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    Get Escorts From Police If You’re Moving With Big Amounts Of Money- CID Boss Advises Ugandans After Nabbing 15 Over Robbery Charges…



    The suspects that were arrested by the police

    The spokesperson of the Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Charles Twine Mansio, has advised the business community and all Ugandans to always seek escorts from police or private security organizations whenever they have to move with lots of money

    Twine made the remarks after revealing that 15 people, including a family of three, were arrested over robbery during the recently renewed police operations, after an Indian investor was robbed of Euros 100,000 about Shs435,687,164.

    Twine said that; “CCTV cameras and ground intelligence from people aided the police to make the arrests after a family of three, including parents of a 20-year-old male were arrested following intensified operations against crime in the city.”

    He added that; “Mr and Mrs. Lule were arrested for shielding their son, Ssetimba Samuel, 20, resident of Kawaala, Rubaga Division, Kampala District, who was a prime suspect in the robbery of Euros 100,000 that had occurred a day earlier.”

    Twin revealed that “Another accomplice, Julius Mugisha, a boda-boda rider and resident of Wakiso Town Council, was also arrested. These are part of a bigger gang of suspects that were arrested for various other offences from in and around the city.”

    According to the police, investigations indicate that Ssetimba, Mugisha and others still at large, while moving in a convoy of more than 8 Bajaj Boxer motorcycles, hit an Indian businessman with a hard object in the face, while hoodwinking onlookers as if they were hitting a thief. The incident left the victim unconscious, after which the suspects grabbed his bag containing the money, Euros 100,000 and fled.”

    The matter was later reported by the victim on  February 10th, 2021 and investigations commenced immediately until the Flying Squad Unit arrested the suspects.

    The arrested were found in possession of ladies’ bags, several ATM cards and other valuable items.

    In a similar development, police arrested several other suspects from Kawempe Division, following reports of several robberies and car break-ins in the Kampala Metropolitan Area.

    This particular operation was aided by the use of the CCTV cameras and ground intelligence from people who volunteered information.

    The suspects are part of a syndicated crime gang involving several boda-boda riders who move in convoy-coordinated movements, closely trailing victims before they attack.

    Several items have since been recovered from the suspects following the operation.

    “Uganda Police would like to sincerely appreciate Members of public that volunteered information that led to the arrest of some of the suspects. We would like to appeal to everyone to report any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects that are still at large,” Twine said.

    Twine revealed that the police are vigorously conducting more operations until the suspects still at large are arrested and the city pacified of such violent crimes.

    The arrested suspects will be arraigned in court to face various charges, including attempted murder and aggravated robbery.


    By Baron Kironde




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



    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 



    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



    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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