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400 Suspected Criminals Arrested in Kampala

KAMPALA

400 suspected criminals in different parts of Kampala have been arrested in an operation.

Police Spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan Area, Patrick Onyango, said the suspected criminals were netted in areas of Kisenyi and all places surrounding Nakivubo channel.

The operation was conducted by police officers from the divisions of Katwe, Kabalagala, Old Kampala, Jinja Road, and Wandegeya.

Police said the operations were conducted to get rid of criminals that have made it a habit to victimize Kampala residents and business community by breaking into their shops, houses, snatching valuables like wallets and phones.

Onyango said many of the suspects are habitual offenders who had skipped police bond while others had court bails. He said some faces of the netted suspects had been wanted by different police stations for engaging in various criminal activities.

“Some of the suspects we have arrested had court bails, others police Bond, these we shall immediately take them to the various Courts or police stations that need them,” Onyango said.

Police said the suspects shall be screened so that those with no pending criminal cases will be set free. Onyango said the screening will be done tonight and tomorrow morning.

“We are going to screen them before processing their case files. They are likely to appear in court tomorrow. We urge members of the public to be vigilant,” he said.

A similar operation was conducted on Women’s Day, leading to the arrest of 300 suspects.

 
 

Govt Tasked on Insecurity and Land Wrangles

 
 
 

MBARARA

The Archbishop of Mbarara Catholic Archdiocese His Grace Paul Bakyenga has advised leaders to use this Easter season to meditate on ways to make the country safe for its citizens.

Bakyenga said that the government must step up efforts to address land conflicts and unwarranted loss of lives. He observed that it was unfortunate that people are continually killed under unclear circumstances, yet no steps have been taken to apprehend the killers.

Bakyenga cautions that the situation may worsen in the run up to 2021, when Uganda returns to the polls to elect a president, Members of Parliament and elected leaders at other levels. The Archbishop was addressing Journalists at Nyamitanga early today.

Archbishop Bakyenga further asks Christians to desist from greed and instead imitate the works of Jesus and be renewed by his resurrection. He says that greed is the leading cause of domestic violence in many Christian families adding that children born and raised in a violent environment often struggle to cope with life.

 
 

MPs Question Mbarara University Officials over Illegal Businesses

 
 
 

KAMPALA

Members of Parliament have grilled Mbarara University of Science and Technology –MUST leadership over the operation of illegal businesses in the institution.

Officials from the university were on Wednesday appearing before the education committee chaired by Pallisa County MP Jacob Opolot to present their budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020.

The officials led by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Celestino Obua included the Deputy University Bursar Dominique Musane and Deputy Secretary in-charge of Planning Robinah Nakakeeto.

Opolot demanded an explanation over the illegal businesses operating inside the university campus that had been highlighted by the Auditor General, John Muwanga in his report for the year ended June 2018.

In response, the Deputy University Bursar Dominique Musane said that the University has nine temporary kiosks that management allowed to be constructed in 2010 under which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the owners.

Without revealing much details, Obua told the committee that under the MOU, the tenancy period went up to October 2018 during which they recovered the money used for the construction with some profits and that the university has since made reviews on the operations of the kiosks under a new arrangement.

Opolot said that the MUST officials will be expected to explain in detail the audit query and others before parliament’s Public Accounts Committee-Central Government.

In the coming financial year 2019/2020, the budget of MUST decreased from 48.015 billion shillings in the current financial year 2018/2019 to 47.253 billion.

Despite the decrease in the budget, the institution plans to complete the students’ hostel at Kihumuro campus, renovate the teaching facilities at Mbarara campus and complete construction of the main gate at Kihumuro at 3 billion shillings.

The university also plans to procure vehicles at 100 million, ICT 140 million, Machinery and Equipment 319 million, furniture 659 million and others.

 
 

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