IGP Okoth asks bodaboda cyclists to be vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has tasked the director CID Grace Akullo to send teams to Kasese in the double murder of cyclist who are murdered over the weekend who include murdered from Kasese and one in Butambala.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says this while addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru.

Those who were murdered in Kasese include Tumusime Francis who was stubbed, Kyoya Ronald who was also stubbed and Ssenzira John Alex who was struggled at Butambala.

Those who were killed at Kasese are murdered at Kijjamanyi village and bodies were dumped at scenes of crime, where he noted that police is trying to establish another criminal gang that’s targeting cyclist.

He has urged Boda boda cyclist to be vigilant not to ride to distant area’s which they don’t know, working late hours, and should try to network with their colleagues on different stages.

He says that the territorial police is trying to give them more man power by deploying the homicide team and Flying squad that are going to work together to get the bottom of the case.

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.

Senior Five student stoned to death in rival school attacks

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabale District are investigating circumstances under which a S.5 student of Kigezi High School was killed after he was hit by a stone or blunt object.

Kigezi Region Police Spokesman Elly Maate told journalist that the student identified as Bakashaba Rogers was in a group of rowdy students of Kigezi High School who sneaked from their premises at Rugarama Hill in Kabale Municipality and attacked Nyabikoni SSS about 5 kms away but were instead overpowered and a bitter fight ensued.

Matte said that the deceased is suspected to have been hit by a blunt object that shattered his his head and died instantly about 50 meters away from Nyabikoni SSS where the fight took place .

Maate said that the reasons for Kigezi students who were armed with sticks , stones and bricks are not yet known and 28 of them have been arrested to help in investigations.

“When the boy was hit with a blunt object which is suspected to be a stone, he fell down and bled profusely and by the time the police arrived , he was already dead” Maate said.

Maate said that a case has been registered at Kabale Police Station under reference number SD 34/09/06/2019 to help in Investigation and the arrested students will be held individually for their actions.

Kigezi High School is reported to have spent two weeks without a head teacher and the deputy and the chairman board of governors who resigned recently.

Parents are urging former students including Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda , Hon David Bahati and Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye to intervene and save the situation and save the school from collapsing.

Late Sebulime’s family want Nantaba to resign

BY Sania Babirye

The family of the late Ronald subulime have called upon the ICT minister Aidah Nantaba to resign to page way for fresh investigations into his death .

Led by their lawyer Muwada Nkunyinji, the family have also asked the DPP and the IGP to resign to allow fresh investigations since they have failed to resolve their relatives mysterious murder.

He says that maybe their junior officers will fully prosecute Sebulime’s murder to the fullest which has not been possible so far.

Muwada says that the family has realized from various police statement that police is failing to fully investigate Ssebulime’s murder because the key suspect is a government minister and the other suspects are police officers.

He says that if Minister Aidah Nantaba does not resign on his own,then president Museveni should force her to resign.

He has also called the international community to issue a travel ban against Minister Aidah Nantaba and the other police officers.

He says that the position of a minister is not an exemption from the law and want all those responsible for Sebulimes murder punished for it regardless of their status or position.

On the 11th of April, a police officer attached to 999 Patrol system was charged with the murder of Ssebulime Ronald.

The suspect is identified as 46 year old corporal Ssali David a resident of a Namungoona Zone1 in Rubaga division within Kampala district.

He appeared before Mukono court chief magistrate Mariam Nalugya who did not allow him to take plea to the charge since it is a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high court and remanded to Luzira prison .

Prosecution states that on the 24th of March 2019 at Nagojje Trading Center in Mukono district with malice aforethought caused the unlawful death of Ssebulime Ronald .

Sebulime is alleged to have been trialing the car of minister Nantaba and when he was shot dead by police after his arrest while on handcuffs.

However hus family denies the allegations saying their relative was a law abiding citizen who was on his way to visit his children in school.

Uganda explores dark tourism potential

By Deo Waswa
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has identified dark tourism as a product it believes will not only help diversify Uganda’s tourism product offerings but also help the younger generation understand the journey of their country.

Dark tourism is one that involves travel to places historically associated with death and tragedy. Foreign tourists are increasingly getting more fascinated by ‘dark tourism sites’ all over the world, and Uganda with its turbulent past, some of which has already been popularized by movies and documentaries such as Last King of Scotland, Kony 2012, 27 Guns; can become a favorite destination for this form of tourism.

Lilly Ajarova, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Tourism Board says that Uganda’s tourism is not just about the beauty, the dark past offers a new form of tourism that is getting increasingly popular around the world.

“Dark tourism offers complex and personal stories of those affected. These also act as deterrents so that such events never occur again. Uganda’s history especially during the 1970s gives us a unique understanding of the character that many people – both citizens and foreigners would want to learn from,” she explains.

Adding, “This product has had both national and international demand. In fact there are countries where you go to and Uganda is known because of Idi Amin. Much as that period may have been unpleasant for a number of Ugandans, it is an opportunity to show that the country has since moved on.”

Almost every part of Uganda has suffered some form of conflict or felt its effects in one way or another; some documented while some not at all. UTB is looking to transform some of these places into memorial sites that can be sold as tourist attractions.

“Every place has its negative past and how people transformed that ugly past to build their future is what sells the place. Take an example of Hitler and Germany, the genocide in Rwanda. These are events that have shaped the future of these nations and promoted them as ideal tourism sites,” notes Ajarova.

She also disclosed that UTB is looking at partnering with the National Memory and Peace Documentation Center, currently managed by the Refugee Law Project (RLP) of the Makerere Law School so as to profile this product further.

Uganda will join countries such as Germany, Cambodia, Japan and Rwanda as destinations for what is known as dark tourism when the product is finally introduced.

Relatedly, as part of celebrations to commemorate this year’s International Museum Day, an exhibition of the unseen archives of Idi Amin photographs was opened at the Uganda Museum on May 18, 2019.

The exhibition runs till November 30, 2019. It showcases the timeline of Amin’s leadership and lifestyle as well as providing a unique insight into how Amin’s years in power were experienced by ordinary Ugandans.

The exhibition that is open to members of the public curious about life in Uganda in the 1970s will also be taken to different parts of the country like Soroti, Arua, Kabale and Mbarara.

Suzan Magara’s suspected killer detained

By Robert Segawa

Patrick Kasaija alias Pato the main suspect in the murder of former female accountant Susan Magara has finally been extradited back from South Africa to face charges in here in Kampala.

Pato was brought to Kampala by a team of detectives led by CID commandant for Kampala metropolitan SSp Benson Olal, SSP Mark Odong with the help of Interpol Uganda a board South African airways.

Fred Enanga the police spokesperson confirmed Pato’s extradition and said that he is being detained at Special Investigations Division in Kireka.

Enanga added that Pato has been granted access to his lawyer and that arrangements to interview him and also investigate his defense in the alleged murder of Susan Magara are in place.

The police spokesperson noted that Immediately after the case file will be forwarded to the office of the DPP for perusal and probable sanctioning.

In 2018 February Magara an accountant at a family diary was found dead dumped along Southern express high way in Kigo after she was kidnapped for several days.

The kidnappers including Pato also a close relative demanded over 1bn for her release.

It is reported that they cut off one of her fingers and sent it to her father before over700m was reportedly released to the captors but went on to gruesomely murder her.

Indian investor found dead in hotel room

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala is investigating the circumstances under which Indian Investor was found dead in his Hotel room at Speke Hotel Kampala.

The deceased has been identified as Anantha Narayam Ramesh, 53 year old working with Mahindra Consulting Engineers based in New Delhi capital of India.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Deputy police spokesperson Kampala metropolitan, the Indian business man arrived in the country on 5th May_2019 and booked at Speke Hotel where he has been residing.

Owoyesigyire adds that on Saturday morning police was called by the management of Speke hotel who had found him dead in his room 101.

He adds that central police station crime department is still analysing the footage from the Speak Hotel cameras to establish the exact cause of death.

Police has called on duty stuffs to record their statement on sudden death of Indian business man, those recorded statement are head of Security Speke hotel, Duty manager, room attendant who found the body , together with waiter and waitress in Speke Hotel restaurant.

According to documents found in Anantha Ramesh bag, he was supposed to fly back to India on Saturday aboard Emirates Airlines.

Owoyesigyire further explains that the preliminary postmortem report shows that he lacked oxygen because of the blood clot found in the lung.

Luke added that , they had informed the next of kin through the Indian embassy to claim the body for burial as investigation into the matter continue.

Amudati family seeks compensation over poisoned food

By Sania Babirye
A family from Kadawa village in Amudat district in the North Eastern Uganda who claims that they were supplied poisonous food by the World Food Programme and Amudat District Local Government has dragged government to court seeking compensation .

According to the family led by a one Isaac Kolimuk and Grace Chepnyorio together with a non-profit organisation that fights for food and nutritional rights-Center for Food and Adequate Living, their rights were to adequate, safe and nutritious food were violated as a result.

Through their lawyers of Dalumba advocates and Kwesigabo Walubiri, the couple claims that on the 29th of March 2019, they together with five of their children ate the said including posho and immediately started shouting on top of their voices and walking while knocking walls with stomach pains.

They further allege that neighbors later rushed them to a Health center and were later informed by doctors that the entire family had symptoms of food poisoning as a result of the contaminated cereal .

They now want court to order government to compensate them and also declaration that the absence of national Food Reserves by Government is a violation of communities’ right to access adequate and safe nutritious foods .

The high court in Soroti will hear the case on the 29th of July 2019.

The food included super cereal foods and fortified blended foods to fight malnutrition in the two districts of Karamoja supplied by the world health food program (WFP).

On the 16th of March two people from Amudati and Napak died after the suspected food poisoning with many(262) left admitted in different health centers including Matany hospital in Napak, Alakas, Lokales and Karita health centers in Amudat with 77 patients while 185 were admitted in Lotome,Kangole and Apeitolim health centers.

Meanwhile 262 people were discharged after being treated at different health centers when the said alleged food poisoning broke out on the 12th of March in which patients were characterized with vomiting, stomach pains, mental confusion and a high fever.

A joint statement by the ministry of health and WFP stated that no more patients had been registered by the high 18th of March and also that samples of the super cereal stocks and water taken from the affected areas including blood vomits and urine from patients were taken to the directorate of government analytical laboratory and the central public health laboratory for testing and it was revealed that the said food had become contaminated because it had over stayed in stores and in the end became contaminated.

A total of five people were registered in the end.

WFP also suspend distribution of the said food in Karamoja and other refugee settlements following the disaster.

Super Cereal is provided by WFP through government health centers and community sites across Karamoja.

It aims to improve nutrition among pregnant or breastfeeding women by preventing stunting or treating life-threatening malnutrition.

The programme provides the nutrients that women and children need in the critical first 1,000 days – a window of opportunity from a child’s conception to his or her 2nd birthday.

Inadequate nutrition at this time can irreversibly hamper cognitive and physical development.

The United Nations World Food Programme – saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development.

WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

Assailants kill one and leave others injured

By Robert Segawa

Residents of Lweza B along Entebbe road in Wakiso district are in shock after unknown assailants wielding machetes attacked one of the families and hacked four members killing two on spot.

The deceased has been identified as Henry Kanywamusayi 58  year and his unidentified son of 20 years.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire , Kanywamusayi is reported to have been just returning to his home which he had abandoned for a while before he was hacked to death.

Residents in the night teamed up with police with a help of sniffer dogs from Kajjansi police mounted a hunt for the killers before police dog led them to one of the houses occupied by four youths.

It is reported that the house occupants declined to open the door before police forcefully entered into the house and arrested four people who are being detained at Kajjansi police station to help police in investigations.

The  two who were injured have been receiving treatment at Nsambya hospital where they were rushed in critical conditions.

Oweyisigyire adds that police has embarked on investigation to find out who was behind the gruesome murder.