By Sania Babirye
The 20 suspects charged with the murder of the former police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi have been remanded back to Luzira prison until the 7th of September 2017.
Nakawa court grade one magistrate Noah Ssajabi has remanded the suspects after Prosecution led by Caroline Apia informed court that investigations into the case are still on going asking for more time.
The suspects including a woman Ayub Sauda, and 19men led by Abdu Rashid Mbaziira are charged with 5 counts including muder, Terrorism and Aggrevated robbery.
Prosecution led by Rachael Nabwire states that the the susepcts 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.
Meanwhile one of the suspect Jibril Kalyango has today informed court that he was tortured and forced to confess to the murder of the former police spokesman.
He also informed the magistrate that since his arrest he has not been able to see his wife or his 9month old baby who were also allegedly taken by police.
However the magistrate has advised him to raise his issues with the high court that has the mandate to hear their case.
The group has so far won an application in the high court to have them examined by an independent medical center to ascertain their alleged torture allegations.
By Sania Babirye
The international crimes division of the high court has handed a life imprisonment sentence to the Tabliq sect leader Sheikh Yunus Kamoga , his brother Multabh Bukenya, Siraje Kawooya and Fahad Kalungi.
This is after the court convicted them of Terrorism Monday.
While sentencing them the three justices led by Eziekel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggudu ruled that Kamoga and his other convicts should spend the rest of their lives in prison because they committed terrorism and yet they should have developed communities since they were religious leaders but instead they chose to orchestrate the crime.
Other convicts Yusuf Kakande, Fahad Kalungi and Sekayanja Abdul Salam have been sentenced each to 30 yrs in prison after the court ruled that they were just followers
The six were convicted on acts of terrorism against a group of other Muslims with whom they had religious wrangles.
These acts include verbal murder threats and attack on their reputation such as in the case of Buganda Prince Kasim Nakibinge and Deputy Supreme mufti Muhammod Kibaate whose names and photographs were printed on fliers and distributed to various mosques arguing Muslims to shun them.
On Monday the same court acquitted the six and 8 others on the charge of murdering fellow Muslims sheikhs; Mustafa Bahiga and Ibrahim Kirya over luck of evidence .
The justices ruled that all the 36 prosecution witnesses failed to directly link the 14 suspects to the murder charges and attempted murder of sheikh Haruna Jemba.
Police in Kole district are holding a constable identified as Charles Ayepa for shooting a civilian dead and injuring two others.
North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson David Ongom Mudong says the incident took place at Owalo Trading Center during a party organized by Manchester United fans on Sunday. Ayepa had been deployed to provide security at the event.
However it is reported that a scuffle ensued when some youths wanted to access the venue forcefully without paying. At this point Ayepa opened fire instantly killing a 16-year-old in the queue. Two other revelers were injured in the scuffle. The injured were identified as Enon Aaron and Belmos Obang Belmos.
Ayepa was immediately arrested and dragged to Akalo police post where he is detained. The injured were rushed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
In his statement, Oyepa told police that the victims wanted to grab the gun from him. However, Mudong says that Ayepa will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
“It is unfortunate and we condemn it because no one has the powers to unlawfully take the life of another,” he said but cautioned the public to against provoking officers who are on duty.
Four Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Law Enforcement Officers picked up in connection with the death of Oliver Basemera, a hawker, have appeared in court.
The four appeared on Thursday afternoon before Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate on charges of manslaughter contrary to section 187 and 190 of the Penal Code Act.
They are Tito Kigiro, Eria Waswa, Moses Tebyasa and Farouk Mpima. Ntwiba Kaine, the State Prosecutor told court that on August 4th, 2017 while at Mukwano Round about in Central Division in Kampala District, the four unlawfully caused the death of Oliver Basemera.
She drowned in Nakivubo channel on Friday last week while evading arrest by the KCCA Law enforcement team. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their KCCA lawyers, Hillary Musimenta and Michael Mukwana.
Mukwana told court that the suspects are first time offenders and have been in Police Cells since Friday. He also told court that the four are KCCA employees and willingly reported to Jinja Road Police Station when they were called to record statements.
Each of the suspects presented three sureties. The state prosecutors raised no objection to the bail application. Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate granted the suspects bail on Shillings 500,000 cash and bonded each of their sureties for Shillings 3 million not cash. She asked the suspects to return to court on August 21st for mention of their case.
Section 187 of the Penal Code states that “any person who by an unlawful act or omission causes the death of another person commits the felony termed manslaughter”.
The Penal Code Act defines an unlawful omission as “an omission amounting to culpable negligence to discharge a duty tending to the preservation of life or health, whether such omission is or is not accompanied by an intention to cause death or bodily harm.”
Section 190 stipulates that “any person who commits the felony of manslaughter is liable to imprisonment for life.”
By Wasswa Deo
The Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has condemned the manner in which KCCA enforcement officers handle street vendors especially women, saying excessive force is uncalled for.
This follows the death of a one Olivia Basemera on Friday August 5th as she tried to escape from KCCA enforcement officers.
38 year old Basemera who was vending handkerchiefs reportedly jumped into the Nakivubo channel in a desperate attempt to escape and ended up losing her life.
In a statement released by Kyambadde, she regrets the death of Basemera saying such mistreatment and brutal arrests of street vendors by KCCA enforcement officers should come to a stop.
“Though the street vendors operate illegally, as human beings and fellow Ugandans, they deserve fair treatment especially the women majority of whom are single mothers fending for their children in this era of high unemployment in Uganda”, exclaimed Kyambadde.
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.
Ntungamo Police are holding a 48-year-old man and his nephew accused of hacking to death a school girl. James Nagwedda is wanted together with his 12-year-old nephew in connection to the death of 14- year-old Girimina Nahirwa, a Primary 5 pupil at Kanonko primary School.
Girimina’s mutilated body was found lying in a sugar cane plantation in Kanonko cell in Nyakabare parish-Rukoni west in Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district. Her head, legs and arms were missing raising suspicion that it could have been taken to a witch doctor.
Gilbert Ocakacon, the Officer in Charge Kitwe Police Station, says Nagwedda who has been working as the area LC I Secretary is said to have worked with his nephew to kill the young girl on June 18th 2017. Girimina is the daughter to one of the residents only identified as Yakobo.
It is alleged that Girimina met her death after picking a quarrel with Nagwedda’s nephew that resulted in a fight at Kanonko water spring. Ocakacon explains that after killing the deceased, Nagwedda and his nephew removed her head, hands and legs before disposing off the torso to make it appear like it was a ritual murder.
Kakuru Masheija, the Nyakabare area LC 2 Chairman says the incident angered residents prompting them to destroy the suspect’s homes. He says residents also found property in the home of the boy’s father only identified as Ntegyereize, which raised suspicion.
He says they found 50 six inch mattresses, 4 bicycles, 4 Sewing machines, 60 Metallic cases and other brand new items worth millions of Shillings. Mushaija says Ntegyereize has been working as a witch doctor and that the mutilation of the deceased’s body prompted residents to conclude that he was performing some rituals.
Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson says investigations into the matter are ongoing. He advises the residents to desist from mob justice, saying it hampers investigations.