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Jubilations as court acquits Entebbe women murder suspects

Hellen Nabaggala (L), Andrew Kizito (M) and Katongole (R) in court waiting for the judge to hear their murder case. (PHOTO BY RACHEAL AGABA)

KAMPALA – Kampala High Court erupted in jubilation after Entebbe women murder suspects have been set free.

Justice Wilson Kwesiga has acquitted Ivan Katongole who was taken as the prime suspect in the women’s murder in Entebbe and Wakiso districts and his co-accused; Andrew Kizito and Hellen Nabagala of the murder of Rose Nakimuli; a former resident of Kitala LC1 in Katabi Town council.

Justice Kwesiga has ruled that Prosecution miserably failed to adduce any witnesses not even the commissioned police officers presented proved that he/she saw any of the accused persons participate in the said murder which is the most important ingredient to prove a murder charge.

“The moment there is no evidence gathered to support the charge against the suspects, it is both useless, expensive and illegal to keep the suspects in prison. Above all, this has been expensive and tedious in the proceeding that should have been accorded by the state or whoever who brings cases to courts of law or to act as if the courts where just clearinghouses,” Justice Kwesigwa ruled.

Justice Kwesiga has now castigated the DPP for wasting the nation’s resources by proceeding in bad faith to prosecute and keep the suspects on remand even after the investigating officer making his report exonerating the 3 suspects of the said murder.

The judge further observed that the state ought to have treated and investigated the Entebbe women murders as a matter of public interest instead of assigning it to shoddy investigators who did a bad job.

Katongole a dealer in Fish export at Kasenyi landing site and his 2 co-suspects had so far spent 18 months in jail at Kigo Government prison for the alleged murder of Nakimuli whose half-naked body was recovered in a banana plantation with a cassava stem stuffed in her private parts.

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