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.
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.
By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial at Makindye has released on bail three  out of the seven 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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.