The case involving seven individuals accused of terrorism and the murder of former Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi has been adjourned by the International crimes division of the High court in Kampala.
The court has set March 4, 2024, as the date for a ruling on the confirmation of charges. Andrew Felix Kaweesi was assassinated on March 17, 2017, along with his bodyguard Kenneth Erau and driver Godfrey Mambewa in Kulambiro, Nakawa division, Kampala district.
The accused, Abdulrashid Mbaziira, Hamza Higenyi, Shafiq Kasujja, Yusuf Mugerwa, Bruhan Balyejjusa, Joshua Kyambadde, Jibril Kalyango, Yusuf Nyanzi and Shafiq Kasujja, face multiple charges including murder, aggravated robbery, terrorism aiding and abetting terrorism, and belonging to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a designated terror group.
Significantly, Shafiq Kasujja is being tried in absentia after he skipped bail. This decision was made to facilitate a speedy hearing for the remaining accused.
During a court session last Monday, presided over by Lady Justice Alice Komuhangi Khaukha, the progress of the case was reviewed. State Attorney Richard Birivumbuka reported that defense lawyers Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi and David Kasadda had not yet filed their responses or submissions. Birivumbuka attributed the delay to Kasadda receiving disclosures late and Rwakafuuzi’s illness, which has affected his ability to comply with the court’s directives.
In response to these developments, Justice Komuhangi granted an extension, instructing the defense lawyers to file their submissions by December 11, 2023, and serve the prosecution by the same date. The case was then adjourned to March 4, 2024, for a ruling.
This ruling will determine whether the charges against the suspects are dismissed or confirmed. If confirmed, the case will be forwarded to the trial judge for the commencement of hearings.
Three of the accused, Yusuf Nyanzi, Aramazan Noordin Higenyi alias Taata Abdallazack, and Abdurashid Mbaziira alias Buyondo Muhammed, remain on remand due to various charges. Nyanzi faces charges in three separate files, including the high-profile murders of Kaweesi, Major Muhammad Kiggundu, and involvement in the attempted murder of Minister General Edward Katumba Wamala. Despite being granted bail in the Kaweesi murder case, Nyanzi was rearrested and is currently on remand for the 2021 charges.
Similarly, Higenyi and Mbaziira, despite being bailed in the Kaweesi murder file, remain on remand for separate charges involving child trafficking, pending before the Mukono court.