Terror Accused Mukulu Makes News Claims of Torture

[Observer] Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] leader has again cried out over what he calls mistreatment at Luzira maximum security prison where he is currently under incarceration.

[Observer] Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] leader has again cried out over what he calls mistreatment at Luzira maximum security prison where he is currently under incarceration.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

ULC Boss – Govt Will Repossess Jinja Property From Movit Tycoon

[Observer] Last week, the chairman at Uganda Land Commission (ULC), Baguma Isoke, appeared before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission of inquiry into land matters to explain how government lost its land in Jinja to a private developer.

[Observer] Last week, the chairman at Uganda Land Commission (ULC), Baguma Isoke, appeared before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission of inquiry into land matters to explain how government lost its land in Jinja to a private developer.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Woman Denies Stealing Stranger’s Money After Sex

[Monitor] Kampala -A 33-year-old housewife accused of stealing her lover’s money while they were in a lodge will know her fate on August 30 when court delivers its verdict on the case.

[Monitor] Kampala -A 33-year-old housewife accused of stealing her lover's money while they were in a lodge will know her fate on August 30 when court delivers its verdict on the case.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Abducted ‘Wives’ Among 121 Witnesses Against Ongwen at ICC

[Monitor] Lira -Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have endorsed 121 witnesses to pin Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier turned rebel commander accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in northern Uganda.

[Monitor] Lira -Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have endorsed 121 witnesses to pin Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier turned rebel commander accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in northern Uganda.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

OPINION: Mwaliteta’s Acquittal-An Obvious Case of Abuse of State Power

The acquittal of one Obvious Summerton Mwaliteta after having spent one year in incarceration at Lusaka Central Prison provides valuable political lessons. Ideally it is an arrest that should not have taken place in the first place. And worse was … Continued

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The acquittal of one Obvious Summerton Mwaliteta after having spent one year in incarceration at Lusaka Central Prison provides valuable political lessons. Ideally it is an arrest that should not have taken place in the first place. And worse was the charge law enforcement agencies chose to dress Mwaliteta and his co-accused with -aggravated robbery. It certainly achieved its short term objective of keeping Mwaliteta and his colleagues behind bars considering that the charge is non bailable. What Mwaliteta and his gang did was unacceptable as they attempted to take the law into their own hands by wrestling materials from an Electoral Commission of Zambia van. But to have bundled away the gang for one year on a ridiculous charge of aggravated robbery smacked of the highest case abuse of power. Not many will forget how hard it was to bring the gang before the courts of law on the charge of aggravated robbery. It had to take attempts by their lawyers to arm twist the system by the threat of pushing for an appeal for constitutional bail. The tragedy is not that Mwaliteta has served his undeserved one year behind bars on a trumped up charge but that another political office holder may in future apply the same standards. It is not the fact that those that are irritating government are being caged that should worry any student of history but that dangerous precedents being set daily by the system in dealing with political opponents may be back to torment today’s tormentors. Naturally when one is on the side of the divide of those that control and enjoy state power, there could be no need to see sense in the emerging trend of some identical template of dealing with political opponents. If the idea was to set Mwaliteta as an example of what could befall those that stand at variance with the ruling party establishment, then the effect could be opposite as the case has ended in the only manner it could when subjected to a stringent legal test. Mwaliteta may be lucky to have emerged from this ordeal strong enough to carry on with his political party beliefs but in truth there could be an incentive for seeing a different light on the post incarceration period. Zambians need to step back and reflect on the events that have befallen the once upon a time democratic pillar. We welcome Mwaliteta back to the outside world where he can freely participate in helping the political party of his choice assume power. While we are still on it, Mwaliteta may have been bruised the last 12 months, but it is the tax payers the biggest losers who will be forced to compensate him if he so wishes to contest the wrongful incarceration. Poor Zambians will be squeezed by ZRA to meet Mwaliteta’s settlement while those who engineered this blunder stay put sipping on their favourite drinks. It harms no one to think through our actions especially when charged with national responsibility. The post OPINION: Mwaliteta’s Acquittal-An Obvious Case of Abuse of State Power appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Saviour Chishimba Clocks One Week In Police Custody

United Progressive Party president Saviour Chishimba has clocked one week behind bars after having being detained last Thursday on a charge of defamation of the President. The outspoken UPP leader has been one of the harshest critics of President Edgar … Continued

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United Progressive Party president Saviour Chishimba has clocked one week behind bars after having being detained last Thursday on a charge of defamation of the President. The outspoken UPP leader has been one of the harshest critics of President Edgar Lungu and his remark at a press briefing in July where he said that “chalo chakwawiso†loosely translated as is it your father’s country? Chishimba was bundled away in a police van whilst appearing on a radio program on privately owned Diamond Television. He has yet to be presented before the courts of the law where he could be eligible for bail. Chishimba is currently locked up at Woodlands Police Station. On Wednesday expelled Patriotic Front Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili visited Chishimba at Woodlands Police Station with the duo having an emotional exchange of views after embracing. People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti also visited Chishimba behind bars. The post Saviour Chishimba Clocks One Week In Police Custody appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Political Party Funding Bill Coming

The long lingering debate of whether or not to fund political parties by government may finally be settled with government announcing that a bill is on the cards. Justice Minister Given Lubinda said that the bill will be introduced in … Continued

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The long lingering debate of whether or not to fund political parties by government may finally be settled with government announcing that a bill is on the cards. Justice Minister Given Lubinda said that the bill will be introduced in the next sitting of parliament between September and December. Lubinda said the draft bill was already on the table and open for refining in terms of the magnitude of the funding and who would be entitled. The Kabwata lawmaker said that members of the public would be given an opportunity to input in the bill before it is presented in parliament. Political parties have often lobbied that they be funded by government to ease some of the burden of running their affairs. The debate has been inclusive over time with the extent of the funding and which parties should be entitled stalling the debate. The post Political Party Funding Bill Coming appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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