Teachers under the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) have Wednesday responded negatively to parliament’s efforts to block government’s closure of substandard schools.
UNATU today uncharacteristically sided with the ministry of education, saying that schools that operate in unacceptable conditions should not be allowed to open.
The teachers, while addressing reporters in Kampala today, said that unless the MPs have their own hidden motives, they have no business in supporting substandard schools.
In any case parliament should be advocating for good quality education; observed UNATU General Secretary James Tweheyo.
The ministry of education has since the start of the term closed hundreds of private schools found with no operating licenses and the minimum basic requirements.
Members of Parliament however, this week strongly condemned the move, saying that it affects learners with less school alternatives.
Tweheyo on the other hand says UNATU strongly supports the closure of illegal schools, especially considering that government warned them in time.
He added that as teachers, they expected the legislators who are people’s representatives to demand for quality education for all children whether government aided or private schools.
“All schools should meet the minimum basic requirements such as having qualified teachers and basic sanitation facilities,” he said.
According to UNATU’s Secretary for Education, Gender and Health, Harriet Namayengo, some schools in Rakai district were found with unqualified teachers, congested classes, no toilets, while in some, girls were sharing dormitories with boys.
“This move is for the good of everyone. We propose that the affected learners be enrolled in the nearest schools that meet the standards of a school,” she said.
The two months period that was given to the Parliamentary Committee investigating the infamous Shs 6bn handshake cash bonanza has expired, and the members are seeking extra time.
On 19th January 2017, Parliament resolved to investigate the manner in which 42 senior and junior government officials already on payroll awarded themselves hundreds of millions for their efforts during the tax battle between Uganda and the British oil giant, Heritage Oil and Gas Company.
The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga who chaired the house, gave the Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises Committee (COSASE) two months to finalize on the probe and report back to the whole house.
According to the Rules of Procedures, committees have 45 days to handle a matter, write a report and get back to the whole house.
The peculiarity of the handshake that had posed a strong contention between the Legislature and the Judiciary, made Kadaga give the committee exception of 15 more days.
The committee chaired by the Bugweri County, Abdu Katuntu, started its work by grilling the officials from the Uganda Revenue Authority led by the Commissioner General Doris Akol.
URA collected the USD$ 696m from the oil companies and also championed the initiating, allocation and the final payment of Shs 6bn to the 42 beneficiaries.
The Committee has already met the officials from Bank of Uganda, Energy and Mineral Development ministry, Finance and Justice Ministries.
The probe period expired on Monday this week but the committee is yet to meet President Yoweri Museveni and the foreign lawyers in London.
There is also still another sets ofs pending meeting with the officials from ministries of Finance, Energy and Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
According to Katuntu, unpreparedness by the government officials in most cases is to blame for the delay and the consequent expiry of the period.
“These officials are at times not fully prepared when they appear before the committee even when the terms of references sent to them prior to the meeting are clear,” Katuntu told our reporter.
The committee has now asked for one more month to complete the work.
University Football League
UCU 1-1 KIU
The highly anticipated clash between Uganda Christian University and Kampala International University ended with no winner as the two sides settled for a stalemate.
In the game played on Wednesday at UCU main playground, the 2017 season opener ended in a one all draw as the 6th edition of the University Football League (UFL) got underway.
The visitors took the lead through Isaac Odeke in the first half but Barigye Muzeifa levelled matters for UCU to salvage a draw.
KIU started the better side making several attempts and the pressure paid off dividends in the 25th minute when Isaac Odeke tapped home Abdu Kiggundu’s cross to give the Kasanga based side.
This was the second time that UCU and KIU were meeting in the same group. The two teams met last year in Mukono and UCU won 2-0.
Jackson Nyiima’s charges returned recharged after recess and four minutes into the second half, Muzeifa scored the equaliser.
Despite several attempts from the hosts, KIU held on to walk away with a point.
Action continues on Friday with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) hosting Uganda Martyrs University (UMU), Nkozi.
New entrants Bishop Stuart University will play at home to 2014 runners up Kyambogo University on Saturday while Makerere University will take on Busitema University on Sunday.
Kampala University are the defending champions after defeating Nkumba University 3-2 in the finals last year at Mandela National stadium.
Rwanda is increasingly facing global climate change consequences including, flooding that leads to disasters such as landslides, droughts that adversely affect agricultural and natural resources output.
The eastern province of Rwanda which is the biggest has been the most affected part of the country hence hindering the 30% target of forest cover by 2020.
Marking the international forests day at Kigali Serena Hotel, Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources, Dr. Vincent Biruta warned about hazardous climate change and environmental degradation calling upon everyone’s efforts in conserving the environment.
He said that private sector companies, entrepreneurs and all Rwandans should devise joint efforts for combating land degradation, deforestation and hazardous effects of climate change.
“There is possible income in investing in forests. It shouldn’t sound as helping the government, instead it should be an opportunity to make money,” he said.
Among the measures discussed in combating the environmental degradation include sensitization of the 83% of the total population that uses firewood and increasing the usage of gas in cooking.
Afforestation was also hinted on for mainly the Eastern Province that has been seriously affected by environmental degradation.
Bad agricultural practices and high population pressure have also been named key drivers of environmental degradation
Rwanda targets to achieve 30%of forest cover by 2020, however 83%of the population still uses firewood in cooking.
The UPDF Land forces commander Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu has made his first visit to UPDF troops in Somalia under AMISOM.
Maj. Gen. Elweru was received by the Ugandan contingent commander Brig. Kayanja Muhanga at Mogadishu International Airport. He later inspected a guard of honor at the Ugandan contingent headquarters at the Harane basecamp.
He was given a situation brief by the contingent commander, Brig. Gen Kayanja Muhanga at Sector 1 headquarters before addressing the troops.
In his address, Gen. Elwelu called on the troops to maintain a good image of Uganda and keep discipline. He said that the soldiers that those who wish to retire should apply and their applications will be considered as opposed to desertion, now that the retirement package has improved.
Also during his visit, Elwelu met the president of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E Mahamed Abdullahi Farmaajo at Villa Somalia in Mogadishu city.
According to Maj Robert Kamara, the Spokesman Ugandan Contingent in Somalia, Elweru is in Somalia to check on the operational tempo, boost the morale of the troops and also update the troops on the situation in Uganda.
The Ministry of health is set to distribute Mosquito nets to the people in Eastern Uganda, in the third wave of the distribution program.
The districts to get nets are Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Ntoroko, Bukwo, Kapchwora, Kween, Bugiri, Busia, Butaleja, Buyende, Iganga, Jinja, Kaliro, Kamuli, Kibuku, Luuka, Mayuge, Mbale, Namayingo, Namutumba, Pallisa and Tororo.
Junior health minister Sarah Opendi says registration of households in the beneficiary districts will take place in the second week of April, while the distribution will follow on May 10th 2017.
The program has been ongoing since February 17th 2017 when it was launched; starting with areas with the highest prevalence.
The minister reassured at a press conference today that all parts of the country will be covered.
Opendi stressed that only those registered will receive the nets and urged all Ugandans to use the chance and register.
The program will be implemented in six waves based on the current Malaria prevalence. Each wave has an average of 22 districts apart from the sixth wave which comprises of only Kampala and Wakiso.
“The first wave covered the West Nile, second wave Northern Uganda, third North and Eastern part, fourth Middle West, fifth western and then sixth central Uganda, said the minister”
The distribution of nets directly responds to the Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan (UMRSP), strategic objective of achieving and sustaining protection of at least 85% of the population at risk through recommended malaria prevention measures by 2017.
Two investigative and political journalists of the Daily Monitor are in trouble after Bukedea district Woman MP, Anita Among and Kacumbala County MP, Opolot Isiagi initiated the process of dragging them to court.
Ms Among is particularly demanding shs500 million in compensation in damages and shs20 million in legal fees from the Daily Monitor, Ivan Okuda and Solomon Arinaitwe after the newspaper’s controversial series, ‘Guns, Blood and Politics in Teso’ that ran from Friday to today (Wednesday) cited the two MPs as having a hand in one prominent murder in Bukedea district.
A notice of intention to sue penned by her lawyer Joseph Kyazze of MAGNA Advocates addressed to the (chief editor Daily Monitor, Ivan Okuda, Solomon Arinaitwe), reads, “the two stories, “Gangsters invade Teso, torture and kill with impunity in the Friday Monitor of March 17, and another in Saturday Monitor March 18, titled, “Police kill suspect, torture relatives after failed gun search’ were actuated by malice, sensationalism, deliberately published and circulated to malign her name, political, professional and business repute.”
The lawyer says the story falsely asserted that Among, also the deputy chairperson COSASE masterminded and financed the murder of a one Mary Opus and was privy to attempts to murder David Omagor the son of the said 74 year old woman. The suspects in the murder are currently facing trial at the soroti High Court for the offence of murder.
“The allegation that efforts to contact our client for her comment were futile is clearly an afterthought as the same reporter, Ivan Okuda subsequently appeared on KFM in the morning of Monday March 20, 2017 and further alleged how President Museveni is protective of our client in the investigations in the murder of the said Mary Opus,” the lawyer says in his letter.
The newspaper has been given three days, “to restrain Okuda and ask him to cease any further publication of any such stories about our client and arrange and compensate her in damages the sum of shs500 million and shs20 million.”
When contacted Okuda told Chimpreports, “I heard whispers from the corridors that the honorable MPs intend to start contemplating legal action. To that end I am comfortable letting our legal team deal with the matter and for any other queries feel free to contact our distinguished editors for an authoritative comment otherwise I have no figment of doubt in the clarity of our conscience.”
In another letter dated March 20, Wamimbi Advocates and Solicitors representing MP Opolot Isiagi over the same story, “demand that you retract the said portions of the story that are defamatory of our client in addition to an apology clarifying the said issues within 7 days lest we shall be inclined to institute legal proceedings against the company, editor in chief and Ivan Okuda.”
On Friday police chief Gen Kale Kayihura told reporters at the scene of crime of slain police spokesman Felix Kaweesi he had last communicated to and assigned his erstwhile blue eyed boy at 8:30am asking him to respond to the “alarmist Monitor story.” State minister for internal affairs Obigia Kania on NBS tv yesterday too expressed anger over the Teso murder series that exposed a spate of extrajudicial killings since 2014 as alarmist.
Monitor’s Managing Editor, Charles Odoobo Bichachi, when contacted on the impending law suits told us he was not yet aware of them.
He stressed however, that the company stands by the series and the journalists.
“As a newspaper we get threats of lawsuits quite often; it is nothing out the ordinary. What I can say is that we took our time to do this series and we are satisfied that we have done it well, and in the interest of exposing what happened in Teso,” he told us on phone.
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations(FUFA) has Wednesday morning launched the campaign to come up with design of the new national team jersey.
The campaign was officially launched by Fufa President,Engineer Moses Magogo during the weekly press conference held on at the Fufa House in Mengo.
“Like we said that after the AFCON tournament in Gabon that we shall retire the historic jersey, today is the occasion when we officially launch the campaign to usher in a new design,” he said.
“We bring a campaign whereby for one month starting today will be running for any Ugandan, or group of Ugandan or organisation that is interested in coming up with the new design,” Magogo added.
The competition will be open to the general public to submit their best designs to a panel of judges for a month starting today up to 22nd April 2017.
The competition will be open in three categories including the men’s national team(Uganda cranes), Crested Cranes(women) that will each have a unique design.
The competition also caters for the other national teams that include the national beach soccer team (Sand cranes), U23 (The Hippos), U20 (The Kobs) and U17 (the cubs).
Unlike previously where all the national teams have been using the same design, this time round the Uganda cranes and Crested cranes jerseys will be different in design while the other subsequent teams will also have another design.
The selected design will then be handed over to FUFA’s official kit manufacturer Errea with the colors remaining predominantly red and yellow for the home kit and white for away kit.
The overall winner at the end of the campaign will walk away with a cash prize of UGX 5 million shillings and will also watch Uganda cranes games at home for free.
This will be first time that the public will engage in the formulation of the design for the national team Jersey.
In a bid to strengthen the relationship between Uganda and France, the Embassy of France in Uganda decided to celebrate the long-term friendship with a couple of activities.
The Uganda-France friendship week to mark the Francophone Day in the country started on 18th March and will end on 25th March with activities ranging from academics, military, music, art and sports among others.
The game between Uganda cranes and the French Military team on Saturday at Mandela National stadium will be the closing event to climax the celebrations.
Her Excellency, Stephanie Rivoal, the French Ambassador to Uganda believes football is one of the ways that can be used to bolster the bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Uganda is coming to the face of world football after the participation at AFCON and we thought the friendly game will be able to bolster the relations between Uganda and France,” she said in a press briefing held at Fufa house on Wednesday.
“The game between Uganda cranes and the French military team could be the foundation of very many things that may come in future and therefore I call upon the public to embrace this chance,” she added.
Fufa President, Engineer Moses Magogo thanked the ambassador for the great initiative and indicated this is a great opportunity for Ugandan football.
“It is a honour for us to have such a great delegation of this magnitude partnering with the Federation. We are aware of the fact that France has been a platform for many African footballers to showcase their talent including our very own, the late Majid Musisi who played at Rennes in the 1990s,” he stated.
“So as the federation, we value this partnership and we believe it can be important in the years to come,” added Magogo.
Fans will pay UGX 5,000 and 20,000 as entrance fee with artists like Sheebah Karungi, Navio,Bebe Cool all expected to grace the occasion and some of the proceeds will be used to buy sports equipment for schools around Kampala that include Kibuli SS, Lubiri SS, Kisasi Primary school among others.
The game will be handled by FIFA referees, Ali Sabila (centre referee), Hussein Bugembe (1st Assistant referee), Ronald Katenya(2nd Assistant referee), Brian Miiro Nsubuga (4th official), Abbas Ssendyowa (match commissioner).
Kabale leaders are worried of the increased crime rate among the juveniles in the district.
Patrick Besigye Keihwa the Kabale LC5 Chairman says that since January this year, 14 juveniles have been arrested and charged with different offences.
Four of these he said are charged with defilement, eight of them with theft, one is charged with assault and the other with murder.
He added that in December last year, one child was remanded at Fort portal Remand Home over murder.
Besigye expressed the concern on Wednesday while presiding over the takeover by Kabale District of the first phase of a new Juvenile’s Remand Home and handover of the site for phase two works for construction of staff accommodation at Kikungiri Hill in Kabale Municipality.
The staff accommodation will cost 500million shillings and will be constructed by MUPA Technical services.
Keihwa expressed optimism that when finished, the remand home will help reduce the number of children on street and the growing delinquency.
James Ebitu, the Director of Social Protection in the ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development said that by July this year the ministry will ensure that the facility is operational.
The Court of Appeal in Kampala has dismissed a petition filed by NRM’s Fridah Mubanda seeking nullification of the results in which Democratic Party’s Babirye Kabanda was declared winner of the Masaka Woman MP seat in February last year.
Babirye, a former Mengo government official, beat the NRM candidate with a difference of 19,000 votes in the 2016 parliamentary elections, but the latter was not satisfied and she sought redress in the Masaka High Court.
The High Court in Masaka ruled in favor of Kabanda, prompting Mubanda to appeal the ruling, citing errors made by the lower court.
In a judgment read by the registrar Deo Nzeyimana on Wednesday morning, the Court of Appeal judges deduced that there was no evidence of voter bribery as alleged by Mubanda in her appeal.
“We did not find any evidence of an electoral offence committed by the respondent and the lower court never erred on this ground,” said Nzeyimana who was reading the judgment.
On the issue of allowing little time for her witnesses, the Court of Appeal in Kampala said in its judgment that there was no evidence to prove that Mubanda had asked for an adjournment so she could avail all the required witnesses.
“She should have applied for an adjournment with valid reasons but she didn’t do so.”
The judges also said that all evidence tabled was carefully scrutinized and found with no error made by the Masaka High Court.
“We do not find any merits in the appeal and dismiss it with costs to this court and the lower one,” said Nzeyimana in the judgment.
There were scenes of celebration at the Court of Appeal as Babirye’s Democratic Party supporters carried her as they chanted their party slogans.
“It is now time for work. Let us put politics aside and come together for the benefit of our people,” Babirye Kabanda said shortly after the court ruling.
The Prime Minister Dr. David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda has advised residents of Kabale to make use of the available traditional medicines; used in the past by their forefathers to treat ailments.
The Premier noted with concern on Monday that people have abandoned the traditional medicines for the conventional medicines.
He said proper use of herbs can be more effective than the modern medicines, adding that the only danger is when people go to the extremes of engaging in cruel acts like witchcraft.
“We need to go back and start using the Africans herbs that our parents used to give us while we were young. I am a medical doctor and I advise you that herbs are also good,” said Rugunda.
The Prime Minister was on Monday speaking at the requiem service of Yunia Kerere Rushundahire, mother of former minister Ezra Nkwansiibwe that was held at her home in Nyakitabire, Muhanga Town Council in Kabale District.
The Uganda Tourism Board Executive Director Steven Asiimwe is slated to lead a team to train locals living around the equator line in Mpigi district, to maximize the benefits from the numerous people that visit the area.
Asiimwe said time had come for the people in the community to realize the tourism potential in their neighborhood.
These he said are set to be trained on how to make crafts and producing other items which they can sell to the foreign tourists that flock to see the equator line mark.
“There is gold at the Equator; it’s not physical but invisible which makes it even more valuable. I will come back with my team and we will train the community on how to make money from it.
Asiimwe was speaking at the first ever Equator Expo in Mpigi district on Monday which will go on up to Friday.
The exhibitors at the expo showcased their works mainly handmade shoes, baskets, pots and local foods.
Meanwhile, speaking at the event, Tourism Minister Hon Godfrey Kiwanda promised to find ways of putting rubber humps in the area to deal with speeding vehicles on the high way.
Police in Isingiro is holding a 27 year old woman for suffocating her 1 month baby to death.
The suspect has been identified Reste Nisiima, a resident of Kashenyi village in Birere sub-county.
According to police, Ninsima, a habitual drunkard fell and laid on her son after drinking, and killed her on 19th March 2017.
Locals said they had warned the single mother against moving with her baby while drunk.
Police rushed to the scene and arrested Nisiima who pleaded to be forgiven saying it was an accident.
Milton Kwatsibwe, the OC Birere police station told Chimpreports that the matter has been referred to Isingiro police station.
Isingiro District Police Commander Moses Muzima confirmed that police are investigating the claim that the death was accidental.
He says the postmortem report from Mbarara referral hospital indicated that the child suffocated to death.
The suspect was escorted by police yesterday to the burial of her child and later taken back to custody.
President Museveni has resumed his door-to-door campaign of eradicating poverty in the Luweero Triangle.
Museveni who started the 2 day Bonna Bagagawale campaign with a tour of his Kawumu presidential demonstration farm on Monday also visited various farmers in Luweero and Nakaseke districts sensitizing them on commercial agriculture.
“You can grow fruits, coffee, food crops and also rear animals on a small piece of land where you will get some income and food,” Museveni told farmers he visited.
The farmers however told the president that they need assistance from government to help them pump water to be used in irrigation and pesticides for spraying their crops.
“I have harvested 15 bags of coffee from my 2.5 acres of land in the last 2 seasons and I hope this season I will reap bigger,” said Patrick Katongole, a farmer at Mawale village in Luweero district.
“With help from government, my farm can become a model and a demonstration garden in my area.
He told the president that he lost over 90 coffee trees to pests.
Museveni told the farmers that government is willing to help them eradicate poverty through the Operation Wealth Creation spearheaded by UPDF soldiers countrywide.
Bush War Memories
Museveni also took time and visited various places that were of great importance during the 1980s NRA bush war.
At river Danze, a part of R. Mayanja, Museveni said it was a place where his fighters engaged government soldiers in heavy battles for one year.
“From 1982 to January 1983, we fought with UNLA soldiers. They would come from Masuulita as we waited for them in this valley,” he narrated.
“They shelled us for a long time as we kept quiet and waited to take them on from here.”
The president noted that because the river never dries up even during drought, government will use it to pump water to the nearby areas for irrigation by the local farmers.
He implored farmers to learn lessons from his Kawumu demonstration farm which he said is open to the public.
In yet another twist inside the opposition Democratic Party (DP), President Norbert Mao has warned the party’s Buganda Region Vice President, Betty Nambooze against organizing the regional conference which he says is illegal.
In a letter read to the media by the Deputy Spokesperson, Alex Waisswa Mufumbiro on Tuesday, Mao says it had come to his attention through a letter that Nambooze was planning to convene a conference.
“Your purported meeting is being convened contrary to the Constitution and a standing resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) which requires regional leaders to coordinate their programs with NEC and get prior approval,” Mao responded.
He said that while other regions submitted plans for their activities to NEC, the Buganda region has not done so ever since a call was made.
Nambooze recently wrote to the party president and other Buganda region party members informing them of a planned conference to take place on March 31 at Nsambya Sharing Hall.
According to the Mukono MP, the meeting is being called in exercise of her powers that are granted to her by the party constitution as a regional vice president.
She among others reveals that the meeting is intended to restore the party to its former glory as well as rebrand it.
However, according to Mao, the meeting is in bad faith and arrogantly undermines the spirit of team work. He warns that such led to the fall of the former party Vice President Buganda region, Ssebuliba Mutumba.
“No one is above the Party Constitution; should you persist on the current course, you will face sanctions for breach of the party constitution. As Regional head and Deputy under the office of the president, you are required to work harmoniously with NEC and the office of the President,” Mao warned.
“I note that despite the high office you hold, you have focused not on uniting the party but rather hate mongering, sectarian mobilization and clique formation. You have insisted on creating a false dichotomy in the party by claiming that we have a ‘good DP’ and a ‘bad DP’ which only strengthen the predatory onslaught of rival parties against DP.”
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday spoke out at last on the succession talk that has been brewing among Ugandans of recent.
Responding to a question from journalists at his Kawumu demonstration farm on Tuesday afternoon, Museveni said it is not time to talk about succession yet.
“NRM is not an anarchic group,” he said. “We are not a group that just begins to do something and everything we do is prepared for. When time comes, we shall talk about it (succession).”
The president said that some things are left unattended to not because they are less important but because their time has not reached.
“It is important but its time will come,” he added.
He noted that on most occasions people spend much of the time discussing the ‘who’ but leave out the ‘what’ which he said is wrong.
The debate was started by the president’s son-in-law Odrek Rwabogo who asked the NRM to start thinking and discussing the successor of Museveni.
On the issue of demolition of Nakivubo stadium, Museveni said those against developing the stadium are not visionary.
“Those are people who don’t have their country at heart. Let him (Ham Kiggundu) continue but if he fails, someone else will be tasked to develop it,” Museveni noted.
After bowing out of the Total CAF champions league at the hands of defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns (3-2 on aggregate), KCCA FC have another chance to impress on the continent.
KCCA FC were pitted against Egyptian side Al Masry in the playoff round draws held in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday.
Team manager, Mike Hillary Mutebi is confident the team has gained enough exposure from the four games they have played in the champions league and will help KCCA FC go past Al Masry.
“I think it is a favourable draw for us but we are playing against an Egyptian side, their teams are never easy,” he told the club website.
“But I think we have gained momentum in the four games we have played in the champions league and that will help us” Mutebi added.
The manager indicates that if they keep focused and remain composed, KCCA FC can negotiate past Al Masry.
“If the players keep the momentum, remain focused and carry on with the belief they had, we can go past them. I don’t think Egyptian and Arabian teams of the past that would keep possession and play smartly are no more,” he said.
“If we can stick to our style of play, try to dominate possession and dictate play,to me I think it is a fair draw,” noted manager Mutebi.
KCCA FC will host the first leg on 8th April 2017 at Phillip Omondi stadium before the return leg in Egypt. The winner on aggregate will advance to the groups stage of the 2017 Total CAF confederation cup.
Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura has deployed the Police’s Operations Director Haruna Isabirye to Mityana district; to get to the bottom of a fatal shooting involving Flying Squad Police officers.
The shooting which happened Monday in Guluma village, Butayunja Sub County left a three year old dead and her mother critically injured as well as another resident.
The deceased has been identified as Viola Nakawuka, her mother as Diana Nabakooza and the third victim as Ivan Kito.
The suspected shooters are police officers Sgt Patrick Ewang, Hassan Mityaba, PC Mandela Richard and PC Ivan Chamutai.
All the four are on the run according to a statement released by police on Tuesday afternoon.
These were reportedly trying to protect a local witch doctor from an angry crowd when they opened fire.
Even as the police force strains to recover from the gruesome murder of their spokesperson AIG Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the police statement stresses that all police officers must be held to high standards.
“The death and injuring of unarmed civilians are highly regrettable and will be treated with serious action,” read the statement.”
“The Flying Squad officers named were not acting officially or on official assignment. All had been withdrawn from Mityana and therefore had no business in the area.”
The statement says the IGP as such sent to operations Director to the area to investigate and hunt down the officers who are in hiding.
The police also committed to take care of the medical bills of the injured, now hospitalized at Mityana Hospital.
Police have released the third composite picture of a suspect in the assassination of police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi.
The law enforcement body last week issued similar images of male suspects “wanted in connection to the case of murder that happened at Kulambiro in Kisaasi, Kampala.”
A facial composite is a graphical representation of an eyewitness’s memory of a face, as recorded by a composite artist.
It’s highly possible the facial impressions were as a result of interviews with witnesses.
ChimpReports understands police listened to several people who volunteered information in regard to last Friday morning’s shooting.
Kaweesi was shot at around 9:30am after leaving residence in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb.
Police say a suspect is in custody in relation to the assassination that shook the country.
But a huge hunt is underway to apprehend other suspected killers.
Unlike the previous images, the latest paints a picture of a stern-faced combatant wearing a green cap.
Facial composites are used mainly by police in their investigation of (usually serious) crimes. These images are also used to reconstruct the victim’s face in hope of identifying them.
While the classic use of the facial composite is the citizen recognizing the face as an acquaintance, there are other ways where a facial composite can prove useful.
The facial composite can contribute in law enforcement in Identifying the suspect in a wanted poster; obtaining additional evidence against a suspect; assisting investigation in checking leads and warning vulnerable population against serial offenders.
Facial composites of various types have been used extensively in those television programs which aim to reconstruct major unsolved crimes with a view to gaining information from the members of the public, such as “America’s Most Wanted” in the US and “Crimewatch” in the UK.
Kaweesi’s remains were Tuesday laid to rest at his ancestral home in Lwengo.