They were arrested on Friday around ABSA Bank in Mbale City in an operation led by the Mbale District Police Commander Arafat Kato. Kato says that they received intelligence information that they were planning to sell the fake currencies to Banks and unsuspecting people in the area.
In October, Jude Mike Mudoma was elected as the Umukuka III by a faction led by the embattled speaker of Inzu Ya Masaba, Nelson Wedaira. In March, members of the cultural council elected John Amram Wagabyalile.
According to Rogers Taitika, the Elgon region police spokesperson, the three whose names were not released not to jeopardize the investigation were arrested on Monday with the help of police sniffer dogs.
Residents living along these rivers note that over the years, there has been an unprecedented increase in pollution which puts their lives at risk of contracting diseases. According to residents, unknown people use the cover of darkness to dump waste in the river.
Last week, the State Minister for Culture Peace Mutuzo declared Mike Mudoma as the new Umukuka. This follows the current fights and confusion between the two factions of Wagabyalile and Mike Mudoma who each claim to be the legitimate cultural leader.
In the meeting, the District LCV Chairpersons unanimously agreed that Mudoma is gazetted as the King of the Bamassaba. They accused the Wagabyalire faction of flouting the guidelines of selecting the cultural leader.
At the time the Mushikor died, there were two people elected to succeed him from two factions; one led by Secretary-General Wilson Wepondi and another by Speaker Nelson Wedaira. The Wepondi faction elected John Amram Wagabyalire, while the Wedaira faction elected Jude Mike Mudoma for the position.
Accordingly, the Inzu Ya Masaba through their Lawyers of Katongole & Advocates has asked the Minister to postpone the meeting to Sunday arguing that the 48-hour notice was not adequate to mobilize for the meeting.
At Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, health officials who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said they will not get the vaccine until they see the president vaccinated. During his televised address on Sunday, president, Yoweri Museveni said that he was yet to decide on which COVID-19 vaccine to use.
While Mbale RDC Pamela Watuwa said beginning to manufacture buses in fulfillment of government's industrialization policy that for increasing youth employment and boosting exports, Ronald Owembale and his fellow boda boda riders said that after buses, they now expect Kiira Motors to start making aircrafts.
Roger Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson says Ssemanda was together with five other people who are still at large. “We have received complaints from several people within Mbale especially in the areas of Bugema, Namatala, Nakaloke and within the City center along republic street over theft of yaka meters. It is suspected to be a racket of thugs who are dealing in this thuggery,” he said.
Safiyu Mafabi, the Chairperson Mbale Elders Forum told the meeting that the public has lost confidence Dot Services because of shoddy work on Soroti road. He says that they got concerned when they received news that Dot Services had won the contract to work on the two roads in the city.
Joshua Osaulo, a senior 6 student and eyewitness, says that the guard found students gathered around the administration block around 9:00 pm trying to resolve a case of theft from one of their dormitories.