Man arrested for nearly murdering his girlfriend

By Robert Segawa

Police in Jinja this morning have arrested 26 year’s old man for allegedly cutting his girl friends throat for suspecting her of having an affair with neighbor.

Kiira region police spokesman Abbey Ngako says the suspect was arrested from Jinja referral hospital.

Ngako adds that the suspect is a resident of Walukuba Masese division had gone to the hospital to visit the victim identified as Joyline Okurut who reported him to doctors who alerted the police for his arrest.

Okurut further told police that, she over powered him after stubbing her in the neck using sharp knife.

The suspect will appear in courts of law on charges of attempted murder.

Sakwa demands access to his office

By Sania Babirye

Embattled interdicted Jinja RDC Erick Sakwa has written to the Jinja district security officer to give him access to his office or failure to do so drag him and government to court for defying a court order and taking over his office without his consent.

Through his lawyers of Nyote&company advocates, Sakwa has asked Fred Musoke and attorney general to immediately hand him his office back since the DISO had raided his office and closed it before the interdiction letter from President Museveni.

Sakwa says he has been forced to work from his government car since the DISO has denied him access to his office despite a court order by the Jinja high court reinstating him in his office.

On the 21st of this month Eric Sakwa’s joy of being reinstated in his office as the Jinja RDC was short lived after President Museveni ordered him to vacate the office and ordered the director of public prosecutions to investigate his alleged manslaughter and robbery charges.

This is after the high court in jinja on the 20th of May issued an interim order reinstating Sakwa as RDC until hearing and disposal of his main case in which he us challenging his first interdiction

However, in a letter written by President Museveni to the Minster in Charge of the Presidency Hon. Esther Mbayo, dated May 11, 2020, president Museveni has instructed minister Mbayo to see that Sakwa hies away on a forced leave of two months to allow court hear and disposal off the said manslaughter case.

The said letter from President Museveni read ” I hear Sakwa is accused of being present when a Mwanainchi was being beaten by LDUs and that the Mwaninchi died… I have since got information that this was a frame up by some corrupt people in the Jinja area that are fighting Sakwa because of his good work. That, moreover, Sakwa was not on the scene and that the man fell down later and died from the injuries caused by the fall, etc.

A Ugandan dying is very serious. It is in the interests of, first and foremost Sakwa, for facts to come out establishing the truth. Was Sakwa on the scene when the LDUS were bearing a Mwanainchi? That would be bad enough even if the Mwanainchi didn’t die. Violence by security forces should only be used in self-defense, if a suspect is violent. Even then, it should be violence to subdue the suspect and arrest him, not anything else.

With addition of death, it becomes very serious. It is good that Sakwa got bail. Let him go on leave for two months and work with the Director of Public Prosecutions and the court systems to get the facts and conclude the case.

This is not a political matter for dialogue. It is a serious criminal allegation. If the accusers of Sakwa are lying, it will boomerang on them.” it concludes.

On the 29th of April, jinja court Chief magistrate Jessica Chemeri released Sakwa on a non cash five million court bond after spending five days in Kirinya government prison.

His sureties included Hon.Nelson Lufafa Member of Parliament for Butembe county, Kagoma county MP Walyomu Muwanika , Mayor Majidu Batambuze and jinja LC5 chairman Kisambira Titus.

Police hunting for site engineers of collapsed building in jinja

By Robert Segawa

Police have revealed that they have sent special teams to Jinja to look for the site engineer and chief supervisor of the building that collapsed last week at Madhivan Village in Jinja district.

Addressing a press conference at police headquarters Naguru Polly Namaye the deputy police spokesperson noted that police has sent a team to establish whether the site engineer of the collapsed building was accredited and qualified .
Namaye also revealed that they saved 12 people from the building eight of which are in a critical situation.Five bodies were retrieved, four were identified and one remains unidentified

Namaye advised the stake holders in construction like the city planners to always do their work of monitoring construction sites to prevent incidences of collapsed building.

UNRA to repair Jinja Kampala highway

By Deo Wasswa
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) is set to commence emergency repairs of some sections of Kampala-Mukono- Jinja highways.

The planned work is intended to improve the pavement surface for road user comfort and reduce on the prevailing traffic queuing along the section as a result of poor road surface.

According to Mark Ssali UNRA spokesperson, the project which is expected to last for 9 months for the stretch between spear motors (Nakawa) and Mukono will commence on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Addressing press in Kampala today, Ssali said the first phase of emergency repair will take place in the section between Bweyogerere flyover and Namanve.

He says construction will be done at night between 11pm and 5 am to enable normal traffic flow during day time.

The 13 billion shillings project has been contracted by Energy project-Niskogradnia.

UTB, tourism police crack down another fraudster

By Edwin Muhumuza
Kampala, Uganda. February 2, 2019. In another operation with the aid of Tourism Police, Mr. Didan Atukunda from Mamba Gorilla Safari has been arrested for declining to pay back an erroneous payment made by a tourist.

Mr. Atukunda was arrested in a bar in Kabale at 2am by the Tourism Police Regional commandant- Kigezi region, ASP Tinka Emmanuel. The tourist erroneously paid $30.000 instead of $3000 for a trip to trek Gorillas and Mr. Atukunda declined to make the $27,000 refund; forcing the tourist to contact the Uganda Tourism Board. Prior attempts by UTB to discuss and agree to a payment plan between Mr. Atukunda and the touris proved futile leading to the involvement of Tourism Police in a crackdown for Mr. Atukunda’s arrest.
He is currently enroute Kampala from Kabale and will be detained at Jinja Road police station awaiting hearing.

The Uganda Tourism Board through its Quality Assurance department is taking strong interventions to curb crime in the sector.

According to the UTB, Quality Assurance Manager Mr. Samora Semakula, UTB has set up a Tourism security committee consisting of Tourism Police, MTWA and representation from the Association of Uganda Tour Operators with the let aim of tactfully handling fraud and any cases reported by tourists.
Tourism is Uganda’s number one foreign exchange earner. We can not continue to let rogue operators destabilise the growth that we are seeing in the sector. Most importantly we want tourists to enjoy their stay in Uganda. Our role is to ensure quality standards are met in the sector.” Mr.Semakula said.

This brings the number of rogue your operators so far arrested this year to two. In a separate operation, Tourism Police and UTB cracked down and arrested Mr. Mugerwa Ahebwa who
defrauded American tourists of over $18,000. He is currently detained at Jinja Road police station awaiting hearing.

“We shall continue to crackdown rogue operators,”Mr. Semakula reinforces . The tourism industry currently contributes 10 per cent to gross domestic product, making it Uganda’s leading foreign exchange earner. The industry contributes more than $1.4b (Shs5.1 trillion) annually and is projected to earn about Shs10 trillion ($2.7b) by 2020.

About the Uganda Tourism Board
Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is a statutory organisation established in 1994. Its role and mandate was reviewed in the Tourism Act of 2008. The Board's mandate is to promote and market Uganda across the region and internationally, promote quality assurance in tourist facilities through training, grading and classification, promote tourism investment, support and act as liaison for the private sector in tourism development. The broader goals of the Board are to increase the contribution of tourism earnings and GDP; improve Uganda’s competitiveness as an international tourism destination; and increase Uganda's share of Africa's and World tourism market. UTB aims to create inclusive opportunities for the tourism sector through market transformation.

Museveni warns Ugandans against intimidating investors

President, Yoweri Museveni has warned Ugandans against intimidating and bad mouthing investors who come to do business in Uganda.

According to Museveni, the continuous hatred of Ugandan traders towards foreign investors spells doom for the country’s economic prosperity.

Last month, city traders went up in arms against government for licensing foreigners to engage in petty trade. However, Museveni says such rants are not good if Uganda is to attract more investors who have created jobs for Ugandans.

Museveni was speaking during the commissioning of a multi billion dollar Sun Belt Textile company in Masese division in Jinja municipality on Monday evening.

He pledged to repair roads that connect Jinja to other parts of the country to ease trade in order to create an enabling environment for investment.

Museveni asked Ugandans to come together to create an enabling environment for the investors to create more jobs. Sun Belt Textile Company, which started operating in 2012, manufactures bed sheets, blankets and bed covers among others.

It employs over 1000 employees.


Jinja schools ditch teaching Lusoga as a local language for Luganda

Primary schools in Jinja Municipality are teaching Luganda, instead of Lusoga, as the local language in lower primary level.

An assessment conducted by URN in some of the schools indicates that children in Primary I, 2, and 3 are taught how to read and write in Luganda, in disregard of the thematic curriculum introduced by the Ministry of Education ten years ago.

Under the thematic curriculum, pupils are taught in their mother tongue to enable them read, write and understand easily.

Flavia Buwereza, the deputy Headteacher at Narambhai Road Primary School told our reporter that the school decided to opt for Luganda because Lusoga is hard. She notes that even the teachers are not trained how to write and read the language.

She notes that the government should start training the teachers in Lusoga.

Mbala Sadhat, the headteacher of Katende Bright Primary School, says that they adopted Luganda because the teaching materials are easy to get. He notes that none of his teachers can ably read or write Lusoga language.

One of the teachers who spoke on condition of anonymity told URN that teaching Luganda to children who come from families that speak Lusoga is a challenge.”Sometimes these children end up failing both languages because while at home they speak Lusoga, at school we are teaching them in Luganda.”she said

Ann Kakaire, the deputy headteacher of Main Street Primary School notes that the school lacks Lusoga text books and therefore limiting the school in teaching the language.

Paul Baliraine, the Jinja district Senior Inspector of Schools, acknowledges the challenge noting that it heavily affects the ability of pupils to understand English. He notes that they have now started teaching Lusoga in teachers’ training colleges so that the district increases the number of teachers who can teach the language.

“This financial year we have set aside 36 million shillings for teachers skills development. We are planning to train teachers in Lusoga through workshops,”he said

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation-UNESCO, education and information in the mother language is essential to improving learning and developing confidence and self-esteem, which are among the most powerful engines of development.

On February 21st, Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Mother Tongue Day, proclaimed by UNESCO in 1999 with the objective of promoting linguistic and cultural diversity.

On this day, the Minister of state for gender and culture, Peace Mutuuzo, recommended for the use of local dialects to help develop mother languages.





Fish factory in Jinja burns down, witness fire was due to explosion on gas cylinders

Fire has gutted Kamik Fish Factory in Gomba village in Central Division in Jinja Municipality. The fire broke out at around 3am in the wee hours of this morning.

The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been established. Rogers Turinawe, the Kiira Region Fire brigade Commander, says they arrived at the scene at 5am but couldn’t contain the fire because of low manpower.

According to Turinawe, the fire started at the back of the factory. He said some gas cylinders exploded burning the whole building. By the time of filing this story, the police Fire and Rescue team was still combating the fire.

Fire teams from Kakira Sugar factory and Nile ply had joined police to combat the fire.   Kamik Fish Factory is adjacent to Marine and Agro fish processing and Gomba fish factory.




Police in Jinja wiping out crime ahead of the festive season

Jinja police have picked up 40 suspected criminals ahead of the Christmas festivities. The suspects were picked up on Monday night and Tuesday afternoon in an operation meant to ensure a crime free festive season.

The suspects were picked up from Kazimingi area, Taxi Park, Cinema halls. Tyson Rutambika, the Officer in Charge of Jinja Central Police Station, says some of suspects are known robbers who have been arrested several times previously.

“It is just a beginning, we are doing this in preparation for holiday season, and we want people to have a simple, calm and quite Christmas season. Schools are in holiday, young children are getting lured into crimes, spending their time in pool halls, video halls and through these video halls this is where they meet criminals.” he noted

According to Rutambika, the operation was triggered by the high number of robbery cases since the start of the December. At least 50 robbery cases have been registered so far.

“So we started operations in Jinja and we are not going to stop until Jinja is crime free. This is not our first time to make such operations. We have been arresting about 80 and 100 suspects,”Rutambika he said.

He however, didn’t explain what the charges they intend to slap against the suspects or what they intend to do with them. Our reporter was unable to access the suspects to hear their side of the story.




Jinja municipality residents to part with rubbish collection fees

Residents, traders and building owners in Jinja municipality will start paying a daily charge for the collection of the garbage they accumulate, according to a new proposal by the Municipality leadership.

Currently residents and traders pile up trash in polyethylene bags and wait for trucks to collect the garbage from their respective homes. They do not pay for the service.

Heaps of uncollected garbage are visible in the suburbs of Kazimingi, Walukuba/Masese and Mpumudde/Kimaka divisions.

Jinja municipality spokesperson Rajab Kitto says that the money paid by shop owners as trading license, is insufficient to cover the cost of garbage collection. Traders pay an average of 150,000 Shillings annually as trading license. But Kitto says that effective next year, every household will be charged for the garbage accumulated.

However, a cross section of traders has objected to the move. Annet Ntale, a restaurant owner in Jinja municipality says that proposal is unfair to them adding that the other taxes levied by the municipality are enough to cover the cost of garbage collection.

Solomon Baleke, another trader in the municipality says that such payments are burdening businesses.

But Nakalema Suzan, the health inspector for Walukuba division is optimistic that the proposal is likely to solve the garbage collection challenge the municipality has been facing. She notes that many people irresponsibly handle garbage

Francis Byabagambi, the Jinja Municipality town clerk says more consultations will be undertaken with traders to ensure that the grievances are addressed.