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Why Are You Still Detaining A Suspect Who Was Acquitted By Court? Court Orders Luzira Upper Prison OC To Explain, Muslim Clerics Hire Top Criminal Lawyer Kabega To Save Them From Life Imprisonment

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The court of Appeal justices led by Deputy Chief justices Alfonso Owiny-Dolo, Elizabeth Musoke and Cheborion Barishaki have issued a court order against Luzira upper prison Officer in Charge (OC) to appear in court on Tuesday and explain the reason why he has kept on detaining a suspect who was acquitted by court.

The order was issued after senior state Attorney Stanley Baine asked court to issue a production warrant to Luzira prison to produce Amir Kinene, a brother in law to Australia based Ugandan doctor Aggrey Kiyingi to appear in court in the cross appeal where the state is challenging the acquittal of Kinene and other Muslim  clerics who include sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga, sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Sheikh Multered Bukenya, Sheikh Fahad Kalungi, Sheikh Adbulsalam Sekayanja and sheikh Yusuf Kakande.

Baine found a hard time to convince the three justices that he did not know the reason behind Kinene’s continued detention in Luzira even after being acquitted by court on terrorism charges. Justice Barishaki told Baine that his explanation is a vote of no confidence in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution because he represents government in all criminal cases where people are charged and remanded to civil prisons.

“But senior state Attorney, you mean you didn’t receive or read this judgement where Kinene was acquitted, really it shouldn’t be you to ask for a production warrant,” soft spoken justice Barishaki wondered. Justice Dolo insisted that there must be a thousand people who are rotting in prison cells illegally and court needs an explanation on whether there were other charges open against Kinene which were not on the record of court. Kinene’s lawyer Macdusman Kabega told court that he has looked for his client to get instructions on how to represent him in vain. He added that when he was told that his client was in Luzira prison, he wondered because he already had information that Kinene was set free by the High Court International Crimes division in Kampala. Dolo ordered senior prisons officer Samuel Akaram to explain to court why Kinene was still in coolers even after being set free.

Akaram told court that as prisons officers, they failed to analyses the judgement which set Kinene free and decided to keep him in upper prison until they get the proper interpretation of the judgement from the DPP. It was at this point that Dolo ordered the Luzira upper prison officer in charge to appear and give an ellaborative explanation to court.

MUSLIM CLARICS HIRES TOP CRIMINAL LAWYER TO SAVE THEM FROM LIFE SENTENCE

Top Muslim clerics led by Amir Sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga have hired a top criminal lawyer Macdusman Kabega to join their legal team of senior lawyers Fred Muwema, Charles Nsubuga, Hellen Kagoya, Twaha Mayanja ne Ramula Nalujja to save them from life sentence given to them by the International crime’s division judges led by Ezekiel Muhanguzi.

Muwema told court that while convicting their clients, the judges errored in law and facts because there was no sufficient evidence against them.

He insisted that of all the 36 witness who were brought by the prosecution, none of them gave court evidence that saw Kamoga or his co-convicts threatening other Muslim clerics like prince Kassim Nakibinge, sheikh Haruna Jjemba, sheikh Nagib Ssonko and Sudiq Ndawula as the judges ruled while convicting them. Muwema submitted that what happened was just a mere   disagreement between top Muslim clerics who were accused of selling Muslim properties, rice and vehicles. Lawyers were told to submit their written submissions.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…

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Mr. Jimmy Turyagyenda and the car which was burnt

Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.

There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.

The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.

Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.

Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.

Mr. Turyagyenda’s story

 

By Sandra Mukisa




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UPDF Soldier Sentenced To Five Years For Coning UGX40m From Priests After Promising Them Museveni…

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Private Kalulu Stephen

The Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower military Court has sentenced a UPDF soldier Private Kalulu Stephen to five years’ imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence.

According to UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, Kalulu got UGX40M from Rev. Fr. Kawanguzi Emmanuel and Rev Father Isanga Joseph Baligeya after deceiving them that he works with State House and has connection with the President.

He promised to help them bring HE the President to Kamuli mission hospital and encourage him to renovate the same. Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land lissues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the president would Fence their land. In turn priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, Prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences. He added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Pte Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the court saying he has a big family with five children. He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the Reverend Fathers to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides court sentenced the convict to Five years in prison.

Others produced in the same court were a Civillian one Mutobano Michael who was arrested in Ntinda while dorning Army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain. He has been charged of illegal possession of military stores. Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

 

Source: UPDF Spokesperson




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Police Arrests Mother Who Hired 14-Year-Old Daughter For Sex To Two Different Men…

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Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Oweyesigire has disclosed that Katwe Police Station has arrested Zura Mukamana, 36, a mother who allegedly hired out her 14-year-old daughter for sex to two different men so that they can give her some money.

In a statement released today afternoon, ASP Oweyesigire also disclosed one of the men was arrested.

“One of the suspects, Fred Bulega, 41, who is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the girl was also arrested. The arrest of Mukamana followed a viral video received by Police, in which a 14-year-old girl claimed that she was being forced by her mother to have sexual intercourse with men” Oweyesigire said.

ASP oweyesigire said that before the viral video, Mukamana had reported to police a case of disappearance of her daughter at Salama and police started investigations.

“The girl was later recovered from her father’s home where she had run for refuge. The father took the girl to police and investigations led to the arrest of the second man-John Mwesigye, 18, who is said to have had sexual intercourse with the girl. Mwesigye has since been charged and remanded on offence defilement,” he said.

He added, “Bulega, who is also alleged to have defiled the girl, is still in detention as investigations and medical examination continue. Both case files with a range of offences will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for perusal and sanctioning as soon as investigations are done.”

“We thank the girl for standing for her human rights and for reporting a criminal case to police as the Constitution tasks every citizen to do. We, as police, condemn any form of child rights abuse and ask the public, to report any case of sexual abuse they encounter in their homes to relevant authorities. The girl has since been handed over to the father as investigations go on . We will work with different agencies to provide counseling for the victim,” the statement says.

The girl is now five months pregnant.

Source: KMP Statement




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