MBUYA BARRACKS ATTACKERS HANDED 15 YEARS IN PRISON

By Sania Babirye

The  general court martial has sentenced  two soldiers  to 15 years in Luzira prison after being convicted  of  treachery and security related offences  for conniving to attack the lower Mbuya military barracks in 2013. The two include Lt Augustine Moro and Private Kenneth Kalokwera Okello.

While sentencing them the army court chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said that the punishment should serve as a deterrent sentence due to the ongoing similar cases already before court.

Lt Gen. Gutti explained that  currently they  have more than four similar  case  files .The seven member team however  declined a call by prosecutions to hand the convicts the  maximum death penalty saying they needed time to repeat and change  their  behaviors.

They have been however advised to appeal the punishment within 14 days if they are not happy with both the conviction and sentence.

Yesterday the army court convicted the two on grounds that they formed a common intention to attack army barracks by organising and participating in the actual attack after they were found at the scene of crime.

Lt. Gen. Gutti also explained that Moro was the ring leader who recruited Kalokwera and others to attack Mbuya barracks. The court has however acquitted the two of the charge of assault over lack of evidence. The state had accused them of assaulting a guard who was on duty that night.

Prosecution states that on the 4th of March 2013 the two soldiers and others still at large at lower Mbuya military barracks in Kampala while armed with firearms attacked the guards manning the entrances of the basis in order to a quite guns an action  intended to jeopardize the security of the defense forces.

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Dr Stella Nyanzi bail review proceedings happening off camera

By Sania Babirye

Journalist and the public have been prevented from attending the bail review proceedings of jailed controversial Makerere university researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.

The proceedings are being heard off camera in justice Elizabeth Kabanda’s chambers.Only Dr Nyanzi, her lawyer Nicholas Opio and State Attorneys are allowed inside.

The public interest case has left both local and international journalists scattered in court corridors waiting for the outcome.

Meanwhile police officers from the counter terrorism squad are guarding the judge’s chambers were the proceedings are taking place.

BACKGROUND 

On the 10th of April  chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda denied to hear Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s bail application and remanded her to Luzira until she has been subjected to a mental  examination to prove that she is fit to stand trial as requested by principle state attorney  Jonathan Muwanganya.

However Stella’ s lawyers led by Isaac Ssemakade says this is an abuse of Stella’ s rights since bail is her constitutional right.

Ssemakade also said that  the actions of the chief magistrate are denying his client the right to a fair and speedy  trial.

Nyanzi is charged with cyber harassment and offensive communications all counts stemming from the Computer Misuse Act.

MUSLIM SUSPECTS CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT IN THEIR DEFENSE

By Sania Babirye

The 14 men alleged to have masterminded the murders of two Muslim clerics across the country have   chosen to remain silent as they began their defense today.

The  suspects led by Tabliq sect leader Shiekh Younus Kamoga informed court through their legal team led by  Fred  Muwema and Macdusman Kabega, they have chosen to exercise their Constitutional right to remain silent.

This means that the suspects will not be cross examined and court will proceed and write the final verdict basing on the evidence and exhibits on record submitted by defense before court.

The accused are charged with the murder of fellow sheikhs including Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Kirya, terrorism and the attempted murder of Shiekh Haruna Jjemba.

Three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi on the 10th of April ruled that the 14 had a case to answer following evidence from 63 prosecution witnesses.

These had 3 options to choose from including giving sworn in evidence where prosecution cross-examine them, unsworn in defense or keeping quiet.

The case has now been adjourned to the 26th of May 2017.

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NRMs CAPT. MUKULA DENIES INFIDELITY.

By Ewin Muhumuza

The NRM Eastern region National chairperson Capt. Mike Mukula has denied allegations that his wife caught him in their matrimonial bed with two girls from Makerere University in their home in Soroti district in 2014.

While appearing before Buganda Road court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani Capt. Mukula said that the alleged girls are not his mistresses but his employee’s at his flying school called Uganda Aviation School.

Mukula further told court that  he reached out to Tumusiime on various occasions to stop him from publishing malicious articles against him  that were intended to sabotage his marriage and family but all this fell on deaf ears after  he refused to pay the 20 million bribe that  Tumusiime had allegedly asked him in return.

Mukula had appeared to defend himself in a defamatory and libel case he filed against a news editor of a local tabloid Francis Tumusiime.

Capt. Mukula claims that in July 2014, with an intent to defame him Tumusiime on two occasions  unlawfully published articles alleging that his wife (Mukula’s) nabbed him with 2 girls in their marital bed in Soroti district which Mukula denies.

In February this year Mukula’s wife Gladys Mukula defended her husband over the allegations by telling court that Capt. Mukula was a faithful husband who respects the sanctity of their marriage.

She further told court that throughout their 34 years of marriage, she had never caught her husband with another woman nor found him in any compromising situation with a girl.

She asked court to find Tumusiime guilty of libel and she also brought one of the girls in court to prove that they were friends.

The case has been adjourned to the 5th of May 2017.

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FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE OFFERS LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO THE FORMER EMPLOYEE OF AYA OVER SEXUAL HARRASMENT

By Alice Lubwama

Human rights body, foundation for Human rights initiative has offered legal assistance to the former female employee of Aya group who accused her boss of sexual harassment.

The manager legal aid program at the foundation George Musisi told the media that, they are pushing for consolidation of both cases of sexual Harassment and assault cases that were lodged by the victim.

Musisi says that if police do not expedite the investigations, they will initiate a private prosecution to ensure justice for the victim.

This case was being handled by the minister for labor Herbert Kabafunzaki who was later arrested for allegedly extorting money from the accused.

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Irish Government provides 7.2 million Euros to improve education in Karamoja

By Gloria Nakiyimba

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150,000 children in schools in Karamoja will benefit from the 7.2 million Euros; about Ush 27.5 billion provided by the Irish Government.

According to Irish Ambassador, Dónal Cronin the funds channeled through UNICEF will support the Ministry of Education and Sports, to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.

Children at risk of dropping out of school and children with disabilities and special learning needs are targeted under the Irish supported program.

“This contribution from Ireland is critical in improving the skills and future of young people in Karamoja, Education is key to the region’s development and this support, to be implemented by our partner UNICEF, is part of our ongoing efforts to empower some of the most vulnerable communities in Uganda” said Ambassador Cronin.

The support will also address cultural and social practices that continue to undermine inclusive and quality learning.

The five year program aims to reduce gender gaps in enrolment and completion; improve learning outcomes in basic education; increase the transition of students from primary school to secondary school; and increase awareness within families and communities on the importance of investing in education for both girls and boys.

It will focus on enhancing teacher effectiveness, strengthening school management, assessing and monitoring learning outcomes, addressing issues of violence in schools, strengthening girls’ education, and promoting peace building and conflict-sensitive education.

“This support from the people of Ireland will help thousands of children to stay in school and have a higher quality education, especially adolescent girls who have a critical role in transforming the living conditions of their families and communities in the future,” said Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative in Uganda.

82 per cent of all 6 to 17 year old children in the region are living in poverty while 14 per cent complete primary school level and 25 per cent transition to secondary school in Karamoja compared to the national average of 67 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.

 

BUSSINESMAN CONVICTED OF NEGLIGENCE LEADING TO DEATH OF A THREE YEAR OLD

By Sania Babirye

A Kampala Business man whose failure to cover his pit holes lead to the death of his neighbor’s three year old child has been fined 70,000 shillings and ordered to compensate the bereaved family 5 million shillings.

This is after city hall grade one magistrate Moses Nabende found Ssenkungu Fred Don guilty of negligence.

While fining him the magistrate noted that Ssenkungu failed to take proper precautions against the fish ponds which he dug well knowing that they can be dangerous to human life.

Ssenkungu was convicted on his own plea yesterday where he acknowledged that the three year old boy drowned in his fish ponds that he had failed to cover up.

He was charged with committing a rash and neglect.

Prosecution led by Jackie Kyasimire states that on the 23rd of January 2017 at Kikaaya zone in Kampala Ssenkungu ommitted to take proper precautions against the pit holes dug there by causing the death of a neighbor’s 3 year old son Dan Caku.

 

Unregistered sim cards are a threat to national security.

By Robert Segawa.

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The Uganda police force makes a strong appeal to the Uganda Communication Commission to have all sim cards which are not registered to be off air.

AIGP Asan Kasingye the police spokesperson wonders as to why different mobile network are still having unregistered sim cards.

He says this is danger to national security because criminals buy unregistered sim cards, use them to commit crime and later through them away. Kasingye urges UCC to devise all means to see that all unregistered sim cards are turned off.

While addressing the media today, AIGP Asan Kasingye said Uganda Police Force has got many theories concerning the murders of Kaweesi but they are yet to get the bottom of the case.

He calls upon the public to be calm as police continues with investigations.

 

Four in trouble for Poaching and possession of arms in Gulu

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Four men are in trouble for hunting down elephants in northern Uganda Police in Gulu are holding the men for illegal possession of wildlife products and arms. They are Nyeko Solomon, Inyero Samuel, Kibwola Stewart, and Ojok Lenox Stephen.

According to Richard Muhabwe the warden in charge of Karuma conservation sector, the four were found in possession of 16 kilograms of Ivory, a n AK47 rifle and 31 rounds of ammunition. The gun and bullets were hidden inside the seat of a Bajaj motorcycle.

Police working with officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network trailed the suspects and picked them from Parwech Hotel in Gulu town as they tried to look for buyers.

Muhabwe singled out the hippopotamus as one of the most poached animals in Karuma sector.

“Because the hippo is first of all easy to trap, when you lay traps along the path from the river when they are going to graze at night, then there is high a chance that they’ll be caught in those traps” he said.

The hippopotamus is also much sought after because of its massive size.

“It has a lot of meat and culturally, the people around like hippo meat so it is hot cake in terms of poaching” he noted.

 

Dr Cypriano says AIGP Kaweesi is the 5 security officer to be gunned down.

By Robert Segawa.

The archbishop of Kampala archdiocese Dr Cypriano Kizito Lwanga has condemned the current wave of gun shootings in the city that have claimed the life of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Andrew Felix Kaweesi , his driver  Godfrey Wambewo and a body guard Keneth Erau.

Dr Lwanga made his remarks while speaking as a main celebrant during the requiem mass for Kaweesi who was brutally murdered by unknown gunmen travelling on a motorcycle near his home in Kulambiro- Kisasi a Kampala suburb.

According to Lwanga, AIGP Kaweesi is the 5th security officer to be gunned down in broad day light in Kampala in a space of five month.

The archbishop explained that currently the country is facing various assassinations including iron hit bar men, gun shots, and character assassination which he says contravene the biblical 5th commandment.

He urged all the wrong doers including Kaweesi’s killers to stop shedding blood, repent and come for reconciliation.

Dr Lwanga described Kaweesi as an officer who loved his faith, a devoted Catholic and an inspiring officer who inspired hundreds of other fellow officers. He also reminded crime preventers to know their duties of detecting crime other than fueling crime.

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