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Why Are You Still Detaining A Suspect Who Was Acquitted By Court? Court Orders Luzira Upper Prison OC To Explain, Muslim Clerics Hire Top Criminal Lawyer Kabega To Save Them From Life Imprisonment

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The court of Appeal justices led by Deputy Chief justices Alfonso Owiny-Dolo, Elizabeth Musoke and Cheborion Barishaki have issued a court order against Luzira upper prison Officer in Charge (OC) to appear in court on Tuesday and explain the reason why he has kept on detaining a suspect who was acquitted by court.

The order was issued after senior state Attorney Stanley Baine asked court to issue a production warrant to Luzira prison to produce Amir Kinene, a brother in law to Australia based Ugandan doctor Aggrey Kiyingi to appear in court in the cross appeal where the state is challenging the acquittal of Kinene and other Muslim  clerics who include sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga, sheikh Siraje Kawooya, Sheikh Multered Bukenya, Sheikh Fahad Kalungi, Sheikh Adbulsalam Sekayanja and sheikh Yusuf Kakande.

Baine found a hard time to convince the three justices that he did not know the reason behind Kinene’s continued detention in Luzira even after being acquitted by court on terrorism charges. Justice Barishaki told Baine that his explanation is a vote of no confidence in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution because he represents government in all criminal cases where people are charged and remanded to civil prisons.

“But senior state Attorney, you mean you didn’t receive or read this judgement where Kinene was acquitted, really it shouldn’t be you to ask for a production warrant,” soft spoken justice Barishaki wondered. Justice Dolo insisted that there must be a thousand people who are rotting in prison cells illegally and court needs an explanation on whether there were other charges open against Kinene which were not on the record of court. Kinene’s lawyer Macdusman Kabega told court that he has looked for his client to get instructions on how to represent him in vain. He added that when he was told that his client was in Luzira prison, he wondered because he already had information that Kinene was set free by the High Court International Crimes division in Kampala. Dolo ordered senior prisons officer Samuel Akaram to explain to court why Kinene was still in coolers even after being set free.

Akaram told court that as prisons officers, they failed to analyses the judgement which set Kinene free and decided to keep him in upper prison until they get the proper interpretation of the judgement from the DPP. It was at this point that Dolo ordered the Luzira upper prison officer in charge to appear and give an ellaborative explanation to court.

MUSLIM CLARICS HIRES TOP CRIMINAL LAWYER TO SAVE THEM FROM LIFE SENTENCE

Top Muslim clerics led by Amir Sheikh Yunus Muhammad Kamoga have hired a top criminal lawyer Macdusman Kabega to join their legal team of senior lawyers Fred Muwema, Charles Nsubuga, Hellen Kagoya, Twaha Mayanja ne Ramula Nalujja to save them from life sentence given to them by the International crime’s division judges led by Ezekiel Muhanguzi.

Muwema told court that while convicting their clients, the judges errored in law and facts because there was no sufficient evidence against them.

He insisted that of all the 36 witness who were brought by the prosecution, none of them gave court evidence that saw Kamoga or his co-convicts threatening other Muslim clerics like prince Kassim Nakibinge, sheikh Haruna Jjemba, sheikh Nagib Ssonko and Sudiq Ndawula as the judges ruled while convicting them. Muwema submitted that what happened was just a mere   disagreement between top Muslim clerics who were accused of selling Muslim properties, rice and vehicles. Lawyers were told to submit their written submissions.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Cranes Top Supporter Uncle Money Remanded For Killing City Businessman

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Uganda Cranes number one supporter Jackson Sewanyana alias Uncle Money has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison over the murder of a city businessman. 

Buganda road court magistrate Miriam Ayo Okello charged Sewanyana who also doubles as the Kasubi zone IV Vice Chairperson and Benson Senyonga, his defense secretary with manslaughter.

According to the charge sheet, the accused together with others at large on 16/08 this year killed Siraja Akim Tumusiime a city businessman.

Tumusiime, a phone dealer at Mutasa Kafeero plaza was called by Uncle Money to buy their phones. When the deceased met them at Kasubi, uncle money grabbed him by the neck to forced him into a valley while warning him that he was going to be killed. 

Abdul Mulembe, a brother to the deceased told this website that he followed uncle money with his brother until they warned him to stop following them, he feared and backed off.

He said that when Uncle Money murdered the deceased, he dumped the body at Mulago mortuary where the family picked it from.

The case was adjourned to 1/10/2019.

By Sengooba Alirabaki

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLERS: CID Detectives On Late Nagirinya’s Murder Case Interrogate Family Members As CMI Dispatches Deadly Operatives To Hunt For Killers…

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Top detectives who are on the task of unmasking the assailants who kidnaped and later murdered Maria Nagirinya, a project manager with Community Integrated Development Initiative (CIDI), a non-governmental organization based in Muyenga Kampala and her driver Ronald Kitayimbwa have continued to interrogate her close family members.

Sources in police homicide division have told the Grapevine that among the people who were grilled are those who were with the deceased on the last day when he was kidnapped. It’s should be remembered that on the day she was kidnapped, Nagirinya spent the later hours at the home of Sylvia Nakayenga, commonly known as Maama Vienney in Nalumunye Jomayi Estate in Kyengera town council.

Nakayenga is a city businesswoman and a close friend to Mzee Francis  Lubowa, a seasoned politician and the father to late Nagirinya. Detectives on the investigating team revealed that Nagirinya always visited Nakayenga whenever she wanted to booze and detectives wanted to know whether she told Nakayenga anything before leaving in the late hours.

Lawrence Kitayimbwa’s brother told this reporter that it was Nakayenga who called his brother to go and pick the drunk Nagirinya from her home. When contacted to confirm Lawrence’s statements, Charles Twine the spokesperson of the directorate of Criminal Intelligence Directorate said that the detectives are tirelessly working and they will leave no stone unturned. He confirmed that they have interrogated a number of people including family members but he refused to reveal their names.

Atwine told the Grapevine that if they reveal the names of the people they have interrogated, it will create enmity and divisions among the family members because they will start pointing fingers at each other.

He told us that they are also trying to protect the people who are helping the detectives in investigating the matter because they are all potential witnesses in court and they fear exposing them. When we asked Atwine to confirm our source’s information that the detectives who are investigating this murder have been joined by other from other intelligent agencies like Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), he said that they are working with a number of combative and non-combative detectives to reach the killers.

Efforts to speak to Brigadier Richard Kalemire were futile since he has been not picking our calls.

By Jamil Lutakome

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FINDING NAGIRINYA’S KILLER: The Man Looks Like Criminal Turned Security Informer Sobi – Ugandans Weigh In On Police CCTV Footage Of Suspect…

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As the search for the killers of Ms. Mariam Nagirinya and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa continues, Ugandans have weighed in on the man in the video that was circulated yesterday, of the man who allegedly kidnapped her.

Yesterday, the police Deputy Press and Public Relations Officer, ACP Polly Namaye released a statement asking the public to help them identify the man who was driving the deceased’s vehicle minutes after her kidnap in the CCTV footage they released.

Namaye wrote, “The Uganda Police Force and sister security agencies have retrieved CCTV images showing incidents that occurred prior to and after the kidnapping of Ms Nagirinya Mariam and her driver Mr. Kitayimbwa Ronald on 28th August 2019. This is therefore to appeal to members of the public, and to any other person(s) who have useful information, leading to the arrest of this suspect in the pictures to contact the nearest Police station or call telephone numbers: 0714667793/ 0714668079/0714668105or toll free 0800909990/ 800121222. A BIG REWARD AWAITS.”

Since yesterday, Ugandans have been scratching their heads in a bid to help police identify the man in the CCTV footage, by morning today, a look-a-like had surfaced and it is the serial criminal turned security informer Paddy Sserunjoji alias Sobi. Here are some of the comments from Ugandans:

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