Four arrested for illegal possession, gun hidden in motorcycle cushion

Gulu police are holding four men for illegal gun possession and poaching.

The suspects are Lenox Ojok, Solomon Nyero, Steward Kibwola, and Samuel Kinyera, all residents of Nwoya district.

The suspects were picked up by Police Flying Squad from Gulu town over the weekend while attempting to sell 12 Kilograms of ivory they extracted from an elephant they killed from Murchison Falls National Park.

They were also found with a number less motorcycle and an AK47 Rifle registration number 56-119173755, with a magazine with live ammunition.

The weapon had been hidden inside the cushion of a motorcycle registration number UDG 902 K. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson, says the suspects will face other charges on advice of Resident State Attorney after intelligence linked them to robbery as well.




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.





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.



Police officer kills self over domestic problems

Police in Hoima are investigating circumstances under which one of their own committed suicide by shooting himself inside the barracks.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police public relations officer, has identified the victim as Police Constable Lawrence Kayanga, aged 34.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network on phone this morning, Hakiza says that Kayanga shot himself at about 6pm on Wednesday at the time when he was expected to report for evening duty.

He says the deceased left behind a suicide note with the phrase: “I have decided to do it because I have no strength and peace.”

Hakiza says that by the time Kayanga shot himself dead, his wife was not in their house.
He adds that the body of the deceased who hails from Eastern Uganda is at the Hoima regional referral hospital mortuary pending postmortem by police pathologists.

Asked about how a police officer managed to have a gun in his house inside the barracks, Hakiza says the deceased had just signed for the gun as he reported for evening duty but may be decided to head direct to his home to do the act of suicide.

Sources within the police barracks who have preferred anonymity told URN that the deceased had had domestic issues with his wife. Kayanga had reportedly asked another woman in the barracks to counsel his wife and as a result, upon his return home, she engaged him in a verbal attack asking why their domestic issues are leaked to a third party.

Sources say Kayanga shot himself dead moments after his wife had walked out of the house to fetch water from a tap within the barracks.





Police to reconstruct a house.

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force has promised to reconstruct the house of Nampijja Annet whose roof was blown off by a helicopter on Monday at Biina in Nakawa division.

The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said police construction department has started efforts to have the house reconstructed.

Kaweesi said the accident happened when the police helicopter lowered its altitude while making a turn. The wind from the rotors blew off the weak roof.

Other household items destroyed will also be compensated.

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.




Gen Angina sends Captain Bashaija to jail over land grabbing

Lieutenant-General Charles Angina the deputy Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has ordered the arrest of the OWC coordinator for Mbarara Municipality, Captain David Bashaija, over alleged misconduct.

Angina issued the order on Saturday night after a meeting with all OWC coordinators from Ankole and Kigezi sub regions held at Lake View Resort Hotel Mbarara.

According to Angina, retired Captain Bashaija had been subjected to investigations and it was found out that he has been using his position to grab land. The land he is said to have grabbed includes 31.8 hectares from the National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO) Institute in Mbarara.

Angina revealed that although there are other enncroachers onthe land who will also be dealt with, Bashaija should be arrested immediately. He assiged Colonel Sikaji Tumusiime  Ankole regional OWC commander to have the Captain Bashaija arrested by Monday March 13th 2016.

The order comes barely a day after President Museveni who was in Mbarara on Friday ordered that encroachers on the NARO institute’s land to vacate immediately.

Museveni who was speaking on Friday at the handover of  40 tractors to farmers in the cattle corridor at Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research Development Institute along Mbarara-Bushenyi road.

The president revealed that he was not happy to learn that some residents of Mbarara have descended on land meant for research development and decided to fence it off and use it for personal gains.

The president therefore ordered that the traditional boundaries of 1,300 acres of land must be restored as a matter of urgency saying that the government would not have loved to first use force against the encroachers.

Sarah Kagingo, the OWC communications and public affairs officer URN that they have also received repeated complaints that the Captain Bashaija has been using the name of P President Museveni and that of General Salim Saleh to intimidate people. Saleh, who is Museveni’s young brother, is the overall OWC coordinator.

According to Dr. Imelda Kashaija, the deputy director general for NARO, indicated that the agricultural research development institute in Mbarara has lost 31.6 hectares to Captain Bashaija. Another 64.3 hectares of land has been occupied by a businessman identified as Ibrahim Sali who transferred it to Hajuni investments.
ur reporter that the order to have him arrested was not issued in good faith.

He says that he acquired the land from the Uganda Land Commission and that if they are interested in taking it up, they should instead work out a clear procedure that will see him compensated.





Unattended candle burns man in Mbarara to death

A man has died in a house fire in Mbarara Municipality. 25-year-old Justus Twinomugisha alias Kanyankole, a butcher from Kirehe village in Nyamitanga division was sleeping when the fire started from a candle that was left unattended to on Tuesday night.
Peninah Nkwasibwe, the deceased’s mother, says her son has been using candles for lighting. Amina Habasa, a resident of Ruti village, says that Twinomugisha had burnt to death by the time residents put out the fire.
Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says Twinomugisha was burnt beyond recognition. He says a postmortem results show that Twinomugisha chocked to death before he was burnt.
The DPC cautions residents to be extra careful while using candles, saying they can be very dangerous when handled carelessly.


Police rescues two children from kidnap in Kamuli

Kaberamaido Police have rescued two children, a year after their alleged kidnap. They are 4-year-old Amina Nansubuga and her 8-year-old brother, Sharif Kanyike.

The duo was rescued early this week from the home of Margaret Itage and Catherine Imede in Ararak A ward in Kaberamaido town where they have been living for over a year.

Both Itage and Imede are being held at Kaberamaido Central Police Station. Christine Rose Shakina, the officer in charge of the Child and Family Protection Unit at Kaberamaido Central Police Station, says the children were kidnapped from Kamuli district last year.

According to Shakina, the children identify their father as Abdullah Kizito, a resident of Kamuli district. Kanyike explains that they were kidnapped by an unidentified woman and forced into a taxi in Kamuli on their way to school to pick their report cards.

Norah Erengu, the LC I chairperson of Ararak A ward says she received a tip off from residents on how the children were being mistreated and tortured by Itage. Itage told Police that the children were dropped at her home by her sister about a year ago claiming to have adopted them from an orphanage.

Police have preferred charges of child rights abuse, kidnap and abduction against the suspects. Police have also commenced a search for the parents of the minors. Section 126 (b) of the penal code act states that “any person who unlawfully takes another person under the age of eighteen years out of the custody of any of the parents or of any other person having lawful care or charge over that person, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.



Man hacks colleague to death over 2000UGx in Isingiro

Police in Isingiro district are hunting for a man who allegedly hacked a colleague to death after failure to pay a 2000 Shillings debt.

Alex Beinomugisha, 39, the suspect is said to have engaged 17 year old Isaac Birungi in a fight on Saturday afternoon after he allegedly demanded for his 2000 Shilings in vain. The fight took place at Rukoma village, Birere Sub-County in Isingiro district.

The two first exchanged blows but the deceased was overpowered and deserted in a banana plantation. After the incident, the suspect reportedly took off and moments later, the deceased was found dead.

Milton Nkwasibwe, the officer in charge of Birere police post told our reporter that the locals reported the matter to police and that the police have since then launched a man hunt for the suspect.

He says that the deceased’s body has been taken to Mbarara regional referral hospital mortuary for a post-mortem.

Isingiro district police commander Moses Muzima says that police from Isingiro police station have moved in and are working with the locals to track down the suspect to face justice.

Maurice Rakasori a brother to deceased says that the   two were close friends and wonders why they had to fight over a small amount of money. He says that the deceased had dropped out of school and instead doing casual work.