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Ruparelia Family To Name Adopted Baby Rhino At Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ruparelia Foundation says it is excited to have been given an opportunity to adopt the new baby rhino born at Ziwa Sanctuary in Nakasongola district.

Naiya K Ruparelia, one of the directors of Ruparelia Group, says the naming of the baby rhino will be on December 17th 2020.

“We are very excited about the birth of this new rhino, we have been thinking long and hard about the name we are going to name this new creature .This is a very happy Christmas for us,”

Naiya explains that Uganda is a very wonderful place with diverse range of wild life animals in beautiful surrounding adding that Ruparelia Foundation is excited to be part of this conservation part.

She also thanked the Rhino Fund Uganda for the great work they are doing to protect and conserve the rhinos which are endangered species.

The baby rhino brings the total number to 34 white rhinos at the sanctuary. Sudhir has unrelentingly showed his passion for wildlife in his philanthropic activities.

The tycoon also funds another baby chimpanzee at Ngamba Island the sanctuary for abandoned or orphaned chimpanzees.

MP Wants EOC Boss Investigated After She Abused & Insulted Court

In a strongly worded letter to the Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of State House, Kaluya Andrew, the member of parliament (MP) for Kigulu County South and also a Member of African Parliamentarians Against Corruption (APNAC) wants state agencies like police and State House Anti-corruption Unit to support the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)'s office expeditiously investigate Sylvia Ntambi Muwebwa, chairperson Equal Opportunities Commission ((EOC) and continued abuse of the court processes.

EOC’s Ntambi is facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the government of Uganda and neglect of duty leading to gross mismanagement of commission funds in the Anti-Corruption Court. She was summoned to appear before Her Worship Pamela Ocaya Lamunu, the Chief Magistrate, butt keeps dodging court giving peculiar excuses.

According to Kaluya’s letter written on 19th October 2020, on 22nd September 2020, Ntambi sent a lawyer from Kagwa & Kagwa Advocates claiming she was out of Kampala and requested to appear on 7th October 2020 to which the chief magistrate granted.

But still, she was a no show on 7th October 2020, instead, through her new lawyer, MacDusman Kabega, Ntambi tendered documents before the court claiming that she was admitted in Medik Hospital in Kawempe.

“Ntambi deceived court that she was suffering from chronic hypertension and that her condition required a major operation at Medik Hospital in Kawempe,” Kaluya notes in the letter to Nakalema.

It was however revealed in the media that Ntambi had never been admitted or scheduled for an operation at Medik Hospital. Days earlier, Her worship the chief magistrate had directed MacDusman Kabega to produce Ntambi in court on 29th October 2020 to take a plea or else be arrested forthwith.

“It has been widely observed that Ntambi Sylvia openly abused and insulted the courts of law. In fact, the chief magistrate tasked the DPP to investigate whether Ntambi was sick as alleged,” Kaluya said.

“We propose that concerned state agencies like police and state House Anti-corruption unit should support the DPP's office and expeditiously investigate this matter to enable the Chief Magistrate to make an informed decision. The video clip captured by investigative journalists at Medik Hospital in Kawempe gives a clue,”

“Consequently, the Directors of Medik Hospital must exhibit professionalism by openly telling Ugandans how the embattled chairperson of EOC acquired documents purportedly issued by the health facility. This needs to be urgently investigated and findings submitted to the court,” Kaluya concluded in the letter which he shared with different relevant agencies.

Medik Hospital Disowns EOC’s Muwebwa Court Submission

The chairpersons of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) Ms Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi misinformed court when her lawyer MacDusman Kabega said she was sick and admitted at a hospital in Kawempe called Medik Hospital.

Kabega presented to court medical paperwork to support his submission bearing the name Medik Hospital but officials of the hospital have since distanced the health facility from Kabega and have informed The Street Journal, an online publication, that Muwebwa is not their patient.

This means that Muwebwa recently summoned to court to answers charges of corruption and abuse of office feigned sickness to skip and stay away from the quizzing court on Wednesday.

“Upon inquiry from Medik Hospital in Kawempe where he told the court she had been admitted, the staff at the facility told this website that they have never received Muwebwa as their patient and that as of Wednesday, they only had four patients on admission,” The Street Journal reported on Thursday.

“I would not want to speak about matters I don’t understand. May be call her on phone,” said a staff who did not want to be named. The staff revealed that the medical facility does not carry out surgery apart from admitting patients.

On Wednesday, Kabega presented documents showing that Muwebwa is suffering from hypertension and was due for operation this month.

The investigation by The Street Journal followed a warning issued by the Anti-corruption Court Chief Magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya who issued criminal summons against Muwebwa requiring her to appear and answer charges in regard to misappropriation of millions of taxpayers money.

“I will extend criminal summons for the very last time. Should she fail to appear at the next court sitting, I will not hesitate to issue an arrest warrant,” she ruled. The last extension of criminal summons against Muwebwa followed her failure to appear in court for the third time in lieu despite summons issued to her.

State attorney James Khaukha told the court that investigations into the matter were complete and they were only delayed by Muwebwa’s failure to appear. Last week, the court summoned Muwebwa to appear after prosecution amended the charge sheet to include her as the tenth suspect. She was expected to take plea over accusations to do with a conspiracy to defraud.

Muwebwa is jointly accused with nine other former employees of the commission who were interdicted after they were charged last year and were released on bail pending trial.

EOC Boss Muwebwa Dodges Court Claiming She Is Sick

Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi was a no show this morning at the Anti-Corruption Court where she is facing corruption charges.

Her lawyer MacDusman Kabega said she was sick and couldn’t make it to court. He presented papers from Medik Hospital in Kawempe where she is admitted.

The Medik Hospital document indicates that Muwebwa was admitted Tuesday evening in Obstetrics & Gynecology department. She admitted herself at the hospital.

Also, the documents indicated that Muwebwa personally authorized surgical/medical treatment by the hospital owner Dr. Kunonya Edward and other surgeons/physicians attached to the hospital.

Muwebwa and nine other EOC staff members are facing 25 counts of causing financial loss, conspiracy to defraud, embezzlement, corruption, and abuse of office.

The staff include Mujuni Mpitsi, the Secretary to the Commission, Olwor Sunday Nicholas, the undersecretary, Moses Mugabe, a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Byangire Harriet, a Senior Accountant.

Others are Edith Kamahoro, a senior Personal Secretary; Kwesiga Ronnie, an Accounts Assistant; Jjemba Evans, the Principle Compliance Officer, Kwihangana Manasseh, a Senior Compliance Officer, and Sarah Nassanga an Office Attendant.

According to the charge sheet signed by Jane Frances Abodo, the Director of Public Prosecution, Ntambi, Mugabe, Mujuni Mpitsi and Jemba conspired to defraud the government of sh35,002,000. They are said to have taken the money to purportedly undertake an audit exercise of the Rural Electrification Programme in Uganda, which activity is said to have not taken place.

It also alleged that between July 2018 and April 2019 Ntambi neglected her duty of directing the affairs and administration of the EOC, thereby leading to gross mismanagement of the Commission Funds.

She skipped court last week and criminal summons were issued. Then summons have now been extended to October 29, where it is hoped that she will have recovered from illnesses that papers adduced in court indicate.

SOURCE: Matooke Republic

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