Police office arrested due to negligence

By Robert Segawa

Police in Masaka has arrested one of their own over negligence. The said policeman is said to have been attacked by unknown people took off with his gun.

The arrested officer have been identified as police constable Moses Bitarabeho attached to Masaka police station.

According to Mohammed Nsubuga greater Masaka police spokesman, Bitarabeho has been guarding a UBC mast located at Bwara Hill in Masaka city. The unknown people are said to have cut him using a sharp object and run off with his AK47 riffle which contained rounds of ammunition.

Nsubuga adds that preliminary investigations indicate that by time of attack Bitarabeho could have been drunk.

Two women have been arrested to help in Investigation.

Police arrests Buwembo over hunger strike

By Sania Babirye

Police has today arrested a Rubaga South voter Habib Buwembo for holding a hunger strike at the high court headquarters in protest of the failure by the court of appeal to determine an election petition he filed in 2016 challenging the victory of his area MP Kato Lubwama for luck of academic qualifications.

Today, Buwembo stated that he will be under going a hunger strike at the high court headquarters until the chief justice Bart Katureebe intervened in his matter to have his case determined.

He further stated that he was going to hold his hunger strike alone to avoid police arresting him on charges of holding an illegal assembly, however, police arrested him and is currently being held at CPS.

In July 2019 drama ensued in the court of appeal after three justices led by deputy chief chief justice Alfonse Owiny Dolo denied ever making a ruling in an election appeal by Kato Lubwama without hearing the case.

The denial came after the same court of appeal Justice Cheborion Barishaki on the 28th of may announced a judgement date on the matter, but Buwembo objected to the said ruling on grounds that the judgement was illegal because court can not rule on a matter it had never heard
The deputy chief justice denied the said date calling it an error and announced that the case will be heard before a judgement is made.

In the said filed appeal, Kato Lubwama is challenging High court judge Margret Oguli Oumo’s decision to grant a Rubaga south voter Habib Buwembo to file an election petition challenging his victory due to lack of the requisite academic qualification out of time.

The the said appeal was first heard in July 2017 by the now retired former deputy chief justice Steven Kavuma, Helene Obura and Cheborion Barishaki.

However, Buwembo filed an application asking justice Kavuma to be excused from the case due to impartiality and biasness.

Ssemakade had argued that justice Kavuuma will not be partial and objective while hearing and determining the appeal with other two justices.

However in a ruling red by Deo Nzeyimana the court of appeal deputy registrar , justice Kavuma declined to step aside from the case saying litigants do not have a right to determine which judicial officers should hear and determine their cases

Justice Steven Kavuuma then heard the matter until he retired as deputy chief justice and forwarded the file to the now deputy chief justice Dolo.

In the appeal Kato Lubwama is challenging High court judge Margret Oguli Oumo’s decision to grant a Rubaga south voter Habib Buwembo to file an election petition challenging his victory due to lack of the requisite academic qualification out of time.

Through his lawyers led by Asuman Basalirwa, Kato Lubwama wants court of appeal to dismiss the high court ruling and the election petition which Buwembo has since filed against him challenging his victory .

Justice Oumo granted Buwembo’s application on grounds that evidence brought in court proved that Kato Lubwama indeed lied to the Electoral commission when he claimed that he possessed a valid 0’level certificate from Old Kampala SSS well knowing that it was not registered by the Uganda Registration services Bureau.

Buwembo claims that he has since then learnt that Kato Lubwama scored result 7 from UCE which could not be relied on to sit mature age entry exams to be admitted for a diploma in Music Dance and Drama at Makerere University.

Justice Oguli noted that fraud was a serious allegation that cold not be merely exhausted through investigations since these matters pertaining an MPs qualification was of a great national importance.

The judge also ruled that it took Buwembo seven months to discover the said fraud since UNEB clarified on Kato Lubwama’s academic papers on the 10th/October 2016 hence filing this application on the 12th/October 2016 calling for him to have can extention of time for filling the application.

By law an election petition must be filed within 30 days after an MP is gazzated.

In his defense, Lubwama says the judge has no powers to extend time set by Parliament, and allow Habib Buwembo to file an election petition to challenge his academic qualification.

This is Kato’s response to the application his Voter Buwembo filed out of time, seeking for 30 days to hunt for 500 signatures supporting his election petition, intended to throw Lubwama out of the 10th Parliament.

His lawyers led by Asuman Basalirwa informed presiding Judge Magret Oguli Oumo that the law governing Parliamentary elections is good law, because it confirms the principal of separation of powers; therefore enlarging time with no enabling provision permitting court to do so, would be judicial legislation.

He then invited Justice Oguli to be bound by the decisions of her brother justices in the High court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme court, who have extensively considered the same application and all came to one conclusion that time set by parliament cannot be extended.

Buwembo dragged Kato to court claiming that Kato Lubwama lacks the minimum academic qualifications to be a member of parliament having failed his Uganda Certificate of Education examinations.

Buwembo further contends that according to the document signed by Uganda National Examination Board, Kato obtained result 7, and therefore did not qualify for the award of a certificate.

In December 2017, High court Judge Margret Oguli Oumo granted permission to a Rubaga South voter Habib Buwembo to file an election petition against his area MP challenging his academic qualifications in not less than 30 days.

This after Justice Oguli ruled that there is unchallenged evidence on court record showing that Kato Lubwama lied to the Electoral commission that he possesses a valid certificate of O’level from Old Kampala SSS yet the same is not registered by the Uganda Registration services Bureau.

Buwembo says he has since learnt that Kato Lubwama scored result 7 from UCE which could not be relied on to sit mature age entry exams to be admitted for a diploma in Music Dance and Drama at Makerere University.

The judge noted that fraud is a serious allegation that cannot be merely exhausted through investigations since this matters pertaining an MPs qualification is of a great national importance .

The judge’s decision to enlarge time within which Buwembo can file an election petition was based on the fact that Buwombo proved that it took him 7 months to discover the said fraud UNEB having clarified on Kato Lubwama’s academic papers on the 10th/October 2016 hence filing this application on the 12th/October 2016.

Court then ordered that Buwembo has a proper case and that Kato Lubwama and the Electoral commission should pay him costs of this application.

But in the same year, the Court of Appeal issued an interim order staying the hearing of an election petition against Lubaga South MP Paul Kato Lubwama in the Highcourt.

Justice Cheborion Barishaki ruled that there are serious judicial issues that must be first investigated by the Court of Appeal before the lower court can proceed with hearing of the election petition filed by Buwembo.

The judge was in concurrence with Kato Lubwama’s lawyer Caleb Alaka that there are serious inconsistencies on the question of extension of time within which an election petition can be filed in the High court.

Alaka presented to court a number of High court decisions in which four judges declined to enlarge time fixed by parliament (30 days after an election) to file an election petition while 2 other judges have gone a head to extend this time.

It’s against this background that justice Barishaki halted the hearing of Buwembo’s election petition which had been fixed for the 2nd of March 2017 by Justice Margret Oguli Oumo until three justices of the Court of Appeal pronounce themselves on the matter.

Barishaki noted that there might be a miscarriage of justice if the petition proceeds in the High court since Kato Lubwama maintains that the said petition against him is illegal.

Buwembo on the 2nd of January 2017 filed a petition questioning Kato Lubwama’s academic qualification saying he is unfit to be an MP.

Two suspected of beating an old woman have been arrested

By Robert Segawa

Territorial Police in greater Bushenyi has so far arrested two suspects who form part of a group of people that allegedly assaulted 66 year’s old woman suspecting her for being a witch doctor.

This comes after a video of helpless elderly woman Identified as Maria Kyomugisha went viral on social media showing her being canned by two people while capturing her on video.

Addressing a news conference at police headquarters in Naguru, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga noted that it is believed that on 1st March 2020 the suspects found the 66 year old Maria Kyomugisha in a plantation of one Lukia Atuhungire in possession of a bird skull at Kyakabizi Shell in Bushenyi district and assaulted her by canning and later took her to police where police released her on police on charges of criminal trespass

But Fred Enanga noted that after the video which shows her while being canned went on viral Social media territorial police in greater Bushenyi launched the hunt for the suspects and two of them who includes Atuhungire Lukia and the owner of the plantation and Vicente Kamukama were arrested as they look for the prime suspect identified as Keith.

He maintained that police is currently investigating two files which includes that of criminal trespass which opened up on Maria Kyomugisha and that of assault which was opened up on the suspects which assaulted her

Warrant of arrest issued against Hajjat Ntenge

By Sania Babirye

An arrest warrant has been issued against the Kampala high Deputy Resident city commissioner Hajjat Hawa Ntenge for shielding a suspect implicated in the 4.2 billion shillings LC Bicycle scam.

The arrest warrant has been issued by Buganda road court after Prosecution led by Patricia Cingitho stated that Hajjati Ntege hid Eng Robert Kakiiza for almost 9 years so that he does not be prosecuted by the Anti-corruption court.

In 2012 a fake death certificate was presented before anti corruption court justice Lawrence Gidudu stating that Eng. Kakiiza had suddenly passed on while the court went ahead, tried and jailed his 9 co accused including former Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Local government John Kashaka Muhanguzi after finding them guilty of embezzling 4.2 billion shillings in a fake 70,000 botched local council one bicycles scam to which the convicts are serving jail term.

In 2019, the suspect was arrested by the State House Anti-corruption unit after a tip off from a whistle blower that Eng. Kakiiza is still alive and is frequently seen with Hajjat Ntege.

However, state says when police detectives attached to the same unit Godfrey Oume and Francis Tayabwa asked Hajjati Ntege to handover the fugitive, she refused.

State further claims that on the 25th of theirApril 2019 while in Hajjati Ntege’s office at Embassy house building along Parliamentary Avenue, She knowingly and unlawfully obstructed the 2 police detectives from executing the arrest of Eng. Kakiiza whom they had sighted in her office .

Later on, Hajjat Ntege was overpowered and Eng . Kakiiza was arrested and taken before Justice Gidudu to stand trial for his alleged involvement in the botched procurement of over 6000 bicycles that were meant to be supplied to LCI officials ahead of the 2011 General polls.

Now Prosecution wants Hajjat Ntege to answer charges of obstruction of police officers from executing their lawful duty ; hence asking trial magistrate Asuman Muhumuza to order police arrest her on sight and forcefully bring her to court before 5th of March because she has snubbed previous court summons that her lawyer Harris Harimwomugasho acknowledges receipt on 4 different occasions.

Eng .Kakiiza wmis currently being prosecuted by the anti corruption court after being charged in August 2019 with the same offense.

Bajjo to be charged with inciting violence against the president

By Sania Babirye

Music promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events is at Buganda road court waiting to be arraigned and officially charged with inciting violence against the person of the President and offensive communication.

Bajjo is being accused by police of distributing a video through social media and according to police, Banjo was calling upon people to engage in an up raising against President Museveni and his government.

According to the charge sheet, Bajjo is said to have committed two offenses at various places within Masaka, Ibanda and Kampala.

On Saturday Bajjo was arrested immediately after he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he was going to organize a nationwide a marathon in support to Kyadongo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu to help Bobiwine raise money which he has allegedly lost following blocking of his concerts .

On the 17th of June the Uganda police spokes person Fred Enanga issued a press statement.

According to the said statement, the Special Investigation Directorate under the Criminal Investigations Directorate has taken over inquiries into the case of incitement to violence through social media by Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events.

The case relates to the comments he made in “Luganda” local language and circulated online.

When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events warns H.E. The President of their plans to oust him before the year 2021, and further warns the military of similar plans to oust the President, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him.”

The suspect consciously ran the risk of being charged for inciting violence, treason or misprision of treason, since the law protects the honor of the President as a democratically elected leader.

The Security Forces wish to warn all individuals and groups, that posting videos glorifying violence using undemocratic means is an infringement on the law.

We therefore, advise the public not to share such videos. As law enforcement agencies, we also pledge to work constructively with all stakeholders to understand the dangers of incitement to violence.

We are also aware of attempts by those who patronize the suspect to divert the attention of the public and investigators from the major investigation, by dragging the person of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), into the arrest of Andrew Mukasa.

We want to put it clear that the private car number plates indeed belong to our sister agency who logistically supported the police operation. Such number plates when the situation demands, can be used to achieve tactical or operational results. The DIGP last used those number plates in May, 2018, while appearing before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee.

He has since been allocated an official police vehicle and now has no attachment to those private numbers plates. The investigations will continue and the suspect will be handled in accordance with the laws of the country,the statement read.

Police to charge its own over poorly conducted arrest of Bobi Wine

By Robert Segawa

Police officers who broke the car window of Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East Hon Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobiwine are in trouble after police management decided to have them investigated and Charged.

On Easter Monday, police led by Deputy police Commander Kampala metropolitan area Denis Namuwoza stopped Hon Kyagulanyi on his way to One Love beach Busabala in Wakiso district to brief journalists on Cancelled Kyarenga extra concert.

Police stopped Hon Kyagulanyi together With his supporters at Busabala Junction traffic lights and ordered him to come out from his vehicle which he refused.

Police then arrested the Kyarenga extra concert organizer Abbey Musinguzi also known as Abbitex and Bobi’s Body guard Eddie Mutwe for defying police orders.

The singer’s supporters got aggravated and pelted stones at the police, this forced police to fire live bullets and tear gas at the angry mob

Addressing the media at Naguru police headquarters, police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the officers who were involved in that incident will be charged since they didn’t take steps in that operation.

This comes after President Yoweri Museveni come out blamed police of breaking Bobi Wine’s car during arrest on Easter Monday which was not necessary .

President Museveni said officer’s who was commanding the operation made a poor decision to break the window screen.

However, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that , breaking through any motor vehicle can be done by an authorized officer whether they have a court order or not , he however adds that ” this should be done well all available options have been exhausted” .

Enanga added that the Professional Standards Unit (PSU) together with the law department are analysing this issue and the force will take action according to the findings.

Over 10 held at police for smoking shisha

By Moses Kidandi

Several people are still being held by Police in Kampala following a weekend raid on bars in the Kabalagala area.

Over 15 people were arrested in a raid on some city bars in an operation targeting those smoking tobacco and water pipes referred to as shisha.
Among those arrested is South Sudan minister, Doup Simon.

The public is now condemning police for use of excess force during such arrests.

In 2015, parliament passed the tobacco control bill into a law.

This would make it illegal to smoke cigarettes in public, and smoke shisha in public places.

According to the British heart foundation, Shisha pipes use tobacco sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette smoke. Popular flavourings include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry and cola. Wood, coal, or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp.

When you smoke shisha, you and anyone sitting near you are breathing in smoke which releases toxins including carbon monoxide and heavy metals –reducing your body’s ability to carry oxygen around in your blood. Visit our smoking page to find out more about the effect that smoking has your body.

Woman arrested for obtaining money under false pretense

By Robert Segawa

A 45 year old woman who is alleged to have been soliciting money from Ugandans by false pretending to take the a broad for employment has been arraigned before court.

Rose Nyamurwa a business woman and resident of Kitende Entebbe road has been charged before city hall court grade 1 magistrate Patrick Talisuna and denied 23 counts of obtaining money.

Prosecution led by Lydia Batibwe states that the accused person on various dates between the month of March and October 2018 at Kamwokya fraudulently obtained money ranging from 1 to 3 million shillings from each person by falsely pretending that she was taking them to United Arab Emirates for employment.

Court heard that she has been receiving money through her company called German African external recruitment limited.

Prosecution added that Nyamurwa between the same period received 10 millions from a one Tom Kasande by falsely pretending she was recruiting 20 football prayers of Sports Club Villa limited through her company Germany African external recruitment limited to be taken to the United Arab Emirates for employment as footballer s.

Magistrate released her on non cash court bond of 1 million shillings and ordered her to return to court on the 31st October for case mentioning.

Former UBC boss sent to jail over embezzlement

By Babirye Sania

The former Managing Director of Uganda Broadcasting Co-operation (UBC) Paul Kihika has been remanded to Luzira prison by the Anti-corruption court after pleading not guilty to  charges of embezzlement and Causing financial loss.

Prosecution led by  Peter Mugisha has stated that between May and August 2014, while acting in the capacity of UBC managing Director, Kihika stole 9,510 Us dollars (33.2 million shillings) that  he got access  to by the virtue of his office and  under the  pretext of facilitating his official  trip to China which  he never attended.

Kihika  has appeared before  grade one magistrate Pemela Lamunu and denied ever stealing from his former  employer;  UBC which is also the national broadcaster.

However he could not apply for bail as he informed court that neither his relatives nor his lawyer know his whereabouts; he was  mysteriously  arrested  on Tuesday from communications house in Kampala and detained  incommunicado at Jinja Road police station until today  when he was arraigned before court.

The magistrate  was left with no option to  remand him to Luzira prison until next week on Monday -7th/August  for his bail application hearing.

Court sets date for Hearing of Kabafunzanki trial

By Sania Babirye

High court judge Margret Tibulya has been assigned to hear the corruption case against  State Minister for labor  Herbert Kabafunzaki and two others.

These are charged with two counts of  conspiring to solicit for a 15 million bribe from the Proprietor of Aya group of companies Mohammad Hamid.

On the 28th of June Anti corruption court chief magistrate Agnes Alum committed Kabafuzanki  alongside his political aid Mugabo Brian and a relative Lubowa Bruce for trial in the high court.

This is after state prosecutor Barbara Kawuma informed court that the DPP had opted  for the the three to be tried by a judge saying a judge was in better position to try the case due  due to the circumustances of how  the  case was commited and the people involved it.

Anti corruption court Deputy Registrar Susan Kanyange has set the 18th of July as the date when hearing of the case will commence and ordered Kabafunzaki
together and his co accused  to appear in court for trial

Prosecution states  that between the 6th and the 8th April 20217 at Serena Hotel in Kampala district,  Kabafunzaki directly solicited and accepted  a 5 million shillings Bribe from an Indian Investor Muhammed Muhammed Hamid,  the chairman Aya group of companies as an inducument to clear him of sexual harrasment allegations levied against him by his former employee.

Some of the evidence that the DPP intends to adduce before court include a CCTV footage from Serena hotel that shows the interaction where the minister received  the alleged five million bribe in a khaki brown envelope from the Aya  boss and later giving it to his political assistant for counting who  later hid the money behind the curtains when police came to arrest them.