MASAKA MATCHET WELDING THUGS ATTACKS: Family accuses Police of mismanaging the investigations

Masaka and surrounding districts of Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, and Kalungu were early this year on high alert after a spate of murders in the region left over 20 people killed in a period of five months.

Residents in the four districts were terrorized by machete wielding gangs who also committed rape on certain occasions. Some of the worst hit areas included Kingo sub-county in Lwengo and Kyabakuza sub-country in Masaka. There were rumours that a rebel group was lurking in the area although security forces dismissed the claim.

The attacks forced Police and other security agencies to place a curfew for residents of 11pm due to intense operations. A number of victims are being nursed at different hospitals in Masaka and Kampala.

One of the victims is M/s Prossy Nalubega, a resident of Kyabakuza, in Masaka. In this narration, Nalubega states that they were attacked at night on 30th March 2017 while they were asleep.
Nalubega says that the armed attackers hit their village when it was raining at around 2am.

“When they hit the door with stones, we tried to call our neighbor little knowing that she was also facing the same problem. She was even raped by the thugs in the process. After entering our house, they immediately hit my husband with a machete on his forehead and this made him lie on the floor unconsciously.” Nalubega’s husband, Mansoor Matovu, was severally injured as he attempted to fight the attackers.

Nalubega (pictured) adds that at this moment, she attempted to call the area Chairman for assistance but the call failed to go through. Scared and frightened, she tried to make an alarm to attract neighbors ‘attention but was hit on the head by the thugs using clubs and machetes to silence her.

Since it was raining heavily, the neighbors could not hear my alarm.

“The thugs descended on me and cut off my ear after hitting my husband. The husband told me in a low tone that he was dying. Ohhhh, this was a trying moment for us because our two young kids had started crying terribly but the thugs only barked at them to keep quiet. Amidst all the ensuing pain, the thugs started demanding for money from me. They ransacked everything in the house while searching for money.” narrates Nalubega

Like it was in the case in other attacks, the assailants disappeared with their loot after the attack before Police and their neighbors arrived.
The chairman, Kayizi Micheal later organized for transport for them to be taken to Masaka hospital. However because they were in critical situation, they were referred to Nsambya hospital for more treatment.

Though Nalubegawas discharged from hospital, her husband remains admitted in Nsambya hospital as he tries to recover, seven months after the attack.
This has forced her to sell off most her property to pay for the treatment costs of her husband.

Nalubega however wonders why Police has failed to prosecute one of the suspects behind the attack.

Nalubega claims that she witnessed Rashid Kayemba as one of the assailants who attacked them.

Perturbed and confused, Nalubega sought for the intervention of the UPDF Intelligence Officer, one indentified as Adam, who was deployed in the area following the attacks. With the help of this officer, the suspect was arrested and detained at Masaka for two weeks.

However, she says that the suspect, who happens to be a villagement, was released on police bond under unclear circumstances. Nalubega castigated Police for frustrating her efforts to get justice in this matter.

However, the District Police Commander for Masaka, Henry Kintu says that Mr. Kiyemba was released after his relatives lodged a complaint in the Uganda Human Rights Commission that he had spent two weeks in Police cells contrary to his constitutional right.

Similar to Nalubega’s plight, the attacks have left communities in Masaka sub region in fear.


Baryamureeba protests Nawangwe’s election as Makerere VC

Former presidential candidate Prof Venansius Baryamureeba has protested the election of Professor Barnabas Nawangwe as the new vice chancellor of Makerere University.

Professor Baryamureeba, (in picture) a former Makerere university vice chancellor, who was also among the four contestants for the new VC claims that he has overwhelming evidence to show that the search committee report that was used as a basis for the Senate and council decisions to have Prof Nawnagwe as Vice Chancellor elect is a total sham.

“As one of the candidates who participated in the search process for the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, I have overwhelming evidence to show that search committee report that was used as a basis for the Senate and council decisions to have Professor Barnabas Nawnagwe as Vice Chancellor elect is a total sham. I therefore shall never recognise Prof. Nawangwe as Vice Chancellor elect and later as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University,” he said.
Makerere University Council on Thursday (June 29) voted Professor Nawangwe to become the new Makerere University Vice Chancellor (VC).

According to a member of the Makerere University Council, Prof Nawangwe garnered 16 votes followed by Professor Baryamureeba with four votes and Professor Edward Kasujja Kirumira with two.
The name of Professor Nawangwe will be forwarded to the University Chancellor, Dr Ezra Suruma for endorsement.
Professor Baryamureeba wants the visitation committee to Makerere University and government to investigate the matter “for the good of Makerere University.”

“The main architect of this scam outside the search committee has been Honourable Thomas Tayebwa, a member of Council with vested personal interests in Makerere University who has been misusing the name of the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports to misinform members of the search committee, council and other stakeholders of Makerere University,” he said.

DP’s Sebaana Kizito critically ill

The former Mayor of Kampala was admitted to Nakasero Hospital’s intensive care unit where health experts are monitoring his health.

Sebaana Kizito Veteran politician and former Democratic Party (DP) President, John Sebaana Kizito is in critical condition after suffering a stroke on Monday.

The former Mayor of Kampala was admitted to Nakasero Hospital’s intensive care unit where health experts are monitoring his health.

A family source told New Vision this afternoon that Sebaana has been battling diabetes and high blood pressure. He was initially discharged from the hospital, a day before he suffered a stroke.

“I saw him two days ago and his health was improving. I am on my way to the hospital to visit him,” DP’s Secretary General Godfrey Siranda said

By press time, neither his family nor the hospital was willing to speak about the health condition of the long-serving politician and businessman.

Who is Sebaana Kizito
Born in 1934, Kizito became a well-known figure in politics and business. He attended Ndejje Junior and Ndejje Senior School before joining Kings College Budo at A-level.

In 1955, he joined Makerere University and obtained a degree in Economics, before joining the University of Oregon in the US for a Masters degree in Economics.

In 1963, he won a scholarship to study his second degree in the US and joined the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC).

A year later he joined Crusader Insurance and the following year worked at the National Insurance Corporation (NIC).

In 1980, Sebaana was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Kampala South Constituency and in 1982 was elected DP treasurer.

In 1982, Ssebaana, together with a business associate, set up Uganda’s first private (non-government) insurance company, Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO).

Under a new regime in 1986, Sebaana was appointed minister for regional cooperation and two years later as housing minister.

In the 1990s he was appointed minister for cooperatives and in 1994 was elected Constituent Assembly delegate. Sebaana served as Kampala Mayor between 1998 and 2005 and stood as presidential candidate during the 2006 polls but lost.

At the age of 83, the DP stalwart still serves works at the company as board chairperson. With vast wealth in real estate and insurance, he has been billed one of Uganda’s richest men.

He is linked to several properties including Sure House on Bombo Road and executive apartments in the suburbs of Muyenga, Kibuli, Bugolobi, Namuwongo, Kansanga, Mengo and Namugongo

In spite of his advanced age, Sebaana is said to stick a strict routine, putting in more hours of work every day even when he appears frail.

UN chief arrives for refugee summit

The KAMPALA – The UN Secretary-General António Guterres is in Uganda for the solidarity conference on refugees.

He will co-host the conference with Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni. The two-day UN-backed Refugee Solidarity Summit starts Thursday.

Several high-profile international guests and donors will also attend the summit.

The conference seeks to raise as much as US$8bn towards mitigating humanitarian and development challenges arising out of the increasing refugee influx into Uganda.

Uganda is now host to some 1.3 million refugees.

Two days ago, when the world marked World Refugee Day (June 20), the UN chief said refugee protection is an obligation under international law and not just a matter of solidarity or generosity.

As many as 950,000 refugees have crossed into Uganda from neighbouring South Sudan since the start of the conflict in the world’s newest country in December 2013.

Guterres has said this statistic is three times higher than the number of refugees that crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe last year, adding that Uganda not only provides protection but land for the refugees.

The Portuguese, who is the ninth Secretary-General of the UN having succeeded Ban Ki-moon, was received by Uganda’s foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa on Wednesday.