Court sends man to jail for life over murder

By Sania Babirye

A 36 year old man has been handed a life imprisonment sentence after being convicted of murdering Lira businessman Emmanuel Etenede in 2016.

Justice Anthony Ojoko Oyuko has handed Moses Adrapi a resident of Ozuku village a life sentence after finding him guilty and consequently convicting him of murdering Etenede on the 24 of November 2016.

While convicting him, justice Oyuko ruled that state had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the convict with malice aforethought did murder the businessman.

Justice Oyuko relied on the over whelming evidence adduced by prosecution including two eye witnesses who saw Adrapi and others still at large shoot dead the deceased .

He also considered the dying declaration that the deceased made to his relatives while in hospital where he had been rushed for treatment in whichever he implicated the convict as his killer.

The convict and others still at large who were ridding on a motorcycle are said to have ambushed the deceased at Oduparaka trading center at night and shot him in the stomach with an AK47.

The deceased died at the hospital where he was immediately rushed for medical attention.

Child abuser sent to jail

By Sania Babirye

A woman who was seen in a viral video on social media assaulting and torturing a three year old girl has been arraigned before court and remanded to Prison.

Fortunate Badaru has today been produced before Kira court grade one magistrate Nabassa Ruth and charged with aggravated torture.

She has however denied the said charge and remanded to Luzira prison until the 11th of March.

The victim is said to be a daughter of her friend Alesi Azaru a soldier attached to field force unit at Naguru who was away serving in Somalia.

The victim had been left in her care in 2019.

Meanwhile, the victim’s mother broke into tears as she narrated to court on how she had entrusted her so called friend to help her take care of her child while she went way to keep peace in neighboring war tone Somalia last year.

In her testimony, the hurting mother who is due to report back to her station on the 13th of this month informed court that she had known the suspect since their school days and she trusted her to take care of her baby since they were like sisters.

The mother further revealed that she had also left her ATM card with the suspect to withdraw a monthly fee of 150,000 as upkeep for her daughter.

She however revealed that she was surprised to watch the video with her trusted friend torturing her three year old helpless daughter.
The victim was not in court.

Kashaka further remanded

By Sania Babirye

The supreme Court has remanded the jailed interdicted former permanent secretary in the ministry of works back to Luzira prison after failing to rule on his bail application.

Kashaka is currently serving a 10 year jail sentence handed to him by the then ant- corruption Court justice Catherine Bamugemereire in September 2014 that was upheld by the court of appeal in 2016 for causing government a 4.6 billion financial loss in the botched 2011 presidential election lc1 chairpersons bicycle scam.

The troubled former civil servant is however in the supreme Court still challenging both decisions of the lower courts and applied for bail in the same court so that he can able to argue his apply while he is outside the Luzira cells.

Today, his lawyer Peter Kinobwe asked justice Lillian Tibatemwa to grant his client on grounds that he is of advanced age of 62 and that he can not contain the tough conditions within Luzira prison and has substantial sureties.

However, state led by Josephine Namatovu has asked the supreme Court to deny Kashaka bail on grounds that is a convicted person who is serving a capital punishment of 10 years and that if granted bail, he is likely to flee the country among other concerns.

The court has now reserved it’s ruling on his bail application on notice.

Kashaka was convicted together with the former Principal Accountant Henry Bamutura, and each ordered to serve 10 years and 10 days in Luzira prison and also compensate government sixth of the 4.6 billion, Sam Emorutu Erongot who was the former assistant commissioner for policy and planning were ordered to serve 13 years, Timothy Musherure the former consultant was acquitted and Adam Alum who was a member of the evaluation committee has since served his 1 year and 9 months imprisonment and was ordered to refund his share of the 600 million refund.

Three court of appeal justices including justice Elizabeth Musike, Hellene Obura and Cheborion Barishaki dismissed the said appeal and ruled that they did not find any error in the decision of the lower court.

Justice Bamugemereire ordered them to also refund 600 million Uganda shillings to government and banned them from holding any public office for 10 years.

However, being dissatisfied, the convicts appealed both their convictions and sentences.

The four had been out in bail since their conviction and sentence and begin to serve their punishments last year.

The said bicycles were meant to be distributed to the chairpersons for mobilization during the presidential campaigns.

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.