Kadaga Refutes Claims on Electoral Reforms Delay

State House has come out to distance itself from media reports that fallen Major General Ali Bamuze was at the President’s home in Entebbe.

Media today quoted certain family members as claiming that Ali Bamuze missed a step, approved fell and vomited blood before collapsing in State House.

State House described these reports as misleading and clarified that the General was attending a UPDF function in a nearby Bwebajja, medications where collapsed and was rushed to Nakasero Hospital.

“Gen. Bamuze was part of the UPDF officers who attended an Operation Wealth Creation meeting organized by the Commander of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen. Wamala at J&M Hotel in Bwebajja along Entebbe Road. The meeting was addressed by President Yoweri Museveni,” clarified State House in a statement.

“Gen. Bamuze collapsed shortly after the President had left and was immediately rushed to Nakasero Hospital. He was pronounced dead on arrival.

The UPDF, which is handling this matter, is set to brief the press on the postmortem report.

Maj Gen Ali Bamuze was the former commander of the Uganda National Rescue Front (UNRF) II rebel group which surrendered to the National Resistance Army (now UPDF) in December 1986, and its 1,200-strong 73rd battalion was integrated into the army.

34 percent of African businesses have reported losing out on deals to corrupt competitors.


This was revealed in a business survey report released on Monday by Control Risks, pharm the global business risk consultancy firm.

According to the survey which was done with 824 companies in Africa and other countries worldwide, corruption risks continue to deter investors.

The Survey reveals that 30 percent of respondents say they have decided not to conduct business in specific countries because of the perceived risk of corruption.

“41 percent of global respondents reported that the risk of corruption was the primary reason they pulled out of a deal on which they had already spent time and money, “ the report disclosed.

The Control Risks’ survey shows that there are still wide variations in the maturity of company programs.

In the worst case, conventional compliance approaches can increase risk because they lead to a misguided sense of complacency.

The survey reveals companies are now more willing to challenge when faced with suspected corruption. 39 Percent of companies said they would complain to the person who awarded the contract if they felt they had lost out due to corruption (70 percent in South Africa), compared to just 8 percent of respondents in 2006.

According to the survey, most respondents felt these laws made it easier for good companies to operate in high-risk markets (55 percent) and serve as a deterrent for corrupt competitors (63 percent).

This was particularly true of companies in developing markets. 79 percent of Mexicans agree or strongly agree, as well as 68 percent of Indonesians, 64 percent of Brazilians and 53 percent of Nigerians. In the US 54 percent say tough laws make it easier to operate in high risk markets, while 42 percent disagree.

However, despite these positive developments, Control Risks’ survey suggests companies still need to do more.

Third party risk is still relatively unrecognized. Just 58 percent of global respondents have procedures in place for due diligence assessments of third parties and only 43 percent have third-party audit rights.

The survey also suggests companies are not setting the right incentives to deter corruption. Respondents cited the fear of negative consequences as the penalty used most commonly to deter corrupt behavior.

On the list of eight deterrents to corruption, in sixth place are company performance criteria that emphasize integrity (along with financial targets). Establishing parity between financial targets and anti-corruption targets is vital to ensuring compliance is embedded into companies’ culture.

Commenting on the survey’s findings, Daniel Heal, Senior Managing Director East Africa at Control Risks, said, “Too many businesses are still losing out on good opportunities to corrupt competitors, or choosing not to take a risk on an investment or entering a new market in the first place for fear of encountering corrupt practices.”

“Companies need to find a balance and do more due diligence early on in any negotiation or market entry planning, to spot the points of light in countries that may otherwise appear as no-go areas,” he added.
The self-styled retired UPDF Major Rubamira Ruranga is back in full combat after over 15 years of maintaining civil costumes.

Maj. Rubamira who retired prior to the formation opposition Reform Agenda in 2000, order left the government and joined the fellow bush war retired officer, viagra order Dr. Col. Kizza Besigye who was challenging President Museveni for the first time.

Ruranga who also heads HIV/Aids advocacy group – the National Guidance and Empowerment Network became a vocal opposition member since 2000.

His activism once earned him a big slap from then Military Police Commander, Col. Dick Bujingo at Najjanakumbi during the formation of Forum for Democratic Change.

Through the entire decade and more, Ruranga strived to disassociate himself from government and that national army which he helped to capture power in 2016.

Rubaramira Ruranga
Rubaramira Ruranga

But that was until October 2013, when the General crossed back to the NRM, saying that it was the only one with a clear agenda in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

We can now confirm that even the years of civilian persona are no more. Ruranga was on Saturday at the National Water Resource Center glittering in a seemingly brand new UPDF combat.

Normally the retired officers are only allowed to put on ceremonial uniforms (the light green suit, necktie and cap). According to the UPDF Act, a retired officer can only don combat uniform when he or she is seconded (recalled for a special task).

It is now unclear if Maj. Rubamira has been seconded for something unique that the country is yet to learn.

At the National Water Resource Center he was only addressing civilian youths.

The only retired general who always puts on combat uniform is the Commander-in-Chief, President Yoweri Museveni.
The Speaker of Parliament, physician Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has refuted allegations that Parliament delayed the passing of the electoral reforms because of her party’s position.

During an interview with the BBC in London, capsule the Speaker said that the she had asked the Executive to table the Electoral Bills early but this was not the case.

Kadaga said it is a matter of regret that the Bills were tabled in Parliament by government towards the end of the Fifth session instead of during the Second and Third sessions of Parliament.

She added that it is not only the Opposition that demanded for amendments but there was a lot of interest from different stake holders who needed the changes in the laws for better governance and peaceful elections.

The Speaker however said that she is hopeful that there may be a review commission which can also take into consideration the interest of the Parliamentary Commission to amend some laws that will cater for the independence and the concept of separation of powers.

Asked whether she was using her position as the presiding Officer and senior Member of the party to side with government in delaying the process, link the Speaker said,  “as a Presiding Officer, my role is to defend the Constitution and present the interest of the people of Uganda and Parliament should not be blamed for the delay in amending of the Legislations.”

Kadaga reiterated that Parliament did its work in allowing civil society and political groups to present their views to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs before the Bills were considered.

She added that despite claims that the Bills presented by government were shallow, the Opposition had not moved any Private Members Bill to reflect their wide-ranging proposals on electoral reforms.

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