The High Court in Fort Portal has ruled that the land dispute case involving Beatrice Nyindombi Karanja, the wife of former Kenyan Vice President Dr. Josephat Njuguna, should proceed and be heard on its merits. Justice Vincent Wagona reached this decision after dismissing the preliminary legal objections raised by Nyindombi through her lawyer. Nyindombi had sought the dismissal of the fraud case filed against her in 2019 by the late Juma Hussein, arguing that it was filed too late.
The late Juma Hussein, a resident of Fort Portal, accused Nyindombi of encroaching on a 73-hectare parcel of land, Block 45, Plot 7 in Harugongo Sub County.
The dispute dates back to 1990 when Juma borrowed 12,000 Kenyan Shillings from Nyindombi for medical treatment. Subsequently, in 1997, he requested an additional loan of 1,150,000 Ugandan Shillings from Nyindombi. To secure the loans, Nyindombi requested the lease title of Juma’s land, which he provided. After Juma’s passing, his family members were substituted as petitioners in the case.
Nyindombi’s lawyer argued that the case should be dismissed due to the limitation period, contending that fraud exceptions apply when discovered or reasonably deemed to have been discovered. Since the suit was filed in 2019, 19 years after the land transfer in 1990, Nyindombi’s legal team asserted that it was time-barred.
On the other hand, the Husseins, represented by their lawyer Richard Bwiruka, argued that Nyindombi had been given a certificate of title as security, and in 2010, she sought permission to use the land, which was granted. In 2014, Juma claimed that Nyindombi asked him to sign blank transfer forms, but the title was transferred without his knowledge, consent, or approval.
Justice Wagona ruled that fraud could be pleaded at any time it is discovered. He stated that the cause of action arose in 2019 when the plaintiff discovered the fraud, and the suit was filed within 12 years, falling within the permissible exceptions of the limitation period. As a result, he dismissed Nyindombi’s objections and directed the case to proceed to trial on its merits.
Police Officer Wounded in Shootout as Stolen Vehicle from Kenya Intercepted in Lira
In a dramatic incident, a police officer from Lira Central Police Station sustained a gunshot wound in the stomach during a confrontation when law enforcement intercepted a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number KDH 790K, suspected to be stolen from Kenya.
The altercation resulted in injuries to Tony Ebong and three others, identified as George Otyato from Awendo in Migori County, Kenya, Hussein Akako from Tororo-Malaba, and Paul Omara from Oyugisi Homa Bay County, Kenya.
The apprehended vehicle is currently impounded at Lira Central Police Station, and efforts are underway to locate a suspect who is believed to have escaped during the incident.
All injured individuals are receiving medical attention at Lira Regional Referral Hospital. The nature of their involvement in the alleged raid remains unclear.
A combined team of regular police and Flying Squad operatives established a checkpoint at Adwali cell, Boroboro ward, in Lira City East Division after receiving information about a suspected stolen vehicle from Kenya. The case was documented under Reference Number OB 24/9/11/2023 at Karuri Police Station, indicating that the vehicle was being driven into Uganda through the Busia border.
According to reports, the suspects attempted to mislead authorities by changing the vehicle’s number plates to UBE 665K while in Dokolo district.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, confirmed that the vehicle’s movements through Tororo, Mbale, Soroti, and Lira were tracked using a monitoring system. The ongoing investigation aims to unravel the circumstances surrounding the stolen vehicle and the individuals involved in the incident.
Man Arrested in Agago District for Fatal Stabbing Over 1000 Shillings Debt Dispute
In a distressing incident, the police in Agago district have apprehended a 32-year-old man on charges of allegedly murdering a 53-year-old over a mere 1000 shillings debt dispute.
The suspect, identified as Okello Aldo Akech, is accused of fatally stabbing Okwera Tarasisto, a 53-year-old resident of Nyer Ikan South village. This tragic incident unfolded on the 23rd of October, 2023, at around 2:30 pm, sending shockwaves throughout the community.
The unfortunate chain of events commenced when Akech, seeking compensation for repairing a padlock for Tarasisto, requested a fee of Ugx 2000 for his services. However, tensions flared when Tarasisto handed over only Ugx 1000 and promised to provide the remaining Ugx 1000 at a later time. This discrepancy triggered a heated dispute that would ultimately result in a devastating loss of life.
According to Fred Enanga, the Uganda police spokesperson, the confrontation escalated as Akech vehemently insisted on receiving the full payment, and tempers continued to rise. Regrettably, matters took a lethal turn when Akech forcibly seized a knife from Tarasisto and brutally stabbed him in the left side of the rib.
Horrified locals, responding to the victim’s screams, quickly rushed to the scene, and Akech was subsequently handed over to the local LC1 Chairperson. Tragically, Tarasisto succumbed to his injuries while being transported to Kalongo Hospital, underscoring the grave consequences of this altercation.
The gravity of the situation further unfolded as an enraged mob gathered, targeting the suspect for possible retaliation. Fortunately, the Lapono police post intervened, safeguarding Akech from potential harm. As part of the investigation, a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was seized as crucial evidence by the authorities.
This harrowing incident serves as a stark reminder of the devastating outcomes that can arise from seemingly trivial disputes, highlighting the importance of conflict resolution and community support mechanisms in preventing such tragic confrontations.
American Couple Admit Guilt in Ugandan Court for Child Abuse, Imposed UGX 100M Fine
An American pair, Nicholas and Mackenzie Spencer, reached a pivotal juncture in their legal proceedings in Uganda as they admitted to a string of offenses encompassing child abuse, neglect, illegal residency, and working without proper documentation. Their confession unfolded in a courtroom overseen by Judge Alice Komuhangi at the High Court’s International Crimes Division.
The allegations put forth by the prosecution unveiled a disturbing narrative: the Spencers were accused of involving a 10-year-old in recruitment, transportation, and prolonged exploitation, exploiting the child’s vulnerabilities between December 2020 and December 2021, primarily centered in Naguru, a district in Kampala.
This troubling disclosure has sparked widespread concern and censure, igniting debates about the exploitation and jeopardy faced by minors within Uganda. The serious charges of child torture and neglect have brought a sharp focus to the moral and legal obligations individuals owe to children.
The couple’s admission of guilt in these grave accusations signifies a crucial moment in a case that has captured significant public interest and initiated discussions on safeguarding minors and the repercussions for transgressors of laws intended to protect them.
This legal development emerges within a broader societal dialogue concerning the welfare of children, emphasizing the urgency for strict measures and legal enforcement to shield vulnerable individuals from exploitation and harm.
The verdict, coupled with a UGX 100M fine, stands as a symbol of the legal standpoint against such transgressions, establishing a precedent for the consequences individuals may encounter for actions that jeopardize the well-being and safety of children.
This case serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing obligation to shield minors, advocating for their safety and protection from any form of exploitation or danger, whether within national borders or beyond. Its significance extends beyond the legal realm, triggering conversations on the indispensable need to uphold ethical standards and defend the rights of children on a global scale.
Inspector General of Government Defends Decision to Withdraw Charges Against Former UNBS Director
In a recent development, the Inspector General of Government (IGG) has taken a firm stance to defend its decision to withdraw bribery charges against David Livingstone Ebiru, the former Executive Director of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS). The IGG’s decision comes in response to criticisms from the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities, and State Enterprises (COSASE), which provided proceedings but lacked accompanying evidence of Board Members soliciting the alleged bribe.
According to Patricia Achan, the Deputy IGG, the IGG’s actions are rooted in the Inspectorate of Government Act, which does not require them to provide explanations to the public for their decisions. During a media interview at Parliament on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, Achan clarified the reasoning behind the decision, explaining that their inability to obtain more evidence offered by COSASE led to the withdrawal of charges against Ebiru.
Achan emphasized that the IGG’s role is to ensure that charges are backed by sufficient evidence, and mere confessions are not enough. In cases of corruption, the standard of proof is exceptionally high, and the office was unable to gather the required evidence to sustain the bribery charges in court.
“In law, we don’t go to court with hearsay,” Achan stated. “We attempted to do investigations, but it didn’t lead us anywhere, so we found it wise to withdraw the case against Ebiru. To prove such cases in court, we needed evidence that someone asked for that bribe, as corruption cases involve both the giver and the taker of the bribe.”
Achan further clarified that the decision was made in accordance with the law, and the IGG is not obliged to provide reasons for its decisions. However, due to the controversy surrounding this case, the IGG deemed it important to offer an explanation.
The Deputy IGG also mentioned that if the Minister of Trade fails to prove the case against Ebiru, he will resume his position since the allegations against him remain unverified.
This decision by the IGG follows the controversial statements made by Joel Ssenyonyi, the Chairperson of COSASE, regarding the withdrawal of corruption charges against David Livingstone Ebiru. Despite COSASE furnishing the government with what they considered overwhelming evidence of Ebiru confessing to paying a bribe of Shs100M to extend his contract, the IGG stands by its decision.
Man Sentenced to 52 Years for Ritual Sacrifice Killing of 5-Year-Old Boy
In a significant verdict, the High Court in Iganga has handed down a 52-year prison sentence to a man found guilty of committing the gruesome murder of a five-year-old boy as part of a ritual sacrifice.
Justice David Batema presided over the case, and the accused, Hassan Kafudde, was given a lengthy imprisonment term. Additionally, Issa Muyita, the father of the deceased child, was sentenced to 25 years for his involvement in the killing of Juma Muyita, a five-year-old pupil at Mirembe Junior School in Kawempe in 2017.
Justice Batema, in his ruling, underscored the importance of the sentence as a deterrent to potential offenders who might contemplate such heinous acts.
The verdict received applause from child rights advocates present in the courtroom, who commended the court for its decision.
The spokesperson for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Jackline Okui, expressed satisfaction with the sentence and emphasized that it serves justice well. She further called on parents to refrain from resorting to sacrificing their own children in the pursuit of wealth, highlighting the prevalence of this vice in the Busoga sub-region.
Kyambogo University Grapples with Decision Over Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment
A contentious meeting at Kyambogo University took place on Monday, focusing on the fate of a prominent professor and administrator known as Aaron. The session, chaired by Dr. Nakanugo Gorette, aimed to address allegations against Professor Aaron, a significant figure at the institution responsible for both teaching and administrative duties.
Recent accusations suggest Professor Aaron was involved in a distressing incident involving a disabled pupil from Apollo Kaggwa School in Mukono. Allegations claim he traveled with the group, and after dropping off the other students, he allegedly engaged in sexual acts with one of the children throughout the night without using protection, causing severe pain to the primary six girl. The incident came to light after the girl was noticed in distress by her teachers at school.
Following the involvement of Vision Project, an NGO sponsoring the Nairobi trip, the case was reported to the KMP police headquarters, resulting in the arrest of Professor Aaron. He was subsequently released on police bond after spending days in custody. Police officers found Viagra and sexual lubricants in his possession during the arrest.
This disturbing case incited outrage among council members, who convened on Monday to address the situation. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Erias Katunguka, denied accusations of protecting Professor Aaron and distanced himself from assisting in securing the police bond. Efforts to contact the accused during the meeting were futile, as his phone was switched off, reportedly while he sought refuge in his village in northern Uganda.
The council voted to publish an advertisement urging potential victims of Professor Aaron’s alleged misconduct to come forward. Plans are in place for his interdiction pending confirmation of the police investigation, allowing the disciplinary committee to proceed with dismissal if allegations are substantiated.
The intense Monday meeting stressed the necessity of removing Professor Aaron from his position to protect the university’s reputation and to signal zero tolerance for such misconduct, especially concerning disabled minors. The decision to dismiss him is seen as crucial to prevent public perception that the university tolerates such egregious behavior.
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