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Panic At Mubajje’s Supreme Council As Court Of Appeal Trashes High Court’s Terrorism Verdict Against Tabliq Leader  Sheikh Kamoga…

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Sheikh Yunus Kamoga

There is panic at Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) and theGrapevine can authoritatively confirm that a series of crisis meetings are being held by top leaders to strategize on how they are going to deal with the release of tabliq community leaders led by Sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga from jail.

Three justices of the Court of Appeal led by Chief Justice Alofose Owinyi Dollo, Justice Elizabeth Musoke and Justice Cheborion Barishaki trashed the decision of the International Crimes War Division of the High Court which convicted Sheikh Kamoga, his brother Mudde Bukenya, Fahad Kalungi, Abdul Salaam Ssekayanja and Yusuf Kakande to life imprisonment and 35 years imprisonment respectively.

In 2017, a panel of three justices led by Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaice and Jane Kiggundu convicted the appellants on charges of terrorism but they were cleared on murder charges which included the killing of the late Sheikh Mustafah Bahiga and late Sheikh Hassan Ibrahim Kirya.

The appellants through their lawyers led by celebrated criminal lawyer Mark Dusman Kabega and Fred Muwema challenged the conviction on ten grounds which the appellant court agreed with.

In their judgment, the justices noted with concern that there was error by the high court to convict the appellants without compelling, substantiated and corroborated evidence to support the alleged attacks and threats to members of the Jamiya Daawa Asalafiya Muslim sect.

The justices further said that the appellants were convicted on terrorism charges on hearsay without evidence from the state.

Because there was no concrete evidence, the justices directed for the immediate release of the appellants.

However, the family and relatives of the released appellants are not very sure that their people will be released as directed by court; this was based on the high security deployment which was at court when the judgment was read.

The appellants were not in court and they received the judgment from Luzira prison.

WHY MUBAJJE IS IN FEAR

The leadership at UMSC is in fear knowing very well that the tabliq community is likely to use Kamoga’s influence, respect and command to revenge against the UMSC leadership who allegedly used his absence to grab most of their properties including the William Street mosque.

It should be remembered that during the COVID19 lockdown, UMSC took over the leadership of the William street mosque, something that angered most of the tabliqs, it was Kamoga who previously fought tooth and nail to see that William street mosque is rescued from city tycoon Drake Lubega who bought the mosque from UMSC.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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Obote Son Beats Up MP Akena Before Their Old Mum Miria Obote At Their Kololo Home…

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Jimmy Akena (L) and Miria Obote (R)

The children of Milton Obote are unhappy with Jimmy Akena for dominating everything in the family including the billions they get annually as benefits because their late father was both Prime minister and President of Uganda.

The other two Obote’s sons Eddie Engena Maitum and Tony Akaki are unhappy that Akena and his wife Betty Among are monopolizing all the money without giving them anything. Akena is also politically enjoying all the benefits got from the Obote name in Lango without allowing his brothers to benefit also by shining politically.

When Apac municipality was created, Engena, who is also a pastor in Kenya came home and demanded to stand there on the UPC ticket but Akena blocked him and gave the UPC flag to someone else. Engena went ahead and stood as an independent against Akena’s candidate but lost.

He has been grassing since that time and one afternoon recently, he stormed his mother’s house in Kololo where he demanded to know why he should live in poverty when his father was a very rich man and former President of Uganda. Akena was there, he confronted him and the two exchanged blows until Miria their mother separated them.

Engena accused Miria of favoring Akena even when he mistreats them by denying them benefits of being Obote’s sons. A tearful Engena cursed Akena and assured Miria he will never come back again. Bishop Engena became so much annoyed that even when his Kenyan wife died recently, he grieved alone without involving Akena and other family members.

The miserable Bishop buried his wife in Luwero where he bought land and says he isn’t interested in the Oyima clan things anymore because Akena has monopolized everything back home in Akokoro.        

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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VIDEO: I Regret Hitting Police Officer With Hammer Twice – Police Arrests Man Who Hit Their Own During Bobi Wine Riots, To Charge Him With Attempted Murder…

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Police has arrested a one Ssebwa Emmanuel Ssebuliba who was captured in a video hitting a police officer with a hammer during the free Bobi Wine riots in Kampala last week.

According to Kampala Metropolitam Police (KMP) PRO SP Patrick Onyango, police used CCTV cameras around the area to nab Ssebuliba.

“Police in Kampala have arrested the suspected criminal who was captured on camera assaulting a police officer on duty during riot on Wednesday (18/11/2020). Police first picked his associate from his hideout with the help of CCTV cameras,” Onyango said.

He added, “The suspect is called Ssebwa Emmanuel Ssebuliba. His associate is identified as Kasozi Benson. They are both detained at CPS Kampala on attempted murder charges. Ssebuliba confesses to the crime. We condemn the act of attacking our security personnel who are carrying out their lawful duties.”

In his confession, Ssebuliba said, “I picked the hammer by the roadside, and hit the police officer two times but I regret what I did.”

 

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Bobi Wine’s Bail, NUP Lawyers, Politician Disagree On How NUP Leader Will Conduct Campaigns Following Court’s Conditions…

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Bobi Wine campaigning in Kyenjojo today

Lawyers of the National Unity Platform (NUP) party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine and other politicians have disagreed on how to proceed with campaigns following the tough conditions given to their client by Iganga Magistrate Courts, when releasing him on the charges of violating COVID-19 guidelines.

Iganga Chief Magistrates Court Catherine Agwero directed the musician turned politician to follow the guidelines issued by the independent Electoral Commission to all presidential candidates, to be followed when campaigning to prevent the spread of COVID19.

The said conditions included: putting in place a handwashing point at all his campaign venues, avoiding processions and rallies, campaigning in gazetted places supervised by security and having not more than 200 people at a rally, the accused didn’t object to any of these conditions.

However, when contacted on the way NUP is prepared to follow the magistrate’s conditions, Anthony Wameli, one of Bobi Wine’s lawyers revealed that their client is not ready to follow the conditions the magistrate gave him.

“Bobi Wine is a politician, there is no way he can follow those conditions, by the way, he is not the one who calls those people to join him and form processions, they just come to see him and listen to him,” Wameli said.

When asked whether they are not afraid that their client will be arrested again and charged for violating his bail conditions, Wameli said that being arrested and detained is part of a politician’s daily life and Bobi Wine is ready to face the judicial officers again any time and they are also ready to represent him.

However, Bobi Wine’s vice president in charge of youth, Francis Butebi Zaake, the Mityana municipality legislator noted that NUP campaign managers are now ready to follow all the conditions given to them.

“We are tired of always fighting with security, this time we are going to follow their conditions and we shall campaign in gazetted places as instructed,” Zaake said.

Bobi Wine has been accused by the Electoral Commission of violating the COVID-19 guidelines during his presidential campaigns.

Controversial City lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi predicted that if Bobi Wine violates the conditions given to him by the magistrate during his release, he will be denied bail the next time he appears before court.

He further revealed that before Bobi Wine’s arrest, his charges were already planned, that is why the trial magistrate convicted him before the hearing.

“All the conditions which the magistrate put in his bail were the same conditions the Electoral Commission gave presidential candidates in this scientific campaign,” Mabirizi said.

He wondered how the magistrate knew that Bobi Wine was violating the said conditions before witnesses testified against him.

“That means the magistrate knew the evidence against the suspect and convicted him,” Mabirizi said.
Mabirizi explained that the COVID-19 guidelines were not legal since they were issued without following the proper procedure that is why he tried to challenge them in court.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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