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    Top Judge To Handle Case In Which Traffic Police Boss Was Fired From The Force For Causing Death Of Bodaboda Cyclist Who Burnt Himself…

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    Sgt. Ibrahim Ssesanga (L) and the late Walugembe (R)

    Justice Micheal Elubo, the head of the High Court Civil Division Kampala is set to handle a controversial suit where a top traffic police boss was fired from the force for causing the death of a bodaboda cyclist.

    Justice Elubo set 12th January 2021 as the date to hear the matter in which Sgt. Ibrahim Ssesanga, police officer No.335544, challenged the decision by the Police Appeals Court to dismiss him from the force without giving him a fair hearing.

    Ssesanga through his lawyers of Matovu Katerega and Company Advocates want Court to quash the decision of Uganda Police Appeals Court contained in Min 16/10/2020 which upholds the punishment of his dismissal from the force.

    He also wants court to put a permanent injunction restraining the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola, Police Council and Police Authority from implementing the decision made against him by the Police’s Appeals Court.

    He also asked court to re-instate him as a serving officer in the force and pay him general damages for the inconvenience caused by the decision of the Police’s Appeals Court.

    In his affidavit,  Ssesanga stated that on 12th of November 2020, he received a letter dated 19th of October 2020 signed by the secretary of the Police Appeals Court informing him that his appeal dated 4th August 2020 was heard under minute Min8.16/10/2020 and it was dismissed and the punishment of dismissing him from the force was upheld as made by the police’s lower court.

    He told Court that the police court was not fair while dismissing him from the force where he has served for over 15 years with a clean record.

    “The Court did not consider that it was necessary to prove the ownership of the motorcycle before the same could be handed over. It is a requirement in traffic police that before handing over a vehicle impounded by police, proof of ownership must be presented by the person seeking the release,” Ssesanga stated.

    He insisted that there was no evidence to prove a case of scandalous manner upon which he was convicted on corruption charges.

    He noted that the sentence of dismissal from the force was harsh and a lesser sentence would have been fair given that he was a first offender and the only breadwinner for his three school going children.

    He told Court that he was not informed of the date when the Appeal was to be heard even though he was anxious to be present and present his Appeal before the Appeal’s Court, he was just informed that the Appeal was determined without hearing from him.

    “I am advised by my lawyers of Matovu, Katerega and Company Advocates, whose advice I believed to be true that the failure to hear me out rendered the whole process illegal, unconstitutional, null and void. I know that had I been present, there was no way the conviction could be upheld in absence of evidence to prove that I was involved,” he added.

    He insisted that his left hand was seriously injured and he sustained serious fire burns that spread from the fire which was started by Hussein Walugembe, the deceased.

    He added that as he was running to save his life from fire, he fell on a sharp object and sustained serious abdominal injuries.

    Ssesanga was dismissed from the force after being accused for causing the death of Hussein 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.

    Before his death, Walugembe said that he tried to talk to Ssesanga because he knew him to release his motorcycle but he refused until he gave him a Shs.100,000 bribe.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    TARGETED! Two Traffic Cops Killed In One Day, Directorate Vows To Bring Killers To Book

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    Two traffic police officers have been killed in a manner that looks targeted.

    Yesterday at Adwila on the Lira-Soroti Road, the Directorate registered a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle Registration number UG 0337G, a Ford Ranger belonging to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and a motorcycle Bajaj Boxer Reg. No. UEU 841C. The incident claimed the life of a traffic officer identified as PC Michah Muhindo.

    It is alleged that the driver, No 64670 PC John Oginere a police officer attached to the Ministry of Internal Affairs while driving from Soroti to Lira and upon reaching Adwila, knocked the rider, Bob Odongo, who lost control, and knocked PC Muhindo to death. The rider, too, died on the way to lira regional referral hospital.

    Traffic and Road Safety Directorate Spokesperson, ASP Faridah Nampiima says that the driver has been arrested and is in “our custody to help in investigations.”

    The second incident happened at 9:40pm last evening at Kakiri where a traffic officer identified as PC Sulah Kadede lost is life.

    The incident happened at Busaku village, Namayumba Town Council along the Kampala-Hoima road in Wakiso district while the deceased and another were responding to the scene of a minor accident.

    Earlier, there was an accident involving three motor vehicles registration numbers UAQ 541P T/Spacio, UAV 727G T/Mark 11 Grande and UAR 331R (Mitsubishi Canter).

    According to sources, PC Kadede together with PC Dramviku had responded to a single minor accident involving the Toyota Grande and guard rails at Busaku village.

    As the above motor vehicle was being loaded on the breakdown, a motor vehicle Reg. No. UAQ 541P T/SPACIO from Kampala side rammed into them, killing PC Kadede on spot and seriously injuring PC Dramviku and the driver of the breakdown.

    The injured victims were rushed taken to Mulago national referral hospital for treatment, while the body of PC Kadede was conveyed to the city mortuary for postmortem examination.

    According to Nampiima, the driver is on the run and “is being hunted.”

    “The festive season is here. Avoid over speeding, drink-driving and all other road indiscipline that can lead to loss of lives or damage to property.”

    Data shows that at least five people on average were killed by accidents involving boda bodas in Uganda last year. This is according to the police annual crime report, 2021.

    According to the report, there were 17443 road accidents reported in 2021, an increase of 42% from the 12249 reported the previous year.

    The report indicated that 3757 of the accidents were fatal, 9070 serious and 4616 were minor.

    According to the report, the accidents in 2021 led to 18035 victims, a big number of whom were killed.

    “There was a 14% increase in the number of people killed in 2021 to 4159 from 3663 in 2020. The number of motorists killed in the accidents increased by 21% from 1146 in 2020 to 1390 in 2021,” the report indicates.

    The report also indicates that 1384 pedestrians constituting 34% were some of the most killed category of people on the road in 2021.

    In total, the Greater Kampla Metropolitan Police region of Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono took the lion’s share in the number of accidents, with 836 incidents.

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    Justice Minister Mao To Meet Security Council Over Drone Abductions And Kidnaps…

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    Minister Norbert Mao

    Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Nobert Mao revealed that he was appointed as Chairperson of cabinet committee on human rights.

    Mao made these remarks today while appearing at the 27th joint Government of Uganda-Development Access to Justice Annual review at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

    Speaking at the event, Mao revealed that he has been tasked with his committee to look into the recent rise in cases of alleged kidnaps and abductions of people, mostly those leaning on the political opposition.

    He said, “Myself and the Attorney General have been asked to meet the security council over the increased reports of abductions and kidnaps.”

    Mao vowed to reach out on all people with missing relatives or friends to give them more information about the disappearance of their people.

    “Once we have got the details, we shall be presenting them before the Security Council.”

    He added that the committee will institute a human rights desk where all complainants of missing persons will be reported for response.

    Mao adduced that once it comes to their attention, they have the capacity to trace that person using their cameras.

    “The issue shouldn’t be politicized because it is sensitive and touches people’s lives. If it’s true they are abductions, these may be conducted by disgruntled people within government with the view of tainting its good image.”

    Mao contended that they will ensure that they do better so that when they come back for the 28th time they give themselves marks.

    According to Attorney General, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, this year’s review is being held against the background of a challenging year. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had probably challenging phenomenon, socially, economically and politically.

    He said, “Most specifically, the pandemic created unprecedented challenges and demands on access to justice community, but also tested the resilience and resolve of our coordination and collaboration model.

    “Our theme of the day is aligned with the national vision 2040 that seeks to consolidate the principles of governance, including constitutional democracy, protection of human rights, the rule of law, govt effectiveness and citizens participation in development processes.

    “President Eisenhower once said, peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Let’s remember the need for both peace and justice, not just one of them.”

    Kiryowa further emphasized that all people with missing persons should report to them for a proper follow-up because they can’t act on allegations without facts and that he can’t follow up a case basing on rumours posted on social media.

    By Kalamira Hope

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    THE ACCIDENT IS FISHY: Lord Mayor Lukwago Orders Serious Investigations Into Why Subaru Driver Rammed Into His House…

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    Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago has ordered for serious investigations into an accident that occurred at his home in Wakaligga, Lubaga division.

    Lukwago has called on the police to investigate the motive behind the driver who rammed into his house, which caused alot of anxiety among members of his family in the night hours of 4th, December, 2022.

    His stand follows an accident by the driver of a Subaru which crushed into the gate and hit one of the pillars of the house.

    “A short while ago, an overhasty and reckless driver of Subaru car registration number UAJ 704K rammed through the main entrance to my house, the gate forcefully flung open and badly damaged it, and the over speeding car then rammed into the pillar at the entrance to the sitting room,” Lukwago said.

    He added that following the accident, everybody was left into disarray since they didn’t know what was happening.

    He adduced, “The driver was either high on something which had intoxicated him or he was on a different mission, that is the reason we want this matter to be investigated.”

    The Subaru driver however defended himself noting that the car lost control and could not brake.

    “I tried to park against the wall but it kept going. I didn’t intend to cause any harm,” he apologized.

    Lukwago was however not convinced with the explanation insisting that if the car was moving by gravitational force, the distance from the gate to the pillar where the car landed is very small.

    “That impact you see on the pole, suggests something ‘fishy’ could have been intended and so that is where we have a problem and that is why we want the matter to be investigated.”

    The regional traffic Officer of Kampala Metropolitan Police North, Bruce Onibye, said that investigations are ongoing but the vehicle seems to have been in poor mechanical condition.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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