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On Wednesday, Justice Henry Kaweesi read the charges for Kirabo. "It is alleged by the state that you (Kirabo Matthew) on the night of July 10 and 11 2015, at Lugazi- Kawolo in Buikwe district with malice killed Desire Mirembe. Is it true?"
(L-R) Lawyer Ali Hassan Kato guiding his client Matthew Kirabo (Accused) during the court session
Justice Henry Kaweesi has set October 13 to start hearing the case of the late Desire Mirembe, a former Makerere University medical student. Mirembe was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, Matthew Kirabo in July 2015 and her body dumped in a sugarcane plantation in Lugazi in Buikwe district where it was found.

On Wednesday, Justice Henry Kaweesi read the charges for Kirabo. "It is alleged by the state that you (Kirabo Matthew) on the night of July 10 and 11 2015, at Lugazi- Kawolo in Buikwe district with malice killed Desire Mirembe. Is it true?" 

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge with the guidance of his lawyer, Ali Hassan Kato. The State Attorney, Agnes Ainebyona told the court that they are ready to proceed with the trial and prayed for an adjournment to allow them to complete interviewing witnesses in the matter. The accused's lawyer Kato did not object to the prayers by the state.  

He asked the court to maintain Kirabo’s bail status. The state didn’t object to the prayers, saying that “We have not yet received any information of him (Kirabo) being a flight risk yet." Justice Justice Henry Kaweesi maintained Kirabo’s bail status and adjourned the matter to October 13, 2021.  

Details of the Case  

Mirembe19 was murdered in July 2015. Her boyfriend, Kirabo reportedly confessed to the murder. He was then charged at Jinja Chief Magistrates Court with murder and remanded.  

He successfully applied for bail on November 24, 2016, to complete his Bachelor's degree in Medicine. The case later moved to Mukono on the instructions of the then Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine after the state complained that the crime was committed in the jurisdiction of Mukono.    

 

In May 2021, the Principal Judge, Dr. Flavian Zeija, promised to fast-track the hearing of the matter following complaints from the deceased’s family. The deceased’s family Emmanuel Musoke told URN that he is happy that the matter has finally kicked off after chasing justice for their daughter for so long. 

"We have been fighting for this case to see justice for the last six years but finally today am happy that the case has kicked off after waiting for so long and I pray that I live to see justice prevail,” he said.