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IGP Ochola Gives Full Account On Over 20 High Profile Murders From Kayihura Tenure, 9 Arrested For Killing Kirumira, No Arrests Made In Abiriga, Kagezi Killing

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I warmly welcome you to this Press Conference whose purpose is to update the country on the general crime situation with emphasis on some murder cases under investigation.

Generally, the security in the country is calm and as a result there is remarkable political, social and economic stability. However, in spite of the general stability, the Uganda Police Force (UPF)continues to register pockets of criminality especially in Kampala Metropolitan Policing Area and isolated incidents in other parts of the country.

Specifically, I would like to highlight on the progress of Police investigations pertaining to the following cases that were reported between 2012 to date:

  1. MURDER OF ASP KIRUMIRA MUHAMMAD AND RESTY MBABAZI ALIAS NALINYA that occurred on 08thSeptember, 2018 at around 2105hrs at Bulenga A Zone Wakiso sub County in Wakiso District.

Investigations are ongoing and so far 9(Nine) suspects have been arrested. One of them will appear in court today on charges of murder.

  1. MURDER OF HON ABIRIGA IBRAHIM AND PTE. KONGO SAIDI. It occurred on 08/06/2018 at around 1850hrs at Kawanda Kaayi Zone, Nabweru Sub County in Wakiso District.
  • A Forensic audit is ongoing with a view of identifying the suspects.
  1. MURDER OF JOAN NAMAZI KAGEZI that occurredon the night of 30th March 2015 at about 2030hrs.
  • There are specific leads being followed regarding the main suspect.
  1. MURDER OF MAJOR MOHAMMED KIGGUNDU AND SGT MUKASA STEVEN.

It occurred on the 26th day of November 2016 in Masanafu trading center in Rubaga division Kampala district.

  • -Seven (7) suspects were arrested and have been committed to High Court for trial.
  1. MURDER OF AIGP ANDREW FELIX KAWEESI, NO. 47113 CPL ERAU KENNETH AND NO. 60687 C/DRV WAMBEWA GODFREY.

It occurredon the 17thday of March 2017 at around 0940hrs, in Kulambiro, Kampala district.

  • Eight (8) suspects were committed to High Court for trial.
  1. KIDNAP AND MURDER OF SUSAN MAGARA that occurred onthe 7th and 27thFebruary2018 at Kitiko Birongo village, Kajjansi Urban Division Wakiso district.
  • Nine (9) suspects have been remanded to Prison and 3(three) suspects are still on the run.
  1. MURDER OF WAMALA WILBERFORCE AND SADIQ MUGERWA-THE SHAMBA BOYthat occurredon 3rd February 2012 at Mutungo in Nakawa Division.
  • The suspect was identified and is on the run.
  1. DEATH OF TERASVOURI THOMAS JUHA PETERRI A FINISH NATIONALthatoccurredon 06/02/2018 at Pearl of Africa Hotel.
  • Five (5) suspects were charged to Court and the case is on mention.
  1. DEATH OF SEBASTIANO AXEL A SWEDISH NATIONAL that was registered on 05/02/2018 and occurred in Sheraton Hotel.
  • No suspect has been arrested and investigations are ongoing.
  1. MURDER OF WOMEN IN NANSANA AND KATABI TOWN COUNCIL that occurred between the months of May and September 2017, in Nansana Municipality Wakiso district and Katabi in Entebbe.
  • 17(Seventeen) suspects have been committed to High Court for trial.
  1. MURDER OF SHEIKH ABDUL KARIM SSENTAMU. It occurredon 20/04/2012 at about 2200hrs at William Street in Kampala District.
  • 01(One) suspect was arrested and the case is still under investigations.
  1. MURDER OF SHEIKH ABUBAKAR MUHAMMAD KIWEWA that occurred on 26/06/2012 in Kyanja, Nakawa Division.
  • 01(One) suspect was arrested and charged to court.
  1. MURDER OF SHEIKH IBRAHIM KIRYA AND SHEIKH MUSTAFA BAHIGA occurred on 28/12/2014 in Bwebajja
  • 11(Eleven) suspects were charged with Terrorism and Murder in the War Crimes Division of the High Court. Six of the eleven accused persons were convicted of Terrorism but acquitted of murder. They are currently serving their sentence in Luzira Prison.
  1. MURDERS AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERIES IN GREATER MASAKA

These occurred between January 2017 and January 2018 in the diverse places of Masaka, Bukomansimbi, Kalungu, Lwengo and Ssembabule Districts.

  • A total of 13 Murder cases were registered and 24 Aggravated Robberies in the same period across the region.
  • Investigations led to the arrest of Galiwango Musa alias Bilibonwa Moses and five others suspects.
  • The suspects were charged with several counts of Murder and Aggravated Robbery and are currently on remand.
  1. MURDER OF SHAFIQ KIGUNDU  AND MUSINGUZI MOSES AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY OF GUN & 450M/= IN MASAKA

It occurred on 01/07/2018 at Muto Hardware shop in Masaka District.

  • A total of 07 suspects were arrested and charged in General Court Martial and 03 killer guns recovered. The case is for mention.
  1. MURDER OF SHEIKHS AND OTHER PROMINENT PERSONS IN BUSOGA AND EASTERN REGION

Occurred between 2012 and 2015.

  • -38(Thirty Eight) suspects were arrested and charged to court on charges of murder, terrorism, aggravated robbery, attempted murder and belonging to ADF terrorist group.

Among the suspects is Jamil Mukulu the leader of ADF and Mohammed Matovu alias Mark Ssebaduka and Umar Mutuka.

The accused persons are on remand and the cases are at pretrial stage in the High court.

The UPF re -assures the general public that it will continue to coordinate with other sister agencies, Directorate of Public Prosecutions and  Judiciary to fast track all the  criminal cases and ensure that the suspects are apprehended and produced in courts of law.

The UPF appeals to the media and the general public to continue cooperating with its officers in providing timely information on any criminal related.

As a reminder, these are the toll free lines that the general public can use to reach us in case of any information;

  1. 0800199990,
  2. 0800199991,
  3. 0800199699,
  4. 0800300119,
  5. 0800199188

Finally, I thank you for listening to me.

FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY

J.M OKOTH- OCHOLA (ESQ)

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

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Three Killed In Mukono Robbery Shoot-Out

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Three suspected robbers have been killed in a shoot-out with security guards at Biyinzika Poultry farm in Mukono District, the Grapevine has learnt.

About 10 men armed with one riffle raided Biyinzika Poultry farm at on 16th December 2018 at about 0200 hours and attempted to steal chicken.

In the process of the robbery, there was exchange of fire with the guards at the farm hence killing three suspected robbers. One has been identified as James Adrey of Ngora District.

The Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Police Luke Owoyesigyire said that other two bodies have not been identified and were therefore taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital for postmortem.

“We also recovered chicken in sacks at the scene of crime and the hunt is still on for the rest of the team that is suspected to have been involved in this foiled robbery,” he said.

Investigations are ongoing via Mukono Police vide SD 02/16/12/2018.

By Remmy Atugonza

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Top Police Officer Defrauds Shs90m From Insurance Company

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Tom Mubiru, a Police officer Number RA 21145 SGT together with city businesswoman Cissy Ndagano have been charged with obtaining money by false pretense. The two were charged before Buganda Road grade one Magistrate Robert Mukanza for fraudulently obtaining over shs90m from Jubilee Assurance Company.

The state alleges that on 16th May 2018, Mubiru and Ndagano went to Jubilee Life Assurance Company offices in Kampala with intent to obtain UGX 52,739535 from the insurance firm fraudulently.

They falsely pretended that Mr. Geoffrey Ssebitosi, who had insured his life died, by the time they discovered that Ssebitosi was not dead, Mubiru and Ndagano had already obtained money.

The state alleges that on 26th of January 2018 at ICEA Life offices in Kampala, the duo defrauded UGX 2,000,000 from Insurance Company of East Africa by falsely claiming that Godfrey Ssebitosi had died.

Both were also charged with giving false information to a person employed in the public service. The state alleges that between July 2018 and November 2018 at CID headquarters Kibuli Kampala, the accused gave false information to a public officer employed by Uganda Police Force which was false when they alleged that Sebitosi was dead. They were charged VID:CID HQTRS 847 2018. It reveals that accused with knowledge lie the police.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Katushabe’s Lawyers Asked Me For Shs100m To Kill Case – Sebuufu

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Pine car bond tycoon Muhammad Sebuufu has accused the lawyers of the late Donnah Betty Katushabe, whom he is accused of murdering, of asking him for Shs100m to kill the murder case against him.

In his unsworn defense before Judge Angeline Flavia Senoga of the High Court Criminal Division yesterday,  Sebuufu revealed that when he was remanded to Luzira prison,  four people visited him and gave him alternatives of how he can overcome the charges.

“The group was led by Annet Kobusigye who introduced herself as a lawyer to the late Katushabe and also a boss to Peter Tumusiime and another lawyer, a one Amon who is a potential witness against me.  She asked me for Shs100m to settle the entire case by convincing her lawyers not to come to Court since Katushabe was already dead and no one was going to follow up the case,” Sebuufu revealed.

His lawyer Caleb Alaka asked him to tell Court proof that Kobusigye and other lawyers came to see him in Luzira prison.  Sebuufu told court that Kobusigye wrote in the prison’s visitors’ book indicating her telephone number and the person she had gone to see (Sebuufu).  He further revealed that he has many witnesses who are ready to come to Court and pin Kobusigye including prison officers who recorded her identity in the visitor’s book. He said that his long outstanding friend Livingstone Jjaggwe who works in Equity bank is also available to testify against Kobusigye because he is the one who introduced them to him in Luzira prison.  Alaka asked him to tell court whether he gave Kobusigye the bribe she asked for. Sebuufu said that he refused to give her the bribe because he was confident that he would win this case in Courts of law since he was innocent.  He said he had told Kobusigye to go back and prepare her witnesses to testify against him because they just want him to rot in Luzira prison yet they know the right people who killed Katushabe.

 

He added that he knew Tumusiime very well because he is the one who introduced Katushabe to him when she wanted to buy the vehicle.  He said Tumusiime even asked him for Shs1million as commission from the Shs17million Katushabe was paying for the car.

He further revealed that he thinks Tumusiime got annoyed because he was not given his Shs1million commission from the first payment that Katushabe made while paying for the car. Sebuufu said that he did not pay Tumusiime because by the time the money was paid, he was not around, he promised to pay Tumusiime from the last installment. He added that Tumusiime was also his former employee who  managed his computer systems but he fired him after he failed to deliver. Sebuufu testified that he was surprised when Kobusigye told him that Tumusiime was a lawyer.

“This is the reason why Tumusiime came to Court and testified against me,” Sebuufu said. His lawyer Alaka applied for a Court order against prison authorities to produce their visitor’s book where Kobusigye wrote when she visited Sebuufu. Justice Ssenoga promised to make her ruling on Alaka’s application in the next hearing.  Sebuufu further denied knowing his seven co- accused saying he got to know them in Court. He said co-accused Steven Lwanga was just a special hire driver at Nkurumah Road but not his friend.

He told court that he hired Lwanga to drive Katushabe who was badly beaten by a mob near his car bond to take her to Central Police Station (CPS), this was after the police failed to rescue her. Alaka asked him tell court why people were beating Katushabe and he said that he heard people saying that Katushabe was a car robber and she had been stealing their cars and conniving with other robbers to kill their friends. He said that Lwanga came back with Katushabe in his hire special car and told Ssebuufu that he was told to make a statement telling who had beaten the deceased. He said Lwanga refused to make a statement and it’s the reason as to why he returned Katushabe in the car. Ssebuufu said that he called CPS OC Mugabi and informed him on what was happening at Pine because people had turned against him claiming that he was protecting the thief. He said Mugabi came with a police patrol car full of policemen and drove Katushabe to CPS, only to be informed later in the evening by Mugabi that Katushabe had died. He said that he called Aaron Baguma the former DPC CPS police to confirm whether Katushabe was dead since he had also reported to him the mob at Pine earlier. He said that Baguma told him that he was not aware of the matter. He also said that when he went to CPS to confirm the death, one of the police officers by the name Namugenyi who was his friend told him to make a statement on the death of Katushabe. He said that he made a statement and after he was detained.  Sebuufu further denied that Katushabe was murdered at his car bond. He said she was murdered in a car bond on plot 6 Nkurumah Road which was owned by Kiwanuka Damage who is still on the run in South Africa.  He said that he runs his car bond on plot 5 and 6 and Sudhir Ruparealia is his landlord.  He admits that he sold a vehicle to Katushabe.

Sebuufu is accused together with Phillip Mirambe, Godfrey Kayiza, Lwanga Stephen, Paul Tasingika, Damasen Sentongo and Shaban Oduutui alias Golola of murdering businesswoman Katushabe from the Pine car bond along Lumumba Avenue. It is said Katushabe had bought a Toyota Premio saloon car from Sebuufu but was beaten to death over failing to clear the balance of Shs9million as had been agreed.

 

By Jamil Lutakomese

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