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Ex-Ugandan Sodomite, Sengooba Loses Petition

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 13:03
Ex-Ugandan Sodomite, Sengooba Loses Petition

News reaching our desk indicates that former pearl petroleum proprietor and gay suspect, Robert Kityo Sengooba has lost a petition where he was challenging the Anti-homosexuality Act 2014.

Through his Human Rights Lawyer Patricia Kimera, Sengooba had petitioned East African Court of Human Rights (EACJ) in Arusha-Tanzania (No 6 of 2014) challenging the legality of Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014.

Sengooba, was arrested by Old Kampala police and dragged to Kololo Summit View Police post on suspicions of sodomy and sodomizing a one Eddie Semaganda. He was part of large group of homos who were rounded up by police in November 2011. In the hearing process, Police Criminal Investigation Department presented before the Makindye Court Martial all the necessary evidence pining him being a gay.

The evidence included determatological creams that are used by homos to ease their Anal penetration, pain killers and a bottle of chloroform that were recovered from his home in Old Kampala. He was also found to be having carnal knowledge of victim, Semaganda.

Being his constitutional right as a Uganda, Sengooba was granted bail by High Court. He however used that chance to flee the country in fear of facing the wrath of the law. According to section 145 (a) of penal code act, an offender of gay law faces life imprisonment.

After the escape, his lawyer petitioned EACJ contending that the passing of Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 particularly articles 6(d) 7(2) was in violation of the treaty in the establishment of East African Community (EAC).

He also wanted this law scrapped off from Ugandan constitution on reasons that it infringes the human right freedom of citizens.

However all the efforts to have the judgment decreased or quashed were futile after EACJ recently ruled to maintain the anti-gay law.

Sengooba, is a son to ex local government Permanent Secretary, Ms Florence Kityo Birungi and Ex Ugandan envoy at Ugandan Missions in Italy and Japan; and late Bakayana Kityo.

Sengooba, was the coordinator of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in Uganda and in some European-countries like Iceland, Switzerland, Germany and Finland among others.

Uganda Cranes Team Arrives In Gabon Pending Tuesday Action With Ghana

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:14
Uganda Cranes Team Arrives In Gabon Pending Tuesday Action With Ghana

The Ugandan cranes team has safely arrived in Gabon ahead of their opening fixture against Ghana on Tuesday in Port Gentil.  The team landed in the country on Saturday afternoon.

They were received by FUFA advance team of 2nd Vice President, Darius Mugoye, Depurty CEO Humphrey Mandu and Local organising Committee team at Port Gentil Airport.

A 35 man contingent is accommodated at Hotel Du Parc located along the shores of Atlantic Ocean.

The contingent including a group of fans and media all boarded a dometsic flight from Libreville to Port Gentil.

The journey started with a retrun from Dubai, a stop over where they spent the night in Ethioipa before flying out direct to Libreville on Saturday morning.

Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic held his team’s first training session at Stade Sogara, 7pm (local time in Gabon) 9 pm EAST.

It is a five minute drive from Hotel Du Parc while reaching the main stadium where they will play Ghana, takes about 25 minutes.

Mudas Still Hunted In Gangu

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 20:05
Mudas Still Hunted In Gangu

It looks like the dust that was raised by Mudas Bossa has not settled yet.

Bossa is a former resident of Buziga Gangu trading Centre in Makindye division, who was romoured to have engaged in same sex steamy affairs that forced residents to banish him from the area.

Bossa’s homosexual allegations worsened in 2014 when he was nabbed engaging in a homosexual affair with a fellow man only identified as Steven Okello.

The two were caught red-handed getting erotic by the residents of Gaba who were trailing them unawares.

Because of the shame and humiliation he endured on being caught, Bossa disappeared from Gangu in April 2014 after his family members reported the case at Gaba Police Station.

Sources add that Bossa was forced to disappear from Gangu to keep away from the stigma, mockery and threats on his life plus the scorn that his family members were subjected to.

After learning that residents and his family had decided to make life difficult for him, Bossa fled to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, Okello’s family members are still hunting for him to face the long arm of the law and last year they opened another case at Lyantonde Police headquarters.

After failing to locate his whereabouts, Okello’s family has been pestering police to do more investigation and tracking of Bossa’s whereabouts who they suspect to be hiding in Uganda or in the neighbouring countries.

Gambia’s President-elect, Barrow Flees the Country

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 13:03
Gambia’s President-elect, Barrow Flees the Country

The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has left the country after talks failed to persuade the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh to step down.

This came after Nigeria’s president efforts to strike a deal with Jammeh to relinquish power were futile.

Barrow is now heading to Mali, where he will meet West African leaders attending a summit there this weekend.

The former estate agent wants to resolve the transitional deadlock so he can be sworn in next week.

President Jammeh’s term ends on Thursday 18th January, 2017.

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari had flown to The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, to try to broker a deal, as the region fears the consequences of a non-peaceful transition, but Jammeh refused to step down.

Ecowas, a 15-nation bloc of West African states that it is considering removing Jammeh using military force if he refuses to step aside.

Jammeh had initially admitted defeat after the December election. But shortly afterwards he called for the result to be annulled.

The 51-year-old leader seized power in the country in 1994 and has been accused of human rights abuses, although he has held regular elections.

A lawyer for Jammeh filed a request with the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking for an injunction to block Barrow’s swearing-in.

The Supreme Court is unable to hear the challenge until May because of a shortage of judges, and Jammeh says he will not step down until then.

There are growing fears that the uncertainty could cause a refugee exodus.

Thousands of Gambians, mostly women and children, have already crossed the border into neighbouring Senegal and further afield to Guinea-Bissau, where they do not require a visa, officials say.

Egyptian Ambassador Congratulates FUFA for Winning Continental Award

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 11:19
Egyptian Ambassador Congratulates FUFA for Winning Continental Award

The Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Her Excellency Ambassador Mai Taha Khalil has sent a congratulatory message to the FUFA President following the last week’s Glo CAF Awards where Uganda was named National team of the year 2016.

The Congratulatory message to the FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo reads;

‘On the occassion of naming Uganda the best national football team for the year 2016, the Embassy has the great honor to extend its facilitation to the team on such a great occasion, and wishes them great and continuous success.

The Embassy and people of Egypt are looking forward to our brotherly matches in the days to come and may the best team win’

At the same awards held in Abuja, Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Denis Onyango was voted the best player (based in Africa), becoming the first Ugandan and goalkeeper to win this award.

It should be noted that Uganda and Egypt are in same groups for the AFCON 2017 which starts today, and in World cup qualifiers.

They however avoided each other for the Project Cameroon 2019 as the draws for the 2019 AFCON qualifiers were conducted in Gabon on Thursday night. Both countries were placed in the same pot before the draws.

Singer Denis Rackla Passes On

Sat, 01/14/2017 - 10:50
Singer Denis Rackla Passes On

Dancehall singer Dennis Mpima aka Dennis Rackla has died.

He lost his life in a car accident on Friday evening. He was reportedly coming from his farm in Kayunga when he met his death.

His close friend Hemdee Kiwanuka confirmed his death on Friday evening

“He was coming from his farm in Kayunga when the accident occurred. He hit a tree on the roadside as he was trying to avoid knocking a kid who was crossing the road. He was in a car with his mother.” Kiwanuka said.

He was quickly rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital but  the doctors could do very little or possibly nothing to save his life.

Denis Rackla was a singer, songwriter and producer. He began his music journey in 2004. He was most popular for his song titled Tugenda Kusula Mungato and Kabiite which he did with Desire Luzinda.

Mumbere Re-arrested Shortly After Being Granted Bail

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 21:34
Mumbere Re-arrested Shortly After Being Granted Bail

The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has this evening been re-arrested shortly after he was granted bail by Jinja High Court.

Mumbere has reportedly been dragged out the official vehicle of junior Agriculture minister Christopher Kibazanga who is also his younger brother and driven off in a waiting police van.

Earlier there was a scuffle at the Court premises as the police commanded by Jinja Regional Police Commander Godfrey Matte attempted to block the King from leaving.

According to Robert Centenary, the Kasese Municipality MP, the king has been taken to Nalufenya police station.

Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswasta had this afternoon released Mumberere on bail on grounds that bail is his constitutional right and that he has two permanent places of aboard, in Muyenga- a Kampala suburb and in Kasese, which is one of the key requirements for bail.

He had been released on a non cash bail of Shs100m and his sureties bonded Shs100m each not cash.

Mumbere’s sureties are 5 Members of Parliament led by the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza and his former premier Constantine Bwambale.

Earlier, a team of state attorney’s from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions led by Alex Ojok had objected to Mumbere’s bail application on grounds that being an influential person in the Rwenziori sub region, he had capacity to interfere with and frustrate the on-going police investigations within the area.

Court thus barred Mumbere from travelling outside Uganda and to districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibugyo to avoid any chances of interference with police investigations.

He is to report before the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s Court once every month starting from the 13th February 2017.

Andrew Felix Kawesi, the Police spokesperson has confirmed Mumbere’s arrest on fresh murder charges.

North Korea Delivers New Year Message, Warns U.S Against Hostile Policies

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 21:09
North Korea Delivers New Year Message, Warns U.S Against Hostile Policies

By Patrick Ochaido

Supreme leader of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) has delivered a powerful New Year-2017 message and warned U.S against their hostile policies.

While making his New Year Address for 2017, Kim Jong Un said that last year an epochal turn was brought about in consolidating the defence capability of Juche Korea, and that DPRK achieved the status of a nuclear power, a military giant, in the East which no enemy, however formidable, would dare to provoke.

“We conducted the first H-bomb test, test-firing of various means of strike and nuclear warhead test successfully to cope with the imperialists’ nuclear war threats, which were growing more wicked day by day, briskly developed state-of-the-art military hardware, and entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile; we achieved other marvellous successes one after another for the consolidation of the defence capability,” Kim Jon Un said in his speech.

During an exclusive interview, Ri Hung Guk, the acting ambassador of North Korea to Uganda similarly, does not differ from Kim’s address.

Ri Hung said that his country will this year concentrate their efforts on implementing the five-year strategy for national economic development that among others includes strengthening the sector of science and technology to help on solving scientific and technological problems.

He however, warned that his country will also continue to build up our self-defence capability, the pivot of which is the nuclear forces, and the capability for preemptive strike as long as the United States and its vassal forces keep on nuclear threat and blackmail and as long as they do not stop their war games they stage at our doorstep disguising them as annual events.

“We will make a positive contribution to securing globe peace and security as a responsible nuclear power and we will not use our weapons on anyone unless they have attacked us,” he said.


He also said that the Supreme leader Kim Jong Un in his address made an appeal to all the fellow countrymen in the north, in the south and abroad that all should do something to make this year a meaningful year of a new phase in independent reunification by stepping up a nationwide grand march towards reunification through the concerted effort of the nation.

He added that this New Year DPRK is determined to work closely with African countries especially Uganda that enjoy a good diplomatic relations with them.

North Korea breaks silence on Trump’s election 

The DPRK has for the first time spoken about the election of Donald Trump as U.S’ 45th president.

Republican’s Trump won the general election on November 8, 2016 against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Ri said that his country does not care if Trump is president or not.

He added that the United State must roll back its hostile policy toward the DPR of Korea whoever the president is in U.S

“We don’t care who is or will be the president of U.S, we make an issue of their policies that have of recent been so hostile to us,” Ri Hung Guk said during an interview at their Embassy in Kololo.

He added, “U.S should roll back its hostile policies towards my country and some of these policies include the nuclear threats, blackmail, war games, inciting the anti-reunification forces in south Korea to confrontation with the fellow countrymen, war and so on.”

Ri Hung Guk who is sitting in the absence of Ambassador MyongKyong added that outgoing U.S president Barack Obama pushed hostile policies on his country prompting them to strengthen their military grip for purposes of self-defense in cases of attack.

“His (Obama) harsh policies to stifle and isolate our country compelled my country to achieve the status of a nuclear power for self-defense. Even insiders in Obama’s camp say that he was so harsh in his foreign policies,” Ri Hung said.


Mumbere Released on Bail

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:58
Mumbere Released on Bail

By Serestino Tusingwire

High court in Jinja has released Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere on bail almost two months in prison.

Court presided over by Judge Eva Luswata has this evening released Mumbere on a non cash bail of Shs100m.

His six sureties including the Leader of Opposition, Ms Winfred Kiiza were each bonded at Sh100m also not cash.

He is however not allowed to travel beyond Ugandan borders, neither is he allowed to travel to Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole.

He is allowed to travel in only three districts namely; Kampala, Wakiso and Jinja.

In her ruling, Judge Luswata reasoned that if Mumbere is allowed to travel to Rwenzori sub region, he may interfere with the investigations.

Meanwhile, the case in which him and a number of royal guards are accused of various charges including terrorism and treason has been committed to International crimes Division of high court to allow the trial commence.

ICD is yet to set date for the hearing to start.

Comedian Basketmouth Scoops Title ‘SIR’

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 16:08
Comedian Basketmouth Scoops Title ‘SIR’

One of Africa’s best comedians, Okpocha Bright aka Basketmouth has been awarded one of prestigious titles in Europe and the world at large.

Basketmouth was blessed with ‘knighthood’ by Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England recently.

The title ‘Sir/Knight’ is traditionally known to be awarded by the Queen of United Kingdom to outstanding performers in different fields.

Immediately after the award, the comedian took the excitement to Instagram where he revealed to his fans that he is now a knight ‘in shining armour’.

‘Guess who just got knighted by the Queen of England……I’m humbled, God is truly amazing. Your majesty, thank you for the great honor… yours truly Sir Okpocha Bright.’

His Ugandan friend and fellow comedian Patrick Idringi Salvado had this to say about his friend,

‘Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Sir Bright Okpocha aka Sir Basketmouth .. for his contribution to the Entertainment industry in the U.K., he has been Knighted, i’m just very honoured to call him a brother.. can’t wait to perform in the Uk again because of this generous man.. May God Keep Blessing You Sir Bright Okpocha’

Odonga Otto Summoned over Threatening Violence

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 13:55
Odonga Otto Summoned over Threatening Violence

Court in Kitgum has issued fresh summons to the controversial Arru South county MP, Odonga Otto over accusations of threatening violence in the aftermath of the 2016 general elections.

According to the summons issued by Kitgum Grade One Magistrate Isaac Rukundo, Otto is accused of threatening violence, obstructing electoral officers, inciting violence and destruction of electoral materials during election period.

It is alleged that Otto organised a mob to storm Pader Central Police Station disrupting an application filed by former Aruu South Parliamentary contender James Nabinson Kidega.

Before the issuing of the summons, Magistrate Rukundo first observed that the continuous absenteeism of the defendants is delaying the hearing and conclusion of the matter, thereby wasting the time of state witnesses who are always present in court.

Therefore, court has given Otto an ultimatum of two weeks to appear for hearing or risks being penalized.

Jammeh Wants Court to Block Barrow’s Inauguration

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:49
Jammeh Wants Court to block Barrow’s inauguration

By Agencies

A lawyer for The Gambia’s president has filed an injunction asking the Supreme Court to bar the swearing in of the president-elect this month, as Yahya Jammeh battles on in his attempt to annul his election defeat.

The strongman of 22 years initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow as winner of the December 1 presidential polls but later backtracked and lodged a legal case to trigger new elections.

“Barrister Edward Gomez has filed an injunction asking the Supreme Court to grant order barring the swearing in of President-elect Adama Barrow. He filed this document few minutes close to 6:00 pm,” a judicial source told AFP late Thursday.

The lawyer asked the court to prevent Barrow’s planned inauguration for January 19 until the legal case had been settled, according to a document seen by AFP.

But the Gambia’s chief Supreme Court justice said this week the challenge could not be heard for several months as it did not have a full bench, and the extra judges needed to hear the case were not available.

The Gambia relies on foreign judges, notably from Nigeria, to staff its courts due to a lack of trained professionals in the tiny West African state.

In response to the injunction request, Barrow’s office said in a statement that Jammeh could not exceed his five-year mandate, which expires on January 18.

“The winner should prepare for inauguration while the loser prepares for Court. This is the fact that no Gambian should deny,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, lawmakers in Nigeria said their president should consider giving asylum to Jammeh as a way of ending the political crisis in The Gambia.

A motion passed in parliament’s lower chamber on Thursday gave members’ backing to regional efforts to resolve the dispute.

The MPs said “the clock is ticking fast” for The Gambia and there was a need to step up diplomacy, as the possibility of violence and mass displacement threatened West African stability.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who is leading the regional diplomatic transition effort, should “extend Nigeria’s readiness to offer… Jammeh safe haven in Nigeria to live securely as a way of ending the political stalemate”, they said.

There was no immediate response from Buhari, who is expected to travel to Banjul on Friday for talks.

Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said Tuesday that “violence should be avoided but nothing is ruled out” by regional bloc ECOWAS to ensure The Gambia’s constitution was upheld.

Jammeh on Tuesday also warned the international community against interfering in the country’s political crisis.


Latest UPDF Reshuffle: Ankunda Dropped, Nalweyiso Promoted

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:50
Latest UPDF Reshuffle: Ankunda Dropped, Nalweyiso Promoted

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Commander in Chief of Armed forces, President Museveni has made yet another reshuffle, days after the major reshuffle that saw top commanders reassigned other responsibilities.

In the latest army reshuffle which has been released this morning, the renowned UPDF spokesperson Col. Paddy Ankunda has been dumped and replaced with Col. Richard Kalemeire who has been promoted to Brigadier.

In another reshuffle, Brig. Proscovia Nalweyiso has been promoted to the rank of Major General becoming the highest female ranking officer in UPDF history.

Maj. Gen. Nakibus Lakara has been appointed commander, rapid response center.

Brig. Henry Matsiko has been appointed Chief Political Commissar, replacing Col. Felix Kulayigye.

Brig. Paul Lokech has appointed Commander Second Division replacing Peter Elwelu who was appointed to head land forces.

Brig. Sam Kavuma has been appointed Deputy Commander, Air force.

Col. Igumba has also been promoted to Brig. General, becomes the new Chief of Personnel  and Administration.

Col. Michael Kabango has been promoted to Brig. and appointed 5th Division Commander replacing Sam Kavuma.

On Thursday, President Museveni promoted Brigadier Joseph Musanyufu to the rank of Major General and appointed him the Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces.

We shall keep you posted.

High Court to Decide on Mumbere’s Bail Application Today

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 10:53
High Court to Decide on Mumbere’s Bail Application Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Jinja based High Court is today evening expected to decide on whether to release the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere on bail or not.

Mumbere on January 12 appeared before High court Judge Eva Luswata who set today at 3pm to give her final ruling on the matter.

Mumbere is together with over 150 royal guards battling various charges including; terrorism, murder, treason, aggravated robbery among others in relation to Kasese clashes.

The DPP had sought to block Mumbere’s bail application at the Jinja High Court claiming it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application, since it involves terrorism charges that can only be heard by the international crimes division.

However, Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata dismissed DPP’s claims saying that her court has jurisdictions to grant bail if there is need to.

Luswata added that at this stage when the DPP has not yet committed Mumbere for trial before the ICD, the king can appear before any High Court judge for purposes of bail hearing.

Meanwhile, Mumbere presented 6 sureties as part of his bail requirements.

These sureties include the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, his former premier Constantine Bwambale, Robert Centenary of Kasese Municipality, Tonny Muhindo of Bukonzo East, William Nzoghu of Busongora North and Atikins Katusabe from Bukonzo West.

Sabiiti Withdraws Petition Against Oil Cash Probe

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:29
Sabiiti Withdraws Petition Against Oil Cash Probe

By Serestino Tusingwire

The controversial lawyer Eric Sabiiti has today withdrawn the petition which he had filed to court seeking to block any person or organ from investigating the Shs6bn given to government top shots as a reward for winning the case against an oil firm.

His petition had been Okayed by the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma who on Monday issued an injunction restraining parliament, any person or authority from investigating, questioning or inquiring into the saga.

However, the order faced harsh reactions from parliament and the general public which prompted Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to adjourn the house until the order is withdrawn.

In his brief letter dated January 12, Sabiiti has notified constitutional court that he has withdrawn the petition and he is no longer interested in it.

“I Eric Sabiiti, being the petitioner/applicant in the above matters hereby withdraw the above constitutional petition No.4 of 2017; Sabiiti Eric Vs the Attorney General and constitutional Application No. 6 of 2017.” The letter reads.

Kadaga is now expected to recall parliament since the order has been withdrawn.

UBC too Dry to Broadcast AFCON Games

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 18:41
UBC too Dry to Broadcast AFCON Games

By Serestino Tusingwire

Ugandans who will not have a chance of travel to Gabon to watch AFCON games are at the verge of missing out on watching their favorite Uganda cranes play.

This is after the national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) failed to pay $113,500 (sh411m) to secure broadcasting rights.

According to the letter signed by the UBC managing director, Winston Agaba, to minister of education and sports, Janet Museveni, UBC did not have the money to secure free to air rights for the live broadcast of AFCON games.

“Following our letter dated December 14, 2016, addressed to your office, we regret to inform you that due to lack of financing to cover the fees involved, we shall not be able to telecast the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 (AFCON) games which kick off on January 14, 2017,” Letter reads in part.

Agaba said the fees are out of their reach, adding that they had contacted the Information and Communication technology Ministry for help, but in vain. It has been copied to the finance ministry and National Council of Sports.

This comes when UBC is financially bankrupt to the extent of failing to pay workers’ salaries on time.

Kayihura Reshuffles Top Regional Commanders

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 17:35
Kayihura Reshuffles Top Regional Commanders

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kare Kayihura has today exercised powers given to him by the constitution to reshuffle police officers across the country.

Kayihura’s reshuffle has targeted only top regional commandants and the transfers are to take immediate effect.

Kahihura has moved ACP Ogwal Maxwell from Greater Masaka to report to HRM, ACP Kwanya Wilson from Aswa Region to report to HRM, ACP Echotu Agaptus from Rwenzori East to HRM, ACP Echega Richard from Ikafe to Rwenzori East as RPC, ACP Nkole Paul from Tourism police to Kigezi Region as RPC.

SP Latif Zake DPC Kalungu has been appointed RPC greater Masaka Region, SP Otim Bosco DPC Ntoroko becomes RPC Aswa Region, ASP Okot Charles OC station Bundibugyo moves to Kisoro as DPC, SP Oloka Jesper has been moved from CT to witness protection unit, ASP Egwangu Geofrey moves from being OC station Lwango to Kalungu as DPC.

Others include; ASP Gerald Atuhaire from course to Ntoroko as DPC, ASP Akankwasa Edgar from Kisoro to report to HRM, ASP Iprotum Moshi moves from Ntungamo Rubaare to OC station Lwengo, ASP Mubangizi Innocent OC CID Nakaseke has been transferred to Kisoro as OC CID, ASP Adriko Ronald moves from Busia to Nakaseke as OC CID, ASP Batuli Tanasi from Ntungamo appointed OC Station Rubaare, while AIP Natumanya Nelson from SIU to witness protection unit.

Mumbere, 13 others Committed to ICD

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:37

Mumbere, 13 others Committed to ICD

By Serestino Tusingwire

The incarcerated Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere and 13 other suspects have today been committed to high court’s International Crimes Division to give way for the trial to start.

Mumbere alongside 152 Rwenzururu royal guards were today morning appearing before Jinja magistrates’ court for mention of charges in relation to Kasese clashes.

These have been in prison since November last year when they were arrested by police accusing them of engaging government forces in the fight that left over 100 people dead.

They are now battling charges including murder; terrorism, attempted murder and aggravated robbery among others.

The trial had been delayed to due to the fact that state was still carrying out investigations into the matter and committal papers were not yet ready.

Other suspects remain under Jinja magistrate’s court pending their charge sheets. High court is yet to set the date for commencement of the trial.

Meanwhile, Jinja high court has set January 13 as the date to decide on Mumbere’s bail application.

Mumbere Nears Bail as Court Sets Ruling Date

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 14:11
Mumbere Nears Bail as Court Sets Ruling Date

By Serestino Tusingwire

The incarcerated Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere is more likely to be granted bail after high court in Jinja dismissed DDP’s request to have the application transferred to International Crimes Division.

The Directorate of Public Prosecution had sought to block Mumbere’s bail application at the Jinja High Court claiming it has no jurisdiction to entertain the application, since it involves terrorism charges that can only be heard by the international crimes division.

However, Jinja High Court Judge Eva Luswata has dismissed DPP’s claims saying that her court has jurisdictions to grant bail if there is need to.

Luswata added that at this stage when the DPP has not yet committed Mumbere for trial before the ICD, the king can appear before any High Court judge for purposes of bail hearing.

Luswata has therefore set Friday 13th January 2017 as the day to give her ruling on the application.

Meanwhile, Mumbere has presented 6 sureties as part of his bail requirements.

These sureties include the Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza, his former premier Constantine Bwambale, Robert Centenary of Kasese Municipality, Tonny Muhindo of Bukonzo East, William Nzoghu of Busongora North and Atikins Katusabe from Bukonzo West.


How Primary Pupils Fared in PLE

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:08
How Primary Pupils Fared in PLE

By Serestino Tusingwire

The ministry of Education and Sports has today morning released the 2016 Primary Leaving Examination results.

According to the Chairperson Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Prof Mary Okwakol, this year’s performance has slightly improved compared to the previous year’s.

Out of 640, 860 candidates who sat for PLE, 488,310 were registered under UPE and the rest were non UPE candidates.

UNEB report says that male candidates generally performed better than girls though the girls performed better in English Language and social studies.

On another note, non UPE schools performed better than UPE schools.

Meanwhile, in terms of performance by municipalities, the top ten include Fort portal with 99.9% pass rate, Entebbe with 99.3%, Ntungamo comes in third place with 99.2%, followed by Rukungiri with 99.1%, Jinja 98.6%, Kabaale 98.5%, Masaka  98.4%, Mbarara 98.1, Lira 98.1 and Masindi 98.1%.

This means that Fortportal, Entebbe, Rukingiri, Jinja, Ntungamo, Kabale, Masindi and Lira have bounced back to the list of the top ten.

The worst performing districts were mostly from Busoga and the wider eastern region.

They include Buyende, Luuka, Kween, Mayuge, Kaliro, Iganga, Kyankwazi, Bulambuli, Namutumba and Serere

Meanwhile, the UNEB executive director Daniel Odong says results of 1,886 candidates have been withheld pending investigations.

This figure is higher compared to 1,344 candidates whose results were withheld due to alleged involvement in malpractice in 2015.