Crime & Investigation

Kashaka Granted Bail

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said Government has no regrets for liberalizing the energy sector despite the challenges it has encountered over the last 10 years.

He said the country had gained enough experience in dealing with the private sector in the generation, cheap transmission and distribution of electricity to Ugandans. He said the country undertook the electricity sector reforms to improve performance in the sector.

The Premier made the remarks while meeting a delegation from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of the Republic of Ghana and Representatives of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) on Monday.

The delegation led by Ghana’s Minister of Energy and Petroleum Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah are in the country to study Uganda’s liberalization process of the energy sector.

Ghana is currently evaluating the best private sector approach for electric power distribution and they are keen to learn from Uganda.

Rugunda said the two countries have a lot in common, seek hailing Ghana’s pioneering role in the struggle for Africa’s independence.

“Kwame Nkrumah remains a towering hero in the struggle for Africa’s liberation and we are proud of his role,” said Rugunda.

The Ghananian Energy Minister said they had learnt a lot of lessons particularly regarding the cost of electricity, tariff impact and accelerating power access to the rural areas.


The meeting was also attended by the Minister for General duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere.

Earlier on Dr. Rugunda bid farewell to the World Bank Country Manager Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye whose tour of duty in Uganda comes to an end on 31st December, 2014.

He will be-relocating to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo as World Bank Country Director effective 1st January, 2015.

Rugunda applauded Ndiaye, for his commitment to supporting development programmes in Uganda and wished him success at his next duty station.

Mr. Ndiaye said the fifty years of partnership between the World Bank and Uganda had brought about immense developments in the country.

He said these achievements have been possible because of the World Bank’s deliberate restructuring of its programmes to respond to Uganda’s needs.

The Premier also held bilateral talks with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Dr. Ahunna Eziakonwa Onochie at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Residents of Kamawokya, viagra a suburb in Kampala braved an early morning downpour to witness a mass wedding ceremony, generic where six couples were joined in Holy matrimony.

Presiding over the function at Kamwokya parish on Sunday, the newly appointed Lugazi Diocese Bishop, Christopher
Kakooza urged Christians to be firm in their faith and to always recall their life journey beginnings.

“In 1993, H.E Cardinal Wamala asked me to start a small Christian community in this place where we are today, its been a long journey and now a huge Parish has evolved out of it,” Kakoza said.

His journey in priesthood Kakooza said, had been bounded with a life of patience, tolerance and hard work and urged the wedded couples to stick to their life time decisions while emulating his example on persistence.

A police officer only identified as Tunanukye Simpleson, resident at old Kiira road police station who happened to be part of the wedding
couples urged fellow police officers to follow suit if they are to focus on developing their families.

“I worked for five years to realize this dream, it been a hard trail but cementing the relation with an official marriage adds a lot of
value to the relationship Simpleson noted.

A prominet area busness man know commonly as Ssalongo Spark urged his fellow businesses men to formalize their relationships with their spouses to enable them work closely as a team.

“There is some considerable level of trust between wedded couples and in business, I realized this should be part of the foundation”
Ssalongo noted.

James Ssebayiga, the parish priest Kamwokya Catholic parish urged the congregation to take the mass wedding as a lesson for all who have not
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John Ssenabulya, recipe 34, a teacher at Mpongo Church of Uganda Primary School in Butambala, has been arrested for apparently defiling a 12 year old pupil on several occasions.

It is alleged that Ssenabulya had turned the young girl into his day time housewife and that whenever the girl would leave home for school, she did not reach school but instead branched off to the teacher’s residence and there, the two would spend the day together. At about 6:00 pm, the girl would then return home.

Police was yesterday November 25th tipped off by concerned neighbors to the teacher.

Officers camped in the neighborhood and as soon as the two entered the house, they made a swoop and arrested the teacher. The girl was taken to hospital for medical checkup.

“The girl has been taken for check up, if results indicate that she was sexually abused, the teacher will be charged with aggravated defilement,” said deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye.
The Constitutional court, order Tuesday morning granted bail to former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, help John Kashaka  who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a Shs 5 billion loss in the procurement process of bicycles Local Council leaders.

The former permanent secretary had applied for bail in the Court of Appeal which was at first quashed by Justice Solome Balungi Bbosa who held that the convict had not proved exceptional circumstances to support his request and the huge sums of money lost by government had not been recovered.

The judge further stated that the grounds of ill health and advanced age by the former Permanent Secretary were not exceptional circumstances quoting the Trial Indictment Act and therefore squashed his bail application.

However, Kashaka later took to the Constitutional Court seeking to reverse the earlier judgement by the Court of Appeal .

In his submissions to the 3 justices of the court led by Steven Kavuma, Augustune Nshiimye and Rubby Opio Aweri, Kashaka said that the

Court of Appeal had erred when they denied him bail yet his health was poor, he was of advanced age and had presented substantial sureties.
In their judgement, read by Court of Appeal Registrar Deo Nzeyimana, the 3 judges said that denying someone bail should not be done as a punishment to the applicant  though a convict, but his innocence has to be extinguished.

“The single justice erred in denying the applicant(Kashaka) bail pending appeal on the ground that no exceptional circumstances  for the granting of relief were proved. We are satisfied that all the relevant considerations set out are satisfied by him, “read part of the judgement.

The judges however ordered Kahska to hand over one of his titles as security  as he was also ordered to report every month until his application seeking the reversing of the 10 year  sentence is disposed off  whereas his passport was also retained.

“Each of the sureties shall bind himself by signing a bond of shs5m not cash whereas shs8m shall be deposited by the applicant as part of fulfillment of that court’s bail conditions. A breach of any of the above conditions shall render the bail pending appeal liable to automatic cancellation,” the judges of the Constitutional Court.

The Anti-Corruption Court on July 17, this year sentenced Mr Kashaka to ten years and ten days in prison after he was found guilty of causing government a financial loss of Shs4.2 billion in a botched procurement of 70,000 bicycles meant for village and parish chairpersons to facilitate their work for the 2011 election campaigns.

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