By Sania Babirye
A warrant of arrest has been issued against the troubled Nakawa municipality MP Micheal Kabaziguruka.
The arrest warrant has been issued by the seven member team court siting in Makindye chaired by Lt.Gen Andrew Gutti after Hon.Kabaziguruka allegedly failed to turn up in the general court martial to take plea to charges related to treachery and security of the country.
According to Maj. Raphael Mugisha the UPDF lead prosecutor, Kabaziguruka has refused to appear in court for mention of his case since he was granted bail.
Maj. Mugisha told court that although Hon.Kabaziguruka secured an Interim order in the constitution court against his trial in the army court, the order had since lapsed after the same court annulled Injunction orders issued by a single judge.
The prosecutor says that following that development Hon.Kabaziguruka can no longer use the expired order as a defense not to appear in court.
Major Mugisha has now asked court to order military police to arrest Kabaziguruka saying that on two occasions the MP has been summoned and personally telephoned to appear in court but all in vain.
Maj. Mugisha has also told court that investigations into the case are complete against Kabaziguruka and 25 others but Hearing cannot start in the absence of one accused person.
In October 2016 high court Justice Yasin Nyanzi granted a 10 million non cash bond to the MP while his four sureties including FDC party president Gen Mugisha Muntu, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Hon. Moses Kasibante and Hon.Ibrahim Ssemuju were ordered to pay a 100 million non cash bond after being on remand at Kigo prison since June 2016.
Kabaziguruka is charged together with other 25 people including UPDF officers for allegedly contriving a plot to infiltrate defense forces and prejudice it’s security to overthrow the government of Uganda by use of firearms .
The offenses were allegedly committed between February and June 2016 in districts of Kampala,Wakiso and Luweero.
By Robert Segawa
Over 11 million people have so far verified their sim cards in the on going sim card verification exercise using there national IDs as per UCC directive.
While addressing journalists, minister of security Henry Tumukunde said government is determined to switch off sim cards of people who have not complied come the deadline which is 19th May this year.
Minister Tumukunde advised citizens whose sim cards are not verified to comply in the remaining time adding that the exercise is aimed at strengthening the country’s security.
He calls upon telecommunication companies not to further give out sim cards which are not registered.
Meanwhile the executive Director of Uganda Communication Commission Godfrey Mutababazi says they are expecting to register about 23 million simcards of which 70% has been registered.
Boda boda motorists in Mbarara municipality are calling for restrictions and strict monitoring of their night operations. The boda boda motorists say thugs take advantage of their operations to attack them and innocent night commuters.
At least 17 boda boda cyclists have been killed and 11 others injured in Mbarara municipality since January this year. The cyclists are now engaging Police for possible intervention into the matter.
Ben Muhoozi, a boda boda cyclist, says the failure to regulate boda Boda operations may lead to disastrous consequences.
Alex Wamaye, another cyclist says that the current state of affairs is worrying. He asks the authorities to move fast and save the situation, saying currently anyone with a motorcycle can freely join the boda boda sector.
Alex Monday, another concerned boda boda cyclist says the unexplained disappearances of their colleagues are becoming the order of the day.
Mohamed Mpagi, the spokesperson Mbarara General Boda boda Association, says regulating the business will prevent more loss of lives. He wants the boda boda cyclists to ask the night commutters to identify themselves using their national identity cards or any other valid documents before they carry them for their own safety.
Robert Nabimanya, the Mbarara District Internal Security Officer, says some of the boda boda motorists operate in violation of the security guidelines that require them to always wear identification cards, reflectors and inform their stage chairpersons on their movements.
Mbarara District Police Commander, Jaffar Magyezi told URN that Police is already in touch with the management and association of the cyclists to ensure that their operations do not lead to loss of lives. He says police has also increased on its vigilance to ensure that all night operations are done within safe and secure environs.
At least 2000 Scenes of Crime Officers-SOCOs will be trained by the end of this year, the Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura has revealed.
According to Kayihura, although police has recruited several officers, the force still faces a challenge of the limited number of officers who can pick and examine evidence from crime scenes.
He disclosed this while passing out 162 police officers upon completion of a six months course at the Non-commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) in Jinja district on Tuesday.
Kayihura also noted that there is need to change the criteria used to retire officers, saying many of them have been sent home on account of age yet they are still physically active.
Lt. Col. Saad Katamba, the Commandant of Non-commissioned Officers’ Academy noted such trainings are intended to improve on the proficiency of the selected personnel in the conduct of their duties and developing professionalism in order to respond effectively to the ever evolving social, political and economic environment.
Felix Kaweesi, the Director Human Resource Uganda Police Force, explained that the officers’ basic course and the non-commissioned course are bridging courses suited for officers who have been holding ranks of command and leadership but were never prepared before promotions.
By Deo Wasswa
Civil Aviation Authority has installed the new modern and automated baggage detecting handling system at Entebbe international Airport to tighten security.
John Kagolo, the director Airport and Aviation security says the machines which have been in place were installed 20years back and were having problems, causing flight delays.
The new system has a highly sensitive detection mechanism and specialized equipment which tresses any sign of having any hazardous machine or object in the baggage. Immediately after detecting any suspicious baggage, the system automatically reject that baggage from the transit and sends its image to security control room to conduct further checking.
By Moses Kidandi
Uganda Wildlife has assured the public that despite the tension in Kasese district, Queen Elizabeth National park is still safe for tourism.
The Kasese clashes have led to cancellation of bookings by some tourists fearing for their safety and increase in insurance costs. A large number of mountain climbers who were slated to hike the Rwenzori Mountain have cancelled their scheduled adventures.
Officials at the Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) say that the Kasese unrest has already had a serious effect on the tourism sector a major foreign income earner and biggest contributor to Uganda’s gross domestic product GDP).
UWA spokesperson Jossy Muhangi says many tourists are making thorough inquiries on visiting Uganda during the festive season but are scared of the tension in Kasese.Muhanji says the entire National park is safe and tourists are free to visit.
By Zirimala Daudi
Over 6000 outdated machine guns have been destroyed by national focal point an organisation under the ministry of internal affairs.
According to the coordinator national focal point on small arms and light weapons Okello Makmot,the guns are collected from different parts of the country and most of these guns are got from Kasese and Karamoja.
Speaking at the destruction site at Bukasa Wakiso district Okello said that SMGs like Ak47 are commonly used in crimes because are easy to operate.
He however assured Ugandans that the situation of security in the country is fine despite some crimes registered but government is doing what they can to control fire arms.
Security has sealed off all roads leading to and around Kampala high court ahead of the bail hearing of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the former FDC presidential candidate. The affected roads included a section of Lumumba Avenue, Buganda road, Shimoni Road, the Square 1 and Square 2 roads.
Heavily armed military police, anti-riot police and regular police have barricaded the affected roads and are restricting access to passersby. Police have also deployed armored vehicles at the constitutional square. They are only allowing workers of the High court, lawyers, school children and journalists through.
Workers at buildings neighboring High court like Rwenzori courts, Simbanyo House, Mabirizi complex, East African Development Building and Grand Imperial hotel, who normally pass through these roads are being told to find alternative access.
The closure of the roads has caused massive traffic jam on Kampala road as motorists try to find way to their places of work. Aron Baguma, the Kampala Central Divisional Police Commander, declined to comment on the deployment and referred URN to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson.
However, URN overheard Baguma on phone alerting other officers that he had received a call notifying him that Besigye is expected to leave Luzira Prisons at 8am. Already a number of journalists and lawyer have already arrived at High court ahead of Besigye’s appearance.
Police have blocked his supporters and other members of the public from accessing the court premises. Besigye was remanded to Luzira prison by Nakawa chief magistrate’s court on May 18th where he appeared for treason.