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    Katushabe Was Tortured With Her Hands Clasped In Handcuffs:  How CID Boss Akullo Forced Cyber-Crime Officers To Vomit Tycoon Sebuufu’s Vital Evidence Murder Case

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    Sebuufu (L) and the late Katushabe (R)

     

    Police investigator detective Henry Peter Walya revealed shocking details regarding the murder of Donna Katushabe who was allegedly killed by Tycoon Muhammad Sebuufu and others.

    Before court sat to listen in to the new evidence pinning the Sebuufu, It took the intervention of Grace Akullo the Director of CID in Uganda Police force who forced the newly appointed team to manage the cybercrime unit in the force to produce vital evidence which they had initially refused to surrender. Akullo’s intervened after she received frequent telephone calls from Henry Peter Warya the lead Investigator in the murder case of Betty Donny Katushabe a city business woman in 2015.

    “Afande, I’m now looking like a fool before the judge, yesterday, you told me to go to the cybercrime unit to pick the phones, I went there but they didn’t give me the phones because they were in a meeting. I talked to them today before going in the witness stand to testify and they promise me that they are sending the phones but up to now they haven’t sent them Afande. The judge is very bitter and I’m seeking for your intervention,” Our reporter heard Warya pleading with his boss Akullo on the phone.

    Warya who wore a frustrated face was later seen trying to convince Michael Ojok the state prosecutor in this case that it’s not true that some officers especially in police cybercrime unit want to suppress his case. “Where are the phones you people, now what did you want me to tell the judge. Should I take it that you are hiding the phones to frustrate this case, or you policemen stolen the phones,” a tough Ojok asked.

    Warya again made numerous frantic phone calls, Ojok also moved near him and told him to call Akullo so that he can personally speak to her. Warya told him that he has been talking to her but Ojok insisted. Warya fidgeted to call Akullo but his phone run out of airtime.

    By this time, the deceased’s family members also surrounded Warya throwing accusations at him for trying to suppress their sister’s case. “Even if you eat money from that man, you will not win this case. We have come a long way with this case. You will vomit that man’s money. You ask those senior officers who were working with him,” one of the relatives warned.

    Warya then started explaining to Ojok and Katushabe’s family members that he is not the problem but the problem is the detectives at cyber-crime unit. He told them that Akullo forced Richard Ndaboine the former cyber-crime unit commandant to hand over the office to the new management since he is under detention at Makindye military barracks.

    Warya explained that Akullo told the new management to hand over the exhibits to him (Warya) but he is wondering why they are hesitant. A highly charged Ojok again told Warya to call Akullo. One of Katushabe’s sisters quickly gave him a phone that had airtime, he called Akullo and they talked for five minutes. When Akullo hang up Warya promised Ojok and Katushabe’s relatives that the person with the phones is coming in 30 minutes. Within 30 minutes, the phones were brought to court by two men who come on a bodaboda and handled to Ojok who was already examining Warya in the court.

    Earlier, the presiding judge Angelin  Flavia Ssenoga first adjourned the proceedings of this case  after the defense lawyers led by Evans Ochienge told the judge to quash the phone evidences presented by Warya because he was basing only on papers which he even failed to explain its source.

    WITNESS REVEALS SHOCKING EVIDENCE

    When Warya entered the dock, he testified that on 27th -10-2015, he was assigned by his boss in CID to lead the investigations in this case and on the same day he arrested Muhammad Sebuufu the prime suspect in this case. He said that during Sebuufu’s arrest, they found with him three phones with sim card lines number 0788828071, 0392943989, 0772650846 and memory cards. He said that they gave the phones to the cyber-crime unit to examine who he was talking to before, during and after the murder of Katushabe.

    He revealed that he also went to pine car bond to do reconstruction of the Scene of crime and to search the place. He said that before they started their work, they first explained to the people they found at pine.

    He revealed that one of Sebuufu’s secretary Rachael Namutebi  gave them a log book of the vehicle number UAX 481H Premio which Sebuufu allegedly sold to Katushabe. Namutebi also gave them a photocopy of a receipt showing that Katushabe paid Shs8 million to Ssebuufu as part payment for the vehicle.  He told court that the receipt number was 1244. The receipt indicated that Sebuufu still demanded Katushabe a balance of Shs 9 million, the receipt also had Sebuufu’s signature.

    He said that they found two sofa seats in Sebuufu’s office stained with blood which they suspected to be that of Katushabe. He revealed that they also found a guava stick and trading license in the names  of MS  Safari  Private car park on Lumumba Avenue. He presented to court a search certificate which they made after the search.

    Warya testified that police also searched the home of Paul Tasingika one of the suspects in Namungoona, they recovered handcuffs and their keys wrapped in his wife’s dress and hidden in a suit case. “We were forced to retain the items because one of the eyewitnesses at the scene of crime told us that at the time Katushabe was being tortured, her hands were clasped in handcuffs,” Walya told court.

    Warya also revealed that one of the suspects Shaban Odutu alias Golola threw away the phone he was using and immediately bought a new phone which they found with him during his arrest. He also gave court other suspects’ phones.

    However, the certificate was challenged by defense lawyer Ochenge who said that Warya’s name is not indicated on the certificate. Ochenge noted that the certificate was made by Waiswa so he should be the one to testify.

    The case was adjourned to 28th of this month

     

    By Jamil Lutakome

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    Buganda Kingdom Clan Heads Council Speaker Mutumba In Trouble Over Accusations Of Shielding Kingdom Officials Cited In Planned Assassination Of Their Colleague Lwomwa…

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    Kabaka Mutebi with Omutaka Mutumba (R). On the left is the late Bbosa Lwomwa

    Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Kkobe clan who also doubles as the Speaker of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council is in huge trouble over the accusation of shielding Kingdom officials cited in the gruesome assassination of Ndiga (sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa.

    Highly placed sources in the clan heads Council have told theGrapevine that a section of clan heads have already placed Mutumba on notice and threatened to file a complaint with Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira Sserunjogi’s Commandant of Police’s Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo’s Commandant of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who are leading the investigations concerning Bossa’s assassination accusing him of obstructing justice.

    One of the clan heads said that they passed a resolution in their meeting directing their council executive chaired by Mutumba to write to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda asking for an emergency meeting with them to privately discuss the matters concerning Bossa’s assassination so that he can guide them on the way forward but he intentionally refused to execute the directive.

    This clan head explained that they wanted to meet Kabaka Mutebi to reveal to him their fears which if not handled carefully could lead to their death since a number of people who they are complaining against are untouchables in Buganda Kingdom administration.

    “We gave him together with his executive committee two weeks to write to Kabaka and he was supposed to brief us on the developments during last month’s meeting but when we tried to remind him, he just told us to be patient. He explained that our issue is being handled properly and asked us to first welcome Omuttaka Eria Lwasi Buzaabo the new Ndiga clan head to the council which we did. Since then, he has not responded to us whether via our WhatsApp group or in any other form,” a clan head said.

    He added that they wanted to report to Kabaka Mutebi how Mengo administration under the leadership of Premier Charles Peter Mayiga are using Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya kisekwa) to harass and torment them.

    He added that there is a lot of corruption in Kisekwa kkooti. He narrated how members sitting on it use their clerks like a one Milly Naluwenda to intimidate them and solicit for bribe from them as a condition to help them win cases slapped on them on grounds that they are not legally the heads their clans.

    Naluwenda is among the five suspects were who joined Noah Derrick Lugya who is suspected to have pulled the trigger during the killing of Lwomwa.  They were charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The suspected master planner of the entire assassination Tabula Bossa Lugya is on run and is expected to be hiding in the think forests on lake Victoria shores in Kalangala island. Police has already placed a Shs20m bounty on his head as a reward to any person who will help them to arrest him so that he is charged in courts of law.

    As the fight to arrest Tabula continues, clan heads led by those who are battling with cases before Kisekwa kkooti include: Ffumbe clan head, Nsenene clan, Ngabi clan, Nkima clan, Enyonyi Nakisinge, Mamba and others. The clan heads also want to get an explanation from Kabaka himself why the appeals made before him as the Supreme court when it comes to cultural issues in Buganda are delaying.

    He added that chances were there to meet Kabaka before he traveled abroad in March because he spent a lot of time in his Mengo palace meeting a number of people.

    However, when contacted, Mutumba denied having any knowledge concerning the said resolution to write a letter to Kabaka.

    He explained that the matter they wanted to drag him into is criminal in nature and is still under investigation.

    “All of us were hurt by our colleague’s assassination but we should not use his death to solve our problems and grievances. Let them show you the minutes which we based on to pass such a resolution,” Mutumba said.

    He asked his colleagues to be patient, noting that the Kabaka will meet them at the right time.

    He added that they cannot force the king to meet them because he knows whatever is going on in their council given that minutes and resolutions for every meeting are always given to him.

    It should be noted that Mayiga reported to Kabaka’s subject that their King is out of the country. He traveled to Europe to see his medical doctors.

    Sources divulged that the Kabaka is expected into the country in May and it is the reason why he is not going to attend his birthday party on 15th of May 2024. Kabaka also missed his 69th birthday run last week and was represented by his sister Agnes Nabaloga Lubuga.

    Since 2019, Kabaka Mutebi has been receiving treatment abroad and highly placed sources claim that he is suffering from cancer even though Mayiga informed his subject that he is suffering from Allergy.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Equity Bank Shs6.5bn Fraud Case Deepens As More Suspects Are Charged, Remanded To Prison…

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    Equity Bank fraud suspects Mukwaya, Mugumya and Kato appearing in court

    Three more suspects from Equity bank multimillion fraud case have been arraigned before the Magistrates Court of the Anti-corruption Division on charges of Conspiracy to defraud and remanded to Luzira prison.

    The accused persons are; Godfrey Mukwaya and Robert Mugumya, all former employees of Airtel Uganda and Fred Kato a former head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Equity Bank.

    Prosecution alleges that Mukwaya, a former sales manager at Airtel Uganda used different people to open up bank accounts through which the bank was defrauded of more than Shs10bn.

    State further alleges that Mugumya is linked to 179 fictitious companies that were created to defraud Equity bank and he used different persons to obtain more than Shs35 billion.

    The presiding Magistrate Abert Asiimwe did not allow the accused persons to plead to the charges reasoning that they are joined on the case file involving money laundering which is triable by the High Court.

    “While this court has powers to handle the case of conspiracy, this one is emanating from money laundering. I advise that you will plead to the charges in the High Court which has powers to entertain all the cases,” Asiimwe said.

    The three suspects charged brings the charged number to eight.

    On March 20, 2024, five people among them employees of Equity Bank were charged over accusations of money laundering in regard to disbursement of Shs62bn of unsecured loans to unqualified persons.

    The first suspects were arraigned before the Anti-corruption Magistrates Court on charges of obtaining credit by false pretense, money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.

    The remanded suspects are; the head of Agency Banking at Equity Bank Julius Musiime, Erina Nabisubi a relationship manager for telecom, Fred Semwogerere (Banker), Tumuhimbise Crescent Tibarwesereka (relationship officer) and Wycliff Asiimwe a distribution and marketing consultant with a microfinance facility.

    State alleges that between the 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank in Kampala City, Nabisubi being a person employed as a relationship manager in charge of Telecom incurred a debt of Shs6.55bn from Equity bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Najjemba Gladys who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    State added that Nabisubi also incurred a debt of Shs300m from Equity Bank falsely representing that the loans were being applied for by Nagawa Latiffa who she fronted as having fulfilled the bank requirements to access the loans whereas not.

    It is alleged that between 2021 and 2024 at Equity Bank headquarters situated at Church House in Kampala, Nabisubi intentionally impeded the establishment of the true ownership of Shs6.5bn which she fraudulently obtained from Equity Bank as loan through account number 1032100370335 in the name of Najjemba Gladys purporting that the said funds were applied for by Najjemba Gladys as a loan whereas not knowing that the said funds were a proceed of crime.

    State further alleges that Musiime intentionally concealed the true ownership of Shs18 million which he received as gratification from Mutuuza Stella for having fraudulently processed a loan of Shs700m from Equity Bank by requiring her to deposit the said gratification on account number 1013101211316 in the name of Gilbert Rwaiheru Kiiza knowing that the said deposits were a proceed of crime.

    According to the charge sheet, in the year 2021 and 2024 at different places in Kampala and Wakiso districts; Musiime, Nabisubi, Ssemwogerere, Tumuhimbise , Asiimwe, Kato, Mugumya and Mukwaya conspired together to defraud Equity Bank of Shs62bn by fraudulently causing the disbursement of unsecured loans to unqualified people.

     

    By Grapevine Reporter

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    Prisoner Escape Scare Forces Dr. Byabashaija To Deploy PSSU Commandos At Jinja Prison…

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    The inmates who tried to escape from Jinja Court. On the right is prisons boss Dr. Johnson Byabashaija

    Uganda Prisons Services under the Command of Prisons Commissioner General Dr. Johnson Byabashaija has deployed Prisons deadly Prison’s Special Service Unit (PSSU) to take charge of inmates at Jinja government prison.

    The deadly PSSU soldiers are currently in charge of the prison’s tower where sharp shooters are stationed 24 hours to supervise the entire movements of inmates and are allowed to shoot and kill any inmates who try to escape from prison.

    PSSU Commandos are also responsible for escorting prisoners from both Jinja Main prison where deadly criminals like terrorists, murderers, armed robberies are detained from and those of Jinja Remmand where inmates with minor offences are detained from.

    Highly placed sources in prison service told theGrapevine that PSSU are highly trained commandos compared to SFC Commandos who protect President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, his family members and other State privileged installations.

    He added that the PSSU Commandos are the ones in control of Luzira Upper prison security, especially the tower and that of Murchison bay.

    The development to deploy PSSU at Jinja prisons comes months after inmates tried to escape from a prison officer who escorted them to Jinja court.

    Abel Muwanika Abel alias Abusale (27) was shot several times while escaping, he was rushed to hospital where he died from.

    Ashiraf Senora alias Vampire (25) who was with him when trying to escape survived with bullet injuries and was slapped with other criminal charges related to escaping from prison.

    Both were facing charges of aggravated robbery and prisons spokesperson Afande Frank Baine praised the prison’s officers for preventing the escape.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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