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.

Sudan Ambassador , minister Mugoya meet to discuss plans for peace and regional security

By Moses Kidandi

The Governments of Uganda and Sudan have agreed to jointly work together to implement all the decisions reached by the two respective Presidents during the recently concluded interactions.
Uganda and Sudan agreed to ensure that the Democratic Republic of Congo holds peaceful presidential elections this December, Support the Re-union of Ethiopia and Eritrea and maintain Peace and Security in the region and also give support to South Sudan Peace Agreement that was reached to.

This was agreed during a meeting between the Assistant Under –Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Her Excellency Ambassador Ilham Ibrahim Mohamed
Ahmed who paid a visit to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador, Patrick Mugoya on Wednesday at Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Kampala.

On her part, the Under-Secretary from Sudan promised to work very closely with the Government of Uganda to strengthen the Relations between the two Countries.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, Ambassador Patrick Mugoya further welcomed Her delegation to Kampala and said that it was a great opportunity between
the two countries to improve Political, Economic and Social status of the people of Uganda and Sudan via Improved Peace and Security in the whole region.

The meeting was also attended by Sudanese Ambassador H.E Abdel Bali H. Kabir and Uganda’s Ambassador to Sudan H.E James Kinobe today 5th December 2018, Uganda and Sudan will start negotiating areas of Cooperation and signing of a Joint Ministerial Commission Memorandum of Understanding will take place on Friday, 7th December 2018 at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Uber improves safety and security for its users

By Patricia Osman
Uber Uganda has announced its latest safety and security improvement, an Incident Response Team call-back line.
Aaron Tindiseega Uber Country Manager says they are always looking for ways to improve communication with their community adding that this updated support feature provides riders across the region with 24/7 access to discuss safety-related matters with Uber’s Global Incident Response Team.

Security guards attacked by gangs with machetes

By Robert Segawa

Two security guards working with New Uganda Securiko Ltd in Mubende district are nursing grave injuries after they were attacked by robbers armed with hummers and machetes.

A gang of six thugs dressed up in black overalls are reported to have attacked Aponye Uganda Ltd a produce factory in Bakijulula village Southern division Mubende municipality with the aim of robbing money.

Norbert Ochom the Wamala regional police spokesperson says the thugs armed with hammers badly injured two security guards and robbed their gun loaded with four rounds of ammunition, mobile phones and one ATM card. The victims are Umar Ramadan a night watchman and Amuza Bagada a security guard with with New Uganda securiko Ltd.

Ochom however added that the thugs’ effort to Break into the factory strong room to steal money was disrupted by another security guard identified as Robert Mwesigwa who escaped during the attack.
He notes that police visited the scene and is pursuing the attackers with the view of apprehending them to face law.

Security tightens ahead of Abiriga’s burial

By Robert Segawa

Security is tight in and outside Arua town municipality as military and police officers patrol this morning after residents turned riotous and destroyed property at the home of the fallen Arua municipality member of Parliament Hon Col Ibrahim Abiriga last evening.

The bodies of Hon Abiriga and his brother who were assassinated on Friday near his home in Kirinyabigo in Kawanda Wakiso district were airlifted by the military helicopter to his home in Arua town.
However, residents who had come to receive the body of their legislator turned rowdy and destroyed tents, plastic chairs and vehicles which had delivered caskets forcing the family and mourners to run into disarray.

A vehicle belonging to A PLUS  and local NGO, police motorcycles were destroyed as angry residents moved to grab the bodies forcing family to seek refugee from nearby police station. Equipment belonging to journalists including cameras and audio recorders were destroyed as scribes scampered for their lives.

UPDF soldiers from Bondo military barracks were summoned to reinforce police to calm the situation by firing live bullets in the air to calm down the situation.
Hon Abiriga and his bodyguard also his brother will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Arua municipality today Monday.

UPF procures choppers worth 88 Billion UGX

Uganda Police Force has acquired two more helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft from Italy. The purchase of the two engine helicopters at the tune of Shillings 88 billion (USD 23.9M) began in 2015 while that of the fixed wing aircraft began in 2017.

The fixed wing aircraft cost Shillings 30.3 billion (USD8.2M). The two helicopters including the GrandNew and a W-3A Sokół as well as the fixed wing aircraft are being assembled by PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company in Italy.

According to the police policy statement, government has so far released Shillings 86 billion of the required Shillings 110.3 billion for the aircraft deal leaving a balance of Shillings 24 billion.  The aircrafts will be used for law enforcement, surveillance, rescue missions and transporting police bosses as well as other senior government officials.

Police spokesperson, Emiliam Kayima declined to comment on the procurement, saying it was classified. “These are classified equipment whose details we shall not divulge. However, they will go a long way in adding value in as far as ensuring effective policing is concerned.

They will greatly improve our operations as we deliver on our cardinal, constitutional mandate,” Kayima said. The procurement of the two helicopters brings to five the number of helicopters in the police air force wing.

Police bought two helicopters in 2015 from PZL-Swidnik, which trained eight of police pilots as well as 10 officers on how to repair and maintain the aircrafts. According to the website of PZL-Świdnik, the W-3A Sokol is an intermediate twin engine helicopter, which is “highly effective, rugged and reliable, capable of operating in all types of climates and environmental conditions.

They  are equipped with a cargo hook, rescue hoist, search light, loudspeaker system, rappelling kit, FLIR, surveillance cameras and provisions for firefighting equipment and an emergency flotation system.

The W-3A Sokol’s maximum take-off weight is 6,400 kilogrammes and is capable of carrying up to 14 people, as well as cargo. It can be used in law enforcement, passenger transport, troop transport, air ambulance, search, rescue and firefighting. On the other hand, the GrandNew was chosen for its performance and advanced technology.

According to Leonardo Company, the GrandNew is the premium, latest-generation light twin helicopter, evolved from the globally successful Grand platform, enhanced with the latest global navigation satellite system for all weather operations.”

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