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KATUSHABE MURDER CASE: Drama At Court, Ssebuufu Co-Accused Furious With Him, Why Are You Playing Delaying Tactics While We Are Rotting In Luzira Cells

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Kampala High Court Criminal Division experienced unpaid drama when Shaban Oddutu alias Golola cut wires inside the court room over the frequent adjournment and tactics to delay the ruling of the murder case where he is charged with his boss pine car bond tycoon Muhammad Ssebuufu and seven others.

Golola, a former body guard to Ssebuufu, is charged with mercilessly aiding the killing city businesswoman Donah Katushabe at pine car bond along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala.

While at court, Golola started by furiously pointing fingers to his former boss Ssebuufu and his lawyers for playing delaying tactics while he is rotting in Luzira Maximum prison.

“This is too much, we are tired of these delaying tactics, we have families also like you and lovers, but why you do this to us? You’re doing these things because you are out of prison. We deserve justice also,” Golola was heard complaining.

When he started raising his voice, prison officers immediately swung into action and put him on handcuffs, they ordered him to sit down but he kept on complaining to his boss who is out of prison on bail.

His friend Yoweri Kitayimbwa who is also still in Luzira wondered why Ssebuufu and his lawyers led by Evans Ochange and Robert Irumba pray for adjournments even when the matter they are laying on is not crucial.

Ssebuufu who first ignored them later came close to them and started pleading with them to calm down. He assured them that their lawyers were handling the matter sensitively. “It’s not us who don’t want to proceed with the case, I’m also tired of coming here always, cool down,” Ssebuufu pleaded with Golola.

When he realized that the press was picking interest in what was going on, he resorted to whispering into his ear.

Other Co-accused like Phillip Mirambe, Tasingika  and others joined Ssebuufu and pleaded with Golola and Kitayimbwa. Before Golola’s hostility, the presiding judge Flavia Senoga was the first to turn tables on Ssebuufu’s lawyers who were not obliging with her orders.

The judge told Ochange  and Irumba who were preparing to submit their defense  that they should remember that they agreed during the last hearing that they will file their defense for the accused person number one. The judge said that both lawyers from the prosecution and the defense agreed that this will help her to record properly the evidence.

This means that Ochange was supposed to submit Ssebuufu’s defense since he is the accused person number one on the charge sheet. “But counsel, I’m tired of you people, I don’t know what you are after, we agreed the other time that you start your defense with the first accused person up to the last, why do you now want to change it. I am not going to change my record if you don’t want to proceed tell me and I adjourn this matter, I’m tired of you please,” a furious Ssenoga noted.

Ssenoga lost her calmness and ordered her clerk to ring the bell, she later walked out of the court in anger.

State prosecutors also showed their dissatisfaction at Ochange’s action of delaying the trial. Ojok asked Ochange and Irumba to follow him to judge Ssenoga’s chambers so that they can plead with her.

When they come back, they told journalist that they have agreed to give the defense lawyers more time to prepare their defense because it seems they were not prepared.

Ojok said that the case was adjourned to 4th December 2018.  This was not the first time that prosecution, witnesses, court attenders and the judge were complaining about Ssebuufu’s lawyer’s actions of playing delaying tactics, one time the judge threatened to quit the case over the same games played by Ssebuufu’s lawyer.

The state alleges that in 2015, Ssebuufu and his co-accused murdered Betty Katushabe at Pine car bond after kidnapping her from her home in Bwebajja Wakiso for failing to pay Ssebuufu a balance of Shs 9 million on the Toyota Premio vehicle she purchased from his pine car bond.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Australian National Arrested Trafficking Drugs At Entebbe Airport

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Entebbe airport Security operatives checking one of the shoes

An Australian citizen has been arrested with drugs stashed in locally made women’s shoes at Entebbe airport today.

This was revealed by Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango during his address to the press.

Onyango said that Maurice Hendrick Martin, an Australian national was arrested at the airport check point with drugs hidden in locally made women shoes on his way to board an Ethiopia airliner that was heading to Italy.

Hendrick after being arrested by Entebbe airport security

Onyango added that the police sniffer dogs busted Hendrick’s plans of trafficking drugs out of the country. When he was asked where he was taking the drugs, Hendrick denied knowing of any drugs in his luggage adding that he bought the shoes from Kampala streets.

Onyango said that Hendrick is going to be paraded before court so that he faces charges of drugs trafficking.

If he is found guilty, he will have to pay 10 million or face imprisonment. When asked where they are going to keep the drugs, Onyango said that they are treating it as exhibits to be taken to court as evidence.

 

By Derrick Mugoola

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Besigye’s Neighbour Commits Suicide After Testing Positive With HIV/AIDS

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The body of Jennifer Tumuhereze (inset) being taken for postmortem

Residents of Buyinja village near Dr. Kizza Besigye’s home in Kasangati are in shock after a woman strangled herself on finding out that she was HIV positive.

Jennifer Tumuhereze (35) was found in her rented apartment in Buyinja village hanging by the rope. Neigbours told this website that Jennifer killed herself after she received terrifying news from the doctor that she was HIV positive.

“When Tumuhereze tested positive with HIV, she ran mad and was rushed to Butabika mental hospital. She later returned stable and started taking her medicine,” one of the locals told the Grapevine.

She was later heard asking neighbours from time to time that, “if someone wants to strangle themselves, what do they do?”

Ronald Namugowa (28), the husband to Jennifer said that, “I woke up in the morning and went for work, I left her in the house healthy and fine. Later in the evening when I came back with a pineapple and ‘kikomando’ (Chapati with beans) to surprise her, I was shocked to find her hanging on the rope next to the entrance of our ‘muzigo’.

Kasangati police was alerted and they removed the body from the rope and took it to Mulago for postmortem before taking it to Kabale for burial.

 

By Robert Semirimo

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Ugandan Woman Convicted In UK Court For Mutilating Her Three-Year-Old Daughter

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A mother has been convicted of abusing her 3-year-old daughter in Britain’s first successful prosecution for female genital mutilation.

The 37-year-old Ugandan woman was found guilty Friday at London’s Central Criminal Court. The mother isn’t being named to protect her child’s identity,

She claimed her daughter suffered an accidental injury, but jurors concluded the child had been cut deliberately.

Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Ian Baker said the girl “was subjected to horrific abuse” but made a good recovery.

However, the woman told court the baby “fell on metal and it ripped her private parts” while trying to get a biscuit in August 2017.

Judge Philippa Whipple said a lengthy prison term is in store at the woman’s March 8 sentencing.

Female genital mutilation – intentionally altering or injuring female genital organs for non-medical reasons – has been a crime in Britain since 1985, but this is the first prosecution to result in a conviction.

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