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Oyam Police Hold Own Officer Over Escape of Suspects

OYAM

Oyam Police are holding one of their own in connection to the escape of two suspects from lawful custody. The suspect is Daniel Aluku, a Police constable attached to Oyam Central Police Station.

His arrest stems from the escape of Robert Atim and Bernard Ochan, both residents of Myene Sub County in Oyam District from Oyam police station on Sunday.

The two, who are wanted for aggravated robbery, made off with Aluku's firearm registration number UG POL 564804 28-24076. Aluku claimed that the suspects assaulted him when he escorted them for a short call and made off with his gun.

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Region Police spokesperson, says they have locked up the officer to help with investigations in the matter.

On Monday, the North Kyoga Region Police Commander, John Peter Ematu held a crisis meeting to plan how to track down the suspects.

This is the second time police in Lango is losing a gun to suspects fleeing from custody within a period of one year. Sometime last year, police lost a gun to a suspect at Starch Factory.

The suspect reportedly grabbed the gun from a cell's guard on duty and escaped with it. The thug used the gun to kill two mobile money attendants at Ayago trading center in Lira town.

 
 

Police Constable In Trouble for Assaulting Resident

 
 
 

RAKAI

Matuusa Ssebyaala, a special police constable attached to Kibanda Police post in Rakai district is in custody for assaulting and attempting to kill a resident over a woman. Ssebyaala was picked up on Monday in connection to an attack on Robert Nakaana, a resident of Kajaga village in Kakuuto sub-county in Kyotera district.

He is wanted for conniving with others still at large to attack Nakaana on Tuesday last week. Nakaana is lying in hospital in critical condition. Police locked up the constable following pressure by residents and local authorities.

Residents staged a week long protest demanding that police acts on the constable with his accomplices. It is alleged that Ssebyala was contracted by Moses Kayisi to attack Nakaana because of a dispute over a woman identified as Sauya Nangeye.

Nangeye reportedly broke up with Kayisi in February following a fight. She met Nakaana and decided to move on with her life to chagrin of her former lover. He tried to woe her back in vain prompting him to resort to other means to suppress her new relationship with Nangeye.

It is at this point when he reportedly contracted Ssebyala to attack Nakaana. According to preliminary investigations, Ssebyaala stormed Nakaana's home together with Kayisi and another man on Tuesday at around 7:30pm.

Ssebyaala reportedly was reported armed with an SMG riffle while Kayisi was carrying a machete. They pounced on Nakaana and assaulted him as Nangeye watched helplessly. According to Nangeye, Kayisi slapped and cut Nakaana with a panga while Ssebyaala threatened to shoot the couple for raising alarm.

Anthony Ssengooba, the area councilor, says Mutuusa fired in the air to disperse residents who rushed to rescue the couple. They later jumped on a police motorcycle and disappeared under the cover of darkness leaving Nakaana bleeding profusely.

Residents identified Ssebyaala and helped Nakaana to report the matter to police in Kyotera and Rakai district but it wasn't handled immediately leading to protests. Patience Baganzi, the Rakai District Police Commander has confirmed Ssebyaala's arrest, saying the suspect will face disciplinary action.

She however, says the suspect was assaulted badly is still receiving treatment. Baganzi says they have launched a manhunt for Kayisi and his accomplice.

 
 

Electoral Commission Makes U-Turn on Public Servantss

 
 
 

KAMPALA

The Electoral Commission has reversed an earlier decision to allow public servants to stand as candidates in Local Council elections.

Justice Simon Byabakama, the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairperson had earlier indicated that public servants are to contest in the elections without resigning their public offices.

However, Paul Bukenya, the EC Spokesperson, says that this position has changed following a June 29th opinion by the Attorney General.

In the opinion a copy seen by PRIME RADIO, Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana cites Section 1 of the Local Government (Amendment) Act (No.2) 2006 that removed the right of public officers participating in LC1 and LC 11 elections without resigning their posts.

"It is unfortunate that the Compendiums of Electoral Laws of 2010 and later 2015 compiled by Uganda Law Reform Commission only cites the amendment but does not capture it in the body, a fact that could have misled you. As of today, Amendment No.2 of 2006 removed the right of public officers participating in LC1 and LC 11 elections without resigning their posts." reads part of Mwesigwa letter to Byabakama.

The Deputy Attorney General then advised that Byabakama revisits his position and implement the law as amended.

Mwesigwa's letter on the participation of public officers in administrative unit elections followed an earlier letter dated 25th June 2018 by Byabakama to the Attorney General seeking guidance on the participation of public officers in the local council elections.

With this opinion, Bukenya says that all public servants who wish to contest for LC1 and LC 11 Chairpersons are to be required to resign their offices before nomination.

He, however, says that this development has not been well received by sections of the public who had earlier been informed that public officials had a right to contest.

Elections for local council leaders are due on July 10, according to a roadmap released by the Electoral Commission. The elections according to Sections 12 (a) and (b) of the Local Government (Amendment) Act, 2015, are to be conducted by lining up behind a nominated candidate, their representatives, portraits or a symbol.

Bukenya says that they have today kick-started the nomination of candidates which is to be concluded tomorrow across the country at different parishes.

 
 

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