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Panic as Russians are arrested in Kitgum in official State house vehicle

The car found with the suspect

Two Russian nationals and their Ugandan colleague have been arrested in Kitgum District for violating lockdown restrictions that were introduced two weeks ago, to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Mr William Komakech, the Resident District Commissioner, said on Monday that suspects were arrested on Sunday in  Orom Sub-county, about 70 kilometres from Kitgum Municipality.

They had reportedly travelled to the area to inspect a graphite site.

He said that the group was travelling in a Toyota Prado Reg. No. UG 2023C which is allegedly attached to State House.

Mr Komakech said that the vehicle had no special movement authorisation sticker from the Ministry of Works and Transport which is a requirement for vehicles being used by workers employed in essential sectors of the economy.

According to Mr Komakech, a background check revealed that the vehicle had private registration number plates UAU 258Z; which implies that the suspects could have illegally acquired the State House number plate to intimidate security personnel who are manning various checkpoints.

He said that the Russians were found in possession of passports with details that indicate that they entered Uganda through Entebbe International Airport on March 23, a few hours after the Airport was closed to international passenger flights.

Mr Komakech said that they investigating why the suspects travelled to Kitgum District and whether the vehicle belongs to State House.

Mr Robert Oken, the officer in charge of Criminal Investigations at Kitgum Central Police Station, said that the suspects are detained and are likely to be charged with disobeying lawful orders.

He said that the suspects were tested for Covid-19 but the results are not yet out.

National Politics

What Bobi Wine boy told Jinja RDC to spark studio brawl

Jinja RDC Sakwe

Pastor Andrew Muwanguzi was on Saturday allegedly involved in a physical altercation with Jinja Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa, during a talkshow on one of the local radio stations.

The topic under discussion was Government’s decision to distribute food to sections of vulnerable people in Kampala, despite Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying the process should be halted until it is rolled out countrywide.

The show, moderated by Mr Kalyowa Atanansi, initially had Pastor Muwanguzi, the deputy RDC Namayingo District, Mr Majid Dhikusooka and Tom Ngobi, a Jinja-based Pastor, before being joined an hour later by Mr Sakwa as panelists.

According to Mr Kalyowa, the altercation happened towards the end of the two-hour talkshow.

“The show was coming to an end that Mr Dhikusooka and Pastor Ngobi were gathering their things to leave the studio,” Mr Kalyowa said.

He added: “However, Mr Sakwa, who had to first respond to some issues raised by callers and through social media, started by saying: ‘A presidential directive is a presidential directive. He has executive powers and shouldn’t be challenged even by your local singer and guitarist.”

Mr Muwanguzi reportedly responded: “I’ve not spoken about President Museveni, so please leave Bobi Wine out of this.”

According to Mr Kalyowa, it was at this juncture that Sakwa grabbed him by the collar before being held back by Mr Dhikusooka.

However, a recording of the talkshow gives an insight into what exactly happened.

“A caller asked if RDCs are above the law; well, I’m not above the law, but when you are told not to do something, do otherwise and break the law, we implement,” Mr Sakwa says in the one-and-a-half minutes long recording.

He continues: “All this you’re saying that ‘Why has the President directed some and not others; others aren’t receiving food and so on. This is a Government. You’re not in Government.”

“We shall give your local singer a guitar, otherwise we can’t allow guitarists,” Mr Sakwa adds.

Mr Muwanguzi then asks Mr Sakwa: “What were you doing before being appointed RDC?”

Sakwa then dares Mr Muwanguzi to hold a procession in Jinja and face his wrath.

“Just try holding a procession in Jinja today and I show you what we are made of. Go and tell it to your father, mother and grandfather,” Mr Sakwa tells Muwanguzi, who retorts: “You also take Museveni to your mother.”

This triggered a stampede in the studio, prompting Mr Kalyowa to take an indefinite commercial break.

Mr Muwanguzi, in an interview on Monday, said he was later that evening attacked by about 11 gun and stick-welding security operatives who beat him up and forced him into a super custom vehicle that had Mr Sakwa in the front seat.

“They used my Bishop, Robert Sityo, to get me out of the house because it was around 10:30pm, past curfew time and I was in my pajamas,” he said.

“Are you going to apologise to Sakwa and Museveni? Are you sure there is no Covid-19 in Uganda?” I was being asked to which I said, “Yes, there’s Covid-19 in the country.”

“I still don’t believe I was being accused of saying there’s no Covid-19 in Uganda; but according to the calls that were being made, most were coming from Kampala,” he said.

Story by Philip wafula

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RDC unleash terror, injures Ruth Aceng mother over COVID 19 fight

Ruth Aceng mother in hospital

The mother of Uganda’s Ambassador to Ottawa, Canada, Joy Ruth Acheng is among over a dozen people hospitalized after getting cruel beating on the orders Kole Resident District Commissioner, Johana Omara Olweny.

The aged Mrs. Ejang Margaret Obia, now admitted at Megwa Clinic in Lira town, was beaten from her home in Bala sub-county by four men under the command of RDC Omara.

The four men included UPDF deserter Dokolinga Geoffrey and rogue vigilante; Oyuru David, Ocol Benson and Ekii James. Her daughter, Acheng, is the former woman Member of Parliament Kole district and the current Head of Mission in Canada.

The RDC and his team also did not spare UPDF Soldier, Pte. Edep Kenneth attached to Acol Pii squadron, who had just returned home from training with the United States Navy in Maga Maga. Pte. Edep was also beaten from his home in Okwerodot sub-county.

Angela Morish from Anekapiri market, Alito sub-county is another victim who was beaten in front of his house by a UPDF soldier attached to 4 Division Gulu, Odyek Daniel, currently on leave and working with the RDC.

President Museveni on Friday warned law enforcers including the local defense units (LDU), police and UPDF against assaulting and beating people they found out during curfew hours.

He urged the public to report erring security officials and law enforcers to Lt Col Nakalema, on the toll free number: 0800202500 and 0778202500 for whatsApp. Museveni referred to security officers beating people from home as “pigs”.

After receiving reports of the alleged beating and torture of 7 months pregnant woman, Ms. Mercy Nakate, Museveni ordered for the arrest of officers who participated in the act. The order was subsequently followed by the arrest of two police officers and a member of a village defence unit.

The Kole RDC and his men however continue to beat people both in Kole and Lira where he resides. Locals accuse the RDC of residing far from the duty station and his men even become uncontrollably brutal in his absence.

“We have suffered for the past week. Many people are in hospital or getting medication from home but fearing to come out,” said a resident of Aboke sub-county who asked not to be named.

In Lira, Ojwina Division Youth Councilor, Okot Jona was also beaten by the RDC and his team.

Efforts to get a comment from the RDC were futile as he did not pick our calls.

National Politics

“I will castrate you for trying to destabilize the government” Bobi Wine warned

“The work of the RDC is to protect the interest of the government in power” – RDC Milton Odongo responds to critics saying he is engaging in politics instead of his professional duties.

“I will castrate anyone trying to destabilize the government in power. Stop saying the RDC is engaging in politics. There is politics everywhere, it is at home, in the stomach and everywhere!”- He said last evening while being hosted on Gwec Apoko.

Odongo recently made news when he sent out a message that was believed to have been aimed at Bobi Wine and People Power group. He reportedly said he won’t allow any “musician” in “his district” to destabilize peace, before adding that he will protect the interest of the government and won’t allow anyone take away his job.

“The peace brought by NRM government to this country is irreversible. I am chairman of security in this district and I will not accept any musician or dancer to come and cause problems here,” Odongo said.

“Musicians who want to cause problems shall be sent to bars where people sing and drink provided they follow the law and rule of the game.”

The statement drew criticism from sections of populations prompting RDC to hit back stating it clearly that he would defend Museveni for the rest if his life.