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    HOW CASE UNFOLDED: How Hiring M7’s Lawyers Saved Kanyamunyu From Rotting In Jail For 30 Years, Pleads With Court Not To Take Him To Kitalya, Girlfriend Set Free…

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    Kanyamunyu with girlfriend Cythia Munwangari

    Lawyers have a saying that a good lawyer knows the law, a great lawyer knows a judge, this saying came to pass in the case where embattled City businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cythia Munwangari are battling murder allegations.

    The couple have been battling murder charges since 2016, against the state, for killing child right activities Kenneth Akena.

    However, on Thursday afternoon, they had something to smile about after entering into a pre-bargaining process with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

    The accused were supposed to appear before High Court Criminal Division Judge Stephen Mubiru in the morning but through their lawyers led by Peter Kabaste and Jet John Tumwebaze, of the famous Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), they applied for an adjournment of up to 2pm which was granted.

    Lawyers grounded their application on the conclusion of the pre-bargaining process with the office of the DPP which was led by Magrate Nakiggunde, the Deputy DPP.

    Credible sources in the DPP’s office intimated to us that the Memorandum Of Understanding between the two parties was drawn at 1pm and signed by the accused, their lawyers and lawyers from the DPP’s office.

    WHAT WAS IN THE AGREEMENT

    Kanyamunyu through his new lawyers led by Kabatse, a former Director of Public Prosecution and Former Solicitor General managed to convince the DPP to amend the charge sheet from murder to manslaughter.

    In the agreement, Kanyamunyu was advised to admit the charges and the DPP was also convinced to amend her first condition of 30 years imprisonment to five or six years.

    Before Kanyamunyu hired services of KAA, his former lawyers led by Macdusman Kabega, were frustrated by the DPP and had to run out of the case.

    In the negotiations, Kabaste also convinced the DPP to withdraw murder charges against Munwangari under instrument 0418.

    WHY KANYAMUNYU WAS GIVEN 5 YEARS

    Kabaste submitted to Court during the mitigation process that his client is a first offender, has a health problem, has a young family, admitted the offense he committed by reaching out to the deceased’s family and community and tried to save the deceased’s life by rushing him to Victoria Hospital and Nakasero Hospital.

    WHAT THE JUDGE CONSIDERED

    Justice Mubiru appreciated the accused for admitting his mistake, praying for pre-bargaining and trying to reach the aggrieved family.

    He noted that even though the offence of manslaughter is punishable with life imprisonment, he considered sentencing him to five years in jail.

    The Judge noted that the accused is not dangerous to the community, has been remorseful and has properly utilised the pre-bargaining process which was established by the judiciary to reduce case backlog.

    The Judge advised Kanyamunyu that it is his right to Appeal against the sentence if he is not satisfied at the Court of Appeal.

    KANYAMUNYU ASKS NOT TO BE TAKEN TO KITALYA

    Kanyamunyu pray to Court that after being sentenced, he should be directly taken to Luzira prison not Kitalya as the practice has been since the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19.

    Kabaste submitted to Court a COVID-19 negative certificate of the convict indicating that he is not going to take the virus to prison.

    However, the Judge advised him to talk to the prisons administration.

    WHY MUNWANGARI WAS SET FREE

    Out of the 13 prosecution witnesses who testified against the accused, no evidence pined Munwangari. All witnesses told court that she was in the vehicle when Kanyamunyu pulled out the gun and shot Akena in the chest.

    She was also identified in Court as one of the people together with Joseph Kanyamunyu, a brother to Matthew Kanyamunyu, who escorted Kanyamunyu to all the medical facilities where they took the deceased in an attempt to save his life. Therefore, there was no sufficient evidence which could yield her conviction.

    WHERE IS THE KILLER WEAPON (THE GUN)

    Magrete Nakigunde, the Assistant Director of Public Prosecution told Court that up to now, the killer weapon (gun), used to commit the offence has not yet been discovered.

    AKENA’S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT

    When given chance to tell Court whether the family was aware of the negotiations between the DPP and Kanyamunyu, John Paul Nyeko, the young brother to the deceased admitted that they were told about the process but they didn’t participate in the final decision making.

    He was among the witnesses who testified against Kanyamunyu.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    How Tabula Who Is Being Accused Of Masterminding Assassination Of Ndiga Clan Head Survived Being Arrested By Brig. Gen. Ddamulira’s Commandos As He Attempted To Seek Help From Buganda Spirits…

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    The late Eng. Daniel Lwomwa (R) and his nemesis Tabula Luggya Bbosa (L) who is currently on the run

    Police spokesperson Senior Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga has narrated how Tabula Luggya Bbosa survived being arrested by Brig. Gen. Christopher Sserunjogi Ddamulira’s commandos of the Police’s Crime Intelligence (CI).

    CP Enanga revealed that commandos stormed Kabango village, Kakoola Sub County in Mpigi district to arrest Tabula who is alleged to have masterminded the plan to assassinate Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the fallen head of Endiga (Sheep) clan last week.

    Enanga said that Tabula narrowly survived arrest and detectives only found a motorcycle at the place where he was expected to be.

    He revealed that security anticipated that Tabula was hiding in one of the islands in Mpigi district and pleaded with citizens to help police to arrest him.

    Police put an award of Shs10m which will be given to any person who will give information that will help lead to the arrest of Tabula.

    Enanga further said that intelligence has received information that Tabula is moving from one shrine to another seeking for the intervention of his grandparents’ spirit to frustrate the investigations.

    He warned witch doctors that anyone who will be found hiding Tabula will also be arrested and added to the file of those who participated in the murder of Bbosa.

    Enanga further disclosed that seven suspects have been arrested including Noah Derrick Luggya who allegedly pulled the triger and was intercepted by the angry mob who badly beat him up while trying to lynch him and he narrowly survived and is receiving medication at Mulago hospital.

    Emmanual Sserunkuma, his co-accused who was driving him on the motorcycle was killed by the mob on the spot.

    Milly Naluwenda a clerk to Buganda Kingdom cultural Court (Kkooti yakisekwa) was also arrested and highly placed sources in security confirmed that she communicated with Luggya a few hours before the offence was committed.

    Sources added that Luggya’s phone helped detectives to trace the suspects and Enanga assured the people of Buganda, members of the Endiga clan and Bbosa’s family that the suspects arrested are the right ones and very soon they are going to be arraigned in Court.

    In 2022, Kkooti ya kisekwa declared that Bbosa was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan head and a section of the clan members installed Tabula the petitioner against Bbosa as the rightful clan head.

    However, David Kiwalabye Male the then culture and security minister in Buganda Kingdom rubbished the installation of Tabula insisting that Bbosa is still the rightful Endiga clan head.

    Kiwalabye made the statements a few hours after Bbosa appealed to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters in Buganda.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Kabaka had not yet delivered his judgment on the matter and there has been a sharp divisionism between Tabula’s supporters and those of Bbosa. When Bbosa was assassinated, Tabula ran into hiding and switched off all his known phone numbers.

    At the burial of Bbosa Mbale village in Mawokota county, Mpigi district, Kabaka Mutebi directed security in the message read by Professor Twaha Kawaase Kigongo to arrest all those who participated in his official’s murder.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Why Judges Protested Justice Kabito’s JSC Tough Orders On Support Staff …

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    The new Court of Appeal building. Inset is Justice Benjamin Kabito

    Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Judges of the High Court and other lower judicial officers are protesting the tough orders issued by Justice Benjamin Kabito the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) concerning their support staff.

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that Justice Kabito wrote to all support staff who include; Cleaners, secretaries and clerks that before the end of this month, they should decide on whether to remain under the Public Service Commission or apply to join JSC.

    One of the affected staff told theGrapevine that Kabito told them that JSC is the mandated government organisation when it comes to recruitment, supervision and the discipline of all staff under the jurisdiction of the judiciary of Uganda.

    The development has divided judicial staff with some supporting the move while others are protesting against it and have sought advice from their respective bosses who advised them not to join JSC.

    They claim that the powers of JSC end with judicial officers and the Act that establishes the JSC as Amended in 2015 has not yet amended it to give them such powers.

    Maverick city lawyer Kassim Mabirizi Male has written to justice Kabito claiming that what he is trying to do is against the laws governing the institution.

    “This is therefore to require you to desist from such illegality until such a time when an Act specifies which support staff you will be responsible for because in reality, casual workers, secretaries and clerks who earn peanuts may not, in commonsense, be regulated by the same body which controls judicial officers who earn a minimum of Shs5m tax exempt,” Mabirizi stated in his letter.

    However, sources close to Justice Kabito insist that JSC has the right to take control of support staff because they are the vehicle used to promote corruption in the judiciary.

    JSC claims that many lawyers and litigants are channeling money to bribe judicial officers through the support staff and in most cases when they receive evidence against them, they don’t have powers to discipline them because they are under the control of the Public Service Commission.

    He narrated a situation when detectives from State House Anti-Corruption Unit, then commanded by Col. Edith Nakalema stormed Towed Towers which housed the Civil Division of the High Court to arrest a judge who had just received a bribe from a city businessman.

    The businessman was the one who petitioned Nakalema’s office.

    “They first photocopied the notes which they were taking to the judge to be used as evidence. The money was put in the envelope and given to the cleaner who was sent by the judge, they saw the cleaner entering the judge’s chamber and moving out without the envelope and they stormed the office,” the source said.

    He added that when they entered the judge’s office, they introduced themselves to the judge with their identification cards.

    He however just laughed at them and allowed them to search his office insisting that he has no money.

    He asked them why they didn’t arrest the cleaner if they saw him taking a bribe to him.

    The detectives turned everything in the judge’s chamber upside down but they didn’t see any money. In the end, they apologised to him after he threatened to sue them.

    Detectives suspected that on the way, the cleaner might have given the money to the judge’s body guard after knowing that there might be people following him and that’s how the judge survived humiliation.

    It’s because of such incidents that JSC wants all support staff to register with them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    HE IS NOT MAD: Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Assassin Has No Brain Damage, CT-Scan Proves; Grandchildren Protest Process Used To Fish Bbosa’s Successor….

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    Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who killed Omutaka Bbosa (R) in hospital

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that medical doctors at Mulago hospital X-Ray department and those from different security agencies subjected Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who gunned down Ndiga (Sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa to CT-Scan.

    On Sunday evening, Luggya survived being killed by an angry mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division, a Kampala city suburb accusing him of killing Bbosa.

    His colleague Emmanual Sserunkuma was killed on the spot by the mob.

    Luggya was taken to Mulago hospital and sources told theGrapevine that he is positively responding to medication and on Wednesday evening, he was taken for a CT-Scan to examine whether his brain has no damage.

    “His brain has no damage and I can confirm that he is mentally fine. At first we thought that maybe the mob damaged his brain, you know his head was badly beaten,” one of the doctors at Mulago X-Ray department said.

    He added that Luggya first pretended to be mentally unstable and was only looking at doctors without responding to anything they asked him.

    This forced the doctors to carry out a CT-Scan on him to establish whether he was fine.

    Doctor said that Luggya still has difficulty in talking because he lost some of his teeth after his mouth was shattered by the mob.

    Luggya was also taken to an X-Ray machine and his entire body was examined.

    Results showed that none of his bones was damaged and doctors are very sure that by the end of this week, he will be able to talk to the investigators from Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the police’s Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and those from Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira’s Crime Intelligence Directorate.

    Sources held that detectives tried to talk to Luggya but he was not ready to talk even though he showed that he understood whatever was going on. On Friday, they are going to test him again.

    On the other hand, members of the Endiga clan have started protesting the process their leaders and officials from Buganda Kingdom used to get Bbosa’s successor.

    On Wednesday, Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lwabajjajja abataka) announced that the council had appointed Edward Lwanga and Kato Lutwama both premiers of Kasimba and Nyonyi Nyange clans to guide Endiga concerned leaders during the process of choosing Bbosa’s successor.

    However this evening, information started circulating that the assigned committee has already chosen Eria Buzaabo Lwasi, the son to late Luggya Lwasi who is a celebrated journalist and teacher.

    Those protesting the process told theGrapevine that a clan head cannot be chosen without first choosing the ‘Ssemusota’ who is supposed to preside over the process of getting Bbosa’s successor.

    “We know the people behind Buzaabo, but we can confirm to Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his people that bringing his people will not help solve the ongoing fights in our clan,” one Endiga clan member said.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Buganda Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya Kisekwa) had declared that he was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan and a one Tabula Bbosa was enthroned as the clan head.

    Bbosa challenged the Kkooti ya Kisekwa judgment before Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters.

    Sources claim that Buzaabu is expected to be introduced to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him and if the program moves as planned Bbosa will be buried on Sunday this week.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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