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    Top UPDF Officers Charged With Creating Ghost Petitioners On Army Payroll…

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    Army court boss Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti

    Three top Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) officers have been charged before Makindye based military general court martial with offences related to creation ghost petitioners on the army payroll.

    Prosecution led by Maj. Elly Byaruhanga told the court martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti that Maj. Ismail Mwangwa Kakaire (47), Capt. Gerald Byamugisha (37) and Capt. Lameck Kimula (34) all attached to Chieftaincy of Pensions and Gratuity (COPG), as an intelligence and staff officer, respectively sneaked a one Maureen Nekesa on the pensioner’s list well knowing that she is not a beneficiary.

    State claims that the accused between January and April 2018 conspired with Stanley Wejuli alias Guloba, Robert Bwire and Nekesa to defraud Cpl. Emmanuel Twesigye of his pension benefits.

    State alleges that the accused, knowingly put Nekesa on the petitioner’s payroll claiming that she was a widow to Cpl. Twesigye who was still alive to defraud his pension benefit.

    All the accused denied the charges and were released on court bail.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Security Operatives Ordered To Respond Fire With Fire If Attacked By Assailants…

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    Police mouthpiece Fred Enanga

    Security operatives have been tasked to answer fire with fire if assailants attack them.

    This directive comes after a number of attacks that have been happening on different police stations.

    Addressing press today, Police mouthpiece Fred Enanga noted that orders have been issued to security personnel, especially commanders to respond to any armed attacks with fire.

    Enanga added that any assailant who tries to attack security personnel will face a similar response from security.

    He disclosed, “The leadership of the joint security agencies has tasked all territorial commanders RPCs, DPCs, commanders of police stations, police posts, detaches, checkpoints to be prepared to respond to any form of violence that targets their personnel or facilities.

    “Whereas security personnel are trained on how to protect the public, they are also trained on how to use tactics and proportionate force under violent and unpredictable incidents like ambushes, attacks at checkpoints, detaches and other security facilities.”

    Enanga insisted that they want to inform all security personnel that the leadership of joint security agencies stands with them and that they are doing everything possible to prevent such unprovoked attacks and ambushes on them.

    “There should not be tolerance of attacks on security personnel and robbery of guns which are fundamental to public safety and security.”

    He also revealed that they are trying to build the intelligence on attackers, especially in Luweero and most recently in Kapeeka.

    He further honoured the comrades that died in the line of duty in Luweero, Busika, Gadaffi barracks, Iganga and Kapeeka.

    “We want to assure their families that all these fallen comrades are our heroes, and we are inspired by their selfless acts of bravery.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Stop Provoking People With Guns; Controversial RCC Burora Warns…

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    The deputy Resident City Commissioner (RCC) of Rubaga Division, Anderson Burora has urged public to stop provoking people with guns.

    Burora’s statements come after an incident that claimed Mr. Waliggo Ronald (38), a Boda Boda cyclist who was a resident of Kirinya Bigo, Kawanda in Wakiso who had a misunderstanding with Ssali Abdul, who was driving a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) car.

    Appearing on a TV show, Burora noted that in the Army, one is trained that if someone points a gun at you, you do as that person says.

    Burora warned Ugandans not to blame individual acts on the institution but rather blame the institution if the individuals who do malicious acts are not brought to book.

    “Yes, there could be some insecurity, but this insecurity can be handled. We have faced several situations, but they have always been solved. The issue of attackers will be solved too,” he added.

    Burora contended that they have to work with the people because, by the time someone steals a gun from the police, it means ordinary people are vulnerable too.

    “So, we need to work together and avail information about any suspicious people,” he said.

    Former Kawempe South Member of Parliament, Mubarak Munyagwa noted that the Army rarely announces that they lost people in attacks.

    “Seeing the UPDF Spokesperson coming out to announce the loss of their officer, the motive is to create a state of emergency.”

    He also emphasized that they need to be careful when dealing with security officers.

    “They have misguided anger. How can you pay someone with a gun a salary of UGX 300,000?”

    According to National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Rogers Mulindwa, the Army is the most disciplined force and by the time shots are fired, it means the scuffle is big.

    “There could be a few undisciplined elements in the forces, but not all of them are like that. We also don’t have to provoke these officers,” he added.

    He divulged, “We should stop joking about matters of security. We all need to be vigilant and conscious. Even the officers who have lost their lives are human beings like us.

    “When we have such issues of insecurity, we have to look at them from a national perspective, work together with the authorities and provide the necessary information.”

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    REBELS OR CRIMINALS! Fear As Attacks On Security Personnel Increase, UPDF Warns…

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    Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has kicked off an onslaught on gun hungry criminals.

    According to Defence spokesperson, Brig. Felix Kulayigye, a UPDF foot patrol was ambushed at 1030hrs in Kikondo cell in Kapeka town council by two assailants armed with one AK 47 rifle.

    He added, “On contact, the assailants shot dead a UPDF soldier RA/260979 Private Tufeyo Obed.

    “His colleagues fired back on target, killing all the two assailants instantly, and recovered the gun they used in the attack, no weapon was lost by UPDF.”

    Brig. Kulayigye further disclosed that in a related incident, an intelligence led operation working together with Uganda Police and other sister forces in Iganga district on Saturday 26 November 2022 Put Out of Action the assailant that carried out an attack on a sentry along Ambercourt road in Gadaffi Barracks, where one soldier was killed and two SMG rifles stolen.

    “All the two guns were recovered from the assailant.”

    He adduced that the UPDF and sister security forces have therefore launched a full scale on slot on criminals interested in picking rifles to make unpalatable the appetite for gun acquisition.

    “The criminals attempts on our forces shall be met with full force.”

    This comes after a number of attacks on several police stations.

    Early this week, Nakulabye police station officer survived an attack from unknown persons.

    According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, investigations into the matter commenced aided by CCTV cameras to try to identify the attacker and their movements.

    Also, in Mbale district, unknown assailants broke into Bungokho police station and stole two guns and a radio call.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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