Stella Nyanzi wants her case dismissed

Makerere university researcher, Stella Nyanzi has asked court to order the Director of Public Prosecution to try her  case or  have it dismissed.

This is after Prosecution  led by Jonathan Muwaganya today  informed  court that although the case had come up  for mention , they want to wait until the constitutional court pronounced itself on Dr.Nyanzi’s  Mental treatment act  application pending in the constitutional court because it has a large  bearing on the case trial.

However Dr.Nyanzi’s lawyer Peter Walubiri has told court that the mental treatment application which his client petitioned challenging state against examining her head has no bearing on the criminal case hearing unless state’s aim is only  to declare Dr.Nyanzi Mad but not try her over the alleged computer misuse charges.

Walubiri further says that the delay in prosecution is affecting his client’s  finances because she continues to appear in court while state keeps on asking for adjournments.

This has forced Buganda road court chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda to order prosecution to consult the Director of Public Prosecution on when Dr.Nyanzi’s criminal case trial should begin.

The  case has been adjourned to the   21 of August 2017.

Prosecution States that between January and March 2017 at  Kampala district,  Nyanzi while having no legitimate purpose of communication posted on her Facebook page suggestions and proposals referring to his Excellency president Museveni  that he is a pair of buttocks.

If further alleged that Nyanzi  willfully and repeatedly using electronic communication posted offensive messages via Facebook with an intention of disturbing peace and the privacy of president Museveni.

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.

 

-URN

Hearing of Ivan Kamyuka’s murder case is slated for today

By Sania Babirye

Kampala businessman Ivan Kamyuka who is charged with murdering a one Ahimbisibwe Johnnie  a socialite  while at Govnor club in Kampala in 2015 returns at the high court for further hearing of his case before high court Judge Yasin Nyanzi.

Prosecution today is expected to present more s witnesses to testify against Kamyuka who has since pleaded not  guilty to the offense.

Senior principle attorney Jane Kajuga has so far presented witnesses including a doctor who examined the suspect and found him to  be  of sound mind  and a video footage that was captured on that fateful day by CCTV cameras where Kamyuka is seen punching Ivan Ahimbisibwe many punches  including one particular punch  around his chest near his heart that made him fall to the ground unconscious.

On the 10th of August 2015  Nakawa court grade one magistrate Christine Natenge committed Kamyuka to the high court for trial and he was later released on a five million cash bail.

Prosecution says it has  evidence including a broken bottle kamyuka allegedly used to kill Johnnie.

State further states that it intends to prove that Nina Nyaraka the girlfriend to Kamyuka and john had a child together and that in august 2015 while at Governor club in Kampala a fight broke out between Nina and Johnnie however when Ivan went to rescue her he ended up killing him.

Kamyuka was charged with the murder of Ahimbisibwe  Johnnie on the 1st of August 2015 at club Govnor in Kampala.

He is alleged to have smashed a liquor glass on his head causing him to bleed to death.

He was declared dead by medical officials at case clinic after he was rushed there by the clubs officials.

Four men fined for making sausages out of swine offals

By Sania Babirye

City hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende has fined four Men 250, 000UGX each for making sausages out of pigs’ offal.

The four  include Daniel Ochieng, Brian Kyagulanyi, Edrine Ddamba and Godfrey Kiiza.

They were charged with  causing a nuisance which they pleaded guilty .

The 4 were arrested on Sunday the 2nd of July 2017  from Mutundwe Lubaga division while discharging a foul smell from pigs’ offal and bad waste which is injurious  to the public.

Man accuses city tycoon Ntaganda of stealing forest

By Sania Babirye

City tycoon Ephraim Ntanganda has been accused by a 79 year old man of stealing his  forest  amounting to five hectares found in Wakiso district.

Dezidelio Kasujja revealed this while appearing before the land  commission of inquiry being chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemeire.

He has told  the commission that Ntanganda connived with the NFA Executive director to clear his forest containing 150 bee hives and 12 acres of  Eucalyptus trees in march 2016.

Kasujja has further told the commission that  on that fateful day Ntaganda who was escorted by police men dressed in uniform brought in tractors to clear the forest found in Kajjansi in his presence.

After the incident Ntanganda  is alleged to have sold off the trees and the bee hives and bared him from trespassing on the former forest.

Kasujja has now asked the land prob to visit the locus for  more clarity.

In March 1997 Kasujja is said to have acquired the virgin forest for  re development from the National Forestry Authority .

Ntanganda is expected to take a stand this afternoon to defend himself on the said allegations.

Court acquits NRM’s communication officer Mulindwa

By Sania Babirye

Masaka court grade one Magistrate  Byarugaba Adams has dismissed an assault case against NRMs communication officer Rogers Mulindwa.

Mulindwa had  been battling  offenses of malicious damage to property and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he was dragged to court by Eddie Bindhe a local journalist attached to Uganda Radio Network (URN).

While dismising the case the magistrate noted that there was no evidence enough to prove the alleged charges since even the doctor who examined the victim  Dr Ssenyonjo Mbazira Francis  failed to remember the exact body parts he was injured.

The journalist had accused Mulindwa of strangling him but he failed to even produce a single witness out of the  6 he claimed to have witnessed the incident in court  nor did he provide  court with exhibits of broken glasses, or a video footage  among others.

Court further wondered how an incident of such a nature involving high profile politicians would not be covered by any of the 12 local journalists who were present on top of the Hotel denying knowledge of the incident.

It was alleged that  on May 12, 2015 at Garden Courts Hotel during an NRM leaders’ meeting presided over by the Rt. Hon Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba, Mulindwa strangled Bindhe damaged his glasses and caused bodily harm.

Court sends Pastor Makumbi’s accuser back to jail

By Sania Babirye

Mukasa Joseph charged  with defaming the profession of Bishop Patrick Makumbi  of Gospel healing center Lweza  has been remanded back Luzira prison until the 6th of July 2017.

Makindye court grade one magistrate Allan Gakyaalo this morning ordered  Bishop Makumbi the complainant  to appear in court that day with his  his witnesses to testify against Mukasa after setting the hearing date.

Mukasa also known as Kato a resident of Kalagala  in Kiboga district was remanded to Luzira prison by chief Magistrate Elias Kakooza on the 5th of June for  claiming that pastor Makumbi is a fraudster who concocts miracles.

He however denied the charges.

Prosecution led by  Happiness Ainebyona states that between February  and March 2017 while appearing  at various local Radio and TV stations within Kampala district,   Mukasa a peasant from Kiboga district uttered statements to the effect that Bishop Makumbi stole his genitals (Testicles)  and ate them in away  of practicing cannibalism.

That the said statements were made with an intention of ridiculing and  defaming the profession of Bishop Makumbi within the right thinking members of society.

The suspect first went missing forcing his relatives to declare him missing before appearing in court.

Court extends bail for suspects in Kamwenge mayor’s torture case

By Sania Babirye

The case in which Four Police officers are charged with touring the mayor of  Kamwenge Geoffrey Byamukama has been adjourned to the 11th of july 2017 as investigations into the case continues .

The suspects including   D/ASP Patrick Muramira, D/ASP FreTumuhairwe, Habib Roma and Ben Odeke had appeared before  Buganda road court  chief  Magistrate Jamson Kareemani for extension of their bail.

The four were charged with  two counts of torture  and causing  grievance  harm which charges they deny .

Prosecution led by Nelly Asiku states that on the 5th/April 2017 at Ministry of Lands  in the office of commissioner William Turyomurugyendo within Kampala district, the accused picked Mayor Byamukama and  unlawfully used iron bars and batons to beat him   thereby causing wounds on his knees and ankles.

 The officers allegedly committed the said offenses while in  the course of performing their duties  as they  transported Byamukama in  police van  registration number  UAT 460Y.

Mayor  Byamukama was  hospitalized at Nakasero Hospital  for several days where he was being treated for the wounds he allegedly sustained as a result of the torture.

Drama as relatives of Kaweesi murder suspects are barred from accessing Nakawa Court

By Sania Babirye

Drama has erupted this morning at the Nakawa magistrate court as police barred relatives of the  20  people charged with  the  murder of  AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa from accessing the court premises with no reason communicated.

This morning the relatives as usual had come to show support to their relatives as they returned before grade one magistrate Noah Sajabi for mention of their case.

However police refused them from entering court following previous appearances where they expressed dissatisfaction on how their relatives who were sick are being treated.

The relatives say the action of police  is an abuse of their rights  to attend court proceedings for their loved ones who have veen on remand since march this year.

Meanwhile prosecution  has informed court that investigations into the case are still ongoing forcing the magistrate to remand the suspects back to luzira prison until the 29th of june 2017.

The 20 suspects include a woman  Ayub Sauda, and 19men led by Abdu Rashid Mbaziira.

These are charged with 5 counts including  murder,  terrorism and aggregated robbery.

Prosecution led by Rachael Nabwire states  that the  suspects on the  morning of 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard  Kenneth Erau and his driver  Godfrey Wambewa as the trio drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.

Six sent to jail for abstracting justice

By Sania Babirye

Six businessmen From Wakiso district have been charged with conspiring to prevent a witness from  testifying in the on going land’s commission of inquiry presided over by justice Catharine Bamugemeire.

Magala Joseph, George Ssegwanyi, Ahmed Kizito Musa,  Seruyange Derrick, Lutaya Steven and Mutebi Brian Luninze appeared before Wakiso grade one magistrate Martin Kirya.

They were charged with three counts including conspiracy to defeat justice, interfering with justice and threatening violence which charges  they  pleaded not guilty to too.

Prosecution has informed court that investigations into the case are still ongoing forcing the magistrate to remand them to prison until the 28th of June 2017.

According to prosecution the six men between the 31st of may and 2nd of june at Wakiso  magistrate court with intent to defeat justice, they conspired to defeat justice by threatening to injure a one Milton Bukanzi if he appeared before the land commission of inquiry to testify.