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Under Whose Orders Was That Man Shot Dead! Nantaba Gives Her Side Of The Story, Gives A Blow By Blow Account Of What Happened

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Minister Nantaba

State Minister for ICT, Aidah Nantaba has given a blow by blow account of what happened on Sunday and refuted allegations that she ordered the shooting of Ronald Sebulime, her alleged attacker.

On Sunday, Police released statement saying two men dressed in black leather suits and riding a silver grey Suzuki sports motorcycle Registration Number UDL 822A, allegedly trailed Nantaba in a “threatening” manner for over 40 kilometres from Sezibwa bridge up to Naggalama trading centre with hidden motives.

Below is Nantaba’s account:

Hon. Nantaba Idah Erios

Accounts of my recent attempted assassination 

On the 12th of March, I suspended my son and driver Isaac who had been reported by residents of Kayunga  that he was in company of people I had suspended from my political Camp…. I then requested the PS to allow Yasin one of the drivers at the  Ministry to drive me to Kyankwanzi. But before the retreat ended, I had to leave for Kayunga to mobilize the residents to attend the Isimba HHP Dam commissioning and by last Friday, Yasin was evidently tired. He then requested to go home which I allowed because Saturday is a SABBATH/Resting DAY. On Sunday morning at around 10am I asked my bodyguard to drive me back to Kampala….so we set off….

……The assassination incident/attempt ……..

The fact is they attempted to finish us from a road side grocery where I usually stop to buy my groceries and if God had not helped me to see the assassin fast enough  before he got close to us ….we would have been murdered……good enough I quickly shouted on seeing a Sports bike riding from Kabimbiri towards us and  my body guard quickly  cocked the gun and jumped out of the car very fast ….then the assassin pretended as if he was heading to Kayunga/ Sezibwa Bridge,  but then made a Uturn in a few meters this time riding on the left side towards my vehicle  I think to try his luck again ….. at this time Tugume was on Standby with his gun ready to shoot. The assassin by passed me and parked right infront of my official car. Tugume moved very fast and stood just behind his bike… I quickly asked the woman/ attendant at the grocery to go and ask this suspect what he wanted….. she then reached out to this man and asked him ….”oyagala ki”…..he replied….”where is Kambimbiri town”? ……the woman responded ….”yeyo town mwoyise ssebo, he then looked back only to see that my bodyguard was right behind him with a gun in his hands. He then started the bike and rode off heading to Kampala. Tugume then asked me to drive and follow the bike Which I did. I drove off also and shortly when I reached him, Tugume waved his left hand and asked him to stop. He slowed down pretending as though he was parking by the road side but again, he took off at a very high speed. I then asked my body guard to shoot him or in the air or his tyres. He replied that, “let’s wait to see whether he stops at Kabimbiri.” To our surprise, the man just continued past Kabimbiri…..and that’s when Tugume advised that we follow him to Naggalama as he started calling his SFC counter parts to contact Naggalama Police Station to cut off/ to mount a road block……as we continued following this man from a  distance because we had to keep our eyes in all directions without losing track of this man. After Nakifuma, he slowed down and branched off to the left just before Naggalama Police Station. Indeed I had taken a decision to follow him all through but Tugume shouted and stopped me saying we may end up in their ambush.  I stopped immediately and reversed to the main road and drove to Naggalama Police Station where indeed the DPC responded very fast by sending out Police Patrols to cut off all the routes. I was then advised to go back to the Police Station. After two hours, the O.C station got information that they had arrested them. I then informed him that it was only one man who was riding the sports bike. The O.C then replied. “Hon. It’s true but he was later on joined by another person. It seems his accomplices were waiting for him from that same route. So they are two but one has escaped and they are coming back with the other,” he said. I then asked my bodyguard to rush to the scene to verify and either confirm the O.C station’s report. Unfortunately, they found the suspect/assassin was shot dead and they communicated accordingly.

But before all this, we had stopped right before Sezibwa Bridge to greet Hon. Mutebi  who was also heading to Kampala. As I was talking to him, a boda boda carrying two men riding towards Sezibwa bridge first passed by us and the two men waved at me. Three minutes later, the same Boda  came back and stopped right next to us. The people on it jumped off and greeted me and one of them asked me to visit Buyobe Village. Then they again took the direction of Kayunga but we did not mind about them…..but , as  Tugume was standing behind this suspected assassin at Sinda market, the boda boda resurfaces again with the very  two men and stopped a few meters ahead. As we were about to approach Kabimbiri town, we saw them again one on the Boda boda the other standing on the road side but did not get to see them again…..

Questions

1. If he was an innocent man…. why didn’t he stop the bike when we first stopped him?

2. If he was going to visit his children to a school located in  Kabimbiri, then how come he passed Kabimbiri and proceeded to Sinda where I had parked to buy my groceries?

3. Why did he again make  a U turn after passing by my vehicle at a very low speed as we suspected that he wanted to  make another attempt?

4. Why run all the way to Naggalama from Sinda and then to Naggojje if he had reached his first destination?

5. Why did he run away from Police Patrol vehicles as they pursued him. Why didn’t he stop and declare he was harmlessness or innocent?

6. When their bike hit a hump and he fell off. Why again did they run to the Bush as the Patrol approached them? Why not stop and declare your innocence?

7. Then finally, under whose Orders was this man shot dead, as the eye witnesses broadcasted on NTV  yesterday narrated?

8. May the name of the Lord be praised for saving my life

Hon. Nantaba Idah Erios

Maama Kayunga and

Minister of State ICT and National Guidance

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Jailed Tycoon Sebuufu To File Notice Of Appeal Against 90 Years Sentence For The Murder Of Katushabe

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Jailed pine car bond tycoon Muhammad Sebuufu has filed a notice of appeal in the court of appeal Kampala challenging his conviction.

Yesterday, High Court judge Anglin Senoga sentenced Sebuufu to 90 years in prison for murder, kidnap with intention to murder and aggravated robbery. When the Grapevine spoke to Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ocheng this afternoon, he said, “we have instructions to file a notice to appeal against the High Court judgement delivered by her lordship Anglin Senoga against our client.”

He said that after critically studying the judgement, they will file their full appeal because they received the judgement very later and they have not yet received the stamped record of proceedings of the case. However, Ocheng cited that the judgement was made based on hearsay and without critical evidence like the killer weapon which was used to murder late Betty Donah Katushabe.

Ocheng insisted that his client was not placed on the scene of crime but the judge only based her judgement on communication between the convicts. Ocheng adds that they are also challenging the shs100m awarded to Katushabe family because there was no prayer from the prosecution that the summation of the money lost after the death of Katushabe was totaling to 100 million. During the litigation process, defense lawyer Caleb Alaka expressed argued that the prayers made by the prosecution were emotional not legally.

Sebuufu was sentenced to 40 years on murder, 30 years on aggravated robbery and 20 years on kidnap with intention to murder. Katushabe was violently murdered in 2015 for allegedly failing to pay a balance of shs9m on the purchase of a Toyota Premio car from Sebuufu’s pine car bond.

By Jamil Lutakome

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GUILTY AS CHARGED: You Kidnapped And Killed Her – Court Finally Convicts Pine Car Bond Businessman Sebuufu On Katushabe’s Murder

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It was tears and jubilation as pine car bond businessman Muhammad Sebuufu and seven others were convicted on the murder of businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe, a former Centenary bank employee. 

“I found out that state has proved beyond reasonable doubt all the ingredients in the three counts of murder, kidnap with intention to murder and armed robbery which were charged against Muhammad Ssebuufu, Phillip Mirambe, Steven Lwanga, Shaban Odutu, Paul Tasingika,  Dameseni Ssentongo, Godfrey Kayinza  and I  convict them,” High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga said. She said that the prosecution team led by senior state prosecutor Michael Ojok  and Winfred Ahimbisibwe placed Sebuufu and his co-accussed on the scene of crime at pine car bond in Kampala where the deceased was tortured from and later died at the entrance of  Kampala central police station.

The late Katushabe’s lawyer Annet Kyomugisha (2nd R)

The judge refuted the alibis which Sebuufu based on to defend himself that on the day Katushabe was tortured, he was at Mwanga 2 court in Mengo not at pine as the state witnesses testified. The judge stated that the convict had malice forethought to murder the deceased because after planning the move to kidnap her from her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe road instead of driving her to Kampala central police station. The soft-spoken judge said that the act of taking Katushabe to pine car bond showed that the suspects wanted to negotiate with her on how to pay the remaining shs9m on the purchased Toyota Premio from pine car bond. 

She based her judgment on the postmortem report which indicated that Katushabe was first tortured before she died. The learned judge wondered why the convicts instead of torturing the deceased didn’t file a civil suit so that their balance is paid through civil courts. She noted that the suspect participated in committing the crime according to the testimony of Peter Tumusiime, a lawyer who was sent to pine to rescue Katushabe from Sebuufu’s hands.

Tumusiime told court that he saw with his necked eye Sebuufu and Odutu undressing and beating up the deceased while squeezing her breasts and private parts. The judge further pointed out the star testimony was from Annet Kyomugisha, a lawyer to Katushabe, who told court that it was Sebuufu who called her on phone and put Katushabe on the loud speaker. Katushabe was crying and begging her lawyer to look for money because her captors had promised to kill her if she did not get the money.

Katushabe’s relatives jubilating

However, the judge put Steven Lwanga, a special hire driver at pine on charges of associating with the convicts who murdered Katushabe because when he was hired to drive Katushabe to police, he drove her back to pine where she was seriously tortured. State prosecutor Michael Ojok asked for an adjournment to prepare his submission on the sentencing because the convict deserves a maximum punishment of death. Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ochang told journalists that he is not happy with the judgment and he has to first read the entire judgment before advising his client on the way forward and whether to appeal in the court or not.

Katushabe’s relatives celebrated after the judgment and applauded the judge for standing by the truth adding that Sebuufu bribed all the people who were handling their case since 2015. Robert Muhindo, a brother to Katushabe said that even though Katushabe is dead and they can’t return her life, she will feel very contentedwherever she is. The convicted will know their fate on 1st July 2019.

By Jamil Lutakome

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It Was A Stage Managed Robbery – Rwomushana Punches Holes In Fang Fang Hotel Roberry

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Former State House operative cum political commentator Charles Rwomushana has punched holes in the robbery at Fang Fang hotel in Nakasero over the weekend.

On Sunday night, a joint team of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) and other security personnels allegedly arrested two soldiers and their driver in a foiled armed robbery at Fang Fang Hotel near Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

The security forces identified the suspects as Cpl Abbas Majid, Lance Cpl Ivan Asiimwe and their driver Ivan Opio.

They say the suspects were armed with two Sub-Machine Guns loaded with 300 bullets. They allegedly attacked the hotel at midnight but were intercepted by security operatives from ISO and SFC. The fourth suspect is still on the run.

Rwomushana, who is a security operative himself says, “Four Museveni soldiers are said to have been involved in a foiled robbery at Fang Fang.

This story breaks on the heels of the Nansana attack. I have argued before and I will still do that the Nansana attack was not a robbery. I wouldn’t consider the NRA attack on Kabale Bank of Uganda currency centre a robbery. This Fang Fang operation appears interesting. The targeted available amount of money was five million shillings. Gross profit for each soldier involved in the operation was averagely one million shillings.”

Rwomushana adds, “Most of these operators are noncommissioned officers (NCOs)…whose salaries are way above Museveni LDUs. ..above 300,000.

Expenses would include money for the informer insider, surveillance operations etc. Take home would be around 500,000. That is two months’ salary.

So what would be the motivation for Museveni military unit to indulge in such a silly robbery? I don’t see money being the motivating factor.

Did the purported robbery take place? Or its merely stage managed as propaganda to show that yes soldiers are involved in robberies but ISO and SFC are very efficient in curtailing them? I’m sure Fang Fang has a cctv camera system. Kindly upload those motion pictures so that the Thomas in me confirms the resurrection. Otherwise I will hold its another episode in a complex movie.”

By Doreen Menezer

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