Masaka Fugitive Wounded, Admitted at Mbarara Hospital

Musa Galiwango, one of the suspects who escaped from Masaka High Court last month has been shot, injured and captured. He was shot during an exchange with Police flying squad in Rwashamaire, Ntungamo District early today.
Galiwango had earlier been arrested as part of a group that attacked four villages in Lwengo and Bukomansimbi districts killings five people on New Years Day. However, he escaped from Masaka court where he and his co-accused, Mohammed Kiddawalime were scheduled to appear last month for the mention of the case before committal to the High Court.
They were accused of masterminding attacks that claimed the lives of Denis Ssebugwawo Lumala, a retired police officer, Jane Nantale, John Sseremba, John Kawalya and Gonzaga Kayemba.
Last week, Police in the Greater Masaka sub-region relaunched a manhunt for Galiwango, after his colleague Muhammad Kiddawalime, was lynched by a mob during a foiled robbery in Mukoko village, Bukulula Sub County in Kalungu district.
They had broken into the home of Resty Nakyambadde, a midwife at Bukulula health Centre IV before they were raided by a mob in an attack that left one of them dead. Galiwango has since been on the run.
According to Ankole Region Prisons Commander Frank Byamugisha, Galiwango is now receiving treatment at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Byamugisha declined to divulge details on the matter.
Security has been beefed up at Mbarara Hospital. 

UPDF to Retrain Crime Preventers

Members of Parliament have tasked the army to explain the legal basis and sustainability of crime preventers in the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF).
The MPs sitting on the Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs were on Tuesday interfacing with officials from the Ministry of Defence, weeks after President Yoweri Museveni announced that crime preventers would be moved from the police and incorporated into the UPDF reserve force. 
The Ministry of Defence officials were presenting their budget estimates for financial year 2018/2019.
Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo questioned the legality of President Museveni's gesture, noting that there are clear ways for one to be called a member of the reserve force and that making a directive is not one of them. He tasked the Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Bright Rwamirama, to specify under which law the crime preventers are operating.
According  to Ssekikubo, the crime preventers do not have a belonging, but also lack the basics to be called or recruited into a reserve force. He says UPDF was very silent on the communication of the President.
Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi questioned how the army would pay the over 12 million crime preventers, train them, and also ensure that they don't turn into a rogue force.
He said the initial plan was to have each crime preventer get 100,000 shillings monthly. He said the strategic and tactical information about the future of crime preventers needs to be addressed.
Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak County MP, said UPDF was having its professional image spoilt since crime preventers do not meet the basic requirements of being in the reserve force. He questioned whether the UPDF was happy to take in crime preventers.
Minister Rwamirama said crime preventers are currently under transition from police. He said they are working out a way to ensure that the issue of crime preventers coming as a reserve force is actually legal.
Rwamirama said the UPDF will have to retrain crime preventers to choose those fit to join the army. 
He said as UPDF they have no instructions to recruit the crime preventers,  but only keep them under reserve force with no financial implication.
In March this year, President Museveni while meeting crime preventers declared that they were under the UPDF reserve forces. This came barely a month after the sacking of police chief Kale Kayihura who is considered the brain behind crime preventers.
Although they are meant to help with community policing, crime preventers have come on the spot for promoting crime, but at the same time being used in fighting political wars between government and the opposition.

Makerere Staff Suspended Over Rape Allegation

A Makerere University senior administrator has been suspended and arrested by police over allegations that he raped a former student.
Kisuze Edward, a senior administrator in the office of the academic registrar was suspended from the university by Acting Vice Chancellor Prof William Bazeyo to allow investigations into the matter. He allegedly raped the former student on Friday when she visited the office to pick her academic papers.
The former student Njoroge Rachel Njeri reported the case to Makerere Police on Saturday and formally lodged a complaint with the university management yesterday.
In a suspension letter dated April 17, 2018, Kisuze was first tasked to give an official response to the complaint but his response was unsatisfactory.
 "The academic registrar has forwarded the complaint and the response to this office. Management has found your response to the allegation unsatisfactory and decided set up an investigation to establish what happened," Prof Bazeyo said in the suspension letter.
 Prof Bazeyo told Kisuze that "you are strongly advised to desist from any access to senate building premises and or interaction with students of Makerere University until investigations are completed." Kisuze is currently detained at Wandegeya Police stations according to sources.
This case comes a month after suspension of an academic staff, Professor Swizen Kyomuhendo, a lecturer at the Social Works and Social Sciences faculty (SWASA) over sexual harassment allegations.

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