Masaka police top bosses asked to step down as investigations continue

By Robert Segawa

Police Professional Standards Unit has ordered top leadership at Masaka Central police station to vacate office to pave way for investigation.

This comes after a Bodaboda rider Hussein Walugembe 29 year set himself on fire in the office of acting Officer in Charge traffic for failing to raise 40,000/= for the release his motorcycle.

The four officers asked to leave the office are District Police Commissioner, Masaka Superintendent of Police Bosco Bakashaba , Elias Bairuka officer in charge of criminal investigation, Owen Nahabwe officer in charge of operations, and David Kanakulya OC station Nyendo police.

According to Mohammed Nsubuga the police spokesman Greater Masaka region, the four officers have been asked to report to the Professional Standards Unit head offices in Bukoto

UCE examination leakage started in Iganga says UNEB boss

The recent leakage of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers has been traced to Iganga district. The confirmation comes a week after media reports indicating that examination papers were circulating on social media long before they were done by the candidates.

UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says preliminary investigations have traced the leakage to storage station in Busesa. He adds that the area supervisor and scouts have since been arrested to aid investigations into the matter.

“The scout sent to guard the exam confessed that he was paid 1 million Shillings to give his keys to perpetrators of the fraud,” Odong told journalists in Kampala today.

According to Odongo, over 26 people from various districts have so far been arrested in relation to the examination leakage. Of the arrested; five were from Entebbe, five from Rwizi, four from Rwenzori west region, two from Serere, one from Amuria, nine from Kampala and one from Iganga.

They include private school teachers, a student, a director of a private school and bursar of a government school among others.

Odongo says the involvement of teachers is an “indictment of teachers who have made education a business.” He however adds that UNEB was still pondering the next course of action.

“Our scouts from other parts of the country have told us that examinations in their areas were going on well and were not affected by news of the examination leaks.”

“Until the impact is established, we shall not know what appropriate measure to take to handle the after effect of the exam. So for now we do not know whether we shall cancel the exam or reduce or increase the pass mark. We shall only know what to do after we establish what can be done.”




Police blame Kisenyi fire on radiation

By Robert Segawa

Fire guts number of cassava and maize mills in Kisenyi, down town Kampala destroying property worth billions of shillings.

According to director fire and rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the fire started from make shift structure that houses the mills and spread to Salabed building the stores of Salabed shipping cargo.

20 maize and cassava mill machines were destroyed in the fire, stores of car engines belonging to Salabed shipping cargo, tonnes of maize floor shops and other expensive properties destroyed.

According to Mugisa, fire was too big to be contained within short period of time and fire brigade will maintain its presence at the scene until they assured nothing can re-ignite any other fire.

Sserwadda Richard the chairman of produce dealers attributed the cause of fire on land wrangles between the two tycoons.

He appealed to ministry of disaster and preparedness to come to their rescue.

The police fire department says there is no death or injuries recorded so far in the Kisenyi fire .

He says the fire was fueled by radiation from the compact make shift ‘. He says investigation is underway to establish the cause of fire.

Police declares Greater Masaka region safe

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force confirms that the greater Masaka region is safe after arresting close to 90 criminals including the 3 ring leaders.

The confirmation comes after several criminal attacks were reported in areas Masaka, Bukomasimbi and Lwengo that left three people dead.

Addressing the press today at the Media center the police spokesperson Assan Kasingye says that 33 suspects appeared in court while 56 are still under investigation.

Kasingye adds that other groups of 19 suspects are to appear in court today on charges ranging from aggravated robbery, attempted murder and theft.

He adds that security patrols conducted by the joint security forces are still going on to clean out all suspected criminals.

Police declare Rwenzururu kingdom and Admin offices out of bounds

The Rwenzururu kingdom palace and its administrative offices will remain closed until police investigations into the Kasese clashes are completed, the Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson, Sowed Mansur has disclosed. According to Mansur, no Obusinga official will be allowed to access both places since they are still regarded as crime scenes.
Asked whether the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere will be allowed to access the palace and offices should he be granted bail, Mansur said that Mumbere would only be allowed to use his royal residence in Kampala. Currently, the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu has opened new administration offices in Kasese town. The Kingdom rents a two roomed office space at Divine Guest house on Henry Bwambale road in Kasese Town as an emergency office as they look at means of accessing the original kingdom administration offices on Alexander Street.
The Obusinga offices were closed by security forces on November 26, 2016 following a joint raid by Uganda People’s Defense Forces and police, which claimed the lives of eight people. Enock Muhindo, the Speaker of the Obusinga House of Representatives, told URN recently that they decided to open new offices to allow them run kingdom activities.
Muhindo says the emergency offices will be used to coordinate activities of the institution especially peace negotiations. He explains that basing on the detention of the king and the prime minister, he had to sit down with some clan leaders to work out procedures of how to gain peace and restore hope among kingdom subjects.
King Mumbere, his prime Minister and 161 royal guards were remanded to Luzira Prisons on 41 counts including murder, treason, aggravated robbery and malicious damage to property among others.


Ministry of Health out of bounds for staff and public till investigations conclude

The Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala have been declared out of bounds for staff and other citizens following a fire outbreak this afternoon.

All entrances to the ministry are currently manned by police anti-terrorism officers with no one allowed access. Several people who were attempting to pick cars from the parking yard were also blocked.

Joyce Moriku, the State minister for Primary Health Care who rushed at the offices following the incident told Journalists that the fire outbreak was unfortunate but it was contained within time.   She added that the staff will not be allowed to access the building until investigations are complete.

Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, the ministry’s spokesperson that the fire affected the quality assurance office, part of the reproductive health office and the child health division.

Nakaliika told URN that a number of ministry officers were in the building at the time the fire started explaining that they were in preparations to travel to Omoro district for the launch of the preventative meningitis vaccination campaign.

ASP Okobo Godfrey, the Acting Commissioner for Fire Prevention at Fire and Rescue Services told URN that they had managed to put out the fire but have not yet established its cause.

He however noted the presence of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and scene of crime officers who have started investigations.

Okobo further said that they suspect that the fire started in a pantry on the third floor of the building.

Okobo also noted a challenge of access to affected offices citing use of access control – biometric system where they could not easily access since they are not staff but broke into the premises.

He also noted that the ministry’s water hydrant had no water and could not help them.