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I Felt So Scared, Harassed And Pushed To The Wall – MP Rwabogo Tells Court

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Kaborole woman MP Hon. Sylvia Rwabogo has today appeared before grade one magistrate Ms. Stella Maris Odong at Buganda road to testify as the first witness in the re-trail case against YMCA student Isiko Bryan.

The case was adjourned twice as prosecution requested for more time to make consultations until 2pm when Hon. Rwabogo appeared in the dock and took plea. After, she started narrating to court how it all started.

Hon. Rwabogo narrated how Isiko had reduce her world to fear, harassment and intimidation. “Bryan bombarded me with messages and calls, even when I tried to warn him. The messages were very many and I felt scared for my life and my beloved ones because in that period, there were a lot of kidnappers and rampant killing of women. His number was in auto reject but he kept calling me on hidden numbers and texting me as well. His determination in some of the messages scared me,” Hon. Rwabogo said.

Isiko with his mother (in blue dress) in court today

Hon. Rwabogo and the prosecution side faced a setback when their application for amendment of the charge sheet and evidence was objected by the court since this case was recommitted by the high court to this court and this court didn’t have the mandate to overturn the decision from the superior. “A re-trail is a new hearing of a matter concluded as if the original hearing had not taken place. A retrial must not be used by the prosecution to lead evidence that wasn’t used in the original trial. Prosecution must not fill up the gaps that it were produced at the trail” Counsel Waiswa Ramadhan.

Grade one Magistrate Ms. Stella adjourned the case to the 27th of December  this year for ruling .

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Australian National Arrested Trafficking Drugs At Entebbe Airport

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Entebbe airport Security operatives checking one of the shoes

An Australian citizen has been arrested with drugs stashed in locally made women’s shoes at Entebbe airport today.

This was revealed by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango during his address to the press.

Onyango said that Maurice Hendrick Martin, an Australian national was arrested at the airport check point with drugs hidden in locally made women shoes on his way to board an Ethiopia airliner that was heading to Italy.

Hendrick after being arrested by Entebbe airport security

Onyango added that the police sniffer dogs busted Hendrick’s plans of trafficking drugs out of the country. When he was asked where he was taking the drugs, Hendrick denied knowing of any drugs in his luggage adding that he bought the shoes from Kampala streets.

Onyango said that Hendrick is going to be paraded before court so that he faces charges of drugs trafficking.

If he is found guilty, he will have to pay 10 million or face imprisonment. When asked where they are going to keep the drugs, Onyango said that they are treating it as exhibits to be taken to court as evidence.

 

By Derrick Mugoola

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Besigye’s Neighbour Commits Suicide After Testing Positive With HIV/AIDS

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The body of Jennifer Tumuhereze (inset) being taken for postmortem

Residents of Buyinja village near Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home in Kasangati are in shock after a woman strangled herself on finding out that she was HIV positive.

Jennifer Tumuhereze (35) was found in her rented apartment in Buyinja village hanging by the rope. Neigbours told this website that Jennifer killed herself after she received terrifying news from the doctor that she was HIV positive.

“When Tumuhereze tested positive with HIV, she ran mad and was rushed to Butabika mental hospital. She later returned stable and started taking her medicine,” one of the locals told the Grapevine.

She was later heard asking neighbours from time to time that, “if someone wants to strangle themselves, what do they do?”

Ronald Namugowa (28), the husband to Jennifer said that, “I woke up in the morning and went for work, I left her in the house healthy and fine. Later in the evening when I came back with a pineapple and ‘kikomando’ (Chapati with beans) to surprise her, I was shocked to find her hanging on the rope next to the entrance of our ‘muzigo’.

Kasangati police was alerted and they removed the body from the rope and took it to Mulago for postmortem before taking it to Kabale for burial.

 

By Robert Semirimo

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Ugandan Woman Convicted In UK Court For Mutilating Her Three-Year-Old Daughter

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A mother has been convicted of abusing her 3-year-old daughter in Britain’s first successful prosecution for female genital mutilation.

The 37-year-old Ugandan woman was found guilty Friday at London’s Central Criminal Court. The mother isn’t being named to protect her child’s identity,

She claimed her daughter suffered an accidental injury, but jurors concluded the child had been cut deliberately.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Ian Baker said the girl “was subjected to horrific abuse” but made a good recovery.

However, the woman told court the baby “fell on metal and it ripped her private parts” while trying to get a biscuit in August 2017.

Judge Philippa Whipple said a lengthy prison term is in store at the woman’s March 8 sentencing.

Female genital mutilation – intentionally altering or injuring female genital organs for non-medical reasons – has been a crime in Britain since 1985, but this is the first prosecution to result in a conviction.

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