All Crazy Uganda Media Stuff Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:24 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 90700162 Scores on trial over failed Burkina coup Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:24 +0000

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | More than 80 people go on trial before a military court on Tuesday over the failed 2015 coup in Burkina Faso, including two top generals accused of masterminding the plot.

The case is being seen as a test of the credibility of justice in the former French colony which has been blighted by numerous coups and mutinies since gaining independence in 1960.

The two main defendants among the 84 on trial are generals Djibrill Bassole and Gilbert Diendere — key allies of former president Blaise Compaore who was chased from power in October 2014.

They are accused of involvement in a coup launched the following year by Compaore’s old presidential guard against the transitional government that took power after the veteran leader’s fall.

The elite unit known as the RSP briefly took the country’s leaders hostage before the coup was thwarted by street protesters and support from the army which attacked the plotters’ barracks.

Fourteen people died and 270 were injured in the unrest.

Coup leader Diendere, the former head of the RSP, and his co-defendants are accused of a range of crimes including undermining state security and murder.

Former foreign minister Bassole is also accused of treason over a recording of him reportedly telling the speaker of parliament in neighbouring Ivory Coast of his support for the coup plot.

All risk heavy penalties, including the death sentence, according to judicial sources.

Security will be high for the opening of what is expected to be a lengthy trial, with hundreds of members of the security forces at the court and its environs, according to security sources.

Christophe Lompo, the deputy secretary general of the ABCE, an association set up for victims of the attempted coup, said the trial “would give them hope that they can heal their wounds and seek reconciliation”.

It should be an opportunity for those in the dock to “admit their crimes and demand forgiveness from the people”, he added.

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“We are hoping for the light to be shed, the truth to be told and for damages and compensation to be given to relatives of the victims and to those injured,” ABCE president Honore Sawadogo added.

The Burkinabe Movement for Human and People’s Rights (MBDHP) described the case as a “life-size test of the credibility of the Burkinabe judiciary”, often accused of being under the control of those in power.

Bassole’s party, the New Alliance for Faso (NAFO), denounced what it said was the “government’s stranglehold on the military tribunal”.

“Too many unfair and arbitrary decisions have been made against me in flagrant violation of my rights for me to be able to have confidence in military justice,” Bassole himself said in an interview with the private newspaper Le Pays on Tuesday.

Diendere has hired five lawyers for the case, according to a member of his entourage, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He is ready for this trial, he is ready for everything to come out,” he said.

“This is also a trial for Burkina Faso… it is through this that the people will test our judiciary.”

Diendere has called for senior army officials to appear as witnesses in the case, along with current president Roch Marc Christian Kabore and transitional leader Michel Kafando, according to judicial sources.

Some analysts say the trial could also shed light on other non-resolved cases in Burkina Faso, such as the assassination of Thomas Sankara in 1987 or journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998, where the names of Diendere or Campaore’s presidential guard often come up.

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Theatregoers cough louder as audiences are more badly behaved, says actor Martin Shaw Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:13 +0000 0 107221 General Franco's lavish Galician palace at centre of historical row Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:10 +0000 0 107220 Police who stop 13-year-old driving a car are told 'it was only a short journey' Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:09 +0000 0 107219 Wheels fall off latest Paris bike scheme after thefts and vandalism Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:07 +0000 0 107218 BBC focuses too much on ethnic diversity rather than class, claims Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:04 +0000 0 107217 THIS WEEK: Trial date for Gashumba fraud case set Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:31:01 +0000

THIS WEEK: Trial date for Gashumba fraud case set

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Buganda Road Court has set Monday February 26 as the date to hear a case in which Kampala City socialite Frank Gashumba and his brother Innocent Kasumba are accused of fraud.

The two are said to have connived with a Tour and Travel guide Ismail Kiyingi, to impersonate Ministry of defense officials and fraudulently obtain money from two Dutch nationals, under pretext of offering them tenders to supply farm equipment to the said Ministry.

Prosecution further alleges that Gashumba and Kasumba were found in possession of narcotics and forged IDs from the Republic of South Sudanese Ministries of Agriculture, Health, Education, Finance and Transport.

Chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda set the trial date after Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya informed Court that investigations in the case are complete.

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THIS WEEK: Sam Mwandha is new UWA boss Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:31:12 +0000
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THIS WEEK: Sam Mwandha is new UWA boss

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Sam Mwandha has replaced Andrew Seguya as the new Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Mwandha a Veteran Conservationist with experience spanning 20 years in wildlife management and conservation competed and beat the incumbent and Achilles Byaruhanga of Nature Uganda for the job.

Mwandha has been serving as a chief of party at African Wildlife Foundation. Before that, he worked as Executive Secretary at Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) and also at the Authority as Director for Conservation.

Once confirmed in this position, he will now be in charge of all the national parks, sanctuaries and community wildlife areas across the country.

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THIS WEEK: Parliament moves to vet newly appointed judges amidst complaints Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:31:08 +0000

THIS WEEK: Parliament moves to vet newly appointed judges amidst complaints

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The 14 judges to the High Court and the Court of Appeal appointed by the President were last week vetted by parliament’s appointment committee.

However the speaker Rebecca Kadaga headed committee didn’t confirm all of them as they received complaints against five nominees; Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Christopher Madrama, nominated for appointment as Justices of Appeal. The others were Paul Gadenya, Alex Ajiji and Asiimwe Tadeo, nominated for appointment as judges of the High Court.

According to a Feb.15 statement from Parliament, the complainants against the judicial officers included Kercan Prosper, a Grade II Magistrate, who complained about his administrative transfer from Nabweru Court to Kiboga. He said his transfer was malicious and intended to frustrate his pursuit of a master’s degree. Another one – Male Mabirizi complained of being prevented from sitting at the bar.

According to parliament, once the complaints were received, the office of the speaker set out to investigate the matter as the complainants had already filed their grievances with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The appointments committee however is said to have established that all the complaints filed with the JSC had no merit and proceeded to vet them.

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South Africa:Ngcobo Massacre – Mbalula Brands Shoot-Out Church 'Satanic' Sun, 25 Feb 2018 04:30:54 +0000 [News24Wire] Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has branded the church where a fatal shootout took place during a hunt for a gang that killed five police officers, “satanic”, and says it would be closed down.

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