Thugs Break into Nabweru Court, Steal UGX 48.7 Million



Police in Nansana Municipality is investigating circumstances under which thugs broke into Nabweru Chief Magistrates Court and took off with court documents and money.

We have established that the thugs could have attacked the place between 3 and 4 a.m. At the time of the break-in, the court was manned by one person identified as Ismael Kamya, deployed with only a club.

Kamya told police in his statement this morning that the attackers came in a group, estimated to have between five to 10 people. Dressed in dark clothing and hoodies, the men jumped over the wire mesh which constitutes the court's fence to gain access into the premises. His statement shows that the group had machetes which put him at a disadvantage.

“They took me hostage and ordered me to take them around different offices. When they finished their mission, they tied me up and then took off,” Kamya told the police.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango says preliminary investigations indicate that the thugs broke into the three magistrates’ chambers found at the court, the office of the resident state attorney, the court registry and the cash office.

One of the neighbours of the court who preferred anonymity says that she passed by the court at around 9: 00 p.m. and found it was in total darkness, yet all other places had the power supply. The source says that at the time there was a group of people conversing in the compound.

Solomon Muyita, the judiciary spokesperson, says that a number of documents were destroyed and equipment vandalized during the attack. He, however, notes that it might take time to identify the missing document given the fact that there are over 2,000 case files at the court.

But Muyita adds that the destruction of files cannot stop proceedings of the matter because the court is digitalized and now has backups for all its files.

Muyita says according to their staff over 48.7 million which was in the cash office is missing, an indication that they might have been taken by the thugs.

He further questions why police had not deployed guards at the station which is its mandate. Although police say that Kamya who was guarding this place is an officer in the Local Defence Unit, residents around court said that Kamya is a civilian and only joined the security circles as a crime preventer.

Onyango says investigations into the matter are underway.

According to the judiciary, this is the biggest break into a court over the years. Last year, three courts were broken into and thieves matched away with different items including solar panels ad computers.


Catholic Priest, Six Others Charged for Killing Landlord in Mityana



Kiyinda-Mityana Diocesan Priest Rev. Fr. Lawrence Mudduse has been charged with the murder of a landlord identified as Kamada Mulinde Kimbugwe. Mudduse was charged alongside six others for conniving to end Kimbugwe’s life over a land wrangle.

The other suspects were identified as John Kkulumba, his wife Jane Nankabirwa Kkulumba and their son John Kkulumba (junior), Robert Ssenyange, John Kasule and Ibrahim Muyingo all residents of Minaana village in Mityana Municipality.

The prosecution alleges the seven suspects and others still at large waylaid Kimbugwe moments after he had issued invitation letters to bibanja holders occupying his land in the villages of Minaana, Kabule, Galabi, and Kamuvole, for a meeting which would be presided over by State Minister for lands Persis Namuganza mid this month.

The suspects were not allowed to enter a plea as they appeared before the court this morning because the charges against them are capital in nature and can only be heard by the High Court. Mityana Grade One Magistrate Juliana Kimono remanded them to Luzira prison until September 18 when the case will be brought for mention.

The arrest of the seven persons had sparked controversies in Mityana as several individuals accused police of illegally detaining the suspects past the recommended 24 hours. They were arrested two weeks ago.

Mityana woman member of parliament Judith Nabakooba had gone ahead to report the matter to police who ordered that the suspect be released, a directive that was ignored by the investigating officers.

Another team of people also secured a court order directing the release of the suspects in vain.

Wamala Regional Police Spokesperson Norbert Ochom says that at the time of getting the said orders, police in Mityana had already submitted the case file to the directorate of public prosecution for sanctioning.



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