Category Murders

Aggrey Kiyingi Reveals Why His Wife Was Killed

By Henry D Gombya

This month has seen a new ‘kid on the block’ announce his intentions to vie for the Ugandan presidency. Dr Aggrey Kiyingi is a specialist cardiologist based in Australia who many came to know about as the philanthropist who was flooding Ugandan schools, churches and local administrations with computers.

But most of those of us living in the Diaspora came to know about him when he was arrested at Kitetikka in Wakiso District while attending the burial of his wife in July 2005. We were intrigued when two of his well-educated children, Dr Andrew Simbwa Kibuuka and his daughter Samalie Rachel Biyinzika Nakagulire, a London-based trial lawyer testified against him, with Dr Kibuuka asking the trial judge to find his father guilty of killing his mother and to therefore send him to the gallows (Uganda still practices capital punishment).

But the case collapsed almost immediately, taking with it some of the prosecution witnesses in the likes of Lt Caesar Enya of the Uganda Military Police who was due to give evidence against Dr Kiyingi but was later found shot three times at his home in Banda near Kampala and Private John Atwine, the man who allegedly pulled the trigger to end Mrs Kiyingi’s life who was found dead in Luzira maximum prison, after being allegedly poisoned.

With so many killings and deaths going on around this mysterious case, one would wonder why the then ‘prime suspect’ is now contemplating to return to Uganda after being acquitted of the murder of his wife and is preparing take part in what would be without doubt a deadly undertaking. He is financially quite well-off, having a dream job and being sought after by specialist hospitals around the world. So why is Dr Aggrey Kiyingi now seeking to enter what has now become a deadly business of trying to become President of Uganda?

The London Evening Post has caught up with him and during a lengthy interview in which he talked about why he wants to be Uganda’s leader and many other aspects of life concerning not only Uganda but Africa in general and the world at large, we asked Dr Kiyingi to first clear up the air and tell Ugandans what he believes caused his wife’s murder and why his children vented out their anger by testifying in the

AK: I will give you a little preamble to that which will help explain. In the 1990s, I was doing a lot of things for Uganda. I was not political then but I loved my country. And I thought it was shameful, and I will repeat it again; it is shameful for Africa to go begging when many Africans are in the developed world and are able to help Africa. But I did that and got my hands and feet burnt. I started a lot of social welfare programmes, helped many groups, funded children that were not able to go to school, and engaged myself in village development programmes like building wells.

The LEP: And President Museveni was aware of what you were doing?

AK: Oh yes because the media picked on that very quickly. Because they could see there was something happening which the government couldn’t do. I started a company called the Dehezi International which has now been destroyed. But this is the one that really started Mr Museveni panicking. This was an IT company, internet communications and computers. And if you look back and you check with Ugandans, I literally singlehandedly introduced computer science to the schools of Uganda. I introduced singlehandedly internet services and education to Ugandans. I distributed computers to schools at much reduced rates.

I introduced a long time payment system to schools so that every school could afford a computer. 20 years later, the government is trying to copy what I did at that time and trying to tell people it is ‘their thing’. It is not ‘their thing’. They’re just panicking and copying everything in a very bad way. Now, this brought about a lot of publicity, a lot of publicity. The radios, the TVs were very excited. I gave computers to organizations, to kingdoms, to churches. What I wanted to see was Uganda being literate from the IT side.

The LEP: Sorry to interrupt you here but if we may ask, how were you able to finance these deals? How were you able to finance the buying of all these computers?

AK: I have been blessed and I share my blessings. I had determined that look, I have enough to eat and I have bread, I have water. I don’t need a million dollars to have lunch. I [decided that] I am going to use 60 per cent of my facilities and income to help the people in Uganda. Fortunately too, I have friends who jumped on the bandwagon. I will give you two examples. I at one time was trying to start a hospital in Uganda which was sabotaged because it was going to bring more publicity.

But before that, I had offered, now listen very carefully, I had offered the medical school, the Uganda Heart Institute, places here in Australia. I had made arrangements with two leading hospitals in the country which are actually the two leading hospitals in the Southern Hemisphere, to train doctors, specialists in cardiology, which is my field, free of charge, three specialists every two years and to train five specialist nurses every year to bring them for five years hoping that it would bring them to 30 or 40 and then they would be able to carry on and train in Uganda. In addition, I had also got my friends here in Australia, to volunteer. These are highly paid specialists my dear. But they had agreed that they would go to Uganda one month, six months at a time, do free work, teach, operate, carry out cardiac procedures free of charge. The only thing I had to do was provide them with accommodation.

Now, that programme, anybody with a sensible mind would have jumped on it. But it caused me enormous problems in Uganda and I was almost killed. Because I was disturbing their distorted eco-system of running things. They were afraid I could get things done that they couldn’t do themselves, that I would shame them. So instead of embracing and thanking me, it was actually – well, I almost got killed for that.

I could name a few other projects. I would not name a country for diplomatic reasons, but there was some country which had offered to build a children’s hospital in Uganda. Now, there was only one catch; it had to be [built] through the government, not an individual organization or company like mine. They said, `we know you, we like you. We will do this, but in order to go through, we need to go through a government. You talk to that government, take them through one, two, three, four, we already know you. We are introduced by you but we do it for the country officially. This how we do businesses.

I then contacted the person who was at that time the Minister of Health, again I will not name him because I think he is no longer in that post. He asked me, `what is in it for us?’ (laughs loudly) I will not say this was a joke. It was very serious. I told that country, “Look find another country to give that money to”. And that gentleman said, “Why? What is wrong Aggrey, what happened”? I told him: “No it is a long explanation. I don’t want to be offended that you have given money to Uganda and it is used for the wrong reason. So please find another country and I could go on and on.

Now let us go back to the Dehezi International. It became very popular and the government got worried and at that time there was an impending election in 2006. Probably they thought I was doing this, in fact they (Uganda Government) asked why I was doing this. What were my motives? Do I want to become President? This is way back in 2004/2005. Of course I didn’t have any political intention at that time. So that is one part and I wanted you to note that.

The second part which is going to answer your question about my late wife is that she was in Uganda at that time running a private business. But she was the Chairman of Transparency International (TI), Uganda Branch. She was commissioned by TI to write a forensic audit about the Global Fund Money which was supposed to be for TB, AIDs and Malaria. Everybody knows that the Global Fund Money didn’t do what it was supposed to do. But whatever our marital problems were, my wife was very efficient professionally and she did a good job. The good job meant that she was going to write a report implicating the government. They approached her so that they could edit the report the way they thought it was suitable. Knowing my late wife, she wasn’t only a good lawyer but a very capable debater. She told them to go to **** but in a very diplomatic way. And she said to them ‘No. I am going to do my job’. And she refused their monetary offer and told them that she did not need the money. You can imagine this didn’t go down well with Dictator Yoweri Museveni.

To cut the story short, my late wife was executed on 11 July 2005. I was in Australia at the time and I went to Uganda for the burial. I took my children who were with me in Australia. But while we had marital problems with my late wife, we were still talking but had some irreconcilable differences. While we were actually going through divorce proceedings, we were not enemies. The government, as usual, took stock of our differences. They executed my late wife and on arrival I was arrested the next day at the burial and charged with her murder.

I later learned that there was no intention of detaining me, no intention of trying me. The intention was to eliminate me as quickly as possible. [While being arrested] I was order to enter a police car. I refused to enter the car. There was a high government official, an army general, who I will not name and I told him that these people want to take me, but they don’t even have a normal car. If they are taking me for normal questioning I don’t mind but let me first bury my wife. Through all of this they had placed a pistol behind my back, and the whole church congregation looked on very embarrassingly. I told this guy that you can shoot me here if you want to but I am not going in that car. If you want you can take me to the CID for questioning’. A few calls were made and they finally agreed that I should go in my car. I also told him that I needed some of his bodyguards to accompany me in my car, to which he agreed. That probably saved my life.

The plan was that on my way, they would get me out of that car and shoot me and claim that I was trying to escape. So when they took me to the Chief CID, he was not even aware that I was going there. It was like a joke. You could see that he wasn’t expecting me at all. Which means that units had not collaborated and they were not expecting me there. It was their plan to kill me on the way. Because you could see they were not expecting me to be there and that is how I survived. Because they hadn’t expected me to survive, they put me on trial. And of course from international pressure and pressure from my friends all over the world, I was able to [be acquitted]. At the time I was not able to speak, I was not able to say anything [about this case], so I was condemned, tried and executed by the media, and this is the first time I have been able to talk about this.

There is still a lot of questions about this case. For example, even in simple detective stories on TV or for children, they would have told us who was the last person my late wife had contacted or who was the last person she spoke with on the telephone, or who were the last people she contacted on her telephone. My late wife’s telephone has disappeared and when we asked questions they didn’t answer and up to this day we don’t know who spoke to her last and we don’t know who was the last person to ring her telephone. And we don’t know who was the last person she contacted in the last 24 hours before her death. That is very strange!

Secondly, they took her laptop which had the files of Transparency International. They took all the paperwork from our residence in Buziga and we never got it back. They took all the paperwork from her legal offices and we never got them back. And to this day, we don’t know what happened to all that paperwork. And from the history of the legal system in Uganda, it was the first test closure of a private practice because her practice was closed down within days after her death. It was actually wound down, completely closed down, which is very, very strange. Some things are not for this forum because there are people who might get hurt who know more about my late wife’s murder. But I hope one day all things will come out. But at the moment I cannot say more than that at the moment because some people might get hurt.

The LEP: Why did your children testify against you?

AK: Well that is a very difficult question. They were getting all these reports, all this information from one side. They were not talking to me. In fact I could name one person, he was a minister then and an MP, Tom Lwanga, who was one of the functionaries of Yoweri Museveni at that time. They stopped them (“the children”) from talking to me and the question is ‘why?’ So if you listen to the what government said and if you read all the papers what they wrote, even if it was you, you would condemn me straight away. So they never had a second sight. This issue about our marital problems; that we were going through a divorce. I have made so many mistakes in my life.

But the first mistake in life is to have a divorce. It is the worst thing to happen in a family. Of course the children are hurt and they were very close to their mother. So there is that side of it, emotional part, you know, that their mother is going through this. I have no bitterness (towards the children who testified against him). I think they were very brave in many ways. I know that when some of the things that I have been not able say now come out, it will not be very difficult for them to see that it was a distorted operation and trial, media propaganda and government programme.

I think one has got to be reasonable and take pity on the children. It was a tough situation. They lost a mother and they see this propaganda and nothing from the father. And at the time you are going through divorce proceedings which is bitter in any language in any family. So I don’t blame them at all. Of course I am sad they did that [testify against him], but in many ways if it was you and you are the children, probably you may have done the same. If I met them today I don’t know whether they would say the same. But I know that a lot of things will be unearthed when Museveni is out of power. Definitely they will see the truth.

Museveni can fight you even in your death!

Paddy Bitama died in Nov, 2014

By Christopher Muwanga via UAH forum,

When ‘funny’ comedian Bitama died, a man turned up from nowhere and claimed paternity. This was after his mother and ‘father’ had died yet he continued to live in the place he was born and brought up. What was eye-catching was that the state [using the political police] sided with the intruder and even captured the body to ostensibly carry out DNA tests at state expense. They gave the new-found dad state security, setting up a ‘barracks’ at his home. The body had been tampered with and the government chemist could not provide results for a whole week, the GoU admitting it was an impossible;e task

By a clever ambush and turn-around,, police called a press conference at the weekend and announced the new ‘turn-up’ as the true father of comedian “Mr. Big Chicks”

Why all the state involvement?
1. Bitama was not just a comedian, he was an opposition political activist.
2. he joined besigye in the trenches.
4. This was confirmed indirectly a few days later, when the emperor was meeting his bureaucrats and issued a new 10-point programme: among the top points (number 2) was FIGHTING THE LIKES OF BESIGYE.

Conclusion: The circus around Bitama’a paternity was driven by the political witch hunt against the opposition. They are fought with full force not only when alive but in death too.

Gakyali mabaga..” It’s still early days [sorry Budonians for borrowing your motto]

Late Mugisha’s dad is arrogant too!

Aine Arnold Mugisha

By Allan Barigye via UAH forum
My nephew,Aine Arnold Mugisha, has been shot dead by a security guard at Quality Supermarket, Naalya, after he reportedly hit another car and refused to stop. I last saw this young man as a student at King’s College, Budo, when I went to check on my daughter-He was a calm boy.His father ,an engineer, is an extremely arrogant UPC man. He worked in ministry of works. When NRM took over,almost all civil servants had to undertake an ‘Owaimaanism’ at the political school. He refused and even abused them. He then unceremoniously resigned- as he expected to be fired.I will not be surprised if he too followed the “like father like son adage”

This underlies what is brewing beneath.The poor askari was doing his job, toiling for peanuts barely enough. That lad grew in emense wealth. The source of his wealth does not matter at this point. He is a westerner. The sentiments against westerner are very scary and very justifiably so.

Like I said ,when shit hits the fan, 3rd Axis commander will be speaking lingala from Rutshuru in Congo. His name will probably be Mokassa ya Mbongo!Who kulogad Uganda really? The inevitable end of Musevenism is coming with HELL!We better be prepared.
Born to Mr and Ms Plan Mugisha in 1993, and after studying Economics, History, Geography and Christian Religious Education, Mugisha Ayinebyona then went to Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management between 2012 and 2015, and would enrol for Master of Science (Real Estate Finance) from 2015 to 2016.

Aine’s case looks similar to Karanja’s case in Kenya in 1987

Photo of a dead Aine Christopher posted on social media by Charles Rwomushana

Photo of a dead Aine Christopher posted on social media by Charles Rwomushana


Uganda police denies that the corpse in that photo is that of Aine’s!

Well, who do we believe now: Aine family that confirmed the body, or the police? There’s a relative story I may share here:

Sometime in 1987, a Kenyan peasant by the name Kamau Karanja, was arrested by the CID and held in a Nairobi police station for three days. His family only got wind of his arrest several weeks later, when one of his cell mates went to visit his home.

The family filed a habeas corpus suit, to compel the police to produce Karanja. Long story short, it turned out the police had killed Karanja and buried his body in a shallow grave in an Eldoret forest, over 300 miles away!

Aine when he was arrested by police

Aine when he was arrested by police

In Aine’s case, the police had pre-emptied the basis of a habeas corpus suit, by claiming that they wanted him so badly, they we willing to pay shs. 20M for information that would lead them to him!

The Karanja case caused Judge Schoefield his job, and journalist, Paul Aboge, his life.

In the photo where Aine is standing in handcuffs, there are surgical marks running up his neck, where the corpse has large, curvy post-surgery marks that appear to be old.

Could this be someone else’s body, considering that Aine has not been missing for more than three weeks?

Something did not add up when the IGP announced the shs. 20M reward, and that’s why I raised it here. There was no legal or urgent reason for Kayihura to try to locate Aine, when Aine’s date with the court was three days away.

Aine had not absconded his bond, had not failed to appear in court, and there was no other active warrant for his arrest. Therefore, the was no justification for this reward.

Now that Aine’s sister says she can confirm that this is his body, I feel vindicated in that I had feared Kayihura or his boys “knew” what had happened to Aine, but they wanted to hide their culpability by making this public appeal for his whereabouts.

Aine’s murder should now lead the conversations in the campaign trail: the press must pester Museveni to tell the nation who killed and why; the Opposition must loudly and courageously demand that Kayihura be sacked.

In fact, all peace-loving Ugandans, irrespective of their political affiliations, should down their tools, vacate their offices and pour into the streets and highways to demonstrate their anger at this political assassination.

It’s likely that Aine had served in our security organs, and that might explain the ruthlessness and fear with which the police/security agencies pounced on him: they knew what he was capable of, or what he had on them.

And why those agencies have been known to violate human rights, including ex-judicial killings, it’s still unacceptable that this Ugandan can be so coldly killed simply because he supports an opposition presidential candidate.

Should be look the other way, and dismiss Aine’s death as a casualty of intra-party feud, we’ll be hard pressed to justify our anger next time one of us is similarly killed.

Therefore, it’s not for Aine’s sake that we must find his murder revolting and bring to justice those behind it; it’s for the fate of the nation.

Moreover, there’s a provision in Uganda’s Constitution that empowers citizens to take up arms against the government if that government becomes unaccountable to the citizens and murderous. Could that time be now?

‘Edward Pojim’ via Ugandans at Heart (UAH) Community

About Joan Kagezi

Joan Kagezi attended Nsuube Primary School from 1973 to 1980 where she attained her Primary Leaving Certificate (PLE).

She later joined Mt. St. Marys’ Namagunga From 1981 to 1987 where she attained both her Ordinary Level and her Advanced Level Certificate (UACE) of Education.

From 1987 to 1990, she attended Makerere University where she obtained a Bachelor in Law (LLB).

In June 1992, she acquired a Diploma in Legal Practice from LDC.

On 12th August 1992, she was appointed a Land officer under the Ministry of Lands and Housing.

In May 1994, she was appointed a State Attorney under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. On 11th February, 2002, she was promoted to the position of Principal State Attorney by public service commission.

On the 16th August 2007, she was promoted to the position of Senior Principal State Attorney.

In January 2015, she was assigned higher duties of Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in the Department of International Crimes.

At the time of her death she was pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at ESAMI/MSM. She had also applied and interviewed for the position of a High Court judge.

She is survived by four children. Joan Kagezi’s husband died in 2006.



‘Dear Abbey,Greetings my brother and former colleague (Monitor times). Thanks for smoothly steering Ugandans-At-Heart (UAH) platform.Do you recall the opinion article I wrote to you some few months ago, about how the GoU and KCCA are poorly managing the running of Kampala, whereby they have disenfraschized a lot of low-class Ugandans, to the extent that the favoured and those behind the disenfranchisement (the high-class) shall, in addition to other helpless Ugandans, fall victims of “on-the-wall-pushed-Ugandans.”

The rate of crime, armed gunmen and also those brandishing of all manner of weapons — particulalry katalimbwa — has sharply risen to such a level, in which in a week alone, wealthy/popular businessman the late Sebunya Eria Bugembe (SEB) a.k.a Kasiwukira was murdered in broad-daylight — actually in the morning just a few metres from his splash home in upscale Muyenga — Kayihura’s neighbourhood.

Same week or the one before, 3 Police-Flysquad operatives were gunned down by a trader in Ndeeba, a downtown Kampala suburb, while on a suspected robbery spree as some of them are well-known hardcore criminalsd.

Many Ugandans of wall walks of life have been murdered in a low-intensity insecurity that has resulted largely from disenfranchized people who were traders (batembeyi/hawkers) on Kampala streets, but got driven off the streets in a very cruel and unplanned manner by KCCA and State police.

Even in the suburbs where they ran to and settled, in smallscale roadside kiosks like in Makindye, Banda, Kalerwe, Wandegeya, along Entebbe Rd. like Bwebajja and Kajjansi, lots of people have been driven off their kiosks, carried away by bulldozers — after they were officially charged fees by KCCA all along!

Bands of thugs are roaming villages forcefully breaking into people’s homes in the wee-hours of the night and hacking them, after robbing clean their homes! Even as early as 7-9 p.m. such cases occur.

Even far away as Mpigi and Wakiso villages, there are cases where KCCA has bought off land where many of the former city hawkers had settled, to dump garbage following the filling up of the old Kiteezi dump. This is viewed as a deliberate “pushing of low-class people to the wall” further deeper and away from any developed areas where trade is possible.

In the villages of Rakai, Masaka, Mpigi and Wakiso, there are unexplained murders going on — digging into walls of residents while asleep, and spraying of chloroform in order to murder innocent people unchallenged.

There’s a wave of kidnapping (human-trafficking), raping and murder of mainly female university students for ransom. The people engaged in this wave of terror, are in my considered opinion and suspicion, largely former street hawkers chased away from “some-income-activity-life” to a “totally-no-income-life” and what is the oucome of such actions? A seemingly deliberate creation of high-level desparation and poverty in central Uganda, is what the public is feeling and lamenting.

Also former Ugandan servicemen on the US-side in Iraq and laid-off policemen are not planned for when their services were ended and/or terminated, hence returning home to joblessness. These are desparate
people who do anything for money.

There seems to be no corresponding plan and strategy — to proactively deal with these matters as this strategy would be developed/designed by well–to-do people who are not suffering in this crime-ladden city. Hence its no priority at all. Its a long story Abbey and no light at the end of the dark tunnel. Thanks.

Kind regards,

Kampala, UGANDA.

1980 elections:on 9 December 1980, Mr Ssekono’s personal assistant was shot dead at his home in Makindye when he was invaded by 10 UNLA soldiers

It seems some UPC members think that the DP had legal channels of redressing their grievances after the rigging of the 1980 elections because there was a Mr Ssekono in the EC to manage their complaints, and that Mr Ssekono was the Chairman of the EC and therefore a powerful individual capable of neutralising the manoeuvres of P Muwanga and AM Obote. When Mr Mulindwa and Mr Ochieno of UPC assert that Mr Ssekono was the Chairman of the EC, they are lying…as usual.

Contrary to the piles they are feeding us on, Mr Ssekono was the Administrative Secretary – the big clerk of the commission. The chairman of the EC was the card-bearing UPC diehard Mr KMS Kikira who was strategically appointed into that position as part of the implementation of AM Obote’s plan titled “Proposals For strategy Before, During and After Elections”. AM Obote scripted this plan on 12 th August 1980:
Recall that, on December 12 1980, handed back authority to the EC to manage the election process…this meant only announcing the results. By that time, 3 out of 7 electoral commissioners had been hounded out of their offices and they had disappeared, leaving behind 4 UPC diehards, including Mr Kikira himself, SE Egweu, A Akera and Haji YB Birali. Mr Ssekono togehter with MB Matovu, A Tamale disappeared during the polling process. Mr Ssekono disappeared in fear for his life after receiving threats when he refused to succumb to Mr Muwanga’s pressures to be party to rigging.

According to Mr Ssekono himself, earlier on during the polls, he had been hurriedly summoned to Obote’s home at Kololo to meet AM Obote. AM Obote told him that if he, Ssekono, interfered with the UPC’s victory he would pay with his life. AM Obote told Mr Sekono that he and the UPC had fought against Amin and they therefore had to come to power at any cost. Mr Ssekono had to abandon the exercise and flee the country. Mr Muwanga took over the powers of the commission on Mr Kikira’s advice when it was realised that it would not be possible for the EC team to be unanimous on rigging.

Note that, the UPC were already weary of Mr Ssekono, and they had him in their sights. In fact, on 9 December 1980, Mr Ssekono’s personal assistant was shot dead at his home in Makindye when he was invaded by 10 UNLA soldiers. So, when some UPC members keeps referring to EC chairman MR Ssekono, do they really know what he is talking about or it is rigging as usual?
By virtue of Section 20 of the National Assembly (Elections) Act 1957 according to which the 1980 elections were conducted, every nomination required to be proposed, seconded and supported by at least 12 voters registered in the constituency. A voter is registered when his name is present on a register. There was no ammendment of the law by which that legal requirement was waived. Therefore, the declaration of the 8 West Nile constituencies as won by UPC “unopposed” was a case of a lame duck laying a putrid egg.

There was no registration of voters in the whole of Westile, i,e., the zone covered by the four Arua constituencies, the two Nebbi constituencies and the Moyo constituency that made up the 8 “unopposed” seats in West Nile. Because there were no registered voters in those 8 constituencies, there could possibly have never been any proposer, seconder or supporter of any nominee. Accordingly all nominations in Arua, Nebbi and Moyo were void ab initio.

Attached on the link below is a copy of the numerical summary of the national voters’ register produced by the EC. The number of registered voters in the 8 W/Nile constituencies is a loud blank.

Click to access voters-register-1980.pdf

So, who proposed, seconded and supported those 8 UPC candidates? When you make a mockery of the law so brazenly, then, no one will waste their time appealing to the courts. UPC was clearly spoiling for a fight.

Paulo Muwanga’s proclamation which was to form the legalistic cover for UPC’s fraudulent triumph in the 1980 elections. Attached is a transcript of that proclamation that subsequently became Legal Notice No 10 or “Moribund UPC’s Will”. Look closely at Article 3: that is the real substance of the intent for that legal notice.

Click to access muwanga-proclamation-8pm-11-dec-1980.pdf

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Otto Patrick


m71/8 I have seen several unsurprising comments regarding the death of Hon Nebanda. Very typical of what we are! But just a few comments. Of course other deaths have been brought into the picture but the one I am more interested in here is Noble Mayombo’s and the parallels it bears with Hon Nebanda’s and how the two deaths are as similar as they are sensitive. My view of the sensitivity of these deaths may not be the same as ‘sensitivity’ in the general perception of the Ugandan who is wont to recite what has become our trademark chorus: ‘Museveni has done it. Again!’

2/8 But let me say this: I do not think that the loudness of that asinine chorus would ever compel YK Museveni to, for example in the case of Noble Mayombo, feel obligated to pronounce himself openly to some drunken speculator on that soldier’s cause of death, mainly because it is not Museveni’s style to yield even by an inch, to being pushed about that way; but also because there is a lot to uphold in terms of the honour and privacy of the late soldier’s family, let alone his memory. The latter bit is where all the sensitivity that I am referring to lies; and I comment on it very reluctantly.

3/8 Remember that the NRA/UPDF continues to mourn the loss of dozens upon dozens of officers of Mayombo’s stature, or even more, in circumstances similar to Mayombo’s but we never pay attention to those deaths. It is as if our lives depend on speculating drunkenly on a few deaths with the hope that the more we harangue Museveni about them, the more likely it is that he will by some miracle, drop from power, therefore making it possible for us to take over and/or do things that we are unable to do because he is at the helm.

4/8 Now, those who listened carefully to YK Museveni at Mayombo’s funeral may have got a hint on what he (Museveni, and the UPDF) knew about Mayombo’s state of health prior to his death. Someone working in the media could help us and get an excerpt of Museveni’s remarks…

5/8 Now, this is the uncomfortable part, very uncomfortable for me to discuss, but something that we need to have at the back of our minds even as we do what we love most: to indulge in wolokoso. I have been waiting to hear the initial reports of Hon. Nebanda’s autopsy before making any comments and what I have heard is exactly what I was suspecting, especially in light of reports that the deceased person had severe abdominal pain and was vomiting. What has been further revealed is that she had acute pancreatitis. Recall that reports about Mayombo pointed at fulminant pancreatitis. ‘Fulminant’ means, hyperacute, strikes like lightening. In both cases, there has been multiple organ failure, a classical feature of acute pancreatitis. The pancreas is a store of powerful digestive enzymes capable of digesting any biological material and if these leak into the blood system (say as a result of inflammation of that organ) the result is pancreatic self-digestion or auto-degradation and multiple organ failure (MOF). Mayombo succumbed to MOF, so did Nebanda, from preliminary reports. Both rising stars have been eliminated by exactly the same poison, we shall conclude! Sadly, that is how our minds generally work. At heart, we are Ugandans!

6/8 I do not know whether Dr Baryomunsi is being misquoted: he is alleged to have reported that ‘pathologists also found granules of rice’. I do not know what he actually said- whether granules of rice, or ‘rice-like granules’, but either way, one is left wondering about his know-how as a physician, particularly in a country like Uganda, beseiged as it is with the kind of health problems we all know about. What I am certain the pathologists found, upon opening up the abdomen of the deceased were chalk-like granules covering what is called the omentum, some sort of ‘Kavera’ in which the abdominal organs are contained. Those chalk-like granules (Baryomunsi’s rice graules) have actually come to be the tell-tale sign of viral haemorrahgic pancreatitis, particualrly associated with HIV.

7/8 Even with the serious HIV problem the country faces, I do not know how much our doctors have studied in detail the many ways in which the infection presents, particularly when one listens to Dr Baryomunsi. The cocktails of drugs that HIV/AIDS patients depend on are known to cause what is called drug induced pancreatitis or DIP. Instead of going about things the way he is doing, Dr Baryomunsi had better equip himself with facts about those issues. Many members of our elite are going to succumb to such symptomsm but in our primitivity, (in a country where even a 120 yrs old granny cannot just die, has to be bewitched) we shall speculate that they have been poisoned. We have many healthy-looking elites who are being sustained by powerful antiretrovirals and those drugs have a way of rebelling…some will say, on Museveni’s orders! Such individuals are the real explanation for our backwardness.

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto

Journalist Jeff Rice found dead in Serena

The Amazing Race’ producer found dead in Kampala hotel
Publish Date: Feb 23, 2012
By Vision Reporter
Jeff Rice, a U.S. television producer, died of suspected cocaine overdose and not poisoning Police has revealed.
South African Rice, a producer for a reality TV show, The Amazing Race, was found dead in a room at Serena Hotel while Catherine Fuller, his production assistant, was found unconscious in the same room. She is currently admitted at a private hospital in Kampala.
Police spokesman, Asuman Mugenyi said that results show that Rice had taken an over overdose of a contraband believed to be cocaine.

“The analytical laboratory results indicate that there was an overdose of cocaine.” Mugenyi said.

British and US media quoting the widow Sally Blackman had alleged that Rice died of food poisoning after an attack by unidentified thugs.

Rice’s body was due to be flown home after his wife swore an affidavit.
Meanwhile police is yet to record a statement from Fuller reported to be steadily recovering. “Her father wanted her flown out for treatment but we cannot release her before interrogation,” deputy spokesperson Nabakooba said in a separate interview.
According to police, the two hired a room in the hotel on Thursday but on Friday a hotel worker found a man hanging on the balcony and the woman unconscious.

Cocaine kills USA TV celeb in city hotel
Feb 23, 2012

The Police have identified a cocaine overdose as the cause of death of Jeff Rice, an American film producer, who was found dead in his hotel room in Kampala on Saturday.

The Police said Jeff, 38, of the reality shows including the current season of ‘The Amazing Race,’ was found dead, while his production assistant Catherine Fuller said to be in her late 20s, was unconscious in the same room in the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Fuller was rushed to The Surgery, a medical facility in Kololo, a city suburb and admitted in critical condition. The Police yesterday ruled out poisoning as reported in the American and British press, saying the producer, who enjoyed dual citizenship including that of South Africa, died of cocaine.

British and US media quoting the widow, Sally Blackman, had alleged that Rice died of food poisoning after an attack by unidentified thugs, a detail that the Police and the hotel dismissed as untrue.

Apart from cocaine residues discovered in his system during post-mortem, a suspected powdered substance was recovered from their property in the room and submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory for forensic tests.

Police spokesman Asuman Mugenyi said results showed that Rice had taken an overdose of a contraband believed to be cocaine. “The analytical laboratory results indicated that there was an overdose of cocaine” Mugenyi said. “I would not want to believe that poison was involved in this matter but the Police is investigating the matter,” the hotel’s general manager, Anthony Chege, said. “When we learnt that we had two clients who were unwell we called the

Surgery personnel and moments later the doctor who handled them said Rice was dead,” Chege said. He dismissed talk that the two could have been trailed by thugs. Rice and Fuller, Chege said, booked the hotel over the weekend. “Rice registered as a South African though he enjoyed dual citizenship and Fuller too is a South African,” he said.

According to deputy Kampala Police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi, the two were part of a bigger group that was scheduled to shoot a video in Uganda.

Court fines South African film producer sh1m for consuming cocaine
Mar 02, 2012


A South African film producer,Kathryne Fuller, was yesterdaysentenced to a fine after shepleaded guilty to consumingcocaine, a drug restricted internationally.Kathryne Fuller, 29, consumedthe drug with an Americantelevision producer, JeffreyRich, in a room at Serena Hotel,Kampala.Jeffrey was found dead in theroom and Fuller unconscious.

Although she recovered consciousness,she is still partiallyparalysed.Buganda Road Court ChiefMagistrate Sylvia Nabaggalasentenced Fuller to a fine ofsh1m, which she paid.Kathryne was brought tocourt in an ambulance andtaken to the magistrate’s chambersin a wheelchair. She wasaccompanied by her father,Stuart Fuller.Fuller’s lawyer, Paul Rutisya,asked court for a lenient sentence,saying Fuller did notwaste court’s time and thatshe should be given anotherchance to reform.

Moses Kalanzi, 23, the co-accusedwho was charged withunlawful possession of narcotics,supplying and dispensingrestricted drugs, manslaughterand neglect to cause death, deniedthe charges. Kalanzi allegedlycommitted the offence onFebruary 17.Kalanzi was denied bail andremanded to Luzira Prisonuntil March 15 after he failedto produce sureties. He is accusedof supplying the drugsto Fuller and Rich.


nebadaAs the Inspector-General of Police had briefed the public yesterday, Police commenced investigations following the tragic death of Hon. Cerinah Nebanda, and, among other routine procedures, requested Mulago Hospital to conduct a Post-Mortem examination on the body of the deceased.

Police allowed the family and some members of Parliament to sent representatives, and observe, the Post-Mortem examination. The preliminary results of the Post-Mortem were inconclusive, and the team of Pathologists referred certain samples to the Government Analytical Laboratories, for further tests.

The samples were sealed as required, and escorted to the Government Analytical Laboratories (GAL) by, among others, the MPs who had witnessed the Post-Mortem.

At GAL, such samples are, as routine procedure, received formally, their descriptions and quantities determined and documented, and the nature of the requested analysis clearly recorded.

This procedure is vital, not just for scientific purposes, but also as part the crucial ‘chain-of-custody’ requirement in criminal investigations, and, ultimately, in criminal prosecution in court.

Any samples handled outside this procedure breach the integrity of the forensic examinations, as well as making the final outcome inadmissible in any potential criminal prosecution, and suspicious.

On Monday, the 17th of December, 2012, Police discovered that certain samples from the body of the deceased had been irregularly obtained by individuals not involved in the Police investigation, and without knowledge of the Police.

Later in the day, after he had been confronted by CID, a pathologist from Mulago Hospital, Dr. Sylvester Onzivua wrote to the Director of CID, informing the CID that he had been hired by Parliament to carry out parallel forensic investigations into the death of Hon. Cerinah Nebanda, and asked for the Director’s advice.

In the evening, a meeting was convened at the offices of the Executive Director of Mulago Hospital, which was attended by five members of Parliament, a team of Police officers led by the Director of CID, two pathologists who participated in the Post-Mortem, and scientists from GAL.

It was resolved that all forensic procedures be consolidated under GAL, and that Dr. Onzivua would submit the samples in his possession to the stipulated procedures.

Early this morning, in direct contravention of the law and professional requirements, and before the Director of CID could respond to his letter, Dr. Sylvester Onzivua attempted to smuggle the samples out of the country. He was arrested at Entebbe Airport, while in possession of the samples.

As a general principle, and in the interests of transparency and professionalism, Police allow representatives of families and other relevant parties to observe, and even seek second opinions, in certain matters under investigation.

This, however, must be done in accordance with the law, while, at all times, observing all the requisite professional procedures that would ensure that the results are credible, and would add value to the Police investigation.

Should a person require extra samples for independent analysis, the procedure demands that such person obtains the samples from GAL, which would oversee the process, document it, and ensure that all scientific fine points are observed.

In this instance, it is not clear what samples were in possession of the third parties, how they were obtained, and the conditions under which they were kept.

Moreover, Dr. Onzivua, who is a civil servant, had not been cleared to travel out of the country, and neither had he obtained the authority required to export the samples out of the country.

Dr. Onzivua is at the moment in custody of the Police, to assist in the determining why he violated the laid down procedures and regulations.

Any person found to have contravened the law shall be dealt with accordingly.

Judith Nabakooba
Police Spokesperson
Uganda Police Force

18th December, 2012.

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