Married man sent to jail for defiling under age house help

By Sania Babirye

A man who allegedly defiled his 16 year old housemaid has been charged and remanded at Kitalya government prison.

He has been identified as 32 year old Nicholas Emwano, a resident of Makindye Mubaraka zone in Makindye division within Kampala district.

He appeared before Makindye court chief Magistrate Patience Lonah Tukundane which charged him with aggravated defilement which attracts a maximum sentence of death upon conviction, because the victim was under his care.

The magistrate did not not allow him to say anything since he is charged with a capital offense that is only triable and bailed by the High court and remanded him until the 10th of July for mention of his case.

Prosecution insists that, Emwano in the month of January 2020 at Mubaraka zone Makindye in Kampala performed sexual act with a 16year old girl when he was a person in the authority over the victim as her employer.

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.

UCC investigating Bugingo’s utterances against wife

By Alice Lubwama
Government will take appropriate action against, Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of Prayer Ministries if the Uganda communications commission finds out that his utterances against her wife Teddy Naluswa offended the minimum broadcasting standards.

This was in response to a matter raised in parliament this afternoon by Kampala woman mp Nabirah Nagayi ssempala who said that Bugingo’s utterances left many women in pain since this is an illness which women suffer as a result of maternal responsibility. “We have watched with pain the utterances of Pastor Bugingo both on Radio and television and listened with agony the insulting words the same individual has been spilling out.” Nabira added

Nabirah called all leaders to condemn the utterances by Bugingo since their stigmatize those women who are living with fistula, yet many agencies including the Kabaka of Buganda are working hard to stop, and treat the stigmatizing of this illness.

she has asked the responsible ministry to handle the matter urgently and seriously. Responding on the matter on behalf of the information minister, the state minister for housing Chris Baryomunsi said that the Uganda communications commission has already secured the footage and is standing the utterances to prove whether the law was broken.

” I want to join you in condemning that kind of irresponsible talk, and as Government we took note of the offensive communication uttered by the said pastor and the Uganda communications commission took note of it , warned him against the utterances , recovered the footage and recordings and now standing them.

Speaking on the matter, Rubaga North mp Moses kasibante wondered whether government has a mechanism of regulating the pastors, saying that there is a pastor in his constituency who lines up women during his sermons ans ask them to talk about their bedroom experience. The minister in response said that although there is freedom of worship in the country , pastors and other religious leaders should not infringe the rights of believers in pretext of faith.

Mother drags own sons to court for selling off family house

By Sania Babirye
A 62 year old mother has dragged her 2 biological sons and husband to the Land probe commission for selling- off her matrimonial home in Makerere Kikoni without her knowledge.

Eva Lubega has appeared before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and her 6 commissioners seeking help to recover her three plots comprised at block 27 Kibuga in Kampala which she claims her husband Ephraim Lubega and sons ; Timothy Muwonge and Enock Matovu fraudulently sold to Lawrence Mukasa.

The commission has heard that the mother’s troubles started when her husband Ephraim Lubega mortgaged their then 27 year matrimonial home in Housing finance bank for a 380 million shillings loan which he failed to pay back because of a mental health problem he suffered .

She had asked her elder sons Muwonge and Matovu who are a doctor and banker respectively, to help pay-off the loan and run the family’s Hostel business.

But her sons took advantage of her illiteracy , made her sign a document she didn’t understand by then purporting that she had given them powers to sell -off the land to a one Lawrence Mukasa.

A weeping Mrs Lubega has told the commissioners that since 2014, she has offered to pay back the money to Lawrence Mukasa who claims to have bought her land but the latter who has since transferred the said land into his names .

She says she has dragged the trio to court but for 5 years she has not got any redress since her sons keep referring to her as a mad woman. She now hopes that the commission will help her recovered her home and land .

Men accused of defilement released

By Sania Babirye

A group of men who have been in remand at  Luzira prison since 2014 for allegedly defiling girls between the ages of two and three have been set free.

This is after prosecution informed Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo that the Director of Public Prosecutions no longer has any standing charges against the suspects due to Lack of evidence.
Prosecution has explained that some victim’s families  have no interest in the cases while others can not be traced after shifting to other unknown places.
The suspects led by a one Ismail Lutalo ate said to have committed the offenses in the districts of  Kampala and Wakiso.
Failure by families to have child defilers prosecuted and punished  is one of the leading causes of child defilement in Uganda coupled by the weak laws and punishments given to the perpetrators and amicable settlements between the suspect’s and the victim’s families.
Eastern region continues to be the leading region with the highest cases of child defilement and domestic violence.

Judiciary mourns Lady Justice Jesca Naiga Ayebazibwe

By Robert Segawa

The judiciary is mourning the abrupt death of lady justice Jesca Naiga Ayebazibwe.

The late Naiga was been based on high court family division in Makindye passed on last night from her home in Ndeeba.

Her death  has been confirmed by the judiciary communications officer Solom Mwita who was described the incident as a great blow to the judiciary.

Mwita says the meeting is to be held with family members this morning to pave way for burial arrangement.

Woman leaves child to suffocate over disagreement with husband

By Sania Babirye
A 22 year old woman has been charged with neglect after she abandoned her baby in a house causing it to almost suffocate.
Nantanbi Christine a resident of   Kiwatule  a suburb of Kampala left the  baby boy  in the house following a domestic quarrel with the baby’s  father  after he refused to  give her money to plait her hair.
She has denied the charge before City Hall Grade one magistrate Talisuna Patrick .
 Prosecution alleges that at the beginning of this month the suspect left the infant boy in the house alone who was saved by his father who found him suffocating in  bed sheets.
She has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 25th of January as investigations into case continue.

Mother held in hospital for five months for failure to clear hospital bills

A mother who gave birth to twins five months ago is still held hostage at Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial Hospital in Luweero town over unpaid medical bills.

The mother, identified as Stella Adongo, a resident of Kizito zone in Luweero district, was admitted at the facility on December 21, 2016 and gave birth to twins by caesarean section. She was subsequently billed 495,000 Shillings which she had to clear before she could be discharged from the facility.

However, the 20-year together with her husband Festo Magumba failed to raise the money. The man later disappeared and switched off his mobile phone leaving the mover stranded. Adongo has since remained in the maternity ward where she and her children are surviving on handouts from well-wishers.

Adongo says that the hospital administrators refused to discharge her and she gets daily reminders from the hospital cashier to clear the bill before getting out of the facility.

Adongo was also supposed to undergo another operation three months after delivery. However, the hospital declined to conduct the operation over unpaid bills.

Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial is Catholic Church founded private hospital based in Luweero town. The facility receives 77 million Shillings annually under the Primary Health Care strategy, which seeks to make health care accessible to all individuals and families in a community.

Paul Mukungu the LC III Chairperson of Luweero Town Council faults the health facility for the inhumane treatment that Adongo has been subjected to over the last five months. He says that there is no reason for the hospital to hold the patient they have access to Primary Health Care funds allocated by the Ministry of Health to address such challenges.

But Sister Ernestine Akullu, the Administrator of Bishop Ceaser Asili Memorial Hospital denied holding the patient. She says that the hospital had hired the husband Festo Magumba as a porter on its construction site to help him raise the money. However, Magumba worked for only one day and disappeared from the site.

Akullu adds that the facility subsequently sought her relatives and advised them to commit to a payment plan but they failed to adhere to the advice.  She says that they have since petitioned FIDA, the Association of Women Lawyers to intervene in the matter and restore hope for the desperate mother.

Stella Adongo met with Festo Magumba in Gulu where he had gone to burn charcoal and relocated with him to Luweero town council to start the family.

 

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YOU CAN RAISE A GOOD FAMILY AND NURTURE GREAT CAREER AT SAME TIME

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Are you a young career woman, scared of mixing career and raising a family?  Well don’t be.  Young women can succeed in nurturing both a stellar career and raising a good family at the same time.

This piece of advice was sounded by the Director of Voice America-VOA who has just concluded her tour of affiliate media houses in Uganda.

Amanda Bennett   is encouraging career women who are afraid of   parenthood to always consider the positive benefits a career brings to the family

“One of my big advice to young women, to young families, is don’t always think about the negative things. Think about the positive things you are doing for your family’” she said.

Many young women worldwide worry too much about raising a family without affecting their career.

“ One of the thing  I thought when I was very young, was that If I worked really very hard, and spent a lot of time at work,  I was going to hurt my family”  said Bennett

However she hastens to add that your career should help you shape up your family in a constructive manner.

“I just got a note from my son while I was on this trip, to say mum I am now older and I know; I think you are so inspiring and am so inspired by you.  It so touched me to think about all the years I  had been  working , that it was not hurting him at all, it was not hurting his sister all, it was actually helping them understand how to be out in the world”  she told Capital radio reporter.

Amanda Bennet is a Pulitzer award winning journalist and author with a stellar career spanning more than 40 years.

She underscores the importance of enjoying your work if one is to succeed in building a great career.

According to her, there are two things that can help journalists thrive in their work.

“I got into this because I wanted to change the world. I think a lot of journalist did but I stayed in it because it was so much fun. And if you don’t have fun at what you’re doing every day, what’s the point” she stated.

Despite the tight daily work schedules, she encouraged Journos to always set aside some time for fun.

“ You are journalists ,you are doing important things, every day you are getting to go  out and  talk to people, go to countries;  have as much fun as you  possibly can” she advised.

During her trip Amanda and her team visited the Kisementi based Capital Radio, one of Uganda’s leading privately owned FM stations in the market.

She met with the top management of Capital FM steered by the General Manager Peter Jackson Mungoma and Programs Director George Manyali.

She was accompanied by Dr. Joyce Ngoh VOA Regional Marketing Director: Africa, Negussie Mengesha VOA Director, Africa Division,   Mwamoyo Hamza, VOA chief, Swahil service and officials from the American embassy in Kampala.

Brad and Angelina Jolie agree to keep their divorce process under wraps

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to work together for the sake of their family.

The actors released a joint statement Monday evening stating that they have reached an agreement to handle their divorce in a private forum and will keep future details of their divorce confidential by utilizing a private judge.

According to the statement obtained by PEOPLE, “The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues.”

It concludes: “The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification.”

For the past several weeks, Pitt, 53, and Jolie, 41, had been trading harsh accusations in filings in Los Angeles Superior Court, but recently both agreed to seal sensitive records relating to their six children.

Pitt and Jolie — who are parents to Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — have a voluntary temporary custody agreement in place that allows Pitt supervised visitation with the children.

-Yahoo