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    Workers MP Byakatonda , Tycoon Basajjabalaba, KCCA Bosses Face Jail Over Shs1.5bn Fraud…



    MP Abdulhu Byakatonda and city businessman Nasser Basajjabalaba

    Workers Member of Parliament Abdulhu Byakatonda, city businessman Nasser Basajjabalaba and Micdad Muganga, an official of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) face jail over Shs1.5bn fraud.

    In a private prosecution filed at Buganda Road Court, the complainants led by City businessman Asuman Nkambwe, Meddie Nkambwe, Mansul Mbazira and Jane Nambooze claim that the accused defrauded them in a Shs. 1.5bn Asian Properties Custodian Board deal.

    In an affidavit, Asuman Nkambwe told Court that he is the father to Meddie Nkambwe , Mansul Mbazira and husband to Jane Nambooze who together filed Criminal charges against the accused.

    He stated that in 2019, he partnered with his family members to buy properties as a family using their family resources.

    He adds that they instructed their lawyer Nathan Mpenje to look for good property in Kampala on sale.

    He said that Mpenje later told them that there were three plots which the Departed Asian Properties Custodian board were selling.

    These plots included: plot 34 LRV 146 Folio 10 on Rashid Khamis road, plot 23 LRV 117 Folio 8 on Martin road and plot 37 Folio 17 LRV 116 Martin road.

    Mpenje further told them that these plots were developed with buildings on them.

    They selected plot 23 LRV 117 Folio 8 and instructed their lawyer to do due diligence.

    “I and other complainants instructed our lawyer to carry out the necessary due diligence and confirm to us that the properties were indeed available for purchase,” Nkambwe noted in his affidavit.

    He added that their lawyer advised them to apply to the Departed Asian Custodian board for the allocation and purchase of the said properties which they did on 31 of July 2019.

    Their applications were received by the board’s Divesture Committee on 21 of August 2019.

    He insisted that after applying for the plot, Byakatonda and Muganga, who were acting as the agents of the Departed Asian Custodian board demanded for USD490,000 as payment for the purchase of the properties which they paid from his shop at Nakivubo trading centre  and at Equity bank Kampala road branch.

    To show proof that these payments were made, Nkambwe filed in Court all the receipts.

    He said that after the payment, Byakatonda and Muganga gave them letters signed by the chairperson of the Departed Asian Custodian Board temporarily allocating to them the said property.

    He said that surprisingly, in early 2020, they started demanding for the vacant possession of the properties they bought but in 2021, the accused persons told them that they do not have any knowledge of any transactions which prove there was any sale or allocation of the plot to them.

    “To my dismay, I was informed by the Byakatonda and Muganga that plot 23 at Martin road belongs to KCCA. Through my then former lawyer Nathan Mpenje, I sought to process the lease for plot 23 martin road from KCCA and on 30th of march 2021, I was told by KCCA Central Division chairperson area land committee to the secretary Kampala District Land Board for grant of the lease,” Nkambwe added.

    He added that in April 2021, his lawyer Mpenje informed him that Basajjabalaba, who is the secretary to Kampala District Land Board had asked for Shs.200m for the lease.

    He says that he paid Shs150m through Muganga to Basajjabalaba in the presence of James Ssemango and his lawyer Mpenje.

    Nkambwe told Court that after waiting for a long time, he decided to hire another lawyer.

    He adds that his new lawyers from M/S Katuntu and Company Advocates started by doing a search to ascertain whether the said land was allocated to him.

    They discovered that the said land didn’t belong to KCCA. He said that he started demanding for the refund of their money from the accused but they refused until he opened up a police case at Old Kampala police Station.

    When the accused learnt that they were reported to police, they approached him for negotiations and advised him to pay more money so that the letters allocating land to them can be signed.

    He adds that by that time, they did not have money so they decided to borrow from moneylenders.

    He disclosed that on 11th March 2021, he borrowed Shs. 150m from John Kinalwa and paid the accused.

    He says again they were given letters allocating the said properties to them but until now, they have never been given the right to possess the said properties. That is why they were forced to take the accused to court.

    The accused persons in a joint defense denied all the allegations put against them claiming that they don’t have the executive powers to receive money on behalf of the Departed Asian Custodian Board.

    In his affidavit, Muganga denied ever being an employee of the Departed Asian Custodian Board.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Family Of Alleged Kampala Twin Bombings Plotter Sheikh Kirevu Petitions UHRC’s Wangadya Over His Killing, Plead With Security To Release Widows…



    Sheikh Kirevu

    The family of the late Muhammad Abas Kirevu has petitioned Mariam Wangadya, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) over the killing of their relative.

    In his Saturday address to the nation, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni confirmed that security operatives gunned down Sheikh Kirevu who was Imam of Masjid Jamia Ggangu due to his connection to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    Museveni insisted that Sheikh Kirevu was aware of last week’s twin bombings at Kampala Central police station and along Parliamentary Avenue where seven people died.

    The president added that Sheikh Kirevu was working with Sheikh Sulaiman Nsubuga who is on run.

    The two were wanted for allegedly recruiting young children into terrorism activities under the ADF terrorist group.

    Mr. Museveni promised that his government is ready to reveal shocking evidence before the Courts of law when the trial kicks off.

    However, Sheikh Kirevu’s family led by Ibrahim Abas Ayub Kirevu, the brother to late sheikh Kirevu insists that their relative’s human rights were violated.

    They claim that he was not given an opportunity to defend himself on the alleged terrorism accusations by the state because he was killed on sight.

    “His right to life was violated and as a family we have to fight for his justice, he was arrested, handcuffed and then shot to death, we need justice for our brother,” Kirevu said after a meeting with Wangadya.

    He added that security forces also kidnapped other family members including a guest.

    He said that Amina Nabadda and Sofia Nakachwa, all windows to Kirevu, Mariam Najjuko, a sister-in-law to Kirevu are still in illegal detention.

    He pleaded to the human rights body to pressurise security agencies to release their people or take them to Court if they feel they have charges to answer.

    He further explained that they have checked a number of police stations in Kampala and some military barracks but failed to locate their loved ones.

    Wangadya promised that her commission is going to investigate the circumstances under which Kirevu was killed because he has a right to life.

    Police publicity Fred Enanga said that the said people are still in the hands of security for interrogation on a number of issues relating to last week’s twin bombings.


    By Swaib Kalule


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    TERROR IN CITY: 3 Ugandans Dead, 3 Suicide Attackers Killed, 33 Victims Injured, 5 Critical, From Two Deadly Suicide Attacks – Police…



    The bomb blast at Parliamentary Avenue near the IPS building

    Six (6) people have been confirmed dead from todays deadly bomb attacks that rocked the city centre in suspected terror attacks.

    One of the explosions went off along Parliamentary Avenue near the IPS building, a stone throw away from Uganda’s parliamentary building while the other was at around Kooki tower building next to Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala.

    “We wish to inform the public that we have registered two separate deadly suicide attacks, within, Kampala City, on the 16.11 2021 at 10.03am and 10.06am respectively,”  a statement released by police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga.

    He added, “The first attack occurred near the check point to the Central Police Station, in Kampala at around 10.03am. The fresh footages on CCTV clearly indicate how a male adult, putting on a black jacket, and carrying a back pack, detonated himself. He died instantly and the spillover effect, caused additional injuries to police officers and other civilians who were within a radius of 30 metres. Two other people have been confirmed dead, while several others sustained very critical injuries. Those injured were within the section covering the point of impact and the front desk area at the Central Police Station.”

    “Another bomb blast occurred within three minutes at Raja Chambers and Jubilee Insurance Building along the Parliament Avenue. Two suicide bombers were clearly captured, on motorcycles, disguising as bodaboda riders. They detonated the bombs they were carrying on themselves, that killed them instantly. The spill over effects damaged several motor vehicles and buildings at both scenes of attack.

    Both scenes have been cordoned off by our Joint Counter-terror task teams.

    So far 33 injured victims, 5 critically, have been rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital, for further treatment.”

    Enanga added that these attacks come 22 days after the last suicide bomb attack on a Swift Safaris Bus.

    “It clearly shows that the ADF linked radicalized groups, still have a desire to carry out lethal attacks, on soft targets, using suicide attackers and improvised explosive devices.” Enanga said.

    “These kinds of threats remain significant because IEDs and suicide bomb jackets, can easily be built from common household, items found in local markets, retail shops and supermarkets.

    We encourage all business persons and the public, to voluntarily report suspicious activities, such as persons buying large amounts or chemicals and materials that can be used to build bombs,” he disclosed.

    He added, “Although, three suicide bombers, died in the double bomb attacks, our CT response teams managed to pursue a fourth suicide bomb attacker, identified as Moze and cornered him at Bwaise. They shot and injured him, and immediately after, recovered an unexploded improvised explosive device on him. A second IED was recovered from his home, at Katooke – Nansana village, which the bomb squad, have neutralized. We are now pursuing other members of the terror groups.”

    “Although, our Joint Counter Terror teams, have mitigated bomb threats and attacks for the last 22 days, today’s breakthrough attacks, show that we still need to do more, to pre-empt, penetrate and prevent deadly attacks by domestic extremists, in the days to come,” he said.


    By Hope Kalamira


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    Sickly Ssegirinya, MP Ssewanyana To Be Produced In Court In December – Malende…



    Incarcerated National Unity Platform (NUP) legislators  Hon. Muhammad Ssegirinya and Hon. Allan Ssewanyana are set to appear in court on 2nd December.

    According to the Woman Member of Parliament for Kampala District Shamim Malende, who represented the accused, Hon.Ssegirinya was willing and ready to attend court yesterday via zoom despite his frail condition but was stopped by court.

    “Today we came here (Buganda road court) for the mention and bail application for Hon. Ssegirinya Muhammad for the case of insightment to violence. We expected the prison authorities to produce Hon. Ssegirinya in his condition because we got an order of court to that effect that time,” she said.

    Malende added that to their disappointment, the prison authorities have not produced Ssegirinya so the court could not proceed with the bail application.

    “Our request to court was to have an adjournment of atleast twenty minutes so that Hon. Ssegirinya Muhammad can be driven from Mulago hospital to this place at Buganda road court so that he can participate in the proceedings,” she noted.

    “But that prayer was declined by court who argued that since he is still sick, it is better that prison authorities are given a benefit of doubt and so the case was adjourned again to 2nd December,2021 for the mention of the bail application.” Malende said.

    Court has however directed that on that date, Hon.Ssegirinya must be produced by the prison authorities via zoom.

    Malende revealed that as much as Hon.Ssegirinya is sick, he was ready to attend court since he is in his right mind now and can now understand the court proceedings.


    By Hope Kalamira


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