Amuriat released on bail

By Sania Babirye

Forum for Democratic change presidential candidate Eng. Patrick Oboi Amuriat has been arraigned at Mpigi magistrate court and charged with accepting to be carried in a dangerous manner.

He appeared before Grade One Magistrate Ruth Nabaasa and pleaded not guilty to the said offence.

He has however been released on a 5 million non cash bail and his sureties ordered to pay 10 millions not cash.

Mention of his case has been adjourned to the 2nd of February this year.

POA was arrested on Sunday in Mpigi for sitting on top of and a motor vehicle and spent the night at Mpigi Central Police Station.

This is Amuriat’s second time being charged with the same offence in less than a week.

Police say Amuriat was sitting dangerously on top of a car and he put his life in danger.

Museveni’s private secretary granted bail

By Sania Babirye

Caroline Kembabazi the Assistant Private Secretary to President Yoweri Museveni has been released on bail by Buganda road court.

Chief magistrate Miriam Akello Ayo has ordered the suspect to pay one million cash while his sureties have been bonded 10 million not cash.

She is charged with giving false information to the Electoral Commission officials.

Meanwhile, the head of Human Resource at the Electoral Commission James Niwamanya has today concluded his testimony.

Niwamanya has told court that Kembabazi used her position to intimidate and harass him to give jobs to three of her relatives to work as Assistant district Registrars by lying that it was a presidential directive whereas not despite the said relatives having failed the said interviews.

These relatives were part of the 7,111 people that applied for 96 vacancies of Assistant district Registrars but majority of the applicants failed to the extent that only 70 out of the said vacancies were recruited .

The case has been adjourned to the 27th of January 2021.

Tumukunde lashes out at Government

By Sania Babirye

Independent presidential candidate Lt.Gen.Tumukunde has lashed out at the state for what he called wasting his time by failing to withdraw case in which he is charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition’s and treason.

Today, Tumukunde appeared in person at city hall court grade one Magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise expecting for trial after court issued criminal summons against him last month for failing to appear in court for the said case.

However, the case could not go on since Tumukunde’s lawyers filed an application in the high court accusing the state of violating his human rights after he was detained for more than 48 hours without charge.
The magistrate then accused Tumukunde’s lawyers of frustrating the hearing of the said case due to the pending determination of the other application.

Tumukunde speaking shortly after the adjournment of his case to the 21st of January 2021, stated that this case is baseless and a violation of his human rights since there’s nothing substantial.

He stated that he was an army officer provided with a gun by the same government prosecuting him over the the said gun.

He says that all retired army officers are provided by a gun and that he had had it all the time with escorts.

He however says that his troubles started when he declared his intentions to contest for the top seat to unseat his boss.

On the allegations of treason, over his statement he made while on Tv that he was allegedly inviting Rwanda to come and attack Uganda, Tumukunde has described the allegations as just a joke.

Tumukunde added that it was not fair that other presidential candidates are busy going on with their campaigns yet he has to stop his programs and attend court.

His lawyers have now asked court to dismiss the said case on grounds of political persecution. Lt.Gen.Tumukunde was granted bail on the 11 of May after spending almost three months in Luzira prison.On 18 of March 2020, Tumukende was remanded to Luzira prison after he pleaded not guilty to all five counts.

On the treason charge, Prosecution states that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Tv stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made utterances which were calculated to instigated the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause a unlawful change of government

On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, its states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo,was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol . Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm licence

Tumukunde however told court on the charges of being in possession of firearms and ammunition, he was in lawful possession of the said gun since it was given to him with the said ammunition as a retired Gen .

Treason, is a capital case bailable and triable only by the High court .

Events promoters released on bail

By Sania Babirye

The four Ugandan businessmen and event promoters who are accused of organizing a music show in which they invited Nigerian musicians to perform have been granted bail by the Makindye chief magistrate court.

These include Ugandan businessmen Ivan Ddungu, Kisakya Phillip, Benjamin Kabuura and a woman Salima Kim.
These are charged with with doing a neglect act likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease and were remanded to Kitalya and Kigo government prisons on the 14th together with the three Nigerian Nationals Stanley Omah Didia, Temilade Openyi and their career manager Muliwa Awoniyi who are all residents of Lagos in Nigeria

The Nigerians have since been deported back home after the DPP withdrawing the charges against them.

These appeared before grade one Magistrate Jude Okumu who ordered them to each pay one million cash bail and their sureties each bonded 10 million shillings not cash.

They have been ordered to return to court on the 1st of February 2021 for mention of their case.

Prosecution’s Getrude Apiyo states that on Saturday 12th/December 2020 at Ddungu Resort in Mulungu in Munyonyo Makindye division; the suspects flew in Nigerian suspects and held a Concert during the COVID -19 lock down down ; an act which would cause the spread of Corona virus .

Pastor Semanda’s bail hearing flops

By Sania Babirye

Pastor Siraje Ssemanda has further been remanded to Kitalya government prison after hearing of his bail application flopped today before Buganda road court grade one Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.

Pastor Semanda is accused of defrauding UGX 4 billion from believers and fellow pastors by promising them jobs abroad and scholarships from state house.

He was to be produced via video conferencing from Kitalya, however, bit power was off.

His bail application has now been pushed to the 17th of December 2020 after state prosecutor Akite Miriam informed court that police investigations into the case are still ongoing.

The founder of Revival Church Bombo charged on two different files, one file containing 16 counts and another one count.

Prosecution states that in the month of February 2018 at various Pentecostal Churches and schools in Tororo district with intent to defraud obtained 82,555,000 shillings from Geoffrey Owor Sues , a pastor and coordinator of all Pentecostal Churches in Tororo pretending that they would in turn pay half bursary school fees to various student/pupil, help build up churches and give the faithful start up capital for business whereas not.

Prosecution adds that between May and November 2018 at Revival Church in Bombo with intend to defraud, pastor Ssemanda obtained millions of shillings from several school directors and church followers by falsely pretending that he was going to give their students half bursary fees and money to start up businesses.

New Zealand national granted bail

By Sania Babirye

A 61 year old New Zealand National charged with issuing a bounced cheques amounting to 300mshs has been granted bail by Buganda road court.

Engineer Collins Alexander Cox was remanded to Kitalya government prison on the 21st of September after pleading not guilty to the said offence by chief magistrate Miriam OkelloAyo.

He has been ordered to pay two million cash, deposit his passport with court, while his sureties have been each bonded UGX 50million non cash.

He returns to court on the 28th of December 2020 for mention of his case.

He is alleged to have issued a one Kato James two bounced cheques to be drawn from an account at Church House Equity Bank (U) Ltd in Kampala; without reasonable grounds to believe that there was sufficient funds to pay the said money.

He maintains that he issued the said cheques under duress.

Equal opportunities boss granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption court has granted a 3.5 million cash bail to the Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission Sylvia Muwebwa Ntambi.

Grade one magistrate Moses Nabende also ordered Ntambi to deposit all his travel documents, land title of Block 226 plot 541 private land at Kyadondo in court while her three sureties including Chief executive officer LASPNET Sylvia Namubiru were ordered to execute a non cash bond of 44 million shillings to ensure that she returns in court whenever needed.

The case has now been adjourned to November 24th 2020 for further mention as police concludes it’s investigations.

Ntambi is jointly charged with other nine officials from the same commission who face with 25 counts including causing financial loss, embezzlement, corruption , abuse of office and conspiracy to defraud.

Ntambi is separately accused of negligence which resulted into gross mismanagement of the commission’s funds between 2018 and April 2019

Evidence before court shows that she conspired with other officials at the commission to defraud government of 44 million shillings which was allegedly claimed to undertake and audit exercise of the Rural Electrification Programme in Uganda which activity is said to have not taken place.

Ntambi was arrested after a whistle blower petitioned president Museveni accusing her of tribalism by recruiting her tribes mates, relatives and classmates without following the proper procedures.

She was also accused of illegal dismissal of staff members,refusing to renew contracts of staff members and irregular staff interdiction.

She however denies all the said allegations.

UNBS officials granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption court has granted a one million cash bail to two officials from the Uganda National Bureau of Standards Mbarara branch who were charged and remanded to prison on the 15th of this month for soliciting and receiving a three million bribe.

The two including Shaka Vitalias and Mwamule Norman both employees of UNBS working at Mbarara regional offices ,as a head of Inspection and Surveillance respectively have been releases by grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and ordered to return to court on the 6th of November for further mention of their case .

Prosecution states that on the 6th of October 2020 in Kabwohe Sheema district, the two solicited and received a bribe of three million shillings from Mukama Nayamva a branch manager of one of the factories in the district to write a favorable report about the factory and not to close it after inspection.

It is alleged that on 29/7/2020 the suspects who were driving an official car Registration Number UAJ 486X Nissan Pickup, went to Mukama Nayamba processing factory and introduced themselves and indicated that they had come to do official business of inspection.

Unfortunately upon completion of thier inspection they intimated that the factory had failed to measure to the standards and threatened to close it.

Scared of their actions, the Manager of the factory offered them one million which they declined , but insisted that they needed 10Million.

With the continued engagement, the two parties settled at 6 million which was handed over to Shaka Vitalias.

The suspect later came a week after and demanded more money to the dismay of the workers at Mukama Nayamba.

But on consultation with thier MD, a position was reached that these people should be tracked and be arrested.

Indeed a 3 Million trap was set to which the suspects succumbed to on 6/08/2020.

The suspects were then arrested, searched and found in possession of the money, and detained at Sheema Police Station.

Case file CRB 496/2020 was opened, investigations expedited and charges of Corruption C/S 2(a)&26 of the Anti-Corruption 2009 as Amended were sanctioned and dully consented to.

Suspects were re-arrested and brought to Kampala where they appeared today 15/10/2020 before His worship Moses Nabende and remanded till 23/10/2020 for hearing of their bail application.

Nyanzi granted bail by Busia Police

By Sania Babirye

Busia magistrate has granted bail to FDC’s Stella Nyanzi and her two co accused.

Grade one magistrate Keibei Kitrotich released Nyanzi with her aid Roy Rugumayo and Derrick Yona on a one million shilling cash bail.

However, Nyanzi who is FDCs Kampala Woman MP candidate says she will not take plea to the said charges unless president Museveni and the Kabaka of Buganda are also charged since they recently returned from Kenya and Tanzania.

The are charged with committing an act likely to spread COVID19.

These were arrested on the Saturday the 19th of September at the Busia boader on their way back in the country.

These had traveled to neighboring Kenya .

Nyanzi also says her car and driver are still missing and has called her prosecution as political persecution.

She says her right to participate in FDC political activities is being abused by the rulling government.

The case has been adjourned to the 22nd of october 2020.

Micro finance officials in teacher’s fund case granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption grade one magistrate Moses Nabende has granted bail to the three officials of the Micro Finance support center who are charged with conspiring with teachers to steal 1.8 billion shillings meant for teachers loan fund from president Museveni in 2019.

The three include the Executive Director Peter Mujuni , the Head of finance John Mwebembezi, the Assistant credits officer Jalia Birungi and a one Joan ASiimwe a teacher.

The officials have each been ordered to deposit 30 million shillings cash, deposit a land title valued at 500 million shillings and deposit their travel documents before being released from Kitalya government prison were they have been on remand since the 8th of this month.

Their sureties have been ordered to deposit a 500 million non cash bond and make sure that the suspects return to court on the 24th of this month for further mention of the case.

They are charged with Embezzlement, and conspiracy to defraud.

These are said to have conspired with Asiimwe to steal the said funds which was given to Teachers as a grant by president ,Museveni in November 2019.