CJ Katureebe sets up task force to investigate corruption in judiciary

By Sania Babirye

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, has set up a six-member Task force, headed by the Inspector of Courts, Ms. Immaculate Busingye, to investigate allegations of corruption in the Judiciary.

According to an Office Instruction dated 30th of July 2019, the Task force has been tasked to commence business with immediate effect and report back to the Chief Justice within 60 days.

The newly set up task force is in response to investigative reports by media houses that exposes tendencies of corruption by judicial officers and a promise by the chief justice to investigate the alleged tendencies .

The Corruption Task force will then receive the media recordings with a view of identifying the implicated Judiciary staff, who would then be invited to have an interface with the Team.

Then force will then make a report to the Chief Justice with recommendations on the way forward by the 30th of September 2019.

The other Taskforce members are Mr. Vincent Emmy Mugabo (Registrar/Public Relations Officer), Ms. Susan Abinyo (Registrar Magistrates Affairs and Data Management), Mr. Godfrey Kawesa (President UJOA), Mr. Ayebare Tumwebaze (Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Chief Registrar/Projects), and Mr. Solomon Muyita (Senior Communications Officer).

The Instrument further states that the Chief Justice may extend the tenure of the Task force if need arises.

On July 9, the Chief Justice welcomed efforts by Vision Group to expose acts of bribery and corruption tendencies in the courts.

Justice Katureebe subsequently had an interface with the media organizations top editors, partly to commend them for the efforts, but also caution them against sensationalizing the issue of corruption in the courts.

The Chief Justice said his administration will ensure that any court staff captured receiving a bribe will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

“What has been happening is people say they have paid money for court services, but they are usually not willing to bring the evidence to us.

“We encourage such audits in all courts, and we are willing to do it as a partnership. Our aim should be to take action on the culprits by the Judicial Service Commission.”

He said the Judiciary shall continue to encourage court users and the public to use the available fora to come out and give evidence for firm action to be taken against the errant court staff.

Stella Nyanzi sentenced to 18 months in prison

By Sania Babirye
Buganda road court grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has handed an 18 year jail sentence to Makerere university Researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi.

Nyanzi was however sentenced in absentia after she was whsiked away from the video conferencing hall at Luzira for insulting the magistrate and flashing her breasts.

As always, the controversial scholar did not disappoint her supporters who were packed in court because as soon as she was produced before the magistrate via a video link, she did not waste time but put a show about her dissatisfaction with the video conferencing system.

She started shouting and raising her middle finger at the magistrate as she shouted on top of her voice before finally exposing her breasts on the video screen as the magistrate sat there and watched in total dismay.

However, Luzira prison security later whisked Dr.Nyanzi away from the video link forcing the magistrate to sentence her in absentia.

Meanwhile, Nyanzi will serve only 9 months out of the 18 sentenced after the magistrate subtracted the 9 months she had so far spent on remand.

There was also drama in court after Nyanzi’s supporters turned rowdy and started shouting, abusing and throwing bottles at the magistrate yo show their dissatisfaction with the decision by the magistrate to not have Nyanzi brought in court for her sentencing and the actual punishment of 18 months that she was given.

This force police to intervene to try and calm them down, however, this did not go well with Nyanzi’s out of control fubs who turned against the police officials and ended in a fight.
While sentencing her, the magistrate ruled that the offense of Cyber harassment crimes are on the rise and that there is need there is need to curb it down .

She also stated that she would have sentenced Nyanzi to a fine but a fine will not occasion any impact on Nyanzi since she is unremouseful despite being convicted of posting an obscene and vulgar poem attacking the person of the president and that of his late mother.

Katatumba’s son accuses shumuk of forging documents to take over father’s buildings

By Sania Babirye

The son to the late Bonney Katatumba has pinned Kampala businessman Mukesh Shukula Babuhai of Shumuk Aluminum industries of forging documents to take over his late father’s Hotel Diplomat.

While appearing before Buganda road court grade one magistrate Stella Amabilisi, Bigirwa Katatumba testified that Shumuk allegedly forged the transfer documents in which the late who was the director of the said property is said to have handed the said property to him.

The businessman is charged with 13 counts of forgery, uttering forged documents and conspiracy to commit a felony.

He was arrested in November 2019 by police after the late Bonney’s children led by Angela Katatumba accused him of acquiring their late father’s property through fraudulent means.

He is said to have forged the signature of the chief justice Bart Katureebe in the said take over of the said property.

Prosecution states that on the 17th of April 2015 in Kampala business city center, Mukesh forged 6 letters for official handover of hotel Diplomat at Muyenga purporting to have been signed by late Bonney Katatumba, managing directors Hotel Diplomat and Karyegira George William (ASP) officer in charge of security of the chief justice.

It is further alleged that after forging the said letters Mukesh uttered them to Makindye Magistrate court on the 16th of November 2017 purporting that they were signed by both family members and directors of Hotel Diplomat.

The case has further been adjourn to 13 of next month for further hearing.

The late Bonny Katatumba died in February 2017.

Nyanzi petitions court to seek fresh trial three days to judgement

By Sania Babirye
Kampala high court Jane Francis Abodo has set this Wednesday to rule on whether to stop Buganda road court from delivering its judgement and order fresh case hearing under a new magistrate in the concluded cyber harassment and offensive communication case against troubled Jailed Makerere University researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi in which she is accused of disturbing the peace of President Museveni and that of his late mother Esteri Komuntale.

On the 16th of this month, Grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu set this Friday the 1st of August to deliver her judgement after she forcefully closed the case after Nyazi’s alleged 19 witnesses failed to turn up in court to testify in her favor since Nyanzi had herself chosen to stay silent and defend herself through her alleged witnesses.

However, being dissatisfied with the magistrates’s decision to close the case, Nyanzi and her legal team led by Isaac Ssemakade appealed in the High court against her decision citing unfair hearing and biaseness by the trial magistrate. .

These now want justice Abodo to stop the said ruling and order that a new magistrate be assigned to the case to be retired.

Accordingly to Ssemakade, Kamasanyu failed to effectively summon their witnesses as the law requires including the president whom they claimed to be their key witness despite him being the complainant.

Other witnesses included CID boss Grace Akullo, linguistic and cultural experts plus senior citizens .

Specifically, Ssemakade is accusing Kamasanyu of leaving them with the burden of making sure that their own defense witnesses honor court summons since her summons did not state the consequences if the said witnesses who were issued with criminal summons failed to honour them.

Ssemakade is further accusing Kamasanyu of dictating the manner and order in which the witnesses had to be presented which he says contributed to those summoned of failing to show up in court.

However, prosecution led by Timothy Emilit has asked court to dismiss the said application saying it is baseless.

Emilit has submitted that the trial magistrate was very fair to the defense team and gave them ample time to present their witnesses by allowing numerous adjournments as asked by lawyer Ssemakade to serve the said witnesses with court summons to come to court.

Emilit further has submitted that Ssemakade kept on prolonging the case by making numerous court applications all in an effort to interrupt court proceedings which delayed the conclusion of the case in time.

He says that the trial judge did her duty in issuing court summons to the alleged witnesses including Grace Akullo but Ssemakade instead neglected his duty o also to ensure that the their own alleged witnesses receive the said summons and come to court to defend his client who deliberately chose to stay silent instead of the magistrate pleading with her to defend herself.

He has now asked justice Abodo to let the lower court continue and determine the case this friday submitting that the trial magistrate gave the defense team a fair trial including allowing a defense witness who was not briefed about the case to come in court but only for the to tell court that he did not know whu he had been summoned since Ssemakade did not brief him about the case .

On the 11th of July, after failing to have any of her alleged 19th defense witnesses to come to court and testify in her favour, Ssemakade told court that they had resorted to use newspaper advertisement to ask her would be defence witnesses to voluntarily come to court and testify in her favour which court refused to grant.

The magistrate had given Nyanzi and her lawyer two days (9th and 10th of July ) to present all their witnesses, however, by 11th July only one witness an IT expert in computer hacking Mustapha Mugisa appeared in court and informed court that he cannot testify because he did not know why he had been summoned since he had retired 10 years ago and had no material evidence to provide making his opinion not relevant to Nyanz’s case in anyway.

Ssemakade further informed court that they had been able to fully serve CID boss Grace Akullo and Makerere university associate professor Dr.Kakungulu Nayambala with the summons but all had deliberately declined to attend court asking the magistrate to issue a warrant of arrest for the witnesses which submission was declined.

He further informed court that they will be mobilizing their witnesses through Newspaper adverts and asked court to give them one month since its their remaining option since even court summons could not compel the witnesses to attend court.

However, Ssemakade put the whole blame for the failure of their alleged witnesses to attend court on the trial magistrate saying she refused to supply them with certified copies of the proceedings which some defense witnesses has requested for in order to accept the court summons.

State prosecutor,Timothy Amerit however accused the defense team of asking requests to prolong the case which only adds another number to the ongoing increased case backlog and asked court to dismiss their request.

According to Amerit, the defense team needed to just close its case because since they had failed to secure their own defense witnesses to attend court and defend his client which the magistrate agreed to.

On the 26th of June, Ssemakade revealed to court that although his client was not in position to defend herself now, however, she had 20 witnesses lined up to defend her.

These were led by President Museveni who is also the complainant and asked court to summon them.

However, the magistrate declined to summon President Museveni because as sitting President,he has immunity from prosecution or any other court proceedings and can only appear to testify voluntarily.

Others included CID boss Grace Akullo whom Ssemakade marked as their “star”witness, Dr.Mayambala.

Other witnesses included Prof.Sylvia Tamale(Feminist activist) prof.Fredrick Juko a former law prof.at Makerere university, Columnist Allan Taaka, Feminist Mildred Apenyo, princess Solome Nakaweesi, ass.prof.Dr.Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala at the Makerere university school of law , Bishop Zaaka Niringiye,Rev.Father Gaetano Batanyenda among others.

Ssemakade further asked court to prioritize the first witnesses to be summoned to testify led by President Museveni, Grace Akullo, Dr.Mayambala,Eng.Frank Kitumba who heads ICT at Makerere university and others can follow later but non of them responded to the summons.

Nyanzi is at Luzira prison after refusing to seek bail and she is facing charges including attacking the privacy of President Museveni and that of his late mother , Esteri Kokundeka through her social media Facebook page.

Prosecution states that on the 16th of September 2018, while armed with a motive to disturb the peace of President M7 and that of his late mother Esteri Komumtale, Nyanzi posted obscene messages on her official face book page(Stellah Nyanzi) while attacking the privacy of the President .

Court sets 8th August for ruling on Radio’s killer

By Sania Babirye
The High court in Kampala has set the 8th of August to deliver its ruling on the second bail application filed by Godfrey Wamala who is charged with murdering local Musician Moses Sekibogo( commonly known as MoseyRadio) pending trial and determination of his case.

Today, state led by Mugisha Peter has asked justice Yasin Nuanzi to deny Wamala bail on grounds that he is charged with a capital offense that attracts a death sentence upon conviction.

State has further submitted that Wamala did in his affidavit give contradicting information in which he stated that he is a resident of Najjanankumbi and Kyengera in Wakiso district.

The state further claims that the suspect might be harmed once granted bail by the the many funs of the late musician who are still hurt and angry over his sudden death.

However, his lawyer Ladislausi Rwakafuzi has asked court to grant his client bail on grounds that they did cross check with the office of the high court registry and discovered that their case has not been cause listed for hearing soon.

Wamala has presented three sureties including his sisters Rose Nalwada, Jackie Muwanga and his brother Fred Wamala.

This is the second time that Wamala is asking for bail.
On the 24th of August 2018, Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo dismissed Wamala’s first bail application on grounds that Wamala who also calls himself Troy did not prove any exceptional circumstances including old age and poor health despite applying for bail being his constitutional right.

Man sent to jail for selling drugs in unlicensed premise

By Daudi Zirimala

The Makindye Grade One Magistrate Okumu Jude has sentenced a one Deo Mburakeye a resident of Masajja on Salama roads to 10 years imprisonment for the offenses of being in possession of classified drugs, selling drugs in unlicensed premises, unlawful possession of government drugs among others.

Speaking about the conviction of Mburakeye,the National Drug Authority NDA Head of Enforcement Samuel Kyomukama said that Muburakeye was among the 6 culprits arrested during the night operation that was conducted in Kampala and surrounding areas of Nalumunye,Kitemu,Salama,Kyanja,Rubaga and Nansana where 106 boxes of assorted medicines were impounded from five homes,and Mburakeye was found with 18 boxes of 91 impounded medicines labeled government of Uganda.

Kyomukama said that the conviction is a big land mark for NDA and a lesson to all those involved in stealing medicine from public health facilities which compromises the quality of health service delivery hence discrediting government programs.

Meanwhile National Drug Authority NDA through routine monitoring, surveillance and Intelligence on the quality of medical products on the market has discovered a substandard and falsified medicine, Augmentin, Postinor-2 and Quinine Bisulphate.

According to Lubowa Nasser the head of Post Market and Surveillance NDA,the surveillance was carried out in over 500 suspected drug outlets across the country and impounded the products from 14 drug outlets.

Lubowa noted that the drug outlets where the drugs were found and the suspect were arrested and investigations are on going,on the different particulars of Postinor-2 and Quinine.

Fisherman ordered to defend himself over illegal fishing

By Sania Babirye

A man who claims to never have been a fisherman has been ordered to defend himself for fishing without a license and being in possession of an illegal fishing net.

Senfuka Deus has been ordered to defend himself after Buganda road court grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu ruled that prosecution had made a case against him to warrant his defense.

The suspect was allegedly arrested on the 28th of Feburay this year near hotel protea on Lake Nalubale waters with the said illegal net and unlicensed fishing boat.

He was later charged with with fishing without a license, being in possession of an illegal fishing net and unlicensed boat which he pleaded not guilty to.

He informed court that he had picked the said net and boat as he was just walking about.

However, officials from fisheries testified that the suspect was arrested redhanded trying to fish with the said illegal fishing net and boat.

Kajubi appeal flops again

By Sania Babirye

Jailed Masaka Businessman Godfrey Kato Kajubi’s hope of possibly being acquitted of murdering a 12 year old boy Joseph Kasirye in a ritual sacrifice in 2008 has for the second time been a shuttered after his last final appeal at the supreme flopped today.

The appeal had come up again for determination, howe the supreme court despite being ready this time, hearing could not go on after Kajubi’s lawyer Shaban Sanya was no where to be seen.

This forced the five justices of the supreme court led by justice Ester Kisakye to adjourn the appeal to the next convenient session after another lawyer Anthony Wameeli asked for an adjournment so that he can take over the matter.

Now Kajubi has further been remanded to Luzira prison until when court will hold another criminal session.

In July last year, hearing of the appeal flopped due to lack of quorum.
On the 28th of June 2008, the supreme court fixed Kajubi’s final appeal against his conviction and life imprisonment since he appealed in August 2014.

On the 14th of August 2014, Kajubi through his lawyer Wameli Anthony, challenged the June 2014 ruling by three justices of the court of appeal including justice Remmy Kasule, Faith Mwhodha and Eldard Mwangushya that confirmed both his conviction and life imprisonment .

In 2012, justice Mike Chibita found Kajubi guilty of the said murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

However, still being dissatisfied with the sentence, Kajubi appealed to the Court of Appeal saying justice chibita failed to address his mind on the evidence of his 2 accomplices Muhammad Kateregga and Mariam Nabukeera which was the basis for his conviction.

Kajubi claimed that his accomplices turned state witlessness’s evidence which pinned him over the charge was false.

Court closes Nyanzi’s case without her defense

By Sania Babirye
Buganda road has closed the case in which troubled Jailed Makerere University researcher Dr Stella is charged with offensive communication and cyber harassment for disturbing the peace of President Museveni and his late mother.

Grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has been forced to close the case without Nyanzi defending herself after her alleged 19witnesses which she had claimed will compose her defense failed to turn up in court yet Nyanzi had chisen to stay silent.

While closing the defense case against Nyanzi’s lawyer’s wishes, the magistrate noted that she had given Nyanzi and her team enough time to hold their defense but non of of them including the suspect herself have been able to defend herself but instead chose to be silent.

However, Nyanzi’s lawyer, Isaac Semakadde has expressed disaffection saying the court has not been fair and just while handling his client since the magistrate refused to summon their defense witnesses.

The magistrate has now set the 1st of August to deliver her ruling.

On the 11th of July, after failing to have any of her alleged 19th defense witnesses to come to court and testify in her favor despite being summoned by court, Ssemakade told court that they have resorted to use newspaper advertisement to ask her would be defense witnesses to voluntarily come to court and testify in her favor which court refused to grant.

The magistrate had given Nyanzi and her lawyer two days (9th and 10th) to present all their witnesses, however, by 11th July only one witness an IT expert in computer hacking Mustapha Mugisa appeared in court and informed court that he cannot testify because he did not know why he had been summoned since he had retired 10 years ago and had no material evidence to provide making his opinion not relevant to Nyanzi’s case in anyway.

Ssemakade further informed court that they had been able to fully serve CID boss Grace Akullo and Makerere university associate professor Dr.Kakungulu Nayambala with the summons but all had deliberately declined to attend court asking the magistrate to issue a warrant of arrest for the witnesses which submission was declined.

He further informed court that they will be mobilizing their witnesses through Newspaper adverts and asked court to give them one month since its their remaining option since even court summons could not compel the witnesses to attend court.

However, Ssemakade put the whole blame for the failure of their alleged witnesses to attend court on the trial magistrate saying she refused to supply them with certified copies of the proceedings which some defense witnesses has requested for in order to accept the court summons.

State prosecutor,Timothy Amerit however accused the defense team of asking requests to prolong the case which only adds another number to the ongoing increased case backlog and asked court to dismiss their request.

According to Amerit, the defense team needed to just close its case because since they had failed to secure their own defense witnesses to attend court and defend his client which the magistrate agreed to.

On the 26th of June, Ssemakade revealed to court that although his client was not in position to defend herself now, however, she had 20 witnesses lined up to defend her.

These were led by President Museveni who is also the complainant and asked court to summon them.

However, the magistrate declined to summon President Museveni because as sitting President,he has immunity from prosecution or any other court proceedings and can only appear to testify voluntarily.

Others included CID boss Grace Akullo whom Ssemakade marked as their “star”witness, Dr.Mayambala.

Other witnesses included Prof.Sylvia Tamale(Feminist activist) prof.Fredrick Juko a former law prof.at Makerere university, Columnist Allan Taaka, Feminist Mildred Apenyo, princess Solome Nakaweesi, ass.prof.Dr.Ronald Kakungulu Mayambala at the Makerere university school of law , Bishop Zaaka Niringiye,Rev.Father Gaetano Batanyenda among others.

Ssemakade further asked court to prioritize the first witnesses to be summoned to testify led by President Museveni, Grace Akullo, Dr.Mayambala,Eng.Frank Kitumba who heads ICT at Makerere university and others can follow later but non of them responded to the summons.

Nyanzi is at Luzira prison after refusing to seek bail and she is facing charges including attacking the privacy of President Museveni and that of his late mother , Esteri Kokundeka through her social media Facebook page.

Prosecution states that on the 16th of September 2018, while armed with a motive to disturb the peace of President M7 and that of his late mother Esteri Komumtale, Nyanzi posted obscene messages on her official face book page(Stellah Nyanzi) while attacking the privacy of the President

DPP takes decision on Kabuleta’s file by end of the week

By Sania Babirye

Detained fomer journalist and turned controversial Kampala Pastor Joseph Kabuleta will know his fate of whether he is to be prosecuted over offensive communication charges by the end of this week.

Today the Director of public prosecutions Mike Chibita has revealed that they are still analyzing Kabuleta’s file after police forwarded it to his office.

After going through the file, the DPP will decide on whether or not to sanction charges against Kabuleta for trial.

According to A.102 (3) the office of the DPP directs the police to investigate any form of criminal nature and institutes criminal proceedings against any person or authority in any court other than a court martial among other functions.

Kabuleta was arrested in the 13th of July after plain clothed security personnel picked him from Drew&Jacs Patisserie restaurant at Forest Mall Lugogo and he is currently at special investigations unit Kireka awaiting the DPP’s decision in his file.

He is apparently being charged with offensive communication and computer misuse by disturbing the peace of the President.

According to police spokes person Fred Enanga, Kabuleta repeatedly posted prossly offensive messages in his “Joseph Kabuleta weekly rant Returns” in which he allegedly to president Museveni as a “Gambler,thief and Liar”.

If tried of the computer misuse charge, Kabuleta will become the third person to be tried for disturbing the peace of President Museveni joining Makerere university Researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi who is the first Ugandan to be tried for posting a poem on her face book page allegedly disturbing the peace of President Museveni and that his mother Esteri Komuntale and recently Even promoter of Bajjo events Andrew Mukasa.