Man sent to jail over stolen property

By Sania Babirye
A chapati man who was caught with suspected stolen property during a random police patrol has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

City hall grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise remanded 22 year old Mande Julius after he denied the offense of being in possession of suspected stolen property.

Prosecution states that the accused person on the 14th of January 2020 at Kalinabiri zone Ntinda in Kampala when stopped and searched by police officer Ahimbisibwe Joseph acting in exercise of the powers coffered under section 20 of the criminal procedure code, was found in possession of a bag containing a Lasonic DVD, a pair of shoes and a sweater which the said officer reasonably suspected to be stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He returns back to court on the 3rd of February for mention of his case.

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.

Man sent to jail for murdering own wife

By Sania Babirye

The Mpigi magistrate court has remanded to Kigo government prison a man who stabbed to death his wife.

Salongo Vicent Bugingo has been charged with murdering his wife Nalongo Nantongo Juliet is him he had 8 kids with.

Grade one magistrate Moreen Mokoya has however been barred him from pleading to the charges since he is charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high Court.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of December 2019 at Nabisenke village in Nkozi, the suspect stabbed his wife to death in a domestic violence related incident .

However, Salongo after committing the alleged crime is said to have reported himself at police claiming that his wife was involved in an accident which caused her death.

Police later went to his home and found the deceased in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds on her stomach, head and private parts.

He returns to court on the 28th of this month as investigations into the matter continues.

Baby coaches LTD clerk charged with defilement

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road Court has granted a UGX600,000 cash bail to a clerk who serves Baby coaches limited after charging him with defilement.

Sulait Uthman appeared before chief magistrate Miriam Okello and pleaded not guilty to defiling a 15 year old girl.

The chief magistrate has ordered him to deposit the said money if he is to gain his temporary freedom with his original National ID while his sureties have each been ordered to deposit five million not cash .

Hearing of the case has now been set for the 28th of this month.

Prosecution states that on the 28 of December 2019 at one of the lodges at old Kampala, the suspect engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor.

Foreigner accused of defilement to be sent for treatment in own country

By Sania Babirye

The Masaka high Court might be forced to allow a 79 year old Germany National Bernhard Bery Glaser who is charged with aggravated defilement and child trafficking to travel to his native country for treatment .

This is after his lawyers led by Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochenge presented another medical report from the Director of Uganda cancer institute Jackson Oryemu stating that Blazer’ had terminal skin cancer called melanoma which has spread to other parts of his body and is in urgent need of proper medical attention that cannot be provided by Uganda’s cancer institute.

In July 2019, Blazer had asked for bail, however Justice Winfred Nabisinde denied him bail after the institute had stated that the cancer was manageable here in Uganda.

He has now been ordered to stay at the cancer institute until the 27th of this month when court will deliver it’s ruling on his bail application.

The foreigner who was based in Kalangala district and was running an NGO Ssese Humanitarian services for over 10 years at Mwena was charged in March this year with 28 counts of child trafficking and kidnap and pleaded not guilty before Masaka High court.

He was apparently running the said organisation claiming to be looking after and rehabilitating child victims of sexual violence, sex trafficking and those who are at risk of sex abuse before turning on them and sexually assaulting them and trafficking them.

By the time of his arrest he was looking after 20 girls between the age of 3 to 20 years of age.

The suspect who had been in Uganda since 2007 was arrested on charges of defiling 18 minors although he was later set free and during his recent arrest by security operatives from the CID, 11 children were also rescued from his care.

So far two girls of twelve and fourteen years accused him of defiling them since 2007.

Two magistrates face disciplinary action over corruption

By Sania Babirye

The Judiciary top Management has directed disciplinary action against two Magistrates and five support staff following the recent investigations by the Judiciary Anti-Corruption Task force.

The implicated staff are among those that appeared in last year’s media reports on corruption tendencies at selected courts arising out of investigations conducted by the Vision Group and the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe says his team reviewed the Report of the Task force in December 2019 and directed the Chief Registrar to charge the two implicated Magistrates and refer them to the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee.

Established under Office Instruction No. 4 of 2019 dated July 30, 2019, the Task force was mandated to investigate allegations of corruption published in the various print and electronic media during the period of June to July, 2019.

The implicated staff include two Magistrates, two Office Attendants, two Court Clerks and a Process Server, attached to the Magistrates Courts’ of Wakiso, Goma, City Hall, Mukono and Nabweru. The Permanent Secretary was also tasked to interdict the five support staff and take disciplinary action accordance with the Public Service Standing Orders.

“It is the disciplinary processes which will determine whether to forward the implicated officers to the Judicial Service Commission and Public Service Commission for further action,” said Justice Katureebe.

“This Task force interfaced with the media, reviewed media material and related documents, interviewed implicated individuals and conducted field visits in the process of executing this mandate,” the Report reads in part.

The report also highlights some of the other challenges affecting delivery of Judicial services, including poor infrastructure, inadequate security, inhumane sanitary conditions among others.

The task force was chaired by Dr. Immaculate Busingye, formerly Registrar Inspectorate of Courts who is now appointed as high Court judge.

Other Members included High Court Judges: Vincent Emmy Mugabo and Susan Abinyo, deputy registra Rosemary Bareebe, assistant deputy registra Ayebare Tumwebaze,
Patrick Barugahare who is the Principal Human Resource Officer, Solomon Muyita and Eva Kentaro Mugerwa an Advocate.

Kanyamunyu trial stalls

By Sania Babirye
The trial of Kampala business man Mathew Kanyamunyu on charges of murdering social worker Kenneth Akena in 2017 continues to stall at the high Court in Kampala in search of a French interpreter.

The case was meant to commence at 9 am in the morning, however court is still looking for a French interpreter after Kanyamunyu’s co accused and girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari asked court to find him a French interpreter since she claimed that she cannot fully and ably express herself in English.

In December 219, Justice Steven Mubiru fixed the 8th, 9th and 10th of this month to hear and determine whether state did adduce sufficient evidence to sustain the said murder case against Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu.

Kanyamunyu allegedly gunned down the social worker for allegedly scratching his car on the 12th of November 2017 along Kampala -Jinja Highway.

However, the trio who are out on bail denies the said charge.

State prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya informed court that he has enough evidence including credible witnesses to prove that Kanyamunyu did kill Akena intentionally.

The DPP says he will prove that on that fateful night, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving along with his lover Munwangari before he got into a quarrel with Akena after accusing him of denting his car.

Evidence further shows that Kanyamunyu shot Akena three times in the stomach but later the couple played a good Samaritan role to rush Akena to Novirk Hospital along Bombo road where he breathed his last .

However, Prosecution contends that Health workers at Norvik hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before he died left a dying declaration on his lips mentioning Kanyamunyu as his killer.

Joseph Kanyamunyu , is separately charged with being an accessory to the said murder where prosecution states that he was called by his brother at the scene of crime, picked the killer gun from the vehicle and hid it in order to conceal evidence.

The court also appointed two court assessors Juliet Kasengwa and Simon Mateeka to follow the case on behalf of the public.

Prosecution states that on the 12th of November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

The three pleaded not guilty to the charge on the 18th of December 2018 after being officially charged with the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three were granted bail in october 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.

Court refuses to extend voter’s registration

By Sania Babirye

The high court in Kampala has dismissed an application seeking for the extension of the ongoing voters registration exercise until March 2020.

Deputy Registrar Sarah Langa, ruled that she can not issue an interim injunction against the exercise that concludes today because the applicant is seeking the same orders that he sought in the main case that will be determined in March next year.

She also ruled that issuing the same order will be pre-emptying the determination of the main case.

City lawyer Steven Kalali petitioned the high court seeking the on going voters verification and registration process to continue until march 2020.

In his petition, Kalali claimed that this was the time in which court will deliver its judgement on whether Ugandans in other foreign countries are free to vote.

He had further claimed that if the process was stopped before then, his main application which will be determined in march 2020 will be over taken by events.

However, in response, EC lawyer Lugolobi Hamid had asked court to dismiss the said application on grounds that Kalali should have first taken his concerns to be addressed by EC as the law requires which he never did.

Last Monday the EC chairman Justice Simon Byabakama announced that they had extended the exercise to the 16th of December 2019 and that no more extension will be accorded after that.

The process began on the 21st of Noveber and was meamt to end on the 11th of December 2019.

According to justice Byabakama the extension was die yo the many applicants ay the update centers.

Kanyamunyu trial pushed to 2020

By Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has fixed three days to hear and determine the case in which Kampala business man Mathew Kanyamunyu is charged with murdering social worker Kenneth Akena in 2017 has a case to answer.

Justice Steven Mubiru has today fixed the 8th, 9th and 10th of January 2020 to start hearing evidence by prosecution against Kanyamunyu and his two co accused including his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu for allegedly scratching his car on the 12th on November 2017 along Kampala -Jinja Highway.

Today, the suspects still have denied the charges .

Meanwhile, state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya has informed court that he has enough evidence including credible witnesses to prove the murder charge against Kanyamunyu.

The DPP says he will prove that on that fateful night, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving along with his lover Munwangari before he got into a quarrel with Akena after accusing him of denting his car.

Evidence further shows that Kanyamunyu shot Akena three times in the stomach but later the couple played a good Samaritan role to rush Akena to Novirk Hospital along Bombo road where he breathed his last .

However, Prosecution contends that Health workers at Norvik hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before he died left a dying declaration on his lips mentioning Kanyamunyu as his killer.

Joseph Kanyamunyu , is separately charged with being an accessory to the said murder where prosecution states that he was called by his brother at the scene of crime, picked the killer gun from the vehicle and hid it in order to conceal evidence.
The court has also appointed two court assessors Juliet Kasengwa and Simon Mateeka to follow the case on behalf of the public.

Prosecution states that on the 12th of November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

The three pleaded not guilty to the charge on the 18th of December 2018 after being officially charged with the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three were granted bail in October 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.

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 .