Crime & Investigation

Rwenzori Attacks: Police Officers in the Dock

General Court Martial Chairman Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga takes oath before the Rwenzori attack suspects on July 15

The President of South Sudan, this search http://daylesfordartshow.com.au/wp-includes/class-wp-rewrite.php Mr. Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar, pills illness http://cultnews.com/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php have unanimously agreed to end hostilities and war in their country and ordered their troops to lay down arms and stay in the barracks for the National Army and for the opposition forces to remain in their locations.

The resolution was reached Friday night  at the conclusion of the 2-day 28th Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit of Heads of State and Government that took place at Sheraton Hotel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The Summit was convened by the current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly, who is also the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, to discuss the situation in South Sudan.

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The IGAD meeting was attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Ismail Guelleh of Djibouti, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia and Omar Hassan al- Bashir of Sudan.

The resolutions issued at the end of the Summit and read by IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, included the acceptance by IGAD Assembly to grant a request by the warring parties in South Sudan a grace period of 15 days, to complete consultations on the outstanding issues.

The Summit directed the two sides to commit to an unconditional, complete and immediate end to hostilities and end the war with immediate effect.

The conflicting parties were further called upon to commit themselves to stopping the recruitment and mobilization of civilians to their ranks and file.

The IGAD Assembly also warned the two sides that any violation of the cessation of hostilities by any party, will certainly invite some drastic action by the IGAD region against the perpetrators

The action may include the freezing of assets of violators, imposing a travel ban on them in the region, as well as denial of supply of arms and ammunition or any other material that could be used in war.

The IGAD Assembly further resolved that member states will take the necessary measures to directly intervene in South Sudan in case of any continued hostilities and war in that country, to protect life and restore peace and stability.

The Heads of State and Government indicated that in case of any necessity to implement these measures, the regional body will call upon the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), the Security Council of the United Nations and the entire international community to render all possible assistance.

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Dr. Riek Machar committed themselves to end, with immediate effect, all hostilities and war in their country.

They called on their forces to stay in the barracks for the National Army and the opposition SPLM/Army to stay in their locations.

‘I would like to recommit ourselves before IGAD leaders that what we are saying here is what we are going to implement. The people dying are our people and we the leaders of South Sudan should take the lead to stop the war. I call upon the forces in South Sudan, especially the National Army, to remain in the barracks,” President Salva Kiir said in his brief remarks.

The leader of the opposition SPLM/Army, Dr. Riek Machar, said he was happy to note that they have reached on an agreement on important issues, especially that of the transitional government of National Unity.

He strongly reiterated his stand to end hostilities and end the war.

“I order, from now, all SPLM/A Forces to cease hostilities and remain in their locations. We do not want any soldier or civilian to die again,” Dr. Machar said.

The Summit that ended early Saturday morning was also attended by the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Dlamini Nkosizana Zuma, the Executive   Secretary of IGAD, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim and Special IGAD Envoys on Sudan, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, General Mustafa El Dabi and representatives of the international community.

President Museveni who was seen off at Ethiopia Bole International Airport by Senior Ethiopian government officials, State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Henry Okello Oryem and Uganda’s ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr. Mull Katende, was received on arrival at Entebbe International Airport by Minister for Security, Mr. Muruli Mukasa, the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Katumba Wamala, the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and Assistant Inspector of Police Haji Balimwoyo Moses.
Five police officers attached to Bundibugyo and Ntoroko Police Stations who had been remanded to Katojo government prison in Fort Portal have been granted bail.

They had been arrested and charged with neglect of duty.

The accused officers are; former Bundibugyo DPC, about it http://deal2deal.co.in/components/com_jshopping/payments/pm_sofortueberweisung/adminparamsform.php SP Alex Mwine, diagnosis Bundibugyo District Crime Intelligence officer, AIP Jochwonia Thembo, Jimmy Osomere, Alfred Muhindo and Sylvester Thembo .

These appeared before Fort Portal Chief Magistrate’s Court presided over by His Worship, Samuel Emokol on Thursday but failed to produce substantial sureties who could secure them bail.

According to the Magistrate, the sureties presented were disqualified for giving false information by identifying themselves in villages where they don’t reside.

Prosecution told court that the accused officers neglected their duty stations when assailants raided the district institutions, killed deployed officers and scores of civilians.

On July 5 2014, Rwenzururu militant youths (Esyemango ze Rwenzururu) attacked Kasese , Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts –  leaving over 90 people dead, scores injured and over 200 imprisoned.

Appearing before court on Friday, the accused officers denied the allegations.

The presiding Chief Magistrate granted them bail after presenting substantial sureties but shall be reporting back.

Over 200 people including civil servants, Rwenzururu officials and police officers are behind bars at Katojo Prison in Fort Portal for allegedly participating in the deadly attacks.

 

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