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Detectives, who conducted the swoop on Friday and Saturday, are also understood to have switched off Kenya-based Citizen Television and three internet service providers for reported illegal connection to UBC power supplies, now estimated to have cost the national broadcaster millions of shillings.

The police are now investigating possible complicity by some UBC officials in having some of the shutdown media access the broadcaster’s equipment without formal authorization, Daily Monitor Report.

“Somebody has to explain how these companies got access,” said deputy police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba. “They [UBC] will need to make us understand this issue; whether it’s the engineers or the supervisors but somebody.”

Ms Grace Akullo, head of the Criminal Investigations Directorate confirmed the developments but referred this newspaper to police spokesperson Asuman Mugyenyi for finer detail.

Mr Mugyenyi said a search at UBC facilities at Kololo and Naguru stations in Kampala and Mwizi in Mbarara had revealed that a number of radio stations were “illegally” hooked onto the broadcaster’s power supply system. “We visited Kololo and Naguru stations and we found out similar illegal connection to UBC power supply involving many radio stations tapping power without any contract,” he said.

Police Officer’s Wedding Disrupted

Drama ensued at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Mukono on Saturday as Police officers restrained Jennifer Kemigisha, an ex-wife to Alfred Bitwire, a senior Police officer, who wanted to block his wedding to another woman.

Bitwire’s new bride was only identified as Monica.

The fracas started when Kemigisha, who was accompanied by her sister, Lydia Mbusa, camped at the church from morning waiting to block the wedding which was slated for 11:00am.

Kemigisha’s sister, Lydia Mbusa being wrestled down by Police officers

Kemigisha who was in possession of a photograph taken on the day she got married to Bitwire, argued that she was his official wife, New Vision reports.

Kemigisha, who also had a marriage certificate with her said she got married to Bitwire in 1985 at Nyaikunama Church of Uganda in Kabale.

“I am puzzled because I am not dead, but Alfred is remarrying. It’s not right. When I heard that he was going to remarry I thought it was a rumour, but I am shocked. I will not allow this wedding to take place,” she vowed.

Tension As Al Qaeda Enter Kenya

Two most wanted Al-Qaeda terror suspects have entered the country, sparking a state of high alert within security agencies.

The suspects, who are also said to be linked to Al-Shabaab, the Somalia rebel group, are among five on the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) most-wanted list.

They are planning terror attacks in Nairobi and other major towns, according to intelligence reports.

The five on the FBI list have been identified as Jehad Serwan Mostafa, Ahmed Mohammed Hamad Ali, Anas Al-Liby, Abdallah Ahmed Abdullah and Saif Al-Adel.It could not be established which two are in Kenya.

But their presence is said to be the reason the British government on Saturday warned about a possible terror attack in Nairobi.

Police have also stepped up security around vital installations likely to be targets of attacks.

The Al-Qaeda men are being linked to 15 Al-Shabaab members police said left Kismayu recently headed to Kenya.

The group comprises of nine Kenyans, two Asians and four Somalis aged between 24 and 32 years, according to police spokesman Eric Kiraithe.

Mr Kiraithe, who also released the pictures of the suspects on the eve of the New Year, said some of the Kenyans are known to have resided in Majengo area in Nairobi and Mombasa before leaving for Somalia about a year ago.

On Sunday, the Kenya Security Industry Association, a body of private security firms, warned its members about possible attacks.

Chairman Tony Sahni said in a statement that KSIA had received credible intelligence reports that the Somalia militants planned to steal uniforms of private security companies and use them in their attacks.

“With this in mind, we would like to caution members of the public to be vigilant and exercise patience especially when asked to undergo security checks,” he said.

Mr Sahni said KSIA was working closely with the regular and the counter-terrorism police to mitigate the threat.

Mr Sahni told KSIA members to thoroughly vet people seeking employment and increase supervision.

On Saturday, the British government said it believed there was a “heightened” terrorism threat in Kenya and feared the planning of attacks was almost complete.

60 Killed In S. Sudan Tribal War

Conflict between the Murle and Luo Nuer tribes in South Sudan’s Jonglei State continued on Sunday with the Murle accused of carrying out a revenge attack on Akobo County.

Heavy fighting has killed as many as 60 people sources in the area, including the, Akobo commissioner Goi Joyol, told Sudan Tribune.

The attack on Luo Nuer territory appears to be response to a Luo Nuer offensive into Murle territory in Pibor County that displaced up to 100,000 and killed many.

The Pibor County Commissioner, Joshua Konyi, estimates that over 3,000 people were killed in the assault which lasted for two weeks from 23 December until early January, when the army deployed thousands of extra troops to the area.

From June 2011 until the December violent counter attacks and cattle raids between the two groups had killed 1,000. The Pibor Commissioner says over 80,000 cattle were stolen in the latest raid. Cattle are a sign of status and used to pay bride price in South Sudan.

South Sudanese citizens are still highly armed as a hangover from decades of conflict and various rebellions in the region.

Disarming civilians and resolving local conflicts over resources are among the many challenges that South Sudan faces after it seceded from north Sudan in July 2011 as part of 2005 peace deal.

A resident of Akobo town told Sudan Tribune by phone that the attackers are advancing toward the county headquarters and are setting houses on fire.

South Sudan Red Cross director in Jonglei state, David Gai, said his volunteers are helping the wounded people.

HUMANITARIAN DISASTER

Humanitarian agencies are mounting a major emergency operation in Jonglei state with the South Sudanese government declaring it a disaster zone.

Sudan’s opposition leaders exchange blows over coup allegations

An exchange of words has occurred between two of Sudan’s key opposition leaders, Hassan Al-Turabi and Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, after the latter reminded the former of his past association with the government.

Al-Mahdi, who is the leader of the National Umma Party (NUP), fired the first shot when he said during his Friday prayer sermon that Al-Turabi’s Popular Congress Party (PCP) talks a lot but does little about its much vaunted pursuit of regime change.

Al-Mahdi went on to accuse the PCP of being part and parcel of the current regime, in reference to the fact that Al-Turabi was the mastermind of the military coup that brought Sudan’s President Omer Al-Bashir to power in 1989.

An irony of fate saw Al-Turabi being ousted ten years later following an internal power struggle with Al-Bashir.

The veteran Islamist walked away with his acolytes to form the PCP, and has since become the most outspoken critic of the very regime he helped to create.

According to Al-Mahdi, political parties did not enjoy a semblance of freedom like that of today when Al-Turabi was in power.

“We will not allow totalitarianists to give us a lesson in democracy,” he added.

Al-Mahdi also downplayed recent government accusations that Al-Turabi was plotting a military coup, saying the government had probably made up those accusations to create rifts within the opposition.

The head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), Mohamed Atta, last week claimed that the authorities had obtained documents written by Al-Turabi himself on scenarios for toppling the government.

Tanzania Big shots Lead in land grabbing

National elites in developing countries, including Tanzania, have been singled out as among the most notorious land grabbers, The Citizen reports.

The accusation is one of the highlights of a major study on the issue that was conducted last year, which points out that while influential personalities in the countries grow wealthier off land acquired through unfair means, many of their poor, and largely voiceless compatriots are rendered poorer.

Some of those people are displaced from their ancestral land without being satisfactorily compensated, to create room for investments in sectors like mining, the report of the report based on 28 case studies says.

It blames the media for being generally silent on the negative deeds perpetrated by local elites, focusing, instead on land problems with an external dimension.

The report reads in part: “National elites play a much larger role in land acquisitions than has been noted to date by media reports that have focused on foreign investors,” and proceeds to note that this was a growing phenomenon among nations, and that the manner in which the land grabs were carried out left more harm than benefits.

Published for the first time on December 14 by the

International Land Coalition (ILC), it says evidence indicated that the insensible and in some cases violent grabbing of land in rural communities by foreign individuals and institutions was actually made possible by the learned elites and politicians in the name of investment.

The researchers have warned that public outcry over the wave of land grabbing was likely to continue unabated because the rural poor whose livelihood is under threat from such acquisitions have little or no political and policy influence to tip the balance in their favour.

Other highlights are that food is not the main focus of the land deals, with findings showing that out of the 71 million hectares in deals that the authors could cross-reference, 22 per cent was for mining, tourism, industry and forestry and three-quarters of the remaining 78 per cent for agricultural production was for bio-fuels.

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