Prophet Elvis Mbonye seeks legal action against Police

By Deo Wasswa
Renowned Pentecostal prophet, Elvis Mbonye has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against police for alleged persecution, in connection with a case the police are investigating against him

On the 17th of October this year police summoned Mbonye following a face book post that discouraged people from taking their children for immunization against Polio measles and rubella

Mbonye has maintained that he did not author the post and since then a doctor identified as Mugisha Elvis Mbonye has stepped forward to claim that he authored the post but remains at large.

Earlier today, Mbonye and his team of lawyers were at CID headquarters in Kibuli only to be told that investigations have not yet been concluded.

One of his lawyers’ Dan Walyemera says they have been instructed to take legal action against individual police officers involved in the investigations and have written to the Director CID Grace Akullo showing their intent for legal action

Police nabs phone snatchers around town

By Robert segawa

Police at the Kiira road station has managed to track notorious phone snatchers who operate around the Fairway using CCTV cameras’ footage .

The three thieves have been identified as a 20 year old Suuna Ronald who is also the ring leader and Chairman phone snatchers , Abdul Mutwalibu 24 years and Nabisire Paul 26 years also residents Salaama road in Makindye division.

While addressing journalists at police headquarters Naguru police spokesperson Fred Enanga said, “On recording statements the three confessed to be snatching from Yusuf Lule road, Fairway junction, Kitante roundabout, Lugogo bypass and on weekends they stretch to Kansanga and Naalya.”

He further revealed that they target foreign nationals mainly and government cars during traffic jam in Kampala.

According to Enanga the group further alleges that they sale their stolen items to one Gerald who operates a shop in cooper complex and by the end of last week he had sold to him an infinix, Tecno spark 3, Samsung A5, and iPhone 8 phones.

He adds that the hunt is still going on to get those on the run and will appear in courts of law after the investigation.

Security guard shoots student to death

By Segawa Robert
Police in Jinja is Investigating circumstances under which a student of Kampala University Jinja branch was shot dead by a private security guard at the Campus premises .

The deceased has been identified as Katagwa Isaac 26 year’s old waiting for graduation in January next year but he was retained as a part time worker at the university.

According to Diana Nandaula Kiira region police spokesperson the incident happened at Walukuba Masese Sub county in Jinja municipality last night.

She also identified the suspect as Sayyid Zaid 37 years of age attached to Star react private Company based in Jinja town.

It is alleged that the guard suspected Katagwa to be a wrong person and shot at him killing him instantly.

Nandaula further adds that the suspect is detained at Jinja and his gun is also exhibited to help in Investigation. The deceased’s body has been taken to Jinja referral hospital for Postmortem.

Mayor Lukwago blames City Hall break-in on insiders

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Lord mayor Elias Lukwago has tasked the acting executive director Kampala Capital City Authority to explain the three break ins at City Hall.

On 11th June, five computers were stolen, on 9th August, seven computers were still vandalized with aim of destroying vital information.

In today’s council meeting the acting Executive director Engineer Andrew Kitaka clarified that Investigations on the three incidents were handled by Kampala metropolitan police. The six authority employees and police officers who were on duty on the respective days are now under interrogation.

However, Lord mayor Elias Lukwago insisted that the breaking is done by insider’s, the motion was supported by the Lord councilors Doreen Nyanjura, Bruhan Byaruhanga, and Moses Okwera among others.

IGP Okoth asks bodaboda cyclists to be vigilant

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola has tasked the director CID Grace Akullo to send teams to Kasese in the double murder of cyclist who are murdered over the weekend who include murdered from Kasese and one in Butambala.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga says this while addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru.

Those who were murdered in Kasese include Tumusime Francis who was stubbed, Kyoya Ronald who was also stubbed and Ssenzira John Alex who was struggled at Butambala.

Those who were killed at Kasese are murdered at Kijjamanyi village and bodies were dumped at scenes of crime, where he noted that police is trying to establish another criminal gang that’s targeting cyclist.

He has urged Boda boda cyclist to be vigilant not to ride to distant area’s which they don’t know, working late hours, and should try to network with their colleagues on different stages.

He says that the territorial police is trying to give them more man power by deploying the homicide team and Flying squad that are going to work together to get the bottom of the case.

Police to send out recruitment team at the end of the month

By Robert Segawa

The inspector general of police Okoth Martin Ochola is to flag off 25 recruitment teams country wide to recruit 5000 People into police.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga says that the teams will be flagged off on 29th of this month and will recruit for the period of one week.

Enanga says that those to be recruited include 4500 probational police constables and 500 learner assistant inspectors of police IP those to be recruited under Forensic directorate, ICT directorate the entry point is strictly diploma’s.

He adds that the process of recruitment is by rule and merit, warning all those who want influence the recruitment by relatives, agencies, among others will be dealt with.

He emphasizes that only senior four certificate holders will be allowed, with hand written application, LC 1 letter, signed by DISO and RDC’s with national ID’s. Three passport photo’s possession of ID of schools attended.

He further warned those with criminal records will be definitely screened them out.

Enanga further advised the applicants that deadline for receiving applications will be on 29th July to 4th Aug at the district where the interview will be conducted and asked them to mark the date clearly.

New digital system to help police keep track of traffic offenders who fail to pay penalties

BY Robert Segawa

Uganda Police has today launched an automated digitized Express penalty Scheme ( EPS ) which will involve immediate electronic issuing of penalty tickets to road offenders once they are arrested.

The new Express Penalty Scheme launched today will now have the traffic police officers move from manual process of issuing express tickets to road offenders especially drivers to an electronic process who will then pay the charges in the Bank on URA account.

Speaking at the event Naguru police headquarter the director of traffic police AIGP Dr Steven Kasiima says that the Electronic EPS process is intended to cut on cost for implementation to correct anomalies that come with human error by respective traffic officers.

He further adds that the EPS system commenced in 2002 in four district’s include Masaka, Mukono, Mpigi and Luwero in pilot study before it was strolled out country wide.

Kasiima says since it’s exception the scheme has had several challenges like offend driver’s have thrown away printed tickets and evaded payment along with poor handwriting by some officer’s that driver say they don’t understand.

He says the electric system will do away with all these anomalies.

Dr Steven Kasiima noted that they have so far trained a total of 1400 traffic officers have been trained in this system and they have distributed 135 computer’s and all the necessary equipment and mini printers to the trained traffic officers

During the launch of this system at police headquarters Naguru, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police Maj Gen Sabiiti Mzeei the system will help the traffic police to track traffic offenders who fail to pay the penalties.

Maj Gen Sabiiti Mzeei also noted that will help police to effectively monitor road offenders to avoid future road carnages as well as supervising the operation of their traffic officers on duty.

Bajjo to be charged with inciting violence against the president

By Sania Babirye

Music promoter Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events is at Buganda road court waiting to be arraigned and officially charged with inciting violence against the person of the President and offensive communication.

Bajjo is being accused by police of distributing a video through social media and according to police, Banjo was calling upon people to engage in an up raising against President Museveni and his government.

According to the charge sheet, Bajjo is said to have committed two offenses at various places within Masaka, Ibanda and Kampala.

On Saturday Bajjo was arrested immediately after he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he was going to organize a nationwide a marathon in support to Kyadongo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu to help Bobiwine raise money which he has allegedly lost following blocking of his concerts .

On the 17th of June the Uganda police spokes person Fred Enanga issued a press statement.

According to the said statement, the Special Investigation Directorate under the Criminal Investigations Directorate has taken over inquiries into the case of incitement to violence through social media by Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo Events.

The case relates to the comments he made in “Luganda” local language and circulated online.

When translated, Andrew Mukasa of Bajjo events warns H.E. The President of their plans to oust him before the year 2021, and further warns the military of similar plans to oust the President, and indicates with confidence how he had people backing him.”

The suspect consciously ran the risk of being charged for inciting violence, treason or misprision of treason, since the law protects the honor of the President as a democratically elected leader.

The Security Forces wish to warn all individuals and groups, that posting videos glorifying violence using undemocratic means is an infringement on the law.

We therefore, advise the public not to share such videos. As law enforcement agencies, we also pledge to work constructively with all stakeholders to understand the dangers of incitement to violence.

We are also aware of attempts by those who patronize the suspect to divert the attention of the public and investigators from the major investigation, by dragging the person of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP), into the arrest of Andrew Mukasa.

We want to put it clear that the private car number plates indeed belong to our sister agency who logistically supported the police operation. Such number plates when the situation demands, can be used to achieve tactical or operational results. The DIGP last used those number plates in May, 2018, while appearing before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee.

He has since been allocated an official police vehicle and now has no attachment to those private numbers plates. The investigations will continue and the suspect will be handled in accordance with the laws of the country,the statement read.

Police officer remanded for redefiling a victim

By Sania Babirye
A police officer attached to Mawanda road police station has been charged and sent on remand at Luzira government prison for defiling a defilement victim while in police custody.

The suspect is identified as 29 year old PC Samuel Okot.

He has been arraigned before city hall court grade one magistrate at City Hall Valerian Tuhimbise who did not allow him to say anything because he is charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the High court.

He has now been remanded to Luzira prison until the 20th of June 2019 as investigations into the case continues.

Prosecution states that on the 25th of May 2019 at Mawanda road police station in Kampala district, police constable Okot performed a sexual act with a 16year old girl while she was a victim of defilement held under the police custody.

Human rights activists urge police to respect human rights

By Daudi Zirimala

The Uganda human rights commission chairperson Meddie kaggwa has cautioned all security personnel especially police that it’s not an optional but a constitution obligation to observe and respect human rights and freedoms in the performance of their duties.

Kaggwa says ,article 20(2) of the constitution states that the rights and freedoms of the individual and groups enshrined in this chapter shall be respected, upheld and promoted by all government organs ,however there seems to be impunity in the way some police personnel disregard human rights particularly so in highly politically charged situations like electoral periods and demonstrations.

Kaggwa says they have got so many scenarios where police consistently topped the respondents in complaints of human rights violations such as torture, cruel, inhuman treatment, deprivation of the right to personnel liberty among others.

He notes that they need to discuss the disappointing trend and devise ways of ensuring that such complaints reduce as expected and this can be done through engaging each other.

This is at the opening the high level retreat of the Uganda human rights commission and Uganda police force at Munyonyo.

However the inspector general of police Martin Okoth Ochola refuted the allegations that police is still the leading offender of violations of human rights against people including journalists, saying those are individual acts not the institution.

He says the Uganda Police Force for effective discharge of its mandate with respect to human rights the institution has put in place remarkable progress in the infrastructural development in respect of suspects accommodation by eliminating bucket system in all newly constructed police stations.

Speaking at the opening of a High level retreat for Uganda Human Rights Commission and Uganda police Force Top Leadership,the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola said that the force is working tireless to eradicating human rights abuses by understating ,appreciating and internalizing their own challenges and implement recommendations that will facilitate proper policing.

According to Okoth Ochola, they have also conducted several human rights trainings for police officers on various laws such as the Anti-Torture act and Public Order Management Act however they still face challenges of chaotic and complex policing scenes especially during political confrontations and civil obedience that at times promote direct attacks against police officers.