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Thu, 11 Jul

Students suspected of burning a school decry violation of their rights.

11 July 2024
The defense lawyer in a case in which former students of St Bernard Secondary School Manya in Masaka are accused of torching a school dormitory in 2018, files an application seeking to stay trial of the accused persons, citing violations of their human rights.
On November 11, 2018, fire gutted the senior three boy’s dormitory at the school, leaving 10 students dead and 36 others injured.
Led by Counsel Sam Ssekyewa, the lawyers of accused presented an application in which they seek to be acquitted citing gross violation of fundamental rights of the former students of Manya SS by keeping them on remand for over 5 years without trial.
Ssekyewa told court that the accused persons rights and freedoms have been infringed upon by the respondent in the course of investigations, prosecution, charge and indictment before the court.
He said that the fundamental guarantees accorded by the law to the accused persons as juveniles at the time of their arrest and detention in, at police and remand to prison were breached by the state and her agents rendering the subsequent trial a nullity.
The presiding judge, justice Nakintu, agreed with the defense, staying the proceedings of the case until the application of is determined by the court.
The accused persons were further remanded to masaka central prison until next week for hearing and determining of the application filed by defense team.

Thu, 11 Jul

COSASE questions recruitment of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority stuff

11 July 2024
MPs on the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) Committee have question Uganda Civil Aviation Authority officials over the competence of staff hired to manage the Aviation industry.
According to the December 2023 Auditor General’s report, the Authority recruited 136 staff on contract and permanent basis with a monthly remuneration of 254 million shillings, without evidence of interview assessment.
The report further revealed that 79 employees were appointed to various positions without meeting the minimum qualifications.
The Authority Human Resource Manager Jennifer Etit, in response informed the Committee members that the qualifications are a must check and they are always matching with the competences.

Fri, 28 Jun

Africa Energy Chamber backs EACOP Project.

28 June 2024
The Africa Energy Chamber backs the controversial East African Crude oil Pipeline project warning that those against it are fighting Uganda’s path to development.
This comes at a time Western climate activists demand for the abandonment of the project, citing environmental concerns.
EACOP is a 1,443 kilometers long crude oil pipeline that will link Uganda’s oil port Hoima to Tanga in Tanzania.
The pipeline is anticipated to have the capacity to transport close to 300,000 barrels every single day and will make the longest crude oil pipeline in the world.
The Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber NJ Ayuk is upbeat the oil in Uganda will address what he calls energy poverty and also help improve the lives of citizens.
Speaking in a telephone Interview , Ayuk said It’s against this background that he demands that Uganda’s move to develop its oil should be supported.
“We need to and back this country’s right to develop its natural resources to better the lives of its people. It is a human right today to beat energy poverty , its not only Uganda’s problem , 600 million Africans donot have access to electricity, 900 million donot have access to clean cooking technologies , most of them women, so we cannot stop mineral development” he said.
He also recommends that every African state should back each other in the development of minerals and avert western influence.
Ayuk is concerned that the European Union Parliament convened to discuss the African Country that is trying to develop its resources to better lives of its people.
“Every African should be up in arms but also we need to protect investors that are coming here because they are attacking investors , making it difficult for investors trying to put money in these countries” adds Ayuk.
With the EACOP project, the government of Uganda is hopeful and looks forward to unlocking value from its natural resources and represents a significant inward investment of $4 billion across both Uganda and Tanazania.
Story by
Wycliffe Sebunya