Court send Congolese national to Luzira over rape

By Sania Babirye

A Congolese refugee living in Uganda has been sentenced to twenty three years in Luzira prison over rape.

Kampala high High Court judge Jane Francis Abodo sentenced 31 year old Mbusa Kamuhinda after she found him guilty of raping the victim whose name has been withheld in August 2017 at Bukoto in Nakawa division Kampala district .

While sentencing him, Justice Jane Francis Abodo ruled that women must be protected from such criminals by giving such convicts custodial long sentences.

She also stated that such rape cases are rampant in her court jurisdiction and there is need for court to hand the convicts deterrent sentences to other would be offenders.

In conclusion Justice Abodo stated that sexual violence against women should not be tolerated and courts of law need to act by keeping away such criminals from their victims and from the country at large .

Police nabs phone snatchers around town

By Robert segawa

Police at the Kiira road station has managed to track notorious phone snatchers who operate around the Fairway using CCTV cameras’ footage .

The three thieves have been identified as a 20 year old Suuna Ronald who is also the ring leader and Chairman phone snatchers , Abdul Mutwalibu 24 years and Nabisire Paul 26 years also residents Salaama road in Makindye division.

While addressing journalists at police headquarters Naguru police spokesperson Fred Enanga said, “On recording statements the three confessed to be snatching from Yusuf Lule road, Fairway junction, Kitante roundabout, Lugogo bypass and on weekends they stretch to Kansanga and Naalya.”

He further revealed that they target foreign nationals mainly and government cars during traffic jam in Kampala.

According to Enanga the group further alleges that they sale their stolen items to one Gerald who operates a shop in cooper complex and by the end of last week he had sold to him an infinix, Tecno spark 3, Samsung A5, and iPhone 8 phones.

He adds that the hunt is still going on to get those on the run and will appear in courts of law after the investigation.

Three pediatric theaters commissioned at Mulago

By Gloria Nakiyimba

The ministry of Health has commissioned three [3] state of the art Pediatric theaters at Mulago Specialized Hospital.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Theaters today, the minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng noted that these will act as referral points where children with special needs in Oncology and Pulomonology and other conditions will be treated.
Cancer and lung related disease are some the conditions among children that require special attention.
This now brings the total number of children’s theaters to 11 in the country. The regional pediatric hospital in Entebbe alone with eight operating theaters dedicated to children.

“This is a very great achievement for Uganda , however our main focus is on disease prevention so that only children who have unpreventable health issues will be able to access specialized healthcare at these centers” said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.

The theaters are specifically tailored for children with special pediatric equipment and instruments, well trained Pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Safeboda champions campaign against gender based violence

By Deo Wasswa

His excellence the ambassador of Sweden in Uganda Per Lindgarde has urged Uganda government to fast track the passing of all pending bills that are meant to protect women and girls from all forms or violence.

The ambassador cited bills like sexual offense, sexual harassment regulations and marriage bill.

Lindgarde was speaking during a dialogue where Kampala City Council Authority and UN women engaged safe Boda riders in Kampala on supporting safe cities and public spaces for women and girls.

This was part of activities to mark 16 days of activism against the gender based violence.

At the same event, officer Caroline Kushemereirwa head of family and children protection unit in Kampala extra encouraged boda boda riders to stop giving lifts to young girls and women for their self interests.

Security guard shoots student to death

By Segawa Robert
Police in Jinja is Investigating circumstances under which a student of Kampala University Jinja branch was shot dead by a private security guard at the Campus premises .

The deceased has been identified as Katagwa Isaac 26 year’s old waiting for graduation in January next year but he was retained as a part time worker at the university.

According to Diana Nandaula Kiira region police spokesperson the incident happened at Walukuba Masese Sub county in Jinja municipality last night.

She also identified the suspect as Sayyid Zaid 37 years of age attached to Star react private Company based in Jinja town.

It is alleged that the guard suspected Katagwa to be a wrong person and shot at him killing him instantly.

Nandaula further adds that the suspect is detained at Jinja and his gun is also exhibited to help in Investigation. The deceased’s body has been taken to Jinja referral hospital for Postmortem.

Justice Batema asks parliament to pass the sexual offenses bill

By Alice Lubwama

High court judge David Batema has asked parliament to enact the sexual offenses bill in order to criminalize minor acts like sexual harassment.

While launching a report on girls and young women experience of sexual harassment by plan international Uganda in Kampala today, Justice Batema said that once sexual offences are criminalized the courts will give punishment which will deter others from such harassment.

The report shows that women and girls don’t report cases of sexual harassment to the authorities because they are not believed and fear to be judged.
The report also indicates that 84% of cases on sexual harassment reported to the authorities such as police do not get adequate responses.

Speaking at the same function the country director plan international Uganda Grey Lavender said that the research was done across a number of cities in the world with the aim of creating safer cities for girls and women.
He said that the safety of women and girls in Kampala city is still wanting with reports of young women and girls being kidnapped and abducted.

He now calls government to invest in providing gender sensitive education and training to police around issues of street harassment and how to respond to sexual harassment cases an initiative his organization will support.
Lavender also called for more investment in street lighting and security cameras to support the girls and women get evidence of sexual harassment on the streets.

Fixing the economy will stop corruption – Museveni

By Annah Nafula
President Yoweri Museveni has said that solving the problem of corruption will require the economy to be fixed.
According to the president corruption is majorly two ways including moral and spiritual corruption. He says moral corruption has been mainly triggered by people’s desire for material things while spiritual corruption is happening because people do not think that God sees them in hiding.

Museveni also likened corrupt people to parasites which he said they earn from what they did not work for.
The president has also pledged to work with other political leaders to fix the economy in order to combat corruption.
Museveni discouraged people who think they have to steal to be rich. “I have never stolen anything from anyone but I am rich.”said Museveni

Thousands gathered to participate in the anti corruption walk this morning led by President Museveni. Photo by PPU
Thousands gathered to participate in the anti corruption walk this morning led by President Museveni. Photo by PPU

While taking a 3 kilometer anti-corruption walk around that city that climaxed at Kololo Airstrip Museveni urged Ugandans to be mindful of their health and weight citing himself as an example, he said his new lifestyle style changes have seen him cut a tremendous amount of weight which he says has made him feel more physically fit. “Before the weight loss, I would breathe heavily after such exercises but today, I didn’t feel anything at all.” He said.

Meanwhile, the opposition leaders led by Dr.Kizza Besigye had welcomed the move to walk for a corruption free country but were unfortunately held at their homes by police.
Police say there were streamlined routes for the activity which Dr.Besigye and his team did not plan to follow and that is why they were not allowed to participate in this particular walk.
The anti-corruption walk was climaxed at Kololo airstrip this afternoon

UPDF soldiers accused of murder ordered to defend themselves

By Sania Babirye
Four suspects including two Uganda Peaple’s Defence Force soldiers have been ordered to defend themselves for the murder of a mobile money dealer in Zaana in Wakiso district.

This is after the General Court Martial sitting in Makindye chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti ruled that a case to answer had been produced against them.

Some of the evidence the seven members team unanimously based on included that of 16 prosecution witnesses including spouses of the suspects who incriminated them and testimonies of various eye witnesses among others.

The army court ruled that they have carefully evaluated the said evidence and found it substantial in linking them to the said murder and the accused must prove their innocence.

These have now been ordered to start their defense on the 9th of this month but three of tge suspects have informed court that they have chosen to stay silent as their defense.

This means that the suspects will not give any testimony or present witnesses to prove their innocence but court will base on the evidence adduced by state to rule on whether they are guilty or not.

Only one suspect will take the stand to defend himself.

They are charged with murder and aggravated robbery of 6.8 million shillings that belonged to Nalwadda , 400, 000 shillings and a Samsung phone the property of Mwesigwa Kigongo which they allegedly robbed on 14th of May 2019 at Nateete .

The group was already found guilty of robbery and being in possession of two SMG riffles and according to state, they used the same gun to commit the said crimes after serving their sentences.

These were charged and remanded to luzira prison on the 22nd of July this year.

Prosecution states that on the 10th of June 2019 at Zzana cell in Wakiso , private Bob Anichan , private Dennis Mangusho, Stanely Mulunda and Issa Ntale shot dead Harriet Nalwadda together with her employee Moureen Nakabubi before proceeding to murder Edward Walugembe another mobile money dealer of Nateete Church zone in July.

Rhino Fund to employ Nakasongora fishermen at the Rhino sanctuary

By Annah Nafula
There is hope for fishermen around Lake Kyoga as after Angie Genade through Rhino Fund together with partners sought to have a temporary solution to their unemployment since government banned them from fishing.

Fisher men being addressed about the new opportunity at the Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongora. Photo by Bright Baba
Fisher men being addressed about the new opportunity at the Rhino Sanctuary in Nakasongora. Photo by Bright Baba

In April this year Government stopped fishermen from fishing siting depletion of fish from the lake caused by poor fishing methods. Government this was done to streamline fishing on the lake and register fishermen and their boats.

Nakasongora Distict chairperson Sam Kigula says many fishermen’s life off the lake is hard because fishermen can barely afford basic needs for their families.

It is against this background Angie who is also the executive director Rhino Fund, created some employment slots at the Rhino Sanctuary for these fishermen to be employed. “The some trees at the sanctuary have over grown causing the grass underneath not to grow well. It is a challenge we want to these fishermen to deal with at a fee because Rhinos entirely depend on grass.” She says.

Angie says that Rhino Fund Uganda doesn’t have all the money to take care of all the 80 fishermen they hope to employ on the seven thousand Hectare sanctuary that is why they sourced for partners who will help them meet this cost. She is hopeful that though the pay here might not match up to the fishing profit, it will at least help them to manage their families until the lake is opened.

Pakwach residents reject motorcycle ambulance

By Deo Wasswa

Residents in Pakwach have asked woman member of parliament Avur Jane Pachthu to order her political agents to take back the motorcycle which was donated by the her to serve as ambulance carrier in the three health facilities in the district.

The facilities that include Pachego health center III, Pakia health center III and Pokwel health center are supposed to use the motorcycle to transport ailing members of the community in the district.

Ogenda Albert, the chairman senior Management committee of Pakia health center III says the ambulance carrier was removed and the motorcycle was taken by the legislator’s political agents for personal use.

He says the three facilities are now having half an ambulance which can’t serve the community as it used to do.

He says most of patients that go to seek treatment at the three health facilities are suffering from Malaria..