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    Naluswa, Makula And Bujjingo Face Off In Court; Bujjingo Wants Constitutional Court Interpretation On Visiting Makula’s Parents… 

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    Pastor Aloysious Bujjingo with Suzan Makula. On the left is Teddy Naluswa

    Teddy Naluswa, the senior pastor at World of Salvation Ministries International, together with seven other prosecution witnesses nearly collapsed at Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s Court after lawyers representing city pastor Aloysious Bijjingo of the House of Prayer Ministries International together with Suzan Nantaba Makula surprised them with a preliminary objection seeking a Constitutional Court interpretation of the charges.

    Bujjingo is charged under Section 50 of the marriage Act with the offence of contracting marriage by customary law yet he is already married.

    Makula is also charged under  Section 42 of the Marriage Act for being unmarried and entering into a marriage with a person she knows is married.

    If prosecution successfully prosecutes the matter, the accused persons are liable for five years imprisonment for each offence.

    Based on the above explanation, Naluswa, who is the complainant in the matter was very sure that the accused persons will be convicted and sentenced but unfortunately Bujjingo’s preliminary objection put her celebrations in balance.

    When court convened today, senior State Attorney Timonthy Amerit informed Court that they were ready to proceed with the hearing of the Bigamy charges against Bujjingo and Makula.

    However top city lawyer Ronald Ruhinda, who led Bujjingo’s legal team told Court that they were not ready to proceed with the matter.

    Ruhindi told Court that Section 153 of the Panel Code Act and Section 41, 42 and 50 of the Marriage Act are draconian, irrational, illegal, oppressive and discriminatory.

    Immediately after Ruhinda’s application for stay of the matter as they await for the Constitutional Court, Naluswa was seen angrily shaking her head and moved out of Court.

    Ruhinda based on Article 137(1)(5)(b) of the Constitution to ask the Court to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court for Constitutional interpretation.

    However, Amerit pleaded for more time to seek attention of the Director Public Prosecution before giving a response on the matter.

    Stella Paculal Okwang, the presiding magistrate adjourned the matter to 1st July, 2022 for State’s response.

    Things have not been going well for Naluswa in court lately, she recently lost an application where she was asking court to stay proceedings at the High Court Family Division, in their divorce case, until the determination of the Bigamy case that was heard today.

    Naluswa is challenging Bujjingo’s divorce case insisting that even though he entered another marriage as she claims, chances are still high of them being together again.

    However, Bujjingo says he will never be with Naluswa.

     

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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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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