Standard Chartered Bank Employees Donate to Blind Children

Pupils of Spire Road Primary Annex for the Blind receive donations from Standard Chartered Bank employees

Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said President Museveni has three ways in which he can hand over power to facilitate a peaceful political transition, approved Chimp Corps report.

Mbabazi, who is currently mobilising diplomatic and international media support in Washington and Europe, said in a Wednesday morning interview with Voice of America Day Break show host James Butty that he believes he shares with Museveni the same sentiments on a peaceful transition.

Asked to shed light on how he would want to see a change of the top political leadership in the country, Mbabazi, who recently declared his 2016 presidential bid, responded: “Well, peaceful transition may be via stepping aside, meaning resigning, or it may mean through a democratic process.”

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The NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba recently said the party’s top structures would at an appropriate time in future select its candidate for the 2016 presidential elections.

President Museveni is yet to comment on Mbabazi’s recent comments about handing over power but has previously hinted on continuing to serve the country, adding the people do not want him to leave.

“You have heard them, singing tajakugenda tajakugenda (he won’t go)… I would be happy to retire because I am not lacking where to retire. I am a member of my party and I do what my party wants,” said Museveni during the Capital Fm radio political show, Capital Gang, on December 6, 2014.

“I don’t need power as a person. Power for what?” he added.

Mbabazi today told VOA that, “We are going to have an election after 30 years of government by NRM and there is feeling that its time for change of leadership.”

The show’s host asked Mbabazi what he would do differently since he has been in NRM for much of his life time.

The host further stated that many Ugandans might look at Mbabazi as “old wine in new bottles.”

But Mbabazi defended his presidential bid, saying while NRM has performed well in last 30 years, “There is always a time for everything. We have this leadership that has led us well. There comes a time when there will be change.”

He added: “In my view; in light of the history of Uganda and in light of successes we have registered, it is reasonable for people to expect the continuation of that success even if they desire change. So, my offer will be to lead that process of change over.”

Mbabazi further stated that, “This coming election is about the future” and “Making Uganda work for everyone.”


Mbabazi continued acknowledging the achievements of the government he recently said needs to be invigorated.

“My point all along has been that Uganda now is at a stage where we need the effort of everyone.  Nobody should be left behind for us to achieve the objective of takeoff,” he added.

Asked whether he had participated in talks with the opposition to unite efforts with the view of causing change, Mbabazi responded: “We have always been talking. We are not enemies. I don’t consider myself an enemy to the opposition and certainly they do not consider me as such.”

On the widely-publicised reforms in the Electoral Commission, Mbabazi observed: “Obviously we need reforms in our electoral laws. These are necessitated by experience we had of the previous elections. Any democrat would support the idea that where the law is lacking, we should make it better.”

Some of reforms being sought by the opposition include among others, constitution amendments to disband the current Electoral Commission, elimination of the national army from the electoral process and establishing more efficient electoral management systems.

Electoral Commission spokesperson, Jotham Taremwa, recently told ChimpReports that the body has put in place adequate measures to deliver free and fair elections in 2016.
Human Rights Watch has said it is closely monitoring the case of Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, story head of the Rwandan intelligence services.

Karake was arrested last Saturday in London on a European arrest warrant following a request issued by a Spanish judge.

Karake is expected to be extradited to Spain, where a Spanish court has indicted him and 39 other senior Rwandan officials for serious crimes committed in violation of international law.

The HRW in a statement released Wednesday morning, upheld that Karake ,who has served in in the Rwandan army intelligence for over 20 years is culpable of the numerous human rights violations that followed the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

“There has been significant progress in ensuring justice for the victims of the genocide in Rwanda,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “But thousands of victims and their relatives are still waiting for justice for crimes committed by members of the Rwandan Patriotic Front since 1994.”

“Victims and witnesses of human rights violations have often cited his name in connection with serious crimes going back to the 1990s. In the Spanish indictment he is accused, among other things, of involvement in the 1997 murder of three Spanish aid workers.”

The Rwandan government however, angrily reacted to Karake’s arrest and described London’s decision to detain the high ranking army officer as “lunacy.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said, “Western solidarity in demeaning Africans is unacceptable” She added on her Twitter handle: “It is an outrage to arrest a Rwandan official based on pro-genocidaires’ lunacy.”

HRW nonetheless alluded that Karake commanded the Rwandan troops that killed hundreds of civilians in the Congolese town of Kisangani in June 2000 when Rwandan and Ugandan troops clashed there.

“The investigation into Karenzi Karake and other Rwandan officials in Spain was made possible because some of the victims are Spanish and in application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows the courts of a country to investigate and prosecute particularly grave crimes even if they are committed abroad and by foreigners.”

“Human Rights Watch has reviewed the 2008 Spanish indictment, which it believes has some merit, and calls for the investigations into the crimes cited therein to continue to be pursued.”

In case of his extradition to Spain, the rights body called for the Spanish authorities to ensure that due process is followed and that he receives a fair trial.


Staff of Standard Chartered Bank over the weekend visited visually impaired pupils of Spire Road Primary Annex for the Blind in Jinja and spent some time mentoring them, buy more about cleaning and donating an assortment of items worth Ugx 4, 500, 000

The Bank Staff undertook this initiative under the Bank’s Employee Volunteering initiative where staff raise resources and reach out to the disadvantaged in communities.

Staff of Standard Chartered Bank give donate to a pupil at the School for the blind

A pupil of Spire Road Primary receives a donation from Staff of Standard Chartered Bank

According to John Mwesigye the Standard Bank’s head of Technology Operations, as part of the Bank’s commitment to be there for the good of the community, every year staff identify a cause and collect funds amongst themselves to share with the less fortunate

While addressing the school children, Mwesigye informed participants that new smart technologies if adopted can help many children with visual impairments to get around more easily and keep in school.

“Access to appropriate technology and sensory equipment can help children and young people with vision impairment to study and play,” he added

He argued that adaptive technology and sensory toys can make all the difference to how a child with sight loss learns and plays if adopted by Ministry of Education and sports.

According to a study conducted by Sight Savers International, the common anatomical causes of blindness was found to be corneal scars (19%), diseases of the whole eyeball (16%) and cataract (13%).

These studies confirmed that the development and provision of cataract services for children in most countries had made an impact on reducing the cases of blind children. The studies provided further evidence that there are still many children in schools for the blind who could attend mainstream schools with only a little specialist support.

While addressing Standard Chartered Bank staff, Ms. Monica Namukose the Deputy Head Teacher said; “We are incredibly touched by the generosity of the Standard Chartered Bank staff. Your time and donations make such a huge difference to the lives of our vulnerable children.”



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