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IMMIGRATION OFFICER ARRESTED OVER SELLING UGANDAN PASSPORT

By UTN Reporter

Security officers in Kampala have arrested one of the top immigration officer on allegations relating to involvement in selling Ugandan passports to foreigners who in turn use these passports in dubious criminal activities.

Ronald Magala Ssematiko, a principal immigration officer, who is also an acting assistant commissioner of citizenship and passport control, is currently being held in unknown location for about two weeks.

According to sources, Sematiko was picked from his office on July 23 at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

There are reports that foreign nationals have been paying between $5,000 (about Shs18.4m) and $20,000 (Shs73.7m) to immigration officials to acquire Ugandan passports.

The Spokesperson of the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, Siminyu Jacob confirmed the arrest though didn’t disclose which agency arrested Ssematiko.

The police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, denied Sematiko being in police custody.

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UNRA, KCCA JOIN POLICE, JUDICIARY IN CORRUPT RACE

A survey report by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics have ranked Police as the most corrupt government institution, flanked by the Judiciary and the Local government in that order, with UNRA and KCCA as new entrants into the “most corrupt” list. The survey that was done by the Statistics body was carried out on a house hold level, reaching the lowest unit in the Uganda community.

JUDICIARY RESHUFFLES OVER 40 MAGISTRATES

Court: The Ugandan Judiciary has transferred 43 Grade One magistrates, a move aimed at filling up the existing gaps left following the recent promotions.

The Judiciary in a statement signed off by Senior Communications Officer Solomon Muyita, says that the transfers take immediate effect.

The transfers effected by the Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya,

AKOL PINS RUHINDI ON PRESIDENTIAL HANDSHAKE

Parliament - The Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority Doris Akol has pinned former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi for initiating the move to award Ug Shs 6bn to a selection of Government officials in the controversial Presidential handshake.

KASESE MYHEM: THE STORY UNDERNEATH RWENZORI KILLINGS

The spark of the blood shade in the volatile Rwenzori region that has seen the UPDF deploy more than two battalions to contain the situation, is a tress that has caused wide speculations ranging from allegations that the Bakonzo want to sassed from Uganda and form their own nation, the Yiira Nation to ethnic differences with minorities in the region and political differences.

KAYIHURA LAUNCHES ROAD SIDE POLICE BOOTHS IN EASTERN UGANDA

The Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kaihura has launched a campaign to establish road side Police booths in Eastern Uganda to combat high way robbery in the region. The Campaign was launched at Kakiiro Sub County in Kibuku District, where Police Booths constructed by the Community were erected. They would be manned by Crime Preventers and Police personnel.

UNEB GETS OWN PRINTERY

By UTN Reporter

Ntinda - The minister of education and sports Janet Museveni is today set to commission a new printery at the Uganda National Examinations Board Headquarters in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb.

LAW SOCIETY CONDEMNS BREAK INTO MBABAZI’S LAWYERS CHAMBERS

The Uganda Law Society (ULS) have condemned the recent break-in into the two law firms representing former presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi in his election petition challenging President Museveni’s victory.

The lawyers in their statement signed by the Society’s President

MBABAZI VISITS AMIN’S HOME

MBABAZI VISITS AMIN’S HOME

Koboko - Go Forward Presidential Hopeful John Patrick Amama Mbabazi has paid a historical visit to the home of Former President Idi Amin in Koboko. Mbabazi, who is personal friend to Ramadhan Amin, the son to the former Ugandan dictator promised to return the body of the deceased leader whose reign ran between 1971 – 1979. The Home, situated in a suburb of Koboko Trading Centre looked deserted

ARCH BISHOP LWANGA ARGUES GOVT ON RWENZORI CONFLICT

Lubaga - The Arch Bishop of Kampala Diocese Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has argued Government to listen to the appeal made by the Religious Leaders on the Rwenzori Conflict to restore peace in the region.