Court Remands 7 in Connection to Ntungamo Clashes

Amama Mbabazi's supporters have been sent on remand

The Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development Mr Pius Bigirimana has stressed that the ministry, drug more than any other government body is better placed to handle the country’s social security sector.

Up until October 2004, the Ministry of Gender was the mother ministry for the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) before it was transferred to Ministry of Finance.

Workers representatives have since pleaded with President Yoweri Museveni to have the NSSF moved back to Ministry of Gender since it has the entire infrastructure to address worker’s issues including their savings.

Yesterday during celebrations to mark 30 years of NSSF’s existence, Chairman of the National Organization of Trade Unions [NOTU] Wilson Owere said his organization was waiting for the President to emerge from next year’s elections to resubmit their request for the transfer of NSSF back to Ministry of Gender.

Speaking at the same event, The Ministry’s PS Mr Bigirimana said the workers’ representatives were justified to make such a request.

He stressed that his ministry is better positioned to handle social security, thanks its elaborate abilities to protect vulnerable groups.

“When the workers representatives talk of having the Fund returned to Ministry of gender, I think they have a reasonable point. It might be something to consider in the near future,” said Bigirimana.

“We are not saying that the decision to take it to Ministry of Finance was wrong, we are only saying that it can be reviewed,” he said.

The PS stated that the Ministry of Finance could handle the funds, but anything else to do with the concerns of workers can better be addressed by the Ministry of Gender.

“My Ministry retains nearly all the infrastructure. We have a directorate responsible for labour with departments for employment services, occupational safety and health, as well as a directorate of social protection,” he said.

“We have also developed a social protection policy which was approved by cabinet about two months ago.”

In response however, President Museveni said that transferring NSSF back to Ministry of Gender at this stage would be too much to ask.

The President noted at the anniversary dinner at the Kampala Serena that the social security fund has now grown from Shs 1.8billion to 6 trillion which might to be overwhelming for any other ministry to manage.

“This is a huge amount of money; the Nssf is much bigger than the commercial banks. I think that the Ministry of Finance is the one with the machinery to manage NSSF,” said the President.
Court in Ntungamo has remanded seven supporters of ‘Go Forward’ presidential candidate, viagra sale Amama Mbabazi for reportedly assaulting President Museveni’s supporters in the district on December 13.

The seven are Benon Turyamureba, Elia Mayinja, Abudulla Kasajja, Jamir Mutebi, George Sebatindira, Asadu Semakura and Frank Kabari.

They were on Tuesday charged with assault, causing grievous harm and malicious damage before the Ntungamo Grade I Magistrates Court presided over by Mr Richard Ndangwa.

All the seven however pleaded not-guilty to the charges.

The amended charge sheet removed the name of Christopher Aine – the head of Mbabazi’s security who has been missing for weeks.

According to a submission to court prior to the amendment, several other suspects such as Christopher Aine, Zephania Batemyeto, Ramathaan Onzima, Lawrence King Mugabe, Hajji Jamir Ssemakura, Rogers Nduga and Muhangi Robinson were summoned.

Police however denied these claims saying the only the seven were summoned to court.

The case was adjourned to January 4, 2016, when the suspects will reappear for the bail application.

Two people identified as Boaz Kumwesiga and Sulait Amanya Kashaija were recently arrested by police on suspicion of being involved in the same clashes.

Kumwesiga is a youth councillor in Ntungamo municipality while Kashaija is chairman of Ntungamo taxi owners and drivers cooperative society. The two were sent on remand by court.

On December 13, shortly after Mbabazi rally in Ntungamo Municipality, supporters of the NRM party clad in yellow t-shirts demonstrated from the roadside their love for the incumbent.

Club-wielding ‘Go Forward’ loyalists responded by beating up the NRM supporters.

President Museveni recently told journalists that perpetrators of the incident would be dealt with in the strongest possible way.


“You can attack anyone else but not a Ugandan, moreover a supporter of the NRM. Those involved are being rounded up,” the President told journalists on December 20.

In a rather strong phrase that caused a stir on social media, President Museveni added; “If you put your finger in the anus of a leopard, then you are in trouble.”


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