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.

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.