Town clerk remanded

By Sania Babirye

The Principal Township Officer of Kalungu District LG, Ddamba Joel has been a arraigned before the anti corruption court and charged with corruption and abuse of office after selling off government land to a businessman in Masaka district.

Ddamba was arrested the 12th of October by the office of the IGG after being on the run for the last 5 months to answer the charges of abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.

46 year old Ddamba is charged together with a 49 year old businessman in Masaka district Moses Kalisa with loss of public property, abuse of office, corruption and conspiracy to defraud.

These have pleaded not guilty and remanded to Kitalya government prison until the 29th of this month after they pleaded not guilty to the said offences.

On the 24th of July this year, Buganda road court issued a warrant of arrest for Ddamba to be arraigned before anti corruption court grade one magistrate Ebert Ashimwe to answer to the said charges but to no avail.

Prosecution led by the IGG’s led by Hilda Talibba states that the Ddamba in 2013 while employed as a senior assistant town clerk of Katwe Butego division in Masaka municipality town council by virtue of his office fraudulently disposed off the division land comprised in plot 46-52 Kampala road, land at Mutuba Musisi Garden, Masaka municipality at Uganda shillings 150 million shillings to a one Moses Kalisa without the approval or knowledge of the division/municipal authorities in breach of the procurement laws and guidelines an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interest of his employer.

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UPDF denies social media reports about peace talks with LRA

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has revealed that it is not yet time to talk about the request for peace talks by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) with the government of Uganda.

There were social media reports the previous week indicating that the leadership of the Lord Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony had requested for the peace talks with the government

While addressing the media at Uganda Media Center Lt Col Deo Akiiki the Deputy UPDF spokesperson noted that he can neither confirm nor deny the request for peace talks by Lord Resistance Army because they have not yet received confirmation from the government.

In a related Development Lt Col Deo Akiki revealed that the UPDF will maintain it’s deployment on the Western Boarder of Congo due to the ongoing military attacks by the Congo Militia in Eastern Congo.

Angry woman throws own twins in the stream

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kitgum has arrested 30 years old woman for allegedly throwing her 8 months old twins in a stream, blaming her husband for not buying meat on independence day.

The Suspect has been identified as Lillian Oyera resident of Labong Amida village a wife to a one Kenneth Ocwo who failed to buy meat on independence day which angered a woman and decided to kill the children.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga the angry woman also burnt several house hold properties like utensils, Beds , clothes before throwing the twins in the stream.

Enanga adds that one of the infant Ocen Fred has luckily been recovered live by police and local divers, but other twin Apio Jennifer was found dead.

Kyejonjo religious leaders urge government to allocate funds for family planning activities

By Alice Lubwama

Religious leaders from Kyenjojo district under western Uganda faith based organizations have asked Government through the ministry of finance to allocate funds for family planning activities and release them on time so that people mainly the teenagers can access the services.

The religious leaders made the appeal during a multi-stakeholders meeting organized by faith for family health initiative in Kyenjonjo district to review the impact of the family planning coasted implementation plan.

The men of God observed that the district mainly depends on donor money to offer family planning services which risks the activities in the event that donors decide to pull out.

A review of the health facility financial date shows that only 15 percent of family planning funds budgeted for the financial year 2018/2019 came from Government sources and in 2017/2018 the district did not contribute any funds towards the same.

The chairperson Kyenjojo Pentecostal churches council victor Sunday Sserunjogi asked fellow religious leaders not to reject the knowledge on family planning but pick what is in line within their doctrines so they integrate the knowledge with in the teachings.

“I have been serving in the church for the last thirteen years but what I have realized is that leaders reject knowledge before they get it.” Sserunjogi said.

Pastor Sserunjogi says that instead of insisting that family planning is not good, they can sit with the medical personnel and agree on the best modern methods because believes are already using them.

He also suggests that churches come up with a special budget for health as part of their offertories, so they are able to organize meetings with men and women to talk on issues of family planning.

He said that as religious leaders they do not need to bury their heads in the sand when it is a reality that people produce more children than they can manage.

Sserunjogi adds that if we don’t raise good families then we will invest more in crime prevention.

Mwenge North mp Lawrence Akugizibwe promised to work with colleagues in parliament to lobby for a special fund for family planning services so that people continue access the services even if the donors pull out.

Dr Martin Ruhweza from Kyenjojo hospital said women need to consult their spouses before they choose a family planning method to avoid unnecessary violence and for them to also support women to continue using family planning. “Sometimes when they have not been involved it has led to violence , so to be on the safe side you should always discuss with your spouse.” Ruhweza said.

The family planning coasted implementation plan funded by population action international was launched in 2016 in Kyenjojo district with the aim of encouraging districts with high population growth to allocate a certain percentage of funds to family planning services.

The executive chairperson board and management faith for family health initiative Jackie Katana says that according to their research the project has achieved its objective of religious leaders tracking the family planning funds because and be able to conduct a budget analysis, monitor the funds disbursed and make recommendations.

The meeting was attended by area MPs, senior interfaith leaders, civil society organizations, district leaders and district health team.

Education and health ministers sued over phased school reopening

By Sania Babirye

The first lady Janet Kataha Museveni has been sued in the high court in her capacity as minister of education and sports over the reopening of schools for candidate classes due 15th of this month.

Mrs Museveni together with the health minister Jane Ruth Acheng by the Executive Director of Human Rights Defenders Association Uganda (HURIDA -Ug) Tugume Gideon.

Tugume wants court to issue an order blocking the reopening of schools until government pays school fees and requirements for all finalists at all levels of education.

In documents filed in the high court, the petitioner, further asks court to compel the ministry of health take responsibility for any disease related to COVID-19 if any student is affected before reopening the Schools.

He claims that by the time government closed schools in March this year, the country had not registered any COVID-19 positive cases yet since the the country is crippling with a over 9000 COVID-19 positive cases with death and that reopening schools now is poor planning, illegal and discriminatory since most parents businesses such as bars, open markets, events , music, health clubs among others which are their main source of employment are still not yet opened which is likely to make many candidates miss out school.

The petitioner also claims that they tried to engage the two ministers but in vain forcing them to seek legal redress and that reopening of some schools with such a big number of children is against COVID-19 ministerial guidelines issued to the public and likely to put school going children exposed to COVID-19.

These want Court to compel government to financially support parents affected by COVID-19 lock down by paying school fees , registration fees and requirements for all students in both private and government institutions.

The two ministers have been summoned to file their defenses within 15 days before the case is set for hearing by court..

Justice Gadenya airlifted to Nakasero hospital

By Sania Babirye

Masindi high court Judge Gadenya Paul Wolimbwa has been airlifted to Kampala after terrible accident he suffered this morning.

The judge, his body guard and driver were travelling from Kampala to Masindi for work when their vehicle registration No. UG 0781J had a head-on collision with a truck registration No. UBH 831 that reportedly joined the main road recklessly at a place called Bigando near Masindi town.

According to Jamson Karemera, the Judiciary public relations officer, justice Gadenya was this afternoon airlifted to Kampala in a military chopper for specialized medical attention.

He says that the judge, his driver and personal bodyguard sustained serious injuries from the accident.

The injured were evacuated by the emergency services coordinated by the Judiciary, Uganda Police and the UPDF from the accident scene,”

They were first briefly admitted at Kitara Medical Center in Masindi for first aid before being airlifted to Nakasero Hospital in Kampala for better medical attention.

Police on a hunt of a man who is suspected for killing own girlfriend

By Robert Segawa

Kira Division police is looking for 22 year old man who killed his girlfriend for unknown reasons.

The suspect have been identified as Kabazi Gerald alias Ssentongo Gerald a business man and resident of Kyaliwajala B Kiira Municipality in Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala deputy metropolitan police spokesman the deceased has been identified as Gabeya Noah Precious resident of same area.

It’s alleged that Kabazi Gerald was had fighting with the deceased in the Boutique called Gabby and Ridden located in Kyaliwajala which is also their home.

Owoyesigyire adds that community informed the police who also forcefully opened the door and found the deceased lying dead on floor.

He further adds that the victim was earlier this year seen fighting police officers at Kyaliwajala police over a phone that he claimed was taken by police officers during curfew.

The body of the deceased was taken to city mortuary Mulago for postmortem as police managed to record statements from witnesses about what happened.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the motive of the murder and also arrest Kabazi Gerald who is currently on the run .

Marie Stopes launches new improved Life Guard condoms

By Deo Wasswa

The Ministry of Health in partnership with Marie Stopes Uganda has today announced the return of the new, improved and National Drug Authority -certified Life Guard condoms to address the nationwide shortage of the socially marketed brands.

Dr Charles Olaro, the Director in charge of Curative Services and the Focal Point for Family Planning, Ministry of Health says that the new Life Guard condoms manufactured by Thai Nippon Rubber industries (TNR) a UNFPA pre-qualified condom manufacturer meet the highest international safety standards.

The estimated annual condom need for socially marketed and commercial condoms in Uganda is 20 million condoms. Lifeguard contributes about 43% of this market.

Dr Olaro reiterates that the withdrawal of Life Guard condoms last year left a huge gap that could potentially undermine the Ministry of Health’s efforts to curb the spread of HIV, in line with the Presidential Fast-track Initiative on ending HIV and AIDS in Uganda by 2030.

Dr. Carole Sekimpi, the Country Director of Marie Stopes Uganda notes: “Condoms play a vital role in preventing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. We are committed to providing products of the highest quality. We have strict quality controls in place and have a World Health Organization pre-qualified laboratory as our quality assurance/quality control partner to ensure that this product meets the strictest national and international standards.”

Daudi Chwa’s children lose case against Buganda land board

By Sania Babirye

The grand children to the late Sekabaka Daudi Chwa have lost a case in which they had dragged Buganda land board of taking over land left behind by the late Buganda King.

These had dragged Buganda land board accusing the board of taking over their land that was left behind to them by their grandfather located in Massajja amounting to 350 acres.

However, Kampala high court judge Flavia Zeija has ruled that the said land belonged to Buganda kingdom and not Kabaka Saudi Chwa as an individual.

Justice Zeija further ruled that the said land has also belonged to the Buganda Kingdom since the reign of Kabaka Daudi Chwa which he never contested when he was even still alive.

She has explained that it was absurd that some people can claim for the said land 93 years later without even bringing any evidence in form of any document to prove so.

She has also warned grandchildren who uses courts of law to claim for land allegedly left by their grandparents without any proof saying it is a wastage of courts time when courts are filled with many case backlog.

The grandchildren had been suing since 2010 but the Buganda kingdom had maintained through out that it never took over any land that personally belonged to King Daudi Chwa.

Evidence showed that In 1900 agreement the Buganda kingdom received 350 acres while King Saudi Chwa received 100 acres personally which he distributed amongst his children per his will.

MUK university official acquitted of attempted rape

By Sania Babirye

A senior administrative officer from Makerere University has been acquitted of an attempted rape charge against a former student by Buganda road court.

In May 2018, Edward Kisuza who was working in the college of computing and information science as a registrar was remanded to Luzira prison after being charged with attempted rape and indecent assault.

Chief magistrate Miriam Akello has dismissed the attempted rape charge on grounds that prosecution failed to prove the said charge.

However, the court has found guilty Kisuza of indecent assault and ordered him to pay a fine of four million shillings or in default serve two years in Luzira prison.

Edward Kisuza’s troubles stemmed from video that was circulated on social media showing him indecently assaulting a student from his office.

The victim testified in court that on that fateful day, she had gone to pick her transcript after graduating when the convict locked her in his office and started to assault her.

On the 13th of April 2018, kisuze was arrested by police after his victim recorded uploaded a video on social network showing him attempting to have sexual intercourse with her within room 507 at the Makerere Senate building.