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    Court Of Appeal Dismisses With Costs A Multibillion Case Against Kabaka Mutebi, Brother Wasajja…

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    L-R: Dr. Muhammad Kasasa, Kabaka Mutebi and Prince Wasajja

    Three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Justice Cheborion Barishaki,  Justice Madrama Izama and Justice Irene Mulyagonja dismissed with costs a multibillion case against Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the Kabaka of Buganda and his brother Prince David Kintu Wasajja.

    Controversial city businessman Dr. Muhammad Kasasa Buwule, who is also a former doctor to Sir Edward Mutesa II dragged Kabaka Mutebi and Prince Wasajja to court claiming that they illegally took over his house located at Buziga, a Kampala suburb.

    Kasasa filed the said suit on behalf of his children Sarah Nabuwule, Janeth Nakawunde and Farida Zabali who were registered on the said house.

    In his affidavit, Kasasa insisted that Kabaka illegally refused to renew their lease and instead gave it to his brother Wasajja which resulted in their eviction.

    However, in their defense, the accused persons stated that the plaintiff was barred in law, disclosed no cause of action and incurably defective.

    They further filed an application in the High Court challenging the validity of the powers of Attorney which were used to institute the case against them.

    They claimed that the lease was expired in 1998 and prayed that the entire suit be struck off with costs which the High Court judge answered in affirmative but ordered for the suit to proceed which the justices of the court of appeal answered in positive.

    The accused persons lawyers led by Christopher Bwanika who also doubles as the Buganda Kingdom Attorney General told the Court of Appeal justices that the High Court judge erred in law and contradicted himself by allowing the matter to proceed having rightly found out that the powers of Attorney which the applicant based on were defective and illegal which the justices of the court of appeal answered in positive.

    In his defense, Kasasa, through his legal team insisted that the High Court judge did not find that the power of attorney was defective but only observed that the powers of attorney had no legal effect.

    In conclusion, Justice Barishaki who wrote the lead judgement said, ” For the aforementioned reasons, I find merit in the appeal and make the orders. The appeal is allowed, the ruling of the lower court in Miscellaneous Application No. 1432 of 2018 delivered on 31st of December 2020 is hereby set aside”.

    The judge further awarded the applicants costs at the Court of Appeal and those at the High Court. This judgement comes weeks after Kasasa defeated Prince Wasajja and the administrators of the Estate of Sir Edward Mutesa in another multibillion land case over the ownership of Mutungo hill land.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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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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