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    We Shall Get Them All! – CID Police Tough On Child Traffickers…

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    Yunusu Kabbu was arrested at Elegu border

    The Special Investigations Division of the Directorate of CID, is actively reviewing allegations contained in a mini-documentary by the BBC, surrounding acts of child trafficking and child sacrifice for ritualistic purposes that took place in 2011 but posted recently on various platforms.

    In the documentary, the journalist relies on the account of a child survivor only identified as Allan the miracle child, aged 9, who was allegedly kidnapped and castrated. He also makes mention of a local witch doctor Awali who allegedly sacrificed children, by cutting off their feet, hands, heads, genitals and also collected their blood, to purposely  boost his clients health and wealth.

    The witch doctor in question was however arrested and is undergoing prosecution.

    “We are going to explore the depth of the allegations of child sacrifice before and after 2011, when the documentary was recorded,” Charles Twine, the CID spokesperson revealed.

    As standard practice, Police took interest straight away in the documentary and used intelligence to track down the other suspect, Bakaki Yunusu and arrested him from Elegu.

    At the time of his arrest, he was dealing in the transportation of goods to and from South Sudan.

    Twine said, “We have opened a General Inquiry File, to investigate the suspect on allegations promoting Trafficking in Person c/s 7(g) of the Prevention of Trafficking in Person Act, 2009.We believe the suspect during the year, 2011 to date could have been engaged in the buying and selling of children.”

    “In addition, we are also investigating him for Attempted Trafficking in Person c/s 8(a) and 226 of the Prevention of Trafficking in person’s Act, 2009. We strongly believe that the suspect prepared, organized  or conducted preliminary activities of trafficking in children, between 2011 to date, where he met with an alleged buyer of children, in order to target, transfer or harbour children, but was interrupted from fulfilling his intention to commit the offense of trafficking in persons,” Twine added.

    Police has disclosed to the public that since 2011, the Anti-human Trafficking Department, Homicides and the Directorate of CPC, have carried out massive awareness in close coordination among the general population.

    According to Police reports still, by 2019, the cases of murders for ritualistic purposes had tremendously reduced to 19. Going forward, and in collaboration with stakeholders like Kyampisi Children’s Home, Police officers are visiting schools, communities including street children and talking to them about the threat of the vice and how they can be protected.

    “We will not allow these types of offenders to carry on committing these awful crimes against young innocent children. Our task team is going to thoroughly interrogate the suspect and expand inquiries accordingly,” Fred Enanga, the policespokerson said.

    Conclusively, Police has called upon anyone who believes they are victims or families of child trafficking, child sacrifice or attempted child trafficking and child sacrifice, or to avail this information to the Special Investigations Division at Kireka or any nearest police station.

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    Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana Lawyers To Challenge DPP Abodo’s Plan To Hide Witnesses, Mabirizi Wants Trial To Be Halted Over Constitutional Court Petition…

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    Lawyers representing embattled Kawempe North Member of Parliament (MP) Muhammad Ssegirinya, Makindye West’s Allan Ssewanyana and other accused persons are set to put up a spirited legal fight against the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) Justice Jane Abodo’s plans to hide the State witnesses in the main criminal trial before the Crimes War Division of the High Court.

    On Thursday, Justice Abodo, through her Assistant Lino Anguzo, the lead prosecutor in the trial told the pre-trial presiding judge Justice Elizabeth Jane Alividza that they have filed an ex-parte application to allow the state to protect the witnesses from the media and the public when they are testifying.

    Lino told Court that the witnesses they want to protect are very instrumental in their case and they will play a strong part to help Court to deliver justice to the accused persons and the deceased.

    However, speaking to theGrapevine, Geoffrey Turyamusima, one of the lawyers representing the accused persons insisted that they have agreed with their clients to challenge the witness protection application.

    “No, we are going to challenge that application, they have disclosed to us the witnesses who are set to testify against our clients and we have been seeing some of these witnesses in the media.

    “They are the family members of the deceased, friends and security personnel. Now, what do they want to protect?” Turyamusima wondered.

    Court has not yet set the hearing date for the application and other applications including the human rights enforcement application and the bail applications of all the accused persons.

    Other accused persons on the file are; Jackson Kanyike, Jude Mugerwa, Bull Wamala, Mike Sserwadda and Jude Muwongo.

    They are all together with the legislators battling murder, attempted murder and terrorism charges.

    State alleges that the accused persons were behind the Greater Masaka panga wielding goons who killed over 28 elderly people.

    LAWYER MABIRIZI WANTED TO HELD THE TRIAL

    In a new development, controversial incarcerated city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi has applied to the Crimes War Division of the High Court to halt the pre-trial of the accused persons until the determination of his Constitutional petition against the Attorney General.

    In his Constitutional petition, Mabirizi insisted that Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana are being politically persecuted by the state and the additional criminal charges brought against them are unjustifiable.

    However, Turyamusima told theGrapevine that they will oppose Mabirizi’s application to stay proceedings of their clients because he doesn’t want them to rot in prison given that the Constitution Court is going to take a lot of time to determine his Constitutional petition.

    Turyamusima added that what they want as per now is a speedy trial for their clients because they have established that the state doesn’t have evidence against them.

    He emphasised that the only application filed by Mabirizi, which they will support is the one where he calls for merging of the two files, one at the Crimes War Division of the High Court and the other at Masaka High Court.

    Recently, the accused persons applied for the merging of both files and the presiding judge promised that their matter will be handled in the pre-trial process.

    Early this year, Justice Musa Sekaana, the head of the High Court Civil Division Kampala sentenced Mabirizi to 18 months imprisonment on charges of contempt of Court.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Speaker Among, Top Parliament Staff To Be Quizzed Over MP Kagabo’s Shs40m Bribe Allegations; Legislator Risks Losing His Bukoto South Seat…

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    MP Twaha Kagabo (L) and Speaker Anita Among (R)

    Detectives from the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) are set to record statements from the Speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among and other parliamentary staff on the allegations of giving Shs40m bribe to Members of Parliament.

    Ali Munira, the spokesperson of the office of the IGG revealed that their detectives have widened their investigations and a number of witnesses will been summoned to record statements over Dr. Twaha Kagabo’s bribe allegations.

    She declined to confirm whether speaker Among will record a statement.

    However, multiple credible sources in the IGG’s office confirmed that Speaker Among will record a statement on grounds that she is a subject matter in the allegation.

    Kagabo claims that in July this year, he received a phone call telling him to go to Nakasero at the home of speaker Among and pick his gift. When he reached Among’s house, he was given Shs40m and told that it was a package from parliament administration prepared for legislators.

    Sources at the IGG’s office divulged that Kagabo has recorded two statements and was ordered to report to the IGG’s office every day to establish how far the investigations against the allegations have reached.

    Sources added that among other people the detectives want to pick statements from are officers from Uganda Communication Communication who will help to verify the owners of the phone numbers which were used to call Kagabo to allegedly go to the Speakers home, to pick his gift.

    The Investigators will also rely on the evidence of the CCTV cameras at the speaker’s home around Nakasero to establish whether the legislator was seen at the home of the speaker at that particular time.

    Among denied all the allegations and recommended that the legislator be taken to Rules, Privileges and Disciplinary parliamentary Committee and be investigated.

    Sources in parliament revealed that the speaker will also testify in the Committee to defend herself.

    However, Uganda’s representative in the East African parliament and a renown senior legislator James Kakooza told theGrapevine that Kagabo is in big trouble and he cannot survive losing his Bukoto South parliamentary seat.

    He explained that the Leadership Code is very clear that when a person holding a public office receives a gift worth more than Shs400,000, he or she has to declare it to the IGG within 24 hours which he failed to do.

    He added that it will be hard for Kagabo to place Among on the scene of crime because there is no touchable evidence since he didn’t sign anywhere when he was given the money and the speaker herself was not the one handing him the bribe.

    “I think my young brother was playing politics and he is finished. Now, what we want the investigators to tell us is, who gave him that ‘kanyama’ (bodyguard) who was carrying the bag which contained the money. I established that my young brother was under captive and the Kanyama was the one ordering him to do whatever he did,” Kakooza said.

    NUP’s president Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alis Bobi Wine praised Kagabo for following his advice and returning the bribe like he advised his legislators unlike his other colleagues who received the bribe but refused to return it.

    He pleaded to IGG and other investigation agencies to investigate the matter with care instead of victimising the legislator.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    THOU SHALT NOT STEAL: Busiro South Legislator Nsubuga To Pay Shs.30m For Stealing Mobile Phone Valued At Shs.80,000…

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    MP Paul Nsubuga

    Controversial Busiro South Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Nsubuga has reached an agreement with a city business woman to pay her Shs.30m for stealing her mobile phone worth Shs80,000.

    On Friday, Buganda Road Court State prosecutor Lydia Nakato informed the presiding magistrate Siena Owomugisha that both parties have reached an agreement and the accused accepted to compasate the complainant with Shs.30m to settle the matter out of Court.

    The prosecutor shared with Court the agreement which both parties signed and to show commitment, the legislator deposited Shs.5m and it was agreed that he is going to pay the remaining balance within a month.

    “In the interest of promotion of reconciliation between the parties, this matter is stood over. The accused is discharged and set free,” she said.

    Last month, Buganda Road Court issued an arrest warrant against the legislator after he snubbed Court sittings three times.

    Gloria Namengo, a resident of Kawempe Division Kampala City dragged Nsubuga to police accusing him of stealing her phone worth Shs80,000.

    She also said that on the phone, there was mobile money amounting to Shs4.5m.

    She told police that Nsubuga stole the phone from her shop at Nakasero opposite Shoprite in 2019.

    On closing the file, the presiding magistrate directed that Court should return the Shs1m which Nsubuga deposited to be released on Court bail.

    “Abide by the terms of the reconciliation if you don’t want to be produced back in court,” she notified.

     

    By Hope Kalamira and Sengooba Alirabaki

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