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Top URSB Boss Dies In Nasty Road Accident

A senior official at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) was this morning killed in a freak accident on the Iganga-Mbale Road.

The deceased is Paul Nathan Magera who has been serving as the Head of the Bureau’s Procurement and Disposal Unit.

The car crash happened this morning at Busembatya on the Road heading to Tirinyi.

The accident scene

Another unidentified person who was traveling with Magera in the Toyota Prado number UAL 334 J also died on the spot according to eyewitnesses.

URSB in a statement on Monday said there will be a vigil at the home of Mr Magera in Najjera 2, in Kira Municipality, while the rest of the funeral arrangements will be communicated later.

Politicians, Royals & Tycoons Flock Archbishop Ssemwogerere Installation

By Mwine Moses

Several politicians, royals and city businessmen on Tuesday thronged Lubaga Cathedral to attend the installation of His Grace Paul Ssemwogerere as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Uganda.

Rt. Rev. Ssemwogerere’s installation was presided over by the Papal Nuncio His Eminence Archbishop Luigi Bianco who delivered a message from His Holiness Pope Francis.

The ceremony was attended by several political leaders among them the National Unit Platform (NUP) Principal Robert Kyagulanyi, who was accompanied by NUP legislators who included Hilary Kiyaga aka Hilderman, Mathias Mpuuga, Medard Ssegona Lubega, among others.

Also in attendance were politicians from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) who were led by the Vice President Hon. Jessica Alupo and the deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon.  Anita Among, plus several others.

The royals and nobles from Buganda Kingdom were on the other hand led by the Katikiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, who was accompanied by Prince David Wasajja and his wife Omuzaana Marion Elizabeth Nankya.

In the same vein, the city tycoons were lead by Quality Chemicals boss Emmanuel Katongole, who was flanked by the Chairperson of the Kwagalana  Group Godfrey Kirumira.

Ssemogerere, born 30 June 1956,  is a Roman Catholic prelate who serves as the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, having been appointed to this position by Pope Francis on  December, 9 2021, to replace the late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.

He was installed as Archbishop of Kampala on 25 January 2022, at Saint Mary’s Cathedral Rubaga, in Kampala.

Previously, he was the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, in Uganda having been appointed bishop of Kasana-Luweero on 4 June 2008.

He was ordained a priest on 3 June 1983 at Kampala, by Cardinal Emmanuel Nsubuga, Archbishop of Kampala. He served as a priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, until 4 June 2008.

He was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kasana-Luweero, on 4 June 2008 and consecrated as bishop on 23 August 2008 at Kasana-Luweero by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Archbishop of Kampala, assisted by Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Cardinal-Priest of Sant’Ugo, and Cardinal Emeritus of Kampala and Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, Titular Archbishop of Amantia and Papal Nuncio to Uganda at that time.

On Thursday 8 April 2021, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kampala archdiocese by Pope Francis after the sudden death of Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga who was the Archbishop of Kampala and later elevated to Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese by Pope Francis on Thursday 9 December 2021.

Additional reporting coming up shortly.

Ministry of Defence Seeks UGX 89Bn For ADF War

Officials from the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs led by State Minister of Defence (General Duties), Jacob Oboth Oboth have made a case for Shs89 billion to finance the ongoing Operation ‘Shujaa’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

‘Operation Shujaa’ is a code which refers to the ongoing Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) offensive against Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants in DRC.

Oboth Oboth said the Shs89.7 billion will fortify the ground, air and intelligence operations required to neutralise the outfit, which has for years operated sleeper cells in mainly the eastern part of DRC.

MP Theodore Ssekikubo of Lwemiyaga County was quick to accuse the ministry of going into DRC without Parliament authorisation, to which a remorseful Oboth Oboth said operational dictates required a surprise attack on the ADF bases.

“There was need to surprise, overwhelm and override the enemy, there is no way we can run away from Parliament, but on the issue of Operation Shujaa, we can take political responsibility for not coming to Parliament [because] there was a lot of planning and strategic issues that were taking place,” he said.

Mukono North MP, Abdallah Kiwanuka was not amused by Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s recent diplomatic activities, and political utterances on his Twitter handle, which he said is unbecoming of a serving military officer.

“[He has been making] dangerous utterances about Ethiopia, and how do you sanction that? I don’t see [Maj Gen Leopold] Kyanda doing that, this is dangerous for us,” he said.

He added, ’the other day, we saw him meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta, now he is meeting various presidents, we don’t see [Chief of Defence Forces] Gen Wilson Mbadi doing that,” he said.

The Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Kyanda, however, said he has been conducting those affairs because he has the additional appointment of being Senior Presidential Advisor – Special Operations.

“He is a presidential advisor, which gives him additional roles, we also have person to person diplomacy, what we should be looking at is the bigger good,” he said.

ARUA: Businessman Dies during Steamy Sex Session With Girlfriend In Lodge

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The Police in Arua registered an incident of sudden death, where Ali Mustafa, a 25-year-old, businessman of OZU cell, Kenya ward in Arua, sustained a respiratory failure during a love-making session, with his girlfriend, Adania Ratio.

The incident happened at Avenue lodge in Arua City on 25.01.2023 at around 9 pm. The victim collapsed and died in the room.

Police say the girlfriend went and alerted the hotel management, who immediately alerted the police at Arua.

The scene was visited and well documented, and no trace of drugs, poison or other body influences was recovered. The body was after that, transferred to Arua Referral Hospital and examined. The cause of death was established to be due to respiratory failure.

Death during consensual sex can occur for several reasons, including the physical strain of the activity or because of unusual extenuating circumstances.

VIDEO: Sensational Child Rapper Felista Thanks Rajiv, Ruparelia Foundation After Finishing PLE Kampala Parents’ School

Ugandan sensational child rapper, known by stage-name as Felista di Superstar has in a special video thanked the Ruparelia Foundation for enabling her reach a milestone after she finished her primary school education at Kampala Parents’ School, owned by businessman Rajiv Ruparelia.

The 11 year old is among the 410 pupils who excelled with flying colours in the recently released 2022 primary leaving examinations (PLE) results.

The Nawambye hitmaker scored 13 aggregates, with just a point to enter first grade, despite having to juggle between books and her music career.

Felista di Superstar who two years ago enrolled at Kampala Parents School under the Ruparelia Foundation Scholarship Scheme recorded herself in a video with another kid superstar Fresh Kid (real names Patrick Ssenyonjo) thanking Rajiv and the Foundation for their support to reach such an unwavering milestone.

“Thank you very much Ruparelia Foundation, thank you very much Mr Sudhir, thank you Mr Rajiv Ruparelia, we appreciate, thank you very much,” the Felista said in a video she appeared with Fresh Kid, soon after receiving her results in Friday afternoon.

“I would love to see her become a guide and inspiration to many young people out there hence, Ruparelia Foundation is presenting this young girl with a full scholarship from the Ruparelia Foundation to go to Kampala Parents’ School,” Rajiv Ruparelia the foundation’s managing director said in 2020 when he awarded her the scholarship.

“We shall ensure you learn how to be confident and we shall make sure that all we offer you help grow your music career,” he added then.

Rapper Felista Di Superstar Excels as Kampala Parents Ranks High in 2022 PLE

Budding rapper Felista Di Superstar real name Faith Nanyanzi has passed with flying colours in the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE).

Felista, a celebrity pupil at Kampala Parents School scored aggregates. Many pupils from the school have achieved marks in the sought-after division 1 and 2 categories.16 pupils from the school achieved 4 aggregates.

The 11-year-old Nawambye singer is among the 119 students who passed in the second division at Kampala Parents School out of the 410 who sat for exams at the school last year (2022).

The twins Komuntale Chantelle and Kemitale Chanelle both got 4 aggregates

291 other pupils at the school all excelled in the first division, a performance that has been described by Ms. Daphine Kato the school principal as a better one in the years.

The Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) in Uganda is the main government examination that all students sit at the end of primary school. The results determine the kind of secondary school a child will be admitted to.

Felista and her father Fred Nyanzi embrace last year at Kampala Parents after finishing primary leaving examinations

Felista who also had to face hurdles of lacking school fees was able to scoop a mega scholarship at Kampala Parent’s, courtesy of Ruparelia Foundation, and now looks forward to advancing her studies to post-primary education.

Tycoon Rajiv, Felista, and her manager flanked by Fresh Kidtour Kampala Parents School
Tycoon Rajiv, Felista, and her manager flanked by Fresh Kid tour Kampala Parents School (PHOTO/Courtesy)

“Special thanks to Ruparelia Foundation, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia in particular for the support and the scholarship to enable me to reach this milestone,” the sensational child rapper said after receiving her results.

Felista di Superstar was two years ago enrolled at Kampala Parents School under the Ruparelia Foundation Scholarship Scheme, where she joined another kid superstar Fresh Kid (real names Patrick Ssenyonjo) and the two have since then seen their academic levels rise to the standard.

“I would love to see her become a guide and inspiration to many young people out there hence, Ruparelia Foundation is presenting this young girl with a full scholarship from the Ruparelia Foundation to go to Kampala Parents’ School,” Rajiv Ruparelia the foundation’s managing director said in 2020 while awarding her the scholarship,

“We shall ensure you learn how to be confident and we shall make sure that all we offer you help grow your music career,” he added then.

382 Arrested For Driving While Speaking on Phone

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Traffic police have raised concern over the increasing incidents of people driving while speaking on their mobile phones.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Faridah Nampiima, the traffic police spokesperson, said every day the number of drivers using their phones while driving is increasing on the roads and this has increased crashes because of divided attention.

ASP Nampiima says 382 drivers have been arrested speaking on phones in the last two weeks. This number has increased by more than 100 per cent compared to 172 who were arrested two weeks earlier.

Road safety campaigners, among them Sam Bambanza the executive director of Hope for Victims of Traffic Accidents (HOVITA), Peter Tibigambwa the executive director of Safe Way Right Way (SWRW) and Joseph Komakech Ojambo, the executive director of Responsible Divers Uganda, have severally cited distractions among the causes of road crashes. Top of the distractions is speaking on a mobile phone while driving, WhatSapping while driving or watching music or TikTok videos while cruising.

Police say much as they have intensified operations against traffic offenders, they cannot be everywhere. From January 15 to 28, traffic police arrested a total of 28,795 offenders.

These include 2,854 who were recklessly driving, 3,732 had vehicles in dangerous mechanical condition, 823 were speeding and 1,010 were not wearing seatbelts.

Nampiima said as police officers they can arrest or penalize only those they manage to see abusing road regulations. She however noted that there are many offenders who will go undetected and thus exposing passengers and other road users to crashes.

“Why do passengers in a bus, a taxi or a motorcycle see a driver speaking on phone or enjoying a meal while driving and they opt to remain silent?” she wonders. “It is after a crash has happened that passengers start narrating how the driver was speaking on phone, speeding or eating while driving.”

Nampiima said 134 people have died in road crashes in the last two weeks. In addition, 564 who survived with nasty injuries are being treated in various hospitals. The biggest number of victims of both fatalities and injuries are pedestrians and Bodaboda riders. Bodaboda riders are being condemned for riding recklessly, overtaking at dangerous road points, not wearing crash helmets, riding while drunk or taking alcohol in sachets.

Mr Hussein Sebalamu, a Boda Boda rider said many of his colleagues have failed to heed safety instructions. Sebalamu said if all Bodaboda riders and their passengers isolated those who violate road rules, it would increase safety on roads. Sebalamu questions why a passenger would sit on a Bodaboda whose rider is drunk or shabbily dressed.

Meanwhile, police have said the operation against Bodaboda riders without driving licenses won’t stop until everyone had acquired one.

Mr Siraje Mutyaba, the Kampala central Boda Boda leader said they are supporting police in its operations because they have spent several years encouraging Bodaboda riders to get driving licenses.

Admissions for 2023 Academic Year Is Now Open At Kampala Parents, Here Is How To Apply!

Kampala Parents School (KPS), a world-class institution providing top-notch education has opened admissions for its 2023 Academic Year inviting parents and guardians to book a place for their children as early as possible.

The grand announcement comes just a day after the school posted stellar performance in the recently released results of the 2022 Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), where 291 of the 400 pupils excelled with first grades, while the rest (189) were in the second grade.

In an announcement via their socials, KPS stated that parents still stranded with finding a place for their pupils can contact the admissions office on tel: +256 752 711 792 or visit the school, located along Saddler way, Naguru, a premium Kampala suburb.

“Our Admissions are still open, it’s never too late. Apply today! +256 752 711 792,” the school said in a brief social media post.

Here is why you child should study at Kampala Parents’ School

Kampala Parents School is a world-class institution in Uganda that provides top-notch education with a holistic approach meant to improve your learners’ future with hands-on skills and job creation accompanied by both physical and developing them mental.

The school fulfils international criteria to establish value-centred, future-ready, global youth who will retain the morals of compassion, intelligence and integrity to serve society for a better future.

Kampala Parents’ School is great in that all facilities required by a pupil are available and below are the reasons why you should quickly enrol your child at Kampala Parents School.

 1. Computer rooms with smart boards

The school has a well-facilitated computer laboratory that helps learners to invest their free time in learning programming, automation and to improve basic computer skills that helps help them later to define their career goals, entrepreneurship, and job opportunities.

2. Two well-stocked school libraries

Kampala Parents’ Pupils in the library

A library is an important source of knowledge for young minds in schools. It develops the important habit of reading among the students.

At Kampala Parents, the school library plays a great role in the life of learners by serving as the storehouse of knowledge and positively impacting the academic achievement of the students which helps them perform better during examinations by reading various books.

The School library also facilitates the work of the classroom teacher and ensures each student has equitable access to resources, irrespective of home opportunities or constraints.

3. Science Laboratory

Imagine your child studying Chemistry and Biology basics at a primary level, a service that no other educational institution in Uganda offers but only at Kampala Parents school.

The Science laboratory teaches students how to make a scientific argument, conduct experiments, review them closely, develop logical reasoning, and respond to analytical comments, these valuable skills help in preparing your child for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and medical professionals.

4. A sickbay with a qualified nurse and necessary drugs

 

Children who are unwell at school or suffer minor injuries are treated by a qualified full-time nurse in the school Sick Bay. The sick bay is fully stocked with the necessary drugs and first aid equipment to ensure that all emergencies are dealt with in the best possible way at the school. Parents are informed of any serious injury and are contacted if a doctor or hospital visit is advised.

The school must have up-to-date emergency contact details for all children on file. We also ask that unwell children are not sent to school as they are unable to learn and may pass the infection to other children and staff members.

5. A tailoring room with enough sewing machines

Learning a new skill and gradually mastering it can greatly improve a child’s self-confidence. This is particularly true for kids at Kampala Parents School because they seek acknowledgement and praise, which is something that they can obtain from sewing. Once they realize that they have created something on their own, the very sense of accomplishment will help them to build their self-confidence.

6. Spacious classrooms

Every classroom at Kampala Parents school is spacious, bright, ventilated and furnished with furniture that are ergonomically designed confirming to the standards specified for kids to develop the right posture and comfortably sit for many days of their schooling. Each classroom is equipped with a smart board that comes with a host of interactive features, providing a very lively and enriching session between the students and the teacher. Also, each class session can be recorded allowing recaps for the next class. So no more messy blackboard and chalk dust

7. Cookery room

At Kampala Parents’ School, we believe that it is very important to bring cooking lessons in the school curriculum. And its with thought that the school has one of the best cookery room fitted with all the best kitchen ware like you would have in your home kitchen. The school pupils are given the very best practical lessons in how to prepare simple healthy food, set dinner tables and also learn dining etiquette. Learners aged 10-12 years are taught all methods of cooking such as: baking, roasting, frying, steaming, simmering and others

Kampala Parents School also has got art room, a playfield that supports all sports games, a multi-purpose hall to mention but a few, that helps students improve their learning skills and promote self-esteem.

The school’s academic performance is at a world-class standard and this is because of the well-trained staff members who are talented in handling and disciplining pupils a key to success as witnessed by the good academic performance for many continuous years.

For inquiries on how to join Kampala Parents School, contact their Admissions Office on Tel: 0752711911/ 0752711914 / 0752711792 Plot No.17 -25 Saddler way, Naguru www.kampalaparents.com

89 Score Aggregate 4-6 As 291 Pass In First Grade At Kampala Parents School

It was a moment of jubilation at Kampala Parents School (KPS) after release of Primary Leaving Examination results for academic year 2022 by Uganda National Examination on Friday.

The results were officially announced by the Minister of Education and First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni.

However on Friday afternoon it was celebration at the Naguru based KPS as pupils escorted by their parents thronged the school to pick their results.

The School’s principal Daphne Kato handed the results to parents and their children who turned up.

The school performed excellently by maintaining its top position with 291 children excelling in first division out of 410 who sat the examination last year.

89 pupils scored aggregate 4 to 6.

Those in first division performed as follows; 16 scored 4, 32 got 5, 41 garnered 6, 43 got 7, 37 scored 9, 31 got 10, 33 scored 11 and 16 got 12.

The others passed with second grade.

The headmistress of Kampala Parents School which belongs to businessman Sudhir Ruparelia said all pupils who sat passed without registering any failures.

“And that is what we have really achieved. God is good and He has always been on our side.”

She added: “Children who are going to secondary school, congratulations. Continue working hard, put our school on the map and be role models.”

 

High Court Dismisses BoU Application Seeking To Avoid Accountability For Fraudulent Closure Of Greenland, Other Defunct Banks!

The Commercial Division of the High Court in Kampala has rejected an application by Bank of Uganda (BoU) to dismiss a case against it by the shareholders of Greenland Bank Limited for fraudulent closure of the bank.

Greenland bank, then an indigenous bank owned by the late Sulaiman Kiggundu, was incorporated on August 3, 1990 until April 1, 1999 when BoU closed it and placed it under liquidation.

In February 2022, a group of shareholders of Greenland Bank Ltd petitioned court indicating that BoU has taken a very long time to conclude the liquidation process of their bank. “A declaration that the continued liquidation of the 2nd defendant (Greenland bank) for more than 21 years without accountability to the plaintiffs is irregular, unreasonable and in bad faith,” the court document reads in part.

The shareholders also wanted the sale of the properties belonging to the bank on Plot 30 on Kampala Road and Plot 66 William Street declared irregular on the basis that they were sold below the market value.

BoU wanted the case before court dismissed based on the preliminary point of law; for being barred by limitation and not disclosing a cause of action. The central bank contend further that the claim in relation to the sales of Plot 30 Kampala Road and Plot 66 William Street were completed in the year 2003 over 19 years ago and the proceeds of sale were duly appropriated and accounted for in the liquidation accounts and accordingly, any claims in relation to those sales is time barred.

However, the application before Hon Justice Stephen Mubiru has been dismissed meaning Court will proceed with the hearing of the case. Justice Mubiru said there are major facts to be established by court.

“The application is incompetent in as far as it concerns matters of facts majorly that require evidence and investigation by this Court which cannot be dealt with as preliminary points of law. The suit is neither barred by limitation, res judicata nor is it frivolous and vexatious.

“Since the determination of the issue of limitation in this case in respect of the rest of the claims is not a pure question of law, it cannot be decided as preliminary issue. The rest of the objections therefore stand overruled. The costs of the application shall abide the outcome of the suit,” Hon Justice Stephen Mubiru ruled on January 17, 2023.

M/s Semuyaba, Iga & Co. Advocates together with M/s Nyanzi, Kiboneka, Mbabazi and Co. Advocates on behalf of the respondents [shareholders of Greenland Bank] submitted that there are grounds in the application that are not pure points of law to be dealt with at the preliminary stage of the trial.

The bank’s shareholders want court to order the Central Bank render the true account of the management of the properties that belonged to the companies, associated with the bank at the time of closure.

The companies are Fiba Uganda Ltd, Fiba Coffee Uganda Ltd, Entebbe Resort Beach Ltd, Rock Hotel Tororo Ltd, GG Towers Ltd, Greenland Insurance Company Ltd, NBA Rose Ltd, Kampala University, Sapoba Printers, Greenland Bank Tanzania, Lenman Clinic Ltd, Greenland Clearing and Forwarding, Greenland Towers, Greenland Investments, and Greenland Forex Bureau Kenya, Uganda Grain Milling and Greenland Finance.

“It is not true that the liquidation process continued for eight (8) years until 5th November, 2007. By a letter dated 14th July, 2020 the 1st applicant [BoU] stated that the winding up process of Greenland Bank Limited was yet to be concluded, since there were significant pending matters related to the verification and resolution of creditor claims,” the lawyers argued.

The shareholders instructed their lawyers to file the suit at the right time after obtaining reports of the Auditor General dated August, 2018 and the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) dated February, 2019, which reports unearthed the fraudulent activities of BoU.

 

OP-ED: NRM@37, ROADS AND BRIDGES TO PROSPERITY, NOT BRIDGES TO NOWHERE

By Ben Ssebuguzi

Kampala: President Yoweri Museveni vision of social-economic transformation as enshrined in the ideology of NRM started in 1986 in western Uganda,his birthplace which eventually expanded after 1986, after defeating the despotic and tyrannic regimes of President Amin and Obote.

I believe that NRM started in 1968 because after the people protracted gorilla war of the NRA in 1986, since then Uganda has been on the positive journey of transformation through majorly roads and bridges.

Ugandans we can now say that we have charming and fascinating bridges like the yet to be launched Kampala flyovers and the New Jinja Nile bridge which gives us a sense of belonging as Ugandans. When you travel via Jinja, the lighting and design make the city look like Dubai.

Additionally, the bridges constructed under the NRM regime are symbolic and recognition of nations infrastructure. Bridges are often viewed as an indicator of progress in technical capability and engineering skills, and are as well a symbol of economic potential of a particular country.

Special thanks to men and women in UNRA who are always on the watch to make our country better, because investment in good roads can as well revamp our economy after the monster Covid 19 economic effects and therefore a good stimulus for recovery.

Public infrastructure investment often plays a prominent role in countercyclical fiscal policy. In the United States during the Great Depression, programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) were key elements of the government’s economic stimulus. In the Great Recession, government spending on infrastructure projects was a major component of the 2009 stimulus package.

As we celebrate the 37 years of NRM social economic transformation through roads and bridges,I call upon the technocrats not to sway the “unbwogable” H.E the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni away from the 1996 Road Sector Development program that informed the creation of a strong road and administrative entity like UNRA for effective and efficient management of our national road network given that the demand for better roads is increasing.

We recommend some restructuring Your Excellence in order to reduce fixed costs but not put them back to Ministry of works but instead the Minister for works can seat at UNRA offices.

Happy NRM 37 anniversary!!

Ben Ssebuguzi is an economist, SG of Uganda poor youth movement and a certified Public awareness and information dissemination expert courtesy of Public Opinion.

PICTORIAL: How It Went Down As Makerere University Convocative Executive,  Government Whip Denis Obua Meet!

The Government Chief Whip Hamson Denis Obua has this afternoon received a courtesy call from the Makerere University Convocative Executive.

The University Convocative Executive was led by it’s chairperson George Turyamureeba.

The Chief Whip congratulated & encouraged them to be focused, innovative, and promised to accord them the requisite support.

Details Shall follow..

Police, Civilians Foil Robbery Infront of Kampala Central Police Station

Drama ensued as thugs attempted to rob a woman in front of the Kampala Central Police Station yesterday afternoon.

The four thugs who were moving on two motorcycles punched and dragged a woman identified as Hellen Nantambi, off a Bodaboda at around 1:45 pm before police officers at the Central Police Station quarter guard and other motorcyclists intervened to foil the robbery.

The attackers scampered for safety but they were pursued by motorcyclists, soldiers and police officers. within the vicinity. Three of them were arrested near Buganda Road Court and hotel triangle and taken to the Central Police Station.

Nantambi a Staff of the Kololo-based Simba Company said she saw the motorcycles moving close to her but could not suspect that she was the target. Moments later, she says, they grabbed her bag and forced her off the motorcycle. Nantambi suspects that the thugs were tipped off and that she usually transfers money from her company to the bank.

Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango applauded police officers and civilians who helped to arrest three of the four thugs. “We are going to charge these three suspects with robbery… These three will help us to trace their colleague who escaped,” Onyango said.

In 2020, the Flying Squad and Crime Intelligence units arrested more than 30 motorcycle gang robbers. These had robbed people in broad daylight at Mawanda Road, Jinja Road junction, Prince Charles Drive in Kololo, Buganda Road, Muyenga and Bugolobi. At least three of the gang members were shot dead during the operations.

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