Defiler sent to Luzira

By Sania Babirye

A 20year old youth who defiled a six year old girl has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspect is identified as Patrick Kalule. He appeared before High Court Judge Elizabeth Kabanda and was charged with aggravated defilement.

He has however denied the charges and remanded until the 28th of this month when hearing of his case is expected to begin.

Prosecution states that Kalule on September 4th 2017 at Kiwanga village in Wakiso district performed a sexual act with a 6year old girl who was apparently his neighbor’s child .

Witness jailed for howling threats before the judge

By Sania Babirye
A witness has been arrested and thrown into court cells for threatening to kill a suspect in front of a judge.

The hostile suspect names withheld had appeared before Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza to testify against a one James Okecho whom he accused of robing him one million shillings and other personal valuable belongings including National ID and other original documents.

However when the suspect went into the court dock for witnesses to further testify, state prosecutor Cingtho informed court that the family of the suspect had agreed to pay back the money Okecho stole from him.

However, the witness instead informed the magistrate that he would only accept the said money with all other documents that were stolen returned in their original form.

The suspect also told court that the documents were in his house in Mbale but the relatives who were sent to collect the said documents instead informed court that the documents were not there but were willing to give him other documents that are certified but not original.

This angered the witness who started screaming and banging his hands in the court room stating that he was going to kill the suspect if his documents and National ID are not returned in their original form.

His threats went on for about 20 minutes and eventually when they let him off the stand and went in court, two court security officers came and arrested him and took him behind court cells.

Meanwhile his case was further adjourned to the 28th of this month.

IHK doctor killer further remanded

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old private security guard Ronald Obangakene who confessed to murdering an IHK doctor Catherine Agaba has further been remanded to Luzira prison until the 30th of May this year.

He has further been remanded by Makindye court grade one magistrate Prosy Katushabe after state informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

On the 24th of April 2019, Obangakene was charged with murder and aggravated robbery by Grade two magistrate John Okipi who did not allow him to take plea to the offenses because they are grave and capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

The suspect was arrested by police on Easter Monday after he went into hiding for 12 days and after his arrest, he led police detectives to a septic tank in GPS apartments – Muyenga where he had dumped Dr. Agaba’s lifeless body.

He allegedly murdered the deceased by by strangulation on the 12th of April 2019 after he allegedly accused her of trying to get him fired by reporting him to his boss who owned the houses he was guarding as a security guard.

Dr.Agaba was a tenant on the said semi finished apartments.

Prosecution led by the Makindye court Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma states that On the 12th of April 2019 at GPS apartments in Bukasa Muyenga – Makindye division , Obangakene with malice a fore thought strangled Dr. Catherine Agaba and went further to rob her of a mobile phone, Gas -cooker , a Flat screen TV , home theater and other Utensils.

Man jailed for sodomizing a minor

A 34 year old man who sodomized a nursery school pupil has been handed a 27 year jail sentence.

The convict is identified as Paul Nabamba.

He has been jailed by High court judge Jane Francis Abodo after ruling that prosecution has adduced sufficient evidence to prove the charges.

The judge has relied on the state witnesses including that of the then five year old pupil of Rise amd shine nursery school.

The victim revealed to court that the convict sodomized him while he was coming from school by luring him with a chapati.

The victim further told court that he was taken into unfinished house by the victim, were he undressed him and inserted his penis in his anus and that on other several occasions, the convict inserted his penis in his mouth and forced him to suck it.

Prosecution led by David Mugamba states that Nabamba committed the offense during the month of August 2016 at Watuba village in Wakiso district.

Man sent to jail for attempting to undress women

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old man has been charged and remanded to LUzira prison for habitually attempting to undress women.

The suspect is identified as Godffrey Byanyima a resident of Mengo in Kampala district. He has appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise who charged him with the offense of engaging in disorderly behavior by lifting up ladies skirts in the city.

He has however pleaded not guilty and remanded until the 20th of this month when hearing of his case is expected to begin.

Prosecution states that on the 7th of May 2019 at Ben Kiwanuka Street in Kampala, Byanyima did engage in disorderly behavior by approaching ladies and lifting up their skirts while uttering abusive words towards them.

He was arrested by KCCA law enforcement officials while patrolling the city.

Hearing of Mukulu’s terrorism case postponed

By Sania Babirye
The terrorism case against jailed leader of the Allied Democratic Forces(ADF) rebel group Jamilu Mukulu has been postponed again.

The case was meant to come up on Friday morning before the International Crimes Division of the High court for mentioning, however, it has been pushed to yet another date to communicated because all courts are closed for today.

According to the chief registrar Esta Nambayo, all cases that had been scheduled for today including that of Jamilu Mukulu have been adjourned because the annual general meeting for the Uganda Judicial officers Association.

Nambayo says the chief justice cleared all the matters to be adjourned and a new date for Mukulu case will be communicated. On the 11th of January 2019, the ICD court formally read charges to Mukulu and his 37 co accused.

These were officially charged with 20 counts including Terrorism, murder , aggravated robbery , attempted murder and belonging to a Terrorism group – ADF.

The charges were read by the court registrar Sanyu Harriet Lukwago , in a court being presided over by a single judge of the International crimes division of the high court Eva Luswata.

According to the indictment Jamilu Mukulu is stated as the leader of ADF and Salaf Muslim community in Uganda.

The charge sheet further says that Mukulu gave orders to his 38 co-accused to commit murders and robberies in various districts like Bugiri, Tororo, Namayingo, Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Mbale and Budaka among others .

Mukulu is also indicted for the murder of 2 sheikhs; Dakitoor Muwaya and Yunus Abubakar Mandanga in Mayuge and Bugiri districts respectively and the murder of 2 police officers Muzamir Babale and Karim Tenywa from Bugiri police station .

The group is further said to have robbed guns, ammunition, a gold weighing machine , millions of money and attempting to take away the lives of many people.

Prosecution led by Asst. DPP John Baptist Asiimwe states that Mukulu and the group committed these offenses for either a social , political, economic or religious aim in order to instill fear and panic among the members of public and government at large .

Despite reading of the charges, the group was not allowed to take any plea because the case file will first have to be forwarded to a panel of three justices of the same court who will try the case.

The Judge will now hear final submissions from both the state and the defense teams in order to determine whether the DPP has sufficient evidence sustaining these charges before she confirms them and forwards the case file to the trial panel .

The judge has further given the parties three months to conclude their submissions and adjourned further mentioning of the case to the 26th of April 2019.

The suspects are currently on remand at Luzira prison.

On the 15th of 2018 August 2018, the Director of Public Prosecutions finalized disclosing all its intended evidence and exhibits it will use to pin the former ADF leader Jamilu Mukulu and 37 on charges of terrorism to the defense team to help them prepare for their defense.

Jamilu Mukulu and 37 others including a woman are facing charges of terrorism , murder, crimes against humanity, aiding and abetting terrorism , attempted murder and aggravated robbery.

The group is linked to the famous murder of college students at Kichwamba Technical institute in 1998 , the spate of Muslim clerics’ murders that swept the country between 2015 -2016 and the murder of 2 police officers at Bugiri police station in Busoga.

Mukulu is said to have launched a rebellion against government in which he terrorized people in the Rwenzori region in Western Uganda before he established a base in the forests of DR. Congo.

In January this year, prosecution concluded its investigations into the case and transferred the case file from the Jinja magistrate court to the ICD court for trial in Kampala and also saw Mukulu transferred from Nalufenya detention in Jinja to Luzira Maximu. prison after he was arrested in April 2015 in neighboring Tanzania.

According to prosecution, Mukulu is said to have formed a rebellion the ruling against the government and terrorized people in Rwenzori region in western Uganda before he established his base in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

He is also accused of being behind the different murders of Muslim cleric in Uganda between 2013 and 2015.

Security guard charged with murdering IHK doctor

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old private security guard Ronald Obangakene who confessed to murdering an IHK doctor Catherine Agaba has been charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

Obongokene has been charged before Makindye chief magistrate court, however, Grade two magistrate John Okipi did not allow him to plead to the offenses because they are grave and capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 13th of May 2019 as investigations into the case continues.

The suspect was arrested by police on Easter Monday after he went into hiding for 12 days and after his arrest, he led police detectives to a septic tank in GPS apartments – Muyenga where he had dumped Dr. Agaba’s lifeless body.

He allegedly murdered the deceased by by strangulation on the 12th of April 2019 after he allegedly accused her of trying to get him fired by reporting him to his boss who owned the houses he was guarding as a security guard.

Dr.Agaba was a tenant on the said semi finished apartments.

Prosecution led by the Makindye court Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma states that On the 12th of April 2019 at GPS apartments in Bukasa Muyenga – Makindye division , Obangakene with malice a fore thought strangled Dr. Catherine Agaba and went further to rob her of a mobile phone, Gas -cooker , a Flat screen TV , home theater and other Utensils.

The suspect was apparently tracked by CMI officials in Loro trading center in Apac.

Police had initially arrested many suspects in her death including a Ugandan doctor based in the united states Ntambi Andrew and security operatives found him with the deceased’s property while in hiding.

He was tracked after CMI officials tracked the the deceased’s phone which the suspect was using after he removed her simcard.

The deceased was born in Mbarara district in 1991 and had graduated from the Mbarara university of science and technology with a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery before joining IHK two years ago.

Her body was identified by her siblings and it was covered in human wastes.

The suspect is said to have gone into hiding apparently immediately after the young doctor had disappeared.

Police said that they got interested in him because he went missing after the incident.

The 27 year old will be buried this week at Kagonji village in Kashari, Mbarara district in Western Uganda.

Woman sent to jail for killing special hire driver

By Sania Babirye

A woman who allegedly hired a special hire driver and later murdered him in 2016 has been charged and remanded to Luzira .
The suspect is identified as Namazi Aidah.

She has been charged with four others including Musisi Julius, Bogere Johnson, Owino Calvin and Mugisha James.

They appeared before the high court in Kampala and denied the charge of murder and aggravated robbery using a deadly weapon .

They have been remanded until the 20th of May when hearing of their case is expected to begin.

Prosecutions states that on the 12th of August 2016 at the Natete traffick lights,Namazi and his co accused hired Nsubuga Nordin a special hire of vehicle number UAL 671Y to Mitiyana Kigalama and later strangled him before dumping his body in a bush.

These are also said to have robbed the deceased of his car.

They are to return back to court in the 20th of May when hearing of their case is expected to begin.

Two women found fighting have been sent to jail

By Sania Babirye

Two women who were found fighting each other in public have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

The two Ladies have been identified as 33 year old Lydia Nalwanga and a 27 year old Tanzanian national Peace Nuwahereza.

The women who are residents of Kikaaya in Kawempe division Kampala district are also neighbors and they were apparently fighting for unknown reasons.

They appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise and charged them with the offense of affray.

They however, denied the offense and have consequently been remanded until tomorrow the 18th of April for their bail applications.

Prosecution states that the two ladies on the 19th of March 2019 at Kikaaya ‘A’ zone Kawempe division in Kampala took part in a fight in a public place.

Teacher sent to jail for defiling a student

By Sania Babirye

A male secondary teacher has been remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defiling a 15 year female student.

The suspect is identified as Patrick Kyasanku a secondary teacher at Busukuma Secondary school in Wakiso district.

He appeared before Kampala High court judge Flavia Agelin Senoga who charged him with aggravated defilement.

He however pleaded not guilty and was remanded until the 15th of May when hearing of his case is expected to begin.

Prosecution led by Annet Namatovu states that between the months of April and May 2016 at Kiwenda -Busukuma in Wakiso district, Kyasanku defiled a 15 year old girl who was one of his students.