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.

Ministry of lands official arrested for issuing land titles in wetlands

By Sania Babirye

The land commission of inquiry chair Justice Catherine Bamugemeire has ordered for the immediate arrest of the senior registrar  of  titles in the ministry of lands and urban development Lwera Atalo Bwogere for issuing titles in wetlands.

Atalo who was appearing before the seven member commission was arrested and taken to Wandegeya police station after justice Catherine Bamugemeire accused her of giving contradicting evidence regarding issuing of  land  titles in wetlands especially in Wakiso district.

On Thursday, the commission discovered that land titles were issued in Kijabijo wetland under her order however Atolo angered justice Catharine Bamugemeire when she alleged that she was not aware that the land was a wetland while she was issuing the said land titles.

37 year old Atalo  has been working in the ministry for the past 12 years and before she became a senior  registrar of titles  she was stationed at Wakiso district.

The said titles are said to have been issued between 20th  January 2016 to 8th February  same year.

Labaratory assistant arrested for failure to account for missing HIV testing kits

Remmy Yesiime, a laboratory assistant attached to Kabira health center III in Mitooma district is in trouble for alleged theft of HIV testing kits.

Yesiime was picked up on Monday following an impromptu inspection conducted by Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Resident District Commissioner in response to complaints by residents.

According to Ngabirano, during the inspection, Yesiime failed to account for more than 500 HIV testing kits delivered to the facility. He explained that the number of people tested at the facility is far less to the missing kits.

Yesiimye acknowledge the disappearance of the HIV testing kits but denied knowledge of how they left the facility. He was locked up at Mitooma Central Police Station pending investigations into the matter.

Henry Mugarura, the Mitooma District Police Commander, says Yesiimye is being held misuse of office and theft of government properties under SD Reference number 05/19/06/2017.

Emmy Ngabirano, the Mitooma Resident District Commissioner, says they are determined to get rid of health workers misusing their positions at the expense of residents.



Police arrest two officials for stealing the Arua hospital autoclave

Police are holding two officials from Arua Regional Referral Hospital over theft of an autoclave machine. The device is used to sterilize and kill microorganisms in laboratory instruments, glassware and medical equipment.

The arrested officials include an Assistant Procurement Officer, Robert Dombo and the hospital Driver Nathan Oluka, who was found selling the machine within Arua municipality. Oluka later told police that he was working under the instructions of the Assistant Procurement Officer.

Josephine Angucia, the regional police spokesperson for the West Nile region says police has opened wider investigations into thefts of equipment at Arua Regional Referral Hospital. She says prior to the latest incidence, the hospital management had reported theft of hospital scrap and a number of other items.

Angucia says that the thefts seem to be the work of an organized racked within the hospital. She adds that one of the arrested individuals named a few other officers with whom they connive to steal government property.

Arua regional referral hospital has been cast in bad light in recent times. Last year in October, 14 children reportedly died due to lack of oxygen in the hospital.

A similar incident resurfaced on New Year day 2017 when a baby suffocated because the hospital lacked oxygen and the only expert who should have attended to patients was not available at the time.

Recent reports indicated that a number of patients died at the operating theatre because of power outages. However, URN was not able to independently verify the allegations.

Masaka Hospital bosses arrested for embezzling funds

Two top officials of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital are in trouble for alleged embezzlement of billions of Shillings. They are Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and the Principal Hospital Administrator, Ereazer Mugisha.

The duo was picked up in a night raid by police and officers from the State House Drug monitoring Unit paralyzing health service delivery to patients. Five other officials attached to the finance department whose particulars haven’t been established have also been arrested.

Some of the operatives who conducted the raid told URN on condition of anonymity that the suspects are wanted for the theft of billions of Shillings. According to one of the sources, the officials are implicated in the Auditor General’s and State House Health Monitoring Audit Unit reports for failure to account for over 5billion Shillings.

John Mwaule, the Masaka District Police Commander declined to comment on the arrests, saying investigations are still ongoing. The arrested officials are in custody at Masaka Central Police Station. The suspects have not yet commented on the matter as they couldn’t be reached by our reporter.

Swaibu Sulambaaya, the Chairman of Patients Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says they are happy with the arrest of the top administrators. Sulambaaya alleges that the hospital suspended patient meals illegally yet government releases money to feed patients without financial support.

Last year, the Auditor General faulted the hospital management for allowing the shoddy construction of the maternity and children wards. Government released Shillings 10 billion for the work.