Ascent Capital Africa announces USD100 fund to be invested in East Africa

By Alice Lubwama

Ascent capital Africa a private equity fund has announced a 100 million dollar fund to be invested in mid sized companies across east Africa region.

Addressing journalists in Kampala today the country director Ascent capital management Africa Richard Mugera said that out of this money at least 30 million dollars will be invested in companies in Uganda.

He adds that they are targeting SMES in manufacturing, education, health and Agro processing sectors wholesale and retail trade with proper book accounts to take up this opportunity.

He said that since 2014 they have invested in six companies in East Africa and increased employment by 12% in the region.

Mugera further says that 80% of the companies they have invested in are successful.

He said that they raised the funds from prominent investors such as Belgian Investment Company for developing countries, CDC group in the U.K, Dutch entrepreneurial development bank, the international finance corporation and the Norwegian investment fund.

Police to send out recruitment team at the end of the month

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola is to flag off 25 recruitment teams country wide to recruit 5000 People into police.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that the teams will be flagged off on 29th of this month and will recruit for the period of one week.

Enanga says that those to be recruited include 4500 probational police constables and 500 learner assistant inspectors of police IP those to be recruited under Forensic directorate, ICT directorate the entry point is strictly diploma’s.

He adds that the process of recruitment is by rule and merit, warning all those who want influence the recruitment by relatives, agencies, among others will be dealt with.

He emphasizes that only senior four certificate holders will be allowed, with hand written application, LC 1 letter, signed by DISO and RDC’s with national ID’s. Three passport photo’s possession of ID of schools attended.

He further warned those with criminal records will be definitely screened them out.

Enanga further advised the applicants that deadline for receiving applications will be on 29th July to 4th Aug at the district where the interview will be conducted and asked them to mark the date clearly.

Mumbere allowed to bury his mother

BY Sania Babirye
The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been given liberty to to travel to Kasese to bury his late Queen mother.

This is after international crimes division of the high court Judge Eve Luswata allowed his application to review some of the conditions that were given to him while being granted bail in 2016.

Some of these conditions were for the Omusinga to not travel to the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole while his movements were restricted to only three districts of Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja.

However, following the death of his mother last Tuesday, the Omusinga through his Lawyer Caleb Alaka petitioned the high court to allow him to travel to bury his late mother.

And today, Justice Luswata gave him two weeks to go and bury his late mother after state did not contest the bail application but with strict conditions.

Justice Luswata has ordered that the Omusinga only engages in activities that are only related to the burial of the Queen mother and that he does not travel beyond the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole.

She ruled that it was out of respect to the Imusunga’s constitutional right to liberty and a healthy family life and practice of customs allow the Omusinga to go and pay his last respect to his late Queen mother and also out of custom practice.

Earlier on justice Luswata asked Mumbere to present the death certificate to prove that the Queen mother is really dead from Kilombe mines hospital were she was admitted .

Justice Luswata further ruled that it was the constitutional right to the Omusinga to bury his mother so that he pays his last respect.

She however restricted his stay in the three districts to a period of only 14days as state had asked.

The Queen mother Christine Birra Mukirania will be buried next Tuesday the 18th of June.

Meanwhile,the Omusinga has directed that the late Queen Mother Christine Biira Mukirania be buried in Kasese district.

The announcement comes after a confusion broke out on where and when should the Queen Mother be buried.

Yesterday Kingdoms spokesperson Yona Tumusine revealed that the late Queen mother was to be buried on Sunday at Kilembo Village in Kisinga Sub county Kasese district.

However, this was contested by the Omusinga’s brother and also state minister prince Christopher Kibazanga.

Kibazanga held a press conference and announced that he had taken over his late Queen Mother’s burial and further announced that she was to be buried in Bundibugyo together with her ancestors.

But elders in the Kingdom disagreed with Kibazanga saying the late queen mother should be buried in Kasese which is the headquarters of the Kingdom.

The elders argued that the Queen mother has a big status in the Rwenzururu Kingdom since she is the first queen mother to have died since 1962 when the Kingdom ship started.

They further stated that, the late Queen mother should be honored and buried decently in Kasese district which is the Kingdom’s headquarters.

And as a result, the Omusinga was in agreement with the Kingdoms elders and ordered that the late Queen mother be buried on the 18th of june instead of the 16th of June.

Mumbere is battling charges of terrorism and murder that stem from the 2016 Kasese killings together with 159 of his subjects including women and children.

The killings stems from an incident in which security operative raided his Buhikira royal palace on the on the 26th of November 2016 leaving over 100 people dead.

In February 2017, Jinja High-court Judge Micheal Elubu granted bail to the the Omusinga after the king entered a memorandum of understanding with government to honour nine bail conditions.

Some of the conditions included Mumbere to have unlimited access to only his lawyers,close relatives and doctors but must brief his security detail to see any other visitors.

He also agreed to not travel to the districts of Kasese,Bundibugyo and Kabarole but only travel in the districts of Kampala, Jinja and Wakiso among others.

This was Mumbere’s second time to be granted bail after he was first released on the 13th of January 2017 before he was immediately re-arrested on fresh charges of Treason,terrorism, murder and attempted murder.

Mumbere is jointly charged with 159 others for offenses allegedly committed between the months of July and November 2016 at Bukara Village, Kabonero sub county, and at Nyabutsi village, Karangura sub county in Kabalore district and are waiting to be tried by the ICD court on charges of Murder, Terrorism , robbery and malicious damage to property allegedly committed in April 2016 at the Rwenzururu palace.

Prosecution states that the crimes were indiscriminately committed with out due regard to the safety of others or property, when the accused directly or indirectly involved themselves in the murder of police officers , Army men and members of the public.

However, the Omusinga has since appealed to court to have his harsh bail conditions revised to allow him to travel to his kingdom.

In May 2018, King Wesely Mumbere applied again in the Jinja high court to have some of his bail conditions reversed to allow him to be able to freely move in any part of the country including his Rwenzuru kingdom.

While appearing in court together with some of his subjects co accused including his premier Thembo Kitsumbire and six children to fulfill one of their bail condition, Mumbere asked court to lift the travel ban in other parts of the country saying his life has been made heard as a result.

Through the Kingdom Lawyer Masika Alfred, Mumbere states that it is not fair that his movements are limited only to Kampala,Wakiso and Jinja districts, while he has been bared to travel in the districts of Kasese,Bundibugyo and Kabarole .

He also wanted court to allow him to be able to access all persons wishing to see him since only his close relatives, doctors and lawyers are the only one allowed to have access to the Mumbere.
In the application, Mumbere’ s legal team also wanted his co accused including children to be able to report to courts in Rwenzururu were they stay saying it is too expensive to travel to jinja court every month for their legal battles.

At the end of last month, the international crimes division of the high court halted his pre-trial hearing idefinately.

The pre trial hearing was expected to commence in this last week of may at the LDC court auditorium in Makerere, however, the judiciary announced that it had halted the pre trial hearing until further notice.

According to Solomon Muyita the Judiciary communication officer, both the Court and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have some logistical challenges that require a bit of time to sort out.

It was also stated that , the trial judge, Michael Elubu, is still engaged in the Thomas Kwoyelo case which will resume early June.

On the 9th of May this year,the Head of the International Crimes Division of the High Court, Justice Moses Mukiibi,allocated justice Michael Elubu to preside over the pre trial hearing of King Mumbere & 159 others.

Justice Mukiibi did also appointed a panel of three judges of the International crimes division of the high court led by Justice Duncan Gaswaga, Justice Eva Luswata and Justice Susan Okalany to preside over the main case.

This new development means that the case will again have to be given new dates for the pre trial which will allow the ICD court to confirm the charges to the accused who would later take plea by either denying the charges so that the file is forwarded to a panel of three justices for a full trial or accept them and be convicted on their own plea and sentenced.

In confirming the charges, the judge will also listen to all evidence against the accused to rule on whether they can sustain the alleged charges to warrant

On the 12th of December 2018, the Attorney General of the Kingdom Alfred Makasi while accompanying the Omusinga at the International Crimes Division of the high court in fulfillment of his bail terms revealed that the acquittal or conviction of the king and his subjects on charges of Terrorism and murder that stem from the 2016 Kasese killings will not reclaim the peace and glory of the Rwenzururu kingdom .

And as a result he revealed that peace talks between government and the Omusinga are in advanced stages and soon they will yield positive results.

Kitata blames contradiction in statements on overstay on remand

By Sania Babirye
The troubled bodaboda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitata has finally told court that he was the patron of the defunct association contradicting his first statement but blamed the contradictions on memory loss.

Kitata had returned before the General court Martial today for further defense.
And while defending himself, the troubled Kitata contradicted his 7th January defense in which he claimed that he was not the leader of BodaBoda 2010 group but was instead the chairman of the National Union of Drivers, Cyclists and Allied Workers in Uganda (NUDCAW).

But while appearing before the seven Member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti, Kitatta surprised court when he accepted being the association”s patron but not the chairman.

To justify the difference, Kitata explained that as a patron, he mobilized boda -Boda riders to support the activities of the ruling NRM , lure and recruit them into the party and discourage them to being against government activities .

He also accepted to have undergone a muchaka- muchaka course at Kyankwanzi and that shooting at close range was part of the training that he underwent yet he had earlier denied ever holding a gun for the 40 years of he has been on this earth.

His response followed after Brigadier Joseph Arocha one of the seven members of the army court asked him if he was not taught how to hold a gun at a short range shooting, which is a requirement for every NRM cadre.

However, Kitata maintained that an alleged golden pistol and SMG riffle that prosecutions claimed to have found in his hotel room in Wakaliga did mot belong to him.

Kitata further amazed court when he attributed his contradictions in his defense due to memory loss caused by the long time he has spent on remand at Makindye military barracks were he has been since February 2019.

Kitata began his defense on the 7th of January 2018 by denying all the charges sanctioned on him including being in unlawful possession of a pistol and also being a leader of the notorious Bodaboda 2010 group that terrorized many Ugandans.

He swore by the Quran to give his sworn in evidence before the seven member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew and informed court that he intends to produce three witnesses including his driver Ibrahim Sekajja and bodyguard Sowali Ngobi to prove his innocence but these are all charged with Kitata.

Through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, Kitata told court that for the 40 years he has lived on earth, he has never held a gun , live bullets or possessed any military uniforms.

Kitata also told court that he came to know about the alleged golden pistol while it was being displayed in court by the state.

He however confessed before court that the pistol and an SMG riffle belonged to his body guard and co accused Sowali Ngobi whom he has listed as one of his witness to prove his innocence

Kitata who will be making one year on remand at Makindye military barracks then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.

He revealed to court when asked on how he acquired the bodyguard, that that during the 2010 Buganda Kingdom riots , he reached out to his party’s national chairman President Museveni for his security concerns who in turn also delegated former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura to assign him (Kitata) a plain clothed police bodyguard .

Kitata also denied being a leader or member of Boda -boda 2010 group clarifying that he is only in –charge of 2 offices; one being that of the NRM chairman of Lubaga division and another is that of National Union of Drivers and cyclists and Allied workers Association (NUDICAWA).

And as a result he denied having any connection and knowledge of the Millitary uniforms and caps that the army says were recovered from the offices of Boda- boda 2010 at Nateete.

While beginning his defense, Kitata narrated to court how he was arrested from a Hotel rest room at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga by CMI operatives .

He told court that on the 20th of January 2018 , he left his home in Najjanankumbi at about 10am and headed for Vine Tea Hotel to meet some people being an NRM leader .

That after the said meeting , he booked into one of the Hotel rooms from where he saw Army officers surrounding the entire Hotel and some knocking on his Hotel room door.

He has now urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.

Kitata and nine others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and Military attires before the General Court Martial at Makindye.

Prosecution led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha led 4 evidence from 4 witnesses stating that a golden pistol loaded with live bullets was recovered on
Kitata during his arrest at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga.

The said items are said to be a monopoly of the army.

Kyambogo VC warns new students about conmen

By Robert Segawa
Kyambogo University management has warned newly registered students about conmen who are intending to extort their Tuition fees .
Vice chancellor prof.Eli Katunguka while addressing the journalists at Kyambogo said that the university has so far received over 75 complaints from new students whose tuition has been robbed. He says the conmen disguise themselves as people trying to help students in the clearance process.
Katunguka calls upon parents to be involved in the fees paying processso as to avoid such problems.
Kyambogo university has admitted more than 14000 students and only 5th -Aug-2017 they are starting then continuing students starts on 12th August.
He calls upon to always keep peace whenever at campus to avoid habits such as striking.

Bee venom has been proven to cure cancer

The poison in bees also known as bee venom has been reported to cure a number of diseases. Adolph Bangoza, executive Director of Kabarole Bee Keepers Association says that bee venom has been proven to cure cervical cancer , gastro intestinal diseases, hepatitis B as well as open wounds.

Bee keepers are asking Government to give them an area where they can do large scale bee keeping without disturbance and inconveniencing the public.  Bangoza the says they want government to allow them to set up many bee hives in forests to enable them harvest honey and bee venom which can be exported for foreign exchange.