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Man hacks children of his wife’s lover to death

Police in Kanungu is hunting for a 40-year-old man who allegedly cut two innocent toddlers to death.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi region Police spokesman has identified the suspect as Edward Birungi, a resident of Kagarama cell Nyarutojo parish Kambuga sub county, who allegedly cut two children identified as Tracy Nabasa(8) and Ian Owembabazi, (3) both children of Kato Frank of the same village.

The bodies of the two deceased children.

Maate explains that today 17th/02/2022 at around 4:00PM the police received information from Augustine Mutabazi; the area chairperson that two children had been murdered.

The suspect suspected that his neighbor, Kato, the father of the children was having an affair with his wife who had divorced him two weeks ago. He reportedly picked a panga, found the children alone at home when the father had gone to the garden, chased and hacked them to death, after which he disappeared.

Maate said that when the Police was informed, they immediately visited the scene, recovered the bodies and conveyed them to Kambuga Hospital for postmortem examination and joined the residents to hunt for the fugitive suspect.

The case of murder has been registered at Kanungu District Central Police Station under reference number CRB 110/2022 to help in investigations.

Why Amama Mbabazi was appointed to head new African security outfit.

Uganda’s former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has been appointed to head a new regional security outfit tasked to provide security to member states.

Following his recent travel with President Museveni to Congo Brazzaville and Senegal at the invitation of President Macky Sall, the current chairperson of African Union, the duo witnessed the launch of the Africa Global Security Foundation on February 13 in Dakar, Senegal.

Amama Mbabazi(left) together with President Museveni on the recent visit to Senegal

Appearing at his first media briefing at Kololo-Kampala on Wednesday, Mbabazi said the Foundation will primarily focus on security, international affairs, and how to improve safety of member states of Congo-Brazzaville, DR Congo, Togo, Mauritania, Senegal and Uganda.

Mbabazi who will be deputized by Jean-Yves Ollivier, the champion of backchannel diplomacy said after the meetings with several African heads of state and other regional players, he has the confidence of the leaders who currently subscribe to the organization.

“The Presidents of the member states, including President Museveni, have confidence in me. My Pan-Africanism is known, and I have been consistent in my support for African liberation. My pedigree on security is self-evident,” Mbabazi said.

Ollivier is most famous for his role in the Brazzaville Protocol in 1988 which ended South Africa and Cuba’s involvement in the Angolan war.  

Mbabazi revealed that the foundation remains open to all African states that subscribe to its objectives and are willing to participate in it. 

“This will hopefully contribute to the shaping of member states foreign and security policies in the increasing dynamic environment and help build a safer and more stable region and world,” he said.

Several countries in Africa, including Djibouti, Mali, Madagascar and Guinea, Central African Republic (CAR), Burkina Faso and many others have been hit with attempted and successful coups.

In renewed ties President Museveni also appointed Mbabazi as a presidential envoy to the Great Lakes Region (South Sudan and Ethiopia) in October 2021.

“So he offered me (the job) and I accepted to be the special envoy on the Great Lakes Region, South Sudan. And I agreed because I believe in peace, I believe senseless war is something all of us must bring to an end and I am happy to play my part in that effort,” said Mbabazi.

Man shot trying to steal from a Police Station.

Police in Fort Portal Central Division is investigating a case where one person was shot on Wednesday night on allegations of stealing from a vehicle parked at a police station.

Anguyo Jaffar, a Police constable attached to FFU Fort Portal Central Police Station said he saw an unidentified man suspected to be in his 20s stealing a spare tyre from a taxi, REG No. UAW 073P which was parked next to the Quarter Guard.

PC Jaffar who was on duty tried to stop the suspect but the latter removed the tyre and started running.

Vicent Twesigye, the Rwenzori West Region spokesperson confirmed the incident saying the officer shot in the air once to scare him, but the thief continued running with the tyre. This prompted the officer to shoot at the thief once on the left leg and having been disabled, the suspect fell down and the officer informed the OC Station who informed the OC Station who also informed the Regional SOCO, Regional CIO, OC CID and other officers that visited and documented the scene.

A file photo of Vicent Twesigye, the Rwenzori West Region spokesperson.

A case of stealing from a vehicle was opened pending investigations. The tyre and metallic rod which were recovered from the scene taken were taken as exhibits.

The suspect was arrested and rushed to Buhinga Regional Referral Hospital where he is still receiving treatment.

Police preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect had planned for the theft with intentions of breaking into any vehicle as he calculated the movements of the station guard.

URA intercepts more than 10,000 kgs of illegal cosmetics.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has intercepted over 10,000 kilograms of illegal cosmetics in the Central Business District of Kampala and its peripheries.

Ibrahim Bbosa, the URA spokesperson told journalists that the cosmetics had been disguised as Movit products and were loaded on two trucks with REG No. UAU 839E and UBB 993F. He said these were intercepted at Nalukolongo and the Northern By-pass in Kampala.

Bbosa said the illegal cosmetics included Carolight lightening cream, Diproson, Skin Light, Clairmen lightening cream, Coco pulp, citrolight, Cocoderm lightening cream, white secret lightening, body lotion, and body oil and soaps.

Some of the confiscated cosmetics. (Courtesy photo)

“These cosmetics are prohibited in Uganda because they contain hydroquinone and mercury chemicals scientifically proven to be one of the leading causes of skin cancer. The East African Community Customs Management Act also prohibits the importation of such harmful products and protects society from consuming such goods in the region,” said Bbosa at a press briefing.

Bbosa explained that the importation of such smuggled illegal products also creates unfair competition on the market because they do not pay taxes which is a disadvantage to traders who deal in safe cosmetics and pay taxes.

Geoffrey Balamaga, URA’s Enforcement Manager, said smuggling of illegal cosmetics has manifested mostly in the areas around Lake Albert, the porous points of Mpondwe, Hoima area, Congo Borderline in the west, Bunagana, Butogota, and others.

He said between June 2020 and June 2021, URA enforcement teams seized 3,492 cartons of assorted contraband cosmetics totaling to 39,748kgs.

Geoffrey Balamaga, URA’s Enforcement Manager displays some of the cosmetics they confiscated. (Courtesy photo)

“URA has intensified operations to curb the smuggling of contraband items by leveraging the use of Non-Intrusive Inspection technology at the border points and field intelligence enforcement operations,” said Geoffrey.

According to the Act, a penalty of 50% of the value of goods or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both is handed to those caught in violation of the law.

Section 199 of the Act also states that the transporting vessels are liable to a fine not exceeding seven thousand dollars, and any vessel and goods in respect of which such offence has been committed shall be liable to forfeiture.

Pallaso forced to sweep Masaka streets.

Singer Pius Mayanja, popularly known as Pallaso, spent Tuesday morning sweeping the streets of Masaka in apology for turning up late for a concert on Monday night.

On Monday, Team Good Music singer Pallaso was supposed to perform at a concert at Maria Flo Hotel in Masaka.

After all featured local stars had finished their performances, revelers who had paid their money with excitement of watching the headlining act’s performance demanded the organizers to produce the singer on stage. However, Pallaso was no-where to be seen which angered the crowd that turned chaotic.

Pallaso later showed up at 2am, but they were not ready to let him sing. It was after negotiations and deep conversations with the organisers, it was resolved that he would perform the next day.

To apologise for his act, Pallaso gathered a few of his friends and subjected himself to community work. They swept some of the streets in the Masaka center as they interacted with the locals.

Pallaso and his friends sweeping the streets of Masaka in apology.
Pallaso’s apology on his social media platforms

Pallaso further issued his apology on social media through a series of posts and asked for his fans to forgive him.

Police officer in adultery scandal arrested.

Police officer held over criminalizing a suspected case of adultery.

During a press briefing yesterday, Fred Enanga; the Police spokesperson said that Inspector of Police Julius Ogwang, attached to Kira Road Police Station, has been arrested over an incident in which he registered a case of adultery as a criminal case.

According to Enanga, adultery is supposed to be purely a civil matter and Ogwang will be charged with discreditable conduct, which upon conviction, can lead to dismissal from the force.

“Last week, we witnessed an incident in which a shameful matter of adultery where the two victims were arrested and interrogated on camera, in a manner that violated their privacy. Adultery is no longer a criminal offence in our country. Therefore, criminalizing it, is an act of unprofessionalism and abuse of authority, which the force cannot tolerate,” Enanga said.

The Couple that was allegedly caught in adultery and forced to apologize on camera.

He cautioned all married persons whether in estranged, complex or sensitive relationships, to respect the sanctity of marriage and use lawful means, instead of smearing one’s reputation. 

Enanga advised that adultery can be used as a ground for civil processes like divorce, separation, custody of children and sharing of property under circumstances where victimized married persons have reported their matters to Police.

“These include complaints of elopement, where one elopes with a married person and stays with them, trafficking in persons, where a person uses their power or positions of superiority and takes advantage of the victim’s vulnerability or disability, and under domestic violence, where the victim is tortured physically or emotionally by the sexual behaviour of a married partner,” said Enanga.

Enanga said the arrest of Ogwang should act as a warning to other undisciplined officers, who look to gain from proceeds of their selfish interests, at the expense of the Uganda Police Force mandate.

“Other areas where the public, in conspiracy with selected officers, criminalize civil matters, are private debts, where thousands are threatened with arrest. We strongly condemn the criminalisation of civil matters in police,” he stated.

Enanga emphasized that the alleged actions of their officer (Ogwang) do not represent the majority of the exceptional police officers, who go above and beyond the call of duty, to protect life, property and the community, every day. 

Man collapses after his wife unites with his 4 girlfriends to host him for a valentine’s lunch date.

A Kenyan man identified as Kelvin Waweru, 36 collapsed following an unexpected romantic union between him, his wife, and 4 girlfriends.

His wife identified as Eunice Nkirothe, said she approached the four women whom her husband had been cheating on her with and they agreed to host Valentine’s lunch date for him.

“We contributed ksh 10,000 each to make him happy and proud as his women but after seeing the 3 of us approaching their table, he fainted,” Nkirote narrated.

The women made an agreement that whoever between them who will be contacted by Mr. Waweru will inform them the venue and they will join them.

Waweru is reported to be currently undergoing medical examination at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Westlands Nairobi to recover from this shock.

Kanoni Primary School destroyed by heavy rain.

Staff and pupils at Kanoni primary school, Kanoni Sub-county, Kazo district have been left stranded after a heavy storm blew off the roof of their classrooms yesterday evening.

The heavy rain characterized by strong wind and thunderstorms destroyed several other properties in Nyarubanga, Kitongore, Rwemengo and Bwagonga parishes and Kanoni trading Centre all in Kanoni Sub-county.

The roof that was blown off by strong winds at Kanoni Primary school.
Some of the residents inspect their property destroyed by the heavy rains.

Hon Ntungire Fred, the district councillor Kanoni Sub-county told our reporter that among the properties destroyed was a school block at Kanoni primary, the head teacher’s office and the staff quarters, the Sub-county office block and banana plantations among others.

Jameson Kakuru the LC III chairperson Kanoni Sub-county confirmed the disaster in this area and asked the district management and stake holders to intervene and see how best they can help the affected.

The Supreme Court in Kampala has directed that the management of Crane Bank be reverted to its shareholders and Bank of Uganda to pay costs.

Crane Bank Limited was closed by Bank of Uganda (BOU) on October 20, 2016, after it failed to comply with a capital call on July 1, 2016. After selling the defunct bank assets to DFCU, Bank of Uganda filed a suit under Crane Bank in Receivership against Sudhir Ruparelia and Meera Investments seeking to recover over Shs379 billion and 48 land titles.

In 2019, Justice David Wangutusi of the Commercial Court ruled that Crane Bank was a non-existent entity since it went into receivership three years ago and dismissed the case Bank of Uganda had lodged against Sudhir Ruparelia seeking to recover the Shs 379 billion from him.

A courtesy image of Businessman Sudhir Ruparelia at Commercial Court building.

After losing the case, BOU ran to the Court of Appeal to challenge the lower court’s decision but again lost the case prompting them to run to the Supreme Court.

However, shortly after filing an appeal, BOU sought to withdraw it before it could be heard, a decision Sudhir through his lawyers of Kampala Associated Advocates objected.

Today, five justices of the Supreme Court including Rubby Opio Aweri, Percy Tuhaise, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Prof. Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza and Faith Mwondha have dismissed the appeal by BOU and directed that the Central Bank pay costs in the terms found by the Court of Appeal ending a five year battle.

“For avoidance of doubt, the Court of Appeal upheld the finding of the trial court which ordered that the costs of the suit were to be borne by the Bank of Uganda since it was behind the filing of the suit and other subsequent actions. That order shall stand,” the Supreme Court directed.

The five justices also reasoned with the Court of Appeal that management of Crane Bank should be returned to the shareholders including Sudhir Ruparelia and Meera Investments Limited since receivership had ended in 2018.

“We equally considered this aspect in our ruling and found that indeed, receivership of the appellant (Crane Bank in receivership) had ended on January, 20, 2018. The implication of that finding in our view is that the management of the appellant be reverted to shareholders after the January, 20, 2018,” the court directed.

A courtesy photo of Businessman Sudhir Ruparelia flashing a smile of victory.

Sudhir reacted with relief and gratitude saying; “I want to thank the judiciary and the courts for giving me justice. It has taken more than five years to fight this case and it has impacted on our businesses. I want to thank all the lawyers for their time. Honestly BOU stole money in the name of Crane Bank and even Auditor General has said so. The legal department of BOU is so corrupt and is misleading the board. BOU legal department should go and appeal to God”.

Hundreds of NUP supporters convert to NRM.

President Museveni, the NRM party chairman says he met a group of youths popularly known as Kikankane, formerly supporters of the National Unity Platform (NUP) at State House Entebbe and took them through an NRM ideological lecture and disabused them of violence and destruction.

President Museveni training NUP’s Kikankane converts about the NRM ideology.

Ssebugwawo Ahmed, the Kikankane group leader said that they were happy that they have finally reached heaven which they were constantly promised by NUP’s president Robert Kyagulanyi yet they were never taken.

Some of NUP’s Kikankane Converts at State House Entebbe.

President Museveni said: “I am happy that they have seen the light, they now have the right spectacles & speak the language of Patriotism, Pan Africanism, and Social-Economic Transformation.  If we work and there is looting and riots, how shall we develop?”

President Museveni during his interaction with NUP’s Kikankane converts.

President Museveni urged the converted youths to ensure that there is no crime and added that the NRM from the onset has been emphasizing the prosperity of all Ugandans without segregation or destruction.


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