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‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

By Kalume Kazungu

Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters have beheaded there people and torched houses in dawn attack on Maleli Village of Witu in Lamu.

Villagers and sources on the ground put the figure at four but County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo told the Nation that the report he had received indicated three.

12.30AM

Mr Kitiyo said he had dispatched a contingent of police officers to pursue the attackers.

The gunmen struck at around 12.30am Friday as the villagers slept, according to witnesses.

Armed to the teeth, they targeted men as they spared women and children, villagers told the Nation.

They disappeared into the bushes as has been their tactic in past attacks.

The government believes the militants have set up hideouts in the expansive and dense Boni Forest and a multi-agency operation is ongoing to flush them out.

CALIPHATE

Al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based rag-tag militia linked to Al-Qaeda terror network, has been attacking villages and ambushing travellers in the coastal county for months now.

The militants fighting to impose an Islamic caliphate on Somalia have also been planting explosives on roads in Lamu, Garissa, Mandera, Tana River, Wajir and other parts of Coast and northern Kenya to avenge deployment of Kenyan military to the war-wracked country.

Last week, a roadside bomb killed five police officers in Ijara, Garissa County.

The Kenya Defence Forces are part of the African Union mission that has routed the militants out of major towns across the Horn of Africa state.

More follows.

Kenya

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Police Officers On the Spot Over Failing to Stop Illegal Sand Mining

Photo: Jessica Sabano/Daily Monitor

Miners load sand on a truck at a mining site in Wasinga village, Mpunge Sub-county in Mukono District.

By Jessica Sabano

Mukono — Top police officers in Mukono District risk facing disciplinary action over alleged failure to halt illegal sand mining in Wasinga village, Mpunge Sub-county.

The police officers are accused of allegedly defying a directive by the Mukono Resident District Commissioner, Rtd Maj David Matovu, to curb illegal sand mining in Wasinga village.

This has created suspicion as the police officers are alleged to be conniving with the illegal miners.

The uncontrolled sand mining in the area has since caused the diversion of Mukono-Nsanja-Mpunge-Kiziru road thus inconveniencing motorists.

The activity, according to the district council, threatens the existence of wetlands in the area.

Obligation

According to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, the officers were supposed to implement the directive since it was in public interest and their failure to do so is a sign of indiscipline.

“The Police Professional Standards Unit will investigate this matter and punish those found culpable,” Mr Kayima said by telephone on Wednesday.

Mr Kayima added: “The road is a public good and individual interests should not supersede those of the public.”

In his letter dated May 20, addressed to the Mukono District police commander, Mr Rogers Sseguya, which Daily Monitor has seen, Maj Matovu asked the police to stop the illegal sand mining in the area.

“I did my part and if they [police] failed to execute their mandate for one reason or another, they should be held responsible,” Mr Matovu said during an interview recently.

But Mr Sseguya defended his officers in a June 21 letter, saying they carried out the necessary action and arrested illegal sand miners.

” … in an operation that police carried out with the district chairperson, Mr Andrew Ssenyonga, materials used in sand mining were confiscated and the culprits charged with unlawful removal and interference with the planned feeder road,” Mr Sseguya said.

However, he said the complainant in this matter, whom he did not name, failed to record a statement over unknown reasons.

Petition

Being dissatisfied with the way Mr Sseguya had handled the matter, Mr Matovu later petitioned the commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police, Mr Frank Mwesigwa, seeking his personal intervention.

He said the issue of illegal sand mining in the area had reached an alarming level and caused wrangles among district leaders.

“I wish to draw your attention to the above matter which has made the entire district a laughing stock. I request your personal intervention in a rather outstanding and complicated matter which is beyond my capacity to resolve,” Mr Matovu said in his July 27 letter.

According to the district speaker, Mr Emmanuel Mbonye, for a road to be diverted, council has to first pass a resolution pronouncing itself on the matter, but this was not the case.

Diversion of road

Mr Mbonye said by 2012, the Mukono-Nsanja-Mpunge-Kiziru road had no diversion, but when excavation of sand was extended to areas closer to the road, there was a diversion made without council’s approval.

Recently, the district councillors called for investigations into allegations that some top district officials are engaged in illegal sand mining in Wasinga village.

The councillors also recommended that Mengo Rainbow Primary School, which is located near the sand mining site, be relocated to prevent the pupils from falling into the deep holes created by sand miners.

Currently, sand mining has become a lucrative business especially in peri-urban areas due to the high demand in the construction sector where it is used to make concrete.

Dangers

Environmentalists have continuously raised concern over the increasing sand mining activities in major swamps across the country, warning that excessive excavation of sand in wetlands will spark off serious ecological disasters.

According to environmental experts, excessive sand mining is a threat to bridges, river banks and nearby structures.

It also affects the adjoining groundwater system resulting into the destruction of aquatic habitat.

Mr Collins Oloya, the commissioner for wetlands, said the environment and natural resources department, which is responsible for wetlands conservation in the country, is understaffed and poorly funded-something that has affected their operations.

Church to Evict 1,000 Residents

By Jessica Sabano

Mukono — More than 1,000 households in Nakanyonyi Village in Nabaale Sub-county, Mukono District are living in fear after the Church of Uganda unveiled plans to evict them.

Although residents claim they have settled on the land for more than 30 years, the Church insists it legally owns the 400-acre piece of land and wants to develop it.

Mr Rogers Mukasa, one of the residents, says he has occupied the land for 40 years and says ordering him to vacate is “unfair”.

“We have grown up knowing this place as our ancestral home and we have nowhere to go. If the Church is ready to listen to us, we are ready to pay nominal ground rent fees (Busuulu), but their plan to evict us will not work. We don’t even want their compensation ,” he says.

Ms Aidah Nakibuuka, another resident, says her late father acquired the piece of land they currently occupy and she wonders why the Church wants to forcefully evict them.

“My father bought one acre of land in this village in the 1960s from a one Mukasa. We were not told that the land belongs to the Church because we couldn’t have bought it,” she says.

However , the Church of Uganda legal officer, Mr Edward Musoke, says they want the squatters to vacant the land because the Church wants to use it to establish a conference centre, modern school for the deaf and demonstration farm.

He says although they secured a court injunction stopping any further developments on the land, they are surprised that the squatters are still carrying on with farming and construction of houses on the said land.

“Some unknown people are also digging deep pits on our land and residents are also continuing to sell and putting new structures on the land, which we believe are illegal,” Mr Musoke notes.

According to Mr Musoke, the Church acquired the contested land in 1926 from the British colonial government and squatters have since been securing plots of land with the help of village council leaders.

“In the early years, the Church leaders thought these were good people who simply wanted some land where to grow food crops, and expected them to leave after some time, but many have over the years, put up permanent structures,” he says.

Mr Musoke says in 1990, then Archbishop of Church of Uganda Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo compensated some squatters to vacant the area. Unfortunately, the same people are still occupying the land and continue selling plots to new settlers.

“In fact, the Bibanja owners we know are less than 20. We have issued them with a number of letters, stopping their activities on the land, but they have failed to take heed,” he says.

Mr Musoke says the Church is ready to negotiate with only Bibanja holders who are ready to secure lease on the land using the right procedures.

He accused politicians of defending the squatters without considering circumstances under which the latter occupied the land.

“Because these people enjoy a lot of support from the politicians, they have since become hostile and they always attack our officials whenever they visit the area to inspect our projects. What annoys us most is the fact that they have also cut down our forest reserve,” Mr Musoke explains.

Mr Obedi Sabwe, the Nabbaale Sub-county chairperson, advises the Church leaders to resolve the matter amicably instead of threatening squatters with eviction orders.

“What I know, those residents are bonafide occupants and they are willing to pay Busuulu, so the Church cannot simply evict them,” he says.

Respect landlord

Mukono District chairperson Andrew Ssenyonga says the Church has had a long-standing dispute with residents in Nakanyonyi Village and urged the latter to respect the Church as their landlord.

“Many of us are tenants in one way or another, but if you fail to accept that fact and respect the landlord, you are bound to face problems. If the Church is ready to listen to their concerns, let them accept and have that matter resolved through negotiations,” he says.

Battling illegal settlers

Being one of the biggest landlords in the country, the Church of Uganda is currently battling many illegal settlers on its vast land in different parts of the country.

A recent case is when angry tenants attempted to harm a delegation of 35 bishops led by Archbishop Stanley Ntagali as they inspected another piece of land in Ntawo Village in Mukono Town. Hardly had the inspection of the land ended than a group of people who were meeting at a nearby bar, confronted the prelates, hurled insults at the priests and threatened to lynch them .

The mob brought match boxes and dry grass and threatened to set a bus which had transported the bishops to the site, on fire. Police swiftly intervened and dispersed the mob.

This particular piece of land is currently being developed by Uganda Christian University, an institution of the Church. It is currently occupied by more than 800 tenants.

Donated land

Mukono Bishop James William Ssebaggala says this particular piece of land was donated to the Church by the late Ham Mukasa in 1921 and it was later donated to Bishop Tucker Theological College.

Bishop Tucker was later renamed Uganda Christian University-Mukono. Bishop Ssebaggala insists that some of the tenants who occupied the land were fully compensated, but have adamantly ignored the law and continued to build houses on the land.

Nigeria: Reps Probe NPA Over N5.1 Billion Contract

By Musa Abdullahi Krishi

The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has commenced investigation into a N5.1 billion contract awarded by the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for the renovation of its headquarters in Lagos.

The committee resolved to investigate the contract following queries raised by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation for 2011.

The committee chairman, Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) said during a session with the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman yesterday in Abuja that the investigation was to expose any under-hand dealing that might have taken place.

The agreement for the contract, awarded in 2011 to Sageto, was said to have been signed in 2012, about a year after works had commenced on the NPA Building.

The MD, who assumed office several months ago, had told the panel that NPA began the contract after an approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and that they obtained a certificate of no objection from the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

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Kampala – Moving On Boda Boda Power

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Boda boda riders are a law unto themselves, and swear by mob injustice. They have what one observer has called a “secret brotherhood with a code of honour.” To touch one is to touch all.

By Gaaki Kigambo

Before Kampala became the city it is today, it was a royal hunting reserve of the Baganda kingdom, inhabited by herds of impala. The hunting ground, called akasozi k’empala (hill of impalas), later gave its name to the city.

The impala genus type Aepyceros which were fast driven out by human settlement, were so integral to the city’s history that at one point appeared on the city’s emblem.

In December 2012, the impala on the emblem was replaced by a clock mast with a rising yellow sun behind it. A boda boda in the foreground would have been fine too. Boda bodas, one could argue, have since replaced impalas in Kampala.

Background

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) recently entered boda boda into its 9th edition as “a type of motorcycle or bicycle with a space for a passenger or for carrying goods, often used as a taxi.”

These two-wheeled taxis are to Uganda’s urban centres what yellow taxis are to New York.

The Police Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety says there could be as many as a million of them.

Estimates by different studies and sector sources however put the number at between 200,000 and 300,000. This means boda bodas are the second highest source of employment after agriculture.

Depending on the model, the motorbikes cost between Ush3.5 million ($957)and Ush4 miliion ($1,094), and most riders either own them under hire purchase arrangement or are employed by the owners.

Each boda boda makes at least Ush40,000 ($10.8) a day, which comes to at least Ush8 billion ($2.17 million) daily. Few sectors generate this much money.

Nevertheless, the money they generate cannot mask the reasons boda bodas dominate urban transport. They started as bicycle transport in the 1970s in Busia on the Uganda-Kenya border.

Ugandans used them to cross over to Kenya for essential supplies like fuel following the prolonged state of civil unrest in the country that wrecked the economy.

They later became a primary, albeit loathed, means of urban transport in the early 1990s with the collapse of the national public transport system that hitherto was characterised by buses and trains, according to Dr Tom Goodfellow, a senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, who researches on the politics of urban development and planning in sub-Saharan Africa.

The origins and rise to dominance of boda bodas therefore coincided with bad economic times.

This belies Uganda’s often praised development trajectory, according to lexicographer Bernard Sabiiti, who is also a development economist and currently the partnerships manager and engagement advisor at Development Initiatives, a non-profit organisation.

“The attraction to boda bodas is a consequence of gross absence of gainful employment. Almost 93 per cent of university graduates in Uganda cannot find jobs.

“But more, there are only 20 per cent of the population with post-secondary education. So, boda bodas provide a livelihood to a lot of unemployed and unemployable youth,” said Mr Sabiiti.

“Whereas the population has continued to explode, no corresponding investments in public goods like transport have been made. Rail was cool back then because there were fewer people and the government was serious about investments in the transport sector.

“But today public transport has been left on its own just like any other public services such as health and education,” he added.

The boda boda explosion followed the economic recovery in the early 1990s and were concentrated around Kampala, occasioned by “the lack of a good road infrastructure, collapse of the national public transport system from the 1980s, deregulation of transport services

“Increased congestion as the city expanded and the large number of minibus-taxis contributed to traffic gridlock,” noted Mr Goodfellow, who has done a comparative study of boda bodas in Uganda and Rwanda.

As a matter of fact, the current “government initially cultivated the sector as a means of alleviating poverty and unemployment, allocating funds to credit schemes for motorcycle purchase and persuading banks to provide loans to prospective boda boda riders,” according to Mr Goodfellow’s 2015 analysis titled Taming the Rogue Sector: Studying State Effectiveness in Africa through Informal Transport Politics.

Everyday life

Boda bodas are today so common place, they are used for every imaginable scenario. Criminals use them as a means for a quick get away from crime scenes and equally, spouses are known to use them to trail and spy on cheating partners.

Security agents too are known to use them for surveillance.

In Uganda, boda bodas are hired to popularise political meetings with the riders moving around in huge convoys causing quite a stir with their hooting.

In the 2001 presidential elections, President Yoweri Museveni famously rode on a boda boda to present his nomination papers.

In a country where public transport is erratic and taxis out of reach for many, boda bodas come in handy in case of emergencies as they are used to ferry the sick to hospitals and health centres.

And just as well, if you’re late for a date, business appointment or even a job interview, a boda boda will take you there faster than you can pronounce the letter A, the eminent risk of death in an accident notwithstanding.

Just as the swift antelopes that once roamed Kampala crisscrossed the hill, boda bodas now crisscross the traffic jammed roads and streets like bees on steroids. They penetrate offroad suburbs at breakneck speeds, in complete disregard for all rules.

Boda boda riders are a law unto themselves, and swear by mob injustice. They have what one observer has called a “secret brotherhood with a code of honour.” To touch one is to touch all.

They charge in droves at their “enemies.” Not a week passes in Kampala without news about boda boda riders either fighting amongst themselves or attacking someone deemed hostile to one of their own.

“The first thing you notice when you arrive in Kampala is boda bodas and the dust, no matter where you are from or how you entered the country. And the chaos and disregard for anything that you instantly recognise characterises them is soon revealed everywhere else you go,” said Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva, a poet and convener of the Babishai Poetry Festival (BPF).

“Boda bodas have in some way become the mirrors of our societies. In Rwanda, for instance, you find that they are highly regulated, neatly organised and clearly identifiable, which reflects the highly organised state in which they operate. Those guys there fear even the slightest breach of the law because the government has made the consequences very clear,” said Ms Nambozo.

In 2014, BPF sent out a call for poems describing Kampala, from flattery to dismay. Ms Nambozo says they were surprised that boda bodas were the dominant subject in both things bad and ugly that people chose to write about Kampala.

A number of submissions reimagined the city as a beautiful bride blemished by all manner of plights top of which was boda bodas. Little wonder then that some were not coy to conclude that it had all but become a city of boda bodas.

Varied opinions

“Someone tells me I should proudly chant: Kampala, City Yange! Sincerely, I ask, Kampala City Y’ani? There are no Boda Boda rules, so Boda Boda rules, hitting people and pavements, snatching life and limb,” writes Richard Kiiza in his poem Kampala Y’ani? (Whose city is Kampala?),

one of the entries in the anthology Boda Boda Anthem and Other Poems which Ms Nambozo published featuring poems submitted.

The title of Kiiza’s poem is a play on the first initiative named the same, bankrolled by the current city administrators. The administrators were appointed in 2011 when the central government took over the running of Kampala.

As well intentioned as the idea was — to promote a sense of ownership of the city by mobilising the public who live and work in it to be actively involved in its reorganisation — it was grossly undermined by the overzealousness of its backers.

They unleashed a frightening ruthlessness commonly associated with rogue security agencies as they went about their self-appointed mission to “clean up” the place and transform it into a “futuristic metropolis.”

Yet when it came to reining in boda bodas, about which majority of people called for urgent regulation, they watched on impotently as the two-wheeled taxis took over the roads and streets and became one of the most powerful constituencies in Kampala by sheer numbers.

The public’s overwhelming desire to have the riders controlled was out of the latter’s reputation as the leading source of road accidents and deaths in Kampala, according to year-on-year records by the police and the National Referral Hospital at Mulago whose Orthopaedic Trauma Ward is occupied by boda boda accident victims.

“The case for regulating the sector was clearly strong by the early 2000s. Widespread consensus existed among both boda boda leaders and city authorities that numbers urgently needed controlling, and the sheer danger to health and life posed by their proliferation was indisputable,” Mr Goodfellow noted in his 2015 study.

As it is, boda bodas are a genie out of the bottle.

Nigeria: FEPSAN Wants Fertiliser Adulterators Prosecuted

By Christiana T. Alabi

Kaduna — Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) has threatened to arrest and prosecute adulterators of fertiliser in the country.

President of the association, Mr. Thomas Etuh, issued the threat in Kaduna at a stakeholders’ forum where over 60 registered fertiliser distributors were issued certificates under the Presidential Fertiliser Initiative (PFI) programme.

He said the initiative was working assiduously to fish out perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration, as well as to ensure that fertiliser was made available to all Nigerian farmers.

Etuh who was represented by the Managing Director of TakAgro Limited, Valentine Nwandu, said arrangements had been concluded with the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Security (DSS) and the police to arrest perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration.

“Some arrests have so far been made by the police and the suspect will soon be paraded to serve as deterrent to others. Fertiliser adulteration is affecting farmers because they are at the receiving end as they record poor harvest which in turn affects their livelihood.

“So, we are taking it serious and that was why we involved the Nigerian police force and other security agencies to bring to book perpetrators of fertiliser adulteration,” he said.

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Three Drown in Lake Victoria

By Henry Lubulwa

Kalangala — Three fishermen have drowned in Lake Victoria. The incident occurred on Tuesday in Bujumba Sub-county, Kalangala District.

A witness, Mr Ivan Ssendijjo, said the trio where retrieving their nets from the lake when strong waves struck their boat, breaking it.

“When water entered the boat, it couldn’t float anymore and later capsized. We tried as much as we could to save them but we couldn’t establish where they were,” Mr Ssendijjo said.

Bodies recovered

The officer in charge of Kalangala Police Station, Mr Ivan Tenywa, told journalists that police had recovered the bodies of two of the fishermen from the lake.

By press time the search for the third body was ongoing.

Mr Maurice Kalanzi, the coordinator of Swim Safe Uganda, a non-government organisation currently training islanders on water rescue skills, called upon the government to enact and enforce laws to ensure safe travelling on water.

Twelve people have so far drowned in the island district in a period of only two months, according to the Kalangala Police records.

Six residents were recently rescued by the marine police from a capsized boat near Kitobo Landing Site in Kalangala District.

Uganda

3,000 Lose Millions in Pyramid Scheme

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3,000 Lose Millions in Pyramid Scheme

By Andrew Bagala

Kampala — More than 3,000 people, including senior police officers, have been ripped off of their savings they deposited in Global Finance, a pyramid scheme, after it closed and directors went in hiding.

Owners of Global Finance offices in Kampala City closed last week.

At least three people suspected to be managers of the scheme have been arrested in connection to the scam, but they all insist that they are also victims.

Mr Vicent Ssekate, the spokesman of Criminal Investigations, said the arrested people lured hundreds of people into joining a financial scheme which is not registered with Bank of Uganda.

“We are still looking for a top manager currently in hiding. He even hired an office in Kampala where he has been carrying out this illegal business,” Mr Ssekate said.

Global Finance claims to be an investment firm that deal in private equity and venture capital. In the pyramid scheme, the unsuspected investors open account online and deposit money through electronic transfers. In return, the investors would get 15 per cent interest a month.

The unsuspected investors, who recruit new people, get 10 per cent of the new investment.

Hundreds of police officers, who lost money in the pyramid scheme, yesterday recorded statements at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations .

The officers attached to the Police Band said each invested a minimum of Shs4.5m.

“I know more than 100 officers who have lost their money. Some of them are regional police commanders,” said one of the aggrieved officers.

The officers said they were promised 15 per cent interest on the money they invested every month.

Last month, Bank of Uganda warned the public against investing their money in Ponzi and pyramid schemes.

According to the Central Bank, a ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return with little risk to investors.

“Money invested by clients is not invested in any legitimate business but used to pay the people operating the scheme as well as those who invested earlier on. This is why Ponzi schemes can sometimes appear to be genuine and profitable investments; because the people who invested first seem to be benefitting,” Bank of Uganda statement reads in part.

Both Ponzi and pyramid schemes always collapse after failing to deliver on the promises.

“Once they collapse, there is often no way for those who invested to recover their money,” Bank of Uganda statement indicated.

Dubious schemes

1. It guarantees you high returns with little risk of losing your investment. A good general rule to follow is; if it sounds too good to be true, then it is false.

2. It promises you consistent returns regardless of the market conditions. Legitimate businesses experience times of profit and times of loss.

3. The investment strategy or business activities are described as too complex for investors to understand, or top secret. If a business idea cannot be explained, it is suspicious

4. The company or proprietor running the scheme focuses all their energy into attracting new clients to make investments.

5. Both old and new clients face difficulty trying to remove their money from the scheme.

Social Media Praise For Brigadier Who Set Fire to ‘Land-Grabbing’ Grader

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Brigadier Kasirye Ggwanga

By Clare Muhindo

Ugandans on social media have praised Brig Kasirye Ggwanga for burning a grader he found at his daughter’s land in Lubowa on Entebbe Road last weekend.

According to an eyewitness, a furious Brig. Ggwanga sprinkled fuel on the grader before setting it ablaze. The driver of the tractor escaped.

Brig Ggwanga bragged of having burnt the tractor and said he won’t tolerate “land grabbers.”

Below are excerpts from a conversation on the Daily Monitor Facebook page, about the incident.

“If we had six people like Brig [Kasirye Ggwanga] in the country, even Uganda would be liberated. I support him 100 percent. Let the owner of the grader claim it and expose the bean weevils. Burn more,” Wilson Orisan commented on a cartoon posted on the page.

“Gwanga was right, you can’t encroach on someone’s land like that. What if you are the one, you are joking with land of these days,” added Don Javira Muhangi.

“If I had a strong backbone, believe me I would hire Brig Ggwanga to come and help us in Luweero,” Galiwango Henry.

“If all these people appearing before the [Justice] Bamugemereire Land Commission were manhandled, there wouldn’t be any inquiry now and no wastage of taxpayers’ money. Ugandans should use all the force they can, to defend their land from grabbers,” Andrew Kimbowa.

“The tractor owner was wrong. You can’t clear someone’s land without seeing his land title,” Amon Rubangira.

“In response to Brig Ggwanga’s action, the UPDF High Command should sit immediately and promote him to the rank of Major General. Viva Viva Ggwanga!” Machael Kabutumwa.

“The rate at which land grabbers are taking people’s land is alarming. I do not get shocked at such an act. In fact whoever can help themselves should do so,” Abby Kabahimba.

“That is the only solution, we no longer trust the police or the Judiciary. Fellow Ugandans, the current situation is abnormal so we have to act in an abnormal way to solve issues,” Hassan Mugoya.

“Brigadier [Kasirye Ggwanga] knew the police wouldn’t be of good help to him, hence doing the needful. I would have done the same. Bravo afande,” Don Benji.

“Brig Ggwanga’s action is justified! Now no one will park any bicycle near that land, because it will get torched. We need only 10 Gwangas in Uganda and land grabbing will be sorted,” Adona Bosco.

“There is no impunity here. These land grabbers have mastered the art of manipulating our lackadaisical justice system. This inevitably calls for us to burn these graders,” Situma Derrick.

Man of no nonsense. I love that act, and I want to see the judgment soon. If not proven guilty, then every Ugandan should acquire a gun for land acquisition,” Fred Nyakuni.

“Gwanga is tired of being disturbed all the time. At first they wanted to evict him from his residential house. Now they are on his daughter’s land,” Dennis Oponjuru.

“We need more Kasiryes to put an end to land grabbing. With many of the top land grabbers compromising the Judiciary and police, the remaining option is to go the Kasirye way,” Barnabas Busheshe.

Nigeria: Serap Asks ICC to Investigate Alleged Missing N11 Trillion Electricity Fund

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the power sector since the return of democracy in 1999.

The group alleged that governments of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan committed crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the ICC, and to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.

SERAP noted that Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001.

In the petition issued on August 16, 2017, and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation said: “Allegations of corruption in the power sector in Nigeria have had catastrophic effects on the lives of millions of Nigerians, akin to crimes against humanity as contemplated under the Rome Statue and within the jurisdiction of the ICC.”

According to SERAP, “The Rome Statute in article 7 defines crime against humanity to include ‘inhumane acts causing great suffering or injury,’ committed in a widespread or systematic manner against a civilian population. The common denominator of crimes against humanity is that they are grave affronts to human security and dignity.

“Therefore, the staggering amounts of public funds alleged to have been stolen over the years in the electricity sector created just these consequences. Crimes against humanity are not only physical violence; allegations of corruption in the electricity sector hold a comparable gravity, which the prosecutor should examine and thoroughly investigate.”

The petition reads in part: “The elements that need to be established to prove a ‘crime against humanity under article 7(1)(k) of the Rome Statute are that the perpetrator inflicted great suffering or serious injury by means of an inhumane act; that the perpetrator was aware of the circumstances and that the act was committed within a widespread or systematic attack on a civilian population which the perpetrator knew of that link.

“The consequences of allegations of corruption in the electricity sector are similar to those of the offences in article 7(1). Corrupt officials and contractors in the electricity sector know well that their conduct is criminal and injurious, and the denial of human dignity coupled with a radical breach of solemn trust aggravates their alleged crime.

“SERAP therefore considers these allegations of widespread and systematic corruption in the power sector as amounting to crimes against humanity and clear violations of the provisions of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court. SERAP believes that these allegations have given rise to individual criminal responsibility of those suspected of perpetrating corruption in the sector as entrenched in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

SERAP therefore asked Bensouda to urgently commence an investigation proprio motu on the allegations of widespread and systematic corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999, with a view to determining whether these amount to crimes against humanity within the court’s jurisdiction. “In this respect, we also urge you to invite representatives of the Nigerian government to provide written or oral testimony at the seat of the court,” it stated.

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