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    What He Did Is The Hallmark Of Government – Minister Otafiire Sends Message To Uganda’s Celebrating Gen. Tumwine’s Death Over His Shoot To Kill Statements…



    Minister Kahinda Otafiire (R) and former security minister Gen. Elly Tumwine RIP (L)

    The Minister of Internal Affairs, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire has pleaded with a section of Ugandans who are celebrating the death of his fellow bush war comrade, Gen. Elly Tumwine to evaluate him objectively before drawing to conclusions.

    Minister Otafiire made these remarks in an interview on NTV today in regards to the public reaction towards the former security minister’s death.

    “Our biological past will inevitably catch up with us. What is important is how we leave. Have we invested enough in politics after us so that when we leave the contribution, we made to uplift the quality of life of people is maintained?” he asked.

    Otafiire further divulged that some of the people who are pouring out their feelings on social media are those who, in his (Gen. Tumwine) exercise of power, got disappointed with him.

    “That is the hallmark of government. Those who were prevented from what they wanted to do feel angry,” he said.

    He contended that he would like Gen. Elly Tumwine to be evaluated objectively, to be put under scientific scrutiny, to be approved for what he did and for them to criticise what they believe he did wrong.

    National Resistance Movement (NRM) Communications Director, Emmanuel Ddombo, who was also part of the discussion disclosed that behind Gen. Tumwine’s military hardware and appearance was a very soft person who really loved God.

    He added, “You would see this demonstrated in the various prayer breakfasts and meetings he had with MPs.”

    Ddombo however asserted that, Gen. Tumwine’s statement on police shooting rioters was a deterrent message, adding that during riotous situations, many times, the rules of engagement change.

    “He was asking people not to risk because you may not know how an officer may act,” Dombo Said.

    Their concerns follow mixed reactions from a section of the public who were unhappy with the fallen general’s statement during the shootings in November 2020 riots, after the arrest of National Unity Platform (NUP) presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu alias Bobi Wine, in the eastern region district of Luuka.

    During the running battles between the rioters and security forces, over 50 people lost their lives.

    In the heat of the riots, Gen. Tumwine, who was the then security minister warned Ugandans that security has a right to shoot and to kill anyone involved in the riots.

    Speaking to the press at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, Gen. Tumwine said, “The police have a right to shoot you and kill you, if you reach a certain level of violence.”

    Gen. Tumwine added, “The arrest of one person cannot justify what has caused death, injuries, confusion and stopping people to enjoy their peace. The arrest of any citizen is part and parcel of society, arrests are normal.

    “How can you wish that Uganda breaks up? But I can assure you that Uganda will not be destabilized. They have openly demonstrated that they are just people who want to destabilize, burn the city, cause violence, cause death, this is who they are.”

    Gen Tumwine said that he had no apologies for anybody who was killed while attacking security forces as they tried to put down protests.


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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border



    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”


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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder



    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”



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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security



    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”


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