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    How Brig Ddamulira’s Men Put Three Villages Under Siege For 9 Hours To Smoke Out Gen. Katumba Attackers…

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    Brig. Christopher Ddamulira (L) and the Deputy IGP Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech (R)

    On Monday evening, a joint team of security forces led by police’s Crime Intelligence Unit commanded by Brig. Christopher Ddamulira Sserujogi smoked out three men suspected to be the key suspects in the attack on Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala in Kisota Kawempe Division.

    Early last month, gunmen attempted to assassinate Works and Transport Minister Gen. Katumba Wamala by firing at his car killing his daughter Brenda Nantongo Katumba and driver Sgt. Haruna Kayondo.

    Since then, security mounted several operations to look for the assailants in three zones of Lugoba, Kazinga and Kibwa in Kawempe divisions.

    The operations started with condoning off the entire zones and putting them under siege.

    Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech showing picture of 2 of the suspects

    “The heavily armed men and women stormed our area, we were not allowed to move out of our homes, those who were moving in the roads were stopped. No bodaboda and car was allowed to move. We were totally cut off,” a resident of Lugoba narrated to theGrapevine.

    He added that the operation took almost nine hours and security men were moving house to house searching, asking for identities cards of every body and when they came into the area.

    Sources in the Crime Intelligence intimated to theGrapevine that by observing the footage captured on the day Gen Katumba was attacked, three men were seen moving around while making a lot of telephone calls.

    One source added that when they collected all the phone numbers of the residents in the three zones and traced all communications that were made on the day Katumba was attacked, they discovered that the men who are currently in detention were key to giving security the lead to the true identity of the attackers.

    “We used their phone numbers to summon them to come to Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Kireka to explain to us who they were talking to but they refused. So, using our new technology, we started following them,” the source said.

    He added that because the suspects were elusive all the time, the only option they had was to storm the zones and arrest them.

    He disclosed that since they could not just identify them without condoning off the entire zones, they had to alert the local area leaders beforehand.

    The source further confirmed to theGrapevine that the men they were looking for were arrested that day and are now in dentation at SIU.

    Sources at Crime Intelligence Unity also told theGrapevine that they have more than ten suspects in their custody on charges of attacking Gen Katumba.

    Two suspects, Yusuf Nyanzi and Hussein Serubula were remanded to Kitalya prison on charges of attacking Gen Katumba and killing her daughter and driver.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Inside Deputy Speaker Among, Ministers Otafiire, Muhwezi Meeting Over MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Bail Conditions…

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    Lawyer to embattled Kawempe North and Makindye West legislators have spoken out on the meeting between the Deputy Speaker of parliament Anita Among, Security Minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi and senior Internal Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire concerning their continued stay in prison despite being granted bail by court.

    Credible sources in parliament intimated to theGrapevine that last week, there was a secret meeting summoned by Among to negotiate a deal to have the two embattled legislators released on bail.

    Sources that attended the meeting added that the opposition leadership ran to Among for help after parliament Speaker Jacob Oulanyah dismissed their prayer for parliament to intervene and save the legislators.

    Last week, Oulanyah told Members of Parliament that parliament was not ready to intervene into Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana troubles.

    The speaker only promised to go and visit these MPs in Kigo prison.

    The speaker also asked parliament to leave the security agencies to investigate the alleged offences slapped on these legislators for the interest of justice and fairness.

    However, sources in parliament held that opposition leaders in parliament were not happy with Oulanyah’s decision and decided to run his deputy who is a very good friend to both legislators, especially Ssegirinya.

    The source said that before meeting both ministers, Among first talked to president Museveni about the issue. The president referred him to Muhwezi and Otafiire since they were the ones closely handling the issue of greater Masaka murders.

    The source further told theGrapevine that Among tried to convince the ministers on the positives in releasing the legislators on bail including creating a good relationship with the opposition especially the radical National Unity Platform (NUP).

    She further told the ministers that releasing legislators on bail does not mean that they will dodge prosecution since they will be coming from their homes.

    However, the source disclosed that both Otafiire and Muhwezi disagreed with Among’s explanation.

    They told her that the Masaka murders put government in bad light given that they caused a lot of insecurity yet Ugandans want peace.

    Gen. Muhwezi told Among that security agencies especially UPDF is very serious in fighting the ongoing criminality in the country especially after these criminals targeted Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, their very own and killed his daughter Brendah Nantongo Katumba and driver Sgt. Haruna Kayondo.

    He further told her that if these legislators are released, it will weaken the morale of the security operatives investigating these murders.

    The source added that Gen. Otafiire even wondered why the speaker did not plead to have all the suspects in this matter granted bail and instead concentrated on only the two legislators.

    The matter was not resolved and a decision was taken to refer it to the president for a final decision.

    On Wednesday, president Museveni blasted judges for granting bail to murder suspects and promised to meet with NRM Members of Parliament to resolve the matter even if it will need a referendum.

    When contacted, Abubaker Ssekanjako, one of the lawyers representing Ssewanyana and Ssegirinya neither confirmed nor denied knowledge of any meeting between opposition leadership in parliament seeking assistance from the deputy speaker of parliament.

    “I don’t know whether any of our members went to the speaker for assistance. What I know, a number of plans were made to save our brothers but we decided to concentrate on legal matters and that’s why we applied for bail which was successfully granted,” Ssekanjako said.

    He added that they have fulfilled all the requirements put in place by Masaka High Court Judge Victoria Nakintu Nkwanga to make sure that their people are granted bail, including paying a cash bail of Shs. 20m and depositing the passports of the accused at the High Court Crimes Division Kampala.

    On Monday both legislators were granted bail but up to Friday evening they were not released from prison as directed by the Judge.

    They are battling with murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetting terrorism charges.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Who Are You Trying To Please? M7 Blasts Judges For Granting Bail To Murders, Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Still Detained Even After Being Granted Bail….

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    Ssegirinya Muhammad and Allan Sewanyana in Masaka court recently over Masaka region murders

    President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has tasked the judiciary to explain to the nation the person they are trying to please by granting bail to murder suspects.

    The president said this while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the six new judges and Justices of the Court of Appeal, Justice Christopher Gashirabaki and Judges of the High Court include Justice Tom Chemutai, Justice Lawrence Tweyanze, Justice Vincent Wagona, Justice Alice Komuhangi and Justice Florence Nakachwa wife to Chief Justice Owiny Dollo.

    At the same ceremony, the newly appointed Inspector General of Government (IGG) Betty Kamya and her Deputies Dr. Patricia Okiria Achan and Ann Twinomugisha Muhairwe also took their oath.

    Museveni protested the continued granting of bail to murderers in the presence of the deputy chief justice Richard Butera.

    ” For somebody to kill a person and you give them bail is provocation. It is abominable. This bail, what is the hurry? Who are you trying to please? Who said bail is a right? It is not in the Constitution. We are going to work on this,” a furious Museveni said.

    He added that in the few weeks to come, he is going to summon his NRM party Members of Parliament to a meeting to discuss the bail matter.

    Museveni insisted that even if it needs a referendum, he is ready for it because he is tired of the judiciary granting bails to murderers.

    Museveni made the statements after two National Unity Platform (NUP) Members of Parliament Ssegirinya Muhammad and Allan Sewanyana were still detained at Kigo prison even though they were granted bail by Masaka High Court Judge Victoria Nakintu Nkwanga on Monday.

    Both legislators were charged with offences of murder, attempted murder, terrorism and abetting to terrorism.

    State alleges that the legislators together with others still at large have a hand in the recent deadly murders in Masaka.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Uganda Has Never Abolished Death Sentence: M7 Wants Kitatta’s Brother Killed Over Brutal Murder Of Case Clinic Chief Accountant, Directs AG, DPP  To Appeal Justice Nyanzi’s Judgement….

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    President Yoweri Museveni has directed the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka and Justice Jane France Abodo the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) with immediate effect to appeal against Justice Yasin Nyanzi’s judgement in the brutal murder of the Case Clinic Chief Accountant.

    Last week, Justice Nyanzi of the High Court sentenced Muzamir Mawa who was a driver to Dr. Ssebale Kato, the proprietor of Case Clinic and the master planner of the murder of Francis Ekalungar  to life imprisonment.

    The judge also sentenced Resty Nalunga, a wife to Mawa to five years in prison, Deo Yiga and Huzailu Kiwalabye, brothers to Abdallah Kitatta, the former coordinator of the defunct bodaboda 2010 to seven years in prison each.

    Even though the judge advised that the convicts have the right to appeal against both the conviction and sentence within fourteen days, on Wednesday, Museveni stated that the State is going to Appeal against the judgement.

    Museveni wondered how a judge can sentence a murderer to life imprisonment well knowing that Uganda has never abolished the death sentence.

    “These people conspired to kill the accountant. Now one was given a life sentence. Was the death sentence abolished? The Clinic case will be Appealed,” a furious Museveni said.

    He made the statement while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of the six new judges of the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

    They include; Justice Christopher Gashirabake who was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Justice Tom Chemutai, Justice Lawrence Tweyanze, Justice Alice Komuhangi, Justice Florence Nakacwa, the wife to Chief Justice Owiny Dollo and other Judges of the High Court.

    The newly appointed Inspector General of Government (IGG) Betty Kamya and her deputies Dr. Patricia Achan Okiria and Ann Twinomugisha also took their oath which was conducted by the Chief Registrar Sarah Langa.

    In February 2018, Ekalungar was kidnapped on his way from his office along Wandegeya a Kampala city suburb and was brutally murdered.

    His killers first robbed his car, a Toyota Premio, his phone and Shs. 15m which he was taking to DFCU bank and after burnt his body to ashes.

    However, in his judgement, Justice Nyanzi stated that, “In this case, death occurred as a result of a robbery. Both robbery and death occurred when the convicts were working as a group. Nevertheless, I don’t agree that this case is one of the rarest of rare to impose the death sentence,” he stated.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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