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Ugandan Gospel Singer Rhoda K reveals she is lesbian

US-based Ugandan singer Rhoda K Shelbie has for a long time sparked rumours that she intimately involved with fellow women.

Questions and allegations regarding her sexuality emerged last year after she posted photos and a video in which she was kissing a yet to be identified white girl on the lips on social media. On Valentine’s Day, she posted pictures with the same lady sparking fresh rumours that there was something between them. 

Whereas she has been confidently posting the pictures and videos having fun with her fellow women, she had never come out to confess being intimate with them.

Rhoda K’s photo with a friend on Instagram

During an exclusive Interview with a local You Tuber days ago, she was asked if she has plans of getting married to a man to which the singer responded saying she is a lesbian and has never had feelings for men. “I have never dated a man by the way so I don’t know what happens. Right now it has not crossed my mind yet but we leave that to God. This is a personal question but I would say I love girls in different ways. Whether intimate love or just normal friendship, I don’t know how to describe it but I have no problem to do with girls and I don’t care what they say,” she said.

She further added that she has no problem with Ugandans who judge her for loving her fellow women.

“My life, my way. Who am I to crucify a girl who likes a girl? It is God who created us you know. If Rhoda K loves a girl, it is her decision. You not gonna come into my life and say “why did you do this?” She noted with emphasis.

Rhoda K becomes the second diaspora-based Ugandan female artiste to open up about her sexuality following Julie Mutesasira’s wedding with a fellow woman in 2020.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Pastor, Christians beat 72-year old ‘witch’ to death.

Police in Oyam district is hunting for a pastor and seven other people over the death of 72-year-old Albina Okoi, a resident of Ajaca A village, Okomo parish, Ngai sub-county in Oyam district.

It’s alleged that on Friday 4th March 2022, a congregation led by the Pastor identified as Lawrence Aguga were conducting prayers when the ‘holy spirit’ reportedly pointed them to Albina Okoi as someone practicing witchcraft.

The congregation led by Pastor Aguga descended on Okoi and forced her to run for a distance of 6kms to the prayer ground while being beaten. The police report indicates that the deceased collapsed and died before reaching the prayer ground.

Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident saying the matter was reported to police by the deceased’s son. “Benedict Arac, 29 yrs old medical personnel and a son to the deceased informed police at Oyam CPS the following day and our team of detectives visited the scene which was documented, relevant statements were recorded,” said Okema.

Police say one person has since been arrested and is in custody at Oyam Central Police Station to aid the investigation. The 8 other suspects including Lawrence Aguga, the church leader, Patrick Arom, Francis Ebong, Silvesto Akejo, George Otim, Tony Odongo and others only identified as Ongoda and Ocen are reportedly on the run.

Okema says efforts are under way to have them apprehended.

The body of the deceased has since been handed over to the family for burial.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

MTN Foundation hands over refurbished health centre in Ntoroko district.

In a bid to boost maternal and child health care, MTN Foundation has handed over a newly refurbished and equipped maternity theatre and ward to the Karugutu health centre IV in Ntoroko district.

MTN Foundation with support from the official partners of the MTN Kampala Marathon: Rwenzori Bottling Company, Vision Group, Stanbic Bank and Huawei dedicated UGX180million towards the refurbishment of the health centre.

MTN Foundation and partners during the handover of Karugutu Health Centre IV

Fredrick Kahuma, the hospital in-charge Karugutu health centre IV revealed that the health centre which serves a population of 27,000 people was a dire need for renovation of the dilapidated structures especially in the maternity theater which affected service delivery.

While handing over the facility, Ibrahim Senyonga the General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit said the initiative to refurbish Karugutu health Centre IV reaffirms MTN’s commitment to improving the lives of people in Uganda through supporting government endeavors to extend quality social services to the communities.

Ibrahim Senyonga, the General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit delivering his speech.

“The health centre has also been equipped with medical equipment such as a suction used during operations, delivery beds, delivery kits and baby warmers used in neonatal intensive care units among other items. Our hope is to save lives of mothers and children during childbirth,” Ibrahim said noting that the initiative is timely as the world draws closer to celebrating the International Women’s Day.

The project was implemented by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) through Ministry of Health as part of a grand commitment by MTN Foundation and its partners to refurbish five other health centres across the country through UGX1.3Billion project funded by proceeds from the MTN Kampala Marathon since 2018.

Other health centres expected to benefit from the project include: Muyembe health centre IV in Bulambuli district, Kalangala health centre IV in Kalangala district and Pakwach health centre IV in Pakwach district.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Ugandan Jailed in South Africa for Swindling Money from Women.

39-year-old Amon Namara, a Ugandan travel influencer living in South Africa has been remanded by a court in Johannesburg for allegedly tricking up to three wealthy women on the Tinder dating app to give him money and other materials such as with jewellery and clothes.

Posing as a very successful businessman and millionaire in Sandton Johannesburg who owned a Bentley and several properties in Johannesburg, Namara would take the unsuspecting women on whirlwind dates before siphoning off large sums of money from them.

Namara can be alluded to Simon Leviey who made international headlines last month after the release of the hit Netflix documentary, “The Tinder Swindler”.

Namara was last week arrested and charged with fraud, money laundering and theft.

Speaking to reporters at the court, Namara’s lawyer Eric Bryer said his client was under pressure and wanted to get out of jail as soon as possible adding that he understands there’s a legal process to be followed.

“We are in the hands of the law so we’ll see what transpires on Wednesday,” said Bryer.

On Friday, Namara appeared in court seeking to be released on bail, the court however pushed the bail hearing to Wednesday, this week.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Police constable shoots three people dead in a bar brawl in Kamwenge

Police in Kamwenge District is investigating circumstances under which three people were allegedly shot dead by a police constable identified only as PC Nuwagaba attached to Bunoga Police Post around 3am on Saturday.

Vincent Twesige, the Regional Police spokesperson Rwenzori West, confirmed the incident saying the PC Nuwagaba together with two other people developed a misunderstanding while in the bar over an unidentified girl.

“After developing the misunderstanding, the police constable left the bar and went to the police post and a few minutes later, he came back with the gun, shot two people who were standing outside the bar dead and the third person was shot while inside his car which was also parked outside the bar,” said Twesige adding that after the incident, the suspect ran away with the gun but he was later arrested from Kyenjojo District.

“Police recovered the killer gun from him and three magazines of which two had 40 rounds of ammunition, and the third one was empty,” he said.

Twesige identified the deceased as Richard Tuhaise, 28, a resident of Bunoga village, Friday Innocent, 38, who was a night watchman at Manoti fuel pump in Bunoga trading center, and Sam Baseka, 18, a resident of Bwizi village in Koma Katalyeba Town Council, Kamwenge District.

The three bodies were taken to Rukunyu Health IV for postmortem as investigations into the matter continue.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Congolese man marries triplets on the same day

The world especially Africa was this week taken by storm when pictures of Luwizo, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) marrying three women on the same day went viral on social media.

32-year old Luwizo from Kalehe, South Kivu in DRC says he met the sisters after he fell in love with Natalie (one of the triplets) who he met via Facebook.

When he finally organized the meeting to formalize their union at Natalie’s place, Luwizo who was to be welcomed by one of the triplets said he was shocked to meet three identical women. “I almost fainted. I asked them amongst all of you, who is Natalie? They even told me I had met all of them on different days I visited,” he said.

Without his knowledge, Natalie, who was dating Luwizo introduced him to her other sisters Nadege as well as Natasha who all also fell head over heels in love with him. The beautiful love story culminated when all three of the sister proposed to him at the same time, to which he gladly accepted.

 “I became confused as I had planned to marry Natalie but what confused me was that I couldn’t marry one of the girls and leave the two behind!”

Triplets said: ‘When we told Luwizo that he had to marry the three of us, he was shocked. Because Luwizo had already fallen in love with all of us, he could not refuse the marriage. All three of us also loved Luwizo.’

Luwizo poses for a photo with his three wives. (Courtesy photo)

 He exchanged vows with Nadege, Natasha, and Nathalie, in a private ceremony in DRC where people have the legal right to get married to more than one person. The dazzling ceremony was graced by close friends and family, except Luwizo’s parents as they were not comfortable with the fact that their son was getting married to three women at the same time.

“You have to lose something in order to gain another,” he Luwizo commented about his parent’s refusal to be part of his big day.  “In addition, one has their preferences and their own way of doing things.”

‘My parents do not understand what I am doing. They expressed displeasure over this polygamy. Later they did not even attend the wedding,’ said Luwizo.

Luwizo says that he is happy to marry all three, no matter what others think. All I can say is that love knows no bounds. Luwizo said, “It feels like I am having a dream.” His three wives are also very happy with this marriage.

The sisters, on their part, said they thought their future husbands would make them drift apart, terming the turn of events as ‘a dream come true’.

The sisters said they were at peace with marrying him because they have been close-knit since childhood. “Even though people consider it impossible for three women to share one husband, to us, sharing everything has been our life since childhood.”

Our dream came true. We thought we would be separated by marriage, but God heard our prayers,” Natalie commented.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

Tortured Kamwenge mayor awarded shs1.4bn in compensation.

Godfrey Byamukama, the mayor Kamwenge town who was in 2017 tortured by Police on accusations of participating in the gruesome murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi has been awarded shs1.4 billion in compensation for the torture.

In 2017, operatives of the Police Flying Squad arrested Byamukama, from Kampala where he travelled as usual for private business. He was bundled into a waiting drone van and detained at Nalufenya police station which at a time was a reknown torture chamber to a number of suspects that had been detained at the facility.

AIGP Erasmus Twaruhukwa, the director in charge of human rights and legal services at the Uganda Police Force, has revealed that the law and order agency agreed to pay Byamukama Shs1.4bn in an out-of-court settlement.

Speaking during a workshop for Regional Police Commanders at Police headquarters on Thursday, Twaruhukwa said government was sued for violating Byamukama’s rights in a civil suit, adding that having realized there was so much evidence against them, the matter was settled out of court.

“We decided to settle the matter out of court. We settled to pay UGX1.4 billion. In that case, everything (evidence) was on social media and if we had allowed the case to go on (in court), we knew we were not likely to win. We would be made to pay UGX 8 billion that they (Byamukama) had asked for,” AIGP Twaruhukwa said.

Sensitive images that surfaced on social media showed torture marks all over Byamukama’s body which attracted ridicule and condemnation from the members of the public, civil society organizations among others.

The Police director however warned that there are many cases that can be mitigated against by police, adding that this can be done when officers stick to what the Police Act and the Constitution provide.

“We need to have a situation where there is no torture and no detention beyond 48 hours. A police officer who makes government loses money, should have action taken against them. These cases happen because people commit crimes with impunity and know the Attorney general will deal with them. The involved officer should pay a percentage of the award and maybe we shall learn to do the right thing,” said Twaruhukwa.

Four police officers including D/ASP Patrick Muramira, D/ASP Fred Tumuhairwe, Habib Roma and Ben Odeke were arraigned before the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates court and charged with torture. However, they were later released on bail.

By Racheal Nuwahereza

17 African countries abstain from UN vote to condemn Russia invasion

Seventeen African countries on Wednesday abstained from voting as the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, signaling further international pressure on Moscow.

Following Russia’s February 24th invasion of its neighbor, the UN General Assembly held an emergency session this week, and voted to a motion termed as “aggression against Ukraine” in a rare sitting occasioned only by a serious threat to international security.

The vote became only the first in 40 years when the General Assembly sat and passed a resolution to reprimand a member’s aggression.

141 of the 193 member states of the UN including; Kenya, Ghana, Gabon, Rwanda, Djibouti, Congo, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo voted YES.

Some 35 countries abstained from the vote, including Russia and China, and African states – Burundi, Senegal, South Sudan, South Africa, Uganda, Mali and Mozambique.

Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the UN, claimed neutrality was behind the country’s refusal to vote.

Ethiopia did not take part in the voting, but Eritrea, North Korea and Syria voted against the resolution.

The vote, which is mostly politically symbolic but lacks legal strength, means the UN has declared Moscow’s decision a violation of the UN Charter, especially on issues of territorial integrity.

By Racheal Nuwahereza from Tinyefuza Naboth

Five market vendors perish in Mubende road crash.

Four people died on spot and at least 40 other people sustained injuries in an accident that happened at around 10pm on Wednesday night at Kanseera Village along the Mubende -Kakumiro Road that involved a white Fuso truck REG No. UAY 196 T.

Racheal Kawala, the police Spokesperson for Wamala Region confirmed the incident saying the ill-fated Fuso truck which was transporting members of Bivamuntuyo market traders group from Butoloogo market to Mubende Town, veered off the road and rammed into a nearby building, killing four occupants on spot.

“The truck was overloaded with market vendors and their luggage, the driver lost control and it overturned killing 4 people and injuring 18,” said Kawala adding the 3 died on spot while another died at Mubende hospital. The other victim has been confirmed dead today morning.

The truck driver only identified as Mukisa is said to have been under the influence of alcohol, he reportedly lost control of the truck and rammed into the building. He’s currently on the run after he escaped with minor injuries.

Kawala says the victims were rushed to Mubende hospital for medical attention and bodies of the deceased taken to Mubende hospital mortuary pending postmortem.

Richard Opio, the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital administrator said six of the injured victims were transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further medical attention.

He identified the deceased as one Nakibuka, a female adult, Katushabe Jasinta, (45), Harriet, a female adult and a one Ssembatya, a male adult.

 “We are still waiting for relatives to provide us with details about the other deceased people,” he said.

The injured are among others; Mubulizi kelebu, Ssemakula Alice, Kasibante Emmanuel, Wasswa kenneth, Zziwa Ronald, Ssenegeya poisiano, Jonathan, Maale Richard, Bale Francis, Kasumba Vincent, Kalijira Nakyanzi, Safina, Nampijja Grace, Nfitikiza Habibu, Steven Nzeimana, Lukwago Willy, Nangozi Realty and Musanagowoza Supecioza.

By: Racheal Nuwahereza

I have what it takes to represent Uganda in EALA- Catherine Kusasira.

The former Eagles production band member believes the brand she has overtime built in the music industry has enabled her to become popular and calls upon people to support her just like they did Bobi Wine.

“If people could trust Bobi Wine for the presidency, why shouldn’t they trust me for EALA. Unless someone has a bad heart, I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t support me,” she recently said during an interview with a local blogger.

Kusasira who listed her intentions in 2021 said she has all it takes to be in that parliament and she does so because she is also a champion of regional integration.

“We are thinking of regional development to increase our diplomatic ties. I’m very serious on it and more serious,” she said.

Kusasira who is a presidential advisor added that she won’t go to EALA for selfish gains but to help Ugandans as it’s on record that she has been supporting the poor, giving an example of how she gave out welding machines to Salaama road residents.

In case she succeeds, she will join other artistes who have made it to the political arena such as Bobi Wine, Dr Hildermann, Geoffrey Lutaaya, among others.


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