Minister Jeje Odongo says Entebbe murders are ritual sacrifices

Ritual cleansing, domestic disputes and land conflicts could have fueled a spate of mysterious killings in parts of Katabi Town Council and Nansana Municipality, Wakiso district.

In a preliminary statement presented to parliament, Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo said that police investigation currently points to the three as the motives behind the wave.

A total of 21 women were gruesomely killed between May 3 and September 4, 2017. Their bodies reportedly had signs of manual strangulation while others had sticks inserted in their private parts.

“In the case of Nansana Municipality murders, eight of the nine women were murdered by the same criminal gang for ritual purposes,” Gen Jeje said.

He explained that the prime suspect, a one Ibrahim Kaweesa alias Tetemwa who had just been released after serving a ten-year jail sentence, confessed that he had been hired by a businessman identified as Phillip Tumuhimbise to kill 12 women to enable the businessman to draw human blood for ritual performance to enhance his wealth.

According to Odongo, Kaweesa led police in the reconstruction of all the eight murder scenes demonstrating his participation and that of his associates.
Odongo added that technical evidence and witness testimonies from Katabi Town Council point to one serial killer identified as Ivan Katongole alias Jenus, also a businessman.

“Credible witnesses have indicated he is the mastermind behind these killings, contracting people and actually participating. His motive being for ritual purposes to get human blood and body parts in order to build his wealth, including his commercial buildings under construction at Kasenyi Landing Site,” said Odongo.

The minister said that police has evidence linking the suspects and businessman Katongole.

Minister Odongo told Parliament that 44 suspects linked to the murders have been arrested so far with 22 charged in courts of law. He says that the remaining suspects are at different stages of processing, also to be arraigned in courts of law soon.

However, several legislators contested the government statement with some pointing the murders to a boiling conflict. Kumi Woman MP Monica Amoding said that the nature of the murders sends a message which government has failed to explain to the country.

“Are you in charge of the internal affairs of this country? Is this not something that can be associated with conflict? Is this not a conflict starting up in this country?” Amoding questioned.

She added that attribution of the murders to rituals was too simplistic.

Nakasongola Woman MP Margaret Komuhangi also ruled out the murders being made for purposes of rituals saying that the gender committee of parliament had investigated cases of human sacrifice and it was never reported that rape is involved in cases of sacrifice.

Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi said that the killings represent a bigger problem in the country which needs urgent attention. He said that government must not wait for the problem to escalate to try and act.

The Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza said that the police do not seem to be taking stock of the numerous killings in the country adding that other groups of people have been killed in the country with nothing to report about.

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda acknowledged that police was not perfect in its work but hastened to add that tangible progress has been made in investigating the notorious killings.

 

 

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Justice Chibita slaps fresh charges against Major Kiggudu suspected murderers

By Sania Babirye

The Director of Public Prosecutions Mike Chibita has this morning formally withdrawn charges of murdering Maj. Muhammad Kiggudu and his bodyguard   against the acting Deputy Amir of the Tabliq Muslim section sheikh Yahaya Ramathan  Mwanjje and 3 others.

Sheikh Mwanje and his co accused  were already being tried in the high court  for murdering major  Kigundu after DPP committed them for trial on the 15th of march this year.

Today  state prosecutor Lillian Omara while appearing before trial  judge Wilson Kwesiga   presented a withdrawal letter from the DPP dated 4th/September 2017 clearing Sheikh Mwanjje and his alleged accomplices over the murder .

Despite the clearance, the suspects have been remanded back to Luzira prison after the same DPP slapped fresh murder and terrorism charges against them and four others on Wednesday.

In the fresh charges that were read  by Buganda road court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani,  Sheikh Yahaya Mwanjje, 2 boda-boda riders from   Nsangi stage ; Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul Wahaab Ssendegeya  and Musa Ssekandi  are said to have aided a Terrorsit group ADF with support in form of training and recruitment between years 2010-2017 in various districts of Uganda.

They are also  jointly charged with Yusuf Nyanzi, Jibril Kalyango,Noordin Lutaaya, Bruhan  Balyejusa  for the murder of Maj. Kiggudu and his body guard Sgt . Stephen Mukasa on  the 26th/November 2016 at Masanafu trading center.

The eight are expected to return to court on the 13th of this month when the DPP is expected to commit them for trial over the new charges.

Kaweesi murder suspects sent back to Luzira

By Sania Babirye

The 20 suspects charged with the murder of  the former police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi have been remanded back to Luzira prison until the 7th of September  2017.

Nakawa court  grade one magistrate Noah Ssajabi  has remanded the suspects after Prosecution led by Caroline Apia informed court that investigations into the case are still on going asking for more time.

The suspects including a woman Ayub Sauda, and 19men led by Abdu Rashid Mbaziira are charged with 5 counts including  muder,  Terrorism and Aggrevated robbery.

Prosecution led by Rachael Nabwire states  that the the susepcts on the  morning of 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard  Kenneth Erau and his driver  Godfrey Wambewa as the trio drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.

Meanwhile one of the suspect  Jibril Kalyango has today informed court that he was tortured and forced to confess to the murder of the former police spokesman.

He also informed the magistrate that since his arrest he has not been able to see his wife or his 9month old baby who were also allegedly  taken by police.

However the magistrate has advised him to raise his issues with the high court that  has  the mandate to hear their case.

The group has so far won an application in the high court to have them examined by an independent medical center to ascertain their alleged torture allegations.

Woman gang raped and murdered in Entebbe

By Robert Segawa

Another woman has been killed in Entebbe Wakiso district bringing the total number  to seven women killed in the area in last two months.

The body of 35 years old Aisha Nakasinde was discovered in a bush this morning a few meters from Kasenyi barracks in Nkumba Kavundira village in Katabi town council.

Its believed that Nakasinde was gang raped by attackers and  inserting sticks in her private parts and throat.

Nakasinde is the 7th woman to lose her life in similar manner as murder increase in Entebbe. Last week  Sarah Nakajjo was also murdered in a similar way.

Police has taken the body to Mulago hospital for postmortem.

Police arrest tropical bank employee murderer

By Robert Segawa
Police have arrested Andrew Kelvin  Okoth, an employee of UMEME suspected to have murdered her girlfriend Fahima Natoolo in Mbalwa, Namugongo.
The body of the  32 year old employee of Tropical bank, Masaka branch was found decomposing in a house and it is suspected she had been murdered by her boyfriend after a fight.
Police on Thursday night arrested Okoth from a house in Kiwatule together with another female person before being detained at Kira road police station.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson,  Emilian Kayima, police will investigate more to find out if the female suspect was an accomplice in the Mbalwa murder .
He added that investigations will also look at a possibility of crimes committed earlier by Okoth.

Police saves murder suspect from angry mob

An angry mob has lynched a murder suspect and injured another seriously in Rubanda district. The mob descended on 34-year-old William Mugisha at his home in Ihunga cell in Ikumba Sub County and beat him to death on Wednesday.

The mob also attacked another suspect Robert Balikese and attempted to lynch him but he was rescued by police. The two are believed to have been part of the group that killed John Byarugaba, a teacher at Ihunga primary school located in Muko Sub County, whose decomposing body was found dumped in a bush in Bisiizi cell on December 21st, 2016.

They were picked up together with two others whose identities were not made public. On Tuesday this week, High Court released Mugisha, Balikese and two others on grounds that the Director of Public Prosecutions had cleared their file.

The release of the suspects didn’t go down well with residents prompting them to raid Mugisha’s home and lynch him. They also tried to attack Baliseka but he was rescued by Police.

Silva Baguma, the Ikumba Sub County LC V Councilor, says the residents attacked the trio, saying they had bribed their way from prison. Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Baliseka is nursing injuries at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

He says they have launched a manhunt for the mob members to face charges of taking the law into their hands.

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Hearing of Ivan Kamyuka’s murder case is slated for today

By Sania Babirye

Kampala businessman Ivan Kamyuka who is charged with murdering a one Ahimbisibwe Johnnie  a socialite  while at Govnor club in Kampala in 2015 returns at the high court for further hearing of his case before high court Judge Yasin Nyanzi.

Prosecution today is expected to present more s witnesses to testify against Kamyuka who has since pleaded not  guilty to the offense.

Senior principle attorney Jane Kajuga has so far presented witnesses including a doctor who examined the suspect and found him to  be  of sound mind  and a video footage that was captured on that fateful day by CCTV cameras where Kamyuka is seen punching Ivan Ahimbisibwe many punches  including one particular punch  around his chest near his heart that made him fall to the ground unconscious.

On the 10th of August 2015  Nakawa court grade one magistrate Christine Natenge committed Kamyuka to the high court for trial and he was later released on a five million cash bail.

Prosecution says it has  evidence including a broken bottle kamyuka allegedly used to kill Johnnie.

State further states that it intends to prove that Nina Nyaraka the girlfriend to Kamyuka and john had a child together and that in august 2015 while at Governor club in Kampala a fight broke out between Nina and Johnnie however when Ivan went to rescue her he ended up killing him.

Kamyuka was charged with the murder of Ahimbisibwe  Johnnie on the 1st of August 2015 at club Govnor in Kampala.

He is alleged to have smashed a liquor glass on his head causing him to bleed to death.

He was declared dead by medical officials at case clinic after he was rushed there by the clubs officials.

Kaweesi murder suspects sent to Luzira Maximum prison

By Sania Babirye

The 22 suspects charged with the murder of AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi the former police spokesperson have been remanded to Luzira prison.

The suspects had returned before Nakawa magistrate court for mention of their case.

However prosecution led by Joyce Anyago has informed Grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi that investigations into the case are still ongoing.

They have now been remanded until the 1st of June 2017.

These are charged with 5 counts including murder, terrorism and aggravated robbery.

Prosecution states that the the suspects on the morning of 17th/March 2017 at Kulambiro within Kampala district shot dead AIGP Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and his driver Godfrey Wambewa as the trio drove in the official Uganda Police vehicle to work.

Kanungu GISO and three others sent to jail over murder

The Kanungu Magistrate’s court has remanded four people accused of the gruesome murder of Alfred Betondera, a teacher at Nyakatare Primary School in Western ward.

The suspects are Medard Suubi Turyatemba, the Nyamirama Sub county Gombolola Internal Security Officer-GISO, Deus Niwagaba, Joab Twesigye and Evelyn Nasiima, all residents of Nyamirama Sub County in Kanungu district.

The suspects appeared on Monday before Duncan Ben Sande, the Kanungu Grade One Magistrate. Prosecution told court that while at a drinking joint in Kanungu on May 4th, 2017 at around 2am, the deceased developed a misunderstanding with Suubi.

It is alleged that the suspects ganged up against the deceased and assaulted him. He died while being rushed to Kanungu Health Centre IV for treatment. The suspects fled into hiding until they were picked up by Police.

Duncan Ben Sande, the Kanungu Grade One Magistrate didn’t allow the suspects to enter any plea since his court lacks jurisdiction over capital matters.

He therefore remanded the suspects to Kanungu Government Prison until June 12th, 2017 when their matter will come up for mention in court.

Police in Kanungu arrest woman for suspected murder of boyfriend

Police are holding Enias Asiimwe, a resident of Muhororo cell in Southern Ward in Kanungu town council in connection with the death of her boyfriend.

Ely Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says Asiimwe was picked on Tuesday over the mysterious death of Sadique Tukasingura.

Maate says the suspects was picked up while planning to escape and is being held at Kanungu Police Station under CRB 1038/2016. Preliminary information shows that Asiimwe met Tukasingura on November 13th, 2016 in Katokye trading center.

They decided to spend a night together at Asiimwe’s residence where Tukasingura was found dead the next morning. Asiimwe’s neighbor, Stella Kyakunzire, says that by the time they discovered Tukasingura’s body the suspect had gone into hiding.
Police have handed over the deceased’s body to Kambuga Hospital for postmortem to determine the cause of death. The suspect declined to comment on the matter when approached by our reporter.

 

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