National
Namubiru's promoter arrested in Japan
Publish Date: Feb 07, 2014
Namubiru's promoter arrested in Japan
Patrick Tumwesigye was acquitted for drug trafficking
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Josephat Sseguya

Singer Iryn Namubiru's Japan-based promoter, Patrick Tumwesigye, has been arrested in Japan in connection with drugs that got her jailed last year.

According to sources, Tumwesigye was arrested at Narita airport two weeks ago when he flew to Japan to see his family.

Tumwesigye's arrest comes months following his acquittal at Makindye Magistrate's court where he was charged with illicit drug trade.

However, in August 2013, he was set free for lack of evidence.

Iryn made international headlines last year in August when she was arrested with drugsthat were concealed in portraits of President Museveni and the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi.

Iryn was miraculously set free after a one-month jail stint in Japan. Her release came after her Japanese lawyers convinced court that her promoter had wittingly used her as a courier without her knowledge.

The singer had been slated to perform for the Uganda community living in Japan but the gig went up in smoke after her arrest.

Tumwesigye then fled the country following Iryn's arrest, but was arrested in Kampala in June 2013 to answer charges of drug trafficking.

In a related development Police in Japan has summoned Iryn to testify against the promoter in this spellbinding case.

Commenting about the case, Uganda Interpol boss, Asan Kasingye said two weeks back their counterparts in Japan wrote to them requesting for assistance in arresting Tumwesigye.

"Makindye court where the case was heard has not delivered to us the judgement formally. Therefore we have not yet responded to them," Kasingye said.

Kasingye said that since Tumwesigye bears a Japanese passport and is therefore a national there, the Government of Japan has more responsibility over him.

He also clarified that Iryn would be required in court to testify against him.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
UNDP rep cautions Ugandan youth on patriotism
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative to Uganda, Ahunna Eziakonwa Onochie, has advised the youth to love their country, develop a sense of integrity and be innovative if they are to achieve their goals....
Calls for youth-friendly services in health facilities
The government has been called on to embark an inclusive health care system to help reduce the number of unsafe abortions among mostly young Ugandans....
Museveni faults UPC gov
President Yoweri Museveni has criticised the Uganda People’s Congress leadership for failure to manage the post- Amin politics to rebuild the nation....
Mountain running: Uganda wins four gold in Italy
Ugandan mountain runners win a total of four gold medals at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy, repelling strong competition from the Eritreans on Sunday....
Uganda arrests Somali Al Shabaab bombers
Police says suspected Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents arrested in weekend raids had planned to carry out bomb attacks....
Retired Justice Kikonyogo lauds Museveni on good laws, policies
The former Deputy Chief Justice, Laetitia Mukasa-Kikonyogo has lauded President Museveni for empowering women and for good policies and laws...
Do kingdoms deserve more benefits?
yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter