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Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

AFRICA
The Police Disciplinary Court has demoted Superintendent of Police (SP) Joel Tubanone to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), after pleading guilty to two counts of excessive use of force while stopping a 2017 gathering in Lira district. At the height of the enactment of the Constitution Amendment Act, 2017, which deleted lower and upper age limits for presidential candidates, Mr Tubanone dispersed a consultative meeting convened by the Lango Parliamentary Group over the then impending amendment. After the ensuing fracas that saw lobbying of tear gas canisters at the MPs, Mr Tubanone was accused by MP Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo Woman) and Charles Angiro Abacacon (FDC, Erute North) of assault and attempted murder. However, the Director of Public Prosecution found ...
Policeman arrested for armed robbery

Policeman arrested for armed robbery

AFRICA
Masaka, Uganda --- Police in Masaka has arrested a policeman and three people for alleged robbery. The suspects are Corporal Joel Ebeta, attached to Kitovu police post in Nyendo, Rajab Kyebambe and two unidentified men. The group was arrested on Friday morning after staging a fake roadblock along Kitovu road near Kitovu Cathedral in Nyendo, Masaka city. This follows numerous complaints by residents in the area about increasing cases of robberies. David Katunda Nyesigire, the Masaka District Police Commander says that the suspects have been mounting fake roadblocks in the region and terrorizing road users. He says that during the arrest, police recovered a gun with 28 rounds of ammunition, a police jacket, and a saloon car in which they were travelling, registration number UAG ...
Police given a go ahead to arrest politicians who hold gatherings amidst social distance regulations

Police given a go ahead to arrest politicians who hold gatherings amidst social distance regulations

AFRICA
President Museveni has directed the Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola to arrest anyone, including government officials and politicians holding gatherings in all parts of the country. In the past, several politicians and government officials including the Minister for Health, Dr.Jane Ruth Aceng and State Minister in charge of Investment and Privatization, Evelyn Anite have been captured on video with large gatherings. However, in Museveni’s latest missive, Uganda had contained the war on the virus because majority of the population had followed the guidelines put in place but noted that the situation has changed in the past few weeks. “Regarding the politicians that have been gathering people contrary to the guidelines, my order to the IGP is now out. No publi...
Be a pro-people force, President urges Police as 4,809 graduate

Be a pro-people force, President urges Police as 4,809 graduate

AFRICA
KABALYE, MASINDI: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces on Friday passed out a total of 4,809 police officers at the Police Training School- Kabalye in Masindi. The pass out ceremony took place at the Police Training School-Kabalye, Kijunjubi Sub-county in Masindi District.On arrival at the training School, President Museveni was received by the Commandant of Police Training School, Kabalye ACP Ziwedde Abubaker who briefed him about the courses conducted that included learner Assistant Inspectors of Police (L/AIP) and Probationary Police Constables (PPCs) course respectively. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (4th left) inspecting activities carried out by graduate police officers at Kabalye Police training school in Masindi He wa...
UGANDA: Former IGP’s Mother passes on.

UGANDA: Former IGP’s Mother passes on.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KISORO – Catherine Mukarwamo, the mother of Gen Kale Kayihura, has died at the age of 92. Mukarwamo was the first-born child of Nyamihana, a former chief of Nyakabande Village. Nyamihana was also the father of Justice Joseph Mulenga Nyamihana, who served as President of the East African Court of Justice and died on 29 August 2012. Details of the burial arrangements are yet to be communicated. Gen Kayihura’s father John Komuluyange Kalekezi, one of the Ugandans who fought for the African Great Lakes nation’s independence, which occurred on 9 October 1962, died in an airplane crash in Kiev, Ukraine on 17 August 1960, when the former police chief was only four years old. Kayihura married Angella Kayihura, a Kenyan of Rwandese descent. She is the granddaughter of Rudahigwa, the la...
UGANDA: Police still tops the list of media freedom abusers

UGANDA: Police still tops the list of media freedom abusers

AFRICA, UGANDA
The police have for the third consecutive year topped the list of violators of press freedom, a report has revealed. An annual report released by the Human Rights Network for Journalists Uganda (HRNJ-U), shows that cases against police officers are still the highest. "Uganda Police Force (UPF) was again the biggest single violator of media rights, contributing 60 per cent of all violations. The Police beat up and ironically arrested journalists who were protesting against Police brutality,” read part of the eleventh, Press Freedom Index (PFI) report.In the report, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has been named the second biggest violator of media freedom, accounting for 22% in addition to its independence as a regulator being questioned.The Uganda People’s Defence Forces ...
UGANDA: Woman rescued  from armed thugs by Police

UGANDA: Woman rescued from armed thugs by Police

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The territorial Police at Katwe Police Division and 999 patrollers intercepted a motor vehicle at Kitebi Star and rescued one Victoria Nakitende, who had been robbed and tied with a rope by armed thugs. Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the officers recovered Exhibits a SAR rifle with five rounds of ammunition, ropes, suspected stolen phones, motorcycle keys and breaking implements. “The suspects were using motor vehicle registration number UAR 179L Toyota Celica,” he said in a statement. According to Police the suspects have been identified as Isaac Massa, Senate George William and Ashraf Mubiru. Owoyesigyire noted that they are currently detained at Katwe Police Station. “The police are investigating allegations of being in p...
UGANDA: LDUs resume training in riot control.

UGANDA: LDUs resume training in riot control.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have started training Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel, who were withdrawn from Kampala Metropolitan area after high incidents of human rights abuse, in riot control tactics. The LDUs are being trained by Field Force Unit instructors on how to use riot control equipment and tactics that are considered to be less lethal than military weapons they (LDUs) often carry. Police instructors are now training them on tactical methods of arrest, crowd control and the use of tear gas shell launchers. Two weeks ago, the Defence Ministry said LDUs were undergoing refresher training at Kakiri military barracks. The training will cover 10 LDU battalions, which is around 8,000 personnel. After training, the LDU personnel will be redeployed to the city streets during the election peri...
UGANDA:  AIGP Turyagumana Retires From Police Force

UGANDA: AIGP Turyagumana Retires From Police Force

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala: Assistant Inspector General of Police Grace Turyagumanawe has retired from Uganda Police Force after serving for 33 years. Turyagumanawe was heading the Directorate of Peace and Support Operations since its establishment in 2014. While handing over office Turyagumanwe said, “I thank God who has enabled me walk this long journey for about 33 years in service with Uganda Police. I thank The Inspector General of Police, Deputy, Directors and the entire Police Force for the support, corporation and the mentorship rendered to me while in service. It’s not a one man’s show.” Adding, “I also wish to apologize to all the persons I could have wronged in my service in one way or another since my joining it wasn’t intentional , I was doing a service.” During his service in Polic...
UGANDA: 2  officers expelled from Police over Masaka boda boda man who set himself on fire.

UGANDA: 2 officers expelled from Police over Masaka boda boda man who set himself on fire.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Hussein Walugembe,22 burnt himself to death at the start of this month after being asked to pay a shs40,000 bribe to police officers in order to have his impounded bike released. He set himself ablaze inside the traffic police office at Masaka Central Police Station. Following the incident, two officers as Sgt. Julius Ewalu , the Station Major and Sgt Ibrahim Ssesanga the acting OC Traffic at Masaka Central Police Station were arrested. On Saturday, the police disciplinary court heard that on several occasions, the deceased went to police to recover his motorcycle but on all occasions, he was asked to return with shs40,000 as a bribe by the traffic police officers. In his judgment, Assistant Superintendent of Police David Manzi, the disciplinary court chairman s...
UGANDA: Dr. Stella Nyanzi detained over arcade closure protest.

UGANDA: Dr. Stella Nyanzi detained over arcade closure protest.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA - The Police this morning raided Biraj International hotel, located near Nakasero market and arrested activist Dr Stella Nyanzi, for protesting against the closure of arcades. She was arrested while addressing a joint press conference with arcade traders under their umbrella body, Kampala Arcade and Traders' Association (KATA) led by its chairperson, Godfrey Katongole. According to Police, Nyanzi and her colleagues did not seek permission to convene the conference. Traders allege that when they met the president recently, he promised to meet them again after a period of one week but it's almost coming to a month without getting any feedback from government on when the arcades will resume operation officially. Katongole said they have given the government up to Tuesday,...
UGANDA: Dr. Stella Nyanzi, local health advocacy firm criticise Police statement in Makerere murder case

UGANDA: Dr. Stella Nyanzi, local health advocacy firm criticise Police statement in Makerere murder case

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Aspiring Kampala Woman MP Dr. Stella Nyanzi and local NGO, Heartsounds Uganda focused on mental health advocacy awareness raising have expressed shock over the brutal murder of a Makerere University student, Mr. Emmanuel Tegu. The third year student of Veterinary Medicine at Makerere University was brutally murdered last week in a situation the Uganda Police Force has since failed explain. Tegu was allegedly beaten by people inside the University at night on June 28. He died last Saturday at Mulago Hospital where he had been admitted— with his death raising several contradictions and putting the security forces in spotlight. His relatives said he told them in hospital that he was beaten by security personnel while police say he was a victim of mob action inside the camp...
REPORT: Army supasses police in torture, Uganda.

REPORT: Army supasses police in torture, Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA- The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has overtaken police in torturing Ugandans, according to the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) in its latest report on torture. During 2017-2018 period, the ACTV registered 600 cases of torture attributed to police and 443 cases committed by the army.However in 2018-19, the bulk of the torture cases shifted to the UPDF. The latest report shows UPDF committed 440 torture cases in Karamoja Sub-region compared to 14 cases by police. However in Kampala, the police led the 263 torture charts, with 263 cases compared to the 44 cases by UPDF.In Gulu District, police committed 154 cases and UPDF committed 75. This brings the total torture cases by the army to 559 compared to 441 by police. “Many of th...
UGANDA:  Police makes a new statement on the death of MUK student

UGANDA: Police makes a new statement on the death of MUK student

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala- The latest police account on how Makerere University student was killed at the campus has contradicted their initial narrative and raised more queries that point to security culpability. According to the latest account, the deceased, Emmanuel Tegu, a third-year veterinary student, had contact with police officers before he was fatally beaten 200 metres away from the scene. Tegu died a few days later at Mulago hospital on Saturday. In the initial statement, police said Tegu was beaten by a mob near Lumumba Hall inside the university campus on June 27. Police said they received a message from an unknown caller that a person had been beaten by a mob at the campus and officers rushed to the scene where they picked him unconscious and took him to Mulago.Police denied allegati...
UGANDA: 191 defilement cases recorded in Bunyoro  in a period of 3 months.

UGANDA: 191 defilement cases recorded in Bunyoro in a period of 3 months.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police in the Albertine region have recorded 191 cases of defilement in three months. Uganda Police Force’s Albertine region spokesperson Julius Hakiza said the cases were recorded between March and May, 2020. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Hakiza said, “In the whole of the Bunyoro region, depending on the number of cases that were reported at our different police posts, we recorded 191 defilement cases during the month of March, April and May.’’ Bunyoro sub-region is made up of Kibaale, Kagadi, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, Kakumiro, Masindi, Hoima and Kikuube. However, only eighteen out of the 191 cases of defilement have been taken to court to punish the perpetuators. ASP Hakiza explained that, “18 cases of the 191 have been taken to court for trial with some of the ot...
UGANDA: 2 police officers detained following the death of Masaka boda-boda rider.

UGANDA: 2 police officers detained following the death of Masaka boda-boda rider.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have arrested two of their own in connection with Thursday morning incident in which a boda-boda rider set himself on fire inside a traffic police office at Masaka Central Police Station. Hussein Walugembe, 29, died after setting himself on fire following failed attempts to recover his impounded motorcycle. It is reported that by the time police impounded the motorcycle, it was with Walugembe’s friend identified as Twaha Kaweesi who was accused of flouting curfew guidelines. Eyewitnesses said, the deceased entered the office at around 8am and tried to negotiate with traffic officers he found inside to give him back the motorcycle which was reportedly impounded on Tuesday. The suspects, according to Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga are; Sgt Julius Ewalu and Sg...
UGANDA: How boda-boda rider in Masaka sets himself on fire ‘over bribe and Police frustration’.

UGANDA: How boda-boda rider in Masaka sets himself on fire ‘over bribe and Police frustration’.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A 29-year-old motorbike taxi rider in Uganda has died after setting fire to himself inside a police station. Hussein Walugembe's bike was seized in the south-western district of Masaka, about 135km (85 miles) from the capital, Kampala, on Monday. Some riders allege that officers had demanded a $40 (£32) bribe from Walugembe to release his vehicle. A police spokesman says the entire traffic department is now under investigation for bribery. It is also reported that Walugembe had been living in police quarters and been supplying food to the force. Riding motorbike taxis - or boda bodas as they are known in Uganda - is a common source of income for unemployed young men in countries across Africa. But in Uganda they have been banned from carrying passengers as part of effort...
UGANDA: Man kills father with a knife in Bududa

UGANDA: Man kills father with a knife in Bududa

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police in Bududa District in eastern Uganda are investigating a murder case in which a 26-year-old knife-wielding man allegedly attacked his father.Samuel Wamono is said to have first undressed himself and walked around Bududa town naked before committing the crime. The Elgon region Police Spokesperson, Mr Rogers Taitika, identified the victim as Simon Matselele, a resident of Kabuko cell, Nangako Town council in Bududa District.“He stabbed him in the chest using a sharp knife. We have arrested him as investigations are ongoing to establish what exactly happened. We recovered the knife he used to stab his father as evidence. The motive of the attack is not yet clear,”Mr Taitika said. According to the spokesperson, Wamono suspect returned from Mbale, where he was residing and had a q...
UGANDA: Bobi Wine honors UPDF for giving Gen Bell Tushabe a befitting sendoff

UGANDA: Bobi Wine honors UPDF for giving Gen Bell Tushabe a befitting sendoff

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has lauded Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) leadership for giving Brig. Gen Bell Tushabe who passed on this week a befitting send off. Attending the funeral service of Brigadier Bell in Ggaba on Thursdaymorning, Bobi Wine said the General was not shy to speak out when his bosses veered off course. “Soldiers in many countries are given too much respect by all citizens. They do not line up for services in public places and you will often see people standing up and giving them seats. That is what our national army should be- only if they become a true national army in word and action,” he said. Gen Bell one of the National Resistance Army (now Uganda People’s Defence Forces – UPDF) daredevil fighters died this week from...
UGANDA: MP Zaake drags police officers to court over torture allegations.

UGANDA: MP Zaake drags police officers to court over torture allegations.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has filed five charges against six officers he accuses of torture during his arrest in April this year.The officers include the Regional Police Commander Bob Kagalura, Mityana District Police Commander Mwine Mukono, one Amudan Twesigye and others involved in torturing him during his arrest on April 19, 2020 when he was arrested for allegedly distributing relief food to his constituents affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown. Through his lawyer, Mr Eron Kizza, the MP filed the case on Wednesday at Mityana chief magistrate court stating that he was subjected to torture by the officers from April 19 to 29."We have registered five counts; three of torture, one of unreasonable detention and another of disobedience of lawful orders," Mr Kizza said.Mr ...