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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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Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…

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Mr. Jimmy Turyagyenda and the car which was burnt

Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.

There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.

Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.

The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.

Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.

Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.

Mr. Turyagyenda’s story

 

By Sandra Mukisa

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UPDF Soldier Sentenced To Five Years For Coning UGX40m From Priests After Promising Them Museveni…

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Private Kalulu Stephen

The Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) Unit Disciplinary Committee (UDC), the lower military Court has sentenced a UPDF soldier Private Kalulu Stephen to five years’ imprisonment for obtaining money by false pretence.

According to UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire, Kalulu got UGX40M from Rev. Fr. Kawanguzi Emmanuel and Rev Father Isanga Joseph Baligeya after deceiving them that he works with State House and has connection with the President.

He promised to help them bring HE the President to Kamuli mission hospital and encourage him to renovate the same. Kalulu further promised to provide the facility with water tanks from UPDF.

The priests who had land lissues with neighbours of the hospital land confided in the soldier who promised them that the president would Fence their land. In turn priests sent unspecified amounts of money through mobile money to facilitate Kalulu go about the mission.

While reading the judgement, the chairman CMI UDC Col. Tom Kabuye informed court that the army will not condone this kind of indiscipline and impunity especially from its own.

After overwhelming evidence was presented, Prosecution led by Lt Chris Tumusime asked court that the convict be sentenced to a maximum sentence as a deterrent measure to all those who may commit similar offences. He added that involving State House and the institution of the Army was a grave offence that required a heavy punishment.

Pte Kalulu later prayed for mercy from the court saying he has a big family with five children. He requested Court to also consider the time he has been on remand for nine months and that he is also sick and asked the Reverend Fathers to forgive him and pray for him.

After listening to both sides court sentenced the convict to Five years in prison.

Others produced in the same court were a Civillian one Mutobano Michael who was arrested in Ntinda while dorning Army uniform of UPDF Air Force with a rank of Captain. He has been charged of illegal possession of military stores. Court remanded him to Kitalya prison pending his trial by the General Court Martial.

 

Source: UPDF Spokesperson

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Police Arrests Mother Who Hired 14-Year-Old Daughter For Sex To Two Different Men…

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Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson ASP Luke Oweyesigire has disclosed that Katwe Police Station has arrested Zura Mukamana, 36, a mother who allegedly hired out her 14-year-old daughter for sex to two different men so that they can give her some money.

In a statement released today afternoon, ASP Oweyesigire also disclosed one of the men was arrested.

“One of the suspects, Fred Bulega, 41, who is alleged to have had sexual intercourse with the girl was also arrested. The arrest of Mukamana followed a viral video received by Police, in which a 14-year-old girl claimed that she was being forced by her mother to have sexual intercourse with men” Oweyesigire said.

ASP oweyesigire said that before the viral video, Mukamana had reported to police a case of disappearance of her daughter at Salama and police started investigations.

“The girl was later recovered from her father’s home where she had run for refuge. The father took the girl to police and investigations led to the arrest of the second man-John Mwesigye, 18, who is said to have had sexual intercourse with the girl. Mwesigye has since been charged and remanded on offence defilement,” he said.

He added, “Bulega, who is also alleged to have defiled the girl, is still in detention as investigations and medical examination continue. Both case files with a range of offences will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for perusal and sanctioning as soon as investigations are done.”

“We thank the girl for standing for her human rights and for reporting a criminal case to police as the Constitution tasks every citizen to do. We, as police, condemn any form of child rights abuse and ask the public, to report any case of sexual abuse they encounter in their homes to relevant authorities. The girl has since been handed over to the father as investigations go on . We will work with different agencies to provide counseling for the victim,” the statement says.

The girl is now five months pregnant.

Source: KMP Statement

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