Opposition demand a commission of inquiry be put to investigate Kayihura

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change says president Museveni should institute a commission of inquiry to investigate former Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura for the last 13 years he has been at the helm of police management.

Ibrahim Semujju Nganda, the FDC spokesperson while addressing the media at party headquarters said the commission should be headed by a competent judge in order to probe crimes committed by Gen Kayihura during his tenure. Semujju noted that many people have been tortured, killed and others were wrongly detained thus need to be given a chance to explain themselves and pin him.

He added that Kayihura has been handling police office as a ruling party NRM cadre and commissioned arrest and torture and arrest of opposition members .
The party now wants Kayihura to be charged with all cases he committed while in office including intimidation, arbitrary arrests of opposition members during their peaceful demonstrations. Ssemujju also wants all the victims to be compensated by government over the sins of Gen Kayihura.

IGP Okoth orders for a Police head count

By Robert Segawa

The inspector General of police, Okoth Martin Ochola has ordered for head count in Uganda police force to commence on 18th-June-2018 across the country to know the actual numbers of serving officers as way of professionalize the force.

According to the message from Professional standard unit commander assistant commissioner of police William Okalany the head count will begin with units, divisions and regions within Kampala before extending to up country.

He adds that all personnel will be counted from their particular area of deployment within district and division.

Okalany adds that the division police commanders will organize the audit centers and each officer will fill a man power audit form before proceeding to the audit team for verification.

The police officers will expect to present passport photos, warrant cards, bank account, tin number, and national identity card number. He strongly warns those will miss the exercise their names will be deleted from the payroll.

Kampala-Entebbe express highway to be commissioned today

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni is expected to commission the Kampala-Entebbe express way this afternoon at Mpala Toll Plaza .

The US$ 476 million Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway is 49.5 kilometers is expected to help decongest and enhance the trade movement in the central business district.

The Highway has two sections starting from Busega on northern bypass to the existing Kampala- Entebbe road at Mpala, and a 12. 6km section commencing from Kajjansi interchange to Munyonyo.

Court finds Kamyuka guilty of unintentionally killing colleague

By Sania Babirye

High court justice Wilson Kwesiga has acquitted Kampala bussinesman Ivan Kamyuka of murdering his colleague Ahimbisibwe Johnnie at club Guvnor in Kampala in August 2015 but found him guilty of  manslaughter.

While convicting him of Manslaughter, justice Kwesiga ruled that Kamyuka used  excessive force while attacking Ahimbisibwe.
Justice Kwesiga explained that the convict ignored the role of other mediators such as Security and other dancers at the night club who tried to  repel him against the deceased who had attacked his lover also lady at centre of contention Nima Nyarwaka a former wife to the deceased whom he had a seven year old son  with.
The judge has however aquitted him of murdering the deceased on grounds that he did not intend or willfully kill the deceased and that Kamyuka acted in self-defense of his lover after Ahimbisibwe attacked her first by calling her insulting words like prostitute, bitch and injured her face, lips, teeth and hands when he broke a glass in front of her.
The judge has  further ruled that any reasonable spouse would have used any deadly force to repel attack against his partner and that Ahimbisibwe did provoke Kamyuka by violently assaulting  and abusing his lover and as a result he was entitled to defend her.
Justice Kwesiga has also taken into account evidence seduced by the defense showing that the deceased was a violent man whose violent behavior led to him being deported from Sweden and the fact that his former lover divorced him in 2013 as a result of his violent behavior.
He also ruled that Ahimbisibwe Johnnie unlawfully died of excessive bleeding due to a deep cut wound  he sustained on the neck as a result of an assault on 2nd  of August  2015 at Glub Guvnor.
He has now cancelled Kamyuka’s bail and set this afternoon to hand him his sentence.

Football fans asked to be vigilant during the world cup season

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police has issued safety guidelines for security and traffic ahead of FIFA world Cup which starts on Thursday.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru, Senior commissioner of police of counter David Wasswa urges members of the public to be vigilant throughout the tournament by, reporting suspicious individuals providing access control measures for checking and searching all fans who will be going to their venues among others.

He adds that members of public should be more vigilant on the day of  the finals as terrorist attacked Uganda in 2010.

During the same press conference the public relations officer of traffic and road safety Charles Ssebambulidde strongly warned football fans who will be watching the matches to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol as they will be arrested. He says that traffic police has more than enough breathalyzers to carry out operations for drunken drivers.

Bishop Luwalira’s attacker charged with three counts

Herbert Kaddu who is  charged with   threatening to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira as he was giving the 2018  Easter service has been pinned by an official of the church who intercepted him.
Wasswa Ruben Luwaga is the first prosecution witness and as the case commenced its trial today, he informed Mwanga 2 court grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye  that on that fateful day of 1st April 2018, he saw Kaddu trying to interrupt the ongoing Easter service as he tried to jump to the alter and attack the Bishop while armed with a stick.
He narrated that the stand off lasted about 10 minutes as him and other officials from  church tried to arrest Kaddu who was also dressed in a bark cloth and the whole incident left everyone including the Bishop and the congregation in shock.
Prosecution also rendered in the alleged bark-cloth and stick in court as exhibits.
However, when Kaddu was given a chance by the magistrate to cross examine Luwaga,he turned it down saying he does not remember the events but the only memory he has is people trying to beat him as he explained in vain that he was mentally ill from Butabika hospital.
Kaddu has also informed court that the bark- cloth and the stick were given to him by his grandfather.
Hearing of  the case has further been adjourned to the 2nd of July.
34 year old Herbert Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three  counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court also disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report  instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Woman kidnaps self, comes out after failing to get ransom

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is holding a wife of city prominent pastor for faking her own kidnap. Maria Tusubira a wife of Pastor Shadrak Tusubira proprietor of Noah’s Ark church Masajja B kibira zone has been arrested from her daughter’s home in Kikajjo Wakiso district after she failed to get the 50m she had demanded from her husband.

Maria went missing last week after she left her home saying she had gone to buy a plot of land in Gayaza. Unidentified person claiming to be kidnapper later used her phone to contact her family demanding for shs 50m in order to release.
Luke Owoyesigire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says Maria who was with her boyfriend one Angello Ssembusii traveled to Masaka where she spent days at her brother as they waited for the ransom before she could return to Kampala.
Owoyesigire adds that after the family kept deaf ear, Maria sneaked back to Kampala and went to her elder daughter’s home where she was tracked and arrested from.
She is currently detained at Katwe police station awaiting to be arraigned before courts of law.

UNBS embarks on electricity meter verification

By Deo Wasswa

Uganda National Bureau of standards has embarked on field operation to test and verify the accuracy of electricity meters to ensure that consumer of electricity are not cheated or cheating the quantity of electricity they  pay.

The verification exercise has started in Kampala and initially targeting 10.000 electricity meters country wide.

According to Muhwezi Godwin, the principal PRO at UNBS,  the operation is in line with 2015 electricity meter measurement regulation.

During the operation, all faulty meters will be removed and replaced by the new ones

Security tightens ahead of Abiriga’s burial

By Robert Segawa

Security is tight in and outside Arua town municipality as military and police officers patrol this morning after residents turned riotous and destroyed property at the home of the fallen Arua municipality member of Parliament Hon Col Ibrahim Abiriga last evening.

The bodies of Hon Abiriga and his brother who were assassinated on Friday near his home in Kirinyabigo in Kawanda Wakiso district were airlifted by the military helicopter to his home in Arua town.
However, residents who had come to receive the body of their legislator turned rowdy and destroyed tents, plastic chairs and vehicles which had delivered caskets forcing the family and mourners to run into disarray.

A vehicle belonging to A PLUS  and local NGO, police motorcycles were destroyed as angry residents moved to grab the bodies forcing family to seek refugee from nearby police station. Equipment belonging to journalists including cameras and audio recorders were destroyed as scribes scampered for their lives.

UPDF soldiers from Bondo military barracks were summoned to reinforce police to calm the situation by firing live bullets in the air to calm down the situation.
Hon Abiriga and his bodyguard also his brother will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Arua municipality today Monday.

Dormitory collapses in a school fire

By Robert Segawa

Police is investigating the circumstances under which fire gutted girl’s dormitory of Kiryokya Parents SS in Mityana district left property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

The evening fire started when students were attending evening classes.  Students’ properties including suit cases, Mattresses, Decker beds were already burned down by the time fire brigade arrived.

The fire had also gaputted the enitire girl’s dormitory and the structure had collapsed.

Nobert Ochom, the Wamala region police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying no child died in the fire the investigation is going on.