70 senior police officers reshuffled.

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura has made a massive general reshuffle where 70 senior police officers have been affected. Some of the officers have been moved from junior command course Bwebajja.

Among those affected include  Senior commissioner Steven Tanui who was a deputy commandant Kampala Metropolitan has been appointed as the deputy commander Field force , ACP Ruhweza James appointed as security chief ,Bakaleke Siraje Kampala south, Omala Sam directorate of welfare, Odongo Mark from SIU Kireka to research and planning.

Others include SSP Zirabamuzale Muzafal directorate of welfare production, Ganyana Zurah to Press unit, Kateba Apolo Rwenzori as RPC, Kintu Henry from Kaliro to Masaka as DPC and Kitata Adam transferred to counter terrorism.

When conducted Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye said transfers in force are normal and are meant to enhance service delivery in the force. He added they take immediate effect.

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Editors and some Media houses halted from covering Kaweesi murder investigation

By Sania Babirye
Court has issued a temporary injunction gagging sections of the media from publishing stories on the ongoing investigations into the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
High court civil division assistant registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza says the injunction against Red Pepper , Chimp report, The Investigator, The Ugandan and  The Guardian will stay in force  until  21st August 2017 when hearing of the main application filed by Inspector General of Police Kale Kaihura   accusing them of jeopardizing the investigations and national security will be heard .
The four Media houses and their editors are accused of unlawfully obtaining confidential information in relation to investigations into the death of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi without the authority and approval of the government of Uganda.
The sued editors are Stanley Ndawula , Giles Muhame, and  Dixon Kagurusi.
 Through the Attorney General, the IGP says the documents that  were published by the respective  media houses contained details of  internal matters of the investigations, national importance and security, documents and decisions  made in the day to day running of the investigation and security matters of  the country.
Kayihura is now seeking court to issue a permanent injunction refraining the media  houses from publishing any articles relating to the investigations
The Police chief  also  wants court to declare that the publications and intended publications of the defendants are injurious to the ongoing investigations, national security and prejudicial to the workings of Security Agencies of Uganda.
Former Police spokes person Andrew Felix Kaweesi was gunned down by unknown assailants on March 17 2017 at around at his home in Kulambiro an outskirt of Kampala.
He died along side his driver Godfrey Wambewa and body guard Kenneth Erau as he drove out of home to work.

Police intercepts 23 Rwandese for illegal entry into Uganda

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabale have been intercepted 23 Rwandese Nationals for illegal entry to Uganda.

According to Elly Matte the Kigezi region police spokesperson the Rwandese Nationalist were intercepted using baby coach bus registration number UAM 897M after crossing to Uganda using porous borders of Bufundi and Rubaya sub county in Kabale district.

Matte added all the Rwandese had no identification, they don’t know their destination to Uganda and the master mind behind their travels is no where to be seen.

Matte has however warned bus companies to desist from associate with illegal immigrants saying that they risk having their business crossed.

Traders protest against Chinese who are doing petty businesses

By Robert Segawa
Business has come to a standstill as Traders operating in arcades around  Nakasero market closed their shops expressing dissatisfaction over the Chinese traders who came as  investors but now doing petty  businesses which Ugandans can take care of.
The angry traders  operating on Seroma arcade, Nalule Arcade, MM arcade among others deal  mainly in hardware materials  and   accuse Chinese investors for engaging in retail businesses and selling at low cost hence pushing them out of business.
Ugandan traders closed their shops in a peaceful demonstration with placards asking Chinese investors to go back to their country.
Police from Central Police Station has been heavily deployed around the place to prevent violence and   the DPC CPS,  Joseph Bakaleke asked traders to be calm and warned them to desist from forcing those with open shops to close

New traffic lights have cameras that will help curb traffic offenders

The modern traffic lights installed on newly constructed roads in Kampala will boost the ability of the Uganda Police Force to monitor and arrest errant drivers who disregard traffic laws.

The traffic lights were equipped with cameras and computers that capture and record data.
As the traffic lights turn red the system becomes active and any vehicle passing over the sensor in the road after this time is snapped.

“For those who don’t stop, violate or commit any offence around traffic lights, we shall get you even after a year. We have computers that can keep data for over a year,” Dr Stephen Kasiima, the director of traffic and road safety said.

His revelation came after the commissioning of the newly reconstructed Kira Road which has been expanded from a two-lane road to a four-lane road. Three signalized traffic light junctions have been fixed along the road. One of the traffic lights is situated at the foot of Kira road, adjacent to Kira road police station, another at a junction linking with Old Kira road and one at the Bukoto-Kisaasi road Junction.

Each set of these traffic lights has control centre where cars, motorcycles and people walking along the road can be monitored on computers. Solar street lights have also been installed along the road.

Kasiima said pictures captured by the cameras at traffic lights are clear and don’t need any other evidence to arrest and prosecute law offenders.

Kampala Capital City authority Executive Director Jennifer Musisi says that 8.4 billion Shillings was spent on the reconstruction of the road, which was expanded after the eviction of craftsmen, florists and kiosks initially operating in the area.

A traffic Control Centre has also been set up at the KCCA offices to monitor what is happening along the newly reconstructed roads, according to Musisi. The center will integrate the new traffic-light network at 33 junctions, some of which are still under construction.

“At city hall we can see how traffic is moving along Kira road. I can be in my office and put on my computer to see what is happening. If we see that cars are many at certain junction, we can re-adjust rate at which traffic lights stops can or allows them to go,” she said.

The ongoing road works are part of the Second phase of Kampala Institutional and Infrastructure Development Project-KIIDP II implemented by Kampala Capital City Authority. The project is worth USD 183.7 Million. Other roads under construction include Makerere Hill Road, Mambule Road (Bwaise), Bwaise Junction and Bakuli-Nakulabye-Kasubi.

 

 

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UNHCR donates 30 vehicles to Uganda Police,Kayihura asks for motorcycles too

By Segawa Robert

The minister for relief and  refugees,Eng.Hillary onek has revealed that Uganda receives not less than 2000 refugees every day.

Speaking during the hand over 30 auto mobiles to police and the office of the prime minister by the United Nation’s High commission for Refugees in Kampala,Onek said the number has dropped from 6000 to 2000 per day. Who he said a big number was from South Sudan.

Onek however warned politicians against abusing police officers and soldiers adding that they are playing a big role in ensuring peace in the country.

The Inspector General of Police,Gen Kale Kayihura applauded UNHCR for the vehicles which he said are a timely force multiplier.

He however asked them to provide police with motorcycles to help them in patrols.

Police declares Greater Masaka region safe

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force confirms that the greater Masaka region is safe after arresting close to 90 criminals including the 3 ring leaders.

The confirmation comes after several criminal attacks were reported in areas Masaka, Bukomasimbi and Lwengo that left three people dead.

Addressing the press today at the Media center the police spokesperson Assan Kasingye says that 33 suspects appeared in court while 56 are still under investigation.

Kasingye adds that other groups of 19 suspects are to appear in court today on charges ranging from aggravated robbery, attempted murder and theft.

He adds that security patrols conducted by the joint security forces are still going on to clean out all suspected criminals.

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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Police arrests teacher for hacking a journalist

A primary school teacher in Gulu district is in trouble for reportedly attacking a journalist attached to Vision Group’s Radio Rupiny.

Sam Okaka, the talk show host and news anchor was attacked early on Saturday morning as he returned home from a corporate night show at Diana Gardens in the heart of Gulu town.

It is alleged that Lambert Obwona, a primary school teacher in Awach Sub County hacked Okaka as he prepared to enter his car, outside the guarded night club. Okaka is recuperating at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor from injuries he suffered on his forehead.

At the time of filing this report, Patrick Olwit, a workmate said Okaka was undergoing a scan to determine the extent of the injury. He described his condition as stable.

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River police spokesperson says Obwona was identified by eyewitnesses who tipped security to arrest him on Saturday.

On Monday morning, police searched Obwona’s residence in Layibi division for further clues to the attacks.

Police say the second victim was Bonney Diaato, a taxi driver of vehicle registration number UAU 043 T plying Gulu – Kampala Highway. He was attacked around Cuk Alot in Layibi Division and treated in Gulu referral hospital.

Gulu suffered brutality of iron bar hit-men between September last year and January this year in which three people died and 20 others including five journalists were injured.

Okema says 40 people convicted in connection with the attacks have been released from Prison or granted bail.

 

 

 

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Two finance ministry officials nabbed over corruption claims

Two senior officials in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development have been arrested.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Finance Ministry Spokesperson, Jim Mugunga, says the officials were picked up in a Police operation at the Ministry headquarters this morning in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Mugunga however, falls short of mentioning the names of the officials and what the investigations are about. URN has since learnt that the affected individuals are Michael Ogwal, an Economist and Geoffrey Turyamuhika a Commissioner.

In a message on his official twitter handle, President Yoweri Museveni notes that “I have been briefed by the police about the arrest of two senior officials in the Finance Ministry who were taking bribes from investors.”

Adding that, “I thank the security agencies for acting swiftly. This is Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo and we shall be harsh on public servants guilty of corruption.”  According to information obtained from Police, the Finance ministry asked the Special Investigations Department to investigate allegations of bribery by some officials.

Police swung into action, which led to the arrest of the two officers.

 

 

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