Jinja NUP offices raided by security

By Sania Babirye

Police has today raided and sealed off offices of the National Unity Platform in Jinja District .

The reasons for the raid are yet to be known but party spokesperson Joel Senyonyi says they have arrested two people including their party coordinator and an attendant Saulo Nsongambi to their offices.

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This comes hardly a month after security operatives raided NUP headquarter offices in Kamyokya in which over 40 supporters were arrested a d charged in court for being in possession of military gears or its resemblance and are currently on remand in prison.

The security operatives also confiscated property’s including their red uniforms and berets.

The said raid is said to have been commanded by the DPC and RDC of Jinja.

Information shows that documents including all posters have been confiscated.

Police, military raid NUP base in Kamwokya

By Robert Segawa

Joint security forces have today rounded up over 30 people in city operations aimed to arrest tailors sewing military pips on political party colored materials.

The operations were manned by joint security Forces led by UPDF, Police, local defense and crime intelligence.

According to police spokesman Fred Enanga the operations were carried out in areas of Kamwokya, Mulago, Kawempe and Kiyembe where many suspects who were tailors were arrested and taken to CPS

The materials impounded include, caps, T-shirts, overalls mainly in red and yellow Berets with military Pips.

Enanga also reveals that the operations were aimed at stopping people who put on military wear like berets and pips on their political uniforms , and warned against the vice saying if these people can put on military uniform parts then they are left with holding guns .

In a related incident, deputy police spokesman Kampala metropolitan ASP Luke Owoyesigyire warned all those who are planning to engage in Members of Parliament nominations slated for tomorrow and Friday in Ntinda Nakawa division area to follow traffic guidelines that will be issued to them .

Owoyesigyire further urged the interested people not to engage in any processions as they go against the ministry of health guidelines.

Two security guards arrested after fierce fight

By Robert Segawa

Police in Mukono has arrested two security guards for attempted murder.

Its alleged that on Wednesday night in Namilyango, Mukono District, Francis Andama, a Security guard attached to SEK Security Company Services armed with Star rifle with five bullets, had a misunderstanding with Daniel Amala, 48, also a watchman. According to Patrick Onyango, Amala escorted his girlfriend and on coming back the Andama refused to open for him and his friend Richard Bwire.

Amala then forced himself in and a quarrel ensued Andama fired bullets and shot Amala in the right arm.

Police was informed and responded to the scene and arrested two suspects in the custody are Andama and Bwire.

They are to be charged with attempted murder and both are detained at Seeta Police Station while exhibits that include cartridges and a star rifle are in store.

Rwanda, Uganda agree to form a military Adhock to monitor boarder security

By Gloria Nakiyimba and Annah Nafula

Uganda and Rwanda have today signed the extradition treaty during the talks that happened at the Gatuna- Katuna boarder.

The treaty constitutes the legal frame work will handle cases of justice including those related to alleged subversive activities practiced by the nationals in the territory of the other party.

It has also been agreed that within one month Uganda will verify allegations by Rwanda about actions from its territory by forces hostile to government of Rwanda and if allegations are verified Ugandan government should take all measures to stop it and prevent it from happening again.

The two leaders have also agreed to form a military adhock commission to monitor boarder security and the facilitators will convene within 15 days a summit in Gatuna-Katuna for the reopening of the boarders and normalization relations between the two countries.

Both Kagame and Museveni extended their gratitude to the presidents of Angola and DRC,João Lourenço and Félix Tshisekedi respectively for their commitment in the search for a peaceful solution in the framework reconciliation process.

There are reports that Kagame, accuses his former ally of backing rebel groups and dissidents who want to bring down the government in Kigali while Uganda claims that Rwandan soldiers entered its territory in the southwest district of Rukiga and shot and killed two suspected smugglers last May.

It is now a year after the border was a closed to Uganda, it is undeniable that business in this once busy border town has immensely slowed down, prices of commodities in on the Rwanda are high while manufacturers on the Ugandan side continue to feel the pitch since goods now go through Tanzania to reach Rwanda.

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.

Security minister Tumwine threatens Cecilia Ogwal

By Alice Lubwama
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has directed the clerk to parliament to beef up security for Dokolo woman MP Cecilia Ogwal after her life was threatened by security minister Elly Tumwine.

This is after Ogwal reported to Parliament today how general Tumwine attacked her in the presence of her colleagues outside the house just after she made a statement in the house that one time the same general pointed a pistol at her when she objected to the use of DDT.

This has been confirmed by Amuru woman MP Lucy Akello who said that she actually saw the General Twine warning her senior colleague.

The incident happened just a few minutes after General Elly Tumwine had just apologized to parliament for his undermining statements against parliament.

Bukonjo West MP Godfrey Atkins Katusabe narrated how the general had undermined parliament when he had approached him on the recently issued directive of shoot to kill in his constituency.

NITA-U launches the E-government Excellence Awards

By Patricia Osman
In a bid to enhance service delivery through use of E government ,the National Technology Authority has launched the NITA E-govt Excellence Awards under the theme Bold Digital Governemnt;Unlocking Service Delivery.

The month long celebration during the month of June will see an Expo for government services held from the 20-21st at Garden City roof top followed by a glamorous awards ceremony on the 27th of June 2019.

NITA-U executive director James Saka said the main objective of the awards is to share experiences with various govt entities across the country with a vision of innovative administration, access of information and enhanced service delivery through the application of e-govt.

The environment is ripe for the govt to have an expanded online presence. Citizens can now access information easier with more that 70% of Ugandans having mobile phones, 98%of government offices having fully functional websites; 319 government applications are up and running. 81% e government services are accessible through the e-citizens portal www.ecitizen.go.ug. The national backbone infrastructure stretches over 3000 kilometers across 60 towns, connecting 415 government offices, Ssaka added.

Speaking at same event Peter Kahiigi director E govt services says according to the United Nations e-government survey of 2018, Uganda’s online service index improved from 50% in 2016 to 57% in 2018 which puts the country in the high online service index bracket. The survey also indicated that Uganda’s e-government development index(EGDI) improved from 36% in 2016 to 41% in 2018 which is above the African average of34% adding that Uganda is currently ranked number one in Africa in cyber security by the global national cyber security index.

Mr. Ssaka further says their aim is to continue enabling the lives of Ugandan citizens by demystifying the concept of the use of ICT through the provision of reliable and consistent online government services. These awards will recognize the strides made in that journey, he adds.

The awards will be preceded by a four week campaign which will focus on sensitizing the government and private sectors on the critical role ICTs play in transforming service delivery, job creation and accelerating socio-economic development. The campaign will include an exhibition dubbed the e-government expo that will provide an opportunity for government ministries departments, and agencies to show case government online services. The Expo will also attract innovators, academia, Fintech to show case their prospects for digital governance.

Global firm Ernest and young will ensure that there is a high caliber adjudication and quality assurance,there by delivering a credible reputable vetting process.

Security guard charged with murdering IHK doctor

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old private security guard Ronald Obangakene who confessed to murdering an IHK doctor Catherine Agaba has been charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

Obongokene has been charged before Makindye chief magistrate court, however, Grade two magistrate John Okipi did not allow him to plead to the offenses because they are grave and capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 13th of May 2019 as investigations into the case continues.

The suspect was arrested by police on Easter Monday after he went into hiding for 12 days and after his arrest, he led police detectives to a septic tank in GPS apartments – Muyenga where he had dumped Dr. Agaba’s lifeless body.

He allegedly murdered the deceased by by strangulation on the 12th of April 2019 after he allegedly accused her of trying to get him fired by reporting him to his boss who owned the houses he was guarding as a security guard.

Dr.Agaba was a tenant on the said semi finished apartments.

Prosecution led by the Makindye court Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma states that On the 12th of April 2019 at GPS apartments in Bukasa Muyenga – Makindye division , Obangakene with malice a fore thought strangled Dr. Catherine Agaba and went further to rob her of a mobile phone, Gas -cooker , a Flat screen TV , home theater and other Utensils.

The suspect was apparently tracked by CMI officials in Loro trading center in Apac.

Police had initially arrested many suspects in her death including a Ugandan doctor based in the united states Ntambi Andrew and security operatives found him with the deceased’s property while in hiding.

He was tracked after CMI officials tracked the the deceased’s phone which the suspect was using after he removed her simcard.

The deceased was born in Mbarara district in 1991 and had graduated from the Mbarara university of science and technology with a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery before joining IHK two years ago.

Her body was identified by her siblings and it was covered in human wastes.

The suspect is said to have gone into hiding apparently immediately after the young doctor had disappeared.

Police said that they got interested in him because he went missing after the incident.

The 27 year old will be buried this week at Kagonji village in Kashari, Mbarara district in Western Uganda.

CCTV cameras are effective in fighting crime :Namaye

By Robert Segawa

The Uganda police force reports that 60% of the CCTV camera’s have been installed since the project started early this year in Kampala metropolitan.

The cameras have so far been installed in 1940 out of 3233 cameras in Kampala metropolitan area.

After the brutal murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, together with his bodyguard and driver by unknown assailants in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb in March 2017, President Museveni ordered for installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras along major highways, towns and cities all over the country to help curb crime.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru, the deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said that so far installations of Cameras is on going in areas of Katwe, CPS, Old Kampala, Jinja road , Kawempe, Kajjansi , Nateete among other division that make Kampala metropolitan . This work is expected to be completed in December.

The police spokesperson said since the installation works started, they have continued to record successes in terms of fighting criminality using the CCTV cameras.

“So far, with the help of these cameras, we have had successes in 27 incidents around CPS in Kampala, eight incidents around Katwe, six around Old Kampala and seven incidents around Wandegeya ,” Namaye said.

She further says phase two of the installation is intended to cover surveillance systems of municipalities, highways and major towns a cross the country.

Namaye adds that the training of operators, commanders and technicians is on going .

During the same Press briefing Namaye revealed that, a joint security team is in process of registering all guns in the country where it urged members of the public not to get threatened as it involves a process of shooting live bullets.

She later added that the team doing the registration exercise is comprised of Uganda peoples defense forces, police force, Uganda prison’s, Uganda wild life authority, External security organization, Internal Security Organization, private security organization and individuals.

She adds that the exercise is to capture data of each individual gun and matching the data of the holder. She says that this will make the work of tracking guns easier after their use.

Namaye says that tomorrow the team will embark on registering guns in Katonga region where the whole exercise is expected to end in July 2019 country wide

NSSF set to recover over UGX160 billion from employers

By Patricia Osman

The National Social Security Fund is seeking to recover over 160 billion shillings following announcement of a grace period of 3 months for all employers that have not remitted employees ‘social security contributions to agree a payment plan.

NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba says in exchange, the Fund will waive up to 95% of the penalty amount owed.

10,839 out of more than 33,270 employers registered with the Fund have not paid NSSF contributions in a period ranging from 2 months up to 7 years thereby denying their employees social security protection.

Mr. Byarugaba said that although it is the obligation of every employer to pay social security contributions for their employees on a timely basis and in correct amounts, the Fund recognizes that for various reasons, some employers may be unable to remit funds on a regular basis. Eventually, they get overwhelmed by the arrears and penalties levied on unremitted funds.

“Therefore for the next 90 days, we have declared an Amnesty for all defaulting employers to allow them negotiate payment plans with the Fund. In turn, I will waive up to 95% of the penalty the defaulting employer is supposed to pay. This is on condition that such an employer comes forward, commits to clear all the arrears owed in a period to be agreed by signing a Deed of Settlement,” Byarugaba said.

Section 14 (2) of the NSSF Act empowers the Managing Director to waive “whole or part of any penalty subject to such conditions as he or she may determine.”

He added that using a similar approach, the Fund has already recovered about Ushs 13.7 billion since July 2017 from 380 employers who came forward and signed Deeds of Settlement.

Mr. Byarugaba said that employers that do not take advantage of the Amnesty window risk court action to recover the arrears, the penalty and interest accrued.

“Litigation is our last resort. We prefer to have discussions with employers as per our Relationship Management business model, because we understand that sometimes, businesses face challenges with their cash flows. However, employers that not only categorically default but are also unwilling to agree payment plans with the Fund will be taken to court,” he said.
Information available from the Fund indicates that 174 employers have been arraigned before courts of law and over Ushs 17.8 billion has been recovered in the process.
Byarugaba added that beyond paying for their employees’ social security, employers should know that remitting NSSF is good for their business.

“Companies that do business with the government, many other government agencies and even in the private sector are required to present clearance certificates confirming that they are NSSF compliant. We also know that employers who pay social security contributions easily attract and retain the best employees. It is therefore a good business decision for employers to pay NSSF contributions,” he said.

As at end of December 2018, the Fund was worth Ushs 10.2 trillion up from Ushs 8.7 trillion in December 2017. Monthly average contributions are now at over Ushs 96 billion.