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.