Nankulabye women serial killer charged with 6 counts of murder

By Sania Babirye

A man who was arrested in relation to the murder of five women and a three month baby in Nakulabye in Rubaga division is to be charged this afternoon at Mwanga 2 magistrate court with six counts of murder.

The suspect is identified as Musasizi Musa aged 23 years, unemployed and a resident of Mujomba zone 6 Nakulabye in Rubaga division, Kampala district.

Prosecution states that on the 14th day of March 2021,at Mujomba zone 6 Nakulabye in Kampala district with Malice aforethought murdered Nabirye Noreen.

He is also said to have murdered Kansiime Violet, Nakitende Abigail on the 12th of March and ,Mutesi Elizabeth on 15th of March 2021 .

Musasizi is also separately charged with 23 year old bodaboda rider Kasaija Abdul a resident of Mapera zone Lussaze in Rubaga division with the murder of Ahereza Mackline on the 22nd of February 2021.

The boda boda rider is further charged with being an accessory after the fact where its alleged that on the same date between Mujomba zone 6 and Natete in Kampala well knowing that one Musasizi Musa alias uncle had murdered Ahereza Mackline assisted him to dump and burn the body of the deceased at Natete in order to enable him to escape punishment.

He was arrested on the 25th of March 2021 by a joint security team of the chieftaincy of military intelligence and police after he was traced

Evidence shows that the suspect would court the victims, have sex with them before killing them either by hitting them on the head with a hard surface or strangling them.

He would later dump their bodies in places almost close to each other in Nakulabye and sets them on fire .

After his arrest, he confessed to Police to have murdered the said women in which he explained that he killed Ahereza after suspecting her of having another man.

He further revealed that he strangled Kansiime to death, then went and dumped her body and when he returned to his home, he strangle her three month old baby and later dumped her.

He also informed court that he strangled Mutesi a resident of Makerere because they got into a fight after sex when she refused the 50,000 he had given her as transport for being too little.

Police also retrieved alleged clothes of the victims from the suspect’s neighbors toilet where he would dump them after undressing the victims before buying them with petrol.

Judge refuses to stop retrial in serial killer case

By Sania Babirye

Kampala high court judge Yasin Nyanzi has dismissed an application in which the Director of public prosecution Mike Chibita was seeking Justice Nyanzi to review his order for a retrial of serial killer Baker Walusimbi who is charged with the murder of three university female students in 2006.

On the 17th of October 2018, Justice Nyanzi released Walusimbi on bail and ordered for a retrial after spending 13 years on remand at Luzira prison.

This is after court completed hearing his case in 2006 however a judgement could not be made because two court assessors in his case had disappeared since then.

In April this year, Justice Nyanzi had warned State that he could not keep Walusimbi on remand forever in the interest of Justice and that if State failed to trace the assessors he will be left with one option of freeing Walusimbi and that then police can re-arrest him and reinstate the said charges so that he be tried afresh with New court assessors.

However, today, when the said case came up for mention, senior State attorney Isiah Wanamama informed court that the DPP sought court to review its decision and continue with determination of the case since they had traced one of the two missing court assessors.

Wanamama informed court that Janat Nandutu had been traced from Wakiso district by the office of the CID and she is currently at the CID headquarters in Kibuli ready to give her opinion to help court determine the case.

However, this did not go well with Walusimbi’s Lawyer MCDucman Kabega who objected to the said application.

Kabega instead asked Justice Nyanzi to dismiss the said application calling it an abuse of court process since State had already consented to the said rolling by according a retrial.

Kabega informed Justice Nyanzi that senior State attorney Byansi had consented to the retrial and applied for two weeks to organize to prepare for re-trial and that they they can not be the same people to come back and say something different.

And as a result Justice Nyanzi was in agreement and dismissed the said application calling it a process of Impunity.

Justice Nyanzi stated that he cannot be part of state’s impunity questioning why the said assessor was in the hands of the police and not the court.

Justice Nyanzi explained that court assessors are part of court appointed by court and not police and there for police had no right to interfere in searching for the court assessors.

Justice Nyanzi further faulted the DPP of failing to involve the office of the court Register that is responsible for court assessors since court assessors advise the judge on whether the suspect is guilty of not and found it weird that the accusers took it upon them selves to look for the judge to determine a verdict.

Its from that perspective that the angry Justice Nyanzi stated that he cannot be part of the state’s system of impunity and informed state that police does not have all the powers in this country.

He also reminded the state that as per now, no fresh charges have been opined against Walusimbi and adjourned the matter to Monday the 24th to give his reasons for dismissing the said application.

Justice Nyanzi took over the said case in April 2018 and gave the high court registrar one month to locate the where about of the accessorize which the assessors never did up-to-date until today when state came out and claimed that the office of the COD had traced one of them and that she was in their care without even informing the office of the court Registry to the judge’s surprise.

Before releasing Walusimbi, Justice Nyanzi had further noted that the suspect had his rights to a fair and speedy trial violated for the past 13 years that he has been on remand awaiting the determination of his case.

The judge explained that if the office of the registrar finally locates the two court assessors by then, the state can re arrest Walusimbi have him charged and committed to stand a fresh trial for the different murder counts.

He said that in case this happens the case will be the longest retrial after 13 years when Walusimbi was first committed for trial.

Walusimbi was arrested on January 21st/2006 as a result of a joint crack unit by police when 2 female bodies were found raped with slit throats but dumped in different areas in Kampala.

He was consequently charged before Buganda Road Court with 3 counts of murdering Moreen Nabbale, Jacqline Najjombwe and Maria Kaitesi.

Serial killer Walusimbi’s bail fails, court sends him back to Luzira

By Babirye Sania

The deputy registrar  of the  high court criminal  division Emmanuel Baguma has further remanded to Luzira prison a one Baker Walusimbi charged with the 2006 murder of three university female students.

Baguma explained that the trial judge Yasin Nyanzi was away in Nakasongola on other court duties.

Last month justice Nyanzi gave a 30 days ultimatum to trace the whereabouts of the two court assessors in the case after principal state attorney  Gladys Nyanzi  informed court that  the whereabouts  of the  acessors  are still unknown.

The judge  reached the  decision  after  court failed to rule  on the case that had stalled for 11 years because of the  disappearance of the assessors since 2006.

Justice  Nyanzi had ruled  that  he will be forced  to grant unconditional bail to Walusimbi if by today the registrar had failed to locate the whereabouts of the two  court assessors.

The judge further noted that  the suspect has had his rights to a fair  and speedy trial violated for the past 11 years that he has been on remand awaiting the determination of his case.

The judge  explained that if the office  of the registrar finally locates the two court  assessors    by then,  the state can re arrest Walusimbi have him charged and committed  to stand a fresh trial for the different  murder counts.

He said that  in case this  happens the case will  be the longest retrial after  11 years when  Walusimbi was first committed for trial.

Walusimbi was arrested  on January 21st/2006 as a result of a joint crack unit by police when 2  female bodies were found raped with slit throats but dumped in different areas in Kampala.

He was consequently charged before Buganda Road Court with  3 counts of murdering Moreen Nabbale, Jacqline Najjombwe and Maria Kaitesi.

Suspected serial killer could be release

By Sania Babirye

The deputy registrar of the high court criminal division Emmanuel Baguma has been given a 30 day ultimatum to trace the whereabouts of the two court accessors in the 2006 suspected serial killer Walusimbi case.

The 30 day ultimatum has been issued by Justice Yasin Nyanzi after principal state attorney Gladys Nyanzi informed court that the whereabouts of the accessors are still unknown.

The judge reached the decision after court failed to rule on the case that had stalled for 11 years because of the disappearance of the accessors since 2006.

Justice Nyanzi says that he will be forced to grant unconditional bail to Walusimbi if by 29th of May the registrar fails to locate the whereabouts of the two court accessors.

The judge further noted that the suspect has had his rights to a fair and speedy trial violated for the past 11 years that he has been on remand awaiting the determination of his case.

The judge has explained that if the office of the registrar finally locates the two court accessors by then, the state can re-arrest Walusimbi have him charged and committed to stand a fresh trial for the different murder counts.

He said that in case this happens the case will be the longest retrial after 11 years when Walusimbi was first committed for trial.

Walusimbi was arrested on January 21st, 2006 as a result of a joint crack unit by police when two female bodies were found raped with slit throats but dumped in different areas in Kampala.

He was consequently charged before Buganda Road Court with 3 counts of murdering Moreen Nabbale, Jacqline Najjombwe and Maria Kaitesi.