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Top Seven Ugandan blunders for May 2013

Top Seven Ugandan blunders for May 2013

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Uganda PR crises count down for May 2013
Uganda PR crises count down for May 2013

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Top seven Ugandan Blunders for May 2013
This month the institution of Parliament featured with lots of crises. This month we witnesseddifferent organizations doing something about their crises. Outstanding advocacy PR tools wereused during the closure of Monitor publications which is commendable. They used the courts of law and the Court of Public opinion to their advantage. They shared the uncertain future of children who benefited from Monitor scholarships.
Figure 1 Daily monitor website
Media siege by Uganda police
The Uganda Police obtained a search warrant authorizing the search of the Daily Monitor andRed pepper premises for the letter allegedly written by General Sejjusa. Uganda police closedRed pepper and Daily monitor together with two radio stations after declaring them crimescenes. The Uganda Police responded with excessive force which attracted unnecessaryattention. East African Newspapers carried an editorial on media siege. The media siege dentedthe Ugandan image locally, regionally and internationally. Most critics think the governmentshould have handled the media issue better. International and regional newspapers, US Embassy
 
in Uganda, Public Relations Association of Uganda (PRAU), politicians, human rights activists,and members of the civil society condemned the media siege. The most famous hash tag was‘#mediasierge’. Uganda police ignored a court order instructing them to vacate monito premises. Police found this to be highly irregular. On May 30, 2013, Media houses were allowedto resume operations. Daily monitor’s reopening following 11 days of police siege was allegedlyafter negotiations with government according to agovernment statement. This introduced adebate on future compromised editorial policy of the Daily Monitor. Monitor publications hassince responded to the issue in Public notices
reassuring the public about their editorial policy of publishing all news as long as it is in publicinterest.
IGGopened fresh investigations at NSSF
The Inspector General of Government started wide ranging investigations into National SocialSecurity Fund over allegations of fraud and corruption by a whistle blower. Some allegationsrelate to alleged irregular Umeme Shares purchase, disposal of Land at Namirembe, joint venturewith SBI for planned housing estate at Lubowa among other concerns. This is a heavy blow tothe fund manager at a time when it has embarked on a rigorous re-branding exercise. NSSF is notnew to funds mismanagement scandals. Scandals at NSSF have in the past resulted into sackingand prosecution of former top leaders. NSSF has since embraced good PR tools to set the recordstraight by responding to the allegations. Employees are yet to witness the renewed promise bythe new NSSF.
Expelled NRM MPs VS NRM
The Speaker of parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ruled that the four expelled NRM rebel MPscannot lose their seats. NRM Secretary General, Mr Amama Mbabazi had demanded the speaker to declare the MPs’ seats vacant after their expulsion from NRM.NRM has since registeredaspirants for the posts in case they fell vacant. The matter of rebel Mps has since gone to court.This has yielded to
grounds. This
follows a case in court relating to the expelled MPs.
Alleged forgery of the final KCCA petition recommendation report.
The report was presented to Parliament with ten out of 17 members on the committee signing it.The report followed a petition on alleged mismanagement of KCCA to parliament through Hon.Betty Namboze Bakireke (DP, Mukono Municipality). The report recommends that PresidentYoweri Museveni takes over the executive functions of KCCA for six months. Members on theCommittee of Public Service and Local Government raised doubts over its authenticity. Thecommittee Chairperson and her deputy are said to have locked out the Clerk out of the
 
 parliament as the concluded with the report. The local government committee had a stormymeeting which ended prematurely with members exchanging bitter words. This was also aired onsome local Televisions. Improper conduct of some members of parliament projected theinstitution negatively. The Deputy Speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah ruled that the office of the Clerk investigates the authenticity of the KCCA.KCCA report forgery allegations is a dent onthe integrity of parliament.
Police started a hunt to recover at least 200 diplomatic passports suspected to have gone missingfrom the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. The Deputy Police Spokesperson,Mr Patrick Onyango, said the diplomatic passports had already been made but the only procedure not done was the placing of names and photographs of the bearers and their titles.Some officials from Immigration were arrested as investigations into circumstances under which the passports went missing continue. There are several Ugandans holding diplomatic passports illegally who are facing criminal charges abroad. This has been an embarrassment toUganda. Former junior minister was allegedly arrested in India with a diplomatic passport. TheImmigration passport department has released press statements declaring their position on thesame which is recommendable.
Irene Namubiru arrest in Japan over illegal drugs
 Namubiru was arrested at Naita Airport Japan after her luggage was found with illicit drugs. sheclaimed that she had no idea about what was in the luggage she was given to deliver. Irene wasscheduled to perform in Japan. It remains a PR scandal though most Ugandans felt Irene Namubiru was a victim of a set up. All events were confirmed by Interpol officials in Uganda.Some bloggers shared a theory portraying it as a PR stunt as a build up to her upcoming albumlaunch. This is a negative dot on her image. There will always be online negative search resultsabout her. Colleagues and relatives organized a church service to pray for. This was a good PR tactic tool utilising the court of Public Opinion. Namubiru tweeted after her release and date of return. She had a hero’s welcome in Uganda. This is still an ongoing crisis. Irene’s manager thenThadeus Mubiru has since made a public apology over the same.Kim Tumwesigye was arrested  by the policeover the scandal. Irene struggles on to save her image.
Judge Choudry Vs Judge Yorokamu Bamwine
There has been an exchange of attacks between High Court judge Anup Singh Choudry and thePrincipal Judge, Yorokamu Bamwine. Judge Yorokamu Bamwine kicked out Judge SinghChoudry from his chambers. On March 28, 2013; Chouldry delivered a judgment in the caseordered the partners in the firm to pay shs 37b in damages. Uganda law society petitioned againsthis appointment in 2012.Chouldry was discontinued from practicing law in England after hisfirm reportedly got in trouble and was subsequently closed in 2001. Some people believe thatChouldry slapped the hefty award on the lawyers to hit at Uganda law society for questioning hiseligibility. Critics feel the two judges would have opted for appropriate forums to talk peace.

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