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    Amin Could Not Allow Courts To Work, It Was Wrong For Ben Kiwanuka To Work For Him As CJ- M7 Blames Former Chief Justice Ben Kiwanuka…

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    CJ Ben Kiwanuka (L), President Museveni (top R) and Idi Amin

    President Yoweri Museveni has blamed former Chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka for accepting to work with Idi Amin.

    Museveni revealed that he doesn’t think it was correct for Benedicto Kiwanuka to accept to be Amin’s Chief Justice.

    “You couldn’t talk of judicial independence with Amin.  How can Amin say this and you come to the Supreme Court to say the other,” he added.

    Museveni made these remarks today at the fifth annual commemoration at the Judiciary Headquarters in Kampala. This year marked 50 years since the first Ugandan Chief Justice was last seen alive.

    He divulged that from the onset, it was clear that Idi Amin was not a person to be trusted but also to work with.

    “When Amin came in, we the political actors had a difference about Amin. Idi Amin didn’t understand anything and its why we had differences from the word go,” he explained.

    “He announced the coup at 3pm and 5pm we were meeting in Yona Kanyomozi’s house in Bugoloobi to fight Amin.”

    He contended that whereas Obote had his shortcomings, he was educated and could not behave as Amin.

    “I don’t think Obote would kill a civil servant. He would marginalize but not kill in that direct way. For us we had a different view that Kiwanuka shouldn’t have joined Amin. He was principled man but it was unfortunate he ended up with Amin,” he said.

    The president however hailed the late Kiwanuka for resisting Mengo chauvinism.

    Bulange Mengo is the administrative center for Buganda kingdom let by Kabaka Mutebi II.

    Museveni said that Kiwanuka opposed Mengo’s opportunism of pushing the tribal agenda, that is why when they came in, they took a national position.

    “We salute him for that. He however turned out to be a martyr in a situation he shouldn’t have been in, in the first place.”

    Chief Justice Alfonso Owiny Dollo also hailed the late Kiwanuka noting that his being principled was not being a judicial officer only and not determined by the nature of the judicial officer he was but even as a young politician before Uganda getting independence.

    “He was principled enough to stand up and say Democratic Party was a national party. By nature he was a principled person. He was an advocate of the rule of law and respect for human rights to which he ultimately paid the price,” Dollo disclosed.

    “We should ask ourselves what we have so far done and what else we can do to uphold his values.”

    He furthermore termed him as a ‘martyr’ whose martyrdom was a consequence of his desire to have judicial independence at the time.

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao joined the President and  Chier Justice in appreciating Ben Kiwanuka’s hard work.

    Mao revealed that Kiwanuka served ideals not just his ambition but was also a very loyal friend.

    He added, “He championed independence of the judiciary. Everything comes at a price. Sometimes you don’t get everything you have paid for but there is nothing you get without paying for it. Today as we reflect on the life of Ben Kiwanuka, we ask ourselves what rule of law is.”

    Mao however asked government to help in efforts by the family and other well-wishers to have the remains of Kiwanuka recovered.

    “I ask on behalf of the Democratic Party for government to get involved in finding the remains of Ben Kiwanuka. We will be happy even when we just receive a tooth. We will at least be able to bury that tooth,” he vowed.

    He furthermore insisted that technology exists for example forensic archeologists and they know roughly where he would have been buried but need the support of government.

    It should be remembered that Benedicto Kiwanuka was the first prime minister of Uganda, a leader of the Democratic Party, and one of the persons that led the country in the transition between colonial British rule and independence. He was murdered by Idi Amin’s regime in 1972.

    It was on September 21, 1972 when Uganda’s first black Chief Justice was kidnapped from his court chambers in Kampala and four days later shot dead at State lodge Nakasero by President Idi Amin.

    This was revealed by the retired 71-year-old Superintendent of Police, Daniel Mulemezi, a resident of Kamuli District in eastern Uganda.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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