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Ugandans Detained In China on Drug Related Cases Face Execution

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 08:53
Ugandans Detained In China on Drug Related Cases Face Execution

By Serestino Tusingwire

Ugan­dans de­tained in China on drug re­lated cases risk fac­ing ex­e­cu­tion in line with Chi­nese laws af­ter gov­ern­ment ef­forts to have them de­ported back home hit a snug.

While ap­pear­ing be­fore the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee of Par­lia­ment on Tuesday, Hon Sam Ku­teesa the For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter said that gov­ern­ment is still ne­go­ti­at­ing to have Ugan­dans serve their sen­tences from home.

“We have ap­pealed to China to have our cit­i­zens come and serve their sen­tences at home but the challenge is that they do not trust our ju­di­cial sys­tem,” Ku­teesa said.

The Min­is­ter also told the com­mit­tee that China treats drug traf­fick­ing as a se­ri­ous of­fence, pun­ish­able by death and as thus, the au­thor­i­ties feared to let any con­victs be taken out of the coun­try.

Min­is­ter Ku­teesa’s sub­mis­sion fol­lowed con­cerns raise by Mbale Mu­nic­i­pal­ity MP Jack Wa­manga Wa­mai and Kawempe North’s La­teef Sse­bag­gala.

The law­mak­ers wanted him to ex­plain gov­ern­ment ef­forts in sav­ing the con­victed na­tion­als from death. Ac­cord­ing to a 2016 re­port, Uganda has about 120 cit­i­zens in Chi­na’s pris­ons cells out and 73 are on death row.

PrEP reduces the risk of HIV infection up to 92% – Study

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:26
PrEP reduces the risk of HIV infection up to 92% – Study

By Sarah Achen

PrEP is effective and it can reduce the risk for HIV by at least 90%, but it’s important that you first seek help from a health worker before getting it.

Dr Sulaiman Kato a Public Health Officer at GGwatiro hospital in Bweyogerere, Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection.

According to Mr Charles Brown the Advocacy and Laison Officer of PrEP projects at Infectious Diseases Institute, Makerere, there is no PrEP policy in place but the Ministry of Health developed a guideline which has not been launched officially.

“The ministry is in the process of making the PrEP guideline official, as this can go a long way to help health workers prescribe the right dosage of the vaccine. It will also help them know the type of drug and give an idea of how to administer and know the amount in addition to monitor side effects,” Brown says.

Charles-Brown during an interview with the writer at infectious diseases Institute , Kasangati

Brown says PrEP is for people at substantial risk of acquiring HIV according to WHO guideline on PrEP or among key populations. These people include; commercial sex workers, Men who have sex with men, fisher forks, long truck drivers, trans- genders and uniformed services. Even adolescents can also get PrEP because HIV infection is higher among them. Majority of the young girls easily transmit HIV faster because they are not able to negotiate for safer sex with older men since the older men have a huge financial muscle. It’s also hard for a girl to walk into a shop and purchase for a condom like men do.

Brown adds that they are waiting for the launch then they embark on sensitizing and informing the public which health facilities will be offering the services. Even health workers needs to be sensitized too

Dr Timothy Muwonge a Principle investigator and HIV prevention Specialist at  the Infectious Diseases Institute Makerere University says that PrEP is Pre Exposure Prophylaxis ;meaning  Pre ( before ) Exposure ( an action that may lead to infection in this context HIV ) and Prophylaxis ( prevention )

PrEP is a “prescription only” biomedical mode of prevention for HIV that is offered after one has been screened by a qualified health care worker

Why PrEP?

PrEP is an additional method of prevention and not a replacement of the already existing methods and it’s NOT for everyone. PrEP is for people at substantial risk of HIV acquisition; the health worker should assess for the risk and advise accordingly.

HIV negative people at substantial risk are the ones who should be given. Before one is given PrEP, he or she should be examined to ensure that the client is in good health.

The 2016 a Uganda National consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention and treatment mention that PrEP will be only in a few sites that have funding and capacity to offer the services. From these sites they will be able to demonstrate the best practices PrEP services delivery in the country.

There are other formulations of PrEP apart from the oral and these include the Dapivarinering, injectable formulations like carboltegravir which are under research.

“In terms of the 90:90:90, I strongly believe there is light at the end of the tunnel to prevent new infections in people at substantial risk of HIV infection. When taken consistently, PrEP has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at high risk by up to 92%,” Muwonge adds. PrEP is much less effective if it is not taken consistently.

Dr George Bwesigye from Najjera hospital explains that PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. But people who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug every day and seeing their health care provider for follow-up every 3 months.

Malaria still number one killer, 63% Ugandans prefer self medication to testing

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:13
Malaria still number one killer, 63% Ugandans prefer self medication to testing

By Sarah Achen

The new study reveals that majority of Ugandans don’t believe in malaria testing known as RDT.

The study which was released by HEPS Uganda at Piato Restaurant in Kampala on Thursday 13th indicates that 63% of the population believes in the outcome of malaria test, 21% not always, conduct their own diagnosis say theirs is more important and 16% have never had a malaria test. Others that also attended included CEHURD, PATH, Reproductive Health Uganda, Infectious Disease Institute among others.

According to Dr George Bwesigye from Najeera hospital, RDT Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) assist in the diagnosis of malaria by providing evidence of the presence of malaria parasites in human blood. RDTs are an alternative to diagnosis based on clinical grounds or microscopy, particularly where good quality microscopy services cannot be readily provided. The current charge for RDT test is Shs 3000-4000.

The study involved listeners from up county radio stations was carried out by TRAC.fm in partnership with HEPS malaria campaign with the support of Ministry of Health, development partners carried out the study between Feb 6-22 2017 with 4586 responses.

It was also discovered that malaria had the greatest impact on people’s life accounting for 43%, followed HIV, thirdly Tuberclosis and lastly others at 15%.

The poll was aiming done to find out why people shun testing for malaria and 32% of the respondents say they don’t need the test, because they know if they have malaria or not, 24% say the tests are too expensive, 23% of the people don’t know there is a test and 21% add that the tests are not available.

Responding to the study, Denis Kibira the Executive director of Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS), the poll results indicate that there is public doubt regarding the quality of RDT on the market.

Civil society organisations health advocators say that eliminating malaria is everyone’s responsibility but government must take the lead by funding only 5% of the malaria budget because government is not demonstrating leadership.

The national response to malaria is funded from the national budget and from donations from development partners. The challenge is that response is too dependent on external donors, with government contributing barely 5% of total funding. Available data indicate that between 2014 and 2016, government for malaria totaled US dollar 11.8m, which is just about 5.6% of the total expenditure on malaria over the three-year period amounting to US dollar 207.6m.

Out of the total budget shs 60.9m US dollar government contributes 3.6m US dollar for malaria leaving a gap of 80%. Uganda needs shs 308m US dollar to eliminate malaria completely out of the country.

Malaria is still one of the major diseases affecting families all over Uganda. Testing a blood sample is the most conclusive way to know whether one has malaria or not. This can be done by a health worker or at home, using a testing kit.

Testing malaria makes treatment more effective and allows for other treatment options when one does not have malaria, as only one in three cases of fever is actually malaria. However, based on numbers from the Ministry of Health, only 60% tests for malaria.

Kibira explains that there is need to expedite the proposed reform of the law to expand the regulatory mandate of National Drug Authority to include medical devices.

Patrick Ojilong the advocacy manager of Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/Aids (AGHA) adds that 95% of the malaria funds are donor funded. If we don’t invest now our dream of eliminating malaria from Ugandan might be far from near.

Malaria is the single cause of illness death in Uganda. The country has the third highest number of deaths from malaria and one of the highest reported malaria transmission rates in the world. Malaria accounts for 30% -50% of outpatient visits, 15%-20% of hospital admissions and up to 20% of all hospital deaths.

Ministry of Health estimates that in 2013, 27.2% of inpatient deaths of children under than five years of age were due to malaria. Overall about 16 cases and about 10,500 deaths are reported per year.

Early diagnosis and treatment of malaria reduces disease and prevents deaths. It also contributes to reducing malaria transmission. The Uganda Malaria Reduction Strategic Plan 2016-2020 sets three targets in the control of malaria: to reduce annual malaria deaths from the 2013 levels to near zero by 2020, reduce malaria morbidity to 30 cases per 1000 population for instance reduction from the 2013 levels by 2020 and to reduce malaria parasite prevalence to less than 7% reduction from 45% in 2010 by 2020.

It was recommended that there is no quality assurance of Rapid Diagnostic Response commonly known as RDT by the private sector outside the National Drug Authority procedures and their quality should be ascertained by NDA.

Although many diseases can be prevented these days, people still affected by infectious diseases. Some diseases have a minor impact; others have a bigger impact on someone’s life. This impact can be loss of a family member, frequent illness, illness of family members, or loss of work days due to illness.

The Budget Framework for Financial Year 2017/18 indicates that up to 80% of funds required to procure medicines for malaria-the country’s single biggest cause of illness and death – have not been allocated. Since health care, including medicines are by policy provided free of charge in public health facilities in the country, government has the obligation to mobilize funds to fill the current funding gap for anti-malarial medicines.

17 Dead as Boat Capsizes in Senegal

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:43
17 Dead as Boat Capsizes in Senegal

Seventeen people drowned on Tuesday in Senegal when a boat carrying them capsized in the Saloum river, near the northern border with The Gambia.

Among the dead are fifteen women and two men.

The boat capsized near Bitenti Island, in the Fatick region, with rescuers telling the BBC that the cause of the accident is still unclear.

The number of dead is expected to rise, rescuers say.

Locals in the region earn their living from fishing.

They often take to the waters without lifejackets, significantly reducing ther chances of survival when accidents happen.

Meanwhile, Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for three days of mourning.

Bugingo Denies Burning Bibles, Apologizes

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:23
Bugingo Denies Burning Bibles, Apologizes

City Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of House of Prayer ministries located in Makerere, Kikoni, has denied burning bibles, a pentecostal group has said.

The National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda (NFBPC) said it met Pastor Aloysious Bugingo on Sunday after becoming “greatly alarmed” by reports that he was “leading a campaign to burn Bibles”.

A video emerged recently on social media of the pastor purportedly condemning the current version of the Bible.

Photos have also circulated of Bibles being set on fire, but Pastor Bugingo is not seen in them.

In the video, the pastor, speaking in a mixture of English and Luganda to his congregation, he said:

Have you examined it well? Is it full of [references to] ‘ghosts’. Yes, it is for burning. Did you read that one? It has ‘ghosts’? Bring it…

People from the Bible Society wanted to call me to explain to me. But I told them it is not necessary to explain to me.

Tell those who publish them to return the verse where it should be. And write it as it is supposed to be written. Actually I am not ready for any meeting with anyone. Not at all!.

If I am doing the wrong thing. I am ready for hell.

There is no era that is wise enough that prints Mathew 17 verse 20 and they hide verse 21. These are for burning.

But when you are [spiritually] strong [like I am] I keep some of them because I want to teach correctly about them…but if you are not strong and you are not planning to teach others just burn it… Put the Bible for burning there.”

In a statement, Joshua Lwere of the NFBPC said the pastor denied burning the bibles and accepted that “age-long original manuscript controversies can only be handled by a corporate body forum, and by specialized, professional and scholarly expertise”.

Mr Lwere added:

I, therefore, urge all Christians and non-Christians alike to desist from any act of burning bibles. Whatever version you have, respect it as the word of God, irrespective of the version, or apparent inconsistencies in translations.”

NBS TV also recently put a video of Pastor Bugingo in which he denies calling for the Bible to be burned, saying: “Who can burn the Bible when it is where we find the word that binds us?” 

Pastor Bugingo, the leader of House Of Prayer Ministries, is based in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. He calls the property where his church is based Canaan Land, or the Promised Land.

Court To Deliver Judgment on Kananura Case on Friday

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 16:07
Court To Deliver Judgment on Kananura Case on Friday

By Serestino Tusingwire

The High Court in Kampala has pushed to Friday this week the judgment in which rally car driver Andrew Desh Kananura is accused of murdering his employee Badru Katerega.

The judgement was supposed to be passed today but, the High Court Deputy Registrar in charge of criminal matters, Emmanuel Baguma informed court that the trial judge Joseph Murangira is in Entebbe handling other matters.

Desh is jointly charged with his brother Raymond Kananura and 3 of their private guards with the murder of Badru Kateregga who was an attendant at his Panamera bar in Naguru a Kampala suburb.

Prosecution states that Kananura and his four co-accused who are his brother Raymond Kananura, Nzoreba Samuel, Onyango Jacob and Maganda Cyrus in September 2012 while at Panamera Bar Naguru Kampala suburbs, tortured and murdered Badru Kateregga a bar attendant at Panamera.

State insists that the accused persons beat Kateregga to death suspecting him to have stolen a Shs10, 000 following a tip up from a customer.

UNBS Undressed on Social Media for Seizing Used Ladies’ Undergarments

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 15:15
UNBS Roasted on Social Media for Seizing Used Ladies’ Undergarments

The Uganda Bureau of Standards has be bashed by social media users after it seized two bales of used ladies’ undergarments from one of the city shopping centres saying they are prohibited in the country.

After the seizure, UNBS took to its twitter handle to post; “UNBS has seized two bales of used undergarments-ladies’ panties and brassieres sold by Good Wish Industries Ltd along Kafumbe Mukasa Rd.”

However, it was not a surprise to many who started blasting it for selectively applying its iron hand to some goods leaving out others that are also not up to the standard in market as long as the owners are known in one way or another.

The following are some of the arguments from Ugandans:

Grace Natabaalo: Is this a new law or regulation? It has been happening for several years. I have seen them downtown since I was a child. And I am not young

I am not for it but I am surprised that you are taking action NOW

Lot Okot‏ : Is it a selective application of law or what because I have seen a number of people selling them in downtown and even now in Nakawa?

mubiru mahad: I gave up on u the day u wanted to seize toilet papers telling us how they only have chines language as if byakulya

However, UNBS decided to go down fighting by explaining to its critiques, but almost failed as people flooded its twitter handle with all sorts of abuses on how it has failed to do its work as expected.

: According to the Uganda Standards, importation of used undergarments is prohibited. The issue on the bales of clothes is importation of prohibited items; that is used undergarments.

: All products must meet labeling standards and toilet paper is not exempted. Consumers must know what they are purchasing.

: The issue on the toilet paper was labeling. consumers need to read and understand what they are purchasing.Especially the expiry dates.

Uganda Boxing Team in Residential Camp ahead of ABC

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 14:09
Uganda Boxing Team in Residential Camp ahead of ABC

By Emmanuel Sekago

The national boxing team, entered camp yesterday to concentrate on how to get medals in the forthcoming African Boxing Championship.

The team will represent Uganda at the continental showpiece due to start May 27 in Congo Brazzaville. It’s residing at national council of sports hostel in Lugogo

The African Boxing Championship is the biggest boxing event on the continent and acts as a qualifier for the World Boxing Championships.

In the last edition of African Boxing Championship held in Morocco two years ago, Uganda managed scoop 5 bronze medals having sent 7 boxers to the event.

Team in camp

Joshua Kizza, Moses Kabuuka, Juma Miiro, Isaac Masembe, Marvin Ssali, Waswa Ssali, Joshua Nyanzi, Shadir Musa, Latib Muwonge, Muzamir Kakande, David kavuma, Yusuf Babu, Kenneth Mubazzi, Reagan Simbwa, Safic Kiwanuka, Solomon Geko, David Ayiti, Tony Sekabira Med Mulandi, Lawrence Kalyango.

Four Al Shabaab Fighters Executed in Somalia

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:02
Four Al Shabaab Fighters Executed in Somalia

A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday.

The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 245 km (150 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, on Monday.

“Yesterday, four militants who had been behind blasts were executed. More men accused of being al Shabaab members will be executed today or tomorrow,” Major Nur Aden, a military officer in Baidoa, told Reuters.

The four were found guilty of being responsible for twin blasts in Baidoa in February 2016, resulting in the deaths.

Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in the capital and elsewhere in its bid to topple Somalia’s government and to drive out African Union peacekeeping troops.

The group wants to impose its harsh version of Islamic rule in the Horn of Africa nation.

Dr Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:51
Dr Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

The troubled Makerere University academician, Dr Stella Nyanzi has this morning been further remanded to Luzira prison until tomorrow (Wednesday April 29) when she will appear before High Court for hearing of her bail application.

Nyanzi was today appearing before Buganda road court. Court presided over by Chief Magistrate James Ereemye has heard that while in detention at Luzira, Dr. Nyanzi has been barred from reading any other written literature apart from the Holy bible, according to her lawyer Nicholas Opio.

“My client is being subjected to discriminatory treatment to the extent that she has been restricted to have hand written notes, books and or to have a private lawyer- client discussion,” Opio said.

In reply Resident state Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya said that prison is a regulatory facility and things such as literature for inmates are censored.

Magistrate Ereemye therefore ruled that he cannot pass judgment against prison authorities who are competent enough to do their work adding that since the concern has been raised, court should now await their feedback.

Nyanzi is facing charges of computer misuse and offensive communication for allegedly posting offensive communication that demeans the president.

Prosecution states that on January 28th, 2017 while in Kampala, Dr. Nyanzi used a computer to post on her Facbook page information referring to President Museveni as a pair of buttocks which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.

Prosecution further states that Dr. Nyanzi between January and March 2017 willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, to disturb the peace of his Excellency the president of Uganda.

Army Needs Extra UGX37bn to Clear AMI­SOM Arrears

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:59
Army Needs Extra UGX37bn to Clear AMI­SOM Arrears

The min­istry of De­fense wants gov­ern­ment to fast-track the pay­ments of its field ar­rears worth Ugx 37 bil­lion in the new fi­nan­cial year.

In a state­ment, Adolf Mwe­sige the Min­is­ter of De­fence and Vet­eran Af­fairs says that the money is required since it in­volves the cen­tral part of the army cur­rently un­der the African Peace Keep­ing Mis­sion in So­ma­lia.

“Gov­ern­ment should fast-track the pay­ment of ar­rears amount­ing to US$ 10.6m (Shs 37 bil­lion) to compen­sate for the wear and tear of the equip­ment in line with the ex­ist­ing mem­o­ran­dum of understand­ing,” reads the state­ment.

In the Sec­tor Min­is­te­r­ial Pol­icy State­ment for the Fi­nan­cial Year, 2017-2018 cur­rently be­fore par­lia­ment, the min­istry states that the ar­rears are dat­ing as far as 2015.

With­out stat­ing the to­tal amount of ar­rears, the Min­is­ter also states that do­mes­tic ar­rears con­sti­tute a great chal­lenge to aris­ing from un­funded pri­or­i­ties.

“The Min­istry has ad­hered to Gov­ern­ment Pol­icy of en­sur­ing that do­mes­tic ar­rears take first call on the bud­get…how­ever, the chal­lenge of un­funded and un­der­funded bud­get has caused con­tin­u­ous accumula­tion of ar­rears,” he stated.

The min­is­ter wants di­rect bailout by gov­ern­ment so as to ad­dress all its cur­rent de­mands re­gard­ing unset­tled ar­rears.

How the bud­get will be shared.

The Min­istry of De­fence and Vet­eran Af­fairs has ear­marked a to­tal of Ugx 1.4 tril­lion which will be shared amongst all de­part­ments.

Ac­cord­ingly, Ugx 137 bil­lion will be spent on De­fence Equip­ment while Ugx 741 bil­lion and 17 bil­lion will be con­sumed un­der UPDF and the Air Force re­spec­tively.

Look­ing through the high­lighted pri­or­i­ties, the min­istry in­tends to spend Ugx 11.5 bil­lion on oil and lubricants for the army, Ugx 36.4 bil­lion on food and Ugx 10.9 bil­lion on uni­forms.

Im­por­tant to note is that Ugx 223 bil­lion has been ear­marked for clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture.

For the new Fi­nan­cial year, the  Min­istry tar­gets to “con­tinue to con­sol­i­date the achieve­ments that have en­sured a peace­ful, se­cure and sta­ble Uganda through col­lec­tive De­fence and Se­cu­rity with our neighbours and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” ac­cord­ing to Mwe­sige.

The Min­istry has in the re­cent past been un­der sharp crit­i­cism from sec­tions of the op­po­si­tion and civil so­ci­ety for al­legedly mis­han­dling funds clus­tered as clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture.

Un­der the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, Ugx 1.5 tril­lion was al­lo­cated to the min­istry, of which only Ugx 473.5 bil­lion has so far been used as of De­cem­ber 2016.

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Sudan Accuses South Sudan President of fueling Khartoum war

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:40
Sudan Accuses South Sudan President of fueling Khartoum war

Sudan on Monday warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum, accusing its president of meeting with rebels last week in a rare public statement from Khartoum’s intelligence agency.

Sudan regularly accuses its neighbour of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border.

South Sudan split away from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war fuelled by ethnic divides and disputes over oil.

Monday’s statement was exceptional for pinning blame directly on South Sudan’s president, potentially suggesting an escalation of tension between the neighbouring states.

The National Intelligence and Security Service statement said that “… since last Wednesday and until Saturday, April 22, the president of South Sudan … and several executive branch leaders and security officials held intensive meetings with leaders of the so-called northern sector in Juba”.

Sudan has intermittently threatened to close its border with South Sudan if it continued to support rebel groups, an allegation Juba denies.

“We warn the government of the south and demand that they stop immediately their interference in Sudanese affairs,” the statement added.

Kenya bus, tanker crash kills 24

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:25
Kenya bus, tanker crash kills 24

A crash between a passenger bus and a tanker ferrying cooking oil has killed 24 people along the main highway connecting Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and the port city of Mombasa, police said on Tuesday.

The accident occurred in the Kibwezi area around midnight (2100 GMT) on Monday as the bus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle but collided with the oncoming tanker truck, Kibwezi police chief Leonard Kimaiyo told Reuters by telephone.

“Twenty adults and three children died on the spot, while one adult died later in hospital,” Kimaiyo said.

The bus was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi. Kimaiyo said most of the passengers were families returning from Easter festivities and students preparing for the reopening of schools after holidays.

Another 19 people were injured. Kimaiyo said the death toll could rise.

By Agencies

Kayihura Aide In Torture Scam

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:01
Kayihura Aide In Torture Scam

By Our Reporters

Led by AIGP Frank Mwesigwa, the Kampala Metropolitan Police top management has commenced investigations into Kibuye taxi drivers’ claims that Hajji Abdul Kiyimba has been orchestrating torture against them.

Elderly Abdul Kiyimba, who is also the Mayor for Kyengera-Nsangi town council, is one of the most influential political assistants to IGP Gen Kale Kayihura especially on Muslim wrangles. He is the man Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata one time humiliatingly expelled from Kibuli Mosque as hundreds of angry Muslims gathered to pray for Sheikh Kiirya who had just been brutally murdered the previous evening as he returned home in Bweyogerere.

The video clip of Muzaata humiliating Kiyimba (he called him traitor) infront of Gen Kayihura went viral on social media. That is the man (Kiyimba) in this fresh torture scandal we are reporting about in this article.

THE DETAILS

In a phone interview, KMP Commandant Frank Mwesigwa confirmed that his office was investigating the saga after being petitioned by victims of the alleged torture relating to a dispute over who should control the lucrative taxi stage business on the three stages between Kibuye, Kyengera and Nsangi.

The aggrieved taxi drivers, who are daily beaten by Kiyimba’s men and kanyamas/goons hired by Kyengera Town Council, reported to KMP after the DPCs of Nsangi and Kyengera police stations failed to act. Quite often, the maimed taxi drivers would be told the DPCs can’t dare as any attempts to summon Kiyimba or take a statement from him would cause them to lose their jobs given his influence on the IGP.

Kibuye stage General Secretary Joswa Nsumba, a victim we interviewed at a city hospital where he had gone for treatment for his torture wounds, said only God now can help them because they have nowhere else to report Kiyimba and the goons who daily clobber them claiming to be acting on orders from above.

Nsumba said: “Many of my members have been beaten for months and each time we report to police, nothing is done. They instead turn the heat on you and the criminals continue to be at large.” He added: “They don’t even have to hide. Police knows them but they do nothing fearing Hajji Kiyimba. In my case the guys who caused this to me are there and they aren’t denying anything.” 49 year old Nsumba has been a taxi driver for 30 years but says “this has never happened-we have never felt unsafe as taxi drivers.”

He says “whereas I only had my toes chopped off and I’m nursing my wounds, some friends haven’t been that lucky. There is a driver called Kasujja whose leg was crashed and had to be cut off after being attacked by those Nsangi goons.” He says, unfortunately, Kasujja wasn’t allowed to file a formal complaint at the area police station because he was told “area police authorities will lose their jobs for acting in a manner Hajji Kiyimba won’t like.”

He says the torture squad is headed and patronized by a one Kayongo, a Kiyimba henchman, who officially heads enforcement in Kyengera-Nsangi Town Council. Apparently Kayongo was their fellow taxi driver but fell in things the day he defected and joined the rival taxi group favorable to Hajji Kiyimba.

Nsumba, who was originally declining the interview fearing reprisals from Kiyimba’s henchmen, claims that since March over 20 cases of torture have been occasioned on his taxi group members and area police has refused to register any complaints against their tormentors fearing reprisals from Kiyimba’s camp.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROBLEM

Because Kyengera-Nsangi has lately been growing as an alternative residential area for the urban poor working in Kampala, the taxi business has been blossoming on especially the stretch between Nsangi and Kampala. The conflict is about the stretch between Nsangi and Kyengera.

Patronized by Hajji Abdul Kiyimba, drivers groups based in Nsangi insisted no taxis should come from Kibuye to pick passengers from Nsangi to Kampala. Their insistence was that those carrying passengers from Kibuye should stop at Kyengera and return to Kampala, an arrangement that created additional cost and inconvenience to travelers heading to Nsangi.

It means you get off at Kyengera and get another taxi for the remainder of the jounrney-3kms costing an additional Shs500! “They did this because in the morning you have so many Nsangi passengers desperate to enter Kampala for work. Some are rushing their kids to school in the city. So they want to keep fewer taxis there so that they hike the fare every morning and they see us as diluting their market. That is why they use kanyamas to insist we must stop at Kyengera and not reach Nsangi. This is the thing causing all this violence,” explains Nsumba adding that in the process a lot of money is shared at the end of the day resulting from these artificial prices.

Unverified reports show that some of the big men at the Kyengera-Nsangi Town Council daily pocket Shs450,000 as kickback from this lucrative bloody business that has sometimes seen even school going kids/and other passengers injured and beaten up in the resultant melee as the Kyengera men violently fight to defend their turf.

Brig Elly Kayanja previously held this tender but was squeezed out by powerful Kyengera-Nsangi local politicians who have lately wielded lots of powers. Recently a daring police officer queried Kiyimba (who is also the powerful NRM Chairman for Wakiso district) over this mess and the Nsangi governor arrogantly answered “however much you get involved, this matter won’t be solved that way-it will have to be the wrangling taxi groups agreeing.”

Kiyimba, who actively participated in Kayihura-supervised efforts to annihilate Amama Mbabazi in the greater Kampala Metropolitan area,   maintains as far as he is concerned the matter was long resolved and there is no reason for him to attend any meetings aimed at reconciling him with aggrieved Kibuye drivers numbering over 100.

The solution Kiyimba refers to is that before 6pm, the Kibuye drivers can be permitted to have only two/2 (out of the 100) taxis go beyond Kyengera. The rest of the Kibuye taxis can only go beyond Kyengera after 6pm. Nsumba says this amounts to no deal because at that time there are no passengers for the Nsangi-Kampala journey.

“In absence of clear regulation, our members have been resisting this arrangement and the more they resist the more they have been tortured and condemned to permanent disability because they sometimes use iron bars and big sticks to maim us.” Nsumba says because they have no alternative source of livelihood, many of his members have vowed to go down fighting.

This situation is very worrying, according to Wakiso LC5 Chairman Matia Lwanga Bwanika as it can result into bloodshed between the rival taxi groups. Bwanika faults Kiyimba for exceeding his mandate as Kyengera-Nsangi town council chairman. The confusion has also fermented lower level corruption as the kanyamas have resorted to filthily charging Shs30,000 for drivers that want to be clandestinely permitted to go beyond Kyengera. This money is unreceipted because it’s not official and the Kyengera-Nsangi town clerk (Ssaazi Lutalo) was recently clobbered by pro-Kiyimba kanyamas for questioning them on this money.

The town clerk has since fallen silent fearing reprisals and potential job loss. Those who refuse to pay the Shs30,000 are often detained for whole day in the dirty Corona the kanyamas always use as a torture chamber.

“We have so far had three meetings and nothing has come out with the Kyengera town council bosses. This is why we have petitioned the Wakiso district local government [Kiyimba’s supposed supervisors] to tell us which law prevents us from making the Kibuye-Nsangi journey before 6pm. This is becoming too much because even drivers who sleep in Nsangi can’t go with their taxis beyond Kyengera? You must leave it there and board another taxi because they don’t want you to return with Kampala-bound passengers,” Nsumba tearfully narrated to us during the interview.

Nsumba says police is clearly aware that the kanyamas who torture them daily operate illegal road blocks at Buddo, Nsangi, Kitemu and Kyengera and nothing is done about it. Besides being humiliated (being beaten infront of their passengers), Nsumba says this torture has also cost them financially. “In my case I get free treatment from KCCA hospital in Kisenyi but every week I’m spending Shs250,000 on medication because I have to buy the drugs in private pharmacies. I have also not been working since those thugs confined me to this state of disability,” he painfully explained as his pal beckoned him it was his turn to go and see the medic at the KCCA Kisenyi facility.

He can’t walk unsupported, owns no personal car and can’t travel from home to hospital in taxis because his rotting wounds have foul stench and nobody can allow him in his taxi. So he uses boda bodas which is an additional cost to him as Kiyimba’s men continue wrecking more havoc.

WAKISO DISTRICT ACTS

Recently 50 Kibuye-Nsangi drivers petitioned Wakiso LC5 Chairman Matia Bwanika urging him to exercise his supervisory powers and call Kiyimba to order. The petitioners attached hundreds of names of passengers whose national IDs have been confiscated by pro-Kiyimba men in previous torture sessions and confrontations for passengers at the Kyengera stage.

Some of the passengers whose IDs have been confiscated are students and kids who use these taxis on their way to and from school. In their petition, the drivers urge Bwanika to at least report their matter to the Kabaka since the Museveni central government has proved indifferent as seen in the Kyengera and Nsangi areas police acquiescence.

In other instances, clobbered consumers have had to flee leaving behind their luggage. School children have also had to abandon their school bags and books contained therein to escape being thumped by Kyengera-based kanyamas.

As he waits for the meeting KMP’s Frank Mwesigwa is organizing in the coming days, Bwanika has rallied his council to pass a resolution unanimously condemning Kiyimba-led Nsangi/Kyengera town council for tolerating so much impunity in the Kyengera taxi park.

In a recent address to council over this matter, Bwanika reported that this hooliganism is damaging Wakiso’s name as the next best district after Kampala. He gave examples including a delegation of Tina School of Beauty whose officials were recently assaulted as they travelled in a taxi they had specially hired. “They were seriously assaulted and their vehicles vandalized,” Bwanika revealed in his address to council. Wakiso council, which supervises Kiyimba, wants drastic action taken.

Court To Decide Desh Kananura Fate Today

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:41
Court To Decide Desh Kananura Fate Today

High Court in Kampala is today expected to deliver a Judgment in a murder case against car rally driver Andrew Desh Kananura and 4 others.

Last week two Court Assessors Rehema Babirye and Robert Kabuleeta advised Justice Joseph Murangira to acquit Kananura, saying although prosecution managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Badru Kateregga was killed unlawfully they failed to prove that Kananura and his alleged accomplices are the ones that killed him.

Prosecution states that Kananura and his four co-accused who are his brother Raymond Kananura, Nzoreba Samuel, Onyango Jacob and Maganda Cyrus in September 2012 while at Panamera Bar Naguru Kampala suburbs, tortured and murdered Badru Kateregga a bar attendant at Panamera.

State insists that the accused persons beat Kateregga to death suspecting him to have stolen a Shs10, 000 following a tip up from a customer.

The ruling is expected to be read today at 2:00pm.

Dr. Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:13
Dr. Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

The incarcerated Makerere University academician Dr. Stella Nyanzi is today expected to appear before Buganda Road Court for mention of the cases against her.

Dr. Nyanzi on 13th April, 2017 appeared before the same court and was charged with two counts of Cyber Harassment and Offensive Communication contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

The charges are in relation to offensive facebook posts she made about president Museveni and the First Lady.

She was remanded to Luzira until today when she will reappear in court.

Prosecution states that on January 28th, 2017 while in Kampala, Dr. Nyanzi used a computer to post on her Facbook page information referring to President Museveni as a pair of buttocks which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.

Prosecution further states that Dr. Nyanzi between January and March 2017 willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, to disturb the peace of his Excellency the president of Uganda.

Zambian Opposition Denies Arson, Accuses Gov’t for plotting against it

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:46
Zambian Opposition Denies Arson, Accuses Gov’t for plotting against it

Zambia’s main opposition party, whose leader has been arrested and charged with treason, accused the government on Monday of trying to frame it for arson as an excuse for greater political suppression.

President Edgar Lungu said last week he might declare a state of emergency in some areas after public buildings were torched in attacks he blamed on opposition members protesting at the arrest of their leader, Hakainde Hichilema.

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) denied that and said the arson accusation was a government ploy.

“They are creating deliberate confusion to justify a state of emergency. There are no UPND members who have been arrested for arson,” party spokesman Charles Kakoma said.

A Zambian court will rule on Wednesday on whether to throw out the treason case against Hichilema who was arrested on April 11 in a police raid on his home and charged with trying to overthrow the government.

The southern African country – the continent’s number 2 copper producer – has traditionally been stable but relations between government and opposition have been fraught since August when Lungu’s Patriotic Front (PF) beat the UPND in a presidential election marred by violence and which the opposition says was rigged.

It was the second time that Lungu beat Hichilema, an economist and businessman, in a presidential election by a razor-thin margin.

@Reuters

3 Nabbed in Possession of Pangolins worth UGX6m

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:35
3 Nabbed in Possession of Pangolins worth UGX6m

Police in Abim District is holding three men who were netted while in possession of 1 live and 2 skinned pangolins worth UGX6 million.

Police has identified the suspects as; Felix Orebo  a police officer attached to Jinja road police station, Bosco Logel a Para-Legal with Uganda Law Society and Sylvester Omara a Nursing Assistant at Koya Health Center II.

According to the O.C Station Abim Police Station Dickens Turinawe, the suspects were arrested in a fake transaction arranged by the Natural Resource Conservation Network

The suspects came along with 10.1 kilograms of skinned Pangolin and 1 Live Pangolin to the would-be buyers and they demanded for 6 million shillings.

The suspects are currently being interrogated at Abim Police Station and will be charged with Unlawful possession of a protected species and Conspiracy to commit a felony.

Many Thanks to KCCA for Banning Street Preaching

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:51
Many Thanks to KCCA for Banning Street Preaching

By Haji Nsereko Mutumba

I would like to commend Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) for banning ‘street preaching’ in the city.

Much as we all need the word of God, the manner in which it is preached must be orderly. Those who preach it should not insult members of other religions, and the preaching must be done in gazetted places.

I have personally been a victim of insults from these so called ‘street preachers’ who are more of street bullies than preachers.

No preacher be it a Pastor or a Sheikh has the moral authority to judge people. Theirs is to spread the word of God in the most convincing and nice manner.

It is upon the recipients to decide whether to follow or reject the message.

Some of the abusive ‘preachers’ have to the extent of boarding pioneer buses where they shout to passengers up to the final destination.

Anyone who dares ask them to control their voices receives all sorts of insults and threats. The owners of pioneer buses should follow the example set by KCCA by banning such acts on public buses which are used by people from different religions.

Some sources have even claimed that some of these abusive preachers who are normally at traffic jam prone areas collaborate with criminal elements who grab phones from unsuspecting passengers.

This makes it not just a KCCA issue but a security issue that could get worse if it is not addressed from the word go.

If these people are being deployed by certain prayer houses, the authorities should reach out to the leaders of these places of worship and ask them to call them back.

We need an orderly city.

The writer is the UMSC spokesperson. He can be reached on 0772409504/0701409504 or pro.umsc@gmail.com

Mubarak Munyagwa Finally Released from Jail

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:41
Mubarak Munyagwa Finally Released from Jail

High Court in Kampala has afternoon released the embattled Kawempe South MP, Mubarak Munyagwa who has been in jail for the last two weeks over failure to clear a Shs100m debt he owes to a city businessman John Baptist Maali.

In order for him to be released, Munyagwa had to first pay Shs15m and agree to court terms and conditions on how the remaining sums will be cleared.

Meanwhile, court has ordered him to pay sh20m on May 2, sh30m on June 2 and sh35m on August 2, 2017 plus sh6m being interest. Failure to do so, the execution for the total sum shall issue.

This website understands that part of the money was contributed by former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.

Munyagwa’s troubles stem from a failure to give vacant possession to a piece of land he sold to Maali in 2015. Maali claims that he requested Munyagwa to refund his money but in vain. It is alleged that Munyagwa through his agent, Meddie Basajja, approached Maali saying he was interested in selling his land at Kyadondo Block 205, Plot 509 in Kawempe measuring 0.316 hectares.

Munyagwa, then Kawempe Municipality division mayor, reportedly confirmed to Maali that the land in question was his and that he had bought it from a one Bakali Sentongo and he was processing its title from Kampala District Land Board. Maali contends that after Munyagwa’s assurance that the land in question belonged to him, they made a sale agreement which was witnessed by Munyagwa’s lawyer Joseph Kyazze and his agent Basajja.

He then paid sh100 million to Munyagwa who promised to vacate the land and also give him transfer forms to process the land title. Court was informed that despite reminders, Munyagwa failed to honour his obligations.

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