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Police Bosses Quizzed Over Kidnapps/Murders: Kidnappers Beating Us With New Tactics – MPs Told



Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola (L) with his deputy Muzeeyi Sabiti recently


Uganda Police Chief Martin Okoth Ochola has admitted that Police failed to track phones of Susan Magara killers for 21days, attributing the failure on the use of outdated equipment.

Ochola made the admission today while appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, where the Force had appeared to provide responses to issues raised in the 19thannual report by the Uganda Human Rights Commission.

In his submission, the Inspector General of Police revealed plans by Uganda Police Force to make amendments to the Police Act, to scrap off the 48hour mandatory rule within which to release suspects.

Ochola told Parliament that whereas there is no reason why a chicken thief should be kept in the Police cells for more than 48hours, some crimes are heinous, and if suspects are released within the constitutional time, this would likely jeopardize investigations.

Ochola explained: “Why should a chicken thief be arrested and kept for more than 48hours? There is absolutely no reason. Why should a person be arrested on a crime that can be bonded by the Police stay beyond 48hours? Just as you express fears, Government also has fears. There are crimes which you can’t in anyway resolve or investigate before you make an arrest, sometimes that arrest is part of the investigation process.”

The Police boss cited an example of slain accountant Susan Magara who was kidnapped and later killed by her abductors, despite paying ransom, saying if Police had good equipment in place at the time, the deceased’s life could have been saved.

“We failed for 21 days to trace the suspects, we agree this is a big failure on our part, it may not be necessarily because of the personnel, but because of the tools and methods that we were using. Our failure as Police is a failure as a country maybe if Police had better equipment, better proportion for the population, maybe we would have traced that person and found him earlier,” Okoth said.

In its report to Parliament, the Commission called on both the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Police to invest in the use of forensic investigations, equip and train Police in the Use of modern investigative mechanisms including setting up a specialized unit to investigate crimes of torture.

Police told the Committee that the issue has been undertaken with plans to acquire the state of the art software called the Integrated Ballistic Information System to allow Police experts develop a database for all firearms in the country.

Okoth also said that plans are underway to acquire 136 Scenes of Crime kits and various consumables; master crime scene kits, sexual assault kit as well as train officers in the same field, where 200 are undergoing training out of the required 2000.

The decay in Police’s investigation skills was further brought to light by newly appointed Kampala Metropolitan Police Commander Moses Kafeero, who blamed the increase in kidnaps across the country on the new tactics acquired by the kidnappers who are now using phones of the victims.

Kafeero confessed that the technology in Police’s possession doesn’t enable the Force track the kidnappers once the phone is switched off as the mast cannot detect these phones.

He cited the example of the recent kidnap-murder case of Rose Nakiseeka whose phone was used by the kidnappers and each moment the phone was switched off, Police lost track of the kidnappers’ whereabouts.

“This system of tracking works when the phone is on so you keep tracking the mast and when is off you can travel anywhere and the mast can’t detect. However, they could switch it on ask for ransom and when the ransom is sent they switch it off again,” Kafeero said.

However, the Metropolitan boss’ remarks attracted angry harsh rebuke and angry stares from his boss, Deputy IGP Muzeeyi Sabiiti, whose message was received clearly, forcing Kafeero to shut up on the matter.

The Human Rights report also blamed Police for continued use of the bucket waste disposal system in its Police station, a practice the Force bosses admitted still exists.

The Force however revealed that elaborate steps have been taken to phase out this system with the new requirements put in place to ensure that all police stations built in the last several years have toilet facilities clearly provided to ensure that the bucket system becomes history.


By Stella Mugoya



Why Should The President Move With A Toilet Worth Billions And 30 Cars While People Are Dying In Hospitals – MP Tinkasimire Asks



President Museveni infront of his moving toilet. Inset is MP Tinkasimire

Buyaga county member of parliament Barnabas Tinkasimire has warned the president and the government of Uganda to stop wasting money on unbudgeted business.

Tinkasimire said this while officiating at the 1st health financing conference in Kampala aimed at tackling sexual reproductive health problems and financing gaps for adolescents in Uganda.

Tinkasimire gave an example of the twenty nine million shillings which was given to each member of parliament to carry out consultations on whether Article 102(b) should be amended yet it is their work. Tinkasimire advised that this money would have been put in the health sector to save mothers and young girls who are dying in villages without drugs and basic health resources.

Tinkasimire also cited Ministers who drive luxury vehicles with lead cars, escorts and body guards who are paid by government, as another way in which public funds are wasted.

“We are looking for money to put in the health sector, there are things we can cut off to save a life, the convoy of the president is too much, how can one Person move with more than 30 cars with each car is using a lot of fuel while other people are starving and dying in hospitals without drugs? Putting that aside, the president moves with a toilet worth more than a billion shillings, these are the critical wastages we should cut off to save lives by put this money in the health sector,” Tinkasimire said.

Tinkasimire assured Ugandans that he will not support the increase of salary for the members of parliament if brought at the floor of parliament because MPs are the most well paid people in this country and they do a lot  of side businesses, “so the money they are proposing as increment should be put in the health sector.”


By Mboowa Nathan


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Put Sanitary Pads In Toilets And Public Places Like You Do Condoms – Minister, MP Advise



Minister Muyingo talking to the press

As Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the menstrual hygiene day on 28th May 2018, the woman MP for Otuke district, Akello Sylvia, has advised government and Civil Society Organisations to consider putting Sanitary towels in public places like hospitals and bars as it’s done with condoms which are almost found everywhere and are always for free.

Akello signaled that this will help girls and women access sanitary pads because sometimes, some of them don’t get any signs when they are going into their Ps which leaves them embarrassed once the signs finally show.

“You can’t be a happy man in a happy marriage if you have a girl or women who doesn’t menstruate, men, you shouldn’t shy away from talking about menstruation and you should take this too as your responsibility,” Akello said.

Akello said this while officiating at the opening of the National Symposium on menstrual hygiene management in Uganda at hotel Africana in Kampala where the state minister of education Hon. John Chryzestom Muyingo was the guest of honour.

In his speech, Muyingo emphasized that men should break the silence and talk to their female children about this issue.

Muyingo said that Menstruation is one of the issues that affects the performance of girl children in schools and this determines their stay in schools.

“Many times, when we release national examinations, we are asked why the performance for girls is poor, we don’t get a good answer to this question but this problem (Mestruation) is top. We need to break the silence, these girls need assistance and guidance,” Muyingo explained.

Muyingo, who owns a number of schools cautioned that girls miss two to four days of school because of menstruation which affects their performance.

He called upon parents and guardians to continue helping these young ladies access and have pads so that they don’t miss school as the government of Uganda works out a strategy on how to further help them have sanitary towels in schools for free as promised by the president.


By Mboowa Nathan


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Museveni Meets UK Defence Forces Students: Talks To Them About Patriotism And Pan-Africanism



President Museveni yesterday met students from the UK Dfence Academy at State House in Entebbe. Museveni who preached Patriotism and Pan-Africanism to these students wrote on his social media page, “Addressed students from the UK Defence Academy–Joint Services Command and Staff College, who are undertaking the Advanced Command and Staff Course.

I welcome these students, led by Colonel Martin Mackey, to Uganda. Our discussion centred on why Africa has lagged behind in development despite having a huge deposit of natural resources.

From my understanding and having been involved in issues concerning Africa, I have identified 10 strategic bottlenecks that have caused this lag. For our engagement, I focused on two main ones.

First is the issue of emphasising identity at the expense of interests. Europe at some stage had this problem, for instance the conflicts between catholics and protestants. But they were overcome.

Africa has had a number of bankrupt leaders who promote this kind of ideology and thus sustain this conflict. Identity is good, we should know who we are. But we must ask what our interests are.

Our interest should be prosperity through production of goods and services, which is more important and should override identity. To counter sectarianism, the NRM government promotes patriotism and Pan-Africanism.

The other bottleneck is the small fragmented markets which cannot sustain and stimulate mass production, creating a problem for the producers and service providers. Africa cannot, therefore, favourably compete with other continents.

However, we are gradually addressing these bottlenecks and in Uganda’s case, we shall in the next couple of years move into the middle income bracket.”


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