KAMPALA – Police on Friday evening arrested former journalist cum evangelist — Joseph Kabuleta on charges of offensive communication against President Yoweri Museveni.
Mr Kabuleeta was arrested by plain-clothed detectives from a restaurant at Forest Mall, Lugogo, an act that has since received a backlash from the general public.
Both Charles Twine, the spokesperson of CID and Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed his arrest and detention.
“He has been arrested on offensive communication charges and he has been detained,” Mr Twine said.
Enanga said the self-styled city pastor called the President a thief.
Kabuleeta has been publishing articles on his social media platforms about the succession battle that is raging withing the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Mr Museveni, the NRM chairman has been in power for 33 years.
Several politicians including FDC strongman Kizza Besigye and People Power’s popular man Bobi Wine have since offered to witness against government “injustice” should the city pastor be brought to court.
Meanwhile, a cloud of tribal sentiments has dominated the country’s mood almost overshadowing the burial of the late Arnold Ainebyona Mugisha, a youthful businessman who was gunned down by a security guard at Quality Shopping Village in Naalya early this week.
The youthful tycoon was shot by Moses Angoria, one of the two guards with whom the deceased had an argument with in the mall’s parking lot.
His tragic death has caused verbal divisions within the public thus sparking a furious debate on social media, which public fodder has centered mostly on ethnic discrimination.
Commenting on the tribal storm making rounds on social media, the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana said most of the people driving this debate are idle.
His family members asked the Government and Parliament to come up with a law that restricts the operations of private security firms.
Mr Rukutana did not apportion blame to the entire private security industry as most citizens did but rather said these are erratic individuals not.
He said what is needed now is to caution them to be keen on the characters of people that they are recruiting.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and Vice President Edward Ssekandi on Saturday morning led hundreds of politicians, businesspersons, foreign dignitaries and ordinary citizens in a dignified act of national unity to pay their last respects to the fallen tycoon Amirali Karmali who was publically known to as Mukwano.
The entrepreneur died on Wednesday evening at his home in Kololo. He has left behind a flawless legacy of a selfless industrialist that has impacted greatly on Uganda’s development.
Karmali, born in the 1930s is the father to Alykhan Karmali, who is currently running the family business empire that includes real estate, banking, transport, and manufacturing among other mega investments.
At Kololo airstrip, Mukwano’s body arrived in a convoy escorted by a brass band and family members.
Hundreds of mourners who included employees of Mukwano, government officials and diplomats braved the heavy downpour to pay their last respects.
President Yoweri Museveni in a speech read by his Vice, Ssekandi described the late Mukwano as a national hero who has greatly contributed to the growth of the country in key sectors like industrialisation, agriculture development, education and health.
Businessman Patrick Bitature, who was the master of ceremony at the funeral said Mukwano loved everyone equally.
Mukwano’s Body was later laid to rest at Ismaili Cemetery at Kololo on Saturday.
Meanwhile, city pastor and the proprietor of House of Prayer Ministries Aloysius Bugingo faces public scrutiny over comments against his enstranged wife Teddy Naluswa that have been deemed unacceptable by Human rights activists and the general public.
Pastor Bugingo told the Kikoni-based congregation on Thursday, July 11 that he is ending his 29-year marriage with Ms Naluswa on grounds that he was tired of buying cotton for his “bleeding” wife who in the process denied him his conjugal rights.
Bugingo claimed that his estranged wife Teddy Naluswa has suffered a haemorrhage for 10 years.
But several women activists and religious leaders have condemned the pastor for the remarks and even questioned his credibility as a pastor.
Early this week, this website reported that Pastor Bugingo has reiterated his demand to end his 29-year marriage with Ms Naluswa by offering to share his UGX 2 billion property with her.
Pastor Bugingo insists that there is no way back for their marriage and that he should be allowed to marry another woman.
The revelation is contained in the submissions by his lawyer Ronald Luhinda to Entebbe Chief Magistrate’s Court.
In other news, last week this website reported on a touchy subject about how 23 female Ugandans who were returned from Jordan had been sold to the highest bidders in dollars ‘into modern-day slavery’.
Now this week, a Ugandan maid, who was saved by Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze from her alleged torture ordeal in Jordan, explained the circumstances under which she left the country for the Middle East under the stewardship of Marphie International Recruitment Agency.
Gandhi Doreen Magezi, speaking from her hospital bed in Kampala accused export labour companies of exploiting many migrant workers by refusing to disclose to them the nature of work they are set to do in the destination countries.
She revealed that she was taken by Marphie International Recruitment Agency but not briefed on what she was going to do before she was sold to highest bidder in Jordan’s open market.
Magezi added that as a result of overwork, she started developing health complications.
However, the Director of Marphie International Recruitment Agency Limited, Ms Ruth Karungi, claimed Magezi “had an accident prior to her flight to Jordan” and accused the aggrieved maid of being lazy and refusing to work, allegations she also entirely dismissed.
Other news, Justice Margaret Tibulya, Judge of the High Court of Uganda was this week elected among four new half-time judicial positions on the United Nations Dispute Tribunal.
In the elections which took place on Thursday, July 2019 in the General Assembly, Justice Tibulya scored the highest vote of 110 out of 170.
Other candidates were from Malawi, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Germany, The Netherlands and Brazil.
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Tough opener for the SheCranes against England’s Roses. Uganda had good shooting statistics with Peace Proscovia who finished with 20 goals from 23 attempts.
The She Cranes were however thrashed to a 32 – 64 loss to host England at the M&S Arena on Friday evening.