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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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Police Speaks Out On Minister Nantaba Attack

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Uganda Police mouthpiece CP Patrick Onyango has clarified on the incident in which minister Aidah Nantaba was attacked by unknown assailants who were riding on a motorcycle.

In a statement released this evening, Onyango said, “the police at Nagalama are investigating circumstances under which two men dressed in black leather suits and riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Reg No.UDL 822A, allegedly trailed, The Hon. Aida Nantaba Erios, The Hon. Minister of State for ICT and Woman Member of Parliament Kayunga District, in a threatening manner over a distance of 40 kms, from Sezibwa bridge up to Nagalama trading centre. It is alleged that two riders today 24th.March 2019 at around 11:00am rode past The Hon. Minsters official vehicle after, made a U-turn, drove back and pulled alongside the roadside market after Sezibwa bridge. One of them came to the stall where she was buying fruits and pretended to seek for the direction to Kabimbiri trading centre . His suspicious conduct prompted her bodyguard to respond and they drove off.
The Hon. Minister upon realizing that she was being trailed, branched and alerted the police at Nagalama, about the suspicious conduct of the riders.
The two suspicious riders, upon noticing that the Hon. minister had branched and alerted the police at Nagalama , diverted and attempted to escape in the direction of Kimenyede – Mayangayanga Road .
The response teams at Nagalama, pursued them, and after a long chase forced them to abandon their sports motorcycle at Nagojje trading centre, several shots were fired in their direction, to cause them to surrender, but all in vain. In the process, Sebbulime Ronald a resident of Nakabugo Village, Nakabugo Parish, Pakiso Sub County, and Busiro County in Wakiso District was shot dead during the pursuit. The police is still searching the area with canine dogs for the second suspect, who is feared armed and dangerous.
We want to inform the public that The Hon. Minister, despite the scare is very safe and was not attacked at any stage as alleged in the media. Due to the signature technique of attacks from assailants perched on the back of moving motorcycles, the police is taking keen interest, in this investigation, to establish the motive of the suspects. The mobile phone to the deceased, the motorcycle and identification documents recovered are essential leads in our investigation.”

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Minister Nantaba Survives Death, Gunmen Open Fire At Her Car, One Assailant Killed

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Kayunga woman Member of Parliament, Aidah Nantaba who also doubles as the State Minister for ICT has survived an assassination.

Nantaba was on her way from Kayunga to Kampala road when gunmen travelling on a motorcycle opened fire on the minister’s car prompting his guards to return fire.

According to Nantaba, she was standing on Sezibwa bridge trying to buy some items when gunmen opened fire on her official car. Nantaba’s guards returned gunfire that left one gunmen shot dead.

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Kayihura Told Me To Give Kitatta Guns – Police Boss Nixon Pins Former Boss

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Incarcerated former commandant of the flying squad Senior Superintendent of Police Nixon Agasirwe has told the army court today that his former boss Kale Kayihura told him to give Kitatta the guns he was arrested with.

Agasiirwe testified before Makindye based court martial that between 2009 and 2010, when he was the officer in charge of issuing guns, Kayihura directed him to find all ways of protecting Kitatta who was giving them important information that helped police quell riots in the city centre.

The flamboyant police officer told court that Kayihura issued the directives after Kitatta met him on several occasions to find ways of collecting security intelligence from the public. Agasiirwe testified that by that time, the police force was facing scarcity of intelligence information, so they were very happy to find Kitatta and they had to protect him from government opponents.  He said that Kitatta told Kayihura that his life was in danger after some people tried to harm him on getting information that he was a state operative and that he was the one helping security to naturalize riots.

Agasirwe told court that he was the one who deployed Sowali Ngobi a policeman under special operation unit to guard Kitatta with only a pistol.  However, after a few months, his boss Kayihura directed him to give Kitatta another 3 AK47 guns which he did for the safety of the police informer. State prosecutor quizzed Agasirwe to produce evidence showing that it was Kayihura who gave him instructions to give Kitatta guns. Agasirwe told court that the directives were given to him verbally. He was also grilled on the serial numbers of the guns he gave to Kitatta including the golden pistol found with Kitatta when he was arrested from Wakaliga.

Agasirwe told court that it is a long time and he doesn’t remember the serial number of the guns. It’s against this background that the state alleged that the guns and ammunitions were given to Kitatta illegally.  Both Kitatta and Agasirwe are facing charges of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunitions, failure to protect war materials and repatriating of Rwanda Nationals back to their country.  The general court martial chair Gen Andrew Guti adjourned the hearing to 26 this month for Kitatta to produce more defense witnesses.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

 




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