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.

Police costable hacked to death in Kapchorwa

A police constable attached to Kapchorwa Central Police Station has been killed in an attack by unidentified thugs this morning. The deceased is identified as Constable Charles Olanya.

Sipi Regional Police Commander Musa Nabende told Uganda Radio Network this morning that Olanya was on Tuesday evening deployed together with three of his colleagues at the ongoing trade show organised by Kapchorwa Forestry Association Limited at Kapchorwa Boma Ground.

But, his colleagues say that Olanya excused himself from the duty station but did not disclose where he was heading. Moments later, he was attacked by panga-wielding people who cut off his neck, killing him on the spot. They fled away with his AK47 riffle and a magazine.

Nabende explained that a number of bullets were found scattered on the scene indicating that the deceased struggled to defend himself against the attackers before they overpowered him.

The body of the deceased has been taken to Kapchorwa Hospital for postmortem.

This incident occurred more than a year after unidentified gunmen attacked Kapchorwa Central Police Station shooting dead one policeman and taking off with three guns and 90 rounds of ammunition.

It was later confirmed that the attackers were on a mission to rescue suspects who were arrested on February 29 following an attack on a UPDF soldier and a staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority, where one gun was stolen at Mulungwa detach in Benet sub county, Kween district.



2 held at Ntungamo police for killing 14 year old girl

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.





Headteacher killed and dumped in Eucalyptus tree plantation in Kabale

Kabale Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the killing of Bernard Mugisha, the head teacher Bugarama Primary School in Buhara Sub County.
Mugisha’s lifeless body was recovered from an eucalyptus tree plantation on Kihumuro hill in Kihumuro cell in Rushaki ward in Southern Division of Kabale Municipality on Saturday afternoon.
Annet Arinaitwe, the Deputy Head Teacher of Bugarama Primary School, says Mugisha left school on Friday to withdraw money from Equity Bank but didn’t return.

According to Arinaitwe, they were shocked when they received a phone call from one of the residents, notifying them that Mugisha had been killed.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says preliminary information shows that Mugisha hired a boda boda rider to take him home after completing his bank transaction.
He however, says Mugisha was later found dead with several cuts on the neck and his hand tied.

Sabitti Kenneth Baabo, the Kabale District Education Officer has condemned the incident and called upon security agencies to ensure the assailants are apprehended and prosecuted.



Pregnant pilgrim collapses and dies in Matugga

A pregnant pilgrim aged 23 years has collapsed and died along the way.

The deceased has been identified as Molo Scovia from Moroto County in Alebtong district.

Our correspondent Ssebuliba Ezra says Scovia was in a group led by Hon Samuel Okwi the Member of parliament Moroto County and died at St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Matugga 12 miles along Kampala-Gulu highway.

Police in Matuga has removed the body from the church and taken to Mulago hospital for postmortem.

Gulu deputy town clerk Oola killed by suspected hit men

Suspected iron bar hit men have killed John Oola Omona, the Gulu Deputy Town clerk. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Police Spokesperson, says Omona was attacked at midnight shortly after dropping off his friend, Alice Kipwola at her home near Bright Valley Schools in Kanyagoga B village in his Mitsubishi vehicle registration number CE 020K.

Okema says Police visited the scene this morning and took Omana’s lifeless body to Gulu Regional and teaching hospital for postmortem. Police are currently holding Kipwola under SD Ref: 04/23/05/2017 to facilitate investigations into the murder.

George Labeja, the Mayor Gulu Municipality, says they are all shocked to learn the death of Omona, adding that council will issue a formal statement on the incident later. “It has already happened. It is so sad. I can only comment when my mind is settled but meetings for funeral arrangement will start later today,” he said.

Kelly Komakech, the Pece Division LC 3 Chairperson describes the late Omona as a kind, professional and trustworthy person. “He mentored me while I was in Gulu Municipal Council”. The attack on Omona came just a few hours after 22-year-old Justine Oloya, a resident of Kanyangoga A ward in Bar Dege Division was also attacked by unidentified thugs around Pentagon Bar as he returned home from a night out.

Oloya is nursing injuries at Gulu Regional Referral and Teaching hospital.  A few weeks ago, suspected iron bar hit men also attacked Paul Omiya, the Gulu Resident State Attorney and a grade one magistrate.





Kanungu GISO and three others sent to jail over murder

The Kanungu Magistrate’s court has remanded four people accused of the gruesome murder of Alfred Betondera, a teacher at Nyakatare Primary School in Western ward.

The suspects are Medard Suubi Turyatemba, the Nyamirama Sub county Gombolola Internal Security Officer-GISO, Deus Niwagaba, Joab Twesigye and Evelyn Nasiima, all residents of Nyamirama Sub County in Kanungu district.

The suspects appeared on Monday before Duncan Ben Sande, the Kanungu Grade One Magistrate. Prosecution told court that while at a drinking joint in Kanungu on May 4th, 2017 at around 2am, the deceased developed a misunderstanding with Suubi.

It is alleged that the suspects ganged up against the deceased and assaulted him. He died while being rushed to Kanungu Health Centre IV for treatment. The suspects fled into hiding until they were picked up by Police.

Duncan Ben Sande, the Kanungu Grade One Magistrate didn’t allow the suspects to enter any plea since his court lacks jurisdiction over capital matters.

He therefore remanded the suspects to Kanungu Government Prison until June 12th, 2017 when their matter will come up for mention in court.

Drunk Man sets hut ablaze, kills brother in law

Omoro Police are investigating circumstances under, which a 37- year- old man was burnt to death by his in law. The deceased has been identified as Walter Ojok, a resident of Abilo Nino village in Ongako Sub County in Omoro district.

Ojok met his death on Tuesday morning at the residence of Richard Okello, his brother in law in Pida Loro Village in Kal Parish. It is alleged that Okello set the hut in which, he was sleeping with the deceased ablaze at about 2am following a drinking spree in Ongako trading center.

It is still unclear why Okello torched the house killing his brother in law who is believed to have been drunk. Christopher Odora, the Speaker Ongako Sub County says that after the incident Ojok also threatened to kill his sister Agnes Ajok in the same way her husband had perished.

Ojok is currently being held at Ongako Sub County headquarters, some 12 Kilometers South East of Gulu town. In January this year, five family members were burnt inside their hut in neighboring Koch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district over a suspected a land wrangle.

Civil society actors say northern Uganda is still struggling to cope with trauma associated with the effects of two decades of brutal conflict waged by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.





Boda Boda cyclists in Mbarara call for regulations in night operations

Boda boda motorists in Mbarara municipality are calling for restrictions and strict monitoring of their night operations. The boda boda motorists say thugs take advantage of their operations to attack them and innocent night commuters.

At least 17 boda boda cyclists have been killed and 11 others injured in Mbarara municipality since January this year. The cyclists are now engaging Police for possible intervention into the matter.

Ben Muhoozi, a boda boda cyclist, says the failure to regulate boda Boda operations may lead to disastrous consequences.

Alex Wamaye, another cyclist says that the current state of affairs is worrying. He asks the authorities to move fast and save the situation, saying currently anyone with a motorcycle can freely join the boda boda sector.

Alex Monday, another concerned boda boda cyclist says the unexplained disappearances of their colleagues are becoming the order of the day.

Mohamed Mpagi, the spokesperson Mbarara General Boda boda Association, says regulating the business will prevent more loss of lives. He wants the boda boda cyclists to ask the night commutters to identify themselves using their national identity cards or any other valid documents before they carry them for their own safety.

Robert Nabimanya, the Mbarara District Internal Security Officer, says some of the boda boda motorists operate in violation of the security guidelines that require them to always wear identification cards, reflectors and inform their stage chairpersons on their movements.

Mbarara District Police Commander, Jaffar Magyezi told URN that Police is already in touch with the management and association of the cyclists to ensure that their operations do not lead to loss of lives. He says police has also increased on its vigilance to ensure that all night operations are done within safe and secure environs.



A minor dies in a prison cell in Dokolo

An 11-year-old pupil of Adeknino Primary school in Adeknino sub-county, Dokolo district has died while in police custody.

Solomon Opoi, a resident of Alwar village was arrested together with two other minors on Tuesday for allegedly stealing pop drink, a soft drink liked mostly by children, from a shop belonging to one Isaac Chandy at Adeknino Trading Centre.

Samuel Elyebu, the Officer In-charge of Adeknino Police Out-post said the deceased together with his two colleagues were brought to the police by Chandy who accused them of theft.

Elyebu said this morning when they went to check on the suspects, they found Opoi lying dead on the floor.

Ivan Ocen, 13, who was arrested together with the deceased and was detained in the same cell narrated to the police that Opio kept saying he wanted to go for a short call.

No one was there to open for them the cell when he collapsed at once. He said he thought the deceased was just tired and wanted to rest.

Meanwhile in his statement to police this morning, Chandy accused one Richard Okonye,  a chapatti vendor at the trading centre of kicking Opio while he was being dragged to police.

Aminsi Kayondo Lukanga, the Dokolo District Police Commander says it was wrong to arrest and detain those minors for such an offence he described as minor.

Kayondo has tasked the officer in charge of Adeknino police post to explain the circumstances under which these minors were held in police detention without informing his superior.

The deceased’s body is currently at Dokolo Health Centre IV for a postmortem. No arrest has so far been made.

At the time of filing this report, the police were still waiting for the parents of the deceased to arrive from the village.