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Kenyan army says it killed Al shababa regional commander

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A regional commander of Somalia’s al Shabaab terrorist group has been killed by Kenyan forces in fighting over the weekend, the Kenyan army has said, Reuters reported Monday. According to reports, a Briton who joined Al shabab  may have been among those killed. Kenyan officials reportedly said eleven Somali militants and two Kenyan soldiers were killed when al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military base in Kenya's northern coastal region of Lamu County.

A 29-year old Ugandan man arrested for allegedly raping 84-year old grandmother

By Bonny Apunyu

In what has reportedly left resident in a village in central Uganda in big shock, a 29-year-old man in Bukabi village, Kammengo Sub-county has been arrested by Police for allegedly raping his 84-year-old grandmother, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported Sunday.

According to reports,  the suspect was arrested last Tuesday after police rescued him from angry residents who wanted to lynch him. Daily Monitor reported that a police preliminary investigation revealed that the man is suspected to have previously raped more than 20 women. 

Uganda: Facebook critic of President Museveni sent to prison

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A Ugandan IT specialist, Robert Shaka has been charged and sent to Uganda’s Luzira prison in the capital Kampala, Africa Review reported Friday. According to local news sources, Mr Shaka was brought to court after spending three days in police custody, beyond the constitutionally accepted 48 hours.

The IT specialist was reportedly charged with offensive communication contrary to Section 25 of Computer Misuse Act, which he denied. He was accordingly remanded to Luzira until Monday when he will reappear to apply for bail.

126 Kenyan teachers banned for sexually assaulting students

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Two female teachers are among the 126 Kenyan teachers barred from teaching for the rest of their lives for engaging in sexual relations with students, Daily Monitor reported Thursday.

According to reports, 96 of the teachers were found guilty of having sexual relations with their students. Uganda’s Daily Monitor reported that the teachers were also relieved off the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) register in a verdict reached last month by a disciplinary committee. 

Uganda: High Court resumes trial of suspects of 2010 Al-Shabab terrorist attack

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Uganda’s High Court has resumed the trial of the 13 suspects alleged to have been behind the July 11, 2010 twin bombings in Kampala in which Somali terrorist group Al- Shabab claimed responsibility.

Uganda’s New Vision reported Monday that the suspects are; Hussein Hassan Agad, Idris Magondu, Isa Ahamed Luyima, Hassan Haruna Luyima, Abubakari Batematyo, and Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia. Also included are; Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Omar Awadh Omar, Mohammad Hamid Sulaiman, Seleman Hijar Nyamandondo, Mohammad Ali Mohammad, Dr Ismael Kalule, and Muzafar Luyima.

Ugandan man who killed son jailed for 32 years

(By Bonny Apunyu)

A Ugandan man previously on death row for the 1999 killing of his two-year old son will remain in jail for 32 years, the Court of Appeal has confirmed. New Vision reported that Charles Ssekamate confessed to murdering the toddler, saying he did so because the baby was crying a lot.

A Ugandan Court records revealed that in November 1999, Ssekamate strangled his baby son and dumped the body in a pit latrine. Ssekamate had originally been sentenced in 1999 to what used to be a mandatory death sentence by Justice Monica Mugenyi of the High Court.

Kenya: 3 suspected al-shabab terrorists arrested in Garissa County

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Three terror suspects have been arrested by Kenya’s security officers in Yumbis, Garissa County, Daily Nation reported Saturday. Kenya’s Regional Commissioner Ambassador Mohamud Saleh told journalists on Saturday that the Kenyan government is determined to drive out Al-Shabaab operatives from the East African country.

Ugandans prefer sex to dinner-Minister

(By Bonny Apunyu)

“Instead of people going to have lunch, they prefer sex as afternoon (meals),” Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Fr Simon Lokodo, has said asserting that HIV infections in Uganda are on the rise because of sexual immortality.

According to Uganda’s Daily Monitor, the Minister, Lokodo made those remarks while speaking as the chief guest during the International Candle Light Memorial Day in Gulu town in northern Uganda this week.

Norwegian Embassy in Uganda opens visa application center to improve services

(By Bonny Apunyu)

Reduced waiting time, better accessibility, large opening hours are just a few of the benefits of the Norwegian Visa Application Centre opened in Ugandan Capital, Kampala. According to news reports, a statement from the Norwegian embassy in Kampala confirmed that the visa application services started Monday June 1.