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    How M7 Directed Zeija To Forcefully Send Justice Bashaija Who Awarded Shs.180bn To Controversial City Pastor Walugembe On Leave…

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    President Museveni (L), justice Bashaija (C) and Zeija

    For a number of months, many court users especially journalists and lawyers have been asking the whereabouts of soft-spoken High Court Civil Division Judge Dr. Andrew Bashaija.

    The mighty Grapevine can authoritatively report that the controversial judicial officer is on forced leave.

    Multiple credible sources intimated to us that the appointing authority who is also the President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni recently rang the Principal Judge who is also the head of the High Court and directed him with immediate effect to remove Bashaija from the Uganda Courts.

    “The man is on forced leave, Mzee (Museveni) called the principal judge and told him that he no longer wants him in his courts,” one of the top judicial officers authoritatively told this reporter.

    He explained that Museveni was very bitter with Bashaija’s decision to award Shs180bn to the city pastor and also the director of DMW Uganda Limited Daniel Walugembe.

    Bashaija awarded Walugembe Shs180bn after government through NEMA canceled his licenses to mine sand in wetlands of Lwera in Masaka district.

    Sources revealed that the president was very bitter after a number of top government officials including the Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga wrote to him complaining about Bashaija.

    Shockingly, Pastor Walugembe stubbornly petitioned the Court of Appeal challenging the Shs180bn awarded to him by Bashaija claiming that it was too little compared to the huge amount he invested in this business before NEMA cancelled his license.

    The Attorney General challenged Bashaija’s appeal.

    Sources further told this website that Museveni told Zeija that the Lwera issue is not the first complaint he received on Bashaija’s unrealistic decisions, he cited other incidences like the complaint from Justice Catherine Bamugemereire when she was still chairing the Commission of Inquiry into land matters, Bamugemereire petitioned Museveni and the former Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe complaining about Bashaija’s orders that always frustrated the work of her commission.

    Other people included Local Entrepreneur and proprietor of Green Lounge, Bar and Restaurant in Muyenga Ponsiano Kwizera who cried foul following repeated attempts by his neighbor Justice Andrew Bashaija to have his business closed.

    He reported that Bashaija wanted him to leave the place so that he expands his apartments that sit on plot 1652, in Ministers Village, Zzimwe road Muyenga Kampala.

    Efforts to speak to Justice Bashaija were futile since his known phone numbers were not going through.

    However, Ssalongo Solomon Muyita, the Senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary told theGrapevine that the judge is on a normal leave not a forced one.

    When this website checked on the judiciary website, it indicated that Bashaija is currently not deployed anywhere but just on leave.

    Another judicial officer told this website that because Museveni doesn’t have powers to send a judicial officer on forced leave, what he had to do after receiving a report from the Judicial Service Commission pining the judge on breaking the judicial service standards, was to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate the troubled judicial officer.

    Nzeija first removed Bashaija from the office of the head of the High Court Civil Division and replaced him with a junior judge Micheal Elubo something many said was a demotion.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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