MUBS: Appointment of Balunywa a sham in the eyes of the law

Recently, the President of Uganda ordered the Ministry of Education to reinstate Professor Balunywa as the Makerere University Business School Principal, a move that has been tainted with heavy contention and invited by mixed reactions from the public. The NRM government has been famed for its “rule by law” and not rule of law tendencies, the degree at which they bend the acceptable and established laws is alarming and here they are again with repeated statutory contravention.

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The Compensations Act CAP 286 under section 12 makes compulsory the retirement of all officers on attaining 60 years. Sub section 2 of the same section bestows to the President the power to only order an officer to retire and as such the position of the law as regards reappointment of retired officers is clearly not in to the President. Mr Balunywa as per his passport was born on December 3rd, 1955 which makes him 62 years old and his reappointment by the President is therefore in violation of this provision.

Section 83 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001 mandates the Education Service Commission to appoint Principals of Public Tertiary Institutions on the terms and conditions that are to be determined by the same commission. The same section further guarantees a 5 year term and also for reappointment. The power therefore doesn’t belong in the hands of the President.

Mr Balunywa as a Presidential appointment did not appear before Parliament for vetting as is required for all Presidential appointments. The appointment letter of Professor Balunywa from the office of the President to the Ministry of Education dated May 28th, 2018 lacks an expiration date, time is always of essence in performance of a contract with reference to the contractual jurisprudence case of Panesar v Popat.

The Ministry of Education and Uganda Law Society are hereby called upon to keep this matter on watch. I further demand that the Education Service Commission to advertise the post of Principal of Makerere Business School to allow others the opportunity vie for the prestigious position and to the President, a respect for the law.

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Opinion: Legal climate surrounding bail and bond for all criminals.

The President, while addressing the nation at the reading of the National and Fiscal Budget expressed the need to remove bail and bond provisions from the criminal jurisprudence of the nation for perpetrators.

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This came days after ruthless killers claimed the life of yet another Ugandan political big wig the late Ibrahim Abiriga, the former Arua Municipality member of parliament last week.

Over the last 23 years since the institution of the current Constitution, bail has been an existent provision under article 23 (6) which enables article 28 (3)(c) which avails to anyone charged with a criminal offence adequate time and facilities for the preparation of their defence. Bond and Bail go a long way in helping the charged parties in organise their defence.

Articles 98 and 99 clearly specify the function and authority of the President, however, Constitutional matters belong only to those in the legislature not the executive. He may lobby legislators to have his resolution passed but he will not. Bail is a fundamental human right and is inherent by virtue of one being a human being.

President Museveni is seen to reiterate his plan in this tweet.

No one is above the law and that’s what article 2 on supremacy of the Constitution secures, the President therefore cannot wake up and have the provisions of our grundnorm defiled at his discretion, his exercise of authority should be in line with the Constitution.

I hereby call upon the Judiciary, Judicial Service Commission, Constitution Reform Commission, Uganda Law Society and other stakeholders to stand up and out against this process, also lock forces and see to it that the rule of law is maintained and upheld.

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Music: African Reality Album is finally here!

As I write, Clear Block Gang artiste Ariong James Oscar a.k.a AJO has come up with a new release date as this June 29th, 2018 for his highly anticipated “African Reality” album. The 14-track album has so far received lots of positive views and reaction from various music listeners especially those that have listened to the Transcend and Nuba hit songs.

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African Reality like its name looks at analysing history, celebrating culture and documenting the beauty that is our motherland, Africa. The Album further features Ugandan song birds Sandra Kay, Akongo, Essie, Jason Ntaro plus Nase Avatar, Sam Lamara (Samurai) among other producers.

The Album is a tale of African evolution right from the whites’ discovery of the “dark continent” and preaches a message of Africa to the rest of the world.

Below is the tracklist:

1. African Tales ft Sandra Kay (prod. Nase Avatar)

2. Fight of Flight (prod. Nase Avatar)

3. Rebirth ft Sandra Kay (prod. Nase Avatar)

4. Chain Ching (prod. Nase Avatar)

5. Anecdote (prod. Koz N’ Effekt& Nase Avatar)

6. Nuba (prod. Nase Avatar)

7. Reality Check ft Akongo (prod. Nase Avatar)

8. Emali (prod. Nase Avatar)

9. Angels Die ft Essie (prod. Nase Avatar)

10. Lalibela (prod. Koz N’ Effekt & Nase Avatar)

11. Icarius ft Akongo (prod. Nase Avatar)

12. Transcend (prod. Mowglii, Mike256 & Sam Lamara)

13. Yield (prod. Nase Avatar)

14. Interlude – African Reality by Jason Ntaro (prod. Mowglii and Nase Avatar)

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All mixed and mastered by Nase Avatar at Port Bell Drive music.

The album will be available for only Ug Shs 15,000.

Gossip: Year Ones raise the bar at the UCU Law Dinner

Saturday 17.03.2018 happened to be the annual Uganda Christian University lawyers’ “get together” event at Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala that is always organized by the Law Society, a body uniting all the bar course students in the University.

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An excited student shows off his Law Dinner tickets.

In a night rocked by pomp, class, elegance, food and headlined by some of the biggest legal figures in the country, the likes of Catherine Bamugemereire (Head of the Uganda Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters)

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Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and her husband also graced the occassion

Francis Gimara (Uganda Law Society President) among other prominent figures graced the occasion

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Uganda Law Society President, Francis Gimara giving his remarks

Not to forget, live band performance was the centre of the entertainment.

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Live Band treat for the Lawyers

This year’s edition, which was of course dubbed, “Glamour at the Pearl” came along with lots of pleasant surprises as the matriculants (or as they love to be called, “freshers”) set and indeed raised the bar for their seniors when it came to display of attire both at the red carpet and the main event.

And, thanks to technological advancements, we were able to save some of the littest shots of the night. Take a look.

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Photo Credit: Chemonges and Edward

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UCU Law Society Elections: An Overview

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So, as is the culture in every society, there has to be a transition of power from the outgoing regime to the incoming fresh structure of leaders. Now, the elections (that took place on Friday 9.03.2017) were this time around (they being my first) or as always, welcomed with lots of anticipations from the Law fraternity of the University with each candidate trying hard to get fellow students to realize their dreams and goals for their society if they are to be elected into office.

This year, I may say, things took a rather rare turn. We had election petitions (days before the election), three candidates vying for the highest post i.e. Lutaya Allan Mark, Wooli Gerald Sandy & Nakibinge Shafic all running for Presidency. We also had Sheila Atuhaire and Alinda Patra competing for Vice Presidency among others (with even two “freshers” in the race for the deputy posts). With just weeks to the elections, these candidates made rounds through several law classes, laying out their manifestos and telling the masses what they think makes them the best choices for the various posts.

The Presidential Debate then ensued on the evening of Thursday with only hours to vote casting. This was the most interesting part of the entire process as we saw candidates stammer and others fumbling with the Queen’s language (I won’t mention names for purposes of this blog). By the end of this session, students had cleared all doubts in their minds and were ready to vote the candidates of their choice the next morning.

After the election process that was over seen by the UCU LS Electoral Commission, winners were announced. Wooli Gerald Sandy “hit the jackpot” for Presidency, Alinda Patra went through as the Vice President causing a wave of disbelief and utter doubt in the UCU Law Fraternity. A SWASA 2 student was heard asserting, “How come these that call themselves Learnedcan leave Sheila who has a moving manifesto for Patra who simply smiles when asked what she will do for the society.” I guess the result of the election beat his understanding.

And that, people, is how UCU Lawyers played their cards.

The winners are expected to be sworn-in next week after the Annual Law Dinner slated for Saturday 17th March at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala.

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MUSIC: Uganda’s Ruyonga set to release ‘Voice Of My Father’ album

Its finally here!!!!!!!

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Ugandan rap sensation Ruyonga is set to release his long awaited album, The Voice Of My Father. His fans in Uganda, Africa and across the world expressed their feelings towards the snippets that the rapper took to post on his Instagram.

 

Below is the Instagram post he made this morning.

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The Voice Of My Father is coming soon to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube and the other major music tabloids.

 

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2017 VMAs full list of winners

The following are the winners from the 2017 Video Music Awards

Video of the Year : Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best New Artist : Khalid

Artist of the Year : Ed Sheeran

Best Hip Hop Video : Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best Collaboration : Zayn and Taylor Swift: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”

Best Pop Video : Fifth Harmony: “Down” [ft. Gucci Mane]

Best Dance Video : Zedd and Alessia Cara: “Stay”

Best Rock Video : Twenty One Pilots: “Heavydirtysoul”

Song of the Summer: Lil Uzi Vert: “XO Tour Llif3”

Best Direction : Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best Art Direction : Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best Visual Effects : Kendrick Lamar: “HUMBLE.”

Best Choreography : Kanye West: “Fade”

Best Editing : Young Thug: “Wyclef Jean”

Best Fight Against the System (all nominees win) :

1. Logic: “Black SpiderMan”

2. The Hamilton Mixtape : “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”

3. Big Sean: “Light” Alessia Cara: “Scars to Your Beautiful”

4. Taboo: “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” [ft. Shailene Woodley]

5. John Legend: “Surefire”

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HIP HOP: Unveiling “AJO” the East African rap sensation. 


“AJO” real names Ariong James Oscar is a Ugandan born and raised HOP / RAP recording artist and song writer. 

Born 18th May 1988 to a Dr Atai Anne and Mr James Okaali. AJO has established himself as a vibrabt and an outspoken rapper with an impressive emulsion of wit, literacy and character in his lyrics a skill which has led many to describe him as an intersection of hip hop talent. 
AJO’s ambition and love for music predated his initiation into the hip hop fraternity,  “he always loved music, as a child he used to wake everybody up early in the morning with his humming or chanting away to some orchestra in his mind – Dr Atai Anne. 
AJO started listening to hip hop music round the age of 12 shortly after his primary school. He fell in love with the message, the attitude, the freedom, the intricacy and the respect this genre of music commanded. It was during this time that he started to write cover versions to his favourite hip hop songs and gradually he developed his lyrical skill. 

In high school, AJO together with a few of his school friends formed a music group they called Clean Block Gang (C.B.G). AJO and his peers strongly worked on their music and content development, “he wrote lyrics on almost everything, his locker, his book covers, his jean trousers and every piece of paper be could find” Abel Lubulwa (member of C.B.G)

AJO went further to record a couple of songs like; Rap music I sing, Rap city, Take it down easy & then he teamed up with one of the best music producers in Uganda, HANNZ TACTIQ, together with whom he did his first radio smash song, NEVER BACK DOWN on which he featured Lethal & Hannz Tactiq himself. Tgis song went on to enjoy radio streaming and made it to a music chart on one radio station, HOT 100. 

AJO didn’t stop there, he later got in touch with a former rapper turned producer, Joe Tumwebaze a.k.a J.T founder of Yego productions, a recording label and its here that AJO fully embraced his passion for a hip hop music career. Mentored by J.T, he mastered his craft and released his first music compilation titled “Rap Music I Sing”, a piece that takes the listener through an indepth understanding of hik as an artist and a hukan being plus an appreciation of his lyrical maturity. 
After which AJO released his break through EP titled No Apologies that got nominated for Album of the year and got him nominated for Rookie of the year in the Uganda HipHop Awards 16. 

AJO is definitely a must listen to artist with an ambition and talent enough to be the best in Africa and probably across the continent. 
Get his latest single, #TRANSCEND here 👇

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AVM for Urban TV’s PM Live CELEBRITY EDITION

UK based Ugandan Afro number one Alice Violet Mutumba a.k.a AVM was yesterday announced as Urban TV’s PM Live: Celebrity Edition’s host. 

The show takes place every Saturday on Vision Group’s URBAN TV station. 

Don’t Miss!!! Tune in at 20:00 EAT (19:00 CAT, 18:00 GMT) on DSTV channel 286. 

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GLOBAL CULTURAL EVENT this Sunday at UG MUSEUM.

Welcome, guess you’ve all heard about the First Edition of the Global Cultural Event, if you haven’t heard about it, here’s a brief intro:

The event hosted by Mary Ingabire Global Events will rock the nation with top cultural performances and showcases from around the globe. 

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The event is aimed at celebrating Peace, Heritage and Pride

We want to resurrect our culture and with such events, young people will be envouraged to love and practice their culture

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Loads of Cultural Stuff like KANZUS, GOMESI, SHOES, WRAPS, CULTURAL ACCESSORIES, DESIGNS, PRINTS and more will be on display come 13th August 2017 at the Uganda Museum. 

Entrance Fee: Children 5K, Adults 10K, Stalls 100K, VIP table 1M, Tents 1.5M





GATES OPEN FROM 10am TO 11pm !!!  



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