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THURSDAY LIVE UPDATES: News from in and around Uganda

4.41 PM: Tuskys Supermarkets is considering pulling out of its deal to invest in cash-strapped Nakumatt Holdings, cites concerns over some proposals by the appointed administrator


11:22 AM: EC issues roadmap to Rukungiri Woman MP fresh polls

The Court of Appeal nullified the election of NRM’s Winnie Matsiko in a two majority decision by Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dolo and Justice Paul Mugamba, and declared the Rukungiri Woman Seat vacant on grounds that the 2016 elections were marred by intense voter bribery 

11:20AM: Luwalira, Lwanga to get special security after threats

The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola has met the Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and the Anglican Bishop Kityo Luwalira separately amid threats on their lives.

IGP Ochola, who was in company of the Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Commissioner Frank Mwesigwa, promised to provide special security to the two religious leaders.

Police spokesman Mr Emilian Kayima confirmed the meetings saying IGP Ochola’s visit to the religious leaders was to assure them of security. 

Mr Kayima said the IGP promised Bishop Luwalira and Archbishop Lwanga that he will beef up security at St. Paul Cathedral at Namirembe and St Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga to prevent reoccurrence of such cases.

11:00AM: MPs who deserted DP over Mao's leadership make a come back 

Members of Parliament who deseted the Democratic Party opposing President Nobert Mao's leadership have returned to their party still under the same leadership. 

Muwanga Kivumbi, Mike Mabikke and Samuel Lubega Mukaaku among others announced their return this morning 

7:30AM: Man impersonates IGP’s son, cons police officers

Police have arrested a man who allegedly obtained money from police officers to help them get promotions and juicy deployments, on pretence that he was a son of the Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola.

Patrick Oloka, a resident of Kisugu, a Kampala suburb who is alleged to have claimed to be the first son of IGP Ochola, was arrested on Friday. IGP Ochola has since distanced himself from the man.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations spokesman, Mr Vicent Ssekate, said more than eight police officers have been conned of their money by the suspect.

7:20AM: Five firms shortlisted to investigate Central Bank

The Auditor General (AG), Mr John Muwanga, has shortlisted up at least five top auditing firms to examine Bank of Uganda operations with “a fine-tooth comb” treatment and the sale of Crane Bank to dfcu Bank.

Although the companies have been shortlisted to pick the bidding documents, only one will be picked to work with a team of forensic experts from the Office of the Auditor General to investigate Bank of Uganda. The AG team will be led by Mr James Bantu, the director for forensics.

The listed firms are: EY Uganda, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited, Deloitte and Touch; Tomson & Company; KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (Pwc).

7:15AM: KCCA halts demolition of illegal city structures

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) council meeting on Wednesday resolved to halt the demolition of all illegal structures in the city until a probe is conducted on which structures must be demolished.

The resolution was reached after the Rubaga North councillor, Abubakar Kawalya challenged the manner in which operations are being conducted arguing that KCCA enforcement team does not notify the owners of the structures before demolishing them.

"The demolitions have left people homeless because KCCA doesn't give notices to them before they carry out the exercise," he said.

Mr Kawaalya noted that before demolitions are conducted, there must be a timetable with clear guidelines about how buildings must be demolished.

7:10AM: Bishop attacker remanded to Luzira Prison

A stick-wielding man who was arrested after attempting to attack Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira at the altar during Easter prayers has been remanded to Luzira Prison.

Mr Julius Mwesigye, the presiding magistrate at Mwanga II Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday remanded Herbert Solomon Kaddu until April 24 for further mention.

Mr Kaddu was charged with three offences of threatening Bishop Luwalira and Rev Can Kityo with violence and disturbing religious assemblies.

Mr Kaddu, 34, a resident of Mackay Zone, Mengo in Rubaga Division, Kampala District denied the charges.

7:00AM: City accountant kidnapped by armed men again

Gerald Yashaba, an accountant with Lamba Enterprise Ltd was last evening kidnapped again from Best Price Supermarket in Namuwongo by five armed men traveling in a blue double cabin pick-up.

Yashaba's wife, Christine Yashaba said her husband was blocked by the blue double cabin pickup Reg. No. UAZ 801Y as he exited the supermarket.

Gerald was returning home after picking his children from school and made a stopover at the supermarket to buy some groceries when he was kidnapped. His kidnappers who included a policeman were reportedly armed with sub machine guns.