Kazinda decries continued stay in prison

By Sania Babirye

The former principle accountant in the office if the prime minister Geoffrey Kazinda has informed Anti corruption judge Margret Tubulya that he will not be appearing in court anymore in the trial of his illicit enrichment case until determination.

Kazinda has stated that its unfair and unjust that the Inspectorate of government is using the said case to deny him his freedom yet even the constitutional court dismissed charges against him in relation to the said case.

The frustrated Kazinda says that for the past eight years since he was first charged in 2013, the IGG has failed to complete the said case denying him his right to speedy trial and justice.

And as a result, Kazinda has asked court to continue the case without his intake and deliver judgement.

However, the IGG says the case is its advanced stages and that if Kazinda is frustrated now, he can be given smoke time to rest in Luzira and then be able to attend court for his case.

IGG also says that despite last week’s ruling, court did not clear the said case against him.

This is the second time that court is freeing Kazinda but only to be remanded back for other pending charges.

IGG accuses Kazinda of amassing wealth amounting to 4.6 billion shillings which is not inline with his known income.

According to the IGG, Kazinda’s estimated income as a public servant from 2009 to 2012 was 83.7 million shillings.

The DPP has meanwhile withdraw about 73 charges of corruption Including forgery, causing financial loss and criminal conspiracy among others against Kazinda that had been slapped against him by state after the constitutional court cleared Kazinda on the said charges.

Kazinda has been in Luzira prison since 2013 when he was convicted on unlawfully possessing government stores and sentenced to five years and despite finishing the said sentence he is still held in prison due to pending charges that continue to be brought against him by the state.

By the time of his arrest on illicit enrichment charges, IGG found out that Kazinda had rented Constellation suites in Nakasero and apartments in Kampala for ten months at a cost of 210 million shillings, had a house and land at Kyadondo , Mengo West valued at 3.1bn, cars including BMW,Mercedes Benz, ML class, Dodge Saloon car all valued at 769 million shillings and diverting over 20bn government funds.

Kiiza seeks immediate release of Rwandan nationals

By Sania Babirye

Human Rights activist lawyer Eron Kiiza has filed an application seeking for the immediate unconditional release of two Rwandan Nationals who he claims are being detained without being charged in any courts of law Since March 2019.

Kiiza has filed the said application as a habeas corpus in which he alleges that on in March 2019, Emmanuel Magezi and Sendegeya Thiogen were arrested and detained at Mbuya Military barracks and have never been a reigned before court 11 months since then.

Kiiza says the said arrest and illegal detention is unconstitutional and violates the human rights of his clients .

He now wants court to compel the attorney general to produce in court or release the said applicants or their bodies within a short time not exceeding seven days.

Kampala high court judge Esther Nambayo has set 4pm this afternoon to deliver her ruling .

Wife sent to jail for murdering her husband

By Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has cancelled the bail of a wife who is accused of murdering her husband in 2016 and consequently remanded her to Luzira prison.

Diana Nabbengo luutu a resident of Kazo Lugoba zone in Kawempe division Kampala district has had her bail cancelled by justice Jane Francis Abodo today after state completed investigations into the matter and is ready to begin trial .

The suspect who had appeared before the office of the registrar for her usual bail reporting and extension was surprised when she informed that her case is ready for hearing and 8 witneses were ready in court to testify against her.

And as a result justice Jane Francis Abodo cancelled her bail and read to her the murder charge.

She however pleaded not guilty and was remanded until Thursday this week when hearing of her case is expected to begin.

Prosecution led by Fatinah Nakafeero states that on 24th August 2016 at Kazo Lugoba zone Kawempe division in Kampala district, Nabengo with Malice aforethought killed her husband Hannington Musasizi Asimwe.

The mother of two who was also pregnant at the time is alleged to have stubbed her husband in the kitchen.

Evidence shows that on that fateful day, the suspect was at home with her husband. two kids and their house help.

And that since it was one of their child’s birthday, she sent both the kids and the maid away to buy a birthday cake and when they left, she went and found her husband in the Kitchen and stubbed him.

Evidence also shows that after the stabbing, she locked her injured and dying husband in kitchen, changed the blood stained clothes and went to her work office to disguise the murder.

And that she later returned home with a special hire and took her injured husband to Mulago hospital for treatment.

Evidence further shows that while in hospital, her dying husband who came out of coma shortly informed his sister that it was his wife who had done this to him and immediately after the dying declaration passed on.

Man remanded for stealing a phone

By Sania Babirye

Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza has charged and remanded to Luzira prison an 18 year old youth who was caught on the newly installed CCTV cameras snatching a smart phone from a woman at shoprite around cloak Towers.

The suspect Esau Nduhukire who is unemployed and a resident of Salama- Masaja in Makindye division kampala district has been remanded after pleading not guilty to the charge of theft .
He has now been remanded until the 4th of February when hearing of his case is expected to begin.

Prosecution states that on the 7th of September 2018 at Shoprite CloakTowers in Kampala district, Nduhukire and others still a large robbed a mobile phone Infinix Hot5 valued at 570,000 ugandan shillings belonging to a one Nagawa Farudah.

On Wednesday, the same court charged the suspect with robbing a samsung mobile phone valued at 12.5million shillings belonging to a one Winky Junior on the 20th of December 2018.

Kanyamunyu pleads not guilty, trial date set

By Sania Babirye
Mathew Kanyamunyu together with his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu have pleaded not guilty to killing social worker Kenneth Akena in November 2016.

The three have appeared alongside other 50 capital offenders in a criminal session presided over by Justice Steven Mubiru.

Joseph Kanyamunyu has also pleaded not guilty to the charge of being an accessory to murder after he allegedly removed a pistol that was allegedly used to shot Akena from Matthew Kanyamunyu’s car at Nakasero hospital were they first rushed the victim for medical attention.

The judge has now set the 21st of January 2019 to start hearing the case.

Kanyamunyu’s girlfriend and also co accused Munwangari has asked for a french interpreter since she is not fluent in the English language.

The judge has also extended their bail applications until then.

Meanwhile, Kanyamunyu and his co accused have hired a team of lawyers led by senior criminal lawyer McDusman Kabega, Caleb Alaka and Evans Ochenge to see that they are set free.

On the 31st of January 2017, the Nakawa court grade one magistrate Noah Sajabi committed Kanyamunyu and his co accused to the High court for trial on the orders of the Director of public prosecutions.
According to the DPP, there is sufficient evidence to prove that on the 12th of November 2016 along Jinja Highway in Kampala district opposite the Uganda manufacturers association Matthew Kanyamunyu shot Akena for accidentally scratching his car.

According to the summary of prosecution’s evidence Matthew and Cynthia claim that they were good Samaritans who helped to rush the late Akena to hospital after unknown person shot him which state is contesting.

The DPP also separately charged Joseph Kanyamunyu with being an accessory after the commission of an offense accusing him of hiding his brothers pistol that was used in the offense. .
Prosecution states that on the 12th if November 2016, Kanyamunyu while driving along with his lover Munwangari at night got into an argument with social worker Akena whom he accused of scratching his car and shot him three times in the stomach.

Kanyamunyu is later said to have disguised as a good Samaritan and rushed injured Akena to Novirk Hospital on Bombo road where he died shortly .

However, Akena is said to have left a dying declaration implicating Mathew Kanyamunyu as his shooter.

Prosecution says it intends to prove the dying declaration through Health workers at Norvik hospital who talked to the deceased before passing away.

The three were granted bail in October 2017 after spending one year and nine months on remand at Luzira prison.

Nile breweries donates reusable pads prisoners

By Daudi  Zirimala

Female Pupils of Murchison Bay primary school Luzira have been given 300 pieces of reusable sanitary towels to enable them stay comfortably in school during menstrual cycles.

The long lasting Reusable sanitary pads have been donated by employees of Nile breweries thought individual contributions to ensure that girls have a fair chance to play in life as they develop into responsible citizens through education.

Speaking at the handover ceremony the Nile Breweries Legal and Corporate affairs Manager Onapito Ekomoloit said that they are passionate about the education of the disadvantaged girl child because girls lag behind the boys in education due to menstruation related hygiene problems by missing 4 days of school every week.

Chibita drops treason charges against Muslim suspects

By Sania Babirye
The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has dropped Treason charges against 19 Muslim suspects who have been on remanded  at Luzira prison since 2014.
According to a withdrawal letter dated 23rd/March 2018 the DPP says he is no longer interested in prosecuting the suspects and asked presiding High court judge Wilson Masalu Musene to set them free.
While presenting this letter to court Monday morning, state prosecutor Thomas Jatiko dispelled fears that the suspects will be re-arrested soon after release.
He described such fears as mere speculations from the defense team.
Even after listening to the testimony of 9 witnesses, Justice Masalu has  no option but to  discharge the suspects . The 19 suspects include  a woman Aisha Nakasibante  also an in-law to Ugandan  Austrian based cardiologist Dr. Aggrey Kiyingi .They have been facing two counts of treason and concealment of treason.
Prosecution had alleged that they contrived a plot to over throw the government of Uganda by use of firearms   between years;   2013 and 2015 at various places in Uganda, Dubai, Kenya and Tanzania.
Prosecution further stated that the accused expressed this plot through utterances, recruitment and training of rebels, acquiring satellite mobile phones for communication, motorcycles and vehicles for transport and also rented houses to act as safe houses to accomplish their mission.

Woman leaves child to suffocate over disagreement with husband

By Sania Babirye
A 22 year old woman has been charged with neglect after she abandoned her baby in a house causing it to almost suffocate.
Nantanbi Christine a resident of   Kiwatule  a suburb of Kampala left the  baby boy  in the house following a domestic quarrel with the baby’s  father  after he refused to  give her money to plait her hair.
She has denied the charge before City Hall Grade one magistrate Talisuna Patrick .
 Prosecution alleges that at the beginning of this month the suspect left the infant boy in the house alone who was saved by his father who found him suffocating in  bed sheets.
She has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 25th of January as investigations into case continue.

Civil society organizations deman that legislators investigate Nalufenya incident

By Wasswa Deo

Uganda Coalition Against Torture   has come out to demands that Uganda prisons services reject all suspects tortured prior to remand.

According to the  statement released in reaction to the inhumane torture of 13 men formally detained at Nalufenya police station. The 13 suspects were  implicated in the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kawesi, and his driver Godfrey Wambewo and body guard Kenneth Erau.

According to Muhammad Ndifuna the executive director of human rights network, Ugandans are losing hope in the ability by their government to protect them from acts of torture by security operatives.

Among others demands mentioned in the statement,  the Human rights committee of the parliament should conduct an investigation into the allegations of torture and specifically at Nalufenya,  Uganda government  should ratify the optional protocol; to the convention against Torture (OPCAT 2006) to allow free and unlimited access to all detention facilities in the country for inspection by Human rights bodies.

Stella Nyanzi sent back to jail

Makerere University Researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has been sent back to Luzira by Buganda Road Magistrate Court pending an application for the revision of her case filed in the high court by her lawyers.

Lawyer Nicholas Opiyo asked for an adjournment of the case pending determination of their application seeking to block a planned psychiatric examination against Dr Stella Nyanzi. The mental examinations were sought by the state during Nyanzi’s maiden appearance before the magistrate’s court early this month.

Nyanzi is charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication contrary to provisions of the Computer Misuse Act. Nyanzi was also charged with using the internet to disturb the peace and right to privacy of the president.

Prosecution alleges that Stella Nyanzi used her social media pages to refer to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks.” She denied the charges but told court that she always writes ‘metaphorically’ to deliver messages to ‘those in power’.

In reference to her vulgar and erotic posts, prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya filed an application on April 10, asking court to order that Nyanzi is subjected to a psychiatric examination. Muwaganya told court that Nyanzi has a history of erratic psychiatric disorder and was once a patient at Butabika Hospital. The application was based on the affidavit by SP Mboniva Emmanuel, one of the police officers investigating Nyanzi’s case.

But her lawyers rushed to the High Court to challenge the request saying that the state wants to use the mental test to declare Nyanzi an idiot and send her to a mental health facility. Lawyer Opiyo told court that the defense team hoped the high court application would be heard before today’s appearance. However, High Court has set tomorrow as the hearing date for the application.

Opiyo said that the state’s application was brought in bad faith and with utmost act of ambush to deny them an appropriate response. He said they need time to respond to all arguments raised by the state in its application for mental health examination. He also argued that the defense team received a copy of the application after arriving at the court.

Presiding Magistrate James Eremye said Nyanzi was sent back to Luzira on the request of her defense team.

Nyanzi had recently taken up a campaign code-named ‘Pads for Girls’ in which she castigated government for failing to fulfill its commitment to provide sanitary pads to all schoolgirls. The provision was part of President Yoweri Museveni’s campaign pledges ahead of the 2016 general election.

 

 

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