Frerich Fowarders boss in court for missing imports

By Sania Babirye

The Director of Frerich Forwarders (U) LTD has been Arraigned before Buganda road court and charged with two counts of failure to present imported consignment for Inspection contrary to the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Act.

56 year old Kasoma Frederick appeared before Chief Magistrate Miriam Akello Ayo and denied the said offences.

The Court however granted him a one Million shillings cash bail and ordered him to be returned back to court on the 26th of this Month for further mention of his case.

According to the charge sheet, Kasoma and others still at large during the Month of August 2020 at Good Brothers International ICD at Namanve in Mukono district, being a clearing Agent, contracted by Peninah Josie failed to present Consignments registered on customs for Physical Verification by standard sectors of UNBS Import Inspection Department.

He is further accused of failing to present Consignments registered on customs entry at Kampala Modernity ICD in Namanve in the same month when he was contracted by a Makki Investments ltd,Unique Auto Traders ltd and Al-siddique Motors Ltd.

Man sent to jail for attempted rape

By Sania Babirye

A 22 year old man who was arrested trying to force a woman to have sex with him has been arraigned before Buganda Road Court and Charged with attempted rape.

The suspect is identified as Bwanika Dennis a Chapati maker and resident of Makerere Kikoni Zobe C in Kawempe Division in Kampala district.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Miriam Akello and denied the said offence.

He was remanded to Kitalya government until the 26th of this month for further mention of his case.

Prosecution states that the suspect on the 29th of April 2021 at Kikoni Zone C in Kawempe Division, attempted to have unlawful carnal knowledge with the Victim without her consent.

Court orders Ham case re-trial

By Sania Babirye

The Court of appeal has stayed an order by Commercial Court Judge Henry Peter Adonyo that had ordered Diamond Trust Bank Kenya and Uganda to refund all the money that was unlawfully taken from Hamis Kigundu’s accounts amounting to 34 billion shillings and 23 million dollars.

Three court of appeal justices led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru has now ordered that the said case be sent back to the Commercial Court for trial.

These ruled that the lower trial judge did not hear the said case based on its merit since Diamond Trust Bank had filled written defense claiming that the judge did not properly evaluate evidence before awarding Kigundu the said money.
On the 7th of October 2020, Justice Henry Peter Adonyo agreed with Ham’s prayers and dismissed the written statements of DTB Kenya and Uganda.

Court also declared that all loans where settled and that DTB bank must return all Kigundu’s land titles and all contracts involving DTB Kenya and Uganda and pay interest of 8% and costs for this suit.

Ham had filed an application seeking to dismiss the defense of Diamond Trust Bank in the said multi billion loan dispute.

The bank in its defense stated that Kiggundu through his companies obtained loan facilities totaling to over 41 billion shillings between February 2011 and September 2016 and that up to date, Kigundo owed the Bank about 39 billion shillings in debt.

However through his lawyer Fred Muwema, Kiggundu of Ham Enterprises Ltd filed the application seeking court to dismiss Diamond Trust Bank defense saying it is based on illegal dealings of loan offers.

In January 2020, Kiggundu and his companies, Ham Enterprises and Kiggs International U Ltd, sued Diamond Trust Bank U Ltd and Diamond Trust Bank (K) Ltd of among others for allegedly breaching their contract.

Kigundu claims that between February, 2011 and September, 2016, his two companies, sought various loans from the banks for commercial construction, development and completion of commercial properties.

He further claims that as they were servicing the said loan, they realized that the banks had illegal withdrawn money from their accounts without their knowledge or consent.

Businessman fine UGX800,000 for pretending to be an employee of KCCA

By Sania Babirye

City Hall Court has ordered a businessman to pay a fine of 800,000 shillings or failure to do so serves a one year jail sentence for pretending to be a KCCA employee.

Grade one Magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise fined 39 year old Ssewagudde Ismael a resident of Corner Zone, Kawempe Division in Kampala district, after he pleaded guilty to three charges of Impersonating a Public Officer, unlawful possession of government stores and forgery.

Evidence presented by prosecution proved that during the month of February 2020,in the Kampala district, forged a KCCA staff identification card in his name.

He also pleaded guilty to falsely representing himself and others still at large as employees of KCCA Public Health wokers, and went ahead and inspected SASI Agric Factory found in Kazo in Kawempe division, while allegedly reinforcing the COVID-19 operation standards on the 31st of August 2020.

He was also arrested while in possession of five firged KCCA seal bearing the marks applied on the stores under the control of KCCA.

Court ordered that the said forged seals be destroyed by government.

Court orders security to produce missing American National

By Sania Babirye

Security operatives have been ordered to produce before Court the body of a missing American national Guy Milton Smith on the 4th of May 2021 without fail after court ruling that he has been held in detention without trial for long .

The order was issued by Civil Division High court judge Musa Ssekaana after hearing an ex party habeas corpus application after the Attorney General failed to turn up in court as promised to explain Milton’s whereabouts.

The family led by the wife of the applicant Sharon Tusiime told court that, they have established that her husband who is 62 years old and suffers from heart complications is currently being illegally held at SIU Kireka in incommunicado yet he is need of urgent medical attention.

Tusiime further claims that they were able to establish her husband’s whereabouts after the consular office at the US Embassy in Kampala and lawyers from center for legal Aid intervened and that unless court orders the respondents to produce her husband, he will continue being illegally detained.

Tusiime adds that her husband was not on the list of missing persons the security minister read to parliament earlier thus prompting them to petition court and compel the state to produce him dead or alive .

On the 16th of April, the Government was sued by Lawyers from legal Aid demanding for the immediate unconditional release of Milton Smith.

The Government is jointly sued alongside Brigadier Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira the Director of Crime Intelligence in Uganda Police Force, the Commandant Special Investigations Bureau, Kireka and the Inspector General of Police.

In their suit, the lawyers claim that Government and its Security agencies invaded Smith’s home in Fort Portal City at around 2:00 am on March 21st 2021 and forcibly whisked him away to Kampala, and he continues to be held incommunicado at a police facility in Kireka under the command of Ddamulira.

According to an affidavit sworn in by Tusiime, her husband is the father of her two children a girl aged 11 years and a boy aged six years and that they have been raising their family together in Kitebutura “A” Cell Njara Ward, Central Division, Fort Portal City,

Tusiime further claims that her husband was taken while recovering from an eye surgery from Ruharo Eye Center in Mbarara for a surgical procedure on his right eye which he underwent on the 16th of March 2021.

She accuses the security operatives of breaking into their house and forcefully taking her sick husband away in a drone van escorted by two other motor vehicles without any identification numbers.

The lawyer argue that the said detention is unconstitutional, illegal, unlawful and should be lifted.

Government dragged to court for cutting health sector budget

By Sania Babirye

The government has been dragged to court over budget cut to the health sector for financial year 2021-2022, which the petitioners say will immensely affect the health of Mothers and their new born babies.

In a civil suit filed against government through the attorney General, the human rights body CEHURD says that the decision by government to cut the health budget from 2.7 billion shillings in last year’s financial to 2.5 billion shillings for this financial year is in contempt of court.

According to the Human rights body, the constitutional court in August 2020 ruled that government must always put first issues in relation to Maternal Health in its budgetary allocations yet, government has this financial year, proposed to reduce it.

These now wants Court to hold the attorney General in contempt of court and also order government to put into practice the Constitutional Court ruling in respect to the prioritization of Maternal and Health issues.

They add that if this is not seen through, more women and children are likely to die during and after labor among other issues.

Security Guard sent to jail for threatening neighbor

By Sania Babirye

A 29 year old security guard with SGA Security company has been jailed two month for threatening to injure her neighbor.

Jackline Cholare has been sentenced by City Hall court grade one magistrate Fafuma Nabirye after convicting the suspect on the offence of theft.

Prosecution says on March 9th 2021 at Kamwokya in Kampala central division, with intent to intimidate or annoy Francis Tolita threatened to injure him.

Government sued over detained American National

By Sania Babirye

The Government has been sued in the high court by Lawyers from legal Aid demanding for immediate unconditional release of an American national Guy Milton Smith who was reportedly arrested by security agencies about a month ago.

The Government has been jointly sued alongside Brigadier Chris Serunjogi Ddamulira the Director of Crime Intelligence in Uganda Police Force, the Commandant Special Investigations Bureau, Kireka and the Inspector General of Police.

In their suit, the lawyers claim that Government and its Security agencies invaded Smith’s home in Fort Portal City at around 2:00 am on March 21st 2021 and forcibly whisked him away to Kampala, and he continues to be held incommunicado at a police facility in Kireka under the command of Ddamulira.

According to an affidavit sworn in by Smith’s wife Sharon Tusiime, her husband is the father of her two children a girl aged 11 years and a boy aged six years and that they have been raising their family together in Kitebutura “A” Cell Njara Ward, Central Division, Fort Portal City,

Tusiime further claims that her is and was taken while recovering from an eye surgery from Ruharo Eye Center in Mbarara for a surgical procedure on his right eye which he underwent on the 16th of March 2021.

She accuses the security operatives of breaking into their house and forcefully taking her sick husband away in a drone van escorted by two other motor vehicles without any identification numbers.

The lawyer argue that the said detention by Ddamulira is unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful and should be lifted.

The petitioners further accuses Ddamulira as the notorious commander of the drone operations that they claim has wrecked thousands of families through enforced disappearances, property and wealth destruction, detention without trial, torture and other gross human rights violations.

They have asked court to compel the respondents to unconditionally release him on grounds that his constitutional right to liberty continues to be violated with impunity by the respondents through their agents and servants.

Court is yet to set a date for hearing.

Four jailed for murdering business man in Mityana

By Sania Babirye

The Kampala High Court has handed a life in prison sentence to four men who were convicted of murdering Mityana business man Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe over land wrangles in 2019.

Kampala High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga has stated that the sentence is to serve as a punishment since the convicts killed the deceased in a cruel manner.

The four led by Ibrahim Muyingo the area LC1 chairperson of Minana-Galabi were on Monday convicted by the same court on grounds that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the said murder.

However, Justice Kwesiga acquitted the other two accused including Rev.Fr.Lawrence Muduse Yawe over the said murder.

Prosecution states that the accused persons on August 7th 2019 at Minana-Galabi village, Ttamu Division, Mityana municipality in the Mityana District, unlawfully with malice aforethought killed a one Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe.

According to evidence adduced by Prosecutions, the deceased was found with his his head cut off by the accused persons over a one square mile land.

The head was found near the homes of the convicts who had publicly threatened to kill him.

Prosecution also claimed that on that fateful day, the deceased before he met his death was moving around the village, giving out letters to tenants who were squatting on his land which covered four villages including, Minana, Galabi, Jabukw and Jamuvole in Tamu Division in Mitiyana.

Four convicted of killing Mityana Business man

By Sania Babirye

The Kampala High Court has convicted four people for murder of a Mityana business man Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe over land wrangles in 2019.

Kampala High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga convicted the four led by Ibrahim Muyingo the area LC1 chairperson of Minana-Galabi on grounds that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the said murder.

However, justice Kwesiga acquitted the other two accused including Rev.Fr.Lawrence Muduse Yawe over the said murder.

The convicts have further been remanded back to Kitalya government prison until tomorrow when they will be sentenced.

Prosecution states that the accused persons on August 7th 2019 at Minana-Galabi village, Ttamu Division, Mityana municipality in the Mityana District, unlawfully with malice aforethought killed a one Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe.

According to evidence adduced by Prosecutions, the deceased was found with his his head cut off by the accused persons over a one square mile land.

The head was found near the homes of the convicts who had publicly threatened to kill him.

Prosecution also claimed that on that fateful day, the deceased before he met his death was moving around the village, giving out letters to tenants who were squatting on his land which covered four villages including, Minana, Galabi, Jabukw and Jamuvole in Tamu Division in Mitiyana.