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The chief Magistrates court in Bushenyi District presided over by Toroko Simon has sentenced two boda boda cyclists to eighteen months in jail on charges of defilement.
The suspects identified as Ahimbisibwe Pastor, 40, and Regan Byamugisha, 24, both boda boda cyclists at Rwenzori stage in Ishaka town are accused of defiling a primary six pupil at Kabira Primary School in Mitooma district.
Prosecution told court that on 12th May 2021, Pastor Ahimbisibwe, a resident of Kigoma in Kizinda town council in Bushenyi district and Regan Byamugisha a resident of Kashozi in Nyabubare Sub-county in Bushenyi district all had sexual relations with a pupil who was still under 18 years of age.
It is said that on that fateful day, the Father to victim trusted Pastor with his daughter to take her to School but he instead diverted her to a lodge before he called Regan Byamugisha who also took the girl to another lodge and also had sexual relations with her.
Both suspects were on Thursday not allowed to take plea and were sent to Nyamushekyera prison for 18 months.
State House Anti-Corruption Unit working together with Uganda Police have arrested Mungereza Edward who tried to bribe officials from State House Anti -Corruption Unit with UGX5m with the purpose of making them release his friend; Tumwiine Evarist.
Tumwiine Evarist had been arrested for conspiring to process & acquire a land title of up to 14.62 hectares of government land that houses a health Center III, 2 cattle dams, LC 11 Administrative Units and play grounds among others at Kyarwabuganda Village, Kakoma Parish, Kakiika Subcounty in Mbarara district.
Upon his arrest, Tumwiine was also found in possession of 2 Identity Cards indicating that he is the Senior Staff Surveyor of Masaka & Mbarara under Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
It is said that the suspect also had land applications, original land files & land titles.
Tumwiine then sent the bribe through his friend Mungereza who has also been arrested for offering and giving a bribe.
Uganda has today joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Hepatitis Day the under the theme ‘bringing hepatitis care closer to you.’
This is intended to focus on raising awareness about the need to make Hepatitis care more accessible, so that people can get better access to treatment and medical care in the primary health facilities and communities.
Civil society organizations have called upon stakeholders to intensify sensitization to create more awareness against the disease which leads to severe liver disease and liver cancer.
According to World Health Organization (WHO) Hepatitis affects people in different ways, whereas some may face fatigue, stomach pain or fever, others may not even know that they have Hepatitis. A section of people develop serious health ailments, which include liver failure or brain damage.
Dr Mumbere Sam, the in-charge of Bahamagara Medical Clinics operating in Kazo Town Council, Kazo District revealed that the disease goes mostly undetected due to an absence of symptoms until it is too late for treatment causing preventable loss of life as the tragic result.
Dr Mumbere urged people to vaccinate, avoid having unprotected sex with an infected person, continuous testing, and others ways to protect themselves from contracting viral infections which are the most common causes of hepatitis.
According to Dr Mumbere, Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) which is passed from person to person through blood, semen or other body fluids and clarified that it does not spread by sneezing or coughing.
According to Ministry of Health, Common ways that Hepatitis B virus can spread are:
Sexual contact. one may get hepatitis B if they have unprotected sex with someone who is infected and the virus can pass to someone if the person’s blood, saliva, semen or vaginal secretions enter their body.
Sharing of needles. HBV easily spreads through needles and syringes contaminated with infected blood. Sharing IV drug paraphernalia puts one at high risk of hepatitis B.
Mother to child. Pregnant women infected with HBV can pass the virus to their babies during childbirth.
Accidental needle sticks. Hepatitis B is a concern for health care workers and anyone else who comes in contact with human blood.
Hepatitis B signs and symptoms may include:
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Weakness and fatigue
Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
The hepatitis B vaccine is typically given as three or four injections over six months and one can’t get hepatitis B from the vaccine.
Dr Mumbere noted that vaccination is one proven effective way of preventing hepatitis, which is why it is recommended at the earliest age possible adding although there is no known cure at moment, hepatitis can be preventable with immunization and manageable.
The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for: newborns, children and adolescents not vaccinated at birth, people who live with someone who has hepatitis B, health care workers, emergency workers, people who have multiple sexual partners and people who come into contact with blood of anyone who has a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV among others.
Dr. Diana Atwiine, the permanent secretary for ministry of health revealed that free Hepatitis screening is available at all HC IIIs up to National Referral Hospital while treatment is administered from HC IVs up to National Referral level.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa revealed thatmore than 90 million people are living with hepatitis in Africa, accounting for 26% of the global total.
“I appeal to people across Africa to seek testing and treatment for hepatitis. We need to take collective responsibility for eliminating this disease by 2030,”said Dr. Moeti in a statement.
WHO aims at achieving hepatitis elimination by 2030, and has called upon countries to achieve specific targets which includes;
Reducing new infections of hepatitis B and C by 90%;
Reducing hepatitis related deaths from liver cirrhosis and cancer by 65%;
Ensuring that at least 90% of people with hepatitis B and C virus are diagnosed; and that at least 80% of those eligible receive appropriate treatment.
Police in Sheema have arrested a suspect identified as Kamugisha Joseph, alias Barimu, a money lender, prominent farmer and businessman, in connection with the disappearance of Kemigisha Christabel, a two-year girl victim, on the 18th July 2022, at Mutanoga cell, Kigarama sub-county in the Sheema district.
Byamukama Justus, the prime suspect admitted to kidnapping the victim, from the grand father’s home, a one Kakooma John which later turned into a murder, after the victim’s body was recovered.
Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson revealed in a statement that the motive of the disappearance and murder, appears to be for ritualistic sacrifice.
He added that in conspiracy with Tumwesigye Clinton alias Musajja, the suspects cut the victim’s throat and collected blood and thereafter, and dumped the victim’s body in front of Constance’s home, a neighbor and resident of the same village.
Enanga revealed that after the arrest of Musajja, it was established that he was in touch with Barimu, the prominent farmer/businessman, on the night that the victim was kidnapped and murdered and further admitted that it was the rich man who sent them for the blood.
Enanga noted that exhibits of a hoe, blood-stained clothes, phone print-outs and the killer weapon were recovered and commended the task team for their efforts.
“We shall continue to monitor the progress of the case, to seek justice for the victim,” said Enanga.
Enanga called upon the business community to come up with stronger measures of profiling and auditing the activities of all business persons in coordination with our intelligence components of CI, ISO, and CMI to help weed out brutal persons, who take advantage of young juveniles, in search of wealth and prosperity.
Up to 34 people have been confirmed dead after a bus belonging to Modern Coast Company travelling from Meru to the port city of Mombasa veered off the Nithi Bridge and plunged into the Nithi River, along Meru-Nairobi highway in Tharaka Nithi county, Western Kenya on Sunday evening.
Evans Achoki, the Eastern Regional Commissioner said bodies have been retrieved from the wreckage of the ill-fated bus, with the death toll currently standing at 34.
The Police said 11 survivors; all male are receiving treatment at Chuka County Referral Hospital, St Theresa Kiirua Mission Hospital Meru and St Peters Hospital Nairobi with some nursing serious injuries and the search for more bodies in the river continues.
Nobert Komora, the Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner was quoted by the Nation saying that preliminary investigations showed that the bus’s brakes may have failed, preventing its driver from properly turning on a sharp bend at the bridge.
Komora said they were also working to retrieve the bus wreckage from the scene of the accident.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has since halted the operations of Modern Coast Express Limited.
“A thorough multi-agency investigation into the crash and an evaluation of the operator’s safety operational standards is currently underway,” said George Njao NTSA Director General in a statement.
Angry parents have stormed Iganga High School demanding an explanation after another fire outbreak happened today morning and destroyed a dormitory barely a month after the last fire outbreak.
Hajji Abubaker Walubi, the Chairperson Parents’ Teacher’s Association(PTA) confirmed the fire outbreak adding that many of the students were already in class for morning preps when the fire broke out.
The fire that is thought to have started around 6am affected a S.3 dormitory housing over 67 students and destroyed property worth millions of shillings including mattresses, clothes and other personal belongings.
The concerned parents rushed to the school this morning after learning about the fire from various sources and demanded entry into the school; they were however denied entry by the security guards.
The parents want the school to set up CCTV surveillance cameras at all dormitories to track possible culprits behind the fires.
Diana Nandawula, the Busoga East Police Spokesperson says that they have launched investigations into the possible cause of the fire.
Police in Kazo are investigating circumstances under which a 28 year old man was beaten to comma by unknown people.
Kato Elias, a resident of Nyungu II village, Nyungu Parish, Kyampangara Sub-county, who has been working as a casual labourer in Bugarihe Parish, Rwemikoma Sub-county, Kazo District was on Saturday attacked by the mob after he was reportedly found slaughtering two goats that did not belong to him.
Kato however denies having stolen the goats saying the goats were given to him.
Police has since picked him and taken him to Kazo HCIV where he is currently receiving treatment as investigations into the matter continue.
Police in Kampala have arrested aUPDF solider identified as Herbert Kakama attached to Chief of Training and Recruitment, Mbuya, after he appeared in the video making rounds on social media where he is seen wrestling two traffic police officers to the ground.
In an incident that happened on Saturday, the UPDF officer RA 080643 WO1 had parked his vehicle REG No. UBK 210V at Kibuye roundabout and blocked big trucks from joining the roundabout which raised the concern of the traffic officers.
It is said that when one of the traffic police officers tried to engage the UPDF officer asking him to remove the vehicle as it was not safe for the other road users, he pulled out a gun and tried to fix a magazine in an attempt to shoot at them, prompting the other traffic police officer to join the scuffle.
The suspect was consequently overpowered as they wrestled him to the ground, disarmed and arrested him before being dragged to Katwe Police Station where he is currently detained.
Police officers privy to the matter revealed that they have opened up attempted murder charges against the suspect.