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LANGO: 3,000 UPC, FDC Members Cross to NRM

President Museveni bids farewell to late President Milton Obote's only surviving brother, Mzee Obadia Akaki, at end of rally President held at Lira Golf Course grounds on Thursday

The Anti corruption court in Kololo has adjourned to April 3, medicine http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/formatting.php hearing of the case where 6 of Telecom giant MTN Uganda’s former employees are accused of defrauding money totaling to Shs 10.2 billion in 2011.

Until then, remedy http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-includes/ms-default-constants.php the company will be looking at patching up the immense damage that has been done in daunting revelations made by its own witnesses during this ‘first round’ of the hearing.

The company rushed to court seeking justice against its allegedly thieving workers, but a lot of evidence tendered to pin them has only but tightened the noose around MTN’s neck instead.

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As Justice Lawrence Gidudu broke off the hearing, MTN’s central witness Phraise Lubega who in 2011 was head of IT at the MTN towers, had consciously and unconsciously spilled a lot of secrets, tilting more and more culpability toward himself and MTN.

In the final round of cross examining his evidence by the 6-strong defense team, Mr Lubega dramatically confessed to have ignored activating a crucial Anti Money Laundering System.

He also admitted that this was the responsibility of him alone as the head of IT and none of the accused six: not even Mr Richard Mwami who was the overall head of Mobile Money.

Mwami was in fact the first person to sound the alarm when he noticed in December 2011 that billions of shillings had been received dubiously by some 17 subscribers, and he immediately sanctioned investigations.

MTN nonetheless dragged his name onto the charge sheet for allegedly “neglecting his duty of ensuring that verification performance plans and procedures were adhered to by his juniors.”

Mwami’s lawyer A. F. Mpanga however, tactically got MTN’s witness Lubega owning up that he had ignored activating the anti money laundering system despite stern guidance from among others, the company’s partner bank Stanbic, which holds their mobile money account.

Mpanga provided documented evidence showing that Stanbic had warned MTN of serious consequences which included targeted sanctions from Bank of Uganda if fell short of activating the security system.

Among other functions of the system, is blocking transfer of money to fund international Terror groups like Alshabaab.

It has an installed database that entails names of particular individuals and terror organizations who must not conduct any transaction with the mobile money company.

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Interestingly Mr Lubega had earlier on Monday confessed that the MTN Fundamo (mobile money computer system) was heavily susceptible to numerous sorts or attacks from foreigners.

He pointed out one such called the ‘Brute force attack” where a hacker would try in several passwords until he got the right one, and access the mobile money accounts.

By not activating the anti money laundering system, counsel Mpanga convinced court that MTN opened itself for attacks from both its workers internally, but also international criminals including terror organizations.

While speaking to ChimpReports earlier this week, one of the accused Patrick Sentongo alleged that the company had filed this case as a cover up of such internal flaws.

He said that the accused six were being used as a shield, which explained why Mr Richard  Mwami the very first whistle blower in the scandal was dragged onto the charge sheet.

Meanwhile as the clock ticks down to April when the hearing resumes, Chimpreports understand that MTN has rushed to hire Chinese technology giants ZTE to undertake a section of its IT department – the operations and maintenance section.

In a memo sent to employees, MTN informed that all workers under this section will be officially employed by ZTE, within the next six months transition period.

There are concerns about the possible loss of employment opportunities.

MTN in its memo did not confirm whether their staff will stay with company after the takeover of ZTE.

“In the interim, all Network Group staff are still formally employed by MTN Uganda until that process is concluded,” the memo reads in part.

The court case is expected to extend to next year, as a number of stakeholders including police investigators who initially handled the matter tender in their evidence to the court.
Ugandan goalie Denis Onyango has become South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns’ first-choice shot stopper in 2015 dislodging Zambian Africa Cup of Nations winning star Kennedy Mweene.

Onyango who has also been Uganda’s number one goalkeeper since 8 July 2010 is currently being praised in media downsouth by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for his fine performances.

“Onyango is playing well now, pill http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-protect.php ” Mosimane tells Kickoff. “Let him show that he wants to stay like that.

“Every position is up for grabs. Let him fight and if he convinces he will keep the position.”

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Denis Onyango is the first-choice goalkeeper

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Denis Onyango is the first-choice goalkeeper

The former SC Villa and Nsambya goalie is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the Africa’s richest league now; like posting marvelous performances as he manned the posts in the 4-1 thrashing of Moroka Swallows in the League, and in the 1-1 draw with St Michel in the CAF Champions League. The Ugandan will retain his place when Downs open their Nedbank Cup account against NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.

Onyango initially joined Downs on a three-year contract in 2011 with an option of a further year which was then exercised last year while he was on loan at Bidvest Wits and now at with the ‘Brazilians’.

“I see it as a big responsibility to be back to a great club like Downs,” Onyango explains to this website in an online interview.

“It is a dream come true, now it is my job to make the most of this opportunity that has come my way.

“At Downs we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Mweene and Wayne Sandilands.

“The PSL has always had top-quality goalkeepers.

Zambi's Mweene is now secondle fiddle to Onyongo at Chloorkop

Zambi’s Mweene is now secondle fiddle to Onyongo at Chloorkop

But since returning to the club early last year, the 29-year-old, just like the previous three years, had largely been third choice to Mweene and former Bafana Bafana keeper Wayne Sandilands.

Onyango’s size and agility made him hard to beat and his physical presence made their shaky defence impenetrable. Onyango is highly regarded for his outstanding concentration and shot stopping abilities.

His 6ft 1inch frame is the other bonus. Onyango moved to South Africa in 2006 during which he signed for SuperSport United on a four year deal before joining Mpumulanga Black Aces for a season.
Ugandan goalie Denis Onyango has become South African Premier Soccer League club Mamelodi Sundowns’ first-choice shot stopper in 2015 dislodging Zambian Africa Cup of Nations winning star Kennedy Mweene.

Onyango who has also been Uganda’s number one goalkeeper since 8 July 2010 is currently being praised in media downsouth by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for his fine performances.

“Onyango is playing well now, remedy http://cogocapital.com/lp/wp-content/plugins/thrive-visual-editor/landing-page/lightboxes/phonic-podcast-stitcher.php ” Mosimane tells Kickoff. “Let him show that he wants to stay like that.

“Every position is up for grabs. Let him fight and if he convinces he will keep the position.”

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Denis Onyango is the first-choice goalkeeper

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Denis Onyango is the first-choice goalkeeper

The former SC Villa and Nsambya goalie is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the Africa’s richest league now; like posting marvelous performances as he manned the posts in the 4-1 thrashing of Moroka Swallows in the League, http://cirquebijou.co.uk/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php and in the 1-1 draw with St Michel in the CAF Champions League. The Ugandan will retain his place when Downs open their Nedbank Cup account against NFD side Thanda Royal Zulu at Loftus Stadium on Saturday.

Onyango initially joined Downs on a three-year contract in 2011 with an option of a further year which was then exercised last year while he was on loan at Bidvest Wits and now at with the ‘Brazilians’.

“I see it as a big responsibility to be back to a great club like Downs, http://cuencahighlife.com/wp-admin/includes/list-table.php ” Onyango explains to this website in an online interview.

“It is a dream come true, now it is my job to make the most of this opportunity that has come my way.

“At Downs we have very good goalkeepers in the shape of Mweene and Wayne Sandilands.

“The PSL has always had top-quality goalkeepers.

Zambi's Mweene is now secondle fiddle to Onyongo at Chloorkop

Zambi’s Mweene is now secondle fiddle to Onyongo at Chloorkop

But since returning to the club early last year, the 29-year-old, just like the previous three years, had largely been third choice to Mweene and former Bafana Bafana keeper Wayne Sandilands.

Onyango’s size and agility made him hard to beat and his physical presence made their shaky defence impenetrable. Onyango is highly regarded for his outstanding concentration and shot stopping abilities.

His 6ft 1inch frame is the other bonus. Onyango moved to South Africa in 2006 during which he signed for SuperSport United on a four year deal before joining Mpumulanga Black Aces for a season.
A total of 3, order http://confusedcoconut.com/wp-content/plugins/flash-album-gallery/admin/manage-images.php 150 opposition Uganda Peoples’ Congress and Forum for Democratic Change members from the northern Sub-region of Lango crossed to the ruling National Resistance Movement party on Thursday.

In December last year this investigative website exclusively revealed details about a trip of 53 opposition leaders from the area to State House Entebbe to meet President Museveni who is also the NRM Chairman with the intentions of crossing to the ruling party.

Indeed on Thursday when President Museveni went to Lira town to launch a number of activities including the opening of the Shs 28bn market that has changed the whole face of town, http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php the same opposition leaders converged 2,000 fellow converts at Golf Course where Museveni addressed the cheerful crowds.

The converts led by a staunch UPC lady, Florence Okello Olong, the Oyam district woman Member of Parliament aspirant who was also the architect and leader of opposition leaders who met Museveni in December, were immediately dressed in yellow T. Shirts of NRM and sole candidature descriptions.

The biggest surprise on Thursday was defection of late President Milton Obote’s right hand man; Ogwang Nasuru who has been the face of fading traditionally UPC dominated Lango Sub-region.

Mr. Ogwang was the powerful chairman UPC Lira district for many years and single handedly took control of the party in early 2000 when he was the determinant of who UPC should field in any national or local elective position in Lango and Kumi regions.

He locked out and subsequently chased from UPC the nationally celebrated opposition members including then iron lady, Cecilia Ogwal, former minister Omara Atubo, Minister Rebecca Otengo among others who joined NRM with the exception of Cecilia who went to FDC and Dokolo LCV chairman, John Baptist Okello Okello.

Museveni welcomed all the converts to NRM and advised the old members of his party not to feel jealous about the new comers but just make them comfortable in the huge yellow bus.

“Our people who have been in the party for a long time should not have jealous but accommodate the new entrants to our party with love. NRM is pro-people and let’s maintain that ideology.” President Museveni said at the venue.

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