Entebbe women killings: Court acquits suspects

Thursday January 24 2019

Luzira prisons warder removes handcuffs from Mr

Luzira prisons warder removes handcuffs from Mr Ivan Katongole (centre) and Mr Andrew Kizito (right) at High Court in Kampala after they were acquitted on January 24, 2019. PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KAKUMIRIZI 

By JULIET KIGONGO

The High Court in Kampala has acquitted three people who had been accused of murder following last year’s infamous Entebbe and Nansana women killings.

Ivan Katongole; a businessman dealing in fish export at Kasenyi landing site in Katabi town council in Wakiso District, one Andrew Kizito and Hellen Nabaggala have been on trial for the murder of one Rose Nakimuli, a hairdresser in Entebbe, Wakso District.

However, the trial judge Wilson Kwesiga on Thursday morning said all the seven prosecution witnesses presented in court did not give any substantial evidence linking the suspects to Nakimuli’s murder.

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Ms Hellen Nabaggala (left) being escorted by Luzira prisons warder after her acquittal

In his ruling, Justice Kwesiga further noted that "police did a bad job by failing to investigate the case and therefore, the suspects have no case to answer.

"There was no evidence to prove the participation of all the accused persons. The commissioners of prison who were brought to testify proved that there was death but did not prove the participation of the three accused persons. Prosecution of the three accused was brought in bad faith because the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) knew that they had no evidence but went ahead to prosecute the case. This has been a useless and expensive trial, and a wastage of resources," Justice Kwesiga said.

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Justice Wilson Kwesiga 

Justice Wilson Kwesiga 

Katongole, Kizito and Nabaggala had been accused of killing Nakimuli, a resident of Kitala village in Katabi Town Council.
Nakimuli's body was discovered in a banana plantation with sticks stuffed in her private parts a day after her murder on July 24, 2017.

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