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Four UPDF Soldiers Arrested in City Hotel Robbery


Four Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers have been arrested in a foiled hotel robbery in Kampala.

The four were arrested by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) in collaboration with Special Forces Command (SFC)

They have arrested them Without divulging details, UPDF spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, confirmed to PRIME RADIO that the soldiers had been arrested.

"We have arrested the would be robbers. Investigations have commenced," Brig Karemire said in a short text to PRIME RADIO.

Nevertheless PRIME RADIO has since established that the arrested soldiers who had raided Fang Fang Restaurant in the Central Business District of Kampala, include Corporal Majid Abbas, Lance Coporal Ivan Asiimwe, Private Joshua Chandini and army driver Ivan Opio.

Sources privy to the foiled robbery said ISO learnt about the robbery through the hotel staff member who secretly called rescue as the quartet put everyone on a standstill with two Sub Machine Guns (SMGs) loaded with 300 bullets.

ISO sought help from SFC upon learning that the suspected robbers were armed.

SFC, ISO and Police 999 Patrol vehicle surrounded Fang Fang Restaurant around 1am and ordered the soldiers that had raided the hotel to surrender.

The soldiers surrendered after realising they had been surrounded from all corners.

"Three suspects were taken to ISO headquarters for interrogation while one soldier was taken to Kampala Central Police Station and detained. Two SMGs and 300 bullets were recovered from the suspects," source said.


Reverend's Family Poisoned to Death



The family of Church of Uganda Reverend Emmanuel Kimuli has been poisoned. His wife and his two children died while the Reverend is admitted after wasting suspected poison laced in their food.

The shocking developement was at Katwe-Nakawuka village in Kajjansi town today. The Reverend was found fighting for his life by Parishioners while his wife, Jessica Kimuli and two children had already died.

Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, Luke Owoyesigyire said the poisoning of Rev Kimuli's family was brought to police attention by a resident, one Benon Semuyaba.

Upon visiting the home, police found Jessica, 30, Elijah Grace, 4, and another unidentified child dead while Kimuli was struggling in his bed.

Details of another deceased child were scanty at the time of filing this story.

Police took the bodies to Mulago Hospital mortuary for postmortem while Rev Kimuli was rushed to Mengo Hospital in a critical condition.

Police said its homicide team had already recorded statements from people who were last seen with the deceased family members.


Fire Guts Students Hostel in Makerere Kikoni



A number of student rooms and properties have been razed by a fire that gutted Frama Hostel in Kikoni, this afternoon. Eyewitnesses say the fire started a few minutes to one O’clock on Sunday, destroying part of the structure located along Sir Apollo Kaggwa Road, on the outskirts of Makerere University.

Moses Chilla, a first-year student of Bachelor of Social Sciences at Makerere University told PRIME RADIO that he was forced out of his room on the ground floor, by thick smoke and noise from the neighbours who were asking students to vacate the hostel. Chilla added that fire could not be contained by the use of fire extinguishers.

“By the time we realized it was burning, fire extinguishers could not help. It needed something more than that. We started fighting it using water from these tanks but it was still not making sense. And in about 40 minutes, police firefighters came in,” one of the students said.

The hostel was due to close on Monday, June 3, after the end of the semester at Makerere University. But some of the students said they were due to report to the university for the recess term.

Angella Kabitanya, a second-year student of Agribusiness at Makerere University says she was suffocating from the upper floor until the police came to their rescue. According to Kabitanya, they struggled to escape the fire due to the heat and thick smoke that moved from the lower floors where they were supposed to pass.

Everest Nicholas Lopio a third-year student at Makerere University said several of his properties were burnt beyond repair.

John Baptist Male Salongo, the proprietor of Frama Hostel said the majority of the students had left for holidays while others were preparing to move. He says however he was preparing to receive students studying recess at Makerere University.

He told PRIME RADIO that the fire did not leave immense damage apart from burning down the room in which it started and one hostel store.

He says he suspects that a student in whose room fire started could have left some appliances running on power.

Located west of Makerere University, the mixed student's hostel has a capacity of 170 student residents.



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