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    She Refused To Be Taken To Hospital And Insisted To Be Prayed For Instead, She Died A Natural Death – Police Refutes NUP Reports that Nanyanzi, A Female Local Councilor Was Abducted And Tortured To Death By The State…



    The late Dianah Nanyanzi

    Police has maintained that Nanyanzi Diana, a 35 year old female councilor, of Myanzi and Nalutuntu sub-counties, in Kassanda District died a natural death, disregarding multiple reports that she was abducted and tortured to death by security operatives.

    The PRO, Wamala policing region, Asp  Rachel K Kawala revealed that Police in Kassanda is still actively investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Nanyanzi, according to early reports, Police States that Nanyanzi died on 10th/03/2021 at her home in Gambwa parish, Nalutuntu subcounty Kassanda district.

    Nanyanzi’s date of death is the only aspect that the multiple sources seem to agree on, but after her death this week, NUP reported that the councillor was abducted by a security drone a couple of days back and had died in custody of her abductors.

    “She disappeared two days before her death following her abduction by security operatives who were wielding sub machine guns at the time of her abduction. After they killed her, fearing what would happen next, they smartly bundled her lifeless body into a Toyota Noah vehicle model and dropped her corpse in Myanzi village, Mityana,” NUP reported.

    According to Police however, the task team of investigators has so far established that the victim left her home in Gambwa on the 9.03.2021, at around 4.30 pm, for an appointment in Kampala, the following day of 10.03.2021. She left her house keys with her neighbor called Proscovia Mwanje and also asked her to caretake her 7 year old son.

    The following day of 10.03.2021, the victim was transported back home at around 4.30pm, by a man later identified as, Hajji Masagazi, in grey, Toyota Noah, whose registration was not identified, according to Police.

    Police reveals that the victim was very weak and could hardly walk or talk, and that it is at this stage that the sister to the victim called Nakabanda Judith, inquired from the driver, what could have happened to the victim.

    Police says she told them how he and the victim, were at Bujjuuko town, and she suddenly started complaining of stomach pains. They say she vomited around the place and as he was planning to take her to hospital, she objected and instead asked them to pray for her.

    The relatives took her inside the house as Hajji Masagazi left, leaving behind his telephone contacts. It was later in the day, at around 7pm, that the victims condition worsened. She died as the relatives were planning on taking her to hospital.

    The matter was reported at Kassanda police headquarters and investigations instituted. The body of the victim was examined on post mortem by a Medical Doctor, at Kassanda health centre IV in the presence of the relatives and the body handed over to them for burial. The cause of death was indicated as natural.

    However, further samples from the internal organs, were obtained and submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory, for further forensic examination.

    “As we await the additional findings, we want to correct the false propaganda and misleading information that the victim was abducted and tortured to death by state actors. This is false and misleading information which should be disregarded,” Asp Kawala empasised.

    “We shall update the immediate family members and the public, once all information and Laboratory reports are received,” she added.

    By Baron Kironde


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    NUP Women Protestors Granted Bail



    Women Protestors belonging to the National Unity Platform (NUP) have been granted bail by Law Development Centre (LDC) Court.

    The Protestors who held a protest on women’s day were granted a case bail of Shs100,000 on March 20th. This followed a production warrant to produce them in court before March 29th, the initial day they had to be arraigned in court.

    The 10 women were arrested on women’s day during a protest in which they demanded for the release of political prisoners, called for stoppage of torture and abductions.

    These include Kyeone Stella, Nakiku Allen, Namtovu Milly, Nankya Fiona, Sselonga Rukia, Bulungi Jackie, Nantume Allen, Namutyaba Sylvia, Rwamto Apio Flavia and Nyanzi Elizabeth.

    David Lewis Rubongoya, the general secretary NUP said it is unfortunate that freedom of assembly has been suppressed in Uganda.

    “It is very unfortunate that the freedom of assembly has been taken away from Ug. We are happy that they hv been released on bail but we condemn the arrest of all those that have come out to protest and got arrested,”he said.

    Hanifah Nabukeera, woman MP Mukono, who acted as lawyer of the accused said she was surprised by the cash court asked.

    Nabukeera said court usually charges them exorbitant bail fees to fail their bail application which wasn’t the case today.





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    Truck Rams Into School, Kills 3 Students



    3 people have lost their lives while 18 have sustained life threatening injuries following an accident at Kasaka Senior Secondary School in Gomba on March 14th, 2023.

    A driver of a sino truck registration number UBL 790J lost control and rammed into Kasaka Senior Secondary School computer laboratory killing three on spot.

    The deceased are S.5 student Evelyn Namagembe, Mawanda Bosco (s.2) and Asege Hilda a candidate in her form four.

    The incident was confirmed by traffic police spokesperson Faridah Nampiima.

    “It is alleged that the sino truck driver lost control and rammed into Kasaka Senior Secondary School fence, proceeded through to the school computer lab that was occupied by students, killing three students on spot and injuring other 18,” Nampiima said in a statement.

    Nampiima further said that the truck driver Wanume Abudala, 26, has been arrested following the incident.

    “We have arrested the truck driver a one Wanume Abudala a 26 year old,” she said.

    The traffic police spokesperson says police is carrying out more investigations on the incident.




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    UPDF Soldier Faces 40 Years Jail Sentence For Murder



    Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier Corporal Franco Okwi has been remanded to Arua main government prison in Arua city for 40 years for the murder of a civilian at Bondo Military barracks in Arua district.

    RA185000 corporal Franco Okwi, a soldier attached to the 57 Battalion under 409 Brigade was sentenced by the Fourth Division Military Court Martial on Monday having pleaded guilty to the murder of Philliam Shida.

    On December 25, 2022, Corporal Okwi shot dead Philliam Shida. Shida approached Okwi who was on duty at a small gate of Bondo military barracks. The two had a misunderstanding leading to a shooting that claimed the life of the former.

    According to the postmortem report presented before the court, the deceased died due to severe bleeding caused by gunshot wounds on the lower buttocks
    The fourth Division Military Court martial chairman, Col. George Nambafu said that there was no justification for the convicted soldier to use a gun to shoot an unarmed civilian whom he is mandated to protect by law.

    Col. Nambafu sentenced Corporal Okwi to 40 years in jail. The convicted can appeal the ruling by court within the next 14 days.


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