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    If We Catch You! – Police Warns Bobi Wine Against Swearing Himself In…



    NUP president, Bobi Wine (L) and Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga

    The Joint Task Force has warned the National Unity Platform (NUP) principal and former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi against staging a parallel swearing-in ceremony besides the lawful one at Kololo.

    Police released a statement that they are very aware of plans by a former presidential candidate, who lost the recent Presidential Election, to hold a parallel and illegitimate swearing-in ceremony, in one of the Hotels in Iganga.

    Police said, in reference to Bobi Wine that; “The candidate continues together with some of his supporters to declare himself as the President-Elect.”

    According to Police however, they only recognize Yoweri Museveni as the lawfully elected president who will be sworn in on Wednesday, 12th May 2021.

    “Therefore, any judicial officer, organiser and or media house that will participate in covering the illegitimate parallel swearing-in in Iganga or any other place, should prepare to face the consequences,” Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga warned.

    “We want to remind him and his supporters that the voices of the electorate were clearly heard. He is therefore, not the legitimate or duly Elected President of the People of Uganda,” Enanga added, noting that as a potential leader, Bobi Wine should play his politics with full respect for the rule of law.

    He noted that; “Such Kangaroo inaugurations are not uncommon with runners up in the previous Presidential Elections.”

    The police spokesperson however advised that even Bobi Wine announces and, or even swears himself in, it simply remains symbolic without the accompanying entitlements and privileges of a legitimate Head of State.

    He warned that such acts of impunity must stop in exchange for rule of law. Enanga said it is “illegal and treasonous”.

    By Toni Senono


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    NUP Women Protestors Granted Bail



    Women Protestors belonging to the National Unity Platform (NUP) have been granted bail by Law Development Centre (LDC) Court.

    The Protestors who held a protest on women’s day were granted a case bail of Shs100,000 on March 20th. This followed a production warrant to produce them in court before March 29th, the initial day they had to be arraigned in court.

    The 10 women were arrested on women’s day during a protest in which they demanded for the release of political prisoners, called for stoppage of torture and abductions.

    These include Kyeone Stella, Nakiku Allen, Namtovu Milly, Nankya Fiona, Sselonga Rukia, Bulungi Jackie, Nantume Allen, Namutyaba Sylvia, Rwamto Apio Flavia and Nyanzi Elizabeth.

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the general secretary NUP said it is unfortunate that freedom of assembly has been suppressed in Uganda.

    “It is very unfortunate that the freedom of assembly has been taken away from Ug. We are happy that they hv been released on bail but we condemn the arrest of all those that have come out to protest and got arrested,”he said.

    Hanifah Nabukeera, woman MP Mukono, who acted as lawyer of the accused said she was surprised by the cash court asked.

    Nabukeera said court usually charges them exorbitant bail fees to fail their bail application which wasn’t the case today.





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    Truck Rams Into School, Kills 3 Students



    3 people have lost their lives while 18 have sustained life threatening injuries following an accident at Kasaka Senior Secondary School in Gomba on March 14th, 2023.

    A driver of a sino truck registration number UBL 790J lost control and rammed into Kasaka Senior Secondary School computer laboratory killing three on spot.

    The deceased are S.5 student Evelyn Namagembe, Mawanda Bosco (s.2) and Asege Hilda a candidate in her form four.

    The incident was confirmed by traffic police spokesperson Faridah Nampiima.

    “It is alleged that the sino truck driver lost control and rammed into Kasaka Senior Secondary School fence, proceeded through to the school computer lab that was occupied by students, killing three students on spot and injuring other 18,” Nampiima said in a statement.

    Nampiima further said that the truck driver Wanume Abudala, 26, has been arrested following the incident.

    “We have arrested the truck driver a one Wanume Abudala a 26 year old,” she said.

    The traffic police spokesperson says police is carrying out more investigations on the incident.




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    UPDF Soldier Faces 40 Years Jail Sentence For Murder



    Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier Corporal Franco Okwi has been remanded to Arua main government prison in Arua city for 40 years for the murder of a civilian at Bondo Military barracks in Arua district.

    RA185000 corporal Franco Okwi, a soldier attached to the 57 Battalion under 409 Brigade was sentenced by the Fourth Division Military Court Martial on Monday having pleaded guilty to the murder of Philliam Shida.

    On December 25, 2022, Corporal Okwi shot dead Philliam Shida. Shida approached Okwi who was on duty at a small gate of Bondo military barracks. The two had a misunderstanding leading to a shooting that claimed the life of the former.

    According to the postmortem report presented before the court, the deceased died due to severe bleeding caused by gunshot wounds on the lower buttocks
    The fourth Division Military Court martial chairman, Col. George Nambafu said that there was no justification for the convicted soldier to use a gun to shoot an unarmed civilian whom he is mandated to protect by law.

    Col. Nambafu sentenced Corporal Okwi to 40 years in jail. The convicted can appeal the ruling by court within the next 14 days.


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