Nambooze returns to court today

By Sania Babirye

The Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke is expected to appear before Nakawa court to honor her second criminal summons.

On the 8th of November, Grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi issued Nambooze with a second set of criminal summons after she failed to turn up in court for mention of her case in time.

Nambooze is charged with incitement of mebers of public to commit offenses against Government officials , an offense she denied ever committing .

Prosecution states that on the 9th of June 2018, through uttering and writings in the media, Nambooze incited the public to attack and murder public figures however guarded they could be since government could not secure them .

Namboze was summoned by police to explain her words just after a few days when assailants had attacked and gunned down the former Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga near his home in Mattuga.

Magara suspects return to court

By Sania Babirye
Kampala High court judge Jane Francis Abodo is today expected to start hearing the case in which nine people are charged with the murder of 28-year-old Susan Magara who was a cashier at Bwendeiro diary farm.

The suspects are led by the Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita together with two bodaboda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamir Ssali, hawkers Wasswa Hussein and Hassan Kato Milo , a teacher Nakandi Hajara and two businessmen Abubakar Kyewolwa and Ismail Bukenya.

These were committed to the high court for trial in November this year by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Patrick Mukanza who also issued for a warrant of arrest of the main suspect Patrick Kasaija also known as Pato who is believed to be detained in South Africa.

The nine had contested their committal with out the arrest of Pato but their application was dismissed on grounds that the accused can go ahead and be tried as police continues with their effort to arrest Pato also known as Patrick Agaba and have him extradited from South Africa.

The case was first given to high court judge Elizabeth Kabanda, however she excused herself on conflict of interest since she has been friends with one of the suspects Nakandi for the past 13 years old.

These were charged on the 18th of May this year with two counts of kidnapping and murdering Susan Magara but were bared from taking any plea since they are charged with a capital offense that can only be tried and bailed by the high court.

prosecution states that the nine with others still at large on the 7th of February 2018 kidnapped Susan Magara with intent to procure a ransom.
The deceased was kidnapped on the 7th of February in Lungujja on her way home this year and held captive for three weeks for a ransom of 3.6 billion dollars.
However, the accused went ahead and killed Magara on the 27th of Febuary despite the family delivering 700million shillings to them and later dumped her remains in Kitiko village between Kigo and kajjansi along Entebbe expressway in Wakiso district.

According to state, the suspects had come up with a plan to better themselves from poverty through kidnapping rich persons or their families for ransom and Magara was their first victim in January.
The group was also arrested with exhibits including cash and properties like tax cars and land titles they had purchased with the 700million shillings from the deceased’s anxious family.
Magara was identified by suspect Yakubu Byensi who knows Magara’s family and believed to be a former member of ADF a rebel group and Yusuf Lubega who worked with the deceased’s mother at container village.
The deceased was suffocated to death with a polythene bag with two of her fingers removed .
It is said that the group’s intention was not to kill Magara but after the victim came to know one of the suspects Nakandi, they feared that she would identify her to to the police leading to their arrest.

Court orders MUK to compensate Nyanzi

By Sania Babirye

Makerere University has been ordered to pay costs to its jailed researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi after the university failed to file on time a response to her application against the University for refusing to re-instate her at her job.

The order has been issued by high court judge Lydia Mugambe after justice Mugambe dismissed submissions by university lawyer Hudson Musoke that he failed to file its written response because he was not notified in time.

The case had come up for hearing, however this could not go on because Hudson claimed to have been notified only yesyerday about the application giving him not enough time to file his written response.

But when she checked the court records, the judge discovered that indeed the university was served on the 20th of November 2018 .

As a result, justice Mugambe ordered Makerere to compesate Dr.Nyanzi for denying her a right to a speed trial and justice.

Mugambe further issued summons to the Director of Human Resource at Makerere to be cross examined on the evidence he tendered in his sworn affidavit opposing Nyanzi’s application.

In October this year , Makerere University’s appeal tribunal lifted her suspension and directed that she be be re-instated with all salary arrears paid and promoted to the level of a Fellow Researcher with immediate effect.

However , Makerere University did not honor the directives causing Dr.Nyanzi to sue the university.

Nyanzi is currently on remand at Luzira government prison on fresh charges of posting obscene birthday poem on Facebook where she attacked president M7 and his late mother and she has also refused to seek bail despite the judge advising her to do so .

The case has now been adjourned to the 9th of January 2019 for hearing.

DPP asks parliament to amend the witchcraft act

By Alice Lubwama
The director of public prosecution Mike Chibita has appealed to parliament to quickly amend the witch craft act so that his office can easily prosecute those people who are caught in acts of child sacrifice.

Speaking during a consultation meeting on the proposed prevention and prohibition of human sacrifice and harmful bill 2017 at parliament ,Chibita said that sometimes his office is constrained to prosecute a matter regarding child sacrifice even when a witch doctor is caught when is about to sacrifice a child.

The proposed bill will replace the witch craft act with intention of fighting increasing rit­ual killings and hu­man sac­ri­fice prac­tices in the country.

The speaker Rebecca Kadaga admitted that parliament had not done enough to stop child sacrifice in the country but asked police and the DPPs office to make adequate investigations to see that the culprits are prosecuted.

Kadaga demands for interim report on Kutesa’s bribe scandal

By Alice Lubwama

The Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga directs Government through the attorney general William Byaruhanga to provide parliament with an interim report into the allegations that foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa received a bribe from Former Hong Kong Home Affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping in order to help him secure business deals in Uganda before parliament closes business on 20th of this month.

This was after Lwemiyaga county MP Theodore Sekikubo raised the matter before parliament and asked the house to take a decision in order to redeem the image of the country since Kutesa received the bribe as the foreign affairs minister of Uganda.

The MP also demanded that Government explains how money moved from Hong kong bank through united states and ended up in Uganda without the financial intelligence agency detecting this financial laundering.

In response the attorney general William Byaruhanga informed parliament how the president had asked him to investigate the matter and will share the findings with parliament in January next year. How ever the mp disagreed with the attorney general on the time frame, saying they needed the report very first.

Kadaga then ordered Byaruhanga to present an interim report before parliament breaks off for a Christmas recess.

On 6th of this month the Former Hong Kong Home Affairs minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping was found guilty by the federal court in USA of offering millions of bribes to several African leaders including Ugandan and Chadian presidents.

According to media reports, its alleged that the total of $500,000 bribe given to Kutesa was in a bid to secure business dealings in railway services, infrastructure construction, fishing, hydro-energy, banking and finance as well as tourism for the Chinese conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. Other potential deals for CEFC included;
construction of a Chinatown to boost tourism on land near Victoria and possibly an island.

Lusanja residents were wrongly evicted

By Alice Lubwama

Government has confirmed that the residents of Lusanja were illegally evicted by one businessman Medard Kiconco.

In his statement before parliament, the attorney general William Byaruhanga confirmed that the residents were illegally evicted and the judicial service commission has started disciplinary action against the chief magistrate Esther Nasambu and court registrar Rwatoro Baker for issuing an order that led to illegal eviction of residents of Lusanja.

The attorney general also said that the investigations discovered that the magistrate took a decision on the case without defenders filing a defense, declaring them as trespassers and ordering for demolition of their structures as wanted by Kiconco.

The investigations further found that the chief magistrate Esther Nasambu handled the case without visiting the site and lacked jurisdiction to handle the matter among others.

The judicial service commission has now preferred three charges against Nasambu among being conduct prejudicial to the good image of service, producing poor standard work and unsatisfactory performance of duty.

The attorney also said that the judiciary was still investigating the court bailiff Moses Kirunda who carried out the eviction adding that the case has been taken to the land division of the high court to seek justice.

The judiciary through their spokesperson also confirmed that the court order had been issued for the people of Sekayonyi zone in Mperererwe and not Lusanja.

However the Members of Parliament demanded that the police and other officers involved in the illegal eviction should also be punished and the people of Lusanja receive compensation.

This prompted the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga to select a five member committee to draft a motion on how the residents in Lusanja who were illegally evicted should be compensated by government.

Government halts creation of districts ahead of elections

By Moses Kidandi

The Government has explained that it has no plans to create more districts as alleged by some politicians.The statement from the prime minister follows concerns by the Electoral commission Chairman Justice Simon Byabakama who appealed to the government to stop creating more districts towards the electoral period as it interferes with the demarcation process of polling stations.

The prime minister who was speaking at the launch of preparations for the 2020/2021 General Elections explained that the current districts will remain intact and that there will be no more creation of district’s except if its very necessary.

The Strategic Plan and Roadmap by the Electoral commission will enable the Commission and various stakeholders in the electoral process to achieve better planning, implementation and activity coordination as well as timely implementation of scheduled electoral activities.
The Chairperson of the Uganda Human rights commission Medi Sozi Kagwa has advised government to speed up the process of gazetting the already created districts to enable the Electoral commission plan in time.

The Strategic Plan and Roadmap are also designed to enhance transparency in the implementation of electoral programme and activities.

Man charged with defiling further remanded

By Sania Babirye
Kampala high court judge Wilson Kwesiga has declined to set free a 36 year old man charged with defiling a nine year old girl.

Kasango Peter is among a group of capital offenders whose case is among the 50 criminal cases being heard by Justice Kwesiga in the ongoing criminal session to have the delayed cases heard and disposed off.

The criminal session also gives suspects a chance to confess to their respective offenses for a lesser punishment under pre bargaining and reduce case backlog.

The suspect denied the charge claiming that he did not even know the alleged victim and that he has also been on remand at Luzira prison without trial since June 2016 when he was charged.

However, the judge has instead set the 7th of January 2019 to start hearing his case and consequently remanded him to Luzira prison until then.

Prosecution states that between 13th and 14th June 2016, in Rubya zone in Namugoona, the suspect defiled the miner.

Nigerian national further remanded

By Sania Babirye
Nakawa court chief magistrate Agnes Alum has further remanded to Luzira prison a British of Nigerian national Charles Lambert and his Kenyan counterpart Caroline Waithera Waweru who are charged with Giving false or misleading information.

Lamber the Chairman of the Development Conglomerate Ltd and Waweru the Director of the said Company had appeared today for their bail application.

However the chief magistrate was forced to remand them until the 17th of this month after mix up in their bail applications.

This is after their lawyer Moses Mugabe failed to present bail application as scheduled.

Mugabe informed court that although he was meant to argue Waweru’s application, he instead presented Court documents for Charles Lambert forcing the Magistrate to adjourn the matter to the 17th on grounds that the Lawyer was not prepared enough.

It is alleged that between October, 2017 and November 2018, in various parts of Uganda Lambert and Caroline disseminated misleading information to induce members of the public to purchase shares in his Company, knowing or having reason to believe that such information was false.

Musisi has raised properties worth Ugx 650bn for KCCA during her tenure

By Robert Segawa

The outgoing Kampala Capital City Authority Executive director Jennifer Musisi Semakula has appealed to all those who will succeed her, businessmen and city political leadership to desist from plundering what she has left in place.

Jennifer Musisi made the call while visiting Nakivubo Blue primary school where she was launching a project to replace asbestos roofs said to be causing cancer.

The new iron sheets have been fundraised by KCCA staff and administration at a tune of shs 67m.

She revealed that at the time she took over KCCA leadership, the authority had properties worth shs 46bn but said that at the time of her departure, it has raised to shs 650bn which said was a greater achievement.

She added that by the time she came to KCCA, she found KCCA land like Philip Omondi stadium and Centenary park had already been sold but she managed to save it.

She further urged whoever will succeed her to protect KCCA markets, land and construct buildings to improve on the city standards.

Musisi also disclosed that only 11 schools are remaining with asbestos iron sheets which she said will be worked by the incoming administration.

She said that the athority diverted the money that was meant for the annual city carnival this year to improving structures in KCCA Schools.

She says that KCCA has built modern toilets in schools, piped water, Kitchen, teachers houses as the way of improving eduction standards in city schools.

She further warned thugs and opportunists not to invade City hall on Monday after leaving the office as their plan to loot the sweat she has worked for seven years.

Musisi warned political leaders not to grab KCCA property like land, buildings, and markets which have been center of conflicts in the authority for the time she has been Kampala capital city authority.

Two month ago Jennifer Musisi announced her resignation from the post of executive director Kampala and she’s leaving the office this Friday on 14th December 2018.