Leader of opposition demands for thorough investigations into Makerere fire

BY Alice Lubwama

Opposition leader in Parliament Betty Aol Ochan has called for thorough investigations into the cause of the fire that destroyed property at Makerere University .

The fire whose cause is still being investigated by different teams from KCCA, Police fire and forensic department started Saturday night and it took police two days to stop.

While on her fact finding visit to Makerere university, she said that police this time should investigate and produce a report and if there was any ill motive in the fire outbreak, the culprits should be arrested, prosecuted and punished.

Meanwhile Aol has appealed to the government to urgently reconstruct the Makerere Ivory tower to continue keeping the pride of Makerere University.

She says the tower has been acting as a historical and tourist building for the University across the world.

She has also appealed to the government to set up an Independent Ministry of Disaster and Preparedness separate from the office of the prime minister to address such emergencies in the country.

Aol says on many occasions the government is held at ransom and in panic when disastrous incidents like mudslides, Corona virus and fires happen.

“Its’ now time for the country to have a ministry in charge of disasters and have a proper work-plan and budget for such calamities rather than asking for supplementary budgets from parliament.” Aol said

KCCA law enforcement officers warned against brutality

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital city authority Lord Councillors have resolved to meet the KCCA law enforcement officers on Monday afternoon hear some of the reasons why they have continued mistreating traders while enforcing trade order .

This was resolved in the council meeting that is still ongoing at city hall debating on the document that was released by the minister for Kampala Betty Olive Namisango Kamya to interdict the 9 KCCA law enforcement officers that were pinned recently for their continued brutality.

Before the resolution Councillors had proposed that such KCCA enforcement officers be expelled from the authority something that the acting deputy executive director Samuel Sserunkuma objected saying that the KCCA enforcement team must first be heard before the decision .

The KCCA Lord Councillors during the last council meeting had passed a motion to prosecute the KCCA law enforcement officers who engage in acts of brutality towards street vendors and hawkers.

The motion was brought by Makerere University Councillor Doreen Nyanjura in a meeting chaired by the Lord mayor Elias Lukwago at City Hall Kampala, and out of 34 Councillors 19 supported the motion.

Currently councilors are Still debating on how best they can pardon hawkers and street vendors as the minister for Kampala Betty olive Namisango kamya proposed in her statement that she released on 12 March 2019.

Beti Olive Namisango Kamya has suspended eight Kampala Capital City Authority law enforcement officers.

In a letter dated March 12, 2019 to the Acting KCCA Executive Director Eng Andrew Kitaka, Kamya said the officers in question were accused of extortion and brutality and that they should be interdicted immediately to pave way for investigation into their conduct.

The suspended officers whom the minister mention by one name include Jemba Bernard, Wampamba, Mukalazi, Kato, Muyimbwa, Kabito and Mariam.

Minister said, they should be relieved of their duties and hand in their uniforms, tools and facilities.Kamya adds that she expects a report within one month from the date of the letter.

Early this month Minister held a meeting with over 1,000 vendors and hawkers operating in downtown Kampala who accussed the law enforcement officers of being brutality and corrupt.

During the same meeting Central division Mayor Charles Musoke Sserunjogi asked KCCA law enforcement to stop arresting vendors beyond the stipulated time.

Lukwago said KCCA trade act stipulates that the law enforcer should stop operating at 5 pm, but some enforcers have gone a head to impound the goods of the vendors after the time some thing that’s illegal.
The authority still in discussion to have the vendors relocated to gazetted places.

Katuntu given one more month to complete BOU investigations

By Alice Lubwama
The opposition side in parliament has finally agreed that Bugweri county MP Abdu Katuntu continue chairing the parliamentary committee of commissions statutory authorities and state enterprises till 15th of February when the committee will be done with the investigations into the closure of the seven commercial banks by the central bank.

The decision was made following a closed meeting between speaker kadaga and the leader of opposition in parliament Betty Aol Ochan over the matter.

Ever since kadaga announced that Katuntu would continue chairing the committee until the central bank probe is concluded, there has been a lot of bickering between the members of opposition them selves and exchanges between Kadaga and Aol.

The main opposition party in parliament FDC had made changes in the leadership of this committee, dropping katuntu as chairperson replacing him with Kawempe south MP Mubarak Munyagwa.

In December last year, speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga told parliament that she had requested the Leader of opposition in parliament to allow for the extension of Katuntu leadership for him to conclude the investigations because it had reached a critical stage where the changes would jeopardize them but the request was turned down by the leader of opposition.

Shortly after the meeting the Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan said that the decision was made in order not to water down the investigations that have been made by the opposition

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.