On Monday, Mukono Chief Magistrate Roselyn Nsenge Turyatuga concurred with Turyatunga that Twinamasiko was erroneously arrested and charged for cases that were already before the High Court, and there was no need to hear them in the lower court. Her decision was mainly based on the evidence that there are ongoing civil suits before the High Court and that both parties had requested the court to determine land ownership.
The petition reads in part: "They have never been taken to court yet, and it is now coming to a month after their arrest, which has psychologically tortured the complainant and the deceased's family. Despite numerous and several efforts, our client has implored to demand the police take the suspects to court. The police have adamantly refused, ignored or rejected to arraign the suspects to court for trials."
Fred Ntambi, a resident at Kizaala-Buganda Village in Katosi town council died on March 23 after he was attacked and tortured by a gang from Mbeya Islands. The deceased had gone on routine fishing activities.
The situation has sparked outrage among the island's residents, who feel that their rights to due process and rule of law are being undermined. Adding to their anxiety is the fact that police officers who would investigate the matter were reportedly powerless after being threatened by Wanyama and his associates.