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Unidentified Man’s Body Found Floating on Lake Bunyonyi


The Police in Kabale District are investigating the deaths of an unidentified male adult and a 31-year-old woman.

The body of the unidentified man was recovered floating on Lake Bunyonyi. The Marine Police retrieved the body and took it to Rutindo Landing Site and then to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for a postmortem examination.

The Police are asking the public to volunteer information and report to the Police anyone whose relative is missing and also help identify the deceased.

Meanwhile, the Police in Kabale have registered a sudden death of a 31-year-old woman identified as Judith Natuhwera, a casual worker who resided in Murwerere village Bubare Subcounty Rubanda district.

Natuhwera was a worker at a hotel owned by Tukamushaba Lydia along Nyerere road in Central Division in Kabale Municipality where she stayed in the same hotel with other workers.

The Police visited the scene and found Natuhwera’s body lying on her chest. The body was taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for a postmortem examination to ascertain the cause of her death.

The Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding both deaths.

Woman Jailed for 18 Months for Stealing Vehicle from Kigezi Diocese


Kabale, Uganda – A businesswoman from Wakiso district, Shamim Bitariho, has been sentenced to one year and six months in jail for stealing a motor vehicle belonging to Kigezi Diocese.

Bitariho admitted to stealing the grey Suzuki vehicle with registration number UAT 478N on July 12, 2023. The vehicle had transported clerics from Kikungiri Archdeaconry to the burial of the late Apollo Nyegamahe alias Aponye in Rukiga district.

She was intercepted by police at the Nyeihanga town council checkpoint around 10:00 p.m. and found in possession of nine vehicle master keys, five sticks of marijuana, 500,000 Shillings in cash, 2 trays of eggs, and traditional herbs wrapped in dry banana fibers.

Bitariho was first detained at Rwampara police station and later transferred to Rukiga police station. She was charged with stealing a motor vehicle valued at 17.7 million Shillings, contravening sections 254 and 265 of the Penal Code Act.

Appearing before the Kabale Chief Magistrate, Derrick Byamugisha on Tuesday, Batariho requested a private talk with the plaintiffs. During this meeting with Rev Canon Tweteise and Rev Canon Nkurunungi who represented Kigezi diocese, she pleaded guilty and asked for forgiveness. She explained that her health had deteriorated during her two-month remand since she was HIV positive.

Batariho claimed that she was unaware the vehicle was stolen because it had been given to her by a man named Sula Sekasi from Kampala, who instructed her to drive it to the Diocese headquarters. However, the church representatives, informed Batariho that they had no authority to decide her fate, as she was under state jurisdiction, despite her admission of guilt.

Byamugisha handed a one-year and six-month sentence to Batariho at Ndorwa government prison, stating that she had not wasted the court’s time. Byamugisha also returned 480,000 Shillings to Batariho to assist her during her sentence.

Rev Canon Milton Nkurunungi, the Secretary of Kigezi Diocese welcomed the ruling and urged members of the public to refrain from engaging in criminal activities.

Implications of the Sentence

The sentence handed to Batariho is a significant one, and it sends a strong message to those who are considering engaging in criminal activities. It also shows that the Ugandan courts are committed to upholding the law and protecting the rights of the victims of crime.

The sentence is also likely to have a deterrent effect on others who may be considering stealing vehicles. It is a reminder that there are serious consequences for those who engage in such crimes.

The sentence is also a reminder of the importance of vigilance. The clerics who were traveling in the vehicle were able to report it stolen to the police quickly, which helped to ensure that Batariho was caught and brought to justice.

Overall, the sentence handed to Batariho is a positive development. It shows that the Ugandan courts are committed to upholding the law and protecting the rights of the victims of crime. It also sends a strong message to those who are considering engaging in criminal activities.

Mabirizi continues legal challenge to Kabaka’s land ownership


Lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Constitutional Court, seeking a temporary injunction to halt the activities involving the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, and his agents. These activities include mass settlers’ registration and the collection of ground rent (Busuulu Collections).

Mabirizi argues that these activities are illegal because the Kabaka is merely a trustee of the official mailo land, and all charges related to it are illegal. He also claims that the respondents have continued with their activities despite a pending petition in which he challenged Kabaka’s actions of presenting himself as the registered owner of official Mailo land and the government’s support for such claims.

Mabirizi seeks to prevent the Kabaka and his agencies, such as Buganda Land Board and Enkuluze (Royal Treasury), from conducting activities that portray them as registered owners of the official mailo land. This includes imposing registration fees, making threats against individuals living on Mailo land, and collecting a 10 percent charge of the sale value of land or Kibanja on the official Mailo land. He also seeks to halt the collection of money from non-lease Buganda people in the area and government agencies, including ministries, police, courts, UPDF, KCCA, and local governments from supporting Kabaka in carrying out these activities.

Mabirizi’s application is rooted in his contention that if the court does not grant his application, there is an imminent danger that the respondents will proceed with these exercises, potentially causing irreparable harm to him. This is not the first time Mabirizi has attempted to halt ground rent collections. In 2020, Supreme Court Judge Dr. Esther Kisakye declined his application to stop these collections, and in 2017, a High Court decision by Patricia Basaza ordering the Kabaka to provide certain information was overturned by the Court of Appeal panels of justices led by Justice Egonda Ntende. Mabirizi has now filed a similar case in the Constitutional Court, which is pending a determination.

The outcome of this case is significant because it could have implications for the Kabaka’s authority and the rights of settlers on official mailo land. If Mabirizi is successful, it could deal a major blow to the Kabaka’s claims of ownership of official mailo land.

Kabale RDC Orders Arrest of Local Leaders Over PDM Corruption


On Thursday, September 21, 2023, Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Godfrey Nyakahuma ordered the immediate arrest of Sylvia Ekyasimire, the Parish Chief of Buranga Parish in Kamuganguzi Sub County, Ndorwa West County, and Patrick Wednesday, the area LC1 Chairman, over alleged corruption and violation of the Parish Development Model (PDM) guidelines.

Ekyasimire is accused of disbursing Ugx One Million from the revolving fund designated for the PDM to an individual who is not a resident of Nyarubira village within Buranga Parish, Kamuganguzi sub-county of Kabale district. She allegedly transferred the funds to a bank account bearing the number 3202720841 at Centenary Bank, registered in the name of Sarah Akamukama. It later emerged that Sarah Akamukama does not hold residency in any of the villages within Kamuganguzi sub-county.

Wednesday is accused of unlawfully employing the official stamp to authenticate the minutes of the Nyarubira Goat Keeping Group on 04/07/2023, without subjecting it to scrutiny and verification by the group members where Akamukama allegedly belongs.

These arrests come on the heels of the RDC’s order on Friday, September 22, 2023, for the apprehension of two Community Development Officers (CDOs) and six Parish Development Model SACCO leaders on grounds of alleged corruption and violations of PDM guidelines.

The list of suspects includes Sonia Ahimbisibwe, the Nyakagyera Parish Chief, Gill Andinda, the CDO of Kyanamira Sub County, Macklean Nyesimire, Chairperson of Nyakagyera PDM SACCO, Johnson Baguma, former Buhara District Councilor and Treasurer of Buhara Parish SACCO, Scora Tumwegyese, the CDO of Buhara Sub County, Innocent Twinomugisha, Secretary of Buhara Parish SACCO, Scovia Kwarikunda, Chairperson of Buhara PDM SACCO, and Silver Besigye, a committee member of Buhara PDM SACCO.

However, they were later released on Police bond.

These arrests mark significant actions taken by the authorities to address alleged corruption and misconduct within the PDM framework in Kabale District, underscoring their commitment to upholding accountability and transparency in local development initiatives.

The arrest of these local leaders is a positive development in the fight against corruption in the Parish Development Model (PDM). The PDM is a government program that aims to empower communities to identify and implement their own development priorities. However, corruption and misconduct can undermine the effectiveness of the PDM and prevent communities from benefiting from the program.

The authorities in Kabale District are taking a strong stance against corruption in the PDM. The arrest of these local leaders sends a clear message that corruption will not be tolerated. It is hoped that these arrests will deter others from engaging in corrupt practices and help to ensure that the PDM is implemented in a fair and transparent manner.

Murder Mystery: Unidentified Man Found Dead in Trench in Rubanda


On Tuesday, a dead man’s body was found in a trench in Mutakyengwa village, Rubanda district, Uganda. The identity of the victim is unknown. Police are investigating the case as a murder.

The body was found by a resident who alerted the area chairperson, Charles Musekura. Musekura reported the matter to Hamurwa Police Station.

A team of police officers visited and examined the scene. The body was later taken to Kabale Hospital mortuary for an autopsy.

Police spokesperson Elly Maate said that anyone missing their loved one should visit the hospital mortuary to identify the body.

Police have recorded the case under CRB 2572023.

Area leader Musekura said that many people saw the body but could not identify the dead man. This suggests that he could have been killed somewhere else and only dumped in the area.

Musekura added that the deceased was not found with any documents on him.

How NRM is Benefiting from FDC Divisions


The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party is facing a leadership crisis as it prepares for its national delegates conference to elect a new National Executive Committee (NEC). The party is divided into two factions: the Katonga faction, led by Erias Lukwago, and the Najjanankumbi faction, still under the leadership of Patrick Amuriat as party president.

The Katonga faction has boycotted the electoral process organized by the Najjanankumbi faction, arguing that internal disputes within the party should be resolved before conducting elections. Despite a court order against it, the Katonga faction held an extraordinary delegates’ conference last week and elected Lukwago as interim party president, temporarily suspending the leadership of Amuriat and Secretary General Nathan Nandala Mafabi.

The Najjanankumbi faction is proceeding with the NEC elections as planned. The party’s Electoral Commission, chaired by Boniface Bamwenda Toterebuka, has announced a campaign roadmap and announced that 79 candidates have successfully secured nominations to compete for 51 available positions. Campaigning officially commenced yesterday and is scheduled to conclude on October 4, just before the elections on October 6.

The battle for the party’s top position has attracted two candidates, including Amuriat and former youth league leader Moses Mugisha. Several other individuals are competing for various positions, including Yusuf Nsibambi and Margaret Madanda for deputy party president of the Central Region, and Kaps Fungaroo for deputy president of the Northern Region. Mafabi is running unopposed for his secretary-general position, and Judith Akello and Geoffrey Ekanya are vying for the treasurer general position.

The outcome of the NEC elections is uncertain, but the divisions within the FDC party have cast doubt on its ability to mount a credible challenge to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in the upcoming 2026 general elections.


The FDC party is facing its biggest existential crisis since its formation in 2004. The party is divided into two factions, each claiming to be the legitimate leadership. The Katonga faction is aligned with former party president Kizza Besigye, while the Najjanankumbi faction is led by incumbent party president Patrick Amuriat.

The divisions within the FDC party have been exacerbated by allegations of corruption and mismanagement against Amuriat and Mafabi. In 2021, Besigye accused Amuriat and Mafabi of receiving illicit funding from suspicious sources to fund the party’s 2021 presidential campaign. The allegations were never substantiated, but they have further damaged the FDC party’s reputation and credibility.

The FDC party is now at a crossroads. If the two factions fail to reconcile, the party is likely to split, which would be a major blow to the opposition movement in Uganda. The ruling NRM party would be the biggest beneficiary of a split FDC party.

However, if the two factions are able to reconcile and unite behind a common goal, the FDC party could still emerge from this crisis stronger than before. The party has a strong grassroots base and a long history of mobilizing Ugandans against the NRM government.

The outcome of the FDC party’s NEC elections will be crucial for the party’s future. If Amuriat is re-elected as party president, it will be a sign that the party is prepared to move on from the recent divisions. However, if Mugisha is elected party president, it could lead to a further split within the party.

The FDC party has a difficult road ahead, but it is not too late for the party to reunite and become a viable alternative to the NRM party. The party’s leaders need to put aside their differences and focus on the common goal of defeating the NRM government in the 2026 general elections.

NSSF Members to Earn 10% Return on Savings in 2022/23 Financial Year


The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has announced that its members will earn a 10% return on their savings for the 2022/23 financial year. This is higher than last year’s interest of 9.35%, which was the lowest rate paid in the past decade.

The announcement was made by Finance Minister Matia Kasaija during the Fund’s 11th Annual Members’ Hybrid meeting at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday.

Experts had earlier predicted a notable shift, with expectations of a return to double-digit interest rates of between 10% to 14%.

NSSF’s managing director, Patrick Ayota, acknowledged the challenges posed by declining yields on bonds. Despite these challenges, NSSF reported a 15% increase in total realised income, surging from sh1.9 trillion to sh2.2 trillion for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2023.

Ayota attributed the growth in earnings to interest income, which climbed from sh1.79 trillion to sh2 trillion, and dividend income, which grew from sh84b to sh139b.

The 10% return on savings is good news for NSSF members, as it will help their savings grow over time. It is also a sign that the Fund is performing well and is able to generate returns for its members.

Kidnappings of Schoolchildren Resurge in Uganda, Police Issue Warning


The Ugandan police have issued a cautionary alert regarding the resurgence of kidnapping cases involving schoolchildren, with criminals specifically targeting parents for ransom.

Two cases of kidnapping for ransom have been confirmed in the Kampala Metropolitan East and Naggalama division areas. In the first case, a 3-year-old girl named Hope Biyinzika was kidnapped on September 22 while walking home from school. Her kidnappers have demanded a ransom of sh2.6m in 24 hours.

In the second case, a 2-year-old boy named Shafik Ssesanga Nsubuga was kidnapped on the evening of September 19. His kidnappers have demanded a ransom of shillings two million for his release.

In a third case, a 14-year-old boy named Henry Olajo Kanyubi vanished while on an errand on September 18. His whereabouts are still unknown.

In a fourth case, a 15-year-old girl named Christine Mirembe disappeared on September 17. She is believed to have been kidnapped on her way to school.

The police are urging parents to be vigilant and to take precautions to protect their children from kidnapping. Here are some tips:

  • Be aware of the security situation in your area and any recent incidents of kidnappings.
  • When traveling, especially in unfamiliar areas, plan your routes and inform someone you trust about your journey.
  • Vary your routine and avoid predictable patterns.
  • Be cautious about sharing personal information on social media.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings and trust your instincts if something feels off or suspicious.
  • Stay away from areas known for high crime rates or kidnappings, if possible.
  • Ensure that doors and windows are locked and secure at home and in your vehicle.
  • Educate your children about the risks of abduction and provide them with strategies on how to stay safe.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts and authorities handy.
  • Travel in groups, especially at night.
  • Memorize emergency phone numbers and have a phone with you at all times.
  • Choose reputable transportation options and avoid hitchhiking.
  • If someone or a situation makes you uncomfortable, remove yourself from it and seek help if necessary.
  • Install security systems and consider measures like motion-activated lighting at home.
  • In the unfortunate event of a kidnapping attempt, try to remain calm and cooperate with the kidnapper. Your safety is the top priority.

Remember that safety precautions can vary depending on your location and circumstances, so always adapt these tips to your specific situation and seek local advice when necessary.

Head Teacher Faces Arrest for Allegedly Stealing School Funds


A head teacher in Kalungu was arrested on Friday after members of the school management committee (SMC) accused him of failing to account for capitation grants amounting to Shs3.4m.

The incident happened at Kabaale Roman Catholic Primary School in Kyamulibwa Sub-County, Kalungu District.

The SMC members locked up Mr Dominic Mukasa in his office and later handed him over to police who took him to Kyamulibwa Police Station for further investigations.

According to SMC members, the school has not accounted for over Shs3 million in capitation grants that it has received from the government since last term.

Mr George William Kasozi, the representative of old students on the school management committee, said the school’s performance has kept declining over time due to weaknesses of Mr Mukasa.

“It’s hurting to see our school in such a sorry state. He [Mukasa] has even failed to buy padlocks for buildings where critical school properties are kept,” he said.

He added that both teaching and non-teaching staff are demoralized because of poor welfare yet the funds meant to cater for this, are being swindled.

Mr Mukasa asked to be pardoned as he pledged to pay back the money in one week, but members of the school management committee stood their ground and insisted that he should be investigated by police.

The chairperson of Kyamulibwa sub-county, Mr Eria Mbalaala, asked the district’s education department to always liaise with school management committees and parents and teachers associations (PTAs) while posting head teachers.

“The school was performing well academically, but since Mukasa became head teacher, it has declined in all aspects without any intervention from the district leadership, this needs to be investigated,” he said.

Members of the school management committee finally resolved to petition the district’s education department to transfer Mr Mukasa to another school and also ensure that the missing funds are recovered.

Mr Abubaker Ssuuna, the inspector of schools in Kyamulibwa Sub County, faulted members of school management for locking up Mr Mukasa in his office, saying they should have given the district education department a chance to investigate the matter.

“They could have reported the matter to the district to investigate the allegations and police could have intervened later if he was found culpable,” he said.

On Saturday, Mr Mukasa secured a police bond and was ordered to report back on October 7 to follow up on his case.

The case is still under investigation.

Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan Back at Table for Nile Dam Talks


Ethiopia has resumed talks with Egypt and Sudan over the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), a massive hydroelectric dam that Addis Ababa has built on the Nile River.

The dam has been a source of tensions among the three nations for years, as Egypt and Sudan fear it will severely reduce the share of Nile water they receive. Ethiopia, on the other hand, sees the dam as essential to its development plans.

In July, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed agreed to finalize a deal on the dam within four months. Negotiations resumed in August, and the three countries opened a second round of talks in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

“Ethiopia is committed to reaching a negotiated and amicable solution through the ongoing trilateral process,” Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

Negotiations over the dam since 2011 have thus far failed to bring about an agreement. Egypt has long viewed the dam as an existential threat, as it relies on the Nile for 97% of its water needs.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, said that Cairo wanted a “binding agreement” on the filling and operation of the dam.

The dam is central to Ethiopia’s development plans. In February 2022, Addis Ababa announced that it had begun generating electricity from the dam for the first time.

At full capacity, the GERD could generate more than 5,000 megawatts of electricity, doubling Ethiopia’s production and providing much-needed power to millions of people who currently do not have access to it.

The position of Sudan, which is currently mired in a civil war, has fluctuated in recent years.

The United Nations says Egypt could “run out of water by 2025” and parts of Sudan, where the Darfur conflict was essentially a war over access to water, are increasingly vulnerable to drought due to climate change.

The outcome of the current talks is uncertain, but a successful agreement would be a major breakthrough in the long-running dispute over the GERD.

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