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MPs in Shouting Match

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Police deploy in Kampala ahead of presidential age limit demonstrations.

By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya & Olive Eyotaru

Tempers flared in Parliament as MPs turned yesterday’s sitting into a shouting match even as the House leadership denounced the heavy military and police presence around the premises.

A senior opposition leader also accused the armed forces of staging a coup on Parliament. Eventually, the chaotic afternoon session was brought to an end with deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah adjourning proceedings to next Tuesday.

“What we have seen today is exceptional and the blockade that we have seen, I don’t know whether it was necessitated by something, but, in my opinion, I think it has gone way beyond what it should have been,” Oulanyah said.

In the frenzy, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda could barely make himself heard on the heavy security around Parliament and the arrests of opposition supporters.

Dr Rugunda had said the security deployments were “absolutely necessary” and wondered why opposition MPs were making a fuss about it.

“There have been incidents reported by colleagues; those incidents are going to be investigated and the necessary measures taken … But I must say that we are sitting here comfortably,” Rugunda said.

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Opposition MPs shouted him down. Oulanyah found himself in an even more difficult spot as the opposition whipped out whistles. Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze grabbed and started ringing the Speaker’s bell while her colleagues belted out the national anthem.Then Aruu South MP Samuel Odonga Otto demanded that the minister of state for Investment and Privatisation, Evelyn Anite, be dragged before the House disciplinary committee — for putting the lives of MPs in danger with her claim that the anti-age limit group is backed by the army.Today’s plenary was charged and minister Evelyn Anite was a central figure 📹 @bamulanzeki #AgeLimit #Uganda pic.twitter.com/5DtXNCIcHf– The Observer (@observerug) September 21, 2017Oulanyah said: “We need to demonstrate to all and sundry that whatever everyone is fearing is not in this House; that it cannot be the members of this House to create chaos … “I will not be a presiding officer of this House to smuggle in things that have not gone through processes so that the whole House can predict and prepare to engage in a debate on any matter.”Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza denounced the massed security, saying that the military occupation of a place where MPs should be free to represent the people must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.”I almost dropped dead when I heard that the Speaker of Parliament could not be allowed access to the main entrance of this Parliament.”More on ThisDetails of Age Limit Removal Motion Leak

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MPs Scuffle As Debate Rages Over Lifting of Presidential Age Limit

Photo: Solomon Arinaitwe/Daily Monitor

Police officers intervene in the fight between Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku and Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, one of the MPs supporting the lifting of presidential age limit.

By Monitor Reporter

As the debate on the contentious planned lifting of the presidential age limit escalate, some politicians have decided to settle their differences physically.

Ayivu County MP, Mr Bernard Atiku was on Tuesday spotted scuffling with Arua Municipality MP, Mr Ibrahim Abiriga, one of the MPs supporting the lifting of presidential age-limit.

When contacted, Mr Atiku said the scuffle ensued after Mr Abiriga accused him of hiring youth to attack him (Abiriga) during the Saturday football match between Onduparaka and Maroons FC in Luzira.

“I was walking out of Parliament to pick some documents in my car and I found Abiriga standing with a group of journalists on the steps of Parliament. Then Hon. [David] Abala (Ngora County) stopped me to inquire about some information. As I was talking to him, I heard Abiriga abusing me. Then as I moved closer to ask what he was saying, Abiriga started abusing me that I’m a stupid fellow and a fool,” he said.

Mr Atiku said: “He (Abiriga) claims that I bought youth to abuse him during the game of Onduparaka and Maroons FC in Luzira. When I tried to explain to Abiriga that I was not at the game on Saturday, he insisted that I was there as attacked me. I pushed him away and that’s when police moved in to separate us.”

By the time of filing this story, Mr Abiriga could not be reached for a comment as his known telephone numbers were off.

Meanwhile, Parliament will discuss a motion on the presidential age limit on Thursday.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, says he received a notice from a Member of Parliament requesting to present a motion to the House to make some recommendations to government on the presidential age limit.

Mr Oulanyah says he spoke to the speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga on Monday morning on the motion and received a copy of the motion the same day in the evening signed by three legislators. He says a second notice of motion was presented to the Speaker from another member of the House on Wednesday morning.

However, Mr Oualnyah says all the motions relating to the age limit debate will not come to the floor of Parliament until when he meets the Speaker to discuss the notices on Thursday morning.

He says if need be, the Business Committee will be given time to meet and handle the matter.

Speaker Oulanyah, however, says the motions will be included on the order paper if it is decided by the authority of the speaker. He cautions legislators against exciting the public on the matter.

Last week, about 240 MPs aligned to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party endorsed a proposal to repeal Article 102 (b), which restricts the presidential age to be between 35 and 75 years.

The move is allegedly aimed at paving way for President Museveni to seek another term of office since he will be above 75 years in 2021.

On Friday, Cabinet also endorsed a proposal by the Igara West MP, Mr Raphael Magyezi to table a private member’s bill on the floor of Parliament on the matter.

The debate on the presidential age limit has raised concern across the country leading to protests by a section of Ugandans against the proposed amendment.

On Monday, police picked up 14 youth activists belonging to group dubbed “The Alternative” for staging protests against the proposal.

Police have also summoned four legislators including Mr Muhammad Nsereko, Mr Barnabas Tinkasimire, Mr Theodore Ssekikubo and Mr Allan Ssewanyana, some of the legislators opposed to the lifting of age limit, for allegedly inciting violence.

Baby Named After Museveni Dies

By Ronald Seebe

Iganga — Newly elected Iganda District Woman Member of Parliament (MP), Ms Brenda Asinde Suubi has lost baby Kaguta, a one-month-old boy who was named after the President Yoweri Museveni’s father, Amos Kaguta.

Kaguta Shabul Sebukaire, who was named after President Museveni’s father, Kaguta (RIP), reportedly died on Tuesday morning at Lubaga Hospital in Kampala.

The deceased’s father, Mr Abdallahim Sebukaire, told Daily Monitor on Tuesday that the baby, who was healthy, suddenly became dizzy on Sunday night and was rushed to Lubaga Hospital on Monday at about 12:00pm.

“We thought it was a mere rise of the body temperature. But to our surprise, the baby’s condition worsened and he passed on,” Mr Sebukaire said.

“I also want to dismiss allegations spreading in the district that our son was bewitched. That it is not true.”

Rumours have been circulating in the area that the MP’s political rivals bewitched the boy.

While paying tribute to the deceased baby Kaguta, Iganga Municipality MP, Mr Peter Mugema ‘Panadol’, said they have lost a young role model who was destined to become a leader.

“The name Kaguta was going to yield fruits in Iganga since it has been the first of its kind in the District,” he said.

Ms Asinde left medical practitioners and her supporters shocked when she addressed a rally at St. Jude Church grounds in Iganga Municipality nine hours after giving birth at Musana Community Health Centre, in Nakalama Sub-county.

When Mr Museveni went to the area to drum support for her, he was pictured holding baby Kaguta at one of the various rallies he addressed.

The baby was on Tuesday afternoon laid to rest at Buseiyi Village, Iganga District.

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Inside Age-Limit Cabinet Debate

By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

After a long meeting on Friday, cabinet publicly declared its full backing for ruling party MPs pushing a bill to scrap the constitutional presidential age limit.

For long spoken about in roundabout fashion, it has rapidly become official policy to support a design whose effect will be to extend President Museveni’s three-decade grip on state power beyond the current 75-year cap.

He will be 77 at the next election in 2021. Insider sources say that by the time Ruth Nankabirwa, the government chief whip, ended her briefing on the proposed private member’s bill, she was preaching to the converted.

It did not matter that it had stoked opposition fires, with angry denunciations of ‘life presidency’ ambitions burning across social media. Her delivery was inside the Cabinet boardroom on floor 9, Office of the President.

“I told the meeting about the ongoing mobilisation by different groups of MPs on a proposal to amend the Constitution, and that one of the groups convened a big meeting, which was attended by some ministers although that meeting was not formally called by the government chief whip,” Nankabirwa said by telephone on Saturday.

She laid down for colleagues the build-up of events to last Tuesday’s surprise informal resolution by NRM MPs. She agreed with the MPs’ argument that the government has dithered in presenting a bill for comprehensive electoral reforms.

“We said we should not antagonise the private member’s bill but I am going to look at their resolution to see if it has financial implications,” Nankabirwa told The Observer.

Ruling on a petition following the disputed 2016 presidential election, the Supreme court set a two-year time frame for these reforms. It is probably in this context that Nankabirwa broached the subject.

“I wanted to know whether government is going to constitute the Constitutional Review Commission,” she said, “because MPs don’t wish to handle the amendments in the last quarter of parliament.”

Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Kahinda Otafiire, through whose docket the reforms are expected, yesterday said he sees no contradiction.

“The two are complementary, they are not parallel. If members of parliament want to bring a private member’s bill, it’s their choice. There is nothing that compels them to follow what we are doing if we are slow and they want that law much earlier,” he said

“It’s their right but that won’t stop us from bringing a comprehensive bill and the constitution review commission that will also find its way to parliament. Parliament makes laws and is at liberty to choose what to discuss and when to discuss it.”

After Nankabirwa, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda is said to have asked minister of State for Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite, to clarify what she meant by recent comments about the army supporting NRM. A belligerent Anite had on Thursday said they won’t be intimidated by their opponents.

“I want to make it very clear to them [opponents of the bill] again that you cannot intimidate a ruling party. Because if you go looking for support, we don’t go looking for support. We’re the party in government. We have the support of the magye [army]…,” Anite said.

Sources say Anite seemed to reverse herself on Friday, telling cabinet that she was quoted out of context. The junior minister reportedly said she intended to mean that security agencies will, in exercise of their mandate, not allow anyone to threaten violence.

Uganda’s armed forces are enjoined by the Constitution to be neutral, non-partisan institutions of state. Anite’s bungling notwithstanding, ministers remained united.

“The general sentiment was that we need to handle it now and get it out of the way,” sources said.

Reportedly vocal were Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde, the minister for Security; Maj Bright Rwamirama (state for Veteran Affairs) and Anite.

“Almost everyone talked and they kept repeating one another that we should support the private member’s bill,” the sources said.

Dr Rugunda gave the chairman’s seal of approval, saying: “We should fully support it; it is already on table. We should just conclude it and get it out of the way other than leaving it in the public domain for many years.”

Shortly, minister for ICT and Information Frank Tumwebaze was directed to announce cabinet’s decision through mainstream and social media.

“Moving a private member’s bill is a right of any member of parliament and the executive can only put up an objection if that proposed bill has financial implications that distort the national budget priorities as envisaged under Article 93 of the constitution,” Tumwebaze said at the week’s end.

“The executive can also object to a private member’s bill if it’s unconstitutional or is seeking to reverse any government policy. Without those, the executive can’t object to any proposed private member’s bill. The merits and demerits of it will be discussed by parliament if tabled,” he added.

President Museveni was not in cabinet on Friday but is understood to have met some promoters of the bill a day after Tuesday’s surprise developments.

In attendance at State House last Wednesday were Peter Ogwang (Usuk), Robinah Nabbanja (Kakumiro Woman), Arinaitwe Rwakajara (Workers) as well as former Forum for Democratic Change deputy treasurer Anita Among (Bukedea Woman) and Michael Tusiime (Mbarara Municipality).

This gathering convened shortly before Museveni’s live media appearance to discuss the contentious Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017, on land.

A source said the MPs gave him a progress report and plan of action. Museveni reportedly encouraged them, later affirming this on air where he maintained that these MPs were acting as volunteers within their constitutional rights.

At the Tuesday meeting, some members expressed the need to move quickly, possibly even pressing parliament to waive its rules on how long bills are scrutinised in committee.

Nankabirwa reflected this tone, telling The Observer: “I am waiting for the notification; so, that I can call a caucus meeting maybe by Wednesday in accordance with the NRM caucus rules of procedure.”

Questions Asked as 20 Women Killed

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General Henry Tumukunde, minister for security, left, and police inspector general Kale Kayihura.

By The Independent

Kampala — The woman’s body was lying in the bush near a popular boat docking site not far from a barracks. Her skirt was covered in blood. Parts of her hands and on leg were missing. Her husband was in the crowd that gathered to see the latest victim of a spate of killings.

Francis Bahati had become concerned when his wife, a food vendor at the Kasenyi Landing site, had not returned home from the market the previous evening. He came hoping she was not the one lying there. And he could not recognise at first. But just as he was about to move on, a yellow flower on the bloodied skirt struck him. This was his wife. He fell into shock and lost consciousness.

The dead woman was identified as Aisha Nakisinde, a mother of three little children. She was 25 years old and her ID photo showed a petite woman, unsmiling, and staring hard into the camera with a businesslike air of impatience. Nakisinde had been strangled and her private parts desecrated. Up that point, Aug.14, police was counting 16 women in three months in two towns of Wakiso district, Katabi and Nansana on the edge Lake Victoria. Five other women would be killed in almost the same fashion in the next two weeks, bringing the number to 21 by Sept.04. Unofficially, the death toll was higher.

Can police stop the murders?

David Pulkol, a former director of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) said there is a puzzle that begs explanation.

“How can insecurity get to this level when there is security personnel paraded everywhere especially in Entebbe?”

“Something else is happening and this government is just not telling us. How can you have all these informal groups like the crime preventers and yet still have crime penetrate the communities to such obscene levels?”

Among Pulkol’s, there are many more questions that this situation has raised. Questions of what for sure the crime wave is about? Is it one gang committing crimes in totally opposite areas? How will these cases be resolved? Will police be able to stop them?

So far police appears to be concentrating on the victims phone contacts, swooping down on them all before screening and zeroing in on a few. This mode of operation has been criticism as a blatant to attempt to show that the police was doing something.

Top criminal lawyer, Caleb Alaka, says this is not the first time he is seeing police make such arrests. He says they do it whenever such an incident happens and stop at that when things cool down. He says the killings are happening at awkward times and enforcement authorities have no clue.

“This is worrying,” he told The Independent.

Alaka explained that if this is a case of a serial killer, then police should be looking at this as the handiwork of one person who can kill very many people and do it right under the nose of the security operatives.

Alaka says people should take individual responsibility for their security.

“People should avoid moving alone and without informing people about their whereabouts”. This, he says is a short term measure. What should work long term is mobile police that was once vibrant but has since died.

“But this could be work of the same gang in different areas and that this requires a tactical force to net them,” he said. Unfortunately, he said, the police do not have expertise to thoroughly investigate homicides.

But when The Independent spoke to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima, he said the force indeed has a plan and the required expertise.

When the Independent interviewed Kayima the number was 13 but has now swollen to 17. They had made a few arrests then, which he said they made through tracking the deceased phone records. The arrests continue but no credible clue has been seen.

He said their investigations showed that it was certainly one gang involved in the criminal related killings.

“The IGP has ordered us to rejuvenate the neighborhood watch where ten households should have a monitoring system of each other. With this, everyone in these ten households ought to know the whereabouts of the others and also have knowledge of what exactly they do for a living.”

Kayima also spoke of plans by police, through Local Councils, to register all the people in their communities. He said this initiative has been dubbed ‘My neighbor’s concerns are my concerns’.

It is continuation of the force’s community policing strategy launched early in the year to encourage residents to be on the watch in their neighbourhood and report suspicious activity. Kayima said the police will follow up with setting up posts at parish levels to ensure that there’s constant contact and mediation between the force and the community.

The police’s business as usual approach appears to have missed an important pointer. Nakisinde’s killing has become a turning point of sorts. Following the discovery of her body, parliament demanded an official explanation from the executive and called off all business when the line minister failed to show up.

And when the Minister for Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo, finally delivered an official statement to parliament on Sept.07, he offered a lot on details of the murders, speculated on motive, but fumbled on action the government was taking to ensure not more killings happened.

He said 18 of the killings were linked to witchcraft while the other three women were killed as a result of domestic violence. He said 44 suspects had been taken into custody for questioning. But legislators were not impressed when he said the murders were the work of the ‘illuminati’, a broad description coined by tabloids to describe young people with clear sources of wealth who like to splash new money. Minister Odongo want the MPs to believe what the tabloids said about the shadowy illuminati; that they “went under water” to get their money, and were murdering the women to suck their blood in rituals.

“In the case of Nansana municipality murders, eight of the 9 women were murdered by one criminal gang for ritual scarified purposes,” Odongo said, “The prime suspect Ibrahim Kawesa confessed that he had been contracted by Phillips Tumuhimbise to kill 12 women to draw blood for ritual performance to enhance wealth.”

MPs were not impressed. Many had read a report attributed to Police Director of Medical Services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga in the Daily Monitor newspaper that police surgeons had found no evidence that organs were removed from any of the women as is common with ritual killings. Even the neck, where the minister claimed the illuminati were sucking blood did not bear any cuts. The official statements also were not sync with an earlier statement by Police Spokesman Asan Kasingye. He had dismissed any link between the murders and said police had no evidence pointing to a serial killer, as was widely believed.

But to back Odongo, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told MPs that “backward tendencies” like ritual killings remain a reality in the country. Still, the air of distrust hung heavy.

The MPs said that torture, rape and brutality that are characteristic of the current women murders were not typical of ritual murders.

“In ritual murders, perpetuators do not rape women,” one MP Margaret Komuhangi, told the government ministers bluntly. She said the killings seen were typical of war crimes where women are brutalised, raped, and forced into prostitution. Kyomuhangi who headed a government probe into human sacrifice advise the authorities not to close off other routes of investigation.

“This is an attack on our dignity that we deserve as human beings; this is taking us many steps backwards,” said Anna Adeke, a Youth MP, “The manner in which these women are killed is abusing our femininity.”

Opposition leader in parliament, Winifred Kiiza said for killers to be lurking with impunity in Entebbe, the seat of the Presidency is a major “attempt to test the county’s powerbase’. She dismissed the Minister’s statement as lacking information on how government intended to solve the problem.

“We feel that our lives are in danger; and it’s a shame that the Minister is talking about witchcraft as the country prepares to move into middle income status,” she said.

Several MPs charged that failure to stop the killing of women should be seen as more failure by the security agencies that have failed to arrest the killers of Muslim sheiks, top policemen and army officers, and high ranking judicial officers.

A twist in the reports is the manner in which the women mostly first go missing before their already decomposing body pops-up in bushes, by the road side, or other places.

In several interviews with residents of Nansana, it was clear many of them do not trust the police. Many women refused to give their names because, they said, they could be singled for retribution. Many said they think that all that their local police officials care about is money and not their security.

“These police men have sometimes released criminals who have offered them bribes and kept in custody innocent people who refuse to give them money. They are just money makers and not security operatives,” said one elderly lady who appeared rather shy.

At the Nakuule Police Post in the area, the two roomed facility had one officer seated on a small desk. He was speaking to a woman who seemed to have come to get someone released from custody. It was her son. Another two police officers were playing Omweeso, a local board game outside the station.

Adjacent the police station is the open field where the residents most of whom had packed their boda bodas, were listening to the address of Deputy Mayor Isaac Keith Ssali of Nansana Municipality where many of the corpses have been found.

When asked whether they were aware the IGP was touring their area on security issues, they answered in the affirmative.

“We expect him to come this side also,” one said.

Deputy Mayor Ssali said many of the murdered women were not residents of the area as claimed by the police. “They couldn’t be identified,” Ssali told The Independent, “I am not happy with the way police is handling this whole matter. Why aren’t they giving us all the information about their findings?”

He said as local leaders, they have held meetings with residents and agreed that pubs, bars and local clubs to regulate their working hours and to close by midnight.

Ssali was speaking on the day when the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, was visiting Nansana.

Kayihura who on Aug. 25 visited Bufulu village where the latest killing at that point had just been reported, blamed laxity of local council administration for the rise in criminality. Kayihura had said their intelligence shows a businessman in the area was involved in the killings as rituals. He said local leaders were letting in wrong elements because they no longer register new people.

“We don’t know who our next neighbors are. Even the chairman doesn’t know. New people need to be registered to know who we are living with”.

Pulkol says he is afraid this venture may not be sustainable. “I am skeptical of the sustainability of this project because such ventures have been done before,” he says, “For instance what happened to the crime preventers that were trained a while ago? At what point did the state lost them. This too may pass.”

He also adds that though this may be a good venture, it may not be feasible being that there is mistrust between the police and the people. “The people don’t trust the police anymore. And I think it is because of the police brutality.”

Government list of murdered women as at Sept.07

On 3rd May 2017, a body of unidentified female adult was found at Nansana west zone with signs of manual strangulation. This body has remained unclaimed to date.

On the 28th May 2017, a body of a female identified as Nampijja Juliet alias Jalia Nantabazi was found behind Kenjoy Supermarket in Nansana West I. The body bore signs of manual strangulation.

On 28th May 2017, a body of unidentified female adult was found at Nansana East 1 zone with signs of manual strangulation. This body has remained unclaimed to date.

On 31st May 2017, two bodies of female adults, one identified as that of Nansubuga Patricia alias Proscovia and another unidentified were found near Kenjoy Supermarket in Nansana West I, both with signs of manual strangulation. The body of the unidentified woman has not been claimed to date.

On 5th July 2017, a body of a female adult identified as Birungi Maria was found at Nansana East II zone with signs of manual strangulation.

On the 11th July 2017, a body of a female adult identified as Nakazibwe Josephine was found in her rented room at Ochieng Zone in Nansana Municipality. The body exhibited signs of manual strangulation.

On 16th July 2017, a body of unidentified female adult was found in a trench at Nansana East zone Bujagali. The body also had signs of manual strangulation.

On 17th July 2017, a female adult body identified as that of Nakacwa Teddy was found lying in her rented room in Nansana West II zone. The body had signs of manual strangulation.

On 25th July 2017, a female adult body identified as that of Kyandali Juliet, a business woman in Ganda Nansana, was found in her home.

Katabi Town Council Murders

On 7th June 2017, a female adult body identified as that of Nansubuga Gorreti was found along Kasenyi Road in Abayita Ababiri with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 26th June 2017, a female adult body identified as that of Komugisha Faith alias Jamila was found at Katinda near Ssese Gateway Beach with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 13th July 2017, a female adult body identified as that of Dona Zakanya alias Kasowole Aisha was found at Abayita Ababiri with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 21st July 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Norah Wanyama was found at Nkumba Central Zone with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 24th July 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Rose Nakimuli was found behind Keba Inn near Jantos Bar at Kitala, a few metres from her house with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 11th August 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Nakajjo Sarah was found behind Faith International Nursery and Primary School along Kasenyi road approximately 200 metres from a one Bwanika Jones’ Shrine. The body had a stick inserted in the private parts. Her left breast and other body parts were missing.

On 14th August 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Nakasinde Aisha was found at Kasenyi Landing Site with signs of strangulation, a stick inserted in her private parts and one leg missing.

On 27th August 2017, a body of unidentified female adult was found at Kitala Village along Entebbe road with signs of strangulation with a stick inserted in her private parts.

On 28th August 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Nalule Jalia was recovered from Nkumba Central in Kayilila forest reserve with signs of strangulation and a stick inserted in the private parts.

On 4th September 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Nabilanda Mary alias Maria was found at Nyanama Trading Centre in Bunamwaya near a washing bay with signs of strangulation.

On 15th August 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Zawedde Regina was found in Bulaga town.

On 16th August 2017, a body of a female adult identified as that of Namuwonge Jennifer was found in Bwaise, Kawempe.

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Angola: Bié – Over 10.000 Peasant Families Get Agricultural Inputs

Camacupa — Eighteen thousand four hundred thirty-five peasant families will benefit from fertilizers, seeds and other means of production for the present agricultural campaign (2017/2018), in the municipality of Camacupa, central Bié province.

The guarantee is from the head of the Institute of Agrarian Development (IDA), Quintas Orlando.

According to him, this support that the peasant families will receive from the IDA is included in the Local Government Rural Extension Programme and MOSAP -II, Family Agriculture Development and Marketing Project.

For this agricultural campaign, Quintas Orlando has foreseen to open 1. 500 hectares of land, for diverse cultures. So, he urged the peasants to strive for good results and raise the quality of their lives.

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Municipality Replaces KDA

By Maureen Odunga

PRESIDENT John Magufuli has officially dissolved Kigamboni Development Agency (KDA), ordering the transfer of its operations to the Kigamboni Municipal Council.

The President has as well revoked ownership on the 715-acre NAFCO farm by Dar es Salaam-based business tycoon Yusuph Manji and the 5,400-acre farm under Amadori Company.

The two farms bring to 19 dormant farms and 227 plots that the government has so far repossessed. Lands, Housing and Human Settlement Development Minister William Lukuvi disclosed the ownership revocation news in Dar es Salaam yesterday when he met and spoke to Kigamboni residents and leaders.

Mr Lukuvi pointed out that KDA and Kigamboni Municipal Council were performing almost similar duties, leading to unnecessary quarrels, which have prompted the President to disband the agency. He said KDA had the role of overseeing the development of Kigamboni Satellite City, the same responsibility that the municipality possesses.

“From now onwards, all matters related to the development of land and issuance of construction permits, among others, will be handled by the municipality,” he noted. The minister directed KDA officials to prepare and hand over all working documents and responsibilities to Kigamboni Municipal Council within six months, effective yesterday.

“The idea behind President Magufuli’s move is not to create squatters but to empower the authority in Kigamboni to develop their municipality based on their own vision and goals,” stressed the Minister.

He, however, warned against any form of construction on unsurveyed land not only for the residents of Kigamboni but across the country. Regarding the revoked farms, Mr Lukuvi explained that the farms will be under the government watch, warning that strong legal measures will be taken against anyone trespassing in the areas.

“Some individuals have started invading the revoked farms claiming that they have been sold out to them … I just want to assure you that they are government properties and it is strict prohibited and we are going to bring down any type of construction on the land,” said Mr Lukuvi.

He said the ministry plans to carry out a land audit on all extensive dormant land for their prospective new owners to pay land rents. Kigamboni District Commissioner (DC) Hashim Mgandilwa decried some of the challenges facing the municipality, citing double allocation of land, lack of human resources and working tools as well as government’s reluctance to compensate the residents.

Mr Mgandilwa pointed out that a large portion of Kigamboni land was under the control of five individuals, hindering majority of the residents from accessing land on which to carry out development activities like farming.

“The big chunks of land have not been developed, turning into hideouts for criminals and yet majority people are in dire need of land for development activities,” said the DC.

The Kigamboni Member of Parliament (MP) Faustine Ndugulile reminded the municipal executives to administer development on the land as per the master plan. “As the representative of Kigamboni residents, I will not tolerate squatters in my area,” vowed the legislator.

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Angola: Over 90 Physicians Reinforce Health System in Luanda

Luanda — At least ninety-seven new physicians will strengthen the health system in the general, municipal and district hospitals of Luanda province aiming to recruit new technicians to improve the quality of medical services in Luanda.

Speaking to Journalists, at the end of the meeting that the doctors held with the governor of Luanda, Higino Lopes Carneiro, the provincial director of health, Rosa Bessa, said that a redistribution of these doctors is important now.

According to Rosa Bessa, this redistribution is necessary because at the time of medical recruitment process the municipality of Talatona did not exist yet so it was not contemplated. “But this situation will be reviewed so that the circumscription can be contemplated quickly”.

The official acknowledged that the number of doctors is still not enough for the province, but this number is a great value to serve citizens who seek medical centers and to raise the quality of health care.

The provincial director of health asked the doctors with more experience to receive the new ones and guide them on the professional point of view while most of them are young and in their first job.

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The KwaZulu-Natal health department has one month to give clear timelines toward resolving its many problems, Parliament’s select committee on social services said on Sunday.

“The committee has instructed the provincial health department to provide… a detailed plan, with timelines, on how these challenges will be overcome within the next month,” chairperson of the committee Cathy Dlamini said in a statement.

When it came to oncology care in the province, the committee welcomed an interim public private partnership arrangement.

“Private oncologists, medical officers, radiotherapists and oncology nurses [are] to deal with the oncology backlog,” said Dlamini.

“The committee further welcomed the fact that besides the two broken oncology machines at Addington Hospital, cancer patients still receive other cancer treatment at other centres in the province.”

Interventions were also being made by the national health department.

“The committee was informed that there are three oncology centres and a satellite site (North Coast) in the province that provide both chemotherapy and radiotherapy.”

‘Horrified’

Dlamini said that living condition at the Zamani Transit camp community in uMlazi left the committee “horrified”.

“The community that lives a stone’s throw away from a waste water treatment plant were promised to be moved to proper housing units following the 2010 soccer world cup and they are still waiting.”

The committee has called on the human settlements department and eThekwini Municipality to assist in the matter.

Oversight visits were conducted at Addington Hospital and the Cato Manor Community Health Centre. It also met with the health MEC.

Problems uncovered included job vacancies and a low skills base, supply chain management, infrastructure, and a lack of equipment and underfunding.

“The committee was horrified to learn that… at Addington Hospital the mortality rate within the maternity ward was high mainly because of lack of staff.

“While we acknowledge that the ward at Addington deals with primarily high risk pregnancies, it is unacceptable that the quality of services has been compromised due to inadequate staffing,” said Dlamini.

“The committee will await the requested reports and will continue to monitor implementation of recommendations made by the committee.”

Source: News24

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MPs Dismiss Govt’s Witchcraft Explanation for Murders of Women

By Godfrey Ssali

Kampala — Members of Parliament (MPs) dismissed an explanation by the Internal Affairs Minister that the 21 women killed in the last four months in Nansana and Katabi in Entebbe were ritual murders.

A highly charged parliament Thursday saw several MPs questioning whether government remained in charge of security in the country. Anna Adeke (NRM, National Female Youth) said that the murders were a direct attack on security, a core achievement of the current government as well as the dignity of the woman.

The MPs were debating a statement made by Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo in which he described the killings as ritual murders characterized by perpetuators cutting up victims’ bodies to collect internal organs.

“The Katabi murders are linked to a serial killer called Katongole who is linked to ‘illuminati'(devil worship),” said Odong.

Parliament heard that most of the murders were, according to police investigations, linked to ritual sacrifice and Illuminati. The report, termed as preliminary with investigations still on-going, also blames the increase in the crime rate on the indiscipline and unemployment of the youth.

MPs said that torture, rape and brutality that are characteristic of the current women murders were not typical of ritual murders.

“In ritual murders, perpetuators do not rape women or insert sticks in their private parts. They want young children and girls, who have no body piercings,” said Margaret Komuhangi (NRM, Nakasongola district).

Parliament resumed sittings Thursday afternoon following an adjournment on Tuesday to force government to give an explanation about the women murders.

Gen. Jeje Odongo said that between May and September this year, a total of 21 women have been killed, with some of them showing signs of manual strangulation.

Other killings have been registered in Bwaise and Bulaga town. He said that 44 suspects linked to the murders have been arrested, while half of them have been charged in court.

The Minister said that a suspect had said that the killings in Nansana Municipality were carried out by a criminal gang for ritual purposes.

In Thursday’s statement, Minister Odongo also said that Police supported by other security agencies and local communities have intensified vigilance; and have rescued 23 women who were targets of rape and murder in Katabi and Nansana.

“Communities have come out to protect their neighborhoods backed up by Police foot and motorized patrols,” he said.

MP Komuhangi said that the kind of killings were typical of war crimes as rebels, just like it happened during the world wars, brutalize, rape women and force them into prostitution.

She urged colleagues to support the Uganda Police Force to be more vigilant to perform better in ensuring security in the country.

In his maiden speech, Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine said that anything affecting women, daughters or wives affected all Ugandans.

He said the country needs to get to the root of all murders, including the unresolved murders of boda boda riders, Muslim clerics, high profile government workers like State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi and former Asst. IGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

“We should focus on the killings, which are affecting all Ugandans, not women only. Government should not wait until this problem escalates before it can take action,” said Kyagulanyi.

He also castigated what he called the conflict between the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and the Security Minister Lt. Gen Henry Tumukunde, saying they were doing this at the expense of the security of the citizens.

Nabbilah Naggayi Ssempala (FDC, Kampala district) said that an explanation based on witchcraft was diversionary as witchcraft was associated with backwardness.

She said that the murders threatened the safety of women and girls in municipalities and cities and wondered what would happen when the killings move to the villages.

The Leader of the Opposition, Winifred Kiiza (FDC, Kasese) said that killings in Entebbe, the seat of the Presidency could be an attempt to test the county’s powerbase.

Kiiza charged there was a similarity in the style of killing with some of the women who lost their lives during the attack on the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu Palace in November last year.

She said that the Minister’s statement lacked information on how government intended to solve the problem.

“I propose that government announces a day of mourning for these women, who have died, as government proposes ways of stopping the killings,” said Kiiza adding “We feel that our lives are in danger; and it’s a shame that the Minister is talking about witchcraft as the country prepares to move into middle income status.

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