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WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga has pinned former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye in an assault case against journalists who were covering a protest march of the pressure group National Association of the Unemployed at the beginning of this year.

In his evidence, ambulance http://cortrium.com/wp-includes/deprecated.php the 28-year old journalist told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa that on the fateful day, http://curiousmediums.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/update.php he was assigned by the head of the WBS new desk to cover youth who had organized a press briefing where they intended to address a number of issues.

“I arrived at JEEMA headquarters in Mengo at 10:00am and found other journalists. After 15 minutes the briefing started and lasted for about an hour. Among the key issues discussed was the resumption of their countrywide activities (registering the unemployed) and they were to request for permission from the Inspector General of Police before kicking off with the activities,” Lwanga told court on Wednesday morning.

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According to the WBS camera man, the youth then started marching to Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala to deliver a letter at the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s office.

“As soon as we approached the V-junction near old Kampala Secondary School, a Toyota Mark II series registration number UAT 150L approached us at a terrific speed before two uniformed policemen came out with guns. Another gentleman in casual wear also came out before the Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye also got out with a cane and started chasing the youth.”

Lwanga added, “Many of them ran towards the nearby City Oil petrol station whereas others went towards Old Kampala Secondary School playground as the DPC followed them.”

The journalist explained that it was at this time that Mwesigye slid and fell in the middle of the road, attracting laughter from onlookers.

“I was at this time near him and started filming but on getting up, we looked each other in the eye before he raised the cane in a bid to flog me only to jump and escape. In the process Bukedde TV journalist Joseph Ssetimba got caned.”

Lwanga told court that the DPC then drove off towards Old Kampala police station before the youth reorganized and proceeded with their journey to Naguru.

However, according to the journalist, two armed policemen embarked on a mission of arresting the youth who were now running towards the city centre with placards and the purported letter to the IGP.

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

“As they proceeded along Namirembe road, a police officer approached us from the city centre forcing the two youth to branch off to the nearby Florina bar and restaurant in a bid to seek refugee but the worse turned to worst when the cops followed them. It was then that the DPC’s Toyota Mark II series came back and the youth were arrested and bundled inside.”

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Lwanga added that at this time Mwesigye started beating whoever he came across including journalists and in the process he (Lwanga) was clobbered on the head.

“He first tried to beat my hand but I guarded it using the camera that immediately got smashed. It was at this time that he turned the stick and beat me on the head above the ear and I fell down. Some people I don’t remember then lifted me to his car and drove off to the police station. Here they put me behind the counter as they ordered me to sit down and efforts to request for some drinking water fell on deaf ears.”

The journalist told court that it was then that the then Kampala South RPC James Ruhweza approached and rushed him to Mulago hospital from where he got first aid.

Lwanga added that he was later discharged and went back home but a day later he felt unconscious while at the Central Police Station where he had gone to record a statement and was rushed to Nsambya hospital.

“I was then taken for scanning where it was revealed by the medics that my spinal cord had been compressed and needed some extra medication in order to be able to regain full fitness. In fact up to now after getting some treatment I still have pain in the back and find difficulty while walking and sitting,” Lwanga told court.

Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa however adjourned the case to March 30, 2015 for further hearing.

Prosecution alleges that on January 12, 2015 at Florina Bar and Restaurant   along Namirembe Road in Kampala, 38-year old Mwesigye assaulted a WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecution further alleges that Mwesigye willfully and unlawfully caused malicious damage, spoiling two video cameras a Sony PD170 belonging to Andrew Lwanga and a Panasonic camera belonging to Joseph Ssettimba.
WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga has pinned former Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye in an assault case against journalists who were covering a protest march of the pressure group National Association of the Unemployed at the beginning of this year.

In his evidence, no rx http://davidyoho.com/wp-includes/class-wp-list-util.php the 28-year old journalist told court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa that on the fateful day, he was assigned by the head of the WBS new desk to cover youth who had organized a press briefing where they intended to address a number of issues.

“I arrived at JEEMA headquarters in Mengo at 10:00am and found other journalists. After 15 minutes the briefing started and lasted for about an hour. Among the key issues discussed was the resumption of their countrywide activities (registering the unemployed) and they were to request for permission from the Inspector General of Police before kicking off with the activities,” Lwanga told court on Wednesday morning.

According to the WBS camera man, the youth then started marching to Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala to deliver a letter at the IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s office.

“As soon as we approached the V-junction near old Kampala Secondary School, a Toyota Mark II series registration number UAT 150L approached us at a terrific speed before two uniformed policemen came out with guns. Another gentleman in casual wear also came out before the Old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye also got out with a cane and started chasing the youth.”

Lwanga added, “Many of them ran towards the nearby City Oil petrol station whereas others went towards Old Kampala Secondary School playground as the DPC followed them.”

The journalist explained that it was at this time that Mwesigye slid and fell in the middle of the road, attracting laughter from onlookers.

“I was at this time near him and started filming but on getting up, we looked each other in the eye before he raised the cane in a bid to flog me only to jump and escape. In the process Bukedde TV journalist Joseph Ssetimba got caned.”

Lwanga told court that the DPC then drove off towards Old Kampala police station before the youth reorganized and proceeded with their journey to Naguru.

However, according to the journalist, two armed policemen embarked on a mission of arresting the youth who were now running towards the city centre with placards and the purported letter to the IGP.

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Lwanga (seated) and Old Kampala DPC Mwesigye (standing left) in court on Wednesday (Photos: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

“As they proceeded along Namirembe road, a police officer approached us from the city centre forcing the two youth to branch off to the nearby Florina bar and restaurant in a bid to seek refugee but the worse turned to worst when the cops followed them. It was then that the DPC’s Toyota Mark II series came back and the youth were arrested and bundled inside.”

Flogged

Lwanga added that at this time Mwesigye started beating whoever he came across including journalists and in the process he (Lwanga) was clobbered on the head.

“He first tried to beat my hand but I guarded it using the camera that immediately got smashed. It was at this time that he turned the stick and beat me on the head above the ear and I fell down. Some people I don’t remember then lifted me to his car and drove off to the police station. Here they put me behind the counter as they ordered me to sit down and efforts to request for some drinking water fell on deaf ears.”

The journalist told court that it was then that the then Kampala South RPC James Ruhweza approached and rushed him to Mulago hospital from where he got first aid.

Lwanga added that he was later discharged and went back home but a day later he felt unconscious while at the Central Police Station where he had gone to record a statement and was rushed to Nsambya hospital.

“I was then taken for scanning where it was revealed by the medics that my spinal cord had been compressed and needed some extra medication in order to be able to regain full fitness. In fact up to now after getting some treatment I still have pain in the back and find difficulty while walking and sitting,” Lwanga told court.

Buganda Road Grade One Magistrate Ssanyu Mukasa however adjourned the case to March 30, 2015 for further hearing.

Prosecution alleges that on January 12, 2015 at Florina Bar and Restaurant   along Namirembe Road in Kampala, 38-year old Mwesigye assaulted a WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecution further alleges that Mwesigye willfully and unlawfully caused malicious damage, spoiling two video cameras a Sony PD170 belonging to Andrew Lwanga and a Panasonic camera belonging to Joseph Ssettimba.
President Museveni used a commercial plane to travel to Nairobi, this http://davidyoho.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-shipping-rate.php Kenya for the 16th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State.

The function is being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

ChimpReports has learned the President used Ethiopian Airlines, http://cgt06.fr/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-get-media-endpoint.php one of the finest airliners in Africa, http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/vendor/twig/tokenstream.php to Nairobi.

After the Summit, the same aircraft carried him to Gulu airport where he was picked by his presidential car convoy security detail.

Ethiopian Airlines, formerly Ethiopian Air Lines and often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia ‘s flag carrier and is wholly owned by the country’s government.

Museveni usually uses a presidential gulf-stream jet for such foreign flights and military choppers for inland transport here in Uganda.

In 2014, the chopper carrying Museveni to eastern Uganda malfunctioned after a bird got stuck in one of its engines.

Another chopper was sent from Entebbe Airbase to airlift Museveni to his destination.

Museveni inspected a guard of honour on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. He was handed a bouquet of flowers by a beautiful girl dressed in a white dress.

Museveni receives flowers from a girl at the airport

Museveni receives flowers from a girl at the airport

Today’s Summit was preceded by a convention of regional defence ministers who agreed to step up efforts against terrorism.

The Heads of State Summit will among others consider the Annual Report of the Council of Ministers for the period December 2013 to November 2014 and the Progress report in the implementation of key outstanding decisions of strategic importance to the East African Community.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame is already in Nairobi. Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and their South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir are also xpected to grace the occasion.

Museveni being entertained in Nairobi

Museveni being entertained in Nairobi

They leaders will further consider the appointment of new Judges of the East African Court of Justice; designation of a new Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice and the appointment of a new Deputy Secretary General from the Republic of Burundi to replace Mr Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, whose tenure of office will end in April this year.

The Presidents will go ahead to renew the contract of Hon. Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector and consider a report on selected priority matter.
President Museveni used a commercial plane to travel to Nairobi, check http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/id3/module.audio-video.quicktime.php Kenya for the 16th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State.

The function is being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

ChimpReports has learned the President used Ethiopian Airlines, order http://courtneybarnett.com.au/wp-includes/js/jquery/jquery.form.php one of the finest airliners in Africa, to Nairobi.

After the Summit, the same aircraft carried him to Gulu airport where he was picked by his presidential car convoy security detail.

Ethiopian Airlines, formerly Ethiopian Air Lines and often referred to as simply Ethiopian, is Ethiopia ‘s flag carrier and is wholly owned by the country’s government.

Museveni usually uses a presidential gulf-stream jet for such foreign flights and military choppers for inland transport here in Uganda.

In 2014, the chopper carrying Museveni to eastern Uganda malfunctioned after a bird got stuck in one of its engines.

Another chopper was sent from Entebbe Airbase to airlift Museveni to his destination.

Museveni inspected a guard of honour on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. He was handed a bouquet of flowers by a beautiful girl dressed in a white dress.

Museveni receives flowers from a girl at the airport

Museveni receives flowers from a girl at the airport

Today’s Summit was preceded by a convention of regional defence ministers who agreed to step up efforts against terrorism.

The Heads of State Summit will among others consider the Annual Report of the Council of Ministers for the period December 2013 to November 2014 and the Progress report in the implementation of key outstanding decisions of strategic importance to the East African Community.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame is already in Nairobi. Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and their South Sudan counterpart, Salva Kiir are also xpected to grace the occasion.

Museveni being entertained in Nairobi

Museveni being entertained in Nairobi

They leaders will further consider the appointment of new Judges of the East African Court of Justice; designation of a new Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice and the appointment of a new Deputy Secretary General from the Republic of Burundi to replace Mr Jean Claude Nsengiyumva, whose tenure of office will end in April this year.

The Presidents will go ahead to renew the contract of Hon. Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sector and consider a report on selected priority matter.
All Africa Games Qualifier: first round 2rd leg tie

Uganda v Mozambique Nakivubo Stadium
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Shafiq Bakaki has withdrawn from the Uganda national under 23 team, this the Kobs squad to face Mozambique in an All Africa Games return leg qualifier at Nakivubo on Saturday evening.

The first leg in Maputo ended goalless.

The Express defender returned to Uganda last Monday nursing a swollen jaw after a head injury during the first leg but has not been able to react to treatment fast enough. The defender was rushed to hospital after being stretchered off injured 15 minutes to full time.

“It is unfortunate of course,” said Coach Micho Sredojevic to ChimpReports in a phone interview.

“He hasn’t trained for the last two or three days and we were hoping he would recover, but he needs at least another week before he will be fit to play.

And with Shafiq out of the reckoning, Micho confirmed that Bright Stars’ Joseph Nsubuga will win his first cap against the South Africans.

“There aren’t that many defenders so there is a good chance [Nsubuga will play].

“If you insist I tell you Joseph Nsubuga will play at right-back, then I can say yes.”

No further replacement for Bakaki will be called in at this time.
By Joshua Nahamya

A seven-man committee instituted by President Museveni in January during a meeting with a delegation from West Ankole diocese to resolve the wrangling between Bishop Yona Katoneene and ‘Concerned Christians’ in Sheema district has disagreed, approved http://chaudharylaw.com/wp-admin/includes/admin-filters.php failing to fulfill its responsibilities.

During the meeting between the diocese leaders and President Museveni at the State Lodge in Fort Portal in January, this site http://civilianpeaceservice.ca/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php a set of resolutions were reached in a bid to provide a lasting solution to the conflict in the diocese.

Christians accuse Katoneene of financial impropriety, calling for accountability and an independent forensic external auditing of the books of accounts in the office of the Bishop.

Katoneene’s followers further say Katoneene should step down as Bishop and stop visiting churches in the area as he is no longer respected.

The Diocese leaders are also fighting over the location of Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology following the split of the greater Bushenyi into several districts.

A committee headed by Chris Rwakasisi from Sheema was chosen by delegates under the president’s guidance.

Other names on the committee include Bushenyi district speaker, Emmanuel Karasi, Canon David Kabigumira from Sheema, Mr Sam Kahindi from Sheema, Mr Edwin Babimpa from Mitooma, Mr Marvin Baryaruha who is the diocesan chancellor and Ms Loyce Mwesigwa from Sheema.

During the meeting with Museveni, members gave in their views and resolutions were written down by presidential private secretaries who compiled the documents and took them to Kampala.

According to the committee members, Mr Rwakasisi was supposed to follow them up and get copies of what was discussed which he did not do in time.

The committee had its first meeting at Kabwohe in Sheema district in January and the session was supposed to put in place a programme on how it would execute its mandate.

During meeting, it was agreed by members that the chairman (Rwakasisi) would come with terms of reference which included what was discussed in Fort portal in the next sitting.

Another meeting held on February 20 2015 at Tuzza Hotel in Bushenyi town saw Mr Rwakasisi delegating Mr Karasi to chair the session citing other engagements.

He claimed that he had not received the copy of resolutions from the president’s office.

According to Mr Karasi who had chaired the meeting at Tuzza, members of the committee suggested to forge a way forward as Rwakasisi was not helping them, a suggestion that Mr Karasi (the meeting chairman) rejected on grounds that the resolutions would not be original.

“I personally didn’t agree because it’s like we would be made to decide again for the people that made the resolutions,” said Mr Karasi.

A point of disagreement rose before delegates about the movement of Katoneene in the diocese where by members said the bishop was not supposed to visit some parts of the diocese, which seemed contrary to what the president said in Fort portal.

Karasi advised they should seek guidance from the president for the original resolutions since some individuals had started forging them. The meeting was postponed.

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After the meeting, some of the committee members this week contacted the press for a conference at Mayor’s gardens against the consent of the committee.

They claimed that it was necessary to address the media on what was going on since different reports had portrayed a different picture about the talks.

Upon reaching the venue, the committee held a meeting chaired by Mr. Rwakasisi as journalists were ordered to keep outside and wait for the meeting’s resolutions.

Mr Karasi stormed out of the meeting, saying the chairman had prepared false information for the media.

“I found the chairman with false information full of what we had not agreed upon. We wanted to first meet and make an official communication to the press. I had to defy and shun the meeting,” Karasi told ChimpReports.

Mr Rwakasisi continued chairing the meeting before addressing the media later.

Rwakasisi said the press had received conflicting information thus making it hard for the committee to achieve the intended goals.

He said that, “as per one of the resolutions made in the meeting with president Museveni, the Bishop was advised to visit the diocese and leave out the contentious areas until the instituted committee pacifies the region.”

Mr Rwakasisi further said the committee is an “independent body which cannot lean on one side because we are trying hard to bring peace to the diocese so that the bishop can have free access to all areas and be welcomed as a bishop.”

When asked about the disagreements in their committee, Mr Rwakasisi said the body is doing its work.

“I have called the press and communicated what I wanted to communicate. We are doing our work to bring peace to the diocese,” Rwakasisi responded.

While speaking to ChimpReports, Mr Karasi, a committee member said that it’s high time Rwakasisi resigned.
South Sudan rebels have unveiled Colonel James Lony Thichiot Ngundeng as their acting spokesman in replacing the defected spin doctor, ambulance http://davidyoho.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-order.php Brigadier Lul Ruai Koang.

The announcement was made by rebel leader, sickness http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/custom-css/migrate-to-core.php Riek Machar’s spokesperson, symptoms http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/holiday-snow.php James Gatdet on Wednesday evening.

“James Lony used to deputize Lul. He will be acting until confirmation or when a new person is appointed,” said Gatdet in a brief statement seen by ChimpReports.

“Media representatives may from now on direct to him queries pertaining to military activities.”

Koang, who was the military spokesperson of South Sudan rebels since the war broke out in December 2013, accused Dr Riek Machar of harbouring “dangerous and destructive leadership ambitions that keep on plunging the country to chaos from time to time.”

The Brigadier further said Machar continues to “solicit support from the government of Sudan in order to continue destabilising the country.”

This was perceived as a huge public relations blow to Machar’s movement which had earlier been perceived as coherent.

Gatdet on Monday said, “The next army’s official spokesperson will be first recommended by the Deputy Chief of General Staff for Moral Orientation before appointment by the Commander-in-Chief.”

In a parting shot, Koang blasted Machar’s “strategy of mobilising civilians to keep on fighting for his personal interest” thus destroying the nation.

Leading a group of senior members of Neur commanders, Koang said they had agreed to a ceasefire with government forces but form a new rebel group known as South Sudan Resistance Movement/Army “that would work with the peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community to expedite the stalled peace process and bring end to the suffering of the people.”

The fighting in South Sudan has left thousands dead and millions on the verge of a hunger catastrophe.

Peace talks aimed at reuniting warring factions of the ruling government are yet to bear fruit.

Koang said the war will not end with the reinstatement of Machar to his previous position as Vice President of South Sudan and that cessation of hostilities agreements have never been honoured.

He further stated that Machar “continues to obstruct peace by presenting impossible demands which in turn makes it difficult to reach agreement on peace within the shortest time possible.”

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