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Jinja ritual murderer jailed for life

By Vision Reporter

Added 16th November 2009 03:00 AM

A traditional healer who killed his colleague in a ritual murder has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Benjamin Kabiito, who presided over the court session, gave the same punishment to a man for defiling his nine-year-old niece.

A traditional healer who killed his colleague in a ritual murder has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Benjamin Kabiito, who presided over the court session, gave the same punishment to a man for defiling his nine-year-old niece.

By Doreen Musingo
and Hillary Nsambu


A traditional healer who killed his colleague in a ritual murder has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Jinja High Court on Friday heard that Ali Isabirye, 50, beheaded Dezilanta Mutakola, 66, and buried the head and blood in his shrine in a bid to get healing powers similar to those of the deceased.

The murder took place on June 21, 2005 in Busikwo zone B, Wankole sub-county, Kamuli district.

Justice Benjamin Kabiito, who presided over the court session, gave the same punishment to a man for defiling his nine-year-old niece.

Peter Ngobi, 23, was found guilty of defiling his niece on September 7, 2006 in Namazala village in Busedde sub-county, where the child lived with her grandmother.

A furious Kabiito, while passing his ruling, decried the increasing cases of defilement, saying it was an abomination to have sex with a relative in the African culture.

“This girl’s suffering will never be removed from the memories of her family. I wonder how one gets attracted to having sex with a relative,” Kabiito said.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary has secured funds for the High Court in Masaka to hear a murder case against Godfrey Kato-Kajubi.

“We think that the funds will be enough to complete the session for this case,” the Judiciary’s public relations officer, Erias Omar Kisawuzi, said recently.

However, Kisawuzi would not give the date when the case will resume.

Justice Moses Mukiibi of the High Court last Thursday adjourned the case until early next year, citing insufficient funds to carry on with it.

Kajubi, 58, a Kampala businessman, is being tried for the murder of a 12-year-old boy, Joseph Kasirye.
The victim, according to Kajubi’s witchdoctor Umaru Kateregga, was butchered in a ritual murder in his (Kateregga’s) house by a man called Stephen under the supervision of Kajubi on October 27, 2008 at Kayugi village, Mukungwe sub-county in Masaka district.

However, Kajubi, who is represented by MacDosman Kabega, denies th charges.

Initially, Kajubi had been jointly indicted with Kateregga and his wife Mariam Nabukeera.

Later the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Richard Buteera, withdrew the charges against the couple and turned them into state witnesses against Kajubi.

Jinja ritual murderer jailed for life

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