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    BAMUGEMEREIRE PROBE: Indian Tycoon Alam Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder, Pins MP Simeo Nsubuga

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    Alam group of companies tycoon Abid Alam pleaded guilty to attempted murder against his two opponents on the 12 square miles of land in Mubende

    Alam testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that his workers led by Jeff Kalemera got into a deadly fight with a group of Bukoba village residents over this land.

    “My Lord, what can one do when a group of people enter his fence and starts fighting him. You must also fight back to protect yourself,” Alam told Bamugemereire’s commission.

    Alam, who was accompanied by his lawyer Fred Muwema told the commission that the villagers removed windows, doors and destroyed his houses during the attack.

    He pinned Simeo Nsubuga, the Kasanda South member of Parliament for fueling this fight.

    Alam reported that Simeo incited his workers under Lake Wamala firm enterprises limited and Mityana firm enterprises limited, to strike promising them that if they vote him into parliament, he will remove land from Alam and give it to the villagers.

    “Politicians are the problem my Lord, Nsubuga told the voters that land belongs to natives not Indians like me my Lord,” Alam said.

    Some of Alam’s torture victims

    He further explained that Nsubuga used his position as a former senior police officer to influence the changing of security personnel especially RDCs, DPCs and OCs, making sure that those appointed were on his side which meant that he was denied justice. He said that he compensated over 4000 residents on the land including Simeo who is now fighting him.

    He denied allegations that he blocked roads and tortured residents using his security companies Secana security company, Focus security company and world war veteran security group limited.

    These security groups shot two residents, beat up and detained others in Alam’s established cells in Kiikka village.

    However, Alam faced a tough time when commissioner Robert Ssebunya grilled him for using foreigners especially Rwandese to terrorise locals. Ssebunya said that the commission discovered this when they visited Mubende district last year for a field work tour.

    “Mr Alam, you are a security threat, does the immigration department know those Rwandese you are using on your land? They are heartless that’s why they are terrorizing Ugandans,” a bitter Sebunya asked.

    Ssebunya also put Alam to task to explain why he was interfering with commission’s work by dragging the commission to the constitutional court. The confused Alam was seen trying to consult his lawyer Fred Muwema who was also very shocked. Muwema tried to assist his legally disturbed client but Justice Catherine Bamugemereire stopped him.

    “No no no counsel leave the witness to answer that question himself may be you don’t want him to answer it! It’s asked by a lay man on the commission not a lawyer let a lay man also answer it in a lay man’s language,” Bamugemereire stopped Muwema.

    Alam revealed to the commission that he was advised by his lawyers to take the commission to court but it was not his mission to embarrass the commission.

    Bamugemereire grilled Alam for compensating villagers with very little amounts of money on their huge pieces of land he took. She gave an example of a one Scovia Nassali who was compensated with 130,000 shillings on her six acres of land. Alam defended himself and noted that he relied on the valuer’s information given to him by my Magrete Beyunga.

    Bamugemereire ordered Alam to bring to the commission all the land titles he has this week.

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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