Bishop Luwalira’s attacker sent back behind bars

By Sania Babirye
Mwanga 11 magistrates court has further  remanded   at Luzira prison  Herbert Kaddu who allegedly  threatened to attack the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Rt Rev Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira as he was giving this year’s  Easter service.
This  follows the Luzira Prison Official’s failure to bring the suspect to court in time.
Today Kaddu was to  hear his bail application but this did not take place because he was brought at the court when grade one magistrate Julius Mwesigye had already adjourned his case to a later date.
Kaddu  has been remanded until the 14th of May this year .
34 year old Herbet Solomon Kaddu a Tour and travel driver and a  resident of Mackay Zone in Mengo Lubaga division was on the 4th of April charged with three  counts of disturbing religious assemblies and denied the charges.
He is charged with threatening violence by intending  to annoy or injure Bishop Luwalira  and Rev. Canon Benon Kityo ; the dean of Namirembe Diocese.
Meanwhile a police medical  report adduced in court also disputed claims by Kaddu’s family member in which they had claimed that he was mentally unstable but the report  instead declared him  sane and fit to stand trial.
Prosecution led Roselyn Kipora states that on 1st  of April 2017 during  an  Easter service at Namirembe  Cathedral,  Kaddu while armed with a stick and a sack cloth ,  threatened to attack Bishop Luwalira amidst the congregation .
The Bishop is said to have been  miraculously saved by a bar at the alter which trapped Kaddu  causing him to fall down and later whisked off by worshipers.

Kitata’s request to moved from Makidye to Luzira prison not granted

By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has started hearing of  the case against the leader of  Boda-Boda 2010 Abdullah Kitata and 12 others.
Today, prosecution led by Raphael Mugisha has presented two witnesses including Private Ruchard Kasajja to testify against Kitata and others before   army court chaired by Lt.Gen. Andrew Gutti.
Kitata and his 12 co accused are together charged with  6 counts including unlawful possession of firearms, live ammunition, Military head gears and uniforms
However  Kitata  is facing   5 separate  charges of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols  and 50 rounds of live ammunition which Prosecution  says  are  only a monopoly of the Uganda Peaople’s Defense Forces.
The rest of the  accused  are said to have connived with Kitata to unlawfully  possess  Military head gears and uniforms that    were allegedly  found on  them  on the 18th/January 2018  in  a Motor vehicle at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga within Kampala city.
The  army  court did also refuse Kitata’s  request to be transferred from Makindye military police barracks back to Luzira prison when he had alleged that he was not
receiving enough or adequate  medical care and access to his relatives  while in the army detention.
Gen Gutti declined on grounds that his decision to have Kitata remanded to Makindye barracks can not be reversed since Kitata was transferred for security reasons.
He has since applied for bail citing poor health conditions.

Chicken tonight employees sent to jail for assaulting Katatumba

By Sania Babirye

Three male employees of Chicken Tonight  Restaurant Kabalagala branch  have been charged  and remanded to Luzira prison in relation to the assault of local artist Angela Katatumba early this month.

The suspect include 26 year old Olubrworth Chuka, the manager,  Okirot Denis a guard and a 19 year old waiter Kaddu John .
The three appeared before Makindye court chief magistrate Elias Kakoza and pleaded not guilty to three counts of theft, doing grievance harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Prosecution states that the trio, on 1st April 2018, at Kabalagala Makindye division, stole cash worthy 6.2million shillings, the property of Angella Katatumba.
Prosecution further states that on the same day, the security guard at the same place, unlawfully caused grievance harm to Angella Katatumba.
These are also accused of assaulting a one Oneil Burke occasioning him actual bodily harm.
The suspects have been remanded until the 4th of May this year as investigations into the case continues.

Man sent to Luzira prison for touching a woman’s breasts

By Sania Babirye

A 24 year old man was charged and sent to Luzira prison on Thursday for  touching a woman’s breasts and shoulders.

Phillip  Akwetereho a music trainer and a resident of Kamyokya Kisenyi 2 Zone was charged before city hall grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and denied the offense of indecent assaulting of a female.

Prosecutionled led by Pamela Orogot states that on the 13th of july 2017 at Kisenyi 2 zone Akwetereho unlawfully  and indecently assaulted  a one   Irene Arayo by touching her breasts and shoulders.

The magistrate remanded him to Luzira prison until august 3rd for mention of his case.

Man thrown to jail for ordering food without money

By Babirye Sania

City hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende has handed a 35 day jail sentence in Luzira prison to a   50 year old man for obtaining  eats and drinks under false pretense in a health club  .

This is after Joseph Rwamukyo a resident of Kiboga district accepted to have gone at KK Health Club in  Ntinda a kampala suburb, ordered for the drinks and foods  but  failed to pay for them after eating.

Rwamukyo was also ordered to pay a court fine of 100,000 shillings and also compensate the health club 300,000 shillings by city hall court.

Court heard that  on the 2nd  of July 2017 Rwamukyo went to KK health club and ate food and drunk beers worth  22, 2500 shillings which money he did not have.

Kazinda pushed back to Luzira for five years

By Sania Babirye

The Anti-corruption court judge Lawrence Gidudu has once again sentenced  the former Principle Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister  Geoffrey Kazinda  to five years in Luzira prison over corruption.

Kazinda was this morning found guilty  of conspiring with 3 others to  defraud government of 316 million shillings worth fuel drawn by non-existent OPM vehicles that were meant to carry relief to disaster victims.

Kanzinda’s co-accused have however been handed a fine sentence  ranging from 10   to 50 million shillings on grounds that they Kazinda who was the master planner crafted  the fraud plot  which the three co accused   jumped on under bandwagon .

The former clerk from the OPM Beatrice Kezabu has been orders to refunded the most money at 50 million shillings  on  grounds that she  facilitated the said theft by entering false entries in fuel Order forms well knowing that no fuel had been drawn .

Shamim Masembe had Hussein Katumwa have been  sentenced to a fine of ten million shillings each  for helping Kaiznda realise the fruits of his crimes as they let their fuel station former Total  Ntinda to be used as the conduit of the theft.

The judge has  however ordered that the three Will serve a one jail term if  they fail to refund the money.

The judge has also bared the convicts from holding any public  office for a period  of  10 years  and compensate  government the stolen funds.

Man remanded to Luzira for defying UCC directive on public radio speakers

By Sania Babirye

A man who defied  a directive from the Uganda Communication Commission against  operating a public radio speaker commonly  known as Kizindaalo has finally  pleaded guilty to the charge.

Gerald Ssemwanga who has been on remand in Luzira prison since  last week accepted the offense before  Buganda Road court  Chief Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda .

He was charged with  installing and operating a public raido apparatus without a license contrary to section 27 of the UCC Act but first denied the charge.

The magistrate has now set the 6th of June  to hand him his sentence and remanded him to Luzira prison   until then.

A content Regulation manager with UCC  Paul Mukasa testified against Ssemwanga on Monday  this week that they arrested Ssemwanga on the 27th of March 2017 from Kabawo zone in Rubaga division in Kampala district  illegally broadcasting before confiscating his equipments.

On the 8th of February 2017 UCC issued a  directive ordering all people operating the commonly Bizindalo without a license to dismantle  and take them down because they were operating illegally .

Kaweesi murder suspects sent to Luzira Maximum prison

By Sania Babirye

The 22 suspects charged with the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi the former police spokesperson have been remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspects had returned before Nakawa magistrate court for mention of their case.

However prosecution led by Joyce Anyago has informed Grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi that investigations into the case are still ongoing.

They have now been remanded until the 1st of June 2017.

These are charged with 5 counts including murder, terrorism and aggravated robbery.

Prosecution states that the the suspects 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.

Stella Nyanzi sent back to jail

Makerere University Researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has been sent back to Luzira by Buganda Road Magistrate Court pending an application for the revision of her case filed in the high court by her lawyers.

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo asked for an adjournment of the case pending determination of their application seeking to block a planned psychiatric examination against Dr Stella Nyanzi. The mental examinations were sought by the state during Nyanzi’s maiden appearance before the magistrate’s court early this month.

Nyanzi is charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication contrary to provisions of the Computer Misuse Act. Nyanzi was also charged with using the internet to disturb the peace and right to privacy of the president.

Prosecution alleges that Stella Nyanzi used her social media pages to refer to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks.” She denied the charges but told court that she always writes ‘metaphorically’ to deliver messages to ‘those in power’.

In reference to her vulgar and erotic posts, prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya filed an application on April 10, asking court to order that Nyanzi is subjected to a psychiatric examination. Muwaganya told court that Nyanzi has a history of erratic psychiatric disorder and was once a patient at Butabika Hospital. The application was based on the affidavit by SP Mboniva Emmanuel, one of the police officers investigating Nyanzi’s case.

But her lawyers rushed to the High Court to challenge the request saying that the state wants to use the mental test to declare Nyanzi an idiot and send her to a mental health facility. Lawyer Opiyo told court that the defense team hoped the high court application would be heard before today’s appearance. However, High Court has set tomorrow as the hearing date for the application.

Opiyo said that the state’s application was brought in bad faith and with utmost act of ambush to deny them an appropriate response. He said they need time to respond to all arguments raised by the state in its application for mental health examination. He also argued that the defense team received a copy of the application after arriving at the court.

Presiding Magistrate James Eremye said Nyanzi was sent back to Luzira on the request of her defense team.

Nyanzi had recently taken up a campaign code-named ‘Pads for Girls’ in which she castigated government for failing to fulfill its commitment to provide sanitary pads to all schoolgirls. The provision was part of President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign pledges ahead of the 2016 general election.

 

 

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Prison wardens pass out

1500 warders and wardresses have been passed out today at Kololo airstrip after 9 months training at Luzira training school.

Prisons spokesperson Frank Baine says this is the biggest number to be passed out.

He adds that this will bridge the huge gap between the inmates and the staff adding that the number of inmates has tremendously increased.

These will now be posted to the 248 prison units across the country.