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146 Arrested As Police Campaign Against Criminals Ahead Of The Christmas Festive Season Enters Day Three

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A total of 146 people have been arrested in Kampala on suspicion of involvement in criminal activities such as robbery, counterfeits and drug abuse and distribution, mugging of people, pick pocketing on streets and in traffic jam, vehicle vandalism among others.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander CP Kafeero said this morning through their social media page that the ongoing efforts by police in Kampala sends a very clear warning message to offenders that security agencies shall not be winding down for Christmas and letting them go on their merry way.

In the operation, 146 suspects were arrested and 38 released following a screening exercise by the local leaders commanded by Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander and Commissioner of Police Moses Kabugo Kafeero. Whereas the previous clean up exercise was focused on major criminal blackspots in areas of Market Street, Platinum House, Allen Road, Nakivubo Channel, Kinyamwandu, Nabugabo, today’s operation focused on areas of Makindye, Ndeeba, Kinyoro, Kisenyi, Katwe, Kiseeka, Kikoni, Kasubi, Kawala and Nakulabye, these pre-christmas operations are systematically geared towards controlling key black spots around the city that are often used in harboring criminals and their activities. “Throughout these remaining months towards Christmas Season, police shall be carrying out a series of high-profile days of action aimed at disrupting criminal activities and keeping the good people of Kampala safe during the festive period,” he said.

Police has over the years manned these operations in Kampala over the years to make sure that reveler enjoy their festive season.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Police Investigating Mbale High Court Judge For Knocking Dead Traffic Officer In Seeta….

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Innocent Ayesigye (inset) and the Toyota Rav4 car that knocked him dead

Multiple Credible sources at the Uganda police department of criminal investigation have told this website that Mbale Resident Judge Jesse Byaruhanga is being investigated for knocking dead Innocent Ayesigye, a police traffic officer at Seeta Mukono and taking off.

Yesterday, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told the Grapevine that they have arrested a one Police constable Alex Oduku and Aminsi Zimba to help in the investigation.

However, sources have told this website that Oduku is the bodyguard to Mbale resident Judge Byaruhanga and that he was in the vehicle registration number UAS 597U Toyota Rav4 and he was seen on the CCTV cameras and footage captured by an eye witness on the day of the accident.

Source further revealed that when police arrested Zimba, who is a personal driver to Byaruhanga, he told investigators that he was not the one who was driving the said car.

Byaruhanga has not yet been arrested but sources have intimated to us that he was seen at the police headquarters in Naguru on Wednesday and he talked some top police administrator to see how they can settle the matter without facing legal actions.

Detectives who are handling the matter said that UAS 597U is registered in the names of Charity Kamugisha, a staff of world vision Uganda.

Innocent Ayesigye a traffic police officer attached to Seeta Police station was on Sunday evening knocked down by a Toyota RaV4 registration number UAS 597U. The police officer was riding a motorcycle at Namanve along the Kampala-Jinja highway.

Efforts to speak to Byaruhanga were futile since his known phone numbers were off.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Kagame Operatives Accused Of Kidnapping Ugandan Farmer….

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Police in Kigezi is investigating the circumstances under which a Ugandan Farmer has been kidnapped.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional police spokesperson says that they are investigating how Obed Nicholas Tugumikirize, a resident of Kitojo village Katuna town council at the Uganda- Rwanda boarder disappeared.

He said that Tugumikirize was kidnapped on Monday this week from his garden where he was with his wife and children by unknown people.

Other security sources have told the Grapevine that Tugumikirize was kidnapped by Rwanda security operatives.

This is not the first time Rwanda security operatives are picking Ugandan from their gardens and forcefully taking them to Rwanda and charging them with different offences.

Security operatives in Uganda claim that many Ugandans are picked by Rwanda security suspecting them of spying on them because most of them cross to Rwanda to sell their food stuff.

Uganda-Rwanda boarder was closed in 2019 after Rwanda accused Uganda of supporting rebel groups to overthrow President Paul Kagame’s government. Diplomatic talks stalled after the outbreak of COVID19 pandemic in Africa.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Chief Justice Katureebe Issues New Guidelines To Judicial Officers On How To Run Court During COVID19….

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The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, the head of the judiciary has issued new guidelines to all judicial officers around the country on how to run courts during the COVID19 pandemic.

Katureebe issued the guidelines through article 133 of the constitution which gives him powers to guide on how court should be run. In the new guidelines, each judicial officer shall handle not less than five cases a day on the cause list.

All judicial officers and non-judicial officers including advocates should put on masks. Below is Chief Justice’s communication.

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