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    MORE DRAMA AT SUPREME COURT:  CJ Dollo Directs Closure Of Court Promises To Non Court Staff, Justice Kisakye Narrates How Her File Was Confiscated At Gunpoint, 8 Supreme Court Justices, Registrar, Staff Dragged To Judicial Commission….

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    Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamony Owiny-Dollo (R) and Justice Kisakye (L)

    The Drama at the premises of highest court in the country the Supreme Court is not about to end. Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamony Owiny-Dollo and the head of the Judiciary have directed with immediate effect the closure of the Court premises to non staff.

    theGrapevine reporter tried to access the Supreme Court at 10:30am today and officers at the gate told him that non staff were not allowed to enter.

    He was with other journalists who included; NTV’s Sudhir Byaruhanga, Bukedde radio’s Benon Nsubuga and others who were all refused to enter.

    As they were stranded outside the gate, city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi together with his personal assistant Ivan Lutakome Ssengooba arrived and the security officers from counter terrorism department of the Uganda police commanded by ASSP Nabirye told them that they have instructions from the Chief Justice not to allow non staff inside the court premises.

    The nonsense lawyer grilled ASP Nabirye on why she was obeying unlawful orders from Justice Dollo.

    “But this is a public place not Justice Dollo’s private home. Where did he get powers to close the Court? He found this Court here and he is going to leave it the way other Chief Justices like Justice Katureebe, Justice Odoki did,” a tough speaking Mabirizi said.

    He explained to the officers that he was going to receive a ruling from Justice Esther Kisakye Kitimbo Mayambala on his application asking Justice Dollo to recuse himself from Bobi Wine’s petition.

    He also told the guards that he needs some other documents to take to the East African Courts of Justice since they are also housed on the same building.

    The soft-spoken ASP Nabirye advised Mabirizi to leave the premises.

    Mabirizi bitterly advised ASP Nabirye to stop obeying unlawful orders and threatened to sue her.

    As all this drama was going on, Supreme Court Justices, Justice Mike Chibitta, Justice Faith Mwondah and others were allowed to enter.

    JUSTICE DOLLO ORDERS SECURITY TO THROW JUSTICE KISAKYE OUT OF COURT PREMISES

    Credible sources at the Supreme Court intimated to theGrapevine that during yesterday’s drama, Justice Dollo directed the head of security at the supreme court to throw Justice Kisakye out of tent where she was reading her ruling from. Dollo also instructed security to tell Bobi Wine’s lawyers and journalists to leave.

    Sources divulged that when the officer from counter terrorism refused, Justice Dollo phoned the head of court security SSP Nakintu to execute his orders because her junior refused.

    Sources disclosed that SSP Nakintu asked Justice Dollo that let her first consult, after consulting her juniors at the supreme Court, she later told Dollo that she cannot throw a Supreme Court judge out of Court when she was reading a ruling.

    “She told him that it will exaggerate the situation if officers throw out an old female Justice. She told him that she can even lose her life,” a source quoted SSP Nabirye.

    MY FILE WAS CONFISCATED AT GUN POINT

    After spending over six hours in her chambers waiting for a communication from her staff that Mabirizi and other people were in the Court room to receive their ruling on Justice Dollo’s refusal to step down from Bobi Wine’s petition, Justice Kisakye moved out of her chambers and asked her staff what was going on.

    She was informed that non staff were not allowed in Court premises. The angry Kisakye walked to gate and officers including ASP Nabirye without any resistance and with all respect opened for her.

    Accompanied by her bodyguarded, dressed in her black suit, Justice Kisakye told journalists that whatever Justice Dollo is doing is illegal and she will speak out on the genesis of their fight at an appropriate time.

    She accused the judiciary senior communications officer Ssalongo Solomon Muyita of maligning her and giving false information to the public about what caused yesterday’s drama.

    She explained that today morning at 7am, she moved to the registry where files are kept and looked for her confiscated file but she was told that they didn’t have the said file. She narrated that she then moved to the office of Harriet Nalukwago Ssali, the registrar of the Supreme Court and she told her that she didn’t know the whereabouts of her file.

    She added that she proceeded to the office of the personal assistant to Justice Dollo who was not in her office. She tried to reach Justice Dollo in vain because his office was over guarded by tough looking security personals.

    She accused Justice Dollo of confiscating her file at gun point and revealed that guns were coaked by officers on orders of the CJ.

    Kisakye assured the public that she is going to give Mabirizi’s ruling next week via mail or she will communicate to him in person.

    OTHER 7 SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, STAFF DRAGGED TO JUDICIAL SERVICE COMMISSION

    On Friday morning, lawyer Mabirizi petitioned justice Benjamin Kabiito’s judicial service commission complaining against seven supreme Court Justices. They include; Justice Stellah Arach Amoko, Justice Opio Aweri, Justice Faith Mwondah, Justice Percy Night Tuhaise, Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Justice Mike Chibitta and Justice Paul Mugamba over Judicial misconduct.

    In his letters, Mabirizi said that Supreme Court Justice connived with the already under probe Justice Dollo to break their oath of not being influenced by anybody, being independent and impartial when giving justice and abandoned their fellow justice when she was reading her dissenting ruling.

    He said that the seven justices acted on orders of Justice Dollo who has a personal  misunderstanding with Kisakye.

    Mabirizi wants the Judicial service Commission to investigate the said Supreme Court Justices and if found guilty recommend to the appointing authority the president to fire them including their boss Chief Justice Dollo.

    Mabirizi also complained about Harriet Nalukwago Ssali, the Registrar of the Supreme Court who he accused of misconduct when she directed supreme Court Clerks not to go back to Court when Justice Kisakye was reading her ruling.

    Mabirizi advised the Judicial Service Commission to fire Nalukwago with immediate effect.

    JUSTICE KISAKYE’S RULINGS WILL NOT BE PUT ON COURT RECORD

    Judiciary senior communications officer Solomon Muyita revealed that all the dissenting rulings made by Justice Kisakye will not be put on the Court record.

    He said that during the reading of her ruling, Court staff were not in Court to capture the process so as to be put it on Court record.

    He said that what is going to be done, the Chief Justice will choose an appropriate time and summon other Justices who were on the panel to be present when Justice Kisakye will read her ruling.

    He said that this is not the first time such a scenario is happening, he cited a situation during the hearing of the Supreme Court Age Limit Appeal where Justice Mwondah wrote a dossier accusing former Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe of being biased.

    He said that the matter was humbly settled. He added that Kisakye’s grievances will be handled by the Chief Justice because he is the head of the Judiciary and the Supreme Court in particular.

    MAJ GEN LOKECH INTERVINE

    When ASP Nabirye stopped Mabirizi from entering Court premises. He sat down on the ground and called the Deputy Inspector of Police Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech to intervene.

    During the phone conversation which theGrapevine  exclusively listened to, Mabirizi asked Maj. Gen. Lokech to intervene because his officers were obeying unlawful orders by stopping people from entering a public place. Maj Gen Lokech promised Mabirizi that he was going to intervene and address his complaint.

     

    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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