Category «National News»

Two women accused of recruiting a ghost pilot into UPDF Air force released on bail

By Ruth Anderah: Makindye General Court martial has released on bail two women accused of causing a 2.7 billion shilling loss to government when they recruited a ghost pilot in the UPDF Air force. The two are Caroline Kyakabale a Human Resource Officer in the Ministry of Defense and a one Evas Twinomugisha a wife to the Air force officer Major Maj. Kapalaga Lubega. Through their Lawyer Retired Major Ronald Iduuli, they filed a bail application on grounds that it is their constitutional right, the charges against them are bailable by the same court, and that they have substantial sureties. Lt General Andrew Gutti released the duo on a non cash bail of 20 million shillings each, and each of their …

Man harrased and arrested by police live on TV runs to Court

By Ruth Anderah: A man who claims to have been tortured by police during last month’s Kyadondo East MP by-election has gone to the High Court seeking compensation for his violated rights. In his petition, Patrick Sande Byamukama says after casting his vote at Kasangati polling station on June 29th 2017, he was assaulted by 3 police officers who grabbed his wallet and phone before arresting and detaining him for 5 days at Kira division police station. He also claims that while in custody he was kept incommunicado, denied water and food until July 3rd when he was released on police bond. Byamukama says he now experiences severe pain in one of his kidneys while passing urine as a result …

DP institutes committee of lawyers to defend themselves during K’ogikwatako

By Ritah Kemigisa: The opposition Democratic Party has constituted a 10 member legal committee made up of lawyers to defend the rights of party members who will get arrested during their age limit campaign called K’ogikwatako. The committee follows last week’s incident where 14 members of the party were arrested together with Mao and his acting secretary general Gerald Siranda for contesting any attempts to amend article 102(b) of the constitution. Addressing journalists today, the party president Norbert Mao said the 10 stand to offer and instill confidence to all those in the fight against the age limit removal that they shall be protected. Some of the lawyers include;Mukasa Mbidde the DP representative in the East African Legislative Assembly , …

Kayihura appears before land commission

By Ruth Anderah: The Inspector General of police Gen Kale Kayihura has this morning appeared before the Land commission of Inquiry to answer questions regarding police involvement in illegal land evictions. Kayihura’s appearance follows summons issued to him yesterday by the commission’s chair Justice Catherine Bamugemereire after a group of traders from Aldina Twegaise in Jinja complained that police gave clearance to an illegal eviction that saw their shops on plot 60-62   along Aldina Visram road in Jinja town demolished. The traders accused the late AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi of unlawfully clearing the said eviction and demolition of their shops   at night without a court order. However Kayihura who led a delegation of over ten police officers from …

Local government Association apologises after its members poured water on Gen Otafiire

 By Judith Atim: The Uganda Local Governments Association has issued a statement condemning the recent conduct of some of its members who poured water on the minister of justice and constitutional Affairs Maj General Kahinda Otafiire. On Saturday, the Association which brings together all the district and lower local governments in Uganda held a consultative meeting at the Mandela National Stadium Namboole, with Gen. Otafiire invited as chief guest. However, some of the members became agitated because they claimed they were expecting the president as chief guest and not Gen Otafiire. They then forced him off the stage and poured water on him. In a statement signed by George Mutabaazi, the president of the Uganda Local Government Association who is …