Kyagulanyi loses case against URA’s repossession of armored car

By Sania Babirye

Kampala High court judge Emmanuel Baguma has dismissed a case filed by National Unity Platform Party President Robert Kyagulanyi in which he wanted Court to stop URA from re possessing and re evaluating his bullet proof his vehicle.

Justice Baguma has ruled that Kyagulanyi will not suffer any injustice as he had claimed in his application if he gives it back for re-evaluation.

Through his lawyers of Anthony Wameeli and Company Advocates, Kyagulanyi has accused URA of having no powers to confiscate his donated car Registration number UBJ667F Toyota Land Cruiser V8 after URA had concluded inspecting, accessing and taxing the said vehicle.

Kyagulanyi claimed that he always paid his taxes as a law abiding citizen and that this was another way of government targeting his properties.

He then alleged that the acts of the commissioner General in threatening to impound his vehicle were an infringement on his guaranteed constitutional rights to quietly enjoy and possess property.

Kyagulanyi said that he was forced to acquire such a vehicle and wear bullet proof jackets because he had been targeted by security and other government agencies since standing as a presidential and that the car is for his own personal safety and that currently he uses the car as his only means of transport because all his other vehicles such as the Tundura had either been impounded and parked at Arua Central Police station or damaged by security forces beyond repair .

He wanted Court to restrain URA from repossessing his car on grounds that such a action will not only render his movements difficult but also will hinder him from getting the protection he sought for from this car since the tax body does not even specify how long it will take while re-examining it.

On the 24th of February 2021, URA wrote to Bobiwine saying they needed to re examine his vehicle under section (d)0f the East African Community Customs Management Act.

According to URA, the car might have been under valued in taxes due to its specifications.

URA cleared the said vehicle to come into the country after Bobiwine paid 88 million shillings and also the IGG has then come out and asked Bobi to declare his car irrespective of how he acquired it under the law governing political party leaders periodically.

Car thieves committed for trial

BY Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has committed to the high court two men who are on charges of aggravated robbery.

The two include 31 year old Ssekide Patrick and 27 year old Okechi Patrick.

These are said to have dragged a one kibuka John with chloroform and robbed him of vehicle registration number UBD 226B before leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood.

State prosecutor Pamela Orongot has formed Nakawa court grade one magistrate Odwori Ponsiano that she has instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution to have the accused committed for trial in the high court since investigations into the matter are complete.

These are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to section 285 (8) and 286 (2) of the penal code act and also causing bodily harm to the victim.

Prosecution states that on the Ssekide Patrick and Okechi Patrick with others still at large on tge 31st of July 2018 at Nambole South Kira Municipality, in Wakiso district robbed Kibuka John of motor vehicle Registration number UBD 226B Mitsubishu canter and at immediately after the said robbery caused grievance harm to the said Kibuka.

According to the evidence which prosecution intends to produce through the trial include the fact that a one Nabirye Faith is tge owner of the said vehicle and that she had employed Kibuka John to drive the said vehicle for Harsh security ltd on the 30th of July 2018.

That on the 31st of July 2018,Kibuka John was called on his mobile phone by unknown people asking to hire a vehicle for transportation of household items.

And that on that same day Kibuka proceeded to Nambole and met one of the suspect Ssekide Patrick who entered in the passenger seat and they drove to a residential area near a gate and only recalls waking up in hospital.

The victim was rushed unconscious to Ziwa Memorial clinic in Bweyogerere by a bodaboda rider who found me unconscious in a pool of blood and later when he regained consciousness, they called his wife who reported the matter to police.

The suspects were arrested after police analysed Kibuka’s telephone data and traced the line and other phone call numbers belonging to both of them.

Police also recovered the said vehicle which they had changed the number plates to UAU 918D and was being hidden in one of their garage.

Okechi upon arrest admitted to have been supplying Ssekide with fake number plates on stolen vehicles, however, Ssekide denied ever stealing the said vehicle and claimed that it belonged to a one Swaleh whom he could not locate.

These have further been remanded to Luzira prison until when High court will set a date for hearing of their case.

Office of the Prime minister accountant knocks and kills three on spot

Michael Openytho, an accountant with the Office of the Prime Minister based in Arua district is in trouble for knocking dead a boda boda rider and his two passengers. Openytho is in custody at Arua Central Police Station.

He is wanted for knocking dead Alex Feni, a boda boda rider, Joseph Tabule, a teacher at Ringili Primary School and his wife Loyce Andezu, all residents of Kuluva trading center in Vurra County.

John Ekollo, the Officer in Charge of Arua Central Police Station, says the accident occurred on New Year’s Day at Ewava primary school along Arua- Nebbi high way. According to Ekullo, Openytho was driving to Kampala and crushed the trio as he attempted to overtake another vehicle, about six kilometers from Arua town.

“After knocking the trio dead, the vehicle veered off the road and plunged into a big tree,” said Ekollo. He says although the vehicle registration number UAX 500W was damaged, Openytho was pulled out without any injuries.

Police attributes the accident to reckless driving, adding that Openytho will appear in court this week. Police has handed over the bodies of the accident victims to their relative for burial later today at Kuluva as investigations are ongoing.

In another incident, seven people escaped death narrowly on Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle registration number UAL 209L they were traveling in burst its right rear tyre and overturned three times near Ogoko health center three along Arua-Wadelai-Pakwach road.

According to police, seven occupants were travelling to attend a funeral service at Pawor Sub County in Lower Madi constituency. A medical doctor only identified as Orach, one of the occupants who was seating in the co-driver’s seat sustained cuts on his right arm.

Six people died in West Nile region over the New Year break according to the Regional Traffic Officer, Washington Labeja.