Protests as court frees vendor killers

Sunday April 5 2015

By BETTY NDAGIRE

Kampala.

A group of vendors from Nakasero Market on Thursday protested the decision by Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court to sentence three market leaders to a caution for killing a colleague.

Mr Wycliffe Kayiwa, alias Maliseli, a former assistant defence secretary, Mr Dawuda Bushere, alias Dawa, a broker, and Mr Godfrey Asiimwe, a finance officer were on Tuesday convicted for killing John Sseruyinda, a vendor at the same market three years ago.

The Chief Magistrate, Ms Lillian Bucyana, sentenced the accused to a caution and set them free.

This action stirred anger among the vendors attending court, compelling them to shout on top of their voices: “there is no more justice in courts of law, from now on we shall opt for our own simpler models of implementing justice on to criminals .”

Ms Bucyana decided to sentence the killers to a caution on grounds that court had been notified that the convicts reached an agreement with the deceased’s relatives and paid Shs10m in compensation.

Prosecution stated that on April 14, 2012 the convicts and others still at large on Dastur Street in Kampala instructed stout men at the market to beat Sseruyinda because he was inciting vendors not to pay them the Shs500 tax, although Kampala Capital City Authority had scrapped it.

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