Court heard that the accused together with others still at large while in Fort portal tourism city at around 4 pm on September 2, 2021, kidnapped Japheth Kabagambe Ahebwa with intentions of murdering him.
The Accused Persons Appearing in the General Court Martial in Makindye.
The Makinde based UPDF General Court Martial has remanded
three suspects in connection to the kidnap and subsequent murder of former
Ntoroko District National Resistance Movement Chairperson, Japheth Kabagambe
The suspects are Barnabas Alleluya a businessman/native doctor
and resident of Kagando Cell, Rukindo Ward South Division in Mbarara District, Deus
Ahimbisibwe, a driver and resident of Kyakazizi village in Kyakazizi Parish, Rwanyamahembe Sub-county in
Mbarara District and Herbert Mutamba
also a businessman and resident of Ncucumo cell in Kitwe ward in Rwentuha Town
Council in Bushenyi District.
appeared before the General Court Martial chaired
by Lt. General Andrew Gutti who charged them with kidnap, murder,
aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of ammunition. Court heard that the accused together with others still
at large while in Fort portal tourism city at around 4 pm on September 2, 2021, kidnapped
Japheth Kabagambe Ahebwa with intentions of murdering him. Kabagambe who
was last seen at one of the ATMs in Fort portal was found dead two days later in a
swamp in Ibanda District.
According to the prosecution, the suspects also robbed
Kabagambe of Shillings 400,000 either before or after murdering him. The suspects
pleaded not guilty to the charges. As a result, the prosecution led by Major
Emmy Ekyaruhanga and Captain Ambroz Guma told the court that the inquiries into
the matter were still ongoing and asked the court to remand the accused persons
up to November 1st, 2021. Gen. Gutti accordingly remanded the
suspects to Kitalya prison.
Prior to his elevation to the position of Ntoroko District NRM chairperson, Kabagambe served as District Publicity secretary. He replaced
Vincent Mugume, who was also killed in November 2019 together with a motorcyclist
he was travelling with to Kandito village in Karugutu Town Council in Ntoroko
According to court records, Herbert Mutamba, one of the
suspects before the court has a criminal record. Mbarara High court convicted
him on October 18 2013 for aggravated robbery after finding him guilty of
robbing Kalist Nuwasasira of 1.2 million Shillings and other items such as
airtime cards for the then Zain, Orange and MTN, a laptop, two Samsung
mobile phones, all valued at Shillings 15 million on December 15th 2009.
The records further show that Mutamba used a
gun to commit the robbery, which occurred in Kakoba Central Cell in Mbarara