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GUILTY AS CHARGED: You Kidnapped And Killed Her – Court Finally Convicts Pine Car Bond Businessman Sebuufu On Katushabe’s Murder

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It was tears and jubilation as pine car bond businessman Muhammad Sebuufu and seven others were convicted on the murder of businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe, a former Centenary bank employee. 

“I found out that state has proved beyond reasonable doubt all the ingredients in the three counts of murder, kidnap with intention to murder and armed robbery which were charged against Muhammad Ssebuufu, Phillip Mirambe, Steven Lwanga, Shaban Odutu, Paul Tasingika,  Dameseni Ssentongo, Godfrey Kayinza  and I  convict them,” High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga said. She said that the prosecution team led by senior state prosecutor Michael Ojok  and Winfred Ahimbisibwe placed Sebuufu and his co-accussed on the scene of crime at pine car bond in Kampala where the deceased was tortured from and later died at the entrance of  Kampala central police station.

The late Katushabe’s lawyer Annet Kyomugisha (2nd R)

The judge refuted the alibis which Sebuufu based on to defend himself that on the day Katushabe was tortured, he was at Mwanga 2 court in Mengo not at pine as the state witnesses testified. The judge stated that the convict had malice forethought to murder the deceased because after planning the move to kidnap her from her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe road instead of driving her to Kampala central police station. The soft-spoken judge said that the act of taking Katushabe to pine car bond showed that the suspects wanted to negotiate with her on how to pay the remaining shs9m on the purchased Toyota Premio from pine car bond. 

She based her judgment on the postmortem report which indicated that Katushabe was first tortured before she died. The learned judge wondered why the convicts instead of torturing the deceased didn’t file a civil suit so that their balance is paid through civil courts. She noted that the suspect participated in committing the crime according to the testimony of Peter Tumusiime, a lawyer who was sent to pine to rescue Katushabe from Sebuufu’s hands.

Tumusiime told court that he saw with his necked eye Sebuufu and Odutu undressing and beating up the deceased while squeezing her breasts and private parts. The judge further pointed out the star testimony was from Annet Kyomugisha, a lawyer to Katushabe, who told court that it was Sebuufu who called her on phone and put Katushabe on the loud speaker. Katushabe was crying and begging her lawyer to look for money because her captors had promised to kill her if she did not get the money.

Katushabe’s relatives jubilating

However, the judge put Steven Lwanga, a special hire driver at pine on charges of associating with the convicts who murdered Katushabe because when he was hired to drive Katushabe to police, he drove her back to pine where she was seriously tortured. State prosecutor Michael Ojok asked for an adjournment to prepare his submission on the sentencing because the convict deserves a maximum punishment of death. Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ochang told journalists that he is not happy with the judgment and he has to first read the entire judgment before advising his client on the way forward and whether to appeal in the court or not.

Katushabe’s relatives celebrated after the judgment and applauded the judge for standing by the truth adding that Sebuufu bribed all the people who were handling their case since 2015. Robert Muhindo, a brother to Katushabe said that even though Katushabe is dead and they can’t return her life, she will feel very contentedwherever she is. The convicted will know their fate on 1st July 2019.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Cranes Top Supporter Uncle Money Remanded For Killing City Businessman

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Uganda Cranes number one supporter Jackson Sewanyana alias Uncle Money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison over the murder of a city businessman. 

Buganda road court magistrate Miriam Ayo Okello charged Sewanyana who also doubles as the Kasubi zone IV Vice Chairperson and Benson Senyonga, his defense secretary with manslaughter.

According to the charge sheet, the accused together with others at large on 16/08 this year killed Siraja Akim Tumusiime a city businessman.

Tumusiime, a phone dealer at Mutasa Kafeero plaza was called by Uncle Money to buy their phones. When the deceased met them at Kasubi, uncle money grabbed him by the neck to forced him into a valley while warning him that he was going to be killed. 

Abdul Mulembe, a brother to the deceased told this website that he followed uncle money with his brother until they warned him to stop following them, he feared and backed off.

He said that when Uncle Money murdered the deceased, he dumped the body at Mulago mortuary where the family picked it from.

The case was adjourned to 1/10/2019.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLERS: CID Detectives On Late Nagirinya’s Murder Case Interrogate Family Members As CMI Dispatches Deadly Operatives To Hunt For Killers…

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Top detectives who are on the task of unmasking the assailants who kidnaped and later murdered Maria Nagirinya, a project manager with Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI), a non-governmental organization based in Muyenga Kampala and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa have continued to interrogate her close family members.

Sources in police homicide division have told the Grapevine that among the people who were grilled are those who were with the deceased on the last day when he was kidnapped. It’s should be remembered that on the day she was kidnapped, Nagirinya spent the later hours at the home of Sylvia Nakayenga, commonly known as Maama Vienney in Nalumunye Jomayi Estate in Kyengera town council.

Nakayenga is a city businesswoman and a close friend to Mzee Francis  Lubowa, a seasoned politician and the father to late Nagirinya. Detectives on the investigating team revealed that Nagirinya always visited Nakayenga whenever she wanted to booze and detectives wanted to know whether she told Nakayenga anything before leaving in the late hours.

Lawrence Kitayimbwa’s brother told this reporter that it was Nakayenga who called his brother to go and pick the drunk Nagirinya from her home. When contacted to confirm Lawrence’s statements, Charles Twine the spokesperson of the directorate of Criminal Intelligence Directorate said that the detectives are tirelessly working and they will leave no stone unturned. He confirmed that they have interrogated a number of people including family members but he refused to reveal their names.

Atwine told the Grapevine that if they reveal the names of the people they have interrogated, it will create enmity and divisions among the family members because they will start pointing fingers at each other.

He told us that they are also trying to protect the people who are helping the detectives in investigating the matter because they are all potential witnesses in court and they fear exposing them. When we asked Atwine to confirm our source’s information that the detectives who are investigating this murder have been joined by other from other intelligent agencies like Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), he said that they are working with a number of combative and non-combative detectives to reach the killers.

Efforts to speak to Brigadier Richard Kalemire were futile since he has been not picking our calls.

By Jamil Lutakome

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLER: The Man Looks Like Criminal Turned Security Informer Sobi – Ugandans Weigh In On Police CCTV Footage Of Suspect…

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As the search for the killers of Ms. Mariam Nagirinya and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa continues, Ugandans have weighed in on the man in the video that was circulated yesterday, of the man who allegedly kidnapped her.

Yesterday, the police Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer, ACP Polly Namaye released a statement asking the public to help them identify the man who was driving the deceased’s vehicle minutes after her kidnap in the CCTV footage they released.

Namaye wrote, “The Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies have retrieved CCTV images showing incidents that occurred prior to and after the kidnapping of Ms Nagirinya Mariam and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa Ronald on 28th August 2019. This is therefore to appeal to members of the public, and to any other person(s) who have useful information, leading to the arrest of this suspect in the pictures to contact the nearest Police station or call telephone numbers: 0714667793/ 0714668079/0714668105or toll free 0800909990/ 800121222. A BIG REWARD AWAITS.”

Since yesterday, Ugandans have been scratching their heads in a bid to help police identify the man in the CCTV footage, by morning today, a look-a-like had surfaced and it is the serial criminal turned security informer Paddy Sserunjoji alias Sobi. Here are some of the comments from Ugandans:

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