67 year old man held over defiement

By Robert Ssegawa

Police in Rubanda district have arrested a 67 year old man for alleged defilement of a thirteen year old girl.

The suspect was identified as Girigori Owago resident of Matakara village Haikamiro parish, Muko sub county.

According to Elly Maate Kigezi region police spokesman the suspect took advantage of the victim , who had gone to his house to seek shelter from the rains. She was returning to her home after running an errand for her mother when the incident happened.

The girl went back home crying and told her mother what had happened who later reported the matter to police.

.The suspect will be arraigned in courts of law to answer charges of defilement.

MP Zaake’s torture case to be heard next year

By Sania Babirye

The High court in Kampala has pushed to January next year the hearing of the case in which Mityana MP Francis Zaake Butebi is accusing four senior police commanders of torturing him while in detention.

He was arrested for distributing relief food to his voters in April this year at the beginning the COVID-19 lock down.

Justice Esta Nambayo has ordered all parties involved in the case to file written submissions and report back to court on January 13th 2021 for mention of the case.

However, journalists were barred from court because this was a closed session. They however expressed dissatisfaction with the judge’s decision to bar them from following the proceedings today, yet they have been covering the case before.

On the 26th of August this year,justice Esta Nambayo threw out an application by the attorney general seeking to dismiss the said torture case .

This is after state attorney Johnson Natuhwera , informed court that he was not in position to avail the respondent ; Moses Mugisha to be cross- examined on the contents of his affidavit which Zaake and his lawyer are claiming to be not true but just hear say evidence.

Zaake was later charged with defying a presidential directive on COVID19 at the Mitiyana magistrate court which the DPP has since dropped for lack of interest.

In his application, Zaake names the Wamala Regional police commander, Bob Kagarura, Alex Mwine; the Mityana district police commander, Elly Womonya; the commandant Special investigations unit and Abel Kandinho; Head CMI as being responsible for torturing him after he was arrested on the 19th of April 2020 from his home at Buswabulongo village in Mityana district by both Millitary and police officers.
He claims that senior security operatives slapped, kicked and sprayed in his eyes un unknown substance which almost blinded him.

He wants the high court to issue an order to compensate him in form of damages after the said police officers violated his human rights while in police custody.

Police to take man who took lifeless head to parliament for mental check

By Robert Segawa

Police has said they are going to check the mental status of the man who was arrested with a human head at parliament on Monday.

According to the CID spokesperson Charles Twine, investigation detectives are going to take Joseph Nuwashaba, 22 for check up to determine his mental status.

Twine added that detectives will also find out whether the suspect was working with other people and the other murders he could have participated in before the Monday incident.

Police noted that a DNA test has already proved that the head Nuwashaba was found with belonged to the headless body discovered in Masaka of a 5 year old Faith Kyamagero, a daughter to pastor Charles Ssenyonga of Kyamulibwa in Masaka city.

Twine noted that the parents also identified the head as that of Kyamagero and police has handed it over to them for burial.

Woman arrested for being in possession of US$24,300 counterfeit money

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kampala has arrested Maria Nakaweesi ,the proprietor of Maria’s Cargo after being found with counterfeit dollar notes worth shs90 million.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, Nakaweesi had earlier been reported to have been kidnapped .

Onyango said that the businesswoman was arrested together with Umaru Lutaaya, a special hire driver along Kayunga road in Mukono after intelligence information indicated that the two were found in possession of 243 notes equivalent to US$24,300( shs90 million.

The two suspects are currently detained at Mukono police station pending their arraignment in court.

Man charged after being caught bribing a police officer

By Sania Babirye

The anti corruption court has charged a 55 year old businessman with corruption after he was caught bribing a police officer.

The suspect identified as as Byensi James a resident of UBC zone in Nakawa division a Kampala suburb.

He has appeared before chief magistrate Pamela Lamunu Ocaya and denied the offense of.

He was however granted a 500,000 shillings cash cash bail and ordered to return to court on the 14th of October as investigations continues.

Prosecution states that on the offered a one million bribe to SSP Charles to be released on a police bond and sabotage investigations while in detention at the CID headquarters in Kibuli.

Two bodies discovered in a trench after a heavy down pour in Kampala

By Robert Segawa

Police have recovered two dead bodies along Nakivubo Channel at Clock Tower near Total fuel station, today afternoon after a heavy downpour.

The two bodies are said to have been carried by running water from different places.

The first body retrieved was of female juvenile aged 12 years, identified as Namazzi Alyera, a resident of Nsambya Kitooro, Makindye Division, Kampala Capital City.

According to Patrick Onyango Kampala metropolitan Police Spokesman, its alleged that Namazzi was playing with her friends during the rain and their ball fell in the trench.

She tried to remove the ball, but the water overpowered her and took her down the drain. Her body was discovered by a boda boda rider who saw it and immediately called the police.

While police was retrieving the body of the young girl another body of a male adult also was discovered in the same spot.

Onyango appeals to members of the public to be very cautious during this rainy season and avoid moving in the rain especially in flood prone areas.

Police headquarters closed over positive cases

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola has temporarily closed police headquarters Naguru for three days to give way for decontamination .

This comes after top police officers currently under quarantine in Entebbe hospital and Jinja after testing positive of COVID-19.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga, this was agreed upon to prevent Corona virus spread among police officers.

Enanga says that after fumigation they will also install disinfection booth at the headquarters to stop spread of deadly virus infection.

He further adds that all police stuffs in Jinja are undergoing testing to establish the extent of exposure to the virus as ministry of health team are working hard to trace the contracts to confirmed cases.

Police registers an increase in suicide cases

By Robert Segawa

Police has registered 275 cases of suicide have been registered country wide due to Covid-19 lock-down.

According to Uganda police statistics,there has been a registered increase of 20% compared to last year.

While addressing the journalist, at media center today the deputy police spokesman Polly Namaye said that the increased number of suicide in a country is fueled by depression due to the impact of Covid 19 and other challenges.

She mentioned that Lwengo district has the most number of reported suicide cases, followed by Rukungiri, Tororo, Nakaseke, Gulu, Mbale, Mpigi, Kakumiro, Adjuman, Koboko, Kumi among others.

She further urged Ugandan’s to seek help from expert’s instead of killing themselves.

Police officer accidentally shoots self

By Robert Segawa

A female police officer has accidentally shot her left leg ankle during an operation in which they were handling violet youth.

Police Constable Betty Achom attached Kawempe police station got the accident in Lufula Bwaise II ward.

According to Kampala metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango , PC Betty Achom had loaded her gun and the bullet in chamber ,She accidentally touched the trigger thus shuttering her left ankle.

Onyango adds that PC Achom is currently receiving treatment at Mulago Hospital.

He also said that due to chaos in Lufula Bwaise II ward, elections were called off.

Onyango said that the youth election exercise was generally peaceful except for minor incidents of violence in some areas such as Mpererwe, Bwaise, Kisowera, Kawempe, Kyebando Nsoba, Kazo, Katabi, Bweyogere, Kiira, Kyaliwajjala and Kireka.

Bobi Wine sues IGP Okoth Ochola

By Sania Babirye

People power movement leader and National unity platform political party president Hon.Robert Kyagulanyi also known as Bobiwine has dragged the Inspector General of police and the Mbale senior police officers to the high court in Mbale seeking compensation in form of damages for allegedly blocking him from having a paid for radio talk show on one of the local stations in Mbale.

Through his lawyer Anthony Wameeli, Bobiwine has sued the IGP Martin Okoth Ochola, Mbale RDC Balasa Sulaiman Ogajo and the DISO of Mbale George Mwoda.

He wants the IGP and his co accused to pay him for violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression .

He is also accusing them of discriminating against him since they said police officers allowed other politicians to hold their talk show on the same day on the sane radio stations.

Others being sued include Mbale regional police commanded Wesley Nganizi, Mbale DPC Ahimbisibwe Fred and Mbale CPS commander Kato Arafti.

Bobiwine want court to compel the said police officers to individually pay him punitive damages accusing them of during teargas amongst his supporters.

Bobiwine also seeks other declarations including a permanent injunction against police from ever stopping or interfering in his campaigns or talk shows on TV or radio countrywide.