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Museveni Defends Security, Infrastructure Budgets

President Yoweri Museveni

Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lilian Buchana has remanded to Luzira Prison, look http://cubanet.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php Robert Shaka, http://chesapeakebaydiningguide.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/xtdgallery/xtdgallery.php 39, for allegedly violating the right to privacy of President Yoweri Museveni.

Shaka, a resident of Kiwatule Kutaano, in Kiira Division, was on Monday arrested by police and detained at Special Investigations Unit (SIU) headquarters in Kireka, Kampala.

Appearing before Buganda Road Court on Thursday afternoon, Shaka denied the charge of offensive communication which the state said he “wilfully and repeatedly committed between 2011 and 2015.”

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Prosecution further submitted that Shaka, “an Information Technology specialist disguised as Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, with the help of a computer and with no purpose of legitimate communication unlawfully posted on social media (Facebook) statements regarding the health condition of president Museveni.”

Shaka boarding the prison bus

Shaka boarding the prison bus

Shaka’s lawyers led by Nicholas Opiyo had secured an order from Nakawa Magistrate’s court instructing police to unconditionally release his client from detention where he had spent over 48 hours.

However, police drove Shaka to Buganda Road Court for charging.

Shaka pleaded “not guilty” before his lawyers filed an application, emphasising his constitutional entitlement to bail and the presence of substantial sureties.

Defense lawyers also demanded that prosecution discloses all the information and evidence which the state will rely on while prosecuting the case.

The suspect waving at his friends and relatives in the court room

The suspect waving at his friends and relatives in the court room

“We seek to be availed with documentary evidence to help the accused understand the charges he is facing and to know how he disturbed the privacy of president Museveni,” said defense lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde.

State prosecutor Emily Ninsiima informed court that the defense “can now use the particulars of the charge sheet since it is well detailed” but objected to the bail application on grounds that one of Shaka’s sureties presented identification documents with different names.

Magistrate Buchana remanded Shaka until Monday next week when she will consider his bail application after prosecution has scrutinized particulars of his four sureties.

Shaka in the dock. He denied the charges against them

Shaka in the dock. He denied the charges against them


Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Lilian Buchana has remanded to Luzira Prison, viagra approved http://cienciaaldia.com/wp-includes/simplepie/cache.php Robert Shaka, purchase http://demamore.com/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php 39, illness for allegedly violating the right to privacy of President Yoweri Museveni.

Shaka, a resident of Kiwatule Kutaano, in Kiira Division, was on Monday arrested by police and detained at Special Investigations Unit (SIU) headquarters in Kireka, Kampala.

Appearing before Buganda Road Court on Thursday afternoon, Shaka denied the charge of offensive communication which the state said he “wilfully and repeatedly committed between 2011 and 2015.”

Prosecution further submitted that Shaka, “an Information Technology specialist disguised as Tom Voltaire Okwalinga, with the help of a computer and with no purpose of legitimate communication unlawfully posted on social media (Facebook) statements regarding the health condition of president Museveni.”

Shaka boarding the prison bus

Shaka boarding the prison bus

Shaka’s lawyers led by Nicholas Opiyo had secured an order from Nakawa Magistrate’s court instructing police to unconditionally release his client from detention where he had spent over 48 hours.

However, police drove Shaka to Buganda Road Court for charging.

Shaka pleaded “not guilty” before his lawyers filed an application, emphasising his constitutional entitlement to bail and the presence of substantial sureties.

Defense lawyers also demanded that prosecution discloses all the information and evidence which the state will rely on while prosecuting the case.

The suspect waving at his friends and relatives in the court room

The suspect waving at his friends and relatives in the court room

“We seek to be availed with documentary evidence to help the accused understand the charges he is facing and to know how he disturbed the privacy of president Museveni,” said defense lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde.

State prosecutor Emily Ninsiima informed court that the defense “can now use the particulars of the charge sheet since it is well detailed” but objected to the bail application on grounds that one of Shaka’s sureties presented identification documents with different names.

Magistrate Buchana remanded Shaka until Monday next week when she will consider his bail application after prosecution has scrutinized particulars of his four sureties.

Shaka in the dock. He denied the charges against them

Shaka in the dock. He denied the charges against them


The controversial Tom Voltaire Okwalinga (TVO) Facebook account has gone down, medications http://construction-cloud.com.au/wp-includes/ms-settings.php Chimp Corps report.

It remains unclear how the account went off the wire.

However, web the development comes against the backdrop of Robert Shaka’s arrest whom government claims is Okwalinga.

Shaka, look who was sent to Luzira prison on Thursday on charges of posting on Facebook communication deemed offensive to President Museveni, vehemently denied links to the ‘Tom Voltaire Okwalinga’ account.

Government said the account was used to publicise defamatory material against the person of the President and senior government officials.

President Museveni recently directed police’s cyber crimes department to investigate the abuse of social media and apprehend the culprits.

ChimpReports understands the ‘Tom Voltaire Okwalinga’ account has been running for the last five years.

The account user is thought to have opened another platform on Facebook as a precautionary measure.

A Facebook account can be terminated by its holder.

Alternatively, the page can be taken down by Facebook if complaints of abuses are raised.

“We reserve the right to reject or remove Pages for any reason,” one of Facebook’s rules provides.

It is highly possible that the page was pulled down following complaints by the Ugandan government.

Using another Facebook account, ‘Okwalinga’ noted: “TVO page is tactically off, will be back shortly.”

By 6:55pm, the page was still off.
President Yoweri Museveni has Thursday afternoon appealed to Ugandans to objectively analyze the just read out Shs 23.9 trillion budget, for sale http://cctvcameraz.com/wp-content/plugins/templates/default/bbpress/content-single-reply.php before rushing to punch holes in it .

The budget which was read to Parliament by the recently appointed Finance Minister Hon Matia Kasaija, troche http://crosscourtathletics.org/wp-includes/rss-functions.php has already generated anxiety amongst Ugandans with questions on how it will be funded.

With the Ugandan taxpayers only supporting less than half of it, prostate http://courtneybarnett.com.au/wp-includes/taxonomy.php there is growing fears that the country could be headed for a serious debt crisis.

Concerns have also been raised about its recurrent prioritization of defense and infrastructure at the expense of other key sectors such as health, education and agriculture which supports more than 80% of Ugandan livelihoods.

Mr Museveni however, in his address after the budget presentation, appealed to Ugandans to look at it in a more holistic approach.

He argued that development of the prioritized sectors of defense and infrastructure would have a direct impact on the others like agriculture.

“Some people misunderstand the chain of production. When we say that we are spending shs 500bn on agriculture, some people think that is not enough. But when we spend Ugx 3 trillion on the roads, that money assists agriculture first and foremost. You can’t talk about agriculture without talking about roads,” he said.

In the same vein, the president added, the defense budget which now stands at Shs 1.6 trillion in a way benefits all the other sectors.

“If you think defense is not connected to agriculture, I would invite you to go to Somalia and try to run a coffee firm there. You can’t have agriculture without peace. Please, take a holistic view of the budget not a fragmented one,” he noted.

President Museveni expressed delight about the progress that the country has registered in infrastructural development, noting that the country is now linked from north to south and east to west by all – weather roads.

In a bid to grow Uganda’s gross domestic product [GDP] which currently stands at Shs 75 trillion, Museveni stressed that government would focus attention on industrialization and value addition.

“Our GDP is now 75 trillion. If the exchange rate was at 2000, it would be $39bn but it’s now only $25bn. By adding value to our products, our GDP will grow. Industrialization and value addition therefore, are a must.”

He added, “Our economy has grown for the last 29 years at a rate of 6.6% pa, despite electricity road railway ICT and other bottlenecks. After these are solved, the economy will grow at the rate of 7 to 10% per annum.  Uganda will become a lower middle income economy by 2020.”

 

 

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