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.

Court denies Dodoviko and others bail

By Sania Babirye

The state has asked Makindye court chief Magistrate Prosy Katushabe to deny bail to the 20 including key suspect Dodoviko Mwanje and seven police officers who are charged with the illegal demolition of st.peters church in Ndeeba in August this year.

Lead prosecutors Noah Oponya and Lydia Nakato have told court that the said matter is of a public interest/demand and that all accused persons are health enough to withstand prison life.

Oponyo has further added that hey do not know the permanent residence of Dodoviko since he did not present before court documents showing his residence which makes stressing him hard in case he jumps bail.

On the police officers, state has contested some of their sureties presented on grounds that they are not substantial since they are not on their ranks.

Prosecution states that Dodo and Ivan Katongole a KCCA Urban planner between March and August 2020, they conspired with several senior police officers and other people who are already on remand at Kitalya government prison to demolish st. Peter’s church in Ndeeba ;the property of Church of Uganda.

Katongole is said to have sanctioned the demolition of this church.

Among the senior police officers implicated in this matter is the Superintendent of police David Epedu , the Katwe police station DPC , ASP Mugisha Yeko Kato ; the Officer in-charge of Ndeeba police , SSP Rashid Agero and Martin Adero; who are police Field Force unit commanders .

The police officers separately face a charge of disobeying lawful orders of commissioner of police Moses Kafeero, which were to over see security deployment at St. Peter’ church in order to avert any possible demolition .

Other people including a building inspection Engineer of Lubaga division , a mechanic and a veteran soldier among others are charged with causing malicious damage to St. Peter’s church and theft of church property such as chairs and doors .

These 21 suspects who are on remand at Kitalya prison have participated in today’s court proceedings via video conferencing having been already charged and denied any involvement in the demolition of the said church which happened in wee hours of 10th/August 2020.

Hearing of the bail application is still on going

Man charged with theft of Ushs300M worth fuel granted bail

By Sania Babirye

A man who stole fuel valued at over 300 millions shillings has been charged with theft.

27 year old Lubega Hebert a store manager with Gasco United ltd and a resident of Mutundwe in Rubaga division has appeared before Makindye court grade one magistrate Patience Lonah Tukundane and denied the offense of theft.

However, he has been released on a 500,000 shilling cash bail and ordered to return to court on the 17th of this month for further mention of his case.

Prosecution says the suspect with others still at large on the 13th of March 2020 at Namasuba Makindye Sabagabo in Wakiso district,Stole 31, 773 liters of petrol engine oil valued at 337, 040,870 millions shillings.

Sakwa bail application set for tomorrow

By Sania Babirye
Hearing of the bail application of jailed Jinja RDC Eric Sakwa has been pushed to tomorrow the the 29th of April.

Sakwa is currently on remanded at Kirinya government government prison after being charged with murder and robbery by the .

Jinja magistrate court could not hear his bail due to the absence of a chief magistrate.

The 38 year old is also charged with man slaughter,causing death of Isanga Charles,theft of empire waragi worth 400k among others.

He is accused alongside 19 year old Bumali Kazimbyewa a mechanic & and 31 year old Simba Muhammed a businessman in Jinja.

Prosecution States that the three suspects and others still at large on the 22day of March and 17th of April at Lwanda village in Jinja district unlawfully caused the death of Isanga Charles.

These are also accused of robbing 800,000 shillings, three creates of beer, 8 trays of eggs,sachets of empire drinks and soda all valued at 429000 belonging to Isanga and there after used violence on him on the same day .

The suspects are also charged with damaging Isanga’s counter on the same day.

Kashaka denied bail

By Sania Babirye
The supreme Court has dismissed a bail application filed by the jailed interdicted former permanent secretary in the ministry of works John Muhanguzi Kashaka.

Supreme court justice Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza has ruled that Kashaka has failed to prove exceptional circumstances to warrant his temporary release.

She also ruled that the applicant is already a convict and serving a 10 year capital punishment on corruption charges.

Kashaka is currently serving a 10 year jail sentence handed to him by the then ant- corruption Court justice Catherine Bamugemereire in September 2014 that was upheld by the court of appeal in 2016 for causing government a 4.6 billion financial loss in the botched 2011 presidential election LC1 chairpersons bicycle scam.

The troubled former civil servant however went to the supreme Court challenging both decisions of the lower courts and applied for bail in the same court so that he can able to argue his appeal while outside.

His lawyer Peter Kinobwe had asked justice Lillian Tibatemwa to grant his client bail on grounds that he is of advanced age of 62 and that he can not contain the tough conditions within Luzira prison and has substantial sureties.

However, state led by Josephine Namatovu asked the supreme Court to deny Kashaka bail on grounds that is a convicted person who is serving a capital punishment of 10 years and that if granted bail, he is likely to flee the country among other concerns.
Kashaka was convicted together with the former Principal Accountant Henry Bamutura, and each ordered to serve 10 years and 10 days in Luzira prison and also compensate government sixth of the 4.6 billion, Sam Emorutu Erongot who was the former assistant commissioner for policy and planning were ordered to serve 13 years, Timothy Musherure the former consultant was acquitted and Adam Alum who was a member of the evaluation committee has since served his 1 year and 9 months imprisonment and was ordered to refund his share of the 600 million refund.

Three court of appeal Justices including justice Elizabeth Musike, Hellene Obura and Cheborion Barishaki dismissed the said appeal and ruled that they did not find any error in the decision of the lower court.

Justice Bamugemereire ordered them to also refund 600 million Uganda shillings to government and banned them from holding any public office for 10 years.

However, being dissatisfied, the convicts appealed both their convictions and sentences.

The four had been out in bail since their conviction and sentence and begin to serve their punishments last year.

The said bicycles were meant to be distributed to the chairpersons for mobilization during the presidential campaigns.

Bufumbira South MP granted bail

By Sania Babirye
The Bufumbira South member of parliament Sam Bitangaro and his three co-accused have been each ordered to pay seven million cash before being granted bail.

Hon. Bitangaro is charged with defrauding give 1.5 billion shillings by selling government 492 hectares of land which doesn’t existent.

Bitangaro is jointly charged with the director in the Ministry Of Gender, Labour and Social Development William Tumwine, his wife Stella Kakuba and a Kampala city lawyer Francis Owor Onyango.

Makindye court chief magistrate Prossy Katushabe granted them the seven million cash bail after each denied charges including Obtaining money by false pretense,fraud on sale of mortgage and conspiracy to defraud.

Their sureties have all been ordered to pay 200 million shillings not cash and ordered to report back to court on the 12th of February this year.

Hon.Bitangaro is charged with defrauding,1,326,000,000 from a Sacco in kiboga district called kiboga Twegatte cooperative society ltd by selling it land amounting to 492 hectares in Singo that did not own in May 2014 at the offices of Onyango& company advocates in Kampala.

He is said to have conspired with Onyango the sacco lawyer who accepted the land title and also claimed to have inspected the fake land while Knowing that it did not exist.

Kakuba and Tumwiine are also accused of obtaining 1.7Billion from the same Sacco, by falsely selling them a 390 hectare plot of land located in Gomba.

The fake land was meant to resettle over 2,579 that had been evicted from Luwunga central Forest reserve in Kiboga district.

According to prosecution, Bitangaro , Tumwine and Kakuba in 2014 allegedly presented themselves to have good and marketable tittles for land in Gomba and Kassanda whereas not and connived with Onyango who was lawyer representing the evictees under their umbrella organization Kiboga Twegatte co-operative savings Ltd to issue false inspection reports regarding the 2 contentious pieces of land .

Court sets 8th August for ruling on Radio’s killer

By Sania Babirye
The High court in Kampala has set the 8th of August to deliver its ruling on the second bail application filed by Godfrey Wamala who is charged with murdering local Musician Moses Sekibogo( commonly known as MoseyRadio) pending trial and determination of his case.

Today, state led by Mugisha Peter has asked justice Yasin Nuanzi to deny Wamala bail on grounds that he is charged with a capital offense that attracts a death sentence upon conviction.

State has further submitted that Wamala did in his affidavit give contradicting information in which he stated that he is a resident of Najjanankumbi and Kyengera in Wakiso district.

The state further claims that the suspect might be harmed once granted bail by the the many funs of the late musician who are still hurt and angry over his sudden death.

However, his lawyer Ladislausi Rwakafuzi has asked court to grant his client bail on grounds that they did cross check with the office of the high court registry and discovered that their case has not been cause listed for hearing soon.

Wamala has presented three sureties including his sisters Rose Nalwada, Jackie Muwanga and his brother Fred Wamala.

This is the second time that Wamala is asking for bail.
On the 24th of August 2018, Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo dismissed Wamala’s first bail application on grounds that Wamala who also calls himself Troy did not prove any exceptional circumstances including old age and poor health despite applying for bail being his constitutional right.

Bajjo granted bail

Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events has finally been granted bail by Buganda road court.

Grade one magistrate Stella Amabilisi has temporally released Bajjo on a four million cash bail while his three suruties have been ordered to deposit a 20 million non cash bond.

State had earlier objected to Bajjo’s bail application on grounds that he is likely to uttter more inciting statements supported by an oath of the investigating officer which the magistrate has dismissed after she was in agreement with Bajjo’s lawyer Erias Lukwago that the alleged oath did not have the place were it was sworn from nor the name of the commissioner as the oath act law requires.

She then granted Bajjo bail and told him to not make another alleged inciting statement.

She has now adjourned further mention of the matter to the 25th of July 2019 for mention

Prosecution states that during the month of June 2019 at various places of Masaka , Ibanda and Kampala, the suspect willfully and repeatedly with intent to disturb the peace and privacy of the person of the President , Bajjo recorded an audio and posted it on social media containing inciting messages using his mobile phone.

Bajjo has spent almost four weeks on remand after he was remanded on charges of inciting violence against the person of the President on the 18th of June this year.

On the 24th of june, Bajjo through his lawyer Erias Lukwagoc presented suruties including Abbey Musinguzi also known as Abitex, opposition political activist Moses Bigirwa and TV producer Aloysius Matovu Kiza whom are all personal friends and business partners.

However prosecution asked court to deny him bail on grounds that he is likely to engage in more acts of violence if granted bail and that since investigations are ongoing, he might interfere with them.

The court also red afresh the charges to Bajjo and this time, he understood them and denied ever committing them.

On the 18th of this month, Bajjo was charged with inciting violence against the person of President Museveni for his political opinion and offensive communication after spending five hours in court cells.

On the charge of offensive communication, prosecution states that with an intention to disturb the peace and privacy of president Museveni , without any legitimate purpose recorded a video using his mobile phone containing messages threatening to overthrow the government of Uganda before the year 2021.

Bajjo pleaded not guilty to the first offense but when it came to the second offense, he pleaded guilty forcing his lawyer Lukwago to ask the magistrate to read the charge in Luganda the suspect best understood.

The magistrate however failed to get an interpreter and remanded him until today to gave time for court to find someone who is fluent in Luganda.

Bajjo threw court mainly his supporters into panoc when he accepted the second offense which carries a maximum sentence of seven years before his lawyer came and informed the magistrate that his client did not understand the charge being red in English.

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 the 15th of June, Bajjo was arrested immediately after he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he was going to organise 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.