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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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    We Don’t Want A Country Where People Are Being Picked Up By Drones And No One Is Held Accountable – Muntu Warns On Rampant Broad Day Light Kidnaps…

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    Mugisha Muntu

    Former presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned on the rampant abductions that have taken lead in the country.

    Muntu statement was premised on the rising cases of gunmen picking civilians off the streets or their homes in drones.

    Muntu emphasized that they don’t want a country where people are being picked up by drones and no one is held accountable, and the government doesn’t speak out even when issues are raised.

    “What we see currently on the surface of things seems to be calmness, but beneath is a situation that we all need to focus on.”

    He explained, “We have two forms of fear. One is the fear that is deeply engraved in the minds of those people in power. They fear relinquishing power, and therefore, it drives them to do the things they do.

    “Unfortunately, in this country, we have never had a peaceful transition, which is abnormal, and therefore, we need to focus on where we are heading. It is not too late.”

    Muntu insisted that they need to use the platforms where they can speak and break the culture of impunity that keeps growing.

    “The principle of separation of powers in institutions is not working. Parliament is just a shadow of what Parliament is supposed to be. On the surface you might think that there is peace but below, the situation is worrisome,” he intimated.

    He added that sectarianism is a symptom of a larger problem.

    “If we want to have fairness, we have to ensure that whatever we practise, is rooted in these values of fairness, justice and equity, among others.”

    Muntu made the remarks at Golf Course hotel today during a Public Dialogue under the theme ‘Ending Secretarianism and Tribalism.’

    Today, a man in civilian attire accompanied by the three men wearing military fatigue and armed with assault rifles kidnapped Mr. Rafik Khan, a car dealer at Kireka C in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District at 5pm.

    Residents and Mr. Khan’s colleagues looked on helplessly as the armed men dragged the businessman into a waiting Toyota Probox car.

    This is on the heels of over 15 NUP supporters who have recently been arrested from various parts of the country by men moving in drones.

    Democratic Party president, Nobert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hailed Muntu for taking a strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands.

    He argued that as they discuss the framework for the truth and reconciliation process, they must agree on what truth and reconciliation are not.

    “I have to give credit to Gen. Mugisha Muntu because of his militant and strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands,” he adduced.

    He maintained, “Let me state what the truth and reconciliation process is not. It is not good to be confused about the aims of the truth and reconciliation process.

    “The truth and reconciliation process should not conduct a formal legal process and should not duplicate the work of criminal investigations, initiate court actions, among others, on matters already covered by other organs.”

    Mao noted that however, there are some trends that will lead them to conclude that colonialism played an important role in the false start that Uganda made as they headed towards independence and the years after, adding that he doesn’t believe that all the blame goes to the colonialists.

    “The North is seen as the “underprivileged backyard”. As Uganda went to independence, historical accidents disarmed the north of their fears that they had a position in an independent Uganda.”

    He propounded, ” Therefore, even a Munyankole that has made money is seen to have been corrupt. An Acholi who hasn’t killed anybody when they go to Luwero will be a suspect.

    “There was perceived dominance of the North, Baganda, and western Uganda. This was looked at as a problem that should be seen through sectarian lenses.”

    Mao therefore emphasized that a national truth and reconciliation process is the only thing that can salvage this country.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Nile Treasure Gate Company Limited Bosses In More Trouble After Deadly CID Detectives Fly To Saudi Arabia Over Illegal Human Organ Business…

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    Nile Treasure Gate Company Limited Bosses in court (top) and Judith Nakintu, whose organ was harvested

    Troubled Nile Treasure Gate Company Limited Bosses are in more trouble after Dr. Maj. Tom Magamba, the police Director for Criminal Investigation Department (CID) gave a green light to his deadly detectives to travel to Saudi Arabia to investigate the illegal human organ business.

    Mariam Muhammad and Abubaker Kato, the Nile Gate Company Limited Directors and their board members Jennifer Nalunga and Ali Hassan are battling with the offences of human trafficking at the High Court Crimes War Division.

    State alleges that the accused persons together with others still at large knowingly in 2019 recruited Judith Nakintu to be taken to Saudi Arabia to work as a house helper where her kidney was removed without her consent.

    State disputed the medical report from Saudi Arabia which indicated that Nakintu developed the disability on her body after getting an accident when the car she was travelling in with other employees overturned and some of her colleagues died on the spot.

    State further noted that Nakintu and her family were not informed of the said accident but learnt later that she lost her kidney when she was taken to Mulago hospital to examine why she had developed the disability on her body.

    Joseph Kyomuhendo, the Chief State Attorney who is leading a team of prosecutors from the office of the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) told Justice Suzan Okalany, the pre-trial judge that the investigations into the matter is still ongoing because it has to be done internally and externally.

    He revealed that detectives who are working on the file have flown to Saudi Arabia to collect more evidence against the accused persons.

    “My lord, investigations into this matter are partly internal and partly external and are still going. The internal investigations have been completed while a group of detectives have flown to Saudi Arabia to finalise the external investigations. We pray for one month to finalise them,” Komuhendo said.

    However, the accused persons’ lawyers led by Caleb Alaka protested the prayer of the state insisting that it violates his client’s right of speedy trial and pleaded to the judge to release the accused persons on grounds of lack of prosecution by the state.

    He submitted that for an accused person on a capital offence to be committed to the High Court for trial, the state has to first establish that investigations are complete and it was wrong for the state to commit the accused persons to the High Court for trial when investigations were still ongoing.

    Kyomuhendo rejected Alaka’s prayers particularly on releasing the accused persons on bail claiming that the pre-trial judge lacks jurisdiction to entertain the said bail application.

    Justice Okalany promised to deliver her ruling on bail application of the accused persons in October 2022.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    More Tears For Legislators Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana After Court Rejects Their Plea To Consolidate Murder Files Against Them….

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    Legislators Ssegirinya and Ssewanyana

    Embattled Kawempe North Member of Parliament Muhammad Ssegirinya and his counterpart Allan Ssewanyana of Makindye West are in tears after losing another application where they were pleading with court to consolidate all the murder, terrorism, attempted murder charges against them.

    In her ruling, Justice Alice Komuhangi Khaukha, the Judge of the High Court Crimes War Division dismissed their application noting that the applicants don’t have powers to consolidate the said criminal files.

    “I also need to observe that Section 23 and 24 of the TIA that regulate the joinder of offences and persons use the word ‘may’ and not ‘shall’ leaving it at the discretion of the Director Public Prosecutions to determine which offences and persons to jointly charge. This discretion may only be interfered with upon satisfaction that there was abuse of the legal process.”

    “Counsel for the applicants vehemently argued that charging the applicants separately was an abuse of the legal process. However, no evidence was adduced to the satisfaction of this Court to that effect. In conclusion, this application hereby fails and is accordingly dismissed with no order to costs” Justice Komuhangi ruled.

    The ruling resulted from an application where the accused persons through their lawyers led by Kampala Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago wanted to consolidate file number CR-AA-258/2021 Uganda versus Ssewanyana, Ssegirinya and Wilson Ssenyonga alias Tonny Nyonga and Criminal Case No. 004 of 2022 Uganda versus Ssewanyana,Ssegirinya and six others, to be consolidated into one file and be heard at once.

    Lukwago insisted that by not consolidating both files, it will be an abuse of Court process and violation of the accused persons rights.

    In her ruling, Justice Komuhanga stated that as a Judge of the Crimes War Division, she cannot order a fellow judge at the High Court Criminal Division siting in Masaka to bring the file before her to be consolidated together and heard by one judge.

    She added that consolidation of Court files can only be allowed when files are before the same judge.

    She further explained that when she consolidates both files, the accused person Ssenyonga will remain without any file to be charged on because he is being charged on one file with the legislators.

    State claims that the accused persons were the mastermind of the pang wielding men who killed 28 elderly persons in greater Masaka and a number of them survived with injuries on their bodies.

    State further claims that the legislators’ mastermind the murders to put President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government in bad light.

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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