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State Playing Games: Isiko’s Lawyers Bitter With The Way MP Rwabogo’s Lawyers Are Playing Hide And Seek Games

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Brian Isiko’s lawyer has told the Grapevine that the state has started playing games after refusing to adhere to their request of availing them information to be used in cross examination.

In conversation with the Grapevine, Counsel Waiswa Ramathan said that they had written to court on the 15th of November 2018 informing them about their intention to use Compact Disks (CD’s) in the cross examination of the state witness and they were granted permission but unfortunate at the time of examination today, the equipment was not available.

Buganda Road Grade one Magistrate Ms. Stella Maris Amabilis Odong by consent of the two parties, the state prosecutor and the accused lawyer adjourned the case to the 12th of December at 2pm when the machine will be availed.

Last Friday, this court rejected the application for amendment on the charge sheet by the state and the state went on to present it first witness Hon. Sylvia Rwabogo to testify against the accused and was asked to narrate how it all began. She went on to read the Text Message in the evidence but because of time, the Court proceedings were adjourned to today the 27th of November since it was past the normal time.

 

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.

By Jamil Lutakome

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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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Police Arrest Pastor For Sodomising His Flock

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Police in Mukono have arrested a Born Again Pastor affiliated to Living Gospel Church in Mukono and the Fellowship Of Affirming Ministries located in ntinda for allegedly sodomising a 16-year-old Male member of his flock.

Simon Mpinga alias Pastor Ronnie (31) was arrested on 27 November 2018 at around 10am following a report filed against him by the victim. According to a case reported at Mukono Police vide SD REF 38/25/11/2018, it’s alleged that the victim had requested for 20000/= (Twenty Thousand Uganda Shillings) from the pastor. He however told the boy that the money was at his home. Mpinga asked the victim to proceed and wait from his house promising to provide him with the requested financial assistance.
In his statement, the victim said that the pastor arrived at home late in company of his friend and offered him some booze which he declined. Mpinga then convinced the victim to sleep over since it was already getting late. “In the middle of the night he started caressing, squeezing as he drew closer and eventually started kissing me. I tried to resist but he was strong and threatened to harm me if i didn’t. However promised to introduce me to a new life of earning dollars and being rich,” the victim told police.
It’s alleged that the victim applied a lubrication cream onto the victim’s anus and sodomised him. He then called in his friend to capture a video and take photos of the acts saying the donors would increase his funding.
After waking up in the morning, the victim was severely injured and discovered seminal fluid discharge coming out of his anus. He was then escorted to Bank of Africa Mukono Branch and given 10000/= (Ten thousand uganda shillings only) as part of the money he had requested for.
The victim who was by that time in a very critical health condition and had faced the worst form of sexual abuse with multiple effects decided to open up to his mother who immediately reported the matter to police.
The victim was subjected to a medical examination and the doctor’s report confirmed an unnatural sexual connection had been committed in violation of Uganda’s Penal Code Act.
Further inquiries reveal that Pastor Simon Mpinga is a habitual sodomy suspect after investigators confirmed this as the second time he is being arrested at Mukono Police Station on sodomy charges.
The suspect was first arrested in May 2016 vide SD REF 23/12/05/2016 on sodomy allegations however managed to bribe his way into the victim’s family and the case prematurely closed after expression of no further interest in the case by the victim’s family.
Attempts to secure him a bond by some legal officers claiming to be affliated with Uganda Human Rights Commission today were futile and the suspect is currently detained at Mukono Police Station on charges related to sodomy, rape and defilement. In Uganda, Sodomy is illegal. According to Section 145 (a) of the Penal Code Act, any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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