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Opposition Leader Arrested Over Charges of Attempted Murder

Photo: Robert Muhereza/Daily Monitor

Police officers block Kizza Besigye’s car shortly after he was intercepted on his way to Kabale on October 19, 2017. Inset is Dr Besigye.

By Robert Muhereza & Rajab Mukombozi

Kabale — Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has been arrested.

Dr Besigye, FDC presidential candidate Patrick Amuriat and the party secretary for mobilization Ingrid Turinawe were on Thursday evening arrested in Burambira village Bubaare Sub county in Rubanda on their way to Kabale District from Rukungiri.

The Regional Police Commander Mr Denis Namuwoza said Dr Besigye is wanted in Rukungiri where he allegedly committed several offences on Wednesday.

“He is wanted in Rukungiri on charges of attempted murder of policemen and holding unlawful assembly,” said Mr Namuwoza.

He added that Dr Besigye commanded people who pelted stones at the police officers as they tried to disperse FDC supporters who had gathered to listen to Mr Amuriat who was in the district to solicit for votes.

On their way to Kabale they encountered a police road block at Burambira, about 4 kilometers to Kabale town around 5pm. When Mr Amuriat got out of his vehicle to engage police, he was arrested and locked into police double cabin. Policemen surrounded the vehicles in which Dr Besigye and Ms Turinawe were travelling.

The politicians remained locked in their vehicles and were by the time of filing this story (at 7pm) still surrounded by police.

“We are still persuading him to get out of the vehicle so that we take him to Rukungiri,” Mr Namuwoza said.

Uganda

12 Men Arrested for ‘Promoting Homosexuality’

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Sheraton Marks 50 Years in Style

By Alfred Ochwo

As Sheraton Kampala hotel celebrated 50 years of operation last Thursday, President Museveni was the chief guest.

The president presided over a function that started with cocktails as Sheraton honoured its guests and historical members who contributed to the growth of the hotel that started out as Apolo hotel.

He arrived at 10pm, received by Trade, Industry and Cooperatives minister Amelia Kyambadde, Jean-Phillippe Bittencourt, the hotel’s general manager, and George Makhoul, president of CHG, among others.

In Lion’s Club, which served as a reception area for arriving guests, historical pictures showed the hotel’s journey through the years, including one of former president Apollo Milton Obote laying the foundation stone.

Guests then proceeded to the gardens where the real celebrations happened.

“Sheraton became a landmark in Kampala and was named after someone’s name [Obote]; it was the only tall building in town with very good, modern facilities,” Museveni said.

He gave the history of Uganda’s Hotels – a string of high-class hotels all over the country owned by government – and why they had to be privatized. That process saw Apolo hotel become Sheraton hotel Kampala and many others around the country also went to the private sector.

Some are still up and thriving, some not. Afrigo, Uganda’s oldest band that has grown with the Sheraton, entertained with pride.

After his remarks, Museveni cut the cake and left.

He had been expected to hand over certificates to special people in Sheraton’s history, including Obote’s widow, Miria Kalule Obote, Dr Martin Aliker, and Teresa Mbiire, but did not stay for that segment.

Uganda

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Jimi Wanjigi Speaks on 72-Hour Police Siege on His Muthaiga Home

By Kenfrey Kiberenge

Nairobi businessman Jimi Wanjigi on Wednesday broke his silence on the police siege on his home at Muthaiga estate in Nairobi.

Mr Wanjigi accused the Jubilee government of persecuting him because of his “unwavering support” for Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga in the August 8 election.

He said more than 100 police officers armed to the teeth stormed his palatial home and desecrated it against a “so-called court order” which only allowed officers to search.

ASSAULTED WIFE

Mr Wanjigi also said that officers assaulted his wife Nzisa as she attempted to record the destruction of their home.

The businessman dropped a bombshell when he said that President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga met at his home after the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the former’s ruling and shook hands.

He said he was a blessed man.

The businessman, who financed Nasa in the last election, also disowned the house in Malindi where a cache of arms was recovered on Monday.

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Kenya

Commissioner Resigns, Says Poll Agency Can’t Deliver Credible Election

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Nakumatt Creditors Meet On Next Course of Action

Photo: The Citizen

The management of Mlimani City closed Nakumatt’s shop after failing to comply with contractual requirements, including paying rent.

By Alfred Zacharia

Dar es Salaam — Suppliers of goods to Nakumatt Supermarket now plan a meeting on Saturday to discuss how to salvage what the troubled retailer owes them. This comes after Nakumatt Mlimani City outlet was closed by the land lord after the former’s failure to pay rent.

Speaking to The Citizen yesterday, Mr Joseph Mlay, who chaired the taskforce for suppliers of goods to Uchumi Supermarket–another Kenyan retailer that closed shops unceremoniously in 2015–said the meeting aims, among other things, at establishing the exact number of suppliers and how much they were still owed by the firm.

“We don’t know yet how many of us there are and what is the amount owed. I’m sure that the money Nakumatt owes us in total might be equal to that owed to us by Uchumi Supermarket or even more,” he said.

He added that, most Nakumatt suppliers from Tanzania were the very same ones who used to supply goods and services to Uchumi. “Most suppliers are on a panic mode at the moment. We’ll meet on Saturday to form a task force that will make follow up on the matter,” he observed.

He said Nakumatt happened to be the best option for suppliers after the closure of Uchumi, but now its going down is going to affect their income a great deal lamenting that some were still servicing bank loans. According to reports, Nakumatt’s rent debt has accumulated to Sh300 million at Mlimani City Shopping Mall.

The Kenya based firm has been in financial doldrums for some time both in Kenya and Tanzania, raising concerns that it would take the direction of Uchumi Supermarket that closed shops about two years ago.

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Siege on Odinga Financier’s Home Continues

Photo: Kennedy Kimanthi/Daily Nation

Officers walk to Jimi Wanjigi’s house with bolt cutters.

By Kennedy Kimanthi

More detectives have arrived at the home of businessman Jimi Wanjigi in Muthaiga, Nairobi, in a raid and siege that started on Monday.

The additional crime busters arrived on Tuesday morning carrying heavy equipment and tools, including sledge hammers.

The officers entered the house with a heavy tool box, perhaps pointing to their resolve to force doors open.

They were dragging a heavy tool box, perhaps pointing to their resolve to force internal doors open.

They drove into the palatial home as heavily armed General Service Unit officers kept watch outside.

The residence of the well-known tenderpreneur– who cut multi-billion-shilling deals during Daniel Moi, Mwai Kibaki and early years of Uhuru Kenyatta regimes– has been under siege for 24 hours now.

The red berets led the raid on the Muthaiga home on Monday and spent the night there, investigating crime.

It is not yet clear what the officers drawn from GSU, Special Crimes Prevention Unit and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are investigating.

The media have been kept outside the home, with the main gate shut and only opening to let police vehicles in.

Police on Monday morning raided three palatial residences of the tender billionaire and said they had found five AK assault rifles and ammunition in one of them.

Officers from the Special Crime Unit entered Mr Wanjigi’s houses in Mombasa’s upmarket Nyali estate, a 22-bedroom villa believed to be his in Malindi, and the opulent residence in Muthaiga.

Mr Wanjigi is a key financier and strategist for Raila Odinga’s National Super Alliance (Nasa) after falling out with President Kenyatta’s Jubilee camp, whom he supported in 2013.

He is a controversial and secretive individual who was associated with the Anglo Leasing scandal and has raked in billions of shillings through tenders in the former Government of National Unity.

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Besigye Wants Damages for Breach of UBC Contract

By GODFREY SSALI

Kampala — Former FDC party presidential candidate Dr. Kiiza Besigye has finally testified against the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) for refusing to run his 2011 presidential campaign adverts.

Besigye and his witness Dan Wandera Ogalo, an advocate of the High court, testified before Justice Magret Oguli-Oumo but were also cross-examined by UBC lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka.

In response, UBC also called its sales executive at the time Brian Pachuto who confirmed to court that Besigye’s adverts were not run, but the money was refunded to him.

Pachuto who issued the time orders to run the said adverts has told court that much as Besigye had provided content for his adverts , the UBC editorial team was not there to approve the said content.

However, even though Besigye acknowledges the pay back of his sh21 million, he still wants UBC to be condemned for breach of contract and for unfairly treating other candidates by giving them little air-play.

Besigye claims the NRM candidate was given 90 percent of the air play on UBC and the rest of the six candidates had to share the remaining ten percent, something he thinks he was descriminatory of his political affiliation.

According to the suit , UBC is being sued jointly with it’s then former Managing Director Edward Musinguzi for allegedly receiving Dr. Besigye’s money from his media agent Big Ideas to run over 200 spot messages but the duo chose to breach their contractual obligations.

Justice Oguli said she will deliver her judgment on February 05, 2018.

Uganda

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Man Seeks Divorce Over Wife’s Failure to Cook

Photo: Daily Monitor

Geoffrey Matovu

By Jalira Namyalo

Katakwi — A man has petitioned court seeking to terminate a six-year-old marriage after accusing his wife of cruelty and failing or refusing to cook for him.

Mr Geoffrey Matovu, who filed the divorce case in the Family Division of the High Court last Thursday, accuses Ms Tryphena Nakiyingi of being abusive and disrespectful to him, which has irretrievably broken down their relationship.

“That the respondent (Nakiyingi) has never prepared any meals at home since solemnisation of their marriage, thereby starving the petitioner and the children. It is only out of the service of housemaids that food could find its way to the table,” Mr Matovu states in a petition filed by Nalukoola, Kakeeto Advocates and Solicitors.

He alleges that the marriage, formalised in December 2011, has yielded two children but became sour when his wife became hostile towards him.

He further accuses her of denying him conjugal rights and thereby sexually starving him.

“The respondent uses abusive and insulting vulgar language which belittles the petitioner.

The petitioner is also always compared with other men. Sometimes the respondent is referring to the petitioner as stupid and backward and that she uplifted his status by getting married to him,” the petition adds.

Mr Matovu alleges that Ms Nakiyingi threw their matrimonial ring into a dustbin to express her disgust about the marriage when he complained about communications between her and her former boyfriend. “The respondent allowed her relatives, especially her father, to run their home, including making basic domestic decisions like where the children should receive medical treatment from, whether the house maid should wash the petitioner’s clothes,” Mr Matovu says.

According to the petition, Mr Matovu is a human resource manager and son of Emmy Matovu.

Ms Nakiyingi is a lawyer and daughter of retired Bishop Samuel Ssekkadde. Mr Matovu states that he and Ms Nakiyingi formed two companies but on several occasions, she refused to sign company documents which were critical for the running of the businesses.

Mr Matovu is seeking court to dissolve the marriage, grant him custody of their children and compel Ms Nakiyingi to sign relevant company documents for the running of the business. Ms Nakiyingi has been summoned to appear before court in person or by an agent to respond to the accusations in the divorce petition.

Uganda

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Odinga or No Odinga, Repeat Poll Must Go On – Ekuru Aukot

By Patrick Lang’at

Thirdway Alliance Kenya presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot has now dropped his opposition to inclusion of all eight candidates in the fresh election.

Dr Aukot on Saturday also said the poll will continue with or without Nasa leader Raila Odinga who dramatically withdrew on Wednesday and demanded a new election 90 days after fresh nominations.

RAILA

“The fresh election cannot be predicated on the decision of one candidate. If one candidate choses to withdraw, Kenya cannot come to a standstill,” Dr Aukot told journalists in Nairobi following repeated comments by Mr Odinga that there will be no election after he withdrew.

“Politicians in this country have a false sense of self-entitlement that the country cannot continue if they are not there.”

But even then, he said, the electoral agency was to blame.

“When a candidate writes to say they have withdrawn, why are you forcing him on the ballot? When the High Court says include the name of Aukot in the ballot, why do you go on a fishing expedition for everybody else?” Asked the former secretary of the Committee of Experts that drafted the 2010 Constitution.

But as he castigated the IEBC for forcing Mr Odinga on the poll, Dr Aukot also dropped his demands for widespread reforms at the agency, including the resignation of Chairman Wafula Chebukati before the fresh poll.

HIS PLEDGE

“After our meeting with the IEBC yesterday, we are somewhat convinced that the IEBC had addressed some of the issues pointed out by the Supreme Court as the illegalities and irregularities in the August 8 elections,” said Dr Aukot, pegging his satisfaction as “not 100 per cent”, but one he said was to give the commission the benefit of doubt.

In a lengthy statement, Dr Aukot described his candidature as the “only alternative change Kenya needs now”.

“Kenya has no shortage of leaders,” he said.

He asked Kenyans to vote for a man he said would empathise with them on the deteriorating health sector, uphold the rule of law, steer the recovery of the economy, which he said was “in the Intensive Care Unit”, and one he said had an alternative political message, different from the old order.

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Kenya

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Nigeria:World Bank – We Have Over $8.5bn Investments Scattered Across Nigeria

World Bank Group said it has an investment portfolio of about $8.5 billion scattered across states and regions in Nigeria.

The Senior Communications Officer, World Bank Nigeria, Olufunke Olufon, said this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday.

She said the investments were to assist the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT) to reduce poverty and foster prosperity.

Olufon, according to The Cable, noted that the explanation followed concerns raised by Nigerians over the comment by World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim that President Muhammadu Buhari asked the bank to shift its intervention focus to north-eastern states.

She said the bank was also working with federal and state governments, as well as development partners on speedy delivery of critical interventions to people of the north-east which urgently needs assistance.

“In 2015, the government of Nigeria requested World Bank support to respond to the humanitarian and development crisis in the north-east of Nigeria,” the statement read.

“To assess the needs of the nearly 15 million people in the region impacted by the crisis, the World Bank Group, the UN and the European Union carried out a Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA).

“And based on the findings of the assessment, World Bank’s 775 million dollars support to the north-east focuses on restoring basic education, health services, agricultural production, and livelihood improvement opportunities.”

Olufon added that the World Bank Group was doubling its resources to address fragility, conflict and violence at the subnational and national levels and help to stabilise places that were affected by high poverty and influx of people.

Nigeria

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Nigeria:CBN Pumps $306 Million Into Forex Market

By Obinna Chima

Players in the retail segment of the Nigerian interbank foreign exchange (forex) market received a $306.3 million boost from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, following bids received from forex dealers by the Bank.

This is just as the naira appreciated by 21 kobo week-on-week to close at N360.43 kobo on the NAFEX.

The central bank on Friday indicated that the deals in the retail window represent requests from the various sectors in the Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS), thereby providing a boost to the respective sectors.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, revealed that the central bank would continue to increase liquidity based on genuine demands in the market to enhance forex stability.

He reminded Nigerians that the CBN had kept faith with its resolve to sustain liquidity in the forex market and that the Bank had ensured that pressures on the market were removed by its continuous interventions.

But the naira exchanged at an average of N364 to a dollar on the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment at major trading points in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Kano.

While receiving his Forbes’ 2017 ‘Best of Africa Achievement’ award in Washington DC last week, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed that in the past six months, Nigeria has seen about $10 billion in inflows through the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I & E) window.

He commended foreign investors for showing the confidence in Nigeria once again.

“But I think all this also is because President Muhammadu Buhari has always said that: we had unfortunately been hit by this exogenous shock and it had resulted in inflation and plummeting in reserves, but that we needed at some point to look at the items Nigeria imports into the country.

“Nigeria is a big market no doubt, 180 million people growing at an average population rate of three per cent annually. It is certainly a big market. But then it is important to cast our mind back and begin to ask ourselves: There was a time in Nigeria when we produced everything we were eating.

“We were producing rice, palm oil etc. Nigeria was the highest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world with over 40 per cent market share sometimes in the 60s and 70s. But unfortunately because we found oil, we decided to take things easy. What we are saying is that: the President said we had tested this before, we had done it before, it is not about re-inventing it again,” Emefiele explained.

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