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Witness absence delays Makerere lecturer acid casePublish Date: Dec 11, 2013
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By Michael Odeng

Hearing of a case in which a Makerere University lecturer charged with attempted murder flopped for failure of prosecution witnesses to show up in court.

Faisal Buyinza Buyinza, 40, a lecturer of Economics at the public university is accused of masterminding an acid attack on his wife Hanifa Nakiryowa.

He is attached to the Department of Economic Theory and Analysis.

Court presided over by Grade One magistrate Julius Borore issued summons for the prosecution witnesses and extended the bail for the Makerere lecturer. The summons was issued to make sure the witnesses appear in court on February 4, 2013.

The prosecution witnesses have been summoned on several occasions but have failed to turn up in court to testify against the accused who appeared in court.

The prosecution team is led by Peace Biira.

They insist that Buyinza committed the offence on December 11, 2011 at Mugenyi Flats in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb.

According to prosecution, the two (Buyinza and Nakiryowa) were married for seven years at the time of the attack.

The victim has since left their family home and has been staying with a friend.

Together with her a half-year-old daughter, Nakiryowa was admitted to Mulago Hospital after sustaining several burns from acid attack.

She lost her eyes and nose from the grisly incident.

The case has been pushed to February 4, 2014 for further mention.

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