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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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Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…

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Mr. Jimmy Turyagyenda and the car which was burnt

Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.

There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.

The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.

Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.

Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.

Mr. Turyagyenda’s story

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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UPDF Soldier Sentenced To Five Years For Coning UGX40m From Priests After Promising Them Museveni…

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Private Kalulu Stephen

The Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower military Court has sentenced a UPDF soldier Private Kalulu Stephen to five years’ imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence.

According to UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, Kalulu got UGX40M from Rev. Fr. Kawanguzi Emmanuel and Rev Father Isanga Joseph Baligeya after deceiving them that he works with State House and has connection with the President.

He promised to help them bring HE the President to Kamuli mission hospital and encourage him to renovate the same. Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land lissues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the president would Fence their land. In turn priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, Prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences. He added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Pte Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the court saying he has a big family with five children. He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the Reverend Fathers to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides court sentenced the convict to Five years in prison.

Others produced in the same court were a Civillian one Mutobano Michael who was arrested in Ntinda while dorning Army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain. He has been charged of illegal possession of military stores. Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

 

Source: UPDF Spokesperson

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Police Arrests Mother Who Hired 14-Year-Old Daughter For Sex To Two Different Men…

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Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Oweyesigire has disclosed that Katwe Police Station has arrested Zura Mukamana, 36, a mother who allegedly hired out her 14-year-old daughter for sex to two different men so that they can give her some money.

In a statement released today afternoon, ASP Oweyesigire also disclosed one of the men was arrested.

“One of the suspects, Fred Bulega, 41, who is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the girl was also arrested. The arrest of Mukamana followed a viral video received by Police, in which a 14-year-old girl claimed that she was being forced by her mother to have sexual intercourse with men” Oweyesigire said.

ASP oweyesigire said that before the viral video, Mukamana had reported to police a case of disappearance of her daughter at Salama and police started investigations.

“The girl was later recovered from her father’s home where she had run for refuge. The father took the girl to police and investigations led to the arrest of the second man-John Mwesigye, 18, who is said to have had sexual intercourse with the girl. Mwesigye has since been charged and remanded on offence defilement,” he said.

He added, “Bulega, who is also alleged to have defiled the girl, is still in detention as investigations and medical examination continue. Both case files with a range of offences will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for perusal and sanctioning as soon as investigations are done.”

“We thank the girl for standing for her human rights and for reporting a criminal case to police as the Constitution tasks every citizen to do. We, as police, condemn any form of child rights abuse and ask the public, to report any case of sexual abuse they encounter in their homes to relevant authorities. The girl has since been handed over to the father as investigations go on . We will work with different agencies to provide counseling for the victim,” the statement says.

The girl is now five months pregnant.

Source: KMP Statement

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