Kabafunzaki denies soliciting 5M from Aya

By Sania Babirye

The suspended  State Minister for labor  Herbert Kabafunzaki has for the second time pleaded not guilty to corruption charges including receiving five million shillings  from the Proprietor of Aya group of companies Mohammad Hamid.

Kabafuzanki and  his political aid Mugabo Brian and a relative Lubowa Bruce charged with two counts of  conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe to have his sexual harrasment case against his employee disappear.

He had appeared  before the High court’s Anti-corruption Division judge Margret Tibulya to plead afresh over the charges.

On the 28th of june Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum committed Kabafuzanki to the high court after state prosecutor Barbara Kawuma informed court that the DPP had opted  for the the three to be tried by a judge saying a judge was in better postion to try the case due  due to the circumstances of how  the  case was committed and the people involved it.

The case has been adjourned to the 10th of August to allow state to re-organise themselves after they called off their strike yesterday .

Prosecution states  that between the 6th and the 8th April 20217 at Serena Hotel in Kampala district,  Kabafunzaki directly solicited and accepted  a 5 million shillings Bribe from an Indian Investor Muhammed Muhammed Hamid,  the chairman Aya group of companies as an inducument to clear him of sexual harassment allegations levied against him by his former employee.

Some of the evidence that the DPP intends to adduce before court include a CCTV footage from Serena hotel that shows the interaction where the minister received  the alleged five million bribe in a khaki brown envelope from the Aya  boss and later giving it to his political assistant for counting who  later hid the money behind the curtains when police came to arrest them.

Court sets date for Hearing of Kabafunzanki trial

By Sania Babirye

High court judge Margret Tibulya has been assigned to hear the corruption case against  State Minister for labor  Herbert Kabafunzaki and two others.

These are charged with two counts of  conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe from the Proprietor of Aya group of companies Mohammad Hamid.

On the 28th of June Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum committed Kabafuzanki  alongside his political aid Mugabo Brian and a relative Lubowa Bruce for trial in the high court.

This is after state prosecutor Barbara Kawuma informed court that the DPP had opted  for the the three to be tried by a judge saying a judge was in better position to try the case due  due to the circumustances of how  the  case was commited and the people involved it.

Anti corruption court Deputy Registrar Susan Kanyange has set the 18th of July as the date when hearing of the case will commence and ordered Kabafunzaki
together and his co accused  to appear in court for trial

Prosecution states  that between the 6th and the 8th April 20217 at Serena Hotel in Kampala district,  Kabafunzaki directly solicited and accepted  a 5 million shillings Bribe from an Indian Investor Muhammed Muhammed Hamid,  the chairman Aya group of companies as an inducument to clear him of sexual harrasment allegations levied against him by his former employee.

Some of the evidence that the DPP intends to adduce before court include a CCTV footage from Serena hotel that shows the interaction where the minister received  the alleged five million bribe in a khaki brown envelope from the Aya  boss and later giving it to his political assistant for counting who  later hid the money behind the curtains when police came to arrest them.

Cases stall as prosecutors enter second day of strike

By Sania Babirye

As a strike by state prosecutors enters day two more cases continues to stall before different courts today in Kampala.

At Nakawa magistrate court  grade one magistrate Noah Sajabi has been forced to  adjourn the case in which  20 people are charged with  the murder of  former AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi to the 26th of July 2017 due to absence of state prosecutors.

The suspects had returned for mention of their case and find out the stages of investigations so that they can be committed to the high court for trial.

However the suspects were further remanded to Luzira prison since there was no prosecutir to communicate how far the investigations into the case have reached.

More than 200 Congolese refugees enter Uganda

More than 200 Congolese nationals have crossed to Kanungu district following clashes between Mai Mai militias and the Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo- FARDC.

The fighting broke out on Tuesday in Ishaha, Rutshuru territory, North Kivu Province claiming the lives of nine government soldiers and three Mai-Mai militias. Four government soldiers were injured in the fighting.

According to information obtained by URN, the Mai-Mai fighters staged a surprise attack on the 3411th Regiment base in Ishasha where they looted weapons. The heavy gunfire pushed several Congolese nationals into Kanungu district via Ishasha border.

They are currently camped at Karukara trading center in Rukoora cell in Kihembe parish in Kanyantorogo Sub County. Uganda and DRC share a common border, which is separated by no man’s land stretching about two Kilometers.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, told URN on Wednesday evening that more refugees were still crossing into Uganda. He however, said the fighting hasn’t affected business on the Ugandan side of the border.

According to Maate, Police have teamed up with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to transfer the refugees to Matanda refugee transit camp for registration pending transfer to Rwamwanja resettlement camp.

Major Peter Mugisa, the Second Division UPDF spokesperson, says UPDF is on high alert to maintain peace in the area.

 

 

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Maid sent to jail for trying to infect baby with HIV/AIDS

By Sania Babirye

A 18year old house maid who allegedly infected her boss’ two year old baby with HIV/AIDS has been remanded to Luzira prison.

Jemima Nasifah alias Tumukunde Zainabu has been remanded to Luzira prison by city hall court grade one magistrate Esther Nahirya and charged with doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease.

She however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecution led by Jackie Kyasimire states that, this house maid between the 30th June and 3rd July 2017 at Kiwatule Kazinga zone in Kampala knowingly or having reason to believe that she was HIV Positive cut herself on the right hand and put her blood on baby’s would around the nose.

The victim’s  mother allegedly  caught the  maid red-handed in the act  after she heard her baby crying.

Documents before court also  shows that the maid’s   blood was found spread allover the banana leaves that she was going to use for cooking.

She has been remanded until the  26th of July when her case returns  for further  mention.

Police reveal that 5 have been convicted for human trafficking

By Robert Segawa
Police has revealed that many Ugandans are now being trafficked to middle East countries through Kenya.
Addresing journalists on Monday at Police Headquarters in Naguru, the Commissioner of police in charge of human trafficking at the Ministry of internal affairs, Moses Binoga said that they have found out that people here work with Kenyan unlicensed companies lure Ugandan girls into Kenya.
He said that the girls are then transported using buses to Tororo where they are put into houses and then cross the border at night to Kenya. He said most of the girls go through Jomo Kenyatta airport.
According to Binoga, they have got 48 cases registered involving 140 victims being transported through Kenya. He however noted that five people have been convicted by court in Busia over human trafficking.

Centenary park no more, buildings are being demolished

The much anticipated demolition of structures at Centenary Park in Kampala is underway.

The demolition comes days after a directive by parliaments committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE to pave way for the construction of a booster pumping station by National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.

The work is part of a bigger project which includes an interconnection with the low level system in Nakasero, laying a new 5km transmission line from Centenary Park to Naguru Reservoir and installation of a booster station at Centenary Park.

The booster station is expected to add 6 million liters of water per day to the Naguru Reservoir and boost supply to parts of Ntinda, Bukoto, Kisaasi, Kulambiro, Najjera, Kyanja, Kungu and Buwate, all suburbs of Kampala.

Tenants at the park are racing against time to clear properties from the structures in the presence of a team of police personnel and SOGEA contractors, the company implementing the project on behalf of National Water.

Four popular restaurants were this morning razed, according to our reporter on the site. They include Choma, Blue Africa bar, Best Chinese Restaurant and Indian Restaurant.

 

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Police fails to produce anti Museveni suspects in court

Police in Mbarara have failed to produce in court three people who were last week arrested for allegedly conducting a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni.

The three are 20-year-old Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe, 26, and Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom. They were on Thursday found in possession of a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of the president.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several Members of Parliament.

According to police, the suspects were protesting against a ploy by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding office of the president at 75.  They face charges of sedition that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison if found guilty. The case is registered under file number SD 06/06/07/2017.

Early today, a group of friends and relatives had gathered at the Mbarara High Court where the suspects were expected to appear but this did not materialise as the suspects were nowhere to be seen.

Alex Mukanga is one of those who thought that the suspects would be brought to court. He says that he was disappointed to see that the police brought other suspects leaving the group behind.

Bright Muhumuza, another concerned resident says that the behaviour of the police in this matter indicates that they are interested it. He says that he and his group have since Thursday made several attempts to visit the suspects and talk to them in addition to securing bond for them in vain.

Medard Bahumwire, a friend to Rodgers Asiimwe, one of those arrested, faults the police for denying him and other people a chance to visit the suspects which he says is unacceptable. Bahumwire says that holding the suspects beyond 48 hours and failure to produce them in court tantamount to a human rights violation.

Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, however, told URN that the police are not playing any games as alleged. He says the police are waiting for a file on the matter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He says that once a response is received from the DPP, the police will take the necessary action.

The protest comes at the  backdrop of reports that a section of National Resistance Movement – NRM party legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.

Under the current provision in Article 102(b) of the constitution, President Museveni would be above 75 years and therefore ineligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit 75 in 2019, two years before the general elections.

 

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Man thrown to jail for ordering food without money

By Babirye Sania

City hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende has handed a 35 day jail sentence in Luzira prison to a   50 year old man for obtaining  eats and drinks under false pretense in a health club  .

This is after Joseph Rwamukyo a resident of Kiboga district accepted to have gone at KK Health Club in  Ntinda a kampala suburb, ordered for the drinks and foods  but  failed to pay for them after eating.

Rwamukyo was also ordered to pay a court fine of 100,000 shillings and also compensate the health club 300,000 shillings by city hall court.

Court heard that  on the 2nd  of July 2017 Rwamukyo went to KK health club and ate food and drunk beers worth  22, 2500 shillings which money he did not have.

Katikiro discourages politicians from changing parties

By Segawa Robert
The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has blasted politicians who are not firm in their parties and beliefs.
Speaking during the memorial service for former Kampala Mayor  and Democratic Party president John Ssebaana Kizito at Namirembe cathedral on Friday,Mayiga said politicians should emulate Ssebaana Kizito who never left Democratic Party .
He said many politicians are fond of crossing from one party to another which he said is wrong asking them to remain firm to their beliefs like Ssebaana did. West Buganda Diocese’s Rev.Henry Katumba Tamale urged believers to always do good while on earth. He said that believers should not only talk about good deeds but put them into practice.
Uganda Young Democrats in their green and white colours plus Buganda Bika football association were represented. Among other dignitaries present at Namirembe cathedral included government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa,Dr.Kizza Besigye,Olara Otunnu,Nobert Mao and Amama Mbabazi .