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THE WEEK THAT WAS! PML Daily Weekly News Round-up

In a news packed week, the Bank of Uganda lost a key legal battle to city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, Church of Uganda elected Mityana Bishop Kaziimba as new Archbishop, Sironko has been selected to host the National Independence Day celebrations, and in sports KCCA thrashed Proline to win fourth straight Super Cup

KAMPALA – Court orders Central Bank to pay Sudhir costs in UGX. 397b dispute

The week saw Justice David Wangutusi of the Commercial Court, dismissed fraud allegations brought by Bank of Uganda against city tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia and his Meera Investment Ltd, who claimed he fleeced his own Crane Bank Ltd of UGX. 397 billion.

The Bank of Uganda (BoU)/Crane Bank (in Receivership) sued Sudhir and Meera Investments Ltd of allegedly fleecing the defunct Crane Bank Ltd of UGX. 397 billion that the central bank wanted refunded.

But Justice Wangutusi agreed with Mr. Sudhir’s lawyers and maintained that BoU/Crane Bank (in receivership) did not have a legal basis to sue Sudhir ending the almost two-year main legal battle between the two.  He then ordered the Central Bank to pay cost incurred during the case.

City tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia speak with his lawyer as his son Rajiv Ruparelia looks on in the court (PHOTO/File).

Sironko to host 57th national Independence celebrations

Sironko district was on Monday,  chosen to host Uganda’s 57th Independence day celebrations.

The move was announced by the National Organising Committee (NOC) in a letter signed by Haji Yunus Kukunda, Chairperson NOC who said that preparations at the national level had already commenced.

Police double Anite’s security in UTL saga fallout

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that they had doubled Minister Evelyn Anite’s security after recording a statement in connection to what she claims are mafias after her life.

According to Police, all the characters that Ms Anite accuses will be summoned at a later stage of the investigation to also record statements.

State Minister of Finance for Investment and Privatization, Ms. Evelyn Anite appearing before the House recently (PHOTO/File)

Mr. Enanga added that as part of the investigation, Ms. Anite’s cell phones would be analyzed by the ICT department to see who were the people tapping them especially when she made calls.

EU okays Uganda’s marijuana exports

Uganda could soon become a beneficiary of the lucrative international legal medicinal marijuana markets after the European Union certified Kampala’s medical marijuana products.

Marijuana gardens are currently in Hima, Kasese District and between July 29 and August 4, a team of medical inspectors from the Netherlands visited the area to see firsthand the handling of cannabis.

They were impressed by what they and issued a one-year certificate of compliance to Industrial Globus Uganda Ltd, a trading company for a joint venture between Industrial Hemp Uganda and Together Pharma of Israel.

Kadaga gives up on absentee Ministers

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga called on lawmakers to settle for the few ministers willing to respond to questions raised by electorates saying, it will be the public to judge them for their dodgy conduct saying there is nothing else Parliament can do about cabinet’s uncouth conduct.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga (PHOTO/File)

Kadaga’s remarks were in response to a concern raised by Moses Kasibante (Rubaga North) who complained of the disrespectful Ministers who failed to show up to answer questions raised by MPs with these items having remained unanswered for a number of months.

Among the items that remained unanswered included the alleged irregular and fraudulent deductions from emoluments of civil servants in Agago District by some micro-finance Institution raised by Akello Franca, District Women Representative, Agago) by Minister of State for Micro Finance, Haruna Kasolo

NBS Television poaches from NTV Uganda again, unveils Hatma Nalugwa

Another NTV Uganda Luganda news anchors Hatma Nalugwa Sekaaya crossed from the Serena-based Television to NBS Television as the mass exodus of staff continues.

Hatmah Nalugwa Ssekaya, a former NTV news anchor. (PHOTO/File)

Ms. Nalugwa defected to Kamwokya based popular station according to official communication from

Next Media Service.

The celebrated Luganda news anchor and popular Mwasuze Mutya was officially unveiled to NBS television staff on Tuesday, August 27.

Museveni refuses to sign Minimum Wages Bill

Uganda’s efforts to set a minimum wage hit a snag after President Yoweri Museveni declined to assent to the Minimum Wages Bill, 2018 and sent it back to Parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Tuesday, August 27, told plenary that the President has written to her indicating that following advice from the Attorney General William Byaruhanga, he could not sign the Bill into law since it was not any different from the Wages Council Act.

President Museveni on his laptop as he traveled to Japan early this week (PHOTO/PPU)

Ms Kadaga said Mr Museveni said there are no gaps in the Minimum Wages Advisory Board and the Wages Council Act that the Bill seeks to cure. He argues that the current law is adequate and enforceable.

The Bill, which was in February passed by parliament, sought to empower the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development to appoint a Minimum wages Board to fix all minimum wages for various sectors. The Bill also mandated the Minister to announce the minimum wages annually.

Bishop Kaziimba elected 9th Archbishop of Church of Uganda

The House of Bishops of converging at Namirembe elected Bishop Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugula of Mityana Diocese as the ninth Archbishop of Church of Uganda.

Bishop Stephen Samuel Kazimba Mugula of Mityana Diocese elected the 9th Archbishop of Church of Uganda (PHOTO/File)

Bishop Kaziimba replaced the retiring

Only those registered on voters’ register will vote

The Chairman Electoral Commission (EC) Justice Simon Byabakama on Wednesday, August 28 revealed that only voters registered with the electoral commission shall be allowed to vote in the forthcoming elections in 2021.

While addressing the media at the launch to reorganize polling stations held at EC headquarters, Justice Byakabakama said having a national identity card is everyone’s right however if they want to vote they should appear on the National Voters Register (NVR).

Mao’s missing son found alive after frantic search

Nobert Mao’s 19-year old son who went missing on weekend was found alive after hours of frantic search.

Nicholas Hope Mao, a son to Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has been found after hours of intense search. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Mr. Moa, the Democratic President General Thursday, August 29 morning confirmed on his Facebook page that his teenager Nicholas Hope Mao has been found alive and well.

“We have found Nico! I give the highest form of praise one can give the Living God. Nico is well,” he said.

“The time was 55 minutes past midnight. We found him asleep. His guitar leaning on the wall. His host (a cousin) said he wanted some time alone to reflect,” his father added.

Gov’t operates safe houses, Tumwine tells MPs

The Minister for Security, Gen Elly Tumwine, admitted before Members of Parliament on the Human Rights Committee of the existence of safe Houses although they cannot access them.

Gen Tumwine appearing before the Human Rights Committee. He said the MPs cannot be allowed access to the safe houses (PHOTO/File)

Gen Tumwine, who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 28 August said that for security considerations, the committee cannot be permitted to visit the safe houses.

Deputy Speaker Oulanyah clears opposition to table Electoral Reforms

Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah gave Ndorwa East MP Hon Wilfred Niwagaba the green light to proceed with tabling a motion seeking leave of Parliament to enact a private members bill dubbed “The Constitutional Amendment bill 2019” that will set pace for the Opposition to table their electoral reforms.

Hon Oulanyah made the ruling while presiding over Thursday’s plenary sitting while ruling on three objections Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana had raised early this month when Niwagaba, who doubles as Shadow Attorney General took to the floor to table his motion.

Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo admits he’s gay

Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo revealed being a gay (PHOT/File)

Rwandan gospel singer Albert Nabonibo told BBC he is prepared to live with the insults hurled at him after he revealed he was gay in an interview on a Christian YouTube channel.

Albert Nabonibo 35, said he was ready to face the challenges in a culture that was hostile towards omosexuality.

Missing woman found dead

Police in Mukono District on Friday afternoon discovered a body of a woman suspected to be Maria Nagirinya who was abducted by unknown men on Wednesday night outside her gate in Lungujja, Rubaga a Kampala suburb.

Maria Nagirinya was on Friday found dead following kidnap (PHOTO/FILE)

Speaking to PML Daily on phone, Mr Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson said that the body of a yet to be known woman has been discovered in Mukono.

Nagirinya is a daughter to Mr. Francis Lubowa, the Chairman Board of Governors for Community Integrated Development Initiatives (CIDI), where she was employed.

Retired Supreme Court Judge Karokora dies

Retired Supreme Court judge Alfred Karokora who had retired to his country home in Isingiro district, died after on Friday a short illness, the judiciary has confirmed.

Mr. Solomon Muyita the senior communications officer at the Judiciary says that Justice Karokora died at his home in Mbarara on Friday evening from complications related to hypertension.

Tooro United appointed PML Daily Sports Editor Lubega new media boss

In Sports, StarTimes Uganda Premier League soccer side Tooro United appointed sports enthusiast Mr. Shaban Lubega known by his social media Shaban Benteke as new media chief in charge of club information.

PML Daily sports editor Shaban Lubega landed a job at Tooro United. (PHOTO/File)

The club on Tuesday, August 27 evening confirmed that Mr. Lubega will take responsibility for overseeing the Tooro United media strategy, and the day-to-day operations the club’s in-house media operations offering.

This website understood that Mr.Lubega will also look after the clubs official communications among other strategies including the output of the club’s matchday programs. Mr. Samuel Nyakuma will deputise Mr. Lubega as the assistant public relations officer.

KCCA FC thrash Proline to claim fourth straight Super Cup

KCCA FC produced an attacking masterclass to defeat Proline 4-1 in the FUFA Super Cup played on Wednesday afternoon.

Summer signing Erisa Ssekisambu scored a brace, registering his first goals for his new side.

The first came inside 6 minutes when he pounced onto Hassan Matovu’s lazy save and back-heeled the ball into the back of the net. His second was a fierce drive from just inside the box after he was played through on goal by a misplaced back pass. Allan Okello who was brilliant throughout had earlier in the first half scored KCCA’s second goal, curling the ball into the far corner. The fourth was scored by defender Ramathan Musa. The youngster fed off Okello’s through ball and poked into an empty net after Matovu had foiled in initial attempt.

This is KCCA’s fourth consecutive Super Cup triumph. In the first three, they defeated Vipers SC (twice) and Paidha Black Angles.

CECAFA U15: Uganda thrashes Kenya to win inaugural edition

Uganda were crowned champions of the inaugural CECAFA U15 championships on Friday afternoon.

The youth side were undoubtedly the best side in the competition and justified the claim by defeating Kenya 4-0 in the final. Abasi Kyeyune led proceedings with a brace while Davis Ogwal and Travis Mutyaba added one each to complete the beating.

The four goals on Friday meant that Uganda also finished as the tournament top scorers with 23 goals scored in 6 games.



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