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Ruto Slams CJ, Says He Sounds Like the Opposition

By Jeremiah Wakaya

Nairobi — Deputy President William Ruto criticised Chief Justice David Maraga’s statement on attacks against the Judiciary, describing the tone of the speech as political.

Through his Twitter handle on Tuesday night, Ruto said the proclamation by Maraga on Tuesday evening closely resembled political declarations by the Opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) and wondered if the CJ had decided to take sides.

So has CJ taken sides? Listening to the tone, language & drift of Maraga’s lecture the only phrase missing is NASA HAO! TIBIN! & TIALALA!

– William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) September 19, 2017

Ruto’s attack did not however auger well with some Kenyans who urged him to respect the court regardless of his opinion on the outcome of the presidential petition.

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua who is challenging the election of her political rival Anne Waiguru as Kirinyaga Governor said in response that respect for institutions should transcend the misgivings people may have against individuals heading them.

A judge is a judge even when they rule against you!

– Martha Karua (@MarthaKarua) September 19, 2017

In a quick rejoinder to Karua, Kikuyu legislator Kimani Ichung’wah accused Maraga of openly exhibiting his bias in the political contest between Jubilee Party and NASA, saying some of the judicial officers needed to own up to their mistakes.

our institutions are run by human beings therefore are as imperfect as human beings ! These are the systems we have chosen let’s respect.

– Martha Karua (@MarthaKarua) September 19, 2017

Then they shouldn’t act like they are small gods.They have exhibited their biased & should own up.We respected but disagreed with them.

– KIMANI ICHUNG’WAH (@KIMANIICHUNGWAH) September 19, 2017

In his remarks on Tuesday, the CJ said the Judiciary and its officers were prepared to pay the ultimate price in protecting the Constitution, saying they will not be intimidated.

“On our part, we’re prepared to pay the ultimate price to protect the Constitution and the rule of law,” he said flanked by JSC members who included Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Justice Mohamed Warsame, as well as Commissioners Prof Tom Ojienda, Emily Ominde and Mercy Mwara Deche.

“Since the Supreme Court delivered the judgment on the 2017 Presidential Election Petition on September 1, 2017, these attacks have become even more aggressive, culminating in lengthy uninterrupted demonstrations right outside the Supreme Court Building,” the CJ noted.

Maraga also criticised the Inspector General of National Police Service (NPS), Joseph Boinnet, accusing him of ignoring requests to beef up the security of judges, the courts, and litigants.

“JSC notes with dismay that the IG who is expected to provide security to all Government facilities has repeatedly ignored calls to act, exposing judicial officers, property, and litigants to danger,” he claimed.

Boinnet’s office however countered the accusation saying all judicial officers had police bodyguards attached to them, their residences as well as their courts.

“The truth of the matter is that all judges have police bodyguards attached to them and their residences,” NPS Spokesperson George Kinoti stated in a press release Tuesday evening.

“We also provide security to all courthouses and as the situation demands in some circumstances we enhance security to ensure that courthouses and judicial officer are secure,” he added.

Police Arrest Five in Connection to the Raid of Manji’s Lawyers’ Office

By Witness Robert

Police in Dar es Salaam have arrested five people in connection to what is believed to be burglary at offices of Prime Attorneys last week.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday September 19, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Lazaro Mambosasa, could not reveal the names of the suspects for fear of jeopardising ongoing investigations.

He said however that the investigations were progressing well and the suspects might be arraigned anytime from tomorrow.

Unknown men broke into Prime attorneys, which is located in Upanga, on wee hours September 12 and stole some documents as well as Sh3.7 million. Among other clients, Prime Attorneys, are also the advocates for business tycoon, Yusuph Manji.

An advocate at Prime Attorneys, Mr Hudson Ndusyepo, who is also among Mr Manji’s lawyers, said then that the bandits overpowered the guards, tied them with ropes before breaking into the building. According to him the incident occurred between 2am and 3am on Tuesday morning.

However, Mr Manji’s documents were not among those stolen as they were stored elsewhere.

The attack came barely three weeks since another law firm, IMMMA Advocates in the city had its offices hit by two explosions in an incident that shocked the legal fraternity and raised questions on the motive of the attackers.

The explosions broke window and blasted open the entrance to the reception of IMMMA House located along United Nations Road, according to The Citizen’s observation. Windows of adjacent properties were also destroyed by the blast.

Meanwhile, Mr Mambosasa said the police have arrested two people in connection to the killing of Palm conservation foundation officer, Mr Wayne Lotter.

Mr Mambosasa said the suspects were arrested last Saturday.

“The suspects were found in possession of two guns, 162 round of ammunitions and five hand grenades,” said Mr Mambosasa.

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Leaked Chebukati Memos Reveal Infighting in Electoral Body

By Samwel Owino

The electoral commission is yet again embroiled in an intense in-house fighting even as the country waits for the detailed judgement from the Supreme Court on why it nullified win by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In the memo, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairperson Wafula Chebukati ordered for the suspension of the ICT director James Muhati, ICT coordinator Paul Mugo and ICT officer Boniface Wamae.

The commission however through its Twitter handle Tuesday evening said the leaked memo was still under discussion.

BLAME GAME

“The new leaked document was internal and still under discussion by the commission. No final decision has been taken on the issues,” read the tweet.

There has been blame game among the officials of the commission following the nullification of presidential results by the Supreme Court with Mr Chebukati demanding answers from CEO Ezra Chiloba on the bungled elections.

In the memo leaked Tuesday, Mr Chebukati states the move to suspend the ICT staff is aimed at restoring public confidence as the commission prepares itself to conduct the repeat of the presidential election scheduled for October 17.

INVESTIGATIONS

“The chairperson as the national returning officer, therefore demands the officers in the ICT directorate be immediately suspended in accordance with the enabling laws and IEBC’s HR and administration manual to facilitate full and proper investigations,” reads part of the leaked memo.

Mr Chebukati in the first leaked memo on September 7, directed Mr Chiloba to explain why some election result forms lacked security features, explain the purchase of satellite phones that never worked and why hundreds of polling stations did not send results of the presidential election to the national tallying centre.

He also demanded an explanation on how an account created in his name was used to log into the elections management system thousands of times.

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Rwemalika Calls for More Support in Girls’ Football

By Peter Kamasa

The Rwanda Football Federation’s Executive Committee member in charge of women football, Felicitee Rwemalika has called for more support in girls’ football.

Rwemalika who is also the pioneer of Rwandan women football noted that girls are reluctant to play competitive games.

Citing the example of Live Your Goals Festival, she called on parents, leaders, media, teachers and coaches to encourage girls to take up football as a sport.

“The Live Your Goals Festival is meant to encourage these young girls to love the sport and play football just like boys. It’s every girl’s’ right to play football, football should not only be played by boys and men,” Rwemalika said.

“To be able to achieve the dream of having girls playing at top level, we need the support of everyone. In our culture we used to think that girls cannot play football, which is not true,” added Rwemalika.

The festival attracted 600 young girls aged between 6-12 years in Ruhango, Muhanga and Kayonza. The girls participated in a range of activities under the watch of regional technical advisors and other volunteers.

The festival was also aimed at improving the skills of the school instructors and teachers who received appropriate exercises to implement during classes to effectively develop students’ abilities.

The event was launched at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and is part of FIFA’s long-term commitment to support women’s football worldwide. The objective of the campaign in Rwanda is to increase the number of girls/women playing football and to create new opportunities for girls through football.

The next sessions will be held next week on Tuesday, September 19 in Kayonza District; Gicumbi district on September 21 before concluding in Musanze District on September 22.

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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.”

MP Amoding – Age Limit Meeting Was Deceptive

By Olive Eyotaru

On Tuesday, September 12, a peaceful NRM parliamentary consultative meeting turned rowdy the moment a resolution to amend the Constitution to lift presidential age limits was announced in front of television cameras.

Kumi Woman MP, Monica Amoding, was arguably the loudest protester against that resolution announced in the parliamentary Conference hall with about 245 NRM MPs in attendance.

Olive Eyotaru interviewed Amoding at the weekend and she explained why she is opposed to the removal of presidential age limits.

You created a spectacle in parliament during the NRM meeting last Tuesday over the age limit debate. Why was that?

The meeting was called by a few NRM colleagues and they called it a consultative meeting. However, we did not get any formal invitation, it was just phone calls.

It was not an official NRM caucus meeting called to discuss the removal of presidential age limits. It is improper to say that it is an NRM decision, first of all. Many MPs went to the meeting expecting to discuss the land Constitutional amendment bill and then other issues because the meeting was pegged on constitutional issues, particularly land issues.

We went there with the hope of making our contributions on the land amendment because we had proposals to give to the committee set up by NRM.

But when we reached there, the agenda concentrated on age limits yet they had not consulted us to know whether we would like to support the resolution yet members had appended their signatures without knowing that a resolution was going to be made in that respect. Many of us do not support the amendment of the Constitution.

We are here to defend and protect the Constitution because that is what we swore to do and therefore any machinations and schemes by some of our colleagues to mend the Constitution are uncalled for and unnecessary.

But the conveners of the meeting accused you of playing to the gallery, of seeking cheap popularity.

I signed and [left] to attend a committee meeting. When I returned to the meeting, I tried to find out how far the discussions had gone. I asked my colleagues about the discussions and resolutions made and I was told that members were going to “kugikwaatako” (amend Article 102 b).

At that point, I put up my hand to raise a procedural matter that this issue was not on the agenda. Secondly, some of us are not in agreement; so, if you make a resolution of this nature, some of our signatures should not be on the signed-up sheet indicating that we are in support.

You are practically upstaging us to support something that we don’t believe in. I was denied audience. I stood up several times but it took a while before they gave me an opportunity. I am a woman of my word and when I am convinced by a principle, I stand by it and that is how I operate.

So, is the age limit one of those things you disagree with in principle?

As NRM, we should have first concentrated on accomplishing our manifesto. We should have first ensured that the health and education sectors are operational, which majority of Ugandans depend on.

Youth unemployment is rife and we have not yet concluded that discussion but now we are jumping on the age limit in our first and half year of parliament. Is that the most important discussion right now? We need to refocus and address our minds to the issues at hand.

We also know that the public is not in support of lifting the presidential age limit. The preamble of our Constitution deals with the historical instabilities we have had as a country and this was a very strong check on the Constitution.

We [have] already lifted the term limits and the age limit is the last roadblock that is supposed to check the executive powers and the powers of the presidency, which should not be unlimited. There must be limitations to this. They keep saying they have the numbers but that is not everything. We also have the numbers to oppose this move.

Aren’t you afraid that you will be reprimanded by the NRM party for being defiant?

Do you think that the party’s position is bigger than the position of Ugandans? It is not.

NRM is a bigger part of Uganda and the party should listen to the popular views of the people, which are against the lifting of the presidential age limit. We shall not allow them to touch the Constitution and we are ready for them on the floor of parliament.

The intimidation, threats and propaganda will come but that is part of the game. I am firm and focused because God is my help. You must accomplish that which your conscience is telling you; so, any intimidation is inconsequential.

Some of your colleagues in the NRM have accused the anti-age limit group of actually intimidating them. One of them mentioned that they have the backing of the army.

Some people think it is a do-or-die affair. Why are they thinking that without President Museveni, Uganda is going to come to an end? Uganda cannot come to an end because he has retired.

There will be people to take the mantle. When we leave, Uganda will be around; so, these threats that the army is on our side are baseless.

I am happy that the army has come out clearly to rubbish these statements and we want to say it was totally careless talk from some wanton colleagues of ours. [The army] are here to protect Ugandans, not otherwise. The fundamental work we are doing is to defend our constitution at all costs.

Do you think some of your NRM colleagues silently support your stance?

It is not a battle of enmity but one of ideas. We are encouraging them and speaking to them to reconsider their position.

These resolutions are pitting us against the public. We are looking bad as parliament because people think we are being bribed. It is not nice at all and we want them to know our position.

We are many on the opposing side; so, let them not think that they have the majority. We may look weak but we are the popular voice.

Age-Limit Debate – Bullets At University

Photo: Daily Monitor

A video grab shows police officers escorting some of the youth from Mitchell Hall.

Police on Sunday fired bullets at Makerere University’s Mitchell Hall following sharp disagreements between rival factions in the polarising debate on whether or not to lift the presidential age limit.

Witnesses say police shot in the air as they evacuated a section of youth leaders of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) and other youth leaders who had gone to the university for a debate on “The youth and Constitutional Affairs.” The dialogue was organised by Makerere Think Tank.

A group of students, however, stormed the debate venue and demanded the departure of the speakers on grounds that the issue of age limit is not for debate.

The development follows the declaration by a number of NRM MPs on Tuesday that they will table a private member’s Bill to delete Article 102 (b) from the Constitution and do away with the age limitation to the presidency, different groups came up to support or oppose the proposal.

MPs, who in the last Parliament were dubbed ‘rebel MPs’, told the press a day later that they would even physically fight on the floor of Parliament to block the move.

Cabinet on Friday resolved to back the bid to remove the age limit from the constitution.

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Hasahisa / Zalingei / Nierteti / Nyala — Medical workers reported a number of cholera cases in hospitals in El Gezira and Darfur states. “No new case has been reported from the four camps in Zalingei for a week.”

One cholera patient died in El Mahi Hospital in Saada El Agalyeen village in El Gezira’s Hasahisa locality on Wednesday, a volunteer in the campaign against cholera told Radio Dabanga. Eight others were infected.

The cases arrived from Wed El Ruda and neighbouring villages. “The hospital is not able to receive additional cases because of its poor capacity. The recent rains have exacerbated the infection rate.”

In Central Darfur, one of the camps for displaced people witnessed one death on Wednesday. Six patients were transferred to the medical isolation centre of Zalingei Hospital in the past days.

El Shafie Abdallah, the Coordinator of the Central Darfur camps, told this radio station that “The number of cases of cholera has decreased in the camps in Zalingei: no new case has been reported from the four camps for a week”. Zalingei Hospital was treating six patients until Thursday.

On Tuesday, Nierteti Hospital witnessed one death when a woman died of cholera. Three people contracted the infectious disease on Wednesday and reported to the hospital. A medical source said that the number of hospitalised cases in the isolation ward was 17 until last Wednesday.

South Darfur

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Rwanda Endorses More Financing for Energy Projects

By Peter Mugabo

Rwanda has approved extra financing for energy projects in a resolve to close gaps in power generation, that the country has been working on with multiple efforts; reports KTPress

To meet these targets, the cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Tuesday approved loans and grants worth over $51 million to fund three major renewable energy projects.

The current generation capacity is 208MW and the country targets to increase to 563MW of electricity before end of next year and connect 70% of Rwanda’s households to electricity.

Rwanda is a recipient of World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) credit worth $27.5 million – with a target to fund projects to increase electricity access in Rwanda through off-grid technologies that facilitate private-sector participation in renewable off-grid electrification.

In July this year, Finance Ministry and World Bank engaged in a new deal worth over $50 million to fund more Renewable Energy project as part of increasing access to electricity in rural areas.

Under the new deal, an extra 1.5 million Rwandan homes will get connected to electricity before the end of 2018.

As part of the Rural Electrification Strategy introduced last year, the Renewable Energy Fund Project (REFP) will provide 445,500 new off-grid connections giving about 1.8 million homes access to off-grid electricity by the end of 2018.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a loan agreement with the African Development Fund (ADF) worth 2.2 million Units of Account (UA) to scale up Energy Access project.

The cabinet also approved a 21.4million grant for Rwanda Renewable Energy Fund Project and $87.6 million ‘Special Drawing Rights’ (approximately $125 million) for priority skills.

With additional loans and signings, the government wants to clear the issue of energy once and for all.

Meanwhile, Rwanda is yet to release results from a four-year research that could see the country start drilling geothermal energy in Western province.

The research conducted consists of studying geology, hot springs and geophysics to find out whether there is hot water underneath that can be drilled for power generation purposes.

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By Peter Mugabo

Rwanda has approved extra financing for energy projects in a resolve to close gaps in power generation, that the country has been working on with multiple efforts; reports KTPress

To meet these targets, the cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Tuesday approved loans and grants worth over $51 million to fund three major renewable energy projects.

The current generation capacity is 208MW and the country targets to increase to 563MW of electricity before end of next year and connect 70% of Rwanda’s households to electricity.

Rwanda is a recipient of World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) credit worth $27.5 million – with a target to fund projects to increase electricity access in Rwanda through off-grid technologies that facilitate private-sector participation in renewable off-grid electrification.

In July this year, Finance Ministry and World Bank engaged in a new deal worth over $50 million to fund more Renewable Energy project as part of increasing access to electricity in rural areas.

Under the new deal, an extra 1.5 million Rwandan homes will get connected to electricity before the end of 2018.

As part of the Rural Electrification Strategy introduced last year, the Renewable Energy Fund Project (REFP) will provide 445,500 new off-grid connections giving about 1.8 million homes access to off-grid electricity by the end of 2018.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved a loan agreement with the African Development Fund (ADF) worth 2.2 million Units of Account (UA) to scale up Energy Access project.

The cabinet also approved a 21.4million grant for Rwanda Renewable Energy Fund Project and $87.6 million ‘Special Drawing Rights’ (approximately $125 million) for priority skills.

With additional loans and signings, the government wants to clear the issue of energy once and for all.

Meanwhile, Rwanda is yet to release results from a four-year research that could see the country start drilling geothermal energy in Western province.

The research conducted consists of studying geology, hot springs and geophysics to find out whether there is hot water underneath that can be drilled for power generation purposes.

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