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Kenyatta: Odinga Must Stop Insulting Me

President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledges cheers for jubilant Mlango Kubwa residents who lined up to greet him while on his way to Redeemed Gospel church, Huruma where joined other faithfuls for a Sunday Worship service

Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Lillian Bukyana has Tuesday started hearing the case in which Pakistan nationals are accused of raping their maid Zainab Mbabazi in 2013

In her testimony, pharm http://cccnt.com.au/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php 23-year-old Mbabazi who hails from Sheema district explained how she was working at Savannah Bar in Kiwatule, viagra sale http://colbleu.fr/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-4.1.6.php Kampala as a waitress when one Pakistan national only identified as Zahiri approached her with a promise of a better job.

Zahiri reportedly promised to give Mbabazi Shs 150, here 000 compared to shs Shs40, 000 which she was receiving as monthly salary at the Kiwatule bar.

“I talked to my boss about it who gave me a green light with my new job. Early the next day at around 7:00am, Zahiri called my boss and I was directed where he stayed in Naguru,” recounted Mbabazi in a shaky voice.

According to the victim, on reaching Naguru, she found Zahiri and a friend only identified as Shabaz who ordered to start work immediately which included doing their laundry.

Tragedy befalls Mbabazi

“After spending only two days at work, Zahir, Sadiq and Moze one night came home from work in the evening and asked for drinking water as they proceeded to their bedroom. I obliged. But as soon as I arrived in their bedroom, they locked the door, held my hands and Sadiq plus Zahiri undressed me,” the 23-year-old broke down as she narrated her horrible ordeal to court.

“I tried to fight back but they overpowered me. So they started raping me from the anus. I tried making an alarm but they pushed a cloth into my mouth. They raped me for several hours before locking me up in the house.”

“I stood up but I was too weak to walk. I crawled to the bathroom to clean myself but I was bleeding profusely.”

According to Mbabazi, when she complained to Zahiri, the Pakistanis threatened to kill her if she reported to police.

Whenever the accused left for work, they would lock up the entire place, fearing she would escape.

“After one week at around 4:00pm in the evening, I heard a car come and peeped through the window only to realize that it was Zahiri and his colleagues who had come back and as usual they asked for drinking water to which I heeded. They told me to take it to their bedroom and on reaching there, they closed the door and raped me in turns,” she added.

According to Mbabazi, this happened 3 times in a period of one and half months.

Escape

She further told court presided over by Lillian Buchana that on the third time after being sexually harassed, she incidentally found the house key at the kitchen sink and managed to escape that night.

“I went to a friend’s house but unfortunately she was not around so I slept there for that night before I got a taxi the following day to my former boss in Ntinda.”

Mbabazi told court she didn’t tell anyone about the sexual abuses for fear of embarrassment and losing her job not until pain became unbearable.

“Due to the prolonged pain and bleeding, I decided to report to police because there was nothing to save,” she told court.

Contradictions

However, another witness told court how Mbabazi had never been sexually harassed but rather had a relationship with Zahiri.

In her testimony, 27-year-old Maureen Mugasa told court she was working for Pakistani nationals while in Kiwatule before they shifted to Naguru to live near their bosses.

“One day Zahiri who was now living in Naguru called me that he had got a house maid who also doubled as his girlfriend and that she worked as a waitress in Kiwatule. He gave me her number so that I direct her to Naguru where Zahiri lived,” Mugasa told court.

According to Mugasa, she called Mbabazi and directed her to Naguru where Zahiri and his friends lived.

“However, one day Zahiri called me that Mbabazi had conceived but wanted to abort the pregnancy because he was not ready to take care of the child.”

Mugasa explained that a few days after the abortion, she was called that Mbabazi had some pain in the stomach that had been caused due to abortion and was asked to help Zahiri take the patient to a clinic where she got medication.

“I later heard from her that she was now happy and that she had rekindled their love with Zahiri,” Mugasa told court, stressing that the two were in deep love.

The rape case was widely publicised in the media, with activists openly calling for the arrest and prosecution of the Pakistani nationals who were then employees as Yuasa, a Kampala car dealing firm.

The Magistrate adjourned the case to August 11 for further hearing.

In April the Director of Public Prosecution dropped the gang rape charges against Pakistan nationals Ahmeed Shahbz and Muhammad Wagaf, replacing them with domestic violence and having canal knowledge against order of nature.

The duo was granted bail.

Prosecution alleges that between September and December 2012, Ahmed Shahbz, Muhammad Wagaf and others still at large while at Naguru where they worked for Yuasa Limited had unlawful carnal knowledge of Zainab Mbabazi against the order of nature.

They are also alleged to have engaged in domestic violence against Mbabazi to which they committed acts of sexual abuse against her contrary to Section 4 (2) of the domestic violence Act.
Business in the oil rich Hoima is on a steady growth as it grapples to attain an oil city status.  A visit to the district over the weekend revealed a number of cross cutting experiences with the most visible effect being the mushrooming new infrastructure.

The population’s expectations are high a head of the production phase slated for 2017. However as locals expect a boom others are skeptical that there is likely going to be development mismatch.

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According to Sam, these impediments coupled with underfunding have left most vocational schools in the region limping and not able to provide a proficient labor market.

Adding that this is likely going to see more foreigners invade the district to fill the gaps in the labour market if the government does not strengthen its policies and support to vocational institutes.

The oil boom has seen the emergence of key business players in the region like Tradelinks, a regional nongovernmental organization helping farmers to market their produce to the oil companies.

The intervention of Tradelinks came at a time when farmers in the region were faced with bumper harvest without knowing what exactly was required by the oil companies and when.

The question of timing was very paramount; in 2013, farmers cursed their lives as they failed to sale a lot of what they had produced anticipating the oil market because of lack of reliable knowledge about the market.

With the help of Tradelinks, farmers formed cooperatives through which they are now able to supply the oil companies with tones of food, something that is expected to increase on household hold income as more people get involved a head of the production.

Peter Semiga, a retired diplomat and a beneficiary of Tradelinks said his income has shot up from 1.5 to 3 million shilling after joining Tradelinks through Hoima District Farmers Association.

“The business is at our doorstep but our people in Hoima are not seeing it,” Peter noted.

With 8 hectors of land, Peter has invested in horticultural crops and vegetables and employed 13 people to work on his farm as a result of increased demand for his products.

Despite the endless efforts, Peters stated that business expansion is a challenge as access to basic financial services in terms of loans in most of the financial institutions is a nightmare.

“People are not organized, they fear to pick loans because they cannot service them,” Fred Musinguzi, Director at Muka Investments said adding that the reason for this set back in accessing  finance is because most of the businesses in the area are merely operated by family members and not registered as per the requirements to access funds.
He further urged the government to come up with a special regional fund to support the people in these areas if the oil boom factor is to impact on the lives of Ugandans.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has told opposition leaders to rise above insults and engage in constructive politics.

He said CORD leaders headed by Mr Raila Odinga should learn to practice mature politics and desist from constantly issuing threats and insults to a popularly elected Government.

“I want to tell my brother Raila Odinga to respect the Presidency. If he was elected the President, diagnosis http://ceris.ca/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php I would not be standing by the roadside to insult him, approved ” President Kenyatta said.

He reminded the CORD leader that competition was not enmity and its time leaders respected one another for peace and harmony to prevail in the country.

The Head of State, made the remarks during the weekend while after stopping at Mlango Kubwa to campaign for the TNA candidate in the Mathare by-election George Wanjohi, said the challenges facing Kenyans cannot be solved through divisive politics.

Kenyatta’s remarks come after of mounting pressure from opposition to fix the country’s worsening security situation especially in the coastal towns and also address corruption.

The opposition have also held demonstrations to pile more pressure on government to do more on social service delivery.

However, Kenyatta said, “challenges faced by Kenyans do not know religion or ethnic backgrounds. Hospitals serve all patients without bias on religious or ethnic backgrounds. Even development does not know boundaries.”

The President asked Kenyans to support the country’s security agencies by exposing criminal elements in their midst in the spirit of being the brother’s sister’s keepers.

“We cannot create the dream nation in an insecure environment. Security is crucial to creation of jobs and the country’s transformative agenda,” President Kenyatta said.

He told youth to guard against self-seekers duping them with a better life after death in order to engage in terrorism and other criminal activities.

Terrorism

He said terrorism and other criminal activities are not being perpetuated by communities, religions or tribes and Government will not relent on its war against individuals out to disrupt the prevailing peace in the country.

“You all know that Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan was seriously injured in a terrorist attack. The attackers were not advancing any religious or ethnic agenda but are generally individual criminals out to disrupt peace and we will go for them,” the President said.

Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh and TNA chairman Johnson Sakaja appealed to the Mathare electorate to vote for the Jubilee candidate in the in the August 7 by-election.

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