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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.



Source – ugmirror.com

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ENTEBBE: NRM’s Tumusiime Goes Independent after Defeat in Primaries

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Entebbe Municipality Member of Parliament Rosemary Tumusiime, one of the numerous incumbent candidates who were defeated in the National Resistance Movement (NRM ) Primaries, has been nominated as independent contender on the same seat.

Addressing the press at the Wakiso district Headquarters on Friday immediately after nominations, Tumusiime said that she is not contended with the results of NRM primaries and as such, she has decided to come as an independent.

“The constitution gives a right to every qualified Ugandan to contest on any electoral position on an independent ticket,” Tumusiime argued.

She added that in the previous term, she learnt a lot of things which she hopes to implement in the forth coming term once granted an opportunity.

She is expected to face off with NRM flag bearer Steven Ssejaaka as well as other candidates like Walusimbi Abubaker from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

 



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Frank Tumwebaze Nominated for MP Kibale East 

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Minister of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Frank Tumwebaze has been nominated for Member of Parliament Kibale East in Kamwenge district.

Tumwebaze, who was nominated on Thursday on the National Resistance Movement ticket, thanked his supporters mainly from the ruling party for the trust they have accorded him.

“Thank you for your immense love, support and prayers that pushed me through the NRM primaries with an uncontested landslide victory of 82%,” said Tumwebaze.

Adding: “You have yet again moved on with me on our common journey of transforming our hitherto unknown and underserved area of the greater Rwanwanja (Now kibale east county) and enabled me to get successfully nominated by the independent Electoral commission yesterday Thursday 15th October at 15:19 pm.”

The Minister committed to continue serving his people and ensure development of infrastructure and social services.

“My earnest pledge to you is that I will never sleep on the job. I will continue advocating for the scaling up of all the needed social services like clean water to cover all villages, electricity and modernisation of our education and health infrastructure so as to improve the service coverage gaps as well as improve on quality of service with efficiency,” he said.

Tumwebaze plans to embark on a robust community economic elevation initiative dubbed: “Skilling to Learn and Learning to Earn”, targeting youth and women entrepreneurs.

“In addition to advocating for the scaling up of these service delivery programs, I will add up a component of skilling the youth and women entrepreneurs.  Our driving principle in this will be skilling to learn and learning  to earn,” said Tumwebaze.

He noted that many service delivery projects have been brought to Kibale East like more schools, more health centres, more water schemes and others but emphasis should now focus on improving people’s livelihoods through empowering them with vocational skills that enable them to better their trade so as to earn.

“This is the great message our Leader H.E Yoweri kaguta Museveni has always emphasized unceasingly. I appeal to all people of Kibale East and Kamwenge District in general and all fellow citizens to vote our great leader in the coming general elections as President. In him, we see a better tomorrow,” he said.

 



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Court defers judgement in Bobi Wine, Kibalama NUP case

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The High Court has postponed the judgement in the matter between the President of the National Unity Platform (NUP) formerly National Unity Reconciliation and Development Party (NURDP) Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu and Mzee Nkonge Kibalama.

In August, former NURDP members, Basile Difas and Hassan Twaha dragged Mzee Kibalama and other individuals to court for allegedly selling the party to Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine and later changing its name and leadership.

Last month during the cross examination of the founder of the party Mzee Nkonge, the High Court judge Musa Ssekaana pledged to deliver his ruling today.

Kibalama was appearing before Court to pronounce himself about changing his affidavits in the case brought against him. Kibalama and former party secretary had sworn and signed affidavits that the party leadership and the name were changed after delegates’ conference which occurred in Kakiri.

And according to a statement released by the spokesperson of the judiciary, Jameson Karemani, the judgment has been deferred to next week.

“Be informed that the NUP judgment will not be there today but on some other day next week to be communicated to you,” Karemani said.

In 2019, Kibalama and other party members applied to the Electoral commission to have NURP change to NUP and the application was objected. It was revealed that in 2012 and 2013, they attempted to change the party name to Independent National Unity Party however their application was declined.

During cross examination, Mzee Nkonge first objected to filing right documents to have NURP changed to NUP however in turn he contradicted himself saying the documents were false and he made a mistake. He objected that Bobi Wine is the president of NUP.


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