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MONDAY LIVE UPDATES: News from in and around Uganda

5:00PM: Woman stabs husband to death over food in Omoro

A 19-year-old woman has been arrested by police in Omoro District for allegedly stabbing her husband to death after the couple reportedly picked a fight over food. The incident happened on Monday in Kati Kati village, Alokolum Parish, according to police.

Police identified the deceased as James Opiyo, 32. Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema told journalists that said her husband who had returned from a hangout joint at about 3am on Monday picked a quarrel over food.

According to Mr Okema, the suspect in her statement said despite the fact that she had already served and placed food on the table, the deceased demanded her to get up and serve him. https://bit.ly/2EvCp2D

4:25PM: Court declines to summon Speaker Kadaga for cross examination in the Age limit petition

The Constitutional court in Mbale has this afterrnoon declined to summon the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to be cross examined over her role in the debate on the Age limit bill late last year.

The request had earlier been made by lawyers representing different petitioners in a case contesting the legality of the process that led to the passing of the controversial law and removing of the Presidential Age limit.

The case is being heard before a panel of five judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice and also the administrative head of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo

3:30PM: 70-year-old man murdered

Authorities in Bugiri District are investigating circumstances under which a 70-year-old man was on Monday (today) morning found murdered in his house.

Mutwalib Bin Hamisi, a resident of Muyemu Village, Kapyanga Sub-county in Bugiri District, was reportedly attacked on Sunday night by unidentified assailants who left him with grievous wounds on the head, according to the area LCI chairperson, Mr Alamanzan Obando.

According to Mr Obando, the deceased had earlier been arraigned before the LCI Court by his son, Hamza Mutwalib who accused him of selling land that was given to him by his grandfather, Ayub Mugoya. The son has since disappeared following his father’s death. https://bit.ly/2uXpFlA

3:15PM: Age limit case: Lawyers to grill Kadaga, Muhoozi

As the hearing of the age limit petition kicks off in the Constitutional Court today, the petitioners intend to ask court to summon Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, and Chief of Defence Forces David Muhoozi for cross-examination regarding the passing of the contested law in the House.

According to sources privy to the case, the petitioners want to cross-examine the trio for the role they played in the process of debating and passing the controversial age limit Bill late last year.

“At the commencement of the hearing of the petition, the counsel for the petitioners shall move court for leave to cross-examine all the witnesses who have sworn affidavits in support of the respondent’s (Attorney General) answer to the petition,” reads the petitioners’ notice to court. https://bit.ly/2qjq2l7

2.00PM: Increasing taxes on fuel and mobile money may lead to inflation - Mutebile warns

The Governor Bank of Uganda Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile has warned that the plan to increase taxes on fuel and financial services may lead to inflation.

Mutebile who was speaking at the monthly Central Bank press conference, where he also announced that the Ugandan economy was projected to grow at 6.5 % over the next three years. 

1.10 PM: Tusker loses its position as Kenya's number one beer

Tusker Lager a beer brand that has for long defined itself as Kenya's beer has lost its position as the leading beer brand in Kenya.

The position has been taken up by another beer in the East African Breweries stable Guinness.

According to Geopoll, the highest peak for Guinness was in  April 2018 with a 40% market share.

With the highest consumption of Guinness reported among women in January 2018 at 52%.

 

1:00PM: Officers beat suspect to death in police cell

Two police officers attached to Nsazi police post in Mukono District have allegedly beaten a suspect to death.

Stephen Bamunankole who was arrested on suspicion of stealing a phone, was allegedly beaten to death by Innocent Token a police officer and Andrew Kayira a crime preventer at the police post.

This prompted the angry residents to storm the post and razed it down.

An eye witness, who was also in the cell, said the two officers undressed and beat the deceased for two full hours in the police cell until he breathed his last. https://bit.ly/2HccCBE

11:40AM: Refugee camps in northern Uganda choke on sexual abuse cases

On March 25, 2018, 15-year-old Nancy Draru (not real names), a Ugandan national went to Agojo Refugee settlement in Adjumani District together with her two sisters for a local dance party. On her way back home, she was raped by 21-year-old Emmanuel Guya, a South Sudanese refugee.

Mr Yasin Mpoowa, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Adjumani police station, says they record a case of sexual assault involving minors or adults every day. He says that most of the cases that are reported involve refugees and residents from the host communities. https://bit.ly/2IDAFGM

11:30AM: Government admits failure on middle income dream

The National Planning Authority (NPA) chairman, Dr Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa, has said Uganda will not achieve the coveted middle income status by 2020 because of the declining economy.

In a no-holds-barred letter, Dr Kisamba says given the projected economic growth of 5.5 per cent in the current financial year contrary to the 15 per cent envisaged in the National Development Plan (NDP), “it’s very unlikely” that Uganda will achieve the lower middle- income status.

“The low economic growth performance for the last three years of NDPII implementation implies that the country may not be able to achieve the lower middle income status by 2020,” reads in part Mr Kisamba’s March 27 letter to Finance minister Matia Kasaija and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. https://bit.ly/2EwmTDm

9:50AM: Age limit case hearing to kick off shortly in Mbale

Court in Mbale is about to start the hearing of the Age limit case in which the Uganda Law Society and Opposition Members of Parliament are contesting the legality of it's passing. The case hearing is set to kick off amidst visible deployment. 

A panel of five judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice, also the administrative head of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, is set to hear the petition satrting today. 

9:30AM: Kibuli bus accident: Students out of danger – administration

The 23 students who sustained injuries in a Saturday morning accident at Lake Mburo National Park, Kiruhura District are out of danger, the Kibuli SS administration has said.

Contrary to some media reports that the students were in critical condition, Hajj Siraj Katantazi, a career advisor at Kibuli SS said the victims suffered minor injuries and all are in good condition.

“It was not a serious accident as some sections of the media have reported. Some 23 students got superficial bruises on their faces, arms and legs .We rushed them to Mbarara hospital and after a few hours, they were all discharged and now back at school,” he said in an interview on Monday. https://bit.ly/2Ew9nQ8

9:20AM: Lira police deny robbing from slain armed robber

Police at North Kyoga Regional Police headquarters have distanced themselves from allegations that police officers who recently went to arrest slain suspected robber, Solomon Odongo, never delivered Shs5m they recovered from him as exhibit.

Odongo and his girlfriend were arrested from their house in Barogole, Ojwina Division more than a fortnight ago after he was suspected to be behind an armed robbery at Jinja Camp in which Ms Sandra Owuni, a mobile money vendor was shot in the right thigh and robbed of Sh5m.

Eyewitnesses during the arrest said they saw police taking the money and the gun alongside other exhibits that were recovered from Odongo’s house. https://bit.ly/2HkncV7

8:35AM: Age limit case: Hearing of consolidated petition begins today

The Constitutional Court will starting from today (Monday) hear a consolidated petition challenging the amendment of the constitution to remove the presidential age limit.

The five justices of the court will commence with submissions of the petitioners including Uganda Law Society and Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago, who represents Members of Parliament challenging the amendment.

A panel of five judges led by the Deputy Chief Justice, also the administrative head of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, is set to hear the petitions.

The other justices are Remmy Kasule, Elizabeth Musoke, Cheborion Barishaki and Kenneth Kakuru. https://bit.ly/2H9th8Y

8:30AM: Umeme to recover Shs104 billion from domestic customers

Electricity distributor Umeme’s domestic customers will part with Shs103.7 billion that Umeme did not collect because it underestimated the lifeline units they had consumed.

The money will be recovered via the end-user tariff, the consumers will pay starting from April 1 to June 30. Close to one million of Umeme’s 1, 125, 291 customers will be impacted.

“Owing to underestimation of the units consumed below the lifeline, the company under-recovered Shs57.7 billion and Shs46.0 billion relating to 2017 and 2016 respectively from the end-user tariffs as determined by ERA…” says Umeme’s 2017 financial results. https://bit.ly/2GHqGUh