Crime & Investigation

Murdered MUK Student’s Family Demands Shs1bn Compensation

Uganda national Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has witnessed the worst performance in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in the year ending 2014, web since the liberalization of the Telecom industry in the country.

While revealing the country’s economic performance report of the year ending 2014, ambulance UBOS Executive Director, Chris N. Mukiza told journalists that the poor performance could be attributed mainly to the poor performance of some key actors in the sector including Uganda Telecom (UTL).

“Some actors in the ICT sector like UTL have been performing very poorly since their biggest shareholders who are the Libyans, seemed to have unplugged their input,” he said.

“The good news is that government has promised to look through the privatization of some of its key sectors and take charge,” Mukiza emphasized.

“Government is trying to see how it can increase its stake, manage shareholding so as to reinvest in the company,” Mukiza observed.

It should be noted however that the struggling telecom network has asked for a staggering $65m (Shs200bn) from government to save it from collapsing.

UBOS’s Mukiza further noted the poor performance in ICT could also be attributed to the reduction in mobile phone talk time that resulted in reduced consumption of mobile phone services.

“Previously there was a price war that led to the reduction of talk time and to us it is the measure of growth in telecom. These wars have been minimized by Uganda Communications Communication (UCC) that tightened the issuance of bonus airtime to customers.”


The other sectors that registered poor performance Mukiza said include; professional, technical, scientific and cash crops growing activities.

Most affected under cash crops growing were Coffee and Tobacco, whose production hit significant lows.

Mukiza observed that the sectors that registered strong performance were the food crops growing activities and all activities in the industrial sector.

“Those that performed strongly in services were finance, insurance, administrative and support services as well as public administration and other services.”

A fresh bitter row has erupted between the State minister of economic monitoring Henry Banyenzaki and the Kabale district LC5 boss Patrick Besigye, stuff over the construction of Kigezi regional reformatory center at Kikungiri hill, shop after the minister named district leaders ‘myopic.’

Banyenzaki was agitated that while he spent time fighting for construction of a university in the area, cialis 40mg the district leaders headed by the LC5 Chair were busy pushing for establishment of the juvenile prison on the land near Kabale University.

He says that as a leader he would not advocate for construction of prisons and remand homes but the provision of quality education to the children.

Minister Banyenzaki, who is also the Rubanda west member of parliament says when he was advocating for the expansion and giving of more land on Kikungiri hill to Kabale university   the leaders in the district were advocating for the construction of the reformatory center.

He termed this as being myopic, since construction of a modern penitentiary adds nothing to the value of the locals’ lives.

The Kabale Chairman Besigye Keihwa defended the district decision, saying that the reformatory center was in any case a government institution, fully funded by government.

“It’s unfortunate that a government minister could go lambasting government programs as myopic instead of supporting them,” he said. “The honorable Minister is clearly a saboteur of government programs and he deserves to be reprimanded.”

Last year, Kabale district local government gave the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development 2 acres at Kikungiri hill for the construction of the Kigezi Regional Reformatory Center but Banyenzaki and the Kabale University leadership were opposed to the move saying it was non developmental.

Following the stoning to death of a former student David Ojok by Makerere University students, what is ed the deceased’s family has written to the University management demanding for a whooping Shs 1bn compensation, sildenafil Chimp corps report.

The 25 year old former student at the oldest university in Uganda was on the night of April 12, brutally murdered by students of Nkrumah Hall where he had gone to collect his money that they owed him.

According to a letter to the University Secretary dated 30 April 2015, Ojok’s family led by the parents Mr. Mackson Okidi and Mrs. Annet Aketch Okidi, plus his six siblings through Isaac Ssemakadde from the Centre for Legal Aid, seeks compensation for losing their loved one.

“After reviewing the evidence so far gathered by the police and shared with Mr. Okidi, plus evidence independently gathered by our team, we are of the considered opinion that the university has complicity in the death of our son,” reads part of the letter addressed to the University.

The family adds, “The University controls the means of access to Nkrumah Hall and therefore owes a duty of care to visitors and trespassers alike. The duty is in respect of any risk of suffering injury on the premises by reason of any danger due to the state of the premises or to things done or omitted to be done on them.”

According to Ojok’s family, the university authorities ought to have known about the existence of such risk and should have offered ample protection to the deceased   and other visitors or trespassers on its premises.

“Had the university taken such care as is reasonably expected, Mr. Ojok would not have lost his life.”

Last week 3 Makerere University students were charged with murder of their colleague Ojok before Buganda Road Court before being remanded to Luzira prison till May 7 when they will reappear in court.

The trio including Ivan Mutungi, Marvin Atukwase and Derrick Wagooli, all residents of Nkurumah Hall appeared before Grade 1 magistrate Joan Aciro but were not allowed to plead to the charges because the court lacks jurisdiction to try such capital offences.

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