Uganda Police, UCC names biggest media rights violators- Report

By Daudi Zirimala

The Uganda Police Force and the Uganda Communications Commission have been singled out as the biggest violator of media rights with Uganda police contributing 60% and UCC 22% of all the violations.

Speaking during the release of the 11th edition of the Press Freedom Index Report 2019 the Executive director of Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ-U), Robert Ssempala said that, the leading incidents of violations were perpetuated by security officers, especially the police who on several occasions block journalists from covering news and UCC being the second violator of the media rights its independence as a regulator being questioned.

He notes in 2019 a total of 165 violations and abuses were reported and journalists continue to work under unfavorable conditions that include being paid meager salaries, temporary employment and lack of job security among others.

However, Cornelius Beyanga from the Directorate of Human Rights and legal affairs in the Uganda Police Force said that in a bid to harmonize the working relationship between the police force and the media, the management of police is considering training police officers in media law so that stop violating media rights in course of their service.

Boda boda cyclist sets himself on fire after police penalizes him

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kasese in investigating circumstances under which a liquid soap vendor set himself ablaze after traffic police issued him an express penalty receipt of 40,000 shillings.

The victim who is now nursing severe injuries at Kazo health center IV have been identified as Hakiram Mugisha resident of Umoja village in Kasese district.

According to Charles Drabo officer in Charge of traffic Kazo police Mugisha was intercepted by the traffic police in Kazo along Kazo-Ibanda highway and police issued him a receipt of UGX40,000 for not wearing Helmet and Mask as part of standard operating procedure.

He adds that the victim run into a nearby bush set himself on fire using petrol and was rescued by community after police rushed him to hospital for treatment.

Police men sent to jail for fighting with suspect

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola has ordered arrest of two police officers attached to Bakuli police post.

The arrest order comes after a video of two officers fighting a suspect went viral showing that the duo ended up firing bullets.

The two officers who are currently detained at Railway police have been identified as PC Mpata Abed and PC Mbeine Seregio. They had duo had been sent to effect an arrest of a suspect.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan deputy police spokesman they had gone to arrest one Faisal Ssebaduka who allegedly stole a kiosk that belonged to Juma Tumuhairwe along Namirembe road.

The two officers were charged with scandalous behavior as a move to arrest the suspect is on

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired as Malende picks nomination forms

By Sania Babirye

Tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired by police at the people power movement headquarters in Kamyokya as police tried to arrest Shamim Malende a people power member who had gone to pick her nomination form for the Kampala woman MP seat.

According to police, Malende the people power supporter flouted standard operation procedures by gathering a group of people to escort her to the party headquarters to pick forms.

As a result, police tried to arrest her however, she was protected by her supporters who charged at police forcing police to fire teargas and bullets to disperse the angry youths.

Malende later forced her way into the party offices escaping arrest.

She has described the incident as uncalled for but not surprising saying that they are used to the unprofessional conduct of the police .

She however says that she will not be intimidated .

Malende will be battling for the seat with among others FDC’s Dr.Stella Nyanzi who has already been nominated by the FDC party to stand on the party ticket.

The seat is currently being represented by estranged FDCs Nagayi Nabilla who has not yet expressed any intentions to stand again.

Man arrested for assaulting police officer at check point

By Sania Babirye

A 28 year old Teacher who allegedly assaulted a police officer while resisting to be checked at a check point has been arraigned before Makindye magistrate court and charged.

The suspect is identified as Kayonga Simon a resident of Kyanja in Wakiso district.

He has however denied the said offense of assault and has been remanded at Sentamu prison for two weeks as investigations continues.

Prosecution states that on the 3rd of July at Salaama road police check point in Kampala district, the suspect assaulted Angom Semmy a police officer who was acting in the execution of her duties

Arcade traders arrested

By Sania Babirye

A joint security team has surrounded and arrested five leaders of arcade tenants, including former Makerere university researcher Stella Nyanzi as they were preparing to address a news conference about closure of arcades as a result of Covid-19 lock down.

The press conference had been organized by Godfrey Katongole the chairman of Kampala city traders association held at Nakasero market.

The joint team of security officer’s led by Commander operation at central police station Ivan Nduhura.

Stella Nyanzi who also runs a side business in one of the arcades together with leaders of arcade trader have been taken to the Central Police Station to record statement.

Man arrested for nearly murdering his girlfriend

By Robert Segawa

Police in Jinja this morning have arrested 26 year’s old man for allegedly cutting his girl friends throat for suspecting her of having an affair with neighbor.

Kiira region police spokesman Abbey Ngako says the suspect was arrested from Jinja referral hospital.

Ngako adds that the suspect is a resident of Walukuba Masese division had gone to the hospital to visit the victim identified as Joyline Okurut who reported him to doctors who alerted the police for his arrest.

Okurut further told police that, she over powered him after stubbing her in the neck using sharp knife.

The suspect will appear in courts of law on charges of attempted murder.

Police to arrest those participating in the noise protest

By Robert Segawa

Police authorities have directed Environment department and regional police commanders across the country to arrest members of the public who will participate in opposition planned protest today.

Opposition political Forces on Monday while meeting in Wakiso launched the campaign in which members of public are required to make noise against government short comings in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

The police spokesman Fred Enanga says the campaign works against the noise control regulations.

He further adds that all police territorial commanders have been alerted about the campaign and will work closely with officials from NEMA to ensure that culprit are arrested and charged in courts of law.

Police ordered to release man detained for trying to sell Kira Police land

By Sania Babirye

The Uganda police chief IGP Martin Okoth Ochola has been ordered to unconditionally release Everest Munvaneza who is allegedly accused of grabbing part of Kira police land immediately.

The said suspect is a land and estates dealer and is said to be held in illegal detention without charge for more than the mandatory 48 hours .

Makindye court chief magistrate Prossy Katushabe made the order after a successful habeas corpus application filed by Munvaneza’s advocate Elisha Bafirawala to have the suspect produced dead or alive.

According to the application, the suspect was arrested on the 27th of April 2020 and continues to be detained without being produced in court .

An affidavit sworn by Munvaneza’s wife Sarah Kyomugisha, her husband was summoned to report to Criminal Dnvestigations Directorate head offices Kibuli on the 27th of April 2020 where he was arrested and later detained at Kabalagala police station where he continues to be held illegally.

Police deployment tightens in Kiseka market as spare part shop owners insist on opening

By Robert Segawa

There is heavy deployment around Kiseka market after a number of traders opened their shops claiming that the president had given them a go a head to operate in his speech last night.

Police field force unit, military and local defense personnel are stationed at check points and deployed around Kiseka market shops amid tension between traders and security.

The traders claim that since the president directed garages to open then shops selling spare parts should also be opened.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Patrick Onyango says traders are opening their shops are doing so illegally.

He further adds that during President Museveni’s address, there was no mention of opening spare parts shops, he also added that Kiseka market is not a garage.