Wednesday January 22 2014

Court of Appeal maintains Magara’s 14-year jail term

By Juliet Kigongo

KAMPALA- The Court of Appeal Wednesday upheld a 14-year jail term that was handed down to a police constable Ramadhan Magara who shot and killed two people during the 2006 presidential campaigns at Bulange Mengo.

Three Judges of the court led by Justice Rubby Awere Opio did not fault High Court Judge Wilson Kwesiga for convicting Magara of manslaughter in 2009, given the fact that his action resulted into the death of Gideon Makabayi and Vincent Kavuma.

The two were supporters of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change.
Justice Opio who was assisted by Justice Solome Balungi Bbosa and Kenneth Kakuru said prosecution evidence proved that Magala signed for 30 ammunition but at the time of his arrest, he was found with 15 ammunition but failed to account for 15 ammunition whose cartridge was recovered at the scene of crime.

Magara had challenged the sentence saying it was harsh and excessive since he was provoked by some people in the crowd who smashed his car screen.
“This appeal has no ground. We hereby dismiss it and confirm the conviction and sentence,” Justice Opio ruled.