50 year old man in Kisoro being held for murder

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kisoro is holding 50 year old man for alleged murder.

The suspect who has been identified as Festo Nkurunziza and 3 others on run allegedly murdered one Benon Ngirabakunzi 52 years of Matyazo village Rukongi parish Nyarusiza sub county Kisoro district.

He was killed for allegedly trespassing on the home of one Ngurunziza Gadi of Nango village along Kisoro Bunagana highway.

It’s alleged that on Tuesday evening 4th December, the deceased fell sick to an extent of becoming mad, the family opted to call pastor Turasinze Festo who prayed for him up to Wednesday .

According to Elly Matte Kigezi region police spokesperson as the sickness worsened, the pastor decided to take the patient to his home around 1600 hours. On his way, the patient overpowered him and disappeared.

On Wednesday night at around 03:00 hours towards, the deceased attacked the home of Nkurunziza Festo who made an alarm which attracted neighbors who arrested him and consequently lynched him to comma.

Mr. Nkurunziza to went to Bunagana police station and reported a case of criminal trespass against the deceased whom he had not gone with.

The Police tasked him to produce the suspect but in vain .He said he wanted to first take him to hospital. He died instantly on the way to Kisoro hospital and his body was abandoned by the road side.

Maid remanded for murdering own child

By Sania Babirye

A house maid who allegedly murdered her one -and half year old daughter and removed her body organs has been further remanded to Luzira prison until December 11th.

This after state prosecutor Joy Kalungi informed a grade one magistrate at City Hall Beatrice Kainza that police investigations are still on-going.

32 year old Harriet Nakalema together with her housemate Annet Mwagale are charged with murder and trafficking in Children.

Prosecution states that on the October 29th 2018 at the residencies of the accused in Balintuma Zone – Kiwatule Kiira-Town council , the 2 with malice afore thought murdered Vivian Nalunga and removed her intestines , private parts , bladder and ovaries for purposes of Human sacrifice.

It’s alleged that after the 2 women committed the gruesome murder , they rushed the toddler’s body to Mulago hospital but doctors became suspicious upon realizing that the body had missing organs; hence informing police .

However on arrest by Kira Road police, Nakalema informed authorities that she had tempted by the devil to chop her baby into pieces.
A2 Annet Mwagale hired lawyers from Kasirye Byaruhanga and company advocates, but they had no objection to the adjournment

Woman ordered to defend self over murder of her co-wife

By Sania Babirye
A  29year old woman  Hadijah Namyalo Lutaaya who is charged with killing her co wife by running over her with her vehicle in 2014  has been ordered to defend herself.
 Kampala high court judge Jane Francis Abodo made the order after ruling that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to sustain the charge.
According to justice Abodo,  she found a pre-ma-facie case against Namyalo to explain the circumstances under which her co wife Eva Ndagire  died during the incident.
The judge further explained that she took into account the suspects threats in which she threatened the deceased’s mother Kakirija Josephine to warn her daughter from going after her husband or she would cause harm to her by running her over with her car in March 2014, something that allegedly came true in September the same year.
Prosecution states that on the 23rd of September 2014, Namyalo  while driving a Pajero vehicle completed her mission by knocking dead Ndagire at Kkona trading center in Wakiso district.

An eye witnesses told court that the suspect  before knocking dead  the victim  who was walking alongside the road  made sure that she was the one walking by flashing  full lights of her car  before deeming them to carry out her final mission.

She is later alleged  to have accelerated on the right side which the deceased was walking on killing her instantly.

She has been remanded back to Luzira prison until the 11th of September when she will start defending herself.

If convicted of murder, Namyalo will be handed a death maximum sentence.

Prominent business man killed

By Robert Segawa

Mugume Wycliffe, a prominent business man and  resident of Kamuli Central Kireka zone has been murdered at about 5 am in the morning.

It is alleged that Mugume a business man at Kireka Farmers market woke up early in the morning to make some business transaction at the market where he was expected to pay a track of matooke .

According to the Family members he had moved with close to 4 million Uganda shillings and on his way he was blocked by people who are not yet identified and cut him with a Panga repeatedly until he died .

Luke Oweyisigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the body was picked and taken to mulago for postmortem. Alleged murder object ( Panga) and his mobile phone were Picked from the scene for further investigation.

Court finds Kamyuka guilty of unintentionally killing colleague

By Sania Babirye

High court justice Wilson Kwesiga has acquitted Kampala bussinesman Ivan Kamyuka of murdering his colleague Ahimbisibwe Johnnie at club Guvnor in Kampala in August 2015 but found him guilty of  manslaughter.

While convicting him of Manslaughter, justice Kwesiga ruled that Kamyuka used  excessive force while attacking Ahimbisibwe.
Justice Kwesiga explained that the convict ignored the role of other mediators such as Security and other dancers at the night club who tried to  repel him against the deceased who had attacked his lover also lady at centre of contention Nima Nyarwaka a former wife to the deceased whom he had a seven year old son  with.
The judge has however aquitted him of murdering the deceased on grounds that he did not intend or willfully kill the deceased and that Kamyuka acted in self-defense of his lover after Ahimbisibwe attacked her first by calling her insulting words like prostitute, bitch and injured her face, lips, teeth and hands when he broke a glass in front of her.
The judge has  further ruled that any reasonable spouse would have used any deadly force to repel attack against his partner and that Ahimbisibwe did provoke Kamyuka by violently assaulting  and abusing his lover and as a result he was entitled to defend her.
Justice Kwesiga has also taken into account evidence seduced by the defense showing that the deceased was a violent man whose violent behavior led to him being deported from Sweden and the fact that his former lover divorced him in 2013 as a result of his violent behavior.
He also ruled that Ahimbisibwe Johnnie unlawfully died of excessive bleeding due to a deep cut wound  he sustained on the neck as a result of an assault on 2nd  of August  2015 at Glub Guvnor.
He has now cancelled Kamyuka’s bail and set this afternoon to hand him his sentence.

Kamoga denied bail

By Sania Babirye
The Court of Appeal  led by  Justice Christopher Madrama has denied to grant bail to the convicted and jailed former Tabliq muslim sect leader Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga.
The same Justice denied  bail to another sheikh Siraj Kawooya who is Kamoga’s co convict two weeks ago. Just like in the case of sheikh Kawooya, 66 year old Sheikh Kamoga’s bail application has been dismissed on grounds that he no longer enjoys enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty since he had been already convicted of a capital offense relating to terrorism.
Justice Madrama has also ruled that Sheikh Kamoga is also likely to abscond from bail since he is serving the second most capital punishment of life imprisonment. He also declined Kamoga’s advanced age of 66 years and  poor health conditions were Kamoga had alleged that he needed  special palliative care for severe hypertension,  Ulcers and gross obesity which can expose him to cardiac complications.
However, Justice Madrama ruled that Kamoga did not prove to the satisfaction of court that Luzira prison Authorities can not manage his poor health condition.
Justice Madrama also refused Kamoga’s submissions that his  appeal has a high chance  of succeeding because  state failed to place him at the murder scenes of both since none  of the prosecution witnesses placed  his client at the scenes of murder of the 2 sheikhs; Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya and its fair and just to temporarily release him.
The justice has however ordered  the court of appeal to fix a date to start hearing of his appeal instead of the convicts being granted bail.
The bail application comes  after Kamoga challenged both his terrorism conviction and life time imprisonment that was handed to  him by the international crimes division of the high court in July 2017

In july 2017, three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by justice Eziekel Muhanguzi setenced Kamoga and 5 others to life imprisonment and 30 years in Luzira prison after convicting each of them of verbal terrorism.

The group was however acquitted of murdering rival sheikhs Mustapha Bahiga and Hassan Kirya due to lack of evidence.

The group has since then challenged both their convictions and sentences in the court of appeal saying they were harsh and excessive .

Court grants suspects of the Finnish national murder bail

By Sania Babirye
Buganda Road Court  chief Magistrate James Ereemye Mawanda has granted five murder suspects bail.
The five are charged with causing the  death of a Finnish national at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero within Kampala city.
 Four of the suspects have been ordered to deposit  ten million shillings each  in cash while a one Caroline Alinda  has been released on a  court bond of ten million shilling.
The magistrate observed that Caroline was pregnant and it would be unfair to keep her in prison due to her delicate condition on top of not being able to raise the 10 million in cash.
These will return to court on the 24th of April 2017 when court will start hearing the case.
Thomas Juha Petteri Terasvouri  was found lying dead in his hotel room atc Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero within Kampala and a postmortem report showed that he died as a result of drugs found in his body.
On the 22nd of March five people including  a senior intelligence officer with  the Internal Security Organisation(ISO) Appollo Kyabagye ,   Fatuma Kabagambe , a one Caroline Alinda , a special hire driver Nasif Walusimbi and  the deceased’s  girlfriend ; Faridah Naggayi  were arrested and charged with manslaughter , forgery , trafficking in drugs and conspiracy to commit a felony .
Prosecution states  that on the 6thth of February 2018 at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Nakasero , the five are said to have connived to kill Thomas Juha Petteri Terasvouri  by  allegedly  administering  narcotics  to him which they  sneaked  into his hotel room  but they deny all  the charges.
These are also charged with forging a  letter purporting to have  been written and signed by  ISO Director General, Col.Kaka Bagyenda whereas not.

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.




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.