Drivers warned against using sirens and colored lights illegally on the road

By Robert Segawa
New police operation will crack down on motorists putting on Sirens and colored lights pretending to be Emergency vehicles and whoever arrested will be prosecuted by courts of law.

This comes after the increased indiscipline among motorists on roads exhibited by use of Sirens on unauthorized vehicles, the use of colored lights similar to emergency vehicles and increased violation of rules governing the use of registration number plates.

Addressing journalists at Central police station the Acting Director Traffic and Road Safety Bazil Mugisha said that all vehicles should comply with regulations.

Mugisha further warned drivers not to cover number plates if arrested, one will be prosecuted in courts of law.

He also asked drivers to go to driving schools and revise the Traffic and road safety regulations . He also confirmed that the operation will start on Wednesday.

Police officers remanded to Luzira over corruption

By Sania Babirye

Two security guards attached to Mulago police have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly receiving a one million bribe to return exhibits to a suspect.

The suspects, Amos Mbwira and Reuben Gasaki have been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and charged with corruption.

They have denied the offense. Court refused to grant them bail on grounds that investigations are still ongoing

They will be returning to court on the 22nd of this month.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of October 2019, the suspects received the said money from a one Ibrahim Lubowa whose medical equipment had been confiscated by Mulago police.

Lubowa had allegedly given them the said bribe to give him back his medical equipment.

Court orders for production of the two re-arrested Kaweesi murder suspects

By Sania Babirye
Kampala High court judge Henrietta Wolayo has ordered the state to produce the Kaweesi murder suspects who were re-arrested on the 11th of this month immediately after being granted bail.

These include Yusuf Nyanzi and Gabriel Kalyango.

According to Justice Wolayo, the state must justify why it is keeping the said suspects in prison yet they were legally granted bail by justice Lydia Mugamba.

During court proceedings, state prosecutor Brian Musota failed to explain to court why the said suspects are illegally being detained for now 17 days without being charged or produced in court.

According to Wolayo, the two are part of the four suspects that were re-arrested at the International crimes division of the high together with their lawyer a few minutes after being granted bail, however, the third suspect Mugerwa Yusuf’s file was allocated to a different judge.

Now the judge has ordered that state produces the two on the 30th of September which is next Monday at 2pm in court without fail.

This will enable court to assess if the said suspects are being detained legally or illegally.

The production warrant comes after the their lawyer Anthony Wameli filed an application seeking for their production in Court or be released.

Wameli contends that his client’s fundamental rights to liberty are being violated.

On the 11th of this month the three were re-arrested by plain clothed security operatives and although police acknowledged their re-srrest, their whereabouts still remains unknown.

Their re-arrest received public criticism from the general public and the judiciary with the chief justice asking the minister of constitutional affaires Kahinda Otafire to adress the incident saying re-arresting of suspects after being granted bail is unconstitutional and steps on the independence of the judiciary.

A BRAND NEW CAR GIVEAWAY: Capital Radio unveils festive season promotion


Capital Radio has unveiled a new promotion this festive season in which one lucky listener will win a brand new Toyota Mark Grand car. The General Manager Capital Radio Peter Mungoma says the promotion aims to reward listeners for their loyalty.

“It is aimed at saying Thank you for being good customers, thank you for being good listeners and because it is the season of giving, we think it should continue and it starts with Capital and our partners to give back to our loyal listeners” he said.

In the Win a car promotion, listeners will also be able to win an instant prize of 50,000 every day and other prizes from partners as a way of rewarding them for their loyalty.

“Listeners and clients have an opportunity to win a car which is really the most exciting part of the promotion. All they have to do is go any of participating partners of ours, spend some money with them, will be given a coupon with a code which will allow them to go into the draw” Mr. Mungoma averred.

The Prize

The grand prize is a Toyota Grande Mark two solon car worth millions of shillings.

“It’s one of Uganda’s favorite cars Toyota. Toyota is a good car!. It’s a car fully registered, you’ll be able to get your keys and get a log book to your ride” said Mungoma.

The car is currently on display in the Capital gardens at Plot 1 A cooper road Kisementi – Kololo. As the campaign gains momentum, the car will be displayed at different outlets of participating partners.

How to participate and win.

The general manager Peter Mungoma says there are two ways in which to participate in the promotion.

The first one is to listen to Capital Fm. Presenters will be giving out three codes every day for six days.

This will happen during the Breakfast Show with Gaetano and Lucky, AM-PM with Flavia and during the Over drive show with Oulanya and Tattu.

“All you have to do as the listener, once the cue to call is given, just call in, give us the code then you will go into a draw to win the car. But also you win an instant prize of 50,000 shillings to every listener who calls and gives the right code” he explained

The second way is to walk into any of our partners premises, spend some money with them.

According to Mr. Mungoma, “Spend money in those areas for whatever service or product that you are getting, you will win an instant prize but you’ll also be given a coupon which will allow you to go into the draw for the ultimate prize. The more times you spend at these outlets of our partners, the more chances you have of winning a car”.


Dennis Ssentongo Capital Radio’s Sales Manager says the grand draw will be held on 10th of January 2019.

The Partners

This is a joint promotion to reward both listeners and clients this Christmas

According to Ssentongo the number one station in Uganda has proudly partnered with leading brands in the market to make this promotion a dream come true for the winner.

The partners are Hisense, Samsonite, KFC, Lazio Italian restaurant, Torino bar and restaurant, Comfort Homes, Water & Pumps International, The Athena Hotel, Nina Interiors Ltd, Kasenge Forest Resort, Universal M. Entp, and Victory tour and travel center.

Masaka regional referral hospital in deep crisis due to drug shortage

Persistent power outage and breakdown of equipment have plunged Masaka regional referral hospital into a crisis.

The hospital records at least 2,000 patients daily from the eight districts including Rakai, Sembabule, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Kalangala and Masaka district. Some of the patients come from as far as Tanzania.

The hospital is however lacks vital supplies to provide medical services. The hospital currently lacks vital drugs including IV fluids which are transfused to malaria patients and expecting mothers among others.

The X-ray machine remains closed as the hospital is yet to fulfil the conditions that led to its closure.  In June this year, the Uganda Atomic Energy Council (AEC-Uganda) ordered the closure of the X-Ray and Scan machine section of the hospital saying it was below the required standards. AEC-Uganda said at the time that the hospital lacked a radiation officer, a radiation safety committee and had no warning signs about the dangers of radiation.

The hospital has also been defaulting on operation license  fee of 1.5million shillings.

Ereazer Mugisha, the Masaka hospital Principal Administrator says they have petitioned Members of Parliament from Masaka district to help voice their concerns in Parliament. A copy of the petition has been given to MPs through Matthias Mpuuga of Masaka municipality.

Mugisha says the hospital is operating without an ambulance which has frustrated transportation of patients that need referral. He also says the blood bank is nolonger functioning because the equipment that is supposed to keep the blood safe is faulty.

According to Mugisha, all these problems have paralyzed medical services amid overwhelming numbers of patients that need it.

A URN reporter on Thursday found several patients stranded in the hospital corridors without drugs. Rehema Nandugga and Mariam Mpiima have children with sickle cell anaemia.

They tell URN that since their admission on Monday, they have not received any form treatment because the drugs are not available. They both fear the worst for their children.

Kanifa Nakatte, a resident of Bukomansimbi is also stuck in Masaka hospital after her son was diagnosed with congenital heart defect commonly known as a hole in the heart which affects the flow of blood. She says doctors advised her to look for 20 million shillings to fix the complication.

Nakatte, a subsistence farmer says she has has decided to camp at the hospital.

MPs Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality and Mary Babirye Kabanda, the district woman legislator say they have visited the hospital and came face to face with the challenges. They say they are going to present these concerns to the relevant authorities.

Mpuuga says some problems such as power outage are manageable. He says he will meet with the area UMEME Manager to ensure the hospital gets uninterrupted power supply.


Masaka Car dealers ignore Police’s directive to close business

A number of car dealers in Masaka municipality have continued operating in defiance of a police directive to close business. Last week, Police ordered the car dealers to close after some of their colleagues were implicated for selling stolen vehicles.

The decision came after the Police Flying Squad recovered three vehicles from some car dealers in Masaka. Some of the car dealers operate in the green belt along Batch Avenue, others in the compound of Data Mine Technical Institute, others between Barclays Banks and Crane Bank and along Kampala Road opposite Umeme offices.

Maxwell Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Region Police Commander, says they suspect robbers connive with the car dealers to steal vehicles. He identifies some of the latest stolen vehicles as registration number UAS 296QD, UAX 993G and UAW 201W.

He says as a result, they ordered all car dealers to close immediately until they are licensed to operate. But Hajj NK Baker, the chairperson Masaka Car Dealers Association, says Police has no authority to close their business.

According to Baker, his bond is registered and no stolen vehicle was found there. He says although many of them operate in open spaces, they are known to Masaka municipality and Uganda Revenue Authority.

He asks Police to present details of the stolen vehicles and impound them instead of closing their business. Joy Walusimbi, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner and Masaka Municipal Council officials have opposed the clamp down on the car dealers.

According to Walusimbi, it is wrong to clamp down on people’s business without concrete evidence. She says the Police Flying Squad raided the car dealers without any evidence of the purported vehicle thefts.

Godfrey Kayemba, the Mayor Masaka Municipality says they approved the operations of the car dealers, warning that closing their business will fuel vehicle thefts.


Masaka SSS school dormitory burns down due to suspected short circuit

Over 200 students were last night rescued from fire that gutted a boy’s dormitory at Masaka secondary schools in Masaka municipality.

The fire whose cause is still unknown started after midnight when majority of the students were back from preps and were sleeping.

Eyewitnesses say they had something like an explosion inside the dormitory sealing before fire spread and destroyed the entire block of the dormitory.

Survivors told Uganda Radio Network that they don’t know what the cause of the fire is. They say they were asleep when they had fellow students shouting. The students lost books, clothes, mattresses among other items.

One of the teachers at Masaka secondary school who declined to reveal his identities because the school management stopped them to disclose anything to the media said the affected dormitory accommodated over 200 students. He said they all escaped and survived being burnt in the fire.

One of the fire police officer who rushed to the scene says by the time they reached, the dormitory was nearly burnt down by fire. He suspects the school fidgeted with the fire before calling for fire tender to put it out.

Ibin Ssenkumbi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the fire outbreak. He says they found most of the property within the dormitory destroyed but he says there was no casualty.

He says police suspects the fire was caused by short circuit although he cannot entirely rule out foul play.

The school management has however blocked Uganda Radio Network from visiting the scene of the fire saying it is not necessary.

Masaka secondary school has deployed guards at the school gate stopping unauthorized people from visiting the school after the fire.

Hajj Musoke Mpungu, the Masaka Secondary school head teacher has not yet commented on the fire outbreak.

Uganda Radio Network has seen students gathering at the school compound .
In 2007, students of Masaka secondary school set on fire a school staff room over Dstv.

They also set on fire the television sets accusing the school of poor meals and failure to show them premier League. Over 200 students were expelled from the school that year over the riot.




I did not see signs of Jackie being on drug during Blu*3 – Cindy

Cinderella Sanyu says she did not see any signs of Jackie using drugs during their time in Blu*3.

While appearing on the Over drive stripped, Cindy did attribute the use of drugs by artists majorly to peer pressure and the pressure that comes with the job.

         “Many young artists see old artists using drugs and they think it is the cool thing to do” -Cindy

She confessed that she did not think what she had seen on the papers and rumors that drugs had taken a toll on her was true. ” I didn’t take the rumors seriously because tabloids always write terrible things about artists that are false.

When she finally confirmed that it was true, Jackie was really sick, she went to see her but since the hospital and close relatives vet who sees Jackie. I was not allowed to see her because I did not fall in the category of close friends and relatives but I still wished her a quick recovery.

Cindy said she did not do a lot of music last year but was up to her game this year and did hint on working with Kenyan Wahu and having a big concert as the year goes.