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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.
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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

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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Museveni asks citizens, security personnel to be vigilant

The president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has come out to condemn the manner in which Andrew Felix Kaweesi and many more Ugandans have been killed.

In a press statement from State House, the president has directed immediate installation of security cameras in all major cities and a long highways a project that he says was stalled by paying attention to improving roads and electricity.

The president also  has also called upon security personnel and all citizens to be vigilant and on the look out for the thugs who have habitually used motorcycles to kill people.

Earlier today, the nation watched in shock graphic  images of assistant inspector General of Police and police spokes’ person, Andrew Felix Kaweesi lying in a pool of blood, where it is said that unknown gun men shot him, his guard and driver to death.

Police Spokes Person Andrew Felix Kaweesi Shot dead

Police Spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi is dead. He was shot at by a group of unknown gunmen as he left his home in Kulambiro, a suburb of Kampala this morning. His driver Godfrey Mambewa and bodyguard Kenneth Erau are also confirmed dead.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima has confirmed the tragedy. Eye Witnesses say the killers were traveling on a motorcycle. The shooting reportedly lasted more than 10 minutes.

Our reporters at the scene say that the vehicle, a Police car registration number UP4778, in which the three were traveling, was shot from both sides. The Scene of crime has since been cordoned and is now surrounded by Scene of crime officers, while the bodies have been taken to the City Mortuary in Mulago awaiting Postmortem.

Who is Felix Kaweesi?

Kaweesi began his police career in 2001. After graduating at the police training school, Kibuli and serving in the force for about three years, he was appointed a personal assistant to Police Chief Gen. Kale Kayihura. He was promoted after about two years and deployed as the head of Kabalye Police Training School.

From Kabalye, Kaweesi became the Commandant of Kampala Metropolitan Police and was promoted to the rank of AIGP. Kaweesi also served as the Director of Operations before being appointed Director of Human Resource Development in the Uganda Police Force.

At the time of his deployment in Kampala in 2011, the city was battling the Walk to Work protests, initiated by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye after the 2011 elections.

He was appointed Police Spokesperson in August last year, to take over a mandate previously held by Fred Enanga, becoming the first person at the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) to serve as a spokesperson in the History of the Uganda Police Force.

Kaweesi’s appointment came at a time when the Police Force was fighting a tainted image, in conflict with institutions like the Judiciary and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. Police was also facing criticism from the opposition, the diplomatic core and civil society organizations over brutality and corruption.

His duties included among others, re-branding the police force through its public relations department. He however maintained his position as the Director of the Human Resource Development.

 

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Amuru police arrests woman for killing her husband

Amuru Police are holding a woman accused of killing her husband. The suspect is Concy Acaa, a resident of Tetura Kal Village in Pabbo Sub County in Amuru district.

It is alleged that Acaa hit her husband, David Komakech with a wooden log on the head on Saturday during a domestic brawl.

Komaketch sustained injuries on the head and was rushed to St. Mary’s hospital Lacor where he was pronounced dead on Sunday.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson, says Acaa faces murder charges contrary to provisions of the penal code act.

He advises members of the public to explore alternative dispute resolution avenues during disagreements.

 

 

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Two inmates die in Moroto central prisons

Two inmates from Moroto central prisons died last week due to various illnesses. 37-year-old Moton Lomoru from Napak district died on March 8th 2017 at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.

Another inmate, Boiboi Apaakori aged 50-years died the next day at the same hospital. A highly placed source Moroto Regional Referral Hospital told URN that both inmates were admitted on March 6th with different conditions.

According to the source, Lomoru had severe anaemia with bilateral Deep Vein Thrombosis  (DVT) while Apaakori had respiratory complications and DVT. Deep Vein Thrombosis  refers to a blood clot that occurs in the deep veins of the arm or leg, according to medicine net an online health information portal.

Dr. Fiona Lalango who treated the inmates, says they are yet to decide what caused the blood clot since they lack the tools to investigate such cases. She notes that three inmates with similar conditions were rushed to Kampala for further management.

William Awany, the Officer in Charge of Moroto Central Prisons declined to comment on the death of the inmates, saying he was on his way to Lira for the burial of his brother.

Uganda Prisons Spokesperson, Frank Baine denied the death of inmates. He however, said there was some cases of Hepatitis B in the hospital.

Geoffrey Mawa, the Principal Administrator Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, says the bodies of the inmates were buried in Moroto municipal council mortuary on Sunday.

 

 

 

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