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Godi shot wife twice, says State

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th May 2009 03:00 AM

Arua Municipality MP, Hussein Akbar Godi (FDC), killed his wife, Rehema Ceasar Nasur, by shooting her two times, according to evidence collected by the prosecution.

Arua Municipality MP, Hussein Akbar Godi (FDC), killed his wife, Rehema Ceasar Nasur, by shooting her two times, according to evidence collected by the prosecution.

By Joel Ogwang

Arua Municipality MP, Hussein Akbar Godi (FDC), killed his wife, Rehema Ceasar Nasur, by shooting her two times, according to evidence collected by the prosecution.

According to the file, the 26-year-old legislator on December 4, 2008 pulled out a pistol and shot his wife, who fell down. He carried her and later pulled her by her legs towards the main road.

“He then abandoned her and she struggled to walk back to a nearby house. But he came back and shot her again, (after which he) walked back to the main road and drove off alone,” says Damalie Lwanga, the assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

This is one of the 17 counts contained in the five-page dossier the state intends to use as evidence against Godi.

The investigations established that Godi married Rehema as a settlement of a defilement complaint by her relatives in 2007.

Shortly after the wedding, the couple had domestic problems. A year later, Rehema complained to her relatives that Godi was mistreating her, beating her and threatening to shoot her with a pistol.

“He would sometimes point a pistol at her head, so she feared that he might kill her. Godi would also bring girls to sleep in their marital bed, beat her and force her to sleep in a chair.”

With injuries on her head, Rehema left her home and went to stay with her parents at Martin Road, Old Kampala.

Godi accused her of having extra-marital affairs before announcing in August 2008 that he wanted to terminate the marriage. This was the murcky road to the December 4 incident that ended Rehema’s life, the prosecution added.

At 11:00pm on the fateful night, a boda boda cyclist, carrying two passengers and riding towards Naggalama from Mukono, met Godi’s blue RAV 4 car driving at low speed from the opposite direction.

As he approached the vehicle, he saw Rehema jump out while making an alarm and run to a nearby bush. Godi, too, jumped out of the vehicle and chased her.

As Rehema sought assistance, Godi caught up with her and a quarrel ensued, after which the legislator hauled his pistol and shot her. The incident was witnessed by residents in nearby houses who described the accused.

This stage, prosecution says, is ambiguous as there are reports that prior to shooting his wife, Godi left his car in the middle of the road in motion and with the lights on. The vehicle moved on its own, knocked the boda boda rider and his two passengers.

“One of the passengers came to the vehicle and tried to park it properly, but heard gun shots and in the process, fled.”

The Police visited the scene the following day, drew a sketch plan, recovered cartridges and ammunition and took the body to the mortuary. A post mortem identified hemorrhagic shock due to gunshot wounds as the cause of death.

A bullet was recovered from her body.

Police investigations established that Godi owned a pistol since August 2008, with a firearm certificate dated December 2, 2008.

On December 5, Godi reportedly requested for and received 10 more bullets from the Chief of Military Intelligence.

The pistol was later recovered from his home. It was also established that Godi was in Kampala from the morning of December 4 until the time of the murder.

Scientific evidence from the Government’s analytical laboratory will also be tendered in evidence, says Lwanga.

On Tuesday, the Mukono chief magistrate, Tom Chemutoi, handed Godi a five-minute bail on insistence of his lawyer, Norris Maranga, before committing him to the High Court.

Maranga said Godi was first remanded on December 12 with the constitutional six months’ period elapsing on May 12.

Prisca Boonabana, the state prosecutor, said Police investigations were complete.

Godi shot wife twice, says State

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