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Following the recent spate of murders of bodaboda riders sand taxi drivers by robbers and iron bar hit men in Mbabara Municipality, malady http://ddc.com.sa/media/widgetkit/widgets/lightbox/lightbox.php the cyclists and drivers have met to chart the way out.

In a meeting held at Comfort Travel Inn yesterday, chairpersons of all bodaboda stages in Mbarara agreed to choose several spies amongst themselves to bring down the murders in the district rather than relying on police.

Arinaitwe Moses, the bodaboda chairman Mbarara district said that the situation was gradually getting out of hand.

Among the identified dark spots were Nkokonjeru, Boma and Kakyeka.

The chairman further said that since their last meeting with police detectives this month, the situation had only worsened, witnessing nearly daily attacks on his colleagues every night.

It also emerged in the meeting that some of the security officers were actually participating in the attacks on the cyclist and drivers.

One private security guard just in the previous night had connived with a gang to rob a Toyota Premio number UAT 780S from a driver.

“However the driver over powered the thugs and a security operative was stubbed to death as others took off; this happened in Nkokonjeru,” said one Banada.

All the stage leaders blamed security officers for not providing enough protection towards bodabodas especially at night.

CIID Mbarara central police station David Ibanda however told ChimpReports that night patrols and ambushes will be increased late at night to prevent all those that cause harm to drivers.

 
The Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID), clinic http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/layouts/modules/templates/raw.php Grace Akullo has finally admitted authoring the controversial ‘second investigation report’ into the Shs169bn that largely exonerated Cairo International Bank of the fraud despite overwhelming evidence pinning its management in the scandal that shook the nation to the core.

Akullo had in earlier media interviews denied writing the contested report, patient http://cineaverde.com/wp-includes/class-wp-text-diff-renderer-inline.php saying it was a handiwork of two detectives who had received bribes to ‘kill’ the case.

However, visit appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament on Friday last week, Akullo confirmed that indeed she led the team of police officers who drafted the report before sending it to IGP Gen Kale Kayihura and Public Service Minister, Henry Kajura.

“Yes, it’s my report. I wrote it together with a team of detectives who were handling the case,” said Akullo during the closed door session.

This was after MPs led by firebrand Abdu Katuntu grilled Akullo for several hours and asked her to tell them “nothing but the truth.”

Katuntu expressed shock that all along the CIID boss was distancing herself from the report.

“You have to tell us what exactly happened. There is overwhelming evidence that you wrote this report. Why are you denying it?” Katuntu quizzed Akullo.

He added: “I put it to you that you wanted to kill this case. All along I have been wondering who was responsible for the mess in this case. It’s not the DPP but you.”

Interestingly, while appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs on April 28, Akullo denied knowledge of ‘second’ report before the MPs led by the committee chair Jenny Mugwanya.

“I also don’t know how the second report came about though I led the investigations into the case,” she said, adding that it was a direct case of indiscipline by her juniors.

Asked by Katuntu why she had earlier accused two detectives of indiscipline and absconding from duty yet she personally knew they were handling a special investigation, Akullo went silent.

This website recently published the scanned copy of a letter written and signed by Akullo herself introducing and supporting the submission of the second report.

The letter dated 31st November 2014 was sent by Akullo to the DPP Mike Chibita and copied to the First Deputy Prime Minister and also minister of Public Service, Henry Kajura and the IGP Kale Kayihura.

On October 31, CIID boss AIGP Grace Akullo, forwarded to the DPP a report titled “Alleged causing financial loss to the tune of shs165bn, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud by the officials of Ministry of Public Service, Peter Ssajjabi and Cairo International Bank Vide CIID headquarters E/003/2013.”

In her letter, Akullo said “as you are aware, since 2012 CIID has been investigating the alleged financial mismanagement of pension funds. Questioned documents were forwarded to handwriting expert for forensic analysis and a report is still pending and shall be forwarded in due course. This is to forward a copy of the report for your information and further management of the case.”

When this report reached the office of Solicitor General, officials were shocked to realise that crucial evidence which had been tendered in an earlier report on the same case were missing.

“Upon reading the said report we realise that it departs in material respects from the earlier report prepared by police,” wrote J Atwine on behalf of the Solicitor General to Barbara Kawuma Bugembe, a senior State Attorney, Anti Corruption Court Section.

The first investigation report was disregarded by court after Cairo bank’s lawyer MacDusman Kabega said they were expecting a new report from CIID boss Grace Akullo.

This caused a delay from July to October 2014 that was then used to produce a new report by CIID.

On October 31, the ‘new report’ was signed by Akullo and on the same day, Tom Magezi, a lawyer from Kabega’s law firm which represents the bank, swore an affidavit claiming that he had “come across” a report by the Director CIID which he said “heavily impacted” on his application suing government.

“I deemed it vital and necessary as my duty to bring it to the court’s attention and hereby do so,” reads Magezi’s affidavit in part.

When this second report was tendered in court, Akullo did not withdraw it. The report had her known signatures not only on the cover letter but every page.

She would later defend the report through police spokesperson, Fred Enanga in an interview with ChimpReports, as “detailed” and “authentic.”

The Judge subsequently ruled in favour of the bank, quashing the DPP’s decision to prefer charges of theft and conspiracy to defraud the government shs165bn.

Kabiito also directed that the DPP should “stop preferring the intended charges and prosecuting CIB until matters raised in the application and the court’s determination therefore been attended to and a return made to the court.”

The case collapsed eventually, sparking off public outcry.

First investigation report:

It should be noted that the first report had overwhelming evidence which included a report by Bank of Uganda’s commercial bank supervision directorate.

In October 2012, Bank of Uganda discovered a number of “irregularities” in Cairo International Bank’s (CIB) “Know-Your-Customer procedures and operations of the various pension accounts coupled with weaknesses in suspicious transaction monitoring.”

According to a confidential report authored by the Central Bank’s Director of Supervision, Justine Bagyenda and copied to Deputy Governor, Louis Kasekende, the examiners reviewed a sample of beneficiaries’ accounts from a list of 1,012 pensioners which the bank had obtained from Police.

The examination revealed that the introduction letters to open accounts for all the pensioners said to be members of Eat African Community Beneficiaries Association (EACBA) were “singly signed” by Mr Peter Ssajjabi, the National Secretary for EACBA.

The review showed that “Ssajabi’s personal account (number 002433) as well as that of his private company, SWIFT Commercial Ltd (account number 001910) opened in May 2001 and August 2000 respectively did not have reference/introduction letters.”

The sampled account opening documents indicated that the beneficiaries who had been working with various government ministries and departments reside in locations which are spread out to nearly all the districts of Uganda.

The account opening statements of the said pensioners were filled and signed by customers in the field (outside the bank premises) and therefore customer thumb prints were not captured in the bank’s core banking system which is a key requirement for CIB.

BoU was astonished to learn that “CIB opened the various accounts for EACBA members and credited gratuity to their accounts before receipt of the account opening introductory letters.”

The investigation further revealed weaknesses in suspicious transactions monitoring.

For instance, the beneficiaries said to be located in various parts of the country most of whom are elderly people, signed vouchers consistently and withdrew the funds from their accounts in a lump sum either on the same day or a few days from the date the gratuity was credited to the accounts which necessitated further due diligence.

For example a sample of twenty pensioners on September 14, 2011, withdrew money in lump sum between Shs45m and Shs90m together totalling to Shs1.34bn physically from CIB premises.

Security are investigating reports that lawyer Tom Magezi sourced for a bribe of Shs1bn from Cairo International Bank to compromise Akullo and other detectives handling the case, not to mention staff in the DPP.

Akullo has since denied taking the bribe, saying she only heard that Shs1bn was given to a journalist to buy her a house.

Police in 2012 arrested Cairo International Bank’s bosses and Public Service Ministry officials for being part of a scheme where ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

The suspects included general manager operations, Muhammad Ahmad Tarek; his assistant, Ishaka Ssentongo and compliance officer, Rahmah Mugeere.

Others were Grace Beinomugisha (head of customer care); Ismail Kizito and Abbey Kaddu, the authorizing officer.

Principal Accountant in the Public Service Christopher Obey and Ssajjabi were reportedly the main architects of the fraud.

 
The Director of Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department (CIID), viagra 100mg http://chrisroberson.net/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php Grace Akullo has finally admitted authoring the controversial ‘second investigation report’ into the Shs169bn that largely exonerated Cairo International Bank of the fraud despite overwhelming evidence pinning its management in the scandal that shook the nation to the core.

Akullo had in earlier media interviews denied writing the contested report, http://debbieschlussel.com/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader-skin.php saying it was a handiwork of two detectives who had received bribes to ‘kill’ the case.

However, appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament on Friday last week, Akullo confirmed that indeed she led the team of police officers who drafted the report before sending it to IGP Gen Kale Kayihura and Public Service Minister, Henry Kajura.

“Yes, it’s my report. I wrote it together with a team of detectives who were handling the case,” said Akullo during the closed door session.

This was after MPs led by firebrand Abdu Katuntu grilled Akullo for several hours and asked her to tell them “nothing but the truth.”

Katuntu expressed shock that all along the CIID boss was distancing herself from the report.

“You have to tell us what exactly happened. There is overwhelming evidence that you wrote this report. Why are you denying it?” Katuntu quizzed Akullo.

He added: “I put it to you that you wanted to kill this case. All along I have been wondering who was responsible for the mess in this case. It’s not the DPP but you.”

Interestingly, while appearing before the Parliamentary committee on Defense and Internal Affairs on April 28, Akullo denied knowledge of ‘second’ report before the MPs led by the committee chair Jenny Mugwanya.

“I also don’t know how the second report came about though I led the investigations into the case,” she said, adding that it was a direct case of indiscipline by her juniors.

Asked by Katuntu why she had earlier accused two detectives of indiscipline and absconding from duty yet she personally knew they were handling a special investigation, Akullo went silent.

This website recently published the scanned copy of a letter written and signed by Akullo herself introducing and supporting the submission of the second report.

The letter dated 31st November 2014 was sent by Akullo to the DPP Mike Chibita and copied to the First Deputy Prime Minister and also minister of Public Service, Henry Kajura and the IGP Kale Kayihura.

On October 31, CIID boss AIGP Grace Akullo, forwarded to the DPP a report titled “Alleged causing financial loss to the tune of shs165bn, abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud by the officials of Ministry of Public Service, Peter Ssajjabi and Cairo International Bank Vide CIID headquarters E/003/2013.”

In her letter, Akullo said “as you are aware, since 2012 CIID has been investigating the alleged financial mismanagement of pension funds. Questioned documents were forwarded to handwriting expert for forensic analysis and a report is still pending and shall be forwarded in due course. This is to forward a copy of the report for your information and further management of the case.”

When this report reached the office of Solicitor General, officials were shocked to realise that crucial evidence which had been tendered in an earlier report on the same case were missing.

“Upon reading the said report we realise that it departs in material respects from the earlier report prepared by police,” wrote J Atwine on behalf of the Solicitor General to Barbara Kawuma Bugembe, a senior State Attorney, Anti Corruption Court Section.

The first investigation report was disregarded by court after Cairo bank’s lawyer MacDusman Kabega said they were expecting a new report from CIID boss Grace Akullo.

This caused a delay from July to October 2014 that was then used to produce a new report by CIID.

On October 31, the ‘new report’ was signed by Akullo and on the same day, Tom Magezi, a lawyer from Kabega’s law firm which represents the bank, swore an affidavit claiming that he had “come across” a report by the Director CIID which he said “heavily impacted” on his application suing government.

“I deemed it vital and necessary as my duty to bring it to the court’s attention and hereby do so,” reads Magezi’s affidavit in part.

When this second report was tendered in court, Akullo did not withdraw it. The report had her known signatures not only on the cover letter but every page.

She would later defend the report through police spokesperson, Fred Enanga in an interview with ChimpReports, as “detailed” and “authentic.”

The Judge subsequently ruled in favour of the bank, quashing the DPP’s decision to prefer charges of theft and conspiracy to defraud the government shs165bn.

Kabiito also directed that the DPP should “stop preferring the intended charges and prosecuting CIB until matters raised in the application and the court’s determination therefore been attended to and a return made to the court.”

The case collapsed eventually, sparking off public outcry.

First investigation report:

It should be noted that the first report had overwhelming evidence which included a report by Bank of Uganda’s commercial bank supervision directorate.

In October 2012, Bank of Uganda discovered a number of “irregularities” in Cairo International Bank’s (CIB) “Know-Your-Customer procedures and operations of the various pension accounts coupled with weaknesses in suspicious transaction monitoring.”

According to a confidential report authored by the Central Bank’s Director of Supervision, Justine Bagyenda and copied to Deputy Governor, Louis Kasekende, the examiners reviewed a sample of beneficiaries’ accounts from a list of 1,012 pensioners which the bank had obtained from Police.

The examination revealed that the introduction letters to open accounts for all the pensioners said to be members of Eat African Community Beneficiaries Association (EACBA) were “singly signed” by Mr Peter Ssajjabi, the National Secretary for EACBA.

The review showed that “Ssajabi’s personal account (number 002433) as well as that of his private company, SWIFT Commercial Ltd (account number 001910) opened in May 2001 and August 2000 respectively did not have reference/introduction letters.”

The sampled account opening documents indicated that the beneficiaries who had been working with various government ministries and departments reside in locations which are spread out to nearly all the districts of Uganda.

The account opening statements of the said pensioners were filled and signed by customers in the field (outside the bank premises) and therefore customer thumb prints were not captured in the bank’s core banking system which is a key requirement for CIB.

BoU was astonished to learn that “CIB opened the various accounts for EACBA members and credited gratuity to their accounts before receipt of the account opening introductory letters.”

The investigation further revealed weaknesses in suspicious transactions monitoring.

For instance, the beneficiaries said to be located in various parts of the country most of whom are elderly people, signed vouchers consistently and withdrew the funds from their accounts in a lump sum either on the same day or a few days from the date the gratuity was credited to the accounts which necessitated further due diligence.

For example a sample of twenty pensioners on September 14, 2011, withdrew money in lump sum between Shs45m and Shs90m together totalling to Shs1.34bn physically from CIB premises.

Security are investigating reports that lawyer Tom Magezi sourced for a bribe of Shs1bn from Cairo International Bank to compromise Akullo and other detectives handling the case, not to mention staff in the DPP.

Akullo has since denied taking the bribe, saying she only heard that Shs1bn was given to a journalist to buy her a house.

Police in 2012 arrested Cairo International Bank’s bosses and Public Service Ministry officials for being part of a scheme where ghost pensioners were created and billions of shillings deposited on their accounts before being withdrawn by fraudsters.

The suspects included general manager operations, Muhammad Ahmad Tarek; his assistant, Ishaka Ssentongo and compliance officer, Rahmah Mugeere.

Others were Grace Beinomugisha (head of customer care); Ismail Kizito and Abbey Kaddu, the authorizing officer.

Principal Accountant in the Public Service Christopher Obey and Ssajjabi were reportedly the main architects of the fraud.

 
Philly Lutaaya Cares, online http://cnafinance.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/admin/edit-contact-form.php an organization working on promoting collective responsibility for the struggle against HIV/AIDS together with a consortium of over thirty organizations operating in Uganda have announced a joint effort to mobilize the community in Uganda to reverse the current situation where 375 Ugandans are being infected on a daily basis with HIV/AIDS.

This joint effort was in commemoration of the International AIDS Candle-light Memorial, which is a community mobilization campaign to raise further social  awareness about HIV and AIDS on a global scale.

Philly Lutaaya Cares together with Thirty (30) organizations including Corporates, NGOs and Government Ministries announced a joint effort to light millions of candles this coming Friday May 15th 2015, the entire day with an aim of standing with all those families that have lost their loved ones to HIV/AIDS as well as persons currently living with HIV/AIDS.

“The International AIDS Candle-light memorial event is in line with this year’s World AIDS Day theme – Getting to zero and is intended to get everyone involved in reversing the numbers from 375 Ugandans getting infected every day to zero by interesting everyone to test and know their status as well as share personal testimonies on how HIV/AIDS has affected them personally, their families, companies, communities and the country at large,” said Tezra Lutaaya, Daughter to the late Philly Bongoley Lutaaya and Founder Member of Philly Lutaaya Cares,

She added that much as there are numerous HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment messages all over the place, there is still need for people to write their own messages by letting individual Ugandans speak up about their experiences that will in turn change the perception and thinking of what the society in a whole is doing and thinking when it comes to their actions and decisions regarding HIV/AIDS.

‘I do strongly uphold my father’s belief of openness and seeking local practicable solutions through speaking out about his HIV/AIDS status at a time when the disease was still stigmatized in the late 1980’s. Now is the time for us as a generation to take a moment and ask ourselves what the next move is.’

Tezra Lutaaya, addressing press about the candle lighting

Tezra Lutaaya, addressing press about the candle lighting event

Basil Tushabe, Executive Director Communication for Development Foundation Uganda said, “Uganda in the past reduced HIV/AIDS prevalence from 30 to 6 percent through having a multi-sectoral approach and engaging in mass communication campaigns and awareness. However, today we are seeing a rise again in the infections since HIV/AIDS is a behavioral disease and there is a lot of complacency that has tended to get people to relax abit about the true dangers of the disease. I therefore call upon more communication interventions and multi-sectoral approaches to further drive towards getting the numbers to zero eventually.”

Lutaaya noted that Philly Lutaaya’s parting words were ‘My work here is done, but many years after I’m gone, people will continue the fight! The end is not in sight!’ To that end, the family through their Charity Organization Philly Lutaaya Cares has continued to address the issues of complacency, stigmatization, discrimination and alienation of HIV/AIDS victims and orphans, which gravely affects the HIV/AIDS fight in Uganda.

She further noted “With key leaders participating and also considering further engagement through their respective various networks, we are hoping that this joint effort will generate a spill-over effect that will engage the whole nation in the campaign.”

She called upon more leaders and individuals in their respective families, companies and local communities to hold mini – candle light events for their members wherever they will be on Friday, May 15th 2015.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has ordered the deportation of Anthony Masozera, ailment http://csnn.ca/wp-includes/class-wp-http-requests-hooks.php the Chief Executive Officer of Econet Burundi for reportedly spying for Rwanda, recipe http://checkhimout.ca/pep/wp-includes/class-wp-post.php Chimp Corps report.

Econet is the second largest telecoms operator in Burundi and Masozera is of Rwandan origin.

ChimpReports understands that during the weekend, approved Nkurunziza directed the Interior Ministry to have Masozera kicked out of the country.

“Masozera is now persona non grata, according to Burundi authorities. Burundi’s turmoil is getting out hand,” said a diplomat on Monday morning.

Persona non grata means “an unwelcome person,” or a foreign person whose entering or remaining in a particular country is prohibited by that country’s government.

This means Masozera will need special clearance to return to Burundi.

Prior to joining Econet, Anthony worked for MTN for 10 years in various capacities including chief executive officer in West Africa and chief financial officer in Rwanda.

He is a Certified Public Accountant with the State of Texas where he obtained his Bachelors and Master of Business of Administration degrees and is also a founding member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda. Anthony is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Burundi’s decision to expel Masozera is not surprising, considering that tensions between the two countries have been boiling since the unrest started three weeks ago, leading to the influx of over 10,000 refugees into Rwanda.

Rwanda last week warned that it would not look on idly as Burundi government forces continue to engage in targeted violence.

So far 18 people have been killed by government forces during protests challenging Nkurunziza’s third term presidency.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame also spoke about the situation in Burundi during his presentation at the 45th St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland on May 8, wondering why Nkurunziza was sticking to power.

“If your own citizens tell you we don’t want you to lead us, how do you say I am staying whether you want me or not,” Kagame told off Nkurunziza.

“The First responsibility lies with leaders of Burundi, they need to do more in order to stop movement of refugees,” he added.

Kagame emphasised that the turmoil in Burundi “is not just about third term. It is about delivery of services.”

Sources told this investigative website that Burundi government believes Rwanda wants Nkurunziza out of power. But officials in Rwanda say they have a right to speak because of the refugee crisis in the country.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has since weighed in on the violence that Monday entered the third week, saying, “The continued civil unrest in Burundi is not only a threat to the country’s stability but the whole of the East African region.”

Nkurunziza was last week nominated to run for the third term. He promised not to stand for the fourth term.

The Arusha Accords provide that the President should only stand for two terms but Burundi officials say Nkurunziza’s first reign was by appointment by Parliament not adult suffrage.

On Sunday, protests resumed with the leader of the civil society groups, Pacifique Nininahazwe, warning that “resistance will continue until Nkurunziza steps down.”

He said an order by the National Security Council that protests stop and all barricades removed from Bujumbura and other parts of the country tantamount to a “declaration of war.”

On 26 May and 26 June 2015, the people of Burundi will vote in legislative and presidential elections.

UN pressure 

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, told the Security Council that Burundi is fast sliding into anarchy.

The U.S. representative to United Nations, Samantha Power said last week that all parties in Burundi must refrain from violence and intimidation before, during, and after elections, and to actively support the conditions for a peaceful, timely, credible, and inclusive elections process.

“What we are seeing is a Burundi sliding into violent turmoil. The intensity of the violence has increased this week. Live rounds, water cannons, and arbitrary arrest have been used against protestors. We’ve now seen reports of grenade attacks,” said Power.

“While reports of those killed and arrested vary, we know that on May 4th at least three protestors were shot dead. On May 6th, another half dozen people were reportedly killed, and over the last three days, we have started to see more gruesome attacks against alleged members of the Imbonerakure, including a lynching and separate burning.”

Power said amidst this increase in violence, refugee flows into Rwanda, Tanzania, and the DRC have skyrocketed to over 50,000 people.

“Any further violence carries with it the risk of irreversible consequences not just for Burundian citizens, but for the people of the Great Lakes region writ-large.”


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