Category Archives: Crime

Police open investigations over groups hurling petrol bombs on vehicles in Kampala

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Police are hunting for a group of people who hurled petrol bombs at two motor vehicles in Kireka, along the Kampala-Jinja highway.

The first incident was reported by one Shafic Mubiru, who was driving a vehicle registration number UAJ 320S. He was attacked along the railway crossing at Kireka Trading Centre by two juveniles who were moving on motorcycles amidst a traffic gridlock, on Thursday evening. 

Police arrests Busia man for poisoning his own 2 month baby

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Police in Busia district have arrested a man suspected to have poisoned his own two month-old baby while they were in Masafu hospital.

The suspect has been identified as Peter Wandera, a 27 year-old  resident of Dabani Sub-county in Busia district.

Wandera is accused of poisoning own two months baby boy to death while they were at Masafu hospital in Masafu sub-county.

Man Arrested over Brother’s Murder in Butaleja

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Police in Butaleja is holding a 25-year-old man in connection with the murder of his young brother. 

Sam Hamiya, a resident of Maizi Masa in Kachonga town Council in Butaleja District was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of killing his brother Mwima Paul, aged 23 and a resident of the same area. 

ICC sentences Dominic Ongwen to 25 years in prison

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The Hague based International Criminal Court (ICC) has handed Dominic Ongwen, a former commander in the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army-LRA a 25-year jail term. A panel of three justices led by Bertam Schmitt delivered the verdict on Thursday morning. 

The other judges on the panel are Peter Kouvacs and Raul Cano Pangalangan. The justices noted that they decided to jail the former war load for 25-year jails because of the magnitude of the atrocities he committed so as to deter similar offenses in the future and prove the position of the world in condemning the atrocities committed by the LRA.  

Court Permits MP Odonga Otto, journalist to negotiate settlement

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Gulu Grade One Magistrate, Christine Turibamwe has allowed the Aruu County legislator, Odonga Otto to negotiate an out of court settlement with a journalist accusing him of assault.

On March 30th, 2021, Geoffrey Okot, a journalist with Choice FM in Gulu dragged the legislator to court on charges of assault and causing him bodily harm contrary to Section 236 of the Penal Code Act.

According to the prosecution, Otto allegedly committed the offence on June 16th, 2019 at Pece Stadium in Gulu City during the FUFA Drum encounter between Acholi and West Nile Provinces. Otto pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Busia RDC halts commissioning UGX 150M maternity ward, arrests contractor over shoddy work

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Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner has halted the commissioning of a newly built maternity ward Sikuda health center III and arrested the contractor for executing a shoddy job.

Tusubira ordered the arrest of Nathan Mukama, the Director Spot Contractors Uganda LTD on Wednesday when district officials met to commission the maternity ward built in the 2018/2019 financial year just after the facility was elevated to health center III.

Kiyembe traders protest arrest of their Chairperson Dan Waswa

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Members of Kiyembe trader’s association closed their shops on Duster Street in Kampala this morning to protest the arrest of their chairperson, Dan Waswa. 

They blocked traffic along Nakasero market and William streets forcing other traders to close their shops for fear of chaos. According to the traders, police and Uganda Registration Services Bureau-URSB officials arrested Waswa on Tuesday evening for allegedly obstructing the arrest of some traders accused of selling products that are meant to be distributed by an unidentified importer.  

UPDF admits battering Journalists, asks out-of-court settlement

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The Uganda People’s Defense Forces has asked the High Court in Kampala to allow them settle through a reconciliation process the case in which a city lawyer Steven Kalali sued government on behalf of journalists who were battered a few months ago.

On February 22 2021, human rights lawyer Kalali sued the government for the actions of a section of the UPDF soldiers who battered journalists as they were going to cover an activity by former National Unity Platform-Presidential Candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.  Kyagulanyi had on February 17th 2021 gone to deliver his petition to the United Nations High Commission in Kololo challenging gross human rights violations in the country.  

Catholic priest begs Government stop battering Journalists,

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Mbarara Archdiocese priests have asked the government to act quickly and stop the battering of journalists while on duty. 

Speaking at the commemoration of World Press freedom day for Mbarara Catholic Journalists, the Uganda Martyr’s Catholic cChurch parish priest Rev. Fr. Didas Kasapuli said that it is a human right to inform and to be informed.

He said that much as Journalism is a profession but it is also God’s calling like some other profession.

Alcohol, Drug Abuse Fueling Mental Health Illness in Uganda – Report

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Mental Health Uganda (MHU) is concerned about the rampant cases of mental illness in the country resulting from alcohol and drug abuse.

Mental Health Uganda is an advocacy organization for people that use mental health services. Derrick Kiiza, the Executive Director of Mental Health Uganda says that a preliminary survey conducted in 14 regional referral hospitals by the organization during the lock down found that nine out of ten cases of mental health illness are related to alcohol and drug abuse.

Do Not Handle Acts of Militarism Against Journalism Lightly – Prof. Jjuuko

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Uganda Martyrs University Dean of law School, Prof. Fredrick Jjuuko has tasked media practitioners not to handle acts of militarism against journalism lightly.

Jjuuko warns that the recent efforts by media managers intended at solving the continued brutalization of journalists by security personnel through football matches and round-table talks are not likely to be productive.

The professor who also teaches media law was today delivering a key note address titled; Freedom of Expression and the Emerging Militarism”. This was at an event organized by the Uganda Editors’ Guild in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

EU, US Embassy concerned over increasing arrest & assault of Journalists by Uganda security

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The European Union -EU Delegation to Uganda has expressed concern about situations of arrest and assault of journalists implicating security personnel that rarely progress to prosecution.

Nicolaj Petersen, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda aired the EU’s concern while delivering a speech at the Uganda Editors’ Guild’s commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day 2021.

Ambassador Petersen represented the EU delegation as guest speaker at the event celebrated under the theme “Information As a Public Good.”

254 senior police officers transfered by deputy IGP Lokech

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The deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Lokech has transferred and appointed 254 senior police officers to various positions.

In his message released at the weekend, Lokech has appointed Commissioner of Police –CP Katto Paul Tumuhimbise as the new deputy director in charge of investigations at Criminal Investigations Directorate in Kibuli.

Katto has been serving in the Human Resource Management directorate headed by Jesse Kamunanwire. He will now be under the stewardship of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Grace Akullo.