According to Pastor Mbuga, he first met the deceased in February, 2015 when she was brought by a one Margret Nakirobero to his office seeking for counseling about her romantic relationship.
The leading Pastor Christ’s Heart Ministries International,Bishop Isaiah Mbuga in a dock
The Lead Pastor of Christ Heart Ministries International, Pr. Isaiah Mbuga has told court that Matthew Kirabo (accused) paid the security guards at Aryan hostel of the late Makerere University medical student Desire Mirembe to monitor her movements while at the hostel.
“When the deceased (Desire Mirembe) came to my office she told me that someone called Matthew paid her hostel security guards to report to him when she reports to the hostel and with whom she comes to the hostel with,” he told court.
The lead pastor was on Wednesday 13th, testifying as the forth prosecution witness in the case in which Kirabo is charged with the murder of Mirembe in 2015.
According to Mbuga, he first met Mirembe in February, 2015 when she was brought by a one Margret Nakirobero to his office seeking for counseling about her romantic relationship.
“She came to my office for counseling in February 2015, regarding a relationship which according to her was distressing to her," he told court. "She was being told to do things she did not want to do. Someone called Matthew told her to wear an IUD so that she doesn’t get pregnant and at the same time she felt controlled, that he would send a car to pick her up and meet him wherever he would want.”
Like all the the close relatives to the deceased, Mbuga narrates that he received a message from the deceased’s phone on the night in question saying: “I am in a car with someone, should I be worried?” it read.
He says that he tried calling the number but no one picked up until it was eventually switched off. He did the same until Sunday, when he received the sad news from a close church friend a one Faridah that she had been found dead.
Before the deceased meeting her death, the pastor says that he had advised her to break things off with Matthew as it was not healthy for her as a born again Christian.
Earlier on, three other witnesses were summoned in court with their police statements ie Dalious Naturinda at the time head security Aryan Hostel, Mulayi Ismail and Emmanuel Musoke the deceased’s father.
During the questioning, Musoke broke down when he was recounting the tales of being with his daughter before going to German, this in turn caused the calling for a recess by Justice Henry Kaweesa Isabirye before the accused’s lawyers led by Charles Dalton Oponya and Ali Hassan Kato could start cross examining him.
Kato asked Musoke if he took Kirabo and Mirembe for lunch or breakfast at Cafe Javas which he denied saying up to until he was brought to court in Jinja, he had never met him but was told by his son a one Jonathan Damulila.
However, Kato then asked him if he was aware that the Kirabo has been to his home, but he said that he might have in his absence.
The matter was then adjourned to Thursday 14.
Desire Mirembe 19, a former Makerere University medical student was murdered in July 10, 2015 by her alleged boyfriend Matthew Kirabo and her body was on July 12, 2015 recovered from a sugarcane plantation in Lugazi-Kawolo, Buikwe District.
Kirabo, reportedly confessed to the murder and he was then charged at the Jinja Chief Magistrates Court with murder and was remanded.
Kirabo was later granted bail on November 24, 2016 which enabled him finish his Bachelor's degree in Medicine and is currently working at Mulago hospital.