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Private Okot jailed for 90 years

The Court martial has sentenced Private Patrick Okot to 90 years in prison. He is to serve 65 years for the ten counts of murder,  20 for robbery and  15 years for the three counts of attempted murder, all of which will run concurrently. After serving the 65 years he will also have to serve 25 years for failure to protect army war materials. The Chairman of the court-martial Brigadier Fred Toolit says Private Okot was a fully trained soldier mandated to protect citizens but instead decided to murder them. Earlier, prosecution led by Captain Fredrick Kangwamu asked Court to give Okot the maximum sentence of death saying he had shown no remorse both during and after the trial. However …

Butebo polling materials dispatched

Polling materials for the Butebo by elections will be dispatched today. The Electoral Commission Chairman, Eng Badru Kiggundu says preparations are in high gear for the polling exercise slated for Thursday June 6th. Kiggundu says that designated candidates’ agents should report to the district returning officer at 6 a.m tomorrow to observe the dispatch of materials to the respective sub counties. Polling officials will collect kits from the sub county headquarters on Thursday morning and the commission has issued strict guidelines to be adhered by all candidates and stakeholders. The total number of voters expected to participate in the exercise is 52,835. Seven candidates are in the race, including NRM’s Patrick Mutono, FDC’s Samuel Khalwa, DP’s Zaid Ziwa and four …

Rebel MPs case adjourned

The case against the four MPs, expelled from the NRM Party has been adjourned. This followed questions raised on the practicing license for defense lawyer Prof. George Kanyeihamba. The four MPs; Barnabas Tinkasimire, Mohammed Nsereko, Wilfred Niwagaba and Theodore Sekikubo were dragged by fellow MP Saleh Kamba. Kamba wants them thrown out of Parliament, following their expulsion from the NRM Party and asserts that their stay in Parliament is illegal. Lawyers representing Mp Saleh Kamba argued that Prof. Kanyeihamba cannot take part in the matter because he has no license. However Kanyeihamba said he had a valid license, duly signed by the chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission, Justice James Ogoola. Defense lawyers also noted that one of the accused …

59 arrested at Namugongo, over 40 stranded

A total of 59 people were arrested yesterday during the Martyr’s Day celebrations at Namugongo. The police say these were arrested for several offences such as breaking into people’s cars, stealing mobile phones, fighting and over drinking among others. The Regional Police Commander Kampala East Musa Nabenda says the suspects are to be produced in court to answer related charges. Meanwhile, over 40 people are stranded at Namugongo Martyrs shrine. Many of these were left behind by their leaders while others do not have transport back home. Jane Francis Kasato, a member of the organizing says five children were also left stranded yesterday but were picked by their parents this morning. Kasato however says this year, the number of stranded …

Beatification mass held for Late Nyerere

Hundreds of Christians continue to throng the Martyrs’ shrines in Namugongo ahead of the Uganda Martyrs’ Day celebrations. The day is marked every 3rd of June in remembrance of the 22 Catholic and protestant Christians who were killed for their faith by Kabaka Mwanga. This number has been growing over the years, with at least a million believers said to have witnessed the celebrations last year. The Namugongo site is also treasured as one of Uganda’s most significant and  must visit areas. Meanwhile, beatification mass was today held for former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. Speaking during the mass, Vice President Edward Ssekandi challenged Christians to emulate the deceased leader’s exemplary conduct. Ssekandi said Nyerere preached unity and love during his …