Kifeesi leader arrested and sent to Nalufenya

By Robert Segawa

The most wanted Kifeesi boss Paddy Sserunjogi a.k.a Sobi has been transferred to Nalufenya from Nsangi police station where he was arrested from.

Sobi has been arrested along side with two others namely, Shafiq Kasozi and Twaha Otim during interview with some journalists at Rose garden hotel in Nsangi.

The self confessed criminals will be interrogated on claims they made on one of the television stations that they have been involved in top crimes in this city. A video of these  claims have since gone viral.

Woman leaves child to suffocate over disagreement with husband

By Sania Babirye
A 22 year old woman has been charged with neglect after she abandoned her baby in a house causing it to almost suffocate.
Nantanbi Christine a resident of   Kiwatule  a suburb of Kampala left the  baby boy  in the house following a domestic quarrel with the baby’s  father  after he refused to  give her money to plait her hair.
She has denied the charge before City Hall Grade one magistrate Talisuna Patrick .
 Prosecution alleges that at the beginning of this month the suspect left the infant boy in the house alone who was saved by his father who found him suffocating in  bed sheets.
She has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 25th of January as investigations into case continue.

Police officers accused of kidnap have been released on bail

By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial at Makindye has released on bail  three [3] out of the seven[7] jailed  police officers battling kidnap charges.
A panel of seven members of  the Court Martial  chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has released D/CPL Amon Kwarisima , SPC Faisal Katende and D/ASP James Magada  on grounds that the  junior ranking  officers  can neither interfere with  on-going CMI investigations nor threaten prosecution witnesses.
 The three officers have been released on a non cash bond of ten million shillings each while  their sureties  entered  non  cash bond  of 5 million shillings each.
 The bailed officers must also report to the registrar of the General court Martial twice  every  month and ordered not to  travel out of Kampala without permission from  court.
 Court warned that failure to abide by the above conditions will automatically lead to cancellation of bail.
The seven men are facing charges of kidnap of  three Rwandese nationals and unlawfully conveying  them to their country against their will.
Other suspects Joel Aguma,   Nixon Agasirwe ,  Benon Atwebembeirwe and Abel Tumukunde  have been remanded back to Luzira prison and Makindye military police barracks respectively until the 5th/February/2028  as CMI continues with investigations.

UCE examination leakage started in Iganga says UNEB boss

The recent leakage of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers has been traced to Iganga district. The confirmation comes a week after media reports indicating that examination papers were circulating on social media long before they were done by the candidates.

UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says preliminary investigations have traced the leakage to storage station in Busesa. He adds that the area supervisor and scouts have since been arrested to aid investigations into the matter.

“The scout sent to guard the exam confessed that he was paid 1 million Shillings to give his keys to perpetrators of the fraud,” Odong told journalists in Kampala today.

According to Odongo, over 26 people from various districts have so far been arrested in relation to the examination leakage. Of the arrested; five were from Entebbe, five from Rwizi, four from Rwenzori west region, two from Serere, one from Amuria, nine from Kampala and one from Iganga.

They include private school teachers, a student, a director of a private school and bursar of a government school among others.

Odongo says the involvement of teachers is an “indictment of teachers who have made education a business.” He however adds that UNEB was still pondering the next course of action.

“Our scouts from other parts of the country have told us that examinations in their areas were going on well and were not affected by news of the examination leaks.”

“Until the impact is established, we shall not know what appropriate measure to take to handle the after effect of the exam. So for now we do not know whether we shall cancel the exam or reduce or increase the pass mark. We shall only know what to do after we establish what can be done.”




Government to spend about US $ 6 billion on nuclear power plant

By Waswa Deo

Uganda government will spend close to US $ 6 billion to construct a Nuclear power plant to generate extra power for industrial use both local and multi- national.

Sarah Nafuna Mudoko, Head of Nuclear Energy Unit in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has noted that the studies to construct this power plant are done and the first nuclear plant will be ready by 2031 with capacity of 1000 Megawatts and the second power plant will be ready before 2040.

According to Nafuna, the studies have recommended that this first nuclear power plant will be stationed around Lake Kyoga , and future stations will be constructed in Mubende, Lamwo and Kiruhura.

‘’We selected these areas, because they are safe for both, the plant and people. The nuclear power plant always stationed in areas that are free from earth quakes, areas with no valleys and most especially areas with enough water which could help in cooling’’.  Mudoko added.

The construction will kick off in 2022 with help of companies from Russia and China.

The ministry is currently working on policy and laws that will regulate and guide the establishment and use of the nuclear energy in the country.

Over 300 million Uganda shillings will be needed for each person who interested in going abroad to study and acquire more knowledge of working in the nuclear energy stations.

Mudoko, told us that over 50 people will be required to go abroad to obtain knowledge about nuclear energy to ensure that by time of construction, Uganda will be having engineers who can offer their services.


Top police officers charged with kidnap

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Seven senior police officers have been charged with kidnap of two Rwandese Nationals and being in possession of firearms and grenades.  Former commander of police special operations  Nickson Agasirwe,  Head of law enforcement professional standards unit Joel Aguma, commander of flying squad Abel Tumukunde, Kampala metropolitan police ASP James Magada,  Amon Kwarisima,  Benon Atwebembeire  and Faisal Katende  are charged  with kidnapping  Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kalemeera .
They are jointly charged with two Rwandese nationals; Rene  Rutangugira and Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.
They appeared before a panel of seven members of the general military court martial chaired by Lt. General Andrew Gutii but refused to take plea to the charge.
Their lawyer Caleb Alaka is objecting to the charges and the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial.
Alaka is contending that his clients cannot take plea on a defective charge sheet
Prosecution  led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha  states  that while the accused were in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are a preserve of only the UPDF,   conveyed Mutabazi to Rwanda without his onsent .
They committed the offense on the 25th October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district.
The three senior police officer have been remanded to Makindye mitary cells while the other six suspects have been remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of November 2017

Court permits former Crane bank employees to sue DFCU

By Sania Babirye

The high court in Kampala has given permission to 10 former crane bank employees to sue DFCU bank on behalf of their 400 colleagues  over wrongfully  dismissal.

The permission has been given by deputy registrar Sarah Langa.

The group which is seeking  6 billions in damages among others includes Managers,tellers and cleaners.

These accuse  DFCU bank of discriminatively firing them in a period of only one month after they took over from Crane bank in January of this year with out a valid and sound reason.

They are seeking compensations for the   mental, reputation and financial damage they continue to suffer as a result of their alleged wrongful termination.

They claim that Crane bank had promised its 700 employees that they will not lose their jobs after the take over.

However when DFCU bank took over  and it laid off some employees in a restructuring exercise.

Through their lawyers of Center for Legal Aid led by Mr Isaac Ssemakadde, the group wants to sue DFCU bank for breaching their alleged employment contract and rights which resulted into many of them losing their jobs.

The aggrieved  former employees are claiming that  DFCU bank contravened the Employment Act by sucking them yet during receivership, their contracts including maintaining their jobs were transferred to DFCU.

These are also seeking compensation after DFCU bank allegedly failed to fulfill any liabilities and obligations of crane bank in relation to their job security as agreed upon.

Crane Bank was the third largest bank in the country by the time Bank of Uganda took it over after its working capital went down below the required minimum  which bank of Uganda  ruled that it poised a risk to the client’s  money.

NRM’s Ibaale loses defamation case against Katuntu

By Sania Babirye

The Court of Appeal has this morning dismissed with costs an election appeal by NRMs Daniel Ibaale  that was challenging the victory of  FDC’s Abdul Katuntu as the Bugweri  county member of parliament.

Three justices including the now out-going Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma , Remmy  Kasule  and Richard Buteera have unanimously  upheld   the Jinja high court decision  and confirmed that Hon. Katuntu is the validly elected  Member.

In a ruling read by the  deputy registrar Taddeo  Asiimwe,the  3 justices ruled that   Ibaale was seen leaving Ensulo lodge to go for nomination and this being a statement of fact, they is no way it could have  defamed   the candidature of Ibaale.

The justices also ruled that they could not order a recount because Ibaale did not prove enough evidence to warrant a recount.

The Court dismissed all the twelve grounds that Ibaale had  appealed  for, for  lack of merit and ordered him to pay Katuntu costs of the petition  for both in  Jinja High court  and court of Appeal.

In August 2016, Justice Margaret Mutonyi  dismissed Ibaale’s petition on grounds that it lacked merit  after he failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove his allegations including defamation.

However being dissatisfied with the ruling, he appealed in the court of appeal.

He accused the judge of not allowing him a chance to file responses to Katuntu’s evidence, were he accused Katuntu of uttering defamatory statements against him  during  campaigns.

Ibaale had also  alleged that Katuntu made defamatory statements to the effect that he was not fit for election as MP because he did not have a  home in Bugweri county Consistency and emerged out of a lodge to go for  nomination.

Ibaale had claimed that  the said words belittled him before the voters to the benefit of Katuntu who was over overwhelmingly  voted with a  winning margin of over 30,000 votes.

The shilling hits its lowest against dollar in two years

The shilling this week slumped against the US dollar, getting to its weakest point in two years.

The shilling shifted from its stable range of 3,600 and traded in the range of 3,645/3,655, for the first time in two years.

According to Stephen Kaboyo of Alpha Capital Partners, which watch the market, the shilling was under immense pressure on account of strong demand from the inter-bank, as commercial banks rushed to cover their short positions.

Kaboyo says significant demand was also seen from the energy, manufacturing and importers. By close of the week the shilling registered a modest rebound from its earlier losses as demand receded.

Kaboyo forecasts that the shilling will remain volatile as pockets of demand continue to play out coupled with an undercurrent of negative sentiment on account of domestic and regional political developments.

The Kenyan Shilling was also under pressure due to negative sentiments around the planned repeat presidential election and the deteriorating political and security situation in Uganda’s biggest trading partner.

Kaboyo says the anxiety kept the markets on the edge and the central bank of Kenya intervened and sold dollars in order to calm the markets.

The last time the shilling breached the 3,650 mark was in the last quarter of 2015 on account of prolonged drought and upsurge of conflict in South Sudan, then Uganda’s biggest trading partner.

Speaking to the media Thursday, Uganda’s Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi said the Kenyan political turbulence is not yet having any significant effects on Uganda.


Sheikh Yunus Kamoga applies for bail siting old age and deteriorating health

By Sania Babirye

The convicted and jailed  Tabliq sect leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga has applied  for bail  before the Court of Appeal.

The bail application comes  after Kamoga challenged both his terrorism conviction and life time imprisonment that was handed to  him by the international crimes division of the high court in July this year.

Through his lawyers of Muwema and company advocates, Kamoga says he is of advanced  age of more than 60 years and has several ailments including Ulcers and High blood pressure making his health  not suitable for prison  conditions.

In July this year, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi sentenced Kamoga and 5 others to life imprisonment and 30 years in Luzira prison after convicting each of them of verbal terrorism.

The group was however acquitted of murdering rival sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya due to lack of evidence.

The group has since then challenged both their convictions and sentences in the court of appeal saying they were harsh and excessive .

Kamoga’s bail application however comes at a time when state prosecutors under the DPP resumed their strike over poor pay and poor working conditions.