KACITA Traders Commend Kayihura’s Intervention

High Court Civil Division judge Steven Musota has set March 3, website like this sickness 2016 for the hearing the defamatory case against FDC Party presidential candidate Col. Kiizza Besigye .

This came after the plaintiff Col Ndahura Atwoki Biraku though his lawyers of Kafeero and company advocates failed to reach an agreement with the defense side outside court.

This is the second time that both parties have failed to reach an out of court settlement.

Col. Ndahura alleges that Besigye uttered defamatory statements in 2012, sale click accusing   him of murdering one Johnson Baronda in Rukungiri District during the 2006 general elections, thus leading to his promotion.

Ndahura in a suit filed in 2012, accuses Dr. Besigye of giving an interview to The Observer, accusing him of murdering Johnson Baronda on government orders. Besigye also said in the interview that Col. Ndahura had been promoted from Lieutenant Colonel after he fulfilled the mission.

Baronda who was aged 47 at the time of his death, was allegedly caught in gunfire as a squad of the the then Presidential Protection Unit [PPU] assaulted Dr Besigye’s rally in Rukungiri town.

Hearing of the case will now proceed, presided over by Justice Stephen Musota.

Dr. Besigye says he cannot retract his statement about the murder and promotion of the officer.


Ndahura on the other hand insists the comments uttered by Dr Besigye were false, defamatory and libelous, for which he is claiming damages.

He further claims that the statements have caused him ridicule, hatred and that his reputation has been lowered in the eyes of the right thinking members of society.

Dr. Besigye in his defense claims the interview was published in public interest, and that it was not intended to ridicule Ndahura as purported.

Kampala traders under their umbrella body, store Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) have appreciated the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen. Kale Kayihura’s intervention to solve their tax grievances with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

KACITA Chairperson, malady Everest Kayondo revealed that if it wasn’t the intervention of the IGP, the directive from URA that mandated imprisonment of traders found with under declaration and under valuation of their goods would not have been withdrawn.

“After announcing our sit-down strike on Wednesday last week, we received a call from the IGP inviting us for a meeting to have our issues heard and resolved which we responded to by meeting him the following morning,” Kayondo told traders at JBK Hotel in Kampala.

“Kayihura then called URA Commissioner General Doris Akor who in returned scheduled a meeting in the evening; the meeting was chaired by the IGP where URA accepted to immediately withdraw the directive so that traders would open up their shops the following day,” Kayondo revealed.

Kayondo explained that in a letter signed by Commissioner Akor written on December 3, URA accepted to withdraw the directive and remain operating by the East African Customs Management Act.

“Your concerns regarding our recent compliance initiative have been noted. We wish to clarify that all our compliance initiative and measures are being undertaken in line with the East African Community Customs Management Act of 2005; with the severity of punishment being applied depending on the levels of non-compliance,” reads part of the letter from URA.

The traders argued that if the directive remained in effect, URA staff would use it to extort un-receipted money from them.

It’s upon this that traders chose to call off the two days strike and reopened business for operation and as well clear their tax dues.

The contentious directive had been issued by URA Customs Commissioner General, Dickens Kateshumbwa ordering for imprisonment of all traders whose tax entries shall be found with under declaration and valuation.

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