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Workers’ Legislators Demand for Compensation to flogged Journalists

By Rehemah Nabbuye

Workers’ Legislators have demanded for compensation of journalists who were recently brutalized by security forces during the protest against the continued detention and alleged torture of MP Robert Kyagulanyi.

Legislators led by Margret Rwabushaija, Ngora County MP, David Abala, Kasambya County MP, Mbwatekamwa Gafa and Agnes Kunihira described the images that came out showing security forces clobbering journalists as disgusting.

Rwabushaija said Journalists are professional workers who do a lot of work in informing the public about current affairs, and that beating them and destroying their equipment violates their rights and freedom to provide information.

Rwabushaija adds that the public watched with dismay the brutal manner in which security forces descended on our members such as James Akena, Herbert Ziwa, Ronald Galiwango among others and battered them senselessly while covering the recent riots in the city and Arua arising out

She called upon government to address the root cause of the riots adding that Journalists are not the cause of the riots, brutalizing them will not solve the underlying causes of the riots in the country.

Rwabushaija said Journalists belong to the Trade Union Movement and it’s a responsibility of Mps as their elected representatives in Parliament to protect and promote a healthy and secure environment in which they can practice their trade in peace within the country.

Agnes Kunihira noted that despite the apologies from the armed forces, government still needs to do more to ensure that they offer medical treatment to those that were affected as well as compensating them of any damaged equipment.

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SALAAM MUSUMBA WINS ELECTION APPEAL

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - The Court of Appeal in Kampala has ejected Kamuli Municipality MP Rehema Watongola out of Parliament after failing to raise the required minimum academic papers equivalent to senior six.

The court also declared the Kamuli Municipality seat vacant, ordering fresh polls. Former Kamuli district Chairperson, also opposition FDC Vice President Salaam Musumba had challenged Hajjat Watongola’s election.

The three justices of the Court of Appeal Richard Buteera, Barishaki Cheborion and Paul Mugamba, ruled that when MP Watongola’s academic papers were questioned, she failed to prove the authenticity of the same, prompting them to declare her nomination illegal and subsequently declared her seat vacant.

The justices also ordered Watongola to pay Musumba all the costs. Hajjat Watongola and Ms Salaam Musumba contested for the Kamuli Municipality seat in Last year’s general elections, alongside other two, before Watongola became victorious.

Musumba challenged her opponent’s election in the high court, which concurred with her, that Hajjat Watongola’s academic papers were wanting. Watongola immediately appealed to the higher court.

KAYIHURA RAPS CMI OVER ARREST OF POLICE CHIEFS

BY KENNEDY MUHIRE

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has for the first time talked about the arrest of his senior Police Commanders, without his consent. Several of the Force's top brass especially in the elite section have been arrested by CMI and Military Police on different counts.

NAKASERO MOSQUE RAID: MUSLIM LAWYERS TAKE ON POLICE

Kampala - The association of Muslim Lawyers have taken on Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura to account for the raid made this week on Nakasero Mosque. The Police made an impromptu raid on the Tabliq sect Mosque Monday morning, and allegedly discovered rounds of ammunition, magazine, arrows and other weapons.

Uganda, South Sudan Sign Pact

The Government of Uganda and that of South Sudan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to de-escalate border tensions and allow demarcation of disputed boundaries claimed by both countries. The Agreement was signed by Representatives from South Sudan,

NSSF INJECTS 14B INTO MBUYA SOTO HOUSING PROJECT

The national social security fund has invested 14.5billion Uganda shillings in a real housing project in Mbuya, Kampala code named the Mbuya Soho villas.

This project is said to be with a motive of fighting the expansion of slums

EU RECOMMENDS MORE POWERS FOR EC

The European Union Election Observation Mission has finally released its final report on the Uganda’s Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Council elections held on the 18th February 2016. According to the report,

NPA UNVEILS ROADMAP TO MIDDLE INCOME STATUS

Uganda’s planning body, the National Planning Authority (NPA) has released the road map to the realization of Uganda’s middle income status by 2020 and progress to an upper income category by 2032.

This ambitious vision implies that the country will be targeting to

African Union on Burundi

The African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called upon the on fighting groups in Burundi to be cooperative and also show a sign of respect ahead of the peace talks that kicks off tomorrow at Entebbe.

AMURIAT JOINS FDC PRESIDENTIAL RACE

By UTN Reporter

Najjanankumbi - The race for the FDC party president is gaining moment with more members expressing interest.