Police officers accused of kidnap have been released on bail

By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial at Makindye has released on bail  three [3] out of the seven[7] jailed  police officers battling kidnap charges.
A panel of seven members of  the Court Martial  chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has released D/CPL Amon Kwarisima , SPC Faisal Katende and D/ASP James Magada  on grounds that the  junior ranking  officers  can neither interfere with  on-going CMI investigations nor threaten prosecution witnesses.
 The three officers have been released on a non cash bond of ten million shillings each while  their sureties  entered  non  cash bond  of 5 million shillings each.
 The bailed officers must also report to the registrar of the General court Martial twice  every  month and ordered not to  travel out of Kampala without permission from  court.
 Court warned that failure to abide by the above conditions will automatically lead to cancellation of bail.
The seven men are facing charges of kidnap of  three Rwandese nationals and unlawfully conveying  them to their country against their will.
Other suspects Joel Aguma,   Nixon Agasirwe ,  Benon Atwebembeirwe and Abel Tumukunde  have been remanded back to Luzira prison and Makindye military police barracks respectively until the 5th/February/2028  as CMI continues with investigations.

Top police officers charged with kidnap

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Seven senior police officers have been charged with kidnap of two Rwandese Nationals and being in possession of firearms and grenades.  Former commander of police special operations  Nickson Agasirwe,  Head of law enforcement professional standards unit Joel Aguma, commander of flying squad Abel Tumukunde, Kampala metropolitan police ASP James Magada,  Amon Kwarisima,  Benon Atwebembeire  and Faisal Katende  are charged  with kidnapping  Joel Mutabazi and Jackson Kalemeera .
They are jointly charged with two Rwandese nationals; Rene  Rutangugira and Bahati Mugenga Pacifique.
They appeared before a panel of seven members of the general military court martial chaired by Lt. General Andrew Gutii but refused to take plea to the charge.
Their lawyer Caleb Alaka is objecting to the charges and the jurisdiction of the General Court Martial.
Alaka is contending that his clients cannot take plea on a defective charge sheet
Prosecution  led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha  states  that while the accused were in unlawful possession of firearms and grenades which are a preserve of only the UPDF,   conveyed Mutabazi to Rwanda without his onsent .
They committed the offense on the 25th October 2013 at Kamengo in Mpigi district.
The three senior police officer have been remanded to Makindye mitary cells while the other six suspects have been remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of November 2017

Woman gang raped and murdered in Entebbe

By Robert Segawa

Another woman has been killed in Entebbe Wakiso district bringing the total number  to seven women killed in the area in last two months.

The body of 35 years old Aisha Nakasinde was discovered in a bush this morning a few meters from Kasenyi barracks in Nkumba Kavundira village in Katabi town council.

Its believed that Nakasinde was gang raped by attackers and  inserting sticks in her private parts and throat.

Nakasinde is the 7th woman to lose her life in similar manner as murder increase in Entebbe. Last week  Sarah Nakajjo was also murdered in a similar way.

Police has taken the body to Mulago hospital for postmortem.

Boda Boda rider fined over Ugx 1M for operating without a permit

By Sania Babirye

A boda boda rider has been fined 1.1million shillings  for operating without a  permit.

Azizi Ssekitoleko was found guilty by City hall grade one magistrate Moses Nabende for operating the bodaboda without a driving permit and  third party insurance.

While fining  him, the magistrate ruled that evidence adduced by prosecution’s  four  witnesses was sufficient enough to prove that  he committed the offense.

The magistrate however said that if he fails to pay the fine he should serve  a 14 months’ imprisonment in Luzira prison.

Prosecution led by Pamela Orogot states that, Ssekitoleko on July 28th2017 at Acacia Avenue in Kampala at around 9; 00pm was found driving a motor cycle without a driving permit and third party.

The convict was arrested by police officers from Kira road police station who were  patrolling the area.

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.




Police arrest tropical bank employee murderer

By Robert Segawa
Police have arrested Andrew Kelvin  Okoth, an employee of UMEME suspected to have murdered her girlfriend Fahima Natoolo in Mbalwa, Namugongo.
The body of the  32 year old employee of Tropical bank, Masaka branch was found decomposing in a house and it is suspected she had been murdered by her boyfriend after a fight.
Police on Thursday night arrested Okoth from a house in Kiwatule together with another female person before being detained at Kira road police station.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson,  Emilian Kayima, police will investigate more to find out if the female suspect was an accomplice in the Mbalwa murder .
He added that investigations will also look at a possibility of crimes committed earlier by Okoth.

Police saves murder suspect from angry mob

An angry mob has lynched a murder suspect and injured another seriously in Rubanda district. The mob descended on 34-year-old William Mugisha at his home in Ihunga cell in Ikumba Sub County and beat him to death on Wednesday.

The mob also attacked another suspect Robert Balikese and attempted to lynch him but he was rescued by police. The two are believed to have been part of the group that killed John Byarugaba, a teacher at Ihunga primary school located in Muko Sub County, whose decomposing body was found dumped in a bush in Bisiizi cell on December 21st, 2016.

They were picked up together with two others whose identities were not made public. On Tuesday this week, High Court released Mugisha, Balikese and two others on grounds that the Director of Public Prosecutions had cleared their file.

The release of the suspects didn’t go down well with residents prompting them to raid Mugisha’s home and lynch him. They also tried to attack Baliseka but he was rescued by Police.

Silva Baguma, the Ikumba Sub County LC V Councilor, says the residents attacked the trio, saying they had bribed their way from prison. Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Baliseka is nursing injuries at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

He says they have launched a manhunt for the mob members to face charges of taking the law into their hands.


Police reveal that 5 have been convicted for human trafficking

By Robert Segawa
Police has revealed that many Ugandans are now being trafficked to middle East countries through Kenya.
Addresing journalists on Monday at Police Headquarters in Naguru, the Commissioner of police in charge of human trafficking at the Ministry of internal affairs, Moses Binoga said that they have found out that people here work with Kenyan unlicensed companies lure Ugandan girls into Kenya.
He said that the girls are then transported using buses to Tororo where they are put into houses and then cross the border at night to Kenya. He said most of the girls go through Jomo Kenyatta airport.
According to Binoga, they have got 48 cases registered involving 140 victims being transported through Kenya. He however noted that five people have been convicted by court in Busia over human trafficking.

Police fails to produce anti Museveni suspects in court

Police in Mbarara have failed to produce in court three people who were last week arrested for allegedly conducting a mock funeral for President Yoweri Museveni.

The three are 20-year-old Abert Nangumya, a student at Bishop Stuart University, Rodgers Asiimwe, 26, and Maxi Muhumuza, a spokesperson of Ankole Kingdom. They were on Thursday found in possession of a coffin with an inscription “Rest in Peace Museveni,” and a portrait of the president.

In the same coffin, were names of Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire and several Members of Parliament.

According to police, the suspects were protesting against a ploy by government to amend Article 102 of the 1995 Constitution which puts a ceiling on the age of the person holding office of the president at 75.  They face charges of sedition that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison if found guilty. The case is registered under file number SD 06/06/07/2017.

Early today, a group of friends and relatives had gathered at the Mbarara High Court where the suspects were expected to appear but this did not materialise as the suspects were nowhere to be seen.

Alex Mukanga is one of those who thought that the suspects would be brought to court. He says that he was disappointed to see that the police brought other suspects leaving the group behind.

Bright Muhumuza, another concerned resident says that the behaviour of the police in this matter indicates that they are interested it. He says that he and his group have since Thursday made several attempts to visit the suspects and talk to them in addition to securing bond for them in vain.

Medard Bahumwire, a friend to Rodgers Asiimwe, one of those arrested, faults the police for denying him and other people a chance to visit the suspects which he says is unacceptable. Bahumwire says that holding the suspects beyond 48 hours and failure to produce them in court tantamount to a human rights violation.

Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira, however, told URN that the police are not playing any games as alleged. He says the police are waiting for a file on the matter from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

He says that once a response is received from the DPP, the police will take the necessary action.

The protest comes at the  backdrop of reports that a section of National Resistance Movement – NRM party legislators have mooted a plan to amend the constitution to allow President Museveni to contest for the presidency in 2021 and that the constitutional amendment bill on the same has already been gazetted.

Under the current provision in Article 102(b) of the constitution, President Museveni would be above 75 years and therefore ineligible to contest for the seat. Born in 1944 and in power since 1986, Museveni will hit 75 in 2019, two years before the general elections.



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.