Saturday, 29 December 2012

Police probe plot against Mumbere

News updated at E-Society Kasese

Story by By Enid Ninsiima

Security agencies in Kasese District are investigating reports that a group of veterans have hatched a plan to topple King Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma.
Security officials allegedly swung into action at the weekend following a tipoff by intelligence officers that plans were underway by the Rwenzururu Veterans to topple the king and re-attack Muhokya Police Station.
The district police commander, Mr Michael Musani Sabila, said police and other security agencies have been heavily deployed in places that could be of the veterans. “It is true we have received this information about the plans to attack these areas. We are already on the ground studying the situation.
Our intelligence network has already taken up the matter and we are investigating the motive behind their regrouping,” Mr Musani said. He added that the security agencies in the district were much more prepared to handle the matter should the veterans dared to attack the said places.
However, Rwenzururu kingdom spokesperson Patrick Nyamunungu said Rwenzururu veterans had no ill intentions about their king and the kingdom. “Those who had issues with the king came to the [Kingdom] prime minister’s office and the matter was solved. That is propaganda that could be politically motivated,” Mr Nyamunungu said.
He said the Rwenzururu Veterans were invited in the prime minister’s office and were told to go by the kingdom’s stand of allowing the split of Kasese District.


Nine companies bid to revive Kilembe Mines

News updated at E-Society Kasese
Story by By Faridah Kulabako

Nine companies have expressed interest to invest technical and financial resources to rejuvenate Kilembe Mines after decades of redundancy.
Speaking at a bids reception for the purchase of the mines on Saturday, Mr Jim Mugunga, the acting director Privatisation Unit, said bidders would be allowed to do due diligence to assess the needs and capital requirements to renovate and make the mine operational.
“Kilembe is a facility that closed many years ago and probably the equipment that was used in the 50s or 70s is no longer ideal today.
Bidders will evaluate and come up with the costing which they will present to government in their business plans,” Mr Mugunga said.
Kilembe Mines was established and incorporated as a mining company in 1950 and registered the highest copper production in the 70s when maximum output soared to an annual 17,000 tonnes.
The success, however, lasted until 1982, leaving the mine on a care-and-maintenance basis.
The company, owned 99 per cent by the government and 1 per cent by Toro Kingdom, is currently surviving on selling electricity.
However, government moved to rejuvenate the asset in November when the Privatisation Unit invited prospective buyers to confirm their interest for concession of the assets of Kilembe Mines, the company that operates the Kasese Copper Mine and a smelting plant in Jinja.
Mr Alex Kalimugongo, Team leader, Parastatal Monitoring Unit, Privatisation Unit said a successful bidder must have the technical mining capability that is required to restore the mine, must be able to raise the required capital and must have a good reputation.
Mr Mugunga said the request for proposals will be ready by January and the bidding process is expected to be completed by mid-next year.
The successful bidder will enter into a concession agreement with the government, take over the rehabilitation of assets, revive the mining activities and carry out further exploration activities.
Mr Fred Kyakonye, Kilembe Mines general manager was recently quoted saying years of redundancy have attracted encroachers who are stealing the property of the company, adding that presently, they spend much of their time frequenting court to battle over ownership claims of the assets such as land from encroachers.


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Army on alert as ADF operations are exposed

News By: E-SOciety Kasese

The UPDF says the rebels have created new camps and made more recruitments as they plan to attack the government.

Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) is on high alert following reports that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) may strike western Uganda as the region concentrates on the talks between M23 rebels and the DR Congo government in Kampala.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, on Tuesday held a day-long meeting with UPDF commanders from the 2nd division in Kasese.
The 2nd division intelligence officer, Maj. Fred Wemba, told the meeting attended by the Daily Monitor that they “highly suspect” ADF might “copycat” what different rebel groups are doing in the region. He said in August, the rebels formed new camps in Samboko, Mambale to elude their activities in the old camps of Mwalika, Eringeti and Kikingi.
The creation of the new camps, according to Maj. Wemba, was to disguise their activities following a resolution by the International Conference on the Great Lakes region to form an International neutral force to be deployed in Kivu to fight different rebel groups, including ADF.
The current headquarters of ADF are located in Makayoba, Eringeti sector, North Kivu. The force is estimated to be between 500 and 600 strong. Together with families, CMI says they are about 1,000.
The military intelligence also released the new command structure of 19 top ADF commanders, with Jamil Mukulu remaining on top and Filipo Bogore Muzamil, who was given amnesty in 2000, becoming the head of special operations.
Other commanders are; Hood Lukwago, the army commander, Kasadha Amis is the deputy army commander and Baluku Musa is the Chief Judge and Chief political commissar.
Kayira Muhammad is the Chief combat operations while Benjamin Kisokolanio is the head of internal intelligence.
Documents seen by the Daily Monitor also show nine photocopies of Mukulu’s passports he has used with different names and numbers to evade arrest.
In one of the passport numbers, PP AO415126; he registered as a Tanzanian in the names of Julius Elius Mashaira. The last email account Mr Mukukulu used, according to the intelligence documents was
Other commanders mentioned in the dossier are; Albert, the head military intelligence, Sharif Twaibu, Director Finace and Special Adviser.

Kingdom minister held over forgery of documents

News By E-Society Kasese

Story By Thembo Kahungu Misairi & Geoffrey Mutegeki Araali.

Officials from the Inspectorate of Government effected the arrest and handed him over to police in Fort Portal

Police in Fort Portal are holding the Rwenzururu Kingdom finance minister, Mr Thembo Kitsumbire, for allegedly forging academic documents from the Uganda Management Institute.
Mr Kitsumbire, 58, who served as third deputy prime minister of the Kingdom two years ago, was picked from the kingdom offices in Kasese Town on Monday afternoon by detectives from the Inspectorate of Government head office in Kampala.
He was taken to Fort Portal Police Station, where he is currently being held.
Efforts to reach the information minister, Mr Patrick Nyamunungu, were futile as his known phone numbers were switched off. However, a source close to the minister, speaking on conditions of anonymity, said: “Detectives told us that he forged academic papers but could not give us details.”
Western region Police spokesperson Bakari Muga confirmed the detention but could not comment on the matter, saying it was in the hands of the IGG.

Parliament probes dispute between residents and park

News By E-Society Kasese
Story By Bridget Karungi

Posted  Wednesday, December 12  2012 at  02:00
In Summary
Land wrangle. The move follows a petition filed by residents neighbouring Semiliki National Park, who accuse the latter of displacing them from their land.

The parliamentary Committee on Tourism Trade and Industry is investigating a land dispute involving Kabarole residents and Semiliki National Park.
This follows a petition filed by residents to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, accusing park authorities of displacing them and demarcating their land.
The residents, through Mr Boaz Kafuda, the Busongora South MP, said more than 1,878 people in Kijura Town Council and Hakibaale Sub-county in Kabarole District had been evicted.
They also claimed that about six people in Katunguru Village, Kasese District had been killed by stray animals from Queen Elizabeth National Park in less than a year.
Last week, an eight-member team led by Burahya County MP Stephen Kagwera visited Kijura, Hakibaale and Kicwamba sub-counties and spoke with wildlife officials.
Mr Kagwera said the visit was to verify the merit of the petition as directed by Ms Kadaga.
In a meeting held at Katunguru Fishing Village, the residents said they left the area in 2000 after being attacked by ADF rebels.
The Hakibaale Sub-county chairperson, Mr Edson Businge, told the legislators that after the rebels left the area, the wildlife officials blocked residents from re-accessing their land, saying it belonged to the park.
The conservation body erected pillars and warned residents against encroachment.
The residents also said animals from the park always attack their gardens and homes leading to loss of lives and property. They appealed to the government for help.
The chairperson Kijura Town Council, Mr Nayera Manyindo, said they were facing a food shortage as they do not have land to farm.
The lawmakers said they would report their findings to Parliament for possible action.
However, the Kibaale Conservation area manager, Mr Edward Asalu, said land boundary disputes would be solved locally.

He asked the residents to hire private surveyors and if found that the park encroached on their land, then the demarcations would be revised according to the law.

Monday, 10 December 2012

MTN, hotel land case for January

News Updated at E-Society Kasese

The Kasesse-based hotel accuses the telecom company of erecting a mast on its land

The High Court in Kampala has set January next year for hearing a case in which Kasese-based Springs International Hotel is seeking to recover Shs6.5 billion from telecom firm, MTN over alleged illegal occupation of its land.
The controversial 0.032 hectares in Kilembe is part of the property formerly owned by the late Maj.
Gen. James Kazini.
The hotel, which is now owned by businessman Mukesh Shukurah, accuses MTN of allegedly maintaining a mast on his premises for 10 years and is seeking for a court declaration that the telecom giant is a trespasser.
According to the complaint, the hotel also wants court to direct MTN to remove its mast and an order of permanent injunction restraining it from the land.
However, MTN denies the allegations, saying it intends to raise preliminary objection during the trial.
The telecommunications firm alleges that the controversial land was acquired through a lease agreement with one Pascazia Kiiza and hence there was no trespass or illegal occupation.
“…the defendant (MTN) carried out due diligence and there were no objections against the construction of the mast,” reads part of the defence.
“And if indeed the plaintiff has suffered any loss which is denied, such loss cannot be attributed to the defendant.”
But the hotel alleges that at the time of construction, MTN knew or ought to have known that the land in question was not theirs and that they did not get consent from the complainant or its predecessors in title.
“The plaintiff contends that the defendant has ,through its trespass and illegal occupation of the said land conducted profitable business at the detriment of the plaintiff,” the complaint adds.
The hotel is being represented by M/s Murungi, Kairu and Co. Advocates while MTN will be represented by Kampala Associated Advocates.


District, kingdom, or vegetative central government; where does your loyalty lie?

News updated at E-Society Kasese
Story By Asuman Bisiika
In addition to corruption, the other legacies of this regime will be the creation of kingdoms and districts. From January 1986 to date, the number of districts has increased by more than 300 per cent. And since the number of kingdoms was zero in 1986, it is also mathematically logical to say that the kingdoms have also increased by over the same percentage.
In my corer of Uganda, where we had Tooro Kingdom, we now have two more kingdoms namely Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, Obudingya Bwa Abamba. And where we had three districts in 1986, we now have seven districts namely Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Ntoroko and Kasese. So much is this craze for the kingdoms and districts that even communities that once boasted of their republican heritage now have kings.
In the case of the Tieng Adhola and Rwenzururu Kingdom, the kings leading these new kingdoms may not even share the blue blood associated with traditional feudal formations of old. And oh yes, even Buganda Kingdom now has two kingdoms in it. Ankole Kingdom has not yet been re-instated by the State; but they ‘revenged’ by creating more districts. As at 1986, Ankole Kingdom only had Mbarara and Bushenyi districts; now they have nine districts.
Yet in spite of what appears to be a strong opposition to the creation of more districts (and kingdoms), every new district created has a story and history behind it.
The creation of Kibaale District (carved from Hoima District) was intended to address lost counties issue. Kisoro was created for the Bafumbira Community while Ntungamo was created to ‘liberate’ the Banya’Rujumbura from Ankole. Which brings us to the split of Kasese. What are the historical reasons for the split of Kasese District? How come the idea of splitting the district is not popular in Kasese?
Kasese split
The Bakonzo of Kasese are divided into three groups namely the Bakonzo Basongora, Bakonzo Baghendera and Bakonzo Banyangetse (the lake people: Baholhu and Bakingwe have integrated into fishlore’s pseudo-urbanite culture).
The Bakonzo Basongora should NOT be mistaken for the distinctive cattle-keeping pastoralist Basongora community. Between River Nyamwamba and River Rwimi (Lhume in Lhukonzo) is the provenance of the Baghendera in Kasese District. And from River Nyamwamba up to River Lhubiriha (the Uganda-DR Congo border), is for the Bakonzo Basongora.
The Bakonzo Baghendera are also the dominant group in Bunyangabo County of Kabarole District, Bughendera County of Bundibugyo District and Karugutu Sub-county of Ntoroko District. With his origin in Bundibugyo District, King Charles Wesley Mumbere is a Mukonzo Mughendera.
Our research doesn’t show any record of a conflict between Bakonzo Basongora and Bakonzo Baghendera either in folklore or document. And the classification of Bakonzo Basongora and Bakonzo Baghendera has been dismissed by some people as mere academic labelling.
In common speech and diction, the Bakonzo Baghendera use a lot of Rutooro-Rwamba words and intonation while the Bakonzo Basongora use Lhundandi (Congolese ethnic Lhukonzo) influence in their common speech.
The dialectal variations in diction between the Bakonzo Basongora and Bakonzo Baghendera are very negligible. But what is NOT negligible is the apparent domination of the district political and administrative leadership by the Bakonzo Basongora. In fact it is NOT apparent; it is overly conspicuous.
Living in the frontline territories during tribal wars between Batooro and Bakonzo, the Bakonzo Baghendera faced the brunt of the Rwenzururu war more than the Bakonzo Basongora.
And whereas they (the Bakonzo Baghendera) constituted the bulk of fighter corps, the ideological and administrative leadership of the Rwenzururu Rebellion (now a Kingdom) was still dominated by the Bakonzo Basongora.
The Bughendera Question
“Give the devil his due,” said William Shakespeare. Dr Kiyonga has attempted to resolve the Baghendera Question. However, there are accusations that he is merely looking for supple and pliant cadres who would accord him total loyalty. That may explain why Kiyonga supported the seemingly weak candidature of Ms Rehema Muhindo (a Mukonzo Mughendera) in the recent by-election for District Woman MP.
The immediate former district chairperson, the Rev. Julius Kithaghenda, was a Mukonzo Mughendera who enjoyed the support of Dr. Kiyonga. But Col. Mawa Muhindo (a Mukonzo Musongora) ‘beat’ him in the NRM primaries.
Frustrated, the Rev. Kithaghenda plotted the split of the district as the only way the Bakonzo Baghendera could avoid the dominance of the Bakonzo Basongora. According the provisional boundaries, the Baghendera will have Rwenzori District and the Basongora will have the Kasese and Bwera Districts.


21 jailed for encroaching on forest

At least 44 people were on Thursday sentenced by the Kasese Magistrate’s Court for encroaching on a forest reserve. There were tears as some of them were handed a five-week jail sentence for encroaching on Mubuku Forest reserve.
The 44 people pleaded guilty before Grade One Magistrate Patrick Bamuhiga. They were arrested at the weekend for illegally partitioning 1,662 acres of the forest reserve located in Maliba Sub-county.
Some wives and children of the accused endured the mid-morning rain to protest before court but police deployed to kick them out of the court premises.
The magistrate, who had already made a ruling on Tuesday, went on to sentence 21 men to five weeks imprisonment. He also sentenced 19 others, who included women and elderly men, to one month of community service at the Rukoki and Bugoye health centres III.
Four people who included three juveniles and a disabled man were sentenced to caution. Their lawyer, Mr Geoffrey Sibendire, had earlier on asked court to give his clients a non-custodial sentence because they acted out of desperation over the scarcity of land in the district. But the presiding magistrate concurred with the state prosecutor, Mr Mike Mwanje, to hand the men a custodial sentence of five weeks to deter people who wants to grab government land.
According to Section 32 (2) of the National Forestry and Tree Planting Act 2003, a person convicted of encroaching on a forest serves three years in jail or pays a fine not less than Shs600,000.

Friday, 7 December 2012

King Mumbere okays Kasese split

News updated at E-Society Kasese District LG
The king’s decision comes at a time when there are several petitions for and against Kasese split before the district council, Speaker of Parliament and the Minister of Local Government. The Parliamentary Committee of Local government and Public Service is yet to release a report on a series of consultations held in Kasese on August 28.  


Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma has accepted the split of Kasese into three districts breaking a two-year silence on the issue.
Majority of the subjects have been waiting to hear the king’s opinion on the matter after the district council on October 26, 2010 resolved that Rwenzori and Bwera districts be carved out of the present Kasese District.
After consultations at various levels in the kingdom, former prime minister Loice Biira Bwambale recommended that a special study be undertaken across the district on issues that could determine the split.
An October 1, 2012 letter signed by King Mumbere and addressed to the Minister for Local Government, Mr Adolf Mwesige, stated that the king had consulted his subjects who agreed that the district be split.
“I recognise that it is the central government’s policy to split large districts. For the case of Kasese, I did intimate the need to hold further consultations to build my input,” the letter reads in part.
It adds: “I wish to make it clear that I have held discussions with my people, including religious leaders, on the matter and we have agreed that the district be split into three, in line with the district resolution as earlier communicated to you by the then LC5 chairperson.”
In the same letter, King Mumbere said the boundaries should run from the mountains to the lakes to avoid any administration unit based on ethnicity.
However, some subjects accuse the king of betraying the kingdom by allowing the split, saying the institution was still being strengthened.
The subjects also accuse the king of allowing that a constituency be created for the Basongora as part of affirmative action.
However, the kingdom spokesperson, Mr Patrick Nyamunungu, said the subjects were politicizing the matter.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Rwenzoris get another nature walk in Muhoma

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site now has four trails and two nature walks, with the creation of the Muhoma trail, which is targeted at tourists interested in shorter trails. Photo by Felix Basiime. 
By Felix Basiime

News updated at
E-Society Kasese

While the Rwenzori mountains are a sight to behold, not many tour operators put them on their itinerary because it usually takes more than a week to enjoy a trail walk on any of the slopes. However, with the new Muhoma trail, tourists can enjoy a bit of the mountains in one to three days only.

I want to say that I’m just discovering Uganda, but this is a place I have to come back to,” said Rebecca Carter, who works with Usaid/Uganda. She added, “It is good the communities are benefiting from the tourism industry as they are taught to conserve the environment.”
Carter was talking about a new short trail, the Muhoma and the Geolodges’ Equator Snow lodge at Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Kasese District.
Getting to the trail
Sounds of River Nyamwamba greet your ears at this new tourist attraction that opened in August. Cater was excited after she trekked through the new trail.
The place can be reached about 10kms on Kasese-Fort Portal road, after which one branches left at Kasanyarazi and ascends 12kms on a dirt road, which is still under rehabilitation.
Muhoma Nature Trail was built by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) using funds from Usaid’s Sustainable Tourism in the Albertine Rift (Star) project and is the latest product in the national park.
The trail, that lets visitors enjoy one-to-three-day walks, traverses the lower slopes of the mountains up to Lake Muhoma, where the trail joins the existing Central Circuit trail.
About the trail
This is the fourth trail and the second nature walk in the national park tucked in western Uganda. The other trails include the Central Circuit, run by Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS), Kilembe, run by Rwenzori Trekking Services (RTS), and Kazingo Nature Walk trail, which has been the only trail open to all tour operators since the other trails are privately run. UWA manages the new trail and is open to all tour operators.
“The concessional trails are limited to contracted companies, but the new trail is open to anybody. You don’t need to go through a third party to use it,” said Fredrick Kizza, the park’s senior warden.
“This shorter trail is an opportunity for those clients with limited time. Because of the long time needed to climb the mountain, most tourist operators leave out Rwenzori,” he added.
The Rwenzoris are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination, which were recently voted among the world’s best hiking sites. The world heritage site is well known for its extraordinary flora and different vegetation zones. However, the mountain continues to struggle to attract tourists.
According to Kizza, in 2000, the park attracted a paltry 600 visitors. This number has since grown to 2,300, according to last year’s statistics. Kizza says the park has already attracted 2,285 visitors since January, a figure that is expected to shoot to 3,000 by the end of the year.
Attractions beyond the trail
With better facilities, the numbers are bound to go even higher. Geolodges have opened up their fourth lodge, the Equator Snow Lodge in Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
“We hope that the addition of these new tourism facilities and the trail will help to boost tourism to the mountains, increasing revenues for the people of the region as well as supporting UWA and Ecotrust in their ongoing conservation efforts,” said Mr Kaddu Sebunya, Usaid-Star’s Chief of Party.
Usaid-Star with support from US Forest Service, and in partnership with Ecotrust, UWA and Geolodges, also boosted the lodge with the construction of an information centre at a cost of $100,000 (approximately Shs260m).
The centre is a multi-function facility next to the park, providing information and services for visitors to be able to learn more about the park and the mountain, its people and their culture.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Landmine victims suffering as government help delays

News updated at Kasese E-Society

In June 1991, as Mr Ahab Ndathu was inspecting a newly constructed water spring for his community in Kasese District, he stepped on an object, which he later recognised as a land mine, whichhas left him without limb for the last 21 years.

Mr Ndathu said he was in a group of 30 people but was the only one who lost a limb.

“I was the second last in the group. While the rest were able to pass by the landmine, I did not. It hit me and cut off my left limb,” Mr Ndathu recalls. He says he was in Kagando Hospital for a month and later transferred to Mulago hospital where he got a prosthesis (artificial leg).

The 50-year-old and a father of five, Mr Ndathu is the coordinator for Kasese Landmine Survivor’s Association. He says he cannot participate in hard labour.

Ms Lucy Toobalo, a mother of nine lost her leg in 2004 in Agago District. She says she lacks Shs700,000 for an artificial leg becuase the one she has is loose.

While opening meeting on victim assistance in Kampala yesterday, State Minister for the Elderly and Disabled, Mr Sulaiman Madada, said government was committed to helping the victims but their funds were misappropriated.

“We need to work together and ensure all money is used for its intended purpose,” Mr Madada said.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Rwenzori gets monitoring units

News updated at E-Society Kasese

The Rwenzori information centres network (RIC-NET), a non-governmental organisation, has launched E-centres and websites to enable easy flow and sharing of information by the public.
The creation of the information websites is expected to improve service delivery, accountability and transparency in Rwenzori Sub-region.
RIC-NET in conjunction with Rwenzori consortium for civic competence, an NGO, established the centres in Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kasese and Bundibugyo districts.
The RIC-NET Executive Director, Mr John Silco Murugahara, told this newspaper last week that local government officials will be able to channel accountability reports to residents through the new technology.
“Issues of accountability and transparency will be managed well because now everything will be made public and easy to track. The services will be taken closer to the public and they will be able to monitor us,” Murugahara said.
“We set up the E-centre as a way of poverty eradication. We believe that if community members are looking for information, it will save them time and money and at the same time give them the rightful information,” he added.
The scheme, according to authorities, focuses on rural people and an SMS line through which the residents will be channeling queries has been created.
The Kamwengye deputy Resident District Commissioner, Ms Beatrice Akello, said district authorities have to strengthen the coordination and information flow in the district.
The Kabarole Chief Administrative officer, Mr Juma Nyende, said they now face the problem of poor attitude and ignorance of residents in ICT. The initiative had reportedly been introduced by the government in 2009.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Rwenzururu Nyabaghole Foundation for Development [RWENFOD] to be launched

 By: Kasese E-Society
There are just 5 days to the launch of Rwenzururu Nyabaghole Foundation for Development RWENFOD. The function will be held at Boma grounds in Kasese town and the 1st Lady Hon. Kataha Janet Museveni will preside over the function. The function starts at 10:00am. before being hosted at Boma ground, Hon Janet Museveni will be visiting three selected homes in Maliba to popularize the program for sanitation and hygiene. All the Banyarwenzururu are kindly requested to attend the function in big numbers, you are all 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Police in Kasese arrests rail theives

Police in Kasese are holding twelve people for allegedly stealing rails from the redundant Kasese-Jinja Railway line.
The District Police Commander Michael Musani said that eight of the suspects were arrested yesteday while loading the rails on a Kanta-Truck registration number UAF 250Y in Hima town council.
He said that they had stolen the rails from the Railway line near Kasese Municipality before being found in Hima town council.
The DPC said the suspects we found with twenty one rails and twenty nine slippers.
He identified them as Peter Mugisha, Abel Akisha, Boaz Bwambale, Rashid Bwambale, Jockim Bwambale, Ronald Mugisha and the other only identified as Bishimungu.
Those arrested today are Eric Muhairwe a Rwandan national, Shiraj Mugisha from Mbarara, Amos Mushabe and Amos Kamusime all from Kamwenge district.
The truck driver Ezra Sibanza was also arrested.
Police have also detained one of their own Peter Ndegire who was pointed out by the suspects during interrogation as a person they deal with.
According to the DPC the suspects have allies in Kasese town with which they steal peoples and public property.
Musani said that investigations into the theft and about the other suspects still at large are ongoing.
He said that the suspects who are in police custody will be produced to court and answer charges of theft.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Pupil sits exam while in labour

A 14-year-old girl in Kasese District endured two days of due labour to sit this year’s Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE), which were characterised by many interesting tit bits, including very old candidates. The oldest candidates were a 56-year-old grandmother in northern Uganda and a 37-year-old pastor in Kabarole District.
The 14-year-old expectant mother (names withheld) struggled with labour pains on the first day and the school hired for her a midwife to be by her side in a private room at Nyakasanga Primary Healthcare clinic, about a kilometre from her school.
“I decided to come and sit the exams because I thought I could, despite being pregnant. I am sure to complete this paper before giving birth to my first child,” she said.
Ministry of Education regulations permit girls to continue with their education even when they are pregnant.
“At the end of the first exam (mathematics), the supervisors told us that the girl’s condition changed and that she had pain. We rushed her to hospital where she was kept until the time to sit the afternoon exam. She told us she was ready to continue,” said Mr Joshua Munzomba, the headteacher.
When she did not deliver, the District Education Officer, Mr George Mainja, intervened by allowing the girl to sit the exams in a special care room under the guard of a police woman. A midwife attending to her, Ms Doloroza Muhindo, told the Daily Monitor that the girl was still experiencing the first stages of labour.
Meanwhile, there was a short interruption at Kitengeesa Church of Uganda Primary School PLE centre in Buwunga Sub-county after 17 candidates from Nakiyaga Model Primary School began shaking their heads and shouting at the top of their voices shortly after they started their papers. The school sits its pupils at Kitengeesa because it doesn’t have a centre number.
A pastor was called in to conduct prayers and the pupils stopped the shouting and resumed writing their papers. The headteacher of the school, Mr Abdu Mubiru, said the symptoms started manifesting among the pupils several weeks ago but their cause is not clearly understood.
After the incident some pupils were taken in a police ambulance to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for medical examination but the doctors said preliminary check-ups did not reveal any sickness. The cause of their problem continues to be a mystery.
Denis Wokorach, a P7 pupil at Panyimur Primary School in Nebbi District, endured a heart condition to sit through the two days of examinations.
He sat on a mattress while being attended to by his grandmother in the examination room. Wokorach looked pale. He occasionally feels dizzy, has to rest and resume answering questions later.
His father had earlier stopped him from doing his PLE exams because of his sickness but Wokorach insisted that he would do them as long as he could hold a pen.
Police in Kasanda Sub-county, Mubende District, yesterday arrested Namabaale Umea Primary School deputy head teacher for alleged involvement in Primary Leaving Examinations malpractice.
According to the Officer in charge of Kasanda Police Station, Ms Patience Baganzi, they have arrested the deputy head teacher and the impersonator and are helping police in investigations. Also summoned by police is the head mistress.
The suspect had been asked by the head teacher to sit for another pupil who left school due to pregnancy. However, the invigilators identified the anomalies in the passport photos when they realised that the candidate who was sitting for the paper did not correspond with the one on the Uneb album.
Police also arrested the director Holy Generation Nursery and Primary School for allegedly embezzling his pupils’ registration fees. Thirteen candidates could not appear for PLE after they found out that the school had not registered them with the examinations board.
The director (name withheld) allegedly collected Shs110,000 from each pupil as registration fees for Uneb and pocketed it, instead of remitting the money to the examination body.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Government to sell Kilembe mines

News Updates at E-Society Kasese

The miserable years of redundancy at the previously busy Kilembe Mines could soon be over if the current appeal by government for a buyer attracts interest.
The Privatisation Unit in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has issued a statement of request for confirmation of interest for concession of the assets of Kilembe Mines Limited, the company that operates the Kasese Copper Mine and a smelting plant in Jinja.
The statement is an invitation to prospective buyers to confirm their interest in the deal.
The statement adds that the successful bidder would enter into a concession agreement with the government, take over the rehabilitation of assets, revive the mining activities and carry out further exploration activities.
Kilembe Mines Limited was established and incorporated in Uganda as a mining company in 1950 and registered the highest copper production in the 1970s when maximum output soared to 17,000 tons yearly.
However, the success lasted until 1982, leaving the mine on a care-and-maintenance basis. The company, whose majority shares of 99 per cent is owned by government and one per cent by Toro Kingdom, currently survives by generating and selling electricity to the national grid.
Mr Fred Kyakonye, the general manager of Kilembe Mines, has confirmed the move by government to sell the property to an investor. He explained that the transaction would ease attempts to access resources and revive the company.
Mr Kyakonye also explained that the years of redundancy has attracted encroachers who are stealing the property of the company, adding that presently, they spend much of their time frequenting court to battle over ownership claims of the assets such as land from the encroachers.
Mr Kyakonye, however, said the mine has potential that only requires technical and financial resources to restore.
The present attempt to sell off the assets of Kilembe Mines is one of the many endeavours government has made over the past years to revive the copper producing firm, one of the largest investments in the mining sector.
In 2010, government sought investors to manage Kilembe Mines, whose assets include a copper mine, power generation plant, lime factory and a timber treatment plant. At the time, government proposed a joint venture, with a progressive buy out of all its shares by the potential investor. It, however, said share holding percentage would be determined by the level of investment.
In the current plan, government has said it is seeking to implement the divestiture of the Kilembe Mines Limited through a Public-Private Partnership, meaning it would jointly own the property with the private firm. However, this arrangement could also change.
A statement from the Privatisation Unit says while government’s preference is for a Public-Private Partnership arrangement, interested bidders could propose other suitable arrangements.
The transaction comes at a time when there is a reported attractive market price of copper and cobalt with increasing demand especially in China, India and Japan. In addition, the management of Kilembe Mines says there is a confirmed 4 million tons of copper ore at the mine as well as an un-exploited 2,800 acres under the mining lease.
Some of the products also produced at the Kilembe Mines include wagon wheels, brake blokes, pulleys, water pumps, man- hole covers, seed oil mills, bricks making machines, mini- hydro electric plants, and various ferrous and non ferrous castings for manufacture of spare parts for machinery.
The sale of the company could also provide sufficient employment.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Kasese deputy speaker remanded over theft

News Updated at E-Society Kasese

Ms Jane Asiimwe being led to court on Thursday.


Court in Kasese on Thursday remanded to Mubuku prison the deputy speaker to the district council, Ms Jane Asiimwe, on charges of theft.
Ms Asiimwe, 27, who is also the female district youth councillor, was arrested on Thursday, charged by police and taken to court.
Court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Patrick Bamuhiga heard that last month, Ms Asiimwe, while at the district headquarters at Rukoki, stole two vouchers with numbers 1742 and 1744 from the accounts assistant’s office contrary to section 245 and 267 (e) of the Penal Code Act. She denied the charges.
State lawyer Mike Mwanje told court that the investigations into the case were not yet complete and asked for adjournment.
Ms Asiimwe, who was not allowed to take plea, pleaded for bail in vain, saying she has an elderly person and two infants under her care. She also said the case is politically motivated.
However, the presiding magistrate ruled that since the case is about alleged theft, the issue of political motivation cannot be entertained, hence remanding her until today (October 29).
Police acted on a petition by the councillors seeking the censure of the speaker, Mr Mubingwa, where one of the missing vouchers was attached.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Biogas introduced in Kasese

World Wide Fund, an international conservation NGO, has introduced biogas fuel in Kasese District to help reduce environmental degradation.
The NGO, in partnership with Centre For Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC), are implementing the biogas projects in institutions and homesteads to reduce the demand for firewood and charcoal.
Biogas is produced from decomposing organic human and animal waste and dead plants. The spokesperson of CREEC, Ms Rehema Namukose, said most schools in Kasese did not provide lunch to their students, thus creating less human waste for biogas fuel.
“Out of the 55 schools we visited, only three qualified for the project. Most schools do not provide lunch to students, therefore, the rate of going for long calls is limited,” Ms Namukose said at the launch of the project last week.
“We have spent Shs25 million on the biogas plant at Karambi Secondary School,” Ms Namukose said.
The development comes at a time when deforestation in the mountain slopes of Kasese has caused flooding in rainy seasons.

Museveni tells Rwenzururu king to ensure ethnic unity

President Museveni has asked the administration of the Rwenzururu Kingdom to focus on resolving conflicts among the ethnic groups in the area so that they do not hinder development.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Vice President, Mr Edward Ssekandi, at the 46th coronation anniversary of the Rwenzuururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema-Ngoma in Kasese on Friday, Mr Museveni said stability in the Rwenzori subregion is key to development.
The region is endowed with cotton, fruit and maize. The mining sector has copper, cabalt, salt, oil and gas, pozzolana, limestone, among others. Of late there have been ethnic conflicts pitting Bakonzo on one side and Basongora on the other in Kasese District. In the neighbouring Bundibugyo District, the conflict has been pitting Bakonzo on side and Bamba, Babwisi on the other.
Mr Museveni said the cultural institutions have done a lot in the development of the country and that conflict resolution is also one key area where they can excel. He said the restoration of the kingdoms in Uganda in 1993 was one of the great achievements of the NRM government because kingdoms are older than the history of Uganda and hence they inculcate a sense of belonging to many Ugandans.
The president also urged kingdoms to concentrate on reviving the lost traditional values for the better organisation of the society starting from the family unit. “The monarchs should restore the lost traditional values starting from the family unit because that used to be the beginning of conflict resolution in the Africa,” he said.
The Vice President also launched the fundraising drive for the construction of the Shs5 billion palace for the king at the Base Camp Hill in Kasese Municipality where the president pledged Shs80m and delivered Shs20m in cash. Mr Sekandi also contributed Shs5m in a drive that saw Shs120m realised.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Kasese celabrates Uganda's 50 years of independence

By: Kasese online news team E-Society Kasese
Today, Kasese District has celebrated 50 years of Uganda's independence. The function that is taking place at Rwenzori square has been officiated by a number of dignitaries who include politicians, District Civil Servants, army officials has shown a great humor of patriotism in the District.
LCV Chairman arrives Photo by: Samuel Mumbere

The function has been officiated by the Minister of Defence Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga who has been the chief guest, the RDC, all District officials and politicians.
The chief guest arrives Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
Take a look

The parade Photo by: Samuel Mumbere
His majesty Omusinga at the function Photo by: Samuel Mumbere

LCV Chairman Bounces at Kayanzi Primary school

By: Kasese online news team
E-Society Resource Centre Kasese

The house that was to be commissioned

The LCV Chairman Rt. Col. Mawa Muhindo on Friday 12/10/2012 bounced at Kayanzi Primary School where he had gone to commission a 4 roomed staff quarters house which had been constructed with the help of BTC.

The Chairman leaving the school
The Chairman together with the BTC Technical personnel and other district official arrived at the school at 4.30PM where they found the pupils playing and waiting, but all offices were locked with no teacher at the school campus. 

Kayanzi is a landing site on Lake Edward. after a few minutes, a few teachers started appearing and starting to organize the place. The Chairman was disappointed and adjourned to function till further notice.

The funny thing was that, the teachers had had their lunch in one of the rooms that had been piled with firewood, and they had left the plates and the leftovers displayed in the room.
The pupils at Kayanzi Primary school