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    COVID-19 LOCK-DOWN: Museveni Orders Arrest Of Policemen Who Beat, Tortured Pregnant Woman Who Flouted His Directives…

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    Mercy Nakate who was beaten and tortured by policemen. State House photo

    The Police have arrested two of their colleagues and a member of a village defence unit who reportedly beat up a pregnant woman they accused of flouting orders against crowding in bars and public spaces.

    The arrest followed a directive by President Museveni today after he received reports of the alleged beating and torture of Ms Mercy Nakate.

    Nakate, 23, a resident of Busega, Kibumbiro Village, Busega in Rubaga, Kampala, was reportedly beaten on March 27th by a group of policemen and village defence unit officials who were conducting a patrol.

    According to Nakate, who is seven-months pregnant, on the fateful night she had moved out of her house to buy a herb (emumbwa) when rain forced her to seek shelter at a common makeshift socialisation facility used by residents.

    “It was then that the policemen who were on patrol found us and immediately began beating us. The other people ran away but given my condition I could not run. They descended on me, hitting and kicking me despite my cries for mercy,” she told our reporter.

    Her colleagues later came and helped her get back home. The following day, she went to report the case to the nearby police station, but the officer in charge instead convinced her to drop the matter in exchange for medical support.

    However, the President got to learn of the incident and yesterday directed Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the matter.

    Subsequently, detectives led by SP Jackson Tweheyo, were dispatched to Kibumbiro Village, causing the arrest of Constables Francis Mpande and Noah Massajjage, who were in charge of the patrol exercise. Also arrested is Asiimwe Junior, a member of a village defence unit.

    Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the arrests, saying the suspects are detained at Nateete Police Station as they await to be charged.

    A one Edirisa Kitooke, a Parish Intelligence Security Officer (PISO), and another only identified as Ndawula, who were reportedly part of this operation are said to be on the run.

    On the directive of President Museveni, Ms Nakate has been taken for further medical examination and care by a team led by the Director Police Health Services, Dr Moses Byaruhanga. They will attend to her until she gives birth.

    When we met her at Nsambya Police Health Centre where she was undergoing examination, Ms Nakate thanked President Museveni for picking interest in her matter and supporting her.

    “I am very grateful to the President for supporting me. I am actually thinking if my baby is a boy when I produce, I will name him Yoweri,” she said.

    Addressing the country yesterday (Friday) on the Covid-19 situation, President Museveni warned law enforcers, especially the local defence units, against assaulting and beating people they found out during curfew hours.

    He urged the public to report erring security officials and law enforcers to Lt Col Nakalema, on the toll free number: 0800202500 and 0778202500 for whatsapp.

    Today is the country’s fifth day under lockdown and curfew, measures President Museveni announced in a bid to check the spread of the Covid-19 disease, which has become a global pandemic. Uganda has 48 confirmed cases so far with no death.

     

    Source: State House

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    CID Arrests 24: How They Robed Investors, Financed ADF Terrorism Activities In DRC And Uganda…

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    Some of the suspects

    Uganda Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has disclosed that the Directorate of Crime Intelligence (CID) has arrested 24 suspects who form part of a criminal network, involved in the financing of ADF terrorism activities, in the DRC and in Uganda.

    In a statement released today, Enanga said that, “those arrested are Kyeyune Isma alias Ismail alias Beckam alias Buguman alias Musilamu alias Mohammad a 30 year old, boda-boda rider and a resident of Bulaga- Nakabugo and Kinamundu villages in Wakiso District, who was recruited in the ADF ranks in 2021, by Adam Matovu alias Manhajji alias Musa Muko from Kalerwe.

    “The task team also arrested Musa Mubiru alias Musilamu alias Professor alias Sheikh alias Nathan; Kiiza Patrick alias Pato; Kinene Hamis alias Mis and Wadimba Jackson alias Sejusa. Together with others, they paid allegiance to the ADF and admitted to conspiring with others, to stage robberies of aggravated nature. The proceeds were being used to finance ADF activities (including recruitment of future terrorist fighter), and also cover welfare costs of families of ADF fighters.”

    He added that the two suspects were trained in combat and martial art skills from Kawempe- Ttula, together with Ajode, Musa Kabanda alias Musomesa and Mwebe, who were arrested recently from the ADF hub in Luwero.

    “During the disruptive operations, two notorious gang leaders, were fatally wounded, one while resisting arrest and the other during a foiled robbery. One of them was identified as; Tomusange Farouk alias Otto alias Juma Otti alias Ssebaduka Ramadhan alias Abdulaziz Nsubuga.

    “His gang participated in the robbery of Ugx 300m, from Mohammad Ahmed, a Somali businessman at Equatorial Hotel on 25.05.2020, they robbed Her Worship Gladys Kamasanyu at Green Hill Academy on 17.07.2021; robbed Ugx 400m from Lee Yin Tang, a Chinese Businessman along Nkurumah road, robbed JUWAN LAL, an Indian businessman on the 24.07.2022, along Mawanda road; on the 9.02.2021, they robbed 100.000 Euros from Kushamohan Konnakutty, an Indian businessman at the Jinja Road Traffic junction, among others,” he added.

    “The second gang leader, identified as Mugalu Ibra alias Nakwero, was shot dead during a foiled robbery at Old Kampala in Mengo on the 2.06.2022. The former convict was involved in the robbery of Ugx 150m and two mobile phones from Gitawu Abdallah, a Kenyan businessman along Apollo Kaggwa road; robbed USD 4500 and Ugx 20m, from KE QIU FANG MA LEE, a Chinese businessman; also robbed 3 separate South Sudanese business persons at Kawaala (USD 80.000); Bakuli Mengo (USD 30.000); Kasubi – Namungoona (USD 10.000).”

    Enanga divulged that the criminal gang network conducted effective surveillance against foreign businessmen transporting cash, whom they attacked at suitable get-away points.

    “They further utilized various methods of secret communication to conceal their criminal activities. Several exhibits of motorcycles, mobile phones and documents were recovered,” Enanga said.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Man Arrested For Killing Woman By Hitting Her Several Times With Hammer And Burying Body In Piggery…

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    Police officers carry Twinomujuni Prossy's remains

    The territorial police at Entebbe has arrested Nkurunzinza Laurent alias Mulaalo (38), a resident of Bukola village, Nkumba Parish in Katabi Town Council, Wakiso District for murdering a one Twinomujuni Prossy, 28, a resident of Kawafu cell, Nkumba Parish Katabi Town Council in Wakiso District.

    Nkurunziza, who owns a piggery said that he murdered Prossy in December 2021 and later buried her there.

    Prossy disappeared in December and her disappearance was registered by her husband on 7th December, 2021.

    According to Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the suspect yesterday, June 23rd, led Flying Squad Unit operatives and detectives to his work place in Bukolwa village, Nkumba Parish, Katabi Town Council in Wakiso District where the body was buried.

    Owoyesigyire further noted that the decomposing body of Twinomujuni  Prossy was found buried in a white sack.

    He also added that after taking the Flying Squad Operatives to his farm, the suspect further led them to his home where they found a hoe which is suspected to have been used to dig the grave and a hammer which is also suspected to have been used in the murder.

    Luke however confirmed to theGrapevine in a Whatsapp message that according to the suspect, he used a hammer to hit Prossy several times.

    Owoyesigyire disclosed that the suspect has been detained at Nateete Police Station as investigations continue.

    The body of the deceased has been taken to the city mortuary at Mulago for post-mortem.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Mbarara High School Suspends S.4 And S.6 Candidates Over Terrible Fight, Students Admitted…

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    Police in Mbarara is carrying out investigations involving a deadly fight between students of S.4 and S.6 at Mbarara High School.

    Mbarara High School administration has confirmed the suspension of all candidates in school who were involved in a terrible fight that affected the neighbourhood and left many injured.

    The Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson, Samson Kasasira said that the fight happened last night and police was called when the situation got out of hand.

    Kasasira noted that it is the public that tipped police that the Mbarara-Bushenyi road had been blocked and students had destroyed people’s property.

    “The Police anti-riot unit responded to the scene and dispersed students driving them back into the school premises where they were contained,” he added.

    He further noted that 11 students of S.4 sustained injuries during the fight and 10 of them have been admitted to Ruharo hospital. One was rushed to Homily hospital in Mbarara.

    He divulged that the school administration has suspended all S.4 and S.6 students for a period of two weeks which started on Thursday, 23rd, June.

    It is however alleged that the genesis of the fight started when S.4 candidates accused S.6 candidates of assaulting their classmate.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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