Former Mulago pharmacist faces jail over ISO director’s son case

By Sania Babirye

The defense team in a murder case against the son of ISO director Kaka Bagyenda have today presented two witnesses including the suspect’s young brother who informed court that the plea bargaining failed because the victim’s family allegedly asked for 170 million which they did not have.

Anorld Asiimwe , a younger brother to Brian Bagyenda has informed Kampala high court judge Moses Kawumi Kazibwe that the deceased’s family only could allow a liner sentence for Bagyenda if his family paid the said money.

Asiimwe today, appeared as the second defense witness for his brother who chose to stay silent as his defense.

Asiimwe further revealed that Brian Bagyenda once suffered depression and was admitted to Butabiika Mental referral hospital .

Asiimwe ‘s evidence has been collaborated with that of a Butabika Mental hospital psychiatrist doctor Brian Mutamba who has also confirmed to court that in October 2016 ,he treated Bagyenda for depression until such a time when his family picked him and began treatment as an out -patient.

Dr. Mutamba who was the first defense witness testified that Bagyenda also developed suicidal thoughts that would trigger him to end his own life .

The case has been Now adjourned to Monday next week for the last defense witness a nun ; sister Jane Frances Nantamu who examined Bagyenda to testify .

Meanwhile,the defense had also listed Kaka Bagyenda as a defense witness and was expected today but he did not show up.

Brian Bagyenda is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Enid Twijukye ; a former student of Ndejje University.

His co -accused Innocent Bainomugisha ; a cleaner and Vincent Rwahwire a casual laborer each gave their sworn in testimony denying any involvement in the 2016 murder of then 22 year old Twijukye whose decomposing body was recovered by police dumped in Namanve forest .

During the trial, Bagyenda’s lawyer Nsubuga Mubiru had contested prosecution’s evidence including a medical report which showed that Bagyenda was mentally normal at the time of the committal of the said murder.

According to Nsubuga, his client was suffering from severe depression episodes and suicidal anxiety symptoms and had been admitted to Butabika for treatment although he left the hospital on the orders of his father before finishing the said treatment.

Nsubuga further faulted the police from failing to subject Bagyenda to a proper medical mental examination from a real psychiatrist and not a general police surgeon who spent only 15-30 minutes with him and ruled that he was mentally normal.

However, justice Kazibwe over ruled all his submissions and accepted the doctor’s medical report as evidence against Bagyenda.

Justice Kazibwe also allowed a charge and caution statement made by Bagyenda in which he confessed to have hired his two co accused to attack his girlfriend in his home after finding love messages in her phone from another man as he stood watching but denied that he did not know that they were going to kill her.

However, in a charge and caution statement made by Innocent Bainomugisha, he stated that Bagyenda had hired them to force the victim to return his 4 million shillings she allegedly stole and refused to return and that they tied the victim both hands and legs using pillows and left her alive with Bagyenda.

Bagyenda is a former Pharmacist at Mulago government referral Hospital and the girlfriend was a student at Ndejje University.

Prosecution says the trio committed the offense at Njobe road in Luzira Nakawa Division at the home of Brian Bagyenda before dumping Twijukye’s body in Namanve forest where it was later recovered by police.

Man sent to jail for murdering own wife

By Sania Babirye

The Mpigi magistrate court has remanded to Kigo government prison a man who stabbed to death his wife.

Salongo Vicent Bugingo has been charged with murdering his wife Nalongo Nantongo Juliet is him he had 8 kids with.

Grade one magistrate Moreen Mokoya has however been barred him from pleading to the charges since he is charged with a capital offense that is only tried and bailed by the high Court.

Prosecution states that on the 24th of December 2019 at Nabisenke village in Nkozi, the suspect stabbed his wife to death in a domestic violence related incident .

However, Salongo after committing the alleged crime is said to have reported himself at police claiming that his wife was involved in an accident which caused her death.

Police later went to his home and found the deceased in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds on her stomach, head and private parts.

He returns to court on the 28th of this month as investigations into the matter continues.

Two men held over murder of business man

By Robert Segawa
Police in Kampala is holding two men in connection with the kidnap and murder of a business man dealing in Fish Maws, after which his body was dumped in Kyetume Mukono district.

According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the deceased was identified as Mutebi Robert Guggwa.

It is alleged that on Saturday evening two men who were traveling in a Toyota Mark II registration number UAR 066B kidnapped Mutebi Robert Guggwa on his way to Jinja, on reaching Katosi road they started searching him and robbed an unspecified amount of cash but he fought back in process they killed him and after dumped the body in Kyetume, Mukono district.

Enanga added that police used CCTV cameras to identify the number plate and later managed arrest the two suspects in Kyengera heading to Masaka.

He further says that, the two have confessed participating in killing the business man . Police is also trying to ascertain whether they have also been involved in other five cases of similar circumstances that could have been reported against the two at Mbarara police station .

Another sex worker killed in Bwaise

By Robert Segawa
Police in Kawempe are investigating the circumstances in which a 28 year old lady was found murdered and her body dumped in a rubbish pit in Bwaise.

The deceased has been identified as Sanyu Edith a known sex worker and resident of Bwaise, Kimumbasa zone.

It is alleged that, the deceased had gone to see some one at st.Francis, and was also seen with an unknown man after midnight.

This morning residents came across her body packed in a sack which was dumped in rubbish pit.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire deputy spokesperson Kampala metropolitan, it is alleged that the body was to straggled.

This is the second incident in a space of two weeks where a sex worker has been found murdered.

Police together with sister security agencies have now instituted a serious hunt for the murders such that they can be prosecuted in courts of law.

UPDF soldiers sent to jail over mobile money dealer murder

By Sania Babirye
Four people including two former UPDF soldiers have been found guilty and consequently convicted this morning of the murder of a mobile money dealer at Zzana in Wakiso district .

In a unanimous decision, the seven member General court martial chaired by Lt. Gen Andrew Gutti has ruled that state had adduced sufficient evidence to prove that private Bob Anichan , private Dennis Mangusho , Stanley Mulunda and Issa Ntale did murder Nalwadda Harriet and her employee Moureen Nakabubi on the 10th of June 2019 at Zzana cell in Wakiso district and robbed them of 6.8 million shillings .

While convicting them, Lt.Gen.Gutti stated that they have Carefully evaluated the evidence of the 16 prosecution witnesses including their convicts who pinned them over the said murders.

The army court has also relied on the evidence from the investigating officers, crime scene and eye witnesses that proved that the convicts who are also former convicts of similar crimes did murder and rob the victims using two illegal SMG guns

Last week the four convicts chose to stay silent as their defense and left it to court to analyze the prosecution evidence adduced against them to prove whether they are guilty or not.

Despite being convicted today, the group still have pending charges before the same court.

Prosecution states that on the 10th of June 2019 at Zzana cell in Wakiso , private Bob Anichan , private Dennis Mangusho, Stanely Mulunda and Issa Ntale shot dead Harriet Nalwadda together with her employee Moureen Nakabubi before proceeding to murder Edward Walugembe another mobile money dealer of Nateete Church zone in July.

Radio’s alleged killer ordered to defend himself

By Sania Babirye

The Entebbe high court has ordered Godfrey Wamala aka Troy to defend himself on charges of murdering local musician Moses Sekibogo alias Mozey Radio.

Today, high court judge Jane Francis Abodo has ruled that prosecution had adduced sufficient evidence to sustain the murder charge and has a case to answer.

This is after state led by Joseph Kyomuhendo conclude his final submissions asking court to find Troy with a case to answer following the evidence of 9 prosecution witnesses that they adduced against him including that of the last prosecution witness also DPC Katwe police station and SP Fruntile Rwamusayi who arrested Troy for the murder of Mozey Radio.

Kyomuhendo stated that the said DPC is the one who arrested Troy after Mosey Radio died at case clinic on the 1st of February 2018.

On the 10th of this month, the owner of the Debar, a hangout place in Entebbe were Mozey Radio met his death testified in court denying ever seeing Troy lift Radio and bang him down to the ground causing his death .

George Egesa a resident of Kawuku who is the 9th state witness informed High court Judge Jane Francis Abodo that on the 22nd of January 2018 a one Pamela Musimire came to his bar and informed him of a ‘Celebu’ by names mozey Radio, who was coming to his bar.

Egesa further testified that indeed, Radio and a one Washington(David Ebanget Etoru) and some other friends came to his bar.

And that while in the bar, Radio got 100, 000 Ugandan shillings and placed it on the table before asking the bar owner to buy him booze.

Egesa added that he informed Radio that he didn’t have money although he ordered ordered for him whisky.

And that when the whisky came, the deceased poured some in the glass before pouring the remaining whisky on him and other people including the key suspect Troy real names Godfrey Wamala who was a bouncer at the said bar .

The witness said that he asked Pamela to take Radio out of his bar and went to clean the whisky that Radio had Radio had poured on him off.

And that when he returned, he was informed by one of the waitress about the chaos that had taken place while he was away in the washrooms .

On the 5th of this month, David Ebengati commonly known as Producer Washington pinned Troy of murdering Mosey Radio.

He informed court that on that fateful day, him and the deceased with another lady Pamela Musimire went to De bar to hang out and that while drinking, the deceased got one bottle of wine and poured it on one of the owners of the bar.

The witness further stated that during the scuffle of Radio pouring the alcohol on one of the owner, he saw the suspect(Troy)who is believed to be a bouncer at the said bar grab the victim from Pamela and lifts him in the air before pouncing him on the ground which led to his death.

Washington further stated that there was so much commotion and people started shouting but they managed to get the victim and rush him to a nearby clinic in Entebbe called Emmanuel, however, the healthy officials informed them that they could not manage Radio’s condition and refereed them to Nsambya hospital.

He also told court that they rushed the deceased to Nsambya hospital and only made a police statement the next day.

He also revealed to court that he had known and worked with Radio for close to 10 years and were close friends.

The case is one of the capital offense cases that justice Abodo is presiding over during a criminal session that will take 40 days.

Troy was on the 2nd of September officially charged with murder and he pleaded not guilty to the offense.

He is currently detained at Kigo government prison after court denying him bail on two separate occasions .
On the 6th of June 2018, the Entebbe chief magistrate Susan Okeni committed Troy for trial after prosecution led by Julius Muhirwa informed court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed him to have the murder suspect committed to the high court for trial upon completion of investigations into his case.

According to the DPP, he intends to adduce evidence to prove that Troy was indeed at the scene of the crime including witnesses that saw the late Mosey at De bar with the suspect drinking before a fight broke out between the two on the 22nd of January 2018 among other evidence.

On the 7th of February 2018, Troy was remanded to Kigo government prison after being charged with murder
Troy is a businessman and a resident of Kyengera LC1, Nsangi Town council in Wakiso district, the same place where security operatives from Katwe police station caught him while hiding after he allegedly beat Mosey Radio on the 22nd of January 2018, by allegedly hitting the late on the head during a brawl at “De bar ” in Entebbe.

Mosey Radio is said to have then sustained head injuries and died a week later at Case Clinic in Kampala after going into a coma.

Magara murder key suspect granted bail

Kampala High court judge Yasin Nayanzi has released on bail Patrick Agaba aka Pato one of the key suspects in the murder of Susan Magara.

Pato who is not officially charged with the murder of susan Magara has granted bail on another case in which he is charged with the kidnap of another woman Joan Alupo in 2013.

While granting him bail, justice Nyanzi ruled that Pato has not yet been committed to the high court for trial yet he has been in custody since March 2018 in South Africa after he was arrested on the orders of the Ugandan government in relation to Susan Magara’s murder.

He was also found to have a fixed place of abode in lower Mawanga Buziga and also presented substantial sureties including his father Christopher Kasaija who also presented a duplicated copy of his land title in Hoima.

This was supported with the fact that state prosecutor Joan Tumwikirize did not object to his bail application but instead asked court to temporarily release him on stringent bail terms.

And as a result, justice Nyanzi has ordered him to execute his Buziga land agreement in the names of his wife Patra Kuginza before court and warned him that if he absconds from court, his property will be taken over by the government and bared from leaving the country without court’s permission.

He has also been ordered to deposit his passport before the registrar as investigations into the said kidnap case continues and report before the court’s registrar one every month starting from the last week of August and also reports before the OC Kabakagala police station once every month.

The court has however not released the amount of money for his bail while his biological further Christopher Kasaija and his paternal uncle Richard Kagoro have been ordered to execute a non cash bond of 20 million shillings and his other two sureties who are friends have been ordered to execute a non cash bond of 25million shillings each.

Through his lawyer Robert Mackay, Pato applied for bail pending trial of his kidnap case.

He says that he has a wife and two young children that he must take care of on top of being a law abiding citizen with a good character and will adhere to the set bail conditions if granted bail.

Pato was arrested and extradited from South Africa on charges of murdering Susan Magara, however to the public surprise, he was instead in June produced before Makindye chief magistrate court and charged with the kidnap of Joan Alupo.

Prosecution states that on the 1st of May 2013 Agaba with others still at large while in Muyenga within Kampala, kidnapped Alupo and kept her for 2 days with an intent to procure a ransom of $ 400, 000 from her relatives in exchange for her freedom.

Agaba was in hiding in South Africa since the 27th of February when him and his 9 co accused allegedly murdered Susan Magara and was finally extradited to Uganda from South Africa in May this year but is yet to be officially charged with Magara’s death.

In Magara’s murder case, pato is jointly charged with the Imam of Usafi mosque Mahad Kasalita together with two bodaboda riders Yusuf Lubega and Muzamir Ssali, hawkers Wasswa Hussein and Hassan Kato Milo , a teacher Nakandi Hajara and two businessman Abubakar Kyewolwa and Ismail Bukenya.

His co accused were charged on the 18th of May 2018 with two counts of kidnapping and murdering Susan Magara but were bared from taking any plea since they are charged with a capital offense that can only be tried and bailed by the high court.

Prosecution states that the ten with others still at large on the 7th of February 2018 kidnapped Susan Magara with intent to procure a ransom.

These are further accused with others still at large of murdering Magara on the 27th of febuary 2018 in Wakiso district.

According to police, Agaba is believed to be the suspect behind the voice recorded during the phone negotiations of a one million us dollar ransom that they had asked for in order to have the victim released.

The family is also said to have made an advance payment of 200,000 us dollars about 700million shillings to the alleged suspects on the 24th of February 2018 but the suspects instead ended up killing Magara and dumping her body with two missing fingers.

Pato is also said to have traveled to South Africa on the 25th of February with the saud 700million ransom money.

He was arrested on the 17th of March 2018 at his residence in Midland south Africa, and the Randburg Magistrate court granted his extradition but when Ugandan detectives went to pick him up, they returned empty handed because Pato had secured an injunction against his extradition until the South African government finally cleared his extradition on the 16th of May this year.

The victim who was only 28 years old at the time was working as the administrator and cashier of the family business of Bwendo Diary Farm in Hoima district.

She was kidnapped on the 7th of February 2018 in Lungujja in Mengo on her way to work and held in captivity for three weeks before she was killed and her body dumped between Kajjansi and Kigo along Entebbe express highway .

Security guard jailed for murdering ex lover

By Sania Babirye

A security guard attached to Tiger security group limited has been sentenced to 34 years in Prison after being convicted of murdering his girlfriend.

34 year old Anwar Quito has been sentenced by Masaka high court Judge Wilfred Nabisinde after he pleaded guilty to the offense.

While sentencing him, the judge ruled that the convict did not waste courts time and resources by pleading guilty to the crime.

However, the judge noted that the 34 years was a lenient punishment since the convict did not seem remorseful.

This is after the convict claimed that he shot dead his girlfriend out of rage since She was having another affair with a new man.

Meanwhile the convict has also been ordered to serve another 17 years after being convicted of aggravated robbery.

He is said to have robbed a one Bridget Ndagire of 400,000 shillings at gunpoint at muyinza in Kyotera.

All the two sentences will run concertedly.

Judge sends two to jail for murdering Rwandese student

By Sania Babirye
Two suspects who were convicted of were convicted of murdering a19 year old Columbian University student Andrew Gatare in 2015 have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The two include Ronald Mutebi and Godfrey Lubwama.

On the 15th of this month, Kampala high court justice Angelin Flavia Ssenoga convicted Mutebi and Lubwama aka Jeff for the murder of the Rwandan National who was attacked while outside Kampala Serena hotel were he had gone to watch firworks on christmas eve.

The family of the victim have welcomed both the sentence and the conviction while the defense team has expressed dissatisfaction and promised to appeal sentence and conviction in the court of appeal.

The judge had convicted the two basing on the opinion of two court assessors Rehema Babirye and Bogere Betty who 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.

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.