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

Lango MPs concerned about police shielding foreigners from prosecution

By Edwin Muhumuza

Members of the Lango parliamentary Forum have accused police and the government for protecting Asians who are committing Human rights violations.

Erute South MP Jonathan Odur highlights gruesome incidents allegedly committed by Indians including the murder of a young boy Dickens Okello recently.

While addressing the media, they narrated various ordeals that have happened over the years In 2013, an Asian at Meru Factory, urinated on workers claiming to be spraying cockroaches.

In 2015 young girls were gang raped, this year at Tip-Top bakery owned by Asians, in April, a 16 yr old boy was assaulted allegedly as Indians forced half a kilo of red-pepper powder down his anus and last week,11 year old Dickens Okello was allegedly murdered and all these cases have never seen the light of day to punish the culprits, instead police heavily protects them.

At the same event government came on the spot over persistent preferential treatment of foreigners even when they break the laws of Uganda amid concerns raised by Aruu County MP, Odonga Otto alleging that Chinese constructing the Karuma dam had introduced a mysterious disease around that is sexually transmitted.

He also expressed disappointment in police for have meted violence on residents of Gulu town who were protesting against load-shedding by power company Umeme accusing the force for having deployed ex-LRA Combatants to quell the riots, and should have instead been undergoing rehabilitation.

“to the surprise of the whole world ,ex-LRA combatants were sent to manage the demonstration, managing a crowd is a very serious issue, that requires a superintendent of police dressed in uniform, but what do we see, we see the very people we saw in the Juba peace talks who are rebels’’ Otto said.

In Lira, a section of residents had accused two Indians, Pranau Uyas, 27, and Madahav Daga, 22, of causing Okello’s death on November 9.Mr Uyas and Mr Daga were on Monday arraigned before Lira Magistrate’s Court, charged and remanded.

Questions remain however about the legal status of some Indians in Lira and what the threshold is for non-Blacks to be considered investors there. In the meantime, the security agencies continue to monitor the situation in Lira, and warning the public against mob action.

Police discovers two beheaded bodies in Gomba

By Robert Segawa

Residents of Kawula village Kisozi parish in Gomba district this morning woke up in grief after unknown assailants beheaded two people and dumped their bodies along the road.

The deceased include Steven Kasibante 30, Yosefu Kalisa 33 all residents of the same area in Kabulasooke Sub County near cattle ranch of president Museveni .

Residents say they last saw the deceased in Kawula town where they were partying after selling their goats and are believed to have been killed between midnight and 2am.

Area LCI Chairperson Mohamed Sserwadda says the deceased were good residents who had no criminal records and decried the new wave of criminality in the area.

Sserwadda says one of the residents James Kakande was also recently attacked by unknown people who stole shs 5m from him after selling his cows.

Gomba district police commander Robert Kuzala also says that security has already commenced a hunt for the killers with help of sniffer dogs.

The two  bodies have been taken to Gombe hospital for postmortem report.

Police arrests man found in possession of stolen items

By Moses Kidandi

Police in Nansana has arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly being in possession of suspected stolen items.

Moses Muwanguzi a resident of Namungoona, Luyinja was found with a number of Flat Screen TVs ranging from different sizes and models. Upon arrest the suspect was asked to account for the items in his possession which he failed to provide a proof of ownership.

It is believed that the suspect identified as Muwanguzi has been responsible for several burglaries, thefts and housebreaking offenses in the areas of Nansana in recent months.

The police made a breakthrough after they received a tip-off from the community about a young man who was bringing into his house flat screen TVs every four days in a week something that had raised suspicion among est his security loving neighbors.

The police had been searching for the man the previous night in connection with home burglaries in the area.

So far two of the recovered flat screen TVs have been positively identified by the rightful owners who told police they had previously reported to Nabweru Police Station cases of house breaking where a number of their properties had been stolen.

The suspect is currently detained at Nansana Police Station vide SD:26/27/10/2018 on charges of being in possession of suspected stolen goods,house breaking and theft

Police boss Rogers Muhirwe on hot seat after unexplained forces’ expenditure

By Alice Lubwama

Police  has failed to explain how they spent over 12 billion shillings in training.

While appearing before the public accounts committee of parliament chaired by the Soroti woman member of Parliament, Angelina Osege to scrutinize the auditor general’s report of 2015/2016. The undersecretary of the force Rogers Muhirwe said that the some funds was  used to train additional man power for the 2016 elections and he balance  was used to clear outstanding food bills of 2.97 billion among others.

The auditor general in his report noted that 15 billion was budgeted to carry out staff training however a sum of 21 billion was spent leading to excess expenditure.

The auditor general noted that in the police’s training reports the courses undertaken and places where the trainings took place were not mentioned.

The report also reveals that even though police claims to have trained 250 officers  but they could not reveal their names , training instructors , facilities and who and what was paid to them.

Arua gets new District Police commander ahead of by election

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has this evening transferred the District Police Commander (DPC) Arua over Monday’s attack on the Presidential motorcade.

DPC Abbas Ssenyonjo has been transferred to Masaka District with Immediate effect in a message signed by the Director Human Resource Administration Moses Balimwoyo .

Ssenyonjo has been replaced by the DPC Masaka Henry Kintu .

The following officers have been transferred with immediate effect, Ssenyonjo who was in charge of the security of Arua Municipality during Monday’s final campaign but is alleged to have failed to control the crowds hence leading to an attack and obstruction of the Presidential Motorcade as security forces including police and the Special Force Command (SFC) tried to disperse the crowds wearing colors believed to be of supporters of independent candidate Kasiano Wadri.

During the scuffle, four people are said to have been shot with  one dying on the spot. Yasin Kawuma a driver to Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi wine was shot dead while seated in Bobi Wine’s vehicle around hotel Pacific in Arua Town.

Police officer held for defiling minor

By Robert Segawa

Police in Bombo is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer defiled 15 year old pupil.

Police constable Mpima Charles 49 year old attached to Nyimbwa police post defiled primary five pupil of St Tereza Nandere  boys primary school.

It alleges that the victim threatened the mother of the victim  a one Nakitende Magret to commit suicide if she disclosed her affairs, so the mother decided to report her to the area police of Nyimbwa where she was detained and in that course, the accused was defiled by the above officer while in police custody that night.

Kangave Paul the Savannah region police spokesperson  says after the suspect get to know that is being investigated the suspect fled and now also being charged with Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

Man murdered and dumped in Wakiso district

By Robert Segawa

Police in Matuga is investigating the circumstances under which 32 year old Enrolled nurse died and was dumped in Kagujje village Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased identified as Tumukunde Ivan.

It is alleged that on Wednesday the deceased was taken to Fellowship Medical Centre in Matuga in a company of his wife to receive a treatment and admitted because he was ill .

To the surprise of the loved ones he was found lying dead in Kaguja this morning something that sparked off fears in the community that he could have died from the clinic and the clinic wrapped the body in the old bed sheets before dumped in the bush.

This forced the angry residents  of the area to storm the clinic with intention of setting  it a blaze and the police intervene.

Police arrested two staff members of Fellowship medical center to help in the investigation these are Mugwanya Patrick a clinic officer, and Nampera Phiona a nurse who is at Matugga police.