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We Want You To Pay 1 Billion For Lowena’s Seven Teeth, Split Jaw And Damaged Nerves – Lawyers Drag IGP Ochola To Court Over His Reckless Officers



Martin Okoth Ochola the Inspector General of Police (IGP) is in trouble after being served with a letter asking him to pay Shs. 1bn or be taken to court over negligence.

Mulindwa Associates and Company Advocates, acting on behalf of Racheal Lowena Nkya and Irene Nakachwa who were shot during the scuffle between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) enforcement, Uganda police and city traders have given Ochola an ultimatum.

“Lowena clad in a school uniform was shot in the mouth on her way back to school with her mother Nakachwa. Efforts to put the victims on one of the police vehicles for quick medical attention were frustrated by officers on duty who instead teargassed the people who carried the victims an act that was inhuman. The good Samaritan put them on a bodaboda motorcycle and transported them to Mulago Hospital Causality,” a letter reads in parts. Lawyers explained to Ochola that preliminary medical examinations and reports indicate that Lowena lost seven teeth, a split her jaw and her nerves were damaged by the bullet wounds.


The mother also suffered a broken bone around the elbow with a blood clot.  The lawyers also pined the policemen on duty that day that they used unnecessary force when they shot live bullets in crowded places.

They added that the policemen were extorting money from the traders and when they refused, they decided to shot at them. The bullets caught their clients who were passing by to board a taxi to school.

With the above explanation, the lawyers concluded that Uganda Police should pay Shs. 50m for medical expenses for Lowena and Shs. 10m for medical expenses for her mother. The lawyers further demand for shs1bn for damages for both of their clients. They noted that police’s negligence has caused their clients permanent disability from the bullet wounds, trauma and inconvenience to Lowena’a studies as an S.6 candidate and the physical anguish.

“We are to pursue you legally if you do not comply or the least remorsefully reach out to the family to apologise or chip in on the medical bills as mitigation factor,” the letter reads in conclusion. The Grapevine has learnt that after receiving the letter, Ochola today visited the sick people at Mulago hospital.


By Jamil Lutakome



Impunity: Indian Investor Uses Quarantine Time To Unleash Despicable Terror On Residents – Sends Goons To Hack, Gang Rape Women In front Of Their Children And Destroy Plantations And Homes….



Abid Alam (C) and some of the properties and plantations that were destroyed by his men

Indian investor Abid Alarm has resumed his acts of terrorising Kasanda County South locals according to the area Member of Parliament (MP) Simeo Nsubuga.

In a post on his Facebook page, Simeo said that on Saturday night, Abid unleashed over 60 goons to raid the home of Mr. Mugyenyi Arthur, a resident of Bukoba village, Nalutuntu  Parish, Nalutuntu Sub-County in Kassanda South Constituency.

During the attack, Abid’s goons hacked Mr. Kyabale Samuel the cattle keeper of Mr. Mugyenyi on the head, gang raped his wife in front of  the children, destroyed two houses, cut down 3 acres of Banana Plantation and took away 200 cows and 50 goats.

“As we are in the quarantine to prevent the spread of covid19, On Saturday night over 60 workers/kanyamas of Abid Alarm an Indian investor attacked the farm of Mr. Mugyenyi Arthur who is a resident of Bukoba village, Nalutuntu  Parish, Nalutuntu Sub-County in Kassanda South Constituency. During the attack they cut the head of Mr. Kyabale Samuel the cattle keeper of Mr. Mugyenyi, gang raped his  wife infront of  the children and the husband, destroyed two houses, cut a 3 acres Banana Plantation, took away 200 cows and 50 goats as you can see the pictures,” Simeo said.

He added, “Before this incident happened, Abid Alarm, his son  and his kanyamas spent the whole of yesterday Saturday 04/4/2020 at the farm planning on how to commit these crimes and he left that place at 6pm. This is not the first time that these serious crimes have been committed against my people. Last year alone about 3 people were killed in Bukoba and Bukompe villages by workers of Abid Alarm, some suspects where arrested and later were set free due to corrupt tendencies.”

“As the Area MP, together with my voters we have tried our level best to report these  matters to relevant authorities, we reported to police and several cases files have been opened but none has been successful prosecuted, I have advised my people to go courts of law and open up civil suits against Abid Alarm and there over 5 cases in Mubende High court and Kampala high court (land division) involving Abid Alarm and in fact Mr. Mugyenyi Arthur took him to court and secured a court injunction stopping Abid Alarm from entering into his land, we have reported him to Bamugemeirere Commission of inquiry, I have reported him to the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament and presented the matter on the floor of Parliament and lastly I have reported Abid Alarm to H.E President of the Republic of Uganda and submitted written reports but nothing has been done on him, the man continue to kill our people with impunity,” he said.

He added, “In this particular incident of Saturday night, it was commanded by one of his managers by names of Akim Zirimenya, he has been in police cells on charges of murder and he was released on Police Bond about 3 weeks and Abid Alarm was his surety.

As People’s representative I will continue to use all the available legal avenues to expose the criminal acts of Abid Alarm and his workers/kanyamas against my people and I call upon the security organs of this country to ensure that this time around Abid Alarm and his agents are charged in courts of law.”

The Grapevine tried to talk to Fred Muwema who acts as Abid Alam’s lawyer but all known phone numbers were off.


By Temuseewo Mpoza


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COVID-19 LOCK-DOWN: Museveni Orders Arrest Of Policemen Who Beat, Tortured Pregnant Woman Who Flouted His Directives…



Mercy Nakate who was beaten and tortured by policemen. State House photo

The Police have arrested two of their colleagues and a member of a village defence unit who reportedly beat up a pregnant woman they accused of flouting orders against crowding in bars and public spaces.

The arrest followed a directive by President Museveni today after he received reports of the alleged beating and torture of Ms Mercy Nakate.

Nakate, 23, a resident of Busega, Kibumbiro Village, Busega in Rubaga, Kampala, was reportedly beaten on March 27th by a group of policemen and village defence unit officials who were conducting a patrol.

According to Nakate, who is seven-months pregnant, on the fateful night she had moved out of her house to buy a herb (emumbwa) when rain forced her to seek shelter at a common makeshift socialisation facility used by residents.

“It was then that the policemen who were on patrol found us and immediately began beating us. The other people ran away but given my condition I could not run. They descended on me, hitting and kicking me despite my cries for mercy,” she told our reporter.

Her colleagues later came and helped her get back home. The following day, she went to report the case to the nearby police station, but the officer in charge instead convinced her to drop the matter in exchange for medical support.

However, the President got to learn of the incident and yesterday directed Lt Col Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate the matter.

Subsequently, detectives led by SP Jackson Tweheyo, were dispatched to Kibumbiro Village, causing the arrest of Constables Francis Mpande and Noah Massajjage, who were in charge of the patrol exercise. Also arrested is Asiimwe Junior, a member of a village defence unit.

Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the arrests, saying the suspects are detained at Nateete Police Station as they await to be charged.

A one Edirisa Kitooke, a Parish Intelligence Security Officer (PISO), and another only identified as Ndawula, who were reportedly part of this operation are said to be on the run.

On the directive of President Museveni, Ms Nakate has been taken for further medical examination and care by a team led by the Director Police Health Services, Dr Moses Byaruhanga. They will attend to her until she gives birth.

When we met her at Nsambya Police Health Centre where she was undergoing examination, Ms Nakate thanked President Museveni for picking interest in her matter and supporting her.

“I am very grateful to the President for supporting me. I am actually thinking if my baby is a boy when I produce, I will name him Yoweri,” she said.

Addressing the country yesterday (Friday) on the Covid-19 situation, President Museveni warned law enforcers, especially the local defence units, against assaulting and beating people they found out during curfew hours.

He urged the public to report erring security officials and law enforcers to Lt Col Nakalema, on the toll free number: 0800202500 and 0778202500 for whatsapp.

Today is the country’s fifth day under lockdown and curfew, measures President Museveni announced in a bid to check the spread of the Covid-19 disease, which has become a global pandemic. Uganda has 48 confirmed cases so far with no death.


Source: State House


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Pastor Yiga Charged, Remanded For Spreading Harmful Propaganda On Coronavirus…



Controversial Kawaala based Revival church pastor Augustine Yiga alias Abizaayo has been charged and remanded to prison over uttering harmful propaganda that there is no coronavirus in Uganda and Africa in general.

State alleges that on 27th March 2020, Yiga told different local televisions that there is no coronavirus and African leaders are only sending their citizens in panic for their own personal benefit.

Yiga, who was before Mwanga one grade one magistrate Timothy Lumunye denied the charges and his lawyer Wilberforce Kayiwa applied that their client be released on bail. His lawyer told court that Yiga is suffering from diabates which means he has to see doctors regularly. Kayiwa further told court that his client has over eight children to look after and he is a recognized senior pastor with an address. He presented three sureties to stand for him, however his application was strongly challenged by state prosecutor Safina Bireeke who told court the applicant didn’t produce sufficient evidence like medical documents showing that he is a sick man.

She also protested that the sureties produced by Yiga were just junior pastors in his church who court cannot rely on that they will force him to come back to court when he is needed.

She further submits that police is still investigating the matter and if court releases Yiga on bail, he will intervene with the investigations. The magistrate promised to give her ruling on Yiga’s application on 04th of April this year and remanded him to Kitarya prison. He however advised Yiga’s followers to learn to implement the cautions put in place by the Ministry of Health includes distancing themselves.


By Sengooba Alirabaki


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