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    Senior Judge Directs IGP Ochola Not To Delete Fired Traffic Police Boss From Payroll…

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    Senior High Court Civil Division Judge has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola not to delete the name of the fired traffic police boss from the police payroll.

    Justice Micheal Elubo, the head of the Civil Division High Court Kampala has issued an interim order restraining the police authority from deleting name of Sgt. Ibrahim Ssesanga, police officer No.335544, who was fired by the police’s appellant disciplinary court on grounds of causing the death of Hussein Walugembe, a bodaboda cyclist in Masaka City.

    Justice Elubo agreed with Ssesanga’s lawyers led by Akram Matovu of Matovu, Katerega and Company Advocates that he will suffer a lot if his name is scrapped from the payroll when his main suit challenging the decision by the police’s Appellant disciplinary Court is not yet determined by the high court.

    The police force through Mark Walugembe from the Attorney General’s Chambers didn’t object after claiming that he received the legal instructions very late and didn’t get enough time to respond to Ssesanga’s application concerning the interim order.

    Ssesanga ran to the High Court and challenged the decision by the police’s Appellate Court to dismiss him from the force without being given a fair hearing.

    He was dismissed from the force after being accused of causing the death of Walugembe who burnt himself after police confiscated his motorcycle and asked him for a bribe for violating the guidelines put in place to fight the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    CRIME: LDU Killed After Shooting Upto 5 People Dead In Nansana…

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    A Local Defense Unit Officer has been shot dead after he fired 18 live bullets, killing upto 5 people in the process, and injuring many more.

    Police has established that the suspect fired 18 bullets, but the motive of the shooting is still unknown as investigations into the incident are still ongoing.

    SP Patrick Onyango, the Public Relations Officer, Kampala Metropolitan Police has confirmed the reports.

    “Today, we registered unfortunate incident in Ganda Nansana in Wakiso District where five people lost their lives and three were injured in a shooting  incident,” Onyango revealed.

    The police spokesperson disclosed that today at about 0900 hours, police received information of the shooting incident at Ganda village Kyebando Parish, Wakiso District.

    “According to available information, L/CPL Denis Omara, an LDU Commander, attached to Ganda detach, who is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol, shot dead four people  namely Special Police Constable Isaac Nimulungi, LDUs No. AX301784 Abraham Masereka, No. AX017516 John Wafula and a civilian woman Rita Nabayingo, a resident of Nsumbi village Kyebando parish, Wakiso District,” Onyango revealed.

    Police reports indicate that Willy Omara, the LDU officer who went on rampage was later put out of action. Police Constable David Ochen was injured in the process, and two other civilians yet to be identified were also injured and rushed to unknown clinics.

    The bodies of the victims have been taken to Mulago City mortuary for postmortem.

    By Baron Kironde

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    Journalists Want Police Boss Ochola To Resign Over His Reckless Statements…

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    Journalists under Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) want the Inspector General of police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola to resign over his reckless statements against journalist yesterday.

    In a statement signed by Mathiaus Rukundo, the newly elected association president insists that Ochola’s statement concerning the brutality against journalists who cover opposition politicians in the ongoing political campaigns was an instructions to his subordinates to continue assaulting journalists.

    “That you being the head of the Uganda Police Force, all statements you make are taken as instructions to your subordinates and in the same vein seen to qualify, justify and sanction further actions of torture, violence and total abuse of human rights and freedoms of journalists by police which puts mass media and journalism as a whole, which is a fundamental pillar in free and democratic society, at risk in Uganda,” Rukundo noted.

    He added that Ochola’s statements are unbecoming and not befitting of his position as IGP in such times when the country is at the climax of a political season which has been characterised by visible actions of violence and torture by police which have even resulted into loss of lives and left many journalists hospitalised.

    Rukundo said that Ochola’s statements are not only derogatory in nature but also disregard basic fundamental human rights, rule of law and contravene conventional principles of international laws.

    Rukundo noted in the letter that with immediate effect, Ochola should retract and withdraw his impugned statements or resign.

    He warned that if the IGP does not heed to their demands he is ready to seek help from the appointing authority who is president Yoweri Museveni.

    He further threatened that journalists are also thinking of taking legal action against Ochola in his personal capacity, not as head of police.

    On Friday in the security joint briefing at Naguru police headquarters in Kampala, Ochola disclosed that police sometimes beats journalists to protect them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    You Will Pay Me For My Stolen Properties! – Don Zella Files Shs. 461 Million Lawsuit Against Speke Apartments…

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    City socialite Don Zella, who is singer Big Eye’s ex-lover,  has slapped a heavy lawsuit on Speke Apartments. She demands to be paid Shs.461,000,000 in losses and damages.

    The socialite, real name Sheila Nadege claims that the said loss was occasioned by the negligence of Speke Apartments to which she holds liable for her stolen properties.

    In the lawsuit filed before the High Court Civil Division, Don Zella states that on the 6th day of December, 2020, she rented two apartment rooms (R107 and R512) operated by Speke Apartments.

    However, on Christmas day (25th Dec, 2020) while she and her family members were away, at around a 4pm, a thief identified as Jeremiah Ojok who had booked R110 broke into one of their rooms (R107) and stole her property.

    The items that Don Zella lost include; eight (8) passports (7 USA and 1 Ugandan passport) worth about UGX 7M two (2) laptops (HP ProBook and Macbook) and a hard drive worth UGX 11M jewelry worth UGX 55M), four (4) phones worth UGX 18M, two (2) Kids’ tablets worth 2M, a Nikon D850 camera worth 14M, cash $90,000 (Approximately UGX 332M) and UGX 30M.

    According to court documents, the said items were left in the locked apartment and also in the safe that was in the apartment for valuables which the thief or thieves allegedly unscrewed and stole.

    Don Zella says that she was informed by Speke Apartment management that the person suspected of breaking into the unit had booked into the same apartments as Jeremiah Ojok, a Kenyan national.

    Don Zella states that she was denied the key to her bedroom in the rented apartment despite numerous requests to the manager only identified as Nimesh which would have mitigated the loss.

    “Failure to station a security guard on the apartment floor well knowing the residents keep valuables within the apartments and failure to require foreign residents like the identified thief to deposit passports or copies thereof with the defendant as it is alleged he was a Kenyan amounts to negligence,” her affidavit further reads.

    She also holds Speke Apartments liable for failing to have a system of checking residents when moving out of the premises that allowed the alleged thief to move out with a safe he had removed from her room and tampering with the scene of crime before the police and her got there making it difficult to apprehend the alleged thief in time.

    Don Zella states that that the loss she suffered is legally recognizable and not too remote from the breach of duty by Speke Apartments as it was foreseeable thus she was not in any way contributory negligent nor did she voluntarily assume any risk to cause the above loss to her.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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