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Residents have since occupied Lubigi swamp in Wakiso district ( Photo credit: Daily Monitor)

Uganda Wildlife Authority has been dragged to High Court in Kampala by an NGO for allegedly endorsing export pangolin scales which is against the law.

Green Watch Uganda sued UWA on grounds that it acted illegally through its executive director Andrew Segawa, prostate http://csautomation.net/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/wc-product-functions.php who issued a license to one Smith Ewa Maku and Smico Skin Craft Industries to export seven tones of pangolin scales estimated in 11billion shillings.

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The Organization contends that UWA was established to protect the environment including wildlife which they have either refused or failed to do.

“It is absurd that instead of UWA fighting such people, more about it is working with them. UWA should desist from participating in matters that encourage depletion of our wildlife resources. Licenses should only be issued to preserve, protect and conserve wildlife and not the reverse,” they reveal.

It’s estimated that about 21,000 pangolins will have to perish, if the six months deal, which ends this month is not halted.

Court documents filed by Green Watch indicate that a kilogram of pangolin scales which can only be obtained from one adult or two young ones is worth Shs1704000 and has a very attractive market in China and other Asian countries.

Green watch also says that the method used to obtain pangolin scales is by killing the animals in a cruel manner usually by snares, traps or poison.

They now want court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the entity, its agents, licensees and assignees from endangering a very rare species of wildlife in Uganda to wit pangolins.
Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has accused the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of hatching a plan to use the former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s trial to cover crimes committed by UPDF  in Northern Uganda.

“We find it very tricky that Government of Uganda is so anxious to hire and pay lawyers to defend Ogwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), viagra http://comoconquistarumamina.com.br/wp-content/plugins/w3-total-cache/extensions/cloudflare.php ” noted UPC vice president, http://crosswordfiend.com/blog/wp-includes/class-wp-http-curl.php Joseph Bossa.

Bossa said it beats everyone’s understanding when the Ugandan government which filed a case in the ICC against LRA leaders is now coming up to defend the very perpetrators that it complained against.

“The only answer we can point at is that NRM wants to use this case to cover up its atrocities it committed in Northern Uganda,” Bossa told journalists at a weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference last week, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said “government is willing to fully cooperate with the ICC in all forms and manner including giving them access to witnesses and anything else they may require.”

He further stated Ongwen shall be availed with lawyers of his choice.

“This is important because he was abducted as a child and so the ICC should take this into consideration while trying and sentencing him,” reiterated Oryem.

However, Kampala-based Lawyer Peter Magelah says the Rome statute the ICC pays for defence lawyers and for the prosecution.

“Second it is rather strange for the complainant (government) to pay legal fees for the person they are accusing,” he added.

Bossa urged the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal wounds of the Northern region war.

“The commission should bring up all Ugandans both the victims and perpetrators to reveal their involvement in the evils that have been committed in the country so as to fully cause reconciliation among Ugandans,” added the party spokesperson, Okello Lucima.

Lucima called upon Acholi religious and cultural leaders to stop arguing about the use of Mato Oput, a traditional system of reconciliation that involves forgiveness and compensation of losses, against Ongwen.

“Mato Oput courts were set up to solve inter-family and intra-family conflicts but not war crimes that were committed by Ogwen,” Lucima said.

He added that despite Ogwen being a victim of the LRA since he was captured at the age of 10, he must face the due justice before the ICC and if found guilty, he must serve his sentence.

Abducted as a small child by the LRA northern Uganda, Ongwen had grown to command the rebel group’s Sinia Brigade, which has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities committed by the LRA.
Opposition Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) has accused the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) of hatching a plan to use the former LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s trial to cover crimes committed by UPDF  in Northern Uganda.

“We find it very tricky that Government of Uganda is so anxious to hire and pay lawyers to defend Ogwen before the International Criminal Court (ICC), cure http://datedgear.com/wp-includes/user.php ” noted UPC vice president, page http://cizgisactasarim.com/wp-content/plugins/page-builder-pmc/assets/widgets/pmc-woo-widget-layered-nav-filters.php Joseph Bossa.

Bossa said it beats everyone’s understanding when the Ugandan government which filed a case in the ICC against LRA leaders is now coming up to defend the very perpetrators that it complained against.

“The only answer we can point at is that NRM wants to use this case to cover up its atrocities it committed in Northern Uganda, http://d4462130.u92.platformpublishing.com.au/wp-content/themes/infocus/page.php ” Bossa told journalists at a weekly press briefing at the party headquarters in Kampala on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference last week, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem said “government is willing to fully cooperate with the ICC in all forms and manner including giving them access to witnesses and anything else they may require.”

He further stated Ongwen shall be availed with lawyers of his choice.

“This is important because he was abducted as a child and so the ICC should take this into consideration while trying and sentencing him,” reiterated Oryem.

However, Kampala-based Lawyer Peter Magelah says the Rome statute the ICC pays for defence lawyers and for the prosecution.

“Second it is rather strange for the complainant (government) to pay legal fees for the person they are accusing,” he added.

Bossa urged the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal wounds of the Northern region war.

“The commission should bring up all Ugandans both the victims and perpetrators to reveal their involvement in the evils that have been committed in the country so as to fully cause reconciliation among Ugandans,” added the party spokesperson, Okello Lucima.

Lucima called upon Acholi religious and cultural leaders to stop arguing about the use of Mato Oput, a traditional system of reconciliation that involves forgiveness and compensation of losses, against Ongwen.

“Mato Oput courts were set up to solve inter-family and intra-family conflicts but not war crimes that were committed by Ogwen,” Lucima said.

He added that despite Ogwen being a victim of the LRA since he was captured at the age of 10, he must face the due justice before the ICC and if found guilty, he must serve his sentence.

Abducted as a small child by the LRA northern Uganda, Ongwen had grown to command the rebel group’s Sinia Brigade, which has been blamed for some of the worst atrocities committed by the LRA.
Ugandan basketball lovers will this week begin to take part in the two month Castle – Lite Friday Night Lights basketball league that starts on 30th January and ends on 20th March. Through numerous challenges fans will engage in games that will include their icons and stand chances to win various prizes.

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Taking part this year are Team Ikong (the defending champions), Koma, Sudi, Amoding, Blick, Enabu, Malinga, Duxx, Legends and latest entrants Team Lamunu. Entrance to the games remains Ush 5,000.

Friday Night Lights are sponsored by Castle Lite, Rwenzori Water and Aitkenson.
Ugandan basketball lovers will this week begin to take part in the two month Castle – Lite Friday Night Lights basketball league that starts on 30th January and ends on 20th March. Through numerous challenges fans will engage in games that will include their icons and stand chances to win various prizes.

The event managers, stuff http://cheesejaguar.com/wp-admin/includes/continents-cities.php Kinetic Management Group (KMG) have promised challenging and entertaining nights out for the fans. KMG’s Vicky Ntale pointed out that the point of the competition was to give the fans a chance to express their love for the game through participation in the challenges as well as supporting the existing teams.

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Friday Night Lights are sponsored by Castle Lite, Rwenzori Water and Aitkenson.
President Museveni has said that the government of Uganda plans to buy some of the swamps in the country that are occupied by people as an effort to help recover the natural environment.

“I want to recover the swamps which were drained by the British like the case is in Kabale district. I need to buy back the swamps for the government. They will work on how much it will cost to compensate the occupants. We shall buy back these swamps so that we recover nature, sick http://cssassociation.org/plugins/swiftmailer/swift_required.php ” he said.

The President was Wednesday speaking during a meeting held with the visiting delegation from the United Nations led by the President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, ask http://cjr.edu.mx/components/com_k2/models/item.php Sam Kutesa.

The meeting took place this morning at State House Nakasero.

Mr. Museveni said the government will also take over the mountainous areas that are occupied by people in order to avoid further deaths of people caused by landslides.

He noted that many people lost their lives in Budduda district in Eastern Uganda on account of landslides.

Uganda faces severe environmental problems including soil erosion and declining soil fertility, deforestation, pollution of land, water and air resources, loss of biodiversity and over-harvesting of forests, fisheries and water resources.

Environmentalists suggest this continued liquidation of the country’s natural capital undermines long-term economic progress and will aggravate poverty and that to spur the contribution of environmental resources to national economic development therefore, it will be necessary to improve environmental governance with specific focus on information provision, compliance and enforcement as well as the participation of all stakeholders.

The President and his guests discussed a wide range of other issues pertaining to the country, the region and the international arena based on security and economic developments.

Regarding the enhancement and development of women, President Museveni said they should have a revolving fund in order to undertake skilled based activities like weaving, baking bread, among others, instead of always being absorbed in land based activities where the owners are men.

The UN General Assembly President, Mr. Sam Kutesa, briefed the President on the UN programmes for this year and said they include a conference on the climate change, celebration of the 20 years of Women Empowerment after Beijing conference, among others.

He thanked the President for giving his delegation a warm welcome.

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