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.

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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.



Sheikh Yunus Kamoga to explain himself regarding Muslim clerics mysterious murders

The International Crimes Division of the High Court (ICD) has ruled that Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabligh sect and 13 other people, on trial for the murder of Muslim clerics, have a case to answer.

A panel of three justices led by Ezekiel Muhanguzi unanimously agreed that prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to warrant defence from the accused persons.  The other members of the panel are Jane Kiggundu and Percy Tuhaise.

The 14 suspects and others still at large are accused of directing systematic attacks against the top Shia leader and Tabligh Muslims, which several clerics were killed.

Prosecution led by the Principle senior State Attorney Lino Anguzu has so far produced 36 witnesses pinning the accused. The last four witnesses however gave their statements in camera on request of prosecution.

“Court has been convinced by the testimony of the prosecution witnesses, and therefore found a prima facie case against all the 14. They therefore have a case to answer,” read the ruling.

Prosecution alleges that the acts of the accused persons caused the death of Bahiga Mustapha, who was shot dead at Bwebajja along Entebbe Road; Sheikh Abdulqadir Muwaya, who was shot in Mayuge District and Ibrahim Hassan Kirya, who was killed in Bweyogerere, a suburb of Kampala.

They are also accused of indiscriminately involving themselves in the attempted murder of Umar Swadiq, Mahmood Kibaate, Haruna Jemba, Ssonko Najib and Prince Kassim Nakibinge.  The crimes were allegedly committed between December 2013 and June 2015 in Kampala, Wakiso and Mayuge districts.

Those on trial include Sheikh Muhammad Yunusu Kamoga, Siraje Kawooya, Sekayanja Abdulsalaam alias Kassim Mulumba, Sematimba Abdulhamid Mubiru, Jingo Rashid, Sekitto Twaha, Kakande Yusuf alias Abdallah and Sheikh Murtadha Mudde Bukenya.

The others are Hakim Kinene Muswaswa, Amir Kinene, Sheikh Kalungi Fahad, Hamuza Kasirye, Musa Issa Mubiru and Iga George William alias Hamuza.

Earlier in the trial, a prosecution witness told the International Crimes Division of the High Court (ICD) that the late Mustafa Bahiga called out the name of Kamoga several times in his dying moments and kept asking why he had chosen ‘that path’.

Her evidence seemed to be pinning Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, the leader of the Tabliq sect, one of the 14 suspects facing trial for masterminding attacks against senior Muslim clerics across the country.

Another witness, Dr Haruna Jjemba, a lecturer of Religion and Peace at Makerere University told the same court that the tension within the Muslim fraternity arose when Sheikh Kamoga refused to hand over the office of Amir Ummah after he was relieved of his duties by the Executive Committee of Jamiatul-Dawah Assalafiyah, a religious movement for propagating Islam.

Dr Jjemba told court that Kamoga had been accused of insubordination to the views and concerns of the executive committee, creation of small groups to fight each other, registering his personal organisation called UMMAH house and forcefully taking over the administration of different mosques.

Because of the differences that had emerged among themselves, Dr Jjemba told court that after some time, he and a group of other Muslims including the two slain leaders Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, decided to break away from Sheikh Kamoga’s leadership.




Woman hacks sister to death for snatching her husband

Kanungu Police are hunting for a woman accused of stabbing her sister to death for allegedly snatching her husband. The suspect is Evelyn Niwamanya, a resident of Rutwe cell in Kanyantorogo Sub County in Kanungu district.
Niwamanya is wanted for stabbing her sister, Gift Asiimwe on Saturday night at around 09:30PM.  The incident occurred in Kanyantorogo trading center in Kanyantorogo Sub County.
Paphra Mucunguzi, an eye witness, says Niwamanya found Asiimwe working in a mobile phone kiosk and stabbed her in the neck and stomach before fleeing from the scene.

According to Niwamanya, the suspect has been feuding with her victim for allegedly snatching her husband identified as Gideon Natukunda.

Paddy Rwozi Tumwendeze, the Officer- in-Charge of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department at Kihihi Police Station, says the suspect used a sharp knife to stab the deceased.

According to Tumwendeze, residents rushed Asiimwe to Bwindi Community Hospital where she died on Sunday afternoon due to excessive bleeding. Tumwendeze explains that they have launched a manhunt for the suspect to face murder.


Family admitted in hospital after eating poisoned cassava flour

One person has died and seven others are admitted in Busia district for suspected food poisoning. The poison victims are family members and residents of Nangudi village, Busitema parish Busitema Sub-County in Busia district.

The deceased has been identified as one and half-year-old Ronald Makokha. Those admitted at Busia Health Center IV include Teddy Nabwire, Bernard Makokha, Ronald Wandera, Sylvia Nanjala, Beatrice Balibawa, Scovia Erumbi, and Iren Gloria Irene.

Dr. Yusuf Lule, the In-charge Busia Health Centre IV, says the victims were rushed to the health center on suspicion that they ate food laced with poison.

Ronald Wandera, one of the victims and head of the family, says he bought 10 kilograms of dry cassava at Namungodi trading center on Tuesday. According to Wandera, he took the cassava for grinding and used the flour to prepare supper for his family.

He says the children started complaining of stomach pain at around 12am before the minor succumbed died at 2am.

Christine Auma, the mother of the children, suspects the problem could have started from the cassava flour.

The incident has raised fear among residents. Charles Ndeke, a resident of Bulumbi Sub County, says they are now afraid of buying food from market.

A similar case was reported in Busiro Sub County in Namayingo district where one person died after eating cassava flour he bought from a store



20 students die while swimming in a storm in Ghana

Up to 20 students have died after a storm at a waterfall popular with picnickers in Ghana caused trees to fall on them while they were swimming.

Wind and heavy rain appears to have caused the accident, in which large falling trees trapped daytrippers in a pool at the bottom of the Kintampo waterfalls, one of the highest in the country, in the Brong-Ahafo region.

Surrounded by mahogany trees and sunbirds, the three-stage waterfall is about 70 metres high, and its pool is often found full of people cooling off in the spray.

At least 12 of the dead were pupils of Wenchi secondary school, about an hour’s drive from the falls. The headteacher, Foster Boateng, told local media they had been on a trip to the northern regions of the country on Sunday.
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“We decided to finish it all at the Kintampo waterfalls, so some of the children decided to taste the swimming aspect of it,” a Ghanaian news website quoted him as saying.

“The trees started coming down, so in an attempt to escape some of them fell and they were trapped by the trees. Those who succeeded in climbing the staircase up to pack into the bus got trapped … by other trees that had fallen down.”

The national fire service spokesman, Prince Billy Anaglate, said 18 people were killed at the scene and a further two died in hospital. Eleven people were being treated for their injuries, including one of the school administrators in charge of the trip.

As well as the 12 school pupils, two university students and four other visitors to the falls were among the dead.

A witness told Ghana’s Starr News radio: “A huge tree fell at the top when the rains began and crushed the revellers … We are trying to save those who are trapped by cutting the trees with chainsaws.”

The bodies of the dead and the injured were brought home to Wenchi, about an hour’s drive from the falls, which are on Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta.

Nana Kwadjo Bekoe, a blogger from Wenchi who had been at the school, said the atmosphere there was “very mournful” and students and teachers were deeply upset.

“Parents were at the hospital to identify their loved ones who passed away in the accident. The rest of the students who sustained various degrees of injuries were admitted to a different hospital,” he said.




Flying squad shoots one dead in Mityana

Three police officers attached to the Police Flying Squad have shot dead a 3-year-old-child and injured two other people in Mityana district. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in Buluma village in Butayunja Sub County in Mityana district.

According to information obtained by URN, the officers raided the village on the invitation of a resident only identified as Kulumba after he was accused for possessing witchcraft.

When the officers arrived on the village, they reportedly attempted to make arrests, but residents put up resistance prompting the officers to open fire.

In the process, the officers shot dead 3-year-old Viola and injured her mother Dina Nabakooza and another resident identified as Ivan Kito. The officers fled the scene shortly after shooting their victims.

The Wamala Region Police Commander, Fred Kidima rushed to the area and apologized to the residents. He explained that the officers will be apprehended and arraigned in court for murder and attempted murder.

He however, didn’t disclose the identities of the irate officers. Joseph Luzige, the Mityana LC V Chairperson, also rushed to the area and appealed to the residents to stay calm as police hunts the suspects.

Police has handed over the body of the deceased to Mityana hospital for postmortem while the injured were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital for treatment.