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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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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.

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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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