Kyambogo student charged with murder of a priest

By Sania Babirye
A 23 year old Kyambogo University student who is accused of murdering a catholic priest who is the superior General of Brothers of st.Charles Lwanga (Bannakarooli Brothers) at the beginning of this month has been remanded to Luzira prison.

Robert Asimwe has been arraigned before Nakawa chief magistrates court and charged with the murder of Brother Emmanuel Norbet Mugarura.

However, grade one magistrate Phiona Angura bared him from entering any plea to the said charge since he is charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has now been remanded until the 29th of this month as state continues to carry out investigations into his case.

Asiimwe allegedly murderer the priest who was sponsoring his degree studies in Science administration on the 2nd of July 2019 at his rented room at Banda B9 zone in Nakawa division.

He later wrapped the cleric’s lifeless body in a tarpaulin and disguised it as garbage abd called garbage collectors to come and help him dispose off his garbage.

However, the garbage collector became suspicious on how heavy the garbage they had been given to be disposed off was too heavy and wrapped like inform of a human body structure.

At opening the said package, they discovered it was a dead person and tipped off police that later arrested Asiimwe.

At the time of his demise, Brother Mugarura had served as a Superior General of the Christian Instructions Brothers’ of Banakaloli at Kiterede in Masaka district for five months.

Police investigations reveals that on fateful day, the victim who was the suspect’s former teacher left his station at Kiterede to the RUBAGA Catholic seat where he parked his vehicle.

However, the next day, the suspect allegedly went to the car packing area and claimed that he had been sent to pick the car but when staff at the guest house called the late’s phone numbers for ascertaining, they had all ben switched off.

Meanwhile, the suspect has since come out and alleged that the cleric was sexually abusing him for over 10 years.

Evidence from the crime scene states that the deceased’s body had signs of bruises which police attributes to strangulation.

However, the Kyambogo university has since come out and denied the suspect of ever being their registered student.

Two convicted of murdering Rwandan university student

By Sania Babirye

Two suspects who were charged with the murder of 19 year old Columbian University student Andrew Gatare in 2015 have been convicted of murder by the High court in Kampala.

Justice Angelin Flavia Ssenoga has convicted Ronald Mutebi and Geoffrey Lubwama aka Jeff for the murder of the Rwandan National who was attacked on the outside Kampala Serena hotel were he had gone to watch fireworks on New years Eve.

This is after two court assessors Rehema Babirye and Bogere Betty advised court to find the suspects guilty of the offense stating that evidence adduced by the state was sufficient enough to prove the murder case against them.

The victim apparently met his death at around 2pm as he was looking for a bodaboda around Nile Avenue to his home in Kololo after watching fireworks.

The convicts first robbed him of his valuables including a black berry mobile phone, his wallet containing unspecified amount of cash before murdering him.

At the time of his death, Gatare was pursuing electrical engineering at Columbia university in Canada and was here for the Christmas holiday.

His lifeless body was found by police and was later pronounced dead at Mulago hospital and a postmortem carried out revealed that cause of death was trauma due to a deadly weapon on his head which was identified as a hammer during trial.

The suspects were arrested after police tracked the black berry mobile phone they had stolen from the deceased .

However, Mutebi a resident of Kazo had sold the phone to a one Damulira at 60,000 and upon arrest of Damulira, he informed court that Mutebi had sold him the phone and he had paid a down payment of 40,000 shillings.

When Mutebi was quizzed by police,he confessed to the murder and stealing the phone with his accomplice Lubwama.

These have further been remanded to Luzira prison until the 22nd of this month when they will be handed their sentences.

University student arrested for murdering former teacher

By Robert Segawa

Kyambogo university student has been arrested for allegedly killing his former high school teacher.

Police identified the suspect as one Ronald Asiimwe a second year student at Kyambogo university.

He is alleged to have murdered Emmanuel Mugarula, a former mathematics teacher at St Charles Lwanga senior secondary school in Bushenyi who had paid him a visit at his rental in Banda Nakawa division.

According to Patrick Onyango Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson , the suspect had invited special hire driver to pick garbage that was meant to be disposed off , but the driver noticed the body and alerted the area security.

According to an unnamed garbage driver, Ronald Asiimwe paid 50,000 shillings for his services and noticed that something was wrapped in the taupline ,he asked the suspect to inform him about what they were carrying but instead Asiimwe told him that it was a dead elephant calf and convinced him he would add more money up to 1,000,000 shillings . This made him suspicious and he alerted the authorities .

He adds that the reason and circumstances under which the deceased murdered are not yet known and the body has been taken to Mulago for postmortem.

Senior Five student stoned to death in rival school attacks

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabale District are investigating circumstances under which a S.5 student of Kigezi High School was killed after he was hit by a stone or blunt object.

Kigezi Region Police Spokesman Elly Maate told journalist that the student identified as Bakashaba Rogers was in a group of rowdy students of Kigezi High School who sneaked from their premises at Rugarama Hill in Kabale Municipality and attacked Nyabikoni SSS about 5 kms away but were instead overpowered and a bitter fight ensued.

Matte said that the deceased is suspected to have been hit by a blunt object that shattered his his head and died instantly about 50 meters away from Nyabikoni SSS where the fight took place .

Maate said that the reasons for Kigezi students who were armed with sticks , stones and bricks are not yet known and 28 of them have been arrested to help in investigations.

“When the boy was hit with a blunt object which is suspected to be a stone, he fell down and bled profusely and by the time the police arrived , he was already dead” Maate said.

Maate said that a case has been registered at Kabale Police Station under reference number SD 34/09/06/2019 to help in Investigation and the arrested students will be held individually for their actions.

Kigezi High School is reported to have spent two weeks without a head teacher and the deputy and the chairman board of governors who resigned recently.

Parents are urging former students including Prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda , Hon David Bahati and Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye to intervene and save the situation and save the school from collapsing.

Major Kigundu key murder suspect granted bail

By Sania Babirye

The Jailed Deputy Amir of the Muslim Tabliq sect Sheikh Yahaya Mwanjje has finally been granted bail after spending three years on remand at Luzira prison.

Sheikh Mwanje has been temporally granted his freedom by justice Duncan Gaswaga of the International crimes division of the high.
Justice Gaswaga has released him on a 20 million non cash court bond while his suruties have each been ordered to pay 10 million non cash.

He has also been ordered to report to the ICD court registrar every beginning Tuesday of a very month and bared from engaging in any teaching that might be taken by security agencies as inciting violence.

He is also ordered to cooperate with security officials if approached in relation to the ongoing case. Mwanje has so far spent three years on remand without trial despite being committed on the 13th of September 2017 for trial for the murder of Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu and Sgt. Mukasa on the 26th of November 2016.

Sheikh Mwanje applied for bail pending trial on grounds that he has spent a long time on remand yet his case remains to be tried and that state has not disclosed any intended evidence against him.
Through his lawyer Friday Robert Kagolo, Mwanje stated that the state was violating his constitutional right for a fair and speedy trial and that it would be fair for court to grant him bail as he awaits trial.
Sheikh Mwanjje is jointly charged with 8 other people including ; 2 boda-boda riders from Nsangi stage ; Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul Wahaab Ssendegeya, Musa Ssekandi and Yusuf Nyanzi among others.

On the 6th of September 2017 Sheikh Mwanje and his first three co accused were charged afresh with Murder, Terrorism and aiding to a terror group ADF after the DPP withdrew his first murder charges that Sheikh Mwanje and three others were already being tried in the high court.

The process was to allow state to add four more suspects and slap fresh charges of Murder, Terrorism, and aiding a terror group on all the suspects so that the entire group can be tried together.

The new suspects are part of the 14 people who are also charged with the murder of former police spokesman AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

They include Yusuf Nyanzi, Kalyango Jibril, Balyejusa Noordin and Bruhan Balijusa.

Other suspects include 43 year old bodaboda rider Buyondo Muhammad a resident of Nsanji, 37 year old Sendegeya Abdul Wahab a bodaboda rider in Kyengere Nsanji and a 43 year old bussiness man in Masanafu Sekandi Musa.

According to the new charges Sheikh Mwanje and his co accused with others still at large, on the 26 of November 2016 at Masanafu trading center Rubaga division murdered Major Muhammad Kigundu and his body guard sergeant Stephen Mukasa.

The state further says that the suspects between 2010 and 2017 within the different district in the country aided and abetted terrorism by way of recruitment and rendering support in form of training ADF members .

Meanwhile Nyanzi and Kalyango are separately charged with belonging and confessing to belong to ADF between 2010 and 2012.

Mwanje was arrested in November 2016 and detained at Nalufenya until January 2017 when he was finally charged.

In September 2917, senior state prosecutors Lillian Omora and Jonathan Muwaganya informed the then Buganda road court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani that the Director of Public prosecutions Mike Chibita directed them to have the accused committed after completion of investigations.

IHK doctor killer further remanded

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old private security guard Ronald Obangakene who confessed to murdering an IHK doctor Catherine Agaba has further been remanded to Luzira prison until the 30th of May this year.

He has further been remanded by Makindye court grade one magistrate Prosy Katushabe after state informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

On the 24th of April 2019, Obangakene was charged with murder and aggravated robbery by Grade two magistrate John Okipi who did not allow him to take plea to the offenses because they are grave and capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

The suspect was arrested by police on Easter Monday after he went into hiding for 12 days and after his arrest, he led police detectives to a septic tank in GPS apartments – Muyenga where he had dumped Dr. Agaba’s lifeless body.

He allegedly murdered the deceased by by strangulation on the 12th of April 2019 after he allegedly accused her of trying to get him fired by reporting him to his boss who owned the houses he was guarding as a security guard.

Dr.Agaba was a tenant on the said semi finished apartments.

Prosecution led by the Makindye court Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma states that On the 12th of April 2019 at GPS apartments in Bukasa Muyenga – Makindye division , Obangakene with malice a fore thought strangled Dr. Catherine Agaba and went further to rob her of a mobile phone, Gas -cooker , a Flat screen TV , home theater and other Utensils.

NIRA says Kaweesi murder suspects forged national Identity cards

By Sania Babirye
The National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) has denied knowledge of the eight people who are on remand at Luzira maximum prison for allegedly murdering the former police spokes’ person AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his body guard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Wambewa.

The eight had come once again before Kampala high court justice Lydia Mugambe with hopes of finally temporarily going home after the judge granted them bail in March this year.

However, NIRA revealed that the National identification cards they presented before court could be forged since they can not trace them anywhere in their data system .

Justice Mugambe has now ordered that the suspects produce letters from Local council Authorities in places where they shall be residing upon release on bail .

In a rejoinder, lawyers representing the accused led by Anthony Wameli and Ladislaus Rwakafuzi have however blamed NIRA of selective identification of persons.

These allege that NIRA acts differently by readily availing information if the police requires it but it becomes adamant when the courts of law require the same for purposes of justice.

The case has now further been adjourned to the 29th june to allow the state verify all identification reports that will be given to court.

On the 19th of March this year, Justice Lydia Mugambe finally granted bail to the eight jailed Kaweesi murder suspects .

She ordered them to sign a non cash bail of 150m and their three sureties ordered to also deposit a 250m shillings bond to ensure that they return to court for trial .

They were also restricted in traveling outside Uganda by court ordering that they deposit all their travel and identification documents to court.

While granting them bail, justice Mugambe ruled that the eight had presented substantial sureties.

She also ruled that its unlawful to continue detaining them without trial since they have been on remand in prison for now 2 years despite being committed for trial by Nakawa magistrates court .

And consequently Justice Mugambe ordered that unless the eight have any other pending case, they should be released immediately.

Three out of the eight suspects are also charged with the murder of Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu but were also granted bail.

On the 26th of February this year, the Eight Suspects in the murder of the former spokesperson of the Uganda Police AIG Andrew Felix Kaweesi and their relatives protested their continued detention without trial after one of them collapsed at the international crimes division of the High court in Kampala due to hunger.

Suspect Nyanzi Yusuf has collapsed in court after being kept in the court cells since morning without any food or water yet he suffers from severe stomach ulcers and cannot goo without food for a long time.

The aggrieved suspects claimed that they are illegally being detained in Luzira Government prison since May 2017 yet they have never been tried in court.

These had appeared before justice Mugambe for their bail application hearing, however the judge was forced to adjourn the matter after state led by Marion Ben Bella asked for more time to organize relative documents in her case.

Matters went out of hand when justice Mugambe asked for the case to be heard in her chambers instead of open court which did not go well with both the suspects and their relatives.

The suspects and relatives thought that the case was again going to be adjourned for the third time and as a result started speaking on top of their voices saying they want court to at least execute them because they were fed up of being humiliated and subjected to embarrassment ever since they were arrested, charged, and committed to the crimes court for trial by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court in May 2017.

Justice Mugambe later come back to court and inquired why the suspect fainted and discovered that it was due to severe ulcers.

Justice Mugambe then ordered Luzira Prisons Authorities never to bring hungry prisoners to her Court who are too weak to stand because being in prison does not mean deprivation of good.

The suspects claimed that their relatives keep on trekking to court wasting money and leaving their work yet court keeps on refusing to grant them bail or formally try them for the past six months.

Some of their relatives asked court to at least hand their relatives any sentence so that they can rest their worry over their pending trial.

The suspects are represented by Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and Wameri Anthony.

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.

These have however not been released because state is still analyzing all the submitted documents up to date.

Accessors want Sebuufu acquitted of murder

By Sania Babirye
The three court accessors in a murder case of Kampala businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe have asked court to dismiss all murder and kidnap charges against the accused persons led by pine car bond proprietor Muhammad Ssebuufu.

Rehema Babirye, Wasimila Joseph and Betty Bogere told court that prosecution failed to adduce evidence that warrants the suspect’s conviction.

The accessor have relied on one of the evidence of Ssebuufu’s lawyer Brian Tindyebwa in which he testified before court that his client spent that entire day at Mengo Magistrate court in a land case.

The accessors have also advised court to dismiss the kidnap charge on grounds that the deceased had herself requested to be taken to pine car bond instead of CPS when the accused persons together with police allegedly came to arrest her from her home.

Justice Ssenoga has now set the 30th of May 2019 to deliver her judgement.

On the 8th of January this year, in an effort to further prove his innocence, pine car bond proprietor Muhammad Ssebuufu produced his lawyer Tindyebwa as his witness to prove that he was not near his alleged murder victim on that fateful day.

Ssebuufu and seven others are charged with murdering Kampala businesswoman Donah Betty Katushabe; over a 9 million shillings car debt in 2015.

Brian Tindyebwa informed Kampala high court judge Anglin Flavia Ssenoga that on that fateful day, his client spent the whole day at Mengo magistrate court in land case.
He explained that although he had asked his colleague to sit in for him because he had another case, he later joined Ssebuufu and sat behind up to three pm when the case ended.
Ssebuufu had denied to have been near Donah Katushabe or his other co accused when the incident happened claiming that he left Mengo after the case and reached at his car bond around six and found the victim there and later called the former Police commander of CPS Aron Baguma to intervene in the matter.

Ssebuufu closed his defense and the judge ordered both parties to submit their final submissions basing on the evidence presented on why him and his co accused should be acquitted or convicted.

Prosecution closed its case with 26 witnesses and his co accused include a private guard Godfrey Kayiza,Steven Muwanga, a Congolese national Mirambe Phillip, a crime preventer attached to CPS Paul Tasingika among others.

On the 4th of December 2018, Ssebuufu began his defense and choose to give un sworn in defense in which prosecution did not have to cross examine him.

In October this year, justice Anglin Flavia Ssenoga ruled that Ssebuufu had a case to answer on grounds that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to prove that Ssebuufu and his co-accused tortured to death the victim on the 23rd of October 2015 after failing to pay a debt of 9 million shillings over a car.

Sebuufu had initially been charged with the former Kampala CPS DPC Aaron Baguma over Katusabe’s kidnap and murder but later the DPP without giving any reason to court dropped charges against Baguma and continued with the trial of Ssebuufu and the rest, at the beginning of the trial this year .

According to evidence presented by prosecution, the deceased purchased a car at pine car bond at 13 million but only managed to pay five million.

That after failed attempts by Ssebuufu to have Katushabe pay the remaining UGX 9millions, he instructed his security guards to pick up the victim from her home in Bwebajja along Entebbe road on that fateful day.
Prosecution states that after kidnapping Katushabe, she was taken directly to Ssebuufu’s office from where she was kicked and beaten with sticks there by causing grievous wounds to her body which led to her death.

However Ssebuufu denies the allegations and he is currently out on bail.

Security guard charged with murdering IHK doctor

By Sania Babirye
A 24 year old private security guard Ronald Obangakene who confessed to murdering an IHK doctor Catherine Agaba has been charged with murder and aggravated robbery.

Obongokene has been charged before Makindye chief magistrate court, however, Grade two magistrate John Okipi did not allow him to plead to the offenses because they are grave and capital in nature and only tried and bailed by the high court.

He has been remanded to Luzira prison until the 13th of May 2019 as investigations into the case continues.

The suspect was arrested by police on Easter Monday after he went into hiding for 12 days and after his arrest, he led police detectives to a septic tank in GPS apartments – Muyenga where he had dumped Dr. Agaba’s lifeless body.

He allegedly murdered the deceased by by strangulation on the 12th of April 2019 after he allegedly accused her of trying to get him fired by reporting him to his boss who owned the houses he was guarding as a security guard.

Dr.Agaba was a tenant on the said semi finished apartments.

Prosecution led by the Makindye court Resident State Attorney Batson Baguma states that On the 12th of April 2019 at GPS apartments in Bukasa Muyenga – Makindye division , Obangakene with malice a fore thought strangled Dr. Catherine Agaba and went further to rob her of a mobile phone, Gas -cooker , a Flat screen TV , home theater and other Utensils.

The suspect was apparently tracked by CMI officials in Loro trading center in Apac.

Police had initially arrested many suspects in her death including a Ugandan doctor based in the united states Ntambi Andrew and security operatives found him with the deceased’s property while in hiding.

He was tracked after CMI officials tracked the the deceased’s phone which the suspect was using after he removed her simcard.

The deceased was born in Mbarara district in 1991 and had graduated from the Mbarara university of science and technology with a bachelors degree in medicine and surgery before joining IHK two years ago.

Her body was identified by her siblings and it was covered in human wastes.

The suspect is said to have gone into hiding apparently immediately after the young doctor had disappeared.

Police said that they got interested in him because he went missing after the incident.

The 27 year old will be buried this week at Kagonji village in Kashari, Mbarara district in Western Uganda.

Police still waiting for Nantaba to record a statement

By Robert Segawa
The Uganda police force is waiting for advice from ministry of internal affairs on the issue of Hon Aidah Nantaba recording a statement at the police facility.

The police spokesperson Fred Enanga has insisted that they will not record any statement for ICT minister Aidah Nantaba at her premises.

This is a reaction to the letter written by Hon Aidah Nantaba to the Uganda police force informing them that she is unable to move from her home on advise of the President of Ugandan.

This follows an investigation after the cold murder of Ronald Ssebulime in an alleged assassination scare on Hon Nantaba on her way from Kayunga.

Police says that although Hon Nantaba on Friday acknowledged the receipt of summons to record statement they are still waiting for her to show up.

However police reports that Hon Nantaba is willing to record the statement on what transpired that day when Ssebulime was shot and killed by heartless police officers.

Addressing the press today at police headquarters Naguru, the police spokesperson Fred Enanga said they have put investigations on hold until she records statement and investigation continue.

He adds that the police is still waiting for communication from the state minister for internal affairs Hon Kania Obiga.

On Sunday 24th March 2019 police officer from Nagalama police station Shot dead Ronald Ssebulime after State Minister for information, communication and Technology also Kayunga woman Member of Parliament Aidah Nantaba report a case at police that the deceased has been following her from Kayunga with intention to assassinate the minister.

Police persued Ssebulime who was on motorcycle shot and killed him at Nagojje in Mukono district.

During the same press conference Enanga said that investigations are going on the part of Killing Ssebulime Ronald and they have already reconstructed the scene of crime and the three officers have gone through a medical examination and have no problem on their understanding.

The three suspects arrested by police over shooting and killing Ronald Ssebulime are Corporal Bagonza Geoffrey, Corporal Ssali Oscar the suspected shooter and Opira Ronald while one officer is still on the run.

He adds that the three Guns of the police officers now under detention at Railways police are being taken to the experts to find out which gun was used to shoot Ssebulime.

He further says that the Uganda police team led by Chief political commissar has taken effort to reach the family of the late Ronald Ssebulime with the area LC I chairperson to meet at Nakabugo police post but were made to wait for the whole day without any communication from the family members.

He adds that police has sent the papers to legal department of police to so that they can be advised on the next step.

Enanga says that by tomorrow or Wednesday police will send the file to the director of public Prosecution for advise before charging the three suspects in courts of law over murder.