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Trial Against Rwandan Terror Suspects to Be Heard in Camera

Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/The East African

Some of the suspects accused of terrorism at the High Court of Rwanda in Kigali.

By Robert Mbaraga

The trial of the 44 Rwandans accused of having links with the terror group Al Shabaab and the Islamic State will be heard on May 2 in camera, a court in Kigali has ruled.

The special chamber of the High Court of Rwanda that tries international crimes upheld the prosecution’s plea that an open hearing would compromise national security.

In its plea, the prosecution raised fear that a public hearing would lead to more radicalisation and cause clashes among the families of the accused because “some of the accused were apprehended because of information provided by their fellow suspects.”

The defence lawyers had insisted that the prosecution explains what it meant by national security, arguing that all persons connected to this dossier have been arrested and detained and cannot thus cause any security threat.

On their part, the accused said that only a public hearing would be fair.

“All our pre-trial hearings were conducted in camera, and our families have never had a chance to know the details of our charges. Our trial in merit should be heard in public and this will help our brothers avoid what we are charged with,” one of the accused told the court.

The accused said that they would appeal against this ruling.

The Rwandan criminal procedure law allows the court to order that a case be heard in camera “when its public hearing may be detrimental to public order or good morals.” The same law does not, however, define public order or good morals.

The court set the next hearing for May 2. This date could, however, be affected by the appeal filed by the accused.

The three-judge bench also ordered that the case be disjoined for minors and be heard by a specialised chamber.

Four of the 44 are below 18. Their trial will now be heard by the Gasabo Intermediate Court.

The ruling on the two main objections which had paralysed the trial for almost two months, now raises hope that the fate of the 44 terror suspects will finally be known.

They have been in detention for more than a year.

The details about the charges brought against them have not been made public, but their indictments indicate that they are charged with complicity in a terrorist act, membership to a terrorist organisation, formation of a criminal gang, formation of an irregular armed group and conspiracy and incitement to commit terrorism.


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Uganda: Islamic Banking Faces Tax Hurdles in Uganda

By Bernard Busuulwa

Issues of taxation, manpower and marketing have hampered the rollout of Islamic banking products in Uganda, as technocrats struggle to finalise regulations for the new products.

While regulations to guide the use of agency banking have been finalised and are scheduled for issuance after April 19, issues surrounding taxation of Islamic banking products remain unresolved.

Under Islamic banking rules, no interest is charged on loans to borrowers; profits and losses realised from a business are shared equally between lenders and borrowers, and lending is restricted to morally acceptable ventures: Lending to alcohol firms, tobacco producers and gambling companies is prohibited.

Concerns over how much tax should be applied to Islamic financial products and the elimination of double taxation have slowed consultations on the matter.

For example, a mortgage transaction arranged between a bank and a client under Islamic banking would require the two parties to make equity contributions towards the deal without charging the home buyer any interest.

The client would instead be obliged to buy out the bank’s equity share in order to achieve full ownership of the house or piece of land in question. Recent proposals in favour of taxing the banks’ contribution have raised questions about the competitiveness of Islamic banking products when compared with conventional financial offerings.

In contrast, mainstream mortgage products require clients to make reasonable equity contributions towards the purchase of real estate, disbursement of a bridging loan facility by a commercial bank, and repayments that carry annual interest charges. Withholding tax is levied on interest earned from the mortgage, while the value of the loan is exempt from taxes.

A shortage of specialised Islamic banking professionals has also slowed down the rollout of Islamic financial products. Due to the sensitive nature of Islamic banking operations, use of qualified Shariah professionals is considered essential in regulation, selling and distribution of financial services.

However, according to research data, there are only 10 qualified Shariah professionals on the local market.

This is in a business environment with 24 commercial banks and a small pipeline of specialised Islamic banking players who have shown interest in the market but are yet to obtain commercial licences.

“Taxation of Islamic banking transactions seems complex because it is difficult to determine the exact point of taxation, and also minimise the risk of double taxation. But the UK has already come up with useful tax guidelines that define the degree of taxation for Islamic banking transactions, involving both physical assets and direct cash, which would be compatible with our environment. The human resource gap experienced among local Shariah professionals in Uganda could be filled by foreign manpower previously nurtured by big banks like Standard Chartered, Barclays and KCB in their native markets. In addition, there are overseas players in big Shariah markets like Malaysia that are capable of providing outsourced compliance services for Shariah boards,” said Abubaker Mayanja, the managing director of ABL Dunamis Ltd, a financial advisory services firm.


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Kwibuka23 – PSF Remembers Slain Businesspersons in Kirehe

By Kelly Rwamapera

Private Sector Federation (PSF) members in Kirehe District remembered fellow businesspersons who were killed in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in the district.

The ceremony was held on Wednesday at Nyakarambi Genocide Memorial in Nyakarambi Town, where more than 350 Tutsi business people were massacred. Some were later buried at the memorial which is now home to more than 9800 Genocide victims.

MP Berthe Mujawamariya cautioned residents of Kirehe against genocide ideology and asked Genocide perpetrators and those who witnessed the killings to reveal what they know as part of the healing process.

Jean Munyaburame, a Genocide survivor, was a businessman in Nyakarambi by the time of the Genocide.

Munyaburame recounted how most Tutsi could sense the danger ahead but had nothing to do.

“It was very difficult for a Tutsi to get a bank loan or passport and local authorities were closely working with banks to monitor us. They claimed that we were wasting the country’s money to help Tutsi refugees outside the country,” he stated.

He added that “a Tutsi who prospered in business could be implicated in trumped-up charges such that they could be arrested and their businesses fold.”

He said that Hutu businessmen in Nyakarambi aided Interahamwe militias by providing machetes and pickups to transport the killers.

The Human Resource Manager at PSF-Kirehe, Felix Mutagoma, called upon private sector to actively engage in building the country as opposed to the businesspersons who helped destroy the country.

“You have a country, it means you have everything. Meet you tax obligations, support Genocide survivors and do not let genocide ideology creep into your families,” he said.

As part of the commemoration ceremony, PSF donated a house to the family of John Shingiro, a genocide survivor in Kirehe.

PSF also gave six cows to six survivor families and 25 mattresses to other survivor families.


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Waka Warrior Obstacle Race to Attract Regional Participants

Photo: The New Times

Participants during the first Waka Fitness race last year (file photo).

By Sharon Kantengwa

Team work, fire, ice, barbed wire and many more obstacles are what defined last year’s Waka Warrior fitness challenge that tested the creativity, persistence and flexibility of the contestants.

This year, the challenge is back, with organisers of the challenge Waka Fitness Ltd promising a bigger event. The obstacle course is going to be bigger, longer and more challenging.

On May 13 2017, all roads will lead to the Masaka Farms, this time with participants from all over East Africa who will be battling it out to see who the best warrior will be.

“This year we would like to have it bigger and more exciting, at the same time promoting a healthy lifestyle. We are looking to have people from the East African Region take part as well, and we are partnering with RwandAir who will be offering discounts for people flying in for the Waka Warrior Obstacle Race 2017,” says Alexia Uwera Mupende, the Customer Service, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Kimihurura-based Waka Fitness Ltd, the organisers of the event.

However, only adults, 18 years old and above, will be allowed to participate in the obstacle course, although 15 year olds will also be allowed to join the obstacle with permission from their parents who will be required to sign a waiver.

A mini kid’s obstacle will also be in place, “so they too can be part of the day and enjoy while their parents compete.”

In addition, entertainment and food vendors will also be at the event to serve a variety of meals and drinks to the hungry participants and spectators at the event. Winners will get an assortment of prizes.

Organisers from Waka Fitness Ltd hope to attract participants from all over Africa and the rest of the world.


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Fighting Corruption Is Complex – Inspector General of Govt

By Francis Mugerwa

Kyankwanzi — The Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja, says fighting corruption in Uganda has become complex since new tricks are being applied to embezzle government funds.

“The war against corruption is becoming complex because more corruption syndicates are being created every other day,” Justice Mulyagonja said at the weekend while passing out 79 Inspectorate of Government officials who had completed a two-week course on leadership and skills development at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi.

The IGG said that Uganda loses hundreds of billions annually in corruption and sadly, this is money meant to deliver services and lift millions of Ugandans out of poverty.


“The corrupt cartels are uncomfortable with anti-corruption officers who they view as saboteurs and can endanger their lives,” Justice Mulyagonja said, adding that it is not possible to steal public funds without colluding with various other actors who initiate and endorse payment requests.

The IGG advised the officials to be disciplined and committed to their work.

“Love your country and do the right thing with humility and obedience. Those virtues will take you before kings,” she said.

The director of the National Leadership Institute, Brig David Kasula Kyomukama, said the 79 officials underwent foot and self defence drills, gun handling, leadership skills development and shooting range exercises.

Train others

“We enhanced your leadership skills, taught you basic military skills, financial literacy and you should be agents of social-economic transformation,” Mr Kyomukama said.

He advised the officers to pass on the skills and knowledge they have attained during the training to their workmates.

“Every end is the beginning. Do not stop learning and teaching. Be humble and hardworking. Understand the world through learning about the cause of events,” he advised.


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Uganda’s Ssegwanga: The Lion of Cecafa

Photo: Ismail Kezaala /Daily Monitor

Gone to soon. Mzee Musisi co founded regional soccer governing body, Cecafa.

By Douglas Nsubuga

Kampala — The only surviving founder member of Express Football Club, mentor of Nakivubo Boys and forerunner of Sports Club Villa, Mzeei Kezekia Musisi Ssegwanga passed on over the weekend at Kiluddu hospital aged 92 after a long illness.

Musisi has left behind an incredible ink of an illustrious sports administrator both at national and international levels especially in football circles although he may not have kicked even an orange.

He started public life in the 50s as a youth actively involved in the politics of the day. He was identified as an ideal mobiliser of supporters of a football club project and a brain-child of politicians who owned Express newspaper that agitated for independence from colonialists.

The master-mind behind Express Football Club was Joseph “Jolly Joe” Kiwanuka, an out-spoken politician, qualified referee and self-made coach who also doubled as Express newspaper editor.

Another known founder member of Express FC was Dr Kununka. In the background were politicians such as John Kalekezi, father of police chief Gen. Kale Kayihura who solicited for finances to kick-start the project.

Express FC arrived on the Ugandan soccer scene with a bang, with Musisi doing a wonderful job of mobilising supporters who enjoyed entertaining football by stars such as Charles Jjagwe, Ali Kitonsa, Jimmy Ssemugabi, Jimmy Sewava “Omulogo” (the soccer witch), John Kaddu, Ali Kigundu to mention but a few.

Musisi was Jolly Joe’s right hand man on matters pertaining to the smooth running of Express FC and learned dynamics of being a good football manager in the process because the club now commanded a big following. Together with Kenya’s Abaluhya (AFC Leopards), Tanzania’s Young Africans, they formed the famous AYE (Abaluhya, Young, Express) club which was the envy of East Africa’s football. Mzeei Musisi also became patron of Nakivubo boys club which was the De facto nursery of Express FC.

Kiwanuka was murdered in 1972. Then, Express FC almost collapsed and was on the brink of relegation from the Super Division. But as providence would have it, Musisi was appointed chairman of the soccer governing body, Fufa and somehow, made sure that the 1973 National Football league did not end in order to save Express FC from relegation.

Musisi at the helm of Uganda football helped revamp Express FC and from relegation scare, the team won the league title for the first time in 1974. Earlier on in 1973, Musisi was among those that founded the Confederation of East and Centrla African Football Associations which organised the inaugural Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala that year.

He was later named Cecafa life member. Africa’s football governing body CAF too respected him and at one time delegated him to stabilize Kenya’s football which had been ripped apart along tribal lines, a job he did so well.

Musisi was relinquished of his duties as Fufa boss in 1975 and two years later, the then Governor of Central province and self-styled sports disciplinary officer Abdul Nasur banned Express FC on allegations of sabotaging Idi Amin’s government. Musisi influenced the Express FC fraternity to support Nakivubo Boys Club in their quest for promotion to the super division of the National Football League.

Selfless man

Express FC was reinstated in 1979 after the fall of Idi Amin, the same year Nakivubo Boys club joined the super division ranks before it was christened Sports Club Villa.

Musisi was a selfless man. He spent many hours shuttling between Kampala and Jinja to help streamline the administration and recruit playing staff of Nile Football Club which in 1980 became the first upcountry side to win the national football league.

As a journalist, I came to know Musisi as a brilliant, humorous, industrious, shrewd planner who did not fear to take risks while making decisions. I found out that Mzeei Musisi didn’t have the word “No” in his vocabulary yet he incredibly maneuvered through difficult times.

Very often he found himself in the middle of the heat between Express FC warring parties. For instance during the administration wrangles of 1985 club heavy weight Rabbi Mulondo appointed Ssegwanga on the interim committee to help save the sinking Express FC .

And I will never forget when we were working on the official magazine of Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament which was hosted in Uganda in 1984. I asked for a write-up from him as a Cecafa life member. He looked me up and said: “Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup is the second biggest single sports event on the continent besides the Africa Cup of Nations ( now AFCON) and previously as Gossage Cup was undoubtedly the oldest tournament in whole of Africa. According to him, each year during the Cecafa tournament everyone is a teacher and everyone is a student which makes it a joy to watch.

Mzeei Musisi was a darling of sports journalists as well.

His signature tune during briefings was always, “Gentlemen and lady of the press.”

That only lady then covering sports he referred to was none other than Victo Namusisi Nalongo arguably the first all round woman sports journalist in Uganda and co-founder of USPA. Elsewhere, listeners would eagerly wait for Mzeei Musisi’s husk voice on Radio Uganda at half time whenever Uganda teams travelled outside the country as he usually assured them of results even when the going was tough.

The only time I saw Musisi stone-faced was inside Namirembe Cathedral when a wedding of a very close relative aborted just before the vows.

Mzeei Musisi groomed and encouraged many sportsmen including managers, players and referees. He was the figure head of his family. Perhaps his most glorifying product is prominent businessman and exemplary Ssaza Chief of Kyaggwe county, Alex Kigongo Kikonyogo, a pride of Buganda kingdom whom he nurtured from childhood.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Kenya Down 4 Places in Latest FIFA Rankings

By Alex Isaboke

Nairobi — Despite winning their last two international friendly matches, Kenya has dropped four places in the latest FIFA rankings to sit 89th in the world.

Harambee Stars beat Mozambique1-0 before edging out Liberia by the same score-line at the Kasarani Stadium early this month but that could not help them climb since the two teams were lowly ranked below them.

In the East Africa region (CECAFA), Kenya is placed second behind Uganda who sit 73rd in the world after dropping one place.

Rwanda who went up six places to sit at position101 are third in CECAFA while Ethiopia who climbed11 places are fourth in the region.

Kenya sit 21st in Africa, 56 places behind Senegal who are leading the continent as they occupy 33rd position in the world ahead of Africa champions Ivory Coast who dropped three places to lie 34th.

Tunisia are the third best ranked team in the continent followed by Egypt while Algeria closes the top five best African teams.

From the two matches that Kenya played, they collected 244.8 points against Liberia and 267.75 against Mozambique.

Argentina continue to top the standings with Brazil swapping places with Germany to come in at second on the world rankings.


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Like Fine Wine Allan Wanga Matures With Age

By Isaac Swila

By lifting the SportPesa Premier League title with Tusker on Sunday, Allan Wanga completed a remarkable rarity among the current pool of Kenyan players.

The boy from Shiatsala in Kakamega County won the league title twice with the same club but in two different spells separated by nine years as well as several other honours across to continents.

His first league conquest came in his debut season in 2007 when he bagged 23 goals for the brewers’ en-route to claiming the Golden Boot award.

Fast forward to 2016, after a nine-year wait, the 30-year-old Wanga has again wrote another chapter in his playing career emerging as one of the most decorated Kenyan footballers. At last count he had bagged 11 titles locally and abroad.

On Sunday, he came off the bench to put the icing on the cake with a magical free kick that sailed into the net in the 77th minute to hand Tusker a 1-0 win against deposed champions Gor Mahia at Nyayo Stadium as they were crowned kings of Kenyan football.

The strike increased his season’s tally to five.

He left the Kenyan Premier League in December 2007 for Angolan club Petro Atletico. There, he helped them claim the league honours in his debut season scoring nine goals. In the succeeding season, Petro retained the trophy with Wanga scoring eight goals.

Itching for more conquest, the restless Wanga left Angola in 2010 for a new challenge in Azerbaijan with FC Baku.

He returned home to join Sofapaka on a loan deal in 2010 where he scored four goals as Batoto Ba Mungu claimed the GOtv Shied Cup. The quick footed Wanga would later join Hagl FC in Vietnam in 2011 helping them win the domestic cup with his 10 goals.

In 2013, fulfilled his childhood dream of playing for AFC Leopards, a club which his father Frank Wetende turned out for.

He featured prominently at the Leopards lair as they claimed the GOtv Shield with 11 goals under his belt in the campaign. The same season, he bagged the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.

The lethal Wanga scored twice for Harambee Stars in a epic final against Sudan’s Falcons at a rain drenched Nyayo Stadium on December 12, 2013.

Wanga would later move to Sudanese giants El-Merreikh in 2014 where he starred in the Cecafa Club Championship scoring the lone goal for the Red Devils as they downed host club APR in the final in Kigali.

In 2015, he retained the same trophy with Azam of Tanzanian after his club saw off a spirited challenge from Gor Mahia winning 2-1.

“I’m looking forward to more accomplishments especially in the Champions League next season and with the national team,” the soft spoken Wanga said.


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Women Football – As Kigali Face Les Lionnes As League Resumes

By Geoffrey Asiimwe

National women league reigning champions AS Kigali resume their hunt for a record-extending 8th consecutive league title when they visit Huye district-based Les Lionnes FC on Sunday afternoon at Mutunda grounds.

The league had been put on hold for the past three weeks to enable the national team prepare for the just concluded CECAFA Women Championship which was staged in Uganda and was won by Tanzania, who defeated Kenya 2-1 in the final on Tuesday.

AS Kigali head coach Grace Nyinawumuntu believes her team is in a good shape to beat any opponent after many of her players were with She-Amavubi in Uganda where they lost against Tanzania and Ethiopia in Group B hence returning home early.

“We’re lucky because majority of my players were in the national team and we have benefited a lot from CECAFA in terms of experience and match fitness. Les Lionnes are always tough opponents but we have to win this game to maintain top spot in the league table,” said Nyinawumuntu.

AS Kigali lead the women football league table standings with 30 points in 10 matches, nine points ahead of Rambura FC, who will not be action this weekend.

Les Lionnes are third with 18 points, one point ahead of fourth-placed Kamonyi FC while Bugesera FC are sixth with 16 points.

Elsewhere, Gakenke FC, who are sixth with 12 points in 12 matches, take on winless Nyagatare, Kamonyi host Inyemra while Golden Generation entertain Bugesera..


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Nyagatare vs Gakenke

Golden Generation vs Bugesera


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Crested Cranes Draw Positives From Cecafa

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Crested Cranes goal machine Hasifa Nassuna (R) celebrates with teammates Laki Otandeka (C) and Jean Sseninde.

By John Vianney Nsimbe

Despite losing three out of their five games, Uganda’s female national football team, Crested Cranes, picked up some positives from the regional Cecafa women’s championship that ended on Tuesday at the Fufa Technical Centre in Njeru.

The Crested Cranes kicked off the tournament with a 0-4 loss to Kenya, but bounced by thrashing Zanzibar 9-0 and beat Burundi 1-0 in the group games to storm the semifinals.

They, however, suffered back-to-back 1-4 losses to Tanzania and Ethiopia in the semifinal and third-place play-off matches respectively. Tanzania won the tournament after beating Kenya 2-1 in the final.

Although it was disappointing Uganda could not use home advantage to emerge champions, there is a silver lining on this dark cloud. For the Crested Cranes, this tournament was about gaining more experience after years of lull in women’s football.

Just as there had not been a women’s Cecafa championship since 1986, the local national women’s elite league is in its second year. It is dominated by school-going girls and young women still trying to cut their niche. This implies, as coach Majidah Nantanda noted, they need time to realize their potential.

Therefore, this team must be kept together and given more exposure to develop, the same way Kenya, the dominant force in the region, have. One cannot help wondering whether Uganda would not have been on equal footing with Kenya, had the 2008 team, with talents like Aisha Kaggwa been maintained.

It probably would have been a classic seeing Kaggwa teaming up with today’s protégés, Hasifa Nassuna and Dorcus Ipwokot, who have impressed with their goals.

In hosting the Cecafa, Fufa is said to have scored with the world football governing body, Fifa, for promoting women’s football, even without a corporate sponsor.


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