Parliament on Thursday asked Foreign Affairs Ambassador James Mugume to explain claims of discontent among staff at the ministry. In August 2011, the Foreign Affairs Parliamentary Committee received at least 42 complaints from a whistle blower who said there is a cult-like group at the ministry that frustrates other workers.
At least 16 ambassadors continue to draw a monthly salary of 1.5 million shillings each even though they are yet to report to their respective missions six months after their appointment. This means government has spent up to 130 million shillings to pay salaries for its ambassadors who are not posted.
Former Internal Security Organisation (ISO) chief Brigadier Henry Tumukunde has been sentenced to a â€œsevere reprimandâ€ by the General Court Martial, bringing the eight-year trial to a dramatic end. Tumukunde was this morning found guilty of behaving in a manner that is prejudicial to good order and discipline of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF).
Marion Kutusa, the Elgon Regional officer in charge of the Child and Protection Unit, disclosed that a total of 376 defilement cases have been registered at police in the last three months alone compared to a total of 385 cases of defilement registered in the entire 2012.
Brigadier Henry Tumukunde faces dismissal from the army after the General Court Martial found him guilty of behaving in a manner that is prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force. The military court has however dismissed the charge of promoting harmful propaganda which carries maximum sentence of death o conviction. Court is adjourned to 3pm when the sentencing is expected.
Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga has given the five million shillings given to legislators as facilitation for consultations on the Marriage and Divorce Bill to youth groups. Karuhangaâ€™s position differs from that of the Leader of Opposition Nandala Mafabi, who said last week that all opposition MPs should return the cash.