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High court judge bodyguard arrested over death of Seeta traffic officer

Mbale High court judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga was allegedly driving this hit-and-run vehicle

Mbale High court judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga was allegedly driving this hit-and-run vehicle

A police constable, Alex Oduku, who was guarding Mbale High court judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga during a hit-and-run accident has been arrested.

Constable Oduku was captured by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras entering a Rav4 vehicle registration number, UAS 597U. The vehicle which was allegedly being driven by the judge knocked a traffic officer Innocent Ayesigye in Seeta along the Kampala-Jinja highway on Sunday. 

The vehicle left the scene soon after the accident, leaving Ayesigye fighting for his life. He was rushed to Mulago hospital for medical attention and later transferred to Rubaga hospital where he breathed his last, on Tuesday.  

 

Police shared pictures of the vehicle on its social media platforms, urging the public to help identify the suspects but also urged the owners to report themselves to the nearby police. 

It subsequently emerged that a judge; Jesse Byaruhanga was behind the wheels of the said vehicle. Although police sources insist that Byaruhanga was driving the vehicle, he still remains at large, while his bodyguard and his official driver identified as Aminsi Zimba have been detained. 

"It is alleged that one Byaruhanga Jesse Rugyema, a Mbale High court judge was the one driving the motor vehicle on the day our traffic officer was knocked. One officer and his driver have also been arrested to help with investigations. The judge has not yet recorded his statement on the matter," a police source said. 

The judge appeared at police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon where a meeting on how to resolve matters surrounding Ayesigye’s death was held. Records obtained by police from Uganda Revenue Authority show that the vehicle, UAS 597U is registered in the name of one Charity Kamugisha.

Zimba, 32, is a driver with the Judiciary and a resident of Salaama, in the outskirts of Kampala, while Oduku, who is attached to the Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU) is a resident of Mukono.

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0 #1 P. Goldberg 2020-05-29 04:26
What is going on in this country call Uganda. A judge knocks a police office and the arrest his bodyguard and a driver.

A General knocks a police office and he is arrested. This judge must be from the West. Well protected under the tribalistic government.

A year or so ago a general assisted a place office and was not arrested. They claim the case is in high court. The general must have also been from the West. In Uganda where you come from matters. Let us see how long this will go on.
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0 #2 simonpeter 2020-05-29 06:37
Why is it that the judge is being handled with kid gloves. I hear he appeared at the police to discuss how the feather would be handled amicably. Whaaaat?

Where is the usual sop? Detained, making a statement etc. This is preferential treatment.
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+1 #3 Ugthinker 2020-05-29 07:29
Uganda’s brokenness beats one imaginations by the day. Not even the police can protect its own!

The principal suspect in this case visits the police and leaves as and when he wishes!

Hope he is not another Kanyamunyu!
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+1 #4 WADADA rogers 2020-05-29 09:13
Wow, if it is true that it is Byaruhanga Jesse Rugyema who caused the accident and took off, then something is not adding up.

You could imagine this newspaper reported that the Judge had appeared at police headquarters on Wednesday afternoon where a meeting on how to resolve matters surrounding Ayesigye’s death was held.

How did he leave the Police station without being arrested or made to record a statement. The claim that the judge has not yet recorded his statement on the matter leaves more questions than answers.
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+1 #5 WADADA rogers 2020-05-29 09:17
I think somebody is trying to help the Judge kill this case and then blame somebody else or the driver.

Guess what, this is very easy, the only person who would point an accusing finger is dead, the only other evidence is that of the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras which can be manipulated to protect this guy, after all he is called Byaruhanga and you know what that means yet the footage was exposed by police to identify the car
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+1 #6 WADADA rogers 2020-05-29 09:43
Soon the mafias through the Uganda police is going to apologise for "maligning the judge" saying that it was mistaken identity, that the vehicle that knocked the officer has not been found and was not being driven by the judge or his driver.

It is also possible that the police is going to claim that the judge was not in the car, the driver will hand himself in and assume responsibility where upon he will be given a lenient punishment to save the judge's face.

They could also say the vehicle had been sold long time ago and did not belong to the judge or any of his relatives. The judge is already a free man, This is our Uganda
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0 #7 Larry james 2020-05-29 10:33
A country clearly in free fall. The epitome of you can be anything you want to be if you meet a certain criteria.

The world is becoming more fragmented by the day.
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+1 #8 WADADA rogers 2020-05-29 11:27
Somebody help me, i want to change my name to Karuhanga, Kainebyona, Tumwine, Kagarukayo, Mwenemiizi etc for purposes of committing crime, in that way, no one will follow me up when i commit a crime in future, its a good shield to have a name from that place
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0 #9 Empayippayi 2020-05-29 22:46
Judge Jesse Rugyema Byaruhanga killed Traffic Police Officer Innocent Ayesigye and he is likely to walk away Scot free.

This is unacceptable and we must demand justice for the deceased. It's not enough to assume that because the two may have come from the same area therefore it doesn't matter.

It matters a lot because injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. It's time to end this impunity!
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0 #10 karemire 2020-05-30 00:44
Quoting WADADA rogers:
Somebody help me, i want to change my name to Karuhanga, Kainebyona, Tumwine, Kagarukayo, Mwenemiizi etc for purposes of committing crime, in that way, no one will follow me up when i commit a crime in future, its a good shield to have a name from that place


Just call yourself one of those names, if it helps you. Who is stopping you from doing that, if you are inclined to become a criminal?

By the way, one "Muganda" with that kind of name was recently killed for being "... a Munyankole, although he did not know that he was [truly] a Munyankole ...". Do you see the risk that you are trying to adopt?
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