Friday, 19 April 2013


The Kasese Chief Magistrate Ms Agatonica Mbabazi has remanded 18 people to Mubuku government prison until May 3, on charges of murder.
The group was arrested during a recent operation carried out by security agencies in, ponmdwe-Lubiriha town council, Karambi and Nyakiyumba sub-counties.
The operation codenamed CLEAR UCHAFU was commanded by the Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo following waves of armed robberies and murder of business people in areas near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The suspects include, Police Constable Mr. Joshua Muhindo, Swalleh Muhindo, Amza Salimboko, Ali Kato ,Watsema Moses, Saturday Pedson, Bwambale Solomon, Kamba;e Malekani, Masika ANIFA, Muhindo Harriet and Musinguzi Deo.
Others are, Mugabe Aggrey Mugarura, Kombi Kasyakulu Kapuru, Thembo Milio, Masereka Rabson, Kibaya Vincent,  Masereka Joseph, Kaija Muthende Godfrey and Bwambale Francis.
The suspects were paraded before the Chief Magistrate on Friday and charged with five counts of Murder, stealing with a gun, attempted murder, possession of illegal fire arms and possession of illegal ammunitions.
Prosecution alleges that on March 27, 2013 while at Kamasasa village in Karambi sub-county, the group shot dead Julius Kisembo Bafera a coffee dealer, injured his wife before stealing Shillings 18M from his home.
Meanwhile, Swalleh Muhindo, Amza Salimboko, Moses Watsema and Ali Kato have been charged separately with the murder of the late Mughongo Saturday at Kinyamaseke town board on January 3rd.
However, the Chief Magistrate said did not allow the suspects to take people on both accounts and charges because her court does not have the jurisdiction to hear capital offenses. She remanded them to Mubuku government prison until May 3.
The Chief Magistrate also ordered for the medical examinations of all the suspects  who complained to have been tortured during arrest and in police custody.
The Magistrate then ordered the prison officials to make sure all suspects complaining of torture are examined and those sick treated and have a report back to court on May 3.
The commander of the Operation “clear Uchafu” Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo said that he was happy with the step taken by court adding that it is good for the law to take its course on suspects of any nature.
Lt. Col. Mawa said that more of the suspects still at large are being pursued until they are apprehended and handed over to court for trial.   END.

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