Bakkabulindi Thrown out of Parliament

The Uganda Police Force, viagra approved like in the previous years scored highest in cases violations and abuses metted on journalists according to the 2014 Press Freedom Index Report launched by the Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda (HRNJ) at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala.

HRJN-Uganda National Coordinator, no rx Robert Ssempala revealed that the report recorded 124 cases of violations against journalists in 2014 at the hands of both the State and non-Satate actors. These included among others; the Uganda Police, the UPDF, the Judiciary, Local government entities, individuals and employers of media practitioners.

“It is however important to note that there was a drastic reduction of attacks by the police from 85 cases in 2013 to 40 cases in 2014 which indicates that the force may be starting to understand the noble importance the media plays in the governance of a country and therefore a duty to protect them while doing their work,” Ssempala observed.

Ssempala noted with concern that the judiciary, which for long has been widely considered by the public as the temple of justice and custodian of rights, was increasingly starting to undermine the importance of the media and the right to freedom of expression and access to information.

“In 2014 a total of 39 cases were recorded against the judiciary; where judicial officers blocked journalists from covering public hearings with some ordering security officers to confiscate their tools.”

Other sources of violations included non-state actors Non state accounting for 21 cases, Resident Districts Commissioners with 10 cases, UPDF with 8 cases and media houses with 6 cases.

Ssempala warned that the trend of violations against media practitioners may continue unabated and arguably go higher considering the fact that the country is just months away from holding the general presidential and parliamentary elections in 2016.

Ssempala on the same note called upon media houses to provide a conducive working environment for journalists grounded within the requirements of employment laws in Uganda and provision of safety and security gear to minimize on injuries in cases of covering potentially chaotic incidents.




The State Minister for Education, pills Sports and Science and Technology in charge of sports, more about Charles Bakkabulindi was on Thursday chased from Parliament by a committee for appearing for his boss Maj. Jessica Alupo who has been dodging the committee for one month.

The Select Committee investigating the rampant giveaway of public school lands within Kampala Capital City Authority to investors has been waiting for Alupo to explain her role and that of her ministry in the alleged scandalous activity involving government owned land accommodating public institutions.

Alupo has however only been repetitively sending letters to the committee chaired by Robert Migadde, citing her inability to attend the meeting in person and suggesting her juniors should instead represent her.

The Committee has also been insisting that no matter her commitments, Alupo should appear in person.

The impasse between the ministry and the committee climaxed on Thursday with Members of Parliament losing their patience and angrily refusing to listen to Bakkabulindi who was again with another letter from his superior, Alupo.

They summarily asked Bakkabulindi to immediately leave the committee room as they plan another move on “stubborn” Alupo.

“Minister, we are not ready to hear from you again this time. We asked for the substantial minister to be here herself again but she has ignored our repetitive summons and sent you. We are politely asking to see you off,” the committee chairman, Migadde said.

“What we want from her cannot be satisfactorily given by you and we still want her here. The committee has the powers to decide which witness should appear before us but not the witness directing us on who should come,” he added.

When contacted oh phone Alupo said she is not dodging the committee but that she has been cooperating and responding to all queries forwarded to her.

“I have been cooperating with them (committee) and sending necessary information needed for the good of the investigations,” Alupo said on phone.

The special committee was instituted by Speaker Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga after the demolition of Nabaggereka Primary School when Lwemiyaga County MP, Theodore Ssekikuubo moved a motion for Parliament to intervene in the matter.

The KCCA officials and the Uganda Land Commission officials who have also been accused in the scandal have already appeared before the committee for grilling.

Among the public school lands to be investigated are Nabaggereka Primary School, Kitante Primary School, Buganda road Primary School, Mbuya Primary School, Kololo Secondary School, Shimon Primary School, Kyambogo University and Makerere University among others.

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