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Police Officer Narrates How Tycoon Ssebuufu Called Katushabe’s Relatives before Beating Her To Death, Furious Judge Warns Tycoon’s Lawyers

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High Court Judge Angeline Flavia Senoga was furious with lawyers representing pine car bond boss Muhammad Ssebuufu who is answering murder charges.

Senoga’s anger was stirred after lawyers Evans Ochenge and Robert Irumba objected to all the exhibits that the state lawyers tendered in court as evidence.

“Counsel do you want this case to be concluded? I’m tired of your delaying tactics. You’re a learned counsel, why are you objecting to everything, may be its better you go back to school so that you understand how such cases are handled,” Senoga fumed.

She further wondered why Ochenge was basing his illegal objections of exhibits on the instructions of his clients especially Ssebuufu. She informed Ochenge that it’s his obligation to advise his clients on the court process and not the client to instruct him on whatever he wants to do in court. Senoga further warned Ochenge to stop playing his delaying tactics because he always asks for long adjournments.

Ochenge informed her that he was instructed by his clients not to allow Peter Henry Warya the investigating officer in this case to testify on the telephone date analysis. Ochenge submitted that according to court criminal procedure, an expert in telephone data analysis must be the one to testify. He said that Warya is lacking that expertise to testify on a scientific report, in this report Warya testified that there was communication between the accused, witnesses and the late Katushabe.

“My lord I insist that the witness doesn’t have expertise to testify on that report, I’m instructed to object that,” Ochenge submitted.

State prosecutor Michael Ojok challenged Ochenge’s submissions and asked court to allow the witness to testify against the exhibits and tender them to court as exhibits.  He said that Warya followed all the procedures to collect the contagious exhibits including telephones of the suspects, witnesses and the deceased.  He added that Warya obtained court orders, swore affidavits allowing him to take suspects, witnesses and diseased phones to telecom companies to get phone print out which he took to the directorate of cyber-crime in police.

He said that Warya was only going to testify on the way he collected the exhibits and prosecution was going to call the experts to testify on the way they examined the exhibits.

However, Ssebuufu’s lawyer Ochenge refused saying that they are not going to cross examine the witness because he was incompetent to testify on the exhibits.  Ochenge’s defiance angered the judge who told him to apply for her to quit his client’s case because he is tired of being delayed by him. She over ruled him and allowed the witness to testify on the exhibits.

In his testimony, Warya revealed that there was a conversation between Ssebuufu, his co- accused and the deceased on the day she was murdered.  He revealed that the telephone print out showed that Ssebuufu himself called Katushabe’s sister Lillian Kabugo who was in Kasese asking her to send his balance of sh9m which he was demanding from Katushabe. Katushabe also called Kabugo to help her with money because Ssebuufu was threatening to kill her after beating her badly. He testified that Ssebuufu told Kabugo to send his money on Godfrey Kayiza’s number (co-accused with Ssebuufu).

He said that unfortunately, Katushabe’s phone was stolen and he suspects that it was stolen by the suspects to hide the evidence against them. He revealed that he managed to get the sim card print out from MTN and airtel companies which indicated that there was communication between the suspects, witnesses and her.

The state alleges that Ssebuufu and others in 2015 murdered Betty Katushabe over Shs9 million balance she owed them after buying a Toyota premio car from his pine car bond at Shs 17 million. The case was adjourned to 10th September.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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UPDF Image Has Been Badly Tainted With Torture Allegations And Redeeming It Will Not Be Easy – Army Admits

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Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has accused the UPDF Command of paying deaf ear to complaints brought against UPDF officers who have been accused of torturing Ugandans, revealing she is considering bringing criminal charges against these individual army officers.

Kadaga made the threats today during the launch of the Uganda Law Society quarterly Rule of Law Report at Serena Hotel in Kampala where she tasked the UPDF Officer in charge of Human Rights Brig. Charles Wacha to explain why UPDF is taking long to bring to book individual security officers who tortured, maimed MPs and other civilians during the AruaMunicipality By-elections as well as residents along fishing communities.

“I want you to educate me how I can initiate proceedings against soldiers either in Court Martial or elsewhere for violating human rights of the people of Uganda. I have serious intentions of several cases for flouting human rights not only Arua but in Namayingo,” Kadaga said.

The Speaker noted that despite several efforts of sending reports to the UPDF Command and have the culprits punished, her requested have been met with deaf ears from UPDF.

“The brutality meted against civilians in the fishing industry has gone unabated because they have sent the complaints to UPDF Command and nothing has been done. I want to know how to initiate proceedings,” Kadaga added.

In response, Brig. Charles Wacha, the UPDF director for Human Rights assured the legal fraternity that all UPDF officers who tortured people during the Arua Municipality by-elections fracas will be soon be arraigned before the General Court Martial adding that this will be in the Force’s best interest because UPDF’s image has been tainted badly and redeeming this image will not be easy after several people were beaten tortured and maimed during the fracas.

The Speaker’s remarks follow recent visit in Buvuma, Buyende and Nakasongola where UPDF Marines Forces are accused of torturing the people living on the Islands, reports she received during a fundraising ceremony for women groups in Bukooli Islands over the weekend.

During the ceremony, George Ouma, (Bukolli Islands) MP complained of the commercialisation of the operation of the marines where it alleged that UPDF grab mature fish from the fishermen and eventually sale it for personal gain.

The report also comes at a time when Kadaga asked President Yoweri Museveni to bring to book all officers accused of torturing MPs and Ugandans during the Arua fracas, where she noted that it would be hard for Parliament to conduct any business from the Executive before these officers are brought to book.

 

By Stella Mugoya

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15 Bullets Reportedly Discovered In Kirumira’s Body – Medic, One Of The Assailants was dressed in ‘Kanzu’ – Eye Witness

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Our reporter today visited the scene where former Buyende District Police Commander  (DPC) Muhammad Kirumira met his death (after failing to meet wife Mariam who wasn’t home) and discovered shocking information.

One of the eyewitnesses, a metal wielder whose workshop is close to the scene where Kirumira was gunned down told the Grapevine that one of the assailants who killed the maverick police officer was dressed in a white coloured robe also known as ‘Kanzu’ while the other was dressed in a black jacket.

The two were moving on a bodaboda which parked next to Kirumira’s car.

Another eyewitness who was just steps away from the crime scene told this website that when Kirumira’s car parked at a mobile money Kiosk, two men they never suspected to be hit-men approached his car riding on a bodaboda, the one dressed in a ‘kanzu’ moved to the backside of the deceased’s car while the other in the jacket moved straight in front of the car.

He added that they soon heard bullets and they all took cover while some residents ran for dear lives, they did not realize at first that it was Kirumira being gunned down. The assailants who was wearing a ‘kanzu’ jumped back to the bodaboda, kick started it then the one wearing the jacket jumped on it and they sped off.

The eyewitness says that the killers executed their mission in a duration of two Minutes.

15 bullets discovered in his body

Yesterday, Kirumira’s family went to Mulago hospital mortuary to pick the clothing’s of the late but found the mortuary closed.

One of the doctors at Mulago mortuary told the Grapevine that during postmortem, 15 bullets were discovered in Kirumira’s body. The deceased had bullet wounds in his buttocks, throat, back and ribs.

When we asked one of the detectives working on the case, he told us that the shooters used superior arms and were well trained.

Kirumira was gunned down a few meters from his home in Bulenga in Wakiso district after the assailants showered bullets at his car killing him and Resty Nalinya a female friend he was with in the car on spot.

Kirumira’s mother (kneeling) greets Besigye

Besigye visits Kirumira’s Wife Mariam

Opposition kingpin Dr. Kiiza Besigye has today visited Muhammad Kirumira’s wife Mariam.

Besigye didn’t find Mariam and Kirumira’s kids at home. He met Kirumira’s mother who told him that she was still devastated by the loss of her son.

 

By Adadi Kanyike

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Kaweesi Girlfriend Drags ISO Boss Kaka, Attorney General To Court

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Col. Kaka Bagyenda the Director General of Internal Security Organization (ISO) and Attorney General have been dragged in the court by fallen AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi’s girlfriend. Christen Mbabazi the alleged girlfriend to Kaweesi has dragged the duo to court over her unlawful incarceration.

According to her Affidavit through her lawyers of Rwakafuzi and company Advocates, Mbabazi stated that she is a female Ugandan with a sound mind staying in Kosovo Lugujja Kampala. “I have been in detention at my house since 15th September 2017. I’m not allowed to move out of my house, I’m not allowed visitors and I’m not allowed to communicate outside my house on phone, internet or anything. I am incarcerated in my house with my children. The arrest is under the order of Col. Kaka the Director General Internal Security Organization,” Mbabazi stated.

Mbabazi added that Kaka ordered her detention after claiming that she is a potential witness in the death of Kaweesi who was killed in March 2017. She said that her incarceration has even affected her children because they are no longer allowed to go to school.

She noted that she expressed her grievances including the illegal detention to President Yoweri Museveni and other concerned people like Kaka and police officers when she met them. She said that she told them that Kaweesi was her friend and she didn’t know how he met his death. She wondered why she is kept in detention while she is not on remand or being accused of any offence.

She cautioned that her detention is illegal and unconstitutional and asked court to issue a Habeas Corpus.

It should be remembered that Mbabazi was in the media recently over the death of the former police mouthpiece with many media reports claiming that Mbabazi exposed Kaweesi’s killers before president Museveni. There are also reports that Mbabazi is being protected by SFC commandos.

By Jamil Lutakome

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