Luweero residents live in fear over letters posing death threats

There is fresh panic in Luweero district following new letters dropped by unidentified thugs threatening to attack residents. The copy of the letter URN has seen, threatens attacks on residents from Bamunanika in Bamunanika County up to Busula village in Katikamu Sub County.

The thugs ask residents to be ready, saying they will attack any time. Unlike similar letters dropped by thugs earlier, this time around the authors have provided a phone number for those who wish to join them. The mobile phone number is registered under the names of Francis Tanzekpwe.

Paul Luzinda, a resident of Lukowe trading center, says he picked the anonymous letter near his shop and decided to take it to Julius Owori, the Musaale Parish Internal Security Officer-PISO. Owori says he received two copies of the same letter from residents of Lukooge.

Paul Wataka, the Luweero District Police Commander has confirmed the development, saying they have launched investigations into the source of the letter. According to Wataka, they are not living anything to chance since the thugs have kept their word whenever they have threatened to attack.

About a fortnight ago, unidentified thugs dropped similar letters in Luweero town. The thugs asked residents near fuel pump stations and police stations to relocate to a distance not less than 500 meters to avoid being killed in attacks.

The anonymous letters first appeared in greater Masaka and Mbarara areas before they spread to other parts including Kampala, Wakiso and Luweero districts.

Just last week, unidentified thugs dropped anonymous letters at the home of the Vice President Edward Sekandi home in Masaka asking him to join the fight to
overthrow President, Yoweri Museveni.




Luweero residents furious with town council over garbage disposal

Luweero town council is embroiled in a row with residents over the garbage site following the closure of the treatment plant. In 2009, German Development Service-DED built a garbage treatment plant near Kasana Market in Luweero town council.

The plant was expected to process garbage into manure for sale to farmers. However, in 2011, the project collapsed when the DED pulled out citing financial impropriety by town council officials. A result, Luweero town council resorted to dumping garbage at another 2.5 hectare piece of land found in Kalongo South east zone.

However, residents neighboring the site want it relocated citing poor garbage disposal. Kulusum Nakabanda, an affected resident faults the town council authorities for dumping garbage in a residential area, which exposes residents to diseases.

Betty Nambi, another affected residents some of the neighbors have abandoned their houses because of the heavy stench and swarm of flies from the garbage.

Twaha Kalema, another resident says the runoff water from the garbage also contaminates a nearby well, which is used as source of water.

Residents also claims the crisis is worsened by the public cemetery, which is part of the 2.5 hectare garbage site.

Hadijah Nakyonyi and Halima Namukwaya claims that often dogs exhume bodies in the cemetery and feast on them.

Muluuta Mugagga, the Luweero town clerk declined to comment saying he was busy but the LC 3 Chairperson of the town Paul Mukungu said there are no plans to relocate the garbage site.

Mukungu says that he has received an invitation from the Germany Government to discuss among others issues, revamping the garbage treatment plant, saying they he hopeful they will start receiving funding.




Police finds contract killer

By Robert Ssegawa.

Police in Kampala have killed a suspected thug alleged to be behind the killing and aggravated robberies in areas like Luweero, Kawempe, Nangabo, Makindye, Mukono and others areas.

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth was arrest in Nakasongola district with a gun but in a process of resisting he was short and later died in Mulago.

Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth
Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth

Upon investigation police have got incriminating evidence showing that he was the leader of a group that killed Nakawa Juliet in Mukono after robbing 7 million from her, it’s the same suspect who killed Sewaka Husein a police officer in Luweero and several others .

Police has discovered 688 rounds of a munitions, one AK47, 14 phones, airtime, and identity cards of some of people he has been killing.

In the same investigation, police has arrested Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist who has been offering him with transport and Nambi Marium who is the wife to the deceased to help in more investigations.

Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist
Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist


Luweero district officials accused of misusing government cars

The Auditor General has faulted Luweero district for misuse of government vehicles.

The district owns 20 pickups, 9 heavy load vehicles, 170 motorcycles and 60 bicycles. However, the 2014/15 audit report released by the Auditor General recently faults the district administration for lacking policies to control and manage the fleet.

The report reveals that workers in Luweero were driving the pool service government vehicles during weekends, beyond official working hours and outside the district without movement orders from the Chief Administrative Officer.

Public service standing orders stipulate that use of pool service vehicles must be managed by accounting officers from the various ministries and local governments who have to provide a movement order for any vehicle that may be used beyond mandatory time.

Use of such government vehicles is restricted to 8am to 5pm daily. The standing orders advise officers with government pool cars in their custody beyond the mandatory time to park them at the nearest police stations for safe custody.

But the vehicles are often seen parked at bars in the night while others are used to transport charcoal, firewood and water, a confirmation that the procedures are never followed in Luweero.

The report adds that the district has no records on monthly fuel consumption, servicing or repairs and other information about the state of vehicles in contravention of Uganda Servicing Standing Orders.

The Auditor General John Muwanga directed the district’s Chief Administrative Officer Eustace Gakwandi to enforce the guidelines in order to reduce expenses on unplanned maintenance. URN has learnt that the district spends 35 million Shillings annually on general repairs of pickups and trucks.

Fredrick Kyeyune a resident in Kavule zone in Luweero town council asked the CAO to issue  stringent measures and direct police to impound district vehicles if found in use beyond working hours.

But civil servants who preferred anonymity say that some assignments stretch beyond official working hours or days yet they need cars to execute them. They however admitted that they were not seeking movement orders from the office of the CAO.

When reached, Eustace Gakwandi the Luweero chief Administrative said that he was not aware of the misuse but undertook to take action after the receiving the report.


50 Million lost in Fraud by officials in Luweero

Luweero district has lost over Shillings 50 million to fraud, the Auditor General’s report has revealed. According to the report, the district incurred a financial loss of Shillings 30,152,650 in the 2014/2015 financial and another Shillings 19,962,950 in the past financial to embezzlement.

The report notes that efforts to recover the money from the implicated officers have failed, which may force the district to write off the money as bad debts. However, the report fails short of mentioning the implicated officers. It blames the financial loss on lack of supervision and weak internal controls in the district.

However, URN has established that the money was stolen by civil servants through double fuel payments, forging vouchers and unexplained expenditures. In his recommendations, the Auditor General, John F.S Muwanga advises Luweero Chief Administrative Officer, Eustace Gakwandi to ensure the money is recovered with the help of police. Gakwandi has confirmed that the money indeed got lost.

He observes that two officers including Godfrey Ssegawa Mulegeya, the Luweero Chief Finance Officer and William Mbazira, the accounts Assistant in the Works and Technical Services department were interdicted in connection to the said monies. Gakwandi declined to divulge details on the matter, saying it is still under police investigations. He however admitted there was weakness in collaborating with all stakeholders to fight corruption in the district.

Gakwandi added that the district had failed to recover Shillings 19 .9 million, which was embezzled by others some former officers who have either, died, retired, resigned or abandoned their work stations. The Auditor General’s report has aroused strong criticism towards government’s commitment to fight corruption. Absolom Bwanika Bbaale, a local politician in Luweero, says there is little political will both in the district and central government to fight corruption, which has fueled the vice.

He also expresses disappointment that even with very clear evidence, police and courts take long to prosecute and convict the suspects. Samuel Ssewanyana, a resident of Kavule zone in Luweero town wants government to operationalize that provides for the confiscation of the property of officers found guilty of corruption as a deterrent measure.

Last year, parliament approved the Anti-Corruption Amendment Bill of 2013 that was fronted by John Ssimbwa, the Makindye East MP. It provides for the mandatory confiscation of property of persons convicted of corruption.  World Bank estimates show that Uganda loses up to Shillings 500 billion annually through corruption.