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Another High Court Registrar Interdicted Over Abuse Of Office And Defying Covid19 Guidelines…..

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The Deputy Chief Justice Owiny-Dolo who is currently the acting Chief Justice has started his work in high gear by directing the interdiction of another top High Court Registrar Deo Nizeyimana over corruption and abuse of office.

In a letter dated 29th June 2020, the acting Chief Registrar Tom Chamutai informed His worship Deo Nizeyimana, the deputy registrar High Court Execution that he was with immediate effect interdicted and sent to the Judicial Service Commission for disciplinary action.

“This is to inform you that I have been directed by the Acting Chief Justice to interdict you under Regulation 25(1) of the Judicial Service Commission Regulations, 2005 for abusing Judicial Authority producing poor standard of work, contrary to Regulation 23(m) of the Judicial Service Commission Regulations, 2005, and conducting yourself in a manner prejudicial to the image, dignity and reputation of the service contrary to Regulation 23(a) of the judicial Service Regulations, 2005,” the letter reads in parts.

He further informed him the particulars of his offences stating that on 2rd June 2020, he issued an Ex parte Gamishee Order absolute in Miscellaneous Cause No 1031 of 2020, arising out of Emma No 1038 of 2019, Arising from ARB Cause No 14 of 2019, Arising from CAD\ARB No 23 of 2019 Total Uganda Limited versus A.O Basid Ltd.

Chamutai stated that by the time Nizeyimana issued a Gamishee Order, the assistant registrar of the same court had already issued an interim order of stay of Execution in the same matter on 28th of October 2019.

Nizeyimana is also charged with an offence of defying the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe’s directives suspending execution proceedings in line with National Directives to curb the spread of the COVID19 Pandemic when he issued an Ex parte Garnishee.

He is also accused of proceeding with Ex parte without the knowledge of the respondent.

Nizeyimana was further directed to handover, with immediate effect, any government property and all court files to the registrar, High Court, in accordance with section F-D of the public service standing orders.

He was also informed that during the period of his interdiction, he will receive half pay of his monthly salary.

Nizeyimana was also restricted from leaving Uganda without the permission of the chief registrar. Nizeyimana is the second deputy registrar to be interdicted and forwarded to Judicial Service Commission for disciplinary action within this month; the first was Cissy Mudhasi the deputy registrar Masaka High Court.

The two are going to find their former boss Godfrey Kaweesa the former president of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) who is also under trial in the Judicial Service Commission for abuse of office.

A source in the Judiciary intimated to this website that all the interdictions are being directed by the principle judge Flavia Zeija who has instructions from the appointing authority who is also the President to mercilessly act of judicial officers who are corrupt and abuse their offices.

Credible sources further revealed that there are a number of top judges being trailed over abuse of office.

The source disclosed that lower judicial officers are easy catch and the process to send them for disciplinary action is easy but when it comes to judges, the Judicial Service Commission has to first write to the president with evidence pining the culprit.

The president then has to appoint a committee to probe the suspect before he writes back to the Judicial Service Commission telling them to go ahead with the prosecution of the suspect which is a long and rigorous process.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Makerere University Student Beaten To Death During Curfew….

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Kampala Metropolitan police has kicked off investigations into circumstances under which a Makerere University student was beaten to death.

According to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, the deceased has been identified as Emmanuel Tegu, a third-year student at the Faculty of Veterinary.

“Unfortunately, the victim has passed on today at 3am before he could record a statement to give us his last moments. We are yet to find out the reason why he was moving at night at that time, but a murder offence is being vigorously investigated,” Onyango stated.

He explained that at around 11pm, police received a strange call that there was a mob beating up a suspected thief near Lumumba Hall in Makerere University.

He said that their men swung into action and found unidentified person lying on the ground unconscious with several injuries.

He explained that the police patrol arrived and he was taken to Mulago hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Onyango denied allegations that the deceased was beaten to death by LDU personals with the help of policemen and branded.

“No single LDU personal is deployed at Makerere University. The security of the university is being managed by police and private security firms,” he said.

Onyango said that as police, they condemn mob justice and any person found guilty of participating in this criminal activity will be arrested and prosecuted.

 

By Grapevine Reporters  

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Boda Boda Rider Burns Himself To Death In Traffic Officer’s Office For Impounding His Bike And Asking For Shs.150,000 Bribe….

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The late Walugembe (inset)

SECURITY operatives in Nyendo, Masaka municipality were forced to fire live bullets in air to disperse huge crowds of bodaboda riders who attacked Nyendo police station after the death of their colleague.

Hussein Walugembe, a businessman in Masaka burnt himself inside the office of Masaka traffic department.

In the process, one traffic officer was injured and very many files were burnt to ashes.

It is alleged that trouble started when officers impounded Walugembe’s motorcycle on Tuesday at 7:30pm during curfew hours and took it to Masaka police yard for safe custody.

At around 8:00pm, Walugembe followed them and pleaded with them to return his bike because it was his only source of income.

Police officers with jerrycans of water and a fire extinguisher trying to put out the fire

According to his colleagues, police officers ordered him to pay the Shs.150,000 if he wanted his bodaboda back.

When he pleaded that he could not afford the huge amount of money they were asking for, the officers insisted that they will not give him his bike until he pays the money.

Early the next morning at 8:00am, Walugembe stormed the traffic office with a Rwenzori mineral water bottle full of petrol and threatened to kill himself if they do not give him his motorcycle.

The officer in charge told him to pay the money they had asked from him.

Walugembe’s body being taken for burial

Walugembe swore that if they did not give him his bike, he was going to die with the officer.

He then opened the bottle and showered himself with the petrol and poured some in the office, he removed a matchbox from his pocket and lit himself.

He tried to grab the traffic officer to burn with him but he sneaked through his armpits and took off.

Police officers panicked and looked for fire extinguishers to stop the fire. By the time they got some extinguishers from the nearby petrol station, most of the traffic files had been destroyed and Walugembe was dead.

ASP Muhmood Nsubuga the greater Masaka police spokesperson said that the body of the deceased was taken to Masaka mortuary for postmortem as investigations kick off.

According to Dr. Seenyonjo from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, the deceased died from severe extensive burns.

Police has opened a file under SD:35/02/07/2020.

Walugembe’s body was taken to his home area at Kyajubira for burial.

He has left two children and a wife.

 

By Ahmad Kavuma, Masaka

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Lawyer Ssemakadde Threatens To Sue Lt. Col. Nakalema For Arresting M7’s Alleged Land Grabbers, Guides On How Whole Saga Would Be Legally Handled…..

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Celebrated Human Rights Lawyer Isaac Ssemakade has threatened to sue Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House anti-Corruption unit in her personal capacity over abuse of office and illegally detaining Ugandans.

Speaking to this website, Ssemakadde disclosed that he is concerned with the way Nakalema is being used to abuse the law to the extent of arresting and detaining people because she has been appointed by the President.

“Land owners if aggrieved must seek redress from the land division of the High Court, we must not duplicate and multiply processes. She will be sued individually because she is not the first woman Museveni is using to fix land matters. All of them who tried have been sued individually after burning their hands,” Ssemakadde said.

Ssemakadde advised the President to move to the High Court lands division in his capacity as Mr. Museveni and file a case in his personal name.

He insisted that in Uganda, no person has powers to give remedies to Museveni concerning his allegedly grabbed land apart from a High Court judge at the land division.

Ssemakadde directed President Museveni that once he files a case at the High Court, he should be ready to testify and tell court how he obtained the land in question otherwise no one will accommodate the impunity of imprisoning Ugandans because they are accused of grabbing president Museveni’s land.

He advised the authorities with immediate effect to release on police bond Peter Segane and Jimmy Suuna who were arrested on orders of Lt. Col. Nakalema who accused them of encroaching on president Yoweri Museveni’s land at Katwekambwa in Kabulasoke sub county, Gomba district.

He revealed that the public understands the pain the old man from Rwakitura is going through but he is not the only one suffering at the hands of land grabbers, many Ugandans are crying after their land was grabbed.

He insisted that Ugandans are offended when the law is abused to profit Museveni.

Ssemakadde further revealed that if Uganda was like other Democratic countries, by now the process of impeaching the president will be underway for abusing government systems.

However, Nakalema insists that Segane and Suuna fraudulently acquired five land titles on the land already registered in Yoweri Museveni’s names.

She said that her team have already identified a number of lapses in the processing of the land titles from the level of the area land committees, district land boards and the Ministry of Lands.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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