Rubanda Court sessions held at district headquarters compound, magistrate sits on the ground

The Grade Two magistrates Court in Rubanda is now operating at the District Headquarters compound due to lack of structures and furniture. The only available court room is too small to accommodate the Magistrate, lawyers, witnesses, suspects and the audience.

Prior to the creation of the new district last year, court sessions would be held at the County conference (Lukiiko) hall, which was later transformed into the District conference (Lukiiko) hall upon the operationalization of the new district in July.

In the new arrangement, handcuffed suspects, witnesses, sureties and the audience sit on the ground as they listen to the cases read by the magistrate. But locals say that the arrangement is disturbing and are demanding that the district authorities together with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs construct a bigger court room.

Joseph Maguru 59, a resident from Hamurwa Sub County says that he was devastated when a prison warder told him that a person he had visited at the court was among the crowd that was seated on the ground, in front of a small courtroom. He was equally advised to join the group since the court did not have any furniture for visitors.

Jane Mukandinda, 47, a resident of Karukara in Hamurwa Town Council, Rubanda District was also at the court to stand surety for one of the suspects. Mukandinda described the sight of the court session as shameful.

Silva Baguma, the Rubanda District Vice Chairman says that court sessions in Rubanda and often adjourned whenever the weather changes. During rainy days, everyone scampers to the neighborhoods while suspects are taken back to Rubanda Government Prison for shelter.

Baguma says that lack of furniture is a general problem at the district.

Bernard Kasangaki, the Rubanda District Principle Assistant Secretary says that the District is still financially incapacitated. He however says that the district is willing to offer land to any organisation that would offer to construct a bigger courtroom.

Grade two Magistrate Richard Niwagaba says the matter will be forwarded to the judicial service commission for consideration.



Headmaster seeks justice for raped minor in Rubanda school

Police in Rubanda District is on the spot for failing to apprehend a teacher accused of defiling a 14 year old minor.

Didas Karugaba, a teacher at Iremeera Primary School in Muko sub county, Rubanda District is accused of defiling a 14 year old pupil at the same school. Karugaba is a resident of Butare cell in the same Sub County.

It is alleged that on November 8, Karugaba defiled a pupil in the school store. Karugaba had sent the pupil in the school store to pick nails for repairing a rake.

The minor was heard by fellow pupils and teachers crying inside the store before Karugaba got out and run away.

However, parents say that although the matter was reported to police, nothing was done to make the suspect apprehended.

Alfred Akanwasa, the School Head teacher says that both teachers and pupils tried to apprehend Karugaba immediately after the incident but run away.  According to Akankwasa, the victim was threatened to be killed in case she reveals what happened.

Akankwasa says that immediately after the incident, the matter was reported at Muko Police Station for intervention. He says that since then, police has never taken any step to arrest the teacher. He adds that the teacher has never reported back to school since the incident.

Henry Tibaruhanga, an uncle to the victim says that after recording a statement at Muko police station, police officers also ordered for handover of medical form from Muko health center IV which certify that the victim was defiled to them.

Tibaruhanga says that since then, nothing was done, an issue that is hurting him. He wants the teacher to be arrested and tested for his HIV status before appearing before court.
Abel Kabagambe another concerned parent from Rwamigyendezo cell, Butaare parish Muko Sub County says that despite several appeals for the arrest of the teacher, nothing has been done. He says that they were last week told by police officers to arrest the suspect and bring him to police themselves, an issue he says is unfair.

Fred Wamuga, the Officer-in-charge of Muko Police Station refutes accusations of keeping a deaf ear about the arrest of the teacher saying that the matter is being investigated.

Ramadan Tai, the Rubanda District Police Commander says that police is aware of the case but the suspect went into hiding out of the District.



NRM shines in newly created Rubanda District

National Resistance Movement party candidates have swept the polls in the newly created Rubanda District. NRM’s Prossy Mbabazi Akampurira was declared Rubanda woman MP, elect with 32700 votes.

Her closest rival, Independent candidate Hilder Kabarungyi Karuhize polled 19486 votes, Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate Vastine Katushabe came third with 3670 votes. Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, the NRM candidate took the LC V chairperson seat.

He got 32,890 votes ahead of his independent rival, Stephen Kasyaba Ampeire who polled 28,845 votes. FDC’s Joseph Ruhangariyo came third with 1172 votes, while independent candidate, Nelson Habasa trailed the pack with 316 votes.

Ismail Atwijukyire, the Rubanda District Returning Officer, declared the polls results in the wee hours of this morning amidst tight security. Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, says the heavy deployment was meant to maintain peace.

Joseph Nguza Biribonwa, the Deputy Electoral Commission Chairperson, says the exercise was peaceful.  He asked the winners to work together if they are to realise development in the new district.

Shortly after being declared elected, both Prossy Mbabazi Akampurira and Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema promised to advocate for the improvement of education, health and road sectors in the district.

None of the losers of the polls has commented as they were away from the polling center during the declaration of the poll results.


NRM party registrar arrested

From URN

The National Resistance Movement party registrar in the western district of Rubanda has been arrested for altering results from the party primaries held yesterday.

Nicholas Ngabikyire  submitted results from the Rubanda woman flag bearer’s race indicating that Prossy Akampurira had garnered 4779 votes followed by her rival Hildah Kabarungi Karuhize with 3277 votes, which was challenged.

A vote   recount gave Akampurira 3888 votes instead of 4779 votes and Kabarungi 3797 votes as opposed to the 3277.