race Akullo, the Director-Criminal Investigations Department, says the department concluded its investigations recently and sent the file to the DPP for review and recommendation.
Pastor Mugambe Steven who was killed with eigh family members
Fresh investigations into the gruesome murder of Pastor Stephen
Mugambe and eight members of his family in Kanabulemu parish in Kyebe Sub-county
in Rakai district seven years ago have been completed, URN has learnt.
The other victims are pastor Mugambe’s wife, Noelina Nalinya, Jane
Nakiwala, Bena Nakivumbi, Max Nakirijja, Christine Nasimbwa, Dan Ssemwanga,
Andrew Mpeirwe and Maria Nakajugo.
The nine were butchered by unknown assailants, who broke into
Pastor’s Mugambe’s home at Mutegombwa village on January 13th 2013. Police
opened murder investigations under CRB O15/13 at Kasensero police station,
which led to the arrest of several suspects including prominent rally driver,
The others were Emmanuel Zzinda, Asuman Muddu and Vincent
Fagensi, a Tanzanian national. Muddu, the key suspect in the case pleaded
guilty to the crime before Masaka High court and was handed a life sentence on
July 06, 2015.
Maddu’s co-accused pleaded not guilty to the charges, saying
they had nothing to do with the gruesome murder. Although he had initially
confessed to the murder, saying it was masterminded by Rwakataka; Muddu made a
U-turn and retracted his original confession.
Justice John Eudes Keitirima acquitted Rwakataka and Zzinda on
December 23, 2015 followed by Fagensi, few weeks later. Keitirima said
prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and lacked
corroborative evidence on the record.
The deceased’s family, residents
and district leaders protested the acquittal on grounds that the evidence and
facts were tampered with prompting CID to open fresh investigations.
Now, Grace Akullo, the Director-Criminal Investigations
Department, says the department concluded its investigations recently and sent
the file to the DPP for review and recommendation.
She however, didn’t disclose their findings not to jeopardize
the case. Benedict Odyek, the Deputy Assistant Inspector of Police (D/AIP) who
is the case in-charge, together with his team have been investigating the file
since July this year.
According to Odyek, they have managed to collect relevant
information and new evidence in the case. URN has seen a September 18, 2019
letter from the Director Public Prosecution to Akullo, saying the case had
earlier been reviewed and couldn’t be revived either by way of an appeal or
revision due to the retraction of Muddu’s confession and lack of corroborative
However, the DPP instructed Akullo to reinvestigate the file and
include all key and relevant evidence to prosecute the case. In
the same letter, the DPP noted that they learnt that Rwakataka was using police
and other law enforcement agencies to harass relatives of the deceased.
Willy Kalyango, one of the family members, says the fresh
investigation into the case has given them hope for justice.