Special hire driver killer sent to jail for 50 years

By Sania Babirye

A Kampala resident and also shoe repair who murdered a special hire driver and later robbed him of his motor vehicle in 2016has been jailed 50 years.

This is after Masaka high court judge Nabisinde Wilfred found 30 year old Kasekende Ibrahim guilty of murder and aggravated robbery.

The victim was identified as Musa Mukasa .

Kasekende and together with a one Yasin Lukyamuzi hired Mukasa on the 24th of July 2016 from Kampala to Kalungu.

These had claimed that they were traveling to go see their relatives but when they reached Lukaya just like other special hire killer’s, these two also asked Mukasa to stop so that they can ease themselves.

When he stopped, they then strangled him to death and took off with his ipsum car and dumped his body at Maguluka Kabale in Kalungu district.

They had asked for leniency claiming to be first time offender who are remorseful, However, the judge ruled that they committed a capital offense bu brutally killing the victim and needed a deterrent sentences.

The convict was arrested after he was caught in Bukomasimbi trying to sell the deceased’s car.

Kabale District Chairman Beats up journalist for investigating him

By Moses Kidandi

The Kabale District Local Council 5 Chairperson, Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye is on the spot for allegedly slapping a radio journalist.

Arinitwe Emmanuel a journalist with voice of Kigezi says the genesis of the assault arose from a story he had earlier covered at the District Council meeting, during which the district councilors tasked Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye to explain what actions he had taken against the former Acting District Engineer, Mr. Kiganda James.

An investigation by district officials had unearthed that Mr. Kiganda James had embezzled about Ug.Shs. 40,000,000 (over USD 10,000) that was meant for the construction of 4 roads within the District.

When Mr. Kiganda was invited to appear before the council to explain the circumstances under which the said money had disappeared, he snubbed the summons prompting the Council to task the LC5 chairperson to initiate ways of recovering the money and ensuring that appropriate disciplinary and legal action is taken against Mr. Kiganda.

Mr. Keihwathe chairman  stormed the studio and beat up the journalist while ranting and hurling insults as to why they were publishing the information.

Robert Sempala the National coordinator Human Rights network for journalists says the actions by the chairman are part of the  numerous human rights violations in the form of intimidation, harassment and violence that media practitioners experience in their line of work .

Late coming officials halted from accessing offices at Kabale District headquarters

By Moses Kidandi
Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District LC5 Chairman has launched an operation aimed at cracking down laziness  and late-coming among  district workers.
The operation is targeting workers at the district court and Director of Public Prosecution Office.
Keihwa on Wednesday camped at the District Headquarters entrace on Makanga hill and sent away all workers who arrived after 8:00 a.m.
Some officers were seen giving excuses on why they were late, but the district chairman turned them away.
Keihwa said he had observed that most staff came to office late, which interrupted government business and hampered public service for which they are paid.
He defended his move saying it was in line with the Civil Servants Standing  Orders,  which stipulate that officers should report for work every working day at exactly 8:00 am and leave for lunch at 12:45 pm and in the afternoon return in office at exactly 2:00pm up to 5:00 pm.
According to the district chairman, only 58 out of the 150 officers at the district offices were in office by 8am.

Eight Barham University staff resign siting poor working conditions

Eight more employees of Bishop Barham University College Kabale-a constituent College of Uganda Christian University Mukono, have resigned citing poor working conditions.
They are Rev. Canon Dr. Stanley Katungwensi, the head of the Post Graduate and Research Department, Reuben Twinomujuni, the University Public Relations Officer, Brian Kiiza, the University Cashier, Wycliffe Rushaju, Benbera Irakut, Mable Barigye, Fynne Ayebazibwe and Fredrick Mugyira, all lecturers.
The workers say they were forced to resign because of mistreatment by the Principal of Bishop Barham University College Kabale, Rev. Dr. Medard Rugyendo. Dr. Rugyendo replaced Professor Emmanuel Muranga who retired in August 2015.
They accuse Dr. Rugyendo for slashing their teaching allowances and scrapping their transport allowances. They also accuse the principal of harassing them and using abusive language.
Each of the lecturers has been receiving Shillings 15,000 for teaching each course unit and a monthly transport allowance of Shillings 20,000.  Mable Barigye, one of the lecturers, says he was forced to quit after Dr. Rugyendo slashed their teaching allowances by half.
According to Barigye, he can’t continue teaching for only Shillings seven thousand five hundred per course unit. Mable says the decision by Dr. Rugyendo to scrap their transport allowances without clear reasons or prior consultations shows he is inconsiderate.
Brian Kiiza, the Cashier Bishop Barham University College Kabale accuses the Principal of being a dictator to the extent of not considering the current economic crisis in the country. He also accuses the Principal of enforcing harsh rules, making the institution appear like a primary school.
The resignation of the workers especially the lecturers has affected studies. First and second year Students of Mass Communication, Business Administration, and Education have spent two weeks without any lectures.
Reverend Dr. Medard Rugyendo, the Principal Bishop Barham University College Kabale, downplays the resignation of the lecturers, saying it is normal, adding that those who are ready to serve will fill the gaps.

Dr. Rugyendo denies accusations of being a dictator, saying the workers are only are uncomfortable with the strict implementation of new policies.

This is not the first time workers at Bishop Barham University College Kabale are resigning citing poor working conditions. In September 2016, eight workers resigned accusing Dr. Rugyendo of using abusive language, scrapping off examination allowances and failure to renew their contracts among other reasons.

Those who resigned include; Godwin Kiiza, the Dean of Students, Gift Ayebazibwe, Accountant, Sadress Twinomugisha, Librarian, Duncan Akampurira, the head of the Library Department and his ICT counterpart, Patrick Mwesigye. Others included Gilbert Arinaitwe, a lecturer, Ruthrah Nahweera, an administrative assistant and Driver, Jackson Kamanzi Bugyingo.


Headteacher killed and dumped in Eucalyptus tree plantation in Kabale

Kabale Police are investigating circumstances surrounding the killing of Bernard Mugisha, the head teacher Bugarama Primary School in Buhara Sub County.
Mugisha’s lifeless body was recovered from an eucalyptus tree plantation on Kihumuro hill in Kihumuro cell in Rushaki ward in Southern Division of Kabale Municipality on Saturday afternoon.
Annet Arinaitwe, the Deputy Head Teacher of Bugarama Primary School, says Mugisha left school on Friday to withdraw money from Equity Bank but didn’t return.

According to Arinaitwe, they were shocked when they received a phone call from one of the residents, notifying them that Mugisha had been killed.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says preliminary information shows that Mugisha hired a boda boda rider to take him home after completing his bank transaction.
He however, says Mugisha was later found dead with several cuts on the neck and his hand tied.

Sabitti Kenneth Baabo, the Kabale District Education Officer has condemned the incident and called upon security agencies to ensure the assailants are apprehended and prosecuted.



Authorities task Kabale headteachers to explain poor performances

Head teachers of all government aided schools in Kabale District have been directed to explain the poor performance of candidates in the 2016 Primary Leaving Examinations.

According to results released last month by the Uganda National Examinations Board, only 334 candidates out of a total of 5,519 candidates obtained division one. Another 2018 students obtained division two, 1314 obtained division three.

The results further indicate that 502 students obtained division four while 153 failed the examinations. In addition, 81 out of 152 primary schools in the District, failed to register any single candidate in division one.

The most disturbing results were from Musamba primary school in Rubaya Sub County where, 17 out of the 23 candidates were ungraded, four obtained fourth grade, and only two attained grade two.

Now authorities have tasked head teachers in whose schools failed to register impressive results to explain the cause of the poor performance.

Kabale Chief Administrative Officer Abert Matsiko Mutungwire says that every primary school in the district was capable of recording more than four candidates in division one. To his dismay, many of the schools struggled to excel adding that head teachers need to take full responsibility for the decline in performance.

Mutungwiire says that authorities will use the reports from head teachers as a basis for future action to redeem the education sector and improve performance of students. He adds that some head teachers could be severely punished if it turns out that they failed to play their part. Such punishment could include demotions, among others.

Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa says that education authorities will table the reports and apology letters written by head teachers before education stakeholders and District Service Commission for discussion.

Kabale District Education Officer Sabiiti Kenneth Baabo says that the head teachers whose schools performed poorly yet they have a record of absenteeism will not survive the demotion.

Kigezi college students strike over poor meals

There is heavy anti-riot police deployment at Kigezi College Butobere in Central Division in Kabale Municipality to avert another student’s strike and interclass clashes. Trouble started on Monday evening when senior two, three, five and six students rejected supper, saying it was of poor quality.

The students also declined to go for preps. Collins Tushabe, a senior two student, says they are tired of eating poor quality posho. According to Tushabe, their pleas to the school administration to change the quality of meals served to students hasn’t yielded results.

During the ensuing chaos, senior three students also ganged up against their senior four colleagues accusing them of indiscipline. Paul Muhwezi, a senior three student, says they used the chance to mobilise and revenge against the senior four candidates for mistreating them throughout the year.

Joab Mwebesa, a senior six candidate told URN this morning that he saw senior four candidates collecting stones, which they later hurled at their school mates leading to clashes.

It took the intervention of anti-riot police to disperse the two parties. Joseph Twiine Muganga, the Head Teacher Kigezi College Butobere, says they were forced to alert police when the situation spiraled out of control.

He says they don’t have any alternative for meals apart from serving the available posho.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says police will maintain presence at the school until the situation normalizes.

By the time of filling this story several students were seen loitering around the school compound amidst heavy police deployment as their senior four colleagues were writing their Computer exams.

12 dairies in Kabale closed due to poor hygiene

Dairy Development Authority-DDA has closed twelve diaries in Kabale municipality over poor hygiene and selling adulterated milk.

The dairies were closed on Friday in a joint operation involving officials from Dairy Development Authority, Kabale District Veterinary Officer and Police.

The affected dairies include Kabale Tukore Dairy, Kigezi Dairy Cooperative Society, Rwakaraba Fresh Milk Center, Ambroze Fresh Dairy, Namanya Fresh Dairies, Babasa Dairy, Lords Mercy Diary, Sheilah Dairy, Zack Diary, Hleb Dairy, Asiimwe Fresh Milk and Trustable Dairy.

The dairies were found operating in unhygienic places and unregistered premises. The workers of the diaries were also found working without uniforms, protective gear and health certificates.

Steven Aikiriza, the Coordinator Dairy Development Authority South Western Region, says that he was shocked to find that 80 percent of the dairies in Kabale Municipality were selling adulterated milk, which exposes consumers to the risk of catching diseases.

He says only Beatrice Dairy Farm-BDF and Honest dairies fulfilled the operational requirements. Aikiriza says they have ordered the proprietors of the closed dairies to report to police to make their statements, saying they will appear before court.

An employee of Kigezi Dairy Cooperative Society, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, blames farmers for supplying them with adulterated milk mixed with water.

He explains that at times they don’t check the milk supplied by the farmers.



Kabale health workers are attending training.

By Wasswa Deo

Government Health care workers in Kabale district have turned up in big numbers at Kabale regional referral hospital to attend three day training on strengthening palliative care services through a campaign dubbed as hospital free pain initiative.

The training organized by Uganda Palliative Care Association and ministry of health aims at equipping health workers with best skills and knowledge to identified patients in pain and manages them.

According to Rose Kiwanuka, the country director Uganda palliative care association, through hospital free pain initiative campaign, they are targeting to train all health workers in all 14 regional referrals in an effort to extend palliative care services to patients suffering from life threatening illness.

Police deploys heavily in Kabale as Besigye returns to court

There is heavy deployment in Kabale town as five opposition leaders led by former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye return to court to answer charges of inciting violence.

Besigye is charged alongside Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Rukungiri Municipality MP Roland Kaginda, FDC women league chairperson Ingrid Turinawe, Mubarak Munyagwa, the Kawempe South MP and the Western Regional Forum for Democratic party Chairperson, Imam Makumbi.

The political leaders are charged with inciting violence at a rally in Kabale Municipality stadium in 2012. Prosecution says that four police officers were injured and three police vehicles vandalized in the melee. Today the government is expected to present its third witness to pin the politicians before Kabale Grade One Magistrate Raphael Vueni.

Security is heightened within the municipality, with several patrol vehicles and water cannons stationed along major roads in Kabale municipality. Deployment is visible at Butobere junction, Makanga road, Bugongi Junction and Kabale Garage Street among others.

Several police officers are also posted near FDC party offices at Humura House along the Kabale – Katuna road.

But Leopold Twesigye, a member of the Forum for Democratic change told URN that police is trying to instill fear among the FDC supporters who would like to show solidarity to their leaders. He however says that this will not stop people from turning up in large numbers.

Kigezi regional Police spokesperson Elly Maate told our reporter the police deployment is intended at protecting people and their property.