By Michael Odeng and Brenda Aheebwa
The hearing of the attempted murder case in which Makerere lecturer Faisal Buyinza is accused of masterminding an acid attack on his wife has flopped for failure of a key prosecution witness to testify in court.
The Police witness was supposed to appear in court Tuesday to testify against the Makerere University don but did not show up.
Buyinza, 40, appeared at Buganda Road Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya to answer charges of attempted murder.
Buyinza, a lecturer of Economics attached to the Department of Economic Theory and Analysis, is alleged to have attempted to cause death to his wife, Hanifah Nakyiryowa, on December 11, 2011 at Mugenyi Flats, Makerere University.
Prosecution alleges that Nakiryowa was married to Buyinza for seven years and at the time of the acid attack, she had been having misunderstandings with the husband and was forced to leave home and has since been staying with a friend.
Nakiryowa by then was working as monitoring and evaluation officer at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council-UNICEF partnership programme in charge of keeping mothers and children in school.
Nakiryowa, together with her one and a half-year old daughter, Zurahiya Buyinza, were admitted to Mulago Hospital after sustaining several burns.
After the complainant (Nakiryowa) was burned with acid, she lost her eyes and nose due to the acid attack. The case was adjourned to October, 1, 2013 for hearing.