BUGANDA ROAD - The Mufti, Sheikh Ramathan Mubajje is to appear in Buganda Road Court today. Edris Kasenene, the secretary general of Uganda Muslim Supreme council, will appear with him. The duo are expected to face chief magistrate Margaret Tibulya, to answer charges that they embezzled sh900m. Mubajje and Kasenene allegedly embezzled the money after selling Muslim council land on William Street, Port Bell Road and Old Kampala Road.
CHOGM advice given
KAMPALA - The National task force preparing to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting has held technical discussions with a delegation from South Africa. The delegation was led by the chief director for the East African Community in the South African department of foreign affairs, L.M. Makhubela. It shared ideas on the preparations with members of the task force at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kampala.
Soldier in car crash
MASINDI - The commandant of the UPDF Junior Staff College in Jinja, Lt. Col. Dick Olum, on Monday night survived an accident along the Karuma-Pakwach road in Murchision Fall National Park. Olumâ€™s official Land Cruiser overturned several times when they drove through a herd of buffaloes between Ayago Bridge and Pajok II army detach at around 10:00pm. A male buffalo was killed.
Gorillas back from Rwanda
A GROUP of habituated gorillas, which had crossed to Rwanda three years ago, has returned to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda. Habituation is a process in which gorillas become used to the presence of human beings without losing their wild character. Damian Akankwasa of the Uganda Wild Life Authority yesterday said the number of gorillas in the Nyakagezi group had reduced from 11 to seven only.
Stop harassing scribes - RDC
KAMPALA resident district commissioner Stanley Kinyatta has urged the Police to stop harassing journalists. â€œIt is very unfortunate if our Police is still harassing journalists, because journalists are the publicâ€™s partner and we need to work with them to inform the people,â€ Kinyatta said yesterday during a press conference at the Diamond Hotel in Kampala.
Court clears minister Otafiire
KAMPALA - The High Court has cleared the local government minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire of charges of messing up the affairs of the Muslim Sunni Association. The Registered Trustees of the Muslim Sunni Association had complained that while he was minister of lands, Otafiire appointed an interim committee to run their affairs, in disregard of an existing management committee led by Waheed Karim. Justice Stella Arach-Amoko said when the association first filed its case it did not include the Attorney General, who represents government. She added that the association, therefore, had no right to drag him to court later as it sought to quash Otafiireâ€™s action. Arach also said the body that had opposed the ministerâ€™s action did not exist, because it had changed its name. â€œA suit cannot be instituted by or against a non-existent body,â€ she said.
Former LC5 loses poll case
NEBBI - Former LC5 chairman Esrom Alenyo yesterday suffered a double loss. The High Court dismissed his bid to overturn the election of Paskal Wapokrwa as LC5 chief and ordered him to pay the costs of the suit. Alenyo had blamed the Electoral Commission for changing his election symbol of a chair to a clock. He had also accused Wapokrwa of vote rigging and bribery during the campaign. But High court Judge Remmy Kasule dismissed the petition with costs because of insufficient evidence. He argued that there was no proof that Alenyo submitted his symbol, or that there was rigging or intimidation of voters.
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