Five guns recovered from Mbarara in a bid to curb criminality

Police in Mbarara district  have recovered five guns and over 120 rounds of ammunition in the last one month.

The recovered guns are said to have been used to commit crimes such as murder, robbery.

The operation to rid Mbarara of armed criminals was started in early March and is still on going. All the recovered rifles are AK47 sub machine guns.

Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says that five suspects have so far been detained and three others died in the scuffles with the police.

Magyezi who does not want to reveal the identities of those arrested and the dead says that the police is trying to get rid of organized crime.

He says that the suspected criminals seem to be equipped with military skills and have always engaged police in exchange of gun fire before they are overpowered.

Magyezi says that the arrested suspects have always used Mbarara as an assembly point before spreading to the districts of Isingiro, Ibanda and Ntungamo.

He adds that a search for illegal guns in the area will continue.

The revelation comes barely a day after police in the greater Bushenyi discovered a gun that the police say had been in the wrong hands since 2015 after it was taken away by assailants who hacked to death a security guard in Ishaka town.

Armed thugs in Ankole sub region have on several occasions waylaid travelers, raided local savings associations and stolen cattle.



Mbarara environmentalists disagree with municipal leaders over dump site

Environmentalists are up in arms against plans by Mbarara municipality to develop Kenkombe Garbage dumping site without identifying an alternative dump site.

Last week, Mabarara municipality passed a resolution to parcel out the land hosting Kenkombe garbage dumping site in Kakiika division for redevelopment into a residential area.

According to resolution, intends to advertise the land and invite those interested in developing it. The planned estate will host housing facilities, a school and health center. Mbarara accumulates 150 tons of waste each day but only manages to collect 120 tonnes leaving the streets littered with waste.

The proposal to redevelop the dump site without identifying alternative land for dumping waste has drawn protests from Let Us Save Uganda, a local environmental group.

Simon Byamukama, the president Let Us Save Uganda, says whereas the decision to develop the dump site looks viable in business terms, it doesn’t make sense unless the municipality identifies alternative land to host the dump site.

According to Byamukama, the town is already choking on uncollected waste, adding that the situation may worsen. Bony Tashobya, the speaker Mbarara Municipality, says the Physical Planning Committee has already approved the redevelopment plan. He says they are already in the process of advertising the land to call for bids.

He says once completed, the estate will be comprised of 318 units and will be a great resource to the municipality and its residents.

Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, the Mayor Mbarara Municipality, says the municipality will raise money from the planned project and procure alternative land outside the busy area for dumping waste to ensure that the development goes on uninterrupted.




Unattended candle burns man in Mbarara to death

A man has died in a house fire in Mbarara Municipality. 25-year-old Justus Twinomugisha alias Kanyankole, a butcher from Kirehe village in Nyamitanga division was sleeping when the fire started from a candle that was left unattended to on Tuesday night.
Peninah Nkwasibwe, the deceased’s mother, says her son has been using candles for lighting. Amina Habasa, a resident of Ruti village, says that Twinomugisha had burnt to death by the time residents put out the fire.
Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says Twinomugisha was burnt beyond recognition. He says a postmortem results show that Twinomugisha chocked to death before he was burnt.
The DPC cautions residents to be extra careful while using candles, saying they can be very dangerous when handled carelessly.


Mbarara residents start plastic waste disposal

By Moses Kidandi

Residents of Mbarara are launching a campaign today to start disposing off plastic waste. Plastic waste in Mbarara will be recycled into fresh re-usable materials.

The recycling plant located in Mbarara Uganda investment Authority industrial park will crush 10 tens of plastic waste per day.

keneth Tumusiime the managing director of plawaste consult the company newly set up to crush the waste says the decision was taken because plastic waste had become a health harzard in Mbarara municipality.


Uganda cranes celebrations turn sad as man dies at a drinking joint in Mbarara

A man has lost his life in a brawl which broke out during the Uganda Cranes victory celebrations in a drinking joint in Mbarara municipality. The deceased has been identified as Alex Turyatunga, a resident of Bwenkoma cell in Nyakayojjo division in Mbarara municipality.

It is alleged that after the Uganda Cranes 1:0 victory over Comoros in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday, which saw the team qualify for the finals in Gabon next year, Turyatunga decided to join his colleagues at a local drinking joint to celebrate.

The group members reportedly started buying rounds of beer in the turn as they drunk until late in the night.However, a disagreement emerged later, on who should or shouldn’t buy drinks. The disagreement degenerated into a fist fight in which, Turyatunga was punched by one of the revelers identified as Jonan Safari and fell unconscious.

Turyatunga breathed his last at around at 6am. By this time, Safari had already fled the drinking joint. Taban Chiriga, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Department, Mbarara Central Police Station, says they are investigating the incident.

He says they will track down all the suspects, but declined to reveal their identities, saying it will jeopardize their investigations. James Tukamushaba, a resident of the area where the drinking joint is located, says he heard the group shouting and singing in celebration of Uganda Cranes victory before the confusion started.

According to Tukamushaba, the deceased has been a good friend to the suspects, adding that they must had acted under the influence of alcohol.




Five vehicles have been recovered in an operation conducted by police in Mbarara intend to round up criminals behind car theft in the district.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Vincent Ssekate says the operation was conducted after increased reports of car theft in area, and arrested several suspects but declined to name them since investigations are still ongoing.

In Kampala the flying squad department of police has recovered 12 stolen motor vehicles and arrested seven armed thugs. The flying Squad commander Hebert Muhangi says one of the suspects was arrested from Busega round about.

He says the suspect had stolen a Fuso lorry registration number UAX 574L full of maize flour at gun point.  All the seven suspects are now detained at Nateet, Kawempe, and the Central Police Station as investigations in the matter take shape.


President Museveni reveals plans to build an Industrial Park in Mbarara.

The NRM Presidential Candidate, Mr. Yoweri Museveni, who is currently on a campaign trail in the Ankole Sub-Region, has revealed that the NRM Government plans to build an Industrial Park in Mbarara Municipality. He made the revelation today at Mbarara Boma grounds, Mbarara Municipality during a campaign rally in which a mammoth-cheering crowd of NRM supporters received him. 230 members of FDC crossed to NRM on the same rally.

“NRM plans to build an Industrial Park in Mbarara. This plan is designed to facilitate the industrialization policy with a target of creating more employment,” he said.

Museveni added that the Government has agreed to elevate Mbarara Municipality to City status. He revealed that plans were underway to build a modern market in the Municipality in which venture the vendors and other low-income people would be given the first priority to utilize the facility after its commissioning.

The president reminded the leaders who lost in the NRM Primaries to accept defeat and urged them to note that NRM was greater than the individual members. Museveni commended the contestants in the Mbarara NRM Primaries for accepting to support the winners.

The outgoing Mbarara district Woman MP Hon. Emma Boona, on behalf of losers in the NRM Primaries, revealed that all of them had resolved to support President Museveni and the rest of the NRM Party flag bearers.

Museveni revealed that Rwakishaki and Nyabuhama would be provided with electricity supply. He added that NRM was making progress in the construction of the Mbarara Northern by- pass road, which is envisaged to ease the movement of traffic flow to Rwanda.

Regarding roads, President Museveni was happy that NRM government has rebuilt the Mbarara – Kabale road. He revealed that the Mbarara – Fort Portal road would be rehabilitated. He thanked the gathering for supporting NRM and called on them to continue that support to ensure sustainable development. He also called on them to vote for the old man with a hat and all the NRM flag bearers.

Mbarara Entrepreneurs’ League, donated to him a fuel card worth Shs.50 million to support his campaign trail. Biharwe Crafts donated to him a chair depicting the NRM colours and logo.


ON DUTY: European Union Election Observation Mission in Uganda Team

Following an invitation from the Government of Uganda, the European Union has established a mission to observe the 18th February General Elections. The Chief Observer of the Election mission is Mr. Eduard Kukan, a Slovak member of the European Parliament. The mission comprises around 120 observers from all EU countries, as well as Norway.

The EU Mission in Uganda says a credible national voters’ register is key to a transparent election. Marian Gabriel, the Deputy Chief Observer at the EU Election Observation Mission 2016, says the Electoral Commission must ensure that the voters’ register is accurate and void of scrutiny from the opposition and the electorate.

Marian says the biometric system is one of the steps the EU Observer Mission thinks will provide safeguards against fraud during the 2016 general elections.

Marian was speaking at the dispatch of thirty EU long-term observers who will be monitoring the campaign period in the run up to the February 18 polls and after.

Thirty EU long-term Observers, grouped in two-person teams, departed yesterday from the Election Observation Mission’s headquarters in Kampala to their respective areas of responsibility across the country.

“They will be observing all aspects of the electoral process in their duty areas, meeting with election officials, candidates and civil society representatives. They will report back to the core team in Kampala and the information they provide will be the basis for the mission’s assessment”, said Mr. Marian

The observers will be based in Kampala, Mityana, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kabarole, Masindi, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale and Jinja districts.

Closer to Election day, around 80 short-term observers will join the mission. Two days after the election, a Preliminary Statement will be presented by the Chief Observer in a press conference.

Marian says the observers will focus on the presidential and parliamentary campaigns to monitor media access to candidates and the role of security forces in the elections, among others.

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