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.

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.