WHO pledges to help Ministry of health fight cholera

By Daudi Zirimala

The World Health Organization (WHO), has pledged its support to ministry of health to encounter the outbreak of Cholera in country most especially in the refugee host communities.

According to WHO Country Representative Dr. Tomas Tegen, they are committed to counter epidemics and emergencies in Uganda by providing necessary support in terms of human resource, funds among others to reduce impact of emergencies including loss of lives.

Dr. Tegen says capacity building is required because influx of refugees in Uganda will consistently impact of lives of Uganda if epidemics are not catered for.

Police holds pastor for kidnap

By Robert Ssegawa
 
Police in Kampala are  holding 32 year old pastor from Buikwe district in connection with  kidnap and murder of 19 year old girl.
It  is alleged that pastor Nambuzi Ronald of Namwezi full gospel church  Mbiko  sent money to Brinah Nalule 19 year old from YMCA Buwambo district to pay him a visit on Friday evening.
According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Oweyisigyire,  Brinah Nalule spent a weekend at pastors home in Namwezi village Buikwe district until he gave  money to transport back the girl to Buwambo Campus.
He adds that the girl was kidnapped from New taxi park on her way back to school . Her kidnappers asked for ransom of 10 million , before killing her.Her body was dumped  at Mutundwe in Kabawo zone in Rubaga division.

Lands minister Amongi continues to be quizzed by the lands committee

The Land Probe has tasked lands Minister Betty Amongi to explain circumstances under which her company acquired possession of four lucrative government properties in Kampala.

Amongi had appeared before the committee chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire following reports that she fraudulently used her position as a Minister and a member of the Departed Asian Property Custodian Board to acquire the properties through a company she co-owns with her sister.

Most prominent among the properties is Plot 29, Acacia Avenue in Kololo registered in the names of Toshak Munubhai Patel. The property now houses Midcom Telecom. The other is a house on Prince Charles Drive in Kololo, land in Industrial area and another piece of land in Mengo-Kibuga.

Documents before the Probe Commission indicate that Amongi’s company; Amobet Investments Limited secured approval for the property within two days of submitting the application. The same documents indicate that the company agreed to pay only 550,000 Shillings per month for each of the four properties.

George William Bizibu, the Executive Secretary of the Departed Asian Property Custodian Board told the probe committee earlier that he had informed the Board about the availability of the property, shortly before he received an application from Amobet Investments Limited.

Justice Bamugemereire wondered how Henry Mubiru, the Managing Director of Amobet Investments Limited, easily accessed the Departed Asian Property Custodian Board without the help of the minister, who also happens to be his employer.

The Land Probe Lead Counsel Ebert Byenkya also wondered how Mubiru easily learnt about all the properties without the help of the Minister.

But Amongi explained that her Managing Director had tried to apply for the property earlier in 2010 before her appointment as a Minister but lost interest when he got another opportunity in Juba, South Sudan. According to Amongi, it was only later in 2015 that Mubiru started scouting for property in Kampala again and brokers led him to the four properties.

She denied knowledge of Mubiru’s initial process of gaining access to the property saying that she only learnt about it when Mubiru found difficulties in evicting tenants at Midcom. Amongi said that she has never visited any of the four properties to date.

But Justice Bamugemereire said that it was impossible for Amongi not to know about Mubiru’s dealings. She indicated to Amongi provisions under the Leadership Code Act that bars conflict of interest, influence peddling and others.

Justice Bamugemereire directed Amongi to read Section 12 of the Leadership Code Act that prohibits a leader’s company to hold any contract with a government body that she or he controls.  A leader who contravenes with this provision is liable to vacate office or be dismissed.

Conflict of Interest is, according to the Leadership Code Act, defined as a situation where a leader has got to make a decision within his or her personal interest or public interest.

Ebert Byenkya, the Land Probe Lead Counsel said that the Minister’s situation in the acquisition of the four properties in Kampala plays out well in the provisions of the law.

Amongi’s appearance before the Land Probe following yesterday’s issuance of criminal summons to Amongi by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire following futile attempts to serve the minister since April 3 this year.

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Army court orders CMI to handle case of Rwandese Nationals kidnap

By Sania Babirye
The army court sitting in Makindye has ordered the Chieftaincy  Military intelligence (CMI) to  expidite investigations in a case in which  Seven police officers are charged with  the Kidnap of 2 Rwandese nationals . Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kaleemera and unlawful possession of firearms.

This is after prosecution led by Maj.Rapheal Mugisha informed the seven member court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti that he was not able to summon any witnesses in court today since the case file is still with CMI who are still carrying out cross boader investigations.

Now the case has been adjourned to the 5th of June 2018 and the suspects remanded to Luzira and Makindye Military barracks were they have been for the past 9 months.

The seven police officers  include; SPC Joel Aguma,  SSP Nixon Agasirwe Karuhanga, D/ASP James Magada, D/AIP Benon Atwebembeirwe, D/Sgt Abel Tumukunde , SPC Faisal Katende and D/CPL Amon Kwarisima.

These  are  jointly charged with 2 civilians including  a Rwandese national; Rene  Rutangugira and a Congolese  national Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.

Prosecution  led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha states that on the 25th/October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district, while the accused where in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are ordinarily and  a monopoly  of only the UPDF, they  conveyed  Mutabazi and Kaleemera   to  the Republic of  Rwanda without their consent.

Prosecution further  states that on the 24th /October  2017 at Najeera within Kiira division in Wakiso district , the 7 police officers together with 2 civillians were found in unlawful possession of 4 grenades which are ordinarily a monopoly of the UPDF.

Jim Muhwezi seeks high court orders to block eviction

By Sania Babirye
Former Health minister Rt.  Maj. General Jim Muhwezi has gone  to the High court  seeking orders  to block his eviction from land in Kyadondo block 273 at Kyamula -Salaama in Makindye division .
Through his lawyer Ahmed Mukasa Kalule, Muhwezi wants a stay of execution on grounds that  he is the rightful owner of the  land  in contention.
Muhwezi alleges that  he has been peacefully and quietly enjoying the said property for the past 23 years  since  1995 when he  purchased it from  a one William Hitman.
He adds that he was surprised when last week,   court bailiffs came and  tried to evict him on instructions of a one James Mubiru.
Mubiru sought intervention of court bailiffs on grounds that Maj. Gen Muhwezi fraudulently obtained this land  which he (Mubiru ) claims forms  part of the estate of his late father the  late George Ssekajjugo.
Mubiru states that he legally owns this land being a biological son of the late Sekajjugo and therefore the rightful   beneficiary .
However Muhwezi contends that  his eviction from the said land is  pre-mature because there are pending court cases and staying orders which Mubiru over looked before securing an eviction order .
The court has fixed tomorrow afternoon  to have the  application hear by Deputy registrar  Deo Nzeyimana.

Singer Chris Evans beaten to near death

Unidentified thugs have attacked local music artist, Chris Evans Kaweesi and made off with his vehicle registration number UAZ 399J. The thugs attacked Chris Evans at Lungujja in Lubaga Division in Kampala in the wee hours of this morning.

Chris Evans, known for songs such as Ndikusasulaki, Bwolonda, Mulungi, Rihanna, Nantale, Linda, Nsimye and Omuzadde Owekisa, is now admitted at Mengo hospital and has also filed a case of assault and vehicle theft at Old Kampala Police Station.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, quotes Evans saying in his statement that he noticed two people trailing him on a bodaboda at around midnight as he was driving home.
According to Owoyesigyire, Evans decided to branch off to a nearby gate next to the road while hooting for help. “Even though he was hooting, the two thugs came towards his car window, crashed it, hit him on the head and forced him out of the car.

“He says one of them entered the car, the other got on the motorcycle and their drove away,” said Owoyesigyire.
However, the car has been recovered in Mutundwe, a suburb of Kampala according to a tweet posted on the official police handle  @PoliceUg.

On average three vehicles are stolen in Kampala and its surrounding districts each day.

 

 

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Kitata’s plea to leave jail hangs in balance

By Sania Babirye
The leader of  the now defunct Boda-Boda 2010  Abdallah Kitata will have to wait a little Longer to see if he might get a temporary release from jail.
This is after the General court martial sitting in Makindye failed to pronounce itself on his bail application due to its busy calender.
The seven member court chaired by Lt. Gen.Andrew Gutti  today remanded Kitata back to Makindye military police barracks until the 21st of this May despite having set today as the ruling date.
Today, Kitata through his lawyer Shaban Sanya begged the court to determine his bail  or set an earlier date on grounds that his life can not contain the harsh life he is subjected to while on remand.
Among these harsh conditions that Kitata alleged include the fact that he is not allowed to perform his five obligatory daily prayers as a Muslim and a tiny jail cell that he is living in without lift.
However the court ruled otherwise and adjourned his bail ruling until the 21st of May saying they are currently busy.
Kitata applied  to be temporarily released from prison  where he has been on remand since February /2018 on grounds he has a terrible health condition  which can not be adequately treated while he is on remand at Makindye police Military barracks and that he can not perform his duties as a sole bread winner for his family and those duties as NRM Rubaga division vice chairman among others .
However state maintains that Kitata should not be granted bail because he is likely to abscond from bail and interfere with investigations.
Kitata and 12 others are charged with  unlawful possession of firearms and Military gear.
Kitata   faces  5   counts of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols  and 50 rounds of live ammunition that  prosecution states were  found on him on 18th/January 2018 at vine hotel in Wakaliga.
 According to   Prosecution the above items   are  only a monopoly of the UPDF.

Opposition asks government to construct new labs for UNBS

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has urged the government allocate more funds to Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to save life of Ugandans that die and get disease such as cancer because of fake materials imported in the country.

The Deputy spokesperson Of Forum for Democratic change(FDC) Paul Mwiru while addressing journalists at party headquarters Najjanankumbi today said that UNBS  doesn’t have  good laboratories to check goods that imported in the country.

Mwiru adds that fake materials cost Ugandans much because they are not long lasting which he says affects economic growth in the country.

This followed the building that collapsed at Buziga Munyonyo and left unknown people trapped due to  fake building materials.

He calls upon Parliament to fulfill the 480 billion asked by UNBS to construct labs than giving them 6 billion that was a located to them in the next 2018/19  financial budget.

Vladimir Putin inaugurated for a forth term following 70% win in Russian elections

Vladimir Putin was sworn in for another six years as Russian president on Monday, buoyed by popular support but weighed down too by a costly confrontation with the West, a fragile economy and uncertainty about what happens when his term ends.

Standing in the ornately-decorated Andreyevsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, with his hand on a gold-embossed copy of the constitution, Putin swore to serve the Russian people, to safeguard rights and freedoms, and protect Russian sovereignty

Putin’s inauguration for a fourth term as Russian president came two months after more than 70 percent of voters backed him in an election in which he had no serious challengers.

His most dangerous opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running and on Saturday Navalny and hundreds of his supporters were detained by police while protesting over Putin’s new term under the slogan: “Putin is not our tsar.”

 In a speech after the swearing-in ceremony, Putin said that in the next six years Russia would prove a strong, muscular player on the world stage, backed by a powerful military, while pushing hard to improve life for its citizens at home.

“Taking up this post, I feel a colossal sense of responsibility,” Putin told his audience of Russian officials and foreign dignitaries, among them former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

 

 

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Chibita drops treason charges against Muslim suspects

By Sania Babirye
The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has dropped Treason charges against 19 Muslim suspects who have been on remanded  at Luzira prison since 2014.
According to a withdrawal letter dated 23rd/March 2018 the DPP says he is no longer interested in prosecuting the suspects and asked presiding High court judge Wilson Masalu Musene to set them free.
While presenting this letter to court Monday morning, state prosecutor Thomas Jatiko dispelled fears that the suspects will be re-arrested soon after release.
He described such fears as mere speculations from the defense team.
Even after listening to the testimony of 9 witnesses, Justice Masalu has  no option but to  discharge the suspects . The 19 suspects include  a woman Aisha Nakasibante  also an in-law to Ugandan  Austrian based cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi .They have been facing two counts of treason and concealment of treason.
Prosecution had alleged that they contrived a plot to over throw the government of Uganda by use of firearms   between years;   2013 and 2015 at various places in Uganda, Dubai, Kenya and Tanzania.
Prosecution further stated that the accused expressed this plot through utterances, recruitment and training of rebels, acquiring satellite mobile phones for communication, motorcycles and vehicles for transport and also rented houses to act as safe houses to accomplish their mission.