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UPDF Officer Remanded Over Murder of Boda Boda Rider

The Court has heard that on October 13th 2018 in Nkuzongere Katale zone Semuto Subcounty, in Nakaseke District, Niwamanya and Nahabwe unlawfully caused the death of Samson Nteza.
15 Aug 2022 19:31
Niwamanya and Lt Nahabwe Appearing in the Court Martial


The General Court Martial in Makindye has remanded two people including a Uganda People's Defence Forces Junior Officer Lt Paddy Nahabwe alias Kenneth Turinawe on charges of murder.

Nahabwe together with James Niwamanya have been arraigned before the Court presided over by Brigadier Robert Freeman Mugabe and charged with murder and aggravated robbery. 

The Court has heard that on October 13th 2018 in Nkuzongere Katale zone Semuto Subcounty, in Nakaseke District, Niwamanya and Nahabwe unlawfully caused the death of Samson Nteza.

The Court has also heard that immediately after murdering Nteza whom they shot dead  using a Star Pistol of the army, the accused persons went away with his motorcycle number UET 930 J.

Although the charges were levied against the accused persons in 2018, on Monday, they were read to them afresh after the Prosecutors led by Lt Col Raphael Mugisha amended the charge sheet to include other names commonly used by the accused - Lt Nahabwe.

But the accused persons have denied the charges and the Prosecution informed Court that they are to lead with evidence from four witnesses to show how Niwamanya and Nahabwe executed the crime.

According to Mugisha, they will table evidence to show that Nahabwe communicated to his friend in criminality (Niwamanya) that they should meet in Semuto in the evening hours and Niwamanya arrived first.

He added that Nahabwe had earlier communicated that he did not have money and that he had a motorcycle for sale which he was seeking market for. The Court has further heard that Niwamanya informed Nahabwe that he had a market for the motorcycle and in the evening, Niwamanya was deployed to hide in a plantation and Nahabwe came while being driven by Nteza and when they reached where Niwamanya was hiding, the rider was stopped, shot dead and motorcycle taken to Bombo Military Barracks.

Court has heard that when Nahabwe reached the barracks, he changed clothes and wore his military uniform and they proceeded to Gulu district where they sold the motorcycle. According to the Prosecution, Nahabwe and Niwamanya were tracked using one of the tracking devices in the motorcycle and were arrested as such. 

On Monday, the Prosecutors brought Edward Kasumba who was the owner of the stolen motorcycle and was with the deceased on the fateful day. Kasumba's testimony has  collaboratee with what Mugisha had informed the Court earlier.

The accused officer, Lt Nahabwe has now  been sent on remand at Makindye Military Police Barracks until September 5th, 2022,  as  Niwamanya goes to Kitalya prison.

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