Rwanda, Uganda agree to form a military Adhock to monitor boarder security

By Gloria Nakiyimba and Annah Nafula

Uganda and Rwanda have today signed the extradition treaty during the talks that happened at the Gatuna- Katuna boarder.

The treaty constitutes the legal frame work will handle cases of justice including those related to alleged subversive activities practiced by the nationals in the territory of the other party.

It has also been agreed that within one month Uganda will verify allegations by Rwanda about actions from its territory by forces hostile to government of Rwanda and if allegations are verified Ugandan government should take all measures to stop it and prevent it from happening again.

The two leaders have also agreed to form a military adhock commission to monitor boarder security and the facilitators will convene within 15 days a summit in Gatuna-Katuna for the reopening of the boarders and normalization relations between the two countries.

Both Kagame and Museveni extended their gratitude to the presidents of Angola and DRC,João Lourenço and Félix Tshisekedi respectively for their commitment in the search for a peaceful solution in the framework reconciliation process.

There are reports that Kagame, accuses his former ally of backing rebel groups and dissidents who want to bring down the government in Kigali while Uganda claims that Rwandan soldiers entered its territory in the southwest district of Rukiga and shot and killed two suspected smugglers last May.

It is now a year after the border was a closed to Uganda, it is undeniable that business in this once busy border town has immensely slowed down, prices of commodities in on the Rwanda are high while manufacturers on the Ugandan side continue to feel the pitch since goods now go through Tanzania to reach Rwanda.

Mao excludes fighting groups from DP delegates conference

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic Party (DP) president general, Nobert Mao, has revealed that all the people and the branches opposed to DP, will not be invited for delegates conference.

Mao made the remarks during a weekly press briefing in Kampala. He said the party infighting last week hit the peak after an alleged group of members attacked Mao and members of his executive at an extra ordinary meeting at Balintuma road Mengo.

Mao says the party central executive committee will crack a whip on all undisciplined members.

It is on this note that he announced that all branches and people undermining the party Will not be invited to delegates conference scheduled for May this year.

He however revealed that the secretary general was preparing over 2800 invitation cards for both delegates and special guests.

Mao clarified that the party organizing secretary, Suleiman Kidandala was suspended to prevent more damage in the party.

Kidandala was suspended by the party NEC on last Friday on grounds of violating the party Constitution and printing voters registers.

Mao however said he will be summoned and given fair hearing.

Former Mulago pharmacist faces jail over ISO director’s son case

By Sania Babirye

The defense team in a murder case against the son of ISO director Kaka Bagyenda have today presented two witnesses including the suspect’s young brother who informed court that the plea bargaining failed because the victim’s family allegedly asked for 170 million which they did not have.

Anorld Asiimwe , a younger brother to Brian Bagyenda has informed Kampala high court judge Moses Kawumi Kazibwe that the deceased’s family only could allow a liner sentence for Bagyenda if his family paid the said money.

Asiimwe today, appeared as the second defense witness for his brother who chose to stay silent as his defense.

Asiimwe further revealed that Brian Bagyenda once suffered depression and was admitted to Butabiika Mental referral hospital .

Asiimwe ‘s evidence has been collaborated with that of a Butabika Mental hospital psychiatrist doctor Brian Mutamba who has also confirmed to court that in October 2016 ,he treated Bagyenda for depression until such a time when his family picked him and began treatment as an out -patient.

Dr. Mutamba who was the first defense witness testified that Bagyenda also developed suicidal thoughts that would trigger him to end his own life .

The case has been Now adjourned to Monday next week for the last defense witness a nun ; sister Jane Frances Nantamu who examined Bagyenda to testify .

Meanwhile,the defense had also listed Kaka Bagyenda as a defense witness and was expected today but he did not show up.

Brian Bagyenda is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Enid Twijukye ; a former student of Ndejje University.

His co -accused Innocent Bainomugisha ; a cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire a casual laborer each gave their sworn in testimony denying any involvement in the 2016 murder of then 22 year old Twijukye whose decomposing body was recovered by police dumped in Namanve forest .

During the trial, Bagyenda’s lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru had contested prosecution’s evidence including a medical report which showed that Bagyenda was mentally normal at the time of the committal of the said murder.

According to Nsubuga, his client was suffering from severe depression episodes and suicidal anxiety symptoms and had been admitted to Butabika for treatment although he left the hospital on the orders of his father before finishing the said treatment.

Nsubuga further faulted the police from failing to subject Bagyenda to a proper medical mental examination from a real psychiatrist and not a general police surgeon who spent only 15-30 minutes with him and ruled that he was mentally normal.

However, justice Kazibwe over ruled all his submissions and accepted the doctor’s medical report as evidence against Bagyenda.

Justice Kazibwe also allowed a charge and caution statement made by Bagyenda in which he confessed to have hired his two co accused to attack his girlfriend in his home after finding love messages in her phone from another man as he stood watching but denied that he did not know that they were going to kill her.

However, in a charge and caution statement made by Innocent Bainomugisha, he stated that Bagyenda had hired them to force the victim to return his 4 million shillings she allegedly stole and refused to return and that they tied the victim both hands and legs using pillows and left her alive with Bagyenda.

Bagyenda is a former Pharmacist at Mulago government referral Hospital and the girlfriend was a student at Ndejje University.

Prosecution says the trio committed the offense at Njobe road in Luzira Nakawa Division at the home of Brian Bagyenda before dumping Twijukye’s body in Namanve forest where it was later recovered by police.

Primary school pupils exposed to tobacco – Research

By Kizindo Lule
A new survey by Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organization shows that primary schools children are still exposed to tobacco and its product. According to the survey, there was a total of 50 tobacco sale outlets near 16 schools covered in the survey, 25% of schools surveyed have stores around them selling flavored tobacco while 94% have stores in the vicinity selling single stick cigarettes.
Mable Kukunda  the Program’s director UNHCO  says the  survey was conducted in 16 schools in Kampala.