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The prosecution explained that Kirevu had gone to pick money from someone at Wandegeya police station and was arrested. When police brought in rioters, Kirevu was asked to join them and enter the cells, which he resisted.
Mustafa Ssali, a local defense unit
officer, and UPDF Lance Corporal Augustine Mugisha have earned themselves 35 years and life imprisonment
respectively for killing protesters during the November 18 and 19, 2020 Kampala riots.
They were convicted and sentenced by the
First Division Infantry Court-Martial
sitting at Kakiri Barracks in Wakiso district chaired by Col. Sam Mugenyi, which found them guilty of murder. According to the
details of the case, Ssali
was accused of killing Ibrahim Mutaasa Kirevu, a mechanic at Wandegeya police
The prosecution explained that Kirevu had gone to pick money from someone at
Wandegeya police station and was
police brought in rioters,
Kirevu was asked to join them and enter the cells, which he resisted.
ordered him to enter by force in vain. As a result, the
LDU pushed him using the nozzle of his gun and later opened fire and shot him in the stomach twice. Ssali’s lawyer, Mariam Kansiime asked the
to be lenient, saying his client did not
intend to shoot Kirevu.
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According to Col. Mugenyi, Ssali intended to kill the deceased because
the suspect had already
entered the cells.
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Col Mugenyi sentenced Ssali to 35 years in prison
and advised him to appeal
the sentence within 14 days if he is dissatisfied with the decision.
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The same court also convicted Lance
Corporal Augustine Mugisha for
shooting to death Grace
Walungama, a mechanic at a garage in Lugala, Kosovo in Lubaga division before
turning his gun against Hussein Ssenoga, an LDU personnel.
Col Mugisha said that when the riots broke out, Walungama was standing by the roadside as he
watched the rioters. He noted that when LDUs went to disperse the crowd, Walungama ran to the
garage where Lance Corporal Mugisha
followed him and shot him twice killing him instantly.
He revealed Ssenoga
questioned him why Mugisha had killed
Walungama, he decided to shoot
him too. Col Mugisha then sentenced Lance corporal to life
imprisonment for killing the two people.
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Col. Sam Mugenyi asked the families of Ssenoga and Walungama
to approach the UPDF offices for compensation.
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More than 50 people were killed in the November 2020 riots triggered by the arrest of
the National Unity Platform presidential candidate, Robert
Kyagulanyi alias Bobi
Wine in Luuka district.