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Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Jail For Killing Silverback Mountain Gorilla, Rafiki

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The Kabale Chief Magisterates Court yesterday sentenced Byamukama Felix to 11 years in prison for killing Rafiki the silverback of Nkurungo Gorilla Group and other wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Byamukama pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal entry into a protected area, killing a gorilla and a duiker.

Byamukama had said the gorilla attacked him and he had to kill Rafiki in self defence, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). Mountain gorillas are endangered with just over 1,000 in existence and the UWA said “Rafiki has received justice”.

Byamukama also pleaded guilty to killing a small antelope, known as a duiker, and a bush pig, as well as being in possession of bush pig and duiker meat. He admitted to the UWA previously that he, and three others, had gone to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with the intention of hunting smaller animals and that he killed Rafiki in self-defence when he was attacked.

Investigations showed Rafiki was killed by a sharp object that penetrated his internal organs.

The gorilla went missing on 1 June and his body was discovered by a search party the following day. A UWA team tracked Byamukama to a nearby village, where he was found with hunting equipment.

Three others denied the charges and have been remanded in jail, awaiting trial.

The silverback, believed to be around 25-years-old when he died, was the leader of a group of 17 mountain gorillas. This group of gorillas was described as habituated, meaning that its members were used to human contact.



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Uganda Receives Over Ugx 200 Billion From The German Government

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The German government has committed to spending over two hundred and fifty-three billion Ugandan shillings (EUR 58.4 million) to finance agriculture and rural development as well as access to renewable energy, in Uganda.

The money will also help in the area of good governance and human rights.

The German Embassy in Uganda said the money will pave way for Ugandan-German development cooperation in the period from 2021 to 2022. The signing of the grant marked the conclusion of the talks between the Ugandan government and German on how the money will be utilized.

Patrick Ocailap, the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury signed on behalf of Uganda while the head of East Africa Division of the Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation Niels Breyer signed on behalf of the German Delegation.

The funding, according to a statement from the German Embassy, will go to initiatives aimed at supporting  Uganda in implementing its National Development Plan III, the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.



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Over 70 Senior Police Officers Graduate

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Seventy six Senior Police Officers have graduated on Thursday from the Police Senior Command and Staff  College, Bwebajja after completing a one year course in command and human rights.The graduates were cohorts of September 15, 2017 intake and April 6, 2019. The graduates were drawn from various  Police units.

The Inspector General of Police, John Martins Okoth Ochola, presided over the graduation via digital while his deputy Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti physically attended.

Ochola congratulated the officers for completing the course and for being disciplined while at the college.He said that Police as an institution is committed to protecting life and property as per the mandate.

Maj.Gen. Sabiiti appreciated the President  Museveni for the great support, he has rendered to Police as an institution. 
He said  Police has got  better technology to fight crime citing  CCTV cameras, crime data management among others. 
He said with CCTV, Police can now have a bird’s eye view in terms of policing an area.

 He urged the officers to adopt with the changing environment in Policing which is challenging. SSP Caroline Akoth, who spoke on behalf of other graduates said the course has helped them acquire new skills in planing, briefing personnel before deployment, agenda setting and priotizing national security components.

“It has enhanced us with critical analysis of situations, enhanced teamwork. We are now very strong and ready to take on tasks,”  Akoth said.

 Bwebajja College Commandant,  Dr. John Kamya, said the 2017 cohort had 39 senior police officers but one was dismissed after his paper were unfit for a Master’s course. 
The 2019 intake had 38 senior police officers and have all acquired skills in crime analysis, intelligence and human rights observance.

Dr Kamya said that the graduates include Assistant Superintendent of Police – ASP, Superintendent of Police – SP and Senior Superintendent of Police – SSP.

“You’re living this place with certificates in development, command and research competencies. The must be attributes of police commanders. You’ve also acquired knowledge in crime management, intelligence and service writing,” Kamya said.

Dr Kamya added that the skills officers have attained must also enable them comprehensively investigate sexual offences.
Director Police Human Resource Development, AIGP Godfrey Golooba, urged graduates to exhibit the skills they have acquired to steer the police institutions.



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Musician Pallaso on The Run After Escaping From Police While Handcuffed

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The Uganda Police Force is hunting for musician Pius Mayanja popularly known as Pallaso who escaped with handcuffed after being arrested in the wee hours of Thursday morning after he was found merrymaking and making noise with a group of people at his home in Makindye.

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire confirmed that Pallaso had managed to escape from custody and that they are looking for him on charges of escaping from lawful custody and obstruction.  

“Police has preferred to investigate allegations of obstruction, inciting violence and doing a negligent act likely to spread an infection of a disease,” Owoyesigire noted.

Owoyesigire said that they received a disturbance call from residents of Luwafu Zone in Makindye at around 12:46 am on Thursday morning that a group of unruly people had gathered at Pallaso’s home.

“Our team responded to the scene and found the allegations to be true. A group of over 30 people at Luwafu in the home of Pius Mayanja aka Pallaso had gathered, playing loud music, drinking and not following the safety guidelines issued by the ministry of health on curfew and public gatherings. The team commander reached out to Pallaso and the team to reduce the volume of their music and reminded them of the guidelines that prohibit gatherings similar to theirs,” Owoyesigire said.

He noted that while still addressing the gathering, the group became violent, something that prompted Police to arrest Pallaso and Henry Kasozi.

Pallaso managed to escape but Kasozi is currently detained at Katwe Police Station pending prosecution.



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