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Judge Orders Kanyamunyu Murder Trial To Kick Off In The Absence Of His Brother…

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L-R: The accused Cynthia Munwangari, Joseph Kanyamunyu and Mathew Kanyamunyu

High Court Criminal Division Judge James Mubiru has ordered the kickoff the murder trial in which Mathew Kanyamunyu, a city businessman, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and brother Joseph Kanyamunyu are accussed of killing Kenneth Akena, a social worker.

The judge overruled the defense’s application for adjournment because Joseph Kanyamunyu (A3) was not in court.

Lawyer MacDusman Kabega submitted to court that his client didn’t intentionally abscond from attending his trial because he was admitted at Case Clinic Kampala. Kabega produced a letter from the Case Clinic hospital Administration showing that Kanyamunyu was admitted in their facility for medical attention and asked that the trial be adjourned for 14 days because by then, they will be sure that he will be discharged from the hospital.

Kanyamunyu with his lawyer Kabega

The defense lawyers led by senior state Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya challenged the adjournment.

“I heard the concern of the defense; they have shared with us the medical document but for the record, we came ready to proceed with the trial and we have witnesses prepared to testify. The decision to proceed without A3 (Kanyamunyu) needs a brief consultation from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) himself for guidance,” Muwaganya submitted.

However, the trial judge Mubiru told him that there is no need for consultation because it’s at the court’s discretion to determine whether to proceed with a separate trial of the accused, he cited section 52(1) of the trial indictment Act which allows the separate prosecution of the suspects.

He said that he also put into consideration the long time the case has spent in court. He further noted that the letter from Case Clinic didn’t show when Kanyamunyu will be discharged.

In conclusion, the judge ordered Muwaganya to do an amendment in the charge sheet and proceed with separate trial because the matter is of a public interest and needs a speedy trial in court.

Earlier, the trial delayed because Munwangari told court that she needs a French interpreter since she doesn’t understand English very well. It took court four hours looking for someone who understands French. A one Jim Nyabirungo was later brought to interpret for Munwangari.

Kanyamunyu and the co-accused are charged with the shooting Kenneth Akena dead. The state alleges that Kanyamunyu pulled out his gun and shot Akena who was kneeling apologizing to him after scratching his brand new land cruiser along Jinja Road.

By Ssengooba Alirabaki

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Makerere University Student Beaten To Death During Curfew….

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Kampala Metropolitan police has kicked off investigations into circumstances under which a Makerere University student was beaten to death.

According to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, the deceased has been identified as Emmanuel Tegu, a third-year student at the Faculty of Veterinary.

“Unfortunately, the victim has passed on today at 3am before he could record a statement to give us his last moments. We are yet to find out the reason why he was moving at night at that time, but a murder offence is being vigorously investigated,” Onyango stated.

He explained that at around 11pm, police received a strange call that there was a mob beating up a suspected thief near Lumumba Hall in Makerere University.

He said that their men swung into action and found unidentified person lying on the ground unconscious with several injuries.

He explained that the police patrol arrived and he was taken to Mulago hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Onyango denied allegations that the deceased was beaten to death by LDU personals with the help of policemen and branded.

“No single LDU personal is deployed at Makerere University. The security of the university is being managed by police and private security firms,” he said.

Onyango said that as police, they condemn mob justice and any person found guilty of participating in this criminal activity will be arrested and prosecuted.

 

By Grapevine Reporters  




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Boda Boda Rider Burns Himself To Death In Traffic Officer’s Office For Impounding His Bike And Asking For Shs.150,000 Bribe….

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The late Walugembe (inset)

SECURITY operatives in Nyendo, Masaka municipality were forced to fire live bullets in air to disperse huge crowds of bodaboda riders who attacked Nyendo police station after the death of their colleague.

Hussein Walugembe, a businessman in Masaka burnt himself inside the office of Masaka traffic department.

In the process, one traffic officer was injured and very many files were burnt to ashes.

It is alleged that trouble started when officers impounded Walugembe’s motorcycle on Tuesday at 7:30pm during curfew hours and took it to Masaka police yard for safe custody.

At around 8:00pm, Walugembe followed them and pleaded with them to return his bike because it was his only source of income.

Police officers with jerrycans of water and a fire extinguisher trying to put out the fire

According to his colleagues, police officers ordered him to pay the Shs.150,000 if he wanted his bodaboda back.

When he pleaded that he could not afford the huge amount of money they were asking for, the officers insisted that they will not give him his bike until he pays the money.

Early the next morning at 8:00am, Walugembe stormed the traffic office with a Rwenzori mineral water bottle full of petrol and threatened to kill himself if they do not give him his motorcycle.

The officer in charge told him to pay the money they had asked from him.

Walugembe’s body being taken for burial

Walugembe swore that if they did not give him his bike, he was going to die with the officer.

He then opened the bottle and showered himself with the petrol and poured some in the office, he removed a matchbox from his pocket and lit himself.

He tried to grab the traffic officer to burn with him but he sneaked through his armpits and took off.

Police officers panicked and looked for fire extinguishers to stop the fire. By the time they got some extinguishers from the nearby petrol station, most of the traffic files had been destroyed and Walugembe was dead.

ASP Muhmood Nsubuga the greater Masaka police spokesperson said that the body of the deceased was taken to Masaka mortuary for postmortem as investigations kick off.

According to Dr. Seenyonjo from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, the deceased died from severe extensive burns.

Police has opened a file under SD:35/02/07/2020.

Walugembe’s body was taken to his home area at Kyajubira for burial.

He has left two children and a wife.

 

By Ahmad Kavuma, Masaka




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Lawyer Ssemakadde Threatens To Sue Lt. Col. Nakalema For Arresting M7’s Alleged Land Grabbers, Guides On How Whole Saga Would Be Legally Handled…..

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Celebrated Human Rights Lawyer Isaac Ssemakade has threatened to sue Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, the head of the State House anti-Corruption unit in her personal capacity over abuse of office and illegally detaining Ugandans.

Speaking to this website, Ssemakadde disclosed that he is concerned with the way Nakalema is being used to abuse the law to the extent of arresting and detaining people because she has been appointed by the President.

“Land owners if aggrieved must seek redress from the land division of the High Court, we must not duplicate and multiply processes. She will be sued individually because she is not the first woman Museveni is using to fix land matters. All of them who tried have been sued individually after burning their hands,” Ssemakadde said.

Ssemakadde advised the President to move to the High Court lands division in his capacity as Mr. Museveni and file a case in his personal name.

He insisted that in Uganda, no person has powers to give remedies to Museveni concerning his allegedly grabbed land apart from a High Court judge at the land division.

Ssemakadde directed President Museveni that once he files a case at the High Court, he should be ready to testify and tell court how he obtained the land in question otherwise no one will accommodate the impunity of imprisoning Ugandans because they are accused of grabbing president Museveni’s land.

He advised the authorities with immediate effect to release on police bond Peter Segane and Jimmy Suuna who were arrested on orders of Lt. Col. Nakalema who accused them of encroaching on president Yoweri Museveni’s land at Katwekambwa in Kabulasoke sub county, Gomba district.

He revealed that the public understands the pain the old man from Rwakitura is going through but he is not the only one suffering at the hands of land grabbers, many Ugandans are crying after their land was grabbed.

He insisted that Ugandans are offended when the law is abused to profit Museveni.

Ssemakadde further revealed that if Uganda was like other Democratic countries, by now the process of impeaching the president will be underway for abusing government systems.

However, Nakalema insists that Segane and Suuna fraudulently acquired five land titles on the land already registered in Yoweri Museveni’s names.

She said that her team have already identified a number of lapses in the processing of the land titles from the level of the area land committees, district land boards and the Ministry of Lands.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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