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Panic In Court As Security Rescue Journalist From Deadly Serial Killer Arinaitwe

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There was panic among counter terrorism commandos who are providing security at the Court of Appeal and officers from Uganda prison when serial killer Richard Arinaitwe tried to grab a Uganda Radio Network (URN) journalist by the neck.

It all started when the three justices of the Court of Appeal led by justice Elizabeth Musoke Kibuuka, Hellen Obula and Ezekiel Muhanguzi adjourned court hearing. Immediately, journalists started taking pictures of Arinaitwe who was heavily guarded, at a distance.  Kakundakwe, a journalist with URN tried to use her phone to take Arinaitwe’s photo, she went close to 6 metres near to Arinaitwe. The young ambitious journalist, while trying to take Arinaitwe’s best shot forgot she was closing in on a hungry lion that can pounce on her anytime and leave her with scars.

Meanwhile, Arinaitwe was acting like nothing was going on. When the journalist moved within 6 meters close to him, he jumped and almost grabbed her neck. Security officers fought with Arinaitwe to let the journalist go. “Run away the man is going to kill you,” journalists warned their own who was already in the hands of Arinaitwe. Fortunately, security operatives fought strongly to protect the girl who was already shivering and shaking in fear.

Arinaitwe was later overpowered and forced to sit down. Security officers turned their guns on the journalist and cautioned them to stop putting their lives in danger. “You people, do you know the man you are joking with?  We are going to force you out of this court if you don’t control yourselves,” Ekalam, the prison’s officer who commanded the guards from Luzira said.

Arinaitwe (in a white t-shirt) in court today

Arinaitwe had come to hear his appeal where he is seeking court to review the High Court ruling where he was given life sentence for murder. His lawyer Isaac Serugo submitted before the three justices that the 20 years his client has spent in prison, he has changed and regrets whatever happened. He further told court that the High Court trial judge didn’t evaluate the evidences brought against his client. He further stated that the search that the police did at his Apartment in Kololo was illegal because his client was not present nor his lawyer. He said that the exhibits like a knife which was full of blood were not taken from Arinaitwe’s home.  However, the state submitted that Arinaitwe’s lawyers were deceiving court that their client had changed and that he regrets his acts. They insisted that the justices must leave the sentence given to Arinaitwe by the High Court. Arinaitwe was first convicted to death. However, the court reviewed his sentence and reduced it to life imprisonment.

The justices shall give their judgement on notice. In court, Arinaitwe was heavily guided even in the dock because security feared a repeat of what happened in 1998 when Arinaitwe tried to kill Buganda Road Magistrate Jane Elizabeth Alividza who was hearing his case where he was charged of killing American born Cecilia Maria Goetz. The state told Court that Arinaitwe killed Goetz from Hotel Equatorial.  The police detectives also discovered that Arinaitwe was among the gang that was killing people in hotels and stealing their properties.

The detectives discovered shocking exhibits from Arinaitwe’s room in Kololo including crime novels written by James Hardly Chase and James Bond films. In Luzira where Arinaitwe is detained, he has been separated from his fellow prisoners due to his violent behaviors including fighting his fellow detainers.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Police Speaks Out On Minister Nantaba Attack

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Uganda Police mouthpiece CP Patrick Onyango has clarified on the incident in which minister Aidah Nantaba was attacked by unknown assailants who were riding on a motorcycle.

In a statement released this evening, Onyango said, “the police at Nagalama are investigating circumstances under which two men dressed in black leather suits and riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Reg No.UDL 822A, allegedly trailed, The Hon. Aida Nantaba Erios, The Hon. Minister of State for ICT and Woman Member of Parliament Kayunga District, in a threatening manner over a distance of 40 kms, from Sezibwa bridge up to Nagalama trading centre. It is alleged that two riders today 24th.March 2019 at around 11:00am rode past The Hon. Minsters official vehicle after, made a U-turn, drove back and pulled alongside the roadside market after Sezibwa bridge. One of them came to the stall where she was buying fruits and pretended to seek for the direction to Kabimbiri trading centre . His suspicious conduct prompted her bodyguard to respond and they drove off.
The Hon. Minister upon realizing that she was being trailed, branched and alerted the police at Nagalama, about the suspicious conduct of the riders.
The two suspicious riders, upon noticing that the Hon. minister had branched and alerted the police at Nagalama , diverted and attempted to escape in the direction of Kimenyede – Mayangayanga Road .
The response teams at Nagalama, pursued them, and after a long chase forced them to abandon their sports motorcycle at Nagojje trading centre, several shots were fired in their direction, to cause them to surrender, but all in vain. In the process, Sebbulime Ronald a resident of Nakabugo Village, Nakabugo Parish, Pakiso Sub County, and Busiro County in Wakiso District was shot dead during the pursuit. The police is still searching the area with canine dogs for the second suspect, who is feared armed and dangerous.
We want to inform the public that The Hon. Minister, despite the scare is very safe and was not attacked at any stage as alleged in the media. Due to the signature technique of attacks from assailants perched on the back of moving motorcycles, the police is taking keen interest, in this investigation, to establish the motive of the suspects. The mobile phone to the deceased, the motorcycle and identification documents recovered are essential leads in our investigation.”

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Minister Nantaba Survives Death, Gunmen Open Fire At Her Car, One Assailant Killed

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Kayunga woman Member of Parliament, Aidah Nantaba who also doubles as the State Minister for ICT has survived an assassination.

Nantaba was on her way from Kayunga to Kampala road when gunmen travelling on a motorcycle opened fire on the minister’s car prompting his guards to return fire.

According to Nantaba, she was standing on Sezibwa bridge trying to buy some items when gunmen opened fire on her official car. Nantaba’s guards returned gunfire that left one gunmen shot dead.

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Kayihura Told Me To Give Kitatta Guns – Police Boss Nixon Pins Former Boss

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Incarcerated former commandant of the flying squad Senior Superintendent of Police Nixon Agasirwe has told the army court today that his former boss Kale Kayihura told him to give Kitatta the guns he was arrested with.

Agasiirwe testified before Makindye based court martial that between 2009 and 2010, when he was the officer in charge of issuing guns, Kayihura directed him to find all ways of protecting Kitatta who was giving them important information that helped police quell riots in the city centre.

The flamboyant police officer told court that Kayihura issued the directives after Kitatta met him on several occasions to find ways of collecting security intelligence from the public. Agasiirwe testified that by that time, the police force was facing scarcity of intelligence information, so they were very happy to find Kitatta and they had to protect him from government opponents.  He said that Kitatta told Kayihura that his life was in danger after some people tried to harm him on getting information that he was a state operative and that he was the one helping security to naturalize riots.

Agasirwe told court that he was the one who deployed Sowali Ngobi a policeman under special operation unit to guard Kitatta with only a pistol.  However, after a few months, his boss Kayihura directed him to give Kitatta another 3 AK47 guns which he did for the safety of the police informer. State prosecutor quizzed Agasirwe to produce evidence showing that it was Kayihura who gave him instructions to give Kitatta guns. Agasirwe told court that the directives were given to him verbally. He was also grilled on the serial numbers of the guns he gave to Kitatta including the golden pistol found with Kitatta when he was arrested from Wakaliga.

Agasirwe told court that it is a long time and he doesn’t remember the serial number of the guns. It’s against this background that the state alleged that the guns and ammunitions were given to Kitatta illegally.  Both Kitatta and Agasirwe are facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunitions, failure to protect war materials and repatriating of Rwanda Nationals back to their country.  The general court martial chair Gen Andrew Guti adjourned the hearing to 26 this month for Kitatta to produce more defense witnesses.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

 




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