Kayihura Transfers Bukomansimbi DPC Over Machette Attacks




The Inspector General of Police-IGP, Kale Kayihura has fired the Bukomansimbi District Police Commander, Francis Ameru over the recent machete attacks. He has replaced him with Isabirye Karooli, the commander in Charge of Operations Nagalama Police Station.

Kayihura issued the directive over the weekend in a meeting with Police Commanders from Greater Masaka Region. According to a police officer who attended the meeting, Ameru who has barely been in Bukomansimbi for a month, was blamed for poor command.

"Kayihura said he would release a message for Ameru's deployment soon," the source told PRIME RADIO condition of anonymity. About 7 people have been killed and more than 47 others injured by machete welding thugs in the district since last year.

This is not the first time Ameru is running into trouble. Sometime back Ameru was put under investigations after he lost his pistol during his tenure at Old Kampala Police Station.

Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima couldn't be reached for comment by the time of filing this story.


Police Struggles to Handle Cases of Minor Offenders



Police is struggling with a challenge of investigating child related cases due to lack of child reception centers. 90 percent of the stations across the country lack child reception centers. The centers provide an exclusive environment for handling child related matters.

The facility should be comprised of a children's cell, a department of child and Family protection and fully staffed with well trained personnel as well as a care taker for the child inmates. However, only 31 of the 310 police stations at the district and sub county levels have fully fledged children reception centers.

Some of the police stations with children reception centers include Masaka Police Station, Luwero Police Station and Central police station. Police Spokesperson, Emilian Kayima who also a former in charge of the child and Family protection Unit, says the force appreciates the challenge as far as reception centers are concerned.

Due to congestion in police cells, the children reception centers are also often used to hold adult inmates. A detective at Kampala Central Police Station told PRIME RADIO on condition of anonymity that adult inmates use the facility whenever there are no child offenders.

"When they were put up, they were clean and well-kept but every time we have many suspects they are divided among the cells. You know we have few detention cells," said the source.

Where a police station lacks the children reception facility, the minors are locked up with the female suspects. Kayima says while this is happening at many stations, it is a complete abuse of the children's right.

Uganda Police needs about Shillings 2 billion to put up the child reception facilities at most of the police stations, which is taking about Shillings 70 million. The money can construct a reception center that can accommodate about 30 children like the one built by Plan Uganda at Luwero police station in 2014.


Former IGP Vies for Clan Leadership




The former Inspector General of Police, Boniface Aroan Okoth Ogola has been nominated for elections as the overall chief of Morwa Sule clan, one of the predominant clans under the Tieng Adhola Cultural Institution.

Ogola was nominated during an exercise held by Commissioners of the Sectoral committee of the Tieng Adhola Cultural Institution chaired by Adrian Jag Owori at Nagongera town council headquarters ground on Thursday.

The elections that are scheduled for January 20, 2018 will involve members from the 24 sub clans scattered in Magola, Mulanda, Paya, Nagongera and Kisoko administrative units. During the nomination exercise, the Sectoral Committee Chairperson, Jag Adrian appealed to the candidates to limit the use of vulgar language, which may compromise the unit of the clan.

He said the commission will flag off the campaigns after harmonizing with the candidate's campaign programs to avoid clashes. Shortly after his nomination, Okoth appealed to his clan mates to exercise maturity during the exercise, adding that above all unity and development should take precedence.

Okoth explained that he offered himself to serve Morwa Sule clan to rejuvenate unity, respect, love and teamwork that will result into transformation. Okoth served as IGP during the Obote II government. By the time of his appointment, Okoth had served as a career policeman since he joined the force in 1962.

He fled into exile after the fall of the Tito Okello government that took over from the Obote regime. He was on leave when the Tito Okello government collapsed and didn't return to work for fear of retribution from the National Resistance Army government because of his loyalty to the previous government. He spent 23 years in exile before he returned to the country.

He currently lives a quiet life with his family on his seven-acre farm at Maguria, on the Tororo-Mbale road in Mukujju sub-county, Tororo district.


Air Strikes On ADF Camps to Continue - PM Rugunda




The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said that the army will continue carrying out air strikes on bases of the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

While speaking at the installation of Bishop George Turyasingura of East Ruwenzori Diocese, at St Steven's Cathedral Kamwenge on Sunday, Dr. Rugunda said that the people of the Rwenzori region should remain calm as the army wipes out the rebels.

"I want to first assure the people of the Rwenzori region to remain calm following threats of ADF rebels. We attacked the ADF bases using air strikes. The strikes will continue until the rebels are wiped out completely," Rugunda said.

Last month, the UPDF fighter jets raided the ADF bases in Eastern DRC. The army claims that 100 rebels were killed and eight camps destroyed.

Describing the attack on the ADF bases as a success, Rugunda said that President Yoweri Museveni has also ordered the deployment of more UPDF soldiers in Bundibugyo district.

Rugunda thanked the House of Bishops for electing Turyasingura as the second Bishop of East Ruwenzori Diocese. He advised the Christians to support, respect and offer encouragement to the new bishop.

In his sermon, Bishop Turyasingura said his emphasis will be on improving the declining academic standards in the church founded schools. He also encouraged Christians of East Ruwenzori Diocese to procure vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles for the clergy to enable them spread the gospel.

"I call upon all God's people to help the clergy spread the gospel of Christ and buy motorcycle, bicycles and even cars. This will make their work easy," Bishop Turyasingura said.

The Archbishop Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali welcomed Turyasingura to the House of Bishops. Ntagali said that Bishop Turyasingura should avoid greed, manage his family well and also mind about the plight of the widows and elderly in the diocese.

Turyasingura replaces Bishop Edward Bamucwanira who retires after heading the diocese for over eight years.


Nkoyoyo Executed His Work With Determination - KABAKA




The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has described the late Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo as a person who executed all his duties with determination.

This is carried in his message to Nkoyoyo's family read out by the third deputy Buganda Premier Apollo Makubuya at a requiem service at St Paul's Cathedral Namirembe on Sunday night.

The Service attended by hundreds of people was led by Namirembe Diocese Bishop Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira helped by several other bishops.

Also in attendance were other religious leaders including the Archbishop of Kampala Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and Namirembe Christian Fellowship's Simeon Kayiwa.

"He was creative, an evangelist who preached for development. He has accomplished a lot of work and started on many projects like the Bishop's House at Namirembe, Church House, Namugongo Museum and others," the Kabaka said in his message.

Kabaka Mutebi also recounted how Nkoyoyo always emphasised that 'whatever you do, do it fast'. He said that this phrase by Nkoyoyo challenged people to be determined in order to fulfill their duties.

He also noted that Nkoyoyo served as the chairperson of the committee on the renovation of the Mengo Palace, Twekobe, and that his advice to the kingdom will live on.

Speaking about Banda Palace, Kabaka revealed that the late Nkoyoyo built a place for the Royal guards (ekigango) an act that beautified the Palace.

In his own capacity, Buganda's third deputy Premier Apollo Makubuya said he had lost a friend, father, teacher and advisor in Archbishop Nkoyoyo. He revealed that it was Nkoyoyo who wed him with his wife 22 years ago.

Buganda Kingdom's Lukiiko Speaker Nelson Kawalya also applauded Nkoyoyo for his determination at work.

"He used to caution us to work for the world like we are to live 1000 years but to work for heaven like we are to die tomorrow," said Kawalya said.

Nkoyoyo, who headed the Church of Uganda from 1995 to 2004, died on Friday at Kampala Hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. In his long church career spanning five decades, Nkoyoyo rose from a humble auto mechanic to become a priest in 1969, a bishop in 1983 and archbishop in 1995.

Nkoyoyo is to be buried on Tuesday at Namugongo Anglican Martyrs Shrine near the museum which he has been working hard to complete.

At this same venue, on June 3, 1969, Nkoyoyo was ordained a reverend. More than 48 years later, he will be laid to rest here


Nkoyoyo to be Buried at Namugongo




Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo wrote to the Bishop of Namirembe Diocese Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira requesting to be buried at the Uganda Anglican Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo.

Bishop Luwalira revealed this at St Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe on Sunday night, during a requiem service for Archbishop Nkoyoyo who died on Friday aged 80 years. This was the second requiem service of the day after the one held at All Saints Cathedral, Kampala.

While delivering his sermon in a Service attended by religious leaders from different denominations, Bishop Luwalira recounted the June 29, 2017 Thanksgiving Service held at the Cathedral for Archbishop Nkoyoyo upon his return from UK where he had gone for cancer treatment. He revealed that he later received a letter from Nkoyoyo requesting that he should be laid to rest in Namugongo when the time comes.

"I received the letter but did not think it would be so soon. I informed other leaders about it and together with him (Nkoyoyo) we later went to Namugongo and decided on where his resting place should be," Luwalira told the Church.

Archbishop Nkoyoyo is to be buried on Tuesday at Namugongo Anglican Martyrs Shrine near the museum which he has been working hard to complete. At this same venue, on June 3, 1969, Nkoyoyo was ordained a reverend. More than 48 years later, he will be laid to rest here.

Bishop Luwalira in his message appealed to Ugandans to reflect on past teachings of the late Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo with a view of making amends. Luwalira reminded people how Nkoyoyo preached the word of God with a lot of love, emphasis and energy.

He challenged the celebrants to put into action Nkoyoyo's teachings and emulate his hard work, humbleness and being good listeners. He also challenged Ugandans to emulate the care Nkoyoyo always displayed and practiced saying that this virtue is lacking.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, who attended the night Service at Namirembe Cathedral, testified that Nkoyoyo loved everyone irrespective of their background and religion.

"When he was Bishop of Mukono, he loved us so much. He started 'Send a Cow' and we benefited from it. In our sub county in Mukono, we have over 30 cows through this programme," said Archbishop Kizito Lwanga.

He further revealed that when he became Bishop of Kasana-Luweero, Nkoyoyo always visited him. Archbishop Kizito Lwanga said the country had lost a very important person who loved God and his country.

Nkoyoyo's children led by his daughter Margaret Ssesanga spoke of their father as an advisor who appealed to them to take one day at a time.

"He was humble, we are trying but we cannot be like him. He always told us to work for our own legacy. He was wise, very wise and loved flowers and he sometimes carried them from abroad to beautify the house," said Margaret.

She also informed the celebrants that Nkoyoyo had written a book and that the family is to make sure that it gets on the market.



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