How businessman Ssebuwufu was found guilty
How businessman Ssebuwufu was found guilty

On 26th June, the high court judge, Flavia Anglin SSenoga found Muhammad Ssebuwufu together with seven other suspects guilty of murder and kidnap of businesswoman Donah Katushabe.

Paul Tasingika, Shaban Odutu Alias Golola, Phillip Mirambe, Godfrey Kayiza, Stephen Lwanga, Yoweri Kitayimbwa And Damaseni Ssentongo were the seven suspects found guilty.

According to evidence adduced by 26 witnesses, Flavia Anglin SSenoga ruled that the accused unlawfully picked Donah Katushabe from Bwebajja over a loan of Shs 9 million and tortured her eventually leading to her death.

One of the witnesses also said that he reached the crime scene and saw the proprietor of pine car bond, kicking and boxing that late on the breasts and her private parts.

Katushabe was reportedly tortured on October 21, 2015, at pine car bond on Lumumba Avenue in Kampala.

She was later killed by a group of people led by city businessman Muhammad Ssebuwufu, a dealer in second-hand cars and also the owner of pine car bond after the deceased failed to clear a debt of shs 9 million.

Furthermore, the Court records indicated that Katushabe acquired a Toyota Premio, number UAX 481H from Ssebuwufu at shs 17 million and remitted shs 8 million thereby remaining with a balance of shs 9 million debt which is said to have brought about the murder.

Initially, they were battling the charges with former Kampala central police station commander, Aaron Baguma but his charges were dropped at the commencement of the trial last year.

Earlier last year, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) withdrew all murder charges brought against the former Central Police Station (CPS) District Police Commander (DPC) Superintendent of Police (SP), Aaron Baguma.

In 2016, Katushabe’s relatives were reported to have written a letter to the DPP requesting that charges against SP Baguma be dropped, owing to the support he had rendered the family of the deceased including facilitating the relatives to meet the former IGP, General Kale Kayihura.

Meanwhile, the convicted have however been remanded to Luzira until July 1, 2019, to hear their sentencing.

By John Dalton Kigozi