Minister Rukutana acquitted of attempted murder charges

By Sania Babirye

The state minister for labor Mwesigwe Rukutana has been acquitted of all seven charges including attempted murder,assault, causing bodily harm, malicious damage to property and threatening violence to the Ntungamo Chief Magistrate court.

According to Prosecution, the 61 year old Member of Parliament for Rushenyi constituency had alleged committed the said offences after he was arrested with three of his escorts on the 6th of September over violence related charges during the NRM primaries in 2020.

However, Chief magistrate Sarah Kyolya set free Rukutana, after ruling that Prosecution had failed to adduce sufficient evidence to prove the alleged charges.

Prosecution had stated that on the 5th of September 2020 at Kagugu village in the Ntungamo district, unlawfully attempted to cause the death of Rweburungi Daniel alias Dan.

He is also accused of assaulting Niwamanya Justus and causing him bodily harm and damaging his opponent and winner Muhumuza Moses’s car and threatening to kill Niwamanya and Muhumuza on the same day.

However, the two alleged victims who were said to have been in the car that the Minister had shot into refused to appear in court to oin the minister on the alleged charges, forcing the Court to dismiss the said case.

He was remanded to Kitalya Government Prison on the 7th of September after being charged and denied bail before being finally granted bail on the 15th of September 2020.

Man arrested for murdering colleague in Ntinda

By Robert Segawa

Police at Kiira Road have today morning arrested Nelson Enos Ofwono alias Nelson Victor Ochien alias Nelly Octopus on allegation of stabbing to death Isaac Omugar at Chillies Restaurant, Ntinda on March 31, 2021.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala Metropolitan police spokesman Ofwono was arrested at his rented home in Katooke Zone B, Nansana Municipality, in Wakiso District.

Police detectives have been searching for the suspect for more than three weeks after they obtained a CCTV footage that showed what transpired at the scene on the fateful day.

Upon interrogation, the suspect has admitted to have killed Omugar whom he accused of not paying his money , it is alleged that Ofwono lent money to Omugar , but hopes to pay back were dashed after he was laid off at Chillies Restaurant due to the stress that Corona virus put on the food business .

Owoyesigyire adds that the suspect allegedly continued putting the deceased on pressure to pay his money but on vain.

On the fateful day, Ofwono pretended that he had gone to Chillies to pick his shoes he left behind,at the restaurant, the suspect stabbed the Omugar and robbed UGX 300,000 shillings that was on the table.

The CCTV footage also shows the suspect taking UGX 20,000 from the deceased’s pockets. He also stole two mobile phones belonging to the deceased, by the time he was arrested, he had already sold one phone at Shs250,000.
During the search, the detectives recovered Sim cards belonging to the deceased at the suspect’s home , they also recovered at the suspect’s home, the clothes he was wearing during the murder and aggravated robbery.

Owoyesigyire noted that police have done better part of the investigation and the case file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and sanctioning.

Four jailed for murdering business man in Mityana

By Sania Babirye

The Kampala High Court has handed a life in prison sentence to four men who were convicted of murdering Mityana business man Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe over land wrangles in 2019.

Kampala High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga has stated that the sentence is to serve as a punishment since the convicts killed the deceased in a cruel manner.

The four led by Ibrahim Muyingo the area LC1 chairperson of Minana-Galabi were on Monday convicted by the same court on grounds that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to prove the said murder.

However, Justice Kwesiga acquitted the other two accused including Rev.Fr.Lawrence Muduse Yawe over the said murder.

Prosecution states that the accused persons on August 7th 2019 at Minana-Galabi village, Ttamu Division, Mityana municipality in the Mityana District, unlawfully with malice aforethought killed a one Kasadha Mulinde Kimbugwe.

According to evidence adduced by Prosecutions, the deceased was found with his his head cut off by the accused persons over a one square mile land.

The head was found near the homes of the convicts who had publicly threatened to kill him.

Prosecution also claimed that on that fateful day, the deceased before he met his death was moving around the village, giving out letters to tenants who were squatting on his land which covered four villages including, Minana, Galabi, Jabukw and Jamuvole in Tamu Division in Mitiyana.

Group arrested in connection to recent robbery of Chinese National

By Robert Segawa

The joint security team including operatives from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and the Directorate of Crime Intelligence has arrested six suspects who were part of a gang that posed as National Water and Sewerage Corporation staff and robbed over shs100 million from a Chinese national in Kyambogo.

Addressing a news conference at police headquarters in Naguru, Fred Enanga the police spokesperson said that the suspects were arrested after an earlier arrest of one Elizabeth Kiiza, alias Mbabazi Judith a resident of Lungujja Kitunzi. Kiiza who was a former employee to the Chinese was seen and identified in the CCTV camera footage. She as found and arrested in Ntungamo where she was found constructing a house for her mother.

Enanga noted that Kiiza later led security to the other gang members including Edison Musinguzi a resident of Nansana Ganda and was a team leader, Wilson Kalyango, a resident of Mengo Musajja Alumbwa, Mpirize Joseph, Muwozo Dan , and one Kamuzo who were found in a guest house in Bundibugyo where they were planning another mission in the neighboring DRC.
According to the police spokesperson, the group was found with a motor vehicle they were going to use for transport during their mission.
He said investigations are still ongoing to help arrest other suspects connected to the gang and also recover more exhibits.

Three arrested, charged with murder

By Robert Segawa

Police has revealed that they have slapped five murder charges against the prime suspect in the murder of four women and a three months baby.

Last week a joint security team arrested 23-year-old Musa Musasizi a resident of Mujomba Zone six, Nakulabye in Rubaga division over the gruesome murders.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists that Musasizi confessed before the Mengo magistrate that he first had sexual intercourse with the women before killing them as a hobby.

Enanga noted that the suspect first killed his lover Mclean Ahereza whom he suspected of infidelity and dumped his body in Nateete and burnt it using paraffin.

He later killed four other women and a three months baby and stuffed the bodies in sacks and later burnt them to hide evidence.

The police spokesperson said before arrest, Musasizi was planing to date another woman and later kill her .
Enanga added that several exhibits including shoes,knickers and bags which belonged to the deceased women where recovered from

Uganda Prisons Ordered To Produce On Court The Remaining AIGP Kaweesi Murder Suspects

By Sania Babirye

The Uganda Prisons has been ordered to produce physically in Court the remaining two suspects out of the 8 people charged with the murder of former Police Spokes person AUGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi who was gunned gunned down by unknown assailants on the 17th of March 2017 in Kulambiro in Nakawa division for their pre trial hearing.

The two including Abdul Rashid Mbaziira and Aramathan Higenyi are still on remand at Luzira Maximum prison on other charges of child trafficking despite court freeing the other suspects for failure of prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions and lack of incriminating evidence.

The International crimes Division of the high court presided trial Judge Paul Haswaga has order Luzira prisons Authorities to produce the said suspects in court physically starting May 10th to 14th 2021.

Prosecution states that the two and others still at large between 2016 and March 19th, 2017 in Busia District transported, transferred six minors aged 3 and 11 and hid them in Mukono District for the purposes of exploitation.

The Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions Lino Anguzu and the Defense counsels Kwemara Kafuuzi and Geoffrey Turyamusiima told court that they had finalized sharing of all evidence they intend to rely on during the trial including the car where Afande Kaweesa and his body guards were shot from , the cartridges recovered from the scene of crime, the motorcycles purportedly used to execute the mission among others.

Kaweesi was murdered together with his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa on March 17, 2017, in Kulambiro in Nakawa Division in Kampala District by people allegedly travelling on two motorcycles.

Security guard sent to jail for attempted murder

By Sania Babirye

A private security guard who allegedly stabbed his friend has been charged with attempted murder.

The suspect identified as 31 year old David Byekwaso a private security guard at Cannan Washing bay and parking and a resident of Nateete Nanfuka zone has appeared before Buganda Road court Chief Magistrates Akello Ago Miriam and denied the said offence.

He has further been remanded to Luzira prison until the 21st of this month when court will deliver his judgement.

According to evidence, Byekwaso allegedly attempted to kill his friend by stabbing him in the stomach with a knife after a quarrel between the two.

Prosecution states that Byekwaso, on June 25th in the year 2020 at Cannan washing bay in Nateete Rubaga division in Kampala attempted to cause the death of Ali Ssemanda.

Police on a hunt of a man who is suspected for killing own girlfriend

By Robert Segawa

Kira Division police is looking for 22 year old man who killed his girlfriend for unknown reasons.

The suspect have been identified as Kabazi Gerald alias Ssentongo Gerald a business man and resident of Kyaliwajala B Kiira Municipality in Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala deputy metropolitan police spokesman the deceased has been identified as Gabeya Noah Precious resident of same area.

It’s alleged that Kabazi Gerald was had fighting with the deceased in the Boutique called Gabby and Ridden located in Kyaliwajala which is also their home.

Owoyesigyire adds that community informed the police who also forcefully opened the door and found the deceased lying dead on floor.

He further adds that the victim was earlier this year seen fighting police officers at Kyaliwajala police over a phone that he claimed was taken by police officers during curfew.

The body of the deceased was taken to city mortuary Mulago for postmortem as police managed to record statements from witnesses about what happened.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the motive of the murder and also arrest Kabazi Gerald who is currently on the run .

Suspect declines to turn into state witness in Kaweesi murder case

By Sania Babirye

Joshua Kyambade one of the 8 suspects charged with the murder of former police spokesperson Felix Kaweesi has declined request by prosecution to turn into state witness and testify against his co accused despite security agencies promising him his freedom.

Appearing before single judge Duncan Gaswaga of the international crimes division of the high court for their pre-trial hearing, Kyambade has informed court that for so long, security agencies have asked him to turn into a state witness and falsely pin the other co accused he has been incarcerated with but he is not interested.

Kyambade says that he is not guilty of the said murders and he can not betray his friends and accuse them of something they did not commit to help the state that continues to prosecute them on a crime they did not commit.

He says that despite being scared for his life, he cannot lie and has asked the state to go ahead with trying them and maintaining the charges.

The suspects have also asked court to compel state to pay them their 640 million shillings they were awarded over torture by security .

These say the money is to help them meet transport and other health costs which they are facing currently as their pre trial and subsequently trial is expected.

The suspects have informed justice Gaswaga that many were tortured and can not see or hear which is making it heard for them to follow the proceedings and the said money will be used to also treat them for the said injuries.

Justice Gaswaga has adjourned the pre trial to Wednesday this week.

These are charged with among other charges the murder of former Uganda police spokes person AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver and body guard in 2017.

The six including Yusuf Mugerwa, Bruhan Balyejusa, Josha Kyambadde , Jibril Kalyango , Yasin Nyanzi , Hassan Kasujja, Abdul Rahid Mbaziira and Alamandhan Higenyi.

These were indicted in mid -2017 and are also charged with , Terrorism and aggravated robbery .

Prosecution states that 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.

In a pre trial hearing, the state presents its evidence and the judge bases on the said evidence to rule on whether its sufficient enough for a full trial or not dismisses the charges and sets the suspects free

UPDF soldier sent to jail over murder

By Sania Babirye

A serving Uganda People’s Defense Force soldier attached to Air force Nakasongola District has been charged of murdering a senior army officer by the General Court Martial sitting at Makindye.

Corporal Max Omutoojo has appeared before seven members court chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti and pleaded not guilty to the said offense.

He has been remanded at Makindye Military barracks until the 25th of August for further mention of his case after state prosecutor captain Ambrose Baguma informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

Prosecution states that corporal Omutoojo on the 8th of May 2020 while at Nakasongola barracks with malice aforethought unlawfully caused the death of Major Sulaiman Wafula after he allegedly refused him to go to the village to do his personal work.