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    We Are Scared Most Of Our Witnesses Might Go Missing Like It Has Been In Many Criminal Cases: Akena Lawyers Plead With Court After Judge Pushed Kanyamunyu Trial To Next Convenient Session…

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    The Top management of the High Court Criminal Division Kampala is set to decide the fate of Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munangwari in the murder trial after the presiding judge pushed it to the next convenient session.

    Steven Mubiru, the presiding judge revealed that he cannot proceed with Kanyamunyu’s trial because the time allocated to him by his bosses to handle criminal sessions including Kanyamunyu’s case expired on Friday 21st of February 2020.

    “I adjourn this matter to the next convenient session; I have to go back to my circuit because I am the only judge there and my absence has affected many court users. It’s now two months when I am not there and it affected the fixed cases. The file of this case should be taken back to the head of the Division and it will be the head of this division to determine when this case will be fixed again” Mubiru said.

    The Judge’s statement was welcomed by the defense lawyers led by MacDusman Kabega but the prosecution said they were saddened. Jonathan Muwaganya tried to convince the judge to extend the session but he refused. The judge told suspects to report to the High Court Criminal Division Registrar once every month as part of their bail condition.

    However, on Thursday Muwaganya told court that they are scared that most of their potential witnesses and court assessors might go missing like it has been happening in many criminal cases.

    He said that as prosecution, they were ready to proceed with the matter to its conclusion speedily because it’s a public interest case.

    Earlier in the day, court received testimony from senior police detective Steven Walimbwa.

    Walimbwa said that he led a team of investigators who  searched Kanyamunyu’s car, a Toyota Prado registration number UAW 548M and that of the late Kenneth Akena. Walimbwa testified that they found a brown shoe for the right foot which corresponded with the one they found with the deceased at Nakasero hospital and was missing. They also found a sharp pocket knife, two phones and keys. They captured all these items and recorded them in the police exhibits books.

    He further explained that on 28th of November 2017, he received a letter from the deputy Director of Public Prosecution instructing police to give Kanyamunyu his car. He said that the deputy DPP acted on a complaint from Kanyamunyu’s lawyers of Ochieng Associates and Solicitors. He told court that he also went to victory hospital Kamwokya where he took statements from four medical doctors; he cited a statement made by Doctor Peter Kigonya who told him that they received the deceased but refused to admit him because he was bleeding profusely and needed to be taken to the intensive care unit.

    He testified that doctor Kigonya told him that while they were giving the victim first aid, they asked Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, who brought the patient to identify themselves but they refused.

    Kanyamunyu even told them that he doesn’t have any identification because his identity card was at his home.

    Walimbwa further told court that doctors told him that when they recommended that the decseased be taken to Nakasero hospital, Kanyamunyu pleaded with them to take the patient to Nakasero hospital using their ambulance. When they told him that the ambulance was not available, he suggested that they use his car. He told court that he also participated in the reconstruction of the crime scene and Kanyamunyu told them that Akena was shot by a person who he was moving with in his car.

    However, he said that when they took Kanyamunyu’s girlfriend to the crime scene she said that Akena was alone in his car and she didn’t hear the gunshot that killed him.

    State claims that Kanyamunyu shot Akena a social worker along Jinja Road opposite UMA show ground after he scratched his posh Toyota Prado.

    By Ssengooba Alirabaki

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    How Tabula Who Is Being Accused Of Masterminding Assassination Of Ndiga Clan Head Survived Being Arrested By Brig. Gen. Ddamulira’s Commandos As He Attempted To Seek Help From Buganda Spirits…

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    The late Eng. Daniel Lwomwa (R) and his nemesis Tabula Luggya Bbosa (L) who is currently on the run

    Police spokesperson Senior Commissioner of Police Fred Enanga has narrated how Tabula Luggya Bbosa survived being arrested by Brig. Gen. Christopher Sserunjogi Ddamulira’s commandos of the Police’s Crime Intelligence (CI).

    CP Enanga revealed that commandos stormed Kabango village, Kakoola Sub County in Mpigi district to arrest Tabula who is alleged to have masterminded the plan to assassinate Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa the fallen head of Endiga (Sheep) clan last week.

    Enanga said that Tabula narrowly survived arrest and detectives only found a motorcycle at the place where he was expected to be.

    He revealed that security anticipated that Tabula was hiding in one of the islands in Mpigi district and pleaded with citizens to help police to arrest him.

    Police put an award of Shs10m which will be given to any person who will give information that will help lead to the arrest of Tabula.

    Enanga further said that intelligence has received information that Tabula is moving from one shrine to another seeking for the intervention of his grandparents’ spirit to frustrate the investigations.

    He warned witch doctors that anyone who will be found hiding Tabula will also be arrested and added to the file of those who participated in the murder of Bbosa.

    Enanga further disclosed that seven suspects have been arrested including Noah Derrick Luggya who allegedly pulled the triger and was intercepted by the angry mob who badly beat him up while trying to lynch him and he narrowly survived and is receiving medication at Mulago hospital.

    Emmanual Sserunkuma, his co-accused who was driving him on the motorcycle was killed by the mob on the spot.

    Milly Naluwenda a clerk to Buganda Kingdom cultural Court (Kkooti yakisekwa) was also arrested and highly placed sources in security confirmed that she communicated with Luggya a few hours before the offence was committed.

    Sources added that Luggya’s phone helped detectives to trace the suspects and Enanga assured the people of Buganda, members of the Endiga clan and Bbosa’s family that the suspects arrested are the right ones and very soon they are going to be arraigned in Court.

    In 2022, Kkooti ya kisekwa declared that Bbosa was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan head and a section of the clan members installed Tabula the petitioner against Bbosa as the rightful clan head.

    However, David Kiwalabye Male the then culture and security minister in Buganda Kingdom rubbished the installation of Tabula insisting that Bbosa is still the rightful Endiga clan head.

    Kiwalabye made the statements a few hours after Bbosa appealed to Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters in Buganda.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Kabaka had not yet delivered his judgment on the matter and there has been a sharp divisionism between Tabula’s supporters and those of Bbosa. When Bbosa was assassinated, Tabula ran into hiding and switched off all his known phone numbers.

    At the burial of Bbosa Mbale village in Mawokota county, Mpigi district, Kabaka Mutebi directed security in the message read by Professor Twaha Kawaase Kigongo to arrest all those who participated in his official’s murder.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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    Why Judges Protested Justice Kabito’s JSC Tough Orders On Support Staff …

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    The new Court of Appeal building. Inset is Justice Benjamin Kabito

    Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Judges of the High Court and other lower judicial officers are protesting the tough orders issued by Justice Benjamin Kabito the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) concerning their support staff.

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that Justice Kabito wrote to all support staff who include; Cleaners, secretaries and clerks that before the end of this month, they should decide on whether to remain under the Public Service Commission or apply to join JSC.

    One of the affected staff told theGrapevine that Kabito told them that JSC is the mandated government organisation when it comes to recruitment, supervision and the discipline of all staff under the jurisdiction of the judiciary of Uganda.

    The development has divided judicial staff with some supporting the move while others are protesting against it and have sought advice from their respective bosses who advised them not to join JSC.

    They claim that the powers of JSC end with judicial officers and the Act that establishes the JSC as Amended in 2015 has not yet amended it to give them such powers.

    Maverick city lawyer Kassim Mabirizi Male has written to justice Kabito claiming that what he is trying to do is against the laws governing the institution.

    “This is therefore to require you to desist from such illegality until such a time when an Act specifies which support staff you will be responsible for because in reality, casual workers, secretaries and clerks who earn peanuts may not, in commonsense, be regulated by the same body which controls judicial officers who earn a minimum of Shs5m tax exempt,” Mabirizi stated in his letter.

    However, sources close to Justice Kabito insist that JSC has the right to take control of support staff because they are the vehicle used to promote corruption in the judiciary.

    JSC claims that many lawyers and litigants are channeling money to bribe judicial officers through the support staff and in most cases when they receive evidence against them, they don’t have powers to discipline them because they are under the control of the Public Service Commission.

    He narrated a situation when detectives from State House Anti-Corruption Unit, then commanded by Col. Edith Nakalema stormed Towed Towers which housed the Civil Division of the High Court to arrest a judge who had just received a bribe from a city businessman.

    The businessman was the one who petitioned Nakalema’s office.

    “They first photocopied the notes which they were taking to the judge to be used as evidence. The money was put in the envelope and given to the cleaner who was sent by the judge, they saw the cleaner entering the judge’s chamber and moving out without the envelope and they stormed the office,” the source said.

    He added that when they entered the judge’s office, they introduced themselves to the judge with their identification cards.

    He however just laughed at them and allowed them to search his office insisting that he has no money.

    He asked them why they didn’t arrest the cleaner if they saw him taking a bribe to him.

    The detectives turned everything in the judge’s chamber upside down but they didn’t see any money. In the end, they apologised to him after he threatened to sue them.

    Detectives suspected that on the way, the cleaner might have given the money to the judge’s body guard after knowing that there might be people following him and that’s how the judge survived humiliation.

    It’s because of such incidents that JSC wants all support staff to register with them.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    HE IS NOT MAD: Buganda Kingdom Clan Head Assassin Has No Brain Damage, CT-Scan Proves; Grandchildren Protest Process Used To Fish Bbosa’s Successor….

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    Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who killed Omutaka Bbosa (R) in hospital

    The mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that medical doctors at Mulago hospital X-Ray department and those from different security agencies subjected Noah Derrick Luggya one of the suspected assassins who gunned down Ndiga (Sheep) clan head Eng. Daniel Bbosa Lwomwa to CT-Scan.

    On Sunday evening, Luggya survived being killed by an angry mob at Bulange in Lubaga Division, a Kampala city suburb accusing him of killing Bbosa.

    His colleague Emmanual Sserunkuma was killed on the spot by the mob.

    Luggya was taken to Mulago hospital and sources told theGrapevine that he is positively responding to medication and on Wednesday evening, he was taken for a CT-Scan to examine whether his brain has no damage.

    “His brain has no damage and I can confirm that he is mentally fine. At first we thought that maybe the mob damaged his brain, you know his head was badly beaten,” one of the doctors at Mulago X-Ray department said.

    He added that Luggya first pretended to be mentally unstable and was only looking at doctors without responding to anything they asked him.

    This forced the doctors to carry out a CT-Scan on him to establish whether he was fine.

    Doctor said that Luggya still has difficulty in talking because he lost some of his teeth after his mouth was shattered by the mob.

    Luggya was also taken to an X-Ray machine and his entire body was examined.

    Results showed that none of his bones was damaged and doctors are very sure that by the end of this week, he will be able to talk to the investigators from Maj. Dr. Tom Magambo the police’s Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and those from Brig. Gen. Christopher Ddamulira’s Crime Intelligence Directorate.

    Sources held that detectives tried to talk to Luggya but he was not ready to talk even though he showed that he understood whatever was going on. On Friday, they are going to test him again.

    On the other hand, members of the Endiga clan have started protesting the process their leaders and officials from Buganda Kingdom used to get Bbosa’s successor.

    On Wednesday, Omutaka Ssalongo Augustine Kizito Mutumba the head of Buganda Kingdom clan heads council (Olukiiko lwabajjajja abataka) announced that the council had appointed Edward Lwanga and Kato Lutwama both premiers of Kasimba and Nyonyi Nyange clans to guide Endiga concerned leaders during the process of choosing Bbosa’s successor.

    However this evening, information started circulating that the assigned committee has already chosen Eria Buzaabo Lwasi, the son to late Luggya Lwasi who is a celebrated journalist and teacher.

    Those protesting the process told theGrapevine that a clan head cannot be chosen without first choosing the ‘Ssemusota’ who is supposed to preside over the process of getting Bbosa’s successor.

    “We know the people behind Buzaabo, but we can confirm to Buganda Kingdom Premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his people that bringing his people will not help solve the ongoing fights in our clan,” one Endiga clan member said.

    By the time of Bbosa’s death, Buganda Kingdom cultural court (Kkooti ya Kisekwa) had declared that he was illegally occupying the office of Endiga clan and a one Tabula Bbosa was enthroned as the clan head.

    Bbosa challenged the Kkooti ya Kisekwa judgment before Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who is the Supreme Court on cultural matters.

    Sources claim that Buzaabu is expected to be introduced to Mayiga who will introduce him to Kabaka Mutebi to confirm or reject him and if the program moves as planned Bbosa will be buried on Sunday this week.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe

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