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5.30 PM: Five arrested for kidnapping 2-year-old over ransom

Police in Kampala have arrested five people for allegedly kidnapping a two-year-old child in Kitezi, Wakiso District.

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said the suspects were found hiding the child in one of their homes with intent of getting ransom from parents.

“We have noticed cases of kidnaps are on the rise and some people have turned it into a business. Some have even faked their own kidnaps to get money from relatives. We ask the public to be vigilant and be fast at reporting these cases,” Mr Kayima said.


5.26 PM: Tour operators condemn the poisoning of Lions in Queen Elizabeth National park

5:00PM: Police officers working with boda boda robbers- Kayima

Some police officers are working with thugs who kill and rob boda boda riders across the country, police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, has said.

Mr Kayima told journalists in Kampala on Monday that thugs arrested in connection to boda boda robbery have revealed names of some police officers they work with in executing their missions.

He said thugs working with police officers rob motorcycles and sell them to unsuspecting buyers in the upcountry districts among others Amolatar, Dokolo and Gulu.

12:25PM: Moses Byamugisha bows to pressure, appears before party leaders over unauthorized mobilization

Former Forum for Democratic Change Party President contestant Moses Byamugisha has finally bowed to pressure and gone to meet the party leaders over what they say is unauthorized mobilization that he is carrying out in different Universities.

Byamugisha was summoned by the Party following a 13th April letter written by the party secretary Nathan Nandala Mafabi which raised concern over alleged unsanctioned activities being carried out by Byamugisha.  

Speaking to NTV yesterday,Byamugisha vowed not to appear anywhere arguing that he was not aware of any law that he had broken.

However today morning, he revealed on his twitter account that he had arrived at the FDC headquarters as per the request of the secretary general. 

11:35AM: MUK students strike over what they claim are unfair policies

Students of Makerere University have today morning braved the heavy downpour and staged a strike protesting what they claim are unfair policies being taken up by the University administration

The policies seek to redress the issues of evening classes, meals and sexual harassment among others.

The new policies prompted the Guild President and his cabinet to write to the University Vice Chancellor late last week seeking to address the student's dissatisfaction however, the VC wouldn't make it because of what the University say were already scheduled engagements

Today morning, the students poured onto the streets causing chaos and disruption as they blocked roads. 

11:30AM: Age limit case: Government officials warned on pending grilling

As the hearing of the high profile consolidated presidential age limit case resumes on (Tuesday) after a weekend break in Mbale, Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has warned of severe reprimand for any of the summoned top government officials who will dodge the cross examination.

About 10 top government officials were summoned last week to appear on Tuesday and be grilled over their role leading to the enactment of the age limit law last year.

“The learned Deputy Attorney General (Mwesigwa Rukutana), I hope you have told those summoned about the repercussions of not showing up on that day for cross examination…” Justice Owiny-Dollo said.

Those expected to be grilled include; Gen David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defence Forces, Mr Keith Muhakanizi, the Secretary to Treasury, Mr John Mitala, the Secretary to Cabinet and head of Civil Service and Ms Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament.

10:55AM: Top Catholic leaders to meet over Lwanga - Museveni rift

The top Catholic leadership, including the Vatican’s top envoy to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, will meet this week to chart a way forward to defuse the seemingly escalating relations between Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and President Museveni.

Archbishop Blume, the Apostolic Nuncio, supervises all Catholic bishops under the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), the top assembly of Catholic leaders in the country.

Attempts to reach Archbishop Blume yesterday for a comment on the scheduled meeting and the agenda were futile as calls to his known landline went unanswered.

The meeting comes in the wake of the recent back-to-back meetings between Archbishop Lwanga and President Museveni over the deteriorating relations between the former and the State.

9:00AM: Museveni donates Shs5 billions to 110 groups in Rukungiri

President Yoweri Museveni has donated money, trucks, mini buses and an assortment of machinery worth over Shs5 billion to 110 groups of people in Rukungiri District, ostensibly to help them fight poverty.

The beneficiaries received the items on Sunday at Rukungiri Stadium.

Rukungiri is the home of Dr Kizza Besigye, the four-time presidential candidate, a political nemesis of Mr Museveni.

Rukungiri Municipality is represented by Mr Roland Mugume Kaginda, a member of the Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), a party that was founded by Dr Besigye and a group of other politicians.

Mr Museveni explained that he picked the money from the State House purse not from the national treasury.

7:55AM: City lawyer runs to law council over Mbabazi’s Senior Counsel Elevation

A city lawyer has petitioned the Law Council to revoke the status of Senior Counsel granted to the former presidential candidate and Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi recently.

Amama Mbabazi, Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa; former Attorney Generals Prof. Khidu Makubuya, Peter Nyombi, Fred Ruhindi and 17 other were awarded the status on March 28 this year. 

Lawyer Frank Kanduho of Ms. Kanduho & Co. Advocates, in his letter to Law Council through Justice of the Supreme Court, Stella Arach Amoko stated that Mbabazi never served as the substantial Attorney General to automatically qualify for the desired award.

“Amama Mbabazi, is not and has never been one such person (president ULS or A.G) envisaged by the regulations for the simple reason that he has never been the Attorney General of Uganda in the terms commanded by Article 119 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda read together with and into Article 115 of the Constitution,” read part of his petition.

Mr. Kanduho also adds that Mbabazi was never nominated by the President, approved by Parliament and taken oath as the Attorney General but only casually served the position as a token from Museveni between 2004 and 2006.

7:45AM: Woman stages own kidnap to get Shs25m from boyfriend

Police are holding a 21-year- old woman who allegedly staged her own kidnap with the intention of extorting money from her boyfriend. Mariam Uwase, reportedly came up with the idea to get money from her boyfriend who is allegedly mean.

Using a magic voice service, Uwase made teary calls to her boyfriend on different phone numbers claiming she was in the hands of abductors who would kill her if he did not send Shs25 million to secure her release.

The man sent the “kidnappers” Shs700,000 as a commitment that he would send the balance later. He then reported the case at Lugala Police Station.

After a few days of negotiations with the alleged abductors, Old Kampala Police launched a rescue mission. They were shocked after finding Uwase living large and comfortable in a Kampala mansion.

7:30AM: Eight injured as taxi overturns at Jinja road roundabout

Eight people have been injured and rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital after the taxi they were travelling in hit a trailer and overturned at the Airtel roundabout along Jinja Road. 

Eye witnesses blamed the driver of the taxi registration number UAW 680Y for the Sunday evening accident.

“Both cars were coming from the centre city side but the taxi driver was speeding. He tried to overtake the trailer which was also competing for space with other motorists and that’s when he lost control and crashed into the pavement,” said a one Yusuf Kalule.

This is the second accident to happen at the same spot in just two days. On Friday, the driver of a Spacio heading out of town also lost control and crashed into same pavement.