Employer steals sugar, abandons boss’ truck

By Sania Babirye

A driver who was sent to Lugazi sugar factory to fetch 250 bags of sugar and later stole 225 and abandoned his boss’s Fuso track on the road with only 25 bags has denied being an employee of his accuser.

Mwesige Samuel 30 years old is a businessman in Kyotera and testified before Buganda road court that he had informally employed a one Senyonjo Deo as his driver and was known throughout out the town as his driver.

He further stated that on the the 3rd day of January 2019, he sent Senyonjo to Lugazi sugar factory to buy the said sugar of 50kg a bag but on the 4th day of January 2019, while he was still sleeping received a call from another employee of his claiming that he had seen his Fuso parked in a trench near the road in Mpigi on Masaka road.

And that when he tried to call the suspect, his phone was switched off.

He further testified that he contacted police and was given three officials from the flying squad who helped to track the accused via GPS three months after hiding in Lukwanga in Wakiso district.

Upon arrest, the suspect is alleged to have confessed to have stolen the said sugar and sold it off with his sister to someone on William street but claims that the money was however stolen from him by a one Kakaire who is also a suspect.

However during cross examination, Senyonjo tasked his alleged boss to prove that he ever employed him which documents he did not have.

This forced Senyonjo to ask court to dismiss the said charges against him in grounds that his alleged boss can not prove that he ever employed him.

The said stolen sugar was valued at 32milion Uganda shillings.

But his boss also insisted that the suspect was indeed his driver and that there is also evidence yo show that he indeed did drive the said Fuso into Lugazi sugar factory loaded the said sugar and signed out with his driving permit before turning around and stealing it.

The suspect had disappeared after he turned his phone off but he was arrested when he bought a new sim card and inserted it in his old phone leading to Flying squad officials tracking him and arresting him.

The victim who deals in general merchandise shop also told court that he has since never recovered his sugar.

Matter was further adjourned to 14th of june 2019 for further hearing.

Car thieves committed for trial

BY Sania Babirye
The high court in Kampala has committed to the high court two men who are on charges of aggravated robbery.

The two include 31 year old Ssekide Patrick and 27 year old Okechi Patrick.

These are said to have dragged a one kibuka John with chloroform and robbed him of vehicle registration number UBD 226B before leaving him unconscious in a pool of blood.

State prosecutor Pamela Orongot has formed Nakawa court grade one magistrate Odwori Ponsiano that she has instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution to have the accused committed for trial in the high court since investigations into the matter are complete.

These are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to section 285 (8) and 286 (2) of the penal code act and also causing bodily harm to the victim.

Prosecution states that on the Ssekide Patrick and Okechi Patrick with others still at large on tge 31st of July 2018 at Nambole South Kira Municipality, in Wakiso district robbed Kibuka John of motor vehicle Registration number UBD 226B Mitsubishu canter and at immediately after the said robbery caused grievance harm to the said Kibuka.

According to the evidence which prosecution intends to produce through the trial include the fact that a one Nabirye Faith is tge owner of the said vehicle and that she had employed Kibuka John to drive the said vehicle for Harsh security ltd on the 30th of July 2018.

That on the 31st of July 2018,Kibuka John was called on his mobile phone by unknown people asking to hire a vehicle for transportation of household items.

And that on that same day Kibuka proceeded to Nambole and met one of the suspect Ssekide Patrick who entered in the passenger seat and they drove to a residential area near a gate and only recalls waking up in hospital.

The victim was rushed unconscious to Ziwa Memorial clinic in Bweyogerere by a bodaboda rider who found me unconscious in a pool of blood and later when he regained consciousness, they called his wife who reported the matter to police.

The suspects were arrested after police analysed Kibuka’s telephone data and traced the line and other phone call numbers belonging to both of them.

Police also recovered the said vehicle which they had changed the number plates to UAU 918D and was being hidden in one of their garage.

Okechi upon arrest admitted to have been supplying Ssekide with fake number plates on stolen vehicles, however, Ssekide denied ever stealing the said vehicle and claimed that it belonged to a one Swaleh whom he could not locate.

These have further been remanded to Luzira prison until when High court will set a date for hearing of their case.

Parliament driver seeks for UGX 15M for eye surgery

By Sania Babirye

A driver with the Uganda Parliament is at the verge of losing his eye if he does not get immediate medical attention after he was attacked by robbers.

Emona Francis revealed this before high court Judge Tony Vicent Okwanga after court concluded hearing of a case in which a one Wanyama Felix aka Pingu is charged with hitting him with an iron bar and leaving his left eye damaged during a robbery.

The suspect is also said to have robbed Emona’s UGX15,000 during the incident before hitting him on the head and left eyes which left him bleeding profoundly.

Wanyama is facing two counts including aggravated robbery and causing actual bodily harm using a deadly weapon, charges he denies.

Prosecutions states that on the 15th of July 2015 at 1pm in the night, in Kiwungu zone Mulago in Kampala district, Wanyama used the deadly weapon and robbed Emona Francis’ UGX 15,000 and at immediately or after uses a deadly weapon to hit him causing grievance harm.

Evidence further shows that on that fateful day, Emona was coming from Entebbe airport on official duty and when he reached Kampala, he decided to drop the government vehicle at Mulago police post for packing.

Emona is said to have taken a bodaboda to his home but got off and as he was walking to his home, the suspect came behind him and hit him on the head and left eyes as he heard his wife struggles to open for him the door.

When Emona fell on the ground, the suspect searched his trouser pockets and took the only UGX 15000 that was in his pockets.

His wife later rushed him to Wandegeya clinic before he was referred for eye surgery at Mengo hospital.

Emona says he suffered a lot of injuries in his eyes and he still feels so much pain from the stitches he has so far received and that he is also partially blind .

He adds that his doctors have recommended surgery and is currently looking for UGX 15 million to pay for the surgery .

Car cleaner convicted for stealing client’s money and land title

By Sania Babirye

A 20 year old car cleaner who stole 20million shillings and a land title from a client’s car has been found guilty and consequently convicted.

Tayebwa Anthony has been found guilty and convicted by Buganda road court grade one magistrate Robert Mukanza.

While convicting him, the magistrate ruled that prosecutions had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the offense of theft.

Now prosecutions has asked court to hand Tayebwa a deterrent custodial sentence to deter the would-be offenders since theft at washing bays is so rampant in the country and the fact that the convict wasted courts time by taking court through a full trial without being remorseful.

The state also wants court to order Tayebwa to compensate the victim Nabboth Tumusiime 19200,000 since only 800,000 shillings was recovered out of the 20 million and the land title was also not recovered.

Prosecutions states that on the 9th of August 2018 at Magic washing bay in Kampala district, Tayebwa stole the said items from Tumusiime’s car that was left in his care for washing.

Tayebwa is to be sentenced this afternoon.

Two plead guilty for stealing ducks

By Sania Babirye
City hall court grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna has convicted two people for stealing three ducks belonging to their neighbor worth 160,000 shillings.
The convicts have been identified as 2e year old Gloria Munguli  and 23 year old  Timothy Eyenga both residents of Kyebando kisalosalo a Kampala suburb.
These were convicted on their own plea although one of them (Timothy) alleged to have stolen only one duck.
According to evidence before court, the convicts were arrested  early this month after they had cooked and  were about yo start enjoying the stolen birds that belonged to a one Isaac Mubiru
They have been  remanded to Luzira prison  until the  30th of this month when they re-appear  for sentencing.

Lands minister Amongi accused of grabbing land

By Sania Babirye
An Indian Family has dragged the minister of Lands Betty Amongi to the Land probe commission accusing her of using her position as minister to steal their Family property  valued  at 5 billion shillings in Kampala that belonged to their departed parents.
While appearing before the seven member team chaired by justice Catherine Bamugemeire, a one Tashak Partel testified that before the  expulsion of Indian nationals, his grand parents were the registered  proprietors of plot 29 on Acacia avenue which was later entrusted to the Departed Asian custodian board .
Partel explained that in 1995 his family returned back to Uganda  an upon return, his mother Mandakini Manubai Partel re-possessed the said property in which she appointed him as the care taker of the said property.
He says that as a care taker,he rented the property out  to a telecom company -Midcom Ltd but in December 2017, he received a letter from a company called AMOBET investments Ltd asking his Asian family  to vacate the property because it was a government property since it had never been repossessed.
 He adds that in top of that on the 15th of February this year, minister Amongi  using the Ministry’s letter head  wrote to his lawyers of Bitangaro and company advocates summoning  him  to appear at the headquarters of the  Ministry of land Headquarters  to be grilled on allegations that there were forged documents including a land tittle and a certificate of re-possession of the property.
Partel has further revealed that he instructed his lawyer to ascertain the legality and ownership of AMOBET  company  in the registrar of companies and they later discovered that minister Amongi owns 66% of AMOBET company  while a one Cate Odongo owns the remaining 44%.
He has now told the land probe commission that the minister is using her influence to steal their property.
The allegations comes after the minister failed to appear before the commission ladt week to explain the alleged corruption in the land fund in which senior citizens including John Nagenda informed the commission that conmen are being compensated by the land fund instead of the rightful beneficiaries including him for their land given to government.
However Justice Catherine Bamugemeire insisted that the minister will be re-summoned to appear in person to explain the corruption allegations.

Kyambogo VC warns new students about conmen

By Robert Segawa
Kyambogo University management has warned newly registered students about conmen who are intending to extort their Tuition fees .
Vice chancellor prof.Eli Katunguka while addressing the journalists at Kyambogo said that the university has so far received over 75 complaints from new students whose tuition has been robbed. He says the conmen disguise themselves as people trying to help students in the clearance process.
Katunguka calls upon parents to be involved in the fees paying processso as to avoid such problems.
Kyambogo university has admitted more than 14000 students and only 5th -Aug-2017 they are starting then continuing students starts on 12th August.
He calls upon to always keep peace whenever at campus to avoid habits such as striking.

Hospital authorities in Kisoro worry about recurring thefts

The rampant cases of theft at Kisoro Hospital in Kisoro district have raised concern from the hospital and district authorities.

At least four cases of theft have been registered in the hospital since this year begun. Dr. Michael Baganizi, the Director Kisoro Hospital, says thieves target offices and make off with valuables despite the presence of two security guards.

Expedito Byensi, the Chairperson Kisoro District Health Committee, says the latest theft at the Hospital occurred on March 28th, 2018.

He explains that unknown thugs broke into the HIV clinic in the night and made off with two computers, two printers and other vital documents.

Byensi wants the District Security Committee to intervene and step up security at the hospital.

Charles Okoto, the Kisoro District Police Commander, says he will start deploying officers at the hospital.

Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner accuses some health workers at the hospital for conniving with thugs to raid the facility.




Over hundred riders lost their Bodas in the last one year in Bunyoro sub region

125 motorcycles were stolen in Bunyoro sub region between January 2016 and January this year. Slightly more than 100 were stolen in the previous year.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Regional Police Public Relations Officer, says Kiryandongo district was most affected with 54 motorcycles stolen followed by Hoima with 38 and Kakumiro 13.

Buliisa and Masindi district registered 11 and nine motorcycle thefts respectively. He says 90 of the motorcycles disappeared from their parking place in town and homes.

According to police records, 14 motorcycles were stolen after their owners gave them to pay who opted to ride themselves, seven were taken by thugs who waylay riders and two from police custody.

He says police have only managed to recover 27 out of the 125 stolen motorcycles as a result joint efforts involving the riders and different boda boda associations in the affected districts.

Hakiza also discloses that two cases are in court following the apprehension of the prime suspect, 26 are still under inquiry and 30 are still pending perusal and advice from the Resident State Attorneys in the affected districts.

Said Maani, the Chairperson Hoima District Boda Boda Rider’s Association, says motorcycle theft remains the biggest challenge to their work. He says most of the motorcycles are stolen by people who pretend to be riders.

He says most of the stolen motorcycles from Bunyoro end up in Kiryandongo and parts of Ankole sub region especially Ibanda and Kiruhura districts.





Bukomasimbi North MP accused of vanishing with food relief as many residents starve

Bukomansimbi district officials are trading accusations over the food relief dispatched by the Office of the Prime Minister-OPM to aid starving families. On Saturday last week, OPM delivered 20,000kg of maize floor and 12,000kg of beans to Bukomansimbi for distribution to more than 40,000 people in dire need of food relief.
The relief was stored at Bigasa Sub county headquarters. However, residents claim that Bukomansimbi sub county leaders led by the Bukomansimbi North MP, Ruth Katushabe, her husband HB Matovu and South Buganda Regional Police Commander, Maxwell Ogwal broke into the store and made off with the relief food.
Muhammad Kateregga, the Bukomansimbi LC V Chairman accuses the officials of violating the stipulated guidelines for handling relief. According to Kateregga, the guidelines mandate the Chief Administrative Officer to distribute food relief. Kateregga claims that when Katushabe got the relief food she only distributed it to her campaign managers in Bigasa Sub County leaving hundreds of people in other areas starving.
He has also condemned Maxwell Ogwal, the South Buganda Regional Police Commander for leading the mob that broke into the store where the relief was being kept.

Isaac Musoke, a resident of Bigasa says the MP only distributed the food relief to her supporters and campaign managers. Musoke, a father of five children says his family is starving because they were denied food.

He says after serving her supporters, about 400kgs of maize flour was given to Joseph Kakooza, the Bigasa sub county LC3 Chairman who took it to his home.

Musoke also alleges that Issa Sansa, the former Kitanda sub county LC3 Chairman also got 300kg of maize flour. Other residents claim some of the food relief is being sold in the shop of Joseph Kakooza, the Bigasa sub county LC 3 Chairman, claim he has vehemently denied.

Kakooza insists that the relief food was distributed to all those who deserved it. Maxwell Ogwal, the South Buganda Regional Police Commander declined to comment on the matter. Ruth Katushabe, the Bukomansimbi North MP admits breaking into the stores of Bigasa sub county headquarters to retrieve the relief food.

Katushabe explains that although the relief was delivered on Saturday, district officials decided to keep it instead of distributing it to the starving families. She accuses district leaders of plotting to use the relief for political capital yet people were starving.

Katushabe also denies allegations that only her supporters benefited from the food relief. Bukomansimbi district administration estimates that 35,000 people who missed relief food are still starving.