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Court Acquits Journalist of Obstruction Charges

Mulindwa Mukasa at LDC Court

Masaka RDC Joseph Sekasamba was Tuesday morning found in a pool of blood at Western Hotel in Mbarara town.

The hotel administrators informed police on finding blood spattered over the door way in one of the hotel rooms.

Police, price help http://celebritydachshund.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php who rushed to the scene, search found that the door was jammed and on breaking in they found the RDC lying unconscious with blood all over the room

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The Mbarara RPC Hilary Kulayigye told journalists that police detectives found Sekasamba with a deep cut on the forehead.

He was rushed to Mayanja Memorial Hospital where is he being given treatment.

Police suspect that the victim might have been hit at night by attackers. Investigations into the matter have commenced to find who injured the RDC.

The RPC said they are hoping Sekasamba will recover soon anough and be able to recount what excalty happned.

 
The NRM Secretary General, medicine http://danielborda.net/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php Kasule Lumumba has written to the Police General Kale Kayihura, cheap saying Amama Mbabazi lacks the mandate to hold district meetings on grounds that he is an aspiring presidential candidate who will seek the highest political office in the land on the ruling party’s ticket.

“Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission that he intends to contest for president as an NRM flag-bearer is not only speculative but also illegal, this web ” Lumumba wrote to the police boss on June 20.

She further stated that, “Hon Mbabazi has no Locus Standi to hold public meetings as a prospective presidential flag-bearer of the NRM political organisation and /or presidential aspirant under the PEA.”

According to the letter seen by ChimpReports on Tuesday, Lumumba was responding to Kayihura who had earlier asked for clarification on Mbabazi’s announcement that starting July, he would traverse the country to consult with his supporters as he plans to contest for president.

Last week, Police and the Electoral Commission (EC) urged Mbabazi to consult his party structures and also follow the relevant laws such as the Public Order Management Act before taking to the grassroots for consultations.

In response to Kayihura, Lumumba said “Hon Mbabazi’s aspirations as an aspiring candidate for president for the 2016 general elections have not been endorsed by NRM and are, therefore, illegal.”

Lumumba quoted Article 48 (2) of the NRM Constitution which provides that “the presidential candidates for NRM shall be selected by the National Conference from a candidate or candidates recommended to the National Conference by the National Executive Council pursuant to Article 13 (3)(6) of this Constitution.”

She went to cite Section 9 of the Presidential Elections Act which states that under the multi-party political system, nomination of candidates may be made by a registered political organisation or political party sponsoring a candidate or by a candidate standing for election as an independent candidate without being sponsored by a political organisation or political party.

“I have seen a copy of the document attached to Hon Mbabazi’s notice to the National Electoral Commission dated June 16, stating that he intends to contest for “NRM presidential flag-bearer for the 2016 General elections and later for president in the 2016 general elections. Under Article 43 (10) of the NRM Constitution, it is the responsibility of the NRM Electoral Commission to organise and conduct elections within the organs of NRM,” said Lumumba.

“In conducting the said elections, the NRM electoral commission is enjoined to be fully conversant with NRM laws and regulations relating to elections and to ensure NRM complies with them and with approval of CEC make regulations for all elections under this Constitution.”

Legal battle

But Mbabazi’s lawyers who include Fred Muwema last week wrote to the EC, saying, “An aspirant may consult in preparation for his or her nomination as a presidential candidate before the nomination date.”

They further quoted the presidential Elections Act which states that, “while consulting under subsection (1), a presidential aspirant may carry our nationwide consultations, prepare his or her manifesto and other campaign materials; raise funds for his campaign through lawful means and convene meetings of National Delegates.”

On her part, Lumumba quoted the NRM Electoral Commission Primary Elections Regulations 2014, Regulation Number 2 which states that, “The NRM electoral commission is enjoined to issue a notice appointing days for nomination of aspirants/candidates and the place, time and hour for such nomination.”

She added: “In the case of a presidential flag-bearer, the NRM constitution in article 13 (3)f, enjoins the Central Executive Committee to recommend to the NEC, NRM candidates seeking nomination for office of presidential candidate for NRM.

Lumumba maintained that the NRM electoral EC can only nominate aspirants who have been recommended to the Nation Conference by NEC.

She said, “Mbabazi has not been recommended by either the CEC or NEC as a presidential aspirant,” adding, “To the best of my knowledge, the NRM Electoral Commission has not issued a notice appointing days for nomination of aspirants for presidential candidates.”

Lumumba stressed: “It follows, therefore that the aspirant Hon Mbabazi has not gone through the procedures prescribed under the said regulations to be introduced by NRM as an aspirant candidate.”

Section 10(7) of the presidential Elections Act provided that where under the multi-party political system a person is sponsored by a political organisation or political party, the nomination paper shall indicate that he/she is so sponsored stating the name and address of the political organisation or political party.

Mbabazi’s successor said, “Under no circumstances, there can an aspirant or candidate purport to seek the flag-bearer of a political organisation or political party introduce himself as such to the NEC.”

She opined that “Mbabazi’ self introduction to EC purporting to be an aspirant for office of president on NRM ticket is irregular and illegal as his aspirations have not been endorsed by the NRM in accordance with PEA and NRM Constitution.”

The latest development could give police more oral ammunition to block Mbabazi’s district assemblies.

Lumumba said the NRM has not yet issued its manifesto and/or any campaign materials.

“The materials which Hon Mbabazi is using in his consultations can only be personal materials not NRM materials,” she observed.

“It is important to note that an aspirant can also convene meetings of the national delegates and only a political party or organisation can have such delegates. As such in order to convene meetings of the national delegates of a political party or organisation, the aspirant must have the mandate of apolitical party. Currently, the NRM has not designated to anyone the position of presidential candidate. Hon Mbabazi is not an aspirant sponsored by the NRM political organisation within the meaning of the NRM constitution and the law,” she emphasised.
Masaka Deputy RDC Joseph Sekasamba was Tuesday morning found in a pool of blood at Western Hotel in Mbarara town.

The hotel administrators informed police on finding blood spattered over the door way in one of the hotel rooms.

Police, buy http://coastalperiodontics.com.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-screen.php who rushed to the scene, pilule found that the door was jammed and on breaking in they found the RDC lying unconscious with blood all over the room

The Mbarara RPC Hilary Kulayigye told journalists that police detectives found Sekasamba with a deep cut on the forehead.

He was rushed to Mayanja Memorial Hospital where is he being given treatment.

Police suspect that the victim might have been hit at night by attackers. Investigations into the matter have commenced to find who injured the RDC.

The RPC said they are hoping Sekasamba will recover soon anough and be able to recount what excalty happned.

 
Mulindwa Mukasa, healing http://darioergas.org/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php a journalist with the Associated Press, salve has on 22nd June been acquitted by the Magistrates Court of obstructing the former District Police Commander, Wandegeya Police station, Julius Ceaser Tusingwire while executing his duties.

In her ruling, the Senior Principal Magistrate at the Law Development Centre Court, Jolly Nkore Shwanda said that the prosecution evidence was inconsistent and heavily discredited by the defense during cross-examination to be relied on.

“… Directing my mind as Court to the law and the evidence provided on record, there were great differences especially the testimony of the second prosecution witness having been discredited during cross examination. I fail to find that the accused has a case to answer. I accordingly acquit him as prayed for by defense Counsel,” ruled the Magistrate.

Mulindwa was represented by HRNJ-Uganda’ lawyer Catherine Anite while the prosecution was led by Naluzze Aisha Batala.

In June 2014, Mulindwa was charged with obstructing Julius Ceaser Tusingwire, the then District Police Commander of Wandegeya Police Station in November 2013 while transferring Kasule Richard alias Kamaggu, a radio journalist who had been arrested for hosting an opposition politician, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Sulaiman Kidandala.

Prior to this criminal charge, Mulindwa had instituted civil proceedings in the High Court against Tusingwire accusing him of harassment while covering the arrest and detention of Kamagu. The matter is currently before Justice Lydia Mugambe.

Commenting on the court ruling, Mulindwa said that the criminal charge was trumped up and diversionary and that he is happy to finally regain his freedom to pursue the civil case against Tusingwire who must answer for his unprofessional conduct against journalists.

“Despite the lengthy trial, justice has finally been procured. It is unfortunate that police is misusing its powers to harass and intimidate journalists through tramping up charges which they cannot prove. Police should promote the safety of journalists other than curtailing their freedoms,” said Robert Ssempala, the National Coordinator.

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