Police officers demoted over participation in Arua saga

By Sania Babirye

The Police Disciplinary Court has recommended the demotion of five Police Officers in connection to last year’s chaotic Arua Municipality parliamentary by-elections.

While announcing the ruling at Arua Municipal Council hall this morning the Police Disciplinary Court Chairperson, Dennis Odongopiny said the officers were found guilty of negligence of duty.

He has now sentenced Superintendents of Police-SP Robert Junena Okia, the former West Nile Zonal Field Force Unit Commander, Jonathan Musinguzi, the former West Nile Region Police Commander and former Arua DPC, Abbas Senyonjo to reduction in rank to Assistant Superintendents of Police.

The same court sentenced Senior Superintendent of Police, Edward Mugweri, the former West Nile Region Crime Intelligence Officer to reduction in rank to Superintendent of Police.
More than 4,000 residents of three sub counties in Bunyangabu district are living in fear of eviction from their homes by Mathias Kintu who says the land belonged to his late grandfather, Yohana Maingira.

However the occupants of the land have dismissed Kintu’s claims.

Now the Defense and Veterans Affairs Minister who also doubles as the Bunyangabu Member of Parliament promises to talk to Kintu to allow government to buy the land for the

Man to face court for murdering two people including own girlfriend

By Robert Segawa
Police together with internal security organization (ISO) have this morning recovered a body of 24 year old girl who was murdered by her boyfriend, Who later drove the body from Kampala and dumped it in Jongoza village in Kalisizo town council.

Security agencies stormed Jongoza village amid tight security with the killer Deo Mukisa Magombe who took them to the swamp where he dumped the body of Zuhurah Namusoke whom he killed by poisoning . Mukisa accuses the deceased of stealing his money amounting to 250,000 shillings.

The arrest comes shortly after security agencies on 30th January 2019 arrested him for allegedly kidnapping and murdering Elvis Kibule a 4 year old boy.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan the deputy police spokesperson, police investigation led them to arrest Deo Mukisa Magombe who later confessed to have Kidnapped Kibule a son of Kironde Ronald resident of Nakabugo village and asked ransom of 500,000|= shillings.

Magombe told the police that, he tied the toddler in a swamp and started demanding for money from the parents who later mobilized 250,000 shillings but again he went on and killed the boy later, his body was recovered from Lubijji swamp.

Owoyesigire also adds that he also confessed to the murder by poisoning of his girlfriend Zuhurah Namusoke and led them to Lubijji where he dumped the body. A search by police, ISO in Lubijji did not materialize until he remembered that he transported the body to Kalisizo where it was recovered.

According to officer in charge of Kalisizo police station Innocent Tusiime, the body was seen by area residents of Jongoza who informed the police which picked the body and was taken to Kalisizo health center for postmortem and was buried at Kalisizo town council cemetery after no one claimed it.

This morning OC Tumusiime said police was waiting for a court order from Masaka magistrate court to exhume the body from cemetery and hand it over to the family members for burial.
The suspect Deo Mukisa Magombe will appear in courts of law on murder charges after the investigation.

Police is still following up on deported MTN employees

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police revealed that they are following up on some individuals from MTN Telecommunication company who had a hand in destabilizing the security of the country.

This was after the deportation of the three MTN bosses who included an Italian, a French and a Rwandan nationals last week by security and immigration.

According to the statement that was released by MTN Uganda last week the three officials were intercepted by government agencies on different days before being deported to their home countries.

Olivier Prentout, a former MTN Chief marketing officer was arrested by plain clothed operatives on Saturday 19th January 2019 upon arrival from a business trip abroad.

While Annie Bilenge Tabula the former Head of sales and Distribution was picked on Monday morning 21st January 2019 by unidentified security personnel upon arrival at MTN headquarters office in Kololo central business of Kampala and whisked her away before deported back to Rwanda.

Intelligence also shows that Elza Muzolini 34 years, former general manager mobile financial services at MTN Uganda has also been deported from Uganda on Tuesday by security agencies on compromising of national security

The three were deported in coordination with immigration offices after a thoroughly monitoring on their acts.

Addressing the press today at CPS Kampala the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said that they are still following up these individuals through investigation and interrogations such that the country remains peaceful.

He warns the section of the media and members of the public who use social media to desist from coming up with allegations that there is an indifference in relationship between Rwanda and Uganda.

He adds that the security agencies will continue to investigate and monitor all individuals who are deemed to be a threat to our prevailing peace and stability.

Police arrests NRM youths

By Robert Segawa

Police has arrested over 50 NRM youths who stormed parliament in protest against a decision by the UK parliament to debate about Uganda’s democracy credentials last week.

The group carrying a petition that they said was meant to be delivered to speaker Rebecca Kadaga tried to force their way into parliament before police from the Central Police Station in Kampala swung into action to arrest them.

There was a tag of war as the youths resisted arrest but police later overpowered them .

The DPC CPS ASP Wotwali Ronald led the operation where these Youths were arrested today in the morning at Parliamentary Avenue , they were later taken to CPS where investigations are ongoing .

The group were transported to Central police station on police patrols after over powering them and their placards was confiscated .

Last week the group of youth stormed British high commission in Kamwokya Surbabs of Kampala accusing the UK parliament for debating on democracy of Uganda.

Luke Owoyesigyire the KMP spokesperson says over 10 youth were arrested during a scuffle and were charged with inciting violence at Kiira road police station and after were given police bond.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson this morning the group was arrested and were guided on the procedure of meeting the speaker of parliament not moblising a bunch of youth to distabilise business in the City.

So far the holding charge is holding unlawful assemblies and detectives are still gathering more information against the group.

Police commissioner, Josephine Kakooza dies

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force has today lost one of it’s longest serving officer in uniform who has served in force for the last 50 years.

The late commissioner of police Josephine Kakoza has been the the director of Uganda police brass band.

According to the police spokesperson Emillian Kayima commissioner of police Kakooza breath her last at Namirembe hospital today morning after cardiac attack.

Commissioner Kakoza joined the police force in 1969 at the age of 14 years and all along has been working in directorate of Uganda police force band.

We regret to announce the death of our own one of the current longest serving police officer CP Josephine Kakoza who joined the force in 1969 and has all along given her life serving in Uganda police force,, says Emillian Kayima.

Kayima adds that the late Kakooza passed on early this morning as she was being taken to Namirembe hospital.

He says she has not been sick details of her cause of her death will be announced later.

Kayima sends condolences to the family members, children, police fraternity and friends to the great loss of beloved one.

Police deploys heavily at Wandegeya market to avert possible violence

By Alice Lubwama

Police has deployed heavily at Wandegeya market to avert possible violence that may occur as a result of protest against an interim the management of the market.

This came about after the former executive that was managing the market headed by Hajji maweje Mutesasira stormed the market demanding the interim executive chaired by Gitta Jonathan to vacate the market and allow the vendors to elect the leaders of their own choice.

The vendors headed by Mutesasira claim that the interim executive appointed by the former executive director Kampala capital city authority Jenifer Musisi is overdue and has ma Muteesasira’s group are demanding for immediate election instead of KCCA imposing on them someone they don’t want.

The vendors are complaining about exorbitant rental fees for stalls from what was set by KCCA. They say they are charged between 25000 shillings to 40000 shillings instead of the fees by KCCA of 65000 shillings.

The interim committee was supposed to work for a period of one year but up to now it is still in office. Both Gita Jonathan the interim executive and the former executive
chairman Mutesasira Maweje have been taken to Wandegeya police to record the statements on the matter.

Wandegeya market was constructed under the market and agriculture trade improvement project.

Over 10 held at police for smoking shisha

By Moses Kidandi

Several people are still being held by Police in Kampala following a weekend raid on bars in the Kabalagala area.

Over 15 people were arrested in a raid on some city bars in an operation targeting those smoking tobacco and water pipes referred to as shisha.
Among those arrested is South Sudan minister, Doup Simon.

The public is now condemning police for use of excess force during such arrests.

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Magara suspects return to court

By Sania Babirye
Kampala High court judge Jane Francis Abodo is today expected to start hearing the case in which nine people are charged with the murder of 28-year-old Susan Magara who was a cashier at Bwendeiro diary farm.

The suspects are led by the Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita together with two bodaboda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamir Ssali, hawkers Wasswa Hussein and Hassan Kato Milo , a teacher Nakandi Hajara and two businessmen Abubakar Kyewolwa and Ismail Bukenya.

These were committed to the high court for trial in November this year by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Patrick Mukanza who also issued for a warrant of arrest of the main suspect Patrick Kasaija also known as Pato who is believed to be detained in South Africa.

The nine had contested their committal with out the arrest of Pato but their application was dismissed on grounds that the accused can go ahead and be tried as police continues with their effort to arrest Pato also known as Patrick Agaba and have him extradited from South Africa.

The case was first given to high court judge Elizabeth Kabanda, however she excused herself on conflict of interest since she has been friends with one of the suspects Nakandi for the past 13 years old.

These were charged on the 18th of May this year with two counts of kidnapping and murdering Susan Magara but were bared from taking any plea since they are charged with a capital offense that can only be tried and bailed by the high court.

prosecution states that the nine with others still at large on the 7th of February 2018 kidnapped Susan Magara with intent to procure a ransom.
The deceased was kidnapped on the 7th of February in Lungujja on her way home this year and held captive for three weeks for a ransom of 3.6 billion dollars.
However, the accused went ahead and killed Magara on the 27th of Febuary despite the family delivering 700million shillings to them and later dumped her remains in Kitiko village between Kigo and kajjansi along Entebbe expressway in Wakiso district.

According to state, the suspects had come up with a plan to better themselves from poverty through kidnapping rich persons or their families for ransom and Magara was their first victim in January.
The group was also arrested with exhibits including cash and properties like tax cars and land titles they had purchased with the 700million shillings from the deceased’s anxious family.
Magara was identified by suspect Yakubu Byensi who knows Magara’s family and believed to be a former member of ADF a rebel group and Yusuf Lubega who worked with the deceased’s mother at container village.
The deceased was suffocated to death with a polythene bag with two of her fingers removed .
It is said that the group’s intention was not to kill Magara but after the victim came to know one of the suspects Nakandi, they feared that she would identify her to to the police leading to their arrest.

50 year old man in Kisoro being held for murder

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kisoro is holding 50 year old man for alleged murder.

The suspect who has been identified as Festo Nkurunziza and 3 others on run allegedly murdered one Benon Ngirabakunzi 52 years of Matyazo village Rukongi parish Nyarusiza sub county Kisoro district.

He was killed for allegedly trespassing on the home of one Ngurunziza Gadi of Nango village along Kisoro Bunagana highway.

It’s alleged that on Tuesday evening 4th December, the deceased fell sick to an extent of becoming mad, the family opted to call pastor Turasinze Festo who prayed for him up to Wednesday .

According to Elly Matte Kigezi region police spokesperson as the sickness worsened, the pastor decided to take the patient to his home around 1600 hours. On his way, the patient overpowered him and disappeared.

On Wednesday night at around 03:00 hours towards, the deceased attacked the home of Nkurunziza Festo who made an alarm which attracted neighbors who arrested him and consequently lynched him to comma.

Mr. Nkurunziza to went to Bunagana police station and reported a case of criminal trespass against the deceased whom he had not gone with.

The Police tasked him to produce the suspect but in vain .He said he wanted to first take him to hospital. He died instantly on the way to Kisoro hospital and his body was abandoned by the road side.

Capsized boat on L.Victoria that killed over 30 people has no license to operate.

ByRobert Segawa

The boat that capsized on L.Victoria Saturday night killing over 30 people left many bodies missing has no license to operate.

This was revealed by the state minister for transport Eng Aggrey Bagire during a visit at Mutima Beach rescue center in Mpatta Sub county in Mukono district.

Minister Bagire says that the boat was not registered, not inspected, and was in a mission to confiscate errant boats inclusive the one that capsized.

He adds that the boat that capsized is on their top list but unfortunately the owners have been playing hide and seek with some ministry officials.

Out team on Thursday was out to look for the same boat and the official was told that the boat is no longer plying the water due to mechanical faulty, Says Minister Bagire.

On Saturday at around 4 pm tragedy boat left KK Beach to Palm Beach carrying over 100 revelers capsized just a few meters off Mutima island to it’s destination at around 8 pm.

The police force, UPDF Marines together with the community involved in intensive rescue that night managed to rescue 26 people’s with 13 bodies before suspending the rescue mission.

Ssp Zurah Ganyanna the search and rescue recovery team spokesperson says among the people rescued is Prince Charles Wasajja a brother to Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, Singer Iryn Namubiru and prominent businessman Kiyimba Free Man.

She adds that the rescue mission continues on Sunday morning between police and UPDF Marines from Air Force together with Choppers Flying over the water to trace the floating bodies and also trace the wreckage of boats where 19 bodies were retrieved from the water

SSP Zurah Ganyanna says by late Sunday evening 19 bodies were retrieved and taken to Mulago hospital city mortuary that brings the numbers of bodies recovered to 32.

She, however, says that there is no hope of finding the survivor adding that among people who died in the water last night were fishermen who rushed into the accident point to rescue, but again rescue boat capsized killing many due to overloading.

The police and UPDF marine will also continue with the search of bodies with seriously resume tomorrow morning.

WHAT CAUSED THE TRAGEDY.

Overloading caused the tragedy as revelers stormed KK beach in big numbers for the long-awaited party organized by the business community.

The business community section downtown in Kikubo organized the end of year party which was to take place on the weekend of 10th November 2018 and was postponed to 24th November 2018 due to poor mechanical conditions.

According to one of the survivor, the team started arriving at KK Beach Gaba at around 8 am with their plan to set off to Palm Beach at 10 am.

She adds that they were told that the delays were because engineers were working hard to fix the boat to make their way to Palm Beach where the end of year party was to be held.

At 3pm they started boarding the boat and left KK Beach at 4 pm and all were asked to put on a life jacket and the boat started moving slowly until it developed problems and were asked to go one side of the boat so that it can balance but unfortunately it was taking in water and capsized.

She narrated that they tried to cling on the boat as they screamed but most of them were already drunk and had taken off their life jackets. Those who didn’t have life jackets tried as much as they can to hold on to those who had worn thereby increasing the number of people drowning and increasing the death toll.

The rescue boat arrived on time and all the survivors went onboard but they boarded in big numbers and it also capsized and that’s when most of them drowned and died.

Zurah Ganyanna says among the bodies that were retrieved on Sunday including one of the businessmen owning the boat a one Templer Bisase and his wife Sheila Bisase, and Business tycoon Yoweri Musumba a father to Busujju legislator David Kalanga.

She adds that police have embarked on investigating exactly what caused the boat capsized left dozens killed.Police also asked those still missing their loved ones to register with police book at rescue and service comm