The two were acquitted after the cross examination of Ssebuyungo who changed his plea of not guilty to guilty and testified against his accomplices. Ssebuyungo only implicated Muhammad Wamala for spearing all the murders and a police officer Harriet Nabitaka revealing that only knew about the acquitted in the cell but did not directly work with them.
Suspects in the murder of Zulaika Nansamba and four others
Mukono High Court
Judge, Margret Mutonyi has acquitted two witchdoctors of six counts of murder
and aggravated human trafficking. They are James Lutwama and Fred Kizza
They were arrested
together with four others in connection to the murder of Zulaikah Nansamba
alias Mirembe and four other people in a shrine at Kisoga Local Council-LCI in Kayunga
District in 2017.
The others are Muhammad
Wamala alias Vincent Paul, Joseph Kibuuka alias Junior, Isah Walakira and
Wilber Ssebuyungo. Justice Mutonyi
acquitted the duo after the cross examination of Ssebuyungo who changed his
plea from not guilty to guilty and testified against his accomplices.
In his testimony, Ssebuyungo
implicated Muhammad Wamala for spearheading the murders and Corporal Harriet
Nabitaka. He told court that he only met James Lutwama and Fred Kizza Ssemanda
in the police cells and had never worked with them prior to their arrest.
This prompted Justice Mutonyi
to rule that there was need to keep the duo in prison since there was evidence
incriminating them. “I find that there is no need to keep Lutwama and
Ssemanda. It will be unfair to keep them on remand till the end of the case.
They should be released unless they have other cases to answer,” Justice
She convicted Joseph
Walakira to 5 years in jail after revising his charge to being an accessory to
the murder. Wamala’s lawyer, Gastone Kamugisha promised to appeal the
conviction of his client despite being implicated by Ssebuyungo. “My client is
The bodies were found
in Ssebuyungo’s shrines. He tipped police, Chairpersons and CMI about the
activities,” he said. He however, expressed joy that court had convicted
Ssebuyungo to 30 years in jail and faulted court for taking long to cause Nabitaka’s
arrest yet there evidence indicating that she participated in Mirembe’s murder.