Munyagwa faces jail

By Sania Babirye
Anti-corruption court chief magistrate Pamela Lamunu has threatened to issue an arrest warrant against the newly appointed chairperson of COSASE Mubarrack Munyagwa if he skips appearing in court for the last time to answer corruption charges.

He allegedly committed the said offenses in his tenure as the Kawempe division mayor.

Munyagwa was expected to appear today to take plea however only his lawyer Chrysostom Katumba showed up claiming that his client was out of the country.

This prompted state prosecutor Komuhangi Alice to ask court to issue a warrant of arrest for Munyagwa on grounds that his alleged travel documents was not authentic.

However Magistrate Lamunu has extended criminal summons to Munyagwa to appear in court without fail on 5th of April or he faces being arrested.

Prosecution states that in the month of December 2014 at Haks Investment Limited, being a Mayor Kawempe Division, Munyagwa solicited for a gratification of 100million shillings from Francis Kakumba in exchange for him to exert improper influence over Kawempe Division Urban Council to nominate Muyanja Isaac as a member of Kampala City Land Board representing Kawempe Division .

In another count , Munyagwa in the same year is also accused of receiving a gratification of 73million shillings out of the 100 million shillings he solicited.

48 year old mobile phone thief ordered to clean court room

By Sania Babirye
A 48 year old man has been convicted and sentenced to three hours of community service by Buganda road court for stealing a mobile phone worth 300,000 shillings.

Lubega Saidi a resident of Katwe in Makindye division in Kampala central division district has been convicted on his own plea by Grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza.

He has now been ordered to clean Buganda road court working one hour everyday day or in default serve eight months in Luzira prison.

State attorney Cynthia Ringtho asked court to give him a non custodial sentence saying he was a first time offender who did not waste courts time.

Prosecutions states that on the 6th of January 2019, Lubega Saidi while at Sheraton in Kampala central division district stole a mobile phone Samsung galaxy worth 300,000shillings the property of Kugonza Phiona.

Lubega apparently met Kugonza at 8pm around Sheraton and pretended to be new in Kampala and lost.

He lied that he was going to Mulago but did not know where he was and asked for directions.

Kugonza is said to have felt sorry for the old man and informed him that Mulago was still far and that he needed to take a bodaboda there.

However, lubega asked Kugonza to assist him with her phone to call someone and when she handed the phone to him, lubega pretended to not hear well and kept on moving away from her before he run off with the phone .

He was later arrested by security around Sheraton after Kugonza raised an alarm.

Hundreds of politicians show Zaake solidarity at his bail hearing

By Moses Kidandi
Hundreds of opposition politicians have thronged the magistrates court in Gulu as the member of parliament for Mityana municipality appeared for his bail application.

Zaake is accused of escaping from police custody though he later appeared with a swollen face and badly damaged fingers is charged with treason with 30 others.

This was during the Arua municipality campaigns when they are accused of obstructing the Presidential motorcade and pelting the presidents car with stones and damaging its windscreens.

Member of Parliament, Zake was released on a non cash bond of 10 million shillings after Muwanga Kivumbi stood surety for him.

The legislator and 35 others are expected to appear in Gulu court on 14th march.Other MPs present at court were Kyadondo east MP Kyagulanyi Robert Sentamu, Wadri Kasyano,Latif Sebagal,Hon Semujju Nganda,Allan Sewanyana and Mathias Mpuga among others.

Suspect faints in court during flopped Kaweesi murder hearing

By Sania Babirye
Eight Suspects in the murder of the former spokesperson of the Uganda Police AIG Andrew Felix Kaweesi and their relatives have today protested their continued detention without trial after one of them collapsed at the international crimes division of the High court in Kampala due to hunger.

Suspect Nyanzi Yusuf has collapsed in court after being kept in the court cells since morning without any food or water yet he suffers from severe stomach ulcers and cannot goo without food for a long time.

The aggrieved suspects claim that they are illegally being detained in Luzira Government prison since May 2017 yet they have never been tried in court.

These had appeared before High court judge Lydia Mugambe for their bail application hearing, however the judge was forced to adjourn the matter to this Friday the 1st of March after state led by Marion Ben Bella asked for more time to organize relative documents in her case.

Matters went out of hand when justice Mugambe asked for the case to be heard in her chambers instead of open court which did not go well with both the suspects and their relatives.

The suspects and relatives thought that the case was again going to be adjourned for the third time and as a result started speaking on top of their voices saying they want court to at least execute them because they were fed up of being humiliated and subjected to embarrassment ever since they were arrested, charged, and committed to the crimes court for trial by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court in May 2017.

Justice Mugambe later come back to court and inquired why the suspect fainted and discovered that it was due to severe ulcers.

Justice Mugambe has now ordered Luzira Prisons Authorities never to bring hungry prisoners to her Court who are too weak to stand because beinh in prison does not mean deprivation of good.

The suspects claim that their relatives keep on trekking to court wasting money and leaving their work yet court keeps on refusing to grant them bail or formally try them for the past six months.

Some of their relatives have asked court to at least hand their relatives any sentence so that they can rest their worry over their pending trial.

The suspects are represented by Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Wameri Anthony.

Prosecution states that the susepcts on the morning of 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and his driver Godfrey Wambewa as the trio drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.

Three held for fishing without a license

By Sania Babirye
A 20 year old boy who claimed to be in senior three has amazed court by saying that he goes to St.Paul Primary school.

Kato Benon had been charged together with two other friends by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu with fishing without a valid license and being in possession of Immature fish.

These were arrested on the 14th of February 2019, charged and pleaded guilty to the charges and as a result asked the magistrate to pardon them because they claimed they were looking for school fees.

However, the three were thrown off guard with the magistrate’s abrupt questioning to prove if they were indeed telling the truth about being in school.

And as a result, poor Kato looked puzzled as he could not remember which exact school he went too, when was the last time he attended school or who was his Head teacher and class teachers.

Matters became worse when the magistrate asked Kato to name the subjects he does and he told court that in senior three, he was only doing Math SST, biology and Geography.

The magistrate in the end failed to sentence them and instead, remanded them back to Luzira and asked them to come back tomorrow with a true explanation to why they were found fishing instead of being in school.

These were arrested from Nakawogo fishing on L.Victoria waters.

Car cleaner convicted for stealing client’s money and land title

By Sania Babirye

A 20 year old car cleaner who stole 20million shillings and a land title from a client’s car has been found guilty and consequently convicted.

Tayebwa Anthony has been found guilty and convicted by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza.

While convicting him, the magistrate ruled that prosecutions had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the offense of theft.

Now prosecutions has asked court to hand Tayebwa a deterrent custodial sentence to deter the would-be offenders since theft at washing bays is so rampant in the country and the fact that the convict wasted courts time by taking court through a full trial without being remorseful.

The state also wants court to order Tayebwa to compensate the victim Nabboth Tumusiime 19200,000 since only 800,000 shillings was recovered out of the 20 million and the land title was also not recovered.

Prosecutions states that on the 9th of August 2018 at Magic washing bay in Kampala district, Tayebwa stole the said items from Tumusiime’s car that was left in his care for washing.

Tayebwa is to be sentenced this afternoon.

FDC dragged to court

By Sania Babirye
Opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division by a disgruntled former National youth league chairperson Idi Ouma for allegedly replacing him without following the required procedures.

According to documents before court, Ouma claims that on the 8th of July 2015 he was elected as the youth league chairperson in an election conducted by the party Electoral commission Chairpersons Dan Mugarura and was to serve three terms.

However, through his lawyers of Semwanga and Muwazzi, Ouma alleges that his party surprisingly replaced him over under unclear accusations without even being given a chance to defend himself.

Ouma further claims that he only received a communication from the party National chairman Wasswa Birigwa that he had been removed from office by a meeting which sat on November 29th of November 2018 at the Party headquarters without his knowledge and was was not summoned to defend himself, which he says contravenes the Party youth League constitution.

Ouma says his removal was based on the allegations that he had joined another Political group and that he was no longer attending party meetings.

He now wants court to issue a permanent injunction restraining Mulindwa Walid who is said to have replaced him from executing the duties of the chairperson for FDC National Youth League.

He further wants court to declare that FDC has no powers to remove him from office and replace him with another person without following the constitution.

The case is yet to be allocated a judge for hearing.

FDC has been making changes in its leadership in which it is accused of dropping those whom they suspect of being sympathizers to former party leader Mugisha Muntu who recently formed his pressure group.

Chief justice asks for powers to recruit new judges

By Sania Babirye

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe asks government to lift the recent ban it imposed on the judicial service commission regarding the recruitment of new judges and magistrates.

Katureebe says his courts are short of man power for effective and timely adjudication of cases .

He explains that the court of Appeal has only 11 active justices out of the required 15, the Highcourt has only 50 justices despite a resolution passed by parliament to increase the number to 82 and the lower courts still lack 56 Chief magistrates.

Katureebe has made the request while addressing judges attending this year’s Judge’s conference which is taking place at the Serena Hotel in Kampala where president Yoweri Museveni is the chief guest.

Katureebe has further explained that inadequate numbers of justices locks out the country’s economic growth in unresolved commercial and Land cases.

The Chief Justice has however reported to the president at the 21st judges conference that the Judiciary still has challenges in the adjudication of land cases . He cited , delaying cases involving the poor , mishandling of cases and lack of resources for locus visits.

CJ has therefore asked the president to facilitate the processes of formulating laws and policies regarding land evictions.

On the part of his judicial officers , Kautureebe has warned judges and magistrates to always be alive on the decisions they make regarding land deputes as these decisions have a remarkable impact on society.

He urged them to endeavor to visit locus and take courts to hear complaints on the ground as this might solve the problem of illegal evictions

Court to rule on Entebbe murders on Thursday

By Sania Babirye
Kampala high court judge Wilson Kwesiga has set tomorrow the 24th of January to rule on whether or not the Entebbe business man Ivan Katongole implicated as a key suspect in a series of women murders in Entebbe and Wakiso district has a case to answer over the murder allegations.

This is after the state concluded its case in which it produced six witnesses to pin Katongole and two others for the murder of a one Rose Nakimuli a former resident of Kitala LC1 in Katabi Town council on the 24th of July 2017.

The witnesses included a husband to the deceased Anatoli Ndyabagenyi and five police officers who led to the arrest of the suspects after caring out investigations.

State prosecutor Baston Baguma has now asked court to find a pre-mafacie case against the accused so that they can defend themselves.
However , Katongole’s lawyers Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochienge have asked court to set their client free on grounds that the alleged state witnesses did not place the suspects at the crime scene which would have linked them to the murder.

Katongole a Fish export at Kasenyi landing site is jointly charged with a one Andrew Kizito and Hellen Nabaggala.

On the 4th of December 2018, hearing began with prosecutions producing the late’s husban Anatoli Ndyabagenyi as its first witness.
Anatoli Ndyabagenyi testified before court that he last saw his wife alive on the night of 22nd of July 2017 before leaving for his second home at Kawafu -Kabaale Parish -Wakiso district.
Ndyabagenyi a business consultant informed court that he had been living together with the deceased for one and half years at their home in Kitala.
He narrated that on the 24th of July 2017 morning, his neighbor in Kitala called him and asked him to rush to Kitala which was a few meters away from his home
And that as he closely approached his home, he saw people and police men gathered in a near by garden looking at a dead body of a half naked woman which was lying with its face down.
And that a few meters away, he noticed a familiar jumper that resembled that of his wife hanging on a cassava plantation which he new belonged to his wife and its what he used to identify her.
Ndyabagenyi also managed to identify in court 2 out of the 3 suspects including Andrew Kizito whom he says owned a bar that him and the late Nakimuli used to frequent while Nabaggala was introduced to him by his late wife as a cousin sister.
He testified that he saw Nabaggala at the crime scene and asked her to inform Nakimuli’s parents at Kaleemera- Mukono but she replied that she could not contact anyone since she had lost her phone.

That however after burial, he got a call from Nakimuli’s half sister-Nanteza asking him to do whatever it takes to contact Nabaggala because police had named her as a key suspect in the deceased’s murder hence tricking her into coming to his home at Kitala where police arrested her from.

The other 2 suspects are police officers from Mpala and Entebbe police stations who arrested the 3 suspects, visited the crime scene and impounded Katongole’s vehicles which they suspected of carrying the dead bodies.

Court also accepted two prosecution exhibits including a post moterm report from Mulago hospital which indicated that Nakimuli died due to excessive bleeding and manual strangulation and medical examination reports regarding the sane mental state of the 3 suspects as presented by state prosecutor Baston Baguma.

Katongole and two others are charged with the murder of a woman Rose Nakimuli after they allegedly kidnapped her from Wakiso district in July 2017 .
These were formally charged on the 10th of December 2018 with the murder and pleaded not guilty.

In June 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accused were subsequently arrested in the month of September and committed for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

On the 24th of September 2018, Katongole a resident of Nkumba-Kigero zone had applied to be released on bail pending trial on grounds that bail is his constitutional right and that there might be a likely hood of delay for the High court to cause list his case for hearing but was denied bail.

In June 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accused were subsequently arrested in the month of September and committed for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

On the 24th of September 2018, Katongole a businessman dealing in Fish export and a resident of Nkumba-Kigero zone had applied to be released on bail pending trial on grounds that bail is his constitutional right and that there might be a likely hood of delay for the Highcourt to cause list his case for hearing but was denied bail.

In june 2018 , Katongole was charged jointly with the deceased’s sister Hellen Nabagala and a one Andrew Kizito who all pleaded not guilty to the offense of unlawful killing at Entebbe high court.
The deceased who was a hair dresser from Kitala zone and believed to have been the 5th woman to be killed in Entebbe was allegedly murdered on the 24th of July and her body was recovered from a banana plantation with marks of strangulation and sticks inserted in her private parts .

Katongole and his co accussed were subsequently arrested in the month of september and commited for trial by the Entebbe magistrate court in May this year.

Media barred covering ISO official case

By Sania Babirye

The media and the public in general have today been barred from attending the trial of a custodian of confidential documents at the International security organization (ISO) Kisembo Steven who is accused of revealing secret security documents to a Sudan representative in Uganda.

This is after prosecutions led by Senior State Attorney Gladys Nyanzi asked the trial Judge Steven Mubiru to have the case heard in camera due to its security sensitivity .

Nyanzi explained that they had five witness ready to pin the suspect, and that the evidence is not for public consumption since it involves the National Security of three Countries including Uganda, Sudan and Algeria.

On the 18th of December 2018, Kisembo Steven was charged with the offense and pleaded not guilty to the two counts.

Prosecution led by Nakafero Fatina states that between 2009 and 2010 and September 2013, while at the International security organization offices in Nakasero, Kisembo revealed and disclosed the presidential weekly security briefings to the Sudan representative in Uganda Jodder Muhammed.

State further claims that the said person was not entitled to know the confidential security government information.