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Katusabe's family wants Baguma set free

By Charles Etukuri

Added 30th August 2016 07:11 PM

In a strange twist of events,the family of the late Donah Katusabe who was murdered by Kampala businessman Muhammed Ssebuwufu has written to the Director Public Prosecution Justice Mike Chibita asking him to drop murder charges against former Kampala Central Police Station boss Aaron Baguma

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In a strange twist of events,the family of the late Donah Katusabe who was allegedly murdered by Kampala businessman Muhammed Ssebuwufu has written to the Director Public Prosecution Justice Mike Chibita asking him to drop murder charges against former Kampala Central Police Station boss Aaron Baguma who was  charged and remanded to Kigo Prison 

In the letter, the family wants Baguma removed from the list and instead be turned into a state witness. Baguma who has been on an arrest warrant presented himself before Grade 1 Magistrate, Joan Aciro, who read to him 3 counts: murder, aggravated robbery and kidnap with intent to murder.

 He was barred from taking plea to the charges which can only be tried by the High Court.

“Yes we are not lawyers but at least we have basic legal background. Baguma may have committed certain commissions or omissions but at least from the testimony of the witnesses he did not commit the crime. We all know who killed our sister,” the families two page letter signed by Alex Masereka Epafura, the deceased’s father reads in part.

In the letter, the family says that it was Baguma who was instrumental in the arrest of the suspects.

“From the day we got to know about the death of our sister, it is Aaron Baguma who, as DPC of CPS helped us in uncovering the rot that some other officers in police had done in ensuring that the murderers of our sister walk away scot free.”

The family explained that it was Baguma who linked them to the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura and effected the arrest of the suspects.“It is Baguma who arrested Sebuwufu when he had already planned to leave the country and had been assigned a police escort to help him on his mission,” the letter reads in part.

The DPP sanctioned murder charges against Baguma in December last year for his role in the killing of businesswoman Donah Katusabe over an unresolved Shs9m debt after she purchased a vehicle from Pine car depot, which belonged Muhammed Ssebuwufu.

An indictment from court by the DPP indicates that on October 21, 2015 at around 7am another suspect, Paul Tasingika, and three police officers from Central Police Station Kampala arrested Katusabe at her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe Road in Wakiso District.

“They then took her straight to Pine Bond where they found Sebuwufu and handed her to him,” the indictment on the case file reads. The indictment further says that Ssebuwufu started assaulting her (in the presence of the police officers.

The officers left her there and at around 3pm on the same day, Baguma was seen entering Ssebuwufu’s office where Katusabe was held.

DPP in his indictment says that Ssebuwufu escorted Baguma to his vehicle and before leaving, the DPP states, Baguma told Ssebuwufu to handle the issue of the deceased and call him if he failed.

Ssebuwufu, the main suspect in the murder is in Luzira from where he is to be tried in the next criminal session of the High Court for murder.

Ssebuwufu was arrested together with Shaban Oduttu his former bodyguard Godfrey Kayiza alias Godi, Phillip Mirembe, Stephen Lwanga, Paul Tasingika, Yoweri Kitayimba and Damaseni Ssentongo

 

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