Boda Boda rider sues government

By Sania Babirye

The government of Uganda has been dragged to court by a debt defaulter who was allegedly shot in the knee by security operatives during his arrest over the 50,000 debt

Joseph Musisi Bakabulende a former bodaboda rider, now wants court to order government to compensate him 2.7 million shillings over alleged negligence.

He says the said money was spent on treatment and transport plus general damages, interest and costs of the suit.

Through his lawyers of Kasumba , Kugonza and Co advocates, Musisi claims that on the 1st of December 2019 police constable Kweezira Simon together with CPL Kyesesa Eliphazi all attached to Nabbingo police station while affecting his arrest on allegations of failing to pay 50,000 shillings he borrowed from Semwanga Fred he was shot in the left leg by Eliphazi who fled immediately leaving him in pain.

Musisi, further claims that he was helped by good Samaritans who rushed him to Nabbingo Medical Center where he received first aid before being referring to Mulago hospital for further management spending there four months and was forced to run away from Mulago after they asked him for 2 million to operate on his knee which he did not have.

He says he is suffering since he was brought to his home with only pain killers to ease his enormous pain which are very expensive and sometimes not affordable as a result of the reckless action of the security operatives.

Musisi also claims that he had been granted the bodaboda Bajaj Boxer on a loan on the 26th of February 2019 from Ssemwanga George William at 5.5 million shillings but it was later repossessed while he was in Mulago for failure to clear the loan.

He says that he has tried to seek help from the said security operatives, filed a complaint at Nabbingo police and reached as far as reporting to the professional standard unit but all in vain hence forcing him to seek Court redress.

The attorney general has been summoned to file his defense within 15 days.

Boda boda riders drag government to court

By Sania Babirye

Bodaboda riders under their umbrella organization the National federation of professional cyclists Network(NFPC) and four others have dragged government to the high court over their continued ban from carrying passengers during the ongoing partial lock down.

Through their lawyers of Anthony Wameeli and company advocates, the cyclist say the decision by government to not allow them from carrying passengers is not demonstrably, justifiably in a Democratic society and in fringes and threatens their economic right to carry out their lawful occupation trade or business.

These also accuse government of stopping them to carry passengers without giving them another alternative for their well fair

These have now asked court to compel government to immediately allow people engaged in the bodaboda business to carry passengers and cargo again.

Boda boda operator accused of theft sent to jail

By Sania Babirye

A boda boda rider who turned on his customer and robbed her of handbag containing two mobile phones and a national identification card has charged with theft and remanded at Kitalya government prison.

The suspect is identified as 36 year old Amos Ayesiga a resident of Makindye Nabisalu in Makindye division, Kampala district.

He has appeared before Makindye court grade one magistrate Patience Lonah Tukundane and denied the offense.

He has been remanded until the 8th of July to start trial.

Prosecution states that on the 23rd of May 2020 at Kibuki in Makindye division, Ayesiga robbed his customer Janet Akuto of the said properties.

Boda boda cyclist sent to jail for slapping a female passenger

By Sania Babirye

A boda boda cyclist has pleaded guilty to assaulting a passenger after he slapped a female passenger over a misunderstanding.

Joseph Ssemakula pleaded guilty before Makindye court chief magistrate Prossy Katushabe and convicted on his own plea of guilty.

He has however asked court for a lenient sentence saying he has learnt a lesson for the period he has spent in police custody.

He has now been remanded to Kitalya government prison until the 13th of this month when he will be sentenced.

Prosecution states that on the 6th of February 2020 at Nsambya Kirombe, the convict assaulted Annet Nabagereka.

According to evidence before court, the victim hired Semakula to take her to a bar at Nsambya Kirombe but reaching there the accused slapped her after they developed a misunderstanding over the amount of money to be paid.

IGP Okoth asks bodaboda cyclists to be vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has tasked the director CID Grace Akullo to send teams to Kasese in the double murder of cyclist who are murdered over the weekend who include murdered from Kasese and one in Butambala.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says this while addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru.

Those who were murdered in Kasese include Tumusime Francis who was stubbed, Kyoya Ronald who was also stubbed and Ssenzira John Alex who was struggled at Butambala.

Those who were killed at Kasese are murdered at Kijjamanyi village and bodies were dumped at scenes of crime, where he noted that police is trying to establish another criminal gang that’s targeting cyclist.

He has urged Boda boda cyclist to be vigilant not to ride to distant area’s which they don’t know, working late hours, and should try to network with their colleagues on different stages.

He says that the territorial police is trying to give them more man power by deploying the homicide team and Flying squad that are going to work together to get the bottom of the case.

Boda boda rider denies robbing female client

By Sania Babirye

A 30 year old bodaboda rider accused of robbing a female client has accused police and the victim of framing him.

While appearing before Justice Flavia Angelin Senga to defend himself, Akankwasa Alex told court that he did not know the said victim Katushabe Lydia and that he was at home sleeping on the night of 8th October 2016 when the said incident happened at Namugongo.

Akankwasa is accused of robbing Katushabe her mobile phone worth 160,000 shillings and her bag cintaining 200,000 in cash

However, Akankwasa has denied the said allegations including Katushabe’s sim card line he was allegedly arrested with saying police planted it in him when they arrested him and detained him at police.

He also told court that by the time of his arrest, he was just from the village and did not own any Mobil phone.

He also denied ever threatening Katushabe with a knife while allegedly robbing her.

Bodaboda thieves remanded to Luzira

By Sania Babirye

The high court in Kampala remanded to Luzira prison two people who are said to have been using a chloroform to robe motorcycles commonly known as bodabodas.

These culprits are Joweria Kaweesi and Joseph Luswata.

They were remanded until the 27th of this month after High Court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda charged them with aggravated robbery but denied the charges.

Prosecution states that Joweria Kaweesi, Joseph Luswata and others still at large on the 18th of February 2016 at Mawanga zone Buziga makindye division in Kampala the two arrested robbing a motorbike from a one Lawrence Sekamatte using chloroform.

These are said to have been spraying their victims with the said dangerous chemical before taking off with their motorcycles valued at 3million Uganda shillings.

Meanwhile prosecution informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

Boda boda riders save legislators from arrest

By Gloria Nakiyimba

In a dramatic move, boda boda riders in the northern district of Amuru on Monday forcefully whisked away five legislators from a police station where they had been taken following their arrest after a foiled demonstration against the giveaway of the land in Appaa belonging to the Acholi community.

Police in Gulu today blocked the demonstration and arrested five members of parliament from Acholi .

Those arrested included Kilak South constituency member of parliament Olanya Gilbert, Arru county legislator Samuel Odonga Otto, Tochi county MP Okot Peter, Amuru district woman representative Akello Lucy, and Kilak north law maker Akol Anthony.

The law makers are against a government move to give away 42 square kilometers of the land in Appaa to a foreign investor without compensating the bonafide owners.

“The rightful owner of the land in Apaa is the Acholi community, and the truth of the matter is that, that land of Appaa was given to some white man ; an investor called Bruce Martin . The man comes from South Africa” Kilak south constituency legislator Olanya Gilbert told Capital radio.

They were intercepted on their way to Kaunda grounds where they were heading to address the affected community about their grievances.

“We organized peaceful demonstration today to move and address the people in Acholi at Kaunda grounds, and when were moving very smartly without any chaos, police officers came, they blocked us , they started removing the placards we had and started arresting all of us the five members of parliament” said mp Olanya

Police took them to Gulu Central Police station but upon arrival, the law makers refused to enter police cells insisting it is their right to demonstrates

“From the CPS we refused, we rejected to enter inside the police cell , we told them we have not broken any law, demonstration is a right to an individual, we are showing our grievances for what is what going on in Appaa since the government is not helping us” he added.

As the push back and forth continued outside the Gulu CPS, the number of boda boda riders and some youth following the mps started swelling up. The riders took away the mps before police could force them to enter the cells.

“I am happy that boda boda people brought their motorcycle at the police station, forcefully started carrying all the members of parliament away. They really removed us forcefully from the hands of the police. I am happy that boda bodas came and rescued us” he averred.

Mp Olanya accuses government of siding with General Moses Ali from Madi and some members of the madi community to deny the land rights to the people of Acholi.

According to MP Olanya “what is going on right now in Appaa is really so alarming. You find some UPDF officers who own land in Appaa, they are burning the houses of the people of Acholi and chasing away”.

The Acholi community is protesting the giveaway of the land to an investor because they are the genuine owners.

“The Acholi community, who are occupying that land, told the government clearly that they cannot give our land because we were born there, we grew there. And Acholi community asked the government to come and negotiate peacefully with the land owners who are there. But the government say no…that land must be given to an investor” he explained.

Works ministry driver charged with careless driving

By Sania Babirye
A 40 year driver with the Ministry of Works and Transport has been charged with knocking dead a bodaboda rider.

Francis Mukyagwe appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna and pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing a death of a motor cyclist through careless driving.

He has however been released on a 50million shillings court bond not cash and his two sureties each ordered to execute a non cash bond of 30million shillings.

He has now been ordered to return to court on the 21st of this month 2019 for mention of his case as investigations into the case continues .

Prosecution led by Lydia Batiibwe states that, on the 2nd of 2018 at Kigowa along Northern by pass, the suspect did drive a motor vehicle UG 0448 Nissan /cabin while on the road and caused the death of Wernerto Gaullen.

Kitata’s request to moved from Makidye to Luzira prison not granted

By Sania Babirye
The General Court Martial sitting in Makindye has started hearing of  the case against the leader of  Boda-Boda 2010 Abdullah Kitata and 12 others.
Today, prosecution led by Raphael Mugisha has presented two witnesses including Private Ruchard Kasajja to testify against Kitata and others before   army court chaired by Lt.Gen. Andrew Gutti.
Kitata and his 12 co accused are together charged with  6 counts including unlawful possession of firearms, live ammunition, Military head gears and uniforms
However  Kitata  is facing   5 separate  charges of being in unlawful possession of an SMG gun, 3 pistols  and 50 rounds of live ammunition which Prosecution  says  are  only a monopoly of the Uganda Peaople’s Defense Forces.
The rest of the  accused  are said to have connived with Kitata to unlawfully  possess  Military head gears and uniforms that    were allegedly  found on  them  on the 18th/January 2018  in  a Motor vehicle at Vine Hotel in Wakaliga within Kampala city.
The  army  court did also refuse Kitata’s  request to be transferred from Makindye military police barracks back to Luzira prison when he had alleged that he was not
receiving enough or adequate  medical care and access to his relatives  while in the army detention.
Gen Gutti declined on grounds that his decision to have Kitata remanded to Makindye barracks can not be reversed since Kitata was transferred for security reasons.
He has since applied for bail citing poor health conditions.