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    MORE KAWUUKUMI IN TROUBLE: Kasangati DPC, Three Other Senior Police Officers Pinned For Killing Locals



    Some of the victims display the wounds they sustained from being tortured before the commission

    Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Robert Kacumu and two other senior officers of the Uganda police are to face murder charges. This is after 5000 farmers from Butaleja under their umbrella body Doha Muhura rice out Growers Association pinned these police officers that they intentionally killed their fellow members.

    Other senior officers who are in trouble are ASP Alex Wabwire the current District Police Commander Mubende District, SSP Patrick Odokonyero and  SSP Peter Kakonge.

    “You know when some people hold those powerful offices, they commit a lot of crimes not thinking that one time they will answer for those crimes. This is the time for Mr. Officer District Police Commander (DPC) Kacumu to answer who killed Mr. Kul,” justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the land probe said

    Bamugemereire also cautioned Afande William Okalanyi the commandant Professional Standards Unit (PSU)who was also present making notes from the testimony of both the complaints and his officers. Bamugemereire said that the reason why she summoned Okalanyi to be present when peasants from Butaleja were pinning their officers was to give him an opportunity to hear the defense from their officers.

    She said that she wants the police disciplinary body to take action against their indiscipline officers before other government departments takes them on. She noted that the allegation put against senior police officers are very serious    and deserve careful attention. She revealed that her commission has already written a letter to the Inspector General of Police Martin Ochola asking him to clarify on whether Uganda police gazetted the Doha police.

    Witnesses testified before the commission that the mentioned officers created Doho police to protect two Buteleja tycoons who evicted over 5000 people from their land. The commission also visited the said police and found police officers in the middle of Doha wetlands. The two tycoons are Hajji  Marrick Koire and Hajji Kadri Hifude who are cultivating the land where the residents were evicted from.

    Bamugemereire revealed that the commission has evidence that the mentioned police officers and those who replaced them are getting addition payment from the tycoons to supplement their salaries from police.

    “I want the IGP the confirm whether that police post is gazetted. You people must stop abusing our educated policemen by using them to protect people like Hifude and Koire who to you are becoming rich on their power,”  Bamugemereire said.

    When he was contacted for a comment, Okalanyi noted that he has heard what transpired and he will assess the matter, however, he referred us to the public Relations officer Emilian Kayima for the comment on the behaviour of their officers.

    Wilberforce Hassajja Kapeere who is now fugitive in Mukono after allegedly surviving two attempted murders from Kacumu, who one time arrested him for contesting their eviction from their land told the commission  that it was Kacumu (who is currently  the DPC Kasangati Police station) who hit their friend Musa Kulu with a baton on the head which led to his death.

    Kacumu, who was by then the DPC Butaleja District together with  50 policemen whom he was commanding stormed their village Muhura in Kachonga sub county, Butaleja district and started arresting every man and beating women.

    “Kacuma found Kulu outside his house and asked him why he was standing while people are fighting in the rice scheme. When Kulu told him that there were police officers in the rice scheme who can stop those people from fighting, he threw a baton and it hit his head. He then commanded his boys and they started beating him until he became very unconscious and they drove him to the police. My lord the next thing we heard was that Kulu was dead. They didn’t even allow us to do a postmortem report to know what exactly killed our friend,” Kapeere narrated.

    He revealed that Kacumu was also behind the death of their other friends who died in the hands of policemen, these are Habib Napasyo and Musa Hadwaya. He added that they even broke the legs of Mutwalib Talyambire who is still hospitalized.

    Kapeere said that they tried to seek justice for their friends and themselves by they were frustrated by Hifude and Koire who are very rich men in Butaleja. He said that the tycoons bought every government official they tried to to run to for help.

    “Our trust is in only you our mother because other government officials neglected us. They decided to be on the side of the rich, which generation will the Banyoli have if our children have failed to go to school because we don’t have work and money. Kacumu must be brought to book,” Kapeere pleaded before Bamugemereire.

    However, Kacumu defended himself saying that all the atrocities that the residents put against him were committed by other officers who he replaced. He said that he spent only one year in Butaleja and he worked for the people and most of the accusations against him are false. He said that the only people who can explain those atrocities are Alex Wabwire the former DPC Butaleja and Peter Kakonge the former Region Police Commander of Mbale district.


    By Jamil Lutakome



    Attorney General, DPP Oppose Anti-Homosexuality Bill



    The Attorney General and the deputy director of Public prosecutions (DPP) have opposed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023.

    While appearing before the parliamentary committee on legal affairs on March 18th, the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka said the Anti-Homosexuality Bill is a duplication of existing laws.

    “Our criminalisation of homosexuality clause 9 of the new is a duplication since it is catered for in CAP 120 of the penal code,” he said.

    The Attorney General said the penal code is supposed to be the main penal law of the county, adding that it is hard to detect, investigate, prosecute and sentence homosexuals since the act is done in private.

    The deputy director of Public prosecutions James Odumbi was in agreement with the Attorney General.

    However, officials from the Ministry of gender labour and social development supported the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    Hellen Asamo (state Minister for disability affairs) and Rose Lilly Akello (state Minister for ethics and Intergrity) both agreed that it was important to have the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023.

    These argued that the Bill, if passed, will protect the cherished cultural values of Uganda and protect children against the acts of sexual minority rights activists.

    Abdul Katuntu told the committee that, though homosexuals do the act in private, crimes are not only committed against individuals but society.

    President Museveni said Thursday that he needed a scientific opinion on homosexuality and that the subject would be discussed conclusively another time.

    The parliamentary committee on legal affairs is currently scrutinising the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2023 that was spearhead by MP Asuman Basalirwa.


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    Hoima District LC5 Chairman Dies In Car Accident



    Police in Kiboga registered a fatal accident on March 17th that claimed the life of the Chairman LC5 Hoima District Kirungi Kadiri.

    Kirungi, brother to Tumusiime Amlan (RDC Kikuube District), was involved in an accident at Mataagi village, Bukomero Town Council along Kampala – Hoima highway.

    Kirungi and his escort Police Constable Otim Bosco died on spot during the incident.

    The accident involved motor vehicle registration number UAH 053Q (Prado Land Cruiser) and UBB 059Z (Fuso fighter).

    According to traffic police spokesperson Faridah Nampiima, the incident was caused by a driver who was trying to dodge a pothole.

    “It is alleged that motor vehicle Reg No UBB 059Z which was travelling from Kampala to Kiboga side and being driven by a yet to be identified driver on reaching Mataagi bridge, tried to dodge a pothole. The vehicle swerved off from it’s Lane on to it’s right hand side, and met motor vehicle UAH 053Q which was heading to Kampala side from Hoima,”Nampiima said.

    The bodies of the deceased (Karungi and Otim) were taken to Kiboga hospital mortuary for postmortem.




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    SMACK SAGA: Archbishop Dragged In Bro. Mpanga’s Woes – More People Complain about Bro.Mpanga After IGG Dossier…



    Bro. Simon Mpanga and Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere

    The noose on St. Mary’s College Kisubi (SMACK) headmaster just keeps getting tighter.

    Following a recent petition to the Inspectorate of Government (IGG), which we published here, several other complaints, mainly from the Brothers of Christian Instruction of the Catholic Church to which he belongs have come out to pin Bro. Simon Mpanga on a litany of cases.

    The Brothers are not happy that Bro. Mpanga and his scheming cartel have dragged the Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere into their deals.  They say, the 66-year-old Bishop is naively being dragged into the selfish cartel’s schemes without really understanding their underlying motives.

    “We respect the hierarchy of the church but Archbishop involving himself on which brother should head our schools is wrong. That should be left to the religious superiors of brothers and sisters because they know their people better and their opinions should be respected. Likewise, you can’t ask a Brother or a sister to appoint a parish priest for the parishes. As we respect the church we can’t talk everything there are many other things the man of God has done that we can’t bring them at table,” they state.

    According to a source who called us with additional information, Mpanga’s crooked ways of doing things started long time back.

    While he was in the formation house at Kanywa training for brotherhood, he got involved in a well-orchestrated money scandal in which he duped Bro. Gerald Byaruhanga, who was then in charge of students in the training.  He convinced him (Bro. Byaruhanga) to hand over to him the entire students’ welfare budget after presenting him forged papers that the borrowed money was to make super normal profits. He however never received a penny back.

    “That was the end of the story.   The community suffered for a long time sometimes they could go to bed on empty stomachs because of Mpanga’s devilish actions,” they reveal.

    They further say that Bro. Mpanga kept convincing Bro. Gerald Byaruhanga that things were going to be okay until he couldn’t stomach the lies any longer. The matter was reported to the Provincial Superior and his council and they immediately recommended that Bro. Mpanga should be expelled.

    The source further adds that Bro. Mpanga pleaded for pardon and was given a second chance after Bro. Gerald interceded on his behalf with Bro. Superior. That wasn’t the last of his follies.

    This website has learnt that his money problem followed him while at Kasasa where the then Bro. Tony Lubwama headmaster by then put him in prison because of the money he ate from Tanzanian students. It was Bro. Mutebi who bailed him out.

    At St. Mary’s College Kisubi which he is now fronted to head, he is accused of eating money of the students who were going outside the country for debate and some have completed their S6 without getting their back. He purported he would process passports and visas for them to go attend debate in South Africa and USA whilst they were in s.3. Whereas some who pushed hard were refunded by the school. Others were not so lucky and left the school four years later without their money nor passports.

    They narrate that when the Brothers learnt the behavior of their colleague they vowed not to work in their schools and that’s when Mr. John Agaba former commissioner and former Brother got him a place in Trinity College Nabbingo.

    “Things didn’t go well at Nabbingo and Bro. Mwebe former provincial tried to get him a place at SMACK but Mr. Mwaka who was a caretaker of the school then refused him because he knew his dubious character through Bro. Edward Bukenya who had worked with Mpanga and chased him because of his actions.  When Mr. Mwaka left SMACK, Bro. Mpanga somehow sneaked back in” they detail.

    It is also revealed that while at SMACK, he deceived a parent that the school vehicle was stuck in a bond and that it required 7000 USD for taxes and the parent gave it to him while it was for his personal use. The parent has never been refunded to date.

    And when news started circulating that Bro. Mpanga was among the short listed for SMACK leadership, the college Chaplain went to provincial and shared his concerns about the impending disaster this would bring on SMACK.  He warned him that if you want SMACK to die give it to Bro. Mpanga. The Chaplain also warned the Brother Superior at SMACK a one Bro. Pius Ochwo about Bro. Mpanga.

    They also point out that the SMACK Entebbe House was renovated four years ago with tenants. He collects money that is never remitted on the school account it goes to personal use. They also say that he got shs30m from the school claiming that he was going to renew the lease for the SMACK Entebbe house which up to date has never been processed or even accounted for. Imagine this is the fellow now being put in charge of over 3 bn collected every term. He will devise means to steal the money. Little wonder that he involves himself in every procurement even for tomatoes.

    His greed is unprecedented for a man who is supposed to live a life of chastity. One wonders where does this money go? One theorizes that he is using the brotherhood to amass wealth and as soon as he is in position to live the life he craves outside brotherhood, he will then quit the institution.

    They also claim that during the Covid 19 days, he stood surety for an accomplice at Entebbe Police who was accused of stealing a motor vehicle. The accomplice jumped bond and  police was looking for Bro Mpanga who went in hiding until the issue was resolved.

    In the missive sent to the IGG, it was pointed out that during lock down, he embarked on a go fund me crusade to raise money from unsuspecting parents under the guise of collecting funds to give the teachers who were suffering from the ravages of the lock down. He collected so much money but ate all of it. His insatiable appetite for money and the length to which he will go to get his hands on money is astounding.

    It is theorized that being the con act that he is, the board members backing him have a perfect ally in whom contracts and other works will be lined up through their stooges and money will be siphoned. The brothers are shocked that old boys through their SMACKOBA group are looking on while a wolf is being put in charge of the sheep.


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