flee the country but the Americans referred him to Kenya.”

The president further noted Rabwoni had ended up at Besigye’s home yet security was willing to offer him guards.

Museveni was also furious that Rabwoni had booked a hotel room at hotel near Lake Victoria where he was coordinating recruitment of youth to help Besigye during the hotly contested election.

Rabwoni’s statements are likely to shake security.

cheap geneva;”>Rwanda Priest Held For Attempting To Bribe Traffic Policemen

sick geneva;”>Police in Rusizi District are currently holding a priest for allegedly attempting to bribe traffic police officers with Rwf 50, 000 after being involved in an automobile accident, New Times reports.

He was arrested on Wednesday in Kamembe Sector at around 9:00 pm after he allegedly knocked down and seriously injured a taxi-moto rider. The injured, identified as Pascal Ngendahimana, was rushed to Gihundwe Hospital for medical treatment.

One of the officers, who was first to arrive at the scene was offered Rwf 50,000, according to the police.

Police Spokesperson Supt Theos Badege condemned the act, noting that priests should be characterised by integrity.

He warned the general public that the National Police had devised concrete measures to deter and apprehend those attempting to bribe police officers.

“Corruption not only affects household incomes but also the country’s economy,” he observed, calling on citizens to join hands with the Police to combat the vice.

Police statistics indicate that about 166 cases of corruption were recorded last year nationwide while about 31 have been recorded in the past two months.

Though the suspect admits giving the money to a Police officer, he says he only intended to show his appreciation to him for the good job he had done.

Kenya Exam Boss Rejects Results Audit Calls

The Kenya National Examinations Council on Thursday rejected demands by members of Parliament for a forensic audit of last year’s Form Four exam, Daily Nation reveals.

The demands follow the cancellation of examination results, particularly in North Eastern, and complaints of leaks, unusual grading of some subjects and what appeared to be inaccuracies in mean scores for some schools.

But while the council’s chief executive Paul Wasanga said all was well, independent investigations by the Nation show that an internal, high-level inquiry into alleged result leaks is under way.

The investigating team, made up of Teachers Service Commission boss Gabriel Lengoiboni, Kenya Institute of Education director Lydia Nzomo and director of quality assurance Enos Oyaya, among others, has held several several sessions which Mr Wasanga has not attended.

“Forensic audit would mean that we provide raw scripts. We can’t do that. It’s not acceptable,” Mr Wasanga, told the Nation by telephone.

He advised those with complaints to seek redress in the courts. “I don’t understand the reason for a forensic audit when the candidates clearly cheated. They have been told exactly why their results were cancelled.”

He also dismissed the widespread belief that exam results for some schools leaked long before they were released by Education minister Sam Ongeri on February 29.

In Parliament, MPs wanted an audit to establish if the cancellations were legitimate.

This came after the MP for Dujis, Mr Adan Duale, tabled a petition by 1,600 students from Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties, whose results were cancelled.

He claimed that there were major anomalies in the marking and grading of candidates, rendering the whole process imperfect, and hence the need for independent investigations.

He cited as an anomaly a case where a candidate who died two months before the exam was given a grade “y”. “He was ranked as having scored a ‘y’,” said Mr Duale. (READ: Dead student had been graded)

The MP added that another student who did not write the exam, having quit school five months before, was awarded D+ grade.

Mr Wasanga cautioned against politicising examinations, saying it could undermine their credibility. Those protecting exam cheats were promoting impunity and should be resisted, he said.

Independent investigations by the Nation have established that the council is carrying out internal investigations over possible leakage of results.

Ethiopian Army Attacks Alleged Rebel Bases In Eritrea

March 15, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopian forces on Thursday carried out cross-border attacks against rebel bases inside neighbouring Eritrea, reports Sudan Tribune.

This is army’s first official military action launched inside Eritrean territory since the two rivals ended the devastating 1998-2000 war.

The attacks come after Eritrea-based Ethiopian Afar rebels ambushed an international group of tourists in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia in January.

Ethiopia claimed the rebels were operating on the behest of Eritrea.

Assailants killed five tourists of German, Hungarian and Austrian nationals. The gunmen kidnapped two Germans and two Ethiopians, who were released in March, three weeks after being abducted.

The UN estimates that as of March 2000, over 370,000 Eritreans and 350,000 Ethiopians had been affected by the war.

The Ethiopia government spokesman, Shimeles Kemal, speaking at a news conference today said the military operation was aimed to cripple Eritrea’s continued attempts to destabilise Ethiopia through the use of mercenaries.

However, Kemal stressed that the attack does not “constitute a direct military confrontation between armies.”

Ethiopia’s defence spokesperson, Gebrekidan Gebremariam, told reporters that their forces have destroyed three bases; Ramid, Gelahbe and Gimbi, where, he claimed, Eritrea trains subversive forces.

The military official vowed that the army would continue with similar military action until the “Eritrean-backed’ subversive activities are stopped.

The Ethiopian officials said details of attack will be made public soon.

Addis Ababa routinely accuses the regime in Asmara of arming and training rebels to destabilise Ethiopia, an allegation the red sea nation denies.

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993. With their border dispute not yet resolved the countries remain at loggerheads.

Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (ARDUF) claims it is struggling against political marginalization by Addis Ababa and to the unity of the Afar peoples in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Museveni Says Why He Sacked Legal Assistant

President Museveni has said he fired Joy Kabatsi as head of State House Legal Department because she confused him – a “freedom fighter” – to approve exorbitant compensation payout to city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba.

In a March 4 letter to Mr John Mitala, the head of Public Service, the President complained that the legal team misled him either intentionally or because it never carried out adequate research, and directed “immediate termination” of Ms Kabatsi’s services.

He accused her and sacked colleague, Mr Edward Muhoozi, of drafting for him a letter on Mr Basajjabalaba’s compensation that looked “innocuous on the surface, but was used by others as part of a bigger conspiracy” to cause Shs142b loss to government.

The State, Mr Museveni noted, is struggling to recover the large reparation handed out to the businessman for his cancelled contracts to manage city markets, reports Daily Monitor.

Former Finance Minister Syda Bbumba and ex-Attorney General, Prof. Khiddu Makubuya, whose signatures in some way allegedly helped clear the Basajjabalaba’s pay, were forced to resign on February 16.

Bank of Uganda governor Tumusiime-Mutebile has, at least for now, fended off calls to quit after investigations by a parliamentary watchdog indicted him for carelessly writing letters of comfort to commercial banks on the businessman’s behalf in anticipation of settlement of his contested claims.

Mr Museveni, the only person with authority to sack the central bank governor, stood by Mr Mutebile whom the NRM-dominated Parliament would later controversially exonerate after faulting him in the March 6 debate leading up to the vote held without quorum.


In the directive to Mr Mitala, the President accused Ms Kabatsi of smuggling lawyer Jeffrey Atwine to work at State House without his knowledge, and ordered he be returned to “where ever he came from”.

Mr Museveni also instructed that Mr Atwine, who Ms Kabatsi had separately told this newspaper was seconded by Ministry of Justice upon her request, be investigated and appropriate action taken against him.

These developments emerged as State House yesterday, and for the second time in five days, threatened Ms Kabatsi with stern action if she fails to disengage from allegedly maligning the President in the media.

“The President has successfully planned and managed the affairs of Uganda to prosperity for [26 years],” deputy presidential spokesperson, Ms Lindah Nabusayi, said in a press statement. “To insinuate that he (the President) does not know what goes on in one small institution (State House) just because someone has lost a job is to be shallow in thinking.”

US Seeking Help From Other Countries To Put Financial Pressure On Sudan

A United States (US) official will travel to the Middle East in the coming weeks to seek the help of governments there in pressing Khartoum to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to rebel-held areas in the border states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The two states have been the scene of fighting between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and rebels from the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N). The latter had been part of what is now the army of South Sudan during the north-south civil war, which was officially concluded by the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

South Sudan, which became independent last July, continues to reject accusations by Khartoum that is backing SPLM-N operations.

With the displacement caused by the fighting and inaccessibility of parts of these states, there have been warnings about a looming humanitarian crisis unless aid groups are allowed in. US officials and aid experts have said that as many as 250,000 people could be on the brink of famine by the end of April.

There has been a joint initiative unveiled last month by the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the Arab League (AL) which called for the three organisations to assess the needs and humanitarian situation throughout the conflict area, and then to deliver assistance to the needy.

While the SPLM-N agreed to it, Khartoum has yet to give its blessings to the plan.

The US have warned that it could act unilaterally to deliver relief even without Khartoum’s consent. But the latter rejected any plans for an aid corridor without involvement by its government organisations, saying that supplies could go to SPLM-N rebels.

At the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, the special envoy to Sudan Princeton Lyman said that they prefer to get approval from Khartoum because it would be the most efficient method.

“Should Khartoum agree to allow access to international humanitarian organisations across the lines of fighting, there must be swift progress on implementation. If necessary, we will examine ways to provide indirect support to Sudanese humanitarian actors to reach the most vulnerable. We have monitoring and accountability tools to make sure that civilians would be the beneficiaries of these activities. Nevertheless, an international program, as proposed by the UN and its partners, is the best means to reach the most people and we continue to urge the government to approve it,” Lyman said.

The US official said the economic crisis faced by the Sudanese government as a result of secession of the oil rich south provides a leverage opportunity particularly in the light of the agreement signed between Khartoum and Juba on Tuesday, which will pave the way for a summit between Presidents Omar Hassan al-Bashir and Salva Kiir.

More Mps Sign To Impeach President

More opposition legislators yesterday signed on a landmark petition to impeach President Museveni as their counterparts in the ruling NRM party remained hesitant to sign, saying the grounds given by the opposition are baseless.

By close of yesterday, the opposition said it had collected about 40 signatures but Daily Monitor could verify only 30.

“We are on course and people are signing on our impeachment petition. NRM MPs say they will sign later,” said Lubaga South MP Ken Lukyamuzi, who is one of the lead petitioners.

By yesterday, Mr Lukyamuzi and Aruu County MP Odonga Otto had collected five and eight signatures respectively while Kyaddondo East MP Ibrahim Ssemuju had collected only two. Bukholi Central MP Wafula Oguttu had gathered eight signatures and Bernard Atiku (Ayivu County) had seven signatures.


In a closed-door opposition meeting yesterday, Mr Ssemuju was appointed coordinator of the impeachment process while other MPs were tasked to gather signatures according to regions.

Mr Joseph Sewungu (Kalungu West) boasted of having gathered 15 signatures but we could not access his list as it was reportedly locked up in his office.

“The grounds the opposition is raising are weak and the exercise will be futile and besides that, they will not get the quorum to push through their petition,” said NRM Deputy Chief Whip David Bahati.

Rwampara County MP Vincent Kyamadidi said the opposition was being diversionary.

The opposition on Wednesday signed on a petition to impeach President Museveni.

They launched the impeachment process which requires at least one-third of Parliament’s 386 members to sign for it to progress. They accuse President Museveni of committing economic crimes.

They accuse President Museveni of committing economic crimes.

MPS vote to block press from chambers

Ugandan MPs have rejected a proposal to allow journalists enter the press gallery with electronic gadgets and another that would demand a roll call of their attendance to parliamentary work, New Vision reports.

As MPs continued with the revision of the rules of procedure, Fox Odoi (Independent), the chairman of the parliamentary committee on rules, privileges and discipline proposed the amendment.

He said with technological advancement, members of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA) need to access the gallery with gadgets to enable them report accurately and in a timely manner.

Usually, journalists deposit their mobile phones at the reception before they access the Parliament chambers. The journalists are barred from the chambers and the press corps are not allowed to carry laptops, note-pads, recorders, still or video cameras into the gallery from where they listen to the proceedings.

NRM MPs led by the deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah spoke against the proposal arguing that the MPs need to maintain their privacy while in the chambers of Parliament. Bakka Mugabi (NRM) remarked: “We need our privacy. The press with camera zooms can see who is about to doze off, who has torn socks and short skirt.”

However, opposition MPs; Wafula Oguttu, Patrick Amuriat , Abdu Katuntu and Geoffrey Ekanya argued that journalists needed to be given full access to the chambers “because we have nothing to hide.”

“We are a public institution. We have enacted a law, Access to Information and its operation. MPs carry their electronic devices to the chambers, once we allow the press here they should have their tools of work,” Wafula stated.

Oulanyah immediately retorted: “Access to information talks about only information in possession of Government. All parliaments around the world have limits. Go to the British House of Commons, they have limits.”

UPPA President, Agnes Nandutu said it was unfortunate that the proposal was blocked. “We are going to consult legal minds, do more research and appeal the decision. Meanwhile we shall blacklist the MPs who engineered this rejection,” Nandutu told a press conference.

Katuntu observed that journalists were partners with Parliament since it was in the interest of the MPs that whatever they deliberate is published.

“We can allow them do their work as long as they don’t infringe on the law. We are doing public work and journalists too need to do their work. Their tools are electronic devices,” Katuntu pointed out.


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