Posts tagged as: jinja

Man Freed After 6 Years on Remand Over Rape

Photo: Tobbias Jolly Owiny/Daily Monitor

(file photo).

By Tausi Nakato

High Court in Jinja District has acquitted a 60-year-old man who has spent more than six years on remand for defiling two siblings under the age of six.

Prosecution told Court that on April 1, 2010 John Steven Kiirya, a resident of Bulyambuzi village, Wankole Sub-county in Kamuli District, allegedly defiled a six-year-old girl in a school toilet and her two-year-old sister later.

Presiding Judge, Justice Patricia Basaza, acquitted Kiirya after defence lawyers asked Court to reject the evidence from the six-year-old girl who failed to identify the suspect.

Kiirya who has been on remand at Kirinya prison in Jinja, asked government to compensate him for staying in prison for all these years yet he was innocent.

Uganda

King Mumbere Cancels Coronation Ceremony Over Harsh Bail Terms

The King of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere, has cancelled his coronation anniversary ceremony that was slated for… Read more »

UPL Kick-Off – We Are On Right Track, Says Magogo

By The Independent

Kampala — #UPL Uganda

#Day1 Tuesday September 12, 2017

SC Villa Vs Soana – Masaka Live on Azam One 4.00pm

KCCA Vs Maroons – Lugogo

Bul Vs Mbarara City – Kakindu

Bright Stars Vs Vipers – Matugga

Masavu Vs Police – Bugonga

Onduparaka Vs Proline – Arua

Wednesday September 13, 2017

Express Vs Kirinya Jinja SS – Wankulukuku

The number of teams that have unveiled new players, new kit and plans to boost their fans base this year indicates the 2017/18 Azam Uganda Premier League that kicks-off on Tuesday could be one of the most competitive.

“Club football is eventually picking the gospel we started in 2006, that is to professionalise. This will now trigger commercialization so that Ugandan football takes its deserved front seat as an advertising vehicle,” said Federation of Uganda Football Associations FUFA president Eng. Moses Magogo ahead of today’s opening matches.

The big guns SC Villa, champions KCCA, Express and Vipers have given a professional touch to their build-up to the season, with pre-season friendlies followed by new-kit and new-players unveiling. Season tickets are the other attraction being offered as a way of ensuring the stadiums are packed all season.

The likes of Onduparaka in Arua and Bright Stars have also shown intent to match the ‘big boys’.

The build-up to the new season has pleased Magogo. “We need to see deliberate efforts to recruit fans in numbers,” said Magogo, indicating that those number can easily be translated into steady revenue for Ugandan football clubs.

“This will eventually tap into the over sh700billion available Ugandan advertising basket through big volume club football sponsorships,” Magogo added, before warning “Whereas we are now getting to talk, let us actually walk the talk through the season. Pressers, pictures and graphics are one thing, but running a pro club is another.”

“Pro clubs are only successful with numbers of fans to balance the finance equation. Money must be coming from numbers of fans as gate collections (season tickets), buying genuine club merchandise and corporate sponsors targeting fans not money from individuals or organisations.”

Big guns target winning start as league kicks off

Big guns SC Villa and KCCA start at home whilst Vipers will be away on Tuesday when the league kicks off with either targeting a bright start, reports UPL.CO.UG.

At Masaka, record league winners SC Villa begin the hunt for the elusive 17th title with an affair against Shafik Bisaso coached Soana.

The centre of attention will be on Bisaso who was sacked at Villa Park before being replaced by Bbosa and thus will have a big point to prove against his former employers.

The hosts will look to new signings Simon Sserunkuma, Allan Kyambadde and Mahad Kakooza for inspiration but may miss midfielder Nicholas Kakooza due to delay in registration.

The visitors have former SC Villa attacker Emmanuel Kalyowa to look up to.

At Lugogo, Patrick Kaddu and Jamil Maliyamungu turn guns against the most recent employers as KCCA start title defence with a tie against FUFA Big League winners Maroons, reports UPL.CO.UG.

A lot has gone under the waters at KCCA with last year’s MVP Geoffrey Sserunkuma leaving but Mike Mutebi has confidence in the new bred to defend the title.

Derrick Nsibambi will lead the attack and the Lugogo faithful will hope he fills the big boots of departed Sserunkuma.

Maroons coach Asaph Mwebaze has spent most of the pre-season trying to resign but has kept most of the experienced players as well as exciting youngster Pius Obuya. In Matugga, former champions Vipers visit tricky Bright Stars who look rejuvenated after the partnership with Keisuke Honda.

Their record against the Fred Kajoba coached side stands at three wins in the previous eight meetings and the previous three encounters have produced one goal.

Last season, Deus Bukenya won the game with a thunder bolt of a strike and Duarte Da Costa will hope the same happens.

Tom Masiko, Steven Mukwala and Taddeo Lwanga are expected to debut for the Venoms who will look to Tony Odur for goals but they have no Duncan Seninde and Moses Waiswa who are injured.

Bright Stars’ new signing Nelson Senkatuka will be the man to look out for as he tries to carry on his goal scoring spree from last season.

Elsewhere, new entrants Masavu host a new look Police side at Bugonga Fisheries Ground.

Alex Gitta’s side have had little to do in the market but they will be tough to crash at arguably one of the toughest pitches in the league.

Azam Uganda premier league is back… . Catch live matches every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday on Azam one ch101 pic.twitter.com/uV24crv43r

— Azam TV Uganda (@Azamtvug) September 11, 2017

Ddumba Saddala is the man expected to inspire the hosts while the visitors will look to Albert Mugisa and Gift Ali, the new signings from Ndejje and Proline respectively.

Other newly promoted side Mbarara City travel to Jinja to face much improved Bul who are now coached by ex-international, Kefa Kisala. Striker Patrick Asiku will lead the hunt for goals for the self-proclaimed Eastern Giants whilst Makweth Owor will be the main man to lead the attack for the visitors.

At the Betway Green light stadium, Onduparaka host Proline seeking to protect their decent home unbeaten run.

The Caterpillars were the only side that went unbeaten at home and against a Proline side that starts life minus Gift Ali and Nelson Senkatuka, they have a very big chance.

On Wednesday, Coachless Express host Charles Ayiekoh’s Kirinya Jinja SS whilst URA take on UPDF at Namboole.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING – UPL.CO.UG

Another Baby Goes Missing From Jinja Referral Hospital

By Tausi Nakato

Jinja — It’s double tragedy for a Senior Four drop-out, also a rape victim who is desperately searching for her missing baby.

The new mother claims to have delivered from Evangel Church in Jinja Town on July 6, a place where she had taken refuge during her pregnancy since she had been chased away from their home in Mayuge by her father.

But after developing post-delivery complications, a ‘good samaritan’ helped her check into Jinja Referral Hospital on the same day.

Little did she know that the ‘good samaritan’ would be the source of her antagonising pain after she allegedly stole her newborn baby in the wee hours of the following day.

The theft of her baby was confirmed by an eyewitness, who claimed to have seen the ‘good samaritan’ take the baby through the window.

“My baby was on the bed and as I bent down due to excessive stomach pain, the ‘good samaritan’ used that opportunity to snatch him through the window,” she recalls.

Her misery goes deeper as she also does not know who the father of her stolen baby is since she allegedly conceived after being raped by a stranger.

“I completed Senior Four at Delta High School in Mayuge in 2014 and a former classmate invited me to their home to advise me on how I can join an institute and pursue a course,” the mother narrates.

She continues: “However, in the process of coming back, it threatened to rain and became dark; then two men found me and one of them raped me and after a few months, I realised I was pregnant.”

Following the alleged theft of her baby, police in Jinja have embarked on a search for the baby.

Speaking to Daily Monitor on Saturday, the Kiira regional police commander, Mr Gerald Twishime Byansi, said they have intensified the search and formed a team of intelligence officers to help with investigations.

The detectives officers have been tasked to establish the whereabouts of the two baby boys who have so far been stolen from this facility since the beginning of the year. “We suspect that the babies might have been stolen on issues to do with child sacrifice or the fathers could have connived with the culprits,” Mr Twishime said.

He added: “Police retrieved CCTV surveillance footage from the hospital and upon review, it emerged that a lady who had covered her face with a veil, was seen passing through the small gate of the hospital.”

The deputy hospital superintendent, Mr Dan Balinanseko, explained that their hospital records don’t show the particulars of the stolen baby since it was born outside the healthy facility.

Mr Balinanseko explained that it’s only the mother’s particulars that were recorded since she had a tear and needed to be stitched.

“Although the mother came to the hospital with the baby, it was not our responsibility to register it. We only registered the mother who had complications,” he said, before confirming that they had handed over the CCTV surveillance footage to police.

According to the information obtained from the healthy facility, the first baby was stolen at a time when the hospital had no surveillance cameras.

This prompted the hospital authorities to purchase and install 12 surveillance cameras worth Shs43m in ‘very sensitive places’ such as wards, theatres, pharmacies, stores, and all entry points, but this preventive measure has not stopped the vice.

Ms Zaina Magomu, a resident of Nalufenya Parish, Mpumudde-Kimaka Division in Jinja District, gave birth to premature twins.

After the premature delivery, one of the twins died and the other was stolen from an incubator. The nurse who was on duty then, was briefly arrested and during interrogation, she revealed that the baby could have been stolen when she stepped out to answer nature’s call.

Uganda: Another Baby Goes Missing From Jinja Referral Hospital

By Tausi Nakato

Jinja — It’s double tragedy for a Senior Four drop-out, also a rape victim who is desperately searching for her missing baby.

The new mother claims to have delivered from Evangel Church in Jinja Town on July 6, a place where she had taken refuge during her pregnancy since she had been chased away from their home in Mayuge by her father.

But after developing post-delivery complications, a ‘good samaritan’ helped her check into Jinja Referral Hospital on the same day.

Little did she know that the ‘good samaritan’ would be the source of her antagonising pain after she allegedly stole her newborn baby in the wee hours of the following day.

The theft of her baby was confirmed by an eyewitness, who claimed to have seen the ‘good samaritan’ take the baby through the window.

“My baby was on the bed and as I bent down due to excessive stomach pain, the ‘good samaritan’ used that opportunity to snatch him through the window,” she recalls.

Her misery goes deeper as she also does not know who the father of her stolen baby is since she allegedly conceived after being raped by a stranger.

“I completed Senior Four at Delta High School in Mayuge in 2014 and a former classmate invited me to their home to advise me on how I can join an institute and pursue a course,” the mother narrates.

She continues: “However, in the process of coming back, it threatened to rain and became dark; then two men found me and one of them raped me and after a few months, I realised I was pregnant.”

Following the alleged theft of her baby, police in Jinja have embarked on a search for the baby.

Speaking to Daily Monitor on Saturday, the Kiira regional police commander, Mr Gerald Twishime Byansi, said they have intensified the search and formed a team of intelligence officers to help with investigations.

The detectives officers have been tasked to establish the whereabouts of the two baby boys who have so far been stolen from this facility since the beginning of the year. “We suspect that the babies might have been stolen on issues to do with child sacrifice or the fathers could have connived with the culprits,” Mr Twishime said.

He added: “Police retrieved CCTV surveillance footage from the hospital and upon review, it emerged that a lady who had covered her face with a veil, was seen passing through the small gate of the hospital.”

The deputy hospital superintendent, Mr Dan Balinanseko, explained that their hospital records don’t show the particulars of the stolen baby since it was born outside the healthy facility.

Mr Balinanseko explained that it’s only the mother’s particulars that were recorded since she had a tear and needed to be stitched.

“Although the mother came to the hospital with the baby, it was not our responsibility to register it. We only registered the mother who had complications,” he said, before confirming that they had handed over the CCTV surveillance footage to police.

According to the information obtained from the healthy facility, the first baby was stolen at a time when the hospital had no surveillance cameras.

This prompted the hospital authorities to purchase and install 12 surveillance cameras worth Shs43m in ‘very sensitive places’ such as wards, theatres, pharmacies, stores, and all entry points, but this preventive measure has not stopped the vice.

Ms Zaina Magomu, a resident of Nalufenya Parish, Mpumudde-Kimaka Division in Jinja District, gave birth to premature twins.

After the premature delivery, one of the twins died and the other was stolen from an incubator. The nurse who was on duty then, was briefly arrested and during interrogation, she revealed that the baby could have been stolen when she stepped out to answer nature’s call.

Jinja LC3 Chairman Accused of Looting Traders’ Property

Jb — The chairman of Jinja Central Division, Mr Mubarak Kirunda, last Friday testified before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission of inquiry.

Can you restate your name for the record?

MK: I am Mubarak Kirunda

JB: How old are you?

MK: I am 41 years old.

JB: Where do you reside?

MK: I reside in Jinja Central Division

JB: What do you do for a living?

MK: I am a sugarcane farmer and chairman LCIII of Jinja Central Division since 2006.

JB: What are your academic qualifications?

MK: I went to primary school at Kakira. My lord, I went when I was very young and my family was broke so I did adult education. I first went to school in 1975/6. I dropped out during the war.

JB: When were you born?

MK: My lord, I was born in 1976. But my lord, I am disturbed by years. In 1982, I joined school and I dropped out in 1989 when I was in senior two.

JB: Mr Kirunda, these details are important to us to understand the witness on how able he is trying to conceptualise things and whether he is telling the truth. So please answer these questions. So when did you drop out of school?

MK: My lord, I dropped out of School in 1989 and I resumed in 2013 at Makerere Adult Education Centre. I went with my Primary Seven Certificate of 1989. I even joined secondary at Kakira Secondary School in 1998 up to Senior Two. Things were hard and I dropped out to join the business world.

JB: So you confirm that you were the chairperson of Jinja Central Division in 2012?

MK: Yes, I have been chairperson since 2006.

JB: Tell us what you know about this matter of plot 60/62 Allidina Road in Jinja. Were you involved at any point in issues concerning this land?

MK: In 2012, I got a call from Hajj Dhakaba, one of the traders who were operating at that plot, who is also here. I was away in Kampala on that day.

JB: Does he have another name?

MK: I am sorry but we do not say names of our fathers.

JB: We do not want you to run in trouble with us. What is his other name?

MK: I know the name, but my lord he is my father. He is my uncle but the name has run out of my head.

JB: O.K. he called, what did he tell you?

MK: They told me that they were seeing a container and that it seems it is a deal because some other traders seem to have been compromised to take their property out of the shops. They asked whether I knew anything about the deal and container with building materials packed near the building. I told them I do not know and that I am in Kampala but let me come back.

JB: What did you find?

MK: I found the situation not normal, people had gathered worrying and a 40-feet container was placed at the roadside of the building. I went to my uncle and they were stuck. I called the town clerk and the mayor of Jinja but their phones were off. I wondered how all that could take place without my knowledge, I call myself the president of Jinja Town. I then called the district police commander (DPC) Jonathan Musinguzi and I asked what was happening. He said he did not know. I told him I cannot accept this and I heard that my fellow politicians were behind it.

JB: Where had you gathered that information from?

MK: We as politicians, we always get a lot of information. My uncle told me that they had refused to leave and another western lady had called a government official she knew and told her not to leave. People told me that chairman, you are the only one we have because we have tried everyone but have not helped us. I hired a crane to pull away the container to the police and I made a statement. Everyone was happy about that, and nobody came to claim that container.

JB: According to your statement, after sometime you received a call from a one Mandela. So tell us about that.

MK: I got a call from Mandela who I did not know threatening me that I do not want development and said a lot of things. I told him that what happened was against the law and unacceptable so I had to sort it. He told me that they had finished with all and people had accepted to take out their property, then why should I be concerned yet it is the mayor who is in charge of the town.

He said that I am only responsible for the garbage.

JB: Do you know the number of traders that were in that building?

MK: Actually I do not know the number because the building was big. But 75 per cent of the traders had taken out their merchandise from the building and I advised them to return their property in the shops.

JB: You said you advised traders to take back their merchandise, did they take them back?

MK: They immediately started and I had my boys around and I told them whoever comes here to disorganise my people, I am here because I do not have any record and information about what is going on here.

JB: What else transpired after that?

MK: It took time and I got a call from the developer who told me that he came here for development but why is it that I did not welcome him?

JB: According to your statement, before the developer called you were in the meeting concerning construction of Jinja Central Market and you were informed that building near the market on plot 60/62 had encroached on it by two meters.

MK: During that time, the contractor brought a claim that the building had encroached on the market according to the building plan they had. We did not decide there and then and I told the meeting that we are talking about that building yet people are being threatened to be evicted. The town clerk Kyasanku said, chairman those are your people, they had wanted to demolish that building and they refused now you go and talk to them. Other members said they cannot intervene because it is me who joined with people to reject demolishing it.

JB: Whose idea was it that the building be demolished?

MK: It was the project manager, Budget and because he was citing danger that if that part was not cut off the project was going to stop.

JB: Was he an employee of the Jinja Municipal Council or central government?

MK: He was an investor and a contractor.

JB: How was the proposal received by the members in the meeting?

MK: They told me that since traders are my people, I should talk to them to leave the place that was encroaching on the market land. When I told them, they said that they cannot and they already taken the matter to court. I told them they should tighten their belts because it is not going to be that easy.

JB: Did Mr Mandela re-appear after you met traders?

MK: He telephoned me and I asked him whether he was the owner of the building and he said that the owner was going to call me later. Then the owner (Birus– Simpson Birungi) gave me a call and he said my brother I am sorry, I am the owner but I heard that you have taken over my building. Don’t you know that it is my property? I asked him whether he has ever come to my office and that I do not know him.

He insisted being the owner and that he had all documents concerning that property. I told him that I only know that the property belongs to those sitting tenants.

JB: Did you give any proposal to him?

MK: It took me five months and we had a workshop in Italy with the former minister of Lands, Mr Daudi Migereko about the challenges hindering development and settlement in urban centres. I came back with an idea of settling people in urban centres that if one has money to set up a structure, he builds under Condominium Law whether we can work with others other than sending them away.

In relation to the problem we had in Jinja, Mr Birungi would build under that law as his plan was to build a 12-storeyed house and give the first flow to the traders. I told my uncle that let us apply that unless he had money to set up such a building. Even when I asked the town clerk the rightful owner of the building in contention he simply said, ‘don’t you want development, the man has papers’.

Mr Birungi told me through telephone that I am the only one blocking his way. That he can give me anything to leave his way. I told him with my uncle being a victim, over my dead body unless he operates under Condominium Law and gives the traders the first floor of the building he was to set up.

He said if I am talking in the interest of my uncle, he agreed and told me to meet my people and inform them. In the first meeting with the traders, they accepted.

JB: What happened next?

MK: Uganda of today, people started saying that you see, this man was strong and now has started changing goalposts. I said you people, I have used taxpayers’ money to go to Italy and I acquired an idea that will help us. Therefore, if this man has maneuvered to get papers, this is the solution we should go with. They said now this man has eaten something and has been twisted, the pressure was too much on me.

JB: Had you eaten something?

MK: No. My cousin who is also an ambassador joined those who were accusing me and advised them to go to court saying he felt the entire property should belong to the traders. When I organised a meeting with the traders they told me they had already gone to court and no longer wanted mediation. When I was in a meeting with the district board, Mr Kyasanku and the mayor, Mr Muhammad Baswaale Kezaala, told me that my idea was good but it was late because they had already approved the building plan before the old structure was demolished.

JB: Why were other leaders not on the side of the people in your view?

MK: They are yearning for development and they want change because Jinja is a flat designed city and when they saw a plan to build a 12-storeyed building, they could not hesitate for the beauty of their city to reach the level of Kampala.

JB: Can you tell us something about the night that building was demolished?

MK: I was in Masaka attending a workshop organised by the LC3 chairperson of Masaka. I don’t remember his name, the hotel and date.

JB: Mr Kirunda, this is an important issue we want. It is not many years ago and you are going to be in trouble because this person was not only a chairperson to invite you, and either you are not taking us seriously.

MK: My lord, I have a poor memory but all what I am talking is true.

JB: O.K. Tell us about the telephone call you received while in Masaka.

MK: Counsellor Bony Buyinza called me at 6am and said the building I had been fighting for was demolished and I was surprised because it was in a small space of time when the container had been parked at the place without my knowledge. I called the DPC Kateeba who told me that the building had been demolished and that developers had papers. I drove that very morning to Jinja and I found many people at the scene at around midday.

JB: We have information that you were involved in the demolition, you with the town clerk, mayor and DPC on the day of demolition you participated in looting of traders’ property.

MK: My lord, I was not involved because I was not even in Jinja.

JB: It was further alleged that you received money from Birungi that is why you turned to be his spokesperson on the side of traders.

MK: I have never received any money from Birungi but I was only doing my job for the development of my people only that people talk a lot about politicians.

JB: What happened to that plot currently and did you have any role in setting up the new building?

MK: The new building was set up but I do not have any hand in its construction.

JB: As you know that traders have been running around looking for justice, did you help them?

MK: When I heard that they had gone to court, that is where I stopped offering my support. When I called DPC and he confirmed the next I heard their case had been dismissed and as you know politicians we cannot have a hand there.

Commissioner Joyce Habaasa: The building was demolished because it was encroaching on the market. How then did you allow another building to be set up on the land to the extent of destroying two pillars of the market?

MK: As a politician, I am also wondering how the engineers allowed it. If it was a technical error I condemn.

Judge: Did you say that you contested for elections in 2006 and you won? What was the minimum qualification for LC3 chairperson?

MK: The minimum qualification then and now, the President said even if you do not have…

Judge: No! No! What does the law say?

MK: My lord, our council things, once you are mature you can join and serve the nation provided you are elected and the age also matters.

Judge: Is it true that you used another person’s Uganda Certificate of Education in the names of Mubarak Kirunda?

MK: No my lord, I am Mubarak Kirunda. I did not present any document, I just presented myself. I also presented the graduated tax card, passport, and village identity card.

Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

Uganda

Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

Some weeks ago, President Museveni made a candid statement about the police, which I believe most Ugandans applauded.… Read more »

Uganda: Jinja Stuck With Shs 1.3bn Street Lights Bill

Jinja municipality is stuck with an accumulated power bill worth Shs 1.3 billion.

Rajab Kitto, the spokesman, Jinja municipality, says the bill has been accumulating over the last five years.

Local authorities are mandated to clear power bills using collections from local revenue. He says the failure to clear the power bill, prompted Umeme to disconnect street lights plunging the municipality into total darkness.

According to Kitto, they are unable to raise sufficient local revenue to clear the bill.

“Of course you are aware that Umeme cut off its power and demands us a lot of money, which is about 1.3 billion. Unless people pay, there is no way we are going to pay that money. We are not in position to pay”, he said.

Majid Batambuze, the mayor Jinja municipality and chairperson Urban Authorities Association, says municipalities unable to sustain street lighting because of the heavy power bills. He wants government to direct power suppliers to incur the cost of streetlights across the country.

“These urban councils collect less revenue and yet they have a lot of other costs to meet. Street lighting is a very expensive venture. If the government can direct the power suppliers to incur the cost of the street lighting before being contracted, then the problem would be solved,” he said.

He however, says most urban council leaders are opting from solar powered streetlights, which don’t have monthly bills.

Uganda

Are Police Harbouring Criminal Syndicate Within the Force?

Some weeks ago, President Museveni made a candid statement about the police, which I believe most Ugandans applauded.… Read more »

Relegation Battle

By John Vianney Nsimbe

Although KCCA FC has already won the 2016/2017 Uganda Premier League (UPL) championship, the season is far from over. The focus is now on the relegation dogfight, heading into the penultimate fixture of the season, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.

If Sadolin Paints FC fail to beat Express FC tomorrow, they will be relegated from the Uganda Premier League.

However, Sadolin are just one of many UPL sides, including Police FC, Lweza, Bul FC, Kirinya and The Saints that can be relegated depending on results, a situation that should keep the interest in the league palpable.

Sadolin, who are second from bottom, fired their coach Simon Kirumira over a week ago, following their 0-2 loss to The Saints at Namboole stadium. This was a turning point for Sadolin, who ordinarily felt they were favourites to beat The Saints.

But it is a reaction that appears to have come too late, especially when one considers how badly Sadolin has performed in the second round.

They finished the first round tenth, with 17 points, eight goals for, and ten against. Although this earmarked them as the best defence in the league then, the second round has seen them score an additional eight goals only, and conceded 17.

Now they must win their last two games to make it to 32 points. However, Sadolin’s destiny is not in their hands.

The moment Bright Stars, who are on 31 points, secure a point against URA FC in Lugazi, Sadolin will be down on the basis of their highly inferior goal-difference. Bright Stars is on negative four while Sadolin is on negative eleven.

Lweza, who are third from bottom on 28 points have a chance to register 34 points if they win the two games left, beginning with a crunch one against Kirinya, who are eleventh on 31 points.

Considering the form Kirinya has had lately, which has seen them beat SC Villa, Police and Vipers, Lweza have their work cut out. But Kirinya cannot afford to rest on their laurels either. Any slip-up gets them closer to the last three. The same applies to the 2005 league champions Police FC.

On 30 points, Police are right at the borderline. And to eliminate the pressure that comes with that, they must beat already relegated JMC Hippos.

On the basis of the table’s outlook, The Saints, who will be hoping that they can revenge their first round loss to Onduparaka FC in Bombo, need a point to be safe. They will have reached the 34-point mark.

And because all the other teams in the relegation fight below them also have to face each other, Moses Basena’s men have a straightforward situation.

On the other hand, Proline will play a big role in determining who stays up. They will face Kirinya on the final day in Jinja, and how important those points may be. But the outright shoot-out will come against Police and Lweza.

In fact, even if Police failed to beat JMC tomorrow, and they found themselves dropping into the bottom three, their final-day match-up with Lweza will be winner-takes it all.

UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE

Tuesday@4pm:

SC Villa v Vipers

JMC Hippos v Police

Lweza v Jinja

Onduparaka v The Saints

Proline v KCCA

Sadolin v Express

Soana v Bul

URA v Bright Stars

Uganda: Mother in Agony Over Missing New Born Twin

By Denis Edema

Jinja — On February 8, Ms Zainah Magomu checked into Jinja Regional Referral Hospital to deliver a set of twins.

The first to pop out died shortly after. As her husband, Francis Mubiru made arrangements to take the dead baby for burial, a second child was delivered but it was a premature.

As a medical requirement, the baby was put in an incubator. That, sadly, was the last Ms Magomu saw of the child.

“I went out to the toilet and came back to feed my baby, but the incubator was empty. When I asked the nurse the whereabouts of my baby, she said she did not know,” she narrates.

At the hospital, mothers are only allowed into the Special Care Unit to feed the babies and promptly leave.

According to Ms Magomu’s recollection, there was only one nurse manning the facility on the fateful day.

The couple is traumatised over the disappearance of their baby. Worse still is the fact that they have never received any communication from the hospital.

Ms Magomu said they have spent a lot of money seeking justice.

As their last resort, they have petitioned the President with the hope that power and authority from the top office will help them know the truth about their baby.

“I am demanding for my child whether dead or alive because it was the responsibility of the nurse to ensure safety of my baby while in the incubator,” she said.

Police confirmed the incident, saying it is still being investigated under reference case number CRB 117/2017. Two people, police say, have been arrested, including the nurse who was on duty that day and another suspect whose details police refused to release. They are both out on police bond.

There is suspicion that the investigations are dragging because some people were given money to dissuade them from following the matter.

Efforts to get comments from the hospital director, Dr Sophie Namasopo, were futile as her known telephone numbers were off by press time.

The Jinja Resident District Commissioner, Mr Rex Aachilla, said he has been following the case and engaged the hospital director in security meetings.

“Since the incident happened, we have had security meetings over the matter and the hospital director said she is committed to seeing, through police, that the child is recovered but up to now, the police have not come out with any report,” Mr Aachilla said

He further said there are unusual beliefs surrounding the disappearance of the twin baby that somebody maliciously picked it for a different purpose, which is hindering investigation.

State House has now written to Jinja hospital demanding an explanation.

In a letter dated May 10, signed by Mr Emmanuel Ilukor, on behalf of the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Ms Molly Kamukama, to the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, they are demanding an urgent response to the said allegations.

The hospital has been, among others, asked to explain circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the said twin baby from the hospital incubator, the whereabouts of the baby; alive or dead, the list and details of doctors and nurses who were on duty from the time the mother was admitted for maternity, during maternity to the date of discharge and the names and details of doctors and nurses who were supposed to be on duty.

They must also produce the attendance register for the hospital employees to the maternity section for the period of February 2 to February 13.

Mayor Tortured Over Kaweesi’s Murder Speaks Out

Photo: NBS TV/Youtube

Now Kamwenge town council mayor Geoffrey Byamukama claims that police detectives tortured him from the now notorious high security Nalufenya police detention facility in Jinja district.

By Johnson Taremwa

Geoffrey Byamukama, the mayor of the western Kamwenge town council, looked helpless and in agony on his bed at Nakasero hospital in Kampala.

His knees and feet bore sore wounds. Byamukama is a suspect in the murder of the former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who was killed in March by hitherto unknown gunmen.

Asked how he ended up in this pathetic state, Byamukama told The Observer on Wednesday that he was tortured while in detention at the notorious Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja.

Speaking to this newspaper from his hospital bed, Byamukama said he was arrested from the office of a commissioner in the ministry of Lands on April 11 by two gentlemen.

They identified themselves as Fred Tumuhiirwe and a one Byenkya from the police’s flying squad and special operations unit respectively. Byamukama said he was then put into a waiting police van where he found three muscular men. They closed the door and drove him to an unknown place.

“When they dropped me into their van, the beatings started. They told me that to save my life, I had to confess that I participated in the killing of Kaweesi which I refused,” he said, almost on the brink of tears.

Byamukama added that he pleaded with his tormentors to stop the beatings but they refused. Later, he said, he was dumped at Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja where the beating continued only that this time, he almost got killed.

“When I went into comma [after the beating], they rushed me to a hospital in Jinja where the management refused to admit me because I was half dead,” he said.

“I don’t know if I will ever walk or stand on my legs again,” he said, while shedding tears.

“I think this is the right time for God to take me. I am tired and angry; I deserve to rest forever,” Byamukama said, wincing in pain.

Byamukama’s wife, Viola Komugisha, told The Observer at the hospital that her husband was arrested and tortured by police officers attached to the flying squad.

“My husband was tortured by officers from the flying squad claiming that he knew Kaweesi’s killers,” she said.

She said once they (family) found out that he had been taken to Nalufenya, they went there. She said they found him (Byamukama) in critical condition and requested to take him to hospital but the police refused.

Other sources within security told us that Byamukama was taken to various police stations before he was taken to Nalufenya where he was tortured.

The sources said Byamukama was later rushed to Jinja regional referral hospital for treatment, but doctors rejected him, claiming that his situation was worrying.

SNEAKED INTO NAKASERO

Byamukama’s tormentors then tried to rush him to Mulago hospital but they feared human rights activists and groups would be alerted.

He was later secretly booked into Nakasero hospital, where he has been heavily guarded since. On Wednesday evening, our sources tipped us that he was still holed up at the hospital. Later in the night, we sneaked into the hospital and managed to locate Byamukama in room 312.

SECURITY DENIES

Byamukama’s testimony, and numerous claims that police is torturing suspects, has forced the force on the defensive. The commander of the police flying squad, Herbert Muhangi, denied that his men tortured or even arrested Byamukama.

“I have never ordered or directed for the arrest and torture of Byamukama. I have my methods of investigations and interrogations but I cannot torture people,” he said yesterday.

Muhangi said Byamukama knows the people who tortured him and they are not from flying squad.

“Good enough, he mentioned people who arrested and tortured him. I have never been with such people in the flying squad,” he said.

Muhangi also said he relocated from Nalufenya some time back and he is not responsible for what happens at the high-security detention facility.

Other sources claimed Byamukama and other suspects were arrested and tortured by operatives from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI.

But the CMI chief, Col Abel Kandiho, rubbished these accusations in a telephone interview with The Observer yesterday.

“We don’t know that person [Byamukama]. We have never arrested him and he is not in our records,” he said.

Kanduho said CMI has the list of people they arrested in regard to Kaweesi’s killing and nobody has come up to say that he was tortured by CMI.

“If the mayor says that he was tortured by police, then police should take the blame and explain why they tortured him,” he said.

Brig Richard Karemire, the UPDF spokesperson, said yesterday that it is not the culture of UPDF to torture suspects. He said, “If the mayor accuses police of torture, then it is police to explain who tortured him and why.”

MORE ARRESTS

Yesterday, seven other suspects were arraigned before Nakawa magistrate’s court in connection with the murder of Kaweesi, bringing the total number of arrests so far to 20.

The suspects who appeared before Grade I Magistrate Noah Ssajjabi were charged with terrorism, two counts of murder of Godfrey Wambewa and Kenneth Erau, the driver and bodyguard of Kaweesi respectively, abetting terrorism, and robbery of two guns from their victims.

They were sent on remand until May 18 since the magistrate’s court cannot hear capital offences.

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd )

Featured Links

    Search Archive

    Search by Date
    Search by Category
    Search with Google
    Log in | Designed by Gabfire themes