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By Vision Reporter

Added 25th August 2005 03:00 AM

Acid case
KAMPALA — Buganda Road Court magistrate Justin Atukwasa on Thursday seriously warned an acid suspect who has never defended himself, but instead reports in court to announce the absence of his lawyer, Mukiibi Sentamu, who has only appeared once.

Acid case
KAMPALA — Buganda Road Court magistrate Justin Atukwasa on Thursday seriously warned an acid suspect who has never defended himself, but instead reports in court to announce the absence of his lawyer, Mukiibi Sentamu, who has only appeared once.

Acid case
KAMPALA — Buganda Road Court magistrate Justin Atukwasa on Thursday seriously warned an acid suspect who has never defended himself, but instead reports in court to announce the absence of his lawyer, Mukiibi Sentamu, who has only appeared once. “It seems you’re trying to dodge your defence. l am giving you the last adjournment to give your defence, with or without your lawyer,” Atukwasa said.

Body lost
MUKONO — The body of an Austrian tourist who drowned after sliding into a waterfall in Mabira forest is yet to be recovered. District CID officer Joseph Edopa said they had searched for the body for the two days. The Police said 26-year-old James Coulter drowned on Monday when he fell into the fast moving waters of Musamya (Griffin) falls.

Kodili trial
KAMPALA — Witnesses yesterday begun giving evidence in a case in which former army chief of personnel and administration Col. Mark Kodili is charged with swindling sh30m meant for soldiers in the north. The witnesses, whose identities were kept secret, testified before the General Military Court Martial chaired by Lt. Gen. Elly Tumwine.

Deadline set
KIGALI, Thursday — The DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda yesterday set a one-month deadline for Rwandan Hutu rebels in the eastern DRC to disarm and return home in respect to an earlier decision.

Killer to hang
MBALE — Latiff Buulo, 28, is to hang for killing a man who offered him shelter for a night. Justice J.B Katutsi passed the verdict, during a High Court session held at Mbale.

Three charged
THREE people, who reportedly posed as Mulago hospital doctors and acquired sh12m from Standard Chartered Bank, have been charged with impersonation, forgery and obtaining money by false pretence.
Muhammad Makanga alias Dr. Fred Musoke, Muhammad Ddungu and Fatuma Namukwaya alias Sarah Mayega denied the charges before Buganda Road Court.

Driver records
AN American Embassy truck driver, who knocked dead three people last week, yesterday recorded a statement at the at Jinja Road Police Station.
Asaf Kasozi, 40, stated that he lost control of the vehicle at Wankoko on Old Port Bell Road in Kampala, an officer at the station said, adding that investigations into the accident were going on.

Kasulu applies
FORMER Property masters chief Patrick Kasulu has applied for bail at the Kampala High Court.
Kasulu, 42, who is presently facing 39 charges of fraud before the Buganda Road Court, said he was married with three children and several dependants that he wanted to go and look after.

Baby dumped
A BABY boy believed to be three-and-a-half years old, who was abandoned in Soya zone Bunga Ggaba, a city suburb, is being taken care of by the Child Welfare and adoption Society, a local children’s NGO.

Kabaka off
By Vision reporter
The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mwenda Mutebi II, has left for Bangkok, Thailand for a 10-day visit at the invitation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
He left on Wednesday aboard Kenya Airways, a statement issued by his information officer, Dick Kasolo, said yesterday. The Kabaka is also expected to meet Thai investors.

UPC's Ochieno
UGANDA People’s Congress (UPC) Constitutional Steering Committee member Joseph Ochieno said in a Wednesday statement that he will return this weekend.
Ochieno and Jimmy Akena, the son of UPC leader, Dr. Milton Obote, left late last month and were reported to be in Zambia, where Obote has lived since 1985. Ochieno later returned to Britain.

Wasieba wins

THE Court of Appeal has dismissed with costs, an election petition appeal in which a voter had sought to unseat Sylvester Wanjusi Wasieba, the Mbale Municipality MP.
Justice Galdino Magellan Okello said the appeal by Milton Wanambwa did not satisfy the requirements of section 61(2)(b) of the Parliamentary Elections Act. Two other judges concurred with the ruling.

Storm ruins
A storm recently devastated villages in Dwaniro sub-county in Kiboga district, leaving several people homeless and without food.
The 4:00am storm, dominated by strong wind, a downpour and hailstones, uprooted trees, destroyed houses, crops and killed some animals. Sources said 50 buildings were destroyed, 20 goats were killed and gardens were washed away.

Better roads
Arua municipality has started tarmacking all streets in the central business district to improve transport and the beauty of the town.
The municipal engineer, Moses Ewama, said they had earmarked four major streets to be upgraded from murram to bitumen. They are Go-down, Duka, Central and Hospital roads.

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