Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Henry Okello Oryem, the State Minister in Charge of International Relations in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revealed that next week, he is going to summon Kate Airey, the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Uganda over what he termed as malicious terror attack warnings.
In the latest travel advice to their citizens, the United Kingdom claims that terrorists are likely to try to carry out an attack on Ugandan soil.
In the statement, the former colonialists explained that the said attacks could be indiscriminate or against foreign nationals or places frequented by foreign nationals.
“You should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places like hotels, transport hubs, restaurants and bars, and during major gatherings like sporting or religious events and when in close proximity to Government buildings or security installations such as police stations. Previous terrorist attacks and disrupted attacks in Uganda have targeted the security forces, places where football matches were being viewed, restaurants, buses and government buildings,” the statement reads in parts.
The statement further cited the deadly attack on 17 June 2023, which the Uganda Police attributed to militants of the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF where they attacked a school in Mpondwe, Kasese District in western Uganda, close to the border with the DRC and killed 42 people.
They also cited the attack on 16th November 2021 where terrorists set off two explosive devices in central Kampala killing 4 and injuring 33 people.
They added that on 25th October, 2021, terrorists detonated an explosive device on a coach travelling on Kampala- Masaka road near Mpigi killing one person.
They further disclosed that on 23rd October 2021, terrorists used an explosive device to attack a restaurant in Kamamboga, a suburb in the north east of Kampala killing one person and injuring a number of others.
“You should remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of the local authorities.”
The United Kingdom government insists that there is a high threat of terrorist attacks globally and the individuals involved view the United Kingdom and British nationals as targets.
That is why government is advising their nationals to remain vigilant at all times.
However when contacted, furious Oryem revealed that he has directed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to summon Kate and by Tuesday next week, she should be at the Ministry explaining why they are issuing what he termed as malicious terror attacks to Uganda.
“It is the prerogative and their right to issue those documents. We cannot stop them but also it is very unfortunate that they issued this travel advisory without first discussing it with the government of Uganda and telling us why they issued it. It is very important to first explain to us why they are doing so” Oryem said.
He added that the entire world is under terror threat but he wonders why they always concentrate on Uganda only.
He accused the United Kingdom government of being selective when issuing such statements yet there are chaotic countries with riots and deadly demonstrations like what is going on in Paris, the France capital.
He wondered why the United Kingdom is not stopping their people from travelling to France or the United States of America where many people are killed every day in gun violence shootings.
State Minister for Information and National Guidance Godfrey Kabyabga Kaluku supported Minister Oryem insisting that Uganda is a safe country.
However, speaking to theGrapevine recently, security expert Edgar Tabaro explained that the United Kingdom and other developed countries issue terror alerts after examining reports from their intelligence networks which uses modern equipment and government of Uganda should use the said alerts to cover the gaps the terrorists would have used to attack Uganda.
Other sources in security and in government claim that the United Kingdom and other developed countries like the United States of America are issuing such threats to damage Uganda’s international image because of the recently signed Anti-Homosexuality law which they claim violates human rights.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
Brig. Gen. Ddamulira Advised To Clear Air On Allegation Of Shielding Criminal Gangs To Avoid Ending Up Like Gen. Kayihura…
Uganda’s representative to the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) James Kakooza has advised the nonsense police’s Director for Criminal Intelligence Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserujogi to come up openly and clear the air on allegation made against him of shielding criminal gangs in Kampala city and Metropolitan areas because he fears a nasty ending like former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura.
Kakooza revealed that when Gen. Kayihura was at the helm of police leadership, allegations were made against him that he used criminal gangs to solve political questions.
Kakooza narrated that he severally pleaded with Kayihura that if the allegations are true, he should stop because it was soiling his name.
He added that Gen. Kayihura’s enemies based on his cooperation with criminal gangs to fabricate criminal allegations against him including pinning him over his involvement in the high level murders in the country.
He stated that President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni based on the said allegation to fire Kayihura from police leadership and ordered for his arrest and prosecution in the court martial.
“If president Museveni didn’t handle Gen Kayihura’s issues with maturity and experience, he would have ended up being sentenced to death or life imprisonment because the allegations placed on him were very treasonous. So my young brother Brig. Gen. Ddamulira should come out and clear the air on those allegations put against him,” Kakooza stated.
He added that Brig. Gen. Ddamulira’s statement will not only cleared him but it will also clear the good name of the UPDF institution.
Kakooza’s advice comes days after Kira Municipality legislator and also the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) spokesperson Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda accused Brig. Gen. Ddamulira of shielding criminals that beat up FDC delegates and stole their belongings both at Busabala and Katonga where they had gone to attend the Extra-Ordinary Delegates Conference summoned by party national chairperson Wasswa Birigwa.
The Observer newspaper journalist Baker Batte also accused the criminal gang of stealing his brand new laptop.
However, while speaking to theGrapevine, Batte confirmed that his latotop was recovered by Katwe police even though they have not yet handed it over to him.
The ghetto leadership in Kampala city, Mukono, Wakiso districts also issued a statement asking Ssemujju to apologize to Brig. Gen. Ddamulira for tarnishing his name that he is shielding criminal gangs in the city.
Shafik Kalyango, the coordinator ghetto structures, John Lukuse and Geoffrey Nsamba who were arrested by police for terrorising FDC delegates.
They confessed that they are members of the ghetto structures which is supervised by State House, Brig. Gen. Ddamulira and officials from the ministry in charge of Kampala Metropolitan whose objective is to turn them into good citizens.
Kalyango added that they are mobilizing the ghetto youths who have not yet joined their structures to avoid being used by the politicians to fight their battles against their political enemies and among them are those who beat FDC delegates and journalists.
Ssemujju admitted to having seen Kalyango’s letter on social media even though it he not yet been officially served.
He appreciated the efforts made by Brig. Gen. Ddamulira to organise youths in the city.
He added that officially, Brig. Gen. Ddamulira denied having knowledge of the criminals hired by the Najjanankumbi FDC camp of party president Patrick Amuriat Oboi and Nathan Nandala Mafabi the Secretary General.
Ssemujju however noted that there are elements in security circles who are working with criminal gangs in the city.
He pleaded with Brig. Gen. Ddamulira to use his office to tame them because they will wreak havoc in the country.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
Serial Litigant Wants High Court Judge Mutonyi To Be Sentence To Death By Hanging Or Beheaded For Failing To Post His Ruling On Judiciary Website…
George Okello, the Resident High Court Judge of Gulu has issued a permanent injunction restraining and baring serial litigant Joseph Opiyo Otiiti from filing any other Court lawsuits against any judicial officer in Uganda.
In his ruling dated 12th September, 2023, Judge Okello stated that whereas his court appreciates the right of every person to access courts, as observed in a plethora of cases, the matter before him was a very exceptional case in which Opiyo should be barred from continuing his reckless suits against judicial officers simply because they have decided otherwise in cases where he is involved.
The shocking ruling resulted from an application filed by Opiyo against Vian Kwizera the Grade One Magistrate accusing him of violating his rights when he presided over a matter filed by Gulu Principle State Attorney Joseph Nyeko against him seeking a Court Order to subject Opiyo to mental examination.
Opiyo sued the Magistrate for allowing Nyeko’s application to have him subjected to medical examination to determine his mental status as Stated under Section 50 of the Mental Health Act 2018.
Opiyo also accused the magistrate of violating his right when he delayed the quick hearing of his application challenging the staying of his cases in court until he was subjected to mental examination and court furnished with the medical report.
He further accused him of refusing to give him the record of proceedings to help him challenge his ruling.
In his application, Opiyo was also seeking aggravated damages of Shs350, 000,000 for defamation and for calling him a person of unsound mind.
He further prayed that court recovers damages through attachment of 80% of the Magistrates’ salary and retirement benefits, until all his pending cases in court are concluded and finally executed.
He further prayed for security for himself and his family for 50 years due to fear that he will be murdered.
He prayed for the prosecution of the magistrate and other judicial officers who violated his human rights.
The magistrate opposed the application through her affidavit denying all the allegations and explaining that she observed the applicant’s rights during all the judicial hearings.
He added that none of the applicant’s rights were violated and he gave him all the records of the proceedings on the matter he presided over.
Nyeko’s application to subject Opiyo to medical examination resulted from the numerous lawsuits filed against judicial officers including one he filed against Justice Margaret Mutonyi because she had upheld preliminary objection raised in a suit lodged by Opiyo against the Actions Against Hunger and the judge was sued together with two law firms of M.S M. Oyet and Company Advocates, Mumtaz Kassam Kassam Mumtaz and Moses Oyet lawyers of Action Against Hunger.
The judge noted that it was wrong for Opiyo to sue judicial officers, lawyers and their law firms explaining that judicial officers and Advocates enjoyed immunity at common law for their conduct of litigation and that the action made against them by an unhappy litigant was barred.
The case was presided over by Justice Stephen Mubiru who dismissed it with costs for being barred by law.
Opiyo again instituted a lawsuit against Justice Mubiru for dismissing his case together with Justice Mutonyi who he accused of not posting the ruling she made against him on judiciary website.
He pleaded to the presiding judge Alex Mackay Ajiji that Justice Mutonyi be sentenced to death by hanging or beheading over her actions of not posting his ruling on the judiciary website, which was an act of war against the Republic of Uganda.
The presiding judge ordered in his ruling that due to compulsive behavior Opiyo exhibited in Court, the hearing of his numerous cases pending in court be stayed until a medical report is furnished as to his mental health status.
KCCA Top Boss Remanded To Prison Over Shs450m Fraudulent Deals…
Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court’s Ritah Neumbe Kidasa has remanded Hanniffer Mpuugu the deputy mayor Kampala Central Division over Shs450m fraudulent land deals.
Court denied Mpuugu’s application seeking to be released on court bail based on the affidavit sworn by police detective Peter Abwona who pleaded to the magistrate not to release her claiming that she will jump the bail.
In his affidavit presented to court by Doreen Erima the State Attorney, Abwona told Court that when the accused person was arrested by Kira Road police operatives in August 2022 on the said file, she was given police bond which she violated and declined to report back to police as one of the conditions given to her when released.
Abwona said that Mpuugu’s file was forwarded to the Resident State Attorney for sanctioning and was later taken to court which issued criminal summons to have her arrested but she kept in hiding until an arrest warrant was issued against her.
He explained to court that detectives traced her through her phone engagements but she kept on changing lines until they finally arrested her along Kampala-Gayaza road when she was with her children going for a party at Kasangati.
The magistrate was convinced with Erima’s submission and objected to Mpuugu’s application for bail.
She was remanded until 13th September, 2023 when the hearing of her case will be kicked off.
According to court documents, in 2021, Mpuugu entered a land transaction with Grace Mulinde to sell him land situated at plot 4 Berkeley Road Entebbe Municipality in Wakiso district.
The accused person was paid Shs450m and she assured the complainant that the land had no issues and that she was free to use.
However, when he started using the land, he was denied access to it by members of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union who claimed its ownership.
They told him that Mpuugu fraudulently forged their land title and efforts to recover his money were fruitless as she kept on deceiving him that she was sorting out the matter with the Nurses until he lost hope and decided to drag her to the police.
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