KAMPALA – A prominent Uganda Cranes fan, Jackson Ssewanyana commonly known as Uncle money has on September 16, been charged and remanded to Luzira prison on charges of manslaughter.
Ssewanyana who is also the Vice-Chairperson of Kasubi zone 4 in Lubaga Division appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court where a charge of manslaughter has been officially read to him.
He has been charged along with his defense secretary, Benson Senyonga.
The prosecution alleges that duo incited a mob to Lynch a suspect mobile phone thief; Siraje Hakim Tumusiime.
It’s stated that on August 16, 2019 at about 8.30pm, the late Tumusiime who was a phone dealer at Mutaasa Kafeero plaza in Kampala city recieved a phone call that made him leave his house in Lubya zone.
That later uncle money was seen holding Tumusiime by the hand and leading him behind Royal Hotel where he allegedly handed him over to stick-wielding youths led by the defence secretary Ssenyonga.
These youths are said to have beaten and kicked Tumusiime before uncle money transfered him to an unknown destination.
That after 3 days of searching, Tumusiime’s body was found at Mulago city mortuary with numerous wounds; hence his family reported a murder case at Old Kampala police station.
The pair has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter; an offense which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment
Uncle money and Ssenyonga were however not allowed to present their bail application because the lawyer they had hired did not turn up in court.
In the result, Ms Okello has remanded the duo in prison until the October 1st for trial to commence.
This is after state prosecutor Charles Emiriti informed court that police investigations into the matter are complete.
This is not the first time Local council boss’ are indicted for unlawfully causing the death of a resident through an act of mob justice.
In April 2017, Kampla Highcourt judge Yasin Nyanzi convicted and sentenced village leaders of Kawaala zone 111 to 25 years each in prison for inciting a mob to Lunch a suspected theif.