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Kaweesi murder case hits snag

The Nakawa Chief Magistrate's court yesterday failed to hear an application seeking to dismiss charges against suspects accused of killing former police spokesperson AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

Noah Sajjabi, the Grade One Magistrate said that the ruling could not be delivered because the file containing the particulars of the offence was sanctioned by the Director of Public Prosecutions on March 23 and therefore it wasn't available for reference.

Kaweesi's bullet riddled vehicle

Kaweesi was brutally gunned down on the morning of Friday, March 17, 2017 a few metres away from his residence in Kulambiro, a Kampala suburb. Also killed in the mid morning ambush were Kaweesi's driver, Godfrey Mambewa and body guard, Kenneth Erau. It is said Kaweesi was shot at about 27 times.

More than 40 people were initially arrested, 23 of whom were charged in court. More than a year later, the state is still seeking for more time to complete investigations. Godfrey Turyamusiima, the suspects lawyer objected to the prosecution's submissions.

Earlier this year on February 15, defence lawyers asked court to dismiss the case on grounds that the state had failed to produce evidence against the suspects.

Yesterday, state prosecutor Rachel Nabwire told Sajjabi that investigations into the case are still ongoing. Sajjabi was forced to adjourn the case to August 14 as they wait for the DPP to return the file to Nakawa court. 

 

"It is unfortunate that the state knows who killed Kaweesi. They have them in their possession, they have them in their custody. That is the reason why we have these newspapers, every newspaper for the last 7-10 days they’ve mentioned about those who did this act. And among those names they mentioned, our clients are not part and parcel. They don’t mention our clients participating. They have the Kitaganda’s, they have the Nixons. Those were part of them. They know who did it." said Turyamusiima.

Plethora of charges 
 
All the 23 suspects are charged with terrorism contrary to Section 7(1) (a) and 2 (b) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2002.
 
Seven of the suspects face additional charges of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act; 11 are charged with being accomplices and seven are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to Section 285 and 286 of the Penal Code Act.
 
The last batch of suspects were granted bail in February this year but lawyer Turyamusiima says much as his clients have temporary freedom, they still live in fear due to the charges hanging over them.
 
"Why do they still put the innocent souls into torture. Coming here [court] is not easy, they use their transport, they leave their families, they live out of fear. Why? Because of what the state is doing. Don’t be surprised when we come back on 14th August it will be the same thing. Adjourn, we shall adjourn. This time around the state was on leave for the last 6 months and now the state will be sick and then we shall get another thing and the state will not appear." added Turyamusiima.

Comments

+1 #1 Lakwena 2018-06-08 12:06
In other words as a reminder Justice Mike (Michael) Kibita, Exodus 20:16 says: "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Kaweesi Murder Suspects)!

For if those falsely accused are found innocent, you should be the one sentenced or receive the penalty/executed for the false witness/accusation.

Or, instead of imprisoning and an/or executing one innocent person, it is better to release all the suspects/prisoners and free the conscience and soul from eternal captivity.
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+1 #2 gwok 2018-06-08 18:32
Quoting Lakwena:
In other words as a reminder Justice Mike (Michael) Kibita, Exodus 20:16 says: "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Kaweesi Murder Suspects)!.......


I agree. Clarification: (a) exclusive type of murder weapon pointed towards state house involvement. (b) the QUICK response by the resident (that the EDF did it) seamed to have been an attempt to deflect that.

(c) Now, the "sitting" on that file point towards state interest to block that court procedure. (d) we know what was up Gen KK's sleeves at the time & raises questions: (i) was Kaweesi in the knowing?

(ii) If so, on whose side or was he was he double crossing them? [Not discounting the possibility that he was simply the grass between two Ankole bulls doing what such bulls do to each other naturally]. My gut-feeling rules out ADF involvement in this murder.
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+2 #3 Phalanch 2018-06-08 19:31
Clearly this was inside job, This is like a mini JF Kennedy murder case.

All what is going on in these kangaroo courts . Is buying time with an aim for the case to fade away.
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-1 #4 Lysol 2018-06-09 01:39
It was just a case of a mistaken identity. A fail inside job.
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-2 #5 Alison 2018-06-09 08:11
Quoting Lysol:
It was just a case of a mistaken identity. A fail inside job.

Mistaken identity"!, Spare us please!
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0 #6 Jama 2018-06-10 00:54
This is no longer justice but persecution.
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