Kanyamunyu pleads not guilty, trial date set

By Sania Babirye
Mathew Kanyamunyu together with his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu have pleaded not guilty to killing social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three have appeared alongside other 50 capital offenders in a criminal session presided over by Justice Steven Mubiru.

Joseph Kanyamunyu has also pleaded not guilty to the charge of being an accessory to murder after he allegedly removed a pistol that was allegedly used to shot Akena from Matthew Kanyamunyu’s car at Nakasero hospital were they first rushed the victim for medical attention.

The judge has now set the 21st of January 2019 to start hearing the case.

Kanyamunyu’s girlfriend and also co accused Munwangari has asked for a french interpreter since she is not fluent in the English language.

The judge has also extended their bail applications until then.

Meanwhile, Kanyamunyu and his co accused have hired a team of lawyers led by senior criminal lawyer McDusman Kabega, Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochenge to see that they are set free.

On the 31st of January 2017, the Nakawa court grade one magistrate Noah Sajabi committed Kanyamunyu and his co accused to the High court for trial on the orders of the Director of public prosecutions.
According to the DPP, there is sufficient evidence to prove that on the 12th of November 2016 along Jinja Highway in Kampala district opposite the Uganda manufacturers association Matthew Kanyamunyu shot Akena for accidentally scratching his car.

According to the summary of prosecution’s evidence Matthew and Cynthia claim that they were good Samaritans who helped to rush the late Akena to hospital after unknown person shot him which state is contesting.

The DPP also separately charged Joseph Kanyamunyu with being an accessory after the commission of an offense accusing him of hiding his brothers pistol that was used in the offense. .
Prosecution states that on the 12th if November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

Kanyamunyu is later said to have disguised as a good Samaritan and rushed injured Akena to Novirk Hospital on Bombo road where he died shortly .

However, Akena is said to have left a dying declaration implicating Mathew Kanyamunyu as his shooter.

Prosecution says it intends to prove the dying declaration through Health workers at Norvik hospital who talked to the deceased before passing away.

The three were granted bail in October 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.

Police calls out survivors of the Lake Victoria boat accident to testify

By Robert Ssegawa

Day six Police and UPDF Marine teams continue with the search of possible missing persons and property following the boat accident on L.Victoria is still on going. So far two outboard engines, the metallic part of canopy that had submerged into the lake at the scene of accident of the MV Templar wreckage have been recovered and delivered offshore.

The wreckage of the boat that was retrieved yesterday, 33 people confirmed dead where the actual numbers of those missing still not known.

On Wednesday police called on MV Kabalega to help in retrieving the killer boat after trying with local fishermen manually to pull the wreckage. The police director of operations Asuman Mugyenyi has asked the survivors to come out and give their testimony to help in investigating the matter.

“We call upon the survivors to come out in good faith and give their testimony, you are not suspects only we want to verify the claims from the public whether the number on boat were correct or wrong ,says Mugyenyi.

He adds that police needs to get even more truth of the survivors, as intelligence shows that very many people survived and they don’t want to come out though police has a list of big people who are known to board the boat are still hiding.

Mugyenyi further explains that the intention is in good faith to exactly know how many people are still missing. Last week over 100 revellers board MV Templar to Palm Beach in Mukono and capsized left over 30 people dead and 26 were rescued that very night.

Shumuk charged with forgery of documents defrauding Bonny Katatumba

By Sania Babirye

A Kampala businessman Mukesh Shukla commonly known as Shumuk has been charged before Buganda Road Court with charges relating to forgery of documents with an intention of defrauding the late Pakistan Consulate to Uganda; Bonny Katatumba of his Hotel Diplomate situated at Muyenga -a Kampala Surberb.

Mukesh; who is the Chief Executive Director of Shumuk Aluminium industries Ltd spent a night at Jinja Road police station having been arrested yesterday on allegations of forging a letter and signatures including that of George Karyegira; the head of security in the office of the Justice justice Bart Katureebe.

Mukesh allegedly in 2017 uttered the said documents/letters to Makindye Cheif magistrates court purporting it was a proof of the official hand over of Hotel Diplomat to him by the owner Bonny Katutumba, his sons and daughters whereas not.

He has however pleaded not guilty to the 13 counts before Grade one magistrate Stellah Amabilisi and who has granted him a cash bail of 3 million shillings having presented 3 sureties who are his longtime business friends that court has also found substantial enough to compel his return to court on the 26th/November 2018.

Police and Military police have cordoned Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda’s home this Morning

Police and Military police today morning have cordoned off the home of Kira municipality member of parliament Ibrahim Ssemuju Nganda.

This comes ahead of the planned consultative rally by the legislator in his constituency this evening at Bweyogerere expected to attract different opposition members. Speaking to Capital radio Ssemujju who is still in hiding in his house says he had written to police earlier but the officer’s who stormed his home told him he notified them late.

Ssemujju who escaped arrest by security personnel who used police patrol to jump into his compound to arrest him, but managed to escape vows to go on with his consultative rally at Bweyogerere this evening come rain come shine.

According to sources from police, the venue where Hon Ssemujju want to hold his rally, is the same venue Cape Verde national team used for training ahead of tomorrow’s match with Uganda Cranes. Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson says police advised the legislator to change the venue of the rally because some activities are going on in the area.

Owoyesigyire adds that police administration didn’t give him go a. head to continue with his planned rally, but they are still waiting to write and inform them about the new venue he chooses for today’s rally.

Hon Ssemujju adds that they stormed his home this morning because I have a public rally today.’I notified them on Monday, they received a letter on 12th November 2018 and signed it, but they are saying they received it on 15th Thursday which is not true, Ssemujju wondered.

He adds that he showed them a copy signed by a director in charge of operations AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi, they refused and go on with their plans of arresting me until they used their patrol car to jump into my compound with intention of arresting me, but I escaped and hiding inside my house says Ssemujju.

He, however, adds that under public order management bill, he is required to notify police where is the rally not to Grant him permission.

In August this year police have surrounded the homes of opposition politicians and lawyers these are former FDC president Dr. Kizza Besigye, Allan Ssewanyana, Lord mayor Elias Lukwago, Ingrid Tirinawe, after police received information that they plan to invite people to riot over a court hearing for detained opposition lawmakers Hon Robert Kyagulanyi and 4 other politicians arrested over Arua by-election.

Mbale: Uganda Christian University guild election results have been nullified.

The Guild Election results of Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus have been nullified by the Electoral Appeals Board Committee. Yonasani Bululu won the 2nd November election r defeating his rival Jacqueline Ajego who   petitioned the Guild Electoral Commission citing irregularities during the elections.  Guild’s Returning Officer, Martha Apio explains.

For the first time since its creation, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated 37 billion shillings to divisions in the 2019/20 financial budgeting process.  The division mayors have been lobbying for creation of budget votes for their areas as a process of implementing section 31 of KCCA 2010 Act which establishes the office of division town clerk.

A 32-Year-Old Security Guard has pinned his former best Friend Emmanuel Eguki for defiling his 10-year old daughter.  The father, whose particulars have been  withheld to protect the daughter’s identity told the High Court Criminal Division sitting in Kampala that he was staying with his best friend and daughter at the time the incident happened, two years ago.

53year old boda boda man has been charged and further remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defiling an 11year old grandchild .Plugensio Ssebandeke denied aggravated defilement offence before High Court Judge Jane Frances Abodo.

 

Hearing of the rape case of a Makerere University lecturer Prof Christopher Bakunetta set.

By Sania Babirye
The High court in Kampala has fixed 20th/November to start hearing a case in which a Makerere University lecturer prof Christopher Bakunetta is charged with raping his female student . This is after Prof. Bakunetta has pleaed not guilty to rape charges before Justice Jane Frances Abodo.
Court has heard that Bakunetta a professor of ziology at Makerere University on the 29th/March 2016  had carnal knowledge of his a 22 year old female student without her consent .
Prosecution states that the victim was a first year student at the University and was renting on Bakunetta’s garage with in the Makerere  University premises. Bakunetta who is out on bail is among the 50 sexual offenders   to be handled in a  special session at the Highcourt that has been   set up to dispose -off cases of sexual and Gender based violence.
The judiciary has set up 13  sessions in selected Highcourt circuits and magistrate courts are to  run from today until 15th/December for purposes of  helping survivors access justice and reduce  on the over 1000 sexual cases which are logged into the system with the oldest being registered in 2013.
However due to a delay in trying these suspects,  court has heard that 2 of them  died while on remand at Luzira prison while seven of them have since jumped bail.
The High court in Kampala has fixed 20th/November to start hearing a case in which a Makerere University lecturer prof Christopher Bakunetta is charged with raping his female student .
This is after Prof. Bakunetta has pleaed not guilty to rape charges before Justice Jane Frances Abodo.
Court has heard that Bakunetta a professor of ziology at Makerere University on the 29th/March 2016  had carnal knowledge of his a 22 year old female student without her consent .

Kampala tycoons fight: Traders shuts-down business due to closure of Arcades.

BY ROBERT SSEGAWA

Business has been paralyzed in the city center following the closure of several arcades belongs to two worrying land Lords. The closure of buildings forced the traders to conduct their businesses from the city streets protesting the closure of buildings where they have been operating from.

Some of the several buildings closed are Naiga arcade, City Plaza, Atlantic textile, Zai Plaza, Money center, Jesco arcade, Nabukera and many more arcades on different streets of Kampala belongs to two property Mogul Drake Lubega and Manisulu Matovu alias Young.

According to Joel Matovu a trader operating business on money center, they got shocked to day morning to find their place of works Arcade locked with several padlocks without giving them reason why the building is closed. Traders have blocked road like Market Street road in a protest saying unless their building opened they will not vacate the road, and others were seen holding placards stopping motorists from using the road wants government to intervene because for the trader’s they paid their rent dues.

This also prompted the police to deploy heavily down town for any possible out come.

Drake Lubega and Maninsour Matovu Alias young agrees to close all their building in protest accusing the government failure to resolves the conflict of light full owner of a land that houses Qualicel arcade and Nabukera arcade that Charles Muhangi also claim that the land belongs to him.

 

This comes after the office of the Solicitor general issues two conflicting letters to both parties of Drake Lubega and Charles Muhangi confirming each the ownership of the land that housing the two arcades Qualicel bus terminal and Nabukera.

This week on Monday , Charles Muhangi produced court order to police asking force the force to evict the Manager of Lubega and Young amidst live bullets.The two business men Drake Lubega and Young both accusing Charles Muhangi of planning to grab their buildings.

According to Issa Ssekito the Kacita spokesperson blames the government for failing to resolve the matter of that land that lasts for 13 good years.

Fire outbreak: Fire burns four relatives in the house.

By ROBERT SSEGAWA

Four people from the same family perished in a fire that gutted their house in Nabutiti zone in Kansanga a suburb of Kampala. The deceased have been identified as Twasirye Annet 35 years wife to Bagyenda Ronald of Mukono, her three children namely Akankwasa Elijah 10 years, Chakwa Musa 5years and a six month old baby only identified as Rebecca .

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased slept immediately after having their supper and left the candle wax burning that set fire on mattresses that spread all over the house.

Owoyesigyire adds that the fire brigade and rescue service were called in to extinguish the fire but by the time they arrived the four had already died in the inferno.

Fire fighters only managed to save the building. bHe further blamed the residents of Kansanga in Nabuti zone for building in road reserve which frustrated fire fighters since their failed to reach the scene on time due to the many structures built in the road.

The defiance Secretary for Nabuti zone Denis Kato descrimed the late Twasirye Annet as a person who has been very cooperative in community and a law abiding citizen.

Kato also urged the members of the community to stop leaving burning candle wax with children unattended to avoid such similar incidents from happening. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary and police have launched their investigation into the matter.

Women root for more leadership positions to rid Africa of corruption

By Edwin Muhumuza

Legislators meeting in Kigali, Rwanda want African governments to give women more leadership positions as a solution to corruption. They say women tend to behave more honestly than men and are concerned about fairness in their decisions.

Several studies suggest that women are less corrupt, and that companies with a higher number of women in decision making perform better in terms of resource management and maintaining a zero tolerance level for corruption,” said First Lady, Mrs Janet Kagame, who opened the 11 th Pan African Parliament Conference on the Rights of Women.

She said that women’s leadership as proactive and social agents of change is the game changer in the fight against corruption in Africa.

Alhagie Mbow, a legislator from The Gambia, reinforced the assertion that women’s leadership is crucial in combating corruption and bolstering African economies.

The latest research by Virginia Tech says that a greater representation of women in government is bad news for corruption,” he said adding that, “If we want to eliminate corruption in this continent, we need to empower women more by giving them positions of leadership. Women empowerment is not just about giving women basic positions but positions such as being heads of state, ministers of finance, ministers of energy, because these are positions where they can make an impact.”

The study, published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization by Virginia Tech in June 2018, spanned 125 nations worldwide, and established that corruption is lower in countries where there are a greater number of women in political leadership.

Responding to the findings, Uganda legislator Hon. Babriye Veronica Kadogo, observed that indeed corruption is a cancer affecting development because it affects all sectors. She noted that women are affected the most because corruption affects service delivery especially in the areas of health, infrastructure, education, water, sanitation, and other social sectors, which mainly affect women and children.

The legislator however sought to be provided statistics to support the proposition of the piety of women in leadership.

The discussants have talked about women not being corrupt but they have not given us statistics,” she said adding “What is the percentage of women compared to men who are corrupt because if the statistics indicate 40 per cent then it is high. And who are those women who are corrupt? The majority are rural women and that means it’s the elite and those women here that are corrupt.”

With regard to corruption being exacerbated by low levels of women’s empowerment, Kadogo said Uganda has programmes of empowering women, especially those in rural areas to equip them with capital and entrepreneurial skills.

During the debate on the gender dimension in the fight against corruption, members pointed out that the increasing incidences of electoral corruption had the potential to undermine the effectiveness of women in the fight against corruption. Some legislators also questioned the assertion that women were less corrupt arguing that they participated indirectly through agents or benefited from proceeds of corruption.

Conference Recommendations

Hon. Anifa Bangirana Kawooya, who is also the 3 rd Deputy Chairperson of the Pan African Parliament Women’s Caucus, presented to participants the conference recommendations and way forward, which included among others that African parliaments should advocate for gender mainstreaming in all governance and developmental initiatives in order to ensure that women are given leadership positions and that women empowerment is given priority. That African Union member states should be encouraged to ratify and domesticate AU instruments on gender equality and the fight against corruption. They also recommended to African countries to introduce values of anti corruption in their school curricular.

Involve local government in implementing SDGs says UNDP boss

By Moses Kidandi

The United  Nations Development program has advised the Government of Uganda to involve local government leaders in implementation of the UN sustainable development goals.

The call was made by UNDP resident representative to Uganda , Rosa Malango in a speech at the launch of the National sustainable development goals roadmap at the office of the Prime Minister conference hall.

Rosa Malango says Uganda is at take off stage of implementing the key SDGs like gender equality, poverty eradication, reduction of inequalities and industrialization with consumption among others.

Rosa says it’s important to involve local Governments since they are more closer to the local population.

The roadmap is to create an enabling environment for delivering of sustainable development goals