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Police to Appeal Acquittal of Entebbe Murder Suspects

Nakimuli was killed at the height of attacks in parts of Entebbe and Nansana municipality, in which more than 20 lives were lost in 2017. Her body was found in a banana plantation with sticks inserted in her private parts.
Ivan Katongole one of the three acquitted suspects

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Police are considering an appeal against the acquittal of three suspects alleged to have sexually abused and murdered Rose Nakimuli, a hairdresser in Katabi Town Council, Wakiso District.

Nakimuli was killed at the height of attacks in parts of Entebbe and Nansana municipality, in which more than 20 lives were lost in 2017. Her body was found in a banana plantation with sticks inserted in her private parts.

Preliminary investigations led to the arrest of Ivan Katongole a businessman dealing in fish exports, Andrew Kizito and Hellen Nabaggala after it was proved that the three had been seen with the deceased on the night she was murdered. Call printouts also revealed that Kizito was in constant contact with Katongole on the night of the attack and that Katongole's vehicle had been seen in Katabi that same night.

The three suspects were however acquitted in a ruling delivered on Thursday. During the acquittal, Justice Wilson Kwesiga blamed the police for doing a shambolic job and the state for maliciously charging the suspects.

But Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga says police will consider an appeal, as soon as the case file is returned to the head General Crimes Department

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One of the detectives, who were part of the team investigating these murders, told URN on condition of anonymity that the suspects were arrested at to help with investigations, two of them having been the last to see the deceased. The detective also described the case as too political.

"That case was too political. Women were being killed after every few days and when we picked them up to help with investigations, we did not want to be held liable for releasing them. After we had put the witness statements together, their statements and call printouts, we sent the file to DPP for advice," the source who said.

He adds, "We wanted advice from the DPP and we followed what they advised. That is how the charge of murder was sanctioned. DPP felt there was in enough evidence to go into prosecution."

While more than 30 suspects were at the time arrested and charged with murder, DNA evidence was released pinning only two of the suspects. In a DNA analysis report comparing Semen Samples picked from the Victims to the DNA of the suspects, it was found that eight of the samples picked from different crime scenes in Nansana Municipality matched the DNA of Ibrahim Kaweesa, a bodaboda cyclist, while five of the samples picked in Katabi Town Council matched the DNA of William Ssenogga.

One of the 13 samples that were a match was that of Nakimuli. All the other suspects in the women murders are still on remand awaiting trial.

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