Four Charged with Maj. Kiggundu’s Murder
Four people including the Acting Amir of Nakasero Mosque Sheikh Yahaya Ramathan Mwanje have this afternoon been arraigned before Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court and charged with the shooting to death of Muslim cleric Maj Muhammed Kiggundu and his body guard Sargent Steven Mukasa last year.
Sheikh Mwanje, two boda-boda riders Muhammad Buyondo and Abdul -Wahab Ssendegeya from Kyengera-Nsangi stage and Muhammad Ssekandi, a businessman from Masanafu trading centre were charged before Chief Magistrate Jamson Karemani.
Presiding Chief Magistrate Karemani just read for them the two counts of murder without them pleading to the charges to indicate whether they are guilty or not, considering that murder is a capital offense tried by the High Court.
He remanded them to Luzira prison until January 20.
Prosecution alleges that the four accused persons and others still at large, on the morning of November 26, 2016 shot Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu and sgt. Mukasa who were driving in a UPDF vehicle at Masanafu Trading Center in Rubaga Division, Kampala District.
However, during the plea taking process before a fully packed courtroom this afternoon, Fred Muwema, the defense lawyer for the accused persons, raised a complaint against the commandant of Nalufenya Police Station, Wilson Omoding saying his clients were unlawfully confined beyond 48 hours without charge.
He added that the accused persons were subjected to both mental and physical torture to which the commandant was an accessory, before asking court to summon Omoding to appear and answer to allegations of violating the rights of the accused persons.
After listening to Muwema's submissions, Magistrate Karemani said he will rule on the January 20 on whether to summon Omoding or not.