KAMPALA —The General Court Martial has sentenced four people, including two army deserters, to death by hanging, after finding them guilty of killing two mobile money agents in Zzana, along Entebbe road.
The Court Martial chairman, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, is a ruling given on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, said the court had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Bob Anichan, Dennis Mangusho, Stanley Mulunda alias Jumba Frank and Issa Ntale alias Ganja committed the act in June.
“This court, therefore, sentences each of you to death by hanging for the murder of Harriet Nalwadda and Maureen Nakabuubi contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act,” Gen. Gutti ruled.
He added that the punishment was the most appropriate since the four have never reformed despite previously being charged and sentenced over other robbery charges.
“Nalwadda died at a young age and left children who are now helpless. They two victims were killed in a brutal manner making this a rare of the rarest cases that requires a maximum sentence to the convicts,” Gen. Gutti ruled.
He however told them that they have a right to appeal against the sentences.
During trial, Detective Patrick Sembatya had told court that he recorded the charge and caution statement of Mulunda while at the Special Investigations Department in Kireka. He told court that Mulunda confessed to how he had killed Nakabuubi and Nalwadda before running away with their money, which he shared with his accomplices.
Mulunda also reportedly admitted to robbing Shillings 16 million from a woman in Nateete and threw away her vehicle keys to stop her from chasing them. He reportedly pocketed Shillings 6 million as his share from the robbery. Sembatya also narrated to court how Mulunda claimed in his statement that while in Luzira prison sometime back, he met some friends who directed him to the Democratic Republic of Congo where they bought a cheaper magazine at Shillings 220,000 to facilitate their robbery missions.
During cross examination, Mulunda who now uses clutches told court that he confessed to the crimes to escape torture. He also denied having recorded and signed the statements presented to court.