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Mitooma: Couple arrested over daugther’s death

Police in Mitooma District have arrested a 33-year-old man and his wife over assaulting their daughter to death.

Martial Tumusiime, the greater Bushenyi region police spokesperson confirmed the incident and identified the suspects as Herbert Twinamatsiko,33, a boda boda rider and his wife Phiona Natukunda, 30, all residents of Kyanzire village who assaulted their daughter only identified as Whitney.

He added that the incident happened on 27th July at 6pm in Karehe II, Kyanzire Parish, Kashenshero town council.

It is alleged that Twinamatsiko had produced the deceased outside of wedlock and was brought home to stay with the stepmother who had been torturing her for a while.

Unfortunately, on 27th July the two seriously tortured the deceased to death and hid the body in one of the rooms and went away but returned at night and transported it to Rwenshama B in Kanyabwanga Sub-County for burial.

Police said they were tipped off on Friday by a Good Samaritan and they arrested the two parents as prime suspects.

The body of the deceased was found with fresh physical injuries seemingly from serious beating using sticks.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi region police spokesperson. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Mbarara: 26 year old man wanted for wife’s murder

Police in Mbarara City are hunting for a 26 year-old man only identified as Saidi, over the alleged murder of his 22 year-old wife.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson, said that Saidi, a resident of Katete central Cell, Katete ward in Mbarara City south division is suspected to have killed his wife identified as Phiona Ninsiima.

Kasasira revealed that Saidi, the husband of the deceased developed a misunderstanding with his lover Ninsiima, he stabbed her in the right side of the stomach before leaving her body in a pool of blood in their rented single room in Katete cell, Katete ward, Mbarara City south division.

Kasasira further revealed that Saidi was accusing the deceased of having extramarital affairs.

By press time, the body of the deceased was conveyed to Mbarara regional referral hospital mortuary for a postmortem examination and efforts to apprehend the prime suspect are underway.

Mbarara: Police Officer arrested over shooting civilian to death

Police in Mbarara district have arrested one of their own over shooting a 45-year-old man to death while attempting to arrest him.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi Region Police Spokespersons said N56098 CPL Benson Agaba and N63315PC Boaz Tumuhimbise attached to Rubindi Police station in Mbarara district, had gone to arrest Gerald Tibigarukwamu, following a number of threatening violence complaints against him (Tibigarukwamu) by a one Godwin Tumwine.

Kasasira added that preliminary findings indicate that one of the officers, N56098 CPL Benson Agaba was prompted to discharge a bullet in the air when the suspect reportedly threatened to cut him with a panga. 

Police officers together with residents at the crime scene earlier today.

He noted that the action did not yield expected results and the deceased advanced closer with determination to harm the officer.

This prompted the officer to further discharge the bullet that hit the suspect on the head killing him instantly. Kasasira identified the deceased as Gerald Tibigarukwamu, 45, a resident of Akatooma cell, Kagongi Parish, Kagongi sub-county in Mbarara district.

Mbarara High School hailed for championing vocational training

The first lady and the minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has hailed Mbarara High School for supporting vocational training for economic transformation.

In her speech read by Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament at the commissioning of Addis Ababa Dormitory at Mbarara High School yesterday, the first lady further revealed that the ministry of Education and Sports is committed to working closely with stakeholders at the school to re-roof over thirty old structures with asbestos roof which pose a health risk to learners.

The newly constructed historical Addis Ababa Dormitory at Mbarara High School.

Janet Museveni hailed Mbarara high school for doing well in the implementation of the new lower secondary curriculum through teaching vocational subjects like metal work, wood work, agriculture, technical drawing among others.

Janet Museveni appreciated the old students for complimenting government efforts in reviving the infrastructure at the school.

Stakeholders presenting the artistic impression of the commissioned Addis Ababa Dormitory at Mbarara High School.

The Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Prof. William Bazeyo, appreciated the First Lady for championing the new lower secondary curriculum noting that her exemplary leadership in Uganda’s education system has resulted into an increase in the number of graduates.

In his remarks, the Ankole diocese Bishop, Sheldon Mwesigwa hailed old boys of Mbarara High School for being supportive towards the school.

In his speech, the chairman of the old students’ Association, Dr Medard Bitekyerezo, requested the minister to utilize her connections, including her husband, President Yoweri Museveni, to support the school with implementation of projects that are still in the pipeline.

In 2016 fire gutted Addis Ababa and in 2017 old boys started raising funds to construct the new state of the art hostel worth UGX 2 billion and will accommodate up to 300 students.

Police probe death of 24 year old nurse

Police in Rukiga are investigating circumstances under which a 24 year old nurse was found in her house in Kagunga cell, Pirate Parish in Muhanga Town council, Rukiga District.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region police spokesperson confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as Naturinda Christine, 24, a nurse attached to Karorwa HCII, and a resident of Kagunga cell , in Muhanga Town council in Rukiga District.

It’s said that on 18/07/2023 at around 09:00pm, the deceased entered her one roomed house and just pushed the door back but she did not rock it and slept.

Maate told journalists that on 19/07/2023 at around 11:00am a female neighbor got concerned and tried to call her but she didn’t respond.

Maate added that at around 12:00pm, Rubarema Dezideria, 48, a teacher by profession also a neighbor to the deceased also tried to call her but she did not respond. Consequently he pushed the door which was not locked and entered the room.

Upon entering the room, he found her lifeless body in her room and they called the Office in charge at Bukinda police post for further management and Homicide team were dispatched to document the scene.

After police reached at the scene two bottles one of Rwenzori and another one for mountain dew soda were recovered in the room with smelly substances, they have been submitted to the region for onward submission to Government Analytical Laboratory for analysis and the body conveyed to Kabele referral Hospital for autopsy (postmortem).

Police said that the report will be used to establish the actual cause of death.

According to Police, preliminary investigations suggest that the deceased might have taken poison thus committing suicide because the body had no external injuries and by press time no one had been arrested for inquiries.

Archbishop Bakyenga to be remembered for being a humble, selfless servant

Following the news of the death of the first Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese, Paul Kamuza Bakyenga on Tuesday, several people have continued to pay tribute to the deceased.

Bishops in Ankole region have shared fond recollections of the role he played in the ministry and the different aspects of life.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Johnson Twinomujuni of West Ankole diocese said he knew the late as a man who rendered his full life to the ministry of church. He noted that he will be remembered as a great teacher.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe of the South Ankole diocese described the late as a role model for all the religious leaders. He further talked about the late as a person who loved all the people regardless of their religious denominations.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Steven Namanya of the North Ankole diocese described the late as a down to earth person who did not consider himself on top of others despite the position God gave him in the Catholic Church. 

Bakyenga is described by many as a person who felt with those suffering and had compassion for orphans, the reason he started Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital at Nyamitanga in 2009 to treat children of 0 to 12 years.

He also started Radio Maria Mbarara in 1996 describing it as the Christian voice in homes to get the gospel closer to people and uphold the Christian values.

Archbishop Emeritus Bakyenga,79, died in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala where he had gone for routine medical checkups.

In the tentative burial program for Archbishop Emeritus Bakyenga released by Mbarara Archdiocese, the deceased will be laid to rest on Sunday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Nyamitanga Parish.

The communications director of the Mbarara Archdiocese, Rev Fr Charles Lwanga Mutabaruka said the Emeritus Bakyenga will be buried inside the cathedral and will be the third prelate after the First Bishop of the then Rwenzori Vicariate Francis-Xavier Lacoursiere of the White Fathers who was buried inside.

Archbishop Emeritus for Mbarara Archdiocese, His Grace Paul Kamuza Bakyenga

Archbishop Emeritus Paul Bakyenga dies at 79

The first Archbishop of the Mbarara Archdiocese, Emeritus Paul Kamuza Bakyenga has died at the age of 79.

The communications director of the Mbarara Archdiocese, Rev Fr Charles Mutabaruka confirmed that Bakyenga passed away this Tuesday morning at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.

About Bakyenga

Bakyenga was born on 30 June 1944, in Bumbaire Village, Igara sub-county, in present-day Bushenyi district. He attended pre-primary school in the church building at Bweeza, Bushenyi District.

He went on to attend Ibaare Primary School, before he joined Ibanda Preparatory Seminary from 1958 until 1960. In 1961, he joined Kitabi Seminary, where he graduated with a high school diploma.

He was admitted to Bukalasa Minor Seminary, in present-day Kalungu district for his A-Level studies but he did not complete. He was expelled, along with others, for “indiscipline”.

After teaching briefly at Rushoroza Seminary, in Kabale district, he was then admitted at Katigondo Major Seminary, in Kalungu District to study philosophy but abandoned the course after two years. At this point, Bishop John Baptist Kakubi of Mbarara, sent him to study at St Andrews College in Scotland, where he obtained a degree in Theology.

He was ordained a priest on 11 July 1971 at Mbarara at the age of 27. He served as priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mbarara, until 6 March 1989.

He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Mbarara, Uganda on 6 March 1989. He was consecrated as bishop on 24 June 1989 at Mbarara by Bishop John Baptist Kakubi, Bishop of Mbarara, assisted by Bishop Adrian Kivumbi Ddungu, Bishop of Masaka and Bishop Serapio Bwemi Magambo†, Bishop of Fort Portal.

On 23 November 1991, he was ordained as bishop of Mbarara, replacing the late Bishop John Baptist Kakubi, following his resignation.

On 2nd January 1999, he was appointed Archbishop when Mbarara Diocese was elevated to an archdiocese subsequently making him the first Archbishop of Mbarara Archdiocese until he retired in 2020.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation on 25 April 2020 and he was succeeded by Lambert Bainomugisha as the Catholic ecclesiastical province of Mbarara – comprising the dioceses of Kabale, Kasese, Fort Portal and Hoima.

Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality introduces new garbage policy

Authorities in Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality have implored citizens to embrace the new municipal garbage policy to improve on area sanitation.

Speaking to the division’s executive and health inspectors across the municipality , Richard Byaruhanga, the Bushenyi-Ishaka municipality mayor noted that they bench marked this policy from neighboring cities where tendering helped a lot in reducing garbage littering in the town.

Byaruhanga added that Garbage collection consumes 40% of their local revenue every financial year and appealed to stakeholders to take up the policy and ensure sensitization of masses to ensure the service providers are paid their due charges.

He however asked technical staff not to use a lot of force while implementing this new policy and only embark on sensitization since the policy is new.

However health inspectors stressed that they are facing challenges of people sweeping and dumping the garbage to drainage channels which they appealed for enforcement to intervene especially in Ishaka town.

Mbarara Regional Hospital moves to resettle people stranded at hospital premises

Authorities at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital have commenced the process of resettling at least 16 people who have been stranded at the hospital premises to their respective homes.

The hospital administration revealed that the Social Work Department had spent some time tracing for the relatives in vain. 

Maria Naturinda, 21, is one of the abandoned persons who has been resettled with Kkottongnea. She came to the hospital as a patient after being discharged, she didn’t go home.

Kkottongnea is a Korean international organization founded by Father John Oh, a Korean devoted priest in 1976 and focuses on welfare, happiness, education and love for the less unfortunate.

The organization also has a branch in Kiruhura and has since 2018 taken over 30 homeless people and four children.

Halson Kagure, the Public Relations Officer Mbarara Referral Hospital revealed that handing over unclaimed people to well-wishers follows established procedures.

Kagure further told media that the resettlement exercise will go on until the hospital is free from the destitute.

Muhirwa Muhammed is another man who was stranded at the hospital and was delivered to the relatives yesterday.

Relatedly, detectives recently rounded up one Ronald Ahuriire who was disguising as a destitute after escaping from Kakiika prison.

According to authorities, some homeless people not only pose a security threat but also disturb those still receiving treatment since they need caretakers.

The hospital social workers say that they also face the challenge of burial arrangements in case one dies without established residency.

Kagure has also urged the nongovernmental organizations, church, governmental institutions and leaders at various levels to double up efforts in sensitizing communities about human rights.

Ibanda sets stringent measures to streamline vanilla sector

Authorities in Ibanda district have set stringent measures to guide the vanilla sector stakeholders, to ensure they meet quality and other standards.

Fredric Ayorekire, the district production officer said that beginning next harvest season, all vanilla pods brought for sale will be inspected by extension staff to ensure they meet standards.

Vanilla buyers will also be required to acquire licenses and transport permits to ferry vanilla pods from the district.

Ayorekire added that vanilla will be marketed through cooperatives once they are in place, urging farmers to join primary cooperatives that will form an apex cooperative union at the district level.

Herbert Happy Mayanja, the district LC V chairman noted that other measures to guide the production, post-harvest handling, trade and marketing of vanilla in the district include selling of vanilla only at designated centres, in the presence of extension officers.

According to these guidelines, all vanilla buyers must be registered with the district and licensed to operate. And only recognized buying centres will be allowed to operate from harvest dates announced by the government.

“To safeguard quality, traders must get movement permits from the district to transport vanilla after the pods have been inspected and certified by the extension staff,” said Mayanja.

The measures that come ahead of the start of the next harvest season will be implemented with immediate effect.

Annet Byamukama, a vanilla farmer from Mishangi, Nyakatookye in Bisheshe Division, Ibanda municipality lauded the authorities for intervening to protect farmers from being cheated by unscrupulous buyers.  


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