Police officers remanded to Luzira over corruption

By Sania Babirye

Two security guards attached to Mulago police have been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly receiving a one million bribe to return exhibits to a suspect.

The suspects, Amos Mbwira and Reuben Gasaki have been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende and charged with corruption.

They have denied the offense. Court refused to grant them bail on grounds that investigations are still ongoing

They will be returning to court on the 22nd of this month.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of October 2019, the suspects received the said money from a one Ibrahim Lubowa whose medical equipment had been confiscated by Mulago police.

Lubowa had allegedly given them the said bribe to give him back his medical equipment.

Woman kills partner after she finds him swallowing ARVs

By Robert Segawa
Police in Hoima is holding 28 year old woman who allegedly killed her boyfriend after she found him swallowing Anti Retro Viral drugs ( ARVs)

The deceased has been identified as Emmanuel Tumusiime 35 year’s a resident of Kijumba cell in Kigolobya town council Hoima district,he was hacked to death on Wednesday at his home.

According to Julius Hakiza the Albertine region police spokesperson, Emmanuel was murdered by his lover who used an axe to hit the victim’s head and he died instantly.

Hakiza further adds that Joyce Atugonza on revealing that her lover was dead, locked the house, got onto a Bodaboda to Hoima police station, reported a case of murder and later confessed to killing her husband.

The victim reportedly claim that she was hurt and disappointed that the boyfriend could have infected her with HIV. Police picked the body to Hoima referral hospital for Postmortem as Investigation is still underway.

Kanyamunyu trial pushed to 2020

By Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has fixed three days to hear and determine the case in which Kampala business man Mathew Kanyamunyu is charged with murdering social worker Kenneth Akena in 2017 has a case to answer.

Justice Steven Mubiru has today fixed the 8th, 9th and 10th of January 2020 to start hearing evidence by prosecution against Kanyamunyu and his two co accused including his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu for allegedly scratching his car on the 12th on November 2017 along Kampala -Jinja Highway.

Today, the suspects still have denied the charges .

Meanwhile, state prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya has informed court that he has enough evidence including credible witnesses to prove the murder charge against Kanyamunyu.

The DPP says he will prove that on that fateful night, Mathew Kanyamunyu was driving along with his lover Munwangari before he got into a quarrel with Akena after accusing him of denting his car.

Evidence further shows that Kanyamunyu shot Akena three times in the stomach but later the couple played a good Samaritan role to rush Akena to Novirk Hospital along Bombo road where he breathed his last .

However, Prosecution contends that Health workers at Norvik hospital who interacted with Akena shortly before he died left a dying declaration on his lips mentioning Kanyamunyu as his killer.

Joseph Kanyamunyu , is separately charged with being an accessory to the said murder where prosecution states that he was called by his brother at the scene of crime, picked the killer gun from the vehicle and hid it in order to conceal evidence.
The court has also appointed two court assessors Juliet Kasengwa and Simon Mateeka to follow the case on behalf of the public.

Prosecution states that on the 12th of November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

The three pleaded not guilty to the charge on the 18th of December 2018 after being officially charged with the murder of social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three were granted bail in October 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.

Man sent to jail for selling drugs in unlicensed premise

By Daudi Zirimala

The Makindye Grade One Magistrate Okumu Jude has sentenced a one Deo Mburakeye a resident of Masajja on Salama roads to 10 years imprisonment for the offenses of being in possession of classified drugs, selling drugs in unlicensed premises, unlawful possession of government drugs among others.

Speaking about the conviction of Mburakeye,the National Drug Authority NDA Head of Enforcement Samuel Kyomukama said that Muburakeye was among the 6 culprits arrested during the night operation that was conducted in Kampala and surrounding areas of Nalumunye,Kitemu,Salama,Kyanja,Rubaga and Nansana where 106 boxes of assorted medicines were impounded from five homes,and Mburakeye was found with 18 boxes of 91 impounded medicines labeled government of Uganda.

Kyomukama said that the conviction is a big land mark for NDA and a lesson to all those involved in stealing medicine from public health facilities which compromises the quality of health service delivery hence discrediting government programs.

Meanwhile National Drug Authority NDA through routine monitoring, surveillance and Intelligence on the quality of medical products on the market has discovered a substandard and falsified medicine, Augmentin, Postinor-2 and Quinine Bisulphate.

According to Lubowa Nasser the head of Post Market and Surveillance NDA,the surveillance was carried out in over 500 suspected drug outlets across the country and impounded the products from 14 drug outlets.

Lubowa noted that the drug outlets where the drugs were found and the suspect were arrested and investigations are on going,on the different particulars of Postinor-2 and Quinine.

Works engineer and wife jailed over elicit enrichment

By Sania Babirye
A principle Engineer in the ministry of works and transport together with his wife have been remanded to Luzira prison on charges of illicit enrichment and money laundering amounting to over 6billion .

These include Eng. Umaru Katingole and his wife Hawah Sengendo also known as Kawa Bitone the senior community development officer Wobulenzi town council Luwero district.

They have arraigned before anti corruption court grade one magistrate Moses Nabende who refused them to enter any plea because they are charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by a higher court.

They have been remanded to Luzira prison until the 24th of this month after prosecution informed court that investigations are still ongoing.

These are accused of illicit enriching themselves which is disproportionate to their income.

They were arrested on the orders of the inspectorate of government .

It alleged that in 2015, Katongole was in possession of property valued at 6.2bn which was disproportionate to his income, past known sources of income and asset.

Katongole is also accused of having transferred them to Darkins Uganda limited on the 25th of August 2015 for purposes of disguising the illicit origin of the properties which led to his arrest.

It’s also alleged that Katongole and Sengendo between the 4th of April 2011 and 6th August 2015, at tropical bank limited main branch in Kampala deposited 2.8bn on account for the purpose of concealing and disguising the illicit origin of funds knowing or having reasons to believe that the said funds were proceeds of crime.

Blogger remanded over offensive communication

BY Sania Babirye
A journalist with an online media website Drone website has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defaming a labour export Company.

This is after Pidson Kareire appeared before Makindye court grade one magistrate Muwonge Okumu and charged with criminal libel and offensive communication.

He has now been remanded to luzira prison until tomorrow as investigations into the case continues.

Middle East Consultants limited accuses Pidson of allegedly publishing stories on the Drone Media website accusing the labour company of extorting money from desperate unemployed Ugandans to secure unavailable Jobs abroad.

The offenses related to computer misuse act are contrary to the penal code and computer misuse act.

Some other people battling charges of offensive communication include Makerere university researcher Dr.Stella Nyanzi who is also accused of using her Facebook page to defame the person of the president Museveni and his late mother .

Nyanzi is being tried by Buganda road court and is currently on remand at Luzira prison since last year after she refused to apply for bail.

The computer misuse act is designed to protect computer users against wilful attacks and theft of information.

Offenses under the act include hacking, unauthorized access to computer systems and purposefully spreading malicious and damaging information.

30 year old sent to jail for sodomizing minor

By Sania Babirye
A 30 year old painter has pleaded guilty to sodomizing his neighbors 11 year old son and consequently handed an 11 year jail sentence .

The convict is identified as Herbert Kiiza.

He has been convicted on his own plea by Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo.

After accepting the offense of sodomy, the judge sentenced him to 11 years and 10 days in Luzira prison.

He is said to have committed the offense between on the 22nd of February 2016 and 22nd October 2017 in Kyebando Katale Zone in Kawempe division Kampala district.

The child was discovered by his teacher who realized that the child was walking uncomfortable and when she checked him, she discovered that the miner was using clothes to cover himself to stop leaking from his anus.

He later confided in the teacher and revealed that the convict was sodomizing him leading to his arrest.

Woman jailed for withdrawing deceased’s money

By Sania Babirye
A 59 year old woman has been charged with withdrawing over 77 million Uganda shillings belonging to a deceased person.

The suspect is identified as Tumwijukye Florence Kamuhanda a resident of Makanga village in Kabale municipality, Kabale district.

She appeared before Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza who charged her with two counts of theft contrary to section 25 (1) 261 of the penal code act and inter meddling with the property of the deceased contrary to section 11(1)and( 2 )of the administrator General act of 159.

She has however pleaded not guilty and remanded to Luzira prison until next month for hearing of her case.

Prosecution states that Tumwijukye Florence Kamuhanda and others still at large on the 2nd day of February 2018 at DFCU bank Kampala road Branch central division in Kampala district without being dully Authorized by the law or without Authority of the administrator general inter meddled with the property of the deceased, the late Komuhanda John Wycliff to want money amounting to seventy seven million one hundred Twenty two thousand shillings.

She is also accused of stealing the said money by withdrawing it on the same day at the same place.

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.