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Gen Katumba Wamala shooting suspects further remanded

The suspects in the dock

The suspects in the dock

The eight suspects accused of murdering the daughter and driver of Transport and Works minister Gen Edward Katumba Wamala have been further remanded until November 28 after the prosecution asked for more time to gather more evidence.

The suspects; Yusuf Siraje Nyanzi, Hussein Sserubula, Muhammad Kagugube, Sirimani Kisambira, Abudullah Aziz Ramadhan, Dunka, Kamada Walusimbi, Habib Ramadhan Marjan and Huzaifah Wampa appeared before justice Alice Komuhangi Khaukha on Monday for further pre-trial hearing of their case.

Prosecution led by the assistant director of public prosecutions Lino Anguzu, state attorneys; Marion Ben Bella and Joseph Kyomuhendo told court that they had shared with the defense lawyers evidence that they intend to use in the trial. However, they asked for more time because they still have pending evidence that they intend to share.

Defense lawyers; Geoffrey Turyamusima and Nalukoola Luyimbazi had no objection to the November 28 adjournment and court directed the prosecution to serve Nalukoola before they return to court for further guidance on how to proceed. Turyamusima said they intend to file an application for bail for the accused persons because they were tortured while in state custody before their arraignment in court.

He described the evidence given to them so far as lacking in weight and baseless and is hopeful that they will continue seeking justice for their clients. The suspects were in January committed by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court to face trial on 30 charges before the International Crimes Division. The charges are related to terrorism, ten counts of murder, 12 counts of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, rendering services to a terrorist group, the Allied Democratic Forces, financing terrorism activities, and belonging to a terrorist organization.

They were first arraigned on five charges including the attempted murder of Gen Wamala, his bodyguard sergeant Khalid Kuboit and Boniface Mucunguzi. In October 2021, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo instituted 18 other charges against the suspects with exception of Nyanzi and Sserubula.

The charges included allegations that while at Cheap General Hardware Nansana in Wakiso district on May 29, 2019, the suspects together with others still at large with malice aforethought, unlawfully caused the death of Jimmy Atukuru, Frank Anania, Abaho Frank Mutsinda, and Amim Bugembe whom they shot dead.

According to the state, the suspects also stole Shs 385 million from Tedrin Nalule, the cashier of Cheap General Hardware, and also murdered Burton Okoti on April 27, 2019, at City Shoppers Supermarket Kanyanya, Mpererwe, Kawempe division in Kampala district.

The prosecutors added that after shooting dead Okoti, the accused took off with Shs 2.2 million from Precious Kayesu and another Shs 4.5 million from Aisha Nakafeero and also attempted to murder Jalia Nantambi on the same date and venue.

The suspects are also implicated in the murders at Denovo Bakery Kalerwe in Kawempe division, on September 16, 2017, where five people including two special police constables Hussein Mubiru and Moses Kalungi were shot dead before injuring Angello Nantongo, Everest Hakizza, and Edward Ssenyonzi. The office of the DPP also alleges that the accused persons stole Shs 34.7 million from Nawal Nakatudde at Denovo Bakery before attempting to kill her.

Prosecution evidence also shows that the guns that were used in the crimes were examined and found to have been used in the murders of Maj Muhammad Kiggundu and his bodyguard Sgt Steven Mukasa in November 2016, and that the pistol recovered had been assigned to the late Cpl Kenneth Erau who was the bodyguard to the late police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi that had been stolen when the duo was gunned down together with Godfrey Mambewa on March 17, 2017.

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+1 #1 PaulM 2022-11-15 10:32
And the Muslim witch-hunt using ADF continues
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0 #2 A K Mukasa 2022-11-15 16:12
Very quick to arrest the so called suspects but always very slow to prosecute them.

When it is one of their own, even when there is glaring evidence, they are not arrested but left to enjoy their freedom while the state claims to still be investigating.

Justice delayed is justice denied. What if they are finally acquitted after having spent all this time in prison. This is abuse of due process and courts are as guilty as the state.

Courts have lost their way as they allow the state to go on a fishing expedition at the expense of the suspects. This is persecution rather than prosecution.
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0 #3 sula 2022-11-15 17:24
1- Obviously it has to be Muslims.

2- Those who killed Muslims in Mbarara in 1979 , still want more.In 1986, they started from where they stopped.

3- But InshAllah , one day the truth will come out.One day this country will unite and demand Justice.

4- If that justice is not given and people are allowed to explode , then one should not even contemplate what is likely to happen.
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0 #4 sula 2022-11-15 17:28
hmmm ! museveni &co , Why should they continue to frame innocent ,harmless people !

Oh God . museveni nobusajjabwe have really traumatised, abused and dehumanised Ugandans.
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0 #5 Lakwena 2022-11-17 15:21
Quoting sula:
hmmm ! museveni &co , Why should they continue to frame innocent ,harmless people !

Oh God . museveni nobusajjabwe have really traumatised, abused and dehumanised Ugandans.


Sula, for whatever reason/s; not many Ugandans especially Muslims realize how much Gen Tibuhaburwa have personal vendetta against Muslims.

E.g., who could imagine that a die-hard NRA/M supporter, Haji Nadduli and family members could be subjected to night-raid and arrest and publicly humiliated while mourning of their loved one, son Jakana Nadduli (RIP)?

Otherwise, a human being without compassion (concern for others), shame/embarrassment from wrongdoing or sense of humility; is an animal (beast)

In other words, Ugandans are dealing with Iblis (Satan) that has abandoned Hell and now settled in our State House.
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0 #6 Lakwena 2022-11-17 15:35
Because of personal vendetta against Muslims (Islam); Mr. M7 has become the Judge of Judges, the DPP, Witness, Jury and Jailer.

In other words, seeing and reading the list of suspects names is believing. So, what did the Muslims do to Gen Tibuhaburwa, into becoming the scapegoats and/or easy target for all the arrest related capital offenses committed in this country?

Otherwise, only God knows when the Jamil Mukulu and other Muslim suspects like the Hon Ssegirinya of this country behind bars will ever be brought justice.
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