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Uganda/ COVID-19: 883 prisoners released after Presidential pardon.

The Uganda Prisons Service has, on Monday, April 27, confirmed the pardon and release of 883 prisoners from their facilities across the nation.

While speaking to the media, Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine confirmed the development citing the 833 prisoners released was an effort to decongest prisons amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

On April 6, the Commissioner-General of Uganda Prisons, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, disclosed that government was planning to decongest prisons by pardoning over 2,000 inmates as one of the ways to decongest prisons in a move to control the spread of COVID-19.

Byabasahija made this revelation while addressing the media at parliament after his appearance before the parliamentary committee on appointments for vetting following the renewal of his contract by President Museveni.

He said that inmates who were on light sentences and those who had covered three-quarters of their sentences are being considered. Others to be considered for pardon include; breastfeeding mothers and those inmates aged above 65 years.

“We are going to submit the list to the Attorney General for consideration of pardon in order to decongest the prisons. Secondly, we are also writing to the registrar of courts of judicature to release remands who have reached their remand mandatory period. This is not for capital offenders,” Byabashaija said.

He added that apart from decongesting the prisons, they have also isolated prisons around across the country where new prisoners are being held for the moment, also all prison staff have been prohibited from going back to their homes as one of the measures to contain the spread of the virus.


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I love Donald Trump says Ugandan President Museveni

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he loves the United States President Donald Trump who was recently reported to have referred to Africa countries as “shithole”.

Addressing members of the East African Legislative Assembly (Eala) at its opening in Kampala on Tuesday, Mr Museveni said the US president was frank.

“I love Trump because he tells Africans frankly. I don’t know whether he’s misquoted or whatever. He talks to Africans frankly,” he said.

He said Africans need to solve their own problems through integration.

“You can’t survive if you are weak. It is the Africans’ fault that they are weak… that’s why we need East African integration.

“We are 12 times the size of India, but why are we not strong?” He posed.

The East African Community has six member states — Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Somalia is also seeking admission to the bloc.

Apology

Meanwhile, earlier Tuesday, the US ambassador to Uganda Ms Deborah Malac apologised over Mr Trump’s comments terming them insensitive.

“For people like me and many of my colleagues who have spent many years working in Africa, we have many relationships and friendships across the continent, [the comments] are obviously quite disturbing and upsetting…” Ms Malac told Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

“…I can assure you that we remain engaged and committed to working not just in Uganda but in all the other countries that we work with on the continent and our programmes continue,” she added.

Ms Malac was responding to Ms Kadaga’s query about the comments attributed to Mr Trump.

President Trump, in a meeting with US lawmakers on January 18 is reported to have dismissed Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as “shithole countries” whose inhabitants are not desirable to immigrate to America. But Mr Trump later denied using the derogatory term saying that he only used “tough language”.

His remarks were criticised across the world with many African nations calling for his apology.

Uganda’s neighbour Kenya said it had no problem with Mr Trump’s comments since he did not necessarily direct them at the country.

Eala

The regional assembly began its plenary session in Kampala this week amid division over the election of the Speaker with Burundi refusing to recognise Rwanda’s Martin Ngoga as the new Speaker.

“In a nutshell, integration is about the future of our people,” Mr Museveni told the MPs, adding that “It’s not about positions. When I hear you quarrel about positions, I feel sorry.”

Nelson Wesonga The East African

Umunya Uganda Andrew Mwenda ashobora kuzabazwa ibyo Perezida Kagame akora.

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Umunya Uganda Andrew Mwenda ashobora kuzabazwa ibyo Perezida Kagame akora.

Mu gihe hashize iminsi itari mikeya U Rwanda rurebana ay’ingwe na Tanzania, hakomeje iterana ry’amagambo hagati y’ibyo bihugu binyujijwe mu binyamakuru ari ibya Leta ari n’ibyigenga. Mu gihe ku ruhande rwa Tanzania usanga hari ukwifata no gukoresha ubwitonzi ku bategetsi, siko bimeze ku ruhande rw’u Rwanda. Nyuma y’aho Ministri w’ububanyi n’amahanga yatangiye kuvuga nabi Tanzania na Perezida wayo, cyakora akaza gusa n’ushaka kwihohora, ubu noneho Abajyanama ba Perezida Kagame ni bo bagezweho mu gukora uwo murimo kandi ngo urimo akamiya gatubutse. Gusa rero bashatse barya bari menge.

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Andrew Mwenda ni umwe mu Bajyanama ba Perezida Kagame

Abinyujije ku rubuga Tweeter ku wa 19 Kanama 2013, umujyanama wa Perezida Kagame uvuka muri Uganda, Andrew Mwenda, yagaragaje ibyo atekereza kuri iki kibazo. Mwenda atangira avuga ko yatangaye cyane ngo amaze kuvumbura ko Kikwete afitanye isano ya hafi n’abo yise aba genocidaires. Avuga ko mu nyandiko yasohowe na Wikileaks bigaragazwa ko umugore wa Perezida Kikwete ari mubyara wa nyakwigendera Perezida Habyarimana! Si Mwenda wenyine wavuze iyi nkuru kuko no mu binyamakuru byinshi bisohokera mu Rwanda iyi nkuru yatangajwe. Ikindi ngo byavuzwe ko Kikwete yajyaga yohereza intwaro mu Burundi aziha Abahutu mu gihe barwanyaga Leta. Aha umuntu akibaza impamvu uyu mujyanama ashaka kwigira injiji ku ngufu. Aba genocidaires avuga ni bande? Ni Abahutu bo mu Burundi byabaye ngombwa ko bafata intwaro ngo birwaneho mu gihe bari bagiye gushirira ku icumu bicwa umusubizo nk’udushwiriri? Umu genocidaire se ni Habyarimana wapfuye na genocide itaraba? Andrew Mwenda yanteye kwibaza byinshi.

Andrew Mwenda akomeza avuga ko Kikwete mu kwirukana Abanyamahanga batagira ibyangombwa yari agambiriye Abatutsi, ngo na ho abandi bose ni ibitambo (collateral). N’ubwo atari we wa mbere ubikemanga, uburyo Mwenda yabyanditse arasa n’uwerekana ko hari isano hagati ya genocide y’Abatutsi yo muri 1994, intambara zo mu Burundi n’iyirukanwa ry’Abatagira ibyangombwa muri Tanzania. Bityo kuri Mwenda wa Independent, Tanzania irimo gushyira mu bikorwa umugambi wateguwe neza kuva kera akawugereranya na genocide. Twibutse ko kugeza n’ubu FPR ihora yemeza ko genocide yateguwe igihe kirekire nyamara urukiko rwashyiriweho kuburanisha abaregwa genocide rwa Arusha rukaba rutarabashije kugaragaza ko uwo mugambi wabayeho. Ibi ntibivuga ko wenda utabayeho, ahubwo bivuga ko abaciriwe imanza bose batagize uruhare mu gutegura uwo mugambi. Bityo ubwo umugambi utagaragariye ku baregwa kwica Abatutsi umuntu yawushakira mu kindi gihande, ni ukuvuga FPR n’abafasha bayo.

Usesenguriye hafi inyandiko za Andrew Mwenda, urasanga avuga ko mbere hariho umugambi wa Tanzania wo kwirukana Abatutsi hanyuma ijambo rya Kagame rikaba imbarutso, kimwe n’uko ihanurwa ry’indege ya Habyarimana ryabaye imbarutso ya genocide. Aho ibi byombi bihuriye ni uko iyo migambi yombi (uwa genocide n’uwo kwirukana Abatutsi muri Tanzania) nta gihamya ko yabayeho. Ikindi iyo migambi yombi ifite imbarutso zikomoka kuri Perezida Kagame. Ibi ni byo Andrew Mwenda atsinda kuvuga ariko uwumva aba yumvise !

Mwenda arahunga nkana impamvu yaba yaratumye Tanzania yirukana Abanyarwanda akavuga ko abari bagenderewe ari Abatutsi abandi bakaba ibitambo. Usesenguye amagambo ya Mwenda urasanga abwira Abahutu ati mwe ntacyo mubaye n’ubundi mwamenyereye kubungera mu mashyamba, abababaje ni izi mfura ! Mu by’ukuri Andrew Mwenda agaragaje ingengabitekerezo y’ivangura. Abaye nka wa wundi (Mukagasani Yolanda) uherutse gusetsa imikara ngo ko Human Rights Watch itavugira abari kwirukanwa, nyamara sinigeze numva muri 1996 hari utabariza abirukanwaga. Cyakora sinamurenganya niba yaravutse nyuma ya 1996 da ! Ubu mu Banyarwanda birukanwa muri Tanzania haravugwa bakeya bakorewe urugomo, nyamara muri Congo ho imirambo ntigira ingano. Nanjye naraketse nti wenda Human Rights Watch itaragize ubutwari bwo kuvugira abicwa ntiyabona ubutwari bwo kuvugira abakomeretswa !

Andrew Mwenda na we arirengagiza ko atari ubwa mbere Tanzania yirukana Abanyamahanga. Ntiyigeze agira icyo avuga ubwo Abarundi birukanwaga. Ese aho Mwenda ntiyaba ari muri ba bacurabwnge n’abashyushyarugamba ba wa mugambi wa Empire Hima  ushaka kwerekana ko Abatutsi basumba Abahutu ? Nawe se, arongera kuri tweeter ye akavuga ko ibyo Tanzania irimo gukora ngo bisa n’iby’Abanazi bakoreye abayahudi. Mwibuke ko muri wa mugambi wa emprie Hima, Abatutsi bemeza ko aribo Bayahudi bo muri Africa.

Uko byagenda kose dukwiye gushishoza tukanga kwigira injiji ku ngufu. Uwo ari we wese agira ububabare kandi igikorwa cyose kigira icyo giturukaho. Niba igikorwa cyo kwirukana impunzi cyaraturutse ku ijambo ruvumwa rya Perezida Kagame, Andrew Mwenda akaba ari we mujyana wa Kagame, ni ukuvuga ko ibi byose Andrew Mwenda nawe azabibazwa.  

 

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