Acid attacker case starts

By Sania Babirye
Hearing of the murder case against Kampala Business man Kakaire Kasimu who poured acid on his wife 35 year old Namanda Josephine and two weeks old bay causing his wife’s death has commenced today before high court judge Anthony Ojok Ayuko.

The first prosecutions witness a one Musa Wakabi an expert witness from the Government analytical Laboratory has testified before court that he examined cloths and shoes belonging to the late Namanda and concluded that they contained a strong acidic substance which is harmful to human life.

On the 13th of December 2018, Kakaire was officially charged with murder and pleaded not guilty.
In March 2018 , Nakawa court chief magistrate Flavia Nasuuna committed Kakaire and his two co-accused Namanya Ivan and Walusimbi Farouq to the High Court to be tried over his Wife’s death.

But before they could be tried the two co accused Ivan Namanya and Faroouq Walusimbi pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder and were sentenced to 25 years in prison by Nakawa high court Justice Elizabeth Nahamya.

According to Prosecution Kakaire hired the two men at 3 million shillings to pour acid on his wife and their two weeks old baby along the Northern By-pass in November 2014.

Investigations further reveals that Kakaire was also traveling in the same car with his wife and daughter from Jinja district were they had been attending a christening ceremony of their daughter during the attacker.

Namanda a business woman at containers village in downtown Kampala sustained severe burnt injuries and was admitted at Mulago hospital and later died in February 2015 as a result of her injuries.

However, the baby survived with no injuries since was fully covered to protect her from the attacker by the mother.

Meanwhile Kakaire also sustained acid burnt wounds and scars which are visibly seen on his face and hands.

Evidence from equity Bank also shows that Kakaire was stealing money from his wife before and after her death.

According to documents produced today from equity Bank, kakaire withbdrew 12 million shillings from the account of his stepdaughter that his wife had opened for her.

The money was withdrawn while the Namanda was fighting for her life in Mulago hospital after the acid attacker.

Kakaire apparently persuaded Namanda’s underaged stepdaughter Caroline Nasiiwa who was the signatory to the account to authorise his withdraw of the money were he would make the bank call the child to give permission to withdraw the money.

The case has further been adjourned to the 10th of January 2019.