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    Court Orders Top Police Officers Kasingye, Kayima And Others To Pay Shs400m For Torturing Kaweesi Murder Suspects…

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    L-R: Kasinye, the late Kaweesi and Kayima

    Mukono High Court judge Margaret Mutonyi has ordered top police officers to pay over Shs400m to the late Andrew Felix Kaweesi murder suspects.

    In her ruling, the judge stated that it was illegal for AIGP Asan Kasingye, the Uganda police political commissar, SSP Emilian Kayima the former police publicist, Sarah Sharifa Nankwanga, ASP Brian Nyehangane and the Uganda Police (Attorney General) to torture suspects they had already arrested.

    They were ordered to pay damages in their personal capacity.

    The complainants are Abel Mucunguzi, Johab Agaba, Edris Mutebi, Jackson Ssemwanga, Eria Musoke, Ferdinand Luta, Eddy Atwine, Bashil Mubiru, Ronald Muwonge and Galasi Mushizimana Right Trumpet, Aisha Ampiire and Sadati Nansubuga.

    The judge agreed with the applicants that they suffered mental and psychological anguish and emotional stress when they were arrested, tortured and separated from their children.

    The judge also directed Sarah Nankwanga to pay punitive damages of Shs5m to Aisha Ampiire for torturing and blind folding her during interrogation.

    The judge directed ASP Brain Nyehangane, the former OC Station Nagalama police station to pay Shs1m to Saidat Nasubuga. The judge said that the Attorney General is supposed to pay Shs1m to each of the applicants.

    He judge stated that one of the main functions of the courts is to ensure that the Executive arm of government which is responsible for enforcing the written law, like police which is responsible for arresting and detaining suspects, exercises its mandate responsibly during and after the arrest.

    The judge wondered why police in 2017 beat up, detained beyond the mandatory hours, fractured and denied the right to peaceful demonstration of the applicants.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Judges Protested Justice Kabito’s JSC Tough Orders On Support Staff …

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    The new Court of Appeal building. Inset is Justice Benjamin Kabito

    Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Judges of the High Court and other lower judicial officers are protesting the tough orders issued by Justice Benjamin Kabito the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) concerning their support staff.

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that Justice Kabito wrote to all support staff who include; Cleaners, secretaries and clerks that before the end of this month, they should decide on whether to remain under the Public Service Commission or apply to join JSC.

    One of the affected staff told theGrapevine that Kabito told them that JSC is the mandated government organisation when it comes to recruitment, supervision and the discipline of all staff under the jurisdiction of the judiciary of Uganda.

    The development has divided judicial staff with some supporting the move while others are protesting against it and have sought advice from their respective bosses who advised them not to join JSC.

    They claim that the powers of JSC end with judicial officers and the Act that establishes the JSC as Amended in 2015 has not yet amended it to give them such powers.

    Maverick city lawyer Kassim Mabirizi Male has written to justice Kabito claiming that what he is trying to do is against the laws governing the institution.

    “This is therefore to require you to desist from such illegality until such a time when an Act specifies which support staff you will be responsible for because in reality, casual workers, secretaries and clerks who earn peanuts may not, in commonsense, be regulated by the same body which controls judicial officers who earn a minimum of Shs5m tax exempt,” Mabirizi stated in his letter.

    However, sources close to Justice Kabito insist that JSC has the right to take control of support staff because they are the vehicle used to promote corruption in the judiciary.

    JSC claims that many lawyers and litigants are channeling money to bribe judicial officers through the support staff and in most cases when they receive evidence against them, they don’t have powers to discipline them because they are under the control of the Public Service Commission.

    He narrated a situation when detectives from State House Anti-Corruption Unit, then commanded by Col. Edith Nakalema stormed Towed Towers which housed the Civil Division of the High Court to arrest a judge who had just received a bribe from a city businessman.

    The businessman was the one who petitioned Nakalema’s office.

    “They first photocopied the notes which they were taking to the judge to be used as evidence. The money was put in the envelope and given to the cleaner who was sent by the judge, they saw the cleaner entering the judge’s chamber and moving out without the envelope and they stormed the office,” the source said.

    He added that when they entered the judge’s office, they introduced themselves to the judge with their identification cards.

    He however just laughed at them and allowed them to search his office insisting that he has no money.

    He asked them why they didn’t arrest the cleaner if they saw him taking a bribe to him.

    The detectives turned everything in the judge’s chamber upside down but they didn’t see any money. In the end, they apologised to him after he threatened to sue them.

    Detectives suspected that on the way, the cleaner might have given the money to the judge’s body guard after knowing that there might be people following him and that’s how the judge survived humiliation.

    It’s because of such incidents that JSC wants all support staff to register with them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    HE IS NOT MAD: Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Assassin Has No Brain Damage, CT-Scan Proves; Grandchildren Protest Process Used To Fish Bbosa’s Successor….

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    Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who killed Omutaka Bbosa (R) in hospital

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that medical doctors at Mulago hospital X-Ray department and those from different security agencies subjected Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who gunned down Ndiga (Sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa to CT-Scan.

    On Sunday evening, Luggya survived being killed by an angry mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division, a Kampala city suburb accusing him of killing Bbosa.

    His colleague Emmanual Sserunkuma was killed on the spot by the mob.

    Luggya was taken to Mulago hospital and sources told theGrapevine that he is positively responding to medication and on Wednesday evening, he was taken for a CT-Scan to examine whether his brain has no damage.

    “His brain has no damage and I can confirm that he is mentally fine. At first we thought that maybe the mob damaged his brain, you know his head was badly beaten,” one of the doctors at Mulago X-Ray department said.

    He added that Luggya first pretended to be mentally unstable and was only looking at doctors without responding to anything they asked him.

    This forced the doctors to carry out a CT-Scan on him to establish whether he was fine.

    Doctor said that Luggya still has difficulty in talking because he lost some of his teeth after his mouth was shattered by the mob.

    Luggya was also taken to an X-Ray machine and his entire body was examined.

    Results showed that none of his bones was damaged and doctors are very sure that by the end of this week, he will be able to talk to the investigators from Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the police’s Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and those from Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira’s Crime Intelligence Directorate.

    Sources held that detectives tried to talk to Luggya but he was not ready to talk even though he showed that he understood whatever was going on. On Friday, they are going to test him again.

    On the other hand, members of the Endiga clan have started protesting the process their leaders and officials from Buganda Kingdom used to get Bbosa’s successor.

    On Wednesday, Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lwabajjajja abataka) announced that the council had appointed Edward Lwanga and Kato Lutwama both premiers of Kasimba and Nyonyi Nyange clans to guide Endiga concerned leaders during the process of choosing Bbosa’s successor.

    However this evening, information started circulating that the assigned committee has already chosen Eria Buzaabo Lwasi, the son to late Luggya Lwasi who is a celebrated journalist and teacher.

    Those protesting the process told theGrapevine that a clan head cannot be chosen without first choosing the ‘Ssemusota’ who is supposed to preside over the process of getting Bbosa’s successor.

    “We know the people behind Buzaabo, but we can confirm to Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his people that bringing his people will not help solve the ongoing fights in our clan,” one Endiga clan member said.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Buganda Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya Kisekwa) had declared that he was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan and a one Tabula Bbosa was enthroned as the clan head.

    Bbosa challenged the Kkooti ya Kisekwa judgment before Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters.

    Sources claim that Buzaabu is expected to be introduced to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him and if the program moves as planned Bbosa will be buried on Sunday this week.

     

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    STANDOFF: We Want To Bury Him In 100 Bark Clothes Not Casket: Buganda Kingdom Bosses, Family Members Of Assassinated Clan Head Clash:  Security Issues Tough Directives To Doctors On Managing Assassin’s Life…

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    The late Omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the clan head of Endiga (Sheep) Clan

    On Tuesday morning, the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga met a section of the executive members of the Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lw’abataka) who were led by Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the speaker of the Council at Bulange Mengo the headquarters of Buganda Kingdom.

    The meeting was supposed to discuss special issues concerning the council especially the burial arrangements of Omutaka Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the clan head of Endiga (Sheep) clan who was assassinated by gunmen near his home in Lungujja, Lubaga Division, a Kampala suburb.

    Israel Kazibwe Kitooke the Kingdom Information and Mobilization minister disclosed that the Kingdom plans to take over Bbosa’s burial arrangements and Owekitiibwa Anthony Wamala the Culture, Palace and Security minister in the Kingdom is working with the family of the deceased and the clan heads council to give the deceased a good send off.

    However, highly placed sources in the clan heads council revealed to theGrapevine that in the first meeting that planned the burial of the deceased, a sharp misunderstanding developed between the family and other committee members dominated by clan premiers (bakatikkiro b’ebika) who represented their clan heads.

    The disagreement arose when the widow Gladys Bbosa and the deceased’s son Bruce Bbosa insisted that the late should be buried as a Christian because he was a staunch born again.

    The family wanted the late to be buried in a suit and laid very well in a casket in a normal grave.

    However, some clan premiers protested the proposal insisting that all Buganda clan heads are supposed to be buried in Kiganda traditional style where the body is wrapped in over 100 back clothes, and the body thrown in a 15×15 feet grave and not in a casket.

    One of the committee members informed the representative of the family that when Minge Kasujja the clan head of Engeye clan died, the late Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata Batte insisted that since he was a staunch Muslim, he should be buried like a Muslim instead of being humiliated as the clan premiers wanted.

    This clan premier further narrated that when Muzaata insisted, they told him that the matter is going to be referred to Kabaka Mutebi for a final decision. Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu the Titular head of Muslims had to intervene and Minge Kasujja was buried in Kiganda style.

    Bbosa’s widow was assured that her wish to be buried next to her husband will be respected even though he is going to be buried at the deceased’s ancestral home in Mpigi district where his father and mother are also buried.

    Bbosa is expected to be buried next week because the process of choosing his successor is still ongoing.

    They have to first appoint the clan royal chair (Ssemusota) who is going to preside over the processes of choosing his successor.

    After choosing Bbosa’s successor, he will be taken to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him.

    Once he confirms him, the deceased will be buried.

    By the time of his death, Buganda Kingdom cultural Court (kkooti ya kisekwa) had declared that Bbosa was illegally occupying the office of the head of Endiga clan.

    He however appealed the the judgment to the Supreme Court who is Kabaka Mutebi who was yet to delivered his judgment.

    In a related development, theGrapevine has learnt that Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi the Police Director for Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the Director for Criminal Investigation Department (CID) are supervising proceedings at Mulago hospital where Derrick Noah Luggya one of the suspected assassins is getting treatment after being thumped to near death by an angry mob.

    Commandos and detectives have been deployed at Mulago hospital to make sure that nothing happens to Luggya and they are changed every six hours.

    This website has been told that the patient is responding positively to medication.

    Luggya was accused of being the one who pulled the trigger that ended Bbosa’s life and his comrade Emmanuel Sserukuma who was riding the motorcycle was killed by the mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division.

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that very soon, detectives working on Bbosa’s file are going to take Luggya’s statement.

    Buganda Premier Mayiga asked security to make sure that Luggya gives them all the necessary information which will help bring all suspects to book.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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