OPM case: Criminal summons issued to PS

By Sania Babirye

Anti corruption court has issued criminal summons to the permanent Secretary Christine Guwatudde Kintu to answer to charges of inflating relief food prices meant for vulnerable people in the ongoing COVID-19 lock down

This is after grade one magistrate Sarah Namusobya dismissed submissions from her lawyer Medard Segona that his client is sick and currently admitted at International hospital Kampala.

Guwatudde has now been ordered to appear in court tomorrow to take plea to the said charges together with her four co accused.

Her co accused who are all out on bail include Wanjala Joel, the under Secretary/accounting officer, Owor John, commissioner in charge of relief and disaster preparedness and Lutimba Kyeyune Fred Henry, the assistant commissioner in charge of procurement.

On the 14th of April, the group appeared before grade one magistrate Doreen Kalungi and pleaded not guilty to charges of colluding to commit fraudulent actions contrary to rules governing procurement and disposal of public Assets (PPDA Act).

Prosecution states that the above persons in their respective positions between the 31st March and 8th April 2020 at the office of the OPM situated at plot 9-11Apollo Kagwa road in Kampala district colluded together to commit a fraudulent practice during the procurement of food relief for COVID-19 by inflating prices from those by the suppliers.

The suspects were arrested by the State House Anti-corruption unit led by col.Edith Nakalema.

Defilement cases on the rise, Police asks public to be vigilant

By Robert Segawa
Police has strongly urged parents and care takers to be very vigilant and ensure that they protect their children especially young girls as the festive season sets in.

Police reports indicate that defilement cases are on the rise since the the longest holiday in the schooling schedule stated.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, says in a space of one week four aggravated defilement cases have been reported.

Enanga adds that the first case was in Nansana Wakiso district where a four year old girl was defiled by one Deus Lubega who is now in Police custody. The second incident happened in Nakasongola district where 55 years old Otaye Lutamba defiled the 5 year old girl and was lynched to death by angry residents. In Mpigi central, a 6 years old girl was defiled by teenager while in Gomba a teenager defiled 3 years old baby.

Enanga says that that all the four children are admitted at Mulago hospital in a critical condition.

46 year old charged with rape

By Sania Babirye

An insurance officer has been charged with rape and remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspect has been identified as 46 year old Kigonya Fred a resident of Seguku.

He has been charged by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza who bared him from taking plea to the charge because he is charged by a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has now been remanded to Luzira prison until the 10th of June for mention of his case.

Prosecution states that on the 13th of January 2019 at Sir Apollo Kagwa road in Kampala, Kigonya Fred had sexual intercourse with the victim without her consent.

There has been slight reduction in crime says IGP

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has urged Members of the public to continue working together with Uganda Police in the fight against crime which will boost the country’s economy and development.

The IGP Ochola said this the launch of the annual report of year 2018 where he pointed out a total of 238,746 cases reported compared to 252,065 cases registered in 2017 reflecting a decrease in crime by 5.2% .

He says that 4.5% of all crimes were committed along the highways, 47.7% were in urban centers while 47.8 % were committed in rural areas.

He adds that cases of defilement, thefts, rape, Burglaries and murders have been more rampant in rural areas while robbery, common assaults, and Aggravated assaults are common in urban areas.

He further adds that 73,035 cases were taken to court reflecting an increase of 66,626 cases that were taken to court in 2017; with convictions totaling to 22,263, while dismissed cases are 11,121 in 2018.

Ochola further says 239,484 persons were victims of crime of whom 143, 880 were male adults, and female adults were 60,648 , while young boys are 10,772 and girls were 24,184 victims.

In her part as Director Criminal Investigation Directorate AIGP Grace Akullo has identifies leading crimes in 2018 as Common assaults, Defilement, domestic violence and fraud obtaining money by false pretense among others compared to 2017.

Grace Akullo says that 29,735 were registered, and defilement with 15,366 cases, domestic violence 13,916, followed obtaining money by false pretense with 12,313 cases among others.

She pointed out Kampala south division, Kampala north division, West Nile , Albertine region, Elgon region, Kampala East division,Busoga north and Sezibwa as the leading regions where crime has been committed to have increased in the same year.

In his part as Director of traffic and road safety AIGP Dr.Steven Kasiima reports that a total of 3,689 died in road accident in a total of 3,194 fatal accident s registered in 2018.

Dr Kasiima says their has been a slight increase in the number of people who died by 5.4% compared to the people who died in 2017 totaling to 3,500 lost their lives.

He adds that serious accidents were 6,085 and minor accidents were 30,526 in 2018.

He says that the causes of accident are due to reckless driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless pedestrians and vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition among others.

He adds that 199,785 penality tickets were issued out to indiscipline driver’s of which 15.6 billion have so far been paid while 18 billion shillings is to be paid by defaulters.

CCTV cameras are effective in fighting crime :Namaye

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force reports that 60% of the CCTV camera’s have been installed since the project started early this year in Kampala metropolitan.

The cameras have so far been installed in 1940 out of 3233 cameras in Kampala metropolitan area.

After the brutal murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, together with his bodyguard and driver by unknown assailants in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb in March 2017, President Museveni ordered for installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras along major highways, towns and cities all over the country to help curb crime.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru, the deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said that so far installations of Cameras is on going in areas of Katwe, CPS, Old Kampala, Jinja road , Kawempe, Kajjansi , Nateete among other division that make Kampala metropolitan . This work is expected to be completed in December.

The police spokesperson said since the installation works started, they have continued to record successes in terms of fighting criminality using the CCTV cameras.

“So far, with the help of these cameras, we have had successes in 27 incidents around CPS in Kampala, eight incidents around Katwe, six around Old Kampala and seven incidents around Wandegeya ,” Namaye said.

She further says phase two of the installation is intended to cover surveillance systems of municipalities, highways and major towns a cross the country.

Namaye adds that the training of operators, commanders and technicians is on going .

During the same Press briefing Namaye revealed that, a joint security team is in process of registering all guns in the country where it urged members of the public not to get threatened as it involves a process of shooting live bullets.

She later added that the team doing the registration exercise is comprised of Uganda peoples defense forces, police force, Uganda prison’s, Uganda wild life authority, External security organization, Internal Security Organization, private security organization and individuals.

She adds that the exercise is to capture data of each individual gun and matching the data of the holder. She says that this will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use.

Namaye says that tomorrow the team will embark on registering guns in Katonga region where the whole exercise is expected to end in July 2019 country wide

ISO son to argue temporary insanity

Prosecution in the murder case against the son of ISO director Col. Kaka Bayenda has revealed that the plea bargaining deal with the suspect has failed.

On the 12th of December, Bagyende with his lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru asked High court judge Anthony Ojok Oyuko to allow him plead guilty to charges of murdering his girlfriend Enid Twijukye in exchange of a lighter sentence.

Today both parties were meant to inform court about the progress of their discussions but instead prosecution’s Koseph Kyomuhendo informed court that the negotiations have failed asking for a full trial for the suspect.

However senior criminal lawyer representing Brian Bagyenda told court that his client is still interested in the plea bargaining adding that by the time the alleged murder took place, Bagyende was on medical treatment at Butabika Hospital.

Nsubuga explained that his client was under temporary insanity when the alleged offense of murder was committed.

Nsubuga has now asked for a two week adjournment to see if the plea bargaining deal will be successful.

Meanwhile lawyer Mungriek James, representing Bagyenda’s two accused has informed that his clients are not interested in any any plea bargaining deal and ready to go for a full trial.

Now the case has been adjourned until January 14th 2019 for hearing and further remanded until then.

In march this year, Nakawa court grade one magistrate Noah Ssajabi committed Bagyenda and his two co accused after state prosecutor Joyce Anyango informed court that investigations into the case are complete.

These were charged on the 1st of February 2017

Bagyenda who is a Pharmacist is jointly charged together with Bainomugisha Innocent a cleaner and a casual labor Vicent Rwahwire.

Prosecution states that on the 4th of January 2017 at Luzira , Njobe road in Kampala district , Bagyenda together with his co-accused with malice a fore thought murdered 22 yr old Enid Twijukye a student at Ndejje university and dumped her body in Namanve forest; 11Kms away from the scene of crime.

Maid remanded for murdering own child

By Sania Babirye

A house maid who allegedly murdered her one -and half year old daughter and removed her body organs has been further remanded to Luzira prison until December 11th.

This after state prosecutor Joy Kalungi informed a grade one magistrate at City Hall Beatrice Kainza that police investigations are still on-going.

32 year old Harriet Nakalema together with her housemate Annet Mwagale are charged with murder and trafficking in Children.

Prosecution states that on the October 29th 2018 at the residencies of the accused in Balintuma Zone – Kiwatule Kiira-Town council , the 2 with malice afore thought murdered Vivian Nalunga and removed her intestines , private parts , bladder and ovaries for purposes of Human sacrifice.

It’s alleged that after the 2 women committed the gruesome murder , they rushed the toddler’s body to Mulago hospital but doctors became suspicious upon realizing that the body had missing organs; hence informing police .

However on arrest by Kira Road police, Nakalema informed authorities that she had tempted by the devil to chop her baby into pieces.
A2 Annet Mwagale hired lawyers from Kasirye Byaruhanga and company advocates, but they had no objection to the adjournment

Kifeesi leader arrested and sent to Nalufenya

By Robert Segawa

The most wanted Kifeesi boss Paddy Sserunjogi a.k.a Sobi has been transferred to Nalufenya from Nsangi police station where he was arrested from.

Sobi has been arrested along side with two others namely, Shafiq Kasozi and Twaha Otim during interview with some journalists at Rose garden hotel in Nsangi.

The self confessed criminals will be interrogated on claims they made on one of the television stations that they have been involved in top crimes in this city. A video of these  claims have since gone viral.

Ugandans urged to screen housemaids for crime before employment

Dr. Fred Yiga, the Police Director Interpol and Peace Support Operations has asked Ugandans to get their house maids screened for crimes before employing them.

Dr. Yiga says that that one of the mandates of Interpol, apart from ensuring international and regional cooperation in the fight against trans-national crime, is to reduce domestic crimes in the country.

Dr Yiga was on Sunday speaking on the sidelines of the regional police meeting at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort.

He urges Ugandans who intend to secure the services of house maids, or home workers, to approach his directorate to do a thorough criminal screening about them.

This is aimed at ensuring the households are kept in the know what criminal records the maids they plan to employ have. Dr. Yiga says it reduces risks of trusting one’s home and children with maids whose backgrounds they hardly know. The services according to Dr. Yiga are available at a fee of between 50,000 and 60,000 Shillings.

Dr. Yiga says Uganda Police has a criminal database which entails fingerprints of every person that has ever been held as a suspect or criminally charged by police across the country.

He said that once a person brings the intended employees for vetting, police crosschecks with their database and advises the employer accordingly. Dr. Yiga notes that this builds confidence among house maids, or domestic workers in general, to work with one heart once they know police has their details.

Dr. Yiga appealed to Ugandan youth who are yearning for employment abroad to always go through Uganda Police to be able to guide them on genuine companies that handle the businesses. He notes that once Interpol Uganda is used, it becomes easy to also link with other countries through the same organisation.

In 2014, Jolly Tumuhiirwe,   a house maid was sentenced to four years in jail after she was captured on video surveillance camera footage torturing a toddler who was one-and-half-years at the time.

Last month, Tumuhiirwe was released about two years and eight months into her four-year sentence. The Uganda Prisons officials said her sentence attracted remission, a reduced verdict considered for disciplined and hardworking inmates.




Criminals drop letter at VP Sekandi’s house

Relatives of Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi are in a state of panic after unknown thugs calling themselves UPPF dropped the latest anonymous letter asking him to join the fight to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni.

The letter was allegedly dropped inside the residence of Ssekandi located at Kizungu village next to Hotel Zebra in Katwe-Butego division, Masaka Municipality. It is not clear how the thugs beat heavy security presence at Ssekandi’s home to drop this letter.

The authors of the letter say the time is now for Ssekandi to wake up and fight what they call dictator Museveni and his corrupt tribesmen. They say that it is only through war that President Yoweri Museveni can be defeated.

Cissy Kayiira, one of Ssekandi’s relatives who stay at the vice president’s home, says they found the letter written in both English and Luganda just next to the gate. She says they were surprised at how the thugs beat the security to drop the letter.

Special Forces Command soldiers that guard this home have taken the letter to Masaka central police station.

Vice President Ssekandi who was at his residence on Tuesday has declined to comment on the incident when URN contacted him today, simply saying: “I have nothing to say about it.”

This incident comes a day after unknown assailants shot and killed Gideo Tusubira, a businessman in Masaka at his home in Bisanje trading centre. The killing of Tusubira comes at a time when several villages in Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Lwengo, Kalungu and Rakai have been attacked by thugs leaving at least four people dead and 30 others injured.

The latest letter has now left security puzzled by the wave of criminality in greater Masaka region.

Some opinion leaders blame insecurity on the breakdown of Mayumba Kumi mode of local leadership. Until late 1980s Uganda had adopted a Mayumba Kumi or ten-house cell system of community leadership which was replaced by Local council one administration.

This mode of administration was such that every 10 homesteads had one leader who would lead that community.

Sixty-eight-year-old Joseph Ssengoza is defense secretary at Soweto village in Katwe-Butego division who lived under Mayumba Kumi administrative arrangement. He says the flow of information was swift under this arrangement.

Ssengoza explains that during this arrangement, it was extremely difficult for someone to visit any of those homesteads unnoticed.

He says the flow of intelligence information was very swift which made it easy to track criminals.

Latif Zaake, the Southern region Police commander says police is reviving this Mayumba Kumi strategy.  He says in every ten homes, they are recruiting a village Intelligence officer to feed police with intelligence information.

He says the current confusion surrounding the local council leadership frustrated crime intelligence.

Uganda last held local council One and Two elections more than 15 years ago.

Paul Migadde, a former local council leader says the current level of insecurity was not experienced until 2008. He says the dropping of anonymous letters started in 2008 when people claiming to be rebels attacked the area.

In 2009, at least 10 people were killed in Kyanamukaka Sub County after dropping of anonymous letters.

Migadde says since this level of criminality, police have never successfully prosecuted any people. According to him, the latest wave of criminality may be related to the 2008 killings where attackers gained access into peoples’ homes by drilling holes in the walls.

Police have since arrested at least 90 suspects in connection with current wave of criminality. They are on remand at Masaka central prison on murder, assault and terrorism charges.