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INSIDE STORY: Top Army Generals Cited In Assassination Attempt On Land Probe Boss Bamugemereire On Friday

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There was tension, panic and fear among the family members of Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters and her husband George Bamugemereire, the deputy Inspector General of Government, when assassins attempted to attack them at their home in Buziga, Makindye Division on Friday.

“It’s is true, it happened between 2:00am and 4:00am. Police at my home coked guns and I think that stopped the assailants from continuing with their move,” a shocked Bamugemereire was heard briefing one of her fellow land probe commissioners on phone.  Multiple credible sources among Bamugemereire’s sharp shooters told the Grapevine that the incident happened on Friday when strangers stormed the judge’s gate which prompted dogs to bark and the sensor lights to go on, this alerted Bamugemereire’s security. They quickly coached their guns and took position.

After securing the place, they decided to come out of the gate, “Two men on boda bodas were parked a hundred meters from the main gate, when they saw us, they immediately drove at a very high speed,” one of Bamugemereire’s sharp shooters told the Grapevine. In the morning, Bamugemereire was briefed by security about the incident and she told them to go and open a police case at Bunga police post. Bamugemereire’s attempted attack comes at a time when she is in bad books with top security and government officers.

Among the officials who are in bad books with Bamugemereire include: Depuy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana, lands and housing minister Betty Amongi, her state minister Persis Namuganza, Charles Bakabulindi, Reserve force command Charles Owanyi Otema, Hillary Onek and others.

Justice Bamugemereire was recently quoted warning that her life and the lives of other commissioners was in danger and they were receiving threatening messages.

GENERALS CITED IN BAMUGEMEIRE’S ATTACKER

Sources within Bamugemereire’s security confirmed to this website that there are top UPDF Generals and government officers who are bitter with the land probe boss over her recent investigations into fraudulent grabbing of public land in Kayuga district. 

Residents of Ggaliraya and Bbale sub-counties in Kayunga told justice Bamugemereire’s team that there are top government officers and army generals who grabbed Bajjo, Wamale and Kiula forestry reserves.

Residents also gave the commission evidence of phone numbers of officers who have been threatening them not to follow up the case.

Sources further revealed that the commission investigators investigated the telephone numbers given to them as evidence and discovered that the owners are from State House. Kayunga is one of the top districts with rampant land grabbing done by top government officials. Kayunga Woman Member of Parliament who also doubles as the state minister for IT Aidah Nantaba stated that she survived a number of attempts on her life. She said that she suspects some top army and government officials want her dead because she has resisted and fought land grabbing in the area.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…

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Mr. Jimmy Turyagyenda and the car which was burnt

Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.

There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.

The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.

Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.

Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.

Mr. Turyagyenda’s story

 

By Sandra Mukisa




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UPDF Soldier Sentenced To Five Years For Coning UGX40m From Priests After Promising Them Museveni…

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Private Kalulu Stephen

The Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower military Court has sentenced a UPDF soldier Private Kalulu Stephen to five years’ imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence.

According to UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, Kalulu got UGX40M from Rev. Fr. Kawanguzi Emmanuel and Rev Father Isanga Joseph Baligeya after deceiving them that he works with State House and has connection with the President.

He promised to help them bring HE the President to Kamuli mission hospital and encourage him to renovate the same. Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land lissues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the president would Fence their land. In turn priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, Prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences. He added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Pte Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the court saying he has a big family with five children. He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the Reverend Fathers to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides court sentenced the convict to Five years in prison.

Others produced in the same court were a Civillian one Mutobano Michael who was arrested in Ntinda while dorning Army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain. He has been charged of illegal possession of military stores. Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

 

Source: UPDF Spokesperson




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Police Arrests Mother Who Hired 14-Year-Old Daughter For Sex To Two Different Men…

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Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Oweyesigire has disclosed that Katwe Police Station has arrested Zura Mukamana, 36, a mother who allegedly hired out her 14-year-old daughter for sex to two different men so that they can give her some money.

In a statement released today afternoon, ASP Oweyesigire also disclosed one of the men was arrested.

“One of the suspects, Fred Bulega, 41, who is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the girl was also arrested. The arrest of Mukamana followed a viral video received by Police, in which a 14-year-old girl claimed that she was being forced by her mother to have sexual intercourse with men” Oweyesigire said.

ASP oweyesigire said that before the viral video, Mukamana had reported to police a case of disappearance of her daughter at Salama and police started investigations.

“The girl was later recovered from her father’s home where she had run for refuge. The father took the girl to police and investigations led to the arrest of the second man-John Mwesigye, 18, who is said to have had sexual intercourse with the girl. Mwesigye has since been charged and remanded on offence defilement,” he said.

He added, “Bulega, who is also alleged to have defiled the girl, is still in detention as investigations and medical examination continue. Both case files with a range of offences will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for perusal and sanctioning as soon as investigations are done.”

“We thank the girl for standing for her human rights and for reporting a criminal case to police as the Constitution tasks every citizen to do. We, as police, condemn any form of child rights abuse and ask the public, to report any case of sexual abuse they encounter in their homes to relevant authorities. The girl has since been handed over to the father as investigations go on . We will work with different agencies to provide counseling for the victim,” the statement says.

The girl is now five months pregnant.

Source: KMP Statement




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