Residents discover another body of Sironko mudslide victim

Residents have recovered the remains of 16-year-old Sam Wayanga, one of the Sironko mudslide victims more than a month after the incident. Residents recovered Wayanga’s decomposing body from the scene of the mudslides on Monday.
Wayanga is a former primary five pupil of Bufupa primary school in Bufupa parish in Masaba Sub County in Sironko district. His father, Peter Nangoli told URN that they have been searching for his son’s remains since they were buried by the mudslides in August this year.
“I thank God we have finally recovered the body of my son and given him a decent burial,” he said.  The deceased’s remains were buried at his father’s home in Lusave village in Bufupa parish on Monday evening. The recovery of Wayanga’s body brings to two, the number of bodies recovered from the mudslides site.
At least nine people were reported missing following the mudslides, which claimed one person and displaced hundreds of others.  The body of Namono, also a pupil at Bufupa primary school was recovered on September 18th, 2017. Eunice Nandudu Maku, the Masaba Sub County Female Councilor, says Wamanga’s body was recovered with the help of dogs, which led them to where it was found.
She says residents dug through the rubble with machetes and hoes to retrieve the body. “The mudslide scene is too smelly, Residents found dog eating Wayanga’s remains,” she said. Nandudu expressed disappointment that Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA withdrew the excavator that was deployed to retrieve the remains of the mudslide victims.
Alex Bunga, the Masaba Sub county LC V councilor wants government to resume the search for the remains of the other missing persons. Bunga says there is high hope of recovering the remains of the other mudslide victims but they lack the necessary tools.
He says residents have been trying to retrieve one of the bodies, which is trapped in the rubble since last month in vain because they are using rudimentary tools. Bunga is disappointed that government abandoned the mudslide victims and left them on their own to search for their missing relatives.
Joshua Namuuni, the Salanje Village LC I Chairperson, says they are trying within their limited means to find the bodies of the remaining missing persons. Herbert Mulekwa, the Sironko LC V chairman, says they need excavators to search for the missing persons because the mudslide scene is full of rocks.


Kaweesi murder suspects sent back to Luzira

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.

Kamoga and two other face life imprisonment

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 man kills one, injures two others at a party

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.




KCCA law enforcers granted bail after being charged with Manslaughter

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.”




Trade minister disapproves of KCCA officer’s use of excessive force

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.

Former UPC boss, Rurangaranga Dead

Retired Major, Edward Rurangaranga, the former Uganda People’s Congress-UPC chairman is dead. Rurangaranga collapsed at around 1am in the wee hours of this morning at his home in Kitagata in Sheema district.
His wife, Winfred Rurangaranga told URN this morning that her late husband has been battling diabetes for days, adding that his condition worsened during supper on Monday night. According to the widow, Rurangaranga had just returned from Ntungamo district where he had gone to attend the burial of his close friend, Francis Buringa.
David Kabigumira, the area LC V Councilor, says that he received a phone call from the deceased’s family at around 1:30am notifying him that Rurangaranga had breathed his last. Kabigumira says Rurangaranga’s body is lying at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for postmortem and further management.

Dr. Eliodah Tumwesigye, the Sheema North MP told URN that the deceased’s family and friends are working on burial arrangements. In August 2015, Rurangaranga was airlifted from Sheema and admitted in Intensive Care unit at Nakasero Hospital where he was treated for advanced diabetes.

Rumors circulated on social media that the former UPC stalwart had died, but it was vehemently denied by the family.




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.