Court send Congolese national to Luzira over rape

By Sania Babirye

A Congolese refugee living in Uganda has been sentenced to twenty three years in Luzira prison over rape.

Kampala high High Court judge Jane Francis Abodo sentenced 31 year old Mbusa Kamuhinda after she found him guilty of raping the victim whose name has been withheld in August 2017 at Bukoto in Nakawa division Kampala district .

While sentencing him, Justice Jane Francis Abodo ruled that women must be protected from such criminals by giving such convicts custodial long sentences.

She also stated that such rape cases are rampant in her court jurisdiction and there is need for court to hand the convicts deterrent sentences to other would be offenders.

In conclusion Justice Abodo stated that sexual violence against women should not be tolerated and courts of law need to act by keeping away such criminals from their victims and from the country at large .

Police nabs phone snatchers around town

By Robert segawa

Police at the Kiira road station has managed to track notorious phone snatchers who operate around the Fairway using CCTV cameras’ footage .

The three thieves have been identified as a 20 year old Suuna Ronald who is also the ring leader and Chairman phone snatchers , Abdul Mutwalibu 24 years and Nabisire Paul 26 years also residents Salaama road in Makindye division.

While addressing journalists at police headquarters Naguru police spokesperson Fred Enanga said, “On recording statements the three confessed to be snatching from Yusuf Lule road, Fairway junction, Kitante roundabout, Lugogo bypass and on weekends they stretch to Kansanga and Naalya.”

He further revealed that they target foreign nationals mainly and government cars during traffic jam in Kampala.

According to Enanga the group further alleges that they sale their stolen items to one Gerald who operates a shop in cooper complex and by the end of last week he had sold to him an infinix, Tecno spark 3, Samsung A5, and iPhone 8 phones.

He adds that the hunt is still going on to get those on the run and will appear in courts of law after the investigation.

Three pediatric theaters commissioned at Mulago

By Gloria Nakiyimba

The ministry of Health has commissioned three [3] state of the art Pediatric theaters at Mulago Specialized Hospital.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Theaters today, the minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng noted that these will act as referral points where children with special needs in Oncology and Pulomonology and other conditions will be treated.
Cancer and lung related disease are some the conditions among children that require special attention.
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This now brings the total number of children’s theaters to 11 in the country. The regional pediatric hospital in Entebbe alone with eight operating theaters dedicated to children.

“This is a very great achievement for Uganda , however our main focus is on disease prevention so that only children who have unpreventable health issues will be able to access specialized healthcare at these centers” said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.

The theaters are specifically tailored for children with special pediatric equipment and instruments, well trained Pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Safeboda champions campaign against gender based violence

By Deo Wasswa

His excellence the ambassador of Sweden in Uganda Per Lindgarde has urged Uganda government to fast track the passing of all pending bills that are meant to protect women and girls from all forms or violence.

The ambassador cited bills like sexual offense, sexual harassment regulations and marriage bill.

Lindgarde was speaking during a dialogue where Kampala City Council Authority and UN women engaged safe Boda riders in Kampala on supporting safe cities and public spaces for women and girls.

This was part of activities to mark 16 days of activism against the gender based violence.

At the same event, officer Caroline Kushemereirwa head of family and children protection unit in Kampala extra encouraged boda boda riders to stop giving lifts to young girls and women for their self interests.

Security guard shoots student to death

By Segawa Robert
Police in Jinja is Investigating circumstances under which a student of Kampala University Jinja branch was shot dead by a private security guard at the Campus premises .

The deceased has been identified as Katagwa Isaac 26 year’s old waiting for graduation in January next year but he was retained as a part time worker at the university.

According to Diana Nandaula Kiira region police spokesperson the incident happened at Walukuba Masese Sub county in Jinja municipality last night.

She also identified the suspect as Sayyid Zaid 37 years of age attached to Star react private Company based in Jinja town.

It is alleged that the guard suspected Katagwa to be a wrong person and shot at him killing him instantly.

Nandaula further adds that the suspect is detained at Jinja and his gun is also exhibited to help in Investigation. The deceased’s body has been taken to Jinja referral hospital for Postmortem.

Justice Batema asks parliament to pass the sexual offenses bill

By Alice Lubwama

High court judge David Batema has asked parliament to enact the sexual offenses bill in order to criminalize minor acts like sexual harassment.

While launching a report on girls and young women experience of sexual harassment by plan international Uganda in Kampala today, Justice Batema said that once sexual offences are criminalized the courts will give punishment which will deter others from such harassment.

The report shows that women and girls don’t report cases of sexual harassment to the authorities because they are not believed and fear to be judged.
The report also indicates that 84% of cases on sexual harassment reported to the authorities such as police do not get adequate responses.

Speaking at the same function the country director plan international Uganda Grey Lavender said that the research was done across a number of cities in the world with the aim of creating safer cities for girls and women.
He said that the safety of women and girls in Kampala city is still wanting with reports of young women and girls being kidnapped and abducted.

He now calls government to invest in providing gender sensitive education and training to police around issues of street harassment and how to respond to sexual harassment cases an initiative his organization will support.
Lavender also called for more investment in street lighting and security cameras to support the girls and women get evidence of sexual harassment on the streets.

UPDF soldiers accused of murder ordered to defend themselves

By Sania Babirye
Four suspects including two Uganda Peaple’s Defence Force soldiers have been ordered to defend themselves for the murder of a mobile money dealer in Zaana in Wakiso district.

This is after the General Court Martial sitting in Makindye chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti ruled that a case to answer had been produced against them.

Some of the evidence the seven members team unanimously based on included that of 16 prosecution witnesses including spouses of the suspects who incriminated them and testimonies of various eye witnesses among others.

The army court ruled that they have carefully evaluated the said evidence and found it substantial in linking them to the said murder and the accused must prove their innocence.

These have now been ordered to start their defense on the 9th of this month but three of tge suspects have informed court that they have chosen to stay silent as their defense.

This means that the suspects will not give any testimony or present witnesses to prove their innocence but court will base on the evidence adduced by state to rule on whether they are guilty or not.

Only one suspect will take the stand to defend himself.

They are charged with murder and aggravated robbery of 6.8 million shillings that belonged to Nalwadda , 400, 000 shillings and a Samsung phone the property of Mwesigwa Kigongo which they allegedly robbed on 14th of May 2019 at Nateete .

The group was already found guilty of robbery and being in possession of two SMG riffles and according to state, they used the same gun to commit the said crimes after serving their sentences.

These were charged and remanded to luzira prison on the 22nd of July this year.

Prosecution states that on the 10th of June 2019 at Zzana cell in Wakiso , private Bob Anichan , private Dennis Mangusho, Stanely Mulunda and Issa Ntale shot dead Harriet Nalwadda together with her employee Moureen Nakabubi before proceeding to murder Edward Walugembe another mobile money dealer of Nateete Church zone in July.

Minor beheaded in Kaazo

BY Robert Segawa

Police is looking for a casual laborer who allegedly beheaded a seven year old male Juvenile at Kashonji village in Kiruhura district.

Addressing the media at Central police station Kampala, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga identified the deceased as Ephraim Muzahura who was last seen moving with a casual laborer identified as Jonathan Magala in the area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura district.

Police got information that the beheaded body of Ephraim Muzahura was recovered in areas of Kaazo by residents and it is suspected that Jonathan Magala went away with the head to unknown place, his motives have are still unknown.

He has appealed to members of public in area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura to help find the suspect and reveal where he put the head of deceased.

Refugee shoots police officer on duty

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of police Okoth Martin Ochola has instructed the focal police officer on refugee Project to intensify vigilance lessons to all refugees in Uganda. This follows an incident that where a South Sudanese refugee identified as Abdul Abubakari allegedly grabbed a gun from a female officer PC Masuduyi Scovia and shot the Officer in charge of Palorinya Base Camp, ASP Ian Natukunda over the weekend.

Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says that the inspector general of Police Okoth Ochola condemns such acts of violence from the refugees in Uganda and he directed the focal police officer in charge of refugees to ensure that all refugees remain vigilant and law abiding in their camps.

Fred Enanga noted that there police Officer ASP Ian Natukunda is steadily recovering from Nakasero treatment where he is receiving treatment even though his lungs and ribs were injured by the bullets.

He adds that they have preferred three charges to the South Sudanese refugee Abdul Abubakari which include attempted murder, theft of a gun and threatening of the police officer.

Prominent Cranes supporter, Uncle Money sent to Luzira over manslaughter case

By Sania Babirye

A bodaboda rider has pinned Prominent Uganda Cranes fan and the vice chairperson Kasubi zone 4 in Rubaga division Jackson Sewanyana of beating and kicking a resident after suspecting him of being a thief which eventually caused his death .

Sewanyana who is also commonly known as Uncle money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison on charges of manslaughter jointly with a 27 year old Ssenyonga Benson.

Today, as hearing started , a one Abdallah Zaake Tumuhirwe a Boda-Boda rider at Munaku stage informed Buganda road court chief Magistrate Miriam Akello Ayo that on that fateful day of the 16th of August 2019 at about 8:30pm as he was going about his duties he saw uncle money holding the deceased and also victim Sirajje Tumusiime by the collar leading him towards Royal hotel.

And that while there, they met his co accused Ssenyonga and others who started kicking and slapping the victim while beating him with electric wires.

The witness has further informed court that the victim was facing the floor with both his hands and legs tied with a rope and was sweating profoundly.

He says that through out his beatings, the victim was pleading for mercy and that it was at this moment after watching the helpless victim that he decided to ran to call his Imam and that by the time they returned, uncle Money, his gang and the victim had disappeared.

He further revealed that after three days he learnt that Tumusiime’s body was at the Mulago Mortuary.

Prosecution has also tended in a still photo of the deceased tied with ropes as a prosecution exhibit.

These pleaded not guilty to the offense and were remanded until today for hearing of their case since they had no lawyer present in court to argue their bail application .

If convicted the two could face life imprisonment which is the maximum jail sentence.

Uncle money is accused of inciting a mob to lynch a one Siraje Hakim Tumusiime after they suspected him of being a mobile phone thief. .

Prosecution states that On the 16th of August 2019 at about 8.30pm, the late Tumusiime who was a phone dealer at Mutaasa Kafeero plaza in Kampala city received a phone call that made him leave his house in Lubya zone .

That later , uncle money was seen holding Tumusiime by the hand and leading him behind Royal Hotel where he allegedly handed him over to stick wielding youths led by the defense secretary Ssenyonga.

The evidence further states that the youths beat and kicked Tumusiime before uncle money transferred him to a unknown destination.

That after three days of searching, Tumusiime’s body was found at Mulago city mortuary with numerous wounds leading to the victim’s family to report a murder case at Old Kampala police station .