Tragic Road Crash Claims Life of German Tourist in Kabale District

KABALE –A German national has today perished in a road crash while two others were seriously injured in Kabalaga hill in Kyanamira Sub-County of Kabale district along the Kabale-Mbarara highway.

The deceased is Dr Wendsche Ralf Steffen, 58, a German tourist while the injured are 48-year-old female German tourist Silk Venus and Morgan Nyombi, 60, a resident of Murungu in Munyonyo, Kampala, a driver attached to Kibo Slopes Uganda Limited.

ASP Elly Maate, the Kigezi Regional Police spokesman, told our reporter today afternoon that the accident happened in the morning at around 9 am when a green Toyota Land Cruiser Registration Number UAX 567C in which the tourists were travelling from Bwindi to Kampala, collided head-on with a speeding Fuso lorry (UBH 009B).

The lorry which was coming from the opposite direction tried to overtake another vehicle and, in the process, collided with the tourist vehicle killing one tourist on the spot and injuring another plus their driver.

Maate attributed the accident to reckless driving by the lorry driver, adding that the injured were rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for treatment while the body of the deceased has been conveyed to the same facility’s mortuary for postmortem.

Thousands of residents have abandoned their homes in Kamwenge out of fear of fresh ADF attacks

KAMWENGE -In the wake of the Islamist terror attack on Kitehurizi Village in Kamwenge District, residents in the affected area and nearby regions have swiftly evacuated. The attack, carried out by suspected militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), resulted in the brutal murder of 10 individuals.

Faced with the alarming situation, the local population is gripped by mass panic and fear reminiscent of the late 1990s and early 2000s when ADF terrorism was prevalent in the Rwenzori sub-region, making entire villages nearly uninhabitable.

More than 500 people from Omukamwenda, Kyabandara, Fasha, and Nyabutusi villages, situated near Kitehurizi, quickly left the area starting Tuesday morning through the following day. Some briefly returned to their homes early yesterday but were adamant about not spending the night in Kitehurizi. The village, bordering the large and heavily forested Kibaale National Park, is primarily inhabited by farmers who have now abandoned their fields due to the attack.

Enock Tukamushaba, the village chairman, disclosed that the entire village was devoid of human life on Tuesday night, as terrified residents sought refuge elsewhere, with some families renting rooms in the relatively safer Kamwenge Town. Uncertainty lingers about the situation, leading people to avoid the village, returning only during the daytime to tend to their gardens.

In Kitehurizi Trading Centre, where four individuals perished inside a bar during the attack, most small shops and residential houses remained closed. Residents, such as 72-year-old Eufarazia Nyamishana, joined the mass exodus, expressing fear of potential return attacks. Ms. Nyamishana, along with eight children, mentioned that they were relocating to neighboring Kitagwenda District.

Despite the widespread evacuation, a small number of residents returned briefly for the burial of parish councillor Night Margarete Banyazaki, one of the victims. The funeral vigil, attended by a limited number and protected by the military, took place, and the deceased councillor was laid to rest.

Acknowledging the difficult choices facing locals, Kamwenge Resident District Commissioner Isiah Byarugaba Kanyamahane mentioned ongoing efforts to encourage the residents’ return. Local security watches received praise, with Mr. Kanyamahane warning of potential opportunities for criminals in the absence of residents. The military presence has been increased, and soldiers are conducting sweeps in the national park to apprehend the assailants.

For Christmas, churches are advised to conduct thorough checks on individuals entering places of worship. Mr. Byaruhanga disclosed that seven out of the 10 victims’ bodies have been released to their families for burial, while the others remain at Rukunyu Hospital, awaiting relatives to claim them.

Night Raid Horror: 10 Lives Lost in Kamwenge District ADF Attack

KAMWENGE, WESTERN (UG)-At least 10 people were today morning killed following deadly attack by unknown assailants in Kamwenge district.

Police said the attack happened at around 2 am at Kyitehurizi Trading Center in Kyabandara Parish of Kamwenge Sub County located near Kibale National Park. 

Four bodies of the victims were burnt in the structure that housed a shop, a bar and a hotel, while six other victims were found guarding a maize farm and hacked to death by the assailants suspected to be Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants, who were armed with SMG rifles, according to authorities.

Vicent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Regional Police spokesperson, has identified some of the victims as Margaret Banyenzaki, 60, and 25-year-old Tugume. Identities of the other eight victims were yet to be established by press time. Twesige added that the assailants also set ablaze a motorcycle Registration Number UFC 851T, and reportedly headed towards Kibale National Park after the attack.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, confirmed that an operation is underway to apprehend the assailants, and appealed to the locals to be vigilant, adding that security has been heightened in Kamwenge following the night raid.

The IS-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are accused of having massacred thousands of civilians in DR Congo in recent years and of carrying out jihadist attacks on Ugandan soil.

109-Year-Old Woman Fatally Stabbed by 110-Year-Old Husband Over Conjugal Rights In Ntungamo

NTUNGAMO –A 110-year-old man has reportedly murdered his 109-year-old wife for allegedly denying him sex.

The deceased is Constansio Bakasisa while the suspect is Dominic Babiiha.

Babiiha was also found unconscious in his bedroom allegedly after attempting suicide by taking a pesticide. According to statements made by their great grandchildren at Police, Babiiha stabbed his wife using a curved machete locally known as “oruhabyo” while at their home in Kahunga Parish of Ntungamo District on Thursday evening at around 8 pm after asking Bakasisa to join him in bed after supper. However, she declined due to the fact that she was feeling weak and having a cough.

The Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson, SP Samson Kasasira told our reporter today morning that the suspect was admitted at Itojo Hospital for treatment, with investigations underway.

Kasasira condemned the act and urged the public to resort to non-violent means to resolve misunderstandings or seek help from relevant authorities. 

Mbarara Police Have Detained Suspected City Criminals As Christmas Festivities Draws Closer

MBARARA,(UG)-Police in Mbarara City are holding about 41 suspected criminals who have been terrorising city residents.

According to the Rwizi Regional Police Spokesperson, SP Samson Kasasira, the suspects were yesterday arrested in an intelligence-led operation in the areas of Kakoba, Lubiri and High Street.

Kasasira told our reporter today that the suspects who include 25 men, 11 juveniles and five women, were found in possession of marijuana and house-breaking tools. He noted that Police have been receiving many complaints from the public and the business community over increased cases of housebreaking, waylaying and snatching of people’s bags and other valuables along the city streets, and through intelligence, they managed to arrest some of those suspected to have been terrorising the city.

According to Kasasira, the suspects are currently in detention at Mbarara Central Police Station and will appear in court after investigations are complete, adding that police have intensified operations against criminals ahead of the festive season when crime rates tend to increase.

He, however, cautioned members of the public to remain vigilant, and cooperate with police and local authorities by reporting any suspected criminal element. 

Locals In Kabale Warned Against Night Movements Amidst Rising Machete Attacks

KABALE –The Kigezi region police spokesperson ASP Elly Maate called upon the locals to avoid night and single movements, ahead of the Christmas season.

This comes after increased attacks by the machete wielding thugs that have hurt people’s lives and stolen properties.

The most recent attacks that have happened near the police barracks as well in some areas of Bungongi and Kigongi all located in Kabale municipality.

However, residents have blamed police for failure to carry out night patrols prompting attacks from machete wielding thugs ahead of the Christmas season.

Saida Kato Kataruha, an interior designer who is one of the victims of these thugs said he was attacked on Friday as he returned home at around midnight.

He said when he reached Kabale town and moved out of his vehicle for a short call, an unknown person grabbed his phone and when he tried to follow him up, he was beaten.

Maate confirmed that of recent there has been a lot of theft and attacks attributing them to the upcoming festive season, calling upon people to avoid night and single movements.

He highlights that the machete wielding thugs have taken advantage of soft targets that include dark corners.

Tragic Fire Engulfs City House in Kampala, Claiming One Life

KAMPALA, (UG)-Police say they have launched investigations into the cause of a fire that gutted City House in Kampala today morning, killing one person.

The tragic fire incident occurred at approximately 9 am and led to the loss of property worth millions in the building that is also home to the oldest political party in Uganda, the Democratic Party (DP), as well as paralyzing nearby businesses and operations.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, told our reporter today afternoon that the fire was successfully extinguished, and an investigation has been initiated to determine the precise cause of the fire, adding that the findings of this investigation will be communicated promptly to the public.

Owoyesigyire further noted that concerns remain about the possibility of additional casualties within the remnants of the building, which detectives at Central Police Station Kampala are actively working on, to verify if there are other bodies still trapped inside. Owoyesigyire also stated that the building itself is not safe for occupancy and will be closed until further notice.

The deceased, whose body has been conveyed to the City Mortuary at Mulago for autopsy, was yet to be identified by press time, with unconfirmed reports indicating that a charcoal stove could have been the cause of the inferno.

Police Detain Julius Tabu for Suspected Aggravated Defilement Of A 4 Yrs Old Girl in Kabale

KABALE –Police in Kabale district have detained Julius Tabu for allegedly defiling a 4-year-old minor.

Tabu was arrested after Police detectives at Katuna Police Station were notified by Obed Kwehangana, the LC I chairman of Rwempiri cell in Katuna Town Council of Kabale district.

The Kigezi Regional Police Spokesman, ASP Elly Maate, told our reporter last evening that preliminary information indicates that on December 7, 2023 at around mid-day while at Rwempiri cell, the suspect tricked the victim together with her two other friends into collecting passion fruits from his place, where he locked the 4-year-old into the house and eventually defiled her.

Maate said Police detectives have recorded relevant statements from witnesses, examined the victim and arrested the suspect, who is currently detained at Kabale Central Police Station.

Maate added that a case of aggravated defilement has also been opened up against Tabu vide CRB 960/2023, as investigations into the matter take shape.

Four Dead in Apac as A Canoes Journey Ends in A Disaster

APAC,(UG)-Four people have been confirmed dead while three others survived when a canoe in which they were traveling in Apac district capsized.

The deceased who were crossing from Arocha swamp to the Ibuje Sub-County have been identified as one-year-old Emmanuel Ongora, Jackline Acio, 8, Asante Odongo, 12, and Patrick Ebong, 24.

The Apac Resident District Commissioner, George Abudul, in a statement last evening also identified the survivors as Winnie Anyango, 22, Isaac Oula, 3, and Walter Ogwal – the canoe operator.

According to Abudul, the tragic incident occurred on Tuesday, at about 5pm while the victims were traveling from Alworoceng village to Amii-Amilo parish in Ibuje, adding that the group opted to use a canoe because the road connecting the two villages was flooded.

Abudul stated that all the four bodies were retrieved by the community members and handed over to the relatives for decent burial.He urged all road users to carefully plan their routes while avoiding heavily flooded and cut-off roads which might lead to accidents and fatalities.

UNRA Takes Swift Action as Kampala-Masaka Highway Faces Roadway Collapse

WAKISO,(UG)-Traffic at the Busega-Kyengera section of the Kampala-Masaka Highway was today morning diverted following a collapse of the roadway.

In a statement released by the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), the approximately 1.5 meters of the road pavement near the embankment was eroded, after the water levels within the Lubigi swamp area escalated.

UNRA in collaboration with the Uganda Police Force have since cordoned off the affected area. In a statement, UNRA said they were working tirelessly to expedite the restoration of this critical section of the roadway, and asked all road users to exercise utmost caution and strictly adhere to the imposed traffic guidelines.

Motorists heading towards Masaka have been advised to divert from the Busega Roundabout, opting for Nakawuka Road at Natete Traffic lights or Mityana Road to avert congestion until further directives are provided by UNRA.