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RPC Frustrates Prosecution Against Informer Who Misinformed Police in Masaka Murders

ACP Nkore has declined to testify as a prosecution witness against Vincent Muwonge alias Jude Bbaale, a crime preventer in Masaka town who is facing charges of giving false information to police in relation to the notorious machete-wielding gangs that terrorized Masaka in the recent past.
ACP Paul Nkore Greater Masaka Regional Police Commander who declined to testify in trial of Masaka murder Suspects


Assistant Commissioner of Police-ACP Paul Nkore, the Regional Police Commander for Greater Masaka, has become a stumbling block against the effective prosecution of a notorious crime preventer who misled investigations into Masaka killings.

Nkore has declined to testify as a prosecution witness against Vincent Muwonge alias Jude Bbaale, a crime preventer in Masaka town who is facing charges of giving false information to police in relation to the notorious machete-wielding gangs that terrorized Masaka in the recent past. 

 

Bbaale was arrested earlier this month, on grounds that he called ACP Nkore purporting to volunteer intelligence that would lead security to the assailants who were attacking people in Masaka.   

According to the charge sheet which is before the Masaka Magistrate Arthur Ziraba, Bbaale is said to have committed the offense of August 28th, after he aided police in the arrest of Peter Ocheng and Francis Kayemba, whom he claimed were confessing to be  accomplices in the killings. 

 

However, it later turned out that Bbaale had deliberately given false intelligence to the Regional Police Commander with intention of conning security of money for intelligence gathering, and that he had connived with the other co-accused persons to accomplish their mission. 

 

The suspects who have since been on remand at Ssaza prison facility in Masaka had reappeared before court for their trial, but the prosecution process suffered a hiccup after ACP Nkore declined to testify in the matter as a state witness.

  

Caroline Opia, the Masaka Senior State Attorney informed court that Nkore who was a principal witness in the matter had to their disappointment refused to support the effective prosecution of the suspects by declining to testify before court. 

  

She told court that the Regional Police Commander who earlier recorded a statement on file, has without giving explanations, told that state he was not willing to testify against the suspects.

 

Similarly, the prosecution suffered a second setback when another police officer who had been brought as witness also treated court to drama, when he disowned particulars of the statement he is said to have recorded after the arrest of the suspect. 

 

Hussein Tenywa, the Officer in Charge of Kyabakuza Police Station who according to the prosecution was that arresting officer of the suspects, said that the content of his statement on court file were not the true particulars of what he recorded after the arrest.

Faced with the strange witnesses, the State Attorney asked the trial magistrate for time, to enable her to consult on how to proceed with the matter. 

Eventually, the accused suspects sought court  bail which was granted without any objection from the prosecution. 

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