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Businessman Ssebuwufu convicted of murder

Muhammad Ssebuwufu. Photo: BabaTVUganda

Muhammad Ssebuwufu. Photo: BabaTVUganda

High court judge Flavia Anglin Ssenoga has found Muhammad Ssebuwufu, the proprietor of Pine car bond and his co-accused guilty of murdering city businesswoman, Betty Donah Katusabe.

The other convicts are Godfrey Kayiza, Phillip Mirambe, Stephen Lwanga, Paul Tasingika, Yoweri Kitayimba, Shaban Otuddu and Damaseni Ssentongo, all  employees of Pine car bond. Justice Ssenoga also found Ssebuwufu’s co-accused guilty of kidnap and aggravated robbery.   

She however, convicted Steven Lwanga for being accessory to murder simply because prosecution failed to place him at the scene of crime. Court found him guilty of driving the vehicle where Katusabe's body was put after being tortured to death.

In her judgment delivered this morning, justice Ssenoga explained that the 26 prosecution witnesses adduced overwhelming evidence showing that Ssebuwufu and his accomplices picked the deceased from her home in Entebbe with intentions of murdering her. 

They reportedly deceived Katusabe that they wanted to settle the issue of the money she owed Ssebuwufu as balance for buying a car from his bond. The judge contends that the convicts should have filed a civil suit against the deceased if they didn’t harbour any intention of killing her.   

She says the deceased was kidnapped with intention of executing the unlawful purpose. The lady justice also noted that prosecution had proved to court all the ingredients of murder, kidnap and aggravated robbery. She rejected the submission of the defense claiming that the convicts hadn’t been at the scene of crime.  

The convicts had argued during trial that some of them were playing football on the fateful day Katusabe met her death. Ssebuwufu had told court that he was attending to other court matters in Mengo during the incident, a claim court rejected.  

Justice Ssenoga has remanded the group to Luzira prisons until July 1 when they will be sentenced. She also promised to deliver a detailed judgment into the matter on the same day. The convicts' lawyers led by Evans Ochieng declined to present mitigating factors to court, saying they will do so after looking at the detailed judgment. 

Ssebuwufu, who was out on bail, was handcuffed shortly after the judgment and led to the court cells awaiting transportation to Luzira prison. Katusabe’s relatives who had packed court to capacity were heard jubilating, saying they will slaughter goats for assistant director of public prosecution Winifred Ahimbisibwe and Michael Ejok Lawrence for having secured the conviction in the case of their loved one.   

The relatives wore black t-shirts with a photo of Katusabe in front with inscriptions "no one will spill your blood and get away with it."

Trouble for the convicts started when they kidnapped Katusabe from her home in Bwebajja along Entebbe road, drove her to Pine car bond along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala where they used sharp objects to torture her to death. 

Katusabe had reportedly failed to pay Shs 9 million for a vehicle she bought from Ssebuwufu's bond valued at Shs 17 million. The convicts also robbed Katusabe of her sim cards and the mobile phone worth Shs 300,000.

The convicts had earlier been charged with Aaron Baguma, the former commander Central Police Station, Kampala. His charges were later dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) without clear reasons.

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+4 #1 A K Mukasa 2019-06-24 19:15
The decision to drop charges against Aaron Baguma without clear reasons is further evidence of selective justice by this rogue regime.

Selective justice is injustice. Fairness is the most abused leadership concept, especially in regions where the judicial system is subjugated by totalitarian headship.

A man who was supposed to be upholding the law was an accomplice in breaking it.

However, this does not matter to the powers that be because they rely on men like Baguma to unleash violence on those who have the temerity to question their longevity in power.
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0 #2 Mumonkey 2019-06-25 08:34
Aaron Baguma will not dodge justice. Good always settles debts.

He might be free physically but the psychological trauma and emotional distress he suffers can't be dismissed. Justice always prevails.
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0 #3 zzungulu zungulu 2019-06-25 11:55
Quoting A K Mukasa:
The decision to drop charges against Aaron Baguma without clear reasons is further evidence of selective justice by this rogue regime.

Selective justice is injustice. Fairness is the most abused leadership concept, especially in regions where the judicial system is subjugated by totalitarian headship.

A man who was supposed to be upholding the law was an accomplice in breaking it.

However, this does not matter to the powers that be because they rely on men like Baguma to unleash violence on those who have the temerity to question their longevity in power.


The "Circle of Nemesis" will be complete one day for Baguma! a matter of time..
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0 #4 Mubiru 2019-06-25 15:09
It appears that the hapless woman never vowed not to pay her debts but like all human beings financial predicaments delayed her to pay the balance for which she was murdered.

If Ugandans who either delay or fail to pay their debts including the heavily indebted Uganda were murdered Uganda would be wiped off the face of the earth and the Sebuwufus would be rotting in hell.

Museveni keeps on condemning murderers by proclaiming that convicted murderers must be hanged. That is his usual mere talk because if he was serious murderers would be hanged instead of the rich convicted killers like a one Kato Kajubi enjoying the luxury of bribery and become untouchable in Luzira.

The fact that Rwakasisi a convicted murderer is repaid by being Museveni's adviser (on what by the way?) tells a lot about the man's laxity to killers and contradicts his empty condemning of killers. The only punishment for murderers is hanging whatever platitudes of the self styled human rights vagabonds.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2019-07-02 08:39
Quoting Mubiru:
... Museveni keeps on condemning murderers by proclaiming that convicted murderers must be hanged. That is his usual mere talk because if he was serious murderers would be hanged instead of the rich convicted killers like a one Kato Kajubi enjoying the luxury of bribery and become untouchable in Luzira.

The fact that Rwakasisi a convicted murderer is repaid by being Museveni's adviser (on what by the way?) tells a lot about the man's laxity to killers and contradicts his empty condemning of killers. ...


Mubiru, since Mr. M7 told the wold that he is "a Master of violence", isn't it a self-indictment and self-evident that the man is also a killer?

In other words, in order to become a master violence, one must practice it on human beings.

Obote (RIP) told Ugandans that Mr. M7 is a killer, but nobody took him seriously.
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