IGP Ochola says 2021 elections were by far the most peaceful

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police Okoth Martin Ochola has revealed that the 2021 General elections were peaceful despite the anticipated threats of plan B.

While addressing a joint press briefing Ochola added the remarks while addressing a joint press briefing at police headquarters Naguru, he said the 2021 general elections will go down in history as one of the most successful and peaceful we have ever held.

IGP Okoth Ochola also noted that they registered 250 Elections related offenses from 23 policing regions and he revealed that even though there is no specific threats of post elections, they are aware of alarming assumptions by former presidential candidates who claim that Elections were not free and fair.

He warned that the joint security agencies will maintain their deployment and monitoring the security situation during the post elections .

NUP sues Government, Uganda Police, UPDF and Uganda Prisons

By Sania Babirye
The 49 National Unity platform party members who were charged remanded to both Kitalya and Kigo government prisons by the general court martial on charges of illegal possession of four fire arm magazines have petitioned the high court seeking for their immediate release.

Through their lawyer Katana Benjamin of Lukwago and company advocates, the applicants have sued the attorney general, the chief of the Ugandan Defense forces,commissioner general Uganda prisons and the Inspector general of police for continuous violation of their rights .
These are accusing the security agencies of among other things holding them beyond the mandatory 48 hours without being charged and in un-gazatted detention centers including Kasijjagirwa and Makindye military barracks, defying a Masaka order to grant them bail,and denying them medical attention of their choices despite having visible signs of torture.

They also claim that their trial at both Masaka chief magistrate court and the the general court martial and denial to access their lawyers, next of kin and medical doctors of their choices also violates their rights guaranteed in constitution of Uganda.

These now want court to order for their immediate release and also declare that their trial both at Masaka and Makindye army court is illegal and was in violation of their constitutional rights including to a fair hearing before the army court since they were also denied access to their lawyers while being charged and remanded.

They also want court to declare that the actions of the head of Uganda prisons to defy the orders of the Masaka chief magistrate to release them after giving them bail and instead hand them to the UPDF leading to their further illegal detention at Makindye military barracks was a violation of their rights and freedoms.

The NUP members want court to declare that the procedure leading to the detention was irregular, unlawful and marred by gross human rights violation specifically the right to a fair hearing and freedom from torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and also issue a permanent injunction restraining the respondents from further trial and prosecution on the alleged illegal charges.

They have also asked the court to order to stop the said security agencies from having their officers from removing their name tags from their uniforms and car number plates for easy identification of the violators of Human rights and the DPP to commence investigations into the said officers.

Police finds dead body in a church

By Robert Segawa

Police in Nansana are investigating the circumstances under which 38 year old woman found dead in Prayer pays center Nansana Yesu Amala while praying for her.

The deceased has been identified as Birungi Sarah a follower in same church where her body was found lying on a mattress already wrapped in clothes on the church floor .

According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire the deceased was a close friend to the proprietor of a church Pastor Kisakyamukama Juliet Babirye who told them that prayer pays health center was meant to heal her.

He further adds that five suspects arrested to help in investigation these are: Muwanguzi Prossy, Nakato Janet, Mukisa Noah, Babirye Juliet and 20 years old boy Jumba Tonny.

Owoyesigyire also says that it was observed that very many people including children are staying in the same church adding that
before the death of Birungi Sarah, one point in time Kisakyamukama and the group were arrested and taken to Yesu Amala police station and were charged of human trafficking, however, the case file was mismanaged which resulted into their release on orders of resident state attorney Wakiso before they were produced in court.

The house they call a church, also doubles as a place to lodge for all church members as they have put beds and beddings for sleeping. The has been body taken to city mortuary Mulago as investigations go on.

Police, OPM , Minister of Kampala to probe claimants

By Robert Segawa

The police management, office of prime minister together with minister of Kampala have embarked on a probe into those who were wounded and killed by stray bullets shot during violent protests started by NUP supporters demanding immediate release of Robert Kyagulanyi when he was arrested in Luuka district.

The probe comes hours after President Museveni said that government was going to compensate those who were hit by stray bullets yet were not part of the protests.

While addressing the journalists in Kampala police spokesman Fred Enanga said that the OPM, Kampala officials are working to establish a full list of contacts of those victims and will soon be released to the public.

He however added that the forensic team had collected several bullet cartridge from the crime scene for further examination.

Meanwhile the inspector general of police Martin’s Okoth Ochola has issued a new circular on use of live ammunition by police.

Man sent to jail for assaulting police officer

By Sania Babirye

A rioter and bodaboda rider whose video went viral on social media attacking a female police officer during the the free Kyagulanyi protest has been charged and remanded to Kitalya government prison.

The suspect identified as 26 year old Simbwa Emmanuel and a resident of Kikonko One Kirinya in Bweyogere has appeared before Buganda road court grade one magistrate Ketty Joan Acaa and denied the offense of aggravated robbery.

Simbwa is jointly charged with three others including 36 year old Godfrey Lubyayi a mechanic and a resident of Ndejje, 20 year old Semakula Muhammed, a resident of Kikajo zone Namasuba in Makindye division and 27 year old Marvin Ahimbisibwe , a casual laborer and resident of Musajja Alumbwa in Rubaga division.

These are to return to court on the 14th of December for mention.

Prosecution states that the accused persons and others still at large on November 18th 2020, at Nakivubo road in Kampala city robbed ASP Kasule Consilanta of a techno mobile phone valued at 150,000 shillings and at or immediately before or immediately after the said robbery used actual violence thereby causing grievance harm to the said officer.

Police to reward Cheptegei with assistant superintendent position

By Robert Segawa

The Police Advisory Committee has recommended IP Cheptegei Joshua who broke four World Records in long distance running competitions, for promotion to the next rank of Assistant Superintendent of police.

The Inspector General of police who is the Chairperson of the PAC made the announcement to honor the athlete on Wednesday, during the meeting.

He in addition, tasked the Director of Logistics and Engineering to allocate a Double Cabin Pick-up and a Coaster Mini-bus to the Police Athletics team to support their training in Kapchorwa in fulfillment of his earlier pledge.

Police adds that the police elite athlete has so far had a phenomenal season, where he broke 4 (four) World records. He is now the 5000m World record holder, a double Common Wealth Gold Medalist, and is also the reigning World Cross Country and World 10,000m Champion.

Police still confiscating material similar to military attires

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martin Okoth Ochora has tasked the territorial police commanders across the country to monitor the implementation of COVID-19 guidelines by all schools after the resumption of the lessons for finalists.

Last week, universities and other tertiary institutions reopened for all the final year students after government permitted them.

Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson says that this directive is meant to ensure that students are in a controlled environment that is free from COVID-19 infections.

Meanwhile, police under the joint security task force are extending the operation of confiscating materials similar to military stores include, uniforms, ballets, Pips, and desert boots among others to upcountry specifically targeting the manufacturers and traders as Enanga explains.

This follows police raid at the National Unity Platform (NUP) headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb last week where several people were arrested and a number of items similar to military store include uniforms and accouterments were confiscated.

Police uses tear gas to disperse Panadol’s supporters

By Sania Babirye

Incumbent Peter Mugema Panadol has been nominated as an Independent candidate for the Iganga Municipality MP seat after losing out in the NRM primaries.

He however says he is still an NRM member.

He said he decided to run as an independent instead of appealing to the NRM tribunal because he does not believe that he would have gotten justice in the same party electoral commission that had cheated him and declared his rival winner.

He says he trusts the will of the people who had always elected him back and will win by 70%.

Mugema says he will concentrate on improving the health of his voters.

Meanwhile, police was engaged in a battle with Panadol’s supporters who had escorted him at the Iganga district headquarters for nomination, they fired teargas to disperse the gathering.

Police, military raid NUP base in Kamwokya

By Robert Segawa

Joint security forces have today rounded up over 30 people in city operations aimed to arrest tailors sewing military pips on political party colored materials.

The operations were manned by joint security Forces led by UPDF, Police, local defense and crime intelligence.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga the operations were carried out in areas of Kamwokya, Mulago, Kawempe and Kiyembe where many suspects who were tailors were arrested and taken to CPS

The materials impounded include, caps, T-shirts, overalls mainly in red and yellow Berets with military Pips.

Enanga also reveals that the operations were aimed at stopping people who put on military wear like berets and pips on their political uniforms , and warned against the vice saying if these people can put on military uniform parts then they are left with holding guns .

In a related incident, deputy police spokesman Kampala metropolitan ASP Luke Owoyesigyire warned all those who are planning to engage in Members of Parliament nominations slated for tomorrow and Friday in Ntinda Nakawa division area to follow traffic guidelines that will be issued to them .

Owoyesigyire further urged the interested people not to engage in any processions as they go against the ministry of health guidelines.

Angry woman throws own twins in the stream

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kitgum has arrested 30 years old woman for allegedly throwing her 8 months old twins in a stream, blaming her husband for not buying meat on independence day.

The Suspect has been identified as Lillian Oyera resident of Labong Amida village a wife to a one Kenneth Ocwo who failed to buy meat on independence day which angered a woman and decided to kill the children.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga the angry woman also burnt several house hold properties like utensils, Beds , clothes before throwing the twins in the stream.

Enanga adds that one of the infant Ocen Fred has luckily been recovered live by police and local divers, but other twin Apio Jennifer was found dead.