Sheikh killer to stand trial despite confessing

By Sania Babirye

The General court martial has set the 13 of March to start hearing a murder case against a 40 year old security guard Mugoya Biasaali despite him confessing to murdering sheik Masood Mutumba in Bugiri district in February.

This is after Prosecution led by Lt. Raphael Mugisha maintained that its not true that the self confessed killer murdered the Muslim clerk alone as he claims but committed the offense with seven others.

The case had returned today for prosecution to read to court how the suspect committed the said murder offense, so that Biasaali can be officially convicted.

Buy when Lt. Mugisha maintained that the the said convict committed the said offense with seven others, Biasaali refused the said facts and maintained that he had murdered the deceased alone because he had causes him enormous pain.

This forced the army court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Guti to record his statement as not guilty since he had denied committing the said crime alone.

Biasaali a Supervisor at SGA UgandaLimited, a Private Security Company Mugoya Biasaali is charged together with Balidhusa James attached to Local Defense Unit, Jagenda John Mary a Special Hire Driver and a resident of Lubowa Seguku in Wakiso District, Alex Mugoya alias Waiswa a Security Guard with Harsh Security Company a resident of Bukedea District, Amos Kojja , Sulaiman Konta, Charles Mwandha and Asharaf Mugoya all residents of Lwemba village in Busimba Zone in Bugiri District who denied the said offense.

They have been back remanded to Luzira prison until the 13th of march to commence trial.

60 year old sheikh Mutumba was gunned down outside his home in a gruesome incident that was witnessed by his 10 year old son on the 14th of February at Lwemba Trading centre in Bugiri district.

According to the deceased’s son, the assailants were traveling on a motorcycle .

Soldier wipes out family over land

By Robert Segawa

A Uganda People’s Defense Force ( UPDF) soldier has shot dead three family members, leaving one admitted at Lacor hospital in critical condition. The incidence is said to have been caused by a land wrangle.

The suspect has been identified as Corporal Geoffrey Okello attached to 4th Division barracks in Gulu district. He is currently detained at Barracks.

The incident happened on Monday at Vangadi Sub ward in Pece division Gulu municipality.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, Aswa region police spokesperson identified the deceased as Betrice Ajok 52 year’s, her sons Joachim Adong aged 20 years and Owen Norman aged 18 years.

He also identified an eight year old girl Afowe Peace, who is currently receiving treatment at St. Mary’s hospital Lacor.

Okema further adds that the two families have had misunderstandings over a small piece of land which the deceased family have been using for grazing goats.

Police officer dies as he rescues suspect from mob

By Robert Segawa

Police in Moyo is investigating circumstances under which a suspect grabbed a gun from police officer and shot him dead as he tried to rescue him from a mob.

The deceased has been identified as Corporal Majid Moro 38 year.

According to Moyo district police Commander ASP Shafiq Kasujja the deceased had gone to rescue a suspect who residents believed that he had poisoned two people to death.

Kasujja said that the late Majid Moro was sent to Onyere village to rescue a suspect from a village meeting where villagers had planned to beat him up.

He adds that after the angry villagers seeing the police officer, they started throwing stones as they run from the crowd , accidentally the stone hit the officer in the process the suspect grabbed a gun from him and shot him instantly after he abandon the gun next to the body and entered a nearby bush.

Kasujja said the incident happened at Onyere village Logoba parish in Moyo district .

DPC Kasujja says police mounted the hunt, but residents have abandoned their houses and run for fear being arrested but the Investigations are still on going.

Security guard shoots student to death

By Segawa Robert
Police in Jinja is Investigating circumstances under which a student of Kampala University Jinja branch was shot dead by a private security guard at the Campus premises .

The deceased has been identified as Katagwa Isaac 26 year’s old waiting for graduation in January next year but he was retained as a part time worker at the university.

According to Diana Nandaula Kiira region police spokesperson the incident happened at Walukuba Masese Sub county in Jinja municipality last night.

She also identified the suspect as Sayyid Zaid 37 years of age attached to Star react private Company based in Jinja town.

It is alleged that the guard suspected Katagwa to be a wrong person and shot at him killing him instantly.

Nandaula further adds that the suspect is detained at Jinja and his gun is also exhibited to help in Investigation. The deceased’s body has been taken to Jinja referral hospital for Postmortem.

Minor beheaded in Kaazo

BY Robert Segawa

Police is looking for a casual laborer who allegedly beheaded a seven year old male Juvenile at Kashonji village in Kiruhura district.

Addressing the media at Central police station Kampala, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga identified the deceased as Ephraim Muzahura who was last seen moving with a casual laborer identified as Jonathan Magala in the area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura district.

Police got information that the beheaded body of Ephraim Muzahura was recovered in areas of Kaazo by residents and it is suspected that Jonathan Magala went away with the head to unknown place, his motives have are still unknown.

He has appealed to members of public in area’s of Kaazo and Kiruhura to help find the suspect and reveal where he put the head of deceased.

Refugee shoots police officer on duty

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of police Okoth Martin Ochola has instructed the focal police officer on refugee Project to intensify vigilance lessons to all refugees in Uganda. This follows an incident that where a South Sudanese refugee identified as Abdul Abubakari allegedly grabbed a gun from a female officer PC Masuduyi Scovia and shot the Officer in charge of Palorinya Base Camp, ASP Ian Natukunda over the weekend.

Fred Enanga the police spokesperson says that the inspector general of Police Okoth Ochola condemns such acts of violence from the refugees in Uganda and he directed the focal police officer in charge of refugees to ensure that all refugees remain vigilant and law abiding in their camps.

Fred Enanga noted that there police Officer ASP Ian Natukunda is steadily recovering from Nakasero treatment where he is receiving treatment even though his lungs and ribs were injured by the bullets.

He adds that they have preferred three charges to the South Sudanese refugee Abdul Abubakari which include attempted murder, theft of a gun and threatening of the police officer.

Prominent Cranes supporter, Uncle Money sent to Luzira over manslaughter case

By Sania Babirye

A bodaboda rider has pinned Prominent Uganda Cranes fan and the vice chairperson Kasubi zone 4 in Rubaga division Jackson Sewanyana of beating and kicking a resident after suspecting him of being a thief which eventually caused his death .

Sewanyana who is also commonly known as Uncle money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison on charges of manslaughter jointly with a 27 year old Ssenyonga Benson.

Today, as hearing started , a one Abdallah Zaake Tumuhirwe a Boda-Boda rider at Munaku stage informed Buganda road court chief Magistrate Miriam Akello Ayo that on that fateful day of the 16th of August 2019 at about 8:30pm as he was going about his duties he saw uncle money holding the deceased and also victim Sirajje Tumusiime by the collar leading him towards Royal hotel.

And that while there, they met his co accused Ssenyonga and others who started kicking and slapping the victim while beating him with electric wires.

The witness has further informed court that the victim was facing the floor with both his hands and legs tied with a rope and was sweating profoundly.

He says that through out his beatings, the victim was pleading for mercy and that it was at this moment after watching the helpless victim that he decided to ran to call his Imam and that by the time they returned, uncle Money, his gang and the victim had disappeared.

He further revealed that after three days he learnt that Tumusiime’s body was at the Mulago Mortuary.

Prosecution has also tended in a still photo of the deceased tied with ropes as a prosecution exhibit.

These pleaded not guilty to the offense and were remanded until today for hearing of their case since they had no lawyer present in court to argue their bail application .

If convicted the two could face life imprisonment which is the maximum jail sentence.

Uncle money is accused of inciting a mob to lynch a one Siraje Hakim Tumusiime after they suspected him of being a mobile phone thief. .

Prosecution states that On the 16th of August 2019 at about 8.30pm, the late Tumusiime who was a phone dealer at Mutaasa Kafeero plaza in Kampala city received a phone call that made him leave his house in Lubya zone .

That later , uncle money was seen holding Tumusiime by the hand and leading him behind Royal Hotel where he allegedly handed him over to stick wielding youths led by the defense secretary Ssenyonga.

The evidence further states that the youths beat and kicked Tumusiime before uncle money transferred him to a unknown destination.

That after three days of searching, Tumusiime’s body was found at Mulago city mortuary with numerous wounds leading to the victim’s family to report a murder case at Old Kampala police station .

Engineer who faked his death officially charged

By Sania Babirye
The former principle engineer who faked his death 9 years ago to escape charges of causing government a 4.2 billion financial loss over a 70,000 botched local council one bicycles has finally been charged by the anti corruption court.

Robert Kakiza had been indented together with the now convicted and serving a 10 year jail sentence John Muhanguzi the then permanent secretary in the ministry of local government and five others in 2012 but he faked his death until in April this year when he was discovered alive.

Kashaka and his co convicts including former principle accountant Henry Bamutura,former principle procurement officer Mwebaze Robert who is now deceased, Sam Emorutu Erongoti former assistant commissioner for policy and planning, former consultant Timothy Musherure, and Adam Bond Alum a member on the evaluation committee but these had since then being jailed in July 2014 appealed their convictions and sentences and are also out on bail.

In 2012, a death certificate of the purported dead Kakiza was presented to justice Lawrence Gidudu only for him to be arrested in April this year after the statehouse anti corruption unit headed by col.Edith Nakalema arrested him following a tip off from a whistle blower.

He has been charged with abuse of office and an alternative count of corruption.

He has however denied the offenses and his bail already extended by the lower court extended.

The case has now been adjourned to the 18th of September for hearing of his case.

Prosecution states that as a member of the evaluation committee appointed by the minister of local government for procurement of the 70,000 lc1 bicycles, Eng.Kakiza abused his office when he recommended MS an Airtel as having the minimum capacity and experience to supply the said bicycles where as not.

He is also accused of neglecting all his duties by failing to evaluate the said bid.

The said bicycles were to be supplied ahead of the 2011 general elections for political mobilization.

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.