Kutesa to be probed over bribery allegations


President Museveni yesterday revealed that he had spoken with Foreign minister Sam Kutesa over allegations of receiving $500,000 (Shs1.9b) payment from a Chinese national in exchange for favourable business consideration in Uganda. In answer to a question by journalist Joseph Sabiti during a press conference last evening, Mr Museveni said the government will look into the claims to establish whether a crime had been committed or not. If the money was a bribe, the President said, the minister would be “answerable”. “He [Kutesa] told me that the money was for…

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Reggae Star Buju Banton Released From Jail


Buju Banton was finally released after serving eight years at the McRae Correctional institution. The United States embassy in Kingston are tight-lipped about when the 45-year-old entertainer can return to the country. Buju, born Mark Myrie, was arrested in December 2009 after he was met by a convicted drug trafficker on a flight from Spain who planned to set up a cocaine deal for him. After his conviction of drug trafficking in February 2011, the reggae icon was sentenced to 10 years in prison. His initial release date was February…

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Corruption is defeatable – President Museveni


President Yoweri Museveni has assured Ugandans that the problem of corruption is still defeat-able and that the country now has the manpower to handle the issue more firmly. The President was  speaking during the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Transparency International Uganda (TIU) at Imperial Royale Hotel where a national anti- corruption dialogue was held under the theme ‘Citizen’s participation in the fight against corruption: A Sustainable Path to Uganda’s Transformation.’ Mr. Museveni who was the chief guest at the celebrations congratulated the TIU on its anniversary and…

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Assurance: IPOD summit set for next week-Kasule Lumumba


The National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general, Justine Kasule Lumumba, has said everything is set for the summit of five major political parties under the framework of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) on Wednesday next week. The meeting that President Yoweri Museveni last month agreed to attend at Speke Resort Munyonyo in his capacity as NRM’s national chairman and not as the President will be organised twice annually. Lumumba said on Friday that they had already agreed on the agenda as IPOD. “So everything is set. Let’s present ourselves…

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Masaka: Man sentenced to 37 years in jail for defiling 10-month old baby

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High Court in Masaka has convicted a 22-year-old man for defiling a 10-month-old baby. Moses Rukundo, a resident of Kaboyo, Kisekka Sub County in Lwengo District was convicted by Justice Winfred Nabisinde upon his plea of guilty. Prosecution led by Ivan Nkwasibwe told court that on the fateful day, the victim’s mother asked Rukundo to help her with the baby for a few minutes. However, she was surprised to find him in a bathroom while sleeping on top of the baby with his penis inside the baby’s private parts. Prosecution…

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1 Dead, 5 Missing After 2 US Military Planes Crash Off Japan


One US Marine died and five were missing Thursday after two American military aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan, officials said. Japanese and US military officials earlier said two of the seven crew of the planes had been found. “One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel,” the US Marine Corps said late Thursday. “US military and the Japanese Self-Defense planes and vessels are searching for those still missing… I hope all the members will be rescued…

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Things fall apart: Mutebile and other chiefs disown Justine Bagyenda


Bank of Uganda (BoU) Governor, Mr Tumusiime Mutebile, and two directors yesterday told the Parliamentary inquiry into closed commercial banks that former BoU director for banks supervision, Ms Justine Bagyenda, without authority entered a Memorandum of Understanding that kick-started the closure of Global Trust Bank (GTB) and selling it to the Development Finance Company of Uganda Bank Limited(dfcu) in 2014. Mutebile said Ms Bagyenda’s signing of the MoU between the central bank and duck on July 10 2014 was done without authority of the BoU board and was contravening the…

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Bagyenda aides: Bail ruling date set


Court has set December 10 for a ruling on the bail application by two Bank of Uganda security personnel who are accused of neglecting their duty. Ms Beatrice Kyambadde and Mr Charles Moro separately appeared before the Magistrate’s Court at City Hall in Kampala yesterday for the hearing and were further remanded to Luzira Prison by Grade One Magistrates; Mr Patrick Talisuna and Ms Beatrice Kayinza. The suspects were remanded for the second time. The duo was separately charged on Monday and remanded until yesterday to allow the state respond…

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ISO probes Lake Victoria boat disaster


The Internal Security Organisation (ISO) is probing the criminal element in the tragedy, where the MV Templar destined to K-Palm Beach Resort in Mukono capsized near Mutima Beach Resort on Saturday, November 24, leading to the loss of 32 lives. A total of 27 revellers were rescued and some others have been reported missing. ISO Director General Col. (rtd) Kaka Bagyenda, in an interview confirmed that a team had been put in place and they had started their investigations. “We have a team in place that is probing whether there…

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How Uganda’s Quiin Abenakyo made Miss World history


The judges looked out for two main qualities from the contestants: confidence and eloquence. And that’s exactly what Uganda’s representative Quiin Abenakyo exhibited the very moment she took the mic in a duel against Argentina’s Victoria Soto. The two beauty queens were facing off in a Head-to-Head Challenge of the Miss World 2018, where 10 spots for the Top 30 were up for grabs. By the time Abenakyo and her rival stood up to make a case for their respective projects, nine finalists had already been confirmed. While Soto talked…

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Kabula County MP James Kakooza transferred to Kampala international Hospital


The Kabula County Member of Parliament (MP) James Kakooza who was involved in an accident on Sunday was on Monday transferred to International Hospital Kampala (IHK) for specialized treatment. Mr Kakooza is said to have rammed into a boda boda carrying two passengers, one identified as Pastor Enos Kisakye of Lwebiteete Church of God who died immediately. The MP survived with wounds on his head and fracturing his hand; his body guard and two other men on boda boda also survived but still nursing wounds at Lyantonde Hospital. The accident…

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Bagyenda approved bank closure without status reports


The former Bank of Uganda executive director for banking supervision, Ms Justine Bagyenda, cleared the closure of three commercial banks without valuation reports detailing their financial status, bank officials told a parliamentary probe committee yesterday. The act against International Credit Bank (ICB), Cooperative Bank and Greenland Bank, according to testimonies at yesterday’s session, breached provisions of the Financial Institutions Statute. Without valuation reports, lawmakers on Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) questioned what Ms Bagyenda relied on to convince BoU board that the banks were an…

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Justine Bagyenda’s passports confiscated


The former Bank of Uganda director of supervision for commercial banks at Bank of Uganda, Justine Bagyenda, has been ordered to deposit her two passports with parliament. Bagyenda was on Monday December 3, appearing before the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase), which is probing the controversial closure of seven commercial banks by the central bank. Earlier, MPs on the Cosase had also wanted that Bagyenda be confined until the probe is over. However committee chairperson Abdu Katuntu did not rule on her confinement. “Ms Bagyenda,…

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Oprah honours Mandela ahead of global charity concert


US television celebrity Oprah Winfrey on Thursday paid emotional tribute to Nelson Mandela as she prepared to host a star-studded concert in Johannesburg to cap celebrations marking 100 years since his birth. Winfrey will co-host the Global Citizen festival on Sunday, where artists including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Cassper Nyovest, Ed Sheeran, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin and Tiwa Savage will perform. The concert is the climax of a year of events celebrating the centennial of Mandela’s birth in 1918, and is part of a campaign to tackle poverty, child malnutrition…

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Cameroon stripped of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights


The executive committee of CAF are searching for a new site for next year’s expanded Africa Cup of Nations after deeming the original hosts unfit Cameroon have been stripped of hosting duties for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations due to delays over their preparations for the tournament. The executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the decision on Friday following a lengthy meeting in Accra, Ghana. Next year’s expanded edition of the biennial tournament will be held in June and July, with 24 nations taking part. Cameroon, who lifted the trophy…

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MPs order arrest of Bagyenda’s aides over missing BOU documents


The parliamentary committee investigating the closure of commercial banks yesterday ordered police to arrest the bodyguard and driver of Ms Justine Bagyenda, the former executive Director for supervision at the central bank, in connection with critical documents that were secretly taken away from the bank. The MPs ordered the arrest of Ms Juliet Adikot (bodyguard) and Mr Job Turyahabwe (driver) after the duo gave contradicting testimonies to the committee in relation to Ms Bagyenda’s itinerary on the day three bags were returned to the central bank on February 10, 2018.…

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Things fall apart: BoU security director links Bagyenda to missing reports


The troubles of Ms Justine Bagyenda, the former director of supervision at Bank of Uganda, yesterday deepened further after Mr Milton Opiyo, the Central Bank’s security director, pinned her on the disappearance of critical documents from the bank. Mr Opiyo told the Parliamentary inquiry that Ms Bagyenda’s driver and bodyguard entered BoU’s head office on Kampala Road in the evening of February 11 and made off with a cache of documents in three bags. The Parliamentary committee investigating alleged irregularities by the Central Bank in the closure of seven banks…

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BREAKING NEWS: Ex-US President George HW. Bush Dies At 94


Washington:  Former US president George HW Bush, who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, died Friday at age 94, his family announced. “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” his son, former president George W. Bush, said in a statement released on Twitter by a family spokesman. “George H.W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.” Bush’s passing comes just months after…

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