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PML DAILY Weekly News Round-Up: Minister Azuba’s bad week with ‘Nasser Rd’ documents to Parliament, mixed reactions to Museveni’s public lecture in Kenya as defiant Nantaba skips police summons, keeps home

Eng Monica Azuba, the minister of works and transport is on the spot for presenting fake documents on the national airline (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Parliament was this week shocked by the embarrassment after Transport and Works Minister Monica Azuba presented fake documents concerning the ownership of Uganda airlines.

This forced Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah to say if he was president he would have sacked a few people he didn’t mention.

Speaking during the supplementary expenditure Plenary meeting at Parliament in regards to the Uganda Airline ownership saga, Mr. Oulanyah asked the house to admit that there have been gross errors.

“From a speaker’s chair, you wonder if there is a government and there are people thinking ahead. We wouldn’t be in this situation. It is unfortunate that am not the president, I would have sacked a few people,” Mr. Oulanyah said

Uganda Airlines’ first of four bombardier CRJ-900(CRJ9) planes takes to the skies for the first time in Montreal. (FILE PHOTO)

MP Elijah Okupa also asked for disciplinary proceedings against Ms. Azuba for her errors in the registration process and issues surrounding the shareholding of Uganda Airlines.

She later conceded that the documents that she presented to the House regarding ownership of Uganda Airlines were ‘faulty’ (the documents she presented indicated herself and Finance Minister Matia Kasaija as the owners of Uganda Airlines).

Ms. Azuba apologized and withdrew the documents.

The chairperson of the Budget committee Hon Amos Lugoloobi is presenting a report on the Uganda Airlines documents laid by the Minister of Works Eng. Ntege Azuba. (FILE PHOTO)

While presenting a report on the Uganda Airlines documents laid on table by Minister Azuba, the chairperson of the Budget committee MP Amos Lugoloobi tabled a new resolution for the company and a return of the allotment of shares compatible with the requirements of Parliament.

The directors, ministers Azuba and Kasaija were given up to April 30, 2019, to appoint a substantive and competent board for Uganda Airlines.

Minister Azuba also confirmed on oath that the aircrafts being purchased by the company are brand new and will be delivered in early April.

Away from that, President Yoweri Museveni on Friday evening ended his three-day state visit to Nairobi.

President Museveni held a public lecture at Kenyatta University on the subject of African integration where he shared the background to Africa and its civilization, indicating that 5,000 years ago. (PPU PHOTO)

While in Kenya, Police were forced to lob tear gas canisters at rowdy Kenyatta University students who were shouting pro-Bobi Wine chants outside a building where the Ugandan leader was giving a public lecture.

The students numbering tens at first complained about being locked out of the amphitheatre where Mr Museveni was giving his lecture at the main campus on Thika-Nairobi highway.

At first, the students were chanting “haki yetu” (our right) which later morphed into pro-Bobi Wine slogans.

Mr Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine is a Kaydondo East Member of Parliament in Uganda and musician who has been vocal against Mr. Museveni’s leadership.

Mr. Wine early this years confirmed that he will be challenging long-serving and incumbent President in the next presidential polls.

The chants continued throughout Mr. Museveni’s address eventually prompting police officers to intervene by throwing teargas canisters at the students to clear the way for Mr. Museveni’s when he was done giving his lecture.

President Museveni arrives at Aga Khan hospital to check on frail Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (PPU PHOTO)

From Kenyatta University, Mr. Museveni paid a courtesy call to frail Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi Kenya.

Ms. Kadaga was hospitalised to Kenyan based specialized side after she was transferred to from Nakasero Hospital in Uganda.

The speaker whose health conditions has remained disclosed was rushed to hospital in the worrying state shortly after arriving from a trip to New York and Morocco.

Although her deputy Mr. Oulanya told MPs that his boss is getting well, some reports indicate that Ms. Kadaga suffered an arterial clot, which according to medial information, can quickly limit blood and oxygen flow into the brain.

Mr. Museveni checked on the Speaker but remained tightlipped on her health status.

A tweet from his office confirmed that Mr. Museveni visited the fail speaker [Rebecca Kadaga] and former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi who is also hospitalized.

The state minister for ICT and National Guidance, Idah Nantaba on Saturday once again defied police summons requiring her to make a statement in regards to the recent shooting death of a handcuffed Ronald Ssebulime.

Mr. Ssebulime, ‘murdered’ last week by police officers after being pursued and arrested on what later turned out to be wrongful suspicion of attempting to assassinate Ms. Nantaba.

Nantaba and her armed bodyguard reportedly pursued Ssebulime who was riding a sports bike at the time twice in vain before contacting Nagalama police station.

Earlier this week Police summoned State minister for ICT Idah Nantaba to give an account of the Sunday, March 24 alleged attempted assassination, a call she reportedly snubbed citing that President Museveni had advised she stay indoors. (COURTESY PHOTO)

In a letter dated, March 29 to the Director of Criminal Investigations (CID), Ms. Nantaba says she has been ”directed by His Excellency the president to confine within my premises until he himself instructs otherwise.”

She added that in such circumstances, she is unable to travel in person to Kibuli CID headquarters as requested, but if police so wishes, they can visit her at her premises to record the required statement.

Nantaba’s letter is copied to the minister of Internal Affairs, Inspector General of Police, and Minister of State for Internal Affairs as well as the Deputy Inspector General of Police.

Ms. Nantaba has shown almost no remorse for the death of Mr. Ssebulime, instead of scoffing at the family for being used by some people and the media to attempt to ’milk money’ out of her following the incident.

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