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 .
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.
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.
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.
A 52 year old man has been sentenced to 37years in jail for aggravated defilement. High Court Justice Elizabeth Kabanda found James Ntambi guilty of defiling a seven year old girl in and infected her with l with HIV/AIDS.
He committed the offence in February 2013 at Kyanja Zone in Rubaga division. He will serve his sentence from Luzira prison.
A man has been remanded to Luzira prison for failing to clear a 3 million alcohol bill.
Ismael Serunjoji a resident of Nalya in Wakiso district appeared before City Hall court grade one magistrate where he denied the charge. Prosecution alleges that on the 31st of December 2015,Serunjogi together with some friends entered a bar called Diners lounge in Bukoto a Kampala suburb where they stayed up to the 2nd of January 2016 consuming alcohol but later failed to clear the bill.
He will appear again in court on 1st of February 2016 for hearing of his case.