Queries as Road Contractors Attend NRM Fundraising at State House

NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba says FDC would have made a mistake by accepting Mbabazi to lead the Alliance in 2016

Courts in the Greater Ankole region are operating with limited personnel and inadequate funding to cover the entire area, page the Senior Resident Judge, Mbarara Magistrate Court, Justice Duncan Gaswaga told a visiting delegation of legislators.

Justice Gaswaga said the Court also lacked enough recording equipment crucial in capturing proceedings, while lower courts lacked furniture.

“We have few staff who serve lower courts in Rukungiri, Bushenyi and Isingiro districts and yet you find that they have no form of transportation,” said Justice Gaswaga, adding that sometimes they have to borrow furniture from Local Councils.

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Opposition Members of Parliament led by Hon. Medard Sseggona (DP, Busiro East) visited Western Uganda to establish the state and welfare of courts and prisons, from June 15 – 19, 2015.

Greater Ankole comprises the districts of Isingiro, Sheema, Mbarara, Bushenyi, Rukungiri, Ibanda and Ishaka. The MPs interacted with the respective authorities, identifying issues experienced by courts and prisons in Mbarara, Rukungiri, Bushenyi, Kasese and Fort Portal.

Justice Gaswaga also said that their staff faced a higher temptation to engage in corruption due to poor pay.

“There will definitely bring a petition in Parliament on this issue because the Judiciary needs to serve when they are in a good state,” Hon Sseggona pledged.

During their tour of prisons, members commended the institutions for their organization, discipline, cleanliness and facilities for mothers with infants.

The O/C Mbarara Prison, Peter Ariku, said the prisons boasted of good infrastructure but however, said it suffered an imbalance in the ratio of staff to inmates.

“We have staff to prisoner ratio of 1:14 instead of the recommended 1:3, and this is very risky,” Mr. Ariku said.

The O/C Bushenyi Prison, expressed concern that most of their inmates had overstayed in prison due to delays in the courts system.

“We lack a Resident Judge in the area to attend to suspects of capital offences who have been remanded to prison,” Mr. Ssali noted.

The MPs promised to address the issues raised with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and to present a Report with their observations and recommendations to the House.

The delegation to Western Uganda comprised: Hon. Sseggona, Hon. Winifred Kiiza (Kasese district) and Hon. Lucy Akello (Amuru district).

Meanwhile another delegation led by the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Wafula Oguttu, visited courts and prison facilities in eastern and northern Uganda.


Ruling National Resistance Movement has reawakened the stalled multibillion construction project for its new headquarters, sick in Kampala.

The party office has for years been housed in a dilapidated and out of shape structure in Lugogo, seek which earned the NRM disrepute and ridicule.

The party revealed yesterday it was set to initiate construction of the 27 storied NRM House to immortalize the historic 27 heroes that commenced the NRA revolution in 1981.

The party treasurer, there Rose Namayanja told NTV on Friday that construction will be kicking off soon and the fundraising for the project was ongoing.

She however could not delve into how much money the party is looking to put together for the project but confirmed that so far Shs 16 billion had been collected, 12 billion of which was collected yesterday “in just of hours.”

Once completed, the NRM House will be the tallest skyscraper in the country

Once completed, the NRM House will be the tallest skyscraper in the country

It however emerged last evening that a number of foreign investors among them, heads of companies holding contracts for various road construction projects were invited to the Fundraising dinner at State House in Entebbe.

A copy of a letter for instance has been circulating on social media, purportedly signed by the NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, instructing Uganda National Roads Authority [UNRA] to ensure that 11 top road contractors attend.

In the letter, Mrs Lumumba urges outgoing UNRA publicist Mr Dan Alinange to extend the invitation to the contractors and goes on to appreciate his ‘usual cooperation.’

Kasule's purported letter entailing the invited UNRA Contractors to the NRM Fundraising

Kasule’s purported letter entailing the invited UNRA Contractors to the NRM Fundraising

Some of the invited guests on the list include Mr Han Dongling, the MD of the Chinese Zhongmei Engineering Limited which is contracting the Olwiyo-Gulu and Ntungamo-Mirama Road road Projects.

Others include Nippon Parts Manager Moses Lumala, Mr Gennaro Sirgiovanni the MD of the Buvuma based Stirling Civil Engineering Limited and Bruhan Nassur the Director Kolin Construction.

The list sparked concerns amongst observers about the kind of contracts that these companies were running, and the extent to which foreign companies were being sucked into Uganda’s political arena.

When contacted on Saturday however, the Party Secretary General Mrs Justine Kasule confirmed the fundraising but noted in a brief reply that these were invited by the virtue of being businessmen.

“We only invited people from the business community,” said Lumumba. The NRM treasurer Hon Rose Namayanja and her deputy Kenneth Omona were still unreachable by press time.

Minister for Presidency Hon Frank Tumwebaze, dismissed the story as bogus speculation.

Namayanja however revealed that the party would proceed to hold fundraisings both in public and in private, as well as appealing for contributions from its members to facilitate the project.

The party which has been power of three decades has severally been lambasted for having its base  in a depilated structure.

This however, Minister Namayanja blamed on previous secretariat leaders who were not able to facilitate such projects.

“One of the problems we had was that we didn’t have full time party members. People were holding party positions, in the party as well as ministerial positions.”



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