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Man charged with murder of Catholic cleric

Robert Asiimwe (M) in court as he awaits his charge to be read to him officially. (PHOTO/Racheal)

KAMPALA – A Kyambogo University student has been charged and remanded to Luzira Prison over the alleged murder of a Catholic cleric Brother Emmanuel Mugarura.

Robert Asiimwe 23 years, has been arraigned before the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court to have his charge officially read.

He appeared before grade one magistrate Ms Sheila Angura who informed him that her job was only to read the charge for him.

“This court has no jurisdiction because the offence you are charged with is grave in nature and can only be tried and heard in the High Court. You will take plea while there and even apply for bail,” Ms Angura said.

Asiimwe who was dressed in a maroon polo t-shirt, black jeans and looked calm was brought to court handcuffed.

Prosecution led by Ms Justine Feni told the court that investigations in the case are still ongoing thus seeking for an adjournment to enable the police conclude with the investigations.

The trial magistrate has now adjourned the matter to July 29 for mention.

At the time of his glue some murder on July 2, 2019, Brother Mugarura had served as a Superior General of the Christian Instructions Brothers’ of  Banakaloli  at Kiterede in Masaka district for 5 months

His lifeless body was recovered by police from Asiimwe’s rented room at Banda B9 zone in Nakawa division while wrapped in a tarpaulin disguised as cabbage.

A tip-off to police by a driver whom Asiimwe had hired to collect cabbage from his home led to the discovery of the body and the subsequent arrest of the prime suspect.

Asiimwe was initially said to be a Kyambogo University student, but later the university disowned him.

The Local Council Chairperson of Banda Zone 9, Nakawa Division in Kampala, Mr Charles Lwanga Osia, said after the news of the murder, he was called by police to Asiimwe’s single room and he found the deceased’s body lying on the floor.

“After killing him, he dressed him in two bags, one from the side of the head and the other from the legs. He then wrapped the body in a mattress polythene bag before rolling it in a blue tarpaulin,” Mr Osia said.

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