NEWS Namuganza Scoffs at Busoga MPs

Lands Minister, Persis Namuganza has treated with contempt a plan by Busoga Parliamentary Caucus to stop her from entering Busoga region. Sitting in the Government chief whip’s Boardroom at Parliament on Friday, legislators from Busoga resolved to eject Namuganza the Member of Parliament for Bukono County from their caucus as well as block her from going to Busoga. The decision by legislators came after summoning her to appear before the committee to respond to allegations levied against her, which include among others threatening to kill Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga,…

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Police officer held for raping suspect

Police in Mbale District is holding a police officer attached to Sukari Police Booth in Namakwekwe Ward, Northern Division on charges of raping a suspect in custody. The Elgon region Police Spokesperson, Suwed Manshur confirmed the arrest today and identified the suspect as, Joel Magombe, 37, who allegedly committed the offence on last night. Manshur said that preliminary investigations indicate that the suspect persuaded the woman, whom he didn’t name, to go and spend a night at his home instead of transferring her to the central police station. Manshur also…

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Heavy rains destroy crops,houses in Kisoro

Heavy rains yesterday evening devastated property, houses, schools and gardens of crops in Kisoro district. The most affected sub counties are; Nyarubuye , Nyarusiza  , Muramba and Murora.  The heavy downpour that lasted for at least two hours started at around 06:00pm. The Bufumbira South Legislator, Hon. Sam Bitangaro says that 56 houses were destroyed. Bitangaro also says that Kibugu and Ngunda Primary schools in Sooko parish Muramba Sub County were also ravaged by the heavy downpour. He adds that gardens of Irish potatoes, beans and sweet potatoes were also…

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Officials in jail after Burundi President is ‘roughed up’ in game

Two Burundi officials have been arrested after the country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza was allegedly roughed up in a football match that they organized. President Nkurunziza’s football team Haleluya Football Club faced a side from the northern town of Kiremba on 3rd February. Normally, the opposition is well aware they are playing against the country’s president, and it has been said they go easy in the games, even perhaps allowing Nkurunziza to score. But as the Kiremba team contained Congolese refugees who did not know they were playing against Burundi’s president,…

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Former MP Kipoi Extradited to Uganda

Former Bubulo Member of Parliament, Tony Nsubuga Kipoi is set to be deported today to face trial in Uganda. He is wanted by the General Court Martial in Uganda to stand trial for treason. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has said in a tweet that Kipoi has been detained since his arrest last month by Botswana authorities. Opondo says that Kipoi Nsubuga is due to be delivered at Entebbe today from Botswana following negotiations by Uganda’s External Security Organization-ESO. Kipoi who was arrested in the first week of February is accused…

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Rubanda businessman killed

Police in Rubanda district is investigating the circumstances under which a 20 year old businessman was killed by yet to be identified assailants. Anthony Saturday, a resident of Kitwego cell Kacerere parish in Bufundi sub county, Rubandi district was today morning at around 7:00am found lying unconscious along the way, a few meters to his home.  He was rushed to Rugarama hospital in Kabale town, but died on arrival. The Police Spokesperson for Kigezi region, Elly Maate says that assailants used a blunt object to crash the deceased’s head and…

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Makerere University lecturer suspended over sexual harassment

Makerere University has suspended, Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration-SWASA on allegations of Sexual Harassment. The suspension was sanctioned by Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, saying it will allow smooth investigations into allegations labelled against him. The University Senior Publicist, Ritah Namisango says that Prof. Nawangwe has also set up an Investigation Committee to handle the matter at hand. She, however, says that the names of the investigation Committee members are withheld, given the sensitivity of the matter. Dr Kyomuhendo…

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Bukomansimbi Murder Suspects Escape From Court

Two key suspects in the recent wave of murders and robberies that occurred in the greater Masaka sub-region have today afternoon escaped from court. Musa Galiwango and Muhammad Kidawalime had been arrested as part of a group that attacked four villages in Lwengo and Bukomansimbi districts killings five people on New Year’s Day. The suspects had been produced before Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court for the mention of the case before committal to the High Court.  Drama ensued inside a fully-packed courtroom when the duo went on a rampage and suddenly…

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Teddy Seezi Cheeye is dead

Veteran journalist Teddy Seezi Cheeye is dead. Cheeye, the publisher of Uganda Confidential news Magazine, was reportedly knocked dead by a speeding boda boda in Nakawa, Kampala today.   Cheeye, 60, has had a controversial career that took him from the newsroom to the Internal Security Organization-ISO where he served as director of economic monitoring. In April 2009, the Anti-Corruption Court convicted Cheeye for embezzling 120 million shillings of the Global Fund and sentenced him to 10 years in jail. He was also ordered to refund 110 million of the money…

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Kasese RDC Implicated in illegal evictions

The Kasese Resident district Commissioner, Lt. Col. James Mwesigye, has been implicated in illegal evictions in Kasese district. Appearing before the commission of inquiry into land matters, the Kasese District LC5 Chairperson, Sibendire Bigogo, accused Mwesigye of illegal evictions of Bakonzo cultivators off their land in the villages of Ibuga, Bigando, Nkoko and Rwehingo in Kitswamba Sub County, Busongora County. Bigogo told the commission led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that Mwesigye also connived with Basongora pastoralists to grab huge chunks of land. In 2007, Basongora pastoralists from the Democratic Republic…

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