MTN donates UGX 41M to displaced families in Kasese

By Deo Wasswa

MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has donated Shs. Ugx 41 million towards the Kasese floods victims.

This money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced.

The devastating floods ensued after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

Over 24,760 households with approximately 173,320 people were affected by the flash floods. Almost up to 150 houses were destroyed in Karusandara division while another 92 houses were completely washed away in Nyamwamba and Kilembe areas.

While handing over the dummy cheque to the Red Cross and Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte said remarked that facing such a disaster in these unprecedented times when the globe is grappling with the Covid19 pandemic and the country in a state of lock-down, spells double tragedy for the people of Kasese, thus prompting urgent relief from MTN and all other stake holders to save the lives of people.

This was during a dummy cheque handover at the Nyonyi Gardens MTN offices in Kampala today.

River Nyamwamba bursts again, government sends team to assess situation

By Robert Segawa

A team of experts from the office of the prime minister and other humanitarian agencies led by Kasese municipality member of Parliament Robert Centenary have been airlifted to Kasese district to assess the damage caused by the flush flood before possible interventions are made.

This comes after three Rivers Nyamwamba, Nyamugasani, and Mubuku burst it’s bank last night affecting several house holds, infrastructure,and businesses affected.

According to police, some houses have been washed a way by water, Kilembe mines hospital mortuary and pharmacy have also been washed away and now joint force police and UPDF embarked in evacuating patients,and people to safer places like schools where they will provide them essential items like food and shelter.

IGP Okoth asks bodaboda cyclists to be vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has tasked the director CID Grace Akullo to send teams to Kasese in the double murder of cyclist who are murdered over the weekend who include murdered from Kasese and one in Butambala.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says this while addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru.

Those who were murdered in Kasese include Tumusime Francis who was stubbed, Kyoya Ronald who was also stubbed and Ssenzira John Alex who was struggled at Butambala.

Those who were killed at Kasese are murdered at Kijjamanyi village and bodies were dumped at scenes of crime, where he noted that police is trying to establish another criminal gang that’s targeting cyclist.

He has urged Boda boda cyclist to be vigilant not to ride to distant area’s which they don’t know, working late hours, and should try to network with their colleagues on different stages.

He says that the territorial police is trying to give them more man power by deploying the homicide team and Flying squad that are going to work together to get the bottom of the case.

Rwenzururu kingdom prime minister released on bail, court sets conditions

By Sania Babirye
The Rwenzururu kingdom Prime Minister Thembo Kitsumbire has been released on bail. Jinja High court  judge Eva Luswata granted  Kitusumbire   a non -cash bail of 75 million shillings while his  sureties entered into a non cash bond  of 100 million shillings each.
Court set other  bail conditions  similar to those  set for the temporary release of  the Rwenzururu king  Charles Wesely Mumbere. Kitsumbire’s movements have been   restricted to districts forming the Kasese region. While releasing Kitsumbire on bail, court put into consideration  his  advanced age of 62 , grave illness ;  hypertension, ulcers  and  prostate related problems which cannot be handled in prison.
 The Rwenzururu kingdom premier has been   on remand at Luzira prison since December last year  on  charges of murder, terrorism  and  treason  in connection with  November 2016 violence  in Kasese district that left more than 100  people dead.  . He is charged   alongside Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and more than 170 royal guards.

Mumbere released on non cash bail of 100million UGX

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has been granted bail.

Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata said Mumbere does not have any history of jumping bail and had presented a list of prominent Ugandans as his sureties. These include MPs Winnie Kiiza, William Nzoghu, Harold Muhindo, Robert Centenary and former Rwenzururu Prime Minister Constantine Bwambale.

Mumbere was ordered to sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings. His sureties will also sign a non-cash bond of 100 million Shillings each.  He will not be allowed to travel to the districts of Kasese, Ntoroko, Kabarole and Bundibugyo during his time on trial.

Mumbere was arrested on November 27, 2016  following UPDF-led operations in Rwenzori region that culminated into the attack on the Palace of Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu. The army was reported to be searching for persons suspected to be involved in attacks in Rwenzori region.

He, together with over 150 Royal Guards, were subsequently charged, with terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder.

 

 

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ICC receives Kasese Violence petition.

By Robert Ssegawa

The International criminal court has acknowledged receipt of a petition by MPs from Kasese in relation to the killings in the area.

Over 100 people were killed when the UPDF stormed Omusinga’s palace in November last year and arrested Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday at Lebanese restaurant at Centenary park the MPs led by the leader of opposition and MP for Kasese Winnie Kiiza said the ICC had written back acknowledging receipt of the petition.

According to Kiiza among those petitioned include president Museveni Commander in chief, Brig General Peter Elwelu and police director in charge of operation  AIGP Asuman Mugyenyi.

The MPs said the cases in the petition include mass killing of innocent people and inhumane behavior of the army and police.

Mumbere to appear before Jinja rd Court today

The Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere, his Premier Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire and 152 Royal guards are expected to re-appear in Court today in Jinja.

These will appear to answer charges of treason, terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery, malicious damage and attempted murder over the recent Kasese clashes that left more than 100 people dead and scores injured.

The suspects including king Mumbere who spent their Christmas in different prison cells, were mid this month charged with five charges and 41 counts at the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Under the charge of treason, the king and his Royal guards and others still at large, between the month of March and November this year in different places within Kasese and Kabarole planned to overthrow a lawfully established government by force of arms.

According to charge sheet, the accused expressed such plot by utterances and overt acts such as attack on various police establishments, killing police officers, robbing arms and ammunition, recruitment of individuals to join an armed insurrection against the government.

The King has since been detained at Luzira Maximum prison and his co-accused are in different prison cells including Kirinya, Bugungu and Naguru respectively.

Through his Lawyers Caleb Alaka, Samuel Muyizi, Aarone Kizza and Evans Ochen, on December 14 , the king filed an affidavit before the Jinja High Court in support of a bail application.

In this affidavit, he accused the army and police of summarily executing his subjects during what he said was a ruthless massacre on November 27.

 

 

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Police continues to recover dead bodies in Kasese

At least 25 more bodies have been recovered in Kasese District.

The Kasese District Police Commander, Odongo, says the bodies were recovered on Monday from Maliba and Bugoye Sub Counties.

According to Odongo, they are yet to establish whether the bodies are for Rwenzururu royal guards or residents in the area.  The recovery of the bodies brings the number of those killed in the Kasese clashes 126 people.

Records at Kasese Police Station show that 55 people were killed on Saturday among them 14 police officers and 44 civilians believed to be royal guards.  Another 46 royal guards were killed when the army launched an offensive on the palace of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Sowed Mansur, the Rwenzori East Police spokesperson says Police is still searching for more bodies in Kisinga, Maliba, Bwesumbu, Bugoye and Buhuhira.

Mansur doesn’t rule out that the number of those killed increasing. According to Mansur, Police will continue with its operations to wipe out the royal guards who are scattered in different parts of the district.

Meanwhile police will today start conducting postmortem on the bodies of the royal guards who were killed at the King’s palace. Some of the bodies are in mortuaries in Kasese and Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.

On Monday, police turned away relatives of the deceased who had come to collect their remains.

 

 

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KASESE: Trial of Kasese post-election violence suspects

Court presided over by chief magistrate Francis Dawa Matenga was full to capacity and heavily guarded by security agencies when suspects Ali Tembo, Jaffari Mazze and Gideon Bwambale was charged with terrorism and attempted murder of James Muhimbira the Giso Buhurura sub county in Kasese

The trial of 11 suspects arrested in relation to the post-election violence in Kasese that left about 15 people dead started on 21st April at Kasese chief magistrate court.

Others Nelson Bwambale, Alex Baluku , January Kule, Alex Muhindo, Juma Muleki, John Nsimbaza were charged with aggravated robbery and attempted murder.

Prosecution led by state Attorney Mike Kwesiga explain the suspect inflicted body harm to commissioner of police Jacob Opolot while overseas an operation at Kisenyi trading center in Buhurura sub county and disarm police constable Joel Mbusi of his AK 47 riffles among other charges.

Court was adjourned to until 5th may 2016 to enable prosecution gather more evidence.


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KASESE: POLICE RESHUFFLE

The March 10, incident which broke out in Buhuhira and Kikongo villages in Hima Town Council after elections that led to loss of lives and destruction of property. In a statement issued by police in connection with recent incidents of violence in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts, Gen Kayihura said the attackers, who were killed, were members of a militia group linked to Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu cultural institution, calling themselves “Kirumiramutima” (strong-hearted).

The inspector general of police Gen Kale Kayihura has carried out a min reshuffle of police bosses the western district of Kasese.

Mohamed Kirumira has been transferred from Bweera to Old Kampala as DPC, Ochamulinga Emmanuel who has been Old Kampala DPC has been transferred to the directorate of operation at police headquarters Naguru.

Deo Obora has been transferred from Sezibwa region to Kasese as RPC for Rwenzori east,  while Kagarura Bob from Rwenzori east to Ssezibwa region as RPC.

Others are , Odongo Sam who has been transferred from Luka to Kasese municipal division as DPc , Mwesigye Vicent is now the DPC for Bwera, Ssubi Sam has been transferred from lira to Hima as Dpc and Baganzi Julius confirmed DPC Katwe.

The police spokespersons Fred Enanga says the transfers take immediate effect and are aimed at responding to the  security crisis in Kasese district.

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