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    FULL LETTER: It Wasn’t Me: Mbale Judge Narrates How Traffic Officer Was Knocked Dead By Speeding Ford Driver, Tasks Police To Produce CCTV Footage….

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    Justice Byaruhanga's car. He has written to the CJ Katureebe (R) explaining what happened

    Mbale Resident Judge Jesse Byaruhanga Rugyema has explained what happened on the day Innocent Ayesigye, a traffic police officer attached to Seeta Police station was knocked dead.

    In a letter to his boss the Chief Justice (CJ) Bart Katureebe written on 27th May 2020, Justice Byaruhanga says that Ayesigye was not knocked by his car, he was knocked by a Ford driver who never stopped to offer help .

    Below is Justice Byaruhanga’s letter to the CJ verbatim:

    The Hon. Chief Justice
    Judiciary.

    May 27, 2020

    RE: BRIEF ON THE ACCIDENT REGARDING THE TRAFFIC OFFICER AT
    NAMANVE

    It was on Sunday the 24 th of May, 2020 at around 07:15pm when I was on my way home to Mukono from Zana, Kampala. I was driving motor vehicle Reg. No. UAS 597U in the company of my wife and the body guard.

    As I approached Namanve, there was traffic officer riding a motorcycle infront of me who was also moving towards Seeta Mukono. Upon approaching Namanve SGA motor vehicle inspection facility about 200 metres from a road CCTV Camera, I saw an incoming motor vehicle from Mukono side being driven at a very high speed knock the traffic officer who was on the motor cycle. I was behind the traffic officer at a distance of about 100 metres and therefore in a position to clearly see the incident.

    The traffic officer appeared to had tried to dodge a rough part of the road on his side and collided with a high speeding vehicle that had also left its part of the lane for reasons not known to me. Upon collision, I saw a dust of glasses and fragments filling the atmosphere and the motor cycle flew to my vehicle, on the driver’s side and scratched the vehicle as it rolled passed me.

    I immediately stopped to assess the condition of the traffic officer. The traffic officer had been thrown into a ditch on the left hand side of the road. My body guard tried to pull the injured traffic officer from the trench but humanely failed.
    He complained to me that the traffic officer got broken legs and that without gloves he could not do much. We agreed that we needed to seek for help. I immediately rang a traffic officer known to me by the names of Aheisibwe on 0772323312 whom I had passed along Kinawataka road. I implored him to mobilise his colleagues to go and help the victim.

    In the meantime, the onlookers who had gathered around were photographing my car imagining that it is the one that knocked the traffic officer.

    I rushed to Seeta and I found a traffic officer called Acan (Tel. 0770540930) and others on a patrol vehicle. I personally approached them and implored them to rush to the scene. I gave them my phone number for a follow up. The police promised to alert me on every development and they rushed to the scene.

    On the following day, when it clocked afternoon without any information, I again rung the traffic officer Aheisibwe for the updates. I was informed that the officer was retrieved and was being hospitalized.

    The Ford car that allegedly knocked Ayesigye dead

    In the meantime, I started seeing information attributed to the police on the social media which was to the effect that it is my vehicle which knocked the traffic officer. That my vehicle and its driver are being sought. This shocked me.

    Later, on Tuesday, I got a call from Ms. Acan of Seeta Police seeking my presence. I dispatched my body guard and a driver by the names of Hamis to take my vehicle to police and for the body guard to record a statement.

    To my surprise, upon reaching police, both were immediately detained. With this kind of development, I suspected foul play. It appeared to me that police of all institutions, wanted to take advantage of my position and malign us by embarrassing me.

    In the meantime, I requested police to send an officer to take my statement. I was told to hold on. Considering what I now see in the media, I seek from the police the following clarifications:-

    1. Why is police still holding my bodyguard and driver whom I entrusted to take the vehicle to police so that he takes charge of it to avert any possibility of tampering with it. What offence have these 2 people committed?

    1. Why is police not referring to any CCTV footage regarding the collision yet the accident occurred about 150 metres or thereabout from the camera?

    2. A Ford motor vehicle Reg. No. UBD 896E has been revealed to be the one that knocked the traffic officer. How did this vehicle reach Bweyogerere Police?

    3. Why was police condemning me before getting the driver of the Ford UBD 896E? why are its pictures not being released to the media but its only mine which are being released?

    Judiciary as an Institution is being maligned and it should therefore demand for the following:-

    1. The CCTV footage of the collision.

    1. An explanation why the Ford driver never stopped to offer help or to ascertain the life of the knocked traffic officer if his version of the incident is the correct
    one to be believed.

    2. The release of my driver and the body guard who up to date are still being held for no apparent reason (it is suspected that police intends to intimidate them to divert from the truth).

    3. A forensic examination of both vehicles and the motor cycle which the traffic officer was riding and then the surface of the road at the scene.
    It is my firm belief that the above will reflect the truth. The just God we serve shall judge.

    Byaruhanga Jesse Rugyema
    JUDGE

    c.c. The Principal Judge

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    Unmasking Derrick Noah Luggya, The Assassin Who Killed Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Bbosa: Locals Narrate How He Has Been Enjoying Beautiful Girls In City Bars, Snatching Married Women; Deceased’s Daughter Recounts How Killers Assassinated Her Father…

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    Edward Ssenkumba, the Local Council Chairman of Bulange A Zone Lubaga Division, a Kampala City suburb has narrated how one of the assassins who killed Omutaka Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the head of Buganda Kingdom’s Endiga (Sheep) clan has been enjoying life.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Ssenkumba revealed that one of the assassins, who is currently fighting for his life in Mulago hospital, is a resident of his Zone.

    Senkumba narrated that last year, this assassin went to his office seeking for his help to process some documents which he wanted to take to the Office of the Administrator General.

    He wanted to use the documents to seek for permission to start managing his mother’s estate.

    “I asked him a number of questions concerning his mother and the estate he wanted to manage. From his response, I realized that he wanted to illegally secure Powers of Attorney and sell his mother’s properties without thinking about his mother’s other children. I told him to go back and bring his siblings as a condition if he is to get my recommendation. Surprisingly, he never came back to my office over the matter,” Ssenkumba said.

    When we asked him to tell us the assassin’s name, Ssenkumba said that he only remembers him as Derrick and his mother was called Auntie Lilian and she had rentals in the same area. She died in 2021.

    Police spokesperson, Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga confirmed the assassin’s name as Derick Noah  Luggya. He is currently admitted at Mulago National hospital receiving medical treatment.

    theGrapevine has exclusively established that over 20 commandos have been deployed at Mulago hospital Casualty ward to keep their eyes on Luggya so that no one helps him to escape.

    The chairperson revealed that Luggya is a bodaboda cyclist at Salaam boda stage and he has been commanding a deadly criminal gang which uses guns to terrorise people in the areas of Mengo, Kisenyi and Lungujja.

    When asked why he did not report the allegations to security so that they follow up the matter, he defended himself that his local council convened and discussed the matter but they failed have enough evidence to pin the suspect.

    He narrated that among the crowd that came to see the bodaboda cyclists and other people beating Derrick after he pulled the trigger and killed Bbosa were three women who tried to calm the charged crowd that the person they were beating was a resident of the area.

    “I told those women to keep quiet because I was very sure that the angry mob were going to turn on them. I even advised them to leave the place which they did,” Ssenkumba said.

    When we asked him about Luggya’s lifestyle, Ssenkumba disclosed that he was told that even his boda boda colleagues on Salaam stage always wondered where he got all the money he used on clubbing with different young girls in bars.

    He also narrated that Luggya was in the habit of sleeping with married women after promising them money, “those people at New Best Hotel in Busega know him very well given that he has been a regular customer there,” the chairperson said.

    However he distanced himself from knowing the other assassin who was killed at the scene of crime by the irate mob who saw them assassinating Bbosa who was driving from Mukono district to preside over a clan ceremony.

    Enanga named the killed assassin as Enock Serunkuuma. The third person assassin is still at large after escaping the mob.

    Ssenkumba revealed that Bbosa has been a longtime friend to him and by the time of his death, he has been constructing a factory in Bulange.

    The deceased recently told him that his life was in danger after unknown people started trailing him.

    Ssenkumba divulged that the late narrated to him how he found people trying to access his gate on three occasions but they took off when they saw his car.

    He informed his other friends including members who sit on the clan leadership committee.

    A Buganda Kingdom clan head who has been a close friend to the deceased told theGrapeine that in 2023, he intimated to him how he survived being poisoned.

    The deceased had just recently lost a case in Buganda cultural Court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) which declared that he illegally occupied the Endiga clan head office.

    He appealed to King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and by the time of his death, the King who in such cases Is the supreme court had not yet delivered his judgment over the appeal.

    Sources in Buganda Kingdom clan heads council told theGrapevine that Bbosa’s opponents lost hope of winning the appeal because the deceased was a close friend to Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga and has been the treasurer to Buganda Kingdom clan heads council.

    As the council executive, they were expecting to meet Mayiga even though there is a section of clan heads who are protesting the meeting insisting that instead of wasting their time on meeting Mayiga, they should meet the King himself because they have a lot of issues they need to discuss with him as a person and the corporation sole cultural leader of Buganda Kingdom.

    There is a section of Endiga clan members who have been accusing Bbosa of illegally selling their clan land and sharing the money with members who sit on his executive.

    Peace Nambaale the daughter to the deceased

    GRAND DAUGHTER NARRATES DECEASED’S LAST MINUTES

    Peace Nambaale who was seated in the co-driver’s seat when Bbosa was attacked has told theGrapevine he fathre’s last five minutes after the attack.

    She confirmed that she is a granddaughter to the deceased and she was the one instructed to travel with him together with other family members whenever he is going on long distance journeys given that she is the one who understood him very well.

    Nambaale narrated that her role was to open for the deceased water whenever he felt thirty, advising him on when to take his medicine, pick his phone calls and talk to people who wanted to talk to him while he was driving.

    She disclosed that they were three occupants in the vehicle Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UAH 637X and they were driving from Mukono district where the deceased had just presided over a clan cultural ceremony.

    She told this website that she was the first to see the assassins

    “I told him that I was scared after seeing some suspicious people driving behind us,” Nambaale said.

    She added that within two to three minutes, they heard a bullet from behind the car and the deceased reduced the speed of the car.

    The assassins then parked their bodaboda in front of their car and one of them jumped off and shot at him randomly. The bullets hit the deceased’s check, mouth and the eye.

    Nambaale narrated that the wife to the deceased who was seated behind started screaming and calling Jesus’ name.

    The assailants then jumped on their bodaboda and took off.

    Enanga said that the bodaboda used to carry out the crime had a forged number UEX 754E

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Inside LOP Ssenyonyi Talks With Court Martial Boss Brig. Gen. Mugabe To Rescue Bobi Wine Political Prisoners…

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    Court martial boss Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe (R) and LOP Joel Ssenyonyi (L)

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively landed on information detailing how on Monday morning Brig. Gen. Robert Freeman Mugabe the chairperson of the Makindye based Court Martial held a secret meeting with the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Joel Ssenyonyi.

    Highly placed sources both in the Office of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament and at the Court martial revealed that the meeting was held immediately after the court sitting.

    Ssenyonyi was accompanied by a team of legislators who were directed to escort their boss to Court to stand surety for the 28 supporters of Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform(NUP) who were charged before the court martial.

    When we contacted Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro the party deputy spokesperson on Tuesday to confirm whether Bobi Wine and the party secretariat had any knowledge about the development, Mufumbiro distanced himself from the said meeting explaining that he was not at court.

    He advised us to contact Ssenyonyi or the legislators who were at Court on Monday.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Ssenyonyi but he did not pick our calls.

    When this reporter contacted two of the legislators who accompanied the NUP mouthpiece for a comment on the matter, they told us to look for Ssenyonyi adding that they are not in position to comment on that matter.

    Both legislators from Buganda region did neither confirmed nor denied the meeting, but only asked us to look for Ssenyonyi.

    On Monday, an order was issued not to allow members of the public inside court martial premises including journalists.

    It was only Ssenyonyi, the legislators, Makindye Division mayor Ali Kasirye Mulyanyama and lawyers George Musisi and Benjamin Katana who is also the NUP treasury general who were allowed inside.

    Immediately after the in-camera case hearing, Ssenyonyi briefed journalists confirming that the bail application for the accused persons was entertained.

    Unfortunately, the State asked for more time to respond to the grounds and submissions made by the accused lawyers but informed court that they were going to object to the bail application.

    The accused persons are; Olivia Lutaaya, Rashid Seguya, Yasin Sekitoleko, Robert Rugumayo, Muhydin Kakooza, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kijjambo, Abdul Matovu, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdallah Kintu, Umar Kato, Musa Kavuma, Ibrahim Wandera, Asbert Nagwere, Steven Masakulu, Jimmy Galukande, Paul Muwanguzi, Sharif Matovu, Devis Matabi, Abdallah Gibusiwa, Livinston Katushabe, Swaib Katabi, Siraje Mudebo, Joseph Muganza and Steven Lwanga.

    All the accused persons denied the charges related to being in possession of military store and terrorism.

    Recently, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye was quoted saying that they reason why UPDF didn’t take action against Lilian Aber the Kitgum district woman legislator for slaying in military uniform was because she apologied for putting it on when she is not a military personel.

    Kulayugye added that NUP supporters before military court refused to apologise because if they had apologised, the army was willing to forgive them.

    Highly placed sources close to Ssenyonyi told theGrapevine that one of maiden plans is to make sure that political prisoners before court martial are released.

    “I was surprised when he told me that he had to work with Anita, she was working with Mathias Mpuuga. I told him that he was brought in that office to change the narrative but he just ignored me and asked me to meet him on another day because he was having other assignments awaits him,” a staunch Senyonyi supporter who frequently publically attacked Mpuuga when he was still a Leader of Opposition in Parliament told theGrapevine.

    On Tuesday, Speaker Among made a surprise visit to Ssenyonyi’s office and sources disclosed that a number of issues including the release of NUP supporters were discussed.

    Sources added that Speaker Among was very instrumental in helping Mpuuga secure court bail for Kawempe North legislator Muhammad Ssegirinya and his Makindye West comrade Allan Ssewanyana who were in detention on murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges.

    Bobi Wine put Mpuuga’s name in the book of traitors and since then.

    He even distanced himself from Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana accusing them of negotiating with president Museveni’s people to be released.

    Ssewanyana denied involving himself in any negotiations and challenged his accusers.

    Sources in parliament told theGrapevine that by the time Ssenyonyi was appointed LOP, Among had drawn up a plan on how to handle him after realizing that legally she cannot stop Mpuuga’s removal.

    “She asked her personal legal assistant to guide him on whether there was any loophole which she can exploit to have Mpuuga stay as LOP for five years. She was advised that it was not possible,” a source said.

    Sources added that when Mpuuga was removed from the Office of the LOP and appointed a commissioner of parliament, Among directed that he should be given a big office.

    It is alleged Mpuuga told her that he has many people who come to parliament from greater Masaka, Buganda and Catholic church to see him.

    A former staff at parliament told theGrapevine that Ssenyonyi is using the same script Mpuuga used when was fighting for Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana’s release, to have NUP supporters released.

    Last week, Ssenyonyi and the legislators who were taken to court to stand surety for the accused persons were with him at Kitalya and Luzira prison where most supporters are kept.

    However, a senior military officer told theGrapevine that the release of NUP supporters is not going to be as easy as it was for Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana because Museveni was given reports detailing how the accused persons were organizing a deadly plan to put Kampala on fire a few days to the 2021 general election.

    “They were given code names, the only thing that saved Kyagulanyi was he was not personally involved at the final stage. The boys through their commander asked him for Shs20m and his people only released Shs1m,” a senior military officer claims.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    City Bailiff Sentenced To 44 Years In Prison For Killing Young Brother Over Father’s Multibillion Inheritance…

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    Justice Alex Ajiji of the Criminal Division of the High Court has sentenced city Court bailiff Richard Muhumuza to 44 years in prison for killing his young brother while fighting for his father’s multibillion inheritance.

    Justice Ajiji based on the testimony of John Kasimoni a city businessman dealing in different merchandises in Kikuubo Kampala city who is also a father to Muhumuza and the deceased Isaac Ainebyona.

    Kasimoni told court that the convict poisoned his young brother through juice which he served him at Auto Spa Munyonyo a Kampala city suburb.

    He explained that on the fateful day of 14th March, 2021, the deceased drove his parents, him and his wife Rosette Kyomuhendo to Munyonyo for sauna at Auto Spa and he decided to wait for them outside.

    The convict who was not expected at that place according to Kasimoni found the deceased seated waiting for his parents and told him that he was also looking for their father because he has some issues to discuss with him.

    He went to the reception, and he was given glasses of juice. He took one and he gave the other to the deceased.

    Kasimoni further narrated that immediately after taking the juice, the deceased started complaining about stomach pain and was rushed to Nsambya hospital where he was diagnosed and doctors established that he was poised. He spent two months fighting for his life until he died on 15th May, 2021.

    Kasimoni told the Court that doctors made a postmortem report and declared that his son died as a result of Covid-19 which he protested even though he okayed burying him following the procedures of someone who had died of Covid-19.

    He later made an application in the High Court asking for permission to exhume the body of his son so that doctors can re-examine it.

    The samples were taken to Wandegeya government analytical laboratory which establish that the deceased was poisoned with an agro-pesticide.

    Kasimoni instituted criminal proceedings against his elder son claiming that he killed his brother to become the heir because they were only two sons and the deceased was studying to become a lawyer by the time of his death.

    He was in his third year at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mengo branch.

    He further accused his son of grabbing the deceased’s properties which included land in Ntinda Kampala city.

    His evidence was supported by that of Kyomuhendo his step-mother who told court that Muhumuza was always not happy with his young brother’s dream of becoming a lawyer.

    However Muhumuza protested his father’s evidence and also accused Kyomuhendo of compromising his father since she is not his mother.

    Muhumuza told Grapevine that he is going to appeal against Justice Ajiji’s conviction and sentencing.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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